A Page -- Jan. 14, 2012

Shalonda Winton

Cleveland Sate, Loyola of Chicago to continue Horizon League play in women's hoops today

Game 16
Loyola (7-9, 2-3) at Cleveland State (7-8, 2-2)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Site: Wolstein Center - Cleveland, Ohio
Series: Cleveland State leads, 24-12
Last Meeting: Cleveland State 73, Loyola 58 (3/3/11)
Tickets: $8, General Admission // $5, Groups of 10 or more

Cleveland State closes out its brief two-game homestand Saturday (Jan. 14), as the Vikings welcome the Loyola Ramblers to the Wolstein Center for a 2:00 p.m. contest. The Vikings are coming off an 83-80 victory over UIC, while the Ramblers are fresh off an 82-77 victory at Youngstown State. Following Thursday's victory, CSU is now 7-8 on the season and 2-2 in league play, while Loyola is 7-9 (2-3). The Vikings have split their last six contests, while Loyola has only won one of their previous four games.

Saturday's game will be the 37th meeting between the two teams, with the Vikings holding the advantage in the overall series record, 24-12. CSU has been victorious in six of the last eight contests, including a perfect 4-0 record during the 2007-08 & 2008-09 seasons. At home, the Vikings have recorded a 13-4 record against the Ramblers.

Make the Vikings .500 on the season…Mark the third straight over the Ramblers in the past two seasons…Give head coach Kate Peterson Abiad her 114th career victory.

Shalonda Winton tallied a season-high 29 points against UIC Thursday, coming just two points shy of her career-high (31). Winton was 8-for-12 from the field against the Flames, including a perfect 3-for-3 performance from behind the arc. Winton was also 10-for-12 from the free-throw line, marking the first time this season that she has made 10 free throws.

Junior Shalonda Winton is closing in on 1,000 career points at Cleveland State, as she enters Saturday's contest with 829. This season Winton is averaging 14.3 points per game, while she averaged 12.5 points per game as a sophomore and 6.1 as a freshman.

The Vikings had a balanced offense against the Flames Thursday, as four players scored in double-digits, led by Shalonda Winton with 29. Along with Winton, Honesty King tallied 18, Cori Coleman notched 13 and Takima Keane added 12. Thursday marked the fifth time this season that four Vikings have tallied double-digits in the same contest.

For the fifth time this season, CSU tallied 40 or more rebounds, notching 44 against the Flames. Winton led the Vikings with 12, while Imani Gordon added a career-high eight and Cori Coleman tallied seven, also a career-high. CSU held UIC to 29 rebounds, holding a 15 board advantage, the second highest of the season.

The Vikings tied their season-high with 19 assists against UIC, led by Takima Keane who posted eight. CSU also tallied 19 assists against Ohio and Lake Erie earlier this season. Individually, Keane and Shalonda Winton have each tallied 40 or more assists on the year, Keane with 45 and Winton with 40.

Cori Coleman posted double-digit points for the third time this season, notching 13 against UIC. Coleman has also tallied double-digit points against Lake Erie (14) and Valparaiso (16) this season. She is now one of seven Vikings to tally double-digits at least once this season and one of two freshmen.

With 12 points against UIC Thursday, Takima Keane marked her 20th double-digit scoring game of her career and the eighth of the season. Keane is the third leading scorer for the Vikings, averaging 10.5 points per contest, and leads CSU with a .412 three-point percentage (21-51).

Shalonda Winton continues to climb the CSU all-time career rebounds list, as she currently ranks 14th with 601. Winton needs 15 more rebounds to move into 13th place, which is held by Mahogany Green (1997-2001) who posted 615. Winton also ranks eighth in defensive rebounds with 394 and ninth in offensive rebounds with 207.

Tess Zufall was one of three Vikings to hit a pair of three-pointers against the Crusaders last Thursday (Jan. 5), notching a career-high six points. Zufall was 2-for-3 from behind the arc, with her made three-pointer at the 9:31 mark of the first half the first of her collegiate career.

After not playing any overtime contests last season, the Vikings have already played extra time twice throughout the first 14 games of the 2011-12 season after defeating Murray State, 68-61 in overtime at the Magnolia Classic (Dec. 20). Earlier this season the Vikings forced overtime at Western Michigan (Nov. 25) and came out on top, 72-66, to improve to 18-15 all-time in overtime contests.

Cleveland State head coach Kate Peterson Abiad is in her ninth season at the helm of the Vikings, and ranks second on the all-time wins list at CSU. Peterson Abiad became the third coach in program history to record 100 career victories last season, and currently has 113, needing just three more to take over first place on the all-time wins list. Peterson Abiad has led the Vikings to four straight 19-win seasons, including a 21-12 record last year, the second most wins in program history.

