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Moore Earns WBCA All-America Honorable Mention Recognition


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After an impressive season, Cincinnati State women’s basketball player Jonessa “Joey” Moore earned her highest honor yet.


Moore received Junior College All-America Team Honorable Mention recognition from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, it was announced on Wednesday.


This honor comes after the sophomore center was named to the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and NJCAA Region XII first teams.


Moore, a Cincinnati native and Mount Healthy High School graduate, played in 14 games this past season, but she made the most of them. She averaged 22.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game while shooting 57.8 percent from the field, leading the Surge in all three categories.


“For Joey to receive this recognition in the limited amount of games she played is quite an accomplishment,” Cincinnati State head coach Sonya Beeler said.


The 6-foot-1 Moore was a formidable presence in the paint, posting game highs of 36 points and 20 rebounds, with the latter coming in her final game in a Surge uniform, a district tournament semifinals loss.


This marks the third straight season and fourth time in the past five seasons that a Cincinnati State women’s basketball player has earned All-America honors. Moore joins Phylicia Johnson (2014), Cameron Vaughn (2013) and Dominique Fischer (2011) in that group.


“This continues the tradition at Cincinnati State of bringing in top-notch student-athletes and developing them and helping them get better,” Beeler said.


Moore has verbally committed to continue her academic and basketball careers at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio.



Women's Basketball Team Worked Through Adversity for Productive Season

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The Cincinnati State women’s basketball team worked its way through a seemingly ever-changing roster en route to a productive 2014-15 season.


Despite a lineup hampered by the loss of several players due to injuries and other factors, the Surge finished 19-12 and reached the semifinals of the district tournament.


“Considering the adversity and the amount of players that we lost throughout the season, I think we outperformed anybody’s expectations,” Cincinnati State head coach Sonya Beeler said.


The high point of the season came at the Illinois Central College Tournament in Peoria near the end of December. The Surge opened the tournament with a 66-59 victory over North Iowa Area Community College, at the time the No. 2 ranked team in the NJCAA Division II poll. Cincinnati State then lost by four to Sauk Valley, an NJCAA Division I team that finished the season 26-6. The Surge wrapped up the tourney with a 59-58 overtime win over South Suburban, a team they lost to just 11 days prior and one that went on to qualify for the national tournament.


“We were clicking on all cylinders at that tournament,” Beeler said. “We played very well.”


Roster dynamics again changed in January, but a bright spot was the introduction of Jonessa Moore. The sophomore forward played in 14 games during the second half of the season and put up tremendous numbers. Moore averaged 22.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per contest and was named to the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference first team.


Moore, who earned OCCAC player of the week honors three times, had season highs of 36 points and 20 rebounds.


However, Cincinnati State had as few as six healthy players on any given day.


“It was a struggle at times to have enough players to practice, and we barrowed men’s basketball players all the time, but we made it through,” Beeler said.


The lack of roster depth meant increased practice and playing time and development for the players on floor.


“I can’t pick just one person who improved, because there was such improvement by everybody all season long,” Beeler said.


In addition to Moore being named to the OCCAC first team, freshmen guards Samia Carter and Jada Jackson earned second-team honors and sophomore wing Kasia Cicha received honorable mention recognition.


Moore has verbally committed to Shawnee State University, an NAIA Division I program, while Cicha has garnered interest from some schools.



Meanwhile, Beeler and her staff are looking forward to getting prospects on campus and rounding out the next recruiting class.

Surge Unable to Overcome Columbus State

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Circleville, Ohio -- Jonessa Moore turned in another outstanding performance, but it wasn’t enough as the Cincinnati State women’s basketball team lost to Columbus State, 72-63, on Friday afternoon in the NJCAA Division II District I Tournament semifinals.


The sophomore center scored 23 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds in her last game in a Surge uniform. It also marked the final Cincinnati State contest for Kasia Cicha, who had nine points, and Tressie Lewis, who contributed four points and six rebounds.


After heading to the half tied at 33, the Surge allowed the Cougars to steadily build an advantage they could never overcome in the second half. Cincinnati State struggled from the field, shooting just 28.6 percent for the game. That included the Surge going 2-for-22 (9.1 percent) from 3-point range.


Bridget Geiger led Columbus State with 15 points, while Paige Lewis added 13. No Cincinnati State player other than Moore reached double figures. Jada Jackson had nine points, and Michayla Barga scored eight.


The Surge finished the 2014-15 season with a 19-12 record. Moore led Cincinnati State with 22.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game.


Cincinnati State Women's Hoops Team Rolls into District Tournament Semifinals

The Cincinnati State women’s basketball team cruised past visiting Cuyahoga Community College, 100-59, in an NJCAA Division II District I Tournament quarterfinal game on Tuesday.

With the victory, the Surge advance to face Columbus State in the tournament semifinals at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio, on Friday at 3 p.m.

Cincinnati State used a balance attack en route to its third win over Cuyahoga this season. Jonessa Moore led the Surge with 26 points and 14 rebounds, while Michayla Barga (pictured) came off the bench to score 20 points and grab seven rebounds.

“Michayla Barga put together a good game defensively and offensively, and she didn’t force it,” Cincinnati State head coach Sonya Beeler said.

Jada Jackson added 15 points and eight boards, and Cierra Moran rounded out the double-figure scorers with 14.

Surge freshman Samia Carter just missed a triple-double, with eight points, 10 assists and 11 steals.

“Any time your point guard has 11 steals and 10 assists, that’s always a good night,” Beeler said.

Cincinnati State forced 33 turnovers and scored 48 points off of them on Tuesday, and Beeler was impressed with the Surge’s play in transition.

