Lady Trojans renew rivalry with Swathers to tip off 2021-22 season


By TYLER HENRY
Salina Post contributor

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The Southeast of Saline girls basketball team will open their 2021-22 campaign looking to avenge a loss that ended their playoff run when they travel to Hesston to take on the Swathers.

Both teams return a ton of talent, and of the ten players that took the floor to begin that sub-state game, nine will likely be in the starting lineups again tonight.

The Trojans will lean on the leadership of three senior starters in Karsyn Schlesener, Mallorie Pearson and Alaina Yianakopolus, all of whom have played big minutes throughout their time in the purple and white.

The Swathers bring back their own trio of senior talent in Caryn Yoder, Katie Kueker and Harley Ferralez, who combined to average 22 points and 12 rebounds a game in 2020-21.

Of the last four meetings between these two, three have seen one end the other’s season. Creating an instant rivalry with high tension.

Hesston knocked SES out of sub-state in 2015, Southeast repaid the favor in 2016 and Hesston got their revenge last season with a 49-39 win in the sub-state semifinal.

“This is a very big game for us and it’s definitely a rivalry game in our minds,” Trojan head coach Shauna Smith said. “We haven’t beaten them for a long time and they’re competitive every year.”

While SES played phenomenal defense last season, they will need to find more scoring consistency to make a deeper run this year.

“We’ve focused a lot on our shooting,” Smith said. “We’ll have to knock shots down to be competitive in a lot of games this year, last season there were a lot of games where we did things well but we just couldn’t score.”

The Swathers ran into a similar issue in 2020-21, averaging just 40 points per game throughout their season to Southeast’s 47.

Both teams played staggering defense however, each holding their opponents to just 35 points per game on average.

The first game of a new season always presents new challenges as teams discover their identities, but with so many veterans on both sides of the floor Hesston and Southeast will both be raring to pick things up right where they left off.

“It feels like we’ve been practicing forever so we’re excited for a chance to get back on the floor so that we can evaluate where we’re really at,” Smith said.

Tip-off between the Trojans and Swathers is set for 6pm with the boys game set to follow around 7.

All SES games can be heard on KINA again this season (910 AM or 107.5 FM) and road games will be streamed on the Salina Post courtesy of Eagle Radio.

For more on Trojan hoops all season long stay tuned to the Salina Post.



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2021-22 Men’s Hoops Season Tips Off Officially Tuesday at No. 22 Auburn


2021-22 Men’s Hoops Season Tips Off Officially Tuesday at No. 22 Auburn

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MOREHEAD, Ky. — Morehead State Men’s Basketball will officially tip off the 2021-22 season Tuesday evening when the Eagles travel to face the No. 22 Auburn Tigers “on the plains” in central Alabama. Game time at Auburn Arena is 8 p.m. ET.

The Eagles and Tigers have never met in men’s basketball. 

Tuesday’s game can be heard on the Eagle Sports Radio Network with Chuck Mraz and Tom Lewis. It’s also available on MSUEagles.com as well as WGOH 100.9 FM/1370 AM. The game will also air live on SEC Network+ as well as the ESPN app.

2020-21 RECORDS

MOR: 23-8 (17-3 OVC) | AUB: 13-14 (7-11 SEC)

SERIES RECORD

First Meeting

NOTABLE

• Morehead State defeated Kentucky State 89-43 in its lone exhibition last week. Transfer Tray Hollowell led the way with 18 points (on 5 three-pointers), while fellow transfer Jake Wolfe had 12 points. Junior Jaylen Sebree added 12 as well. MSU drained 15 three-pointers and outscored KSU 45-17 in the second half.

• Morehead State made its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance last spring and first since an upset over fourth-seed Louisville on March 17, 2011. The Eagles dropped their first game to West Virginia 84-67 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

• MSU won its fifth OVC Tournament title in program history and first since 2010-11 last spring by defeating Southeast Missouri, Eastern Kentucky and Belmont in the tournament at Evansville, Ind.

