NEC News of the Day: Coach Sal Has Colonials Clicking, Nationally-Ranked plus Top Tweet from MBB Head Coach & More

Robert Morris is off to its best season start in the history of its women’s basketball program and others are taking notice.

After receiving votes in each of the past two weeks, Sal Buscaglia’s Colonials have broken into the Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll.  Having won seven of the season’s first eight games, including a pair of wins over Mid-American Conference members, Robert Morris came made its poll debut in the No. 24 position. 

Wisconsin-Green Bay (7-0) ranks atop the weekly survey.  NEC members Sacred Heart (7-1) and Long Island (6-2) are listed in the “receiving votes” category in the latest edition. (View entire Mid-Major Top 25 here.)

Robert Morris has had five 20-win seasons in the last seven years under Buscaglia, but never have the Colonials sprinted out of the gate at their current rate.  RMU set a single-season program record for wins (24) during the 2006-07 campaign after beginning that season with a 3-3 mark.

Buscaglia’s current collection of Colonials is one that has displayed tremendous balance in the early going.

RMU has five players averaging double-digit scoring numbers.  Reigning NEC Rookie of the Year Artemis Spanou leads the team I points per game (15.3) and rebounds per game (9.8), but center Mary Durojaye (pictured below) (12.9 ppg, 9.1 rpg) isn’t far behind. The two frontcourt players have combined for six double-doubles.

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Meanwhile, in the backcourt, point guard Briannica Tye adds 11.3 ppg while junior guards April Williams and Josette Campbell, who like Durojaye hails from  London, chip in 10.3 and 10.1 points per contest, respectively.

Robert Morris looks to continue its hot start Saturday, Dec. 10, at Lehigh, a perennial Patriot League title contender that is in search of its third NCAA appearance in the last four years.

In other news from the hardwood…

Robert Morris head coach Andy Toole and his men’s basketball team are doing quite well thus far.  The Colonials topped Steel City rival Duquesne, 64-60, last night for their second win over an Atlantic-10 member in two weeks.  RMU, which at 7-2 is tied with Wagner for the highest overall win percentage (.778) in the NEC, also posted a win over a CAA opponent, having defeated James Madison as part of the Philly Hoop Group Classic.  RMU has a huge mid-major matchup looming Thursdaty night (Dec. 8) when it hosts Gary Waters’ Cleveland State club.

Central Connecticut’s stock is rising.  Following back-to-back losses to open the season, Howie Dickenman’s Blue Devils have won five in a row.  They’ll look to make it six straight when they travel to Michigan State where they’ll face Tom Izzo’s Spartans tonight (Dec. 7).  (Read the advance story in the Detroit Free-Press as Izzo is rather complimentary of CCSU)

 

Overtime! Tweet of the Day
@AndyToole@NECralph last night was a good night for the NEC 4-0 for the night with an A-10 W, CAA W and 3 road W’s!

Other Top-rated Tweets
@CoachEQU – Happy Birthday Larry Bird..Celtics LEGEND

@VeltonJones2 – @kunkel5 ay man big game tomorrow, you gotta have the crazies in full effect

@wbca1981 – So excited for the next 48 hrs. Sports biz journal IMG intercollegiate athletics forum in NYC. First up, NCAA prez Mark Emmert #BethBass

 

Articles of Interest
NEC-specific News
CCSU gets ultimate test against Michigan StateNew Britain Herald (Matt Straub)

Hawks get first victoryAsbury Park Press (Tony Graham)

RMU shocks Duquesne for bragging rightsPittsburgh Tribune-Review (John Harris)

Colonials overcome their city rivals againPittsburgh Post-Gazette (Jenn Menendez)

Wagner College defense locks up Hofstra on way to 58-43 victoryStaten Island Advance (Tom Dowd)

MU men’s hoops Rice promises never again plus POLL and 4-0 night for the NECAsbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)

General News
[NCAA Pres. Mark Emmert says] Bylaws could change after scandals – ESPN.com (AP)

MLB issues dress code guidelines for media membersAssociated Press (Ben Walker) 

Big East poised to add Boise State, San Diego State, othersAsbury Park Press (Keith Sargeant)

 

Video Vault
SHU Volleyball’s trip to Stanford is documented…

Wagner MBB defeated Hofstra – check out the highlights…

– Dec. 7, 2011 –

 

 

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