Saint Peter's (0-1) vs. Lafayette (0-1)
When: Sunday, November 12, 1pm
Where: Yanitelli Center - Jersey City, NJ
The Saint Peter's women's basketball team will continue non-conference play as they host Lafayette in their home opener on Sunday in the Yanitelli Center.
All-Time vs. Leopards
The Peacocks are 4-3 all-time against the Leopards. The last time the teams met in 2015, the Peacocks dropped the contest to Lafayette, 72-69, on November 29. The last time the Peacocks defeated Lafayette was in 2009 at the Kirby Sports Center, earning a 61-38 victory.
Scout on Lafayette
The Lafayette Leopards finished the 2016-17 season with an overall record of 4-28 record and 2-19 in the Patriot League Conference. The Leopards dropped their season opener to La Salle on November 10, 49-32.
Father vs. Daughter
Starting sophomore point guard, Sammy Lochner, will go up against her father, Tom Lochner, who is the assistant coach for Lafayette.
Last Time Out
Saint Peters dropped the season opener to New Jersey rival, Seton Hall on November 10 at the Walsh Gymnasium. Sajanna Bethea led the Peacocks with eight points and nine rebounds.
Saint Peter's will return nine players and add an additional five freshman to the team.
Returning Power Forwards
Sam Meier (Manalapan, NJ / Manalapan) started in 25 games last season. Meier averaged 2.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Meier notched a season-high of 10 points last season against Fairleigh Dickinson on December 13, 2016.
Sophomore, Zoe Pero (Secaucus, NJ / St. John Vianney) appeared in 30 games including 15 starts. Pero recorded eight games in double figures including tying her career-high of 18 points on three occasions (vs. Niagara on December 30, at Canisius on February 16, and at Iona on February 22). Pero averaged seven points and 4.5 rebounds a game.
Sophomore, Brianna Tarabochia (Woodcliff Lake, NJ / Northern Valley Demarest) appeared in all 30 games including six starts. Tarabochia recorded her career-high of 11 points against Maryland on December 8, 2016.
Sophomore, Ashlie Howell (Bronx, NY / Christ the King) appeared in 21 games. Howell recorded her career-high of six point three time last season.
Talah Hughes (Beacon,NY / Beacon) started in all 30 games last season recording 21 games with at least 10 points and two 20-point games. Hughes paced the team with 45 assists and scored a career-high of 22 points against Manhattan on January 22nd. Last season she averaged 12.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game posting in double figures 22 times.
Senior, Alyssa Velles (Franklin, CT / Norwich Free Academy) reached double figures four times in the previous season, averaging 5.1 points. Velles notched her season-high of 14 points against Hampton on December 21, 2016.
Senior, Sajanna Bethea (Levittown, PA / Pennsbury) appeared in 26 games including 18 starts in the previous season. Bethea notched a career-high of 26 points against Bowling Green on November 27, 2016. Bethea average 9.3 points and six rebounds last season.
Junior, Breanna Spencer (Plainfield, NJ / Plainfield) appeared in three games last season.
Sophomore, Sammy Lochner (Abington, PA / Abington) appeared in all 30 games recording 28 starts as a freshman point guard. Lochner averaged 5.7 points a game and recorded a season-high of 18 points against Marist on March 2nd.
New to the Squad
The Peacocks welcome five rookies to the roster this season. D'Aviyon Magazine (Paterson, NJ / Queen of Peace), Anna Maguire (Belfast, Northern Ireland / Ulidia Integrated College), Precious Featherson (Paterson, NJ / Rosa Parks) Haley Dalonzo (Lincroft , NJ /Middletown High School South) and Dajiah Martin (Westbury, NY / Saint Mary's) join the team.
Meet The Coaching Staff
Pat Coyle is in her fifth season as head coach. In 2016-17, Coyle led the Peacocks to their best conference start under her lead, winning two of the first three MAAC games. She also earned her second career win over MAAC powerhouse Marist, giving Saint Peter's their first road win over Marist in 15 years. In 2016-17 Coyle coached her second MAAC All-Rookie selection in Zoe Pero. 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.
Prior to Saint Peter's, Coyle 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 fifth 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, will enter into her second season as assistant coach at Saint Peter's. 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.