the Rim Report: ASC Women's Basketball Weekly Notebook
March 2, 2003
This Week on the Court . . .
NCAA-III Women's Basketball Championship
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)
ASC 2003 Tournament Review . . .
28 - Semifinals
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 Womens Basketball Tournament
ASC All-Tournament Team
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