Jan. 20, 2010

By Amy Farnum

Delta State junior guard Sarita “Bug” Cooper garnered Gulf South Conference West Division Player of the Week after leading the second-ranked Lady Statesmen as they moved to 3-0 in league play last week.

The native of Indianola, Miss., posted a career-high 27 points with eight assists at Arkansas-Monticello on Jan. 14, and then added 16 points and nine assists in a 72-45 defeat of Christian Brothers two days later.  Cooper, who has 527 career assists to rank sixth all-time in GSC history, leads the nation in assists with 7.7 per game.

The Lady Statesmen pace the GSC in scoring defense (51.7 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (34.8 percent) as they enter contests against Southern Arkansas on Jan. 21 and at Arkansas Tech on Jan. 23.  ATU is the highest scoring team (85.6 ppg) in the league, and join the Lady Statesmen as one of eight unbeaten teams remaining in Division II women’s basketball.

Third-ranked University of Indianapolis has its sights set on breaking the school record for consecutive victories when it hosts Great Lakes Valley Conference rival Southern Indiana on Jan. 21.  The Greyhounds are 17-0 after downing Missouri S&T, 71-46, on Jan. 18.

UIndy junior forward Samantha Meissel, the reigning GLVC Player of the Week, contributed 11 points and five rebounds against Missouri S&T as the Greyhounds remained perfect.  The native of Terre Haute, Ind., posted her first double-double of the season against Bellarmine last week, and then added a game-high 23 points versus Lewis to earn the league’s weekly honor.

Meissel leads the GLVC in scoring with 20.4 points per game, and ranks second in the league with a 58.1 field goal percentage.  

USI is one-and-a-half games behind the Greyhounds in the GLVC East Division standings.  UIndy is the only unbeaten squad remaining in GLVC play.

REACHING FOR THE SKY: Fort Lewis College head coach Mark Kellogg’s 100th career victory will likely be a memorable one after he witnessed his stellar Skyhawks cruise to a 77-40 win over Colorado School of the Mines in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference East Division action.  

The Skyhawks then followed it up with a 32-point victory over Adams State on Jan. 19, improving to 7-1 in the RMAC West Division and 17-2 overall while stretching their winning streak to four games.  Kellogg now owns a 101-36 career record in his fifth season at FLC.  

The No. 10 Skyhawks lead the nation with a 27.4 scoring margin, and rank in the Top 15 nationally in both scoring offense and defense.  FLC is also shooting an outstanding 50 percent from the field, good for third nationally.

FLC returns to action at Western New Mexico in a RMAC match-up on Jan. 21.

IDLE IMPROVEMENT: Holy Family enjoyed the week off, but still climbed three spots to No. 22 in the latest USA Today/ESPN Division II Coaches Top 25 as the poll continued to shuffle.

The Tigers are riding a 13-game winning streak since losing their season-opening contest, and will look to extend that on Jan. 21 at Philadelphia University in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play.

Holy Family has won 90 consecutive CACC regular season games, just two victories short of tying the NCAA Division II record.  The Tigers are 6-0 in conference action.  They rank eighth in the nation with a 53.1 scoring defense, and sixth in Division II with a 10.3 rebound margin.