Feb. 16, 2010

By Amy Farnum
NCAA.com

AYE, AYE CAPTAINS:
Christopher Newport University escaped a battle with second-place Ferrum in USA South Conference action last weekend thanks to a game-tying three-pointer from Chelsie Schweers that sent the contest into overtime.  The Captains earned the eventual 86-80 victory to remain perfect on the season at 23-0.

Schweers was selected USA South Player of the Week for her efforts in the Captains’ 3-0 week after averaging 27.3 points and 3.7 steals per game.  The junior guard’s week was highlighted by a game-high 32 points and six rebounds against Ferrum.

No. 12 CNU looks to continue its flawless season at Greensboro on Feb. 19.


GOING DUTCH:
Lebanon Valley College’s Andrea Hoover garnered Commonwealth Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season after sparking the Dutchmen to a pair of league victories last week, including their second straight win over then-No. 9 Messiah.

Hoover netted a team-high 14 points in a 52-39 defeat of the Falcons, and followed it up with 21 points, seven rebounds and five steals in the squads win over Alvernia as the Dutchmen gained sole possession of first place in the league standings at 11-1.

The Flying Dutchmen host Elizabethtown on Feb. 16 in the third-annual PinkZone game, with proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society of Lebanon and the fight against breast cancer.

BULLET-PROOF:
After posting its first win over a nationally-ranked team in six years with a victory at No. 18 Muhlenberg last week, Gettysburg College returned to the D3hoops.com Top 25 for the third time this season at No. 24 this week.

Gettysburg has won its’ last eight games to become the Centennial Conference standings leader, and is on the verge of tying the school record for victories in a season (22).  The Bullets host Dickinson on Feb. 17 in an attempt to secure the top spot in the league tournament next weekend.

PERFECTION: No. 2 Kean University concluded its New Jersey Athletic Conference regular season slate with a perfect 13-0 mark following a 76-55 victory over Rowan University on Feb. 15.

The Cougars, who are riding a 24-game winning streak since a season-opening loss to Division I Rutgers, were sparked by junior forward Tiffany Patrick’s 19 points and 13 rebounds.  Senior guard Melissa Beyruti connected on one three-point basket in the contest giving her 391 in her career, and now needs just two three-pointers to become the all-time NCAA all-division leader in the category.

Kean will enjoy a first-round bye in the NJAC playoffs, and hosts the league semifinals on Feb. 23.

‘CATS POUNCE:
Louisiana College retained sole possession of first place in the American Southwest Conference East Division standings with a pair of league victories last week as the Lady Wildcats stretched their winning streak to 11 games.  Highlighting the week was a scorching 72-26 defeat of LeTourneau that broke a 34-year old school record for least points allowed.

Junior forward Tillisha Givens averaged 12.5 points and eight rebounds, shooting 60 percent from the floor on the week to earn her second straight ASC East Player of the Week award.

LC returns to action against Mississippi College on Feb. 16.