The Week Ahead: January 28-February 3

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University men's basketball faces key games as it makes a run at the Midwest Conference Tournament, and Lawrence hockey tries to keep its playoff hopes alive this weekend.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (5-13, 2-10 MWC)

Opponent: Lawrence vs. St. Norbert (7-12, 6-6)

When and Where: Thursday, Jan. 31, 5:30 p.m., Alexander Gymnasium

Series Record: In a series that started in the 1975-76 season, St. Norbert has a 74-13 lead over the Vikings.

Webcast: Lawrence vs. St. Norbert

Opponent: Lawrence at Ripon (11-8, 10-2)

When and Where: Saturday, Feb. 2, 1 p.m., Weiske Gymnasium, Ripon, Wis.

Series Record: In a series that started in the 1975-76 season, Ripon has a 58-28 edge over Lawrence.

Webcast: Lawrence at Ripon

Fast Fact: Lawrence picked up its first win over Cornell since the Rams rejoined the Midwest Conference in 2012. The Vikings topped Cornell 64-52 behind a double-double from Kenya Earl.

MEN'S BASKETBALL (10-9, 7-5 MWC)

Opponent: Lawrence vs. St. Norbert (13-6, 11-1)

When and Where: Thursday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., Alexander Gymnasium

Series Record: In a series that dates back to 1918, St. Norbert holds a 61-46 lead over the Vikings.

Webcast: Lawrence vs. St. Norbert

Opponent: Lawrence at Ripon (11-8, 7-5)

When and Where: Saturday, Feb. 2, 3 p.m., Weiske Gymnasium, Ripon, Wis.

Series Record: In a series that started in 1906, Ripon has a 143-81 advantage over Lawrence.

Webcast: Lawrence at Ripon

Fast Fact: Sophomore guard Brad Sendell was named the Midwest Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season. Sendell scored a career-high 31 points in Lawrence's 78-74 victory at Monmouth.

Lawrence hockey logo HOCKEY (5-15-1, 3-10-1 NCHA)

Opponent: Lawrence vs. Marian (10-8-3, 8-5-1), Battle of Highway 41

When and Where: Friday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m., Appleton Ice Center; Saturday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m., Blue Line Ice Center, Fond du Lac, Wis.

Series Record: In a series that started in the 1992-93 season, Marian has a 55-17-6 lead over the Vikings. Marian swept the series a season ago to win back the Battle of Highway 41 trophy.

Friday's Webcast: Lawrence vs. Marian

Saturday's Webcast: Lawrence at Marian

Fast Fact: Lawrence exploded for a season-high eight goals in an 8-2 victory at St. Scholastica last Friday to keep their Northern Collegiate Hockey Association playoff hopes alive.

Lawrence track and field logo TRACK AND FIELD

Event: Sherman-Lukoski Invitational

When and Where: Saturday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m., Willmore Center, Ripon, Wis.

Webcast: None.

Fast Fact: Lawrence's Josh Janusiak won the 3,000 meters at the Red Hawk Opener the last time he competed at the Willmore Center.

FENCING

Event: Northwestern Duals

When and Where: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2-3, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

Webcast: None.

Fast Fact: Lawrence competed at the DeCicco Duals at Notre Dame last weekend, and the women posted an 8-4 record.

MEN'S TENNIS

Opponent: Lawrence at MSOE

When and Where: Sunday, Feb. 3, 1 p.m., Milwaukee, Wis.

Webcast: None.

Fast Fact: This is the season opener for the Vikings, who return five starters from last year's squad.