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Otterbein’s Amariah Huck named OAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

Amariah Huck

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Otterbein University sophomore Amariah Huck (Zanesville/Tri-Valley) has been named the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) “Player of the Week” in women’s basketball, the league office announced Monday afternoon.

A 5-9 forward, Huck turned in a pair of impressive double-double efforts last week to help the Cardinals play to a 1-1 record.

Huck turned in a career-game Wednesday at league-leading John Carroll, scoring a career-best 33 points on 12-of-15 shooting and corralling a new career-high of 15 rebounds. She finished out the week strong with a 21-point, 12-rebound effort in the team’s 78-58 runaway win at Muskingum University.

Huck shot 65.6 percent from the field over the two games and now ranks fifth in the OAC for scoring (14.4 ppg.) and seventh in rebounding (6.5 rpg.).

The Cardinals return to action Wednesday evening with a 7:30 p.m. home game against Marietta College.

(courtesy OAC)

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Adam Prescott, COURTESY OTTERBEIN SPORTS INFORMATION

Phillis, Rhodes, Bischoff lead Otterbein Men’s Basketball over Muskingum, 80-75

Jake Phillis led the Cardinals with 18 points

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Otterbein University men’s basketball survived a back-and-forth contest Saturday evening with Muskingum University, out-lasting the visitors 80-75 in the Rike Center for a key conference win.

The Cardinals, improving to 4-13 overall and 3-7 in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), now hold the ti-breaker with the Muskies by virtue of winning both regular-season contests. The two teams entered the matchup tied for eighth in the league standings.

Muskingum (7-10, 2-8 OAC) used a pair of early three-pointers from Dave Brown en route to an 18-9 lead, but the Cardinals settled in and used a quick 10-0 run to jump ahead, 19-18, by the 11:00 mark.

Both sides continued to trade scores in what would be a high-scoring, back and forth first half that eventually went to halftime locked at 45-45. The opening 20 minutes saw nine ties and 17 lead changes.

“I told the guys at halftime that we are doing the things to get us in position to win,” Otterbein head coach Todd Adrian said. “Guys are beginning to take more ownership and firing each other up. They know it’s time to stop looking at me and start looking at each other.”

The matchup remained a one-possession battle throughout the opening seven minutes of the second half until another 10-0 Otterbein spurt, capped by a jumper off the glass from Matt Rhodes, put the Cards ahead 64-56 just beyond the midway point of the period.

The Muskies stayed close, eventually closing to within three points (74-71) after a jumper from Clay Owings with 2:07 showing on the second-half clock. An offensive tip-in from Otterbein’s Andy Yazrombek on the other end bumped the lead back to two possessions, and two key defensive stops coupled with four made free throws from Jake Phillis helped seal the team’s first home win of the season.

Phillis and Rhodes scored 18 and 17, respectively, to lead five Cardinals finishing in double figures. Jake Bischoff added 14 while both Yazrombek and Marshall Crum chipped in 10.

“I think Matt (Rhodes) is comfortable again and has righted some of the adversity he had earlier in the season,” Adrian said. “He brings a mental toughness that we sometimes lack. Jake (Phillis) is starting to lead this team and I feel more and more comfortable leaving theball in his hands. He’s still a freshman but is continuing to learn and make positive plays.”

The Cardinals shot a solid .547 from the field while limiting the Muskies to a .385 output. Otterbein had a 40-24 advantage on points in the paint and a 31-9 edge in bench scoring.

Logan Kimble recorded a game-high 23 points for Muskingum and Brown finished with 19 in the losing effort.

Otterbein will hit the road to begin next week’s action, traveling to Marietta College Wednesday evening for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. The Pioneers previously earned a 109-72 victory in Westerville back on December 4.

