Jan. 19, 2010

By Amy Farnum

Colby College is off to its best start (12-1) since the program’s inception in 1968 following a 64-37 non-conference win over the Wentworth Institute of Technology on Jan. 18.  The Mules have now won their last eight games.

Junior forward Julianne Kowalski has been a force for the Mules over the last week, averaging 12.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game over the last three contests.  The native of Montville, N.J., posted a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds in an 82-68 victory against Bates on Jan. 12, and followed it up with 10 points and seven rebounds in the Mules first win against Bowdoin since February 2001 – a stretch of 19 games.

The Mules moved into the latest D3hoops.com Top 25 at No. 25 on the merits of their recent success.  They are one of four New England Small College Athletic Conference teams in the Top 25, joining No. 2 Amherst, No. 13 Bowdoin and No. 16 Tufts in the rankings.  Colby looks to extend its winning streak at Tufts on Jan. 22.  

Drew University’s Danielle Barber became the first triple-double in Landmark Conference history as she sparked the Rangers to a come-from-behind win versus Catholic on Jan. 17, and was named the league’s Player of the Week for her performance.

Barber contributed 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, plus four steals, in the contest.  She also hit a last-second three-pointer to seal the victory for Drew as it came back from a 13-point deficit with four minutes remaining.  Barber netted eight points in the final 50 seconds for the win that ended Drew’s four-game losing streak.

CAPTAINS CRUISING: Christopher Newport University moved up to No. 15 in the most recent D3hoops.com Top 25 after remaining perfect on the year with a 74-60 win against Ferrum in USA South action on Jan. 17.

With the win, CNU matched the program’s longest winning streak at 15 games.  The school’s 1991-92 squad also won 15 straight en route to a 22-6 mark and appearance in the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 16.

Junior guard Chelsie Schweers contributed 18 points as she continued to lead the Captains in scoring with 22.7 points per game.  Schweers needs just two points to tie for third on the school’s all-time scoring list.

CNU looks to stay flawless against Methodist on Jan. 22.

OUT-FOXING OPPONENTS: George Fox University kept its winning streak alive with a convincing 83-49 win over Linfield College as the No. 7 Bruins moved to 13-2 overall, while staying unbeaten in Northwest Conference play.  

The Bruins tied a school record with 13 blocked shots, including nine by freshman center Hannah Munger.  George Fox also connected on 15 three-pointers in the game, one short of the school record.

At 6-0 in league play, George Fox shares first place in the NWC standings with Lewis & Clark College.  The two first-place teams will meet in Portland on Jan. 22.

RIVARLY GAME:  No. 5 Hope College and No. 9 Calvin College will clash in a battle of nationally-ranked foes in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play on Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m., at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse Both teams enter the contest with 14-1 overall records, and are 6-0 in MIAA action.  

The two teams have drawn their share of fans in the series.  The largest crowd to witness a Division III regular season women’s basketball game saw Calvin defeat Hope, 60-57, at DeVos Fieldhouse on Jan. 13, 2007.  The game drew 2,911 fans.

If you cannot make it to the game, follow it live here:  http://www.hope.edu/pr/athletics/livestats/