Feb. 24, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

York College (Pa.) captured the first 16-0 season in the history of the Capital Athletic Conference as the Spartans stretched their winning streak to 24 games with a pair of league wins last weekend.  York’s only loss of the regular season was in its’ opener against Messiah.

Senior Keli Ward contributed her 14th double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 assists in a win over Galludet to clinch the CAC title, and followed it up with a game-high 24 points, five assists and five steals in a defeat of Marymount to secure perfection.

Ward, who leads the Spartans with 16.9 points and 7.28 assists per game, was named CAC Player of the Week for the fifth time this season.  She was recently selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2009 Jostens Women's Basketball Player of the Year Award.  The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess and community service.

BUZZER-BEATER:  It was a nail-biter, but Muhlenburg College still pulled off perfection as freshman Alexandra Chili connected on a three-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining to earn a 68-65 win over Ursinus and just the second flawless season in Centennial Conference women’s basketball history.

Johns Hopkins went 14-0 against conference foes in 1997, but the Mules improved on that mark with an 18-0 record in league play. 

Sophomore guard Kelly McKeon also shined for the Mules, registering only the second triple-double in school history with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. 

Muhlenburg’s 22 wins this season are the second-most in school history.  They have qualified for the CC Tournament in 15 of 16 seasons.

LET FREEDOM RING:  DeSales University’s LeighAnn Burke helped the Bulldogs finish off their Freedom Conference schedule with a pair of wins with some key performances as they extended their winning streak to four games.

The senior from Philadelphia, Pa., began the week in a big way with a career-high and school-record 46 points, along with nine rebounds and five assists in an 86-70 win over Delaware Valley College on Feb. 17.  Burke’s 10 three-pointers was also a school record.  She returned to contribute 14 points, eight assists and five steals in a three-point win over Alvernia. 

The No. 23 Bulldogs will host King’s College in the Freedom Conference semifinals on Feb. 25.

GOING GREEN:  Mississippi College’ Rosemary Green sparked the Lady Choctaws to wins over two American Southwest Conference tournament qualifiers as it closed out the regular season with a four-game winning streak last weekend.

The senior forward from Mize, Miss., averaged 16 points and 5.5 rebounds against ASC East foes Louisiana College and Texas-Tyler to earn the division’s Co-Player of the Week award.  Green paces the squad with 12.4 points per game, and has led the team in scoring in 11 games this year.

NOTABLE:  Oglethorpe University’s Katie Kulavic became the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference’s all-time leading scorer as she netted a career-high 33 points in a 79-75 victory over Centre on Feb. 22.  She now owns the mark with 1,850 points as the Stormy Petrels enter the league tournament as the top-seeded East Division team.  They will face Millsaps on Feb. 27 in the quarterfinals … Millikin University raised over $11,500 for breast cancer during its Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) PinkZone event on Feb. 14.  The event also celebrated head coach Lori Kerans second victory against the disease.  She has battled cancer two times, including a bout that began last November.