A Page -- Dec. 29, 2011

NDCL alumna Katy Dolesh named All Ohio for Miami of Ohio

CEDARVILLE, Ohio – The awards continue to roll in for the Miami University women’s soccer team as junior forward Jess Kodiak and sophomore midfielders Katy Dolesh and Kayla Zakrzewski were all named All-Ohio, the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association (OCSA) has announced. The RedHawks have now placed three players on the All-Ohio teams for the third straight year while Zakrzewski was also named All-Ohio as a freshman last year, landing on the second team. The OCSA named just one All-Ohio team this year.

Miami’s three selections to the 17-member squad tied for the second most among any Division I school in Ohio. Ohio State and Toledo each had three players named All-Ohio as well while Dayton led the way with five selections. Kent State was the only other Mid-American Conference team to have a player tabbed All-Ohio.

Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.), also a First-Team All-MAC and Third Team All-Great Lakes Region selection this year, started all 18 games in 2011 while tying for second in the MAC with 22 points, which led Miami. She scored a career-high nine goals, which was tops in the conference, including four in league play, which tied for fourth in the MAC. Kodiak also tied for second on the team with four assists. She notched a pair of game-winning goals and also recorded the first two multi-goal games of her career, including Sept. 16 at Evansville, when she totaled a career-best six points. She was named MAC Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 24.

Dolesh (South Euclid, Ohio), who also earned First-Team All-MAC honors in 2011, started all 16 games she played. She tied for seventh in the MAC and second on the team with seven goals during the year, including four in league play, which tied for fourth in the MAC. 

Her 0.44 goals per game ranked third in the conference. She also added an assist for 15 points on the year, which was third on the team. Dolesh matched a career high with two goals Aug. 19 vs. IUPUI and earned MAC Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts, also picking up MAC Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 17 after scoring the game-winning goal in double overtime at Ohio.

Zakrzewski (London, Ont.), who was a Second-Team All-MAC performer and Third-Team All-Great Lakes Region recipient this year as well, was second on the team and tied for eighth in the MAC with 16 points. She started all 18 games while recording a career-best seven goals, which tied for seventh in the MAC. Zakrzewski also handed out a pair of assists on the year while scoring two of her goals in MAC play. She tied for the MAC lead with four game-winning goals, including both her goals in league play and the other two coming in her two multi-goal games in 2011, which were Aug. 19 vs. IUPUI and Sept. 18 vs. Indiana State. She was also selected Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District following the season.

The OCSA All-Ohio team is comprised of players from the 13 NCAA Division I schools located in the state of Ohio, including six MAC schools along with Cincinnati, Cleveland State, Dayton, Ohio State, Wright State, Xavier and Youngstown State.

All three of Miami’s All-Ohio selections return next year after helping lead the RedHawks to a 9-8-1 record in 2011.


On the Schedule [all times ET]        

Wednesday, Dec. 28

#-/rv Cleveland State at Toledo                         7 p.m.


Thursday, Dec. 29

Green Bay at Butler                                           7 p.m. (Horizon League Network – HorizonLeague.com)

Wright State at Loyola*                                       8 p.m. (Horizon League Network – HorizonLeague.com)

Detroit at UIC*                                                       8 p.m. (Horizon League Network – HorizonLeague.com)

Milwaukee at Valparaiso*                                   8:05 p.m. (Horizon League Network – HorizonLeague.com)


Saturday, Dec. 31

Milwaukee at Butler*                                           2 p.m. (Horizon League Network Game of the Week – HorizonLeague.com, ESPN3)

Detroit at Loyola*                                                 2 p.m. (Horizon League Network – HorizonLeague.com)

Youngstown State at #-/rv Cleveland State*    2 p.m. (Horizon League Network – HorizonLeague.com)

Wright State at UIC*                                             2 p.m. (Horizon League Network – HorizonLeague.com)

Green Bay at Valparaiso*                                    5:05 p.m. (Horizon League Network – HorizonLeague.com)


On the Horizon

·         Conference Play Returns: Horizon League teams jump back into conference action with both feet, starting on Thursday night. Saturday will see all 10 Horizon League programs in action.

o    The Horizon League Network will carry all nine games this week, with the HLN Game of the Week featuring a rematch of the conference title game between Milwaukee and Butler on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.

o    The HLN Game of the Week is carried live and in HD across the Midwest. Affiliates are on Page 10.  ESPN3 will also carry the feed of the game live.

o    All conference games are carried on HorizonLeague.com and are available on HLN Live for iOS and Android devices by visiting HorizonLeague.com/mobile.

