MAC Women's Basketball Notes

Updated 2/22/2000

AKRON ON A ROLL:
If there was ever a time to get hot -- the end of the regular season -- Akron has found it. The Zips, who started conference play with one win in seven tries, has been victorious in four straight games and six of their last seven. Akron, which is 7-7 and is in the middle of dog fight to host a first round game on Monday, Feb. 28, has both of its remaining regular season games at home.

TWENTY WINS AGAIN FOR KENT:
Kent garnered its seventh 20-win season in the last eight years with an 89-65 win at Ohio on Saturday. The Golden Flashes overcame an eight point halftime deficit (35-27) for their 17th win in their last 18 games. During the last eight seasons the Golden Flashes are 168-63 (.727) and have never lost more than 10 games in a single season.

MAC TV GAME OF THE WEEK:
Bowling Green visits Buffalo on Friday for the league's final regular season television game of the week. Bill Needle (play-by-play) and former Ohio head coach Amy Prichard (analyst) will call the action from Alumni Hall for the 8 p.m. game, which can be seen live on Fox Sports Net Ohio.

THAT'S THE TICKET:
Tickets for the 2000 Mid-American Conference Women's Basketball Tournament March 2-4 at Public Hall are now on sale and can be purchased by contacting Ticketmaster at (216) 241-5555. Prices for an all-session ticket (good for all seven games) are $30 for adults and $20 for students 18 and under and for seniors 55 and older for reserved seats, while general admission seats are $25 for adults and $15 for students/seniors. Single session tickets begin at $5 for general admission and $6 for reserved seats. To purchase tickets for a specific school section, please contact that institution's ticket office.

THE NON-CONFERENCE LOOK:
The Mid-American Conference completed the regular season with a 62-75 non-conference record, which translates into a .453 winning percentage. That mark also includes a 1-8 record against nationally-ranked opponents. Last year, the MAC's record in non-conference play was 59-66 (.472).

A LOOK AT THE RPI:
In the weekly installment of the College Basketball News Women's RPI Report (through games of Feb. 20), the Mid-American Conference was ranked No. 17 among the 31 Division I conferences and is also ranked No. 16 according to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The MAC had five schools in the top-150 in both RPI reports.

School		CBN	WBCA
Kent		38	39
W. Michigan	88	90
Buffalo		126	130
Toledo		139	140
Miami		150	149

A LOOK AT THE TOURNAMENT:
With one week remaining in the regular season, there is still a large element of the unknown in the air as schools position themselves for the tournament. Two of the three available first-round byes have been solidified by Kent and Western Michigan, while the others attempt to solidify either the final bye or host a game on Feb. 28. Below is a look at the conference record of each school, where they rank and who they each play in the final week.

School		W-L	Games Left
Kent		13-1	UB, at UA
W. Michigan	13-1	CMU, at EMU
Toledo		8-5	EMU, at OU, NIU 
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Miami		7-7	MAR, OU
Buffalo		7-7	at Kent, BG
Ball State	7-7 	at NIU, CMU
Akron		7-7	BG, Kent
E. Michigan	6-8	at UT, WMU
C. Michigan	6-8	at WMU, at BSU
Bowling Green	6-8	at UA, at UB
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Ohio		5-9	UT, at MIA
N. Illinois	4-10	BSU, at UT
Marshall	2-13	at MIA

WHAT A YEAR FOR THE ROOKIE:
Western Michigan freshman center Kristin Koetsier is having a rookie campaign most people only dream of. Koetsier leads the league in scoring (19.8), is tied for first in rebounding (9.5), is third in blocked shots (1.36) and fourth in field goal percentage (.548) and free throw percentage (.810). In addition, she also leads the MAC in double-doubles (12) and defensive rebounds (6.76), and has been named the offensive player of the week twice and the defensive player of the week three times. She is also vying to become the first-ever freshman to lead the league in scoring.

KENT EYES HOME RECORD:
Kent will attempt to extend its school-record 30-game home winning streak this week as the Golden Flashes entertain Buffalo on Wednesday. Should Kent win its final home game of the regular season, the Golden Flashes would equal Toledo's streak of 31, which spanned the 1990-1993 seasons. Kent owns the second-longest winning streak in Division I, trailing Grambling's 65 straight.

