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Around the Rim Report: ASC Women's Basketball Weekly Notebook
February 24, 2003

Standings

Upcoming Schedules

Scores

National Polls

D3Hoops.com Top 25
Week #11 (February 18)

Rank Team Pts.
1 Washington U. (23) 623
2 Hope 575
3 Hardin-Simmons (1) 563
4 Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1) 562
5 Carleton 546
6 St. Benedict 489
7 Wilmington 462
8 DeSales 426
9 Bowdoin 414
10 King's 387
11 Gustavus Adolphus 386
12 Scranton 323
13 Messiah 316
14 Eastern Connecticut 297
15 Baldwin-Wallace 254
16 Southern Maine 249
17 DePauw 201
18 Wisconsin-Oshkosh 193
19 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 179
20 St. Lawrence 155
21 Trinity (Texas) 120
22 St. John Fisher 98
23 Rochester 93
24 Wesleyan 49
25 Salisbury 46

ASC vs. D3Hoops.com 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
Dec. 31 4 Hardin-Simmons No. 5
Jan. 7 5 Hardin-Simmons No. 4
Jan. 14 6 Hardin-Simmons No. 4
Jan. 21 7 Hardin-Simmons No. 2
Jan. 28 8 Hardin-Simmons No. 2
Feb. 4 9 Hardin-Simmons No. 2
Feb. 11 10 Hardin-Simmons No. 3
Feb. 18 11 Hardin-Simmons No. 3

D3Hoops.com National Team of the Week

Dec. 2-8 G Sara Vestfals, LeTourneau
Jan. 13-19 G Sara Vestfals, LeTourneau
Jan. 27-Feb. 2 F Lacey Palamarez, Mississippi College

USA Today/ESPN/WBCA NCAA-III Top 25 Poll
Week #7 (February 19)

Rank Team Pts.
1. Washington University (7) 196
2. Hardin-Simmons University 188
3. Hope College 183
4. Wisconsin - Eau Claire (1) 178
5. Carleton College 171
6. Bowdoin College 156
7. College of St. Benedict 151
8. Wilmington College 144
9. Gustavus Adolphus College 129
10. King's College 119
11. University of Southern Maine 104
12. DeSales University 103
13. Messiah College 98
14. Baldwin-Wallace College 97
15. University of Scranton 97
16. Eastern Connecticut State 85
17. DePauw University 77
18. Wisconsin - Oshkosh 56
19. University of Rochester 52
20. Wisconsin - Stevens Point 51
21. Saint Lawrence University 46
22. Saint John Fisher College 34
23. Wesleyan University 33
24. Trinity University (Texas) 24
25. Salisbury University 12

ASC vs. USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Rankings

Nov. 7 Pre Hardin-Simmons No. 5
Jan. 8 1 Hardin-Simmons No. 2
Mary Hardin-Baylor RV
Jan. 15 2 Hardin-Simmons No. 2
Mary Hardin-Baylor RV
Jan. 22 3 Hardin-Simmons No. 2
Jan. 29 4 Hardin-Simmons No. 2
Feb. 5 5 Hardin-Simmons No. 2
Feb. 12 6 Hardin-Simmons No. 2
Feb. 19 7 Hardin-Simmons No. 2

NCAA-III South Region Ranking
February 18

(record as of Feb. 6)

  Team Record
1. Hardin-Simmons 22-0
2. Trinity (Texas) 17-2
3. Guilford 17-4
4. Ferrum 13-5
5. Mississippi College 13-3
6. Eastern Mennonite 15-6
7. Mary Hardin-Baylor 15-6
8. Chowan 9-5

NCCAA Div. I Student-Athlete of the Week

Dec. 2-8 Sara Vestfals, LeTourneau
Jan. 13-19 Sara Vestfals, LeTourneau

Around the Rim Report . . .

