Thursday, November 30, 2006

Midconfans News 11/30/2006

#19 Butler 60, Valpo 47--The Chicago Tribune/span>


NO. 19 BUTLER 60, VALPARAISO 47: Mike Green scored 16 points and A.J. Graves added 13 for the Bulldogs (8-0), playing with their highest ranking in 57 years.

Green scored nine straight points, highlighted by a three-pointer that bounced high off the back rim and then in, during a decisive 14-1 run late in the first half that stretched Butler's lead from 16-14 to 30-15. Valparaiso (3-3) never got closer than 11 after that.
NO. 17 WICHITA STATE 85, MISSOURI-KC 55: P.J. Couisnard scored 16 points and the host Shockers made their first 11 shots in the second half to beat the Kangaroos.

Phillip Thomasson added 12 points and 10 rebounds in his first start for the Shockers (5-0), who played their first home game as a ranked team since 1983. Thomasson sat out last season after transferring from Colorado State.

College Basketball Roundup--The Daily Southtown

No. 17 Wichita St. 85, UMKC 55

WICHITA, Kan. -- P.J. Couisnard scored 16 points as Wichita State (5-0) bested Missouri-Kansas City (3-4) in nonconference play.
No. 19 Butler 60, Valparaiso 47

VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Mike Green scored 16 points and A.J. Graves added 13 to help Butler (8-0) beat Valparaiso (3-3) in nonconference action.
Kansas 75, W. Illinois 63

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Danielle McCray had a career-high 15 points to lead Kansas (4-1) over Western Illinois (1-5), which got 20 points from Sarah Miller.

COLLEGE HOOPS--The Detroit News

CINCINNATI 68, OAKLAND 61: John Williamson scored 27 points on 11-for-15 shooting for the host Bearcats. Shawn Hopes had 17 and Johnathon Jones scored 14 for the 4-4 Grizzlies.
BOWLING GREEN 89, OAKLAND 58: Carin Horne scored 25 to lead the host Falcons (5-1). Charlese Greer had 16 for the Grizzlies (2-4).

College basketball--The Detroit News

Cincinnati 68, Oakland 61


Severovas 2-5 1-2 5, Hopes 7-16 3-4 17, Jones 5-12 2-3 14, Billings 4-10 0-0 8, Kangas 1-6 0-0 3, Nelson 2-3 0-0 4, MacKenzie 0-0 0-0 0, Cassise 2-6 2-2 8, McCloskey 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 23-58 10-13 61.


McGowan 3-6 3-3 9, Williamson 11-15 4-7 27, Sikes 0-5 1-2 1, Vaughn 5-15 6-6 17, Warren 6-12 0-0 12, Gentry 0-2 0-0 0, Barwin 0-1 0-0 0, Allen 1-1 0-0 2, Crowell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-58 14-18 68.

Halftime: Oakland 33-29. 3PG: Oakland 5-13 (Jones 2-3, Cassise 2-5, Kangas 1-5), Cincinnati 2-13 (Williamson 1-2, Vaughn 1-5, Sikes 0-1, McGowan 0-1, Warren 0-1, Crowell 0-1, Gentry 0-2). Rebounds: Oakland 40 (Hopes 8), Cincinnati 32 (Williamson 9). Assists: Oakland 8 (Billings, Hopes, Jones 2), Cincinnati 13 (Vaughn 6). Fouls: Oakland 19, Cincinnati 14. A: 7,351.

Pressure? No. 19 Butler Dispatches

No. 17 Wichita St. Makes History at

OU recruit best in B--The Oakland Press

Snikkers earns Player of the Year; DCDS’ Moore nabs all-state

MONROE (AP) — Scott Soodsma says he was in the right place at the right time.
He took over the Hudsonville Unity Christian girls basketball program in 2003, the same year Carrie Snikkers was a freshman.
Four years and 75 victories later, Soodsma has put together an impressive coaching resume.
One of the main reasons is Snikkers, who has been selected as the player of the year on the Associated Press Class B all-state team.
Snikkers, a Miss Basketball runner-up, has signed to play at Oakland.
“It’s all about timing. I knew when to get into coaching the girls,” Soodsma said with a laugh.
One of his first coaching decisions was to write Snikkers’ name in the starting lineup.
“She started in her very first game as a freshman. We knew she was going to be good,” he said.
Even though she is 6-foot-2, Snikkers was polished even in that first season.
“She was never gangly. She helped kick off the program and get us going,” Soodsma said.
Unity Christian has improved each season, going 14-8, 15-7 and 23-4. This year’s team is 24-1, including a 60-18 win over Stevensville Lakeshore in the state quarterfi nals Tuesday night. Last year’s Unity Christian team reached the state championship game.
Snikkers, who averaged 19.4 points and 9.2 rebounds this season, can score well inside or hit the 3-pointer. She has connected 23 times from outside the arc.
“Obviously, we don’t want her out there all the time, but she has the ability to go inside or outside. That’s unusual for someone her height,” Soodsma said. “She can play the high or low post and is a great passer. She could play a 3, 4 or 5 in college.”
She was a unanimous choice on the all-state team, which was selected by a panel of sports writers from around the state. Also landing every vote were Kellie Watson of Ionia, Simone Trice of Flint Northwestern and Amber Moore of Detroit County Day.
Watson was hampered by a shoulder injury this season. The junior is right-handed and tried to play left-handed after the injury. In 14 games before she was hurt, Watson averaged 23.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.5 blocks.
Trice made the AP Class C all-state team as a sophomore and junior before Flint Northwestern moved up to Class B this year. She has signed with Georgia Tech and had a 35-point game while averaging a double-double in points (19.4) and rebounds (13.9).
Moore is just a sophomore, but she already has established a solid reputation at Country Day, a perennial state title contender.
The all-state list also includes Katy Stuppy of Dowagiac, Sherryia Armstrong of Muskegon Heights, Cheritee Green of Wyoming Park, Stacey Farrell of St. Clair, Kortni Elsworth of Goodrich and Dominique Dixon of Detroit Renaissance.
Stuppy stands just 5-3 but had four games where she
scored 30 or more points.
Armstrong, who has signed with Central Michigan, averaged 17.9. Green supplied 16 points and 12 rebounds a game. Farrell helped St. Clair to a 92-7 record during her four years and, like Snikkers, will continue her career at Oakland. Elsworth broke Goodrich’s school record with 36 points in a game and accomplished it against stateranked Flint Hamady. Dixon is a junior who made 41 percent of her 3-point attempts and 76 percent of her free throws.
Sandy Rutledge of St. Clair was named coach of the year. He went 18-2 during the regular season against a largely

