Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Northern Illinois 79, Lamar 52
Central Michigan 88, Xavier 62
Ball State 76, Tennessee Tech 64
Eastern Michigan 120, Marygrove 35
Maryland 84, Ohio 60
Houston 54, Kent State 44
Saint Mary's 81, Toledo 57
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After falling in heartbreaking fashion Friday morning, the Northern Illinois women's basketball team sprung back in the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic finale Saturday against Lamar, defeating the Cardinals by 27 points, 79-52. Junior Amanda Corral (Hobart, Ind./Hobart) scored a career-high 25 points and was one of three players to reach double figures in scoring.
NIU (3-3) shot .492 from the field (32-of-65), with 16 field goals a half, outshooting Lamar (4-4) by over 20 percent in the game, .290 (18-of-62). The Huskies registered 16 assists, compared to Lamar's five.
"We really stayed with the game plan today and continued to work on our penetration on the defense. We handled their pressure well, they like to press all over the court and we did a good job of working through that," said Head Coach Kathi Bennett. "Our mentality was awesome, we did a good job of working together defensively and fighting hard."
Hot shooting off the pass was a major key to the Huskies success as they were 16-for-33 (.485) in the first half of play, including 6-of-12 (.500) from behind the arc.
Off the bench, Alexis Lindstrom (Howards Grove, Wis./Howards Grove) stepped into the game and planted herself on the corner behind the arc, hitting three three-point field goals in the half to finish the period with 11 points. Lindstrom closed the game with 14 points, adding one more three point field goal in the game.
The Huskies led by 15 at halftime and would increase that lead to 31 after going on an 23-2 run to open the second half, not allowing a Cardinal point until 4:31 into the second half. Northern Illinois led by as much as 36 in the game after a pair of made free throws by Corral at the 12:51 mark in the second half.
Corral did her best work in the second half of the game as she scored 16 points of her 25 in the second period. The Hobart, Ind. native was 10-for-16 (.625) from the field, including 2-for-4 from behind the arc. She also added three assists, two steals, a block and two rebounds in 25 of minutes as she sat in early foul trouble.
On the weekend, Corral averaged 20.5 points per game, leading the Huskies in scoring in both of their games.
While Corral added a strong offensive presence for the Huskies, it was senior Alicia Johnson (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben) that set the tone for NIU defensively. She brought down a career-high 11 rebounds in the game with one steal, while dishing four assists on the offensive side of the floor. The Huskies would out rebound the Cardinals, 48-34.
Natecia Augusta (Peoria, Ill./Limestone) nearly added her fourth double-double of the season as she scored 11 points with eight rebounds. Augusta tied her career-best in blocks with two. NIU finished with five blocks in the game.
Danny Pulliam (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) and Ashley Sneed (Harvey, Ill./Thornton) each scored eight points in the contest, each nearly adding to the Huskies impressive double-digit scoring totals.
The Huskies return to the court Thursday, December 5 at Illinois State. The game will begin at 7 p.m. Central at Redbird Arena.
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands - A program-record 18 three-point field goals helped Central Michigan earn a victory over Xavier in the finale of the Paradise Jam Saturday afternoon, 88-62.
Led by six treys each from senior Niki DiGuilio and junior Kerby Tamm and a career-high nine assists from junior Jessica Green, the Chippewas (2-4) finished the afternoon 18-for-32 (56.3 percent) from behind the arc.
DiGuilio notched a game-high 21 points, while Tamm's 18 marked a new career high. Green nearly recorded her first career double-double, adding 15 points to her nine helpers.
Senior Jordan LaDuke also came off the bench and went a perfect 2-for-2 from deep to score a season-high 10 points in just 11 minutes.
After a pair of losses to Kansas and No. 2 Duke in the first two contests of the tournament, the Chippewas came out firing and took an 11-2 lead over the Musketeers (2-5) behind triples from Green, Tamm and DiGuilio. A layup by senior Taylor Johnson on a feed from Green pushed the lead to double digits, 26-16, at the 8:39 mark of the first half and a three from Tamm with just 20 seconds left in the half gave the Maroon and Gold a 14-point halftime lead, 46-32.
The Chippewas finished the first half 8-of-14 from deep, but out did themselves in the second half, going 10-for-18.
Tamm started things off where she left them with a three at the 18:50 mark to extend the lead to 49-34 before a three by DiGuilio gave the Chippewas a 21-point advantage, 59-38, with 14:30 to play.
The Musketeers were able to get as close to 15 with 7:30 to play, but DiGuilio scored nine of the Chippewas' next 12 points over the next 2:03 to put the game out of reach.
CMU's previous record of 16 three-point field goals set last season versus Robert Morris was broken when Tamm made a three with 3:49 to play.
