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Women's basketball season hangs by a thread

by Panagiotis Argitis - Editor-in-Chief
Wed, Feb 6th 2019 05:00 pm
Freshman guard Morgan Elmer holds the ball while anticipating the attack from four different defenders. The women's basketball team has struggled with turnovers in its recent appearances, giving the ball up 82 times in its last six games. The team's fate now rides on the final five games of the 2018-2019 season.
Freshman guard Morgan Elmer holds the ball while anticipating the attack from four different defenders. The women's basketball team has struggled with turnovers in its recent appearances, giving the ball up 82 times in its last six games. The team's fate now rides on the final five games of the 2018-2019 season.

Breaking  bad streaks is a balance between readjustment and change, the same applies for sports teams. The College at Brockport women’s basketball team is on the verge of repeating its previous campaign status of inconsistency and ups and downs. As the regular season winds down, the team will need to find a run of form in order to stay in line for the top of the conference and its goal of progressing through the SUNYACs. 

Following a string of mixed results throughout the current season, it’s inevitable the Golden Eagles find themselves in the fifth spot of the conference with only five games to go before the opening round of the SUNYAC tournament. At the time of writing, they sit behind red hot Cortland with a conference record of 6—7, the same record of current sixth seed Fredonia. 

In its most recent outing, Brockport came up against New Paltz and Oneonta for the second time this season. The team’s first meeting with the two sides resulted in two defeats, the same ending to this weekend’s contests. This time, even with home-court advantage on its side, Brockport was still unable to make a difference and bottomed out its record with another two losses. 

Brockport opened the first weekend of February to conference leader New Paltz, a team with a clinched playoff berth and record consisting of a single loss. Given its close to invincible form and previous 13 point victory over Brockport, New Paltz did not come out as expected and was only able to pull ahead by two points at the end of the opening quarter. The rare, poor start to a game continued into the second quarter for New Paltz, as Brockport went for a 10-0 run only allowed by its defensive hassle which stopped the conference leaders from seeing a made basket for a majority of the quarter. 

What looked like a comeback from Brockport ended prematurely as a streak of poor turnovers resulted in easy baskets for the away side. New Paltz went down by as much as eight points in the but was able to take a one point lead to close out the first half. The emphatic comeback from New Paltz was not good for Brockport’s morale as the team tried to keep up the pace but was unable to following halftime. New Paltz outscored the home side by 13 in the third quarter and went out of sight for the remainder of the game, beating Brockport 69-53. 

The key factor behind the defeat to New Paltz was Brockport’s turnovers. The team let up a ridiculous 25 points from turnovers which gave New Paltz momentum and the upper hand. An emphasis on mindful possessions will be vital in Brockport’s future.

“We need to play a full 40 minutes,” senior forward Emily Nestler said. “We need to be able to adapt and close out games, we simply did not do that.” 

For its second game of the weekend against Oneonta, Brockport improved on its performance against New Paltz, but not fully. While the team was able to keep the turnovers to a minimum, Brockport could not close off the game and collapsed after halftime. 

The green and gold lead from the front and with the help of Nestler’s engine and efficient movement from everyone around her, Brockport had the advantage during the first two quarters of the contest. Brockport was up by six points at the start of the second half. Despite their dominance, the Golden Eagles quickly fell into a slump following a storm of three-balls from Oneonta. The string of uncontested offense by Oneonta saw Brockport trail by eight to open the last quarter, a total the team was only able to diminish by one at the final buzzer. The game finished 75-68 in favor of Oneonta. 

Brockport’s result against the top four in the conference is 0—5. Within the next two weeks, the team is scheduled to face Geneseo and Cortland who sit in the second and fourth spot. The team looks to correct its most recent let-ups and claim a home playoff spot. However, with five games to go until the quarter-final round of the SUNYAC, Brockport will need all the wins it can get.