PLEASNTVILLE, N.Y. Both the mens and womens Pace University basketball teams will host a Blue Out against conference foe Franklin Pierce University on Saturday.
The womens game starts at 1:30 p.m. and the mens game begins at 3:30 p.m. Free Love Blue, Live Gold T-Shirts will be given out to spectators. ShopRite will also give out 250 free box lunches during the games.
Saturday will also be Womens Basketball Alumni Day.
The Pace women have a 13-3 overall record and are 10-2 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Ravens womens team is 11-5 overall and 8-4 in conference.
Senior Brittany Shields leads the Setters with 17.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Carol Johnson is second with 10.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Senior Kerri White has made 38 of her 79 three-point attempts this season for a 48.1 percent success rate.
The Setters earned a 58-55 win against Southern New Hampshire in their last game to stay in a tie for second place. In that contest, Shields recorded a double-double with 24 points and 14 boards. The Setters earned votes in the most recent USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll.
The two squads are 10-10 in head-to-head play and split their two meetings last year. Franklin Pierce beat Pace, 69-68, in the regular-season matchup while the Setters earned revenge with a 64-62 victory in the NCAA Division II Tournament. Shields hit a jumper from the free throw line at the buzzer to beat the Ravens in the opening round.
Paces mens team has had a more up-and-down season, amassing an 8-8 overall record and 6-6 in conference play. The Franklin Pierce men are 12-4 overall and 8-4 in conference games.
Sophomore Denzel Primus-Devonish leads the Setters with 14.4 points and 3.7 assists per game this season. Junior Keon Williams is averaging 9.6 points per game and leads the team with 6.2 rebounds per game. The Southern New Hampshire Penmen beat the Setters, 72-69, in Paces last game. Primus-Devonish recorded 20 points and three assists in that game and Williams had 13 points and three boards.
The Ravens own a 13-7 advantage in head-to-head play against the Setters. Pace won at Franklin Pierce, 71-68, in the teams only meeting last season.
Pace students, faculty and staff can see the games for free with identification. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children under 10 years old.
The games will also be broadcast live with stats at livestats.prestosports.com/pace .
From a report by Pace University Athletics/John M. Tagliaferri
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