Preview: Women’s basketball looking for strong season

By BreAnna Stanley
November 15, 2011

Under the direction of head coach Kate Pearson, the women’s basketball team is prepared to improve upon last year’s 10-15 record. The team begins their season on Friday, Nov. 18. -- Cabrini College Athletics Department

It is finally basketball season.

The women’s basketball team will kick off their season on Friday, Nov. 18 against Greensboro College at the St. Mary’s College of Maryland tournament in St. Mary’s, Md. Last year, the Lady Cavaliers finished the season with a record of 10-15.

The Lady Cavs had their first scrimmage on Thursday, Nov. 3 and fell short against Haverford College. With it being just a scrimmage, the Cavaliers were able to figure out exactly what they need to work on. It was the first time this season that the team was able to play against people other than themselves.

“We are fixing the mistakes we made in our scrimmage,” Laura Caron, senior guard/forward, said. “We are working hard to make sure our offense and defense is where it needs to be.”

Caron, one of two seniors this year, is an important leader on the team. Being a captain, Caron has a lot of responsibilities and has to be the best role model she can. She hopes for the team to be close on and off the court, come to practice each and every day and work their hardest.

After their first scrimmage against Haverford, they were able to get on the court and correct any mistakes that were made. It really showed on Saturday, Nov. 12 when the team played their second scrimmage against Ursinus College and won.

Sophomore guard Brittany Sandone was the leading scorer for the Lady Cavaliers in 2010-11, averaging 11.6 points per game.

“I am really excited for this year,” Sandone said. “I feel we  have an advantage because we have all our returning starters.”

Sandone will be assisted by sophomore guard/forward Annie Rivituso and sophomore forward Colleen Stewart, both of whom started at least 21 games for the Cavs last year. As for preparing for this weekend’s opening games, Sandone feels that head coach Kate Pearson’s workout plan, which consists of lifting, shooting, conditioning and speed and agility will help the team.

After losing only one senior from last year’s team, Julie Bonomo, the team has only had to make minor adjustments.

The Cavaliers are hoping to win the CSAC championship this year and move on to the Division III NCAA tournament.

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