• The Eagles were one of only 25 Division I teams to play all 27 regular season scheduled games and were just one of 30 Division I teams to play 30 games this season.

• Morehead State put together the largest turnaround in the nation last season in a pair of rating systems. The Eagles had a +182 improvement in KenPom rankings and boasted a +195 NET ranking improvement over 2019-20.

• Freshman center Johni Broome collected plenty of hardware in his first collegiate season. The OVC Freshman of the Year was also crowned OVC Tournament Most Valuable Player, one of just three players in OVC history (Monty Wilson, Tennessee State [1993] and Isiah Canaan, Murray State [2009]) to earn MVP honors as a freshman. He was also named First-Team All-OVC, OVC All-Newcomer and First-Team NABC District 18 as well as Freshman All-America by CollegeInsider.com.
• Morehead State is officially picked to finish second in the OVC behind Belmont, but Johni Broome is the league pick for Preseason Player of the Year. Junior guard Skyelar Potter joins Broome on the preseason All-OVC list.
• Head Coach Preston Spradlin is one of the younger head coaches ever to lead his team to a conference title and an NCAA Tournament berth. At 34 years old at the time, the former Kentucky staffer was named OVC Coach of the Year and NABC District 18 Coach of the Year.

• Spradlin was also a finalist for two National Coach of the Year awards from CollegeInsider.com – the Hugh Durham Award and Jim Phelan Award.

• Morehead State used the transfer portal this season to add a trio of Division I players. Tray Hollowell came from Wofford as a graduate transfer, while Jaylon Hall (Wright State) and Jake Wolfe (Lipscomb) also have high level playing experience. Tucson Redding transferred from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in the JUCO ranks, while MSU added freshmen Braden May and Chris Cole.

Johni Broome has been named to the Lou Henson Award Preseason Watch List, which honors the nation’s top Mid-Major Player.



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Notre Dame Women’s Basketball: 2021-22 Season Preview


They’re Back, Like They Never Left

We are just days away from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Women’s Basketball team beginning their regular season schedule. As another season is upon us, I wanted to make sure we could recap some things that have happened since the offseason. I am hoping and looking to provide you all with much more NDWBB content throughout the season. That can start with you all knowing exactly what is going on with the team as we head into their November 9th opening game.

The Team

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The roster for the 2021-22 Irish is as shown above. Most of the players who were on the team last season have come back. That includes, most notably, Dara Mabrey who transferred from Virginia Tech, Maya Dodson, a grad transfer from Stanford, and Abby Prohaska, who was sidelined for the 2019-20 season with a pulmonary embolism. Junior Sam Brunelle is looking to be a major player again as well, causing havoc in the paint and also from beyond the arc.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Notre Dame at Syracuse

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Schedule of Games

The Irish played an exhibition game already against Emporia State last week. Now, though, begins the actual regular season on Tuesday evening. You can view the full schedule here. Some notable games to keep track of:

  1. On November 26 and 27 of Thanksgiving Weekend, the Irish travel to play in the Daytona Beach Invitational to take on Georgia and Oregon State.
  2. On December 2, the Irish will travel to East Lansing to play Michigan State for the ACC/BIG Challenge
  3. Immediately after that on December 5, the team will head to Connecticut to play UConn in that yearly rivalry game.
  4. On December 12 against Purdue-Fort Wayne, the program will honor Muffet McGraw and put her into the Ring of Honor in Purcell Pavilion.

Niele Ivey in Her 2nd Season

NCAA Basketball: ACC Tip Off

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Head Coach Niele Ivey is beginning her second season as head coach of the Fighting Irish. This will look to be her first normal season, as starting with a rebuilding lineup in the middle of a pandemic could not have been the easiest first year as coach of a renowned program. But, with all of the talent coming back and new talent added to the roster, we believe in Ivey bringing the team back to establish dominance in the ACC and in the nation. She still is the best person to take over for Muffet McGraw, and I’m excited to see how she does when she can run with a normal practice routine and full season schedule.

