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2001-2002 Southern Conference Women's Basketball Standings

(Through games of December 9)

Davidson 1 0 1.000 4 3 .571 67.1 72.4 3-0 1-1 0-2 3-2 W2

East Tennessee State 1 0 1.000 4 3 .571 72.6 76.4 2-0 2-2 0-1 4-1 W2

Furman 1 0 1.000 4 3 .571 72.6 72.6 3-2 1-1 0-0 3-2 W2

Wofford 1 1 .500 5 2 .714 72.7 63.3 4-1 1-1 0-0 3-2 L2

Chattanooga 0 0 .000 4 2 .667 74.7 67.0 0-1 3-1 1-0 4-1 W3

UNC Greensboro 0 0 .000 4 3 .571 61.9 57.6 4-0 0-2 0-1 3-2 W1

Appalachian State 0 0 .000 3 5 .375 65.5 61.8 1-1 1-4 1-0 2-3 L2

Georgia Southern 0 0 .000 3 5 .375 63.9 66.1 2-1 1-2 0-2 2-3 W1

Western Carolina 0 1 .000 7 2 .778 66.0 64.6 3-0 3-2 1-0 4-1 W1

College of Charleston 0 2 .000 5 2 .714 79.3 61.1 5-0 0-2 0-0 3-2 W1

Southern Conference Player of the Week

Laura Echols . Western Carolina

Senior . Center . Conyers, GA

A center from Conyers, GA, Echols led the team to a 2-1 record last week.

Echols started the week scoring 29 points in a 70-45 win over Gardner-Webb, including 23 second-half points after the Catamounts only led by one at the break. She was 8-for-8 from the floor in the second half and recorded eight rebounds and three steals in the win.

Echols tallied 18 points and seven rebounds in a 72-47 loss to Furman on

December 6 before scoring a career-high 33 points in an 83-66 win over

Radford on December 9. She also had seven rebounds and scored 23 points

again in the second half to lead the team from an eight-point halftime lead

to a 17-point win.

On the week, Echols averaged 26.7 points per game, 7.3 rebounds and shot

.633 (31-49) from the floor. She was also 18-of-22 (.818) from the free

throw line.

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, December 12

Chattanooga at Tennessee State, 7 pm

UNC Wilmington at College of Charleston, 7 pm

Friday, December 14

Furman at Coastal Carolina, 7 pm

Limestone at Wofford, 7 pm

Saturday, December 15

Chattanooga at Ole Miss, 6 pm

East Tennessee State at University of Cincinnati Tournament, TBA

Sunday, December 16

Wofford at Louisiana-Lafayette, 2 pm

College of Charleston at Coastal Carolina, 3:30 pm

Davidson at Alabama-Birmingham, 5 pm

UNC Greensboro at Duke, 8 pm

East Tennessee State at University of Cincinnati Tournament, TBA

Furman at Cancun Invitational, TBA

The Southern Conference in the RPI's

The Southern Conference is ranked among the Top 15 conferences in the most recent RPI reports. The WBCA/Summerville rankings have the league at 12th with four teams in the Top 100. The Collegiate Basketball News (CBN) Women's RPI College Basketball Rankings ranks the SoCon at 14th with three teams in the Top 100.

Breakdown of the SoCon in the RPI Reports

CBN WBCA/Smvle Furman 38 32

Chattanooga 60 64

Western Carolina 98 75

Wofford 123 92

UNC Greensboro 132 141

Davidson 148 140

East Tennessee State 180 168

Coll. of Charleston 198 199

Georgia Southern 212 196

Appalachian State 289 298

The complete Collegiate Basketball News Women's RPI College Basketball

Rankings conference rankings are listed below.

Thirty-Second Timeout

Laura Echols scored a career-high 33 points in an 83-66 win over Radford on

December 9 ... The Catamounts held Radford to a 32.3 shooting percentage ... WCU shot a season-high 53-percent from the field ... Echols earned Player of the Week honors after averaging 26.7 points per game and shooting 63.3 percent from the floor ... Georgia Southern rebounded from two losses on Sunday to defeat Stetson 64-52 ... Alie Rousseau has scored double figures in seven of the team's eight games, including a season-high 23 points against Georgia last week ... Appalachian State's Joanie White recorded a

double-double against Charlotte with 14 points and 12 rebounds ... College

of Charleston's 80-45 victory over Limestone on December 8 was the largest margin of victory for the Cougars since the 1990-91 season when Charleston defeated Charleston Southern 92-53 on February 9 ... Janna Magette became just the seventh player in Davidson women's basketball history to reach the 1,000-point milestone ... Widlcat Kelly Copeland is out for the year after tearing her ACL and a partial tear of her meniscus in the season-opener ...

