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Around the Rim Report: ASC Women's Basketball Weekly Notebook
December 10, 2002


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National Polls

Preseason (November 7)

Rank Team Pts.
1 Washington Univ. (3) 141
2 Wisconsin-Stevens Point (3) 135
3 Bowdoin College 122
4 DePauw Univ. 119
5 Hardin-Simmons 108
6 Wilmington College 107
7 King's College 98
8 St. Lawrence Univ. 98
9 St. Benedict 89
10 Eastern Connecticut State 87
11 Marymount Univ. 80
12 Univ. Scranton 70
13 Emmanuel College 59
14 Univ. Southern Maine 55
15 Pacific Lutheran Univ. 53
16 Case Western Reserve 51
17 Webster Univ. 48
18 Wisconsin-Stout 47
19 Messiah College 46
20 Hope College 39
21 Baldwin-Wallace College 37
22 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 31
23 Salisbury Univ. 28
24 Muhlenberg College 27
25 Carleton College 20 Top 25
Week #1 (December 3)

Rank Team Pts.
1 Washington Univ. (17) 616
2 Wisconsin-Stevens Point (5) 563
3 Bowdoin (1) 554
4 King's (1) 532
5 Scranton 469
6 St. Benedict 456
7 Hardin-Simmons (1) 450
8 DePauw 436
9 Baldwin-Wallace 410
10 Hope College 364
11 Wisconsin-Stout 342
12 St. Lawrence 309
13 Carleton 307
14 Wilmington 284
15 DeSales 270
16 New Jersey 219
17 Case Western 202
18 Lebanon Valley 178
19 Southern Maine 161
20 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 139
21 Rochester 132
22 Christopher Newport 119
23 Eastern Connecticut 112
24 Salisbury 93
25 Emmanuel 25

Women's D-III News Top 25 Poll
Preseason (October 15)

Rank Team
1. Washington Univ.
2. Hardin-Simmons
3. Bowdoin
4. King's
5. Wilmington
6. Wisconsin-Stevens Point
7. Salisbury State
8. Plymouth State
9. St. Benedict
10. Hope College
11. Alvernia
12. Eastern Connecticut
13. Wisconsin-Stout
14. Muhlenberg
15. Salem State
16. Kean
17. Wartburg
18. Messiah
19. DePauw
20. Anderson (Ind.)
21. Wisconsin-Eau Claire
22. Scranton
23. Guilford
24. Wittenberg
25. Ithaca

Around the Rim Report . . .

Exam Week: The women's basketball teams in the American Southwest Conference take the week to complete semester exams, returning to the court on Saturday (Dec. 14) to open a hectic pre-Christmas week of games. Two ASC West Division opening games are slated on Saturday with several non-conference match-ups scattered Saturday to Saturday (Dec. 14-21). Schreiner takes an early-week trip to Southern California, facing Chapman on Sunday (Dec. 15) and Christian Heritage on Tuesday (Dec. 17).

ASC West Underway: The second group of ASC West Division teams open conference play on Saturday (Dec. 14). Mary Hardin-Baylor goes to Concordia-Austin and Sul Ross State is at Howard Payne completing the first round of the division's travel partner schedule. #5/7 Hardin-Simmons and Texas Lutheran each won their West openers to share the early season division lead. . . . The ASC East Division schedule does not begin until January 16.

One Unbeaten Remains: Four ASC teams began the month of December undefeated and after last weekend's play, just one squad--#5/7 Hardin-Simmons--remains unbeaten. The Cowgirls (6-0, 1-0 ASC) added to their victory total with a 67-47 ASC West Division win over cross-town and division rival McMurry last Saturday (Dec. 14) improving its conference record over the last four seasons to 40-5 (1999/2000 to present).

East vs. West, Round 2: December 5-7 ASC cross-division games may have resulted in a 6-6 tie, but the West maintains the advantage in the season's series with wins 14-12. The ASC West Division finished the first weekend of cross-divisional games winning eight of the 14 games (Nov. 30/Dec. 1). . . . Games played against ASC cross-division opponents do not count in league standings for 2002-03.

