Panthers picked third in AMCC preseason poll

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Junior Alicia Kimmel

The Pitt-Bradford women’s basketball team is set to begin a new season under second year head coach Patrick Daniel. The Panthers finished preseason exhibition matches when Alfred University came to town on Friday, Nov. 8.

Pitt-Bradford was picked to finish third by the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, a step up from their fourth place finish a year ago.

The Panthers return first-team All-AMCC performer in junior forward Alicia Kimmel. Kimmel, who started all 25 games for the Panthers a year ago, led the team and the league in free throw percentage at 86.5 percent.

She finished with the best single season free throw percentage in school history. Kimmel ranked in the top 10 in the AMCC in points per game (4th), field goal percentage (6th) and free throw percentage.

“Alicia is a tremendous player and leader for our basketball team,” said head coach Patrick Daniel. “Her work ethic and drive to succeed will help dictate the success of this year’s team.”

Alongside Kimmel will be senior forward Geena Sneeringer.  Sneeringer, a third-team All-AMCC selection in 2012-13, enters the season as the only senior on the squad.

She started in 23 games last season and played in all but one contest. Sneeringer ended the year second on the team in scoring with 12.1 points per game. On January 19, in a 74-38 victory over Penn State Altoona, she set a school record for most steals in a game with 11.

Sophomore Abby Brate returns to the lineup this year after playing in all 25 contests a year ago and starting all but one. Brate led the team in assists with 3.0 per game, and she finished second on the team in steals with 2.79 per game.

Allison Osborne heads into her sophomore campaign with significant playing time under her belt. Osborne had a career high 57.4 percent shooting in three point field goals during a Feb. 13 matchup with Medaille. She clocked in 718 minutes on the court, good for fourth on the team.

The headline entering this season will be the debut of highly touted freshman guard Kaserra Owens. Owens, a Bradford native, enters her freshman season having become a member of the 1,000-point club at Bradford High School. She finished with 1,020 points in her high school career, while averaging 3.6 steals per game. She was a four-year member of the varsity squad.

“Kaserra will be a wonderful addition to this year’s team,” said Daniel. “Her offensive skills and improvement on the defensive end were the main reasons we wanted her here at Pitt-Bradford.”  

Junior forward Carly Dalton contributed significantly as a sophomore. Dalton played in all 25 games and cracked the starting-five in seven of them. She averaged 5.2 points per game and 2.8 rebounds.

Coach Daniel and his squad have set high expectations based upon last year’s success. Heading into this season, the team has adopted the motto ‘unfinished business’, based on the results of last season. Daniel knows his players are willing and ready to accept the challenges ahead.

“The expectations for this year are very high coming off of one of the most successful seasons in Pitt-Bradford history,” said Daniel. “But this year’s team must realize they need to create their own identity and not rest upon the accomplishments of last year. We believe we can compete for a conference championship, but every day we must work hard and put in the effort in order to achieve the goals we set forth.”

Pitt-Bradford hits the road on Friday, Nov. 15, as they travel to York, Pa., to take part in the York College Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament. The Panthers play tournament-host York College at 6 p.m. on Friday as the 2013-14 season gets underway.