Women’s Basketball to Open BIG EAST Play Friday at Providence


Villanova will open-up the BIG EAST portion of its schedule on Friday, Dec. 3, with a road game at Providence. The Wildcats enter play with a 3-3 overall record, while the Friars are 3-4 on the season. Tip-off at Alumni Hall is set for 7 p.m.
 
The Wildcats lead the all-time series against Providence by a 52-27 count. Villanova has had the upper hand in the series of late. Entering play on Friday, Villanova has won 30 of the last 36 meetings against the Friars.
 
Of all the opponents Villanova has faced over the years, the Wildcats have played Providence more than any other team. Friday’s game between the schools will be the 80th all-time meeting. Villanova leads the series by a 52-27 margin. St. John’s ranks second as the team Villanova has played the most at 72 times.
 
It will be a homecoming affair for Villanova Associate Head Coach Joe Mullaney, Jr., when the Wildcats travel to Providence. Mullaney is a 1978 graduate of Providence where he was a member of the men’s basketball team and participated in two NCAA Tournaments and the NIT semifinals once. Wednesday’s game will be played at Mullaney Gymnasium in Alumni Hall. Mullaney Gymnasium is named after Mullaney’s father, Joe Mullaney Sr., who was a legendary men’s basketball coach at Providence. Mullaney Sr., coached the Friar men from 1955-69 and 1981-85 and totaled a career record of 319-164 (.660). Joe Mullaney Jr., was also the coach of the Providence women’s team from 1980-83 where he led the Friars to a 66-27 mark.
 
Friday night’s game at Providence will be the first of three straight road games for the Wildcats. Following the trip to Providence, Villanova will play at Creighton on Sunday, Dec. 5 and at James Madison on Dec. 9. After returning home to play Oregon State on Dec. 12, the Wildcats finish the stretch at La Salle on Dec. 21. Villanova is 2-1 in road contests this season.
 
Junior guard Brooke Mullin turned in the best game of her Wildcat career in Wednesday’s 65-60 win over Lehigh. In 32 minutes of action, Mullin scored a career-high 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including a 3-of-7 effort from three-point range and a 1-of-2 performance from the foul line. She also tallied five rebounds and a career-high five steals. She is currently averaging 7.2 points per game and is shooting 41.7 percent from three (10-of-24). 
 
Freshman guard Lucy Olsen recorded her second 20-point game of her young career on Wednesday versus Lehigh with 22 points. She was 7-of-14 from the floor, 2-of-3 from long distance and 6-of-7 from the foul line. Olsen is one of four Wildcats averaging double figures at 10.2 points per game. She is shooting .431 from the field (22-of-51) and .500 from three-point range (9-of-18).
 





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Point Park, Carlow set for women’s NAIA ‘City Game’


Point Park and Carlow have been watching the schedule with eager eyes as a unique matchup approached.

Finally, it is here.

The women’s basketball teams will face off Thursday night in the NAIA “City Game” at Duquesne’s new UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse. Tip is set for 5:30 p.m.

One team will earn its first win in the River States Conference.

Point Park (4-3, 0-3) is the host team and will look to end a three-game losing streak. The Pioneers feature WPIAL alums Michelle Burns (Hempfield), Jordan Yaniga (Franklin Regional), Carly Lutz (Baldwin), Taylor Kirschner (Quigley Catholic), Sierra Dawson (Elizabeth Forward) and others.

The Pioneers are averaging 65.9 points.

Burns leads the team with a 12.7-point average and 2.7 assists a game, while Rinn averages 10.7 points and 10.7 rebounds.

Several local players also dot the roster for Carlow (4-7, 0-2). Among a number of former WPIAL players are Megan Ost (Apollo-Ridge), Keagan Brownlee (Keystone Oaks), Caitlyn Trombley (Belle Vernon), and Jada Bass (Jeannette).

Ost averages 11.5 points and 9.3 rebounds.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets will be sold at the door.

There will be shuttles available for Point Park students and will depart campus at 4:45 and 5:15 p.m. and travel to and from the game.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .





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Preview: Michigan State women’s basketball faces Marshall looking to build off weekend win


The Michigan State women’s basketball team (5-2) is gearing up to face the Marshall Thundering Herd (3-1) for the first time in program history.

Last time for MSU women’s basketball

The last seven days were pretty rough for the Spartans.

Their first two losses of the season came back-to-back in New York, 71-68 against the Fordham Rams (4-3) and 66-63 against the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers (2-3).

However, they were able to bounce back with an 84-71 victory against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies (2-4) during their Black Friday special. Freshman guard/forward Matilda Ekh and junior forward Taiyier Parks set career-highs in scoring with 17 and 16 points respectively. Senior guard Nia Clouden and graduate forward Alisia Smith set season-highs in scoring with 23 and 13 points respectively. Freshman guard DeeDee Hagemann also set a career-high of 10 assists.

Clouden now has 1,413 career points. She broke 100 points on the season versus Oakland (132) and has passed Eileen Shea (1987-91) for No. 11 on the all-time MSU scoring list. She’s now 81 points away from breaking the top 10 and passing Kristen Rasmussen, who scored 1,493 points between 1996 and 2000. Clouden also has 360 career assists and remains 12 away from passing Spartan All-American Lindsey Bowen (1998-2002), who still holds the No. 10 spot.

The Spartans are set to roll into this weekend 5-2 overall. They are slowly figuring out what does and doesn’t work in order to succeed.

Big Ten campaigns are on the clock

The start of conference play is only one week away, with doubleheaders between eight of the 14 Big Ten teams scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 5.

Last on the day’s docket, the Spartans are scheduled to meet with No. 8 Iowa (4-0) in the Hawkeyes’ nest. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

Beforehand, at 2 p.m., No. 21 Ohio State (4-0) will travel to Purdue (5-2) and No. 2 Maryland (6-2) will travel to Rutgers (4-4). At 3 p.m., Wisconsin (1-4) will travel to Northwestern (4-2).

On Monday, Dec. 6, four more of the 14 teams will square off. Penn State (4-1) will first travel to No. 4 Indiana (4-1) at 6 p.m. and then Nebraska (6-0) will travel to Minnesota (5-3) at 8 p.m.

No. 12 Michigan (6-0) and Illinois (3-2) do not open conference play until Thursday, Dec. 9, with the Wolverines at Wisconsin and the Fighting Illini at Michigan State.

