A Page -- Dec. 10, 2011 -- PM Edition

Driskill (L), Tate (R)

Mount Union's Driskill named Defensive 
Player of the Region
Mount Union junior safety Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) has been named D3Football.com North Region and OhioCollegeFootball.com Defensive Player of the Year and headlined the Purple Raiders selections to the two teams.

Driskill is the leading tackler (92 tackles) for the nation's No. 1 ranked defense as he also has 6.5 sacks, four interceptions, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries.

He also was given the Ohio Athletic Conference's Lee Tressel Award as the conference's top defensive back and also was named All-OAC First Team.

Also an excellent student in the classroom, he holds a 3.70 grade point average as a Biology major and was named Academic All-OAC, Academic All-District and a Capital One Academic All-American.

Other first team selections to the D3Football.com All-North Region Team include offensive lineman in juniorAntonio Tate (Cleveland/Villa Angela St. Joseph) and Brett Ekkens (Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood) along with defensive end Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region).

The rest of the Raiders selections are on the second team senior safety Alex Ferrara (Independence/Walsh Jesuit) and third team picks in juniors in wide receiver Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) and offensive lineman Matt Mattox (St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph).

On the OhioCollegeFootball.com First Team offense are junior running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry), Tate and Ekkens, while Driskill, Dieuseul and Ferrara on the first team defense.

The rest of the picks are Collins and kicker Tyler Almeida (Elyria/Elyria) on the second team offense and senior lineback Arthur Smith (Miami, Fla./Killian) and sophomore Matt Fechko (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) on the second team defense.



Cleveland St. at Toledo, 12:00 PM

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Toledo (5-3) wraps up its season-long four-game homestand on Saturday, Dec. 10 against Horizon League member Cleveland State (3-4). The game will tip off at noon. UT is coming off a 72-65 setback vs. nationally ranked Green Bay on Thursday, snapping a 22-game home win streak, the second-longest home unbeaten stretch in school history. Sophomore Andola Dortch paced three Rockets in double figures with a season-high 18 points, six assists and four rebounds. 

Dortch has now scored at least 10 points in every contest this season. Senior Courtney Ingersoll added 13 points and a team-high three steals, while senior Haylie Linn had 12 points, a squad-best seven boards and five helpers. Dortch and Ingersoll continue to lead the UT offensively, scoring 13.3 and 12.8 points per game, respectively. Toledo's talented backcourt is shooting a combined 41.9 percent (65-of-155) from the field, 44.0 percent (33-of-75) from three-point land and 75.0 percent (45-of-60) from the charity stripe in 32.7 minutes per game. Cleveland State is coming off a 66-56 victory against MAC member Ohio on Monday at home to stop a mini two-game losing skid. Shalonda Winton led four CSU players in double figures with 19 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots. The Vikings possess a balanced offense with four players tallying at least 9.5 points led by Destinee Blue's 14.1 ppg and 5.4 rpg. CSU is 1-1 away from home this season.



Eastern Kentucky at Miami, 1:00 PM

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Miami begins a season-long five-game homestand Saturday when it hosts Eastern Kentucky at 1 p.m. Miami (Ohio) is off to a 4-3 start to the season.  The RedHawks had won four of their last five games before falling at Duquesne on Tuesday 64-63.  Miami has wins over Marshall, UMass, Indiana and Iona. The RedHawks out-rebounded Duquesne by 11, but were out-scored in the paint by six.  Miami shot 39 percent from the field, compared to 41 percent for Duquesne.  Miami committed six more turnovers. Junior guard Courtney Osborn leads the team in scoring (16.7 ppg) and assists (6.0 apg).  She has made 35 percent of her shots from the field and 26 percent from three-point range.  Kirsten Olowinski, a 6-foot-1 junior forward, averages 8.7 points and a team-best 7.7 rebounds per game.  

As a team, Miami is scoring 66.7 points and allowing 65.6 per game.  The RedHawks are out-rebounding their opponents by 3.3 boards per game but are committing 4.4 more turnovers per contest. Eastern Kentucky comes into the game with a 4-5 record. The Colonels have won two straight contests, having defeated Chicago State, 67-56, on Dec. 3 and Belmont, 60-46, in their last game on Tuesday. EKU is led by sophomore guard Marie Carpenter. She averages 13.4 points per game. Another key player is junior forward Alex Jones. She averages 10.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Junior Jade Barber is the Colonels' top rebounder. She average 8.0 caroms to go with her 9.8 points per game. Barber is also their top shot blocker with 18 in nine games.



