A Page -- March 8, 2012 -- AM Edition

MAC Tournament Continues Today in Cleveland

2012 FirstEnergy MAC Women's Basketball Tournament Central


No. 4 Miami vs. No 5 Central Michigan, 12 p.m.

Miami begins its quest for an NCAA bid as it begins play at the Mid-American Conference Tournament inside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. After eight days off, the fourth-seed RedHawks will take on fifth-seed Central Michigan in a quarterfinal game at noon on Thursday. Miami finished the MAC season with an 11-5 record, the best league mark the RedHawks have had since they were 12-4 in 2008. It ties for the third-best league record Miami has had under head coach Maria Fantanarosa. In 2004, the team was 14-2. The second-best record was the aforementioned 12-4 effort. The Red and White also went 11-5 under Fantanarosa in 2002 and 2003. Junior guard Courtney Osborn had another amazing season in 2011-12. She has reached the Miami top-10 single season mark in several statistical categories. Her 531 points so far ranks as the second best mark in school history. She is tied for i fth with 155 assists, tied for 10th with 62 three-pointers, second with 149 made free throws and tied for second with 13 20-point games. The Central Michigan women’s basketball team used 43 points from four freshmen to defeat Ohio, 58-55, in the second round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament on Wednesday. Bradford recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Green added 16 points followed by Bracey with 10. Brandie Baker only scored two points offensively, but finished the game with eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks. As a team CMU shot 40.7 percent from the floor and 60 percent from the free throw line. OU was held to 33.9 percent shooting and 66.7 from the charity stripe.



No. 3 Toledo vs. No. 7 Northern Illinois, 2:30 p.m.

The Rockets enter the postseason tourney having won 12 of their last 13 games to claim a share of their third-consecutive MAC West Division title and secured a bye for the quarterfinals for the fourth-consecutive season. UT will be looking to continue its momentum from a 70-65 victory at Ball State last Tuesday, Feb. 28. Junior Kyle Baumgartner led a season-high five Rockets in double figures with 14 points, eight rebounds and two assists in only 18 minutes off the bench. Joining Baumgartner in double figures against the Cardinals were junior Yolanda Richardson (13 pts., 9 rebs., 4 blks.), senior Courtney Ingersoll (13 pts.), sophomore Andola Dortch (12 pts., 7 asts.) and junior Lecretia Smith (11 pts., 9 rebs.) to help the Midnight Blue & Gold claim its third straight 20-win season. The last time UT won at least 20 games in three consecutive seasons occurred during the 1996-99 campaigns. For the year, the Rockets are fueled offensively by the trio of All-MAC players Dortch, Ingersoll and Richardson, who are averaging 13.1, 11.3 and 10.2 ppg, respectively.  enior forward Kim Davis (Evanston, Ill./Evanston) has lived on the offensive glass all season. Her grittiness greatly benefitted Northern Illinois as she scrapped Courtney Shelton’s (Rockford, Ill./Hononegah) miss and laid it in amongst traffic with six seconds left to give No. 7 NIU a 61-60 win over No. 6 Akron on Wednesday afternoon in the second round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena. Four Huskies scored in double figures as the Huskies improved to 10-2 when having three or more in double figures this season. Corral and Shelton each had 14. Davis and Satavia Taylor (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook/Loyola) tallied 12 apiece. Davis and Corral also added nine and seven rebounds, respectively.

Oberlin's McLauchlan is Headed to Nationals

Indianapolis – Oberlin College Freshman Diver Chris McLauchlan has been selected to participate in the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, the Diving Subcommittee announced on Tuesday afternoon.

McLauchlan, who selected based of a video of his best performance of the season, is one of 22 divers to be selected from across the nation.

“I am extremely happy for Chris,” Head Coach Mark Fino said. “His hard work and dedication throughout the season has been outstanding and he truly deserves this opportunity.”

Based on his qualifying scores throughout the season, McLauchlan was eligible to submit video from his best single-meet performance to the NCAA. At the NCAC Championships, the East Lansing, Michigan, native set the school record in the 3-meter ever with 517.75 points.  He earned All-NCAC honors in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events.

The championships will be held March 21-24 at the Indiana Natatorium in Indianapolis. Franklin College and the Indiana Sports Corporation will serve as the hosts.

Oberlin to host spring sports kick off next week

Oberlin, Ohio – On Wednesday March 14, the Oberlin College Athletics Department is hosting a Spring Kickoff event for all Student/Athletes that will coincide with the home-openers for both the baseball and men’s lacrosse teams.

The gathering, which will run from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., will take place in the open area just south of the baseball field along the third base line.

All Student/Athletes in attendance will receive a complimentary food item.

The baseball team is slated to host Bluffton for a single nine-inning game starting at 4 p.m., while the men’s lacrosse team will welcome Albion to Fred Shults Field for a 6 p.m. showdown.

In addition to the March 14 festivities, on Sunday March 11, the Yeomen baseball team is slated to play Concordia University of Ann Arbor, Michigan at nearby All-Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio. The doubleheader will begin at 12 noon.

The game will be the first time the Yeomen will ever play at the state-of-the-art Independent League facility.

Veteran broadcaster Steve DeDoes will provide live play-by-play action of the twinbill on goyeo.com. DeDoes has strong ties to both schools as he currently serves Concordia as a play-by-play announcer and public address announcer, while his son Mattie DeDoesis a sophomore on the Yeomen squad.

DeDoes will be joined throughout broadcast by representatives from both schools, including Oberlin Delta Lodge Director of Athletics William Roth.

While listening to the game on Sunday, fans will also be able to follow along by viewing the live stats.