2019-20 Women's Basketball Outlook

2019-20 Women's Basketball Outlook

COACHING STAFF
Head Coach:
Shannon Bollhardt (7th year as head coach, 12th year with program)
Assistant Coach: Andrea Lozeau (7th year)

LAST YEAR
2018-19 Overall Record:
11-15
2018-19 Northeast-10 Conference Record: 7-14

THIS YEAR
Returners:
9
First-Years: 5

FAST FACTS
Went 9-2 in games decided by 10 points or fewer ... four starters are back, as returning players accounted for 76.4 percent of the team's points, 79.6 percent of rebounds, 74.6 percent of assists, 86.5 percent of blocks and 72.9 percent of steals last year ... put together 9-5 run during final half of 2018-19 season to get in the postseason race, defeating NE10 Championship qualifiers Adelphi University, regionally-ranked Southern Connecticut State University and Southern New Hampshire University along the way ... eighth in the NCAA East Region in blocks per game (4.0), 11th in assists (14.7), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0) and free throw shooting (71.0%), and 12th in fewest turnovers (15.2) ... 10 losses came to teams at least regionally ranked, including against nationally-ranked Bentley University (twice), Le Moyne College and Stonehill College.

KEY DATES
The Purple Knights begin the year by hosting a tournament for the first time in five seasons, the Delta Hotel NE10/Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Conference Challenge, this weekend ... after four straight road games, including NE10 contests at 2019 NCAA Tournament qualifiers Saint Anselm College - an Elite 8 squad - and Stonehill College, six of the next seven games take place in the Ross Sports Center, including all four December contests ... perennial regional power Bentley University, which also qualified for the NCAA Tournament, visits on Jan. 8 for the beginning of a home-and-home season series ... Le Moyne College, the defending NE10 Championship titlist and a 2019 NCAA Sweet 16 squad, visits on Jan. 22 ... after a three-game homestand ends with another contest against Saint Anselm on Feb. 22, the Purple Knights are at Southern New Hampshire University three days later, with the contest televised on FOX College Sports ... the top five teams from each of the NE10's two divisions head into the postseason, with the NE10 Championship beginning with first-round contests on Feb. 28.

SENIORS (5)

  • Alyssa Breunig (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull), 5-foot-10 guard | 25 games | 21 starts | 5.0 points | 3.9 rebounds | 0.8 assists | 0.9 steals
  • Casey Evans (Londonderry, N.H./Saint Andrew's School), 5-foot-11 forward | 20 games | 2.7 points | 2.3 rebounds | 43.9 fg%
  • Cassandra Falone (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), 5-foot-8 guard | 25 games | 5 starts | 4.0 points | 0.9 rebounds | 0.9 assists | 40.4 3pt%
  • Taylor Miller (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth), 6-foot-1 forward | captain | 26 games | 25 starts | 7.2 points | 6.8 rebounds | 1.4 assists | 2.2 blocks | 0.7 steals
  • Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford), 5-foot-6 guard | captain | 26 games | 26 starts | 9.5 points | 3.2 rebounds | 4.9 assists | 2.0 A:TO ratio | 1.8 steals | 43.1 fg%

JUNIORS (1)

  • Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep), 5-foot-9 guard | captain | 24 games | 21 starts | 12.6 points | 3.7 rebounds | 1.5 assists | 0.8 steals | 52 3pters | 35.9 3pt% 78.8 ft%

SOPHOMORES (3)

  • Nicole Ladas (Glastonbury, Conn./Tilton School), 5-foot-10 forward | 25 games | 1 start | 4.8 points | 2.5 rebounds | 0.8 assists | 37.5 3pt%
  • Emma MacDonough (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington), 5-foot-10 forward | 25 games | 3.9 points | 1.8 rebounds | 0.5 assists
  • Erika Ochenduszko (Rockland, Mass./Rockland), 5-foot-11 forward | 11 games | 0.8 points | 1.3 rebounds | 44.4 fg%

FIRST-YEARS (5)

  • Meghan Carney (Dracut, Mass./Groton School), 6-foot-2 forward | redshirting
  • Anika Kapral (Dummerston, Vt./Vermont Academy), 6-foot-3 forward
  • Kelly Laggis (Fairfield, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans), 5-foot-10 forward
  • Kyara Triblet (Niskayuna, N.Y./Colonie Central), 5-foot-10 guard
  • Danielle Scaperrotta (Ardsley, N.Y./Ardsley), 5-foot-5 guard | redshirting for second straight season