Hansen, Malernee leaving their mark
Notes: Players everywhere reach the 1,000-point plateau
Amy Hughes, NCAA.com
West Liberty senior Tori Hansen scored 17 points and added 16 rebounds during her 40 minutes on the floor in a 69-61 victory against Concord on Saturday afternoon. It gave Hansen 2,003 career points for her West Liberty career and pushed her to second all-time in Hilltopper history in scoring, where she was already second in rebounding and steals and fifth in assists. She trails only WLU Hall of Famer Melissa Hammond, who scored a school-record 2,150 points from 1989-93.
Hansen’s teammate, Laura Malernee, is the leading 3-point shooter in NCAA Division II history and finished Saturday’s game just four treys shy of the all-time women’s collegiate record of 397 career 3-pointers held by Melissa Beyruti of Division III Kean. During the Concord game, Malernee took her 1,078th career 3-point attempt, setting a new Division II record. In addition, she has tied the all-time women’s record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer held by Betsy Bergdoll of Queens (N.C.), who did it in 81 consecutive games from 1990-92.
As a team, the Hilltoppers have made at least one 3-pointer in 502 consecutive games, dating back to the 1993-94 season. Behind Hansen and Malernee, the Hilltoppers are 16-3 on the season and received enough points to place 29th in the current WBCA Coaches Poll.
Need to Know
• The North Dakota women’s basketball team notched its sixth consecutive victory on Saturday evening with a 104-54 win over Houston Baptist in Grand Forks, N.D., recording the 600th career victory at the school for head coach Gene Roebuck. The Fighting Sioux played in front of more than 2,000 fans at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. It was UND’s first 100-point game of the season. Five Sioux finished with double-figure points, led by 24 points from senior Mallory Youngblut.
• Marist allowed a season-low 30 points including just 13 in the second half as the Red Foxes beat Siena 60-30 on Monday night in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. It marked the 15th consecutive victory for Marist. Sophomore Kate Oliver posted her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
• North Dakota State sophomore Dani DeGagne recorded her first career double-double on Monday evening as North Dakota State defeated Southern Utah 74-54 in Fargo, N.D. DeGagne’s mother, Colleen, passed away Friday following a battle against cancer. Teammate Abby Plucker recorded her second consecutive double-double to lead the team with 23 points and 14 rebounds on the night.
• Saint Joseph’s College head coach Mike McDevitt notched his 350th victory at St. Joe’s on Saturday as his Monks (12-6, 4-1 GNAC) topped Albertus 85-57.
• Head coach Shirley Egner of UW-Stephens Point recorded her 400th career victory on Saturday in Berg Gymnasium when her Pointers topped UW-Superior 95-49.
• UMBC head coach Phil Stern posted his 200th career win in his 15th season on the bench with win against Stony Brook 65-57. The Retrievers have now won four games in a row.
• Kelly Muffley, a 5-9 sophomore guard at Thiel, was named the Presidents Athletic Conference Player of the Week after hitting game-winning shots in both of her team’s games last week. Muffley hit two free throws with 0.2 seconds left to give Thiel a 68-66 win against Geneva on Wednesday. In the Tomcats’ second game of the week, she hit a game-winning jumper with seven seconds remaining to give Thiel a 65-64 win against Washington & Jefferson. It was the first home win for Thiel against the Presidents in 11 years. Muffley averaged 12.5 points and 5.0 rebounds for the week.
• Marissa Hudley of Queens (N.C.) scored 25 second-half points and 31 for the game to become the leading scorer in Queens history, male or female, during a 71-49 win against Coker College. Hudley now has 1,644 career points.
• Senior Ally Weaver became the 11th player in program history to score 1,000 career points with a season-high 21 points at Augsburg College on Saturday. She finished that game with 1,008 points, good for 10th in Carleton history.
• Qwedia Wallace of Temple scored 21 points en route to her 1,000th career point last week. Wallace led the Owls to their seventh consecutive win in a 76-48 victory against UMass and is the 19th player in program history to reach that plateau.
• Latisha Belcher became the 18th player in East Tennessee State history to reach 1,000 career points as ETSU set a school record with 75 total rebounds in the win against USC Upstate.
• Belcher’s teammate, senior Tara Davis, scored a team-high 21 points to reach the 1,000-point plateau as STSU defeated Kennesaw State 85-61. Davis is the 19th player in Lady Bucs history to reach that milestone.
• Idaho senior Rachele Kloke scored a game-high 17 points in the Vandals win against New Mexico State to reach the 1,000 career points plateau.
• UNC-Greensboro senior Monique Floyd became the 22nd player in school history to reach the 1,000 point plateau in a home loss to Furman. She hit the milestone basket on her first basket of the evening and finished with a team-high nine points.
• Cal State Fullerton senior Lyndsey Grove scored her 1,000th career point and tied a school record by going 6-for-6 from 3-point land as the Titans defeated Long Beach State 64-48. Teammate Megan Richardson also reached the 1,000-point plateau earlier this season.