A Page -- March 2, 2012

Vikings to host Youngstown State on Senior Day

Game 29
Youngstown State (10-18, 4-13) at Cleveland State (10-18, 5-12)
Date: Saturday, March 3, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Site: Wolstein Center - Cleveland, Ohio
Series: Youngstown State leads, 32-23
Last Meeting: Youngstown State 70, Cleveland State 48 (12/31/11)
Tickets: $8, General Admission // $5, Groups of 10 or more


Cleveland State will close out the regular season this weekend, as the Vikings are set to host Youngstown State at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday (March 3). Along with the regular season finale, Saturday's contest will also serve as Senior Day, as the Vikings honor the 2012 senior class. Both teams will be battling for their spot in the final Horizon League standings, with a number of seeds still a possibility for both the Vikings and the Penguins.


Saturday's contest will be the 56th meeting between the two teams, with Youngstown State holding the slight edge in the overall series record, 32-23. Prior to the Penguin victory earlier this season (Dec. 31), Cleveland State had won eight straight against YSU and 13 of the last 17.


Mark the second straight season that the Vikings have won their regular season finale…Give Cleveland State an 11-4 lead in the overall series under head coach Kate Peterson Abiad…Mark the sixth straight season that the Vikings have either swept or split with Youngstown State.


So far this season seven Vikings have posted 100 points or more, including the trio of Shalonda Winton (509), Honesty King (206) and Cori Coleman (203). This marks the sixth time under head coach Kate Peterson Abiad that seven Vikings have notched at least 100 points in a season, while she has also now had at least three players post 200 or more points in the same season in every year of her tenure.


Cori Coleman, who now has 203 points on the season after Saturday's contest at Wright State, is just the fifth freshman to reach the 200-point milestone in their first year under head coach Kate Peterson Abiad. The other newcomers to achieve the feat were; Shalonda Winton (09-10), Kailey Klein (06-07), Jessica Roque (06-07), Dominique Butler (05-06) and Brittany Korth (04-05).


With her 29-point performance at Wright State last Saturday, Shalonda Winton reached 500 total points for the season, and became just the fifth player in program history to record 500 points and 250 rebounds in the same season (Audra Cook, 99-00; Lanette Taylor, 91-92; Debra Taylor, 90-91; Dianne Foster, 82-83). Winton, who has 284 total rebounds this year, would become just the third Viking to notch 500 points and 300 rebounds in a season if she collects 16 boards through the remaining contests this year.


Honesty King, who ranks 13th in the league with 1.5 three-pointers made per contest, has recorded at least one three-pointer in the past eight games. This marks the third time in her career that she has tallied a three-pointer in eight or more consecutive games. King has made 35 shots from behind the arc this season, including a season-high of four at Ole Miss (Dec. 21).


The Vikings, who notched their third-highest point total of the season at Wright State, were led by the quartet of Shalonda Winton, Honesty King, Janelle Adams and Kiersten Green who each tallied double-digits against the Raiders. Last Saturday's contest marked the sixth time this year that four Vikings have scored in double-figures in the same game, and just the second time that a newcomer has been part of the group.


Entering the final weekend of the regular season, Shalonda Winton continues to lead the league in scoring, averaging 22.2 points per contest and ranks second in rebounding, averaging 10.7 boards per game. Winton is one of two Horizon League players that rank in the top-five in both scoring and rebounding (Julie Wojta, Green Bay), while she is also one of two players to average a double-double in league contestes only (Wojta).


Cori Coleman continues to hold her place among the league scoring leaders, as she ranks 24th in league contests only, averaging 10.1 points per game. Coleman also ranks ninth in steals, notching 29 (1.7 spg) through 17 Horizon League contests. She is one of five freshmen to be ranked in the top-25 in scoring and is one of two newcomers to be ranked in the top-10 in steals.


For just the second time in her career, Kiersten Green tallied double-digit points, as she notched a career-high 12 against Detroit (Feb. 23). Green is the seventh Viking to record more than one double-digit scoring game this season, and the second freshman to do so. Her 12 points also gave her 104 points for the season, making her the third freshman over the past four years to post 100 points in their first season.


