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ONU Women’s Basketball receives votes in NCAA Division III polls

By: Andrew Korba

| USA Today Sports Poll | D3hoops.com Poll |

ADA –The Ohio Northern women’s basketball team received votes in both the USA Today Sports Division III Top 25 Coaches poll and the D3hoops.com poll.

In the USA Today Sports poll, ONU received nine votes and is just eight points shy of cracking the top 25.

DePauw (Ind.) remained atop the poll with 200 points, Hope (Mich.) was second with 191 points and Amherst (Mass.) is third with 182 points.

In the D3hoops.com, the Polar Bears received 22 points, which was 18 more than last week.

DePauw claimed the top spot with 623 points, Washington U. (Mo.) is second with 578 points and Amherst was third with 560.

Northern is just 18 points shy of entering the top 25 in the poll.

Over the past two weeks, Ohio Northern (9-3 overall, 2-3 OAC) posted wins over Baruch (N.Y.) and No. 8 Wisconsin-Whitewater at the D3hoops.com Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Polar Bears returned to OAC action on Saturday, where they fell to Marietta 72-64.

ONU will return to action on Saturday, when it travels to face off against Mount Union at 3 pm.

USA Today Women’s Poll – Week 6

Jan. 7, 2014

Rank
School (1st Pl. Votes)
Previous Rank
Record Points
1. DePauw (Ind.) (8) 1 12-0 200
2. Hope (Mich.) 2 12-0 191
3. Amherst (Mass.) 3 10-0 182
4. Williams (Mass.) 4 12-0 172
5. Washington U. (Mo.) 5 10-1 163
6. Whitman (Wash.) 6 11-0 158
7. Tufts (Mass.) 7 10-0 153
8. Thomas More (Ky.) 9 11-0 145
9. Emory (Ga.) 10 11-0 136
10. St. Thomas (Minn.) 12 8-1 125
11. Montclair State (N.J.) 11 11-1 123
12. FDU-Florham (N.J.) 13 11-0 114
13 George Fox (Ore.) 15 11-0 104
14 York (Pa.) NR 11-0 75
15. Wheaton (Ill.) 21 10-1 65
16. Carthage (Wis.) 14 10-2 61
17. Lebanon Valley (Pa.) 22 10-1 56
18. Rhodes (Tenn.) 18 9-1 52
19. Wisconsin-Whitewater 8 9-3 48
20. Bowdoin (Maine) 19 11-1 47
21. Christopher Newport (Va.) 23 9-2 43
22. Wheaton (Mass.) NR 11-0 39
23. Wisconsin-Oshkosh NR 12-0 38
24. John Carroll NR 9-0 23
25. Wisconsin-Stevens Point 18 9-3 17

Others Receiving Votes: Wisconsin-Oshkosh 13, Ferrum (Va.) 12, Geneseo State (N.Y.) 11, Ohio Northern 11, Randolph-Macon (Va.) 9, Trinity (Tex.) 6, Haverford (Pa.) 4, Ithaca (N.Y.) 3, New York U. (2), New England (Maine) 1.

D3hoops.com Poll – Week 5

Jan. 7, 2014

Rank
School (1st Pl. Votes)
Record
Points Previous Ranking
1. DePauw (Ind.) (24) 12-0 623 1
2. Washington U (Mo.) 10-1 578 2
3. Amherst (Mass.) (1) 10-0 560 3
4. Whitman (Wash.) 11-0 538 4
5. Hope (Mich.) 12-0 498 5
6. Thomas More (Ky.) 11-0 491 6
7. Tufts (Mass.) 10-0 452 7
8. George Fox (Ore.) 11-0 441 10
9. St. Thomas (Minn.) 8-1 438 9
10. Williams (Mass.) 12-0 382 12
11. Montclair State (N.J.) 11-1 378 11
12. Emory (Ga.) 11-0 363 13
13. FDU-Florham (N.J.) 9-0 321 14
14. Wheaton (Ill.) 10-1 305 15
15. York (Pa.) 11-0 275 19
16. Carthage (Wis.) 10-2 224 16
17. Wisconsin-Oshkosh 12-0 222 21
18. John Carroll 9-0 190 24
19. Wisconsin-Whitewater 9-3 170 8
20. Rhodes (Tenn.) 9-1 115 17
21. Christopher Newport (Va.) 9-2 71
22. Ferrum (Va.) 6-0 56
23. Randolph-Macon (Va.) 9-2 53 20
24. Wisconsin-Stevens Point 9-3 50 22
25. Bowdoin (Maine) 11-1 40 25

