Poor ball handling was the major undoing for the Quincy University women’s basketball team during the 2012-13 season.
The Lady Hawks went 14-13 despite averaging 18.7 turnovers per game, the highest average in the 16-team Great Lakes Valley Conference. QU’s 0.6-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio was second-worst in the league.
To help remedy that, QU signed transfer point guard Carly Bettencourt last week. QU coach Jeni Garber said at the time that “there is a very good possibility” Bettencourt will be QU’s starting point guard next season.
But how much impact will she make? Well, if she can repeat the season averages she posted last year as the starting point guard for NJCAA Division I Butler (Kan.) Community College, Bettencourt’s presence could yield a major improvement in Quincy’s ball handling.
Bettencourt averaged 1.7 turnovers per game last season, with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.7-to-1. Maggie Cunningham handled the majority of QU’s starting point guard duties last season as a freshman. She averaged 3.5 turnovers per game and had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 0.8-to-1. Lucy Cramsey, who will be a senior next season, also spent some time running the offense. A prolific scorer and rebounder, Cramsey functions best at the two guard position. She averaged 3.9 turnovers per game, with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 0.7-to-1.
The GLVC featured 47 guards who started in at least half of their team’s games last season. Of those, seven averaged 1.7 or fewer turnovers per game. Five of the 47 guards had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.7-to-1 or higher.
Here’s a look at the list:
Fewest turnovers per game among GLVC guards in 2012-13
1. Meredith Marti, Illinois-Springfield, Fr. — 0.6
2. Carly Lythjohan, Indianapolis, Soph. — 0.7
3. Taylor Stevenson, Southern Indiana, Soph. — 1.3
4. Lauren Goffinet, Kentucky Wesleyan, Sr. –1.3
5. Rachel Greenwell, Bellarmine, Sr. — 1.3
6. Jasmyne Reynolds, St. Joseph’s, Jr. — 1.5
7. Alexis Lawrence, Missouri-St. Louis, Soph. — 1.5
Best assist-to-turnover ratio among GLVC guards in 2012-13
1. Aerial Smith, William Jewell, Soph. — 2.1
2. Meredith Marti, Illinois-Springfield, Fr. — 1.9
3. Kristin Turner, Indianapolis, Sr. — 1.9
4. Bianca Barton, Kentucky Wesleyan, Sr. — 1.8
5. Kylie Brady, Bellarmine, Sr. — 1.8
UIS’s Marti was the only player to appear on both lists. Marti didn’t qualify for the GLVC’s official leaders in assists-to-turnover ratio because she had just 31 assists. However, she only had 16 turnovers and averaged 21.3 minutes per game.
If Bettencourt’s numbers remain constant as she steps up from NJCAA hoops to NCAA Division II, she would be considered an elite GLVC ball handler.
Former Drury coach takes over SJC women’s program: St. Joseph’s announced Tuesday it has hired Steve Harold to take over its women’s basketball program. Harold coached at Drury for six seasons before resigning after a tumultuous 2012-13 season.
Harold went 129-52 at Drury, including an 81-27 record in the GLVC. Drury was 14-13 last season. Harold’s Drury teams won two GLVC titles and claimed at least a share of the GLVC West title four times. Drury qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament in the first five seasons of the Harold era.
Prior to his tenure at Drury, Harold had a 262-107 record in 12 seasons at Glenville (W.Va.) State College, where he won two region titles.
Drury was picked to win the GLVC West last season in the league’s preseason coaches poll, but the Panthers underachieved. Harold was suspended for a game during the season after making some colorful postgame comments in an interview with the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader and the Quincy Herald-Whig.
Harold takes over an SJC program that went 1-25 last season, including an 0-18 league mark. He replaces Brandon Turner, who went 32-103 in five seasons.
Drury hires Division I assistant: Drury turned to the Division I ranks to find its replacement for Harold to guide its women’s program.
Steve Huber was hired late last month after spending the last seven seasons as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Division I Creighton’s women’s basketball team. He’s also been an assistant at Division I’s Louisville and San Diego State and Division II Central Missouri.
He was the head coach at NAIA Benedictine College from 1994-99, guiding the Ravens to a 108-55 record and three NAIA Tournament appearances.
SJC hires former assistant: St. Joseph’s has handed the reins of its men’s program to former assistant coach Tom Church.
Church, who was hired late last month, was an assistant coach at SJC from 2007-10 before spending three seasons as an assistant coach at fellow Division II Florida Southern College. Florida Southern went 70-25 during that time, making the Division II Tournament each season.
In Church’s three years with SJC, the Pumas went 53-37 with NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2010.
He replaces Richard Davis, who went 94-102 in seven seasons as head coach. Davis previously spent two seasons as an assistant at SJC. In the three seasons since SJC reached the Elite Eight in 2010, the Pumas went 23-53.