2008-09 Archive

Monday, April 13, 2009

"Walsh Women's Basketball Team Named Buffalo Funds Five Star Award Recipeint; Coaches and Student-Athletes Recognized for Exhibiting Exceptional Character Values "

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Champions of Character founding partner Buffalo Funds present Buffalo Funds Five Star Awards for each of the NAIA's 23 championship sports. The following teams / member institutions were recognized during the winter sports season: Division I Men's Basketball / Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University; Division I Women's Basketball / Westmont (Calif.) College; Division II Men's Basketball / Indiana University East; Division II Women's Basketball / Walsh (Ohio) University; Men's Swimming and Diving / The College of Idaho; Women's Swimming and Diving / Mills (Calif.) College; Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field / Doane (Neb.) College; Wrestling / Northwestern (Iowa) College.

The award honors teams committed to the Champions of Character program's five core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship. The NAIA's flagship character initiative is designed to instill an understanding of character values in sport and provide student-athletes and coaches the training to help them know and do the right things, inside and outside the sports setting. Champions of Character is dedicated to the principle that character is a choice and that being a champion is about reaching your potential and making good decisions consistently in daily life.

By recognizing outstanding student-athletes and coaches who set the standard with their approach in and out of competition, the NAIA furthers its mission to advance character-driven intercollegiate athletics. To learn more about the NAIA visit www.naia.org.

NAIA
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is the governing body for athletics programs at its nearly 300 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. The long-held mission of the NAIA is to promote the education and development of well-rounded students and productive citizens through intercollegiate athletics. The association offers equitable access and opportunities for participation in its 23 national championship events held annually throughout the country.

Today, the NAIA strengthens its commitment to student-athletes and strives to enrich their college experience by supporting academic achievement and character development. NAIA Champions of Character is the association's innovative flagship program designed to instill character values in student-athletes, coaches and youth in the communities it serves.

Buffalo Funds
Buffalo Funds is the Official Sponsor of the Champions of Character program. Buffalo Funds assists in the Champions of Character program growth and is the title sponsor of the NAIA Men's Division I Basketball National Championship. To learn more about Buffalo Funds visit www.buffalofunds.com.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

"Walsh University's Angela Eickelman Named 2009 Division II Women's Basketball Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete"

Kansas City, Mo. - Walsh University's Angela Eickelman (Jr., Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) has been named by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a 2009 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. The NAIA announced that 204 division II women's basketball players have been selected. Eickelman carries a 3.66 grade point average and majors in sociology and Spanish.

Student-athletes must be nominated by their head coach, have achieved junior academic status and maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

"Berry Named Honorable Mention All-American"

Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) has been named honorable mention All-American by the NAIA. Berry, also a first-team All-American Mideast Conference selection, led the Cavs in scoring (13.8), three-point goals (34), assists (104) and steals (63). She shot .474 from the field, .780 from the foul line and averaged 4.1 rebounds. Berry was the only Cavalier to start all 31 games.

She is the the third Walsh player to receive NAIA All-American honors and first since Melanie Scheetz was named second-team in 2000.


Wednesday, March 3, 2009

"Berry 1st Team All-AMC, Bedard 2nd Team"

AMC Team: http://www.amcsports.org/Sports/wbball/2009/wbk_allamc09.asp?path=wbball

Walsh 's Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) has been named first-team All-American Mideast Conference, with Cara Bedard (6-1, So., Randolph, OH/Waterloo) selected second team. Both Berry and Bedard were selected honorable mention last season. Chelsea Chaffin (Fr. 5-3, Mt. Sterling, OH/Madison Plains) and Kristi Yoder (6-1, Fr., Millersburg, OH/Hiland) were named to the All-Freshman Team.

Berry led the Cavs in scoring (13.8), three-point goals (34), assists (104) and steals (63). She shot .474 from the field, .780 from the foul line and averaged 4.1 rebounds. Berry was the only Cavalier to start all 31 games. Bedard was second to Berry in scoring, averaging 12.2 points, but led the team in field goal percentage (.538), free throw percentage (.812) and in blocked shots (37).

Chaffin played the point and averaged 7.8 points per game and was second to Berry in assists (99) and second in free throw percentage (.782) and steals (46). She shot .456 from the field. Yoder also put together a fine freshman season, shooting .488 from the field, while averaging 7.7 points and 4.7 rebounds.

Walsh finished the season 19-2 and 1-4 in the AMC. The Cavs lost in the semifinals of the AMC Tournament.


Monday, March 2, 2009

"Cavs' (19-12, 11-4) Can't Bounce Back/Fall in AMC Semifinal"

Walsh failed to clinch its first NAIA tournament berth since 1998, falling 84-70 to Mount Vernon Nazarene in the semifinals of the American Mideast Conference tournament on Saturday. The loss was the third straight for the Cavs, who suffered their first three-game losing streak since November. As a team, the Cavs put together their most successful season since they finished 20-11 under Theresa Berg in 2003-04. Last season, they won only 13 games overall and just five in the AMC.

Mount Vernon would lead from start to finish, jumping out to an 8-2 lead in the first three minutes. Walsh would close the lead to 10-6, but would get no closer in the first half. Mount Vernon held its largest first half lead at the half at 46-25. Walsh would make a couple of runs in the second half, but would not cut the lead into single digits. After trailing by 25 points (56-31) with 14:53 to play, Walsh would rally and cut the lead to 61-50 with 9:30 to play. They would also trail by 11 points at 67-56, but would get no closer. The Cougars shot 48% (27-56) for the game and 42% (8-19) from three-point. Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) led Walsh with 19 points, Jessie Miller (5-10, Jr., Strasburg, OH/HS) added 14 and Leah Seaman (5-8, Jr., Louisville, OH/HS) 12 off the bench. The Cavs shot 43% (29-68), but were hampered by 21 turnovers and were outrebounded 40-33.

Katie Berry finished the season as the team scoring leader, averaging 13.8 points per game (AMC 10th). Berry shot .474 (AMC 5th) from the field and .780 from the line. Cara Bedard (6-1, So., Randolph, OH/Waterloo) was next, averaging 12.2 points and a team-leading 5.7 rebounds. Bedard also led the team in field goal percentage (.538) and in free throw percentage (.812).


Saturday, February 28, 2009

"Mt. Vernon Too Much for Cavs"

Mount Vernon Nazarene (24-76) ended Walsh's (19-12) season today, defeating the Cavs 84-70 in an American Mideast Conference semifinal playoff game at Walsh. The Cougars advance to the championship game at Ohio Dominican University on Tuesday night. The loss, the third straight for the Cavs, dashes their hopes of reaching the NAIA National Tournament.

Mount Vernon came out of the blocks firing, jumping to an 8-2 lead in the first three minutes. The Cougars would lead from start to finish. Walsh would close the lead to 10-6, but would get no closer in the first half. Mount Vernon held its largest first half lead at 40-21 and at the half at 46-25. The balanced Cougar attack placed four players in double figures in the first half, led by Alexis Harkins' 12 points. Harkins, Lauren Johnson and Rachel Fiely all had two three-pointers in the first half, as the Cougars shot 50% (6-12) from behind the arc.

