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SOMERSET, Kent. - Crusaders Men's Basketball team hit the road fresh off a big win Wednesday over #1 Grace Christian to play a feisty Campbellsville Somerset team for what would be the proverbial trap game. GLCC came out to a sluggish start with turnovers and missed layups before they kicked it into gear midway through the first half. The Crusaders first half was led by Trent Temple's 12 first half points to take a 54-42 lead at the break. Despite the 12 point lead the Crusaders turned it over 10 times in the first half. GLCC was able to build their lead as big as 18 in the first half.
In the second half the sluggish Crusaders allowed a young and hungry Tigers team to come out in the 2nd half on 8-0 run to cut the Crusader deficit to four. GLCC was in a dog fight the remainder of the game building their lead no bigger than 9 in the second half. JaQuin Jones had a season high 21 points off the bench including hitting 3/6 from downtown. The Crusaders were able to put the Tigers away with crisp execution in the half court, stops defensively, and timely free throw shooting. Evan Anderson had his first double double in the Crusader uniform with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Isiah Reed registered his first double double of the season with 16 points 15 rebounds and 6 assists. The Crusaders move to 5-4 on the season with a 89-85 victory over the Tigers.
Inside the Box Score:
What Coach Says:
"We were fortunate to get a win today. This was a trap game and we lacked the focus and energy to get the job done today, and that is on us. We did not prepare as well as we should have for this team. We were not very good today, but we found a way to win and that is what matters. We would rather learn these lessons in wins than losses." On JaQuin Jones, "I was really happy with Jay. He played at a high level today. We needed that from him. He has been struggling from distance this year but he really played how we expected him to today. I was really proud of him." On rebounding, "Evan Anderson and Isiah Reed both rebounded at a high level today. I thought Marcus Riley and DonTre Garrett also rebounded well today. That has been our focus in practices as of late and I thought those guys really stepped up on the boards today."
-Compliments of GLCC Athletics
By Julie Newell Lansing Community College Sports/Photo Editor
The LCC women's basketball team defeated St. Clair Community College on Nov. 20, 57-40. Freshman Jada Moorehead scored 30 points to lead the team. This win puts the Stars' record at 3-1. "Overall I'm proud of the fight," LCC Head Coach Layne Ingram said. "(I'm) proud of the plays they make down the stretch."
According to Ingram, in the first half of the game the Stars struggled by having eight turnovers.
"We need to make sure we didn't have any unnecessary turnovers," Ingram said. "We need to make sure we push the ball, box out and rebound." Sophomores Celia Ridsdale delivered five assists and Tanaesha Daniels grabbed eight rebounds in the game.
So far this season, the Stars have also won against Great Lake Christian College at LCC on Nov. 5, 84-69; and won in overtime against Owens Community College at LCC on Nov. 14, 81-76.
The Stars' only loss so far was at LCC against Hope College on Nov. 13, 80-41.
"I think we'll be a fun team to watch," Ingram commented.
The Stars are set to play Delta College on Monday, Dec. 2. The next home game is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the Gannon Gym against Schoolcraft College. Action starts at 5:30 p.m.
LCC Associate Editor Robin Morales contributed to this story.
Nowicki’s Title Pushes Bulldogs to Fourth Place Finish
NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Sophomore Zoe Nowicki's title at 136 pounds led the Adrian College women's wrestling team to a fourth place finish at the North Central Women's Open on Saturday.
Nowicki beat McKendree's Salome Walker 10-8 in the final. It was the third time the two have wrestled this season.
To get to the finals, Nowicki beat Julia Padilla of Emmanuel 11-0 in the semifinals and pinned Grandview's Kayli Barrett in 1:51.
"Zoe came out tough, wrestled strong and did what she had to do," said Coach Cliff Cushard. "She wasn't real flashy, she just did what she had to do. That finals match was kind of a see-saw affair. She was down and came back big doing what she had to do to cap off the victory." It was Nowicki's third tournament title of the season. She is now 21-3 on the season.
Freshman Megan Vondrasek fell in the final by pin against McKendree's Alara Boyd.
"Megan had a really good tournament running into another one of the top freshmen in the country," Cushard said. "She fought hard but eventually lost."
Vondrasek opened the tournament with a 11-0 tech fall over Destynie Pacheco of MacMurray College before beating McKendree's Shannon Henry. "I thought that the women looked good after having the last couple of weeks off for the holiday. They dealt with adversity in the matches well and finished strong," Cushard said.
Freshman Arys Onstott picked up an opening round pin against Shyanne Fernandez of Central Christian at 191 pounds before dropping her next two matches to take fourth. Assistant Coach Kassidy Block wrestled unattached at 130 pounds went 2-2 and finished in fourth place to round out the Bulldogs' placers.
