Mariners Set to Face Scranton
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Setting the Scene... The United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners (7-10, 1-8) will take on the Royals of Scranton University (13-6, 5-3) Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM in Kings Point, NY. Scranton enters the contest on the heels of a big Landmark Conference win over Juniata, while the Mariners look to avoid their first five-game losing streak since November-December of 2011.
Series History... USMMA is 0-12 all-time against the Royals, including a 63-44 loss in the Mariner's only Landmark Conference post-season appearance to date. Earlier this year, then ranked #21 Scranton upended Merchant Marine by an 81-59 margin in Scranton, PA.
Scouting the Royals... Scranton has a pair of players averaging double-figures on the season with sophomore forward Meredith Mesaris and senior forward Erin Boggan putting up 18.7 and 11.4 points per game respectively. Mesaris is a frequent figure on the Landmark Conference leaderboards; leading the conference in points per game, sitting second in field goal percentage (47.8%) and third in three-point percentage (39.1%).
Piling on the Points... Senior captain Tamara Kaileh currently leads the Mariners in points per game (12.1) and in double-figure scoring games, reaching the 10-point plateau on 11 different occasions in 2012-13. She currently sits seventh on Merchant Marine's all-time scoring list tallying 788 points for her career.
Stealing the Show... Senior captain Roshenda Josephs leads the Landmark Conference in steals per game, averaging 3.9 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 215. Josephs is on pace to break USMMA's single season steals record of 91, totaling 66 on the year with eight games remaining.
Up Next... USMMA will head to Towson, MD to take on the Gophers of Goucher College (5-13, 1-7) Saturday Feb. 2 at 5:00 PM.