Article Written By Sarah Joseph
Photo Courtesy of Maroon Athletics
Roanoke’s men’s and women’s basketball seasons are winding down and the ODAC tournament is approaching.
On Wednesday, Feb. 8 the men’s team will face the Guilford College Quakers at home. That same day the women’s team will take to the road to face the Randolph Col- lege Wildcats.
On the surface, the Ma- roon-Quaker match-up looks like it will be a tough game for the Maroons, as the Quakers are cur- rently top ranked in the ODACs having gone 9-1, only losing to Hampden-Sydney. The Maroons beat Hampden-Sydney, however it
was a close game with a nal score 78-74, compared with the relatively low scoring game of the Quakers nal losing score 64-58.
According to statistics on the respective athletics webpages, Ma- roons are on a lot more level ground then it appears. The Maroons have a larger overall and conference game points score than the Quakers. We outrank the Quakers in the average three points per game, with 9.3 to Guilford’s 7.2. In addition Roanoke is better on the line than Guilford with an average 15.9 made free throws out 21.3 (74.6%) compared with their 10.7 out of 15.2 (70.4%).
“Guilford is a talented and well-coached team that poses problems for opponents with their balance and depth. We will need to do a good job of handling their physicality, keeping them off the offensive glass, and working to get good shots against their sound defense, among other things. It will be a good challenge that I’m con dent our players understand and will respond positively,” said Roanoke’s Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Clay Nunley. The men’s team will be going into the game with a five-win streak, hoping to keep up the momentum.
Meanwhile the women’s team will be facing Randolph, a team they have already beaten before. They are more concentrated on preparing Saturday’s Eastern Mennonite game, however Carla Flaherty, the head coach of the women’s basketball team, said the team is taking the rest of the season day by day.
“Our team is focused on slow and steady improvement so that when the ODAC tournament arrives we are playing the best basketball we are capable of playing. Every time our team takes the court in practice or a game, we see it as an opportu- nity for development and growth,” Flaherty said.