ETSU went 2-0 last week with a conference in over Wofford ... The Bucs three-game win streak is the longest since a six-game winning streak near the end of the 1999-2000 season ... UNCG's Samika Foster broke the all-time steals record at UNCG with 243rd against East Carolina ... Chattanooga took the week off for exams and return to action this week on the road at Tennessee State.

Appalachian State

Appalachian State went 0-1 last week with an early-week loss to Charlotte

65-61 on December 4 ... Joanie White recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds ... Aisha Bryant also added 14 points with Tiffani Johnson adding 10 ... Bryant was also 7-of-8 from the free-throw line ... White leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.9 points and 8.9 rebounds ... Jessica Jank has 13 steals to her credit through eight games.

College of Charleston

The 80-45 victory over Limestone on December 8 was the largest margin of

victory for the Cougars since the 1990-91 season when Charleston defeated Charleston Southern 92-53 Feb. 9, 1991 ... In seven games the Cougars are averaging 79.3 points a game ... At that pace the Cougars will shatter the school Division I record of 73.2, set in 1989-90 ... The Cougars' 5-0 start at home is the best since the team went 6-0 at home in the 1988-89 season, the last year in NAIA ... That year Charleston went 11-1 at the Johnson Center.

Chattanooga

The Lady Mocs did not play last week while taking exams. . Chattanooga is

still receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll. . According to

collegerpi.com, UTC's RPI was up to #59 early this week, which is higher

than five schools from the SEC, ACC, and Big 10, 8 from the Pac-10, 9 from

the Big East and 11 from Conference USA. . After a 1-2 start, UTC has won

three straight, all on the road. . UTC is showing remarkable balance with 10 players averaging at least 10.5 minutes an no one playing more than 30. . Eight Lady Mocs are scoring at least 5.8 ppg. . Damita Bullock needs just eight points to move into UTC's career top 10 scoring list. She has 1,070 points in slightly more than 2 seasons. . Senior Heather Dykes ranks #2 on

UTC's career field goal percentage list at 53.4 percent, which is just

barely behind #1 Deidra Hinton (53.5 percent from 1991-94). . Chattanooga

resumes its monster 10-game road swing on Wednesday at Tennessee State and then the Lady Mocs travel to SEC foe Mississippi State.

Davidson

Davidson edged Charlotte on December 6, 61-59 ... Senior Janna Magette

returns to her home state of Alabama this weekend to take on UAB ... It will be the first trip to the state of Alabama for the women's team ... Magette became just the seventh women in Wildcat history to reach the 1,000-point milestone ... She is quickly ascending the Davidson career scoring chart and now has 1,100 points in her Davidson career which puts her fifth all-time ... Senior Kelly Copland is now officially out for the season with an injured left knee ... She tore her ACL and suffered a partial tear of her meniscus in the team's season-opening victory over Army on Nov. 16 ... She will have surgery during the Christmas break in California.

ETSU

The East Tennessee State Lady Bucs went 2-0 last week, defeating previously undefeated Wofford 76-74 on Dec. 5, and beating UNC Asheville 78-68 on Dec. 7 ... The Lady Bucs have run their record to 4-3, 1-0 in Southern Conference play, and have won three games in a row ... ETSU's three game winning streak is the team's longest such streak since a six game winning streak near the

end of the 1999-2000 season ... ETSU sophomore forward Lauren Trantham has

registered consecutive double-doubles, with 14 points and 13 rebounds against Wofford and 10 points and 13 rebounds against UNC Asheville ... The double doubles marked her third of the season and fifth of her career ... Trantham has pulled down double-digit rebounds in four straight games, averaging 13.5 rebounds per game in that span ... Trantham leads the Southern Conference with 10.4 rebounds per game ... Freshman guard Ashley

Reed has scored in double-digits in four consecutive games, averaging 16.5

points per game ... Reed is shooting 12-27 from three point range during

that span (.444) ... She leads the Lady Bucs with 13.4 points per game,

despite coming off of the bench in all seven games this season ... ETSU's

last two games have been very similar, with both Wofford and UNC Asheville shooting 50 percent from the floor in the first half ... However, ETSU would turn up the defensive heat in the second halves of both games, holding both

Wofford and UNC Asheville to 29 percent shooting in the second half of play ... The Lady Bucs will now travel to Cincinnati this weekend to play in the University of Cincinnati Invitational ... The Lady Bucs will face Belmont on Saturday and face off against either Cincinnati or Troy State on Sunday.

