GAME 16: MARYGROVE (2-13; 0-8 WHAC) vs. SIENA HEIGHTS (11-5; 5-4 WHAC)
Wednesday, January 8 | 5:30 p.m.
Northwest Activities Center (NWAC) | Detroit, Mich.
Marygrove Women's Basketball – Game 16
GAME PREVIEW & NOTES
The Saints enter today's Wolverine- Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) game winners of their last six overall. Within the six-game winning streak, the Saints have earned a conference mark of 3-0 with wins over Lawrence Tech (12/14/2013), Concordia Ann Arbor (01/02/2014), and Madonna (01/04/2014).
HAVING TROUBLE WITH THE SAINTS
The Mustangs have not defeated Siena Heights since transitioning to the NAIA in 2007-08. Last season, the Saints welcomed the Mustangs to the WHAC by winning both meetings by 25+ points.
GETTING OVER THE NAIA HUMP
The last victory over an NAIA school in women's basketball history came on Dec. 29, 2011, when the Mustangs defeated Holy Cross (Ind.) at the Indiana Tech SportONE Shootout.
THE LAST TIME THEY WERE HERE
WHAC foe Aquinas College was nearly knocked off by the Mustangs as Ciara Moore penetrated Aquinas' defense in the 64-60 narrow setback. The Mustangs will need an equal effort today in order to keep pace with a talented Siena Heights squad.
LEADERS IN THE CLUBHOUSE
At 11.1ppg, senior guard Ciara Moore is the lone Mustang with an average greate than 10 points per contest. Fellow senior Adrienne Weaver is second in scoring at a 8.6ppg clip. The Saints have three that average double figures scoring as Sierra Calhoun (15.4), Grace Howrigon (10.8), and Morgan Warfield (10.4) provide an inside-out balance.
SAINTS TOUGH ON THE ROAD
Siena Heights is one of four WHAC teams to have a winning record on the road. The Mustangs have won once at home this season (Kuyper, 11/05/2013).
NAIA TOP 50 RANKINGS
Despite struggling against fellow NAIA opponents, the hard-working Mustangs have placed in the Top 50 in several categories as a team: Offensive Rebounds Per Game (14th), Total Steals (26th), Steals Per Game (27th), and Total Rebounds Per Game (50th). Ciara Moore is 43rd in total steals for the only individual Top 50 ranking.
FRESHMAN CLEANS THE GLASS
Freshman forward and 2013 Westland John Glenn graduate Kierra Jordan leads the Mustangs' efforts on the glass with 5 rebounds per game. Over the first 13 games over her career, Jordan has amassed 65 rebounds, including a career-best 9 rebounds at Eastern Michigan University on 11/30/2013.
The Mustangs are set to lose a considerable amount of scoring due to graduation and/or eligibility exhaustion with six seniors currently listed on the roster.
IF THEY WOULD JUST FALL
The women's basketball team can point to one stat when mulling over their record-to-date -- field goal percentage. With a season percentage of .299 (29%), the Mustangs are more than 15% lower than their opponents at .453 (45%).
GETTING IT GOING
Senior guard Adrienne Weaver has turned up her scoring efforts of late with back-to-back double digit performances against Holy Cross (14 points) and Lourdes (13). Weaver led the Mustangs in scoring in each of the aforementioned contests.
As her senior campaign winds down, Ciara Moore will look to lead the Mustangs to their first WHAC win since joining the conference in July 2012. Moore has reached double digits scoring in 9 of the 15 games so far this season, including a season-high 20 points at Concordia on 12/14/2013.