Women’s Basketball Uses Leadership Team Approach

GETTYSBURG, Pa.  Being a leader involves showing responsibility, and for the Gettysburg College women’s basketball program, they use a leadership team approach to allow their student-athletes the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to influence and serve others in a positive light.

Since arriving on campus in 2015, head coach Nate Davis has used a leadership team approach versus the traditional way of naming captains.

“We go with the leadership team model because we want to develop our leaders in our program as servant leaders,” said Davis. “We want to equip them with the necessary skills to lead, reach, and build relationships with everyone on the team.”

Davis, along with his assistants Kaleigh Badecki and Kevin Thomas, work with the leadership team by having them read leadership books, hold weekly meetings to discuss the team, communicate upcoming scheduled events, and cover leadership topics.    

“We want our group of leaders to use what they have learned to impact and influence the culture in our program, that’s the goal,” said Davis. “As a leader, it’s a responsibility to serve teammates, push them to be better, and hold them accountable, in addition to caring and looking out for them as well.”

The student-athletes serving on the leadership team in 2020-21 are senior Meredith Brown (Landisburg, Pa./West Perry), and juniors Avery Bennett (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh), Carly Rice (Pennington, N.J./The Pennington School), and Christina Richson (Summit, N.J./Summit).

Brown, an All-Centennial Conference Second Team honoree, was a solid contributor for the Bullets squad once again in 2019-20. As a forward, Brown finished second on the team in scoring (8.7 ppg), third in rebounds (4.9 rpg), and field goal percentage (46.2), while ranking fifth in the Centennial Conference in field goal percentage. She also logged in 12 double-digit scoring outputs, eight of which came in the last 11 games, with her season-high coming at 19 against Swarthmore College. During her career in the orange and blue, she has gathered 656 points, 438 rebounds, 95 assists, and 44 steals in 84 career games. For her outstanding work in the classroom, she earned the Centennial Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, becoming the first Bullets women’s basketball player to earn the honor. Off the court, she is involved with the Gettysburg College EMS, NCAA SAAC, and Student-Athlete Impact Leader (SAIL) organizations. Brown, a two-time Academic All-Centennial and Academic Honor Roll recipient, will be graduating in May 2021 with a biochemistry & molecular biology major with a minor in Spanish.

Bennett appeared in 19 games as a reserve for the Orange and Blue in 2019-20. The CC All-Sportsmanship Team honoree a season ago tallied 33 points, 35 rebounds, seven assists, and five blocks as a forward. The health sciences major is involved with the pre-health professions club, SAIL, Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, and works in the Equipment Room.   

As a sophomore last season, Rice blossomed as one of the top three-point shooters in the conference. She finished the campaign ranking second in the league at 40.8 percentage from beyond the arc. The guard scored a career-high 23 points against Franklin & Marshall College, which helped her land her first career Centennial Conference Player of the Week honors. Rice set career numbers in nearly every category last season – minutes (469), field goal percentage (40.8), three-point percentage (40.8), free throw percentage (75.0), rebounds (76), assists (31), steals (13), and scoring (230 points). Rice, who is an organizational and management studies major, interned for Match-U Sports this past summer and is a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

Richson emerged as the top three-point shooter in the league a season ago, canning 42.9% of her attempts. She was in the starting rotation for 23 of the 28 games played and registered career-high marks in minutes played (616), field goal percentage (44.0), three-point field goal percentage, free throw percentage (61.0), rebounds (64), assists (51), and steals (14).  Richson tallied a career-high 15 points at Washington College where she went 3-of-4 from three-point land and tied a career-high six rebounds. The business, organizations and management major is a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and works in the Office of Athletic Communications.    

The Bullets wrapped up an outstanding, record-breaking 2019-20 season with a 22-6 overall record and 17-3 mark in the conference while finishing runner-ups in the league tournament. Gettysburg captured a program and conference record of winning 19 games in a row, made its third-straight trip to the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship, and earned recognition from the NCAA as the Division III statistical champion for three-point field goal percentage. Competition this fall has been suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The status of the remainder of the season has yet to be determined by the conference and institution.  
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