“When we start to run, there are not too many teams that can keep up with us,” the head coach said.


Tough test for Surge women’s hoops team


In the final game of the regular season, the Cincinnati State women’s basketball team will face one of its greatest challenges.


The Surge will travel Saturday to take on Owens Community College, a team that has not lost since its season opener. The Express, No. 2 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II rankings, are 28-1 and 13-0 in conference play.


“Playing at Owens is always a good thing,” Cincinnati State head coach Sonya Beeler said. “It’s good competition every time we play them.”


That includes a previous matchup this season, when the visiting Express topped the Surge, 89-70. Owens freshman guard Sierra Harley recorded a triple-double, scoring 22 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists. Ashley Tunstall led the way with 25 points, and Demy Whitaker came off the bench to score 18.


“They are very balanced,” Beeler said of Owens. “They have good post players and they have guards who can shoot the ball. You can’t just focus on one player.”


The Surge will try to combat that with the likes of sophomore center Jonessa Moore (pictured) and freshman guard Samia Carter. Moore, the back-to-back Ohio Community College Athletic Conference player of the week, is averaging 22.2 points and 11.4 rebounds per game, while Carter comes off her first career triple-double, posting 10 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists in a victory over Lakeland.


What does Cincinnati State (18-10, 9-4 OCCAC) have to do to compete with Owens?


“We need to box out and take care of the basketball,” Beeler said. “In our losses this year, we’ve been outrebounded and have way too many turnovers.”


The Surge, the No. 3 seed, will host Cuyahoga on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in district tournament action. With a win, Cincinnati State will advance to the semifinals held in Circleville, Ohio, next Friday.




The Cincinnati State men’s and women’s basketball games against Lakeland Community College originally scheduled for Saturday have been moved to Sunday.


The start times will remain 1 p.m. (women) and 3 p.m. (men), and the games will be held on campus.


It marks the last regular-season home game for both teams, and all Surge sophomore basketball players will be recognized between the games.


The No. 12 Cincinnati State men’s team (23-5) will face No. 15 Lakeland (21-5), which leads the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference standings by one game over the Surge.


The Cincinnati State women’s team (17-10) will take on a 14-13 Lakeland squad.

Surge players are Santa's helpers

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Santa Claus got a hand from the Cincinnati State women’s basketball team this holiday season. The team adopted a needy family for Christmas through the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The student-athletes purchased, wrapped and delivered gifts, which greatly brightened the holidays for the family.


NJCAA All-American Phylicia Johnson honored by Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

Former Cincinnati State guard Phylicia Johnson will be honored by the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in recognition of her outstanding play throughout the 2013-2014 season.

Johnson, a sophomore from Columbus, OH, averaged 17.3 points per game while shooting 45% from the field. The 5'8 guard ended the season scoring in double figures in 21 straight games including three games with 30 or more points. Her point total of 570 is the most points ever scored by a Cincinnati State freshman. She led the Lady Surge to a 21-12 record, a district title and a NJCAA National Tournament Appearance. 

Johnson's No. 12 jersey will be displayed in the Hall's "Ring of Honor," which includes over 100 jerseys from this past season's high school and college All-Americans. 

"The Ring of Honor is our way of recognizing young basketball players for their achievements in the sports," said Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Director Josh Sullivan. "Phylicia Johnson is now part of an elite group and is now part of our history as well."

At the conclusion of last season, Johnson was named an NJCAA All-American, the OCCAC "Player of the Year" and a Region XII 1st Team selection. In April, Johnson accepted a scholarship to play at Eastern Illinois University, a NCAA Div. I program located in Charleston, IL.

About the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame: The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame opened in June 1999 in Knoxville, Tennessee. It is the only facility of its kind dedicated to all levels of women's basketball. With the 2014 Induction, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame will celebrate its 16th Anniversary and add six new members to the prestigious Hall, honoring 133 inductees. 

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Surge add three more players to 2014 roster


Cincinnati State head coach Sonya Beeler continues to build her roster for next season with the recent signings of transfer Maura Hackney, Cheree Snowden and Cierra Moran.

Hackney, who graduated from Edgewood High School, played at conference rival Owens Community College last season. With a desire to play closer to home, Hackney decided to explore her options and return back to the Cincinnati area. Hackney owns Edgewood's career record for career blocks, single season blocks and single game blocks. She was a 4-time Academic Student- Athlete and was named to the FAVC 1st Team & All-Southwest Ohio Team after her senior season.

Cheree Snowden, a Dayton Dunbar product, was named to the AP Southwest All-Ohio Team last season. Cierra Moran, who comes from Central Catholic in Toledo, OH, was selected to the All Three Rivers Athletic Conference Team and the All-Academic Team.


"These girls can help us get back to where we want to be," Beeler said. "They all can compliment our style of play."


Hackney, Snowden and Moran joins a Cincinnati State team coming off a national tournament appearance, a district title and a 21-12 mark in 2013-14.


Taylor Character accepts offer to play at Cincinnati State

The women's basketball program at Cincinnati State continues to revamp next season's roster as Head Coach Sonya Beeler signed guard Taylor Character last week.

A 5'9 combo guard from Manassas, VA, Character helped Stonewall Jackson High School to back-to-back district titles in 2011 & 2012. Poised to have a successful senior season, Character's final year of high school was cut short due to an ACL tear. Character, who averaged 10 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game, spent all of last year recovering from the injury while taking classes at Northern Virginia Community College.

Character will likely fill the void left behind by departing sophomore Alexus Chinn, who also came back from an ACL tear and had a successful career at Cincinnati State.

