Notebook: Ten Straight
STELLAR START: Stonehill College posted an 84-63 win over Saginaw Valley State on Dec. 19 to improve to 10-0, the programs best start since the 1994-95 season. The 1994-95 squad began the year with 13 consecutive wins, advanced to the NCAA Tournament semifinals and posted 30 victories. The No. 25 Skyhawks current 10-game winning streak is their longest since 1997.
Freshman Kelsey Simonds scored a career-high 22 points while shooting a blistering 81.8 percent from the field, grabbing five rebounds and blocking four shots. The native of Bridgewater, Mass., leads the Northeast-10 Conference with a 62.5 field goal percentage.
TOP TEAM, TOP PERFORMER: Senior guard Jennifer Harris scored a career-high 33 points to lead top-ranked Washburn University to a convincing 89-66 win over then-No. 2 Drury (Mo.) on Dec. 17. The Lady Blues extended their winning streak to 28 games with the victory.
Earlier in the week, Harris scored 25 points and contributed 12 assists in a 95-52 win against Benedictine (Kan.) on Dec. 14. The native of Morristown, N.J., averaged 29.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 3.0 blocked shots and 3.0 steals in the two victories to earn Mid-America Intercollegiate Association of America Player of the Week honors. Harris is the leagues second-leading scorer with 21.9 points per game, and is fourth in the conference with 5.44 assists per game.
CENTER OF ATTENTION: North Dakota sophomore center Ashley Langen averaged 17.5 points and 17.5 rebounds in two wins as she earned a share of North Central Conference Co-Player of the Week for the second time in the last three weeks. UND improved its record to 13-0 on the season with the victories.
Langden, a native a Kennedy, Minn., netted 12 points while contributing a career-high 18 rebounds in a win over Minnesota-Crookston on Dec. 14, and followed it up with a 23-point, 17-rebound performance against Bemidji State on Dec. 18.
Langden ranks third in the NCC with 8.4 rebounds per game, while scoring 13.2 points per game. She has posted 12.3 rebounds in her last six games after averaging 5.1 per game in the first seven contests of the year.
SOUND PERFORMANCE: Senior forward Tina Donahue poured in 28 points as No. 7 Western Washington beat Central Washington, 87-55, at the Showdown in the Sound on Dec. 17.
Donahue, a native of Stanwood, Wash., added six assists and five rebounds as the Vikings rolled to a 6-0 mark on the season. She was named Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week for her efforts.
Donahue leads the Vikings in scoring and ranks fourth in the conference statistics with a 17.0 point average.
NOTABLE: Nova Southeastern head coach Marilyn Rule-Henrich earned her 100th career victory as the Sharks downed Kentucky Wesleyan 75-58 on Dec. 18. Rule-Henrich is in her eighth season at the helm of the program ¦ Junior forward Rachel Pike garnered West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors after averaging 15.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in the Golden Eagles wins over Belmont Abbey and Lincoln Memorial last week. Pike shot 65 percent from the field while helping UC remains undefeated with an 8-0 mark.