LIU Brooklyn, Monmouth, and Quinnipiac each produced NEC weekend sweeps, but failed to shake up the standings in the process. The race at the top is tighter with three teams separated by a total of 1.0 game. Then, there is a six-team tie for fourth.
We are one game away from the midway point of the league schedule and each of the NEC’s 12 teams will have 10 more games to sort things out. Only eight of them, however, will be playing come March.
Although a clearer glimpse at the undeveloped postseason picture is not one of them, Overtime! provides five interesting storylines for the NEC’s women of the hardwood.
5 NEC Hardwood Happenings
Monmouth and Quinnipiac remained red hot in NEC play last week and are nipping at Sacred Heart’s heels as a result. Monmouth topped Saint Francis (PA) and Robert Morris in a pair of tussles at the Jersey Shore with the results extending Jenny Palmateer’s Hawks’ win streak to eight in a row. Meanwhile, Quinnipiac beat Bryant and then handed Sacred Heart its first NEC loss of the season to move within 1.0 game of the first-place Pioneers (7-1). Monmouth (6-2) and Quinnipiac (6-2) sit in a tie for second place log jam following as six teams sport 4-4 league records.
Callan Taylor put up a pair of double-doubles last week. Nothing unexpected from the NCAA’s active leader in career double-doubles. Taylor, who averaged 13.5 points and 13.0 rebounds per game in contests against Central Connecticut and Quinnipiac, has reached double figures in two statistical categories during the same game a whopping 49 times during her Pioneer career. Her 11 double-doubles thus far this season tie RMU forward Artemis Spanou for the league lead.
Felicia Barron is clinging to a narrowing lead in her race to become the NCAA individual statistically steals champion. The Bobcats’ 5-foot-7 point guard is averaging a nation-leading 4.5 thefts per contest, just ahead of the 4.4 spg average that Bethune Cookman’s Demetria Frank owns.
Callan Taylor broke the 1,000-rebound barrier against Quinnipiac on Jan. 23. She pulled down 15 boards in the game, raising her career total to exactly 1,000 rebounds. LIU Brooklyn senior Ashley Palmer isn’t far off Taylor’s pace. Palmer has 933 career rebounds, and, with her current 8.5 rebounds per game average, Palmer should add her name to the 1,000-rebound Club by season’s end. Palmer, LIU’s all-time scoring leader (1,838 points), stands 162 points shy of 2,000 for her career. Only NEC Hall of Famer Jess Zinobile (Saint Francis [PA]) has amassed 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career during the league’s 26-year history of women’s hoops.
Monmouth’s current surge follows up what was a slow start for the Hawks in their first season under head coach Jenny Palmateer. Monmouth lost eight of its first 11 games during the Palmateer era, but played all 11 without the services of preseason all-NEC guard Alysha Womack. Since Womack’s return on Dec. 29, the Hawks have yet to lose. The junior guard has slowly taken on more of a role in the Hawks’ rotation as time has transpired. Just Saturday (Jan. 21), Womack exploded for a season-high 27 points in a 75-66 triumph over Robert Morris.
Here’s what Palmateer had to say following the latest triumph…
Bryant played the lone men’s game on Monday’s hoops slate. The Bulldogs fell, 67-60, to Ocean State rival Brown from the Ivy League. Here are some highlights…
Host FDU fell to Robert Morris in The Rothman…
Bryant rallied, but suffered a home loss to Central Connecticut…
– Jan. 24, 2012 –