A Page -- Feb.22, 2010 -- Washington's Birthday

T.J. Murphy

In hardly a "one-sided" affair, North 

Olmsted alumnus T.J. Murphy

brings his lumber, leather to

NAIA's Cumberland University


Feb. 22, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

Normweber@studentathtletecleveland.com

 

Although he wound up at Cumberland University in a roundabout way, North Olmsted High alumnus TJ Murphy has gone directly to leveling the lumber as well as he had done for his dad in high school and at Community College of Baltimore Catonsville.

 

Murphy is batting .333 for Cumberland, which is 10 days into its 2010 baseball season.

 

He wound up at Cumberland, an NAIA school, in a redirect after planning to transfer to Presbyterian College upon the completion of his junior college career at CCBC. However, he found out at an inopportune time that not all his credits were transferring and could not be officially classified as a “junior” academically for this school year.

 

NCAA rules require that a certain number of credit hours must be completed in addition to the grade point requirements for a student/athlete to perpetuate his athletic standing and rightfully so in order to avoid having so-called students take only one or two classes just so they could play sports.

 

That certainly was not the case with Murphy, who comes from a long line of educators in his family, but merely the technicality within the bureaucracy of two-years schools and not the right papers getting pushed into the right places at the right times.

 

The NAIA is not as stringent as the NCAA and has an open window when it is otherwise evident that someone who might be lacking three units is clearly on the graduation path anyway.

 

Thus, Cumberland came through with the opportunity and Murphy is responding in kind.

 

Cumberland is the answer to an unfortunate trivia question, but so much time has passed that the athletic people at the school can now laugh about it. Cumberland was on the short end of the worst beating in college football history, getting thumped by the John Heisman-coached Georgia Tech team 94 years ago, 222-0, that eventually resulted in a book and a Hollywood movie.

Wikipedia image of 1916 222-0 football game

Murphy was an All-Maryland JUCO Conference Golden Glove second baseman at CCBC last year while batting at a .357 clip.

 

Presbyterian was supposed to get a package deal with Chad Murphy, who just graduated from NO High, also going there this year but he is now at the community college in Catonsville.

Cleveland East Side-West Side rivals 

John Carroll and B-W to meet in first 

round of OAC basketball tournament  


Feb. 22, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace and John Carroll men's and women's basketball teams play in the first round of the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament here tomorrow.

GAME SETUP -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women's basketball team plays host to Ohio Athletic Conference rival John Carroll University in the first round

of the 2010 OAC Tournament on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 in the Rudolph Upsprung Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. This is the third meeting this year with the Blue

Streaks.

LISTEN ON WBWC RADIO -- All Yellow Jacket women's basketball games are broadcast by campus radio station WBWC, 88.3 FM, and/or via the WBWC

Internet Web site at www.wbwc.com. The away games are both on radio and the Internet. The pregame show generally begins 15 minutes prior to tipoff.

BALDWIN-WALLACE COLLEGE

LOCATION : Berea, Ohio

NICKNAME: Yellow Jackets

CONFERENCE: Ohio Athletic

2009-10 RECORD: 18-7

OAC RECORD: 14-4 (Third Seed)

LAST GAME: Lost at Otterbein, 74-70,

on February 20, 2010 in Westerville

HEAD COACH: Cheri Harrer

B-W RECORD: 414-144

YEAR AT B-W: 20th

CAREER RECORD: same as above

SERIES RECORD: B-W leads, 40-19

LAST MEETING: Jan. 27, 2010 in Berea:

B-W won, 74-62

The Pre-Game Setup -- The third-seeded Baldwin-Wallace College women's basketball team hosts Cleveland cross-town rival and sixth-seeded John Carroll

University in the first round of the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament in Berea. The winner advances to the OAC Final Four on Friday and Saturday, February 26-27 at the site of the highest remaining seeded team.

The Yellow Jackets enter this game at 18-7 overall following a 74-70 loss at Otterbein College on Saturday, February 20, 2010 in the final regular season game. B-W has won 13 of its last 16 contests, but have lost three of its past five games.

