Preview: Women’s basketball comes home to regroup in hope of turning season around

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Preview: Women’s basketball comes home to regroup in hope of turning season around

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Delenn Poe, Contributor

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MOON TOWNSHIP — The Robert Morris Colonials women’s basketball (1-6) team returns home this weekend as they as they start a six-game homestand. On Dec. 7 at North Athletic Complex at 7 p.m., the team will take on the Kent State Golden Flashes (3-4) who are 0-4 away.

The Colonials are coming into this game with a five-game losing streak. They last lost to the Iowa Hawkeyes (5-2). The final score of that game was 92-63 in favor of the Hawkeyes.

The Golden Flashes are on a two-game losing streak going into this game and their last loss was against Wright State (5-3). The final score of that game was 61-55.

Recapping RMU

The Colonials have been outscored by their opponents 336 to 335 but they have more field goal shots made than their opponents with 117 to 113. The Colonials outshot their opponents in three-point shots 52 to 33 and the Colonials average for made three-point shots is .359 to their opponents .282. The Colonials are outscored by their opponents in free throws 77 to 49, but the Colonials recover more rebounds with 230 compared to their opponents’ 218. The Colonials do not have as many assists as their opponents, but they do have more steals than their opponents with 65 to their opponents 55. The team has more blocks than their opponents with 22 to 17.

Scouting Kent State

The Golden Flash have been outscored by their opponents 449 to 447 but they outshot their opponents in field goals 154 to 151. They also lead their opponents in three-point shots 52 to 51 and their percentage is 7.4 to their opponents 7.3. They do not recover as many rebounds as their opponents as they recover 264 compared to their opponents’ 291 rebounds and they do not have as many assists with 70 in comparison to their opponents’ 96. They were able to steal the ball from their opponents 48 times to their opponents 46, but they do not manage to block the ball more than their opponents.

Players to watch

Megan Callahan (RMU): Callahan is a sophomore guard for the Colonials. She leads the team in points scored with 62 and has a scoring average of 10.3 points per game. She has 14 three-point shots but is second in attempts with 32 behind fellow teammate Nneka Ezeigbo. She is also second in field goal attempts with 56 and has made 22 of those shots.

Nneka Ezeigbo (RMU): Ezeigbo is a junior center for the Colonials who leads the team in field goal attempts with 58 and has made 22 of those shots. She has made 13 of 16 free throw shots and has blocked 11 shots this season. She is second in recovering rebounds with 42 behind fellow teammate Nadege Pluviose. Seventeen of those rebounds were on offense and 25 were made on defense.

Nadege Pluviose (RMU): Pluviose is a junior forward for the Colonials. She leads the team in recovering rebounds with 46 with 23 of those being offensive rebounds. She is second in recovering defensive rebounds with 23 but leads the teams in steals with 10.

Megan Carter (Kent State): Carter is a redshirt junior guard for the Golden Flashes. Carter leads the team in field goal attempts with 111. She has only made 43 of those attempts. Carter has made 33 of 46 free throw attempts, has 30 defensive rebounds, and has 21 assists. She is second in offensive rebounds with eight tying with fellow teammate Lindsey Thall.

Asiah Dingle (Kent State): Dingle is a freshmen guard for the Golden Flashes. Dingle is second in field goal attempts with 70. She has made 22 of her 28 free throw attempts and has 14 assists while also leading the team in steals with 10.

Lindsey Thall (Kent State): Just like Dingle, Thall is a freshman guard for the Golden Flashes. Thall is third on the team with 57 field goal attempts in which she made 23 of those shots. Thall leads the team in blocked shots with 10 and has eight offensive rebounds. She is second in defensive rebounds with 29 behind fellow teammate Megan Carter and she leads the team in three-point shots with 12 of her 29 attempts being good.

Prediction

The game will be very close but once the buzzer sounds the Golden Flashes will defeat the Colonials and increase extend RMU’s losing streak to six. The Golden Flashes will take on the St. Bonaventure in their next contest. The Colonials play their next game against Pitt-Johnson (1-2) overall on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the North Athletic Complex at noon.

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