The Spartan’s upcoming opponent: Who is Marshall?

This will be the second consecutive Big Ten opponent for the Thundering Herd, who collected their first loss of the season against Purdue, 70-60, on Nov. 22. The Herd managed to stay close with the Boilermakers through the first half, only trailing by six at halftime. However, the Boilermakers pulled ahead midway through the third quarter and made 5-of-6 at the line to secure it in the final 52 seconds.

The Spartans and the Herd have a common opponent in Morehead State — both teams collected victories over the Eagles, MSU 93-31 on Nov. 9 and Marshall 65-58 on Nov. 19.

Marshall is averaging 75.3 points per game, shooting 41.9% from the field, 21.9% from beyond the arc and 79.8% from the line.

The Herd has three girls averaging points in double figures. Sophomore guard Savannah Wheeler at 14.8, graduate forward Kennedi Colclough at 14.3 and freshman guard CC Mays at 12 per game. Mays also adds a team leading six rebounds per game.

They also have a defensive threat in senior guard Aaliyah Dunham, who has 18 steals on the season to lead the team.

Thundering Herd sophomore forward Alexis Johnson is a native of Southfield, Michigan. She’s the only player on Marshall’s end with ties to the Mitten State. The Spartans do not have anyone with ties to West Virginia.

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San Diego’s Oldest Women’s Basketball Players on Why They Play


SAN DIEGO — The sounds spilling from the gym suggested an ordinary basketball game: tennis shoes squeaking against a slick court, hollow thumps of a ball, a referee’s shrill whistle.

But inside was a rare tableau. Older women, some in their 80s and 90s, hustled to pass, steal and shoot. They dribbled and wove skillfully as they sprinted toward the basket.

Kirsten Cummings, a former professional basketball player, recalled the first time she walked into this Y.M.C.A. in San Diego’s Mission Valley neighborhood.

“There’s this group of women who were playing and I was so mesmerized by them. They were 75 years old,” Cummings told me. “I got goose bumps.”

This is the San Diego Senior Women’s Basketball Association, one of the largest leagues in the nation for women 50 and over. California’s second-biggest city is home to several senior sports teams and hosts the San Diego Senior Games, which draws thousands of competitors from across the state for an Olympics-style event each year.

“We’re very outdoor-oriented, fitness-oriented, so it was a natural thing that Senior Games would flourish here,” said Cummings, who grew up in San Diego and now oversees the event. “San Diego has people who don’t think twice about learning basketball at the age of 79.”

On a recent Sunday morning, I chatted on the Y.M.C.A. court sideline with Marge Carl, who has played in the women’s league since it was founded in the mid-1990s.

Carl, now 92, wore a blue jersey that matched her bright eyes. Her team, the Splash, which is for women 80 and over, was scheduled to compete in 45 minutes.

The league includes 75 women across 13 teams, roughly grouped by skill level, who face off every Sunday. The games are three-on-three for 30 minutes on a half court.

Carl, like most of the women here, came of age before Title IX, the 1972 civil rights law that significantly increased opportunities for women to participate in school sports. So she didn’t learn how to play basketball until her 60s.

But that’s kind of her style. She graduated from college in her seventh decade. She retired well into her 80s.

Carl pointed to her temple and warned me, “This doesn’t die unless you let it.”

For her 90th birthday, she went skydiving: “There was a man strapped to my back. How bad could it be?”

Newbies to the basketball league learn to guard and rebound in its rookie training program. And once on a team, players might have 40 years or more to fine-tune their skills.

Cummings, who has coached the Splash as a volunteer, said she was initially surprised by the older women’s desire to improve. She once slept through a practice and was reprimanded by a player in her 80s.

“I’ll tell you, I never missed practice after that,” Cummings said. “The more I coached them the more I got to see past that facade of, you know, they’re sweet old ladies. No, these are serious senior athletes.”

The league also thwarts the slow creep of loneliness that comes with aging.

Carl told me that her childhood friends have died. Other women have outlived their spouses by decades. Their children are often consumed with the responsibilities of their own families.

But these teammates meet on the court several times a week. Players have officiated one another’s weddings and taken trips together.

Carl nodded toward a younger woman lacing up her sneakers. This year, she drove Carl to her Covid-19 vaccine appointments.

“They are the sisterhood,” Carl told me.

Currently, the league’s oldest member is 95, but she was recovering from surgery when I visited. Other players were sidelined with injuries or medical conditions that have worsened over the years. The physical toll of aging is rendered in stark relief on the court.

Marianne Hall, 86, coached women’s high school basketball when Title IX was being rolled out. But she hadn’t played on a team herself until the 1990s, when her friend told her about San Diego’s newly created league.

“I don’t jump anymore,” Hall recalled saying.

“None of us jump,” the woman replied.

When games ceased last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Hall wondered whether she was too old to return. She worries about falling. Though the league now has a vaccine requirement, many players have not come back since practice started up again in June.

But Hall, who recently became a great-grandmother, wore her headband and jersey on that Sunday morning. She was ready to play.

At noon, women scurried onto the court for the next game, between Hall’s and Carl’s teams.

Players, many in masks, passed the ball quickly among one another. Some tried to intercept and block shots.

Within minutes, Carl grabbed hold of the ball. She lifted her arms and heaved it toward the basket.

Swoosh.


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1) Just loved the Ojai Valley Inn and Resort in Ojai. A beautiful setting for the gracious building and gardens

2) The grocery store and health food store just before you get to Solvang; one can sit outside and picnic in the nearby wineries

3) Loved visiting Pasadena — San Marino and the beautiful gardens there

4) Palm Desert — especially in the evenings

5) Driving through the desert from Santa Barbara to Sacramento

6) Of course, Lake Tahoe

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Darvin Davis IV, a student at Hoopa High School and a Yurok tribal member, told Local Coast Outpost that he was looking forward to meeting other young Indigenous players from around the country. The game will be held in Minneapolis on Dec. 5.

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Women’s Basketball Travels to UNCW for Coastal Clash


CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina women’s basketball team will travel just up the coastline to Wilmington, N.C., on Saturday, take on coastal rival UNCW. The Chanticleers and Seahawks are scheduled to tip-off at 2 p.m. ET inside the Trask Coliseum.
 