·         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.

·         Non-Conference: Through the last full week of non-conference games (with a break for Sears BracketBusters coming in February), the Horizon League holds a 43-51 (.457) 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 657-633 (.509) in non-conference games versus Division I competition. 

·         Quick Starts: Cleveland State has dropped just one game in the last two Novembers and Decembers, going a combined 25-3. The Vikings are receiving votes in the Coaches Poll, standing at 11-2 this year.

Upcoming Games

·         Horizon League teams return to conference play, with games on Thursday and Saturday. The Horizon League Network Game of the Week features a rematch of the 2011 Horizon League championship game when Milwaukee travels to Butler.

·         In the lone non-conference game of the week, Cleveland State travels to Toledo on Wednesday.

The Week That Was

·         Butler overcame a five-point halftime deficit to collect a 71-66 win at Stanford on Thursday, handing the Cardinal its first home loss of 2011-12. The win was the fifth by a Horizon League team over a Power 6 conference member, matching the mark from 2010-11 entering the NCAA Tournament.

·         Loyola’s Ben Averkamp eclipsed the 20-point mark for the fourth straight game at Canisius on Dec. 22. Not coincidentally, Loyola has won four straight games entering League play this Thursday.

·         In one of the most entertaining games of the non-conference season, Wright State knocked off Idaho, 80-78, in overtime on Dec. 20. In the final 20 seconds of overtime, the lead changed hands four times, the final coming on Julius Mays’ banked-in three-pointer to win the game at the buzzer. The game only went to overtime after a half-court shot by Idaho, adding to the highlights which gained prominent rotation on SportsCenter on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

League Notes

·         Cleveland State fell out of the Associated Press poll after a loss at South Florida, but the Vikings picked up 2 points in the Coaches Poll (38th overall).

·         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.

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

·         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.

·         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 (6-7, 0-1 Horizon)

·         Sophomore Eric Fromm and freshman Jackson Aldridge joined senior Ronald Nored with career scoring highs on Butler’s West Coast trip.  Fromm, making his first collegiate start, tallied a career-high 16 points at Gonzaga, while Aldridge had a career-best 15 points at Stanford.  Nored led the Bulldogs at Stanford with a career-high 18 points.

·         The Bulldogs have used five different starting lineups in the past five games and seven different starting units through 13 games.  Only Nored has started every game this season.

·         Butler has had nine different players lead the team or share the team lead in scoring in the first 13 games.

·         Nored has climbed to fifth on the Butler career assists chart with 368. The senior stands fourth on Butler’s all-time list for steals with 170, six shy of Darren Fowlkes (1985-89) in the No. 3 spot. 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.

·         Butler has won at least 26 games in five consecutive seasons. Butler’s 152 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 (11-2, 2-0 Horizon)

·         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).

·         Senior D’Aundray Brown moved into ninth place on the all-time steals list at CSU and enters the week with 179 for his career.

·         Senior Jeremy Montgomery has played in all 119 games during his career, tied for the seventh longest streak in program history, and has started the last 69 games.

·         CSU’s 63-45 win over Sam Houston State on Thursday improved the Vikings to 4-0 at home this year. The Vikings hit a season-high 10 three-pointers in the victory, going 10-of- 19 (.526) from behind the arc.

·         Senior Trey Harmon has taken 504 three-pointers in his career, one of three players in CSU history with 500 attempts. Montgomery is close to joining him as he enters the week with 497 career three-point field goal attempts.

Detroit Titans (6-8, 0-2 Horizon)

·         Detroit’s Doug Anderson notched his second double-double of the year with 16 points and 12 rebounds in an 80-56 win over Alabama State.

·         Sophomore Ray McCallum was named to the Bob Cousy Award List, given annually to the nation’s top point guard. McCallum, who is averaging 15.1 ppg and 3.6 apg, has scored in double figures in all but one game this year.

·         Anderson is known as a high-flyer, but the junior leads the Horizon League in free throw percentage at 87.5 percent.

·         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.

·         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 (6-6, 2-0 Horizon)

·         Green Bay’s DI strength of schedule as of Sunday was the sixth toughest in the nation according to RPIRatings.com and seventh toughest per the Sagarin ratings.

·         The Phoenix will be looking for their first road win of the season this weekend, holding a spotless 6-0 mark at the Resch Center.

·         Junior Brennan Cougill’s 19 rebounds versus Idaho tied for the third-most in program history and tied the Resch Center record for boards in a game.

