Saturday, February 28, 2009
Centre College's Chris Gowers practiced it growing up as a youngster. In fact, every basketball player dreams of scenario. Down one with just four second remaining Gowers calmly sank two free throws to give the No. 1 East seeded Colonels a 78-77 win over the No. 2 West seeded Hendirx College Warriors in SCAC semifinal action.
In arguably one the the best SCAC Tournament basketball games in the seven year history of the tournament, the Colonels withstood 16 ties and 24 lead changes and a raucous Hendrix home crowd. With the win, Centre penciled a date with the No. 3 West seeded Southwestern Pirates in tomorrows afternoon's SCAC Championship game.
Gowers finished the game with nine points, six rebounds and, where it counted most, was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Teammate Danny Noll, playing much of the second half with four fouls, chipped in with 15 points and was one of three Colonels (Ryan Crowdis 18 points, and Alex Lloyd with 15 points) scoring in double figures.
Playing in his final career game, Hendrix senior standout Andrew King led all scorers with a game-high 20 points and seven rebounds.
The SCACs Jeff DeBaldo caught up with Centre head coach Greg Mason, junior Danny Noll and sophomore Chris Gowers.
SCAC Sports Information Director Russell Kramer spoke with Hendrix head coach Dan Priest after the game.
To listen to Priest, click here.
To listen to Noll and Gowers, click here.
To listen to Mason, click here.
Behind junior guard Anthony Cox's 18 points, five assists and solid play the No. 3 West seeded Southwestern University Pirates earned a spot in its first ever SCAC Championships game by beating rival No. 1 West seeded Trinity University 68-63 on Saturday evening.
Coz shot 70 percent (7-for-10) from the floor. The Pirates used a 30-12 points in the paint margin to its advantage. Andrew McDonald chipped in with 15 points for the Pirates. Trinity's B.J. Moon, the hero against Sewanee on Firday, paced the Tigers with 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-10 from beyond the arc.
Southwestern will face the winner of the 1E Centre vs. 2W Hendrix semifinal game tomorrow at 2:30 pm from Grove Gymnasium on the campus of Hendrix College.
The SCACs Jeff DeBaldo caught up with Southwestern head coach Bill Raleigh, guard Anthony Cox and Trinity head coach Pat Cunningham after the game.
To listen to Cunningham, click here.
To listen to Cox, click here.
To listen to Raleigh, click here.
A starting five made up of all seniors was not to be denied today, with Oglethorpe defeating Centre 71-51 in the second of four games on semifinal Saturday at the 2009 SCAC Tournament.
The Petrels jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished. Tied at 2-2, Oglethorpe opened up a lead that got as big as 18 points with eight minutes left in the half before Centre cut the lead to 12 by intermission. A veteran group, Oglethorpe used 19 assists on 26 field goals in the game to pick up the win 71-51.
Centre was paced by junior guard Chelsea Goodman with 15 points in a losing effort. With her performance tonight, Goodman became just the 7th player in Centre history to clip the 1,000 point career scoring mark. The loss drops Centre to 18-9 on what has been the most sucessful season the Colonels have seen since the 2000-01 season. Head coach Wendie Austin-Robinson was named the 2009 SCAC coach of the year at half time of today's game, the third coach in Centre women's basketball history to recieve such an honor.
For the second night in a row Tina Grace led the Petrels in scoring with 22 points to go along with 3 assists. Anna Findley chipped in a 17 point, 8 rebound and 4 assist effort on the evening. With the win Oglethorpe improves to 24-3 on the season and advances to the SCAC championship game tomorrow against Trinity University at noon from Gorve Gymnasium on the campus of Hendrix College. Oglethorpe and Trinity met earlier in the season with the Tigers of Trinity picking up the win 85-72 in San Antonio. Oglethorpe who has played in the previous two SCAC championship games is seeking its first ever women's SCAC Championship in school history.
After the game SCACs Russell Kramer had a chacne to catch up with Centre head coach Wendie Austin-Robinson and Oglethorpe seniors Anna Findley and Tina Grace.
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Trinity outscored DePauw 32-20 in the paint in the second half and shot a blistering 57% (35-62) from the field to pick up its first win against DePauw since 2005 98-80.
Trinity was lead by Krista Prato Matthews who paced all scorers with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Prato Matthews also became the first player in SCAC history to record over 1,000 career rebounds. The TU Tigers also had fantastic play from its three freshman, Ali Marzella, Abby Dietert and Kelsey Goodell who combined scored 42 points on the afternoon.
