By Gavin McFarlin
It was a solid four-year career for senior forward Amanda Ottaway ’12 of the Davidson women’s basketball team, and she made her last season one to remember. Ottaway helped lead the Wildcats to the Southern Conference regular-season title for the first time in program history and set school records in conference wins and home wins.
Individually, Ottaway had a career year, setting several personal bests in both offensive and defensive categories. The 6-foot-1 forward was instrumental for the ’Cats coming off the bench, having played in all but one game. She scored a career-high 18 points in a road win at Radford in December, and hit seven free throws, including a couple of clutch ones down the stretch, in guiding the Wildcats to a pivotal Feb. 18 home win against Appalachian State that allowed Davidson to sweep the season series against the defending SoCon regular season champs.
“Amanda spent a lot of time playing basketball this summer, and her confidence in her abilities has increased,” said head coach Michele Savage. “She always gives us a lift off the bench, both defensively and offensively, while being very productive this year.”
Not only has Ottaway excelled on the court, the senior has done it in the classroom as well. An English major, Ottaway was recognized nationally when she was featured in the 2012 winter edition of the NCAA Champion Magazine for her slam poetry. (You can see the whole article by visiting ncaachampionmagazine. org and clicking on the 2012 winter edition.)
“Slam helps me find an identity for myself outside of athletics, and that’s been really valuable in college,” said Ottaway. “I really enjoy it. It’s helped meto express myself as a student-athlete.”