Coastal is off to a 3-0 start for the second time in the last three seasons after dispatching Erskine 74-24 at home last Tuesday. UNCW is off to a 1-2 beginning under fifth-year head coach Karen Barefoot.
 
COASTAL vs. UNCW HISTORY
 
CCU trails in the overall series between the two programs 7-23 but currently owns a two-game winning streak over the Seahawks. The series began in 1974 with Coastal winning the first two meetings before dropping the next 12. Before 2017 and 2019, the two programs last met in 2010 with UNCW picking up a 79-45 road victory in Conway, S.C.
 
ABOUT COASTAL
 
Senior forward Aja Blount leads the program with an average of 22 points per game while newcomer junior Blayre Shultz is second averaging 10.3 points per contest. True freshman Arin Freeman is tied with Shultz in helping their teammates score as both are handing out 4.3 assists per game.
 
On the defensive end of the floor, Blount is the team’s top rebounder having grabbed 18 on the season to average 6.0 boards per game while true freshman Angie Juste-Jean is second on the team in rebounding with 5.0 rebounds per game. Senior Janeen Camp has blocked six shots over the first three games. Defensively, CCU is allowing just 35.3 points per game while holding opponents to a .255 shooting percent.
 
ABOUT UNCW
 
UNCW is averaging 61.7 points per game in its first three games of the year while hitting 40.5 percent of their shots. The Seahawks offense is led by the duo of Sierra DeCosta and Carrie Gross with 15.7 and 13.0 points per game, respectively.
 
Defensively, UNCW is allowing their opponents to shoot 46.3 percent from the field while allowing 86.7 points per game. Dejah Carter leads the team with 17 rebounds and one block. DeCosta leads the team with four steals with Gross swiping three of her own.
 
For complete coverage of CCU women’s basketball, follow the Chants on social media @CoastalWBB (Twitter), facebook.com/CCUChanticleers (Facebook), @GoCCUSports (Instagram) or visit the official home of Coastal Carolina Athletics at www.GoCCUsports.com.
 



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Women’s Basketball Game Notes vs. Rhode Island


FRIARS WELCOME RHODE ISLAND TO ALUMNI HALL … The Providence College women’s basketball team will host the University of Rhode Island in an intrastate match-up on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and will be broadcast on FloSports.

FRIARS ALL-TIME VS. RHODE ISLAND… The Friars and Rams have met 51 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Providence leads the all-time series, 39-12. 

LAST FIVE… The Friars have earned victories in four of the last five meetings between the two teams, including each of the last two.

FIRST MEETING BETWEEN PROVIDENCE AND URI AT ALUMNI HALL SINCE 2017… The Friars and Rams will tip-off at Alumni Hall for the first time since Dec. 3, 2017. On that day, Providence defeated URI, 65-41, in the first round of the Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament.

THE LAST MEETING… The Friars and Rams last met on Nov. 28, 2020 at the Ryan Center in South Kingstown, R.I. Providence got off to a hot start in the first quarter and led wire-to-wire en route to a 76-50 victory. The Friars shot a blistering 57.6-percent from the field (34-59) in the game, while the Rams checked in at 36-percent shooting (18-50). Four Friars scored in double figures, led by Mary Baskerville’s 16 points. URI got a game-high 17 points from Marie-Paule Foppossi.

SCOUTING RHODE ISLAND… Rhode Island enters Wednesday’s match-up with a 3-0 record. URI was picked to finish second in the Atlantic 10 Preseason Coaches’ Poll, earning two first-place votes. The Rams are scoring 87.7 points per game this season, and are paced offensively by Marie-Paule Foppossi at 14.7 points per game. Dez Elmore, a grad transfer from BIG EAST member Seton Hall, is second on the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game. Emmanuelle Tahane, the reigning A-10 Co-Player of the Year, is averaging a double-double with 10.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. The trio was featured among this year’s Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference selections. Tahane was on the First Team, while Foppossi and Elmore were named to the Second Team and Third Team, respectively.

FORMER FRIAR CHANELL WILLIAMS RETURNS TO ALUMNI HALL AS A GRADUATE TRANSFER PLAYING FOR URI… Chanell Williams is returning to Alumni Hall as a graduate transfer member of the Rhode Island women’s basketball team. Williams played four seasons for the Friars and is taking advantage of the extra year of eligibility that was granted to student-athletes by the NCAA due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At Providence, she played 118 games and appeared in the starting line-up 69 times. She averaged 6.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game during her career with the Friars.  This season, Williams has started all three games for the Rams and is averaging 8.7 points, 1.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game. She scored a season-high 20 points in the Rams’ season opener vs. Dartmouth on Nov. 9.

HOME-SWEET-HOME… The Friars will play 13 of their first 17 games at home in Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Through the first two months of the season, the Friars leave the city of Providence just twice. On Nov. 13, the Friars traveled to Orono, Maine to face the Black Bears. On Dec. 31, Providence will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to take on Xavier (and remain on the road to face Butler on Jan. 2). Providence’s only other road game during the months of November and December will be played at Brown University, which is located in Providence, R.I.

JANAI CROOMS NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL… Janai Crooms was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Nov. 15. In two games last week to start the 2021-22 season, she averaged 18.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.5 blocked shots per game. Her 13.0 rebounds per game is a BIG EAST best to start the season. In the Friars’ most recent game against Maine (Nov. 13), Crooms exploded for 18 points, 19 rebounds, five assists, four blocked shots and two steals. 

FRIARS OVERCOME 17-POINT DEFICIT TO DEFEAT MAINE IN OVERTIME…The Friars started 1-13 from the field against Maine on Nov 13 and had to overcome a 17-point deficit to take the win in overtime (66-61). A strong second quarter got the momentum going for PC, outscoring the Black Bears, 21-11, and cutting the deficit to 28-24 at halftime. In the fourth quarter, Maine gained a 54-48 advantage on an 8-0 run with 5:45 remaining on the clock. Maine went scoreless for over two and a half minutes and the Friars managed to tie the game, 56-56, capped by a traditional three-point play from Mary Baskerville. In overtime, Providence outscored Maine 10-5. Freshman Emily Archibald (four) and junior Janai Crooms (three) combined to score seven of the Friars’ 10 points in the extra session. Archibald paced the Friars with 20 points, while Crooms recorded a double-double on 18 points and 19 rebounds. Senior Alyssa Geary contributed 15 points.