Senior guard Cassie Pruzin led DePauw with 14 points in a losing effort. The loss drops DePauw to 22-5 on the season and for the first time in the history of the SCAC Tournament the DU Tigers will not advance to the SCAC Championship game.
With the win Trinity improves to 20-7`and secures its second 20 win season in as many years. It will be the first appearance since 2006 in the SCAC Championship game. The TU Tigers will face the winner of the second semifinal game today against Oglethorpe and Centre. The Championship game is set for tomorrow at noon form Grove Gymnasium on the campus of Hendrix College.
After the game SCACs Russell Kramer had a chacne to catch up with DePauw head coach Kris Huffman, Trinity head coach Amie Bradley, Trinity guard Ali Marzella and Trinity forward Krista Prato Matthews.
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To listen to Bradley, click here.
Led by senior standout Andrew King's 21 point 14 rebound double-double, the West No. 2 seeded Hendrix College Warriors earned a 92-80 overtime victory over the East No. 3 seeded Oglethorpe University Stormy Petrels.
Oglethorpe's Todd Ward led all scorers with a game-high 26 points on 12-of-24 shooting from the floor.
Hendrix, which surrendered a double-digit lead late in the second half, had a chance to win in regulation. The Warriors inbounded the ball at mid-court with half a second left. King caught the in bounds pass and got the shot off, which fell short and hit the front of the rim. Hendrix then outscored Oglethorpe 20-8 in the extra session for the win.
The SCAC's Jeff DeBaldo caught up with Oglethorpe head coach Phil Ponder, Hendrix head coach Dan Priest and Hendrix's David Foley.
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Friday, February 27, 2009
In a tough fought game from wire to wire it was Centre who pulled out the win tonight in the final Quarterfinal match of the 2009 SCAC Tournament against Colorado College 60-47.
The Colonels used an 11 point run halfway through the second half to jump ahead 15 points and pull away from Colorado College for good. Centre, who is the number one scoring defense in the SCAC, held Colorado College to just 29% (14-48) shooting and 47 points for a team that averages 67.
Melanie Auguste paced the Tigers in a losing effort with 15 points and 12 rebounds. The loss ends Colorado Colleges season with a 16-9 record.
Chelsea Goodman lead the Colonels with 23 points (3-6 3pt) 7 rebounds and 3 assists. With the win Centre improves to 18-8 overall and now has a date with Oglethorpe University in the semifinals. The two teams met less than a week ago in Danville, Ky., with Oglethorpe picking up the road win 79-75. The winner of tomorrows game will advance to the SCAC Finals and a chance for an NCAA birth Sunday afternoon in Grove Gymnasium at noon.
After the game SCACs Russell Kramer had a chacne to cathc up with Centre head coach Wendie Austin-Robinson, Centre guard Chelsea Goodman, Centre forward Laurn Huter and Colorado head coach Liz Campbell.
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Paced by junior Danny Noll's 26 points, the No. 1 East seeded Centre Colonels cruised to a 66-41 SCAC Quarterfinal win over the No. 4 West seeded Austin College Kangaroos. Noll finished the game shooting a lights-out 11-for-16 (68.8 percent) and chipped in with eight rebounds.
After shooting just 9-for-24 in the first half, the Colonels closed out the second half shooting a robust 15-for-29 (51.7 percent). The win placed Centre in the SCAC semifinals for the fifth straight year in a row and marks the six time, in the past seven seasons, that the Colonels have advanced to the semifinal round.
The SCACs Jeff DeBaldo had a chance to catch up with Centre head coach Greg Mason, Centre junior Danny Noll and Austin College head coach Rodney Wecker.
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Oglethorpe used a 14-2 run over six minutes in the first half to take a 24-8 lead against Millsaps and never looked back. The Petrels forced 15 turnovers and held the Majors to just 29.0% (9-31) shooting in the first half and led 45-24.
Millsaps was able to handle the pressure much better in the second half with just 8 turnovers in the half outscoring Oglethorpe 32-25. The Majors cut the lead to 11 points with five minutes remaining but the Petrels made its free throws and pulled away for the 70-56 final.
Oglethorpe was paced by senior forward Tina Grace who finished the night with 21 points and 4 rebounds. Katie Kulavic who was honored at the start of the game for becoming the leagues all-time scorer added 14 points and 8 assists to just one turnover in 27 minutes of action.
Tiffany Witmore led the Majors with 12 points in a losing effort. Millsaps ends its season with a record of 10-16.
With the win Oglethorpe advances to the semifinal round and will face the winner of the final quarterfinal game of the day Colorado College vs. Centre. The Petrels improve to 23-3 on teh season.
