EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/29/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
Tomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78) played his first game for Real Madrid today. Real with the Belgian center won over Manresa in the Spanish competitition: 83-56.
Van den Spiegel played almost 19 minutes, scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, what will be his major task in the top Spanish team. Axel Hervelle (205-F-83), the other Real's Belgian star, did not play against Manresa. Hervelle was operated after the game against Regal FC Barcelona on December 20th. Axel Hervelle got injured (broken nose) in a contact with his Real mate Felipe Reyes at the end of the Spanish Clasico which ended on the 87-67 score for Barcelona last week. Hervelle now trains again and should be back on the court for the competition in the next few weeks.
Van den Spiegel left a good impression after Real's game against Manresa today.
Here is what can be read about Van den Spiegel's debut on Real Madrid's official website:
'Van den Spiegel makes his debut
The encounter was tight at first. Both teams scored through Felipe Reyes and Josh Asselin. Louis Bullock also did well and one of his ventures in offence allowed the Madridistas to distance themselves in the score for the first time (12-9). Joan Plaza didn't wait too long to allow Tomas van den Spiegel to make his debut and made him come in for Felipe Reyes on the 7-minute mark. The Belgian centre soon showcased his quality with four points in only two minutes he scored the latter two from an amazing dunk-.'
See http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/en/1202758448790/noticia/Cronica/Sealing_2008_with_a_victory.htm for more info.
Bent Schoenen Waregem vs. De West Hoek Zwevezele 82-88
Zwevezele: W. Dobbelaere 11; J. Bourdeaux 15; B. Heinle 14; B. Verdickt 11; B. Bobb 7; Deceuninck 15; L. L'Hote 15.
BCO Carnieres vs. CEP Fleurus 56-64
Score evolution: 7-12, 22-35, 41-45 and 56-64.
Stephen Tison (176-G-84) had 21 points (5 three-pointers) and 6 assists for the visitors. Both CEP centers Tomek Rozewicz (8 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks) and Sam Semijejero (7 points and 9 rebounds) defended well against experienced BCO center Daniel Goethals who nevertheless scored 19 points.
Carnieres: Thelen 4; Ballau 2; Poppe 9; Jonniaux 18; Lena 4; Goethals 19.
Fleurus: J. Vanesse 13; S. Tison 21; L. Pourtoit 5; A. Jadin 8; T. Rozewicz 8; B. Penninck 2; S. Semijejero 7.
Jaga Radiators Hasselt vs. BC Ninane 79-75
Hasselt: Souveryns 14; Geysen 2; Hendrix 11; Westphalen 2; R. Van Poelgeest 16; Van Hove 15; Smolders 2; Clemente 8; Baert 9.
Ninane: Hubert 2; Klimanek 3; Tihon 8; Offermann 22; Delsaute 12; Hawley 21; Lebecque 6; Vanbergen 2.
BBC Bree vs. Jako Pitzemburg Mechelen 95-61
Bree: O. Hodge 19; K. Reed 9; Norvell 5; Orsulic 10; Meeks 17; Moons 3; Moss 10; Vucica 12; Van Camp 10.
Pitzemburg: B. Van Breedam 8; S. Veldeman 9; L. Swaeb 12; M. Van Gelder 12; D. Bilet 7; D. Van Den Brande 4; R. Claes 5; S. Pottiez 4.
Kangoeroes Wilebroek vs. Royal Alsec Nivelles 112-94
Kangoeroes: Gorremans 6; Follens 23; Roelandts 18; Casteels 6; Clarysse 3; Kalonji 4; D. D'Haens 10; R. Petrauskas 19; T. Van De Keere 23.
Nivelles: Karavokyros 6; J. Defosse 11; M. Pirlot 5; Seny 25; F. Muylaert 2; El Mouttalibi 23; Van Den Eynde 14; Buja 8.
Essor Charleroi vs. Falco Ghent 81-63
Special mention for Essor players Renauld Leclercqs (198-F-81) who hit 4 three-pointers in this game and Real Kitieu who grabbed 7 rebounds.
Charleroi: Leclercqs 21; Bearzotti 10; Kitieu 4; Gevaert 3; Stache 8; Pellisier 10; Sperolini 8; Vermeulen 17.
