Suarez is averaging a league-high 17.9 points per game and proving to be a matchup problem inside with three 20-point plus games. While Green is tied for first in the area in three-pointers made with 25.
“I go to her when we need a shot to go up or tie a game,” Suarez said of Green. “If we need a three, she will definitely make it. We work together when I’m driving the ball and she usually knocks the shot down.”
Green said she left the DCIAA powerhouse Warriors — which entered the season with 113 consecutive wins over conference foes — to pursue a different academic challenge at Wilson. Now enrolled in the Northwest school’s Academy of Finance, she aims to be an entrepreneur after college.
Wilson Coach Eric White is asking more of Green than to solely shoot the ball. He wants her to become a slasher in the offense as well. But it will take some time for the sophomore who hit six three pointers in a 27-point explosion in a 68-46 win over Ballou Dec. 16 to adjust.
“It’s been tougher playing here. The team is asking more of me, and it’s more challenging,” Green said. “I think I’m doing fine so far but it’s still a work in progress.”
Over the break Wilson (7-4, 2-0 DCIAA) participated in a loaded Title IX tournament that featured some of the area’s best and several strong out of area opponents. The Lady Tigers lost three tough games but none hurt more than their eight-point loss to Friendship Collegiate.
They held a 14-point lead with six minutes left but fumbled it away in the waning minutes.
“We just relaxed too much, and then they got the lead on us,” Suarez said. “I think it’s a lesson learned that we have to come together to win.”
White has been especially impressed with sophomore point guard Tu’ziah Hall through 11 games. Hall is scoring 9.7 points per game and keeping her teammates happy with timely passing.
“We’re an up-tempo team, so taking care of the basketball is huge,” White said. “Our point guard is key for us. If she plays well and is distributing, we’re playing well.”
Wilson will face Bell Tuesday at 6 p.m. in search of its third conference win.