Stillman College men’s basketball team will welcome Allen University to Birthright Alumni Hall on Thursday, while the women will face off against Loyola University.
The No. 8-ranked men’s team is coming off of its fourth loss of the season at the hands of Concordia College Selma on Tuesday. It was the team’s second-straight loss, after going 22-2 in its first 24 games.
“The guys have been playing hard,” Stillman coach John Teasley said. ‘They’ve given everything they have. That’s all you can ask for. Sometimes, things go your way. Sometimes, they don’t.”
Despite the loss, Stillman got good news as the men’s team will be a No. 1 seed and will have a first-round bye in the NAIA Division II Association of Independent Institutions tournament on Feb. 24
The Tigers will play its four remaining home games over the course of just six days. The bye in the first round of the conference tournament will give it added rest.
“It’s a great honor to get the one seed,” Teasley said. “The guys worked hard for it. They were able to get rewarded for that.”
On the women’s side, the team will not get the same first-round bye in the A.I.I. tournament. It will be a three-seed and will play Fisher College on Feb. 23 in Gary, Indiana.
The women’s team is on a three-game winning streak, and has won 10 out of its last 11 games. The three-game winning streak comes after the women lost to Voorhees College at home on Feb. 5. The women will also play the same stretch of four home games in six days.
“We had some tough times early on, but we stayed the course,” coach Alico Dunk said. “We’ve had hard work and dedication.”
The women’s game against Loyola will tip off at 5:30 p.m., while the men’s game against Allen will tip off right after at 7:30 p.m.