A Page -- Nov. 30, 2011 -- PM Edition


Baldwin-Wallace College Soccer Standout Pat 

Brennan Named a CAPITAL ONE Academic 


BEREA, OHIO – Baldwin-Wallace College junior men’s soccer student-athlete and midfielder Pat Brennan (Akron/Walsh Jesuit) has been named as a CAPITAL ONE Division III first-team Academic All-American. This is the highest honor a Division III student-athlete can receive.

Brennan is the fifth Yellow Jacket men’s soccer student-athlete to earn Academic All-America accolades and first since Matt Pietro and Tommy Ehrnfelt in 2006-2007. In 1984-85, Mike Waters was the Academic All-America of the Year in men’s soccer and one of three B-W’s student-athletes to ever earn that acclaim.

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Brennan, who carries a 3.79 grade point average in B-W’s 3:2 Master’s of Business Administration in Accounting Program, is one of the best midfielders in NCAA Division III soccer.  He is a three-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference selection and two-time Academic All-OAC and CAPITAL ONE Academic All-District student-athlete.  On the field, he has helped the Yellow Jackets to win 41 matches and compile a 41-19-5 record in his first three seasons, including the school’s first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III National Tournament this fall.

Individually, Brennan has appeared in 62 matches, taken 129 shots, including 61 on-goal, scored 19 goals and added 16 assists for 54 career points. He was B-W’s “Rookie of the Year” in 2009 and has twice earned OAC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week accolades.  In the classroom, he is a member of the Alpha Lambda and Chi Alpha Sigma honoraries, is a Jacket Scholar and consistent member of the Dean’s List.

“We are extremely proud of Pat and this honor,” said 10th-year Head Coach Reid Ayers, who was a scholar-athlete soccer standout at Hiram College. “He is truly deserving of this honor and every honor that he receives.

“Pat is the epitome of the Division III student-athlete who is a leader in the classroom, on campus and on the field,” continued Ayers. “Our younger student-athletes have learned a great deal from Pat and a number of our other scholar-athletes.  Pat is a great role model.”

The Yellow Jackets finished 16-6 overall and lost 2-1 to Final Four finalist SUNY Oneonta (N.Y.) in the NCAA Division III national tourney.

Case Reserve Senior Niro Wimalasena Named to Capital One Academic All-America® Team

CLEVELAND (University Circle) – Case Western Reserve University senior defender Niro Wimalasena (Mason, Ohio/Mason) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Men's Soccer Team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A chemical engineering major with a 3.72 grade point average, Wimalasena earns third-team honors after earning first-team Academic All-District status in each of the past two seasons. The team captain started all 20 matches this season as the Spartans (15-5) captured the second University Athletic Association Championship in program history and advanced to the NCAA Championship Tournament Second Round. Wimalasena helped lead the team to eight shutouts and a 0.98 goals against average.

For his career, Wimalasena started a school-record 76 matches and was selected to the All-UAA Team in each of his four seasons.

The Capital One Academic All-America® Teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Only student-athletes named to their respective Academic All-District First Team become eligible for Academic All-America® consideration.

Wimalasena becomes the first Case Western Reserve men's soccer player to earn the award since Kevin Bigart garnered second-team honors in 2007.

Since the program's inception, a total of 72 Case Western Reserve student-athletes have been named Academic All-American®. In 2010 and 2011, a combined 12 Spartans received Academic All-America® acclaim.




UNC Wilmington at Ohio, 11:30 AM

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Riding a three-game winning streak and off to its best start since the 2006-07 season, Ohio Women's Basketball will look to continue to defend its home court on Wednesday morning when the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks come to town. Wednesday's game will be the sixth meeting between Ohio and UNC-Wilmington. The Seahawks hold a 3-2 series lead and won the most recent game between the two squads, a 62-53 contest in Wilmington, N.C. on Dec. 29, 2010. Ohio is 2-1 in three meetings between the schools at the Convocation Center. As of games played on Nov. 27, Ohio ranks 28th of 336 NCAA Division One Women's Basketball programs in field goal percent defense (.325). Oklahoma State has the best mark, allowing opponents to shoot only .250 from the floor. UNC-Wilmington comes to Athens the owner of a 1-3 record. The Seahawks dropped games to Middle Tennessee (79-60), Washington State (72-60) and NC State (83-64) before beating East Carolina (64-53) on Nov. 20. UNCW's victory came at home, meaning the Seahawks are 0-3 on the road so far in 2011-12. UNCW is led in scoring by Alisha Andrews' 14.5 points per game. She's connected on 21-of-51 field goals so far this season and is a mainstay on the court for the Seahawks, playing 35.2 minutes per game. Chelsea McGowen is the club's leading rebounder, pulling down 5.8 boards per game.


