2022-23 women’s basketball campaign opens at home on Friday against Lake Erie – Le Moyne College Athletics

2022-23 women’s basketball campaign opens at home on Friday against Lake Erie – Le Moyne College Athletics

Syracuse, N.Y. – The Le Moyne College women’s basketball team will open the 2022-23 regular season at home on Ted Grant Court this Friday at 5:30 p.m. when they take on non-conference opponent Lake Erie College.

Coach Mary Grimes After leading the 2021-22 Dolphins to a 14-5 NE10 Conference record and a trip to the NCAA Championship, he is now in his second year at the helm of the program.

Both of Grimes’ assistant coaches from a season ago – Joanna Dubrowski ’18 And Terrence Mannion – They are back this year and the team will benefit from the addition of an assistant coach Jasmine Davis to the 2023-2023 staff.

This year’s team will have a new look after the departures of Erin Foraker, Jenna Zimmerman and Emma Brinker, three players who averaged 32.9 points and 20.6 rebounds per game for the Dolphins last season.

“We’ve got a lot of guards, so we’re going to rely on them a lot. Whether we’re penetrating or kicking, we’re looking to create from the outside in. There’s a lot of pressure on our guards to come in. “That’s something,” the coach said. I recruited them to play. “And also defensively, I think we’ll be able to push a lot more this year and that fits our team’s style,” Grimes said before the season started.

Le Moyne returns two players who started all 25 games last season Litoya Baker (Rochester, NY / Bishop Kearney) and Saida Abdul Aziz (Schenectady, NY/Mohonasen/Davidson).

Baker did little for Le Moyne at guard in 2021-22, averaging 9.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.8 steals in 34.1 minutes per game.

The senior from Rochester had a strong showing during Le Moyne’s exhibition game at the JMA Wireless Dome against Syracuse on Nov. 3.

Baker made a couple of baskets during the first quarter but picked up his second foul with 20 seconds left in the period and had to sit out most of the second frame.

Syracuse went on a run early in the second quarter with Baker and Abdulaziz on the bench, but the Dolphins weathered the storm and trailed by just one at halftime.

Three players who competed in front of a crowd for the first time in a Le Moyne jersey scored all 15 of Le Moyne’s points in the second quarter against the Orange.

Freshman Sierra Linin (Valley Cottage, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) drained two of his four 3-pointers in the second period, freshman Kaya Good (Rochester, N.Y./Bishop Kearney) held the Syracuse linebacker for a touchdown and the redshirt freshman Sidney Luscher (Oneida, NY/Oneida) converted a nice floater and hit a three-pointer.

All three finished the match with impressive statistical lines.

Linin scored 15 points to go along with eight defensive rebounds in 31 minutes off the bench, while Good had 10 points, six assists, four steals and just one turnover in 37 minutes off the bench. brought

Loescher saw 38 minutes of action on Jim Boeheim’s court in his first game in Lemoine and had 17 points, three assists and three rebounds.

Baker got going in the second half, scoring 12 of his 16 points in the final 20 minutes, including eight in the fourth quarter.

senior Lexi Gross (Binghamton, N.Y./Binghamton) made two clutch free throws with 28 seconds left in the quarter to cut Le Moyne’s lead to 6, then the ‘Fins made a stop at the other end, Goode pushed the ball up the floor and pass to Gross, who found Loescher for an open three-pointer that made it 73-70 in favor of the Orange with 11 seconds left.

Le Moyne tried to call a timeout, but the JMA Wireless Dome was in a frenzy and the Phins weren’t allowed, allowing Syracuse to inbound the ball and then run out the clock.

6’1″ redshirt sophomore forward Hayden Roberts (Holland Patent, NY/Holland Patent) inside was crucial against Syracuse’s big front line. He grabbed 10 boards and was also a key contributor on the offensive end, posting four points and four assists in 33 minutes of action.

The Lake Erie College Hurricanes went 2-26, including 1-21 against Big Midwest Athletic Conference opponents during the 2021-22 campaign, but they will begin this season with a new coach.

Todd Perdas was named head coach of the Lake Erie women’s basketball team in September, and the team returns key players Abby Matalavige and Sydney Wingarden.

Senior guard/forward Matalavaj started 16 of 17 games played last season and averaged 8.2 points during those contests, while Wingarden’s senior guard missed nearly the entire 2021-22 season.

In the 2020-21 season, Wingarden started 21 games, averaging 11.7 points and 6.1 rebounds.

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