Women’s Basketball gears up for second-half surge


Photo courtesy of Charger Bulletin/Tyler Rodriguez.

New Haven’s Camryn DeBose shoots a floater against Adelphi University, West Haven, Nov. 16, 2022.

The New Haven women’s basketball team bounced back in their last five games, coming away with huge wins over conference rivals – Southern Connecticut State, Bentley, Pace, Adelphi and Franklin Pierce. Coming off a tough stretch of games that saw them slip in the standings, the Chargers were able to rebound and put themselves right back in the playoff race. Now sitting at 11-7 on the season, New Haven enters the final stretch of games with the opportunity to make a deep playoff run.

Over the semester break, New Haven’s offense fell into a slump, averaging only 56 points during their five-game losing streak. Facing off with three of the top four teams in the conference during the skid, offense was hard to come by, with an average of just 48 points in those three games.

Guard Camryn DeBose joined elite company for the Chargers, tallying the 1000th point of her career as her strong season continues, averaging a career-high 16.9 points per game. Graduate forward Leighanna Lister was a catalyst for the resurgence of the offense, posting a 16-point, 16-rebound game against Southern to get the Chargers back in the win column.

With just eight games remaining in the regular season, New Haven will play in seven conference matchups as they look to continue their recent hot streak in which they allowed just 52 points per game. The team’s defense has been a driving factor in the four-game win streak and has come at a perfect time to help get the team to the conference playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

Entering a week-long homestand against conference opponents Saint Rose, American International and Saint Michael’s, New Haven has a prime opportunity to move up even further in the NE-10 rankings. The team is currently ranked sixth in the conference, right behind AIC who has a conference game in hand over the Chargers, setting up a must-win game to determine positioning for the playoffs.