Winthrop University

Eagles ready to retake the court after long idle stretch

Only four games are on the schedule for Winthrop athletics this week.

The Lady Eagles basketball team is on its way to the Bahamas this morning for two games in the Sunsplash Shootout. They take on 25th-ranked Georgia Tech Thursday.

The men's basketball team is trying to put an end to a seven-game slide. They play Saturday night at Old Dominion and host College of Charleston at 7 p.m. Monday at the Coliseum.

MEN'S SOCCER -- Winthrop defender Henry Kalungi has been offered a contract to play in the United Soccer League's second division. Winthrop coach Rich Posipanko said it is a good opportunity for Kalungi, a native of Kampala, Uganda. Senior goalkeeper Patrick Mitrovich is also trying out for the league today through Saturday.

MEN'S BASKETBALL -- Winthrop's next three games are against nonconference opponents with a combined record of 18-5: Old Dominion (4-3), College of Charleston (7-1) and Florida (7-2).

FORMER TEAMMATES -- Winthrop freshman guard Andre Jones and Old Dominion freshman forward Nick Wright played together at Nansemond River High School in Suffolk, Va. last year.

CURRY ALERT -- Winthrop will face another Curry, Liberty freshman Seth, Jan. 3 at the Coliseum. The Eagles already played older brother Stephen, Nov. 3 at Davidson.

Stephen Curry leads the nation in scoring at 31.9 ppg. Seth Curry tops the nation's freshmen in scoring (21.4) and is second in the Big South Conference behind Charleston Southern's Jamarco Warren (21.6).

TOUGHEST SCHEDULE -- The Winthrop men have played the most rugged schedule of all the Big South schools thus far. The Eagles' strength of schedule is ranked 64th in the country. Presbyterian is next at 98.

Winthrop's RPI is 271 out of 434 Division I schools. Only Radford (338) is lower among Big South teams.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL -- Senior Ashley Fann is second in the Big South in rebounding (9.4 per game) and tied for fourth in scoring (14.1). Six players are averaging between 14.0 and 14.3 points per game. Megan Frazee of Liberty, the conference's preseason player of the year, leads the league in both categories (23 ppg and 10 rpg).