TWO-TIME MAINE GATORADE PLAYER OF THE YEAR EMILY ARCHIBALD RETURNS TO HER HOME STATE AND DROPS 20 ON THE BLACK BEARS… Freshman forward Emily Archibald has had an impressive start to her career with the Friars. Through two games, she is averaging 15.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while shooting .522 from the field (12-23). On Nov. 13, she returned to her home State of Maine and dropped a team and career high 20 points on the Black Bears. She shot 57-percent from the field (8-14) and added six boards and two steals. Archibald is a two-time Maine Gatorade Player of the Year (2020, 2021) and was named Miss Maine Basketball (2021).

ALYSSA GEARY COMES ALIVE IN WIN OVER MAINE… Senior Alyssa Geary responded nicely from her 0-7 performance against Yale in the Friars’ season opener with a 15-point effort in a win over Maine the very next game. Geary shot 7-14 from the field (.500) and added three boards, three assists and one steal. Geary will be a key player in the Friars’ season moving forward.  Last year, she started all 21 games ranked second among her teammates in (11.4 ppg) and blocked shots (1.3 bpg) and third in rebounding (4.8 rpg) and assists (2.4 apg). Geary recorded a team-best 15 double-digit scoring games, including six-straight to finish the season. She led the Friars in scoring (14.5 ppg), rebounding (6.5 rpg) and blocked shots (2.0 bpg) during the BIG EAST Tournament, including 19 points and nine rebounds in the Friars’ First Round victory over Butler (Mar. 3).

CLEANING THE GLASS… Providence has recorded 40+ rebounds in each of its two games to start the season. Last year, Providence only eclipsed 40 rebounds in one game (49 vs. Butler, 3/5/21). As a team, the Friars are averaging 44.5 rebounds per game. 

FRIARS DROP SEASON OPENER TO YALE IN OVERTIME… The Friars dropped their season opener to Yale in overtime (63-57) on Nov. 9 in Providence, R.I. The Bulldogs used a +9 scoring advantage at the free throw line, which proved to be a critical factor in the game. Providence shot just 9-20 from the stripe (.450), while the Bulldogs shot 18-23 (.783). Janai Crooms led the Friars with 18 points in her debut with the program and also added seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Senior Mary Baskerville contributed 11 points, nine rebounds, six blocked shots and four steals before fouling out. Freshman Emily Archibald started at forward and played 36 minutes in her collegiate debut, recording 10 points, five rebounds and two assists.

PRESEASON TUNE-UP… The Friars defeated NCAA Division II Bentley, 64-46, in an exhibition game on Nov. 4 in Providence, R.I. Four Friars reached double figures in the scoring column, led by freshman Kylee Sheppard (14 points). Fellow freshman Olivia Olsen came off the bench to record 11 points, while Mary Baskerville and Janai Crooms each contributed 10 points. Graduate transfer Andreana Wrister hauled in a team-high seven rebounds, and freshman Audrey Koch put up a solid line of eight points, four rebounds and a team-high five assists.

FRIARS SET TO MAKE THEIR RETURN TO THE DUNKIN’ DONUTS CENTER… The Friars will host a game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center for the first time since 2010 when they welcome Connecticut on Sunday, Jan. 30. Tip-off is set for 11:00 a.m. It marks the first time Providence has played a game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center since Feb. 6, 2010 against West Virginia.

NEW LOOK FRIARS… The Friars welcome eight new faces to the program this season, including two transfers and six freshmen. Andreana Wrister is a graduate transfer, who played four seasons at Tennessee State. Janai Crooms, a native of Cranston, R.I., has played three seasons of NCAA Division I basketball in the Big Ten at Ohio State and Michigan State. Both Wrister and Crooms are guards. Four more guards will join the rotation as freshmen in Kylee Sheppard, Meghan Huerter, Nariah Scott and Audrey Koch. Olivia Olsen and Emily Archibald join the front court for their rookie seasons in the college ranks.

PROVIDENCE PICKED TO FINISH EIGHTH IN BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL… The Friars were picked to finish eighth in the 2021-22 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was released at the league’s annual media day at MSG in New York City. The Friars recorded 32 points in the poll and sit above Georgetown (27), Xavier (18) and Butler (17). Connecticut was a unanimous selection to win the league for a second-straight season.

MARY BASKERVILLE NAMED TO ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM AT THE CONCLUSION OF 2020-21 SEASON… Last season, Mary Baskerville led Providence College in scoring (12.7 ppg), rebounding (6.5 rpg), blocked shots (1.8 bpg), steals (1.4 spg) and field-goal percentage (.538, 112-208). For her efforts, she was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. It marked her first postseason honor since earning BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and BIG EAST All-Freshman Team accolades in 2019. 

CLEARED FOR TAKE-OFF… The NCAA cleared Janai Crooms to play during the 2021-22 season on Nov. 4, prior to the Friars’ exhibition game against Bentley. Crooms was a four-star recruit and ranked No. 36 in 2018 class by Prospect Nation coming out of St. Andrew’s (Barrington, R.I.). She played two seasons at Ohio State (2018-20) before transferring to Michigan State for the 2020-21 campaign. Crooms has two years of eligibility remaining, including the current 2021-22 seasons.

CROOMS SHINES IN DEBUT WITH THE FRIARS… Cranston, R.I. native Janai Crooms made her debut with the Friars on Nov. 9 against Yale. She played the previous three seasons in the Big Ten at Ohio State and Michigan State and has two years of eligibility with the Friars. In the season opener vs. Yale, Crooms paced the Friars with 18 points, four assists and four steals, while also hauling in seven rebounds. The veteran guard hit a baseline jumper as time expired to push the game into overtime. Her impact on the court is undeniable, but she’ll aim to take better care of the basketball moving forward, as she recorded 10 turnovers vs. the Bulldogs.

MARY BASKERVILLE RANKS 20th ALL-TIME AT PROVIDENCE IN CAREER REBOUNDS… Senior Mary Baskerville ranks 20th all-time in career boards at Providence with 612. She hauled in a team-best nine rebounds in the Friars’ season opener against Yale (Nov. 9) and passed former Friar Mi-Khida Hankins ’11 (602) in the rankings. 

