The College of Staten Island women’s basketball team successfully opened their season with a win, and now the team will look to stay undefeated on the young season when they host New York University at The Tank at 1pm for another non-conference test.  The Violets are using the matinee as their season opener, and will look for revenge having fallen to the Dolphins last season.

Matchup: CSI (1-0) vs. New York University (0-0)
Where: The Tank – 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY
All-Time Series: NYU leads, 21-3
Last Meeting: November 29, 2017 – CSI won, 65-62 
Players to Watch (CSI): In their season-opener, the Dolphins boasted four players in double-figures, led by freshman Kayla Schmitter’s 20 points in 29 minutes of action in her CSI debut.  Megan McEwan was next in line with 16 points on a 6-12 shooting night.  McEwan also posted CSI’s only two three-pointers on five attempts, while the rest of the team went 0-4 from beyond the arc.  Despite foul trouble, junior Diana Todaro posted nine rebounds, three more than her season average from last year that led the team.  Rosa Perone was also hit with foul trouble, but was solid with a six-point, nine-rebound, performance in 22 minutes of action.  Look for Jacquelyn Cali to have an impact.  She scored 14 against the Violets last year, her third-highest single-game output in 2017-18.
Players to Watch (NYU):  Senior Olivia Linebarger is NYU’s leading returning scorer having averaged 4.9 points per game, third-highest on a team that averaged 67.2 points per game.  Shaye McGoey made three starts a season ago, averaging 4.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per contest.  
News & Notes: This has been a series dominated by the Violets.  CSI won the first two games in the series way back in 1983 and 1984, but NYU then reeled off 21-straight wins prior to CSI’s three-point win over NYU last season in a game played at Hunter College.  Now that the Dolphins defeated that streak, they will try to interrupt NYU’s 11-0 all-time record at CSI since 1985.  These two teams last met in Staten Island in 2016, with the Violets taking an 82-66 win.  Today’s game is one of three that NYU has against CUNYAC opponents this season.  They will also face Hunter College and York College.  CSI’s win over St. Joseph’s on Thursday was their fourth season-opening win in the last five years.  NYU has won 17-straight season-openers dating back to the 2001-02 season, a streak that CSI is hoping to end this afternoon.