Stonehill College Skyhawks (8-8, 3-7 NE-10)
Pace University Setters (9-8, 4-5 NE-10)
Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 1:30 p.m.
Paula Sullivan Court at Merkert Gymnasium - Easton, Massachusetts
Last Time They Met:
Stonehill 63, Pace 46 (1/10/15 at Pleasantville, N.Y.) RECAP
Last time out: New Haven 80, Stonehill 62 (1/16/16 at Easton, Mass.) RECAP
Streak: Lost 4
Notes: Stonehill, receiving votes in this week's D2SIDA East Regional poll, is still in search of its first win of 2016 having dropped four in a row for the first time in nearly six years. The Skyhawks rank third in the Northeast-10 for scoring (67.7 ppg), field goal percentage (.411) and assists per game (15.2), while leading the NE-10 in free-throw percentage (.772) and ranking seventh in rebound margin (+4.2). On the defensive side, the Skyhawks are 13th in scoring defense (64.6 ppg) and 15th in field goal percentage defense (.410) and three-point percentage defense (.330). Junior Kelly Martin (Scituate, Mass.) leads Stonehill with 14.8 points per game (6th NE-10), shooting 41.6-percent from the field and 84.5% (60-71) at the free-throw line (2nd), with 5.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists (6th) and 1.4 steals per game this season. Senior Paige Marshall (Braintree, Mass.) adds 14.5 points (8th) on 50.6-percent shooting (4th), including a Northeast-10-best 54.5% (24-44) from three-point range, converting 81.3% (52-64) of her free-throws (6th) with 3.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists (6th) per game. Freshman Maty Diabate (Holden, Mass.) rounds out the Skyhawks double-figure scorers with 10.3 points on 54.6-percent shooting from the floor (2nd) and 79.1% at the line (34-43) with 4.8 boards per game. Senior Shannon Brown (Las Vegas, Nev.) and sophomore Samantha Hyslip (Westford, Mass.) are both averaging a team-high 5.6 rebounds per game, while sophomore Elizabeth Grip (Shrewsbury, Mass.) ranks ninth in the NE-10 with 1.1 blocked shots per game.
Last time out: Saint Michael's 67, Pace 59 (1/12/16 at Colchester, Vt.) RECAP
Streak: Lost 1
Notes: Pace enters this afternoon's game having won three of five despite a 67-59 loss at Saint Michael's in Vermont on Tuesday night. Senior Yuni Sher (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) registered a team-best 17 points and a team-high nine rebounds with three assists, while sophomore Gabriella Rubin (Staten Island, N.Y.) was right behind Sher with 15 points, also grabbing four rebounds and handing out three assists. Rubin leads the Setters with 12.5 points per game, shooting 79.5-percent from the free-throw line (31-for-39), 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game. She is the only Pace regular scoring in double figures, while junior Kirsten Dodge (Fabius, N.Y.) contributes 8.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game. The Setters rank sixth among NE-10 leaders for scoring defense (59.1 ppg), ranking second for field goal percentage defense (.347) and blocked shots per game (4.8) and 13th for three-point percentage defense (.314). Pace is 15th in the league for scoring offense (59.1 ppg), seventh fof assists per game (13.7), ninth for three-point percentage (.310) and free-throw percentage (.669) and 13th for field goal percentage (.368).