B Page -- Dec. 20, 2010

Jimmy Wood

Mount Men's Basketball 

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The Purple Raiders jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the game's opening seven minutes, but LaRoche rallied to score 16 of the next 22 points and took its first lead of the game, 18-17 on a dunk by Oneal Brown with 7:25 left in the half. 

Mount Union ran the lead back out to seven, but the Redhawks rallied again and the Raiders took a 29-28 lead into the half.

Mount Union again extended the lead back out to eight points, 40-32 in the first six minutes of the second half. 

LaRoche would not go away as it went on a 9-1 run to tie the game at 41 with just under 12 minutes in regulation.

The Raiders again pushed the lead back out to six points, 57-51, at the 4:25 mark and took a 59-55 lead on a Pellerite layup with 3:03 left in the second half.  

Mike Dixon would hit a pair of layups inbetween a pair of Mann free throws as LaRoche would take a 61-59 with 1:11 left.

Pellerite would then hit the Raiders only points over the final three minutes, a pair of free throws, to tie the game and send it to overtime.

In the extra session, Derek Barber-Richards would give the Redhawks their first lead since Brown's dunk in the first half with a three-pointer, 64-61.

Mount Union missed its first five shots of the overtime but a pair of Wood brought the Raiders within one, 64-63 with 1:28 to play.

Each team traded possesions before David Jackson made one of two free throws to put LaRoche back up 65-63.

Hodkinson then tied the game on a running layup with four seconds left that set up Mann's heroics.

Mount Union will play for a third time in five days when it travels Wednesday to Muskingum for an Ohio Athletic Conference game at 7:30 pm in New Concord. 

Baldwin-Wallce College Senior 

Amanda Schroeder is OAC Women’s 
Basketball Player of the Week

By Jeff Miller

BEREA – Baldwin-Wallace College senior guard Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) is this week’s (December 20 2010) Ohio Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, for her efforts last weekend.  This marks the fourth time in Schroeder’s career, and second time this season, that she has garnered the honor.


Schroeder, a two-time first-team All-OAC player as well as an Academic All-OAC selection, earned her honor for scoring 42 points, grabbing nine rebounds, passing for two assists, have four steals and one block shot last weekend at the Transylvania (Ky.) University Classic.    On Sunday, December 19, She scored a game-high 23 points, including 18 in the second half as the Yellow Jackets defeated host Transylvania by a final score of 75-66.  In the opening game on Friday night, Schroeder scored a team-high 19 points in a 77-76 loss to Centre (Ky.) College

In the two games, she connected on 13-of-18 (.722) shots from the floor  and canned 15-of-17 (.882) foul shots, including 9-of-10 (.900) in the win on Sunday.

Schroeder’s 42 points last week now gives her 1,141 career points and needs just six more to surpass former All-American and  current NACDA (National Association of College Directors of Athletics) Media Relations Director Julie Work (1995-99) to move in to seventh on the all-time Yellow Jacket scoring list.  On the horizon is former standout Holly Koepp (1999-2003) for sixth place with 1,150 points and recent Hall of Fame inductee and current Tiffin Columbian High School Women’s Basketball Coach Anjee Beard (1996-2000) for fifth with 1,198 points.

Hiram College’s Basketball Team Defeats Bluffton University; Bedford's Shields, Lakewood's Kovach combine for 46 points

December 20, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

HIRAM, OHIO  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team defeated Bluffton University, 74-55, tonight (Monday, Dec. 20) led by career-highs by junior guard Tiffany Shields (Beford Heights/Bedford) with 25 points and sophomore guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) with 21 points in a non-conference game at Price Gymnasium.  

Kovach (L) and Shields

With the win, the Terriers improve to 6-3 overall and the Beavers fall to 4-5 overall for the season.


Hiram jumped out early beginning the game with 13-4 scoring run that ended in a layup by senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) at the 15:52 minute mark.  Bluffton answered with six straight points to cut the deficit to three points and would eventually pull to within a basket, 17-15, with 9:00 left in the opening half.  But a triple by Kovach, one of her five three-pointers on the night, sparked an ensuing 10-2 run to give Hiram its first double-figure lead, 27-17, at 6:03 mark.  Hiram went on to lead by as many as 11 points in the period, 30-19, thanks to another three-pointer by Kovach with 5:03 left and the Terriers would boast a 35-27 advantage at the break.

