A Page -- Feb. 2, 2012

Marchand (L), Shafer (R)
Painesville's Dan Shafer, Massillon's Greg Marchand named to Academic All Horizon League for Wright State

The Horizon League has released its fall all-academic teams with four Wright State Student/Athletes being recognized.


To be eligible for Academic All-Horizon League consideration, a Student/Athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher and have completed at least one year at the member institution, having earned 36 quarter-hour credits.

Faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors in the league make the selections to the teams.

The four honorees, with year, major, grade point average and hometown, are:

Men's Cross Country

Jason Bruns
3.826Tipp City, OH
Dan Shafer
4.000Painesville, OH

Men's Soccer

Greg Marchand
So.Materials Science4.000Massillon, OH

Women's Soccer

Bekah Bonny
Sr.Early Childhood Education
3.637Lebanon, OH

Brunswick's Durichko Scores a Career-High 20 

Points to Lead Hiram Basketball Past Oberlin College

HIRAM, OHIO -- Senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) scored a career-high 20 points as the Hiram College women's basketball team defeated Oberlin College, 65-58, tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 31) in a NCAC matchup at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]


With the win, the Terriers improve to 7-12 overall and 4-7 in the NCAC. The Yeowomen fall to 5-15 overall and 2-19 NCAC.

Oberlin jumped out to an early 9-2 lead in the first half, but Hiram then outscored the Yeowomen, 14-4, over the course of 5:11 to give the Terriers the lead, 16-13, at the 11:57 mark. Oberlin tied the game at 16-16 on its ensuing possession and both teams traded leads in the next few minutes until a three-pointer by senior guard Tiffany 

Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) with 6:40 left to go in the period sparked an 11-2 scoring run to put the Terriers up by seven points, 32-25, with 3:59 left in the half. The Yeowomen hung around and later cut the lead to four points, 32-28, on a triple, but Hiram tallied the final points of the half on consecutive buckets by junior guard 

Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) and Shields giving the Terriers a sizeable 36-28 advantage at the break.

In the second half, Hiram looked to run away with the game on back-to-back three pointers by junior guard Calysia Smyers (Akron/Coventry) and Durichko to give the Terriers their largest lead of the game of 14 points, 42-28, with 19:00 left in the contest. Oberlin battled back, outscoring Hiram, 9-2, to cut the deficit to single digits, 44-37, at the 13:20 mark. Hiram eventually built its lead back to above 10 points with a 12-point margin, 59-47, with 2:18 left to play on a jumper by Shields. The Yeowomen made one final charge down the stretch with an ensuing 9-1 run to get to within four points, 60-56, with just 18 seconds to go. Hiram connected on five-of-six free-throw attempts in the final seconds to hang on for the 65-58 victory.

Oberlin was led in scoring by Allison Gannon with a game-high 21 points on seven-of-13 shooting (53.8 percent) to go along with a game-high 13 rebounds. Christina Marquette and Kelly Warlich were the other two Yeowomen players in double-figures with 12 points each.

Hiram was led by Durichko's 20 points on seven-of-12 shooting (58.3 percent). Smyers and Shields both rounded out the high scorers with 12 points each. Smyers also grabbed a team-tying high seven rebounds.

Hiram will play its next two games on the road beginning with a conference matchup against Wittenberg University on Friday, Feb. 3 in Springfield. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Mount Union wrestling tops John Carroll

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio -- No. 16 ranked Mount Union scored a 22-12 Ohio Athletic Conference win Tuesday night at John Carroll University in University Heights.

Mount Union (7-4, 2-1 OAC) won six matches with four of those major decisions from seniorJosh Malave(Rocky River/Lutheran West) at 141, freshman Jon Garrison (Fairlawn/Copley) at 157 and seniors Andy Jenkins (Stow/Woodridge) at 184 and Derick Hesson (Dexter City/Caldwell) at 285.

John Carroll falls to 5-5 and 2-2 in the OAC with the loss.

