Hoops du Jour
Bryant at SFU women
Tipoff: 6 p.m. at DeGol Arena
Records: Bryant (6-15 overall, 4-6 Northeast Conference); Saint Francis (10-12, 7-3).
Coaches: Susan Robinson-Fruchtl, returning on an interim basis, is 83-93 in her sixth year at Saint Francis and is 109-187 in her 10th year overall; Mary Burke is 378-393 in her 28th year at Bryant.
Internet stats: www.sidearmstats.com/francis/wbball
TV: NEC Front Row
Leading scorers: Saint Francis – G Jess Kovatch, 5-9 Sr. (22.4); Bryant – G/F Sydney Holloway, 5-10 Jr. (17.2).
Notes: Saint Francis is in a tie with St. Francis Brooklyn and Sacred Heart for second place, while Bryant is knotted up with Mount St. Mary’s in the sixth spot … The all-time series is tied up at 9-9 … Red Flash sophomore Haley Thomas is now the NCAA leader in free throw percentage as she is making 94.6-percent (53-of-56) of her foul shots … Holloway is the only NEC player averaging a double-double as the junior pulls down 12.2 rebounds per game — 3.1 more than the next closest player (Sacred Heart’s Katherine Haines).
Block party (Courtney Zezza’s climb up SFU’s all-time blocked shots list): 1. Cheril Meier (1982-86), 278; 2. Zezza, 272; 3. Vesna Drazetic (1988-92), 194.
Bombs away (where Kovatch ranks all-time in 3-point field goals made in NCAA Division I women’s history): 1. Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State (2015-18), 497; 2. Kovatch, 436; 3. Katelynn Flaherty, Michigan (2015-18), 410.
Mirror prediction: Saint Francis 84, Bryant 73
Comment: Saint Francis trailed by 10 heading into the fourth quarter in the earlier meeting, then rallied back only to fall short by three points (66-63). The Red Flash have hit their stride ever since and tonight’s game will be no different as it will avenge the second loss in three days.
Mirror prediction record: 17-5
— Nate Ritchey