2003 Women's Basketball ChampionshipFour Play for ASC Title, NCAA Berth: The four-team field for the 2003 American Southwest Conference Women's Basketball Championship Friday and Saturday (Feb. 28-March 1) in Abilene, Texas at Hardin-Simmons University's Mabee Complex. East Division champion Mississippi College (21-3) and West Division runner-up Mary Hardin-Baylor (19-6) will play in Friday's first semifinal at 5:30 p.m. The second semifinal game pits West Division champion Hardin-Simmons (24-0) and East Division runner-up LeTourneau (14-11) at 7:30 p.m. The title game will be played Saturday at 6 p.m.
February 28 -March 1
ASC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Hosted by Hardin-Simmons University (Mabee Complex)
Friday, February 28 Semifinals
Game 1: #1 East ­ Mississippi College (21-3) vs. #2 West ­ Mary Hardin-Baylor (19-6), 5:30 p.m.
Game 2: #1 West ­ Hardin-Simmons (24-0) vs. #2 East ­ LeTourneau (14-11), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 1 Championship
Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6:00 p.m. *
(Should HSU advance to finals, KTAB-TV will broadcast Live)
*The winner of the ASC Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament earns the league’s automatic berth in the 2003 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship.

Tourney Ticket Info: Tickets for all three games in the conference women's basketball tournament will be available at the doors of the Mabee Complex at Hardin-Simmons University. Prices are $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for students.

Media Madness: Fans can keep up with the ASC Women's Basketball Championship Tournament via the internet. Live in-game updates and select radio broadcasts can be accessed at the Hardin-Simmons athletic website, www.hsuathletics.ocsn.com. If the host Cowgirls advance to the championship game, Abilene television station KTAB-TV will broadcast the game live in that local area.

NCAA Bid to the Winner: The winner of the conference tournament this weekend not only claims the ASC title, but also the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship which opens with first-round games March 5.

2003 NCAA-III Women's Basketball Championship
March 5: First Round (on campus)
March 8: Second Round (on campus)
March 14-15: Sectionals (on campus)
March 21-22: Final Four (Terre Haute, Ind./Rose Hulman Institute of Technology)

ASC Pair Named Josten's Award Finalists: Two ASC seniors -- Tanasha Ellis of East Texas Baptist University and Kendra Anderson of Hardin-Simmons University -- have been named finalists for the 2003 Josten's Trophy, which is given to the Division III Basketball National Player of the Year. Ellis leads conference scoring at 21.5 ppg while Anderson ranks third in rebounding (9.9 rpg) and fifth in scoring (19.4 ppg). This is the second season Anderson has been a Jostens Trophy finalist. The Jostens Trophy seeks to honor the true Division III student-athlete who shows excellence in the classroom, playing court and in the community. The 2003 winner will be announced March 20 during NCAA-III Final Four activities.

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.


ASC Championship Tournament Teams . . .

Hardin-Simmons (24-0, 14-0 ASC): ASC West Division champion and three-time defending ASC Tournament titlist, the Cowgirls will host the ASC Women's Basketball Championship Tournament. . . . Will face East second-seed LeTourneau in the semifinals, a team it beat 89-68 on January 4. . . . First-year head coach Shanna Briggs leads an HSU team ranked either #2 or #3 in the two national polls since mid-January. . . . Sophomore Diana Martinez carries a 4.25 assist average.

LeTourneau (14-11, 8-4 ASC): The LadyJackets capped their first full NCAA-III season with a second-place finish in the ASC East Division. . . . Head coach Jamy Bechler's squad connected on 31 of 34 free throws vs. Louisiana College last Saturday (Feb. 22) to set the school's single-game free throw percentage record at .911. Freshman Marissa Coop was 10-of-10 from the line in the second half. . . . Sophomore guard Amy Morris has been the model of consistency in LeTourneau's drive to the conference playoffs, averaging 16 points in each of the final three games of the season. Morris was a perfect 5-of-5 from three-point range vs. East Texas Baptist (Feb. 18).

