We've reached that time of year. Seasons greetings all around, plenty of basketball already played, and tons more to come! We've honored student-athletes, crowned conference and national champions, and head into the winter break with the same thing we started this year with--rain.
We are about a quarter of the way done with conference play in men's and women's basketball, and while some division leaders have separated from the pack, other divisions are cluttered from top to bottom.
- Wilkes-Barre stands as the only undefeated team in conference play to this point, leading the East division by 1.5 games over Hazleton.
- Beaver holds a slim half game lead over Mont Alto in the West, starting the year 4-1 in the PSUAC. SIX teams are within two games of the division lead, with most teams needing to play at least 14 more games. It's going to be a fun race to watch in January.
- Who might have one of the biggest impacts on the race in early January? None other than New Kensington, who will face Fayette, Beaver and Greater Allegheny in the first week back. Fayette and Greater Allegheny are a half game behind New Kensington, while Beaver leads fourth place New Ken by 2.5 games.
- Dylan Huey has been on fire from the field for DuBois. The forward is shooting a conference best 72.4% from the field, and averages 14.4 points per game.
- Lehigh Valley is in the thick of the playoff hunt, in large part to Jeremiah Jenkins 20.9 points per game, which leads the PSUAC.
- Unlike the men's side, the women have multiple undefeated conference teams. Four teams, two in each division, have spotless records in PSUAC play.
- Lehigh Valley and Brandywine are on a collision course in the East, both sitting at 5-0 and a full three games ahead of their nearest competitor. They'll square off two times in the spring semester, with the first game on Jan. 9th at Lehigh Valley. The teams will then close the season on Feb. 15th at Brandywine.
- In the West, Beaver and Greater Allegheny lead the pack at 4-0. While DuBois and Fayette are in the playoff hunt, the two leaders have solid control on the division headed into the break. Beaver and GA will face off on Jan. 7th and again on Feb. 6th in games that could determine the number one seed.
- Despite her team struggling in conference play, Hazleton's McKenzie Prutsman leads all scorers with 24.9 points per game.
- A truly remarkable stat from the statistical leaders through the fall semester--SIX women have averaged at least 10 rebounds a game this year. They include: Ebony Sanders (LV), Melody Young (DuBois), Lauren Young (DuBois), Alyssa Gerber (Schuylkill), Taylor Costa (Fayette), and Brittany Jackson (Beaver).
- EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE--ALL BUT ONE OF THEM AVERAGES A DOUBLE-DOUBLE. The one exception, well even she's pretty darn close. Lauren Young averages just under 10 a game at 9.6 points per game. Wouldn't be surprising if she joins the double-double average club by the end of the year.
Have a great holiday season and we'll see you in the New Year!