After a successful weekend that saw the Rowan women’s basketball team beat Lehman College 81-73 and Susquehanna 68-59 on the way to winning the Hampton Inn Tip-Off Classic, the team returned home to face Delaware Valley University on Wednesday night.
“What we try to do, we want to utilize a lot of pressure, and we want to utilize the fast break so it’s a very quick paced game,” head coach Gabby Lisella said. “We want to know if teams can hang with it for 40 minutes. We’re used to it, we’re used to an up temp game and it’s been effective for us so far. I think we were able to carry that over. Del Val knew what to expect, we play them every year. I thought they did a good job.”
In the first home game of the 2015-2016 season, the Profs won 75-68.
“I think it’s a good home opener, it’s always good to get that first win at home and set the tone for the rest of the season,” Lisella said. “I thought Del Val was a very scrappy team, they’re young and I thought thy came out prepared. They made us work hard for that one.”
Leading the way in both of the tournament games was junior guard Anyssa Sanchez. Against Lehman she tallied 22 points, but also got it done defensively totaling four steals. In the Hampton Inn Tip-Off Classic final against Susquehanna, Sanchez recorded her first double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Against Delaware Valley, it was graduate student Kaitlin Schullstrom leading the way compiling a stat line of 16 points, 5 rebounds, and two assists. She also hit two shots from beyond the three-point line.
“My teammates had trust in me, they getting me the ball,” Schullstrom said. “My shot was better than it was this past weekend so that always helps.”
After going into halftime tied at 31 and enduring a back and forth second half, the Profs were able to pull away with some late free throws from Schullstrom junior guard Valerie Garofalo.
“Our defensive rotation in the backcourt and the half court [was a problem]. We were doing a good job up front, but we needed to rotate back,” Schullstrom said. “We worked on that, we talked about it at halftime, we came out and definitely did a better job.”
The Profs face Immaculata University on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Mighty Macs are currently 0-1 on the season, but have stuck it to Rowan in the past.
In 16 previous matchups, the Profs have won only three, including one last season by the score of 61-57.
“We definitely need to come out strong, it’s always a good game. Last year we beat them in overtime I believe, or it was very close in the end. So they’re going to come out guns blazing so we just have to come out strong and ultimately get the win.”
Lisella summed up what she expects out of her team against Immaculata this weekend in four short words.
“More of the same,” Lisella said.