Baldwin Wallace Women Beat Wilmington, 74-60, in Berea to Win OAC Title and Advance to NCAA Tourney
BEREA, OHIO — Senior guard Selena Eskinazi-Budge (Beachwood) scored 17 points and senior forward Carly Flowers (North Baltimore) had 16 today (Saturday, March 1, 2008) as the Baldwin Wallace University women’s basketball team defeated Wilmington College, 84-70, in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium of the Lou Higgins Center in Berea in the Championship Game of the 2008 Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament. With its win, BW advances to next week's NCAA Division III National Tournament as the OAC's automatic qualifier.
In addition to Budge and Flowers for BW, junior two-time All-OAC guard Amanda Mondrach (Parma/ Parma Heights Holy Name) had 13 points. The two big keys in victory was BW making 19-of-23 foul shots for 82.6 percent and outrebounding the taller Quakers, 43-29.
With its victory, BW is 26-2 overall and has won 13 straight games. The OAC Tournament title is BW’s fifth under the direction of Head Coach Cheri Harrer. BW also swept its season series against Wilmington, 3-0, and has now beat the Quakers four consecutive times. With its loss, Wilmington is 21-7 overall and will have to wait to see if the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball National Tournament Selection Committee picks it for the tourney.
In the first half, the Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the 19:40 mark when junior two-time All-OAC guard Amanda Mondrach (Parma/ Parma Heights Holy Name) made a three-pointer. BW increased its lead to eight points at 16-8 with 11:08 left when senior forward Carly Flowers (North Baltimore) made one of two foul shots.
After Wilmington cut BW’s lead to four points at 21-17, the Jackets went on a 8-4 run to increase the lead back to eight points at 29-21 with 3:11 left when senior forward Stacia Shrider (Marietta/ Warren Local) made a five-foot jumper in the lane. The Quakers then outscored BW 9-2 to close to one point at 31-30 at halftime.
Wilmington opened the second half by taking its first lead of the game when senior forward Katie Streck scored on a layup. Following four more lead changes, Streck increased the Quaker lead to four points when she made a three-pointer at the 16:45 mark for a 39-35 lead. BW then went on a 9-2 run to regain the lead at 44-41 when Flowers made two foul shots.
Following a 4-0 Wilmington run that gave the Quakers a 45-44 lead, Mondrach canned a three-pointer at the 11:11 mark to give BW a 47-45 advantage. Then the Jackets went on a 10-3 run to take their largest lead of the contest at 57-48 when junior guard Jessica Butzer (Orrville) scored on a short baseline jumper for her fifth straight point. BW continued to increase its lead to a game-high of 19 points at 73-54 with 1:59 left when Budge made a foul shot.
For Wilmington, sophomore center Kortney Kin had a game-high 21 points and Streck had 19.
Yellow Jacket fans are reminded that they can listen to all BW men’s and women’s basketball games on campus radio station WBW, 88.3 FM, or via the Internet at www.wBW.com.
Today's OAC Women's Basketball Game also was televised by SportsTime Ohio and will be shown on Sunday, March 2 at 5:00 a.m. and again at 12:00 noon and again on Monday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m. For more information, please access the STO web site at www.sportstimeohio.com.
FOR MORE INFORMATION , please contact BW Sports Information Director Kevin Ruple by telephone at 440-826-2327, by FAX machine at 440-826-2329 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .To contact Head Coach Cheri Harrer , please call her in her office at 440-826-3299 or e-mail her at email@example.com . You can get all of the latest BW athletics information by visiting our Web site at www.bw.edu/athletics. For all of the latest OAC information, please call the OAC Office at 330-259-9090 or log onto the OAC Web site at www.oac.org.
Game Notes #28 HOST Wilmington College in OAC Tournament Championship Game
The Baldwin Wallace University women's basketball team hosts Ohio Athletic Conference foe Wilmington College in the 2008 OAC Championship Game on Saturday, March 1 at 3:00 p.m. in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Recreation Center in Berea, Ohio. This is the third meeting this season between the Yellow Jackets and Quakers. The winner of this game receives the OAC's automatic berth into next week's NCAA Division III National Tournament.
