Bulldogs trek to western PA for weekend trip

Photo by: DSPics.com
Photo by: DSPics.com

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University women's basketball team treks to western Pennsylvania this weekend to first meet with Robert Morris on Saturday for an ESPN3 game at 7 p.m.

THE PARTICULARS
Opponent:
Robert Morris
Location:
North Athletic Complex
Date and Time:
Saturday, February 9 – 7 p.m.
TV:
ESPN3
Live Stats:
Sidearm Stats
Game Notes:
Bryant
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THE MATCHUP
Bryant travels to Pennsylvania for the weekend making a stop at Robert Morris on Saturday, February 9 at 7 p.m. on ESPN3

SCOUTING THE COLONIALS
Robert Morris has yet to lose a game in Northeast Conference play. The Colonials have beaten every team in the conference in double-figures except for CCSU, 64-57, and Bryant, 60-57.

Nneka Ezeigbo leads the Colonials scoring 10.6 points a game. In January, Ezeigbo dropped 12 against the Bulldogs shooting 5-of-7 from the field.

SERIES HISTORY
Earlier this season, Robert Morris topped Bryant, 60-57, as the Bulldogs fell to 5-17 all-time against the Colonials. Bryant has yet to win a game against Robert Morris in Moon Township as the Colonials have won 11 straight on their home court.

LAST TIME OUT: CENTRAL CONNECTICUT 66, BRYANT 65
The Bulldogs fell to Central Connecticut on Saturday thanks to a three-pointer at the buzzer, 66-65.

Junior Sydney Holloway (Morgantown, W. Va.) tied her season-high with 27 points shooting a career-best 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. Holloway also tallied her 14th double-double this year with 16 rebounds. 

Fifth year Naomi Ashley (Hamilton, Ont.) scored a season-high 15 points shooting 4-of-11 from the field and leading the Bulldogs with five steals.  

SEEING DOUBLE
Junior forward Sydney Holloway tallies 14 double-doubles so far this season, 33 for her career, leading the NEC. Holloway ranks ninth in the country for her double-double efforts averaging a double-double a night with 17.6 points per game and 12.2 rebounds per game.

DISHING IT OUT
Kierra Palmer (Aberdeen, Md.)
led the Bulldogs with a season-high 10 assists in conference opener vs. LIU Brooklyn. She currently leads the Bulldogs with 78 assists so far on the season and is ranked second in the NEC for assists per game with 3.9.  The senior tallied seven assists most recently against Central Connecticut. Palmer is 9 assists away from 500 and only six players in NEC's history has ever reached the milestone.

ZEGA-WHO?
Junior guard Masey Zegarowski (Hamilton, Mass.) has been a major contributor for the Bulldogs during their conference schedule. In Bryant's conference opener against LIU Brooklyn, Zegarowski posted a season-high 16 points. The Massachusetts native was one point shy from tying her season-high as she scored 15 points at FDU shooting 7-of-11 from the field. Zegarowski averages 10.6 points per game this season against NEC opponents.

ON THE RISE
Holloway has continued to climb the Division I scoring ranks at Bryant jumping six spots already this year.  She is not just 21 points away from catching Jenniqua Bailey for the third spot. Holloway reached the 1,000 point milestone on 12/30 against Holy Cross becoming the fastest player in Bryant women's basketball Division I history to do so.

20/20 VISION
Sydney Holloway has posted two 20/20 games this season against Brown (11/8) and St. Francis Brooklyn (1/7). Holloway has also posted seven 20-point games and an added 20-rebound performance during Bryant's second meeting with Brown (12/1). The junior has most recently posted three back-to-back-to-back 20-point games against conference foes Central Connecticut (20), Fairleigh Dickinson (20), and the second meeting with Central Connecticut (27). 

PICKING POCKETS
Redshirt senior Naomi Ashley leads Bryant with 36 steals. This year she posted a season-high of seven steals against Brown (1/1). Most recently, Ashley swiped five at Central Connecticut marking the most steals she has compiled against an NEC foe in 2019. 

UP NEXT: SAINT FRANCIS U
The Bulldogs remain in Pennsylvania to take on Saint Francis U on Monday, February 11 at 6 p.m.