Four college basketball teams with a combined record of 32-1 are set to meet today at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium in Goffstown.
The Saint Anselm College and Bentley University men’s and women’s teams, three of which are undefeated and nationally ranked, meet today in a pair of Northeast-10 Conference showdowns. The women’s game is scheduled to tip off at 1:30 p.m., followed by the men at 3:30 p.m.
The Hawks men are 7-0 (4-0 in the league) and ranked No. 4 nationally in Division II. Their counterparts from Waltham, Mass., are 8-0 and 5-0 and check in at No. 14.
The Falcons women, ranked fifth nationally under 33rd-year coach Barbara Stevens, are 9-0 and 5-0. Among their contributors is Maddy Springfield, a junior guard from Jaffrey, who is averaging 6.7 points per game. The Saint Anselm women are 8-1 and 5-1.
It’s a big day for the Saint Anselm men, who are one of 13 men’s basketball programs nationally that are still unbeaten. With a win, they would set a school record for best start to a season.
The Hawks sport a 17.6 scoring margin thus far and are ranked 11th in Division II in that statistic. Senior Tim Guers, the reigning NE-10 player of the year, is leading the team with 21.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
On the women’s side, Saint Anselm junior Shannon Ryan leads the nation in double-doubles (eight) and ranks third in rebounds (121).