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For Women’s Basketball, “Focus” Is On Victory

The Stony Brook University Women’s Basketball team practiced Tuesday in Pritchard Gymnasium from noon to 3:00 p.m., gearing up for the start of the season on November 13th.
‘It’s pretty optimistic,’ said Head Coach Michele Cherry when asked about her outlook on the season this year. ‘We’ve got a good mix of new and veteran players. We also have a favorable schedule.’
On the non-conference schedule are the University of Maryland and UNC-Wilmington, both possible statement games for the Seawolves.
There are five freshmen on the team this year, new faces hoping to take the team to new heights.
‘We’ve got more depth,’ said Cherry. ‘One thing that people will notice is better perimeter shooting.’
Seawolves junior Kirsten Jeter (Elmont, NY) is only 350 points shy from 1000, a milestone that would be another accolade to her stellar Seawolves career.
At the end of Tuesday’s 3 hour long practice, Cherry drew the players in for a short talk, and the girls broke for practice cheering, ‘Focus!’
When asked about this choice of word, Cherry said, ‘Our captains have something that they’ll cheer about. We told them that we’re doing new things that they’ll have to focus on.’
One main ‘focus’ of the team was defense. Cherry agreed that there was a strong defensive presence on the team.
‘Defense always comes a little quicker than offense. It’s more about effort and heart.’
The America East Preseason Coaches Poll selected the ladies to finish seventh in the conference, the same spot in which they finished last year.
The season kicks off with a match up against the Princeton Tigers on November 13th, the first time the two teams have met since the Tigers’ 40 point defeat of the Seawolves last year.
However, if things go as planned, the Stony Brook should have better fortune this year with its revamped emphasis on defense.Tip off is slated for 7:00 p.m.

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