Women's Elite Eight: Looking Out For No. 1
March 23, 2009
Courtesy of Michigan Tech
NCAA Elite Eight • National Quarterfinal Game
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 • 12 noon (CT) • Bill Greehey Arena (3,800) • San Antonio, Texas
No. 22 Michigan Tech (27-6) vs. No. 4 Minnesota State (29-2)
Live Radio: WKMJ 93.5 FM (Wes Frahm)
Live Video Stream: NCAA.com • Live Audio Stream: Pasty.net
Live Stats: RattlerAthletics.com
FIRST NCAA QUARTERFINAL APPEARANCE SINCE 1993
After 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, Michigan Tech is playing in its second national quarterfinal game and first since 1993. The Huskies won the Great Lakes Regional 16 years ago before traveling to Washburn for a quarterfinal game. Tech won that game 78-77 in overtime to move on to the NCAA Fabulous Four in Waltham, Mass., where it finished in third place. Michigan Tech is 14-13 overall in NCAA Tournament play. See page 6 for complete NCAA Tournament history.
WYSOCKY ADDS MIDWEST REGION MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER TO RESUME
The list of accolades for junior Katie Wysocky was lengthened last week at the NCAA Midwest Regional. The 6-0 forward, who as already earned all-region first team and All-GLIAC First Team accolades, was selected as the tournament’s most outstanding player. Wysocky has 18 double-doubles this season and averaged 18.7 points and 14.0 rebounds at the regional. Her season rebounding total of 342 is a school record while her 498 points is the fourth-most in Tech history. Just as impressive are Wysocky’s numbers in the classroom — a 3.92 grade point average in business administration. ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team accolades are also on this year’s resume.
ZIMMERMAN BRINGS IN NATION’S SECOND-BEST 3-POINT SHOOTING
Junior Katie Zimmerman swished 10 3-pointers and scored 40 points in last week’s NCAA Midwest Regional to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. The 5-6 guard has made 96-of-200 triples on the season for 48.0 percent — the second best accuracy in the nation. Zimmerman, who averages 11.1 points per game this season, owns Michigan Tech’s school records for 3-pointers in a game (six), season (96 and counting) and career (209 and counting). Before Zimmerman arrived on campus, the school records were 75 for a season and 142 for a career.
Michigan Tech has hung its hat on defense this season — holding teams to 38.5 percent from the field and 57.7 points per game. The Huskies have turned it up a notch in the NCAA Tournament. They didn’t allow any of their three opponents in the Midwest Region to shoot over 35.3 percent or score more than 53 points. Tech is 24-2 this season when its opponent scores fewer than 70 points.
STREAM, WITH 20 IN CHAMPIONSHIP, NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT
Point guard Sarah Stream tallied 20 points in the regional championship vs. Indianapolis (March 16) for her fourth 20-point game of the year. The 5-7 junior averages 10.5 points per game, but her biggest attribute has been distributing and taking care of the basketball. Stream averages 4.5 assists per game and ranks second in NCAA Division II in assist-to-turnover ratio with a 2.96-to-1 mark. Her 154 assists this season are the second-most in school history and have elevated her to seventh on Tech’s career assist chart with 318.
Tech has a streak of 21 straight winning seasons dating back to 1988-89. During that stretch, the Huskies women’s basketball program has enjoyed a record of 451-168 (72.9 pct.). Including the team’s present 27-6 mark, there have been 13 20-win seasons, with all coming in the last 19 years (since 1990-91).
DANEN SECOND IN SCORING; HAS RECORD 61 BLOCKS
Danae Danen owns the team’s second-best scoring average at 12.1 points per game. The 6-0 junior center has posted 21 games with 10 or more points and eight with 18 or more. In addition to her offensive prowess, Danen has totaled 61 blocks this season to shatter the previous record of 49. Her career total of 130 is just 18 shy of the Carie Pejka’s career mark of 148.
