Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Lycoming Basketball - Warriors set for postseason play

(Photo courtesy of Lycoming Sports Information)
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – After both teams locked up the No. 3 seeds in this week’s MAC Commonwealth Basketball Championships, the Lycoming College men’s and women’s basketball teams will kick off their postseason runs on Wednesday night, Feb. 21, with the conference semifinals. The men head to Lebanon Valley for a 7 p.m. game and the women head to Albright for a 6 p.m. matchup.

All MAC Commonwealth Championship games will have admission set for $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for students and children under six-years-old are free. Only MAC athletic passes will be accepted at the gate.

On the men’s side, the Warriors (19-6 overall, 10-6 MAC Commonwealth) enter the conference semifinals looking to reach the conference title game for the third straight year after winning the title in 2016 and 2017.

Lycoming leads the MAC Commonwealth with a plus-8.5 scoring margin, a plus-4.3 turnover margin and 20 forced turnovers per game, while it is second with an average of 82.3 points and 40.36 rebounds per game.

Senior Chris Wallace (Randallstown, Md./Calvert Hall) has led the team all season, averaging 14.3 points per game and senior Alex Newbold (Bowie, Md./Dematha Catholic) adds 11.4 points and 5.5 rebounds. Five others also average more than 7.0 points per game.

Lebanon Valley (16-9 overall, 10-6 MAC Commonwealth) earned the No. 2 seed via tiebreaker, thanks to two regular-season wins over the Warriors. Sam Light leads the MAC Commonwealth with an average of 23.1 points per game and Andy Orr is third at 19.0 points per game. The Flying Dutchmen average 80.9 points per game and lead the conference with a plus-3.4 rebound margin.

The winner of the game will face the winner of the other semifinal between No. 5 Arcadia and No. 1 Albright, which will start at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Bollman Center after the conclusion of the women’s semifinal. The championship final will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, at the site of the highest remaining seed.

On the women’s side, the Warriors (17-7 overall, 11-5 MAC Commonwealth) make a return trip to Albright (19-6 overall, 14-2 MAC Commonwealth) after visiting the Lions on Saturday, falling 62-57.

The Warriors have enjoyed one of the best seasons in program history, reaching 17 wins for the first time since 1999-00 and tying the school-record with 11 conference wins. A balanced team, the Warriors lead the conference in field goal percentage defense (.339), 3-point field goal percentage (.346), 3-point field goals made (5.8) and blocked shots per game (5.46).

Senior Shelby Mueller (Royersford, Pa./Spring-Ford) leads the MAC Commonwealth with averages of 15.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Sophomore Akilah McFadden (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg) adds 11.0 points and 3.5 assists and sophomore Morgan Mader (Cresco, Pa./Pocono Mountain East) adds 9.4 points and 2.1 3-pointers made per game.

Albright leads the MAC Commonwealth with a plus-9.1 rebounding margin. An experienced group, seniors Nina Mazzarelli (14.6) and Alysha Lofton (14.3) second and third in the conference in scoring.

The winner of Wednesday’s game will face the winner of the game between No. 4 seed Stevenson and No. 1 Messiah, which starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hitchcock Arena, in the championship final on Saturday, Feb. 24.

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