March 11, 2008
2007-08 Season Wrap-Up
The 2007-08 season proved to be a very exciting and interesting year for the Slugs. It was a season that can't be measured by the wins and loses alone. The season ended with a 9-18 mark, a record the Slugs did not predict at the beginning of the season.
They began the season with the best start in program history, going 4-1 in their first week of the season. But as the season progressed, the Slugs found it difficult to stay consistant. With the West Field House being closed due to renovations for the entire season, the Slugs were forced to practice in another gym that was non-regulation and at various times depending on what day of the week it was. They also spent their entire season on the road, driving to LA six times and flying to Washington, Dallas, and Nebraska. The adversity proved to be too tough for the Slugs and after all the 6am practices and long trips, they found it difficult to finish many close games.
But again, the 2007-08 season cannot be measured by the wins and loses alone. Despite the adversity, despite the seven new faces added to the roster, and the 27 road games, the Slugs finished with a record breaking season and many accomplishments. Eight individual records were broken along with some great team accomplishments.
This year's team was definitely a defensive team. Finishing 5th among the Independents, the Slugs held their oppenents to a remarkable 57.6 points per game allowing their opponents to shoot a mere .366% from the field while they themselves averaged .381%, putting them 4th on the Independent list. They also finished 2nd among the Independents in 3-point field goal percentage shooting .341% and 5th in 3-point feld goal percentage defense.
Individually, Junior guard Kayleigh Calandri lead the way, breaking 6 individual records while moving up in the career leading records. First, Calandri hit the 1,000 point mark as a Junior, the first Slug to do so, male or female, in the programs history. She also tallied the most 3-pointers made in a single game with 7 and is now the leader with most points scored in a single season with 377. She broke the most field goals made in a single season with 132, making her second on the all-time career leader list with 350. Her field goal total also included breaking the most 3-point field goals in a single season with 63 and also moved her second on the all-time career leader list with 145. She was also finished #1 on among the Independents in this catagory. Calandri's last record she broke this season was finishing the season shooting .426% from the 3-point line, also making her #1 among the Independents. Along with all the records, Calandri also earned 1st team All-Independent honors and as a Junior, we are all extremely excited to see what she will bring to the table her Senior year.
Next in the record breaking efforts was Senior guard Talia Joyce. Joyce finished the season with 120 assists, breaking the record for most assists in a single season. This also brought Joyce to #5 on the individual career leader list. She also finished #3 on the Independent list with most assists per game averaging 4.4 a game and #3 on the assist/turnover ratio list at 1.13.
Last on the record breaking list is Senior center Sarah Adamson. Grabbing 20 rebounds against La Sierra this season, Adamson set a new game high record, beating the previous 17 rebounds in a single game.
So despite the win/lose record, the Slugs were extremely successful this season. With seven returning players, a great group of recruits coming in, and the West Field House back with 10 home games, the Slugs are looking to grow and learn from this season and produce another sucessful season.