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Women's Basketball Weekly Preview: Emmanuel

Women's Basketball Weekly Preview: Emmanuel

Last Week: The Albertus Magnus College women's basketball team went 0-2 last week in GNAC play, falling on the road to both Norwich and Suffolk. Albertus Magnus enters the final week of the regular season in fifth-place in the conference standings with a 14-9 overall record and a 6-4 mark in league action. AMC opened the week with a five-point setback in Vermont. Trailing by one to Norwich with less than 90 seconds remaining in the game, the guests turned it over on three of their final four possessions. Over the weekend, the Falcons fell, 104-99, in overtime on the road versus the Rams. Down the stretch, Albertus Magnus called a timeout to draw up a play trailing by three with 34 seconds left in the contest. The Falcons missed a shot and Ram forward Alessandra Quadri grabbed the rebound and hit both free throws after being fouled to give Suffolk a 104-99 edge. On the final possession of the contest the guests were unable to score.

Earlier This Week: The Falcons fell to visiting Coast Guard, 69-60, on Monday afternoon in non-conference action. The Bears never trailed in the contest en route to their sixth consecutive win against AMC. The biggest differences in the contest were three-point shooting and foul shooting. Coast Guard hit five shots from deep and the hosts connected on just 2-of-18 attempts from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Bears hit 75 percent of their attempts, while AMC went 14-of-32 (43.8 %).

This Weekend: Albertus Magnus closes the 2015-16 regular season with a home conference clash against Emmanuel at 1:00 pm inside The Nest. Prior to the contest, the Falcons will honor the three members of the Class of 2016 for their contributions to the program.

Albertus Magnus (14-10, 6-4)
vs. Emmanuel (18-6, 9-1)
Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm
New Haven, Conn.
The Nest inside the Cosgrove Marcus Messer Athletic Center

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Last Season Versus Emmanuel: The Saints topped the Falcons twice, once during the regular season at home and in the GNAC Quarterfinals a year ago. Emmanuel won both contests by double digits. Albertus Magnus committed 43 turnovers in the two setbacks and shot just over 30 percent from the field.

Series History: Emmanuel leads the all-time series, 19-2, and is in the midst of 18-game winning streak against AMC. The last Falcon win against the Saints came in November of 1994. Both of the Albertus Magnus wins came at home before the teams were conference opponents.

Scouting Emmanuel: The Saints are second in the GNAC (behind Albertus) in scoring, netting over 71 points per game. The Emmanuel defense has been a force this season, leading the league in steals per game (13.3). The Saints also lead the conference in field goal percentage (41.0 %) and assists per game (17.1). Emmanuel enters the final weekend of the regular season riding a four-game winning streak and the squad is 9-3 away from home this winter. Two Saints average in double figures led by senior guard Sarah Higgins with over 14 points per contest. She is shooting 42 percent from the field and averages six rebounds and three assists per game.

Albertus Notes
- Albertus Magnus leads the GNAC in scoring, netting over 72 points per tilt. The Falcons also rank second in the league in rebounding (46.9 per game) and three-point field goal percentage (31.5 %). The squad is in the midst of a three-game losing streak and has dropped four of their last five.
- Sophomore forward Olivia Bolden has recorded three straight double-doubles. During that stretch, she is averaging 22 points and 15 rebounds a game. Bolden has 11 double-doubles this winter and has topped the 20-point plateau eight times in 2015-16.
- Freshman guard Deja Ward scored a career-high 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field, while knocking down 7-of-9 from the charity stripe in an overtime loss at Suffolk last week.
- Junior guard Liz Falcigno ranks fourth in the league in scoring (16.8 ppg) and is fifth in three-point field goal percentage (36.1 %). She is also second in the conference in free-throw shooting, hitting better than 82 percent of her attempts from the charity stripe.
- Senior guard Olivia Sutherland is second in the league with 4.2 assists per game. This winter, she has dished out a GNAC-high 100 assists.

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