Rams Go into the Break with Perfect Record
- Perfect 6-0 record after first half of season -
Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State women's basketball team enters the holiday break with a perfect 6-0 record for the 2009-10 season. The Rams began the year with their first tournament win since December 2006, taking the Championship at the Rino’s Pizza Tip-Off Tournament hosted by SUNY New Paltz. Farmingdale defeated York (N.Y.) and New Paltz at the tournament, as senior guard Juanita Chappel (Brooklyn, N.Y./Grand Street Campus) was named the MVP and senior guard Kimberly Blakney (Brooklyn, N.Y./Benjamin Banneker) and senior guard Kamaya Miller (Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood) were named to the All-Tournament team.
The Rams followed the tourney with a 78-65 win over Skyline opponent St. Joseph's, a 58-48 win over New Jersey City, a 71-58 win over The Sage Colleges, and closing out the first half of the year with a 98-49 win over Yeshiva.
Nationally, Farmingdale is ranked atop the Division III rankings with 23.2 steals per game and a 17.5 turnover margin. Blakney currently leads the Nation in Steals Per Game (6.8) and ranks second for Points Per Game (25.8). Chappel is ranked 21st for Assist Turnover Ratio (2.08).
Individually, Blakney's 25.8 points, 10 rebounds and 6.8 steals per game leads the team. Miller is averaging 12.2 points and four steals per game, while Chappel holds a team-high 25 assists (4.2 per game) and 8.5 points per game. Sophomore forward Dominique Cunningham (Amityville, N.Y./Copiague) has been scoring 7.2 points and grabbing 5.3 rebounds per game. Senior guard Tiffara Steward (Elmont, N.Y./Sewanhaka) leads the Rams with a .909 percentage at the free-throw line, while freshman guard Jeanette Zubizaretta (Bay Shore, N.Y./Calhoun) holds a .412 three-point percentage.
Blakney, who became Farmingdale State’s All-Time leading scorer last season, eclipsed the 1,500-point plateau with a 28 point performance on December 5th. Blakney now holds 1,559 career points and 371 career steals, while she also broke a school record with 12 steals in a game on November 21st in the Rams win over New Paltz.
Farmingdale opens the new year on Saturday, January 2nd in Orlando, Florida at the ECAC Holiday Classic. The Rams face Connecticut College on the 2nd at 2:00 p.m., followed by SUNY IT on Sunday, January 3rd at 12:00 p.m. On their return, they will host NYU-Poly on Tuesday, January 5th at 8:00 p.m.