Women’s Basketball team shows optimism for new season

By: Quinton R. Arthur

New coach Keisha Newell brings a competitive spirit to the women Lakers. Photo Credit: Roosevelt University Athletic Website

New coach Keisha Newell brings a competitive spirit to the women Lakers.
Photo Credit: Roosevelt University Athletic Website

As the new season gears up for the women’s basketball team, the players and coach are excited to compete. Senior player Becky Wilford and new coach Keisha Newell plan to show the brand of the Roosevelt University on the court.

Senior player and special education major Becky Wilford is leaving a legacy for others to aspire to. She was named a 2014-15 Daktronics-National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Basketball Scholar-Athlete and received an honorable mention in the All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.  

Wilford wants to be known as more than just a women’s basketball player; she feels that she has matured both as a player and student due to the support she received.

“It is honestly humbling to see the transition that I have made these past few years,” said Wilford. “My family, teammates, and friends have offered nothing but support and guidance through my entire journey and I will forever be grateful for that.”

“I am excited for this upcoming season,” says Wilford, as she reflects on the fact it is her last year playing competitive basketball. “Our team has been through so much adversity and that is only motivating us even more to get after it this year.”

The past two seasons for the team have differed. In the 2013-14 season, the team maintained a record of 21 wins and 11 losses, but in the 2014-15 season, the record was eight wins and 22 losses. One of the reasons that can be attributed to the tough 2014-15 season is that is was their last season with coach Robyn Scherr-Wells who, accepted a position as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The new coach of the team, Keisha Newell is sure to have an impact on the team’s success this season. She has been playing basketball a majority of her life. She believes the athletic department has been welcoming and helpful in her adjustment.

“The transition to Roosevelt has been phenomenal,” Newell stated. “I have also been very fortunate to inherit a wonderful group of young women.

Newell was previously the assistant coach of the women’s basketball team and recruiting coordinator at Loyola University. She also held the position of student-athlete recruiter in the undergraduate admissions office at North Park University in Chicago. Newell values the personnel and work ethic required for success.

“Our goal is to compete for a conference championship, while also growing as players and people at the same time,” said Newell. “We would love for the Roosevelt community (students, staff, and faculty) to come out and support our team this season. We promise to give our all and leave it all on the court.”

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