Basketball Teams Ranking High in Several National Statistical Categories

Basketball Teams Ranking High in Several National Statistical Categories


Alex Savage and Malarie Gilley are both performing well for the Beaver teams.

Now with the season in full swing for both the Buena Vista men's and women's basketball teams, the Beavers find themselves ranked high in several offensive categories, while also seeing a few players ranking among the best in the country.

On the women's side, as of mid-December the Beavers are 12th nationally in scoring at 86.8 points per game. It has already reached the century mark four times in nine games this season, breaking a setting a school record for a single-season. The last BVU team to accomplish that feat was back in 1996-97 (three times).

Senior Susan Kies turned in a career-high 35 points during the team's 99-72 win at Bethany Lutheran back on November 26. That output is the 10th-highest total through games played December 8.

One major reason the team has been able to put up a healthy total of points in the early going has been its ability to shoot the ball well, ranking 22nd among all Division III teams in field goal percentage at 45.3 percent. Senior Malarie Gilley is among the leaders, individually, sitting 16th at 63.6 percent; a mark that also leads the Iowa Conference.

The team's (+12.2) rebounding margin per game average is also right up there with the top teams, ranking 12th overall.

Gilley and junior Wiederhoeft have been a big reason for that, with each averaging better than 10 rebounds per contest. Wiederhoeft currently leads the team and the conference at 10.8rpg, while Gilley is right behind at 10.4rpg. The duo are the only two players in the IIAC who are currently hauling in better than 10 boards per outing. Gilley's 24-rebound performance against Martin Luther College on December 3, is the third-highest total among all DIII players this season.

Over on the men's side, the Beavers have been able to get up-and-down the court and put up their share of points as well. As of mid-December, BVU was ranked 13th, nationally, averaging 91.4ppg. Junior Cole Darrow, who currently leads the IIAC in scoring, is 42nd nationally, by averaging just more than 21 points per contest. He's also 16th in total field goals made (59). As a unit, BVU is shooting 52.2 percent from the field and is 10th in the nation in that category.

BVU, as it has also done for most of Coach VanHaaften's tenure, is distributing the ball well. As a group, the Beavers are dishing out an average of 20.7 assists per contest and rank eighth among all Division III teams. They are also ninth in assist/turnover ratio (1.67). Both averages also lead the Iowa Conference.

Senior Michael Kaufmann is currently tied with eight players for the national lead in free-throw percentage. Kaufmann is currently 18-for-18 at the line. To be considered for the ranking, a player must be averaging at least 2.5 makes per game. Teammate Alex Savage is just outside the qualification, but is 12-for-12.

Iowa Conference play is right around the corner with both teams traveling to Coe College to kick off the schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 8.