14-5 (.737) MSC
March 21 vs. Union (NAIA Tournament)
The top seeded Union (TN) Bulldogs were too much for Shawnee
State as they fell 58-40 in the NAIA Division I Semifinals
on Monday evening. Shawnee State, which has shot 45% from
the field in the tournament enroute to their first NAIA
Division I semifinal appearance, struggled offensively
including going 4-of-23 in the first half for 17%.
The Bears trailed the entire game, as Union's leading scorer
All-American Zeinab Chan opened the game with six
consecutive points. The Bears struggled offensively from the
tip, missing their first five attempts from the floor.
Junior Abby Ballman made 1-of-2 at the line to put the Bears
on the board at the 17:21 mark. It wasn't until the 15:14
when freshman Alannah Sheets scored the Bears first field
goal of the game. Cropper cut the Bulldogs lead, 13-7, on a
3-pointer with 14:25 remaining. On the other end of the
floor, Chan scored off an offensive rebound and Union
extended the lead 17-7 off a Bear turnover. Ballman cut
into the Bulldogs' lead with a pair of free throws
before Sheets connected on 1-of-2 trimming the lead to 17-10
with 11:07 remaining. Chan answered with a turnaround jump
shot. The Bears pulled within six, as Cropper finished an
old fashion 3-point play with 9:55 remaining.
Union built a double-figure lead, as the Bears continued to
struggle making only one field goal, but were able to knock
down 4-of-6 attempts at the free throw line to trail 29-20
at the half. Chan finished the half with 12 points and eight
Shawnee State worked hard to keep it close in the second
half, but was never able to overcome Chan's 32 point
performance despite being hampered by foul trouble. Chan
opened the second half, hitting Union's first three
baskets. A basket by Sheets at the 16:36 mark pulled Shawnee
within nine. Both teams buckled down defensively and
neither team was able to mount much of a run. The lead
remained under 13, but neither team was able to mount a
significant run until the 5:00 minute mark, where the Bears
trailed 51-38. Union closed the game on a 7-2 run.
In her final game, Cropper led the Bears with 12 points,
while Ballman finished with eight and a steal to tie her
record of 117 steals on the season.
Chan finished with 32 points, 13 rebounds and four
blocks. Union sharp shooter Kayla Hudson enter the game
averaging over 23 points and the Bears were able to hold her
under double-figures with nine.
After a outstanding tournament run the Bears finish the
season with an overall record of 27-10. [Box
March 19 vs. Oklahoma City (NAIA
No. 6 seed
Shawnee State continues their run at the NAIA National
Tournament as they defeated No. 1 seed Oklahoma City 54-47
Saturday afternoon to advance to the Semifinals. The Bears
will face the winner of No. 1 Union (Tenn) and No. 2
Westminster (Utah) Monday at 7:00 p.m. (EST) in Jackson,
TN. Shawnee State improves to 27-9 on the season.
Shawnee State shot lights out in the first half, en route to
a 27-13 halftime lead. The Bears opened the game on a 7-0
run and built an 18 point lead, 27-9, with just over a
minute to play in the half. The Stars closed the first half
on a 4-0 run to cut the Bears halftime lead to 27-13.
Shawnee State shot 53% from the floor in the first,
connecting on 9-of-17 shots. Oklahoma City shot a dismal
13%, making only 4-of-30 attempts. Sheets led the Bears at
the break with 11 points.
Oklahoma City started the second half on a 9-3 run to pull
within four of the Bears, 30-26. Sophomore Catrice Mitchell
stopped the Stars' run with a basket and junior Abby Ballman
drained a 3-pointer on the next possession for the Bears
extending their lead to nine, 35-26. The two teams battled
back-and-forth and another 3-pointer by Ballman expanded
Shawnee's lead back to double figures, 43-31, with 8:28
remaining in the game. Shawnee State held a 48-37 lead with
just over five minutes to go, but the Stars made a run of
their own scoring seven unanswered points to cut the lead to
48-44 with 2:31 left in the game. Neither team scored for
over two minutes until senior Jill Cropper stepped to the
line, making two free throws to give the Bears the 50-44
cushion. OCU's Taylor Booze hit a shot from behind the arc,
cutting the game to only one possession. Shawnee State
survived the comeback as Sheets and Cropper each hit a pair
of free throws in the final seconds to give the Bears the
Sheets finished the game leading all scorers with 18
points. Ballman scored 12 points, while pulling down six
rebounds, dishing out four assists and collecting two
steals. Senior Keilee Guthrie came off the bench for the
Bears to score nine points.
Oklahoma City's Tiffany Goldwire and Chasity Workman each
scored 11 points in the loss.
Shawnee State finished the game shooting 49% (16-for-33)
from the floor and 50% from behind the arc, connecting on
seven 3-pointers. At the line, Shawnee State shot 83% and
hit 8-for-9 in the second half to seal the victory.
Oklahoma City went 18-for-64 in the game for 28%, while
making only 3-of-19 3-pointers for 16%. The Stars converted
8-fo-12 free throws for 67%. [Box
March 18 vs. California Baptist (NAIA
No. 6 seed Shawnee State
knocked off No. 2 California Baptist 64-58 to advance to the
Quarterfinals of the NAIA Division I National Tournament.
Shawnee State improves to 26-9 on the season, while the
Lancers finish their season 27-8. Shawnee State will
play No. 1 seed Oklahoma City on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. (EST)
in Jackson, TN.
the ball over 21 times in the game, the Bears managed to
lead California Baptist most of the game as they outshot the
Lancers 48% to 27% in the contest.
got on the board first with a basket by senior Jill Cropper
and held the lead until the 13:57 mark when S.J. Simmons
drained a 3-pointer to give the Lancers a 9-8 lead.
SSU's junior Abby Ballman tied the game at 12-12 with a
bucket from beyond the arc and the Bears reclaimed the lead
on a field goal by freshman Alannah Sheets. After
trading baskets, the Bears went on a 7-0 run to take a 24-17
lead, a lead they would not give up the remainder of the
game. The Lancers cut the lead to one twice before the
half and trailed 31-27 at the break.
did not hesitate to start the second half as sophomore
Catrice Mitchell extended the Bears lead to six to open the
half. Another basket by Sheets expanded Shawnee
State's lead to double-digits. The Bears held a two
possession lead over the Lancers most of the half until two
free throws by Brenna Hahn cut the Bears lead to three,
45-42, with 8:53 remaining. Shawnee State quickly
answered on the other end with a 3-pointer by Cropper.
The two teams battled exchanging points and with 4:45 left
in the game a basket by CBU's Dana Olsen cut the Bears lead
to three again, 54-51. Back-to-back baskets by Sheets
and sophomore Alex Pohl extended the Bears 58-51. A
3-pointer by Hahn, a Shawnee State turnover and another
basket by V.V. Vasciunaite cut Shawnee State's lead to 58-56
with just under a minute to play. With 44 seconds
remaining Sheets headed to the line where she converted two
free throws, making it a two possession game. On the other
end, Hahn's 3-point attempts fell off the mark and a
basketball by Pohl enlarged the Bears lead to 62-56 with 23
seconds remaining. Another miss by Hahn forced the
Lancers to foul Ballman, who drained two more free throws to
give the Bears the eight point lead. California
Baptist made a basket off an offensive rebound in the
closing seconds, but it wasn't enough as Shawnee State
pulled off the upset for the second consecutive day winning
scored double-figures for the Bears in the win. Pohl came
off the bench and just missed a double-double scoring 12
points and pulling down nine rebounds. Ballman added
12 points, five rebounds and two blocks in the game.
Cropper scored 10 points for the Bears and pulled down nine
rebounds, while Sheets added 10 points for the Bears.
Olsen led the
Lancers with a double-double, tallying 16 points and 12
rebounds. Hahn finished with 15 points, while
Vasciunaite added 11 points.
shot well from the floor, going 23-for-48 for 48%.
Shawnee State drained five 3-pointers for 56%. At the
charity strip, Shawnee State went 13-for-18 in the game for
72%. California Baptist struggled offensively making
only 20-of-73 shots in the game for 27%. The Lancers
hit seven 3-pointers for 23%. From the free throw line, they
hit 11-of-12 attempts for 92%. [Box
March 16 vs. St. Xavier (NAIA
No. 6 seeded Shawnee State Bears picked up their first
victory in the Division I NAIA National Tournament as the
Bears defeated No. 3 Saint Xavier 70-60 to open the
tournament. With the victory Shawnee State improves to 25-9
on the season and moves on to face No. 2
California Baptist in the Second
Round of the National Tournament. The Saint Xavier Cougars
finish the season with a record of 24-7.
The game was plagued by turnovers as the two teams combined
for 52 turnovers in the game, including eight in the game's
first nine possessions.
Freshman Alannah Sheets got the Bears on the scoreboard
first as she drained a 3-pointer at the 19:09 mark of the
game. The Cougars' Shalonda Young got Saint Xavier on the
board at the 17:42 mark with a basket. Junior Abby Ballman
found freshman Tabby McKinney for a basket to give the Bears
the 5-2 lead. On the other end, Young scored again for
Saint Xavier, cutting the lead to 5-4. Ballman dished out
her third assist of the game finding sophomore Catrice
Mitchell for two more points. Neither team could find the
bottom of the nets for over two minutes until SXU's Marissa
Young drained a 3-pointer to knot the game at 7-7. The two
teams exchanged points before Alex Barone gave the Cougars
their first lead of the game, 15-12, making a basket from
long range. Mary Kasner hit one-of-two free throws
extending their lead. Ballman cut the lead to one on a
3-pointer and on the next Bears' possession, senior Keilee
Guthrie scored her first two points of the game to recapture
the lead for the Bears, 17-16. The Cougars answered with a
bucket by Kusner, but Ballman hit another 3-pointer to take
the 20-18 lead with 8:01 remaining before the half. The
Bears and Cougars battled back-and-forth, exchanging the
lead four times and tying the game twice in the final six
minutes of the first half. Sheets knotted the game at
27-27, but Young converted two free throws to give the
Cougars the two point lead. With under a minute remaining,
Sheets made a basket and converted the free throw for the
3-point play to give the Bears the 30-29 advantage into the
break. Sheets lead all scorers with 11 points at the
Sheets opened the second half making two free throws,
extending the Bears lead to three. A 3-pointer by SXU's
Michell Tourtillott knotted the game at 32-32. Senior Jill
Cropper scored five unanswered points to start the Bears'
run. Sheets hit another 3-pointer and McKinney capped off
the 11-0 run with an old fashioned 3-point play. Kusner
stopped the Bears' run with a field goal, cutting the lead
to nine. A 3-pointer by Guthrie gave the Bears their
largest lead of the game, 52-38, with 7:57 left in the
game. The Cougars cut the Bears' lead to nine twice but the
Bears' secured the win converting 11-of-12 free throws down
the stretch to take the 70-60 victory.
Sheets had a stellar game, leading all scorers with a
career-high 21 points to go along with a career-high eight
rebounds. Ballman finished with 13 points, six assists and
five steals. Ballman has accumulated 114 steals on the
season and is three shy of breaking her own record for
steals in a season. Guthrie and Cropper added 10 points and
nine respectively. Sophomore Alex Pohl pulled down a
game-high nine rebounds.
Xavier was led by CACC Player of the Year, Alex Barone who
scored 17 points to go along with five assists and four
steals. Young added 10 points and nine rebounds in the
Shawnee State shot 40% from the floor, including 8-of-20
from beyond the arc. At the line the Bears shot 67% in the
game, hitting 21-of-30 in the second half to capture the
win. St. Xavier shot 44% from the floor and hit six
3-pointers for 33%. The Cougars finished 67% from the
charity strip. [Box
March 6 vs. Campbellsville (MSC
After leading 54-50 with just over seven
minutes remaining in the game, the Shawnee State Women’s
Basketball Team was outscored 22-4 to close out the game as they
fell to top-seeded Campbellsville University 72-58 in the
Mid-South Conference Championship Game on Sunday afternoon.
The first half was a close
battle, which saw three lead changes and three ties. Shawnee
State maintained the lead until Campbellsville and the 2011 MSC
Player of the Year Whitney Ballinger completed an and-one play
to give the Tigers the 20-17 lead with 10:26 remaining in the
half. Freshman Syndee Penn came off the bench and gave the
Bears a spark hitting back-to-back baskets to recapture the lead
for the Bears. Ballinger answered with another and-one play to
take the 23-22 lead. Sophomore Catrice Mitchell picked up her
third foul with 3:54 to play and the Tigers capitalized taking
their largest lead of the half, 31-25, on a 3-pointer by
Courtney Clifton. The Bears battled back and tied the game at
33-33 on a basket by senior Jill Cropper with 37 seconds left.
On the next possession, the Tigers’ Corin Dunn completed an
and-one situation of her own giving Campbellsville the 36-33
advantage. Senior Keilee Guthrie cut the lead with a lay-up with
10 seconds remaining. Campbellsville’s Melly Heaton hit a
3-pointer at the buzzer, giving the Tigers the 39-35 advantage
at the half.
CU’s Megan Isaac opened the
second up with four unanswered points before sophomore Abby
Ballman put the Bears on the board with her first two points of
the game at the 16:23 mark. On the next Bears’ possession
Ballman found Cropper for two points, pulling Shawnee within
two. The two teams exchanged points and Shawnee’s sophomore
Alex Pohl put the Bears within one, 49-48, as she finished the
and-one play with 10:31 remaining. The Bears defense forced the
Tigers to put up a long 3-pointer and a drive to the basket by
Penn gave the Bears the 50-49 advantage. CU’s Dunn hit
one-of-two free throws to knot the game at 50-50. A basket by
Ballman and another by Pohl at the 7:10 mark gave the Bears
54-50 lead. An offensive rebound and put back by Isaacs and a
pair of free throws by Mackenzie Lee tied the game at 54-54 and
started the Tigers 22-4 run in the final seven minutes.
Campbellsville regained the lead on a 3-pointer by Heaton.
Ballinger took over the game, scoring on four consecutive
possessions for the Tigers, extending their lead to 65-54.
Cropper cut the 15-0 run with a basket and Ballman scored on the
next Bears possession to cut the lead to 65-58. Campbellsville
converted 5-of-5 free throws in the final minute to secure the
72-58 win and the conference tournament championship.
Cropper led the Bears with
12 points and six rebounds, while Mitchell added 10 points and
seven rebounds. The Tigers defense held Ballman to only six
points in the game, all of which came in the second half.
Ballman dished out five assists and pulled down five rebounds in
Ballinger finished leading
all-scorers with 28 points to go along with five rebounds and
three blocks. Heaton added 13 points and Isaacs and Clifton
each finished with 10 points. Isaacs pulled down a game-high 10
March 5 vs. Lindsey Wilson (MSC
The Shawnee State Women's Basketball Team pulled out a thriller
on Saturday afternoon against Lindsey Wilson College in the
semi-final game of the Mid-South Conference Tournament. The
Bears let a 16 point lead in the second half slip away in the
closing seconds, but sophomore Alex Pohl blocked
sharpshooter Bethany Spillman's three-point attempt that would
have tied the game with less than five seconds to play to seal
the win. Pohl then converted one of two free throws to give the
Bears a 66-62 victory and send them to the Conference Finals
against top-seeded Campbellsville on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
The Bears struggled in the first half allowing Lindsey
Wilson to collect 10 offensive rebounds and turning the ball
over 12 times. The trio of Jill Cropper, Alex Pohl, and
Catrice Mitchell were called upon to guard Lindsey Wilson's
Ashley Rainey and quickly got into early foul trouble
against the talented and physical Ashley Rainey. Rainey
finished the first half with 15 points and nine
rebounds. Sophomore Catrice Mitchell scored the first four
points for Shawnee which kept the game close early.
Freshman Alannah Sheets was deadly again from long
range, knocking down three 3-pointers in the first half to
lead the Bears with 11 points at the break. Neither team in
the first half lead by more than five points and Lindsey
Wilson managed to take a 26-25 lead into halftime.
The second half stayed close for a while until Sheets hit
her fourth 3-pointer of the game, and on the next Bears'
possession freshman Tabby McKinney hit a basket to give
Shawnee a 44-37 lead. Rainey put in a pair of free throws
on Lindsey Wilson's next possession to get the Raiders
within five points. Shawnee State then went on a 13-0
run to take a 57-39 with just over eight minutes to play in
the game. Lindsey Wilson countered with their own 14-2 run
to cut the lead to a two possession game, 59-53, with 2:08
remaining in the game. The Bears were able to extend their
lead to eight as senior Jill Cropper found Mitchell
underneath the basket for two points. Lindsey Wilson scored
on their next possession to make the game 61-55 with only
1:08 to play. Ballman was fouled on the Bears' inbound pass
and knocked down both free throws, but Lindsey Wilson's
Spillman came back and nailed a 3-pointer to make the score
63-58 with 36 seconds remaining. Ballman was sent back to
the charity stripe and made two more free throws to give
Shawnee a seven point advantage. With 24 seconds remaining
Shawnee State sent Rainey to the line. Rainey hit the front
end of her one-and-one, but missed the second. Lindsey
Wilson was able to grab another offensive rebound and made
the put back to cut the Bears' lead to 65-61. Ballman was
fouled in the backcourt and was unable to convert the front
end of her one-and-one. Lindsey Wilson's Diondra Anthony
was fouled on a 3-point attempt sending her to the line with
a chance to cut the lead to only one. Anthony hit only one
of her attempts, but after a scramble for the rebound the
referees awarded the ball to Lindsey Wilson after it was
knocked out of bounds in the pile up. With only 6.8 seconds
left on the clock, Lindsey Wilson drew up a play for their
hot-handed guard Spillman. Spillman was able to catch the
ball at the top of the key but was met by Pohl who was able
to get a hand on her game tying attempt. Pohl then picked
up the loose ball, was fouled, and converted one of her free
throws to seal the game for the Bears, 66-62.
Leading the way for Shawnee was Sheets who finished the game
with a career-high 19 points and four steals. Mitchell who
battled foul trouble most of the game was still able to
manage 12 points in the contest. Ballman finished with an
impressive stat line that included 11 points, eight assists,
six rebounds and two steals.
The Blue Raiders' Rainey led all scorers with 25 points to
go along with 14 rebounds. Spillman had 12 points, and
Viktoria Krell finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds. The
Bears were out-rebounded 46-32 in the game, including a 24-4
offensive rebound margin. [Box
March 3 vs. Pikeville (MSC Tournament)
The Shawnee State Women's Basketball Team overcame cold
shooting in the first half to defeat Pikeville 63-40 in the
quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Tournament on
Thursday evening. The Bears got off to a hot start by
building an early 8-0 lead in which sophomore Catrice
Mitchell scored six of the eight points. Their lead quickly
dwindled as Pikeville battled back to take an 18-15 lead.
Shawnee State went scoreless for over seven minutes until
freshman Alannah Sheets ended the Bears' drought by sinking
a pair of free throws. The Bears then regained the lead
22-20 on an open court lay-up by Sheets. Senior Keilee
Guthrie gave the Bears a 24-20 lead with a pair of free
throws with 1:33 left in the half. Sheets laid in a basket
with 1:15 remaining to give the Bears the 26-20 halftime
Shawnee State came out with intensity in the second half and
held Pikeville to only 19 second half points. Shawnee State
opened the half with back-to-back 3-pointers by senior Abby
Ballman and Sheets. The Bears added another basket to cap
off an 8-0 run. Pikeville hit back-to-back buckets to cut
the deficit 34-25, but Shawnee State put on the pressure and
went on a 10-2 run to take the 44-27 lead. Shawnee never
looked back as they went on to defeat Pikeville 63-40
to advance to the Quarterfinals of the Mid-South Tournament.
After shooting a dismal 25% in the first half, Shawnee State
finished the game shooting 34% from the floor. The Bears
shot 46% from beyond the arc, going 5-for-9 in the second
half. At the line, Shawnee State converted 17-of-23
attempts for 74%.
Ballman led the Bears with 16 points, going 3-for-3 from
behind the arc. She also pulled down five rebounds and
dished out five assists in the game. Sheets added 15 points
and four assists, while Cropper added 11 points and pulled
down a team-high nine rebounds. [Box
February 26 vs. Rio Grande
defeated rival Rio Grande in a thriller Saturday afternoon,
84-68 to win their 10th consecutive win over the RedStorm
and 42nd victory in 45 meetings. The Bears end their regular
season 22-8 overall and 13-5 in the Mid-South Conference.
Rio Grande falls to 18-12 for the season and 9-9 in the
In the first half
of the game Shawnee struggled to gain the upper-hand. In the
sixth minute of the game, freshman Tabitha McKinney came off
the bench and set fire to the Bears offense. She provided
the aggressive playing style Shawnee needed to take the
lead. The Bears ultimately finished the half up by four,
37-33. Sophomore Alex Pohl gave Shawnee the momentum they
needed to take control of the game in the second half. She
totaled 21 points, two assists and one steal. McKinney
finished with 12 points, three assists and one steal. Junior
Abby Ballman added another 16 points, six assists, and two
Bears were lead by senior Jill Cropper with nine rebounds,
and a blocked shot. McKinney rounded out the top, with seven
rebounds as well as a blocked shot.
scorers were Leah Kendro with 23 points and Jenna Smith with
SSU's Alex Pohl and URG's Leah Kendro were
named the Dick Hyland Players of the Game.
February 24 vs. West Virginia Tech
Shawnee State dominated West Virginia Tech Thursday night
with a final score of 75-55. With the win, Shawnee improves
to 21-8 overall and 12-5 in the Mid-South Conference. West
Virginia Tech falls to 5-22 for the season and 2-15 in the
After missing the last meeting back on January 20, senior
Jill Cropper led the Bears making 3-of-4 from behind the arc
and 4-for-7 from the floor. She also made all four
free-throws she attempted giving her a total of 15 points
for the night. Another stand out for the Bears was sophomore
Alex Pohl, shooting 100% from the floor and making seven
baskets totaling 14 points. Junior Abby Ballman was
Shawnee's third shooter to reach double digits scoring 12
points with four assists and two steals. Cropper and Pohl
each had two assists and a steal apiece.
Shawnee controlled the game from the very beginning, scoring
an early two points. From there, the Bears controlled the
tempo of the game out-shooting West Virginia heavily in the
first half. Shooting an outstanding 62.1% from the floor,
Shawnee shot over 30% better than the Golden Bears. The
Bears finished the half leading by 21 points, 44-23.
Defensively, Pohl pulled down eight rebounds to lead the
Bears. Freshman Tabitha McKinney added another seven
rebounds. Sophomore Catrice Mitchell had an additional six,
while successfully blocking two West Virginia Tech shots.
February 20 @ University of the
The Shawnee State
Women's Basketball Team broke their four-game losing streak
as the easily defeated The University of the Cumberlands
67-45 on Saturday afternoon. The Bears improve to 20-8
overall and 11-5 in the Mid-South, while the Patriots fall
to 15-13 on the season and 9-7 in the conference.
Ballman and freshman Tabatha McKinney led the Bears' attack
in the first half. Ballman tallied six rebounds, four
points, three assist, and four steals, while McKinney had
six rebounds of her own, six points, and one steal. Senior
Keilee Guthrie had five points and sophomore Alex Pohl added
an additional six rebounds. Shawnee State held a five point
lead going into the second half. In the second half, Pohl
and freshman Alannah Sheets emerged as the leading points
scorers. Pohl brought her game totals to 12 points and eight
rebounds, as Sheets contributed 13 points and four rebounds.
