By Nick Arias
After a devastating loss to LIU Brooklyn in last season’s NEC tournament, the St. Francis College Women’s Basketball team looks to bounce back this season with the addition of a strong freshman class.
Newcomer Alex Tudor from Clifton Park is among the incoming freshmen ready to begin her collegiate career as a Terrier.
“I started playing basketball in the first grade” said Alex “I played recreational basketball beginning at the YMCA.”
Basketball has been her passion and something that has been in her blood since day one, beginning with her grandfather on her dad’s side of the family. The game of basketball had been passed down from her grandfather, to her dad, then to her brother, and ultimately Alex.
Being in a family full of athletes, Alex grew up with a competitive mindset which will help her in her upcoming seasons.
Alex said: “Everyone wanted to win, winning has always been a big thing for me – I don’t like to lose with track and basketball, I don’t like to lose.”
Alex attended Shenendehowa High School where she was very active running track and field and playing on the school’s basketball team. Her hard work and dedication to the sport paid off when she received multiple scholarships for basketball within the Northeast Conference, including St. Francis College.
Alex said: “I was actually offered [scholarships] from Saint Francis University, LIU, and Mount St. Mary’s” she said “I knew I wanted to come to St. Francis Brooklyn – when I got that offer I wanted to commit there [St. Francis Brooklyn].”
When asked about why she chose this school, Alex said:
“I really liked the tight-knit community and how everyone knows each other
“I really like the coaching staff and the girls – they were very welcoming, I felt like I can blend well with them.
“Obviously, the academics is a big thing, the team has always been in the top of the country so I knew that the coaches always took that seriously and wanted the girls to do well.”
So far within the first month of being around her new team, Alex was able to connect and get along with her teammates and coaching staff.
“They are really nice and fun to be around, we are always laughing and having a good time” Alex said.
As a freshman starting her first year as a Division one basketball player, she received a lot of advice from the returning players on the team. Getting to know her teammates and bonding with them has been important to her since starting her college career.
Since the college basketball season is right around the corner, Alex has some personal goals to help the team this upcoming season.
“My personal goal is to help the team in any way possible” Alex said “I want to do whatever I can to help this team win every game.”
It is important to Alex to have an outstanding season, as she desperately wants to win the NEC Championship and move on the NCAA tournament. Her competitive nature along with great sportsmanship will afford Alex an amazing opportunity to succeed.