Guess Who Is Back
The 2013-14 season sees the Cougars welcome back four starters from last season. Also back in the fold for Clark are several key reserves, who when combined with the starters return 88 percent of their points from 2012-13.
Head coach Pat Glispin, who is entering her 30th season on the Cougar sidelines, is on the cusp of an impressive coaching milestone. She begins the campaign with 491 wins – the 21st most in NCAA Division III history.
A Grand Ole Time
Senior Emily Reilly (Marlboro, Mass.) became the 18th player in school history to top the 1,000 point barrier. She enters the season with 1,134 career points – good for 14th on the school's all-time list.
Senior Ashleigh Condon (Hull, Mass.) has increased her assists in each of her first three seasons. She will enter 2013-14 with 277 career helpers, 26 behind Wanda Mazzamurro for tenth on the school's all-time list.
Emily Reilly could've been considered the most efficient scorer in the NEWMAC in 2012-13. She was the only player in the conference – men or women – to rank in the top five in scoring (2nd), field goal percentage (4th), three-point percentage (4th) and free throw percentage (4th).
Sophomore Brooke Brennan (Weston, Mass.) not only led the NEWMAC in three-pointers attempted (220) but was second in the conference in three-pointers made (60). Her first year total was the eighth most in a single season in school history.
Climbing The Charts
Emily Reilly will enter the season with 85 career three-pointers made - a total not only ranks tenth on the school's all-time list.
After finishing with a 13-13 overall record and an appearance in the NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinals, the Cougars were picked third in the inaugural preseason coaches' poll.
November To Remember
Over the last two seasons, Clark is an impressive 7-2 in its nine games in the month of November.
Among the six newcomers to Cougars in 2013-14, is freshman Aretha Sullivan (Worcester, Mass.). Sullivan, who grew up in the shadow of Clark University led her University Park Campus School to the state semifinals and was named central Massachusetts player of the year by the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association after averaging 19.0 points per game as a senior.
She Said It
"My only goal is to win the NEWMAC Championship." – Megan Grondin
No One Else
Clark is the only team in the NEWMAC to return two players who have been named all-conference on multiple occasions. Emily Reilly was a second-team selection in 2012 and first-team in 2013, while Ashleigh Condon was first-team in 2012 and second-team in 2013.
Answering The Bell
Emily Reilly has started and played in all 79 games of her collegiate career. Of those 79 all-time contests, she has reached double figures in 68 of those games.
Joining The Club
Seniors Megan Grondin and Ashleigh Condon are both on the cusp of becoming members of the 1,000 point club. Condon begins the season with 908 points, while Grondin is right on her tail with 839.
Brooke Brennan had ten games in 2012-13 with three or more made three-pointers. In the final game of the season she made six three-pointers, matching the career-high six she made in a 95-90 overtime loss to Smith on January 10.
Fun From Fifteen
2012-13 marked the second consecutive season in which the Ashleigh Condon and Megan Grondin finished first and second in the league in free throw percentage.
The Road Ahead
After opening the season hosting the 33rd annual Worcester City Tournament, Clark will face even more stiff competition in the days following. They open up league play with a road trip at Smith College, followed by away games against WPI, Mount Holyoke and Tufts before returning home to face Coast Guard.