FSU's DeShone and AU's Stutzman Chosen As GLIAC Women's Basketball North and South Division "Players of the Week", Respectively

FSU's DeShone and AU's Stutzman Chosen As GLIAC Women's Basketball North and South Division "Players of the Week", Respectively

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BAY CITY, Mich. - Ferris State University sophomore guard Sarah DeShone (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown) and Ashland University senior guard Jena Stutzman (Berlin, Ohio/Hiland) have been chosen as the GLIAC Women's Basketball North and South Division "Players of the Week", respectively.

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GLIAC North Division Player of the Week:

Sarah DeShone
Ferris State
5-7, Sophomore, Guard
Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown

Sophomore guard Sarah DeShone averaged a team-high 15.5 points per contest during the Bulldogs road trip to Ohio this past week. For the week, DeShone recorded 31 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals in the two-game stretch while shooting 52.2% (12-23) from the floor and 75% (6-8) beyond the three-point arc. She had 13 points and five assists against Tiffin before coming back to notch 18 points and seven rebounds against Ohio Dominican. DeShone currently ranks second in the GLIAC in assists with 4.8 per game.




North Division Weekly Honor Roll:  Lauren Stodola - GV, Maria Blazejewski - LS, Krista Kasuboski - MT, Sarah Spring - NU, Jasmine Woods - SV.

2010-11 North Division "Players of the Week":  (11/15) Rachel Church - NU; (11/21) Maria Blazejewski - LS; (11/28) Sam Hoyt - MT; (12/5) Sarah DeShone - FS.


GLIAC South Division Player of the Week:

Jena Stutzman
5-7, Senior, Guard
Berlin, Ohio/Hiland

Senior guard Jena Stutzman averaged 23.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.5 assists, while leading the Eagles to a 2-0 week with wins over Hillsdale College and Wayne State University. For the week Stutzman shot 51.7% from the field, 45.0% behind the three point line, and a perfect 100% from the free-throw line. The 25 points she scored in the 74-66 win over Wayne State is a season high. These two games were Stutzman’s first 20-point games of the season. She is currently ranked fifth in the league in scoring with 16.3 points per game.




South Division Weekly Honor Roll:  Kayla Brown - UF, Angela Bisaro - HC, Alyssa Wagers - LE, Katelyn Stuckey - OD, Mandy Jaeb - TU.

2010-11 South Division "Players of the Week":  (11/15) Kari Daugherty - AU; (11/21) Stephanie Rogers - LE; (11/28) Marissa DeMott - HC; (12/5) Jena Stutzman - AU.



Ashland Eagles

The Eagles have a six-game winning streak. AU’s only game this week is on Sunday (Dec. 11) against Lake Erie...the Eagles defeated Wayne State, 74-66. That was Ashland’s first margin of victory under 10 points since a 74-69 win against Indianapolis on Nov. 13…senior guard Jena Stutzman (Berlin, Ohio/Kent State) averaged 23.0 ppg., in the two games last week. She scored 21 points against Hillsdale and 25 against Wayne State. Those are Stutzman’s first two 20-point games of the season.  The 25 points is a season high…the Eagles are 4-0 at home this season.  Sunday’s game against Lake Erie will end a five-game homestand…AU had collected at least 40 rebounds in four consecutive games before pulling down 36 missed shots against Wayne State…sophomore guard-forward Ashley Dorner (Bellville, Ohio/Clear Fork) has averaged 7.3 rpg., over the last three games. Dorner missed all of last season due to a knee injury…junior forward Kari Daugherty (Fresno, Ohio/Dayton) tied her season high for points when she scored 28 points against Wayne State.  Daugherty has five, 20-point games this season.


