A Page -- Feb. 25, 2012

Rose (L), Wiedt (R)

Sixth-ranked Mount Union takes on Ohio 

Northern in OAC championship game today

Nationally ranked and top-seeded Mount Union (#6 in D3hoops.com and ESPN/USA TODAY Coaches polls) hosts second-seeded Ohio Northern in the finals of the 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Saturday at 3 pm at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

The game will alo be LIVE on the radio on WRMU 91.1 FM and 1310 AM WDPN simulcast online with LIVE AUDIO and LIVE STATS right here.

Tickets will be available at the door for $7 for adults; $5 for seniors; $2 for students; OAC students FREE with ID ONLY OAC LIFETIME Passes honored

The OAC Tournament Champion receives bid to 64-team NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship.  The NCAA Tournament consists of 42 conference champions receiving automatic bids, three spots reserved for teams for independents and 19 national at-large bids.  The bracket will be announced Monday at 2:30 pm with an online webcast at NCAA.com 

A new tournament format this season gave Mount Union (25-1) and Ohio Northern (21-5) double-byes to the semifinals where the Raiders beat Capital, 84-78 and the Polar Bears knocked off Otterbein 65-52.


The Purple Raiders are on a 20-game win streak and a 22-game home court win streak that dates back to the 2009-10 season.

Junior point guard Rosa LaMattina leads the team and is fifth in the conference in scoring at 15.3 points per game, while leading the OAC in steals (3.4 per game) and third in assists (3.9 per game).

Seniors in guard Kori Wiedt and forward Amanda Rose are the other double digit scorers for the Raiders.  Wiedt is sixth in the OAC in scoring at 14.6 points per game and is third in the nation in three-point shooting (.471) while Rose averages 11.2 points per game and leads the team in rebounds at 5.2 per game.

The trio have all eclipsed 1,000 career points this season marking the first time in school history that three active 1,000-point scorers have played together.  On the school's all-time list, Wiedt is sixth with 1,217 points, LaMattina is 10th with 1,105 points while Rose is 12th with 1,058 points.  They bring the total to 13 players in Mount Union history with over 1,000 points.

Mount Union leads the conference in scoring offense at 74.0 points per game and is the top defensive team allowing just 56.2 points per game. The Raiders help that defense with a full court press and leading the OAC in steals at 11.9 per game.

Ohio Northern is 2-2 over its last four games with one of those losses being a 72-68 defeat at Mount Union.

The Polar Bears are right behind the Raiders in total offense (74.0 ppg) and scoring defense (58.8 ppg) in the OAC.

Ohio Northern has four players average in double figures on the season led by junior wing Morgan Dumbaugh at 12.5 points per game.  Senior forward Kara Dysert is second on the team in scoring at 12.2 points per game and is second in the OAC in rebounding at 8.7 per game.

Vikings, Raiders to close out regular season 

in the 'Stein

Wright State (13-17, 7-10 HL) at Cleveland State (21-9, 11-6 HL)
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST
Location: Wolstein Center (8,500) - Cleveland, Ohio
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski) 
TV: None Live. Video stream available on Horizon League Network and CSUVikings.com
Series: CSU leads, 29-27
Last Mt'g: CSU 45 @WSU 43 (12/1/11)
Tickets: $10, $15, $25
Promos: Family Value Saturday; Kids Zone; $1 hot dogs; Fan Appreciation Day

SETTING THE SCENE: Cleveland State plays host to Wright State on Saturday (Feb. 25) at 2:00 p.m. in the final regular season contest. The Vikings snapped a five-game losing streak with a 77-64 win over Detroit on Thursday night, outscoring the Titans by 19 points in the second half. It helped the Vikings improve to 21-9 overall and 11-6 in the Horizon League, tied for second place with Butler, who plays at Valparaiso on Friday. Wright State is 13-17 overall and 7-10 in league play. Saturday's game will be the 57th meeting between the two schools with CSU holding a 29-27 lead. CSU has won five straight and six of the last seven, including a 45-43 win in on Dec. 1.

ON THE ROAD: The Vikings have been proving their mettle away from home this season, posting a 12-5 record in those contests. CSU is 11-4 in "true" road games and 1-1 in neutral site contests. The 11 "true" road wins are tied for the most in the nation (Iona, Wagner), while CSU's 12 wins away from home are the third most in the country. The school-record for road wins in a season is 13, set in 2008-09. This year's 11 road victories rank second in school history, while CSU's .733 (11-4) road winning percentage is currently the best in school history.

VIKINGS GET 10 IN THE LEAGUE: CSU's two wins in Chicago (Feb. 3 &5) allowed the Vikings to clinch the fifth straight year of double digit wins in the Horizon League. It marks the first time in program history that the Vikings have won at least 10 league games in five straight seasons. The old mark was four straight, set from 1984-85 through 1987-88.

SENIOR DAY ON SATURDAY: Saturday's game is Senior Day with the four seniors and two senior managers on the roster being honored in a pre-game ceremony. Together, the quarter of seniors D'Aundray Brown, Trey Harmon, Jeremy Montgomery and Aaron Pogue have helped the program to a pair of Horizon League Championships (2009, 2011), a berth in the 2009 NCAA Championship and the 2011 NIT. Over the last four seasons, the Vikings have won 90 games. In addition, Javier Collins and Mychael White have been part of the program for the last four years and managers, assisting with behind the scene tasks on a day-to-day basis, which have helped the program achieve its successes.

