Baldwin Wallace Women's Basketball Team Comes From Behind to Defeat Washington & Jefferson, 65-60
BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin Wallace University women's basketball team remained unbeaten as it came from behind to defeat previously undefeated Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) College, 65-60, today (Saturday, November 24, 2007) in its home opener at the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center in Berea.
With the victory, BW is now 4-0 overall and next plays on Tuesday (Nov. 27) when it travels to traditional rival Oberlin College for a 7:00 p.m. game. With its loss, W & J fell to 3-1 overall.
In the first half, W & J opened with a 12-6 run to take its biggest lead of the half at six points when sophomore guard Stephanie Smith made a jumper at the 13:50 mark. BW responded with a 9-2 run to take its first lead of the half at 15-14 when senior forward Carly Flowers (North Baltimore) made jumper at the 8:55 mark. There would be four ties over the final 8:55 of the half and W & J led 29-26 at intermission.
In the second half, W & J jumped out to their largest lead of the game at the 13:55 mark when junior guard Veronica Kust made a jump shot to cap a 17-9 run to give the Presidents a 46-35 advantage. But, BW answered with a 17-5 run as they regained the lead at 52-51 with 7:37 remaining as senior guard Selena Eskinazi-Budge (Beachwood) made a fast-break layup. The Yellow Jackets carried the momentum throughout the rest of the game as they achieved a seven point lead with 4:53 left at 58-51 when sophomore center Ariel Brough (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) made a field goal.
BW was led by freshman forward Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) with 11 points and junior guard Rachael Quiring (Brunswick/Holy Name) with 10. Also chipping-in for the Yellow Jackets were Eskinazi-Budge and Brough with nine points each.
W & J was led by junior forward Emily Hays with 19 points and sophomore forward Maggie Gibson with 17.
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.
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 email@example.com. To contact Head Coach Cheri Harrer, please call her in her office at 440-826-3299 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can get all of the latest BW athletics information by visiting our Web site at www.bw.edu/athletics.
Game Notes #4 HOST Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) College
The Baldwin Wallace University women's basketball team will host nonleague foe Washington & Jefferson College of Pennsylvania in its 2007-2008 home opener on Saturday, November 24 in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium of the Lou Higgins Center in Berea at 3:00 p.m.
Select 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 20 minutes prior to tipoff.
Baldwin Wallace University
LOCATION: Berea, Ohio
NICKNAME: Yellow Jackets
CONFERENCE: Ohio Athletic
2006-2007 RECORD: 19-7
2007-2008 RECORD: 3-0
HEAD COACH: Cheri Harrer
BW RECORD: 350-126
YEAR AT BW: 18th
CAREER RECORD: same
LAST MEETING: 1987-88, BW won, 71-66.
SERIES STREAK: BW, one game
SERIES BEGAN: 1987-88, BW won, 71-66
SERIES RECORD: BW leads, 1-0
NEXT GAME: Nov. 27 at Oberlin College at 7:00 p.m.
WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON (Pa.) COLLEGE
LOCATION: Washington, Pennsylvania
CONFERENCE: President's Athletic
2006-2007 RECORD: 20-9
2007-2008 RECORD: 3-0
HEAD COACH: Jina DeRubbo
W&J RECORD: 66-21
YEAR AT W&J: Fourth
CAREER RECORD: 196-78
The Pregame Setup -- The Baldwin Wallace University women's basketball team will look to win its fourth straight game to open the 2007-2008 season when it hosts Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) College in a non-conference matchup of two undefeated teams. It also is the 2007-2008 home opener for the Yellow Jackets.
The Yellow Jackets enter today's game with a 3-0 overall record following a 79-65 victory against Case Western Reserve University on Tuesday (Nov. 20) in University Circle. Last weekend, the Yellow Jackets won the championship title at the Anderson University Tipoff Tournament in Anderson, Indiana At Anderson, BW defeated Alma (Mich.) College, 60-52 in double overtime, in the first round and then beat Anderson, 40-37, in the championship game.
The Presidents also enter this game with a 3-0 overall mark after they defeated Allegheny (Pa.) College, 58-44, on Tuesday (Nov. 20) in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Last weekend, the W & J hosted and won the championship in the Holiday Inn Meadow Lands Women's Basketball Classic with wins versus Alfred (N.Y.) College, 82-59, and against Penn-State Altoona, 88-56, in the championship game.
The BW Versus W &J All-Time Series -- BW and Washington & Jefferson have previously met only once in women’s basketball. The Yellow Jackets recorded a 71-66 victory versus the Presidents during the 1987-88 season.
