By Jeff Fasoldt, @Jeff_Fasoldt
With a senior, a graduate student and a walk-on graduate student on the team this year, the St. Bonaventure Bonnies women’s basketball team is full of inexperienced yet talented young players, and a successful season will ride on the shoulders of sophomores and freshmen.
Gabrielle Richmond, a redshirt freshman, and sophomore Kelsie Rombach look forward to helping the team this year.
“We want to make it to the Atlantic 10 tournament this year,” Richmond said. “Of course we want to do better than last year”
Last year the women posted a 10-19 record. Richmond, who was a standout recruit in high school, has many goals in mind for the upcoming season.
“I want to average the most rebounds (on the team), and since we’re pretty small this year it’s important that I’m playing hard all the time,” Richmond said. “I want to be a defensive threat.”
Richmond, a Chicago, Ill. native, did not play her senior year of high school due to injury, but averaged 16.8 points per game her junior year, and was named to the All-Area first team.
She admitted it was tough to redshirt her first season at Bonaventure.
“It was pretty hard considering the season we had, and going to all those practices and never getting to a play a game is tough,” Richmond said. “I never got that experience that other people were getting, but I did learn the system a lot so I do believe last season helped me with that.”
Richmond wants to make sure we know one thing—the Bonnies are not scared.
“We aren’t going to back down to anybody- that’s for sure,” she said.
Although Rombach didn’t see much time last year, she, much like Richmond, said she will look to add a new element to the Bonnies game this season.
“I want to help out in any way the team needs me,” Rombach said. “I want to be that spark that we need.”
Rombach was also a very talented player in high school averaging 11.7 points per game her senior year and leading her team to win three regional titles.
Like Richmond, she says the team must play hard in order to be successful.
“We’ve got to go out and try and win as many games as we can by putting in great effort,” Rombach said. “That’s the only way”
Rombach did not want to sit out last year, but says that it benefited her greatly.
“I really learned a lot at practice, and from watching the older players during games. They really had a big impact on me,” Rombach said. “I really learned how to be a good teammate and all around it was a really good learning experience.”
Both Richmond and Rombach look forward to beginning the season and living up to their great expectations.
The Bonnies will need both if they want to have a successful season.