City Bragging Rights
The 39th season of Clark University women's basketball tips off on Saturday, November 15 with the Cougars taking part in the 34th annual Worcester City Tournament hosted by WPI. The Scarlet and White will face Becker in the opening round before squaring off with either the host Engineers or Worcester State on Sunday. Clark has won this tournament a record 22 times, including in each of the last two years.
Out Of The Gate
Clark will jump right into 2014-15 with five games in the season's first 11 days. After taking part in the two-day City Tournament over the weekend, the Cougars will host Fitchburg State on Tuesday before visiting Connecticut College on Thursday and then welcoming Anna Maria on Tuesday the 25th right before Thanksgiving.
New Faces, New Places
Only one starter returns – Brooke Brennan (Weston, Mass.) – from a season ago and of the three others who played more than ten minutes per game (Gwyneth Ivory, Olivia Lyons and Aretha Sullivan), only Sullivan played more than 350 total minutes.
Five freshmen join an extremely young roster in head coach Pat Glispin's 31st season on the sidelines. Jenna Brassard (Champlain, Vt.), Sam O'Gara (Worcester, Mass.), sisters Dominique St. Pierre (Portsmouth, N.H.) and Torieanna St. Pierre (Portsmouth, N.H.) along with Haley Wilder (Fitzwilliam, N.H.) comprise the Class of 2018.
This year's squad will have to replace a trio of 1,000-point scorers in Ashleigh Condon, Megan Grondin and Emily Reilly as well as reserve guards Annmarie Fransen and Breeann Redman from a season ago.
With all the changes to the Clark roster for 2014-15, the Cougars have been predicted to finish tenth in the 11-team league in the coaches' preseason poll. Springfield College, who won the conference tournament last season as the No. 6 seed, was picked to finish first in front of Wheaton and Babson. Coast Guard and Smith rounded out the top five and were followed by MIT, Wellesley, WPI and Emerson. Only Mount Holyoke was selected to finish behind the Scarlet and White in 11th place.
Reunited. And It Feels So Good
It's a reunion of sorts for former high school teammates Sam O'Gara and Aretha Sullivan. That duo teamed up in 2012-13 as seniors to lead Main South to a district title and an appearance in the state semifinals.
Another Teammate Reunion
Sam O'Gara actually teamed with Haley Wilder for a postgrad year at Vermont Academy in 2013-14 where they were both named Boston Globe Prep All-Stars.