Trolls’ Basketball Season Begins

The 2016-17 basketball season is here with the women’s and men’s teams beginning their schedules this week.  The women’s team makes their debut on Thursday, October 27, in a home contest with the University of Michigan-Dearborn at 5:30 pm. They will also be home on Saturday, October 29, at 1 pm against Waldorf College.  

The men’s team starts their season on October 29 in a road game at Wilberforce University in Ohio.  Their first home contest is November 5 when they host Siena Heights University at 3 pm.

The women’s team has a 14 player roster with nine returners, two freshmen, and two transfer sophomores. They will be under the direction of new interim head coach Bill DeRuiter, who served as the assistant coach last season. Overall, the team will play a 30-game schedule of which 21 are conference contests.  The first of those CCAC games is on November 16 at home against Olivet Nazarene University.  

The men’s team is under the direction of Brandon Nicol, who is 6th season as head coach. The roster has 12 players of which 10 are returning from last year and two are junior transfers. They are an experienced group of mainly upperclassmen. Their schedule consists of 30 games as well as two exhibition contest. The Trolls’ 21 game conference schedule starts on November 11 at Cardinal Stritch University.

All home contests for both programs will be webcasted with live video and statistics and the link can be found here or by clicking on the Game Central icon on the athletics web page.  For complete season schedules, visit the individual sports pages. You can also follow the teams on the Twitter accounts at @TrollsAthletics, @TrollsWBball, @TrollsMBball.