Walsh would make a couple of runs in the second half, but would not cut the lead into single digits. After trailing by 25 points (56-31) with 14:53 to play, Walsh would rally and cut the lead to 61-50 with 9:30 to play. They would also trail by 11 points at 67-56, but would get no closer.

Mount Vernon's Amanda Himes led all scorers with 22 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Johnson and Fiely each added 19 points and Harkins 18. The Cougars shot 48% (27-56) for the game and 42% (8-19) from three-point.

Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) led Walsh with 19 points, Jessie Miller (5-10, Jr., Strasburg, OH/HS) added 14 and Leah Seaman (5-8, Jr., Louisville, OH/HS) 12 off the bench. The Cavs shot 43% (29-68), but were hampered by 21 turnovers and were outrebounded 40-33.


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

"Cavs to Host Mount Vernon Nazarene in AMC Semifinal"

Top seeded Walsh (19-11) will host fifth seeded Mount Vernon Nazarene (23-7) in an American Mideast Conference Semifinal game on Saturday at 2 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us. Mount Vernon advanced last night, with a 74-71 win at fourth seeded Northwestern Ohio. In the other semifinal game, third seeded Daemen College edged sixth seeded University of Rio Grande 73-66. Daemen travels to second seeded Ohio Dominican University on Saturday. The winners play at the top seed on Tuesday, with the tournament champion advancing to the NAIA National Tournament.

Walsh defeated Mount Vernon Nazarene 73-71 on January 3, in their only regular season meeting. This will be their first post season meeting. Walsh leads the all-time series 33-17.


Monday, February 23, 2009

"Cavs' (19-11, 11-4) Can't Clinch, But Earn Top Seed for AMC Tournament"
Any disappointment the NAIA 23rd ranked (new ranking 2/23) Cavs (19-11, 11-4) have suffered the last four days must be put behind them. Despite failing twice to clinch their first NAIA National Tournament berth since 1998, the Cavs still have a chance to reach the tournament, as they are the top seed for the upcoming American Mideast Conference Tournament. Walsh now needs two wins to reach Iowa. The Cavs return to action on Saturday (2 pm), hosting the winner of the Mount Vernon Nazarene/Northwestern Ohio game, played in Lima on Tuesday. The Cavs beat MVNU 73-71 at Walsh on January 3, but fell 95-81 at NW Ohio last Saturday. If Walsh wins Saturday, they will host the AMC Tournament Championship on Tuesday, March 3. All AMC playoff games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh opened the week with a lopsided 72-50 Mayor's Cup win over Malone at Osborne Hall. The Cavs have won two straight Mayor's Cup games and can retire the Cup with a win at Walsh next season. Walsh shot .577 (15-26) from the floor in the first half and led 41-24 at halftime. The Cavs cooled off in the second half, but still outscored Malone 31-26 to sweep the season series from Malone for the second straight season. The win also evened the all-time series at 31. Kristi Yoder (6-1, Fr., Millersburg, OH/Hiland) led the Cavs with 13 points, going 5-5 from the floor. Leah Seaman (5-8, Jr., Louisville, OH/HS) and Mandi Swickard (6-1, Fr., Alexandria, OH/Northridge) each tallied 10 points. Seaman was a perfect 4-4 from the floor, while Swickard's 10 point effort is a career-high, as were her game-high eight rebounds.

Walsh's first chance to clinch a NAIA tourney berth came at home on Friday night, but Daemen College came back from a 14-point second half deficit to defeat the Cavs 85-73 in an AMC game. Leah Seaman (5-8, Jr., Louisville, OH/HS) ignited the Cavs with 16 first half points, as Walsh led 44-34 at the break. Seaman had two steals and scored the Cavs last seven points of the half, the last three on a half court shot which beat the buzzer. Walsh built the lead to 14 points (48-34) with 18:23 to play, and led 59-49 with 13:01 to play. Daemen would then catch fire, and outscore the Cavs 12-2 and tie the game at 61 with 8:40 to play on a Sarah Bogardus three-pointer. Walsh took their final lead at 66-64 with 6:30 to play on a Jessie Miller (5-10, Jr., Strasburg, OH/HS) three-pointer. With the score tied at 68, Daemen took the lead for good with 4:19 to play on a jumper from Mary Kate Wilson. Walsh would pull to with one point, at 73-72 with 2:23 to play on two Kristi Yoder free throws, but would get no closer. Daemen would shoot free throws and close the game with a 12-1 run. Seaman led the Cavs with 18 points off the bench. Cara Bedard (6-0, So., Randolph, OH/Waterloo) added 15 points, with Yoder and Chelsea Chaffin (Fr. 5-3, Mt. Sterling, OH/Madison Plains) each scoring 10.

The Cavs second chance came at Northwestern Ohio on Saturday, but turnovers proved costly, as Northwestern Ohio defeated Walsh 95-81 in the regular season finale for both teams. Despite shooting 60% (12-20) from the floor in the first half, Walsh turned the ball over 15 times and trailed 50-35 at the half. NW Ohio hit 56% percent of their shots and were relentless on the glass with nine first half offensive rebounds. Walsh rallied and trimmed the lead to eight points in the second half, but was not able to overcome the first half deficit. Bright spots in the loss were the play of Cara Bedard and Jessie Miller. Bedard was 7-12 from the field, 8-10 from the line and finished with a game-high 22 points. She also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. Miller played her finest game of the season, connecting on 8-16 from the field to finish with a season-high 20 points. Ciera Burkes (5-3, So., Shaker Heights, OH/HS) added 16 points, four rebounds and three assists off the bench.

Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) leads the Cavs in scoring, and is averaging 13.6 points per game (AMC 10th). She is shooting .467 (AMC 5th) from the field and .791 from the line. Cara Bedard is the only other player scoring in double figures, averaging 12.4 points and a team-leading 5.9 rebounds. Bedard is also shooting a team-leading .539 from the field, .812 (AMC 3rd) from the foul line, and has recorded four double-doubles on the season. Freshman Chelsea Chaffin is averaging 8.1 points and is shooting .782 (AMC 9th) from the foul line.

As a team, the Cavs have eclipsed last season's win total overall (13) and in the AMC (5). Walsh's 18 wins are the most since they finished 20-11 under Theresa Berg in 2003-04.


Sunday, February 22, 2009

"Cavs Earn Number One Seed in Women's Basketball Tournament"

Walsh University owns the top seed for the American Mideast Conference Tournament. The six-team event will be played on Feb. 24, 28, and March 3. All game times are listed as TBA.

Walsh, 19-11 overall, won a tiebreaker with Ohio Dominican and Daemen to earn the top seed. ODU, 17-11, also needed a tiebreaker to get the #2 seed.

