W College Basketball Preview: Columbia International University vs. Reinhardt University

College Basketball

This afternoon the Columbia International University Rams will attempt to derail the undefeated No. 23 Reinhardt Eagles. The Eagles boast an impeccable 22-0 record, remaining undefeated and demonstrating their prowess on the court. They recently secured a commanding 93-51 win over Brenau, solidifying their status as a formidable force in the AAC. The Rams, on the other hand, are coming off a 69-53 loss against Union College, Kentucky, leaving them with a 4-16 overall record and 3-15 in AAC play.

The Eagles’ recent victory over Brenau was a showcase of their offensive strength and depth, with five players scoring in double digits. Maria Sanchez Ponce led the charge with 22 points and 14 rebounds, marking a stellar double-double performance. The team’s ability to score consistently across all quarters has set them apart from their competition. Reinhardt’s impressive season statistics further highlight their efficiency, with an average of 82.6 points per game on a 45.2% shooting performance from the field.

NAIA GAME BROADCAST INFO:

2024 Regular Season, NAIA Conference Game
Columbia Rams vs Reinhardt Eagles
Date
: February 6th | Time: 5:30pm EST
Location: Brown Athletic Center – Waleska, Georgia
TV: Southeast Sports Network | TV: ETC Now
Radio: Unavailable | Stats: Eagles Athletics
Announcer(s)
: Gabriel Schray, Lorenzo Robinson

Reinhardt’s roster is filled with notable talents such as Ashley Woodroffe, a graduate guard averaging 13.7 points per game, and Maria Sanchez Ponce, who leads the team with 16.5 points per game. Their balanced attack and robust defense, limiting opponents to an average of 60.3 points per game, have been key to their undefeated season.

Columbia International University faces a challenging task against the Eagles. In their last game, despite a strong start leading 14-9 after the first quarter, the Rams struggled in the subsequent periods, being outscored significantly. Mariah Leinbach emerged as a standout player, scoring 17 points and grabbing eight rebounds. The Rams will need to leverage their key players, including Keniah Watkins, who has been effective with an average of 10.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, and Mariah Leinbach, the team’s leading scorer with an average of 16.6 points per game.

For CIU to challenge the Eagles, they’ll need to focus on improving their shooting efficiency, currently standing at 33.4% from the field, and bolstering their defense to slow down Reinhardt’s dynamic offense. Their ability to start strong, as seen in their last game, could prove crucial if they manage to maintain that intensity throughout all four quarters.

As the Rams prepare to face the Eagles, the key to their success will lie in their ability to execute a disciplined defensive strategy and capitalize on scoring opportunities. Reinhardt, on the other hand, will look to continue their dominant performance, leveraging their depth and offensive firepower.

Tune in at 5:00 PM via the Southeast Sports Network. Your source for live and free basketball across the southeast.

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