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Danielle Duncan (Greensboro, NC/Ragsdale) learned a lot in her one year away from the Greensboro College women’s basketball program. She returned as a mother and is helping The Pride to its best start (8-0) in program history.
The junior post player leads GC with a 23-point-per-game scoring average. Those are better numbers than before she gave birth to her son, Micah, on Jan. 3, 2010.
“I’m more focused on my main priorities now,” Duncan said. “There’s Micah, school and basketball, and not much time for anything else. I don’t have much free time for my friends, but they understand.”
Duncan would not be able to maintain her busy schedule without help. The Ragsdale High School graduate gives a huge assist to her parents: Michael and Melanie Duncan.
Another supportive player in Duncan’s life has been Pride Head Basketball Coach Randy Tuggle. “He’s been helpful now and was helpful in my time away,” Duncan said.
“I don’t think Danielle has missed a beat since she returned, and maybe is better,” Tuggle said. “She puts in more time in the gym working out on her own. She lost something important–basketball–and now is making of it playing ball.”
This year’s team success requires comparisons to her last club–the record-setting 2008-09 club that went 27-3 and 18-0 in USA South regular season play.
“We’ve gotten off to a better start, so there’s no reason why we can’t finish better, too,” Duncan explained. “I think this team is quicker and more athletic. However, that was a special team and we have a long way to go to match the 2008-09 team.”
Duncan surpassed 1,000 points in her GC career on Dec. 12. It took her just 62 games to reach the 1K milestone.
The 6-foot post player, is an exercise and sports science major at Greensboro College. Her emphasis is in sports administration. She’s not sure of her future career, but will stay active in basketball.
“I definitely will be involved in coaching,” Duncan said. “I may go to graduate school, but I will coach after I finish playing.”
In the near future, Duncan can enjoy being on an unbeaten team for the next few weeks. With a brief break from books and basketball, she can also focus on motherhood during the holiday season.