2009-10 Archive

Friday, March 19, 2010

"Bedard, Eickelman, Woolf Named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes"

Cara Bedard (Jr., 6-0, Randolph, OH/Waterloo), Angela Eickelman (Sr., Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) and Darlene Woolf (Jr., East Rochester, OH/United) and have been named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes for the 2009-10 academic year. Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.

Bedard, a pre-physical therapy major, carries a 3.87 GPA. Eickelman, who earned scholar-athlete honors last year, is a sociology/spanish major and carries a 3.60 GPA. Woolf, pre-physical therapy major, carries a 3.90 GPA.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

"Miller Named 3rd-Team All-American"

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2010 Division II Women's Basketball All-America teams. Players are selected by the All-America committee.

Walsh's Jessie Miller (Sr., 5-10, Strasburg, OH/HS) was selected to the third-team. Miller, also a first-team All-American Mideast Conference selection, led Walsh to 24 wins, the AMC Tournament Championship and a NAIA National Tournament appearance.

Miller averaged 16.5 points per game and 3.5 rebounds. She shot 42% from the field, 39% from three-point and 82% from the foul line. She also earned AMC and NAIA National Player of the Week honors.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

"Cavs Ousted 79-68"

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(Sioux City, IA) Walsh (24-10) fell 79-68 to Iowa Wesleyan University (26-7) in the first round of the NAIA's Division Two National Tournament this morning. The sixth-seeded Cavs fell for the second time this season to the third seeded Tigers. The Tigers bested the Cavs 76-55 in the regular season.

Walsh came out of the gate strong and led by as many as eight points in the first half. But a Tiger surge gave them a 34-28 lead at the half. Walsh hung tough in the second half, despite falling behind by double digits and not getting to the foul line the first 31 minutes of the game. The Tigers shot 25 free throws before the Cavs stepped to the line once. Walsh cut the lead to 67-60 with a little less then five minutes to play, but would get no closer.

Cara Bedard (Jr., 6-0, Randolph, OH/Waterloo) LEFT paced the Cavs with 14 points and eight rebounds. Bedard was 6-12 from the field. Jessie Miller (Sr., 5-10, Strasburg, OH/HS) added 11 points, but could only find the range on five of 18 from the field. Kayla Kovach (So., 6-0, Lakewood, OH/HS/IPFW) added 10 points before fouling out and Katie Berry (Jr., 5-11, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) had six points before also fouling out. Krist Yoder (So., 6-1, Millersburg, OH/Hiland) added eight points and eight rebounds and Amanda Bennett (Fr., 5-7, Tallmadge, OH/HS) chipped in eight points, three assists and a steal.

Walsh shot just 41% on 29-70 from the field and 19% on 4-21 from behind the arc. The Cavs went to the foul line just 10 times, hitting on six, while the Tigers were 28-35 from the charity stripe. Iowa Weselyan shot 47% from the field on 25-56. Walsh was outrebounded 51-31.

The Tigers' Anna Jones led all scorers with 21 points. Jill Ginder added 19 and Jessi Beachey 15.

Bedard national tourney photo courtesy Gene Knudsen, Siouxland Sports Authority


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

"Miller, Berry Named First Team All-AMC"

Jessie Miller (Sr., 5-10, Strasburg, OH/HS) and Katie Berry (Jr., 5-11, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) have been named first-team All-American Mideast Conference in a vote of conference head coaches. Cara Bedard (Jr., 6-0, Randolph, OH/Waterloo) was named to the second team. Walsh (24-9) will compete in the NAIA National Championships next week in Sioux City, Iowa.

Miller, who finished third in the conference voting, led the Cavs in scoring, averaging 16.7 points per game. She is shooting .431 from the field, .400 from three-point and .815 from the foul line. Miller, who has fully recovered from two ACL injuries, was also named AMC and NAIA National Player of the Week this season. She has averaged 3.5 rebounds, and finished second on the team with 98 assists and 73 steals.

Berry, a first-team choice and NAIA honorable mention All-American selection last year, is averaging 14.0 points and 4.6 rebounds. She is shooting .462 from the field, .381 from three-point and .790 from the foul line. She leads the Cavs in minutes per game (31.3), assists (4.4) and steals (78). She also reached the 1,000 mark this season.

Bedard, a second-team choice last year, is third in scoring (12.8 ppg) and first in rebounding (7.1). She leads the AMC and is third in the NAIA in field goal percentage (.599). She has set career (128) and single season (69) marks for blocked shots. Bedard also went over the 1,000 point mark this season.

ALL-AMC TEAM


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

"Tournament Pairings Announced; Cavs Plays Thursday (3/11) at 11:15 am EST"

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - (Bracket PDF) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the 32-team bracket for the 19th Annual State Farm-NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship, held March 10 - 16 at the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena in Sioux City, Iowa. Tickets can be purchased by calling (712) 279-4850.

Walsh (24-9) received a number six seed in their bracket (Pool 3), and will play Iowa Wesleyan College (26-6) at 11:15 am (EST) on Thursday morning. The Tigers are the number three seed in the bracket. The two teams met in the regular season at the Crimson Wave Classic in December, with Iowa Wesleyan coming away with a 76-55 win. The winner advances to the second round on Friday, and will meet the winner of the Indiana Southeast (#7, 23-8)/Jamestown College (#2, 25-6) at 11:15 am (EST).

Walsh enters the tournament on a three-game win streak, and received an automatic bid after defeating Daemen College 69-62 in the American Mideast Conference Tournament Championship game. The Cavs are 3-4 against teams in this year's tournament. Walsh defeated Shawnee State University twice and Cedarville University once. The Cavs fell to Cedarville, Shawnee State, Taylor University and Iowa Wesleyan.

Iowa Wesleyan enters the tournament with an overall record or 25-7, and won the Midwest Collegiate Conference regular season and postseason tournament championships while tying the school record for wins in a season. The Tigers have a 4-2 record against this year's tournament field. The Tigers have a 4-2 mark against this year's tournament field. In addition to defeating the Cavs, the Tigers defeated conference foe Grand View University three times. The Tigers lost to both College of the Ozarks (Mo.), a #1 seed, and Jamestown College. The Tigers will be making their fourth national tournament appearance, all coming in the last five years. IWC is 1-3 in its three previous appearances, with its lone win coming in 2007 in the first round against Menlo College (CA). Last year the Tigers received a #6 seed and lost to #3 seed Concordia University (OR), 70-68 in overtime.

Shawnee State (Ohio) and Haskell Indian Nations (Kan.) will tip off the event on March 10 at 8:30 a.m. CST. The first and second round will feature eight games in three days, followed by the quarterfinals on March 13. Semifinal action takes to the court on March 15, with the National Championship taking place on March 16.

The championship field features six teams that have previously won the title, led by Hastings (Neb.) and defending national champion Morningside (Iowa) with three titles each. Northwestern (Iowa) has held the banner twice. Indiana Wesleyan, Shawnee State and Walsh (1998) have each claimed one national title.

