NYU Women's Basketball Begins New Era on Friday
With a new coaching staff and quite a few new faces, the New York University women's basketball team heads into the 2012-13 season looking to usher in a new era.
The 2011-12 Violets finished with a 10-15 overall record and a 2-12 mark in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The team started off strong with a 7-2 mark before finishing 3-12 the rest of the way.
NYU's new Head Coach is Lauren Hall-Gregory, who comes from Division I Sacred Heart University, where she spent the last four seasons as the Recruiting Coordinator and First Assistant Coach. She will be aided on the sidelines by new assistant coaches Jenna McLaughlin, Cassandra Loftus and Morgan Taylor.
Sophomore guard Melissa Peng returns as the Violets' lone holdover from last year's squad. She appeared in all 25 games, averaging 2.2 points per game and 1.7 assists.
The rest of the squad is comprised of newcomers.
Freshman guards Cassidy Jourdan, Riley Wurtz, Regina Argenzio, and Marisa Bella are in the backcourt mix.
Jourdan was a three-time team MVP at Healdsburg (CA) H.S. Wurtz was an All-State selection by the New Haven Register and named Female Athlete of the Year by the Connecticut Post while at Newton H.S. Argenzio was an All-League, All-Section and All-County selection at Tappan Zee H.S., while Bella was a three-time All-League performer at Rye Neck H.S.
The new frontcourt players include freshmen Megan Dawe and Maya Wasowicz, sophomores Lexi Bove-Domenech and Nicole Lem, and senior Rachel Crittenden.
Dawe broke the Saugus (CA) H.S single season and career scoring records on her way to earning CIF Conference Player of the Year honors as a senior. Wasowicz left Beacon (NY) H.S. as the program's all-time leading scorer while earning New York Post First-Team All-Manhattan selection as a senior. Bove-Domench averaged 25.7 points and 15.5 rebounds per game as a senior at Thomas Edison Career and Technical H.S. in Queens. Lem was named Prep Player of the Year in her final season at Blair Academy in NJ. Crittenden offers some collegiate experience after having played one season at the University of Rochester.
With such an inexperienced squad, the Violets ended up in eighth in the UAA Preseason Coaches Poll. The squad will look to prove that prediction wrong as it begins a new era under Hall-Gregory.
NYU opens the season by hosting its annual Tip-Off Tournament at the Coles Sports Center on Friday and Saturday, November 16-17. The squad begins play at the tournament at 6:00 pm on Friday against St. Joseph's College-Brooklyn.