Jan. 4, 2010

By Amy Farnum

LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER:  Saint Joseph’s College’s Carolyn Freeman notched nine points in a 60-49 loss to Skidmore College in the Coastal Maine Classic on Jan. 3 as she joined her mother on the school’s list of 1,000-point scorers.

Freeman’s mother Linda (Johnson) Freeman was the first SJC women’s basketball player to achieve the feat in 1981.  Johnson ranks fourth in team history with 1,560 points and was a member of the inaugural SJC Athletics Hall of Fame class in 2000.

The only other known mother-daughter combination to have reached the 1,000-point mark at the same school is at Cedar Crest College (Pa.).  Courtney Porzio hit the milestone in 2006, joining her mother Melissa.  

TERRIFIC TITANS:  Top-ranked Illinois Wesleyan continued its flawless season as the Titans moved to 11-0 with a convincing 87-58 win over No. 13 UW-Whitewater on Jan. 2.  It was IWU’s 49th consecutive regular season victory.

Junior Nikki Preston netted a career-high 25 points, while contributing six rebounds, four assists and four steals in the contest.  

The Titans will open defense of their College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin title on Jan. 5 at North Central.  IWU is the top scoring team in the league, scoring 79.7 points per game, and is out-rebounding opponents by a CCIW-leading 7.9 per game.

SCORCHING DEFENSE:  No. 2 Amherst College not only keeps winning, but is barely allowing opponents to light up the scoreboard.  The Lord Jeffs’ latest victory was an 80-37 win over Lehman College on Dec. 30.

The win over Lehman lowered Amherst’s scoring defense to 41.2 points allowed per game – the nation’s best.  The Jeffs have not surrendered more than 38 points to any team in their past four games.

Amherst (10-0) stretched its home winning streak to 16 games, and has opened its season with a winning streak of at least 10 games for the third consecutive year.  The Lord Jeffs are are now 30-0 in November and December since 2007. They return to action at Wesleyan on Jan. 6.

TAKE DOWN:  Emmanuel College handed No. 10 Messiah College its first defeat of the season with a 60-56 victory in the title game of the California Lutheran's Holiday Classic on Jan. 2.

Junior guard Kristin LeBel tallied a game-high 26 points, earning the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award.  She also contributed 20 points in a first round win over North Park on Dec. 31.

The Saints, who are receiving votes in the D3hoops.com Top 25, will look to improve their 8-1 mark as they host No. 17 Tufts University on Jan. 5.

  No. 20 Mount Union is off to its best start in program history following a 77-57 win over Case Western Reserve on Jan. 2.  The Purple Raiders are 12-0 on the season.

The Purple Raiders are the Ohio Athletic Conference’s top scoring team (76.6 ppg), top shooting team (42.9 percent) and top rebounding team (+10.4).

Mount Union is at the top of the OAC standings with a 5-0 mark, and will look remain perfect against Baldwin-Wallace on Jan. 6.  B-W leads the series 37-33, and has won four straight games against the Purple Raiders dating back to 2007.