Rowan women’s basketball looks to finish NJAC schedule strong

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Losing two 1,000-point scorers from a group that made the NCAA tournament would usually spell disaster for team, however, the Rowan University women’s basketball team is still finding success.

The team sits at 13-6 on the season with a 7-5 record in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC). The offense hasn’t skipped a beat this year, evident in the 10 wins by double-digit margins.

Head coach Gabby Lisella said that “for the most part” this is where she thought the team would be at this point of the season. Continue reading

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Women’s basketball season underway, wins first game of year

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The 2015-16 Rowan University women’s basketball season was a renaissance of sorts.

The brown and gold put up their first 20-plus win season since 2003-04 and made it into the Division III Championship tournament for the first time since the 1999-00 season.

Three essential players from that team are now gone. Graduate students Kate Matthews, Kaitlin Schullstrom and Melissa Lake exhausted all of their eligibility and are no longer playing. Matthews and Schullstrom both were career 1,000-point scorers. Last year alone, the trio combined for 1,036 of the team’s 2,264 total points. Continue reading

Women’s Basketball Showing Dominance Early in the Season

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For the second straight season and for the second time since 2006, the Rowan women’s basketball has opened the season with at least five straight wins without a loss.

Last season the Profs were able to rattle off eight straight before suffering their first loss.

“I think it’s definitely focus. I mean for me, this is my third year, I know what it takes to push through these games. We know these teams even though they’ve lost and gained players throughout the years,” junior guard Anyssa Sanchez said. “Even starting with practices, coming in focused and knowing our goals going into games, that definitely puts us ahead of our competition.” Continue reading

Rowan Women’s Basketball 2015-2016 Season Preview

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The Rowan women’s basketball team had their best season since 2009 last season. At the helm of the operation is head coach Gabby Lisella, who returns to coach for her 16th season.

“The players [keep me coaching]. It’s fun,” Lisella said. “The best part is watching kids come in and grow and develop. It’s always about the players and helping them be successful in life.”

The brown and gold compiled an overall record of 17-9 and finished with a 12-6 mark in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Lisella thinks that teams weren’t prepared for their up-tempo, fast break offense and pressure defense style of play. Continue reading

Rowan Women’s Basketball Reels Off Three Wins to Start 2015-16 Season

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After a successful weekend that saw the Rowan women’s basketball team beat Lehman College 81-73 and Susquehanna 68-59 on the way to winning the Hampton Inn Tip-Off Classic, the team returned home to face Delaware Valley University on Wednesday night.

“What we try to do, we want to utilize a lot of pressure, and we want to utilize the fast break so it’s a very quick paced game,” head coach Gabby Lisella said. “We want to know if teams can hang with it for 40 minutes. We’re used to it, we’re used to an up temp game and it’s been effective for us so far. I think we were able to carry that over. Del Val knew what to expect, we play them every year. I thought they did a good job.” Continue reading