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Around the Rim Report: ASC Women's Basketball Weekly Notebook
December 23, 2002


Upcoming Schedules


National Polls Top 25
Week #3 (December 17)

Rank Team Pts.
1. Washington Univ. (22) 622
2. Bowdoin (2) 590
3. Scranton 538
4. St. Benedict 536
5. Hardin-Simmons (1) 497
6. Baldwin-Wallace 495
7. Hope College 474
8. DeSales 472
9. Carleton 398
10. Wisconsin-Eau Claire 388
11. King's 365
12. Rochester 328
13. Southern Maine 272
14. Wisconsin-Stout 215
15. Wisconsin-Stevens Point 213
16. Salisbury 207
17. Eastern Connecticut 177
18. Gustavus Adolphus 173
19. St. Lawrence 137
20. Wilmington 130
21. Whitworth 126
22. DePauw 93
23. Colby 86
24. Lebanon Valley 77
25. Wheaton (Ill.) 73

ASC vs. Rankings

Nov. Pre Hardin-Simmons No. 6
Dec. 3 1 Hardin-Simmons No. 7
Dec. 10 2 Hardin-Simmons No. 5
Dec. 17 3 Hardin-Simmons No. 5 National Team of the Week

Dec. 2-8 G Sara Vestfals, LeTourneau

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

ASC vs. USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Rankings

Nov. 7 Pre Hardin-Simmons No. 5

Around the Rim Report . . .

The American Southwest Conference women's basketball report will resume publication on Monday, January 6, 2003. Be sure to check this American Southwest Conference Web site for scores and updated standings.

Six-Day Schedule Break: Teams throughout the American Southwest Conference take a break for the Christmas holiday with no games scheduled Saturday through Friday (Dec. 21-27).

Aiming for Win No. 350: University of the Ozarks head coach Jack Jones will look to record his 350th career win when the Lady Eagles play Hendrix College on December 30. Jones is one of the winningest active coaches in NCAA Division III, carrying a 349-257 career mark.

Tournament Play: Only one ASC team--Concordia-Austin--is involved in tournament play during the semester break. The Lady Tornados host a trio of northern teams in the Mr. Ghatti's Holiday Classic December 30-31 at Woltman Center. CUA faces the College of St. Scholastica (Minn.) on day one and Union College (N.Y.) on day two. Worcester State College (Mass.) completes the four-team tournament field.

Hectic New Year's Week: Once conference teams resume their schedule after Christmas break, things get hectic. Sul Ross State and Mary Hardin-Baylor get things re-started in the league with each playing on Saturday (Dec. 28). ASC teams are in action on December 30 (four teams) and December 31 (two teams), then open the 2003 half the season with ASC West teams traveling to East sites for cross-division contests the January 2, 3, 4 and 6.

Top 5 Cowgirls: Hardin-Simmons remains fifth in both the and WBCA national polls (Dec. 15). HSU totals 520 points and a first-place vote in the December 15 weekly poll. The Cowgirls (7-0, 1-0 ASC) are the lone undefeated women's team in the conference.

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: The first order of business for the Lady Kangaroos in the new year will be ending a five-game losing skid. Austin College resumes its schedule January 2 hosting Howard Payne to open a three-game homestand. AC has Sul Ross State on January 4 and Southwestern University on January 6.

Concordia-Austin: The Tornados close year 2002 hosting the Mr. Ghatti's Holiday Classic December 30-31. CUA plays the College of St. Scholastica the first day and Union College on day two. . . . CUA opens the 2003 portion of its schedule on the road at Mississippi College January 2 and Louisiana College on January 4.

East Texas Baptist: The Lady Tigers open post-Christmas play at NCAA-II Southern Arkansas on December 30 before hosting #5/5 Hardin-Simmons January 2 and McMurry January 4.

Hardin-Simmons: The Top 5-ranked Cowgirls won't return to the court until January 2 when they open a two-game road set at East Texas Baptist. HSU is at LeTourneau on January 4 before heading home to face Colorado College on January 7. . . . The 110 points Hardin-Simmons scored against UT Dallas (Dec. 16) are the most by a conference team this season. Six Cowgirls scored 10 or more points, led by Kendra Anderson's 23 points. . . . The Cowgirls set a school record with37 assists against UTD. Five players totaled five or more assists with Veronica Jones leading the way with seven. . . . HSU has scored over half (311 of 583) points off turnovers.

