Men’s Basketball at Wesleyan
Friday at 7 pm
What you need to know: The men’s basketball team will open up the NESCAC portion of their schedule on the road against Wesleyan on Friday night. The Cardinals are 8-2 so far this year, and both those losses came back at the end of November to Williams and Eastern Connecticut. They have won their last five, including the most recent, a win over Mt. St. Vincent. The Cardinals are averaging 71.9 points per game, led by three different players averaging double-digit points. Junior Jordan James is turning in 13.3 points per game, classmate Antone Walker helped with 12.6 points per game and sophomore Sam Peek is averaging 11.8 points per game. The Jumbos are coming off a win over Nichols, who was receiving votes in the most recent D3hoops.com national poll. Before that the Jumbos took a trip out west, where they collected two more wins. With an 10-2 record heading into NESCAC play, the Jumbos are heading into NESCAC play with their best record since 2016-17 when they were 9-2 heading into conference play. Averaging 82.7 points per game, the Jumbos are led by 15 points per game from senior Eric Savage. Junior Luke Rogers is averaging a double-double with 14.4 points per game, 12.5 rebounds per game and 2.3 blocks per game. Sophomore Tyler Arsonson is helping with 12.8 per game and junior Brennan Morris is turning in 12.3 points per game. The Jumbos won, 75-71, when the two teams played last year.
Women’s Basketball vs. Wesleyan
Friday at 7 pm
What you need to know: The top-ranked women’s basketball team also opens NESCAC play this weekend, hosting Wesleyan on Friday for a 7 pm start. The women have a busy week with home games on Monday and Wednesday as well. The Cardinals are 8-3 this season, most recently going 2-3 in their last five games. Sophomore Caleigh Ryan is leading the offensive charge with 15.2 points per game and classmate Marina Petruzzi is helping with 14.9 points per game. Ryan is also turning in eight rebounds per game and junior Katy O’Connor is averaging 9.7 points per game and 9.4 rebounds per game. The Jumbos, who are 11-0 so far this year and are averaging 73.8 points per game have been getting 14.6 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game from senior Erica DeCandido. Sophomore Molly Ryan is averaging 11.9 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game and 3.8 assists per game. Junior Emily Briggs has been adding 10.1 points per game. The Jumbos won, 71-48, when the two teams played last year.
Rachel Windreich, Junior, Women’s squash
The No. 19 women’s squash team has played to a 4-2 record so far this season. Those lone two losses have come to No. 1 Harvard and No. 18 Franklin and Marshall. Junior Rachel Windreich has played in all six matches this season and is 5-1 in those matches, that lone loss coming against top-ranked Harvard. Windreich has consistently played in the 6th position and four of her five wins have come in just three games. In the Jumbos win against Mt. Holyoke she allowed her opponent to score just five points across three games. Even better, against Bowdon, her Polar Bear opponent scored just four points across three games. The Jumbos head out west to take on No. 4 Stanford this week and have matches against No. 17 Bates, No. 20 Dickinson, No. 13 Williams and No. 16 Amherst on the schedule for the month of January. Look for Windreich to keep playing well for the Jumbos who will need her consistency with a tough January schedule.
Luke Rogers, Junior, Men’s Basketball
Junior Luke Rogers has turned in a double-double in two of the last three games for the men’s basketball team. Right after the holiday the Jumbos headed out to California to play a couple of games. In an 80-69 win over LaVerne Rogers finished with 13 points and 17 rebounds. He turned in 19 points and eight rebounds along with three blocks to the Jumbos 99-83 win against Caltech. Most recently, this past Saturday the Jumbos topped Nichols, 75-65, and Rogers finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds. In the Jumbos last four games, he is averaging 12.8 points per game, 14.3 rebounds per game and has turned in eight blocks.
Molly Ryan, Sophomore, Women’s Basketball
The top-ranked women’s basketball team picked up a few more wins to improve to 11-0 heading into NESCAC play and sophomore Molly Ryan has been a critical part of those. The Jumbos headed down to New Jersey right after the holiday and picked up two wins at the Stevens Holiday Tournament. In a 70-65 win come-from-behind win over Christopher Newport Ryan finished with 15 points including the three that gave the Jumbos the lead as they worked from behind to take the lead again in the third quarter. She also added four rebounds and five steals. In the Jumbos win over TCNJ the guard added 12 points, ten rebounds and four assists. This past Saturday the Jumbos picked up a convincing win over UMass-Dartmouth and Ryan helped with 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.