BUFFALO CONTINUES TO ROLL:
After opening the season with a 66-61 loss to Niagara, Buffalo has won six straight contests and is the lone MAC school that has fewer than three losses. The Bulls, who have won three straight at home, are idle for 10 days until they host Youngstown State on Dec. 21. YSU is a perfect 4-0 versus MAC schools this year.
THE NON-CONFERENCE LOOK:
After the first four weeks of the season, the Mid-American Conference has posted a 35-51 non-conference record, which translates into a .407 winning percentage. That mark also includes an 0-4 record against nationally-ranked opponents.
A LOOK AT THE RPI:
In the weekly installment of the College Basketball News Women's RPI Report (through games of Dec. 12), the Mid-American Conference was ranked No. 18 among the 32 Division I conferences. The MAC had three schools in the top-125 -- Kent (No. 88), Buffalo (No. 119) and Miami (No. 121) -- and nine of the 13 schools in the top 200.
SCORING IN BUNCHES:
Akron and Miami both came within one point of reaching the century mark in points scored this past week. The Zips, who ended a seven-game losing streak that dated back to the end of the 1998-99 season, scored 99 against Cleveland State for their first win of the year. The point total was the most ever by a Roxanne Allen coached team and was also the fourth-highest output in school history.
The RedHawks' total included a 19-point overtime spurt at home for a win against Butler, 99-92. Miami's final tally is the first time it had scored more than 90 points in a game since the 1995-96 campaign, and is also the most in a contest since scoring 101 versus Wisconsin-Milwaukee to open up the 1994-95 season.
BSU SIZZLES FROM LONG RANGE:
Ball State tied a school record for three-point baskets made in a game with 11 versus Illinois-Chicago. The Cardinals set the school record with 11 earlier in the season against Charleston Southern Nov. 26. Through eight games, BSU has connected on 56 three-point baskets and is chasing the school record for three-point field goals made in a season (122).
BG'S DOUBLE THREATS:
Bowling Green sophomore Francine Miller and senior Sherry Kahle each had double-doubles in Saturday's game at Detroit. Miller had a team-high 14 points and a career-best 13 rebounds, while Kahle had 10 points and a career-high 13 boards. It was the second double-double of the season for the both after each tallied one a year ago.
TOLEDO'S START NOT TYPICAL:
Toledo is in the midst of a four-game losing streak and is off to a 1-6 start. The opening to the 1999-2000 season is the Rockets' worst start since beginning the 1978-79 season with seven consecutive losses. Toledo, which began the year with a 14-game home winning streak, is currently in the process of playing three straight contests at home and will play five of its next seven at Savage Hall.
JONES DOUBLES UP FOR CMU:
Central Michigan forward Vershaun Jones picked up back-to-back double-doubles against Michigan State and Niagara last week, and she almost made it three straight with eight points and nine rebounds in the Hatter Classic championship game. The sophomore, who scored a career-high 20 points and tied a career-best with 11 rebounds against Niagara, was named to the all-tournament team.
DIALING LONG RANGE, PART TWO:
Eastern Michigan set a new school record with 11 three-point field goals made against Oakland on Dec. 11 and also hit 55 percent of its shots from beyond the arc (11-of-20).
The 11 treys broke the old mark of 10 accomplished two previous times (once in 1997 and once in 1999). The 55.0 percent from the field is the sixth-best game effort by an Eastern squad in school history.
AUTOMATIC AT THE LINE:
Kent's Dawn Zerman has hit 22 consecutive free throws dating back to the second half of Kent's 76-68 victory at Pittsburgh Dec. 1. The senior is no stranger to long streaks at the charity stripe. Last year, Zerman hit 33 consecutive free throws. The school record is 53 set by Amy Slowikowski during the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons.
In addition to Zerman's success at the free throw line, Ohio's Jacquie Negrelli entered the week a perfect 16-for-16. The sophomore, who hit only 51 percent of her attempts as a freshman, added four more makes in as many attempts to her total in Monday's loss at Cincinnati.
FINALLY COMING HOME:
After opening with six of its first seven games on the road, Ohio will play its next five at home. The Bobcats, who dropped their only home contest of the year to Evansville, will host Elon on Friday and College of Charleston on Saturday. Both of Ohio's wins this year have come against schools from the state of North Carolina -- UNC Wilmington and East Carolina.
A FACTOR EITHER WAY:
Regardless of whether Danielle Mueller starts or comes off the bench for Western Michigan, she produces. Mueller has been inserted into the starting lineup in each of the last two games for the injured Karen Deurloo and has averaged 19 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. The senior, who started 41 of her first 49 games as a collegian, came off the bench a year ago in 27 of the team's 29 games and averaged 9.8 points and 5.2 rebounds.
MAKING A TREK TO THE WEST:
Two Mid-American Conference schools will venture west this week for some critical non-conference games. Northern Illinois battles No. 17/No. 16 Arizona on Wednesday, then faces Cal Irvine on Friday. Western Michigan, which opened its west coast trip with an overtime loss to San Francisco (70-65) on Sunday, plays Nevada on Wednesday and Stanford on Saturday. Before returning to Kalamazoo, the Broncos make a stop to play nationally-ranked Iowa State on Monday, Dec. 20.
COMING BACK AFTER A BREAK:
Marshall was the only school in the league not to play a game last week, and will certainly make up for the time off in the next week as it plays three contests in a span of five days. The Thundering Herd host West Virginia Tech on Friday and UNC Greensboro on Sunday, before traveling to Morehead State on Tuesday, Dec. 21.
PLAYING SOME EXTRA BALL:
After not incurring an overtime game during the first three weeks of the season, three MAC schools had games go into overtime -- Miami was the lone winner of the trio. During all of last year, there were a total of nine games that went into overtime, with Ball State playing in four of those contests.