·         Sophomore Alec Brown already sits in fourth on the all-time Phoenix ledger with 100 career blocks.

·         Green Bay made a season-high 9 three-pointers in the win over Idaho, as senior Steve Baker made 3-of-4. Bakers currently leads the Horizon League in three-point percentage (51.4).

·         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 (5-7, 0-2 Horizon)

·         Loyola brings a four-game winning streak, its longest since opening the 2010-11 campaign with seven straight wins, into its Dec. 29 contest versus Wright State.

·         Junior Ben Averkamp is the first Rambler since Blake Schilb (Feb. 18-26, 2006) to score 20 or more points in four consecutive contests. Over the last four games, Averkamp is putting up 24.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.8 apg and is shooting 53 percent (40 for 75) from the field and 92 percent (12 for 13) from the foul line.

·         The Ramblers have held each of their last three opponents under 50 points and have surrendered only 48.8 ppg in their current four-game winning streak. The last time Loyola allowed fewer than 50 points in three straight games was March 19 - November 30, 1949.

·         Senior Walt Gibler has recorded a double-double in two of the last three games and now needs only 116 points for 1,000 in his career and 62 rebounds for 500. Only 17 players in LU history have totaled 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.

·         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 (9-4, 2-0 Horizon)

·         The four games the Panthers have lost so far this season have come to teams that are a combined 43-7.

·         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.

·         Kyle Kelm returned to the lineup last Thursday against Marquette after missing two games with a sprained shoulder. Ja’Rob McCallum and Lonnie Boga also continue to be sidelined by injuries, with McCallum continuing to battle a wrist injury while Boga is a likely redshirt candidate.

·         UWM shot just 26.7 percent from the floor overall versus Marquette and  just 4-of-28 from three-point range. The overall shooting percentage marked the first time in nearly a year the Panthers shot less than 30 percent from the floor and was the lowest shooting percentage since Milwaukee shot just 24.1 percent in a loss at Butler in 2009.

·         Milwaukee is holding opponents to 58.5 points per game on the year, ranking 32nd nationally. Limiting the opposition to just 25.1 percent shooting from three-point range, the Panthers rank 12th.

UIC Flames (4-8, 0-2 Horizon)

·         UIC’s men’s basketball team has seen no shortage of nail biters this season, playing a total of six games decided by five points or less. UIC is just 2-4 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, at Milwaukee and at Central Michigan.  UIC trailed by just two (57-55) with 31 seconds remaining last Friday at Dayton. Additionally, the Flames have held second-half leads in six of their eight losses this season.

·         UIC enters Thursday’s game against Detroit as the Horizon League’s leader in rebounding margin (+4.5). The Flames have out-rebounded 8-of-11 opponents this season.

·         Junior guard Daniel Barnes has tallied eight double-digit scoring outputs this season, including 17 or more points on five occasions. Barnes has eclipsed his career-high in scoring in two-of the past three contests. 

·         Entering the Flames’ road contest at Central Michigan, UIC had no players averaging double figures in scoring.  As the Flames resume Horizon League play this week, Barnes (12.1 ppg) and senior center Darrin Williams (10.3 ppg) are both scoring in double figures, while junior point guard Gary Talton is averaging 9.4 points per game.

·         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 (8-5, 1-0 Horizon)

·         Valparaiso has alternated wins and losses over its last eight games.

·         The Crusaders have helped the Horizon League to an 11-10 mark against the MAC this season, going 3-0 versus MAC opponents.

·         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 last Tuesday at Northern Illinois.

·         Junior Kevin Van Wijk matched his career high with 22 points, going 8-of-9 from the floor versus Oakland.

·         Presently 245-for-426 on attempts from inside the three-point arc, Valparaiso is among the nation’s leaders in two-point field goal percentage, hitting 57.5 percent of its attempts.

·         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 (6-8, 1-1 Horizon)

·         Wright State won back-to-back games for the second time this season, knocking off Idaho, 80-78, in overtime on Tuesday before rolling past Central Michigan, 60-42, on Thursday.

·         Both junior Julius Mays and freshman Reggie Arceneaux posted career highs versus Idaho. Mays had 28, including the game-winning shot at the buzzer, while Arceneaux added 19. The duo accounted for all 11 Wright State points in overtime.

·         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).

·         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. Arceneaux 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 (6-6, 1-1 Horizon)

·         At 9.8 three-pointers per game, the Penguins rank eighth in the NCAA. Hitting 38.2 percent of those attempts, Youngstown State ranks 45th in the nation.

