A Page -- March 6, 2012 -- PM Edition

Dortch (L) and Benson

MAC Announces Women's Basketball Awards; 

Akron natives Andola Dortch, Tenishia Benson 

earn second and first team honors, respectively

CLEVELAND, OHIO -- The Mid-American Conference announced today the 2011-12 MAC Women's Basketball regular season awards. Highlighting the awards were the MAC Coach, Player and Freshman of the Year.


Eastern Michigan’s Tavelyn James was named MAC Player of the Year. James, Eastern Michigan's all-time leading scorer, is one of only 11 student-athletes in MAC history to reach 2,000 points. She also ranks third on the conference's career points list with 2,417, field-goals made (248) and three-pointers made (287). She leads the Eagles in scoring, with 24.4 points per game this season to date, while also ranking first on the team in field goals made, three-pointers made, free-throw made, steals and minutes played.  She ranks second in the nation in scoring average, and also ranks among the top-40 in the country in free throw percentage (26th) and three-point field goals made (35th). The senior is broke the EMU women’s career scoring record against the University of Michigan, Dec. 11, and became the first player in Eastern’s history to score more than 500 points in three consecutive seasons. James also set the single-game record for three-point buckets with 10 triples against Kent State University, Feb. 11, which is also tops in a single-game for MAC-only tilts. She has been named MAC Player of the Week six times this season. James was also named the 2012 recipient of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, presented annually by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation's outstanding female collegian 5-feet-8-inches and under who has excelled both athletically and academically.


Northern Illinois’ Claire Jakubicek claimed this year’s MAC Freshman of the Year honors.  Jakubicek is the second player in NIU history to receive MAC Freshman of the Year honors. One of the most impressive facts about Jakubicek getting so much respect from the league is that her season has been done since breaking her right foot against Ball State on Feb. 16.  A compelling display of her impact, the Huskies lost each of their first four games before finally adjusting to life without Jakubicek and beating Western Michigan last Saturday in the first round of the MAC Tournament. She had scored double figures in nine of her last 10 games and had her scoring average at its highest point all season at 11.0 points per game.  She had also hit 37 straight free throws.  Among the MAC, Jakubicek’s 11.0 points per game ranks 16th, her 46.3 field goal percentage is ninth, and her 95.9 free throw percentage would lead the league by a wide margin had she not gotten hurt and fallen under the minimum attempts to qualify.  Despite playing five less games than most of her teammates, Jakubicek still has the most games as top scorer (8) and third-most games as top rebounder (5).  She still leads the team in scoring, field goal percentage, and free throw percentage.  Her 5.1 rebounds per game rank second.  Of her 24 games played, she scored in double figures 13 times, including a season-high 21-point effort against Chicago State on Dec. 11 in a 10-for-12 shooting day.  She also had a season-best eight rebounds and five assists that day.


2012 Regular Season and East Division Champion Bowling Green’s head coach Curt Miller was named MAC Coach of the Year. Miller earns the MAC Coach of the Year award for a league-record sixth time, having won the honor in five consecutive years from 2005-09. Miller enters the MAC Tournament with a record of 258-90 (.741) in his head-coaching career, all with the Falcons and a 135-41 (.767) conference mark.  After losing six seniors – including four starters – from last year’s team, Miller and Company had nine freshman and sophomores on the ‘11-12 roster.  Only one player, junior Chrissy Steffen, had ever started a collegiate game prior to the season opener.   But, Miller guided the Brown and Orange to a 14-2 MAC record and the program’s eighth consecutive division title.  And, BGSU won the MAC’s overall regular-season title outright for the seventh time in those eight seasons. 