Newcomers and Other News from the Offseason

There are two freshmen on the team for this coming season. Olivia Miles is a freshman that has actually already played. She was an early enrollee last season, and she was actually the first ever NDWBB early enrollee. She was granted the ability to play starting in 2021. But, with the Covid year rules allowing anyone to take that as a redshirt year, Olivia will retain her freshman eligibility status with the team. Additionally, Sonia Citron will join the team as a true freshman for the 2021-22 season. She comes into the program as a guard from New York who was named a McDonald’s All-American. We’re excited to get her into the mix.

Both freshmen named above were named to the 2021 Jordan Brand Classic. Maddy Westbeld was named to the preseason All-ACC list after being named the ACC Rookie of the Year last season. Also, Sam Brunelle was named to the Katrina McLain Award watchlist. That award is given to the top power forward in the nation.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Notre Dame at Syracuse

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Up Next

With that, we have come to the beginning of the season! The Irish were picked to finish 6th in the ACC this season. I am sure that Niele Ivey, her staff, and the players have their hearts set on being better than that. Nationally, the Irish were in the “Others Receiving Votes” list in the preseason AP Poll, getting 8 votes to be ranked.

The first game is Tuesday evening, November 9 at home in Purcell Pavilion against Ohio University. Tip off is at 7 PM on ACC Network Extra and on the Notre Dame Radio Network.



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First Home Game Since 2020 Pits NM State against Western New Mexico in 2021-22 Opener


NM State Game Notes

Opening Tip

• The New Mexico State women’s basketball team tips off the season at home against Western New Mexico on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m.

2020-21 Highlights

– Finished the regular season on a three-game winning streak

Aaliyah Prince was name Second Team All-WAC and earned WAC All-Defensive Team honors.

– Took down No. 5 Seattle U in the opening round of the WAC tournament as Shania Harper posted a season-high 15 points.

• Sights on Six

NM State will seek its sixth WAC regular season title since the 2014-15 season. The Aggies are 80-18 in conference play across the past seven seasons.

Preseason Picks

• NM State was picked to finish in seventh place in the WAC Coaches’ Poll while the media selected the Aggies to land in sixth this season.

• The WAC media also selected junior guard Soufia Inoussa to the Second Team All-WAC list.

Bringing Home the Hardware

• Following her final season with the Aggies, Aaliyah Prince earned Second Team All-WAC and WAC All-Defensive Team honors. Prince finished the season ranked 11th in the league in steals per game while ranking 13th in points per game.

Scouting the Mustangs

• Western New Mexico comes into the season with a new head coach at the helm as Josh Pace took over the program on March 31, 2020 after spending last season as the associate head coach for the Mustangs.

• Western New Mexico brings an experienced group to Las Cruces as it returns 12 of its 14 letterwinners and three starters from last year’s shortened season.

• As a team, the Mustangs averaged 50.3 points per game while shooting 34.8 percent from the field. They also pulled down 39.8 rebounds per game to outrebound opponents by 1.8 rebounds per game.

• WNMU dropped its lone exhibition game to fellow WAC rival Grand Canyon, losing 56-93 in Phoenix.

Up Next

The Aggies prepare for their second home game of the opening week as they welcome Incarnate Word on Saturday, Nov. 13. Next week, the Aggies will travel down to El Paso, Texas, to meet with I-10 rival UTEP on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

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2021-22 Women’s Basketball Season Preview


The New Orleans Privateers women’s basketball team heads into the season with a bevy of newcomers and renewed optimism as they tip off the season by starting a Homecoming doubleheader against the West Alabama Tigers on Saturday at 1 p.m.
 
NEW FACES ON THE LAKEFRONT
Coach Keeshawn Davenport and her staff hit the transfer portal hard with seven of the eight newcomers coming from previous colleges. Of those seven student-athletes, four were most recently at Division I programs.
 
