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Pioneers continue to rank among NCAA Division II scoring leaders

James enters top 10 in goals and goals per game

INDIANAPOLIS --- Tusculum College sophomore forward Tramicka James and junior forward Patience Leonard remain among the NCAA Division II statistical leaders in several offensive categories, through games of October 24.

James has moved up to fifth in goals per game at exactly 1.00, climbed to eighth in total goals with 15, risen to 15th in points per game at 2.2 and jumped to 17th in total points with 33. Leonard is 23rd in total assists with eight and her 0.53 assists per match is good for 25th overall.

James, a native of Wilson, N.C., concluded last week with a streak of six consecutive games with a goal, during which she increased her season goal total from three to 15. She has recorded just the 11th 15-goal season in program history and is just the eighth different Pioneer to score 15 or more goals in a single season.

Leonard leads the Pioneers in assists and is poised to crack the top 10 on the program's single-season assist list. The Greeneville native has had six different matches this year in which she has recorded one assist, including three two-assist contests.

In the team rankings, the Pioneers slipped one spot to 11th overall in Division II in scoring offense out of 230 teams at 2.93 goals per game, on the strength of 44 goals through 15 matches.

Tusculum (8-7-1 overall, 3-4-1 South Atlantic Conference) close out their regular season Saturday evening at 6 p.m. hosting Lenoir-Rhyne at Pioneer Field in an important SAC battle. The Pioneers have already clinched a SAC playoff spot, but can finish anywhere from fourth to eighth in the standings based on results from elsewhere in the SAC.

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