Tuesday Morning ‘NEC Hoops Rewind’

The NEC women’s basketball schedule moved one game past the halfway point on Monday night. 

With all 12 teams in action, Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac continued their neck-and-neck race atop the league standings.

Saint Francis (PA) is starting to heat up, having won three of its last four, while Monmouth continues to surge with preseason all-NEC guard Alysha Womack back in the lineup.

Overtime! breaks it all down below.

 

Storylines in the Aftermath of a Monday on the Hardwood
Quinnipiac continued to roll, racking up its sixth win in a row by besting Mount St. Mary’s 89-73.  The Bobcats (8-2) kept pace with league leader, and Merritt Parkway rival, Sacred Heart (9-1). Ed Swanson’s Pioneers topped Wagner by a 10-point margin. QU and SHU clashed in the NEC Women’s Basketball Championship exactly five seasons ago with the latter pulling out a two-point win.  SHU went onto win another tournament crown in 2009, but the Bobcats have yet to return to the title tilt.  Could another postseason meeting be in the making?

Quinnipiac junior guard Felicia Barron led the team in scoring while picking up five steals in each of the Bobcats’ victories.  Now second amongst NEC leaders in scoring (17.6 ppg), Barron continues to top all NCAA Division I players in steals per game average (4.6 spg). While her team is streaking, Barron is putting together a nice little run of her own, having picked up her third consecutive Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week award on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

LIU Brooklyn suffered a sweep on its trip through the Keystone State.  The Blackbirds, who have non-conference wins over the likes of Oklahoma State and Charlotte, have lost four of their last six NEC games and sit in a tie for eighth place.

Ashley Palmer did not start for LIU Brooklyn in its setback at Robert Morris.  The four-time Choice Hotels Player of the Week scored four points and dished out four assists in 18 minutes of action, but managed to maintain her place atop the NEC scoring leader board (18.6 ppg), one point per game better than Quinnipiac’s Felicia Barron. 

Monday night at the Sewall Center belonged to Robert Morris center Mary Durojaye who poured in 29 points, two off Palmer’s single-game NEC season high, in the 63-57 win. The 6-foot-3 Briton is a double-double threat every night out, averaging 13.9 points and 8.7 boards per game.

Highlights from Durojaye’s 29-point performance on Jan. 30…

 

 

The hot-handed Alexa Hayward has continued her scoring tear, doing so in back-to-back wins for Saint Francis (PA).  Helping the Red Flash move over the .500 mark in NEC play, Hayward averaged 21.0 points per contest in victories over LIU Brooklyn and St. Francis (NY).  The back-to-back NEC Choice Hotels Rookie of the Week has been the Flash’s top scorer in five of the last six games.

SFPA head coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl & Alexa Hayward talk about their latest triumph…

 

 

After snapping Monmouth’s eight-game win streak on Saturday, Bryant failed to make it a weekend sweep over the NEC’s Garden State contingent.  The Bulldogs watched Mariyah Laury pour in a game-high 21 points to lift Fairleigh Dickinson to a 54-43 victory.  FDU, Bryant, and Robert Morris are all tied for fifth in the NEC with 5-5 records.

Monmouth suffered its first loss since before Christmas, watching its eight-game win streak end at Bryant on Saturday.  Two days later, however, Alysha Womack and the Hawks rediscovered their winning ways.  Womack drilled the game-tying jumper with 31 seconds to go at Central Connecticut and was far from done.  The 5-foot-7 guard, who missed the season’s first 11 games due to injury, broke a 56-56 deadlock by nailing a three-pointer with 1.2 ticks left.  The Hawks are 9-1 since her return.

 

Overtime! Tweet of the Day
@gashaheen – NCAA individual team sheets: http://bit.ly/yj31ha. If we were any more transparent, you’d install us as replacement windows.

 

Video Vault
Postgame comments from SHU’s Blair Koniszewski on Jan. 30…

 

Highlights from FDU’s win over Bryant on Jan. 30…

 

Brenda Milano speaks on St. Francis’ upset win at Robert Morris (Jan. 28) and recent surge…

 

– Jan. 31, 2012 –

 

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