A Page -- Nov. 23, 2010


After 15-win season, Avon Lake's 

girls' basketball on the way back to 

glory years; this year will have to do

it with speed, defense and quick 

studies; latter highly plausible in 

academically strongest hoops 

program in the state

Nov. 23, 2010

Norm Weber

Editor     

Student/Athlete-Cleveland

normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

AVON LAKE – Now in its third season under Coach Frank Coughlin, Avon Lake’s girls’ basketball team is expecting to turn the corner this season and become the Southwestern Conference and regional power the school’s program once was in the 1990s and most of the first decade of 2000.

“We would like to be extremely competitive in every game we play,” said Coughlin. “Since we are in a tough conference, the play requires that we mature very quickly, as we are playing a lot of underclassmen.”

The Shoregals started turning it around last year, going 15-7overall and 8-6 in the SWC after going 6-36 the two previous years combined. The last great year for Avon Lake was in the 2005-06 season when the Shoregals went 20-3 and made it to the district finals.

The starting five is led by two-year letterwomen Lacy LeDuc (8.2ppg) and Natalie Szocs (3.5ppg). The former is a junior and the latter a senior.

Providing senior leadership along with Szocs are Claire Guerin (1 letter, 0.9ppg) and Allison Moore (1 letter, 1.1ppg). The other starter is junior Kim Zelonis (1 letter).


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Although the starting five returns only 14 points a game from last season, a winning season can be had with the experience they bring back and the other things they can do on the floor.

Points can be added to that by taking advantage of what the other team is giving.

“We are focusing on shooting better from the foul line than we have in the past,” Coughlin said. “The need to handle pressure better and not turn the ball over will be a priority for us.”

With 11 out 12 players from last year’s team receiving the OHSCAA Gold and Silver Academic Awards and the Shoregals/Shoremen girls’ and boys’ programs combined getting rated number 1 in the state academically, the Shoregals have the wits to learn from their mistakes and certainly have from last year’s. They also have enough insight to know there are two ends of the floor in this game.

“We should have pretty good guard play and our defensive pressure will be a strong point,” Coughlin said. “We have a very intelligent group of girls.”

While the Shoregals should be able to match up in the SWC starting five versus starting five, depth could become a problem since returning senior guard Kelly Bruce tore her ACL & MCL (team’s fourth major surgery in 2 years) and will be out all year. That creates an opportunity for someone to step up and fill in. It is obvious that the underclassmen will have to mature quickly.

New opponents for the Shoregals this year are St. Joe’s Academy (at The Q on 12/28/10)) and Beaumont HS (2/12/11).

“Losing 7 seniors from last year’s team requires us to really get some quality minutes from a lot of different kids,” Coughlin said. “They represented about 30 points a game last year and that production will have to come from somewhere. If Lacy LeDuc can become a consistent scorer for us and Natlie Szocs can have a breakout senior year then we will be fairly solid

“Kim Zelonis is a good defensive player with a knack for being around the ball. Allison Moore and Claire Guerin need to contribute each game and help the underclassmen.”

 Molly Disbrow (10) and Emily Nicholas (9) are the two underclassmen who will be expected to get into the flow of things. While lacking in experience and numbers, the younger group does bring a winning sense. The freshmen went 14-6 and lost in the SWC finals. JV finished 13-7.

“Our numbers are very low this year and will result in a few players contributing on the JV level as well as varsity,” Coughlin said. “However, Molly Disbrow’s move to varsity should help us. She is somewhat physical and reacts to the ball very well. I hope to be in the upper half of the conference with a signature win or two over a quality opponent.”

Only Szocs and LeDuc have any real experience on the varsity level. The rest of the team has played JV for the most part, and Nicholas didn’t even play her 8th grade year due to an ankle injury.

“We have played well in scrimmages and, as a group, seem to be feeling better about our prospects,” Coughlin said. “I think we will be fine once we get a win under our belts. Our confidence level can always use a boost.”

The lack of size and experienced numbers will probably be quelled with quickness.

“We are not a very big team,” Coughlin said. “No true post players, but a few that can play up to a higher level and should help us considerably. Quickness and pressure will be the key to any success we have.”


Wellington is deep in skill but lacks 

depth in experience; Dukes still

return 23 points in scoring in an

effort to flip to winning season

and compete for PAC 

divisional/league title

 Nov. 23, 2010

Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

WELLINGTON – After winning only four games last season, Wellington’s basketball team has a a reasonable goal of finishing at least .500 and competing for at least a divisional title this season and at least offensively returns a couple dozen points to help bolster those hopes.

