The men’s and women’s basketball teams each lost two games a piece last week, extending the men’s losing streak to 14 games and the women’s to 5 games.
The women’s team played two home games last week, on Wednesday January 27 against Albion and on Saturday January 30 against Trine. They lost the first game against Albion 74-68 in a close contest that saw several lead changes throughout. The bright spot for the Hornets was Grace Smith K’17 who posted a career-high 27 points, and recorded her fifth double-double of the season by adding 13 rebounds.
The women welcomed their Alumni back on Saturday as they hosted conference foe Trine. The game didn’t fall in favor of Kalamazoo though, as they struggled to a 78-42 loss. The Hornets had an extremely unsuccessful day on offense, exhibited by their lowly 6 point total in the first quarter. The women struggled both with offense and also with turnovers; they tallied up 14 turnovers compared to Trine’s 2.
The men’s team had a similarly tough week, following suit with two losses of their own. The men lost to Adrian 100-63 on Wednesday January 27 and then to #15 Alma 85-80 on Saturday January 30th. The loss to Adrian at home was the men’s worst of the season, losing by a total of 37 points. Adrian had a great shooting day, making 51% of their shots. Kalamazoo had a much less successful day, shooting only 40%. Tommy Cerven K’17 led the team in points with 15.
The men had a more successful outing against #15 Alma, but still lost 85-80. The Hornets showed signs of life early in the game, leading by as much as 8. However they were unable to keep up the momentum throughout the entire game, as nationally ranked Alma was just too good. Adam Dykema K’17 led the Hornets in points with 17. Chase Baysdell K’17 added a double double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
The women play two games this week, tonight at home against Olivet at 6:00 pm and Saturday at home against Adrian. The men also play two games at home this week, tonight after the women against Trine and then Saturday after the women against Albion.