The men and women's basketball teams got underway last week with both of them off to a 2-1 start. The season begins with several regulations and guidelines in place to prevent exposure to Covid-19. One week in and the men's team has already cancelled upcoming games against JMU and George Mason University.
The men's team lost their season opener on the road against the Maryland Terrapins before ripping off two straight victories against both William & Mary and city rivalry Norfolk State. Malik Curry is off to a scorching start, averaging 19.3ppg, which also included dropping 24 on William & Mary. A.J. Oliver's scored 17 and Austin Trice added a double double, 11 points and 10 rebounds in the game versus the Spartans.
The Monarch's still are scheduled to face VCU and Virginia Wesleyan University before getting starting conference play. C-USA play opens up in Miami as the Monarchs play back to back games against Florida International University January 1st and 2nd. The team will return home January 8th for their conference home opener versus Florida Atlantic University. So much of the season remains, but Head Coach Jeff Jones has the team playing with tremendous amounts of tenacity and showing lots of fight in the early going.
Head Coach DeLisha Milton-Jones waisted no time showing why the women's team is looking to improve on their season from last year. After losing their opener against George Washington University, the team bounced back trouncing William & Mary 70-47 and then defeating VCU in overtime. Victoria Morris drained 7 from down town, giving her 31 for the night. Amari Young's 15 points and 11 rebounds were considerably huge in the overtime thriller. The home opener against William & Mary was dominated by Ajah Wayne's spectacular performance, as she scored a team high 21 points while pulling down 15 rebounds. The women's team begins conference play January 1st and 2nd home against FIU.
It's paramount as the season progresses that fans and the student body practice the safety measures put in place to protect everyone during the upcoming months which will allow for the teams to continue to play. With a cap set on attendance, lets make sure that we fill the permitted amount to provide the best home court advantage that we're capable of doing.
This should be a great season for both the men and women and with the impact on sports nationwide, it would be wonderful to see our Monarchs capture C-USA titles and play some playoff basketball. Go Monarchs!