The Binghamton University women’s basketball team is gearing up for the 2019 America East Tournament.
After finishing 5th in the conference during the regular season, they will make the roughly 2 hour and 20 minute drive east to Albany where they’ll face the 4th-seeded Great Danes.
On Monday, I went down to the BU Events Center and caught up with the team as they continued preparations for their quarterfinal match up.
UAlbany has already beaten BU twice this season, but Bearcats head coach Bethann Shapiro Ord knows how difficult it is to get three, and feels up to the challenge.
“Just excited for the opportunity. It’s hard to beat a team three times, and I think the girl’s are ready. Obviously, it’s a rival team. I’m excited for them. I don’t know, I wish I could get out there and play, that’s all I can say,” she said.
The rivalry between Binghamton and Albany is real.
And as of late, it’s been real one-sided.
Albany has won 19 straight in the series.
But, junior Kai Moon and her teammates are using that history as motivation.
“We’re incredibly excited to play Albany. They’re the closest team, here in New York. We’ve never beaten them. So, that’s always in the back of our minds every time we play them. I know the last time we played them, we felt like that one got away. So, this is kind of a chance to get revenge. That’s all we’ve been thinking about since the brackets came out,” says Moon.
As Moon said, THIS team has never beaten Albany.
In fact, the past three graduating classes haven’t beaten the Great Danes.
Fellow junior Carly Boland says that while the past fuels the fire, it’s also important to let go of that and focus on what’s right in front of them.
“It’s very exciting. Coach keeps saying it’s a new season. I think that’s how we have to approach it. I think that’s a good mindset. Don’t remember any of the past mistakes, the past losses. I think we just have to move forward, and give our last energy,” says Boland.
Binghamton and Albany tip off at 7 on Wednesday night.
You can hear my call of the game on NewsRadio 1290 WNBF beginning at 6:45 pm.
The winner advances to the America East semifinals, which will be played at the site of the higher seed on Sunday.