In Tuesday's first round, #5 Mount Vernon Nazarene, 22-7, travels to #5 Northwestern Ohio, 17-12 while #6 Rio Grande, 19-11, heads to #3 Daemen, 21-7. The MVNU/UNOH winner plays at Walsh in one semifinal contest on Saturday with the Daemen/Rio Grande winner at Ohio Dominican in the other semi. The higher remaining seed will host the championship tilt on March 3.

The AMC women receive three automatic bids to the 18th Annual NAIA Division II National Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa which will be played on March 11-17. Shawnee State and Cedarville grabbed the first two. The third goes to the AMC Tournament champion.

[2009 AMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT BRACKET (pdf)]


Saturday, February 21, 2009

"Cavs Fail to Secure National Tourney Berth, But Earn Top Seed for AMC Tournament"

(Lima, OH) For the second straight day, turnovers proved too much to overcome, as Walsh (19-11, 11-4) failed to clinch an automatic berth to the NAIA National Tournament in a 95-81 loss at Northwestern Ohio (16-12, 9-5) in the regular season finale for both teams. Despite losing their last two regular season games, Walsh has earned the top seed for the upcoming American Mideast Conference Tournament, with the winner earning the AMC's third bid to the national tournament. The tournament begins on Tuesday, with Walsh hosting the winner of the Mount Vernon Nazarene/Northwestern Ohio game on Saturday.

Despite shooting 60% (12-20) from the floor in the first half, Walsh turned the ball over 15 times and trailed 50-35 at the half. NW Ohio hit 56% percent of their shot and were relentless on the glass with nine first half offensive rebounds. Walsh rallied and trimmed the lead to eight points in the second half, but were not able to overcome the first half deficit. Bright spots in the loss were the play of Cara Bedard (6-0, So., Randolph, OH/Waterloo) and Jessie Miller (5-10, Jr., Strasburg, OH/HS). Bedard was 7-12 from the field, 8-10 from the line and finished with a game-high 22 points. She also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. Miller played her finest game of the season, connecting on 8-16 from the field to finish with a season-high 20 points. Ciera Burkes (5-3, So., Shaker Heights, OH/HS) added 16 points, four rebounds and three assists off the bench.


Friday, February 20, 2009

"Daemen Spoils Cavs Party"

Daemen College (20-7, 10-4) came back from a 14-point second half deficit, to upset the Cavs (19-10, 11-3) 85-73 in an American Mideast Conference game. The loss forces the NAIA 23rd ranked Cavs to win at Northwestern Ohio tomorrow night to clinch their first NAIA National Tournament berth since 1998. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Leah Seaman (5-8, Jr., Louisville, OH/HS) ignited the Cavs with 16 first half points, as Walsh led 44-34 at the break. Seaman had two steals and scored the Cavs last seven points of the half, the last three on half court shot which beat the buzzer. Walsh built the lead to 14 points at 48-34 with 18:23 to play, and led 59-49 with 13:01 to play. Daemen would catch fire and outscore the Cavs 12-2 and tie the game at 61 with 8:40 to play on a Sarah Bogardus three-pointer. Walsh took their final lead at 66-64 with 6:30 to play on a Jessie Miller (5-10, Jr., Strasburg, OH/HS) three-pointer. With the score tied at 68, Daemen took the lead for good with 4:19 to play on a jumper from Mary Kate Wilson. Walsh would pull to with one point, at 73-72 with 2:23 to play on two Kristi Yoder (6-1, Fr., Millersburg, OH/Hiland) free throws, but would get no closer. Daemen would shoot free throws and close the game with a 12-1 run.

Seaman led the Cavs with 18 points off the bench. Cara Bedard (6-0, So., Randolph, OH/Waterloo) added 15 points, with Yoder and Chelsea Chaffin (Fr. 5-3, Mt. Sterling, OH/Madison Plains) each scoring 10 points. Bridgette Burke led Daemen with 22 points, as five Wildcats scored in double figures.


Tuesday, Febraury 17, 2009

"Cavs Retain Mayor's Cup With 72-50 Win at Malone"

NAIA No. 23 Walsh (19-9) won its 19th game of the season, defeating Malone University (6-20) 72-50 in the 13th annual Mayor's Cup game tonight at Osborne Hall. The win gives the Cavs a season sweep of Malone for the second straight year, and their second straight "Cup" win. Walsh can retire the Mayor's Cup with a win in the desigated game next year.

Walsh shot .577 (15-26) from the floor in the first half and led 41-24 at halftime. The Cavs cooled off in the second half, but still outscored Malone 31-26 to improve to 19-9 on the season. Everyone played for Walsh and three players reached double figures. Kristi Yoder (6-1, Fr., Millersburg, OH/Hiland) led the Cavs with 13 points. Yoder was 5-5 from the floor. Leah Seaman (5-8, Jr., Louisville, OH/HS) and Mandi Swickard (6-1, Fr., Alexandria, OH/Northridge) each tallied 10 points. Seaman was a perfect 4-4 from the floor, while Swickard's 10 point night is a career-high, as were game-high eight rebounds.

Walsh can win its 20th game, and clinch an automatic bid to the NAIA Division ll National Tournament with a win at home against Daemen College on Friday night (6 pm). The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and in the Internet at www.wcer.us.


Monday, February 16, 2009

"Cavs' Check In at Number 23 in NAIA Top 25 Poll"

NAIA Top 25: http://naia.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl-div2/spec-rel/021609aaa.html

Walsh (18-9, 11-2 AMC) finally cracked the NAIA Top 25 poll, checking into the 23rd spot in the ninth ranking of the season. The Cavs received 108 total points. The Cavs are in second place in the American Mideast Conference and can clinch an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament, with a win against either Daemen College at home on Friday night (6 pm), or at Northwestern Ohio on Saturday night (5:30 pm). Both games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

American Mideast Conference leader, Shawnee State (27-0) is second in the NAIA and Cedarville University is 20th (18-7).

Walsh returns to action tomorrow night at Malone University's Osborne Hall in the Annual Mayor's Cup game. The non-conference game tips off at 5:30 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.


