• 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.
     
    March 3-9, 2020
    Men's: Ty-Shon Alexander, Creighton University, Junior, G, Charlotte, NC
    Creighton's Ty-Shon Alexander helped lead the Bluejays to their first regular-season title as a member of the BIG EAST Conference during a win on March 7 against Seton Hall. With 15 points in the game, Alexander became the second player in Creighton's history to have 80 or more 3-pointers in consecutive seasons. Alexander was recently named a finalist for the Jerry West Award (recognizing the best shooting guard in the nation), and was selected to the All-BIG EAST First Team. Creighton is the top seed in the BIG EAST Tournament (24-7, 13-5 BIG EAST), and will play either Georgetown or St. John's on March 12.
     
    Women's: Lou Lopez-Senechal, Fairfield University, Sophomore, F, Grenoble, France
    Fairfield's Lou Lopez-Senechal helped lead the Stags to a win over Niagara on March 7, clinching the third seed in the MAAC Championships. Lopez-Senechal tied her career-high of 27 points, with 11 rebounds, making for her second double-double of the season. In recognition of her efforts in this game (and as the leading scorer for the Stags this season), Lopez-Senechal was named to the All-MAAC First Team. Fairfield is the third seed in the MAAC Championship (15-14, 12-8 MAAC) and will play Siena or Canisius on March 12.
    February 25 - March 2, 2020
    Men's: Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy, G, So., Birmingham, AL
    Detroit Mercy's Antoine Davis concluded his season by averaging 34.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals in the final two games of the season. The sophomore shot 47.9 percent from the field (23-48), 37.5 percent from 3-point range (9-24) and 82.3 percent from the line (14-17). In the regular season finale, Davis scored a season-high 43 points (the most by a Horizon League player in-game this season), and his third career 40-point game in just two seasons. For his efforts, Davis was named the Horizon League Player of the Week.
     
    Women's: Jaylyn Agnew, Creighton University, F, Sr., Andover, KS
    Creighton's Jaylyn Agnew averaged 31.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals to lead the Bluejays to a 2-0 week. In Sunday’s regular-season finale against Jesuit-rival Georgetown, Agnew matched the Big East single-game scoring record with 43 points. The senior was 15-of-25 from the field and drained 8-of-17 from deep, to also break the Creighton scoring record (42). For her efforts, Agnew earned the Big East Player of the Week and the College Sports Madness National Player of the Week awards.
     
    February 18-24, 2020
    Men's: Christian Little, Regis, Sr., G., Los Angeles, CA
    Christian Little helped push Regis closer to securing a spot in the RMAC Tournament by averaging 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game in two victories for the Rangers. In an upset of nationally ranked No. 13 Dixie State, Little scored a game-high 21 points.
     
    Women's: Rachel Kent, Saint Louis, Fr., G/F, Des Plaines, IL
    Rachel Kent recorded her first career double-double in a 59-49 win against Jesuit-rival Fordham. Against the Rams, the rookie from Illinois scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Against VCU, Kent connected on 5-of-6 three-point shots while adding 3 assists, 2 rebounds, one block and one steal. She averaged 16.0 points and 8.0 rebounds on the week, while shooting 64 percent (7-for-11) from deep. For her efforts, she earned the Atlantic-10 Rookie of the Week award.
     
    February 11-17, 2020
    Men's: Aaron Estrada, Saint Peter’s, Fr., G, Woodbury, NJ
    Aaron Estrada averaged team-highs of 17.0 points per game and 2.5 assists per game during a 2-0 week for the Saint Peter's Peacocks. Against Jesuit-rival Fairfield on Sunday, Estrada recorded a career-high 20 points, while handing out three assists. In addition, he made 55.6 percent of his three-pointers and added four rebounds and one steal on the week. For his efforts, Estrada was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.
     
    Women's: Taylor Soule, Boston College, So., F, West Lebanon, NH
    Taylor Soule averaged 24.5 points and 11.0 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Eagles. Her pair of double-doubles were her 7th and 8th of the season. Against Notre Dame, Soule scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds -- including seven offensive -- to power Boston College to a sweep of their rivals. For her efforts, Soule was named the ACC Women's Basketball Player of the Week.
     
