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Morrisville State women's basketball opens season Wednesday

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College women’s basketball team will hit the courts for the first time in 2008 Wednesday night, traveling to SUNY IT for the season opener. With several new faces abound, the Mustangs immediate goal is to gain some respect with competitiveness across the board.

Returning just four to the squad that went 0-23 last season, second year head coach Pat Smouse is optimistic about what lies ahead for the Mustangs.

Senior Amanda Cikowski (Homer City, PA) returns to the backcourt that has grown to ten strong this upcoming season with the addition of eight new faces, including freshman Sybil Stanton (Walton, NY), a four-time first team All-Star at Walton High and junior transfer Tekesha Hanson (Queens, NY), a two-time Region III Champion and national tournament participant at Mohawk Valley Community College.

Senior Sydney Pajack (Syracuse, NY) and sophomore Ebony Whitfield (Benton Harbor, MI) return to lead the young frontcourt that added three over the course of the off-season, including 6-2 newcomer Courtney Terzi (Little Falls, NY) and 6-1 freshman Caroline Francis (Bronx, NY). Terzi, a two-time Section III Champion and a second team All-State selection averaged 15.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game as a senior at Little Falls. Francis was a two-year starter at Patterson Prep at forward and center.

One of the challenges for the Mustangs this season is to get the young squad to mature fast enough to be competitive early on in the year.

Morrisville State will play a complete SUNYAC schedule within the Western Division of the conference in the 2008-09 campaign, including a match-up against last year’s conference champion, SUNY Brockport. Non-conference games will include a tournament stint at RIT early in the season and games against Hamilton College, Medgar Evers, College of New Rochelle and Route 20 rival, Cazenovia College.

Morrisville State opens SUNYAC play at home on Tuesday, December 2nd against SUNY New Paltz.

The complete roster and schedule can be found online at http://athletics.morrisville.edu.

Morrisville State enters its third year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2008. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.