Courtesy of the Wheaton College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about the women’s basketball team, which cracked the USA Today Sports/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division III Top-25 poll for the first time since 1995:
NORTON, Mass. – For the first time since 1995, the Wheaton College women’s basketball team appears in the USA TODAY Sports/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division III Top-25 poll with a No. 22 national ranking.
Wheaton, who also is among teams receiving votes in the D3hoops.com Top-25 poll, is off to its best start in program history with an 11-0 mark including a 6-0 clip in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). The Lyons are only one of 18 teams left in the country (NCAA Division III) with an unblemished record. Fourteen of those teams are currently ranked inside the USA TODAY Sports/WBCA Division III Top-25 poll including Wheaton.
The Blue and White rank second among all NCAA Division III women’s basketball programs in assists per game (19.6), 12th in scoring margin (21.5), 13th in field goal percentage defense (31.5), 16th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.10) and 25th in scoring defense (53.1).
Sophomore forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) ranks fifth in the country in blocks per game (4.0) and 22nd in free throw percentage (90.0), while junior guard Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) is 11th overall in assists per game (6.5) and 14th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.57). Junior forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) ranks 73rd in Division III in field goal percentage (53.0) and also is positioned fifth in the NEWMAC in points per game (14.5).
Wheaton (11-0, 6-0 NEWMAC) embarks on a three game home stand starting tonight against WPI inside Emerson Gymnasium at 7 p.m. The Lyons will also host MIT on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Babson on Saturday at 1 p.m.