    February 4-10, 2020
    Men's: Tyrique Jones, Xavier, F, Sr., Bloomfield, CT
    Tyrique Jones has led the Xavier Musketeers back to contention for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. In two games this week, Jones was unbreakable, averaging 13.0 points, 18.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in victories against Big East teams. The senior from Bloomfield, Connecticut notched his 16th double-double of the season, and has recorded three straight 18-rebound games. For his efforts, Jones was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll.
     
    Women's: Kendra Wilken, Saint Louis, F, Sr., Bartelso, IL
    Kendra Wilken recorded her fifth double-double in a 2-0 week for the Saint Louis Billikens. Against Jesuit-rival Saint Joseph’s, Wilken scored a career-high 23 points while adding 11 rebounds, an assist and a steal in a 63-48 victory. She topped that just days later with a new career-high of 25 points in another victory, pushing her weekly average to 24.0 points and 8.5 rebounds. For her efforts, Wilken was named the Atlantic-10 Player of the Week.
     
    January 28 - February 3, 2020
    Men's: Filip Petrusev, Gonzaga University, So., F, Belgrade, Serbia
    Filip Petrusev earned national honors for his efforts in leading the Gonzaga Bulldogs to two victories over Jesuit teams. For the week, the sophomore from Serbia averaged 27.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in road victories at Santa Clara and San Francisco. Against Santa Clara, Petrusev scored a career-high 31 points on 68.8% shooting. For his efforts, Petrusev was named both the WCC Player of the Week and the March Madness National Player of the Week. He was also named this week as one of 20 finalists for the Wooden Award, an honor given to the player of the year in men's college basketball.
     
    Women's: Olivia Nagy, John Carroll, So., G, Lakewood, OH
    Olivia Nagy has earned herself OAC Player of the Week honors for the second time in three weeks. In two victories this week, Nagy stuffed the stat sheet by averaging 15.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 8.0 blocks and 4.5 assists on 64.7% shooting from the field. Against Marietta, Nagy nearly had a quadruple double with 15 points, 15 rebounds, a career-high 8 assists and 8 blocks. Nagy has now posted three straight double-doubles, has amassed 11 double-doubles for the season, and leads the NCAA Division III with 4.53 blocks per game.
     
    January 21-27, 2020
    Men's: Terrell Brown, Seattle University, Jr., G, Seattle, WA
    Terrell Brown earned the WAC Player of the Week award for the second time this season, for his effort in a split week for the Redhawks. For the week, Brown stuffed the stat sheet, averaging 26.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals. For the season, Brown leads the WAC in scoring at 19.9 points per game, ranks fourth in rebounding at 6.3 boards per game, second in assists at 4.9 per game, and fifth in steals at 1.5 per game.
     
    Women's: Jill Townsend, Gonzaga University, Jr., G, Okanogan, WA
    Gonzaga University's Jill Townsend averaged 23.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Bulldogs. Against Jesuit-rival Loyola Marymount, Townsend scored a career-high 28 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 assist in just 25 minutes. She helped extend Gonzaga’s win streak to a nation-leading 18 games while becoming the first team in the country to reach 20 wins.
     
    January 14-20, 2020
    Men's: Myles Burns, Loyola New Orleans, So., G/F, Houston, TX
    Myles Burns scored 14 points and added 9 steals, a career high and NAIA-division season record, in a 89-79 victory over Jesuit-rival Spring Hill. Burns now ranks third in the NAIA for steals and 8th place in the Loyola New Orleans team history leaderboard for steals. For his efforts, Burns was named a nominee for the Southern States Athletic Conference Player of the Week.
     
    Women's: McKayla Roberts, Le Moyne, Sr., G, North Syracuse, NY
    For the week, McKayla Roberts averaged 33.0 points on 64% shooting (including 14-of-22 from three-point range) and added 7.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in a 2-0 week for the Dolphins. After recording a double-double in a victory earlier in the week, Roberts broke a 31-year-old Le Moyne record with thirty-nine points, five assists and six rebounds in a 77-71 come-from-behind win at Southern New Hampshire. For her efforts, Roberts was named the Northeast-10 Player of the Week.
     
