Women’s Basketball Notes: Lady Red Hawks face conference rival and La Sierra
Simpson University Sports News
THIS WEEK: The Simpson University women's basketball team (5-14, 1-1 Cal Pac) continues Cal Pac play against William Jessup University (8-11, 1-1 Cal Pac) on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in Rocklin, Calif. On Sunday, Jan. 20, the Lady Red Hawks face non-conference opponent La Sierra at home at 2 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Simpson lost to Menlo 84-60 and then defeated UC Merced 60-53.
ABOUT WILLIAM JESSUP: William Jessup enters Thursday’s contest tied for third place with the Lady Red Hawks with a 1-1 Cal Pac record. Last week, the Warriors defeated UC Merced (61-40) and lost to Menlo (59-45). Junior guard Ashley Rose leads the team in scoring and assists with 16.1 ppg and three apg. Rose is ranked No. 14 in NAIA in both three pointers made and three pointers made per game. Senior Alex Westbrook leads the team in blocks with 1.53 bpg and is ranked No.19 in NAIA is total blocks and No. 23 in blocks per game. As a team, the Warriors are ranked No. 18 in NAIA in three points made per game (6.8), No. 20 in turnover margin (4.105), No. 21 in three pointers made (130) and No. 30 in total block shots.
ABOUT LA SIERRA: La Sierra University is an independent basketball program this season but will become a member of the Cal Pac for the 2013-2014 season. The last time they played, the Eagles defeated Pomona Pitzer College 60-50. Natalia Hawthrone leads the Eagles in scoring with 18.5 ppg and steals with 2.83 spg. Victoria Lowe leads team in rebounds with 7.35 rbg. Hawthrone is ranked No. 13 in NAIA in scoring and No. 18 in total points. As a team, La Sierra is ranked No. 12 in total rebounds (870), No. 15 in total rebounds per game (43.5), No. 22 in defensive rebounds (28) and No. 22 in offensive rebounds (14.9).
THE NUMBERS: Junior Nichole Jones is ranked No. 2 in total steals (74) in the NAIA. Jones is also ranked No. 3 in steals per game (3.7). Junior Tiffany Aaserude is ranked No. 30 in three pointers made (43) in the NAIA. Simpson as a team is ranked No. 11 in total steals (240) and No. 14 in steals per game (12). Jones leads the team in scoring (15.1ppg) and steals (3.7). Senior Ariassa Wilson leads the team in rebounds (7.63) and assists (2.63). Currently the Red Hawk are ranked No. 28 in the NCCAA I national polls.
LOOKING AHEAD: Next week, the Lady Red Hawks travel to Angwin, Calif., to face Pacific Union College on Thursday, Jan. 24, and to Vallejo, Calif., to face CSU Maritime on Saturday, Jan. 26. Both games are at 5:30 p.m.
Written by Derrick Pringle, Jr.
Photo by Carol Thacker
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.