by Kelsey Hausman, Shannon Slater, Matt Dresselhouse
Franklin Pierce women’s basketball, with only eight players physically able to compete, and a losing season of 2-21 will continue to endure this Wednesday, February 15th in a home court rivalry rematch against Southern New Hampshire University at 5:30.
According to senior captain Dana Campbell, Jasmyn Fogle hurt her knee, Alison Palma has a fractured elbow, Mya Mosley has a triple concussion, and Melissa Baily has a torn ACL. All three of them are out for the season.
This could be the first in conference win for the Raven’s with a 0-18 in conference record, as opposed to the in-state rival SNHU with a 6-12 in conference record.
Despite the many losses, the Ravens have endured this season, there is still an overall effort to keep the team hopeful.
Assistant Coach Samantha Brenner said, “It’s not hard to keep the morale up because they want to be successful and they have seen how close we’ve come to winning games. They know we can do it.”
Earlier in the season the two teams faced off resulting in a 65-56 loss for the Ravens.
“We are going to watch the past game and see what worked and didn’t work against them. We are going to use the past loss as motivation to beat them. It is a very winnable game,” said Campbell.
To prepare for SNHU, the coaches watch film and write a scouting report with personal stats and strengths of opposing players that they discuss in team meetings.
According to Campbell, “We really focus on their key players whether it’s their rebounding or a really good shooter or the playmaker. We have a practice squad that learns the other team’s plays that we pretend is the other team and we play against them.”
“We take it one game at a time, this team likes to focus on the next game mentality,” said Brenner.
Franklin Pierce’s starting lineup consists of senior Dana Campbell, senior Makayla Deguire, sophomore Sarah Middleton, junior Jemma Thacker, and Junior Kelsey Mayo.
SNHU’s starting lineup is includes Catherine Stinson, Aaliyah Paxton, Sara Ryan, Jennifer Shelp, Kylie Lorenzen.
The Ravens look to beat SNHU and improve their record before finishing out their season.