“Our overall team speed is above average and we are in great shape,” said Wellington coach Marty Yonkof, who is in hi second season coaching the Dukes but has a 349-255 overall record as a basketball and volleyball coach, mostly at Avon and Vermilion. “We will play aggressive man defense and score in transition.”

While the Dukes do return better than half their scoring from last season, it is spread out among a half dozen Student/Athletes, which could translate into a favorable element if one adheres to the theory of success through the no-star, synergy-driven method.


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They also return two chief rebounders who combined brought down nearly a dozen boards per game.

Leading a quintet of returning seniors is Olivia Wulfhoop; a returning letter winner who averaged 5.7 points; 7.5 rebounds per game. She is joined in that leadership role by seniors Erica George; (1 letter 1.0 pts; 1.0 reb pg.), Jessica Davis; (1 lt; 5.6 pts; 3.4 reb; 2.8 steals pg), Courtney Kurtz; Sr. (1 lt; 3.2 pts; 2.0 reb; 2.0 assists; 2.0 stl), and Laura Clark (1 lt; 2.4 pts; 3.4 reb).

”We are not very deep with experienced players but we have good depth with skilled players,” said Yonkof. “We are very optimistic about our ability to compete for a conference championship. We took our lumps last season playing a group of inexperienced players.  With a year and an off season of playing together, we think we can compete for the title.”

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Wulfhoop has been moved from the 4 to a 3 position because of her ability to shoot from the outside and handle the ball.

Members of the Patriot Athletic Conference, much like the Northeast Ohio and Chagrin Valley conferences, have the luxury of getting to compete for a divisional title as well as a full league title, making it more realistic to beat out three or four instead of seven or eight teams who finished higher in the previous year to make the kind of jump the Dukes would like to see happen.

“We are very confident in our ability to compete with anyone on our schedule,” the coach said. “We are not very tall, therefore we will have to play pressure defense and block out well.”

It might be noted that all four of the Dukes wins last year came in the PAC, as they were 4-9 in league play and 0-8 outside the loop, including a sectional loss It will help that they have 12 home games and eight on the road this year.

However, it might require some quick adapting to the varsity game by the younger players moving up in order to build depth in experience to go along with the existing “skill depth.”

Those moving up into varsity roles or who are otherwise new to the team include Megan Brasee ( Jr) Jackie Hales (Jr), Hannah Huelsman (Jr), Erin Reisinger (So.), and Karly Rollin (Fr.).

“We did not have a freshman team last year,” Yonkof said. “The JV’s had moderate success with three of those players moving up to the varsity this year.  They will play back-up roles and receive a lot of playing time.”

Chris Reutepohler, formerly the Dukes’ boys’ freshman coach, is the new varsity assistant girls’ coach,

Today in MAC Women's Basketball


Hoban alum Rachel Tecca, St. V. grad Kara 


Murphy still sizzling for Akron; each scored 20 in 


Zips win over Niagara



Nov. 23, 2010


By Erin Dugan


Robert Morris at Akron, 7 pm
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The University of Akron women's basketball team will host Robert Morris Tuesday night at James A. Rhodes Arena. The Zips and Colonials will tip off at 7 p.m. Rachel Tecca and Kara Murphy each scored a game-high 20 points to lead Akron to a 77-58 win over Niagara last Sunday at Rhodes Arena. Murphy scored 17 of her points after halftime, to finish the game 7-of-12 from the field. 

Tecca


Tecca posted 14 of her points in the first half and started the game by making her first six attempts from the floor. Tecca, the 2009-10 Mid-American Conference Sixth Player of the Year, leads the Zips with 19.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game while shooting 62.8 percent from the field. Murphy, a three-time All-MAC honoree, follows as the Zips' other double-digit scorer, averaging 13.3 points and 6.0 rebounds. 

Murphy



Freshman Sina King is averaging 6.3 points and 5.0 rebounds as UA's top reserve early in the season. The Colonials (0-3) are still looking for their first win of the season after a 65-50 setback at Cincinnati last Sunday. RMU, which boasts four double-digit scorers, will be playing its third straight game on the road after opening the year with a 72-64 loss at home to Lehigh. Yohanna Morton, Kristine Silaraja and Mary Durojaye each enter the contest each averaging 11.3 points per game while Artemis Spanou comes in at a 10.7 clip.