Andola Dortch of Toledo and Jalisa Olive of Central Michigan were named Defensive Player of the Year and Sixth Player of the Year.  Dortch becomes the first Rocket to garner defensive player of the year accolades.  She has tallied at least three thefts on 10 occasions this season. She is also second on the squad in field goals made (117), minutes played (32.8 mpg) and free-throw percentage (69.3%, 104-of-150), third in three-point field-goal percentage (35.9%, 28-of-78) and three-point field goals made (28) and tied for fifth in overall rebounding (3.9 rpg).  Dortch currently ranks third in the MAC in helpers, fifth in three-point field-goal percentage, sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.1), seventh in scoring, 10th in steals and 13th in free-throw percentage. Olive is currently third on the team with 152 and is averaging 1.7 per game. Against Ball State she scored the most points in a game by a Chippewa this year with 26 where she was 4-6 from the three-point line. She has scored in double figures five times this season.  In nine games she recorded three or more steals, while in five games she had three or more assists. Olive is currently averaging 15.7 minutes per game and 5.1 points.


Joining James on the All-MAC First Team was Bowling Green forward Alexis Rogers, Buffalo guard Brittany Hedderson, Miami guard Courtney Osborn and Ohio guard Tenishia Benson.


Along with Dortch, Akron forward Sina King, Bowling Green point guard Jessica Slagle, Bowling Green guard Chrissy Steffen and Toledo center Yolanda Richardson were all named to the Second Team All-MAC.

Courtney Ingersoll


Receiving Third Team All-MAC honors were Eastern Michigan’s guards Paige Redditt and Natachia Watkins, Miami forward and guard Kirsten Olowinski and Maggie Boyer and Toledo guard Courtney Ingersoll. 


Rounding out the All-MAC Honorable Mention were Akron guard Taylor Ruper, Central Michigan forwards Taylor Johnson and Crystal Bradford, Kent State forward Diamon Beckford and Western Michigan guard Maria Iaquaniello. 


Leading the All-MAC Freshman team was Jakubicek along with Bowling Green’s Jasmine Matthews, Central Michigan’s Crystal Bradford, Jessica Green and Jasmine Bracey. 


The 2012 MAC Women's Basketball Tournament continues Wednesday, March 8 as the remaining eight teams travel to Cleveland. Games get underway at 12:00 p.m.



First Team All MAC

Alexis Rogers, Bowling Green, Forward

Brittany Hedderson, Buffalo, Guard

Tavelyn James, Eastern Michigan, Guard

Courtney Osborn, Miami, Guard

Tenishia Benson, Ohio, Guard



Second Team All MAC

Sina King, Akron, Forward

Jessica Slagle, Bowling Green, Point Guard

Chrissy Steffen, Bowling Green, Guard

Andola Dortch, Toledo, Guard

Yolanda Richardson, Toledo Center


Third Team All-MAC

Paige Redditt, Eastern Michigan, Guard

Natachia Watkins, Eastern Michigan, Guard

Kirsten Olowinski, Miami, Forward

Maggie Boyer, Miami, Guard

Courtney Ingersoll, Toledo, Guard


Honorable Mention

Taylor Ruper, Akron, Guard

Taylor Johnson, Central Michigan, Forward

Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan, Guard/Forward

Diamon Beckford, Kent State, Forward

Maria Iaquaniello, Western Michigan, Guard


All-Freshman Team

Jasmine Matthews, Bowling Green, Guard

Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan, Guard/Forward

Jessica Green, Central Michigan, Guard

Jasmine Bracey, Central Michigan, Center

Claire Jakubicek, Northern Illinois, Forward


Defensive Player of the Year: Andola Dortch, Toledo, Guard


Sixth Player of the Year: Jalisa Olive, Central Michigan, Guard


Freshman of the Year: Claire Jakubicek, Northern Illinois, Forward


Player of the Year: Tavelyn James, Eastern Michigan, Guard


Coach of the Year: Curt Miller, Bowling Green

B-W Women’s Tennis Team Loses to Division II Walsh, 9-0, 

in Hilton Head, S.C.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA -- The defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team lost to NCAA Division II Walsh University, 9-0, this morning (Tuesday, March 6, 2012) in the fourth match of its Annual Spring Break Trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The Yellow Jacket women also play Division II Shawnee State University later this evening at 6:30 p.m.

