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NAIA Women’s Basketball Weekly Report – No. 2

January 17, 2013
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information, and Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern

NAIA Game of the Week
No. 7 Cumberland (Tenn.) (16-1, 7-1 MSC) at No. 9 Campbellsville (Ky.) (14-3, 7-1 MSC)
Saturday, Jan. 19 | 2 p.m. EST | J.K. Powell Athletic Center | Campbellsville, Ky.
Live Video | Live Audio | Live Stats - Provided by Campbellsville | Live Audio - Cumberland
• The top-spot in the Mid-South Conference race is on the line Saturday when No. 7 Cumberland (Tenn.) travels to ninth-ranked Campbellsville (Ky.) for the NAIA Women's Basketball Game of the Week. As of Jan. 17, both the Bulldogs and Lady Tigers own 7-1 records in the league.
• Prior to Saturday's Game of the Week, Cumberland travels to Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Campbellsville hosts Cumberlands (Ky.) on Thursday.
• Saturday will be the 22nd meeting between the two sides with Campbellsville boasting a 20-1 lead in the all-time series. Cumberland's lone victory over Campbellsville came on Jan. 16, 1999, 79-77.
• Cumberland, who is in its first season as a member of the Mid-South Conference, has successfully rebounded from a 57-55 loss against then-unranked (now No. 25) St. Catharine (Ky.) on Jan. 3 by winning three-straight.
• The Bulldogs are 4-0 against ranked opponents this season, including a 63-58 road victory against then-No. 2 Shawnee State (Ohio) on Nov. 17. Other ranked victories came against then-No. 18 Cumberlands (Ky.), 71-45, on Nov. 20, at then-NAIA Division II No. 18 Union (Ky.), 61-49, on Dec. 29, and against then-No. 21 Georgetown (Ky.), 66-64, on Jan. 5.
• Cumberland's No. 7 ranking in the latest NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll ties for the highest by the program since 1999-2000. Prior to its two-week run this season, the Bulldogs were last No. 7 on Jan. 18, 2006.
• Defense has been a key to the Bulldogs success this season. Cumberland has the NAIA's third-best scoring defense at 49.9 points per game, while ranking fourth in field goal percentage defense (.329) and fifth in total blocks (74).
• London Elie leads the squad and ranks 11th nationally with 34 blocks this season, including a season-best five swats against Georgetown on Jan. 5 and again against UVa-Wise (Va.) on Jan. 10.
• Offensively, Cumberland averages 72.5 points per game and shoots 44.1 percent from the field, both ranking in the top 20 nationally. Jessica Pace and TaCouya Allen average double-digits with Pace boasting a team-high 13.5 points per game average with Allen second at 10.8 points per game.
• Allen has emerged this season as one of the nation's top 3-point shooters, connecting on 42.6 percent of her shots from beyond the arc. She owns 10 games of at least two made 3-point baskets, including a season-high five 3-pointers against Pikeville (Ky.) on Jan. 12.
• Entering Thursday, the Bulldogs are 8-0 in road games this season and have won by an average of 20.3 points in those contests.
• The last time Campbellsville was in the NAIA Game of the Week was Jan. 21, 2012, when then-No. 17 Campbellsville hosted then-No. 8 Cumberlands (Ky.). The Lady Tigers lost that game, 72-59.
• The Lady Tigers are 8-0 in home contests this season and 16-4 in their last 20 games inside the friendly confines of the J.K. Powell Athletic Center.
• Campbellsville enters the Game of the Week with a 5-1 mark against ranked opponents. The Lady Tigers only loss came at then-No. 15 Shawnee State (Ohio), 91-77, on Jan. 5.
• Campbellsville boasts the NAIA's fifth-best scoring offense at 80.5 points per game. The Lady Tigers have eclipsed 80 points on nine occasions this season, including a season-high 96-point effort against Wilberforce (Ohio) on Dec. 14.
• The Lady Tiger offense also ranks amongst the top 15 nationally in the following categories: assist/turnover ratio (1.012), field goal percentage (.451), scoring margin (17.176), 3-point field goal percentage (.349), total scoring offense (1,369) and offensive rebounds per game (15.882).
• Courtney Clifton and Mackenzie Lee, who are both members of Campbellsville's 1,000-point club, are the two offensive focal points for the Lady Tigers. Clifton paces the team at 16.4 points per game and is shooting 50.5 percent (103-of-204) from the field and 81.6 percent (31-of-38) from the free throw line. Lee is second on the squad at 14.6 points per game and leads the team with a 42.5 percent (31-of-73) success rate from 3-point range.
• In addition to Clifton and Lee, Katie Allen plays a key role on the Campbellsville offense. Allen currently ranks fifth in the NAIA in assists per game (6.0), sixth in total assists (102) and ninth in assists-to-turnover ratio (2.372). She owns 10 games of at least five dimes, including a 13-assist performance against Wilberforce on Dec. 14.

Note - A special thanks to the Sports Information Departments at Cumberland and Campbellsville for providing portions of the information above.

