Friday, February 16, 2018

Wilkes Basketball Ready to Host Eastern on Senior Day

(Photo courtesy of Wilkes University Sports Information)
WILKES-BARRE – The Wilkes University men’s and women’s basketball teams welcome Eastern University to the Marts Center for the final regular season Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom (MAC Freedom) games of the season Saturday afternoon. Wilkes athletics will recognize the senior class with a Senior Day ceremony prior to each game.

The women’s game will tip-off at 1:00 p.m. with the men to follow at 3:00 p.m. Coverage of both games can be found in the live links below:
Live Stats – (women)
Live Stats – (men)
Live Audio - (Fox Sports Williamsport, Chris Del Sordo)
The Lady Colonels host Eastern to close out their 2017-18 season. Wilkes stands at 4-20 overall and are 0-13 in games against MAC Freedom competition. Before the game the senior class of Emily Sofranko, Jamie Campbell, Sarah O’Hara, Nicole Farrell, and Catey McFadden will be recognized for their achievements in the Navy and Gold.
Sierra Smith led Wilkes Tuesday night with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting in an 82-49 loss at cross-town rival King’s College. Gianna Roberts leads the team with 9.5 points-per-game (ppg) (18th in the MAC Freedom) and 7.3 rebounds-per-game (rpg) (8th). McFadden has scored 22 points over the past two games to bring her season average to 9.1 ppg (t-20th). She has made 87 career three-point field goals to sit two away from moving into seventh in school history. Sofranko leads Wilkes and is tenth in the conference averaging 2.2 assists-per-game (apg).
Wilkes is averaging 57.3 ppg while allowing 78.5 ppg this season.
Eastern comes into its final game at 5-19 overall and 2-11 in the MAC Freedom after snapping a nine-game losing skid last time out with a 59-52 home win against Delaware Valley University Tuesday night.
Taylor Price leads the Eagles with 12.8 ppg and 3.5 apg. She is also second with 6.1 rpg. Regie Robinson leads Eastern with 8.8 rpg and is second with 10.6 ppg. Amanda Riiff leads the way from behind the arc with 48 made three-pointers.
The Eagles are scoring 57.4 ppg and giving up 65.3 ppg. Eastern defeated Wilkes 93-79 in St. Davids, Pa. on January 13th in a game where the Eagles shot 15-of-27 (55.6%) on three-point attempts.
The Colonels clinched the top seed in next week’s MAC Freedom tournament with their 101-72 win at King’s College Tuesday night. Wilkes stands two games ahead of a three-way tie for second place at 11-2 and have an 18-6 overall record this season. Wilkes will recognize the senior class of Andre Spruell, John Goffredo, Zach Brunner, and Mason Gross prior to the game.
Marcus Robinson leads Wilkes with 14.7 ppg (t-4th) and has made 63 three-pointers (3rd) to go along with 5.8 rpg (t-13th) and 1.8 apg (t-20th). Rob Pecorelli scored a game-high 19 points in the win against King’s and averages 14.5 ppg (6th). He leads Wilkes with 2.8 apg (6th) and also grabs 5.3 rpg (t-17th) and had made 50 three-pointers (7th). Mark Mullins is the team leader with 7.3 rpg (4th) and scores 12.5 ppg (12th). Brunner is sixth in the conference with 7.1 rpg and contributes 9.4 ppg. Gross had one of the best games of his career Tuesday scoring a season-high 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting and added seven rebounds and a career-high six assists. Landon Henry stepped into the lineup and finished with seven points, four rebounds, and two steals in 29 minutes of action at King’s.
Wilkes scores 76.9 ppg and is holding teams to 69.2 ppg.
Eastern has clinched a spot in the MAC Freedom semifinals and can finish anywhere from the two seed to the four seed depending on the outcome of Saturday’s conference action. The Eagles are on a three-game win streak after Tuesday’s 86-79 home win over Delaware Valley to move to 9-4 in the conference and 14-10 overall.
Victor Pena is one of two players in the MAC Freedom to average a double-double (12.8 ppg and 10.4 rpg) this season. Antonio Chapman (13.7 ppg) and Darius Washington (13.5 ppg) join Pena in double figures scoring. Washington leads the conference with 72 three-point field goals and Chapman with 53 and Austin James with 51 round out the best long-range shooting trio in the conference.
The Eagles are averaging a conference best 80.6 ppg while allowing 78.7 ppg. Eastern hit 14 three-pointers in its 91-76 victory over Wilkes in St. Davids, Pa. on January 13th.

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