BAY CITY, Mich. - Lake Superior State University junior forward Maria Blazejewski (Beulah, Mich./Benzie Central) and Lake Erie College senior center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio) have been chosen as the GLIAC Women's Basketball North and South Division "Players of the Week", respectively.
GLIAC North Division Player of the Week:
Lake Superior State
6-0, Junior, Forward
Beulah, Mich./Benzie Central
Maria Blazejewski averaged 21.0
points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game to lead LSSU to a 2-1
finish during last week’s stretch of non-conference games.
The wins came against Alma and Michigan-Dearborn, with the lone
loss coming in a non-conference game against Wayne State.
Blazejewski shot 75 percent from the free-throw line, 60 percent
from three-point range, and 51 percent from the field. She scored
20 or more points during all three contests, and currently ranks
fifth in the GLIAC averaging 18.4 ppg.
North Division Weekly Honor
Roll: Tricia Principe - FS, Emma Veach - MT, Chelsea
Lyons - NM, Kaitlin Susan - NU, Kristen Greene - SV.
2010-11 North Division "Players of the Week": (11/15) Rachel Church - NU; (11/21) Maria Blazejewski - LS.
GLIAC South Division Player of the Week:
6-1, Senior, Center
Stephanie Rogers averaged 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in two games last week as Lake Erie opened the season with a 3-0 record for the first time in the program’s 32-year history. Rogers led all players with 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks against Salem International, becoming just the sixth women’s player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career. She followed that performance with her 16th career double-doubles, posting season-highs of 21 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Notre Dame.
South Division Weekly Honor Roll: Kari Daugherty - AU, Kayla Brown - UF, Chelsea Harrison - HC, Meredith Fox - OD, Mandy Jaeb - TU, Phaebre Colbert - WS.
2010-11 South Division "Players of the Week": (11/15) Kari Daugherty - AU; (11/21) Stephanie Rogers - LE.
AU played once last week, winning
at Kentucky Wesleyan, 80-63. That is Ashland’s second win
this season against a GLVC opponent. AU will have the opportunity
to add a third victory against that conference this weekend when it
hosts Saint Joseph’s at the AU Holiday Inn Express
Classic…last week’s win gives the Eagles a bit of
extra satisfaction because a year ago, Kentucky Wesleyan edged out
the Eagles for the eighth and final playoff spot in the NCAA
regional playoffs…junior guard-forward Kari Daugherty
(Fresno, Ohio/Dayton) posted her second consecutive double-double
with 24 points and 13 rebounds at KWC…in addition to Saint
Joseph’s, Ashland will play Oakland City this coming weekend.
The other team participating in the Classic is Lake Superior
Ferris State Bulldogs
Sophomore forward Nikki Arner’s long 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left gave Ferris State a 60-58 upset victory over No. 17 South Carolina-Aiken Saturday afternoon in the opening game of the Lady Bearcat Tipoff Classic at Lander University’s Horne Arena in Greenwood, S.C. Tricia Principe led FSU with 15 points in the victory. Sophomore guard Sarah DeShone added 11 points and a game-high seven assists. On Sunday (Nov. 20), nationally 10th-ranked Lander posted a 72-51 victory over Ferris State in the final game of the two-day tournament. The tournament featured three ranked teams out of four, including No. 17 South Carolina Aiken and 27th-ranked Barton College. Each team went 1-1 in the tournament, including Ferris State’s upset victory over Aiken and Lander’s two-point loss to Barton Saturday. Bulldog senior guard Tricia Principe was 4-for-5 from behind the arc and led the Bulldogs with 12 points on Sunday. Senior guard Kelsey DeNoyelles added 10 points while sophomore guard Sarah DeShone had nine assists. Freshman forward Christina Branch was Ferris State’s top rebounder with six. Ferris State, which is now 2-1 overall, is now idle until the Bulldogs open GLIAC play on the road at Tiffin on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. (ET).
The Oilers went 1-1 last week at home after defeating Notre Dame (Ohio) 58-42 and losing 74-64 to Tusculum. Junior forward Kayla Brown led the way and averaged 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game during the two contests. In the Oilers win over Notre Dame, Brown tallied 15 points and seven rebounds. She followed with 12 points, six rebounds and five steals in the loss to Tusculum. On the season, junior guard Clare Aubry is leading the team at 13.7 points per game.
Grand Valley State Lakers
The Lakers did not play this week, but look to rebound against
Aquinas on Tuesday in their home opener.
