Schilling, Johnson filling up NSIC leader boards

Both Augie and USF basketball teams are somewhat middle of the pack this season — the Cougar men and women are both 8-8 in the NSIC, while the Viking men are 10-6 and the women are 7-9.

But all four teams have their share of players ranking high on the league’s statistical leader board, and that’s fairly significant in a 16-team league.

Here’s a look at where the top Vikings and Cougars sit among the NSIC’s best.

Augie men
Casey Schilling continues to be the front-runner for NSIC MVP. He’s second in the league in scoring (18.9), second in rebounding (8.6), 13th in assists (3.1), third in steals (2.0), 7th in blocks (1.3), fifth in offensive boards (2.5) and 12th in assist/turnover ratio (1.5). In other words, he’s on the list in everything. He’s probably the defensive player of the year, which makes him even more of a shoo-in for player of the year if you ask me.
Think I’m a homer? Give me a better candidate.

Dan Jansen is 8th in scoring (16.4), 20th in rebounding (5.5), 15th in 3-point shooting (.429).
Yuriy Malashenko is 12th in rebounding (6.2), Ben Shellim is 9th in 3-point shooting (.444). Ethan Guske is 9thi n 3-pointers made (43). Adam Beyer is 15th in assists (3.05).

USF men
Derek Brown is quietly having an outstanding senior season after having a pretty good junior year.
The senior is 23rd in scoring (12.5), 1st in free throw shooting (.960), 3rd in 3-point shooting (.474), 5th in 3-pointers made (46).
Charled Ward is 25th in scoring (12.4) and 15th in defensive rebounding (4.1).
Rob Goffney is 10th in assists (3.4), 4th in free throw percentage (.861) and 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.56).
Bryan Kielpinski is 2nd in blocked shots (1.69), Jordan Stotts is 11th in rebounding (6.3) and offensive rebounding (2.0).

USF women
Laura Johnson has had a decorated career at USF, and was named NSIC player of the week this past week after one of her better weekends.
The senior averaged 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3.5 blocks over the weekend, continuing what has been a strong swan song.
Johnson is 16th in scoring (15.4), 10th in rebounding (7.7), 10th in free throw percentage (.870), 13th in 3-point shooting (.403), 3rd in 3-pointers made (52), 2nd in blocked shots (2.05) and 3rd in defensive rebounding (6.7). With a strong finish — both for herself and her team — Johnson could wedge her way into the player of the year discussion.
After a slow start, Taylor Varsho has come on to put up good numbers alongside Johnson. Varsho is 20th in scoring (14.8), 12th in steals (1.9) and 5th in 3-pointers made (49).
Freshman Sam Knecht is 10th in rebounding (7.7) and 8th in offensive boards (2.9).

Augie women
Shaunteva Ashley has taken a step forward from an up and down (mostly up) year last year. The junior is 9th in scoring (16.5), 8th in assists (4.1) and 1st in assist/turnover ratio (2.19),
Emily Schulte is 22nd in scoring (14.5), 8th in assists (4.1), 1st in steals (3.2), 6th in 3-pointers made (47), and 14th in assist/turnover ratio (1.07).
Rhianna Gullickson is 25th in scoring (13.4), 17th in rebounding (6.9), 2nd in field goal percentage (.583) and 9th in offensive boards (2.9).
Riley Nordgaard is 29th in scoring (12.4), 13th in rebounding (7.4), 7th in steals (2.1), and 10th in offensive boards (2.8). Katie Meister is 9th in blocks (0.95).