Cincinnati State Women's Basketball
Surge Upset Falls Short in District Final
March 7, 2016
No. 7 Owens converted on a three-point play with 49 seconds to play to escape with a 71-69 win over Cincinnati State in the NJCAA Women's District I tournament championship game on Saturday.
Cincinnati State took a 69-68 lead with 1:17 to play on a pair of free throws by Dameras Whitlock. Ariel Bethea scored a layup and free throw to regain the lead for Owens with 49 seconds remaining, and the Express thwarted further Surge comeback attempts.
The setback ended the Surge's bid to reach the NJCAA National Championships for the fourth time in six seasons. Cincinnati State closed the year at 22-10.
Owens, which advances to the nationals with a 26-6 record, entered the title game on a 15-game winning streak during which it posted an average winning margin of 37 points.
Cincinnati State established its upset bid early, playing the Express evenly through the first two quarters. The Surge appeared to have Owens on the ropes when taking a 59-54 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Express countered with a 10-1 run for a 64-60 edge with 4:17 to play.
Kianna Delas led all scorers with 19 points. Montrail Roberts had 13 points and 11 rebounds for her 18th double-double. She also blocked five shots. Delas and Roberts were named to the all-tournament team.
Cincinnati State advanced to the tourney title game with an 83-62 win over Cuyahoga in Friday's semifinals.
Montrail Roberts scored a career-high tying 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Cincinnati State.
Cincinnati State shot 50 percent from the field to take a 41-32 lead at halftime. The Surge put the game away with an 18-0 scoring run to start the third period. Cuyahoga was scoreless in the first 5:19 of the quarter.
Complementing Roberts in the scoring column were Kianna Delas with 17 points, Chloe Baird with 13 and Dameras Whitlock with 12. Darian Carter led Cuyahoga, which closed the season at 17-12, with 16 points.
Surge Pursue National Tournament Berth
March 3, 2016
A berth in the NJCAA national championships is at stake when Cincinnati State competes in the NJCAA women’s basketball district tournament at Circleville this weekend.
The Surge, 21-9, will face Cuyahoga at 3 p.m. in Friday’s semifinals, played at Ohio Christian University. A victory will advance Cincinnati State to Saturday’s 1 p.m. championship game to face the winner of the Owens-Columbus State semifinal contest.
The district champion moves on to the NJCAA National Championships in Kansas City. Cincinnati State will be vying for its fourth national appearance in the past six years. The Surge advanced to the NJCAA’s equivalent of the Final Four in 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Getting there this season is wrought with challenges. Cuyahoga, Friday’s semifinal opponent, is enjoying one of its best seasons in recent history at 17-11. The Challengers have won five straight games, including a dominating 83-56 win over Clark State in Tuesday’s first round action. Owens, the tourney’s No. 1 seed, has won 14 straight games for a 24-6 record and the No. 7 national ranking.
Cincinnati State opened tournament play with an 85-76 win over Edison on Tuesday. Montrail Roberts led the Surge with 26 points and 15 rebounds, her 16th double-double. She is averaging a double-double in points and rebounds (17.1, 11.5) to rank among the national leaders in both categories.
Carter Chooses Cumberland
March 3, 2016
Samia Carter will continue her academic and athletic career at the University of the Cumberlands. The Cincinnati State sophomore has signed letter of intent to study and play the next two seasons at the NAIA college in southern Kentucky.
Carter has had a season that has made her a candidate for Ohio Community College Player of the Year. The sophomore is ranked second nationally in assists (7.8 per game) and fourth in steals (4.8) as the Surge’s dynamic point guard. She has averaged 11.4 points and 4.3 rebounds this season.
Carter owns the Cincinnati State record for assists (325) and is second in career steals (215). She scored 565 points in her two-year career (12.0 average). An injury which ended her season two weeks ago kept her from extending those impressive totals.
Carter, who has a 2.9 GPA, will graduate Cincinnati State this Spring.
