As women’s basketball season approaches, here’s a look at the team’s rookies and what type of role they might play this year...
#24 Allie Palmieri | Guard
Palmieri is one of two freshmen who actually joined the team last semester due to COVID ending their high school seasons. She averaged 2.9 points and 1.4 rebounds across 7 games for BC last season. Per Blue Star, she was the 94th best recruit in her class, and she was Connecticut’s 2020 Gatorade Player of the Year. I wouldn’t expect her to be a starter, but Palmieri should see some playing time.
#24 Ally VanTimmeren | Forward
The other player to join the Eagles midseason last year, VanTimmeren made an immediate impact and might even see some starts this year. A four star recruit who was Blue Star’s 44th best prospect in her recruiting class, VanTimmeren needed no adjustment to the college game. Over 10 games she averaged 5.9 points and 4.8 rebounds, and she tied Marnelle Garraud to lead the team with 7 blocks. VanTimmeren is going to be a star player for the Eagles, and fans can expect that to begin this season.
#21 Andrea Daley | Guard
Daley was originally set to go to George Washington University, but after a coaching change she reopened her recruitment and ended up at BC. With so many skilled guards on the team, Daley likely won’t see much playing time this season.
#11 Amaria Fields | Guard
A guard out of McKinney, Texas, Fields was one of the top scorers in the greater Dallas area. She comes to BC as the 128th prospect in her recruiting class per Blue Star and the 44th prospect in her position per the Dan Olson Collegiate Report. Fields may see some playing time this season, but like Palmieri and Daley, she’ll be competing with some tried and true upperclassmen.
#5 Maria Gakdeng | Forward/Center
The Eagles could use a really clutch center, and if Gakdeng can adjust to the college game quickly, she could see some solid playing time. At 6’3 she adds some needed height to the team, and Blue Star ranked her as the 18th recruit in her position and 76th recruit overall in this year’s class.