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Women's basketball prepares for SUNYAC business

by Panagiotis Argitis - Managing Editor
Wed, Nov 28th 2018 10:00 am
Sophomore guard Julianna Taylor dribbles through two D'Youville defenders during Brockport's Tip Off  Tournament. The Golden Eagles defeated D'Youville 85-74.
Sophomore guard Julianna Taylor dribbles through two D'Youville defenders during Brockport's Tip Off Tournament. The Golden Eagles defeated D'Youville 85-74.
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While the beginning stages of a team’s season offer only a small sample of what is to come, these very same stages prove to be critical for the development of an organization’s long-term vision, success and preparation. That idea has been solidified into The College at Brockport women’s basketball team, along with its coaching staff and will be an impacting factor as it enters the 2018-19 campaign. 

Following intense preseason practices and various ball events, the tip-off to this year’s competitive schedule was on Tuesday, Nov. 13, where Brockport laced up for its first of five non-conference matchups. The team lost the opening contest by a score of 54-41 in favor of St. John Fisher, but the result did little to diminish the squad’s focus toward its season’s goals. 

Despite beginning with a loss at home, Brockport’s mentality was not cracked as it proceeded to come away with two victories from its next two matches, with one being a win over the D’Youville Spartans in the annual Tip-Off Tournament. 

However, two consecutive positive results were not the end of the story as the page flipped and saw Brockport close its first full week of play with a nail biting 56-61 loss to RIT.  

The team has now played through four contests as of Monday, Nov. 26, all consisting of non-conference opponents. The results are split: two wins and two losses.

A mixed bag of finishes may introduce concerns, but this isn’t anything new to the team. The team has not been able to be in the plus as far as non-conference competition records go for the past two seasons. 

Nevertheless, the experience gained from the failures will act as stepping stones rather than an obstacles. 

“Our team has learned lessons through the losses and ‘fixed the roof while the sun is shining,’” head coach Corinne Jones wrote in an email. “We will be prepared to take on Cortland this upcoming Friday night.” 

Just like Brockport’s 2017-18 postseason fate, Cortland faced elimination in the first round of the tournament of the SUNYAC tournament. Last year, Brockport won and lost against Cortland, but will hope to add to its winning tally to open up this season’s conference schedule.  

After four ball games, Brockport is in the top third in field-goals, threes and has less-turnover rates from the teams which have played at least four games thus far. However, the numbers are small portions of what the season is going to bring. 

At Brockport, most teams understand that there is a lot of work to be done in preparation for SUNYAC competition. In order to strengthen the women’s basketball team prior to conference matchups, the squad uses non-conference competition to  its advantage.

“We schedule tough non-conference games so that we can be ready for SUNYAC play,” sophomore guard Julianna Taylor said. “It’s part of the process and as long as we trust in it, we should do very well this year.” 

Brockport has enjoyed a run of three postseasons over the past four years and similar to the past three regular seasons, they all had inconsistent results. In addition to the up-and-down progressions, the team has not been able to claim home-court advantage in the SUNYAC tournament. Putting an end to the repeating pattern is this season’s goal, along with being in the top four of the SUNYAC tournament. 

Preparing for the benchmarks the team and coaching staff have set out for themselves has been a full circle already and will continue as the team heads into the SUNYAC schedule this upcoming weekend. Staying true to the motto of “trusting the process” is what’s going to make the difference this year.  

“We are right around the corner from greatness,” Jones wrte in an email interview.

Brockport’s next contest is on Friday, Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m. against Cortland, where it will be eyeing down a victory from its first SUNYAC contest.