Feb. 3, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

BREAKING IN: Lenior-Rhyne broke into the latest WBCA USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 at No. 22 after winning a pair of South Atlantic Conference foes as the Bears moved into sole possession of first place in the league standings.

Junior guard Jami Safrit started the week with 12 points and seven rebounds in a win over Wingate, and followed it up with a game-high 22 points, five rebounds and six assists in the Bears’ upset of then-No. 8 Tusculum on Jan. 31.  The native of Hickory, N.C., was tabbed SAC Player of the Week for her contributions.

The Bears have compiled an 18-2 record this season with one of their only two losses coming to Tusculum earlier in the year.  L-R has won seven straight games.

ROOKIE REWARDED:  UC San Diego remained perfect in California Collegiate Athletic Association action as the Tritons received a spark from freshman guard Chelsea Carlisle in a pair of overtime league victories last week.

Carlisle netted 23 points in her first collegiate start as the Tritons rallied for a come-from-behind 78-69 win against Sonoma State.  She added three rebounds and four assists, and made the game-tying shot that sent the contest into overtime.
The native of Agoura Hills, Calif., improved on that performance the next night with a career-high 30 points, seven rebounds and five steals as UCSD edged Humboldt State, 86-84.  Carlisle hit the game-winning shot to secure the victory.  She was named Wilson/CCAA Player of the Week for her outstanding play. 

The No. 12 Tritons are 12-0 against CCAA opponents this year.

A CONSISTENT COLLECTOR:  California (Pa.) University’s Brooque Williams garnered her fourth Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Player of the Week award in the last five weeks after leading the Vulcans to a 2-0 record against divisional foes.

The junior guard averaged 26.0 points and 9.0 rebounds for the week, including 30 points and 12 rebounds in the Vulcans win over then-No. 9 Indiana (Pa.).  It was her 10th straight double-double.  Williams followed it up with 22 points as Cal downed Mercyhurst to extend its winning streak to 11 games.  The native of Pittsburgh, Pa., has led the team in scoring in 12 games this season.

The Vulcans are 6-0 after the first round of divisional play for the fourth time in the last seven years, and have moved up to No. 2 in the latest WBCA USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25.

NOTABLE:  Fort Valley State knocked off then-No. 24 Clark Atlanta, 93-77, in a battle of Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference unbeatens last week to take over sole possession of first place in the league standings.  Shontrell Moss, the conference’s top scorer, led the Lady Wildcats with 29 points as they improved to 15-0 in league play … Francis Marion kept control of the Peach Belt Conference race as the Patriots turned back Armstrong Atlantic State, 75-61, on Feb. 2.  The No. 17 Patriots have won eight straight contests … Michigan Tech remained flawless against Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foes as the Huskies notched two league wins, including a 74-63 defeat of then-No. 20 Grand Valley State last week.  Junior forward Katie Wysocky contributed 21 points and 14 rebounds against GVSU, and followed it up with 18 points in a win versus Ferris State.  The native of Whitefish Bay, Wis., earned GLIAC North Division Player of the Week for her performance.  She ranks second in the GLIAC with 9.8 rebounds per game.