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Women's basketball looks to rebound from fourth straight loss

by Panagiotis Argitis - Sports Editor
Wed, Dec 6th 2017 12:30 pm
The College at Brockport women's basketball team (above) complete its pre-game huttle before its matchup against the University of Rochester. The Golden Eagles have been struggling to combine their offensive efforts in order to win games this season. With a poor season record of 2—4, the team will need to come together in order to break its four game losing streak.
The College at Brockport women's basketball team (above) complete its pre-game huttle before its matchup against the University of Rochester. The Golden Eagles have been struggling to combine their offensive efforts in order to win games this season. With a poor season record of 2—4, the team will need to come together in order to break its four game losing streak.

Bouncing back from multiple consecutive defeats is an uphill climb for any team, but The College at Brockport women’s basketball team is determined to make a difference and break its four-game losing streak against William Smith College next weekend. 

Ever since an excellent start to the season with two straight wins against Alfred University and Hartwick College, the Golden Eagles have been struggling to find form. The team has suffered four consecutive losses in the past two weekends of play and their record has taken a toll, dropping to 2-4 for the season. 

Although the team has shown a glimpse of great performances, the Golden Eagles have had a consistent pattern of poor shooting since their first loss of the season to the Rochester Institute of Technology. With considerably worse total-game shooting efficiency percentages compared to the last four teams Brockport played, the team needs to quickly find a rhythm behind its shot in hopes for a season turnaround. 

“RIT taught us a lot about ourselves, individually, and as a team,” head coach Corinne Jones said. “We have been endlessly practicing on getting open for a good shot when closely guarded and finishing with contact.”

Following a pair of very poor performances last weekend, with Brockport losing back-to-back games on double-digit deficits, the team was looking to bounce back by claiming two wins at its first SUNYAC qualification weekend against SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Oneonta; unfortunately, that was not the case. 

Brockport’s first contest of the away-game weekend was on Friday, Dec. 1, versus the New Paltz Hawks. The Hawks went into the game with the same season record as Brockport in 2—2 but were seen as favorites due to their scoring output in league play. During the start of the first half, the Hawks displayed their eminent offensive prowess but Brockport locked down defensively and managed to take an early lead of 17 to 8. After constantly trading baskets, the two sides headed into the break split apart by three points. The second half saw Brockport take a small lead mid-point into the third quarter after a great offensive display from freshman prospect Julianna Taylor. Despite Brockport’s defensive efforts to hold the lead until the end of the game, the Hawks drained two clutch shots and hit two free throws at the dying minutes of the game, winning the game 68 to 57. 

The Oneonta Red Dragons were the second opposition for Brockport. The match took place on Saturday, Dec. 2, and saw Brockport repeat the same level of performance displayed against SUNY New Paltz. Although the Red Dragons are one of the best sides in the conference with a current record of 5—2, Brockport had a good defensive showing, but the team’s season problem of poor shooting haunted it again. In contrast, Oneonta shot the ball exceptionally well, which was the key behind their 52 to 41 victory. Senior forward continued her prolific season by recording her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

The Golden Eagles’ ability to find their shot will be vital in the chances of progressing through SUNYAC’s this season. 

“Knowing how each other play and looking for an open player will help us score,” sophomore forward Brianna Neeley said. “We did lose our first SUNYAC games but we have to just keep moving forward and learn from our mistakes in order to improve.” 

Brockport’s next game is on Tuesday, Dec. 5, against William Smith College. Although the match does not count toward SUNYAC qualification, the Golden Eagles will be looking to come away with a win in order to build some momentum for the upcoming weekend.

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