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Women's basketball breaks into conference play

by Breanna Rosen - Advertising Manager
Wed, Dec 5th 2018 01:00 pm
The women's basketball team has one goal in mind and that is to secure home court advantage by finishing in the top four of the SUNYAC. Junior guard Schyler Laux throws a pass around the Houghton defender to reach an open player on the other side of the three-point arc.
The women's basketball team has one goal in mind and that is to secure home court advantage by finishing in the top four of the SUNYAC. Junior guard Schyler Laux throws a pass around the Houghton defender to reach an open player on the other side of the three-point arc.
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The College at Brockport women’s basketball team opened up its SUNYAC play this past weekend with games against SUNY Cortland and SUNY Oswego. The Golden Eagles fell short in their first matchup, but secured their first conference win against Oswego the following day. 

The Golden Eagles traveled to Cortland last Friday for their first SUNYAC matchup of the season. The team was winning the game after three quarters 36-35, but lacked in defensive intensity which led to the Red Dragons out-scoring the Golden Eagles in the final quarter 26-15. As a result, Cortland won the game 61-51. 

On Saturday, Dec. 2 Brockport had another conference matchup in Oswego where the team came out on top, 57- 43. The Golden Eagles had a rough start against the Lakers, as the first quarter finished with Oswego up 12-9. The team then fought back by out-scoring and out-rebounding Oswego, resulting in a final score of 57-43 and securing its first SUNYAC win on the season. 

“We learned in the game that we are capable of adjusting during rough quarters,” freshman forward Kylee Rosbrook said. “As a team we went through a few rough patches throughout the game but ended it well.” 

Although the Golden Eagles are only two games deep into their SUNYAC play, the team has taken away a lot from each of the two matchups. 

“We learned that when traveling, we have to be our own supporters because we are not on our home court, it’s our job as a team to hype each other up and that we cannot rely on the people in the stands to do so since they won’t be there every time,” freshman guard Mackenzie Grube said. 

The team’s next five consecutive games are all against conference opponents. Plattsburgh is the team’s next SUNYAC challenger at home on Friday, Dec. 7. 

The Cardinals are 0—2 in conference play and 3—3 overall on their season. Last year the Golden Eagles lost their first matchup in a close overtime game against the Cardinals 58-56 at home. The team is now focusing on what it needs to do to secure the win. 

“To prepare for our next conference game against Plattsburgh our team will be working on, as coach calls it, staying green,” Grube said. “Meaning that we have to work on staying positive through adversity and scoring droughts.” 

Last season the Golden Eagles ended their regular season with a 10—8 conference record. Most of their conference games ended in intense fashion, as Brockport and opponents would routinely finish within 10 points of one another. The team had a disappointing postseason, losing early on in the SUNYAC tournament by seven points to New Paltz, who they had beaten just a week prior to the tournament game. 

Hoping for a better outcome than last year, the Golden Eagles will utilize their non-conference games by making necessary adjustments, in order to be successful and achieve their goal of being in the top four in the SUNYAC. 

“In the SUNYAC every night is a fight, our team is really tough from top to bottom and we are going to get everyone’s best game whether we are home or away,” head coach Corinne Jones said. 

Brockport will face Plattsburgh in its first home conference matchup on Friday, Dec. 7 for the team’s first ever, Green Dot Game. 

Green Dot is a bystander intervention program focused on preventing power-based violence; the program empowers students to act when they witness acts of power-based violence. The women’s and men’s games will both educate the audience about the Green Dot program and fans will have a chance to win giveaways during each of the games.