HANOVER, N.H. - Dartmouth women's basketball head coach Chris Wielgus welcomes six players in the class of 2016. In search of its 18th Ivy League title, the Big Green women are retooling with accomplished players from throughout the country. This year's freshman class will be called upon to uphold the Dartmouth tradition of basketball excellence.
Donning the Green and White for the first time this season are: Kasey Crockett (Southfield, Mich.), Daisy Jordan (Worcester, Mass.) Kaitana Martinez (Hailey, Idaho), Lakin Roland (Jeffersonville, Ind.), Sofia Roman (White Plains, N.Y.) and Lauren Taiclet (Wellesley, Mass.)
"I am excited for the upcoming season," said Wielgus. "My staff is great and our team has a unique balance. On the one side we are still very young. Our rookies are versatile and each brings an important skill set to the team.
On the other side many of those younger players gained valuable experience last year. Our upperclassmen have worked hard setting an example for the younger players and I am delighted with the progress our players have made. I'm looking forward to the start of the season."
Kasey Crockett, 5-11,
Forward, Southfield, Mich.
Captained her Detroit Country Day squad as a senior ... Led DCD to back-to-back MHSAA Regional Championships (2010-12) ... MHSAA Class B finalist (2009-10) ... All-State nominee as a senior ... Ranked as one of the Top 50 players in the state by the Michigan Girls Basketball Report and the Michigan Lady Ballers ... Played for the Midwest All-Star Team at the Invitational Tournament ... Received the Quintessential Quaker Award at the Penn Elite Basketball Camp as a sophomore ... Also competed in track, reaching the MHSAA Track and Field State championships as a sophomore ... Graduated magna cum laude and is interested in majoring in biology or anthropology at Dartmouth in pursuit of a career in medicine or public policy ... Has three brothers and two sisters ... Father, Kenzo Crockett, played football at North Carolina State (1984-85), stepsister, , was a member of the University of Michigan women's basketball team (2006-10) and stepbrother, Tonjua Jones, played football at Northwestern (2005-07).
Wielgus on Crockett: "Kasey is an elite athlete with a great work ethic. She has played for one of the nations top high school basketball programs and can compete at a high level."
Daisy Jordan, 6-0,
Center, Worcester, Mass.
Led her Tilton School team to back-to-back league championships (2010-12) ... As a junior led Tilton to the Class C Championship with a 23-3 overall record ... Team also reached the Class B Championship game during her senior season ... Earned NEPSAC First Team All-Star recognition during the run to the Class C Championship ... Averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds per game while leading the team in free throw percentage ... Mid-Wach All-Star ... Three-time MVP of her team ... Scored her 1,000th point as a junior and was named an NEPSAC All-Star as a senior ... Also played volleyball and was a two-time Mid-Wach B All-Star ... Sister, Danielle Jenkins, played basketball at Salem State College, while brother George Jordan played football at West Point.
Wielgus on Jordan: "Daisy is a strong versatile player who can score through contact. She cannot only face the basket, but she can post up on the block. She is also a good rebounder."
5-6, Guard, Hailey, Idaho
Four-sport athlete at Wood River High School ... Led her team to two consecutive Great Basin Conference District Championships (2011-2012) ... Squad was runner-up at the 4A State Championship in 2011 and finished in third place in 2012 ... Two-time Idaho all-state selection (2011-12) ... Co-Great Basin Conference Player of the Year (2012) and KMVY Player of the Year (2012) ... Earned Magic Valley and Idaho all-star accolades during her senior season ... Times-News Player of the Year (2011) ... Also earned HighSchoolSports.net GAM Honorable Mention accolades ... Set the Wood River single-season scoring record during her junior season ... Four-time first-team All-Great Basin Conference selection (2009-12) ... Three-time Times- News first-team All-Magic Valley selection (2010-12) ... Also participated in soccer, softball and track, earning all-conference selections in both soccer and softball ... National Honor Society president and Key Club member ... Fourth District Activities Association Outstanding Scholar Award ... Idaho KTVB Distinguished Student Award recipient as a senior ... Four-year band member ... Father, Ron Martinez, was a Division I wrestler at Idaho State ... Interested in studying biology or neuroscience to pursue a career in medicine.
