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W. Bball falls to 5th in playoff race after loss to Geneseo

by Panagiotis Argitis
Tue, Feb 6th 2018 09:00 pm
Senior Forward Lindsay Johnson (above) drives into a lane and rises over the Oswego center for a look at a good shot. The veteran has been one of Brockport's best attacking options this season, averaging 10.7 points a game, the third highest tally of the entire team.  Apart from being reliable on offense, Johnson's defensive contribution of 8.2 rebounds per game has been a major key behind the team's solidity this season.
Senior Forward Lindsay Johnson (above) drives into a lane and rises over the Oswego center for a look at a good shot. The veteran has been one of Brockport's best attacking options this season, averaging 10.7 points a game, the third highest tally of the entire team. Apart from being reliable on offense, Johnson's defensive contribution of 8.2 rebounds per game has been a major key behind the team's solidity this season.

An unbeaten streak of five games was broken this weekend as The College at Brockport women’s basketball team fell to the division leader and conference undefeated giants, the Geneseo Knights. 

Geneseo has absolutely dominated competition this season, failing to lose any of its games at home, while carrying a conference record of 14—0. The team’s ridiculous average of 70.8 points per game has proven to be too much for opposition, as every team Geneseo has faced this season has completely crumbled under the constant threat of the team’s ability to shoot the ball. 

Similar to other teams in the conference, the Golden Eagles were fully aware of what they were getting themselves into, and it wasn’t pretty. The match between Brockport and Geneseo took place this past weekend, on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Geneseo. While Brockport played great basketball, displaying team chemistry and good sharing of the ball, the Geneseo Knights’ field goal percentage of 51 (which, surprisingly enough, is considered to be a low number under their standard) gave them full control of the game from the get-go. 

Brockport struggled to keep up with Geneseo’s firepower throughout the duration of both halves, and the team’s shooting numbers prove it. Brockport almost shot a complete 20 points less from the field than Geneseo, with 33.9 percent compared to Geneseo’s 51 percent. On the other hand, Brockport’s intensity never came to a stop as the team forced 15 turnovers, scoring on nearly half of those. At the end of the contest, Geneseo snatched a victory of 82 to 56 with ease, giving Brockport its sixth loss in the conference, leaving them with a conference record of 8—6. 

Despite their unfortunate loss to Geneseo, the Golden Eagles have enjoyed a great run of form during these past weeks, but the climb to getting a spot in this season’s SUNYAC tournament is long and steep. The team is currently in fifth place in the SUNYAC playoff standings. With that said, the team will be keen to come away with wins during next weekend’s fixtures against Oneonta and New Paltz in order to clinch a place in the tournament. 

“While Oneonta slows the tempo down, New Paltz plays fast,” head coach Corinne Jones said. “We will be focusing on us this week and what we need to do to be successful this weekend. We will stay focused on what we can control and stay motivated to reach our vision of top four in the SUNYAC.”

The team’s winning streak of five straight was an excellent example of what the team is capable of when its chemistry is running at full pace, and its defensive solidity will only get better with time. With the vision of reaching the top four in the SUNYAC before the tournament selection starts taking shape, lessons learned from past fixtures like Geneseo will be vital in reaching that top four benchmark. 

“We need to stay determined and take one game at a time while having fun in order to get into the tournament,” freshman point guard Zaria Mccullough said. “As coach Jones always says, we need to trust the process. If we do so we will be successful.” 

The Golden Eagles will be coming up against Oneonta on Friday, Feb. 9, at 5:30 p.m. and New Paltz on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m.