A Page -- Feb. 22, 2012


Chardon's Erin Hollinger Earns Fourth Career Academic All-America Award

TOWSON, Md. – For the fourth time in her illustrious two-sport career at Case Western Reserve University, senior Erin Hollinger (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) is an Academic All-American. The standout Student/Athlete has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Women's Basketball First Team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday.

Hollinger, now with three-time Capital One Academic All-America® selections in basketball and one in track & field, will graduate as one of the most accomplished Student/Athletes in CWRU history.

A macromolecular science and engineering major with a 3.94 grade point average, Hollinger is averaging team-bests of 13.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game. She is the second-highest scorer in program history with 1,406 points and ranks amongst the program leaders with 537 rebounds and 173 blocks.

Last winter, she was a national finalist for the Jostens Trophy (Division III Player of the Year) in addition to being named a second-teamD3Hoops.com All-Great Lakes Region honoree and a first-team All-University Athletic Association pick.

Overall in her career on the hardwood, she is a three-time All-UAA and Academic All-UAA selection with eight conference Athlete of the Week nods.

Also a track & field standout, Hollinger is a two-time All-American in the high jump with five UAA Championships and two more UAA All-Academic awards.

The Capital One Academic All-America® Teams recognize the nation's top Student/Athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a Student/Athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Only Student/Athletes named to their respective Academic All-District First Team become eligible for Academic All-America® consideration.

Since the program's inception, a total of 75 Case Western Reserve student-athletes have been named Academic All-American® -- that number includes four this fall and winter. In 2010 and 2011, a combined 12 Spartans received Academic All-America® acclaim.

Lakewood's Tim Kelly named OAC track athlete of the week

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union senior Tim Kelly (Lakewood/Lakewood) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week.

Kelly finished second in the 1000 meters at the Kent State Tune-Up this past weekend as he posted a season-best time of 2:32.64.

Kelly and the rest of the Purple Raiders compete this week at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships Friday and Saturday at Otterbein University in Westerville.

Carpenter Scores 15 as B-W Women Beat Marietta, 74-57, in 

OAC First Round Tourney Game

BEREA, OHIO – Junior forward Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/ Hoover) scored 15 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team beatMarietta College, 74-57, tonight (Monday, February 20, 2012) in a first round Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament game in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center. The Yellow Jackets advance to play No.4-seed Capital University (17-8 overall) tomorrow night, Tuesday, Feb. 21 in Columbus at the Capital Center at 7:30 p.m.

With its win, B-W improves to 17-9 overall, beat Marietta two of three times this season and for the 35th time in the last 36 meetings and has won 11 of its past 13 contests. Marietta ends its season at 10-16 overall.

In addition to Carpenter for B-W, sophomore forward Lexi Rohrbach (Tiffin/ Columbian) came off the bench to score 13 points and sophomore guard Jessica Lairson (Louisville/ Senior) had 10. Marietta was led by junior forward Aleisha Guiler with a game-high 26 points.

The Pioneers opened the scoring at 19:38 mark when Guiler made a jump shot for a 2-0 lead. B-W outscored Marietta 8-4 to take an 8-6 lead when junior point guard Rachel Rossman (Olmsted Falls) assisted on a layup by senior forward Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/ St. Mary’s Central Catholic) at 16:10.
The Yellow Jackets gained a 14-6 advantage at 13:45 when Rohrbach made three straight hoops. Guiler ended that run with two free throws at 12:43 to cut the deficit by two points. But B-W got a basket from sophomore center Natalia Simovic (Seven Hills/ Parma Normandy) at 11:40 and a three-pointer from Lairson at 11:02 and the lead grew to double digits at 19-8.

Following a Pioneer basket, B-W went on a 6-0 run to take a 25-10 lead at 8:42 when Lairson grabbed an offensive rebound and scored. Marietta came right back with a six-point run to cut the deficit to 27-18 with 4:00 left when freshman guard Sierra Sigman made a jumper in the lane.

