CAMBRIDGE, MA. -- The Lesley Women's Basketball team is preparing for their first game since February of 2020 with hopes of creating a winning culture right away. After a tumultuous 2019-20 season and another lost due to COVID, women's basketball is back with new players and a new head coach.
Leading the team is junior Sydnie Drezek, the only returning member of the 2019-20 team. Drezek, from Seymour, Connecticut, was named the NECC Rookie of the Week twice during her freshman season. She averaged 16.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, achieving season highs of 35 points and 12 rebounds in a late-season win against Bay Path. The season highs came in the same game in which she set a new school record for most free throws made in a game (seventeen).
Looking forward to the new season, Drezek says "After being off the court for so long, I am overly eager and excited to get back. I think we're beyond ready to grow as a primarily young team, with many new and talented individuals, and shake up the NECC. We'll definitely experience some growing pains, but it will only prepare us and make us better for what lies ahead. My teammates are I are dedicated and ready to put in the work to make this first season back a successful one."
The new teammates that Drezek speaks of consist of freshmen who are brand new to Lesley and a group of students who were members of the team that was unable to play last year. Sophomores Alexandra Kerley and Jordan Blair and seniors Emily Heidler and Zoe Bodwell are the returnees looking forward to their first season. Kerley, a 5'10" center, boasts her high school's record for most rebounds in a women's game with 21, while Blair has been a member of the Lesley Women's Tennis team this fall. The new freshman class is led by guards Raven Premont, Kizziah Ruff, and Sam Hoselton, along with forwards Hillary Berry and McKenna Rodriquenz.
The players are not the only new addition to the women's basketball team. New head coach Madison Flowers comes to the Lynx from Eastern Nazarene College, where she spent a total of ten years. After her first five seasons as an assistant coach, Flowers was promoted to Associate Head Coach.
"I am extremely excited to get the season started with this incredible group of young women," Flowers says. "It's no secret that we are building and are on a journey to re-establish ourselves as consistent competitors and this group is more than ready for that challenge. They are excited, eager, and have been working hard, and that's all I can ask for as their coach. We are all so ready to be playing again!"
The Lynx begin their season on Saturday November 6th on the road at Dean College. Their first home game will be on Wednesday November 17th against Norwich University at 7 PM.