Gazette: Point Guard Carolann Cloutier's Decision Paying Off For Minutewomen - UMass Athletics

Gazette: Point Guard Carolann Cloutier's Decision Paying Off For Minutewomen

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As the 2010-11 school year wound down, Carolann Cloutier faced a difficult decision as she plotted her upcoming summer.

After sitting out the season at the University of Massachusetts under NCAA transfer rules, Cloutier could return home to Montreal and compete in the Canada Basketball Women's Elite Performance Program to further her hopes of someday being an Olympian, or stay in Amherst and try to help the Minutewomen get better.

Cloutier chose to stay. Projected as the Minutewomen's starting point guard, the sophomore wanted to work with her UMass teammates in hopes of being ready to take on the leadership role required of the position.

"I think I made the right decision," Cloutier said. "I got to know them and definitely got the trust from them. ... You want to be a leader, but you don't want to force it. You have to get to know the girls first and get chemistry before you can lead."

Read more of Matt Vautour's feature on Cloutier here.

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