The College of Staten Island is putting its perfect CUNYAC record on the line as it completes its first trip around the conference schedule, hosting Brooklyn College at 5:30pm in what will be a rematch of last year’s championship showdown. Both teams are streaking, as CSI has won five-straight games while the visiting Bulldogs have spun off seven wins in a row.
CSI vs. BROOKLYN COLLEGE
Matchup: College of Staten Island (13-2, 7-0 CUNYAC) vs. Brooklyn College (14-2, 6-1 CUNYAC)
Where: The Tank – 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY
Ticket Info: $5 – General Admission; FREE – CSI Students, Faculty & Staff
All-Time Series: CSI leads, 36-18
Last Meeting: February 24, 2017 – CSI won 53-42 (CUNYAC Championship)
Players to Watch (CSI): CSI senior Christina Pasaturo is burning it up again for CSI, and easily leads the team with 24.1 points per game with 59 three-point field goals. She is also second on the team with 5.7 rebounds per game and leads the team with a total of 61 assists and 60 steals. Samantha Flecker is a former back-to-back CUNYAC Player of the Week and brings in a healthy 14.0 points per game average with a team-best 7.2 rebounds per contest. Angelique Price averages 8.1 points per contest, shooting 42% from the floor and she enjoyed a big game against Brooklyn last time these two teams played in the CUNYAC title game last year. Victoria Crea is also a fixture in the back court. She is averaging 7.4, and has tallied 48 assists and 32 steals this season.
Players to Watch (BC): Brooklyn enjoys a very balanced scoring attack with four players averaging in double figures that in total account for 70% of the team’s scoring offense. Karen Mak leads the way with a 12.6 point per game average while leading the team with 76 total assists and 66 steals. Alexandra Moogan is next in line at 12.2 points-per-game. She is also the team’s long-distance threat with 48 three-pointers. Taylor George has come on strong with 11.8 points-per-contest, and she is shooting a team-best 89% from the free-throw line. Rounding out the double-digit point scorers is Chanel Jemmott, who has come off of the bench in each game to average 11.4 points per. She is also the team’s rebounding leader at 8.8 per contest.
News & Notes: The CSI-Brooklyn series has been a good one and tonight figures to be another good matchup with both teams situated at the top of the standings. CSI has taken two out of the last three meetings, but otherwise Brooklyn has enjoyed a good run against the Dolphins, having won eight of the last 11 meetings in the set. Last year, both teams won on their home floors against the other and when the two teams met in the CUNYAC Final, CSI took a defensive, 53-42 win over the Bulldogs. CSI has won the last two meetings between the two sides in Staten Island, and CSI has a 13-5 overall record at home against Brooklyn. Both teams are streaking coming in and each share wins over NYU, St. Joseph’s College of Brooklyn and every other CUNYAC school minus Hunter College. The Bulldogs fell to Hunter earlier this season 87-83, while CSI defeated the Hawks 67-51 last week. Brooklyn’s only other loss was against Montclair State on December 12, 48-37. Both teams are undefeated otherwise in 2018, with CSI having won five-straight in the New Year, while Brooklyn has won all six of its 2018 slate. Something will give tonight. As a team, Brooklyn has had some shooting woes, connecting on just 37% from the floor this season. When they have shot under that mark this season, they have dropped their only two games, and are 6-0 when they connect on 40% or greater of their shots. CSI is 5-1 when they shoot over 40%, but their tell is their rebounding. They are 9-0 when they out-rebound their opponents. Turnovers and ball control will also be a huge statistic tonight. CSI is a +13.3 in the turnover column this season and are forcing 30.6 per game. They are enjoying a +22 per game in points-off-turnovers. Brooklyn is equally dangerous. The Bulldogs are a +6.9 in turnovers per game, are forcing over 26 per contest and are a +14.8 in points off turnovers per game.