Thursday's Women's Basketball Results

Updated 12/20/2012


Thursday's Women's Basketball Results
Youngstown State 80, Akron 71
Toledo 60, Evansville 50
Central Michigan 98, St. Joseph's 84
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Youngstown State 80, Akron 71
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Akron posted a higher field goal percentage and collected more rebounds, but neither would be enough to overcome 22 turnovers in an 80-71 loss at Youngstown State Thursday night.
UA (8-4) saw YSU (8-3) convert its missteps into 23 points which would figure to be the difference maker, despite four Zips reaching double figures offensively. As a team, Akron shot .491 from the field, and won the battle on the boards 39-30.
Hanna Luburgh scored 12 of her team-high 18 points in the first half to pace the Zips, who also had help from Kacie Cassell's career-high tying 10 assists. Sina King recorded her seventh double-double of the year, putting up 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Rachel Tecca also chipped in 10 points and six boards. The redshirt junior has recorded double-digits in the points column in all 12 of Akron's game this season.
Neither team was able to claim an advantage in the early going, as the two teams played each other closely to produce four ties in the first 10 minutes.
The performance of Carly Young off the bench gave UA the spark it was searching for, pouring in 16 points, including 4-of-8 from long range, in 19 minutes of action.
Youngstown State began to string together consecutive scoring possessions, and eventually held Akron to three points in five minutes en route to capturing its largest lead of the first half at 12 with just under two minutes until the break. The Zips retaliated with six unanswered points off the hot hands of Luburgh and Young to cut the deficit to six.
Akron threatened in the opening minutes of the second period when Luburgh and Young teamed up again to make it a one-point game at the 15:16 mark. But the Penguins surged ahead on a 7-0 run to separate themselves by a margin that would grow to as large as 14.
Though the Zips continued to chip away, they proved to be their own worst enemy, coughing up costly turnovers and falling victim to defensive breakdowns that allowed Youngstown State to maintain the advantage for the remainder of the contest.
YSU was led by senior Brandi Brown with 25 points and 15 rebounds, and was joined by Shar'rae Davis with 17 points.
UA does not return to the court until after the new year, when the Zips travel to Chicago State (1-10) on Thursday, Jan. 3 for their last non-conference game of the season. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
Toledo 60, Evansville 50
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo boosted its win streak to eight-consecutive games with a 60-50 victory against Evansville (2-8) on Thursday in the opening round of the inaugural Toledo Invite in Savage Arena. With the wire-to-wire triumph, the Rockets improve to 9-1 on the season.
UT will now play Prairie View A&M (3-5) in tomorrow's championship game at 7:00 p.m. The Panthers advanced to Friday's showdown with a 49-42 win over Hampton (7-4) earlier this evening.
Senior Naama Shafir led the Midnight Blue & Gold with 12 points and a season-high 10 assists to post her fourth career double-double. Shafir produced the elusive double-double without committing a turnover in a team-tying best 27 minutes of action.
Joining Shafir in double digits was sophomore Inma Zanoguera with 12 points, four rebounds and a career-tying best two rejections. The Rockets also received solid all-around performances from junior Andola Dortch (9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals), senior Yolanda Richardson (8 points, 7 boards), junior Brianna Jones (8 points, 3 caroms) and senior Kyle Baumgartner (5 points, team-high 8 rebounds) to move a step closer to capturing their school-record third tourney title this season. UT won the John Ascuaga's Nugget Classic on Nov. 23-24 in Reno, NV and most recently the Glass City Tournament on Dec. 1-2 in Savage Arena.
UT wasted little time in flexing its muscles against UE, jumping out to a 13-2 lead at the 16:07 mark. Richardson sparked the quick start with six points, while Zanoguera contributed a pair of baskets to build an early double-digit cushion.
Toledo continued to pour it only offensively as the first half wore one, receiving back-to-back triples from senior Riley McCormick and Dortch to make the score 22-6 at 9:53.
The three-time reigning Mid-American Conference West Division champions did not take their foot off the accelerator in the closing moments of the period, taking advantage of five late points from Shafir to assume a 37-16 advantage into the intermission. UT shot a respectable 41.2 percent (14-of-34) from the field in the opening 20 minutes, while holding UE to a frigid 17.4 percent (4-of-23). The Rockets also forced 12 turnovers and translated the miscues into 10 points, helping them establish a double-digit halftime lead for a sixth time in their last seven games.
Toledo pounded the ball inside to begin the second half and received consecutive layups from sophomore Janelle Reed-Lewis, Jones and Zanoguera to double-up the Purple Aces, 52-26, at 11:54.
From there, UT emptied its bench and put the game in cruise control, en route to claiming the 10-point triumph.
The Rockets finished the non-league matchup with 16 assists, compared to only 12 miscues. They also posted a season-high seven blocks and held a slight 42-40 edge on the glass.
Samantha Heck paced Evansville with a game-high 16 points, while Mallory Ladd had 11 points, a contest-best 11 caroms and three steals. The Purple Aces were limited to 28.0 percent (14-of-50) from the floor to suffer their seventh-consecutive loss.
UE will battle Hampton in tomorrow's consolation finals, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Central Michigan 98, St. Joseph's 84
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Central Michigan scored the third most points in Gator Holiday Classic history en route to defeating Saint Joseph's in the opening round of the tournament over Saint Joseph's, 98-84.
The Chippewas (5-4) scored 90-plus for the second-straight game, knocking down 10 threes in the contest and converting 34 of their 46 free-throw attempts in a game that saw the two teams combined for 54 fouls.
Senior leadership was vital for the Chippewas as Brandie Baker, Jalisa Olive and Jessica Schroll, who was making her CMU debut after transferring from Iowa State, combined for 45 points. Baker recorded her ninth career double-double with a team-high 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Schroll finished her debut with 15 points and Olive scored 14.
After hitting a program-record 16 threes in Monday's win versus Robert Morris, the hot-shooting continued for the Maroon and Gold as they started the game on a 10-2 run that included a pair of threes from sophomores Jessica Green and Kerby Tamm.
The Hawks (5-4) came back to take their first lead of the game, 26-23, on a layup by Natasha Cloud, but the Chippewas responded with an 9-2 run behind five-straight points from junior Taylor Johnson to reclaim the lead, 30-28.
A rebounding edge, particularly on the offensive glass, allowed the Hawks to stay in the game in the first half despite the Chippewas shooting 7-for-8 from behind the three-point line. Saint Joseph's outrebounded CMU 22-17 in the first half and held a 10-6 advantage on the offensive end, but CMU held on to its lead at the break, 47-42.
The Hawks hung tough for the first eight minutes of the second half as the Chippewas led by just three, 61-58, at the 12 minute media timeout, but a 13-4 run allowed the Maroon and Gold to pull away. Johnson started the run with her second three of the second half and the Chippewas went to the paint, getting layups from Schroll, sophomore Crystal Bradford and Green. Bradford also hit a deep three from the right wing during the run.
Despite Johnson, Bradford and Schroll all fouling out with more than three minutes to go, the Chippewas held on to a double-digit lead, hitting 11-of-13 free throws down the stretch.
In addition to the Chippewa seniors' 45 points, Johnson scored 13, Green scored 12 and Bradford notched 10 to give CMU six players in double figures. Again the Chippewas bench outscored its opponent for the ninth straight game, finishing the night with a 59-20 advantage. CMU has scored 117 points combined off the bench in its last two games.
The Chippewas will look to knock off host Florida for the tournament championship tomorrow night at 7 p.m. A live video feed will be available for the contest through