After a week-long layoff, the Genesee Community College women’s basketball team will host Niagara County Community College on Thursday night in its second of four straight home contests and its fifth Western New York Athletic Conference game of the season.
Genesee (5-13, 0-4) hasn’t played since Jan. 23 and will take on NCCC for the second time this season. The Thunderwolves defeated GCC on Jan. 16, 73-41.
No. 18 Niagara (21-2, 2-1) began the season 21-0 before losses in its last two contests. NCCC has been ranked in three consecutive NJCAA National Polls.
Last time out:
The Cougars fell to Erie Community College on Jan. 23, 54-46. GCC trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half but got back to within six before eventually giving up a 19-6 ECC run to end the game. Dashawna Jenifer scored 13 points and collected eight rebounds for the Cougars. Breana Gleaton put together a double-double, grabbing 14 rebounds and scoring 10 points.
Niagara dropped an 85-73 decision at Jamestown Community College on Tuesday night, the second straight WNYAC loss for NCCC. Jaclyn Welch scored 23 points in the loss; Jesse DeWaters added 15 points and Alba Perez finished with a double-double, recording 12 points and 10 rebounds.
What to watch for:
Genesee committed 35 turnovers in the first matchup with Niagara on Jan. 16. Shanell Glover led GCC with 12 points and Dashawna Jenifer added 11 points in the first meeting. Jaclyn Welch, NCCC’s leading scorer, scored a game-high 26 points for the Thunderwolves.
GCC’s last home victory against Niagara came on 1/19/11. The Cougars defeated the Thunderwolves, 90-45.
Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Anthony T. Zambito Gymnasium. The game broadcast will air on 90.7 FM WGCC and online at www.wgcc-fm.com.