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Scots Weekly: Week 22 (Jan. 25-30, 2016)

Scots Weekly: Week 22 (Jan. 25-30, 2016)

Returning this year is Scots Weekly, a weekly publication that highlights the past week's Covenant athletic events with news, notes and more.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS:

Men's Basketball (1-1)
Greensboro 81, Covenant 79
Covenant 85, Methodist 57 

Women's Basketball (1-1)
Greensboro 60, Covenant 55
Covenant 60, Methodist 49 

SCOTS IN THE NEWS

Spragg Collects Second Straight USA South Rookie of the Week Award (Jan. 25, 2016)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- For a second consecutive week Covenant men's basketball freshman Bailey Spragg has been named the USA South Rookie of the Week, announced the conference on Monday... FULL STORY

Women's Tennis Picked Fourth in USA South Preseason Poll (Jan. 28, 2016)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- The Covenant women's tennis team, under fourth-year head coach John Hirte, has been picked to finish the season fourth in the USA South, according to the league's preseason coaches poll which was released on Thursday morning... FULL STORY

Men's Tennis Tabbed Fifth in USA South Preseason Poll (Jan. 28, 2016)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- The Covenant men's tennis team, under fourth-year head coach John Hirte, has been picked to finish fifth in the USA South, according to the league's coaches in the preseason poll released on Thursday... FULL STORY

BY THE NUMBERS:

36: Combined number of seconds that the men's and women's basketball teams trailed in Saturday's doubleheader sweep of Methodist. In the women's 60-49 victory, they trailed for only 15 seconds, while the men were down for a total of 21 seconds in their 85-57 rout.

28: The margin of victory for the men's basketball team in Saturday's 85-57 win over Methodist. It's the largest margin of victory for the Scots over any USA South school and the biggest margin over any conference opponent since defeating Virginia Intermont 121-84 (37) on Feb. 9, 2009.

28: Yes, we're repeating a number here but it's worth it. Women's basketball junior Aleigha Williams scored a career-high 28 points in Friday's narrow 60-55 loss to Greensboro. The 28 points shattered her previous best of 20 against Sewanee set earlier this year on Dec. 8.

USA SOUTH BREAKDOWN:

Just over the halfway point in the conference season for both men's and women's basketball teams.

  • The men sit in a three-way tie for first in the conference with a 6-2 record. N.C. Wesleyan (who Covenant defeated earlier) and Greensboro (who beat Covenant on Friday) are the other teams at 6-2. Averett and LaGrange both sit a game back at 5-3. Covenant still plays Averett and LaGrange before the end of the year. The top eight teams qualify for the tournament and the top overall seed will host the entire tournament later this month.
  • On the women's side, Covenant is sitting in a tie for the eighth and final tournament spot heading into this week. The Scots stand at 4-5 in league play and are one of three teams with five losses (N.C. Wesleyan and Averett). Covenant hosts Averett on Friday in a key game. Like on the men's side, the top eight qualify for the conference tournament. Piedmont (10-0) and Maryville (8-0) are atop the standings.

THE ROAD AHEAD:

Baseball:
Yes, it is baseball season! The Scots begin the new year on Saturday with a doubleheader at Greensboro (12 p.m.). The contests will not count towards the USA South standings. 

Men's Basketball:
Covenant travels to Danville, Va., for a makeup USA South contest against Averett on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Scots then host Ferrum on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Women's Basketball:
The Scots host non-conference foe Agnes Scott on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Covenant then hosts Averett (Friday at 5:30 p.m.) and Ferrum (Saturday at 3 p.m.) over the weekend.

Men's Tennis:
The Scots begin their spring season on Saturday against Division I neighbor Chattanooga. The matches start at 6 p.m. at the Hixson Racquet Club. 

Live stats and video links for all events can be found here

COVENANT ATHLETES OF THE WEEK:

Each week, Covenant will honor a female and male student-athlete with Athlete of the Week. This week's honorees are Rachel Price and Bailey Spragg. Click on the names below for full highlights of the recipients' week.

Aleigha Williams - Jr. - Basketball TJ Cox - Sr. - Basketball

 

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