Basketball Season Preview

Nov. 5, 2012

The Pomeroy basketball team enters the 2012-2013 season returning five players from last year’s squad. Last year featured a trip to the USCAA National Tournament as well as the team winning its third straight Clabber Girl Trophy over crosstown rival Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The team will be led by seniors Brittney Shaner and Whitney Allen. Junior Chelsea Weaver and sophomores Amanda Kelly and Alaura McKemie will also look to guide the young Pomeroys back to Uniontown, Pennsylvania for their second consecutive trip to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championships.

A busy recruiting season for the Pomeroys resulted in adding six new faces to this year’s roster.  Madeline Pea, Hailee Rittinger, and Brandi McDaniel join the Pomeroys from successful seasons at their previous junior college institutions. Freshman newcomers Mikayla Metheny, Sierra Lopez, and Kristina Bruce also join a new-look Pomeroy roster, which brings a variety of talent and athleticism to multiple positions. 

Even though this year’s team will have more new players than returning ones, head coach Deanna Bradley believes this incoming class will be very beneficial, making it challenging in practice and for opponents during games. “We are running a defensive and offensive system that is much different than what we have done in the past, and it is critical to have the numbers in which we do in order to be successful. We have a very steep learning curve with this new system, and it will take some time to be really good at it. The combination of patience, hard work and perseverance will be key to our success this year, and so far the team has made tremendous strides. We look forward to an exciting year, with our focus on playing hard, having fun at it and be[ing] entertaining to watch as well.”      

This year will be the 19th season for head coach Deanna Bradley. It also marks the 12th season for assistant coach Aaron Ballenger. Having been in a coaching partnership for this long, both Bradley and Ballenger will use their veteran coaching experience in hopes of leading a successful basketball season.  “Though we have worked together for a long time, the system we are using this year is new to both of us, making this year an exciting adventure for everyone as we learn on the go,” stated Bradley.

The Pomeroys open up the 2012-2013 season on the road as they take on Harris Stowe State University in St. Louis on Nov. 2. Eight days later, the Pomeroys will host National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) power Taylor University in its first home opener of the season on Nov. 10. The following weekend, the Pomeroys will travel to New Albany to participate in a tournament held by host Indiana University-Southeast. The November schedule wraps us with two consecutive home games against USCAA opponent Spalding University on Nov. 20 and Franklin College on Nov. 28.

Notable December matchups include games with USCAA opponent Robert Morris-Springfield on Dec. 1 and against hometown rival Rose-Hulman on the Dec. 11. The January schedule features a key home-and-home matchup with USCAA opponent UC-Clermont College and a clash with USCAA opponent Lindenwood University-Belleville. The final month of the season is highlighted with a stretch of four straight home games against Brescia University, Oakland City University, Lindenwood University-Belleville and Robert Morris University-Springfield. If the Pomeroys are able to reach the postseason, they will travel to Uniontown, Pa., for the USCAA National Championships held Feb. 26-March 2, 2013.