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NAIA Women’s Basketball Weekly Report – No. 7

February 22, 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 Vanguard (Calif.) (20-3, 10-3 GSAC) at RV San Diego Christian (Calif.) (16-13, 8-5 GSAC)
Saturday, Feb. 23 | 5:30 p.m. PST | Ryan Athletic Center | El Cajon, Calif.
Live Video | Live Stats - Provided by San Diego Christian
• Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Tournament seeding is up for grabs as No. 7 Vanguard (Calif.) and San Diego Christian (Calif.) square off in the NAIA Women's Basketball Game of the Week. The Lions rest one one-game above third-place No. 11 The Master's (Calif.) with a 10-3 conference mark, while San Diego Christian is two games back at 8-5. No. 4 Westmont (Calif.) (13-0) claimed the outright GSAC regular-season title after knocking off Concordia (Calif.), 85-55, on Tuesday night.
• Vanguard (20-3), who up until two weeks ago had been ranked amongst the top four nationally all season, is 4-2 over its last six games, including a 76-65 loss at The Master's on Tuesday. The Lions only other losses this season came against Westmont on Jan. 15 and Feb. 4.
• The Lions own a 15-0 all-time record, including a 56-50 win on Jan. 8, against San Diego Christian, dating back to the 2005-06 season - San Diego Christian's inaugural year as a member of the NAIA.
• In this year's first meeting, Vanguard outscored San Diego Christian 14-2 at the free throw line while holding a 43-32 advantage on the boards to earn a 56-50 victory. The Hawks led 23-17 at the half, but 39 second-half points by Vanguard proved too much. Vanguard's Esther Timmermans led three Lions in double figures with 21 points, while the Hawks were led in scoring by Heather Serven's 21-point effort.
• The Lions showcase one of the NAIA's top rebounding teams, ranking amongst the top 10 nationally in rebounds per game (46.0), rebound margin (+10.5), offensive rebounds per game (16.5) and defensive rebounds per game (29.4).
• Timmermans leads the team and is 11th in the NAIA with a 10.2 rebounds per game average (235 total rebounds). She also is second on the squad in scoring at 15.3 points per game.
• Nicole Ballestero is the sparkplug for the Vanguard offense. She ranks fourth in the NAIA in points per game (20.9) and 14th in assists per game (5.0). Ballestero has scored in double-digits in all 23 games this season, including a season-high 39 points against Arizona Christian on Feb. 9.
• San Diego Christian's 8-5 record in the GSAC is its best single-season conference record since joining the league in 2005-06.
• The Hawks have won four of their last five games with their only loss coming against The Master's, 74-65, on Feb. 16.
• San Diego Christian ranks in the top 20 nationally in the following categories: 3-point field goals made (191), steals (329), blocks (103), steals per game (11.3), 3-point field goals made per game (6.6), blocks per game (3.6) and turnover margin (+3.1).
• Brittany Daniel's 13.5 points per game leads three Hawks averaging double figures. Daniel also leads the team in field goal percentage (51.8 percent), while ranking second in free throw percentage (73.8 percent), assists (64) and steals (45). San Diego Christian's other double-digit scorers are Heather Serven (12.6) and Chardonnay Shula (12.2)
• Serven ranks sixth in the NAIA in made 3-point field goals with 75. She has hit at least two 3-pointers in 20-of-29 games this season, including a season-high seven three's against Cal Maritime on Nov. 30.
• The GSAC is scheduled to begin its women's tournament on Feb. 25. For more information on all the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball conference tournaments, click here.

Note - A special thanks to the Sports Information Departments at Vanguard and San Diego Christian for providing portions of the information above.

This Week Around the Top 25
Division I
Top 25 Matchups
Tuesday - No. 11 The Master's (Calif.) def. No. 7 Vanguard (Calif.), 76-65
Thursday - No. 18 Georgetown (Ky.) def. No. 16 Campbellsville (Ky.), 83-68
Saturday - No. 2 Oklahoma City at No. 13 Rogers State (Okla.)
Saturday - No. 15 Columbia (Mo.) at No. 22 William Woods (Mo.)
Top 25 Upsets
Tuesday - No. 11 The Master's (Calif.) def. No. 7 Vanguard (Calif.), 76-65
Thursday - No. 18 Georgetown (Ky.) def. No. 16 Campbellsville (Ky.), 83-68
Thursday - Coastal Georgia def. No. 24 Southern Poly (Ga.), 79-64
Division II
Top 25 Upsets
Wednesday - Indiana South Bend def. No. 12 Saint Xavier (Ill.), 70-64

