Western Wash. is well on its way
Notes: Philadelphia University's Shirley won 600th career game
It was a big week for Western Washington’s women’s basketball squad. Head coach Carmen Dolfo broke the school career record with her 412th victory when her 10th-ranked Vikings defeated Alaska Fairbanks, 76-50, on Thursday night in Fairbanks. The Vikings are currently 15-1 on the season and hold a two-game lead in the GNAC standings with an 8-0 conference record.
Vikings senior guard Amanda Dunbar was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week for Jan. 16-22, following her performances over last week’s games. Dunbar scored 46 points in Western Washington’s road sweep of Alaska Fairbanks and then-No. 15 Alaska Anchorage (81-61). Dunbar had a season-high 25 points against Anchorage, adding 10 assists, six steals and hitting on 7-of-19 three-pointers to become the GNAC’s career 3-point leader with 236.
Dunbar currently ranks fourth among school career scoring leaders and fifth on the GNAC’s all-time list with 1,479 points. Her career assist total of 302 ranks 14th in conference history. She is averaging a team-leading 13.6 points per game, scoring 20 or more in each of her team’s last three games.
Dolfo had tied the school record for career women’s basketball victories on Jan. 15, with a 76-69 win against Simon Fraser. Western Washington is the first school at any collegiate level to have two women’s basketball coaches top the 400-win milestone.
Western Washington has won 10 straight games and looks to extend their 18-game home winning streak with a three-game home stand that opens later this week. The Vikings host Northwest Nazarene on Thursday, Central Washington on Saturday and Seattle Pacific on Feb. 2.
Need to Know
• Old Dominion head coach Wendy Larry earned her 600th career victory on Monday with a 71-43 home win over Towson.
• Philadelphia University head coach Tom Shirley also won his 600th career game this week, as his Rams defeated Chestnut Hill College, 76-60, on Wednesday evening.
• Kutztown senior forward Melissa McQuade had a day to remember on Saturday. McQuade was honored in a pre-game ceremony for becoming the school’s career rebounding leader. With 56 seconds remaining in the Bears 69-52 win against East Stroudsburg, McQuade became the school’s career scoring leader as well. The point to pass Amy Wahl’s total of 1,434 career points was recorded on a free throw. Wahl, who played at KU from 1995-99, was in attendance for McQuade’s milestone. McQuade had her 27th career double-double in the game with 30 points and 10 rebounds. It was the second time in three games the she had tied her career-high scoring total.
• The defense of the No. 9 West Virginia Mountaineers (19-1, 5-1 BIG EAST) made headlines on Wednesday night with a 78-21 win against in-state rival Marshall in Charleston, W.Va. The Mountaineers held Marshall to 11.1 percent (5-for-45) from the field and 9.1 percent (1-of-11) from beyond the arc, limiting the Thundering Herd to just five field goals, a new WVU school record.
• Junior Sarah Paternostro recorded the first Daniel Webster women’s basketball triple double in over 10 years last Thursday night, recording 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. The Eagles defeated Mitchell College, 79-44, in a meeting of New England Collegiate Conference unbeatens. Daniel Webster is 14-2 (7-0 NECC). Paternostro’s teammate Alycia Gervais was named the NECC Player of the Week, averaging 22.3 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals as she helped Daniel Webster to a 3-0 record last week.
• Florida Gulf Coast knocked down 20 3-pointers on Monday, Jan. 17, setting a national single-game high for this season. The Eagles 55 attempts from behind the arc set a new NCAA Division I record and the 20 3-pointers was one short of the NCAA record of 21 downed by New Mexico State against Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 23, 2002. FGSU defeated Mercer, 87-52 in that game. The Eagles are currently 15-1, having suffered their first loss of the year on Thursday night at Stetson before rebounding with a win against Campbell on Monday night.
• Erika Barron of Susquehanna became her school’s single-season 3-point record holder on Friday night with five treys in a 65-51 win against Drew. She surpassed the previous mark of 43 set in the 2002 season and had set the school’s career mark earlier this season.
• Temple junior Kristen McCarthy scored her 1,000th career point on Jan. 19 as Temple (12-6, 4-0) defeated Saint Joseph’s, 53-43. She is the 18th player in program history to reach that plateau.
• Saint Mary’s senior Jess Miller netted 21 points on Jan. 12 in a win against St. Catherine to become the ninth player in program history to reach the 1,000 career point plateau.
• Wentworth senior forward Kirsten Vallone scored 17 points in her team’s 69-49 loss to Western New England on Wednesday, becoming the ninth player in program history to score 1,000 career points.
• Stetson senior guard Tierra Brown scored 13 points, all in the second half, on Thursday night to become the 18th player in program history to score 1,000 career points.
• Auburn sophomore Blanche Alverson was named the SEC Player of the Week, leading the Eagles to a 2-0 record, scoring 18.0 points per game along with 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals. She scored a career-high 27 points against Ole Miss on Thursday.
• Megan Kopecko of the University of Scranton became the fifth player in Lady Royals’ history to score 1,500 career points in Scranton’s 76-60 win against Catholic University on Friday, Jan. 21.
• Senior D’Nay Daniels became the 14th player in UCF women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points on Thursday night as UCF fell to host Memphis, 74-53.