PREVIEW: Women’s basketball hosts Northern Kentucky

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Women’s basketball will host Northern Kentucky this weekend. Photo Credit: Ethan Morrison

By Alexis Davis, Social Media Director

MOON TOWNSHIP– The Robert Morris women’s basketball team (0-6, 0-6 Horizon) are looking to get their first win of the season as they host Northern Kentucky (4-5, 4-0 Horizon) for a two-game series this weekend at the UPMC Events Center.

The two teams’ last meeting was during the Colonials’ opening series in the Horizon League. NKU swept the series with a score of 61-33 in game one, and in game two, the Colonials fought until the end, outscoring the Norse in the fourth quarter 16-9, but still fell 62-50. The two teams will meet for a third time next weekend for a two-game series in Highland Heights.

RECAPPING RMU

The Colonials are looking to get their first win after a rough start to their season. Last weekend, reigning Horizon League champions IUPUI completed a two-game sweep of the Colonials. The Jaguars defeated the Colonials 71-49 in the first game of the series, and 74-53 in the second game. Freshman Sol Castro was a key part of the Colonials offense, earning a career-high and team-leading 14 points in game two.

SCOUTING NKU

Northern Kentucky has not taken the court since January 1st due to game cancellations because of COVID-related matters in other programs. In their most recent game, NKU suffered a 72-64 loss against Louisville. After struggling throughout the first half, the Norse were able to fight back and get the lead midway through the third with a score of 43-39. Louisville then used a 14-point run to take control and get the win.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Sol Castro (RMU) – The freshman forward has been a major addition to the Colonials’ offense. Castro has averaged 6.7 points per game so far this season at RMU, as well as an average of 2.7 rebounds-per-game. Castro is coming off of a career-high of 14 points in Saturday’s game against IUPUI. If Castro can keep this momentum going, she will be a huge help to the Colonials’ efforts to get their first win of the season.

Esther Castedo (RMU) – Castedo has averaged 6.5 points per game as well as an average of 1.7 assists in the 2020-21 campaign. In Friday’s matchup against IUPUI, the junior guard, along with Nina Augustin, led the team in points with nine. Castedo also recorded four of RMU’s nine assists. She will be a key part of RMU’s offense this upcoming weekend.

Lindsey Duvall (NKU) – In Northern Kentucky’s game against Louisville, Duvall scored a game-high 20 points against her old school to go along with seven rebounds. The redshirt junior has now scored in double figures in each game this season. Duvall has also reached 20 point games three times this season, including in NKU’s last two games. Duvall will be a key part of Northern Kentucky’s offense in this series, as she was able to dominate the Colonials the last time these teams faced each other.

Kailey Coffey (NKU) – The senior forward from Russell Springs, Kentucky recorded eight points in NKU’s match against Louisville. Coffey also registered eight rebounds, moving her to 10th all-time in rebounding at Northern Kentucky. Look for Coffey to have another successful game this weekend at the UPMC Events Center.

Predictions

I think that Northern Kentucky, who currently have a perfect record in the Horizon League, won’t be the team for the Colonials to get their first win against. I think that NKU will win the first game 67-47. I also think that the Colonials will gain more momentum in the second game, but the Norse will get the win 64-52.