The Bears shot
41% from the floor. They tallied 14 steals, 14 assists, and
45 rebounds. Defensively, McKinney stood out with 11
rebounds. Sophomore Catrice Mitchell had three blocked
February 18 @ Lindsey Wilson
After trailing by
as many as 16 in the second half the Shawnee State Women's
Team rallied back to take a one point lead with 4:33
remaining in the game but it wasn't enough as the Bears went
on to fall 68-61 on Thursday evening. Shawnee State
falls to 19-8 on the season and 10-5 in the Mid-South
Conference. NAIA No. 15 ranked Lindsey Wilson improves
to 20-6 overall and 11-4 on the season.
Lindsey Wilson built a 32-22 lead at the
break. The Blue Raiders opened the second half on a
6-0 run to take their largest lead of the game of 16, 38-22.
The Bears slowly started cutting the Blue Raider's lead.
Down 53-39 with 9:16 remaining, Shawnee State went on a 14-0
run to take their only lead of the second half, 54-53.
Lindsey Wilson answered with a 5-0 run of the own. The
Bears never rebounded as they would go on to fall 68-61 to
the Blue Raiders.
Shawnee State shot 38% in the game, going
23-for-61 from the floor. Lindsey Wilson went 23-for-49 from
the field for 47%. The Bears made seven 3-pointers in
the game for 25%, while the Blue Raiders made five
3-pointers for 46%. At the charity strip, Shawnee
State converted 8-for-10 for 80%, while Lindsey Wilson was
nearly perfect as they went 17-for-18 for 94%.
Junior Abby Ballman led the Bears with a
team-high 14 points. She also dished out a career-high 11 assists. Senior Keilee Guthrie came off the
bench hitting four 3-pointers for the Bears for 12 points.
Freshman Tabatha McKinney added 11 points and six rebounds.
Senior Jill Cropper added seven points and pulled down a
team-high nine rebounds.
Bethany Spillman led the Blue Raiders with
17 points, while Viktoria Krell added 14 points. [Box
February 12 @ Georgetown
The Shawnee State
Women's Basketball Team struggled offensively as they fell
to Georgetown College 85-76 on Saturday afternoon.
Shawnee State falls to 19-7 on the season and 10-4 in
Mid-South standings. Georgetown improves to 9-14
overall and 5-9 in conference action.
Shawnee State struggled early as they found
themselves trailing by double-digits 10 minutes into the
game. In the half the Bears shot only 36% from the
field (8-for-22). The Tigers, who shot over 57% in the
first half, lead by as many as 23, 43-20, in the first half
and held a 49-28 advantage at the break.
Shawnee State rebounded in the second
half, shooting 57% and holding the Tigers to 23% from the
field. Shawnee State opened the second half
immediately cutting the Tigers lead. By the 12:55 mark
in the half, the Bears cut the lead to nine, trailing 61-52.
The Tigers responded with four unanswered points.
Shawnee State cut the lead back to nine, 65-56, with 11:35
remaining. Georgetown went on a 11-2 run and lead
81-61 with 5:27 left in the game. Shawnee State worked
hard in the final minutes outscoring the Tigers 15-4 but it
was not enough as the Bears fell 85-76.
Senior Jill Cropper led all scorers with 20
points. She also pulled down a team-high six rebounds.
Junior Abby Ballman added 14 points, six rebounds, three assists
and two steals in the loss. Freshman Tabatha McKinney came
off the bench to score 11 points, while sophomore Alex Pohl
added 10 points. [Box
February 5 @ Pikeville
The Shawnee State
women's basketball team fell on the road to Pikeville 70-67
on Saturday afternoon. Shawnee State falls to 19-6
overall and 10-3 in the Mid-South. Pikeville improves
to 17-7 on the season and 7-6 in conference action.
Pikeville opened the game on a 7-0 run and
maintained the lead until the 11:11 mark in the second half
when Shawnee State took their first lead of the game, 48-47.
The two teams battled back and forth. Shawnee State
lead by four, 65-61, with 2:19 remaining. A 3-pointer
cut the Bears' lead to one and on the next Pikeville
possession they regained the lead on a jumper. Senior
Jill Cropper made a basket on the other end to give the
Bears' the 67-66 advantage. Pikeville converted on
one-of-two at the line to knot the game at 67-67. On
the Bears' next possession senior Keilee Guthrie went for a
lay-up but was blocked. Pikeville took a 69-67 lead on
a jumper and finished the game making one-of-two at the line
to hand the Bears their second consecutive loss.
Cropper led the Bears with 17 points and
six rebounds. Sophomore Alex Pohl scored 13 points and
pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, while Guthrie added
11 points. Junior Abby Ballman finished with nine
points and dished out six assists and had three steals.
February 3 @ UVa-Wise
Ballman tallied her third double-double of the season,
scoring 23 points and pulling down 11 rebounds, but it was
not enough as the No. 23 ranked Bears were knocked off,
77-70, by the UVA-Wise Cavaliers on Thursday evening.
UVA-Wise hands the Bears their
second conference loss of the season to fall 10-2 in the
Mid-South and a game behind of conference leader
Sophomore Alex Pohl came off the bench to
scored 13 points and pull down eight boards for the Bears.
Freshman Alannah Sheets was the only other Bears in
double-figures as she scored 11 points. Ballman also
dished out four assists, had three blocks and two steals in
Kristin Mullins led the Cavaliers with a
game-high 28 points and 13 rebounds. Amber Carter
added 13 points to go along with 11 assists, while Meghan
Rutherford added 10 points.
Shawnee State shot 42% from the field
(25-for-60), while the Cavaliers went 39% from the floor
(25-for-65). From beyond the arc, the Bears made
8-of-26 3-pointers for 31%. UVA-Wise went 10-for-26
from behind the arc for 39%. From the line the Bears
struggled shooting only 55% in the game, converting 12-of-22
attempts. The Cavaliers converted 17-of-21 attempts
for 81%. [Box
vs. St. Catharine
Shawnee State defeated St. Catharine College Saturday
afternoon, 66-47, at Shawnee’s homecoming. The Bears
improve to 19-4 overall and 10-1 in the Mid-South, while
St. Catharine falls to 8-15 overall and 3-8 in the
Shawnee got off to a slow start, allowing St. Catharine
to take the lead for much of the first half. A 3-pointer
by senior Keilee Guthrie at the 5:10 mark swung momentum
in the Bears favor. By half time the girls were up by
seven, 22-29. All throughout the second half Shawnee
maintained a lead of 10 points or more. Catrice
Mitchell was dominant in the paint, leading all scorers
with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Jill Cropper
chipped in 11 as part of a balanced scoring attack that
saw 10 different Bears score. [Box
defeated NAIA No. 3 ranked Campbellsville University in a
landslide victory Thursday night, 78-58. Shawnee State
moves half a game ahead (9-1) of Campbellsville to lead the
Mid-South Conference and improves to 18-4 on the season.
Campbellsville falls to 15-3 on the season and 8-1 in the
took an early 7-0 lead, but the first four minutes was the
only portion of the game the Tigers controlled. Sophomore
Catrice Mitchell got the Bears back into the game with a
jumper to tie the score up at 7-7. Shawnee State led by as
many as eight in the first half and maintained the 34-29
lead at the break.
pulled within one, 43-42, with 15:17 remaining in the game.
The Bears extended the lead to 49-43, with a 3-pointer by
freshman Alannah Sheets and a jumper by Mitchell. The
Tigers cut the lead to 53-48 on a Courtney Danis lay-up.
Shawnee State extended the lead to double-digits. A
four-point play by junior Abby Ballman extending the Bears
lead to 63-48 put the dagger in the Tigers as the Bears hand
Campbellsville their first conference loss of the season.
controlled the pace of the game defensively holding the
Mid-South Conference leading scorer Whitney Ballinger to 15
The Bears shot
29-for-53 in the game tallying 54.7%, while the Tigers shot
a mere 33.3%.