The Purple Raiders next host Heidelberg in the regular season home finale next Tuesday at 7:30 pm at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

#16 Mount Union 22, John Carroll 12 

Match Summary 
125 John Cobos (John Carroll) won by decision over Brad Kress (Mount Union) 8-4
133 Kevin Nycz (John Carroll) won by decision over Bryant Roby (Mount Union) 11-4
141 Josh Malave (Mount Union) won by major decision over Jake Rininger (John Carroll) 17-7
149 Kevin Shadrach (Mount Union) won by decision over Greg Ryan (John Carroll) 7-2
157 Jon Garrison (Mount Union) won by major decision over Mauricio Gonzalez (John Carroll) 12-2
165 Sean Gill (John Carroll) won by decision over John Piechuta (Mount Union) 7-4
174 Lambert McElrath (Mount Union) won by decision over Connor Suba (John Carroll) 9-3
184 Andy Jenkins (Mount Union) won by major decision over Bryan Steinmetz (John Carroll) 18-8
197 Jim Nemunaitis (John Carroll) won by decision over Darin Lyles (Mount Union) 12-5
285 Derick Hesson (Mount Union) won by major decision over Collin Vozar (John Carroll) 17-6


Elyria Catholic is double winner over Lake Catholic

Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 24
1, Elyria Catholic High School, 126. 2, Lake Catholic HS, 44. 
Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 24
1, Elyria Catholic High School, 118. 2, Lake Catholic HS, 53.
Elyria Catholic vs. Lake Catholic - 1/31/2012
Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay
 1, Elyria Catholic High School 'B' (Molnar, Mikayla M JR, Snow, Shelby R JR, 
 O'Dell, Jenna M JR, Elbert, Kelly E SO), 2:09.71. 
Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay
 1, Elyria Catholic High School 'A' (Sleva, Ben J SR, Newman, Daniel M SR, 
 Poper, Ian L SR, McGervey, Matthew V SR), 1:56.21. 
Girls 200 Yard Freestyle
 1, Peters, Sarah C, Elyria Catholic, 2:10.49. 
Boys 200 Yard Freestyle
 1, McCaffrey, Kevin A, Elyria Catholic, 2:06.75. 
Girls 200 Yard IM
 1, Snow, Shelby R, Elyria Catholic, 2:28.66. 
Boys 200 Yard IM
 1, Jones, Kyle, Lchs-OH, 2:31.46. 
Girls 50 Yard Freestyle
 1, Sustersic, Taylor A, Elyria Catholic, 26.99. 
Boys 50 Yard Freestyle
 1, Poper, Ian L, Elyria Catholic, 23.95. 
Boys 1 mtr Diving
 1, Smith, Daniel C, Elyria Catholic, 136.43. 
Girls 100 Yard Butterfly
 1, O'Dell, Jenna M, Elyria Catholic, 1:06.25. 
Boys 100 Yard Butterfly
 1, Newman, Daniel M, Elyria Catholic, 1:08.59. 
Girls 100 Yard Freestyle
 1, Snow, Shelby R, Elyria Catholic, 58.73. 
Boys 100 Yard Freestyle
 1, Poper, Ian L, Elyria Catholic, 53.36. 
Girls 500 Yard Freestyle
 1, Peters, Sarah C, Elyria Catholic, 5:45.23. 
Boys 500 Yard Freestyle
 1, Jones, Kyle, Lchs-OH, 5:51.16. 
Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
 1, Elyria Catholic High School 'A' (Wearsch, Kaya A JR, Elbert, Kelly E SO, 
 Sustersic, Karlie S SO, O'Dell, Jenna M JR), 1:50.92. 
Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
 1, Elyria Catholic High School 'A' (Sleva, Ben J SR, McCaffrey, Kevin A FR, 
 Newman, Daniel M SR, Poper, Ian L SR), 1:42.74. 
Girls 100 Yard Backstroke
 1, Steigerwald, Amy, Lchs-OH, 1:08.78. 
Boys 100 Yard Backstroke
 1, Jones, Ian, Lchs-OH, 1:04.56. 
Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke
 1, O'Dell, Jenna M, Elyria Catholic, 1:18.74. 
Boys 100 Yard Breaststroke
 1, Newman, Daniel M, Elyria Catholic, 1:14.99. 
Girls 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
 1, Elyria Catholic High School 'A' (Sustersic, Taylor A SR, Wearsch, Kaya A 
 JR, Peters, Sarah C SR, Snow, Shelby R JR), 4:03.34. 
Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
 1, Elyria Catholic High School 'A' (McCaffrey, Kevin A FR, McGervey, Matthew V 
 SR, Nagy, Gregory R JR, Ternes, Myles A SO), 4:10.64. 

Legendary Tennis Duo Continues Its Dominance

Oberlin, Ohio – John ’61 and Carl ’94 Erikson are two most accomplished men’s tennis players in Oberlin College history, but their playing days didn’t come to an end once they graduated from Oberlin.