Cleveland State was picked to finish second in the Horizon League Preseason Poll, receiving 238 points. The Vikings finished behind preseason favorite Green Bay, who received 29 first place votes and 299 points. Wright State (212 points), Butler (197) and UIC (186) rounded out the top five. Detroit was the only other team to collect a first place vote, as they finished seventh with 141 points behind Milwaukee who placed sixth with 177 points. The Titans were followed by Loyola (88), Valparaiso (64) and Youngstown State (48).

Junior Shalonda Winton was named to the 2011-12 Preseason All-Horizon League first team in voting conducted by the league’s 10 head coaches, sports information directors and select media. Last season Winton ranked sixth in the league in rebounding (9.1), seventh in blocks (0.8), ninth in field goal percentage (.462; 146-316) and 15th in scoring (12.5). She also became the fourth player in school history to grab at least 300 rebounds in a season, ending right on the number.

Following last Saturday's (Jan. 7) game at Butler, CSU now has five more contests against teams that reach the postseason during 2010-11. The Vikings will face Butler once more this season, while they will also face Green Bay and Wright State twice. Green Bay reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament last season and Wright State played in the WBI. Below are CSU's results against teams that advanced to the postseason during 2010-11:
Dec. 10, at Toledo - L, 81-42
Jan. 7, at Butler - L, 67-43

This season marks the third annual CSU Hoops Luncheon Series, with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get monthly updates from CSU basketball head coaches Kate Peterson Abiad and Gary Waters throughout the 2011-12 season. The luncheon will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the fifth floor Viking Loge of the Wolstein Center annex. The next luncheon will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 17, with the final luncheon to be held on Monday, Feb. 13. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 687-5454.

Cleveland State signed two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Nov. 16, as Jasmine Flanagan (Corona, Calif./Centennial) and Nafeshia Holifield (Milwaukee, Wis./Milwaukee Vincent) will join the Vikings for the 2012-13 season. Flanagan, a 5-foot-5 combo guard, comes to CSU after earning first team all-league honors as a sophomore and junior. The two-time Team MVP averaged 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game as a junior, and set the Roosevelt High School record with 62 three-pointers made in a season. Holifield is a 6-foot power forward who averages 10.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Milwaukee Vincent, which is the same high school as current Viking Destinee Blue, has won the state championship three times out of the past five years.

The Vikings will hit the road once again when they make their annual trip to Wisconsin to take on Green Bay and Milwaukee. CSU will first face Milwaukee at 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 19, before taking on No. 14/12 Green Bay at 3:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, January 21. 

Crooks Tabbed OCSA Coach of the Year; Six Spartans Receive Individual Awards

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The historic Case Western Reserve University women's soccer season of 2011 continues to produce accolades as the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association has named Head Coach Tiffany Crooks Division III Coach of the Year and tabbed six Spartans each to both the Division III All-Ohio and Division III Academic All-Ohio squads.

Crooks, who has led the University Athletic Association Coaching Staff of the Year in two of the last three seasons, guided the Spartans to the best season in program history with a school-record 13 wins (13-4-3 overall) as well as the team's first-ever national ranking and  NCAA Tournament berth.

Case's six All-Ohio selections were the most of any institution at the Division III level, while the six student-athletes receiving Academic All-Ohio status tied for the most.

Junior midfielder Kendra Simmons (Medina, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) along with senior defender Kristina Vaci (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and sophomore forward Leah Levey (Columbus, Ohio/Bexley) were all selected by the OCSA to both the first-team All-Ohio and Academic All-Ohio squads.

Junior midfielder Deena Levey (Columbus, Ohio/Bexley) was a first-team academic recipient and second-team All-Ohio selection, while senior goalkeeper Anna Kennedy (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) and sophomore midfielder Rachel Bourque (Newton, N.H./Central Catholic) were second-team Academic and third-team All-Ohio picks.

Simmons, who became just the third All-American in program history this season, led the team and ranked 10th in the UAA with 18 points on seven goals and four assists. A medical anthropology major with a 3.4 grade point average, she also led the league with five game-winners. In 44 career matches, the two-time All-UAA selection has 37 points on 16 goals and five assists.

Vaci, also a 2011 NSCAA first-team All-Great Lakes Region and first-team All-UAA selection, concludes her career as one of the top defenders in school history. The biomedical engineering major with a 3.3 GPA started all 20 matches and directed the defensive unit to 11 shutouts. For her career, she played in a school-record 75 matches with 59 starts.

Leah Levey also earned a spot on the 2011 NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team late this past fall after finishing third on the squad with eight points on two goals and a team-high tying four assists. A nutrition major sporting a 3.8 GPA, Levey earned 2011 first-team All-UAA honors and has 21 points in 38 career matches.

Deena Levey, a three-time All-UAA honoree, recorded five points on a goal and three assists. A nursing major with a 4.0 GPA, Levey played in 19 contests with 16 starting nods this season.