Ferris State Bulldogs

The Ferris State University women’s basketball squad salvaged a road split with a 69-58 victory over previously unbeaten Ohio Dominican on Saturday (Dec. 3) in Columbus, Ohio.  Sophomore guard Sarah DeShone tallied a game-high 18 points as FSU improved to 3-2 on the year.  The Bulldogs bounced back from a 78-49 loss in their league opener at Tiffin Thursday (Dec. 1) night. DeShone averaged a team-high 15.5 points per contest as the Bulldogs split the two league games.  She netted 31 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals in the two-game stretch while shooting 52.2% (12-23) from the floor and 75% (6-8) beyond the three-point arc.  DeShone had 13 points and five assists in Thursday’s (Dec. 1) league-opening loss at Tiffin before coming back to notch 18 points and seven rebounds in Saturday’s win. The Bulldogs snapped a two-game losing streak with Saturday’s win in their first-ever trip to Ohio Dominican. DeShone is currently averaging a team-best 15.6 points per game this campaign. Freshman forward Christina Branch tallied her first career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds against the Panthers on Saturday. The Bulldogs visit Northwood this Saturday (Dec. 10) for a 4 p.m. (ET) league tilt in Midland, Mich.






Findlay Oilers

The Oilers won their only game of the week, 59-44 against Northwood at home on December 1.  The Oilers held the Timberwolves scoreless for the final 11 minutes of the game, going on a 19-0 run en route to victory.  As a team, the Oilers came up with a season-high 19 steals and forced Northwood into 30 turnovers, which led to 29 points for Findlay.  Senior forward Kaitlyn Nelson led the Oilers with a season-high 16 points and six rebounds.  She hit 8-of-13 shots and also added three blocks and two steals.  Junior forward Kayla Brown continued her solid play with 15 points, seven rebounds and six steals while sophomore guard Saira House added seven points, seven assists, a career-high seven steals and six rebounds.




Grand Valley State Lakers

GVSU opened GLIAC play with a 1-1 record and also picked up a win against GLVC rival, Urbana earlier in the week.  The Lakers 40-point victory was the most this season and the 45 points from Urbana was the lowest opponent output as well.  GVSU ended defeated previously unbeaten Tiffin in the Lakers second conference game of the year and kept their all-time record against the Dragons intact at 7-0. Junior Brittany Taylor has tallied double-digit point totals in each of the opening six games, averaging 12.7 points, while also pulling down 4.7 rebounds per game.  Juniors Alex Stelfox and Briauna Taylor are also putting in great work on the floor averaging 10.0 and 9.8 points, respectively.  Briauna Taylor also leads the team in rebounds (6.0) and is second on the team in assists with 10.  





Hillsdale Chargers

The Hillsdale College women’s basketball team lost each of its first two conference games last week, falling to both Ashland and Lake Erie College on the road…The team will play its first home games of the 2011-12 season this week, hosting Findlay Thursday followed by Lake Superior State Saturday…The Chargers are the most prolific 3-point shooting team in the conference, averaging 8.3 makes per game through six games this season…One of the team’s most improved players is sophomore Angela Bisaro, who has scored in double figures in five of the team’s six games this season after achieving that mark a total of two times in 2010-11…Senior guard Chelsea Harrison leads Hillsdale with a 16.5 points per game scoring average, and has two 20-point games this season…The Chargers’ 71 points per game rank them fourth in the conference…Bisaro, Harrison and Marissa DeMott are each ranked in the top 20 in the GLIAC in scoring average…DeMott has made all 17 of her free throws so far this season.




Lake Erie Storm

The Storm is 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the GLIAC for the first time in school history… in the win over Wayne State, senior Jen Caiola scored a game-high 25 points, including the 1,000th point of her career.   She now has 1,010 points and joins six others in the 1,000-point club at Lake Erie, including classmate Stephanie Rogers (1,095)... Rogers herself had a big week, averaging 20.7 points and 10.3 rebounds in three games, including a pair of double-doubles in the first two contests.  She had a career-high 29 points and a season-best 15 rebounds in the 83-54 win over Wheeling Jesuit and then opened league play with 20 points and 13 boards in an 81-71 win over Hillsdale… Alyssa Wagers added 18 points and 10.7 rebounds per game last week, posting double-doubles in the two GLIAC games… the Storm has held five of its seven opponents under 65 points and all under 73… LEC is forcing 26.4 turnovers per contest and holding opponents under 37% shooting.  Meanwhile, the LEC offense is connecting on 44% of its shots and scoring 85.6 points per game… Thursday night’s game against Wayne State was the 700th in LEC history… the current 7-game win streak is the longest ever to open a season for the Storm and the third longest win streak at any point.


