A Page -- Nov. 26, 2011 -- PM Edition



Chicago St. at Ohio, 2:00 PM
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Following back-to-back home victories over Marshall and Belmont, Ohio Women’s Basketball will look to extend its winning streak to three when the Chicago State Cougars come to town on Saturday. Heading into the Nov. 25 games involving Mid-American Conference schools, Ohio ranks atop the conference in both field goal defense (34.9 percent) and three-point field goal shooting percentage (36.8 percent). Erin Bailes shot very well from distance in the first half of Wednesday’s win over Belmont. The sophomore scored all 16 of her points in the first half, shooting 4-for-5 from three-point distance in the first 20 minutes of the game. The Bobcats did a very good job of getting to the free-throw line in their win over Belmont, shooting 31 times from the charity stripe. Ohio converted 24 of these attempts to shoot 77.4 percent. Chicago State comes to Athens the owner of an 0-5 record. The Cougars have dropped contests to Loyola (77-34), Northern Iowa (88-54), Rice (77-50), Southern Illinois (76-54) and Purdue (76-49). The Cougars are led in scoring by Janay Dockery and Paris Williams, who average 11.6 and 11.0 points per game, respectively. Each of these StudentAthletes averages 4.4 rebounds per contest.

Kent St. at Northern Arizona, 4:00 PM
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The Kent State women's basketball team suffered a tough loss in its opening game of Northern Arizona's Hilton Garden Inn Thanksgiving Classic, falling to Utah Valley, 46-45, Friday (Nov. 25) at the Rolle Activity Center. Freshman guard Itziar Llobet (Sant Cugat de Valles, Spain) led all scorers with a career-high 14 points. Junior guard Tamzin Barroilhet (Sainte Maxime, France) joined Llobet in double figures, scoring a season-high 10 points. Junior center Leslie Schaefer (Verona, Wis.) hauled in a career-high seven rebounds (three offensive, four defensive) while junior forward Diamon Beckford (Upper Darby, Pa.) swiped a career-high five steals. NAU defeated Utah Valley, 73-59, on Wednesday in the first game of the tournament, while Kent State lost to Utah Valley, 46-45, on Friday. The Lumberjacks are 3-0 in home games so far this season, having outscored their opponents 72.0-56.0 and outrebounded their opposition 41.0-29.7 in Rolle Activity Center. On Wednesday, NAU junior Amy Patton recorded her second double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds and NAU got 13 points from junior Tyler Stephens-Jenkins in her season debut to record a 73-59 win over Utah Valley. 

Northern Illinois at Illinois St., 4:00 PM
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Northern Illinois plays its second road game of the year with its 33rd all-time meeting with Illinois State. While it's certainly a small sample size, freshman guard Amanda Corral is currently averaging more rebounds per game (6.0) than her height (5'6"). In her last two games, the diminutive rookie has pulled down 17 rebounds. Her rebounding average ranks second on the team, despite being tied for the shortest on the team. In her sophomore season, Alicia Johnson is blossoming. Through just four games, she has already set two new career highs in points. First she scored four against Western Illinois. Then she netted 11 versus Bradley. Her career high entering the season was three points. The Redbirds finished last season with a 24-11 mark, 12-6 in Missouri Valley Conference play. Returning just one starter and eight letterwinners, Illinois State is off to a 1-2 start. The Redbirds opened the year with a 63-52 win at Ball State and have since dropped games road games to Northwestern (69-62) and Eastern Illinois (83-69).

Buffalo at Connecticut, 7:30 PM
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The University at Buffalo women's basketball team had its highest scoring output of the season, but was unable to overcome 15 Dayton three-pointers, as they fell to the Flyers, 94-74, on the opening day of the World Vision Classic at the Gampel Pavilion.Senior Brittany Hedderson finished with her second straight 20-point game as she had a game-high 22 points, adding three assists and four rebounds.  The Bulls got a break out game from freshman Christa Baccas, who started for the first time in her career. She had some great chemistry with sophomore point guard Margeaux Gupilan, finishing with a career-best 13 points, including a 7-of-9 performance from the free throw line.  The Hillburn, NY native added six rebounds, three assists and a steal. Fairleigh Dickinson scored just five points in the first half against No. 2 Connecticut on Friday. But the Knights were outscored by just seven in the second half of the 74-28 UConn rout. Freshman Brianna Banks scored 17 points for the Huskies, who extended their NCAA-record home winning streak to 87 games.Kaleena Masqueda-Lewis added 11 points and nine rebounds for UConn. 

