Notebook: Leeding The Way
Nov. 24, 2009
By Amy Farnum
IN THE LEED: Franklin Pierce University’s Johannah Leedham became the all-time leading scorer in Northeast-10 Conference history as she poured in a season-high 34 points to lead the Ravens to a 77-67 win over Molloy last weekend.
The senior from Ellesmere Port, England, has compiled a total of 2,202 points during her stellar career. In the same game, Leedham also broke the league record for all-time leader in free throws made after connecting on 11-of-11 in the contest. She now has 550 in her career.
Leedham garnered her 16th career NE-10 Player of the Week award for her efforts after averaging 33.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 4.5 steals during a 2-0 week for FPU.
The second-ranked Ravens are back in action at Saint Michael’s for a NE-10 game on Nov. 24.
TOP OF THE BOARDS: Top-ranked Michigan Tech started the season with a 3-0 mark with help from the outstanding play of senior forward Katie Wysocky, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year.
The native of Whitefish Bay, Wis., averaged 16.0 points and 13.0 rebounds in wins over Minnesota Duluth, Missouri Western and Texas A&M-Commerce. With 14 rebounds against Missouri Western, Wysocky became the school’s all-time leading rebounder. She currently has 886 career rebounds, and ranks sixth on the school’s all-time list in scoring with 1,382 points.
Wysocky was tabbed GLIAC North Division Player of the Week for her efforts. The Huskies will now enjoy an extended holiday break before returning on Dec. 3 for their home and GLIAC opener against Wayne State (Mich.).
PANTHERS POUNCE: Drury University began the season with an upset of then-No. 25 Grand Valley State in overtime, and never looked back as the squad took the Lady Panthers/Sleep Inn Classic title over the weekend.
Senior Lindsay Ballweg provided an outside shooting threat for the Panthers, including a school-record 14 three-point field goals in a 103-74 victory on Nov. 21 against Texas A&M-Commerce.
For the week, Ballweg averaged 20.0 points while shooting 61.1 percent from the field and 63.2 percent from beyond the three-point line.
The unbeaten Panthers travel to No. 18 Washburn for a Tuesday tilt, before hosting Central Missouri and Southwest Baptist during the weekend.
OPENING ACT: California (Pa.) University’s Kayla Smith started the 2009-10 season off with a bang, scoring a career-high 43 points in the Vulcans’ victory at West Virginia State. It was the second-highest scoring total in school history.
The junior forward from Elkins, W.V., then followed it up with 11 points and 16 rebounds as the Vulcans downed Charleston, 74-72, in a meeting of two 2008 NCAA participants on Saturday. Smith was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Player of the Week for her contributions. For the week, the two-time All-PSAC West selection averaged 27 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks, while shooting 51.5 percent from the field.
The third-ranked Vulcans are now 2-0 under first-year head coach Mark Swasey, and look to remain unbeaten at Lake Erie on Nov. 24.
GEARING UP: In leading Florida Southern to three straight wins, junior guard Johnson averaged 25.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals last week, earning Sunshine State Player of the Week honors for her performance.
The native of North Port, Pa., had 16 points in Monday night's win at Lewis, tallied 22 points in Friday's win over Puerto Rico-Bayamon and capped the week with a career-best 38-point effort against Georgia Southwestern. She also matched her career rebounding high of seven against Georgia Southwestern.
Johnson is currently 13th on the Moccasins' career scoring list with 1,143 points and ranks second in FSC career three-pointers made with 157.
FSC will take on Puerto Rico-Bayamon for the second time in five days on Nov. 24 in their home opener, and host Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras the next evening.