Dec. 14, 2010

Amy Farnum, NCAA.com

TREY-RIFFIC: Christopher Newport University’s Chelsie Schweers became just the 14th player in NCAA Division III history to record 300 career 3-pointers as she netted a season-high 33 points en route to the Captains’ 84-68 win over Meredith College last week.

The native of Chesapeake, Va., drained seven three-pointers in the contest, along with six rebounds, five assists and five steals as the No. 3 Captains improved to 6-0 on the year. Schweers, who was named USA South Player of the Week, also entered the Top 25 of the NCAA Division III scoring list with 2,149 career points. Schweers leads the nation with a 25.0 scoring average and 66.7 three-point field goal percentage, and ranks 10th in the nation with a 60.2 field goal percentage.

The Captains will be back in action against No. 10 Thomas More at the Hoop n’ Surf Tournament in Hawaii on Dec. 19.

BEST OF THE BEST: Top-ranked Amherst improved to 10-0 on the year with a trio of victories last week, led by senior forward Jaci Daigneault, who averaged 16.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for the Lord Jeffs.

The highlight of Daigneault’s week was scoring a team-high 22 points, including 20 in the second half, as the Lord Jeffs rallied for a 75-62 win at Emmanuel on Dec. 7 after trailing at halftime. Daigneault, who shot 69.7 percent from the field for the week, was named New England Small College Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Week for her contributions.

Daigneault paces Amherst with a 13.7 scoring average and ranks second on the squad with 5.9 rebounds per game, while averaging just 19.8 minutes of playing time per contest.

KING PIN: Babson stretched its’ New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference winning streak to 29 games with a pair of league wins last week behind the outstanding play of junior Kathleen King.

The junior forward from Framingham, Mass., averaged 17.5 points and 11.5 rebounds as Babson collected wins over MIT and WPI as the Beavers began the season with an 8-0 mark for the first time since the 2000-01 season.

King was named NEWMAC Player of the Week for her performance, while the Beavers moved up two spots to No. 6 in the latest D3hoops.com Division III Top 25.

STOCK RISING: Swarthmore College is off to one of program’s best starts in a decade after picking up an 80-73 win over Washington College last week to improve to 6-2 on the season. It is the first time since 2003 that the Garnet has posted six wins before winter break.

Senior Kathryn Stockbower is an integral part of the Garnet’s success this season, and was named Centennial Conference Player of the Week after notching a season-high 27 points with 10 rebounds against Washington. Stockbower, who has registered six double-doubles on the season, now has 70 career double-doubles, just nine short of tying the NCAA Division III and Centennial Conference record of 79. She also ranks seventh in the nation with 13.1 rebounds per game.

Swarthmore returns to action on Jan. 3 at NYU in the NYU New Year's Classic.

JUMP SHOTS: Illinois Wesleyan grabbed a school-record 72 rebounds, but it was not enough as the Titans fell to Olivet Nazarene, 110-106, in overtime on Dec. 13. The No. 11 Titans committed 52 turnovers in the loss … No. 23 Puget Sound has held opponents to 45 points or less in six straight games, including a 58-44 win over Evergreen State on Dec. 8. The Loggers rank 12th in the nation in scoring defense and are giving up just 48.1 points per game.