2013-14 MCCAA Champions
Under the helm of Michael Groulx and Lucretia Bowerman, the Lady Skippers resemble a righteous and relentless wall, rolling away from the MCCAA as born again champions.
Bringing home the title for the second year in a row, the Lady Skippers have surely set a statement in the league, as they are now an established superpower not to be taken lightly by competitors.
Only losing two games in their five month stint, the Lady Skippers have mopped up their competition in every game since Nov. 23, 2013.
The Skips took on Lake Michigan in the MCCAA Championship, and rattled off the win, 84-73.
Whitley Currie, freshman forward, put up 27 points against Lake Michigan.
Newcomer, Haley Rutledge, a transfer from Jackson College, saw the promise that the team possessed before game one.
“After all the success last year, I was hoping to see another title,” said Rutledge, “and once I saw the team, I knew it was going to happen.”
Rachel Kehoe, a returning center, also saw a hopeful future for the team.
“I mean, nothing is written in stone,” said Kehoe, “but the way we were able to come together really showed success.”
After winning the MCCAA title, Kehoe and the rest of the team kept their head on straight and looked down the road to the desirable District tournament.
“I thought of how amazing it was to take the title in the MCCAA,” said Kehoe, “but I was looking forward to the tournaments at District and National.”
The Lady Skippers embarrassed Delta College on their own court, winning 84-67, taking the District title and deservingly winning a spot in the 2013-14 National tournament.
The Skippers played against Delta twice in their season, with a whopping blowout on Jan. 18, 110-69, and then nail biter on Feb. 15, 71-69.
With both results in favor of the Skippers, Delta was seeking revenge, yet had an unfortunate stumble as they took the court.
“It was nice to have a win at Delta,” said Rutledge, “especially beating them pretty bad, I’m glad we did it.”
Ta’kira Height, freshman guard/forward, racked up 25 points in the win against Delta, which Groulx called, “the best game of her life”, and Kehoe had an outstanding defensive run, fighting for her 15 rebounds.
Coach Groulx, with two MCCAA Championship titles under his belt in his two years of coaching, is looking for his first National title, as the Skippers were knocked out last year in the semi-finals.
“We have set the standard in this program,” said Groulx, “these ladies are very disciplined, and have sacrificed the ‘me’ for the ‘we’ of the team.”
The Skippers currently hold the highest win streak in the nation at 24.
The Lady Skippers are taking the show on the road, traveling to Kansas on March 18 through 22. The tournament will hold the top 16 teams in the country, and the Skippers are currently predicted to get the third or fourth seed.