A Page -- Dec. 21, 2011

Wiedt


North Olmsted's Kori Wiedt sinks five three


pointers to lead Mount Union to win in 


Daytona Tourney


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- On the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, the No. 20 ranked Mount Union women's basketball team overwhelmed Bates (Me.) with a 14-2 run to open the second half on its way to a 76-55 win Monday at the Daytona Beach Shootout in Florida. 


Senior guard Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) made 7-of-13 shots, including five three-pointers, on her way to a game-high 19 points to lead the Purple Raiders (8-1) to their fourth win in a row.


The other double figure scorers for Mount Union were freshman Aly Daniel (Willard/Willard) who had eight of her season-high 12 points in the second half and junior point guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) who had 10 points.


The Raiders took control of the game on the glass as senior Amanda Rose (Green/Green) had a season-high and game-best 10 rebounds as Mount Union out-rebounded the Bobcats, 55-34.


Taryn O'Connell came off the bench with 12 points as the only double figure scorer for Bates (5-3).

Mount Union, which led 34-26 at halftime, blew the game open with a 14-2 surge to increase the lead to 48-28 with 16 minutes left to play.  The Raiders never looked back as they extended the lead to as many as 30 points before the 21 point win.


Strongsville's Tim Kamczyc scores game-high 


14, but it is not enough as CSU falls for only


the second time this season


TAMPA, Fla. - Tim Kamczyc scored a game-high 14 points and Trey Harmon added 11, but Cleveland State fell for the first time on the road this year, 70-55, to South Florida on Monday night in the St. Times Pete Forum.


CSU, which was playing its first game since a 69-66 win over Akron on Dec. 10, fell to 10-2 overall and lost for the first time on the road (6-1). USF improved to 7-5 overall, including a perfect 7-0 mark at home.


Kamczyc hit 6-of-9 from the floor and 2-of-3 from three-point for his fourth double-digit scoring game in the last five contests.

   



Anton Grady added 10 points, making all five of his field goal attempts, and grabbed a career-high tying nine rebounds off the bench, while D'Aundray Brown scored nine points with seven rebounds and two steals, moving into ninth place on the all-time steals list at CSU (179).


Charlie Lee handed out a career-high four assists.


"You have to give South Florida a lot of credit," head coach Gary Waters said. "Their length forced us into a lot of bad shots and made us take a lot of three's tonight and we just didn't hit enough of them to stay in the game. By shooting so many three's, we were not able to get to the free throw line all night. We didn't play with the same level of intensity and enthusiasm we normally play with and we'll move forward and learn from this experience." 



 
 

The Vikings opened the game by hitting eight of their first 15 shots to take a 19-13 lead with 10:38 left in the half on a steal and breakaway layup by Brown. However, CSU would hit just one field goal the rest of the half, a dunk by Grady off a no-look pass by Kamczyc and would trail 25-21 at the intermission.


The Vikings opened the second half strong, using a Harmon jumper, a three-pointer by Jeremy Montgomery and a free throw by Aaron Pogue to take a 27-25 lead with 17:40 left. But USF answered with eight straight points to take a 33-27 lead with 16:37 left.


A three-pointer by Harmon brought the Vikings back within three at 33-30, but two straight buckets by the Bulls pushed the lead back to eight points (38-30) with 14:38 left.

Kamczyc answered on the other end with a three-pointer to bring CSU within five (38-33) with 14:03 to play, but a 14-5 spurt by USF over the next five minutes allowed the Bulls to take a 52-40 lead with 9:29 on the clock.


The lead would stay double figures the rest of the game.


The Vikings shot .349 (22-63) from the field, while USF hit 23-of-48 (.479), including 13-of-20 (.650) in the second half en route to 45 points.


CSU out-rebounded the Bulls, 37-34, including 18 on the offensive end. USF held a big advantage at the free throw line, making 19-of-22, compared to just 4-of-6 for the Vikings. The Bulls hit 15-of-16 free throws in the second half.

CSU returns to action on Thursday (Dec. 22) when the Vikings host Sam Houston State at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.


HORIZON LEAGUE NOTES

  Fight the Power: After playing Power 6 teams 11 times in the last two weeks, Horizon League teams meet Power 6 foes just three times leading up to Christmas. Cleveland State kicks off the matchups by playing at South Florida on Monday (7 p.m., ESPN3).

o    The other two contests will come on Thursday, when Butler travels to Stanford (9 p.m., Fox Sports) and Milwaukee crosses the street to meet #10/10 Marquette at the Bradley Center (9 p.m., ESPN3).

o    Horizon League teams have won four games against Power 6 competition in 2011-12, the most recent coming in Butler’s 67-65 comeback victory over Purdue on Saturday; League members won five such games last year prior to the NCAA Tournament.

