The College of Staten Island men’s and women’s basketball programs resumed competitive play last week and they were both rewarded with a weekly citation from the City University of New York Athletic Conference. Junior forward Will Fonseca took home the CUNYAC’s Player of the Week award this week, while freshman guard Christina Pasaturo claimed her sixth-straight CUNYAC Rookie of the Week award on the women’s side of the ledger.
Fonseca has been dominating through the first half of the season, leading the team and the conference in scoring, averaging 26.4 point per clip. Last week, Fonseca appeared in three contests, and was sensational in each, recording three double-doubles. In Tournament of Heroes play, Fonseca scored 22 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Misericordia University, then followed up with a 33-point, 10 -rebound effort against William Paterson. In a decisive, 78-74, win over Brooklyn College this past Saturday, Fonseca elevated his game, recording 24 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in the win, adding three blocks and two steals defensively.
Along with leading the team in points and rebounds (12.9 pg.), Fonseca also leads the squad in blocks with 23 and is second in steals (19) and assists (18).
Claiming rookie honors is nothing new to Pasaturo, who has swept the category since the season opened. In four games over the winter break, Pasaturo shined again, averaging 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest. Pasaturo’s weekly high came against Brooklyn College, dropping 14 points on 6-11 shooting. In a loss to Connecticut College, Pasaturo recorded a double-double, pitching in with 13-pointers and 10 rebounds
For the season, Pasaturo leads the team by averaging 13.9 points per game, and is second on the squad in rebounds (6.0 pg.), assists (26), steals (18), and three-point baskets (25).
Both CSI teams are back in action on Tuesday, when they travel to Manhattan to take on The City College of New York. The women tip-off at 5pm, with the men slated for a 7pm start.