Roster Rundown: women's basketball team
Published: Sunday, November 3, 2013
Updated: Sunday, November 3, 2013 21:11
As part of The Spectrum's 2013-14 basketball preview, the sports staff breaks down the women's basketball team's roster.
Mackenzie Loesing, sophomore, guard
2012-13 stats: 11.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.2 apg
Loesing led the Bulls offensively and defensively with 11.6 points per game and 66 steals in her freshman campaign. She finished the season scoring at least 10 points in eight of the final nine games and was named to the MAC All-Freshman team and honorable mention All-MAC.
“We ended on a pretty high note, I would say,” Loesing said. “I think our team got better progressively throughout the year and that just gives us confidence going into this year because we know we haven’t reached as good as we can be yet.”
Cherridy Thornton, senior, forward
2012-13 stats: 10.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.6 apg
As a transfer, Thornton missed the first 10 games of the season due to NCAA rules. This offseason, she picked up her conditioning program and dropped 15 pounds. She says she feels stronger and more in shape than she did at this time last year. Her goal is to be named first-team All-MAC. Thornton was second on the Bulls in scoring with 10.8 points per game.
“When the offseason came [last season], I wasn’t doing as much as I wanted to do because I knew I wasn’t playing [right away], but this offseason, it was strictly business,” Thornton said. “I knew as soon as the season started, I would be playing right away. I wouldn’t have to wait until 10 or 11 games.”
Kristen Sharkey, junior, forward
2012-13 stats: 8.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.1 bpg
Junior forward Kristen Sharkey emerged at the end of last season, highlighted by her career-best 26-point performance in the MAC quarterfinals in Buffalo’s near upset victory over Akron.
That game has given her more confidence throughout the offseason as she continues to work toward opening day.
“It just reassured me that I do have the ability to be a huge presence for this team and help us win,” Sharkey said.
Sharkey wants to increase her paint presence and make opponents pay for sending her to the foul line. Her goal is to shoot 90 percent from the charity stripe and make it there at least six to 10 times a game.
Margeaux Gupilan, senior, point guard
2012-13 stats: 6.3 ppg, 4 apg, 1.4 spg
Gupilan has more experience with Buffalo basketball than even head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. In her final season as a Bull, she has fully accepted her leadership role on and off the court.
“I’m more focused than I was last year,” Gupilan said. “I feel like I have to get everyone on the team on the same page. The young’ns have the ability to do what we need them to do, but they need someone to tell them what to do and that’s when I come in.”
Gupilan led the Bulls with 131 assists and ranked third with 46 steals. While she was watching film in the offseason, Gupilan noticed she must improve her court vision as she missed some open opportunities last year.