In the second half, the Terriers began the period with back-to-back triples by Kovach to extend the lead to 41-27.  The Beavers got to within eight points on three occassions, including a 60-52 deficit with 6:10 left to play.  But that would be as close as Bluffton would get as Hiram extended its lead back to double-digits and recorded its largest margin of the game of 19 points with the final score of 74-55.

Hiram shot well from the floor at 42.6 percent (23-of-54), including 45.5 percent (10-of-22) from three point range.  Bluffton was held to 32.8 percent (20-of-61) shooting and just 20.0 percent (four-of-20) from behind the arc.

The Beavers were led by Kim Miller who scored 17 points on six-of-14 shooting (42.9 percent) and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.  Bluffton had one another player score in double figures in Brittany Stegmaier with 15 points.

Hiram was led by Shields’ career and game-high 25 points on nine-of-15 shooting (60.0 percent).  She also finished the game a perfect four-of-four from three-point range and three-of-three from the free-throw line.  In addition, Shields also grabbed seven boards.  Kovach was second with 21 points and finished the game five-of-10 (50.0 percent) from three-point range.  Rounding out the high scorers was Cowan and sophomore forward Brena Host (Seven Hills/Normandy) with 10 points each.  Host’s 10 points was a career high in addition to recording a team-tying high eight rebounds along with  junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick).  Durichko also tallied a game-high eight assists.  

Cleveland State Basketball 

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PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE: Despite being in a bit of a rebuilding mode this season, eighth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad has the Vikings off to the second best start in school history after leading CSU to three straight 19 win seasons, including Horizon League championships and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2010. With just two starters and three others back who saw significant playing time last season, Peterson Abiad has incorporated several talented, yet untested players into the rotation and continues to figure out what roles everyone will fill as the season progresses.

The starting lineup is centered around guard Shawnita Garland (11.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.6 apg), the lone senior on the roster and a second team All-Horizon League pick in each of the last two seasons. She is joined in the starting backcourt by sophomore Honesty King (7.1 ppg) and junior Janelle Adams (12.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.0 apg). Juniors Takima Keane (8.1 ppg) and Danisha Cole, a junior college transfer, as well as freshman Ondrea Hughes (1.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg) will also figure into the backcourt rotation. Sophomore Shalonda Winton (14.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.8 apg), who returns in the frontcourt after starting 23 times as a freshman last year, and junior Destinee Blue (10.0, 7.4) lead a deep frontcourt. Sophomore Kaila Montgomery (0.8 ppg, 1.1 rpg), who appears to be fully recovered from a knee injury that has sidelined her most of her career, and freshmen Brandee Kelly (0.5, 0.5) and Haley Schmitt (0.5 ppg), will also fight for time.

AMONG THE MID-MAJORS: The Vikings slipped one spot - from 17th to 18th - in this week's CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25 poll that was announced on Tuesday (Dec. 14) afternoon. CSU received 210 points in the voting by 31 head coaches from mid-major schools. Green Bay is the only other Horizon League team in the top-25, receiving 17 of 31 first place votes and 754 points to top the poll. The Phoenix was followed by Bowling Green, Florida Gulf Coast, Princeton and Gonzaga in the top five. A new poll is released every Tuesday.

VIKINGS IN THE NCAA STATS: Cleveland State received several mentions in the latest NCAA statistics that were released on Monday (Dec. 13). The Vikings were ranked 36th in the nation in three point field goal defense (.261), 48th in won-lost percentage (.750), 52nd in steals (11.3) and 61st in assists (15.4). Individually, Shawnita Garland is 25th in the nation in steals (3.1) and 65th in assists (4.8), while Shalonda Winton ranks 25th in double-doubles (4) and 61st in rebounding (9.4).

A HOMECOMING OF SORTS: Shawnita Garland had a chance to play her first collegiate game in her home state of West Virginia on Saturday night at Marshall. Garland, a native of Charleston, W. Va., totaled 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals Saturday night in front of several family and friends in attendance.Charleston is approximately 51 miles from the Marshall campus.

