Dynamic guard duo looks to build on development from 2016-17 season
UNIVERSITY PARK -- Sophomore guard Teniya Page and freshman guard Amari Carter created a dynamic duo in the 2016-17 women's basketball season. Both of these young guards pushed the tempo of the Lady Lions' game, something that helped the team reach postseason for the first time since 2014.
Penn State head coach Coquese Washington got so used to calling Page's and Carter's names that she began to mix them up, eventually just referring to them as "Temari."
"Our teammates call us that sometimes, my parents call us that sometimes," Page said. "We're used to it."
And it's the chemistry that 'Temari' developed this past year that excited Washington for what these young guards can do in the upcoming seasons.
"There's nothing like experience and them having a year playing together, that's just going to make them that much more dynamic next year," Washington said.
Both Carter and Page will work to increase the offense, while the WBCA All-American, Page, continues to be a leader on the court.
"You have to have moments that happen in a game where Teniya kind of puts the team on her shoulders and she scores 10 points in a row. And that experience and confidence will carry over through the summer and into next season," Washington said.
Page's leadership role will be even greater next season as rising senior Lindsey Spann and rising junior Ashanti Thomas have both decided to move on from the program along with the three seniors graduating this year.