This Week Around the Top 25
Division I
Top 25 Matchups
Tuesday - No. 11 Westmont (Calif.) def. No. 1 Vanguard (Calif.), 66-56 | Recap
Thursday - No. 13 Rogers State (Okla.) at No. 4 Oklahoma City
Saturday - No. 7 Cumberland (Tenn.) at No. 9 Campbellsville (Ky.)
Top 25 Upsets
Monday - Southern-New Orleans (La.) def. No. 12 Xavier (La.), 63-56 | Recap
Tuesday - No. 11 Westmont (Calif.) def. No. 1 Vanguard (Calif.), 66-56 | Recap
Division II
Top 25 Matchups
Wednesday - No. 4 Morningside (Iowa) def. No. 11 Northwestern (Iowa), 63-60
Wednesday - No. 15 Bethel (Ind.) def. No. 24 Huntington (Ind.), 63-55
Saturday - No. 24 Huntington (Ind.) at No. 9 Saint Francis (Ind.)
Saturday - No. 12 Saint Xavier (Ill.) at No. 14 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)
Top 25 Upsets
Monday - West Virginia Tech def. No. 23 Milligan (Tenn.), 74-72
Wednesday - No. 9 Saint Francis (Ind.) def. No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan, 62-55 | Recap

For the Record
Division I
• The Master's (Calif.) - ranked eighth in the latest NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - is the last remaining unbeaten NAIA women's basketball team. The Mustangs improved to 16-0 with a 78-67 win over Concordia (Calif.) on Tuesday. The Master's returns to the court on Saturday when they travel to Biola (Calif.). The only other remaining undefeated basketball team in the NAIA is Columbia's (Mo.) (18-0) men's team.
• Lubbock Christian (Texas), Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) and Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) boast the most victories with 17. Eight other schools - The Master's, Wiley (Texas), Cumberland (Tenn.), Westminster (Utah), MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), Central Methodist (Mo.), Benedictine (Kan.) and Faulkner (Ala.) - are tied for second with 16.
• Thirteen teams own 2-or-less losses on the season.
• Fifty-nine squads boast a .500-or-better winning percentage in games played through Jan. 16.
• There are no winless teams. 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 11 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 Saturday at Martin Methodist (Tenn.). Neal currently owns a 489-158 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.
• 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.
• Peru State's (Neb.) Courtney Ward owns the Division I single-game high in rebounds with 23 against Missouri Valley on Jan. 5.
• Nikkia Davis of Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) and Alecia Wilson of Montana Western boast a single-game best 14 assists each. Davis set her mark against St. Gregory's (Okla.) on Nov. 16, while Wilson matched the feat against Marygrove (Mich.) on Nov. 24.
Division II
• Indiana Wesleyan leads the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball with 20 wins. Davenport (Mich.) and Eastern Oregon follow with 19 wins each.
• Indiana Wesleyan was the only undefeated team left in the NAIA Division II until the Wildcats fell to No. 9 Saint Francis (Ind.), 62-55, on Jan. 16.
• On the other end of the spectrum, Fisher (Mass.) is 0-16 on the season. Their next try at their first win comes on Friday, Jan. 18 against Albany College.
• Saint Xaviers (Ill.) Morgan Stuut was selected as the NAIA National Player of the Week, which was announced on Jan. 15.
• Concordia (Mich.) and Eastern Oregon are currently on an NAIA best 13 winning streak.
• Sixty-four 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 is three wins shy of 700 career victories. Currently Coach Smith's record stands at 697-438.
• 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 on Nov. 17 against Trinity Christian (Ill.)
• Morningside (109) and College of the Ozarks (102) are the only teams who have been ranked in the Top 25 for over 100 consecutive weeks.

National Statistics*
Division I
Individual

• Scoring per Game - Anika Hostos, Southwest (N.M.), 21.65
• Field Goal Percentage - Ashley Rainey, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 0.676
• 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Kelsey Hoppel, Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.506
• Free Throw Percentage - Nicole Hampton, Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.938
• Rebounds per Game - Brittney Carter, Faulkner (Ala.), 12.45
• Blocks per Game - Sabrina Scott, Southern New Orleans (La.), 3.75
• Assists per Game - Tyra Kourtney, Georgetown (Ky.), 6.82
• Double-Doubles - Brittney Carter, Faulkner (Ala.), 14
Team
• Scoring Offense per Game - Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), 87.39
• Scoring Defense per Game - Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), 48.89
• Field Goal Percentage Offense - Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.513
• Field Goal Percentage Defense - Faulkner (Ala.), 0.315
• Free Throw Percentage - William Carey (Miss.), 0.809
• Rebounds per Game - Martin Methodist (Tenn.), 48.40
• Turnover Margin - Faulkner (Ala.), +13.35
Division II
Individual
• Scoring per Game - Ariel Nickell, Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 24.67
• Field Goal Percentage - Marcisa McMillan, Mayville State (N.D.), .672
• 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Celeste Beck, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), .523
• Free Throw Percentage - Laura Carroll, Asbury (Ky.), .953
• Rebounds per Game - BreeAnn Hageman, Waldorf (Iowa), 12.63
• Blocks per Game - BreeAnn Hageman, Waldorf (Iowa), 4.21
• Assists per Game - Nichole Jackson, Warner Pacific (Ore.), 9.27
• Double-Doubles - Ariel Nickell, Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 14
Team
• Scoring Offense per Game - Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 101.50
• Scoring Defense per Game - Indiana Wesleyan, 45.86
• Field Goal Percentage Offense - Northwestern (Iowa), .497
• Field Goal Percentage Defense - Southeastern (Fla.), .322
• Free Throw Percentage - Huntington (Ind.), .789
• Rebounds per Game - Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 54.00
• Turnover Margin - Davenport (Mich.), 14.25

*Statistics are as reported to DakStats. As of the morning of Jan. 17, 2013

List of NAIA Schools Participating in Division I Women's Basketball
List of NAIA Schools Participating in Division II Women's Basketball
NAIA 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