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Brognano key in SUNYIT's season

By MIKE LEVIN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The SUNYIT women's basketball team is back in action Wednesday, hosting SUNY Cobleskill, one of the teams chasing the Lady Wildcats in the NEAC North.  With an 8-1 conference record, the Lady Wildcats lead both Cobleskill and Keuka, both 8-3, by just two games in the loss column.

SUNYIT is 14-3 on the season and had won nine straight games, until a 68-60 home loss Saturday to Keuka.  The Lady Wildcats rebounded with a 67-57 win Sunday over Wells and are still determined to win the division and ultimately the NEAC Tournament.

If SUNYIT reaches that goal, they would make their first NCAA Division III Tournament in the six years that Camden grad Jessica Skelton has been the head coach.

Skelton, who's also an alumnus of SUNYIT, has recruited several local girls, including Ashley Schmidt, a fellow Blue Devil, as well as Maggie Werenczak of Mohawk and Lyndsey Brognano of RFA.

Brognano, a junior guard, is one of the team's leaders both on and off the court and she even surpassed 1,000 points a few weeks ago.

"She was a steal for us out of RFA," says Skelton.  "Two sport athlete, she can do anything.  She works harder than any kid I think I'll probably ever have.  Most importantly she's a great teammate."

Brognano leads the Lady Wildcats with 18.4 points per game, 1.9 steals per game and a 48.2% field goal percentage.  She's also second in assists per game and three point percentage.  She credits that success on her teammates, who have made this season special, after a few years of meshing together.

"These girls are just so competitive, we all get along, we set team goals and we all want to achieve them," says Brognano.  "We just play well, our chemistry's very well together."

After Cobleskill, SUNYIT's next game is Saturday, at home against Penn State Berks, with tip-off at three.

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