Hoops du Jour
Fordham at PSU women
SECOND ROUND of WNIT
Tipoff: 2 p.m. at Bryce Jordan Center, University Park
Records: Fordham (22-11 overall, 11-5 Atlantic 10), Penn State (20-10 overall, 9-7 Big Ten).
Coaches: Cosquese Washington is 180-134 in her 10th year at Penn State. Stephanie Gaitley is 98-64 in six seasons with Fordham, and 562-334 over a 30 year career.
Last meeting: Penn State 75-59 (November 15, 2015)
Television: BTN Plus
Radio: 1390 AM
Probable starters: Fordham — G Danielle Burns, 5-10 Sr. (8.9), F G’mrice Davis, 6-2 Jr. (14.5), G Lauren Holden, 5-5 So. (8.8), G Hannah Missry, 5-8 Sr. (7.7), F Mary Goulding, 6-0 So. (3.3). Penn State — G Teniya Page, 5-7 So. (19.5), G Sierra Moore, 5-11 Gr. (10.1), G Amari Carter, 5-8 R-Fr. (7.6), F Jaida Travascio-Green, 6-2 Fr. (5.9), C Ashanti Thomas, 6-4 So. (3.9).
Notes: The Lady Rams face Penn State following a 60-49 win at Georgetown Friday night, giving them the fourth-most wins in program history with 22. … G’mrice Davis leads the Atlantic 10 Conference and is second in the nation in double-doubles with 23 on the season. … The Lady Rams are shooting 75.7 percent on the season from the free-throw line. … Washington has coached a team to 20 wins for the fifth time in her career with Friday’s win over Ohio, 27th overall for the program. … Penn State’s bench out-scored Ohio, 28-6, and owns a plus-10.9 scoring margin off the bench for the season.
Mirror prediction: Penn State, 70-56
Comment: The Lady Lions should have the home edge, but don’t count Fordham out with Gaitley calling the shots for the Lady Rams. Expect Penn State to pull away down the stretch with bench depth playing a key factor.
— Dan Isenberg
UW-Milwaukee at SFU women
Quarterfinals of WBI
Tipoff: 2 p.m. at DeGol Arena, Loretto
Records: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (21-11); Saint Francis (17-14).
All-time series: This is the first meeting between the two schools.
Last time out: UW-Milwaukee defeated Southern Illinois, 81-53, on Wednesday; Saint Francis beat Campbell, 78-67, on Thursday.
Coaches: Kyle Rechlicz is 57-86 in his fifth year at UW-Milwaukee; Joe Haigh is 69-87 in his fifth season at Saint Francis.
Online video: NEC Front Row
Online stats: www.sfuathletics.com
Probable starters: UW-Milwaukee — G Bailey Farley, 5-10 Jr. (8.5), G Jenny Lindner, 6-0 Jr. (15.0), G Sierra Ford-Washington, 5-8 Sr. (10.9), F Alexis Lindstrom, 5-7 Sr. (9.5), F Steph Kostowicz, 6-2 Jr. (15.3). Saint Francis — G Katie Reese, 5-8 R-Sr. (13.6), G Jess Kovatch, 5-9 So. (21.3), G Maya Wynn, 5-11 Jr. (9.0), F Ace Harrison, 6-2 Gr. (12.7), C Courtney Zezza, 6-4 So. (7.7).
Notes: Both teams notched the first Division I postseason wins in school history in the opening round. Saint Francis’ victory also marked the first ever for the Northeast Conference … The schools had four common opponents during the regular season: Wisconsin (both won), Marquette (both lost), Youngstown State (SFU lost and Milwaukee won twice) and LIU Brooklyn (SFU won twice and Milwaukee won) … The winner of this contest will play the winner of Brown and UNC Greensboro on Wednesday or Thursday … Wynn tied a WBI record with six made 3-pointers against the Camels. The Red Flash forced 26 turnovers, including 17 steals (6 by Harrison and 5 by Samiah Bethel), which they converted into 29 points … The Panthers are 24th in the country in rebounding.
Mirror prediction: Saint Francis 89, UW-Milwaukee 83
Comment: Both teams like to push the ball and shoot quickly, so expect to see a lot of points in this one. The Panthers shoot 44 percent from the floor, but I’m giving the Red Flash the victory because Milwaukee also allows the opponent to knock down 43 percent, which is one of the worst in Division I.
Mirror prediction record: 18-13
— Nate Ritchey