A Page -- Jan. 22, 2012

Storm overcomes shoddy first half and comes back for win over SVSU; Stow’s Wagers gets all 10 of her points in the second half; Mentor’s Rogers blocks three, steals six

PAINSEVILLE -- Lake Erie College’s women’s basketball team came into the Osborne Center Saturday afternoon, took a quick look at Saginaw Valley State and saw that the Cardinals who have won only three games all year brought only eight players and must have thought that this one might be a quick KO.

It was hardly but that, yet after a first-half wake-up call, the Storm got he funnel rolling in the second half and thundered to a 44-36 win for their 12th win of the year and to remain in the thick of the league race in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The Storm was faced with a very defensive-minded Cardinal team that closed out the first half with a 16-15 lead on the hosts.

SVSU used the 3-2 zone to put the kibosh on the one-two-inside scoring punch of Stow’s Alyssa Wagers and Mentor’s Steph Rogers. Wagers, who came in average 12.4 points per game, was held to zero points in the first half.

Rogers, the team’s leading scorer at 16.4 points per game, was held to only four points in the first half.

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Wagers (L), Rogers (R)

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The Storm was up against one of the top defensive centers in the league in 6-foot-3-inch Grace Herzog, who came into the contest with 190 career blocked shots.

So since the inside game was not working and the Storm was without guard/forward Jen Caiola, the kicked it back outside and kept it close in the first half with their outside shooting.

Nine if the 15 first-half points by the Storm came from behind the three-point arc.

First Sarah Wojciechowski came off the bench and hit back-to-back threes to turn a 4-2 deficit into an 8-4 lead.

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Murray (L), "Wojo" (R)

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After the guests pulled to within two, Jackie Murray became the second of four Storm S/A’s to hit a three, this one giving Lake Erie a 13-8 lead.

Herzog, who wound up getting her helping of blocked shots (four for the game) kept swatting away, but it came at the expense of fouls as he picked up her third early in the second half.

Here Lake Erie began its big run, bolting out to a 16-2 run to take a 31-18 lead. SVSU was able to get it down to four points again, but could get no closer as Wagers and Rogers started finding the lanes open.

Wagers got all 10 of her points in the second half and Rogers also wound up with 10 for the evening as the two co-led the scoring attack for the team.

The Storm also became more aggressive defensively in the second half. Rogers was doing some swatting, closing out the day with six steals and three blocks.

Chrissy Delaney had the inside-outside thing going, blocking two hits, snatching three steals and also hitting a trey.

Murray hit another three in second half and wound up with three assists, and Britt Busson canned two from long range.

Caiola, the Russell Township native, suffered a concussion against Findlay and has missed the last two games. She has been averaging 12.2 points per game.

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Baldwin-Wallace falls to Marietta, 74-51, at Marietta

BEREA, OHIO  – Sophomore forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) scored 16 points to lead the Yellow Jackets as the Marietta College men’s basketball team defeated Baldwin-Wallace College, 74-51, today (Saturday, January 21, 2012) in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in the Ban Johnson Arena.  This was the first game of the second half of the OAC regular season schedule for each team.

With its win, Marietta improved to 11-6 overall and 6-4 in the OAC. With its loss, B-W fell to 10-7 overall and 5-5 in the OAC.

In addition to Payne, sophomore guard Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/Holy Name) had 14 points and junior forward Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/Walsh Jesuit) had 13 points.

Mentor's Brocious leads Mount Union men to victory

ALLIANCE, Ohio-- Junior Rob Brocious (Mentor/Mentor) led the men's swimming and diving team to a win in their final Ohio Athletic Conference meet, as they defeated Wilmington 110-79.

Brocious was the only Purple Raider to win multiple events. He managed to touch first in the 200-yard IM and the 500-yard freestyle, with times of 2:09.44 and 4:57.88, respectively.

Other individual winners for Mount Union were Austin Moreland (Dover/New Philadelphia) in the 200-yard free (1:53.77), Mike Greisl (South Euclid/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) in the 100-yard free (:48.80), and Hayden Birnbrich (Pataskala/Columbus St. Charles Prep) in the 200-yard backstroke (2:04.81).

