Lady Broncos Take 12th in New USCAA Poll

Gerry Raymonda
Gerry Raymonda

NORFOLK, Va. (January 25, 2018) – The USCAA released its sixth edition of the women's Division II national rankings, with SUNY Delhi coming in at number 12. The 13-8 Broncos, who just came off a thrilling 69-67 victory at SUNY Canton on Tuesday, look to carry that momentum into their final eight games of the season to claim a bid for the USCAA National Tournament.

The women are off to the best start under third-year head coach Vicki Andruszkiewicz. The Broncos were ranked sixth in the first four USCAA polls and ninth last week. The Broncos recently ran into some tough competition, but did claim some notable wins, particularly a 68-53 win at Maine Fort Kent on Jan. 19, along with their Tuesday triumph at Canton.

Sophomore guard and team leading scorer Samiaya Salley won the game for Delhi against the Roos, breaking a 67-67 tie with a running jumper with 0.3 seconds remaining. Salley is third in all USCAA with 22.8 ppg., racking up 14 20-point games, including three 30-point games. The Highland Falls, NY native is quickly closing in on 1,000 career points with 892, and looks to become just the second Bronco ever to amass the milestone, and the second to reach it in just two years. Jennifer LePinnet-Clark was the first, totaling 1,033 career points from 2002-04.

Central Maine remained in the top spot in the poll with 348 points, followed by Maine Augusta in second with 337 points. Warren Wilson ranked third with 336 points, while Johnson & Wales-Charlotte ranked fourth with 334 points and Penn State Brandywine fifth with 318 points. Villa Maria, one of Delhi's upcoming opponents, was ranked sixth with 313 points; the Broncos defeated the Vikings in their first matchup this year, 89-85.

The USCAA Division II Tournament, hosted by Penn State Fayette, will field eight teams, with Delhi eligible to earn one of the four at-large bids. Delhi's remaining schedule consists of a road match at Morrisville State on Sunday, followed by a three-game homestand versus Davis on Tuesday, SUNY Canton on Feb. 3 and Vaughn on Feb. 4. The Broncos then will travel to Alfred State on Feb. 10, Villa Maria on Feb. 11 and Cazenovia on Feb. 15, then rounding out their regular season hosting Central Penn on Feb. 17.