Local college briefs

November 11, 2013 

Women's basketball

Bearcats tip off season Tuesday

LEBANON -- The McKendree University women's basketball team is preparing to tip-off its 2013-14 season on Tuesday night.

The Bearcats will travel to Jefferson City, Mo., to play Lincoln University at 5:30 p.m.

The key to success for the Bearcats this season will be the blend of returning players and its newcomers. McKendree returns three starter's and three lettermen, including its three top scorer's, from a 2012-13 team that finished with an 8-18 overall record and a 3-15 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Head coach Melissa Ringhausen enters her 16th season at McKendree.

Rnghausen is the winningest coach in school history with a career record of 305-214.

Men's basketball

LU-Belleville defeats Missouri Baptist

ST. LOUIS -- The Lindenwood University-Belleville Lynx scored a 65-61 victory over host Missouri Baptist University Spartans on Saturday.

The Lynx would take their first lead of the second half with a layup by Jacobby Anderson with five minutes remaining. Logan Quinn would hit a free throw to tie up for the Spartans, but the Lynx would score the final four points of the game to pick up the victory.

Craig Anderson led the Lynx with 14 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Tyrin Wade would add 11 points and eight rebounds.

With the win the Lynx improve to 3-1 on the season, while the Spartans fall to 0-4. The Lynx will travel to California to take on California-Merced on Wednesday night. Game time is set for 9 p.m. CST.

Men's cross country

Lynx harriers finish fourth in meet

SAN MARCOS, Calif. - The Lindenwood University men's cross country teams took part in the A.I.I. Conference Meet on Saturday looking to qualify for a spot in the NAIA National Championships.

In the race, the Lynx finished fourth out of six teams in the 8K race. Eddie Albarran crossed the finish line first for the Lynx, finishing 20th overall with a time of 27:50. Brandon Wise came in second for the Lynx, with a time of 30:02, good enough for 23rd overall. Jake Peal and Chad Callahan finished third and fourth for the Lynx. Peal finished 27th overall with a time of 30:46 and Callahan finished 29th overall with a time of 31:41. Zach England rounded out the top five for the Lynx, finishing 32nd overall. England finished with a time of 32:17.

Women's cross country

LU-Belleville comes in fifth in race

SAN MARCOS, Calif. - The Lindenwood University women's cross country teams took part in the A.I.I. Conference Meet on Saturday looking to qualify for a spot in the NAIA National Championships.

The Lynx finished fifth out of a seven teams in the 5k race.

Emily Erdman crossed the finish line first for the Lady Lynx. Erdman finished 23rd overall with a time of 20:40. Megan Tolliver crossed the finish line second for the Lady Lynx with a time of 20:58, good enough for 26th overall. Morgan Mense and Alyssa Flynn finished third and fourth for the Lady Lynx.

Mense finished 31st overall with a time of 22:13, while Flynn finished 35th overall with a time of 23:19. Tiffani Shadowens rounded out the top five for the Lady Lynx, finishing 37th overall with a time of 23:33.

Men's wrestling

McKendree matmen compete well

DUBUQUE, Iowa -- The McKendree University wrestling team had 13 individuals climb the medal stand on Saturday at the Loras College Open.

McKendree will travel to Warrensburg, Mo., on Sunday to compete at the University of Central Missouri Open. Matches will begin at 10 a.m.

McKendree had 13 individuals finish in the top eight in the gold division, highlighted by runner-up finishes by graduate student Kyle Williams (Mascoutah) and junior Nick Haferkamp at 149 and 165 pounds, respectively. Williams posted a 3-1 record and was pinned by Edwin Cooper of Upper Iowa University in the championship match. Haferkamp was defeated by Jackson Morse of University of Illinois by tech fall in the championship match and finished with a 4-1 record.

The Bearcats had five wrestlers finish in third place. Sophomore Jose Torres (125 pounds), senior Brenden Murphy (133 pounds), juniors Luis Alba (174 pounds), Julian Smith (197 pounds), and Ross Janney (heavyweight).