Surge Advance to Tourney Semifinals
March 1, 2016
Cincinnati State capitalized on a third quarter explosion to turn back Edison, 85-76, in the opening round of the NJCAA District I women's tournament on Tuesday.
The Surge, 21-9, advance to Friday's semifinals at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio. The team will play at 3 p.m. against Cuyahoga.
Montrail Roberts led Cincinnati State with 26 points and 15 rebounds, her 16th double-double of the season. She played a big role in the second half rally by scoring 21 of her points in the final 20 minutes. Kianna Delas and Chloe Baird each added 14 points and Jacie Dickerson finished with 11.
Cincinnati State opened the third quarter with a 12-2 run to break a 33-all halftime tie and led by as many as 13 points. Edison closed the deficit to a mere two points, 76-74, with 2:34 remaining. The Surge scored the next nine points.
No. 7 Owens Tops Surge
Feb. 29, 2016
No. 7 Owens capped an undefeated conference season with an 89-64 win over Cincinnati State in OCCAC women's basketball on Saturday.
The Express, 24-7, got 27 points from Jeryn Reese to post a perfect 14-0 record in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference play and extend their win streak to 14.
The Surge, 20-9, finished in second place in the OCCAC with a 10-4 slate. The setback snapped their four-game win streak.
Chloe Baird led Cincinnati State with 17 points, complemented by Montrail Roberts, who had 15, an Cierra Moran with 11.
Cincinnati State will host a first-round district tournament game on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Owens has a first round by and advances to the tourney semifinals to be played on Friday at Ohio Christian University.
Surge Notch 20th Win
Feb. 22, 2016
Chloe Baird led five double-figure scorers as Cincinnati State rolled to an 83-46 win over Lakeland in women's basketball on Saturday.
The Surge (20-8) notched their 20th victory of the season and clinched no worse than a tie for second place in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference with a 10-3 ledger. Lakeland fell to 11-6 and 4-8.
Baird tallied 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds, playing before a host of family and friends from her hometown in nearby Akron. Cierra Moran added 15 points. Montrail Roberts (13 points, 11 rebounds) and Jacie Dickerson (14, 10) recorded double-doubles in points and rebounds. Kianna Delas scored 13 points.
The Surge opened a 12-point lead in the first quarter and were never threatened. Cincinnati State held a decided 75-42 advantage in rebounding.
Cincinnati State closes out its regular season on Feb. 27 with a home game against Owens.
Surge Try to Clinch 2nd Place at Lakeland on Saturday
Feb. 19, 2016
Cincinnati State will have the opportunity to clinch no worse than a tie for second place in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference race when playing at Lakeland on Saturday.
The Surge, 19-8 overall, are currently second with a 9-3 league ledger, a game up on third-place Cuyahoga. Owens, unbeaten in league play, has already clinched the title.
Lakeland’s women’s team, 11-15 overall, is 4-7 in the OCCAC and is on a skid in which it has lost seven of its last eight games.
Fourth Quarter Rally Propels Surge Win over Edison
Feb. 18, 2016
Cincinnati State staged a fourth quarter rally to defeat Edison, 71-55, in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference women's basketball action Wednesday.
The win assures the Surge, 19-8 overall, the No. 2 seed in the NJCAA district postseason tournament. Cincinnati State is second in the OCCAC with a 9-3 league mark.
Playing their first game without point guard Samia Carter, whose season has ended due to injury, the Surge struggled early, falling into a 14-point deficit in the second quarter. Cincinnati State trailed by just three points at halftime and one point, 46-45, at the end of the third quarter.
The Surge opened the final period with a 14-0 scoring run and outscored Edison, 26-9, in the final frame.
Chloe Baird (14 points), Cierra Moran (13) and Montrail Roberts (12) led Cincinnati State in scoring with Roberts gathering a game-high 12 rebounds.
Conference scoring leader Brooke Dunlevy tallied 28 points for the Chargers (11-16, 4-8).