Williamson and Bearcats top Oakland--The Oaklnad Press

CINCINNATI (AP) — John Williamson scored 27 points as Cincinnati held off Oakland 68-61 on Wednesday night.
Freshman Deonta Vaughn added 17 points, with 14 coming in the second half to help the Bearcats (5-1) overcome a 33-29 halftime deficit.
Earlier this season, Oakland led another Big East team, No. 4 Pittsburgh, by the same halftime score before losing to the Panthers 66-55.
In Wednesday’s game, Shawn Hopes led Oakland (4-4) with 17 points and Johnathon Jones added 14.
Williamson also had nine rebounds and three assists.
No. 17 Wichita St. 85, UMKC 55
WICHITA, Kan. — P.J. Couisnard scored 16 points and Wichita State made its first 11 shots in the second half to beat Missouri-Kansas City.
Phillip Thomasson added 12 points and 10 rebounds in his first start for the Shockers (5-0), who played their first home game as a ranked team since 1983. Thomasson, a junior, sat out last season after transferring from Colorado State.
Matt Brauer added 15 points for the Shockers. Quinton Day led UMKC (3-4) with 19 points.
No. 19 Butler 60, Valparaiso 47
VALPARAISO, Ind. — Mike Green scored 16 points and A.J. Graves added 13 to help Butler, playing with its highest ranking in 57 years, beat Valparaiso.
Green scored nine straight points, highlighted by a 3-pointer that bounced high off the back rim and then in, during a decisive 14-1 run late in the first half that stretched Butler’s lead from 16-14 to 30-15. Valparaiso (3-3) never got closer than 11 after that.
Valparaiso couldn’t get its outside game going against Butler (8-0). The Crusaders were 3-of-17 from 3-point range. They also were 8-of-19 from the free-throw line.
Brandon McPherson led Valparaiso with 14 points.

Bowling Green 89, Oakland 58--The Oakland Press

Junior Charlese Greer led the Golden Grizzlies with 16 points while senior Nicole Piggott was also in double digits, totaling 10.
Carin Horne led Bowling Green with 25 points.

Bulldogs calmly go about winning--The Indy Star

Winds streaking the wrong wayThe Macomb Journal

Poor shooting by Crusaders proves contagious--The Post-Tribune

One day turnaround to help Valpo women prepare for Mid-Con tourney--The Post-Tribune

Butler's league-leading defense limits Crusaders offense; Huff held to 5--The Post-Tribune

Dogs' Day--The NWI Times

Kulaga the energizer--The NWI Times

McPherson scores career-high 14 in loss--The NWI Times

--The Peoria Journal Star

T-Birds dunk Wolverines--The Spectrum

Gents, Ladies host doubleheader today--The Shreveport Times

Jayhawks Topple Western Illinois,

Multiple players contribute to victory--The University Daily Kansan

McCray pulls away--The Lawrence Journal-World

Bulldogs Get Back To Winning Ways With Hard-Fought, 58-53 Decision Over

No. 19 Butler Earns Road Victory at Valparaiso,

Horne, Falcons on Fire in 89-58 Win over

Rolling along--The BG News

Shocks Turn Back UMKC,

Shockers Bounce Kangaroos,

Shockers turn heat on UMKC--The Wichita Eagle

Late Rally Falls Short at SUU for Wolverines--Utah Valley State University Athletics

Williamson, Vaughn Lead Bearcats Past

Bearcats hold off Oakland--The Cincinnati Enquirer

Bearcats slowly learning--The Cincinnati Post

Langford leads ORU to blowout victory--The Tulsa World

Women: UMKC at Oklahoma State--The Tulsa World

Women's Basketball Returns to Gold Dome to Host Monroe--GoCentenary.Com

Gents and Trojans Renew TAAC Rivalry--GoCentenary.Com


No. 17/22 Shockers Top Kangaroos, 85-55--UMKC Kangaroos

Kangaroos Finish November Road Swing With Thursday Night Visit To Oklahoma State--UMKC Kangaroos

UMKC-Oklahoma State Tip-off Moved To 5 p.m.--UMKC Kangaroos

UMKC Women's Home Game Vs. Oklahoma Christian Cancelled--UMKC Kangaroos

Cincinnati Overtakes Oakland in Second Half,

Oakland Falls to #24 Bowling

Hardin, Turek Lead ORU Past UAPB, 74-54--Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles

Thunderbirds Hold Off Wolverines--SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS

Thunderbirds Back On Road, Travel To Idaho, No. 11 Washington--SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS

Crusaders Fall To #19/18

Crusaders Begin Road Swing Looking for Fourth Straight

Leathernecks continue homestand against Ohio Valley's Morehead State--Western Illinois Athletics

