PHILADELPHIA - Seniors Meghan McCullough, Kristen Kody, Courtney Wilson and Alyssa Baron will serve as the 2013-14 University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team captains as announced by head coach Mike McLaughlin and voted by their teammates.
"This is an incredible group," McLaughlin said of the elected captains. "This senior class has already done so much for this program and they all deserve this honor. It has been a pleasure watching them develop into the players and leaders they are today. We are lucky to have them."
McCullough, who missed all but three games last season due to a knee injury, has started 46 games over her first two seasons and played in all 59 career games prior to her injury. The Havertown, Pa., native has already accumulated 105 assists, 78 steals and 245 points over her career.
Kody has played in 81 games during her first three seasons. The Langley High School product has been one of Penn's most reliable players off the bench since stepping onto campus in 2010. She has played in at least 26 games in each of the last three years and has already pulled down 100 career rebounds.
Baron has been Penn's leading scorer since her rookie year when she became the first freshman in Ivy League history to lead the league in scoring. The Miami, Fla., native is a three-time first-team All-Big 5 honoree and three-time All-Ivy recipient. Last season, she was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection and led the team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals.
Wilson had a breakout season in 2012-13. She finished second in the Ivy League in blocks - only to teammate Kara Bonenberger. Her 43 blocks were also sixth-most in a single season at Penn. A product of Sunnyvale, Calif., Wilson played in every game last season and scored in all but four of them. She had three or more rebounds in 16 games and had multiple blocks 11 times, including a career-high four on four occasions
Last year, this foursome helped lead the Quakers to the second-most wins (18) in program history. Penn's 18-13 overall record marked the first winning season since 2004-05 and the team's best record since the 2000-01 team set the school standard with 22 wins. After a third-place finish in the Ivy League, the Red and Blue earned their first-ever postseason victory and advanced to the semifinals of Women's Basketball Invitational.
Penn, which returns all five starters from a year ago and was picked to finish third in the Ivy League preseason media poll, begins its 2013-14 campaign on Nov. 9 against St. Francis Brooklyn. Tip off from The Palestra is at 2 p.m.