Five teams will represent the Great Plains Athletic Conference and four Mid-Central College Conference squads qualify to Sioux City. The American Mideast Conference and Dakota Athletic Conference each send a trio of teams.
Thirty-one games will be played out in Sioux City. The first 30 games will be video-streamed by NeuLion, the parent company of JumpTV. Three different subscription plans for basketball (Men's and Women's Division I; Men's and Women's Division II) will be available for tournament coverage. Users can purchase the All-Tournament pass, which includes every event offered on College Sports Direct from all four basketball tournaments for $39.95. Each of the four basketball tournaments can be purchased separately for $24.95 and any single day can be purchased for $9.95. In order to view the streaming, click here.

The Championship final on March 16 will be televised live nationally on CBS College Sports Television with tipoff at 9 p.m. CST.

For more information on the Championships | click here

info courtesy the NAIA and Iowa Wesleyan College


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

"Cavs Defeat Daemen; Headed to NAIA National Tournament"

For the first time since 1998, the Walsh University Women's Basketball Team is traveling to Sioux City, Iowa for the NAIA National Tournament. The Cavs clinched the American Mideast Conference's second automatic berth by defeating visiting Daemen College (20-12) 69-62 in the conference tournament championship game. The 24-9 Cavs will be making their second trip to Sioux City, and to the national tournament. In their only other appearance, they ran the table with five straight wins to capture the school's first national championship in 1998. Seedings for the tournament, which begins on March 10-11, will be broadcast live on the College Fanz Sports Network COLLEGE FANZ NETWORK at 4:30 pm tomorrow.

Walsh played one of its finest halves of the season, in building a 44-31 halftime lead. The Cavs hit 12-12 from the foul line and turned the ball over only four times in the first 20 minutes. Katie Berry (Jr., 5-11, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) PICTURED LEFT scored 14 of her game-high 24 points in the first half, as the Cavs led by as many as 15 points (44-29). Jessie Miller (Sr., 5-10, Strasburg, OH/HS) also supplied plenty of first half punch with 12 points.

Daemen made runs in the second half, and closed the lead to three points at 65-62, but there were only 51 seconds to play. Jessie Miller PICTURED BELOW then scored on a layup to boost the lead back to five points (67-62) with 23 seconds to play. She finished with 16 points. After a Daemen miss, Katie Berry put the game out of reach with two more free throws. She finished 8-8 from the line, while Miller was 4-4 from the stripe. For the game, the Cavs connected on 15-18 from the line.

The Cavs also received another strong game from Kayla Kovach (So., 6-0, Lakewood, OH/HS/IPFW), who recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Cara Bedard (Jr., 6-0, Randolph, OH/Waterloo) added eight rebounds and Kristi Yoder (So., 6-1, Millersburg, OH/Hiland) added nine points off the bench.

Sarah Soroka led Daemen with 18 points and six rebounds.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

"Cavs Reach AMC Title Game/One Win from National Tournament

NAIA No. 24 Walsh (23-9, 14-5 AMC) won two American Mideast Conference playoffs games last week and now are just one win away from the NAIA National Tournament. The third seeded Cavs bested sixth seeded Notre Dame College 76-65 on Tuesday and stunned second seeded Shawnee State University 65-64 in Portsmouth, Ohio on Saturday. The Cavs now play host to fourth seeded Daemen College (20-11) at Alumni Arena at 7:30 pm on Tuesday night. Adult tickets are $6.00 and student tickets are $3.00. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

Katie Berry (Jr., 5-11, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) poured in a career-high 34 points in Walsh 76-65 win Notre Dame College (15-13) last Tuesday night at Alumni Arena tonight. Berry played 39 out of 40 minutes in pacing the Cavs. She was 10-20 from the field and a perfect 13-13 from the charity stripe. Notre Dame held its largest lead in the first half, at 10-7, with 12:42 to play. Walsh took the lead for good on a Kristi Yoder (So., 6-1, Millersburg, OH/Hiland) jumper at 15-14 with 10:20 left in the half and stretched the lead to 33-26 at halftime. Walsh would extend the lead to double digits in the second half, and held a 12-point lead at 66-54 with 5:16 to play. Notre Dame would rally and trim the lead to five points on three occasions, the last time at 70-65 with 1:59 to play. They would get no closer. Jessie Miller (Sr., 5-10, Strasburg, OH/HS) and Yoder each had a double-double. Miller tallied 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Yoder chipped in 10 points with a game-high 12 rebounds. Cara Bedard (Jr., 6-0, Randolph, OH/Waterloo) added 10 points. Walsh out-rebounded the Falcons 45-31.

Walsh played well out of the gate at Shawnee State, and built a 20-13 lead on a Ciera Burkes (Jr., 5-3, Shaker Heights, OH/HS) three-pointer with 12:18 left in the first half. Shawnee would then rally with a 15-2 run to take a 28-22 lead with 3:56 remaining in the half. Walsh would then play maybe its finest stretch of basketball of the season, by closing the half with a 16-0 run to take a 38-28 lead into the locker room. Walsh never trailed in the second half, building their lead to 15 points twice, the last time at 57-42 with 10:15 to play. The ninth ranked Bears would make one last run to avoid the upset, and would whittle away at the lead and close to within two points at 63-61 with 1:41 remaining. Cara Bedard would then score Walsh's final two points to give the Cavs a 65-61 lead with 1:20 left. Shawnee State would then score on three free throws, but would miss two shots in the final 12 seconds, the last a three-pointer by Mallory Albers with five seconds to play. Kayla Kovach (So., 6-0, Lakewood, OH/HS/IPFW) played one of her finest games of the season, pacing the Cavs with 19 points, on 9-14 from the floor. Bedard would add 16 points on 6-7 from the field and Jessie Miller chipped in 10 points. Katie Berry handed out a game-high nine assists and five steals, and grabbed seven rebounds, along with Bedard and Kovach. Walsh shot 48% from the field, while holding the Bears to just 41%. Walsh also out-rebounded Shawnee State 33-28. For the Cavs, it was their first win at Shawnee State since the 1995-96 season.

Walsh and Daemen played in the regular season, with the Cavs winning 71-64 in North Canton on February 6. Walsh leads the all-time series 6-3. Daemen reached the title game by shocking top seeded Cedarville University 81-79. For the Cavs and Wildcats, this will be their third post season meeting. Daemen defeated the Cavs 81-60 in 2002-03 and 96-89 in 2005-06. Both meetings were at Daemen. For Walsh, this is their first championship appearance since 1997-98, when they lost 91-74 at Shawnee State University. After losing at Shawnee, the Cavs received the final at-large berth at the national tournament, where they then won five games to capture their only national championship. Walsh is 20-18 all-time in post season play.