The pair is regarded as the best Super Senior Father-Son doubles team in the country. Recently they completed their second straight United States Tennis Association (USTA) Gold Slam, having won four national tournaments on four different surfaces in the same year. Their latest victory also marked their ninth straight win overall.

The Eriksons, both of who are members of the Heisman Club Hall of Fame, first claimed the Indoor National Championship in March at the Cherry Hill Racquet Club in New Jersey and followed with the hard-court title in June at the Newport Beach Tennis Club in California. The third piece of the Gold Slam came in September on grass at the Piping Rock Club in Long Island New York, while the final win came on clay at the Landings Racquet Club in Sarasota, Florida in November of 2011.

The toughest test along way for the Eriksons came on the hard-court surface at the Newport Beach Tennis Club, where they earned a hard-fought three-set victory by the scores of 6-0, 6-7, 6-2 against the Quall family.

For winning their first Gold Slam in 2010, the Erikson’s were invited to attend to the 2011 US Open and received special recognition from the USTA for their amazing accomplishment. 

Stow's Katee Wensinger signs letter of intent to 


OXFORD,  Ohio – With 21 freshmen and sophomores currently on the Miami University women’s soccer team’s roster, the RedHawks continued their youth movement by signing 11 talented high school seniors to National Letters of Intent, head coach Bobby Kramig announced Wednesday. The 11-woman class that begins play at Miami in the fall of 2012 consists of Morgan Beck, Jess Bronke, Catherine Caniglia, Ashley Hull, Lauren Kelly, Lauren Mathews, Katie Mazurek, Sydney Neal, Shannon Stearns, Haley Walter and Katee Wensinger.

Six of the signees come to Oxford from the Buckeye State (Beck, Mathews, Mazurek, Neal, Walter and Wensinger) while four are from Illinois (Bronke, Caniglia, Kelly and Stearns) and one calls Pennsylvania home (Hull). Out of the class, one is a goalkeeper, two are defenders, four are midfielders and four play both forward and midfield. Bronke, Caniglia and Kelly already have experience playing together as the trio won a national title with the club team NSA Premier Fury in 2011.

Beck is a forward/midfielder from Cincinnati, Ohio where she earned four letters at Mariemont High School. She ranks second in school history with 58 career goals while leading her team to district championships in 2008 and again in 2011. Beck was named an All-American as well as Southwest Ohio Division III Player of the Year this past season. She was also named First-Team All-Cincinnati Hills League, All-Southwest District and All-Cincinnati three times each while earning All-Ohio honors twice, including first team once.

“A quick, clever and very creative player, Morgan is always fun to watch. She’s a very skillful player and has the ability to beat almost any player one-on-one, yet despite this ability, she’s one of the most unselfish players you’ll ever see,” Kramig said.

Bronke, a midfielder from Downers Grove, Ill., earned four letters at Downers Grove South serving as team captain for three years. While playing for the Mustangs she earned IHSA all-state honors in her senior season, all-sectional accolades in 2009 and 2010, and all-conference her final three years. Bronke was also named team MVP in 2010. She led her NSA Premier Fury club team to a National Championship in 2011 with fellow signees Catherine Caniglia and Lauren Kelly.

“Jess is an imposing presence in the midfield. She is a true, ball-winning center midfielder,” Kramig added. “She is dominant in the air and very, very dangerous on set pieces. We’ve been looking for a player like Jess for a long time.”

Caniglia, a midfielder from Naperville, Ill., earned three letters at Benet Academy under Coach Gerard O’Conor. She was her team’s leading scorer as a sophomore leading them to a conference championship. Caniglia has also played on the Olympic Development Program Illinois State Team in 2008 and 2009, helped her school win three state titles and lead her NSA Premier Fury Club team to a National Championship in 2011 with fellow signees Jess Bronke and Lauren Kelly.

“Catherine is a physically strong player with a great work rate. She attended our prospect camp and impressed us with her physical assets and her ball-striking ability,” Kramig said. “We’ll use her as a wide player and encourage her to run at opponents.”

Hull is a goalkeeper from Canonsburg, Pa. where she earned four letters at Canon-McMillan High School serving as team captain this past season. She recorded 27 career shutouts and 385 career saves during her time at CMHS. Hull earned WPIAL all-section in 2010 and 2011 and was awarded player of the year by her team. She also played on the PA (Pennsylvania) West Cup championship team and in the state All-Star Tournament in 2011. Hull competed two years in track and basketball at CMHS as well.