1,000-POINT MILESTONE ON THE HORIZON… Mary Baskerville has scored 931 points (85 games) with the Friars. She is on pace to become the 35th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone.

FRIARS IN THE POSTSEASON… The Friars’ last appeared in the postseason during the 2018-19 campaign, when their current senior class came on to the scene as freshmen. Providence’s 2019 WNIT selection marked the program’s 15th post-season appearance overall and first since 2010. In 2019-20, NCAA and WNIT Championships were canceled to the Covid-19 pandemic, and Friars did not qualify for postseason during the abbreviated 2020-21 campaign.  Complete post-season breakdown below (records in parentheses):

2018-19 WNIT Round of 16 (2-1)

2009-10 WNIT Quarterfinal Round (3-1)

1991-92 NCAA Tournament First Round (0-1)

1990-91 NCAA Tournament Second Round (1-1)

1989-90 NCAA Tournament East Regional (1-1)

1988-89 NCAA Tournament First Round (0-1)

1986-87 National Women’s Invitational Tournament (1-2)

1985-86 NCAA Tournament First Round (0-1)

1981-82 EAIAW Regional Tournament (0-1)

1980-81 EAIAW Regional Tournament (0-1)

1979-80 EAIAW National Tournament (3-1)

1978-79 EAIAW Regional Tournament (0-1)

1977-78 EAIAW Regional Tournament (1-1)

1976-77 EAIAW Regional Tournament (2-2)

1975-76 EAIAW Regional Tournament (1-2)

WHAT’S NEXT… The Friars continue their seven-game home stand on Saturday, Nov. 20 against Boston College. Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m. at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I.



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Women’s Basketball Battles Delaware State On Tuesday




UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State women’s basketball team welcomes Delaware State in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday night. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. inside the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Lady Lions, led by head coach Carolyn Kieger, are off to a 2-0 start after wins over LIU (85-66) and Rider (83-69) last week.

FOLLOW ALONG

 
PARKING
All Penn State Athletics non-football events will require a valid permit or payment of the applicable parking fee for campus lots. Complimentary parking will no longer be issued for season ticket holders.
 
Fans with valid Penn State University Park parking permits will be permitted to park at non-football athletics events for free, following Transportation Services parking policies and access.
 
Fans without a permit are encouraged to prepay for event parking at a discounted rate through ParkMobile – https://psu.parkmobile.io/. Prepayment is available through 11:59 p.m. the day prior to each event. Season packages will be available for general parking for most sports, and information on VIP parking options available for select events will be released later.
 
Please visit the 2021-22 Women’s Basketball Parking page for additional information.
 
Non-football event parking is managed by Penn State Transportation Services. For more information on parking for this event, please email [email protected] or call 814-865-1436. 
 
OPENING TIP

  • Penn State faces Delaware State for its third non-conference contest.
  • The teams will meet for the second time in series history.
  • The Lady Lions are 2-0 coming off an 83-69 win over Rider last Thursday.
  • Penn State had three players score 20+ points led by Ali Brigham’s 23 points on 11-of-13 shooting.
  • Niya Beverley and Makenna Marisa each contributed 20 points, including four three-pointers by Marisa.
  • The Lady Lions had three players reach 20+ points in a game for the first time since 2014 vs. Wagner.
  • Penn State assisted on 21 of 33 made field goals to record 20+ assists in each of the first two games of the season.
  • The Lady Lions shot 53 percent from the floor and 42 percent from three.
  • Penn State has scored 80+ points in back-to-back games to start each of the last two seasons.
  • Brigham is the first PSU player to score 20+ points in the first two games of a season since Brianna Banks in 2015.
  • Penn State will look for its 24th 3-0 start in program history.

 
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION

  • Delaware State is led by head coach E.C. Hill is in her first season as head coach.
  • Hill served the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Towson.
  • The Hornets dropped their first two games of the 2021-22 campaign against Stony Brook (87-46) and Hampton (51-36).
  • Against Hampton, redshirt senior Kiana Coomber led the Hornets with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Sianny Sanchez-Oliver added 10 points.

 
AGAINST THE HORNETS

  • Penn State earned a 110-48 in the only previous meeting between the teams on February 19, 1985.

 
LAST TIME OUT

  • The Lady Lions benefitted from three players scoring 20+ points in an 83-69 win over Rider.
  • Ali Brigham paced the blue and white with 23 points of 11-of-13 shooting while adding six rebounds and six assists.
  • Makenna Marisa poured in 20 points, hitting four three-pointers, while Niya Beverley scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds.
  • It marked the first time Penn State had three 20+ scorers in a game since December 7, 2014 vs. Wagner.
  • Penn State tallied 21 assists on 33 made field goals and shot 53 percent from the floor and 42 percent from three.
  • The Lady Lions won the rebound battle, 41-24.

 
BRIGHAM’S IMPRESSIVE START

  • Sophomore forward Ali Brigham made a big impact in her first game as a Lady Lion, vs. LIU, after transferring from George Washington, scoring 20 points and tallying nine rebounds and three blocks.
  • She followed that with a 23-point performance against Rider, shooting 11-of-13 from the floor.
  • Brigham is the first Lady Lion to score 20+ points in the first two games of a season since Brianna Banks in 2015.
  • Through the first week of the season, Brigham ranks eighth in the Big Ten in points per game (21.5), 10th in rebounds per game (7.5) and eighth in assists (8).
  • She sits ninth in the nation, and second in the conference, in field goals made with 19.

 
MARISA DOING IT ALL

  • Junior guard Makenna Marisa filled up the box score in the season opener vs. LIU with 19 points, six rebounds and six assists.
  • She had 20 points against Rider, nailing four three-pointers.
  • Marisa holds second in the Big Ten in three-pointers made (7), first in three-pointers attempted (16), fourth in field goals made (15), eighth in assists (8) and 11th in points per game (19.5).

 
SHARING AND SHOOTING

  • The Lady Lions assisted on 20 of 30 made field goals against LIU and 21 of 33 makes against Rider.
  • Penn State had 20+ assists in back-to-back games for the first time since 2020 (vs. Maryland and Iowa).
  • Penn State has scored 80+ points in back-to-back games to start the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons, marking the first time Penn State has done that in consecutive seasons since 1993-94 and 1994-95.
  • The Lady Lions pace the Big Ten in three-pointers made (19) and attempted (50).
  • Penn State sits 18th in the country with 41 assists.

