C Page -- Dec. 4, 2010

Miami of Ohio wins 

MAC Marathon game

By Ken Mather


DETROIT, Mich. - Armand Robinson caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Austin Boucher with 33 seconds remaining, lifting Miami to a stunning 26-21 upset of No. 25 Northern Illinois Friday night in the 2010 Marathon MAC Championship Game at Ford Field. The win marked the second time the RedHawks had won the league title game and completed a worst-to-first league finish.

The catch, made in the open after a Northern Illinois blitz, was the 14th of the game for Robinson, tying the Miami school record. It capped a six-play, 52-yard drive that included a fourth-and 20 reception by Chris Givens on a tipped pass. Two plays later, the RedHawks completed the improbable comeback, resembling their season - posting a 9-4 record after winning just one game last year.

Boucher finished the game 333 yards passing, completing 29 of 46 attempts. Thomas Merriweather rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 attempts, including a 47-yarder on the first offensive play to set the tone. Merriweather was named Miami's Most Valuable Player of the Game.

But it was the RedHawk defense that shined on the big stage, limiting the vaunted Northern Illinois rushing attack to just 92 yards. The Huskies entered the game ranked seventh in the country averaging 279.2 yards on the ground. The 373 yards on total offense were almost 80 less their season average.

Miami made NIU punt in its first possession. It took the lead 6-0 at the 8:02 mark of the first quarter on Merriweather's one-yard touchdown run, capping an eight-play, 80-yard drive. Trevor Cook's PAT was blocked. The big play in the drive was a 47-yard gallop by Merriweather, the second-longest run of his career. Merriweather had a 96-yard run 10 days ago against Temple in the regular-season finale. Northern Illinois responded quickly. NIU's pass play of 69 yards from Chand Harnish to Martel Moore a minute-and-a-half later at 6:33 of first quarter, plus Michael Cklamovski's successful PAT, put the Huskies on top, 7-6.

Miami's second possession, providing the RedHawks with a 13-7 lead, featured runs of 25 and eight yards by Merriweather and carries of five and 11 yards and a seven-yard TD by freshman Tracy Woods. It was the first time this season that Miami had scored touchdowns on its first two possessions this season. Miami's 13 points were the most it had scored in the first quarter of any game this season.

NIU answered Miami's score again on its third possession, capped by a 27-yard TD pass from Harnish to Moore. The six-play, 70-yard drive put NIU back on top, 14-13. In first half, Merriweather had 79 yards on only five attempts, while quarterback Austin Boucher was 14-for-21 for 142 yards.

Neither team scored in the second yard, trading several fruitless possessions. Miami had one final opportunity to score, but Cook's 42-yard field goal was blocked as time expired in the first half.

Midway through the second half, Boucher led Miami on a long drive, but it was stopped on fourth down at NIU's two-yard line when field goal holder Mike Scherpenberg tried to score on the fake.

The third quarter ended with Miami in the lead, 20-14.

NIU scored on the first play of the fourth quarter on a 39-yard pass from Harnish to wideout Willie Clark at the 14:54 mark to put the Huskies in the lead, 21-20. It was a nine-play, 89-yard drive in an elapsed time of 4:52.




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Thomas finished with 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Neumann also netted a career-best 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting. 

“This was a big bounce back win for us,” Head Coach Kerry Jenkins said. “After having a let down on Wednesday, we were able to come back here today and play a very effective game.”

The Yeowomen (3-3) trailed 27-23 at the half and went down by as many as eight points on two separate occasions in the second session. Trailing 53-45 with 7:44 remaining, the Yeowomen used a 7-0 spurt that was capped off by an old fashion 3-point play by Neumann to get within in one at the 4:34 mark. 

After going down 58-54, Kelly Warlich cashed in a deep 3-pointer and Anderson followed with an old school 3-point play to give the Yeowomen a 60-58 cushion with just 1:32 left. It was the first lead for Oberlin since the 15:24 mark of the opening half, when it led 5-2. 

Anderson would then preserve the win with five straight free throws over the final 35 seconds. 

