Women’s basketball

Mercer dropped its Southern Conference opener, falling 78-69 at Samford Saturday.

Junior point guard Amoria Neal-Tysor (Lee County) totaled 13 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Lady Bears. Neal-Tysor is Mercer’s leading scorer averaging 16.0 points per game.

Mercer (6-4, 0-1) continued conference play at UNC Greensboro last night and will play game two of the conference series road trip at UNCG at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Queens senior Kristian Eanes (Northwood) poured in 22 points as Queens lost 80-74 to Wingate on Jan. 2. Queens faced Div. I program Furman and fell 67-53 on Jan. 3. Eanes scored six points for the Lady Royals.

Eanes, a senior guard, is averaging 14.0 points per game for the season.

Methodist University’s squad has three former Northwood standouts: senior guard Kadie Snipes, junior guard Jazanae Billings and junior guard Trinity Ross.

Scheduled games against Greensboro this weekend were postponed. Methodist is slated now to start the season against Pfeiffer on Jan. 22 and Jan. 24.

Men’s basketball

Ferrum’s Jamar Butler made his debut for the Panthers as the Panthers edged William Peace 76-73 on Tuesday in Raleigh.

Butler (Western Harnett, Central Carolina C.C.) played 16 minutes, making a three-pointer and getting a rebound. Butler was a star guard for the Eagles before playing for two years for CCCC. He’s a junior at Ferrum, in Ferrum, Va.

Ferrum (1-0, 0-0) played William Peace again last night and is scheduled to host Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Randolph-Macon on Jan. 23.

Wrestling

No. 4-ranked North Carolina St. pitched a shutout in a 42-0 win vs. Gardner-Webb to start the Wolfpack wrestling season Jan. 3.

Redshirt-sophomore Alex Faison (Union Pines), at 174 pounds, competed in an exhibition match and defeated Gardner-Webb’s Samuel Mora by technical fall 23-8.

N.C. State moved to 2-0 with a 24-12 win against Appalachian St. Friday.

The Wolfpack starts ACC competition at Virginia at 5 p.m. today.