Dec. 1, 2009

By Amy Farnum
NCAA.com

SPECTACULAR SHOOTOUT:
  Senior forward Nicci Miller led Alaska Anchorage to its fourth straight Great Alaska Shootout title as the Seawolves downed two Division I programs in tournament play over the weekend.

The native of Denver, Colo., connected on 10-of-14 field goal attempts en route to 24 points against Coastal Carolina, and followed it up with a game-high 15 points and nine rebounds in a one-point victory over Cincinnati.

The Seawolves have now defeated a BIG EAST team for the Shootout title two straight years (Syracuse in 2008).  UAA has won eight consecutive regular season games against Division I programs after stretching its home court winning streak to 25 games.

UAA returns to Division II competition on Dec. 3 when it faces Nyack (N.Y.) in Fairbanks.

SPARTAN SURGE:
The University of Tampa is off to its best start in program history at 5-0, outscoring foes by more than 21 points per game and holding opponents to a 34.8 field goal percentage.  

Senior forward Caitlyn Mitryk averaged 15.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 73 percent from the field in wins over Valdosta State and Warner last week.  The native of Lake Mary, Fla., was selected Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week for her performance.  

On the year, Mitryk is shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc, including a 3-for-3 outing against Warner over the weekend.
The Spartans look to remain perfect when they host Florida Memorial on Dec. 1.

SKY HIGH:  Fort Lewis College notched a pair of non-conference road victories last weekend to move to 8-0 on the year before starting Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play this week.

The eighth-ranked Skyhawks were led by senior Allison Rosel, who averaged 21.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in victories over the Academy of the Art and Dixie State.  The native of Colorado Springs, Colo., received RMAC West Division Player of the Week honors for her contributions.

Fort Lewis, the top team in the RMAC West, travel to Metro State (Dec. 4) and Regis University (Dec. 5) this weekend, which both currently sit on top of the RMAC East standings.

SIMONDS SAYS: Stonehill College opened Northeast-10 Conference play with a 2-0 mark with the help of senior center Kelsey Simonds’ outstanding play last weekend.

The native of Middleboro, Mass., averaged a double-double (23.5 ppg, 11.5 rpg) in wins over Merrimack and Saint Michael’s.  Simonds recorded a season-high 28 points against Merrimack and followed it up with a season-best 12 rebounds in the overtime win at Saint Michael’s, earning NE-10 Player of the Week honors.

The two-time first-team All-Northeast-10 selection is the league’s second-leading scorer with 18.8 points per game, and is the school’s all-time leader in blocks with 198.

No. 21 Stonehill returns to the court on Dec. 2 at Saint Anselm College as the Skyhawks look to remain flawless in league play.

IN THE CLUTCH:
  Shippensburg’s Lauren Beckley nabbed her second Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Player of the Week award in the last three weeks after recording a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Lady Raiders to an overtime 76-70 win over defending Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference champion Philadelphia last week.

Beckly shot 56.3 percent from the field (9-of-16) and turned the ball over just once in 41 minutes of action.  Already with a double-double four minutes into the second half, Beckley made three three-pointers in the final five minutes of regulation and also tied the game with a pair of made free throws with just seven seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime.