Women’s Basketball Preview

November 21, 2017


It’s a new era in Shoreline Women’s Basketball as new head coach Amy Donovan takes over. Donovan has 10 years of combined coaching experience, beginning as a camp counselor from 2007-2012 for the Pete Newell Tall Women’s Camps, which focus on footwork and efficiency in the low post position. From 2010-2012 Donovan was an assistant varsity basketball coach and substitute teacher at Battle Ground High School. In 2012-13, while completing her Masters of Education she assisted at the University of Washington with coaching and operations aspects of the team, including film breakdown, team travel, budget management, and advanced analytics/scouting. After graduating from UW in 2013, Donovan worked in the non-profit sector for the A PLUS Youth Program and Basketball Education in Action from 2013-2015, both of which focused on providing educational and life skills tutoring and high-level basketball training. During the 2015-16 season, Donovan was the head varsity coach at Holy Names Academy in the Metro League. 15 players that Donovan has coached at the high school level have moved on to play at the collegiate level, including the PAC-12, Ivy League, and several Division II and Division III conferences.

Most recently during the 2016-17 season, Donovan was an assistant coach at Northern Arizona University. The team exceeded expectations in the Big Sky Conference, going 9-21 and finishing in 10th place despite being picked to finish 12th in both pre-season polls. While at NAU, Donovan was also in charge of team travel, assisted with recruiting and academic monitoring, and helped implement a new defensive system for the 2016-17 season.

With years of division one experience the 2017-18 Dolphin squad will be Donovan’s first chance to make her name as a head coach at the collegiate level. The Phin’s return zero players from the team a year ago, consequently building the Women’s Basketball program back up will be a lot of hard work but as Donovan has proved in her past, she is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get to work. Donovan loves the game of basketball and will be a great role model for the basketball community in Shoreline.

The Starting Five:

#12 Brittaney Carrington, 5’5″ Freshman Guard from Blaine High School, Blaine, WA

#10 Madison Dionisio, 5’8″ Freshman Forward from Roosevelt High School, Seattle, WA

#14 Alysha Gustafson-Savella, 5’9″ Freshman Forward from Ka’u High School, Ka’u, HI

#11 Tristan Davis, 5’8″ Freshman Forward from Ka’u High School, Ka’u, HI

#32 Cassidy Callihan, 5’7″ Freshman Center from Eastmont High School, East Wenatchee, WA

In Game 1 of the season the Phin’s dropped the game to Centrailia but the bright spot was Freshman Alysha Gustafson with a Shoreline scoring high of 14 points & 8 rebounds. Brittaney Carrington chipped in with 7 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals.


The Phin’s next play on the road at Green River CC, Wednesday November 29th at 5pm, before coming home Saturday December 2nd vs. Big Bend CC at 3pm.


On twitter follow @ShorelineHoops for all things Shoreline Women’s Basketball.



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