Dec. 8, 2009

By Amy Farnum

  Top-ranked Illinois Wesleyan fended off a pesky University of Chicago squad with a 10-0 run in the second half to seal a 64-57 victory over the No. 17 Maroons on Dec. 5.  The Titans are No. 1 in the Top 25, and improved to 7-0 on the year.

Junior Hope Schulte’s 14 points led IWU in a below-average 37 percent shooting effort.  The Titans also overcame a 12-rebound margin by forcing the Maroons into 24 turnovers.

The Titans look to continue its flawless season when they host Saint Francis on Dec. 12.  IWU tops the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin statistics in scoring (81.3 ppg), steals (113) and turnover margin (+10.14 pg).

UPSET CITY: Grove City College notched a big win in Presidents’ Athletic Conference action on Dec. 5 as the Wolverines handed No. 19 Washington & Jefferson its first loss of the season with a 72-70 defeat.  It was Grove City’s first win over the Presidents since 2005.

Junior forward Christine Slater averaged 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last week for the 1-1 Wolverines, including 22 points and seven boards in the W&J victory after recording 13 points and eight rebounds in a 77-56 loss to No. 13 Thomas More on Wednesday. The native of Aliquippa, Pa., shot 56 percent (15-of- 27) from the field in the two contests, earning PAC Player of the Week for her efforts.  Slater leads the PAC with 16.5 points per game, and ranks third with 8.8 rebounds per contest.

Grove City hopes to keep up its winning ways in a non-conference contest against Hiram on Dec. 9.

  UW-River Falls began Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play with a 2-0 mark last week, including an upset of No. 15 UW-Stevens Point behind stellar sister Tiffany and Brittany Gregorich.  Both Gregorich sisters netted double-figures in the win over the Pointers.  

Tiffany Gregorich, a sophomore guard from Altoona, Wis., began the week with a game-high 27 points at UW Superior on Dec. 2.  In two games last week, she shot 64 percent from the field and combined for 11 rebounds and five steals to earn WIAC Player of the Week honors.

The Falcons improved to 6-0 with the win over the nationally-ranked Pointers, and look to extend that streak against UW-Eau Claire on Dec. 9.

  Oglethorpe grabbed a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference single-game team record 78 rebounds in the squad’s 90-75 win over Sewanee on Dec. 5.

Four players registered double-digit rebound performances for the Stormy Petrels led by Sarah Giles, who came off the bench to post 16.  The Petrels had 25 offensive rebounds and 53 defensive grabs in the record-breaking showing.  The 78 rebounds are seven more than the previous SCAC single-game record set by Hendrix College against University of Dallas on November 26, 2005.

Oglethorpe currently leads the SCAC with 48.2 offensive rebounds per game, while Kaci Palmore paces the Petrels with 10.3 rebounds per game, which ranks second in the conference.

Bowdoin College senior forward Leah Rubega turned in a pair of double-doubles last week as she guided the Polar Bears to road wins over Southern Maine and Colby last week.  The No. 7 Polar Bears improved to 5-0 with the victories.

The native of Norwich, Conn., averaged 16.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 65.2 percent from the floor.  Rubega was named New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week for her contributions.  She ranks third in the league with 10.0 rebounds per game.

Rubega was also honored as Player of the Week for the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) and Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association (MWBCA). It is the third-straight week that a Bowdoin player has been honored by the MWBCA.