Falco: Lootjens 1; Fransen 3; Huyghe 1; F. Bwatu 14; Van Haevermaet 12; De Schepper 9; J. Van De Vondel 9; J. Selhorst 6; Brysse 8.
Royal Alsec Niveles vs. BBC Bree 60-91 (played on 2008-12-23)
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 14-37, 29-58, 41-73 and 60-91.
Nivelles: Karavokyros 3; M. Renard 2; J. Defosse 3; Seny 5; F. Muylaert 3; El Mouttalibi 23; Van Den Eynde 13; S. Buja 8.
Bree: O. Hodge 15; K. Reed 18; Orsulic 10; Meeks 10; Moons 4; R. Moss 18; Vucica 15; Van Camp 1.
Bye: BBC Boom and Sint-Jan Antwerp
Aabyhoj VS Bakken (74-92): Bakken is back to its usual dominating self, and cross-town rivals Aabyhoj had little to say about it in this game.
A commanding 54-33 half-time lead evidently showed the strength level between the two teams on this night.
Aabyhoj fought for their chance, with four players scoring in double figures, but the 20 points of Ivan Miskovic (203-F/C-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) and a stellar team effort form the entire Bakken team was too much to handle.
Roskilde VS Amager (74-78): Maybe Amager was sleeping a bit on the lower ranked Roskilde team, because their defense was definitely not ready from the start.
Roskilde jumped out early gaining a 30-17 lead after the first quarter.
Head coach Jesper Sorensen could not at all have been happy, but this Amager team was able to gather themselves and held Roskilde to only 11 points in the second quarter.
In the end Amager was able to secure the win after a very close game.
Amager got solid double-digit scoring from four players, while Keith Borgan (180-G-83, college: Metro St.) led Roskilde with 33 points.
Horsens IC VS Svendborg (63-84): This was a relative easy victory for Svendborg.
Horsens ran out of gas after the first quarter and Svendborg could secure the win after that point.
William Pharis (206-F/C-81, agency: Promotex, college: Arkansas) and Ivan Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) were the leading scorers with 21 and 20 points.
Some concerns for Svendborg is the situation with Johnell Smith (186-G-80, college: New Orleans) and Ivan Hoger, both players will be sidelined for some time to rest.
The club has said that they wish to make sure that their key players are a 100 percent fit, before they allow them to play again. Svendborg does not wish to jeopardize their chances in the Play-Offs and therefore would rather risk losing a few games in Januar, if they have to play without their main guys for a while.
Naestved VS Randers (64-89): After an even first quarter nothing seemed to work for Naestved. The ball just did not go in the net for the home team.
7-17 Free throws is also a first for a Geoff Kotila team.
Naestved pretty much beat themselves this night, while Randers played a solid game and saw Bonell Colas (206-F-82, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Florida) and young Dane Chris Nielsen (193-G-85) but up big numbers.
Colas had 25 points and 12 rebounds, while combo-guard Chris Nielsen produced the high score of 31 points on 12 for 19 shooting.
Horsholm VS SISU (83-78): An important game for both teams, trying to better their positions in the standings to secure a better spot for either Play-Offs or relegation play.
The game was thrilling to the spectators. SISU led most of the way, but a strong home-team rally ensured the tie and a chance to go into overtime play.
SISU again leaned heavily on the play of their imports, Mychal Kearse (193-G-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) and Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth), who scored 31 and 17 points for them, while Horsholms attack was more balanced and in the end, proved to be more productive when the game was on the line.
For Horsholm Jesse Pellot-Rosa had 23 points and 8 steals, while four other players also scored 10 or more points.
Korisliiga, Round 18: Four games tonight and in three of them 77 pts made was enough to win. Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) defeated visitor Kouvot (Kouvola)
77-74. The game MVP was Isaac Spencer (198-F-78, agency: Tank Sports, college: Murray St.) (ToPo) with 28 pts. Panu Vertio (196-G/F-86) added 15 pts, which is his career best on top level. In Uusikaupunki visitor YMCA Lahti scored 77 pts, which was four pts more than Korihait was able to score. Sami Pekkola (201-F-83) (YMCA Lahti) netted game high 25 pts. In Karkkila hosting Team Componenta was down by 22 pts during the half time (22-44) vs YMCA Lappeenranta. Visitor YMCA LPR made 77 pts in the game and won finally by nine pts. Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola) led the winning team with 18 pts. In Porvoo local Tarmo had 77 pts done already at the end of the third quarter. Jouni Gronroos coaching first time ever Tarmo and first time on the top level in three years, had a good start for his new team. Tarmo crushed FoKoPo (Forssa) by 35 pts: 93-58. DeWayne Richardson (202-F-77, college: Fairmont St.) was the game MVP with 22 pts and 15 rbs.
