San Francisco Chronicle: Saint Mary’s Women Look to Build off Momentum Created by WBI Championship 

Saint Mary’s women’s basketball opens its season at home on November 7, hosting Nevada at 11 a.m. Here’s the take from the Chronicle for what’s in store this season.



“St. Mary’s women’s basketball plans on turning some heads this season,” writes Marisa Ingemi in the November 2 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. “It might be a bit harder to sneak up on teams after a postseason championship.”

In that postseason play, Ingemi writes, “The Gaels won three games in three days, something they thought they were equipped to do after several three-game weeks because of COVID postponements throughout the season.”

A few more highlights from the story:

Behind Ali Bamberger and Taycee Wedin, the Gaels have an offense that can catch opponents off guard.

Bamberger is a 6-foot-3 redshirt junior forward who transferred from Washington before the 2020-21 season. She sat out that season rehabbing a knee injury, then was named the WCC’s Newcomer of the Year last season. She averaged 15.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

“Stepping into a leadership role, for me, is important because one of our biggest leaders left with Maddie,” Bamberger said. “This team is so much fun, and winning isn’t everything but after winning a WBI championship, you want that feeling again.”

Wedin, who was the WBI MVP, became the WCC’s career leader in 3- pointers last season with 323, 106 of which came last season while shooting 43 % from distance.

Arguably the best one-two punch in the WCC gives St. Mary’s some offensive swagger. The next step is going from a WBI team to an NCAA Tournament team.

Read lots more about the team in the full story in the Chronicle here

Get tickets to see the Gaels play here.

Date of Mention: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2022