WRITTEN BY BRYAN FONSECA
Things are starting to click for the St. Francis Terriers as they gear up to take on the Saint Francis University Red Flash with the NEC playoffs are coming around the corner.
The Terriers women’s basketball squad is coming into this senior day contest having won each of their last four home games, and four out of six games overall.
Currently placed 5th in the NEC standings with an in conference record of (6-8), the Terriers still have a shot at hosting a home playoff game, but will need to surpass the (8-5) Sacred Heart Pioneers (whom they recently obliterated by 24 points) to do so.
A win against the Red Flash will also mark the 10th win of the season for the Terriers, and will improve their overall record to (10-17).
The Red Flash are currently tied for the 8th and final playoff spot in the NEC with two other (4-10) teams; the Wagner Seahawks, and LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds.
After going through a stretch where they lost nine out of ten games, the Red Flash have now won two straight heading into the Saturday afternoon contest. Both of the respective victories were in-conference match-ups against higher ranked opponents.
It’s worth mentioning that going into this game both teams have also recorded two straight double-digit victories each.
In the previous contest between both teams, the Terriers were able to record a road victory in Loretto, Pennsylvania where the final score was 70-55. Senior forwards Sarah Benedetti and Jaymee Veney scored 18 points apiece, and Veney also notably recorded 15 rebounds in the game, tying a season-high.
Senior guard Eilidh Simpson poured in 17 points in the contest, making the total output between the three seniors at 53 points.
Junior guard Leah Fechko also came up big against the Red Flash in the previous showdown by recording 10 points and a season-high 18 rebounds.
Leading the way for the Red Flash in this contest was senior guard Alexa Hayward who netted 22 points and dished out six assists during the game. It should be noted however that her off night, combined with the stifling defense of Terriers guards Leah Fechko and Katie Fox limited Hayward to 7/29 shooting along with only one made three ball in 13 attempts.
Senior forward Corissa Archer and senior center Hope Phillips also grabbed 10 rebounds each in the aforementioned contest.
In the chase to becoming the 15th 1,000 point scorer in Terriers women’s basketball history, Eilidh Simpson currently goes into Senior Day having scored 999 points in her career.
This game will tip-off another St. Francis Brooklyn doubleheader of Division 1 basketball beginning at 1 p.m eastern time on Saturday, February 21.