Other top eight finishers for McKendree were senior DaMonte Riley (141 pounds) and junior Josh Ballard (Triad) (157 pounds) in fifth place, and senior Francisco Ruiz (157 pounds), senior Isaiah Gonzalez (174 pounds), and sophomore Zach Schroeder (heavyweight) in seventh place.

Women's soccer

Four Cougars honored by conference

MARTIN, Tenn. -- Four Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's soccer players were honored by the Ohio Valley Conference.

Freshman forward Kayla Delgado (Belleville East), sophomore goalkeeper Jennifer Pelley, sophomore midfielder Cassidy Sherman, and senior defender Kourtney Price were each named to the 11-member All-OVC second team. Delgado also was honored as a member of the OVC's All-Newcomer team.

Delgado led the Cougars in scoring during the regular season with nine goals and an assist (19 points). She was third overall in goals in the OVC and fourth overall in scoring.

Pelley leads the OVC and is 26th in the NCAA with a 0.66 goals against average and seven shutouts. Her .838 save percentage is second in the OVC and 40th in the NCAA.

Skyhawks end SIUE's year with OT win

MARTIN, Tenn. -- The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's soccer team was eliminated from the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Friday evening, suffering a 2-1 overtime defeat against top-seed Tennessee-Martin at Skyhawk Field.

The Cougars (13-5-3, 6-3-1 OVC) had defeated Eastern Illinois 2-1 Thursday to reach the tournament semifinals, but ran into a UT Martin side that was well-rested after having a first-round bye and having not played a game in a week's time.

After the match, coach Derek Burton also acknowledged the team's seven seniors who saw their SIUE careers come to a close Friday night. Pitts, Hope Jones, Sarah Doggendorf, Chelsea Smith, Kourtney Price, Mary Kate Reed, and Erin DiGiovanni will all say goodbye to the program after this year.

Men's soccer

Cougar named Offensive Player of the Week

EDWARDSVILLE -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men's soccer player Jabari Danzy has been named Missouri Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week following his game-winning performance against Missouri State over the weekend.

The midfielder from Park Forest, scored the game-winning goal in the Cougars' 1-0 double overtime victory over the Bears, lifting SIUE (7-8-2, 3-3-0 MVC) to victory in its regular season finale.

In the 107th minute of play, Danzy broke a scoreless tie when he received a long ball from Gabe Christianson and struck a far-post finish from 20 yards. Danzy led the Cougars with three shots in the win against the Bears, including two shots on goal.

It was the sophomore's first goal in an SIUE uniform, helping SIUE to its second win in a row. The Cougars handed Missouri State its first conference loss of the season, and Danzy's strike was the first goal scored on the Bears since Sept. 29.

The Cougars will now prepare for their first game of the MVC Tournament, where they'll face Loyola in the quarterfinals Wednesday. Game time is set for 3 p.m. at Shea Stadium in Peoria.

Men's bowling

Lynx finish fourth in tournament

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Lindenwood University-Belleville men's bowling teams took part in the Brunswick Southern Collegiate Classic this past weekend.

The Lynx controlled the lanes throughout the weekend and earned a fourth-place finish out of 24 teams. After starting Sunday's competition in fifth place, the team went 9-3 during match play on Sunday, and moved up to fourth place. Webber International won the tournament, with McKendree University coming in second, and the University of Pikeville in third.

Junior Jon Heimann averaged a 209 for the tournament and finished seventh overall. Freshman Tim Heimann averaged a 191 and placed 27th overall. The men's team is currently ranked 31st in the collegiate power rankings.

The Lynx are back in action Nov. 23 in the Lions Classic.

Women's bowling

Lynx finish 12th in tournament

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Lindenwood University-Belleville women's bowling teams took part in the Brunswick Southern Collegiate Classic this past weekend.

The women's team finished 12th out of 16 teams. Kassi Guase was the only Lady Lynx bowler to finish in the top 50 individually, she placed 29th overall. On day two of the competition, the Lady Lynx had a 3-9 match play record. The highlight of the weekend for the Lady Lynx was defeating Webber International, who is currently ranked fourth in all of collegiate bowling.

After this past weekend the Lady Lynx are ranked 52nd overall.

The Lynx are back in action Nov. 23 in the Lions Classic.

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