After receiving a first-round bye in the 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament, the season ended earlier than anticipated for the John Carroll University men’s basketball team with a 79-74 loss to Wilmington in the semifinals.
While the Blue Streaks graduated seven seniors last season, perhaps the biggest loss will be on the bench, as former assistant coach John Stavole retired after eight years with the program. However, anyone that follows the program at all knows that head coach Mike Moran doesn’t rebuild his team each year, he simply reloads. Now, with a number of returning underclassmen as well as a talented incoming freshman class, everyone on the team will be asked to step up and step into a new role to help lead the Blue Streaks back to success.
The Blue and Gold will depend upon the tradition that Moran and his teams have developed and established to carry them to another run at the OAC championship. With so much depth and so many players fighting for playing time, Moran wants to remind his team that “nothing is guaranteed” and that it’s a wide-open race. At the same time, so is the OAC championship, and that’s a race that you can bet the Blue Streaks will be gunning for.
“Whatever it takes.”
That’s the motto for the 2012-13 John Carroll University women’s basketball team, and it’s a pretty admirable motto to live by.
The Blue Streaks ended the 2011-12 season with a sour taste in their mouth, as they were ousted by the Wilmington College Quakers, 60-54, in the opening round of the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament.
After only losing two players from last season’s team, both of whom were starters, the Blue Streaks now return a large core of last year’s team. With another season of experience under their belts, this year’s Blue Streaks team certainly has the talent and the veteran experience needed to compete in the gauntlet that is the OAC.
Head coach Kristie Maravalli took a page out of John Wooden’s book when she has stressed to her team to “be quick, but don’t hurry.” The Blue and Gold struggled to find any offensive rhythm early last season, after playing at a slower-than-usual pace. This year, Maravalli and the Blue Streaks are returning to their up-tempo offensive rhythm, while relying on depth and youth to enforce a pressuring defense and transition game.
With optimism on their side, the sky is truly the limit for this young, but capable, Blue Streaks roster as they prepare for another upcoming season of Ohio Athletic Conference basketball.