“Ashley is an athletic, mobile goalkeeper with good feet and good hands,” Kramig noted. “She will add yet another dimension to our already competitive goalkeeper situation.”   

Kelly, a defender from Manhattan, Ill., earned two letters at Lincoln-Way Central High under Coach Daniel Radz before playing club soccer. She started all 24 games her freshman year and finished fifth on the team in points and third in assists. During Kelly’s freshman campaign she helped her team to a regional championship and a sectional final, while earning all-area honors. She, along with fellow signees Jess Bronke and Catherine Caniglia, led their NSA Premier Fury club team to a National Championship in 2011.

“Lauren is a very high-level defender. She’s quick, she’s fast and she is an excellent one-on-one defender,” Kramig said. “Mostly she has what all top-class defenders have -- that mental toughness that says ‘I refuse to be beaten today’.”

Mathews is a midfielder from Hamilton, Ohio where she earned four letters at Badin High School under head coach Steve Tabar, who is a former Miami assistant coach. She was a member of the 2009 and 2010 All-Girls Greater Cincinnati League First Team, earned All-Southwest District and all-city in 2010 and was voted her team’s most valuable offensive player. Mathews lead her team to district championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Her US Youth Soccer team won the 2010 state title. Mathews is also a decorated basketball player earning three letters as a point guard for the Rams and leading them to a 2011 district championship. Several family members have also attended Miami, including her father, Richard (’84).

“Lauren possesses a very high soccer IQ. She reads plays very well and because of this, Lauren can play virtually any position on the field. All this and she’s a very good leader as well,” Kramig noted.

Mazurek, a defender from Dublin, Ohio, earned two letters at Dublin Jerome High School serving as team captain this past season. While playing for the Celtics she lead them to 2011 district, sectional and regional championships and was the state runner-up while helping them to a program-best record of 14-1-1.  Mazurek was named Second-Team All-Ohio Capital Conference in 2010 and 2011 and was a state team and regional pool player in 2009 and 2010 for the Olympic Development Program. Her Ohio Premier Club team won the national championship in 2007 and state championships three times, including last year.

“Katie is a good player who possesses a wonderful combination of athleticism and soccer savvy,” Kramig said. “Katie is a very organized defender with strong leadership qualities. She is also a good distributor of the ball and very strong in the air.”  

Neal is a midfielder from Carlisle, Ohio, where she earned four letters at Fenwick High School serving as team captain in her final two years. She led her team to a state championship in 2008 and was the state runner-up in 2009 and 2011. Neal was named a 2010 All-American as well as All-Ohio, First-Team All-Dayton and first-team all-conference while earning Dayton and GGCL Player of the Year honors. Her club team won state titles in 2006 and 2008, as well.

“Sydney is a tough, tough kid. She’s physically strong and a terrific soccer player who is skillful, can play with both feet and an excellent server of the ball,” Kramig said. “Syd can play in an attacking role for us either centrally or out wide.”  

Stearns, a midfielder/defender from Orland Hills, Ill., earned three letters at Carl Sandburg High School. She was named all-conference in 2011 after recording 21 goals and 17 assists. Her 2010 team finished with a 22-1-1 record, was the runner-up at the Illinois 3A state finals and a number one state ranking. She also helped her team win conference and regional titles in 2010 and 2011.

“Shannon is a very versatile player who can play any midfield or defensive position. She has a good build to her and is very athletic,” Kramig noted. “She also has great feet, which you don’t see every day on a player with her frame.”

Walter is a midfielder/forward from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she earned four letters at Kings High School serving as team captain in her final two years. Walter was the team leader in assists and scoring in three out of her four years as well as a three-time First-Team All-Fort Ancient Valley Conference selection. She also earned team offensive MVP honors. Walter lettered four years in track and two years in basketball, as well, as she currently holds the 400-meter dash school record and is part of the 4x400 meter school record relay team. Her father, Craig Walter (’78), and her grandfather, Paul “Bucky” Walter (’50), both attended Miami while her grandfather is a 2002 inductee to the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame.

“A relentlessly fit player, Haley quite simply wears opponents down. She’s fast, she’s fit and she possesses a great competitive attitude,” Kramig commented. “Haley was very impressive when she attended our prospect camp and we are very excited to have her joining our team.”

