The Hobart and William Smith basketball teams are back for the season. Hobart’s 109th varsity season begins on Friday, Nov. 16 when the Statesmen take on Stevens in the first round of the Franklin & Marshall tipoff tournament. On Saturday Nov. 10, the William Smith basketball team opened its 48th season at SUNY Geneseo. The Herons will be back on the court on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the University of Rochester. Tipoff at the Palestra is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Hobart returns all five starters from last season’s 21-5 team. The Statesmen went 16-2 in conference play to finish atop the league standings and entered the Liberty League Tournament as the No. 1 seed. Hobart was upset in the tournament semifinals and was left out of the 64-team NCAA tournament field.
Head Coach Tim Sweeney has compiled a 67-37 (.644) record through his first four seasons at Hobart. The 19th man to lead the Statesmen, he ranks sixth in career wins (two behind No. 5 Izzi Metz ’98) and second in career winning percentage behind only his mentor and predecessor Mike Neer. Colin Dougherty ’18 and Jamal Lucas ’18 will lead the Statesmen this season.
In Saturday’s William Smith game against SUNY Geneseo, the host Knights closed the game with a 67-63 win, but several Herons stood out as valuable players in the close game. Forward Mia Morrison ’18 scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Herons on Saturday. Juliana Gamboa ’21 joined Morrison in double figures, finishing with 14 points. Guard Stavriana Dimitrakopoulou ’21 made three 3-pointers and finished with nine points. Forward Amy Dooley ’22 grabbed a team-high six rebounds and scored six points in her collegiate debut.
Head Coach Lindsay Sharman begins her 14th season with the Herons with a roster that returns four of five starters plus three other veteran players with experience in the starting lineup from last season. She also added five members of the Class of 2022, giving William Smith an infusion of talent and depth.