VIENNA, W.Va. – The 2013-14 Ohio Valley University basketball season gets under way this weekend as both Fighting Scots teams are scheduled to see action. The women’s team opens at home in the Snyder Activity Center at 6pm as they welcome the Cavaliers of the University of Virginia-Wise. The OVU men open on the road at the Daemen College Classic in Buffalo, NY.
While the Fighting Scots are anxious to open their season in their new Great Midwest Athletic Conference the coaches in the G-MAC don’t expect OVU to fair all that well. G-MAC coaches have picked both Fighting Scots teams to finish at the bottom of the conference standings. Each team feels they have a lot to prove about their abilities and where they will end up next March.
Fifth year head women’s basketball coach, David Wadlington, is planning a change in playing style for his girls. With the graduation of 6’3” post player Jasmine Gibson the team will look to its guards for more point production.
“Simply stated, the team will be doing a lot more play from around the arc," Wadlington predicted. “We’re looking forward to playing in the G-MAC this year. It will be a fresh start for us and it’s always exciting facing new opponents.”
The OVU men’s program returns thirteen players from the 2013 squad.
“Several talented freshmen saw significant playing time a year ago,” OVU Head Men's Basketball Coach Mike Snell noted. “We see the youngness of last year’s team as a strength heading into this season. The team has worked in the weight room in the off season seeking to add strength and quickness for the new season."
The Fighting Scots basketball teams open conference play in the G-MAC on the road at Kentucky Wesleyan College Dec. 5. The KWC Panthers will provide a tough test for both teams as the men’s and women’s teams were both picked to finish 1st in the conference.
Ohio Valley University is a proud member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) and competes in the NCAA Division II in men's baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer and wrestling, as well as women's basketball, golf, cross country, softball, soccer and volleyball. Visit www.ovu.edu to learn more.