SPORTSTIME OHIO -- This game will be televised by SportsTime Ohio on a delay basis throughout the state of Ohio on Sunday, March 2 at 5:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon and on Monday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m. For more information, please access the SportsTime Ohio Web site at www.sportstimeohio.com.RADIO -- All Yellow Jacket women's basketball games, home and away, are broadcast by campus radio station WBW, 88.3 FM, and via the WBW Internet Web site at www.wBW.com. The pregame show generally begins at least 15 minutes prior to tipoff.
Baldwin Wallace University
LOCATION: Berea, Ohio
NICKNAME: Yellow Jackets
CONFERENCE: Ohio Athletic
2007-2008 RECORD: 25-2
OAC RECORD: 16-2
LAST GAME: Beat Capital, 56-51, on Feb. 28 in Berea in an OAC semifinal game
HEAD COACH: Cheri Harrer
BW RECORD: 372-128
YEAR AT BW: 18th
CAREER RECORD: same
LAST MEETING: BW won, 71-55, on Feb. 9, 2008 in Berea, Ohio
SERIES STREAK: BW, three straight
SERIES BEGAN: 1988-89, BW won, 64-61
SERIES RECORD: BW leads, 14-10
NEXT GAME: March 7-8, 2008: The winner of this game will earn the OAC's automatic berth in the NCAA
Division III National Tournament.
LOCATION: Wilmington, Ohio
CONFERENCE: Ohio Athletic
2007-2008 RECORD: 21-6
OAC RECORD: 13-5
LAST GAME: Beat Mount Union, 71-47, on Feb. 28 in Wilmington in an OAC semifinal game
HEAD COACH: Jerry Scheve
SCHOOL RECORD: 352-130
YEAR AT SCHOOL: 18th
CAREER RECORD: same as above
The Pregame Setup -- The ninth-ranked (Women's Basketball Coaches' Association) and Ohio Athletic Conference regular season champion Baldwin Wallace University women's basketball team will look to continue its winning ways when it hosts Wilmington College in the Championship Game of the 2008 OAC Tournament. The winner of this game advances to next week's NCAA Division III National Tournament as an automatic qualifier.
The Yellow Jackets enter this game with a 25-2 overall record and won their seventh OAC regular season title in the past 10 years by compiling a 16-2 mark in conference play. In its last game, BW defeated OAC arch-rival Capital University, 56-51, on Thursday, February 28 in Berea in an OAC semifinal game. The win was BW's 12th straight this season, its third straight versus Capital this season and its 19th in the last 25 contests versus the Crusaders.
The Quakers enter this game with a 21-6 overall record and finished third during the OAC regular season with a 13-5 slate. Wilmington last played on Thursday, Feb. 27 when it defeated Mount Union College, 71-47, in Wilmington in the other OAC semifinal game. The Quakers have won three straight contests.
The BW Versus Wilmington All-Time Series -- BW and Wilmington have previously met 24 times in womenʼs basketball with the Yellow Jackets leading the all-time series, 14-10, including three straight wins versus the Quakers dating back to last season. In the first game this season, BW beat the Quakers, 71-67, on Dec. 15, 2007 in Wilmington. BW also beat Wilmington, 71-55, on Feb. 9, 2008 in Berea. The last Quaker win came on Jan. 13, 2007 when Wilmington beat BW, 72-69, in Wilmington. The first time BW and Wilmington met was in 1988-89 when BW won, 64-61.
BW and Wilmington OAC Success -- BW (seven) and Wilmington (four) have either won the OAC regular season title or combined (once) to win it in each of the past 10 seasons. The Yellow Jackets (four) and Quakers (four) also have won eight of the last nine OAC Tournament titles and the OACʼs automatic berth to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
In This Year ʼs First BW versus Wilmington Game on Dec. 15 in Wilmington: BW -- 71, Wilmington -- 67-- In the first regular season meeting between BW and Wilmington, on Dec. 15, 2007 in the Fred Raizk Arena in Wilmington, BW defeated Wilmington, 71-67. BW was led by 5ʼ8ʼʼ senior guard Selena Eskinazi-Budge (Beachwood) with a team-high 21 points. Also scoring in double figures for the Jackets was 5ʼ8ʼʼ junior guard Amanda Mondrach (Parma/Parma Heights Holy Name) and 5ʼ6ʼʼ junior guard Rachael Quiring (Brunswick/Parma Heights Holy Name) with 12 points each. The Quakers were led by 5ʼ9ʼʼ senior forward Katie Streck with a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds.
