Glenville State College's Lady Pioneers, (24-2 overall) for the first time in the team's history, rose to the third spot in the USA Today-ESPN National poll. It tied the highest WVIAC conference ranking by matching the University of Charleston's accomplishment last year. Charleston held the third spot for one week.

"It's quite an honor for our program to be that highly regarded," said Lady Pioneers head coach Steve Harold.

The team also held onto its several weeks running top spot in the NCAA East Region Division II poll.

Rachel Redick (L) and Casey Taylor (R)
(Photos by Drew Moody)

The final home game of the 2007 season will be Thursday against Bluefield State. Game time is 5:30 p.m. A brief pre-game ceremony will be held for senior players Rachel Redick, Casey Taylor, Lauren Strong and Christy Alltop. Anyone wishing to watch the pre-game ceremony should plan on arriving 15 minutes early, Harold said Wednesday.

The Lady Pioneers close out regular season play on the road Saturday night with a 5:30 p.m. game against Davis & Elkins.

Rachel Redick was honored Tuesday by being named WVIAC player of the week, for the second consecutive week. Redick has been selected for this honor a total of four times this season.

In addition, Redick is just within 36 points of being the all-time women's WVIAC scorer. Lisa Lee set the record last year by scoring 2,260 points while playing at the University of Charleston, according to the WVIAC website.

As of Saturday night, according to statistics provided by the Lady Pioneers coaching staff, Rachel Redick had scored 2,225 points.

As the season winds down, all eyes will soon turn to Charleston for the 70th Annual WVIAC Basketball Tournament. The Lady Pioneers are the top-seeded team going into the tournament.

Because of being the WVIAC regular season champions, the team earned a 'buy' in the first round and will move directly to the quarterfinals beginning next Wednesday, February 28. Wednesday's game schedule hasn't been released.

A win will move the Lady Pioneers into the semi-finals Friday. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m.

Additional Lady Pioneers Statistical Information

Holding the third spot nationally is one of several areas where the Lady Pioneers are being recognized this season.

Other national statistics, through February 18, include:

The Lady Pioneers are eighth in the U.S. (NCAA Div II) in the number of three-point field goals per game (8); and seventh in three-point percentage (38.1).

The team is sixth overall in assists per game, averaging 18.1.

They are fourth ranked in scoring margin, averaging beating opponents by 20.5 points.

In scoring offense, the team hits the number ten spot, averaging 78 points. And they are fourteenth in field goal percentage, averaging 45.5.

Individually, Rachel Redick is ranked sixth overall in three-point field goals per game (3.2) and thirteenth in three-point field goal percentage (44.4). Redick is the eleventh highest scorer in the U.S. averaging 20.8 points per game. She also made the top 100 list in assists per game (ranked 70) with 4.2, and free-throw percentage (ranked 27) at 86 percent.

Teammate Casey Taylor has the nineteenth best field goal percentage at 54.4 percent. And she is the sixth-eighth highest scoring woman, averaging 16.3 points per game.