Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2001
Written by Elliott Wiley, Jr.


MEDFORD – Junior guard Hillary Dunn (Medfield, MA/Medfield) and senior forward Jayme Busnengo (Buzzards Bay, MA/Bourne) were voted by their teammates as captains of the 2001-02 Tufts University women's basketball team. The pair has helped the team to a 3-2 start so far this season.

Dunn is the team's court general, running the offense as point guard and making sure everybody is handling their responsibilities. She has displayed the ability to improve over time as she went from 3.1 points per game freshman year to 5.0 points per game the following season. Her assists per game have also increased going from 1.7 assists per game freshman year to 3.2 per game the next season. She played in all 23 of the team's games freshman year and started seven games her sophomore year. This season she has comfortably stepped into a starting role. She is averaging four points per game and seven assists per game this season. A basketball team is only as good as their point guard because the entire offense runs through that person. Dunn seems willing and able to shoulder that load.

Although her freshman year was lost due to a knee injury, Busnengo has been a solid contributor her entire career. Since that setback, she has not missed a game, playing in all 23 games her sophomore year and starting four her junior year. She averaged 2.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game her sophomore year. Similar to Dunn, she has also shown great improvement in her game, averaging 5.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game last season. This season, she is a starting forward, averaging seven points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

Dunn and Busnengo make excellent captains for Head Coach Janice Savitz's relatively young women's basketball team. They are a symbol of how hard work can pay off, each improving from their first year playing on the team. The two captains bring two different games to the table. Dunn's 5-7 stature plays into her playmaking style and Busnengo's 5-11 height allows her to score in the paint and grab rebounds. The contrast of the two's style brings harmony to the team.