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Winthrop University Grabs Title

Submitted by femmefan on March 14, 2014 – 5:41 pmNo Comment

ROCK HILL, S.C. – The 2013-14 Winthrop University women’s basketball team (24-8) captured the program’s first Big South Conference championship on Sunday, March 9, and received an automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Tournament. The team will find out who it plays in the first round of the tournament on Monday, March 17, when the 64-team bracket will be announced during the ESPN Selection Show at 7 p.m.


The 2013-14 team shone on and off the court this year. Not only do the 14 players exemplify athletic prowess and determination to succeed, but they also demonstrate Eagle pride through their commitment to academics and to community service. This cohesive team has put in the hard work to build a successful program, shattering records along the way – the only missing component was a Big South Conference championship, which the team proudly brought back to Rock Hill to share with faithful Eagle fans.


Winthrop President Jamie Comstock and her husband Larry Williamson have enthusiastically supported the Lady Eagles throughout the season. “The entire Winthrop family congratulates Coach Cook and the women’s basketball team on their historic Big South championship. I can’t tell you how proud it made me and Larry to sit in the stands this season and during the tournament to see our women play with such passion and determination. Being there as they won their first championship was a huge honor. These young women are student-athletes first and foremost, and they are wonderful role models on and off the court.”


Read more about the team’s impressive accomplishments this year:

Team highlights:

  • Winthrop has set a new school record for wins in a season with 24
  • Winthrop captured its first Big South Conference Championship Title and will be making its first NCAA tournament appearance
  • Winthrop is No. 85 in the latest RPI Rankings which is the highest in program history
  • Winthrop has posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in program history
  • Winthrop reached a ranking of No. 22 in the Collegeinsider.Com Mid-major Top 25 poll
  • Winthrop played South Carolina, the SEC regular season champion and probable No. 2 seed, to an 8-point game on the Gamecock’s home court
  • Coach Kevin Cook’s Winthrop record now stands at 45-20
  • Winthrop is making its third postseason appearance having been invited to the 2009 and 2013 WNIT and compiled a 1-2 record in those two years with the win coming in 2013 over Top 60 RPI Florida Gulf Coast on its home court

Individual accolades:

Academic accomplishments:

  • Winthrop’s team grade point average is 3.08
  • Nine of 14 players achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or better; out of those nine players, four were named to the All-Eagle team (3.4 grade point average or better)
  • McClanahan, an exercise science major, has achieved a 3.33 grade point average and was named to the Big South Conference All-Academic Team

Community service endeavors:

  • The team volunteered and participated at several community events, including First Baptist Church’s (Rock Hill, S.C.) auction and dinner; the Community Day at Friedham Park celebration; Rivergate Elementary’s Red Ribbon week “Hoopin’ It Up with the Eagles” event; Winthrop’s Global Learning Games; Eagle Week activities with the Boys and Girls Club; Winthrop volleyball’s “Think Pink” night; and the team assisted with set-up for Woodland United Methodist Church’s annual Fall Pumpkin Patch
  • Junior guard Taylor Calvert, senior guard Tiffany Charles and sophomore center Schaquilla Nunn participated in a mission trip to Haiti where they held basketball clinics and spent time at an orphanage. The group documented the trip in several blog posts for Winthrop Athletics and the local newspaper, The (Rock Hill) Herald
  • Taylor Calvert was nominated for the 2014 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team for her volunteerism and community service




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