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Orange Women Ready for Post Season

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Middletown, NY The SUNY Orange women had a very successful regular season going 17-7. The team finished 6-2 in the Mid Hudson Conference which left them in sole possession of second place. Orange's play down the stretch was exceptional as the team won 7 of 9 games including a win over the Region's top seed in the upcoming playoffs, Dean College. At the time of the win over Dean the Bulldogs were nationally ranked. Orange also beat another nationally ranked team. Division 3 Brookdale, ranked 4 in the Division 3 poll, has gone on a 26 game winning streak since losing to the Colts.

Orange has a bright future as there is only one upper classman on the team. Michelle Burke (Monroe Woodbury H.S.) served as the team's steadying force as the rest of the team got their feet wet playing college basketball. Burke is second on the team scoring over 15 points a game. Burke also moved from her natural shooting guard position and now runs the point for Orange. Michelle has hit 101 three pointers for Orange in her career to date. Orange also has an excellent freshmen class with a lot of talent and a lot more potential. Taylor Briggs (CSI H.S. for International Studies) leads the way for the youth brigade scoring 16.9 points per game and hauling in 13.7 rebounds per game. Taylor is fourth in the nation in total rebounds. This is the second year in a row that Orange has had a player in the top five in rebounding. Orange's post play features an outstanding one, two combination. Nyasia Blankney (Fallsburgh H.S.) has also been a force. Nyasia averages 11.1 points and 9 rebounds per game. Nyasia is an effective free throw shooter and hits two thirds of her shots from the charity stripe. Mardelle Jean (Chester H.S.) has given the Colts another powerful weapon in the back court. Jean's frenetic style of play causes havoc for the other team. In addition to being the fourth colt to average double digits in scoring, 10.8 ppg, Jean also guards the other team's best offensive player. Jean's blazing speed makes her a match up nightmare for the opposing team. Rounding out the starting five for Orange is do everything guard Sinead Hughes (Goshen H.S.). Sinead is one of those glue players who does everything for a team to make them successful. She is indeed a jack of all trades. Sinead leads the teams in steals per game and is also third in rebounds and second in blocks. Orange Coach, John Lauro, is also very comfortable with his bench. Tisa McCalla (Middletown H.S) and Erin Angus (Eldred H.S.) provide much needed backup in the back court while Amber Globusch (Monticello H.S.), Kelsey Moody (Fallsburgh H.S.) and Janaya Nelson (John Adams H.S.) all get time up front.

This is the best team Coach Lauro has had at Orange. Not only are they talented on the court but they are great off it as well. This team is solid in the classroom and if anyone were to give out a nice guy award this team would win it hands down. The team will play Dean College in a Region Semifinal next Saturday at Monroe College in the Bronx. A win against Dean would put Orange into the Districts and a step closer to playing in the NJCAA National Tournament in Overland Park KS.

Balanced Attack Leads to Big Win for Women Cagers

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Middletown, NY - The SUNY Orange women won their home opener over nationally ranked Brookdale Community College on Tuesday night. Michelle Burke (Monroe Woodbury), Orange's lone sophomore led the Colts with 17 points and connected on 3 threes. Two of Burke's three pointers came late in the second half when the game was still very much in question. A trio of newcomers also came up big for Orange. Mardelle Jean, a Chester High grad, scored 11 points and had 5 assists. Jean also took control of the tempo of the game late and showed great maturity in setting the pace of the game. Orange also had a strong inside presence in Fallsburgh grad Nyasia Blankney and Taylor Briggs, a CSI High School for International Studies graduate. Orange coach, John Lauro, had a monumental task in replacing all region players Brittany Romanelli and Alexis Tripodo. He seems to have accomplished the task with this duo. Blankney and Briggs both posted double doubles as they dominated inside. The pair combined for a voluminous 29 points and 34 rebounds. Orange improved its record to 2-1 with their only loss coming in a foul plagued loss to another nationally ranked team, Sullivan Community College. Orange takes its game on the road this weekend at the annual Turkey Hoop Shoot Tournament at the County College of Morris.