Western comes up short against Kansas, 75-63--Western Illinois Athletics

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Midconfans News 11/29/2006

UVSC travels to Cedar City to meet

Oakland at Cincinnati--The Oakland Press


When: 8 tonight
Where: Fifth Third Arena
Records: OU 4-3; Cincinnati (4-1)
Overview: The Golden Grizzlies will look to rebound from Saturday’s 71-53 loss at Michigan State. On the bright side, OU was competitive down the stretch after a dismal first half in which the Grizzlies made just four field goals. ... This marks OU’s sixth straight road game, the longest stretch since ending the 1993-94 season in the NCAA Division II tournament. ... Senior Vova Severovas took over the team lead for scoring (12.7 ppg) with his 13-point performance on Saturday. ... OU looks to cap its busiest November in school history with its eight games. ... Cincinnati holds a 3-0 lead in the all-time series. The two teams last met on Nov. 24, 2003 when the Bearcats picked up an 89-60 win. ... Saturday’s loss marked the first time OU let an opponent pass the 70-point plateau. ... Cincinnati returns just one starter from last season’s 21-13 team. John Williamson’s 15.8 scoring average leads Cincinnati so far this season.
Up next: OU vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 4 p.m., Oakland Athletics Arena

Oakland women at Bowling Green--The Oakland Press


When: 7 tonight
Where: Anderson Arena, Bowling Green, Ohio
Records: OU 2-3; Bowling Green 4-1
Overview: The Golden Grizzlies are looking to rebound after a 69-57 loss at Central Michigan. Senior Nicole Piggott led the way with 24 points in the losing effort. ... This will mark OU’s third straight game against a Mid-American Conference foe. ... OU will wrap up a five-game extended road trip. ... OU gets a chance to return home on Saturday. The Grizzlies are 1-3 so far since leaving the comforts of home. ... Bowling Green’s lone loss has been an 85-81 overtime decision against Notre Dame. ... Piggott (16.8), Hanna Reising (14.2) and Jessica Pike (13.4) are OU’s current double-digit scoring leaders. ... Bowling Green currently has four players with double-digit scoring averages. ... OU is 1-2 all time against Bowling Green since joining Division I. Strangely enough, the road team has been victorious in each of the three previous meetings.
Up next: OU vs. Rochester College, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Oakland Athletics Arena.

Piggott wins Mid-Con Player of the Week--The Oakland Press

Oakland senior Nicole Piggott (Pewamo, Mich.) became the second consecutive Golden Grizzly to be named the Mid-Continent Conference’s women’s basketball Player of the Week.
Piggott averaged 21.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week for Oakland. She recorded 19 points and six rebounds to help lead OU to a 68-62 upset at Eastern Michigan last Wednesday. The 5’11” forward followed that performance with 24 points and six rebounds in a 69-57 loss at Central Michigan Sunday.
Piggott currently leads the Golden Grizzlies in scoring (16.8 points per game) and rebounding (7.0 average). She is among the league leaders in several categories, including scoring (second), rebounding (fourth) and assists, averaging 3.20 (sixth).
This is the fifth time in Piggott’s career she has been tabbed player of the week. Piggott follows freshman Hanna Reising as the second straight OU player to win.

We've seen this style before--The Indy Star

Hart gets extension--The Indy Star

UMKC at Wichita StateThe Kansas City Star

Shockers a tough task for UMKCThe Kansas City Star

Crusaders knock down 14 3-pointers to knock off Bradley--The Post-Tribune

Valpo learning to play with big dogs--The Post-Tribune

Crusaders ready for Round Two--The NWI Times

Perimeter attack pushes Crusaders--The NWI Times

Tulsa rolls over Oral Roberts--The NWI Times

Valparais shoots its way past Bradley--The Peoria Journal Star

UVSC, SUU share mutual respect--The Spectrum

Thunderbird women continue to struggle on road--The Shreveport Times

Tulsa destroys ORU--The Tulsa World

Tulsa finds ORU's weak spots--The Tulsa World

Women: Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Oral Roberts--The Tulsa World

ORU Notebook: New Lineup--The Tulsa World

Win a huge turning point for Wojcik and Co.--The Tulsa World

TU Notebook: Savvy youngsters--The Tulsa World

Oakland's Nicole Piggott Named Mid-Con Player of the

Depth helps Demons stave off Centenary's upset bid,

Barnum helps lead Lady Demons past Centenary,

Shockers Turn Back UMKC,

Steven, Shockers fend off Kangaroos--The Wichita Eagle

Winkfield Leads Women's Basketball to a 63-44 Victory Against Southern Utah--NAU Athletics

Lumberjacks get back in win column--The Arizona Daily Sun

Ladies Lose Heartbreaker to Northwestern State--GoCentenary.Com

Demons Pull Out Victory Over Gents 89-86--GoCentenary.Com



UMKC Falls To Wichita State, 73-71--UMKC Kangaroos

Piggott Garners Player of the Week

Tulsa Takes Back Mayor's Cup with 75-57 Win Over ORU--Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles

Women's Hoops to Host UAPB--Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles


Crusaders Host Second Ranked Team in Three

Outside Shooting Propels Valpo to Third Straight

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Midconfans News 11/28/2006

James' surge rescues Golden Eagles--The Chicago Tribune/span>

Marquette survives Valpo--The Chicago Sun-Times

No. 8 Marquette 65, Valparaiso 62--The Daily Southtown

VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Dominic James hit a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left and scored the final 18 points for Marquette (7-0) in a victory over Valparaiso (3-2).

Hot-shooting T-Birds pull away from

MARQUETTE 65, VALPARAISO 62--The Detroit News

Dominic James hit a three-pointer with three seconds left to give the eighth-ranked Warriors (7-0) the win over host Valparaiso (3-2).

James Scores Final 18 As Marquette

Golden Eagles hold off Valparaiso--The Oakland Press

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Dominic James hit a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left and scored the final 18 points for No. 8 Marquette in a 65-62 win over Valparaiso on Monday night.
James made a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left that gave Marquette (7-0) a 62-59 lead. But Jarryd Loyd answered with a 3 over James with 21 seconds remaining to tie it. James then hit the winner from the top of the key to fi nish with 22 points.
Valparaiso had one last chance, but Brandon McPherson’s 35-footer at the buzzer bounced off the left side of the rim. The Crusaders (3-2) have lost 17 straight games to ranked teams since making it to the round of 16 in the 1998 NCAA tournament.
Wesley Matthews added 11 points and Jerel McNeal had 10 for Marquette.
Shawn Huff led Valparaiso with 22 points.

