NAIA RANKED ST. FRANCIS MUST FORFEIT 21 GAMES
The University of St. Francis women's basketball team was informed last week that they must forfeit 21 of their games from the 2007-08 season due to an ineligible player.
According to USF athletic director Mark Pope, "In late January, I was notified of a potential violation involving our highly-ranked USF Women's Basketball team. During a routine processing of records, USF officials uncovered a potential violation of NAIA eligibility rules. I immediately notified the NAIA, and I instructed our Women's Basketball Coach not to play the student-athlete until we heard back from the NAIA. Earlier this week, the NAIA informed us that the student-athlete was ineligible and instructed us to forfeit all 21 games in which the student-athlete participated. That changes our record from 25-4 to 6-23. It is a devastating blow to a wonderful group of young ladies."
No specifics were given regarding the violation, but WANE is reporting that a mistake had been made with regard to a transferring player's certification. The Lady Cougars, who were ranked No. 5 in NAIA as of January 30, must now focus on winning their conference tournament in order to make the NAIA playoff tournament. USF was in the NAIA Final Four in 2005-06 and an Elite Eight participant last season.
BRUSZEWSKI NURSING BROKEN HAND, STILL PLAYING
According to the ND Observer, former Wheeler standout Becca Bruszewski suffered a broken hand in ND's loss to Rutgers last week. Despite the injury, Bruszewski played 7 minutes in the Irish's defeat of DePaul over the weekend. The 6'1 utility forward has been playing an increased role for ND since the injury of backup center Devereaux Peters, who is out for the season with an ACL tear. Against Rutgers, Bruszewski played 21 minutes and tallied 9 points, 5 rebounds and 1 block with no turnovers. Says head coach Muffett McGraw, "The way Becca's playing, I'm very confident in her coming in and doing a lot of good things."
WYANT MAKING IMPACT AT SOUTH CAROLINA UPSTATE
Shanea Wyant (5'10 F Lafeyette Jeff '06 ) scored 20 points to help lead South Carolina Upstate to a 69-53 victory over Lipscomb University earlier this month in an Atlantic Sun Conference game. She was 6 of 9 from the field and 5 for 5 from the free throw line. Wyant is a biology/pre-med major.
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