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Golden Eagles stay hopeful as season struggles continue

by Kaleem Mogent-Editor
Wed, Feb 8th 2017 05:00 pm
Photos courtesy of Brockport Athletic Communications via Flickr
Photos courtesy of Brockport Athletic Communications via Flickr

The Golden Eagles have yet to take off this season but there is no doubt that the capability to be great is there. Head Coach Corinne Jones believes in her team and it shows on and off the court. When asked what is the best part of about being coached by Jones, Schyler Laux said "Her passion for the team and game! She commits and works very hard to make sure we are ready to compete with any team out there, she believes in our talent."

Sophomore Megan Anagnostopulos also added that Jones "is always so intense and she's also very funny."  

Both players and coaches will need to continue to lean on one another if they want to be prosperous as they hit the road for the next two weeks.

On Friday, Feb. 3, they faced off against SUNY Geneseo Knights here in Brockport.  They put up a hard fought game but ultimately lost to the Knights.  The deciding factor were the turnovers that they gave to Geneseo.  12 turnovers from the Eagles turned into 14 points for the Geneseo Knights.  

Additionally, the shots were not falling for the team as they shot 38 percent from the floor and 32 percent from downtown.  Whereas the opposing team shot 57 percent from deep.  That is not a good combination for the women's team when trying to defend their home court.  However there is always some good even when things are bad.       

On January 28, they pulled away in a game against Cortland on the road in overtime.  It is arguably the team's best moment of the 2016-2017 season.  

"I think one of our best moments so far was beating Cortland in overtime. We worked very well as a team that game and committed to our game plan and beat a very good team.," Schyler remarked. They played a complete game that day and if they continue to play that way, they can finish the season on the right foot.        

Playoff hopes are still alive and according to Schyler that is their top team goal.  In order to do this they will need key wins against SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Cortland, and SUNY Oswego.  

The women's basketball team will need to fall into the top six of SUNYACs to enter the playoffs.  This year the women's team have adopted a new play style of pushing the ball in transition and using their speed to outwork teams.  With a lot of new players compared to returners hopefully it will be easier to implement this system.  If they are successful at this I can see them fulfilling that goal.  

The Golden Eagles return to action on Friday, Feb. 10, when they head off to SUNY New Paltz. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.


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