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Taryana Kelly Gets Start In Final Exhibition Game for UMES!

Alumni Soldier, Taryana Kelly, gets the start at the power forward position and delivers 10pts, 8rebounds, in 18 minutes of action. Kelly is part of a dynamic freshman duo front court that will be relied on heavily to anchor UMES on both the offensive and defensive end of the court. Get game recap by going to the UMES Women’s Basketball site.


11 2012

A Freshmen Experience – The View From St John Fisher College

Defenders family,

HEY! It’s Aliyah . I know you all have missed me, so I’ll just get into it. I am finally a little freshie in college! I know all the seniors this year, are dying to get out lol. I completely remember the feeling, and all I have to say is good luck. Your senior year is going to start off super slow and then it will gradually speed up. So just take it for what it is and have patience. College has been a new and different experience, nevertheless it’s been a fun one. The work is a bit harder and there’s more of it. It’s important for you to be familiar with your syllabus. No one is reminding you that you have a paper do the next class. So make sure you are on time, and when you can get a jumpstart on the next assignment.

From the athletic point of view, I am currently in my fall season for crew and in pre-season for basketball. Everyone that knows me knows that I am not a morning person whatsoever. For crew I have workouts early in the morning and I have to wake up at 5. After that I have classes for the rest of the morning. In the afternoon/and evenings basketball takes over. It really is all about time management and balance. Sleep is super important and my schedule only works if I get a nap in. Make sure you sleep any chance that you get. There is a huge difference between how much sleep you want and what you actually get. A typical Monday starts off with crew practice. Afterwards I have time for a little bit of breakfast before my first class. After my class is over I have time to get some of my homework done before my next class. After that I do some laundry and other homework, lunch then sleep. After that I have a strength, agility, and conditioning workout. Once that is over, I stay around to shoot or play pickup, then it’s dinnertime. Afterwards there’s homework and anything else I need to take care of.

Lastly, have fun. Work Hard, Play Hard, right? Right, so grind all week, stay on top of your assignments, but remember on the weekends to find time to relax, hang out with friends…HAVE FUN! In the end, your college experience is what YOU make it!

General Tips:

  • Make sure you have snacks, you are bound to miss meals. Cups of Noodles and Cereal will be your best friends.
  • Don’t be afraid to take someone’s stuff out the Dryers, because this will happen to you. They have timers for a reason.
  • Don’t bring every article of clothing you own, space is limited. (I’m in a triple).
  • Lastly, if your parents are anything like mine keep in contact. Trust me, they will be lost without you (:

College has been great thus far, and I can’t wait for you all to experience it!

Hopefully I can write again once basketball season starts.

I wish success to everyone in their upcoming seasons & seniors do it BIG !


Soldier Out,




10 2012

FBC Defenders alum Alexis Scott scores 18pts, for the LaSalle Explorers as they fall to #15 ranked Rutgers Scarlet Knights!

PHILADELPHIA Alexis Scott scored 18 points, Ruvanna Campbell pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, and the La Salle women’s basketball team gave #15/15 Rutgers everything it had in a 61-48 loss at Tom Gola Arena on Saturday night.

Khadijah Rushdan led all scorers with 20 points and April Sykes chipped in 12. Jada Payne was the other Explorer in double figures with 11.

Neither team got on the board until the 15:16 mark when Khadijah Rushdan hit a jumper to break the scoreless game.

Payne scored La Salle’s first eight points on two treys and a jumper to put the Explorers up 8-7, before the Scarlet Knights went on a run to push their lead to 10 with a 30-20 edge at the half.

The Explorers opened the second half on a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to five before a 10-2 Rutgers run put the gap back to 13. A Scott trey with 4:52 remaining cut the deficit back to six at 51-45, but that was the closest the home squad got down the stretch.

Campbell was terrific on the defensive end with her game-high 11 rebounds and game-high four blocks. Brittany Wilson added a game-high five steals in 13 minutes of play. The Explorers limited the Scarlet Knights to 36.5 percent shooting (23-for-63).

The Explorers return to Gola Arena on Tuesday (11/22) when they host Big 5 rival Penn at 7 p.m.

