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W. BBALL faces New Paltz in SUNYAC opener

by Panagiotis Argitis
Tue, Feb 20th 2018 09:00 pm
 Freshman point guard Julianna Taylor (above) detects an opening between the Oneonta defense and rises for a heavily contested jumpshot. The Golden Eagles ended the regular season with a conference record of 10—8 and a fifth place finish in the SUNYAC.  The team's first challenge of the SUNYAC tournament is fourth place New Paltz, which Brockport has an even season record against.
Freshman point guard Julianna Taylor (above) detects an opening between the Oneonta defense and rises for a heavily contested jumpshot. The Golden Eagles ended the regular season with a conference record of 10—8 and a fifth place finish in the SUNYAC. The team's first challenge of the SUNYAC tournament is fourth place New Paltz, which Brockport has an even season record against.

With its eyes on the prize, The College at Brockport women’s basketball team finished its regular season schedule and looks forward to the first round of the SUNYAC tournament, which will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 20. 

It’s safe to say that the Golden Eagles did not have the most consistent season, bouncing off losing streaks and back-to-back victories, failing to establish a repeating winning rhythm through it all. Despite all that, Brockport fought its way into fifth place in the SUNYAC standings, finishing with an overall season record of 12—13 and a convincing conference record of 10—8. 

From competing with one of the smallest rosters in the entire league with just 10 players, averaging a high and self-damaging number of 15 turnovers per game, to struggling with an erratic defensive unit, the team faced many challenges on its way to clinching a spot in this year’s installment of the SUNYAC tournament. This never stopped it from working toward being the best team it can possibly be. Instead, Brockport persevered and trusted the process as a collective group. 

“Each individual on our team knows her strengths and role on the team,” head coach Corinne Jones said. “We have bought into something bigger than ourselves and we are experiencing success because of our unselfish attitudes.”

The Golden Eagles secured a spot in the SUNYAC tournament ahead of their last two regular season fixtures this past weekend, which were against Oswego and third place Cortland, but that meant nothing to them, and they went into the two games carrying the same motto they have carried since the start of the season: “take every game one at a time and treat every single game like the last one.”    

The last weekend of conference play was held between Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 17. Brockport’s first match up came against a struggling Oswego side that had just been eliminated from further SUNYAC success in the prior week. 

Brockport started the game off with a lead in the first minute of the contest and never looked back for the duration of the match. The Oswego Lakers’ effort of coming back into the game was majorly held back from really poor shooting, which has been a pattern for the team since the start of its season. Brockport controlled the game’s direction with a superior shooting average of 15 percent more than that of Oswego, and ultimately gave the team its second victory over the Oswego Lakers this season by a margin of 61 to 46. 

Cortland was the second opponent Brockport faced last weekend, and let’s just say that the matchup proved for a very entertaining way to close out the regular season. 

After the tip-off was won by Cortland, the team’s average of 58 percent from the field was close to impossible for Brockport to compete with, and the team found itself behind by 11 points after Cortland’s incredible total of 45 points at the half. Despite Cortland’s high-caliber quality of offense, a sequence of shots from behind the arc by junior shooting guard Schyler Laux and sophomore guard Bailey Pratt helped Brockport stay in contention with Cortland by a margin of 10 points before going into the last quarter of the game. The final quarter of the game saw Brockport’s offensive potential hit its peak, and the team rallied back from a deficit of 12 with a ridiculous 14-1 run to send the game into overtime. Sadly, Cortland’s shooters came alive in the clutch and outshot Brockport by seven points to grab a thrilling victory of 78 to 71 over Brockport. 

While the regular season has come to an end, the SUNYAC tournament has just beguan and Brockport is looking to prove that its hard work and dedication can bring home the ultimate prize of a SUNYAC title. The Golden Eagles’ first test? New Paltz. 

Brockport is scheduled to take on New Paltz at the first round of the SUNYAC tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

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