Jessie Miller leads the team in scoring at 16.7 ppg (9th AMC). Miller leads the AMC in three-point percentage (.405) and is shooting .437 from the field and .807 from the line. Katie Berry is next at 13.7 ppg. Berry is shooting .462 (7th AMC) from the field, .376 from three-point and .773 from the line. She leads the Cavs in 4.5 (6th AMC) in assists and 77 steals (2.5, 6th AMC) and is second in assist/turnover ratio (1.3). Cara Bedard is averaging 13.1 ppg and a team-best 7.1 rebounds. Bedard leads the AMC in field goal percentage (.607) and is third in the NAIA. She is third in the AMC in blocked shots (67, 2.1 pg). Kayla Kovach is averaging 10.5 points and 5.9 rebounds and is fourth in the AMC in free throw percentage (.817).

Walsh leads the AMC and is second in the NAIA in field goal percentage (.473) and assists (18.3/AMC 1st/NAIA 2nd).


Saturday, February 27, 2010

"Cavs Stun Shawnee State; Reach AMC Title Game"

(Portsmouth, OH) NAIA No. 24 Walsh (24-9) is one game away from reaching the NAIA Division ll National Tournament, after stunning ninth ranked, and second seeded Shawnee State University (25-6), 65-64 today. The second seeded Cavs now host fourth seeded Daemen College (20-11) at 7:30 pm on Tuesday night at Alumni Arena. The winner receives the AMC's second automatic berth to the national tournament. Daemen reached the title game after shocking top seeded, and NAIA No. 5 Cedarville University 81-79 today at Cedarville. Walsh defeated Daemen in regular season 71-64 on February 6 at Walsh.

Walsh played well early and built a 20-13 lead on a Ciera Burkes (Jr., 5-3, Shaker Heights, OH/HS) three-pointer with 12:18 left in the first half. Shawnee would then rally with a 15-2 run to take a 28-22 lead with 3:56 remaining in the half. Walsh would then play maybe its finest stretch of basketball of the season, by closing the half with a 16-0 run to take a 38-28 lead into the locker room.

Walsh never trailed in the second half, building their lead to 15 points twice, the last time at 57-42 with 10:15 to play. The ninth ranked Bears would make one last run to avoid the upset, and would whittle away at the lead and close to within two points at 63-61 with 1:41 remaining. Cara Bedard (Jr., 6-0, Randolph, OH/Waterloo) would then score Walsh's final two points to give the Cavs a 65-61 lead with 1:20 left. Shawnee State would then score on three free throws, but would miss two shots in the final 12 seconds, the last a three-pointer by Mallory Albers with five seconds to play.

Kayla Kovach (So., 6-0, Lakewood, OH/HS/IPFW) PICTURED LEFT played one of her finest games of the season, pacing the Cavs with 19 points, on 9-14 from the floor. Bedard would add 16 points on 6-7 from the field and Jessie Miller (Sr., 5-10, Strasburg, OH/HS) chipped in 10 points. Katie Berry (Jr., 5-11, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) handed out a game-high nine assists and five steals, and grabbed seven rebounds, along with Bedard and Kovach.

Walsh shot 48% from the field, while holding the Bears to just 41%. Walsh also out-rebounded Shawnee State 33-28.

For the Cavs, it was their first win at Shawnee State since the 1995-96 season.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

"Berry's Career-High 34 Points Puts Cavs in Semifinals"

Katie Berry's (Jr., 5-11, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) PICTURED LEFT career-high 34 points propelled Walsh (22-9) to a 76-65 win over sixth-seeded Notre Dame College (15-13) in a first round American Mideast Conference Playoff Game at Alumni Arena tonight. The third-seeded Cavs now head to Shawnee State University (25-5) on Saturday to meet the second-seeded Bears in a semifinal game at 1 pm. Shawnee defeated seventh-seeded Houghton College 73-48 in Portsmouth tonight.

Berry played 39 out of 40 minutes in pacing the Cavs. She was 10-20 from the field and a perfect 13-13 from the charity stripe.

Notre Dame held its largest lead in the first half, at 10-7, with 12:42 to play. Walsh took the lead for good on a Kristi Yoder (So., 6-1, Millersburg, OH/Hiland) jumper at 15-14 with 10:20 left in the half and stretched the lead to 33-26 at halftime.

Walsh would extend the lead to double digits in the second half, and held a 12-point lead at 66-54 with 5:16 to play. Notre Dame would rally and trim the lead to five points on three occasions, the last time at 70-65 with 1:59 to play. They would get no closer.

Jessie Miller (Sr., 5-10, Strasburg, OH/HS) and Yoder each had a double-double. Miller tallied 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Yoder chipped in 10 points with a game-high 12 rebounds. Cara Bedard (Jr., 6-0, Randolph, OH/Waterloo) added 10 points. Chelsea Andorka led Notre Dame with 13 points.

Walsh out-rebounded the Falcons 45-31.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

"Cavs 24th in Final Poll"

Walsh (21-9) fell one spot to number 24 in the final NAIA Coaches Poll of the season. Walsh, who opens the American Mideast Conference playoff as the number three seed, received 84 total points in the tenth poll of the season.

Walsh will host sixth-seded Notre Dame College (15-12) tomorow night at 7 pm at Alumni Arena.

NAIA TOP 25


Monday, February 22, 2010

"Cavs Earn Third Seed for AMC Playoff/Host Notre Dame on Tuesday"

NAIA No. 23 (final poll released today) Walsh (21-9, 14-5 AMC) is the third seed for the American Mideast Conference playoffs which begin on Tuesday night. The Cavs will host sixth seeded Notre Dame College (15-12) on Tuesday at Alumni Arena at 7 pm. Reserved tickets are $7.00, general admission $6.00, student reserved $4.00 and student general admission $3.00. Children under 12 are $4.00 reserved and $3.00 general admission. If Walsh wins on Tuesday, they will play the winner of Houghton College (# 7, 17-10) at Shawnee State University (#2, 24-5) game on Saturday at the site of the highest seed. Cedarville University (26-4) is the top seed for the tournament and will draw a first round bye. They play the winner of the Mount Vernon Nazarene (#5, 19-8)/Daemen College (# 4, 18-11) game on Saturday.

Jessie Miller (Sr., 5-10, Strasburg, OH/HS) broke the Walsh record for three-point field goals made in a game with eight, while leading the Cavaliers to an 81-53 win over Mt. Vernon Nazarene last Tuesday night. Miller set the new mark with 4:27 remaining in the game to make the score 73-47. The old record was seven, set by Walsh's all-time scoring leader Melanie Scheetz during the 1999-2000 season against Tiffin. Miller finished with a game-high 33 points, with 19 coming in the first half and aiding Walsh to a commanding 50-26 lead at the break. The Cougars led briefly in the first half, 8-6, but an 18-1 run gave Walsh momentum and control of the ball game from there on out. Katie Berry (Jr., 5-11, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) also gave a strong effort with 10 points and tying Cara Bedard (Jr., 6-0, Randolph, OH/Waterloo) and Kristi Yoder (So., 6-1, Millersburg, OH/Hiland) for the team-high in rebounds with seven.