Lake Superior State Lakers

Junior forward Maria Blazejewski (Beulah, Mich.) averaged 17.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game to lead LSSU during last week’s road losses to Saginaw Valley State and Northwood. Blazejewski is ranked second in the GLIAC in overall scoring at 18.1 points per game and 12th in rebounding at 6.9 rebounds per game. Senior center Cassy Schemberger totaled a career-high 19 rebounds during last Saturday’s 66-50 loss at Northwood. Schemberger is ranked sixth in the GLIAC in overall rebounding at 9.3 rpg. The Lakers play at Hillsdale on Saturday and were 1-1 against the Chargers last season. Their 2010-11 season ended with an 81-79 double-overtime loss to Hillsdale during the first round of the GLIAC Tournament.


Michigan Tech. Huskies

Michigan Tech defeated Northern Michigan 72-49 in its only game last week. Senior Krista Kasuboski scored a career and game-high 19 points against the Wildcats. The Huskies scored a season-high 72 points against the Wildcats. The Huskies rank second in the league in scoring defense at 51.7 points per game and first in defensive rebounds 32.0. Junior Emma Veach ranks second in the league in both 3-point field goal percentage (.571) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.6). Tech will play a pair of games at home this week against Ohio Dominican Thursday (Dec. 8) and Tiffin Saturday (Dec. 10).


Northern Michigan Wildcats

The Northern Michigan women’s basketball team is now 3-4, 0-1 on the season following a 56-50 win over Davenport University (Nov. 28) and a 72-49 loss to No. 8 Michigan Tech (Dec. 3)…Freshman guard Alyssa Colla led the Wildcats during the week, averaging 12 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists…NMU ranks fifth in the conference in 3-point goal percentage with a .342 percentage per contest…Senior guard Chelsea Lyons ranks 10th in the conference in defensive rebounds per game averaging 5.1 per contest…The ‘Cats open the home portion of their conference schedule this week hosting Tiffin University (Dec. 8) and Ohio Dominican (Dec. 10).



Northwood Timberwolves

Northwood went 1-1 last week, falling at Findlay 59-44 before defeating Lake Superior State 66-50 … the Timberwolves are now 5-2 overall, 1-1 in the GLIAC … NU head coach Jeff Curtis earned his 100th career victory in the win over Lake Superior State … he is now 100-95 (.513) overall in his eight seasons at NU … his record over the past five seasons stands at 72-45 (.615) … sophomore Sarah Spring (Brighton, Mich.) had a strong week for NU, averaging 16 points per game … she scored 15 points at Findlay before netting a career-high 17 points in the win over LSSU … over her last three games, Spring has scored 43 points, good for an average of 14.3 ppg … she scored 19 points over NU’s first four games (4.8 ppg) … Savannah Stedman (Ortonville, Mich./Brandon) had a pair of double-doubles last week, finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds at Findlay and 18 points and 12 rebounds versus LSSU … Northwood will host Grand Valley State and Ferris State this week.


