Navy head coach Stefanie Pemper and senior Erin Edwards accepting the Patriot League Women's Basketball championship trophy.
March 20, 2012
By Bill Wagner
Two nights before Navy hosted Colgate in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament, head coach Stefanie Pemper was in Maine attending a high school basketball game. It was Senior Night for one of Navy’s top incoming recruits and Pemper thought it was important to be there in-person.
That tidbit helps explain why Navy women’s basketball has enjoyed unprecedented success in the brief four-year tenure of Pemper and why most believe bigger and better things are on the horizon.
Pemper has already proven she can get maximum performance out of a team by teaching sound fundamentals in practice and drawing up sharp Xs and Os during games. Now that Navy has captured consecutive Patriot League championships and made back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament, the talent level within the program is certain to improve.
Standing outside the visiting locker room in a corridor of the Comcast Center on Saturday afternoon following a first-round loss to host Maryland in the NCAA Tournament, Pemper was upbeat about the future of Navy women’s basketball — and for good reason. The Midshipmen return four starters and their top four reserves.
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