In This Year's Second BW versus Wilmington Game on Feb. 9 in Berea: BW -- 71, Wilmington -- 55 -- In the second of two regular season games this season between BW and Wilmington, on Saturday, February 9 in Berea, the Yellow Jackets defeated the Quakers, 71-55, in the Ursprung Gym. For BW, senior 5'10" forward Carly Flowers (North Baltimore) came off the bench to lead the way and score a game-high 15 points. In addition, Rachael Quiring had 14 points, 5'7" freshman guard Courtney Ritzler (Fostoria/ Hopewell-Loudon) had 12 points and 6'2" sophomore center Ariel Brough (Powell/ Olentangy Liberty) had nine points and a game-high eight rebounds. Wilmington was led by the duo of 5'7" sophomore guard Marianne McGoron and Katie Streck with 12 points apiece.
BW Information and Probable Starters -- As a team, BW scores 68.9 points per game and allows 55.0 ppg. to its opponents for a plus 13.9 ppg. differential. The Yellow Jackets grab 41.6 rpg. and allow 34.1 rpg. for a plus 7.5 differential. BW shoots 43.0 percent overall (696-of-1618), including 33.8 percent (100-of-296) from three-point range, and 66.3 percent (368-of-555) from the free throw line.
Look for Head Coach Cheri Harrer to start Amanda Mondrach, Rachael Quiring and Selena Eskinazi-Budge in the backcourt. On the inside, look for 5'8" senior forward Stacia Shrider (Marietta/ Warren Local) and Ariel Brough to start. Eskinazi- Budge scores a team-best 10.7 ppg. and 60 assists, grabs 4.1 rpg. and leads in steals with 44. She also is second with 29 blocked shots. Mondrach, the 2005-2006 OAC Co-Freshman of the Year and two-time All-OAC pick, scores 8.3 ppg., grabs 3.3 rpg., has a team-leading 27 three-pointers and has 47 assists. Brough scores 7.1 ppg., is second with 5.9 rpg. and tops the team with a singleseason school-record 54 blocked shots. Quiring scores 7.2 ppg., has 15 three-pointers and has 53 assists. Shrider scores 5.1 ppg. and tops the team with 6.9 rpg. She also has 43 assists and 26 steals.
Off the bench, look for Harrer to utilize Carly Flowers, 5' 6" junior point guard Jessica Butzer (Orrville), 5' 10" sophomore forward Sasha Samara (Amherst/ Marion Steele), 5' 10" sophomore forward Serena Farage (Medina/ Buckeye), Amanda Schroeder and 5' 7" freshman guards and twin sisters Carrie and Courtney Ritzler (Fostoria/ Hopewell-Loudon). Schroeder is scoring 6.6 ppg., grabs 2.7 rpg. and has 16 three-pointers. Flowers also scores 7.0 ppg., grabs 4.4 rpg. and has 30 assists and 29 steals. Courtney Ritzler scores 5.5 ppg., grabs 2.0 rpg., has canned 23 three-pointers and has 35 assists and 27 steals. Samara scores 4.0 ppg. and grabs 3.3 rpg. Farage scores 3.4 ppg. and grabs 1.9 rpg. Butzer has played in 15 games since returning from a preseason injury and scores 2.9 ppg. and has 14 assists. Carrie Ritzler scores 1.7 ppg., has nine three-pointers, 36 assists and 17 steals.
In BW's Last Game versus Capital on Feb. 28 in Berea in an OAC Semifinal Game: BW -- 56, Capital -- 51 -- In BW's last game, a 56-51 OAC semifinal game victory against Capital University in the Ursprung Gym on Thursday, Feb. 28, the Yellow Jackets were led by Carly Flowers with 14 points and Selena Eskinazi-Budge had 10. The key shot was a three-pointer by Rachael Quiring with 19.76 seconds left in the game to break a 51-51 tie. A pair of foul shots by Flowers "iced" the game.