With its victory, Walsh improved to 5-2 overall. B-W is now 3-6 overall.

The Yellow Jackets, who have won three of the past four OAC titles and advanced to three of the past four NCAA Division III National Tournaments, dropped all three doubles matches. The Cavaliers stayed hot as they took all six singles matches to round out the day.

The B-W women are back in action tomorrow, Wednesday, March 7 when it plays 2011 NCAA Division III Tournament participant Elizabethtown (Pa.) College at 8:00 a.m. and then ends its trip with a 2:30 p.m. match versus Alvernia (Pa.) College.

Mount Union tennis falls in Hilton Head

Hilton Head, S.C.—The Mount Union women's tennis team suffered a narrow defeat to Roanoke (Va.), 5-4, Monday in Hilton Head, S.C.

The Purple Raiders (3-2) split the six singles, but only were only able to win one of the doubles.

Courtney Adamsky (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) was the lone Raider that was victorious in both singles and doubles competition. Adamsky defeated Jennifer Antoszyk, 6-2, 6-0, in No. 4 singles and paired with Taylor Dowling (Canton/Jackson) to take third doubles over Brianna Carroll and Haley Goodes, 8-4.

Also earning wins for the Raiders were Megan Czuchra (Mantua/Crestwood), who picked up a victory in No. 4 singles over Goodes, 6-1, 6-2, and MacKenzie Jenkins (North Hampton/Northwestern) defeated Lauren Marszal, 6-1, 6-0, in sixth singles.

Mount Union's next match will be Tuesday at 12:30 pm against Alvernia (Pa.).


B-W Women’s Tennis Team Beats Catholic 

(Wash. D.C.), 6-3, on Second Day of Spring 

Trip for Third Straight Win

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA -- The defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team defeated Catholic University (Washington D.C.), 6-3, this evening (Monday, March 5, 2012) in the third match of its Annual Spring Break Trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The Yellow Jacket women also won earlier this morning when they beat Saint Vincent (Pa.) College, 5-4, and have a 3-0 mark so far on their southern trip.

With its victory, B-W, which has advanced to the NCAA Division III National Tournament four of the past five years, is now 3-5 overall. Catholic is now 3-5 overall.

B-W jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the doubles competition and then won four of six singles matches to claim its third straight triumph.
Baker (L), Mittler (R)

In singles play, senior No.1 player Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) won by the scores of 6-4 and 6-1, junior No.2 player Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/ Catholic) won by the scores of 7-6, including 7-3 in the tie-breaker, and 6-0, sophomore Morgan Baker (Vermilion/ Elyria/ Catholic) won by the scores of 6-3 and 6-1 and freshman No.6 player Rachel Bertrand (Avon/ Senior) won by the scores of 6-3 and 6-2.

In doubles action, the No.1. duo of Mittler and Baker won by an 8-4 score and the No.2 tandem of Greene and Yoder won by an 8-6 count.

The B-W women are back in action tomorrow, Tuesday, March 6 when it plays NCAA Division II Walsh University at 9:00 a.m. and then faces Division II Shawnee State University at 6:30 p.m.

Mount Union softball earns split

KISSIMMEE, Fla.—Mount Union's softball team earned its first win of the season after splitting its two games on Monday. After falling to Aurora (Ill.) 5-4 in their first contest of the day, the Purple Raiders (1-3) rallied for a 6-2 victory over Albion (Mich.) in Rebel Spring Games action at the Osceola County Softball Complex.

In the first game of the day against Aurora, the Purple Raiders trailed 6-4 entering the bottom of the seventh inning. Brittany Papp (Uniontown/Green) singled, scoring Keilah Capriola (Akron/Coventry), and making it 6-5 with no outs. After loading the bases with two outs, the Raiders flied out to center field to end the game.

Papp had two hits and three RBI to lead Mount Union.

Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) got the start inside the pitcher's circle for the Raiders. Willis threw a complette game and had three strikeouts.