Wensinger, a midfielder/forward from Stow, Ohio, earned four letters at Stow-Munroe Falls High serving as team captain in her final two seasons. She recorded 39 goals and 20 assists over her career as a Lady Bulldog. She led her team to four conference championships, as well as the district semifinals in each of her four seasons. Wensinger was tabbed all-conference each of her last two years while earning conference player of the year this past season. As a senior she also earned all-district and second-team all-state honors and played in the Ohio Senior All-Star Game. Wensinger has lettered three times in track so far as well and placed second at the state meet in the 4x800 in 2009 and was all-conference in 2010.

“Fit, fast, skillful and versatile -- what more could you wish for?” Kramig said of Wensinger. “Katie has all those qualities and more. I think she can play almost any position on the field. We first saw her at our prospect camp and are delighted that she chose Miami.”

This past season, the RedHawks finished 9-8-1 despite the majority of the team being underclassmen. Miami begins its spring exhibition schedule March 31 at Louisville while the signees join the team in the fall.

Six Solon High S/A’s commit to colleges

Six Solon High Student/Athletes signed letters of intent or otherwise vocalized commitments on national signing day Wednesday.

Tres Barksdale will study and participate in athletics at Georgetown or Michigan State, Nick Davidson at Notre Dame College, Nate Hoff at Annapolis, Austin Stock at Columbia and Paige Yeager and Cory Stuart both at Dayton.


Tres Barksdale – Football WR

3 Year Starter / Team Captain

First Team All Northeast Ohio Conference

Special Mention All District

Georgetown or Michigan State

Nick Davidson – Football LB

3 Year Starter / Team Captain

MVP – Defense Northeast Ohio Conference

First Team All Ohio

Notre Dame College


Nate Hoff – Football OG/DT

4 Year Starter / Team Captain

First Team All Northeast Ohio Conference

Third Team All District

United States Naval Academy

Austin Stock – Football Center

2 Year Starter

First Team All Northeast Ohio Conference

Columbia University


Cory Stuart – Football WR

2 Year Starter

First Team All Northeast Ohio Conference

Special Mention All District

University of Dayton

Paige Yaeger – Track

3 Year Letter Winner

All Northeast Ohio Conference – 9 times/5 events

                100 meter hurdles, 300 hurdles (3) 4x100 relay (2) 4x400 relay (2) 4x200 relay

2 Year Team Captain

All-Ohio Honors – 3 events

                2011 – 300 hurdles (4th place), 4x200 relay (4th place)

                2010 – 4x100 relay (5th place)

University of Dayton

Spartan Women Welcome Brandeis and NYU as Part of Throwback Weekend; Watch It Live

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team (10-8 overall, 3-4 UAA) looks to push its UAA record above the .500 mark when it welcomes a pair of familiar foes into Horsburgh Gymnasium in conjunction with the seventh annual Throwback Weekend. The Spartans will entertain Brandeis University (Mass.) (8-10 overall, 1-6 UAA) on Friday, February 3 at 6:00 p.m. followed by New York University (9-9, 1-6 UAA) on Sunday, February 5 at 2:00 p.m. The Spartans defeated each team on the road last weekend.

Live Statistics - http://livestats.prestosports.com/casewesternreserve/ 

Live Video: http://tv.case.edu/athletics
(Ron Jantz, play-by-play; Ed Daugherty, color)


The Spartans, winners of their last two contests, concluded their second-straight University Athletic Association weekend away from Horsburgh Gymnasium with a pair of victories versus Brandeis (61-54) Friday, January 27 and NYU (55-47) on Sunday, Jan. 29. For the season, the Spartans have outscored their opponents by an average of 59.7 ppg to 57.2 and possess a 39.8 rpg to 35.6 rebounding advantage. Case shoots .373 from the field, including .272 from three-point range, and .714 from the foul line. 


Junior guard Evy Iacono and senior forward Erin Hollinger rank as one of the top scoring duos in the UAA each averaging 12.7 ppg, good for a tie for fourth in the UAA. Hollinger leads the squad and sits 13th in the UAA in rebounding at 5.4 rpg clip, while senior forward Chelsea Peck ranks fourth in the conference in free-throw percentage (45-of-59/.763) in addition to adding career-bests of 7.1 ppg and 4.9 rpg. Junior guard Erica Iafeliceis tied for second in the UAA in steals (2.0 spg) and 11th in assists (2.6 apg) while adding 5.6 ppg and 3.6 rpg. Freshman Brooke Orcutt is averaging 5.2 ppg following a pair of nine-point outputs last weekend to go along with 3.2 rpg in just 15.5 minutes off the bench. 