Kennedy, a civil engineering major with a 3.367 GPA, led the UAA in saves (80), goals against average (0.49), save percentage (.889) and shutouts (10) en route to earning first-team All-UAA honors. Kennedy's save percentage ranked 14th in the nation, her GAA was 18th and her 1,848 minutes played were 21st. She finished her career at 27-15-5 overall with a 0.81 GAA, 211 saves and 21 shutouts. Kennedy is Case's all-time leader in shutouts and ranks second all-time in GAA.

Bourque, a nursing major with a 3.48 GPA, started all 20 matches for the Spartans this fall. An honorable mention All-UAA selection, she finished second on the team with nine points via four goals and an assist with a pair of game-winners.

Spartan Men Well-Represented on OCSA All-Ohio and Academic All-Ohio Teams

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team was honored for its performance on the field and in the classroom in 2011 as the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association tabbed three Spartans to the Division III All-Ohio team and four to the Division III Academic All-Ohio squad.

Accolades have come in bunches for the 2011 Spartans, as the team turned in one of the best seasons in program history with a 15-5 overall record and the second University Athletic Association Championship and NCAA Tournament berth in program history.

L to R -- Bell, Wimalasena, Alsup

Seniors Niro Wimalasena (Mason, Ohio/Mason), Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, Ohio/Valley Forge) and Kyle Alsup (Avon, Ohio/Detroit Country Day, Mich.) were all first-team Academic All-Ohio selections, while junior Eric Erb(Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) earned second-team honors.

Wimalasena and Bell were also first-team All-Ohio picks, while Alsup landed a spot on the second team. 

Wimalasena, a chemical engineering major with a 3.72 grade point average, was previously named a Capital One Academic All-American® as well as an All-American and Collegiate Scholar All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The first player in program history to receive all three awards, the team captain started all 20 matches and helped lead the Spartans to eight shutouts and a 0.98 goals against average. For his career, Wimalasena started a school-record 76 matches and was selected to the All-University Athletic Association Team in each of his four seasons.

Bell, the reigning two-time UAA Most Valuable Player and an NSCAA second-team All-American, became the first two-time All-American in program history with his selection in November. Carrying a 3.40 GPA as an accounting major, he finished the 2011 season with UAA-bests and program records of 20 goals and 50 points en route to setting the school's all-time records for career goals (43) and career points (101). Nationally, Bell ranked seventh in the nation in points per game (2.50), sixth in total points (50), seventh in total goals (20), tied for eighth in goals per game (1.00) and tied for 19th in total assists (10).

Alsup, a chemical engineering major with a 3.50 GPA, played in 19 matches and accumulated six points on two goals and two helpers. He also played a key role in the Spartans' eight shutouts to earn second-team All-UAA and third-team NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region honors.

Erb, a nutritional biochemistry and metabolism major with a 3.95 GPA, played in 19 matches with 16 starts. He ranked third on the squad with 21 points on nine goals and three assists while contributing four game-winning goals.

Associate Head Volleyball Coach Scott Carter Named Head Coach of Hiram College Volleyball Program


January 13, 2012


HIRAM, OHIO – Hiram College associate head coach Scott Carter has been named to replace Ellen Dempsey as Head Coach of the Terrier volleyball program that was announced today (Friday, Jan. 13).


Scott Carter has spent the previous two seasons with the program as an assistant/associate head coach. Carter replaces Dempsey who is the program’s all-time winningest coach with a 267-113 record in 11 seasons and 457-271 in 19 overall seasons as a head coach. This past fall, the Terriers posted a 27-9 overall record and finished second in the North Coast Athletic Conference with a 13-3 mark. Hiram qualified for the NCAC Tournament for the 11th consecutive season and advanced to the tournament title match for the 10th straight year. Also in 2011, Hiram earned a spot in the NCAA Division III National Tournament for the fourth time in program history, all coming after Dempsey took over the program prior to the 2001 season.


Prior to joining the program at Hiram, Carter spent two-years as the head volleyball coach at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. While there, he led the volleyball program to two district championships, a regional championship and an appearance in the state final four. He received back-to-back coach of the year awards while producting seven All- Conference and six All-District players.


Carter also has had over 17 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level as a head coach and recruiting coordinator. Carter’s resume includes stops at Broome Community (N.Y.) College, SUNY Oneonta, Sacred Heart (Conn.) University, Kent State University and the University of Kentucky. As a recruiting coordinator at the collegiate level, he has produced three recruiting classes that ranked among the 50 nationally which helped lead programs at the University of Kentucky and Kent State University more than double those program’s win totals within a three-year period.


In addition, Carter has worked as an intern assistant with the USA Olympic Team and World Games Team in 1999. Has also has seven years experience coaching collegiate men’s volleyball and helped lead the Sacred Heart University men’s volleyball team to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2001 as the team finished with a 25-6 overall record. He posted seven consecutive 20 win seasons as head coach and his winning percentage ranks among the top-10 all-time in men’s college volleyball.


