Notebook: East Coast Showdown
Jan. 13, 2010
By Amy Farnum
GAME OF THE WEEK: East Coast Conference women’s basketball will be showcased in the Division II Basketball Game of the Week on the CBS College Sports Network when Molloy College visits Queens College on Jan. 16.
Queens is the defending ECC champion, while Molloy won the title in 2008. Molloy topped QC, 69-64, on Dec. 5 in the first meeting between the two squads. The host Knights are looking to snap their seven-game losing streak in the contest.
Tip-off is at 6 p.m. ET, and live video of the game can be accessed at the following link:
HORNETS STING: Emporia State guard Cassondra Boston helped the Lady Hornets move into a tie for first place in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association standings as she led the squad in scoring in a pair of league wins last week.
The senior from Des Moines, Iowa, netted 21 points at Missouri Southern, and then added a game-high 23 points with seven rebounds and eight assists as the Lady Hornets downed Pittsburg State. Boston, who has tallied 20 or more points in eight games this season, was named MIAA Player of the Week for her efforts. She also moved up to ninth-place on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,440 career points.
The No. 6 Lady Hornets will travel to No. 8 Washburn for a Top 10 showdown between MIAA foes on Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised in the state of Kansas on Kansas22.
‘CATS POUNCE: Fort Valley State vaulted six spots to No. 15 in the latest USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 after continuing its program-best start to a season.
The Lady Wildcats’ most recent victory was a resounding 71-47 defeat of Claflin University as they stretched their winning streak to 13 games on Jan. 11.
With 23 points, Takesha Riggs led the Lady Wildcats in scoring for the ninth time this season. She also tops the team with a 17.2 scoring average.
FVSU is back in action on Jan. 14 at Paine College for a SIAC match-up.
GOLDEN GIRLS: Arkansas Tech remained flawless on the year with a 75-52 victory over Southern Arkansas on Jan. 9, matching the program’s best start in school history at 14-0.
The 1979-80 squad started 14-0 en route to finishing with a 29-2 overall record and the first of its four consecutive AIAW titles.
The Golden Suns moved up three spots to No. 13 in the latest national poll, and will look to stay perfect against Henderson State on Jan. 14.
VIKING VICTORS: Western Washington took an early lead in Great Northwest Athletic Conference as the Vikings notched two home wins, including an upset of then-No. 8 Alaska Anchorage last weekend.
Senior forward Willow Cabe from McCleary, Wash., combined for 41 points and 16 rebounds on the week, which was highlighted by the 20-point win over two-time defense West Region champion UAA. Cabe, who was named GNAC Player of the Week, shot 64 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from beyond the arc in the two wins.
Cabe tops the Vikings in free-throw accuracy at 86.5 percent and blocked shots with 20 (1.6), which leads the GNAC. She is second in the league in field-goal percentage at 53.4 and third in free throw shooting.
The Vikings are on the road for the next three games, beginning at Western Oregon on Jan. 14.