Oberlin made 31.7 percent (20-of-63) of its shots, which included an 8-of-27 effort (29.6%) from downtown. The Tartans checked in at 33.9 percent (21-of-62) overall and went 11-of-28 (39.3%) from 3-point land. 

The Yeowomen will go right back to work on Monday night when local rival Case Western Reserve comes to town for a 7 p.m. battle

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Defeats Marygrove (Mich.) College Led by Shields’ Career-High 22 Points

December 4, 2010

By Jeff Hoedtt

DETROIT, MICH.  –  Junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) scored a game and career-high 22 points to lead the Hiram College women’s basketball team past non-conference opponent Marygrove College, 72-54, today (Saturday, Dec. 5) in Detroit, Mich.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers improve to 4-0 overall and the Mustangs fall to 2-9 overall for the season.  Hiram equals its best start in program history beginning the season with four straight victories.

The game remained close in the early minutes of the first half, but a 12-2 scoring run by Marygrove, gave the Mustangs their largest lead of seven points, 14-7, at the 14:40 minute mark.  Hiram stayed within striking distance and eventually took the lead with a 12-2 run of its own later in the period that ended with a jumper by junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) giving the Terriers a 24-18 advantage with 7:04 left in the half.  Hiram never trailed in the game again and led by a score of 38-27 at the break.

The Terriers continued to pull away in the second half and recorded their largest lead of the game of 25 points, 58-33, on a basket by freshman guard Marisa Thomas (Lorain/Amherst) with 12:41 left to play.  Marygrove made a small run late in the half and narrowed the gap to 14 points, 65-51, with 4:25 remaining.  But that would be as close as the Mustangs would get as Hiram cruised to the 72-54 victory.

Hiram shot an impressive 44.1 percent (26-0f-59) from the field and Marygrove shot 36.7 percent (22-of-60).

The Mustangs had one player score in double-figures in Andrea Smith who scored 14 points on seven-of-10 shooting (70.0 percent) in addition to grabbing eight rebounds.  Teammate Tiffany Coleman contributed with a game-tying high nine boards.

Hiram was led by Shields’ 22 points on five-of-11 shooting (45.5 percent), including a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line.  Durichko and senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) rounded out the high scorers with 12 points each.  Both also grabbed a game-tying high nine rebounds.  Durichko was a rebound and an assist away from recording a triple-double as she also tallied a game-high nine assists.

Hiram will host Grove City (Pa.) College in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at Price Gymnasium.  Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m..Wooster Invite Day 2

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Wooster, OH - The Yeoswimmers continued to put up strong performances on the second day of the Wooster Invitational.

Jane McIntyre turned in a season best time in the 400-yard individual medley (4:49.55) to earn 7th place. Jenny Meltz had a strong performance in the same event, taking 14th place (4:54.13).

Sara Kadi and Kate Melanson represented the Yeowomen in the final heat of the 100-yard butterfly. Kadi swam to a 4th place finish with a time of 59.36. Melanson rounded out the final field in 8th place (1:01.17).

Jordan Jancosek and Alden Gilliom both contributed to the team's performance in the 100-yard breastroke. Jancosek was 21st (1:15.35) and Gilliom placed 23rd (1:16.01).

The Yeowomen finished up the night session with a strong performance in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The team of Meltz, Kadi, Melanson and McIntyre placed 7th in the event with a time of 8:05.38.

The Yeomen had a strong showing in the 100-yard butterfly. Corey Spiro led the way for the team taking 14th (53.61) with teammates Luke Harrison in 20th (55.61) and Dimitri Macris in 23rd (56.47).

Chris Pickens was 8th in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.33) while senior Jon Vimrtook 21st with a time of 1:50.53.

First-years Dylan Jordan and Isaac Bacon had solid performances in the 100-yard backstroke. Jordan won his consolation final heat with a strong finish to take 9th place (54.66). Bacon was 20th in the event (57.87).

The Yeoswimmers and Yeodivers return to action tomorrow for the final day of competition. Prelims start at 10 a.m. and finals are at 5 p.m. 

