Dec. 9, 2009

By Amy Farnum
NCAA.com

STORM BREWING: 
Southeastern Oklahoma made its debut in the latest USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 at No. 25 after starting the season 7-0 and topping then-No. 7 West Texas A&M, 78-71, last weekend.

It is the Storm’s first national ranking since Dec. 5, 2002, and is the first appearance in the poll under head coach Darin Grover.

Senior guard Kacey Russell provided 18.0 points per game while shooting 62.5 percent from the field as the Storm blew past Eastern New Mexico and WTAMU.  The native of Crandall, Texas, also shot 45.5 percent from beyond the arc, earning Lone Star Conference North Women’s Offensive Player of the Week honors.  The Storm paces the LSC with 50.7 field goal and 77.5 free throw shooting percentages.

SE returns to the court against Midwestern State on Dec. 12 in a LSC crossover contest.

GOTTA HAVE HOPE: 
Junior Hope Gregory sparked Washburn to a 2-0 start in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association action as the Lady Blues remained flawless on the season last week.

The guard from Cheney, Kan., turned in her first double-double outing of the year with 11 points and 10 rebounds at Nebraska-Omaha, and followed it up with a career-best 14 rebounds and eight points at Northwest Missouri State.  Gregory shared MIAA Player of the Week honors for her efforts.  

Washburn is hoping to start the year 7-0 for the second straight season and sixth time in the last eight years with a victory against Truman State on Dec. 12.  The Lady Blues have won 15 straight in the series against the Bulldogs.

KNIGHT SHIFT: No. 6 Gannon cruised to an 86-59 win over Tiffin on Dec. 8 as Brittany Tabron joined teammates Kristina Freeman and Carrie Nolan as one of the 22 members of the program’s 1,000-point club after contributing 13 points in the victory.  It is the first time in school history there have been three players on the same team with 1,000 career points.  

Gannon is off to its best start in school history at 10-0, and is riding a 20-game regular season winning streak dating back to last year.  The win over Tiffin was the team’s 28th straight when leading at halftime.

The Lady Knights will take a two-week hiatus for exams before returning to action on Dec. 22 at Central State.

TOP TRITON:
  UC San Diego sophomore guard Chelsea Carlisle garnered California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week after playing a key role in a pair of league road victories last week.

The sophomore guard averaged 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in victories over Cal State San Bernardino and CCCA preseason favorite Cal Poly Pomona.  Carlisle leads the Tritons with 17.0 points per game on the year.

UCSD, which won the CCAA regular season crown in 2008-09 at 19-1, improves to 3-0 on the year overall. The Tritons have now won 25 of their last 26 games against CCAA foes over the last three seasons.

NOTABLE:
  Virginia State is off to a 7-0 record after a 60-51 win over Fayetteville State on Nov. 30 for the program’s best start since the 1989-90 team won its first nine games.  The Lady Trojans moved up four spots to No. 20 in the latest national poll … Top-ranked Michigan Tech was dominant in a 100-39 victory over non-conference rival Finlandia on Dec. 8, marking the first time the Huskies have scored in triple figures since 1998.