Widener women's hoops team is enjoying an outstanding season

Matt Leon
January 14, 2020 - 12:23 pm
Senior guard Devan Rimmer

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Division III Widener University women's basketball team will look to continue a tremendous season on Wednesday night when the Pride visit Albright in a MAC Commonwealth battle.

Widener is 12-2 on the season and 4-1 in the conference. After the Pride went 20-8 last season, head coach Alisa Kintner said they went into this season with high expectations.

"We lost a couple of players (from) last year, but we had the main core coming back," she said. "We needed to make some adjustments for losing our center. But other than that, I would say that expectations were pretty high. We were preseason ranked No. 1 in our conference over Messiah, and Messiah's usually No. 1. 

"In my 17 years, I don't know if anyone's been picked higher. So I think we had a target on our back coming into this season, and I think we're doing a good job with it."

Kintner noted a couple seniors who have been critical to the Pride's success this season.

"(Guards) Devan Rimmer and Madison Ireland," she said, "they've been playing a lot of minutes for me over the last four years — 30-plus minutes a game for four-year starters. They're really doing a good job. They understand the conference, they understand the talent that we're playing and how to get the team ready."

Rimmer leads the team in scoring at 18.1 points per game, while Ireland chips in 8.7 points a night and leads the squad with 80 assists and 27 steals.

Widener is playing tremendous defense, holding opponents to 37% shooting from the field and just 63.1 points per game. 

Kintner said her team succeeds at holding opponents in check.

"They're really working hard," she added. "We have a little motto that 'energy elevates our play,' and it couldn't be any more truthful. Once we get out there and we're giving it everything we have in practice, you're seeing the energy kind of bring us to the next level. The focus of stopping and guarding our yard, one-on-one is very important to this team and I think they've bought into the system in order for that to work."

Widener's game with Albright on Wednesday will get underway at 8 p.m.

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