Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Central Michigan 105, UMASS 61
Kent State 75, E. Kentucky 74
Ohio 94, Xavier 88
Toledo 95, Miss. Valley St. 48
Purdue 63, Ball State 57
Albany 77, Western Michigan 61
Amherst, Mass. - Senior Niki DiGuilio led six players in double figures with 20 points and the Central Michigan women's basketball program eclipsed the century mark for the first time since 2011 as it opened the regular season with a victory at Massachusets Sunday afternoon, 105-61.
DiGuilio opened both halves with three-point field goals and knocked down four in the contest en route to her eighth 20-plus point performance of her career. Junior Kerby Tamm scored 10 points and pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds for her first career double-double and fellow junior Jas'Mine Bracey scored 14 points and had 13 rebounds in just 16 minutes for her eighth career double-double.
"We have other players that can step up and score for us, get rebounds for us," head coach Sue Guevara said. "If you look at today, all five starters were in double figures scoring. Two players had double-doubles. I thought it was a total team effort today. We had two kids put on the uniform for the first time and that helps as we get going down the road. It helps us to get our kids time early and create that depth on our roster."
The Chippewas (1-0) started the game on a 9-0 run and and pushed their first-half lead to 23-3 when senior Taylor Johnson hit a jumper on an assist from sophomore Da'Jourie Turner. The Minutewomen (0-2) cut into CMU's lead slightly, but Turner again played helper when she found Tamm for a three with 1:39 to play in the first half to give CMU a 43-26 advantage. The Chippewas led at halftime, 45-28.
CMU held UMass to just 22.2 percent (8-for-36) in the first half while shooting 44.1 percent (15-for-34) and also held a distinct advantage on the glass, 33-17.
DiGuilio opened the second half for the Chippewas the same way she opened the game, knocking down a three-point field goal on an assist from Tamm. The three sparked a 20-9 run which was capped on a wide open layup by junior Jessica Green to give CMU a 65-37 lead with 14:58 to play.
All 11 players in uniform scored for the Chippewas as freshman Jacqueline Simpson assured that feat with a three with 4:10 to play. Redshirt freshman Jewel Cotton, who made her CMU debut with six points and seven rebounds, scored a layup with 3:53 to play to push CMU's lead to 40, 96-56.
The Chippewas went over the century mark on a three by senior Jordan LaDuke, who finished with 14 points off the bench.
Turner scored a career-high 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting in her first career start, while Green appeared in her first game since successful offseason surgery to score 10 points.
CMU will be back in action next Sunday when they travel to Lexington, Ky., to take on No. 7 Kentucky.
KENT, Ohio – With two seconds remaining in overtime, Golden Flashes trailing by two, Rachel Mendelsohn sunk a three point shot to secure a 75-74 season-opening victory for Kent State (1-0) over Eastern Kentucky (1-1).
"I'm just so proud of this team because the harder you work, the luckier you get," said Head Coach Danielle O'Banion, "and that was true today. They showed great resilience."
Sunday night's (Nov. 10) contest was a back-and-forth affair, with the game being tied 12 different times and the lead switching hands five times.
"They just kept battling," said O'Banion. "We didn't play a perfect game but we played well enough to beat a very good Eastern Kentucky team."
Eastern Kentucky went on a 5-0 run to close the first half with a 34-27 lead, but Kent State came on strong in the second. The Golden Flashes had eight blocks and ten steals in the second half alone to fuel the win.
Kent State had a 62-60 lead after two made free throws with 16 seconds left in regulation, but the Colonels made things interesting, hitting a jumper with five seconds left to send the game into bonus time.
In overtime, the back-and-forth battle continued. Down 72-74, Ashley Evans stole the ball and took it down court, eventually setting Mendelsohn up for her game-winning bucket with two seconds left.
Mendelsohn led Kent State with a career-high 21 points, including a 4-for-5 performance from beyond the arc. Montia Johnson reached a double-double with 15 points and ten rebounds.
Larissa Lurken helped out with 17 points. 11 of her points came at the charity stripe in 13 attempts. CiCi Shannon was strong on defense with a game-high five blocks. She also had four assists and helped ignite the team by scoring the first Kent State basket in every period.
The Golden Flashes are home again on Thursday (Nov. 14) as they host their next opponent, Duquesne, at 7:00 pm. Kent State will then be on the road for the rest of November, returning back to the M.A.C. Center on December 4.
ATHENS, Ohio - Coming off the bench, sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) scored a career-high 35 points -- including eight three-pointers -- to help the Ohio women's basketball team (1-0) outduel Xavier (0-1), 94-88, in the 2013-14 season opener Sunday at the Convocation Center.