·         Quick Starts: Cleveland State has dropped just one game in the last two Novembers and Decembers, going a combined 24-2. The Vikings are receiving votes in the AP Poll, standing at 10-1 this year.

·         Non-Conference: Entering the last full week of non-conference games (with a break for Sears BracketBusters coming in February), the Horizon League holds a 34-44 (.436) record against Division I opponents (against the sixth-toughest schedule). The last time Horizon League teams had a collective record under .500 against DI foes came in the 2006-07 season, when the League went 57-60.

o    Since the 1999-2000 season, the Horizon League is 651-629 (.509) in non-conference games versus Division I competition. 

·         Mylanta Moments: Through the first nine games of Horizon League conference play, five have gone to the final possession and two went to overtime. On Saturday, both Milwaukee and Wright State dodged game-winning attempts by UIC and Youngstown State, respectively. Only two Horizon League contests have been decided by 10 or more points.

o    No team has won the Horizon League title after losing its conference opener dating back to 2001-02.

o    League play will resume on Thursday, Dec. 29.

·         Upcoming Games

o    Horizon League teams can be seen across the nation throughout the week, beginning with Cleveland State’s trip to Tampa, Fla., on Monday to meet South Florida (ESPN3, 7 p.m. ET). ESPN2 will carry Butler’s game at Gonzaga on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET), and ESPN3 will have Milwaukee’s game at #11/11 Marquette on Thursday (9 p.m. ET). Fox Sports Net will televise the Butler-Stanford contest at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday.

·         The Week That Was

o    Butler rallied for a last-second win over #-/rv Purdue, beating the Boilermakers, 67-65, on Andrew Smith’s tip-in with 1.0 second remaining. The win was the fourth by Horizon League schools over Power 6 conference members this year.

o    A week after scoring a career-best 31 points, Ben Averkamp followed up the effort with his third career double-double, notching 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Ramblers won their second straight game, 64-49, over Chicago State.

o    Milwaukee rebounded from consecutive losses to hit 15 three-pointers in an 86-50 bludgeoning of Nebraska-Omaha. The 15 threes tied Butler for the most in the Horizon League this season.

·         League Notes

o    Cleveland State continues to receive votes in the Associated Press Poll. The Vikings picked up 7 points in the AP poll (35th overall).

o    In the first nine Horizon League conference games of the year, five came down to the final possession and/or went to overtime. Wright State was both the victim and beneficiary in its two games, losing on a tip-in to Cleveland State, 45-43, and surviving for a 63-62 win over Youngstown State when the Penguins’ floater at the horn, hit the back of the rim.

o    For the third straight year, and sixth time in 12 seasons, Butler was tabbed as the preseason favorite in the Horizon League.

o    14 players who starred in the Horizon League last season are presently in Europe pursuing a professional career or waiting for the resumption of the NBA season to begin the year.

o    The Horizon League owns the longest winning streak in the NCAA Tournament among non-Power 6 conferences, having won a tournament game in each of the last 7 years.

·         Butler Bulldogs (5-6, 0-1 Horizon)

o    Butler snapped a three-game losing skid with a 67-65 victory over Purdue at the Close The Gap Crossroads Classic.  The victory was Butler’s fifth straight win at Conseco Fieldhouse and third straight win over the Boilermakers.

o    Butler has had eight different players lead the team or share the team lead in scoring in the first 11 games.                                                                                

o    Senior Ronald Nored has climbed to fifth on the Butler career assists chart with 358, passing former teammate Shelvin Mack. Nored also gave Butler its second straight Lowe’s Senior CLASS nominee, earning the honor this season. Last year, it was Matt Howard who became a finalist for the honor.

o    Butler’s streak of players posting double-doubles ended at four games, with Kameron WoodsAndrew SmithRoosevelt Jones and Khyle Marshall all taking honors in the streak. Woods and Smith each had 12 points in the win over Purdue.

o    Butler has won at least 26 games in five consecutive seasons. Butler’s 151 wins over the past five-plus years are a school and Horizon League record. The Bulldogs are part of the Horizon League’s seven-year winning streak in NCAA Tournament play, claiming victories in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

