A Page -- Jan. 11, 2012


Undefeated (23-0) St. Ignatius is unanimous choice for No. 1 ranking in state; Wildcats trying to become only the second team to go unbeaten all the way

Twenty-three-and-oh St. Ignatius was a unanimous choice to as the No. 1 ranked team in Ohio in the state high school hockey polls released late Monday night.

The Wildcats are trying to become only the second team in the 34-year history of the state tournament to go undefeated from beginning to end.

The only other team to do it is the 1980-81 Shaker Heights team, which was coached by Mike Bartley, who is still the Red Raiders'  coach.

That Red Raiders team went 29-0 and garnered the state crown.

The 1985-86 Cleveland Heights team went 30-0 up through to the state title game before falling in that final to St. Edward on the Bowling Green ice.

STATE POLL


1.  St. Ignatius                        90 (9)

2.  Northview                             76

3. University School        64

4.  Toledo St. Johns                               61

                                                5.  Gilmour Academy            52

6.  St. Edward                        49

7.  Shaker Heights                                 27

                                                8.  Olentangy Liberty                              19

                                                9.  Lake Catholic                         15

10. Toledo St. Francis                            12 

 

                                    Others receiving votes: Rocky River, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit, Dublin Coffman, Dublin Jerome, Strongsville, Bowling Green, Hudson and Upper Arlington. 

 

CINCINNATI - COLUMBUS - DAYTON POLL

 

                                                1.  Olentangy Liberty                              142 (8)

                                                2.  Dublin Jerome                                   132 (6)

                                                3.  Upper Arlington                                 102

                                                4.  Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller            100 (1)

                                                5.  Dublin Coffman                                  79

                                                6.  Centerville                                          75

                                                7.  Olentangy Orange                             70

                                                8.  Columbus St. Charles                        48

                                                9.  Troy                                                 30

                                                10T. Springboro                                     16

                                                10T. Thomas Worthington                       16

 

Others receiving votes: Cincinnati St. Xavier, Columbus St. Francis DeSales, Oxford Talawanda and Gahanna Lincoln.








Mentor's Rob Brocious, Stow's Alyson Kolesar named swimmers of the week in the OAC as S/As for Mount Union


AUSTINTOWN, Ohio—Junior Rob Brocious (Mentor/Mentor) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Swimmer of the Week on Monday.

Brocious earns his second Men's Swimmer of the Week honor after winning a pair of events to help Mount Union defeat Florida Tech, 137-120, last week in Melbourne, Fla. Brocious touched first in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.58) and 200-yard IM (2:05.03) and finished second in the 200-yard backstroke.

Mount Union will be action on Saturday as they travel to Ada, Ohio to take on defending OAC champion Ohio Northern.
 
Brocious (L), Kolesar (R)

Also, mount Senior Alyson Kolesar (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Swimmer of the Week on Monday.


Kolesar earns her second Women's Swimmer of the Week honor after winning a pair of events to help Mount Union defeat Florida Tech, 168-64, last week in Melbourne, Fla. Kolesar finished first in both the 50-yard freestyle (:26.66) and 100-yard freestyle (:58.26).


She also teamed with Taylor HarrisonAllison Davila, and Sarah Noble to take first in the 200-yard medley relay (2:00.77).

Mount Union will be action on Saturday when they take on defending OAC champion Ohio Northern in Ada.


B-W, Mount Union to play for bragging rights of NE Ohio


The Mount Union's men's basketball team will play its fourth of seven road game during the month of January when it travels to Berea to battle conference rival Baldwin-Wallace Wednesday at 7:30 pm. LIVE STATS and anAUDIO BROADCAST will be available for the game online.


The game will feature two of the top defenses in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Yellow Jackets allow the second-fewest points at 66.8 per game while leading the conference in field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 41.3-percent from the field. The Purple Raiders are allowing just 68.6 per game to rank fourth in the conference and are second in field goal percentage defense (.422).


Mount Union appears to be hitting its stride after going 2-1 during the final week of winter break, highlighted by a win at Ohio Northern to get on the board in conference play. The lone loss came to unbeaten Lycoming (Pa.) in the championship game of a tournament the Warriors were hosting.


