Women’s college basketball is underway and the Division I teams in New York City are all working hard. Thanksgiving weekend provided the opportunity to take on new opponents and hone their skills for conference action.
In the Bronx, Manhattan College is 2–4. The Jaspers traveled to Phoenix, Arizona last weekend for the GCU Thanksgiving Classic. On Friday, they defeated Lindenwood 69–53, and on Saturday they were edged by North Dakota 59–65. Next up for Manhattan is the Battle of the Bronx when it takes on Fordham this Saturday.
The Bronx’s other team, Fordham University, is under a new head coach. After four years as an assistant coach, Candice Green became interim head coach in July. Expectations are high for the Rams. In the last 11 seasons, Fordham had eight postseason appearances, including two trips to the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament. The team is 4–3 after the Las Vegas Holiday Classic.
In Brooklyn, Long Island University returned from a trip to California 2–5. The team’s top scorer is Emaia O’Brien, who is averaging 13 points per game. The Sharks take on Hofstra University on Saturday.
Also, in Brooklyn, the St. Francis College Terriers recently marked their final game at their home for the past 51 years, 180 Remsen Street. Starting with this academic year, the college moved to a new location. The women’s basketball team is currently 1–6. Alyssa Fisher is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 17.2 points per game.
Wagner College on Staten Island did not travel for Thanksgiving weekend. The Seahawks faced off with Hofstra, winning 76–68. Wagner’s top offensive presence is Kem Nwabudu, who is averaging 10.6 points per game. Wagner takes on Saint Peter’s tonight on home court. St. John’s University in Queens is undefeated 6–0. Guard Kadaja Bailey is averaging 15.2 points per game. The Red Storm’s Big East conference action starts on Friday at Butler.
Columbia University in Manhattan packed the early part of the season with non-conference road games, including sweet revenge over Seton Hall University, which knocked the Lions out of last spring’s WNIT. Following its two wins at the Miami Thanksgiving Tournament, Columbia is 5–2. The team’s top scorer is junior guard Abbey Hsu, who is averaging 15.5 points per game. Columbia takes on Marist tonight on home court.