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Women’s Basketball

Currently in preseason mode, the Seawolves Women’s Basketball team is working hard to erase memories of last year’s 6-23 record. With new faces to the roster and a change to the coaching staff, the Seawolves are ready to get back on the court come mid-November.

‘The completion of one year brings the anticipation and excitement of the next year,’ said Head Coach Michelle Cherry, ‘And I can’t wait to get to work with the next group of student-athletes to wear the Seawolves’ red.’

The departure of former Assistant Coach Greg Adams, who was named Western New Mexico University’s head women’s basketball coach, leaves a temporary void on the side line that should be filled well before the Nov. 13th season opener at home against Princeton. Also, the Seawolves roster has changed, with former players Kairsten Nunn, Ariel Brown, and Sarah Kazadi not taking the court this year.’

But returning players and the five incoming freshmen in this year’s recruiting class are ready to carry the program to new heights. All of the rookies, and a few older players, have spent the last few weeks on campus, working out, taking classes, and getting ready for the season.

6’4 center Taylor Burner, a Port Jefferson native, is the lone post player in the newbie bunch. ‘I feel good about this year,’ she said, ‘I think the team has great chemistry, even for being a young team.’

On the perimeter, the Seawolves bring in Sam Landers (Springfield, VA.), Gerda Gatling (Woodbridge, VA), Dani Klupenger (Aurora, OR.), and Amanda Corona (North Hollywood, CA), all standout high school guards, ready to take their game to the next level.

‘They all seem to have a high basketball IQ,’ added Coach Cherry, ‘Which should translate to a shorter learning curve, as they transition to the college game.’

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