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With a 55-44 loss at Saint Anselm on Sunday, the New Haven women’s basketball team concluded their season in the NE10 Quarterfinals. The Chargers were able to find success during the year, finishing at 18-9 (12-7 NE10) mark with notable wins over nationally-ranked Bentley University and Le Moyne College.
For a young team who came off a successful 2019 campaign, the Chargers started hot, winning 10 of their first 11 games. Though the team lost five of their next seven games, the women bounced back by putting together six wins in their final eight games of the regular season.
Throughout the season, the Chargers were able to handle teams lower than them in the standings, as they struggled to find a statement win over the higher-ranked teams in the conference. The Chargers also took advantage of their home court as they dominated in games at Charger Gymnasium, with an 11-2 record.
The Chargers were known for their stingy defensive play by limiting teams to the lowest scoring average in the NE10 (53.7 points per game), almost two points lower than the next closest team. They also forced the most turnovers (18) and had the second-most steals (10.2 per game).
New Haven was able to play to their strengths, and found success in a style of play that frustrated their opponents. This was most obvious in their games against Pace, where they limited the Setters to 35 points, and Bentley, whom they held to just 40.
The Chargers were led by senior Micah Wormack, who averaged 12.8 points and 7.6 rebounds a game; freshman Aurora Deshaies, with 11.4 points and 7.4 rebounds, and sophomore Camryn DeBose, with 10 points per game. The guard duo of Luzdali Ocasio and Brie Pergola both return next year. They led the offense on the playmaking side, with 85 and 96 assists, respectively. They led the team by a wide margin. Pergola chipped in 9.2 points per game. Wormack, with All-NE10 Second Team and Deshaies, All-NE10 Rookie Team, both were recognized.
Out of the team’s starters, the Chargers only lose Wormack. They welcome back a squad with another year of experience and success under their belts.