Howard Payne: Howard Payne resumes its season December 30 opening a three-game week. The Lady Jackets are at UT Permian Basin to end the 2002 half of the schedule, then make a weekend trip to Austin College (Jan. 2) and Ozarks (Jan. 4).

LeTourneau: LeTourneau brings in the new year hosting McMurry on January 2 and facing #5/5 Hardin-Simmons on January 4. The LadyJackets make a short trip to NCAA Division I Centenary College on January 6.

Louisiana College: The 2003 portion of the Louisiana College schedule begins at home with a January 2 game vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor and a January 4 date against Concordia-Austin.

Mary Hardin-Baylor: UMHB ends a two-week schedule break on December 28 with a home game vs. Trinity. The Lady Crusaders are looking to reverse a season-opening loss to the Tigers (69-67/Nov. 22). . . . The Lady Crusaders hit the road for the first January weekend, playing at Louisiana College January 2 and at Mississippi College on January 4.

McMurry: McMurry heads home for Christmas on a win streak, upending visiting UT Dallas 93-61 (Dec. 17) and handling UT Permian Basin 93-61 (Dec. 20). . . . The Lady Indians' two pre-Christmas week wins were the first games without all-conference senior Corissa Thompson who left the team to concentrate on her final semester of classes. . . . Freshman post Melissa Bottlinger poured in 17 points and snared eight rebounds vs. UT Dallas. . . . The Lady Indians are back in action the first weekend in January, playing at LeTourneau January 2 and at East Texas Baptist January 4.

Mississippi College: The Lady Choctaws carry the best record among ASC East Division teams at 6-1 (.857) and are outscoring the opposition an average 20.6 points. . . . MC is back in action after the New Year's Day holiday, playing a two-game weekend home set vs. Concordia-Austin on January 2 and Mary Hardin-Baylor on January 4.

Ozarks: Forward Jenna Corbell continues to lead the conference in scoring and rebounding, and has topped UO scorers in all seven games. She has three times scored 30 or more points. Corbell has also led or tied for the team's top rebounded in every game to date. . . . The Lady Eagles have four games on tap the week following Christmas. Ozarks ends 2002 hosting Hendrix College on December 30, then begins 2003 with at John Brown University January 2. UO has a pair of home games the first weekend of January, playing against Howard Payne on January 4 and Sul Ross State on January 6.

Schreiner: Schreiner enters the new year looking to halt a season-opening six-game losing skid. SU is at Texas Wesleyan on January 2 and at UT Dallas January 4. . . . The southern California sun didn't help the Mountaineers' shooting touch as Schreiner dropped a 77-41 game at Chapman (Dec. 15) and a 59-45 game at Christian Heritage University (Dec. 17).

Sul Ross State: The Lady Lobos begin a three-game road week on December 28 at UT Permian Basin. Sul Ross heads east to play at Austin College January 4 and at Ozarks on January 6.

UT Dallas: The Comets open 2003 with three straight home games and looking to stop a five-game losing string. UTD hosts Texas Lutheran (Jan. 3), Schreiner (Jan. 4) and Cazenovia College (Jan. 6) in its first post-holiday weekend. . . . The rust from a 15-day layoff showed as UTD dropped back-to-back games at #5/5 Hardin-Simmons (Dec. 16, 110-49) and McMurry (Dec. 17, 93-61) to close its pre-Christmas schedule.

Texas Lutheran: The Bulldogs have a New Year's Eve matinee scheduled with visiting #22/10 Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Dec. 31), before hitting the road for a January 3 game at UT Dallas and a January 7 date at Southwestern University. . . . The Decmber 31 match-up vs. Wisconsin-Eau Claire marks the third time in school history TLU has faced a collegiate squad from the state of Wisconsin, splitting the two previous games including a 71-58 home loss last season to eventual NCAA-III national champion UW-Stevens Point.

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