the Rim Report: ASC Women's Basketball Weekly Notebook
December 10, 2002
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 www.ncaa.org 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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