Women’s basketball addition looks to shine
Edward Rudman – Sports Writer
Women’s basketball expects a successful season this upcoming spring, as they added an abundance of talented players to the roster. One of these is University of Albany transfer Patricia Conroy.
Conroy, a 5’9 senior guard, played three years at the division one level and in 86 games for Albany, bringing experience along with her skill to the Owls, according to Head Coach Kate Lynch.
“Anytime you get a player who has that many years under their belt, anywhere, whether it’s division one, two, three, you know, it’s always kind of special,” said Lynch. “Trish does bring that leadership aspect and that maturity level to our team. She fits right into our system. She’s a really a hard worker and a knock down three-point shooter and everything thing else in the tool box.”
Her career high includes three pointers made in a game while playing for Albany, during her junior year against Bryant University, when she shot 5/9 from behind the arc. She made 79 three pointers during her time as a Bulldog, coming off the bench for 77 of the 86 games she played in.
When it came to deciding which team to transfer to, Conroy said Southern ended up being the perfect destination.
“I graduated early, so I had one year of eligibility at the time and I wanted to focus on speech and Southern has a speech program,” said Conroy. “When I decided I wanted to transfer, I talked to Coach Lynch on the phone and she was my favorite coach I spoke to.”
Even though the conditions surrounding this crazy semester hasn’t produced the best environment for training, Conroy said that has not slowed down the process of acclimating to a new team and culture.
“The team’s so patient, I feel like it’s really easy to get accustomed to and the practices are always fun. I feel like sometimes in college, you dread going to practice but it’s never been that here,” said Conroy. “Everyone on the team is really close and we hangout a lot outside of it, and that makes the basketball part even better.”
Conroy is not the only transfer this year. She is joined by junior guard Delaney Conors. Conroy and Conors quickly developed a relationship since they both found themselves in the same position.
“With getting accustomed to the team, we definitely gravitated towards each other because we both were at the same spot. It was really nice to have that,” said Conors. “She has such a bubbly personality and she always wants the best for everyone.”
Forward Kiana Steinauer, a graduate student, has been a cornerstone for the women’s team for the past few years, setting the program’s single-game high for rebounds with 23 against Adelphi University.
She said she is excited to have Conroy and Conors on the team for the 2021 upcoming season.
“I think Trish is a great shooter, she can really help us out with that because we lost some really good shooters from. She also has a fire energy to her and her leadership qualities is something that we could use,” said Steinauer. “I also think she’s very smart. She has a good basketball IQ and can read the floor well.”
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