A Page -- Nov. 25, 2011 -- PM Edition

Rachel Tecca




Akron vs. Loyola Ill., 9:00 AM 

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The Zips are coming off a 79-80 overtime loss to St. Francis (Pa.), UA's second loss in a row and the first-ever loss to SFU in nine meetings. In a back-and-forth battle, Akron managed to tie the game at the end of regulation and held a lead with seven seconds left in overtime, but a late foul call sent the Red Flash to the line, where they made both to win by one. Junior forward Rachel Tecca accounted for the game-tying points at the end of regulation and also the go-ahead lay-up and free throw late in overtime, finishing with 19 points on 5-of-11 from the floor and 9-of-13 from the line. She also added a game-high nine rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Featuring a balanced attack, seven Akron players are averaging at least 5.8 points per game. The Ramblers are 3-1 this season, including a win over Northern Illinois. Eastern Michigan dealt Loyola its first loss of the year, 63-55, on Nov. 20. Returning four starters from last season's team that went 12-19, the Ramblers are led by Preseason All-Horizon League second team selection Monica Albano, a junior guard. Albano averaged 16.7 ppg and shot 38.1 percent from 3-point range in 2010-11. This year, three players are averaging at least 13.3 ppg, led by Ball State transfer Patrice King with 16.8.


Miami at Stetson, 1:00 PM 

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The Miami University women’s basketball team has traveled to the Sunshine State for a Friday contest at Stetson. Four RedHawk players finished in double figures as the women's basketball team earned a hard-fought, 77-72, victory over Indiana Tuesday night. The win was head coach Maria Fantanarosa's 200th at Miami. The RedHawks improve to 3-1 on the season, while the Hoosiers fall to 2-2. Two of Miami's Indiana guards led the way in the victory over their home state team. Courtney Osborn, from Fishers, Ind., and Maggie Boyer, from Lebanon, Ind., each had 19 points. Stetson is 4-1 on the season. It won theWinthrop Classic last weekend, winning three games in three days. On Friday, the Hatters defeated Niagara, 67-52. On Saturday, the beat Bradley 73-63. They then followed that up with a 74-72 victory over host Winthrop on Sunday to take the tournament title. Stetson is led offensively by junior guard and Bowling Green transfer Victoria McGowan. She is averaging 15.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. 


Utah Valley State vs. Kent State, 4:30 PM

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Junior forward Diamon Beckford (Upper Darby, Pa.) received a pass on the wing from freshman guard Itziar Llobet (Sant Cugat de Valles, Spain) and knocked down a three pointer with five seconds remaining to lift the Kent State women's basketball team to a 65-64 non-conference victory over Morehead State Friday (Nov. 18) in the 2011-12 home opener at the M.A.C. Center. Four Flashes reached double figures, led by a double-double from junior guard Trisha Krewson (Sandusky, Ohio). Krewson tallied 17 points -- 12 of which came in the first half – to go along with a career-high 12 rebounds (one offensive, nine defensive) and five assists to lead the team. Llobet recorded a career-high 13 points while Beckford added a career-best 17 and freshman forward Melanee Stubbs (Merrillville, Ind.) chipped in a career-high 10 off of the bench. Beckford and Stubbs also hauled in eight rebounds apiece to help Kent State's cause, both achieving career highs.  Utah Valley trailed Northern Arizona by just one point with 16 minutes to play in the opening contest of NAU's Hilton Garden Inn Thanksgiving Classic but turnovers and a late 11-0 run by NAU (3-3) helped propel the Lumberjacks to a 73-59 win over the Wolverines (1-2) in Flagstaff, Ariz., Wednesday night.


