Team of the Week
|John DiBartolomeo, Sr.
|G||Alexis Popelar, Sr.
|Mike Cherry, So.
|G||Allison Long, Sr.
|Darius Watson, Jr.
|G||Kate Walker, Sr.
|Fran Rafferty, Jr.
|F||Samantha Morford, So.
|Brandon Givens, Sr.
|F||Kendra Lahue, Jr.
DiBartolomeo scored 20 of his game high 24 points in the second half against Ohio Wesleyan as the Yellowjackets opened a large lead and held off the 22nd-ranked Battling Bishops. He had 10 points in the first nine minutes of the second half to push Rochester firmly ahead, 65-39. Against Cobleskill, DiBartolomeo played just 18 minutes in a 101-48 win, scoring four with six assists. In a win against Nazareth, he scored 24 points in 33 minutes as Rochester snapped a three-game losing streak to Nazareth. He averaged 17 points and had 18 assists on the week with just two turnovers.
Cherry helped CNU go to 4-0 for first time since 2004 with a 3-0 week. He averaged more than 40 minutes of playing time, primarily due to a 54-minute performance in a quadruple overtime game against Wesley. He scored 28 against Wesley and followed it up with 26 against John Carroll, including the game-winning shot with 3.5 seconds remaining. Cherry knocked down six 3-pointers against John Carroll and added five in first two games of the week. He shot 22-for-24 from the free-throw line to help him average 24.3 points for the week.
Watson led the Falcons in back-to-back wins with 30 and 26 points, respectively. In a 85-79 win over Western Connecticut, he shot 12-of-21 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line for 30 points in his team's season opener. Watson added 26 points on 8-of-16 shooting in the Falcons' 82-73 upset victory over 23rd-ranked Wesleyan in the Falcons' 2012-13 home opener.
Rafferty led the Cavaliers to a pair of wins over Widener and archrival Eastern. He knocked down a career best 10 free throws (in 11 attempts) against Eastern and hit a career high six 3-pointers against Widener. He shot 61 percent from the floor, 7-for-10 from beyond the arc and 92 percent from the line for the week, averaging 20.5 points and 5.5 rebounds.
Givens averaged 33.5 points per game in a 4-0 week, including a program-record 43 against former USAC South opponent Shenandoah. He shot 37-for-65 from the floor, 8-for-15 from 3-point range and 52-for-58 from the line, while also averaging 10.2 rebounds and blocking five shots in the four games.
Popelar had the go-ahead points in the Cowgirls' weekend wins over Trinity (Texas) and Southwestern. On Saturday, she scored 37 points in 39 minutes including two free throws with 24 seconds left to push Hardin-Simmons past regional rival Trinity (Texas). The next day Popelar scored 20 points against the Pirates including the game-winner with 7.8 seconds left.
Long led the Saints to a 2-1 record that came up a few points short of a perfect week and an upset of then top-ranked Calvin. She started the week with a 10-point, five-assist effort in Thomas More's 66-54 win over Bluegrass state rival Centre. Long scored 18 points for the Saints, including five three-pointers, in their overtime loss to Calvin. She helped Thomas More bounce back with a 58-55 win over Capital in which Long dropped 26 points in 36 minutes of action.
Walker's solid play keyed DePauw to two wins over Top 25 ranked opponents and helped the Tigers become the new No. 1 team in the country. On Saturday, Walker scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 31 minutes of action against Washington U. Walker hit two free throws with seven seconds left to win the game, 60-59. On Sunday she helped the Tigers solve Illinois Wesleyan's pressing defense as DePauw routed the Titans on their floor, 75-52. Walker had 7 assists to only one turnover in 21 minutes.
Morford posted back-to-back double-doubles for Hiram in the Terriers' wins over Westminster (Pa.) and Thiel. On Saturday she scored 16 points and shot a perfect 8-for-8 from the field against Westminster (Pa.). She also grabbed a key defensive rebound late that helped the Hiram take a three possession lead on the Titans. The Terriers held on to win 53-50. On Sunday Morford notched 18 points and 11 rebounds in 34 minutes as Hiram topped Thiel 62-57.
The Whitworth junior forward recorded her first career double-double in the Occidental/Caltech Thanksgiving Classic where the Pirates beat both hosts over the weekend. In the first game Lahue notched 20 points and 11 rebounds as Whitworth bested Occidental. Lahue scored all the points in an 8-0 run that helped the Pirates beat the Tigers 67-62. She followed that with 16 points in limited action during Whitworth's 105-26 domination of Caltech.