Preview: Women’s basketball to host Norfolk State in season opener

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The Colonials are set to open their 2020-21 campaign on Saturday with a non-conference game against the Norfolk State Spartans. Photo Credit: Thomas Ognibene

By Anna Milyak, Contributor

EDITORS NOTE- The game between Norfolk State and Robert Morris has since been cancelled after originally being postponed to Sunday. 

MOON TOWNSHIP, PA– The Robert Morris women’s basketball team is set to start their 2020-21 season this Saturday in a non-conference contest against Norfolk State (1-2) at the UPMC Events Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Last Time Out:

RMU is going into their third game against the Spartans and has won both prior meetings. They last met in December of 2019 when the Colonials overcame a third-quarter deficit in Norfolk, putting up 14 points in overtime to snag a 69-62 victory. This game was the first time the teams had met since 2005 when the Colonials narrowly won 70-69.

Recapping RMU:

RMU is ready to open their first season in the Horizon League after winning three out of four regular-season Northeast Conference titles and finishing tied for first with St. Francis in 2017-18. The Colonials have big shoes to fill with the loss of Nneka Ezeigbo and Irekpitan Ozzy-Momodu. They’re projected to finish fifth overall in the Horizon League this season in the league’s initial poll.

Scouting Norfolk State:

NSU is three games into their season and has dropped both of their road games after a 79-53 loss to Liberty Tuesday night. The Spartans also lost their season opener 47-46 to UNC Wilmington. Their only win came at home in a 96-66 victory over Salem on November 29. The Spartans were predicted to finish first in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Players to watch:

Jalynn Holmes (NSU) – The guard has led Norfolk State in each of their first three games to start this season. Holmes put up 15 points Tuesday night against Liberty as well as posting a career-high 23 points against Salem.

Mangela Ngandjui (NSU) – Ngandjui made her Spartan debut Tuesday night after sitting out the first two games due to an injury. She came in off the bench to score 10 points and seven rebounds in her 17 minutes on the court.

Isabella Posset (RMU) – The junior guard is a two-time All-NEC selection and has made an appearance in all 63 games played over the past two seasons, starting in 55 of them. Posset ranked third on the team in scoring, while also leading the team in minutes played last season.

Nina Augustin (RMU) – Augustin is entering her senior season ranked fourth all-time at RMU in free-throw percentage (.821) after setting the single-season record in 2019-20 (.894). She is also tied with Posset for the most double-digit scoring performances with 24.

Yasmine Sifaoui (RMU) – The freshman center from Madrid, Spain was named MVP of the Chus Mateo Tournament before joining Robert Morris. Sifaoui made five consecutive Madrid Final Fours and won five straight Spanish Championships from 2015-19 while taking the rebounding title in 2019.

Prediction:

Robert Morris wins 66-56.