Hoops du Jour
Stony Brook at PSU women
Tipoff: 2 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center
Records: Penn State (4-1, 0-0 Big Ten); North Dakota (3-1, 0-0 American East)
Coaches: Coquese Washington is 201-152 overall in her 12th season at Penn State. Caroline McCombs is in her fifth season as the head coach at Stony Brook, amassing a record of 67-60, and is the all-time winningest coach in the Division I era at the institution.
Radio: WRSC-AM 1390; online at GoPSUsports.com
TV: Big Ten Network
Notes: Penn State is coming off yet another dramatic, come-from-behind finish over North Dakota. … Stony Brook has won three straight after a loss to Rutgers in the season opener, with the Lady Seawolves outscoring opponents by an average of 29.3 ppg. … The Lady Lions last played Stony Brook 10 years ago, a 97-58 win for Penn State on Nov. 19, 2008. … A win for the Lady Lions would mark the eighth 5-1 start under Washington in 12 years for PSU.
Mirror prediction: Penn State 70, Stony Brook 64
Comment: Penn State plays the last of a three-game homestand today before it heads to Tallahassee to battle Florida State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Thursday.
Mirror prediction record: 4-1
— Dan Isenberg
Duquesne at SFU women
Tipoff: 2 p.m. at DeGol Arena, Loretto
Records: Duquesne (1-3); Saint Francis (1-3).
Coaches: Susan Robinson-Fruchtl, returning on an interim basis, is 75-84 in her sixth year at Saint Francis and is 100-178 in her 10th year overall; Dan Burt is 115-57 in his sixth season at Duquesne
Internet stats: www.sidearmstats.com/francis/wbball
TV: NEC Front Row
Leading scorers: Saint Francis – G Jess Kovatch, 5-9 Sr. (15.3); Duquesne – F Laia Sole, 6-2 So. (10.5).
Notes: The two teams share three common opponents in Liberty, Pitt and Mount St. Mary’s … Duquesne leads the all-time series 26-6, including an 11-4 mark inside DeGol Arena, and have claimed the last six contests … The Red Flash are turning the ball over 23.8 times per game, while the Dukes are averaging just 13.3 … Duquesne’s Chassidy Omogrosso attended Blackhawk High School — the same school that produced SFU great Alexa Hayward … Burt is the 16th fastest coach in NCAA history to reach 100 career wins, which he did in 149 games (faster than UConn’s Geno Auriemma, South Carolina’s Dawn Staley and Maryland’s Brenda Freese among others).
Mirror prediction: Duquesne 81, Saint Francis 62
Comment: The Dukes had no problem in last year’s meeting. Count on more of the same this year.
Mirror prediction record: 4-0
— Nate Ritchey
Lady Mounties suffer another setback
DALLAS, Pa. — The Mount Aloysius women’s basketball team fell to 0-4 Saturday afternoon, dropping an 87-76 decision to Gwynedd Mercy.
The Lady Mounties, up 21-20, after one quarter, were outscored, 19-11, in the second frame. Breana Kendrick led the Mount with 20 points and 12 rebounds to go with 18 points from Lea Sammarco. Rachel Robinson came off the bench to score 17 points.
The Lady Griffins (3-2) got 25 points from Chyanne Fine and 18 points from Susan Bossler. Shannon Carroll chipped in with 16 points.
The Mount is at Misericordia at noon today.
Poor second half sinks Lions
LAGRANE, Ga. — The Penn State Altoona men’s basketball team fell to 1-4 Saturday, thanks to an 82-78 loss to Birmingham Southern at the LaGrange Clasic in Georgia.
The Nittany Lions, up 50-39 at halftime, were outscored, 43-28, in the second half.
Shevelle Bailey led Penn State with 26 points while Cameron Gardner-Nicholson added 10 points.
Birmingham got 24 points from Zachary Allison and 11 points from Christian Stewart.
The Nittany Lions will play Berry College in the consolation game today at 4.