Others Receiving Votes: Elizabethtown (Pa.) 37, Haverford (Pa.) 35, Ithaca (N.Y.) 32, Trinity (Tex.) 29, Lebanon Valley (Pa.) 23, Ohio Northern 22, Texas-Tyler 19, Wheaton (Mass.), Texas-Dallas 16, Vassar (N.Y.) 15, Moravian (Pa.) 14, Baldwin Wallace 8, College of New Jersey6, Hartwick (N.Y.)5, St. Norbert (Wis.) 3, Olivet (Mich.) 3, Transylvania (Ky.) 2, New York U. 2,

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Andrew Korba, COURTESY ONU SPORTS INFORMATION

Wilmington Men’s Basketball back home after a month on the road; hosts Capital Wednesday night

Wilmington College Athletics

 

For the first time in more than a month, the Wilmington College men’s basketball team will be able to compete in front of the home fans as they host Capital 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Ohio Athletic Conference action at Fred Raizk Arena in Hermann Court.

Despite coming into the game with a losing record, the Capital is a very skilled opponent.

“They have played an extremely tough schedule against some of the better teams in the country,” said Wilmington head coach K.C. Hunt. “I am not concerned with their record. What I am watching on tape is a really good basketball team. They are big, strong and run their stuff. They’re younger than they have been, but they are a talented basketball team. We are going to have to play well to win.”

The Crusaders (4-6 overall, 1-2 OAC) are coming off a 76-58 victory over Piedmont, which snapped a four-game losing streak. Freshman guard Tyrel Jackson led the team with 14 points as all five starters reached double figures.

Sophomore guard AJ Dixon is leading the team in scoring with 14.6 points per game, while shooting 41.5 percent from the first. More than half of his shots have been from beyong the arc, and he is leding the team with 60 free throw attempts. Dixon is shooting 78.3 percent (47-of-60) from the charity stripe. He is also second on the team with 27 assists.

Junior forward Andrew Bolka leads the team and is tied for third in the Ohio Athletic Conference with 6.8 rebounds per game. His 10.8 points is good for second on the team. He is also the only Capital player to start in all 10 games as eight different players has earned a start this season. Junior Michael Green adds 10.3 points per contest.

The Fightin’ Quakers believe that have a handle on what CU wants to do.

“They have played a lot of zone this year,” said Hunt. “We are going to have to be prepared for multiple defenses. It’s going to be about us recognizing defenses and being in attack mode. On defense, we are going have to do a good job, containing (Bolka) and defending the high-low.”

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Jayson Rasheed, COURTESY WILMINGTON COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Ohio Northern senior Branden Rushton named OAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Andrew Korba, COURTESY ONU SPORTS INFORMATION

 

ADA — Senior Branden Rushton has been named OAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.

In three games over the past two weeks, Rushton averaged 25.7 ppg.

On Dec. 29, he scored 21 points and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in Northern’s 102-69 win at Cal Tech.

On Dec. 31, Rushton set a new career-high with 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting, leading the Polar Bears past Chapman (Calif.) 86-82.

Rushton also scored 25 points in ONU’s 73-68 loss to Trine (Ind.) on Saturday.

He currently leads the OAC in scoring (19.5 ppg) and in three point shooting percentage (.583).

Ohio Northern will return to action on Wednesday, when it hosts No. 15 Marietta at 7 pm.

McDaniel Women beat Washington Adventist in basketball, 58-56

 

TAKOMA PARK, Md. – McDaniel saw a nine-point second-half lead evaporate before Codi McMaster (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) notched her only field goal of the night, putting back a missed jumper to break a 56-all deadlock in the final second and lift McDaniel to a 58-56 non-conference women’s basketball victory at Washington Adventist on Saturday.

Lauren Ballenger (Silver Spring, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) led the Green Terror (7-3) with 11 points while Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) added 10 points, including draining a triple to beat the first-half buzzer and cap an 18-3 run over the final 4:50 of the stanza that turned a nine-point deficit into a 35-29 halftime edge.

Rashawnda Carter led the Shock (4-9) with 18 points while Nicole Derrickson added 12 point and Courtney Cayard had 11.

Codi McMaster

An Alyssa March (Fallston, Md./Fallston) jumper gave McDaniel a 51-42 lead with 9:44 to play in the second half before Cayard and Carter each hit layups to cut the deficit to five with 6:20 on the clock.

One Perez free throw made it a 56-49 advantage with 2:04 to play before a Carter three-point play on the next Washington Adventist possession trimmed the deficit to four.

A jumper from Derrikson made it a two-point game with 41 seconds left before a Re’gene Watson putback knotted the game with 13 ticks remaining.

Derrickson blocked a Perez jumper but McMaster corralled the rebound and put it back for the victory.

