WRITTEN BY ROBERT DEVITA
The St. Francis Brooklyn women’s basketball team will play their home opener tonight at 7 pm when they take on the Stony Brook University Seawolves. After a much needed win last Sunday over Saint Peter’s University, the Terriers will finally play their first game at home.
Coming into tonight’s home opener the Terriers have a record of (2-4) thus far. They have played some quality basketball in their first six games, but there is certainly room for improvement. On the offensive end they have struggled only averaging 53.5 points per game, and have shot 32.2% from the field.
They have had some tough matchups so far this year, but this team is much better offensively than they have shown. Returning to their home court could spark the play of their offense. Last season the Terriers enjoyed most of their success at home as they went (12-2).
This season the Terriers hope that they can replicate the success that they had last season at home. Protecting home court will be essential for prolonged success throughout the season. If they can be a force at home, they will be that much more of a threat for opposing teams.
Their opponents this evening will be the Stony Brook Seawolves, who come into this matchup with an overall record of (3-3). The Seawolves are coming off back-to-back losses and will be looking to get back on track tonight against the Terriers.
Over the course of history the Seawolves hold the upper hand against the Terriers in the all-time series with a (5-4) record. The teams last meet on December 19, 2012 in Stony Brook. The Seawolves ultimately went on to knock off the Terriers 65-52.
This season the Seawolves have gone (3-0) at home, and (0-3) on the road. They have four scorers who are all averaging in double figures. Senior forward Sabre Proctor is leading the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game. Sophomore guard Kori Bayne-Walker is second on the team in scoring with 10.7 points per game.
The Terriers will have their hands full trying to defend the Seawolves’ prolific scoring attack. Despite early season struggles on offense, the Terriers have been solid on the defensive end. Their last outing was a perfect example of how the Terriers have buckled down on defense.
Against Saint Peter’s the Terriers allowed a season low 36 points. They forced a total of 20 turnovers and forced a number of bad shots. It was overall their best defensive performance of the season and they must carry it over into tonight’s game.
Opening tip is set for 7 pm from the Pope Physical Education Center. Tonight’s action can be seen here live: http://necfrontrow.com/webcast.php/SFNY-1916/.