GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo women's basketball team begins the new campaign on Saturday, Nov. 9 when it hosts Hilbert at 7:30 p.m. Here are six things you need to know about the Knights entering the 2019-20 season.
THE OLD GUARD
The Knights return three starters from a season ago as junior guards Natalie Alfieri and Lindsay Halpin along with junior forward Kerrin Montgomery will likely be staples in the lineup once again. Senior guards Sara Ciotti, Natalie DiSalvo and Madison McCulley will contribute both as experienced guards on the court and seasoned leaders off the court. Sophomore guard Meaghan Perrino and sophomore forward Megan Roell will also look for their roles to increase this season.
NEW IN THE ZOO
Geneseo welcomes three first-years and one transfer junior to bolster the roster. First-year guard Taylor Hansen, first-year forwards Lauren Romito and Madison Hoyt join the program as well as junior forward Abigail Duvivier, a transfer from NCAA Division II Molloy College, join the team and hope to make an immediate impact.
Halpin led the team with 32.8 minutes per game last season, and averaged 10.3 points and 4.2 assists per game as she was named First Team All-SUNYAC. Alfieri nabbed second team honors for the second-consecutive year after averaging 9.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
RETURN TO THE PROMISED LAND
Geneseo has earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament in each of the past five seasons, advancing to the NCAA Round of 16 in 2015 and 2017. The Knights have won at least 24 games in each of their last three seasons and advanced to seven-consecutive SUNYAC Championship games. Ranked 24th in the American Basketball Coaches' Association (ABCA) preseason poll, the Knights are seeking another deep postseason run in 2020.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Since 2012, Geneseo has won 78 out of 86 games played in Schrader Gymnasium. The Knights have not lost a home game to a non-conference opponent since March 5, 2011, when they dropped an NCAA Tournament Second Round game to visiting Babson, 65-53.
CHECK IT UP
Geneseo opens on Saturday against Hilbert before traveling to face nearby William Smith (Nov. 12) and RIT (Nov. 16). After a home game against Morrisville (Nov. 19), Geneseo opens its conference schedule by hosting Cortland on Dec. 6 and Oswego on Dec. 7. The Knights will compete in the Judy Pearson Memorial Tournament hosted by Babson, located just outside of Boston, Mass., over the winter break. The team battles reigning SUNYAC Champion, New Paltz, at home on January 17 and at New Paltz on February 7.