Carter currently resides in Streetsboro, Ohio with his wife, Melissa and two children, Grady and Aislin.


Lake Erie College (7-6, 2-4 GLIAC) vs. Tiffin University (6-10, 1-8 GLIAC)
When: Saturday January 14, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
Where:  Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center – Painesville, Ohio
Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/lakeerie
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STORM LOOKS FOR KEY GLIAC WIN Lake Erie College can pick up a key conference victory this afternoon in a GLIAC matchup with Tiffin University.  The Storm (7-6, 2-4 GLIAC) had won four of five games before falling in overtime Thursday night, 67-64, to the University of Findlay. 

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie gave GLIAC South frontrunner 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 Thursday night, 67-64. Lake Erie was led by a career night from sophomore guard Nate Tait. 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 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.

SERIES NOTES: Lake Erie faced Tiffin for the first time last season and won both matchups in tight fashion.  The Storm defeated the Dragons, 68-66, in Tiffin on Jan. 15 and won their home finale over the Dragons, 68-67, on Feb. 24.

CLOSING IN ON 100: With seven victories already this season, Lake Erie Head Coach Cliff Hunt is just four wins away from the 100-win plateau with a 96-80 career record in his seventh season with the Storm. He is already the winningest coach in school history. 

SECOND HALF SUCCESS: Lake Erie's stretch run success this season is part of a bigger pattern of playing its best ball during the second half.  This season the Storm has been outscored by 36 points (371-407) in the first half but has outscored opponents by 35 points in the second half (480-445).

OPPOSITION POSITION: Tiffin (6-10, 1-8 GLIAC) is coming off a tough 61-59 near upset of Ashland University at home Thursday night. The Dragons are 0-5 in true road contests this season.  They are led by senior guard Karl Finley who is second in the GLIAC in scoring at 19.2 ppg. 

A LOOK AHEAD: Lake Erie continues a four-game homestand with GLIAC matchups against Lake Superior St. Thursday at 8:00 p.m. and Saginaw Valley St. Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

Mount hosts Heidelberg today

After playing the past four games on the road, the Mount Union men's basketball team returns to the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance for the first time in over three weeks when it hosts Heidelberg Saturday afternoon at 3 pm. The Purple Raiders went 3-1 during their recent four-game road trip that included a pair of Ohio Athletic Conference contests at Ohio Northern and Baldwin-Wallace.

The game will feature two teams who have played much better since the New Year. Mount Union (6-8, 2-5) has won three of four games in 2012, with a 49-47 win at Baldwin-Wallace in their most recent game. The 'Berg (5-9, 3-4) has won two of three games in 2012, with a 76-60 win at Otterbein in their most recent game.

After an 0-5 start in OAC play, Mount Union is on a two-game conference winning streak. While they are one game out of eight place in the conference, they are just two games out of fourth place. The Raiders are scoring 68.4 points per game, thanks in part to the long ball. They rank second in the conference in three-pointers per game (8.62) and three-point field goal percentage (.361). On defense the Raiders are allowing opponents to score 67.1 points per game and rank second in the conference in field goal percentage defense (.422).

Senior forward Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) leads the OAC in scoring (19.9) and three-pointers (38) and is fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.432). Wood, who has a pair of double-doubles on the season, also leads the Raiders with 6.1 rebounds per game.

The freshmen duo of Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) and Stevie Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson) has combined to score 26.0 points per game since the New Year. Jacubec is the team's second-leading scorer at 10.9 points per game and is shooting 82.2-percent from the free throw line to rank second in the conference. Griffin is third on the team in scoring (8.8) and is shooting a conference-best 46.8-percent on three-pointers. He has become the go-to player for the Raiders down the stretch, scoring the go-ahead points in each of the past two games.

Junior point guard Justen Little (Galion/Galion) is second in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (5.0) 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.

Guards Keith Williams (Louisville, Ky./Brown), T.J. Gillespie (Toledo/St. John's) and Clayton Patton(Bolivar/Tuscarawas Valley) and forwards Matt Kiger (Williamstown, W. Va./Williamstown), Matt Wier (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk), and Jimmy Darnley (Canton/GlenOak) have also been in the rotation for the Raiders.

Heidelberg is fourth in the OAC in scoring at 72.8 points per game, but allows opponents to score a league-worst 76.5 points per game. They are also last in the conference in field goal percentage defense (.467), three-point field goal percentage defense (.398), three-point field goal percentage (.268), turnovers (16.8)

The Student Princes have lengthened their rotation in recent games, with 17 players seeing action against Otterbein. The 'Berg is among the tallest teams in the conference with a roster that features eight players 6-5 or taller.