The women’s basketball team played its first game of the season on Tuesday Nov. 15, as the Bulldogs hosted Kean University. Looking to start off their season on a good note, Coach Lang admitted the girls had a little extra adrenaline pumping. “You always have those first-game jitters,” Lang said. “Kean was a team we lost to last year, so the girls really wanted to play well against them.” Play well they did, pulling off a 79-54 victory, giving the team its first win of the season.
As lopsided as the final score was, the game wasn’t a blowout from start to finish. The Bulldogs were down 32-31 going into the second half. “First half we got into some foul trouble, which took us out of what we wanted to do early,” Lang said.
The team was able to come back strong to start the second half, outscoring Kean 29-10 in the third quarter. “We made a 10-0 run to start the second half, we can tell it got them a little demoralized,” said Lang.
The bench played a huge role in Tuesday’s victory, as the Bulldogs bench outscored Kean’s by 26 points. “We go too deep in a lot of our positions. I think that’s the strength of our team,” said Lang. “We expect to get scoring and contributions from our bench. We might not get 40 every night, but we have a lot of scorers.”
The bench was highlighted by the play of sophomore guard/forward Alexandra Moogan #4, who scored a team-high 16 points in the game. Coach Lang had great things to say about Moogan afterwards. “Last year she kind of lived and died by the three-point shot. This year she’s doing a lot more, whether it’s cuts to the basket, mid-range shots or getting fouled,” he said. “So that’s really going to make her an unstoppable player.”
Coach Lang is happy with the win, but also knows the team has room to improve. “We want to clean up some things. Work on not turning the ball over and focus on rebounding which has been a strength for us in previous seasons.”
It’ll be interesting to see how this team grows as the season progresses. The Bulldogs will return to the hardwood following the Thanksgiving break, as they host Hunter College on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m.