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Saint Peter's (3-9, 2-1) vs. Quinnipiac (10-3, 3-0)
Monday, January 2 , 7pm
The Saint Peter's women's basketball team will meet the Quinnipiac Bobcats for the second time of the 2016-17 season on Monday night in Hamden, CT. Tipoff will begin at 7pm in the TD Bank Sports Center.
The word on Quinnipiac
The Quinnipiac Bobcats will enter Monday's game as the No. 1 ranked team in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Bobcats defeated Rider, 91-79 on December 30, at Rider. Sarah Shewan led the team with 20 points while Adily Martucci followed with 16 points. Adily Martucci leads the Bobcats, averaging 10.6 points and Jen Fay averages 9.6 points per game.
Saint Peter's will be meeting the Bobcats for the eighth time in its series history. Quinnipiac holds the series lead with 7-0 advantage all-time series.
Last year's season series
Last season the Peacocks were defeated by the Bobcats in both meetings. In the first meeting on February 2, in the TD Bank Sports Center, the Peacocks fell 66-49. Sajanna Bethea paced the Peacocks with 16 points while Talah Hughes posts eight points. In the second meeting on February 14, in the Yanitelli Center, the Peacocks fell 65-53. Bethea posted the team high of 15 points and seven rebounds and Hughes added 12 points and six rebounds.
Last time out
Talah Hughes, Janelle Mullen and Zoe Pero combined for 55 points, in a 78-66 home win against Niagara University on Friday afternoon. Hughes scored 21 points and Pero scored 18 points (both career highs), while Mullen added 16 points in the win. The win was the second straight in MAAC play for the squad who is off to their best MAAC start under head coach Pat Coyle.
Talah Hughes (Beacon, NY/ Beacon HS) has grown as a dominate player for the Peacocks averaging 12.9 points per game and averaging 6.0 rebounds a game. Hughes led the Peacocks posting her career-high of 21 points against Niagara (Dec. 30). In the last meet against Quinnipiac Hughes led the squad with 18 points on Dec. 1. Last season Hughes appeared in 30 games including six starts for the Peacocks. Last season, she averaged 8.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game posting in double figures 12 times.
Sophomore, Janelle Mullen (Ozone Park, NY / The Hun School of Princeton) is averaging 9.4 points per game and 36 percent from the 3pt-range. Mullen notched her career high against Marist College (Dec.4) registering a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. As a Shooting guard, Mullen has become a key player for the Peacocks with smart play and keeping them in the game through scoring. In 2015-16 Mullen appeared in 28 games including six starts and averaged 3.6 points and 1.3 rebounds. Mullen posted two double digit point games and scored her season-high of 13 points against Rider on Feb. 9.
Preseason All-MAAC Second Team member, Sajanna Bethea (Levittown, PA / Pennsbury HS) notched her second 2016-17 season double-double against Brown University with 25 points and 11 rebounds on (Dec. 22). Against Bowling Green, Bethea posted 26 points and 10 rebounds (Nov. 27) at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA. Against Fairleigh Dickinson (Dec. 13), she came close to posting a triple-double with 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Bethea is currently averaging 10.1 points and 6.8 rebounds this season.
Samantha Meier (Manalapan, NJ/ Manalapan HS) has served as the top role player in her two years at Saint Peter's. Meier reached her season-high of 10 points and 9 rebounds against Fairleigh Dickinson (Dec.13). Last Season Sam averaged 2.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. She tied her career high of 11 rebounds against St. Francis Brooklyn Nov. 22, 2015.
Zoe Pero (Secaucus, NJ/St. John Vianney) hit her career high of 18 points and eight rebounds against Niagara University (Dec.30) in the Yanitelli Center. Pero dedicated 31 mins and shot 10-11 from the free throw line.
Brianna Tarabocchia (Woodcliff Lake,NJ/ Northern Valley Demarest HS) notched her career-high of 11 points against nationally ranked University of Maryland (Dec. 8) at the Xfinity Center. Tarabocchia is shooting 34.4 percent from the 3-point line and 81.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Sammy Lochner (Abington, PA/ Abington HS) has started each game of the 2016-17 season averaging 5.9 points a game while shooting 44.4 percent from the 3pt-line. Lochner reached her career high of 13 points against Marist College (Dec. 4) shooting 36.8 percent from the field. Head coach, Pat Coyle has put her trust in Lochner to lead her team this season.
Alyssa Velles (Franklin, CT/ Norwich Free Academy) led the Peacocks in scoring during tournament play against Maine (12 points) and Hampton (14 points). Velles is averaging 4.4 points a game. Velles reached double figures twice in the previous 2015-16 season and notched her season-high of 11 point against Brown on (Dec. 30).