Kolesar, Harrison set records

December 4, 2010 

WOOSTER, Ohio -- Alyson Kolesar (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) and Taylor Harrison (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) set new Mount Union women's swimming records at the Wooster Swimming and Diving Invitational, which took place Dec. 2-4.


Kolesar placed third in the 500-yard freestyle with a school-record time of 5:16.75.

Harrison's record time of 2:13.70 earned her 10th place in the 200 individual medley.

Allison Davila (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) added an eight-place finish for the Raiders in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.58).


Kolesar, Jennie Ciccantelli (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls), Julia Kaszycki (Solomon, Kan./Salina) and Harrison teamed for seventh in the 400 free relay, clocking in at 3:43.72.

In diving competition, Tia Marquinez (Hudson/Walsh Jesuit) placed fourth on the 1-meter board with 327.35 points while Jamie Hays (Brookville, Pa./Brookville) was seventh with 291.15.


Mount Union placed 10th in team scoring with 542 points. Edinboro finished first (1280.5) while Gannon was second (1272.5).

The Purple Raiders will return to action next Saturday when they swim a dual meet at St. Vincent (Pa.).



Bee Gee aims to keep momentum going

Dec. 4, 2010

By Erin Dugan

Cal State Fullerton at Bowling Green, 1 pm
The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team, coming off a win over a top-25 program, will look to continue that momentum this weekend. The Falcons of head coach Curt Miller will conclude a brief two-game homestand with a Saturday (Dec. 4) matchup against Cal State Fullerton. Senior Lauren Prochaska, the MAC Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, is averaging a team-high 20.3 points per game, and also paces the Falcons with 7.3 rebounds per contest. Prochaska has scored 20 or more points in five of this season's eight games, including a season-high 31-point performance in the win over Vanderbilt. BGSU is shooting 41.6% from the field, 34.9% from three-point land and 82.6% from the free-throw line. BG has allowed opponents to shoot just 37.9% from the floor and 32.8% from beyond the arc. Cal State Fullerton will come to Northwest Ohio with a record of 3-4. Individually, junior guard Megan Richardson leads the team in scoring, with 15.3 points per game.

Wright State at Akron, 2 pm
The University of Akron women's basketball team will continue its three-game homestand Saturday by welcoming Wright State to James A. Rhodes Arena for a 2 p.m. tip off. Akron battled back from a 20-point, second-half deficit - cutting the lead to seven with five minutes to play - but ran out of time in a 69-58 defeat to Duquesne Wednesday night at Rhodes Arena. It was the Zips' first setback on their home floor in three games. Akron enters Saturday's game as the third-highest ranked offense in the MAC. The Zips are averaging 72.6 points per game, highlighted by a 94-point explosion in a win against Georgia Southern last weekend, through their first seven contests. Four UA players are averaging double figures in scoring. Sophomore forward Rachel Tecca leads the way at a 17.0 points-per-game mark, followed by senior forward Kara Murphy (13.4), sophomore guard Taylor Ruper (11.4) and freshman forward Carly Young (10.0). The Raiders (2-3) will enter Saturday's contest with a better record on the road (2-1) than at home (0-2) after dropping it's last two games at the Nutter Center to Dayton (61-91) and Miami (Ohio) (57-62). WSU is led offensively by a pair of double-digit scorers in senior guard LaShawna Thomas (14.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.8 apg) and junior forward Molly Fox (10.8 ppg, 9.8 rpg). Thomas is a preseason All-Horizon League Second Team honoree.

