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Women's basketball in pursuit of a successful season

by Panagiotis Argitis
Tue, Nov 14th 2017 10:00 pm
Senior forward Lindsay Johnson (above) pulled up from midrange against Alfred University last year.  The College at Brockport women's basketball team is looking to utilize its full potential in order have a better impact on the floor as opposed to last season.
Senior forward Lindsay Johnson (above) pulled up from midrange against Alfred University last year. The College at Brockport women's basketball team is looking to utilize its full potential in order have a better impact on the floor as opposed to last season.

Following a poor run of games during the 2016 campaign, The College at Brockport women’s basketball team is looking to transition into a winning force. With an experienced roster of upperclassmen and the addition of two talented freshmen guards, the team is working toward building a chemistry that will help it turn into a competitive side this season. 

After starting last season with a losing streak of seven games, the team will be capitalizing on the importance of non-conference wins. 

“We would like to start this season stronger than the 2016 season,” head coach Corinne Jones said. “Our program truly takes a practice by practice, game by game approach, and I believe that the girls will be ready to tackle this year’s first game with confidence.”  

Despite their poor showing during non-conference games, the Golden Eagles managed to carry a record of 8–10 across conference competition, which proves that they have the potential to establish themselves as a strong contender for SUNYAC play this season.  

The team’s success in conference play is not by chance. The team shot the ball better during conference games, averaging higher field goal percentages than the ones achieved in non-conference games. Furthermore, the team found a better rhythm behind the arc in conference play opposed to non-conference. The team’s ability to bring the same quality of shooting that it displayed during last year’s conference play to this upcoming season will be vital in maintaining a winning record. 

The Golden Eagles have set high expectations for themselves, but there are obstacles they will need to overcome in order to have a successful season. One of those obstacles is the team’s roster size. The team currently consists of just ten players, and most of them are guards. The team’s execution in rotating the right kind of players for the right kind of games will be important if it hopes to endure this season’s extensive schedule. 

“The team is very small this season, but it’s making us closer as a team,” sophomore forward Brianna Neely said. “Every team is as strong as their weakest player and we have none of those. We are going to do big things this year.” 

Although the team is going into the season with a small roster, it is also going with a lot of experience. Half of the team is made up of five upperclassmen, with four juniors and one senior. With their leadership and college basketball experience, those senior players will set the tone for the younger members of the group this upcoming year. 

The scouting board of Brockport’s women’s basketball team has done a great job of recruiting two of the most promising freshmen talents in New York. Shooting guard Julianna Taylor and Zaria McCullough will be looking to impact this season’s offense prowess with their creative spark.

“Both Zaria & Julianna were 1,000 point scorers in high school,” head coach Corinne Jones said. “Zaria was a high school state champion while Julianna was a top five scorer in Section II. They are talented, coachable and improve daily. Our program is a lot better with them in it.”

The Golden Eagles are kicking off their season with the Brockport Tip-Off Classic against Hartwick College and Hamilton College this Friday, Nov. 17. With a squad of talented players that are dedicated to work for more wins than ever this season, you can expect the Golden Eagles to make a push for the SUNYAC Championship this year.

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