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JCU basketball teams get their seasons started

November 19th, 2009

Men

The John Carroll University men’s basketball team survived its regular season opener Saturday in Michigan, defeating Olivet College 90-83.

Sophomore point guard Corey Shontz cured any worries of a second year slump, scoring a career-high 28 points, including 6-7 from behind the arc.

“He carried us offensively,” said senior guard Brian Dandrea. “We’re still working to get back to where we were last year offensively, so when one guy gets a hot hand like that, it’s a big boost for us.”

What Shontz accomplished on the outside, junior Mo Haynes and sophomore Matt Crozier took care of on the inside.

The two big men combined for 19 points and 16 rebounds.  Pre-season first team All-American Rudy Kirbus also recorded 12 points, making 8-11 from the free-throw line, as did sophomore Joey Meyer.

As a team, the Blue Streaks shot 61 percent from three-point land, making 11 of 18, while holding to the Comets to just 4-21 from behind the arc.

“We just continued to play throughout the whole game.  Whether our shots go in or not, we know we can win the game in other areas just by playing hard and keep attacking,” said senior swingman Tyler Kirsch.

The Blue Streaks, ranked second nationally, will travel to Pennsylvania this weekend for the Scranton Tournament.

After taking a quick break for some Thanksgiving turkey, they will host a big matchup on Nov. 29 with The College of Wooster, ranked ninth nationally.

Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the DeCarlo Varsity Center.

Women

The John Carroll University women’s basketball team won a close game to open their season, defeating The College of Wooster, 85-82.

It took a total team effort to pull out the victory on the road. Four Blue Streaks scored in double figures. Wooster was led by 35 points from All-American Kym Wynz.

Junior Lee Jennings, a two-time All-OAC selection, led JCU with 25 points. She also tallied eight rebounds and five assists.

Senior Caitlin Sureck picked up right where she left off and recorded a 19 point, ten rebound double-double.

Senior Kate Mahoney, who sat out last season, scored 18 points in her return to the hardwood. Junior guard Sadie Zander chipped in a career-high 14 points.

The Blue Streaks will be in Pittsburgh, Pa. this weekend to participate in the University Athletic Association/Ohio Athletic Conference showdown, hosted by Carnegie Mellon University.