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Beloit Buccaneer Basketball

The Beloit College Women’s basketball team holds a record of 4-14, 0-10 in conference.

Their two most recent games include a 74-59 loss to conference leader Ripon College. Which was a physical contest. At the blow of any whistle came a groan from both cohorts of supporters. Beloit was called for 23 fouls. Hannah Welte’24 and three other players committed four fouls. For Ripon, they committed 25 fouls and had two players with four fouls. While the physicality was high, so was the execution for the Bucs in the fourth quarter in which they shot 67%. This game did see Johanna McNair’25 reach double figure scoring for the first time this season in her third start.

In last Saturday’s game they took on Lake Forest College, coming out the wrong side of a 62-44 game. They came out of the gates hot, scoring 17 points in the first quarter shooting 46% and nailing all of their free throws. From there they scored 7 points in the second and found themselves only down six at the half. This was a very magangable comeback, as the women looked to get revenge from a 10 point loss last time to the Foresters. But in the second half, the Bucs would only score 20 points. A combination of what looked like fatigue setting in and costly turnovers leading to easy buckets was the downfall in the second half. 

Over break they have had multiple games canceled, postponed and rescheduled. Seven games to be exact, most recently the game scheduled for Feb 3 against Illinois College. Funny enough, IC and Beloit have had to postpone before. The first time was set to be in Jacksonville, Illinois Jan 4, which got postponed. Then Jan 22 came around when Beloit was set to host, and that got postponed. Then, as mentioned earlier, Feb 3 at home got postponed. Their game against Grinnell College over break got postponed as well. Leading them to play Grinnell in back to back games, one at home one on the road.

Despite the record, the women have talented players throughout the line up. Leading the way is Liz Kalk’24. She leads the team with 15.1 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game and 3 assists per game. In only her first year of college action.

T’Aira Boyance’23 is second in points averaging 11.2 per game, and had a stretch of three straight 20 point games. One of two juniors on the team, Boyance brings experience to the team full of freshmen and sophomores playing in their first year of college basketball.

The Bucs also have an inside presence with Hadja Bayo’25 and Cora Linos’25. Both are shooting 52% from the field and have 21 and 11 blocks, respectively. Along with the dazzling post moves displayed by Addyson Ciochon’24. Ciochon has scored double figures in five of their last seven games with a high of 20 during that stretch.

Let us not forget about the pesky backcourt duo of Lexy Olson’23 and Welte. Both can cause headaches for opposing guards bringing it up the court. Welte leads the teams in steals with 53. On the offensive end, Oslon, while not shooting it well this season, is still a threat from range, someone you can’t lose track of on the perimeter.

It’s not shady… it’s actually Beloit College Men’s basketball! They’ve come back recently with a vengeance, winning three of their last six, including two in a row. The leadership of this team has stepped up in a big way. 

The Leadership of Andrew Walters’21, Mylan Walters’22, and Michael Myles’23 have been intricate in all three of those wins. The article itself could be all about Andrew Walters breaking the rebounding record previously held by current Head Coach Josh Hinz. But this article, like Andrew, is all about the team. Combined these three leaders are averaging a combined 30 points and 15 boards a game in the last six games. 

Along with the wins, has come a change in play for the Buccaneers. Specifically in the turnover battle where they have had under twenty per game in the last six games. Turnovers plagued the Bucs’ early in the season, but it was expected of a young team. This is a sign of great improvements for the team. 

The turnovers weren’t the only thing they fixed as the shooting percentages have gone through the roof. Shooting under 40 percent from the field and three. This stretch of games has provided over 50 percent in the field in every game, and almost 40 percent from three point land as well. 

This Bucs’ team has finally found their groove. It may be too little too late as they are only 3-9 in conference. They do have four conference games left but they’d have to win out to make the tournament. Which seems like a daunting task but with our leadership it seems possible. 

I can’t forget to mention sophomore sensation Azeez Ganiyu’24 whose numbers are 9.7 points per game, and 6.7 rebounds a game. Second on the team in both categories. Along with fellow Sophomore Brian Rusch, who I may mention is no slouch averaging 9 points and 3 rebounds. The Buccaneers future may be coming sooner than you expect.

Both the mens and womens teams are in action in the Flood Saturday, Feb 15 against Knox College. The men’s play at 1, the women play after at 3.

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