B Page --- Nov. 24, 2010

MAC basketball today 

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Southern Illinois at Western Michigan, 4 pm

Western Michigan welcomes Southern Illinois to University Arena, Wednesday, Nov. 24, for a 4 p.m. tip-off. Senior Ebony Cleary averaged a solid double-double in two games last week, producing 17.0 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Against Loyola-Chicago, Cleary recorded a game-high 20 points and 18 rebounds for the 10th double-double of her career. The 18 rebounds tied as the fourth highest total in a game in WMU history. It was also the most rebounds recorded since the 2006-07 season. Northern Illinois guard Courtney Shelton’s half-court buzzer-beater lifted the Huskies past the Salukis 46-45 Friday, Nov. 19, at SIU Arena. SIU forward Charnise Mitchell’s floating layup gave the Salukis their first lead of the second half on the prior possession, but the 1.8 seconds left on the clock gave Shelton just enough time to squeeze off a desperation shot that hit nothing but net. Teri Oliver led the Salukis with 11 points in the loss while Sidney Goins chipped in seven and CiCi Shannon added six points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.



Detroit at Bowling Green, 7 pm

The Bowling Green State University women’s basketball team, having won three consecutive home games by an average of over 35 points, looks to close out a season-long four-game homestand on a winning note. Standing in the way of the Falcons of coach Curt Miller, however, is the University of Detroit Mercy. T he Falcons and Titans will put their matching 3-1 records on the line on Wednesday night (Nov. 24), with tipoff set for 7:00 p.m. at venerable Anderson Arena. Senior Lauren Prochaska, the MAC Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, is averaging a team-high 18.3 points per game, and also paces the Falcons with 7.8 rebounds per contest. Classmate Tracy Pontius has 14.8 ppg, and has a team-leading 13 three-point field goals made. Detroit will bring a record of 3-1 to Anderson Arena. The Titans began the season with three-straight wins for the first time in 19 years, before suffering an 82-42 road loss at nationally-ranked Michigan State on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 21). Sophomore guard Demeisha Fambro leads the Titans in scoring, with 15.8 points per game off the bench.



Ball State at Valparaiso, 7 pm

Ball State’s women’s basketball team evened its record at 2-2 with a 61-58 homecourt victory over Evansville Saturday night.  The Cardinals suffered through a .339 field goal shooting percentage, but held the Purple Aces to a .400 mark and outrebounded Evansville 50-36 to claim the win.  The Cardinals had three players in double digit scoring, senior forward Emily Maggert and junior forward Suzanne Grossnickle each had 11 points and nine rebounds while senior guard Ty’Ronda Benning chipped in 10. Valparaiso enters tonight’s game with an overall record of 1-2 after participating in the 2010-11 preseason WNIT.  The Crusaders started the season off with a 84-53 loss to DePaul but rebounded with a consolation victory over Austin Peay.  Valparaiso ended the tournament after suffering a 74-58 loss to Lamar Saturday.

Cleveland State basketball team 

closes home stand with Florida A&M 


By Greg Murphy

Cleveland State concludes its three game homestand when the Vikings host Florida A&M on Friday (Nov. 26) at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center in the first meeting between the two schools in women's basketball. The Vikings extended their win streak to four games to open the season with a 58-50 victory over Toledo on Tuesday (Nov. 23) night. The 4-0 start is tied for the third best in school history and the first time CSU has won four straight to open a season since 1983-84. FAMU is 2-1, but has not played since a 67-54 win over Savannah State on Nov. 17. The Rattlers have also beaten UAB and lost at Arkansas.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE: Eighth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad finds herself in a bit of a rebuilding mode for the Vikings after leading the team to three straight 19 win seasons, including Horizon League championships and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2010. With just two starters and three others back who saw significant playing time last season,

Kate Peterson


Peterson Abiad must incorporate several talented, yet untested players into the rotation and figure out what roles everyone will fill as the season progresses. The starting lineup is centered around guard Shawnita Garland (9.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 6.0 apg), the lone senior on the roster and a second team All-Horizon League pick in each of the last two seasons. She is joined in the starting backcourt by sophomore Honesty King (8.0 ppg) and junior Janelle Adams (13.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.8 apg).