NCAA STATS: CSU was well represented in the latest NCAA statistical report that was released on Monday (Feb. 19). As a team, CSU is ranked 16th in the country in scoring defense (59.1) and steals (8.6), 27th in turnover margin (3.0), 45th in three-point defense (.308), 56th in won-lost percentage (.714) and 65th in free throw percentage (.726). Individually, D'Aundray Brown is ninth in the nation in steals (2.6), while Trey Harmon is ranked 87th in the country in three-pointers per game (2.4).

20-20 VISION: CSU's win at UIC on Feb. 5 allowed the Vikings to clinch the ninth 20-win season in program history and the fourth in the last five seasons. Head coach Gary Waters claims four of the 20 win seasons in his six years at the helm. The 1985-86 Vikings set the record by winning 29 games, while last year's team won 27 games, second most in school history.

WHERE WE STAND: With one game left in the Horizon League season, the Vikings can finish anywhere from second to fourth. Here are the scenarios. (Note: Butler plays at Valparaiso on Friday night).

• Clinches No. 2 seed with win AND Butler loss.
• Clinches No. 2 seed with loss AND Butler loss AND Detroit win AND Milwaukee loss.
• Clinches No. 2 seed loss AND Butler loss AND Detroit win AND Milwaukee win.

• Clinches No. 3 seed with win AND Butler win.
• Clinches No. 3 seed with loss AND Butler win AND Detroit win AND Milwaukee loss. 
• Clinches No. 3 seed with loss AND Butler win AND Detroit win AND Milwaukee win.

• Clinches No. 4 seed with loss AND Butler win AND Youngstown St. win AND Milwaukee loss.
• Clinches No. 4 seed with loss AND Butler win AND Youngtown State win AND Milwaukee win.
• Clinches No. 4 seed with loss AND Butler loss AND Youngstown St. win AND Milwuakee win.

IKE LIKES DETROIT: Ike Nwamu provided the Vikings with a spark off the bench in his 12 minutes against Detroit on Thursday night. Nwamu tied his career-high with eight points, hitting 3-of-5 from the field, including 2-of-4 from three-point. Nwamu also had eight points in CSU's win at Detroit (Dec. 3). Coming into Thursday night's game, Nwamu had scored just eight points over the previous 12 games.

MASON BREAKS OUT: Freshman Marlin Mason, who was a redshirt for the first 16 games of the season, had his breakout game on Thursday against Detroit. Making his second career start, Mason tallied career-highs in points (15) and rebounds (9), while adding two assists, one steal and one blocked shot. He played a career-high 32 minutes.

THE FRESHMEN HAVE IT: CSU's freshmen class played a key role in Thursday's victory over Detroit, combining for 37 points, 21 rebounds and nine assists. In fact, with several upperclassmen saddled with foul trouble and Jeremy Montgomery limited with cramps, head coach Gary Waters went with four freshmen - Charlie Lee, Ike NwamuMarlin Mason and Anton Grady - along with junior Tim Kamczyc, for a four minute stretch in the second half

Oberlin swimming teams honored for classroom work

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College swimming and teams received Scholar All-America status from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, the organization announced this week.
Perennial recipients of the award, the Yeowomen posted a team GPA of 3.36 during the 2011 fall semester.

Also a regular on the list, the Yeomen had the highest GPA of any North Coast Athletic Conference school, checking in at 3.38.

To be eligible for the award, a team must have minimum GPA of 3.0.

Yeomen baseball hopes to break out in 2012

Oberlin, Ohio - While the weather remains cold outside, the Oberlin College baseball team is still hard at work in preparation for their 2012 season. The Yeomen are returning 16 letter winners from last year, including six players with at least 45 at bats, and four pitchers with at least ten innings on the mound.
The team will be young this year after losing two starting pitchers, two outfielders, their catcher, third baseman, and closer due to graduation. Among those 2011 seniors is the all-time hits leader in Oberlin history, Ben Puterbaugh, and all-time saves leader Phil Brua. They also lose four-year starters in Brandon Cantrill, Grady Campion, Ben Kauder, Max Phinney, and Ryan Mouch.