The victory is Ohio's fourth consecutive win in a season-opener and marks the first time they surpassed 90 points in a regular season game since 2008 (Western Michigan). The win marked the first of head coach Bob Boldon's tenure with the Bobcats.
The Bobcats led the Musketeers in rebounds, 41-34, and in bench points, 41-15. Ohio tallied 21 points off turnovers and shot 47.6% from the field.
Black's eight treys tied her with Cathy Zsall for second-most in a single game in school history. She shot 11-for-19 from the field.
Freshman forward Destini Cooper (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) posted a double-double in her Bobcat debut, tallying 17 points and grabbing a game-high 12 boards.
Junior guard Mariah Byard (Mannington, W.Va.) fired three three-pointers in the victory to finish with 16 points. She also dished out four assists.
Sophomore forward Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) compiled 10 points and eight rebounds in the win.
Xavier led the majority of the first half, but Ohio never trailed by more than seven points and cut the Musketeers' lead to three at halftime, 41-38.
The Bobcats came out aggressively in the early minutes of the second half. A three-pointer by Black brought Ohio within one point, 49-48 at the 15:36 mark. Sophomore guard Kat Yelle (Geneva, Ill.) connected on two free throws to give the Bobcats a 50-49 lead with 14:30 remaining.
In the next four minutes, Ohio hit three three-pointers on a 20-7 run to put them up 70-56. Xavier responded with an 8-0 run to bring the Musketeers within six points with 8:47 to go.
Ohio held strong in the closing minutes. The `Cats did not let their lead shrink below four for the remainder of the game. Xavier cut Ohio's lead down to four at 91-87 with 40 seconds remaining, but Black converted three free throws to clinch the win for the Bobcats.
Ohio improves to 6-1 all-time record against Xavier
Senior guard Shatyra Hawkes led Xavier with 26 points and five rebounds. Sophomore guard Jenna Crittendon added 25 points and nine rebounds for the Musketeers.
Ohio takes to the road for the first of six straight games away from Athens, visiting Morehead State on Saturday. The opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.
TOLEDO, OH – Toledo led wire-to-wire and coasted to a 95-48 victory over Mississippi Valley State (0-2) on Sunday in the consolation game of the Glass City Tournament before 3,487 fans in Savage Arena. With the impressive 47-point triumph, the Rockets improve to 1-1 on the season.
UT featured a balanced scoring attack and put six players in double figures, including all five starters, to earn its first triumph in 2013-14. Junior Inma Zanoguera led the onslaught with a career-tying best 24 points on a perfect 12-of-12 shooting effort from the charity stripe, to go along with a collegiate-best 16 rebounds for her fourth double-double. Zanoguera averaged a team-high 17.5 ppg and 12.0 rpg in this weekend’s two games to garner all-tourney team accolades.
Junior Stephanie Recker chipped in with a career-high 13 points and a collegiate-best 10 caroms to post her first collegiate double-double. Joining Zanoguera and Recker in double figures were senior Andola Dortch (12 pts.), freshman Sophie Reecher (12 pts.), sophomore Ana Capotosto (11 pts.) and senior Janelle Reed-Lewis (10 pts.). By game’s end, all eight UT players that dressed saw at least 18 minutes of action and recorded their names in the scoring column.
The four-time reigning Mid-American Conference champions connected on a solid 45.7 percent (32-of-70) from the field, including 20.0 percent (4-of-20) from beyond the arc, and 67.5 percent (27-of-40) from the free throw line to bounce back from yesterday’s season-opening loss to Drexel. UT was equally impressive on the defensive end of the floor, holding an ultra-athletic Devilettes squad to 30.5 percent (18-of-59) from the floor, including 18.8 percent (6-of-32) in the second half.
Toledo also dominated on the interior and out-rebounded MVSU, 61-32, including 22-9 on the offensive glass. The Rockets rebounding total was the most in a game since they pulled down a school-record 68 vs. Kent State on Jan. 2, 1991.
The 47-point triumph tied for the 13th-largest margin in school history and marked the first time the Rockets scored at least 90 points since they put up 91 against Ball State on Jan. 27, 2004. It was also their highest total since they posted 95 points against Xavier in three overtimes in the finals of the Xavier Tournament on Dec. 9, 2001. With today’s win, Toledo improved to 49-44 all-time in tournament action, including 15-2 under sixth-year head coach Tricia Cullop.
UT wasted little time in setting the tone in today’s non-league matchup, racing out to a 17-4 lead at the 15:39 mark. Dortch ignited the quick start for the home team, accounting for eight points, two helpers and two thefts in the opening four-plus minutes.