·         Junior Blake Allen leads the three-point attack, hitting 40-of-91 attempts this year. Allen was eighth nationally with 3.3 per game and 24th with a 44.0 percent mark through Dec. 18.

·         Junior Damian Eargle has 143 career blocks,  second in the Youngstown State record book. His 52 blocks this season already ranks fourth on the single season chart.

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

·         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.



Eastern Michigan vs. St. Louis, 1:00 PM

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The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team jets to the Pacific Northwest to participate in the Washington Dental Service Holiday Hoops Tournament hosted by Seattle University at KeyArena in Seattle, Wash. The latest NCAA Statistical Rankings came out on Dec. 18 and the Eagles are 12th in the nation (out of 336 eligible teams) in steals per game at 13.6. They are 25th in turnover margin at +6.0, 37th in rebounding margin (+7.3) and 58th in scoring margin (+12.2) . Individually, Tavelyn James is second in the nation in scoring with an average of 25.1 points per game and 12th in three-point field goals per game at 3.1. Desyree Thomas is 12th in the nation with an average of 3.8 steals per game, while Paige Redditt is 48th in the nation in rebounds with an average of 9.6 per game.  As a team, Eastern Michigan is shooting 40.6 percent from the field, including 27.4 percent from behind the three-point line, and 67.1 percent from the free throw line. Tavelyn James is the player to watch for the Eagles, averaging 23.5 points per game, seventh in the country in scoring average.  Billikens enter the tournament with a 4-8 record after suffering back-to-back close losses at home to Drake (62-60) and UMKC (70-67) before the Christmas break. Saint Louis is scoring 60.3 points per game and giving up 61.2 points per contest. As a team, the Billikens are shooting 35.5 percent from the field, including 24.1 percent from behind the three-point line, and 64.4 percent from the free throw line. Courtney Webb leads the team in scoring with 12.1 points per game, while Lorreal Jones is contributing 8.7 points and a team-high 9.5 rebounds per game.



Buffalo vs. NJIT, 6:00 PM

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The Bulls conclude non-conference play over the next two days at the Cyclone Challenge. UB will face NJIT in the first round and either Iowa State or New Hampshire on  the second day.  The Bulls are coming into the tournament on a winning note following a 69-65 overtime win over Oakland on Dec. 22. Senior Brittany Hedderson became UB’s single-game scoring leader with 39 points in the win over Oakland.  Hedderson broke a school record that had stood since 1977-78 when Regina Frazier had 38 points against D’Youville.  Hedderson also broke the record for field goals in a game with a 16-for-29 performance.  She leads the team in scoring at 19.2 points per game. For the first time since 2008, UB has two players with double-doubles in the same game.  Brittany Hedderson had career highs with 39 points and 11 rebounds, while redshirt sophomore Nytor Longar recorded her first double-double with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. New Jersey Institute of Technology enters the tournament with a 5-6 record  after a 71-47 loss at Minnesota this past Friday.  The Highlanders are led by Uju Nwanko, who is averaging 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.  She is also second on the team with 24 blocked shots.  Sarah Olson and Rayven Johnson are both averaging 9.6 points per game.  In all, seven players are averaging over 5.0 points per game, including Nicole Maticka, who has a team-high 33 blocked shots.



George Mason at Ohio, 7:00 PM 

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Following a number of impressive performances at the 2011 Duel in the Desert tournament, Ohio Women’s Basketball is back in action on Thursday when George Mason comes to town. The Bobcats will tip-off their final non-conference game of the 2011-12 season against the Patriots at 7 p.m. Two of Ohio’s top three scorers are shooting 45 percent or better from the field. Tenishia Benson (14.0 ppg) is shooting at a .464 clip while Porsha Harris (10.8 ppg) is connecting on her field-goal attempts at a .454 mark. Porsha Harris’ 29-point performance against Xavier was impressive from both a season and a career perspective. Dur­ing the game, the junior forward surpassed 500 points in her career. One hundred and eight of her 508 career points have come while donning the Green and White. Ohio has shown improvement in taking care of the ball over the last few outings, even against very strong competition. The Bobcats turned the ball over 15 times against Oklahoma, 17 times vs. Xavier and 13 times against Syracuse. Each of these figures is well below the season average of 18.6. George Mason comes to Athens the owner of a 7-3 record. The Patriots dispatched George Washington, 58-55, in their last game. Seven of their first ten games in the 2011-12 season have been at home and earlier in the year the team achieved a six-game winning streak. The Patriots are led in scoring by Taleia Moton, who averages 21.8 points per game. As of games played on Dec. 18, Moton was the ninth most prolific scorer in all of NCAA Division One Women’s Basketball. Joining her in double figures is Amber Easter, who can be counted upon for 10.8 ppg.