Florida St. at Akron, 2:00 PM

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Akron has won four-straight games and has its offense running at full steam. The Zips have scored 80-plus points in all four wins. Rachel Tecca, Sina King and Carly Young all scored in double figures in Akron's 87-50 win over St. Peter's last Saturday. Tecca led all scorers with 25 points, her second consecutive 25-plus point effort. The Zips have shot above 50.0 percent in their last four games, all wins, and have been knocking down threes with precision, making 44.4 percent of its longballs during its current four-game winning streak. Akron is averaging 88.3 points per game during the streak. Featuring a balanced attack, five Akron players are averaging at least 8.6 points per game, while six players pull down 3.1 rebounds per game or more. Nine players see significant action on a regular basis, averaging at least 13.3 mpg. With their potent offense, the Zips lead the MAC in scoring offense, field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, 3-pointers made per game and assists. Senior Ti'eshia Stubbs leads the league in field goal percentage (66.7), while Rachel Tecca and Sina King are second and fifth, respectively. Junior Taylor Ruper is tops in 3-point field goals per game (3.0) 3-point field goal percentage (48.0). Florida State enters Saturday's match-up with a 4-5 record and are coming off a 64-62 win over Charlotte on Sunday. The Seminoles took No. 17/18 Ohio State to overtime before losing, 78-75, on Nov. 30 and have also lost to No. 11 Louisville. The Seminoles received nine votes in the latest AP poll (Dec. 5). FSU is led by Naismath Award candidate and Sandusky, Ohio native Cierra Bravard (16.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg). Alexa Deluzio is also scoring in double-digits at 12.9 points per game.



SE Missouri St. at Western Michigan, 2:00 PM

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Western Michigan (1-6) looks for its second-straight home win after defeating UW-Milwaukee last Saturday, 69-63.  The Broncos average 60.6 ppg and allow 73.1 ppg against. WMU is shooting 36.7 percent from the field. Redshirt senior Maria Iaquaniello is the team's leading scorer and rebounder (among active players), averaging 9.6 ppg and 4.6 rpg. Corie Buchanan is chipping in 8.1 ppg while Aurielle Anderson is producing 6.6 ppg. SEMO was picked to finish last (11th) in the OVC this year. The team averages 48.2 ppg and allows 59.7 ppg, and is shooting 32.8 percent from the field. Bailie Roberts leads the Redhawks with 9.7 ppg, while Karley Evans, Bianca Beck and Brittany Harriel are each averaging over 7.0 ppg.



Buffalo at St. Bonaventure, 4:30 PM

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UB will wrap up play against the Big Four this afternoon as they travel to St. Bonaventure. Both teams are coming off wins on Wednesday night.  The Bulls are looking for their first win at St. Bonaventure since 1976. Senior Brittany Hedderson enters today’s game just four points shy of 1,000 for her career.  Hedderson had a career-high 31 points in the win over Canisius, the first UB player to record 30 points in a game this season.  Hedderson would be the 20th player in school history to record 1,000 points and be the third player in three years to hit the 1,000 point mark.  Jessica Fortman did it last season, while Kourtney Brown hit it back in 2009-10. The Bulls had a season-high 54 rebounds on Wednesday night, tied for the third most in a game since 2001.  They had four players in double figures in rebounds.  According to available records, that is the first time that has happened since 1987.  UB has had just two games since then in which it even had three players in double figures in rebounding and that came back in 1988 and 1990.

Erica Iafelice

Spartans Notch Fourth-Straight Victory Behind Second-Half Surge

CLEVELAND (University Circle) -- Junior guard Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) scored a season-high 20 points and a second-half surge from the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team lifted the Spartans to a convincing 68-37 non-conference victory over The College of Wooster on Saturday afternoon inside Horsburgh Gymnasium.

The Spartans pick up their fourth-straight victory and improve to 6-3 overall. They now take time off for final exams and the holidays before returning to action on Wednesday, December 28, at the Smokey Ballenger Classic hosted by Otterbein University. Case opens the tournament versus St. Mary's College (Ind.) at 1:00 p.m. With the loss, Wooster slips to 1-6.  

