The Stetson women's basketball team embarks on its final regular season road trip of the season this weekend as the Hatters visit Atlantic Sun foes Northern Kentucky and Lipscomb on Saturday and Monday.
Winners of three in a row and 17 of their last 20 games, the Hatters (18-6, 11-2 A-Sun) are coming off a two-game home sweep of ETSU and USC Upstate. Stetson came out firing in the first 20 minutes of both games and never trailed in either contest.
The Norse (10-11, 7-5) have also won three straight games, all on the road, including Saturday’s 75-58 win over Lipscomb.
Stetson will be playing for the first-ever time at the Bank of Kentucky Center on Saturday, with the tip-off scheduled for 4:30 p.m. The game can be seen on HatterVision and ASun.TV and heard on WSBB. Monday's contest at Lipscomb will be broadcast by ESPN3 with a scheduled start time of 7:30 p.m. ET.
Three Hatters have the opportunity to be a part of the winningest four-year class in the history of the Stetson women’s basketball program. Since the start of the 2009-10 season, the Hatters have won 67 games, just one shy of the all-time record of 68 victories compiled by the 1988-89 senior class. Seniors Ashley Dennis and Janelle Mills and redshirt junior Simone Taylor were each a part of the 2009-10 freshmen class.
"I think it is just really cool to be a part of a program that had such a rough season our freshmen year and then seeing such a turnaround," Mills said. "To be able to be a part of that type of history is definitely an honor."
Stetson won just six games in 2009-10, but in the three seasons since, the Hatters have won 20, 23, and currently 18 games heading into the weekend.
"For us to be able to succeed like this it just means a lot, especially coming from our freshman year when we only won six games," Taylor said. "It wouldn't be possible without the rest of the team. Everyone who has been here has been a part of it."
"I am just humbled to be a part of this program, and for our class to be able to have that distinction together, it is something we will be able to carry on with us," Dennis said. "It's just pretty cool to know that this hard work we put in over these four years has paid off. We wouldn't have got here without our coaches and teammates. Every single person has contributed."
"For us to even be talking about it, it says a lot about how much they have done here and the impact that they have had on the program," head coach Lynn Bria said. "That impact will be felt for a long time. When you talk about them as a group and what they have done as a class, it gets you in an elite category. It's been fun to watch and fun to be a part of."
Bria pointed out that senior Victoria McGowan was also part of the 2009-10 team, but had to sit out that season due to NCAA regulations after transferring from Bowling Green.
"I know Noc (Shanasa) and Victoria and Sasha aren't really in that class, but I do think of them in that group because all those kids came here about the same time," Bria said. "They came at a time when nobody else wanted to come, and they took a chance on me and the vision I had for the program. I think they wanted to be a part of building something and seeing something grow to a real high level, and they've done that."