Feb. 9, 2010

By Amy Farnum
NCAA.com

‘CATS STRATCH:
Louisiana College cracked the latest D3hoops.com Top 25 at No. 21 after taking over sole possession of first place in the American Southwest Conference East Division standings last week.

Junior forward Tillisha Givens paced the Lady Wildcats with 20.0 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in two league wins, including 26 points in a defeat of Texas-Dallas that put them in the ASC East lead.  The native of Monroe, La., shot 81.8 percent from the floor for the week, earning ASC East Player of the Week honors.

The Lady Cats host East Texas Baptist University on Feb. 11 as they look to stay on top of the league standings.

TIGER TALES:
DePauw University continued to climb up the national rankings, moving up two spots to No. 19 as the Tigers extended their season winning streak to 14 games with a 68-50 victory over Centre College in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Feb. 6.

The Tigers have won 52 consecutive SCAC home games, and 64 straight regular season contests. Senior forward Jenna Fernandez grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds as the Tigers out-rebounded Centre, 52-30.  DePauw leads Division III with a rebound margin of 16.8 per game, and is averaging a 20.0-point scoring margin per game.

The Tigers are riding a 10-game winning streak as they travel to Sewanee for a SCAC contest on Feb. 12.

BIG MACK:  Colby College’s Rachael Mack was selected New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week after sparking the Mules to a 3-0 week as they clinched a home quarterfinal game in the upcoming league tournament for the first time since 2003.

The sophomore forward averaged 13.3 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 56.0 percent from the floor, highlighted by a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 63-54 at Middlebury on Feb. 6.   Mack, a native of Augusta, Maine, also nailed the game-tying basket to force overtime against Williams, and then added four points in overtime to total a team-high 15 points in the 74-68 win on Feb. 5.

FINISHING STRONG:
  After starting Freedom Conference play with a 1-3 mark this season, DeSales University has dug itself out of the hole by winning seven of its last eight game, and six consecutive contests, after an 84-77 victory versus Delaware Valley College in league play on Feb. 6.  

Junior Lori Lidlow of Toms River, N.J., netted a career-high 34 points as the Bulldogs moved into a tie for second place, just one game behind first-place Manhattanville.  The Bulldogs avenged early season losses to Manhattanville and DVC last week.  

STORM BREWING:  Simpson College stretched its winning streak to 10 games as the Storm remained atop of the Iowa Conference standings with a 2-0 record in league play last week.

Sophomore center Stacey Schutjer averaged 16.0 points and 9.0 rebounds as the Storm improved to 12-1 in the IIAC and extended its home conference winning streak to 27 games.  The native of Titonka, Iowa, began the week with her fourth double-double of the season versus Luther, and added a team-high 19 points as Simpson avenged its only league loss of the season with an 84-63 victory over Wartburg on Feb. 6.  She was named IIAC Player of the Week for her contributions.

Simpson hosts Buena Vista on Feb. 10 in its final home game of the season.