Women's Basketball Notes

Updated 1/16/1999
KENT FACES A HOT NON-MAC TEAM:
Kent remains as the league's hottest team, increasing its winning streak to 10 games following Saturday's win at Western Michigan, 75-70. The Golden Flashes, who will shoot for 11 straight Monday versus Virginia, a team that has also 10 consecutive games. Kent will also look to improve its consecutive home winning streak to 27 games. Their streak of 26 is tied for the second-longest active streak in Division I, trailing only Grambling's 61 straight.

WEST LEADERS TO BATTLE:
One of the league's surprise teams this year -- Ball State -- finds itself in a battle for first place at the near halfway mark of the season. The Cardinals, who are 5-1 in MAC play, host Western Michigan Wednesday in Muncie. The Broncos also have a 5-1 record in conference action.

THE NON-CONFERENCE LOOK:
After the first 10 weeks of the season, the Mid-American Conference has posted a 61-73 non-conference record, which translates into a .455 winning percentage. That mark also includes an 0-8 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 Jan. 23), 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. 44), Western Michigan (No. 97) and Buffalo (No. 119) -- and 10 of the 13 schools in the top 200 of the RPI Report.

SHOWDOWN IN CLEVELAND:
Two of the league's teams of the 1990's will face one another on Saturday, Jan. 29 when Toledo and Kent meet at Gund Arena in Cleveland in the Women's College Basketball Classic. The tripleheader begins with Kent-Toledo at 12 p.m., followed by Tennessee-North Carolina State at 2:30 p.m. and concludes with John Carroll-Baldwin Wallace at 5 p.m. The Kent-Toledo game begins the league's women's five-game television package.

ONE MORE TO GO FOR 200:
Entering Monday's non-conference battle with Virginia, Kent head coach Bob Lindsay is closing in on a personal and a conference milestone. Lindsay, who is in his 11th season with the Golden Flashes, needs one win to reach the 200 plateau for his career. He would become the first women's coach to reach the mark and the fifth overall in league history.

999 POINTS AND COUNTING:
Central Michigan senior Shelly Woods scored 30 points this past week to raise her career total to 999. In all likelihood she will become CMU's 13th 1,000-career point scorer on Wednesday when CMU travels to Northern Illinois. She had only eight points in Central's win over Miami last Wednesday and hit 22 in a win over Marshall on Saturday. It was her third 20-plus point game this season.

STEWART SETS NEW TREY MARK:
Miami's Jamie Stewart set a school record for both men and women with nine three-pointers in the team's 100-69 win over Bowling Green. The total also set a new MAC mark for treys in a league contest, breaking the old record of eight. Stewart's 29 points in the game also set a career-high for the senior and increased her output as a collegian to 967 points. BSU NABS WINS THE QUICK WAY: Ball State picked up its 12th win of the season on Sunday with a 64-57 victory over Toledo. The win for the Cardinals marked only the seventh time in the program's 25-year history that a squad had won at least 12 games. It also established a school record for the earliest they had reached the mark.

BULLS WIN WITH BELL:
After having its school-record 12-game winning streak snapped at Northern Illinois, Buffalo went winless in its next three games without the team's leading scorer, Tiffany Bell. Bell, who was out injured with a sprained ankle, returned last week and helped the Bulls to wins over Eastern Michigan and Akron. The junior center had 19 points and 10 rebounds against the Eagles and 14 points and six boards versus the Zips.

WMU AND THE WILD WILD WEST:
Western Michigan plays its first game against a West Division opponent since Jan. 5 when it visits Ball State on Wednesday. WMU has played five consecutive games against MAC East Division foes and posted a 4-1 slate in those meetings. The Broncos begin a stretch that will see them play West Division members in nine of their next 10 conference contests. WMU won three of five games against MAC West schools a year ago.

IT'S MILLER TIME IN BG:
Bowling Green sophomore Francine Miller tied a school record with 35 points in the Falcons' loss last Monday at Kent. Miller, who leads the team in scoring (17.2), equaled the mark set by former teammate Jacki Raterman and the school's all-time leading scorer, Jackie Motycka. Her output also tied Raterman's school record for most points in a league contest. The sophomore also added two double-doubles last week for seven on the year, which is second in the league.

KENT'S DOMINANCE OF LATE:
Kent has won 17 consecutive regular-season games against MAC opponents entering its game against Toledo on Saturday. 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).