Akron vs. Seattle, 11:00 PM
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Led by a double-double from junior forward Rachel Tecca, The University of Akron women's basketball team defeated Loyola-Chicago 97-86 in the opening game of the Seattle University Thanksgiving Tournament. 

Hoban alumna Rachel Tecca

With the win, the Zips improve to 2-3 on the season and will play in the championship game on Saturday, Nov. 26. The Zips were fueled by five players in double figures, highlighted by 20 from junior guard Taylor Ruper on 6-for-9 from 3-point range. Tecca added 19 points and a game-high 14 rebounds and finished 7-of-9 from the floor. With a career-high in scoring, sophomore Sina King contributed 14 points, along with senior Jasmine Mushington, who also dished out a career-best seven assists. Also in double digits, senior Ti'eshia Stubbs added 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting.


Raiders looking for fourth straight win this 


ALLIANCE, Ohio—Mount Union's men's basketball seeks its fourth consecutive win when it travel toWaynesburg (Pa.) Saturday afternoon for a 3 p.m. tip-off.

The Purple Raiders (3-1), used a second half surge to defeat Westminster (Pa.) , 88-64, on Tuesday after trailing by two points at halftime. Senior Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) recorded his second career double-double with a gameihgh 20 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) scored 17 points, freshman Stevie Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson) scored 15 points, and junior Keith Williams (Louisville, Ky./Brown) added 13 points for the Raiders.

Wood leads the Raiders in both scoring (18.2) and rebounding (7.8). Griffin is scoring 11.5 ppg off the bench has made a team-best 11 three-pointers. Jacubec adds 10.8 ppg. Junior Tom Berlekamp (North Royalton/Holy Name) and senior Matt Wier (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk) have been strong on the boards, averaging 6.8 rpg and 5.0 rpg respectively.


Waynesburg (1-3) enters the game on a three-game losing streak. The Yellow Jackets opened the season with a 84-51 win over Franciscan before falling to Penn State-Beaver, LaRoche, and Baldwin-Wallace. Senior guard Larry Alexander paced Waynesburg with 11 points in their 78-39 loss to Baldwin-Wallace Tuesday night. The 

Yellow Jackets shot just 29.8% from the field and commited 26 turnovers in the defeat.

Alexander leads Waynesburg with 9.3 ppg off the bench. Senior forward Lou Galante leads the team in rebounding (4.5) and is the top scorer among starters at 8.8 ppg. Senior guard Luke Baker and junior cener Kurt Bonbnet contribute 6.8 ppg and 6.3 ppg, respectively, for the Yellow Jackets.

Last meeting

Mount Union pulled out a 98-92 double-overtime win over theYellow Jackets last year in Alliance. The Raiders were led in scoring by Ben Hodkinson (22) and 20 points each from Wood and junior Matt Kiger(Williamstown, W. Va./Williamstown). Bonnet (12 points), Baker (10 points), and Galante (10 points) contributed off the bench for Waynesburg.

Vikings to host Cornell tomorrow at the 'Stein

After getting back on the winning track with a 72-66 overtime victory at Western Michigan Friday (Nov. 25), the Vikings will return to the Wolstein Center for a three-game homestand beginning Sunday (Nov. 27) when they host Cornell at 2:00 p.m. CSU enters the contest with an even 2-2 record, while Cornell is 1-4 on the season. Sunday's contest will be the second between the two teams, as the Vikings won the first meeting, 65-50 last fall.

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 (12.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.7 apg), a preseason first team all-league pick. Winton will combine with the senior trio of Janelle Adams (8.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 3.5 apg), Destinee Blue (10.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and Takima Keane (9.3 ppg, 2.0 apg) to form the backbone of the Viking roster. Peterson Abiad will have a deep bench to work with this season, as five additional letterwinners will be returning in juniors Honesty King (15.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and Kaila Montgomery (2.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg) and sophomores Ondrea Hughes (3.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg), Brandee Kelly and Haley Schmitt (0.7 ppg, 1.0 rpg). The CSU veterans will be joined by four freshmen, guards Cori Coleman (2.0 ppg), Kiersten Green (3.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg) and Tess Zufall and forward Imani Gordon (3.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg).

Behind four players in double figures, including Janelle Adams who had a game-high 18, the Vikings were able to pull out a 72-66 overtime victory at Western Michigan Friday evening (Nov. 25). Also scoring in double figures for CSU were Honesty King, Shalonda Winton and Takima Keane. King, who posted a three-pointer with four seconds left to tie the game, added 15 points and four steals, while Winton tallied 16 points and 13 rebounds for her first double-double of the season and Keane added 10 points. After tying the game with four seconds left and forcing overtime, the Vikings dominated play during the extra period as they outscored Western Michigan 12-6, including a 7-0 run to open overtime.