Monday, February 16, 2009

"Cavs' (18-9, 11-2) One AMC Win Away from National Tournament"

With two more American Mideast Conference wins last week, and 14 wins in their last 16 games, Walsh (18-9, 11-2) is one conference win away from an automatic berth in the NAIA National Tournament (3/11-17). Walsh is second in the AMC, ahead of third place Cedarville University (9-3 AMC) and fourth place Daemen College (9-4 AMC). If they should fall into third place, they would have to win the conference tournament to gain a berth to the national tournament. If they tie with Cedarville, Walsh wins the automatic berth due to the tie-breaker rule. Walsh wins the tie-breaker by having beaten Cedarville (74-70) earlier in the season. Walsh plays three games this week, starting with a non-conference match-up with rival Malone University in the annual Mayor's Cup game at Osborne Hall on Tuesday night (5:30 pm). This game has no bearing on the AMC standings, or Walsh clinching the automatic berth. The Cavs' first crack at clinching comes on Friday night at home against Daemen College at 6 pm. Walsh then closes the regular season at Northwestern Ohio on Saturday (5:30 pm). All three games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh trailed just twice, in winning their 10th AMC game, 76-63 over Ursuline College (14-11, 7-5) last Tuesday night in Pepper Pike, Ohio. After trailing 4-3, the Cavs went on a 15-0 run to lead 18-4 with 10:48 left in the first half. The Cavs would lead 47-20 at the break. Walsh would lead by as many as 29 points (53-24, 58-29) in the second half, before an Ursuline run would cut the lead to 15 points (65-50) with 5:20 to play. The final margin of 13 points would be as close as the Arrows would come in the second half. The Cavs' balanced attack was led by Leah Seaman (5-8, Jr., Louisville, OH/HS), who scored 13 points off the bench. Seaman was 4-8 from the floor and 2-4 from three-point. It was her second straight game in double figures off the bench. Cara Bedard (6-0, So., Randolph, OH/Waterloo) and Kristi Yoder (6-1, Fr., Millersburg, OH/Hiland) each added 12 points, with Bedard grabbing eight rebounds.

Walsh whittled their magic number one to one, with a 64-60 AMC win over Notre Dame College (17-1, 7-6) at Alumni Arena on Saturday. Walsh led by as many as nine points in the first half, and took a 35-28 lead into the locker room. The second half would turn into a dog fight. After the Cavs built an 11-point lead (39-28) early in the second half (19:20), the Falcons began to whittle away. With the help of a 13-2 run, Notre Dame cut the lead to 43-41 with 14:27 to play. The Falcons then outscored the Cavs 8-0, to take a 49-43 lead with 11:28 to play. The second half would produce five ties, the final one at 60 on a Chelsea Chaffin (Fr. 5-3, Mt. Sterling, OH/Madison Plains) free throw with 1:36 to play. Chaffin then hit the second free to give Walsh the lead for good at 61-60. Walsh's defense then produced two steals to seal the win. Cara Bedard came up with a steal, and Chaffin then scored to give the Cavs a 63-60 lead with 28 second to play. Chaffin then came up with the second steal with 11 seconds to play, was fouled, and made one free throw to give the Cavs their fourth straight win. Chaffin connected on 15-17 free throws and scored a game-high and career best 24 points. Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) added 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Walsh and Malone (6-19) meet in the 13th Annual Mayor's Cup game on Tuesday. Malone leads the Cup Series 7-5, but Walsh won 83-64 last year. Three consecutive wins in the designated game are required to retire The Cup. Tuesday's game is the second game played between the cross-town rivals this season. Walsh won the AMC contest, 74-51, on January 27 at Alumni Arena. Katie Berry scored 22 points and Kristi Yoder 21 in the win. Walsh can even-up the all-time series at 31 with a win on Tuesday. The Cavs have also won the last three games against the Pioneers.

Walsh leads the all-time series with Daemen 5-2. The Wildcats are tied for fourth place in the AMC and have won four of their last five games.

Walsh travels to Lima, Ohio for their regular season finale against Northwestern Ohio (15-12, 8-5) on Saturday. The Racers have won two straight games and are 6th in the AMC, and fighting for a post season conference tournament berth. They host Wilberforce on Tuesday. Walsh leads the all-time series 1-0.

Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) leads the Cavs in scoring, and is averaging 14.3 points per game (AMC 9th). She is shooting .471 (AMC 5th) from the field and .786 from the line. Berry also leads the team with 93 assists (3.4). Cara Bedard is the only other player scoring in double figures, averaging 12.4 points and a team-leading 6.1 rebounds. Bedard is also shooting a team-leading .551 from the field, .804 (AMC 7th) from the foul line, and has recorded four double-doubles on the season. Freshman Chelsea Chaffin is averaging 8.1 points and is shooting .777 from the foul line.

As a team, the Cavs have eclipsed last season's win total overall (13) and in the AMC (5). Walsh's 18 wins are the most since they finished 20-11under Theresa Berg in 2003-04.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

"Cavs Inch Closer to NAIA National Tournament Berth"

Walsh (18-9, 11-2) is one win away from clinching a berth in the NAIA National Tournament, after defeating Notre Dame College (17-1, 7-6) 64-60 in an American Mideast Conference game today. The Cavs have two AMC games remaining, a win in either game would clinch their first berth since 1998 when they won the NAIA Division II National Championship. The Cavs host Daemen College (AMC) on Friday night (6 pm) and travel to Northwestern Ohio (AMC) on Saturday (5:30 pm). Walsh meets Malone University in a non conference game, and the annual Mayor's Cup game, at Osborne Hall on Tuesday night (5:30 pm).

Walsh led by as many as nine points in the first half, and took a 35-28 lead into the locker room. The second half would turn into a dog fight. After the Cavs built an 11-point lead (39-28) early in the second half (19:20), the Falcons began to whittle away. With the help of a 13-2 run, Notre Dame cut the lead to 43-41 with 14:27 to play. The Falcons then outscored the Cavs 8-0, to take a 49-43 lead with 11:28 to play. The second half would produce five ties, the final one at 60 on a Chelsea Chaffin (Fr. 5-3, Mt. Sterling, OH/Madison Plains) free throw with 1:36 to play. Chaffin then hit the second free to give Walsh the lead for good at 61-60. Walsh's defense then produced two steals to seal the win. Cara Bedard (6-0, So., Randolph, OH/Waterloo) came up with a steal, and Chaffin then scored to give the Cavs a 63-60 lead with 28 second to play. Chaffin then came up with the second steal with 11 seconds to play, was fouled, and made one free throw to give the Cavs their fourth straight win and ninth in their last ten games.

Chaffin connected on 15-17 free throws and scored a game-high and career best 24 points. Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) added 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"Balanced Attack, Strong First Half, Leads Cavs to Road AMC Win"

(Pepper Pike, OH) Walsh trailed just twice, in winning their 10th American Mideast Conference game, 76-63 over Ursuline College (14-11, 7-5) tonight. The win was the third straight for the Cavs and seventh in their last eight games. Walsh is 17-9 overall and 10-2 in the AMC and stand alone in second place. The Cavs are home on Saturday, at 2 pm. for an AMC game with Notre Dame College.

After trailing 4-3, the Cavs went on a 15-0 run to lead 18-4 with 10:48 left in the first half. The Cavs would lead 47-20 at the break. Walsh would lead by as many as 29 points (53-24, 58-29) in the second half, before a Ursuline run would cut the lead to 15 points (65-50) with 5:20 to play. The final margin of 13 points would be as close as the Arrows would come in the second half.

