Women's Basketball Program
The St. Lawrence women's basketball program, rich with a tradition of excellence, has a history full of successes both on the court and in the classroom. Over the past 14 seasons, the Saints have attended eight NCAA Division III Tournaments, including the championship game in 2002, and boast an overall record of 302-83.
The success doesn't stop there, as the program carries great pride in the classroom. Over the last eight seasons, the Saints have earned Academic All-Conference honors 45 times, including this past season that saw seven of the nine eligible student-athletes named to the Academic squads. The 2011-12 team boasted a 3.49 GPA in the fall semester and are vying for a Top 25 National Academic Award at the end of the spring semester.
St. Lawrence head coach Dan Roiger, who joined the staff in the summer of 2009, has continued the tradition of success of the Saints basketball program. With Roiger at the helm, the Saints have compiled an overall record of 58-18 (.763), with a 36-8 (.818) record in the conference. In the 2011-12 season, he was named the Liberty League Coach of the Year as he guided his team to a perfect 16-0 record in the league, the first in its history, and established a new program record by winning 18 games consecutively.
Coach Roiger builds the women's basketball program with three specific guidelines; First and foremost, he recruits quality people who are both good citizens and students at the same time. Second, he looks for student-athletes who are passionate about the game of basketball, whom also have a competitive edge. Third, his student-athletes must have a strong sense of camaraderie that will be a positive addition to the team dynamic.
"I want players who will represent our program and University with class and pride in our accomplishments," said Coach Roiger. "They should love to play hoops and have an innate drive to be successful. I also want them to feel a sense of belonging, and to feel appreciated for their contributions to the team, no matter what those contributions are."
Coach Roiger employs a challenging style of basketball that he brought from his previous head coaching position at Northland College (WI), where he was twice named the UMAC Coach of the Year. The Saints play a fast-paced transition offense that relies heavily on the reads of motion offense, while also playing pressure defense. He also takes pride in having his team prepared for anything its opponents throw at it, mentally, physically and emotionally.
St. Lawrence University recognizes the role that athletics plays in the personal growth and development of its students. Boasting one of the best athletics facilities in the Northeast, it offers a unique opportunity for student-athletes to succeed both on the playing fields, as well as in the classrooms. With 32 sports, the St. Lawrence campus is comprised of a high percentage of student-athletes that can take advantage of the state-of-the-art fitness center with a separate varsity room. The Burkman Gymnasium is home to the men's and women's basketball teams in the winter, as well as the volleyball team in the fall. The facility, which features recently renovated parquet floor, has hosted numerous conference tournaments, as well first rounds of the men's and women's NCAA basketball tournaments.
Saints basketball. A great place to have outstanding experiences. Both on and off the court.
|2011-12 Season in Review (PDF)||2.68 MB|
|January Newsletter (PDF)||227.84 KB|
|Women's Basketball Records - Updated through 2011-12 (PDF)||38.85 KB|
|May Newsletter (PDF)||134.71 KB|