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NAIA Women’s Basketball Weekly Report – No. 4

January 31, 2013
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information, and Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern
Photo by Nathan Kelly

NAIA Game of the Week
No. 1 Lubbock Christian (Texas) (20-1, 7-1 SAC) at No. 3 Oklahoma City (16-2, 8-0 SAC)
Saturday, Feb. 2 | 12 p.m. CST | Abe Lemons Arena | Oklahoma City, Okla.
Live Video | Live Audio | Live Stats - Provided by Oklahoma City | Live Audio - Lubbock Christian
• Two of the NAIA's top teams in No. 1 Lubbock Christian (Texas) and No. 3 Oklahoma City face-off in a key Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) matchup Saturday in the NAIA Women's Basketball Game of the Week. With a win, the Lady Chaparrals (20-1) will pull even with Oklahoma City (16-2) in the conference standings with six regular season games remaining.
• Both Oklahoma City and Lubbock Christian play Thursday prior to the Game of the Week. Lubbock Christian travels to Mid-America Christian (Okla.) and Oklahoma City hosts Wayland Baptist (Texas). Both games tip-off at 6 p.m. CST.
• The defending national champion Stars boast a 38-8 all-time record against Lubbock Christian, dating back to 1995, including a 79-68 win on Jan. 10. However, the Lady Chaparrals won the last meeting at Abe Lemons Arena, 88-66, on Jan. 12, 2012.
• In the first meeting this season, Desiree Jeffries led five Stars in double-digits with 19 points to propel Oklahoma City to a 79-68 upset victory at Lubbock Christian. Oklahoma City outscored the Lady Chaparrals 26-7 from the free throw line, as the Stars converted 26-of-30 (86.7 percent) trips to the charity stripe. Outside of free throws, the two sides were nearly even in all other statistical categories.
• Lubbock Christian, who has been ranked No. 1 in 6-of-7 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Polls this season, has won four-straight since losing to Oklahoma City. Prior to the loss, the Lady Chaparrals had won16-straight, including victories against three then-nationally ranked teams - No. 23 Northeastern State (Okla.) (NCAA Division II), No. 7 Metro State (Colo.) (NCAA Division II) and No. 23 Lyon (Ark.).
• The Lady Chaparrals boast arguably the NAIA's most prolific offense, leading the nation in assists per game (18.8), 3-point field goal percentage (0.403), field goal percentage (0.518) and free throw percentage (0.802), while ranking second in total scoring (1,812), total assists (395) and scoring offense per game (86.3).
• Lubbock Christian has shot over 50 percent from the field in three-consecutive games, including a program record 64.0 percent (32-of-50) against then-No. 15 Rogers State (Okla.) on Jan. 26.
• Nicole Hampton leads the team in scoring with 13.8 points per game, while Emily Atkins is second at 13.7 points per game. Hampton, who converted an NAIA Division I single-season record 63-consecutive free throws last season, leads Division I with a 93.6 percent (73-of-78) success rate at the charity stripe. The 5-10 guard is averaging 17.3 points per game over her last seven games. Atkins is second on the team with an 83.8 percent (93-of-111) free throw percentage - ninth in the NAIA. She tallied a season-best 23 points against Rogers State on Jan. 26.
• Kelsey Hoppel paces the NAIA from long range with a 49.4 percent (44-of-89) 3-point field goal percentage. Hoppel boasts 11 games with at least two 3-pointers, including five games of four-or-more.
• In addition to a strong offense, the Lady Chaparrals are holding opponents to only 61.7 points per game and 35.4 percent shooting from the field. Courtney Wilson leads the team with 21 blocks, while Kelsey Canavan is second with 18.
• Oklahoma City enters the week riding an NAIA-best 15-game win streak, including five victories against ranked opponents: then-No. 14 Langston (Okla.) (Nov. 13), then-No. 4 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) (Dec. 21) (NAIA DII), then-No. 4 Westmont (Calif.) (Dec. 28), Lubbock Christian (Jan. 10) and then-No. 13 Rogers State (Okla.) (Jan. 17). The Stars last loss came on Nov. 10 against NCAA Division II Northeastern State (Okla.), 66-52.
• The Stars have won 37-consecutive games against NAIA opponents dating back to their Jan. 14, 2012 victory against Wayland Baptist. Oklahoma City's average margin of victory during the streak is 34.5 points.
• Oklahoma City's two losses this season came at NCAA Division II Southwestern Oklahoma State, 81-77, on Nov. 8 and against NCAA Division II Northeastern State (Okla.), 66-52, on Nov. 10.
• Oklahoma City set the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball single-game high for scoring and scoring margin in its 133-24 victory at Central Christian (Kan.) on Nov. 24. The offensive output is the fourth most points scored by an NAIA women's basketball team in a single game and most since Saint Xavier (Ill.) tallied 138 points against Purdue Calumet (Ind.) on Nov. 17, 2007.
• The Stars showcase a balanced attack that leads the NAIA in scoring margin (34.4) and turnover margin (13.1). Oklahoma City also ranks amongst the top 10 nationally in field goal percentage (0.465), scoring defense per game (48.8), scoring offense per game (83.2), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3), field goal percentage defense (0.325), steals per game (15.3), assists per game (17.1), 3-point field goal percentage (0.356), rebound margin (9.44), offensive rebounds per game (16.7) and total steals (276).
• Oklahoma City has allowed more than 50 points in only six games this season.
• Lauren Gober leads the team in scoring at 16.8 points per game - 27th nationally. She is shooting 47.7 percent (114-of-239) from the field, including 54-of-126 (42.9 percent) from beyond the 3-point line. Gober is third in the NAIA in 3-point field goals made per game (3.0), including a career-high 13 against Central Christian on Nov. 24. She also set a career-high with 34 points in that contest. Gober passed the 1,500-point mark for her career in Oklahoma City's 94-43 victory over St. Gregory's on Jan. 24.
• Six Stars boast at least 30 steals this season, led by Kayla MacKenzie's 41 thefts.
• Jessica Lankston ranks second behind Lubbock Christian's Hampton with a 91.7 percent (44-of-48) success rate at the free throw line. She has connected on her last 33 free throw attempts. Lankston's last miss came with 5:45 remaining in the first half against Park (Mo.) on Nov. 17.