It will be a challenge for second-year head coach Adrian Abrahamowicz, but he is ready and excited about his team and the potential they have for this season. He is quoted saying, “We are going to be a young team this year, but we  have a ton of guys with experience. I’m looking forward to seeing who will step up their play this year and fill the shoes of the seniors that graduated in 2011”.
Starting Rotation:
Junior Eric Knight is the projected number one starter for Oberlin this year. The hard throwing right-hander from Scottsdale, Arizona has been in the rotation for his first two years, and has 12 career starts. In 59.2 career innings pitched, he has 44 strikeouts to just 25 walks, and three wins.
Senior captain Jason James will be the next Yeoman to take the mound. He has 16 career games started and 74 career innings pitched. He is a 3-7-lifetime pitcher with 54 career strikeouts. Abrahamowicz feels that he is poised for a breakout senior season after a much-improved fall.
Ann Arbor native Mattie Dedoes is slated to be third in the rotation. He was 2-1 his freshman year with a 4.74 earned run average. He had three starts, and pitched a total of 19 innings on the year. He was also named NCAC pitcher of the week after an impressive spring break trip that got him two wins, throwing 11.2 innings of scoreless baseball.
Transfer student Kevin Swanson will get the first crack at the number four spot in the Yeomen rotation. Swanson only threw four innings last year, as he took two years off of playing after high school. He came to Oberlin to suit up his final two years of college. He struggled with his command last year, but Abrahamowicz is impressed with his constant improvement, and is fully confident that he will have a successful season.
Freshmen Justin Kidd and Aaron McCartney will be looked at as mid-week starters and could even get a spot start in a conference weekend. They will help to bulk up the rotation, especially during spring break.
Sophomores Mike McDonald and Drew Karlin will be the main arms out of the bullpen this year. McDonald is projected to step into the closer’s role. The sidearm specialist from Weston, Connecticut had five appearances last year and one save. He had eight strikeouts in nine innings. Karlin, one of only two lefties on the staff, had an impressive first year, as he went 2-0 and posted a 0.00 era. He had 14 strikeouts compared to only three walks on the season.
Fellow sophomore Samuel Sharpe will look to get innings out of the bullpen, after a much-improved fall. Freshmen Ben Whitener,Jeff Schweighoffer, and junior Jake Streich-Kest will be the other righties out of the pen, and are expected to see time. Ryan Bliss will be the other lefty out of the pen, and is expected to be specialist.
Oberlin’s infield will be young this year, but has the potential to have a good year. Expect to see Whitener at first base, along with fellow freshman Danny Baldocci. The coaching staff is excited to have two big targets at first, as Whitener is 6-foot-5 and weighs 235, while Baldocci is 6-foot-4 and weighs in at 230. Knight will transition into the full time designated hitter, as he will be relied on for his arm heavily this year. Last year he hit .283 with seven doubles and two homeruns. He will look to continue to be a big bat in the middle of the lineup this year.
McDonald will be back at second base this year. As a freshman he hit .236 with eight doubles and a team high three homeruns. He drove in 11 runs, and will look to continue to improve on his consistency at the plate.
Sophomores Sean Cohen (.250 with 12 starts), and Kevin Verne (4 starts) will look to get time at short and third. Freshmen Mitch Novak and Ben Rogers spent time in the middle during the non-traditional season, and will look to make their way into the lineup. Dedoes is an option at third base as he saw action in nine games in the field last year. Schweighoffer could crack the lineup as well at the hot corner.
The Yeomen return three outfielders who saw significant time last year. Junior Robin Witjes comes back after a breakout sophomore campaign. He saw action in 25 games and got 16 starts. He hit .391 and had four stolen bases. He is a fast hard-nosed player who can make things happen on the base paths. Zach Kisley hit .312 last year as he had 24 starts, and was 6-of-7 in stolen base opportunities. He is solid in the outfield and will look to transition to a corner spot after the departure of Phinney and Kauder.
Zach Jaspers will be a utility man for the Yeomen this year and has the chance to see time in the middle infield, outfield, and even pick up spot starts behind the plate. Last year he hit .268 and saw action in 27 games, including 17 starts. Ethan Blumenthal is poised and ready to have a breakout year after putting on 15 pounds of muscle in the offseason. Freshmen Andrew Hutson andRyan Bliss provided added depth to the outfield.
Sophomore Steve DiNanno will be the primary backstop this year after the departure of three year starter Brandon Cantrill. DiNanno hit .239 last year with a double and a triple.
The Yeomen look to make the NCAC tournament for the first time in program history this year. They open their 2012 season on March 3, when they travel south to Chillicothe, Ohio to take on Case Western Reserve at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The following two weekends, the Yeomen will host Concordia University (MI) (March 11) and D’Youville (March 17-18) at All-Pro Freight Stadium in nearby Avon, Ohio. In between they are slated take on Bluffton University on March 14 at Dill Field, for their first true home game of season.
Following their 12-game spring break road trip Arizona, the Yeomen will return home to being conference play on March 31 when they host the Hiram Terriers.



Ohio at Buffalo, 12:00 PM (Live on STO/ESPN Full Court/ESPN3)

