Friday Feb 01, 2013
The Lady RedHawks (11-15) enter the weekend contest having won five straight and needing a victory over conference foe Rochester to bolster their chances for an appearance in the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) conference tournament Feb. 22-24 in Jamestown, N.D. They are led by junior forward Megan Holland, who leads all National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) players in field-goal percentage with 67 percent. The 5-foot, 11-inch Kalamazoo Community College transfer is averaging 15 points and nine rebounds per game for IU Northwest.
On Saturday, she will match up against Rochester’s 6-foot forward Sam Tomaschko, who is averaging 11.8 ppg and 9.2 rpg for the Lady Warriors. Rochester enters the game with a 9-12 record, including a 5-9 mark on the road. The visitors also need a conference win to strengthen their case for selection to the conference tourney.
“Our team is playing good basketball right now, and we need to maintain that effort against a very tough Rochester squad if we hope to make it back to the A.I.I. tournament for the fourth consecutive year,” said IU Northwest head coach Ryan Shelton, whose teams won that conference tournament in 2010 and 2011 before falling just short in the semifinals last season.
The winner of the A.I.I. tourney earns a bid to the NAIA National Tournament in March. The Lady RedHawks played in that tournament in 2010 and 2011.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast live via the Web at