BASED ON STATISTICS ALONE, it's safe to say that Swarthmore women's basketball frosh Kathryn Stockbower has singlehandedly tried to put her team on the map.
Suffice to say, few have taken notice judging by the team's dismal record this season.
The Garnet are stalled at 4-12 overall despite the fact that their 6-foot freshman phenom leads the team in just about every statistic. Not to mention, her rebounding numbers (13.3 rebounds per game) rank among the best in Division II.
Yet, Swarthmore is in the midst of an eight-game slump with less than 10 games to play.
"It is definitely tough to have this long of a losing streak [eight games] but going through this has taught me a lot about the game of basketball and team dynamics," said Stockbower. "Every game is a new game and I try to keep that attitude . . . even if we don't win, I just always try to play my hardest and represent my myself, my family, my teammates and my school in a positive way."
Tied for third all-time on the team's single game scoring list, Stockbower was just a point shy of tying the Centennial Conference record for most points in a single game by a freshman after a ridiculous 34-point, 11-rebound performance in a 81-71 loss to Washington College earlier this year.
The daughter of former La Salle player Anne Marie Sherwin, this 18-year-old Biology major has a conference-high 16 double-doubles, leads the team in field-goal percentage (.469), free throws made (81) and is second in blocks.
"I knew Kathryn would be a very good player, I just didn't know how great and how immediate her impact would be," said Swarthmore head coach Renee DeVarney. "As a coach it's a pretty great feeling to know that no matter what, you can pretty much count on her to have a double-double game in and game out."
Hey Kathryn, what's it like to know that while most freshman are carrying the water, you're carrying the team? *
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