The Goucher Women’s Basketball team is off to one of the best starts in school history. Over the course of three games, the Goucher Women’s Basketball team has outscored its opponents 254-100. Not only has Goucher won every game so far this season, but they have also won each game by an average of over 50 points. This is the first time the women’s team has started off the season 3-0 since 1993. Briana Bull ’18 commented on their strong start to the season, “it feels really good to make history… it’s going to be a season like no other.”
Recently, the Gophers beat the University of Valley Forge comfortably, confidently, and completely. By half time, Goucher’s impressive defense allowed only 8 points and scored a whopping 56. In the process, the team went on an extraordinary 32-0 run. After the game was over, Goucher again made history by winning 97-25, the highest point output since 2003, and the highest margin of victory since 1993. “We really focus on the small things,” Bull said, regarding her fantastic individual and team performance, “it’s those small things that mean a lot.”
The team’s start has been largely due to the leadership from Captains Olivia Nono ’16 and India Perkins ’16 as well as head coach and alumna Didi Cotton ‘96. Through an evident team philosophy regarding discipline, commitment, attitude, and a great work ethic, the team has been able to accomplish impressive feats. To Bull, it is the confluence of the different sources of leadership that propels the Goucher team: “It’s a balance… [Coach Cotton and the captains] pull us together, but on the court we play as one.”
The team’s next home game is against Drew, on Saturday December 6. They look to continue their amazing success in the ultra-competitive Landmark conference. On December 17, and 18, the team will travel to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to compete in the Cruzin’ Classic Tournament.