The College of Staten Island women’s basketball team continues their home stand today, when they welcome in New York University as part of non-conference play at the Sports & Recreation Center.  The Dolphins have scored back-to-back wins in impressive fashion, scoring a 19-point win against Western New England last weekend and a lop-sided 17-point win over St. Joseph’s (BK) on Tuesday.  NYU is an unblemished 3-0 to start the season.

Matchup: CSI (2-1 overall, 0-0 CUNYAC) vs. New York University (3-0 Overall, 0-0 UAA)
Where: CSI Sports & Recreation Center- 2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY
Tip-Off:  3:00 pm
Ticket Info:  $5 General Admission.  FREE for CSI Students, Faculty & Staff
Promotion:  Official CSI Dolphins Gear Giveaway
All-Time Series: NYU leads 20-2
Last Meeting: Nov 19, 2014 – NYU won 82-66 
Players To Watch (CSI):  Samantha Flecker continues to pace the Dolphins in scoring this season, averaging 16.7 points per game.  She notched 12 points in just 20 minutes on Tuesday against SJC and should see increased floor play tonight.  The same holds true for juniors Christina Pasaturo and Angelique Price who are combining for 28 points and 12 rebounds per contest.  Freshman Nihada Bracic torched SJC for 13 points off of the bench on Tuesday.  Prior to the game CSI had 11 total points off of the bench all season.  Fellow frosh Chanelle Alvarez showed a good scoring touch in her biggest outing of the season on Tuesday, posting seven points and five boards in 12 minutes of work.
Players To Watch (NYU): The Violets are averaging over 71 points per contest and have three double-digit scorers thus far.  Leading the way is Kaitlyn Read, who is notching 13.7 ppg., on 40% shooting from the floor.  She is also second on the team in rebounds per game and leads the team in assists as well.  Amy Harioka is averaging a team best 29+ minutes per game and boasts 12 points per contest while Annie Barrett is averaging 11 points per contest.  Kayla Patterson has been a force on the glass averaging eight rebounds per contest to go with an even eight points per game as well.
News & Notes: This has been a series dominated by NYU, as they have taken 20 of 22 overall and have won 20 straight since CSI took the opening two games back in 1983-84.  This is the 10th meeting at CSI, and NYU has won all 9 previous meetings by an average of 28.2 points per contest.  CSI will be looking to make up some ground in that department tonight.  Dating back to last season NYU has now won their last four regular season games and they are used to fast starts, having started the season 13-0 last year.  CSI, meanwhile, is on a seven-game home win streak dating back to last season.  CSI junior Christina Pasaturo eclipsed former teammate and current assistant coach Victoria Gallinaro in career assists with 267, good for 9th all-time at the college.  Former teammate Nikki Fabozzi is 8th on the list with 285 career helpers.  Look for rebounds to tell a big story tonight.  The Dolphins are out-rebounding opponents this year by an even six per game and dating back to last season the Dolphins are 9-3 when winning that war (.750).  NYU is out-rebounding opponents by over five rebounds per game and are 14-4 since last year when winning that statistic (.778).  CSI is also 11-4 since last year when forcing 25+ turnovers (.733) and NYU is 7-0 over the last two years when forcing 25+, that includes wins in the past two games.