Torpan Pojat - Kouvot 77-74 (39-39) (Isaac Spencer 28, Panu Vertio 15, James Allen 11 - Tuomas Iisalo 16, Matt Williams 13/13, Samu Kaaresvirta 12).
Korihait - YMCA Lahti 73-77 (44-37) (Josh Gonner 19, Bojan Sarcevic 14, Mark Zoller 13 - Sami Pekkola 25, Vesa Makalainen 23/10, Ilkka Vuori 10).
Team Componenta - YMCA LPR 68-77 (22-44) (Frank Richards 18, Kenneth Henderson 16/14, Darrell Waters 13 - Chanan Colman 18, HL Coleman 17, Jouko Jarvinen 16).
Tarmo - FoKoPo 93-58 (44-33) (DeWayne Richardson 22/15, Magen McNeil 19, Victor Morris 17 - Esa Maki-Tulokas 13, Ray Cunningham 12, Ronald Yates 11).
Surat will hold the 59th Karp Jyothi National Basketball Championship from December 31 to January 7 next. It is for the first time that a national-level basketball tournament is being organised in the state by Gujarat State Basketball Association, Surat District Basketball Association and Youngsters Basketball club.
More than 50 teams and 800 players from across the country will participate in the event. The champion will get the cash prize, while all the players participating in the event will get memento.
The matches will be played at SMC Indoor Stadium, while prelimnary competition will be held in an indoor stadium of VNSGU and outdoor court at SVR college.
Shafique Sheikh, organising secretary of the event, said 28 men and 25 women teams from all over India will participate in the event and will play 120 matches. Based on their performance, teams are divided into six groups A, B, C and D. Eight hundred National and International players will take part in this competition.
''Group A and B will comprise 10 top-seeded teams of 58th National Basketball Championship, while Group C to F will be of remaining teams. Two teams from C to F groups will qualify for knockout stage, while four teams each from A and B will be qualifying for the stage. Teams which cannot qualify will play loser's knockout,'' Mr Sheikh added.
National Basketball Championship is the highest level championship in the country and best performer players will be selected for National team from the event. International players like S Robinson, S Siraz, Anup Kumar, Dilip Rana, Shiv Kumar and Ejazzuddin will participate in the event.
''We have developed a special village at Amroli for comfortable stay during event including transportation to the venue. For the first time, champion team will be given cash prize, while all players participating in the competition will be honoured with memento. The event will definitely improve the standard of the game in Gujarat and especially in Surat,'' Shaktisinh Gohil, organising president, said.
He added that event will cost around Rs 60 lakh and the entire amount has been funded by private companies Karp Impex and Jyoti CNC Automation.
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut reaches the Final in 20th Dubai International Tournament.
The Quarterfinal game saw Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut beating Al Jeish Army Damascus 85:77. It was a great game while the team from Lebanon was the favorite even before the matchup. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut started the game with 30:20 taking full control of the game. Al Jeish Army Damascus won the second period and reduced to 45:38 at the halftime. The game remained tough in the second half and the board showed 60:51 at the end of the third frame. At the end the team from Syria could come closer but Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut saved an important victory. Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) led the winners with 31 points, while Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) netted 21. Chad Hendrick (197-G/F-79, college: Houston) produced 23 points for Al Jeish Army Damascus.
In the semifinal game Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut overcame An Nasr from UAE 86:71. The team from Lebanon easily opened the game with 31-11 and never looked behind after. Knight Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) and Fadi El Khatib led the winners with 18 points each. Saleh Sultan had 16 for An Nasr, while Trello Galloway scored 15.
In the Final game of 20th Dubai International Tournament Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut will face Zain from Jordan tonight.
West Virginia held 15th-ranked Ohio St. to 20 second-half points in a runaway 76-48 victory over the Buckeyes Saturday afternoon at Value City Arena in Columbus.