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Following a thrilling 60-56 win over Mid-American Conference Eastern Division leaders Bowling Green, Ohio Women’s Basketball takes to the road to play at Buffalo. The Bobcats will play the Bulls at Noon on Saturday before a national audience, as the game will be broadcast live on SportsTime Ohio, ESPN Full Court and ESPN3. In their last outing, the Bobcats shocked a 22-win Bowling Green squad on Wednesday night in Athens. Tenishia Benson and Shavon Robinson led the way for the Green and White, scoring 21 and 20 points, respectively. The Bobcats shot a solid 43.4 percent in the win and forced the Falcons into 18 turnovers. Trailing by five at the half, Ohio outscored BG 33-24 in the final 20 minutes of the contest. Tenishia Benson and Shavon Robinson proved to be unstop­pable in Ohio’s win over Bowling Green, combining for 41 of the Bobcats’ 60 points. Together the two guards shot 15-of-25 (60 percent) from the floor. Tenishia Benson has been incredibly consistent for the Bobcats this season. In 24 games played, the senior has scored in double figures on 22 occasions, including at one point a streak of 12 consecutive games. The last time a Bobcat scored in double figures for at least ten straight games was from Dec. 21, 2007 - Feb. 13, 2008. This was four seasons ago. A total of 109 games had passed between the end of Lauren Kohn’s impressive streak and the beginning of Benson’s.  The Bulls play at Alumni Arena for one final time this afternoon when they host Ohio.  Both teams are entering the game off victories as UB defeated Kent State, 85-72, and Ohio defeated Bowling Green, 60-56.  For the Bulls, this will be the final home game for Beth Christensen, Brittany Hedderson, Ephesia Holmes and Teresa Semalulu. The Bulls tied their season-low with just 12 turnover against Kent State, including just three in the second half.  It was the fourth straight game that Buffalo has had less turnovers than its opponent and the sixth in the last seven game.  Over the first 21 games of the season, the Bulls had less turnover than their opponent just three times. Following her 24 points against Kent State, senior Brittany Hedderson moved into fifth place on the all-time scoring list with 1,397 points.  She is just 16 points shy of moving into fourth place, surpassing Heather Turner (2004-08), who finished with 1,412 points in her career.  With her five assists against the Golden Flashes,  Hedderson joined Brenna Doty as the only two players in school history . with 1,300 points and 300 assist.


Miami at Bowling Green, 1:00 PM

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The Miami University women’s basketball team gets its first look at the Stroh Center as it travels to Bowling Green Saturday for its final regular season road contest. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. Miami enters Saturday's game with an overall record of 20-7, and the RedHawks are 10-4 in MAC play. MU has won three consecutive games, including road victories over Kent State and Buffalo and an 84-76 home win over Akron on Wednesday (Feb. 22). The RedHawks have clinched a top-four seed for the MAC Tournament. Individually, junior guard Courtney Osborn leads the team in scoring, with 18.4 points per game. She also paces the RedHawks in both assists (5.5 apg) and steals (2.6 spg). Osborn ranks in the MAC's top-three in all three categories. Senior guard Maggie Boyer and junior forward Kirsten Olowinski have 11.4 and 11.2 ppg, respectively. Boyer has hit 51 three-pointers this year, second on the team behind Osborn's 58, while Olowinski leads MU – and the MAC – with 9.9 rebounds per game. The Falcons enter the Miami game with a record of 22-5 on the season, and BGSU is 12-2 in MAC play. But, BG is just 2-2 in the last four games. The Falcons are tied for the best overall record in the conference, and BG is two games ahead of second-place MU in the East Division race. Junior Chrissy Steffen leads the Falcons in scoring with 13.6 points per game, and she also has 5.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.9 steals per contest. Steffen tops the team in steals, and she is second in assists and third in rebounding. Redshirt sophomore Alexis Rogers has 12.5 ppg to rank second on the team, and she leads the Falcons with 8.6 rpg. Rogers has recorded eight double-doubles this year, including seven in MAC play. She is coming off a monster game at Ohio, as she had 24 points and a career-high 16 rebounds on Wednesday night. Senior Jessica Slagle has 11.8 ppg to round out BGSU's double-digit scorers. After scoring in double digits five times over her first three seasons, she has 16 double-figure games this year, including 12 in the last 17 games. Through 27 games this year, the Falcons are shooting .395 from the field, .296 from three-point range and .676 from the free-throw line. The BG defense has limited opponents to .367 from the floor and .267 from beyond the arc, and foes have shot .663 from the stripe. 


Akron at Kent St., 2:00 PM

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Akron makes the short drive to Kent Saturday to face the rival Golden Flashes. Tip-off at the MAC Center is 2:00 p.m. Akron fell to Miami on Wednesday, 84-76. The RedHawks used a 9-0 run midway through the second half to pull away and UA could get no closer than four the rest of the way. Akron is looking to sweep the season series with rival Kent State for the first time in program history. UA won the first meeting, 68-62, on Jan. 14 at the JAR. Jasmine Mushington and Ti'eshia Stubbs each scored 15 points to lead Akron in the first meeting with Kent State. UA scored 23 points off of 20 KSU turnovers and also outscored the Flashes, 32-22, in the paint. Diamon Beckford led KSU with 21 points. UA enters the game looking to improve its MAC Tournament seeding. A win will secure a first-round home game on Mar. 3 for the Zips. 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). Akron's is the 23rd highest scoring team in the nation at 73.1 points per game. Kent State is 5-19 in 2011-12 and 4-10 in the Mid-American Conference. KSU has lost its last seven contests, including a 85-72 loss at Buffalo on Tuesday. The Golden Flashes last win came at Western Michigan on Jan. 25. Trisha Krewson (11.6), Diamon Beckford (10.6) and Tamzin Barroilhet (10.0) are all averaging double figures for coach Bob Lindsay. KSU scores 57.6 points per game while allowing 69.5.


