Having gained a share of the UAA title, the Violets wish to go the space and produce residence a championship.
Right down to only one sport left within the common season, NYU’s ladies’s basketball has already secured its place within the NCAA Division III match. After an in depth 64-60 win over Emory College on Friday, Feb. 17, and a 72-62 win over the College of Rochester on Sunday, Feb. 19, the Violets have earned a share of the UAA title — with an opportunity to win back-to-back convention championships.
Reaching this level wasn’t all the time simple for the NYU staff, although, which confronted troublesome assessments all through the season.
“The season has gone superb thus far,” stated junior guard Honor Culpepper. “We had a very robust non-conference schedule and pulled out some big wins over ranked groups, and I believe that positively ready us for UAA play.”
Now on a 10-game successful streak, and in sole possession of first place within the UAA, the Violets as soon as discovered themselves on a two-game shedding streak and within the bottom-half of the convention in early January. Contained in the locker room, nevertheless, the arrogance by no means wavered.
“We knew we’d have our work minimize out for us — we misplaced final 12 months’s start line guard Jordan Janowski to damage — however I believe we’ve recognized how succesful our staff is,” Culpepper stated.
The tight-knit locker room tradition the gamers and coaches have created has led to superb outcomes this season.
“Being so shut to 1 one other has helped us this season as a result of we all know the best way to decide one another up and everybody needs to win for one another,” Culpepper stated. “There’s by no means any selfishness or placing individuals down, and it positively elevates how we play collectively.”
Wanting ahead to the match, the Violets are actually ranked first of their area, simply in entrance of Stevens Institute of Expertise, which boasts a 20-3 document. The match begins in early March, with the championship sport scheduled for April 1. It consists of 64 groups, with the champion of every convention assured a spot.
“I by no means wish to make predictions too early, but when we hold taking part in how we’re taking part in I can positively see us making a deep run,” Culpepper stated. “For now, we’re centered on successful our final UAA video games and ending convention play sturdy.”
Final season, the Violets reached the Elite 8 however fell to eventual champion Hope Faculty. With the Flying Dutchmen presently ranked seventh within the nation, a possible rematch could also be within the playing cards for NYU in its path to a trophy.
The Violets conclude common season play in opposition to Brandeis College on Friday, Feb. 24 at residence.
Word: Honor Culpepper is a member of WSN’s workers.
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