The Hillsdale College women’s basketball team opened its 2011-12 season over the weekend, splitting a pair of non-league road games in the state of Ohio…Hillsdale defeated College of Notre Dame 77-67 Friday before losing to Cedarville Saturday…Senior guard Chelsea Harrison led the team with 40 total points, including 25 in Saturday’s loss…She hit all nine of her free throws in that game, and played all 40 minutes…Sophomore Angela Bisaro scored a career-high 18 points in Friday’s win over Notre Dame…Freshman Megan Fogt has made all four of her free throws in her first two collegiate contests…Hillsdale will head to Hawaii over the Thanksgiving holiday to play Hawaii Pacific and Northwest Missouri State.
Lake Erie Storm
Lake Erie won both games last week
to improve to 3-0 on the season. It is the first time in the
program’s 32-year history that the Storm has opened the
season by winning its first three games… senior center
Stephanie Rogers scored her 1,000th career point in the 88-39 rout
of Salem International, leading all players with 17 points, eight
rebounds and four assists. She is just the sixth player in LEC
women’s history to reach that mark. Rogers followed
that performance with her 16th career double-double (21 points, 10
rebounds) in the win over Notre Dame… graduate senior Alyssa
Wagers, who missed all of last season after suffering a knee injury
in preseason practice, picked up her 35th career double-double with
a game-high 23 points and 11 rebounds against NDC. In that
game, she became the Storm’s career leader in made free
throws (303) and also surpassed the 700-rebound mark for her career
(704). She was 11-of-13 from the line in that game…
Jen Caiola scored 14 points against Salem and 17 against Notre
Dame. She has scored in double figures in each of the team’s
first three games. She needs just 51 points to join Rogers in
the 1,000-point club… the Storm is outscoring its opponents
by 46.3 points per game this season and has forced 99 turnovers to
date…the win over Salem was the program’s 175th
Lake Superior State Lakers
Junior forward Maria Blazejewski
(Beulah, Mich.) averaged 21.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 3.3 apg to lead LSSU
to a 2-1 finish during last week’s stretch of non-conference
games. She shot 51 percent from the field and 75 percent from the
free-throw line. For the season, Blazejewski is averaging 18.4
points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Senior forward Sarah Cubr
(Riverview, Mich.) scored a career-high 18 points during
LSSU’s 68-53 victory over Alma on Nov. 15. Cubr is 13-of-28
(.464) from three-point range so far this season. Freshman guard
Kandace Crittendon (Byron Center, Mich.) scored a season-high 23
points during a 70-67 non-conference loss at Wayne State on Nov.
18. LSSU plays GLVC opponent St. Joseph’s during a
Thanksgiving weekend tournament at Ashland. The Lakers are 803
all-time against St. Joe and playing Oakland City for the first
Michigan Tech. Huskies
Michigan Tech split a pair of games
last week. Michigan Tech defeated Finlandia 62-26 Tuesday (Nov. 15)
and lost at Indianapolis Saturday (Nov. 19). All 15 players for the
Huskies scored against Finlandia. Junior Emma Veach scored a
career-high 20 points and recorded a career-high three steals at
Indianapolis. Freshman Jillian Ritchie grabbed a career-high six
rebounds and Krista Kasuboski dished out a career-high four assists
against the Greyhounds. The last time Tech lost by 25 points or
more was Feb. 2, 2002 at Grand Valley (82-57). The last time the
Huskies lost a non-conference game was Nov. 27, 2011 at
Concordia-St. Paul (78-70). Tech will play a pair of games at the
Radisson Roseville Classic at the Gangelhoff Center on the campus
of Concordia-St. Paul this weekend. The Huskies will face
Minn.-Crookston Friday (Nov. 25) and Concordia-St. Paul Saturday
Northern Michigan Wildcats
Michigan women’s basketball team is now 2-1 on the season
following a 71-39 win over Alma College (Nov. 18) and a 78-55 win
over Urbana University (Nov. 19)…Senior guard Chelsea Lyons
led the way for the Wildcats, scoring 28 points and grabbing 14
rebounds during the weekend…Freshman center Courtney Lemon
scored 25 points over the weekend and grabbed 12
rebounds…The ‘Cats bench combined to score 66 points
over the weekend…NMU travels to the University of
Indianapolis Tournament this week…The ‘Cats face
Marian (Ind.) on (Nov. 25) and Indianapolis on (Nov. 26).
