Nov. 26, 2008

By Amy Farnum Novin

HORNETS’ NEST: After cracking the top 10 in the most recent USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25, Emporia State cruised to a 93-69 victory over Evangel on Nov. 25 as all five starters scored in double figures.

Senior forward Ida Edwards followed up her Most Valuable Player performance at the Lady Hornets Classic last weekend with her third consecutive double-double, posting 15 points and 11 rebounds in the win against Evangel. 

The native of Yazoo City, Miss., is also the reigning Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week after averaging 11.7 points and 11.7 rebounds in the Lady Hornets’ first three victories of the season, which included a career-high 16 rebounds against Tabor.

ESU will enter the TAMU-Kingsville Turkey Day Shootout on Nov. 28-29 with a 4-0 record.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Indiana (Pa.) University has started the season with a perfect 3-0 mark under the direction of first-year head coach Jeff Dow, which included the most lopsided victory in school history last week.

The Crimson Hawks topped Salem International, 108-21, at the Masontown Trophy Tip-Off Classic, marking the largest margin of victory and the fewest points allowed in a game in school history.  IUP scored the first 43 points of the game.

Jahzinga Tracy is averaging 18.3 points per game, and scored a team-high 20 points in the No. 8 Crimson Hawks’ 69-52 win over Pitt-Johnston in their home opener on Nov. 25.  Tracy needs just 176 points to become the all-time leading scorer in school history.

UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS: Ninth-ranked Alaska Anchorage opened the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout with the program’s largest of margin of victory ever against a Division I program as the Seawolves downed Cal State Northridge, 72-44, on Nov. 25.

Nicci Miller netted a game-high 19 points to help the Seawolves move one step close to their third straight Shootout title.  The Seawolves' defensive effort marked its fewest points allowed in a half against a D-I opponent.  The program’s previous record for margin of victory against a Division I school was 23 points against Nicholls State in 1989.

UAA improved to 28-47 all-time in the Shootout, with all but one of the wins coming against Division I programs.  The Seawolves will take on Syracuse in the tournament championship game on Nov. 26.

NOTABLE:  West Texas A&M senior Emily Brister picked up Lone Star Conference South Division Player of the Week after averaging 24.5 points and leading the Lady Buffs to the Adams State Bankers Classic Tournament title.  She shot 48.3 percent for the weekend, while compiling 11 rebounds, 10 assists and nine steams in the two games.  The Lady Buffs climbed three spots to No. 3 in the latest national poll, and will host the Holiday Inn WT Thanksgiving Classic start with a match-up against Oklahoma Panhandle State on Nov. 28 … Seattle Pacific survived three games in four days unscathed as the Falcons topped a trio of California Collegiate Athletic Association squads at the GNAC-CCAA Challenge last week to open the season with a 3-0 record.  The successful weekend pushed the Falcons up three spots to No. 19 in the most recent rankings.