Honesty King


Juniors Takima Keane (9.5 ppg) and Danisha Cole, a junior college transfer, as well as freshman Ondrea Hughes (1.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg) will also figure into the backcourt rotation. Sophomore Shalonda Winton (14.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.8 apg), who returns in the frontcourt after starting 23 times as a freshman last year, and junior Destinee Blue (8.8, 7.3) lead a deep frontcourt. Sophomore Kaila Montgomery (0.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg), who appears to be fully recovered from a knee injury that has sidelined her most of her career, and freshmen Brandee Kelly and Haley Schmitt (1.0 ppg), will also fight for time.

HEAD COACH Kate Peterson ABIAD: Kate Peterson Abiad is in her eighth season as the head coach of the Vikings and claims an overall record of 89-128 (.410), leading the Vikings to 19 wins in each of the last three seasons and Horizon League titles and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2010. 

The sixth head coach in school-history, Peterson Abiad spent six years as an assistant coach at Wisconsin, serving as the recruiting coordinator starting in 1998 after working as an assistant coach at Eastern Illinois (1993-97) and Indiana (1991-93). A 1991 graduate of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Peterson Abiad earned Kodak All-America honors her senior season after setting the NCAA Division III record for three-point field goals per game at 3.85.

AMONG THE MID-MAJORS: The Vikings received a mention in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, which was released on Tuesday (Nov. 23), earning 22 points to rank sixth among teams in the "Others Receiving Votes" section (31st overall). Horizon League member Green Bay tops the poll, while Toledo, which CSU defeated on Tuesday night, checked in at 17th in the latest rankings.

WINTON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Shalonda Winton was named the Horizon League Player of the Week for her performance in CSU's two wins last week in which she averaged 17.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game and shot .500 (13-26) from the field. She began the week with 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals at Buffalo on Monday (Nov. 15) and followed that up with her second career double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Niagara (Nov. 19), adding a career-high eight assists and five steals.

FOUR AND OH!: Tuesday's win over Toledo allowed the Vikings to begin a season 4-0 for just the fourth time in school history and the first time since 1983-84 when CSU knocked off Youngstown State, Kent State, Indiana State and Wayne State to open the season.

HOW ABOUT FIVE?: The Vikings will attempt to make it five straight wins to open the season on Friday against FAMU. CSU has been 5-0 just one time in program history, coming in 1974-75 when the Vikings opened with seven straight wins.

STUCK ON 50: In a very quirky statistical oddity, the Vikings have held three of their first four opponents to exactly 50 points. The streak started when Cornell scored 50 in the season opener and continued in the last two games with Niagara and Toledo both scoring 50 points. Buffalo, which scored 69 points, has been the only team to break the 50 point mark against the Vikings, allowing CSU to rank second in the league in scoring defense at 54.8 points per game.

A HELPING HAND: CSU has done its fair share of spreading the ball around early in the year, ranking second in the Horizon League in assists (16.3 apg). However, it has been over the last two games in which the Vikings have really shared the ball, handing out 37 assists on their 44 baskets (84-percent) in wins over Niagara and Toledo. The Vikings had 18 assists on 23 buckets in the win over Niagara and followed that with 19 assists on 21 baskets in Tuesday's win over Toledo.

... AND GARLAND LEADS THE WAY: As the lone senior and one of just two returning starters from last year, Shawnita Garland has often been the focus of opposing defenses early this season. With that, she has been able to get her teammates easy looks at the basket, allowing Garland to rank second in the league with 6.0 assists per game, including a career-high nine versus Toledo on Tuesday (Nov. 23).

