|Hatters to Host Monday Matinee|
Coming off an exciting sweep of Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon, the Stetson basketball teams will be back in action on Monday afternoon with a double-header matinee against North Florida.
The Stetson women will put their school record eight-game win streak on the line at 2 p.m. and will be in search of their 15th victory of the year. The Hatters lead the Atlantic Sun Conference with a 5-0 mark in league play. UNF comes into the game with a 5-10 overall record and a 2-2 league mark.
The Stetson men will follow up with a scheduled 4:15 tip time against an Ospreys team that is looking to move into a first place tie in the A-Sun with league leading Belmont. The Hatters, who have an overall mark of 6-9 to go with a 3-2 league record, can move to within a half game of the front-running Bruins with a victory over UNF (9-8, 3-1).
Both games were originally scheduled to be played later in the day on Monday, but were moved up to allow Stetson fans to come out and support the Hatters and still have time to get home in time to watch the BCS National Championship game.
“It is really important for us to play well and win at home,” Hatters junior center Adam Pegg said following his 19-point performance on Saturday. “Road games are really tough to win. You have to be able to win these games at home.”
Pegg has been carrying the Hatters of late, averaging 17 points and six rebounds per game over the last five Stetson outings. The Ospreys will not have any one player with the size to match Pegg, but will throw a host of talented players into his path.
“North Florida will play really hard, really physical, and all 40 minutes,” Stetson coach Casey Alexander said. “It will be a real challenge for us.”
The Stetson women needed double-overtime to keep their winning streak alive on Saturday, but got a career-high 25 points from Sasha Sims, including the first six points of the second overtime, to get the victory.
“She decided to take over the game,” Hatters coach Lynn Bria said. “Those were big buckets, and it opened up the game.”
Sims and junior guards Victoria McGowan and Shanasa Sanders all had double-doubles in the game for Stetson. McGowan can within one assist of her second straight triple-double to help the Hatters to their 11th consecutive home win, dating back to last year.
Pegg said that watching the women play in these league double-headers gets the men’s team more fired up.
“I think that is a good motivation for us,” Pegg said. “They have a really good team, a championship team, and it is good to have Stetson with that positive vibe. It is nice to be able to watch them play and win all their games.”