Northern Illinois at E. Illinois, 7:00 PM

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Northern Illinois plays its fifth road game of the year with its 26th all-time meeting with Eastern Illinois. In NIU's 47-43 win over Indiana State, Kim Davis and Amanda Corral combined for 31 of NIU's 47 points, including all nine points of NIU's 9-0 run to open the game. The two also scored the last 16 points for NIU to close out the win. Davis' 16 were a season high, while Corral notched 15 for the second straight game. NIU ranks first in the MAC and 98th in the NCAA in opponent field goal percentage (.360). The Huskies are 6-2 when holding opponents under 40 percent shooting and are 4-1 when outshooting their foes. The Huskies also rank third in the MAC in scoring defense (58.1 PPG).The Panthers finished last season with an 18-13 mark, 13-5 in Ohio Valley Conference play. Returning five starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's team, eighth-year Head Coach Brady Sallee has EIU off to a 7-4 start. Since winning their first four games, the Panthers have gone 3-4. Both NIU and EIU have wins over Indiana State and Western Illinois, and have lost to Illinois Chicago.


Bowling Green at Wyoming, 7:00 PM

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The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team heads westward to conclude both the 2011 calendar year and the '11-12 non-conference schedule. BG has gone 2-0 against first-time foes this season to date, winning those two games by an average of 40 points. The Falcons had never met Jacksonville (83-53 win on Dec. 11) or Madonna prior to the 2011-12 season. Junior Chrissy Steffen leads the Falcons in scoring with 13.6 points per game, and she also has 3.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.2 steals per contest. Steffen ranks second on the Falcons in both assists and steals, she averaged 19.8 ppg in the Falcons' first five wins of the year, and has a team-leading seven double-digit scoring games this season to date. Madonna became the third opponent this season, and the second in three games, to shoot less than 30 percent from the floor against the Falcon defense. BG held Detroit to just a 27.7% field-goal rate, and the Falcons let Jacksonville shoot just 29.2%. Wyoming enters the game 4-7 overall after a nine point victory, 51-42, over UC Irvine before the holiday break. The Cowgirls are led by junior Ashley Sickles who leads the team with 13.9 points plus 6.3rebounds per game. She currently ranks second in minutes played, sixth in scoring and 11th in rebounding. 


Spartan Women Rusty in First Game Back at Smokey Ballenger Classic

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Competing for the first time in 17 days, the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team showed some obvious rust in a 66-48 loss to St. Mary's College (Ind.) on day one of the 2011 Smokey Ballenger Classic hosted by Otterbein University at the Rike Center.

The Spartans (6-4) see a four-game win streak snapped, but are right back in action tomorrow evening versus tourney host Otterbein at 6:00 p.m. St. Mary's snaps a two-game losing skid and improves to 4-7 overall.

Peck (L), Orcutt (R)

The Spartans were held to just 26.2 percent shooting from the field, and junior guard Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) was the only player in double-figures with 18 points and five assists. Senior forward Chelsea Peck (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic) added six points and a career-high 10 rebounds, while junior point guard Erica Iafelice (North Canton, Ohio/Canton Hoover) totaled seven points and five assists.

Case scored the opening two points on a layup by Peck at the 18:46 mark, but St. Mary's answered with a 9-2 run capped by a Kelly Murphy layup at 16:56. The Belles maintained control and increased their advantage to 19 with a 21-7 run as Murphy hit a pair of free throws to make the score 30-11 with 5:12 left in the first half. The Spartans mounted a mini comeback with a 15-7 run and brought the score to 37-26 when freshman guard Brooke Orcutt (Morrison, Colo./Dakota Ridge) hit a three-pointer with five seconds remaining before intermission.

St. Mary's opened the second half with a 19-9 run and led 54-33 when Patsy Mahoney canned a triple with 10:53 left to play. The Spartans were unable to trim their deficit below 14 the rest of the way as the Belles cruised to their fourth win of the season.

Murphy led all scorers in the game with 23 points to go along with seven boards.

Lake Erie men's basketball in Florida for tournament today and tomorrow

NCAA Division II - Men's Basketball
Lake Erie College (4-4, 1-3 GLIAC) at Winter Park Rotary Tangerine Tournament hosted by Rollins College
Thursday December 29: Lake Erie College at Rollins College (7-2), 7:00 p.m.
Friday December 30: Lake Erie College vs. California (Pa.) (6-4)/West Georgia (11-1), 5:00 or 7:00 p.m.