Ballman and sophomore Alex Pohl led the Bears in scoring.
Each scored 18 points in the game, leaving Pohl with a new
career-high. Freshman Tabitha McKinney tied her career-high
with seven assists. She also pulled down a team-high of
eight rebounds. Senior Jill Cropper added another seven
rebounds and had 11 points in the game.
January 22 @ Rio Grande
fought hard until the end and pulled out an overtime win,
70-68, against rival Rio Grande. The
Bears improve to 17-4 on the season and 8-1 in the Mid-South
Conference. Rio Grande falls to 13-7 overall and 4-5 in
Shawnee State struggled against Rio Grande,
fighting back and forth for the lead. It wasn't until a
lay-up by senior Jill Cropper at the 3:25 mark in the half that
the Bears really started to pull away. The ended the first half
up by seven, 39-32, but the Red Storm quickly caught up in the
second half. Two 3-pointers by Rio's Leah Kendro got the Red
Storm back in the game and put Rio up by one. Pulling away by as
many as six points, Rio held their lead until the 13th minute
where Shawnee's sophomore Abby Ballman started a rally. Leading
well intro the last minute, Shawnee held off the Red Storm until
the last 17 seconds of the game when Rio's Kaylee Helton tied up
the game with a free throw to send the game into overtime.
Trailing the entire length of games five-minute overtime,
freshman Sydnee Penn saved the day for the Bears with a last
second 3-pointer giving Shawnee the win by two.
Ballman lead the Bears with 16 points, six rebounds, three
assists, and an astounding six steals. Senior Keilee Guthrie had
14 points, six rebounds, and two steals of her own. Penn
contributed 11 points including the game-winning 3-pointer. She
also had three assists and three steals.
Kendro lead the Red Storm with 20 points, while Ashley Saunders
pulled down 10 rebounds.
January 20 @ West Virginia Tech
Senior Keilee Guthrie tied her career-high and sophomore
Catrice Mitchell tallied a career-high 19 points to lead the
Bears to a 68-54 win over West Virginia Tech on Thursday
evening. The Bears improve to 16-4 on the season and 7-1 in
the Mid-South Conference. West Virginia Tech falls to 3-15
overall and 0-8 in conference play.
Despite missing senior Jill Cropper, the Bears lead most of
the first half and captured a 36-26 lead at the break. West
Virginia Tech began the second half on a 9-0 run to cut the
Bears' lead to 36-35. The Bears answered with a 11-4 run to
extend their lead back to double-digits, 47-37. West
Virginia Tech's Shyla Jones made a shot to cut the Bears'
lead to eight but that was as close as they would get as
Shawnee State went on to win 68-54.
Guthrie and Mitchell led all scorers with 19 apiece.
Mitchell also had seven rebounds and four blocks in the
game. Freshman Alannah Sheets had 10 points and four
rebounds in the Bears' victory. Junior Abby Ballman added
eight points, four assists and three steals in the game.
West Virginia Tech's Shyla Jones led the Golden Bears
12 points and 11 rebounds. [Box
January 15 vs. University of the
The Shawnee State women's team handed the University of the
Cumberlands their first conference loss as they knocked off
the No. 16 ranked Patriots 75-62 on Saturday. With the win
the Bears improve to 15-4 on the season and 5-1 in the
conference. The Patriots fall to 12-7 overall and 5-1
in the Mid-South Conference.
After trailing at the break 33-24, the Bears came out and
quickly cut into the Patriots lead. Freshman Alannah Sheets
gave the Bears their first lead of the second half with a
lay-up with 13:55 remaining in the game. Cumberlands recaptured
the lead as they made back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers giving
them the 51-46 advantage. Senior Keilee Guthrie hit
back-to-back 3-pointers of her own to begin a 10-0 run for
the Bears. Shawnee State maintained the two possession
lead. The Patriots cut the Bears lead to four, 63-59, with
2:45 left, but the Bears outscored them 12-3 in the final
three minutes to hand the Patriots their first conference
loss of the season.
Shawnee State shot 44% in the game hitting 22-of-50 shots,
while the Patriots went 21-for-64 in the game for 34%. The
Bears did not hit a 3-pointer in the first half, but made
five in the second for 36%. Cumberlands went 8-for-27 from
beyond the arc for 30%. Both teams shot well at the line.
The Bears hit 22-of-24 free throws in the second half,
going 26-for-29 in the game for 90%. The Patriots went
12-for-13 at the line for 93%.
Senior Jill Cropper led the Bears with 22 points. Ballman
added 21 points, dished out seven assists, had six steals
and pulled down three rebounds. Sophomore Alex Pohl pulled
down a team-high eight rebounds. [Box
January 13 vs. Lindsey Wilson
Junior Abby Ballman intercepted a pass and completed the
and-one to give the Bears the 70-67 lead with 16 seconds
remaining in the game. Senior Jill Cropper sealed the Bears
victory as she converted two free throws with two seconds
left as the Bears defeated No. 13 ranked Lindsey Wilson in
conference action on Thursday evening. Shawnee State
improves to 14-4 on the season and 5-1 in the Mid-South
Conference. Lindsey Wilson falls to 12-4 overall and 4-2 in
Lindsey Wilson struck first with a jumper by Ashley Rainey
to start the game. Shawnee State answered with five
straight points to take their first lead of the first
half. After two ties, the Blue Raiders managed to lead most
of the first half. Sophomore Alex Pohl tied the game at
29-29 with a pair of free throws with 3:40
remaining. Rainey regained the lead for the Blue Raiders as
she hit a jumper for her 12th point of the half. Freshman
Sydnee Penn tied the game again as she hit a jumper in the
paint and gave the Bears the lead on their next
possession with lay-up. LWC's Viktoria Krell knotted the
game at 33-33 as she hit a shot with seven seconds left to
end the half.
The Blue Raiders opened the second half on a 6-0 run.
Ballman tied the game at 44-44 with just over 14
minutes remaining as she hit a 3-pointer. The two teams
battled back-and-forth but neither team could pull away.
Lindsey Wilson led by as many as six with 4:27 remaining,
but with one minute left in regulation, sophomore Alex Pohl
hit two free throws to tie the game at 67 apiece. The Bears
defense pressured Lindsey Wilson and Ballman intercepted a
pass and drove the floor making the lay-up and drawing the
foul. Ballman hit the free throw with 17 seconds remaining
to give the Bears the 70-67 advantage. Lindsey Wilson's
Tiffany Wilson missed a 3-pointer, but an offensive rebound
by Rainey kept the Blue Raiders alive. Krell hit a shot
with seven seconds remaining to cut the Bears' lead to one.
Cropper sealed with the win, hitting two free throws with
two seconds remaining.
Ballman led the Bears with 19 points. She also dished out
six assists, had three steals, and two blocks in the game.
Cropper was the only other Bear in double-figures as she had
12 points and five rebounds in the game. Pohl pulled down a
team-high six rebounds.
Lindsey Wilson's Krell led all scorer's with 28 points,
while Rainey added 20 points and 14 rebounds. [Box
January 8 vs. Georgetown
Freshman Alannah Sheets hit a lay-up as time expired to
propel the Bears to a 63-62 victory over conference foe
Georgetown College on Saturday afternoon.
Shawnee State came out flat in the first half and struggled
offensively shooting only 23% from the field. Georgetown
took a 4-0 lead before sophomore Catrice Mitchell put the
Bears on the board with a free throw. For the second
consecutive game the Bears missed their first ten shots from
the floor. Senior Keilee Guthrie stopped the drought as she
hit a 3-pointer with 14:16 remaining in the first.