McKendree won the team tournament, while Emmanuel was second and Jamestown was third. The Bulldogs are off until Saturday, Dec. 14 when they compete at the Muskie Duals hosted by Lakeland University.
-courtesy of Adrian Bulldogs
Albion weathers storm, rallies for win at Alma
ALMA, Mich. – Trailing by double digits on the road Saturday, the Albion College women's basketball team faced as much adversity as it has all season. The Britons, however, had the appropriate response.
Amanda Larson scored 12 of her career-high 20 points in the second quarter as Albion rallied for a 65-62 victory over Alma College in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association action.
Larson grabbed 10 rebounds to complete her first double-double at the collegiate level. She was an efficient scorer, hitting 8-of-9 shots from the field and 3-of-4 from the line. "It's probably the best I've seen from Amanda in a while," Albion Head Coach Doreen Carden said. "It was great to see her step up."
Albion trailed by 11 early in the second quarter, but Larson trimmed the deficit to 29-25 by scoring on three consecutive possessions.
Larson added a layup and Rebecca Ross scored from 3-point range as Albion gained a 30-29 lead.
Albion went on to hold a 39-32 lead at halftime. Albion held its largest lead when Rain Hinton knocked down a jumper to make the score 53-39 with 4 ½ minutes left in the third quarter.
Albion shot 33 percent from the field as its offense struggled to score in the fourth quarter. Alma had a possession to tie the score at the end of regulation, but Madison Hill misfired from 3-point range. Three-point shooting was a factor in the outcome. Alma knocked down 5-of-8 shots from 3-point range in the first quarter, but it made just two of those attempts the rest of the way.
"It's tough when teams are shooting like that," Carden said. "We had to weather the storm."
Elena Welker, Albion's first-year point guard, produced her third 20-point game of the season. She finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and two assists.
Albion, off to an 8-0 start for the first time since 2003, will concentrate on fall semester final examinations through Thursday. The Britons next game is a Dec. 14 date against the Hope College side ranked fifth in the latest D3hoops.com poll.
Get the latest information on the team by following @AlbionWBB on Twitter and Instagram. General athletics news can also be found at GoBrits on Twitter, AlbionAthletics on Instagram and Albion College Athletics on Facebook.
-Courtesy of Albion College
Scots finish fifth at Ohio Northern Invitational
Ada, Ohio – The Alma College wrestling team placed fifth at the Ohio Northern Invitational. Five Scots placed in their respective weight classes. Trent Lashuay (Saint Johns, Mich. / Saint Johns) won the 133 weight class while Austin Wieczorek (Kentwood, Mich. / East Kentwood) and Jacob Ransom (Traverse City, Mich. / Traverse City West) finished third in the 125 and heavyweight, respectively.
The Alma College wrestling team will travel to Mount St. Joseph on Thursday (Dec. 19) for the Mount St. Joseph Tri-Meet.
-Courtesy of Alma College
Calvin Men's Swimming and Diving Takes Third at Calvin Winter Invite
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The 14th-ranked Calvin men's swimming and diving team had a record-breaking weekend at its own Calvin Winter Invitational. The Knights took third in a field filled with Division II schools, producing a final team score of 1,377 points.
Calvin shattered four school records over the three-day meet with junior Julian Iturbe (Caracas, Venezuela/Colegio Emil Friedman) accounting for three of the new marks. Iturbe established new school records in the 200 freestyle, 400 IM and 100 freestyle during the meet. On Thursday, Iturbe turned in a split of 1:37.92 in the opening leg of Calvin's 800 freestyle relay. The swim broke his own school record in the 200 freestyle of 1:38.50. In addition, the time currently ranks fourth on the NCAA III performance list. On Friday, he clocked a time of 3:59.60 in the 400 IM prelims, breaking his own Calvin record of 4:01.44. On Saturday, Iturbe broke Jared Britton's record (44.88) in the 100 freestyle, clocking a time of 44.30 to lead off Calvin's 400 freestyle relay. Iturbe's time currently ranks second nationally.
Sophomore Noah Holstege (Keswick, Va./The Covenant School) shattered Britton's record (20.33) in the 50 freestyle Friday morning, clocking a time of 20.20 in the morning prelims. He then took first place in the evening finals with a time of 20.27.
Calvin had a banner weekend in the relays. Its 800 freestyle relay team of Iturbe, junior Ryan Gelderloos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS), senior Tim Randall (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and freshman Jacob Heeres (Zeeland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) took third with a time of 6:43.41 that currently ranks eighth nationally.
Its 400 freestyle relay team of Iturbe, Randall, sophomore Trevor Sparks (Otsego, Mich./Otsego HS) and Heeres took first place on Saturday with a time of 3:01.18 that currently ranks fifth nationally. Calvin's 200 medley relay team of Noah Holstege, senior Sam Holstege (Keswick, Va./The Covenant School), freshman Julien Camy (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Heeres took third in a time of 1:31.29. That time currently ranks 10th nationally. Calvin's 400 medley relay team of Noah Holstege, senior Gabriel Kirk (Irvine, Ca./University HS), Camy and Iturbe took fifth in a time of 3:23.49. The time ranks 15th nationally.
