A Reflection on Lynn Women’s Basketball Season
By Taryn Super
While Lynn Women’s Basketball season ended following a first-round playoff loss, the team’s win streak leading up to playoffs displayed how hard they played down the stretch of the regular season.
A couple months into the season, the team steadily grew stronger on the court. While the season started with a mixed record, the team got into a groove winning their last five games of their regular season, something they hoped to keep going into playoffs.
“We have to stay positive and focus on going as far as possible. We want to keep playing as hard as possible and fight through every game,” said Kennedi Philson and Corteney Louis, teammates, before the playoffs began.
While the team was unable to maintain that win streak, the season was still a strong one. Along with winning their last five games of the regular season, two players were recognized for their excellence by the Sunchine State Conference (SSC). Uloma Enyogasi, a graduate student, and Dani Lozzi, a senior, were both recognized as SSC Defensive Players of the Week, with Lozzi earning accomplishing the accolade twice this season.
“It’s been a huge personal achievement for me [to earn SSC Defensive Player of the Week twice] because my performance is often not reflected in the stats due to the way I play, so to get recognition for my defense. It feels great especially because it is what I take the most pride in. Definitely a good way to start the season,” said Lozzi.
While this is Lozzi’s last year competing as a Lynn athlete, she will remain on campus next year as a full-time Lynn employee. She reflects fondly on her time competing for Lynn.
“I’ve had a rollercoaster of a career and a long list of teammates and people I’ve meet along the way, but I feel this year has been one of growth,” said Lozzi. “I’m really proud of how I’ve been playing and how I’ve handled the adversity that has come my way the last nine months.”
The team worked hard and remained motivated throughout the season despite having been competing since Winter Break. While many other student athletes returned home, the team stayed behind during break to compete in multiple games. The difficulty of remaining at Lynn while other students were able to spend time elsewhere was a challenge the team faced and persevered through.
“It was tough playing during break because we had our moments of waiver while we played. But through talking with each other and hanging out with each other, it was made easier since it was mentally hard being here while others were away,” said Corteney Louis, a forward from South Orange, N.J.
One player who really stood out this season was freshman Rachel Romich, a guard from Groton, Massachusetts. Romich was named SSC Freshman of the Year after averaging 11.9 points per game and grabbing a total of 57 rebounds, becoming the first member of the Women’s Basketball team to earn that honor since 2010.
“Rachel has a great attitude and amazing work ethic,” said Assistant Coach DJ Slifer. “Not only a great basketball player but…a great person. She puts in the extra work to be great.”
With the season over, the Women’s Basketball team can be proud of all their hard work and the achievements they earned this season.