Season Wrap-up in One Word: Overachieving

On the surface it doesn’t seem impressive at all.  The Highline Women’s Basketball team finished the 2017/18 at 11-16 for the season, 7-7 in league play, and a first-round loss in the NWAC Championship Tournament.  It is only when you consider that the team began this season with seven freshmen and a new head coach in Daimen Crump, bringing a new approach and culture to the program, that the year takes on a new meaning.

The expectations for the team at the beginning of the season was that the team would play hard and maybe pick up three or four wins.  And the team did play hard, even while at times playing shorthanded with injuries leaving only seven or eight available players.  A surprising season opener win over Olympic College was followed by a string of losses, with the team going 3-9 in its first 12 games.  Then the season turned, as the players got to know each other and the freshmen starting to assert themselves, with Highline closing out with an 8-7 record.  Again, not to impressive to look at until one remembers this team was not expected to win.  The playoff spot, totally unexpected and secured by the team winning its final game on the road at Centralia, was just extra icing on the cake.

As Head Coach Daimen Crump stated when he took over, “This season’s mission is to set a new course, focused on creating an environment that facilitates all student athletes to establish goals, work hard to achieve them, and most importantly have fun doing it.”  And in this the team fulfilled its mission.

The Year in Photos

Sharon Ajayi

Named as Freshman of the Year and to the First Team All-Stars in the NWAC Western Division.  Averaged 14 points and 10.7 rebounds in 28 games.  Ranked 7th in the league in rebounds (5th in offensive rebounds, 9th in defensive rebounds), 7th in blocked shots.

Sharon Ajayi - Women's Basketball

Aileen Kaye

Highline sophomore named to the All-Defensive Team of the NWAC Western Division.  Averaged 12.7 points, 2.8 assists, and 15th in the league in steals. Led the team in averaging 33.8 minutes played per game. Was Highline point guard for last two years.

Aileen Kaye - Highline Basketball

 

Highline Women’s Basketball Team 2017/18

Women's Basketball Team 2017/18

Left to Right:  Aileen Kaye,  Lilly Williams, Minami Ando, Nadija Demic, Jazmina Lafitaga, Sharon Ajayi,
Jasmine Martinez, Peightyn Perrien, Aolani Teresa Medrano, Kanani Kremers, Jahnna-Marie Kahele-Madali

A New Course

Daimen Crump takes over as the Women’s Basketball Coach with a plan to develop a new culture for the program, leading to sustained excellence in the classroom and on the court.  His thoughts for the upcoming 2017/18 season:

“This season’s mission is to set a new course, focused on creating an environment that facilitates all student athletes to establish goals, work hard to achieve them, and most importantly have fun doing it.”

Head Women's Basketball Coach Daimen Crump

Over the past 19 years Daimen Crump has worked as a Youth Developmental Specialist, Youth Life Coach, Academic Advisor, and Basketball Coach. These roles, along with his experience playing basketball have aided with shaping his coaching and mentoring style. Coach Crump is dedicated to developing student-athletes so that they can excel in the classroom, on the court, as well as the broader community.  His athlete-centered philosophy concentrates on building positive relationships, empowering players, and developing athletic and life skills.

“I believe it is important to teach athletes and young adults about self-empowerment.  As a youth life coach I developed a tool that helps explain the process an individual needs to undertake in order to take charge of their life.  I called this process, P.O.W.E.R.  The goal of this model is to provide young people with steps to overcome hardships, build on success and taking full responsibility for his or her destiny.”