Venue: Harold & Ted Alfond Sports Center – Winter Park, Fla.
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Up Next for LEC:  January 4 vs. Urbana, 7:30 p.m.

STORM LOOKS FOR TO CLIMB ABOVE .500 AT HOLDAY TOURNAMENT: The Lake Erie College men's basketball team to move above .500 and take home the tournament crown as it travels to Winter Park, Fla. for the Winter Park Rotary Tangerine Tournament hosted by Rollins College.  The Storm (4-4, 1-3 GLIAC) will take on host Rollins in the opening round Thursday and will be matched up with California (Pa.) or West Georgia Friday depending on the outcomes of Thursday night's contests.  Lake Erie is coming off its first conference win Dec. 17 as it defeated Northwood (Mich.), 62-60, after previously dropping three straight GLIAC games to Hillsdale College (62-56), Wayne State University (67-56) and Ashland University (73-54).

LAST TIME OUT: Sophomore guard Nate Tait (South Euclid, Ohio/Brush/Alderson-Broaddus) hit a jumper with one second left to lift Lake Erie to a thrilling 62-60 win over host Northwood University on Saturday night (Dec. 17) at the E.W. Bennett Sports Center in Midland, Mich. Sophomore Rich Austin (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) led all players with 22 points, his second 20-point game of the season.  He was the only Storm player in double figures.

SERIES NOTES: This is the first meeting between Lake Erie and Rollins and would be versus West Georgia as well.  The Storm played California (Pa.) four times over the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons and recorded a 1-3 record.  On November 22, 2008, Lake Erie defeated Cal, 50-46, for its first victory as a member of NCAA Division II.

OPPOSITION POSITION: Rollins started the season off 7-0, propelling the Tars to a No. 10 ranking in the NABC Division II poll before dropping its last two games before the holiday.  West Georgia (11-1) joins Rollins in the also receiving votes section of the latest poll while Cal (6-4) defeated Chestnut Hill, (88-48), last game to snap a four-game losing streak.

AUSTIN ALL-IN: Sophomore Rich Austin has made a huge leap after a solid freshman season. Austin is averaging 13.8 ppg. and 6.9 rpg, leading the team in both categories. He has reached double figure scoring in six of the eight games this season. The Cleveland St. Ignatius grad averaged 6.0 ppg. as a freshman.

THREE-POINT THWARTING: Lake Erie is leading the GLIAC in three-point defense this season, holding opponents to just .307 (42-of-137) on attempts from behind the arc. 

STORM SWIPING IT: This season, the Storm has averaged 8.5 steals per game, good for fourth in the conference.  Two Lake Erie players, sophomore guards Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) and Nate Tait, rank in the top ten in the GLIAC with 1.4 and 1.2 seals per game, good for seventh and eighth, respectively. 

NON-CONFERENCE NUMBERS: Lake Erie has been strong this season in non-conference play, going 3-1 overall and 3-0 against NCAA Division II opponents. The GLIAC as a whole has been one of the top conferences in the country, going 44-27 in non-conference play.

Walsh Jesuit alumna Kendra Simmons Named 

NSCAA Women’s Soccer Collegiate Scholar 


Complete NSCAA Women's College Scholar All-American Teams

 Honored earlier this month with All-America acclaim, Case Western Reserve University women's soccer junior forward Kendra Simmons (Medina, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) has landed her name in the program record book once again -- this time as a 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Collegiate Scholar All-America Third Team honoree. The three teams are comprised of Division II and Division III student-athletes from across the nation.

Also a 2011 NSCAA third-team All-American, first-team All-Great Lakes Region and first-team All-University Athletic Association honoree, Simmons led the squad and ranked 10th in the UAA with 18 points on seven goals and four assists. She also led the league with five game-winners. In 44 career matches, Simmons has 37 points on 16 goals and five assists.

A medical anthropology major with a 3.40 grade point average, Simmons was the lone UAA student-athlete selected to the NSCAA Women's Collegiate Scholar All-America teams comprised of 34 student-athletes. She was also one of just two midfielders from the Great Lakes Region to earn the acclaim.

The No. 19 nationally-ranked Spartans (13-4-3, 4-2-1 UAA) ended the season with school records for wins and shutouts (11). The team also earned the program's first-ever national ranking in mid-October and reached the NCAA Championship Tournament for the first time in team history.

