By Gary R. Rasberry
The Lindsey Wilson College women's basketball team has started out strong this season, going 13-3 and currently ranked 24th in the NAIA Division I poll.
In the Blue Raiders' last game, a 64-50 win over Indiana University-Southeast on Wednesday, the bench came through with 33 points in the win.
One of the leaders off the bench for the Blue Raiders is freshman forward Kara Osterfeld. The Celina graduate scored seven points and pulled down seven rebounds, which was a team-high in 21 minutes of playing time.
Osterfeld has played in all 16 of the Blue Raiders' games this season, averaging 11.1 minutes per game.
Osterfeld averages 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. LWC plays Treveca Nazarene University, ranked 18th nationally in the NAIA, on Saturday.
Roughrider pair lead Panthers
Ohio Dominican has started the women's basketball season 10-7 overall and 1-3 in the American Mideast Conference. Although the record may not be exactly what Ohio Dominican players may want in the difficult AMC and NAIA, the Panthers are getting some national exposure.
Senior Sarah Wheeler has worked her way to become one of the best and most prolific three-point shooters in the history of the NAIA.
The 5-9 Wheeler is fourth in the NAIA in three-pointers made with an average of 3.44 per game.
Wheeler's 43.7 percent three-point percentage is 22nd nationally. Wheeler's sharp shooting has helped the senior lead the Panthers in scoring with 13.8 ppg.
Just as it was at St. Marys, the senior Wheeler has some help from a talented freshman.
Krissy Haines has become the top player off the bench for the Panthers. Haines, the reigning Grand Lake Area Player of the Year, is third on the team in scoring with an 11.3 ppg. average.
The former Roughrider lefty also leads the Panthers with 6.7 rebounds per contest.
The Panthers' game at Tiffin last night was postponed due to the weather. Ohio Dominican's next game will be Saturday at home with Urbana in AMC play.
Heitkamp making the charts
Sara Heitkamp is making her name known not only in Bexley, home of Capital University, but also the Ohio Athletic Conference and the NCAA.
The Fort Recovery grad leads the Crusaders in points, assists and steals -- and while standing just 5-6, is second on the team in rebounds -- and is on the leaderboard of the OAC and the NCAA.
Heitkamp is currently second in the OAC in scoring at 16.7 ppg., 10th in rebounding at 6.1 rpg., second in assists with 4.18 apg, second in steals at 4.18 spg. and eighth in field goal percentage.
Heitkamp also made the NCAA rankings in steals, currently ranked 22nd.
Capital, which was to play at Ohio Northern on Saturday but the game was postponed, is currently a half-game back in the OAC standings at 4-1 (10-1 overall).
Wilmington, the conference leader is currently 4-0.
Vandy comes up big in upset
Defiance picked up a big win on Wednesday, defeating 9-1 Transylvania University, 60-55, in the Heartland Conference opener for both teams.
Celina graduate Kelly VanderHorst led the 5-6 Yellow Jackets with 10 rebounds and added eight points, thanks to a 4-of-5 performance from the foul line, in 20 minutes of action.
VanderHorst continues to lead the Yellow Jackets in rebounding with 6.7 boards per game and is also averaging 7.0 ppg.