NAIA Game of the Week
No. 4 Morningside (Iowa) (16-3, 8-2 GPAC) at No. 2 Concordia (Neb.) (16-1, 9-1 GPAC) - Division II Game
Saturday, Jan. 12 | Seward, Neb., 2 p.m. CST | Walz Human Performance Complex
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• Concordia (Neb.) and Morningside (Iowa) square off in a critical Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) game on Saturday. In their previous meeting this year, Concordia defeated Morningside 80-76 on Dec. 1.
• The Bulldogs have won three-straight in the series.
• Concordia has won 21-consecutive homes games. Its last loss came on Dec. 3, 2011 to Morningside.
• The Bulldogs have won 24 of its last 25 games against GPAC opponents. The only loss during that stretch was a 96-86 double overtime defeat at Dordt (Iowa) on Jan. 5.
• Concordia enters this contest after winning its last game, as the Bulldogs defeated Hastings 76-57, on Tuesday.
• Leading the way for Concordia is Bailey Morris, who paces the team with 14.9 points per game. Kristen Conahan is second averaging 14.8 points per game.
• The Bulldogs average 18.5 steals per game, which is second in the NAIA. Leading the way is Conahan with 3.6 steals per game, fifth best in the NAIA. Morris ranks 12th in the NAIA with 3.3 steals per game.
• Concordia is third in the nation in turnover margin (10.8), third in total steals (314), fourth in scoring margin (24.1), seventh in 3-pointers made per game (8.8), ninth in 3-pointers made (149), and ninth in total scoring (1,450).
• Morningside comes into this game after falling to Mount Marty (S.D.), 77-68, on Wednesday.
• On the offensive end, the Mustangs are averaging 9.0 made 3-pointers per game. Chelsie Trask leads Morningside with 2.3 3-pointers per game, 27th best in the NAIA.
• Trask currently sits at sixth place on the career scoring list for Morningside with 1,647 points. She is 83 points away from tying Autumn Bartel for fifth place.
• The Mustangs are seventh best in the nation in 3-point percentage shooting (.360). Hanna Blum is shooting .440 from behind the arc, which is the best on the team.
• Morningside is averaging 75.6 points per game, led by Trask's 14.4 points per game.
• Ashlynn Muhl is first on the Mustangs in rebounds (138) and blocks (15).
• Morningside ranks third in the nation in 3-pointers made (171) and 10th in total assists (323).
This Week Around the Top 25
Monday - No. 24 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) def. No. 25 LSU Shreveport (La.), 82-52
Tuesday - No. 10 Campbellsville (Ky.) def. No. 14 Bethel (Tenn.), 80-73
Thursday - No. 6 Oklahoma City at No. 1 Lubbock Christian (Texas)
Saturday - No. 13 Shawnee State (Ohio) at No. 23 Georgetown (Ky.)
Saturday - No. 19 Lyon (Ark.) at No. 16 William Woods (Mo.)
Saturday - No. 17 Central Methodist (Mo.) at No. 21 Benedictine (Kan.)
Saturday - No. 22 Faulkner (Ala.) at No. 18 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
Tuesday - No. 15 Bethel (Ind.) def. No. 20 Marian (Ind.), 57-56
Wednesday - No. 13 Concordia (Mich.) def. No. 3 Davenport (Mich.), 75-69
Thursday - No. 11 Saint Xavier (Ill.) at No. 6 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
Thursday - No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan at No. 25 Taylor (Ind.)
Thursday - No. 20 Marian (Ind.) at No. 9 Saint Francis (Ind.)
Friday - No. 8 Eastern Oregon at No. 21 College of Idaho
Saturday - No. 15 Bethel (Ind.) at No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan
Saturday - No. 19 St. Ambrose (Iowa) at No. 23 Grand View (Iowa)
For the Record
• Lubbock Christian (Texas), The Master's (Calif.) and Vanguard (Calif.) - all ranked in the Top 25 - are the last of the unbeatens in Division I. Lubbock Christian paces the trio with 16 victories by an average margin of 25.9 points.
• Lubbock Christian owns the most wins with 16 this season, while Central Methodist (Mo.) and Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) are second with 15 wins each.