·         #rv/- Cleveland State Vikings (10-1, 2-0 Horizon)

o    The Vikings’ 10-1 start is the second best opening to a season in program history, topped only by last year’s 12-0 start. CSU is a combined 24-2 over the last two November’s and December’s. CSU plays four more games in December this year.

o    The Vikings are 7-0 in games decided by five points or less, winning two games last week. CSU defeated Robert Morris (62-58) and Akron (69-66).

o    Over the seven-game road trip in which it went 6-1, CSU held its opposition to 14-for-82 (.171) shooting from three-point range. Opponents are shooting just .232 (29-125) from three-point against CSU this year, ranked among the top five in the nation.

o    D’Aundray Brown had five steals last week, moving into 10th place on the all-time steals list at CSU with 177. He entered the week ranked fifth in the country with 3.1 steals per game.

o    Defensively, Cleveland State is among the nation’s leaders in defense, ranking 24th in scoring defense (57.3), eighth in three-point field-goal percentage defense (25.4) and 11th in steals per game (10.0).

o    Cleveland State is one of three teams to have played a part in the Horizon League’s seven-year NCAA Tournament winning streak, having knocked off No. 4 Wake Forest, 84-69, as a No. 13 seed in 2009.

·         Detroit Titans (5-8, 0-2 Horizon)

o    Detroit wrapped up its two-game swing against SEC opponents with an 80-75 loss to #17/16 Mississippi State. The Titans rallied to tie the game with 40 seconds left before Mississippi State hit the go-ahead jumper with 19 ticks left and got a block on the defensive end.

o    Sophomore Ray McCallum was named to the Bob Cousy Award List, given annually to the nation’s top point guard. McCallum, who is averaging 14.8 ppg and 3.5 apg, has scored in double figures in all but one game this year.

o    Junior Doug Anderson made all five of his free throws Saturday, giving him makes in 26-of-27 over the last seven games. Anderson leads the HL in free throw percentage at 90.5 percent.

o    Detroit honored former Head Coach Dick Vitale on Dec. 5, dedicating “Dick Vitale Court” at Calihan Hall before knocking off St. John’s, 69-63, before a national television audience on ESPN2.

o    McCallum is a Preseason Wooden Award Watch List and Preseason Naismith Trophy honoree. The sophomore spent the summer with USA Basketball’s World University Games team. The youngest member of the team, McCallum appeared in all 8 contests, averaging 4.5 ppg while collecting 8 rebounds and 7 assists (2 turnovers).

·         Green Bay Phoenix (5-6, 2-0 Horizon)

o    Green Bay has played the sixth-toughest schedule in the country through Dec. 18, per RPIRatings.com. The six opponents the Phoenix have played away from home are a combined 45-11.

o    Sophomore Alec Brown broke out against #11/11 Marquette, recording a career-high 22 points and 14 rebounds. Brown followed it up with 20 points and 9 boards versus Michigan Tech. With 100 career blocks, Brown sits in fourth on the all-time Phoenix ledger.

o    Freshman Keifer Sykes had a career-high 18 points against Michigan Tech. The 18 points was the most scored by a Phoenix player other than Brown this season.

o    Green Bay is 5-0 at home this season. Brown is averaging 16.8 points and 8.6 rebounds at the Resch Center.

o    With 16 years of experience among 14 players, the Phoenix are the 13th-youngest team in the country. Green Bay will be working in six newcomers to the roster, along with Terry Johnson, who practiced with the team last year after transferring from Illinois State.

·         Loyola Ramblers (3-7, 0-2 Horizon)

o    Ben Averkamp’s scored 21 points, the second-highest total of his career, versus Chicago State. Over the last pair of outings, he is collecting 26.0 ppg and 8.5 rpg.

o    Averkamp has been a catalyst in the Ramblers’ wins this year, averaging 21.7 ppg and 8.3 rpg, compared to 10.7 ppg and 6.6 rpg in their losses. The Preseason Second Team All-Horizon League pick has scored in double digits in five of the last six games.

o    Loyola’s starting five accounted for all 64 points against Chicago State. In fact, the Rambler bench has produced just one point in the last three games.

o    Both Averkamp (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Walt Gibler (16 points, 10 rebounds) recorded a double-double in Saturday’s win, marking  the first time since March 2, 2010 that two or more Ramblers recorded a double-double in the same game.

o    The Ramblers boast two Pre-Med majors on their roster; both Walt Gibler and Ben Averkamp have designs on becoming doctors following the conclusion of their basketball careers. Averkamp averaged a team-best 12.0 points per game last year, while Gibler chipped in 9.4 ppg.