The Cavs' balanced attack was led by Leah Seaman (5-8, Jr., Louisville, OH/HS), who scored 13 points off the bench. Seaman was 4-8 from the floor and 2-4 from three-point. It was her second straight game in double figures off the bench. Cara Bedard (6-0, So., Randolph, OH/Waterloo) and Kristi Yoder (6-1, Fr., Millersburg, OH/Hiland) each added 12 points. Bedard grabbed eight rebounds.


Monday, February 9, 2009

"Cavs' (16-9, 9-2) Set For Key AMC Match-Ups"
With 12 wins in their last 14 games, Walsh (16-9, 9-2) is set for two key American Mideast Conference games this week. On Tuesday, the Cavs travel to Ursuline College (7 pm) and on Saturday host Notre Dame College (2 pm). The Cavs are in second place in the AMC, with four conference games remaining. Walsh leads third place Daemen College (9-3) by one game, and fourth place Cedarville University (7-3). NAIA No. 2 Shawnee State University (11-0) leads the AMC. The Cavs have yet to play Daemen (H, 2/20), but have already defeated Cedarville. The Cavs lost to Shawnee State on January 17. If the Cavs remain in second place, they will qualify automatically for the NAIA National Tournament. If they should fall into third place, they would have to win the conference tournament to gain a berth at nationals.

Walsh pulled away from King College (7-15) in the second half, on their way to a 77-59 non-conference win on Monday night. The game was a make-up, after its original date in November was postponed. Walsh shot a blistering .615 (16-26) from the floor in the second half, in outscoring King 44-26. The contest was tied at 33 at the half. Cara Bedard (6-0, So., Randolph, OH/Waterloo) led the Cavs and all scorers with 19 points. Bedard was 7-8 from the floor and 5-6 from the line. Jessie Miller (5-10, Jr., Strasburg, OH/HS) was 6-9 from the field and added 14 points. The Cavs shot .558 (29-52) from the field and 15-17 (.882) from the charity stripe. Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) and Chelsea Chaffin (5-3, Fr., Mt. Sterling, OH/Madison-Plains) each handed out six assists and Kristi Yoder (6-1, Fr., Millersburg, OH/Hiland) added nine points.

Ohio Dominican proved no match for the surging Cavs on Saturday, as Walsh led from start to finish in a 74-56 triumph. Walsh jumped to a 14-2 lead, and led 31-12 at the half as they held the Panthers to 4-26 from the field. Cara Bedard scored 13 of her game-high 22 points in the first half. Bedard was a sizzling 10-11 from the floor. The Cavs held their largest lead at 65-35 with 7:53 to play. Leah Seaman (5-8, Jr., Louisville, OH/HS) added 19 points off the bench on 7-9 from the floor and 4-6 from three-point. Walsh shot 53% from the field on 28-53, and 7-14 from three-point.

Cara Bedard held the hot hand in both Walsh wins, shooting .895 (17-19) and averaging 20.5 points. She was also 7-8 (.875) from the foul line and averaged 4.0 rebounds per game.

Walsh travels to Pepper Pike, Ohio to meeting the streaking Ursuline College Arrows on Tuesday. Ursuline stands 7-4 in the AMC and 14-10 overall. They have won their last four games and defeated Wilberforce 104-86 on Saturday. Walsh leads the all-time series 9-1.

Walsh plays host to struggling Notre Dame College (16-10, 6-5) on Saturday. The Falcons have dropped their last three games, and were pounded 90-63 at home by Cedarville last Saturday. They play host to Wilberforce on Wednesday. Walsh leads the all-time series 27-4.

Despite battling shin splints, Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) still leads the Cavs in scoring, averaging 14.7 points (AMC 7th). She is shooting .479 (AMC 3rd) from the field and .793 (AMC 6th) from the line. Berry also leads the team with 91 assists (3.6). Cara Bedard is the only other player scoring in double figures, averaging 12.8 points and a team-leading 6.0 rebounds. Bedard is also shooting a team-leading .571 from the field, .802 from the foul line, and has recorded four double-doubles on the season. Freshman Chelsea Chaffin is averaging 7.7 points and is second to Berry in assists (81/3.2).

As a team, the Cavs have eclipsed last season's win total overall (13) and in the AMC (5). Walsh's 16 wins are the most since they finished 16-13 under Theresa Berg in 2005-06.


Saturday, February 7, 2009

"Bedard Scores 22 Points in 74-56 Win over Ohio Dominican"

Walsh (16-9, 9-2) led from start to finish in defeating Ohio Dominican University (13-1, 7-4) 74-56 in a American Mideast Conference game this afternoon. Walsh's 16 wins are the most since they finished 16-13 under Theresa Berg in 2005-06. The win also keeps the Cavs alone in the second place in the AMC. They are at Ursuline College for an AMC contest on Tuesday night (7 pm).

Walsh jumped to a 14-2 lead, and led 31-12 at the half as they held the Panthers to 4-26 from the field. Cara Bedard (6-0, So., Randolph, OH/Waterloo) scored 13 of her game-high 22 points in the first half. Bedard was a sizzling 10-11 from the floor. The Cavs held their largest lead at 65-35 with 7:53 to play. Leah Seaman (5-8, Jr., Louisville, OH/HS) added 19 points off the bench on 7-9 from the floor and 4-6 from three-point. Walsh shot 53% from the field on 28-53, and 7-14 from three-point.


Monday, February 2, 2009

"Cavs Pull Away in Second Half for Win"

Walsh (15-9) pulled away from King College (7-15) in the second half, on their way to a 77-59 non-conference win tonight. The Cavs are back in action on Saturday, when they host Ohio Dominican University in an American Mideast Conference game at 2 pm.

Walsh shot a blistering .615 (16-26) from the floor in the second half, in outscoring King 44-26. The contest was tied at 33 at the half. Cara Bedard (6-0, So., Randolph, OH/Waterloo) led the Cavs, and all scorers with 19 points. Bedard was 7-8 from the floor and 5-6 from the line. Jessie Miller (5-10, Jr., Strasburg, OH/HS) was 6-9 from the field and added 14 points. The Cavs shot .558 (29-52) from the field and 15-17 (.882) from the charity stripe. Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) and Chelsea Chaffin (5-3, Fr., Mt. Sterling, OH/Madison-Plains) each handed out six assists and Kristi Yoder (6-1, Fr., Millersburg, OH/Hiland) added nine points.


Monday, February 2, 2009

"Cavs' (14-9, 8-2) Split AMC Home Games, Still Stand Alone in 2nd Place in AMC"
Walsh (14-9, 8-2) split a pair of American Mideast Conference games last week, and still own sole possession of second place in the conference. But, with the loss, they have some more company in quest of the AMC's second automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament. Rio Grande, who snapped the Cavs four-game win streak on Saturday, is 5-2. Daemen College and Ohio Dominican University are both 7-3 and Cedarville University stands 5-3. The Cavs host Ohio Dominican this Saturday and Daemen College on February 20th. The Cavs already downed Cedarville, 76-56 on the road on January 10. Walsh, who received their first vote in the national poll last week, control their own destiny.