DeArica Pryor competed for two seasons at Creighton and appeared in 22 total games last season (five postseason). Pryor is one of two Iowa natives new to the roster and was just the second student-athlete in her high school’s history to reach 1,000 career points.
 
Jomyra Mathis has the most Division I experience coming in after playing the previous four seasons at Louisiana. Mathis suited up in 93 games and started 47. She averaged 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in her last season in Lafayette.
 
Justice Ross was one of the top 40 wing players coming out of high school at Des Moines East when she originally signed with Minnesota. Jayla Kimbrough came from Austin Peay where she redshirted last season due to injury. Kimbrough averaged 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists at Southwest DeKalb HS.
 
Majegane Barry, Dyana Offutt and Nahja Scott all come from the junior college ranks. Scott finished top ten in her conference in field goal percentage. Barry averaged 8.0 rebounds per game at Bossier Parish. Offutt started 11 games last season at South Plains College.
 
WELCOME BACK
Brianna Ellis is the leading returning scorer for the Privateers after finishing with 5.4 points per game in her debut season on the Lakefront. The Privateers also return their leader in total rebounds (Erin Randle) and offensive rebounds (Zoe Cooper).
 
Randle picked up her first career double-double last season in a win for New Orleans against South Alabama. Ellis had double-digit scoring outputs against Missouri and UIW in her first season with the Privateers.
 
Kyla Davis set a new career-high against Northwestern State. That night, the true freshman went for 18 points and hit five triples. Zanaa Cordis played in 20 games with seven starts last season and averaged nearly a block per game.
 
Also returning to the team this season are Tiana Gipson, Jacqueline Dianis and Caleigh-Rose West. Gipson and West redshirted in the 2020-21 season.
 
THE ROAD AHEAD
A challenging non-conference schedule sees the Privateers travel to three SEC schools: LSU, Ole Miss and Auburn. The trip to Ole Miss will be the first since the Privateers defeated the Rebels in November 2019.
 
New Orleans will also face two Big 12 schools when they take on perennial national power, Baylor and Texas. The matchup against Baylor will be the first for the Privateers since 1994.
 
The Privateers will also have games against South Alabama, Louisiana, Alcorn State and Grambling in non-conference before heading to Southland play.
 
The Southland slate begins with the Southland Tip-Off in Katy when they take on Northwestern State on Jan.3. The conference tournament will take place starting Mar. 10 at the Merrell Center.
 
FROM COACH DAVENPORT
-I’m excited about our newcomers and that’s inclusive of our lone freshman and New Orleans’ own Tomyree Thompson. I don’t care what level you played on, to score 2,000 points in your career is special.
 
-Our JUCO transfers that I brought in they meet immediate needs especially in the post with Nahja and Maj who will bring a level of intensity and rebounding. When you hit the transfer portal and we talk They have brought that competitiveness to our practices and that has raised our level of play.
 
-What Jomyra brings to the team is not just what she does on the court but she’s a great student off the court. She sets the example for our team and she’s bringing a championship mentality fresh off a Sun Belt title. She’s bringing a championship mentality in the classroom as well and she has challenged our girls on what it looks like to work hard on the court and in the classroom.
 
-It’s always great to see the transition from freshman to sophomore year especially for these freshmen considering they played a lot of minutes. Zanaa, Erin and Zoe came in and they didn’t have any post players with experience in front of them. They got a lot of playing time and to see their growth is really encouraging.
 
-Brianna always works extremely hard and she competed last year in that position and now she’s taken the bull by the horns. And she’s still competing every day. Kyla, everybody knows her to be a very good shooter but she’s been intentional on bettering her defense.
 
-We still have to work the old with the new and our team chemistry but when we really get it I think we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with.
 
-What this type of schedule does is it’s the hardest non-conference schedule in my 11 years of coaching but I also don’t believe in having a fluff schedule. They’re going to be challenged earlier which will help us later in the season in understanding how to overcome tough moments.
 
-The focus is always on us and what we need to do to get better every day. I’ve asked them this whole preseason to get one percent better each day. It’s about us understanding the philosophy of our program and how to execute on both ends of the floor.
 