The Blue Streaks enter this game at 11-13 overall following a 73-68 loss at Ohio Northern University on Feb. 20 in Ada. JCU has lost its last three games and six of its past eight.

JCU Sport

In Other 2010 Women's OAC Tournament Games -- Capital University is the number-one seed and hosts No.8-seed Heidelberg University in Bexley at 7:30 p.m., No.2-seed Mount Union College hosts No.7-seed Otterbein College in Alliance at 7:30 p.m. and No.4-seed Wilmington College hosts No.5-seed Ohio Northern University in Wilmington at 7:30 p.m. The Final Four takes place on Feb. 26-27 at the site of the highest remaining seeded team. Semifinal games are on FRiday, Feb. 26-27 at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The 2010 OAC Championship Game takes place on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 3:00 p.m.

The B-W versus John Carroll All-Time Series -- B-W and JCU have met 58 times previously in women's basketball with the Yellow Jackets holding a 39-19 series advantage, including five consecutive wins spanning the past three seasons. Earlier this season, B-W defeated JCU, 75-61, on December 2, 2009 in University Heights, and the Yellow Jackets beat the Blue Streaks, 74-62, on January 27, 2010 in Berea. The last JCU win came on January 16, 2008 by an 80-73 score in Berea. The first meeting was in 1975-76 when JCU won, 57-56.

In this Year's First B-W versus JCU Game on Dec. 2, 2009 in University Heights-- B-W -- 75, JCU -- 61 -- In the first B-W versus JCU game this season, a 75-61 B-W win at the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center in University Heights on December 2, 2009, the Yellow Jackets were led by 5'11" All-OAC forward Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) with a team-high 23 points and game-highs of eight rebounds and three steals. 5'7" freshman guard Jess Carpenter (North Canton/Hoover) came off the bench to score 13 points to lead a 36-6 Yellow Jacket advantage in bench scoring. Also, 6'2" senior All-OAC and Academic All-OAC center Ariel Brough (Powell/ Olentangy-Liberty) also scored 10 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots. The keys to the win were making 21-of-26 foul shots for 80.8% and outrebounding JCU, 49-35. JCU was led by 5'8" junior guard Le Jennings with a game-high 26 points, eight assists, six reboundsand three steals.

Academic All District selection Ariel Brough

In this Year's Second B-W vs. JCU Game on Jan. 27, 2010 in Berea: B-W -- 74, JCU -- 62 -- In the second B-W versus JCU game this season, a 74-62 B-W win in the Ursprung Gymnasium of the Lou Higgins Center in Berea on Jan. 27, 2010, the Yellow Jackets were led by Amanda Schroeder with 21 points and seven rebounds. Ariel Brough had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and 5'6" freshman point guard Rachel Rossman (Olmsted Falls) had a career-high 10 points Keys to the Yellow Jacket victory were outrebounding the the Blue Streaks, 44-25, including 11 on the offensive end of the court. Lee Jennings led JCU with 18 points.

Amanda Schroeder

B-W Information and Probable Starters -- B-W is scoring 67.6 points-per-game and allows 60.2 ppg. for a plus 7.3 ppg. differential. B-W grabs 39.4 reboundsper- game and allows 33.5 for a plus 5.8 rpg. differential. The Yellow Jackets shoot 43.1 percent from the field (596-of-1384 attempts), including 30.4% from three-point range (83-of-273), and 76.7% from the foul line (414-of-540).

Look for Head Coach Cheri Harrer to start Amanda Schroeder, Ariel Brough and 6'0" sophomore Nancy Coulter (Washington Court House/ Miami Trace) on the inside, and 5'6" junior Ali Stack (Vermilion/ Firelands) and Rachel Rossman in the backcourt. In addition look for Harrer to utilize for Jess Carpenter, 5'8" sophomore guard Monica Gustin (Bexley), 5'4" freshman guard Olivia French (Bucyrus/ Colonel Crawford), 5'5" freshman guard JoBeth Roll (Bucyrus/ Senior), 5'9" sophomore forward Katie Heinlen (Bucyrus/ Wynford) and 5'11" sophomore forward Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/ St. Mary Central Catholic).

JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY

LOCATION: University Heights, Ohio

NICKNAME: Blue Streaks

CONFERENCE: Ohio Athletic

2009-10 RECORD: 11-13

OAC RECORD: 8-10 Sixth Seed)

LAST GAME: Lost at Ohio Northern, 73-68, on

February 20 in Ada

HEAD COACH: Kristi Maravalli

RECORD at SCHOOL: 122-160

YEAR AT SCHOOL: 11th

CAREER RECORD: same as above

SERIES STREAK: B-W, five straight

FIRST MEETING: 1975-76, JCU won, 57-56

Schroeder has started all 25 games and tops the team in scoring with 14.4 points-per-game and adds 5.2 rebounds-per-game. She has also made a team-best 27 three-pointers and has 29 steals. Brough also has started all 25 contests and is second at 10.7 ppg. and first with 6.7 rpg. She also has blocked a team-leading 59 shots. French comes off the bench and adds 6.8 ppg. with 43 assists, 26 steals and 12 treys. Coulter has started all 25 games and scores 7.5 ppg. and grabs 4.3 rpg. Spisak scores 6.3 ppg. and is second on the team with 6.6 rpg. Rossman has started all 25 games and scores 3.3 ppg., grabs 2.3 rpg. and leads the team with 75 assists. Heinlen scores 3.8 ppg., grabs 4.1 rpg. and has 26 steals. Stack has started five times and scores 4.4 ppg. Gustin, who has started 19 games, scores 1.6 ppg., grabs 1.3 rpg. and ranks second with 52 assists.

In B-W's Last Game versus Otterbein College on February 20, 2010 in Westerville: Otterbein -- 74, Baldwin-Wallace -- 70 --- In B-W's last game, a 74-70 loss at Otterbein College on Saturday, February 20, 2010 in Westerville, the Yellow Jackets were led by Ariel Brough with a game-high 15 points and nine rebounds. In addition, Amanda Schroeder had 12 points and eight rebounds. Keys to the Otterbein win was forcing the Yellow Jackets into 27 turnovers. The B-W loss cost it a share of the 2010 OAC regular season title.

Scouting the Blue Streaks of John Carroll Unversity -- The Blue Streaks score 70.6 ppg. and allow 70.1 ppg. for a plus 0.5 ppg. differential. JCU grabs 40.2 rpg. and allows its opponents to grab 45.3 rpg. for a minus 5.1 rpg. differential. JCU also shoots 41 percent from the field (656-of-1600 attempts), including 29.6% from three-point range (110-of-371), and 65% from the foul line (273-of-420).

Look for Head Coach Kristi Maravalli to start Lee Jennings and 5'7" senior Whitney Hamilton in the backcourt and play 5'10" junior Sadie Zander, 5'10" senior Laura Gruber and 5'10" senior Caitlin Sureck on the inside. In addition, look for Maravalli to play 6'0" junior Katie Knox and 5'6" sophomore Kate Mahoney the most off the bench. Also expected to see floor time are 5'11" sophomore forward Katherine O'Brien, 5'4" sophomore guard Taylor Christner and 5'5" sophomore guar Emily Day.

Jennings vs. Otterbein

Lee Jennings

Jennings leads JCU and the OAC in scoring at 22.2 ppg. She also grabs 7.3 rpg., has passed for 134 assists, made 46 steals and blocked 20 shots. She has shot an amazing 225 foul shots this season, but has connected on just 65.8% (148-of-225 attempts). Sureck scores 13.9 ppg., grabs a team-leading 8.2 rpg. and has 58 blocked shots. Hamilton rounds out the double-digit scorers at 10.3 ppg., grabs 3.8 rpg., tops JCU with 36 three-pointers and has passed for 29 assists. Zander, who missed three games earlier this season due to injury, scores 9.0 ppg., grabs 3.1 rpg. and is second with 30 treys, 56 assists and 26 steals. Gruber scores 5.4 ppg., grabs 4.2 rpg. and has 16 steals. Off the bench, Knox scores 4.1 ppg. and grabs 6.8 rpg. Mahoney scores 3.6 ppg. and is third with 17 triples.