·         Milwaukee Panthers (9-3, 2-0 Horizon)

o    Senior guard Kaylon Williams was named to the Bob Cousy Award List, given to the nation’s top point guard. A Preseason First Team All-Horizon League pick, Williams is pacing the League with 6.0 assists per game, good for 21st nationally.

o    The Panthers played both of their games last week without starters Kyle Kelm and Ja’Rob McCallum, both sidelined by injury. Kelm (shoulder) missed games for the first time this season while McCallum (hand) has now missed the last six contests.

o    Nebraska-Omaha was the sixth UWM opponent that failed to get to 60 points and the fourth that scored 50 or less. Plus, UNO was the eighth Panther opponent to shoot less than 40 percent from the field. The Panthers have held 11-of-12 opponents to less than 44 percent shooting from the field.

o    Milwaukee is holding opponents to 58.0 points per game on the year, ranking 32nd nationally. Limiting the opposition to just 25.6 percent shooint from three-point range, the Panthers rank 12th. Both figures are second to Cleveland State in the Horizon League.

o    Milwaukee’s only game this week is against Marquette Thursday. The Panthers have never beaten the Golden Eagles.

·         UIC Flames (3-7, 0-2 Horizon)

o    UIC’s men’s basketball team has seen no shortage of nail biters this season, playing a total of five games decided by five points or less. UIC is just 1-4 in those contests, but had a chance to either tie or win the game with a last-second shot in road games at Green Bay, Milwaukee and Central Michigan. The Flames have held second-half leads in 5-of-7 losses this season.

o    UIC enters Monday’s game against Western Illinois as the Horizon League’s leader in both rebounding margin (+5.4) and offensive rebounding (14.9 rpg). The Flames have out-rebounded eight-of their 10 opponents this season.

o    Junior guard Daniel Barnes, who earned an extra year of eligibility after sitting out last season as a medical redshirt, has tallied six double-digit scoring outputs this season, including 17 or more points on three occasions. Barnes has drilled a Horizon League second-best 23 three-pointers (2.3 per game).

o    Senior center Darrin Williams enters Monday’s game versus Western Illinois as the Flames’ leading rebounder (6.7 rpg), averaging 7.8 rebounds per outing over his last four games. Williams also ranks second in the Horizon League in field goal percentage (.582).

o    UIC turned over the majority of its roster in the offseason, bringing in nine newcomers for head coach Howard Moore’s second season. Seven of the newcomers are true freshmen, with four hailing from the Chicagoland area and two coming from Dallas.

·         Valparaiso Crusaders (7-4, 1-0 Horizon)

o    Reggie Hamilton scored 41 points, including the game-winning jumper as time expired, sending Valparaiso to an 82-80 defeat at the hands of Oakland.

o    Junior Kevin Van Wijk matched his career high with 22 points, going 8-of-9 from the floor. Were he eligible (he is one field goal shy of qualifying), Van Wijk would be tied for 18th nationally in field-goal percentage, hitting 67.1 percent of his attempts.

o    Junior Ryan Broekhoff has turned into the Horizon League’s Swiss Army Knife, ranking in the top 10 in seven different Horizon League categories. Broekhoff posted his fifth double-double of the year with 18 points and 12 boards on Saturday.

o    Presently 212-for-356 on attempts from inside the three-point arc, Valparaiso leads the nation in two-point field-goal percentage, hitting 59.5 percent of its attempts.

o    Two members of the Crusaders played in the World University Games. Broekhoff represented Australia, tying for team-high scoring honors in averaging 10.9 points per game. Richie Edwards paced the New Zealand squad and ranked third overall among all tournament players with an average of 20.1 points per game.

·         Wright State Raiders (4-8, 1-1 Horizon)

o    Wright State lost both of its games last week, dropping an 82-54 contest to Ohio on the heels of a 78-58 defeat to Cincinnati.

o    The Raiders played without leading scorer Julius Mays against Ohio. Mays sat out the game after landing on his shoulder, head and back late in the loss to Cincinnati.

o    Wright State was on both sides of games coming down to the final possession in Horizon League play, falling on a tip-in against Cleveland State and getting a free throw with 1.4 seconds left to get past Youngstown State, 63-62.

o    The Raiders are the sixth-youngest men’s basketball team in Division I this year. Wright State averages 0.87 years of experience per player on its roster, matching that of UNC-Wilmington. Eight newcomers dot the Wright State roster, including seven true freshmen. In total, 11 players on the Raiders roster are listed as underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores).

o    The young group had a chance to bond as the program took a 10-day trip to Italy this August. The Raiders went 1-3, traveling through Rome, Florence, Venice, San Marino and Lake Como. Reggie Areceneaux was the lone Raider to finish in double figures in each of the four games in Italy (11, 11, 12, 10), while fellow freshman Tavares Sledge posted a team-best 7.5 rebounds per contest.