As a team, Case limited the Fighting Scots to just 31.3 percent shooting from the floor (15-of-48) and just 22.2% (2-of-9) from three-point range. Also of note, the Spartans defense forced the Fighting Scots into committing 24 turnovers as a team.

Wooster scored the opening points just seconds into the game when Suvi Puripattarapan grabbed the opening tip and raced down the floor for the lay-up. That lead was short-lived as the Spartans reeled off an 11-0 run over the next 4:04 fueled by five points from junior guard Erica Iafelice (North Canton, Ohio/Canton Hoover). The two teams traded baskets over the ensuing minutes before Wooster cut the Spartan advantage to eight (16-8) at the 10:35 mark on a jumper by Samantha Sulzer.

Once again, the Spartans rattled off a 12-2 run over nearly a six-minute stretch capped off by a jumper from freshman forwardBrooke Orcutt (Morrison, Colo./Dakota Ridge) with an assist from Iacono as the lead swelled to 18 (28-10).Wooster slowly chipped away as the Spartans possessed a 32-20 lead at halftime.

Out of the break, Jessica Wingen cashed in on a pair of free throw attempts on Wooster's opening possession cutting the Case lead to 10 (32-22). However, the Spartans answered with another quick 6-0 run of their own on four points from senior forwardErin Hollinger (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) and a bucket by Iacono giving the hosts a 38-22 lead with 16:51 remaining. The Fighting Scots scored on two of their next three possession cutting the lead to 12 (38-26), but they weren't able to draw any closer as the Spartans pulled away and eventually cruised to the 31-point victory.

Iacono's 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting  and a perfect 6-of-6 at the charity stripe led 13 Spartans who found the scoring column as all 18 Spartans logged playing time in the contest. The third-year Spartan tied with freshman Berit Eppard (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek) for game-high honors pulling down seven rebounds to go along with three steals and three assists. Eppard concluded the contest with 10 points and two blocks in just 17 minutes of action. Additionally, Hollinger finished with eight points, six rebounds and a team-high five steals. She now has amassed 1,208 career points, just 12 shy of tying Jody Chatin's career mark of 1,220 for second in program history.

Sulzer paced the Fighting Scots with 15 points.


B-W Women’s Basketball Team Loses at 

Wilmington, 54-48

WILMINGTON, OHIO  -– Junior All-Ohio Athletic Conference forward Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/ Hoover) scored 11 points but the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team lost to Wilmington College, 54-48, today (Saturday, December 10, 2011) in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in the Fred Razik Arena.  This was the first game of a men’s and women’s OAC doubleheader.  The B-W men play Wilmington at 4:00 p.m.

With the loss,  the Yellow Jackets fall to 5-3 overall and 1-2 in the OAC.  The Quakers improve to 6-2 overall and 3-0 in the OAC.

In addition to Carpenter for B-W, sophomore center Natalia Simovic (Parma/ Normandy) scored a career-high in points with nine, and sophomore guard Jessica Lairson (Louisville/ Senior) also contributed nine points.  Wilmington was led by sophomore forward Brianna Peters with 15 points.

The Yellow Jackets opened the scoring when Lairson made two free throws at 19:39. That started an early 6-0 run to open the game, capped by a layup by Carpenter at 17:42.

The Quakers ended the run and got on the board when sophomore guard Makenzie Wippel scored on a jumper with 16:10 left in the first half. That started a 11-0 run for Wilmington, capped by a three-point shot by sophomore guard Haley Howard, that gave the Quakers their first lead of the game at 11-6 with 13:20 left in the half.

B-W freshman guard Audrey Smolik (Strongsville) would hit a three-point shot to cut the Wilmington lead to 11-9 with 13:05 left in the half, but the Quakers would answer right back with a layup by Peters to extend their lead back to 13-9 at 12:22.

B-W cut the lead to two points again with 10:22 left in the half on a jumper by Carpenter, but the Quakers would extend their lead to four points at 15-11 when Wippel made two free throws at 8:35.