SIXTY IS THE MAGIC NUMBER:
Sixty points is a magical number this season for Marshall. The Thundering Herd has scored 60 points in five of its six wins this season -- the sixth was 59 points. Marshall has yet to crack the 60-point barrier in any of its last six losses. Marshall's 62-point effort versus West Virginia last Tuesday not only snapped a five-game losing streak, but was also the first time since December 29 that the Herd hit for 60 or more points.

SIXTY POINTS, PART TWO:
Northern Illinois coach Carol Hammerle stresses the importance of defense, and the numbers don't lie for the Huskies. When NIU allows 59 or fewer points, the Huskies are 3-2 this season but are 0-12 when the opposition nets 60 or more points. On the offensive side, Northern Illinois has scored 60 or more points only four times this year.

OHIO NETS SECOND MAC WIN:
Ohio matched its win total of a year ago in league play with a 77-67 win at Northern Illinois. The Bobcats had five players reach double digits in points, led by Cathy Szall's 16 and Ronita Whitfield's 13.

LUCKY SEVEN FOR CARTER:
In her last seven games, Toledo's Kahli Carter has been a major reason why the Rockets have won five of those contests. Carter is averaging 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest during that span, including 19 points and eight boards in the Rockets' loss at Ball State on Sunday.

HOY SETS RECORD, NEARS 1,000:
Akron senior Abby Hoy became the school's all-time assist leader last Wednesday against Toledo, surpassing Diane Hollish's mark of 392. Hoy, who has 402 assists, is now approaching another marker as she enters the week 65 points from becoming the eighth player in Zips history -- and the second this season -- to reach 1,000 career points. Cheryl Bowles reached the plateau earlier in the season.

CARDS SMASH TREY MARK:
It took only 17 games, but Ball State set a school record for three-point field goals made in a season with 131, after the Cardinals nailed 10 treys Sunday versus Toledo. BSU, which is second in the league in threes made with 131, has hit double digits in treys made in four of its last five games.

CHIPPS GET TRANSFER:
Central Michigan head coach Fran Voll announced last week that Tara Petrie has transferred from Oregon State. A 5-3 guard from Pickerington, Ohio, Petrie was declared eligible by the NCAA to play immediately for the Chippewas. A fourth-team all-American as a senior in high school, Petrie, however, will likely redshirt this year.

BALANCED ATTACK KEY FOR UT:
The Rockets' scoring balance has been evident throughout the entire season. Six players are averaging over 7.5 points per game making it hard for opponents to concentrate on defending just one or two players. In fact, four Toledo players are within one point of a point of each other -- Kahli Carter (9.4), Karin Husbeck (8.9), Courtney Risinger (8.8) and Tara Overaitis (8.4). Jennifer Markwood, who leads the MAC in rebounding (10.1), paces the Rockets in scoring (10.9).

NO CHARITY HERE FOR NIU:
Northern Illinois has attempted a league low 256 free throws this season, an average of 15.1 attempts her game. The Huskies' opponents have made 263 charity tosses in 370 attempts. Kent leads the league in free throw makes (397) and attempts (534).

A QUICK HISTORY LESSON:
Despite being in the state of West Virginia for only a few months, junior Yashico Stevens certainly was well aware of the rivalry between Marshall and WVU. The St George, S.C., native had one of her best nights ever for the Thundering Herd with 17 points and a career-best 15 rebounds en route to a 62-51 Marshall victory. S tevens was also instrumental on defense, helping the Herd hold the Mountaineers to only 27-percent shooting on the evening.

ERVING PICKS UP SCORING:
Western Michigan senior Shelsea Erving has scored 20 or more points in four consecutive games and in six of WMU's last eight games. Erving is averaging 22.3 ppg during her four-game scoring binge, raising her overall season average from 15.0 ppg. Jan. 8 to its current 16.8 ppg. rate, which is sixth in the league. Her 20-point effort against Kent last Saturday marked the 32nd time during her career that she has scored 20-plus points in a game. She also became the 24th player in MAC history to register 1,500-plus points.

A NEAR TRIPLE FOR ORTEGA:
Buffalo's Sonia Ortega had a near triple double in last week's game with Eastern Michigan. The senior passed out a career-high 13 assists, to go with nine points and eight boards.