Members of the women’s basketball team have begun their offseason training in preparation for a season that is not expected to start until the new year.
The team is coming off an impressive season that saw it go 21-9 overall and 17-5 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). However, the season had a bitter ending as the Raiders lost to Gannon University in the PSAC semifinals.
The Raiders will be looking to build off last year and take the next step going into the new season. All but one of their players will be returning from last season, including seniors Ariel Jones and Destiny Jefferson. SU will also add freshmen Eve Nealon and Ali Hauck.
Entering her senior year at SU, Jones is coming off a campaign which saw her win the PSAC East Player of the Year and granted her the honors of All-PSAC Eastern Division First Team, D2CCA All-Atlantic Region Women’s Basketball First Team, and D2CCA Women’s Basketball All-America Third Team.
Jones has won numerous awards in her SU career and has set countless records. However, she will be looking to cap it off with a PSAC championship.
Her fellow senior and backcourt mate Jefferson will also be looking to finish her career as a champion.
Jefferson transferred from West Chester University last season and made an immediate impact, averaging 14.4 points per game and totaling a team high 117 assists.
Her junior campaign was rewarded with an All-PSAC Eastern Division First Team spot next to Jones.
Reigning PSAC East Coach of the Year Kristy Trn, who is entering her 22nd season as head coach will lead the Raiders.
In this unusual year, SU will be looking to make the best out of it by capturing that PSAC title.