ELON, N.C. – Every Monday, Phoenix fans can get a look at the week ahead with our “Elon Athletics Weekly Update” feature when we will preview all the week’s upcoming events for our sports teams. “Follow us” on Twitter at @elonphoenix and @elonscores, “Like” Elon Phoenix on Facebook and continue to check elonphoenix.com to stay current on all things Elon Athletics.
Men’s Basketball (11-10, 3-5 CAA)
Elon at UNCW, Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m., Wilmington, N.C.
Elon at Northeastern, Saturday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m., Boston
• Senior guard Austin Hamilton scored a career-high 31 points on Jan. 24 against Delaware, finishing 10-of-13 from the floor and hitting a career-best six threes. Hamilton became the first Elon player to score 30+ points in Alumni Gym since Jack Isenbarger scored 34 against The Citadel on Feb. 4, 2012.
• Elon’s 94 points against Delaware are the most for the Phoenix against a conference foe since scoring 99 against UNCG on Feb. 19, 2011.
• Elon’s 25 made free throws against Delaware are the most in a game since the Phoenix knocked down 27 against Western Carolina on Feb. 16, 2013.
• Tanner Samson sits at 204 threes in his career entering Wednesday’s game at UNCW, good for fifth in school history. With one more triple, Samson will pass Scottie Rice for fourth in school history. The Littleton, Colo., native trails only Jack Isenbarger (264), Chris Kiger (259), Sebastian Koch (242) and Rice (204) in career threes.
Women’s Basketball (12-7, 5-3 CAA)
Elon at James Madison, Friday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m., Harrisonburg, Va.
• After a setback at UNCW on Thursday, Elon bounced back with an 80-77 overtime win against Northeastern on Sunday in Alumni Gym. The game marked the first overtime game for the Phoenix since a 70-60 win over Chattanooga in January 2013.
• Shay Burnett led the Phoenix against the Huskies with a new career-high 21 points off a 7-of-10 performance and also hauled down seven rebounds.
• The Phoenix makes the return trip to James Madison on Friday, Jan. 30, after hosting the Dukes in Alumni Gym on Jan. 15. Elon plays its next three games on the road and doesn’t return to Alumni Gym until Thursday, Feb. 12, to host UNCW.
Elon vs. Kennesaw State, Saturday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m., Rudd Field
• Elon begins the 2015 season with a home game against former A-Sun conference opponent Kennesaw State on Saturday at Rudd Field.
• Last season, the Phoenix claimed an 18-7 win over the Owls at Rhodes Stadium with the help of six goals from Molly Garrigan.
• The Phoenix finished last year, its first season of competition, with an 8-9 overall record (4-1 A-Sun) and a 5-0 mark at home. This season, Elon joins the CAA and moves its home venue to Rudd Field.
Women’s Tennis (1-3)
• The Phoenix won its first home match of the spring season against South Carolina State, 6-1, on Jan. 20.
• Elon finished 0-2 at the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Gainesville, Fla., last week against second-ranked Florida and 61st-ranked Georgia State. The fourth-seeded Phoenix took on the top-seeded Gators, falling 4-0. A day later, Elon dropped a 4-0 decision to GSU.
• Elon’s next match is on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 3 p.m. at Wake Forest.
Women’s Track and Field
Elon at Hilton Garden Invitational, Friday – Saturday, Jan. 30 – 31, Winston-Salem, N.C.
• The Phoenix returns to the JDL Fast Track Complex to compete at the Hilton Garden Invitational this weekend, Jan. 30 – 31. It is one of four indoor meets that Elon will compete in at the nearby facility this season.
• Last weekend, the maroon and gold competed at the Hokie Invite meet at Virginia Tech. It is one of two indoor meets Elon will compete in at Virginia Tech this season as the Phoenix makes a return trip on Feb. 20 – 21 for the Virginia Tech Challenge.
• Members of the Phoenix distance group had a strong showing this past weekend. Sophomore Kimberly Johansen clocked in a season-best time of 2:53.99 in the 1,000-meters, qualifying for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships. Sophomore Elyse Bierut ran the second-fastest time in school history in the 3,000-meters at 9:54.49 and also qualified for the ECAC’s as did Tereza Novotna, with her time of 4:58.46 in the one-mile run.