GOING FOR LUCKY 13:
Kent will attempt to improve its winning streak to 13 consecutive games when it travels to Miami on Wednesday. The Golden Flashes are the second league school this year to post a 12-game winning streak, the other being Buffalo. The Bulls had their streak snapped on the road by Northern Illinois.
MAC TV GAME OF THE WEEK: Akron travels to Miami on Saturday for the league's television game of the week. Jason Toy (play-by-play) and Debbie Leonard (analyst) will call the action from Millett Hall for the 2 p.m., which can be seen live on Fox Sports Net Ohio.
KENT-TOLEDO PART OF RECORD:
The Kent-Toledo game on Saturday at Gund Arena in Cleveland, part of a tripleheader of the Women's College Basketball Classic, helped set a new Mid-American Conference record for attendance in a game with 12,879. The game, which preceded Tennessee-North Carolina State broke the old mark of 9,203 set in 1996 between the Golden Flashes and Penn State.
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) 241-2121. 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:
After the first 11 weeks of the season, the Mid-American Conference has posted a 62-74 non-conference record, which translates into a .456 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). Western Michigan faces Florida on Tuesday in the league's final non-conference game of the regular season.
A LOOK AT THE RPI:
In the weekly installment of the College Basketball News Women's RPI Report (through games of Jan. 30), 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 three schools in the top-125 -- Kent (No. 36), Western Michigan (No. 89) and Buffalo (No. 112) -- and eight of the 13 schools in the top 200 of the RPI Report.
LINDSAY WINS 200TH:
Kent head coach Bob Lindsay picked up his 200th win in his career on Monday, a 85-74 over nationally-ranked Virginia. Lindsay, who is in his 11th year at Kent, became the first women's coach to reach the mark and the fourth overall in league history.
NEW MEMBER TO THE CLUB:
Central Michigan senior Shelly Woods last Wednesday became the school's 13th player to reach the exclusive 1,000 point club when she scored eight points against Northern Illinois. Woods, who is the second MAC player to reach the plateau this year, ranks fourth among active MAC players with 1,030 points.
BOMBS AWAY IN FALCON LAND:
Two weekends ago, Miami tied a league record when it drilled 16 three-pointers against Bowling Green, and last week the Falcons equaled the RedHawks' mark versus the Zips. Ironically, the Falcons didn't make a three-pointer in the final 9:37 of the contest. BG, which leads the MAC and the nation in three-pointers made, increased its per game average to 9.05 treys made following its performance against Akron. The NCAA record is 9.2, set by South Carolina in 1994. Bowling Green has been involved in the three highest three-point totals in Division I this year.
HOME STREAK IS ON THE LINE:
Kent currently has three different streaks going at the present time -- a 27 game-home winning streak, 18 straight league wins and a 12-game overall winning streak. All three streaks are on the line this week as the Golden Flashes travel to Miami on Wednesday and hosts Marshall Saturday. The home streak is presently the second-longest active one in Division I, trailing Grambling's 61 straight.
SMILING THREE TIMES OVER:
Eastern Michigan's Stephanie Smiley turned the league's first triple-double of the year last Wednesday against Ohio. It was also the school's first-ever by a women's player. The sophomore had 11 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists versus the Bobcats. Smiley nearly pulled off another triple-double against Central Michigan when she had 13 points, eight boards and seven assists.
HAMILTON AND THE 700 CLUB:
Miami senior AuBree Hamilton became the third player in school history to amass 700 rebounds in her career during the RedHawks' game with Bowling Green on Jan. 22. This past Saturday versus Buffalo, Hamilton passed the 700 mark, this time in points.
IT'S BEEN A WHILE FOR NIU:
Northern Illinois' 73-63 win over Central Michigan last Wednesday marked the first time NIU defeated the Chippewas in DeKalb since Feb. 23, 1985. Senior Charbea Haller paced the Huskies with 18 points. To put things into perspective, Haller was in first grade when that last win occurred while CMU head coach Fran Voll was in his first year at Bowling Green.
