Hoops du Jour
Providence at PSU women
Tipoff: 7 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center
Records: Penn State (0-0); Providence (0-0)
Coaches: Coquese Washington is 197-151 overall entering her 12th season at Penn State. Jim Crowley is 23-39 entering his third season at Providence and is 319-309 overall.
Radio: 1390 AM, online at GoPSUsports.com
Video: BTN-Plus, BTN2GO
Notes: This is the season opener for both schools. Penn State looks to improve after at 16-16 campaign a year ago that saw the Lady Lions lose six of its’ last eight games, including losses to Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament and a home loss to Radford in the WNIT first round. … PSU returns four of its top five scorers, including senior guards Amari Carter (Avg. 14.2 ppg) and Teniya Page (Avg. 18.4 ppg). Page looks to become just the sixth player in program history to score 2000 points for her career. … The Lady Friars are 28-16 in season openers and played Penn State close in a 60-51 loss for Providence at home last season (Nov. 18, 2017), and were tied 43-43 with 7:44 to play. … Providence sophomore guard Channell Williams was a unanimous selection to the Big East All-Freshman team in 2017-18, playing in all 31 games for the Lady Friars and starting in 17. She averaged 6.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and a team-best 2.6 assists per game. The Lady Friars will also have the help of senior guards Jovana Nogic (Avg. 17.1 ppg) and Maddie Jolin (Avg. 10.6 ppg).
Mirror prediction: Penn State 65, Providence 60
Comment: It’s always hard to predict the first game, but the Lady Lions are at home and should have the edge. With that in mind, fully expect Providence to keep things interesting until the end.
Mirror prediction record: 0-0
— Dan Isenberg
SFU women at Baylor
Tipoff: 8 p.m. at Ferrell Center, Waco, TX
Records: Saint Francis (0-1); Baylor (1-0).
Coaches: Joe Haigh is 93-99 in his seventh season at Saint Francis; Kim Mulkey is 539-98 in her 18th year at Baylor.
Internet stats: www.baylorbears.com
Leading scorers: Saint Francis — G Jess Kovatch, 5-9 Sr. (12.0); Baylor — C Kalani Brown, 6-7 Sr. (13.0) and G Moon Ursin, 5-6 So. (13.0).
Notes: This is the first meeting between the two schools … The night has been designated as a Salute to Heros night … Baylor is ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press poll and No. 5 in the USA Today poll … Kovatch is tied with Alli Williams for second place on the program’s all-time scoring list (2,170) … Mulkey is the second straight Hall of Fame coach the Red Flash will face … With the Bears, Mulkey has won two national championships, including a 40-0 mark during the 2011-12 season, and has advanced to the Final Four one other time … As a player, she won two national titles at Louisiana Tech, while winning one as an assistant with the Lady Techsters.
Mirror prediction: Baylor 102, Saint Francis 47
Comment: The Bears have seven players who are 6-foot or taller, including All-Americans in Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox. The Red Flash have no answer for any of that size inside.
Mirror prediction record: 1-0
— Nate Ritchey