Dayton vs. Buffalo, 5:00 PM

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The Bulls will begin play today at the World Vision Classic in Storrs, CT.  Over the next three days, UB will face Dayton, Connecticut and Fairleigh Dickinson.  This will be Buffalo’s second trip in school history to Gampel Pavilion. The Bulls and Flyers will be meeting for the first time in school history.  In fact, UB has very little history with all three teams in this league.  Buffalo has played Connecticut and FDU just once in their school history.  This will be UB’s second of three non-conference games against Atlantic 10 opponents.  The Bulls played Duquesne on Nov. 14 and will play St. Bonaventure on Dec. 10. Buffalo looks to keep its strong three-point shooting going this weekend.  Against Syracuse, the Bulls hit 8-of-15 from behind the arc, hitting at 53.3%.  It was UB’s best shooting performance since January 16, 2010 when it hit 64.3% of its three pointers against Ohio. Dayton is 1-2 on the season, having played two of its first three games against Mid-American Conference teams.  Dayton defeated Bowling Green in its season opener 69-38, before falling by 10 at Toledo and 11 at Cincinnati.  The Fylers are led by Justine Raterman, who is averaging 10.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.  Patrice Lalor adds 10.0 points per contest.


Cleveland St. at Western Michigan, 5:00 PM 

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Western Michigan came out strong, but couldn't piece together a 40-minute performance, allowing Eastern Kentucky to take over in the second half in Sunday's 71-60 home-opening loss. Miame Giden led Western Michigan with her second double-double in three games, sixth career, pouring in 16 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore post Rachel Adaline finished with nine points and seven rebounds, both career highs. Aurielle Anderson totaled seven points, five assists and five steals, while Henson and fellow freshman Courtney Haley each had six points off a pair of made three-pointers. With four starters returning for the 2011-12 season, the Cleveland State women's basketball team is poised to have yet another successful season under ninth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad. The starting lineup is centered around junior Shalonda Winton (11.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.0 apg), a preseason first team all-league pick. Winton will combine with the senior trio of Janelle Adams (3.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 2.3 apg), Destinee Blue (12.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg) and Takima Keane (9.0 ppg, 2.3 apg) to form the backbone of the Viking roster.


Eastern Michigan at Cornell, 7:00 PM 

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The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team stays on the road for a two games road swing through the state of New York, Nov. 25-27. The Eagles' first stop is Friday, Nov. 25, against Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. The Eagles are 3-1 on the young season, after capturing a 63-55 victory over the Loyola University, Nov. 20, in Chicago, Ill. Meanwhile, the Big Red are 1-3 on the year after heart-breaking 63-62 setback to the University of New Hampshire at Newman Arena. Tavelyn James needs just 71 points to pass Laurie Byrd for the EMU all-time career scoring record. James has 1,829 points, while Byrd notched 1,899 points from 1978-82. The Eagles are averaging 41.0 points per game in the paint, 15.0 points off the bench, 29.8 points per game off turnovers, 17.5 second-chance points and 17.5 fast break points per game. Kelsey Hogan's desperation putback with no time on the clock stunned the Big Red and handed New Hampshire a 63-62 victory on Nov. 22 at Newman Arena. Prior to Hogan's last second shot, Maka Anyanwu hit a 10-foot baseline jumper that gave Cornell a one-point lead with seven seconds to play in the contest. Cornell was led by Allyson DiMagno, who finished the game with 17 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. Anyanwu and Shelby Lyman finished with 14 points apiece. Anyanwu went 7-for-8 from the field and also chipped in four rebounds and one steal. Lyman hit four of Cornell's five 3-pointers in the game, had three rebounds, two assists and two steals.


Toledo at Indiana, 7:00 PM

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Toledo (2-1) looks to win its first road game of the season this weekend, as the Midnight Blue & Gold travel to Indiana (2-2) on Friday, Nov. 25. UT is coming off a 53-39 victory over Albany at home on Tuesday. It was the fewest points the Rockets have allowed this season and marked the fifth time they have held an opponent under 40 points in a game under fourth-year Head Coach Tricia Cullop. UA's 39 points also tied for the 12th-fewest scored in Toledo's single-game record books. Offensively, senior Naama Shafir led the 2010-11 MAC regular-season champs with a team-high 14 points, three assists and two steals to help extend their home win streak to 20-consecutive contests, tied for the second-longest unbeaten stretch in school history. 

