Setting the Scene... The United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners (7-12, 1-10) will take on the Blue Angels of New Rochelle (7-13, 2-2 HVWAC) Monday evening at 7:00 PM in Kings Point, NY. Both squads are looking to end recent skids as New Rochelle comes into the matchup losers of three in a row and Merchant Marine has dropped their previous six contests.
Series History... The Mariners are 6-0 all-time against the Blue Angels, defeating them in last year's campaign by a score of 81-33.
Scouting the Blue Angels... New Rochelle boasts a pair of double-figure scorers with freshman center Jasmine Brandon leading the team with 15.9 points per contest and sophomore guard Alyssa Pechin right behind her putting up 12.8 points per game. Brandon also tops the Blue Angels in rebounds per game with 9.3.
Piling on the Points... Senior captain Tamara Kaileh currently leads the Mariners in points per game (12.2) and in double-figure scoring games, reaching the 10-point plateau on 13 different occasions in 2012-13. She currently sits seventh on USMMA's all-time scoring list with over 800 points in her career and ranks fifth in the Landmark Conference in points per game.
Stealing the Show... Senior captain Roshenda Josephs leads the Landmark Conference in steals per game, averaging 4.1 on the season. She's currently ranked 16th on the NCAA leaderboards and sits second on Merchant Marine's all-time career steals list with 227. Josephs is on pace to break USMMA's single season steals record of 91, totaling 78 on the year with six games remaining.
Doubling Up... Sophomore forward Rebecca Resor recorded her team-leading fifth double-double of the season in Saturday night's loss to Goucher; tallying 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Up Next... USMMA squares off against the Medgar Evers Cougars (0-21, 0-12 CUNYAC) Thursday February 7, at 7:00 PM in Kings Point.