Junior Shalonda Winton tallied her first 30-point game of the season against Milwaukee (Feb. 18), ending right on the number. Winton, who was one shy of tying her career-high against the Panthers, is one of nine Horizon League players to tally 30 or more points in a contest this season.


Along with her 30 points, Winton also notched a career-high 18 rebounds against Milwaukee, posting her 15th double-digit rebounding game this season. Winton is one of just two Horizon League players to average a double-double on the season (18.2 ppg, 10.1 rpg) and one of 22 Division I players in the country.


As a team, Cleveland State ranks third in the league in blocked shots, averaging 3.0 per contest. On the season, the Vikings have recorded 83 blocks, including a season-high 10 against Ohio (Dec. 5). This season marks the third time that the Vikings have posted at least 80 blocks over the past nine seasons.


With the 70-68 victory over Milwaukee earlier this season (Feb. 18), head coach Kate Peterson Abiad became the winningest coach in program history and now has 116 career victories at Cleveland State. Peterson Abiad, who is in her ninth season at the helm of the Vikings, became the third coach in program history to record 100 wins last year. During her tenure she has led CSU to four 19-win seasons, two Horizon League Championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances.


The Vikings will wait and see what seed they get in the Horizon League tournament, with both first round games being played on Monday, March 5 at campus sites.

Storm Falls at Michigan Tech in Opening Round of GLIAC 


HOUGHTON, MICH. – The winter storm that dropped two feet of snow on the Upper Peninsula the past three days was nothing like the blizzard the fifth-seeded Lake Erie College women’s basketball team ran into Wednesday night (Feb. 29) inside in the form of fourth-seeded Michigan Technological University in the opening round of the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament.  The host Huskies shot 58 percent from the floor, including 10 three-pointers, en route to a convincing 82-52 win at the Student Development Complex Gymnasium in Houghton.

The loss was the fifth straight to end the season for Lake Erie, which concludes the campaign with a 16-11 overall mark.  Michigan Tech, which won its fourth straight and sixth in the last seven games, improves to 20-6 and advances to the GLIAC Tournament semifinals this weekend.

The Storm (16-11) scored the game’s first basket, but after that it was all Michigan Tech.  The Huskies went on a 32-6 run midway through the first half and never looked back.  They shot 16-of-24 (66.7%) in the first 20 minutes and led by 28, 49-21, at halftime.

The hot hand continued into the second half and the Huskies built the lead up to 40.  The Storm got it down to 28 on a couple of occasions, but that was as close as the contest would get in the second half.

Senior center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) led the Storm with 13 points and five rebounds while classmate Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) added 12 points.  They were the only two players in double figures for Lake Erie, which shot just 28% (16-of-58).

Michigan Tech had four players in double figures with Taylor Stippel leading the way with a game-high 18 off the bench to go along with nine rebounds.  Sam Hoyt, Katie Glodowski and Krista Kasuboski each scored 12 points. The Huskies were 28-of-48 from the floor, including 10-of-15 (67%) from beyond the arc.  They also outrebounded the Storm 47-22 and had 22 assists on their 28 made baskets.

Oberlin track set for indoor championships

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College track and field teams will head west to Crawfordsville, Indiana, to take part in the North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on the campus of Wabash College this weekend.

In the pre-championship poll that was released yesterday, the Yeowomen were picked to finish second – earning 56 points in the voting – while the Yeomen were selected fourth with 46 points.

At the 2011 Championships the Yeowomen finished third, while the Yeomen placed fourth.

Leading the way for the women is sophomore Molly Martorella who has the conference’s best time in the mile (4:57.63) and the 3,000 (10:11.95) and is fourth in the 800 at 2:20.22.

Rookie Tiffany Henry should also score multiple points in the throwing events. She has set school records in both the weight throw and shot put this season. Her weight throw mark of 44-06.75 is second in the league, while her shot put toss of 38-00.75 is third best.

Oberlin will also challenge for the titles in the 4x400 and 4x200 relays. The Yeowomen’s 4x400 time of 4:10.87 and 4x200 mark of 1:48.93 are second fastest in the NCAC.

On the men’s side, Oberlin is expected to do some major damage in the jumping events. Alex Guo leads the way at the NCAC’s top triple jumper with a mark of 44-04.25.