Senior forward Erin Hollinger and junior center Emily Mueller rank second and third, respectively, in the UAA at 1.6 blocks per game. Hollinger leads the team with 29 blocks and has amassed 165 swats in 93 career games played, while Mueller has 24 rejections this season and 42 for her career.


Erin Hollinger, who has 27 points and 15 rebounds over the last two games, ranks second all-time in program history with 1,322 career points. Spartan Club Hall of Famer Erin Rogalski is CWRU's all-time leader with 1,659.


As part of CWRU's seventh annual Throwback Weekend, the Spartan women are wearing uniforms commemorating Flora Stone Mather College. Named in honor of its leading benefactress Flora Stone Mather, FSMC operated under the trusteeship of Western Reserve University. WRU and Case Institute of Technology federated in 1967 to become Case Western Reserve University.


The Judges head into this weekend's action after falling to the Spartans last Friday in Boston by a 61-54 tally before rebounding to defeat Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) on Sunday, 67-56. Brandeis senior guard Morgan Kendrew led the way with 35 combined points, including a game-high 22 in Sunday's victory over the Tartans. Guard Diana Cincotta also finished each contest in double-figures combining for 23 points on the weekend. For the season, Brandeis has been outscored by its opponents, 58.5 ppg to 54.9, but do out-rebound the opposition by a slight margin of 40.5 rpg to 40.3. The Judges shoot .355 from the field, including .255 from three-point range, and .598 from the charity stripe. 


Senior guard Morgan Kendrew leads the team in scoring at 11.9 ppg to go along with 3.0 rebounds per game in 13 contests played. Guard Diana Cincotta is second on the team in scoring at 9.6 ppg, while freshman guard Hannah Cain contributes 7.2 ppg and 5.8 rpg, while totaling team-bests of 35 three-pointers and 65 assists. Junior forward/center Samantha Anderson chips in with 4.8 ppg and leads the Judges at 6.8 rpg. 


The Spartans and Judges have met 37 times on the hardwood, including last Friday's matchup in Massachusetts, with Brandeis owning a 25-12 advantage in the all-time series. Despite trailing in the series, the Spartans having won the last three matchups, with scores of 56-38 in Cleveland and 49-45 in Massachusetts last season. The first meeting between the two programs came during the 1987-88 season 


The Spartans defeated the Judges, 61-54, one week ago inside Red Auerbach Arena. The tandem of Erin Hollinger and Evy Iacono combined for 37 points leading the visitors to the UAA road win. Brandeis was led by Morgan Kendrew with 13 points while Courtney Ness and Diana Cincotta added 10 points apiece.


The Violets entered Friday night's game at Carnegie Mellon having dropped six-straight contests. Last weekend, NYU fell 65-48 to the Tartans on Friday night and 55-47 to the Spartans on Sunday. Junior center Makenzie Hirz led the way with back-to-back 10-point performances and posted 10 rebounds for a double-double against Case on Sunday, while senior guard Tana Bertino scored 18 points in the two defeats. For the season, NYU had been outscoring its opponents 56.9 ppg to 56.2 and out-rebounding the opposition 39.3 rpg to 37.9. The Violets shoot .381 from the field, including .286 from three-point range, and .648 from the foul line. 


Senior guard Bianca Storts leads the team and ranks 10th in the UAA in scoring at 10.8 ppg. Storts backcourt mate Cara Bonito ranks second on the team with her 10.0 ppg and sits second in the UAA in assists (3.8 apg) and third in free-throw percentage (63-of-81/.778). Senior guard Tana Bertino is third on the team in scoring at 8.2 ppg, leads the squad with 26 three-pointers and contributes 2.7 rpg and 2.2 apg. Senior forward Shelby Coon, who missed last Sunday afternoon's contest, averages 7.6 ppg and leads the UAA at 10.9 rpg. 


The Spartans and Violets have met 38 times on the hardwood, with NYU holding a 32-6 lead in the all-time series. However, the Spartans have won the last three meetings including a season sweep last winter. Last season, the Spartans earned a 78-67 victory in Cleveland and picked up just their third victory inside the Jerome S. Coles Center by a score of 77-69. 


The Spartans defeated the Violets, 55-47, in a defensive battle last Sunday inside the Jerome S. Coles Center in the Big Apple. The Spartans featured a balanced scoring attack led by Brooke Orcutt's nine points, while Chelsea Peck, Marissa Miles and Erin Hollinger each finished with eight. Peck also added a team-high seven rebounds. Tana Bertino led all scorers with 12 points, while Makenzie Hirz posted a double-double of 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for NYU.