Ball St. at Eastern Michigan, 2:00 PM 

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The Cardinals enter Saturday's contest at Eastern Michigan after suffering a 67-65 heartbreaking loss to Western Michigan Wednesday night.  With the loss Ball State falls to 9-18 overall and 4-10 in the Mid-American Conference.  The Cardinals are only one of two teams that have earned a victory over Eastern Michigan this season and the lone team in the MAC West Division to have beaten the Eagles.  Jazmin Hitchens still leads the Cardinals in scoring with 9.2 points per game while Suzanne Grossnickle is the top-rebounder with 4.8 rebounds per game. The Eagles enter the game with a mark of 20-7 (12-2 MAC) and can clinch at least a share of the West Division title with a victory. The Eagles are just one victory shy of capturing the team's fourth Mid-American Conference West Division championship. Since the league switched to the current division format for the 1997-98 campaign, EMU has claimed MAC West titles in 2004, 2006 and 2008.Senior Tavelyn James, the leading scorer in EMU history, is also moving up the Mid-American Conference list. Just the 11th student-athlete in MAC history to surpass the 2,000-point mark in a career, James needs 78 points to pass Ohio's Caroline Mast (1982-86) for second on the MAC list. For the complete list of her accomplishments, turn to page 10 of these notes. With her 29 points at Northern Illinois, Feb. 18, Tavelyn James became the EMU single-season points leader with 643, surpassing her own standard of 642 set a season ago in 37 games. The latest NCAA Statistical Rankings came out Feb. 23 and the Eagles are sixth in the nation (out of 336 eligible teams) in steals per game at 13.0. They are 15th in rebounding margin (+8.8), 12th in turnover margin at +6.04 and 22rd in scoring margin (+13.4). Individually, Tavelyn James is second in the nation in scoring with an average of 24.6 points per game and 23rd in free throw percentage per game at 86.3. Desyree Thomas is ninth in the nation with an average of 3.4 steals per game, while Olivia Fouty is 99th in the nation in rebounds with an average of 8.4 per game.


Central Michigan at Western Michigan, 2:00 PM 

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The Central Michigan women's basketball team will head to Western Michigan on Saturday for its last road game of the regular season. With a win the Chippewas can seal a Mid-American Conference Tournament first-round home game. CMU is currently tied for third in the MAC West standings following the 73-50 win over Northern Illinois on Wednesday night. CMU is second in MAC offensive rebounds averaging 16.3 per game and third in defensive rebounds with 27.1. Following the 11 made treys in the win against NIU, the Chippewas hold the top spot in conference three-pointers made per game at 7.1.  Taylor Johnson posted a season-high 20 points in the win against NIU, including a 6-for-8 performance from behind the arc. Since hitting conference play Johnson is averaing 10.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. She is also shooting 40.7 percent from the floor and 41.5 percent from the three-point line. Before conference play, she was only averaging 5.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 32.1 percent from the floor and only 30 percent from long range.  Crystal Bradford has 44 total blocks on the season placing her fourth on the CMU single-season block list. Niki DiGuilio currently has 119 three-pointers placing her fifth on the CMU career list. Baker currently has 314 total assists during her CMU tenure, placing her seventh. WMU averages 62.9 ppg (65.4 MAC) and allows 72.0 ppg (74.7 MAC) against. WMU is shooting 38.2 percent from the field. Redshirt senior Maria Iaquaniello is the team's leading scorer, averaging 13.1 ppg, ranking eighth in the MAC. She also ranks third in the conference in field goal percentage (50.4 %). Junior Aurielle Anderson is chipping in 8.3 ppg, freshman Julia Henson is producing 8.0 ppg and sophomore Corie Buchanan is scoring 7.9 rpg. 




Northern Illinois at Toledo, 4:30 PM

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Northern Illinois has dropped its last two contests, including a 73-50 loss at Central Michigan on Wednesday. Courtney Shelton paced the Huskies with 12 points. NIU features a balanced attack with three players averaging at least 9.0 points per game led by Claire Jakubicek's 11.0 ppg and 5.1 rpg. The first-year Huskie has not played the last two games and her availability for today's game is not known. NIU is 5-8 away from home this season. In three of the last four games, Courtney Shelton has scored in double figures, which is the most times she's scored 10-plus in any four-game stretch this season. Of her 35 points, 14 have come from the free throw line as she is 14-for-15 from the charity stripe over her last four contests. With a victory against the Huskies, Toledo would be guaranteed at least the No. 3 seed in the overall league standings and secure a double bye in the MAC Tournament.  The Rockets, who are 11-3 at home this season, will be looking to rebound from their third conference defeat of the season. UT dropped a 54-33 decision at Eastern Michigan on Tuesday in a battle for first place in the MAC's West Division, snapping its season-high 10-game win streak. For the year, the Rockets are fueled offensively by the trio of sophomore Andola Dortch, Courtney Ingersoll and Yolonda Richardson, who are averaging 13.2, 11.4 and 10.2 ppg, respectively.



Wright State, Cleveland State to bang heads in 

the Nutter Center today

Cleveland State (10-17, 5-11) at Wright State (18-9, 11-4)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Site: Ervin J. Nutter Center - Fairborn, Ohio
Series: Cleveland State leads, 30-24
Last Meeting: Wright State 64, Cleveland State 54 (1/26/12)

Cleveland State will play its final road contest of the regular season this Saturday (Feb. 25), as the Vikings are set to face the Wright State Raiders at 2:00 p.m. Cleveland State enters Saturday's contest after falling at Detroit, 65-55, while the Raiders are on a two-game win streak, defeating Youngstown State and Detroit. The Vikings are currently seventh in the Horizon League standings and Wright State is tied for second.