Friday's overtime victory at Western Michigan was the first of the season for CSU and the first since the 2009-10 season when the Vikings were 3-0 in overtime contests. CSU is now 17-15 all-time in games that go to overtime, with the Vikings holding a perfect 3-0 record during the 1996-97 season as well.

Junior Shalonda Winton, who now has 14 double-doubles on her career, posted her first of the 2011-12 season at Western Michigan, as she tallied 16 points and 13 rebounds. In the Horizon League, Winton ranks third in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and is tied for 12th in scoring (12.8 ppg), while she is also third in minutes played (37.5).

With her 13 rebounds against the Broncos, Winton notched her 500th career rebound and enters the Cornell contest with exactly 500. Winton became the 19th Viking to reach the milestone and the eighth to do so under head coach Kate Peterson Abiad. She currently ranks 18th on the all-time career rebounds list, needing 21 more to catch Corretta Walker (1991-94) who ranks 17th with 521.

In her first game of the season, junior Honesty King was a major factor in CSU's 72-66 overtime victory at Western Michigan. King posted 15 points, seven rebounds and a career-high four steals against the Broncos. Included in her 15 points were a trio of three-pointers, one of which coming with just four seconds left on the clock that tied the game and eventually forced overtime.

The CSU offense was firing on all cylinders Friday at Western Michigan, as four Vikings scored in double figures, including Janelle Adams (18), Shalonda Winton (16), Honesty King (15) and Takima Keane (10). Friday's contest marked the first time this season that four players have scored in double figures, and the fourth time that at least two Vikings have notched double-digits in the scoring column.

One thing that helped the Vikings secure the win at WMU on Friday was their dominance at the free throw line, as they shot 89-percent (25-28) for the game. The 25 free throws made marks a season-high, while it also ties the most that a CSU team has made in the past three seasons, also doing so against Youngstown State (2/26/11) and UIC (3/10/10).

Cleveland State head coach Kate Peterson Abiad is in her ninth season at the helm of the Vikings, and ranks second on the all-time wins list at CSU. Peterson Abiad became the third coach in program history to record 100 career victories last season, and currently has 108, needing just eight more to take over first place on the all-time wins list. Peterson Abiad has led the Vikings to four straight 19-win seasons, including a 21-12 record last year, the second most wins in program history.

Cleveland State was picked to finish second in the Horizon League Preseason Poll, receiving 238 points. The Vikings finished behind preseason favorite Green Bay, who received 29 first place votes and 299 points. Wright State (212 points), Butler (197) and UIC (186) rounded out the top five. Detroit was the only other team to collect a first place vote, as they finished seventh with 141 points behind Milwaukee who placed sixth with 177 points. The Titans were followed by Loyola (88), Valparaiso (64) and Youngstown State (48).

Junior Shalonda Winton was named to the 2011-12 Preseason All-Horizon League first team in voting conducted by the league’s 10 head coaches, sports information directors and select media. Last season Winton ranked sixth in the league in rebounding (9.1), seventh in blocks (0.8), ninth in field goal percentage (.462; 146-316) and 15th in scoring (12.5). She also became the fourth player in school history to grab at least 300 rebounds in a season, ending right on the number.

The Vikings will play seven games against teams that advanced to postseason play last year, including Green Bay who reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. CSU will face the Phoenix twice, as well as Butler who played in the WNIT and Wright State who played in the WBI. The final game will come against Toledo, the 2011 WNIT champion. 

This season marks the third annual CSU Hoops Luncheon Series, with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get monthly updates from CSU basketball head coaches Kate Peterson Abiad and Gary Waters throughout the 2011-12 season. The luncheon will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the fifth floor Viking Loge of the Wolstein Center annex. The next luncheon will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 14, with future luncheons to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 7 and Monday, Feb. 13. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 687-5454.

Cleveland State signed two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday (Nov. 16), as Jasmine Flanagan (Corona, Calif./Centennial) and Nafeshia Holifield (Milwaukee, Wis./Milwaukee Vincent) will join the Vikings for the 2012-13 season. Flanagan, a 5-foot-5 combo guard, comes to CSU after earning first team all-league honors as a sophomore and junior. The two-time Team MVP averaged 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game as a junior, and set the Roosevelt High School record with 62 three-pointers made in a season. Holifield is a 6-foot power foward who averages 10.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Milwaukee Vincent, which is the same high school as current Viking Destinee Blue, has won the state championship three times out of the past five years.