·         Youngstown State Penguins (6-4, 1-1 Horizon)

o    At 9.6 three-pointers per game, the Penguins rank eighth in the NCAA. Hitting 38.6 percent of those attempts, Youngstown State ranks 45th in the nation.

o    Junior Blake Allen leads the three-point attack, hitting 35-of-76 attempts this year. Allen is eighth nationally with 3.5 per game and his 46.1 percent rate is 24th.

o    Junior Damian Eargle has 134 career blocks which is tied for second in the Youngstown State record book. His 43 blocks this season already ranks fifth on the single season chart.

o    Senior Ashen Ward has made 112 career 3-pointers and needs two more to move into ninth place on the YSU all-time list.         

o    In total, Youngstown State returns 63.4 percent of its scoring and 63.3 percent of its minutes played from 2010-11. Five of the Penguins’ top seven scorers from last season return to the lineup.

 


Hiram College Women’s Basketball Edged by Waynesburg (Pa.) University


WAYNESBURG, PA.  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team fell short of Waynesburg (Pa.) University, 58-54, tonight (Monday, Dec. 19) in a non-conference matchup in Waynesburg, Pa.  [Game Stats]

 

The Terriers suffered their third straight loss and are now 4-5 overall for the season.  The Yellow Jackets improve to 8-2 overall with the win.

 
Shields (L), Smyers (R)

 

Both teams traded leads in the first 7:30 of the first half, but an 11-2 Waynesburg scoring run near the midway point of the period would put the Yellow Jackets in control with a nine-point advantage, 17-8, at the 7:21 minute mark.  Hiram erased the deficit with three layups, including a lay-in by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) that got the Terriers to within three points, 17-14, with 6:06 left in the half.  Hiram narrowed the gap to two points on several occassions which included a 22-20 deficit with just under two minutes to go.  Neither team recorded any points in the final minutes and Waynesburg retained a slim 22-20 lead at the break.

 

In the second half, Waynesburg looked to pull away building its lead to eight points, 34-26, with 15:03 left to go.  Hiram rallied again with an 8-1 run and took the lead at 36-35 on a three-pointer by junior guard Calysia Smyers (Akron/Coventry) with 12:50 left in the game.  The teams went back-and-forth the remainder of the half and the Terriers would find themselves down by a point, 52-51, at the 1:10 mark.  But Hiram could not take the lead in the final minute as the Yellow Jackets converted enough free-throw attempts to extend the lead and hold on for a 58-54 win.

 

Hiram held Waynesburg to 32.3 shooting for the game (20-of-62) while converting 37.0 percent (20-of-54) of its attempts, but only 12.5 percent (one-of-eight) from three-point range. 

 

Waynesburg had three players score in double figures led by the duo of Paige Pearce and Hannah Hunter with 15 points each.  Brittany Spencer added 10 points.

 

Durichko


Hiram was led by senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) with 14 points on four-of-nine shooting (44.4 percent) and six-of-seven (85.7 percent) at the free-throw line.  Shields was the only other Terrier in double figures with 13 points to go along with a team-tying high seven rebounds.

 

Hiram will travel to California for a pair of non-conference games against Occidental College and Chapman University on Friday-Saturday, Dec. 30-31.  The Terriers will take on Occidental on Friday with tip-off scheduled for 9 p.m. EST.



Baldwin-Wallace Men’s Basketball Team Falls 


No. 14 Wabash (Ind.), 63-61, In First Game of 


Don Lane Tournament

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY  – Sophomore guard Grant Fairhurst (Ashland) scored a season and game-high 20  points but the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s basketball fell to No.14-ranked (D3hoops.com national poll) Wabash (Ind.) College, 63-61, tonight (Tuesday, December 20, 2011) in the first game of the Transylvania  University Don Lane Tournament.   B-W now is 1-1 on the season versus top 25-ranked teams.

