January 31, 2000
Volume 52, No. 19
By John Arenberg, Emory sports information director.
Senior Neil Bhutta is intent on going out in a blaze of glory. The guard recently scored a career-high 31 and 29 points in consecutive conference games, almost becoming the first person in school history to score 30 points in back-to-back games. Bhutta and teammate Michael Thompson have moved into the Top 10 in school history for career three-pointers. The Eagles sport a 7-7 record overall, 3-5 in the University Athletic Association.
Through the years, Emory has shown a knack for patiently developing post players. Last season Alex Gillies improved her scoring average to 9.2 points, up from 3.9 in 1997-98. This season the breakout performer is junior Amy Schell, whose 6.9 points per game more than triples her 2.1 points as a sophomore. Her rebounding has also jumped to 5.5 a game from 1.4. Schell added an exclamation mark with a double-double by tallying 18 points and 15 rebounds in a conference win against Case Reserve (Ohio).
Swimming & diving (women)
The women ranked ninth in the nation in TQP, hoping to better their 12th place finish at the 1999 NCAA Championships. To date, six Eagles have attained a total of 10 qualifying performances for this year's nationals to be hosted by Emory in March. Foremost is senior Lissa Wood, who has the fastest qualifying time in the nation in the 100-yard butterfly, while freshman Claire Lederman has the third-fastest time in the same event. The Eagles carried a 6-2 dual-meet record into their final dual meet. Ahead are the conference championships, on campus Feb. 1012, which Emory has won seven times in the last nine years, including 1999.
Swimming & diving (men)
With a 7-1 record and one dual meet left, Emory was ensured of setting a school record for best winning percentage in a season. The Eagles' previous record was .667, set in the 1985-86 (6-3) and 1987-88 (8-4) seasons. The team is ranked 10th in the nation in Team Quality Points (TQP), a mathematical formula for qualifying for the NCAA Division III championships. The best may be yet to come, considering that Emory just trounced fourth-ranked University of the South (Tenn.), 185-44. As of late January, the Eagles' top four scorers were all underclassmen-Jeff Klug, Tom Shane, Eric Caines and Scott Messer.
Awards and accolades
Both Emory soccer teams were honored with Team Academic Awards by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The award is presented to teams with cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher for the past school year. The Emory women's team had a 3.39 GPA, 15th highest in the nation among the 100 women's teams honored in NCAA divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JUCO for the 1998-99 school year. The Emory men were seventh with a 3.26 team GPA. Emory was one of 20 schools-four in Division III-to have both teams recognized.
Current Emory varsity sports results are available at www.emory.edu/SPORTS