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Hoban alum Rachel Tecca gets another double-double, St. V grad Kara 

Murphy scores 10 points in OT for Zips in win over Georgia State

By Erin Dugan

Stetson at Miami, 12 pm
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It's an early start for the women's basketball team as Miami welcomes Stetson to Millett Hall for a special noon matinee on Saturday. Miami has spent the past couple of practices refocusing on the defensive success that helped it hold Eastern Kentucky to 59 points in a victory on Nov. 17. In their last two games, the RedHawks have given up 96 points to Miami (Fla.) and 91 to Duquesne. It is the first time the Red and White have given up over 90 points in back-to-back games since they allowed 90 in a 93-90 win over St. Francis (Pa.) on Dec. 21, 2001 and followed that up by giving up 92 in a 92-71 loss to Louisville on Dec. 28, 2001. Stetson is 1-2 on the season. The Hatters have not played in a week, having fallen, 70-61, to Georgia State in their last contest on Nov. 21. Their leading scorer Victoria McGowan is currently averaging 12.3 points and 4.3 assists per game for the Hatters.

Toledo vs. Maryland-Baltimore County, 1 pm
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Toledo (1-3) looks to rebound from three consecutive losses when it heads to "The Empire State" this weekend to participate in the Iona Thanksgiving Classic. The Rockets will face Maryland-Baltimore County (1-4) in the opening round on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 1:00 p.m. in the Hynes Athletics Center. The Midnight Blue & Gold is coming off a 58-50 loss at Cleveland State on Tueday, Nov. 23. UT was limited to 36.8 percent (21-of-57) from the floor to suffer the eight-point road loss.

Kenmore alum Andola Dortch

 Senior Melissa Goodall paced the Rockets with 12 points and six rebounds, while redshirt freshman Andola Dortch had a season-high 10 points and two steals. Toledo, which is 0-2 away from home this season, is fueled offensively by the duo of Goodall and junior Naama Shafir, who are each averaging 15.3 ppg. The 2009-10 MAC West Division champions have seven players averaging 5.0 or more points per game. UMBC features an attack with two players averaging double digits paced by Erin Brown's 11.2 ppg and 5.4 rpg. The Retrievers are 0-3 away from home this season. UT and UMBC will be meeting for the first time.

Buffalo vs. William & Mary, 4 pm
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The University at Buffalo women's basketball team was unable to come away with a victory in its first ever regular season game in another country, falling to Michigan, 69-49. The loss drops UB's record to 2-3 on the season. The Bulls led very early in the contest scoring four of the first six points of the game, but the Wolverines did a good job shutting down reigning MAC East Player of the Week Kourtney Brown, who finished with just six points. Junior Brittany Hedderson led the way with 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists as she was the lone UB player to scored double digits. Brown, senior Jessica Fortman and sophomore Nicki Hopkins each finished with six points, as Hopkins buried two late three pointers in the second half. Brown did have a team-high 10 rebounds, while adding two blocks and two steals. The William and Mary women's basketball team mounted a furious rally late in the second half to erase an 18-point deficit, but the last-second try from half-court to tie the score fell just short against Bradley in a 65-62 setback for the Tribe. W&M now stands 0-4 on the season, while the Braves improved to 3-2 overall.

Chicago State at Northern Illinois, 4 pm
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The Northern Illinois women's basketball team opens its 2010-11 home schedule, Saturday, Nov. 27, when the Huskies (3-2) host Chicago State (1-3) at 3 p.m. in the NIU Convocation Center. Bennett equaled the best four-game start by a first-year head coach in Northern Illinois history at 3-1 when the Huskies beat the Southern Illinois. She would be 4-2 with a victory against Chicago State, a mark that would stand alone as the best six-game start by a first-year coach at NIU. Northern Illinois wrapped-up the first of two five-game road trips this season with a 3-2 record. The Huskies lost to only Minnesota and Temple, both NCAA Tournament regulars over the last five years. Chicago State enters Saturday's contest off of its first win of the 2010-11 season. The Cougars got 25 points and 10 rebounds from Tressa Beckel in a 95-52 win over Indiana University Northwest, a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Courtney Waldon leads the Cougars with 18.5 points per game, with Beckel just off her pace at with a 16.8 average.

Akron vs. SMU, 6 pm
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After letting a big second-half lead slip away, The University of Akron women's basketball team bounced back to out score Georgia State 24-11 in overtime to claim a 94-81 win in the first game of the SMU Hoops for the Cure Thanksgiving Tournament. Four UA players scored in double digits, including career high outputs from Taylor Ruper and Carly Young, and Rachel Tecca recorded her second straight double double. 


With the scored knotted at 70 at the end of regulation, Akron scored 15 of the first 17 points in overtime, 10 coming from Kara Murphy to regain control of the game. Behind 19 points and a last-second overtime three-pointer from guard Samantha Mahnesmith, the SMU women's basketball team defeated Arkansas State 86-80 in double-overtime at Moody Coliseum on Friday night. Mahnesmith's 19 points ties a career high and her five made three-pointers sets a new career high. The junior led all scorers with eight points in the overtimes as the Mustangs edged Arkansas State, 13-7 in the final period.


