Sammy Doucette completes basketball career with Saints

The middle of the three Doucette girls, Sammy, recently finished up her senior year of basketball playing for the St. Scholastica Saints of Duluth, MN. After transferring to St. Scholastica halfway through her freshman year from UW-River Falls, Doucette, a 2010 graduate of Colfax High School, found a home with the Saints.

After starting eight of 12 games as a freshman, she started the first three games of the 2011-2012 season but had to sit out the rest of the year due to an injury. She came back to play in all 28 games the next season and all 26 games both her junior and senior year. The Saints were 53-52 in her four years and 37-19 in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference play. In her sophomore year, the team qualified for the DIII  NCAA tournament for the first time in history, but lost the first round game to Cornell College of Iowa. The past two seasons, the Saints ended their season in the semi-finals of the UMAC tournament.

Doucette finished with 402 career points with 138 as a sophomore and knocked down 59 triples, placing her third on the team with 21 her sophomore year. She made 85 of 117 free throws for  72% and was 22 of 28 as a senior for 78%. She was second on the team in assists her sophomore year with 65 and was also second her junior year with 54. She collected 258 rebounds, 221 assists, nine blocks and 77 steals in her career. During her junior year, she scored in double digits in three straight games with 11, 11 and 12 points. Her high game was 19 points against St. Catherine in her freshman year as she hit seven of eight free throws, and had a rebounding high of nine against Finlandia in her sophomore year. This past season, Doucette finished with a game high nine assists against UW-River Falls.

When asked on her final thoughts of playing a sport at the collegiate level, she replied:

“I loved it, ”she said. “I made lifelong friends and memories and got to be a part of some successful teams. It took up a lot of time but it taught me to manage my time very well. I was lucky enough to have very supportive professors who were very flexible. I did a lot of studying and homework on long bus rides but our games were always on Fridays and Saturdays so it wasn’t quite as hard to manage. I would recommend playing college sports to anyone. It gives you automatic friends, you learn so much and it keeps you in shape!,” she added.

Doucette will graduate this spring with a degree in health information management and is looking forward to getting a job.

“I am not one hundred percent sure where I will end up but I am open to anything,” she concluded.