The College of Staten Island women’s basketball team will return to action tonight after a week off to take on CUNYAC opponents Baruch College. The Dolphins and Bearcats will square off at the CSI Sports & Recreation Center tonight at 5:30 as part of a doubleheader. The women are coming off of a convincing, 74-56, win over Manhattanville while the Bearcats come in on a two-game losing skid.
CSI vs. BARUCH COLLEGE AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (8-3 overall, 4-0 CUNYAC) vs. Baruch (4-6 Overall, 3-0 CUNYAC)
Where: CSI Sports & Recreation Center – 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY
Tip-Off: 5:30 pm
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/csi/wbball/
Live Video: www.csidolphins.com/csisportsnet
All-Time Series: CSI leads 26-21
Last Meeting: Feb. 12, 2016, CSI won 82-49
Players To Watch (CSI): Christina Pasaturo is currently on a six-game streak of scoring 20+ points which has boosted her points per game to 19.7. Pasaturo averaged just 13.6 points per game in the first five contests of the season but over the last six, she has averaged 25 points per game. Pasaturo’s 19.7 points per game rank her 36th in the nation in points per game for Division III. Samantha Flecker ranks second on the team with 14.9 points per game and first on the team with 7.0 rebounds per game and 37 steals. Victoria Crea is coming off of a game where she posted her second best point total of the season with 17 points. Crea will look to pick apart the Bearcat defense to find her open teammates for open shots.
Players To Watch (BC): Veronica Ganzi leads the way for the Bearcats with 20.1 points per game while getting support from Jacqueline Kennedy who adds 19.2 points per game. Kennedy is also effective on the boards as she leads the team with 9.2 rebounds per game. Shannon Barrett is also a force on the boards, collecting 9 rebounds per game while adding 12.2 points per game in 37 minutes of action.
News & Notes: CSI has defeated the Bearcats in the last two meetings but the series between these two teams has been heavily favored towards Baruch since 2005. Since 2005 CSI is just 3-16 against Baruch with two of the wins coming from last season. The Dolphins will hope they can continue their win streak against the Bearcats with a win tonight. The Bearcats turn the ball over 18 times per game which could be a problem for them as the Dolphins’ defense ranks 14th in the nation with an average of 26.2 forced turnovers per game. Both teams tonight come in with an unblemished CUNYAC record. CSI has played well at home this season, posting a 5-1 record at the CSI Sports & Recreation Center while the Bearcats have struggled on the road, posting a 2-5 record. On the road the Bearcats are averaging 66 points per game which is well below their 75 points they average at home. At home this season the Dolphins have put up 77 points a game which is two points higher than their season average while only allowing opposing teams to score 61 points.