GARLAND MOVES UP SCORING LIST: With her 11 point effort at Marshall on Saturday (Dec. 17), Shawnita Garland moved into 21st place on the all-time scoring list at Cleveland State. Garland, who has scored 1,015 career points, needs 11 points to move past Erin Martin (1,025 points from 2002-06) and into 20th place.

BALANCED SCORING ATTACK: The Vikings have had a very balanced scoring attack this season and are one of two teams in the Horizon League with four players averaging double figures in scoring (Green Bay is the other). Shalonda Winton leads the way with 14.2 points per game and is followed by Janelle Adams (12.9), Shawnita Garland (11.1) and Destinee Blue (10.0). Winton has led the team in scoring four times, Adams and Blue have led the team in scoring three times each and Honesty King has topped the team in scoring once.

KING RETURNS TO LINEUP: After missing the game at Akron (Dec. 11) with a sprained ankle suffered in practice, sophomore Honesty King returned to the lineup at Marshall on Saturday (Dec. 18). She came off the bench for the first time this season, playing 13 minutes. One of CSU's main outside shooting threats, King is averaging 7.1 points per game and leads the team with 14 three-pointers.


.. AND KEANE MAKES FIRST CAREER START: With Honesty King out of the lineup at Akron, head coach Kate Peterson Abiad had to adjust her starting lineup for the first time in eight games this year. Junior Takima Keane received her first career start and responded with 10 points and four assists in a career-high 37 minutes before fouling out. Keane started again at Marshall (Dec. 18), finishing with 11 points and three assists.

WINTON DOUBLES UP: Sophomore Shalonda Winton notched her fourth double-double of the season (fifth of her career) with a career-high tying 19 points and career-best 15 rebounds at Akron on Dec. 11. Winton's four double-doubles lead the Horizon League and rank 25th in Division I.

WINNING BEFORE LEAGUE PLAY: The Vikings enter their game at Ohio on Tuesday with a 6-3 mark, the third most wins during the nonleague portion of the schedule. The school record is eight wins prior to the league schedule in 1999-00, while the 2000-01 squad won seven times before league games began. Three other teams (1998-99, 2007-08, 2008-09) have also won six nonconference games.

GAME 106 NEXT FOR GARLAND: When Shawnita Garland takes the floor on Tuesday at Ohio, it will be her 106th career game. With at least 21 games left this season, Garland will have a shot to break the school record for games played in a career which is 127 by Kailey Klein and Jessica Roque (2006-10).

... AND CLOSES IN ON WINS RECORD: All Shawnita Garland does is win on the court and she is close to breaking the record for most career wins by a senior in program history. The record is 72 wins by the 1983-84 seniors who won 16, 14, 23, and 19 games during their careers. Garland is at 63 wins, winning 19 games in each of her first three seasons and six this year.

A NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER: The Vikings had quite a start to the season, going 5-1 in the month of November, marking the most wins in November in program history. The old record was three, which was done four times, most recently in 2008-09 when CSU went 3-3 during the first month of play.

PROTECTING THE HOME COURT: The Vikings extended their home winning streak to seven straight with a 66-55 win over Western Michigan on Dec. 3. CSU, which is 35-10 in the Wolstein Center since the 2007-08 season, hasn't lost at home since a 74-64 setback to Loyola on Feb. 6, 2010.

... AND HAVE TO WAIT TO TRY FOR EIGHT: The Vikings are currently in the midst of a three game roadtrip and will not be back home until CSU hosts Lake Erie on Dec. 28. The Vikings will attempt to extend their home win streak to eight against the Storm, which would be the second longest home win streak in school history. The longest home win streak is nine that includes a win in the final game of the 1981-82 season and a perfect 8-0 mark at home in 1983-84.

STAT SHEET STUFFER: Shalonda Winton has been playing at a high level this season and is one of only two players in the Horizon League to rank among the top-20 in points, rebounds and assists (Green Bay's Julie Wojta is the other). Winton ranks sixth in scoring (14.2), third in rebounding (8.9) and 16th in assists (2.8). Winton, who also leads the league with four double-doubles this year, is also second in the league in offensive rebounds (3.8), seventh in steals (2.3), third in minutes played (37.3) and 10th in blocks (0.8).

BLUE IN GREEN: Destinee Blue had a career afternoon in CSU's loss at Indiana on Nov. 28, setting career highs in points (20) and rebounds (13) for her second career double-double. Blue is averaging 10.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, ranking third in the league in field goal percentage (.515; 34-68).

