The College of Staten Island women’s basketball team is back on the hardwood tonight, travelling to Kean University to take on the host Cougars as part of Kean’s Tip-Off Classic.  The winning side tonight will play in the Classic’s Championship Final tomorrow afternoon at 3pm, with the consolation set for 1pm.  Eastern and UT-Dallas are the two other competing schools in the tourney.

Matchup:  CSI (1-1 overall, 0-0 CUNYAC) vs. Kean University (2-1 Overall, 0-0 NJAC)
Where:  Harwood Arena, 100 Morris Avenue, Union, NY
Tip-Off:  7:00pm
Ticket Info:  $5 – General Admission / FREE – Students, Faculty, Staff, Children 3-12
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All-Time Series:  Kean leads 4-1
Last Year’s Result:  Did Not Play
Players To Watch (CSI):  Nicole Vierno made her CSI collegiate debut this past Wednesday and put up 20-points and 13-rebounds, game highs for CSI albeit in the loss to Drew.  Christina Pasaturo leads the squad in scoring.  The reigning CUNYAC Rookie of the Year is averaging 18.5 points and 7.0 rebounds through two games.  
Players To Watch (KU):   Jaquetta Owens has put up huge numbers in her first two games of the season, and is averaging 29.5 points and 9.5 assists per game in wins over CUNYAC-rivals Hunter College and Brooklyn College.  Look for Jante Bracewell to be a force in the interior, where she is averaging 15 points and 9 rebounds per game so far.
News and Notes: The Cougars and Dolphins are meeting for the first time in almost 12 years tonight to kick off tournament play.  CSI has only beaten the Cougars once, which was way back in 2002, a 75-74 win at Kean as part of this tournament.  The teams are 1-1 all-time in games played at Union.  CSI is coming off a 14-point loss to Drew on Wednesday, a game in which they put up impressive numbers, such as a +14 turnover ratio and a +15 advantage on the offensive glass.  CSI is out-rebounding their opponents by +9.5 so far per game this season, while Kean is being outrebounded by 7.5 per game.  Look for that to be a key factor tonight.  Both teams depend on the turnovers as well to generate offense.  CSI opponents have committed a whopping 28.5 turnovers per game, while Kean is forcing opponents into 29.5 errors.