The Mountaineers (10-2) completely dominated a Buckeye team that came into the game with the nations longest winning streak at 14 and winners of 65 of their last 67 in Columbus against non-ranked teams. OSU also was working on a 12-game home winning streak and was 42-4 at the VCA while ranked in the Top 25.
All of that goes by the wayside on Saturday.
'It's nice to play well here', said W.Virginia coach Bob Huggins . 'I have a ton of friends and family who were at this game and have spent the majority of my life here (in Ohio). We needed to play hard against a very good basketball team today. I have wonderful kids that play hard. I wish they would grow to be 6-10, but these kids do what they need to do to win games.'
'We weren't very good,' said Ohio St. coach Thad Matta . 'Its just that simple. W.Virginia had a lot to do with it. We couldnt capitalize on momentum and really let our guard down on defense.'
Alex Ruoff (6'6''-G) scored 17 points to lead four W.Virginia double-figure scorers. Dasean Butler (6'7''-F-88) contributed 16 points, Darryl Bryant (6'2''-G) scored 11 and Devin Ebanks (6'9''-F) added 10.
'After we went up early in the first half, they got their big run and that was it for us,' said Matta.
The Mountaineers went on their big run in the second half when Butler was on the bench after picking up his fourth foul.
William Buford (6'5''-G) and Jeremie Simmons (6'2''-G) scored 11 points each, while Evan Turner (6'7''-G) scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Ohio St., which drops to 9-1.
Touted 7-foot Buckeye center B.J. Mullens (7'0''-C) finished the game 1 of 5 from the floor for 4 points.
Ohio St. was a frigid 7 of 27 shooting (25.9 percent) in the second half and finished the game shooting only 31 percent.
The Mountaineers were much better close to the basket, hitting 31 of 65 overall for 47.7 percent. Behind the 3-point arc W.Virginia was only 4 of 20.
'We didnt want Ohio St. to have structure on the defensive end and I thought we did a good job of spreading them out by not letting their big guys stay underneath the basket,' said Huggins.
WVU also beat Ohio St. on the glass, 42-38, and forced 12 Buckeye turnovers.
Zlatorog inked American Vincent Hunter (208-F-84, college: Arkansas) ex Forssan Koripojat for the reminder of the season. He averaged 32 minutes, 17,1 points (2P 86-137 - 63%, 3P 18-47 38%, FT 65-92 - 71%), 6,6 rebounds, 1,2 assists, 0,9 steals and 1,4 blocks in 17 fames of Finnish League.
Union Olimpija has decided to extend the contract with Frank Robinson (193-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) for the reminder of the season.
Dragan Miletic (195-G-82, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) has returned to Austrian team Gussing Knights. He arrives from Furstenfeld Panthers and played just one game this season (16 minutes, 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist).
|U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS|
The Kemba Walker (185-G-90) who wowed observers of the UConn mens basketball team earlier this season made an appearance on Friday.
He hit a 3-pointer early in the second half at the XL Center and back-pedaled to halfcourt. Moments later, he poked the ball from Fairfields Herbie Allen, picked up the steal and drove downcourt only to lose it toward the corner.
But what appeared to be a lost play was saved when the freshman sprinted, jumped and rescued the possession, a sequence perhaps only the speedy Walker could pull off.
Kemba made a little bit of a comeback, coach Jim Calhoun said.
It isnt the type that will make headlines outside of this one. But with nine points, four assists and three steals in the No. 2 Huskies 75-55 win, Walker seemed capable of weathering the inevitable freshman slump.
Since returning from the Virgin Islands where he never scored fewer than 11 points or played fewer than 29 minutes at the Paradise Jam a stretch that included his best game, a 23-point outburst against La Salle Walker hasnt displayed the same kind of jump.
In the five games before Friday, he averaged just 5.0 points and 2.6 assists, failing once to even shoot (at Buffalo) and then to score when he played a season-low 12 minutes against Gonzaga.
The atmosphere was crazy at (Gonzaga), Walker said. I never really played in a game like that.
It proved that while hes one of the countrys best freshmen, hes still just a freshman. His scoring average dipped below double figures following Fridays game (9.9) for the first time since the season opener.
