The College of Staten Island women’s basketball team is officially on a roll, having won three straight games while taking two within their conference slate. Tonight they put it on the line again when they travel to Manhattan to take on John Jay College, at 5pm. The Doghouse will be electric as the Bloodhounds are celebrating their Homecoming, so the Dolphins will be looking to spoil the party.
CSI vs. JOHN JAY COLLEGE AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (4-3 overall, 2-0 CUNYAC) vs. John Jay College (2-5 Overall, 0-3 CUNYAC)
Where: The Doghouse – 899 10th Avenue, New York, NY
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/johnjay/wbball/
Live Video: http://www.johnjayathletics.com/watch/?Live=37?
All-Time Series: CSI leads 39-15
Last Year’s Result: CSI won both meetings: 93-38 & 65-55
Players To Watch (CSI): Samantha Flecker is officially flying high this season, averaging 17 points and a team-best 8.1 rebounds per contest. Freshman Rosa Perone enjoyed a great game on Tuesday against Baruch, notching 12 points. She is averaging 4.7 this season with 3.5 rebounds. Jamie Pifalo has had the hot hand of late, and is now second on the squad in three-point baskets, averaging 44% from downtown.
Players To Watch (JJC): Brianna Cunningham, one of the CUNYAC’s leading scorers a year ago, is again leading the Bloodhounds attack, averaging 11.7 points per game with 9.1 rebounds per contest. Josephine Diaz is the only other Bloodhound averaging in double figures with 10.4 per game. Shaliyah Ruiz likes to spread the ball around, leading the squad in assists this season.
News and Notes: CSI is streaking against the Bloodhounds, having won the last six meetings in the series and 25 of the last 28 meetings dating back to 1997. John Jay’s last win in the series came on their home floor back in 2013. Three of the last four meetings have been decided by 10 points or less. Both teams pride themselves on good defense. The Dolphins are holding opponents to 39% shooting from the floor while the Bloodhounds are even lower, at 38%. Both teams also like shooting the ball from long range as they combine to take an average of 42 three-point shots per game. CSI is 3-1 this season when out-rebounding their opponents, John Jay, ironically, is 0-3 when out-rebounding opponents. The Bloodhounds are really struggling from the free-throw line this year, shooting only 54% as a team. Dolphins’ opponents are getting to the line for an average of 20.7 shots per game. CSI is a +6.9 in turnovers per game, and are forcing over 20 a game this season. John Jay is averaging 21.8 per game this season, so look for CSI to try and put ball-pressure on the Bloodhounds.