WRITTEN BY NICOLAS FERNANDES
The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers women’s basketball team (4-18, 1-10 NEC) will host the (9-15, 6-5 NEC) Fairleigh Dickinson University Knights tonight to kick off SFC’s first Terrier Week.
It won’t be an easy night for the Terriers as the Knights come from a 73-57 defeat against the Wagner College Seahawks Saturday, a team the Terriers fell to twice this season – 53-70 on January 26 and 78-82 in overtime on February 1.
After their most recent defeat to the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds by 20 points on January 23, the Terriers have lost four consecutive games, their most recent one being against the No. 2 NEC Sacred Heart University Pioneers on Saturday.
However, the 55-63 loss was a major achievement for sophomore forward Alex Delaney who scored a career-high 17 points and led the team in scoring for the second time this season.
The Terriers last faced the Knights on January 2 and edged them 61-65.
The Terriers have shot 435-for-1204 (36.1%) from the field, 129-for-427 (30.2%) from behind the arc and 243-for-316 (76.9%) from the foul line this season.
The Knights have shot 597-for-1476 (40.4%) from the field, 87-for-282 (30.9%) from behind the arc and 291-for-405 (71.9%) from the foul line.
The Terriers have averaged 56.5 points per game while the Knights have scored an average of 65.5 points a game.
Terriers senior guard Leah Fechko is leading her team with an average of 14.4 points, 3.7 assists and nine rebounds a game on 84.1% fee throw shooting. Freshman forward Maria Palarino has also been a major contributor to the Terriers this season with 8.4 points, 1.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Junior forward Olivia Levey is averaging 7.9 points and 4.7 rebounds a game as well as 17 season assists. Delaney has been having a successful second season and currently averages 7.3 points, 1.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds a game.
Knights senior guard Kelsey Cruz is leading her team with an average of 18.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game as well as 27 season assists. Redshirt senior center Erika Livermore is edging Cruz in scoring, averaging 17.2 points and 8.2 rebounds while totaling 16 assists this season.
Redshirt junior forward Brianna Thomas has not scored nearly as many points (7.5/g) as FDU’s two leaders, but has still made a major impact on the team with 25 steals, 24 assists and 11 blocks this season.
The two teams will tip off in The Pope at 7 pm.