Maycock ready to embrace leadership role on young team

 

By Sean Mickey

Junior guard Mckenna Maycock is striving to lead the St. Bonaventure Women’s Basketball team to new heights.

Maycock, a lifelong southern tier resident attending Randolph high school in Randolph, New York, had always been familiar with St. Bonaventure and their athletics.

“I had gone to the Bonaventure camps for 5 years in a row, so I knew it by then,” Maycock said.

After her experiences as an athlete nearby, and attending Bonaventure basketball camps, becoming a Bonnie was an easy choice.

“I accepted it right away,” Maycock said. “I love the school and it’s really close to my family. It was really the perfect fit.”

The 2016-17 season was anything but extraordinary for the Brown and White, winning only nine games.

Coming off a disappointing season, Maycock knew that to help improve the team she needed to put in extra work in the off season.

“I tried to expand my game and get better at shooting from the outside,” Maycock said. “I think the biggest thing I have to do is bring my leadership every day because if I work hard every day then everyone else will follow.”

Those sentiments have rang true thus far this season.

Maycock leads all Bonnies in scoring and rebounding with 14.6 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game, which almost doubles her totals from last year. She’s also shooting a team lead 58% from three, going 14-24 from behind the arc, compared to her 9-34 three point total last year.

Maycock’s coach, Jesse Fleming shared his sentiments.

“She’s one of two true upperclassmen on the roster, so I expect leadership out of her,” Fleming said. “I think she’s one of the best athletes in the conference and she has to show that. She has really put in the work and we expect a lot out of her on both sides of the floor.”

Coach Fleming, who enters his second year as coach of the Bonnies, has relied heavily on Maycock so far, logging 40 minutes in a win over Bucknell, where she went 8-11 from the field and a perfect 4-4 from three.

She followed up that performance Saturday with a double-double off 23 points and 12 boards against UMBC.

While she’s put together some solid performances, helping the Bonnies to a 4-3 record in non-conference games, Maycock has her eye set on conference play.

“It’s just a lot of fun,” Maycock said. “I’m really excited to get revenge for some of the games I think we should have won last year. I’m just ready.”

Women’s basketball: Maycock’s career day leads Bonnies to second straight win

By Cameron Hurst @CameronNHurst

The 2016-17 basketball season has been a whirlwind, to say the least, for Mckenna Maycock.

The sophomore guard from nearby Randolph, N.Y., who began the season in the starting lineup, was at one point limited to as little as nine minutes off the bench in the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team’s 43-40 loss against Delaware on Nov. 19.

However, after playing 31 minutes and scoring a team-high and career-high 14 points for the Bonnies (8-12, 3-5 A-10) during Saturday’s 69-56 victory over Duquesne at the Reilly Center, it is safe to say that Maycock has truly come to embrace her role as the “sixth-woman” and first option off the bench for head coach Jesse Fleming.

“This year, I definitely started off kind of nervous because I was playing way more than I did last year and it was just a different role,” said Maycock on her progression throughout the season. “I think I needed time to get into this [sixth woman role] and I’m trying to contribute as much as I can to the team. I think I’m getting there.”

After outscoring the Bonnies 10-6 to start the fourth quarter, the Dukes managed to cut into their deficit, trailing 53-44 after a Chassidy Omogrosso three with 4:34 left in the game. Maycock then went on a tear, scoring the Bonnies next eight points via two corner three’s separated by a lay-in in between, to give St. Bonaventure their largest lead of the game, 14, at the 3:37 mark.

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Women’s basketball: Maycock ready to live up to the hype

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By Josh Svetz @Svetz17

For sophomore Mckenna Maycock, freshman year provided a humbling learning curve.

A former two-time New York State Class C Player of the Year, Maycock came into the fold with tremendous hype. Despite this, she was regularly limited in her playing time due to the presence of guards Emily Michael and Nyla Rueter.

“Last year I was completely nervous going into every single game, going to practice,” Maycock said. “And now that I know what is expected of me I feel well prepared.”

Maycock will have to be prepared, as both Michael and Rueter have departed the team due to graduation. Still, she was itching for minutes last year, until she saw how good the team played.

“I was initially upset,” said Maycock. “But when I realized the talent we had on the team I didn’t have one complaint because everyone was so good and our team did so well with going to the tournament.”

But now, she believes she’s ready to take the next step thanks to overall growth and excellent mentors.

“The seniors last year were just amazing,” said Maycock. “They really helped me transition.”

While her high school numbers of 27.5 points per game, 10.4 rebounds per game and 5.2 assists per game suggest a major upgrade to her role, Maycock is staying humble.

