• 2019-20 Jesuit Basketball Schedule Released

    It's that time of year again! Click on the image below to download a PDF version of the 2019-20 Jesuit Basketball Spotlight schedule between men's and women's teams.

  • Celebrating excellence on and off the court

    The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight (JBS) is a program developed by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) in 2008 to bring greater awareness of Jesuit education and its shared mission through the more than 80 games played by men's and women's basketball teams every season. The nation's 27 Jesuit colleges and universities are part of a global network of 188 institutions of higher learning that are rooted in the traditions of academic excellence, service, and a faith that does justice.

     

    Today, Jesuit institutions boast over 2 million living alumni across the world, including 10% of the United States Congress and basketball legends Bob Cousy (College of the Holy Cross), Patrick Ewing (Georgetown University), Bill Russell (University of San Francisco) and John Stockton (Gonzaga University).

     

    There are a number of ways that institutions can support and promote the JBS program, including:

    • Broadcasting a game-time announcement about Jesuit higher education in the United States
    • Playing the new :30 JBS video during game-breaks or half-time
    • Promoting the National Jesuit Basketball Players of the Week online
    • Sharing the Jesuit connection on social media using #JesuitEducated
    • Getting your students involved: Add Pope Francis and St. Ignatius to their collection of "fatheads" in your student sections!
    • Hosting a clothing / food drive before game-time in partnership with a local charity
    • Hosting a pre-game reception with Jesuits

    The possibilities are endless! Contact the AJCU office with any questions: (202) 862-9893 or jesuitbasketball@ajcunet.edu.

     

    2019-20 Committee Members: Deanna Howes Spiro, Director of Communications, AJCU
    Joe Lunardi, Broadcaster, Saint Joseph’s University
    John Burnes, President, Burnes Creative
    Brian Larkin, Manager, Instructional Technology, Santa Clara University
    Rory O’Neil, Director of Major Gifts, John Carroll University

  • National Jesuit Players of the Week (NJPW)

    Every week, we recognize the contributions of our men's and women's basketball players both on and off the court. Send nominations to jesuitbasketball@ajcunet.edu.
     
    November 26-December 2, 2019
    Men's: Jordan Goodwin, Saint Louis University, G, Jr., Centreville, IL
    Jordan Goodwin shined for Saint Louis in a 64-54 victory over fellow Jesuit institution Boston College. Against the Eagles, Goodwin scored 20 points, including 7 during a pivotal 21-0 run in the second half to help seal the road victory for the Billikens. Goodwin averaged a double-double for the week with 17.0 points and 16.5 rebounds in two victories. For his efforts, Goodwin was named to the Atlantic-10 honor roll. Saint Louis is 7-1 (0-0, Atlantic-10).
     
    Women's: Jaylyn Agnew, Creighton University, F, Sr., Andover, KS
    For the second consecutive week, Jaylyn Agnew was named the Big East Player of the Week. Agnew led the Bluejays to a 2-0 week at the Cancun Challenge, including an upset victory over #23 ranked West Virginia. In that game, Agnew scored a career high 34 points on 13-of-19 shooting including 6-of-11 from beyond the arc. For the week, Agnew averaged 24.5 points on 50.0% shooting. Agnew was named to the Cancun Challenge All-Tournament Team for her efforts. Creighton is 6-1 (0-0, Big East). The Bluejays are receiving votes in the AP Top 25 poll.
     
    November 19-25, 2019
    Men's: Matthew Mancuso, Scranton, Sr., F, Bridgewater, NJ
    Matthew Mancuso averaged a double-double for the week as he helped lead the Scranton Royals to two victories. Against Cabrini, Mancuso put in the best effort of his career with 38 points and 22 rebounds. The point total was the 17th best and the rebound total was the 14th best in Scranton basketball history. For his efforts, Mancuso was named the Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week, an honor he has won four times previously.
     
    Women's: Kaila Anthony, Loyola New Orleans, Sr. G/F, Pflugerville, TX
    Kaila Anthony earned the SSAC Player of the Week honors for her efforts in a 2-0 week for the No. 24 ranked Loyola Wolf Pack. Anthony averaged 18.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.0 steals, and 1.0 block in a pair of wins. Against No. 16 ranked Bethel, Anthony scored 19 points and pulled in 7 rebounds in the 61-49 victory. Loyola is 5-0 (2-0, SSAC) on the season. They are ranked No. 24 overall in the NAIA.
     
    November 12-18, 2019
    Men's: Andrew Kostecka, Loyola Maryland, Sr., G, Germantown, MD
    In a victory over Jesuit-rival Fairfield, Andrew Kostecka of Loyola University Maryland scored 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting to lead the Greyhounds to a 84-75 overtime win over the Stags. Kostecka scored 19 of his 31 points after the 13:29 mark in regulation, helping erase a 12-point Fairfield lead. For the week, he averaged 22.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals. For his efforts, Kostecka was named the Patriot League Player of the Week.
     
    Women's: Megan Swords, Holy Cross, Sr., C, Glen Rock, NY
    Against Jesuit-rival Boston College, Megan Swords notched a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Crusaders to an 80-71 victory over the Eagles. The double-double was the eighth of Swords' career. The victory was the Crusaders' first over a Power 5 school since 2014. For her efforts, Swords earned honorable mention for the Patriot League weekly awards.
     
    November 5-11, 2019
    Men's: Markus Howard, Marquette University, G, Sr., Chandler, AZ
    In a win over Jesuit-institution Loyola Maryland, Markus Howard set the Marquette all-time scoring record at 1,993 career points. The preseason first team All-American scored 38 points in the win, including 30 points in the first half. For the game, he shot 11-of-20 from the field, including 7-of-10 from 3-point range, and 9-of-10 from the foul line. For his efforts, Howard was named the Big East Player of the Week.

    Women's: Abby O’Connor, Loyola University Chicago, F, Jr., South Bend, IN
    Abby O’Connor averaged a double-double with 17.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Ramblers. Against fellow Jesuit-institution Detroit Mercy, O'Connor finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds in a road victory. Against Vermont, she stuffed the stat sheet with 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal in a 78-76 victory.

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