The Purple Raiders are scoring 69.9 points per game and have found success from three-point range, ranking second in the OAC in three-point field goal percentage (.361) and three-pointers (8.6 per game). They made 13 three-pointers in both games at the Basinger Tournament a week, tying the program record for most in a game.


Senior forward Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) continues to show why he was an all-conference selection last season. Wood scored 29 points to go with a career-high 16 rebounds in a win over Immaculata (Pa.) and tallied a game-high 22 points against Ohio Northern. He leads the OAC in scoring at 20.5 points per game and tops Mount Union with 6.5 rebounds per game.


There comes a point in the season when freshmen can no longer be considered freshmen. It appears as if that time has come for Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) and Stevie Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson). The duo combined to average 26.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.3 assists over the three-game week. They also made 18 three-pointers and shot 82.4-percent from the foul line (14-of-17). Against Ohio Northern on Saturday, they made big shot after big shot, and Griffin's basket with 2:38 to play proved to be the game-winner.


Jacubec is second on the team in scoring (11.0) and three-pointers (24) while shooting a team-best 81.6-percent from the foul line. Griffin is third in scoring (8.6) and leads the conference in three-point shooting (.465).

Junior point guard Justen Little (Galion/Galion) is second in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (5.22) and second in the conference with 3.6 assists per game. Against Ohio Northern, Little posted career marks in points (7), rebounds (7), and steals (3) while dishing out five assists.

Guard T.J. Gillespie (Toledo/St. John's) and forwards Matt Kiger (Williamstown, W. Va./Williamstown) and Matt Wier (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk) have added a veteran presence to the rotation for the Raiders, who have had three freshmen and a transfer start at least one game this season.

Baldwin-Wallace (8-5, 3-3) enters the game on a two-game skid. They lost a pair of close games on the road to John Carroll and Marietta a week ago. The Yellow Jackets like to push the tempo, averaging 75.8 points per game on the season.

Forward Kyle Payne (6-6) leads the way for Baldwin-Wallace with team-best averages of 13.7 points and 5.9 rebounds. He is joined on the interior by 6-6 Chris Ameen and 6-7 Tyler Ferrell, who share the team lead with eight blocks. Ameen is averaging 8.2 points and 4.2 rebounds for the season, while Ferrell is averaging 7.0 points and 4.8 rebounds.

Baldwin-Wallace has shown demonstrated that they have excellent shooting range, ranking third in the conference in three-pointers (7.3). Grant Fairhurst (30), Kevin Krakowiak (21), and Jaron Crowe (18) have led the way on trifectas for the Yellow Jackets. Krakowiak is second on the team in scoring at 12.7 points per game and Crowe has a team-best 40 assists.

Look for the Yellow Jackets to play as many as 12 players as part of their rotation. Point guard Promis Cabbil, who was been a scorer in previous seasons, has become more of a distributor this season. Ben Umbel is second on the team in rebounding (5.0) and adds 6.5 points per game. Aaron Selmek, Brandon Schmidt, and Scott Branchick will also see action.

Re-writing the Record Books

Senior Jimmy Wood became the 26th player in school history to score 1,000 career points, reaching the milestone against Wilmington on December 17th. Wood currently ranks 20th on the school's career scoring list with 1,087 career points and needs six points to surpass Chick Campbell for 19th place. He scored 22 points in the Purple Raiders' 71-66 win over Ohio Northern on Saturday. At his current pace, Wood will end his career as one of the top ten scorers in school history.

While the scoring record is out of reach for Wood, there are a few records that he has a chance to break. The records for most consecutive games played and three-point field goals in a season could fall by season's end.

The Raiders tied a pair of school records at the Basinger Tournament earlier in the week. They made 13 three-pointers in both games, tying the school record set against Baldwin-Wallace during the 1996-97 season. Their 33 three-point field goal attempts Tuesday against Lycoming set the school record set in the season-opener against Hiram.

At the halfway-point of the season, the Raiders are on pace to destroy the record for most three-pointers in a season. The current record, set during the 2008-09 season, is 189 and the Raiders have made 112 already this season.

Raiders Rank Among Nation's Best

Mount Union has a player among the top 100 nationally in four statistical categories this season.