In the longest game in Walsh history, the Cavs fell to Notre Dame College in a 102-97 triple overtime at Alumni Arena on Saturday. The Cavaliers appeared to be cruising to their 15th conference win, after being up by 18 points with 7:56 to go in the game, but the Falcons (15-12, 11-8) caught fire on an 15-0 run over the next four minutes to get back in the game. Notre Dame eventually took a 68-67 lead with 43 seconds remaining. That lead would grow to three points in the waning seconds before Ciera Burkes (Jr., 5-3, Shaker Heights, OH/HS) hit a buzzer-beating three to send the game into its first overtime and putting the senior day crowd into an uproar. Both teams battled back and forth, which led to an undecided game after two bonus periods. In the third overtime with the game tied at 95-95 with 1:36 remaining, Notre Dame scored seven of the last nine points to decide the game. Cara Bedard led Walsh with a strong double-double consisting of 19 points and 14 rebounds. Kristi Yoder added 15 points, Leah Seaman (Sr., 5-8, Louisville, OH/HS) 13 points, and Jessie Miller, Katie Berry, and Kayla Kovach (So., 6-0, Lakewood, OH/HS/IPFW) all finished with 12 points to round out the double figure scorers for Walsh.

Walsh and Notre Dame meet for the first time in a post season game on Tuesday. Walsh leads the all-time series 28-6.

Jessie Miller leads the team in scoring at 17.0 ppg (9th AMC). Miller leads the AMC in three-point percentage (.430) and is shooting .451 from the field and .802 from the line. Katie Berry is next at 13.2 ppg. Berry is shooting .465 (7th AMC) from the field, .386 from three-point and .732 from the line. She leads the Cavs in 4.5 (6th AMC) in assists and 71 steals (2.4, 6th AMC) and is second in assist/turnover ratio (1.3). Cara Bedard is averaging 13.1 ppg and a team-best 7.2 rebounds. Bedard leads the AMC in field goal percentage (.603) and is second in the NAIA. She is third in the AMC in blocked shots (64, 2.1 pg). Kayla Kovach is averaging 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds and is fourth in the AMC in free throw percentage (.813).

Walsh leads the AMC and is second in the NAIA in field goal percentage (.475), three-point percentage (.366/AMC 1st/NAIA 8th) and assists (18.6/AMC 1st/NAIA 2nd).


Sunday, February 21, 2010

"Cavs Third Seed for AMC Playoffs/Meet Notre Dame on Tuesday"

After falling to Notre Dame College (15-12, 11-8 AMC N) in three overtimes (102-97) in the regular season finale on Saturday, Walsh (21-9, 14-5 AMC S) and the Falcons will meet again in the opening round of the American Mideast Conference Playoffs at Alumni Arena at 7 pm on Tuesday. Walsh earned the third seed and Notre Dame the number six seed. Complete bracket listings are below. The winner of the Cavs/Falcons' game advances to the semifinals on Saturday against the winner of the Houghton College (# 7 seed)/Shawnee State (# 2 seed) game, also on Tuesday night.

AMC PLAYOFF BRACKET


Saturday, February 20, 2010

"Walsh Falls in Triple OT Heartbreaker to Notre Dame"

With a chance to host two conference playoff games possibly hanging in the balance, the Walsh University women's basketball team fell to Notre Dame College in a 102-97 triple overtime heartbreaker.

The No. 23 ranked Cavaliers (21-9, 14-5 AMC S) appeared to be cruising to their 15th conference win after being up by as many as 18 points with 7:56 to go in the second half, but the Falcons (15-12, 11-8) caught fire on an 15-0 run over the next four minutes to get back in the game. Notre Dame eventually took a 68-67 lead with 43 seconds remaining.

That lead would grow to three points in the waning seconds before Ciera Burkes (Jr., 5-3, Shaker Heights, OH/HS) hit a buzzer-beating three to send the game into its first overtime and putting the senior day crowd into an uproar.

Both teams battled back and forth which led to an undecided game after two bonus periods. In the third overtime with the game tied at 95-95 with 1:36 remaining, Notre Dame scored seven of the last nine points to decide the game.

Cara Bedard (Jr., 6-0, Randolph, OH/Waterloo) PICTUERD LEFT led Walsh with a strong double-double consisting of 19 points and 14 rebounds. Kristi Yoder (So., 6-1, Millersburg, OH/Hiland) scored 15 points, Leah Seaman (Sr., 5-8, Louisville, OH/HS) added 13 points, and Jessie Miller (Sr., 5-10, Strasburg, OH/HS), Katie Berry (Jr., 5-11, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's), and Kayla Kovach (So., 6-0, Lakewood, OH/HS/IPFW) all finished with 12 points to round out the double figure scorers for Walsh.

Notre Dame also had six double figure scorers, with Tracy Payne (Fr., 5-4, Danville, OH/HS) finishing with a game-high 26 points.

Miller, Seaman, Angela Eickelman (Sr., 5-9, Akron, Archbishop Hoban), and Abbie Sullivan (Sr., 5-7, Canton, OH/GlenOak) were all playing in their last regular season home game for the Cavaliers.

Walsh will open the AMC Playoffs as the third seed at home on Tuesday night. The opponent will be determined after play today. BOX


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

"Miller Sets Three-Point Mark in 81-53 Romp Over Mt. Vernon"

Jessie Miller (Sr., 5-10, Strasburg, OH/HS) PICTURED LEFT broke the Walsh record for 3-point field goals made in a game with eight while leading the NAIA No. 23 Cavaliers to an 81-53 win over Mt. Vernon Nazarene. Miller set the new mark with 4:27 remaining in the game to make the score 73-47. The old record was seven, set by Melanie Scheetz during the 1999-2000 season against Tiffin.

Miller finished with 33 points, by far game-high honors, with 19 coming in the first half and aiding Walsh to a commanding 50-26 lead at the break.

The Cougars led briefly in the first half when Sierra Fletcher (So., 5-5, Utica, OH/HS) hit a 3-point shot just under three minutes into the game to make it 8-6, but an 18-1 run gave Walsh momentum and control of the ball game from there on out.

Katie Berry (Jr., 5-11, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) also gave a strong effort with 10 points and tying Cara Bedard (Jr., 6-0, Randolph, OH/Waterloo) and Kristi Yoder (So., 6-1, Millersburg, OH/Hiland) for the team-high in rebounds with seven. Amanda Himes (Jr., 6-1, Hilliard, OH/Darby) and Fletcher led the Cougars with 16 and 15 points respectively.

