If you have followed Lady Cougar basketball even casually over the last several years you know the name Skylar Boshears. She was one of the most prolific players in the program’s history in her four years as a starter. She never failed to entertain fans that made their way into the John R.W. Brown Gymnasium and her team had a historic run.
Now she is still wearing the blue and orange, though a slightly different shade, as a Lady Eagle of Carson Newman just down I-40 in Jefferson County. Much like Lady Cougar basketball the Lady Eagles have had a fine run as a program. The Lady Eagles compete in the NCAA Division II’s South Athletic Conference.
Boshears initially signed with Furman but transferred closer to home her freshman year. It has been a good fit for the talented guard. In this COVID affected season slightly fewer games were played than in a normal season but Boshears made the most of it. She started in 14 of this season’s 18 games. She also saw an average of almost 26 minutes of court time on the season. She had 205 points on the year, averaging nearly 50% shooting from the floor and 85% from the free throw line. Boshears also had a great year in other categories with 63 rebounds, 37 assists, 25 steals and a trio of blocks on the year. Boshears is also an honorable mention selection to the All-SAC team.
Now Boshears and the Lady Eagles are set up for March Madness. The Lady Eagles are #3 seed in the NCAA Division II tournament in Columbus, Ohio. On Friday night March 12th they will tip off against the #6 seed the Catawba Lady Indians. The Lady Indians are 10-3 on the season. The Lady Eagles secured a regular season conference title defeating Lincoln Memorial University in their regular season finale. LMU avenged that loss to eliminate the Lady Eagles in the SAC post season tournament.
The Lady Eagles are no stranger to the Big Dance in March. The Lady Eagles have made the tournament 11 times since moving from the NAIA to the NCAA. More impressively this is the fourth consecutive year in the post season event. This is the fith overall appearance since Head Coach Mike Mincey took over the program a decade ago. They also made four consecutive trips to the post season back in their NAIA days.
Boshear’s Lady Eagle teammate Braelyn Wykle is the biggest weapon for the Lady Eagles. Wylle is the SAC player of the year and is ranked 4th in the nation in scoring.
Stay tuned to The Volunteer Times to see how the Lady Eagles do as the Big Dance goes on.