GAME DAY CENTRAL: Stonehill Women's Basketball Opens 2011-12 Season Against Molloy

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$7.00 Adults
$4.00 (students & senior citizens)
12 and under are free

Senior captain Cori O'Kane

Stonehill College opens its 2011-12 season with a non-conference clash with Molloy College at Merkert Gymnasium this afternoon. The Skyhawks, picked sixth in the Northeast-10 Conference's preseason coaches poll, look to build off a 2010-11 campaign which saw them post a 17-11 overall record, including a 12-10 clip in NE-10 play to finish eighth in the final regular season standings. Molloy, picked fifth in the East Coast Conference preseason poll (receiving a first place vote), opened its season with a 63-51 win at Merrimack College yesterday.

Stonehill returns six letterwinners, including four who saw regular starts, from last year's squad that was upset in the first round of the NE-10 Tournament. The Skyhawks lost their top two scorers in seniors Emily Rousseau and Kristen McWhirter, both 1,000-point scorers who combined to average 30.9 of the team's 63.4 points per game last winter. Leading the returnees are senior captain Cori O'Kane (Pocasset, Mass.), who averaged 4.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists while also chipping in with a team-high 23 blocked shots. Sophomore Mary Louise Dixon (Wellesley, Mass.) and Asia Ewing (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) are Stonehill's top returning scorers after averaging 8.2 and 7.6 points, respectively. Dixon also contributed 3.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.1 steals, while Asia added a team-best 6.5 rebounds and 19 blocked shots.

Molloy opened its season with yesterday's win at Merrimack. Senior Amanda Bartlett (Mesa, Ariz.) led the Lions with 21 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals in 37 minutes. Junior Molly Dreyer (Floral Park, N.Y.) added ten points and four boards, while junior Ashley Addison (East Hanover, N.J.) contributed nine points, two rebounds and two steals.

Stonehill hits the road to open its Northeast-10 Conference schedule on Wednesday night at Saint Anselm College at 5:30 p.m. The Skyhawks don't return home until the Sunday following Thanksgiving, November 27, to host Merrimack College for an NE-10 clash here at Merkert Gymnasium at 1:30 p.m.

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