2010-11 Women's Basketball Preview

2010-11 Women's Basketball Preview

2010-11 Farmingdale State Women's Basketball Preview

- Rams Tip-Off vs. Yeshiva on Wednesday Night -

Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State women's basketball team returns for the 2010-11 campaign to defend their first-ever Conference Championship. The Rams, who finished 25-2 overall and 17-1 in the Skyline, will have their hands full after losing four seniors to graduation, including Kimberly Blakney, who was the Division III National leader in Scoring and Steals for the past two seasons. Blakney will be switching roles this year…joining Head Coach Chris Mooney (187-85, 11th season) on the sidelines as an Assistant Coach.

Farmingdale has one returning senior, guard Janel Monah (Westbury H.S.), who averaged 16 minutes per game last season. Sophomore guard Jeanette Zubizaretta (Calhoun H.S.) will play a big part this season as the teams' top three-point shooter (.300), after finishing second on the team behind Blakney last year. Junior guard Shemique Hooks (Westbury H.S.) will see more court time, as well as last year's mid-season additions, junior guard Kayla Koch (Kings Park H.S.) and sophomore guard Nikita Green (Roosevelt H.S.). Junior forward Natasha Smalls (St. Michael Academy), a transfer from Monroe C.C., will add some size in the middle, standing at 6'1".

The Rams open the 24-game schedule on Wednesday, November 17th at Baruch College against Skyline opponent Yeshiva University at 8:00 p.m. Farmingdale will then travel to Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. to face CCNY in the Days Inn Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday, November 20th at 8:00 p.m. On Sunday, November 21st, the Rams will play in the Consolation/Championship game against Mary Baldwin or Dickinson.

Another trip to Baruch will be made on Tuesday, November 23rd as they face the Bearcats at 5:30 p.m., before squaring off against NYU on Wednesday, December 1st at 7:00 p.m. The rest of the Rams' schedule consists of Skyline match-ups, with two non-conference games in the mix against St. Joseph's (Brooklyn) at home on Monday, January 17th at 7:00 p.m. and an away game versus the College of Staten Island on Monday, January 31st at 6:00 p.m.

Farmingdale State has been selected to finish second in the Skyline Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll.

2010-11 Skyline Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll:

1. Mount Saint Mary - 80 (8)
2. Farmingdale State - 73 (2)
3. NYU - Poly - 58
4. Old Westbury - 54
5. Mount Saint Vincent - 49
6. Sage - 39
7. Purchase - 38
8. St. Joseph's - 20
9. Bard - 17
10. Yeshiva - 9
(First-place votes in parentheses)