Sophomore Andola Dortch chipped in 10 points, four boards and a game-high three thefts, while senior Courtney Ingersoll and junior Yolanda Richardson had eight points each. 

Perry's Ingersoll (L), Akron's Dortch (R)

Toledo also received a good effort from junior Kyle Baumgartner, who finished with six points, five caroms and one blocked shot off the bench. Indiana is coming off a 77-72 setback at MAC member Miami on Tuesday. Jasmine McGhee paced three Hoosiers in double figures with 18 points, followed by Georgie Jones with 13 points and 11 rebounds and Aulani Sinclair had 11 points. IU shot an impressive 45.0 percent (27-of-60) from the floor, but was hindered by a 57.1 percent effort (16-of-28) from the charity stripe.

Five Dayton guys score in doubles to spark win over Wake Forest

ORLANDO, Fla. – Five Dayton Flyers scored in double figures to help UD earn a hard fought 80-76 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the 2011 Old Spice Classic quarterfinals.
Matt Kavanaugh recorded his first career double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds and Paul Williams scored 18 points to help Dayton improve to 3-1 overall.
Kevin Dillard added 15 points and four assists, Chris Johnson scored 12 and Josh Benson tallied 10 points and eight boards.
With the Flyers trailing by four with less than three minutes left in the second half, UD went on a 9-2 to run to go ahead for good thanks to two three-pointers from Williams, one from Johnson, and a layup by Dillard.
Dayton for the fourth consecutive game out-rebounded its opponent. Against the Demon Deacons, UD held a 43-31 edge on the glass.
One of the biggest differences in the game was at the free throw line. Dayton connected on 15-of-17 shots at the charity stripe.
The Flyers will play in the winner’s bracket on Friday at 5 p.m. ET. The game will be televised nationally on the ESPN family of networks.


Coming off a hard-fought win on Thanksgiving, the University of Dayton Flyers return to action to face the Fairfield Stags on Friday at 5 p.m. ET from the HP Pavilion in Orlando, Fla. The game will be televised on ESPN2, carried by WHIO Radio and is available with live streaming video, stats on Gametracker and streaming audio at DaytonFlyers.com.

Dayton comes into the tournament semifinals 3-1 overall, coming off an 80-76 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. In the Wake Forest game, UD had five players score in double figures. Matt Kavanaugh recorded his first career double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Paul Williams had 18 points. A balanced offense has been the signature point of the Flyers this season. UD has four players who average in double figures. Paul Williams leads the Flyers with 14.5 points per game, while Kevin Dillard (12.3 ppg), Chris Johnson (11.3 ppg) and Josh Benson (10.5 ppg) add to the offensive attack. 


Fairfield is coming off a 55-44 victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils in the Old Spice Classic quarterfinals. The Stags are 3-2 overall and went to the NIT last season after winning the MAAC regular season championship. Rakim Sanders is Fairfield’s top scorer averaging 17.8 points per game. Sanders led the Stags with 21 points against Arizona State. Fairfield finished second in the nation last season in scoring defense, allowing just 58.3 points per game. That trend has continued through five games this year with the Stags allowing only 60.6 points per game.


Dayton leads the all-time series 2-0 with the last meeting back during the 1967-68 season. 


The Flyers have proved they can handle the big-name programs. Dayton is 13-5 in the last five years against BCS programs and won five of its last seven games against BIG EAST opponents. Dayton’s 13 victories have come against Ole Miss (twice), North Carolina, Illinois, Louisville, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Marquette, Auburn, Cincinnati, Seton Hall, Wake Forest and Pittsburgh.