Walsh improves to 21-8 overall and 14-4 in the AMC. They return to action this Saturday for the last regular season home game against Notre Dame College. The Cougars drop to 17-7 and 11-6 in conference and will entertain Malone the same day to close out the regular season.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

"Cavs 23rd in Latest Poll"

NAIA TOP 25

Walsh (20-8, 13-4 AMC) is number 23 in the NAIA's ninth coaches poll of the season. The Cavs actually moved up one spot falling to ninth ranked Shawnee State University 78-49 on Saturday. Walsh received 95 votes.

Walsh is back in action at home tomorrow, with a key American Mideast Conference game against Mount Vernon Nazarene University at 6 pm.


Monday, February 15, 2010

"Cavs Drop to 3rd after 2-1 Week"

NAIA No. 22 (new poll released today) Walsh (20-8, 13-4 AMC) posted a 2-1 week, but fell into third place in the American Mideast Conference after a key loss (49-78) at Shawnee State University (12-3 AMC) on Saturday. Walsh plays two home AMC games this week to close the regular season, while the Bears face a tough week with four games in six days. Walsh reached the coveted 20-win plateau for the first time under Head Coach Laurel Wartluft with their win against Ursuline College (91-55) last Thursday. The Cavs have now 20 games in single season five times. Earlier in the week they bounced rival Malone University for the second time this season, 90-59 on Tuesday. This week the Cavs meet Mount Vernon Nazarene on Tuesday (6 pm) and Notre Dame College on Saturday (2 pm).

Jessie Miller (Sr., 5-10, Strasburg, OH/HS) scored 27 points as Walsh routed Malone University (4-23, 1-15 AMC) 90-59 at Malone's Osborne Hall. Miller scored 21 of her game-high 27 points in the first half, as the Cavaliers raced to a 46-26 halftime lead. She was 8-11 from the field and 5-7 from three-point. She would finish the game 10-14 from the field and 5-8 from beyond the arc. She also grabbed four rebounds and recorded six steals. Walsh shot 60% from the field on 37-62, while holding Malone to 40% on 21-53. The Cavs also out-rebounded the Pioneers 34-23. The Cavs bench stepped up, outscoring Malone 38-20. Leah Seaman (5-8, Sr., Louisville, OH/HS) added 11 points off the bench on 5-9 from the field, Kristi Yoder (So., 6-1, Millersburg, OH/Hiland) added ten points on 4-5 from the floor and grabbed a game-high seven rebounds and Ciera Burkes (5-3, Jr., Shaker Heights, OH/HS) handed out a game-high six assists.

Walsh recorded its 20th win of the season, routing Ursuline College (5-22, 1-15 AMC) 91-55 on Thursday. Five Cavaliers scored in double-figures for the Cavs, led by Jessie Miller's 20 points. Miller was 7-13 from the floor and 4-8 from behind the arc. Cara Bedard (Jr., 6-0, Randolph, OH/Waterloo) added 16 points and ten rebounds. Kayla Kovach (So., 6-0, Lakewood, OH/HS/IPFW) also produced a double-double with 13 points and ten rebounds. Katie Berry (Jr., 5-11, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) and Kristi Yoder also reached double figures with 11 points each. Freshman Amanda Bennett (5-7, Tallmadge, OH/HS) handed out a career-best eight assists. Walsh shot 48% from the field and out rebounded Ursuline 49-25.

NAIA No. 7 Shawnee State University (20-5, 12-3 AMC) gained revenge for their loss at Walsh in January, by handing the Cavs a 78-49 setback in Portsmouth, Ohio on Saturday. Walsh held its last lead of the game at 7-6 early in the first half, and then just couldn't keep the pace with the Bears. Mallory Albers scored 13 first half points, as the Bears led 39-25 at the half. Jessie Miller scored ten first half points for the Cavs and led team with 19 points. Shawnee equaled their first half point total in the second half, outscoring the Cavs 39-24. The Cavs would get no closer than 14 points in the second half. Neither team shot well, Walsh just 32% (20-62) and Shawnee State 35% (27-78). The Bears owned a huge advantage at the foul line, 18-3. Walsh played most of the game with Katie Berry, Kayla Kovach and Cara Bedard in serious foul trouble. Berry and Kovach fouled out and Bedard had four fouls. Kovach finished with nine points and nine rebounds, while Berry and Bedard combined for just four points. Bedard grabbed seven rebounds.

Walsh meets fifth place Mount Vernon Nazarene (17-6, 11-5) at Alumni Arena on Tuesday. The Cavs downed the Cougars 80-74 in Mount Vernon on January 12. The Cougars are still very much alive in the AMC playoff race. Walsh leads the all-time series 35-19 and is looking its first series sweep of the Cougars since 2004-05.

Walsh closes the regular season with Notre Dame College at home on Saturday. The Falcons, who have lost their last three games, are tied for sixth place with Houghton in the AMC at 10-7. They are 14-11 overall and play at Daemen College on Tuesday. Walsh leads the all-time series 28-4.

Jessie Miller leads the team in scoring at 16.6 ppg (9th AMC). Miller is shooting .448 from the field and .802 from the line. Katie Berry is next at 13.4 ppg. Berry is shooting .469 (7th AMC) from the field, .388 from three-point and .731 from the line. She leads the Cavs in 4.6 (6th AMC) in assists and 70 steals (2.5, 5th AMC) and is fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.45). Cara Bedard is averaging 13.1 ppg and a team-best 6.9 rebounds. Bedard leads the AMC in field goal percentage (.602) and is second in the NAIA. She is third in the AMC in blocked shots ((60, 2.1 pg). Kayla Kovach is averaging 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds and is third in the AMC and 18th in the NAIA in free throw percentage (.820).

Walsh leads the AMC and is second in the NAIA in field goal percentage (.477), three-point percentage (.363/AMC 1st/NAIA 9th) and assists (18.6/AMC 1st/NAIA 2nd).


Saturday, February 13, 2010

"Bears Get Revenge"

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NAIA No. 7 Shawnee State University (20-5, 12-3 AMC) gained revenge for their January loss at Walsh, by downing the 22nd ranked Cavs 78-49 in Portsmouth, Ohio today. The Cavs drop the Cavs to 20-8 overall and to 13-4 in the AMC. The SSU win also vaults them into second place in the AMC over the Cavs. Walsh returns home for their final two AMC games, against Mount Vernon Nazarene on Tuesday (5:30 pm) and on Saturday against Notre Dame College (2 pm).

Walsh held its last lead of the game at 7-6 early in the first half, then just couldn't keep the pace with the Bears. Mallory Albers scored 13 first half points, as the Bears led 39-25 at the half. Jessie Miller (Sr., 5-10, Strasburg, OH/HS) PICTURED LEFT scored ten first half points for the Cavs and led team wiht 19 points.

