A proud senior of the Cabrini women’s basketball team has ended her last season with great memories and triumphs.
Nikki Duggan, senior communication major, said coming to Cabrini four years ago had been the best decision; from being able to play two different sports to belonging to the communication department family.
“I am part of a group with eight seniors and it has been an amazing journey with them for four years. I could not have asked for a better group of people to share my college playing career with,” Duggan said.
Duggan has played soccer since she was five and basketball since she was 10. Cabrini soccer has brought Duggan much recognition.
She was first team all-conference her junior year, 2007, and became CSAC Co-player of the Year, 2008.
Duggan receives a lot of her support from her family and is inspired by her sister’s perseverance.
Duggan’s sister was born with knee problems and is prone to injury.
“I definitely admire her because she keeps fighting and continues to play volleyball after every injury and operation; she keeps getting back up,” Duggan said.
The sport Duggan is focusing on now is basketball. Duggan speaks very highly of her last season here at Cabrini.
“She puts in so much time, always getting to practice early to shoot around and staying afterwards, just constantly working on her game,” senior English and communication major Kayleen Smith said.
Duggan said this basketball season they had to make some adjustments with getting used to a new coach, but it has been nothing short of awesome.
“Winning the CSAC championship was unbelievable.We have worked so hard and we knew we could do it,” Duggan said.
“She is a great spark for us when she comes into the game and always adds to the intensity that we need. No matter what, her voice is always heard on the court,” Smith said.
Winning the championship [this past weekend] really capped off a great year for Duggan and a beyond rewarding college sports career.
Duggan said the revenge against Gwynedd-Mercy College felt so sweet after being beaten by them on senior night.
Her four years have been marked by her accomplishments on and off the court.
“We have all become best friends and I really could not imagine myself with a better group of people. I love them all so much,” Duggan said.