Tied at 9-all after a back-and-forth first nine minutes, Derrickson hit two free throws with 10:42 to play in the first half to ignite a 9-2 burst that put the Shock in front 18-11 with 8:39 showing.

Five points from Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) closed the deficit to 20-16 before Washington Adventist tallied six of the game’s next seven points to take a 26-17 lead with 4:50 remaining.

Two March free throws started the end-of-half rally with 4:33 on the clock.

Perez contributed seven of her points during the run while Brittney Davis (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) had five of her eight points.

Five points from Derrickson keyed a 7-0 start to the second half that gave the hosts a one-point edge with 18:26 showing before Ballenger hit a layup to started a 14-4 run.

Davis added five assists to her eight points. McMaster had a game-high nine rebounds to go with her three points.

The Green Terror returns to Centennial Conference play at home against Muhlenberg on Wednesday. Game time is 6 p.m.

 

GAME REPORT WRITTEN BY Luke Stillson, COURTESY McDaniel Athletics

Razorbacks Women’s Basketball (13-1) team fresh off first loss of season heads to Missouri on Sunday afternoon

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. Looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season and earn a key win on the road in the SEC, the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team (13-1, 0-1 SEC) travels to face Missouri (12-2, 1-0 SEC) in Columbia, Mo., on Sunday.

The Razorbacks opened SEC play Thursday at home against a tough opponent in No. 12/13 South Carolina. Despite trailing by as much as 16 points in the second half, Arkansas battled back, but was ultimately defeated in a 55-51 loss.

Missouri enters Sunday’s matchup against Arkansas having won its SEC opener, 86-76, on the road over Ole Miss. Four Tigers scored in double figures in the win, led by Bri Kulas with 26 points and eight rebounds.

Kulas leads Missouri with 17.8 points per game and is also second on the team with 5.9 rebounds a contest so far this season. The 6-1 senior forward was named to the 2013 All-SEC Second Team last season, starting in each of the team’s 32 games and averaging a team-leading 13.8 points per game.

The Tigers are known for their outside game and willingness to take the three-point shot, averaging 10.6 three-pointers per game. Missouri is converting 40 percent of its three-point attempts this season, led by Morgan Eye and her 45.6 percent shooting. Eye is one of the NCAA’s best three-point shooters, second in the SEC only to Arkansas’ McKenzie Adams (49.2 percent).

“They’re an outstanding basketball team and they do a great job,” head coach Tom Collen said of the Tigers. “They have some ups and downs, but on a night when they’re up and making their three-point shots they can compete with anybody in the country.”

On the other side, Arkansas ranks No. 14 in the NCAA in three-point percentage defense, holding opponents to 25.4 percent from distance so far this season. The Razorbacks also continue to lead the nation in scoring defense for a fifth straight week, allowing opponents just 45.4 points per game through 14 games this season.

Leading scorer Jessica Jackson looks to bounce back offensively for Arkansas, after going just 4-for-18 (3-for-9 3PT) from the floor Thursday in the team’s loss to South Carolina. Jackson remains the highest-ranking freshman scorer in the SEC at 14.8 points per game and has reached double digits in 13 of 14 games this season.

The Razorbacks as a whole look to right the ship offensively after the team shot a season-low 26.1 percent in the loss to the Gamecocks. Arkansas has shot better than 40 percent in 11 games so far this season, which keeps them on pace and in position to surpass the team doing so 13 times in 32 games last season.

Coach Collen is 1-5 all-time following a loss in the SEC opener. The Razorbacks bounced back and upset No. 10 Kentucky in Fayetteville, 78-67, during the 2010-11 season after dropping their conference opener on the road to Florida.

Arkansas holds a 7-4 all-time series record over Missouri, including a 3-3 record in Columbia, Mo. The Razorbacks swept the Tigers last season, earning a 58-50 win on the road and a 61-40 victory at home.

“They’ve done a pretty good job of promoting and their crowds are starting to get bigger,” Coach Collen said of Mizzou Arena. “We had a great game up there with them last year and found a way to pull it out in the end. We’ve got some experience with them and it’s a rivalry game, as we’ll be playing them twice a year from now on.”

Arkansas and Missouri are scheduled to tip off at 2 p.m. inside Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo.

The game will air in Northwest Arkansas on KOSM-FM 92.1; in Rogers on KURM-AM 790; in Fort Smith on KFPW-FM 94.5 and 1230 AM; and in Little Rock on KREB-FM 103.7.

For more information on Arkansas women’s basketball, follow @RazorbackWBB on Twitter.

– ArkansasRazorbacks.com || On Twitter @ArkRazorbacks || Facebook.com/ArkansasRazorbacks –

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Brandon Alan Harrison, COURTESY ARKANSAS MEDIA RELATIONS

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