 
NON-CONFERENCE SLATE

  • Penn State opened its 11-game non-conference slate against LIU.
  • The Lady Lions’ first three contests will be played at the Bryce Jordan Center against LIU (11/9), Rider (11/11) and Delaware State (11/16).
  • Penn State’s non-con continues at Clemson on Sunday, November 21. The Tigers reached the 2021 WNIT Second Round.
  • The Lady Lions then travel to the Gulf Coast Showcase in Florida. Penn State will open the tournament against St. John’s on November 26.
  • On November 27, Penn State will face either Iowa State or Charlotte in the Gulf Coast Showcase. Iowa State was a 2021 NCAA Tournament team, while Charlotte was a 2021 WNIT participant.
  • Penn State takes on Boston College in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Thursday, December 2.
  • The non-conference schedule closes out with home games against Youngstown State (12/12) and Towson (12/22) and a road matchup at Duquesne (12/18).

 
STRENGTH OF THE BIG TEN

  • The AP Poll features five Big Ten teams: No. 3 Maryland, No. 4 Indiana, No. 8 Iowa, No. 13 Michigan and No. 21 Ohio State. Michigan State is among teams receiving votes.
  • Penn State opens Big Ten play at Indiana on December 6.
  • The Lady Lions played 10 ranked opponents in 2020-21, the most among Big Ten schools, and earned a 69-67 win over No. 15 Ohio State on February 24, 2021.

UP NEXT

  • Penn State travels to Clemson for its first road matchup of the season on Sunday, November 21. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. on the ACC Network.





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Women’s Basketball Game Notes vs. Maine


FRIARS HIT THE ROAD TO FACE MAINE IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY… The Providence College women’s basketball team will travel to Orono, Maine to face the University of Maine Black Bears on Saturday, Nov. 13. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Memorial Gymnasium and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN3. An international feed is available via AmericaEast.tv

PROVIDENCE VS. MAINE ALL-TIME… Providence and Maine have played seven times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. The Friars lead the all-time series, 6-1, with the first six meetings occurring before between 1978 and 1988. The programs renewed the series in 2020-21 and Maine earned its first victory (62-48) in Providence, R.I.

THE MOST RECENT MEETING… After a closely contested first quarter, Maine used a 14-4 scoring advantage in the second quarter to take control of the game and head to the locker room at halftime with a 33-20. The Black Bears led by as many as 21 in the third quarter, and the Friars answered with an 11-0 run to get within 10, but it was as close as Providence could get down the stretch. Chanell Williams led the Friars with eight points and seven rebounds. Mary Baskerville played just 11 minutes in the game and finished with six points. It marked just the second time in her career that she was held without a rebound. Blanca Millan recorded 30 points and 14 rebounds for the Black Bears and Abbe Laurence chipped in 10 points and nine boards.


LAST TIME THE FRIARS AND BLACK BEARS MET IN ORONO… Providence and Maine last met in Orono on Dec. 29, 1988 as part of the Bath Iron Works Classic. The Friars earned a 56-45 victory on that day.

SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS… Maine opened the season just outside of the College Insider Mid-Major Top-25 poll, receiving 54 votes. The Black Bears were picked to finish second in the America East Preseason Poll, a year after reaching the America East title game for the sixth-straight season. Maine returns two starters and nine letterwinners. The team will be led by America East Preseason All-Conference selection Anne Simon and 2021 America East All-Conference Second Team honoree Maeve Carroll.

FAMILIAR TERRITORY… Kennebunk, Maine native Emily Archibald is heading back to her home state as a freshman on the Providence College women’s basketball team. Archibald had a storied career at Kennebunk High School, where she was a two-time Maine Gatorade Player of the Year (2020, 2021) and Miss Maine Basketball (2021). The three time All-State selection averaged 24.6 points, 20.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 3.5 steals and 3.7 blocked shots per game at Kennebunk during her senior campaign.  In her first game with the Friars, she cracked the starting line-up and played 36 minutes. She recorded 10 points on 4-9 shooting and added five rebounds and two assists.

HOME-SWEET-HOME… The Friars will play 13 of their first 17 games at home in Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Through the first two months of the season, the Friars leave the city of Providence just twice. On Nov. 13, the Friars travel to Orono, Maine to face the Black Bears. On Dec. 31, Providence will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to take on Xavier (and remain on the road to face Butler on Jan. 2). Providence’s only other road game during the months of November and December will be played at Brown University, which is located in Providence, R.I.

FRIARS DROP SEASON OPENER TO YALE IN OVERTIME… The Friars dropped their season opener to Yale in overtime (63-57) on Nov. 9 in Providence, R.I. The Bulldogs used a +9 scoring advantage at the free throw line, which proved to be a critical factor in the game. Providence shot just 9-20 from the stripe (.450), while the Bulldogs shot 18-23 (.783). Janai Crooms led the Friars with 18 points in her debut with the program and also added seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Senior Mary Baskerville contributed 11 points, nine rebounds, six blocked shots and four steals before fouling out. Freshman Emily Archibald started at forward and played 36 minutes in her collegiate debut, recording 10 points, five rebounds and two assists.

PRESEASON TUNE-UP… The Friars defeated NCAA Division II Bentley, 64-46, in an exhibition game on Nov. 4 in Providence, R.I. Four Friars reached double figures in the scoring column, led by freshman Kylee Sheppard (14 points). Fellow freshman Olivia Olsen came off the bench to record 11 points, while Mary Baskerville and Janai Crooms each contributed 10 points. Graduate transfer Andreana Wrister hauled in a team-high seven rebounds, and freshman Audrey Koch put up a solid line of eight points, four rebounds and a team-high five assists.

FRIARS SET TO MAKE THEIR RETURN TO THE DUNKIN’ DONUTS CENTER… The Friars will host a game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center for the first time since 2010 when they welcome Connecticut on Sunday, Jan. 30. Tip-off is set for 11:00 a.m. It marks the first time Providence has played a game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center since Feb. 6, 2010 against West Virginia.