Shawnee equaled their first half point total in the second half, out scoring the Cavs 39-24. The Cavs would get no closer than 14 points in the second half. Neither team shot well, Walsh just 32% (20-62) and Shawnee State 35% (27-78). The Bears owned a huge advantage at the foul line, 18-3. Walsh played most of the game with Katie Berry, (Jr., 5-11, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's), Kayla Kovach (So., 6-0, Lakewood, OH/HS/IPFW) and Cara Bedard (Jr., 6-0, Randolph, OH/Waterloo) in foul trouble. Berry and Kovach fouled out and Bedard had four fouls. Kovach finished with nine points and nine rebounds, while Berry and Bedard combined for just four points. Bedard grabbed seven rebounds.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

"Cavs Post 20th Win"

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Walsh recorded its 20th win of the season, routing Ursuline College (5-22, 1-15 AMC) 91-55 in an American Mideast Conference game. The win improves the Cavs to 20-7 overall and to 13-3 in the AMC. It is their first 20-win season under Laurel Wartluft and first since 2004. The Cavs have now 20 games in single season five times. Walsh travels to Shawnee State University for a key AMC contest on Saturday at 1 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

Five Cavaliers scored in double-figures for the Cavs, led by Jessie Miller's (Sr., 5-10, Strasburg, OH/HS) PICTURED LEFT 20 points. Miller was 7-13 from the floor and 4-8 from behind the arc. Cara Bedard (Jr., 6-0, Randolph, OH/Waterloo) added 16 points and ten rebounds. Kayla Kovach (So., 6-0, Lakewood, OH/HS/IPFW) also produced a double-double with 13 points and ten rebounds. Katie Berry (Jr., 5-11, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) and Kristi Yoder (So., 6-1, Millersburg, OH/Hiland) also reached double figures with 11 points each. Freshman Amanda Bennett (5-7, Tallmadge, OH/HS) handed out a career-best eight assists.

Walsh led from start-to-finish, despite 22 first half points from Ursuline's Britany Nair. Nair would finish with a game-high 24 points. Walsh shot 48% from the field and out rebounded Ursuline 49-25.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"Miller Pours in 27 in Rout of Malone"

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Jessie Miller (Sr., 5-10, Strasburg, OH/HS) PICTURED LEFT poured in 27 points, as NAIA No. 22 Walsh routed Malone University (4-23, 1-15 AMC) 90-59 in an American Mideast Conference at Malone's Osborne Hall. The loss was the 12th straight for Malone and gave Walsh a season sweep (2-0). The win improved the Cavs to 19-7 overall and to 12-3 in the AMC. The Cavs return home on Thursday (6 pm) to host Ursuline College in a AMC game, then travel to Shawnee State University on Saturday (1 pm).

Miller scored 21 of her game-high 27 points in the first half, as the Cavaliers raced to a 46-26 halftime lead. She was 8-11 from the field and 5-7 from three-point. She would finish the game 10-14 from the field and 5-8 from beyond the arc. She also grabbed four rebounds and recorded six steals.

Walsh shot 60% from the field on 37-62, while holding Malone to 40% on 21-53. The Cavs also out rebounded the Pioneers 34-23. The Cavs bench stepped up, outscoring Malone 38-20. Leah Seaman (5-8, Sr., Louisville, OH/HS) added 11 points off the bench on 5-9 from the field. Kristi Yoder (So., 6-1, Millersburg, OH/Hiland) added ten points on 4-5 from the floor and grabbed a game-high seven rebounds and Ciera Burkes (5-3, Jr., Shaker Heights, OH/HS) handed out a game-high six assists.


Monday, February 8, 2010

"Cavs Up Two Notches to 22nd"

NAIA TOP 25

Walsh (18-7, 11-3 AMC) moved-up two notches to number 22 in the latest NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll of the season. The Cavs received 134 total points in the eighth poll of the season. The Cavs are currently third in the American Mideast Conference, behind first place and NAIA No. 3 Cedarville University and seventh ranked and second place Shawnee State University.

The Cavs are at Malone University tomorrow night (5:30 pm), then host Ursuline College on Thursday (6 pm) and play at Shawnee State on Saturday (1 pm).


Monday, February 8, 2010

"Cavs Post Back-to-Back Wins, Face Big Week"

NAIA No. 24 Walsh (18-7, 11-3 AMC) bounced back from back-to-back losses last week, to post back-to-back wins this past week to stay in the thick of the American Mideast Conference race. Walsh now trails NAIA third ranked Cedarville (13-1) and eighth ranked Shawnee State University (11-2) in the AMC, with five conference games left to play. Walsh returns to the hardwood this week at Malone University on Tuesday (5:30 pm), at home against Ursuline College on Thursday (6 pm) and at Shawnee State on Saturday (1 pm). The Malone and Shawnee state games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on the internet at www.wcer.us.

Walsh never trailed in defeating Roberts Wesleyan College 86-47 at Alumni Arena on Friday night. Walsh used a balanced offensive attack that saw 12 different players scoring points. The points came early and often for the Cavaliers as they raced out to a 7-0 lead. After Roberts Wesleyan closed the gap to three points at 11-8, Walsh proceeded to go onto a 22-0 run. By halftime, Walsh was up 50-19. Jessie Miller (Sr., 5-10, Strasburg, OH/HS) led the Cavs with a game-high 14 points. Cara Bedard (Jr., 6-0, Randolph, OH/Waterloo) and Kristi Yoder (So., 6-1, Millersburg, OH/Hiland) were the other double-figure scorers for Walsh with 11 points each.

Playing their second game in less than 24 hours, Walsh defeated a scrappy Daemen College team 71-64 Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena. The Wildcats (13-11, 9-5) came ready to play in hopes of upsetting the 24th ranked Cavaliers, but couldn't contain Cara Bedard, who paced Walsh with a strong 21-points and a 10 carom double-double in addition to blocking four shots. She was aided by Jessie Miller, who scored 15 points, and Katie Berry's (Jr., 5-11, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) 13 points. Daemen threatened to take control of the game after a trey by Bridgette Burke gave them a 45-44 advantage with 14:02 to play, but Walsh proceeded to go on a 17-4 run. Eight of those points came from the hands of Miller, who scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half. Daemen would rally, and eventually cut the Cavalier lead to one (65-64) after a Tara Bailey free throw with 2:46 remaining. Walsh's defense then tightened up and prevented Daemen from scoring again while a couple of Berry baskets and two Bedard foul shots set up the final margin.

Walsh and Malone (4-22, 1-14) meet for the second time this season and 64th time all-time on Tuesday night. The Cavs won the first meeting (Mayor's Cup) 86-54 at Walsh on November 10 and lead the all-time series for the first time at 32-31. Walsh has won the last five meetings. Malone is 0-11 at home and has lost their last 11 games.

Walsh and Ursuline (5-22, 1-14) meet for the second time this season on Thursday. Walsh won the first meeting 93-39 at Ursuline on January 5. Walsh leads the all-time series 11-1. The Arrows have lost their last four games.