“I’ll do whatever (coach Jesse Fleming) asks me to do,” said Maycock. “I won’t give up on any plays.”

The biggest challenge Maycock faced came from former head coach Jim Crowley, who recruited her to play for Bonaventure. Not only did Crowley jump ship for Providence, he took almost his whole coaching staff with him.

“Initially, I was nervous,” Maycock said. “I didn’t know where my career was going to go and what was going to happen, but I’m comfortable now. The new transition has been really good so far.”

In terms of the system differences, Maycock said she hasn’t had too much trouble.

“The offensive concepts are a little different,” she said. “It’s a little faster, but we still run an open offense and the emphasis on working hard has remained.”

Fleming has been impressed with Maycock so far.

“She brings excellent energy, rebounds well, and makes hustle plays,” he said. “No one’s going to outwork her.”

The real question though is how good such a young team with a new coaching staff be. If you ask Maycock, she’ll tell you they’ll be just fine.

“People think because we’re young we aren’t going to have that great of a season,” she noted. “But I think we have the talent. I think we’ll be better than expected.”

Women’s basketball: Maycock ready to suit up for brown and white

By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

About two and a half years ago, the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team got a prized recruit when then-high school sophomore McKenna Maycock verbally committed to the Bonnies.

Now, 29 months after the Randolph, N.Y. native made her decision, she will finally put on the Bona uniform and play college ball on Saturday.

The 5-foot-9 Maycock, who was offered a scholarship right on the spot by coach Jim Crowley and his staff when she visited back in 2013, grew up 40 miles away from campus. The close proximity to campus gave her plenty of opportunities to connect to the program.

Maycock had gone to the Bona women’s basketball summer camp since she was in seventh grade, played on an AAU team with senior forward Katie Healy, and played at the Reilly Center in the Cattaraugus County IAABO Holiday Basketball Tournament in each of her four years of high school. In fact, she became Western New York’s all-time leading scorer on Bob Lanier Court last December.

“It was exciting to get it on Bonaventure’s court,” Maycock told the Olean Times Herald’s Sam Wilson after the tournament. “It was a great moment for me. It added a lot to it, because that’s where I’ll be playing. It was just a neat moment. That’s where my future holds.”

The guard’s high school totals are staggering: the 2,947 points she scored in her Randolph Central career are not only the most in Western New York history but are fifth-most in state history as well. Her play earned two New York State Class C Player of the Year awards along with two selections to the all-state team.

Maycock’s high school athletic accomplishments were not limited to basketball, however; she was named the Buffalo News Prep Talk Girls Three-Sport Athlete of the Year for 2014-15 after being selected first-team All-Western New York volleyball and finishing second in the state in the 400 hurdles and being on the ninth place 4×400 relay team on the track her senior year.

Despite all the accomplishments and accolades in her illustrious high school career, Maycock just wants to get a chance at playing time and help her team win this season.

“My role will be completely different (from high school),” Maycock said. “If I get in I just want to make an impact somehow, whether it be rebounding or helping my teammates. My individual goal is just to get in at some point.”

“There’s always a big learning curve as a freshman, with the level of play and consistency,” Crowley said. “Sometimes as a freshman it’s pure survival, but we expect McKenna to go hard and make us better.”

To make the team better, Maycock will use some of the prodigious athleticism she displayed in her three-sport days.

“I think the biggest thing is my speed. Hopefully that can help me defend and maybe play on offense too,” said Maycock. “Getting rebounds is a big part of my game too; that’s the biggest thing.”

“She’s an incredible athlete, and she knows how to use that athleticism,” Crowley said. “Some people are faster or stronger but they don’t know how to use it, but McKenna does.

“What she has to continue to focus on is not to let mistakes prevent results. You learn a lot of things as a freshman, and sometimes it’s very frustrating. She’s gotta get over that, because as an athlete, she’s unmatched. That can help us every day.”

One advantage Maycock will have during her time at SBU will be the support of her family. Her parents, both former collegiate athletes themselves, will be able to attend their daughter’s games. For a freshman athlete, that’s a major plus.

“I think it’s awesome because I could be in the game and look up and see my family there,” Maycock said. “They’ll be there cheering me on and giving me a thumbs up even if I make a mistake, so that’s awesome knowing I’ll have support no matter what.”

Maycock is still confident that the decision she made at 15 to come to Bonaventure was the right one.

“Honestly, it’s better than I expected,” she said. “I knew I loved the campus and atmosphere, but ever since I got here it’s better than I imagined, actually.

“I love the community and the family feeling, and I love the small classrooms; that’s a really big part for me because I like the relationships with my teachers. The people here are just great.”