(Canton, N.Y.)- The SUNY Canton women’s basketball team is set to kick off their 2012-13 campaign this week when they open at Clarkson University on Nov. 15 and then host the 3rd Annual Kevin Fee / Roo Classic Tournament this weekend.
This year the Roos welcome three-time participant Morrisville State College along with Bard College, who played in last year’s tournament, and Albany College of Pharmacy.
The tournament was developed by SUNY Canton head coach Bruce Tallon and former Morrisville head coach and Ogdensburg native Sean Pinkerton to honor and remember Kevin Fee, a former police officer in Ogdensburg. Fee was a staunch supporter of local and youth sports throughout the North Country and Tallon created the event as a special way to honor his close friend, who died in 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. The Roos beat Morrisville in the inaugural Kevin Fee Memorial game in 2010, held at Ogdensburg Free Academy and Tallon decided to make it a two-day classic last year.
This year the Roos face Albany Pharmacy on Friday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. after Bard and Morrisville play at 6 p.m. On Saturday, Morrisville plays Albany Pharmacy at 12 p.m. and the Roos take on Bard at 2 p.m. There is no admission fees to the games but donations will be accepted throughout the weekend and all proceeds will go to Relay for Life.
Tallon, now in his ninth year guiding the women’s program, has brought in a terrific recruiting class including several talented junior college transfers and outstanding freshmen from the North Country to compliment a solid group of returning players.
Leading the returning players is senior forward Kaitlin Myers (Dannemora, N.Y.) who was named a USCAA Honorable Mention all-American last year after leading the Roos in scoring (16.0), rebounding (8.7), assists (56), blocks (42), steals (34), free throw shooting (.789), three-pointers made (40), three-point shooting (.400), and minutes (33.3). The Saranac High graduate and transfer from SUNY Cobleskill started all 22 games and shot 46 percent from the field.
Also returning is senior forward Brittany Crump (North Lawrence, N.Y.) and sophomore guards Corrine Riegel (Bainbridge, N.Y.) and Tricia Boland (Hammond, N.Y.). Riegel averaged 6.2 points and was third on the team in assists with 35. Boland joined the team in the second half of the season and averaged 6.2 points and 2.8 rebounds and Crump averaged 3.3 points and 1.3 rebounds.
Tallon looks to several junior college transfer students, juniors Alicia Uhlien (Watertown, N.Y.) from Jefferson Community College and Catherine Betances (Peekskill, N.Y.) from Sullivan County Community College, and two North Country freshmen, Briana Sayer (Hermon, N.Y.) and Karyss Terrance (Hogansburg, N.Y.) to make an immediate impact this season. Uhlien is a point guard who will provide stability and depth in the backcourt and Betances is another deadly outside threat and will play both shooting guard and small forward. Sayer was a 1,000-point scorer at Hermon-DeKalb Central School and is a solid defender who can play either shooting or small forward and Terrance, who also plays soccer at SUNY Canton, was a three-sport standout at Salmon River Central School and will provide depth in the front court.