Georgetown's Mikkah Rogers gave the Tigers their leargest
lead of the half of 17, 35-18, with just under three minutes
remaining in the half. The Bears went on a 7-0 to cut the
lead to 10 with 1:14 remaining. A jumper by Jessica Waddle
extended Georgetown's lead back to 12. Freshman Sydnee Penn
added a pair of free throws for the Bears, cutting the lead
to 37-27. GC's Lindsay Fultz drained a 3-pointer with 11
seconds remaining, but SSU's Alex Pohl finished an and-one
play with four seconds remaining to cut the Tigers' halftime
lead to 40-30.
Shawnee State picked up the intensity in the second half,
coming out on a 9-0 run to cut Georgetown's lead 40-39.
Sophomore Kayla Wiley came in off the bench and gave the
Bears a spark, finding Mitchell for a jumper at the 15:05 to
give the Bears their first lead, 45-44. Georgetown regained
the lead with a pair of free throws by Lizza Jonas. On the
next possession, SSU's junior Abby Ballman found senior Jill
Cropper to take the 45-44 lead. Wiley rebounded the missed
3-pointer by Georgetown and drove the ball the length of the
floor and dished the ball off to Mitchell to extend the
lead, 47-44. Two free throws by Pohl lengthened the Bears
lead to 52-46 with 11:46 remaining. The Tigers battled back
and tied the game at 54-54 with 8:40 to play. Guthrie
answered with her third 3-pointer of the game, reclaiming
the lead for the Bears. With 4:24 left, Georgetown took a
58-57 lead wiht a 3-pointer by Kourtney Tyra. With 2:10
left Sheets found Cropper for a lay-up to give the Bears the
one point lead. Neither team made a bucket for over a
minute. With 13 second remaining Georgetown's Tyra drove
the lane, hitting a jump shot to put the Tigers up 62-61.
On the Bears possession, Sheets drove the baseline and hit a
basket with .03 seconds left, propelling the Bears 63-62
over the Tigers.
Cropper led the Bears as she tallied a double-double with 16
points and 10 rebounds. Guthrie came off the bench to score
13, 10 of which she scored in the first half. Ballman had
six assists in the game.
Georgetown's Tyra led all scorers with 24 points.
The Bears shot 55% from the field in the second half and 35%
for the game. Georgetown went 22-for-61 in the game for
36%. Both teams shot pourly from beyond the arc. The Bears
made only 4-of-18 shots for 22%, while the Tigers went
4-for-19 for 21%. At the charity strip the Bears converted
21-of-28 attempts for 75% and Georgetown went 14-for-19 for
74% in the game. [Box
January 6 vs. Walsh
The Shawnee State women's
basketball team struggled early and never led as they fell to
Walsh University 69-67 in non-conference action on Thursday
The Bears came out ice cold as they missed
their first ten shots from the floor and found themselves
down 15-0. Sophomore Catrice Mitchell finally got the
Bears on the board as she hit a jumper seven minutes into
the game. Shawnee State picked up the intensity and a
lay-up by junior Abby Ballman pulled the Bears within three,
29-26, with 4:12 remaining in the half. The Cavaliers
extended their lead to nine with a 3-pointer by Jessie
Miller. Ballman closed out the half hitting a
3-pointer of her own to trail 39-33 at the break.
The Cavaliers managed a two possession
lead most of the second half. The Bears pulled within
two with 12:11 to go, but Walsh answered and extended their
lead back to six with a free throw by Amanda Bennett.
Shawnee State found themselves down eight, 69-61, with just
under two minutes remaining. A free throw followed by
a lay-up by Ballman and sophomore Alex Pohl's completion of
an and-one pulled the Bears within two with 43 seconds
The Bears defense forced Walsh's Katie
Berry to miss a 3-pointer with 12 seconds to go but an
offense rebound by Tatianna Hall forced the Bears to foul.
Walsh's Daniella Ciccarone missed the front end of a
one-and-one, giving the Bears the opportunity to send the
game into overtime. Ballman drove the length of the
court but her jumper banked off the rim to give the
Cavaliers the 69-67 win.
Ballman led the Bears with 18 points,
while senior Keilee Guthrie came off the bench to score 17
including five 3-pointers in the game. She also pulled
down five rebounds in the loss. Pohl added 11 points
and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, while Mitchell
finished with 10 points. Walsh's stifling defense made
the difference in the game, as they held Shawnee State's
senior Jill Cropper scoreless.
Despite the dreadful start for the Bears
they managed to shoot 47% from the field hitting 24-of-54
shots. Walsh shot 52% from the flooring, nailing
28-of-54 shots. From beyond the arc the Bears shot 47%
while the Cavaliers made 36%. Shawnee State missed
their opportunity at the line as they made only 10-of-19
attempts for 53%. Walsh shot 80% from the line, making
8-of-10 attempts. [Box
December 30 & 31 @ Notre Dame Tournament
The Shawnee State women's basketball team
defeated Lake Erie in the opening round of the tournament
and Point Park in the Championship Game to win the Notre
Shawnee State regained the lead with 51
seconds remaining in the game as the Bears squeaked by Lake
Erie 68-66 on the opening day of the Notre Dame Tournament.
Lake Erie's Britt Busson scored first and
then junior Abby Ballman and senior Jill Cropper rallied off
11 consecutive points to give the Bears the 11-2 lead.
Lake Erie answered with a 9-0 run of their own to tie the
game. Ballman gave the Bears the 21-13 lead as she hit
a jumper with 10:11 remaining in the first. Sloppy
play by the Bears allowed the Storm back in the game as
Chrissy Delaney knotted the game at 24-24 with a pair of
free throws. On the next possession for Lake Erie, Jen
Caiola gave the Storm the 26-24 lead as she hit a pair of
free throws. Delaney hit a 3-pointer on the Storm's
next possession giving them their largest lead of five in
the first half. Shawnee State answered as Ballman
found Cropper for two points. Ballman tied the game as
she nailed a jump shot from beyond the arc and freshman
Alannah Sheets made a lay-up with 34 seconds left to give
the Bears the lead. Lake Erie's Allison Pavkov knotted
the game at 31-31 at the break as she hit a jumper with
three seconds remaining. Ballman had 13 points, four
assists and four steals at the half for the Bears.
The Bears opened the second half on a 6-0
run. The two teams exchanged points and Lake Erie
regained the lead (44-43) with a pair of free throws by
Katelyn Prince. Ballman gave the Bears the 50-49 lead
with just over eight minutes remaining, however Lake Erie
went on a 8-0 run to established a 57-50 advantage.
The Bears battled back and Sheets tied the game with a
3-pointer with 1:45 remaining. A Storm turnover and a
lay-up by Ballman gave the Bears the 64-62 lead with 51
seconds left. Ballman and Cropper secured the win as
they each hit a pair of free throws in the final minute to
hold off Lake Erie 68-66.
Ballman finished the game with a
career-high 27 points. She also had five rebounds,
five assists and four steals. Sophomore Alex Pohl came
off the bench to scored 13 points and pull down a team-high
eight rebounds. Sheets contributed 13 points, while
Cropper added 10 points and seven rebounds. [Box
On the final day of the Notre Dame
Tournament, Shawnee State defeated Point Park 70-61 to claim
Point Park claimed an early lead but the
Bears' offense answered and would go on to build a 33-21
lead at the break, behind's senior Keilee Guthrie's 10 point
Shawnee State did not let up in the second
half and managed a double-digit lead most of the half.
Down 62-47, Point Park would make a final run, going on a
9-0 run to cut the Bears' lead to six, 62-56. A jumper
by Cropper extended the lead back to eight and the Bears
converted 6-of-8 free throws in the final minute to cap the
Four Bears scored double-figures.
Guthrie led the Bears with 18 points, while Cropper added 15
points and eight rebounds. Ballman contributed 13
points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals and three
blocks in the win. Sheets finished with 10 points and
five rebounds. [Box
December 18 vs. Pikeville
Junior Abby Ballman
and senior Keilee Guthrie each scored 14 points in the first half,
helping the Bears accumulate a 45-36 halftime lead and go on
to defeat Pikeville 97-88 on Saturday afternoon. On
the season, the Bears improve to 10-3 and 3-1 in the
Mid-South. Pikeville falls to 8-4 on the season and
0-4 in conference play.
