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NYC DI women’s basketball is in action

12/5/2013, 3:12 p.m.
Jazmine Hamlet

The 2013-14 season is in gear for the seven Division I women’s basketball programs in New York City. Some are seeking to improve on last season’s forward momentum, and others are trying to forge a new identity. This is how things look.

Manhattan

Columbia University: The Columbia Lions have brought in veteran coach Stephanie Glance, whose stellar resume includes 15 years at North Carolina State and, most recently, three winning seasons at Illinois State. Success doesn’t come overnight. Columbia is 1-6 to start the season, but freshman guard Carolyn Binder has proven a tremendous addition to the team, averaging 15 points per game.

Bronx

Manhattan College: The Jaspers, often slow starters, are 1-5 to start the season. Senior guard-forward Monica Roeder and junior guard Nicole Isaacs are averaging double figures, with freshman Kayla Grimme not far behind.

Fordham University: Expectations are high for the Rams as coach Stephanie Gaitley has forged a winning identity in only two seasons at Fordham. Last year, they posted their best record in 30 years, came within one point of winning the Atlantic 10 title and made serious noise in the postseason WNIT. The Rams are 6-2 to start this season, and the goal is keep the W’s climbing.

Brooklyn Liu: LIU women’s basketball has seen better days. With an 0-6 record to start the season, the Blackbirds need to get their mojo back. Senior guard-forward Cleandra Roberts is a bright light, averaging 19 points a game.

St. Francis College: In upbeat Brooklyn news, the St. Francis Terriers are earning respect. Their 5-2 to start the season is testament to coach John Thurston’s skills. He has changed the mindset, and the W’s are coming.

Staten Island

Wagner College: A 1-5 start shows second-year head coach Lisa Cermignano still has her work cut out for her. Young players like guard Jazmine Hamlet will need to step up.

Queens

St. John’s University: In a reconfigured Big East, St. John’s has an opportunity to be the conference champion. The Red Storm started 5-1. The addition of redshirt senior guard Eugeneia McPherson in time for conference play should give them enough firepower to pull off an outstanding season.