Character joins a Cincinnati State team coming off a national tournament appearance, a district title and a 21-12 mark in 2013-14.

tay character signingVirginia recruit Taylor Character will play at Cincinnati State next season

Departing sophomore Alexus Chinn signs with Lindsey Wilson

Cincinnati State sophomore Alexus Chinn has accepted a scholarship offer to play at Lindsey Wilson College next season.

The 5'8 forward helped the Lady Surge to a 21-12 record, a district title and a NJCAA national tournament appearance in 2014. In her two years at Cincinnati State, Chinn made a name for herself on the defensive end, averaging 2.5 steals to go along with 6.7 rebounds and 8.1 points per contest while her team has gone 46-19 during that span. 

Suffering an severe knee injury during her senior season at Princeton High School, Chinn was able to bounce back and proved her durability, playing in all 33 games last season and missing just 3 games in two years.

Chinn will join a Lindsey Wilson team which went 19-12 last year. The Blue Raiders, an NAIA program located in Columbia, KY, compete in the Mid-South Conference.


Chinn is one of three Cincinnati State players moving on to play at a 4-year program. Guard Phylicia Johnson signed with Eastern Illinois last month. Hannah Stephenson has accepted an offer to play at Tiffin University.

a.chinn.lindseywilsonAfter a successful two years with Cincinnati State, Alexus Chinn has accepted a scholarship offer to play at Lindsey Wilson College.

Guard Jada Jackson chooses to play at Cincinnati State

Cincinnati State coach Sonya Beeler continued to bolster her back court for next season with the recent signings of guard Jada Jackson.

A 5'9 guard from Louisville, KY, Jackson garnered interest from NCAA Div. I programs after averaging 18.1 points while playing for Waggener High School. Despite missing most of her senior season due to an ACL tare, Jackson still managed to score over 1,000 career points.

Jackson plans to earn her associate's degree from Cincinnati State and focus on earning a 4 year degree in the field of sports medicine.

Jackson will join a Cincinnati State back court which includes incoming freshmen Samia Carter (Anderson HS/ Anderson, IN), Michayla Barga (Bradford HS/Bradford, IN) and returning sophomores Dawn Johnson and All-Conference point guard Ericka Fitzpatrick.

jada.j.signingGuard Jada Jackson has signed her letter of intent to play for the Surge next season.

Lady Surge add guard Samia Carter and forward Taylor Stanfield

Cincinnati State coach Sonya Beeler continued her offseason acquisitions signing guard Samia Carter (Anderson HS/ Anderson, IN) and forward Taylor Stanfield (Findlay HS/ Findlay, OH).

Carter, a 5'3 point guard, averaged 7.5 points, 4.0 steals and 7.1 assists per game last season. Carter led the Anderson High School Indians to a 19-5 record and the Sectional and County titles. She earned All - Madison County & All-North Central 1st Team honors.

"It was very important for me to play close to my family," Carter said. "Cincinnati State gives me the opportunity to do that."

Carter will likely team up with returning OCCAC All-Conference guard Ericka Fitzpatrick next season to form a potent backcourt combination.

“Our coaching staff is extremely excited to begin working with Samia,” Beeler says. “Her speed and lateral quickness will be a tremendous asset to what we do on the floor.”

Taylor Stanfield, a 6’0 forward, will look to bounce back with Cincinnati State after sitting out all of last season with a torn ACL. As a junior, Stanfield led Findlay to an 18-5 record while averaging 10.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

"Taylor can be a force in the post," Beeler says. "We look forward to further developing her game. As a coach, I am always looking for someone who can come in and rebound. Taylor will do that for us.”

Stanfield joins a Cincinnati State front court featuring two returners in Emily Fite and Danielle Cheatum. Both Fite & Cheatum were named to the OCCAC All-Conference team last season.


samia signingWith family and coaches present, Samia Carter signed her letter of intent to play at Cincinnati State next season.


stanfield signForward Taylor Stanfield officially signed to play at Cincinnati State next year.

Bradford's Michayla Barga signs with Cincinnati State

Bradford senior guard Michayla Barga has signed her letter of intent and will play for Cincinnati State next fall.


Playing for Bradford coach Patrick McKee, Barga helped the Lady Railroaders to a program best 20-6 overall record. The team also won its first OHSAA sectional title in 2014. In 24 games, the 5’6 guard averaged 5.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists.


Barga plans to study early childhood education at Cincinnati State while continuing to develop her game on the court.


“At Cincinnati State, I am looking to fit in with the team and become a more confident player,” she said. “I am extremely excited to get started.”


Barga is projected to compete at the starting point guard position. Cincinnati State coach Sonya Beeler believes Barga’s style of play will translate well in her system.


“Michayla likes to push the ball. She will fit well with what we do because we run a fast-paced, up and down style of offense,” Beeler said. “She has the opportunity to make an immediate impact on our team.”


The first player to officially sign with Cincinnati State this offseason, Barga joins returning sophomores Emily Fite, Kasia Cicha, Danielle Cheatum, Ericka Fitzpatrick & Dawn Johnson. The Lady Surge went 21-12 last season while claiming the District I title and earning a trip to the NJCAA national tournament.

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Surge claim district title, earn 3rd trip to nationals in 4 seasons

In just her second season as the head coach of the Cincinnati State basketball team, Sonya Beeler took her team the NJCAA national tournament while claiming the district title by upsetting Owens Community College.

The women, who went on a 17-2 run to beat No. 5 Owens in the District I Championship, had their national tournament run end in the second round with a loss to top seeded North Iowa Area Community College.

Phylicia Johnson capped off a stellar freshman season with 20+ point performances in Cincinnati State's five postseason games. Johnson, the OCCAC "Player of the Year” & All-American, finished the season ranked 3rd among Cincinnati State players for points scored in a single season (570).