The Numbers: Complete ASC conference statistics packages are available on this Web site. The NCAA Division III national statistics rankings will be posted beginning the week of January 7 at under the statistics tab.

Slam Dunks . . .

Austin College: Senior Rania Batrice hit 20 straight free throws to start the season before missing an attempt against Concordia-Austin last Thursday (Dec. 5). Batrice is 23-of-27 (.852) at the line and the leading Austin College scorer (14.0 ppg) through the first six games. . . . The Lady Kangaroos will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak when they travel to Southwestern for a Sunday game (Dec. 15).

Concordia-Austin: The Lady Tornados are one of the hottest shooting teams in the conference, combining to shoot 52 percent from the floor, including a 51 percent three-point field goal completion rate. Sub Stephanie Segner, who is averaging 9.8 points, is a red-hot 69 percent from the floor. . . . CUA is putting its shooting touch to work, outscoring its five season opponents an average 12.6 points a game. . . . Concordia-Austin opens ASC West play Saturday (Dec. 14) at home against Mary Hardin-Baylor.

East Texas Baptist: Post player Tanasha Ellis recorded back-to-back games of 25 and 20 points to extend the Lady Tigers win streak to three games and help overcome an 0-4 start. In the wins over Schreiner (Dec. 5) and Texas Lutheran (Dec. 7), Ellis shot 59 percent from the floor (16-of-27) and a hot 87 percent at the line (13-of-15). . . . Point guard Sandy Gabriel needs three steals to become ETBU's all-time leader. She enters the holiday break with 176 career steals, trailing record holder Queen Olumbo (1995-99) who hold the mark at 178. . . . Tameka Gardner scored a career-high 24 points in the December 2 win over Concordia-Austin. . . . ETBU is off until a December 30 date at Southern Arkansas.

Hardin-Simmons: The Cowgirls trailed at halftime for the first time this season against McMurry, then used back-to-back three-pointers by Lauren Harris in the opening minute of the second half to kick-start the offense and outscore the Lady Indians 40-16 in the 67-47 win (Dec. 7). . . . Harris knocked down four three-pointers against McMurry and is shooting 47 percent from long-distance (17-of-36) for the year. . . . Diana Martinez is on pace to break the HSU assist record, compiling 40 in six games (6.7 ave). The season mark is 131.

Howard Payne: Junior Nichole Salzman grabbed a conference and Howard Payne season game-high 19 rebounds in the 73-52 win over Louisiana College (Dec. 7). Salzman made it a double-double with 17 points and added six steals. . . . Kristy Lyons, who stole five passes against Mississippi College (Dec. 5), is two steals away from setting the HPU record.

LeTourneau: Second-year starting wing Jennifer Persondek has the three-point touch for the LadyJackets, scoring on 5-of-6 (.833) long-distance shots in wins at Texas Lutheran (Dec. 5) and Schreiner (Dec. 7). For the season, the junior is shooting 75 percent from three-point (12-of-16) while averaging 12.1 points. . . . The LadyJackets' 107 points against Schreiner are the most scored in the ASC this season and the first 100-point game recorded in the league. . . . LeTourneau is off until it hosts McMurry on January 2.

Louisiana College: The Lady Wildcats dropped a pair of road games last weekend at Sul Ross State (78-70/Dec. 5) and Howard Payne (73-52/Dec. 7) to fall from the unbeaten ranks. . . . Patrece Carter carries team-high 19.2 point and 6.6 rebound averages into the holiday break. . . . Louisiana College is off until January 2 when it hosts Mary Hardin-Baylor.

McMurry: After averaging just 5.1 points as a freshman, Melissa Forth is second among the Lady Indians with a 16.5-point average. . . . Freshman Sonya West leads McMurry scoring (21.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.33 rpg) despite coming off the bench and averaging just 24.5 minutes of game time. . . . Transfer Brittany Densman has found the touch from three-point range, dropping five three-pointers in the last four games. . . . McMurry is off until December 20 when it ravels to UT Permian Basin.

