Basketball Season is Around the Corner; B-CU Hoops Enters a New Era

Ashanti Hunt leading the fast break during a home game last season.
Ashanti Hunt leading the fast break during a home game last season.

Since last year, there have been a number of changes for both teams. Men's basketball, for example, welcomed a whole new coaching staff while the women's team is looking to fill the spots of some of it best players who graduated.

Ryan Ridder, new head coach for men's basketball, represents a new era. He will be leading a team comprised of six returning Wildcats from last year's squad and seven newcomers. Among the veterans is Brandon Tabb, a preseason First Team All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference player.

Tabb said he looks to improve his game and help lead the team. " We've been putting in the work and we are going to be prepared this season," he said. "We have the coaching staff and players to have something special this year with a lot to prove."

This program is rebuilding in order to recover from a 10-22 from last season, finishing 10th in the MEAC with a 6-10 record.

Meanwhile, women's basketball is looking forward to keep the legacy going. The Lady Wildcats, under head coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis, went 21-11 last season. The team ended the season as back-to-back MEAC champion. The team has been picked to finish second this season.

Blair-Lewis said goodbye last semester to a number of key players that contributed to the success of the past seasons. They included role players Taylor Houston and Alea Godfrey, three-point shooter Kendra Cooper, perhaps the best the program's ever had and a shot blocker Kailyn Williams who finished her career with the fifth highest total in the history in all of women's Division I college basketball.

The teams record helped them to recruit better players. They have some big shoes to fill in, but senior point guard Emily Williams said she believes that they are ready.

"We have a lot of confidence in the young players," Williams said. "I have no doubt that they can take the last shot and make the last shot. They can take the torch and run with it."

By Karen Romero