Preview: Colonials fight to stay perfect in NEC

By Samuel Goldberg, Contributor

MOON TOWNSHIP– The Robert Morris women’s basketball team (18-6, 13-0) will put its perfect NEC record on the line as they go on the road to play against Saint Francis University (11-14, 9-5 NEC). This contest comes after Nneka Ezeigbo scored 26 points last game against Fairleigh Dickinson (8-15, 6-7 NEC).

That point total would be a season high for Ezeigbo, and she was clearly a dominant force on the court. If the Colonials want to win this game, they need Ezeigbo to be at her best again.

Also in their game this past Saturday, RMU had their first game in over two hundred where they would win without a three pointer. This is really surprising as, usually, Robert Morris shoots well from beyond the arc.

They will look to bounce back from that lack of offense with that key area of the game, while also trying to feed the ball to Ezeigbo in the paint. She had all 26 of her points in the paint.

Saint Francis, on the other side of the ball, really needs to get the ball to their Karson Swagger. She has been the bright spot for Saint Francis this season, currently averaging 11.5 points for Saint Francis. This would lead the team in points per game.

Also for Saint Francis, sharpshooter Jenna Mastellone is one to watch. She is currently shooting the three point shot at a 40% clip, and that is very good for a team that really struggles to find offence on the court.

Players to Watch

RMU- Nneka Ezeigbo

Ezeigbo is averaging 14.3 points per game. A really strong player in the paint. When given the ball she goes to work, and no one has proven enough to stop her yet.

RMU- Honoka Ikematsu

She is averaging 6.1 points per game and is a dominant point guard with a great basketball I.Q. She demonstrates the beauty of the game with every play she makes, and she will have a break out game.

SFU- Karson Swagger

She is averaging a team high 11.5 points per game. She is a dual talented guard who can shoot the three point shot but can also drive and make tough shots. She will need to do those things if SFU wants to have a shot at beating the undefeated.

SFU- Jenna Mastellone

She has clearly been the best sharpshooter on the team. Jenna has proven time and time again that she is an excellent shooter, and if she can get hot during the game, SFU will have a shot at beating RMU.

Prediction

Overall, RMU has the advantage in this game. Even without making a three pointer, they still managed to win their last game. RMU will dominate in this game and they will remain undefeated by a score of 72-61.