#NECOpeningNight Turns to #NECOpeningDay With Women Taking Center Stage

The men tipped it off on Thursday. Now, it’s the women’s turn.

The Northeast Conference women’s basketball league schedule will begin with a full six-game slate on Saturday, January 5.

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Saturday’s docket features six Northeast Conference women’s matchups, and five of them will air live on NEC Front Row (www.necfrontrow.com).  As always, fans can view the webcasts FREE OF CHARGE!

Debating whether to watch Saint Francis (PA) host Bryant or the LIU Brooklyn-Quinnipiac game? STOP RIGHT THERE!

With NEC Front Row’s multi-game viewer, you can watch up to FOUR games at once! So log onto www.necfrontrow.com come Saturday afternoon, click on the “multi-game viewer” link in the upper-lefthand corner of the web page and enjoy NEC hoops … FOR FREE!

Full Front Row Daily Schedule (Jan. 5)

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Also be sure to check out NEC Front Row’s newest fan-friendly feature – The Control Room. Whereas the multi-game viewer requires fans to individually select each of the games they want to see, The Control Room allows fans to automatically see the live video feed(s) from ever Front Row event airing at that time.  Once in The Control Room, fans can then choose which of the video feeds they would like to add an audio component.

Oh, and feel like tweeting about what you’ll be watching? NEC Front Row has got you covered! The Front Row game viewer features a number of built-in social media widgets, which allow you to tweet, view Instagram photos and much more all while watching your favorite NEC team.

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Running Down the Docket
LIU Brooklyn (3-8) at Quinnipiac (9-2)
Location: Hamden, CT (TD Bank Center)
Time: 12:00 pm
Watch Live: Click Here

The Blackbirds return from Hawaii, the site of their final three non-conference contests, and head directly to Hamden to tip off the league slate against the NEC preseason favorite Bobcats.  LIU Brooklyn is the NEC’s top team in terms of rebounding margin, while Quinnipiac leads the NEC in nearly everything from scoring offense to field goal percentage to assist:turnover ratio. The Bobcats’ statistical success during the non-conference season translated into a 9-2 record that includes noteworthy wins over 2012 WNIT runner-up James Madison and Big East member St. John’s

Fairleigh Dickinson (5-6) at Wagner (1-10)
Location: Staten Island, NY (Spiro Center)
Time: 1:00 pm
Watch Live: Click Here

FDU appears to be clicking heading into conference play.  After an 0-4 season start, Peter Cinella’s Knights have won five of seven including four of their last five.  Meanwhile, Wagner has not won since November, but will begin head coach Lisa Cermignano’s first season of NEC play with three consecutive home contests.  The Seahawks will face a stiff challenge in the frontcourt come Saturday with FDU center Erika Livermore invading Grymes Hill.  The sophomore has eight double-doubles in 11 games this season.

Bryant (4-6) at Saint Francis (PA) (5-6)
Location: Loretto, PA (Stokes Center)
Time: 1:00 pm
Watch Live: Click Here

Bryant’s opponent for the program’s first NEC game as a postseason-eligible Division I member is none other than the team with the most conference titles in league history.  Saint Francis (PA), which has hoisted the NEC trophy an unprecedented 11 times, will welcome the Bulldogs to Loretto for the league lidlifter on Saturday. Ironically, it will be the Saint Francis head coach who’ll be making his NEC debut in this one.  Joe Haigh slid up one spot on the bench when Susan Robinson Fruchtl left to take the head job at Providence.  The game will feature two of the conference’s top forwards.  Saint Francis junior Alli Williams (10.6) and Bryant junior Naana Ankoma-Mensa (10.6) are tied for third place amongst the league leaders in rebounding.

St. Francis Brooklyn (3-8) at Sacred Heart (8-4)
Location: Fairfield, CT (Pitt Center)
Time: 1:00 pm
Watch Live: Click Here

St. Francis Brooklyn’s John Thurston makes his NEC head coaching debut against arguably the hottest team in the league entering conference play.  Sacred Heart, the defending league champion, has won four in a row and will look to continue what has been a rather remarkable run as a Northeast Conference member.  Ed Swanson’s Pioneers have never finished lower than third place in the league’s regular season standings since joining the NEC in 1999.  Meanwhile, the Terriers are attempting to turn the program around under Thurston and its youth-laden lineup has already accounted for some early results.  St. Francis defeated three teams – Army, Del. St. and Rider  – that it suffered defeats to during the 2011-12 season.

Monmouth (3-8) at Mount St. Mary’s (4-7)
Location:  Emmitsburg, MD (Knott Arena)
Time:  3:00 pm
Watch Live: Click Here

Two teams who have struggled of late look to open their NEC schedules on a high note.  Monmouth has lost five of its last six and may even be without its injured leading scorer Alysha Womack on Saturday. The Hawks’ recent slide could be somewhat deceiving, however, as they haven’t exactly played a soft schedule during that time.  The team’s last three losses came at the hands of No. 4 Duke, Big East member Georgetown and a Delaware team featuring All-American Elena Delle Donne.  Mount St. Mary’s, which has dropped three in a row, is always tough to beat in Knott Arena and the Hawks are 0-6 in games played outside of West Long Branch, NJ. The Mount has one of the NEC’s top non-league wins this season, having defeated Big East member Seton Hall on the road.

Central Connecticut (6-5) at Robert Morris (1-10)
Location: Moon Township, PA (Sewall Center)
Time: 4:00 pm
Watch Live: Click Here (Not available on Front Row due to contractual obligation)

Central Connecticut comes off a successful, six-win non-conference campaign that included a 2-1 mark against A-10 opponents. The Blue Devils are out to prove last year’s NEC Tournament absence was an aberration.  CCSU had advanced to the NEC Tournament semifinal round in 2009, 2010 and 2011.  Meanwhile, Robert Morris has been hit with injuries and tough luck, but enters Saturday’s matchup coming off its first win of the season.  The Colonials topped MAC member Kent State behind 28 points, 16 rebounds and seven steals from Artemis Spanou.  The Greek-born forward has eight double-doubles this year.

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