EIGHT IS ENOUGH FOR WMU:
Western Michigan improved its winning streak to six consecutive games overall and eight straight league contests with a 65-48 win at Northern Illinois last Saturday. The victory tied a school record for consecutive conference wins. A win on Wednesday against Central Michigan would set a program record. The Broncos' win over the Huskies was also their seventh league road victory of the season -- tops in the MAC.

MARTIN LOST FOR THE YEAR:
Jenny Martin, Miami's leading scorer, was lost for the rest of the season when she suffered a stress fracture in her right foot on Feb. 8 at Ohio. Since her departure, the Redhawks have lost all three of their games.

TWO MORE REACH 1,000 POINTS:
Miami's Jamie Stewart and Western Michigan's Danielle Mueller became the seventh and eighth active players, respectively, to reach the 1,000 career point plateau. Ironically, the pair reached the mark on the same night -- last Monday when the two faced one another in Oxford. Mueller finished the game with 20 points, while Stewart ended with six. The duo also became the 92nd and the 93rd players in MAC history to reach the 1,000 point barrier.

FALCONS LONG RANGE TACTICS:
Entering the week, Bowling Green is averaging 9.50 treys a game, which leads the MAC and is also tops in the country. The Falcons are also chasing the national record, which is 9.19 set by South Carolina in the 1993-94 season. In their last six games, the Falcons have hit 72 treys, an average of 12 per game, including 26 in their last two contests. In MAC games, Bowling Green is averaging 10.43 treys (146 in 14 games), and that number jumps to 11.75 in home conference contests. The team is also chasing the MAC single season record of 234 -- BG has 228 with at least three games remaining.

STEVENS IS A SCORING MACHINE:
Marshall junior Yashico Stevens raised her season point total to 354 following play last weekend. She is the first Marshall player, other than Herd legend Kristina Behnfeldt, to score 300 points in a season since the 1996-97 season. Lisa Mason and Cindy McCauley each scored over 300 that season, helping the Herd to the Southern Conference Tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. With at least two games remaining, Stevens needs to average 23 points per game to become the first player other than Behnfeldt to score 400 in a season since the 1991-92 season.

KENT'S OFFENSIVE ARSENAL:
In 12 of its last 17 games, Kent has scored 80 or more points and are averaging 82.9 points per contest against league teams, which is tops in the league. Overall, Kent is averaging 81.1 points per game to lead the conference and ranks 10th in the nation in scoring.

STEWART IN SELECT COMPANY:
Miami's Jamie Stewart became just the second player in school history and only the fifth in MAC history to register 200 made three-point field goals. Stewart is four treys short of passing Lisa Hayden for the top spot in RedHawk annals, a feat that would also move her up to fourth in league history.

KILPELA NETS NEW MARK AT UB:
Kim Kilpela scored a career-best 33 points last Saturday in Buffalo's 89-78 loss to Marshall. Kilpela's total was the highest output ever by a freshman at UB, and was only five points shy of the school record. She also had 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season.

BOWIE DOUBLES UP FOR CARDS:
Freshman Tamara Bowie has scored 61 points and grabbed 29 rebounds in BSU's last three games. In her last six, Bowie has scored 109 points (18.2 points per game) and grabbed 60 rebounds (10.0 rebounds per game). Her 14 points and 11 rebounds versus Akron on Sunday marked her third straight double-double and her fourth of the season.

CMU DUO DRAINING TREYS:
Central Michigan has the top three-point tandem in the league in senior Jodi Culbertson and sophomore Molli Munz. Culbertson, who set the CMU record for three-pointers in a season four weeks ago, has 62 to date and is tied for second in the league, while Munz is right behind her teammate in fourth place with 60.

A HALF TO FORGET FOR OHIO:
Ohio lost to Kent at home , 89-65, on Saturday after leading at the half. The Bobcats were the first team to lead Kent at the half since nationally-ranked Boston College did it on Dec. 4, and is only the fourth team to do so this season. Ohio, however, was the first team that allowed Kent to comeback from the halftime deficit of the four. Ohio has now lost 11 straight games to Kent in the series and haven't defeated the Flashes since 1995. The Bobcats gave up a 62 second half points to the Flashes which was the most it has given up in a half this season.

