Mike Skelton – 1851 Staff
The women’s basketball team is looking to change the culture of its program. They appear to be making strides starting the season 2-2, matching half of the wins the team had in the entire 2011-2012 season.
Entering her third season, head coach Carla Flaherty has high expectations of her players and program.
“We are looking to get better every day, and our goal for the season is to make the NCAA tournament,” said Flaherty. “We’re excited about turning the corner and putting this program on the right path; being mediocre isn’t okay anymore.”
Flaherty is looking forward to the developing season. “It’s exciting because other teams will underestimate us, we get no respect being the #10 ranked team in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) coming out of the preseason poll,” said Flaherty. “Being a young team is no excuse, we have zero margins for error.”
Seven of the 13 players on the roster are freshmen. With such a young team, the coaches are helping to develop the leadership skills amongst the players. Assistant Coach Ashley Finnegan, a graduate and former captain at Westfield State class of 2011, has been a tremendous help in her second season coaching at Lasell.
“She brings a wealth of knowledge and is young and can connect the players helping to mentor them in to leadership roles,” said Flaherty. “This team is still searching for different elements of leadership and we’re working on it to improve as a team.”
While there are seven freshmen, there is still a huge learning curve even for the experienced members of the team. With a new style of offense this year and several players just getting back to play, the team is still getting used to each other. They look to improve upon their chemistry as the season continues.