Note - A special thanks to the Sports Information Departments at Lubbock Christian and Oklahoma City for providing portions of the information above.

This Week Around the Top 25
Division I
Top 25 Matchups
Tuesday - No. 4 Vanguard (Calif.) def. No. 9 The Master's (Calif.), 69-65 | Recap
Thursday - No. 6 Cumberland (Tenn.) at No. 12 Georgetown (Ky.)
Thursday - No. 22 Shawnee State (Ohio) at No. 11 Campbellsville (Ky.)
Saturday - No. 1 Lubbock Christian (Texas) at No. 3 Oklahoma City
Top 25 Upsets
None
Division II
Top 25 Matchups
Tuesday- No. 2 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) def. No. 17 Oklahoma Wesleyan, 80-69 | Recap
Wednesday - No. 15 Jamestown (N.D.) def. No. 24 Valley City State (N.D.), 81-64 | Recap
Saturday - No. 3 Concordia (Neb.) at No. 11 Northwestern (Iowa)
Saturday - No. 14 Bethel (Ind.) at No. 4 Saint Francis (Ind.)
Saturday - No. 21 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) at No. 18 Roosevelt (Ill.)
Saturday - No. 24 Valley City State (N.D.) at No. 19 Mayville State (N.D.)
Top 25 Upsets
Wednesday - No. 21 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) def. No. 12 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 96-73 | Recap

