Click here to view the sixth Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) women's basketball release of the 2010-11 season. Monday's release includes RMAC/Baden Players of the Week, league standings, a list of recent results and upcoming games, news & notes from around the league and a look at the national polls.
After falling to Fort Lewis, ranked No. 3 in the December 7 edition of the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association (WBCA) Division II Coaches Poll, the Grizzlies are currently 6-3 on the season and sit at 1-2 in RMAC play. With losses against CSU-Pueblo and the Skyhawks, ASC is ninth in the league standings, but still listed in the "others receiving votes" category of the WBCA poll, where are they receiving 14 points. The Grizzlies have now been in the "others receiving votes" category for three straight polls since November 23.
In a match-up of the RMAC's preseason favorites, the Grizzlies held a 32-31 advantage at the break thanks to a quick start that saw the Grizzlies take a 7-0 lead with 15 minutes and 18 seconds to play in the first half, as well as six first half points from seniors Kendra Coveal (Albuquerque, N.M.) and Vera Jo Bustos (Las Vegas, N.M.) and sophomore Jamonica Hudgins (Las Cruces, N.M.).
Both teams traded punches throughout the second half, but the Skyhawks took control with under five minutes to play, charging ahead by as many 10 points with 1:11 left on the clock. Senior Crystal Loch (Alamosa, Colo.) scored a career-high 17 points in the game, including six points over the final minute as she hit two of her three 3-pointers in the game, but the late Adams State charge couldn't get overcome the Skyhawks in a 77-70 Grizzly loss.
The Grizzlies currently lead the RMAC in defensive rebounds (31.3 per game), and ranked second in the league in field goal percentage (47.5, 229-of-482), 3-point field goal percentage (39.4, 56-of-142), rebounding offense (45.3 rebounds per game), rebounding defense (30.7 rebounds allowed per game), rebounding margin (+14.7), assists (17.8 per game) and defensive rebound percentage (76.6). The Grizzlies plus-14.7 rebounding margin also ranks third nationally.
Individually, Bustos continues to lead the league in 3-point field goals made, averaging 3.2 baskets from beyond the arc per game. Bustos, the RMAC Preseason Player of the Year, also ranks third in the conference at 16.2 points per game. Additionally, Bustos' is ranked 11th nationally in 3-point field goals made per game and 42nd in 3-point field goal percentage (43.9).
Kruger holds the fourth-best field goal percentage in the RMAC, as she has hit 40-of-69 shots (58.0 percent) from the field this season, and also ranks fourth in the league in blocked shots (1.0 per game).
Before getting time off for the holiday break, the Grizzlies will return to Plachy Hall next Sunday and Monday for a pair of RMAC match-ups with Western State and Mesa State.
ASC will square off with the archrival Mountaineers at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19. The Mountaineers wil enter the game with a 5-3 overall record and a mark of 3-1 in RMAC play. Western State fell to New Mexico Highlands on Friday night, 81-72, but rebounded with an 83-41 win over Western New Mexico on Saturday.
The Grizzlies will then meet up with Mesa State at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 20, for their last game of the 2010 portion of their schedule. The Mavericks, 6-2 this year and 3-1 in league play, won both of their games this weekend, topping Western New Mexico by a 76-54 tally on Friday and defeating New Mexico Highlands 77-73 Saturday night.
Fans who can't make the trip to Plachy hall for the Sunday and Monday games can catch all the action via live stats by clicking here, via live broadcast at www.kspk.com, or by watching live via AmericaOne (formerly B2 TV). More information regarding single-game and season viewing passes can be found here.
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