After Simovic made one of two foul shots at 2:35, the Pioneers responded with four straight points to cut the deficit to 28-22 with 56.6 seconds left before halftime. A Carpenter trey at 41.7 seconds and a basket by Simovic with 4.2 seconds remaining sandwiched a pair of Pioneer hoops and B-W led 33-24 at halftime.

Lake Erie College Student/Athletes participate 

in Week of Wishes

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – In coordination with NCAA Division II, Lake Erie College will be participating in the annual Week of Wishes to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation Feb. 20-26. 

The Lake Erie Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be raising money for the cause by selling Make-A-Wish stars, t-shirts and star shaped cookies at Wednesday night's pep rally and Saturday's men's and women's basketball Senior Day doubleheader vs. Ashland University.  Donations will also be collected.

If you are unable to make it to this weekend's games but would still like to support the cause on behalf of Lake Erie, you can do so through the NCAA at http://www.wish.org/NCAADII.

NCAA Division II is committed to helping the Make-A-Wish Foundation make wishes come true, one wish at a time.  Since 2003, NCAA Division II has been a national sponsor of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, raising over $1.9 million to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Student/Athletes, coaches, administrators, parents and fans are serving their communities and wish kids through their heartfelt fundraising efforts. Together NCAA Division II has helped to grant more than 275 wishes. But the goal line is still ahead; help the Make-A-Wish Foundation achieve its vision to grant the wish of every eligible child.



Akron at Miami, 12:00 PM

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The Miami University women’s basketball team hosts Akron Wednesday as it looks to clinch a top-four seed in the upcoming Mid-American Conference Tournament. The game is part of the “Goals for Life” event, as the RedHawks welcome Talawanda Middle School onto campus.  Akron hung tough with MAC leader Bowling Green on Saturday, ultimately falling 60-55 after Ti'eshia Stubbs's game-tying 3-point attempt with five seconds to play was off the mark. Kacie Cassell led UA in the BGSU loss, scoring 15 points. Sina King finished with 11 and Hanna Luburgh grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds. Junior Taylor Ruper continues to be one of the top 3-point shooters in the nation. Ruper ranks 21st nationally in 3-pointers made per game (2.8) and is 32nd in the NCAA in 3-point percentage (.378). UA has six players averaging 8.5 points or more in league play this season. UA is led by Sina King's 14.9 points per league game. Akron's is the 23rd highest scoring team in the nation at 73.1 points per game. The top scoring team in the MAC, Akron's field goal percentage of 42.6-percent ranks 35th in the country and second in the MAC. At 9-4 in the MAC, the RedHawks are currently in fourth place in the conference standings. They are three games in front of Akron and Northern Illinois, each of which is 6-7. With only three games remaining in the regular season, Miami needs to win only one more game, or have each of those two teams lose once more in order to clinch a top-four seed in the tournament. The fourth seed earns a bye straight to the quarterfinals, while seeds five through 12 have to participate in the first two rounds. Miami is second in the MAC East standings at 19-7 overall and 9-4 in the conference. The RedHawks have won two straight after losing two in a row for the first time all season. Courtney Osborn (18.3 ppg, 5.5 apg) leads a trio of RedHawks that are scoring in double digits. Osborn also leads the conference in assists. Maggie Boyer (11.3 ppg) and Kirsten Olowinski (11.1 ppg) are also offensive threats for Miami. Olowinski is also the top rebounder in the MAC at 9.8 boards per game.


