Men's Basketball Notes vs. Goucher
Setting the Scene... The USMMA men's basketball team will play its home and conference opener Saturday against Goucher College. The Mariners are coming off of back-to-back wins, including a 78-42 rout of Maritime (NY) last time out. The Gophers have yet to play a home game in 2012-13 and have lost three consecutive games heading into Saturday's contest.
Bang for your "Buck"... Reed Buck (Lawrenceville, GA) has started the 2012-13 campaign right where he left off last season as the junior earned a spot on the Chuck Resler Invitational All-Tournament Team. Buck then tallied the first double-double of the year with 25 points and 10 rebounds against Maritime (NY). The junior currently ranks second in scoring in the Landmark Conference, averaging 19.7 points per game.
New Faces in the Crowd... There are nine freshman on the USMMA roster to start the 2012-13 season, the most-ever under third year head coach Danny Nee. Early in the year, three different freshmen have made a start for Merchant Marine.
Road Warriors... The Mariners will play the majority of its games on the road this season, playing 15 games away from Kings Point, NY compared to just ten contests inside O'Hara Hall.
Frankie Says "Relax"... Senior Frankie Wiseley provided the season's first buzzer beater to seal the Mariners first victory of the year. With the score knotted at 69-69 Wiseley hit a running one-hander from just outside the lane as the horn went off to propel USMMA to a 71-69 win over St. Lawrence.
Up Next... Merchant Marine will take the court again on Wednesday for the most anticipated game of the season as they host arch rival Coast Guard at 6:00 pm.
Women's Basketball Notes vs. Goucher
Setting the Scene... Winning their first two games, the Mariners open Landmark Conference play at home Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2:00 PM against the Gophers of Goucher College. They look to start the year 3-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 season, which was the last time Merchant Marine qualified for the postseason.
Series History... USMMA is 6-4 all-time against Goucher, sweeping last year's season series 2-0 after dropping both games to the Gophers in 2010-11. In thier last meeting in Kings Point, Mariner's guard Demi VanDerWal tied the NCAA D-III single game consecutive free throw record by hitting 20 foul shots in a row in a 68-67 double overtime victory.
Scouting the Gophers.. Goucher comes into the contest with a 1-4 record, dropping their previous two games. Freshman forward Latifah Butler has been a standout for the Gophers thus far this season, averaging double-double figures with 12.0 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game. She is currently ranked third in the Landmark Conference in rebounds per game and her field goal percentage of .511 currently ranks fourth in the conference.
Breaking Down the "Walz"... For the second game in a row, junior forward Kristina Walz led Merchant Marine in scoring, putting up 17 points against Purchase College. Playing a team high 33 minutes, she also grabbed nine rebounds, falling one shy of a double-double. Walz currently leads the Landmark Conference in field goal percentage, shooting .688 from the field.
"Resor" Sharp... In their first two games, sophomore forward Rebecca Resor has given the Mariners solid minutes off the bench averaging 4.5 points and 10 rebounds.
Up Next... USMMA will have three games in five days as the face off against Rutgers-Camden at home on Dec. 3, and travel to CCNY for their first road game of the season on Dec. 5.