NEW LOOK FRIARS… The Friars welcome eight new faces to the program this season, including two transfers and six freshmen. Andreana Wrister is a graduate transfer, who played four seasons at Tennessee State. Janai Crooms, a native of Cranston, R.I., has played three seasons of NCAA Division I basketball in the Big Ten at Ohio State and Michigan State. Both Wrister and Crooms are guards. Four more guards will join the rotation as freshmen in Kylee Sheppard, Meghan Huerter, Nariah Scott and Audrey Koch. Olivia Olsen and Emily Archibald join the front court for their rookie seasons in the college ranks.

ROOKIE IMPACT… In the Friars’ season opener against Yale on Nov. 9, freshmen Emily Archibald and Kylee Sheppard cracked the starting line-up. Three others came off the bench, including Audrey Koch, who logged 33 minutes of action. Archibald and Sheppard combined for 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one steal. The duo shot 7-15 from the field.   

PROVIDENCE PICKED TO FINISH EIGHTH IN BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL… The Friars were picked to finish eighth in the 2021-22 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was released at the league’s annual media day at MSG in New York City. The Friars recorded 32 points in the poll and sit above Georgetown (27), Xavier (18) and Butler (17). Connecticut was a unanimous selection to win the league for a second-straight season.

MARY BASKERVILLE NAMED TO ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM AT THE CONCLUSION OF 2020-21 SEASON… Last season, Mary Baskerville led Providence College in scoring (12.7 ppg), rebounding (6.5 rpg), blocked shots (1.8 bpg), steals (1.4 spg) and field-goal percentage (.538, 112-208). For her efforts, she was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. It marked her first postseason honor since earning BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and BIG EAST All-Freshman Team accolades in 2019. 

ALYSSA GEARY LOOKS TO PICK UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF… Senior Alyssa Geary returns for her senior year having shown steady progress in her game each of the previous three seasons. Last year, she started all 21 games ranked second among her teammates in (11.4 ppg) and blocked shots (1.3 bpg) and third in rebounding (4.8 rpg) and assists (2.4 apg). Geary recorded a team-best 15 double-digit scoring games, including six-straight to finish the season. She led the Friars in scoring (14.5 ppg), rebounding (6.5 rpg) and blocked shots (2.0 bpg) during the BIG EAST Tournament, including 19 points and nine rebounds in the Friars’ First Round victory over Butler (Mar. 3). 

CLEARED FOR TAKE-OFF… The NCAA cleared Janai Crooms to play during the 2021-22 season on Nov. 4, prior to the Friars’ exhibition game against Bentley. Crooms was a four-star recruit and ranked No. 36 in 2018 class by Prospect Nation coming out of St. Andrew’s (Barrington, R.I.). She played two seasons at Ohio State (2018-20) before transferring to Michigan State for the 2020-21 campaign. Crooms has two years of eligibility remaining, including the current 2021-22 seasons.

CROOMS SHINES IN DEBUT WITH THE FRIARS… Cranston, R.I. native Janai Crooms made her debut with the Friars on Nov. 9 against Yale. She played the previous three seasons in the Big Ten at Ohio State and Michigan State and has two years of eligibility with the Friars. In the season opener vs. Yale, Crooms paced the Friars with 18 points, four assists and four steals, while also hauling in seven rebounds. The veteran guard hit a baseline jumper as time expired to push the game into overtime. Her impact on the court is undeniable, but she’ll aim to take better care of the basketball moving forward, as she recorded 10 turnovers vs. the Bulldogs.

MARY BASKERVILLE RANKS 20th ALL-TIME AT PROVIDENCE IN CAREER REBOUNDS… Senior Mary Baskerville ranks 21st all-time in career boards at Providence with 606. She hauled in a team-best nine rebounds in the Friars’ season opener against Yale (Nov. 9) and passed former Friar Mi-Khida Hankins ’11 (602) in the rankings. 

1,000-POINT MILESTONE ON THE HORIZON… Mary Baskerville has scored 926 points in 84 career games with the Friars. She is on pace to become the 35th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone.

FRIARS IN THE POSTSEASON… The Friars’ last appeared in the postseason during the 2018-19 campaign, when their current senior class came on to the scene as freshmen. Providence’s 2019 WNIT selection marked the program’s 15th post-season appearance overall and first since 2010. In 2019-20, NCAA and WNIT Championships were canceled to the Covid-19 pandemic, and Friars did not qualify for postseason during the abbreviated 2020-21 campaign.  Complete post-season breakdown below (records in parentheses):

2018-19 WNIT Round of 16 (2-1)

2009-10 WNIT Quarterfinal Round (3-1)

1991-92 NCAA Tournament First Round (0-1)

1990-91 NCAA Tournament Second Round (1-1)

1989-90 NCAA Tournament East Regional (1-1)

1988-89 NCAA Tournament First Round (0-1)

1986-87 National Women’s Invitational Tournament (1-2)

1985-86 NCAA Tournament First Round (0-1)

1981-82 EAIAW Regional Tournament (0-1)

1980-81 EAIAW Regional Tournament (0-1)

1979-80 EAIAW National Tournament (3-1)

1978-79 EAIAW Regional Tournament (0-1)

1977-78 EAIAW Regional Tournament (1-1)

1976-77 EAIAW Regional Tournament (2-2)

1975-76 EAIAW Regional Tournament (1-2)

WHAT’S NEXT… The Friars will begin a seven-game home stand at Alumni Hall on Nov. 17 against intra-state rival Rhode Island. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.



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EKU Women’s Basketball Hits The Road To Take On In-State Rival Northern Kentucky On Sunday


EKU Women’s Basketball Hits The Road To Take On In-State Rival Northern Kentucky On Sunday

Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Live Stats | ESPN+ | Game Notes

RICHMOND, Ky. –

Eastern Kentucky University’s women’s basketball team hits the road for the first time this season to take on in-state rival Northern Kentucky on Sunday.
 
Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
 
You can follow along with the game on live stats or watch live on ESPN+.
 
 
INSIDE THE SERIES
– This is the 15th all-time meeting between the two teams.
 
– Northern Kentucky leads the all-time series 9-5.  
 
– The Colonels have won the last two meeting between the two teams.
 
THE COLONELS
–  The Colonels opened the season with a 74-51 win over Transylvania in their season opener on Thursday night.
 
–  Ariel Kirkwood made an instant impact in her first game as a Colonel. Kirkwood scored eight points and finished with 14 rebounds, two steals, and three blocks in her debut.
 