Ohio at Youngstown State, 4:30 pm
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Winners of its last two, Ohio women's basketball hits the road again as it heads north to take on in-state foe Youngstown State Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in the Beeghly Center. Alesia Howard knocked down a pair of free throws with five seconds left to give Ohio a nail-biting 54-52 victory over Marshall Tuesday night in the Cam Henderson Center. The sophomore transfer scored the last four Bobcat points in the final minute of play and all of her team-high tying 12 points in the second half. Ohio overcame a 29 percent shooting clip from the field by outrebounding the Herd 41-29 and taking advantage of 18 second-chance points. Three Bobcats scored in double figures on the night, led by 12 points apiece from Howard (Columbus, Ohio) and Ashley Fowler (Cincinnati, Ohio). Tenishia Benson (Akron, Ohio) notched double figures for the third-straight game with 11 points to go with her team-high eight boards. Youngstown State enters Saturday's game 1-3 on the year, after going 0-30 last year. The Penguins topped Bucknell 71-57 Wednesday night, snapping a 34-game losing streak and winning their first game since March 7, 2009 against Valparaiso. YSU dropped contests with Pittsburgh, Bowling Green and IPFW before that. The Penguins are averaging 57.5 ppg. on just over 30 percent shooting from the field thus far. They are not afraid to put it up from outside, however, averaging over 28 3-point attempts a contest so far.

Bowling Green vs. Seattle, 8 pm
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Lauren Prochaska broke her own free-throw record, and Tracy Pontius hit a dagger of a three-pointer in the final minute, as the Bowling Green State University women's basketball team rallied for a 56-47 win over the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Friday night (Nov. 26). Prochaska, despite struggling from the field, still found a way to post a double-double, with 23 points and 10 rebounds. She was a perfect 15-for-15 from the free-throw line, breaking her own single-game school record. Pontius, who played all 40 minutes, had 18 points on the night, including three three-pointers. Her final triple of the game gave the Brown and Orange an eight-point lead, 54-46, with exactly one minute left in the game. Box Score: SU 66, MSU 56 On a night where the offense and defense were in sync and the squad put together a solid 40 minute performance, the Seattle University women's basketball team earned their first victory of the 2010-11 campaign. Their 66-56 win over Montana State in their opening game of the Seattle U Thanksgiving Tournament will send SU to the championship game on Saturday. With the victory, SU snaps a four-game skid to improve to 1-4, while MSU falls to 2-3 on the year.

Central Michigan vs. Binghamton, 4:35 pm
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Kaihla Szunko posted her fourth double-double of the season but a poor start put Central Michigan in too deep a hole against Drake in a 90-70 loss on Friday in the opening round of the Thanksgiving Tournament, hosted by Northern Arizona. Szunko finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Chippewas (3-2), but Kristin Turk had a game-high 22 points for the Bulldogs (2-2). Senior Shonda Long and freshman Niki DiGuilio each poured in 16 points to lead CMU. Sophomore Brandie Baker gave the Maroon and Gold four players in double-figures with 15. Sophomore forward Kara Elofson scored a career-high 15 points to lead Binghamton. Junior point guard Andrea Holmes finished with 14 points, five rebounds and six assists, freshman guard Jasbriell Swain had 13 points and junior forward Viive Rebane chipped in 11 points.

Offensive Explosion Carries Yeowomen over Quakers
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Richmond, Ind. –
 The Oberlin College women’s basketball team cruised to a victory over former North Coast Athletic Conference foe Earlham College this afternoon. The Yeowomen earned their second win of the year posting an 85-68 score line to even their overall record at 2-2.

The Yeowomen had three players score in double digits. Allison Anderson, last season’s Newcomer of the Year honoree in the NCAC, produced another noteworthy stat line as she finished the game with a team high 19 points and was just four rebounds (6) shy of a triple double as she dished out ten helpers on the afternoon. Kelly Warlich was nearly fifty percent across the board as her stat line read 7-13, 3-6, 2-4 for 17 points and she also grabbed eight boards. Senior Syrea Thomas added 16 points of her own on 6-8 shooting.

Oberlin started the game fast and furious racing out to a 9-0 lead using good pressure forcing three Earlham College Quaker turnover’s. During the early run OC’s Anderson provided a jumper and two assists. The Yeowomen continued to put the pressure on stretching their lead to 17-4 at 15:17 courtesy of an Ellen Neumann old fashioned three point play.
John Marshalll alumna Syrea Thomas

Earlham would take advantage of an Oberlin cold streak and close the gap to within four at the 10:50 mark trailing 19-15. Allison Gannon knocked down a bucket to end the OC scoring drought that lasted nearly five minutes. The Quakers capitalized on a run of Yeowomen turnovers and busted plays to take their first lead of the game with 6:41 remaining.

