The Haskell Fighting Indians are off to their best start in NAIA play ever and are hungry for more.
by Charlie Perry @CharlieHPerry
Just under a month ago the Haskell women’s basketball team laced up their shoes to take on the Bethany Swedes In their first game of the year on the road. Since then the Indians have went 9-1 against the field, won the Tera Patterson Classic tournament and conquered two powerhouse teams in their own gyms taking down the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) Division II (13) Southwestern and Division I (10) Baker. Haskell has made history with their best start to the season ever.
Senior standout Jenine Coriz has been at the forefront of the Indians progression averaging 15.8 points, 4 steals, 4 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game. A multipurpose player, Coriz was also voted the Most Valuable Player of the Tera Patterson Classic leading Haskell with 20 points per game. Coriz currently ranks 1st in the NAIA Division II in total steals (40) and 6th in steals per game (4).
Haskell has played very effectively on the road despite a grueling seven game road trip. The Indian’s went 6-1 with an average margin of victory of 16.14 points. Haskell’s only loss came against Kansas Wesleyan 75-71 in a close contest. At home the Indians remains a perfect 3-0 with an average margin of victory of 13 points per game. Haskell currently ranks in the NAIA Division II top 25 in seven categories including total scoring offense (12) and field goal percentage (25). The women’s top 25 rankings are listed below.
Haskell Women’s Basketball Nation Rankings NAIA Division II (after 10 game)
Number 6 in Division II in Total Steals (133)
Number 9 in Division II in 3-Pt FG Pct (0.370)
Number 10 in Division II in Total 3-Pt FG Made (80)
Number 12 in Division II in Total Scoring Offense (755)
Number 13 in Division II in Steals per Game (13.300)
Number 13 in Division II in Total Assists (154)
Number 15 in Division II in 3-Pt FG Made per Game (8.000)
Number 25 in Division II in Field Goal Pct (0.444)
Team chemistry has been an important factor this year as 9 players for the Indians are averaging at least 15 minutes of play per game. This has been vital to Haskell’s high tempo offensive and defensive play, helping to stop any unnecessary fatigue by their starting 5. Players like Kortney Meat and Jennah Williams have been highly successful with increased play from last year. Another factor to the Indians success has been the impact of newcomers such as Lynnaih Curley and Justine Coriz who is Jenine Coriz’s younger sister.
Three point shooting has also been a major factor for Haskell with players like Tiana Murphy and Arnetia Begay stepping up from behind the arch and making a tremendous impact. The Indian Leader Newspaper has been following Haskell’s progression very closely and currently ranks some key impact players just under the midway point of the season below.
The Haskell Indian Leader’s Player Rankings After 10 Games Played
MVP: Jenine Coriz 15.8 points per game, 4.0 steals per game, 4.0 assists per game
Top Scorer: Jenine Coriz 158 total, 15.8 per game
Leading Assists: Jenine Coriz 40 total, 4.0 per game
Most Steals: Jenine Coriz 40 total, 4.0 per game
Top Rebounder: Keli Warror 73 total boards, 7.3 per game
Top 3 Point Shooters:
Tiana Murphy 14/36 38.9%
Jenine Coriz 15/39 38.5%
Arnetia Begay 12/24 50%
Most Improved Player: Kortney Meat 10.1 points per game, 82.8 Free Throw percentage, 2.8 assists per game
Newcomer To Watch: Lynnaih Curley 6 games played, 11/36 FG 30.6%, 9/25 3 point 36%, 17 steals
The first official NAIA rankings and polls will be released December 1, 2014. The Indian’s will finish up their seven game road trip December 6, 2014 at Rockhurst University in Kansas City at 6 P.M and then return home December 13th to take on William Penn University at 2 P.M. The Indians can be seen live through streaming media online at www.haskellathetics.com or www.naia.org.
Haskell Fighting Indians Record After 10 Games
10/27 @ Bethany W 92-51
11/1 McPherson W 76-56
11/6 Park University W 70-60
11/11 Kansas Wesleyan W 67-61
11/14 @ Sterling College W 91-61 Tera Patterson Classic
11/15 @(13) Southwestern College W 72-53 Tera Patterson Classic
11/18 @(10) Baker W 79-70
11/21 @ Kansas Wesleyan L 71-75 McPherson Classic
11/22 @ McPherson W 56-51 McPherson Classic
11/25 @ Graceland W 81-70
Charlie Perry is the Editor in Chief of the Indian Leader Newspaper. He is also a contributing writer for NDNsports.com and NativeNewsOnline. Charlie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet him @CharlieHPerry