Seton Hill women look to improve on 5-win PSAC season
Last year during its first season in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, the Seton Hill women’s basketball team quickly learned just how tough of a league it was in.
After finishing 13-14 overall and 5-11 in the conference and dropping its first round playoff game, the Griffins enter this season with a better understanding of what to expect from its rigorous PSAC schedule.
“There’s not a night off, and I think our players had to adjust to that from a practice and game standpoint that you’ve got to be on all the time,” Seton Hill coach Mark Katarski said.
“It was a bit of a roller coaster and I think we learned to just kind of hunker in one game and one day at a time and that’s a reflection of how great the conference is that we’re in.”
The Griffins will rely on senior guard Meghan Mastroianni and transfers Chelsea Apke (G/F) and center Cha Cha Williams along with guards Jaren Gill and Kelly Brenann to replace a wealth of senior talent lost after last season.
“She’s invested into Seton Hill, and I think that’s something that we’ll lean heavily on Meghan throughout the year,” Katarski said of Mastroianni.
A former Division I player at Presbyterian, Apke is competing in her senior season of eligibility while working on her MBA. Mastroianni said she believes adding someone with that type of experience could go a long way for the Griffins this season.
“Chelsea will definitely be key for us this year, and it was definitely a great pickup for us,” Mastroianni said. “She is very versatile, which is a great asset to have.”
While Katarski’s team may not feature the same elite few players from last season, he said he believes that with his returning players, plus a freshman class that has experienced a great deal of success at the high school level, the Griffins will have a solid group in the 2014-15 season.
“We feel like our foundation is stronger,” he said. “We feel like one through 14 we have people that either have direct experience at this level in some capacity, and/or have had great experience in their previous place.”
Alex Oltmanns is a freelance writer.