By Khari Demos, Sports Editor
Men’s basketball goes 1-2 in opening week
Coach Mike Grosodonia’s first week as head coach got off to an up and down start, dropping two of their first three matchups of the year. The #19 ranked Cardinals broke into their non-conference schedule and have seven more such games before entering Empire 8 play.
Fisher opened the season with a 87-75 loss to Hobart College. The Cardinals were able to cut into a 23-point second-half deficit, but were unable to complete the comeback in the end. Sammy Robinson led the way with a 20 point and six rebound effort and Jake Haight came off the bench with 14 points and five rebounds.
The Cardinals bounced back against Birmingham-Southern in the Great Lakes Invite by a score of 94-75. After trailing by 10 at halftime, Fisher outscored the Panthers 62-33 in the second half of play. Four Cardinals scored in double figures, most notably with Sammy Robinson and his career high 23 points and Tyler English’s 17 points.
Fisher’s final game of the Great Lakes Invite was a matchup with Hope College, dropping to the Dutch 97-86. Despite the losing effort, Ryan Henderson also netted a career high with 23 points and grabbed six rebounds as well. Robinson continued his consistent scoring pace with 16 points and English added 13 points.
Next up for the Cardinals is their home opener against the College of Wooster. The Fighting Scots are 2-0 on the season, defeating both Oberlin College and Medaille College.
Women’s basketball splits opening week games
Fisher started the 2017 season this week, coming up with a 1-1 in the first non-conference matchups. The Cardinals competed in the McDaniel Tip-Off Tournament, which also featured Christopher Newport University and Chapman University.
The second-ranked Captains took the battle over the Cardinals handily, winning 74-48. Fisher’s leading scorer for the game was Erin Hulbert with nine baskets. Nicole Robinson totaled seven points, seven rebounds and three assists overall.
The Cardinals picked up their first win of the year against Chapman, taking the victory 69-57. Hulbert helped Fisher get back on track, putting up a career-high 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Caroline Robertson played a vital role as well, posting an 18 point night with eight rebounds and tying a career-high with six blocks.
Looking ahead, the Cardinals travel out to Buffalo for a contest with Medaille College. Fisher last took on the Mavericks in 2016, coming away with a 87-59 victory.