13 and counting…

Maroons travel to Rochester with win-streak on the line

By Matthew Luchins







The tenth-ranked Maroons tip off in Rochester tonight hoping for a 14th straight win.

Despite their incredible streak, should the Maroons (17–3, 9–0 UAA) fall to the Yellowjackets (16–4, 6–3), who currently sit third in the conference, they would likely draw even in the UAA standings with sixth-ranked Wash U, whose only conference loss was against Chicago.

Though the Maroons easily handled Rochester 87–59 at home on Beach Night, the Yellowjackets have played well at home behind fourth-year guard Melissa Alwardt, who places among the UAA’s top ten in points, assists, and rebounds.

13.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:LucidaGrande;mso-fareast-language:EN-US”>“Friday is a huge game for us, and we’re going to do whatever it takes to win,” she added. “Luckily, most of our team really likes playing at Rochester’s gym because it’s one of the older gyms and has some character.”

She will be a real challenge,” coach Aaron Roussell said. “We’ll just try to do what we can to limit her and hope she isn’t at her best on that particular night. She is a tough cover, and she has weapons around her as well, which makes it even more difficult.

LucidaGrande;mso-fareast-language:EN-US”> After Rochester, the women will go down south to Emory for a Sunday tip. Though the Eagles (9–11, 2–7) are near the bottom of the UAA, Roussell sees them as a truly dangerous team.

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Halfhill pointed out that the game comes at an awkward time. “At this point, I feel like you really don’t get any pushover games, especially on Sunday and on the road,” she said. “That’ll be a tough game, especially because after playing Rochester, Emory’s style of play is so much different. They are more of a run and jump team with a lot of fast guards, while Rochester is a team that likes to pound the ball inside.”

It seems that triskaidekaphobia might be the least of the Maroons’ worries this weekend.