Ohio at Marshall, 7 pm
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Fresh off its first win of the season last time out, Ohio women's basketball is set to embark on a four-game road trip beginning Tuesday night at Marshall. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in the Cam Henderson Center. Ohio and Marshall are meeting for the 36th time in the all-time series Tuesday night. The `Cats have won the last two meetings, including a 63-48 victory last year in Athens. Ohio's defense held Memphis to just 27 percent shooting from the field, matching the lowest output by an opponent since the `Cats held Utah Valley to 27 percent shooting back on Dec. 4, 2009. The Tigers' 45 points was the lowest output by the opposition since Ohio held Colgate to 40 points last season (Jan. 2, 2010). Ohio's 19 assists against Memphis marked the team's highest output since distributing 19 against Kent State on Feb. 20, 2010. Five different Bobcats scored at least six points against the Tigers. Marshall enters the game with a 1-2 mark on the year. After opening the season with a loss to Appalachian State, the Thundering Herd upended Longwood before falling to USC Upstate, 79-73, their last time out. The Herd enter Tuesday's play averaging 63.3 ppg. on just over 40 percent from the field. They have struggled somewhat from distance, converting on just 9-of-40 from behind the arc. Defensively, the opposition is averaging 65.7 ppg. on just over 40 percent shooting from the floor.


Northern Illinois at Temple, 7 pm
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The Northern Illinois women's basketball team can match its best start since 2003-04 when the Huskies travel to Philadelphia, Pa. to face Temple. NIU is 3-1, and carry a three-game winning streak into the City of Brotherly Love. Kathi Bennet has totaled 299 wins in her coaching career, one shy of joining her father Dick Bennett in the 300-win club. Bennett is in her 18th year as a head coach, and averaged 17.4 wins per season over her first 17 seasons. Her father went 316-227 (.582) in 19 season as a D-I men's basketball coach. Courtney Shelton hit a game-winning 40-foot shot at the buzzer to lift the Huskies to a 46-45 win over Southern Illinois, Friday. The make perfectly punctuated a blemishless night in which Shelton went 7-for-7 from the field, 5-of-5 on three-pointers, and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. She scored a career-high 21 points, five higher than her previous career best. Temple enters Tuesday's contest with a 1-2 record, coming of a 74-64 defeat of Mid-American Conference member Buffalo. Temple scored 26 points off free throws. The Owls were led by Shey Peddy with 20 points, and three others scored in double figures.


Toledo at Cleveland State, 7 pm
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Toledo (1-2) returns to the road for a non-conference showdown at 2010 NCAA Tournament participant Cleveland State (3-0) on Tuesday, Nov. 23. The opening tip is slated for 7:00 p.m. from the Wolstein Center. Most recently, Toledo dropped a 73-69 decision to the Missouri Valley Conference favorite Lady Bears on Saturday, snapping its 14-game home court win streak. Senior Melissa Goodall paced UT with 17 points and eight rebounds against MSU, while junior Naama Shafir (12 pts.), junior Courtney Ingersoll (10 pts.) and sophomore Lecretia Smith (10 pts.) also finished in double digits. Through the first three games this season, Shafir and Goodall are averaging a combined 35.0 points and 12.0 boards. They are shooting a combined 47.4 percent (37-of-78) from the field and 72.2 percent (26-of-36) from the charity stripe. UT will be facing an unbeaten Vikings' squad, coming off a 64-50 victory including a 78-69 victory against Niagara last Friday, Nov. 19. Shalonda Winton led three CSU players in double figures with 17 points, 12 boards, eight helpers and five thefts, while Destinee Blue had 13 points with 11 caroms and Shawnita Garland finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.


Kent State vs. Washington, 12 am (Great Alaska Shootout)
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Kent State improved to 2-0 on the year Nov. 16 with a 71-53 victory at Northeastern. Four players scored in double figures for Kent State, paced by senior Taisja Jones, who had a team-best 16 points, while classmate Jamilah Humes added 14 points. Senior Chenel Harris registered 13 points, while freshman Tayler Stanton came off the bench for 11 points. Against Northeastern Nov. 16, senior forward Taisja Jones grabbed a career-best six steals in leading Kent State's defensive effort, as the Golden Flashes forced 22 turnovers on 12 steals. Jones had five takeaways in the first half alone, with tied for her career best. On the year, Kent State is averaging 13.0 steals per contest. A participant in last year's inaugural WBI postseason tournament, Washington was selected for an eighth-place finish in a Pac-10 preseason poll. The Huskies finished the 2009-10 campaign with a 13-18 overall record. After starting this season with a 51-50 home victory over Portland State Nov. 14, Washington enters Tuesday night's game with a 1-1 record after a 80-55 setback to BYU Nov. 20. In that game, Mollie Williams and Kristi Kingma each totaled 12 points. The Huskies were plagued by 23 turnovers and shot just 1-of-11 from three-point range in the setback.