 

GAME REPORT WRITTEN BY Adam Prescott, COURTESY OTTERBEIN SPORTS INFORMATION

Point guard Chelsea Reed helps lead second half run in Otterbein Women’s win at Muskingum, 78-58

Chelsea Reed

NEW CONCORD, Ohio – The Otterbein University women’s basketball squad got a bit of revenge Saturday afternoon, running away in the second half to earn a 78-58 win at Muskingum University.

The Cardinals, having lost to the Muskies earlier this season at home, improve themselves to 7-10 overall and 3-7 within the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Otterbein trailed throughout most of the first half before jumping ahead at 28-26 after freshman Cheyenne Hartley-Carr knocked down a trifecta at the 2:46 mark.

Muskingum (4-12, 2-8 OAC) scored the last four points of the half to take a slim 30-28 lead at the break, but the second half would belong to the Cardinals.

Junior Mary Corbett scored 17 of her career-high 27 points after intermission, burying a three-point on Otterbein’s first possession to help set the tone.

The Muskies kept it a one-possession battle as the game clocked moved under 12:00, but Otterbein would embark on a 24-6 run spanning the next six minutes to open a 21-point lead. The hosts would get no closer than 15 the rest of the way as Otterbein cruised to victory.

Corbett scored her career-high 27 on an 8-of-11 effort from the field, which included five three-pointers and a perfect 6-of-6 mark at the free-throw line. Sophomore Amariah Huck finished out an impressive week by contributing another double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Point guard Chelsea Reed managed the game nicely from her lead guard position, dishing out a season-high 12 assists to go along with eight points and three steals.

The Cards shot 46.6 percent from the floor while limiting Muskingum to 29.6 percent on the other end. Otterbein finished with a 27-9 edge in points off turnovers and forced the Muskies into shooting 7 of 27 from beyond the arc.

Otterbein will return home to begin action next week, hosting Marietta College Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. The Cards narrowly fell, 71-69, earlier this season to the Pioneers when a potential game-winning three-pointer from Madi Miller just missed the mark at the buzzer.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Adam Prescott, COURTESY OTTERBEIN SPORTS INFORMATION

Jordan Kimes leads ONU Women’s Basketball past #17 John Carroll, 74-71

January 26, 2014

Recap | Box Score
Final 1 2 T
Ohio Northern (13-4, 6-4 OAC) 21 53 74
John Carroll (13-2, 8-2 OAC) 28 43 71
University, Hts., OH – DeCarlo Varsity
Ohio Northern John Carroll
Pts: Jordan Kimes – 18 Pts: Melissa Spahar – 26
Reb: Jordan Kimes – 10 Reb: Melissa Spahar – 10
Ast: Sara Kocian – 5 Ast: 2 Players (#05, #25 – 4)
Team Statistics Ohio Northern John Carroll
Field Goal % 42.4% (25-59 ) 36.8% (21-57 )
Rebounds 38 37
Assists 17 11
Turnovers 14 14
Pts off Turnovers 8 12
2nd Chance Pts 8 11
Pts in the Paint 20 26
Fastbreak Pts 0 0
Bench Pts 21 14

full stats

By Tim Glon

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — Junior Jordan Kimes registered her fifth double-double of the season to lead the Ohio Northern women’s basketball team to a 74-71 victory at league-leading and No. 17-ranked John Carroll on Sunday at the DeCarlo Varsity Center.

The Polar Bears improve to 13-7 overall and 6-4 in Ohio Athletic Conference play, while the Blue Streaks fall to 13-2, 8-2.

Kimes had team-highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Sara Kocian had 12 points and senior Cenzie Yoder scored 10 points for ONU.

Melissa Spahar had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead John Carroll.

Sophomore Karissa Steffas nailed a 3-pointer and Kimes followed with a basket to give ONU a 49-48 lead with nine minutes to play.

Spahar hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 59-59 with 4:24 left, but senior Taylor Hermiller answered with a 3-point play with 3:46 to go to give ONU the lead for good at 62-59.

