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Tigers return to Top 10

by Danny Carpenter

ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

Following Monday's game with Salem International, West Virginia Wesleyan had played three West Virginia Conference foes, but the Bobcats' record is still 0-0 in the league.

Thanks to a change in scheduling format for league games, the schools now play a balanced 18-game schedule, unlike the last year's 19-game schedules.

"We broke the league down to three regions, and teams play each team in their region twice and the other teams once," WVC associate commissioner Will Prewitt said. "It's a way for schedules to be more organized and sets logical travel for the schools."

Salem International, Fairmont State, Wheeling Jesuit, West Liberty and Ohio Valley form one region. Alderson-Braoddus, Davis & Elkins, Glenville State, Shepherd and West Virginia Wesleyan form a second, while the southern schools -- WVU-Tech, Concord, University of Charleston, West Virginia State and Bluefield State -- form the final region.

n BACK IN THE TOP 10: Salem International returned to the Top 10 in the NABC/Division II Bulletin Weekly Top 20 poll on Monday.

The Tigers (3-1) moved back up after claiming an 80-52 victory over Virginia-Wise on Saturday.

Alderson-Broaddus (4-0) also received consideration to the Top 25.

Wesleyan (4-3) has also had impressive wins this season and could receive some considerations. The Bobcats have defeated independent power Pitt-Johnstown at home and traveled to and defeated Ashland (Ky.), who had won 40 out of 41 home games.

n TALL AND SHORT END OF THE STICK: According to Pewitt, West Liberty's 6-foot-11 Jaana Kotova could be the tallest women ever to play basketball on the Division II level.

"From what we could establish with SIDs and other conferences, she is the tallest," Pewitt said. "She is probably the tallest player in the conference, including men's."

Feeding Kotova is all-conference point guard Adrienne Harlow, who is 5-1.

"I like to see a picture of those two together," Pewitt said. "We'd have to get a ladder for Harlow or we'd cut Kotova's head off for a picture."

Assistant sports editor Danny Carpenter can be reached at 626-1444 or by e-mail at dcarpenter@exponent-telegram.com.

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