Oberlin Athletics to Unveil High Definition Web Streaming
12/28/2011 5:15:00 PM
Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College athletics department will be one of the only schools in NCAA Division III to offer live HD web streaming of its athletics contests, starting with its men’s basketball game on Friday night against Anderson University at 7 p.m.
The remainder of the men’s and women’s basketball home games will be streamed live in full 720p as well as the remaining home swim meet on January 13. 
As we move into the spring seasons, select events will also be streamed live online in HD and free off charge to our faithful followers across the globe.
Oberlin athletics is already one of the leaders nationwide in live streaming at the Division III level, providing coverage for approximately 80 events per year on goyeo.com.
“I would like to thank our generous alumni and fan base that made this possible through their generous donations,” Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications Mike Mancini said. “This is a very exciting time for our department as this new technology will allow our fans to get enhanced views of our athletes in action.”
It is important that fans check their internet connections in order to see if they have enough bandwidth to view an HD stream online. It is recommended that the end-user have a connection of at least 5-6 Mbps to view an HD stream. You can test your internet speed byclicking here. For fans that do not meet the minimum download speed, we are working on adding a second stream in standard definition, but that will not be immediately available.

Cleveland State battles back after second half slump to send Lake Erie College to defeat for only second time this season

CLEVELAND (THEATRE DISTRIC) -- In an-all Cleveland battle, Cleveland State shook off a second half rally by Lake Erie College to grab a 62-48 basketball win here in the Wolstein Center.

It was only the second loss of the season for the Storm while Cleveland State starts afresh in still looking for its first two-game winning streak of the season.

Coleman (L), Green (R)

A pair of freshmen had fine games for Cleveland State.

Rookie Cori Coleman buried a pair of threes and also hit a two to transform a three-point CSU lead in the second half to 13 points, 58-45.

Lake Erie hung around early in the game, matching the Vikings basket for basket put a pair of jumpers by Janelle Adams gave CSU a 10-5 lead with four minutes gone in the game.

The freshman, Kiersten Green, then drilled a pair of mid-range jumpers gave CSU a 19-10 lead.

However, Lake Erie would not give up too quickly. After having some foul shooting trouble early, the Storm began making their free throws. After a Stephanie Rogers basket made it 19-17 with 6:50 to go, Cate Cianchetti hit a pair of free throws to bring LEC back to within four, 23-19, with 5:19 to go in the half.

The Vikings made their big run in the final four minutes of the half to take a 31-21 halftime lead on the Storm. Adams, Green and Destinee Blue all came up with key baskets in the 8-2 run to give the Vikings their biggest lead of the night in heading into the locker room.

Coming off the bench, Green scored eight points in the first half.

Lake Erie came out storming in the second half. Rogers hit three straight baskets to cut a 15-point deficit to nine points, 39-30.

Rogers (L), Caiola (R)

Then it was Jen Caiola’s turn. Caiola took it to the hoop driving the lane and from the outside.  A Caiola basket made it 41-34 and then Rogers made it 41-36 with 11:06 to play.

A Caiola steal and basket midway through the half brought the guests to within three. They did have a chance to tie it with a couple possessions but could never manage it.

Lake Erie was slowed when Rogers picked up her fourth foul with 5:33 to play.

Lairson Scores 14 as B-W Women Beat Olivet 

(Mich.), 54-50, in Orlando, Florida; Play 

No. 17 Hope (Mich.) Today

MAITLAND, FLORIDA  – Sophomore guard Jessica Lairson (Louisville/ Senior) scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team defeated Olivet (Mich.) College, 54-50, tonight (Wednesday, December 28, 2011) in its first game of the RDV Classic, hosted by Hope (Mich.) College in the RDV Sportsplex, the practice facility of the NBAs Orlando Magic. The Yellow Jackets (7-4) play No. 17-ranked Hope tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.

In addition to Lairson for B-W, junior All-Ohio Athletic Conference guard Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/ Hoover) had 12 points. The key to the win was rebounding as B-W outrebounded Olivet, 45-38, including 23-9 on the offensive end of the court.  Olivet (2-9) was led by sophomore guard Kelsey Campbell with a game-high 16 points.

The Yellow Jackets opened the scoring at the 19:30 mark when Lairson made a jump shot.  The Comets then grabbed control and went on a 11-0 run to take an 11-2 lead at the 12:58 mark when junior forward Kaleigh Hill made a jumper.