Surge Try to Build on Winning Momentum at Edison
Feb. 16, 2016
Cincinnati State’s basketball teams approach Wednesday’s games at Edison from drastically different standpoints.
The women’s team will be trying to build on the momentum of recent success when it tips off the double header at 5:30 p.m. The Surge, 18-8, have won eight of their last 10 contests and are a solid second place in the OCCAC with an 8-3 record. A victory will assure the team the No. 2 seed in the postseason district tournament.
The men’s team, 14-13, will try to snap a four-game losing skid which has slid them into sixth place in the OCCAC with a 3-8 record. A win is needed to keep Edison from joining Cincinnati State in a tie for sixth place.
Both Cincinnati State squads sustained significant injury losses on Saturday. Samia Carter, who was building credentials for OCCAC Player of the Year honors on the women’s side, and Brandon Trotter, the most consistent contributor on the men’s team, are lost for the rest of the season. Carter is ranked third in NJCAA Division II in assists (7.8 average) and fourth in steals (4.8).
Following Wednesday’s action, the teams have two regular season contests remaining. Cincinnati State will play at Lakeland on Saturday and host Owens on Feb. 27.
Surge Turn Back Cuyahoga
Feb. 16, 2016
Cincinnati State turned back Cuyahoga's fourth quarter comeback attempt to defeat the Challengers, 77-70, in Ohio Community College women's basketball on Saturday.
The victory enabled the Surge, 18-8 overall, to break a tie with Cuyahoga for second place in the OCCAC standings. Cincinnati State moved into sole possession of the runner-up spot with an 8-3 record, trailing only unbeaten Owens.
Cincinnati State enjoyed a double-digit lead through most of the first half. Cuyahoga cut the margin to 62-55 at the end of the third quarter and tied the game at 70-all with 1:51 to play.
Montrail Roberts' conventional three-point play with 1:35 remaining put the Surge ahead for good.
Roberts was the game's top scorer with 16 points. Jacie Dickerson had 13 an Chole Baird 11.
Carter Leads Surge Battle vs. Cuyahoga
Feb. 11, 2016
Samia Carter will try to continue to add to her impressive statistics while leading Cincinnati State’s women’s basketball fortunes in Saturday’s home contest vs. Cuyahoga.
Carter has the third-highest assists-per-game average (7.8) and fourth-best steals average (4.8) in National Junior College Athletic Association Division II. The sophomore from Anderson, Ind. has already obliterated the career record for assists (she has 318, 70 more than the previous mark) and is 32 steals away from that career standard (she has 211).
Carter has been on a recent tear in which she has averaged 10.0 assists, 7.5 steals and 16.3 points over her last four games.
The Surge, 16-8, will try to tighten their grip on second place in the OCCAC standings in Saturday’s 1 p.m. game. A win would clinch a top-four finish in the OCCAC, and a first-round home game in the district tournament.
The Surge men’s team, which will play Cuyahoga at approximately 3 p.m., will try to snap a three-game losing skid. Since beating Cuyahoga a month ago, Cincinnati State has suffered five losses by a total of 18 points. Two of those setbacks have come in overtime games.
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Surge Win at Lorain
Feb. 8, 2016
Cincinnati State piled up a season-high point total in defeating Lorain County, 114-66, in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference women's basketball on Saturday.
All eight players scored in double figures to lift the Surge to their 17th win of the season (against eight losses) and maintain second place in the OCCAC standings at 7-3.
The host Commodores (7-17 overall, 0-10 in the OCCAC) matched the Surge basket for basket until Cincinnati State closed the first period with a 13-2 run.
Tiarna Harfield led the Surge scoring parade with 22 points, going 8-of-9 from the field and sinking all five of her 3-point attempts.
Samia Carter (No. 14 in the file photo above, pictured with No. 10 Kianna Delas) the reigning OCCAC player of the week, had 21 points, a career-high 16 assists and seven steals. Those figures should enhance Carter's NJCAA national rankings, which had her No. 3 in assists and No. 5 in steals.
