Jan. 12, 2010

By Amy Farnum

Kean University continued cruise last week as the Cougars handed then-No. 9 William Paterson its first loss of the year with a 102-66 win in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Jan. 9. The No. 4 Cougars have won 15 straight games since falling to Division I Rutgers University in their season opener.

A key reason for the Cougars’ success has been the play of senior guard Melissa Beyruti – one of the nation’s top three-point shooters.  The native of Union City, N.J., ranks second in Division III with 3.7 three-pointers per game, and needs just five three-point field goals to break the Division III all-time mark of 368 held by Meegan Garrity of Clark (Mass.).  

Beyruti has hit 32 three-pointers in the last five games, including a school-record 10 against Lycoming on January 3.  She will go for the record at Richard Stockton College as the Cougars look to remain unbeaten in NJAC action on Jan. 13.
SPEEDING BULLETS:  Gettysburg College improved its season-opening winning streak to 12 games in a 79-63 win over Washington (Md.) as junior Caitlin Moser notched a milestone of her own on Jan. 9 in Centennial Conference action.

With 17 points, the native of Wyomissing, Pa., became the 11th player in Gettysburg history to reach 1,000 career points.  Moser is the second-fastest Bullet to reach the 1,000-point plateau, accomplishing the feat in just 65 games. She finished 8-of-10 from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds in the contest.

The Bullets entered the D3hoops.com Top 25 at No. 21 this week, marking the first time since 2005 that the Centennial Conference has two squads in the poll.  Muhlenberg is ranked No. 9, and pair will meet on Jan. 14.  Both teams have a chance to enter the contest unbeaten in league play if they win their respective games on Jan. 12 (Gettysburg vs. Bryn Mawr; Muhlenberg vs. McDaniel).

WHITE HOT: Senior guard Terell White tallied 11 points in a 63-41 victory over Salisbury on Jan. 9 as she became the 19th player in Marymount history to reach the 1,000-point mark in her career.

The win kept Marymount unbeaten at 14-0 and 5-0 in Capital Athletic Conference play, and moved the Saints up to No. 5 in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25.

The Saints are one of six remaining undefeated teams in Division III women’s basketball.  Marymount ranks sixth in the nation in scoring defense (47.9 ppg) and 15th in scoring margin (17.8 ppg).  They look to stay perfect at Stevenson in a CAC contest on Jan. 13.

SLAM DUNKS: UW-Whitewater handed UW-River Falls its first loss of the season, putting the Warhawks one game behind the first-place Falcons in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings.  UW-Whitewater moved up four spots to No. 15 in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25, while UW-River Falls fell to No. 18 in the poll …  Baldwin-Wallace College junior guard Amanda Schroeder garnered Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors after helping the Yellow Jackets stretch their winning streak to five games, including a victory over previously unbeaten and No. 15 Mount Union.  Schroeder averaged 18 points and 7.5 rebounds on the week … Christopher Newport University continued its school-record start, improving to 12-0 with a 77-72 win over Mary Baldwin on Jan. 9.  The Captains, who are 5-0 in USA South play, cracked the latest D3hoops.com Top 25 at No. 20 on the streak’s merits … George Fox University has won 23 consecutive Northwest Conference regular season contests following a 60-51 defeat of Whitworth on Jan. 9 as the Bruins went to 4-0 in league action. The No. 10 Bruins look to extend the streak against Willamette on Jan. 8.