• For more results from Division II women's basketball conference tournaments, click here


For the Record
Division I
• Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (TranSouth Athletic Conference), Oklahoma City (Sooner Athletic Conference), Westminster (Utah) (Frontier Conference), Westmont (Calif.) (Golden State Athletic Conference) and Cumberland (Tenn.) (Mid-South Conference) have claimed outright regular-season conference titles.
• 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.
• Top-ranked Freed-Hardeman is the only remaining one-loss team this season. The Lady Lions currently boast a 27-1 record, including an 8-0 mark in TranSouth Athletic Conference play. Freed-Hardeman's 27 victories is also tops in the NAIA.
• Oklahoma City owns an NAIA-best 22-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 in its regular-season finale against No. 13 Rogers State (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 44-straight games against NAIA opponents dating back to its 70-54 win against Wayland Baptist (Texas) on Jan. 14, 2012.
• Fifty-six teams have a .500-or-better winning percentage in games played through Feb. 21.
• Twenty-six programs boast at least 20 victories, including seven squads with 25-plus.
• 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 two 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 Friday at Voorhees (S.C) and Saturday at Morris (S.C.).
• Lewis-Clark State's (Idaho) Brian Orr is five victories shy of reaching the 300-win plateau with a 295-99 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 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 (Texas) 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 kick off 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.

Conference Tournaments
Division II
• For complete coverage of the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Conference Tournaments, click here
• On Wednesday night, Indiana South Bend defeated No. 12 Saint Xavier (Ill.), 70-64, in the quarterfinals of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament.
• As of Friday, 12-of-13 conference tournaments have begun with the lone exception being the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which starts on Saturday.
• Three more teams tickets will be punched to the State Farm-NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship on Saturday, as the Appalachian Athletic Conference, The Sun Conference and the CCAC, all have its tournament's championship games with the winners advancing to Sioux City, Iowa.
• Due to inclement weather that rolled through the Midwest on Thursday, the Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament postponed its quarterfinal games until tonight.
• After all the conference tournaments are completed on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 21 teams will have punched their ticket for the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship.
• Nine of 13 conferences are in action tonight, with the Appalachian Athletic Conference and Association of Independent Institutions Tournaments being the first ones to start.

Selection Show
• 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.

National Statistics*
Division I
Individual
• Scoring per Game - April Perry, Southern-New Orleans (La.), 22.11
• Field Goal Percentage - Ashley Rainey, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 0.675
• 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Kelsey Hoppel, Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.496
• Free Throw Percentage - Nicole Hampton, Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.922
• Rebounds per Game - Brittney Carter, Faulkner (Ala.), 12.64
• Blocks per Game - Rubyunnia McHenry, Philander Smith (Ark.), 3.48
• Assists per Game - Tyra Kourtney, Georgetown (Ky.), 6.81
• Double-Doubles - Ashley Rainey, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)/Brittney Carter, Faulkner (Ala.), 22
Team
• Scoring Offense per Game - Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), 86.61
• Scoring Defense per Game - Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), 45.39
• Field Goal Percentage Offense - Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.498
• Field Goal Percentage Defense - Southern-New Orleans (La.)/Faulkner (Ala.), 0.322
• Free Throw Percentage - Lubbock Christian (Texas), 0.788
• Rebounds per Game - Martin Methodist (Tenn.), 46.75
• Turnover Margin - Oklahoma City, +14.63
Division II
Individual
• Scoring per Game - Ariel Nickell, Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 25.96
• Field Goal Percentage - Megan Holland, Indiana Northwest, .676
• 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Celeste Beck, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), .488
• Free Throw Percentage - Laura Carroll, Asbury (Ky.), .943
• Rebounds per Game - BreeAnn Hageman, Waldorf (Iowa), 12.69
• Blocks per Game - BreeAnn Hageman, Waldorf (Iowa), 4.14
• Assists per Game - Nichole Jackson, Warner Pacific (Ore.), 8.77
• Double-Doubles - Ariel Nickell, Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 20
Team
• Scoring Offense per Game - Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 102.16
• Scoring Defense per Game - Indiana Wesleyan, 47.87
• Field Goal Percentage Offense - Northwestern (Iowa), .480
• Field Goal Percentage Defense - Grand View (Iowa), .330
• Free Throw Percentage - Huntington (Ind.), .798
• Rebounds per Game - Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 54.19
• Turnover Margin - Davenport (Mich.), +12.37

*Statistics are as reported to DakStats. As of the morning of Feb. 22, 2013

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