WINTON ON THE MARK: Shalonda Winton has shot her way all the way up to fourth in field goal percentage in the Horizon League, shooting .511 (45-88) from the field. Over the last two games, Winton has gone 12-for-18 (.667) from the field, including a 5-for-6 effort at Marshall on Saturday (Dec. 18).

ADAMS TIES CAREER HIGH: Junior Janelle Adams tied her career-high with 23 points in the win over Western Michigan (Dec. 3). Adams, who scored 23 points in a win at Buffalo earlier this season, made 9-of-15 shots from the field, including her only three point attempt, and hit 4-of-6 free throws. Adams is second on the team and 10th in the league in scoring (12.9).

T.K. IS A-O.K.: Takima Keane has provided a spark off the bench, averaging 8.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. She is shooting .419 (26-62) from the field and .333 (12-36) from three point. After scoring 10 points in the opener at Cornell (Nov. 13), Keane exploded for a career-high 13 points in just 14 minutes at Buffalo (Nov. 15) and has four double figure games this year.

... AND IS DISHING IT OUT: Takima Keane has gotten others involved in the offense over the last six games, averaging 4.0 assists (24 total) over the stretch. She began the stretch with a career-high five assists against Toledo and matched that with five more at Indiana. Over the six game stretch, Keane has at least three assists in every game. Keane is ninth in the leagus in assists (3.2).

IT'S THE TRUTH: Sophomore Honesty King has given the Vikings an outside shooting threat, hitting .304 (14-46) from three-point. King, who has hit a three-pointer in sevenof the eight games she has played, nailed a career-high four trifectas in the season opener at Cornell (Nov. 13) and has at least two three-pointers in five games. Her 1.8 three's per game rank ninth in the league.

STUCK ON 50: In a very quirky statistical oddity, the Vikings have held three of their opponents to exactly 50 points. The streak started when Cornell scored 50 in the season opener and continued with Niagara and Toledo both scoring 50 points. The stingy defense has helped CSU rank second in the league and in scoring defense at 59.2 points per game.

... AND DO ONE BETTER AGAINST FAMU: The Vikings may not have held Florida A&M to exactly 50 points on Nov. 26, but head coach Kate Peterson Abiad was more than pleased with the defensive effort her squad turned in. That's because the Vikings held the Rattlers to 49 points.

AT THE HALF: It's only been nine games, but early in the season a good indication of the final outcome might be when the teams head to the locker rooms at halftime. CSU is a perfect 6-0 when leading at the half this year and has dropped all three games when trailing at the intermission. CSU was tied at the half at Akron (35-35) before falling to the Zips.

FIVE WINS TO OPEN THE SEASON: The Nov. 26 win over Florida A&M allowed the Vikings to begin a season 5-0 for just the second time in school history. A 66-56 loss at Indiana on Nov. 28 snapped CSU's five game win streak to open the season. The 1974-75 team holds the school record for most consecutive wins to open a season with seven straight.

VIKINGS A STEAL: The Vikings rank second in the Horizon League with 11.6 steals per game, having amassed at least nine steals in seven of nine games, including 16 at Cornell (Nov. 13). Individually, Shawnita Garland leads the league with 3.1 steals per game, while Shalonda Winton is sixth at 2.4.

GARLAND ON THE GLASS: She may only be 5-foot-5, but Shawnita Garland has had no trouble grabbing her fair share of rebounds this season, ranking fourth on the team and 18th in the league with 5.6 per game. Garland tied her career-high with 12 rebounds at Cornell and added 10 versus Niagara. With 410 career rebounds, Garland is 90 boards shy of becoming just the 13th player in school history with 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.

SHE'S A THIEF: With three steals at Marshall, Shawnita Garland remained in fifth place on the all-time steals list at CSU with 247. She needs 17 more to move past Sue Koziol (1981-84) and into fourth place. Garland holds two of the top-10 single season records for steals in school history, including 100 last year that ranks third, and 88 as a sophomore which is 10th all-time.