Category

Player

Number

Rank

Points Per Game

Jimmy Wood

20.5

33

Three-Point Field Goals Per Game

Jimmy Wood

2.8

48

Three-Point Field Goal Percentage

Jimmy Wood

.451

29

Assist-to-Turnover Ratio

Justen Little

5.22

2

Last Meeting

Mount Union trailed 38-35 at halftime, but battled back to tie the game at 43-43 early in the second half. Baldwin-Wallace scored the next seven points and led by as many as 15 points on its way to an 80-69 victory in Berea.

Dave Pellerite poured in a game-high 24 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds to lead the way for Mount Union. Jimmy Wood had 15 points and Matt Wier added 11 points off the bench.

Chris Ameen scored 20 points and was joined in double-figures by Kevin Krakowiak and Grant Fairhurst. Krakowiak scored 19 points and was 10-of-10 from the foul line. Fairhurst score 12 points on four three-pointers.

Projected Mount Union Starters

  • #32 Stevie Griffin, 6-3, Fr., G – 8.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, .465 3FG%
  • #4 Jimmy Wood, 6-6, Sr., F – 20.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, .451 3FG %
  • #45 Matt Kiger, 6-5, Jr., C – 5.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg
  • #20 Nate Jacubec, 5-11, Fr., G – 11.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.2 apg
  • #3 Justen Little, 5-11, Jr., G – 1.8 ppg, 3.6 apg, 2.6 rpg

Projected Baldwin-Wallace Starters

  • #30 Ben Umbel, 6-3, So., G – 6.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.5 spg
  • #23 Tyler Ferrell, 6-6, So., F – 7.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg
  • #50 Kyle Payne, 6-9, Sr., C – 13.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg
  • #14 Kevin Krakowiak, 5-11, So., G – 12.7 ppg, 21 3FG
  • #10 Promis Cabbil, 5-11, Sr., G – 3.7 ppg

Coaches

Mike Fuline (Kent State '98) is in his first season at Mount Union after a successful career at the high school level that included winning the 2010 OHSAA Division I State Championship at Massillon Jackson. Fuline has the Purple Raiders off to a 5-8 start.

Duane Sheldon (Baldwin-Wallace '93) has a 39-50 record in his fourth season at his alma mater. Sheldon came to Baldwin-Wallace after six seasons as the head coach at Heidelberg, making him the only current OAC coach to have been the head coach at multiple schools within the conference. He has an overall career coaching record of 103-143.

The Series

This will be the 126th meeting all-time between Mount Union and Baldwin-Wallace. The Yellow Jackets hold a decisive 78-47 advantage in the series. The teams split the two meetings a season ago with the home team winning each game.

Up Next

Mount Union returns home to host Heidelberg on Saturday at 3 pm. It will be the Raiders' first home game of the New Year after playing four games away from the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance. They will then go on the road for three straight OAC games.

Mount Union Player Notes

Tom Berlekamp - Jr., F, North Royalton/Holy Name

  • Played and started in 7 games this season
  • Averaging 2.6 ppg and 5.7 rpg
  • Season-high/career -high in points (7), rebounds (14), and assists (4) vs. Grove City (11/18/11)
  • Season-high/career -high 5 steals at Geneva (11/19/11)
  • Transferred from Lakeland Community College

Jimmy Darnley - So., F, Canton/GlenOak

  • Averaging 6.1 mpg in eight games off the bench
  • Career-high 5 points at Ohio Northern (2/12/11)
  • Career-high 4 rebounds vs. Wilmington (2/5/11)

T.J. Gillespie - So., G, Toledo/St. John's

  • Averaging 6.6 ppg
  • Scored 14 points at Lycoming last Tuesday (1/3/12)
  • Has scored in double-figures three times this season
  • Missed two games earlier in the season due to an injury
  • Season-high 19 points vs. Grove City (11/18/11)
  • Career-high 20 points vs. Ohio Northern (1/8/11)
  • Career-high 5 assists vs. Otterbein (1/22/11)

Stevie Griffin - Fr., F, Canton/Massillon Jackson

  • Third on team in scoring (8.4) and three-pointers (20)
  • Has scored in double-figures five times this season
  • Made first collegiate start and made game-winning shot at Ohio Northern (1/7/11)
  • Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Tournament MVP
  • Season-high/career -high 22 points and 6 three-pointers off the bench at Geneva (11/19/11)
  • Season-high/career -high 8 rebounds and 4 assists vs. Westminster (11/22/11)
  • Played for Coach Fuline and won 2010 OHSAA Division I state title at Massillon Jackson High School

