BUFFALO, KENT STATE RECEIVE VOTES:
Buffalos program received some attention from the AP national womens basketball voters two weekends ago when it knocked off nationally-ranked North Carolina, picking up two points in the Nov. 20 poll. This week, the Bulls added five additional points and are ranked 42nd with seven points. Kent State, meanwhile, opened the season with wins over St. Bonaventure and Pittsburgh and picked up three points, which is tied for 45th.
BRONCOS 3-POINT BARRAGE:
Western Michigan exploded for 15 3-point baskets in its 79-77 victory at Wake Forest Saturday, the second-best total in program history. WMUs total established a Lawrence Joel Coliseum standard for 3-point baskets in a womens basketball game. The Broncos shot .517 (15-29) from 3-point range en route to the victory over the Demon Deacons. Lisa Bruwer and Sarah Hurrle both had seven treys in the game, which set a Bronco record. Bruwer had a career-high 25 points, while Hurrle added a career-best 32.
CUSICK SCORES BIG VERSUS SEC:
Despite dropping two games to SEC opponents Kentucky and #25 Vanderbilt and playing point guard, Miami sophomore Heather Cusick averaged a team-high 18 ppg while shooting an astounding 60 percent from the field. Cusick tied for the team-high with 16 points versus UK, then had 21 against the Commodores.
She led the team in assists with 5.7 per contest and also shot 65 percent from three-point range (11-of-17). Cusick established a career-high with her 11 assists in Miamis 88-68 win over Austin Peay , which broke the First Tennessee Classic record. She also tied a career-high with five three-pointers against Vanderbilt.
FRESHMAN LEADS FLASH TO WIN:
Kent State freshman Lori Krezeczowski scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds and assisted on eight other scores to help KSU improve to 2-0 with a win over Pittsburgh. Krezeczowski hit a three-pointer with 45 seconds remaining to give the Flashes their first lead of the game at 63-62 then trailing by two with just six seconds on the clock Krezeczowski hit two free throws to tie the game up and send into overtime. In overtime, she scored four points to help preserve the win.
THE NON-CONFERENCE LOOK:
The Mid-American Conference has a 23-19 record in non-conference action (.548) and is 1-5 versus nationally-ranked opponents. The MAC completed the 1999-00 season with a 62-77 non-conference record, which translates into a .446 winning percentage. That mark also includes a 1-9 record against nationally-ranked opponents. In 1998-99, the MACs record in non-conference play was 59-66 (.472).
NIUS STINGY DEFENSE:
The Northern Illinois defense played a major role in the Huskies victory over Cal-Irvine in the final game of the Rainbow Wahine Classic. NIU held the Anteaters to one field goal over the final 10:39. UC Irvine shot a 19 percent in the second half, and 23 percent for the game. The shooting percentage for the Anteaters is the lowest for an NIU opponent in more than 20 years. On Feb. 6, 1980 Chicago State hit 21.5 percent of its shots.
THEY WERE SMALL, BUT THEY CAN BOARD:
Despite having a starting lineup that during MAC play a year ago did not have anyone above 5-11, Eastern Michigan showed it can rebound the ball. It averaged 41.5 rebounds a game, 3.4 rebounds a game better than its opponents. And the rebounding proved to be a key, as EMU was 13-4 when outrebounding its opponents last season, including 6-2 on the road. This season, Eastern is 2-0 when outrebounding its opponent.
CHAIR OF MARSHALLS BOARD:
Marshall freshman Catie Knable had a strong opening on the boards for the Thundering Herd, who picked up a win last Saturday at College of Charleston after opening the year with a home loss to Youngstown State. Knable had a game-high 16 rebounds versus the Penguins to go with seven points, then had 10 in a win over College of Charleston. Of Knables 26 boards in two games, 13 have come on the offensive and 13 of the defensive side.
BEGGS EXTENDS HAND FOR CHARITY:
Kent States Liz Beggs, who broke the school record, MAC record, and tied two NCAA marks for consecutive free-throws made in a game and free-throw percentage in a game with a 20-for-20 performance from the free-throw stripe against St. Bonaventure, was perfect once again versus Pittsburgh on Saturday. Beggs was 11-for-11 against the Panthers and had a game-high 21 points. The MAC record for consecutive free throws is 59, set by Central Michigans Jody Beerman in 1986-87.
ROOKIES CONTRIBUTE FOR BULLS:
Buffalos two freshmen have made significant contributions so far this season. Virginia Jennings has started all three games at the point, and she is averaging 5.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game to go along with 10 assists. Jessica Kochendorfer is also averaging 5.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game off the bench. She also leads the team with six blocks so far this season, picking up three against both Niagara and Canisius last week.
MUNZ ATTACKS THE CRIMSON:
Central Michigan junior Molli Munz helped give the Chippewas their first win of the season with a career high in points against Harvard last Saturday, and also added a career-high in steals the night before. Munz had career-best 26 points versus the Crimson, then had five steals against the host school, Maine. Munz was named to the all-tournament team at Maines Dead River Company Classic.
RISING(ER) TO THE OCCASION:
Toledo junior Courtney Risinger opened the Duke Classic with a career-high 36 points versus Radford, which is the fourth-highest scoring output in school history. Risinger, who was named to the all-tournament team, connected on 14-of-19 shots in the game and added five steals and four assists. The guard added 10 points against the host school in the title game and led all scorers in the tournament.
HITTING THE QUARTER CENTURY MARK:
Ball State sophomore Tamara Bowie and freshman Johna Goff each had 25 points in the Cardinals win over Stetson in George Masons Patriot Thanksgiving Classic. Bowie hit the quarter century mark after playing only 26 minutes and added 14 rebounds, while Goff played all 40 minutes.
JEROME PERFECT VERSUS AUBURN:
Bowling Green sophomore Megan Jerome was a combined 11-for-11 from the field and the free throw line against the nationally-ranked Auburn Tigers. Jerome hit for a career-high 18 points against Auburn and was 4-for-4 from the field -- 3-for-3 from three-point range -- and 7-for-7 from the charity stripe. The 18 points doubled her previous best of nine points.
KSUS STREAK CONTINUES:
Kent State extended its school- and MAC-record for consecutive home wins on Sunday 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.
THE MACS 1,000 POINT CLUB:
Since the 1981-82 season, 95 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 had 16 points against Pittsburgh becoming the first active player in the conference this season to attain the feat. Buffalos Tiffany Bell, who has 1,179 career points, has registered 970 while the Bulls have been a member of the league.
BOWLES CONTINUES CLIMB:
Akron senior Cheryl Bowles, the MACs active career leading scorer with 1,390 points, picked up 44 in the teams first three games. Bowles, who is 155 points from becoming the schools all-time scoring leader, is 10 points away from becoming the MACs 41st player to score 1,400 career points.
PRODUCING POINTS IN A TIMELY FASHION:
Junior point guard Jacquie Negrelli, an honorable mention All-MAC selection last year, has been relegated to a reserve role in Ohios first two games. However, she has made the most of her time, totaling 28 points in 30 minutes, including 21 against Wright State. She shot 58.3 percent from the field and 77.8 percent from the free throw line during the week.
SCOTT TOPS CHART FOR AKRON:
Akron senior Jamie Scott led the team with 14 points and nine rebounds in the Zips game at Niagara Sunday. Scott also hit on 6-of-10 shots from the field.