Wildcat basketball teams set for first SCAC road trip

Wildcat basketball teams set for first SCAC road trip

DENVER – The Johnson & Wales University men's and women's basketball teams are set for their first-ever SCAC weekend road trip.

The Wildcats travel south to Texas for doubleheaders Friday at Texas Lutheran (women at 4:30 p.m. MT/men at 6:30 p.m.) and Saturday at Southwestern (women at noon/men at 2 p.m.). Friday's games can been seen here while Saturday's games can been seen here

The JWU Denver men's team sits atop the league standings at 8-2 overall and 1-0 in league play after an 84-60 win at Colorado College in their SCAC debut on Dec. 4. The JWU Denver women's team is still in search of its first victory at 0-6 overall and 0-1 in conference.

Coach Quintin Grogan's team leads the SCAC in scoring offense (84.4), scoring margin (+9.4), opponent 3-point percentage (.277), steals (11.2) and turnover margin (+5.6). Senior guards Jontrell Herman and Andrew Romero III rank first and second in the league in scoring with a combined average of 49.9 points per game.

Herman (Duck Hill, Miss.) and Romero III (Northglenn, Colo.) also rank in the top three in assists and steals. Fellow senior King Grant-Perry is among the top rebounders in the SCAC at 6.5 total boards a game (eighth) and 2.5 offensive rebounds per game (second). Grant-Perry (Cleveland, Ohio) is also ninth in blocks while Bailey Stephens is third in free throw percentage.

Hit hard by the injury bug, coach Bob Kintzel's team has had to use three different starting lineups in six contests so far. The Wildcats are a young group that has relied heavily on freshmen, logging 61 percent of the team's minutes to date.

Freshman Katey Guzman has quickly emerged as one of the top scorers in the conference during her first season at JWU, ranking second at 17.2 points per game. Classmate Brianna Bailey sits seventh in the SCAC in points per game at 12.3. Bailey (Colorado Springs, Colo.) also ranks eighth in assists (2.7), fifth in steals (1.7), eighth in 3-point percentage (.262) and sixth in 3-pointers made (1.8 per game).

Guzman (Fort Collins, Colo.) is fourth in free throw percentage (.783), ninth in 3-point percentage (.250) and second in 3-pointers made (2.5).