NAIA Game of the Week
No. 12 Bethel (Tenn.) (15-4, 0-0 TSAC) at No. 2 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (18-1, 1-0 TSAC)
Thursday, Jan. 24 | 6 p.m. CST | Sports Center | Henderson, Tenn.
Live Video | Live Audio | Live Stats - Provided by Freed-Hardeman | Live Audio - Bethel
• Bragging rights in the TranSouth Athletic Conference (TSAC) are up for grabs Thursday night when No. 12 Bethel (Tenn.) travels to No. 2 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) in the NAIA Women's Basketball Game of the Week. For the Lady Wildcats, Thursday night marks the first league game of the season. Freed-Hardeman is 1-0 in TSAC action with a 78-52 victory against Martin Methodist (Tenn.) on Jan. 19.
• Thursday will be the 58th meeting between the two sides with Freed-Hardeman boasting a 47-10 advantage in the all-time series, including its current two-game winning streak. Bethel's last victory against the Lady Lions came on March 3, 2011, 62-52.
• Freed-Hardeman is 7-0 in home games this season, while Bethel is 4-3 on the road.
• Freed-Hardeman, who has been ranked in the top three of the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll the entire season, has won five-straight since falling in overtime to then-NAIA Division II No. 4 College of the Ozarks (Mo.), 71-74, on Jan. 3.
• Much of the Lady Lions success this season can be attributed to their defense, which surrenders an NAIA-best 46.95 points per game. Additionally, Freed-Hardeman is fourth in turnover margin (+7.8) and sixth nationally in field goal percentage defense (0.340). Freed-Hardeman has held its opponent under 60 points in 16-of-19 games this season.
• In their last game, a 78-52 victory against Martin Methodist, the Lady Lions held Martin Methodist to only 36.7 percent (18-of-49) shooting and forced 29 turnovers. Four individuals scored in double figures with Grace Alonso de Armino leading the quartet with 16 points.
• Two-time NAIA All-American Natalie Shumpert paces the offensive attack for the Lady Lions with a 16.0 points per game average. She has scored in double-digits in all but four games this season, including a season-high 33-point performance against then-No. 20 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) on Dec. 7. Shumpert owns 1,769 career points in three and one-half seasons at Freed-Hardeman.
• Other key individuals for the Lady Lions include Amber Alexander and Ashley Tate. Tate leads the team and is 15th in the NAIA with 92 assists, while Alexander owns a team-high 140 rebounds and 17 blocked shots.
• Brittany Montgomery has emerged as a sparkplug off the bench for Freed-Hardeman. Despite only a 15.5 minute per game average, Montgomery is second on the team in scoring (10.1) and ranks nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (0.481) and made 3-pointers (50).
• Dale Neal, head coach at Freed-Hardeman, rests only 10 wins shy of becoming the fourth coach in Division I history - seventh in NAIA women's basketball - to reach 500 wins.
• Bethel enters Thursday winners in three of its last four games, including back-to-back blowout victories against NCCAA Morthland (Ill.), 111-43, on Jan. 12, and NCCAA Crowley's Ridge (Ark.), 115-50, on Jan. 17.
• The Lady Wildcats are 1-3 against ranked opponents this season.
• Since the 2003-04 season, Bethel is 3-6 in conference openers, including a 103-91 victory against Freed-Hardeman on Jan. 4, 2007. That contest was the only time during the stretch the two sides met to open conference play.
• The Lady Wildcats showcase a strong offense that ranks in the top 15 nationally in scoring offense per game (76.2), 3-point field goals made per game (7.2), total made 3-pointers (136), scoring margin (+8.5) and total scoring offense (1,447).
• In its last game against Crowley's Ridge, Bethel shot 50.0 percent (45-of-90) from the field, including 43.8 percent (21-of-48) from beyond the 3-point line. Ten of the 11 Lady Wildcats that saw action scored at least five points, led by a career-high 26 points by Katie Van Dyke.
• Alisha Gentry paces three individuals in double-digits at 14.4 points per game. She is averaging 16.6 points over her last six games, including back-to-back 20-point performances against Loyola (La.) on Dec. 31 and Xavier (La.) on Jan. 2. Jasmine Taylor (13.6) and Jackliann Street (11.6) are the other two averaging better than 10 points per game.
• Defensively, Bethel is allowing opponents 59.8 points per game on a 0.360 field goal percentage. The Lady Wildcats rank fifth nationally in 3-point field goal percentage defense (0.244).
• Head coach Chris Nelson is in his seventh season at the helm of the Bethel women's basketball program. He owns a 129-80 career record.
Note - A special thanks to the Sports Information Departments at Freed-Hardeman and Bethel for providing portions of the information above.
This Week Around the Top 25
Top 25 Matchups
Tuesday - No. 9 Westmont (Calif.) def. No. 8 The Master's (Calif.), 68-57 | Recap
Thursday - No. 12 Bethel (Tenn.) at No. 2 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)
Thursday - No. 13 Georgetown (Ky.) at No. 19 Shawnee State (Ohio)
Saturday - No. 15 Rogers State (Okla.) at No. 1 Lubbock Christian (Texas)
Saturday - No. 20 William Woods (Mo.) at No. 24 Columbia (Mo.)
Top 25 Upsets
Monday - Langston (Okla.) def. No. 17 Wiley (Texas), 81-74 | Recap
Top 25 Matchups
Wednesday - No. 9 Northwestern (Iowa) def. No. 7 Briar Cliff (Iowa), 87-75 | Recap
Thursday - No. 20 Mayville state (N.D.) at No. 14 Jamestown (N.D.)