Kent State at St. Francis (PA), 2 pm
The Kent State women's basketball team (6-0) is back on the road for a pair of games, starting Saturday, Dec. 4 against Saint Francis (Pa.). Game time against the Red Flash is slated for 2 p.m. Kent State improved to 6-0 with its convincing 77-39 win over regional foe Youngstown State Wednesday night at the M.A.C. Center. For the second straight game, five players scored in double figures, led by freshman Tayler Stanton and her 14 points. Senior Jamilah Humes added 12 points, while the trio of Taisja Jones, Tamzin Barroilhet and Stephanie Gibson scored 11 points apiece. After starting the season 0-3, Saint Francis has won three of their last four, including its recent 85-71 home victory over Pittsburgh Dec. 1. In that game, the Red Flash prospered with a 13-of-23 effort from three-point range as both guards Samantha Leach and Allison Daly reached the 20-point plateau thanks to their long-range precision. On the season, Leach leads Saint Francis with 16.3 ppg, while Daly is adding 12.9 ppg. Guard Brittany Lilley is also averaging double figures in scoring with 11.9 points per contest while adding a team-best 5.7 assists per game.

Ohio at Chicago State, 2 pm
Looking to rebound from a loss last time out, Ohio wraps up its season-long four-game road trip as it heads to the Windy City of Chicago, Ill., to take on Chicago State Saturday afternoon. Ohio mounted a furious second-half run to nearly erase a 15-point deficit, but the Nation's Capital was not as hospitable as the Bobcats would have hoped as they fell, 54-44, to George Washington Tuesday. Rims turned a cold shoulder to the `Cats as they shot just 26 percent from the field. GW outrebounded the Green and White 41-35 and took advantage of 14 second-chance points. Tenishia Benson paced Ohio in scoring for the fifth straight game with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds and four steals. Thia Gholson scored a season-high nine points to go with five rebounds off the bench, while Shavon Robinson scored all of her six points in the second half off the bench as well. Kamille Buckner pulled down six boards to go with two steals and a block, while Erin Bailes notched a season- and career-best six points on two 3-pointers. Chicago State enters Saturday's game 2-4 overall, picking up a 73-63 win over Western Michigan Wednesday night in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Cougars, who finished 12-19 overall last year, lost their first three games of the season, including a nail-biting 75-73 decision at Northwestern. They have rebounded by winning two of their last three, topping Indiana Northwest and WMU. They dropped a tight 78-74 contest at Northern Illinois in between those. CSU enters Saturday's action averaging 72.5 ppg. on 41.5 percent shooting from the field. The Cougars are a solid shooting team from behind the arc, shooting at just below 35 percent from distance.

Central Michigan vs. Evansville, 4:30 pm
CMU's Shonda Long moved into second on CMU's career three-pointers made chart with five against Coastal Carolina. Kaihla Szunko has registered a double-double in five of CMU's seven games this season. The Chippewas have used the same starting lineup in every game so far in 2010-11. CMU used nine different starting combinations a season ago. The 42 points CMU allowed to Coastal Carolina is the fewest the Chippewas have given up in a contest since the 2005-06 season opener against NAIA foe Wilberforce in an 86-39 victory on Nov. 19, 2005. The last time Central Michigan held a Division I opponent to 42 points or less was Nov. 28, 2004, in a 42-32 loss to Indiana. Its the first time in head coach Sue Guevara's tenure an opponent has been held to fewer than 50 points, and the first time for CMU since a 62-45 victory over Valparaiso on Dec. 21, 2006. With two seconds left on the clock, junior Briyana Blair's strong left-handed layup gave the University of Evansville women's basketball team a, 69-67, first round win over Valparaiso University in the Heritage Federal Credit Union Aces Classic. Heck's 16 and Bamberger's career-high 15 points, including four threes, steered the Aces, as Adams led Valpo with 22 points and Tabitha Gerardot's double-double (17 points, 13 rebounds) piloted the Crusaders.




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In the first half, Marietta scored the first six points for a 6-0 lead at the 17:38 mark when junior guard Joe Puch made a layup. B-W got right back in the game by outscoring Marietta 10-4 to close to within 10-8 with 13:37 left when Krakowiak buried his second three-pointer of the game

Holy Name alum Kevin Krakowiak.

B-W finally tied the game at 17-17 with 8:01 left when Ameen made a layup. Undaunted, the Pioneers came right back with a 6-0 run to retake a six-point lead at 23-17 when Knab made a layup. the lead grew to seven points at 27-20 before Krakowiak put the Jackets on his back and scored seven striaght points to lead a 7-2 run that made the score 29-27 with 2:40 left in the half. Then Marietta outscored B-W 6-2 to build a 35-30 lead before senior guard Zane Meeder (Erie, Pa./ Fairview) canned a three-pointer with 40 seconds left to make the score 35-33 at halftime.

