February 12, 2014
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NAIA Game of the Week – No. 6
No. 15 Hope International (Calif.) (19-5, 7-2 GSAC) at No. 10 Westmont (Calif.) (15-7, 6-3 GSAC)
Saturday, Feb. 15 | 5:30 p.m. PST | Santa Barbara, Calif.
• Two of the four ranked teams from the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) will face off Saturday, when No. 15 Hope International (Calif.) travels to Santa Barbara, Calif., to take on No. 10 Westmont (Calif.) at 5:30 PST. Both teams are battling for second place in the GSAC, behind undefeated No. 1 Vanguard (Calif.) (20-0, 9-0 GSAC). Hope International is tied for second in the conference with No. 7 The Master’s (Calif.) (7-2), while Westmont sits one game back (6-3).
• Hope International is riding a four-game winning streak into the NAIA DI Women’s Basketball Game of the Week, while Westmont fell, 68-56, to unbeaten Vanguard its last time out.
• Saturday’s contest is the second of two regular-season meetings between the Top 25 teams. On Jan. 25, Hope International defended its home floor (60-49), earning its first win over Westmont since Jan. 28, 2006.
• Hope International previously appeared in the NAIA DI Women’s Basketball Game of the Week on Feb. 1, when the Royals suffered an 88-71 loss to Vanguard.
• With 57 points and three first-place votes, two-time defending GSAC champion and defending national champion Westmont was picked to finish second in the GSAC in the league’s preseason coaches’ poll on Oct. 21. Vanguard was the league’s preseason favorite with 59 points and four first-place nods. Hope International, which has been a surprise contender after going 4-10 in the GSAC last season, was picked to finish sixth.
• The Warriors of Westmont are 18-2 over the past 20 meetings with Hope International and also hold a 30-2 edge in the all-time series. The Royals two victories came on Jan. 28, 2006 at Westmont and on Jan. 25, 2014 at home.
• The Royals of Hope International are looking to earn their first-ever NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship berth this season. Westmont has participated in eight National Championships all-time, including three-straight.
• Four of Hope International’s five losses have come against ranked opponents: then-No. 18 Carroll (Mont.), 58-45, on Nov. 21; then-No. 4 Westminster (Utah), 60-52, on Dec. 27; then-No. 9 The Master’s, 84-72, on Jan. 14; and then-No. 1 Vanguard, 88-71, on Feb. 1. The Royals only other loss of the season was to NAIA Division II Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), 86-81, on Dec. 28.
• Senior forward Andrina Rendon leads the Royals in points (21.75), rebounds (10.42) and steals (2.13) per game. She also ranks second on the team in assists (69) and blocks (12). Nationally, Rendon ranks among the top 15 in total scoring (2nd, 522), defensive rebounds per game (3rd, 8.04), points per game (5th, 21.75), total rebounds (12th, 250) and total 3-point field goals made (13th, 59).
• This season, Rendon has set career single-game highs in points (36), rebounds (19), assists (7), steals (6) and blocks (3). She’s also recorded 13 double-doubles, which ranks eighth nationally.
• On Feb. 4, Rendon was named the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after recording her eighth-straight double-double. She would go on to record a ninth-straight double-double on Feb. 4 against San Diego Christian (Calif.) before being held to just six rebounds by Concordia (Calif.) on Feb. 8 to end the streak.
• Junior guard Krystyn Jacobs is the distributor for the Royals, averaging 4.04 assists per game to go along with her 10.65 points per contest. Jacobs leads the team and is among the top 25 in the NAIA in total assists (23rd, 93) and assist to turnover ratio (25th, +1.94).
• Senior forward Shawna Staves is the defensive anchor for Hope International, leading the team and ranking among the top 20 nationally in total blocks (17th, 37) and blocks per game (20th, 1.54).
• As a team, Hope International ranks among the top 10 nationally in total assists (8th, 396), assist to turnover ratio (9th, +1.13) and assists per game (10th, 16.50).
• Five of Westmont’s seven losses have come against ranked NAIA opponents: then-No. 5 Westminster, 84-53, on Nov. 7; then-No. 6 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), 69-57, on Nov. 23; then-No. 1 Vanguard, 77-71, on Jan. 21; then-No. 21 Hope International, 60-49, on Jan. 25 and then-No. 1 Vanguard, 68-56, on Feb. 11. The Warriors have also lost to NCAA Division II Azusa Pacific (Calif.) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) British Columbia.
• The Warriors are led by senior forward Kelsie Sampson, who paces the team in points (20.14), rebounds (8.41) and blocks (1.41) per game. Sampson also ranks second on the team in steals (26). Nationally, Sampson ranks among the top 15 in points per game (9th, 20.14) and total scoring (12th, 443).
• Senior guard Erin Beadle and freshman guard Cora Chan are pillars of the Warrior offensive attack that ranks seventh nationally in assist to turnover ratio (+1.14). Both Beadle (2nd, +4.11) and Chan (14th, +2.25) rank among the top 15 nationally in the category.
• Junior guard Esther Lee, who patrols the 3-point line for Westmont, is fourth in the NAIA in 3-point field goals made per game (3.27) and total 3-point field goals made (72), while shooting .400 from beyond the arc.
• As a team, Westmont ranks among the top 10 nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (6th, .370) and assist to turnover ratio (7th. +1.14).
Additional Notes from Around NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball
(As of Feb. 12, 2014)
• From Feb. 7-17, women’s basketball teams across the nation, including programs from both NAIA women’s basketball divisions, will participate in Play 4Kay events to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer. The events will support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, a charitable organization named after former North Carolina State women’s basketball coach and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) founding member, Kay Yow. For more information, click here.
• Two teams remain unbeaten: Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (23-0) and Vanguard (Calif.) (20-0).
• Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) became the first NAIA program to reach the 20-win plateau with its win over Montana Tech, 85-69, on Jan. 18. Eight teams currently boast at least 20 wins: Freed-Hardeman, Vanguard, Lewis-Clark State, Campbellsville (Ky.), Wiley (Texas), Oklahoma Baptist, Talladega (Ala.) and Coastal Georgia.
• One team is still searching for its first victory.
• Vanguard has been ranked atop the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll in all eight editions this season (includes preseason poll). Tuesday’s top billing is the 36th all-time for the Lions, dating back to 1999-2000. For the complete release, click here.
• Ariel Wilson of Belhaven (Miss.) was named this week’s NAIA National Division I Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. For the complete release, click here.
• Lewis-Clark State head coach Brian Orr won his 300th game when the Warriors defeated Langston (Okla.), 81-67, on Nov. 9. Orr, the winningest coach in Lewis-Clark State history, is the 12th active coach to reach the 300-win plateau.
• Other Top 25 matchups this week:
o Tuesday – No. 1 Vanguard (Calif.) def. No. 10 Westmont (Calif.), 68-56
o Saturday – No. 19 Montana State-Northern at No. 3 Westminster (Utah)