Hope On High
Feb. 17, 2009
By Amy Farnum Novin
Scranton earned the top seed in the Landmark Conference tournament after winning three games last week, including two league contests, to stretch its winning streak to 13.
Senior center Molly Klusek turned in a stellar week, beginning with two career-highs -- 16 points and seven blocked shots – along with 10 rebounds in a 61-59 win over then-No. 24 Kean University on Feb. 11. The native of Philadelphia, Pa., added 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds as the Lady Royals downed Catholic University on Feb. 14. Klusek closed out the week with four points and two rebounds in only 12 minutes of action in a win over Goucher the next day, earning Landmark Conference Player of the Week for her efforts.
Klusek ranks third in the league with 1.54 blocks per game for the No. 18 Lady Royals. They will close the regular season by hosting Moravian College Feb. 21.
FLYING HIGH: Hope College claimed at least a share of its eighth Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association title in the last 10 years as the Flying Dutch cruised to a 102-53 win over Adrian Feb. 14.
The Flying Dutch (20-1) have won 12 straight games en route to their 11th consecutive 20-win season. Hope shot a season-best 58 percent from the floor as all 16 players on the roster scored led by Jenny Cowen’s 18 points.
Hope, ranked No. 3 in the latest WBCA USA Today/ESPN Division III Top 25, has won 44 straight home games. The Flying Dutch can earn the outright MIAA title with a win at Olivet on Feb. 18.
PRIDE AND JOY: Greensboro College nabbed its fourth USA South regular season title in the last five years as The Pride rolled to a 91-64 win at Meredith College on Feb. 16. The No. 22 Pride has now won a conference-record 17 straight regular season games.
Dione Eccles of Clemmons, N.C., netted a game-high 29 points, including four three-pointers, and grabbed seven rebounds and five steals to pace The Pride.
"It feels great to finish clinch the regular season title," said head coach Jason Tuggle. "This team has been focused and determined all season and this accomplishment is a great reward. We're happy and will enjoy this win but there's more this can achieve."
SENIOR MOMENT: Oglethorpe University senior Katie Kulavic became the school’s all-time leading scorer with 18 points in a 77-63 win over Rhodes College on Feb. 13 as the Stormy Petrels reached the 20-win mark for the fourth straight season.
The Petrels followed it up with a defeat of Birmingham-Southern on Feb. 15 as they concluded their home schedule with an unblemished record for the first time in school history.
Kulavic and her fellow seniors have compiled a 90-24 record, along with three NCAA Tournament appearances, in the last four years. The program had never recorded a winning season prior to the seniors arrival.
The fourth-ranked Petrels will now travel to No. 22 DePauw on Feb. 20 for a battle between the top two squads in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Oglethorpe enters the contest on a five-game winning streak, and has already beaten DePauw earlier this season.