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Around the Rim Report: ASC Women's Basketball Weekly Notebook
March 2, 2003

Standings

Upcoming Schedules

Scores

Complete PDF Version of this Release

National Polls

D3Hoops.com Top 25
Week #12 (February 25)

Rank Team Pts.
1 Wisconsin-Eau Claire (11) 600
2 Hope (8) 595
3 Washington U. (1) 571
4 Hardin-Simmons (5) 570
5 St. Benedict 507

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
Feb. 25 12 Hardin-Simmons No. 4
Mississippi College RV

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 #8 (February 26)

Rank Team Pts.
1. Hardin-Simmons University 193
2. Wisconsin - Eau Claire 190
3. Hope College 187
4. Washington University 181
5. College of St. Benedict 164

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
Feb. 26 8 Hardin-Simmons No. 1

Verizon Academic All-District VI
First-Team
Kendra Anderson, Hardin-Simmons
Jessica Conrad, UT Dallas
Second Team
Becky Winters, Sul Ross State


This Week on the Court . . .

NCAA-III Women's Basketball Championship
Saturday, March 8

Second Round Randolph-Macon/Meredith winner @ Hardin-Simmons, TBA
Friday, March 14 - Saturday, March 15
Sectionals (on-campus site)
Friday, March 21 - Saturday, March 22
Final Four at Terre Haute, Ind. (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)


Around the Rim Report . . .

ASC Champ Cowgirls to NCAA Championship: American Southwest Conference tournament champion and undefeated Hardin-Simmons University (26-0) will make its fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA-III Women's Basketball Championship, earning a first round bye and opening play Saturday (March 8) hosting Wednesday's Randolph-Macon/Meredith winner in second round action. The 2003 national tournament is the fifth time HSU has had a pass through the opening round. Randolph-Macon enters the tournament 19-9 while Meredith is 18-6.

The other side of the six-team Sectional bracket has Maryville (22-5) hosting Methodist (19-9) in the first round. The Maryville-Methodist winner will travel to Trinity (23-5) for the second round. Winners of the Hardin-Simmons and Trinity second round games are slated to face each other in the March 14 Sectional semifinals.

Media March Madness: Fans of ASC women's basketball can keep up with the NCAA-III Women's Basketball Championship via the internet. Select radio broadcasts and live in-game statistics can be accessed at the Hardin-Simmons athletic website. The NCAA tournament website and the D3Hoops.com site will post results throughout the championship.

Cowgirls Claim Fifth ASC Title: Hardin-Simmons claimed its fifth consecutive ASC Championship Tournament title with a 99-73 win over conference East Division champ Mississippi College last Saturday (March 1) in Abilene, Texas. The Cowgirls have won all five ASC Tournaments and are 12-0 all-time in the postseason conference tournament.

Academic All-District Honors: Three American Southwest Conference players have been named to the Verizon Academic All-District VI College Division Women's Basketball Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Kendra Anderson of Hardin-Simmons, an education major, and Jessica Conrad of UT Dallas, a business administration major, were both selected to the District VI First Team. Becky Winters of Sul Ross State, a kinesiology major, is a District Second Team honoree. Both Anderson and Conrad advance to the national Academic All-America ballot.

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 led regular-season conference scoring at 21.5 ppg while Anderson ranked 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.


NCAA-III Women's Basketball Championship Teams . . .

Hardin-Simmons (26-0, 14-0 ASC): Undefeated and ranked No. 1 by the WBCA, Hardin-Simmons has a first round bye and will begin its NCAA run hosting the winner of Wednesday's Randolph-Macon/Methodist first round game on Saturday (March 8). . . . The Cowgirls won the ASC West Division title and the conference tournament to advance to the NCAA Championship. . . . First-year head coach Shanna Briggs leads an HSU team that claimed the No. 1 spot in the WBCA national poll released Feb. 26. The Cowgirls have been ranked either #2 or #3 in the two national polls since mid-January. . . . HSU has won 38 straight games on its home floor at the Mabee Complex. . . . The Cowgirls are an experienced team laden with seniors that are 4-3 in NCAA play, including a Sectional runner-up finish in 2000. . . . Two-time Josten's Award finalist Kendra Anderson leads HSU scoring (19.5 ppg) and rebounding (9.2 rpg) while Diana Martinez hands-out an average 4.2 assists a game.

