Widener University women's hoops off and running this season

Matt Leon
December 06, 2018 - 4:05 pm
The Widener University women's basketball team has won eight of its first nine games this season.

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CHESTER, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The Widener University women's basketball team has turned a lot of heads already this season.

The Division III Pride, who call Chester home, sit at 8-1 (2-1 in the MAC Commonwealth) as they prepare to visit Hood College on Saturday. Their only loss came by just three points to a nationally ranked Messiah team and head coach Alisa Kintner says her group has definitely exceeded expectations so far.

"I did not expect us to be 8-1," she said. "We have a young group. We brought in nine freshmen, 16 players total with four upper classmen. If you would've said to me (before the season) that we were going to able to get off to an 8-1 start with that many freshmen, I would've probably laughed. So I'm really happy with this season so far. It's been fun."

Kintner says it is one of those upper classmen leading the way.

"We have a junior, Devan Rimmer," she said. "She's second in the conference in scoring, I believe, at (18.7) points per game," she said. "She's really put the team on her back. I named her a captain a couple of weeks into the season. She just changed from last year, she came in fit, she was determined and she has really, truly been a leader on and off the court for us and she's been leading by example as well. When things aren't going well, she's adjusting and taking us where we need to go."

Kintner also credits the determination and leadership of senior center Emily Hardy and senior guard Emma Gardy with helping the Pride to the fast start.

The Pride went just 12-13 a season ago and Kintner says she has spoken with her team about how once you start having a lot of success, everyone you're playing notices.

"They're now coming after you and they are going to treat you like one of the better teams in the conference," she said. "Every day you've got to play your best game because every game they are going to give you their best game because they think you're very good. So I keep telling them to stay humble, make sure they're working at the little things, the fundamentals and if we do that then we will continue to have success."

Widener's game with Hood on Saturday gets underway at 1:00 p.m. in Frederick, Maryland.

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