Dec. 22, 2010

Amy Hughes,

William Smith College boasts the top rebounder in the Liberty League (9.7 rpg through Dec. 20). First-year Jacqueline Murphy ranks 82nd in the nation and seventh among first-year players in rebounding through the NCAA’s first Division III statistical rankings. At just 5’4”, Murphy is the shortest player in the top-350 and at least two inches shorter than every other player ranked in the nation’s top-150 in rebounding.

Murphy is averaging 27.0 minutes per game, having started seven of the Herons' nine games thus far. Two-thirds of her rebounds are off the defensive glass (59 of 87). Murphy was honored as the Liberty League Rookie of the Week on Monday after grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds and scoring three points against Cortland.

Need to Know

• Barbara Stevens of Division II Bentley University (Waltham, Mass.) became the fifth head coach in NCAA women’s basketball history to reach 800 career victories on Sunday as her Falcons defeated C.W. Post, 93-60. Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer became the sixth coach to reach this milestone after the Cardinal defeated San Francisco, 100-45, on Wednesday night. The only other coaches to reach 800 wins are Tennessee’s Pat Summitt, former Texas head coach Jody Conradt, Rutgers’ C. Vivian Stringer and Sylvia Hatchell of North Carolina.

• With a 93-62 victory against Florida State on Tuesday night in Hartford, Conn., UConn extended its NCAA-record winning streak to 89 games, topping the 88-game streak of John Wooden’s UCLA teams in the 1970s. UConn’s record streak dates to a 2008 National Semifinal loss to Stanford. Tuesday night’s win also extended the Huskies' home win streak to 69 games.

• A 76-65 win against Seton Hall on Saturday gave Hofstra its sixth consecutive win and improves the Pride’s record to 6-1. The six-game win streak is now tied for the fourth-longest in program history and the longest since a seven-game streak during the 2008-09 campaign. Hofstra improves to 3-1 all-time against Seton Hall. It marks the first time in school history that Hofstra has beaten two current members of the Big East Conference in the same season and it is Hofstra’s sixth win against a Big East team.

Quick Hits

In Division II, 10 teams remain undefeated through games of Dec. 19. … Division III boasts 19 undefeated teams with many schools on hiatus until after the first of the year. … Division I is down to nine schools with undefeated records, including three from the Big East Conference (West Virginia, UConn and Syracuse).