In the long jump Shawn Chrapczynski enters as the sixth seed at 21-02.75, while Guo is eighth at 20-08.5. Rookie Evan Finch also cleared 6-00.50 in the high jump, which is good for sixth best in the league.

Like the women, the Yeomen should also fare well in the relays. Oberlin checks in third in the 4x400 at 3:31.25 and third in the 4x200 at 1:33.33.

In addition to Chrapczynski in the sprints, rookie Jerry Choi will contest the field in the 200 as he is seeded fifth at 23.10.

The meet will be streamed online live in high definition courtesy of the Wabash College Communications Office. Video coverage will begin at 4:15 p.m. on Friday and 1:45 p.m. on Saturday. Live results will also be available on the official championship homepage. 

The Huskies will play the winner of Ashland University and Northern Michigan University Saturday, March 3, at a site to be announced.

Oberlin Women's Lacrosse Starts 2012 with a 

New Regime

Oberlin, Ohio- As the weather starts to turn, and spring is quickly approaching, the Oberlin College women’s lacrosse team is preparing for their 2012 campaign. First-year head coach Jacqueline McDevitt will take the reigns of the program after being hired midway through Oberlin’s fall semester. Although she has not been able to see her new team in action, after extensive research, she has been able to compile an idea of what NCAC women’s lacrosse is all about. The Yeowomen are coming off a 4-9 season, where they were able to score a total of 127 goals.
McDevitt and first-year assistant Nicole Flego are happy with the athletic ability of their team. They have bulked up their roster with nine fall sport athletes, and will rely on their athletic creativity to get them through their transition phase. They will bring a new style of play to Oberlin as they re-shape the program. The coaching staff has named a captain from every class, in order to help lead the team during their first year.

The Yeowomen lose their leading goal scorer from last year in Grace Amber as she has chosen to study abroad during the spring semester. They do bring back junior Molly Bloom who was second on the team last year with 31 goals, and tied for a team high six assists. The two-time All-NCAC Honorable-Mention selection was second on the team behind Amber with 37 points. She was also able to pick up 17 ground balls on the year. Ilyssa Meyer was third on the team with 29 goals and added six assists as well. The 2011 All-NCAC Honorable-Mention selection finished with 35 total points, good for third on the team. She scooped up 14 ground balls for the Yeowomen as well.

Senior Captian Alice Zicht comes back as a three-year starter for the Yeowomen. Last year she scored 17 goals and had two helpers. She also was fifth on the team with 23 ground balls. Sophomore captain Phoebe Hammer is ready for a breakout season after a freshman year where she scored seven goals and added an assist. Fellow Sophomore Simone Brodner will look to add depth to the experienced attack for the Yeowomen. She played in eight games last year and started two.
The Yeowomen midfield brings a mixture of experience and athletic ability into the 2012 campaign.  The midfielders are led by captain junior Madeleine O’Meara who spent much of her time in the goal for the Yeowomen last year. However, when she played the field she was able to pick 28 ground balls, which was good for second best on the team. Sophomore two-sport athletes Sarah Andrews and Sarah Orbuch return for Oberlin after both starting all 13 games as freshmen. Andrews had two goals, two assists, and added 24 ground balls. Orbuch had one goal and picked up 12 grounders as well.
Christina Perez-Tineo returns for the Yeowomen after playing in all 13 games last year and scoring a goal. Seung Yun Jee returns as well after playing in all 13 games and starting nine for Oberlin during her sophomore year. Freshman captain Kate Hanick will play both midfield and defense for Oberlin, after a strong freshman year on the soccer team. Also joining the Yeowomen midfield will be freshman standout field hockey player Jody Helsel.
Field Hockey standout Hannah Christiansen headlines the defense this year after starting 12 games last year. She led the team with 32 ground balls during her 2011 rookie season. Soccer players Rachel Bandeira and Kate Frost both add athleticism and depth to the defense. Freshman Heewon Kwon will also look to get some time for the Yeowomen.
Senior Sara Gaines is set to be the main goalkeeper for the 2012 season. Last year she started five games and saw action in seven. She was first on the team with 65 total saves, and posted a 1-4 record on the year. O’Meara will be the backup keeper this year after starting eight games in the goal last year. She had 50 saves and posted a record of 3-5.

