Sinclair’s Women’s Basketball team is halfway through the season, and they are on track to to make it to the championship.
So far they have won 13 out of their 15 regular season games, and are currently on a 12 game winning streak.
In the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) standings Sinclair is tied for second place with Owens Community College, the 3-time defending champions.
This month is pivotal for the team with multiple big games against other teams in the conference. This includes the home game this Wednesday, Jan. 10, against Owens at 5:30 pm, and on the 20th they face Edison Community College for the first time this season, who is number one in the standings and undefeated so far.
Many of the players are already being scouted, and Victoria Jones, head coach for the team, said that it’s because “we have built a culture where people nationally are respecting our program.”
Jones says that part of the reason they have had such a great season so far is that the team has been “playing faster, with balanced scoring.”
She added that Amanda Schroeder, a power forward on the team, is one of the top scorers in the nation with an average of 26.7 points per game, and “because she scores so much sometimes people lose sight of the other four or five that may be scoring too, which makes it difficult for our opponents because they don’t know who’s going to show up any given night.”
A downfall of many teams is that they focus too much on the future games, especially the championship.
“I pride myself on teaching my players one game at a time, and I think that method helps us,” Jones said.
Sinclair’s athletic department doesn’t just focus on athletics, though. Academics is one of their top priorities, and as Jones said, “we pride ourselves on academics, we do five day study halls, which has made us one of the better teams in GPA as far as junior colleges is concerned.” At the end of the fall semester, Schroeder had a 3.9 GPA, putting her on track to be First Team All Conference.
There is still half of the season left, so anything can happen. However, with the team’s current momentum it will be very hard for them to be knocked out of the running for the championship.