Saturday's contest will be the 55th meeting between the two teams, with the Vikings holding the slight edge in the overall series record, 30-24. Although the Raiders claimed a 64-54 victory earlier this season, CSU has one four out of the last six contests and seven out of the last 12.

Improve CSU's league record to 6-11…Even CSU's record against the Raiders to 10-10 over the past nine seasons…Mark Cleveland State's third victory at the Nutter Center under head coach Kate Peterson Abiad.

The Vikings shot 81-percent (13-16) from the free-throw line at Detroit, their best performance since the Loyola game on January 14 (.889). Thursday's game marked the fifth time this season that CSU shot 80-percent or better from the free-throw line, including a season-high .893 clip at Western Michigan (25-28).

For just the second time in her career, Kiersten Green tallied double-digit points, as she notched a career-high 12 against Detroit. Green is the seventh Viking to record more than one double-digit scoring game this season, and the second freshman to do so. Her 12 points also gave her 104 points for the season, making her the third freshman over the past four years to post 100 points in their first season.

The Vikings did a good job of taking care of the ball at Detroit (Feb. 23), committing a season-low 11 turnovers. Thursday's game marked the 10th time this season that CSU committed fewer turnovers than their opponent.

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.

Honesty King, who ranks 13th in the league with 1.5 three-pointers made per contest, has recorded at least one three-pointer in the past seven games. This season, King has made 32 shots from behind the arc, including a season-high of four at Ole Miss (Dec. 21).

So far this season six Vikings have posted 100 points or more, including Shalonda Winton who leads the team with 480. The other five Vikings include seniors Takima Keane (192) and Destinee Blue (172), junior Honesty King (195) and freshmen Cori Coleman (198) and Kiersten Green (104). CSU has now had six or more 100-point scorers eight times over the past nine seasons.

Cori Coleman, who has 198 points on the season, is just two 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).

For the first time in her collegiate career Cori Coleman tallied 20 or more points, posting 21 against Green Bay earlier this season (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.

Lake Erie takes on 24-1 Ashland today

NCAA Division II – Women’s Basketball

Ashland University (24-1, 18-0 GLIAC) at Lake Erie College (16-9, 10-8 GLIAC)

When: Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m.

Venue: Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center in Painesville

Broadcast: LakeErieStorm.com (Craig Deas, announcer)


Notable: Saturday’s game is the regular season finale… the Storm is locked into the fifth spot for next week’s GLIAC Tournament, Lake Erie’s first appearance in postseason play since 2007-08 when it was a member of DIII… Lake Erie has lost three straight for the first time all season, by a combined total of just 12 points. Seven of the team’s last eight games have been decided by three points or less… The Storm is led by Stephanie Rogers (Mentor) who averages 16.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game… prior to the game Lake Erie will recognize its eight senior players… Ashland has won 24 games in a row since dropping the season opener. The Eagles, ranked 5th nationally, will be the top seed in the GLIAC Tournament next week.

Storm men close out regular season against Ashland

LAKE ERIE CLOSES ITS SEASON SATURDAY: The Lake Erie College men’s basketball team (9-16, 4-14 GLIAC) closes its 2011-12 season today as it hosts Ashland University.  The Storm is coming off a 80-67 defeat at Tiffin University Thursday.

SENIOR SENDOFF: Today’s game will be senior day as Lake Erie honors its two senior - guard Brandon Smith (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford/Cuyahoga Community College) and forward Matt Grendel (Independence, Ohio/Independence).  Grendel has been a four-year member of the Storm while Smith has been at Lake Erie the past three seasons - playing the last two after transferring from Cuyahoga Community College.

LAST TIME OUT: Lake Erie got strong contributions from its bench and led with under five minutes to play but came up short in an 80-67 loss to Tiffin University at the Gillmor Center in Tiffin, Ohio.  Lake Erie’s top two scorers on the season, sophomores Rich Austin (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) and Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) split team-high honors with 12 points and seven rebounds each.  Sophomore Nate Tait added 11 points off the bench, carrying the Storm to a late second half lead.

SERIES NOTES: Ashland has taken all three overall meetings with Lake Erie, including a 73-54 win this season on Dec. 11

OPPOSITION POSITION: Ashland (15-10, 10-8 GLIAC) is fighting for GLIAC playoff position, entering the day tied for seventh overall (fourth, GLIAC South) in the conference.  The Eagles are led by forward Evan Yates who tops the GLIAC in scoring (20.7 ppg.) and rebounding (11.3 rpg.).

STORM SWIPING IT: This season, the Storm has averaged 8.4 steals per game, which is third in the GLIAC.  Sophomore guards Riley Thomas and Nate Tait lead Lake Erie with 30 steals as eight players have at least 16 swipes.

CLOSING IN ON 100: Lake Erie Head Coach Cliff Hunt is just two wins away from the 100-win plateau with a 98-90 career record in his seventh season with the Storm. He is already the all-time winningest coach in school history.

Mount Union tennis opens season today

Head coach Jeff Wojtowicz looks to guide a youthful Mount Union men's tennis team back to the upper tier of the Ohio Athletic Conference in 2012. The Purple Raiders went 2-1 during the fall portion of their schedule.

After finishing in the top three four consecutive years, including a pair of OAC championships, the Purple Raiders finished with an 8-11 record and fifth in the conference a year ago.

