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