Spartans look to dominate NAC

The women’s basketball team looks to continue its winning ways this season with a number one ranking in the North Atlantic Conference .

“We expect to get every team’s best effort,” head coach Tim Barrett said. “Because we are ranked number one, we have a sort of target on our backs.”

With every new season players leave and new ones come to take their place. Sometimes that leaves uncertainty, but this season Barrett is confident in his returning players and new freshman.

 “We lost two players to graduation,” Barrett said. “But we have four returning starters and eight total returning players, so we have a very solid group.”

Of those returning starters, Alyssa Leonard was the NAC rookie of the year, Kelly Conway was the NAC defensive player of the year, and Vanessa Powers was on the NAC first team All-Conference team.

This year, the Spartans also brought in a good recruiting class with four new freshman players.

“We recruited talented, all-around players.” Barrett said. 

Among those joining the team this season are Meghan O’Sullivan and Jade Desroches, who both stood out in a recent scrimmage the team had.

“Both played very well at the scrimmage,” Barrett said. “They both had great games.”

Last year the Spartans made it all the way to the NAC finals, but they on the wrong end of the 67-53 game against Husson.

“We lost last year in the conference finals to a tough Husson team,” Barrett said. “And this year they are strong again.”

But this year the team’s main focus is more about themselves than Husson.

“We want to focus on competing,” Barrett said. “Playing hard, smart and minimizing mistakes.”

Barrett has high hopes for his team this year and is confident in them.

 “We need to get better every day,” he said. “And play our best basketball at the end of the year.”