Junior Nate Fockler (North Canton/North Canton Hoover) is the lone member of the squad with higher than sophomore status. Last year, Fockler earned All-OAC honorable mention honors after finishing 10-8 in singles and 7-11 in doubles play.

Sophomores Drew LeGendre (Toledo/Bowsher), Jeff Looker (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) and Patrick Yackmack(Mantua/Twinsburg) also return as starters for the Purple Raiders.

Freshmen Nick Fockler (North Canton/North Canton Hoover) and Ben Swope (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) saw action during the fall season. Fockler joined his older brother, Nate, to go 3-0 in doubles play.

The Raiders resume their season on Friday, February 24th at home against Westminster. After hosting Oberlin on Wednesday, February 29th, the men will travel to Hilton Head, S.C. for four matches over spring break. OAC play opens on Saturday, February 24th against Muskingum.

Q&A with Case Reserve Student/Athlete Stephanie Campbell

The day in the life of Spartan senior women’s swimming student-athlete Stephanie Campbell is anything but ordinary. That is, unless it is considered ordinary to begin the day with four hours of practice at 5:30 a.m. before spending 12 hours working in the Labor and Delivery Unit at one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals.

A native of nearby Highland Heights, Ohio, Stephanie is in her fourth year as a nursing student at Case Western Reserve University. Also a four-year letterwinner for the Spartan swimming & diving team, Stephanie is enjoying her finest season as a collegian.

She recently broke three school records at the 2012 University Athletic Association Championship and hit three NCAA B-Cut qualifying marks in the process. She has been a consistent leader for the Spartans the past several years as an individual medley and backstroke specialist, but as evidence by her times in the pool this winter, she has certainly saved her best for last.

Her three school records at the UAA Championship came on three consecutive days as she broke her own marks in the 200-yard backstroke (2:03.61), 200 individual medley (2:08.55) and 100 backstroke (58.04 seconds).

Those performances in the pool are certainly impressive enough, but they are made even more impressive when considering the overall workload that Stephanie takes on during the year.

In this edition of Spartan Spotlight, Stephanie talks about her daily routine, her plans after graduation, and why she enjoys her time as a swimming Student/Athlete.

What are your plans following graduation? Are you hoping to stay local or would you like to spread your wings a bit and head elsewhere? 

“As of right now, I don't have any specific plans on where I'm going to end up following graduation. It all depends on where I can land a job in Labor and Delivery nursing. Cleveland is a city that I have in mind, as well as Philadelphia, Atlanta and Raleigh. After having a couple years of experience out in the nursing world, I am planning on going back to school to either become a midwife or nurse practitioner.”

Do you plan to continue to specialize in Labor and Delivery? Would you like to be in a hospital setting, a doctor’s office, etc?

“My main focus this semester is on the Labor and Delivery Unit at University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital. My plan is to continue that specialty once I graduate. I really enjoy the hospital setting because the nurses collaborate as one team and are always willing to help each other.”

Head Coach Doug Milliken has mentioned your rotation for nursing school has you delivering babies for countless hours and then making your way over to practice in the pool. Talk about a typical day in your routine and how you balance classes, homework, rotations and being a student-athlete.

“A typical day for me would begin at 5:30 a.m. with dry land workouts or lifting that last until 7:30 a.m. Then, I’ll be in the pool until around 9:30 a.m. before I head off to get as much food as I can. From there, I’m working at the hospital from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. My rotations at the hospital consist of three eight-hour shifts and one 12-hour shift per week. In addition to work, the senior nursing students have class every Wednesday. Over the course of four years, swimming has really taught me how to balance academics with swimming. I’ve learned time management skills that I will also use in my nursing career.”

Who got you interested in the sport of swimming? Your “specialty” strokes are the IM and back. What makes you enjoy those strokes so much and why do you have a passion for them?

“My dad (Frank Campbell) was a swimmer when he was younger, and he gave me the idea when I was eight to start on a summer league to see if it would be something I was interested in. I ended up swimming on that team for nine years and figured out in high school that swimming was going to be a big part of my life. My parents have always been incredibly supportive of my swimming career, and I am very grateful and thankful for everything they have done for me. My specialty strokes have changed over the past year. My focus now is on backstroke and IM -- which is all four strokes. You come to pick your specialty strokes based on your technique and speed. I've swam backstroke since high school and IM is a new strategy that I've been working on.”

Talk about the coaching change in the middle of your career. What positive things that have Coach Milliken and Coach Wylam brought to the pool?

“When I first started swimming at Case, Frank Zatko was my sprint coach --  he was also my coach during middle school. I have Frank to thank for my stroke technique and racing strategies. Going into my junior year, we knew that we would be getting two brand new coaches, but I was very open to the idea of change for the team. Doug (Milliken) is a great head coach who has brought the team closer together as a whole and has a positive mentality for where this team will be heading in the next couple of years. Emily (Wylam) is our strength coach down in the weight room and on the pool deck she is always helpful with stroke technique as well as what you should be thinking about during a race. They fit perfectly together as a pair and Case Western Reserve is lucky to have them both. They have made my senior season very memorable, and I can't thank them enough for all of their hard work and dedication.”

What was the UAA Championship experience like for you and how big of a difference did it make to swim in your home pool?

