Piper Chapman (40) and Lauren Kelleher provided the ECSU Warriors with a potent 1-2 inside punch this season. ECSU photo
The defending national champion, Amherst College women’s basketball team, sports a 54-game home winning streak, which means next to nothing heading into Thursday night’s 7 p.m. game (Dec. 8) against Eastern Connecticut State University’s Warriors, in a game scheduled to be played at ECSU’s Geissler Gymnasium. (Watch live beginning at 6:50 p.m. at http://www.littleeast.tv/ )
What does work in favor of Division III’s No-1 ranked team when it meets the Warriors for the fourth time in three seasons, however, are five returning seniors who are all starters this season from the 2011 NCAA Division III national championship team which won 32 of 33 games for the second straight season.
An Amherst victory Thursday would be the 100th in 106 games in the careers of the team’s six seniors.
Eastern (4-2) is expected to face its stiffest early-season test as its hosts Amherst (6-0), which is coming off its 25th straight victory Tuesday (Dec. 6) over an overwhelmed Emmanuel College team (which edged the Warriors, 57-53, two weeks ago).
Through six games this year, Eastern has won by an average of nearly 20 points – that average helped immensely by a 74-point blowout in the season-opener.
The Warriors are averaging 76 points a game and allowing 56, are shooting 43 percent from the field and 67.3 percent from the foul line, outrebounding their opponent by +9 and averaging 18 turnovers per contest.
For Eastern, Thursday’s game is sandwiched between two key Little East Conference home contests against the University of Southern Maine – the winningest program in conference history – and Rhode Island College.
The Warriors routed Southern Maine, 75-57 last Saturday and face pre-season No.-1 ranked Rhode Island College this Saturday (Dec. 10).
To read more, click here http://nutmeg.easternct.edu/mt-static/athletics/2011/12/w-basketball-up-next-is-no-1-amherst.html
Posted Dec. 8 2011
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