The Vikings will continue their three-game homestand with a 7:00 p.m. contest against Akron on Wednesday, November 30. CSU's final game of their brief homestand will come on Monday, December 5 when they host Ohio University at 7:00 p.m.

RedHawks Crush Friars in Denver Cup Classic
Miami scores season-high six goals with two each from Coleman and Hirschfeld

DENVER – Senior forward Alden Hirschfeld and freshman forward Blake Coleman each had two goals and an assist while the Miami hockey team scored a season-high six goals en route to a convincing 6-2 win over Providence Friday afternoon at Magness Arena in the first game of the Denver Cup Classic. With the win, the RedHawks (7-6-2) extended their unbeaten streak to a season-long seven games while evening the all-time series with the Friars (6-5-1) at 3-3-0, as the teams had not met since the 2000-01 season.

Miami outshot Providence, 40-21, just one shot shy of tying a season high, while going 2-for-5 on the power play. The two man-advantage goals tied a season high while the RedHawks killed all three penalties they were whistled for, which tied a season low for penalties. Coleman’s three points marked a career high while his two goals tied his career high that he set just two games ago on Nov. 18 against Bowling Green. Hirschfeld’s three points also tied a career high while freshman forward Jimmy Mullin finished with a career-best two points on a goal and an assist.

Miami wasted little time jumping ahead, as Hirschfeld found the back of the net just 4:10 into the game for his fourth tally of the year. The RedHawks sustained an attack in the offensive zone for an extended period of time and junior defenseman Steven Spinell kept the play alive before feeding senior forward Trent Vogelhuber in the right circle. Vogelhuber then centered to Hirschfeld in front of the net as he beat Providence goalie Alex Beaudry five-hole to give Miami the 1-0 lead.

The ‘Hawks appeared to make it 2-0 with just over four minutes left in the opening period when a shot by junior forward Reilly Smith was saved but then bounced off Beaudry’s back into the net. However, the goal was reviewed and waived off as the officials determined a RedHawk was in the crease, causing goalie interference. Miami did make it 2-0 with just 4.5 seconds left in the frame however, as Smith roofed the puck over Beaudry’s left shoulder. Mullin caused a turnover and fed Smith for a 2-on-1 break the other way which Smith buried for his team-leading ninth goal of the year.

Providence cut the lead in half just 2:34 into the second period, capitalizing on a Miami turnover. Senior defenseman Chris Wideman’s pass was intercepted by David Brown, who skated in and beat senior goalie Connor Knapp glove-side to make it 2-1. Just over two minutes later, the RedHawks bumped their lead back to two as Hirschfeld scored for the second time in the game. Just as a Friar penalty was expiring, Coleman centered to Hirschfeld, whose initial shot was saved but he put home his own rebound to make it 3-1.

Miami made it 4-1 6:35 into the middle stanza when Coleman notched a goal of his own. Sophomore forward Bryon Paulazzo carried a loose puck into the zone with a defender on him. He dropped it off for Coleman above the right circle where Coleman skated in and went back-hand, top shelf for his fourth goal of the year. Mullin then made it 5-1 with 9:57 left in the second frame on the power play. He gathered a rebound from a shot by freshman forward Austin Czarnik, circled around the zone, weaving through defenders and fired a wrister between the circles to beat Beaudry stick-side for his third career tally. Providence then pulled Beaudry following the goal in favor of fellow senior Justin Gates.

The Friars got one back with 2:24 remaining in the second stanza. Derek Army gathered a rebound and beat Knapp high on his glove side to make it 5-2 on assists from Drew Brown and Chris Rooney. The period ended with Miami on top, 5-2, already recording a season high for goals with the three second-period goals the most in any period this year.

The ‘Hawks then made it 6-2 6:36 into the final frame on the power play as Coleman found the twine for the second time Friday and fifth time in his career. Czarnik fed Hirschfeld crossing in front of the net but he was unable to control it and left it for Coleman, who beat Gates from right in front of the net for his second-career multi-goal game.

Knapp finished with 19 saves to earn his second victory of the year as he made his first start since Oct. 28. Beaudry ended with 18 saves for PC and took the loss while Gates stopped 16 of the 17 shots he faced after replacing Beaudry 

The RedHawks round out their stint in the Denver Cup Classic Saturday when they battle host and No. 9/10 Denver at 9:07 p.m. ET (7:07 p.m. local) at Magness Arena. Should the Pioneers beat Princeton in Friday's nightcap, Saturday's game with DU would be for the Denver Cup Classic title.