GAME 101 NEXT FOR GARLAND: When Shawnita Garland takes the floor on Friday against FAMU, it will be the 101st career game for the senior. With at least 26 games left this season, Garland will have a shot to break the school record for games played in a career which is 127 byKailey Klein and Jessica Roque (2006-10).\\

Kailey Klein


WINTON DOUBLES DOWN: Shalonda Winton notched her second straight double-double and third of her career with 10 points and 11 rebounds in Tuesday's win over Toledo. That came on the heels of a 17 point, 12 rebound effort versus Niagara (Nov. 19). Winton is ranked 11th in the league in scoring (14.8) and fourth in rebounding (8.3).

THREE DOUBLE UP: The Vikings had three players record double-doubles in Friday's (Nov. 19) win over Niagara, a first in program history.Shalonda Winton had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Shawnita Garland added 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Destinee Blue recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

ON THE GLASS: When the Vikings had three players record double digit rebounds against Niagara on Friday (Nov. 19), it marked the first time since Feb. 9, 2002 against Detroit that the feat has been accomplished in program history. Karen Woloszynek had 12 rebounds, while Ashley Schrock and Shannon Sword both had 11 in that 75-63 win over the Titans.

... AND BEFORE THAT: Ironically, the Nov. 19 game versus Niagara was the second time in school history that the Vikings had three players with 10 or more rebounds against the Purple Eagles. It also happened on Dec. 12, 1998, a 91-66 win when Audra Cook had 12 rebounds (19 points),Kim Brockway grabbed 10 boards (11 points) and Brandi Tatum had 11 rebounds (9 points) as the Vikings just missed having three players with double-doubles.

GARLAND CLOSING IN ON 1,000 POINTS: Shawnita Garland is just 46 points shy of becoming the 22nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Garland scored 114 points as a freshman, 384 points during her sophomore campaign and 417 last year. She has 39 points this year.

VIKINGS A STEAL: The Vikings rank second in the Horizon League with 12.0 steals per game, having amassed double digit steals in three of four games this year, including a league season high of 16 at Cornell (Nov. 13). Individually, Shalonda Winton is third in the league with 3.0 steals per game, while Shawnita Garland ranks fourth (2.8).

BEYOND THE ARC: The Viking defense has been lethal to opponents outside the three point arc this year, limiting their first four opponents to just 12-of-63 (.190) from three-point. After Cornell opened the season by hitting 3-of-12 (.250), CSU has held the next three opponents to 9-for-51 (.176), including 1-of-17 by Buffalo and 3-for-22 by Toledo.

ADAMS NETS CAREER HIGH: Janelle Adams enjoyed a career night at Buffalo (Nov. 15), scoring a career-high 23 points with nine boards. That came on the heels of a 13 point effort at Cornell in the season opener, all of which came in the second half. Adams ranks 14th in the Horizon League in scoring (13.8).

KEANE ON FIRE: Junior Takima Keane has provided a spark off the bench, averaging 9.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. She is shooting .538 (14-26) from the field to rank fifth in the league in field goal percentage, while also ranking third in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.500), hitting 6-of-12. After scoring 10 points in the opener at Cornell, Keane exploded for a career-high 13 points in just 14 minutes at Buffalo.

KING ME: Sophomore Honesty King made her first career start a memorable one on Nov. 13 at Cornell, tying for game-high honors with 14 points, all of which came in the first half. King is averaging 8.0 points per game and ranks fifth in the Horizon League in three pointers made (2.3).

GARLAND ON THE GLASS: She may only be 5-foot-5, but Shawnita Garland has had no trouble grabbing her fair share of rebounds this season. The senior ranks fifth in the league with 8.0 per game and offensive rebounds (3.0). Garland tied her career-high with 12 rebounds at Cornell and added 10 versus Niagara.