Wright St. at Buffalo, 12:00 PM 

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The Bulls will return home for just the second time this season when they host Wright State this afternoon.  It will be Kid’s Day at Alumni Arena.  The Bulls had played six of their first seven games away from Alumni Arena. The Bulls will look to keep their success in Kid’s Day games going as they had two of their best offensive games a season ago on Kid’s Day.  The Bulls played two such games on the road, putting up 89 points at Miami (OH) and 92 in a win over Central Michigan.  The 92 points were the most scored in a single game by the Bulls last season. Sophomore Rachel Bantelman had one of her best weekends, which she capped off with  nine points and six rebounds against Fairleigh Dickinson, both career highs.  Against Dayton, Bantelman added eight points and five rebounds.  In just seven games this year, Bantelman has already surpassed her scoring and rebounding totals from her freshman year. Wright State is 3-1 on the season with its only loss coming in its last game at Missouri, 92-62.  The Raiders hold wins over Ball State, Delaware State and Western Kentucky.  They are currently in a stretch of five straight road games.  Wright State is led by Kim Demmings, who is averaging 18.0 points per game. 


Central Michigan at Wichita St, 7:00 PM 

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The Central Michigan women's basketball team was able to grab its first win of the season in an overtime thriller in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, when it defeated Alaska Anchorage 90-84 in overtime. They Chippewas now move to 1-4 overall and look to keep the wins coming when they face the Wichita State Shockers. When these two teams met last year the Maroon and Gold were able to claim a 98-73 win with three players recording a double-double. hree freshmen are leading CMU's offense in Crystal Bradford, Jas'Mine Bracey and Jessica Green. Bradford has posted two double-doubles against Pitt and South Florida. She is currently averaging 16.8 points and eight rebounds per contest. Bracey is second on the team in scoring averaging 14.4 points and 8.8 rebounds. Green, who is third on the team in scoring, is averaging 10.8 points and 2.6 assists per game. The Shockers are also coming off a win last time out, against Winthrop, 71-69. Jessica Diamond who is averaging 14.2 points a game is leading them offensively. Chynna Tumer leads the defense with seven rebounds per game. As a team they are out shooting their opponents 43.1 percent to 41.4 percent.


St. Bonaventure at Kent St., 7:00 PM

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The Golden Flashes (1-4) looking to get back in the win column following an 0-2 finish at Northern Arizona’s Hilton Garden Inn Thanksgiving Classic in Flagstaff, Ariz., last weekend, suffering a tough 46-45 loss to Utah Valley State Friday (Nov. 25) before dropping a 72-56 decision to the host Lumberjacks the following day. The NCAA released its first statistical rankings report of the season Monday (Nov. 28), and the Golden Flashes are currently 11th in the country in free-throw percentage, converting at an 81.3% rate from the charity stripe. Junior center Leslie Schaefer (Verona, Wis.) is tied with four others for 25th in the nation in freebie shots with a 92.9% success rate (minimum 2.5 free-throws made per game).  Coming off of a WNIT appearance in 2010-11, the Bonnies opened the 2011-12 campaign with three straight road victories -- including a 64-58 season-opening triumph at then-No. 25 St. John’s on Nov. 12 and a 56-48 victory at West Virginia on Nov. 18. St. Bonaventure is coming off of its first loss of the season Sunday (Nov. 27), falling to Delaware, 61-49. Senior guard Jessica Jenkins is a career 1,000-point scorer. The Marion, Ohio, native is averaging 13.6 points per game this season. Head coach Jim Crowley is in his 12th season at the helm.


Western Michigan at Youngstown St., 7:00 PM

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Western Michigan (0-4) looks for its first win of the season as it travels to Youngstown State (3-3) Wednesday, Nov. 30. Senior forward Miame Giden has recorded a double-double in three of four games this season (seven career). She has 1,065 career points, ranking 20th all-time at WMU.  The Broncos are averaging 58.8 ppg and are shooting 36.0 % this season.  Miame Giden is the team leading scorer (12.5 ppg) and rebounder (8.5 rpg). Maria Iaquaniello is averaging 9.5 ppg and 3.0 rpg and leads the team with nine steals. Junior Aurielle Anderson (14 assists) and sophomore Core Buchanan (13 assists) split time at point gaurd. YSU is 3-3 this season, defeating IPFW, Bucknell and Loyola-Marymount, while losing to West Virginia, American and UNI. Three players are averaging double figures - Brandi Brown (17.3 ppg), Heidi Schlagel (11.2) and Kenya Middlebrooks (10.2). Brown is also the team's leading rebounder with 8.8 rpg per contest

Cleveland State men's basketball to open HL 

 play against Wright State tomorrow

Cleveland State (6-1, 0-0 HL) at Wright State (2-4, 0-0 HL) 
Date: Thursday, December 1, 2011