Waynesburg Basketball Preview against Geneva

Women's team has home opener, Men's team on road.

After opening the season with two games on the road, the Waynesburg Women’s basketball team will face Geneva in their home opener Monday evening at the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse. 

Waynesburg (0-2) lost by 16 points at Grove City and lost by 7 points at Westminster with both games taking place within the last week. 

Geneva (1-1) is coming into the game having been on both ends of the spectrum on the scoresheet. The Golden Tornadoes defeated Franciscan University by 24 points on Jan. 30, then lost by 34 to Saint Vincent last Saturday Feb. 6. 

The Lady Jackets swept the season series in 2019-20, winning by 17 points on the road, and 35 points at home. Waynesburg also scored 93 points in both matchups. 

History favors Waynesburg, the Lady Jackets are 19-1 in their last 20 games against Geneva with the last Golden Tornadoes win coming on Feb.19, 2011 on the road at the Metheny Fieldhouse.

Although Geneva has five more players on its roster, each team has a total of five upperclassmen on the benches. Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m with live coverage provided by the Waynesburg University Sports Network.

The Men’s Basketball team will travel to Geneva for their first road contest this season. Both squads enter Monday’s matchup with a record of 0-1. 

Head Coach Tim Fusina returns to the site of his first win with the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets. While it may have been a key moment, sentiment doesn’t distract Fusina from the present day.

“It’s just a conference game,” Fusina said. “What I remember about that game is our guys showed a lot of character down 14 or 15 at the half to comeback and win.”

Junior forward Isaiah Alonzo recalls the game as well, but like his coach is focused on the next one. 

“We have some good memories on that court,” Alonzo said. “It’s a good place to play at and I hope we can take care of business again.”

In the 2019-20 season the Jackets won by four on the road, and lost by two at home. When describing if Geneva is an even matchup for Waynesburg there isn’t much to mince words on. 

“Last year they were,” Fusina said. “They’re a well coached team that usually does different things and I’m looking forward to another challenge on Monday night in their gym.”

Coverage of the Men’s game will be provided by WCYJ-FM, with tip-off set for 7 p.m live on 99.5 the Hive.