Feb. 10, 2010

By Amy Farnum
NCAA.com

LEED-ING THE WAY:  Top-ranked Franklin Pierce continues to dominate behind the stellar play of senior Johannah Leedham, who poured in a game-high 30 points in the Ravens’ 91-56 victory over Saint Michael’s on Feb. 9.

The native of Ellesmere Port, England, helped keep the Ravens unbeaten at 22-0 with her fourth consecutive game of 30 points or more.  Leedham connected on 12 of 18 shots from the floor as she became one of just 23 players all-time in NCAA all-division history to surpass the 2,700-point milestone for her career.

Leedham also recorded four steals on the night, moving her to 411 all-time and putting her within 13 of the top 10 in Division II history.  If she enters the top 10, Leedham will be the only player in Division II history to rank in the all-time top 10 in scoring and steals.

FPC has won 35 of its last 36 games overall and 27 straight regular season games dating back to the end of last season. Seven of the squad’s last eight wins have come by 20 points or more.  The Ravens travel to Saint Anselm on Feb. 13 as they try to keep their perfect record intact.

ON A ROLL: Wayne State (Neb.) remained in contention in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference race as Wildcats cruised to a 75-46 victory over Augustana for their sixth straight win on Feb. 6.

Sophomore forward Ashley Arlen scored 32 points and registered a career-best 14 rebounds en route to her seventh double-double of the season to earn her second consecutive NSIC Player of the Week award.  The native of Cascade, Iowa, is averaging 23.7 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, along with a 53.7 shooting percentage during the Wildcats’ six-game winning streak. 

WSC is tied for second place in the NSIC standings with Augustana at 10-4, and trail Concordia-St. Paul by one game.  The Wildcats look to stay unbeaten at home this weekend as they host Winona State on Feb. 12 and Upper Iowa on Feb. 13.

HOLT IT RIGHT THERE: Lenior-Rhyne climbed into a tie for first place in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a pair of league victories last week, including a defeat of conference-leading Newberry on Feb. 6.

Senior guard Amber Holt began the week with a game-high 14 points in a victory over Brevard, and followed it up with 21 points and five assists to pace the Bears against the Scarlet and Gray as they carved out a share of the SAC lead.

L-R hosts second-place Carson-Newman in a SAC showdown on Feb. 10 as the Bears look to remain undefeated on their home court this season.  The Bears have won 14 consecutive SAC regular season home games.

SLAM DUNKS:  Seattle Pacific kept pace in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference race with a pair of victories last week sparked by senior forward Megan Hoisington’s career performance of 17 points and six blocked shots in a come-from-behind win against Northwest Nazarene on Feb. 6.  She was named GNAC Player of the Week for her efforts.  The No. 19 Falcons are in second place behind Western Washington (10-0), and if they win their next two games against Western Oregon and Montana State Billings, they will have a shot at a share of the GNAC title … Missouri Southern guard Jolea Apon set a school record with 11 three-pointers in a victory over Missouri Western on Feb. 6.  The senior from Springdale, Ark., also tied the MIAA single-game mark, and was named the league’s Player of the Week for her 35-point effort.