Rockaway Weekly College Basketball Update
Tricia Tubridy of Broad Channel was honored this past week for her contributions to the Harvard Crimson basketball team. On February 7 against Princeton, the senior appeared in her 100th career game, giving her more game experience than any of her teammates. Of those 100 games, Tricia has started 82, including the last 47 straight. Last year, Tubridy became the first player in Harvard’s long history to record a triple-double, registering 12 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds in a win over Brown.
Janelle McManus of Belle Harbor continued to lead the Fairfield Stags in scoring. On February 14 McManus had a solid game scoring 18 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists despite losing to Canisius 92-82. Two days later on February 16, the Stags rebounded to defeat Niagara 80-68. McManus scored 16 points on 5-13 shooting in the victory and pulled down 6 rebounds. The Fairfield wo men are currently 8-16 overall, 6-8 in the MAAC.
On February 11, Clare Droesch of Belle Harbor played one of her best games of the year for Boston College in a 68-58 win over Georgetown. Droesch scored 15 points including a pair of clutch free throws in the fourth quarter to help secure the victory for the Eagles.
On February 14, the Eagles won again, defeating Virginia 70-64 to improve their record to 18-5, 8-4 in the Big East.
The Adelphi University Panthers lost two of three games last week to drop their record to 12-11, 10-10 in the NYCAC. On February 11, Thomas Mc Cormack of Breezy Point was instrumental in leading the Panthers over Mercy College 72-67. McCormack, a point guard, sank six free throws in the last 31 seconds to wrap up the win for the Panthers. McCormack finished with a team high 15 points while his teammate Taylor Murphy, also a Rockaway native grabbed a team high nine rebounds to go along with his 7 points. On February 14 Adelphi lost to New Haven 80-67, being outscored 46-23 in the second half. On February 17, the Panthers lost another one, this time to Philadelphia University, 67-57, with Murphy again leading the team in rebounds with 9. Adelphi looks to rebound against LIU and St. Thomas Aquinas this week.
Rashaun Banjo, a native of Far Rock away, has been having an outstanding season for the Bobcats of Quinnipiac University. The 6’6" senior forward is leading his team in points with 17.3 per game, and rebounds with 7.6 per game. Most recently on February 14, Banjo recorded his tenth double-double of the season in a 65-63 win over St. Francis College of Penn sylvania. Banjo matched his career high point total with 30 and pulled down 11 rebounds. Banjo, who is the all-time leading scorer at Lawrence Woodmere Academy, propelled himself from a bench player in his freshman year to Quinnipiac’s most feared offensive threat in his senior season. Unfortunately, the Quinnipiac team has not nearly matched Banjo’s personal success posting a disappointing 8-17 overall record, 4-10 in the NEC.