DOVER, Del. – Looking to make an impact in the Atlantic East Conference, the Wesley College women's basketball team is ready to the start of the season.
"It is going to be a very competitive season," said 13th-year head coach James Wearden. "There will be plenty of good teams in the Atlantic East so we have to be prepared every game."
Senior guards Stacey O'Neale and Monshea Newsome-Murray will be the leaders of the team after a productive 2017-18 season. Newsome-Murray led the team in scoring (12.0 ppg), assists (123), steals (75) and blocks (12). Newsome-Murray finished second in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) in assists, third in steals and 10th in points per game.
O'Neale was named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Dec. 26, 2017. She led the team in three-pointers made (68) and third in points with 258.
"Both Stacey and Monshea are our captains this year and have been tremendous for our underclassmen so far in practice. They are great role models for our team on-and-off the court."
Joining the seniors in the backcourt is junior Paige Hailstock, who totaled 89 points last season.
Leading the frontcourt is sophomore forward Shelby Johnson. A former Eastern College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week, Johnson ranked second in the CAC in rebounding with 238 boards in 2017-18. Johnson also scored 8.9 points per game and scored double-digits 10 times. Junior Chardae Booker-Hayes and sophomores Megan Shacklock and Katelyn Watson also return at forward for the Wolverines.
Newcomers on the team will be key to the team's success this season.
"There are a couple of new people on the team that will fight for starting spots on the team. There is a lot of talent and a lot of potential on the team for players to step up and earn their minutes."
Wesley opens the season at home against McDaniel on Saturday, Nov. 10. Tipoff from Wentworth Gymnasium is set for 2 p.m.