Dickerson moves into starting role, thrives for Fort Lewis College
The decision was a win-win – literally, because the team won back-to-back games and produced its top two scoring efforts.
Dickerson has played her best basketball since being added to the starting lineup, scoring 36 points in two games to match her total from the first four games.
“I have loved the intensity that comes with starting,” she told me. “The ability to be able to step out on the court with my teammates and know that I can contribute is a feeling that I won’t forget.
“However, we have some great seniors this year who play huge roles in our success.”
Dickerson, of ACS fame, pumped in a career-high 22 points in an 88-44 win over Saint’s Martin’s of the GNAC. In the next game she had 14 points as Fort Lewis scored a season-high 106 points.
The Skyhawks are 5-1 on the season.
“So far the year has been going as we had hoped,” Dickerson said. “Our team is flowing a lot better as a whole, both on the offensive and defensive sides of the court.
“Since we have so many offensive threats on our team, it has allowed me to get a lot more open looks this year that my coach is counting on me to capitalize on.”
Dickerson, a former Alaska Class 3A player of the year, is averaging 12 points on the season – more than twice her 5.1 average as a freshman.
The 5-foot-8 sophomore has also raised her shooting percentage from .363 to .480.
“I’ve been trying to get as much work in the gym after practice that I can; anywhere from shooting with teammates or an assistant coach to getting shots up on the shooting machine,” she said. “Coach Flores has been giving me the chance to see what I can do with the opportunity.
“Lately I’ve been working on making sure my game is not just as an outside shooter, but also as someone who can get to the rim or score off the dribble.”
Off the court, Dickerson is having the time of her life. She loves the coaches, her teammates, the campus.
“Being on top of a hill and kind of secluded fom the city makes it feel homey,” she said. “We are also surrounded by mountains, which makes me feel as though I am right at home in Alaska.”