Scouting the Wilmington College Quakers -- Look for Head Coach Jerry Scheve to start 6ʼ1ʼʼ sophomore post Kortney Kin, 5ʼ8ʼʼ senior Gina Hyle and Katie Streck on the inside. In the backcourt, look for 5ʼ5ʼʼ senior Jackie Hauke and 5ʼ7ʼʼ sophomore Marianne McGordon. Streck leads the team in scoring at 16.0 ppg. and in rebounding at 6.6 rpg. and shoots 53.0% from the field (160-of-302). She also has 22 three-pointers. Kin is second in scoring at 12.0 ppg. and is second in rebounding with 6.4 rpg. Hyle averages 12.2 ppg., grabs 6.6 rpg., and has 55 assists. Hauke scores 8.4 ppg., grabs 3.9 rpg. and has the most steals on the team with 53. McGordon averages 10.9 ppg., has a team-high 103 assists and leads Wilmington with 51 three-pointers.
Off the bench, look for Scheve to utilize 6ʼ0ʼʼ sophomore wing Claire Brown, 6ʼ0ʼʼ sophomore post Ki Godfrey, 5ʼ7ʼʼ freshman guard Allie Meranda and 5ʼ5ʼʼ senior guard Anne Haky. Brown leads the players off the bench in scoring with 3.4 ppg.
In Wilmingtonʼs Last Game against Mt. Union College in Wilmington in an OAC Semifinal Game: Wilmington -- 71, Mt. Union -- 47 -- In Wilmingtonʼs last game, a 71-47 OAC semifinal game victory against Mount Union College on Thursday, Feb. 28 in Wilmington, the Quakers were led by Katie Streck with 22 points and seven rebounds. In addition, Gina Hyle had 18 points.
Yellow Jacket Chatter
The Division III National Polls -- BW was ranked ninth nationally in this week's WBCA/ USA TODAY Division III Coaches poll and 11th in the d3hoops.com Internet Web site Division III poll. The polls are released usually the Tuesday of each week.
Third NCAA Division III Regional Poll (on Feb. 27) -- In the third weekly NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region poll (Feb. 27, 2008), BW (23-2 overall/ 23-2 region record) is ranked fourth and behind No.1 Thomas More (Ky.) College, No. 2. DePauw (Ind.) University and No.3 Hope (Mich.) College.
Cheri Harrer is the Winningest Women's Coach in BW History -- Yellow Jacket veteran Head Coach Cheri Harrer is the winningest women's basketball coach in BW history with 372 victories. Harrer is 372-128 in her career for a .744 winning percentage.
Ariel Brough Breaks Single-Season and Career Blocked Shots Records -- With her three blocked shots against Capital on Thursday in BW's 56-51 semifinal game win versus Capital in the OAC Tournament, Ariel Brough increased her BW career school-record for blocked shots to 85 overall, including a single-season school-record of 54 this season.
Budge and Brough Named to the ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-District IV First Team -- Selena Eskinazi-Budge, who carries a 3.86 grade point average in pre-physical therapy), and Ariel Brough, who carries a 3.93 grade average in political science, each were named to the ESPN THE MAGAZINE College Division Academic All-District IV team and now qualify for the national ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-America ballot.
All Five Starters will be Nominated for Academic All-OAC -- Both Selena Eskinazi-Budge and Ariel Brough are joined by senior forward Stacia Shrider, junior two-time All-OAC guard Amanda Mondrach and junior point guard Rachael Quiring as candidates for Academic All-OAC accolades.
Catch More Coverage of Yellow Jackets' Basketball on Campus Radio Station 88.3 FM "The Sting" -- Every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., you can tune into campus radio station WBW, 88.3 FM, for more coverage of Yellow Jacket basketball. Sports Director Andrew Middleman and the WBW sports team will be joined by Men's Basketball Head Coach Steve Bankson and Women's Basketball Head Coach Cheri Harrer to recap the previous week and preview the upcoming week's schedule.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, Please visit the Baldwin Wallace Athletics website at www.bw.edu/athletics for up to date results and statistics. For further inquiries, please contact BW SID Kevin Ruple by phone at (440) 826-2327, by FAX at (440) 826-2329 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. BW Head Coach Cheri Harrer can be reached by phone at (440) 826-3299, by FAX at (440) 826-2192 or via e-mail at email@example.com.