WATERVILLE, ME – With the 2013-14 basketball season approaching, the Thomas women's basketball team will look to continue their growth as a program under new head coach Dan Leland.
The Terriers finished the season last year with a record of 7-18, with a 5-13 record in the NAC. Coach Leland will look to his returners and a core of young players to continue improvement within the program.
This season's squad will be made up of nine returns and four newcomers. Seniors Elizabeth Goodall, Kate Thibodeau and Morgan Hutchins will look to lead the young squad. Last season, Goodall appeared in all 25 games for the Terriers, averaging 7.8 PPG and 2.6 RPG.
Another key returner for the Terriers this season is Ashleigh Gagne. Gagne started all 25 games for Thomas last year, averaging 4.4 PPG and 5.4 RPG.
Ashlee Crowell-Smith will help run the Terrier offense this year. Her aggressive play will help in shutting down their opponent's top guard as she looks to come back strong from an injury that shut down her freshman season.
Other players looking to help in the backcourt for the Terriers are returners Brenna Hutchinson and Emilee Reynolds. Newcomers to the backcourt, Caroline Congolela and Tess McClenahan will look for minutes off the bench for Thomas and contribute offensively.
Gagne will look to create a dominant presence in the paint this year. She will look to be in the post, using her six-foot frame to out-rebound her opponents.
Returner Katie McAllister looks to help the Terriers again this season. Last year she averaged 7.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG and 1.3 APG. McAllister will look to contribute as an all-around player and progress on both sides of the ball.
The Terriers will open the 2013-14 season on the road participating in the Star City Classic hosted by the University of Maine – Presque Isle. The Terriers will face the University of Maine – Fort Kent on Saturday November 16 with tip-off at 6:00 PM.