Good Counsel guard-forward Sara Woods had no intention of committing to Drexel when she visited the Philadelphia school last week. She figured she would let the busy AAU calendar in July play out, and she was not so sure she wanted to attend college on an urban campus.
Those plans quickly changed. A day after visiting, Woods called the Drexel coaches to let them know that she was accepting their scholarship offer, choosing the WNIT champion Dragons over Rider.
“I went up there and kind of fell in love with it,” said Woods, a rising senior who next season could become the rare player to reach her fourth consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship.
The likely psychology major cited many of the usual factors, rapport with the coaching staff and players (including two from the Washington area and another on the way) among them. She also was impressed with a school program that helps graduates find jobs after college.
Freshman guard Carrie Alexander (McNamara) played in 12 games. Freshman forward Pandora Wilson (Holy Cross) did not see any action. Wilson showed Woods around when she visited the school. All-Met guard Alexis Smith (Calvert), a 2013 graduate, is an incoming freshman at Drexel.
The 5-foot-10 Woods averaged 9.4 points last season for the WCAC runners-up. With the Falcons graduating All-Mets Lindsey Spann (Penn State) and Amanda Fioravanti (Virginia), she will be one of the higher-profile players in the league next winter. She was a third-team all-conference choice last season.
“It’s going to be an adjustment,” Woods said. “There will be like a different kind of feel to it, but I think we have a chance, because a lot of people have the ability to” take over more prominent roles.