Iturbe also took fifth in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:51.46, just missing another school record. Senior Brian Goins (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams HS) was eighth in 1:55.24 after clocking a season-best time of 1:54.46 in the prelims.
Heeres took fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:39.88) and eighth in the 50 freestyle (20.99). In the 100 breaststroke, Kirk took eighth with a season-best time of 57.45 while freshman William Toomey (Runnells, Ia./Southeast Polk HS) was ninth in the 100 backstroke (51.56) and eighth in the 200 backstroke (1:55.47). Toomey had a season-best time of 1:52.99 in the morning prelims. Junior Alex Bergsma (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) took sixth on the three-meter board (369.45) and sixth on the one-meter board (364.35).
Camy was seventh in the 100 butterfly (50.42). He clocked a season-best time of 49.64 in the morning prelims.
COACHES COMMENTS: "It was a great two-and-a-half days," said Calvin head swim coach Dan Gelderloos. "It was what we wanted to script out from the beginning. We wanted best times and we got that at a really high percentage. To see the school records go down at this time of the year was exciting and see us place athletes on the national list is also great to see. It will provide motivation for us as we head into Christmas break training and I think we will be ready to hit the second half of the season strong."
-Story Courtesy of Calvin Athletics
WOMEN'S SWIMMING CLAIMS THIRD PLACE AT WHEATON INVITATIONAL
On Saturday, the Hope College swimming team finished in third place at the two-day Wheaton (Illinois) Invitational, maintaining its position from its Friday results which yielded two schools records by junior Emma Schaefer.
The Flying Dutch finished with a total of 522 points in the seven-team event that was won by NCAA Division I Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Top finishes on Saturday for Hope were two third-place finishes: Schaefer of DeWitt (Saint Johns HS) with a time of 4:36.96 in the 400-yard individual medley and sophomore Aubrey East of Farmington Hills (North Farmington HS) clocking in at 2:28.14 in the 200-yard breaststroke.
The 200-yard medley relay team of senior Erin Emmert of Grand Blanc (Powers Catholic), Schaefer, freshman Jenna Kloosterman of Hamilton (Hamilton HS) and freshman Sydney Randall of Byron Center (Byron Center HS) took third place with a time of 1:47.60.
Other championship finals finishers were:
Emmert with a seventh-place result in the 400 IM with a time of 4:43.25, and,
Freshman Avery Covert of South Lyon (South Lyon HS) and senior Paula Nolte of Elmhurst, Illinois (York Community HS), taking seventh and eighth respectively in the 200 breaststroke with times of 2:32.23 and 2:32.91.
Freshman Tarah Lang of Marshall, Michigan (Marshall HS) won the 200-yard freestyle consolation hear with a time of 1:56.07.
In the 1650-yard freestyle, senior Paige Kuhn of door (Hamilton HS), sophomore Emma Engle of Kalamazoo (Home School), and sophomore Abigail LaDuke of Holland (West Ottawa HS) finished ninth (18:16.96), 10th (18:26.26), and 11th (18:26.30), respectively.
The Flying Dutch will wait to compete again until after the first of the new year when they host the Michigan-Illinois Quad at the Holland Aquatic Center on Saturday, January 11 at 1 p.m.
-Story Courtesy of Hope Athletics
Women's Basketball Falls to Olivet in MIAA Opener
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Kalamazoo College women's basketball team dropped its MIAA opener on Saturday afternoon in a 60-41 loss to Olivet.
The Hornets got out to a hot start on the offensive end as a pair of Isabelle Clark three-pointers assisted in a 10-5 Kalamazoo lead just over five minutes into the game. Olivet rallied to end the first quarter with a 14-12 lead.
After Kalamazoo tied the game with just over seven minutes in the second quarter, Olivet obtained the lead for the remainder of the contest. The Hornets finished the game shooting 12-41 from the field and converted on five of 13 three-point attempts.
Kalamazoo out-rebounded the Comets 40-34 and held an 11-3 advantage on second-chance points.
Isabelle Clark led the team with 16 points and connected on four of seven three-pointers.
Kylah Davis added eight points in 11 minutes off the bench.
Kaytlyn Tidey tallied seven points, seven rebounds, and five assists.
The Hornets return to play on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Oberlin. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 6 p.m.
-Photo by Kimberly Moss, Story courtesy of Kalamazoo Athletics
Tyndall also expressed optimism about Doumbouya’s future in the NBA. “He’s going to be a good NBA player,” he said. “When that’s going to be, I don’t know, but the fact that he’s so receptive to coaching thus far, that’s going to expedite his process.”
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