Thursday, March 17, 2005
HBU Huskies win opener against IU-South Bend, 64-49
The No. 1-ranked NAIA Division I HBU Huskies opened the national tournament on Wednesday in Jackson, Tennessee with a 64-49 win over No. 8-seeded Indiana University-South Bend.
HBU improves to 34-2 with a current winning streak of 30 games after back-to-back losses to tournament No. 2 seeds Union (Tennessee) and Southern Nazarene. The Huskies will face Cumberland (Tennessee) in the round of 16 on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Oman Arena.
Brown, in his fifth season as the head coach of the Huskies, was a former girls basketball coach at Houston's Westbury Christian School.
Former Angleton HS standout and redshirt freshman Dominique Thomas led HBU with 16 points, seven boards and six steals in the game. Senior Stephanie Stoglin had 14 points and five boards, while Brenham's Velencia Kuykendall had 11 points and five rebounds. Clear Lake's Cari Scaff finished with 10 points and five caroms as well.
Senior Arie Wilson and junior Sherill Hadrick each had five points, and Wilson added seven rebounds. Wilson was an uncharacteristic 2-of-9 from the field as IU-South Bend gave the senior from Beaumont West Brook as few looks as possible.
Jessica Hass led the losing effort for Indiana University-South Bend with 11 points and seven rebounds. She was the only player in double-figures for the Titans, the Chicagoland Athletic Conference champs. The Titans finish their season at 23-11.