Nate Jacubec - Fr., G, Struthers/Struthers

  • Second on team in scoring (11.0), three-pointers (24) and assists (28)
  • Has scored in double-figures nine times this season
  • Matched season-high/career -high with 17 points at Lycoming (1/3/12)
  • Season-high/career -high 4 three-pointers at Lycoming (1/3/12)
  • Season-high/career -high 8 rebounds vs. Wilmington (12/17/11)
  • Matched season-high/career -high with 5 assists at Lycoming (1/3/12)

Matt Kiger - Jr., F, Williamstown, W.Va./Williamstown

  • Averaging 5.8 ppg and 3.3 rpg
  • Leads the team in field goal percentage (.711)
  • Has started the past four games after coming off the bench in the first nine
  • Season-high 11 points three times, most recently vs. Muskingum (12/21/11)
  • Season-high 6 rebounds at Waynesburg (11/26/11) and vs. Muskingum (12/21/11)
  • Career-high 20 points at Otterbein (12/4/10) and vs. Waynesburg (12/30/10)
  • Career-high 9 rebounds vs. Waynesburg (12/30/10)

Justen Little - Jr., G, Galion/Galion

  • Second in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (5.22)
  • Ranks second in the conference in assists (3.6)
  • Season-high/career -high 7 points at Ohio Northern (1/7/12)
  • Season-high/career -high 7 rebounds at Ohio Northern (1/7/12)
  • Season-high/career -high 7 assists vs. Otterbein (12/3/11) and vs. Wilmington (12/17/11)

Clayton Patton - Fr., G, Bolivar/Tuscarawas Valley

  • Averaging 5.1 ppg in 10.4 mpg
  • Scored 10 points at Lycoming (1/3/12), reaching double-figures for the second time this season
  • Made first career start vs. Muskingum (12/21/11)
  • Season-high/career -high 11 points at Capital (12/10/11)

Colton Troyer - Jr., F, Millersburg/Berlin Hiland

  • Averaging 6.2 mpg in eight games off the bench
  • Transferred from Hesston College (Kan.)

Matt Wier - Sr., F, New Castle, Pa./Mohawk

  • Averaging 5.8 ppg and 4.2 rpg
  • Season-high 19 points vs. Hiram (11/15/11)
  • Career-high 28 points vs. Ohio Northern (12/12/09)
  • Career-high 9 rebounds at Hiram (11/15/10), vs. Waynesburg (12/30/10), and vs. Hiram (11/15/11)
  • Played one season on a baseball scholarship at West Virginia

Jimmy Wood - Sr., F, Wintersville/Indian Creek

  • Leads the conference in scoring (20.5)
  • Leads the team in rebounding (6.5) and 3-pointers (35)
  • Has scored 20+ points seven times this season
  • Ranks 20th on school's all-time scoring list with 1,087 career points
  • Scored 1,000th career point on three-pointer to go ahead by 2 points with less than a minute remaining in regulation vs. Wilmington (12/17/11)
  • Recorded third career double-double with 29 points and career-high 16 rebounds vs. Immaculata (1/22/12)
  • Set Louis Fleming Basinger Memorial Tournament scoring record with 29 points against Immaculata (1/22/12) and was named to the all-tournament team
  • Season-high/career -high 32 points vs. Wilmington (12/17/11)
  • Season-high/career -high 16 rebounds vs. Immaculata (1/22/12)
  • Father, Jim, played basketball at Georgia Tech

    Baldwin-Wallace Wrestling Team Falls To No. 24 Ohio Northern In First OAC Match

    ADA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College wrestling fell to 24th-ranked Ohio Northern University, 45-7. tonight (Tuesday, January 10, 2012) in the opening Ohio Athletic Conference match for both schools.

    The Yellow Jackets are now 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the OAC while the Polar Bears improved to 5-3 overall and 1-0 in the OAC.

    The Yellow Jackets were led by freshman 141-pounder Nick Ramsey (Cleveland/Lakewood) who won by major decision 15-5 in his very first OAC and dual match appearance. Ramsey, who joined the team this semester, now has a record of 3-3 after posting a mark of 2-3 at the Waynesburg (Pa.) University Invitational last Saturday.

    In addition to Ramsey, freshman 149-pounder Sam McIntosh (South Euclid/Brush) won by a 6-2 decision to pick up his first career OAC victory. McIntosh is now tied for the team lead in wins with a record of 10-8 overall.

    B-W is back in action this Saturday, January 14 when it will travel to Painesville to take on NCAA Division II Lake Erie College in a non-conference dual match at 7:00 p.m. The next home match is on Tuesday, January 17 when the team will host Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University in the Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center at 7:30 p.m.



    Match Results

    No. 24 Ohio Northern 45, Baldwin-Wallace 7

    125 — Cole Cochran (ONU) dec. Jeremy Dombrady (B-W), 5-2
    133 — Jeremy Jones (ONU) pinned Andrew Taylor (B-W), 2:31
    141 — Nick Ramsey (BW) maj. dec. Alex Donoho (ONU), 15-5
    149 — Samuel McIntosh (BW) dec. Kyle Brezovec (ONU), 6-2
    157 — Mick Letcher (ONU) pinned Alexander Cahill (B-W), 1:26
    165 — Billy Painter (ONU) wins by forfeit
    174 — Kyle Kwiat (ONU) wins by forfeit
    184 — D.J. Recnagel (ONU) wins by forfeit
    197 — Michael Pawlitz (ONU) wins by forfeit
    285 — Cody Lovejoy (ONU) pinned Addison Carbone (B-W), 2:48


 








 

Lakewood’s Chelsea Kovach, Hudson’s Sarah Watson, Cleveland’s Samantha Sulzer have 20-plus point weeks for their NCAC teams 

WESTLAKE -- HIRAM lost a pair of league contests last week against Wittenberg, 62-41, and DePauw, 71-32. 

Lakewood's Kovach


Junior guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood, OH/Lakewood) led the Terriers on the week with 23 points (11.5 ppg),

four rebounds and three assists.


 NCAC WEEKLY ROUNDUP


WITTENBERG split a pair of road conference games over the weekend, earning a 62-41 win at Hiram on Friday, before dropping a tight contest on Saturday against Allegheny, 69-61. Senior Lyndsey Clark (New Carlisle, OH/Tecumseh) finished the week with 25 points including a 16-point performance against Hiram, while senior Sarah Watson (Hudson, OH/Hudson) tallied 22 points, 16 rebounds, four blocked shots an three steals on the week.

  
Watson (L), Sulzer (R)

WOOSTER fell twice in league play last week against Kenyon, 70-53, and Denison, 66-38. Senior Samantha Sulzer (Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph Academy) averaged 13.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in the Fighting Scot’s two losses, highlighted by her second double-double of the season after she scored 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds against Kenyon.

Men’s Basketball

HIRAM went 1-1 in league action last week, falling to Wabash, 77-70, before defeating DePauw, 67-51. Senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid, OH/Brush), who scored a game-high 27 points againstDePauw, led the Terriers on the week with 51 points (25.5 ppg) after shooting 70 percent (23-of-33) from the field.

OBERLIN turned in a 1-2 record last week with tight league losses against Denison, 72-63, and Wooster, 70-58, in addition to a convincing 78-30 win over Ohio University-Zanesville. Andrew Fox (Tempe, AZ/Corona Del Sol) posted his fifth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds against Denison, while sophomore Emmanuel Lewis (Lambertville, NJ/Solebury) paced the Yeomen with 13 points against Wooster.

Oberlin Hoops, Swimming and Track all at Home this Week

Oberlin, Ohio – A busy week for the Oberlin College winter sports teams gets underway starting on Wednesday night with a home basketball doubleheader against Allegheny. You can watch all of the basketball and swimming action live in HD.


 
Women’s Basketball
1/11/12 - Oberlin (3-10, 1-4 NCAC) vs. Allegheny (9-5, 4-1 NCAC) – 6 p.m. - Live Stats  Live Video  
  • Sophomore forward Allison Gannon comes into the contest tied for fourth in the NCAC in scoring with a team-high 14.1 points per game … Rookie Christina Marquette also checks in ninth in the NCAC at 13.1 points per game.
  • Kelly Warlich continues to be a force on the boards as her 8.5 rebounds per game are good for fourth best in the conference.
  • The Gators invade Philips Gym having dropped two out of their last three games, but are coming of a 69-61 win against Wittenberg last Saturday.
  • Allegheny has three players; Erica Restich (17.1 ppg), Heidi Goeler (15.7 ppg) and Daryl Ford (14.1 ppg), who rank second through fourth in scoring in the NCAC, respectively.
  • Oberlin also travels out to Marygrove on Saturday afternoon for a 2 p.m. tip-off.
Men’s Basketball
1/11/12 - Oberlin (5-8, 0-4 NCAC) vs. Allegheny (2-11, 0-4 NCAC)  - 8 p.m. Live Stats Live Video
  • Senior point guard Josh Merritt needs four points to become the 20th player in school history to reach 1,000 points … The San Francisco, California, native, ranks third in the NCAC scoring with 17.1 points per game and assists at 4.4 helpers per game.
  • Junior Andrew Fox leads the NCAC with 10.2 rebounds per game, is second in steals (1.9) and ranks 11th in scoring at 13.8 points per game.
  • As a team, Oberlin leads the NCAC with steals with 9.1 rip-aways per game
  • With a win, Oberlin will match its total for the most victories in a season during the Isaiah Cavaco era.
  • Allegheny, who the Yeomen defeated for their lone conference win last season, enters the game having lost eight in a row.
  • Oberlin will conclude its week on Saturday afternoon when it travels west for an NCAC showdown at Wabash.
Swimming 
11/13/ 12 Oberlin vs. Ohio Northern – 5:30 p.m. Live Video
  • The Oberlin College swimming and diving teams return to action on Friday night after a 40-day layoff between meets … The Yeoswimmers will honor their 10 senior members prior to the meet.
  • At the Wooster Invitational in early December, senior Jebran Haddad set the school record in the 100-yard breast with a time of 59.17.
  • On the women’s side, Katelyn Cato and Lily Wennberg are tied with the seventh best mark in the NCAC in the 50-yard free with a timestamp of 28.31.
  • Oberlin also travels out to Allegheny to compete on Saturday afternoon.
Track & Field
11/13/12 – Oberlin Invitational One – 5 p.m.






Olmsted Falls grad Jerry Knapp, Jr. wins final match of the evening, but the pin brings the 'Berg one point short as John Carroll pockets narrow win


TIFFIN, Ohio—Senior heavyweight Jerry Knapp (Columbia Station/Olmsted Falls) recorded a pin in the final bout of the evening, but the Heidelberg University wrestling team fell to John Carroll University, 19-18, tonight in the OAC dual match opener for both teams at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio.  Despite the loss, five Student Princes recorded victories.

Jerry Knapp, Jr.

 

The Blue Streaks (2-1, 1-0 OAC)  took a 6-0 lead, winning the first two matches by decision, before sophomore Chris Osborne (McComb) took a 9-4 decision over Jake Rininger to cut the deficit to 6-3.

 

JCU extended its lead to 16-6 following a decision and pin.

 

At 165 pounds, sophomore Justin Wharton (Oregon/Clay) used a last-second escape to take a 6-5 decision over Sean Gill, closing the Berg (2-6, 0-1 OAC) to within 16-6.  Sophomore Jeremy Stepp (Cincinnati/Princeton) continued to chip into the Blue Streak lead, earning a 4-2 decision over Todd Gaydosh in triple overtime, cutting the score to 16-9.

 

Needing at least one pin and a technical fall or two six-point technical falls entering the final two bouts of the match, junior Andy Lovins (Clinton Township, Mich./Lake Shore) fell short, but still managed a 5-0 decision over Jim Nemunaitis at 197 pounds. Knapp’s 2:04 pinfall of Alec Barker in the evening’s final bout ended the match on a positive note for the Berg.

 

The Berg returns to the mat Saturday, Jan. 14 when it competes at the Spartan Classic hosted by Manchester (Ind.) College in North Manchester, Ind.

 

TONIGHT IN MAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – JANUARY 11, 2012

 

Zips, Gold Flashes both in action tonight


Akron at Buffalo, 7:00 PM

Akron Notes | Buffalo Notes | Live Stats | Watch Live via mac-sports.com

UA travels to Buffalo for a mid-week match-up with Buffalo on Wednesday. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Alumni Arena. UA has shot less than 40-percent from the field just five times this season. The Zips rank 24th in the country in field goal percentage (.442) and 34th in 3-point percentage (.354). Sina King is averaging 14.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game since Rachel Tecca went down with an injury at Duquesne (Dec. 14). Two other Zips - Jasmine Mushington (11.5) and Taylor Ruper (10.8) - are also averaging double-figures since the Tecca injury. Akron has found a more balanced attack on offense since the injury to the First-Team All-MAC player. The Zips lead the MAC in scoring offense, field goal percentage, and assists, while ranking second in 3-pointers made per game and free-throw percentage. Ti'eshia Stubbs is third in the league in field goal percentage (.556). Senior Natasha Williams leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio (1.8) and is third in assists (4.3). Taylor Ruper is second in 3-pointers made per game (2.9) and and third 3-point percentage (.416). The Bulls return to Alumni Arena for the first time in 2012 tonight when they host Akron.  It will also be UB’s first home MAC game, after concluding a stretch of four straight away from Buffalo.  Akron enters tonight with a 6-10 record and an 0-2 mark in the conference, following a four-point loss to Bowling Green on Saturday. Senior guard  Brittany Hedderson has continued to lead the Bulls and now has six 20-point games on the year.  Hedderson set a school record with 39 points in UB’s last home game against Oakland.  She has twice been named MAC East Player of the Week this year and is currently second in the MAC in scoring at 19.4 points per game. She is ninth in school history in scoring with 1,141 points.

 

Eastern Michigan at Toledo, 7:00 PM (Live on BCSN)

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Looking to remain hot following a 64-52 victory Sunday afternoon to Northern Illinois University, the Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team makes the 49-mile trek to Toledo, Ohio Wednesday, Jan. 11, for a Mid-American Conference West Division tilt versus the University of Toledo. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at John F. Savage Arena. The Eagles enter the game with a mark of 9-6 (1-1 MAC), a game behind Western Michigan University in the early race for the top spot in the MAC West Division. Sophomore forward Olivia Fouty continues to impress with her ability to rebound the basketball. Against Wyoming, Jan. 2, Fouty surpassed her career-high with 15 rebounds in the first half en route to finishing the contest with 18 caroms. The 18 rebounds are tied for seventh most in a single game and are the most by an EMU player since Paige Redditt hauled down 18 against Loyola, Nov. 20, 2011. In its nine victories this season, EMU is averaging 71.9 points while the opposition is posting just 50.9 points. In those games, opponents are shooting 38.7 percent from the field compared to 42.6 percent for the Eagles. In defeats, the Eagles are only scoring 62.0 points, while giving up 68.8. Another factor in the Eagles' success has been the ability to control the glass. EMU is grabbing 41.4 rebounds to just 30.1 for the opponents in the wins, while in setbacks EMU is out-rebounding by only three caroms (41.0 to 38.0). The Rockets, who enter tomorrow's action in a four-way logjam for second place in the MAC West Division, snapped a two-game losing skid on Sunday with a 58-53 come-from-behind triumph against the Chippewas. Toledo trailed 37-25 at the 15:30 mark of the second half, before the 2010-11 MAC regular-season champions began to mount its thrilling comeback. The Rockets outscored CMU 33-16 over the remainder of regulation to tally the dramatic win. Sophomore Andola Dortch paced the Rockets with 14 points, six rebounds and a game-high five assists. Junior Lecretia Smith contributed a season-high 13 points and a collegiate-best 15 caroms, while senior Haylie Linn totaled 12 points to help the 2011 WNIT champions post their sixth-straight home triumph over the Chippewas. Dortch, senior Courtney Ingersoll and junior Yolanda Richardson continue to lead the Rockets offensively, scoring 13.8, 12.1 and 8.7 points per game, respectively.

 

Kent St. at Miami (Ohio), 7:00 PM

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The Kent State women’s basketball team travels to Oxford, Ohio, to battle Miami Wednesday (Jan. 11) in the first contest of a two-game Mid-American Conference East Division road swing. The Golden Flashes are looking to put together their first two-game winning streak of the season and improve to 2-1 in conference play after fending off Ohio, 68-65, last Saturday (Jan. 7) at the M.A.C. Center.  The leading scorer and rebounder for Kent State has been junior Trisha Krewson, a transfer from Bucknell. She averages 11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Freshman Ilziar Llobet averages 9.5 points per game. The Golden Flashes struggle as a team on the boards. They are outrebounded by an average of 5.8 caroms per contest. Junior guard Courtney Osborn has heled Miami open with a 12-3 start -- including wins over Akron and Buffalo last week to begin MAC play. She averaged 30.3 points per game, including a 48-point performance against Akron in the MAC opener on Wednesday. That set both a school and conference record for points in a game. It was the most points scored by any NCAA Division I women’s basketball player in nearly two years. The latest NCAA statistical rankings came out Jan. 8 and Miami matches up favorably against the other 335 schools eligible for the list. The RedHawks boast the 70th-best scoring offense in the country at 69.9 points per game. They rank 23rd in free throw percentage at 76.3 percent and 48th in rebound margin, outrebounding opponents by an average of 5.9 caroms per contest. Individually, Courtney Osborn ranks 30th in the nation in scoring with an average of 19.1 points per game and 21st in assists with 5.6 per contest. Kirsten Olowinski is an impressive 14th in the country with 10.7 rebounds per game and eighth overall with a total of eight double-doubles on the season.

 

Northern Illinois at Ball St., 7:00 PM

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Northern Illinois enters Wednesday's game with two straight Mid-American Conference losses to Central Michigan (86-67) and Eastern Michigan (65-52).  The Huskies own an overall record of 6-8.  Satavia Taylor leads Northern Illinois in scoring with 9.9 points per game while Kim Davis is the leader in rebounds with 5.6.  The Huskies do not fair well on the road winning 2-of-5 games this season. As of Jan. 8, NIU ranks third in the MAC in opponent field goal percentage (.377). The Huskies are 6-4 when holding opponents under 40 percent shooting and are 4-2 when outshooting their foes. The Huskies also rank fourth in the MAC in scoring defense (62.0 PPG). Ball State faces Northern Illinois Wednesday after suffering a 76-64 loss at Western Michigan Sunday afternoon.  Ball State's defense held Western Michigan to a 29.6 shooting percentage in the first half but the Broncos rebounded from the field in the second half shooting 44.4 percent.  For the game junior guard Shanee' Jackson led the Cardinals with a personal best 16-point performance.  Freshman guard Brittany Carter had 15 points while freshman guard Shelbie Justice ended the day with 11. Two Cardinals are currently averaging double digits for Ball State leading the way is Jazmin Hitchens with 11.6 points per game while teammate Brittany Carter contributes 10.1 per contest.

 

Western Michigan at Central Michigan, 7:00 PM

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WMU takes their 2-0 MAC record to Central Michigan tonight. Corie Buchanan for WMU is the third best rebounder in the conference averaging nine per game and is also third in field goal percentage shooting 56.3 percent. Both Green and Bradford are tied for third in the MAC in steals per game at three. WMU enters the game as one of the top-four rebounding teams in the conference, during conference play, averaging six more than its opponent, while CMU is being out-rebounded by eight. The Chippewas do lead the conference in turnover margin at plus-eight while the Broncos are ninth at negative-three. The Chippewas are looking to rebound from a tough loss at Toledo, 58-53, while the Broncos will look to remain perfect in the conference following their 76-64 win over Ball State. This will be the Maroon and Gold's first game in McGuirk since the win over No. 12/14 Purdue on Dec. 11. The Maroon and Gold will display two of the top scorers in the conference, during conference play, in Crystal Bradford (3rd, 25 points per game) and Jessica Green (T6th, 18 point per game). Three freshmen are leading CMU's offense - Crystal Bradford, Jas'Mine Bracey and Jessica Green. Bradford has posted five double-doubles against PITT, South Florida, Ole Miss, and Wright State. She has also scored in double figures in every game but one this season. Bradford ranks sixth among NCAA freshmen in points per game at 15.1, sixth in rebounds per game (7.6) and is tenth in blocked shots per game (1.9) (as of 1/8/12). Green is second on the team in scoring averaging 11.8 points and 2.7 assists a game. Bracey, who is third on the team in scoring, is averaging 10.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. She has scored 20 or more points twice this season.

 

 

 

 

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