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Goucher women off to best start in over 21 years

By: Megan Melusky

For the first time in 21 years the Goucher women’s basketball has started 3-0. But not only have the Gophers come away with a victory in their first three games, they have out-scored their opponents by at least 31 points per game.

On Nov. 15 the team opened their season at the Decker Sports and Recreation Center against Valley Forge with a 97-25 victory. Then, they beat Notre Dame (MD), 87-36 and most recently Penn State-Berks, 70-39.

It has been a long time since the program has produced such a promising start and Didi Cotton, who enters her tenth season at the helm of the squad, attributes her team’s early success to both the maturation of her returners and the passion of her new players. But she knows that for more success her players “have to care just as much as the coaching staff, if not more.”

As Cotton discussed the players that have had the biggest impact on the team, she did not want to leave anyone out. Which is the real theme and reason for why the team is winning. This season Goucher is averaging 84.7 points per game and are led by junior forward Olivia Nono (17.3) but a pair of freshmen, Briana Bull (16.3) and Joyce Woolen (12.7) are perfectly capable of having huge nights.

More than just that trio, though, five other players are averaging at least 6.5 points per game. Junior guard India Perkins is one of those glue-type players who “helps the team function.”

The team’s unselfish play has led to an average of 19 assists per game and a 48.4-field goal percentage as a team thanks to the open looks that passing gives them.

As Goucher looks to their upcoming games against tougher competition Cotton is looking at them as indicators for how the rest of their season will go and as long as her team plays “their game” she should rack up enough wins to put Goucher in position to achieve their goal of bringing home a conference championship.

Goucher will travel to Rochester, NY for the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Invitational, which they will open against Union (N.Y). Depending on the results they will play either St. John Fisher College or Rivier University the next day. They will then start conference play on Dec. 3 with trip to Moravian.

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