By Michael O’Brien
After playing four consecutive games on the road, the Broncs return to the Zoo for the first time in three weeks to take on the Army tonight. The highlight of the road trip was a 57-47 victory over Brown, the team that hosted the tournament. The star player was senior guard Sironda Chambers who averaged 20.7 points and 5.7 rebounds and was named the MAAC player of the week. Chambers will look to continue her impressive play as of late as the Broncs face an Army squad that has had its share of thrillers this year. Though they are 8-1, six of their victories have been decided by six points or less, including a recent five point victory over MAAC rival Manhattan.
If the Broncs are going to be serious contenders in the MAAC this year, they will need at least one home win in the next two games to be confident going into conference play in January. The Broncs lost to NJIT and Mount St. Mary’s at home in the final possession, so in the players’ minds, a victory tonight will likely be crucial as the season progresses.
The team will also need senior center Caitlin Bopp to continue her roll as of late, as she has averaged a double double in every other game played this season. Junior forward MyNeshia McKenzie is also averaging 13.3 points a game entering tonight. A concern for the Broncs will be the health of redshirt freshman Manon Pellet, who last Sunday against Quinnipiac, tweaked her knee. In all, tonight’s game will be either a step in the right direction or another missed opportunity to gain momentum as MAAC play approaches.