Kelly Mraz '07
Oswego State's women's basketball victory at Utica
Dec. 7 improved the Lakers' overall record to 6-2.
It was also a quality win on the road against a Pioneers
team that had just one loss up to that point.
But for head coach Michelle Collins and guard Kelly
Mraz ’07, the game will be remembered
for different reasons. The 66-51 win at Utica was
the 100th career coaching win for Michelle Collins,
all of which were attained at Oswego State. Also,
with a game-high 21 points in the contest, Mraz became
the sixth player in the program's history to record
1,000 points in her career.
Collins has turned the Laker women's basketball program
into an annual contender for SUNYAC Championships
and NCAA Tournament bids. She inherited an Oswego
State women's basketball team that rarely achieved
a winning record. Things have changed at Max Ziel
Gymnasium. After the Lakers won just five games in
Collins' first year as head coach, the team increased
its win total for the next four seasons. Collins has
a career record of 100 wins and 66 losses.
Expectations are higher than they've ever been, largely
due to an exceptional senior class. The current group
of seniors has won nearly 80 percent of its games,
captured a SUNYAC regular season and playoff championship,
and has been to the NCAA Tournament two years in a
row. The Lakers have won eight straight games, and
are 9-2 on the season.
Mraz has been a big reason for the success of the
program. She has been the team's starting point guard
since arriving on the Oswego State campus in the fall
of 2003. She made an immediate impact on the SUNYAC
as a freshman, earning SUNYAC First Year Player of
the Year honors. Mraz has been an All-SUNYAC First
Team selection twice and a Second Team selection once.
Her consistent scoring and leadership of the team
– along with classmates Lacey
Kimpland ’07, Lyndsey
Marquit ’07, and Jessica
Tremblay ’07 – has helped Oswego
State enjoy its most successful string in women's
— Joe Gladziszewski