Women's Hoops Blog

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Don't know what the state of women's basketball is in England these days, what with the Olympics right around the corner, but you know they're cheering for a certain member of their Under-20 team playing some D-II basketball today.

New Hampshire's Franklin Pierce University sophomore Johannah Leedham has been named the State Farm/WBCA (NCAA) Division II Player of the Year. Leedham hails from Ellesmere Port, England.

The Northeast 10 Conference Player of the Year, Leedham, ranks third in the nation with 22.7 points per game and 12th nationally with 3.4 steals per game while also leading her team in rebounding. She has set Franklin Pierce single-season records this year in points scored (727), steals (109) and free throws made (166). Leedham already ranks fifth among the Ravens all-time scoring leaders and third in career steals.

In other D-II news, the WBCA recognized the following regional Division II Coaches of the Year:
The 2008 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA NCAA Division II Coach of the Year is South Dakota's Chad Lavin.

Finishing up his 26th year of coaching, Lavin He currently owns an overall record of 271-139 at South Dakota. Over the past 14 seasons, Lavin has led the Coyotes to six NCC titles, seven national playoff appearances and six 20-win seasons.

This season Lavin directed the Coyotes to a 31-1 record en route to their first ever North Central Regional title and first ever appearance in the Elite Eight in 2008. South Dakota cruised through the conference regular season becoming just the sixth team in NCC history to finish with an unblemished record.

Both Lavin and Leedham are in action (as in honoree coach Cindy Martin) today as part of Division II's Elite Eight. The games start at noon (CT) in Kearney, Nebraska. The schedule is as follows:

12:00 p.m. - Alaska-Anchorage v. Franklin Pierce
2:30 p.m. - Wingate v. Northern Kentucky
6:00 p.m. - Delta State v. California (Pa.)
8:30 p.m. - South Dakota v. Washburn

You can watch the games via CSTV's streaming feed by going here.

The March 27th, the semifinals will be at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. CST and will air live on ESPN U. ESPN 2 will cover the national title game, beginning at 5:00 p.m. CST., March 29th.