Ballman scored the
Bears' first five points of the game and then found senior
Jill Cropper for a 3-pointer to help the Bears establish a
7-4 lead, a lead in which the Bears would not give up the
lead the rest of the game. Pikeville's Lenae Shouse
hit a jumper to pull within two at 10-8, but Ballman and
freshman Alannah Sheets rattled off 10 straight points,
including a 3-pointer and a jumper each to give the Bears
the double-digit lead, 18-8. The two teams exchanged
points and then Guthrie came off the bench to scored on
back-to-back-to-back possessions for the Bears, including
two 3-pointers to extend the lead back to double-digits.
On the next Bear possession Cropper laid in a lay-up to give
the Bears the 32-19 lead. A Pikeville turnover led to
Guthrie draining her third shot from beyond the arc.
Pikeville's Natiera Hinton stopped the Bears' 8-0 run with a
jumper but Guthrie drained another 3-pointers to give
Shawnee State their largest lead of the game of 17 with just
over seven minutes remaining the half. Pikeville cut
into the deficit outscoring Shawnee State 15-7 in the final
seven minutes to go in to half down 45-36.
Pikeville came out
strong to start the second half and cut the Bears lead to
three, 46-43 with 17:29 remaining. The Bears
maintained the lead behind Cropper's aggressive play.
Cropper scored 15 of the Bears next 19 points to give the
Bears a 61-51 lead. A run by Pikeville pulled them
within five points, 61-56, but the Bears would answer back
and go on to lead by as many as 17 en route to their
Ballman led the
Bears as she tied her career-high with 23 points and just
missed a double-double as she handed out nine assists in the
game. She also had six steals and three rebounds.
Cropper tallied her second double-double of the season
scoring 21 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. This
is Cropper's third consecutive game scoring over 20 points
for the Bears. Guthrie finished the game with 18
points, while sophomore Alex Pohl finished with a
career-high 16 points to go along with eight rebounds.
Sheets added 12 points for the Bears.
Pikeville with 20 points. Whitney Compton added 18
points, while Sally Roberts and Shouse ended the game with
11 points apiece.
Shawnee State shot
well from the floor, 30-for-52, including draining 10
3-pointers in the game. Pikeville went 31-for-67 in
the game for 46%. At the line both teams shot evenly.
Shawnee State converted 27-of-34 attempts, 25 of them in the
second half, for 79%. Pikeville went 15-for-19 in the
game for 79%. [Box
December 17 vs. University of Virginia
College at Wise
The Shawnee State
women's basketball team had little trouble as they defeated
the University of Virginia College at Wise 93-65 in the
Bears' conference home opener. Shawnee State improves
to 9-3 on the season and 2-1 in the Mid-South. The
Cavaliers fall to 5-5 overall and 0-3 in conference action.
The Bears never
trailed in the game and quickly got out to a double-digit
lead. The Bears accumulated a 51-27 halftime lead, behind
senior Jill Cropper's 19 point first half performance.
The Bears' offense didn't let up in the second half and they
scored 42 points en route to their 95-65 victory.
Shawnee State shot
well from floor, making 31-of-64 attempts for 48%. The
Bears' defense gave the Cavaliers some trouble as they shot
34% in the game, going 24-for-69 in the game. From
beyond the arc the Bears connected on 9-of-25 shots for 36%,
while the Cavaliers only made 6-of-27 attempts for 22%.
At the charity strip, Shawnee State went to the line 30
times making 22 free throws for 73%. University of
Virginia-Wise shot 18 free throws in the game connecting on
Ten Bears got into
the scoring column. Cropper led all scorers with 21
points to go along with six rebounds and four assists.
Freshman Alannah Sheets added a career-high 15 points,
including three 3-pointers. Junior Abby Ballman added
11 points, four rebounds and four assists, while freshman
Tabatha McKinney added 11 points and four rebounds.
led the Cavaliers with 14 points. [Box
December 11 vs. Daemen (SSU
The Shawnee State
women's basketball team came to play on Saturday as they
defeated NAIA Division II No. 17 ranked Daemen College on
the final day of the SSU Tournament. The Bears held
Daemen to their lowest score of the season, defeating the
Wildcats 65-49. The Bears improve to 8-3 on the season
and hand the Wildcats their second loss of the season as
they fall to 9-2.
Bridgette Burke scored the first bucket of the game to give
the Wildcats their only lead. Shawnee State came out
strong offensively and drained their first four shots of the
game including 3-pointers by junior Abby Ballman and senior
Jill Cropper. The Bears' offense didn't let up as they
accumulated a commanding 22-5 lead with 11:36 remaining in
the first half. Cropper had a nearly flawless first
half, scoring 20 points guiding the Bears to a 38-20 lead at
The second half was almost even as Daemen
outscored the Bears 29-27, but the large first half lead was
too much for the Wildcats to overcome.
Cropper finished the game leading all
scorers with a career-high 28 points in a stellar offensive
performance. She made 9-of-13 attempts from the field,
including hitting 2-of-4 behind the arc and draining all
eight of her free throws. Ballman had a grand
performance as well as she tallied her second double-double
of the season. She scored 10 points and pulled down a
career-high 11 rebounds to go along with four assists, two
steals, and a block. Senior Keilee Guthrie came off
the bench draining two 3-pointers and a pair of free throws
for eight points. Freshman Tabitha McKinney pulled
down eight boards for the Bears.
Daemen's Sara Soroka was the only Wildcat
in double-figures with 12 points. [Box
December 10 vs. Roberts Wesleyan (SSU
The Shawnee State women's basketball team
easily won as they defeated Roberts Wesleyan 75-46 on Friday
evening in the first day of the Shawnee State Tournament.
The Bears improve to 7-3 on the season, while the Raiders
fall to 6-4.
never trailed in the ball game and controlled the pace from
the tip. The Bears jumped out to an early lead and led
37-22 at the break, behind senior Keilee Guthrie, who came
off the bench to lead all scorers with 11 points in the
Roberts Wesleyan opened the half on a 6-1
run to cut the Bears' lead to 10, but that was as close as
they could get as the Bears outscored the Raiders 38-24 in
the second half.
Seven Shawnee State players scored in the
game and four players had double-figures. Guthrie and
sophomore Alex Pohl had big nights off the bench for the
Bears. Guthrie led all scorers with a career-high 19
points including four 3-pointers and just missed a
double-double as she pulled down nine boards in the win.
Pohl tallied a double-double as she scored a career-high 15
points and tied her career-high of 11 rebounds.
Sophomore Catrice Mitchell contributed 15 points, nine
rebounds, and two blocks in the game and senior Jill Cropper
added 12 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks.
Roberts Wesleyan was led by Brittnay
McMillion who tallied 13 points in the game. Brittany
Williams added 12 points for the Raiders.
Shawnee State shot 46% (29-for-63) from
the field. The Raiders struggled offensively making
only 17-of-62 attempts for 27%. From beyond the arc
the Bears made 6-of-19 attempts for 32%, while the Raiders
made only 5-of-28 attempts for 18%. From the line the
Bears converted 11-of-17 free throws for 65%, while Roberts
Wesleyan went 7-for-11 for 64%. [Box
December 4 @ St. Catharine
The Shawnee State women's basketball team
defeated St. Catharine Saturday, 71-66. The Bears improve to
6-3 for the year and 1-1 in the Mid-South Conference, while
St. Catharine falls to 5-5 for the year and 1-1 in the
Junior Abby Ballman had an outstanding
game, leading the Bears with a career-high 23 points, four
steals, two assists, and five rebounds. Sophomore Catrice
Mitchell had 11 points, one blocked shot and six rebounds.
Senior Jill Cropper rounded out the double-figure scorers
for the Bears, with 10 points, one assist and three
St. Catharine was led by senior Danielle Brown,
with 18 points, eight rebounds, three steals, one assist, and one
blocked shot. Freshman Keller Menke had 16 points, five rebounds,
and two steals.