The University of Dayton has won two of the four early-season basketball tournaments it has played in since 2003. The Flyers won the EA Sports Maui Invitational in 2003. In 2008, Dayton defeated No. 15 Marquette in the finals of the Chicago Invitational Challenge. The Flyers’ in-season tournament history goes all the way back to 1949 when they placed second in the National Catholic Invitational in Denver. In addition to the 2003 Maui Invitational, UD has won 11 other in-season tournament championships, including the 1955 University of Kentucky Invitational and the 1999 CoSIDA Classic played at The Pit in Albuquerque.


Dayton has had six consecutive winning November months dating back to the 2005-06 season. Over the last six seasons, UD is 26-6 (.813 winning percentage) during the November months.


Archie Miller is part of the most prolific active coaching tree in college basketball. A total of nine of Arizona State coach Herb Sendek’s former full-time assistant coaches (not former players, managers or GA’s) are currently Division I head coaches. They are Jim Christian (TCU), Charlie Coles (Miami of Ohio), John Groce, (Ohio), Larry Hunter (Western Carolina), Ron Hunter (Georgia State), Thad Matta (Ohio State), Archie Miller (Dayton), Sean Miller (Arizona) and Mark Phelps (Drake). Rick Pitino has seven branches on his coaching tree, while Jim Calhoun and Mike Montgomery each have six.



Chase DuPratt, Nick Asadorian, Alex Belivaqua to lead Falls wrestling team that was 18-1 with three tourney titles in '10-'11

After going 18-1 last year and winning three big tournaments, Olmsted Falls should once again have one of the top high school wrestling teams in the district and should pose a challenge for defending Southwestern Conference champion Brecksville-Broadview.

With three district qualifiers including one of them a state placer, the Bulldogs again have a strong nucleus to form both a good tournament and single-matches team. With a duals champion team tourney up and coming in Ohio, Falls will be one program to benefit from such core talent and subsequent fall-out success.


Back for the Dogs are Chase DuPratt (8th State at 112 pounds), Nick Asadorian (Captain, Sr., 5th District, ’10 State Alternate, District Qual.),  Alex Bevilacqua (Sr., District Qual.)  Scott  Ahern,  sr.,  Kyle Kokitka Sr. Brian Slater (Captain) Sr., Nick Sommer Sr., David Rivera Sr., L.J. Yurick Jr., Rich Rader Jr., Travis Devericks Jr.,  David Lance So., Adam Salti So.,  Michael Hansinger So., Jordan Lee So.



Last season the Bulldogs were champions at Findlay Duals/ Hudson Duals, New Albany Duals, and New Albany Invitational, 9th at Medina Invitational, 6th at Bill Dies Memorial and Runners-up SWC.

“A lot of our boys are returning after being in the lineup for multiple years,” said veteran Falls coach Bill McGrain.  “The kids know how to win, and they work hard.  There are high expectations in our room this year, as the kids looking forward to our challenging schedule.  The work-ethic in our room is FUN to watch."

As far as the Southwest Conference outlook goes: “At this point we are all chasing Brecksville-Broadview, and we looking forward to take some steps closer to the Bees,” McGrain said.

Other Returners for the Dogs are Sean Fallon Jr., Brandon Sawyer Jr., Clay Bolton Jr., Brian Chitester Jr.,  Issac Lozada Jr., Logan Ballard So.,  Austin Balnius So.,  Basil Saadeh So.,  Josh Milam So., Dakota Estrada So., Greg King So.

Assisting McGrain in the coaching ranks are Sean Pellerite (17th Year, a John Carroll University NCAA All-American), Chris Odon (14th year, an Ohio University grad and State Qualifier), and Bryce Burkhard (6th year, an Ohio University grad and 3 Time State Qualifier, who was 4th in 1996).

 Ignatius-Whitmer on 1420-'HK this week

The high school football game - Division I, State Semi Final Game - Saturday November 26th between St. Ignatius High School and Toledo Whitmer High School at Arlin Stadium at Mansfield High School (Mansfield, OH) will air LIVE on WHK-AM 1420 and on www.thesportsking.com at 7:00 PM 
Ed Daugherty (play-by-play) and Mike Gibbons (color) will have the call - LIVE on WHK-AM 1420.