Bowling Green at Ohio, 7:00 PM

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The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team, having clinched at least a share of a Mid-American Conference divisional title, has a chance to capture an outright crown this wee. BGSU heads to Athens for a Wednesday (Feb. 22) game vs. Ohio University, with tipoff set for 7:00 p.m. at the Convocation Center.  The Falcons have won 15 of their last 16 games including the last two in a row. With a win at Akron on Feb. 18, Bowling Green has clinched at least a share of the MAC East regular-season title for the eighth straight season. Chrissy Steffen leads the way for the Falcons, scoring 13.9 points per game. She is followed by Alexis Rogers and Jessica Slagle, who each can be counted upon for 12.0 points per outing. Bowling Green scores 11.6 more points per game than its opponents and boasts the league’s best defense, allowing only 54.7 points per game. The Falcons typically get off to a fast start in their games, as they've outscored foes 839-640 (+199) in the first half of games this season. After achieving wins in two of its last three outings, Ohio Women’s Basketball hosts Mid-American Conference Eastern Division rival Bowling Green on Wednesday night in the final regular-season home game of the year. Ohio turned in an inspired defensive performance in its last outing, a 51-45 win over Kent State on Senior Day. The win was an important one for Ohio (12-15, 5-8), putting the Bobcats into eighth place for the time being. With the top four seeds receiving a bye in the first round of the conference tournament, seeds 5-8 host first-round games on March 3. Shavon Robinson led all scorers in the game with 16 points. She was joined in double figures by Benson, who scored 11 and was just one rebound shy of earning a double-double. Tina Fisher (Cottage Grove, Minn.) collected a career-high five steals in the victory and also grabbed six boards. Ohio’s solid free-throw shooting stacks up well amongst fellow NCAA Division One basketball programs. As of games played Feb. 19, Ohio’s free throw shooting percentage (73.7) ranks 39th of 336 schools.



Northern Illinois at Central Michigan, 7:00 PM

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The battle for third in the Mid-American Conference West Division is at stake Wednesday night when Northern Illinois meets up with Central Michigan in McGuirk Arena. CMU enters the game with the conference's second best offense, averaging 71.3 points per game.  The Chippewas are second in the conference in offensive rebounds (16.2 per game), third in defensive rebounds (27.1) and first in three-pointers made (6.8). Bradford continues to be an offensive threat in the MAC as she is averaging 14.9 points per game during conference play, placing her tied for seventh. She is also tied for seventh in rebounds (7.9), tied for first in steals per game (2.8), second in blocked shots (2.0) and tied for third in offensive rebounds per game (2.3).  For the first time since facing Eastern Michigan (Jan. 19), Jas'Mine Bracey recorded a double-figure point total, 14, on Sunday. It was the ninth time this year that she has scored more than 10 points and was two rebounds shy of a double-double. For the second time in the past six games the Chippewas owned the advantage on the boards. They were able to grab 52 against Ball State making it the third time in the past four games they have had more than 50 rebounds. The Huskies are holding their opponents to only 58.1 points per game, the fourth lowest in the MAC. With a team percentage of 73.0 from the free throw line, NIU ranks 48th in the nation as of Feb. 19. In the last three games, Jenna Thorp has come on quick with 21 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocks while shooting 9-for-18 from the field. Her eight points versus Ball State were the most she's scored in a game since Dec. 11 at Chicago State when she had eight that day as well. In the eight games prior to her last three, she had scored six points total. Over the last four games, Courtney Shelton has 30 assists and only 11 turnovers. She leads the team with 85 assists, which are already a new single season high for her. Shelton's 1.1 assist-to-turnover ratio is good for sixth in the MAC and her 3.5 assists per game are good for seventh as of Feb. 19.


Western Michigan at Ball St., 7:00 PM

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Western Michigan is looking to snap a four-game skid, while Ball State is coming off a 84-76 home win againt Central Michigan this past Saturday. Western Michigan defeated BSU in the first meeting this year, 76-64, in Kalamazoo on Jan. 8. The Broncos won their first two MAC games, but have gone on to win just one of their last 11. the Broncos average 62.7 ppg (65.3 MAC) and allow 72.3 ppg (75.5 MAC) against. WMU is shooting 37.9 percent from the field. Redshirt senior Maria Iaquaniello is the team's leading scorer, averaging 13.3 ppg. Junior Aurielle Anderson averages 8.1 ppg and freshman Julia Henson is producing 8.0 ppg. Sophomore Corie Buchanan became the fourth Broncos this season to register 20-plus points, with a career-high 21 points at Toledo, Feb. 18. Senior Maria Iaquaniello has five games with 20 or more points, while junior Aurielle Anderson and freshman Julia Henson each have one. Iaquaniello's 51.2 field-goal percentage ranks 37th best in the nation. Julia Henson ranks 36th in 3-point percentage (37.4) and 45 in 3-pointers made per game (2.5). The Cardinals enter Wednesday's Mid-American Conference match-up against Western Michigan with an overall record of 9-17 and a MAC mark of 4-9.  Ball State is coming off of an 84-76 win over Central Michigan Sunday, that included five players scoring in double figures with Suzanne Grossnickle leading the way with 18-points and 10 rebounds.  Freshman guard Shelbie Justice earned a career-high 16-points on the day while teammates sophomore forward Jazmin Hitchens had 11, sophomore guard Brandy Woody chipped in 10 along with junior guard Shanee' Jackson.  For the game Central Michigan was held to a 33.8 shooting percentage while Ball State shot a 43.3 percent from the field.  Ball State is currently led by Jazmin Hitchens with 9.3 points per game and Grossnickle is the top rebounder for the Cardinals with 4.5 rebounds per contest.


