Look out Tamika Dudley. Ashley Palmer is coming for you.
The all-NEC forward from LIU Brooklyn is on the cusp of becoming the Blackbirds’ all-time scoring leader.
Palmer scored 23 points against Sacred Heart on Jan. 7, her league-leading seventh 20-point performance this season, to move within three points of Dudley’s record of 1,745 points. Barring an unexpected force of nature, the 5-foot-10 forward should break the mark in Monday night’s matchup at Quinnipiac.
Tamika Dudley likely only has a few more hours to call herself LIU’s all-time leading scorer.
Palmer poured in 24 points the last time these two teams met in a game won by LIU on Feb. 5, 2011. The Pennsylvania product has averaged no fewer than 15.5 points per contest in any of her first three collegiate seasons and currently accounts for a NEC-high 19.5 ppg as a senior.
She is a key reason why the Blackbirds won 11 of 12 games in non-conference play, including a win over Big XII member Oklahoma State, a top-75 RPI team at the time.
Despite the out-of-league success, Palmer and the Blackbirds have dropped two of their first three NEC games and look to even out their conference mark at QU.
LIU has hopes of ending what is an 11-year title drought in Downtown Brooklyn, dating back to Dudley’s playing days. The Blackbirds last won the conference crown in 2001 and Dudley was named Tournament MVP for her part in the effort.
Pioneers Ground High-flying Blackbirds
The Blackbirds had won seven in a row. Playing for the first time since taking own Oklahoma State in the Reno-Tahoe Classic Championship Game, LIU Brooklyn ran into Sacred Heart, a team that had lost three straight following a blistering 10-1 season start.
In a battle featuring veteran NEC all-stars, Callan Taylor and the Pioneers turned Palmer and her Blackbirds away.
LIU shot 48 percent from the floor, but Sacred Heart shot better (53 percent). The Blackbirds also suffered from 21 turnovers.
The win was a much-needed lift for SHU and improved the Pioneers to 3-0 in NEC play.
Postgame Reaction from Sacred Heart…
And then there were two…
In addition to Sacred Heart, only Robert Morris remains unbeaten in NEC play. While the former welcome St. Francis (NY) to the Pitt Center, Sal Buscaglia’s Colonials will pay a visit to Smithfield to face Bryant. A confident Bulldog team will be standing in between Robert Morris and a possible 4-0 NEC record being that Bryant knocked off defending NEC champion Saint Francis (PA) on Saturday.
Robert Morris has its share of talent frontcourt players in reigning NEC Rookie of the Year Artemis Spanou and center Mary Durojaye, but Bryant forward Naana Ankoma-Mensa is arguably the league’s hottest player this week. The second-year Bulldog followed up a 15-point, 14-rebound showing against Army by turning in 17 points, seven boards, and six steals during the upset of SFPA.
Overtime! Tweet of the Day
@ arawsky23 – work work work 🙂 #onthatgrind
Other Top-rated Tweets
@wbca1981 – Excited to be welcoming in the 2012 Betty F Jaynes internship class to the WBCA office today! Welcome ladies! 🙂
@rmucoop44 – In 2012, limit yourselves to good days and great days. Today has been the latter.
@shawnemerriman – Chase goals not people
Articles of Interest
MU women’s hoops scouting report for the Mount plus POLL, thoughts, and prediction – Asbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)
Game days: SHU men, SHU women – Connecticut Post
MU men’s hoops faces still ranked Harvard – Asbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)
Carbonetto Shoots Perfect 300 at Team USA Trials – SacredHeartPioneers.com
Feature on NCAA steals leader Felicia Barron…
Quinnipiac & LIU Clash on Monday night…
Jenny Palmateer after first career NEC win…
Highlight’s from CCSU win over SFPA (MBB)…
– Jan. 9, 2012 –