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Bryant meets with Saint Francis U Monday night

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

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University women's basketball team continues its stay in the Keystone State as they are set to take on with Saint Francis U on Monday at 6 p.m.

THE PARTICULARS
Opponent: Saint Francis U
Location: Degol Arena (Loretto, Pa.)
Date and Time: Monday, February 11 - 6 p.m. 
TV: NEC Front Row
Live Stats: Sidearm Stats
Game Notes: Bryant 
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THE MATCHUP
Bryant remains in Pennsylvania to take on Saint Francis U on Monday at 6 p.m.

SCOUTING THE RED FLASH
Saint Francis posts a 10-12 overall record with a 7-3 record in Northeast Conference play.

Last time against the Red Flash, Jess Kovatch led her team with 14 points. The Bulldogs kept the lead NEC scorer to her lowest soring game in conference play this year. She still leads her team scoring 22.4 points a game.

SERIES HISTORY
Bryant beat SFU earlier this year by just three points in Smithfield to tie the all-time series record at nine wins apiece. The Bulldogs have struggled in the past to beat the Red Flash in Loretto as SFU leads, 6-2.

LAST TIME OUT: FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 59, BRYANT 56
Bryant put the undefeated Robert Morris on its heels on Saturday night in Moon Township. The Colonials prevailed by taking the game, 59-56 in the final minute of the game.

Senior Kierra Palmer (Aberdeen, Md.) led the Bulldogs with 14 points shooting a perfect 4-for-4 from three.

Junior Masey Zegarowski (Hamilton, Mass.) and red-shirt senior Naomi Ashley (Hamilton, Ont.) each added 12 points as Zegarowski shot 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Ashley led Bryant with 8 rebounds and three steals.

ZEGA-WHO?
Zegarowski 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. Most recently, Zegarowski shot 4-of-5 from beyond the arc at Robert Morris tallying 12 points. Zegarowski averages 10.7 points per game this season against NEC opponents.

SHOOTERS SHOOT
Senior Kierra Palmer notched a perfect 4-4 from three at Robert Morris. Against Mount St. Mary's, Palmer shot 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. She leads the team in three-point percentage during NEC play, .452. Junior Masey Zegarowski has also proven to be a sharp shooter during the conference schedule as she shot 4-of-5 at Robert Morris. She is the second leader in three-point percentage against NEC team with .385.

BOARDING SCHOOL
Bryant is second in the NEC with 41.43 rebounds per game and first in the conference with 14.2 offensive rebounds per game. Sydney Holloway (Morgantown, W. Va.) leads the Bulldogs and the conference with 251 rebounds ranking her 17th in the country. The junior forward also leads the conference with most offensive rebounds a game with five as she ranks sixth in the country in that category.

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 13 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.

DISHING IT OUT
Kierra Palmer led the Bulldogs with a season-high 10 assists in conference opener vs. LIU Brooklyn. She currently leads the Bulldogs with 80 assists so far on the season and is ranked second in the NEC for assists per game with 3.8.  The senior tallied seven assists most recently against Central Connecticut. Palmer is 7 assists away from 500 and only six players in NEC's history has ever reached the milestone.

UP NEXT
The Bulldogs return to Smithfield to take on Sacred Heart on Saturday, February 16 for Bryant's annual Pink Game. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.