ShareThis Page
Robert Morris

Robert Morris women return to Mid-Major Top 25

Paul Schofield
| Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, 4:00 p.m.

Thanks to an impressive start to the 2017-18 basketball season, the Robert Morris women find themselves in the Top 25 of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll.

The Colonials are ranked No. 24. It's the first time since Dec. 7, 2011 that they've been ranked.

Robert Morris, led by second-year coach Charlie Buscaglia, is the only Northeast Conference (NEC) team recognized, receiving 85 points from the voters.

The Colonials are 16-4 overall and 9-0 in the NEC and are off to one of their best starts in program history.

Defense has been the team's calling card as the Colonials rank 11th nationally in scoring defense (54.7 ppg) and 14th in field goal percentage defense (.353). RMU has held seven opponents below 30 percent shooting — one shy of tying last season's mark of eight — and six opponents to less than 50 points.

The offensive is led by sophomore center Nneka Ezeigbo and senior forward Megan Smith. Ezeigbo, who has seven double-doubles this season, is averaging 10.6 points and 7.5 rebounds in 19.3 minutes, while Smith is scoring an average of 10.5 points and has reached double-figures in eight of her last nine games.

This is the second time in program history RMU has appeared in the rankings, the previous appearance coming on Dec. 7, 2011, when it also slotted in at No. 24.

Robert Morris begins a three-game road trip Saturday, at Saint Francis. The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. opening tip and can be seen on ESPN3.

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me