SHE'S A THIEF: With two steals against Toledo, senior Shawnita Garland remained in fifth place on the all-time steals list at CSU with 230. She needs 34 more to move past Sue Koziol (1981-84) and into fourth place. Garland holds two of the top-10 single season records for steals in school history, including 100 last year that ranks third, and 88 as a sophomore which is 10th all-time.

GARLAND NAMED PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE: Senior Shawnita Garland was named to the 2010-11 Preseason All-Horizon League first team in voting conducted by the league's 10 head coaches, sports information directors and select media. Garland has been voted to the All-Horizon League second team in each of the last two seasons. Last season, Garland started all 33 games, leading CSU in assists (3.3) and steals (3.0) and ranking second in scoring (12.6) and fourth in rebounding (5.0).

Shawnita Garland


VIKINGS SIGN THREE: Cleveland State signed three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Nov. 11 and the trio will join the program for the 2011-12 season. The class includes the following.


Imani Gordon (Akron, Ohio/Firestone): One of the top players in Ohio, earning special mention all-state accolades after averaging 22.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, 7.1 steals and 6.2 assists for Firestone last year.

Kiersten Green (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township): Averaged 16.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game as a junior and is one of just three players in school history with 1,000 career points.

Tess Zufall (Slicksville, Pa./Greesburg Central Catholic): Averaged 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last year, earning WPIAL all-region and all-conference honors.

HOME SWEET HOME: CSU has played some of its best basketball at home since 2007-08, going 33-10 in the Wolstein Center during the span. The Vikings have won 11 games at home in each of the last two seasons, tying the school record for most home wins in a season.

KLEIN IN THE PROFESSIONAL RANKS: Former CSU standout Kailey Klein signed a professional contract to join Satu Mare of the Division A League in Romania on Aug. 30. Klein left her hometown of Cherry, Ill., two days later for the season which will run from mid-October through mid-May. Through eight games (as of Nov. 22), Klein was leading the team in scoring at 19.0 points and ranked second in rebounds (6.9) with two double-doubles, helping Satu Mare to a 5-3 mark.

UP NEXT: The Vikings hit the road for a 2:00 p.m. contest at Indiana on Sunday (Nov. 28) to conclude a stretch of four games in 10 days.


Yeomen Drop Triple Overtime Heartbreaker at Hilbert
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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Hamburg, N.Y
. – Oberlin College rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit only to fall in heartbreaking fashion, 85-83, in triple overtime on Tuesday night at Hilbert College. 

The Yeomen (1-1) had opportunities at the conclusion of regulation and in each of the overtime periods to win the game, but just couldn’t convert. 

“We spotted them a big lead and weren’t ready to go from the start,” Head Coach Isaiah Cavaco said. “We proved in the second half we can play, but we just got to find a way to put a more complete game together. With that being said I was proud of the way the guys battled back and gave us a chance to win.”

The Yeomen were led by a career-high 24 points from Josh Merritt. SophomoreAndrew Fox added his second double-double in as many games with 23 points and 10 boards to go along with a team-high seven assists. Pat Bernhard went 5-of-9 from 3-point land en route to racking up a career-best 21 points. 

Oberlin, which trailed 42-31 at the break, went down 51-32 with 17:01 left in the game. A triple-hit by Bernhard with 2:11 left in regulation would eventually knot things up at 61. It would go to overtime with the same score. OC had its chances to steal away the win, but Fox missed two free throws, a 3-pointer and a jumper at the buzzer in the closing minutes. 

At the end of the first overtime, the Yeomen were clinging to a 69-68 lead, but Merritt got whistled for a foul with just one second left. The Hawks’ C.J. Hodge would hit the first free throw and miss the second one.

With 22 seconds left in the second overtime, rookie Geoff Simpson would tie the game at 76 with a 3-pointer. The Yeomen would get a turnover with 1.8 seconds left, but were unable to trigger a shot. 

