Hoops du Jour
Duquesne at PSU women
Tipoff: 7 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center
Records: Penn State (6-3, 0-0 Big Ten); Jacksonville (3-3, 0-0 Atlantic 10)
Coaches: Coquese Washington holds a record of 202-154 through the first nine games of her 12th season at Penn State. Dan Burt is in his sixth season as the head coach of Duquesne and his 12th as a member of the staff. He holds a record of 117-57. It took him only 149 games to reach 100 wins for his career; the 15th-fastest coach in NCAA women’s basketball history to do so.
Radio: WRSC 1390 AM, online at GoPSUsports.com
TV: BTN plus
Live stats: online at GoPSUsports.com
Notes: The Lady Dukes are coming off of back-to-back victories, including a win over Saint Francis in Loretto, but hold a 2-3 record on the road this season. … Duquesne has no players averaging in double-digits scoring. Chassi Omogrosso averages 9.5 points per game, followed by Kadri-Ann Lass with 9.2 points per game. … Penn State set a single-game program record in the previous win over Jacksonville with 15 combined blocks as a team. … The Lady Lions are seventh in the nation at the free throw line as of Monday with 135 made free throws and rank 26th nationally in free throw shooting percentage (135-for-175, 77.1%). … This will be the first meeting with Duquesne since 2005 and Penn State is 16-0 all-time against the Lady Dukes.
Mirror prediction: Penn State 76, Duquesne 50
Comment: The Lady Dukes haven’t played since a win over Kent State a week go and have struggled against major conference foes this year (Texas, TCU), so roll with the Lady Lions to get a clean win tonight.
Mirror prediction record: 6-2
— Dan Isenberg
Fla. Golf Coast at SFU women
Tipoff: 7 p.m. at DeGol Arena
Records: Florida Gulf Coast (5-2); Saint Francis (2-4).
Coaches: Susan Robinson-Fruchtl, returning on an interim basis, is 76-85 in her sixth season at Saint Francis and is 101-179 in her 10th season overall; Karl Smesko is 501-116 in his 17th year at Florida Gulf Coast.
TV: NEC Front Row
Internet stats: www.sidearmstats.com/francis/wbball
Leading scorers: Saint Francis — G Jessica Kovatch, 5-9 Sr. (17.2); Florida Gulf Coast — G Keri Jewett-Giles, 5-6 R-Jr. (15.7).
Notes: The game marks the annual Toys for Tots game where any fan that brings in a toy to donate will receive free admission … This will be the second meeting between the two schools as Florida Gulf Coast won 75-68 on Dec. 20, 2013 … Altoona graduate Mandi Pierce is in her third season as the director of basketball operations at FGCU, which is where she played collegiately from 2006-08 … Smesko achieved his 500th career coaching victory in the Eagles’ 90-71 win over American on Nov. 25 … FGCU is third in the country by making 11.4 3-pointers per game, while SFU is making 11.3.
Mirror prediction: Florida Gulf Coast 93, Saint Francis 72
Comment: Both teams like to get up-and-down the floor. The Eagles are averaging almost 81 points a game. The Red Flash are going to have to be very efficient with their chances in order to avoid getting run off their own floor.
Mirror prediction record: 5-1
— Nate Ritchey