In BW's Last Game: AtCase Western Reserve University; Baldwin Wallace -- 79, Case -- 65 - In BW's last game, a 79-65 victory at Case Western Reserve University in University Circle on Nov. 20, the Yellow Jackets were led by 5'7" freshman guard Courtney Ritzler (Fostoria/ Hopewell-Loudon), who scored a team and career-high 14 points, including three-of-five shooting from three-point range, and added four steals, three rebounds and an assist. In addition, 6'2" sophomore center Ariel Brough (Powell/ Olentangy Liberty) had 12 points and six rebounds and was perfect both from the floor and the foul line; 5'8" senior guard/ forward Selena Eskinazi-Budge (Beachwood) had 11 points, teamhighs of seven rebounds and four assists and three steals; and 5'10" senior forward Carly Flowers (North Baltimore) came off the bench to score 10 points.
Keying the win was a solid effort both on offense and defense. Offensively, the Jackets shot a season-high 47.3 percent from the floor (26-of-55), including 42.9 percent from three-point land, and made 77.8 percent of its free throws (21-of-27). Defensively, BW held Case to 37.9 percent shooting and forced 18 turnovers.
In W & J's Last Game: At Allegheny (Pa.) College; Washington & Jefferson -- 58, Allegheny -- 44 -- In Washington & Jefferson's last game, a 58-44 victory at Allegheny (Pa.) College, the Presidents led by 6'1" sophomore forward Maggie Gibson and 6'0" junior forward Emily Hays with scored 16 points each. In addition, 5'5" sophomore guard Kennan Killeen played all 40 mintues and had eight points, six rebounds and six assists. Defensively, W & J was led by Gibson with eight defensive rebounds and two steals. For the game, the Presidents shot 49 percent from the field (25-of-51), including 33.3 percent from three-point land (two-of-six). W & J outrebounded Allegheny, 40-34.
BW Information and Probable Starters -- Look for Coach Harrer to start 5'8" junior two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference player Amanda Mondrach (Parma/ Parma Heights Holy Name) and 5'6" junior Rachael Quiring (Brunswick/ Holy Name) in the backcourt. At the forward position, look for 5'8" senior Stacia Shrider(Marietta/Warren Local) and Courtney Ritzler to start. At center, it will be Ariel Brough. To date, Mondrach tallies 9.0 points per game, grabs 5.0 rebounds per game, has canned a team-high five three-pointers and has passed for five assists. Quiring scores 5.7 ppg. and grabs 3.3 rpg. Brough averages 7.7 ppg. and 5.0 rpg. and tops the team with four blocked shots. Shrider scores 2.3 ppg. and tops the team with 7.7 rpg. Courtney Ritzler scores 5.3 ppg. and is tied for the team lead in steals with six.
Off the bench, look for Harrer to use Carly Flowers, Selena Eskinazi-Budge, 5'10" sophomore transfer forward Sasha Samara (Amherst/ Steele), 5'10" sophomore forward Serena Farage (Medina/ Buckeye), 5'11" freshman forward Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) and 5;7" freshman guard and twin sister Carrie Ritzler (Fostoria/ Hopewell-Loudon). Flowers, who led BW in scoring a year ago, tops the team again this season at 10.3 ppg. and also grabs 6.3 rpg. Budge is fourth in scoring at 7.3 ppg., grabs 4.7 rpg. and tops the team with 14 assists and six steals.
Scouting the Presidents of Washington & Jefferson -- Last season, Head Coach Jina DeRubbo led a youngWashington & Jefferson squad to a 20-9 record and this season the Presidents are off to a nice 3-0 start. DeRubbo is in her fourth season at Washington & Jefferson, as she previously served as head coach at Bethany (W. Va.) College for seven years, where she is the school's all-time wins leader with 131.
Look for DeRubbo to run a three guard lineup with Kennan Killen, 5'6" junior Lindsey Hyre and 5'9" junior Veronica Kust. In the post, expect to see Emily Hays and Maggie Gibson to start. Gibson leads the Presidents in scoring at 14.0 ppg. and rebounding at 10.0 rpg. She also shoots 61.5 percent from the floor (16-of-26). Hays is second in scoring at 13.0 ppg. and grabs 4.3 rpg. Killeen is third in scoring at 12.3 ppg., grabs 4.7 rpg., leads the team with 12 assists and seven steals and is an amazing 22-of-22 from the foul line. Kust scores 3.7 ppg. and grabs 2.0 rpg. and Hyre scores2.3 ppg.
Off the bench, look for 6'0" senior forward Maria Hillenbrand, 5'5" sophomore guard Stephanie Smith, 5'11" senior forward Jen Rogers and 6'3" senior center Sarah Hunt all to see action and contribute. Hillenbrand tops the "bench bunch" with 5.0 ppg. and Smith scores 4.7 ppg.
Yellow Jacket Chatter
OAC Coaches Poll -- The Yellow Jackets received four first place votes and 71 total points and were picked to finish second by the OAC Coaches in their 2007-2008 preseason poll that was released on Nov. 7.
Two Yellow Jackets Named to All-Tournament Team -- The duo of senior Ariel Brough and senior Carly Flowers were named to Anderson (Ind.) University Tipoff Tournament All-Tournament team. Flowers averaged 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in the tournament while Brough chipped in with 5.5 points and 4.5 rebounds.
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 350 victories. Harrer is 350-126 in her career.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.