After the game SCACs Russell Kramer caught up with Millsaps head coach Mary Bolton, Oglethorpe guard Katie Kulavic, forward Tina Grace and head coach Ron Sattele.
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The West's No. 3 seeded Southwestern University Pirates jumped out to a 39-31 halftime lead en route to a 69-62 SCAC Tournament quarterfinal win over the East's second seeded DePauw University Tigers.
The Pirates built up a 14 point lead with 5:00 minutes left in the second half only to see DePauw senior guard Mike Moore and his Tigers rally to cut the deficit to 64-62 with just under a minute left. That's when Southwestern junior guard Zach Bergstrom made a three-pointer to increase the Pirates lead to five were they hung on for the win.
With the win Southwestern advances to the semifinal round tomorrow against Trinity at 5 pm in Grove Gymnasium.
After the game SCACs Jeff DeBaldo caught up with DePauw head coach Bill Fenlon, Southwestern junior Zach Bergstrom and Southwestern head coach Bill Raleigh.
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The three time defending SCAC champion DePauw University hit the court for the second game in the 2009 SCAC Tournament and picked up the win 70-52 of Hendrix College.
The Tigers pressured the ball from the start forcing eight Hendrix turnovers in the first ten minutes holding the Warriors to just three field goals in that time jumping out to a 17-5 lead.
DePauw shuffled players in and out all night and received a huge help from its bench out scoring the Warriors 36 to 11. Katie Aldrich led the Tigers off the bench with 12 points and 6 rebounds.
The Tigers were led tonight by senior Andrea Travelstead whp posted 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Christina Byler led all scorers in the contest with 21 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort for the Warriors. With the loss Hendrix ends its season with a record of 14-12.
DePauw improves to 22-4 and advances to the semifinal game against Trinity University tomorrow afternoon at 1 pm in Grove Gymnasium on teh campus of Hendrix College.
After the game SCACs Russell Kramer caught up with Hendrix head coach Chris Hitchcock, DePauw forwards Andrea Travelstead and Katie Aldrich as well as DePauw head coach Kris Huffman.
To listen to Travelstead, click here.
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To listen to Hitchcock, click here.
Trailing by one with 7.1 seconds left in overtime of its SCAC Quarterfinal game between Sewanee, Trinity's B.J. Moon drove the length of the court and converted a lay-up as time expired giving Trinity a 53-52 win and berth in the semifinals.
Trinity, the No. 1 seed from the West trailed by four with just 16 second remaining in overtime. The SCAC's Jeff DeBaldo caught up with Moon, Trinity head coach Pat Cunningham and Sewanee head coach Bubba Smith after the game.
To listen to Moon, click here.
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To listen to Smith, click here.
The Trinity University Tigers lead by Danielle Hubenak's 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists cruised passed Rhodes College 81-60 in the opening quarterfinal match of the 2009 SCAC Women's Basketball Tournament.
The Tigers forced 13 first half turnovers with a high tempo full court pressure leading to a number of easy bucket opportunities. At the half the score was Trinity 33 Rhodes 24.
Trinity was able to dominate the boards in the second half 23-12 allowing for a number of second chance points out scoring Rhodes 16-5 in that category. Krista Prato Matthews of Trinity had 14 rebounds to go along with 19 points in the winning effort.
Rhodes was paced by freshman Jenilee Pate with 12 points in a losing effort. Rhodes ends it season with an overall record of 13-13.
With the win Trinity (19-7) advances to the semifinal round tomorrow afternoon at 1pm at Grove Gymnasium and will face the winner of the DePauw Hendrix quarterfinal game this afternoon.
Rhodes head coach Matt Dean talked about his teams performance after the game today.
Sophomore guard Danielle Hubenak of Trinity talked about todays game.
To listen to Trinity's Krista Prato Matthews, click here.
Head Coach Amie Bradley of Trinity talked about her teams performace after the game.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
This week we turn our attention to the 2009 SCAC Basketball Tournament held at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. We will take a look at the way the seedings turned out as well talk about each quarterfinal match-up.
The conference office also had a chance to catch up with Trinity women's head coach Amie Bradley, senior standout guard Cassie Pruzin of DePauw and Hendrix men's coach Dan Priest. Also this week we are joined in a separate special guest interview with conference commissioner Dwayne Hanberry as he discusses all the excitement surrounding the tournament this weekend.
To listen to this weeks Podcast, click here.