The Surge, who made its 3rd national tournament appearance in four seasons, finished the season with a 21-12 record while claiming the District title.

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Johnson & Stephenson lead comeback as Surge take district title

Circleville, OH - Backcourt teammates Hannah Stephenson & Phylicia Johnson sparked a second half comeback as the Cincinnati State knocked off Owens in the NJCAA District I Championship on Saturday.


Down 54-44 with 11 minutes remaining, it seemed as if Owens would successfully defend its title after Cincinnati State freshman Ericka Fitzpatrick went down with a knee injury.


Led by Johnson and Stephenson, Cincinnati State responded with a 17-2 run, eventually stunning top seeded Owens and claiming the program’s first district title since 2012. Johnson, the tournament MVP, scored 12 of her game high 22 points in the final 11 minutes. Stephenson scored 14 of her 17 points in the last 8 minutes, including a clutch jumper with 30 seconds left to help seal the victory. Emily Fite added 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Surge advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament.



Owens, which finished the season with a 26-3 overall record, was led by Kamilah Carter’s 20 points.


Winning its 3rd district title in four seasons, the Lady Surge (20-10) will prepare to travel to Overland Park, Kansas for the NJCAA Women’s Div. II National Tournament on March 18.

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Surge hang on to beat Columbus State; advance to district finals

Circleville, OH - Freshman Ericka Fitzpatrick displayed clutch free throw shooting with seconds left as Cincinnati State held on to beat Columbus State Community College, 80-75 in Friday's district semifinal.

Cincinnati State, which entered the tournament as a No. 2 seed, led by as many as 20 points in the second half. No. 3 seed Columbus State would cut that lead down to 3 with 48.5 seconds left thanks to a 7-0 run. With the ball, Columbus State's Erinn Bailey was triple teamed in the post. Unaware that the Cougars had used all of their timeouts, Bailey signaled for the stoppage, resulting in a technical foul. Cincinnati State, which failed to convert both free throw attempts, regained possession when Columbus State's Chelsea Robinson committed an offensive foul. Ericka Fitzpatrick was intentionally fouled and made her two free throw attempts with 5.4 seconds remaining to clinch the game.

Leading the way offensively for Cincinnati State was Phylicia Johnson, who finished with a game high 23 points. Fitzpatrick, who converted 11 of 15 free throws, finished with 19 points. Forward Emily Fite finished with a game high 13 rebounds to go along with 10 points.

Kalyn Daniel led the Cougars with 20 points as her team finished the season with a 20-7 overall record.

With the win, Cincinnati State(19-10) advances to the district finals for the fourth straight season. The Surge will take on No. 1 seeded Owens (26-2), a team ranked No. 5 in the NJCAA national poll, on Saturday at 2 pm. Saturday's final will be held at Ohio Christian University.

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Surge win in lopsided affair over Lakeland; earn No. 2 seed in tournament

CINCINNATI, OH - All three Cincinnati State departing sophomores scored in double figures as the Lady Surge defeated Lakeland Community College 118-32 in the closing game of the season on Saturday.

Cincinnati State (18-10; 9-3 in OCCAC) was led by the backcourt combination of Hannah Stephenson and Phylicia Johnson. Johnson, a freshman from Columbus, finished with a game high 29 points. Stephenson, a sophomore guard, recorded 20 points.  Forward Chelsea Paddy finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Alexus Chinn contributed with 13 points and 5 steals.

Lakeland (3-23; 0-12) turned the ball over 41 times, leading to a 34-2 advantage for the Surge in fast break baskets.

Finishing second in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference, the Lady Surge will enter next week's conference tournament as a No. 2 seed. Cincinnati State will face Columbus State in the semifinals on Friday at 3 pm.

This year's tournament will be held on Friday and Saturday at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, OH.


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Sophomores Chelsea Paddy, Alexus Chinn and Hannah Stephenson each scored in double figures in their last home game in a Surge uniform.


Fite leads Surge to road victory over Sinclair

DAYTON, OH - Emily Fite scored 27 points to lead Cincinnati State to a 77-62 road win over Sinclair Community College in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference women's basketball action on Wednesday.

Fite, a 5’11 freshman from Seaman, Ohio, was 11 of 13 from the floor and grabbed 15 rebounds to record her 12th double-double of the season.

Phylicia Johnson added 16 points as Cincinnati State improved to 17-10 overall and 8-3 in the OCCAC. The Surge, with only one game against last-place Lakeland remaining, have all but clinched second place in the conference.

Cincinnati State held a two-point lead at halftime but built a 24-point bulge in the second stanza.

Ashley Morrow led Sinclair with 16 points. The Tartans dropped to 13-15 overall and 5-5 in league play.

Cincinnati State, ranked No. 20 in the latest NJCAA national poll, hosts Lakeland in the final game of the regular season on March. 1 at 1 pm.

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Surge backcourt helps Cincinnati State edge Columbus State

COLUMBUS, OH - Freshman Ericka Fitzpatrick hit a clutch basket and a pair of free throws in the final 55 seconds to help Cincinnati State edge Columbus State in OCCAC women's college basketball action on Wednesday night.

The game was a tale of two halves. Cincinnati State built a 43-28 lead in the first 20 minutes, shooting 49 percent from the field. Columbus State cut a 16-point deficit to just two points by the 8:40 mark of the second half. From there it was a possession-by-possession battle.

Hannah Frey hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 70 with 1:18 to play. Fitzpatrick retaliated with a basket with 55 seconds remaining. Hannah Stephenson hit a pair of free throws with 33 seconds on the clock to open a four-point Cincinnati State edge. With the Surge clinging to a two-point lead, Fitzpatrick sank her game-clinching free throws at the 14-second mark.