SOCIAL MEDIA
Fans are encouraged to follow @PrivateersWBB on Twitter, @PrivateersWBB on Instagram, and like /PrivateersWBB on Facebook.
 
 

 





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Gators to Host Flagler College in Lone Exhibition of 2021-22 Campaign


Florida vs. Flagler College

Game Information:
Nov. 5, 2021 | 6 p.m. ET
Live Stream: SEC Network+
Live Stats: SIDEARM
Match Notes: Florida | Flagler

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida women’s basketball is set to take the court for the first time during the 2021-22 campaign on Friday evening, Nov. 5, when they welcome Flagler College to Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

 

Tipoff with the Saints is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET and the game will be streamed live on SEC Network+ with Kyle Crooks and Brittany Davis on the call.

 

Excitement is brewing in Gainesville this year with the dominant backcourt of Lavender Briggs and Kiara Smith returning for the Gators. Briggs was named to the Preseason All-SEC First Team following a strong season where she averaged 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game before injury prevented her from played the second half of the season.

 

Smith, returning after utilizing her COVID eligibility, was the only player in the Southeastern Conference to lead their team in total points, rebounds and assists. Her efforts, in addition to leading the SEC, made her the first Gator to ever accomplish that feat. She was named to the Preseason All-SEC Second Team after averaging 18.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game. Between the pair, Briggs and Smith were the top scoring duo in the conference last season, combining for 38.3 points per game.

 

As a team, Florida returns all five starters from a season ago in addition to nine athletes total, losing no one to the transfer portal during the offseason. Nina Rickards, joining Briggs and Smith in the backcourt, also returns to help create the most aggressive rebounding backcourt in the SEC, with the three guards averaging 19.7 rebounds per game last season, the best number in the league.

 

On the interior, forwards Faith Dut, Jordyn Merritt and Floor Toonders will look to take on an enhanced role for the Blue & Orange. Merritt, a 6-3 sophomore, was named to the SEC All-Freshman team last season after averaging 6.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.

 

The Gators also utilized the transfer portal to help bolster their backcourt, bringing in senior guard Zippy Broughton from Rutgers. Tabbed as an elite defender, Broughton averaged 8.2 points, 3.4 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game, including a six-steal performance against Wisconsin on Dec. 11, 2020.

 

Looking at the history with the Saints, Florida holds a 4-2 series advantage in the regular season with all six games being played prior to 1980. In their most recent meeting, Florida defeated Flagler in Gainesville, 75-62, in the fall of 1979.

 

Last season, the Saints ended with a 7-7 mark, including 6-6 in the Peach Belt Conference. Flagler returns all five starters from a season ago, along with nine letterwinners.

 

Florida is slated to begin the regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 9 when they welcome Georgia State to Gainesville for a 5 p.m. ET matchup. That game will be streamed live on SEC Network+.

 

OPENING TIP

– Friday marks Kelly Rae Finley‘s debut appearance as the interim head coach of the Gators.

– Florida’s last exhibition matchup occurred in 2019 when Florida defeated Valdosta State, 84-38.

– Prior to the 2019 season, the Gators’ last exhibition was during the 2008-09 season when they fell to DT-3, a travel team comprised of recent college stars.

– The first meeting between Flagler and Florida took place during the 1974-75 season, resulting in a UF victory, 63-59.

– Every Gator who was a member of the team during the 2020-21 season has started at least one game.

– Four freshmen and one transfer will make their Florida debut on Friday evening.

– Florida was tabbed to finish 11th in the SEC Preseason Coaches Poll and 12th in the Media Poll. Last season, the Gators ended with a 12-14 mark, including a 3-11 record in SEC play.

 

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#MUBB Radio/TV Coverage Returns For 2021-22



With the 2021-22 regular-season opener rapidly approaching on Nov. 9 against SIUE at 7:30 p.m. CT, radio and television coverage of the Marquette University men’s basketball team will tip off as well.
 