Hamilton vs Ohio n 022010

Hamilton


In John Carroll's Last Game on Saturday, February 20 versus Ohio Northern University in Ada: John Carroll -- 68, Ohio Northern -- 73 -- In John Carroll's last game, a 73-68 loss at Ohio Northern University in Ada, the Blue Streaks were led by Caitlin Sureck with 22 points and nine rebounds and Whitney Hamilton with 18 points and three rebounds.

mahoney vs Heid 021710

Mahoney

Yellow Jacket Chatter

Ariel Brough is Among All-Time Leaders -- Ariel Brough enters this game with 229 career blocked shots and is the school's all-time leader in that category.

Last season, Brough had a school single-season record and an OAC-leading 80 blocked shots and broke her own school record set two seasons ago with 59. She also enters the game with 642 career rebounds and needs three more to move into seventh place all-time.

Brough Earns ESPN THE MAGAZINE Honors for Third Straight Year -- On February 4, Ariel Brough was named to the ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-District IV first-team for the third straight season and is on the current ESPN THE MAGAZINE National Academic All-America ballot (voting ended last Thursday, so we should know the result soon...). A year ago, Brough earned Academic All-OAC team for the second straight year and was an honorable mention All-OAC choice.

Amanda Schroeder Approaching 1,000-Point Plateau -- Amanda Schroeder enters this game with 948 career points and needs 52 more to become the 12th woman in B-W history to score 1,000 or more points. Schroeder also has 325 rebounds, 123 assists, 83 three-pointers, 80 steals and 31 blocked shots. She was a first-team All-OAC pick a year ago.

Brough, Stack and Schroeder Are Academic All-OAC Candidates -- Ariel Brough (3.98 grade average in political science), Ali Stack (3,532 GPA in middle childhood education) and Amanda Schroeder (3.299 GPA In pre-physical therapy) are current candidates for Academic All-OAC accolades.

Yellow Jacket 20-Win Seasons -- Cheri Harrer's Yellow Jackets have won 20 or more games in 12 of the past 13 seasons. The school-record for wins in a seasonis 28, set in 1999-2000. B-W also won 27 contests during the 2000-2001, 2005-2006 and 2007-2008 seasons.

OAC Tourney Titles -- B-W has captured five OAC Tournament titles with Cheri Harrer as its coach. The titles were in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2008.


Chanel alumnus Brendan Coyne

wins 200 dash, runner up in 55 in 

Kenyon Classic

Feb. 22, 2010

By Sue Penicka

WESTLAKE -- In North Coast Athletic Conference track this week, KENYON hosted a non-scoring meet, the Kenyon Classic. Junior Brendan Coyne (Strongsville, OH/St. Peter Chanel) paced the Lords. He won the 200 meters in 23.88 seconds and was runner-up in the 55 meters (7.11).

Brendan Coyne

ALLEGHENY competed at the Kent State Tuneup. Senior Tony Dipre (Twinsburg, OH/Walsh Jesuit) finished third in the 3,000 meters in 8:25.70.

Walsh alum Tony Dipre

OBERLIN senior Seth Wimberly (Covington, GA/Eastside) set a school record in the 200 meters at the Kent State Tuneup. He finished in 22.34 seconds. The Yeomen also competed at the Greater Cleveland Colleges meet, and wound up third of six teams with 74.5 points. On the women’s side, junior Amanda Miller (Toledo, OH/Cardinal Stritch) won the 400 meters at the Greater Cleveland Colleges meet. She finished the 400 in 1:00.72, and ran the third leg of the first-place 4x400-meter relay that crossed in 4:06.49. The Yeowomen finished third of six teams with 119 points.