STAEHLIN HAD BREAKOUT GAME VS. NORTHERN KENTUCKY
Sophomore Lisa Staehlin exploded for a career-high 19 points vs. No. 1 Northern Kentucky in the Midwest Regional semifinal last Saturday (March 14). The 6-2 center was 8-of-9 from the floor in the upset, tying a team-high for field goal percentage in a game in 2008-09. Staehlin went 12-of-16 from the field with 28 points in the three games of the tournament. Her season scoring average has risen to 5.8.
ALL-GLIAC STARTING FIVE
All five Michigan Tech starters earned All-GLIAC honors as the league announced its awards last week. Sarah Stream, Katie Wysocky and Katie Zimmerman were All-GLIAC North Division First Team selections. Danae Danen was picked to the All-GLIAC North Division Second Team. Tara Ferris gained GLIAC North Division All-Defensive Team honors. Never before in school history had Tech placed more than four players on All-GLIAC teams.
ACADEMIC SUCCESS STORY
Michigan Tech holds a cumulative team grade point average of 3.59. All five starters are above a 3.30 GPA, with Sarah Stream (4.0 in exercise science) and Katie Wysocky (3.92 in business administration) leading the way. Both players were named to the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Second Team. As a team, last year’s Huskies finished second in the nation in grade point average at 3.639 — just a hundredth of a point behind South Dakota in first place.
ARE YOU SURE THERE’S NO HOCKEY THIS WEEKEND?
Three of this weekend’s NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Elite Eight participants are schools in the same conference. For hockey, that is. Michigan Tech, Alaska Anchorage and Minnesota State Mankato are all members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, a Division I men’s ice hockey league that also includes the likes of Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota.
HUSKIES IN THE NATIONAL STAT RANKINGS (as of March 17)
1st in 3-Point Percentage at 41.6 (2nd is Delta State at 41.2)
1st in Turnovers Per Game at 12.6 (2nd is Cal St. San B’dino at 13.2)
3rd in Assist-to-Turnover Ratio at 1.27 (1st is Hillsdale at 1.34)
3rd in Field Goal Percentage at 47.2 (1st is Hillsdale at 47.6)
3rd in Throw Percentage at 80.8 (1st is Stonehill at 83.1)
7th in Personal Fouls Per Game at 13.4 (1st is Davis & Elkins at 11.9)
Katie Zimmerman 2nd in 3-Point Percentage at 48.0
Sarah Stream 2nd in Assist-to-Turnover Ratio at 2.96
Katie Zimmerman 19th in 3-Point Field Goals Made at 2.9 per game
Katie Wysocky 23rd in Rebounding at 10.4 per game
TECH HAS THIRD-MOST WINS ALL-TIME; WILL BREAK GAMES PLAYED
Michigan Tech’s 27 wins are the third-most in school history — the most since the 1998-99 campaign when it had 28. The school record for wins in a season is 30, set in 1992-93. Tursday’s (March 24) game vs. Minnesota State will be the Huskies’ 34th of the year, breaking a school record (33 in 1992-93) for games played.
HEAD COACH JOHN BARNES
John Barnes is just the third coach in Michigan Tech history to win 25 games in a season. The sixth-year skipper is the GLIAC Coach of the Year this season and for the second time in his career (2005-06 was the other). Barnes owns a 125-51 (.710) career record. The former Tech men’s assistant coach has led the Huskies to back-to-back GLIAC North Division titles and four NCAA Tournament appearances in his six years at the helm.
THE GUISFREDI FACTOR
Sophomore Angela Guisfredi has swished a 3-pointer in each of Tech’s last two games including a 69-52 win over Indianapolis in the regional championship. In her two-year career with Michigan Tech, the Huskies are 32-2 when the 5-5 guard scores a point. Tech is undefeated in its last 20 games when Guisfredi makes a 3-pointer. The Hubbell, Mich., native averages 1.9 points per contest in 2008-09.