For the Record
Division I
• No teams remain unbeaten in Division I. The Master's (Calif.), who was the last remaining, fell Jan. 22, 68-57, against Westmont (Calif.). The Master's was 17-0 before its first loss.
• There are five one-loss teams in Division I: Cumberland (Tenn.) (20-1), Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (20-1), Lubbock Christian (Texas) (20-1), Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) (20-1) and Vanguard (Calif.) (15-1)
• Cumberland, Freed-Hardeman, Lubbock Christian and Our Lady of the Lake are tied with an NAIA-high 20 wins this season (through Wednesday's games).
• Oklahoma City owns an NAIA-best 15-game win streak. The Stars' most recent defeat came against NCAA Division II Northeastern State (Okla.), 66-52, on Nov. 10. Oklahoma City looks to extend its streak with back-to-back home games against Wayland Baptist (Texas) and top-ranked Lubbock Christian. Columbia's (Mo.) 12-game streak is second, followed by Westminster (Utah), who has won 11-straight.
• Forty-six teams have a .500-or-better winning percentage in games played through Jan. 30.
• Thirty programs boast at least 15 victories.
• There are no winless teams in Division I. Allen (S.C.) was the last remaining, but claimed its first victory on the year when the Yellowjackets defeated NCAA Division II Spelman (Ga.), 50-44, on Jan. 12
• Dale Neal, head coach at Freed-Hardeman, rests only eight wins shy of becoming the fourth coach in Division I history - seventh in NAIA women's basketball - to reach 500 wins. Neal and the Lady Lions continue this quest Feb. 5 against NCCAA Crowley's Ridge (Ark.).
• Lewis-Clark State's (Idaho) Brian Orr is seven victories shy of reaching the 300-win plateau with a 293-97 career record.
• Oklahoma City set the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball single-game high for scoring and scoring margin in its 133-24 victory at Central Christian (Kan.) on Nov. 24. The offensive output is the fourth most points scored by an NAIA women's basketball team in a single game and most since Saint Xavier (Ill.) tallied 138 points against Purdue Calumet (Ind.) on Nov. 17, 2007.
• Lorna Hudson of Bethel (Tenn.) overtook Tugce Canitez of Westmont (Calif.) as Division I's single-game scoring leader with a 45-point effort in the Wildcats 111-43 thrashing of NCCAA Morthland College (Ill.) on Jan. 12. The 5-8 guard finished the night 13-of-27 (48.1 percent) shooting, including a 38.9 percent (7-of-18) clip from beyond the arc. Canitez had held the previous high with 43 points against William Jessup (Calif.) on Dec. 14.
• Treshenia Solomon of Our Lady of the Lake owns the Division I single-game high in rebounds with 27 against Texas Wesleyan on Jan. 21.
• Nicole Ballestero of Vanguard (Calif.) set the single-game high with 15 assists against Arizona Christian on Jan. 19.
• Southern-New Orleans' (La.) Sabrina Scott is the lone Division I player to post more than one triple double on the season. The 6-4 center's first triple double came on Jan. 19 against Edward Waters (Fla.) when she tallied 26 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks. Two games later, Scott matched the performance with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 15 blocks. Outside of Scott, only four triple doubles have been recorded this season.
Division II
• Four players, BreeAnn Hageman of Waldorf (Iowa), Dani Carlman of Walla Walla (Wash.), Kayla Kepler of College of the Ozarks (Mo.), and Qurimisha Spence of Johnson & Wales (Fla.), are the only players in Division II to collect a triple-double this season.
• Davenport (Mich.) and Indiana Wesleyan lead the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball with 24 wins. Eastern Oregon and Saint Francis (Ind.) follow with 23 wins each.
• Concordia's (Mich.) Hannah Sabol was selected as the NAIA National Player of the Week, which was announced on Jan. 29.
• Eastern Oregon has won 17-straight contests, the longest streak in the NAIA. Saint Xavier (Ill.) is the next closest with 14-straight wins.
• Sixty-three teams have a .500 record or better this season.
• Kristen Ward of Johnson & Wales (Colo.) holds the game high in scoring, as she scored 47 points on Dec. 7, against Arizona Christian.
• Grand View's (Iowa) head coach, Garey Smith won his 700th game on Jan. 30, by defeating AIB (Iowa), 47-45. Coach Smith is currently the only active coach in Division II with 700 career wins.
• Head coach Lonnie Kruse of Sterling (Kan.) is eight wins shy of 700 career wins as he currently stands at 692-222.
• Head coach John Mills surpassed the 300-career win plateau on Jan. 18, when Alice Lloyd (Ky.) defeated St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.), 87-26. Currently, coach Mills stands at 301 career wins.
• On Nov. 16, Indiana Southeast put up a season-high in points by scoring 148 points. In the same contest, the Grenadiers made a season-best 62 field goals.
• Saint Xavier (Ill.) Morgan Stuut has an NAIA-best 23 rebounds against Trinity Christian (Ill.) on Nov. 17.
• Morningside (111) and College of the Ozarks (104) are the only teams who have been ranked in the Top 25 for over 100-consecutive weeks. Saint Xavier (Ill.) is the next closest with 98 straight-weeks, including being ranked in the Division I poll.

