Raider women win Horizon League title

By John Bombatch

March 18, 2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Wright State women’s basketball team outscored Green Bay 52-33 in the second half to defeat the Phoenix, 88-69, in the Horizon League title game Sunday afternoon, earning its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament as a Division I member.

Tay’ler Mingo, who tied a career high with 26 against Youngstown State in the semifinals on Friday, set a new career best with 31 points and added five assists and five rebounds. The junior guard, who was selected to the All-Tournament Team, finished with 81 total points in three tournament games to set a new League record, breaking the previous mark of 73 by WSU’s Shey Peddy in 2008.

Kim Demmings, who was selected as the tournament MVP, finished with 26 points, 22 of those coming in the second half.

WSU swimmers earn academic honor

FAIRBORN — The Wright State women’s swimming & diving team has achieved Scholar All-American status for the fall of 2013, as announced this week by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America presents the Team Scholar All-American Award to college and university swimming and diving teams who have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

In a review of the women’s season, standouts Sammi Miller and Kayla Fearrin both pulled closer to establishing new school marks in the 100 Freestyle and 100 Breaststroke, respectively. The year prior Sammi Miller was a 52.49 in the 100 Freestyle, but this season she dropped to a 51.25 putting her nearly .5 seconds off Amanda Dieter’s 1993 100 Freestyle record of 50.69, one of the oldest school records for the Wright State Women. Fearrin was equally impressive as she dropped from a 1:06.49 in 2012 to a 1:04.80 encroaching on the school record of 1:04.07 set by Makenzie Weldon in 2011.

The women’s team also came close to setting some new school records in the 200 and 400 Medley relays. Backstroke lead off Kristen Hayhow established a new personal best of 57.4 leading off the 400 Medley relay and followed that performance up with another impressive drop to 57.1 the following day. Her teammate and cousin, Emily Hayhow, had some significant impact on the medley relays as well and was the leading butterflyer for the Raiders this season.

Wright State’s women’s diving was well represented at the Horizon League Championships with four women competing for scoring spots and two, Samantha TenEyck and Kyah Fleckner, placing in the top 8 among the conference.

Yellow Jackets split with Ashland

MASON — A day after a 22-1 Ashland drubbing, the Cedarville University Yellow Jackets earned a doubleheader split on Saturday with Ashland. In the first game, Ashland (10-5) rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 4-3. They sent home five runs in the top of the sixth to claim the first-game win.

First baseman Harrison Martin led Cedarville with a 2-for-3, two-RBI effort in the loss. Left fielder Nathan Bancroft also was 2-for-3 in the game, and shortstop Sam Summerlin went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Ashland’s Tyler Gray had a double and a home run in the win, driving in a pair of runs.

Game 2 saw Cedarville pull off a rally of its own. The Jackets saw their 6-0 lead diminish with four Ashland runs in the third, and single runs in the fifth and sixth, but Cedarville scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh to earn the win.

Lead-off hitting center fielder Cam McWilliams went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored a run, while Jackets clean-up hitter — catcher David Lenhardt smacked a homer to drive in three runs. He scored twice as well. Marshall Johnson, Summerlin, Drew Johnson and Chris Fox also drove in runs for Cedarville (9-7).

Jordan Adams (1-1) was credited with the first-game loss, and reliever Garrett Baker got the win in the second contest.