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January 17, 2013
The Altoona Mirror

Quinnipiac at St. Francis men

Tipoff: 7 p.m., DeGol Arena

Records: Quinnipiac (5-11, 1-3 Northeast Conference), St. Francis (1-14, 1-3)

Coaches: Tom Moore is 98-76 in his sixth season at Quinnipiac. Rob Krimmel is 1-14 in his first season at St. Francis.

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Probable starters: Quinnipiac - F Justin Harris, 6-8 So. (3.0), G Zaid Hearst, 6-4 So. (8.8), G Dave Johnson, 5-10 Sr. (8.6), G Kendrick Ray, 6-1 Fr. (2.8), G Evan Conti, 6-3 So. (6.7). St. Francis - G Umar Shannon, 5-11 R-Jr. (13.7), G Greg Brown, 6-2 Fr. (2.1), F Earl Brown, 6-6 So. (8.7), F Stephon Mosley, 6-6 Fr. (8.5), G Stephon Wyatt, 6-1 So. (7.8).

Notes: Quinnipiac leads the all-time series, 18-8, including winning six of the last eight meetings. The teams split the season series last year, with each team winning on its home court. ... The Red Flash are 6-7 against the Bobcats in DeGol Arena. ... St. Francis and Quinnipiac are in a five-way tie for eighth place in the NEC with Mount St. Mary's, LIU Brooklyn and Monmouth. ... Both the Bobcats and the Red Flash are 1-4 in their last five games. This will be the last time Quinnipiac visits Loretto as a member of the NEC. The Bobcats will make the moved to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in July. ... St. Francis continues its four-game homestand when it hosts Sacred Heart in a TV game on Saturday.

Mirror prediction: St. Francis 73, Quinnipiac 64

Comment: This could be the most successful weekend of the season for the Red Flash - if they play their cards right.

Mirror prediction record: 14-1

- Nate Foreman

Wisconsin at PSU women

Tipoff: 7 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center

Records: Penn State (13-2 overall, 3-0 Big Ten), Wisconsin (8-9 overall, 0-4 Big Ten)

Coaches: Coquese Washington is 105-69 in her 6th season at Penn State. Bobbie Kelsey is 17-29 in her 2nd season at Wisconsin.

Radio: ESPN Radio 1430 WVAM

Probable starters: Penn State - G Dara Taylor, 5-8 Jr. (7.7), G Alex Bentley, 5-7 Sr. (12.7), F Mia Nickson, 6-2 Sr. (8.4), G Maggie Lucas, 5-10 Jr. (20.4), C Nikki Greene, 6-4 Sr. (8.3). Wisconsin - F Cassie Rochel, 6-4 Jr. (6.4), G Nicole Bauman, 5-10 Fr. (6.8), G Morgan Paige, 5-9 Jr. (15.9), G Tiera Stephen, 5-7 Sr. (6.1), G Jacki Gulczynski, 6-1 So. (11.1).

Notes: The Lady Lions remained at No. 8 in this week's Associated Press and coaches' rankings. ... Penn State is 27-10 all-time against Wisconsin, including a 16-2 record in home games. The Lady Lions swept the Badgers last season. ... Penn State has won 14 consecutive games at the Bryce Jordan Center, which is tied for the sixth-longest active streak in NCAA Division I. The Lady Lions last lost at home on Jan. 7, 2012, to Michigan State. ... The Lady Lions are 3-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since the 2004-05 season. ... Penn State tops the Big Ten in scoring average with 74.7 points per game. Wisconsin ranks 11th (59.6). ... Lucas scored 19 in Sunday's win over Nebraska and surpassed 1,500 points for her career. She is the 13th player in the team's history to reach that mark and the third fastest player to do so. ... Wisconsin is playing without senior Taylor Wurtz, who was averaging 12.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game before suffering a season-ending back injury.

Mirror prediction: Penn State 75, Wisconsin 55

Comment: The Lady Lions will get their next big test in the Big Ten schedule when they travel to No. 25 Michigan in four days. For now, they'll get a breather and a blowout win against the Badgers.

Mirror prediction record: 14-1

- Jim Rodenbush

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