He was windshield wiping early, not going at you, Calhoun said, waving his arms to drive home his point. When he goes straight ahead right at you, hes a son of a gun. And once he made a shot (Friday), his defense got much better. We need his quickness in these games coming up.
Walker could feel the difference. He played fast, he said, and that helped him find an offensive flow. Still playing as UConns top reserve, he had one of the games best passes, too, a no-look dish from the top of the key to the hoop that Hasheem Thabeet dunked home.
Im just trying to get back in my groove, Walker said. (Fridays game) kind of gave me a little bit confidence, trying to get my game to how I was in the beginning of the season. I had a couple bad games, and I just lost confidence a little bit.
Walker also battled flu-like symptoms prior to traveling to Seattle a bug has hit the team of late but the freshman brushed off any excuses.
Its just me, he said.
Thats all the Huskies are asking for for Kemba to be Kemba.
I thought he played good, Jerome Dyson said of Walker. Hes back to pushing the ball. If he keeps doing that, I think hell be fine.
Walker will get his first taste of Big East competition Monday when No. 12 Georgetown visits the XL Center. The Hoyas (9-1) lost their point guard from a season ago in the graduated John Wallace, but have won six straight thanks to sophomore guards Austin Freeman (13.7 points per game) and Chris Wright (13.2).
Freeman is coming off a 5-for-6 shooting performance from the 3-point line in Georgetowns last win, a 76-38 clubbing of Florida International. UConns guards, on the other hand, were sporadic against Fairfield, Calhoun said, a game after carrying the Huskies past Gonzaga.
I dont think were as ready as we can be for the Big East, Dyson said. I definitely feel like were in a good position to win a lot of games in the Big East, but theres always room for improvement. We still have to put together full games and not have let-ups. Once we do that and put our offense together with guards and bigs, I think well be what we want to be.'
|UNITED ARAB EMIRATES|
* Sunday 28/12:
# Final game:
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (LEB) 77 - Zain (JOR) 74 (Qs: 25-21, 43-47, 66-62 & 77-74)
- Best scorers:
Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) '21 pts' from Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Zeid Abbas (203-F-83) '18 pts' from Zain
Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) '16 pts' Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Joseph Vogel (211-C-73, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Colorado St.) '14 pts' from Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Ali Mahmoud (182-G-83) '14 pts' from Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Sam Daghlas (197-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) from Zain
# Final standings (1st 4 positons):
1- Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (LEB)
2- Zain (JOR)
3- Al Jalaa Aleppo (SYR)
4- An Nasr (UAE)
# All Asia-Basket 20th International Dubai 1st team:
Sam Daghlas (197-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) of Zain
Saleh Sultan (178-G-89) of An Nasr
Damond Williams (197-F-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Mc Neese St.) of Al Jalaa Aleppo
Oscar Yebra (200-F-74, agency: Court Side) of Mahram
Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
# All Asia-Basket 20th International Dubai 1st team:
Michel Maadanli of Al Jalaa Aleppo
Fadi El Khatib of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Trello Galloway of An Nasr
Zeid Abbas of Zain
Joseph Vogel (211-C-73, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Colorado St.) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
|U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women|
University of Mary Washington
The University of Mary Washington continued to excel as one of the premier womens basketball programs in the nation. In 2007-08 the eagles finished with a 28-3 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. The Eagles achieved another first last winter when they spent the first two months of the season ranked first in the nation. This season, the Eagles opened the season with eight straight wins including a win over the number one ranked team Kean University. Senior forward Ashton Mitchell had 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Kean (N.J.) 67-58. All region forward Mitchell is not the only talented player on the roster. Katy Larson, a senior guard, is a deft passer leads the team with 27 assists. This may be one of the better passing team in the nation. The Eagles had dished out 142 assists on 227 field goals. Mary Washington also has eight players averaging between 5.4 and 12.0 points per game. The 12th-ranked Eagles also comes to the islands with the most decorated coach as Deena Applebury, the 2007 WBCA National Coach of the Year, won the CAC Coach of the Year award for the fourth straight season.
