It has been a historic winter in Principia College's Hay Field House, resulting in the best combined season for the Panther men's and women's basketball teams since 1971–72. The men broke their single-season program record with 18 wins, while the women finished the regular season with a winning record for the first time since 2006–07. Along with winning records, this is the first time in Principia history that both teams qualified for the SLIAC Tournament in the same season.
Most Wins for the Men’s Team
The men’s team had a veteran group of six seniors, all of whom were key contributors and leaders.
The top senior contributor for the Panthers was Clark Davidson, who joined the Principia 1000 Point Club in November and closed his career with 1,312 points. Davidson, a SLIAC Second Team All-Conference selection, was one of the best defenders in the conference as he led the Panthers in rebounds, steals, and blocks this season. He finished with the second most rebounds in Principia history, closely following his older brother Parker.
Jaquan Adams, who transferred to Principia this year, had a standout performance as a junior. He was a force to be reckoned with this season, finishing the season as the Panthers' leading scorer by a wide margin. He led the entire conference in points during SLIAC play, made a First Team All-Conference selection, and was awarded 6th Man of the Year.
Winning Record for the Women’s Team
The women’s team has a fresh face with a majority freshman and sophomore team.
Freshmen Taylor Brown and Ariana Williams, brought loads of energy and talent to the Panthers as both earned SLIAC All-Conference selections after the season. Brown, a point guard with a nose for driving to the net, led the team in points and assists. Williams, an athletic forward, finished second in scoring and rebounds while leading the team in steals and blocks.
The three veterans, junior Alana Hinson, sophomore Paige Fowler, and sophomore Carolina Rojas all played pivotal roles as the Panthers had a shorter bench than their opponents. With no graduating seniors, the team expects to continue their success through next season, led by head coach Ramiro Dominguez. In recognition of Dominguez’s leadership and the team’s resurgence, he was voted SLIAC Coach of the Year in just his second season as coach.
Congratulations to both teams on all their success this year! We can't wait to see what new heights the teams climb to in the future.