Dec. 30, 2009

SEEING RED: No. 14 Carthage College surprised top-ranked Hope College, 51-47, and followed it up with an 88-66 win over Oglethorpe University in the Oglethorpe University Holiday Classic on Dec. 28-29 as the Lady Reds moved to 10-1 on the season.

"It feels great to beat a No. 1 team," said Carthage head coach Tim Bernero. "We found out yesterday that Hope's WBCA First-Team All-American Carrie Snikkers was injured and would not play against us, but they're still a No. 1 team. They are so good, defensively, with or without their top player."

Neither Carthage nor Hope shot above 29 percent in the contest. Carthage sophomore Diana Jacklin paced the Lady Reds with a game-high 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jacklin, who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, added a game-high 23 points on 11-of-14 shooting from the field and 11 rebounds against Oglethorpe.

Hope College rebounded from the upset with a 30-point victory over Piedmont College in the tournament consolation game on Dec. 29.

The Lady Reds are back in action against Wheaton College on Jan. 5 in their College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin opener before traveling to Illinois Wesleyan on Jan. 9 - the No. 1 team in the Top 25.

BANTAM BANTER: Trinity (Conn.) College handed No. 9 Thomas More College its first loss of the season with a 60-53 win in the finals of the Daytona Beach Shootout on Dec. 29.

Senior center Christine Card registered 10 points and 13 rebounds in the contest as the Bantams won their sixth straight game. Trinity never trailed in the match-up.

SENIOR MOMENTS: Four UW-Stout seniors combined for 70 points in the Blue Devils' 82-67 victory over No. 8 Trinity (Texas) University on Dec. 29 at the Texas Challenge.

Senior Megan Maslowski posted 16 of her 17 points in the second-half after the Blue Devils went into the break trailing 35-31. Senior Kim Stokke added a career-best 19 points, while senior Julia Hirssig poured in a team-high 22 points with 16 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season.

Stout resumes play on Jan. 6 at No. 24 UW-Rivers Falls for a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match-up. The Falcons are 11-0 on the year after a pair of wins at the Surf City Classic, and sit it first place in the WIAC with a 4-0 mark.

BEAR MINIMUM: Fifth-ranked Washington (Mo.) University continued to roll with an 80-56 win over Ripon College as the Bears stretched their winning streak to seven games. Five players netted double-figures for the Bears, led by senior Zoë Unruh, who contributed 15 points.

Washington's defense held Ripon to 0-for-8 shooting to start the contest, forced 19 turnovers in the game, and matched its season-high with nine blocked shots. Ripon shot 34.5 percent from the field for the game as the Bears held their ninth opponent in 10 games to under 40 percent shooting.

The Bears look to improve on their 18-game home court winning streak when they host Weber University on Jan. 4.