Dinkins, McDonnell Named Women’s Basketball Captains
Dinkins becomes the first two-time captain since Christine Matera '11 and ninth overall in program history (OAC).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Rising seniors Kaitlyn Dinkins and Erin McDonnell were named captains for the 2014-15 season last night as the Harvard women's basketball team held its annual year-end banquet at The Harvard Faculty Club.
Dinkins becomes the first two-time Crimson captain since Christine Matera '11 and the ninth overall in program history. Dinkins also earned The Robin L. Mitchell Harvard Pride Award for the second-straight year, given annually to the player who displays exceptional sportsmanship, enthusiasm, and dedication to the team, while exemplifying what it means to wear the Harvard jersey by always putting the team first and by contributing to the Harvard community both on and off the court.
McDonnell ranked third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.0 points per game while chipping in 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists. The Morristown, N.J., native registered 13 games in double-figures and shot a career-high 43.8 percent from the field, including a personal-best 31-of-73 (42.5 percent) from behind the arc. McDonnell was named the team's Most Improved Player a year ago.
Senior guard Christine Clark, a first team All-Ivy League honoree, was named the team's Most Valuable Player. Leading the Ivy League in scoring, Clark posted 16.5 points per game, adding 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists. During league action, Clark matched her scoring output, but increased her boards to 5.4 per game. For her career, the senior from Tucson, Ariz., ranked fourth all-time in scoring at Harvard with 1,711 points.
Kit Metoyer earned the Most Improved Player Award after averaging 3.9 points and 1.1 assists in 29 games this season at point guard. Last year, the Houston, Texas native scored five points in five games played, dishing out just one assist on the year.
The Best Defender Award went to senior Melissa Mullins, who paced the team with 1.3 steals per game, adding 6.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks. The Burlington, Ont., product ranked sixth in the Ancient Eight in boards, 13th in steals and fifth in blocked shots. An athletic, defensive stopper, Mullins could play and defend any position on the floor and was often tasked with guarding the opponent's best offensive player.
Also recognized at the banquet was head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, the winningest all-time Ivy League coach.