• Eight teams have suffered just one loss this season: Central Methodist (15-1), Freed-Hardeman (15-1), Cumberland (Tenn.) (14-1), Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) (14-1), Wiley (Texas) (13-1), Lee (Tenn.) (13-1), Southern Poly (Ga.) (12-1) and William Woods (Mo.) (11-1). Of those squads, only Southern Poly is not ranked in the latest Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
• Forty-nine teams boast a .500-or-better winning percentage this season.
• Conversely, Allen (S.C.) (0-16) is searching for its first win of the season. The Yellowjackets look to earn their first victory on Saturday at NCAA Division II Spelman (Ga.).
• Dale Neal, head coach at Freed-Hardeman, rests only 13 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 on Thursday at Fisk (Tenn.) and Saturday at Belhaven (Miss.). Neal currently owns a 487-158 career record.
• Lewis-Clark State's (Idaho) Brian Orr is nine victories shy of reaching the 300-win plateau with a 291-95 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.
• Tugce Canitez of Westmont (Calif.) currently boasts the Division I single-game highs in points (43) and free throws made (16). She accomplished these marks against William Jessup (Calif.) on Dec. 14.
• Indiana Wesleyan leads the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball with 18 wins. Davenport (Mich.) and Eastern Oregon follow with 17 wins each.
• Indiana Wesleyan is the only undefeated team remaining and the Wildcats hold an 18-0 record.
• On the other end of the spectrum, Fisher (Mass.) is 0-13 on the season. Their next try at their first win comes on Saturday, against NCAA Division III Maine - Presque Isle.
• Bethel's (Ind.) Laura Johnson was selected as the NAIA National Player of the Week, which was announced on Tuesday. To view the release, click here.
• Indiana Wesleyan has won 18-straight contests, the most in the NAIA Division II.
• Sixty-one 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.
• Midland's (Neb.) Kellie Page hit an NAIA-best eight 3-pointers on Wednesday against Briar Cliff (Iowa).
• Scoring per Game - Anika Hostos, Southwest (N.M.), 22.35
• Field Goal Percentage - Ashley Rainey, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 0.669
• 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Kelsey Hoppel, Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.500
• Free Throw Percentage - Nicole Hampton, Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.950
• Rebounds per Game - Courtney Ward, Peru State (Neb.), 12.24
• Blocks per Game - Sabrina Scott, Southern New Orleans (La.), 3.83
• Assists per Game - J'Tierra Brown, Texas Wesleyan, 6.69
• Double-Doubles - Ashley Rainey, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 13
• Scoring Offense per Game - Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), 88.13
• Scoring Defense per Game - Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), 47.19
• Field Goal Percentage Offense - Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.526
• Field Goal Percentage Defense - Faulkner (Ala.), 0.311
• Free Throw Percentage - William Carey (Miss.), 0.826
• Rebounds per Game - Martin Methodist (Tenn.), 48.79
• Turnover Margin - Oklahoma City, 14.33
• Scoring per Game - Morgan Smith, College of the Ozarks (Mo.), 24.94
• Field Goal Percentage - Marcisa McMillan, Mayville State (N.D.), .685
• 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Celeste Beck, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), .537
• Free Throw Percentage - Laura Carroll, Asbury (Ky.), .950
• Rebounds per Game - Ariel Nickell, Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 12.18
• Blocks per Game - BreeAnn Hageman, Waldorf (Iowa), 3.95
• Assists per Game - Nichole Jackson, Warner Pacific (Ore.), 9.31
• Double-Doubles - Ariel Nickell, Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 13
• Scoring Offense per Game - Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 103.18
• Scoring Defense per Game - Indiana Wesleyan, 44.83
• Field Goal Percentage Offense - Northwestern (Iowa), .499
• Field Goal Percentage Defense - Rochester (Mich.), .323
• Free Throw Percentage - Huntington (Ind.), .781
• Rebounds per Game - Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 56.29
• Turnover Margin - Davenport (Mich.), 14.06
*Statistics are as reported to DakStats. As of the morning of Jan. 10, 2013
List of NAIA Schools Participating in Division I Women's Basketball
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NAIA Women's Basketball Winningest Coaches: Division I | Division II
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|
|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|
Most Wins in Championship Appearances
|Division I||Division II|
|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|
|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