Weekly Team Notes

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

- The Belmont women’s basketball team slipped to 1-3 after dropping a pair of games at the Curb Event Center last week. The Bruins fell 66-51 to Mississippi State and 77-66 to Bowling Green. The last time a Belmont team opened with the same record was the 2000-01 season.

- Sophomore Shaunda Strayhorn led the Bruins in scoring over the two game stretch, averaging 12.0 points per game. She also grabbed four steals and had five assists. Junior Jessica Bobbitt led the team in rebounds, pulling down 7.5 per outing. She also picked up seven blocks and went 8-for-10 from the free-throw line.

- Belmont returns to action on Tuesday, traveling east to take on intrastate rival Tennessee Tech before returning to Nashville after the Thanksgiving holiday to participate in the annual Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament. The Bruins will face off against host-Vanderbilt on Friday and could see action against Michigan or Iowa Stat on Sunday.

- Last weekend, Campbell traveled to Farmville, Va. and Longwood University, going 2-0 against Morgan State and Howard at LU’s invitational, as senior forward Maggie Rich collected tourney MVP honors.

- Rich recorded 17.5 points per game, including a career-high 19 against Morgan State, shooting 45.8 percent from the floor and 50 percent from three, leading the Lady Camels to two wins. The Salisbury, N.C. native also went 6-for-6 from the free throw line with seven rebounds, two assists and a steal, averaging 29.5 minutes per game over the weekend.

- Collecting all-tournament team honors was sophomore center Ashley Williamson, who averaged 12.5 points, including two big free throws to win game two against Howard. A native of Colonial Heights, Va., Williamson went 7-of-8 from the line in all, also grabbing eight rebounds in each game, shooting nearly 43 percent from the floor.

- The Lady Camels used strong rebounding to their advantage once again, owning an advantage of 23 on the glass. Another strength utilized in each game of the Longwood Invitational was late game free throw shooting.

East Tennessee State 
- The ETSU women’s basketball team went 1-1 this past weekend as they concluded play in the Preseason WNIT. The Lady Bucs earned their first win of the 2007-08 season last Friday, as ETSU defeated Delaware State in overtime, 75-72, in the Samford consolation bracket. However, on Saturday the Lady Buccaneers were outscored by 17 points in the second half by Samford, and fell 91-72 in the third and final game of the prestigious preseason tournament.

- Sophomore guard Siarre Evans led the Lady Buccaneers in both games, averaging 16 points and 13 rebounds in 40 minutes of action. The Griffin, Ga. native grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds in the win over the Lady Hornets Friday, marking the first time an ETSU player has accomplished the feat since Dec. 11, 2005 (Candace Gibson, 15).

- As a team, the Lady Bucs out-rebounded the opposition, 50-35.5, in the pair of games in Birmingham. ETSU was also on fire from the free throw line, shooting 82-percent (41-of-50). Michele DeVault (10-for-10), Jenny Norman (6-of-6) and TaRonda Wiles (9-of-10) combined to 25-for-26 from the charity stripe.

Florida Gulf Coast 
- The Eagles return from a two week layoff when they entertain Central Connecticut State Friday night in Alico Arena.

- The Gardner-Webb women’s basketball team dropped both games of the Carolina First Tournament - to Georgia State and to host UNC-A last week. This week the Bulldogs host Appalachian State Tuesday night and IUPUI on Saturday.

- Senior forward Ashley Williams became the first player in program history to be named preseason MVP after surpassing her own single-season record with 509 points last season. She also became the first Dolphin to earn consecutive first team all-conference honors after tying for the conference lead with an average of 17 points per contest. The records are continuing to fall for the Jacksonville native and she is poised to end her Dolphin career as one of the top players in the history of the program. After scoring 14 points in an upset over Miami on Nov. 13, Williams joined forward Kat Sungy (1999-03), forward Yolisha Jackson (2000-05) and guard Sheena Carpenter (2003-06) as the only Dolphins to hit 1,000 points in their careers. Now that she has surpassed 1,000 points, she will take aim as the top scorer in program history. Williams is 154 points shy of surpassing Sungy (1,183) on the all-time point leader list. After surpassing Carpenter (1,015) for third place, she needs 41 points to move past Jackson (1,070) and make her way up the ladder.

- The Dolphins posted a 72-64 win over Miami on Nov. 13. JU earned its first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference program in four tries to record the biggest win in program history. The Dolphins won the turnover battle by a 22-15 margin and finished with 16 steals.

