The College of Staten Island women’s basketball team’s win streak has hit four games, and now sitting atop the CUNYAC standings again they will look to stay hot when they travel to face John Jay College tonight at 6pm. Meanwhile, the Bloodhounds picked up their first win of the year last week and will look to parlay it into a strong outing tonight.
CSI vs JOHN JAY COLLEGE AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (12-4 overall, 7-1 CUNYAC) vs. John Jay College (1-15 Overall, 1-7 CUNYAC)
Where: The Doughouse – 524 West 59th Street, New York, NY
Tip-Off: 6:00 pm
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/johnjay/wbball/
Live Video: http://www.johnjayathletics.com/watch
All-Time Series: CSI leads 42-15
Last Meeting: November 29, 2016 – CSI won 82-47
Players To Watch (CSI): CSI junior Christina Pasaturo continues her hot hand, and after a week where she averaged over 23 points per game, she is now leading the way with 21.6 points per contest. she also leads the Dolphins in assists (70), steals (49) and three-pointers (58). Samantha Flecker is averaging a healthy 15.3 points per game to go with a team-best 7.9 rebounds. Victoria Crea has been working the point for the Dolphins and sits second with 59 assists this season to go with a 9.4 points per game average.
Players To Watch (JJC): Cassandra Taylor is the go-to for the Bloodhounds, as she is averaging 11.6 points and 6.2 rebounds this season. She also leads the way with 33 assists. Karen Rosario has been a good interior threat, as she paces the Bloodhounds with 7.3 rebounds go go with her identical 7.3 points per game. Dana Nicholson is JJC’s long-range threat. She has canned 40 three-pointers this season, good for 38%, giving her a 9.5 points per game average. JJC’s Clair Prince is only averaging five points per game, but the last time these two teams played she canned a season-high 17 points and 11 rebounds.
News & Notes: CSI has now won 9 straight in this series dating back to 2013, and that includes a lop-sided win by the Dolphins earlier this season by an 82-47 cvount at the Sports & Recreation Center. Christina Pasaturo remembers the game well as she notched her 1,000th point in the win which saw CSI lead by as many as 40 in the game’s third quarter. The Dolphins also canned 12 three-pointers on 21 attempts in the game. CSI has now won four out of the last five games in this series by 30+ points. As a team the Dolphins are doing their jobs spreading the ball around as they are ranked 8th nationally in total assists while posting the 9th-highest steal total in the country. The Dolphins are also among the nation’s best three-point shooting teams. Only 9 other schools have taken more three’s this season and only four of Division II’s 433 schools have hit more three’s. Pasaturo leads the nation in that category with 58 three’s, now the 13th highest single season mark in CSI history. Her 42% shooting from behind the arc is second only to former Dolphin Acasha Gordon’s 43.9% set in 2004-05. The Bloodhounds are still looking for their first home win of the season, as they are 0-8 at home. By contrast, CSI is a solid 6-2 on the road and a perfect 4-0 against CUNYAC sides on the road.