Lightning Senior Class to Lead Team During Upcoming Season
WILMINGTON, Del. – Seniors Irene Hudson (Corcoran H.S./Syracuse, N.Y.),Jacinda Jones (Concord H.S./Claymont, Del.), Devonne Richardson (Milford Mill Academy/Baltimore, Md.), Ashley Rosario (Harry S. Truman H.S./Levittown, Pa.) and Akilah Sewell (Baltimore City College H.S./Baltimore, Md.) have been selected to serve as captains for the 2012-13 Goldey-Beacom College women’s basketball team, it has been announced by Coach Jen Carleton.
“These five players have helped change the course of this program during their time at Goldey-Beacom,” Coach Carleton said. “I am very excited to watch them finish their careers at their highest level yet.”
A starter in 26 games last year, Hudson was the Lightning’s leading scorer with a 15.0 average. She scored in double figures in 21 of 27 games, she also posted 20 or more points six times, including a season-high 28 points against Philadelphia University on Jan. 12.
A second team All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference selection as a junior, Hudson scored the 1,000th point of her college career in the Lightning’s 75-64 victory over Concordia on Feb. 18. Entering her senior season, Hudson ranks sixth in school history with 1,008 points while her 516 career rebounds rank sixth all-time in program history.
According to Coach Carleton, “Irene has shown that she deserves to be a captain as a result of her work ethic during the off-season. She has worked so hard to make this senior year her best and has taken her communication within the team to a new level.
“When someone isn’t doing what is asked, Irene is there to let them know what has to change,” Carleton added. “I am very excited to watch her continue to grow as a leader this season.”
Named as a captain for the fifth straight season, Jones returns to the Lightning for a sixth year of eligibility after missing most of last season with a knee injury. The fourth-leading scorer in school history with 1,178 points, Jones started 28 of 29 games during the 2010-11 season while leading the Lightning to the CACC championship.
Jones, who also missed the 2008-09 season due to an injury, was the Lightning’s leading scorer with a 13.2 average and had 21 games with 10 or more points, including a season-high 27 points against Concordia on Jan. 8, 2011.
Entering the 2012-13 season, Jones ranks second in school history with 130 three-point field goals and ranks fourth with 157 career steals.
“Jacinda knows how I want our team to play and how important it is to play with emotion,” Carleton said. “She is the face of the program and a model to what Goldey-Beacom women’s basketball stands for. I am so proud of everything she has done both on and off the court.”
The only player to start every game for the Lightning as a junior, Richardson earned second team All-CACC notice after leading the team by averaging 9.7 rebounds per game. In addition, Richardson was the Lightning’s second-leading scorer with a 13.0 average. She posted 11 “double double” efforts last season and had a season-high 27 points with 10 rebounds at Post on Jan. 28.
In addition, she posted a season-high 20 rebounds against Concordia on Feb. 18 along with 13 points.
Entering her senior season, Richardson needs 36 points to become the seventh player in school history to record 1,000 career points. She also ranks third in school history with 845 career rebounds and can become just the second player with 1,000 career rebounds.
“Devonne has grown so much as a player over the last three years,” Carleton said. “She was always an athlete, but now she is a basketball player who can recognize defenses and control our team.
“Devonne plays with emotion and pure intensity,” Coach Carleton added. “Her mentality of ‘we will not lose’ is contagious and hard to replace. She has grown as a person over the last few months and it is obvious when she steps on the court that she is a leader.”
A starter in 25 of 27 games last season, Rosario ranked third on the team in scoring by averaging 10.1 points per game. She also ranked second on the team with 66 assists and contributed 28 steals. She scored a season-high 18 points against the University of the District of Columbia on Nov. 19 and had 14 points with 11 rebounds at Philadelphia University on Jan. 26.
Entering her senior season, Rosario has played in 85 career games with 64 starts. She has scored 536 points in her career and has 124 career assists.
“Ashley only has one gear and that is the ‘go’ gear,” the Lightning’s coach said. “She plays hard 150% of the time, gives everything she has and would run through a wall if she was asked to. She plays with intensity and heart and leads by example at all times.”
A starter in 26 of 27 games last year, Sewell was the Lightning’s fourth-leading scorer with an 8.7 average and ranked second on the team by averaging 7.6 rebounds per game. In addition, she led the Lightning with 48 blocked shots.
Sewell scored a season-high 23 points and contributed 17 rebounds against Kutztown on Nov. 26 and also had a season-high 22 rebounds at Indiana (Pa.) in the season opener on Nov. 12. Against Chestnut Hill on Feb. 21, she posted a season-high five blocked shots in a 50-43 victory over the Griffins.
Entering the 2012-13 season, Sewell ranks eighth in school history with 467 career rebounds. She also ranks second on the Lightning’s all-time list with 127 blocked shots.
According to the Lightning’s coach, Sewell “knows the game so well. She can calm everyone down when we get too emotional and can pick them up in an instant. She plays so physical inside and can really set the tone when she need her to.”
Led by their five seniors, the Lightning will travel to the University of Maryland for an exhibition game against the Terrapins on Monday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.
Goldey-Beacom College – Named Irene Hudson, Jacinda Jones, Devonne Richardson, Ashley Rosario and Akilah Sewell as women’s basketball team captains.