Her versatility challenges opponents


Mary-Lynn Retassie

Pitt-Johnstown junior Alli McGrath (No.13) attempts to make a lay-up Saturday against Edinboro University at the Sports Center. Despite McGrath’s 11 points, the Mountain Cats lost, 68-63.

Yang Chen, Sports Editor

The Women’s basketball team has been off to  a good start in 2019, with a 2-1 record.

Alli McGrath, a transfer from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, is one of the team’s top scorers.  

 “She has made a dramatic impact in the few short months she has been on campus,” women’s basketball head coach Michael Drahos said.

Assistant women’s basketball coach Renee Brown said McGrath also has some characterstics to offer the team.

“The thing I love most about Alli is her confidence, competitive nature, and grit,” Brown said.

McGrath said that her confidence has increased at Pitt-Johnstown.

“I have a lot more confidence in myself because of my coach and teammates believing in me.”

Drahos said McGrath’s strongest asset is versatility. She can score inside and out, handle the basketball and make the defense play in a number of different ways.

 “In the PSAC conference, it is way different because of the competition, and toughness of the conference. It makes me want to win that much more,” McGrath said.

Drahos said the whole team improving is a major goal.

“We have a very talented team, continue to work hard to get better every day, and we just have to keep improving every time we step out onto the court.”

Brown said she is proud of what the team has accompolished so far.

“I have expectations for the second half of the season, beacause I know they are going to come out and surprise a lot of teams.”