Nov. 30, 2010

by Amy Farnum

MAKING A STATEMENT: Delta State moved up to No. 1 in the latest USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The Lady Statesmen are 5-0 following a 63-44 win over North Alabama last weekend, improving their Gulf South Conference-leading scoring defense to 43.8 points per game.

Arkansas Tech, ranked No. 1 in last weeks poll, dropped to No. 6 after a loss at unranked but unbeaten West Alabama. The Golden Suns did bounce back with a victory over West Georgia on Nov. 29. ATU leads the GSC with 92.8 points per game.

West Alabama will face the No. 1 team in the nation for the second straight week as it hosts Delta State for a GSC Crossover contest on Dec. 2. At 4-0, UWA is off to its best start since the 1994-95 season. The two teams are the only remaining unbeaten in the GSC.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE TROUBLE: Sophomore forward Aurielle Mosley claimed Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Player of the Week honors after posting a pair of double-doubles in two regional wins, including an upset of then-No. 4 Holy Family last week.

The native of York, Pa., turned in a game-high 16 points and a career-best 17 rebounds in a 61-51 defeat of Holy Family last Tuesday. It was the most rebounds by a Marauder since 2003. She followed it up with 13 points and 13 rebounds as Millersville defeated Philadelphia on the road on Nov. 28. Mosley leads the team with 17 points per game and 15 blocks on the season.

Millersville moved up three spots to No. 16 in the latest national poll, and will put a 4-0 mark on the line against the University of the Sciences on Dec. 9.

MOVING ON UP: Lander University jumped one spot to No. 2 in the USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 after cruising to a 70-40 defeat of Division I Winthrop University and improving to 6-0 on the season. The ranking is the highest in program history.

Shannon McKever, who leads the squad in scoring, tallied a game-high 26 points along with eight rebounds and six blocked shots in the win over the Lady Eagles.

The Lady Bearcats will test their new ranking as they return to Peach Belt Conference on Nov. 30 when they host Montevallo.

GUNNING FOR VICTORIES: Tusculum College senior guard Jasmine Gunn, the reigning Southeast Region Player of the Year, garnered South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week honors for the sixth time in her career after an outstanding performance at the University of Indianapolis Thanksgiving Classic.

The native of Nashville, Tenn., notched a season-high 28 points along with four steals in just 27 minutes of play against Lewis, and then contributed a team-high 23 points with five assists in an upset of then-No. 7 UIndy. The Greyhounds are the highest-ranked opponent the Pioneers have defeated in program history.

After starting the season 0-3, including two losses to nationally-ranked foes, Tusculum is riding three-game winning streak following a 66-46 defeat of King College on Nov. 29. Gunn had 17 points and three steals in the latest victory, and leads the squad in scoring with an 18.5 average.

The Pioneers held steady at No. 23 in the latest national poll.

CHAMPS HONORED: Emporia State, the 2010 NCAA Division II National Champions, will be honored at White Auditorium during a doubleheader against Northwest Missouri State on Dec. 1. The Lady Hornets national championship banner will be unveiled during halftime of the mens game. The first 1,000 fans will receive miniature banners courtesy of the Bennett Dental Group and The Medicine Shoppe.