B-W got back into the game by scoring three straight points to cut the lead to 11-5 at the 12:10 mark when sophomore forward Lexi Rohrbach (Tiffin/ Columbian) made one of two foul shots. After Olivet gained an eight-point lead at 13-5, Lairson cut the deficit to four points at 13-9 at 10:02 when Lairson canned back-to-back jumpers. The run continued when junior point guard Rachel Rossman (Olmsted Falls) canned a jumper at 9:09 to make it 13-11.

B-W tied the game at 13-13 at 8:20 when All-Ohio Athletic Conference junior guard Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/ Hoover) made a layup. The Comets then ended the eight point run at 7:59 when junior forward SoQuitta DeShazor made a jumper.  Undaunted, B-W junior guard Megan Frisina (Corry, Pa./ Corry Area) made a steal and then canned a three-pointer to help the Yellow Jackets retake the lead at 16-15 at 7:20.

The Jackets increased their lead to 18-15 when freshman guard Audrey Smolik (Strongsville) made a jumper at 6:13, but Olivet’s Campbell tied it at 18-18 with a trey at 5:54. After the game was tied again at 20-20, 22-22 and 24-24, Olivet took a 28-24 advantage when junior forward Sydney Radde made a jumper in the lane with 19 seconds left before the intermission. The Comets led by the same score at halftime.

In the second half, Carpenter cut the Olivet lead to 28-26 with 19:06 left when she made a pair of foul shots. Lairson tied it at 28-28 at 18:34 when Lairson made a jumper.  And, Rohrbach gave the lead back to B-W at 30-28 when she grabbed an offensive rebound and scored at 17:44. The lead grew to 31-28 at 17:12 when Smolik made one of two charity tosses.  The run ended when Olivet’s Lauwers made a jumper at 16:43 to make the score 31-30.

Smolik increased the lead to three points at 33-30 at 15:38 when Smolik made two foul shots. Following two missed Olivet free throws and several possessions, B-W took at 35-30 lead when sophomore center Natalia Simovic (Seven Hills/ Parma Normandy) blocked a Comet shot and then was on the receiving end of a Rossman pass to complete a fastbreak layup.  The lead then grew to 37-30 at 12:20 when Carpenter made a layup via another Rossman assist to end a fastbreak.

B-W gained an eight-point bulge at 38-30 when Carpenter made one of two foul shots at 11:52. The run ended as Olivet sophomore guard Rachel Wagner made back-to-back jumpers to make the score 38-34 with 11:00 left. Carpenter then pushed the lead back to six at 40-34 at 10:44 when Carpenter made a jumper.

After a Campbell triple cut the lead to 40-37 at 10:12, Smolik gave the Jackets a five-point lead at 42-37 at 9:58 with a jumper. Radde again cut the lead back to three at 42-39 at 8:48, but Smolik knocked down her own jumper at 8:22 to push it back to five at 44-39. Then Hill made it a one possession game again at 44-41 at 7:53 when she nailed a jump shot and Campbell made it a one-point game at 44-43 with a layup at 7:06.

Rohrbach pushed the lead to 45-43 at 5:26 when she made one of two foul shots. Olivet’s Wagner then tied the game at 45-45 at 3:41 wen she mae a jump shot. But Carpenter hit a key three-pointer at 3:17 to put B-W back on top at 3:17. Then following a Comet miss, freshman forward Jena Andreas (Pickerington/ North) made it a six-point lead at 51-45 with a three of her own at 2:40.

DeShazor closed the gap to 51-47 with a hook shot at 1:13. Following a B-W miss by Carpenter, Comet sophomore guard Lindsey Winters canned a three-pointer from well behind the three-point arc at 28 seconds left to close the gap to 51-50.  Following a missed B-W foul shot and an Olivet rebound, DeShazor grabbed a rebound off another Winters three-point attempt and was fouled with 11 seconds left.

Following a B-W timeout, DeShazor missed both foul shots and Rossman grabbed the rebound and was fouled. After missing the first foul shot, she grabbed her own rebound and was fouled again with seven seconds left. She made the first for a 52-50 lead, but missed the second. Luckily, Lairson grabbed the rebound and was fouled.  Her two foul shots with one second remaining both “iced” the game and gave her team-high scoring honors.

The Yellow Jackets return to Ohio Athletic Conference action on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 when they host OAC and Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center at 7:30 p.m.  B-W also hosts OAC-rival Capital University in Berea on Jan. 7 at 3:00 p.m.

Media and fans are reminded that the B-W will televise two men’s and women’s basketball doubleheaders on regional cable network 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