Coach Kam Gissendanner knows that the journey for her Lady Redhawks and a sixth straight AMCC Conference Championship is going to start from the first day of practice and have to include every women on the 2015-2016 roster. "We are going to have to prepare everyday to get everyone's best night in and night out. The key will be staying ready." A balanced non-conference schedule of 4 home games at the Kerr Fitness Center and 3 road tests will be knotted around an AMCC Conference schedule that the Lady Redhawks have dominated over the last five seasons with an astounding 73-6 conference record.
The team will open the season with their five Regular Season and Tournament Championship Banners in the background as Frostburg St (Nov 16) and Mount Union (Nov 24) come to campus. Trips to local Pittsburgh opponents in Washington and Jefferson (Nov 28) and Carnegie Mellon (Nov 30) will round out the first month of games for the Lady Redhawks before conference play begins. Coach Gissendanner knows the eagerness and opportunity this new schedule can bring. "We are excited to start another year. Coming off another championship it will bring new challenges for this amazing group coming in."
For many programs losing three seniors and a lot experience could lead to adversity. The Lady Redhawks are determined and optimistic that their new roster will be ready. "We can never replace three really good seniors who led us to a lot of success, but we are definitely ready to reload. Our core returning group adds seven newcomers and three transfers in Melvene Gainey, TiChina Mitchell and Darrian Johnson."
Highlighted AMCC Conference games for the 2015-2016 season include at Penn State Altoona (Dec 3), their first home conference game against Mount Aloysius (Dec 9), as well as their home and home series with 2014-2015 AMCC Tournament runner up Pitt Greensburg (away Jan 13, home Feb 10). The Lady Redhawk's coaching staff knows they will need to rely on the experience they return this season to keep their strangle hold on the conference. "Our core group of players have worked hard all summer and are expected to contribute tremendous leadership." An extremely talented junior class of Sabrina McLin, Danasha Harris, Mackenzie O'Donnell and Gloria Schifino all are expected to use the knowledge of their own past two championship runs to teach the new Redhawks. Four freshmen Nikayla Edgell, Natalie Gazzam, Ryan Clark, and Dalezsa Regan will look to add depth, speed, and long range shooting to complete the roster.
Each new season contains its own highlights. For the past five seasons the Lady Redhawks have made the AMCC Women's Basketball tournament a featured event at La Roche. The winner of the regular season will be again awarded this honor the weekend of February 27, 2016. AMCC opponents will continue to try and climb the ladder and provide resistance. However with consistent effort, a talented roster, and determination to get back to the National Tournament the Lady Redhawks look to compete one step at a time.