Beloit, WI – We’re on the cusp of Winter, which means it’s time for some hoops.
The Beloit College Women’s and Men’s Basketball teams tip off their 2015-16 seasons this weekend, both on the road. There’s new faces, some new rules, and likely some surprises as the season stretches out to its finish in late February.
Rules-wise, the Men will now use the 30-second shot clock, same as the Women’s game has been for many seasons. But the most notable change is the Women playing four 10-minute quarters instead of two 20-minute halves. The Men will stay with halves.
The Women’s squad gets things going first with a game at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, Friday night at 7:00 p.m. Jennifer McCormick begins her fifth season as head coach of the Bucs and returns her entire squad from last season.
Notable among the returning letterwinners is senior Lana Wieseman. The senior forward from Lake Geneva had a big 2015-15 season, setting single-game and season scoring records while climbing to seventh on the all-time scoring list with 1,164 career points. She finished the season with First Team All-Midwest Conference honors after averaging 20.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while shooting 50-plus% from the field.
Joining her are two more double-figure scorers in Laura Panicali and Nora Polaski, both juniors. Panicali averaged 12.1 ppg with five rebounds while Polaski finished at 10.0 ppg and 5.3 rebounds.
The Women open their home season on Saturday, November 21, when they host state-line rival Rockford University at 2:00 p.m. in Flood Arena.
The Men get their season underway on Saturday afternoon at Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee at 3:00 p.m. Brian Vraney begins his ninth season in the head coach’s chair for the Buccaneers, returning three starters and six letterwinners.
Senior Steve McAfee, Jr. leads the list of returnees after averaging 18.9 points and seven rebounds last season while shooting nearly 56% from the field and earning Second Team All-MWC recognition. He enters the season with 1,080 points, which puts him 15th on the program’s career scoring list.
Also back for the starting line-up are senior Rudy Bentley, Jr. and junior Andrew Bremner. Bentley averaged 10.3 ppg and 4.2 assists per contest while running the point while Bremner averaged five points and three rebounds per game.
The Men play their first home game on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, November 24, when both teams host Carroll University in the MWC opener. The Men’s game tips off that night at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Women at approximately 7:30 p.m.