"We're playing serious basketball," says Wilson guard Maggie Sipps ‘12. "This season is nothing like the years before. We are a real team, with some really talented players and we're working hard and playing harder. If you step into the gym, you hear the fans chanting ‘Who's house, Our house!' Wilson basketball is here and we're not going anywhere," adds Sipps.
Wilson Basketball Shows Dramatic Improvement, Even If Game Record Does Not
Unfortunately, the game record of the team does not reflect all these improvements. The team is currently 2-6, after a recent series of three home heartbreaking losses that should have been wins. The team lost to NEAC opponents Cazenovia and St. Elizabeth by two points. Wilson also lost by 5 points to SUNY Morrisville.
The three past games in particular show the difference from the last year. For instance, when playing Cazenovia the previous season, Wilson lost 27-73 and 41-91. This year the score ended 52-54 and the Wilson team deserved to win for their play and hard work but panicked at the end.
"The team has suffered some tough losses after the early season wins but we have seen what kind of talent we have and what work we still have to do in order to be successful," says the Phoenix Head Coach, Angie Grove. She adds, "I am proud of how this team is working hard to come together both on and off the court. When this team finds its groove, opposing teams better be prepared for a new Wilson College basketball team."
Fans Show Their Support
Wilson fans enjoy this new basketball team although some admit it can be stressful at times to watch the games: "Going to the basketball games has been very exciting lately!" says Beth Bush '11, who comes often to support her fellow student-athletes. She continues, "I've never been so emotionally invested in a game I wasn't playing in before. The team has really improved from last year and I really hope that they can put it all together and win some more games!" Bush says.
"Climbing the Mountain"
The basketball team has two more home games before the winter break comes. The season will continue at the beginning of January. "We are looking forward to continue climbing the mountain of success when January comes and are expecting to reach our goal for this season with at least 10 wins come February," says Grove. She further explains, "Only climbers make it to the top and I have a team of 12 who are working hard that I know will reach the top of their mountains. The Wilson basketball team and overall athletics are evolving into an elite group step by step and are gaining the respect they deserve from other teams. It's only a short amount of time until people start seeing the hard work from our athletes and coaches paying off."
Come Support the Basketball Team!
The team and coaches hope a lot of fans will take time and attend the home games.
"We love to see the stands full of students, faculty and friends supporting us on the court. Everybody should take advantage of the opportunity to see some great athletes compete in the sports that they have such passion for!" Grove urges.