Notebook: Perfect Start for Tars
SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES: Fairmont State's Ashley Reed set an NCAA all-divisions record with 16 three-pointers in the Lady Falcons' 120-62 victory over Columbia Union on Dec. 4.
Reed finished the game with a school and conference-record 50 points while also tying the Division II mark for most three-pointers attempted in a game with 27. She is only the 25th player in Division II history to score 50 or more points in a game. The senior guard from Barrackville, W.V., earned West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors for her performance.
The No. 20 Lady Falcons also defeated Davis & Elkins earlier in the week behind Reed's game-high 26 points to improve to 4-1 on the season. Reed leads the WVIAC with 33.2 points per game.
TAR-RIFFIC: Rollins College is off to its best start in five years with a perfect 8-0 record after defeating Florida Tech and Flagler last week. Three of the Tars' wins have come against teams that were NCAA Division II Championship participants last year. The last time Rollins was unbeaten this far into the season was in 1999-2000 when the Tars were 13-0 before falling to Tampa.
Senior forward Joslyn Giles turned in 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Tars' first league win of the season against Florida Tech and garnered Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week honors for her efforts. Giles added 17 points and five rebounds in the victory against Flagler. She leads the team with 18.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game while shooting 56 percent.
The Tars have won their first eight games by an average of 29.6 points per game and are ranked No. 18 in the first USA Today ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll of the regular season.
CAREER NUMBERS: Sophomore forward Kim Nowakowski recorded two double-doubles as she led California (Pa.) to a pair of Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference wins against Kutztown and West Chester last weekend.
Nowakowski tallied career-highs with 27 points and 12 rebounds in a convincing 76-49 win against Kutztown on Dec. 3, and poured in a game-high 21 points while grabbing another new career-high in rebounds with 16 in the victory over West Chester on Dec. 4. She was named PSAC West Co-Player of the Week for her outstanding performances.
Nowakowski leads the Vulcans with 14.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and an 82.6 free throw percentage, has four double-doubles in seven games, and is the only player to average double-digit points and rebounds on the roster. California (Pa.) is ranked No. 21 in the latest poll.
BRISTER-ING: Freshman guard Emily Brister was selected Lone Star Conference South Division Player of the Week after helping West Texas A&M to a pair of victories last week. The Lady Buffs improved to 6-0 for the first time since the 1995-96 season.
Brister scored almost half of the Lady Buffs' points, pouring in a career-high 38, in a victory over Southwestern Oklahoma State University on Dec. 3. She also contributed 22 points and eight rebounds in the WTAMU's 95-58 win against Cameron on Dec. 1. For the week, Brister averaged 30.0 points, 6.0 steals, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists.
The native of Amarillo, Texas, leads the league with 24.8 points and 6.17 steals per game. Brister has been the Lady Buffs' leading scorer in their last five games.