Walsh plays one of their most important games of the season in Portsmouth, Ohio on Saturday, against Shawnee State (19-4, 11-2). The Bears are busy this week, playing Mount Vernon Nazarene on Tuesday and Cedarville University on Thursday. Walsh won the first meeting, 64-61, at Alumni Arena on January 15, but trail in the all-time series 34-5. A win would give the Cavs their first ever season series sweep over the powerful Bears. Shawnee has won their last seven games.

Jessie Miller leads the team in scoring at 15.9 ppg. Miller is shooting .443 from the field and .795 from the line. Katie Berry is next at 14.3 ppg. Berry is shooting .478 from the field, .411 from three-point and .737 from the line. She leads the Cavs in 4.7 (6th AMC) in assists and 61 steals (2.6, 3rd AMC) and is third in assist/turnover ratio (1.45). Cara Bedard is averaging 13.6 ppg and a team-best 7.0 rebounds. Bedard leads the AMC in field goal percentage (.610) and is fourth in the NAIA. She is third in the AMC in blocked shots (56, 2.2 pg). Kayla Kovach is averaging 10.6 points and 5.6 rebounds and leads the AMC and 13th in the NAIA in free throw percentage (.848)
Walsh leads the AMC and is second in the NAIA in field goal percentage (.480), three-point percentage (.373/AMC 1st/NAIA 5th) and assists (18.7/NAIA 2nd).


Saturday, February 6, 2010

"Cavaliers Win Twice in 24 Hours"

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Playing their second game in less than 24 hours, the Walsh University women's basketball team defeated a scrappy Daemen College team 71-64 Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena. The win improves Walsh's record to 18-7 overall and 11-3 in the AMC heading into this Tuesday's rivalry game at Malone.

The Wildcats (13-11, 9-5) came ready to play in hopes of upsetting the NAIA No. 24 ranked Cavaliers, but couldn't contain Cara Bedard (Jr., 6-0, Randolph, OH/Waterloo) PICTURED LEFT, who paced Walsh with a strong 21-points and a 10 carom double-double in addition to blocking four shots. She was aided by Jessie Miller (Sr., 5-10, Strasburg, OH/HS), who scored 15 points, and Katie Berry's (Jr., 5-11, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) 13 points.

Daemen threatened to take control of the game after a trey by Bridgette Burke (Jr., 5-9, Lockport, NY/HS) gave them a 45-44 advantage with 14:02 to play, but Walsh proceeded to go on a 17-4 run. Eight of those points came from the hands of Miller, who scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half.

The 'Cats wouldn't go away and eventually cut the Cavalier lead down to one after a Tara Bailey (Fr., 5-4, Clymer, NY/HS) free throw with 2:46 remaining. Walsh's defense then tightened up and prevented Daemen from scoring again while a couple of Berry baskets and two Bedard foul shots set up the final margin.


Friday, February 5, 2010

"Walsh Wins Big in Route of Roberts Wesleyan"

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Walsh University had an impressive return to Alumni Arena with an 86-47 victory over the Roberts Wesleyan Raiders in AMC action Friday night.

The Cavaliers (17-7, 10-3) were coming off of a four-game road trip that saw them lose their last two games after winning the first two, resulting in a drop in the top 25 poll to No. 24.

Walsh never trailed in the game and used a balanced offensive attack that saw 12 different players scoring points. The points came early and often for the Cavaliers as they raced out to a 7-0 lead before the Raiders (11-13, 5-9) scored their first points of the game 1:33 into the game. After Roberts Wesleyan closed the gap to three points at 11-8, Walsh proceeded to go onto a 22-0 run. By halftime, Walsh was up 50-19.

Jessie Miller (Sr., 5-10, Strasburg, OH/HS) PICTURED LEFT led the Cavs with a game-high 14 points. Cara Bedard (Jr., 6-0, Randolph, OH/Waterloo) and Kristi Yoder (So., 6-1, Millersburg, OH/Hiland) were the other double-figure scorers for Walsh with 11 points each.

Marissa Bunce (Fr., 5-8, Phelps, NY/Newark) led the Raiders with 12 points.

Walsh returns to action tomorrow with a matinee matchup against Daemen College at 2 p.m. Roberts Wesleyan will also be in action at the same time at Malone University.


Thursday, February 4, 2010

"Coaches vs. Cancer DH at Walsh on Friday"

This Friday night (2/5), Walsh University will host Roberts Wesleyan University in a women's (6 pm) and men's basketball (8 pm) doubleheader, with proceeds benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. Throughout the night a silent auction will be take place, with proceeds going to the local "Relay for Life" events.

Throughout the women's game, and up until halftime of the men's game, fans will be able to bid on some great sports items including:

Autographed Grady Sizemore baseball & photo - Courtesy of the Cleveland Indians
Autographed JJ Hickson basketball - Courtesy of the Cleveland Cavaliers
Bernie Kosar Jersey & Bobble-head - Courtesy of the Cleveland Gladiators
Autographed Michael Stanley DVD & CD - Courtesy of Michael Stanley

Kerri Novotny from the American Cancer Society will also be on hand with an information table in the outer lobby. Doors open at 5 pm. Reserved tickets are $8.00, general admission $5.00 and students under 10 and senior citizens $3.00. For more information, contact Jim Clark at 330.390.7017.


Monday, February 1, 2010

"Cavs Fall to No. 24"

NAIA TOP 25

After suffering back-to-back losses last week, Walsh (16-7, 9-3 AMC) dropped four spots to number 24 in the NAIA's seventh coaches poll of the season. The Cavs, who are in third place in the American Mideast Conference, received 101 points.

Walsh returns to action with home games this weekend at Alumni Arena. They play AMC games with Roberts Wesleyan College on Friday (6 pm) and with Daemen College (2 pm) on Saturday.


Monday, February 1, 2010

"Cavs Fall From 1st with Back-to-Back AMC Losses/Bedard Reaches 1,000 Points"

Back-to-back losses dropped the NAIA No. 20 Cavs (16-7, 9-3 AMC) from first to third in the American Mideast Conference. After cracking the NAIA top 25 for the first time this season (new ranking today), Walsh had their eight-game win streak snapped on the road by Cedarville University last Tuesday night. The Cavs then lost at Houghton College on Friday night. Walsh now trails 11-1, third ranked Cedarville and 9-2 Shawnee State University. Walsh returns home to Alumni Arena for weekend AMC games with Roberts Wesleyan College on Friday (6 pm) and with Daemen College (2 pm) on Saturday.

Cedarville University led from start to finish in downing Walsh 83-56. Cedarville hit their first six shots, jumped to a 15-3 lead, and never looked back. Walsh would trim the lead to four points at 22-18, but would get no closer. The Yellow Jackets held a double digit lead the entire second half and held their largest lead at 80-52 with 3:23 to play. Walsh shot just 32% (19-59) from the field and placed only Katie Berry (5-11, Jr., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) in double figures with 12 points. Walsh turned the ball over 21 times and were outrebounded 49-31. Cedarville's Alison Lemon led all scorers with 27 points.

