November 15, 2012 - Wildcats Face 1st Road Tests Of The Season This Week
AMHERST, NY - The Daemen College women's basketball team will take its first "road test" of the season later this week when it travels to Roberts Wesleyan College and Penn State Worthington Scranton. The Wildcats will face Roberts Wesleyan Thursday (Nov. 15) at 7 p.m. and tipoff off against PSWS Friday (Nov. 16) at 6 p.m.
Daemen played its first eight games of the year in the friendly confines of Lumsden Gymnasium. The Wildcats improved to 7-1 following a 74-60 win over Point Park University this past Saturday. The game was a rematch of last year's American Mideast Conference tournament championship game, which saw Point Park post a 60-48 victory over Daemen. Daemen's lone loss of the season came against a powerful Shawnee State University squad. Shawnee State entered the season ranked second nationally in the NAIA Division I preseason poll.
Daemen has scored 70 points in seven of its eight games and is shooting 41-percent from the field. Defensively, the Wildcats are holding their opponents to just 32-percent from the field and have forced 205 turnovers--an average of 26 per game.
Seniors Chelsea Andorka (Canton, Ohio/Notre Dame College), Ellie Allen (Amherst, N.Y./Sweet Home) and Monica Kosior (Grimsby, Ont./Canisius College) have paced the Wildcats thus far.
Andorka has scored in double figures in all eight games and is averaging a team-high 15.5 points. She nearly recorded a triple-double (10 pts, 9 rebs, 7 asts) in the win over Point Park and stands just 44 points shy of 1,000 for her career. She also ranks first on the team in assists (39) and second in steals (25) and rebounding (7.1 rpg). Allen scored 14 points in the win over Point Park and is averaging 12.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Kosior made 6-of-11 shots and scored a team-high 16 points against Point Park. She is averaging 11 points and leads the team in rebounding (8.6 rpg) and blocks (20).
Junior point guard Lindsay Stoddard (Limestone, N.Y./Allegany-Limestone) played 47 of a possible 50 minutes in a double overtime win over Ryerson University and totaled 14 points, four assists and five steals. She is contributing a steady 8.0 points and 4.5 assists. Senior Lia Zahn (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua) and freshman Raeann Stilwell (Cheektowaga, N.Y./St. Mary's of Lancaster) have provided instant offense off the bench. Zahn went 3-for-3 from three-point land in the win over Point Park. She has made a team-high 16 three pointers and is averaging 7.8 points. Stilwell scored 13 points (10 in the second half) against Point Park is averaging 9.4 points with 12 three-pointers. Senior guard Samantha Stanfield (Brooklyn, N.Y./James Madison) recorded a double-double (14 pts, 12 rebs) in a win over Fanshawe and is averaging 6.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and a team-high 3.6 steals.
Roberts Wesleyan and Daemen are both in the process of going from NAIA to NCAA Division II. RWC is a member of the NCAA Division II East Coast Conference (ECC), which Daemen will join as a probationary member next year.
The Redhawks were picked eighth in the ECC preseason poll. RWC posted a 21-14 record last year. Senior guard Marissa Bunce, who led the team in scoring (11.6 ppg), three-pointers (88), assists (112) and steals (73) last year tops the list of returning players. RWC (2-0) opened the season with wins over Ohio Christian University (94-55) and Dordt College (70-54) at the Moody Bible Institute Tournament last weekend. Senior forward Brittany Williams totaled 25 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and four steals over the two games, and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Daemen and RWC are both former members of the now defunct American Mideast Conference. The teams have met 16 times in the past seven seasons and Daemen has prevailed in 11 of the past 16 meetings. The teams met three times last season, with Daemen coming away with two wins. The teams split their two regular-season meetings, before Daemen posted a 49-41 victory in the AMC tournament semifinals at Lumsden Gymnasium. Allen totaled 13 points and 10 rebounds for Daemen, while Bianca Jones totaled 20 points and 17 boards for the Redhawks.
Penn State Worthington Scranton and Daemen are both members of the United State Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). Daemen is a Division I member, while PSWS is a Division II member. PSWS posted a 5-8 record last winter. Friday's game marks the first-ever meeting between the schools.