Dec. 16, 2008

By Amy Farnum Novin

STELLAR START: Amherst College’s Stacy Brossy garnered the Lord Jeffs’ first New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week award of the season after propelling her team to a 77-55 victory over Clark University last week.

The senior from Lukachukai, Ariz., netted a career-high 19 points in the contest, hitting five of six three-point attempts, and posting a 77.8 shooting percentage from the field.  Brossy ranks fifth in the NESCAC with a .448 three-point field goal percentage.

No. 11 Amherst has put together a perfect 9-0 season while leading the league in scoring offense (79.2 ppg), scoring defense (43.6 ppg), field goal percentage (.462), field goal percentage defense (.308) and rebounding margin (+14.6).  However, the team boasts just one player on the league’s top 20 scoring list.

BULLDOGS BITE:  DeSales University climbed three spots to No. 15 in the latest Top 25 after recording a pair of wins, including a 70-64 victory over then-No. 6 Messiah College last weekend.

After beginning the week with 17 points in a win against Gwynedd-Mercy College, senior LeighAnn Burke sparked the Bulldogs with a 32-point performance, which included 25 points in the second-half versus Messiah after trailing 10 points at intermission.  Burke, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., ranks second in the league with a 21.4 scoring average and 47.1 three-point field goal percentage.

The Bulldogs also extended their home court winning streak to 20 straight against Messiah, surpassing a school-record set in the late 1980s. 

COACHING MILESTONES: Two women’s basketball head coaches reached memorable milestones over the last week as Emmanuel College’s Andy Yosinoff posted his 600th career win and St. Benedict’s Mike Durbin hit the 500-win mark.

Yosinoff is only the fifth Division III women’s basketball coach to reach 600 victories.  He has coached the Saints for 32 years with a .752 winning percentage.

"To reach the 600-win plateau is truly amazing,” said Emmanuel athletic director Pam Roecker. “Andy has dedicated his entire basketball career to Emmanuel College, maintains incredible relationships with his former players and preserves a strong commitment on a daily basis to his current team members.”

Durbin is in his 24th season at the helm of the Blazers’ program with a 500-134 career mark.  The Blazers are 6-1 on the year and tied with Gustavus Adolphus for first place in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings.

UPSET CITY:  Mary Washington knocked then-No. 1 Kean University off with a 67-58 victory on Dec. 13 for the Eagles’ second win over a top-ranked team in the last three seasons.

Senior forward Ashton Mitchell tallied 18 points and 11 rebounds in the contest as she led the Eagles to their 36th consecutive victory at home.  The native of Prince George, Va., was selected Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week for her efforts.

The Eagles, who boast a perfect 8-0 mark, also moved up three spots to No. 15 in the latest national poll.

EYE OF THE STORM: Simpson College started the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule on a high note as the Storm posted a 2-0 record to open league play last week.

Senior forward Whitney Franker averaged 14 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.0 steals in victories over Buena Vista and Cornell College for the Storm.  The native of Urbandale, Iowa, was tabbed IIAC Player of the Week for her performance.