The Cavs will host King College on Monday night at 6 pm. This is a make-up from the November 25th game that was postponed. The Cavs then host Ohio Dominican at 2 pm on Saturday in a crucial AMC game.

Walsh outscored Malone University 45-23 in the second half, on their way to a 74-51 AMC win at Alumni Arena on Tuesday night. The two teams meet at Malone's Osborne Hall for the Mayor's Cup on February 17. After a poor shooting first half (11-31), the Cavs shot 16-32 in the second half in pulling away for the win. Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) and Kristi Yoder (6-1, Fr., Millersburg, OH/Hiland) combined for 43 of the Cavs 74 points. Berry led the Cavs with 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Yoder added 21 points on 7-12 from the floor. Leah Seaman (5-8, Jr., Louisville, OH/HS) was 3-4 from three-point and chipped in 11 points off the bench.

The University of Rio Grande (15-7, 5-2 AMC) held Walsh to just 36% from the floor, in handing the Cavs a 79-68 AMC loss at Alumni Arena last Saturday. The loss snapped the Cavs four-game AMC win streak, and was just the second loss in their last 12 games. With a late first half spurt, the Cavs entered the half tied at 34. Ciera Burkes (5-3, So., Shaker Heights, OH/HS) scored eight first-half points on 2-2 from three-point. Rio Grande scored the first 5 points in the second half, and never trailed. Walsh would force ties at 46 and 48 and would trim the lead to 55-54 on a Jessie Miller (5-10, Jr., Strasburg, OH/HS) three-ball with 8:38 to play, but would come no closer. Rio would go on a 15-6 run to ice the game. The Red Storm smothered Walsh's leading scorer, Katie Berry, holding her to just 10 points on 3-12 from the floor. Berry is averaging 15.4 points per game. Cara Bedard (6-0, So., Randolph, OH/Waterloo) had a double-double, and led the Cavs with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Chelsea Chaffin (5-3, Fr., Mt. Sterling, OH/Madison-Plains) tallied 13 points, with Miller also adding 10.

Walsh and King (7-14) are meeting for the second time this season on Monday night. The Cavs won at King, 71-60, on December 8. King is 6-14 on the season, with wins in two of their last three games. The all-time series is tied at 1-1.

Ohio Dominican comes to Walsh with an overall record of 13-10 and 7-3 in the AMC. They are tied for fourth place with Daemen College. The Panthers lost 59-57 at Wilberforce on Saturday. They play at Northwestern Ohio on Tuesday night. Walsh leads the all-time series 37-13. The teams split the series last year.

Katie Berry leads the Cavs in scoring, averaging 15.4 points (AMC 7th). She is shooting .496 (AMC 3rd) from the field and .803 (AMC 6th) from the line. Berry also leads the team with 77 assists (3.3). Cara Bedard is the only other player scoring in double figures, averaging 12.1 points and a team-leading 6.2 rebounds. Bedard is also shooting a team-leading .539 from the field, and has recorded four double-doubles on the season. Freshman Chelsea Chaffin is averaging 7.9 points and is second to Berry in assists.

As a team, the Cavs have eclipsed last season's win total overall (13) and in the AMC (5).


Saturday, January 31, 2009

"Rio Grande Defense Stymies Cavs in 79-68 Loss"

The University of Rio Grande (15-7, 5-2 AMC) held Walsh (14-9, 8-2) to just 36% from the floor, in handing the Cavs a 79-68 American Mideast Conference loss today. The loss snapped the Cavs four-game AMC win streak, and was just the second loss in their last 12 games. The Cavs play a make-up, non conference, game at home against King College on Monday night at 6 pm. The Cavs return to AMC action, at home, next Saturday against Ohio Dominican University at 2 pm.

With a late first half spurt, the Cavs entered the half tied at 34. Ciera Burkes (5-3, So., Shaker Heights, OH/HS) scored eight first-half points on 2-2 from three-point. Rio Grande scored the first 5 points in the second half, and never trailed. Walsh would force ties at 46 and 48 and would trim the lead to 55-54 on a Jessie Miller (5-10, Jr., Strasburg, OH/HS) three-ball with 8:38 to play, but would come no closer. Rio would go on a 15-6 run to ice the game. The Red Storm smothered Walsh's leading scorer, Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's), holding her to just 10 points on 3-12 from the floor. Berry is averaging 15.4 points per game. Cara Bedard (6-0, So., Randolph, OH/Waterloo) had a double-double, and led the Cavs with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Chelsea Chaffin (5-3, Fr., Mt. Sterling, OH/Madison-Plains) tailed 13 points, with Miller also adding 10.

Rio Grande's Jenna Smith led all scorers with 22 points.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

"Cavs to Host King College in Make-up Game on Monday"

Walsh and King College will play a make-up on Monday, February 2 at Walsh at 6 pm. The original date was November 25, but King was unable to travel due to poor conditions.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

"Cavs Improve to 8-1 in AMC With 74-51 Win Over Malone"

Walsh outscored Malone University 45-23 in the second half, on their way to a 74-51 American Mideast Conference win tonight. The win was the fourth straight for the Cavs and improves their record to 8-1 in the AMC and to 14-8 overall. The Cavs have also posted wins in 10 of their last 11 games. The Cavs are home to the University of Rio Grande for an AMC game at 2 pm.

After a poor shooting first half (11-31), the Cavs shot 16-32 in the second half in pulling away for the win. Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) and Kristi Yoder (6-1, Fr., Millersburg, OH/Hiland) combined for 43 of the Cavs 74 points. Berry led the Cavs with 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Yoder added 21 points on 7-12 from the floor. Leah Seaman (5-8, Jr., Louisville, OH/HS) was 3-4 from three-point and chipped in 11 points off the bench.

Allyson Wilson led Malone (4-15, 1-7) and scorers with 24 points.


Monday, January 26, 2009

"Cavs Earn 1st Vote in NAIA Rankings"

NAIA Poll http://naia.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl-div2/spec-rel/012609aad.html

Even though the Cavs did not crack the NAIA Top 25, they did earn their first vote in the poll. The surging Cavs are second to Shawnee State University (8-0 AMC) in the American Mideast Conference with a 7-1 mark, and stand 13-8 overall. The Cavs have won three straight games and have won nine of their last ten games.

Walsh plays host to rival Malone University at 6 pm tomorrow night. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.


