Wayne St. (Neb.) perfect to start NSIC
Notes: Fort Lewis off to 10-0 start for first time in school history
Amy Farnum, NCAA.com
Wayne State College's Mara Hjelle claimed Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Week honors for the second time this season for averaging a double-double with 15.0 points and 12.5 rebounds per game while the Wildcats stretched their winning streak to eight games.
The senior center tallied 15 points with six rebounds as Wayne State handed MSU-Moorhead its first loss in NSIC action, and then poured in another 15 points with a career-high 19 rebounds as the Wildcats downed Minnesota-Crookston for the 16th double-double of her career.
Wayne State will enter the New Year as the lone unbeaten team in NSIC play with a 6-0 mark, and will look to stay perfect against Concordia-St. Paul on Jan. 1.
Need to Know
• No. 3 Fort Lewis College has started 10-0 for the first time in school history following a 68-54 defeat of Western State on Dec. 20 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action. The Skyhawks started the season 8-0 two previous times, including last year when they advanced to the Division II Championship game.
The Skyhawks also extended their home winning streak to 37 games dating back to 2008. They also improved to 5-0 in RMAC play, and are in a three-way tie for first place with Metro State and Colorado Christian.
Fort Lewis leads the RMAC in scoring offense (79.9 ppg), and is winning games by a league-best 24.1 points per game. Dana Schreibvogel paces the conference with a 60.2 field goal percentage, and ranks second in scoring with 17.2 ppg and is one of four Skyhawks averaging in double-figures.
The Skyhawks look to remain flawless at Chadron State for an RMAC contest on Jan. 2.
• Franklin Pierce University’s Jewel White collected her second Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Week award after leading the Ravens to a pair of wins at the Cruzin Classic in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last weekend.
White’s week was highlighted by career-high 34 points and 15 rebounds in the Ravens’ 85-64 against Nova Southeastern on Dec. 20. The native of Worcester, Mass., is the only player in the Northeast-10 to rank in the top three in both scoring (18.9 ppg) and rebounding (11.4 rpg).
Lander University’s Shannon McKever contributed three blocked shots in the Bearcats’ 59-55 win against the University of District of Columbia to become the program’s all-time leader in blocked shots with 231. ... Glenville State has reached the century mark in scoring in each of the past five games, and is riding a five-game winning streak entering the holiday break. Junior guard Tenisha Wilson tallied 27 points, six rebounds and five steals in the Lady Pioneers’ 130-95 win against West Virginia State last week, earning West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors. A Chicago, Ill., native Wilson has led the Lady Pioneers in scoring in each of the past four games. Glenville State is 6-0 in WVIAC play and returns to league play against Shepherd University on Jan. 5.