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Phoenix prepares for 1st NCAA Tournament game

3/17/17 12:19am

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — There’s only one chance for a school to make its first trip to the NCAA Tournament like the Elon University women’s basketball team is currently doing. It’s part of why head coach Charlotte Smith has been preaching to her team to soak the moment in as much as possible even ...

Unique Elon connection for West Virginia head coach

3/16/17 10:30pm

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — When Elon University’s named popped under West Virginia University during ESPN’s Selection Show Monday night, it set up quite the family dilemma for Chelby Carey. The second-year law student is also the daughter of Mountaineer head coach Mike Carey.

Defense, rebounding propelling Elon to Big Dance

3/14/17 7:30pm

Head coach Charlotte Smith has been telling the Elon University women’s basketball team the keys to success so often, she knew the team would get sick of it. But in Smith’s eyes, defending well and cleaning up as many rebounds as possible are too important to ever let the team forget. “You have to set goals, and it has to be something that’s on the forefront of their minds,” Smith said.

Baseball seeking balance between strong pitching, struggling offense

3/14/17 10:30am

As the Elon University baseball team concludes its first month of play, a happy medium between offense and pitching has yet to be reached. In a role reversal from previous Elon teams, it’s the pitching that has emerged as the strength of this year’s club, with a team ERA of 4.11 checking in at nearly two and a half runs lower than last year.

Elon to face West Virginia in 1st round of NCAA Tournament

3/13/17 7:17pm

The Elon University women's basketball team will open its first-ever NCAA Tournament run in College Park, Maryland, when the Phoenix faces West Virginia University on Friday, March 17. The time of Elon's game has not yet been announced. The Phoenix found out it was an 11-seed at 7:06 p.m. on ESPN's Selection Show Special Monday night.

Daunting task ahead for Elon in CAA final

3/11/17 2:30pm

HARRISONBURG, Va. — After earning its spot in the Colonial Athletic Association championship game, the Elon University women’s basketball team watched the first half of the other semifinal high up in the rafters at the JMU Convocation Center. The Phoenix left at halftime, going back to its hotel to prepare for tonight’s 7 p.m.

Softball starts weekend tournament with doubleheader sweep

3/11/17 10:26am

The Elon University softball team kicked off its second home tournament in as many weekends by sweeping Friday’s doubleheader, beating Fairleigh Dickinson University 8-1 before edging Norfolk State 7-5 at Hunt Softball Park. In the first game, junior pitcher Kiandra Mitchum finished a complete game with a career-high 11 strikeouts, becoming the first Phoenix pitcher in six years to have double-digit strikeouts.

Elon takes next step, advances to CAA Championship

3/10/17 8:03pm

Elon rolled past College of William & Mary 88-60 in a CAA women’s basketball semifinal Friday afternoon at JMU Convocation Center behind senior guard Lauren Brown’s standout showing and another lights-out shooting performance.

Reeves ready to maximize ‘truly talented’ Elon

3/8/17 10:00am

It’s fair to say that neither Marc Reeves nor the Elon University men’s soccer team expected to be in this situation. Reeves had been enjoying a run of success never before seen at Radford University, winning three straight Big South Conference regular season championships and making back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. Meanwhile, Elon finished in the top four of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) for the third time in its three years in the CAA. With the entire starting lineup returning, former head coach Chris Little’s bunch seemed to have sights set high.

Seeking more: Women's basketball readies for CAA Tournament

3/8/17 8:30am

The tears had started to come down senior forward Jenifer Rhodes’ face. In what could be her final game in Alumni Gym, Rhodes had tied her career-high with 21 points, leading Elon to a 82-48 win over the University of North Carolina at Wilmington March 1 and, with it, the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season title. That title, and all the work that was put in to get it, had Rhodes on the cusp of crying.

Men's basketball's bitter end doesn't dim hope for future

3/7/17 8:00pm

The pain was palpable after the Elon University men’s basketball team’s trip to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament ended after a single game. The Phoenix fell apart down the stretch, watching the College of William & Mary turn a six-point deficit with five minutes left into a 71-66 win Saturday afternoon in North Charleston.

Phoenix baseball seeing offensive improvements

3/7/17 1:51pm

The end of a sweep provided a positive look to the future for the Elon University baseball team. Elon's offense turned in the right direction in the late innings of a 5-1 victory against the University of Massachusetts, a performance the Phoenix hopes translates into a stronger approach at the plate in the coming weeks.