The Yellow Jackets would then retake the lead on a 5-0 scoring run, capped off by two free throws by Simovic  with 7:43 left in the first half giving B-W a 16-15 lead.  The game would continue to stay close with three lead changes until the Quakers took a 21-18 advantage at 4:57.  B-W then gained the lead for good with a 6-0 run to lead 24-21 at 1:33, capped by a Lairson technical free throw.

The Quakers would cut the lead back to one when Makenzie hit two free throws with 1:10 left in the half to make the score 24-23. The Yellow Jackets would end the half with a jumper by Lairson with 47 seconds left to give B-W a 26-23 lead at the intermission.

In the second half, Wilmington would strike first with a jumper by Wippel at 19:41 to cut the lead to 26-25 before the Yellow Jackets regained the three-point lead at 28-25 with a jumper by Rossman at the 19:21.

The Quakers would tie the game at 28-28 after a 3-0 run that was capped by a jumper by Peters at the 17:31 mark. The Yellow Jackets would come right back with a 7-0 run to take a 35-28 lead when Simovic made a layup at the 14:09 mark.

Then the Quakers began their comeback.

After the score stood at 37-31 in B-W’s favor,  a 6-0 run to by Wilmington tied the game up at 37-37 when sophomore guard Bria Eslick made a jumper at the 10:09 mark left in the game. Then she gave the Quakers a 39-37 lead at at 7:56 with another jumper. B-W would take its final lead at 40-39 on the next play via a three-pointer by freshman guard Shari Mangas (Leipsic).

Wilmington took the lead for good at 41-40 at the 7:33 mark when Peters made a jumper and increased it to 47-42 at 1:47 when she scored again.  The Quakers held their largest lead of the game of eight points twice down the final stretch, including the final time at 56-48 with 11 seconds left when Topp made a foul shot.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Saturday, December 17 when they host Muskingum University in an OAC game in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center at 3:00 p.m.

Media and fans are reminded that the B-W will televise two men’s and women’s basketball doubleheaders onregional cable TV giant SportsTime Ohio. The games are the January 28 doubleheader versus Wilmington and the February 18 twinbill versus Ohio Northern University. B-W has broadcast more of its athletics events on regional cable TV than any other Division III school.

Mount Union defeats Wesley to get back to the 

Stagg Bowl for the 15th time

Every year, the challenge is there for the University of Mount Union football program. Get back to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl and play for the Division III national championship.

The 2011 version of the Purple Raiders tackled that challenge head on, and as a result will head back to Salem, Va., for Stagg Bowl XXXIX.

Mount Union (14-0), ranked No. 2 by the d3football.com and American Football Coaches polls, defeated No. 7 Wesley (Del.), 28-21, on Saturday, in a national semifinal at Mount Union Stadium.

Junior quarterback Matt Piloto (Rotonda West, Fla./Lemon Bay) threw for 271 yards and four touchdowns, tying a career high, and the Purple Raiders turned two third-quarter takeaways into touchdowns, advancing to their seventh consecutive Stagg Bowl and 15th in school history.

The Stagg Bowl will be played on Friday, December 16, with a 7 p.m. kickoff on ESPN2.

Three of Piloto's scoring passes went to junior wide receiver Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva), covering 26, 31 and 18 yards. Collins caught nine passes overall for 139 yards.

Senior wide receiver A.J. Claycomb (Medina/Medina) caught the other TD pass from Piloto.

"We were pretty pleased with our performance [on offense]," said Piloto. "We got off to one of our better starts which we emphasized all week."

Wesley (12-2) also moved the ball effectively, finishing with 496 total yards, but the Wolverines were done in by six turnovers. Mount Union junior defensive back Isaiah Scott (Hamilton/Fairfield) had three interceptions, senior defensive back Alex Ferrara (Independence/Walsh Jesuit) had a pick, and Wesley fumbles were recovered by junior defensive back Alex Nicholls (Galion/Galion) and sophomore defensive lineman Matt Fechko (Twinsburg/Twinsburg).

"I think we had to adjust to their speed," said Mount Union junior defensive back Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood), who led the Purple Raiders with 13 tackles, including one for loss. "Their quarterback is a really good player."

Wesley senior QB Shane McSweeny was 19 of 33 for 350 yards and two touchdowns, and he rushed for an additional 62 yards. Running back Askia Jahad added 77 yards on the ground, but his fumble on the first play of the second half gave Mount Union the ball at the Wolverines' 39. Seven plays later Piloto found Claycomb in the corner of the end zone, and a two-point conversion gave Mount Union a 21-14 lead with 12:04 left in the third quarter.