NCAC Sportsmanship

The OHIO WESLEYAN track squads competed at several meets over the weekend. For the OWU men at Ohio State, senior Kyle Faris (Olmsted Falls, OH/Olmsted Falls) smashed his own school record (50-6.25 set last week) in the weight throw with a heave of 54-6, good for fourth place. The next day at Capital, he broke the mark again, throwing 56-0 to win the event at Capital’s Rick Meindl Last Call. 

[ Kyle Faris ]

Olmsted Falls' Kyle Faris

Shaker Heights alum Jeremy Polster 

wins all three of his singles matches 

for Kenyon Lords

Feb. 22, 2010

 

By Sue Penicka

WESTLAKE -- In North Coast Athletic Conference Tennis this week, KENYON sophomore Jeremy Polster (Shaker Hts., OH/Shaker Hts.) won all three of his singles matches at the ITA Indoor Championship. He also won twice in doubles as the Lords defeated Gustavus Adolphus, 8-1, in the opening round, but fell to top-ranked UC-Santa Cruz and Emory in the third-place match, both by 5-4 scores. Emory is ranked second in the nation, while the Lords are sixth.

Former Red Raider Jeremy Pollster

 

ALLEGHENY fell to Indiana (PA), 6-3, to open the spring season. Sophomore Janna Dickerson (Fort Collins, CO/Poudre) and senior Meggie Oravec (Brunswick, OH/Brunswick) won singles matches.

Brunswick alumna Meggie Oravec

 OBERLIN came from behind to defeat Ohio Dominican, 5-4. Sophomore Carolyn Ball (Milwaukee, WI Divine Savior Holy Angels) won at sixth singles, 6-2, 6-2, to clinch the match.


North Ridgeville High School

wins boys, girls sectional

bowling chapionships;

Midpark’s 

Marty 


Zeszotek,

Vermilion's


Valerie 

Piskur 

top individuals


Feb. 22, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 


LORAIN – Both North Ridgeville’s boys and girls high school bowling teams won the sectional championship at Rebman’s here. The boys outdistanced second-place Olmsted Falls by 55 pints and the gals in the end were 145 pins ahead of runner-up Keystone.

They will be competing in the Canton Districts Saturday.

Joe Sas led the Ranger boys with a 702 series for three games. Collin Oliva followed him with a 661, one ahead of teammate Adam Kotas (660). Ricky Cayet rolled a 628.

Adam Sokol rolled 719 for Falls, while Ethan Arnold rolled 687 for the Bulldogs.

Winning the boys event was Midpark’s Marty Zeszotek with a 769. Brandon Stamco of Amherst was second with a 730. 

Heather Hill led the Ridgeville girls with a 604 series. Ashley Shoonover rolled a 568, Becca Lamb a 535, and Cassie Pawlak a 530.

Keystone had Amanda Keathley (599), Rachel Salyer (548), Alli Branham (525) and Brittany Norris (524) in the forefront.

Valerie Piskur of Vermilion was the top individual girl with a 651.


No. 1 seed St. Ignatius eliminates 

Brooklyn to set up sectional title 

game with Holy Name

Feb. 22, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 

 

BROOKLYN – In a major mismatch, even home-ice advantage was only half evident tonight for Brooklyn High School, which was eliminated from the district hockey tournament by No. 1 seed St. Ignatius, 16-0.

 

The Wildcats also call the ice here in the John M. Coyne Recreation Center “home,” playing all their home games and conducting all their practices here.

 

However, even with mini scouting looks from having the Wildcats come to their own backyard every day all winter, the Hurricanes (6-11) did not pick up enough insight to make up for the lack of oxygen. Brooklyn had only a three-man bench to the four lines, six pairs and two goalies St. Ignatius (26-7-3) had on this night.

 

Even after the score was 10-0 after one period, the Canes could have foregone an ice cut before going to running time for the second period, but could not do that, simply to avoid injury and illness brought on by fatigue.

 

“We tried to have some class about it and told them to take more passes before shooting,” said St. Ignatius coach Pat O’Rourke. “We were on the other end of this against a Phildelphia team. They were just moving around the puck against us. Their coaches are nice guys and we didn’t want to do anything to upset things between us. We just wanted to get it overwith.”