Mount women defeat Wilmington

ALLIANCE, Ohio-- Junior Madalyn Zalewski (New Kensington, Pa./Valley) led the Women's Swimming and Diving team to a win in their final Ohio Athletic Conference meet, as they defeated Wilmington 124-73.

Zalewski was the only Purple Raider to win multiple events. She managed to touch first in the 200-yard IM and the 500-yard freestyle, with times of 2:24.64 and 5:39.18, respectively.

Yellow Jacket Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving 

Teams Get Swept by ONU in Berea

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams each lost in Ohio Athletic Conference dual match competition today (Saturday, January 21, 2012) in the B-W Natatorium in the Lou Higgins Center.  It was Seniors’ & Parents’ Day and the final home meet of the season.

The Polar Bear women defeated B-W, 156-86, and the ONU men defeated the Yellow Jackets, 159-82. With its loss, the B-W women are now 4-5 overall and 2-2 in the OAC, and the Yellow Jacket men are 3-6 overall and 2-2 in the OAC.

The Yellow Jacket men were led by junior Chris Tuttle (North Royalton) who came in first place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:04.22. Tuttle swam third leg of the victorious 400-yard freestyle relay along with junior Matt Zych (Des Plaines, Ill./Maine West), sophomore Ryan Stover (Napoleon), and freshman Bryan Gerber (Sagamore Hills/Nordonia) with a combined time of 3:35.75.

Raider 1,600 relay team wins title

GENEVA, Ohio -- Mount Union's women's 4x400 meter relay won the title to lead the Purple Raiders at the SPIRE North Coast Indoor Track & Field Open at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

The quartet of juniors Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) and Daryn Herman (Fairview Park/Fairview) along with sophomores Taylor Kring (Salem/West Branch) and Emily Mazzaferri (Canton/GlenOak) posted a time of 3:58.01 to win the relay.

Oberlin women down Wooster

Wooster, Ohio – In the first-ever track field meet at the brand new Scot Center, it was the Oberlin College track and field teams who came out victorious as both the Yeomen and Yeowomen defeated the Scots on Friday night. The men won 73-64, while the Yeowomen came from behind to win 75-74.

Trailing going into the last event of the night, the Yeowomen were able to sneak out the victory by winning the 4x400-meter relay in convincing fashion. The tandem of Amanda GraciaMargaret MillerRyann McChesney and Marissa Clardy flew through the course in 4:13.54, topping the Wooster ‘A’ team by over 17 seconds.

Clardy, who also anchored the winning 4x200 relay team (1:51.40), was victorious in the 300-meter run in 46.36.

McChesney and Gracia also added individual wins on the night. McChesney touched the tape first in the 500-meters, clocking in at 1:25.26, while Gracia was first in the 1,000-meter run with a timestamp of 3:09.67

Piper Nash added a Yeowomen victory in the 3,000-meters as she checked in at 11:06.83.



Akron at Ball St., 1:00 PM

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Akron looks to get back to .500 in MAC play when they face the Ball St. Cardinals on Sunday. UA dropped its third overtime game of the year on Thursday, losing at Ohio 72-71. Junior Taylor Ruper ranks 11th in the coun- try in 3-pointers made per game (3.0) and 17th nationally in 3-point percentage (.422). As a team Akron is 22nd in field goal pct. (.439), 21st in scoring offense (74.8) and 25th in 3-pointers made per game (6.9) nationally. Through five conference games, Akron has five players (King, Mushington, Stubbs, Ruper, Luburgh) averaging double-figure points. Carly Young (9.6 ppg) is just off the 10-plus point mark in conference play. Kacie Cassell is averaging a MAC-best 5.8 assists per game in conference play. Cassell also owns the MAC's best assist/turnover ratio in conference play (2.6). Natasha Williams is 21st in the nation in overall assist/turnover ratio (2.1). The Zips lead the MAC in scoring offense, field goal percentage, 3-pointers made per game and assists, while ranking second in 3-point percentage and assist/turnover ratio. Ti'eshia Stubbs is third in the league in field goal percentage (.512). Senior Natasha Wil- liams leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio (2.1) and is third in assists (4.3). Taylor Ruper is first in 3-pointers made per game (3.0) and second in 3-point percentage (.422). The Cardinals are coming off of a 63-48 Mid-American Conference West Division road loss to Toledo Thursday.  Freshman guard Brittany Carter led the team in scoring against the Rockets with 18-points.  Today's game marks the first MAC East Divisional team Ball State will have faced this season.  Ball State is led by Jazmin Hitchens who is averaging 11.3 points per contest while Carter is not far behind as she contributes 9.6 points per game. 


Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green, 2:00 PM (SportsTime Ohio/ESPN Full Court/ESPN3)

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The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team travels to Bowling Green, Ohio, Sunday, Jan. 22, for a re-match of the 2011 Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship game against the Bowling Green State University Falcons. Eastern Michigan enters the game with a mark of 12-6 (4-1 MAC) after cruising to a 73-60 victory over Central Michigan University at the Convocation Center, Jan. 19. Eastern Michigan has had double-digit steal totals in 15 games this season. The Green and White have also forced 13 opponents into more than 20 turnovers in a contest. Senior Tavelyn James has joined a select group of the most prolific senior scorers in program history. In 18 games, the Detroit native has racked up 403 points. The mark ranks ninth best in EMU senior laurels. The MAC record for most points by a senior is Western Michigan's Carrie Moore with 813 points in 2006-07.  In its 12 victories this season, EMU is averaging 72.8 points while the opposition is posting just 53.6 points. In those games, opponents are shooting 39.5 percent from the field compared to 43.0 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 40.8 rebounds to just 31.3 for the opponents in the wins, while in setbacks EMU is out-rebounding by only three caroms (41.0 to 38.0). The Falcons enter the Eastern Michigan game with a record of 15-3 on the season, and BGSU is off to a 5-0 start in MAC play. Junior Chrissy Steffen leads the Falcons in scoring with 14.8 points per game, and she also has 4.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.2 steals per contest. Steffen tops the team in both steals and assists, and is tied for third in rebounding. Through 18 games this year, the Falcons are shooting .392 from the field, .308 from three-point range and .674 from the free-throw line. The BG defense has limited opponents to .371 from the floor and .256 from beyond the arc, and foes have shot .652 from the stripe. The Falcons are ranked among the nation's top 100 teams in 11 of the 18 categories kept by the NCAA, including top-40 rankings in win-loss percentage (19th), turnovers per game (21st), three-point FG defense (23rd), scoring defense (34th), scoring margin (38th) and turnover margin (39th).


Central Michigan at Kent St., 2:00 PM

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The Kent State women's basketball team watched a late double-digit lead evaporate into a tough loss to a Mid-American Conference East Division foe just five days ago. The young but steadily maturing and improving squad was not about to let history repeat itself Thursday (Jan. 19) at the M.A.C. Center. Kent State shot a season-best 53.4% from the field and dished out a season-high 26 assists to power the squad to an 85-73 victory over Buffalo. The Golden Flashes (3-12, 2-3 MAC) received double-digit scoring efforts from four starters. Junior guard Trisha Krewson (Sandusky, Ohio) led the charge, knocking down five threes to help accumulate a career-high 26 points and seven assists in addition to hauling in a game-high eight rebounds. She reached double figures for the 10th time in 2011-12 and seventh time in the last 10 games. Junior forward Diamon Beckford  totaled a career-best 23 points -- including three treys -- and piled up seven boards. She has reached double figures in scoring six times this season  -- including in four of Kent State's last six games. Junior guard Tamzin Barroilhet  totaled 19 points and added six assists. She has hit the double-digit mark in three of the last four games. Freshman guard Jamie Hutcheson nailed three buckets from behind the arc and matched her career high with 13 points. Freshman guard Itziar Llobet handed out a career-high eight assists to propel the balanced offensive attack.  Jas'Mine Bracey posted her fourth double-double on the season but it was Eastern Michigan who claimed a 73-60 win over Central Michigan on Thursday.The Maroon and Gold were led by Bracey who had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Johnson chipped in with 15 and Jessica Green added 12. It was a tale of two halves, as CMU shot 27.3 percent in the first but a blistering 50 percent in the second to finish 37.7 percent from the floor. The Chippewas out-scored the Eagles in the paint, 38-36, and 24-3 in bench points. 



