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Ready to win -- Niagara women's basketball

by niagarau
Tue, Feb 21st 2012 11:35 am

by Jazmyne Frost

With the regular season coming to an end, the Niagara University women's basketball team is preparing to make some noise in the upcoming Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament.

With just two games remaining in the season, the Purple Eagles are making major improvements in their play. This past weekend, they were faced with the challenge of playing the second- and first-place teams in the conference. They battled in both games, losing by 6 to the Fairfield Stags and by 2 in double-overtime to the Marist Red Foxes.

Despite those two tough defeats, the team has a solid conference record of seven wins and nine losses.

Sophomore forward Shy Britton has been working hard alongside her teammates to make sure their season ends better than it did last year.

"We were all confident coming into the season, and our confidence has stuck throughout the season," she said.

Currently, the ladies are tied for fifth out of 10 teams in the conference. Finishing in the top half of the MAAC has been a lasting goal for the team.

Assistant coach Brittany Parker said, "We have grown tremendously since the beginning of the year, and we continue to get better each day. Our performances over the past weekends have shown that we can compete with the top teams in the league. Going into the MAAC tournament I feel that we are focused and ready to win."

The remaining two games in their season are at home this weekend. The Purple Eagles will face Siena on Friday evening and Manhattan on Sunday afternoon. In that game, the team will recognize the three seniors on the team.

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