A six-run sixth inning gave the Raiders a comeback victory over the Brits. Junior Rachel McAninch earned the victory for the Raiders.

Brittany Papp put the Raiders on the scoreboard on a single that scored Kaylah Nieschwitz (Canton/St. Thomas Aquinas), who had reached on a walk to lead-off the inning and advanced to second on a sac bunt.  

A ball off the bat of Shelby Carmichael (Dalton/Dalton) resulted in a fielding error by Albion's third baseman, scoring Krista Leighty (Wooster/Triway), who came into the game to run for Papp, to tie the game. Carmichael, however, was thrown out attempting to advance to second on the play.

A single by Brenna Longo (Moon, Pa./Moon) was followed by a walk by Hannah Kopack (Westlake/Westlake). Longo scored and Kopack advanced to third on a single down the right field line by Keilah Capriola to take a 3-2 lead.

A base-clearing double by Marissa Earl (Massillon/Washington) broke the game open, scoring Kopack and Capriola. Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) followed with a triple, scoring Earl to cap the Raider scoring.

That is all of the help McAninch would need, as Albion, who scored a run in the second and third innings to take an early 2-0 lead, managed just two hits the rest of the game.

After loading the bases on a walk and a pair of errors in the final inning, McAninch struck out the an Albion batter to end the game. McAninch finished with four strikeouts and allowed just a single earned run in her first complete game of the season.

The Raiders (1-3) will be in action again on Tuesday with a pair of games against Methodist (N.C.) and Emmanuel (Mass.) at Oren Brown Park in Kissimmee, Florida. The first game is scheduled for 11 am, followed by the second game at 1 pm.

CSU faces Detroit in Horizon League Quarters tomorrow

Horizon League Championship - Quarterfinals
Game 31
No. 7 Cleveland State (12-18) at No. 2 Detroit (18-12)
Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Site: Calihan Hall
Series: Detroit leads, 33-13
Last Meeting: Detroit 65, Cleveland State 55 (2/23/12)


Cleveland State will continue play in the 2012 Horizon League Championship on Wednesday (March 7) as they take on No. 2 Detroit in a quarterfinal matchup. Wednesday's contest is slated for a 7:00 p.m. start at Calihan Hall on the Detroit campus. The Vikings posted a 59-56 victory over No. 10 Youngstown State in the first round of the championship on Monday, while the Titans earned a bye into the quarterfinals. 


Wednesday's contest marks the 46th meeting between the two teams and the third meeting this season. The Titans claimed both victories during the regular season, a 50-43 victory at the Wolstein Center and a 65-55 victory in Detroit. Wednesday will mark the first time that the two teams will meet in the Horizon League Championship.


Put the Vikings into the semifinals of the Horizon League Championship for the fifth straight year…Mark CSU's 15th victory in the Horizon League Tournament…Give CSU three consecutive wins for the first time this season.


Monday's victory over Youngstown State marked the 17th year that Cleveland State has taken part in the Horizon League Championship with the Vikings owning a 14-15 record. The Vikings have won two tournament titles, coming in 2008 and 2010.


CSU has posted a 15-21 all-time record in 22 years of conference tournament play. CSU has won two postseason tournament titles (2008 & 2010) and has played in the championship game three times, a 79-72 loss to Green Bay in 2000, a 70-55 win over Wright State in 2008 and a 66-57 win over Butler in 2010. CSU has also made it to the semifinals seven times.


With a 13-point, 10-rebound effort against the Penguins, junior Honesty King notched the first double-double of her career and is now the third Viking to tally one this season. King's 10 rebounds marked a career-high, while she also set a career-best with five steals against Youngstown State. 


For the fourth time this season freshman Cori Coleman led the Viking offense, as she tallied 17 points against Youngstown State. Coleman, who was 7-for-19 from the field and 3-for-9 from behind the arc, notched her 11th double-digit scoring game of the season. Along with her 17 points, Coleman also chipped in four steals and two blocks, both of which were career-highs.


