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Golden Eagles win historic playoff game for Brockport

by Matthew lauster-Staff Writer
Sun, Mar 5th 2017 03:00 pm
Photos courtesy of Brockport Athletic Communications via Flickr
Photos courtesy of Brockport Athletic Communications via Flickr

After beating Oneonta in the first round of the SUNYAC tournament, the Brockport women's basketball team cemented their place in Brockport history by becoming the first team since 2008 to win a playoff game. With a young team that is getting better every week, the team's upcoming game against the defending SUNYAC Champions New Paltz will be a game expected to entertain the crowd.

Being a part of a team that ended this playoff drought is nothing short of an honor, for both the players and coaches.

"To be apart of the playoff win is an incredible feeling," senior guard Faith Welch said. "It's now another one of my favorite memories here at Brockport.That win represented all of the tremendous progress [Head] Coach [Corinne] Jones and the rest of the staff has brought in just two short years. I am so excited for this program and this success that will follow for years to come."

When asked about the team's first game, Welch had proud words for her coaches and teammates. Playing "possession for possession" is what players say helped the team secure the win.

"Our team valued every possession of the game and truly played in the moment. Our team was locked into each other and our staff for 40 minutes," Jones said. "We defended ONeonta's personnel really well and moved the ball to find the open player on offense."

Jones also talked about the importance of the win for the program calling it a "huge win."

"Our returners knew what to expect in a postseason game and they played like veterans. our newcomers have no choice but to work to reach the bar that our returners have set."

Even though this was a big win, the road to a title for Brockport is only going to get more difficult. Going against the defending conference champions will definitely be a tall order. However, the Golden Eagles definitely seem up to the task.  

"New Paltz is a fast paced team who is looking to score quickly and create chaos on defense for opponents," Welch said.

Against a fast-paced team, Brockport will definitely have to stay disciplined.

"New Paltz won the SUNYAC tournament last season and they returned the majority of their roster." Jones said. "They definitely have experience in the SUNYAC semi-finals that we do not have. They play an aggressive style of basketball where they push tempo on both ends of the floor."

Through all the ups and downs of this season, the Golden Eagles continue to press on in both the regular and postseason. From being under .500 to playing defending champions New Paltz to move on they never faltered. Hopefully the clock will not hit midnight on this dream postseason anytime soon.

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