Division II Notebook: Delta State still on top; Schreibvogel shines for FLC
From Amy Farnum, NCAA.com basketball blogger
STILL THE ONE: Top-ranked Delta State staved off a valiant effort by previously unbeaten West Alabama on Dec. 2, defeating the Lady Tigers, 58-56, with the help of a last-second game-winning jump shot by Sheena Johnson in Gulf South Conference crossover action. UWA had upended then-No. 1 Arkansas Tech a week prior, but the Lady Statesmen held their ground in the road contest to remain flawless on the season.
The Lady Statesmen followed up the close call with a resounding 67-31 win over West Georgia on Dec. 4. DSU held the Wolves to just 19.6 percent shooting from the field as it extended the program’s home winning streak to 51 games.
Delta State is the only unbeaten team in the GSC standings. The Lady Statesmen will face West Florida on Dec. 12 for another league crossover contest.
A CAREER WEEKEND: No. 3 Fort Lewis College opened Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action with a pair of road wins behind the stellar play of junior forward Dana Schreibvogel, who registered career-best performances in both games.
The native of Keenesburg, Colo., notched a career-high 28 points in both wins over UC-Colorado Springs and CSU-Pueblo, and also tied a career best with 11 rebounds against UCCS. Schreibvogel, who also shot 66.7 percent from the floor for the weekend, was named RMAC Player of the Week for her performance.
“Dana played outstanding this past weekend in every facet of the game,” head coach Mark Kellogg said. “She dominated on both ends of the court and is really coming into her own. This is a much-deserved honor and hopefully she can continue to play at this high level.”
Schreibvogel leads the RMAC with an 18.3 scoring average, is second with a .608 field goal percentage, and ranks third in the league with 8.6 rebounds per game.
RUNNING WITH THE WOLVES: Northern State is off to its’ first 2-0 start in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action since the 2007-08 season thanks to the play of senior Jodi Reinschmidt’s back-to-back 20-point performances.
The native of St. Michael, Minn., contributed 20 points and five rebounds in a defeat of Concordia-St. Paul on Dec. 3, and then added a career-high 23 points in a win over St. Cloud State a day later. Reinschmidt shot 67.9 percent from the floor on the weekend, and was selected NSIC Player of the Week for her accomplishments.
The Wolves will face a tough test during the upcoming weekend, as they take on Wayne State on Dec. 10 and Augustana on Dec. 11. The two opponents were voted to finish first and second, respectively, in the NSIC preseason poll.
JUMP SHOTS: No. 20 Western Washington improved to 5-0 with an 80-70 victory over Montana State Billings in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action Dec. 4. Senior Amanda Dunbar buried four of the Vikings’ 11 three-pointers as she became the program’s new all-time record-holder with 211 in her career. … Pace University needed overtime to stave off a challenge from New Haven, but the Setters turned back the Chargers, 63-58, on Dec. 4 to move to 8-0 on the season. Pace, Assumption and Bentley all boast 5-0 marks in Northeast-10 Conference play. The Setters will put their flawless record on the line against American International on Dec. 7. … West Chester sophomore forward Alex Lennon was chosen Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Player of the Week after tallying a career-high 26 points on 73 percent shooting as the Golden Rams upset then-No. 8 Holy Family in their only game of the week. The native of Lansdowne, Pa., also contributed seven rebounds, three assists and four blocks despite being limited to just 31 minutes of action.