A Page -- March 9, 2012 -- PM Edition

MAC Women's Semifinal Action Starts Today

2012 FirstEnergy MAC Women's Basketball Tournament Central

No. 5 Central Michigan vs. No. 1 Bowling Green, 12 p.m. (STO/ESPN Full Court/ESPN3/Comcast Michigan)

No. 5 Central Michigan got 57 points from its three Mid-American Conference All-Freshman Team selections Thursday afternoon as it defeated No. 4 Miami, 78-64, inside Quicken Loans Arena. Jas'Mine Bracey tied a career high with 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field, Crystal Bradford recorded her second double-double of the tournament with 19 points and 13 rebounds and Jessica Green scored 17 points and dished out five assists as the trio of diaper dandies led CMU to a matchup with No. 1 seed Bowling Green Friday at noon on SportsTime Ohio and ESPN3. The Chippewas (19-14) are also on a six-game win streak, the longest since CMU won seven straight in 1987-88.Baker finished the game with eight points, three assists, two blocks and four steals. Green also had a career-high four blocks with Bradford adding three. CMU finished shooting 42.9 percent from the floor and had points in the paint. The Maroon and Gold bench added 31 points. The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team, having won a MidAmerican Conference divisional championship for the eighth consecutive season,now heads to Cleveland for the 2012 MAC Tournament. The Falcons of head coach Curt Miller, after winning the league's outright regular-season crown for the seventh time in the last eight years, are the tourney's number-one seed, and have earned a berth in the semifinal round on Friday afternoon (March 9). The Falcons enter the MAC Tournament with a record of 24-5 on the season, and BGSU finished the regular season with a 14-2 mark in MAC play. Junior Chrissy Steffen leads the Falcons in scoring with 13.2 points per game, and she also has 5.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.9 steals per contest. Steffen tops the team in steals, and she is second in assists and third in rebounding. Redshirt sophomore Alexis Rogers has 12.3 ppg to rank second on the team, and she leads the Falcons with 8.6 rpg. Senior Jessica Slagle has 11.8 ppg to round out BGSU's double-digit scorers.  Through 29 games this year, the Falcons are shooting .398 from the field, .301 from three-point range and .690 from the free-throw line. The BG defense has limited opponents to .367 from the floor and .266 from beyond the arc, and foes have shot .674 from the stripe. BG has forced the opposition into 18.1 turnovers per contest. 


No. 3 Toledo vs. No. 2 Eastern Michigan, 2:30 p.m. (STO/ESPN Full Court/ESPN3/Comcast Michigan) 

No. 3 seed Toledo held No. 7 seed Northern Illinois scoreless for almost 12 minutes in the second half and notched a 72-62 victory on Thursday in the Mid-American Conference Tournament Quarterfinals contest inside Quicken Loans Arena. With the victory, the Rockets (21-8) will advance to the MAC Tourney Semifinals for the fifth straight season and face No. 2 seed Eastern Michigan tomorrow at approximately 2:30 p.m.  Sophomore Andola Dortch paced the MAC West Division co-champs with a game-high 24 points and a contest-best eight assists. Dortch shot 7-of-17 from the field, including 2-of-4 from three-point land, and 8-of-11 from the free-throw line to score in double digits for the team-best 23rd time this season. Senior Haylie Linn added 12 points in a winning effort, followed by junior Kyle Baumgartner with nine points and senior Courtney Ingersoll and junior Lecretia Smith totaled eight points each to help UT defeat the Huskies (14-17) for a third time this season. The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team begins its post-season run Friday, March 9, in the semifinal round of the 2012 Mid-American Conference Women's Basketball Tournament. The contest is the finale of the two semifinal tilts and is scheduled for approximately 2:30 p.m. from Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The Eagles, seeded second in the tournament, have enjoyed 10 days from the court due to the team's “triple bye” and need just one victory to advance to their third MAC Championship game in the past nine seasons. The West Division co-Champions boast an overall mark of 21-8 and 13-3 in MAC play.  Seniors Tavelyn James and Paige Redditt have each played in 126 games during their four-year careers and are tied with Cassie Schrock (2007-11) for the all-time record for the most games played in an EMU uniform. Schrock set the record just a season ago when she appeared in 126 contests. Senior Tavelyn James, the leading scorer in EMU history, is also moving up the Mid-American Conference list. Just the 11th student-athlete in MAC history to surpass the 2,000-point mark in a career, James needs 33 points to pass Ohio's Caroline Mast (1982-86) for second on the MAC list. For the complete list of her accomplishments, turn to page 10 of these notes. The EMU men's and women's teams both claimed at least a share of the 2011-12 Mid-American Conference West Division titles. Since division play started in 1997-98 both men's and women's teams winning division titles has happened just four times. The 1998-99 Toledo teams, the 2001-02 and 2008-09 Ball State squads, and this year's EMU teams are the only duos to turn in that feat.



Josh Mandel & Dan Weintraub Named Jewish 

Sports Review All-Americans 

Los Angeles, CA - The Jewish Sports Review announced their 2011 College Football All-America Team in the March/April edition. Oberlin’s Josh Mandel and Dan Weintraub were both named as first team selections.

2011 marks the second year junior quarterback Mandel earns the award. The Plantation, Florida native set the school record for touchdown passes in a season with 20. He threw for a school record 454 yards with a school record of 38 completions against Washington University (10/22/11). Mandel threw at least one touchdown pass in eight of the nine games he played in, and he completed 61.6% of his passes on the year. In 2011 he became just the fourth quarterback in Oberlin History to pass for over 2,000 yards.

Weintraub burst on to the scene this year and quickly became one of Mandel’s go to targets. He had his breakout game against Washington (10/22/11) where he had five catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns. Later in the season he caught two touchdown passes at Ohio Wesleyan (11/5/11). On the year he had 406 yards on 28 catches and four touchdowns.

Both will join the Yeomen next year for their final seasons. They start preparation for the 2012 campaign the week after spring break when they begin their non-traditional season.

Mount Union nine takes two at Rebel Games

KISSIMMEE, Fla.—After a day off on Wednesday, the Mount Union softball team claimed two victories—a 3-2 win over Beloit (Wis.) and 5-0 decision against Simpson (Iowa)—in Rebel Spring Games action at the Osceola County Complex on Thursday.

The Purple Raiders (4-4) gave senior Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) an early 3-0 lead, and that is all she would need. Willis was able to keep the Buccaneers off the base paths most of the game, allowing just four hits and one earned run.  She also recorded five strikeouts on her way to her first win on the season.

Junior Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) and sophomore Brittany Papp (Uniontown/Green) fueled the Raider offense. After drawing a walk in the first inning, Gromes stole second and advanced to third on a sac bunt.Marissa Earl (Massillon/Washington) then hit a ball to the left side of the infield and an error by the Beloit third baseman allowed her to go all the way to second base and drove Gromes home. Earl then stole third and was driven in on a groundout by Papp.

Gromes led off the third inning with another walk and stolen base. Papp would bring her around to score on a double later in the inning.

In the second game, junior Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) recorded a complete game shutout against Simpson to get the Raiders back to .500 on the season.

Freshman Heather Kopack (Westlake/Westlake) drove in a pair of runs for the Raiders. Amy Brown(Uniontown/Green) and Papp also batted in one run apiece.

The Raiders will return to action on Friday with contests against Thomas More (Ky.) and Husson (Me.) at 1 and 3 p.m., respectively.