The season is young for Division I women’s college basketball, but several local teams are starting strong. From the perennial powerhouses, such as St. John’s, to the previous underachievers, such as Fairleigh Dickinson, the season is fresh with promise. So we’re going to take a quick look at some of the names we’ll be following this year.
At 5-1 Fairleigh Dickinson is off to its best start since the 1991-92 season. Sunday’s 72-52 win over Longwood was fueled by junior guard Madelynn Comly’s career-high 27 points. Comly has been consistent since Game 1. Other offensive presences include senior forward Amina Markovic and sophomore forward Lauren Francillon.
Seton Hall is off to a 4-1 start. Graduate student guard/forward Donnaizha Fountain is proving to be an excellent addition to the team, averaging 20.3 points per game. Redshirt senior guard Jaquan Jackson and redshirt sophomore forward Taylor Brown are also performing well offensively and defensively.
Elsewhere in New Jersey, it’s pretty much business as usual, Princeton is 3-1. Coach Courtney Banghart has another strong team. At Rutgers, seeking redemption for a horrible 2016-17 season that saw only six wins, the Scarlet Knights are 5-2. Saint Peter’s is 3-2 and Monmouth is 2-4.
St. John’s is starting over after graduating several front and backcourt players the past two years. The Red Storm is currently 3-2. Freshman guard Qadashah Hoppie has been averaging 13.2 points per game coming off the bench.
Columbia is 2-5 so far, its second season under head coach Megan Griffith. Fordham is 2-2, LIU 2-3 and Wagner 1-6.
Hofstra is finding its footing at 3-3 as senior forward Ashunae Durant is averaging 14.2 points and eight rebounds per game. Manhattan, currently 2-3, is working its way back into the conversation. Senior guard Amani Tatum has been delivering strong performances with 12 points per game.
Further out on Long Island, things are popping at SUNY Stony Brook as the Seawolves have opened the season 5-0. Junior guards Shania Johnson and Jerell Matthews are leading the team offensively.