Click “Alexis Scott” to go to box score.


11 2011

Senior Year On The Banks!

Hey guys, Jaymee here! Wow where do I begin? Senior year, I can’t believe how time flies. Well I basically want to talk about the two different sides of my life, basketball and education.

First off let’s talk about education.  It was just yesterday where I thought I had so much time to make big decisions on my life after college. Now the time is finally here. What is my next move? Where do I go? Where do I live? How do I pay off these student loans? What kind of job do I want to pursue? What if I can’t find a job? All these crazy questions need to be answered and I am the only one who can make it happen. Focusing on one thing at a time is so important. Most often you will find that things tend to fall into place when you stay focused, dedicated, and determined.

Now let’s talk a little about basketball. The team is looking really good so far. The determination and focus of the 5 freshman really brings a lot of energy to the court. Before we could start practicing the entire team had to pass a “fitness test”. The word “fitness” is used lightly, lol. It consists of 3 parts, the mile, 55’s, and ladders. We get 15 minute breaks in between each part of the test; however it is not just a test of your fitness, but your mind as well. Becoming mentally tough is a huge part of the game. Skill will get you into college but mental toughness will keep you there.

As of right now I am finishing up the second month of school and it is now the third week of practice, man oh man does it feel like forever already. Waking up at 7 each morning and going through an intense practice. Then off to class I go for a few hours. On Mondays and Thursdays I don’t return home till about 10 pm. And of course I still need to eat and wake up at 7 again the next morning. It makes you begin to wonder if there is actually enough time in the day. Sometimes I think about what 24 hours really means.

There’s always something to do in between classes as well. The amount of papers, lab reports, and exams is insane. Then of coarse reading ahead before class so I can keep up with everything must be scheduled into my day as well. It is so important to manage your time or you will struggle not only in the classroom but on the court as well. If I have an exam that I feel that I hadn’t prepared well for it makes it hard to pay attention for a full practice.  And when your coach is getting on your case it’s definitely no fun. Finding a happy medium is so important. If it means that I can’t take a nap in the middle of the day so I can write a paper than so be it. Because that is just one less thing I need to worry about and a lot more sleep I can catch up on at night.

I am a full time athlete and a full time student. However, I still want to be a full time kid. Joining a varsity team at the collegiate level is tough and requires certain sacrifices but in the end it is so worth it.  It will also force you to decide if basketball is as important as you think. Well back to the grind…Jaymee


10 2011

Welcome to Senior Year!!

Jacinda Dunbar: Reporting live from Quinnipiac – I actually never thought this time would come where I would be finishing the last year of school and basketball. But I’m trying to enjoy each day like it’s my last. I finally get the idea behind that statement when you apply it behind something that you love to do. So far, I’ve just finished week three of pre-season and it’s looking the best it’s ever been since I’ve been here. We have a roster of 15, with 6 of them being freshman so you would think everything would go by slowly but they have managed to keep there stride with the upperclassmen pretty well since summer school. Most of them can hold their own and I think that has made their transition into college a lot easier than other students that start off. But as for me, I’m just trying to keep up and be a leader for the rest of them.
Our week consists of 4 out of 5 days in the weight room and two days of practice. Our “free day” is us playing organized pick up so we still get some conditioning in. Our conditioning occurs twice a week, Mondays and Fridays. On Mondays we run either 11s or 22s. 11s are an up and back in under 11 seconds and 22s are two up and backs in under 22 seconds. Depending on the week, can run 16 or 18 11s, or 10 or 12 22s. After we run, we lift because the idea is lift when you’re fatigued so you learn how to push through it. Trust me, bench pressing 100 lbs or doing a 200 lbs. dead lift is a lot harder tired. After lifting and conditioning and any more physical pain they decide to put us through, we hit the cafe (best part of the day) and depending on class schedules, you either go to class or get an early start on sleep. Fortunately for me I am only taking 4 classes this semester and have only one class after practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays so right now I’m living the life.
Well, just wanted to give you a general background on what’s happening with my life at Quinnipiac. More coming next week!!


10 2011