The University of Scranton women’s basketball team, which includes two JB Hoops alums, opened practice this week under a new coach, Nick DiPillo.
Emily Sheehan, a senior guard from Dunmore, and Erin Worzel, a sophomore forward/center from Wallenpaupack, are among the returning players from a Lady Royals team that won the Landmark Conference title and reached the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Final Four.
Sheehan was named Landmark Defensive Player of the Year after leading the 29-3 team in steals with 40. She also averaged 8.9 points per game while earning second-team Landmark all-star honors.
Worzel made one start and appeared in 19 games in her first season in the program. She averaged 1.4 points and 1.7 rebounds.
One of DiPillo’s tasks will be replacing another JB Hoops alum, All-American Bridgette Mann, who graduated following one of the most successful careers in school history.
“The glaring thing that we have to fill in is replacing someone like Bridgette Mann, who was a terrific player, who was a tough, hard-nosed kid,” DiPillo said of the guard from Wallenpaupack. “So, even though we return four seniors who started the majority of games last year, we have to find someone to plug in on that wing, who can not only replace the scoring, but replace the toughness and the leadership that she provided.”
With a new coach in place, Sheehan and Worzel will be among players preparing for some changes this season.
To learn more about the Lady Royals and DiPillo’s preparation for his head coaching debut, see the feature story on NEPABasketball.com at http://www.nepabasketball.com/2018-19/articles/ScrantonWCoachDiPillo_copy.