Jan. 14, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

A LEGG UP:  USC Aiken’s Meredith Legg claimed Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week honors for the second straight week after pushing the Pacers to a trio of wins last week in league action.

The senior guard averaged 19 points while connecting on 61 percent of her three-point attempts for the week.  Legg, a native of Huntersville, N.C., highlighted the week with 23 points as the Pacers handed Francis Marion its first loss of the season.Two weeks ago, Legg earned the PBC weekly honor for becoming the league’s all-time leader in three-point attempts made.

The Pacers have won five straight games and are currently ranked No. 18 in the latest WBCA USA Today/ESPN Top 25.

RANGERS ROLLING: UW-Parkside stretched its school-record winning streak to 10 games with a pair of Great Lakes Valley Conference victories last week as the Rangers remained perfect in league play.

Senior guard Amanda Gibson notched a game-high 23 points in a 75-72 win over Drury on Jan. 8, and followed it up with 16 points and nine assists as the Rangers downed Missouri S&T.  The native of Boulder Junction, Wis., was selected GLVC Player of the Week for her efforts.  Gibson leads the league with 18.8 points per game, and ranks second in the conference with 4.93 assists per game.

The Rangers have reeled off 10 straight wins since opening the season with a 0-4 mark.  UW-Parkside joins top-ranked Northern Kentucky as the only unbeaten teams in the GLVC East Division standings.

HORNETS NEST: Emporia State moved into sole possession of first place in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association standings with two league wins last week. Senior forward Ida Edwards tallied 15 points, eight rebounds and a career-high four blocks in a defeat of Missouri Southern, and then registered her sixth double-double this year with 21 points and 14 rebounds to rally the Lady Hornets to a 78-76 win over Pittsburg State on Jan. 10.

Edwards, a native of Yazoo, Miss., picked up her second MIAA Player of the Week award of the year for her performance.

The No. 9 Lady Hornets will face seventh-ranked Washburn on Jan. 14 in a match-up of the first and second-place squads in the MIAA standings.  ESU ranks second in the nation with an 87.9 scoring average and 26.7 scoring margin, while Washburn is one of the top 20 teams in scoring defense.

NOTABLE:  Hillsdale’s Katie Cezat became the program’s all-time leader in blocked shots last week as she combined for nine blocks in wins over Northwood and Wayne State in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division play.  The senior forward from Plymouth, Mich., recorded her fifth 30-point game of the season with 31 points in the victory at Wayne State on Jan. 10 … Junior guard Brooque Williams posted three double-doubles in a 3-0 week for California (Pa.), earning her second consecutive Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Player of the Week award.  The native of Pittsburgh, Pa., averaged 21.3 points and 12.7 rebounds for the week.  She is one of only four players in the country averaging at least 20 points (20.7) and 10 rebounds (10.4) per game.