Coming in together at the same time as freshmen in 2013-14, Appalachian State University women’s basketball seniors Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) and Katelyn Doub (Asheboro, N.C./Southwestern Randolph) will go into the season together as captains for the 2017-18 season.
The tandem’s relentless leadership on and off the court during the offseason didn’t go unnoticed by head coach Angel Elderkin, as it’s the first time she’s named captains in her tenure at App State.
“We are excited to announce Madi (Story) and Katelyn (Doub) have been selected as captains,” said Elderkin. “They’ve shown leadership throughout this past year and it continued through a very productive spring and summer for our team. They represent what is special about our culture, our program, and Appalachian State University.”
Story had her best season in 2016-17 where she led the team in scoring (13.3 ppg), rebounding (6.9 rpg) and 3-pointers made with 38, while her 2.5 assists per game were the second highest on the team. The career numbers she poured in led to her first postseason Sun Belt recognition as a third team member. She scored at least 20 points in seven contests, led all guards in the conference with five double-doubles and posted the third-highest scoring outing in the league with 31 points. Story recognizes that with a young team coming in that features eight newcomers; she’ll have to lead by example.
Story on being named captain
“It’s an honor to be named team captain and be in the position to lead this special group of women. As a captain, I will strive every day to live out my role through my actions rather than my words alone. With so many new players on the team this year, it’s vital that we are aligned as one unit, but that will only happen if everyone understands her role and fulfills it to the best of her ability. Like Coach Angel stresses, THE TEAM is much more important than a few individuals. With so much talent on our roster this year, I’m confident we will do big things if we all rise to our full potential.
Despite missing games due to injuries last season, Doub has fought through adversity and put in the work to get healthy in the offseason in time for 2017-2018. She scored a career-high seven points in her first-career start against UL Monroe when the Mountaineers had a thin lineup. Doub could be a threat to hit the long ball and stretch the floor for the Mountaineers, as half of her made field goals are from beyond the arc.
Doub on being named captain
“I am just extremely honored that our coaching staff has selected Madi (Story) and I as captains. We both have been working really hard this summer in leading and setting examples for our returners and our new players on and off the court. As a leader to me, it’s more about serving your teammates and making sacrifices for one another. I definitely expect and feel as if each member of the team is a leader in their own special way. I am very excited about the season and to prove to everyone that we are the hardest working team.”