Championship women’s basketball team looks at season ahead

October 12, 2010

Last basketball season, the McDaniel Women Green Terror pocketed yet another Centennial Conference Championship as they finished a winning season all the way to the first round of the NCAA tournament.  The elegantly personalized Conference Championship rings currently sit in coach Becky Martin’s office waiting to be distributed to the team.

That sweet victorious feeling of cutting down the net at Muhlenberg College will forever be remembered by players, coaches, parents and loyal fans. Graduated seniors, who represented the core energy of the team’s dominating force, will be missed.

The reigning champions open up the season with a bang as they host their weekend tip-off tournament November 19-20 against nationally ranked Keane College, followed by the winner of the match between Juniata and Widener.  The initial tough battles will prepare McDaniel to take on their conference rivals that are scheduled on the long road ahead.  Muhlenberg, Gettysburg, and Johns Hopkins are already circled in red, just to name a few.

A new season launches Oct. 19 with the traditional Midnight Madness, marking the beginning of team practices. The women’s basketball team returns with young talent ready to capitalize on more game-time experience.

“People have to fill different roles than what they are used to,” says senior post Whitney Snoops.  “We did lose players who contributed a lot, so it will just take time for everything to come together.”

The time has arrived for not only the juniors and sophomores to rise to the occasion, but also for the aspiring senior leaders to emerge.  Ready to take on the season with a vengeance are the power combination in the paint with post players Cara Thompson, Meredith Larson, and Whitney Snoops and finesse performers, guards Kate Zimmer and Kim Acton. “There are a lot of players who are dedicated to this program and want to be successful,” says Acton.

Dedication also means the ability to adapt to a different style of play. There is a definite increase in the number of post players that fill the roster.  Therefore, the program’s usual coast-to-coast give-and-go action on the floor may slow down its cadence to half-court set offenses.

The tradition of a successful basketball program keeps on rolling under the direction of Becky Martin and company.  The Green Terror is ready to make the court their stage.

By Katherine Restrepo, a junior at McDaniel and member of the women’s basketball team