The Chippewas are back in action Thursday when they host their home opener versus Dayton at 7 p.m. inside McGuirk Arena.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada - The Ball State women's basketball team (2-4) had four players score in double figures to lead the Cardinals to an 76-64 win over Tennessee Tech (2-4) at the South Point Shootout Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Nathalie Fontaine led the way for the Cardinals with her first double-double of the season with a 16 point, 11 rebound performance. Fontaine was also named to the South Point Shootout All-Tournament team. Freshman guard Jill Morrison went 3-for-4 from the three point line and added 15 points. Junior guard Brittany Carter also chipped in 15 points, while freshman center Renee Bennett, in her first career start, contributed a personal best 14 points.
The Cardinals started the second half off with a 22-12 run that was capped off by a three pointer from Morrison off of the assist from senior guard Brandy Woody, making it a 61-48 ball game with 10:50 left on the clock.
The Golden Eagles cut the lead to 64-57 with 6:50 to play in the second half after a 9-3 run, but the Cardinals finished the game on a 12-7 run to seal the 12-point victory.
For the game, Ball State out-rebounded Tennessee Tech, 46-to-35 and scored 18 points off of the Golden Eagles 14 turnovers.
Ball State started the game down 4-0 to Tennessee Tech, but the Cardinals quickly responded with a 20-7 run to take a 13-point lead (20-7) over the Golden Eagles with 13:33 left to play in the first half. Back-to-back baskets by Bennett contributed to that run, Morrison and Fontaine also combined for seven free throws for the Cardinals. The Golden Eagles answered with a 14-2 surge of their own to go ahead of the Cardinals, 27-24, with 5:51 on the clock.
After three lead changes and five ties, Ball State would take a 39-36 lead into the intermission. At the half, Fontaine led the Cardinals with nine points while Bennett had eight.
The Ball State women's basketball team returns home after a four-game road stretch when the Cardinals host Western Kentucky, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. Ball State will then travel to Wyoming, Dec. 14 before hosting Louisville in Worthen Arena, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team shattered its single-game points record against Marygrove College, cruising to a 120-35 non-conference victory Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Convocation Center. Twelve different Eagles scored with seven players reaching double figures in points.
With the win, Eastern improves to 4-0 overall on the season, while Marygrove falls to 2-7 overall. The Green and White had a record-setting afternoon as it broke three EMU records and six Convocation Center records in the contest.
Four Eagles had career days as Phillis Webb (Brooklyn Park, Minn.-Osseo) and Desyree Thomas (Waterford, Mich.-Mott) fueled the EMU offense with 19 points apiece. Webb's 19 points and nine rebounds were each career-highs for the freshman, while Thomas' 19 points tied a career-best set against Western Michigan, March 9, 2013. The duo of Haley Moore (Milford, Neb.-Milford) and Jamaica Bucknor (New Haven, Conn.) each reached double-digit points with career afternoons. Moore tied a career-best, draining five three-pointers and notching a career-high 17 points, while Bucknor had 10 points for EMU. KaBria Walker (Toledo, Ohio-Rogers) closed out the individual career days for the Eagles as the sophomore had three points and nabbed two defensive rebounds.
Freshman Cha Sweeney (Toldeo, Ohio-Rogers) notched her first career double-double as she had 13 points and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds, while dishing out six assists. Olivia Fouty (Toledo, Ohio-Sylvania Northview) had 12 points and Janay Morton (Brooklyn Park, Minn.-Osseo) also had 10 for the Green and White.
The Eagles shot 45.5 percentage for the contest, going 45-for-99 from the floor with a 52.5 percent clip in the second half; meanwhile the Mustangs only managed 22.7 percent from the floor, making 15-of-66 attempts.
The Green and White got after Marygrove quickly as it went on an 18-0 run to start the contest. Fouty led the EMU attack as she scored four points and grabbed two steals, while Morton and Sweeney each nabbed two rebounds. The Mustangs connected on their first basket of the contest with 15:02 left in the first half of play. Eastern quickly responded to the made basket as Moore drained a three-pointer from the top of the arc, bringing the Eagles advantage to 21-2.
Eastern Michigan continued to dominate as it went on a 23-2 run to close out the half with a 52-point lead over Marygrove. The Eagles' 67 points ranks second in Convocation Center history for one half as the Green and White notched 72 points in the first half against Marygrove, Nov. 14, 2011.
The Green and White used a 40.7 shooting percentage, six three-pointers and 13 free throws in the first half to take the commanding lead over the Mustangs. The Eagles were led by Thomas who notched 15 points with one three-pointer, while Webb had 10 points and pulled down six rebounds in the first half of play. EMU had 12 steals, and forced 22 turnovers, including one 10-second violation.
