Feb. 17, 2010

By Amy Farnum

The top-ranked team in the nation’s talents will be on display this weekend in the CBS College Sports Network Game of the Week as No. 1 Franklin Pierce travels to Bentley for a nationally-televised match-up on Feb. 20 at 12 p.m. ET.

The Ravens boast the nation’s leading scorer in Johannah Leedman of Ellesmere Port, England, and have won 28 straight regular season games dating back to last season.  With 2,744 career points, she needs just 142 points to become the all-time leading scorer in NCAA Division II women’s basketball history.  

Franklin Pierce is off to its best start in school history this season as it is 23-0 overall and 19-0 in the Northeast-10 Conference.

The broadcast will also be shown locally on NESN (New England Sports Network) in addition to the web cast on NCAA.com.  To watch live on NCAA.com, click here:


Senior forward Nicci Miller garnered Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season after sparking Alaska-Anchorage to a pair of league victories that included a defeat of then-No. 20 Western Washington.

Miller netted 21 points as she helped the Seawolves end the Vikings’ 10-game winning on Feb. 11.  She added 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds in UAA’s 76-52 win over Central Washington as the third-place Seawolves remained in contention for the GNAC title.

STREAK SNAPPED: After setting a program record with 24 consecutive wins, then-No. 2 University of Indianapolis suffered its first defeat against Southern Indiana on Feb. 13, and then fell once again two days later as Bellarmine nipped the Greyhounds, 66-64.

UIndy, which dropped to No. 4 in the latest USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 this week, has already clinched the top divisional seed in the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division race.

The Greyhounds look to return to their winning ways at Northern Kentucky on Feb. 20.

TERRIFIC TECH:  Michigan Tech stretched its lead to three games in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings with two league wins as the Huskies were once again led by the outstanding play of senior forward Katie Wysocky.

The native of Whitefish Bay, Wis., averaged 13.5 points and 15.5 rebounds against Ferris State and Grand Valley State last week.  With 14 points and a season-high 17 rebounds in just 26 minutes of play against Ferris State, Wysocky moved up to second place on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,716 points.  For her efforts, she was named GLIAC North Division Player of the Week for the sixth time this season.

Tech is riding a 12-game winning streak as it begins a two-game road trip at Findlay on Feb. 18.  Only the nation’s two remaining undefeated teams – Franklin Pierce (23-0) and Gannon (26-0) – rank ahead of the No. 2 Huskies in the Division II poll.

No. 25 Virginia State University claimed its first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Eastern Division title since 2002 with a 62-58 defeat of Bowie State on Feb. 15.  With a 20-4 record, head coach James Hill is the first VSU mentor in program history to post back-to-back 20-win seasons … Lenior-Rhyne moved into sole possession of first place in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a victory over Lincoln Memorial on Feb. 13.  Senior center Denise Moore registered a game-high 21 points as she became the 16th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point career mark.  The Bears, who are riding a four-game winning streak, also returned to the national rankings at No. 24 after dropping out earlier this year.