The Inside Marquette Basketball television program is back this season on Bally Sports Wisconsin and is being produced by My People Creative.  The bi-weekly show debuts on Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. CT and provides access to the team all season long.  Marquette graduate Sophia Minnaert will host the 30-minute program with head coach Shaka Smart and the show will include player interviews, exclusive behind-the-scenes features and much more.
 
ESPN Milwaukee (94.5 ESPN FM) will again serve as the flagship station for the Marquette Sports Network, which is overseen by Marquette Sports Properties, a division of Learfield and the Golden Eagles’ multimedia rights holder.  Game broadcasts include a 30-minute pregame show, play-by-play action handled by Steve “The Homer” True and former MU standout Tony Smith and a postgame recap with Smart.
 
The Marquette Basketball Hour with Shaka Smart, a weekly radio program dedicated to the latest news surrounding the program, debuts at 6 p.m. CT on Thursday, Nov. 11.  True will host the 60-minute program, which features interviews with the players and staff, special guests and much more, live from Dave & Buster’s (2201 N. Mayfair Road). 
 
The radio show will air weekly on Thursday nights all season long, with the exception of conflicts with game coverage, holidays or team travel.
 
2021-22 Marquette Radio Network
WKTI – ESPN Milwaukee (94.5 ESPN FM) – Milwaukee (Flagship)
WOMT 1240 AM – Manitowoc
WCUB 980 AM – Green Bay
WFHR 1320 AM – Wisconsin Rapids
WDLB 1450 AM – Marshfield
WXCO 1230 AM – Wausau
WSCO 1570 AM – Appleton
 
Keep up with the Marquette men’s basketball program through social media by following on Twitter (
@MarquetteMBB) and Instagram (@marquette.basketball) and ‘liking’ on Facebook (/MarquetteMensBB). Fans interested in tickets can contact the Marquette Ticket Office online or at 414-288-GOMU (4668).
 





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Longwood Announces Willett Hall Attendance Policies for 2021-22


Longwood Announces Willett Hall Attendance Policies for 2021-22



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FARMVILLE, Va. – Longwood University has announced indoor attendance policies for the upcoming men’s and women’s basketball seasons in Willett Hall.
 
All attendees must adhere to Longwood University’s campus-wide health policies that are aligned with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH).
 
The only exceptions to those policies are for individuals classified by the NCAA as “Tier 1,” which includes competing student-athletes, coaches, and close-contact support staff such as athletic trainers. All Tier 1 personnel are subject to routine testing and monitoring under NCAA protocols.
 
The Longwood athletics indoor attendance policy requires all non-Tier 1 individuals – regardless of vaccination status – to wear face coverings inside all Longwood indoor public spaces, including Willett Hall. Acceptable face coverings should: fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face; completely cover the nose and mouth’ be secured with ties or ear loops; include multiple players of fabric; allow for breathing without restriction; and be washable or machine dried without damage or change to shape.
 
Face coverings are not required in outdoor settings on campus; however, the CDC recommends that non-vaccinated people should consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings, and that fully vaccinated people may also choose to do so.
 
Additionally, those experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should not attend Longwood athletics contests, nor travel to campus. As outlined by the CDC, those symptoms include fever or chills, coughing, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, loss of taste or smell, runny nose, and sore throat.

Longwood University’s complete COVID-19 policies are available at www.longwood.edu/covid19/. Longwood’s indoor and outdoor fan attendance policies are subject to change as Longwood University continues to review public health guidance and conditions over the course of the season.

 

Longwood men’s and women’s basketball will tip off the 2021-22 season with a doubleheader on Nov. 12 in Willett Hall, which begins with the women’s team’s home opener against Stony Brook at noon and continues with the men’s team’s follow-up against Virginia University of Lynchburg at 7 p.m. Season tickets for both the men’s and women’s home games, as well as a special “Family 4-Pack,” are available for purchase at www.LongwoodTickets.com

 

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