Two Valley women's basketball schools are taking part in tournaments during the Thanksgiving holiday, beginning with games on Thursday, Nov. 24. Four Valley schools rank in the top-25 of the latest (Nov. 15) collegeinsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25 Poll, including UNI (7), Missouri State (11), Illinois State (10) and Creighton (24).
COLLEGEINSIDER.COM WOMEN’S MID-MAJOR TOP 25 POLL
Four Valley schools rank in the top-25 of the latest (Nov. 15) collegeinsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25 Poll, including UNI (7), Missouri State (11), Illinois State (10) and Creighton (24).
Junior guard Katie Yohn connected on her first five three-pointers of Friday’s win at Winthrop and made 6-of-7 in the game en route to a season-best 24 points. Yohn’s 6-of-7 effort from beyond the arc ranks as the second best individual game three-point field goal percentage in school history (minimum five made three’s), behind Jenn Jolley’s 5-for-5 performance against Illinois State on March 1, 2001. Yohn is the fourth player in school history to have three career games with six or more three-pointers, joining Genny Mueller, Michelle Nason and Andrea McAllister.
Tritz Scores Career-High 23 at Kansas
Sophomore Carli Tritz poured in a career-high 23 points at Kansas last Wednesday, also setting career-high marks by going 9-for-18 from the field. Her previous career best of 21 points also came against a Big 12 school, scoring 21 against Nebraska at home last year.
Tough Teams in Cancun
Drake will meet 2011 NCAA Tournament participant Marist in its opening game of the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge Thursday. The Bulldogs then meet 2011 WNIT participant Hofstra on Friday. Drake has never played either team in its 38-year women’s basketball history.
Time to Turn it Around
The last time UE started the season 0-3 was in 2009 when the Aces dropped their first six contests and finished the year 4-26 overall. However, the penultimate time UE started the season 0-3 was in 2005 when Evansville went on to finish 16-13 overall and 11-7 in the Missouri Valley Conference, proving that there’s still plenty of season left for the Aces to turn a slow start into a winning season.
Making It Rain
Junior transfer Jamie Russell had an explosive game Monday (Nov. 21) against Eastern Illinois, as she drained a career-high 30 points with 28 of them coming in the second half. Despite her record-setting effort, the Illinois State women’s basketball team fell to the Panthers, 83-69. The last time a Redbird player scored 30 or more points in a game was during the 2009-10 season, when Ashleen Bracey tallied 32 points against Drake (March 6).
From Long Range
With her four three-pointers during Friday night’s game, senior shooting guard Brittany Schoen has moved within eight three-pointers of moving into the top three in the ISU career record book. The Sycamore now has 206 from long range over her career.
Roberson Nears 1,000-Point Mark
Senior Jaleshia Roberson passed Tiff Terwelp for 21st on Missouri State’s all-time scoring list Nov. 13 and is poised to become the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at MSU in her next contest as she currently sits on 996 career points.
UNI set a McLeod Center attendance record in Saturday’s 78-74 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes. UNI had 4,077 fans pack the McLeod Center for the contest. The previous attendance mark for women’s basketball in the McLeod Center was 2,874 vs. Iowa State (Nov. 20, 2006 - first game in the McLeod Center).
SIU’s 20 assists against Chicago State marked the most the team has had since posting 20 against Murray State Nov. 17, 2006. It was the first time SIU has finished a game with a positive assist-turnover ratio since the 2010-11 season.
1,000-Point Club Membership
Haleigh Lankster became the 17th Shocker to reach 1,000 career points with her game-opening layup at UC Davis on Sunday. She led the Shockers with 14 points, seven rebounds, and six steals against the Aggies.