CHARDON'S HOLLINGER, 


RAVENNA'S DUKES, SOLON'S 


JACOBSON EARN UAA ATHLETE 


OF THE WEEK HONORS


Nov. 23, 2010


PITTSFORD, NY – Three Case Western Reserve University student-athletes were named as University Athletic Association Athletes of the Week, announced the league office on Tuesday, November 23. Amongst the three were women’s basketball junior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon), wrestling junior Isaac Dukes (Ravenna, OH/Ravenna), and men’s swimming & diving freshman Dan Jacobson (Solon, OH/Solon).


Hollinger receives the award for the sixth time in her career. During the first week of the season, the All-UAA and ESPN Academic All-American forward averaged 17.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game with 11 blocked shots and six steals as the Spartans opened the season with a 3-0 record. In 81 minutes, Hollinger connected on 21-of-36 field goal attempts (.583) and 4-of-5 (.800) three-pointers. She and the Spartans are back in action this evening versus Baldwin-Wallace College at 7:00 p.m. at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

Hollinger


Dukes, the defending 149-pound national champion, continues to the make the UAA award a weekly honor for himself. He has now earned the award three straight times and 13 times overall in his career. He was a perfect 6-0 with three pins en route to capturing the 149-pound title at the Concordia University (WI) Open. He was named the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler and ran his season record to 11-0. Dukes has not lost a match since last January. The Spartans are back in action next Tuesday, November 30 at John Carroll University at 7:00 p.m.

Jacobson


Jacobson earns the award for the first time in his young career. Competing in tri-match action with Grove City College (PA) and national-power Kenyon College, Jacobson placed first in both the one-meter dive (270.70 points) and three-meter dive (289.75). His score on the three-meter board was an NCAA qualifying mark. Jacobson and Spartans return to competition on December 2-4 at the College of Wooster Invitational.

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Jesuits emerge once again as 

academic leaders of 

Student/Athletes; Walsh alumni 

Joey Baum and Alex Ferrara 

named Academic All Americans

by ESPN/COSIDA

Nov. 23, 2010

Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

Once again, the Jesuits claimed strong representation as perhaps one of the most prolific educational societies in the world, evidenced by today’s naming of Walsh Jesuit alumni Joey Baum and Alex Ferrara as Academic All Americans by ESPN and COSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).

Baum

Baum was the quarterback for Case Western Reserve University this past fall and Ferrara a defensive back on the Mount Union defense that helped the team post an 11-0 record so far while still playing in the national tournament.

The Jesuits were once dubbed “The Schoolmasters of Europe” after Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus and subsequently on his behalf over 1,000 Jesuit institutions were erected all over Europe and served as the primary educating arm for over 300 years overseas.

Ferrara

To this day, locally, those attending Jesuit institutions such as Walsh, St. Ignatius and John Carroll, have displayed many examples of achieving athletically and academically in comparison to their counterparts Student/Athletes at other institutions, with Baum and Ferrara serving as the two most recent examples.

Read below the reports provided by Student/Athlete-Cleveland correspondents from both Case Reserve and Mount regarding Baum and Ferrara, respectively.

Spartan Football's Doolin and Baum 

Named ESPN Academic All-Americans


By Nick Minerd


CLEVELAND – Case Western Reserve University junior defensive end Rich Doolin (Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park) and senior quarterback Joey Baum (Dalton, OH/Walsh Jesuit) have been named to the prestigious ESPN Academic All-American team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on today, November 23.


Doolin was tabbed as a first-team selection and Baum received second-team honors. Only 49 football student-athletes in the nation receive the honor at the College Division, which is comprised of schools from Division II, Division III, NAIA and two-year institutions.

Doolin


The 2010 season marks the third straight in which the Spartan football program has produced at least one honoree.


Doolin, an accounting major with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, is the third Spartan football student-athlete to earn first-team honors in the past three seasons. He started nine games, missing one due to injury, and posted 36 tackles with 7.5 sacks.


Baum, an international studies and political science double-major with a 3.93 GPA, started all 10 games and was the University Athletic Association’s top-rated passer in his first year as a starter. He completed 210-of-324 passes (64.8 percent) for 2,446 yards and 23 TDs versus just seven interceptions.

The duo also earned UAA All-Academic honors earlier this fall.


