|Lia DiSciascio||Meredith Mesaris||Alexix Roman|
|Brendan Boken||Sean Cummings|
After an 11-day layoff due to the Thanksgiving break, The University of Scranton men’s and women’s basketball teams return to action this Saturday, December 6, against Juniata College at the Long Center.
At 2:00 p.m., the 6th-ranked Lady Royals (5-0/0-0 Landmark Conference) will host the Eagles (1-5/0-1 Landmark), followed by the 21st-ranked Royals (4-1/1-0 Landmark) against the Juniata men (4-2/0-1 Landmark) at 4:00 p.m.
Tickets are $5.00 for adults (ages 18-60) and $3.00 for non-Scranton students (8-17) and senior citizens (61 and older). All children, 7 and under accompanied by an adult, will be admitted free, as well as all University of Scranton students, faculty, and staff.
Both games will also be broadcasted live on WUSR, 99.5 FM, and over the Internet at www.wusrfm.com, with veteran announcer Dean Corwin providing the play-by-play. Video will be available at the following web address: http://portal.stretchinternet.com/scranton/
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be on hand to collect socks for The University of Scranton Staff Senate’s Sock Drive. All fans are encouraged to make a donation of socks to benefit those less fortunate during the upcoming holiday season. All socks will be distributed to the homeless at the University’s annual Christmas Day Breakfast held on Christmas Day on campus.
In their last game before the holiday break, the Lady Royals received a combined 36-point effort from senior forward Meredith Mesaris (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) and sophomore forward Alexix Roman (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack) and senior guard Lia DiSciascio (Broomall, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) added 15 points—all on 3-pointers—to defeat former Freedom Conference rival King’s College, 74-52, at the Long Center.
Mesaris, an honorable mention All-American last season, currently leads the Landmark Conference in scoring at 21.8 points per game while Roman is the conference’s leader in field goal percentage (.714).
The Royals are coming off their most impressive outing of the season, an 85-65 victory over then 18th-ranked Cabrini College. In that game, junior forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) scored 11 of his team-high 19 points in the first half as Scranton shot nearly 66 percent from the field to bolt out to a 47-30 halftime lead. Sophomore guard Sean Cummings (Millstone Township, NJ/St. Peter’s Preparatory) then took over in the second half, scoring 13 of his career-high 17 points. He made 8 of 9 shots from the field in just 16 minutes of action.
Juniata has, however, emerged victorious in its last two trips to the Long Center, defeating the Royals, 84-74 in double overtime, in the semifinals of the Landmark tournament on February 19, 2013, and 80-79 in overtime last January.
Both teams will break for final exams after Saturday’s games and return to action on Sunday, December 14, in a Landmark Conference doubleheader against the Merchant Marine Academy at the Long Center beginning at 2:00 p.m.
--LADY ROYALS, ROYALS--