COLLEGE BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHTS--The Chicago Sun-Times
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 Valpo--MICentralSports.com
No. 17 Wichita St. Makes History at Home--MICentralSports.com
OU recruit best in B--The Oakland Press
CLASS B ALL-STATE
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, 75-63--kuathletics.cstv.com
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 IUPUI--ButlerSports.com
No. 19 Butler Earns Road Victory at Valparaiso, 60-47--ButlerSports.com
Horne, Falcons on Fire in 89-58 Win over Oakland--bgsufalcons.cstv.com
Rolling along--The BG News
Shocks Turn Back UMKC, 78-71--www.goshockers.com
Shockers Bounce Kangaroos, 85-55--www.goshockers.com
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 Oakland--GoBearcats.com
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
THREE-POINTERS SINK JAGUARS AS BUTLER WINS, 58-53--IUPUI JAGUAR ATHLETICS
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, 68-61--OUGrizzlies.com
Oakland Falls to #24 Bowling Green--OUGrizzlies.com
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 Butler--www.valpo.edu
Crusaders Begin Road Swing Looking for Fourth Straight Win--www.valpo.edu
Leathernecks continue homestand against Ohio Valley's Morehead State--Western Illinois Athletics
Western comes up short against Kansas, 75-63--Western Illinois Athletics