Randolph Macon College
RMC flies into the St. Thomas with a two game win streak and will take on Mary Washington in their first game. However, RMC does have Old Dominion Athletic Conference player of the year in junior Molly Ariail. This season the 6-foot-2 center has continued to put up impressive numbers. She is averaging 19 points and 8.8 boards. Senior guard Amanda Hiltunen has scored over 1,000 points in her career and has been on a teat this season. Hiltunen, a 5-foot-6 guard, is averaging 20.4 points per game and is a perfect 35-of-35 at the free throw line
Head coach Carroll LaHaye is the all time winningest coach at RMC. She has amassed 434 win including the record breaking 432 over Elizabethtown.
First-year head coach Bernadette Laukaitis inherits a veteran-laden team in 2008-09, returning 14 letterwinners and welcomed eight seniors. Cabrnini College returns their top scorer, rebounder and assist player. Senior Kayleen Smith was the team's top scorer last season, averaging a whopping 10.5 points per game. Brittany McLeod, a 5-11 senior forward, averaged 6.5 boards and point guard Deana DiAmico dished out 137 helpers. The Cabrini women's basketball team has been picked to finish second in the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) but has there eyes set on first place.
McLeod has been named to the CSAC Womens Basketball Honor Roll after registering her second double-double of the season in a win over Franklin & Marshall, 70-61. McLeod shot 8-for-13 from the field overall, scoring a season-high 16 points. She corralled a season-best 16 rebounds. McLeod also led the Cabrini defensive effort, tallying six blocked shots.
Through six games, McLeod lists second on the team with 9.3 points per contest. She leads the Blue & Gray with 7.0 rebounds per game and seven blocked shots. DiAmico has switched gears this season. She leads Cabrini in scoring with 16 points per outing. The junior scored a season-high 28 points in a victory over Albright College. She scored all her points after halftime, on 9-for-13 shooting overall and 7-for-9 shooting from long range. DiAmico's 30-foot shot at the horn forced the game into overtime.
Cabrini (5-1, 1-0) is riding a five-game win streak and opens the tournament Tuesday, against Randolph-Macon College.
Head coach Yvonne Kauffman is in her 39th season on the Blue Jay bench with over 640 victories to rank third all-time among NCAA Division III coaches and 20th overall among coaches at all three levels of the NCAA.
The Blue Jays is in the midst of a five game win streak, theyre longest since posting nine consecutive victories during the 2003-04 season.
The backcourt is the strength of the Blue Jays who starts four guards. Senior Megan Quinn has started every game this year and amassed 15.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. The 5-foot-10 guard also tallied 21 steals on the season. Super sub Megan Strohman, a 5-foot-4-sophomore guard, is putting up norms of 10.1 points and is shooting a sizzling16-18 (89%) at charity stripe. Junior guard Courtney Kofeldt is a three-point threat-shooting specialist and has connected on 18-of-46 attempts thus far. Senior guard Megan Romano started every game at the point and leads the Blue Jays with 18 assists while chipping in 5.7 points per game.
Senior forward Jenn Montague who puts up 9.0 points and 9.6 rebounds provides post play. The Blue Jays will b visiting St. Thomas for the second time.
Montclair State University
Karin Harvey, a former assistant with the Red Hawks for two seasons, spent the past year as the interim head coach, comes into the season with the interim tag removed. Harvey led Montclair State to a 19-11 mark this past season, the second highest win total by a first-year coach in program history.
Mont Clair State is a high scoring team. They have four players averaging in double figures. Their leading scorer Jaime Ericson (15.8) comes off the bench. Starters Jamilee Pflug, a sophomore guard, contirbutes12.4 points, Catherine Cristino, a junior forward, chips in 11.1 points, Kisandra Ayanbeku, a junior forward, tallies 11.0 points and 9.7 boards. Senior Marianned McGovern (8.2 points and 4.1 boards) and junior guard Jackie Berry (8.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.0 assists) rounds out the starting five.
Montclair State (5-4) is on a four game win streak and will take on Elizabethtown on the 29th at 6:00 pm before meeting 12th-ranked Mary Washington on Tuesday, December 30 at 8:00 pm.
Sunsational Hoops Classic Schedule
Monday December 29, 2008
6:00 pm Montclair State vs. Elizabethtown
8:00 pm Mary Washington vs. Randolph Macon College
Tuesday December 30, 2008
6:00 PM Cabrini College vs. Randolph Macon College
8:00 pm Montclair State vs. Mary Washington
Wednesday December 31, 2008
6:00 pm Elizabethtown vs. Cabrini College