Jacie Dickerson posted a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Cincinnati State is idle until Feb. 13 when the Surge host Cuyahoga.
Surge Fall Victim of Fourth Quarter Comeback
Feb. 3, 2016
Cincinnati State succumbed to Sinclair's fourth-quarter comeback in falling to the Tartan, 61-58, in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference women's basketball on Wednesday.
Cincinnati State led through the first three quarters and entered the final period holding a 42-37 advantage. Sinclair outscored the Surge, 15-2, in the first six minutes of the quarter to take a 52-44 lead.
Sinclair, 11-9 overall and 5-5 in league play, held off Cincinnati State's attempted comeback by sinking five of six free throws in the final two minutes. The Surge cut the margin to one point, 59-58, on Samia Carter's layup with 18 seconds to play. Sinclair averted several Surge attempts to force a turnover before sinking a pair of clinching free throws with three seconds to play.
Samia Carter led Cincinnati State in scoring with 13 points, followed by Dameras Whitlock and Tiarna Whitlock with 11 each. Ashton Brandon tallied 16 for Sinclair.
The loss drops Cincinnati State to 16-8 and 6-3 in the OCCAC. The Surge visit Lorain County on Saturday.
Carter Named OCCAC Player of the Week
Feb. 2, 2016
Samia Carter, who averaged 10.5 assists and recorded a rare triple double while leading Cincinnati State to a pair of women’s basketball wins last week, has been selected Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Week.
Carter, a sophomore from Anderson, Ind., scored 19 points and dished out 11 assists to lead Saturday’s 96-72 victory over Columbus State. She recorded her triple double with a stat sheet-filling 12 points, 10 assists and 11 steals in last Wednesday’s 82-60 win over Clark State.
For the week, Carter averaged 15.5 points, 10.5 assists, 8.5 steals and 6.0 rebounds. She ranks fourth nationally in assists and sixth in steals.
Cincinnati State plays at Sinclair on Wednesday at 5:30.
Surge Try to Keep Winning This Week
Feb. 2, 2016
Cincinnati State will try to tighten its grip on second place in the OCCAC women’s basketball standings and stay in striking distance with league leader Owens in a pair of road contests this week.
The Surge, 16-7, visit Sinclair on Wednesday (Feb. 3, 5:30 p.m. tipoff) and have a Saturday date at Lorain County.
Cincinnati State (6-2) holds a half-game lead over Cuyahoga (6-3) in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference standings. Cuyahoga does not have a conference contest this week. The Surge are trying to keep pace with leader Owens (7-0).
The Surge have won six of their last seven games—the lone loss a three-point setback at No. 10 Owens, thanks to some great recent performances.
- · Samia Carter recorded a triple double (12 points, 10 assists, 11 steals) last Wednesday vs. Clark State and had a season-high 19 points in Saturday’s win over Columbus State.
- · Kianna Delas scored a career-high 29 points vs. Clark State, tying the most by a Cincinnati State player this season.
- · Chloe Baird has averaged 17.4 points since returning from injury five games ago.
Second Half Splurge Keys Surge Win
Jan. 30, 2016
Cincinnati State exploded for 62 points in the second half to top Columbus State, 96-72, in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference women's basketball play on Saturday.
The win strengthened the Surge hold on second place in the OCCAC. Cincinnati State, 16-7 overall, improved to 7-2 in league play, a two-game lead over third-place Cuyahoga.
The Surge, who finished on top of a closely-played first half, 34-32, blew the game open with a 30-13 scoring spree in the third quarter. Cincinnati State shot 63 percent in the second half and finished the game with shooting 53 percent.
The scoring was evenly distributed. Chloe Baird led the way with 23 points, followed by Jacie Dickerson with 20. Samia Carter had 19 points and 11 assists and Dameras Whitlock contributed 18.
Cincinnati State's defense came up with 22 steals--seven by Kianna Delas and six by Carter--to force 30 Columbus State turnovers.
Cincinnati State plays at Sinclair on Wednesday.
