by PJ Dumnich
Following a successful season in which they finished 4th in their conference with a record of 14-12, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Women’s Basketball team looks forward to the new season with even greater expectations.
The 2014-2015 season will mark the first year that Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Community All-Star Head Coach, Erin Eaton, has had a senior class with her for their entire collegiate careers. These seniors were her first recruiting class whenever they were freshman, and they will be heavily relied upon this season, as Eaton believes “their mindset will carry our team, regardless of the talent that we may possess.”
The current seniors have been to the playoffs each year that they have been with the team, with last year marking their first time hosting a home playoff game. According to Eaton, “hosting a playoff game was a step in the right direction. It gave our team a boost in confidence that we hope to carry over to this upcoming season.”
As for this season’s goals: Eaton hopes to start off the year stronger in non-conference games. The team was held to a 3-9 non-conference record last year. If they can improve this facet of their schedule, the Bobcats stand a better chance of overcoming the AMCC pre-season poll, where they were predicted to finish 4th in their conference for the second year in a row. As the team stands, a championship is “not unrealistic.”
If the Bobcats are to truly contend for the championship this year, they will have to hope that senior captain Kayla Dames can perform as well as her previous two team MVP seasons. Her being selected by the conference coaches as the 2014-2015 AMCC preseason player of the year is a fair indication that the team is in good hands once again.
The Bobcats tipoff the season on November 15 at Grove City followed by their home-opener against Waynesburg on November 18. The team hopes to have the student body’s support, just as they did for their playoff game last year, to give them an incomparable edge in each home game.