Yoder scored with 2:32 remaining to make it 67-63 and sophomore Brooke Espenschied added a basket at the 1:51 mark to put Northern on top 69-63.

Spahar made one of two free throws with 37 seconds remaining to pull JCU within 72-71, but Yoder hit two free throws with 13 seconds to play to extend the lead to 74-71.

After a timeout by the Blue Streaks, a 3-pointer at the buzzer missed the mark and ONU held on for the victory.

JCU opened the game on an 8-1 run in the first 3:16, only to see ONU regain the lead at 19-16 with eight minutes left.

But the Blue Streaks would close out the half on a 12-2 run to lead 28-21 at intermission.

Ohio Northern made 25-of-59 of its field goal attempts for 42.4 percent, while John Carroll was 21-of-57 from the floor for 36.8 percent.

ONU was 7-of-14 from 3-point range for 50 percent, compared to 3-of-10 by JCU.

Northern won the rebounding battle by a slim 38-37 margin.

The Polar Bears will return home for two games next week, hosting Baldwin Wallace on Wednesday and Marietta on Saturday.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tim Glon, COURTESY ONU SPORTS INFORMATION

Devon Allen scores career-high 21 points in 97-80 rout of John Carroll in Men’s Basketball

January 26, 2014

Video | Recap | Box Score
Final 1 2 T
John Carroll (11-6, 5-5 OAC) 28 52 80
Ohio Northern (9-8, 5-5 OAC) 46 51 97
ONU Sports Center, Ada, Ohio
John Carroll Ohio Northern
Pts: Joey Vuyancih – 18 Pts: Devon Allen – 21
Reb: Simon Kucharewicz – 7 Reb: Lucas Pennington – 7
Ast: Jake Hollinger – 3 Ast: Isaiah Roux – 5
Team Statistics John Carroll Ohio Northern
Field Goal % 42.3% (30-71 ) 51.6% (32-62 )
Rebounds 33 40
Assists 10 10
Turnovers 15 13
Pts off Turnovers 16 21
2nd Chance Pts 14 11
Pts in the Paint 36 40
Fastbreak Pts 7 8
Bench Pts 35 43

full stats

By Caleb Scott

ADA — Freshman Devon Allen scored a career-high 21 points to help lead the Ohio Northern men’s basketball team to a 97-80 victory over John Carroll Sunday afternoon at the ONU Sports Center.

Ohio Northern improves its record to 9-8 overall and 5-5 in Ohio Athletic Conference play. John Carroll falls to 11-6, 5-5.

Allen scored 16 of his game-high 21 points in the second half.

Junior Isaiah Roux finished the game with 16 points and six rebounds while junior Lucas Pennington chipped in 13 points and a game high seven rebounds.

Senior Branden Rushton added 13 points for the Polar Bears and pulled down six rebounds.

A jumper by Rushton would cap an 11-2 run by the Polar Bears to give them their biggest lead of the first half at 37-15 with 7:49 to go.

ONU shot 18-of-36 (50 percent) in the first half to help take a 46-28 lead into intermission.

The Polar Bear defense forced 15 John Carroll turnovers for the game, resulting in 21 points off turnovers.

A free throw by Allen would give Ohio Northern its biggest lead of the day at 75-46 with 9:59 to go in the game.

“We always talk about getting better everyday and today was very encouraging,” said head coach Kevin Byrne. “It helps having two guys in Devon Allen and Isaiah Roux playing the best they have this season.”

The Polars Bears did not trail in the game. ONU shot 51.6 percent from the field on 32-of-62 shooting and 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) from beyond the arc.

John Carroll shot 30-of-71 (42.3 percent) from the field and 7-of-26 (26.9 percent) from three point range.

ONU held the advantage on the boards 40-33

The Polar Bears will be back in action on Wednesday at 7:30 pm as they travel to Berea to take on Baldwin Wallace.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Caleb Scott, COURTESY ONU SPORTS INFORMATION

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