In the second half, MC came out on a 6-0 run to take a 41-33 lead with 18:08 left when Knab made a jump shot. The Pioneers then built an 12-point lead at 47-35 before a Meeder foul shot at 14:45 made the score 47-36. The lead grew to 14 points at 50-36 when B-W went on a 7-0 run as sophomore guard Matt Triana (North East, Pa./ North East) made a three-pointer at 12:51, freshman center Aaron Selmek (Delaware/ Columbus St. Francis deSales) made a layup at 12:26 and sophomore forward Scott Branchick (Mentor) made a layup at 11:48 to trim the Pioneer advantage to 50-43.

Marietta then outscored the Yellow Jackets 11-5 and build its lead back to 13 points and take a 61-48 lead at 9:55 when sophomore guard JJ Martin drilled a three-pointer.  The lead then grew to 14 points at 61-47 at the 9:55 mark when Martin canned another trey.  The closest B-W would get after that point was nine points at 63-54 when sophomore guard Ben Umbel (Poland/ Seminary) made a jumper at the 7:32 mark.  The Pioneers closed out the game on a 20-7 run to make a fairly close game look like a runaway.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Saturday, December 11 when they travel to Wilmington, Ohio to play in a women’s and then men’s doubleheader against Ohio Athletic Conference rival Wilmington College at 4:00 p.m. The Yellow Jacket and Quaker women meet at 2:00 p.m. Fans can listen to all of the action from each game live on either campus radio station WBWC, 88.3 FM, or via the WBWC Internet web site at www.wbwc.com.

NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships Coming to Cleveland in 2011
Tickets now on sale!



Cleveland, OH (December 3, 2010) – Kent State University and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission are pleased to announce that the 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Gymnastics Championships will be hosted in Cleveland from April 15-17 at the Cleveland Wolstein Center. The championship field will consist of 12 teams, 12 all-around competitors and event specialists, all vying to be crowned the nation’s best. Approximately 200 gymnasts will compete in team and individual events including vault, bars, beam and floor. The top three teams from each semifinal will advance to the Super Six Team Finals on April 16th and the top four individuals from each semifinal in each event (plus ties) will advance to the Individual Event Finals on April 17th.


"It’s an honor to serve as the host institution for the 2011 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships. Gymnastics has a long and storied history in Kent State athletics and we’re pleased to partner with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and the Wolstein Center to bring this event to Northeast Ohio for the first time in the nearly 30-year history of the championships,” stated Joel Nielsen, Kent State Director of Athletics.


Tickets are now on sale and start at just $15 for individual sessions or $36 for all session passes. Discounted group rates for ten or more adults and/or youth tickets are also available.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visitwww.ncaa.com/wgym or call the Cleveland Wolstein Center box office at 216-687-4848.


“This is a tremendous opportunity for Cleveland to host such a prestigious event as the nation’s best in women’s collegiate gymnastics will take the stage,” stated David Gilbert, President & CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “It’s a great event for the whole family and it’s our hope that many will come out and experience the energy while watching amazing competition.” 


In collaboration with the 2011 Championships, Dominique Moceanu, 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist, and her husband Michael Canales, former The Ohio State University Gymnastics Team Member, will be making special appearances and signing autographs at several events throughout Northeast Ohio , promoting the event. Both Moceanu and Canales are Official Spokespeople for the 2011 Championships.


The 2011 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships are part of the NCAA Championship City program. In 2008, the NCAA selected Cleveland as one of six cities throughout the United States to serve as inaugural members in its “ NCAA Championship City ” pilot program. The program features multiple host opportunities of NCAA Division I, II and III men’s and women’s championships through 2012 for each of the six cities. These championships celebrate Cleveland and provide an enhanced experience unlike any other for NCAA student-athletes and fans. For more information, visit www.clevelandsports.org.