HAMILTON HITS TOP FIVE:
Miami senior AuBree Hamilton last week entered the top five in league history in blocked shots. Hamilton, who has swatted 12 shots in her last six games, has 125 blocked shots in her career, which also ranks her second all-time in Miami history. Next in line for Hamilton is Miami record holder Amy Franz, who is fourth with 131.

RISING(ER) TO THE OCCASION:
Toledo sophomore Courtney Risinger, who leads the Rockets in three-pointers made per game (1.9), has hit two or more three-pointers in eight of last nine games. Over that span, she has averaged 12.6 points and has connected on 49 percent of her shots from the floor (42-of-85) and 47 percent from three-point range (22-of-47).

KITTS SETS SCHOOL RECORD:
Ball State freshman Laurie Kitts set a school record with seven three-point field goals versus Eastern Michigan last Wednesday. Kitts, who netted a career-high 28 points against the Eagles, has scored in double figures in seven of the last nine games and in nine of BSU's last 12 contests. For the season, Kitts has drilled 52 threes and is shooting 39 percent from behind the arc.

THE KOETSIER 500:
Western Michigan's Kristin Koetsier needs just five points to total 500 in her freshman campaign. Her total of 495 points currently ranks fourth in the Bronco record book. Koetsier is 24 points shy of setting a new WMU rookie scoring record, and is 45 short of setting a new league mark, which is currently held by Kent's Tracey Lynn (539). WMU's all-time leading scorer Kina Brown scored 518 points in her debut season. In addition to Brown, only Shelsea Erving (553) and Shannon Pickell (538) have scored more points in a single season.

PRESEASON POLL REVISITED:
Below is a comparison of the league's preseason poll, which was released back in October, in relation to where the teams stand following games this past weekend.

East Division	Pick	+/-
Kent		1st	even
Miami		3rd	+1
Buffalo		5th	+3
Akron		3rd	+1
Bowling Green	4th	-1
Ohio		6th	even
Marshall	7th	even

West Division	Pick	+/-
W. Michigan	2nd	+1
Toledo		1st	-1
Ball State	6th	+3
E. Michigan	3rd	-1
C. Michigan	5th	+1
N. Illinois	4th	-2

NEW THREAT EMERGES FOR UA:
Akron junior Katie Hank has turned into a scoring machine for the Zips in the stretch run. Hank has scored double figures in points in each of her last three games, plus pulled down a career-best 13 caroms against Ball State on Sunday.

ROZAK STEPS UP FOR CMU:
Sophomore Alicia Rozak has been hot for CMU in MAC play. The forward leads the team in league games with a 13.4 points per game average and she's been in double figures 10 of the 14 MAC games. Rozak had a team-high 18 points against Toledo last weekend.

CRICKARD NETS CAREER HIGHS:
Eastern Michigan senior Amy Crickard set career highs in points (16) and rebounds (9) in the Eagles' loss to Ball State last Wednesday. Crickard hit seven of her 13 shots from the field and also passed out three assists and recorded three steals.

ZERMAN IN SELECT COMPANY:
Senior Dawn Zerman collected her 1,500th career point in Kent's 74-72 loss at Miami Feb. 2. By reaching that milestone she became the first player in Kent history and the second MAC player ever to have 1,500 career points, 400 career assists and 250 career steals. The only other player to accomplish this feat was two-time MAC Player of the Year Kim Knuth (2,509 points, 484 assists and 368 steals) from Toledo.

BG'S ALL-CENTURY TEAM NAMED:
At halftime of its game with Eastern Michigan on Feb. 12, Bowling Green announced its all-century team following a ballot which appeared in the Bowling Green Sentinel Tribune. Named to the first team were Jackie Motycka, Chris Tuttle, Megan McGuire, Sara Puthoff and Paulette Backstrom. The second team consisted of Lori Albers, Angie Bonner, Susie Cassell, Sue Pokelsek and current head coach Dee Knoblauch.