    January 7-13, 2020
    Men's: Charles Minlend, San Francisco, Jr., G, Concord, NC
    Charles Minlend averaged 22.0 points per game on 52.2 percent shooting and averaged 5.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Dons. In the 81-60 win over Jesuit-rival Santa Clara, Minlend finished with a career-high 25 points, going 7-for-15 from the field and 9-for-11 from the free throw line. He backed that up leading the Dons with 19 points in the win on the road at Pacific. For his efforts, Minlend was named the WCC Player of the Week.
     
    Women's: Jasmine Jones, Loyola Marymount, Jr., F, Long Beach, CA
    Jasmine Jones had an impressive week, averaging a double-double in two victories over Jesuit rivals. Against Santa Clara and San Francisco, Jones averaged 17.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal in two home victories. For her efforts, Jones was an honorable mention nominee for the WCC Player of the Week award.
     
    December 31, 2019 - January 6, 2020
    Men's: Jackson Sartain, John Carroll University, Jr., G, Medina, Ohio
    Jackson Sartain earned the Ohio Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week award for his efforts in leading the Blue Streaks to a 3-0 week. He averaged 19.3 points and 3.0 rebounds-per-game while shooting 22-of-40 (.550) from the field and 14-of-28 from three-point range. Sartain became JCU’s all-time leader in three-point field goals made during the Blue Streaks' 95-89 upset of #14 ranked Whitworth on Dec. 28. Sartain also scored a career-high 30 points versus Keene State.
     
    Women's: Lauren Manis, Holy Cross, Sr., F, Franklin, Massachusetts
    Lauren Manis was named the Patriot League Player of the Week and averaged a double-double with 14.0 points and 13.0 rebounds as the Crusaders went 3-0 last week. After notching a double-double in a win against Stetson, Manis recorded a 16-rebound, 13-point, three-steal and two-block performance on the road at Jesuit-rival Loyola Maryland. The Crusaders won 64-56. Manis followed that up by becoming the third player in Holy Cross history to record at least 1,000 career rebounds with 12 in a victory over Navy. Manis previously earned the National Jesuit Player of the Week award during Week 4 of the 2018-19 season.
     
    December 10-17, 2019
    Men's: Mac McClung, Georgetown, G, So., Gate City, VA
    The sophomore guard earned Big East Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week. McClung has taken on a new leadership role with the team and helped lead the Georgetown Hoyas to four consecutive victories. Against rival Syracuse, McClung scored a game-high 26 points -- including an emphatic, buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the first half -- while adding four rebounds and two assists with zero turnovers in a 89-79 victory.
     
    Women's: Mikayla Williams, San Francisco, G, Grad., Meath Park, Saskatchewan, Canada
    Mikayla Williams earned a share of the West Coast Conference Player of the Week award for her efforts for the Dons. In an 87-82 victory against Sacramento State, Williams notched her second consecutive double-double by scoring a season-high 29 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Williams also blocked two shots and dished out two assists. Williams scored 10 points in the final five minutes of Saturday's game to power the Dons to a come-from-behind victory. On the night, she went 9-for-17 (52.9%) from the field and knocked down 11-of-13 free throws (84.6%).
     
    December 3 - 9, 2019
    Men's: Eli Scott, Loyola Marymount, G/F, Jr., Chino Hills, CA
    Eli Scott notched Loyola Marymount's first ever triple-double in a 83-67 victory over Grambling State. In the contest, Scott scored 21 points, dished out 13 assists, and snagged 13 rebounds in the win. For the week, Scott averaged a double-double, including scoring a career-high 31 points in a near upset over #20 Colorado. Through nine games this season, Scott is averaging career highs in points per game, assists per game, steals per game, shooting percentage, free throw percentage, and minutes per game.
     
    Women's: Bre Cavanaugh, Fordham University, G, RS Jr., Allamuchy, N.J.
    Bre Cavanaugh helped lead the Fordham Rams to a 2-0 week by averaging a double-double, her third and fourth of the season. In a victory over Jesuit-rival Georgetown, Cavanaugh scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 67-54 home victory. For the week, Cavanaugh averaged 22.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals, and 1.0 assist in 39.0 minutes, being named the Co-Atlantic-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week with Ciaja Harbison from Saint Louis University.
     
    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.
     
    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.
     
    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.
     
    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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