National Statistics*
Division I
Individual
• Scoring per Game - Hollie German, Lee (Tenn.), 21.0
• Field Goal Percentage - Ashley Rainey, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 0.659
• 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Kelsey Hoppel, Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.494
• Free Throw Percentage - Nicole Hampton, Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.936
• Rebounds per Game - Gabby Harvey, Brenau (Ga.), 12.86
• Blocks per Game - Sabrina Scott, Southern New Orleans (La.), 5.46
• Assists per Game - Tyra Kourtney, Georgetown (Ky.), 6.57
• Double-Doubles - Brittney Carter, Faulkner (Ala.), 17
Team
• Scoring Offense per Game - Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), 86.91
• Scoring Defense per Game - Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), 47.14
• Field Goal Percentage Offense - Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.518
• Field Goal Percentage Defense - Faulkner (Ala.)/Oklahoma Baptist, 0.322
• Free Throw Percentage - Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.802
• Rebounds per Game - Martin Methodist (Tenn.), 47.30
• Turnover Margin - Oklahoma City, +13.06
Division II
Individual
• Scoring per Game - Morgan Smith, College of the Ozarks (Mo.), 24.74
• Field Goal Percentage - Megan Holland, Indiana Northwest, .673
• 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Celeste Beck, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), .505
• Free Throw Percentage - Laura Carroll, Asbury (Ky.), .946
• Rebounds per Game - BreeAnn Hageman, Waldorf (Iowa), 12.52
• Blocks per Game - BreeAnn Hageman, Waldorf (Iowa), 4.09
• Assists per Game - Nichole Jackson, Warner Pacific (Ore.), 9.42
• Double-Doubles - Ariel Nickell, Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 16
Team
• Scoring Offense per Game - Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 100.08
• Scoring Defense per Game - Indiana Wesleyan, 46.44
• Field Goal Percentage Offense - Northwestern (Iowa), .489
• Field Goal Percentage Defense - Southeastern (Fla.), .326
• Free Throw Percentage - Huntington (Ind.), .786
• Rebounds per Game - Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 54.54
• Turnover Margin - Davenport (Mich.), 13.96

*Statistics are as reported to DakStats. As of the morning of Jan. 31, 2013

List of NAIA Schools Participating in Division I Women's Basketball
List of NAIA Schools Participating in Division II Women's Basketball
NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Winningest Coaches
NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Winningest Coaches
NAIA Women's Basketball Regular-Season Records

Looking Ahead to the National Championships
33rd Annual NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship
• Frankfort Convention Center, Frankfort, Ky.
• March 13 - 19, 2013

22nd Annual NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship
• Tyson Events Center, Sioux City, Iowa
• March 6 - 12, 2013

Division I National Championship Fan and Visitor Information
Division II National Championship Fan and Visitor Information
NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship Records
NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship Records

National Championship Superlatives
Most All-Time Championship Appearances
Division I Division II
School Record School Record
1. Union (Tenn.)* 23 1. College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 18
T2. Southern Nazarene (Okla.)* 20 T2. Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 16
T2. Wayland Baptist (Texas) 20 T2. Sterling (Kan.) 16
4. Oklahoma City 18 4. Shawnee State (Ohio)% 15
T5. Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 16 T5. Hastings (Neb.) 13
T5. Xavier (La.) 16 T5. Saint Francis (Ind.) 13
T5. Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 16    
 
Most Wins in Championship Appearances
Division I Division II
School Record School Record
1. Union (Tenn.)* 67 1. Northwestern (Iowa) 39
2. Southern Nazarene (Okla.)* 58 2. Hastings (Neb.) 31
3. Oklahoma City 54 3. College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 30
4. Southwestern Oklahoma* 37 4. Morningside (Iowa) 15
5. Wayland Baptist (Texas) 25 T5. Shawnee State (Ohio)% 22
    T5. Saint Francis (Ind.) 22
 
Programs with the Most Championship Titles
Division I Division II
School Record School Record
1. Southern Nazarene (Okla.)* 7 1. Northwestern (Iowa) 5
2. Oklahoma City 6 T2. Hastings (Neb.) 3
T3. Southwestern Oklahoma* 5 T2. Morningside (Iowa) 3
T3. Union (Tenn.)* 5 T4. Northern State (S.D.)* 2
5. Arkansas Tech* 2 T4. Western Oregon* 2

*No longer an NAIA member institution
% Now a member of NAIA Division I