Top 25 Upsets
Wednesday - Roosevelt (Ill.) def. No. 12 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 92-88 | Recap
Wednesday - Holy Cross (Ind.) def. No. 15 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), 63-61 | Recap
Wednesday - AIB (Iowa) def. No. 18 St. Ambrose (Iowa), 70-66 | Recap
Wednesday - William Penn (Iowa) def. No. 22 Grand View (Iowa), 68-62 | Recap
Wednesday - Mount Marty (S.D.) def. No. 24 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), 73-69 | Recap not available
For the Record
• No teams remain unbeaten in Division I. The Master's (Calif.), who was the last remaining, fell Tuesday night, 68-57, against Westmont (Calif.)
• There are seven one-loss teams in Division I: Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) (19-1), Cumberland (Tenn.) (18-1), Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (18-1), Lubbock Christian (Texas) (18-1), Lee (Tenn.) (17-1), The Master's (17-1) and Vanguard (Calif.) (13-1)
• Our Lady of the Lake boasts the most victories with 19. Cumberland, Freed-Hardeman and Lubbock Christian are tied for second with 18 wins.
• Lee and Oklahoma City own an NAIA-best 14 game winning streak. The Lady Flames, who return to action Saturday in a key Southern States Athletic Conference matchup against Southern Poly (Ga.), last lost on Nov. 16 at Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), 54-49. Oklahoma City's most recent defeat came against NCAA Division II Northeastern State (Okla.), 66-52, on Nov. 10. The Stars hit the court on Thursday against St. Gregory's (Okla.). Westminster (Utah) is third with a 10-game streak.
• Forty-seven teams have a .500-or-better winning percentage in games played through Jan. 23
• Twenty-three programs own 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 10 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 Thursday against Bethel (Tenn.) and Saturday at Mid-Continent (Ky.)
• Lewis-Clark State's (Idaho) Brian Orr is seven victories shy of reaching the 300-win plateau with a 293-95 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.
• 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.
• College of Saint Mary (Neb.) senior guard Karyn Bixler broke the Flames 35-year old scoring record on Jan. 19 in a 75-40 victory over Central Christian (Kan.). Bixler has scored 1,345 points in her career for the Flames and to pass the previous mark of 1,341 held by Ann Heller.
• Indiana Wesleyan leads NAIA Division II Women's Basketball with 22 wins. Davenport (Mich.), Eastern Oregon and Saint Francis (Ind.) follow with 21 wins each.
• On the other end of the spectrum, Fisher (Mass.) is 0-19 on the season. Their next try at their first win comes on Friday, Jan. 26 against Berkeley (N.Y.).
• College of Saint Mary's Karyn Bixler was selected as the NAIA National Player of the Week, which was announced on Jan. 22.
• Eastern Oregon has won 15-straight contests, the longest streak in the NAIA.
• Sixty-two teams have a .500 record or better this season.
• Kristen Ward of Johnson & Wales (Colo.) holds the single-game high in scoring, as she scored 47 points on Dec. 7 against Arizona Christian.
• Grand View's (Iowa) head coach Garey Smith is two wins shy of 700 career victories. Currently coach Smith's record stands at 698-440.
• Head coach Lonnie Kruse of Sterling (Kan.) is eight wins shy of 700 career wins as his record currently stands at 692-221.
• 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 (110) and College of the Ozarks (103) are the only teams who have been ranked in the Top 25 for over 100-consecutive weeks.
• Scoring per Game - Amber Arceneaux-Francis, St. Thomas-Houston (Texas), 21.32
• Field Goal Percentage - Ashley Rainey, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 0.656
• 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Kelsey Hoppel, Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.494
• Free Throw Percentage - Nicole Hampton, Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.939
• Rebounds per Game - Brittney Carter, Faulkner (Ala.), 12.33
• Blocks per Game - Sabrina Scott, Southern New Orleans (La.), 4.50
• Assists per Game - Tyra Kourtney, Georgetown (Ky.), 6.53
• Double-Doubles - Brittney Carter, Faulkner (Ala.) / Ashley Rainey, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 15
• Scoring Offense per Game - Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), 87.50
• Scoring Defense per Game - Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), 46.95
• Field Goal Percentage Offense - Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.513
• Field Goal Percentage Defense - Faulkner (Ala.), 0.318
• Free Throw Percentage - Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.795
• Rebounds per Game - Martin Methodist (Tenn.), 47.81
• Turnover Margin - Oklahoma City, +12.47
• Scoring per Game - Morgan Smith, College of the Ozarks (Mo.), 24.55
• Field Goal Percentage - Marcisa McMillan, Mayville State (N.D.), .650
• 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Celeste Beck, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), .511
• Free Throw Percentage - Laura Carroll, Asbury (Ky.), .961
• Rebounds per Game - BreeAnn Hageman, Waldorf (Iowa), 12.67
• Blocks per Game - BreeAnn Hageman, Waldorf (Iowa), 4.29
• Assists per Game - Nichole Jackson, Warner Pacific (Ore.), 9.41
• Double-Doubles - Ariel Nickell, Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 15
• Scoring Offense per Game - Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 101.18
• Scoring Defense per Game - Indiana Wesleyan, 46.70
• Field Goal Percentage Offense - Northwestern (Iowa), .496
• Field Goal Percentage Defense - Cornerstone (Mich.), .323
• Free Throw Percentage - Huntington (Ind.), .796
• Rebounds per Game - Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 54.27
• Turnover Margin - Davenport (Mich.), 14.36
*Statistics are as reported to DakStats. As of the morning of Jan. 24, 2013
List of NAIA Schools Participating in Division I Women's Basketball
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NAIA DI Women's Basketball Winningest Coaches
NAIA DII 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
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|
|T5. Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)||16|
|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