–  Freshman Kayra Freeman was perfect from the field in her first collegiate game. Freeman went 4-for-4 from the field and 3-for-3 from the free throw line to post a team-best 11 points off the bench.   
 
–  Fellow freshman Kalissa Lacy chipped in 10 points, knocking down two three-pointers off the bench in her first collegiate game.
 
–  EKU held Transylvania without a field goal in the fourth quarter of the win.  
 
 
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT

–  Northern Kentucky opened the season with a loss to Kent State, 80-73, on Wednesday night at BB&T Arena.
 
–  NKU was led by Lindsey Duvall who posted a game-high 27 points on the contest. Duvall was 9-for-17 from the field and 4-for-7 from the three-point line.   
 
–  Grayson Rose and Ivy Turner each chipped in double-digit points in the contest against Kent State.   
–  The Norse shot 46 percent from the three-point line in the game.
 
 
UP NEXT
Eastern Kentucky continues its road swing on Wednesday night when the Colonels travel to Evansville to take on the Aces at 7 p.m. ET. The game will air on ESPN3.
 



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Women’s Basketball at Tennessee Tech Saturday


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Chattanooga women’s basketball team will travel to Tennessee Tech Saturday for its first road contest of the season. The game is set to tip off at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.
 
CHATTANOOGA vs. TENNESSEE TECH
This will be the 24th meeting between Chattanooga and Tennessee Tech dating back to 1975 when the two teams met twice. TTU leads the series 17-5 and are 10-0 in Cookeville. UTC won the meeting last season at the Roundhouse by a 76-65 margin with three in double figures. This will be the third meeting between the two programs since 1997. The teams were paired up in 2005 in a tournament in Las Vegas.
 
GAME DAY INFORMATION
Mocs at Tennessee Tech
Time: 8:00 p.m. EASTERN TIME
Site: Cookeville, Tenn. | Eblen Center
Video: ESPN+
Audio: WFLI 97.7 FM/1050 AM | Download The Varsity app to listen on the go.
Stats: GoMocs.com  | Download the GoMocs app to your phone.
 
MOCS SPREAD THE WEALTH IN EXHIBITION WIN
The Mocs had three in double figures and head coach Katie Burrows was able to see all of her team on the court. Freshman Destiny McClendon led all scorers in the game with 14 points on 3-of-4 from beyond the line. Dena Jarrells dropped in four from distance for 12 points and Abbey Cornelius had 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots. Karsen Murphy, Leah Jones and Addie Grace Porter each pulled down five rebounds. UTC had 14 assists and 10 turnovers with seven blocked shots.
 
MOCS LET IT RAIN
The Mocs were 10-of-26 from the 3-point line in their exhibition win over Georgia College Friday night. Dena Jarrells and Destiny McClendon combined for seven.
 
VETERANS LEADING THE ROSTER
The Mocs return four starters including center Abbey Cornelius who was selected to the Southern Conference Coaches Preseason All-Conference Team. Sigrún Ólafsdóttir will move from the point to her more natural position on the wing while Dena Jarrells will see more time leading the team.
 
MOCS IN OPENING GAMES
The Mocs have opened the season at home 20 times and won 14 of those including a win over #20 Tennessee in 2012. In all season-opening games, the Mocs are 25-22. In first home gaes of the year at home, UTC is 31-16.
 
NEWCOMERS VYING FOR PLAYING TIME
The Mocs welcome five newcomers this season and all will be competing for time on the court. Addie Grace Porter comes from Lebanon, Tenn., and Leah Jones is out of Memphis but attended high school across the border in Mississippi. Destiny McClendon hales from Georgia while Karsen Murphy transfers to Tennessee from Montana. Lara Habling was a late addition to the team, coming from Hungary.
 
NOT LETTING UP ON THE COMPETITION
The Mocs schedule this season is peppered with high-talent competition including SEC foes Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Alabama. Others on the slate are Cincinnati, UAB, Kennesaw State, Belmont and Georgia State.
 
INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR
UTC has four international players on the roster this season, the most ever for the women’s team. Pare Pene is from New Zealand. Sigrún Ólafsdóttir comes to the U.S. from Iceland and Lara Habling is from Hungary. Ruona Uwusiaba went to high school in Georgia but is a native of Nigeria with most of her family still there.
 
FANS RETURN TO MCKENZIE ARENA
Fans were not allowed inside the McKenzie Arena to watch the games for much of the 2020-21 season. That has changed this year with season tickets on sale.
 
HOME GAMES
The Mocs host 15 home games this season including the exhibition against Georgia College, the season-opener against Belmont as well as Alabama, Cincinnati and Georgia State.
 
DOUBLE DIPS ON THE SCHEDULE
The Mocs men’s and women’s basketball teams will combine for three double headers this season. The first is a non-conference meeting between UTC and Georgia State. The men will host former SoCon rival College of Charleston. On February 5, the women matchup against Samford will follow the men’s game against Mercer. Senior Day will see the women take on Wofford followed by the men’s game against Samford.
 
LONG-RANGE BOMBERS
The Mocs have made at least one 3-pointer in 677 consecutive games dating back to December 1999. That’s nearly 22 years! Chattanooga reached the 600-consecutive game mark against UT Martin on November 28, 2018 at the Roundhouse. According to current unofficial research, this is the second-longest streak in the nation behind Iowa State who has more than 800 dating back to 1995.
 
OPENING THE BOOK ON SEASON 48
UTC begins its 48th season of play as a Division I team and has had just six coaches in it’s history. The Mocs are 894-498 (.642) over 47 years, averaging just under 20 wins per season.
 
REGULAR SEASON TITLES
The Mocs have won 22 regular season SoCon titles finishing in the SoCon’s first three-way tie last year. Sharon Fanning won the first three beginning in 1984. Craig Parrott won two in his tenure. Wes Moore led the Mocs to 12 in 15 years. Jim Foster won the regular season in four of his five seasons at Chattanooga and Katie Burrows claimed her first last year.
 
28TH WINNING NON-CONFERENCE SLATE
The Mocs went 5-4 in non-conference play last season marking the 28th time that UTC has posted a winning record outside of the SoCon.
 
PRESEASON POLL
The Mocs were selected to finish fifth by the Southern Conference Coaches in the preseason poll. The Southern Conference Sports Media Association membership picked Chattanooga to finish third.
 



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