Stonehill (4-2, 1-2 NE-10)
Franklin Pierce (2-2, 1-2 NE-10)
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 5:30 p.m.
Paula Sullivan Court at Merkert Gymnasium - Easton, Mass.
LAST MEETING: Franklin Pierce 81, #8.10 Stonehill 71 (2/18/15 at Rindge, N.H.) RECAP
Last Time Out: Stonehill 62, LIU Post 42 (11/29/15 at Easton, Mass.) RECAP
Streak: Won 2
#12 Kelly Martin (Jr, G, Scituate, Mass.) - 16.0 ppg, 44% FG%, 84% FT%, 5.3 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.8 spg
#15 Paige Marshall (Sr, G, Braintree, Mass.) - 13.7 ppg, 50% FG%, 43.8% 3pt%, 3.8 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.0 spg.
#02 Courtney Walsh (So, G, Windham, N.H.) - 10.3 ppg, 83.3% FT%, 3.3 apg, 1.2 spg.
Notes: Stonehill, ranked fifth in this week's D2SIDA East Region media poll, looks to build off back to back wins last week, including a commanding 62-42 victory over LIU Post here at Merkert Gym on Sunday. The Skyhawks are the top scoring team in the NE-10 with 72.7 points per game and commit the fewest turnovers per game (12.5), ranking second in assists per game (17.5) and fewest fouls committed per game (15.5), third in field goal percentage (.435), fourth in free-throw percentage (.731) and seventh in three-point percentage (.317). On the defensive side, the Skyhawks rank fourth for blocked shots per game (3.7), fifth in rebound margin (+5.2/gm), 14th in scoring defense (64.7 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (.413) and 15th in three-point percentage defense (.416). Sophomore Kelly Martin , a third team All-Northeast-10 selection last season, leads Stonehill with 16 points per game (5th NE-10), 5.3 rebounds, four assists (5th) and 1.8 steals per game (9th), shooting 44-percent from the field and 84% at the free-throw line (12th). Senior Paige Marshall adds 13.7 points (10th) on 50-percent shooting (11th), including a team-best 43.8% from three-point range (11th), with 3.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists (4th) and a steal per game. Sophomore Courtney Walsh contributes 10.3 points, 3.3 assists (13th) and 1.2 steals, while freshman Maty Diabate has made an immediate contribution with 9.8 points on 54-percent shooting from the floor (8th), and 4.8 rebounds per outing.
Last Time Out: Franklin Pierce 68, Bloomfield 66 - OT (11/29/15 at Rindge, N.H.) RECAP
Streak: Won 1
#10 Kara Charette (Sr, F, Fairhaven, Mass.) - 15.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg, .489 FG%, .762 FT%
#02 Natalie Bastian (Sr, G, Branford, Conn.) - 11.5 ppg, .857 FT%, 2.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.0 spg
#32 Jasmyne Fogel (Jr, G, Bridgeport, Conn.) - 8.3 ppg, .448 FG%, .800 FT%, 4.5 rpg
Notes: Franklin Pierce enters tonight's game looking to build off a 68-66 overtime victory against Bloomfield College on Sunday when halted a two-game slide against regionally-ranked opponents. Junior Jasmyne Fogle (Bridgeport, Conn.) hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 66-66, before senior Dyamond Gardner (Cambridge, Mass.) made what would stand as the game-winning layup with 12 seconds to play in Sunday's win. Senior Kara Charette (Fairhaven, Mass.) led the Ravens with her second double-double of the season, with 28 points and 12 rebounds. She was followed by Gardner, who had 11 points, nine of which came via a trio of three-point shots. Charette leads Franklin Pierce with 15.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.8 blocked shots per game, shooting 48.9-percent from the field and 76.2% from the free-throw line. Senior Natalie Bastian (Branford, Conn.) is the only other Raven averaging double-figures with 11.5 points, connecting on 85.7% of her free-throws, with 2.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and a steal per game. The Ravens ranks eighth in the NE-10 for scoring defense (61.5 ppg), tenth for field goal percentage defense (.376), sixth in rebound margin (+5.0), 14th in scoring (58.3 ppg), 15th in field goal percentage (.353), while leading the Conference in free-throw shooting (.817) and ranking sixth for assists per game (14.3).