Furman

Furman opened the 2001 Southern Conference slate with a 72-47 victory over the visiting Lady Cats of WCU ... The win was Furman's biggest (25 points) in the league since Jan. 13, 2001, when the Lady Paladins doubled up Wofford 76-38 ... It was Furman's biggest win margin over WCU since Jan. 5, 1998, when Furman took an 86-53 decision at home ... Sophomore guard/forward Kim

Lawrence is beginning to play like a preseason all-conference pick ...

Lawrence earned the third double double of her career Thursday night with 16 points and 12 rebounds versus the Catamounts ... Lawrence scored 10 of her points and claimed nine of her rebounds in 14 minutes of second period action ... After ranking last in the league in scoring defense just 10 days ago, Furman has held its last two opponents to 57 (Clemson) and 47 (Western Carolina) points respectively ... Furman's opponents' scoring average has dropped from 80.8 points per game on Nov. 29 to 72.6 points per game going into this week's contest.

Georgia Southern

Georgia Southern dropped a 73-54 decision to Georgia on December 4 and a 71-54 loss to Maine at Stetson on December 8 ... The Lady Eagles rebounded with a 64-52 win over Stetson on December 9 to finish the week 1-2 ... After accumulating just six blocks in her first three seasons, Danna Simpson has

already recorded five in eight games this season ... Alie Rousseau continues her torrid three-point shooting rate as she has currently hit 25 in just eight games after connecting on 42 a season ago ... Rousseau has scored in double figures in seven of eight games, including a season-high 23 versus Georgia last week ... She leads Georgia Southern at 13.5 points per game ...

Shawnica Hill has stepped up her play for Georgia Southern as she recorded

the first double-double of her career with 11 points and 12 rebounds against

Stetson on Sunday ... Over the last three games, Hill is averaging 10.3

points and 7.3 rebounds per game over the last three contests.

UNC Greensboro

The Spartans topped East Carolina 60-46 on December 8 in their lone game of

the week ... Senior guard Samika Foster tallied 10 points against ECU, and is 31 points away from becoming the 19th Spartan to score 1,000 career

points (She currently ranks 20th all-time) ... She also grabbed four steals for a career total of 244, breaking the all-time career steals record at UNCG of 242 set by three-time All-Southern Conference ChoRhonda Gwaltney (1997-2001) ... In all four Spartans victories this year, UNCG outrebounded its opponent, shot better than 40%, scored 60 points or more, and won at

home ... The Spartans won their second straight meeting against the Pirates, and are now 2-1 against ECU in Division I play (ECU still leads the all-time series 15-5) ... The Spartans moved to 4-0 at home with the win over ECU, just the second time UNCG has started out a season 4-0 in Fleming Gym, and the first since the 1998-99 season when they started out with eight straight wins at home before an 81-76 loss to Appalachian State.

Western Carolina

Western Carolina dropped a 72-47 decision to SoCon opponent Furman on

December 6 but rebounded to top Radford 83-66 on December 9 ... Starting 2-guard Yoneko Allen injured her ankle in the Furman game and did not dress for the Radford game ... In her absence, Melissa Ervin played a season-high 25 minutes at Radford, handing out four assists with zero turnovers ... Western shot a season-high 53 percent from the field at Radford, after shooting a season-low 24 percent the previous game at Radford.

Wofford

Wofford dropped a 76-74 overtime loss to ETSU on December 5 and a 77-53

decision to South Carolina on December 8 ... Freshman Stephanie Ripberger had a strong game against South Carolina, keeping Wofford in the game during the first half with 12 of the team's 20 points by going 4-of-6 on three-pointers ... The Lady Terriers actually outrebounded the Lady Gamecocks in the first half, but were hindered by 29.2% field goal shooting ... They improved in the second half, shooting 41.7%.

Source : https://www.chattanoogan.com/2001/12/10/15762/Southern-Conference-Womens-Basketball.aspx

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