STEUBENVILLE - The Franciscan University of Steubenville women's basketball team looks to embrace all the new aspects of this season and build a team ready to move forward. Made up of a new head coach and several new players, the Lady Barons seek to better its 3-21 mark from last season.
Suzy Delaney, an assistant coach for the past two seasons, was promoted to head coach earlier this year.
Delaney said this year's edition of the Barons wants to concentrate on staying consistent.
"This season we want to focus on being consistent on both the offense and defense during the entire game," Delaney said. "We want to work hard throughout and finish games knowing everything was put out on the court."
The team also added two new assistant coaches to its staff to further the growth of the team. Joining Delaney and assistant coach Carrie Mitchell are Erin Brennan and Tim Delaney.
Delaney said that leading the team this season are three returning sophomores, captain Lacey Huck, Amy O'Keefe and Allyson Cooney.
Huck was the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Newcomer of the Year last season and was named to the all-conference third team. O'Keefe comes off of a successful freshman season in which she averaged 12 points and eight rebounds per game. Cooney has worked hard in the off-season and also brings leadership to the young team.
"We are also excited about the core group of new players (freshmen and transfer students) who have fully committed to bringing FUS women's basketball to the next level," Delaney said.
Juniors Hannah Flanagan and Louise Craig are expected back in the spring after returning from studying abroad in Austria during the fall semester.
"They will provide a boost for our lineup for the second half of the season," Delaney said. "I look forward to the extra experience and leadership that Hannah and Louise will add to the team."
Although the team is young, Delaney said the women did not come in lacking experience, but they have some learning and growing to do which will come with the experience of games.
"This team has the desire to work hard and play to the best of its abilities," Delaney said. "The girls are just fired up to play and they're excited to turn up the level of competition. Our players and coaches are looking forward to the start of our season."
The Lady Barons host Ohio University Eastern at 8 p.m. today.