No. 8 Marquette needs a 3-pointer in waning seconds to win--The Post-Tribune

Versatile Bradley scorers challenge for Valpo--The Post-Tribune

Indiana native does in Crusaders--The Post-Tribune

Near-upset fuels Valpo's drive for NCAA berth--The Post-Tribune

Oh, so close for Valpo--The NWI Times

Everyone's all-American--The NWI Times

Valparaiso shoots for three--The NWI Times

T-Birds soar past Denver--The Spectrum

NSU, Centenary to continue rivalry--The Shreveport Times

SUU cruises against Denver--The Salt Lake Tribune

ORU seniors hoping for a Tulsa sweep--The Tulsa World

Hurricane covets cup--The Tulsa World

James Delivers 65-62 Victory over

Pulling rank--The Marquette Tribune

James grabs controls to steer Marquette away from upset--The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Southern Utah Upends Pioneers, 73-63--University of Denver - Official Athletic Site

Southern Utah 73, Denver

Gents and Demons Set to Meet for 150th Time--GoCentenary.Com

Ladies Visit Northwestern State Tuesday--GoCentenary.Com

Quinton Day Named Mid-Con Men's Basketball Player of the Week--UMKC Kangaroos

UMKC Continues Road Show; At Wichita State Tuesday Night--UMKC Kangaroos

Kangaroos To Meet #17/22 Wichita State On Wednesday Night--UMKC Kangaroos

Oakland Heads to Cincinnati to Face the

Oakland Concludes Five-Game Road Swing at Bowling

Golden Eagles Seek Fourth Straight Mayor's Cup Tonight at Tulsa--Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles

2006-07 Thunderbird Game Wrap-Ups--SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS

Valpo Looks for Third Straight Win as Crusaders Host Bradley

Last-Second Shot Lifts #8/9 Marquette Over

Valpo Hoops Can Be Seen 15 Times on Television and the Web This

Western to finish up road swing with trip to Kansas--Western Illinois Athletics

Monday, November 27, 2006

Midconfans News 11/27/2006

College Hoops:Central Michigan 69, Oakland 57--The Detroit Free Press

Ann Skufca scored 19 for the host Chippewas (2-3), and Dana Westover added 14 in the win over Oakland (2-3). Nicole Piggott had 24 points for the Golden Grizzlies.

Crusaders excited for Marquette opportunity--The Post-Tribune

Naismith candidate visits the ARC--The NWI Times

Bounce back--The Spectrum

Late Run Leads Women's Basketball Past Oakland,

Second-half surge results in 69-57 win--Central Michigan Life

ESPNU to Televise Mid-Continent Women’s Basketball

Golden Grizzlies Drop 69-57 Decision to Central

Midconfans News 11/26/2006

MSU 71, Oakland 53--The Chicago Tribune/span>

Midwest roundup--The Daily Southtown

Michigan St. 71, Oakland 53

Drew Neitzel knew that a 40-13 first half was as good as Michigan State could play. He also knew that the game has two halves.

Despite Neitzel's 21 points and a 32-6 blitz before halftime, the Spartans' 71-53 win over Oakland on Saturday was half magical and half maddening.

"You can't really ask for a better first half than we had," Neitzel said. "But we talked about putting two halves together. Coach made a point of that in the locker room at halftime. It didn't happen."

Instead, it ruined Tom Izzo's day and left him wondering about the character of his team heading into an ACC-Big Ten Challenge matchup at Boston College on Wednesday.

"I should feel really good about the first half," Izzo said. "That was some of our best basketball in the last two years. But basketball isn't a game of halves. We talked for two days about playing the full 40 minutes and playing the game, not the score."

After scoring 30 against Vermont on Tuesday, Neitzel was 8-for-15 from the field and had seven assists for the Spartans (6-1), who shot 59.3 percent before halftime and held the Golden Grizzlies to 22.2 percent accuracy.

Marquise Gray had his first career double-double and registered career highs with 14 points and 12 rebounds, Goran Suton added 12 points, and Travis Walton matched his high output with 11.

"I just finally decided to go back to my old high school days and start dunking everything again," Gray said, recalling a seven-month layoff with two right-foot fractures. "We lost the Maryland game by two, and I had six or seven chances to finish. I've got a lot more to give. But this was a start."

Vova Severovas led Oakland (4-3) with 13 points and six rebounds. Derick Nelson, a Lansing native, had 12 points in his homecoming, while Johnathon Jones of nearby Okemos had nine, all in the second half. That wasn't enough to satisfy Grizzlies coach Greg Kampe.

"We stunk," Kampe said. "We absolutely stunk. They took the first opportunity away, and no one wanted to make a play. I blame us. We were a very poorly coached team. We were awful."

Oakland looked nothing like the team that led No. 4 Pittsburgh by four at halftime of a nine-point loss or like a 14-point winner at Duquesne. But Izzo was every bit as unhappy with his team and himself.

"I haven't done a very good job," Izzo said of producing two halves of effort. "I've tried sitting, kissing and hugging. But if you sign up to come here, you're going to respect the game and be held accountable."

Michigan State led 8-7 when it found the range and denied any decent opportunities with snug defense. A 22-10 rebound advantage in the first 20 minutes added to the cushion.

The Grizzlies trimmed a 27-point deficit to 15 early in the second half, only to see the margin grow again until the closing minutes.

The Spartans finished with edges of 43-28 in rebounds and 19-5 in assists, as Oakland showed the effects of a rugged road swing. The Grizzlies are approaching the middle of a 12-game stretch that has them playing away from home 11 times.

"We felt we were going to win," Kampe said. "We really did. Michigan State is one of the premier programs in the country, and Tom is one of the best coaches ever. But we thought we could play with them. I'm really angry about it."