December 2 @ Campbellsville
The Shawnee State women's basketball
team lost to Campbellsville University 67-46 to open
Mid-South Conference action. The Bears fall to 5-3 on
the season and 0-1 in the MSC. The Tigers improve to
6-1 on the season.
Catrice Mitchell led the Bears with 12 points as she was the
only Bear in double-figures. She also added a
team-high eight rebounds in the game. Freshman Tabitha
McKinney added nine points and four rebounds, while junior
Abby Ballman and senior Jill Cropper added eight and seven
Campbellsville was led by Courtney Danis
who led all scorers with 13 points. Melly Heaton and
Courtney Clifton added 12 points and 10 points respectively.
Shawnee State shot 49% from the field,
while Campbellsville shot 43%. From beyond the arc the
Bears shot only three attempts, making two for 67%.
The Tiger drained nine 3-pointers in the game out of 17
attempts for 53%. At the line the Bears struggled
making only 2-of-8 attempts for 25%. Campbellsville
converted 12-of-18 attempts for 67%. [Box
November 23 vs. Midway
The Shawnee State women's basketball
team easily defeated Midway 80-60 on Tuesday evening.
The Bears improve to 5-2 on the season, while Midway falls
After trailing 20-19
the Bears outscored the Eagles 19-10 in the final eight
minutes of the first to build a 38-30 halftime lead.
The Bears did not let down in the second half outscoring
Midway 42-30 en route to a 80-60 win.
Offensively the Bears shot an outstanding
50% from the field draining 28 of their 56 attempts.
Midway shot 27% in the game making 19-of-71 attempts.
From beyond the arc neither team shot well, as the Bears
went 4-for-19 for 21% while Midway went 4-for-25 for 16%.
At the charity strip Shawnee State converted 20-of29
attempts for 69%. For Midway at the line they made
18-of-23 attempts for 73%.
Shawnee State was led by junior Abby
Ballman who had a big night as she tied her career-high with
19 points. She also pulled down six boards, had seven
steals, three assists and a block in the game.
Sophomores Catrice Mitchell and Alex Pohl added 12 and 10
points respectively while each tallied five rebounds in the
game. Freshman Tabitha McKinney added nine points, six
rebounds and four assists for the Bears.
Jackie Hicks led Midway with 13 points and
six rebounds. [Box
November 20 @ Houghton
The Shawnee State
women's basketball team bounced back from Friday's loss to
get a 68-59 win over Houghton College on Saturday evening.
The Bears improve to 4-2 on the season while Houghton falls
The two teams battled back-and-forth early in
the first half. Trailing 21-18 the Bears went on a
14-6 run to close the first half and lead 32-27 at the
break. The Bears stretched their lead to 15 in the
second half as they went onto to win 68-59
All 10 Bears
that saw action got into the scoring column. Sophomore
Catrice Mitchell led the Bears as she came off the bench to
tally a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
She also had three blocks in the game. Freshman
Tabitha McKinney tallied her second double-double of the
season scoring 13 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
Senior Jill Cropper added 10 points and eight rebounds in
the game for the Bears. Junior Abby Ballman added nine
points, eight rebounds, five steals and two assists for the
Houghton's Ashley Dupler led all scorers
with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
November 19 @ Daemen
The Shawnee State
women's basketball team let a 36-30 halftime lead slip away
as they went on to fall 68-53 to Daemen on Friday evening.
Shawnee State falls to 3-2 on the season while Daemen
improves to 3-1.
State led by as nine in the first half however, the Bears
only scored 17 points in the second to fall to Daemen.
Junior Abby Ballman led the Bears as he
tallied a double-double scoring 17 points and pulling down
10 rebounds. She also had four steals and three
assists in the game. Senior Jill Cropper added 11
points and nine rebounds in the game. Sophomore
Catrice Mitchell added 10 points and five rebounds.
Daemen was led by Sarah Soroka's 21 points
and 12 rebounds effort. Bridgette Burke added 14
points and 11 rebounds. [Box
November 12 & 13 @ Georgetown Tournament
The Shawnee State women's basketball team
split a pair of games in the Georgetown Classic over the
couldn't overcome a 34-25 halftime deficit as they would go
on to fall to Southern Polytechnic State University 66-59 on
Freshman Tabitha McKinney tallied her
first double-double as she led the Bears with 16 points and
pulled down 10 rebounds. Senior Jill Cropper added 11
points and four rebounds. Freshman Alannah Sheets came
off the bench to score 10 points. Sophomore Alex Pohl
pulled down a team-high 11 boards. Junior Abby Ballman
added seven points, seven steals, five rebounds and five
assists for the Bears.
Shawnee State went 20-for-54 in the game
for 37%, while Southern Poly shot 42%, going 27-for-65 from
the floor. The Bears converted 11-of-16 attempts from
the line for 69%. Southern Poly made 9-of-13 attempts
for 69%. [Box
On Saturday, the Bears scored 61 points in
the second half to defeat Mid-Continent 100-62.
Five Bears scored double-digit points in
the game. Senior Keilee Guthrie came off the bench to
score a career-high 19 points, while sophomore Catrice
Mitchell pitched in 16 points and seven rebounds for the
Bears. Ballman scored 13 points, while Cropper added
12 in the game. Freshman Sydnee Penn added 11 points,
three steals and three assists in the win.
Shawnee State shot 47% from the field,
converting 33-of-70 shots in the game. Mid-Continent
went 23-for-58 in the game for 40%. The Bears drained
eight three pointers in the game, while Mid-Continent made
six. At the line, Shawnee State made 26-of-33 attempts
for 79%. Mid-Continent converted 10-of-19 attempts for 53%.
November 5 & 6 @ Walsh Tournament
The Shawnee State
women's basketball team opened the 2010-2011 season winning
a pair of games at the Walsh Tournament over the weekend.
Shawnee State opened the game against
Milligan on Friday night with a 11-0 run and never looked
back as the Bears went on to win 74-54. At the half,
the Bears held a 33-19 lead. In the second half, the
Bears extended their lead to 16, but Milligan went on a 8-0
run to cut the Bears lead to eight with under 10 minutes to
play in regulation. The two teams exchanged baskets,
but Milligan could never get any closer than eight and the
Bears outscored Milligan 22-12 in the final seven minutes to
win the game.
Junior Abby Ballman led all scorers with
17 points. She also had seven steals in the game.
Senior Jill Cropper had a double-double as she scored 10
points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the Bears. In
her college debut freshman Tabitha McKinney pulled down a
team-high 13 rebounds to go with seven assists and six
Shawnee State went 27-for-77 for 35% from
the field in the game, while Milligan shot 18-for-59 for
31%. At the charity strip, the Bears shot 52%
(12-for-23), while Milligan shot 57% (12-for-21). [Box
On Saturday, the Bears came back from a
31-24 halftime deficit to defeat Marian 69-62. Marian
led by as many as 11 in the first half, but the Bears came
out strong in the second and began cutting the deficit.
Ballman hit a three with 9:38 remaining to cut the Marian
lead to one and on the next Bears possession, Ballman found
McKinney who drained a jumper to give the Bears their first
lead of the second half. Shawnee State never trailed
the remainder of the game, but Marian managed to tie the
game at 54-54 with 5:27 remaining, but Shawnee State
outscored Marian 15-8 in the final five minutes of the game
to improve their record of 2-0 on the season.
Cropper lead all scorers with 19 points,
scoring her 1,000th career point. She also pulled down
seven rebounds and dished out three assists. Freshman
Sydnee Penn scored 16 points, while sophomore Catrice
Mitchell tallied a double-double with 13 points and 12
rebounds. Ballman contributed 12 points, five assists
and four rebounds in the win.
Shawnee State shot 37% (23-for-63) while
Marian went 23-for-52 for 44%. At the line the Bears
converted 18-of-28 for 64%. Marian converted 13-of-15
attempts at the line for 87%. [Box
2009 - 2010 Recaps