Feb. 10, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

MOUNTING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Mount Olive stretched its program-record winning streak to 12 games on Feb. 9 as the Trojans cruised to a 67-48 victory over Pfeiffer to strengthen their hold on first place in the Conference Carolinas standings.

Senior guard Tomeka Prichard posted 16 points in the victory as she became the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,222 points.

Mount Olive won the Conference Carolinas Tournament for the first time last year, but has never finished higher than third in the regular season standings.  The Trojans, who made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008, is currently ranked No. 9 in the Southeast Region.

GET YOUR GUNN:  Tusculum College sophomore guard Jasmine Gunn garnered South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week honors after turning in a pair of 20-point performances in two league victories last week.

The native of Nashville, Tenn., started the week with 28 points and a game-high six assists in a 79-58 victory over Lincoln Memorial, and then added 20 points and seven rebounds in a 97-49 defeat of Catawba on Feb. 7.  Gunn ranks second in the SAC with 5.86 assists per game, and has recorded six 20-point games this season.

The Pioneers are currently tied with Lenoir-Rhyne for first place in the SAC standings.  Tusculum travels to Wingate on Feb. 11 for a league match-up.

STAR POWER: After claiming Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II National Player of the Month honors for January, Texas A&M-Commerce senior guard Britney Jordan showed no signs of slowing down.

The native of Peoria, Ill., continued her productive stretch by averaging 33 points and 10.5 rebounds in a pair of victories over Southwestern Oklahoma State last week, earning her fourth Lone Star Conference North Division Player of the Week award of the season.

During January, Jordan averaged 32.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.6 assists per game, while shooting 44.3 percent. She scored a career-high 53 points against Abilene Christian on Jan. 3 to set the Lone Star Conference scoring record.  With last week’s success, Jordan raised her Division II-leading scoring average to 30.8.
Jordan’s outstanding play has helped the Lions win six of their last seven games, while improving to 6-2 in LSC North Division play.  They are tied with Southeastern Oklahoma for second place in the division.

GORILLA BALL:  Pittsburg State hit the road last week and brought home two more Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association victories as the Gorillas extended their winning streak to seven games.

Junior forward Nicole McCombs contributed two double-doubles during the week starting with 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 90-87 defeat of Southwest Baptist.  She netted 14 points in the second half as PSU rallied to victory.

The native of Richmond, Va., added 18 points and a career-best 16 rebounds for her third straight double-double as the Gorillas defeated Northwest Missouri State on Feb. 7.  McCombs was tabbed MIAA Player of the Week for her efforts.
The Gorillas sit one game out of first place in the MIAA standings, and will face Missouri Southern in the State Line Showdown on Feb. 11 to try and gain some ground on league-leading Emporia State.