The Midnight Blue & Gold continued to play at a high level and held a 27-12 advantage with 11:52 left in the first half. Zanoguera scored eight straight points in a span of a little over one minute to help the home team establish a comfortable 15-point bulge.
The lead did not slip below 16 points for the remainder of the opening stanza, as Toledo secured a 56-35 advantage at the intermission.
UT emptied its bench for a majority of the second half as the margin continued to grow, before settling for a dominating victory. The last time the Rockets had six players with at least 10 points occurred against Michigan on Dec. 1, 1992.
MVSU was led by DeRita Silas with nine points, followed by Ashley Beals and A’Shanti Weathers with eight points each.
The Rockets return to action on Sunday, Nov. 17 when they host Big Ten power Purdue. The opening tip is slated for 2:00 p.m. in Savage Arena. There will be a special banner unveiling in recognition of UT’s 2012-13 MAC regular-season championship prior to the start of the game.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Junior guard Brittany Carter’s 19-point performance nearly lifted the Ball State women’s basketball team past No. 18/23 Purdue, in the Cardinals season opener Sunday in Mackey Arena. Ball State would lose in the final minutes, 63-57.
Three Cardinals scored in double digits with Carter leading the way with 19, sophomore forward Nathalie Fontaine chipped in 16 points and senior forward Katie Murphy finished the game with 10.
For the game, Ball State shot 36.2 percent from the field while holding Purdue to 31.8 shooting. The Cardinals also out-rebounded the Boilermakers, 41-to-37. Ball State held Purdue’s top player and preseason All-Big Ten recipient senior guard Courtney Moses scoreless on the day.
Purdue opened the second half with an 11-2 run to take a quick 37-28 advantage over Ball State with just 3:36 shaved off the clock. The Cardinals still trailed 56-47 at the 3:52 mark before Carter would score back-to-back three pointers and a jumper, closing the gap to 58-55 with under a minute remaining in the game. With 13 seconds left, Purdue then sealed the victory off a three point play from Whitney Bays.
After leading the entire second half, the Cardinals found themselves knotted at 26-26 with the Boilermakers at intermission. The game was close, up until the 15:07 mark, when freshman center Renee Bennett hit a layup off of the dish from Carter sparking a 15-6 run for the Cardinals.
Ball State would then build its largest lead of the half off of that run, with Carter knocking down a three pointer at the 7:22 mark giving Ball State the 21-12 advantage over the Boilermakers. The tables quickly turned after that, Purdue answered with a 14-5 run in a span of seven minutes to end the half tied with the Ball State.
The Cardinals home opener is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14 against Pitt, where the Ball State women's basketball team will be recognized with the unveiling of its 2013 Women's National Invitation banner prior to its 7 p.m. tipoff in Worthen Arena.
ALBANY, N.Y.- Western Michigan (1-1) had a hard time slowing down veteran squad and two-time defending America East champion UAlbany on the road Sunday, falling, 77-61.
Sophomore forward Miracle Woods scored a team-high 21 points, totaling 18 of those in the second half. Woods was perfect from the free throw line, making a career best 11 attempts.
Junior guard A.J. Johnson paced Western Michigan at the start of the game, scoring 13 of the Broncos' first 18 points. She finished the day with 15 points.
UAlbany (2-0) placed three players in double figures, led by 6-1 forward Shereesha Richards' 25 points and nine rebounds, both of which were game highs. Junior 6-9 center Megan Craig chipped in 12 points and defensively disrupted play down low for the Broncos.
WMU shot 33.3% from the floor, while UA shot 53.4%. The Great Danes outscored WMU in the paint, 54-16, and outrebounded the Broncos, 41-23.
"I thought Craig's size changed our mindset from the beginning, which caused problems for us offensively," said WMU head coach Shane Clipfell. "We shot it well from three, but missed a couple of easy bunnies that could have swung the pendulum and kept things a little closer at the half."
WMU made four first half three's and trailed by six with 5:31 left in the first. The Great Danes closed the half with a 10-4 run to lead 41-29 at the break. UAlbany continued to pull away in the second half before a late Bronco run closed the gap slightly for a 16-point loss.
"I thought we showed resiliency and that's a huge positive to take from this game," Clipfell said. "We have a lot of youth and we knew UAlbany was a good team coming in. We clawed and scratched and I liked our fight."
The game concludes a two-game road trip for the Broncos, who defeated UMass Friday night, 66-58. Western Michigan returns to Kalamazoo to host Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 14 and Big Ten opponent Michigan, Nov. 18.
"To open the season 1-1 on this road trip isn't bad, and we are happy to get one of those wins. We are very much looking forward to coming home and facing two in-state schools."