Bears will have to claw way to title
Notes: Wingate's named Co-Developmental Coach of the Year
Amy Hughes, NCAA.com
Last March, Washington University in St. Louis topped the Hope College Flying Dutch 65-59 in the NCAA Division III Championship Game. On Wednesday, Dec. 29, Hope avenged that loss. Entering the game, Hope held the No. 2 spot in the D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll, holding three first-place votes. Washington University was ranked fourth. The teams were tied as late as the 3:51 point of the second half. Hope’s Lauren Greers made two free throws at 2:56 and Liz Ellis scored on a layup with 50 seconds to play to give the Dutch a four-point lead. Washington cut the lead to two points with 35 seconds remaining and had a chance to tie with 2 seconds left, but the jumper was missed. Hope senior Carrie Snikkers had a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds, including 11 defensive boards in the 49-47 win. The Dutch held Washington to 32 percent shooting, including just 1-for-11 from 3-point range. The game took place at the Ohio Wesleyan Tournament, which Hope would capture with an 85-58 win against the host school.
Need to Know
• Wingate (N.C., Division II) head coach Barbara Nelson, who also serves as head coach of the USA U17 women, has been named a 2010 USA Basketball Co-Developmental Coach of the Year. She led the USA team to an undefeated performance in 2010, capturing the women’s FIBA U17 World Championship title July 16-25, in Tolouse and Rodez, France. She shares the honor with Don Showalter of Mid-Prairie High School in Iowa.
• Baylor (13-1) took over the top spot in the AP Top 25 NCAA Division I Poll on Monday, receiving 23 first-place votes. The Bears oust UConn from the poll’s top spot. Connecticut had been the top team for a record 51 straight weeks, beginning Feb. 18, 2008. This is the first appearance atop the poll for Baylor.
• Millersville (Pa., Division II) head coach Mary Fleig earned her 500th career victory on Thursday with a 75-59 win against Merrimack. Fleig is in her 21st year at Millersville and has 378 wins at the school.
• Felician College (8-1) established a new school record with its eighth consecutive victory on Thursday with an 81-73 win at New Haven. Playing for the first time in 13 days, Felician jumped out to a 13-3 lead in the first 3 minutes and held that lead for the school record victory. The game concludes non-conference play for the Golden Falcons.
• Bentley, No. 24 in the most recent USA Today ESPN Top 25 Division II Coaches’ Poll, won three road games in five days to stretch its winning streak to 10, the Falcons’ first double-digit streak since the 2002-03 season. Freshman Lauren Battista had two double-doubles during the week, and Bentley’s two all-tournament selections at the Southern New Hampshire Holiday Classic, senior Elise Caira and freshman Jacqui Brugliera, each had one. Senior Kim Brennan moved into ninth on Bentley’s all-time scoring list with 1,438 points and had nine assists at St. Michael’s, a career-best and the most by a Falcon since Shannon Kirwan in 2006. Brugliera’s 26 points against Dowling was a team season-high. During the 10-game win streak, Bentley has recorded victories over six teams it lost to a year ago (Southern New Hampshire, UMass-Lowell, Franklin Pierce, Stonehill, Bridgeport and Dowling.)
• USA Today ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Polls for all three divisions will be announced on Tuesday.
The Alaska-Anchorage (Division II) women’s basketball team set a team record for free-throw percentage and extended its winning streak to six games with Saturday’s 78-59 win at Montana State-Billings in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference game. The Seawolves (11-2, 2-0 GNAC) made 27 of 27 foul shots for a 96.3 percentage. … Stanford senior Jeanette Pohlen was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week after averaging 21.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists while leading the Cardinal to wins against then-No. 4 Xavier, then-No. 1 Connecticut and Stanford’s Pac-10 opener against California. … Jenny Haskell of Division III Knox College posted a 31-point performance on Sunday at Buena Vista University and was named the Midwest Conference Player of the Week, averaging 19 points and 4.3 rebounds for the Prairie Fire in a 1-2 week. … Three Division I teams remain undefeated through games of Jan. 2: West Virginia (14-0), Duke (13-0) and North Carolina (13-0).