WBK | 2017-18 Season Countdown: #9
SMCGaels.com counts down the days to the opening of the 2017-18 season with a brief look at all nine returning letterwinners
SMCGaels.com counts down to Opening Day of the 2017-18 Women’s Basketball Season on Nov. 10 with capsules on all nine returning letterwinners to prepare fans for another year of Gaels basketball
MORAGA, Calif. — The countdown to the 2017-18 season continues with a look at the Saint Mary’s women’s basketball’s contingent of nine returning letterwinners:
1. #3 Jasmine Forcadilla, Guard
Forcadilla appeared in 31 games last season, her first full playing season after redshirting in 2015-16. She was an important piece for the Gaels off the bench at the point guard position, totaling 52 assists and nine steals while averaging 3.0 points per game.
Head Coach Paul Thomas: “Jasmine is a confident young person that believes in her abilities.”
2. #10 Carly Turner, Guard
Turner returns after a big junior campaign in which she started all 33 games and was one of the conference’s top 3-point shooters. Turner led the Gaels with an impressive 3-point shooting percentage .380, collecting 78 assists, 25 blocks and averaging 10.1 points.
PT: “(Turner) is offering our program a lot of stability and experience. She is a veteran who will help guide our younger players all season long.”
3. #11 Morgan Malloy, Guard
Malloy returns for Saint Mary’s after she appeared in eight games as a redshirt freshman. Malloy brings confidence on the floor for the Gaels as she was 1 for 2 from the 3-point line.
PT: “Morgan is a spark every single day in practice and understands what she is doing out on the floor, which is a tremendous asset to our program.”
4. #12 Sydney Raggio, Forward
Raggio appeared in all 33 games last season, named All-West Conference Second Team and WCC All-Tourney Team. A two-year starter, Raggio is a big-time defensive and offensive returner and was one of Saint Mary’s leading rebounders last year at 7.7 boards per game with 28 blocks while averaging 10.3 points per contest.
PT: “(Raggio) is becoming, each day, more and more responsible and accountable for her part of our success.”
5. #13 Tyra Moe, Forward
Moe appeared in 26 games in her first season. She returns for Saint Mary’s as an active defensive player and an important reserve in the post. She shot 47.4 percent from the field and an impressive 78.6 percent from the free throw line. She also grabbed 28 rebounds in her rookie season.
PT: “Tyra is the quiet individual who understands that her role is very valuable to our program and she is going to make the most out of her opportunities.”
6. #20 Katie Rathbun, Guard
Rathbun appeared in 19 games last season. Rathbun’s presence on the court creates effective plays for the Gaels’ leading scorers. She recorded her first triple of the 2015-16 season in eight minutes against San Jose State last season.
PT: “Katie, every single day gains more and more confidence in her abilities. She has had a great fall and is going to be valuable as we progress through the season.”
7. #21 Stella Beck, Guard
Beck appeared in 31 games last season and was named All-WCC First Team and WCC All-Academic. Beck is Saint Mary’s all-around leader on the court, as she averaged a team-best 13.0 points and 3.2 assists with a team-high 48
PT: “Stella is that person that everyone looks to. She is the person that directs the team out on the floor and the person we are going to look
8. #25 Megan McKay, Forward
McKay returns for the Gaels after appearing in 33 games last season. She is a crucial presence in the post who was also one of the best shooters and rebounders in the WCC. Her 55.7 field goal percentage led the conference while her 7.8 rebounds per game were fourth. She was the best on the offensive glass, leading the WCC with 3.2 offensive boards per game.
PT: “(McKay) is becoming the anchor. She is the person on the team that I think every single person on the team would tie their boat
9. #30 Joy Akaegbu-Cleveland, Forward
Akaegbu-Cleveland returns for Saint Mary’s after appearing in 16 games last season. She comes off the bench as a compelling athlete in transition, totaling six steals and 21 rebounds last season while scoring 23 points.
PT: “Joy has had a tremendous fall and gained valuable experience both on and off the floor last year and we're hoping she will convert that into extremely valuable minutes this coming year.”
In The Bonus: #33 Claire Ferguson, Center
Ferguson came to Saint Mary’s from TCU in 2016-17 and sat out the season as a redshirt transfer. She trained all season with the Gaels and will make her SMC debut in 2017-18. Ferguson appeared in six games at TCU as a key defensive player. Prior to college, Ferguson was an all-time leading rebounder and finished her high school career with 930 points and 689 rebounds.
PT: “Claire is a person that learns a lot when she observes. She is trying to put what she learned last year into game situations and game moments.”
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