Women’s basketball head coach Gail Goestenkors announced Monday that junior Monique Currie, junior Lindsey Harding and sophomore Caitlin Howe will serve as the team’s captains for the upcoming season.
“I think this is going to be a wonderful group of great leaders for us,” Goestenkors said. “Leadership is going to be a very important aspect of our team this year. The nice thing about the three captains that were selected is all three lead in different ways. Monique, Lindsey and Caitlin will work together and their leadership strengths will make us a better team this season.”
Of the three captains selected by the players, Currie is expected to make the biggest impact on the court. After missing the entire 2002-03 season with a torn ACL in her left knee, Currie reinvigorated her Duke career last season, ranking second on the team in scoring and rebounding with 12.3 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game. The Washington D.C., native is listed on the preseason watch lists for the John R. Wooden Award and the State Farm Wade Trophy.
“Monique is a fierce competitor and leads by example on the court,” Goestenkors said.
Harding, a third team All-ACC selection last season, will continue to lead the Blue Devils’ offense after starting 33-of-34 games at point guard last season. She ranked third in the conference with her 166 assists, two shy of a school record.
“Lindsey runs the show from the point guard position,” Goestenkors said. “So she is a natural leader for us.”
Despite playing in only 16 games a year ago, Howe has developed a reputation for being a fiery motivator. The sophomore has suffered from three ACL injuries over the last four years, and missed the entire 2002-2003 season because of injury.