Northeast Conference women’s basketball teams continued to pile up non-league victories last week.
With 15 games on the slate, NEC members went a combined 11-4 against representatives from other Division I conferences.
Four teams – Sacred Heart, Bryant, Long Island, and Central Connecticut – went 2-0 last week, while Quinnipiac, Monmouth, and Mount St. Mary’s each posted victories in their lone contests.
The 15-game clip moved the NEC’s overall non-conference record to 49-38 thus far this fall. Half of the Northeast Conference’s membership (six teams) have non-league marks that stand no worse than 5-2. Sacred Heart (7-1) and Long Island (7-1) lead the way with Central Connecticut (6-1) one-half game behind.
Bryant has burst out of the gate into its final year of the NCAA-mandated reclassification process (into the Division I ranks). Mary Burke’s Bulldogs, who won no fewer than 10 games in each of the past three seasons playing a complete Division I schedule, are 6-2 against non-NEC opponents this season, including last week’s wins over Dartmouth and Lafayette.
Quinnipiac and Robert Morris are each 5-2 in out-of-conference play and both have notched key victories over members of Division I FBS conferences.
Top 5 from Last Week
Five things that happened and you should know…
Callan Taylor (Sacred Heart) upped her total in career double-doubles to 43, the most of any active Division I player. She scored 21 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in an 89-69 win over Big West member Cal Poly (Dec. 11).
Felicia Barron (Quinnipiac) scored 22 points and made six steals in a win over Rhode Island (Dec. 10). The six steals raised her league-leading total 56 over nine games. Barron currently ranks atop the NCAA Division I leader board in steals per game (6.22).
Monmouth returned to the MAC after a seven-game road swing and defeated intrastate rival Saint Peter’s (Dec. 10). Abby Martin had a monster game of 21 points and 12 boards.
Naana Ankoma-Mensa (Bryant) broke into the NEC Top 5 in rebounding. She averaged 14.5 rebounds per game over a pair of victories last week, including a career-high 17 at Dartmouth, and her 9.6 rpg rank fifth amongst league leaders.
Kirsten Daamen (Central Connecticut) blocked 13 shots over a pair of victories last week and catapulted atop the NEC rankings as a result. With 25 rejections in eight games, Daamen ranks 11th amongst the nation’s best in blocks per game (3.13).
Video Vault (Hoops Highlights)
Mount St. Mary’s beat cross-state rival, and MAAC member, Loyola…
Bryant defeated Lafayette in Smithfield on Sunday…
Central Connecticut topped Siena only three days after outlasting Rhody…
Saint Francis (PA) fell to Towson and here’s what Susan Robinson Fruchtl had to say post-game…
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– Dec. 12, 2011 –