So. Utah women end losing

Both coaches unhappy in Spartans win over Oakland--The Oakland Press

OU women at Central Michigan--The Oakland Press

When: 2 p.m., today Where: Rose Arena, Mount Pleasant Records: OU (2-2); CMU (1-3)

Overview: The Golden Grizzlies are looking to build on Wednesday’s 68-62 victory at Eastern Michigan. ... This is the second of three straight road games for OU against foes from the Mid-American Conference. Freshman Hanna Reising has worked her way into OU’s starting lineup with a solid start to her college career. She leads the Grizzlies with 16.8 points and 1.8 steals per game. Reising had consecutive 20-plus point performances against Florida State and Wisconsin-Green Bay earlier this season. ... Sharonda Hurd leads CMU with 13.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Up next: OU at Bowling Green, 7 p.m., Wednesday

COLLEGE ROUNDUP--The Oakland Press

No. 25 Texas 79, Oral Roberts 40
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tiffany Jackson scored 21 points and Texas (5-1) overcome a sluggish offensive start.
Mariana Camargo led the Golden Eagles (4-1) with 13 points.

Smith's 16 lead Jaguars to victory--The Indy Star

UMKC falls again in AlaskaThe Kansas City Star

UMKC’s Day sets a record--The Kansas City Star

What a week for the Crusaders--The NWI Times

WIU women lose 64-60 in tourney--The Peoria Journal Star

Thunderbirds find win column--The Spectrum

Oral Roberts Univ. Tops Aggies in Tulsa--OaklahomaPanhandleStateUniversity

Jaguars Turn Back Mastodons--IPFW Mastadons

IPFW loses another heartbreaker at home--The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Missouri-Kansas City Drops Thundering Herd, 79-75--The Herd

Utah Valley Fights Past Western Illinois--Utah Valley State Wolverines Athletics

IUPUI Gets Past Women's Basketball,

WBB: Knights Come Close at Southern

Women's Basketball tops Oral Roberts,

Longhorns motor past Oral Roberts--The Daily Texan

Texas State Holds Off UMKC 55-51--Texas State Athletics

Lady Eagles Come Back to Defeat Western Illinois--Georgia Southern Eagles

Pike Scores 18 to Lead Samford over Ladies--GoCentenary.Com

Gents Make Easy Work of Wiley, 82-52--GoCentenary.Com



UMKC Tops Marshall, 79-75, To Finish Seventh at Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout--UMKC Kangaroos

Day Named To All-Tournament Team At Great Alaska Shootout--UMKC Kangaroos

UMKC Falls To Texas State, 55-51--UMKC Kangaroos

Oakland Falls at Michigan State,

Golden Grizzlies Drop 69-57 Decision to Central

Balanced Effort Leads ORU to Decisive Victory; Green Breaks Mid-Con Rebound Record--Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles

Second Half Surge Leads #25 Longhorns Past Golden Eagles, 79-40--Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles

Thunderbirds Host Denver, Utah Valley State--SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS


Crusaders Host Marquette

Leathernecks stumped 77-75 by Utah Valley State--Western Illinois Athletics

Western lose close game against Georgia Southern 64-60 at the AmeriSuites Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament--Western Illinois Athletics

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Midconfans News 11/25/2006

BYU-SUU game at a

What goes around ... Ainge back as

T-Bird offense never got rolling against

Plaisted powers Y. past

TODAY'S GAMES--The Detroit Free Press

Oakland at MSU--The Oakland Press


When: 2 p.m. today Where: Breslin Center, East Lansing TV/Radio: None/ WJR-AM (760) Records: MSU 5-1; Oakland 4-2 Overview: Two schools separated by less than 100 miles of highway meet for the sixth time in nine seasons. MSU has won the previous five meetings by an average of 29.2 points, but Oakland nearly beat then-No. 4 Pittsburgh last week in the CAA Basketball Classic. ... The Grizzlies feature three players making pseudo-homecomings in leading scorer Erik Kangas (DeWitt), freshman guard Johnathon Jones (Okemos) and sixth man Derick Nelson (Lansing). ... Drew Neitzel scored a career-high 26 points in MSU’s 20-point win over Vermont Tuesday. The Spartans went 10 minutes without a field goal in that game, but lead the Big Ten in 3-point shooting (46.6 percent). Up next: MSU at Boston College, 7 p.m. Wednesday; Oakland at Cincinnati, 8 p.m. Wednesday.

UMKC vs. Marshall--The Kansas City Star

UMKC falls again in AlaskaThe Kansas City Star

T-Bird tormentors--The Spectrum

Scoring drought dooms T-Birds vs. Aztecs--The Spectrum

BYU BASKETBALL: Cougars cruise past SUU 80-61--The Salt Lake Tribune

Seawolves bounce Kangaroos behind hot

Fit Seawolves trio for capes--The Anchorage Daily News

Cougars Defend Home Court With Win Over

POSTGAME - BYU vs. Southern

Plaisted leads the way as Cougars cruise--The Provo Daily Herald

BSC, Samford win on day one of Sheraton Roundball Classic--Birmingham Southern College Athletics

WARHAWKS SQUEAK BY UMKC, 52-50--University of Louisiana at Monroe

ULM squeaks by UMKC--The News Star

Aztec Basketball Holds On To Claim A 55-52 Victory At Southern Utah--San Diego State Aztecs

Saints Take Down Western Illinois 82-65 in `The Pit'

Women: ORU at No. 25 Texas--The Tulsa World

ORU hosts Panhandle--The Tulsa World

Women’s Basketball Suffers 77-43 Loss to Birmingham-Southern--GoCentenary.Com

Gents Offer Free Admission for Game Against Wiley--GoCentenary.Com

Kangaroos To Battle Thundering Herd On Saturday At Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout--UMKC Kangaroos

UMKC Falls 52-50 To Louisiana-Monroe In Opening Round Of Bobcat Classic--UMKC Kangaroos

Oakland Travels to Michigan State on

Oakland Heads to Central Michigan to Face

Golden Eagles Host Panhandle State on Saturday--Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles

Women' Hoops to Face #25 Longhorns--Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles

Plaisted Leads BYU Past Thunderbirds--SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS


Western falls 82-65 to Siena in opening game of AmeriSuites Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament--Western Illinois Athletics

Western to battle Georgia Southern for third place in the AmeriSuites Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament--Western Illinois Athletics

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Midconfans News 11/22/2006

SUU tops Vandals for season's 3rd

Reising earns Mid-Con Player of the Week--The Oakland Press


Oakland freshman Hanna Reising (Peoria, Ill.) was named the Mid-Continent Conference women’s basketball Player of the Week. The honor comes on the heels of two consecutive 20-plus point performances by the Golden Grizzlies rookie.
Reising tallied 25 points to lead all players in a 90-68 OU loss at UW-Green Bay last Wednesday and followed that performance with 23 points to lead the Golden Grizzlies in a 74-69 loss to Florida State on Sunday. She drained seven 3-pointers against the Seminoles to account for 21 of her 23 points.
Reising leads the Mid-Con in several categories, including scoring (20.7), field goal percentage (.759) and 3-point field goals made (14 total, 4.67 average).

Oakland men win at Duquesne--The Oakland Press


PITTSBURGH — Playing in Pittsburgh for the fourth time in six days, Oakland’s men’s basketball team used a stout defensive effort and the inside game of Shawn Hopes to grind out a 67-53 win Wednesday night over Duquesne.
Vova Severovas led all players with 22 points, with Hopes adding 20 to lead Oakland to the victory.
Erik Kangas hit a pair of 3-point shots in a minute and a half span that pushed Oakland into a 24-16 lead late in the first half. With the Golden Grizzlies defense putting the clamps on Duquesne, Oakland closed out the half with six more points, pulling out to a 30-16 halftime lead on a pair of free throws by Hopes with 31 seconds left and completing a 12-point half. Duquesne’s 16 points in the half were the fewest allowed by Oakland this season
Duquesne opened the second half with a 5-2 spurt that cut the OU lead to 11 points, but Hopes put in six points in the first four minutes to keep the Oakland lead intact.
Kangas finished with 12 points on four 3-pointers, while Johnathon Jones added 10 points and five assists for the Golden Grizzlies.
Oakland is back in action Saturday at Michigan State.

UMKC vs. Pacific--The Kansas City Star

Kangaroos are all businessThe Kansas City Star

Valparaiso women win nail-biter over Akron--The Post-Tribune

Leathernecks lose in 5 OTs--The Peoria Journal Star

T-Birds overwhelm Vandals, 67-50--The Spectrum

SUU: Thunderbirds improve to 3-1--The Salt Lake Tribune

Duquesne Falls At Home to Oakland--Duquesne Athletics

Oakland (Mich.) pummels Duquesne--Tje Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Oakland takes advantage of Dukes size in 67-53 victory--Tje Pittsburgh Post Gazzette

Vandals flat at Southern Utah; fall 67-50--UI Vandal Athletics


Second Half Rally Keys OU Past EMU--Eastern Michigan University Athletics

Women's Basketball Falls Just Short in Home

ORU wins by 42, remains unbeaten--The Tulsa World

UMKC Faces Off Against Louisiana-Monroe In Opening Game Of Bobcat Classic--UMKC Kangaroos

Severovas, Hopes, Lead Oakland Past Duquesne,

Golden Grizzlies Stage Comeback to Defeat Eastern Michigan

Golden Eagles Tame Jaguars, 88-46--Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles

Thunderbirds Travel To BYU, Game To Be Televised On The Mountain--SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS

Thunderbirds Upend Vandals, 67-50--SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS

Valpo Escapes Akron with 50-49

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Midconfans News 11/22/2006


Southern Utah

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Southern Utah (2-1) plays two games this week, its home-opener vs. Idaho (1-2) tonight before traveling to Provo for a matchup with BYU on Friday.

Going overboard on overtimes--The Macomb Journal

Wolfpack puts the bite on Crusaders--The Post-Tribune

Valparaiso women hope to start streak--The Post-Tribune

Scouting the VU women's basketball team--The NWI Times

Crusaders sink in seven minutes--The NWI Times

IPFW beats Western Illinois in five OTs--The NWI Times

SUU ready for Centrum--The Spectrum

Most Recent Recap...Ragin' Cajuns at Oral Roberts...Nov. 21, 2006--Ragin' Cajuns Men's Basketball

Cajuns fall just short--The Daily Advertiser

Wolfpack streaks past Valparaiso,

Grant leads charge--The News & Observer

IPFW Tops Western Illinois in 5 OTs--IPFW Mastodons

Mastodons win 5 OT thriller--The Fort Wayne News-Gazette

IPFW defeats W. Illinois in 5 OTs--The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

Women's Hoops Tops IUPUI, Wins 13th Straight Non-Conference Home

UF wins big minus

Gators get victory, rest--The Gainseville Sun

Lady Privateers Earn 83-63 Win Over Centenary--UNO Privateer Athletics

Eagles win, but not with much fanfare--The Tulsa World Tulsa World

ORU Notebook: Tooting the horn--The Tulsa World

Women’s Basketball Falls to New Orleans--GoCentenary.Com


ORU Survives Cold Shooting Night, Tops Louisiana-Lafayette--Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles

Crusaders Fall at North Carolina

Jackson scores 32 as Leathernecks fall short in five overtimes to IPFW--Western Illinois Athletics

Women's basketball heads to Albuquerque, N.M., for AmeriSuites Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament--Western Illinois Athletics