The Eagles held Marygrove to a 22.6 shooting percentage in the first half as the Mustangs went 7-of-31 from the floor. Ciara Moore led Marygrove as she had six points, while Kierra Jordan grabbed six defensive rebounds for the Mustangs in the first half of play.
After Marygrove found the first six points of the second half, EMU went on a 22-0 run, that included eight fastbreak points. The Eagles broke the all-time single-game scoring record when Bucknor notched a three from beyond the arc to bring the EMU lead to 113-35. The previous single-game record was set Nov. 14, 2011 when the Green and White dropped 110 points on Marygrove.
The Eagles will be back in action Wednesday, Dec. 4, when they travel to Chicago, Ill. to take on Loyola-Chicago in a non-conference contest. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico -- The Ohio University women's basketball team (3-3) fell to the No. 8-ranked University of Maryland (7-1), 84-60, Saturday (Nov. 30) in its final game of the 2013 San Juan Shootout at Mario Morales Coliseum.
The Bobcats lost their second straight. Ohio dropped a 76-67 decision to the University of Illinois at Chicago on Friday (Nov. 29) in the opening game of the San Juan Shootout.
"I thought we played harder today," said first-year head coach Bob Boldon. "We had a good look at the tape last night, and, sometimes, the truth hurts. You need to look at the tape and see what you're doing wrong and make adjustments, and I thought the brightest spot of the trip is that we showed we made some adjustments and made a better effort. Being able to make improvements is what this non-conference slate is all about."
Ohio has played two top-eight squads in its last four games.
"You see how really good teams play," said Boldon of Ohio's challenging non-conference schedule. "You get a real-life evaluation of where you're at."
Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) and sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) each scored 12 points to pace Ohio. It marked the third time this season Black has hit double figures and 23rd time in her career. Redshirt sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) reached double figures for the second time in the last three games, chipping in 10 points. Baldwin matched freshman forward Jasmine Weatherspoon (Columbus, Ohio) for the team lead in rebounds with five. Freshman guard Yamonie Jenkins (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) led the Bobcats with a career-high five assists.
Four Terrapins finished in double digits, led by 16 points from freshman guard Lexie Brown. Senior forward Alyssa Thomas achieved a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Sophomore center Malina Howard also tallied 13 points while redshirt sophomore guard Brene Moseley added 12 and dished out a game-high nine assists.
Ohio looks to return to its winning ways next Thursday (Dec. 21) when it travels to Cleveland State to wrap up its six-game road trip. The opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
HOUSTON, Texas – Kent State (1-5) stormed out to a 9-0 run to grab the lead after halftime of Saturday's (Nov. 30) game, but ultimately could not hold of Houston in a 44-54 loss in the Flashes' first game in the David Jones Memorial Classic.
"We played well enough to win; we didn't play perfect," said Head Coach Danielle O'Banion. "The positive is that we probably executed today as well as we have all month. The negative is obviously that we didn't do so long enough, well enough to win."
After finding themselves down 19-24 at the half way point, Kent State posted nine unanswered points out of the locker room, including six points by CiCi Shannon in the first four minutes.
"The 9-0 run was two things," O'Banion said, "us offensively executing and defensively limiting them to one shot."
However, Houston slowly worked their way back in to the game. The Cougars worked the Golden Flashes into foul trouble and made the most of it, sinking 11 of their 14 free throws in the second half en route to the win.
Kent State did well down low, recording 32 of their 44 points in the paint and outrebounding Houston 38-32. However, 17 of the Cougars' rebounds came on the offensive end where they capitalized with 17 second chance points. They also forced 25 Kent State turnovers.
Shannon matched a career-high with 14 points and also grabbed eight rebounds. She also had two steals and two blocks. Ashley Evans had her best game this season, netting 11 points and eight rebounds with two assists.
"CiCi got some great opportunities in the paint to start the second half," O'Banion said, "and that's going to be something we continue to refine and focus on because she's good enough to do that and we have players around her good enough to get her the basketball."
Both teams have a quick turnaround as day two of the David Jones Memorial Classic takes place. Kent State will face Stephen F. Austin in a 2:00pm EST game.
The Golden Flashes finish out the non-conference season with four home games in the month of December, beginning with a 5:00pm contest against Niagara on December 4th, which is part of a doubleheader with the men. Tickets for all games are on sale now at kentstatesports.com.
MORAGA, CA – Toledo dropped an 81-57 decision to Saint Mary’s (CA) on Saturday in the championship game of the SMC Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic in McKeon Pavilion. With the loss, the Rockets fall to 3-3 on the season.