New to the Squad
The Peacocks welcome four rookies to the roster this season. Sammy Lochner (Abington, PA / Abington HS), Zoe Pero (Secaucus, NJ / St. John Vianney), Brianna Tarabocchia (Woodcliff Lake, NJ / Northern Valley Demarest HS) and Ashlie Howell (Bronx, NY / Christ The King High School).
Touching on Last Season
Saint Peter's finished the 2015-16 season with an overall record of (4-26) and (2-18) in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
The squad won two MAAC contests, mid-season, on their home court, against Monmouth (67-62) and over Fairfield (56-46).
Saint Peter's graduated four players last season including power forward Hala Mostafa who led the team and ranked second in the MAAC for blocks and Bridget Whitfield who matched the NCAA consecutive three pointers in a game.
Saint Peter's will return seven players and add an additional four freshman to the team.
All- MAAC Team
Sajanna Bethea (Levittown, PA / Pennsbury HS) has been named to the MAAC second team in the 2016-17 preseason poll. Last season she was named Third Team All-MAAC along with averaging 12.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. As power forward, she posted 18 double figure games in points, seven double digit games in rebounds and four double-doubles. Bethea notched a career high of 24 points against Niagara on Jan. 17. In her collegiate career, Bethea has made 61 appearances, including 56 starts while posting 679 career points and 437 rebounds.
Back on the Lineup
Senior, Imani Martinez (Annandale, NJ / North Hunterdon (East Tennessee State) has contributed strong defense and footwork movement on the floor. Martinez averages 11.6 minutes a game.
Sophomore, Janae Mayfield (Fair Haven, NJ / Rumson Fair Haven Regional) appeared in seven games including two starts last season. Mayfield was seen in six games this season as the point guard controlling the offense.
Meet The Coaching Staff
Pat Coyle is in her fourth season as head coach. During her second season in 2014-15, the Peacocks defeated the defending league champion, Marist in the regular season and advanced to the MAAC Quarterfinals. Sajanna Bethea became the first player under Coyle to earn all-league recognition with MAAC All-Rookie honors in 2014-15 and as an All-MAAC Preseason second-team selection in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Coyle recently served as assistant coach at Pittsburg from 2010-12, where she helped advance the Panthers to the Big East Tournament second round in her first season. For more than 10 years Coyle coached the WNBA's New York Liberty, including five seasons as head coach. As assistant coach the Liberty recorded a record of 181-187 and a 81-89 mark as head coach.
Coyle returned to the MAAC after coaching Loyola from 1993-98 where she guided them to their only two MAAC championships and NCAA appearances.
A 1982 Rutgers Hall of Fame player, Coyle returned to her alma mater to serve as an assistant coach in 1985-89. Coyle helped the Scarlet Knights to a 110-19 including two trips to "Elite 8" and two appearances in the "Sweet 16."
Coyle finished her career with 1,209 points and currently ranks 23rd in team history. As a three-year-starter, she also registered 382 rebounds, 394 assists and 192 steals in 129 career games. She is a member of the united States Olympic Festival gold medal women's basketball team in 1979 and 1980 and also won a gold medal at the 1980 Pan American Games.
Phyllis Mangina begins her fourth season as an women's basketball assistant coach under Pat Coyle in 2016-17.
Mangina returned to the coaching ranks after retiring as the women's basketball head coach at Seton Hall in 2010. Mangina was the women's basketball head coach at Seton Hall for 25 seasons where she won more than 340 games and coached three honorable mention All-Americans and 18 All-Big East selections. She guided Seton Hall to two NCAA Tournament appearances and three trips to the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT).
A standout point guard with the Pirates from 1977-81, Mangina led Seton Hall to a 93-28 mark during her four-year playing career. Mangina held the Pirate records in career assists (441), assists in a season (151) and career steals (269). She is currently 11th on the all-time scoring list with 1,195 points. Mangina was one of 13 former Pirate student-athletes inducted into the Seton Hall Athletic Hall of Fame.
Former player, Antonia Smith joined the staff in her first season at her alma mater as assistant coach. Smith returns to her alma mater after serving as the U12 girls head coach of New Heights AAU travel team. Prior to becoming the head coach with the New Heights, she served as the assistant coach at Dwight School, during the 2015-16 season.
Smith played guard at Saint Peter's from 2011-15, appearing in 108 games over her four-year career, making 55 starts. She scored 728 career points, had 161 assists, grabbed 269 rebounds, and had 56 steals during her playing career. Smith recorded a career-high 26 points against Marist on Jan. 23, 2014.
Smith earned her degree in health and physical education in 2015.