Happy New Year everyone!
With 2018 over and 2019 just getting underway, it’s time to not only turn the page on the calendar, but also on the first half of the Binghamton University basketball seasons.
Over the next two days, we’ll take a look at both the BU men’s and women’s basketball programs as they prepare to open up America East play.
Tonight, we begin with the women’s team, who’s coming off a loss at Dartmouth on New Year’s Eve.
As the Bearcats prepare for the conference portion of their schedule, they’re also looking to regroup after going sub-500 during non-conference play.
Sports Director Cam Lavallee explains.
“Family on three…1, 2, 3, family!”
The Binghamton University women’s basketball team is ready for a fresh start.
The Bearcats have rounded out a difficult non-conference portion of their schedule, which included facing the reigning national champions in Notre Dame, the two-time defending Big East champions in Marquette, and an Ohio team that is currently 8th in the mid-major polls.
However, despite those tough challenges, the team, including sophomore Olivia Ramil, feels like they’ve grown from those experiences.
“I think non-conference. I mean, playing against Notre Dame and Marquette, two tournament teams, I think it really is going to help us going forward into conference play. I’m excited,” Ramil said.
Senior forward Rebecca Carmody is preparing for her final go-around in the America East.
When looking back on the first half of the season, Carmody felt that while their were some areas that the team needs to clean up, there were also reasons to be positive about how the team has played in a new system so far.
“You know, there’s obviously room for improvement. But, I thought, with the new coaching staff coming in, new system, we’ve done the best that we could. Like I said, we have a lot of room for improvement. But, I’m excited for conference to start,” says Carmody.
Head coach Bethann Shapiro Ord will get her first taste of the America East Conference in full force this week.
Even though she may not know all the opponents that they’ll be facing the rest of the season, coach Ord knows her own team, and she thinks they have what it takes to make a run this year.
“Absolutely. I think, as long as we go one step at a time, and we focus on one game at a time, with Dartmouth first, then we’ll go one. Each game will be a challenge, but each game will be a battle, and I think we’re going to be ready for them,” she says.
Even coach Ord’s niece, Charlotte, has a message for the team.
We’ll have to wait until March to see if the Bearcats can make history this season by winning the program’s first America East title.
But, you have to start somewhere, and for this BU team, it starts Wednesday in Albany.
After Albany, the Bearcats continue their road trip on Saturday when they head to Durham to take on the New Hampshire Wildcats.
BU will then return home for their next three games.