McKeesport, Pa. – The Penn State Greater Allegheny women's basketball team follows Lou Zadecky at his fourth year at the helm of the Lion's hoop squad, as they look to forward to another successful season.
"Every single year we are improving, and this year we look to maintain the what we have going as a group and continue to make strides forward," said head coach Zadecky. "Two year's in a row we finished 10th in the nation and we have our eye on the prize this year."
The 2014-15 season welcomes seasoned veteran Taylor Fulton as assistant coach of the team. "We all will miss Coach Torok as she was a huge part of the development over the course of the last three years. The team and I are eager to have Taylor continue her tenure with the program and contribute to the season ahead."
"The energy is very positive and exciting as the student-athletes are gearing up to open the season, Saturday afternoon. They've been ready since day one, knowing when to pick up the pace and intensity to be able to get to where they want to be. The student-athletes know what they have to do and they will prove with perseverance and hard-work just what they have to offer."
Greater Allegheny returns senior power forward Christina Floyd (Philadelphia, Pa./Sts. Neumann-Goretti), who is in store for a big season. Floyd generated 330 rebounds and 412 points through last season, earning herself a spot as First-Team All-Conference in the Penn State University Athletic Conference alongside a Second-Team All-American. "Christina gets better and better every year as she continues with positive strides to boost the efforts of her teammates."
Sophomore guard Tra-Esha Carswell (Homestead, Pa./Steel Valley) returns to the mix alongside sophomore guard Brianna Audette (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) and sophomore guard Raven Gribbins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oyler), who all have seen the paint for Greater Allegheny through last season.
A total of nine fresh faces joins Greater Allegheny for the journey that is upon us. "I am so excited to showcase what the newcomers have to offer to the teams and conferences we are involved with," said Zadecky. "The ladies know what to expect and will have a lot to prove as they continue to push Greater Allegheny in the right direction."
"We are setting the goal to be the top team in the conference along with having the opportunity to play and win at Bryce Jordan at University Park," coach Lou extends. "The team is looking to not only qualify and be successful at throughout the season, but also to complete individual strides for conference and national recognition."
"We set high standards for individual play along with collaborative efforts. The true testament throughout the season will be how successful we can be as one."
The Penn State Greater Allegheny women's basketball team welcomes Westmoreland County Community College to Wunderley Gymnasium, Saturday November 1, 2014 to open up the regular season. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m., just before the men's match.