Jan. 27, 2010

By Douglas Kroll
NCAA.com

SUNS RISING:
Arkansas Tech continued its record-setting run last week with a pair of Gulf South Conference wins, including an upset of then-No. 2 Delta State on Jan. 22.

The Golden Suns are off to their best start in program history at 18-0 and moved up two spots to No. 7 after the successful week.  Tech has now opened GSC play at 5-0 for the third time in the last four seasons.

Freshman forward Jessica Weatherford from Bonnerdale, Ark., garnered her first GSC West Division Player of the Week award after posting back-to-back double-doubles last week, including 24 points and 11 rebounds against the Lady Statesmen.  

Tech, one of three remaining unbeaten teams in Division II, hosts Arkansas-Monticello on Jan. 28.

ON THE MOVE:
Millersville University made its season debut in the USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 at No. 24 after stretching its winning streak to seven games last week.

The Marauders improved to 4-0 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East play with wins over Bloomsburg and Shippensburg, and are seeking their third consecutive division title.

Millersville has held four of its last five opponents to 45 points or less, and averaged a 16.3 scoring margin during its seven-game winning streak.  The Marauders rank first in the league in scoring defense (50.9 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (34.3 percent).   They put their new ranking on the line at Cheyney on Jan. 27.

MAKING THE CONNECTION:
Lander University’s Shannon McKever picked up Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week honors after some impressive play in a pair of league wins for the Lady Bearcats last week.

The junior averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds while posting a 76 percent field goal percentage on the week.  McKever connected on 10-of-11 shots against Armstrong Atlantic State en route to her seventh double-double of the season.  She also combined for nine blocked shots on the week as she continued to lead the league with 3.24 per game.

The Lady Bearcats moved up three spots to No. 11 in the latest national poll – their highest ranking since joining the NCAA in 1992. They are 9-0 again PBC foes, and have won nine straight contests. Lander is back in action at Columbus State on Jan. 28.  

ANOTHER ONE DOWN: Humboldt State knocked UC San Diego out of the ranks of the Division II unbeatens with an 84-80 defeat of the Tritons on Jan. 21.

Senior guard Andrea Bobic contributed a career-high 25 points against UCSD, and then added 18 points and seven rebounds in a resounding victory over Cal State East Bay two days later. The native of Lancaster, Calif., was selected California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week for her performance.

HSU’s win over the Tritons puts the Lumberjacks a half-game out of first place in the CCAA standings at the midway point of league action.  The Jacks head to Cal State Dominguez on Jan. 29.

KNOW THE SCORE: After being honored for becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer on Jan. 26, Franklin Pierce’s Johannah Leedham put up 18 points in a convincing 80-39 win over Adelphi as the No. 1 Ravens remained flawless at 18-0.

Leedham, who became FPC’s all-time leading scorer at American International on Jan. 23, also moved into seventh place in NCAA Division II women’s basketball history for career scoring with 2,587 points.  She currently leads Division II with a 25.5 scoring average.

The Ravens have won 31 of their last 32 overall and 23 straight regular season games dating back to the end of last season. Franklin Pierce returns to action at Le Moyne on Jan. 23.