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Jemmott, Mak Lead Women’s Basketball to Strong Start

The Bulldogs were crowned Buffalo State Tournament champions after three consecutive victories to begin the season. PHOTO/ Damion Reid
The Bulldogs were crowned Buffalo State Tournament champions after three consecutive victories to begin the season. PHOTO/ Damion Reid

By Adam Zaki

Published: November 22nd, 2017 

In the ultimate test for a new team, the Brooklyn College women’s basketball program began its 2017-2018 season on an extensive road trip, traveling to New Jersey and Buffalo last week. The Bulldogs started their season with three consecutive wins against Drew University in New Jersey, Pitt-Greensburg, and Buffalo State in Buffalo.

After a 57-52 win against host-school Buffalo State on Saturday, the Bulldogs were crowned the Buffalo State tournament champions. In a game they trailed 37-42 going into the fourth quarter, a 10-0 run and a 6-0 run allowed Brooklyn to tie and then pull away from the Bengals in the contest’s final minutes.

Freshman Chanel Jemmott has started her Bulldog career shooting 57 percent from the field, averaging a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds per game. Her only struggles have come from the free throw line, primarily in a 1-for-4 performance against Pitt-Greensburg. Jemmott has more free throw attempts than any of her teammates (13), but has only shot a mere 46 percent on the season.

Jemmott’s quick start has been complemented by consecutive, solid outings from Karen Mak, Brooklyn’s facilitator and most influential player. Mak is shooting 53 percent from the field, making 80 percent of her free throws and leading her team with 11 steals. 

Jemmott and Mak have shined in their first few games this season and have been major contributors in all of their victories thus far. Jemmott, a transfer from Division I Seton Hall, and Mak, a veteran player who has led her team on the court for consecutive seasons, have played at such a high level that they have made up for some of their teammates’ slow starts. 

Junior guard/forward Alexandra Moogan has struggled to open the season, as her shooting has been abysmal: 23 percent from the field and 22 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Against Buffalo State, all of Moogan’s shots were three-point attempts, and she finished with 1-for-12 shooting. Her best performance of the season came against Pitt-Greensburg, where she shot 5-for-16 from the field and 4-for-11 from distance.

Moogan has been unable to find her shot, and seems uncomfortable with and without the basketball. If her struggles continue at this magnitude, head coach Alex Lang may need to consider making a change in the starting lineups, as Moogan is doing more harm than good with her minutes this season.

Center Weronica Green has progressed into being a neutral influence on the court this season, as she has been able to be a defensive force down low, focusing her game on the boards. Averaging almost five rebounds a game, Green has shown her impact is as positive as it is negative. She has not played to her potential but has taken strides to develop a sense of comfort on the court, something that has impeded her throughout her time in Brooklyn. She has started all three games and hasn’t given a reason, based on her play, to be removed from the lineup. If she plateaus her production, however, Jemmott will be a likely candidate to take Green’s spot in the starting lineup over the next few games.   

Solid play from new additions Jasmine Hansgen and Taylor George has provided the Bulldogs with productivity with and without the basketball. As Lang’s style of a fluid distribution of minutes continues to hold true, new bodies have the opportunity to step up and make a play. 

The Bulldogs will look to continue their winning streak with Homecoming festivities on Nov. 21 against Farmingdale State. An update on the results of that match will be available on the Brooklyn College athletics website. 

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