For the interview with Commissioner Hanberry, click here.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The conference office also had a chance to catch up with Hendrix women’s head coach Chris Hitchcock, Austin College junior forward Katy Williams, Sewanee men's head coach Bubba Smith and Senior guard Chris Sanders of Millsaps.
To listen to this weeks Podcast, part one, click here.
To listen to this weeks Podcast, part two, click here.
DePauw totaled 916 points and captured its fifth straight Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and seventh in its 11 years of competition. Trinity was second with 769 points and Centre was third with 708.
DePauw's John Cook was named the SCAC Male Swimmer of the Meet after taking home wins in the 50, 100 and 200 free events and notching NCAA automatic standards in each. The honor was the fourth for a DePauw swimmer in the last five years.
DePauw's head coach Adam Cohen had the opportunity to reflect on the meet as well as talk about the road ahead.
The Trinity University Tigers women won their sixth consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday.
The Tigers won the meet with 865 points, outdistancing runner-up Centre College, with 789. Trinity has captured nine team titles overall.
Trinity's men finished as runners-up, with a score of 769. DePauw won the men's championship, scoring 916 points.
Sophomore Haley Emerick of Portland, Texas (Gregory-Portland), was named SCAC Female Diver of the Meet for the second straight year. Emerick set SCAC records in winning the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events.
Head coach John Ryan had a chance to talk about the teams performance after the meet.
Monday, February 16, 2009
John Cook a junior swimmer from DePauw University was named the 2009 men's swimmer of the meet. Cook who won the 50-yard, 100-yard and 200-yard freestyles all fast enough to set new SCAC records and national "a" cut times is a native of Leawood, Kansas.
Cook also anhcored the winning 200-yard, 400-yard and the 800-yard freestyle relay teams that all set new SCAC records. The All-American a year before had a chacne to talk about his performacne at the 2009 Championships.
Winner of three individual events, setting three SCAC Championships records and posting two national "A" cut times Meredith Angel was named this years 2009 SCAC Women's Swimmer of the Meet. A Centre College junior, Angel was also apart of four other record setting Centre relay teams including the 200-yard free, 400-yard IM, 200-yard IM and 400-yard relay.
The Kentucky native, Angel either set or was a part of a relay that set a total of seven SCAC records over the course of the meet. The first ever SCAC swimmer of the meet from Centre, Meredith was able to reflect and talk about what an unbelievable week she had.
In the final event of the SCAC Swimming and Diving Championships DePauw closed the 2009 chapter much the same way it began by posting a new SCAC record. This time it was in the men's 400-yard free relay by the team of Josh Baugh, Steve Klabak, John Montgomey and John Cook in a time of 3:03.06.
The Tigers who take great pride in their sprint program have now won the 400-yard free realy five consecutive years in a row. In fact not only did they set the SCAC record but they also posted the fourth fastest 400-yard free relay time in division three this year.
After the meet, the realy team had an oppertunity to talk about the final record setting time of the championships.
For only the second time in the history of the SCAC one school has swept every single relay event. It started Wednesday night in the 200-yard free and end Saturday night with the 400-yard free as Centre posted yet again another SCAC record.
Collen Maggard, Lis Starr, Sadie Allen and Meredith Angel in a time of 3:31.82 set a new conference record and swam the fourth fastest time in division three this year. The Colonels of Centre won every single relay event this week at the championships including three SCAC Championships meet records in the 200-yard free, 400-yard medley and finally the 400-yard free.
After the meet the girls had a chance to talk about their record setting swim.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
DePauw's Amanda Stier became the first ever four time winner of the women's 200-yard fly Saturday evening with a time of 2:06.99. The senior from Springboro, Ohio who already owned the record in the 200-yard fly now claims the top three times ever in the history of the SCAC. Stier who finised a close second in the 200-yard IM and 100-yard fly to Centre's Lis Starr was able to out touch Starr in the 200-yard fly.
The four time winner of the 200-yard fly had a chance to talk about her swim after the race.
For the men, Alex Miranda of Trinity set a new SCAC record in the 200-yard fly with a time of 1:51.76. Miranda, a freshman from Upper Arlington, Ohio continued the sucess for the Tigers in this event as they have now won seven of the last eight years. Alex who was the winner of the men's 500-yard freestyle on Thursday night talked about his swim after the meet.
Catie Baker, a freshman from DePauw, won the 200-yard breaststroke in a lightning fast time of 2:22.01. Baker's time was good enough for a new SCAC record in fact the top three finishers in the event broke the previous record which was set back in 2003. A native from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Baker had shoulder surgery earlier in the year has been limited to time in the pool all season while recovering. After the race, Catie talked about her swim.
