Season In Review: Wells College Women's Basketball


Throughout the summer of 2015, the Wells College Department of Athletics website will look back at the "year that was". Starting with men's lacrosse on Thursday, June 11, a comprehensive "season in review" for each of Wells' 14 NCAA Division III varsity sports will be posted, giving fans not only a look back but also a look forward to the upcoming season of play.


The Wells College women's basketball team made the postseason for the third-straight season in 2014-15, overcoming a sluggish start to capture nine victories on the year and qualify for a first round matchup with Lancaster Bible College. Setting single-season team records for three-point baskets made (110), three-point field goal percentage (.324), free throw percentage (.700) and steals (262), the team graduates only three players and will look to grow in 2015-16.

2014-15
  9-15 | 8-10 NEAC | 7-5 HOME | 2-8 AWAY | 0-2 NEUTRAL
Schedule and Results | Roster | Statistics | News | Record Book

STATISTICAL LEADERS 




 
POINTS PER GAME
Holli Erkson
14.0
REBOUNDS PER GAME
Lindsay Achzet
6.4
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
Kamarie Maturine
.427 (53-for-124)
3-POINT FG PERCENTAGE
Holli Erkson
.361 (48-for-133)

POSTSEASON AWARD WINNERS

     
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Holli Erkson

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Kamarie Maturine

EXPRESS AWARD
Lindsay Achzet

NOTABLES

  • FIXING IT UP: Wells College announced plans to renovate the Frances Tarlton Farenthold Athletic Wing during the summer of 2015. Renovations are expected to be completed in time for the 2015-16 academic year and the women's basketball season. Planned improvements include lighting upgrades, a wall-to-wall gymnasium floor, increased seating capacity for spectators and increased support spaces for athletic training. For a photo gallery of the progress, click here.
  • HEADING TO FLORIDA: For the first time in team history, the women's basketball team hit the road in December to take on 2013-14 NCAA Tournament teams in the Sunshine State. Playing Wis. Lutheran and Carthage down south, the Express were one of only two teams in the conference to depart in search of nicer weather this past winter.
  • ALL-CONFERENCE: Junior Holli Erkson (Cooperstown, N.Y.) earned NEAC Women's Basketball Third Team All-Conference placement to become only the second player in team history to earn an All-Conference spot. She led her team in point scoring per game (14.0), total points scored (336), steals (58), field goals made (121), minutes played (797) and minutes played per game (33.2). Her 48 three-point field goals not only led the team, but were also the most made in a single-season in Wells history.
  • MAKING THE FREEBIES: Erkson exited her junior year at Wells with the best career free-throw percentage (min. 100 makes) after pouring home .779 (141-for-181) of her attempts at the free-throw line. She ranks ahead of Kaitlynne Knapp (Port Byron, N.Y.) (.741, 83-for-112) and Ashley Roser '14 (.714, 584-for-818).
  • A "HELPING" HAND: Graduating senior Jessilyn Artaho-Aki (Kapa'a, Hawaii) reached 200 career assists during her final year in a Wells uniform and wrapped up her career with 217 assists in 77 career games. Ranking second all-time in helpers, she holds the program record for career assists average (2.8/game).
  • "BLOCK" PARTY: Knapp concluded her two years in a Wells uniform as the all-time program leader in blocked shots average (2.7) and halted an impressive 141 would-be scorers on defense to rank second in blocks behind Ashley Roser '14 with 256. She concluded her senior campaign ranked 48th in NCAA Division III with 2.21 blocks per game and ranked 14th nationally in 2013-14 with 3.14 blocks per game.
  • SMYTHE ... FOR THREE!: The third and final senior from the 2014-15 women's basketball team, Cassie Smythe (Eden, N.Y.) departs having played the seventh-most minutes of any Wells player since the program's inception in 2010-11. With 79 games played (t-4th all-time), Smythe hit 94 three-point baskets for Wells in three seasons to rank second behind Erkson for the all-time team record.
  • A LOW-SCORING AFFAIR: One of the biggest victories of the season for Wells also turned out to be one of the lowest scoring wins in team history. Coming out on the winning end of a 42-38 road game against Keuka eventually clinched the team's third-straight postseason appearance following a series of tiebreakers. With the Wells win against Keuka and a key 73-68 win against Cazenovia in the very next game, the Express qualified for the playoffs.
  • THE STREAK IS ALIVE!: Wells College men's and women's basketball teams currently have the second-longest active postseason streak within NEAC play. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, at least one Wells basketball team has made the playoffs, the second-longest current streak in conference play. Keuka College, a founding member of the NEAC, has made the postseason with at least one team each year since 2004-05.
  • RACKING UP THE POINTS: Wells scored a program record 93 points as they defeated Penn College by a 93-76 margin on Feb. 14 at home. The Express shattered the previous team high of 88 points scored on the road at SUNY Poly on Feb. 10, 2013. Additionally, the team's 23 total assists broke the previous mark of 22 assists, set twice against SUNY Cobleskill (Jan. 26, 2013, Dec. 7, 2013). Lastly, the team's 37 field goals tied the team record set last season, coincidentally against Penn College on Jan. 13, 2014.

QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH MIKE O'BRIEN

  • "As defending conference champions heading into this past season, we had to face every opponents' best effort in an attempt to knock us off. As our young program continues to grow, I'm hoping that our younger players learned greatly from this and can continue our streak of conference tournament appearances in 2015-16."
  • "We have a good solid core of players returning and that, along with our seasoned leadership, should help both our new and returning players."