Oberlin starts its season on March 10 at Otterbein before returning to back to Oberlin for three straight home games starting March 17 against Albion. The following day they will host the University of Dallas and then on the 21st they will finish the homestand against Trine. North Coast Athletic Conference commences on April 4 at Denison University.

Spartan Women’s Hoops Trio Named All-UAA, Hollinger Named First-Team for Third-Straight Season

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Highlighted by a first-team selection for senior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon), three from Case Western Reserve University women's basketball have been selected as 2012 All-University Athletic Association, announced the league office on Wednesday.

North Canton's Iafelice (L), Chardon's Hollinger (R)

Hollinger, a four-time All-UAA honoree, has now earned first-team honors in three-consecutive seasons.

Along with Hollinger, junior guard Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) was tabbed second team, while junior point guard Erica Iafelice(North Canton, Ohio/Canton Hoover) earned honorable mention status.

Hollinger, recently named a Jostens Trophy (Division III Player of the Year) finalist for the second-straight season, averaged 13.1 points and 5.6 rebounds to go along with 1.5 blocks per game. The four-time Capital One Academic All-American® ranked third in the UAA in both scoring and blocked shots per contest. Earlier this season, she became just the second woman in CWRU basketball history to eclipse the 1,400-point plateau and concluded her career with 1,421 markers. She also finished with 542 career rebounds and 173 blocks in 100 games played.

Iacono, also a second-team All-UAA pick last season, finished her junior campaign strong and posted season averages of 12.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals. The conference's sixth-ranked scorer, Iacono averaged 22 points per game over the final three contests of the season and earned UAA Player of the Week acclaim following a career-high tying 27 points that led the Spartans to an upset of then No. 11/12 nationally-ranked University of Rochester (N.Y.) on February 17. In 74 career games, Iacono has 905 points, 312 rebounds, 234 assists and 140 steals.

Iafelice averaged 5.7 ppg and was the team's leader in assists (3.2 apg) and steals (2.1 spg). The junior ranked second in the UAA in steals, third in minutes (31.6 mpg), fourth in assists and sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2). Iafelice has started all 75 games during the past three seasons with 468 points, 243 assists and 166 steals.

The Spartans finished the season at 15-10 overall and in a fourth-place tie in the UAA at 8-6. Case also posted its fourth winning season in five years under Head Coach Jennifer Reimer along with the highest single-season win total during that span.

Mount Gals ready to start second season today

Nationally ranked Mount Union (#6 in D3hoops.com and ESPN/USA TODAY Coaches polls) plays LaRoche (Pa.) in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship Friday at 7 pm at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

The game will also be LIVE on the radio on WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online with LIVE AUDIO and LIVE STATS right here.

It will be the second of two games hosted at Mount Union as #25 Muhlenberg (Pa.) takes on Catholic (D.C.) in the first game of the regional at 5 pm Friday.

Tickets will be available at the door starting at 4 pm for $6 for adults and $3 for seniors and students.


Mount Union won its third-straight Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament championship and LaRoche won its second-straight Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship as each school claimed its conference's automatic bids to NCAA Tournament. The OAC and AMCC are two of 43 conferences that receive automatic bids into the tournament.  There were also 20 national al-large bids and a final spot reserved for teams not in one of the automatic bid conferences to make up the 64-team NCAA Tournament field.  


Mount Union will be making its third-straight and sixth ever NCAA Tournament appearance. The Purple Raiders have an 14-5 record in NCAA Tournament games making it to the round of 16 in 1995 and 2010, losing in the national championship game in 1996 and finishing third in the nation in 1998.

The Lady Redhawks are making their second-ever and second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.  A year ago, LaRoche lost at Calvin (Mich.), 73-37 in a first round game.


While the two schools are just 75 miles apart (LaRoche is in suburban Pittsburgh), this will be the first meeting between the two schools in women's basketball.


