Six Valley women's basketball teams are taking part in tournaments during the Thanksgiving holiday, beginning with games on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25 Poll
Two Valley schools rank in the top-25 of the latest (Nov. 20) CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25 Poll, including Missouri State (14) and Creighton (17). Two other schools – Wichita State and Illinois State – are receiving votes.
Off to a Good Start
First year Bradley head coach Michael Brooks owns a 2-1 record as head coach of the Braves, with both victories coming on the road. Each of the last two head coaches at Bradley started out their time on The Hilltop with 0-2 records and Brooks is the fourth head coach in program history to start out 2-1 with the Braves - joining Jan Winkler (1977-78 - 4-1), Joe Stowell (1981-82 - 5-1) and Lisa Boyer (1986-87 - 2-1). The eighth head coach in program history, Brooks joined Donna Freitag as the only head coaches in school history to win their first two road games at Bradley. Frietag won her first three road games as head coach of the Braves in 1996-97.
Corbin’s Senior Statement
Senior Jasmin Corbin was determined to prevent an 0-2 start in her final season as a Jay, so much so that the Omaha native posted career-highs in points (11) and steals (6) to propel Creighton past South Dakota State, 63-54, on Nov. 14. Considering that Corbin entered the game with 41 steals in 92 games, her performance was profound.
Junior Alyssa Marschner has started both games for the Bulldogs this season at one of the guard positions. The Minnesota native only played 56 minutes all of last season but this year has already played 67 minutes and has dished out 7.5 assists per game, which leads the conference.
Evansville knocked down a school-record 15 three-pointers in its 74-65 win over San Jose State Saturday afternoon. The Purple Aces finished 15-for-37 from beyond the arc, hitting nine treys in the first half. Seven UE players hit at least one shot from three-point land, as Khristian Hart led all players with five triples, marking the second time this season that she has hit five shots from long distance.
Senior guard Jamie Russell and sophomore forward Janae Smith have made large contributions to the Redbirds early in the season. Both Russell and Smith have recorded 30-plus scoring performances. Russell tied a career-high 30 points, shooting 12-of-28, against Iowa, as she set or tied a career high in five categories in the game. Russell recorded the first double-double performance of her career. She also accomplished the career-high last season against Eastern Illinois (Nov. 21, 2011). Russell also brought down 12 rebounds, including seven in the second half, and recorded eight steals, just missing a triple-double. In ISU’s next game, Smith poured in a career-high 31 points against Memphis. Smith was 11-of-15 from the field, shooting 73 percent and sank 9-of-10 from the charity stripe.
Rebounding Made Easy
Sophomore Racheal Mahan has posted double-digit rebounds in all three games this season, leading the team with an average of 11.0 rebounds per game. The sophomore from Mansfield, Ohio, did not have 10 or more rebounds in any game as a freshman.
Missouri State freshman guard Tyonna Snow put together one of the most memorable debuts in Lady Bear history Nov. 13 against No. 22 Oklahoma State, including eight steals to set a school record for a first career game. In fact, Snow’s eight steals ranked fourth in school history for a single game, just two behind Kari Koch’s record of 10.
In the Books
Jacqui Kalin currently has 1,477 points in her career at UNI and is currently third all-time at UNI in career points. She is on track to become the all-time leading scorer and will need 432 points to tie the record of 1,851 points that was set by Amy Swisher who played from 2000-2004.
Macklin Hits Half Century
Sophomore guard Cartaesha Macklin became the fastest player in SIU history to reach 500 career points during Saturday’s loss to Loyola-Chicago. Macklin broke SIU’s freshman scoring record with 495 points last season and she tallied four points last Tuesday in SIU’s season-opener against Central Arkansas. Her first field goal against the Ramblers pushed her over the milestone.
Just Two More
Head Coach Jody Adams owns 70 victories at Wichita State. She needs just two more to rank second on WSU’s career wins list. She currently owns the highest winning percentage of any Shocker women’s basketball coach and already has recorded the most career post-season victories.