Thursday, January 5, 2023

New York, New York

written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III


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1. New York, New York


Belle Pellechia going for the lay-up
photo by Vincent Dusovic

New York U. continues to hold down the top spot in the latest women's basketball poll. Trinity (Texas) moved past Transylvania into the second position, while Smith joined the top 10 at No. 8. 

Christopher Newport is No. 1 in the WBCA coaches poll, while NYU is second.


  1. New York U. (20), 10-0
  2. Trinity, Texas (4), 13-0
  3. Transylvania (1), 12-0
  4. Christopher Newport, 13-0
  5. Hope, 11-1
  6. Scranton, 12-0
  7. Baldwin Wallace, 11-0
  8. Smith, 10-1
  9. UW-Eau Claire, 11-2
  10. Chicago, 11-0
>> Complete Poll

  1. Christopher Newport (8), 12-0
  2. New York U. (1), 10-0
  3. Trinity, Texas (1), 12-0
  4. (tie) Hope (11-1)
  5. (tie) Transylvania, 12-0
  6. Scranton, 12-0
  7. Baldwin Wallace, 11-0
  8. Smith (10-1)
  9. DeSales (12-0)
  10. Amherst (9-2)
>> Complete Poll

>> Undefeated: Entering Wednesday's play, there were nine unbeaten teams in women's DIII play - CNU (13-0), Trinity (13-0), DeSales (12-0), Scranton (12-0), Transylvania (12-0), Baldwin Wallace (11-0), Elizabethtown (11-0), Chicago (11-) and NYU (10-0). 

>> Scoring The Basketball: Concordia-Chicago's Katherine Benes leads DIII in scoring at 25.8 points per game, while NVU-Johnson's Paris Atuahene is right on her heels at 25.3 ppg.

>> Complete Poll

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2. Matinee Hoops For School Kids

Jefferson Elementary students Adiel Valenzuela and Javier Zapata cheer for Muhlenberg players on Wednesday at Muhlenberg College's Memorial Hall in Allentown.
by Keith Groller, Allentown Morning Call | photo by April Gamiz


"Officially, Franklin & Marshall was the winner Wednesday morning and early afternoon at Muhlenberg College’s Memorial Hall.

The Diplomats posted a 77-73 Centennial Conference men’s basketball win over the host Mules. But F&M wasn’t alone in feeling good about itself.

The Allentown School District and Muhlenberg felt something good was accomplished with a special matinee that had more than 500 ASD elementary kids in attendance to bring life to historic Memorial Hall, which would normally be much emptier and quieter."

>> Court Awareness: "The idea for the ASD visit came from conversations between (Muhlenberg coach KevinHopkins and Muhlenberg alum and former player Toomey Anderson, who is the K-12 Coordinator of Activities and Athletics for the school district."

>> Quotable: “We have 14 elementary schools in Allentown and 10 of them were represented,” Anderson said. “So, the idea was to get the kids with the best attendance to the game as a reward. They were in grades 3-5 and they really loved it. They got to be out of school and they made a lot of noise.”

>> The Final Word: “It was so important to give them that opportunity to see what a college campus and a college environment is all about and give them something to think about in their future,” Anderson said.

>> Continue Reading


3. Cardinals, Auggies In Top 5

Ashley Lekas has back exposure on an opponent during a 2022-23 Augsburg women's wrestling meet.
photo by Chris Kohley

North Central (Ill.) and Augsburg are ranked in the top five of the latest NWCA women's wrestling listing. Aurora is the other DIII team in the national top 10.

  1. King
  2. North Central (Ill.)
  3. Colorado Mesa
  4. McKendree
  5. Augsburg
  6. Simon Fraser
  7. Presbyterian
  8. Gannon
  9. East Stroudsburg
  10. Aurora
>> Complete Team Ranking

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4.  Thursday's Watchlist

What we are watching online tonight. Game times are Eastern Time.

 M: St. Thomas (12-1) vs. Hardin-Simmons (8-4), 630p
 M: Endicott (8-3) vs. Western New England (8-2), 730p
 W: Salve Regina (8-3) vs. Roger Williams (8-2), 530p
 W: Merchant Marine (9-1) vs. Mount Saint Mary (7-3), 7p
 M: #13 Ohio Northern (10-0) vs. Mount St. Joseph (2-4), 7p


5.  Lightning Round 

  Basketball (M)

  • Randolph-Macon has the longest home court winning streak in DIII at 54 games, according to NCAA statistics. Berry is second at 22 games, while Saint Joseph (Conn.) has won 22 straight at home. Utica and Marietta have each won 11 consecutive road contests.


  Happy Birthday

  • Cake and candles for Chris MacMartin, assistant basketball coach, Dubuque; and Dagem Asfaw, head basketball coach, Grover Cleveland Charter High School.

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6.  Comings and Goings

Had a position change in your department? Let us know.

7.  Ice Cream Nuggets

Behold ice cream "nuggets" — vanilla-bean ice cream, disguised as chicken nuggets — an innovative new dessert from Black Cat Ice Cream in Des Moines, Iowa.

  • White chocolate and "breaded" cereal form the coating.
  • A $6 six-pack comes with a side of strawberry habanero, fudge or cookie-butter sauce.

💬 Linh Ta writes in her review for Axios Des Moines: "[T]he golden cereal crust on the outside really made the dessert pop."

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