Fitzpatrick finished with 21 points. Phylicia Johnson, the reigning OCCAC "Player of the Week" led Cincinnati State with 27 points, with 20 coming in the first half. Sophomore Hannah Stephenson added 12 and 8 rebounds.

Columbus State, which falls to 16-4 overall and 4-3 in the OCCAC, was led by Kalyn Daniel's 27 points.

The Cincinnati State victory sets up a battle for first place in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference on Saturday between the 16-9 Surge, who are in second place with a 7-2 ledger, and NJCAA No. 6-ranked Owens, which is 6-1 in league play and 20-2 overall. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 pm.




Surge end 2-game skid with lopsided win over Lakeland

KIRTLAND, Ohio -- Needing 38 points to eclipse 1,000 in his junior college career, Cincinnati State's Winston Grays led his team to a 76-69 victory over Lakeland Community College with 25 points on Saturday afternoon.

Cincinnati State, which had lost the previous 4 contests to Lakeland, improved to 7-1 in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and 21-3 overall.

Despite an uncharacteristic 1-11 shooting performance from beyond the arc, Cincinnati State led throughout the entire game. The Lakers were able to cut the deficit down to 2 points thanks to a Marcus Fleming jump shot with 2:23 remaining, but freshman James Kilpatrick's conventional three-point play at the 2:01 mark helped spark a 10-3 Cincinnati State run to close the game.

Cincinnati State, which entered the game with the NJCAA's No. 2 scoring offense, was held to its third-lowest point total of the season. The Surge had topped the century mark in five of their previous seven games and were averaging 103 points per outing.

Grays, who also added 8 rebounds and 4 steals to his Saturday stat line, needs just 13 points to become the school's third player to reach the 1,000 point milestone. McKinley Bell, Chrisean Marsden and Kilpatrick finished the game with 10 points each.

Fleming led Lakeland (12-10; 4-3) with a game high 28 points.

Currently ranked No. 3 in the NJCAA national poll, Cincinnati State visits Columbus State Community College on Wednesday.

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Edison upsets No. 14 Cincinnati State

Cincinnati, OH -- Cincinnati State's Phylicia Johnson scored a career-high 39 points but Cincinnati State fell victim to an Edison second-half comeback as the Lady Chargers edged the Surge, 78-76, in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference basketball action on Thursday.

Johnson tallied 21 of her points in the first half to help Cincinnati State build an 18-point lead with two minutes remaining before halftime. Edison began its comeback by outscoring the Surge, 11-2 in the final two minutes of the half.  With the aid of 59 percent shooting, the Chargers eventually claimed the lead with 11 minutes to play and did not look back. The Chargers built a seven point cushion with 5:23 to play but the Surge rallied to cut the margin to two at the buzzer.

Hannah Stephenson, with 11 points, was the only other player in double figures for the No. 14 Surge, which fell to 14-9 and 5-2 in the OCCAC. Edison, 13-5 overall and 4-3 in the OCCAC, was led by the balanced scoring of Brooke Richards (23 points), Tori Purk (18) and Chris Johnson (17).

Cincinnati State plays at Lakeland Community College on Saturday.





Vincennes tops Lady Surge 76-59

Vincennes, IN -- In a non-conference game, Cincinnati State fell to Vincennes University 76-59 on Saturday.

Vincennes, which entered the game ranked No. 20 in the NJCAA Div. I poll, shot %45 from the field compared to the Lady Surge's %34 performance. VU improved to 8-1 at home this season despite committing 19 turnovers.

Ranked No. 13 in the most recent NJCAA Div. II poll, Cincinnati State fell to 14-8 on the season.

The Surge received contributions from Hannah Stephenson & Phylicia Johnson. Stephenson led the team with 17 points while Johnson added 13. Coming off solid performances on Wednesday, forwards Danielle Cheatum & Chelsea Paddy were held to just 14 points combined due to early foul trouble and the Trailblazers' size in the paint.

"We had some calls go against us and did not play well offensively," Cincinnati State head coach Sonya Beeler said. "VU is a tough place to play and will make us stronger as we look to bounce back and finish strong in February and gain momentum come tournament time."

Vincennes (15-5 overall) was led by 6'3 center Anya Kalenta's game-high 26 points & 13 rebounds. Nicole Dodd, a 6'0 forward, added 15 in the victory.

Cincinnati State returns home on Wednesday to host Edison Community College at 5:30 pm.

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Johnson and Fitzpatrick lead Surge to crucial conference win against Sinclair

Cincinnati, OH -- Freshmen Phylicia Johnson and Ericka Fitzpatrick combined for 48 points to lead Cincinnati State to a 95-77 win over Sinclair in OCCAC women's basketball play on Wednesday night.

Johnson, who is averaging 22.8 points in conference games this season, scored 20 of her 25 points in the second half to help the Surge outscore the Tartans, 63-49. After shooting only 24 percent in the first half, the Surge found range with 56 percent shooting in the second half.

Forward Chelsea Paddy finished with a season high 18 points and Alexus Chinn chipped in 13 to help Cincinnati State maintain its hold on second place in the OCCAC. Cincinnati State, which is ranked No. 13 in the latest NJCAA national poll, improved to 14-7 overall with a 5-1 record in conference play.

Sinclair (11-11, 3-2) was led by O'sha Owens' 23 points. Jenae Curtis had 16 and Ashley Morrow 15.

Cincinnati State plays a non-league game at Vincennes University on Saturday.

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Freshman Phylicia Johnson scores 2 of her game high 25 points in Wednesday's win over Sinclair.