 

With the sectional semifinal victory, St. Ignatius has earned the right to play Holy Name at noon Saturday here in the sectional title game. Again, neither team gets the home ice advantage since Brooklyn is also the home ice for the Namers.

 

Paddy Spellacy had a hat trick by the 4:18 mark, scoring in the first, fourth and fifth minutes of the first period. Mike Abood had a playmaker by the end of the first period.

 

Jake Riemenschneider, Sam Nader, Taylor Wolf, Kevin Joseph, Pete Bobulsky, Jason Petraska, and Joey Malone also had first period goals.

 

Spellacy scored two more times in the second period for the No. 2 ranked team in the state to give him five for the evening. Adding second-period goals were Liam Geither, Nolan Schade, Colton Riemenschneider, and Andrew Steed.

 

Bobulsky attained the playmaker by the end of the second period, as did Jake Riemenschneider. Also joining the assist club throughout the night were Schade, Chris Knoth, Asa Frebes, Geither, Joseph, Mike Avdey, John Jeziorowski and Wolf.

 

Back-up goalie Josh Potts played both periods in goal, saving five shots to get the shutout. Andrew Biondo saved 32 for Brooklyn.

 

There was a learning experience in it for Brookly.

 

“I told them to do their best and notice the speed of the game,” said Brooklyn coach Ryan Kelber. “They should take that learning nut and strive for in two years to bring it up to that speed for themselves. Hopefully they can store this information to remember it and get as fast as St. Ignatius. We would rather have played St, Ignatius than a lesser Red team or a White team in the first round. There was definitely a lot to lean here. I wanted them to be on the ice with the tip of the top teams.”

 

Even though they had watched St. Ignatius practice here, the Hurricanes never really got to be on the same ice in a game situation.

 

“There is one thing to watch the side and whole other thing to go out there and experience the speed,” Kelber said. “It is speed and strength. If we could get even close to that level, we could be dominant in our division.”

 

Only captain Tony Mobley graduates in the spring and Kelber and Danny Victor will have three new players next year who have already promised to commit for a roster of 12. Two lines and a pair with a couple extra skaters is sufficient for the Blue Central.

 

“Graduating Tony will be a huge loss,” Kelber said. “We should be a contender in our division next year. It was nice that their coaches had class and were at least just dumping it in the second period. He can’t tell them not to shoot at all.”

Freshman Tess Sito Named 

Horizon League Batter of the Week


Elyria Native Hits Four Home Runs 

In Viking Debut Last Week

Feb. 22, 2010

By Brian McCann

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland State freshman Tess Sito, who hit four home runs and drove in 10 runs over the weekend to help CSU to a 2-3 record at the Troy Cox Invitational, has been named the Horizon League Batter of the Week.  The announcement was made on Monday afternoon (Feb. 22) by the league office.

A native of Elyria, Sito made her Viking debut an impressive one.  In five games, she hit .556 (10-18) with two doubles, four home runs, six runs scored and 10 RBI.  She had a 1.333slugging percentage, a .600 on-base percentage and stole three of the four bases that she attempted.
In the circle, Sito started one game, allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings to get the win in an 11-6 CSU win over Weber State.

"Tess had a phenomenal week at the plate," CSU head coach Angie Nicholson said.  "She was totally zoned in and made the most of her times at the plate.  All four of her home runs were blasts that easily cleared the fence.

"She came into the season with a lot of pressure on her because of her past accomplishments on the field but you would have never known it.  She was calm and cool and played like a junior or senior.  I look forward to seeing what else she can do during her Viking career."
Tess Sito

In just her second game as a Viking, Sito went three-for-three with two runs scored, four RBI and a pair of home runs to lead CSU to an 11-6 win over Weber State.

She saved her best game of the weekend for last.  In a 12-8 loss to No. 22 Tennessee, Sito went four-for-five with three runs scored, a double, two home runs and five RBI to almost single-handedly keep CSU in the game.  She had a solo home run in the first, an RBI double in the second, a lead-off home run in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh.