Toledo at Ohio, 2:00 PM 

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Toledo (10-7, 3-2 MAC) will look to extend its win streak to a season-high three-consecutive games on Sunday, Jan. 22 when it battles Ohio (9-10, 2-3 MAC).The Rockets, who enter Sunday's matinee deadlocked with Central Michigan for second place in the Mid-American Conference West Division, are beginning a six-game stretch against cross-division opponents. A key factor in UT winning back-to-back games for the first time since early December has been the play of its scrappy defense. The Rockets' last two league opponents have shot a combined 27.8 percent from the field (32-of-115) and 26.7 percent from three-point range, mustering only 47.5 points per game. Toledo held rival Ball State to a season-low 25.9 percent (15-of-58) shooting on Thursday to claim an impressive 63-48 home victory. For the season, the Rockets are fueled offensively by the trio of Dortch, Ingersoll and Richardson, who are averaging 13.4, 11.2 and 9.9 ppg, respectively. UT has five players averaging 6.0 or more points per game. Right on the heels of a thrilling 72-71 overtime win against Akron, Ohio Women’s Basketball begins the western portion of its Mid-American Conference schedule by hosting the Toledo Rockets on Sunday. In their last game, the Bobcats (9-10, 2-3 MAC) picked up an exciting overtime victory over the visiting Akron Zips behind 23 points from senior guard Tenishia Benson. In addition to scoring at least ten points for the 12th straight game, Benson was on fire from the field, connecting on 10-of-14 field goals. She was joined in double figures by Shavon Robinson’s 16 points and Mariah Byard’s 11. Taylor Ruper led the way for the Zips, scoring 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Freshman guard Mariah Byard started and played a career-high 35 minutes in Ohio’s win over Akron on Jan. 19. She scored 11 points on 3-of-9 shooting and also chipped in five rebounds, three assists and two steals. With Ohio’s win over Akron on Jan. 19, the Bobcats equaled the 2010-11 season’s win total of nine. The Green and White have 11 regular-season games remaining before Mid-American Conference tournament play begins in early March. 



Western Michigan at Miami, 2:00 PM

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Western Michigan is 5-13 overall and 2-3 in the Mid-American Conference. The Broncos dropped their third straight MAC West Division contest on Thursday when they fell to Northern Illinois, 53-41, in Kalamazoo. WMU is unique in that it is one of the smallest teams in the league and will usually start and play five guards most of the time. The Broncos are led by senior guard Maria Iaquaniello. She averages 12.6 points per game. In MAC-only play, she has increased that scoring average to 15.2 points per game. Another key player is sophomore guard Corie Buchanan. She has averaged 8.1 points per contest, but has increased that average to 10.6 points in MAC games. Miami’s tough three-point loss to Bowling Green on Thursday ended a 10-game winning streak for the RedHawks. It was the sixth-longest win streak in school history. The Red and White’s all-time longest win streak was 14 games and took place between Jan. 22 and Mar. 12, 1983. Courtney Osborn currently has 1,353 career points to rank eighth on the Miami career list. She has shot up the all-time list during the first 18 games of the season, starting the year in 18th place. Three members of this season’s roster are in Miami’s top-10 all-time block list. Junior Kirsten Olowinski leads the way with 106 blocks, which is fourth all-time. Senior Rachael Hencke is i fth with 99 blocks. Senior Lillian Pitts recently moved into tenth with 68 total blocks. The RedHawks as a team have 83 blocks in their i rst 18 games. That includes eight each in wins over Massachusetts (Nov. 19) and Kent State (Jan. 11). Those were only two of  the single-game school record of 10.