Ella Doherty and Rose Harvey will be back in Caledonia Pride jerseys for the 20/21 season.
The 17 year olds are both entering their 3rd season with Pride and hope to continue growing their game and making a greater impact in the WBBL.
Doherty made a name for herself in 19/20 with a series of spectacular plays, earning the 1st and 3rd placed spots in the Play of the Year awards from The Undersized Basketball Podcast. Ella started 13 out of 18 games for Pride, showing the ability to score effectively in the WBBL with a number of double digit performances.
Ahead of preseason starting, Ella told us: “I can’t wait to get back on court again. We have all been working really hard over the past few of months and I’m excited to see all the improvements we’ve made, both as a team and individually.”
Rose was involved in 14 games in 19/20, seeing limited minutes off the bench, but she made a big impact for her club in the Scottish Basketball Championships, where she earned player of the year honours from her University of Edinburgh team as she helped them to a playoff semi-final spot before the shutdown of the season.
On returning for a 3rd season, Rose explained that she found positives from the lockdown period, saying: “I’m really excited to be playing with Pride again this season. Lockdown gave me the opportunity to work on my game and get stronger physically so I’m eager to get back on court with the team competing again.”
Speaking on the return of Doherty, Pride head coach Bart Sengers said: “Ella came into the league not well known but last season she made a big leap playing multiple positions for Pride and showing her ability on offense. She is a very creative finisher and can flat out score the ball. I have been impressed with her commitment to becoming a two way player and, with her work ethic and attitude, she has a great chance of succeeding.
“At the start of the preseason she stepped up by now also being a vocal leader. The future is bright for Ella and we are excited to have her back and help her develop into the player and person she wants to be.”
Sengers also spoke about Harvey, saying: “Rose has quietly and steadily improved from the day she took on the challenge to become part of the programme. She has shown great mental strength and a hunger to develop. Her love for the game is obvious for anyone and her step by step approach to improving will surely pay off.
“She is a great shooter and a crafty finisher and passer. She is as coachable as anyone and she really commits to working on the parts of the game that need the most improvement. I think Rose might surprise a few people this season and I know anyone on our team would be happy for her – she has earned it.”