NAC Products Part Of Clarkson Vs SUNY Canton Women's Hoops
Nearly three weeks will have passed since its last game when the Clarkson University Women's Basketball team takes the floor against SUNY Canton on Thursday evening, but the Golden Knights are anxious to continue their winning streak against the Kangaroos.
The Series: The Golden Knights are 24-7 all-time against SUNY Canton, including wins in the last seven meetings dating back to the 2013-14 campaign. Clarkson ran away with an easy win in last year's meeting, gaining a 33-point victory, 57-24.
Key Stats for Clarkson (0-1): Over the last seven contests against SUNY Canton, Clarkson has averaged a winning margin of 21.6 points per game, which has pushed the average separation between the two teams to plus-15.8 points per contest in the 31 total games. Graduate student Molly Stewart has averaged 10.8 points per game in four games against the Kangaroos, though that number has been contained somewhat by limited minutes thanks to some lopsided wins. Clarkson received a solid all-around effort from Emma Buonanno in the season-opener, as the senior guard posted a double-double thanks to 20 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Tess Maline showed plenty of promise with nine points in 19 minutes off the bench in Clarkson's first game of the year.
CLARKSON FEATURES 3 ALL-NAC STANDOUTS
The Lady Knights will feature three Northern Conference products in sophomore guard Alaina Porter of Gouverneur and two freshman guards in Lisbon's Alexa McKee and St. Lawrence Central Marissa McLean. All three earned All-NAC honors in their high school careers and Porter played in all 24 games last season, averaging 16.8 minutes per contest. She produced 3.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.5 steals per game.
She scored season-best 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting to go along with six rebounds in win over Bard College and netted eight points on 4-for-6 shooting against Skidmore College, approached a double-double with eight points and eight rebounds versus Ithaca College and tallied seven points with three steals in win over SUNY Canton).
RAVEN LOOKS TO BOOST ROOS AS JCCC TRANSFER
A year ago, the Kangaroos were able to claim just a single win in 25 outings, but a more experienced roster is looking for more in 2020-21. The Roos do not lack for height, as eight players stand 5-10 or taller. Sophomore Joie Culkin led the team with 12.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game a year ago, posting seven double-doubles. SUNY Canton will need to be more efficient on offense if expects to have a chance against Clarkson on Thursday.
Last season, the Roos averaged only 43.2 points per game with shooting percentage of 28.6% from the floor, 24.3% from beyond the arc, and just 54.4% from the free throw line. SUNY Canton will also need to take care of the basketball better, as the Roos averaged more than 24 turnovers per game.
Norwood-Norfolk stalwart Shannyn St. Andrews, a 5-11 sophomore, is another returning forward and former OFA standout Chelsey Raven looks to play a vital role in the Roos' tall frontcourt as a transfer after earning All-Conference in two seasons at Jefferson Community College.
St. Andrews played in all 25 games last season and started nine. She finished as the team's second leading rebounder with 139 (5.6 pga), scored 2.6 points per game and added 21 assists, 25 steals and six blocks.
Last season at JCC Raven averaged 17.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game and was named Third Team All-Conference. As a freshman she led JCC in scoring at 14.4 points per game and grabbed 7.8 rebounds a contest. She earned First Team All-Star honors helping JCC to NJCAA Mid-State Athletic Conference honors.
At OFA she was a three sport standout competing for four years in basketball, volleyball and softball. In basketball she was named the 2016-17 and 2017-18 NAC Central Division MVP, contributed to four straight Section 10 Class B Champions and in volleyball and was a two-Time All-NAC West selection and played a lead roll in Section 10 Class C Championships in 2017 and 2018.