UT was limited to a season-low 30.9 percent (21-of-68) from the field, including 21.7 percent (5-of-23) from three-point range, and 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from the charity stripe to suffer its worst setback since the early stages of the 2010-12 season (Lost 102-69 at Dayton on Dec. 5, 2010).
The Rockets were also guilty of a season-high 17 turnovers, compared to only 12 assists, marking the first time this year they had more miscues than helpers.
Junior Inma Zanoguera was the lone UT player in double figures with 12 points. Zanoguera has now scored in double digits in each of the last 10 contests, dating back to last season. The 2013-14 preseason All-Mid American Conference West Division Team honoree was also named to the all-tourney squad, averaging 13.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 apg and 1.5 spg in 37.5 mpg in the two games this weekend.
Freshman Janice Monakana was Toledo’s next high scorer with nine points off the bench, followed by sophomore Ana Capotosto with seven.
The Gaels (7-0) put four players in double figures, led by Danielle Mauldin’s game-high 21 points and contest-best 18 boards. The home team also received a double-double from Jackie Nared with 18 points and 10 caroms to remain unbeaten on the year.
As a team, SMC shot 49.1 percent (27-of-55) from the floor and an impressive 83.3 percent (25-of-30) from the free throw line to extend its season-opening win streak.
The Rockets struggled from the outset and misfired on six of their first seven field-goal attempts to find themselves behind 8-2 at 16:42. To make matters worse, senior Janelle Reed-Lewis and senior Brianna Jones each picked up two quick fouls and were forced to the bench for the remainder of the period.
UT started to heat up a little from the floor as the opening period wore on, taking advantage of back-to-back triples from sophomore Ana Capotosto and junior Stephanie Recker to cut the deficit to 16-13 at 9:56.
Toledo was not able to sustain the momentum though, as Saint Mary’s (CA) pushed the margin to double digits on strong play by Mauldin to make the score 35-25 at 4:31. Mauldin knocked down her first five shots from the field to help the home team establish a 10-point bulge.
The closest UT would get for the remainder of the half was eight points, as the Midnight Blue & Gold trailed 39-29 at the intermission.
Saint Mary’s (CA) then started the second stanza by scoring the first five points to open up a 44-29 lead at 18:43, forcing Toledo into a timeout.
The Rockets would not be able to take advantage of the stoppage in play, as the Gaels utilized a 10-2 burst to stretch the difference to 61-43 with 8:58 left in regulation.
UT would not be to pull any closer and as a result suffered the 24-point setback.
The Rockets will return to the hardwood on Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7 when they host the second-annual Toledo Invite. UT will square off against Horizon League member Detroit in the opening game on Friday at 7:00 p.m. Toledo will then battle Horizon League participant Valparaiso in the second round on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Akron outscored UC Davis 25-10 over the final 10 minutes of the game, but the rally fell short as the Zips dropped a 71-58 decision to the Aggies Saturday evening in their final game of the Cal Poly Holiday Beach Classic.
Rachel Tecca posted a game-high 24 points for Akron (3-4), and became the school's all-time leading scorer with a layup at the 2:36 mark of the second half. The senior surpassed Kara Murphy (2008-11) who held the previous record of 1,777 points. Tecca was named to the All-Tournament team for her efforts.
Hanna Luburgh added 18 points for the Zips, eight of which came at the free throw line, as well as nine rebounds. Carly Young pulled down nine boards and chipped in eight points.
UC Davis (2-4) saw three players score in double figures, led by Sydnee Fipps who scored 22 points in 24 minutes, netting four of the Aggies' 11 3-pointers.
The Zips were held to 30.5 percent shooting from the floor for the game, connecting on more free throws as a team (19) than field goals (18).
The half court zone defense that UC Davis threw at Akron had the Zips stymied in the first half. UA was unable to find the gaps and the Aggies turned Akron's 13 turnovers into 17 points on the other end in the opening period.
A layup from Tecca and an elbow jumper from Young in the first two minutes put the Zips up 4-2, but the Aggies surged ahead from that point on. UC Davis went on an 11-0 run over the next two minutes to build an advantage that it would never yield.
Akron trailed by as many as 28 points in the contest, after UC Davis strung together 10 unanswered points capped by a Fipps triple with 9:24 left in the second half. Luburgh retaliated with a 3-pointer of her own, marking the first of 10 straight points for Akron that gave the Zips new life.
UA started to put full court pressure on the Aggies, resulting in 17 second half turnovers for UCD. Free throws were crucial down the stretch for Akron, as the Zips took advantage of the double bonus for the last 5:14 of the game.
Two shots from Luburgh with 1:23 on the clock trimmed the deficit to 13 points, but the Zips ultimately ran out of time to complete a comeback.
Akron returns to the court on Saturday, Dec. 7, when it comes home to host George Mason. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET at James A. Rhodes Arena.