Sports Editorial: Basketball starts strong
Beaver basketball is off to an amazing start and the season is looking promising for both the men and the women this year. Men’s basketball is currently standing at 7-0 and are also the only remaining undefeated team in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
The men are playing their hearts out and the season has only just begun, with men setting records for themselves and besting their own game and career highs.
Against Valley City State, Tyler Rudolph scored a game-high of 22 points; against Dickinson State, David Akibo scored a career-high of 16 points. In the home opener alone, Tyler Rudolph scored a career-high of 40 points — beating his previous career-high of 37 points the week before. Rudolph was named the NSIC North Division Player of the Week on Nov. 13 and again this week.
Women’s basketball has also had a strong start, standing at 4-1, and already looking better than last year. They are performing well under the lead of new head coach Mark Graupe. In the win against Dickinson State, Madison Wald led with a team-high of 18 points; in their season opener against Rocky Mountain, Holly Johnson scored 18 points and had 12 rebounds.
Last week against Yellowstone Christian College, the women performed phenomenally with Shyla Carr leading the team in scoring with a career-high of 21 points and six rebounds. Alyx Fast followed with 14 points and three assists.
The teams are definitely putting on the best show possible for us to watch.