Aleena McDaniel has successful first season at W&J

Aleena McDaniel started playing basketball because of her older brother.
“I first started basketball when I was about 3 years old because I was always following in my big brothers footsteps,” she said. “Anything he, did I did. I started playing on a team when I was in first grade and I’ve been in love with the game ever since.”
A Morgantown native, McDaniel is a 2018 graduate of Morgantown High.
She is a freshman at Washington & Jefferson College, in Washington, Pa.
McDaniel’s college basketball career is off to a good start. She has played in 23 games, starting 18. She scored 14 points in a 75-51 win against Kenyon College. She also put up 14 against La Roche College. She was named PAC (President’s Athletic Conference) Rookie of the Week.
“It was nice to see that my hard work paid off and was paying off as soon as the season started.”
McDaniel was happy with how the season played out.
“We are a young, talented team,” she said. “We beat the No. 1 team in the conference without our leading scorer and we’ve been able to adapt through the adversity and still win. We haven’t let down, which is a good sign for not only this year but years to come.”
W&J finished with a 20-9 mark.
As a Mohigan, McDaniel was a member of the team that won the state championship.
“Being a part of that team helped me to be able to realize how hard I need to work to be successful,” she said. “They were all passionate about the game and each other. Those girls were a great group of role models and I couldn’t have asked for a better group to be a part of.”

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