Southwestern's Bailey Thompson in the third fastest ever at the SCAC Championships, 2:08.26 took first in the women's 200-yard back on Saturday night. Thompson, a sophomore, finished second as a freshman last year in the 200-yard backstroke to All-American Katie Doogan became the first ever swimmer from Southwestern to win this event.
Thompson, a Garland, Texas native spoke about her swim after the race.
For the second year in a row, DuPauw junior Charlie Boehme took home the top honor in the men's 200-yard backstroke thsi year in a time of 1:54.94. Just the third person in the history of the SCAC to win this event in consecutive years will have a chacne next year to become the first ever three time winner in the 200-yard back. Boehme who jumped in the pool just after his sister Callie won the women's 1650-yard freestyle had a chacne to talk about his race just after stepping of the podium.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Andrew Battles competing in his first ever SCAC Championships meet shattered a record that had stood since 2001 set by former Trinity swimmer Ryan Van Der Kar. Battles who swam the 1650-yard free in 15:56.95 broke the previous record by over 15 seconds. A native of Colleyville, Texas, Battles became the first swimmer from Trinity to win this event since 2005.
The freshman spoke about his mile long race after cooling down in the lap pool.
For the second consecutive year Callie Boehme won the 1650-yard free in record time. Last year as a freshman Boehme set a new SCAC Championships record only to break it as a sophomore by more than 15 seconds in a time of 17:22.09.
Boehme finishes the 2009 SCAC Swimming and Diving Championships with three individual titles and two SCAC records. On Thursday night Callie won the 500-yard free in record time followed by the 400-yard IM Friday night before capping her meet off tonight. Callie had a chance to talk about her race as well as her performance overall earlier this evening.
Junior Hunter Hayes of Centre College capped off the sweep of the men's diving events at the 2009 SCAC Championships with a win in the 1-meter diving competition. Hayes posted the third highest score in SCAC history with a 476.55. The Hopkinsville, Kentucky native followed the standard of sweeping the diving events for the men, in the 10 year history of the championships only once has there not been a sweep of the events.
Hayes talked about his performance tonight just before the final session of the 2009 swimming meet began.
With records falling at unprecedented rates at this year's championship meet, any mark set prior to Nashville is at risk of being bested, if not destroyed.
Few in the history of SCAC swimming can provide more insight into what it takes to perform at such elite levels than 2008 DePauw University graduate Katie Doogan.
Before the 2009 Championships began, Doogan held three individual SCAC records in the 200-yard IM, 400-yard IM and the 200-yard backstroke. Thursday night Lis Starr of Centre broke her 200-yard IM record in a time of 2:06.36 (Listen to Starr).
However Doogan still holds two individual records. Her 400-yard IM time held up Friday night as former teammate Callie Boehme, who finished second to Doogan in 2008, won in 2009 but was not able to break her record. Tonight another Doogan record will be on the line in the 200-yard backstroke - a record she set back in 2005 in a time of 2:06.35.
Doogan, a three-time conference Swimmer of the Year and the 2008 SCAC Woman of the Year, still resides in Greencastle, Ind., as an employee of DePauw - working in the department of fundrasing at the University.
A native of Troy, Michigan, Doogan was a three-time all-American at DePauw and won 10 individual SCAC swimming titles during her four-year career (tied for second all-time and just one shy of the record 11 held by Jane H. Champman of Sewanee).
To listen to the entire interview with Katie, click here.
Three new faces appeared atop the awards' stand, but the school name they represented remained the same as it had for every other women's relay during this meet.
The Centre College women's 800-yard freestyle relay team - Amber Lyvers, Trinity Hochstetler, Sadie Allen and Lauren Gates - swam the second-fastest time in SCAC championships meet history, winning the event in a finishing time of 7:55.70. Gates also swam on Centre's top-finishing 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay teams.
It is the first time Centre has ever won the women's 800 freestyle relay since the championships began in 1999.
To hear the girls reaction after winning the 800-yard free, click here.
In the nightcap of day three the DePauw men did not disappoint. Josh Baugh, John Montgomery, Charlie Boehme and John Cook turned in the fourth-fastest 800-yard freestyle relay in Division III this year with a time of 6:48.21 - breaking the previous SCAC record that had stood since 2001 by nearly six seconds. DePauw, who won the 200-yard free Thursday night, will look to make it a sweep in the freestyle relays Saturday night in the final event of the 2009 SCAC Swimming and Diving Championships in the 400-yard free.
The 800-yard freestyle team talk about their head turning performance tonight after stepping down from the podium.