Northwood improved to 4-0 on the
season with a pair of wins at the Northwood Classic Friday and
Saturday (November 18-19)...the Timberwolves defeated Urbana 49-39
before downing Alma 70-38...it marks the first time since the
2008-09 season Northwood has started 4-0...Rachel Church (Midland,
Mich./Bullock Creek) continued her strong start to her junior
season, leading the team in scoring for the week at 12.5 points per
game...she knocked down five of her six 3-point field goal attempts
against Alma...for the season, Church is averaging 19.3 points per
game while shooting 47.5 percent from 3-point range
(19-40)...freshman Kaitlin Susan (Grand Rapids, Mich./Byron Center)
also had a good week for NU, scoring 9.0 points while grabbing 8.0
rebounds per game...Susan had her first career double-double
against Urbana, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds...Church
and Susan were each named to the All-Tournament team at the
conclusion of the event...Northwood travels to Southern Indiana
Tuesday for their lone game of this week.
Ohio Dominican Panthers
ODU began the year 2-0 for the
first time since the 2007-08 season with a 53-43 road win at future
GLIAC foe Malone on Tuesday, followed by a 69-63 victory in
Saturday’s home opener versus Ursuline. In each contest,
freshman Paige Stought (Pickerington, OH) sparked the
game-clinching runs with a pair of heady defensive plays. Senior
Katy Rasor (Grove City, OH) led the Panthers at Malone with 17
points, behind a career-high matching five triples, going 5-of-10
from long range. Against Ursuline, senior Meredith Fox (Springboro,
OH) paced ODU off the bench for the second straight outing with new
career high of 27 points. The Panthers outscored its counterparts
54-18 as Fox finished the week with 40 points on 16-of-28 (57.1
percent) shooting. Senior forward Abby Glover (Centerville, OH)
added 21 points on Saturday and collected a total of 23 rebounds in
the opening week, matching her previous career-best with 14 boards
in the season-opener. The last time ODU had a pair of 20-point
scorers in the same game was on Feb. 13, 2010 against Lake Erie as
Summer Hale and Kirsten Ruen went for 30 and 23, respectively. ODU
is back on the hardwood at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, Nov. 23 at Molloy
as part of the team’s Thanksgiving break trip to New York.
ODU closes the trip against the New York Institute of Technology at
noon on Friday.
Saginaw Valley State Cardinals
The Saginaw Valley State University
women’s basketball team fell to Wisconsin-Parkside Saturday
(Nov. 19), 67-50. The Cardinals were led in scoring by Kristen
Greene who scored 14 points, while freshman Samantha Zirzow added
eight points. Grace Herzog was a force on the boards, ripping down
13 rebounds. She would also add five blocked shots and five points.
For the season SVSU is averaging 56.0 points per game and is also
pulling down 43.5 rebounds. As a team SVSU is shooting .732
(30-of-41) from the free-throw line. The Cardinals have also forced
35 turnovers in their two games this season. Saginaw Valley will
return to action on Friday (Nov. 25) when they take on Indianapolis
at the UIndy Thanksgiving Classic.
Mandy Jaeb led the Dragons to a
65-51 win at Clarion with 22 points and a team-high 9 rebounds,
including hitting 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch. She also had
2 assists and 3 steals along with a block to keep TU
unbeaten…Karli Mast also reached double figures with 14
points. Holly Focke had 8 points, Amanda Baute had 5 points and 8
rebounds, and Jessica Harris also had 6 points and 8
rebounds…Overall TU hit on 22 of 28 free throws and held a
44-30 rebounding advantage.…Jaeb now has 1245 career points,
fifth all-time for TU. She is closing in on Laura Goins, who stands
fourth with 1301 points.
Wayne State Warriors
It was an
afternoon of firsts in the Wayne State University women’s
basketball team’s thrilling 70-67 comeback victory over Lake
Superior State University (2-2) in a non-conference bout on
Saturday. Along with starting 2-0 for the first time since 1994,
the Warriors won their third in a row over the Lakers for the first
time since WSU won five straight spanning from 1983 until 1985.
Deanna Crumpton (East Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood) finished with
11 points and six rebounds, while fellow junior forward Phaebre
Colbert (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern) posted
team-high totals in points (16) and rebounds (7). Point guard
Stefani Munro (Harrison Twp., Mich./Mount Clemens (George
Washington)) tallied 13 points and two assists, while freshman
guard Deiona Rogers (Grand Rapids, Mich./Union) was a spark off the
bench chipping in nine points, five rebounds and four assists.