Erskine women turn things around
Sunday, March 16, 2014 12:15 AM
Coming off a three-win season in 2013, Erskine College women's basketball coach Russ Gregg had one goal in the offseason: to recruit talented players to turn the program's fate around.
After winning 14 games with a freshmen-laden lineup this season, it is safe to say Gregg succeeded.
The Fleet went 14-13 overall with a 9-9 mark in Conference Carolinas to finish in a three-way tie for fifth out of 10 teams. Gregg started four freshmen most of the season and had the conference's freshman of the year in point guard Raygon Hendrix.
"I was very happy, very happy for the players most importantly," Gregg said. "For many of them to go through something like we went through last year and to bounce back this year and have a winning record, that's big. We started four freshmen and one junior most the year, so we gained a lot of experience, we learned how to win close games, things that can't really be taught in practice, and that's very big for us."
While a plethora of freshmen carried a lot of the load for Erskine this year, the play and leadership of junior Tara Potter played a huge role. Not only did Potter average 12 points and 8.6 rebounds a game, she was the experienced elder statesman in the starting lineup to lead a young group.
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