NAIA Game of the Week
No. 14 Shawnee State (Ohio) (19-6, 10-5 MSC) at No. 5 Cumberland (Tenn.) (24-1, 15-1)
Thursday, Feb. 14 | 6 p.m. CST | Dallas Floyd Recreation Center | Lebanon, Tenn.
Live Video | Live Stats - Provided by Cumberland
• With Mid-South Conference (MSC) regular season title implications on the line, No. 5 Cumberland (Tenn.) hosts No. 14 Shawnee State (Ohio) Thursday night in the NAIA Women's Basketball Game of the Week. The matchup was chosen using a Facebook fan poll.
• Cumberland, who is in its first year as a member of the MSC, holds a four-game lead in the conference standings with a 15-1 record. Shawnee State is currently tied for third place with No. 18 Campbellsville (Ky.) with a 10-5 mark - one-half game behind second place Georgetown (Ky.) (11-5). The Bears claimed a share of the MSC regular season championship last year in just their second season as a member of the league.
• Cumberland and Shawnee State met for the first time on Nov. 17 in Portsmouth, Ohio. The then-unranked Bulldogs knocked off then-No. 2 Shawnee State, 63-58. Cumberland's Briannica Tye converted two free throws with four seconds remaining to seal the victory. The loss snapped a 20-game home winning streak for Shawnee State.
• Since the 2008-09 season, Shawnee State boasts a 28-6 (0.824) record in February, while Cumberland is 18-19 (0.486) during that stretch.
• The No. 5 ranking is the highest in school history for Cumberland.
• Cumberland, whose 24 victories are tied with Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) and Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) for most in the NAIA, has won 11-straight with its lone loss of the season coming against St. Catharine (Ky.) on Jan. 3. The Bulldogs avenged that loss with a 60-54 win against the Patriots Feb. 2.
• The Bulldogs feature one of the NAIA's most stifling defenses, ranking amongst the top 10 nationally in scoring defense per game (50.3), 3-point field goal percentage defense (0.254), field goal percentage defense (0.341), total blocks (105) and blocks per game (4.2).
• Three Bulldogs have at least 40 steals this season, led by Tye's 51 thefts. London Ellie ranks seventh in the NAIA with 53 blocks.
• Jessica Pace, who has started 22-of-25 games this season for Cumberland, leads the team in scoring at 12.3 points per game. Pace owns 15 double-digit games, including a season-high 21-point performance against Spring Hill (Ala.) on Nov. 10. She also leads the team in rebounds (176) and field goal percentage (0.617).
• Josette Campbell, who is third on the team in scoring at 8.8 points per game, has had a hot hand of late, averaging 10.5 points per game over the Bulldogs' last six outings.
• Offensively, Cumberland averages 69.0 points per game and is seventh in the NAIA in scoring margin (18.7). The Bulldogs shoot 43.1 percent from the floor as a team, including a 36.2 percent clip from beyond the arch.
• Shawnee State has won five of its last six since dropping two in-a-row at St. Catharine on Jan. 10 and Georgetown on Jan. 12.
• The Bears are 5-3 in road games this season, including three victories during their current five-game road trip.
• Shawnee State is 4-0 under interim head coach Jeff Nickel, who took over for Robin Hagen-Smith on Jan. 25. Hagen-Smith is the winningest Division I active coach with a 633-158 record.
• Rebounding has been a key to the Bears success this season. Shawnee State is third in total rebounds per game (46.0), fifth in defensive rebounds per game (30.0) and fifth in total rebounds (1,150). The Bears have out-rebounded their opponent in 14-of-25 games this season.
• Offensively, Shawnee State shoots 40.9 percent from the field and 67.5 percent from the free throw line en route to a 71.8 point per game average - 21st in the NAIA.