Mary Hardin-Baylor (19-6, 11-3 ASC): The Lady Crusaders finished second in the ASC West Division, posting their highest season win total (19) since the 1997-98 year when they finished as NAIA National Tournament runner-up. . . . UMHB is making its second ASC Tournament appearance in three seasons, and opens play against Mississippi College. . . . Forward Julie Wiese shot 55 percent from the field and averaged 16 points and seven rebounds to put Mary Hardin-Baylor into the conference playoffs. Weise nailed several clutch free throws down the stretch in the regular-season closing overtime win vs. Texas Lutheran on Saturday (Feb. 22).

Mississippi College (21-3, 12-0 ASC): ASC East Division champion with a perfect 12-0 league mark. . . . The Lady Choctaws are in the midst of a 13-game winning streak, the program's longest since a 27-game win stretch across the 1997-99 seasons. . . . Head coach Paul Alan Duke has four freshmen -- Lacey Palomarez, Lacey Kovach, Tara Chez Britton and Jenny Golden -- among the team's top five scorers. Fifth rookie Jennifer Drott is second on the squad with 53 assists. . . . The Lady Choctaws start their postseason run vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor, a team they beat 65-63 January 4.


Slam Dunks . . .

Austin College (8-15, 4-8 ASC East): Austin College closed its season with a 53-51 road win at UT Dallas last Thursday (Feb. 20). . . . Sophomore Kayla Smiley shot .492 from the field to finish 10th in ASC field goal percentage.

Concordia-Austin (12-12, 8-6 ASC West): Point guard and leading scorer Ashley Edwards had her season ended early, suffering an ankle injury in the first minute of Thursday's loss to Texas Lutheran (Feb. 20). . . . Freshman forward Danielle Barnett stepped-up with a 37-point weekend, scoring 22 vs. TLU and 15 against Schreiner.

East Texas Baptist (9-16, 4-8 ASC East): Tanasha Ellis closed her collegiate career on Saturday by clinching her second straight ASC scoring title (21.3 ppg). During her career at ETBU, Ellis led the Lady Tigers in scoring in 42 of 50 games played.

Howard Payne (19-6, 10-4 ASC West): Guard Kristy Lyon finished her HPU career averaging 11.5 points over her final two home games. In the season-closer vs. Hardin-Simmons on Saturday (Feb. 22), Lyons totaled 15 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and two steals, pushing her school season steals record to 74. . . . Head coach Chris Kielsmeier won his 50th game at Howard Payne with the 63-50 victory over McMurry (Feb. 20). Kielsmeier reached the 50-win mark faster than any other HPU women's basketball coach.

Louisiana College (10-13, 6-6 ASC East): The Lady Wildcats finished the conference schedule tied for third-place in the East Division. . . . LC is completing its NCAA-III Provisional Membership term this academic year and is on track to become a full D-III member in August 2003 when it will be eligible for the ASC Tournament.

McMurry (11-14, 3-11ASC West): Freshman Sonya West finished her first ASC season ranked fifth in scoring (19.1 ppg) and ninth in rebounding (7.7 rpg).

Ozarks (12-13, 6-6 ASC East): The Lady Eagles finished the year tied for third-place in the ASC East Division. . . . Jenna Corbell completed the regular-season third in conference scoring (20.3 ppg) and second among rebounders (9.9 rpg).

Schreiner (0-25, 0-14 ASC West): Sophomore Melanie Ledesma averaged 1.17 blocked shots a game, fourth-best in the conference.

Sul Ross State (12-12, 5-9 ASC West): April Ramirez topped the conference steals (3.46 ave.) and rebounding (10.7 rpg) averages, and lists among the top 10 in assists and scoring.

UT Dallas (7-18, 2-10 ASC East): Comets senior Jessica Conrad was a tough player to stop at the line, connecting on 85 percent of her chances this season.

Texas Lutheran (8-17, 5-9 ASC West): The Bulldogs finished their first full NCAA-III season tied for fifth in the ASC West Division. . . . Point guard Katrina Rathburn scored 21 points to lead TLU to a 73-61 road win at Concordia-Austin (Feb. 20). The senior averaged 15 points, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals over her final two games.


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