Alicia Kimmel almost slammed the door shut on college basketball, set to walk away from Pittsburgh Bradford and not look back.

That was during her freshman year when the Panthers were struggling, when they finished the season 11-15 and 9-9 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

“I almost stopped playing,” Kimmel said. “I was ready to transfer to a bigger school and just get my degree.”

Fate has a funny way of working things out and Kimmel’s mind changed when a new coach came on board. Patrick Daniel was hired to take the helm of the Panthers prior to the start of the 2012-13 season.

Kimmel actually helped pick the new coach. She was the only student-athlete on the selection committee.

“My mind changed about leaving once I met him,” Kimmel said. “He has a lot of passion for the game and loves being a coach. It’s great playing for him. I’m definitely glad I stayed.”

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