Freshman Chloe Roach (Leesburg, Va./Tuscarora) ended her first regular season with a monumental performance against two of the top teams in the ODAC before going into tournament play. With the performance, Chloe notched her second Royals Athlete of the Week award and also her second spot on the D3hoops.com Team of the Week.
In the team’s last contest with Lynchburg College, Chloe put up a career high 30 points, shooting 63.6% from the floor. She also handed out a career high nine assists. To add to the impressive end to the regular season, she scored 23 points in a 74-67 win at Randolph-Macon.
The women’s basketball team has made their name heard in the ODAC. In the preseason, the women were picked seventh in the conference’s preseason poll but finished tied for third heading into tournament play.
Chloe feels that her team was special.
“I think that we had a rough start at the beginning,” Chloe said. “But after we started to come together as a team and started to win, we realized this was a special group who had an opportunity to do something special that no one thought we could do.”
With the impressive year, Chloe put herself on the All-ODAC Third Team as a freshman, an impressive, well-deserved feat.
Head Coach Kevin Griffin was impressed with Chloe’s performance through the entirety of the season.
“Chloe has made a huge impact on our team and what we have accomplished,” Griffin stated. “Her ability to attack the basket has really helped us on the offensive end in many ways. Chloe uses her quickness to attack and then we have other pieces around her that she complements and they all work well together. She has scored and yet even in her scoring has played unselfishly.”
Despite the multitude of accolades and the impressive first year, Chloe stays grounded and understands the work it takes to stay on top of her game with the seasons ahead of her.
“I feel like I had a pretty successful freshman year,” Chloe added. “I learned a lot and I still have a lot more to learn and work on.”
Throughout the season, Griffin saw the talents of Chloe, but also took note of the improvements that were made by his star freshman.
“Chloe plays fast with the ball in her hands and has really helped to create openings for other players on our team and she has developed a comfort level with them which has grown as the season has unfolded,” Griffin stated.
With the improvements made as a freshman, Chloe will carry what she has learned in her early career and continue to improve her game for the seasons to come as a Royal.
Apart from the standards of basketball, Chloe also understands that there are other factors to having an enjoyable experience on the court. Before going into the ODAC Tournament, Chloe simply stated that she mostly just wanted to “focus on the little things and enjoy the moment.”
--- by Jake Brown, Sports Information Intern