“I had a lot of emotions this weekend. There was a ton of excitement and quite a bit of sadness knowing that this would be my last competition at Veale. I set out with the goal of hitting some NCAA cuts, and I was able to do that. I felt like it was a nice advantage to be at our home pool, knowing the walls and blocks very well.”

Now that the UAA Championships are completed and you set three school records during the weekend, what else is left for you to accomplish this season?

"Currently, I am in 20th place in Division III for the 200 backstroke, but that doesn't guarantee me a spot to nationals. I am traveling to Chicago this weekend for a "last chance" meet to try and improve my time -- even just three-tenths of a second would help. The NCAA will ultimately make the final selections on March 2nd."

Note: “Spartan Spotlight” is a bi-weekly to monthly series that highlights a Case Western Reserve University student-athlete and his/her exploits on and off the playing field. The series is meant to provide an inside look at the unique backgrounds of Spartan student-athletes and show what it takes to succeed athletically and academically at one of the nation’s premier research institutions. 

Mount Union one of favorites in OAC grapplers tourney

The No. 16 ranked Mount Union wrestling team will look to defend its Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament title Saturday at Heidelberg University in Tiffin.

The Purple Raiders had a 10-4 overall dual meet record while finishing second in the conferecnce this season at 4-1. That lone loss was a 20-19 defeat to regular season champion Ohio Northern. 

The winners of each of the 10 weight classes plus an at-large selection will earn automatic bids to the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships that will be March 9-10 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

Follow all the action from the mats with updates on Mount Union's Twitter page @purpleraiders.

Projected Mount Union Lineup
125 Riki Reynolds - 8-2, 1-0 OAC - defending OAC champion
133 Bryant Roby - 12-11, 2-1 OAC
141 Josh Malave - 28-4, 5-0 OAC - defending OAC champion
149 Kevin Shadrach - 33-6, 5-0 OAC - 2nd in the OAC last year
157 Joe Spooner - 8-7, 2-0 OAC - 2nd in the OAC last year
165 John Piechuta - 14-11, 3-1 OAC
174 Lambert McElrath - 8-4, 3-0 OAC
184 Andy Jenkins - 23-9, 5-0 OAC - defending OAC champion
197 Chris Hahn - 1-1, 0-0 OAC
285 Derick Hesson - 34-1, 5-0 OAC - defending OAC champion

Mount Union has won 11 OAC Tournament titles (1974, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2011) and finished second nine other times.  The OAC began rewarding a regular season title in 2000 and Mount Union won the 2011 title.

The Raiders have won an OAC record six-straight titles from 1985-1990.  


Mount Union stayed at No. 16 as a team in the NWCA/Brute/Adidas Top-30 rankings. Individually, All-American senior Derick Hesson stayed at No. 2 at 285, fellow senior Josh Malave stayed in the No. 7 spot at 141 while junior Riki Reynolds is ranked No. 7 at 125.


Derick Hesson is only the third Mount Union wrestler ever to win over 100 matches.  Four current Raiders are among the top-15 in school history in wins.

1. Brian Malloy, 1993-97 - 142lbs - 118-22
2. Derick Hesson, 2008-present - 285lbs - 103-32
3. Andy Lamancusa, 1984-88 - 150lbs - 102-22-1
4. Dan Ambroziak, 1993-97 - 126lbs - 96-20
4. J.R. Richner, 1991-94 - 118lbs - 96-34-2
6. Jason Weigand, 1992-96 - HWT - 93-23
7. Josh Malave - 2008-present - 141lbs - 92-26
8. Bill Schindel, 2008-11 - 197lbs - 82-17
8. Ed Trizzino, 1981-84 - 150lbs - 82-21
8. Andy Jenkins, 2008-present - 184lbs - 82-47
11. Marcus Lambdin, 1993-97 - 177lbs - 80-15
11. Tracey Lambdin, 1995-98 - 118lbs - 80-28
11. Steve Lachner, 1984-88 - HWT - 80-36-1
14. Kevin Shadrach, 2008-present - 149lbs - 78-30 
15. Jerry Tennant, 1983-86 - 134lbs - 77-17

A host of returning placewinners from last year all return to compete again this year at the OAC Championships.

Ohio Northern (12-4, 5-0 OAC) swept the conference in 2011-12, earning its sixth regular season crown.

John Carroll (6-5, 3-2 OAC), Heidelberg (4-8, 2-3 OAC), Muskingum (2-9, 1-4 OAC) and Baldwin-Wallace (1-6, 0-5 OAC) make up the rest of the field.

A total of 13 individuals who competed in the championship bout of last season's tournament return for 2012, including eight of 10 individual champions.  Mount Union's Riki Reynolds (125), Josh Malave (141), Andy Jenkins (184) and Derick Hesson (285); Heidelberg's Tom D'Alesandro (133) and Andrew Johnson (149); and ONU's Mick Letcher (157) and Kyle Kwiat (174) return as defending champions. 

Last season, the Purple Raiders claimed their first conference title since 1997 with 95.5 team points, followed by Heidelberg (76.0), ONU (68.0), B-W (49.0), JCU (48.0), Muskingum (12.5) and Wilmington (12.0).  Wilmington no longer sponsors wrestling as an intercollegiate sport.

Following Saturday's tournament, the individual champion in each weight class will earn a berth in the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championship in Wisconsin – La Crosse.