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Consecutive dubs bring playoff-contention hope for Brockport

by Panagiotis Argitis
Tue, Jan 30th 2018 09:00 pm
Freshman point guard Zaria McCullough (above) calls for a play as she looks to take the opposing defense apart. McCullough has enjoyed a great freshman season so far, boosting her efficiency rating with every completed game. The guard played a healthy 31 minutes in the team's last game, registering 14 points and 3 assists in the process.
Freshman point guard Zaria McCullough (above) calls for a play as she looks to take the opposing defense apart. McCullough has enjoyed a great freshman season so far, boosting her efficiency rating with every completed game. The guard played a healthy 31 minutes in the team's last game, registering 14 points and 3 assists in the process.

Following an inconsistent run of performances, The College at Brockport women’s basketball team has found its feet, winning its last two games and claiming four back-to-back victories in SUNYAC play. 

The team’s bright start to the season was short lived, losing six straight following two convincing displays against Alfred University and Hartwick College. The Golden Eagles struggled to compete on both sides of the floor, shooting an average of 34.9 percent and recording an average of five steals throughout their first eight games. 

Brockport’s players experienced heavy defeats, and although they suffered to find a consistent formula, their determination never faded. With the combination of hard work and tenacious play, Brockport has turned its season around, proving its persistent spirit and unwillingness to give up. 

The team’s overall game has completely improved from the start of the season. For starters, the offense has completely been revitalized, flourishing with creative interplay which has resulted in a higher assist average than that of the first games of the season. Along with that, the field goal percentage of the team has been bettered, increasing from 34.9 percent  to a solid 40 percent. Apart from taking its offensive display to another level, Brockport has also done a better job of protecting the nest by improving its defensive game to that of the beginning of the season. The team has bolstered its defensive efforts, averaging one more block every game than it did in the first eight games.  

With a momentum built from a winning streak of two huge games against Potsdam and Plattsburgh last weekend, Brockport carried its energy and managed to go positive in the SUNYAC conference for the first time this season after coming out on top versus arch rivals Cortland this weekend. The team played a fantastic game, taking an early lead from the start of the match and never looking back. Brockport’s players showcased great team play, transitioning from defense to offense flawlessly, which resulted in a convincing win of 56 to 41, extending Brockport’s undefeated streak versus the Red Dragons to three. Junior shooting guard Schyler Laux shined in offense, and helped establish Brockport’s lead with 23 points from 7-14 shooting from behind the arc. 

While the Golden Eagles’ performance has been on the rise, the team will need to be at its absolute best in order to solidify its chances of coming on top of the soon-to-come SUNYAC playoffs. 

“Anybody on our team can play and score,” freshman point guard Julianna Taylor said. “We need to lock up on defense in order to be more consistent in winning games for the rest of the season.” 

There are six more games before the SUNYAC Tournament begins to take shape. With that said, Brockport’s players are sure to put forth the most of their effort and talent in favor of grabbing the most wins they can get before heading into the tournament. 

“We need to continue to trust the process,” head coach Corinne Jones said. “We talk daily about five steps... control the controllable, one game at a time, support each other through adversity, focus on our game goals and have fun. Our resolution word is determined.”

Brockport’s next game is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Feb.3, at Geneseo. The match will be the second time in which the two sides face each other this season, with Brockport falling to The Knights by a margin of 11 points during the first game between the two. Brockport will be seeking revenge with the hopes of increasing their SUNYAC conference record with a victory.