Women’s Basketball Team Ready to Make History

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Confident and motivated, can be a few words that can describe the 2012-2013 NYIT Bears Women’s Basketball team. With their minds set on making the NCAA Tournament and winning the East Coast Conference, the girls are ready to take on any obstacle that comes their way.

One of the few things that are pushing the girls to work harderis their ability to double the amount of games won each year. Three years ago they won four games, the follow year it was eight, and last year they won a total of sixteen. Even though, the girls are predicting that they will win more games this year; Coach Anthony Crocitto isn’t ready to jump the gun yet. “I do not like to speculate wins; we have doubled wins each of the last three years. We expect to compete in each game, while holding on to a high seat in the post season ECC tournament.”

The team features a mix of veteran players and new players and this variety will certainly be a plus in achieving the season’s goals. “Nikki Jo Rotolo can be explosive while Demitra Apergis, Rebecca Lynch and Charlene Riddick are a threat for 20 points on any given night. Look for some special things out of rookie, Dina Ragab”, said Coach Crocitto.

Junior Guard Demitra Apergis, one of the veterans; believes that the mixture of veteran and new players has made the team “more focused, motivated, and competitive and has a higher level of intensity.” She also sees the new players making the opponents more “cautious” this season. Center Charlene Riddick, a graduate student and one of the new additions to the team; has played on a Division I team and she sees the team as being a “family and very focused” when it comes to accomplishing their goals.

The players aren’t the only thing that changed for the team this year. They are also trying to bring a change on how they handle the ball during the game. “Our coaching staff expects this team to run the floor better and share the ball more on offense. We should be balanced in scoring, led by our veterans”, said Coach Crocitto. Coach also wants the team to score better and strengthen the team’s defense. “We need to shot the free throws better, commit less unforced turnovers and play better team defense. We need to become a total team operation to be taken seriously.”

Even though, some of the players may be seen as a threat; there are still going to look at what the opponents may be bringing and which one might be a bit of a challenge for them. “Every team is a challenge. University of DC, St. Thomas Aquinas, Dowling, CW Post are well coached, prepared and talents. Our non-conference foe includes a solid Caldwell program. We shall be tested also with our scrimmage and exhibition schedule”, said Coach Crocitto.

The team feels confident as they hope to accomplish their goals while Coach Crocitto wants the team to make NYIT history this year. “Yes, we are balanced and more talented year to year. The hard work of my first team here helped change the culture of the program and we have very little history here for the women’s basketball. We need to keep working to create history while enhancing our women’s basketball culture. That being said, we have a lot of work to do.”

Basketball season at NYIT is officially underway and the Women’s team next takes the court on Sunday November 25th at home for an ECC matchup against LeMoyne. All information for the team can be found on the NYIT website following the link www.nyit.edu/athletics.


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Women’s Basketball Team Ready to Make History