Lady Surge improve to 4-1 in OCCAC with road win over Cuyahoga

Cleveland, Ohio -- Hannah Stephenson led four double-figure scorers as No. 17 Cincinnati State overpowered Cuyahoga, 78-44, on Saturday.

The Surge (13-7) upped their OCCAC record to 4-1 to remain a half game out of first place. Cuyahoga (2-11, 0-4) remained winless in league play.

The Surge took command of the game in the final eight minutes of the first half and built their advantage with 49 percent shooting in the second half. Stephenson finished with a team high 17 points. Phylicia Johnson, Danielle Cheatum and Alexus Chinn each contributed 14 points.

Cincinnati State forced 34 Cuyahoga turnovers with the aid of 18 steals, six by Ericka Fitzpatrick and five by Stephenson.

Cincinnati State hosts Sinclair Community College on Wednesday at 5:30 pm.

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Fitzpatrick leads Surge to 85-79 win over Columbus State


Cincinnati, Ohio -- Ericka Fitzpatrick scored a career-high 26 points to lead Cincinnati State to an 85-79 win over Columbus State in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday.

The No. 17 Surge opened a 15-point margin with seven minutes to play, then held off a late Columbus State comeback attempt to move to 12-7 overall and 3-1 in OCCAC play. Columbus State, which fell to 14-3 and 2-2 in conference play, cut the margin to three points in the final 40 seconds but clutch free throw shooting by Cincinnati State, which was 30 of 36 at the line, clinched the win.

Fitzpatrick got scoring help from Phylicia Johnson (19), Hannah Stephenson (14) and Danielle Cheatum (15). Cheatum grabbed 14 rebounds to garner her third double-double in four games. Johnson also blocked a potential game tying three with just under 19 seconds of play to help the Surge to the victory.

Erinn Bailey led Columbus State with 23 points, with Taylor Horn adding 17 and Kalyn Daniel 16.

The Lady Surge travel to play Cuyahoga Community College on Saturday.






Johnson leads Cincinnati State to road victory over Edison

Piqua, OH -  The Cincinnati State women's basketball team improved to 2-0 in conference play with a 80-76 road win over Edison Community College on Wednesday night.


Freshman Phylicia Johnson tied a career high with 24 points to lead the 16th ranked Surge past their Ohio Community College Athletic Conference rival.

With the victory, Cincinnati State extended its winning streak to 4 games and improved to 11-6 overall. Edison, which is now 1-1 in conference play, had its five-game win streak snapped and fell to 10-3.

Sophomore Hannah Stephenson broke a 77-77 tie with a basket from the top of the key with 30 seconds left in regulation, then gave the Surge a four-point lead with a pair of free throws at the 17 second mark. Stephenson finished with 10 points. Danielle Cheatum added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Brooke Richard led Edison with 31 points. Tori Purk added 17.

Cincinnati State will return to action on Saturday when the team travels to Owens Community College in a rematch of last year's district final.




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Freshman Phylicia Johnson led Cincinnati State with 24 points in a 80-76 win over Edison

Cincinnati State wins conference opener with 91-46 win over Cuyahoga

Cincinnati, OH - Phylicia Johnson scored a career-high 24 points to help Cincinnati State's women's basketball team open Ohio Community Colleges Athletic Conference play with a 91-45 victory over Cuyahoga.

Ericka Fitzpatrick and Danielle Cheatum added 16 points each and Alexus Chinn contributed 15 to help the No. 16 Surge (10-6) roll to their 10th win of the season.  Cincinnati State, which rested injured regulars Hannah Stephenson and Emily Fite, shot 48 percent from the field and forced 33 turnovers.

Johnson, a 5-8 freshman from Pickerington, Ohio, was 10-of-12 from the field, making both of her 3-point tries.  She is on a scoring tear in which she has averaged 19.3 points over her last three games.

Cuyahoga (2-8) was led by Tamara Smith's 11 points.

The Surge return to action Wednesday with an OCCAC game at Edison.



Lady Surge beat Roane State 88-61

Cincinnati, OH - In the team's final game before the start of OCCAC play, the Cincinnati State women's basketball team defeated Roane State Community College 88-61 on Friday afternoon.


Playing in their first home game since Nov. 2, the Surge were led by sophomore Alexus Chinn, who finished with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Ericka Fitzpatrick followed Chinn with 16 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Phylicia Johnson scored 15 points. Hannah Stephenson finished with a game high 7 assists to go along with 14 points and 5 rebounds.


The Surge defense forced the visiting Raiders into 17 turnovers compared to just 10 Cincinnati State giveways leading to a 16-7 advantage in points scored off of turnovers.


Roane State, which fell to 10-7 overall, was led by Shanae Brown's 14 points.


Improving to 9-6 on the season, Cincinnati State will begin preparing for the start of Ohio Community College Athletic Conference competition. The Lady Surge host conference foe Cuyahoga Community College on Jan. 11 at 1 pm.



Surge defeat South Suburban for third time this season

East Peoria, IL - On the final day of the Illinois Central College Holiday Tournament, Cincinnati State beat South Suburban College 72-50 on Monday.

Snapping a 4 game losing streak, Cincinnati State was led by freshmen Emily Fite and Phylicia Johnson. Fite, a 5'11 forward from North Adams High School, finished with 19 points and a game high 17 rebounds. Johnson also finished with 19 points, converting 7 of 13 field goal attempts. Sophomore Alexus Chinn contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds as the Surge beat South Suburban for the third time this season.

With the win, the Lady Surge improved to 8-6 overall.

Cincinnati State will return home on Friday to face Roane State Community College at 3 pm.




