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WEEKLY NOTES – WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – WEEK EIGHT (PDF)

A LOOK AHEAD
Marygrove (2-11, 1-6 WHAC) vs. Roosevelt (5-8, 2-3 CCAC)
Date: Monday, December 29
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Location: DU Student Center – Grand Rapids, Mich.
Coverage: Live Stats

Marygrove (2-11, 1-6 WHAC) vs. Grace Bible (11-2)
Date: Tuesday, December 30
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: DU Student Center – Grand Rapids, Mich.
Coverage: Live Stats

BY THE NUMBERS
82: The number of three-point baskets made by the Mustangs through 13 games this season. Hitting an average of  6.3 three pointers per game, the Mustangs have out-shot the opposition from the long line  with consistency throughout the 2014-15 campaign, allowing only 59 threes  (4.5 per game).

11: The Mustangs connected on a net-torching 11 three pointers in their historic five-point (66-61) victory Michigan-Dearborn on Dec. 6.  The three-point line was the difference in the game as the Mustangs held a 30-point advantage from distance after Dearborn connected on only one of their five attempts.

KEY STAT OF THE WEEK
Standing at a 2-11 record heading into the week, a strong start has been vital in each of the Mustangs wins this season. The Mustangs are 2-0 when leading at the half and 0-11 when trailing at the half – a stat that certainly proves a strong start is exactly what the Mustangs will need to succeed moving forward.

A LOOK AT ROOSEVELT
Becky Williford and Paige Gallimore pace the Lakers offense with 13.1 and 12 points per game, respectively. Jasmine Kyler is one of the top NAIA Division II rim protectors, swatting away 3.3 shots per game for fifth-year head coach Robyn Scherr-Wells and the Lakers.

A LOOK AT GRACE BIBLE
The Grace Bible Tigers are off to one of their best starts in program history with an 11-2 record, including a win over the sixth-ranked team in the NCCAA. The Tigers will enter Davenport looking to defend an eight-game winning streak – second only to the host  and undefeated Panthers 11-game streak.

THE HOLIDAY RUNDOWN
Head coach Craig Covington and the Mustangs will look to make the most of the holiday season at Davenport when they open play Monday (Dec. 29) at 8:30 p.m. against NAIA counterpart Roosevelt (Ill.). The Mustangs play Grace Bible Tuesday (Dec. 30) at 1 p.m.

COACH COV’S CORNER
“December has brought about plenty of highs and lows for our team from the historic win at Michigan-Dearborn early in the month to the  close defeat at Calumet (Ind.) our last time out,” said Covington. “The team put together a well-rounded game at Calumet, but ultimately we fell short despite continuing to improve as a unit. We are looking forward to getting away this week to play a pair of tough opponents in Grace Bible and Roosevelt,” continued Covington. “Both teams present different issues for  us, but our team is a battle-tested bunch and will be ready to go this week in Grand Rapids.”  

WEAVER LEADS THE WAY
Senior combo guard Raeha Weaver (Battle Creek, Mich./Kellogg Community College) continues to be a steady presence for the Mustangs in her final season. Through 13 games, Weaver is the lone player on the roster to  score in double-digits at 13.3 points per game.

A MUCH-NEEDED NAIA WIN
The month of December has been unkind to the Marygrove women’s basketball program in recent years. With the team’s historic 66-61 WHAC in at UM-Dearborn on Dec. 6, the Mustangs picked up their first victory in the month of December since the 2011-12 campaign when they went 3-3 over the course of the calendar’s 12th month. The last victory in December prior to the recent, historic conference win happened on Dec. 29, 2011 when the Mustangs upset Holy Cross (Ind.) by a 74-68 final in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Michigan-Dearborn win gave the Mustangs their first NAIA victory since the Holy Cross triumph three years ago.

BRADFORD DIALS FROM DISTANCE
Junior guard Tiffany Bradford (Detroit, Mich./Dakota College) has been a welcome addition for the Mustangs this season. Bradford has dropped in a team-best 30 threes, five of which led to a career-high 17 points in a 66-61 victory at Michigan-Dearborn on Dec. 6.

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Today - 19 November 2018