Malisa Hoak drained a three with just five ticks of the clock remaining to provide Oberlin with a 36-28 advantage before Earlham’s Princess Darnell beat the buzzer with a triple shot of her own to draw within five at the break.

Oberlin would begin the second half in similar fashion to the first racing out to 57-35 lead on the back of a 21-4 run. Thomas knocked down seven consecutive points during the stretch and Warlich hit for two three’s.

At the 10:03 mark an EC layup would cut the margin to 62-48 but that is as close as the Quakers would get as Oberlin marched on to an 85-68 win.

Oberlin is next in action December 1st when they host Otterbein University. Tip-off is slated for 6p.m.in Philips Gymnasium.

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Hangs On to Defeat Westminster (Pa.) College in Overtime

November 27, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

NEW WILMINGTON, PA.  –  Senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) scored a game and career-high 25 points as the Hiram College women’s basketball team defeated Westminster (Pa.) College, 67-64, in overtime in the season opener in New Wilmington, Pa.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers begin the season with a 1-0 overall record and the Titans fall to 2-3 overall.

Hiram never trailed in the first half and led by eight points, 11-3, at the 14:38 minute mark thanks to one-of-two free-throws by junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick).  Westminster answered with a 10-2 scoring run to tie the game at 13-13, with 11:32 left to play in the period. 



The Terriers responded with a 13-4 scoring run of their own that ended in a three-point play by junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) giving Hiram its largest lead of the half of nine points, 26-17, at the 3:21 mark.  But the Titans scored the final five points of the half to trail 26-22 at halftime. 

In the second half, Hiram looked to pull away early building its lead to its largest of the game of 14 points, 37-23, thanks to one-of-two free-throws by sophomore forward Amy Geisman (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) with 16:28 to go.  But Westminster outscored Hiram, 30-16, during the remainder of the half to tie the game at 53-53 on a layup with just five seconds left in the game.  The final attempt by Hiram to win the game missed its mark, sending the game into overtime.

Hiram fell behind for the first time in the game as Westminster scored the first points of the overtime period to take a 55-53 lead.  The Terriers then tallied four straight points to regain the lead as both teams went back-and-fourth the rest of the way.  Hiram trailed by a single point, 64-63, with 38 seconds left.  Cowan secured the victory for Hiram as she scored the final four points of the game to give the Terriers a 67-64 victory.

Westminster was led in scoring by Hannah Shaffer with 15 points on six-of-20 shooting (30.0 percent).  Andi Ridge was the only other Titan in double-figures with 13 points to go along with a game-high 16 rebounds.  In addition, Katie Hughes added 14 boards.

Hiram was led by Cowan’s 25 points on nine-of-17 shooting (52.9 percent), including going an impressive seven-of-10 (70.0 percent) at the free-throw line.

 She was also one of three Terriers to record nine rebounds.  Shields rounded out the high scorers with 15 points.  Durickho and Geisman were the other two players to grab nine rebounds.

Hiram will host non-conference opponent Penn State-Behrend tomorrow (Sunday, Nov. 28) in the home opener at Price Gymnasium.  The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

Purple Raiders get first win of the 


November 27, 2010 

MEMPHIS, Tenn.--Five players scored in double figures as Mount Union's men's basketball team picked up its first win of the season, 93-86 over Rust (Miss.) Saturday at the Rhodes College Thanksgiving Classic in Memphis, Tenn.

Mount Union (1-3) got a career-high 19 points from senior guard Ben Hodkinson (Tippecanoe/Harrison Central).  Senior forward Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) also had 19, junior forward Jimmy Wood(Wintersville/Indian Creek) had 18, freshman forward Tyler Fausnight (North Canton/Hoover) had 12 and sophomore forward Matt Kiger (Williamstown, W.Va./Williamstown) had 11 to round out the double digit scorers.

Markeith Wilson had a game-high 24 for Rust (3-1).

Mount Union used a 10-0 run midway through the first half to take a 24-13 capped by a three-pointer from Pellerite with 7:22 to play in the period.  The Purple Raiders etended that lead to as many as 12 then took a 37-28 lead into the break.

Rust came back scoring 10 of the first 13 points in the second half to close to within a bucket, 40-38, with 17:08 remaining.

Wood and Pellerite then hit back-to-back to three pointers and the Raiders ran the lead out to as many as 14 points, 64-50, over the next five minutes. 

Rust rallied again and this time took the lead 81-79 on a pair of free throws with 2:18 to play.

Pellerite again answered again with another big three pointer that gave the Raiders the lead for good with two minutes to go and Mount Union closed the game out going 11-of-12 from the line the rest of the way.

Mount Union takes on Piedmont (Ga.), a 74-65 winner over Rhodes Saturday, Sunday afternoon at 2 pm (eastern).