Feb. 24, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

Seattle Pacific soared to No. 10 in the WBCA USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 after knocking off then-No. 1 Alaska Anchorage Feb. 19, ending the Seawolves’ 22-game winning streak.

Senior center Kelsey Hill tallied 21 points and 13 rebounds in the 54-42 upset, and then followed it up with 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 50-point victory over Alaska Fairbanks two days later.  She was named Great Northwest Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Week for her stellar play.  She shot 52 percent from the field for the week.

Alaska Anchorage fell to Northwest Nazarene last week for two losses in GNAC action, giving the Falcons the opportunity to tie them for first place in the league standings.  SPU enters the final three-game stretch of the regular season -- all road contests -- on a six-game winning streak, beginning at Western Oregon on Feb. 28.

MAKING THEIR MARK: Winona State turned in its second consecutive 20-win season after extending its winning streak to a school-record eight games with an 82-46 victory over Bemidji State last week.  The winning streak matches a 32-year program mark.

Senior guard Kelsey Homewood nailed five three-pointers to help the team set a school record of 16 shots made from three-point range in the game.  The native of Iowa City, Iowa, totaled 20 points for the game on 7-for-8 shooting from the field.  Homewood was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Week for her efforts.

The Warriors are tied with Augustana for second place in the NSIC standings behind Minnesota State University-Mankato, which was just voted the No. 1 team in latest WBCA USA Today/ESPN Top 25.  They travel to Upper Iowa on Feb. 25.

BACK ON TRACK: Texas A&M-Kingsville secured its first winning season since 2000-01 as the Javelinas posted a pair of Lone Star Conference South wins, including an upset of No. 7 West Texas A&M on Feb. 21.

Senior center LaKeisha Jones began the week with a game-high 22 points versus Eastern New Mexico, and then notched her sixth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Javelinas handed WTAMU its first loss in LSC play. Jones, a native of Winnsboro, La., was named LSC South Player of the Week for her performance.

NOTABLE:  Franklin Pierce claimed its first Northeast-10 regular season title since joining the league in 2000-01 as the Ravens completed the regular season with a 65-51 win over American International on Feb. 21.  Junior Johannah Leedham registered her fourth double-double of the season with 24 points and 10 rebounds as she tallied her 1,900 career point in the game … UC San Diego clinched the California Collegiate Athletic Association regular season crown as the Tritons topped San Francisco State and Cal State Monterey Bay in league play last week.  Senior Michelle Osier was selected CCAA Player of the Week for averaging 16.5 points and 15.0 rebounds on the week.  She also shot 50 percent from the field as she received the honor for the third time this season … Lewis University stretched its winning streak to six games and sealed up a berth in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament behind the strong play is sophomore forward Jenny Turpel.  The native of Johnsburg, Ill., averaged 20.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game in wins over Bellarmine and Kentucky Wesleyan as she was selected GLVC Player of the Week.  Turpel’s week was highlighted by a career-best 15 rebounds against Bellarmine on Feb. 19.  The Flyers started the season with an 0-4 mark, but are currently riding a six-game winning streak and have won eight of their last nine contests.