Monday, January 26, 2009

"Cavs' (13-8, 7-1) Sweep Three-Game Week, Stand Alone in 2nd Place in AMC"

Walsh (13-8, 7-1) bounced back from having their longest winning streak (six-games) since 2003-04 snapped at Shawnee State University on January 17, by winning three straight American Mideast Conference road games last week. The Cavs are now alone in second place in the AMC with a 7-1 mark and stand 13-8 overall. With 13 wins, the Cavs have matched their season total from last year. Their seven AMC wins have eclipsed last year's total (5). This week, the Cavs host rival Malone University Tuesday (6 pm) and the University of Rio Grande on Saturday (2 pm). The Malone game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh used a 14-1 first half run to defeat Wilberforce University (5-13, 0-4) 66-40 on Tuesday night. Walsh trailed 7-6, when they went on the 14-1 run to lead 20-8. The Cavs held Wilberforce to just 11 first half points on 5-40 (.125) from the field. Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) scored 11 of her game-high 21 points in the first half. Berry finished 7-14 from the floor, 3-6 from three-point and 4-4 from the line. She also grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out four assists. Cara Bedard (6-0, So., Randolph, OH/Waterloo) added 12 points, 10 in the second half. Bedard also had eight rebounds.

Katie Berry, Cara Bedard and Brittani Maddox combined for 54 points in Walsh's 80-70 win at Roberts Wesleyan College on Friday night. Berry led all scorers with 22 points. She also dished out six assists and grabbed six rebounds. Bedard added 21 points on 9-13 from the floor. Maddox reached double figures off the bench with 11 points and seven rebounds. Leah Seaman (5-8, Jr., Louisville, OH/HS) added back-to-back three's in the second half and finished with eight points. Walsh built a double digit second half lead, when Roberts Wesleyan rallied to take a 69-68 lead with 3:48 to play. But the Cavs' Katie Berry answered on the next possession to give Walsh the lead for good at 70-69.

Walsh opened their contest with Houghton College (6-9, 1-5) by scoring the games' first 16 points, on their way to a 66-40 win. Walsh led 16-0, when Houghton finally scored their first point on a free throw with 9:24 left in the first half. They did not make their first basket until the 8:41 mark. Walsh led 35-15 at halftime. Katie Berry scored 10 first half points and finished with a game-high 15 points. Kristi Yoder (6-1, Fr., Millersburg, OH/Hiland) added 14 points, on 7-13 from the floor and Cara Bedard chipped in 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

The Cavs and Malone (4-14, 1-6) meet for the 61st time on Tuesday. The Cavs trail in the all-time series 31-29, but swept the season series last season. The two teams meet for the Mayor's Cup at Malone on February 17. Malone has lost their last five games, including a 73-63 decision at Roberts Wesleyan last Saturday.

The Cavs and the University of Rio Grande (14-7, 4-2) meet in a key AMC match-up at Walsh on Saturday. Rio lost their last game, 69-59 to Ohio Dominican on Saturday. Rio leads the all-time series 34-16, and has won the last six meetings.
Katie Berry leads the Cavs in scoring, averaging 15.3 points (AMC 6th). She is shooting 52% (AMC 3rd) from the field and 81% (AMC 8th) from the line. Cara Bedard is the only other player scoring in double figures, averaging 12.3 points and a team-leading 6.0 rebounds


Saturday, January, 24, 2009

"Cavs Start Fast, Coast to 66-40 Road Win over Houghton"

(Houghton, NY) Walsh opened their American Mideast Conference contest with Houghton College (6-9, 1-5) by scoring the games first 16 points, on their way to a 66-40 win. The win was the third straight for the Cavs and improves their record to 13-8 overall and to 7-1 in the AMC. The Cavs are home on Tuesday for an AMC contest with rival Malone University at 6 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us. Tickets go on sale on Monday at 9 am in the PE Building lobby.

Walsh led 16-0, when Houghton finally scored their first point on a free throw with 9:24 left in the first half. They did not make their first basket until the 8:41 mark. Walsh led 35-15 at halftime. Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) scored 10 first half points and finished with a game-high 15 points. Kristi Yoder (6-1, Fr., Millersburg, OH/Hiland) added 14 points, on 7-13 from the floor and Cara Bedard (6-0, So., Randolph, OH/Waterloo) chipped in 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.


Friday, January 23, 2009

"Cavs Earn Road Win at Roberts Wesleyan"

Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's), Cara Bedard (6-0, So., Randolph, OH/Waterloo) and Brittani Maddox combined for 54 points, in Walsh's 80-70 road American Mideast Conference win at Roberts Wesleyan tonight. The Cavs are at Houghton College at 7 pm tomorrow night. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Katie Berry led all scores with 22 points, as the Cavs improved to12-8 overall, and to 6-1 in the AMC. Berry dished out six assists and grabbed six rebounds. Bedard added 21 points on 9-13 from the floor. Maddox reached double figures for second straight time off the bench with 11 points and seven rebounds. Leah Seaman (5-8, Jr., Louisville, OH/HS) added back-to-back three's in the second half and finished with eight points.

Walsh built at double digit second half, when Roberts Wesleyan rallied to take a 69-68 lead with 3:48 to play. But the Cavs' Katie Berry answered on the next possession to give Walsh the lead for good at 70-69.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"First Half Run Propels Cavs to Road AMC Win"

Walsh used a 14-1 first half run to defeat Wilberforce Univesity (5-13, 0-4) 66-40 in an American Mideast Conference game tonight. The win improves the Cavs to 5-1 in the AMC and to 11-8 overall. This weekend, the Cavs play at Roberts Wesleyan University on Friday (6 pm) and at Houghton College on Saturday (7 pm). Both games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh trailed 7-6, when they went on a 14-1 run to lead 20-8. The Cavs held Wilberforce to just 11 first half points on 5-40 (.125) from the field. Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) scored 11 of her game-high 21 points in the first half. Berry finished 7-14 from the floor, 3-6 from three-point and 4-4 from the line. She also grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out four assists. Cara Bedard (6-0, So., Randolph, OH/Waterloo) added 12 points, 10 in the second half. Bedard also had eight rebounds. They were the only Cavaliers to reach double figures.


Monday, January 19, 2009

"Upstart Cavs' (10-8, 4-1) Six-Game Win Streak Stopped at 2nd Ranked Shawnee State"

Walsh's longest winning streak (six-games) since 2003-04 was snapped at Shawnee State University on Saturday, as the Cavs fell 80-57 to the NAIA second ranked Bears. Earlier in the week, the Cavs bested Point Park University 77-61. This week, the Cavs continue on the road with AMC games at Point Park University on Tuesday (5:30 pm), Roberts Wesleyan University on Friday (6 pm) and at Houghton College on Saturday (7 pm). All games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the Internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh won its sixth straight game, defeating Point Park University 77-61 at Alumni Arena on Tuesday. After trailing 2-0 following the opening tap, the Cavs never trailed again. Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's), the AMC's Player of the Week, scored 17 of her game-high 19 points in the first half as the Cavs built a 35-32 halftime lead. The second half was all Walsh, as the Cavs held Point Park to just 29 points on 8-27 (.296) from the field, in outscoring the Pioneers 42-29. Cara Bedard (6-0, So., Randolph, OH/Waterloo) recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Kristi Yoder (Millersburg, OH/Hiland) grabbed 10 boards and Jessie Miller (5-10, Jr., Strasburg, OH/HS) added 11 points. The Cavs shot 53% from the floor, while holding Point Park to 40% from the field.