The Vikings continue their early season tournament schedule by playing Sacred Heart, Niagara and host UNC-Greensboro next week in the UNC-Greensboro Invitational.  The tourney will be played Friday-Saturday, Feb. 26-27.

Women's Basketball – Mount Union Hosts Otterbein in OAC Tournament Quarterfinal Tuesday; LISTEN LIVE 

and LIVE STATS

Feb. 22, 2010

By Lenny Reich

OAC Logo

No. 2 seed Mount Union hosts No. 7 seed Otterbein in a quarterfinal game of the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 pm at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.  The game will be broadcast LIVE on the radio on WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online along with LIVE STATS.


The Purple Raiders, 22-4 overall and 15-3 in the OAC, saw a five-game win streak stopped with a 66-64 loss to Capital in the regular season finale, while Otterbein won its last two games including a 74-70 upset win over Baldwin-Wallace this past Saturday to sit at 11-14 overall and 8-10 in the OAC.

The teams are among the top scoring teams in the OAC and both squads feature balanced attacks. 


Mount Union has scored more points than any other team in the conference and led by the guard trio of freshman Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) at 11.2 ppg, senior Tessa Pohovey (Strasburg/Tusky Valley) at 11.0 ppg and sophomore Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) at 10.6 ppg. 


Otterbein is third in the OAC in scoring and also features three players in sophomore guard Shea McCoy (12.8 ppg), senior wing Katy Miller (12.5 ppg) and sophomore guard Kristi Kotterman (12.1 ppg).


The Cardinals handed Mount Union one of its four losses on the season in the first meeting between teams, a 58-49 win in Alliance.  In that game, Kotterman had 17, Miller had 12 and McCoy had 10 points for the Cardinals, while the Raiders got 11 from LaMattina and suffered through one of their worst shooting days of the season going 17-of-62 (27-percent) for the game.


Later in the season in Westerville, Wiedt tallied a season-best and game-high 26 points including a layup with 12 seconds to play to give Mount Union a 68-66 win.  Miller scored 17 to lead three players in double figures for Otterbein.


Mount Union is making its 25th OAC Tournament appearance with an 18-23 (.439) record and won the 1998 title while being the runner-up four times (1994, 1995, 1996, 2001).  The Raiders advanced to the semifinals in 2007 and 2008 before a 65-61 quarterfinal loss as No. 4 seed at home last year to No. 5 Wilmington.


Otterbein is one of four schools that has played in all 26 OAC Tournaments and have a 13-25 record (.342).  The Cardinals have never won the title, were the runner-up in 2004 and have dropped four-straight tournament games dating back to an 89-81 quarterfinal win against John Carroll in 2006.


This will be the third-ever OAC Tournament meeting between the two schools.  The previous two meetings were also in the quarterfinals as No. 2 seed Mount Union beat No. 7 seed Otterbein, 64-59 in 1994 in Alliance, then in 2001 No. 6 seed Mount Union knocked off No. 3 seed Otterbein in Westerville.


The winner of this matchup takes on the winner of a quarterfinal between No. 3 seed Baldwin-Wallace and No. 6 seed John Carroll Friday at the highest remaining seed after the quarterfinals.  The other quarterfinal matchups are No. 8 Heidelberg at No. 1 Capital and No. 5 Ohio Northern at No. 4 Wilmington.

2010 OAC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Tuesday, Feb. 23
Quarterfinals (at higher seeds)
All games 7:30 pm

No. 8 Heidelberg at No. 1 Capital
No. 7 Otterbein at No. 2 Mount Union
No. 6 John Carroll at No. 3 Baldwin-Wallace
No. 5 Ohio Northern at No. 4 Wilmington

Friday, Feb. 26
Semifinals (at highest remaining seed)

No. 2/7 winner vs. No. 3/6 winner, 6 or 8 pm
No. 4/5 winner vs. No. 1/8 winner, 6 or 8 pm

Saturday, Feb. 27
Championship (at semifinals site)
Semifinal winners, 3 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 





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