Notebook: Vikings Breaking Records
SCORING FRENZY: Western Washingtons scoring ways are producing more than points. The Vikings have also been setting some records along the way.
Western more than doubled its opponents output in a 133-56 victory over Puget Sound Christian on Dec. 2 setting Great Northwest Athletic Conference records for most points and largest margin of victory with 77. The point total tied the Vikings largest since the 1989-90 season and was the fourth most points in school history. Western also set the GNAC record for rebounds in a game with 73.
The No. 4 Vikings are averaging a school-record pace 103.0 points per game and have scored 100 or more points in the last three games. Western boasts two players averaging more than 20 points per game with Ryan Diggs scoring 24.7 and Grant Dykstra contributing 21.2.
START ME UP: Northern State (S.D.) improved its perfect record to 8-0 with wins over North Dakota and Northwest Missouri State last week. With the two victories, the Wolves are off to their best start since the 1994-95 season when they were 9-0.
The Wolves jumped five spots to No. 7 in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Poll which is their highest ranking since holding the No. 3 spot for three weeks during the 1997-98 season.
Senior center Aaron Busack contributed 19 points and seven rebounds in the win over NW Missouri State as the Wolves ended the Bearcats 47-game home non-conference winning streak in the 79-69 win. Busack added 10 points and four rebounds against North Dakota.
TOP THIS: Sophomore forward Shane Maynard led West Liberty State to three victories last week as the Toppers improved to 7-0 on the season. The Toppers debuted in the rankings at No. 22 in the latest NABC poll.
Maynard averaged 27.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game to earn his second West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week award. He scored 38 points, including 31 in the second half, as he led the Toppers to a come-from-behind win over Wheeling Jesuit on Nov. 30.
The native of Beckley, W.V., posted a 56.6 shooting percentage for the week, and hit 11 of 19 three-pointers.
BACK ON TRACK: Pittsburg State posted its first three wins of the season behind the offense of senior guard Eddie Jackson who totaled 75 points for the week.
Jackson tallied 34 points against St. Gregorys (Okla.) as the Gorillas snapped their season-opening five-game losing streak with a 76-59 victory on Nov. 30. He added 20 points against Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) on Dec. 2, and followed that with a 21-point performance against St. Joseph (Vt.) on Dec. 3 to earn Wilson®/Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Mens Basketball Player of the Week.
The native of Cleburne, Texas, is the two-time defending MIAA scoring champion and leads the conference with 17.9 points per game.
NOTABLE: Seattle Pacific is off to its best start in seven seasons after downing Hawaii Pacific, 69-54, last week. The Falcons moved up to No. 5 in the latest national rankings, their best since January of 1994 ¦ Catawba defeated Virginia State, 100-79, on Dec. 5 to improve its perfect record to 9-0. No. 11 Catawba joins No. 12 Barton and No. 16 Mount Olive in the NABC Division II Top 25 as the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference is the only league with three nationally ranked teams.