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Midconfans News 11/21/2006

Westerwinds beaten by BradleyThe Macomb Journal

String of strong teams on tap--The Post-Tribune

Intimidation shouldn't be a factor--The NWI Times

Bradley gets best of Westerwinds--The Peoria Star Journal

Oregon no place to find win for T-Birds--The Spectrum

Tulsa Women's Hoops Fall to Cross-Town Rival ORU,

ORU beats TU, snaps loss streak--The Tulsa World

Polls: ORU receives three votes in AP poll after Kansas win--The Tulsa World

Eagles focusing on Ragin' Cajuns--The Tulsa World

WBB: Braves Run Past Western Illinois

Pilots Stay Perfect at Home with a 12-point Win Over Southern

Reising Named Women's Basketball Player of the

Women’s Basketball Falls to New Orleans--GoCentenary.Com


Basketball Travels Back to Pittsburgh for Meeting with

Reising Tabbed Player of the

Golden Grizzlies Travel to Ypsilanti to Face Eastern

ORU Receives Top 25 Votes; Vealy Earns League Honor--Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles

Golden Eagles Reclaim Mayor’s Trophy, 74-61--Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles

Thunderbirds Host Idaho, Travel To BYU--SOUTHERN UTAH THUNDERBIRDS


Valpo Taking Aim at Fourth Straight

Valpo Hits the Road Again, Travels to Akron Wednesday

Four-game homestand begins for Leathernecks with IPFW Tuesday--Western Illinois Athletics

Western loses second-straight road game 90-77 against Bradley--Western Illinois Athletics

Monday, November 20, 2006

Midconfans News 11/20/2006

Campus notes

Southern Utah

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Portland State used a big second-half run en route to a decisive 77-48 triumph over Southern Utah's women's basketball team Saturday afternoon at the Stott Center. The loss dropped the Thunderbirds to 0-2 on the young season, while the Vikings picked up their first win of the year to move to 1-2.

Men's Hoops: Oakland scares Pitt--The Detroit Free Press

Pitt Survives Scare Vs. Oakland,

No. 4 Pitt barely avoids OU upset--The Oakland Press


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Every Pittsburgh opponent understands it must neutralize 7-footer Aaron Gray to have any chance of beating the Panthers. The problem is finding a way to do so, and no Pitt opponent has come close to accomplishing it yet.
Gray had 23 points and 13 rebounds and No. 4 Pittsburgh survived an early scare, rallying for a 66-55 win over Oakland on Sunday.
Gray played less than half of Pitt’s 85-68 decision Saturday over UMass because of a cut lip and foul problems, but he was too strong and effective around the basket for Oakland (3-2) to handle in playing all but six minutes.
Gray had 15 points in the second half as Pitt came back after trailing 33-29 at the half.
“Aaron had to play only 17 minutes (Saturday), so maybe that helped him,” coach Jamie Dixon said. “We were able to execute four straight baskets to him in the second half, all on different plays.”
The Panthers (5-0) won their first four games by an average of nearly 20 points but were pushed for the first time this season by Oakland, which returned four of its five starters from last season. Both teams were playing their third game in three days in the Colonial Athletic Association Classic.
“We were a little fatigued, and maybe we weren’t expecting them to come out quite as hard or to be as good as they were,” said Levon Kendall, who had 11 points and nine rebounds. “We came out flat in the first half and they were beating us to loose balls and playing harder than us.”
With the 6-8 Shawn Hopes controlling Gray early, the Grizzlies — picked fifth in the Mid-Continent Conference preseason coaches poll —opened a 25-15 lead in the first half and led 33-29 at the half.
But Pitt’s depth and strong inside play began wearing down the Grizzlies early in the second half, when Gray quickly took over by scoring six points in less than two minutes and 10 in slightly more than five minutes.
“That’s always one of our main emphases, to get the ball down low,” Gray said. “They were doubling me a lot in the first half and even in the second half, but coach Dixon has confidence in me to make good decisions and I got a few easy baskets. I started to really get confident and things worked out well for us.”
Pitt’s Mike Cook tied it at 39 with a short jumper five minutes into the half. Not long after that, Pitt went on a decisive 13-2 run keyed by Levance Fields’ 3-pointer, Gray’s layup and Kendall’s three-point play to take a 57-45 lead.
“We’re disappointed,” Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. “We had a chance to beat the No. (4) team in the country. We wanted to keep our defense at the same level it was in the first half, hang in there and hang in there and steal one on the road. ... But we came out and gave up four easy baskets in a row to start the half, and we didn’t give up one of those in the first half.”
Oakland went 1-2 in Pittsburgh, beating Northeastern but losing to Pitt and Massachusetts. Vova Severovas led Oakland with 17 points, with Erik Kangas adding 11 and Hopes 10.
The Colonial Classic tournament wraps up Friday when Pitt hosts Florida State, which also won its three on-campus games in the exempt tournament.
Dixon welcomed the chance to play so many games in little time — it was his team’s fifth game in eight days — to give his younger players an idea of how to handle the back-to-back games required in the Big East tournament in March.
“It’s great preparation for later down the road,” said Gray, chosen as the tournament MVP after scoring 61 points in the three games. “We took a few steps forward this weekend, but we realized we still have to work on some things.”
Pitt is 41-1 against nonconference opponents since the Petersen Events Center opened in 2002 and have won 62 of their last 63 games against non-Big East teams.

OU can’t hold on--The Oakland Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Oakland women’s basketball fell to host Florida State, 74-69, in a non-conference game at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center Sunday.
The Golden Grizzlies overcame a nine-point fi rst half deficit to gain a 36-30 halftime lead, but were unable to hold on for the victory.
Freshman Hanna Reising hit seven 3-pointers and totaled 23 points to lead OU, while senior Nicole Piggott and sophomore Jessica Pike registered double digits with 15 and 12, respectively.

