SEWANEE, Tenn. - The future of the Sewanee women's basketball program looks bright after year one of the Tracey Braden era. During the 2017-18 season, we saw a school record broken and two players that surpassed the 1,000-point mark in their respective careers.
The women's basketball program finished 10-15 on the season, and the team recorded a double digit win total for the first time since the 2015-16 season. Tracey Braden collected her first win as Sewanee's head coach in Danville, Ky. at the Lee's Famous Recipe/Hampton Inn Classic on Nov. 17 with a 66-59 win over Maryville.
Finishing with a 5-9 record in SAA play and earning the seven-seed in the SAA Tournament, the Tigers captured conference wins at Berry (Jan. 14), vs. Rhodes (Jan. 26), at Millsaps (Feb. 2), at Birmingham-Southern (Feb. 4) and vs. Berry (Feb. 11).
1,000 Times Two
During the 2017-18 season, the Purple and Gold had not one, but two Tigers that eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in their respective careers. Bella Taylor was the first player to earn this accomplishment this season and the 14th overall in program history on Dec. 29 vs. Wooster (Ohio). Coming into the game one point away, the Sparta, Tenn. native surpassed the mark on the second possession of the contest.
Setting her own school record with 526 points in a single season a year ago, Taylor sits fourth all-time in points with 1,390, and she is 387 points away of matching Kim Valek's school record of 1,777 career points. She is also ranked third in assists with 275, 96 shy of Kayla Goodwin's 271 from 1998-2002.
Hannah McCormack became the 15th Sewanee women's basketball player to 1,000 career points on Feb. 9 vs. Oglethorpe in the second quarter. She finished her career with 1,061 points, 14th-best all-time.
With the first shot of the second quarter, @SewaneeWBB's Hannah McCormack became the 15th women's basketball player to etch her name into the 1,000 and the second this year! Congratulations! #YSR #SAA #d3h pic.twitter.com/bivtrQ80tV— Sewanee Athletics (@SewaneeTigers) February 10, 2018
On Jan. 2 vs. Wesleyan (Ga.), Sue Kim recorded a triple double with a 12-point, 10-rebound and 10-assist performance. The Knoxville, Tenn. native drained four shots from downtown and corralled four boards on the offensive glass. The rising senior is fifth all-time with 259 assists.
Memorable Game | Sewanee at Berry, Jan. 14
In a Sunday afternoon SAA matchup at the Cage Center in Mount Berry, Ga., Sewanee's Bella Taylor had just 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting after 20 minutes of play.
The second half was a different story for the rising senior, as she scored 30 points, 15 in each quarter, on 7-of-13 shooting. Missing a double-double by one rebound with nine, she finished 10-of-20 from the field.
From the charity stripe was how the record of 37 years for points in a game was shattered. With 36 seconds left, the All-SAA First Team member drained both free throws for point number 37 and 38 to break the record set by Sophie Brawner in 1981 against Johnson (Tenn.). For the contest, Taylor went 10-of-12 in the fourth quarter en route to an 18-of-23 performance, as the Tigers downed the Vikings, 86-79.
SAA Sportsmanship Team
Bella Taylor - Second Team