• Three Bears enter Thursday averaging double figures, paced by Schera Sampson's 14.4 points per game average. Sampson also leads the team with 256 rebounds (10.2 boards per contest) and is 1-of-11 players in Division I averaging a double-double. Despite her stellar scoring average, Sampson has been in check of late, averaging only eight points on 27.6 percent (8-of-29) shooting from the field over her last three contests.
• Shawnee State's other double figure scorers are Alannah Sheets (14.2 points per game) and Alex Pohl (12.2 points per game). Pohl ranks 18th on the Bear's all-time scoring list with 1,140 career points, while Sheets is 20th with 1,134.
Note - A special thanks to the Sports Information Departments at Shawnee State and Cumberland for providing portions of the information above.
This Week Around the Top 25
Top 25 Matchups
Tuesday - No. 6 Westmont (Calif.) def. No. 11 The Master's (Calif.), 77-66 | Recap
Thursday - No. 1 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) at No. 17 Bethel (Tenn.)
Thursday - No. 3 Lubbock Christian (Texas) at No. 12 Rogers State (Okla.)
Thursday - No. 24 Southern Poly (Ga.) at No. 7 Lee (Tenn.)
Thursday - No. 14 Shawnee State (Ohio) at No. 5 Cumberland (Tenn.)
Saturday - No. 20 Lyon (Ark.) at No. 15 Columbia (Mo.)
Top 25 Upsets
Monday - St. Catharine (Ky.) def. No. 17 Bethel (Tenn.), 71-54 | Recap
Top 25 Matchups
Saturday - No. 2 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) at No. 18 Oklahoma Wesleyan
Saturday - No. 23 Purdue Calumet (Ind.) at No. 11 Roosevelt (Ill.)
Top 25 Upsets
Wednesday - No. 8 Davenport (Mich.) def. No. 6 Concordia (Mich.), 70-46 | Recap
Wednesday - Midland (Neb.) def. No. 9 Briar Cliff (Iowa), 65-61 | Recap
Wednesday - No. 23 Purdue Calumet (Ind.) def. No. 16 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 121-113 | Recap
For the Record
• 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 two one-loss teams in Division I: Cumberland (Tenn.) (24-1) and Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (24-1). The duo is also tied with Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) (24-2) with an NAIA-best 24 victories.
• Oklahoma City owns an NAIA-best 20-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 Saturday against St. Gregory's (Okla.). This is the fourth-straight year that the Stars have had at least a 15-game win streak.
• Oklahoma City, the defending national champion, has won 42-straight games against NAIA opponents dating back to its 70-54 win against Wayland Baptist (Texas) on Jan. 14, 2012.
• Fifty-five teams have a .500-or-better winning percentage in games played through Feb. 13.
• Twenty-one programs boast at least 20 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 Yellow Jackets defeated NCAA Division II Spelman (Ga.), 50-44, on Jan. 12
• Dale Neal, head coach at Freed-Hardeman, rests only five 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 at No. 17 Bethel (Tenn.)
• Lewis-Clark State's (Idaho) Brian Orr is seven victories shy of reaching the 300-win plateau with a 293-99 career record.
• Freed-Hardeman overtook Oklahoma City with a single-game high for scoring and scoring margin in its 140-29 victory over NCCAA Crowley's Ridge (Ark.) on Feb. 5. The output is the third most points scored by an NAIA women's basketball team in a single game. Oklahoma City previously held the mark with a 133-24 win at Central Christian (Kan.) on Nov. 24.
• 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 with three. 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. Her third came against Fisk (Tenn.) on Feb. 2 - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 12 blocks. Outside of Scott, only four triple doubles have been recorded this season.
• The American Midwest Conference and the Golden State Athletic Conference kickoff the conference tournament season for Division I on Feb. 25. Click here, for your one-stop shop for information on all the NAIA winter championships.
• Indiana Wesleyan leads the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball with 27 wins. Davenport (Mich.), Eastern Oregon and Saint Francis (Ind.) follow with 26 wins.
