– December 6th, 2013 by Kate Fife –
Chargers look forward to conference opponents
With 20 games left before tournament time, Colby-Sawyer’s Women’s basketball team is swooshing and swishing through the first part of the season. The Chargers team will turn their heads and prowess to Green Mountain College next, and the Dec.7 game marks the team’s first foray into NAC conference play.
The women’s basketball began the 2013-2014 campaign in a way that was not unlike last year’s beginning, losing the first four games. The campaign began innocently enough where their first game pitted the Chargers against Fitchburg State College. The game was hard fought on both ends of the court with the team exchanging buckets and three pointers all throughout the game. However, as most back and forth games go one team made a run when it counted and in last four minutes, Fitchburg pulled away thanks to an impressive 14-3 run, leaving the Charger’s with their first loss of the season.
In retrospect many could argue that despite the lackluster start to their season the Chargers still have plenty of time left to make a charge for the conference playoffs. If they do end up going on a run they will do so with their four hardest games in the rearview mirror.
Another reason that many on the team are optimistic about their chances of turning this season around has to do with the fact that from here on in many of the games CSC plays will be against conference opponents, and that was an area where the women excelled at last year. Last year the team feasted on conference opponents, winning 17 of their 18 conference matches which equated to a .944 winning percentage.
When coach George Martin was asked how he felt the season was going, he replied, “We have played hard and competed well with all of those schools.” The basketball team consists this year of 13 freshman and sophomores, and there are only two seniors, and two juniors. According to Martin, last year the team graduated around 4000 points, meaning that this team is a little newer to the court. But Martin contends that it will be no problem getting them well seasoned over the course of the next 20 games.
The first conference game is Dec. 7, against Green Mountain College, which the team competed and won against twice last year.