Ohio Dominican Panthers

The Panthers split their final home contests of the calendar year last week, rallying for a 76-58 come-from-behind win over Grand Valley State on Thursday, before suffering their first setback of the year 69-56 to Ferris State on Saturday afternoon. Trailing 28-6 midway through the first half on Thursday, ODU mounted a remarkable 41-8 surge, consisting of runs of 19-0 and 16-0, to knock off the preseason No. 21 Lakers. The 22-point deficit overcome was just five points shy of matching the NCAA record for largest margin overcome for victory. The Panthers shot a season-high 48.1 percent (25-of-52) against GVSU, including 13-of-22 (59.1 percent), 4-of-5 on threes and 15-of-17 (88.2 percent) at the free throw line in the second half. Abby Glover (Centerville, OH) posted her third straight double-double with 18 points and 10 boards, while freshman Kacee Hockenberry (Haviland, OH) added a career-best 16 points on a 7-of-8 effort at the line. After Thursday’s emotional high, ODU struggled to match Ferris State’s fire-power as the Bulldogs cruised for the wire-to-wire win. Sophomore Katelyn Stuckey (Millersburg, OH) finish the week 16-of-17 (94.1 percent) at the charity stripe and move into seventh in the GLIAC rankings with an 87.9 (29-of-33) percentage. ODU travels to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to play Michigan Tech Thursday at 5:30, followed by a 1 p.m. visit on Saturday to Northern Michigan.




Saginaw Valley State Cardinals

The Saginaw Valley State University women’s basketball team won their second straight game of the season, defeating Lake Superior State University 73-58 on Thursday in their GLIAC opener.  The win was the Cardinals first win to open GLIAC play since they defeated Wayne State 89-77 in 2004-05. Jasmine Woods scored 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting in the win over LSSU.  She scored 15 points in the second half, going 6-for-7 from the floor to help the Cardinals improve to 2-3 overall.  The win also snapped a three game losing streak to LSSU.  SVSU is averaging 60.4 points per game this season and have outrebounded their opponents in all five games this season, holding a rebound margin of +7.4. The Cardinals are also shooting .748 (77-for-103) from the free throw line on the season.  Saginaw Valley will play three games this week.  They will host Madonna at James E. O’Neill Arena at 6:00 PM on Monday, before hitting the road for conference games at Wayne State on Thursday and Findlay on Saturday.




Tiffin Dragons

Mandy Jaeb Mast led the Dragons to a 78-49 GLIAC win over Ferris State before dropping a close game against Grand Valley State 69-63 during their 1-1 week. Jaeb had 26 points against the Lakers to lead the Dragons… Four Dragons players finished in double figures against the Bulldogs. The Dragons drained 9 treys overall, while Jaeb also led the Dragons with 5 assists. Amanda Baute had 8 points and 5 rebounds, while Jessica Harris was the top rebounder for the Dragons with 7 rebounds. .. Mandy Jaeb led the Dragons with 26 points against the Lakers while Karli Mast also had 10 points and 7 rebounds with 4 assists and 4 steals. Jessica Harris had 9 points and 5 rebounds while Melissa Gilliland also had 7 points. Holly Focke added 9 rebounds to lead the team...…Mast now has 666 career points, 24th on TU’s career scoring list….Jaeb now has 1291 career points, fifth all-time for TU. She is closing in on Laura Goins, who stands fourth with 1301 points. Jaeb also has 121 career treys, fourth all-time for TU. She trails third-place Leanne Lucius’s total of 148…Jessica Harris is now second all-time for the Dragons in per game rebounding average with 8.5. She has 489 rebounds in 57 career games.



Wayne State Warriors

Wayne State fell twice last week as it began league play with a trip to Ohio … junior forward Deanna Crumpton (Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood) led the Warriors by scoring in double figures each contest … Crumpton tallied 31 points and nine rebounds against Lake Erie and Ashland, while junior center Juanita Cochran (Saginaw, Mich./Arthur Hill) contributed 24 points and 10 rebounds … senior guard Stefani Munro (Harrison Twp., Mich. / Mount Clemens) recorded 18 points and eight assists, while junior forward Phaebre Colbert (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Northern) added 18 points and 13 rebounds … junior guard Paige Sickmiller (Romeo, Mich.) posted 14 points and 11 rebounds in the two matches … WSU’s lone game this week is a home contest on Thursday against Saginaw Valley … the game will be televised live throughout the state of Michigan on Comcast Channel 900 with Dave Zoran, Shane Battier and Joe Abramson serving as the announcers … the Warriors conclude the pre-holiday schedule with a pair of home games on Dec. 15 and Dec. 17.

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