Kennesaw State
- KSU fell to 2-2 on the season after blowing a late five point lead against Troy on Monday night. The Trojans converted key free throws down the stretch and scored a lay-up in the final three seconds to down the Lady Owls, 58-57. KSU’s two losses have come by a total of two points.

- Forward Britteny Henderson continues to lead the Kennesaw State attack, as the junior-college transfer is averaging 13.0 points and 9.0 rebounds a game.

- After playing their first four games at home, the Lady Owls hit the road for the first time this season when they travel to Lubbock, Texas to take part in the Travelers Classic hosted by Texas Tech this Thursday-Saturday. KSU will play Alcorn State on Thursday, the host Lady Raiders on Friday and Idaho State on Saturday evening.

- The Lady Bisons received their share of national publicity for their 123-22 defeat of Fisk University Nov. 13, another Nashville school. The margin of victory was one point for tying the NCAA record. It was the most points scored by the Lady Bisons in the NCAA era. It also tied for the most points they have scored in a game with 123 against both Bethel in 1996 and Tennessee Temple in 1997.

- Freshman forward Cree Nix has either led the Lady Bisons in rebounding or tied for the lead in three of the first four games. Her season high is seven against Bowling Green State Nov. 15. She tied with junior wing player Jilian Partin for the lead.

- Freshman wing player Valerie Bronson recorded the first double-double of her career with 20 points and 15 rebounds against Bowling Green State Nov. 15.

-The Bears are currently in the midst of a four-game road swing and have played their first five games in 10 days. Mercer wraps up the trip with a trip to Ivy League member Columbia on Nov. 24.

-After winning its first two games at the University Center, Mercer has lost its last three contests on the road.

-Junior Shaquita Bell has netted double-figures in three of Mercer’s five contests and leads the team in scoring (11.0 ppg).

- UNF (0-2, 0-0 A-Sun) fell to 0-2 on the season last week, dropping its only game of the week to in-state foe UCF 57-47 at UNF Arena.

- The game was the first for the Lady Ospreys as a Division I member at home during the month of November.

- The Lady Ospreys are 27-7 all time at home during the month of November and have won eight of nine at home during the month.

- Before Thursday’s loss to UCF, the team’s last November home loss came Nov. 24, 2001 against Tampa.

- Junior Jennifer Bowen needs two points this week to notch her 400th career point.

- Sophomore Antoinette Reames is only five blocks away from moving into third place on UNF’s all-time blocks list and 31 blocks away from setting the all-time UNF blocks record.

- UNF hosts Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday before heading to Hattiesburg, Miss., for the Lady Eagle Classic over Thanksgiving weekend.

- The Lady Ospreys are 28-26 all-time in regular-season tournaments.

USC Upstate
- After two games against big Division I schools in Kentucky and Wake Forest, the USC Upstate women’s basketball team excelled in its first game against a similar DI school with an 80-68 win at Charleston Southern. Now, the 1-2 Spartans will look to stay on a roll as they open their home slate with a 7 p.m. Wednesday game against IUPUI.

- The Spartans’ offense took flight against Charleston Southern, shooting 50 percent from the field (31-for-62). The team is led by sophomore Courtney Hawkins, who averages 13.7 points per game. The Spartans also get 11.7 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game from freshman Oceana Jackson and 10.7 points per game from freshman Tiffany Whiting. Junior Ebony Johnson, the undersized 5-7 guard, leads the team with 9.0 rebounds per game.

- The Spartans face IUPUI Wednesday night. The Jaguars enter Wednesday’s game 1-3 overall after a 1-2 performance during the Women’s NIT Tournament. Julia Whitted has led the Jaguars so far, averaging 11.0 points and 7.3 points per game. She led the Jags with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the 60-49 win over Marshall on Friday. Two other Jags average 10 or more points per game in Christina Cunnigham and Jernisha Cann.

- Stetson (1-3) picked up its first victory of the season Wednesday evening, defeating Volusia County rival Bethune-Cookman at the Edmunds Center 62-48 behind 11 points and seven rebounds from freshman forward/center Jessica Conner. The win was the fourth in the last five years for the Hatters over the Wildcats. Stetson then wrapped up its season-opening four-game homestand with a 51-41 loss to Coastal Carolina on Saturday afternoon. The Hatters were held to their lowest scoring output since January 4, 2003 at South Carolina (39 points).

- Freshman Brittany Carannante has come on strong lately and continues to improve her scoring total each game. The 5’7” guard from Clearwater, Fla. scored eight points against B-CU and then led the Hatters with 11 points in the loss to Coastal Carolina on Saturday. The Hatters visit Big East foe USF Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The team returns to the road Monday at 7 p.m. for a matchup with Florida in Gainesville.