• Northwestern's (Iowa) Kendra De Jong was selected as the NAIA National Player of the Week, which was announced on Feb. 12.
• Eastern Oregon has won 20-straight contests, the longest active streak in the NAIA. The Mountaineers last loss came on Nov. 23 against NAIA Division I and fifth ranked Westminster (Utah), 60-59.
• 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 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 six wins shy of 700 career wins as he currently stands at 694-224.
• Head coaches Linda Nash of Aquinas (Mich.) and Bobbi Vandenberg of Viterbo (Wis.) are closing in on winning their 300th career game. Coach Nash is five wins away with a record of 295-224, while coach Vandenberg sits nine wins from 300, with an overall record of 291-340.
• 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 had an NAIA-best 23 rebounds against Trinity Christian (Ill.) on Nov. 17.
• Morningside (113), College of the Ozarks (106) and Saint Xavier (100) are the only teams who have been ranked in the Top 25 for over 100-consecutive weeks. Davenport is the next closest with 72-straight weeks in the polls.
• It is that time of the year, as conference tournaments are just about upon us. Click here, for your one-stop shop for winter national championships information. The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference is the first Division II Women's Basketball conference tournament to kick-off, as it starts on Monday Feb. 18.
• As of Thursday morning, the Crossroads League, Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference, Midwest Collegiate Conference and Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference have a tie for first place going into the last weekend of the regular season.
For the first time, the NAIA is producing a selection show with graphics to be held on Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. CST, to announce the 32-team bracket for the 22nd Annual State Farm-NAIA Division II National Championship. The Division I Women's Basketball National Championship selection show will take place on March 6th with the 32-team bracket being announced at 7 p.m. CST. For more information on the selection shows, click here.
• Scoring per Game - Nicole Ballestero, Vanguard (Calif.), 21.55
• Field Goal Percentage - Ashley Rainey, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 0.670
• 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Kelsey Hoppel, Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.491
• Free Throw Percentage - Nicole Hampton, Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.925
• Rebounds per Game - Gabby Harvey, Brenau (Ga.), 13.11
• Blocks per Game - Sabrina Scott, Southern New Orleans (La.), 5.77
• Assists per Game - Tyra Kourtney, Georgetown (Ky.), 6.80
• Double-Doubles - Amber Arceneaux-Francis, St. Thomas-Houston (Texas), 20
• Scoring Offense per Game - Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), 87.62
• Scoring Defense per Game - Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), 45.60
• Field Goal Percentage Offense - Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.505
• Field Goal Percentage Defense - Southern-New Orleans (La.)/Faulkner (Ala.), 0.320
• Free Throw Percentage - Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.796
• Rebounds per Game - Martin Methodist (Tenn.), 46.96
• Turnover Margin - Oklahoma City, +14.52
• Scoring per Game - Ariel Nickell, Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 25.75
• Field Goal Percentage - Megan Holland, Indiana Northwest, .673
• 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Celeste Beck, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), .500
• Free Throw Percentage - Laura Carroll, Asbury (Ky.), .942
• Rebounds per Game - Ariel Nickell, Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 12.63
• Blocks per Game - BreeAnn Hageman, Waldorf (Iowa), 4.07
• Assists per Game - Nichole Jackson, Warner Pacific (Ore.), 9.00
• Double-Doubles - Ariel Nickell, Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 19
• Scoring Offense per Game - Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 101.11
• Scoring Defense per Game - Indiana Wesleyan, 47.52
• Field Goal Percentage Offense - Northwestern (Iowa), .480
• Field Goal Percentage Defense - Siena Heights (Mich.), .331
• Free Throw Percentage - Huntington (Ind.), .790
• Rebounds per Game - Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 55.19
• Turnover Margin - Davenport (Mich.), +12.71
*Statistics are as reported to DakStats. As of the morning of Feb. 14, 2013
List of NAIA Schools Participating in Division I Women's Basketball
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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
|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