Jan. 26, 2010

By Amy Farnum

Lebanon Valley College broke into the D3hoops.com Top 25 at No. 23 after improving to 16-1 on the season and 7-0 in league action after posting its first victory over Messiah since the 2001-02 season. The Flying Dutchmen held then-No. 8 to a season-low 26.4 field goal percentage in the contest – the Falcons’ lowest since 2005.  

It is the first time since the 2002-03, and under the direction of head coach Todd Goclowski, that LVC is nationally ranked.  The Flying Dutchmen travel to Manhattanville for a non-conference tilt on Jan.

JUMBO-SIZED EFFORT: Tufts University registered two New England Small College Athletic Conference against nationally-ranked foes last week as the Jumbos rose four spots to No. 12 in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25.

Senior forward Julia Baily averaged 18.0 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 54.2 percent on the floor to earn NESCAC Player of the Week honors for the second time this season.  The native of Farmington, Conn., led the Jumbos in scoring on both nights, first with 20 points against then-No. 25 Colby, and then adding 16 points versus then-No. 13 Bowdoin.

Baily ranks second in the NESCAC with a 15.9 scoring average, and third with 8.6 rebounds per game.  

The Jumbos are back in against Emerson in a non-conference contest on Jan. 26.

CRUISING CAPTAINS: Christopher Newport University remained one of just three unbeaten Division III women’s basketball teams in the nation with a pair of USA South victories last weekend to move to 17-0.

Junior guard Chelsie Schweers picked up USA South Player of the Week honors for her incredible scoring performances in wins against Methodist and Greensboro.  The native of Chesapeake, Va., netted 40 and 35 points, respectively, to became the second leading scorer in CNU history.  Schweers shot 65.9 percent from the field while contributing 6.0 rebounds per game.

The No. 14 Captains head back to the court against Mary Baldwin on Jan. 27.

SHARP SEASON:  Kean University head coach collected her 200th career victory in Kean University’s defeat of Ramapo College on January 16, and then followed it up with two more victories last week as the Cougars stretched their winning streak 19 games.

Under Sharp’s direction, the Cougars have posted a 202-120 record in 12 years.  She has guided KU to the NCAA Tournament four times, including back-to-back appearances in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

The fourth-ranked Cougars host New Jersey City University on Jan. 30 as they attempt to remain flawless in New Jersey Athletic Conference action.

RACKING ‘EM UP: Two Moravian College women’s basketball players recorded their 1,000th career points in back-to-back contests last week as the Greyhounds rolled to victories over Goucher and Catholic University.

Senior guard Kate Harrison tallied just 10 points in the two games, but reached her 1,000-point milestone against Goucher on Jan. 22, while senior forward Kirsty Stearns tallied 14 points to become the 20th player in Greyhound history to reach 1,000 points all-time.

The No. 13 Greyhounds have scored 70 or more points in 12 straight games, and in 15 of 17 contests this season.  They have won nine straight games, and are 6-0 in Landmark Conference action.