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Women’s Basketball Cruising


Written by Alexis Barton

The women’s basketball team has been heating up in the cold winter weather. Since their season opened in mid-November, these Maroons have gone on to win eight out their 10 most recent games. These women are holding their own at fourth place in the highly competitive ODAC standings. The team recently lost their five-game win streak to conference rival Washington & Lee on Tuesday, but it seems as if nothing will stop this team from success.

The Maroons have been unstoppable at home, with a record of 7-2 in Cregger this season. In their most recent home game against conference rival Ferrum, the Maroons came out on top after a close game with a big fourth quarter. The team was led by guards Renee Alquiza and Ayanna Scarborough who each had 11 points in the game. Alquiza also had 7 rebounds, adding to her season total of 81 rebounds in her 17 games. These two superstars are backed by incredible depth throughout the whole team. Within the team, guard Whitney Hopson was recently recognized by the conference as ODAC Player of the Week after contributing heavily in Roanoke’s win over Emory & Henry. In this game, the Maroons were able to hand the Wasps their first in-conference loss of the season. Guard Kristina Harrel was also recognized on the conference level for her field goal percentage, ranking third in all of ODAC with 51.7%. This group of women are exciting and thrilling to watch, and it’s always fun to watch a winning team. This deep roster is soaring to a stellar season.

Within the next week, the Maroons will test two ODAC competitors on the road before returning to campus next Wednesday to take on rival Lynchburg. This Saturday, be sure to catch these Maroons as they take on Shenandoah at 2:00 pm in the Cregger Center as part of Maroon Madness. You can also see the men’s team in action at 4:30 pm versus Randolph-Macon. Go Maroons!