With the loss,  the Yellow Jackets dropped their record to 6-3 overall and will play the loser of the Hendrix (Ark.) College and host Transylvania game in the consolation game tomorrow night at 5:00 p.m.   The Little Giants remain perfect on the season and improved to 9-0 overall and will play in the championship game tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m.

In addition to Fairhurst for the B-W,  sophomore All-Ohio Athletic Conference forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) scored 12 points and junior guard Ben Umbel (Poland/Seminary) added 10 points and grabbed a game-high tying seven rebounds. Wabash was led by senior forward Nick Curosh with 11 points and senior guard Aaron Zinnerman contributed 10.

After almost four minutes of scoreless action, the Little Giants scored the first basket of the game on layup by senior guard Brian Shelbourne at the 16:20 mark.

Fairhurst would lead a 6-0 run by B-W as he canned two three-pointers to give the Yellow Jackets an early four point lead, 6-2, at 14:33. After a an exchange of baskets, B-W would go on an 8-0 run that was capped by a steal and fast break layup by Umbel to take a 16-6 lead with 9:30.

Following a hook shot by sophomore forward Aaron Selmek (Delaware/Columbus St. Francis DeSales) at the 8:30 mark, Wabash would outscore the Yellow Jackets 14-3 over the remainder of the half to take a 22-21 lead into the intermission on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Andy Walsh at the 25 second mark.

Sophomore forward Tyler Ferrell (Brunswick) started off the second half with a layup to put B-W up 23-22 with 19:00 left in the game. The Yellow Jackets had their biggest lead of the second half, 32-25, after a 9-2 run that was capped by a layup by Payne at the 16:00 mark.

Wabash used a 6-0 run to cut the lead to one point, 34-33, at the 13:08 mark on a layup by freshman guard Kasey Oetting. The Little Giants took the lead,46-45, on a layup by Zinnerman at the 7:50 mark.

The two teams battled back and forth until 15 seconds remaining when senior forward Derek Bailey split a pair of free throws to put Wabash up 63-61. The Yellow Jackets had a chance to force overtime but a shot by Payne fell short as time expired.

Following tomorrow’s game, B-W will next play host to Alma (Mich.) College on Friday, December 30 in the Ursprung Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m.   The Yellow Jackets return to Ohio Athletic Conference action on Wednesday, January 4 when they will travel to University Heights to take on Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University at 7:30 p.m.


Winton and Blue each score 19 to lead CSU to OT win in Magnolia Classic

Oxford, Miss. Destinee Blue and Shalonda Winton each scored 19 points to help Cleveland State defeat Murray State 68-61 in overtime on Tuesday (Dec. 20) night as part of the Magnolia Classic hosted by the University of Mississippi.

Winton, who scored eight of her points in overtime, pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds for the second consecutive game to notch her third double-double of the season.

The Vikings ended their stretch of three straight games against members of the Mid-American Conference and improved to 4-5 on the season. Murray State lost for the second consecutive day and ends the tournament with a 3-8 record.

Murray State's Mariah Robinson poured in a game-high 23 points and it was her bucket with 1:46 left in overtime that give the Racers a 60-59 advantage. Winton scored the next six points and three clutch free throws fromHonesty King helped CSU end the game on a 9-1 run.

Eight of CSU's 12 points in the extra period came from the free throw line. The Vikings, who entered the contest shooting at a 73% clip from the charity stripe, were 17 of 23 (73.9%) in the game.

Blue scored CSU's first seven points of the night in the first 1:35 of the game. Murray State jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first half until CSU chipped away to cut the halftime deficit to five at 36-31. 

Buckets from Blue and King cut the lead to one early in the second half, but the Racers built their lead back to six points with 15:55 to go. Both teams went cold from the floor as neither managed to score in a stretch that lasted almost four minutes.

CSU didn't take the lead until the 3:14 mark whenTakima Keane's jumper gave the Vikings a 53-52 advantage. She followed with lay-up to grow the lead to three, but Robinson countered with two free throws at the other end to tighten the lead to just one with 1:55 to go in regulation.

Winton split at the free throw line to give CSU a 56-54 lead before Murray State's Kayla Lowe tied the game with seven seconds left in the second period.

In such an evenly played game, CSU won the battle of the benches with eight points - five from Imani Gordon and three from Kiersten Green - while the Racers received seven points from the second unit. Each team pulled down 37 rebounds, while Murray State won the turnover battle 19-16.

The Vikings will be in action again on Wednesday (Dec. 21) with the host Rebels in a game slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. Live stats, audio and video are available through OleMissSports.com.


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