Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Compete in Philadelphia in the 24th Annual Hawk Classic

Women's Basketball Compete in Philadelphia in the 24th Annual Hawk Classic
Saint Peter's (2-2) vs. Delaware (2-2)
When: Saturday, November 25, 4pm
Where: Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena - Philadelphia, PA
Saint Peter's (2-2) vs. Eastern Illinois (1-2)/Saint Joseph's (3-0)
When: Sunday, November 26, TBA
Where: Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena - Philadelphia, PA
Opening Word
The Saint Peter's women's basketball team will compete in the 24th Annual Hawk Classic this weekend hosted by Saint Joseph's in Philadelphia, PA. The Peacocks will matchup against the University of Delaware in the first round on Saturday, November 25. On Sunday, the squad will compete against Eastern Illinois or host Saint Joseph's.
All-Time vs. Delaware
The two teams will meet for the first time since 1996, having met five times previously. The Peacocks are 4-1 all-time against the Blue Hens. The last time we met, the Peacocks defeated Delaware 72-60 on December 14 in 1996. 
Scout on Delaware
The Blue Hens will enter Saturday's game with an overall record of 2-2. Last time out, Delaware dropped a contest to Boston University 85-79, on November 19 at the Bob Carpenter Center. Forward, Samone Defreese, led the team with 24 points, while Nicole Enabosi followed with 19 points and 17 rebounds.
Scout on Eastern Illinois
The Peacocks and the Eastern Illinois Panthers have never met in the program's history. The Panthers enter the tournament with an overall record of 1-2. Last time out, the Panthers defeated Evansville 79-52, on November 18 at the Lantz Arena. Grace Lennox led the team with 14 points and eight assists. Danielle Berry and Jennifer Nehls followed with 12 points each.
All-Time vs. Saint Joseph's
The two teams have not met since 1982, having met four times previously. The Peacocks are 3-1 all-time against the Hawks. The last time we met, the Peacocks defeated Saint Joseph's 67-44 on December 10 in 1982. 
Scout on Saint Joseph's
Saint Joseph's will enter the tournament with an undefeated record of 3-0. Last time out, Saint Joseph's defeated Niagara 93-69, on November 19. Sarah Veilleux led the team with 25 points and Chelsea woods followed with 23 points.
Last Time Out
The Saint Peter's women's basketball team defeated the NJIT Highlanders, 59-52, on November 19 in the Wellness and Events Center. Four Peacocks scored in double figures, combining to score 46 points, led by Talah Hughes with 13 points. Sajanna Bethea added a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and freshman guard, D'Aviyon Magazine matched her season high with 11 points on 40 percent shooting from the field and Zoe Pero added 10 points and five rebounds.
Best Start Under Coyle
The Peacocks opened the 2017-18 with two wins in their first four games, which included wins over Lafayette and NJIT. The 2-2 start is the best under fifth year head coach Pat Coyle since taking over the program.
Reaching 1,000 Career Points
Senior forward, Sajanna Bethea is looking to become the first Peacock to surpass 1,000 career points since 2008-09. Bethea currently has 966 points.  
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.
Returning Guards
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
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 Magina
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.
Antonia Smith
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.