Bradley women vs. Western Illinois--The Peoria Journal Star

Gladden, Miller Lift Seminoles Past Oakland,

Baron, Mbang Help Rhody past Centenary, 92-82, in Top of the World Classic

Chippewas Win Home Opener with Dramatic Comeback over UMKC,

Bitzer sparks second-half comeback in season debut--Central Michigan Life

No. 4 Pitt Continues Hot Start; Fends Off Oakland,

Men sweep weekend classic--The Pitt News

Pitt survives scare from Oakland--The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pitt Basketball: Gray helps secure a 66-55 comeback win against Oakland--The Pittsburg Post-Gazette

Gents Finish Sixth in Alaska with 92-82 Loss to Rhode Island--GoCentenary.Com


UMKC Set To Face Pacific In Opening Round of Great Alaska Shootout--UMKC Kangaroos

Kangaroos Drop Road Opener At Central Michigan--UMKC Kangaroos

Oakland Throws Scare into Fourth-Ranked

Oakland Women Drop 74-69 Thriller to Florida

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Midconfans News 11/19/2006


FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 62, WESTERN ILLINOIS 60: Dejon Prejean scored 15 points, and the Golden Panthers (2-2) edged the Leathernecks (2-1) in the title game of the FIU Tip-Off Tournament in Miami. David Jackson scored 19 points and Troy Okeson 15 for Western.

VALPARAISO 70, NIAGARA 58: Urule Igbavboa scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Crusaders (3-0) held the Purple Eagles (0-2) to 2-for-26 shooting from three-point range en route to a victory in Lewiston, N.Y.

T-Birds' shots won't fall and neither will Boise

COLLEGE HOOPS: Oakland stops Northeastern--The Detroit Free Press

Jones leads OU past Northeastern--The Oakland Press


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Johnathon Jones hit a rallyending 3-pointer with 4 1 /2 minutes remaining while scoring 13 of his 15 points in the second half and Oakland beat Northeastern 67-52 Saturday in a roundrobin game of the Colonial Athletic Association Classic.
Shawn Hopes scored 17 points, Erik Kangas had 11 and Patrick McCloskey came off the bench to get a game-high 11 rebounds for the Golden Grizzlies (3-1). Northeastern (0-3) remained winless despite Bennet Davis’ 21 points and Bobby Kelly’s 18.

Game Preview: UMKC men at Central MichiganThe Kansas City Star

Crusaders start road swing with victory--The Post-Tribune

Valpo wins big on road--The NWI Times

T-Birds suffer first loss--The Spectrum

Centenary women get first win of season--The Shreveport Times

Centenary men win big in Alaska--The Shreveport Times



All-Around Effort Leads Vikings To Rout Of Thunderbirds--Portland State Sports

Women's Basketball Edges UMKC, 68-66--Boston University Athletics

Centenary Beats Redhawks

Southeast loses to Gents, falls to 0-2 in

Oakland 67, Northeastern

Men’s Basketball Falls to Valparaiso,


Nelson leads Broncos to 77-68 win over Southern

Broncos defend turf in home opener--The Idaho Statesman

Men’s Basketball Wins adidas FIU Tip-Off Classic with 62-60 Defeat of Western

Ladies Capture First Win of Season, Defeats Nicholls State--GoCentenary.Com

Gents Pummel SEMO in Top of the World Classic 83-51--GoCentenary.Com


Last-Second Effort For UMKC Falls Short; Kangaroos Drop 68-66 Result To Boston Univ.--UMKC Kangaroos

Oakland Puts Down Northeastern,

OU Women To Face Florida

Golden Eagles Cruise by Central Arkansas, 93-59--Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles


Crusaders Start Season 3-0 With Win Over

Leathernecks fall by two in FIU Tip-Off Classic championship game--Western Illinois Athletics

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Midconfans News 11/18/2006

COLLEGE HOOPS: Oakland has tough time vs. Minutemen--The Detroit Free Press

UMass tops Oakland U.--The Detroit News

Piggott wants more--The Detroit News

Oakland unable to stop Life--The Oakland Press


PITTSBURGH (AP) — James Life didn’t miss a shot in scoring all 15 of his points in the first half and Massachusetts built leads of as many as 16 points before halftime in beating Oakland 65-56 on Friday.
Gary Forbes also scored 15 points for Massachusetts, with Stephane Lasme getting 11 points and 14 rebounds — or nine more rebounds than any Oakland player. Rashaun Freeman added 11 points.
Life was 6-of-6 in the first half, with three 3-pointers, as the Minutemen (2-0) surged to a 20-8 lead seven minutes into the game and were not pushed by Oakland (2-1) after that in the round-robin game of the Colonial Athletic Association Classic. Life missed both of his shots in the second half.
Oakland trailed by as many as 22 points at 51-29 midway though the second half, and got to within nine points in the fi nal minute only by going on an 11-0 run.
Shawn Hopes scored 17 points, Brandon Cassise had 13 and Derick Nelson scored 10 for Oakland, which plays Northeastern on Saturday.

Valparaiso's Diebler is all instinct--The Post-Tribune

Better execution, better result for Crusader women--The Post-Tribune

Valpo ventures into the unknown--The NWI Times

Crusaders cut down Lumberjacks--The NWI Times

T-Birds adding to Mid-Con success--The Spectrum

Mid-Con Selects Cary Dohman as Assistant Media Relations

Bulldogs Fall on the Road to

Women's Basketball Drops 62-56 Decision at

Lumberjacks drop road game--The Arizona Daily Sun

Radford Drops Overtime Tilt To Western

UMass Overtakes Oakland, 65-56, In First Round Of Colonial

Utah State Holds On For 77-71 Win Against Centenary Friday

Aggies hold off Gents--The Herald Journal

Women's: Oral Roberts at Central Arkansas--The Tulsa World

Ladies Host Nicholls State Saturday--GoCentenary.Com

Slow Start Dooms Gents in Top of the World Classic--GoCentenary.Com


Kangaroos Return Home On Saturday, Hosting Boston University Terriers--UMKC Kangaroos

First Half Treys Lift UMass Past

Women's Hoops Heads to Central Arkansas--Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles

Valpo Registers Season’s First Victory, Downs Northern Arizona

Leathernecks win first round of FIU Tip-Off Classic, 75-72, in overtime--Western Illinois Athletics

Women's basketball starts four-game road swing at Bradley, Nov. 20--Western Illinois Athletics