CSU, Detroit to battle in Horizon League affair tomorrow

Game 27
Cleveland State (10-16, 5-10) at Detroit (14-12, 10-4)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Site: Calihan Hall - Detroit, Mich.
Series: Detroit leads, 32-13
Last Meeting: Detroit 50, Cleveland State 43 (1/28/12)
Tickets: Available at site


Cleveland State will take its final road trip of the regular season this weekend, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. contest at Detroit on Thursday, February 23. The Vikings enter the week with a 5-10 record in the Horizon League and rank seventh in the league standings, while Detroit is tied for second with a 10-4 mark. CSU is coming off a 70-68 victory over Milwaukee (Feb. 18), while the Titans fell at Wright State (91-82) the last time out.


Thursday's contest will be the 46th meeting between the two teams, with Detroit holding the edge in the overall series record, 32-13. Although the Titans claimed a 50-43 victory earlier this season, the Vikings have won seven of the last 10 contests, and hold an 8-9 record against Detroit under head coach Kate Peterson Abiad.


Improve CSU's league record to 6-10…Give the Vikings back-to-back victories for the first time this season…Mark Cleveland State's eighth victory over Detroit in the past six seasons.


Junior Shalonda Winton tallied her first 30-point game of the season against Milwaukee last Saturday (Feb. 18), ending right on the number. Winton, who was one shy of tying her career-high against the Panthers, is one of nine Horizon League players to tally 30 or more points in a contest this season.


Along with her 30 points, Winton also notched a career-high 18 rebounds, posting her 15th double-digit rebounding game this season. Winton is now one of just two Horizon League players to average a double-double on the season (17.5 ppg, 10.2 rpg) and one of 19 Division I players in the country.


With the 70-68 victory over Milwaukee last Saturday (Feb. 18), head coach Kate Peterson Abiad became the winningest coach in program history and now has 116 career victories at Cleveland State. Peterson Abiad, who is in her ninth season at the helm of the Vikings, became the third coach in program history to record 100 wins last year. During her tenure she has led CSU to four 19-win seasons, two Horizon League Championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances.


For the first time in her collegiate career Cori Coleman tallied 20 or more points, posting 21 against Green Bay last Thursday (Feb. 16). Coleman led the Viking offense against the Phoenix, shooting 53-percent from the floor (7-13), notching the eighth double-digit scoring game of her career.


Against Milwaukee, Coleman tallied 12 points, three assists and two steals, posting her ninth double-digit scoring game of the season. Since entering the starting lineup (Murray State, Dec. 20), Coleman has been the second leading scorer for CSU, averaging 9.9 points per contest along with 3.4 rebounds and 1.9 steals.


So far this season five Vikings have posted 100 points or more, including Shalonda Winton who leads the team with 454. The other four Vikings include seniors Takima Keane (192) and Destinee Blue (172), junior Honesty King (186) and freshman Cori Coleman (194). CSU has had five or more 100-point scorers over the past eight seasons, including eight during the 2007-08, 2006-07 and 2005-06 seasons. 


Cori Coleman, who has 194 points on the season, is just six points shy of becoming the second freshman to reach 200 points in their first season over the past five years. During head coach Kate Peterson Abiad's tenure, five newcomers have tallied 200 or more points in their first season, including current Viking Shalonda Winton (201 points during 2009-10).


