Golden Eagles Soar to the sixth spot in SUNYAC Conference

women's basketball
Seniors Hannah Rehbaum and Faith Welch put the Golden Eagles team on their backs en route to the semis of the SUNYAC tournament. Photo: courtesy of Brockport Athletic Communications.

By: Daniel Daly

After starting the season 0-7, including a blowout 93-47 loss to No. 11 nationally ranked University of Rochester, the Brockport Golden Eagles women’s basketball team dug deep and won three of its next four games beating conference rivals like SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Plattsburgh to improve to 3-8 to before the brunt of the conference schedule.

“We started off a little shaky and not how any of us wanted to but we really learned and grew as a team along the way,” senior forward Hannah Rehbaum said.

Rehbaum, along with fellow senior guard Faith Welch, led the team in multiple strong outings during the remainder of the regular season with strong wins against Cortland, twice, and a key road win at Oneonta.

Both Rehbaum and Welch were named to the 2017 SUNYAC All-Conference Third-Team. They led the Golden Eagles in scoring; Rehbaum averaging 11.3 points per game and Welch with 10.5.

“I really just wanted to go out on a high note for my last year,” Rehbaum said. “I worked really hard in the off season to get stronger and improve my game and that helped me in the long run.”

Coach Corinne Jones couldn’t be more proud of her two seniors.

“These two players left Brockport women’s basketball better than they found it,” Jones said.

Rehbaum and Welch helped lead the team to eight conference wins, seven wins on the road, and a sixth place ranking in the conference.

The team had a staple 70-64 win over Oneonta in the first round of the SUNYAC tournament but the Golden Eagles would go on to lose to eventual conference champion, New Paltz.

“I’m really proud of this group for trusting the process, reaching our vision of finishing in the top six of the SUNYAC and advancing to the semifinals of the SUNYAC tournament for the first time since 2008-09,” Jones said.

Jones is looking forward to improving on the success of this year for next season.

“Our returners are hungry to get to work this off season. We plan to continue building our program into a top team in the SUNYAC,” Jones said.

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