A lay-up by Merritt with 30 seconds left in the third overtime made it 83-all, but Chris Hoak proved to be the hero for the Hawks as his jumper in the final seconds was right there to send the Yeomen home heartbroken.

All in all the game featured eight lead changes and eight ties. Oberlin was hindered by 24 turnovers and also a large discrepancy at the free throw line. The Hawks hoisted 43 charity tosses – making 26 (60.5 %), while the Yeomen triggered just 24 freebies – converting 15 (52.5%).

The Yeomen finished 30-of-66 (45.5%) shooting, which included an 8-of-25 (32%) performance from downtown. The Hawks checked in at 37.3 percent (28-of-75) and were just 3-of-18 (16.7%) from long range. 

Cold Shooting Hinders Yeowomen
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Oberlin, Ohio 
– Senior Syrea Thomas scored a season-high 22 points, but Oberlin College shot just 29.5 percent as it fell to Bluffton University, 68-51, in the home opener on Tuesday night. 

Thomas shot 8-of-18 from the floor and was the only Yeowoman to make a shot from beyond the arc, hitting 4-of-10 triple-tries. However, Oberlin missed its other eight attempts from 3-point land. 

The normally prolific scoring duo of Allison Anderson and Kelly Warlichcombined to go 6-of-26 in the loss. Anderson, who battled foul trouble all game long, did manage to net 10 points. Dating back to last year she has now scored in double figures in 13 out of her last 14 games.

The Yeowomen (1-2) had no answer for the Beavers’ Brittany Stegmaier as she finished with a game-high 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting – including a 5-of-7 effort on threes. 

The score was tied at 19 at the 8:20 of the mark of opening half, but from that point one the Yeowomen were held without a field goal until a Warlich knocked down a jumper with 1:33 remaining in the half. During that stretch Bluffton (2-1) would build its lead to as many as 13, but a 6-0 OC spurt to close out the half made it 34-27 at the break. 

After falling behind by 11, 38-27, An Allison Gannon lay-up at the 11:57 mark of the second half would get Oberlin back within striking distance at 45-38. Unfortunately, shortly thereafter Stegmaier would dial in on one of her five triple-hits to make it a 12-point game and it would remain a double-digit margin the rest of the way.

The Yeowomen cashed in nine field goals in each half to finish 18-of-61 from the floor. Meanwhile, Bluffton connected at a 49.1 percent (26-of-53) clip, which included an impressive 8-of-17 (47.1%) effort from deep. 

The Yeowomen will look to get back on track when they travel out west to take on former NCAC member Earlham College on Saturday at 1 p.m. Head CoachKerry Jenkins is undefeated in his Oberlin career against the Quakers.

In the second half, the Beavers recorded their largest lead of the game of 19 points in the opening minutes of the period, 46-27, with 18:02 left to play.  

Hiram basketball  

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Hiram battled back and cut the deficit to single digits on three occassions with the last one being a nine-point margin, 69-60, thanks to a pair of free-throws by senior two-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) with 53 seconds left to go as part of an 11-3 run.  But that would be as close as the Terriers would get as Bluffton recorded the final points of the game en route to the 71-60 final.

Kennedy alum Chris Roberts

Bluffton won the shooting battle, converting an impressive 51.1 percent (24-of-47) of its shots to Hiram’s 36.5 percent (23-of-63) shooting from the floor.

The Beavers were led by Will Pope with a game-highs of 22 points on 11-of-13 shooting (84.6 percent) and 12 rebounds.  Nick Lee and Mychal Hill rounded out the Bluffton high scorers with 11 points each.

Hiram was led by Roberts’ 13 points on five-of-13 shooting (38.5 percent). 

 Freshman guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) was the only other Terrier in double figures with 10 points.  Junior forward Chris Meyer (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) and senior forward Babajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter) each grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

Hiram will travel to Berea on Sunday (Nov. 28) for a non-conference game against Baldwin-Wallace College.  The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium.