Dec. 31, 2009

By Amy Farnum

TECH-NICALLY SPEAKING:  No. 1 Michigan Tech continued to prove why it has reigned at the top of the national rankings for the entire first half of the season as the Huskies handed Concordia-St. Paul its first loss of the season, 82-74, on Dec. 29, a battle of unbeaten teams.

Katie Wysocky tied a career-high with 28 points and Danae Danen added 21 as the Huskies improved to 10-0 on the season.  Wysocky added 12 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the year.  Tech put together a 20-0 run in the first half as it built a commanding lead against the Golden Bears.

“Our inside game really pulled us through,” said head coach John Barnes. “Katie (Wysocky) and Danae were a huge factor.  I also thought we maintained our composure during their runs and kept our turnovers down against their press.”

The Huskies are approaching the school record for wins to start a season (12 in 1998-99).  Tech will look to improve on its unbeaten record as it faces arch rival Northern Michigan on Jan. 2.

TRITONS TESTED:  Senior guard Annette Ilg played a key role in No. 14 UC San Diego’s two victories at the Triton Holiday Classic as the Tritons moved their record to a perfect 8-0 mark.

Ilg started the tournament with a career-high 24 and game-clinching basket with 30 seconds remaining in the Tritons double-overtime win over No. 20 Seattle Pacific on Dec. 28.  It was the first time in the nine-game series UCSD knocked off the Falcons. Ilg followed that performance with 15 points and a career-best nine assists and six steals in an 89-82 victory over Western Washington.  She was one of three Tritons named to the all-tournament team.

With the victories, UCSD tied the school record for consecutive wins to start a season.  The defending CCAA champion Tritons will now resume conference play at Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills January 2-3.

BLUE STREAK:  Despite a 36 percent shooting performance, No. 8 Washburn pulled out its 11th consecutive victory with a 57-47 win at Fort Hays State on Dec. 30.  The Lady Blues are now 5-0 league play and are on top of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association standings.  It was the 14th straight time WU has defeated the Tigers.

Washburn is 11-0 for the second straight year, and leads the league in scoring defense, allowing just 52.7 points per game.  Against the Tigers, the Lady Blues were well short of their MIAA-leading field goal percentage of 45.1.
The Lady Blues look to keep their record flawless at Central Missouri on Jan. 2.

BATTLE OF UNBEATENS:  No. 4 University of Indianapolis cruised to its 10th straight victory with a 76-43 win over Christian Brothers on Dec. 30, setting up a battle of unbeatens between the Greyhounds and No. 12 Quincy (10-0) on Jan. 2.

UIndy and Quincy are the Great Lakes Valley Conference’s last remaining undefeated squads. The Greyhounds are 2-0 in GLVC East Division play, while the Lady Hawks are 2-0 in the North Division.  

The Greyhounds have posted a 25.6-point scoring margin per game, and top the GLVC in scoring defense (50.4 ppg) while Quincy paces the league in scoring (83.1 ppg).