40 MINUTE WOMAN: Shawnita Garland has seen a lot of action on the court early this season, leading the league at 38.0 minutes per game. After playing 31 minutes at Cornell in the season opener (Nov. 13), Garland played 199 of a possible 200 minutes over the next five contests, playing 40 minutes four times and 39 minutes against Florida A&M when she took a seat for the final minute. Garland was limited to just 32 minutes versus Western Michigan (Dec. 3) as she sat the final seven minutes of the first half after picking up two fouls.

WINTON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Shalonda Winton was named the Horizon League Player of the Week on Nov. 21 for her performance in CSU's wins over Buffalo and Niagara She averaged 17.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals, shooting .500 (13-26) from the field. It was Winton's first career award.

THREE DOUBLE UP: The Vikings had three players record double-doubles in the Nov. 19 win over Niagara, a first in program history. Shalonda Winton had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Shawnita Garland added 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Destinee Blue recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. It was the first time since Feb. 9, 2002 against Detroit that three CSU players had double-digit rebounds. Karen Woloszynek had 12 rebounds, while Ashley Schrock and Shannon Sword both had 11 in that 75-63 win over the Titans.

... AND BEFORE THAT: Ironically, the Nov. 19 game versus Niagara was the second time in school history that the Vikings had three players with 10 or more rebounds against the Purple Eagles. It also happened on Dec. 12, 1998, a 91-66 win when Audra Cook had 12 rebounds (19 points), Kim Brockway grabbed 10 boards (11 points) and Brandi Tatum had 11 rebounds (9 points) as the Vikings just missed having three players with double-doubles.

VIKINGS SIGN THREE: CSU signed three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Nov. 11 and the trio will join the program for the 2011-12 season. The class is as follows...

Imani Gordon (Akron, Ohio/Firestone): One of the top players in Ohio, earning special mention all-state accolades after averaging 22.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, 7.1 steals and 6.2 assists for Firestone last year.

Kiersten Green (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township): Averaged 16.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game as a junior and is one of just three players in school history with 1,000 career points.

Tess Zufall (Slicksville, Pa./Greesburg Central Catholic): Averaged 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last year, earning WPIAL all-region and all-conference honors.

Baldwin-Wallace College Wrestling 

Team Finishes 1-3 at the Desert

Duals in Las Vegas

BEREA, OHIO --  The Baldwin-Wallace College wrestling team compiled an overall record of 1-3 at the 2010 Desert Duals hosted by No. 1 nationally ranked Wartburg (Iowa) College today (Monday, December 20) at the Flamingo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Yellow Jackets, now 4-7 overall this season in dual matches, lost to host Wartburg in the first round, 39-3, beat Pacific (Ore.) University in the second round, 38-14, fell to No. 3 Coe (Iowa) College in the third round, 36-12 and lost to No. 27 Olivet (Mich.) College in the fourth and final round, 27-18.

B-W was led by senior and No. 10 nationally ranked 174-pounder Andrew Scavuzzo (Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge) with a 3-1 record, including one pin and  now has a seasonal record of 18-1.  In addition,  senior 197-pounder Tristan Stoll went 2-2 with a pin and now has a seasonal record of 10-3.  Senior 165-pounder Korey Leonhard (Kinsman/Pymatuning Valley), junior 125-pounder Jeremy Dombrady (Copley), senior 133-pounder Phillip Payne (Woodmere/Orange) and junior 141-pounder Grant Steward (Columbus/Worthington Kilburn) all posted records of 2-2.  Junior 285-pounder Ryan Jones (Uniontown/Lake) and sophomore 184-pounder Joe Georgian (Eastlake/Villa Angela St. Joseph) each picked up a win by pin and decision respectively.

In the match with Wartburg, Scavuzzo was the lone Yellow Jacket to secure with a 4-2 decision over Ben Scott.

Against Pacific, B-W got pins from Stoll and Jones.   The Yellow Jackets also picked up victories from Georgian by decision, Leonhard by technical fall and forfeit wins by Dombrady, Payne and Steward.  Scavuzzo dropped his first match of the season as Pacific’s Caleb Malychewski pinned him at the 4:07 mark.

In the match with Coe,  B-W got victories from Scavuzzo and Stoll.  Scavuzzo bounced back from his first loss of the season by pinning Scott King at the 6:09 mark and Stoll picked up his win by forfeit.

Against Olivet,  the Yellow Jackets got a pin from Payne and decision victories by Dombrady, Steward, Leonhard and Scavuzzo.