March 3, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

Hillsdale College concluded the regular season with a best-ever mark of 24-3, winning the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division title for the second straight year.

Senior Katie Cezat can be credited for a large part of the Chargers’ amazing season, setting seven GLIAC single-season records, including points, scoring average, rebounds and blocked shots. 

The native of Plymouth, Mich., capped off the regular season by averaging 40 points and 14.5 rebounds in wins over Tiffin and Ashland last week.  Cezat netted a season-high 41 points against Ashland, tying a school record with 15 field goals made.  She was named GLIAC South Player of the Week for her outstanding play.  Cezat leads the league with 29.3 points, 17.1 rebounds and 3.4 blocked shots per game.

The second-seeded Chargers will host Lake Superior State University in the first round of the GLIAC Tournament March 3.

POINT MADE:  Texas A&M University-Commerce’s Britney Jordan became the Lone Star Conference’s single-season point leader after compiling 72 points in a pair of Lion losses last week.

The senior guard netted 30 points against Central Oklahoma, and followed it up with 42 points at Northeastern State to push her total to 837 points for the season.  Jordan was selected LSC North Player of the Week for the fifth time this year.

TAMU-C begins the LSC Tournament against Abilene Christian March 4.  In the Lions loss to ACU earlier this season, Jordan scored a then-LSC record 53 points on 21-of-39 shooting from the field.

HAWKS RISE: Quincy University climbed three spots to No. 9 in the latest WBCA USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 after completing the regular season on a 14-game winning streak.  It is the Lady Hawks’ highest ranking since holding the No. 7 spot in 2003-04.

The Lady Hawks downed Drury University, 87-72, on Feb. 28 to clinch their first Great Lakes Valley Conference regular season title in four years.  They earned the right to host the GLVC Tournament beginning March 6, and will bring a 25-game home court winning streak into their contest versus the University of Indianapolis on Friday.

NOTABLE:  Tusculum College posted its school-record 27th straight home win with an 86-68 defeat of Mars Hill on Feb. 25 as the Pioneers captured their second consecutive South Atlantic Conference last week.  The No. 13 Pioneers have won six of their last seven conference games, and rank third in the nation with an 84.6 scoring offense … Pittsburg State head coach Lane Lord garnered Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Coach of the Year honors after leading the program to its best regular season finish since winning a share of the 1995-96 league title.  The Gorillas posted a 14-6 mark in conference play, good for the No. 3 seed in the MIAA Tournament, after managing just four league wins last year … Fort Valley State finished off Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play with a perfect 22-0 mark as the Lady Wildcats defeated Tuskegee, 66-58, on Feb. 26.  The No. 21 Lady Wildcats are the first SIAC team to win 22 league games under the present format.  Top-seeded FVSU will play the winner of Stillman and LeMoyne-Owen on March 5 in the SIAC Tournament.