Suzy Venet (Mount Union '98) is 130-62 in her seventh season at her Alma mater.  Venet was an All-American for the Purple Raiders and is the OAC's all-time assists leader.  As head coach, the Raiders have won two OAC regular season titles, three OAC Tournament titles and made three-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.  She is a two-time OAC Coach of the Year and was WBCA Region and D3hoops Region Coach of the Year in 2012.  She was an assistant coach at Bowling Green and Minnesota State-Mankato then got her first heading coaching job at Manchester (Ind.) College.  Including her season at Manchester, her career coaching record is 141-78.

Eddie Benton, Jr. (Vermont '96) is 108-101 in his eighth season at LaRoche.  A Pittsburgh native, Benton played college basketball at the University of Vermont and is the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,474 points.  He has led the Lady Redhawks to back-to-back conference titles and NCAA Tournament bids.  He served as an assistant men's coach at both Robert Morris and LaRoche before taking over as women's head coach in 2004.


The two schools each played Carnegie Mellon this season.  Mount Union scored a 74-54 win at Carnegie Mellon on Nov. 19 while LaRoche suffered a 58-57 overtime loss at CMU on Jan. 10.


Mount Union enters the "big dance" on a school-record 20-game winning streak and has won 23-straight at home dating back to an 84-82 loss to John Carroll in Dec. 2010.  

Junior point guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) and senior guard Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) both shared OAC Player of the Year honors and are a 1-2 punch on the perimeter for the Raiders.

LaMattina leads the team and is fifth in the OAC in scoring at 15.3 points per game, while leading the OAC in steals (3.4 per game) and third in assists (4.0 per game).

Wiedt is sixth in the OAC in scoring at 14.6 points per game and is third in the nation in three-point shooting (.484). 

Taking care of things inside is All-OAC Second Team senior forward Amanda Rose (Green/Green), whoaverages 11.3 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 fifth with 1,233 points, LaMattina is ninth with 1,119 points while Rose is 11th with 1,072 points.  They bring the total to 13 players in Mount Union history with over 1,000 points.

Mount Union leads the conference and is 10th in the nation in scoring offense at 74.8 points per game and is the top defensive team in the conference allowing 57.0 points per game. The Raiders help that defense with a full court press and leading the OAC in steals at 12.2 per game.

Defense is the name of the game for LaRoche as the Lady Redhawks are second in the nation at steals with 17.6 per game and seventh in the nation in scoring defense allowing just 47.9 points per game.

LaRoche has won 12 of its last 13 games as it lost its regular season finale at Medaille (N.Y.) then came back to win the conference tournament title at Medaille.  

Sophomore forward Jessica Pitts leads the team averaging 12.3 points and 7.9 rebounds a game along with 90 steals on the season. Sophomore guard Casie Cygan is the other double digit scorer at 11.5 points per game with 58 made three pointers.

Three Spartans Named to All-UAA Men’s Basketball Team; Dean Tabbed Rookie of the Year

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Three members of the Case Western Reserve University men's basketball squad have been selected to the 2012 All-University Athletic Association team, announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Junior forward Austin Fowler (Farmington Hills, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice) was named to the second team, while senior forward Tom Summers (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional) and freshman point guard Jordan Dean (St. Johns, Fla./Creekside) were tabbed honorable mention.

Dean also became the first Spartan to be named UAA Rookie of the Year since the 2007-08 campaign.

Fowler, now a two-time All-UAA selection with a first-team nod last season, led the Spartans and ranked seventh in the league in scoring at 15.6 points per game. Fowler also finished second to Summers for the UAA lead in rebounding at 7.3 per game and totaled six double-doubles throughout the season. In his second season after transferring to CWRU, Fowler was also named an Academic All-UAA honoree earlier this winter.

Summers returns to the All-UAA squad after earning second-team status as a sophomore in 2009-10. The senior captain averaged 12.0 ppg and led the Association in rebounding at 7.7 rpg. In mid-February, Summers joined CWRU's 1,000-point club and finishes his career with 1,021 markers in 96 games. He also ranks second in program history with 722 rebounds, while totaling 22 career double-doubles.

Dean started all 25 games at point guard and led all UAA freshmen in assists at 3.8 apg. The rookie also averaged 6.5 points and finished second on the team in free throw shooting (.833).