Basketball Teams Ready to Compete in 2010-11
Matching up against the 2010-11 Oswego State
men's basketball team looks to be a tall order for SUNYAC foes this season and the
women’s team looks to blend a wealth of experience with several new additions to
contend in the conference.
All basketball home games will be available via webcasts co-sponsored by the Oswego Alumni Association.
The Laker men added a 6-8 freshman to a roster that already
sports three players over the 6-6 mark. As a whole, five new players join a
team that returns eight of its top nine scorers.
In his second year, head coach Adam Stockwell is looking to
push his team up the conference rankings and make the Lakers a SUNYAC
Championship squad. Stockwell led a young team to a 13-13 overall record in his
first year at Oswego
State. The Lakers
finished 7-11 in conference play before being eliminated by Oneonta in the
Chad Burridge ’12 is
a returning captain from the 2009-10 unit. He led the team in scoring at 17.2
points per contest and in rebounding with 7.8 boards per game. His performance
earned him Second Team All-SUNYAC honors.
The Lakers have three incoming freshmen joining the team this
season. Andy Falvey ’14, Sunday Bamgbose ’14 and Craig Anderson ’14 hope to provide instant results
on the floor. At 6-8, 225 pounds, Falvey is a 'big' addition to the team.
Bamgbose impressed the Laker faithful who showed up to Hoops Hysteria last
month with his dazzling dunks.
Stockwell describes Anderson as a guard that has the ability to
score from the perimeter or off the dribble. His offensive repertoire and
ability to score in bunches guided him to a 51-point performance in a high
The Lakers may have the height and potential to beat anyone, but the success of
their season will boil down to their execution on the floor and the chemistry
developed among members of the squad.
A year ago, the women’s basketball team placed fifth in the
conference standings at 10-8 and finished 13-13 overall. This year head
coach Tracy Bruno has
made it a goal to finish in the top four in order to host a playoff game.
team made extensive strides on the defensive end of the court in the 2009-10
campaign, but will need to increase its production in the shooting department
and on the boards if it wants to be a team to be reckoned with over the
grueling 18-game conference schedule.
State returns four of its
five starters from last year, including co-captains Traci Bacon
’11 and Kayla Ryan ’12.
Bacon will dictate the pace of the game as she serves as the Laker floor
general, but is also a proven scorer and rebounder from the guard position.
Last year, Bacon led the team in helpers with 2.7 assists per
game, was the team’s fourth-leading scorer at 7.3 points per game and ranked 13th in
the conference in rebounding with 5.8 per game. Ryan, who led the Lakers at
12.5 points per game, including 10th in conference scoring at 11.1 points per
game will prove to be a primary scoring option.
A large portion of the improved depth comes from four newcomers to the Laker
squad: Jenna Rossi ’12,
Karolyn Kipper ’13,
Paula Egelston ’14
and Lauren Nunziato ’14.
Rossi brings valuable winning experience as a transfer from Onondaga Community College,
which made it to the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship game
last year. Kipper, who didn’t try out for the team last year, was the only
walk-on to make the team.
Egelston and Nunziato both look to make an immediate impact
for the Lakers as they make the transition from high school to collegiate
State women’s basketball
team has the ingredients for success in the 2010-11 season. With a strong
returning core and a number of key new players the team looks to have an array
of scoring options and versatility at its disposal.
— Nate Hart ’11
and Tom Loughrey ’11
Chad Burridge ’12 and Kayla Ryan ’12 drive to the hoops.
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