Cincinnati State's comeback attempt falls short in loss to Roane State

Herriman, TN - The Cincinnati State women's basketball team lost on the road to Roane State Community College 83-72 on Thursday.

Down by as many as 20 in the first half, the Lady Surge battled back to cut the halftime deficit to 11. Midway through the second half, Cincinnati State took a 7 point lead. Unfortunately, a short bench accompanied by poor rebounding and free throw shooting by Cincinnati State proved to be the team's downfall as Roane State was able to reclaim the lead and the victory.

"We spent so much energy getting back into the game," Cincinnati State head coach Sonya Beeler said. "Once we got the lead, we just ran out of gas and Roane State took advantage of it."

With the win, Roane State improved to 9-5 on the season.

The Surge shot 10-23 from the free throw line and gave up numerous extra possessions and second chance points to Roane State.

Missing from the Cincinnati State lineup was guard Hannah Stephenson, who did not play for disciplinary reasons. Of the seven active Cincinnati State players, freshman guards Ericka Fitzpatrick and Dawn Johnson were limited by foot injuries.

Shouldering the load offensively for Cincinnati State was freshman forward Emily Fite. Fite finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Phylicia Johnson also contributed with 17 points. Alexus Chinn had a season high 15 points.

"In a loss, we did have some positives to take away," Beeler said. "Emily had another great game, Fe (Phylicia Johnson) and Alexus may have had their best games of the season."

Cincinnati State, which fell to 7-4 on the season, return to action at the Illinois Community College Holiday Tournament in East Peoria, IL. Cincinnati State opens the tournament against Kirkwood Community College on Dec. 28 at 2 pm.


Lady Surge beat South Suburban 66-65 in tournament title game

Palos Hills, IL - Playing in the South Suburban Holiday Tournament title game on Saturday, the Cincinnati State women's basketball team defeated tournament host South Suburban College 66-65.

The game would not be decided until the final 0.1 second ticked off the clock with South Suburban shooting two free throws down 66-65.

Cincinnati State head coach Sonya Beeler used her final two timeouts before each free throw attempt. The first attempt rimmed out of the cylinder. The potential game tying free throw also missed as the Surge went on to win the tournament championship.

"In a situation like that, we thought we might as well use the timeouts to our advantage. You really never know how much of an effect it has on the shooter but we got the result we desired and won a nail biter on the road," Beeler said.

Freshman forward Emily Fite finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds despite being in foul trouble throughout the contest. Ericka Fitzpatrick, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, finished with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Alexus Chinn also finished with 13 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Hannah Stephenson, the tournament MVP, recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

With Saturday's win, the Lady Surge improved to 7-2 on the season with an impressive 6-1 mark on the road.

The team returns to action on the road on Wednesday against Roane State Community College.


Surge defeat 25th ranked Malcolm X

Vincennes, IN—Competing in the Vincennes Trailblazer Invitational on Saturday, Cincinnati State won 82-74 over Malcom X College.


Coming off a loss on Friday to Mineral Area, Cincinnati State bounced back with a quality win over a Malcolm X team ranked No. 25 in the NJCAA Div. I national poll.


Freshman Emily Fite led all scorers with 21 points, coverting 8 of 11 field goal attempts. Fite, who leads the team in scoring, has scored 20+ points in every game she has played this season.


Phylicia Johnson came off the bench to score 13 points. Hannah Stephenson recorded 12 points, 5 assists and 3 steals. Ericka Fitzpatrick and Kasia Cicha each chipped in with 10 points.


With the win, Cincinnati State improved to 5-2 overall on the season. The team returns home to face Wayne County on Dec. 11.


Open tryout for those interested in the women's basketball team scheduled for Dec. 3

The Cincinnati State women’s basketball team is holding open tryouts on Dec. 3rd at 3 pm.


Individuals who are interested in participating in the spring should come fully prepared with the proper attire and should be in a desirable physical condition to meet the demands of physical activity.


Males are also welcome as the coaching staff seeks practice players for the spring season.


For further details, e-mail Cincinnati State head coach Sonya Beeler –


Freshman Emily Fite leads Cincinnati State to 4-1 start to season

When the 2013 season ended for the Cincinnati State women’s basketball team, Head Coach Sonya Beeler quickly began her first full off season of recruiting by scheduling high school athletes for campus visits. Emily Fite and her family were on the top of the list and Beeler worked diligently to make sure Fite would make the decision to play at Cincinnati State.


A few months later, Fite, an OHSAA All-American, signed her letter of intent to play at Cincinnati State in the cafeteria if North Adams High School and has since thrived as a student-athlete in her short time at the college.


Fite began her collegiate career by leading the Surge to a 79-39 victory over South Suburban. Fite, a 5'11 forward from Seaman, OH, led all scorers with 22 points, converting 8 of 13 shots, to go along with 8 rebounds and 2 stealsShe led all scorers with 22 points, converting 8 of 13 shots, to go along with 8 rebounds and 2 steals. Although losing the following game to Vincennes University, Fite recorded another 20+ point performance, finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds.


Missing a game against Mott Community College due to a hip injury, Fite returned to the lineup the next week, leading Cincinnati State to two road wins over Jackson College and Wayne County. She finished with 24 points and a season high 16 rebounds in 28 minutes of play in a 79-39 win over Jackson. In a 74-47 victory over Wayne County on Saturday, Fite scored 19 of her 21 points in the first half and also recorded 13 rebounds in 22 minutes of playing time.


For her performances against Wayne and Jackson, Fite was selected as the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference “Player of the Week.”


