The women’s basketball team has been looking forward to the start of this year’s season. The Lady Pride are putting their 4-20 season last year behind them as they are determined to make a statement this season.
Springfield has a solid amount of talent on the roster from top to bottom. The Pride’s three captains, Andrea Moschetta, Tamara Tribble and Jaimie Bickelhaupt, all have experience and possess leadership qualities. Moschetta will lead a backcourt along with sophomore Emily Taylor and junior Riley Fake. Tribble, the only senior on the team, brings consistency to the forward position as well.
Bickelhaupt, a junior, led the team in scoring last year and brings a presence inside while also being able to step back and shoot from beyond the arc. An aspect to this year’s squad is the help Bickelhaupt will immediately receive from her teammates down low. Freshmen Ava Adamopolous and Melissa Canty are both expected to be big-time threats in the post.
The 2013-14 season allows the Pride to start off with a clean slate as this year’s team has everything to be excited about. Bichelhaupt expressed how the team has been progressing so far.
“We’ve had two scrimmages so far and we’re playing really well together. We’re playing more as a unit,” Bickelhaupt said.
Head coach Naomi Graves is entering her 23rd season and is looking forward to the start of the season.
“I’m pretty excited about this group of young women. They’ve been working really hard and they’ve been doing a lot of good things,” Graves said.
The Pride will take their season one game at a time as they begin their regular season at the NYU Invitational on Friday, Nov. 15th. Set up as tournament-style play, Springfield will face off with Staten Island in the first round.
“Our team refuses to lose,” said Graves about her team’s motto this year.
Springfield has high expectations and they are going to fight as hard as they can to reach those goals.
“We want to make the NEWMAC Tournament, and overall get into the NEWMAC finals and get that NCAA bid,” Bickelhaupt added.
The team has a lot to play for this year as the leadership is deep, there is a presence down low, and most importantly, the team is on a mission.
Despite starting off the season away, the Pride will showcase their talent at their first home game on November 20 against Wheaton College.