STRONG OFF THE BENCH FOR UT:
As Toledo's first person off the bench, junior Kahli Carter is the Rockets' leading scorer in MAC games at 12.6 ppg. Carter has scored in double figures in seven of eight conference contests. She is also tied for 12th in league games in rebounds per game (7.0). oKENT'S DOMINANCE OF LATE:
Kent has won 18 consecutive regular-season games against MAC opponents entering its game against Miami on Wednesday. The last time the Golden Flashes lost a regular-season contest to a league opponent was Jan. 16, 1999, when Kent fell 67-62 at Akron. Since the start of the 1997-98 season, Kent is 43-3 (.935).
UT'S STREAK PUT TO THE TEST:
Toledo's 18-game MAC homecourt winning streak will be put to the test with upcoming home games against Ball State (Feb. 5) and Western Michigan (Feb. 9). The Rockets will need to win those contests to keep pace in the West Division, as the two teams are presently in front of the Rockets in the standings. Toledo has a 66-9 (.880) mark in their last 75 games at Savage Hall.
SHOOTING WOES PLAGUE HERD:
Marshall's recent 1-8 slide can't be attributed to a lack of rebounding but to poor shooting. The Thundering Herd has out-rebounded their last nine opponents by a total of 28 boards, including a 17-rebound advantage in a loss to Eastern Michigan. Shooting woes have hurt the Herd. Marshall is hitting 35.2-percent (179-509) over its last nine games. The Herd's highest percentage over that span was a 39.1-percent (18-46) outing versus Northern Illinois.
WMU PASSES TEST IN MUNCIE:
In a battle of two of the top three teams in the West Division, Western Michigan overcame an 18-point deficit to defeat Ball State on the road, 75-72. Danielle Mueller led all scorers with 20 points, while Shelsea Erving and Kristin Koetsier combined for 28 points and 22 rebounds. In addition, Brooke and Brianne Gallert each passed out 11 assists.
TOUGH HALF DOOMS OHIO:
Ohio trailed Eastern Michigan 40-14 at the half a week ago Wednesday, the Bobcats' biggest halftime deficit this season. The team, which outscored the Eagles 53-43 in the second half, made only six field goals in the opening stanza and was 0-12 from beyond the arc. Cathy Szall (12.3 ppg) was held scoreless for the first time this season,
and only the second time in her two-year career. She was 0-6 from the field in the game, all from 3-point range.
A MULTIDIMENSIONAL PLAYER:
Akron senior Abby Hoy is perhaps a good definition of what an all-around player is, if one looks at her statistics. Hoy, who scored a season-high 21 points in the team's loss to Bowling Green, is 41 points short of 1,000 for her carer. She is also the league's active assist producer (413), is fourth in three-point field goals (105) and is sixth in rebounds (508).
STAYING ON THE POSITIVE:
With eight regular season games remaining, Miami has already matched its win total from a year ago (11), and the RedHawks are one win from the 12 produced during the 1997-98 campaign. The last time Miami enjoyed a winning season was in the 1996-97 season, when it finished 19-10.
MASKA TIES FOR TOP SPOT:
Though only a junior, Eastern Michigan's Kristy Maska moved into a tie for first-place all-time for the most three-pointers made with 113. Maska, who nailed five treys against Central Michigan last Saturday and a game-high 25 points, is also 18th in career scoring with 734 points.
ROZAK KEYS CMU WIN:
Central Michigan sophomore Alicia Rozak continues to be an offensive spark for the Chippewas. She scored the last five points of the game in CMU's 69-67 close win over rival Eastern Michigan. She sank two free throws with 1.9 second left on the clock giving CMU the two-point advantage. Rozak had 15 points in the game, along with seven rebounds, three steals, three assists and two blocks. She has scored in double figures in seven straight games and is averaging 10.8 points per game on the season.