Shalonda Winton continues to lead the league in scoring and rebounding in league contests only, as she is averaging 21.5 points and 10.9 boards per league contest. Winton is one of two Horizon League players that rank in the top-five in both scoring and rebounding (Julie Wojta, Green Bay), while she is also one of two  players to average a double-double in league contestes only (Wojta).


Following her 33-point weekend against Green Bay and Milwaukee, Cori Coleman now ranks 20th in league contests only, averaging 10.8 points per game. Coleman also ranks seventh in steals, notching 28 (1.9 spg) through 15 Horizon League games. She is one of five freshmen to be ranked in the top-20 in scoring, and one of two newcomers to be ranked in the top-10 in steals.


The Vikings will stay on the road and travel to Fairborn, Ohio where they will take on Wright State in a 2:00 p.m. contest on Saturday, February 25.

Oberlin's Ariel Lewis Tabbed NCAC Player of the Week 

Oberlin, Ohio – Senior star Ariel Lewis was named as the North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced on Sunday afternoon.

Lewis, a native of Vacaville, California, is off to a fast start so far this spring. This past Saturday she was a straight winner at No. 1 singles, taking care of Julie Stoyner of Otterbein 6-1, 6-4. She and Carolyn Ball also teamed up at No. 2 doubles and were easy 8-1 winners.

Lewis, who is a three-time All-NCAC First-Team selection, now has 76 career wins in singles play and 50 wins in doubles action.

She and the rest of the Yeowomen will take to the road for the first time this spring when they travel to the state of Indiana this weekend. On Saturday they will square off against Luther College, before taking on new NCAC member DePauw on Sunday.

Miller and Chrapczynski Honored by the NCAC 

Oberlin, Ohio – Senior Shawn Chrapczynski and first-year Margaret Miller were each named as North Coast Athletic Conference Sprints/Hurdles Athletes of the Week, the league office announced on Sunday evening.

Chrapczynski, a native of nearby Lorain, Ohio, took third place in the 400-meter run (52.21) and was a member of the winning 4x400-meter relay (3:31.25) on Friday night at the Greater Cleveland Championships on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace College.

Shawn Margaret 

Miller, who came to Oberlin from Atlanta, Georgia, garnered the first Athlete of the Week Award of her career. She was honored for finishing second in the 55-meter dash (7.64), fourth in the 200-meter dash (27.54) and being a member of the winning 4x200-meter relay (1:48.93).

The Yeomen and Yeowomen track and field teams will be in action on Friday at the Denison Last Chance Meet.

Three B-W Indoor Track and Field 

Student/Athletes Named OAC Athletes of the 


BEREA, OHIO -- Three Baldwin-Wallace Indoor Track and Field student-athletes, senior thrower Leslie Pernell (Springfield/Catholic Central), sophomore sprinter Nicole Smith (Geneva) and junior thrower Zach Marinnucci (Brunswick) named as Ohio Athletic Conference Athletes-of-the-Week today (Monday, February 20 2012). This marks the first career weekly honor for all three Student/Athletes.

Pernell earned her award after winning the shot put and finishing second in the weight throw at the Greater Cleveland Championship Meet on Friday, February at the Harrison Dillard Track inside the Lou Higgins Center.  She had a winning and season-best throw of 42’6.25” in the shot put and had a mark of 51’11.25”.  Pernell also placed eighth in the shot put  and the weight throw at the Kent State Open Meet on Saturday, February 18. She threw a distance of 41’ 9.25’’ in the shot and 55’2.75’’ in the weight throw.

Smith brought home her first weekly honor after winning both the 200 and 500-meter runs at the Greater Cleveland Championships.   She won the 200 in a season-best time of 27.14 and crossed the finish line in the 500 in a season-best time of 1:20.10.

Marinucci earned his award by capturing first in the shot put and placing third in the weight throw at the Greater Cleveland Championships.  He won the shot with a season-best throw of 54’1” and had season-best toss of 47’7.75” in the weight throw.  At Kent State, Marinucci took fifth in the shot put with a mark of 53’3