As a team, Cleveland State ranks second in the league in blocked shots, averaging 3.3 per contest. On the season, the Vikings have recorded 98 blocks, including a season-high 10 against Ohio (Dec. 5). This season marks the third time that the Vikings have posted at least 90 blocks over the past nine seasons. If the Vikings post two more blocks throughout the rest of this season's contests, it would mark just the second time that they have tallied 100 over that same time frame (2010-11).


Cleveland State's eight blocks against Youngstown State in the regular season finale (March 3) was the second-highest single game total this season and the sixth time that CSU has tallied five or more in a contest. Last Saturday's game also marked just the second time that three players have tallied at least two blocks each in a single game this season, also doing so against Ohio (Dec. 5).


The Vikings continued their strong defensive performance against the Penguins in the first round of the Horizon League Championship (March 5), as they tallied seven blocks and for the second straight contest had three players with two blocks each. CSU has now tallied five or more blocks in seven games this year.


For the first time in her career junior Shalonda Winton picked up all-league honors, as she was named to the All-League first team and All-Defensive team. Winton finished the regular season ranked second in the league in scoring (18.4 ppg), fourth in rebounding (9.9 rpg), sixth in blocked shots (1.1), seventh in free throw percentage (.779) and eighth in steals (1.8). Winton's accolades mark the fifth straight season that CSU has had a representative on the first team and the seventh straight year that a Viking has earned all-defensive honors.


So far this season seven Vikings have posted 100 points or more, including the quartet of Shalonda Winton (549), Cori Coleman (234), Honesty King (226) and Takima Keane (210). 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 four players post 200 or more points in the same season six times.

Dukes Gunning for Second National Title in Wisconsin this Weekend

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Case Western Reserve University senior Isaac Dukes (Ravenna, Ohio/Ravenna) is set to make his fourth-consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament this weekend, and the two-time All-American will enter the 157-pound bracket as the No. 6 seed.

"I'm in great shape and finally feel like I am 100 percent," said Dukes. "I didn't have a lot of matches this year, so it took me a little longer to get to this point. Being the six seed and wrestling a 'rat tail' will also give me another round to warm up."

Dukes qualified for the tournament as a "wild-card" after posting a runner-up finish at 157 pounds at the 2012 NCAA Midwest Regional Championship that was held at CWRU on February 25.

His performance this season has earned Dukes the No. 6 seed in this weekend's championship bracket with a first-round bout versus John Darling from The College of New Jersey at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. That match is one of two "rat tail" matches that will feed into the round of 16. Last season, Dukes entered as the top-seed in the 149-pound bracket.

"Where I'm seeded won't change the way I approach the tournament," said Dukes. "I'm still a returning champ and two-time All-American. I know what I can do, and my goals will be the same. You don't go to nationals just hoping to be an All-American. You don't work this hard just to get there. You want to perform at your best and win."

Dukes' previous three NCAA Championship appearances have yielded a national title at 149 pounds in 2010 and a third-place finish in 2011. As a freshman in 2009, his only other national tournament at 157, Dukes drew the No. 1 seed in the opening round and fell by a 7-6 decision.

Since moving up a class to 157 in early January, Dukes has posted an 8-2 record with three technical falls. His only loss at the NCAA Regional came by a point to the eventual Midwest Wrestler of the Year.

Overall in his career, Dukes has a 116-19 record, ranking seventh in school history in wins and third in winning percentage (.859).

"I've been having fun, and I plan to go out and have fun this weekend -- regardless of winning or losing," said Dukes. "I've done just about everything I can do in my career. Knowing it is all winding down, I'm going to leave it all out there."

The opening rounds of the 2012 NCAA Division III Championship begin at 11:00 a.m. (CDT) on Friday, March 9. The quarterfinal round is slated for 6:00 p.m. (CDT) that evening, while the semifinals and championship matches open at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) on Saturday, March 10.