Daucher moving up scoring list for 5-3 Alden
The name Miranda Daucher is now officially on that list and it‚s rapidly climbing. And while Daucher may enjoy seeing that down the road when she comes back to visit her alma mater, right now it's not a big deal to the senior forward.
These days, her target is on winning basketball games for her team, which is 5-3, including four straight victories.
"I just want to win this season, that's what I'm focused on now," Daucher said. "Scoring is just extra."
Daucher entered her senior season with 516 career points. She officially cracked the Top 10 list with a 17-point performance in a 37-36 ECIC-IV win over Lackawanna on Jan. 8, a game that pushed her career total to 645.
"She'll be in the five or six area when it's all said and done," Bulldogs coach Bob Delzer said. "She's just a great player for us."
A year ago, Daucher led the Bulldogs with 13.1 points per game and earned second-team ECIC-IV all-star honors. Those honors are likely to increase this season as she's been even better in 2012-13.
Daucher averaged 14 points per game for Alden in the first eight games of the season. She also ranks second on the team with 6.9 rebounds per night.
"She's a four-year starter; she's been a fantastic player for us," Delzer said. "She does it all."
And her experience is something seen often on this year's Bulldogs‚ roster. In all, eight players have played varsity basketball before this season and that has made a big difference on the court.
"We've been playing so long together so it‚s all just natural for us out there," said Daucher, who serves as a tri-captain along with senior Emily Blood and junior Lauren Kocher. "We've been waiting for this season."
Success is nothing new for Daucher, who was an all-league pick on the volleyball court in the fall and is also a standout in track in spring.
But with all that experience, her goal of a strong team season in basketball seems very attainable. Alden started out in a hole after losing back-to-back close games to start its league season. But that seems to have made the Bulldogs even stronger.
"I think losses helped us a lot," Daucher said. "We took it as an advantage to help a lot of things."