“Despite a lingering injury, Emily has really shown that she has the ability to be great,” Beeler says. “At times, she has carried us on the offensive end of the floor. She is off to a great start and we look forward to seeing her have continued success in the Cincinnati State uniform.”


Fite has helped lead Cincinnati State to three straight victories and a 4-1 overall record on the season.


She is currently averaging 22.3 ppg and 12.3 rpg.

Emily Fite, a freshman from North Adams High School, has helped lead the Lady Surge to a 4-1 record. Fite is currently averaging 22.3 ppg and 12.3 rpg.


Cincinnati State women’s basketball begins season ranked No. 15 in preseason poll

With Friday’s start of the 2013-14 regular season, the Cincinnati State women’s basketball team is poised to make a run towards a Ohio Community College Athletic Conference title and contending for a national title.


The Lady Surge, which enter the season ranked No. 15 in the NJCAA preseason poll, returns three players from last year’s team which finished with a 25-7 mark. Hannah Stephenson, a sophomore point guard from Independence, KY, led the team a year ago in assists with 5.2 per game. Alexus Chinn, a post player from Cincinnati, OH, is perhaps the best defender on the roster. Chinn averaged 2.2 steals per game in 2013 to go along with 6.2 rebounds and 7.2 points. Sophomore Grace McDougall also returns to the team after a productive freshman season. The combo-guard from Australia averaged 5.5 points, 1.4 steals and 3.5 assists.


Entering her second season with the program, Cincinnati State head coach Sonya Beeler has worked diligently in the offseason to recruit key additions to build upon last season’s success. Newcomers to the team include forward Emily Fite, and guards Dawn Johnson & Phylicia Johnson.


Fite was selected to the Associated Press’s All-Ohio Team, District 14- 1st Team and the All-Southern Hills Athletic Conference Team.


In her four years playing for coach Rob Davis and the North Adams Greens Devils, Fite led the team to four consecutive sectional championship finals while totaling 1,315 points and 813 rebounds. Fite averaged 19.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 2.9 assists in her senior season, leading the Green Devils to an 18-6 mark while claiming the SHAC title and sectional championships.

A 5'8 combo guard, Phylicia Johnson helped lead Pickerington Central to a 16-7 mark during her senior season. She averaged 10.2 points, 3.1 assists and 2.1 steals. At the conclusion of the season, Johnson was named to the All-Central Team, All-District Team and played in the District 11 All-Star Game.


Dawn Johnson, a combo-guard from Ryle High School, set a school record with over 300 steals during her four year career. She also finished second all-time in scoring totaling over 1400 points.


“We have some big shoes to fill with the graduation of Cameron Vaughn and Kindsay Brandt, two players who are now competing on the Div. I level. This team is extremely athletic, but very young. Right now, our players are working hard to learn the system and how to compete at the college level,” Beeler says. “We are anxious to begin the season and to compete with top notch teams as we strive toward accomplishing our goals.”


The Lady Surge open the season on Friday as part of the Cincinnati State Women’s Basketball Classic. Cincinnati State hosts South Suburban College at 7:30 pm followed by Saturday’s home game against Vincennes University at 6 pm.




Cincinnati State opens the season Friday at home against South Suburban. The Lady Surge enter the season ranked No. 15 in the nation.


Cameron Vaughn to continue her collegiate career at Praire View A&M


Cameron Vaughn signs her letter of intent to play for Div. I program Prairie View A&M. (Left to right) Jaden Vaughn - son; Chris Vaughn - Father; Cameron Vaughn; Cora Vaughn - Mother; Mary Kay Wallace - Grandmother; Sonya Beeler - Head CoachDeparting Cincinnati State sophomore Cameron Vaughn will continue her collegiate basketball career after signing with Prairie View A&M this past week.

Vaughn, a 5’10 forward from Xenia, OH, averaged 13.8 points, 13.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game while leading her team to a 25-7 overall record this past season. She finished with 10 or more rebounds in all but five games, recording a season-high 25 rebounds against Columbus State on Jan. 23. She finished the season 6th in the nation in rebounding, 1st in offensive rebounds (6.6), and set Cincinnati State's record for most rebounds in a season with 412.

“We are so proud of Cameron for everything she has done for us and look forward to seeing her succeed as a player, student and person at Prairie View A&M,” Cincinnati State head coach Sonya Beeler said.

Vaughn earned multiple individual accomplishments including being named an NJCAA All-American, the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference’s “Player of the Year,” a NJCAA Region XII 1st Team selection and Cincinnati State’s “Female Athlete of the Year.” Vaughn also performed in the classroom earning a 3.0+ GPA and named a Cincinnati State “Scholar Student-Athlete.”

She joins a NCAA Div. I program in Prairie View A&M which competes as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)). The Lady Panthers made their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance after winning three Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament Championships in a row. The Lady Panthers finished this past season with a 17-15 record.




Kindsay Brandt to play at Miami(OH) University


brandt.signingCincinnati State departing sophomore Kindsay Brandt has signed her letter of intent and will move on to play at Miami (OH) University next season.


Coming to Cincinnati State after a successful high school career at Lakota West, Brandt emerged as a leader in her sophomore season under 1st year head coach Sonya Beeler. Brandt averaged 11.5 points, 6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 3.25 steals while leading the Surge to a 25-7 overall record. She scored her collegiate career high 24 points in a Nov. 9th win against the University of Pikeville. Brandt also led the team in minutes played averaging 36.5 minutes per game.


Brandt earned OCCAC “Player of the Week” honors in January. At the conclusion of the season, Brandt was named to the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference 2nd Team and won the team’s “Unsung Hero” award.


Brandt will go to Miami(OH) to play for Head Coach Cleve Wright, who will embark on his 1st season with the Redhawks.






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