League Play: Vassar Women's Hoops to Host Skidmore, Union This Weekend

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Natalie Allen
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POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (January 17, 2013) – Fresh off a 69-64 victory of Rensselaer on Tuesday night, the Vassar College women's basketball team will continue its Liberty League homestand, hosting Skidmore College this Friday at 6:00 p.m. and Union College on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

The Scouting Report vs. Skidmore

Game Time: Friday, January 18 at 6:00 p.m.

Place: Athletics & Fitness Center

Live Coverage: Live Stats

Series Record: Skidmore leads the series 26-11. Vassar last defeated the Thoroughbreds in overtime 67-65 last February 3 at the AFC. Skidmore had won the previous meeting on January 6 at Skidmore, 67-51. The Brewers are on a one-game winning streak. | Vassar Record Book

Vassar Roster | Vassar 2012-13 Schedule | 2012-13 Statistics

Vassar Women's Notes (10-2, 3-1): In a game marked by dramatic runs made by both teams, it was the Vassar College women's basketball team's final spurt that proved the difference in a 69-64 Liberty League victory over Rensselaer on Tuesday night at the Athletics & Fitness Center.  Down 49-48 with 9:25 to play, the visiting Engineers went on a 7-0 spurt  to take a 55-49 lead with 7:19 remaining.  Vassar proceeded to wield off a 9-0 run, highlighted by its own 3-pointer from junior guard Cydni Matsuoka, to lead 58-55 with 4:08 left. The sporadic runs ended there, though RPI did come within 65-64 with 48 seconds to play after a layup by sophomore guard Jen Rock. But with time expiring on the shot clock, Vassar sophomore forward Colleen O'Connell drained a big jumper shot from the right corner with 29 seconds left to push Vassar ahead 67-64 and secure the victory.

RPI's all-court defensive pressing kept the Engineers in the contest, but it also led to 22 Vassar fast break points, six of which came in the game's final four minutes when RPI was in comeback mode. During this stretch four other Brewer buckets came in transition.

The beneficiary of this frenetic action was Vassar junior forward Hannah Senftleber, who tied a career-high with 28 points, leaking out on the break for 12 transition points. Senftleber had 20 of her 28 points in the first half. Most impressively, she added a career-high 17 rebounds in the contest. 

Super Cydni: Junior guard Cydni Matsuoka leads the Liberty League in scoring (20.4 ppg), field goal percentage (.566), assists (5.5 apg) and 3-point percentage (.490) and 3-pointers made per game (3.0).  In the January 10 NCAA Statistics, Matsuoka ranks 43rd in the nation in scoring, 8th in assists, 23rd in field goal percentage, 11th in 3-point shooting percentage and 22nd in assist to turnover radio.

Both junior Hannah Senftleber and O'Connell rank 10th in the leauge in rebounding (6.6 rpg).

Inside the Numbers: 
  • The Brewers are 8-0 when leading at the half, 1-0 when down, 1-0 when tied and 0-2 when behind. 
  • Vassar has outrebounded its opponents in 10 of 12 games and are 9-1 in those games.
  • Vassar has committed less turnovers than its opponent in nine of 12 games.
  • The Brewers have taken 10 or more 3-pointers in seven of 12 games.
  • Vassar has won seven of its nine games by ten or more points.
  • The Brewers went a perfect 14 of 14 from the free throw line agaisnt Wesleyan.
  • The Brewers have been able to play the entire team twice this season, against Berkeley and Clarkson.
Liberty League Standings (As of 1/16/13): 
Team, League Record, Overall Record
St. Lawrence 4-0 10-3 
Skidmore 4-1, 6-8 
Vassar 3-1, 10-2 
Union 4-2, 9-5 
RPI 3-2, 9-5 
William Smith 2-2, 8-5 
Bard 1-4, 7-7
RIT 0-4, 3-9 
Clarkson 0-5, 2-11 

Next Up: The Brewers will host Union at the AFC on Saturday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m.

Skidmore Roster | Skidmore  2012-13 Schedule | 2012-13 Statistics

Skidmore Notes (6-9, 3-1):  Skidmore is currently second in Liberty League standings with a 4-1 record. The Thoroughbreds won both of their Liberty League games last weekend, defeating Union 55-52 and RIT 49-47. The RIT win was particulary impressive, as Skidmore didn't allow a final field goal for a nine minute stretch of the second half.

Statistically, the Thoroughbreds have a balanced attack, but don't have a player averaging in double figures. Skylar Caligaris leads the team with an 8.1 ppg mark. Skidmore is last in the league in scoring (50.1 ppg), but fourth defensively, allowing just 56.8 points a game.

Next Up: Bard, away, on January 19 at 2:00 p.m.   

Coaches: Vassar is coached by Candice Brown, who is in her 4th season. Brown has led the Brewers to back-to-back Liberty League Championships and appearances in the NCAA Division III Championships. She was the 2010-11 Liberty League Coach of the Year.

Skidmore is coached by Darren Bennett.

The Scouting Reports vs. Union

Game Time: Saturday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m.

Place: Athletics & Fitness Center

Live Coverage: Live Stats

Series Record: Union leads the series 26-10. Vassar last defeated the Dutchwomen 63-53 last February 4 at the AFC. Union had won the previous meeting on January 7 at Union, 61-58. The Brewers are on a one-game winning streak

Union Roster | Union 2012-13 Schedule | 2012-13 Statistics

Union Notes (9-5, 4-2): The Dutchwomen play at Bard on Friday night, January 18 at 6:00 p.m. Union started the Liberty League season 4-0, but had since dropped two tightly-contested games to Skidmore (55-52) and RPI (66-63). Union has two players scoring in double figures for a team that averages 60.1 points a game and allows just 53.8 ppg, the best in the Liberty League. Kate Thompson leads the team at 13.1 ppg, followed by Kayla Madden at 11.0 ppg. Thompson is the rebounding leader at 8.1 rpg.

A defensive minded team, opponents are shooting just 33 percent from the floor against the Dutchwomen. Union is the top defensie rebounding team in the league (35.5) and holds the best rebound margin +7.9. Blocked shots are a league best with a 3.6 per game mark.

Union is coached by Mary Ellen Burt in her 14th season. 

Next Up: Host William Smith on Tuesday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m.