MAC Women's Basketball Notebook

Updated 1/2/1981
BUFFALO OFF TO A BIG START:
The Buffalo Bulls have begun the season 5-0 for the first time since the 1996-97 season. The 1971-72 Bulls also began the season with five straight wins, and the 1996-97 Bulls got off to a 6-0 start en route to a 22-6 overall record. The best undefeated start in school history is at 7-0. That came during the 1969-70 season when the Bulls finished 7-1.

BUFFALO, KENT STATE RECEIVE VOTES:
Buffalos program received some attention from the AP national womens basketball voters three weekends ago when it knocked off then nationally-ranked North Carolina, picking up two points in the Nov. 20 poll, and are receiving votes for the third consecutive week. The Bulls, who had seven points a week ago, have five this week and are tied for 43rd. Kent State, meanwhile, received votes for second straight week, has one point and is tied for 52nd.

HOW IMPORTANT OF A WIN WAS IT?:
The win over Michigan State was big for the Eastern Michigan program for several reasons. Most importantly, this was the first time that EMU had ever defeated Michigan State in women's basketball. The Spartans had won all previous 11 meetings, including the most recent in 1995, with MSU winning 72-57 in East Lansing. This was also the first time that EMU had defeated a Big Ten opponent since Jan. 2, 1981, when the Eagles defeated Wisconsin at home, 66-61.

RARE FEAT - SIX IN DOUBLE FIGURES:
With Tamara Bowie leading the way with 20 points, six Ball State players scored in double figures against Wright State. It marked the second time in the last three years for the feat as six players reached double digits in the 106-105 game with Bowling Green in 1999. Besides Bowie, Laurie Kitts added 17 points, Jessica Nohl scored 13 and Jessica Reiter added 11 points. Johna Goff and Amy Fuller each finished with 10. All but one player on BSUs roster scored in Tuesdays game.

NEGRELLI A SCORING MACHINE OF LATE:
Junior point guard Jacquie Negrelli has cracked the 20-point mark in three straight games for Ohio after totaling just seven in the season opener. She tallied 24 against Oregon State and 20 against Pittsburgh. Negrelli leads the team in scoring (17.3 ppg), assists (4.3 apg) and steals (2.3). She has come off the bench in all four games and has hit 55.8 percent from the field.

BO KNOWS SCORING ... AND MUCH MORE:
Northern Illinois sophomore forward Kim Boeding continues to make her freshman campaign seem like a distant memory. Boeding scored 12 points Friday night, marking the fourth time she has reached double figures this season. She tallied ten or more points only three times all of last season. Boeding also handed out three assists and matched her career-high of three steals. For the season, she leads the Huskies with 15 set-ups and ranks second behind Lindsay Secrest with nine steals. Boedings 1999-2000 totals in those categories were 23 and 16, respectively.

A DIFFERENT LEADER EACH TIME OUT:
Through five games this season, a total of seven different players have led or tied for the scoring lead at least one time. Freshman Lindsay Austin and redshirt freshman Pam Brown both led the Falcons in scoring on Saturday versus Detroit with 13 points each. Austin also added five steals and four assists in 28 minutes of action.

LANCASTER PRODUCING FOR MIAMI:
Miami freshman Kim Lancaster led Miami to its home-opening win by notching a career-high 12 boards and tallying a game-high 19 points as the RedHawks dropped Wright State 70-63. The rookie also shot 42 percent from the field for the game and added two assists. She drained six points during a crucial 10-0 run late in the game to help the RedHawks to victory. Lancaster is now second on the team in scoring (16.3) and leads the team in rebounds (6.5).

MAKING THEIR WAY BACK:
Western Michigan sophomore Kristin Koetsier continues to make progress in her return from an ACL injury. Koetsier grabbed a season and team-high eight rebounds against Michigan Sunday at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. She played 25 minutes in the contest, also a season high, scoring four points and making a steal. Junior guard Brianne Gallert made her season debut against UM, playing three minutes off the bench but did not score.

SIX IN DOUBLE DIGITS, PART TWO:
While it may have been only the second time in three seasons that Ball State had six players hit double digits in scoring, Toledo accomplished the feat for the second time in less than one year Saturday against Duquesne. Teresa Kahle led the Rockets in scoring with 14 off the bench, while Courtney Risinger and Melantha Herron each had 12. Also hitting double digits were Kahli Carter and Shekinah Brazzle (each with 11) and Tia Davis (10). The last time the Rockets had six players score 10 or more points was Feb. 19, 2000 against Central Michigan.

KINDEL TOPS CHARTS FOR CMU:
Beth Kindel has made the most of her return from a foot injury that sidelined her for most of last year for Central Michigan. Kindel, who leads the team in scoring (13.4) and rebounding (9.2), recorded career-highs of 20 points and 13 rebounds against Cleveland State, then followed with a career-best three blocked shots in the Chippewas home-opening victory versus Wofford. Kindle also had 14 points and six boards in the win.

THE NON-CONFERENCE LOOK:
The Mid-American Conference has a 32-36 record in non-conference action (.471) and is 1-6 versus nationally-ranked opponents. The MAC completed the 1999-00 season with a 62-77 non-conference record, which translated into a .446 winning percentage. That mark also included a 1-9 record against nationally-ranked opponents. In 1998-99, the MACs record in non-conference play was 59-66 (.472).

POINTS, MINUTES SPREAD OUT FOR HERD:
Marshall has nine players averaging 15-plus minutes of action this season and no one is averaging more than 24 minutes a game. In addition, all nine are averaging at least 5.5 points a contest. Leading the way for Marshall in scoring is Amy Reed, who is scoring 11.8 points a contest, while freshman Catie Knable tops the team and the MAC in rebounding (10.5).

KSUS STREAK CONTINUES:
Kent State extended its school- and MAC-record for consecutive home wins two weekends ago with a 77-67 overtime win over Pittsburgh. The Golden Flashes 33-game home winning streak, which is the nations second-longest current streak, moved ahead of Toledos 31-game winning streak, which ran from 1990-93. Division I Grambling presently has a 66-game winning streak, which is the third longest in the history of Division I, and is chasing Tennessees record of 69 straight home wins.

HOME AT LAST FOR ZIPS:
Akron is one of two MAC schools that have yet to play a game at home this season -- Western Michigan the other -- though that will change on Tuesday when the Zips host Cleveland State. The Zips will have little time to rest in their own beds as they jump on a plane early the next morning for Honolulu, Hawaii, to play in the Hawaii Invitational this weekend. Akron will then have nine days to rest between games but will be on the road for that when it faces Ohio State on Dec. 19.

THE MACS 1,000 POINT CLUB:
Since the 1981-82 season, 96 womens basketball players have amassed 1,000 or more career points while playing for a school that was part of the MAC during part of their career, and that list grew by one last weekend. Kent States Julie Studer two weekends ago became the 95th player in league history to amass 1,000 career points when she netted the feat versus Pittsburgh. Buffalos Tiffany Bell, who has 1,215 career points, has registered 1,006 while the Bulls have been a member of the league and joined the group on Saturday versus Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

SHIBATA NEAR TOP IN ALL CATEGORIES:
Kent State freshman Christi Shibata currently ranks in the top-three in five different statistical categories for the Golden Flashes. Shibata leads the team in three-point field goals (11), is second in steals (12) and is third in scoring (10.2), rebounding (6.2) and assists (10). Shibata had 10 points, nine rebounds and six steals versus UC Santa Barbara last Friday.