No. 2 ranked Mount Union places 


three on Academic All American team


Nov. 23, 2010


By Lenny Reich


TOWSON, Md. – Three University of Mount Union football players, Kyle Miller (Elida/Elida), Sam Kershaw (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) and Alex Ferrara (Independence/Walsh Jesuit) today were named to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-America Football Second Team.


The three selections match a school-record as Greg Micheli, Eric Safran and Derek Blanchard earned the honor in 2007.


Ferrara is a junior defensive back that has 34 stops and is tied for second on the team with three interceptions.  He was an All-OAC First Team pick this season after earning honorable mention honors a year ago.  He is a business administration major with a 3.82 grade point average.

Miller


Miller is a senior tight end that is second on the team with 47 catches for 655 yards and five touchdowns.  He is a two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference First Team and a 2009 All-American selection.  Off the field, he is a health and physical education major with a 3.48 grade point average that has been involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Kershaw


Kershaw is a senior linebacker that is second on the team in tackles with 72 along with a forced fumble and fumble recovery.  A three-time All-OAC selection, he was a 2009 All-American and the 2009 OAC's Gene Slaughter Award winner - given to the conference's top linebacker.  He is a business administration major with a 3.45 grade point average that last summer completed an internship with The Ruff-D'Herete Investment Group, UBS Financial Services in Columbus.


No. 2 ranked Mount Union takes on 


Delaware Valley in second round of 


NCAA football playoffs


No. 2 ranked Mount Union hosts No. 18 ranked Delaware Valley in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Football Championship Saturday at noon at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance, Ohio.


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The Purple Raiders are 11-0 after a 49-0 win over St. Lawrence in the first round. Mount Union won its 19th straight and 22nd Ohio Athletic Conference title to claim the OAC's automatic bid.



 Mount Union is making its 22nd NCAA playoff appearance with a record of 66-11 (.855) in the playoffs with 10 national championships (1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008). Mount Union has played in the Stagg Bowl national championship game 13 times.


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Cleveland State men put 5-0 


record on the line


Nov. 23, 2010


By Brian McCann


Cleveland State ends this brief two-game road trip when the Vikings travel down I-77 to take on Akron on Wednesday, Nov. 24 beginning at 7:05 p.m. in Rhodes Arena on the Akron campus.


The game will be televised through Ohio on SportsTime Ohio with Mike Reghi and former Viking standout Pat Vuyancih providing the commentary.


The JAR


The Vikings are off to a record-setting start in 2010-11, defeating Louisiana on Friday (Nov. 19), 60-55, to improve to 5-0 for the first time in school history.


This will be the 64th meeting between CSU and Akron, tying it with Hiram for the third most-often played opponent in CSU history.  The Zips hold a 34-29 edge in the series, including wins in six of the last eight meetings.


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Premier Soccer Academies to Host 

kickball tournament for charity

Rival Sports is holding its Kickin it for a Cause Adult Co-Ed Kickball Tournament Friday, December 17, 2010 with games start at 6:30pm at the  Premier Soccer Academies Indoor Field House 

Teams can pick their own charities.

Teams that win the Championship pick the charity in which a percentage of the proceeds will be donated.

Entry fee is $250 per team along with a $15 referee fee per team, per game

The CO-ED KICKBALL Tournament: is Double Elimination and an all night tournament to determine the Champion and their Cause

To enter a team or learn more about the tournament please contact: Frank Griffith 440.670.1231 or email at Fgriff@rival-Sports.com

 Prizes will be awarded for the best uniforms, most imaginative  team name and other silly categories that will  be made up before December 17.


HOMYK, HOLY NAME ALUM 


DALE ENGLISH, NORTH 


ROYALTON'S METLESITZ 


AMONG 22 SPARTANS EARNING 


ALL-UAA FOOTBALL HONORS



Nov. 23, 2010


By Nick Minerd


The Case Western Reserve University football team has landed 22 players on the 2010 All-University Athletic Association team, announced by the conference office on Monday, November 22. Amongst the 22 Spartans chosen, seven were tabbed as first-team selections.

St. Ignatius Prep alum Zach Homyk


Case Reserve’s first-team selections include junior center Mike Allen (McMurry, PA/Peters Township), senior offensive tackle Marcus Kluczynski (Erie, PA/McDowell), senior wide receiver Zach Homyk (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius Prep), junior defensive tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, OH/Holy Name), junior inside linebacker Jacob Adams (Cincinnati, OH/Princeton), junior kick returner Bryan Metlesitz (North Royalton, OH/North Royalton), and senior placekicker Sam Coffey (Middletown, OH/Lakota East).

