By JORDAN BORGESE
Women’s basketball is doing well this season. Although the team is missing three red shirting top scorers from the previous season and had more time to get the girls together last year, head coach Steve Kaneshiki says that he is “pleased so far”. The team has a great group of girls, who are focused on doing their best. “As of right now the season is going okay, we’ve had a lot of injuries, but we have one of the best programs in the region, said Kaneshiki. With major contributions from top scorers Jocelyn Bluitt and Alayanna Loyle, along with key players Sarah Gibbs and Nicole Conroy, the team currently has a record of 7-4. The team struggled through Conroy’s injury when the record dropped from 7-1 to 7-4 during her absence. “We are just hoping to get better, and cutting down on the mistakes. It’s just the little things that kill us. When times are tough they pull together. The girls are very disciplined”, said Kaneshiki. Last year the girls were 21-9, and they are hoping for a full team in January. During the pre-season poll Cumberland’s women’s basketball was ranked 11th in the country. “We push ourselves to do better every game. We believe in each other’s skills and abilities on the court, said Jocelyn Bluitt. Everyone learns from each other and the girls are a very dedicated bunch. The team has big games coming up such as Brookdale, Bergan and North Hampton, and could use all the support they can get.