Women’s basketball names 2021-22 campaign captains
PHILADELPHIA CREAM – University of Pennsylvania Women’s Basketball Head Coach Mike McLaughlin announced its captains for the 2021-22 season, naming the seniors Kennedy suttle, Mia Lakstigala and Meg Hair and junior Kayla padilla leaders ahead of this year’s campaign.
The three seniors were all part of the 2019 Ivy League Championship squad, while Padilla returns as the 2020 Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
Suttle was one of seven Quakers in the 2019-20 season to have played all 27 games, including 16 starts. During her two seasons on the field, she recorded 145 points and 155 rebounds in 41 games.
“Kennedy is one of the most experienced returning players on the team,” said McLaughlin. “She is extremely selfless and always has an ‘all in one’ ‘team first’ attitude, which is why her teammates have a great deal of respect for her. I am delighted to see Kennedy take her career to the next level. Penn as a leader for our team. “
Lakstigala has saved time in 21 of 27 games in his second season, giving solid minutes on the bench. In 46 games in two seasons, she registered 130 points and 45 rebounds. In 2019-2020, she shot over 51% from the ground, including 43.5% beyond the arc.
“I am delighted with Mia’s growth over the past year,” McLaughlin said. “She has always led by example since setting foot on campus, but has truly established herself as a vocal leader within the team. She works incredibly hard and is admired by her teammates because of of her willingness to always help others. I can’t wait to see her lead our team this season. “
Hair played 19 games in his first two seasons, including 13 in his sophomore year. Part of the 2019 Ivy League Championship squad, she averaged over six minutes per game coming off the bench.
“I am very happy that Meg represents our program as a team captain,” said McLaughlin. “She has been extremely loyal and dedicated to our program over the past three seasons and it has been amazing to watch her grow and become a leader during her time here at Penn. Meg has truly deserved the opportunity to lead us this season and I look forward to seeing her continue to thrive in this role. “
Padilla toured on stage in his debut season in 2019-20, winning first-team All-Ivy as well as a handful of Player of the Week honors, including USBWA National Freshman of the Week. She was one of four players to start in all 27 games that season, shooting 41.6 percent from the floor for 471 points. She added 65 assists, 31 steals and 56 rebounds.
“Kayla extremely deserves this incredible honor from her teammates,” said McLaughlin. “She has earned their respect both on and off the pitch thanks to her tremendous work ethic. Kayla is a natural leader and someone who attracts people. I can’t wait to see her excel in this new role. ”
The season kicks off on the road in Hartford on November 14.