Merchant Marine vs. Catholic
January 11, 2014 - 4:00 PM
Kings Point, NY - O'Hara Hall (1,211)
Setting the Scene... The USMMA women's basketball team plays its first game of 2014 Saturday afternoon against Landmark Conference rival Catholic. The Mariners final game of 2013 was a 62-50 loss to Rutgers-Camden inside O'Hara Hall. The Cardinals will be riding a six game winning streak into Kings Point, defeating Gwynedd Mercy, 84-72, on Monday night.
Series History... Catholic leads the all-time series against Merchant Marine, 9-3, defeating USMMA twice in 2012-13. The Mariners last defeated the Cardinals in the 2009-10 season. In last year's meeting in Kings Point, which ended 72-49, no USMMA player reached double digits in points.
Finding Her Range... Demi VanDerWal (Springfield, IL) was lethal from three-point range against Rutgers-Camden, sinking five trifectas. The junior guard paces the Mariners with 12.2 points per game and has six double digit performances this season.
Rebounding Advantage... Merchant Marine leads the Landmark Conference in rebounding with 50.3 boards per game. USMMA also ranks ninth in NCAA Division III with a margin of +12.2 rebounds per game. Rebecca Resor (Bay St. Louis, MS) anchors the Mariners on the glass with 9.1 rebounds per game.
Taking Charity... The Mariners have three starters ranked in the top-10 in the Landmark Conference in free throw percentage in 2013-14. Resor, VanDerWal, and Kelsey Hofmann (Adel, IA) sit eighth, ninth, and tenth, respectively, in the rankings. All three members of the trio are shooting at least 78 percent at the charity stripe this season.
Landmark Conference Notebook... Moravian, Scranton, and Catholic all boast winning percentages over .720 this season. Scranton owns the longest winning streak in the league at eight games while Moravian received votes in the latest USA Today National Coaches' Poll.
Scouting the Cardinals... Emily Grabiak tops the Catholic roster in scoring, and ranks fifth in the Landmark Conference, with 15.1 points per game. The Cardinals will be playing just their third road game of the season and hold a perfect 5-0 record at home.
Up Next... The Mariners return to action at home Wednesday night against the red-hot Scranton Royals.