The Wilmington College women’s basketball team returns to the hardwood 8 p.m. Tuesday, facing SUNY Oneonta in the Hoops for Cure tournament hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University. In addition to the host Battlin’ Bishops, Brescia University is the final team in the tournament.
Wilmington enters the tournament 3-5 and will be looking for the opportunity to record its first two-game winning streak of the season. The backcourt combination of Brittany Jefferson (Dayton, OH/Chaminade Julienne) and Mackenzie Campbell (Cincinnati, OH/Turpin) are leading the Fightin’ Quakers with 12.9 and 10.5 points, respectively. They are third and second on the team in rebounding with 5.1 and 5.5 rebounds, respectively.
Campbell is coming off the best game of her career with 20 points and five rebounds. She went into the break averaging 17.5 points in the last two games. Jefferson, a dynamic scorer, has reached double figures in six of the team’s eight games – but is coming off the worst game of her career. The junior guard tallied two points on 1-of-10 shooting.
Junior Mary Moyer (Martinsville, OH/Clinton-Massie) leads the team in rebounding with 6.3 boards per game.
MEET SUNY ONEONTA
The Red Dragons enter the tournament 4-3, but has won three of their last four contests. However, Oneonta will be playing for the first time since December 14, a 71-63 loss to Manhanttanville. They are led by a duo of double figure guards, senior Lyteshia Price and junior Cara Adams. Between the two players, they are attempting 102 of the team’s 162 three-point attempts.
Price, a 5-10 guard, is the top threat. She is scoring 16.0 points and a team-high 10.3 rebounds. She has reached double figures in six of the team’s seven games, while recording four double-doubles, on an average of 15 shots per game. In the one game Price didn’t reach double figures, she pulled down a season-high 15 rebounds. Adams is definitely a shooting threat as 73 percent of her shots (60-of-86) have been three-pointers. She doesn’t attack the glass much with just nine free throw attempts this season. The 5-7 guard has made at least four three-pointers in four of the team’s seven games, but it coming off a game in which she was 0-for-5 from beyond the arc.
The Red Dragons will pose a threat in the paint with a pair of six-foot forwards in senior Caitlin Cariseo and Sara DiPasquale. Cariseo is second on the team with 5.4 rebounds, while DiPasquale is coming off the bench for 5.1 boards.
MEET OHIO WESLEYAN
The host Battlin’ Bishops are still looking for their first win of the season, coming into the tournament 0-8.
Ohio Wesleyan features a potent inside-outside combination in junior forward Taylor Dickson and junior guard Megan Kuether. The duo is responsible for 58 percent of the team’s points, averaging 17.4 and 17.3 points, respectively. Dickson, who is the leading scorer and rebounder, has reached double figures in all eight games this season – including a pair of 20-point performances. As one of the primary threats, she rarely comes off the court, averaging 37.4 minutes per game. Dickson leads the team with 104 shots attempts, 49 of which are three-pointers. A point guard, Kuether is attacking the basket with regularity this season. While attempting 93 shots, second on the team, her 59 free throw attempts lead the Battlin’ Bishops. No other teammate has more than 26 shots from the charity stripes. Senior point guard Hanna Fedorka leads the team with 24 assists, while Kuether is second with 13.
After losing five of their first six games, the Bearcats have won six of the last eight games – including a five-game winning streak. In an attempt to find the right combination, no players has started every game this season. Senior guard Julie Whitfill is the leading scorer with 20.7 points per game, while taking 18.2 shots per game. Her 255 shots are 100 shots more than the closest teammate. Sophomore guards Haley Cook and Kelsey Kirkpatrick are scoring 12.9 and 10.3 points, respectively. Kirkpatrick leads the team with 71 assists as every players has dished out at least 20 dimes this season.
The Bearcats enter the tournament with just seven active players, so every player is averaging more than 24 minutes per game.