Katie Berry picked up two quick fouls at Shawnee State, and was held scoreless in the first half, as the Cavs trailed 35-25 at halftime. Berry finished with six points. Cara Bedard kept the Cavs within striking distance in the first half, and up to the midway point of the second half with her outstanding offensive game. Bedard finished with a game-high 22 points on 9-13 from the floor, and 4-5 from the foul line. She also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds in recording her second straight double-double. Bedard was the only Cavalier to reach double figures. Turnovers played a major part in the loss, as the Cavs turned the ball over 28 times.

The Cavs play at Wilberforce University on Tuesday. The Bulldogs are 5-12 overall and 0-3 in the AMC. The Cavs lead the all-time series 12-5 and have won the last two meetings. Walsh then travels to New York State for the weekend. The Cavs play at Roberts Wesleyan on Friday. The Raiders are 4-8 overall and 0-3 in the AMC. Walsh trails in the all-time series 3-1, but won 82-66 last year. The Cavs close their road trip of four games in eight days at Houghton College on Saturday. The Highlanders are 5-8 overall and 0-4 in the AMC. Walsh lead the all-time series 5-0.

Katie Berry leads the Cavs in scoring, averaging 14.7 points (AMC 8th). She is shooting 52% (AMC 3rd) from the field and 80% (AMC 8th) from the line. Cara Bedard is the only other player scoring in double figures, averaging 11.9 points and a team-leading 5.9 rebounds. Chelsea Chaffin (5-3, Fr., Mt. Sterling, OH/Madison-Plains) is averaging 7.9 points and 3.5 assists.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

"NAIA 2nd Ranked Bears Stop Cavs Win Streak"

(Portsmouth, OH) NAIA No. 2 Shawnee State (19-0, 5-0) halted the Cavs (10-8, 4-1) six-game win streak, with an 80-57 American Mideast Conference win. The loss was also the first in conference play for Walsh. The Cavs are back in action at Wilberforce University on Tuesday at 5:30 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh's Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) picked up two quick fouls, and was held scoreless in the first half, as the Cavs trailed 35-25 at halftime. Berry finished with six points. Cara Bedard (6-0, So., Randolph, OH/HS) kept the Cavs within striking distance in the first half, and up to the midway point of the second half with her outstanding offensive game. Bedard finished with a game-high 22 points on 9-13 from the floor, and 4-5 from the foul line. She also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds in recording her second straight double-double. Bedard was the only Cavalier to reach double figures. Turnovers played a major part in the loss, as the Cavs turned the ball over 28 times.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

"Cavs Win 6th Straight, Remain Unbeaten in AMC"

Walsh won its sixth straight game, defeating Point Park University (6-7, 0-4) 77-61 in an American Mideast Conference game tonight. Walsh improves to 10-7 overall, and remains unbeaten in the AMC at 4-0. For the Cavs, it is their first six-game win streak since 2003-04. The Cavs face NAIA No. 2 Shawnee State University in Portsmouth on Saturday at 1 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

After trailing 2-0 following the opening tap, the Cavs never trailed again. Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's), the AMC's Player of the Week, scored 17 of her game-high 19 points in the first half as the Cavs built a 35-32 halftime lead. The second half was all Walsh, as the Cavs held Point Park to just 29 points on 8-27 (.296) from the field, in outscoring the Pioneers 42-29.

Cara Bedard (6-0, So., Randolph, OH/Waterloo) recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Kristi Yoder (Millersburg, OH/Hiland) grabbed 10 boards and Jessie Miller (5-10, Jr., Strasburg, OH/HS) added 11 points. The Cavs shot 53% from the floor, while holding Point Park to 40% from the field.



Tuesday, January 13, 2009

"Katie Berry AMC Player of the Week"

CEDARVILLE, Ohio - Walsh forward Katie Berry is the AMC women's basketball Player of the Week after pacing the Cavaliers to a pair of road victories in games played on Jan. 5-11.

Berry, a 5-foot-11 sophomore from Cleveland, Ohio and St. Joseph's High School, averaged 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.5 steals as Walsh, 9-7 overall and 3-0 AMC, extended its winning streak to five in a row.

The highlight of Berry's week came during a 74-70 victory at NAIA Division II No. 13 Cedarville. She registered 26 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals to rally the Cavs from an 18-point deficit with 13:30 left in the game. She began her week with 15 points, five boards, and four steals in a 76-56 win at Carlow.

In two games played, Berry shot 52 percent from the field overall, made 5-of-10 three-pointers, and converted all six of her free throws. She totaled 11 rebounds, seven steals, five assists, and a blocked shot.


Monday, January 12, 2009

"Rising Cavs (9-7, 3-0) Upset Jackets on the Road, Stretch Win Streak to Five"

Walsh continued its outstanding play, with American Mideast Conference road wins at Carlow College (76-56) and at 13th ranked Cedarville University (74-70). The Cavs five-game winning streak is their longest since they won five straight games in 2003-04, and their 3-0 AMC start is their best conference start since they started 3-0 in 1993-94. This week, the Cavs host AMC foe Point Park University on Tuesday night (6 pm) and travel to AMC leader Shawnee State University on Saturday (1 pm). Saturday's game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh coasted to its fourth straight win, with a 76-56 AMC win at Carlow University last Tuesday. Walsh jumped on the Celtics early and led 37-18 at the half and led by as many as 30 points in the second half. Kristi Yoder (Fr., Millersburg, OH/Hiland) came off the Walsh bench to score 15 points and grab five rebounds. Yoder was 7-12 from the floor. Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) was 7-13 from floor and also scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds, while adding four steals. Mandi Swickard (Fr., Alexandria, OH/Northridge) added 12 points and six rebounds off the bench.

Walsh rallied from an 18-point second half deficit to remain perfect in the AMC, with their 74-70 win at Cedarville University on Saturday night. It was the second straight for the Cavs over the Yellow Jackets and their first win at Cedarville since the 2000-01 season (75-61). Cedarville hit two 3-pointers in the final 30 seconds of the first half and led 36-27 at the break. In the second half, the Yellow Jackets increased their lead to 18 points (50-32) with 13:50 to play. The Cavs then began to chip away, and took their first lead since the first half at 65-64 on a Ciera Burkes (5-3, So., Shaker Heights, OH/HS) three-pointer with 2:40 to play. After the Jackets regained the lead at 66-65, Burkes nailed another three-ball with 2:09 to play to give Walsh the lead for good at 67-66. Katie Berry (So., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) then sealed the deal with another three, to give the Cavs a 70-66 advantage with 1:22 left. Berry led all scorers with 26 points. She connected on 8-16 from the floor, 4-9 from three-point and was perfect from the foul line (6-6). Berry also grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists and had three steals. Cara Bedard (6-0, So., Randolph