The Women’s Basketball team started off the season with the hope that despite losing some key players due to graduation, they would see a good deal of success this season. However, reality quickly set in for the Purple Eagles as they have started the season 1-5.
Despite the rough start to the season, the Purple Eagles have shown that they play to the whistle, no matter the score. With a very young team in place, Head Coach Jada Pierce talked about growing as a team and focusing on the details.
“We will continue to focus on getting better with the little things,” Pierce stated. “We are still figuring out our identity as a team and with having a lot of newness, focusing on the basics like our defenses and our new offense, we will see it pay off as the season goes along.”
Junior guards Jai Moore and Maggie McIntyre currently lead the team in scoring, averaging 13.3 and 10.5 points per game respectively. McIntyre also leads the team in assists, averaging 2.5 per game, while sophomore forward Emerald Ekpiteta is the teams leading rebounder at 7.7 per game. Pierce talked highly of the aforementioned players, as well as some others.
“Jai Moore, Maggie McIntyre, Adila Gathers, Emerald Ekpiteta and Kharysma Bryant have been pretty consistent so far this season,” Pierce mentioned. “I anticipate us getting more contributions from other members of our team like Dagny Davidsdottir and Claire Wanzer as we go along. We also have 3-4 freshmen that will continue to get significant time which will give them a chance to prove themselves as well.”
Though the Purple Eagles have had a rough stretch of games, Coach Pierce believes that the team has developed a strong chemistry, which can go a long way in helping a young team grow and get better on the court.
“Our chemistry is very good; in fact, this group is probably the closest group that we’ve had since we’ve been here,” Pierce elaborated. “They are used to playing with each other a lot because we didn’t have set teams at practice and we still don’t. They played a lot in the off-season with each other which is why we feel really good about mixing up the line-ups.”
While the team is faced with a grueling schedule that includes some of the nation’s best teams, it’s clear why they’ve got these teams on their schedule, and that is to help prepare them for conference play, as well as the MAAC tournament come March. The Purple Eagles’ next home game is Saturday Dec. 5 at 7:00 P.M. when they host Binghamton University.
Statistics as of Nov. 28.