WHO: Hillsdale College (12-7 overall, 10-5 G-MAC) at Walsh University (12-7 overall, 9-4 G-MAC)
TIP OFF: 7:30 p.m.
THE SERIES: Hillsdale is 7-4 against the Cavaliers since the rivalry started in 2012. The Chargers won the first meeting of the season between the teams 87-74 on Dec. 9.
WHO: Hillsdale College at Malone University (8-10 overall, 6-8 G-MAC)
TIP OFF: 3 p.m.
THE SERIES: The Chargers are 5-2 all-time versus the Pioneers, and won the first meeting between the teams this season, 77-51, on Dec. 7.
WEEKEND OVERVIEW: An important weekend awaits the Hillsdale College women's basketball team, who can make a strong move up the standings with a successful trip through Canton, Ohio...The trip begins with Thursday's game at Walsh, a team that sits one game ahead of Hillsdale in the standings...The Chargers can earn a season sweep of the Cavs with a win, a vitally important goal for conference standing tiebreaker purposes...The Chargers are 5-1 in their past six games and are playing their most steady and consistent basketball of the season...After missing last weekend's games with injury, high-scoring junior forward Brittany Gray is expected to return to the lineup...Hillsdale looked very good in winning two games without her at home last weekend, over Kentucky Wesleyan and Trevecca Nazarene...Stepping up in Gray's absence was freshman guard Jaycie Burger, who scored a career-high 15 points in the team's win over the Panthers...Burger scored 24 total points in last weekend's wins, the most she's had in a two-game span this season...Senior Maddy Reed answered the bell with a career-high 24 points of her own in Hillsdale's win over the Panthers...All five of the team's regular starters - Reed, Allie Dittmer, Allie Dewire, Gray and Makenna Ott - have scored 20 or more points in a game this season...This kind of balance and depth makes the Chargers one of the tougher teams to guard in the G-MAC...Hillsdale ranks No. 2 in the NCAA in rebounding margin, grabbing 11 more boards per game than their opponents...That margin went up after Hillsdale's monstrous 58-24 rebounding advantage against Kentucky Wesleyan last week...Hillsdale's win over Walsh in December snapped a four-game losing streak to the Cavs, while the Chargers have topped the Pioneers three times in a row.
WHO: Hillsdale College (17-4 overall, 11-3 G-MAC) at Walsh University (14-4 overall, 9-3 G-MAC)
TIP OFF: 5:30 p.m.
THE SERIES: The Chargers lead the series with the Cavs 6-4, and won the first meeting of the season between the teams 73-63.
WHO: Hillsdale College at Malone University (14-7 overall, 7-6 G-MAC)
TIP OFF: 1:00 p.m.
THE SERIES: Hillsdale leads the series with Malone 5-3, and won the season's first meeting, 77-51, back on Dec. 9.
WEEKEND OVERVIEW: Hillsdale brings its four-game winning streak to Canton, Ohio this weekend for key G-MAC matchups against Walsh and Malone...The Chargers are having a terrific season and are doing it the hard way, on defense...Hillsdale leads the G-MAC in opponents' scoring average and field goal percentage defense, frustrating the teams they play with their discipline, attention to details and physicality...An opponent has scored more than 70 points in regulation on the Chargers just once since Dec. 1, and that came in an 82-72 win at Cedarville that's part of the current four-game winning streak...Thursday's game at Walsh looms large in the conference standings for Hillsdale, as the teams are tied in the loss column...A win would give Hillsdale a coveted season sweep of the Cavs, important for conference tournament tiebreaker purposes...It would also solidify Hillsdale's spot in second place in the conference standings...The Chargers face a unique challenge in dealing with Walsh's Chandler Vaudrin...He ranks 10th in the G-MAC in scoring, second in rebounding, first in assists and first in steals...He had 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the previous matchup, a good game, but slightly below his season averages...He shot 6-for-14 from the field in that game, a mark Hillsdale would gladly accept again coming from one of the G-MAC's finest all-around players...Freshman Austen Yarian had his breakout game in Saturday's win over Trevecca Nazarene, scoring a career-high 19 points, going 8-for-9 from the field...He hadn't made a single 3-point shot all season, but drained three attempts from beyond the arc in the win.