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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