Women’s basketball: Healy strives to learn from last year’s frustration

By Katie Faulkner @kfaulkner20

After being picked to finish eighth in the Atlantic 10 just a season ago, the St. Bonaventure Bonnies fell short of their expectations and went on to post an overall record of 15-15 and a conference record of 5-11. A seven-game losing streak left a bitter taste in the mouths of all the players, but nobody appeared more frustrated than Katie Healy.

The 6-foot-1 Healy led her team with 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.  She averaged 4.8 offensive rebounds per game, eighth best in the A-10. On December 22, she recorded her 1,000th career point as a junior.

Her statistics alone will easily place her as one of the elite players in program history, but she isn’t focused on the numbers this year.

Healy stressed the importance of working on mental aspects of the game, such as not getting frustrated and blocking out distractions on and off the court.

“I need to stay focused,” said the senior forward. “I think that’s one thing I do really need to work on.”

“Katie’s challenge this year is herself,” said coach Jim Crowley.

Realizing she’s at the eleventh hour of her college career, Healy put in extra work over the summer to prepare for this upcoming season.

“This is my last chance at this, so especially coming off of really bad conference play, we worked really hard this summer to get better,” said the Lancaster, N.Y. native.

Healy acknowledged scoring as her main strength.  However, A-10 teams are aware of this and will design game plans around limiting her touches in the paint.

“Defenses are going to focus on her, which means nothing she gets is going to be easy,” said Crowley. “She needs to be able to overcome that and stick with her game and trust herself.”

The Bonnies were picked to finish ninth in the conference this season, but Healy and her team aren’t focused on rankings.

“We try not to think about that [ranking] so we just focus on what we’ve worked on this entire preseason and during the summer,” said Healy. “We’re looking forward to showing what we’ve got.”

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