Freshmen Pair To Be Called On Early For Siena Women

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With just eight players available to start the 2014-2015 season, the Siena women are in a position to rely heavily on a pair of newcomers to play significant roles right from the beginning. Sophomore point guard Bri Logan and senior Kelsey Booth were lost to season-ending injuries. Transfer Denisha Petty-Evans and freshman Joella Gibson are red-shirts and freshman Emmanuella Edoka is still recovering from knee surgery, As a result, a pair of talented freshmen, Margot Hetzke and Kollyns Scarbrough, will be keys to the Saints’ success.

Hetzke, a 5-11 forward from Penfield, NY. is Penfield High School’s all-time leading scorer with 1,924 points. The Saints will look to her to score both in the low post as well as away from the basket.

“Margot is in some ways a young version of Lily Grenci which puts a lot of pressure on her but she’s that type of a player,” said Siena coach Ali Jaques. “She’s not the fastest player in the world but she can score. She can finish. She can stretch the defense. She can shoot. She’s an unselfish player as well and she has just such a fun positive attitude. you can’t help but smile when she’s around. She’s got a pretty unique fun personality.”

Despite the challenging adjustment to the college game which began in the summer session, Hetzke has embraced the challenge as well as her choice in coming to Siena.

“I definitely know I chose the right place,” Hetzke said. “Everyone here is so nice it’s unreal. People just being good kind people. I’m very happy that I was correct and Coach Jaques was correct in telling me this is how it is. Basketball wise, I love it. Preseason was tough because conditioning is always tough. I knew it was gonna be hard so I can’t say it was harder than I anticipated but you never know how your body is going to react to that kind of physical stress. It was definitely helpful to have team mates and coaches to say, ‘You’ll get there’.”

Although primarily a post player in high school, Hetzke possesses a touch from the outside and is building her versatility as a Saint.

“I’ve been shooting more from the outside than I had in high school but I’m also playing inside,” said Hetzke. “Coach is having me do a little bit of everything, playing different positions.”

Hetzke will look to feed off the success of sophomore Meghan Donohue, a 2013-2014 MAAC All-Rookie Team selection. The two have already had their share of battles on the court in the preseason.

“Meg’s just tough,” said Hetzke. “She’s tough as nails, by far one of the best post players I’ve had the opportunity to play with.  In practice we definitely go at it when we play against one another. It’s always fun to go against someone who’s not only a big, strong girl but someone who’s as talented as Meg is.”

“She’s a hard worker and definitely wants to do everything right,” said Donohue of Hetzke. “She wants to do her best. I’ll give her that and she’s doing good.”

Scarbrough is a 5-10 guard from Jamaica, NY. A talented, hard-nosed and versatile player, she was named 2014 NYSSWA Fourth Team All-State and First Team All-Daily News selection after averaging 15.2 points and 8.4 rebounds for perennial NYC power Christ the King.

“Kollyns is a competitor,” describes Jaques. “She comes from a great program in Christ the King. She’s a competitor. She competes. She’s tough on herself. She expects a lot out of herself and in some respects she just needs to take a deep breath at times. But, she is a capable scorer in a lot of different ways. When we recruit we talk about signing players that can score on different levels and this girl can score in a lot of different ways.”

Scarbrough discussed the biggest adjustment in playing on the next level. “The speed. They always warn you about it in high school that it’s so much faster. I didn’t initially realize till I actually got here, everything’s quicker, practice, games, everything.”

Off the court, Siena has proven to be the right choice.

“It’s great,” Scarbrough said. “Great campus, great team, great experience so far. I love the atmosphere. It’s a family vibe which I had at my high school and with my team and so I automatically grew attached to it and loved it.”

Despite the team’s early setbacks, Scarbrough is optimistic about the upcoming season.

“We have great leadership and I know we’re gonna be strong this year because of it,” said Scarbrough. “Everyone’s willing to work and that’s what I love so I feel good about this year.”

“To see a whole lot of intensity,” said Scarbrough in describing her own game. “I love to get after it on the court whether its offense or defense. We’re all unique in our own way but a player that really gets after it, I really like is T Coles. I love that part of the game.”




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