Mississippi College: Mississippi College fell from the unbeaten ranks with an eight-point road loss at Sul Ross State (59-51/Dec. 7). . . . Tara Chez was the most consistent Lady Choctaw over the two-game ASC far west road trip, totaling 27 points--16 vs. Howard Payne (Dec. 5)--with six rebounds and five assists. . . . Four of MC's top five scorers are freshmen, led by Lacey Palomarez (18.5 ppg), Tara Chez Britton (8.7 ppg), Lacey Kovach (7.0 ppg) and Jenny Golden (4.8 ppg).

Mary Hardin-Baylor: senior guard Julie Robertson heated things up in Mabee Gym, shooting 63 percent from the floor over the Lady Crusaders' weekend split with Ozarks and Austin College (Dec. 5/7). Robertson was a combined 10-of-16 with 16 and 13 points in the games, adding 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals to her weekend totals. . . . Lisa Martinez, who averaged 17 points in the last two games, has topped UMHB scoring in five of the six games. . . . Eleven different players scored in the 75-55 win over Austin College (Dec. 7). . . . UMHB is at Concordia-Austin for its ASC West opener on Saturday (Dec. 14).

Ozarks: Tiffany Villines is the leading assistmaker for the Lady Eagles, averaging just over five assists a game in addition to her 8.4 points. . . . When the offense has rolled, Ozarks has posted a win. All three victories have come with UO scoring 82 or more points and two of those behind 92 and 93-point outbursts. The Lady Eagles are averaging 69.1 points. . . . Ozarks is off until December 30 when it hosts Hendrix College.

Schreiner: Freshman forward Rachel Estrada has been Schreiner's key inside player, seeking opportunities on both ends of the floor. Estrada finished with 18 points and eight rebounds against LeTourneau (Dec. 7). . . . Sandy Murdock was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line vs. LeTourneau, and leads the Mountaineers at the line shooting 93 percent (25-of-27) for the year. . . . SU has been plagued by injuries in the early season and looks to use next week's two-game Southern California swing and holiday break to regroup. The Mountaineers will face NCAA-Div. III power Chapman University on Sunday (Dec. 15) and NAIA Christian Heritage on Tuesday (Dec. 17).

Sul Ross State: The Lady Lobos knocked ASC East leaders Louisiana College (78-70/Dec. 5) and Mississippi College (59-51/Dec. 7) from the unbeaten ranks in back-to-back games last weekend. . . TaRhonda Belcher tallied eight steals against Louisiana College, matching single-game bests in the ASC. . . . Sul Ross State travels to Howard Payne for its ASC West opener on Saturday (Dec. 14).

UT Dallas: UTD resumes its schedule Monday (Dec. 16) at #5/7 Hardin-Simmons and continues the ASC Abilene swing with a Tuesday (Dec. 17) game at McMurry. The Comets have been idle since December 1 and a 73-70 loss to Sul Ross State. . . . Three players average 13 or more points, led by Julee Waller at 16.2 points a game.

Texas Lutheran: Sophomore post player Courtney Ard scored 18 and 19 points and totaled 15 rebounds in the Bulldogs' two-point losses to LeTourneau (Dec. 5) and East Texas Baptist (Dec. 7), continuing her lead on TLU season scoring (13.1 ppg) and rebounding (5.6 rpg) lists. . . . First-year forward Sara Kainer recorded career highs in points (17) and rebounds (14) against LeTourneau, reaching the double-double by halftime. . . Texas Lutheran has dropped six straight since its season-opening 70-28 win over Schreiner. The last three losses have been by an average 2.33 points (7 total points). . . . The Bulldogs are off until New Year's Eve when they host Wisconsin-Eau Claire in a 2 p.m. matinee.

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