Dec. 14, 2010

Amy Farnum, NCAA.com

THE 800 CLUB: Bentley University head coach Barbara Stevens will be attempting to win the 800th game of her career when her team hosts C.W. Post on Dec. 19. Stevens, who picked up No. 799 as Bentley downed Stonehill last week, will be the first non-Division I coach to achieve the impressive accomplishment.

The current members of the 800-win club are Pat Summitt (Tennessee), Jody Conradt (Texas), C. Vivian Stringer (Rutgers) and Sylvia Hatchell (North Carolina). All but Conradt are still active. Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer also boasts 799 wins, and will attempt to reach 800 against DePaul on Dec. 16.

Stevens has compiled a career record of 799-236 in 34 years as a collegiate head coach. After a season-opening loss, Bentley has won six straight games. The Falcons are tied for first place in the Northeast-10 standings with a flawless 6-0 mark in league play.

SERVING UP VICTORIES: Grand Canyon is off to the best start in school history after defeating Cal State Stanislaus in the CCAA/PacWest Challenge on Dec. 11. The 1993-94 Grand Canyon team went 9-1, but lost its next contest. It was the Antelopes’ fifth straight win against a West Regional opponent.

Junior center Jallisa Butler claimed tournament Most Valuable Player honors after contributing 20 points and 16 rebounds against the Warriors. Butler helped the Antelopes stretch their winning streak to nine last week by averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds, while shooting 61.1 percent from the field.

FALCONS FLY: Seattle Pacific senior forward Caitlyn Rohrbach garnered Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors after sparking the Falcons to a pair of victories at the CCAA-GNAC Challenge last weekend.

The native of Edmonds, Wash., tallied 14 points with a career-best nine rebounds as SPU downed host Sonoma State, 64-49, on Dec. 10. Rohrbach then followed it up with 15 points and eight rebounds as the Falcons rallied from an 11-point deficit to edge No. 17 Chico State, 57-56, handing the Wildcats their first loss of the season. The performances were back-to-back career scoring highs for Rohrbach, who was named CCAA-GNAC Challenge MVP.

TURNING IT AROUND: Augusta State picked up its’ sixth win of the season with a 70-61 defeat of West Georgia on Dec. 13 as the Lady Jaguars matched their combined win total from the last two seasons (5-23 in 2008-09 and 1-26 in 2009-10).

Reigning Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week Blair Egardo registered 13 points and five steals in the contest. She leads the team, and ranks fourth in the PBC, with a 17.6 scoring average.

The Lady Jaguars will look to keep up their winning ways at No. 6 Clayton State, which is currently unbeaten at 9-0.

JUMP SHOTS: No. 1 Delta State stretched its’ home court winning streak to 52 games with a 75-53 win over West Florida over the weekend. The Lady Statesmen will put that streak and a 9-0 season record on the line against Valdosta State for a Gulf South Conference match-up on Dec. 14. DSU is just six wins away from tying the school record of 58 straight home victories … No. 4 Washburn remained perfect on the season behind a career-high 29 points from Cassie Lombardino in a 57-51 win over Truman on Dec. 11 …
Twin sisters Briauna and Brittany Taylor combined for 46 points to lead No. 9 Grand Valley State to a 77-62 win over Lewis on Dec. 11 as the Lakers improved to 8-0 on the season. The Lakers are winning games by an average of 19.5 points per contest.