Hardin-Simmons in the NCAA-III Championship: Record: 5-4 (.556)

1999 1st Bye
  2nd HSU 84, North Carolina Wesleyan 62
  Sect. Semi Pacific Lutheran 54, HSU 34
2000 1st Bye
  2nd HSU 101, Roanoke 76
  Sect. Semi HSU 62, McMurry 60
  Sect. Final St. Thomas (Minn.) 68, HSU 56
2001 1st Bye
  2nd HSU 106, Guilford 77
  Sect. Semi Baldwin-Wallace 78, HSU 71
2002 1st Bye
  2nd HSU 72, Guilford 71
  Sect. Semi DePauw 84, HSU 60

ASC 2003 Tournament Review . . .

2003 Women's Basketball ChampionshipFebruary 28 - Semifinals
Mississippi College 73, Mary Hardin-Baylor 65:
Mary Hardin-Baylor could get no closer than two points in the second half as ASC East champion Mississippi College fended-off an upset bid for a 73-65 win in the first round of the ASC Tournament. MC (22-3) used a pair of first half scoring runs to take a 40-31 halftime lead. UMHB whittled the Lady Choctaw lead to 62-60, but were outscored 11-3 down the stretch. Lacey Palomarez scored 11 of her 17 points in the second half to lead Mississippi College scoring. Lisa Martinez led the Lady Crusaders (19-7) with 22 points.
#1/4 Hardin-Simmons 111, LeTourneau 78: Top-ranked Hardin-Simmons used balanced scoring to upend first-time ASC Tourney participant LeTourneau 111-78 in front of 2,177 home fans. The Cowgirls jumped to a 29-6 lead with 11:53 left in the first half and held a 60-30 halftime edge. All 14 HSU players scored in the game with Kendra Anderson netting 19 points and Diana Martinez a career-high 16. Katrina Davidson led LeTourneau (14-12) with a game-high 26 points.
March 1 - Championship
#1/4 Hardin-Simmons 99, Mississippi College 73:
The Cowgirls won their fifth straight ASC Tournament championship defeating Mississippi College 99-73 in front of 1,917 home fans and a local television audience. HSU started off sluggish, but a run at the end of the first half gave the Cowgirls a 17-point halftime lead, 44-27, and a 63-34 advantage with 13:44 left in the game. Kendra Anderson scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Lauren Harris added 14 points and KraTaura Buckner 13 to lead HSU (26-0). Lacey Palomarez finished with 21 points and Niki Conway 16 points for the Lady Choctaws (22-4).

Anderson Earns Fourth Tourney MVP Award: Hardin-Simmons senior Kendra Anderson completed her ASC Tournament career with selection as the tourney's Most Valuable Player, an award she has won in each of her four tournament appearances. She was joined on the All-Tournament team by teammates Diana Martinez and Lauren Harris. Runner-up Mississippi College placed Nikki Conway and Lacey Palomarez on the All-Tournament squad. Lisa Martinez of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Katrina Davidson of LeTourneau represented the semifinalist teams.

ASC Women’s Basketball Tournament
Hosted by Hardin-Simmons University (Mabee Complex)
Friday, February 28 Semifinals
Game 1: Mississippi College 73, Mary Hardin-Baylor 65
Game 2: Hardin-Simmons 111, LeTourneau 78
Saturday, March 1 Championship (Press Release)
Hardin-Simmons 99, Mississippi College 73

ASC All-Tournament Team
Kendra Anderson, Hardin-Simmons (MVP)
Nikki Conway, Mississippi College
Katrina Davidson, LeTourneau
Lauren Harris, Hardin-Simmons
Diana Martinez, Hardin-Simmons
Lisa Martinez, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Lacey Palomarez, Mississippi College


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