"We definitely left some plays on the field," said Wesley coach Mike Drass. "We wish we could have had some of them back. Defenisively, even after the turnovers, we have to step up, but we couldn't keep them out of the end zone."

The Purple Raiders struck first, taking the opening kickoff and driving 79 yards in seven plays, with Piloto hitting Collins over the middle from 26 yards out. Collins broke a tackle at the 2 before getting into the end zone. The extra point was missed, leaving Mount Union ahead 6-0.

Wesley answered on its first drive, moving 65 yards in 11 plays, with quarterback McSweeny diving in from the 1. 

Dan Tryon's extra point gave the Wolverines a 7-6 lead with 5:22 remaining in the opening quarter.

The drive was momentarily stopped when McSweeny was intercepted by Scott, but Scott fumbled the ball on the return and Wesley recovered.

Mount Union regained the lead with a six-play, 71-yard drive, with Piloto hitting Collins in the right corner of the end zone from 31 yards out. Tyler Almeida's extra point made it 13-7 for the Purple Raiders with 2:38 left in the quarter.

After an exchange of punts, Wesley struck quickly to regain the lead. McSweeny found Matt Barile behind the secondary and hit him in stride for a 70-yard touchdown, and Tryon's extra point made it 14-13 in favor of Wesley with 8:45 left in the first half.

Each team had scoring chances but were turned away. Wesley twice had the ball inside the Mount Union 15, but McSweeny was intercepted — again — by Scott in the end zone, and Tryon's 32-yard field goal missed wide left.

The Purple Raiders got the ball in the final minute and three Murray runs for 49 yards, and a personal foul penalty on Wesley, allowed Mount Union to attempt a 32-yard field goal, which was blocked by the Wolverines' Tyler Hardy.

McSweeny lost a fumble on Wesley's second possession of the third quarter, and Mount Union responded with a five-play, 42-yard drive, Piloto hitting Collins from 18 yards out. Almeida's extra point made it 28-14 with 7:19 remaining in the third quarter.

Wesley closed the score to 28-21 on an 81-yard pass and run from McSweeny to Matt Barile, and Tryon's extra point, with 13:30 remaining in the game.

But the Purple Raiders stopped Wesley on two fourth down plays on their next possessions, and Scott ended the Wolverines' final drive with his third interception of the game.

"We played a good second half of defense today," said Mount Union coach Larry Kehres. "In the first half we were very average.

"Offensively, we got off to a good start, but we're still trying to put together an entire game."

Mount Union men fall to Capital

BEXLEY, Ohio—The Mount Union men's basketball team surrendered a nine-point halftime lead as they suffered a 75-69 loss at Capital. The Purple Raiders (3-5, 0-3 OAC) tied the game with 56 seconds remaining before Capital scored the final six points of the contest.

Senior Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) scored 14 points in the opening frame as the Raiders took a 41-32 lead into halftime. A pair of freshmen, Clayton Patton (Bolivar/Tuscarawas Valley) and Nate Jacubec(Struthers/Struthers), also played big roles in the half. Patton came off the bench to score 11 points while Jacubec had nine points.

A 24-14 run to open the second half gave the Crusaders their first lead of the game with 7:20 to play. Mount Union evened the score on a Jacubec three-pointer with 1:28 remaining. After a pair of Crusader free throws, sophomore T.J. Gillespie (Toledo/St. John's) made a layup to tie the game again with 56 seconds remaining.

Spencer Niekamp responded with a three-pointer of his own on the next Capital possession to go ahead 72-69 with 45 seconds left. After turning the ball over, the Raiders were forced to foul and Capital made three-of-four free throws for the final six-point deficit.

Wood led all scorers with 19 points and tied senior Matt Wier (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk) for a team-best six rebounds. Jacubec and Patton added 17 point and 11 points, respectively.

Capital (4-4, 2-2 OAC) had a balanced offense, led by 15 points for Niekamp.  Kelly Winter (13), Michael Sommer (12), and Mitch Westerheide (12) also scored in double-figures.

Mount Union will be in action next on Saturday, December 10th when they return to the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex to take on Wilmington in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup.