A Page -- Jan. 13, 2012

Elyria's Honesty King

Winton scores 29, Elyria's Honesty King 18 in Cleveland State win

CLEVELAND, Ohio - A season-high 29-points from Shalonda Winton and double-digit scoring efforts from Takima KeaneCori Coleman and Honesty King led the Cleveland State University women's basketball team over UIC Thursday evening, as the Vikings earned an 83-80 victory. With the win CSU is now 7-8 on the season and 2-2 in the Horizon League, while the Flames fall to 9-7 on the year and 2-3 in league action.

Along with 29 points, Winton tallied a game-high 12 rebounds, marking her fifth double-double of the season. King was the second leading scorer for the Vikings Thursday evening, posting 18 points along with four assists. Coleman tallied 13 points and a career-high seven rebounds, while Keane added 12 points and eight assists.

During the opening half, UIC got out to an 18-7 lead just 5:31 into the contest before Winton and Imani Gordon posted back-to-back buckets at the 12:29 mark to bring the Vikings within six points (18-12). Over the next six minutes the Flames extended their lead once again to nine points (28-19) before the Viking offense went on a 13-2 run, taking a two-point lead (32-30) with 2:02 left to play before halftime. Both teams scored four more points in the next two minutes, as CSU ended the half with a two-point lead at 36-34. 

CSU opened the second half on a 14-5 run, limiting the Flames to just two field goals throughout the first 5:55 of action. Included in the 14 Viking points were five from Winton and four from Coleman.

UIC was able to close the Viking lead to single digits with a Jasmine Bailey three-pointer at the 10:29 mark, but back-to-back three's from Coleman and King two minutes later gave CSU a 10-point lead with 8:17 left to play.

UIC stayed close for the rest of the contest, eventually coming within two points (66-64) at the 3:08 mark of the second half. CSU responded with seven straight points to gain a nine-point lead at 73-64 with just 4:38 remaining.

Once again UIC kept the pressure on the Vikings, coming within four points four times throughout the final minute of action.Kiersten Green and Keane knocked down three critical free-throws with seconds remaining in the contest, giving CSU a five-point lead before UIC's Kierra Robinson converted a layup at the buzzer for the 83-80 final score.

CSU shot 43-percent from the floor (23-53), including a .520 clip (13-25) during the first half. The Vikings were 28-for-35 from the line, marking the most free-throws made this season, with 10 coming from Winton and nine from King.

The Vikings will continue their brief two-game homestand this Saturday (Jan. 14) when CSU hosts Loyola in a Horizon League matchup. Saturday's contest is slated for a 2:00 p.m. tip.

Stow's Cate Cianchetti leads Storm to win over 


PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Senior guard Cate Cianchetti (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) had game-highs of 15 points and six assists against her former team but it was not enough as Lake Erie College (10-3, 4-2 GLIAC) fell to the University of Findlay (10-5, 4-4 GLIAC), 71-69, in a GLIAC South matchup at the Jerome T. Osborne Center in Painesville, Ohio.  

Cianchetti (L), Rogers (R)

Three more Lake Erie players reached double figures as senior guard Britt Busson (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) scored 12 points, coming on four three-pointers, and added five assists.  Senior post players Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) and Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) added 10 points each as Wagers also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season.  Findlay had three scorers in double figures led by center Tai Dotson with 15 points in just 13 minutes. 

Lake Erie opened the contest with a Cianchetti three-pointer and led for the game's first five minutes.  Trailing 9-7, Findlay went on an 11-2 run to go ahead 18-11 at the 9:34 mark as Lake Erie went over five minutes without a point.  Cianchetti answered with the game's next five points and Lake Erie's next eight but the Storm still trailed 27-22 with four minutes to go in the half.  

The Green and White went on a 7-1 run to retake the lead on a pair of free throws by senior forward Allison Pavkov (Stow, Oho/Stow-Munroe Falls) but it lasted just 15 seconds as the 

Oilers retook a 31-29 advantage at 2:25 on a three-pointer by Ashley Andrews.  A key five-point possession, including an intentional foul extended Findlay's lead back to seven at 36-29 but Lake Erie scored the final five points of the half, including a three-pointer by Busson with six seconds in the period. 

Findlay extended its lead to four with the opening bucket of the second half but neither team would again lead by more than two points in the next nine minutes.  Lake Erie took the lead at 40-38 after back-to-back three pointers by Caiola and Busson at 18:17.  There would be five ties and several lead changes over those next nine minutes.   

Findlay eventually ran off an 8-0 run as two straight threes gave the Oilers a 55-49 advantage with 10:03 to play.  The Storm again found the answer as back-to-back threes by Busson and Pavkov tied the game for the ninth time a 55-55 with 8:13 to play.  Findlay went back ahead but could not separate themselves as Lake Erie trailed just 64-60 with two minutes to play.  A pair of Rogers free throws cut that to 64-62 with 1:54 to play and a Caiola steal set up the game's key play.  

A Lake Erie inbounding turnover led to a fast break layup-and-one for Saira House to give Findlay a 67-62 lead with 1:21 to play.   Rogers immediately responded with a layup with 1:05 to play but two foul shots by Kaleigh Kenny with 46 seconds left put the Oilers back up five.  Lake Erie came up empty on its next two possessions rendering a Rodgers layup with four seconds to play and a buzzer-beating half court shot by Cianchetti not enough for the 10-3 Storm. 

Lake Erie relied on a heavy dose of three-pointers to stay in the game, going 12-of-22 from behind the arc.  However the Storm was just 10-of-33 inside the arc, shooting 40.0% (22-of-55) overall.  The Oilers outrebounded the Storm, 39-27. 

Lake Erie returns to action Saturday with another GLIAC South showdown against the Tiffin University at 1:00 p.m.

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Defeated by No. 16 The College of Wooster

WOOSTER, OHIO – Senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) scored a team-high 17 points as the Hiram College men’s basketball team lost to No. 16 nationally-ranked The College of Wooster tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 11) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Wooster. [Game Stats]



With the loss, the Terriers are now 9-5 overall and 2-3 in the NCAC. The Fighting Scots improve to 12-2 overall and 3-2 NCAC.

Lake Erie's Vandermeer ranked seventh in the country

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College freshman Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) is ranked seventh nationally at the 165 pound weight class in the latest NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association released Wednesday. 

With the ranking, Vandermeer becomes the Storm's first wrestler to be ranked in the top eight nationally at any weight class in the program's two-year history. 


Normandy alumnus Kyle Caiola leads Findlay to 

OT win over Lake Erie

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College (7-6, 2-4 GLIAC) gave GLIAC South frontrunner the University of Findlay (12-3, 6-2 GLIAC) all it could handle but ultimately fell short in an overtime thriller at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center, 67-64.

Lake Erie was led by a career night from sophomore guard Nait Tait (South Euclid, Ohio/Brush/Alderson-Broaddus). Tait scored a career-high 28 points on nine-of-17 shooting going eight-of-nine from the line including the pair with 26 seconds left in regulation which sent the game to overtime.  He also added a career-high five steals.

Also in double figures for the Storm was sophomore guard Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) with 13 points.  It was a balanced scoring effort from Findlay, led by forward Brad Piehl with 13 points.


A 17-2 advantage in points off turnovers is what kept Lake Erie in the game as the Storm forced 21 turnovers.  

However, Lake shot just 23-of-59 (39.0%) from the field and was outrebounded 40-27.

It was an extremely tight first half as neither team held more than a four-point advantage. Findlay's Mark Frilling opened the scoring with a layup as the Oilers held at a share of the lead for the game's first eight minutes.  The Storm took their first lead at 11:01 on a three-pointer from redshirt freshman Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon), going ahead 13-12.  Lake Erie then held at least a share of the lead for the next 5:30 as Findlay went back on top 21-19 on a Greg Kahlig fast break layup at 5:31.  Tenacious defense helped the Storm overcome an over seven minute stretch without scoring a point and when Tait's buzzer-beating jumper went down, the score was knotted 23-23 at halftime. 

Lake Erie opened a brief lead early in the second half, 26-25, after a Thomas three, but the Oilers went on a run to open the biggest lead of the night for either team, 40-31, with 13:55 to play.  The Green and White chipped away at that deficit and eventually tied the score at 50-50 after a Dudley breakaway dunk with 4:10 left.  Lake Erie went ahead moments later on a pair of free throws by Thomas but Piehl tied the score at 54-54 with 2:30 to go.  Jack 

Smith put Findlay ahead with a jumper with 1:17 to play but Thomas answered right back with his own make to again tie the score with 57 seconds remaining.  Guard Kyle Caiola came right down to put the Oilers ahead once more with a layup but Tait converted two foul shots with 26 seconds to play to tie the game for the eighth time at 58-58.  Findlay had two chances to win the game in regulation but a Caiola three and a Smith put back with both off the mark.

In overtime, Caiola scored the first four points but two foul shots from Thomas and a Tait layup tied the game at 62-62 with 2:17 to play.  Findlay finally went ahead for good with a pair of foul shots by Jack Smith to lead 64-62 at 1:19.  

After a Lake Erie miss, Smith split a pair of attempts and Tait came down for a layup to cut the deficit to 65-64 with 23 seconds to go.  Kahlig made two clutch free throws with 13 seconds to go and then corralled a Thomas miss on a three-point attempt to tie the game in the final seconds.  Kahlig was fouled and missed both attempt but Lake Erie only had time for a full court heave which fell short. 

The Storm return to action Saturday as they face Tiffin University in a home contest at 3:00 p.m.

Mount nips B-W in battle of NE Ohio

BEREA, Ohio—The Mount Union men's basketball team picked up its second straight Ohio Athletic Conference win on the road by defeating Baldwin-Wallace, 49-47, Wednesday night. Freshman Stevie Griffin(Canton/Massillon Jackson) provided the go-ahead points for the second consecutive game when he made a pair of free throws with 17 seconds remaining.

The Purple Raiders (6-8, 2-5) were unable to find a rhythm on offense in the first half and trailed Baldwin-Wallace 26-17 at halftime. The Raiders made just five of 23 field goal attempts and were outrebounded 26-9 in the half.

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Loses to The College of Wooster

WOOSTER, OHIO – The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by The College of Wooster, 59-52, tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 11) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Timken Gymnasium in Wooster. [Game Stats]

Kovach (l), Shields (R)


The Terriers fall to 4-10 overall with the loss and have dropped their last eight games. Hiram also falls to 1-5 in NCAC play. The Fighting Scots improve to 2-11 overall and 1-4 NCAC.


Hiram connected on the game’s first basket at the 19:14 minute mark, but neither team scored again until 17:35 left in the first half on a jumper by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) to give the Terriers an early 4-0 lead. The Scots then scored six straight points to take the lead for the first time with a score of 6-4 with 13:24 left in the period. Both teams would battle to a 10-10 tie at the 9:23 mark when the Terriers went on a mini 5-0 scoring run for a 15-10 advantage. Hiram never trailed the rest of half, but Wooster stayed within striking distance and narrowed the Terrier lead to 23-20 at the break.


Hiram looked to pull away early in the second half, building its lead to a more comfortable eight points, 30-22, on a three-pointer by junior guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) with 17:18 left in the game. Hiram maintained its lead for the first 10 minutes, but the Scots would eventually rally to even the game at 39-39 with 9:07 to go. Wooster tied the game as part of 13-0 run that also gave the Scots the lead with a margin of 49-39. The Terrier shooting then went cold as Hiram made just five field goals in the final 6:29 allowing Wooster to keep the lead and sealed the victory with free-throws down the stretch for a 59-52 win.

Mount rallies to beat B-W

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Sometimes the best offense is a good defense as No. 12 Mount Union rallied to beat Baldwin-Wallace, 53-45, in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Wednesday in Alliance.

The Purple Raiders forced 21 Baldwin-Wallace turnovers held the Jackets without a field goal the final eight minutes of the game and survived their worst shooting first half of the season (8-of-33, 24.2-percent) to win for an eighth-straight time.

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