Wielgus on Martinez: "Kaitana "KT" is a pure point guard with an innate sense for the game. She is skilled and can score, but more importantly she brings the best out in her teammates."
Lakin Roland, 6-0,
Forward, Jeffersonville, Ind.
Four-year letterwinner at Jeffersonville High School ... Captained the team as a junior and senior ... Led her team to the 2010-11 state championship with a 28-2 record ... Squad earned sectional championships in 2008-09 ... First-team IBCA all-state selection (2010-11) ... Two-time Hoosier Hills Conference all-area team selection ... Evening News and Tribune Player of the Year (2010-11) ... AP all-state honorable mention and academic all-state selection as a senior ... Named to the Hall of Fame Classic All Tournament Team during her junior season ... Also played softball all four years at Jeffersonville and volleyball as a freshman and sophomore ... Uncle, Damian Burke, played football at Georgia Tech (1981-86) while aunt, Andrea Burke, was a volleyball player at Montevallo (1988-92) ... Cousin, Lamont Roland, played basketball at LSU from 1999-2001.
Wielgus on Roland: "Lakin can handle the ball, shoot the three and post up. She has size, strength and skill and will be a match up problem for our opponents."
Sofia Roman, 5-7,
Guard, White Plains, N.Y.
Four-year letterwinner at White Plains High School ... Co-captain as a senior ... Led her team to the league championship as a senior ... Led her team in scoring for three consecutive seasons ... Two-time all-league selection ... Earned all-section honors as a senior after earning honorable mention accolades as a junior ... One of eight women in White Plains school history to score over 1,000 points ... Averaged 15 points per game as a senior and scored in double figures in 16 of 19 games ... Concluded her senior season as one of the top three-point shooters in Section I ... Four-time scholar-athlete award recipient ... MSG Varsity's Top 10 Player in Westchester/Hudson Valley as a senior and Top 100 as a junior ... Named to the Section I Isabel Costa All-Academic team as a senior ... Also earned Journal News Westchester/Putman all-star accolades as a senior ... White Plains High School Most Improved Player as a freshman ... Member of the New York Gauchos Nike Nationals Teams in 2010 and 2011 ... ESPNU Hoopgurlz Top 100 Watch list and three-star guard prospect ... Earned the President's Award for Educational Excellence as a senior .. Graduated with Highest Honors and the Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors ... Member of National Honor Society ... Lettered in track as a junior ... Has two sisters, Veronica and Abigail.
Wielgus on Roman: "Sofia is fun to watch. She is a well -rounded player that never stops moving. She is very good in the open court and has the ability to create her own shot in the half court."
Lauren Taiclet, 6-1,
Forward, Wellesley, Mass.
Led Noble and Greenough School to four consecutive Independent School League Championships, with unblemished 12-0 records each year ... ESPNU Hoopgurlz three-star forward prospect ... Named team captain as a senior ... Team claimed the New England Championship during her senior year with a 25-1 overall record ... Three-time ISL first-team selection ... Earned New England all-star accolades during her junior and senior years ... MVP of the Nickerson Classic Tournament as a senior ... Earned high distinction for her academics in 2009-10 and 2010-11 ... Also participated in crew as a sophomore ... Interested in studying biology at Dartmouth as she prepares for a career in medicine ... Father, James Taiclet played rugby for the Air Force Academy (1978-82).
Wielgus on Taiclet: "Lauren is a strong player who is not afraid to bang inside. She can control the boards and defend in the paint. She is a strong physical presence on the court."
The Big Green freshman class joins returning players, Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.), Nicola Zimmer (Chevy Chase, Md.), Eve Zelinger (Palo Alto, Calif.), Tia Dawson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Kamala Thompson (Seldon, N.Y.), Milica Toskovic (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Abbey Schmitt (Winnetka, Ill.). Last season, the Big Green finished the season with a 6-22, 4-10 Ivy League record.