COLLEGE PARK, Md. — When senior guard Essence Baucom fouled out of the Elon University women’s basketball team’s first game in the NCAA Tournament in school history, head coach Charlotte Smith stopped her as she went to the bench. With Baucom tearing up, Smith opened her arms and pulled her point guard and star defender in for a hug, an embrace that concluded Baucom’s time in an Elon uniform. The 11th-seeded Phoenix lost 75-62 to sixth-seeded West Virginia University March 17 in College Park, Maryland, ending its best season in the Division I era in the first round of the Big Dance.
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The Elon University women’s basketball team saw its best season come to an end in the first round of the NCAA Tournament as the Phoenix lost to West Virginia University 75-62 Friday afternoon in College Park, Maryland. The 11th-seeded Phoenix battled the sixth-seeded Mountaineers tough throughout, holding a three-point lead late in the third quarter and tying the game at 53 with 7:25 to go.
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 as the 11-seeded Phoenix prepares to face sixth-seeded West Virginia University at 2:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s been less than two years since sophomore guard Dainan Swoope got a scholarship offer from the Elon University men’s basketball team. Since then, he’s gone from not even knowing what Elon was to becoming one of the Phoenix’s most dependable players and big shot-makers, a quick rise that even surprises him.
Even though the Elon University men’s basketball team is looking ahead and preparing for the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament, head coach Matt Matheny took some time after Saturday’s 81-59 win over the University of Delaware to think big-picture. In its third season in the CAA, the Phoenix finished the regular season 18-13 overall and 10-8 in conference play, good for a tie for fourth place in one of the best mid-major conferences in the country.
Ayana Joyner was arrested Feb. 21 and charged with larceny, communicating threats and resisting a public officer. Joyner was an Elon University student at the time of the arrest, but the Office of the Registrar confirmed that she has withdrawn from the university.
In the wildest game of the Elon University men’s basketball season, sophomore forward Tyler Seibring’s jumper at the buzzer couldn’t fall a second time, as the Phoenix lost to Northeastern University 105-104 in double overtime Thursday night. With 2.2 seconds left, Seibring — who sent the game to overtime by making a similar shot on a similar play — caught sophomore guard Dainan Swoope’s inbound pass, pump-faked, and bumped into senior guard/forward Jimmy Marshall, but missed the shot, leaving Elon listening for a whistle that never came. “It was similar,” said Elon head coach Matt Matheny.
The Elon University men's soccer team has hired Marc Reeves as its new head coach, the school announced late Wednesday night. Reeves had previously been the head coach at Radford University for seven seasons, leading the Highlanders to the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons.
The Elon University baseball team’s Saturday afternoon game against Longwood University was still in progress, the unspeakable performance of redshirt junior pitcher Robbie Welhaf nearing completion. And yet, even though there was no guarantee Welhaf would be able to finish off Elon’s first no-hitter since joining Division I, head coach Mike Kennedy almost was overcome with emotions. “[Assistant coach] Robbie [Huffstetler] and I are sitting here and I’m trying to make sure I don’t bust out in tears because you’re happy for a guy that sticks with it,” Kennedy said.
Redshirt junior pitcher Robbie Welhaf threw the first no-hitter in the Elon University baseball team’s Division I era Saturday afternoon, needing 100 pitches to beat Longwood University 7-0 at Latham Park. Welhaf struck out a career-high eight in Elon’s 7-0 win over Longwood, with just a walk and a hit-by-pitch against him.
TOWSON, Md. — In a big Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) matchup, the Elon University men’s basketball team couldn’t stop Towson University junior guard Mike Morsell and fell to the Tigers 85-66 Thursday night. Morsell scored 32 points on the night, including 21 in the second half, to lead Towson to its 10th win in its last 11 games, a stark contrast from when the Phoenix beat the Tigers Jan.
With a few minutes to wind down and finally control his heart beat, Elon University head men’s basketball coach Matt Matheny couldn’t stop his quick laugh when recalling the final play of the Phoenix’s game Saturday night. Elon up by one, four seconds left, and the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) leaders University of North Carolina at Wilmington got the ball to Preseason CAA Player of the Year redshirt senior guard Chris Flemmings on the right wing. And, off of a defensive switch, who did Elon have on the explosive 6-foot-5, 185-pound NBA prospect?