By Trevor McClain
tmcclain@my.madonna.edu

While earning All-Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference honors her sophomore and junior year, while also passing the 1,000 career point mark last season, Madonna University women’s basketball senior forward Kaylee McGrath continues to led the Crusaders during her senior year.

McGrath has helped led the Crusaders to a winning record so far this year, as the scoring leader in 13 of those games, and posting four double-doubles, with double digit points and rebounds.

“I attribute my success to all of the people around me from my teammates and coaches throughout the years to my parents, especially my dad,” said McGrath. “In grade school, I was horrible at basketball. I almost quit several times, but my dad kept helping me and encouraging me.”

After four good seasons at Livonia Stevenson High School, McGrath had second thoughts about continuing her basketball career in college.

“Originally, I was set on wanting to go away to school. I wanted nothing to do with Madonna and I wasn’t even sure that I wanted to play college basketball,” McGrath said. “My parents told me I would regret it and suggested that I tried playing for a year and if I didn’t like it, I could go away to school.”

Since her freshman year, McGrath has been named WHAC Player of the week five times beginning in her sophomore year, including one time so far this season. McGrath was also honored her junior year with Academic All-WHAC and as a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar Athlete.

“Kaylee is a great teammate on and off the court,” said Shantelle Herring, a senior guard for Madonna. “She really strives in the classroom and with her being a nursing major it is very difficult, but she has been able to stay with basketball and that really sets an example for the underclassmen.”

While at SHS, McGrath was honored in 2007 with an All-American Scholar Award.

McGrath will be entering her senior year in the nursing program and looks to graduate in December 2013 and continues to lead her team both in the classroom and on the court.

“Everyone on the team loves Kaylee, and her outgoing personality both on and off the court,” said Herring. “The freshmen have a great senior to pave their way for them and she will forever be used as an example for Madonna women’s basketball.”

McGrath knows that her success wouldn’t have been possible without all the support around her.

“Madonna basketball isn’t just a program, and it’s not just a team, it’s a family,” McGrath said. “They’re all a part of me and shaped me into the person I am today.”

McGrath and the women’s basketball team will continue its season through February. For the schedule, check Madonna Athletics official website at madonnacrusaders.com.

Photo by Paul Stempien

 

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McGrath continues success during senior year