Jessie Miller's (5-10, Sr., Strasburg, OH/HS) game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer fell short in a 62-59 loss at Houghton College. Walsh fell behind by double digits in the first half, but rallied to pull to within six points at the half (30-24). Behind the strong effort of Cara Bedard (6-0, Jr., Randolph, OH)/Waterloo), Walsh rallied for their first lead of the game at 43-42 at the 11:18 mark. Bedard finished with 23 points (9-15) and 11 rebounds, both game highs and became the 17th Walsh player,and second this season, to reach 1,000 career points. Walsh trailed 60-57 with eight seconds to play, when Houghton fouled Bedard to keep the Cavs away from a game-tying three. Bedard would hit both free throws to close the Cavs to within one point (60-59). Walsh then fouled and Houghton's Jennifer Hudson hit both shots to extend the lead back to three points (62-59). With less then five seconds, Walsh advanced the ball, but after taking a pass from Katie Berry, Miller's attempt fell short. Berry would add 14 points and Miller 11. Turnovers once again plagued the Cavs, as they turned the ball over 23 times.

Jessie Miller leads the team in scoring at 16.0 ppg. Miller is shooting .454 from the field and .773 from the line. Katie Berry is next at 14.7 ppg. Berry is shooting .478 from the field, .435 from three-point and .746 from the line. She leads the Cavs in 4.7 (5th AMC) in assists and 58 steals (2.6 4th AMC) and is second in assist/turnover ratio (1.4). Cara Bedard is averaging 13.4 ppg and a team-best 6.9 rebounds. Bedard leads the AMC in field goal percentage (.606) and is third in the NAIA. She is second in the AMC in blocked shots (50, 2.4 pg). She is Walsh's all-time single season and career leader (109) in blocked shots. Kayla Kovach is averaging 10.9 points and 5.7 rebounds and leads the AMC and 16th in the NAIA in free throw percentage (.842)

Walsh leads the AMC and NAIA in field goal percentage (.422), three-point percentage (.377/NAIA 5th) and assists (18.5/NAIA 2nd).


Friday, January 29, 2010

"Miller Three Falls Short/Bedard Scores 1000th Point"

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(Houghton, NY) Jessie Miller's (5-10, Sr., Strasburg, OH/HS) game-tying three-pointer fell short, as Walsh lost for the second straight time 62-59 at Houghton College (13-6, 6-4 AMC) in an American Mideast Conference game tonight. The loss drops the Cavs to 16-7 overall and to 9-3 in the AMC. The NAIA No. 20 Cavs return to action on Friday, when they host Roberts Wesleyan at Alumni Arena at 6 pm in an AMC game.

Walsh fell behind by double digits in the first half, but rallied to pull to within six points at the half (30-24). Behind the strong effort of Cara Bedard (6-0, Jr., Randolph, OH)/Waterloo) PICTURED LEFT, Walsh rallied for their first lead of the game at 43-42 at the 11:18 mark. Bedard finished with 23 points (9-15) and 11 rebounds, both game highs, and became the 17th Walsh player, and second this season, to reach 1,000 career points.

Walsh trailed 60-57 with eight seconds to play, when Houghton fouled Bedard to keep the Cavs away from a game-tying three. Bedard would hit both free throws to close the Cavs to within one point (60-59). Walsh then fouled and Houghton's Jeffiner Hudson hit both shots to extend the lead back to three points (62-59). With less then five seconds, Walsh advanced the ball, but after taking a pass from Katie Berry (Jr., 5-11, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's), Miller's attempt fell short.

Katie Berry would add 14 points and Miller 11. Turnovers once again plagued the Cavs, as they turned the ball over 23 times.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"Yellow Jackets Rout Cavs, Take Over First in AMC"

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(Cedarville, OH) NAIA No. 3 Cedarville University (18-3, 9-1) led from start to finish in downing NAIA No. 20 Walsh (16-6, 9-2) 83-56 in an American Mideast Conference game tonight. The win snapped Walsh's eight-game win streak and gave the Yellow Jackets sole possession of first place in the AMC. The win was the 10th straight for Cedarville. Walsh returns to action on Friday night, when they travel to Houghton College for an AMC game at 6 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on www.wcer.us.

Cedarville hit their first six shots, jumped to a 15-3 lead, and never looked back. Walsh would trim the lead to four points at 22-18, but would get no closer. The Yellow Jackets held a double digit lead the entire second half and held their largest lead at 80-52 with 3:23 to play.

Walsh shot just 32% (19-59) from the field and placed only Katie Berry (5-11, Jr., Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph's) in double figures with 12 points. Walsh turned the ball over 21 times and were outrebounded 49-31. Cedarville's Alison Lemon led all scorers with 27 points.


Monday, January 25, 2010

"Cavs Crack Top 25 at Number 20"

NAIA TOP 25

The wait is over the Walsh (16-5, 9-1 AMC) women's basketball team, as they cracked the NAIA Top 25 for the first time this season. The Cavs, who lead the American Mideast Conference, received 172 points and are ranked number 20, moving-up six spots from the previous week.

Walsh, along with No. 23 Huntington (Ind.) and No. 25 Milligan (Tenn.) are making their first appearance among the Top 25 after receiving votes in five of six previous polls this season and in the preseason poll.

The Cavs travel to Cedarville University tomorrow night to meet the third-ranked Yellow Jackets are 5:30 pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER and on www.wcer.us.


Monday, January 25, 2010

"First Place Cavs Take Aim at Top 25/Showdown at Cedarville Next"
The surging first place Walsh Cavs (16-5, 9-1 AMC, NAIA 26th new ranking today) take their eight-game win streak on the road tomorrow night for first of two American Mideast Conference road games this week. The Cavs face second place Cedarville University at the Callan Center on Tuesday (5:30 pm), then meet Houghton College on Friday night (6 pm). Both games will be broadcast live on AM 900 WCER (www.wcer.us). Walsh won three AMC games last week to stretch the season-long win streak to eight, their longest under fourth year coach Laurel Wartluft and longest since they won 10 straight games in 1997-98. The Cavs won their only national championship in 1997-98 under Karl Smesko.

Walsh bounced visiting Wilberforce University 98-68 last Tuesday night at Alumni Arena. Walsh exploded for 59 second half points to pull away from the Bulldogs. After leading 39-33 at the half, the Cavs outscored Wilberforce 59-35 in the second half. Walsh opened the half with a 12-6 run to lead 51-39 with 15:01 to play. They held their largest lead (31) at 96-65 and the final margin. Walsh's balanced attack produced five players in double figures. Cara Bedard (6-0, Jr., Randolph, OH)/Waterloo) and Jessie Miller (5-10, Sr., Strasburg, OH/HS) led the way with 19 points each. Bedard was 6-9 from the floor and 7-11 from the line. She also grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds. Miller, who was named NAIA Player of the Week earlier in the day, was 8-16 from the floor.&