Metlesitz (L), English

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Mount's basketball team heads 


to St. John Fisher for tourney


Nov. 23, 2010


By Josh Reilly


PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Mount Union's women's basketball team will resume its season when it takes part in the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa Invitational at St. John Fisher (N.Y.) this weekend.

Westlake's Rosa LaMattina


In a tournament semifinal, the Purple Raiders (1-0) and Union (N.Y.) will do battle on Saturday at 6 p.m. The contest will be an opener for the Dutchwomen.

In its season-opening win over Westminster (Pa.), Mount Union was led by Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake), who had 18 points and four steals.

Nordonia alumna Brittany Kilgore


Brittany Kilgore (Northfield/Nordonia) added 15 points while Taylor Hartung (Canton/Massillon Perry) and Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) put in 11 and 10 points, respectively, in the win.

Perry alumna Taylor Hartung


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Hoover alumna Jess Carpenter

scores a baker's dozen in B-W win 

over Case Reserve in all-Cleveland 

college battle

Nov. 23, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

CLEVELAND (UNIVERSITY DISTRICT) --  Sophomore guard Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/ Hoover) scored a team-high 13 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team defeated host and Cleveland cross-town rival Case Western Reserve University, 69-62, tonight (Tuesday, November 23, 2010) in Horsburgh Gymnasium in University Circle. The Yellow Jackets led from start-to-finish with just one tie.
Carpenter

In addition to Carpenter for B-W, now 3-1 overall, senior two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference guard Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) had 12 points and sophomore guard Olivia French (Bucyrus/ Colonel Crawford) had 10 points.  Junior forward Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/ St. Mary’s Central Catholic) and freshman Lexi Rohrbach (Tiffin/ Columbian) led the way on the boards as each had 11 rebounds and led a 53-36 reboundiong advantage. Another key to the victory was B-W making 26-of-29 foul shots for 89.7 percent.

For CWRU, now 3-1 overall, sophomore guard Evy Iacono had a game-high 20 points.  She was joined in double figures by sophomore guard Erica Iafelice with 13 points and junior forward Erin Hollinger and senior forward Caitlin Henry each had 11 markers.

In the first half, the Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 8-0 lead at the 15:15 mark when French.  B-W shut out the Spartans for the first 5:20 of the contest until CWRU’s sophomore guard Evy Iacono made a three-pointer to cut the lead to 8-3 with 14:40 left.  The Spartans continued their run and outscored B-W 9-4 to tie the score at 12-12 with 11:25 left when Iacono canned a pair of foul shots.

B-W regained the lead at 14-12 when junior forward Nancy Coulter (Washington Court House/ Miami Trace) made a jump shot with 10:56 left in the half. The run reached eight straight points as the Yellow Jackets regained their eight-point lead at 20-12 with 6:54 left before the intermission when sophomore guard Jess Carpenter (North Canton/ Hoover) scored on a layup off of a fastbreak.  Following a made foul shot by CWRU’s junior forward Erin Hollinger, B-W freshman Kristen Troyer (Dover/ Garaway) made two foul shots at the 5:45 mark to help produce the biggest lead of the half at 22-13.

A six-point CWRU run, capped by pair of foul shots by Iacono at the 4:31 mark cut B-W’s lead to three points at 22-19. Then B-W outscored CWRU 13-2 to build its largest lead of the half at 35-21 with 10 seconds left when junior forward Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/ St. Mary’s Central Catholic) made two foul shots.  A basket by CWRU at the buzzer left the score 35-23 at halftime.

In the second half, B-W came out strong and scored the first five points to build its largest lead at 17 points at 40-23 with 18:40 remaining when Carpenter canned a three-pointer. Undaunted, the Spartans outscored the Yellow Jackets 11-4 to close to 10 points at 44-34 with 14:29 left when senior forward Caitlin Henry made a layup. After Iacono made a jumper to cut B-W’s lead the single digits at 47-39, the Yellow Jackets went on a 9-4 run to regain a 13-point lead at 56-43 with 8:05 left when freshman Jessica Lairson (Louisville) made her second three-pointer of the game.

Following four straight points by CWRU sophomore center Emily Mueller that cut B-W’s lead back to nine points at 56-47, B-W outscored the Spartans 6-1 to push the lead back to 14 points at 62-48 with 3:02 left when Lairson made two foul shots. The closest CWRU would get after that point was six points with 42 seconds left in the contest.
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