Big Sky: Today's Altitude men's Game of the Week pits Portland State (13-5, 4-1) at Northern Colorado (7-11, 3-2), a game that features the top two scoring teams in the Big Sky. Portland State is averaging 75.3 points per game, while Northern Colorado averages 73.4. The game begins at 2 p.m. on Altitude Sports and Entertainment. … PSU's Kelsey Kahle and UM's Mandy Morales are the top two women's scorers in the league at 16.7 and 15.6 points per game, respectively. … During the 2008-09 men's non-conference season the Big Sky went 6-16 against teams that participated in the 2008 NCAA tournament with an average loss-margin of 15 points. Montana and Portland State both finished 2-1, with Idaho State 0-5. Northern Colorado was the only team not to play a 2008 NCAA tournament team.
GNAC: Senior guard Alira Carpenter needs 169 points - an average of 13 a game in the last 13 games - to become the all-time leading scorer for Montana State Billings basketball. That's for men or women. The all-time leading scorer for MSUB is Roy McPipe with 1,912 career points. Carpenter, of Lewistown ranks third with 1,744 entering today's game against Western Oregon. She is averaging 25 points a game this season. Carpenter ranks fifth all-time - for men or women - for career 3-pointers with 255 … Carpenter is also approaching the MSUB women's record for field goals made … The Western Washington men are the lone remaining team unbeaten in league play after beating Northwest Nazarene on Thursday.
Frontier: The men's basketball team at Utah's Westminster College, 17-1, is ranked No. 2 this week in the NAIA Top 25 poll. That's the highest rating in school history and is the best showing for a Frontier school since Carroll College got off to a 20-2 start and was ranked No. 3 in the Feb. 1, 2006 poll. No Frontier men's team has ever been ranked No. 1 … Rocky Mountain College senior guard Chase Sukut, who is in his second season with the Battlin' Bears, has collected 841 points and 106 3-pointers in 48 games … Heading into the weekend, Carroll's Elly Bruursema, a junior guard from Reed Point, is topping the women's standings in scoring. She is averaging 17.3 points per game. Forty-two of her 103 field goals this season have come from 3-point territory.