A young basketball team starts the season with potential

After graduating two key post players last year, the young Norwich University Women’s basketball team is hoping to bond and have a successful year of rebuilding, according to one of the team captains.

Last year seven new players were brought into the program. Several of these young players were post players.

Women's basketball player Kelsey Lotti

Women’s basketball player Kelsey Lotti hussles down the court.
Photo: Tom Carson

“We may be a really young team,” said Kristen Brown, a junior guard and team captain, majoring in sports medicine from Williamstown, Vt. “But everyone comes into every practice, and every scrimmage working hard and determined to get better day by day.”

The players lost after graduation last year were effective in the post, so head coach Mark Zacher said that it has been the main focus of this preseason to build up the inside post players so that the team can be strong inside and out.

“We are very strong on the perimeter, and we really need to work on the inside,” said Zacher. “There is a lot of talent there, though they are young so it will all depend on how quickly they come along and become comfortable with running what we run.”

Brown said that the team has been doing very well building up team chemistry and that she is excited to see all of the upperclassmen step up and help the freshmen, not only acclimate to the program, but to college life.

Zacher agrees, saying his young team is talented, but the biggest challenge will be training the younger players.

“I think we have a young talented group but our biggest challenge will be helping our younger players come along,” said Zacher. “We are a young team with seven freshman so the learning curve is steeper than past years but we do have the potential to be a great team.”

Women's basketball player Aliah Curry

Aliah Curry dribbles at mid-court.
Photo: Norwich Athletics

Kelsey Lotti, a sophomore guard majoring in sports medicine and health sciences from South Yarmouth, Mass., is also impressed with the freshmen. She said although key players have left she believes the freshmen have the right attitude and “special skills” required to allow the team to compete at the same level they did last year, and the main focus right now is just trying to improve each day.

“We always aim to improve day to day,” said Lotti. “But our big goal for the season is to beat Emmanuel, who held the number one spot from last year.”

Zacher says that day-to-day improvement is the main goal for the team and will the team prepare for the start of its conference schedule, which commences at the beginning of the new year. The team so far is off to a 4-4 start.

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