Notebook: Manning Leads Bears
CAREER WEEK: Elmhurst College's Heather Furr scored a combined 65 points as she led the Bluejays to three victories last week. Furr was named College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin's Player of the Week for her performances.
Furr started the week with a career-high 30 points and was perfect on five three-point attempts as Elmhurst downed Benedictine University on Dec. 6. She followed it up with 11 points and nine rebounds against Dominican University on Dec. 8, and added 24 points and 10 rebounds against Judson College on Dec. 10.
The senior forward leads the league with 18.4 points, and is the team's top rebounder with 6.3 per game.
BEAR-ING DOWN: Senior Kelly Manning poured in a career-high 32 points to fuel second-ranked Washington University (Mo.) to an 88-66 victory over North Central College on Dec. 10. The Bears extended their winning streak to nine games.
Manning improved her all-time total to 1,203 points against the Cardinals, moving into sixth-place on the school's career list. On the week, Manning averaged 29 points with a 63.9 shooting percentage to earn University Athletic Association Athlete of the Week honors.
Manning leads the Bears with 20.3 points per game, and has been the team's leading scorer in each of the last three games.
BEYOND THE ARC: Senior Kim Leith knocked down six three-pointers as George Fox University tied a team record with 16 three-pointers made and defeated Western Oregon, 100-72, on Dec. 9.
Leith totaled 22 points in the victory after contributing 17 points in the Bruins' 86-55 victory against Cascade on Dec. 8. She shot 59.1 percent in the two games, garnering Northwest Conference Player of the Week honorable mention for her efforts.
At 8-0, the third-ranked Bruins are off to their best start since the 2001-02 season.
JOIN THE CLUB: Otterbein's Danielle Holbrook reached the 1,000-point milestone after averaging 17.0 points per game in a pair of Ohio Athletic Conference wins last week.
Holbrook scored 15 points in the Cardinals win over Wilmington, and contributed 19 points in the victory against John Carroll to earn OAC Player of the Week honors. On Dec. 14, she netted a game-high 19 points to lead Otterbein to an 84-69 win against Bethany (W.V).
Holbrook ranks 10th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,032 points and fifth on the career rebound charts with 591. She has scored in double-figures in 25 of her last 26 games.
MVP PERFORMACE: Junior guard Taryn Mellody was selected most valuable player of the Diversified Invitational after posting back-to-back season-high scoring totals in Scranton's tournament wins over Renssalear Polytechnic Institute and Frostburg State.
Mellody, a native of Dunmore, Pa., started the week with nine points at No. 12 Moravian on Dec. 7, and then picked up the pace with 23 against RPI and 26 against Frostburg State. She added 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game in the three victories, earning Freedom Conference Player of the Week honors. Mellody leads the league in scoring (17.6) and field goal percentage (.492).
No. 10 Scranton has won six straight games.