Surge Hope for Payback vs. Columbus State
Jan. 29, 2016
Cincinnati State’s women’s and men’s basketball teams hope to achieve a little payback when they host their counterparts from Columbus State on Saturday (Jan. 30, 1 p.m.).
Both squads were beaten by the rival Cougars when they opened the OCCAC schedule at Columbus in mid-December. Atonement would help both in the conference race.
Saturday’s game will be a battle for second place in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference for the Surge women’s team, which will kick off the double header. Cincinnati State, 15-7 overall, is currently in second place in the OCCAC at 5-2, leading third-place Columbus State (5-3) by a half game.
The Surge have a little momentum on their side, having won five of their last six contests.
Individual Performances Spark Surge Win
Jan. 27, 2016
Cincinnati State had one of those stat sheet-filling
performances in rolling past Clark State, 82-60, in women's basketball on
The Surge, who recorded their 15th victory, were led by a Kianna Dellas's career-high 29 points. Dellas, who also gathered 11 rebounds for a double-double, was 14 of 18 at the foul line.
Samia Carter notched a triple double, amassing 12 points, 10 assists and 11 steals.
Cincinnati State outscored Clark State, 23-9, in the second quarter to pull away in the game and cruise to the win. The Surge dominance was reflected in the stats. Cincinnati State out-rebounded the Eagles by 21 (57-36), had eight more field goals and was 25 of 33 at the foul line.
The Surge host Columbus State on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Surge Try to Regain Momentum
Jan. 26, 2016
Cincinnati State's women's basketball team will try to regain its momentum when hosting Clark State on Wednesday (Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m.).
The Surge (14-7) had their four-game win streak snapped by a 68-65 setback at Owens on Saturday. The loss was bitter in that Cincinnati State led the No. 10 Express through almost all of the first half, then overcame a nine-point deficit to have two chances in the final minute to tie or win the game.
Montrail Roberts led the Surge with 15 points and 10 rebounds, her 13th double-double. Roberts is averaging a double-double for the season (17.3, 11.9) and is ranked 13th nationally in rebounding. Samia Carter is third in the nation in asssists average (7.2).
Surge, Owens Face Off in another Title Battle
Jan. 21, 2016
Cincinnati State and Owens have dominated the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference women's basketball championships. The two programs have captured 22 of the previous 25 OCCAC titles--22 by Cincinnati State and nine by Owens.
The two rivals are locked in this year's championship battle, which will heat up when the Surge visit the Express on Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest.
Owens enters Saturday's game in first place in the OCCAC with a 5-0 league ledger. Cincinnati State is in second place at 5-1. Both teams are 14-6 overall and both enter the clash riding four-game win streaks.
Owens is ranked No. 10 in the NJCAA national poll. Cincinnati State, which has faced five ranked foes this year, is in the "also receiving votes" listing in the poll, seeking the win that would put the Surge in the Top 20.
Baird, Roberts Lead Surge Win over Edison
Jan. 20, 2016
Chloe Baird and Montrail Roberts combined for 41 points to lead Cincinnati State to a 78-50 women's basketball win over Edison on Wednesday.
Baird tallied 21 points, meshing five of eight 3-point tries, and Roberts finished with 20 and a career-high tying 19 rebounds to notch her 12th double-double of the season.
All nine Surge scored though Baird and Roberts posted the only double digit tallies. Samia Carter had nine points, seven assists and four steals.
The Surge led for the entire game in posting their 14th victory (against six losses) of the season and strengthening their hold on second place in the OCCAC with a 5-1 mark. Cincinnati State takes on league-leader Owens on Saturday.
Cincinnati State's defense shut down conference scoring leader Brooke Dunleavy. Though Dunleavy finished with 19 points, just a tad under her 20.7 average, she was a non-factor in most of the contest.
The Surge out-rebounded Edison, 55-43.
Surge in Thick of OCCAC Race
Jan. 11, 2015
Cincinnati State’s women’s basketball team will try to strengthen its position in the OCCAC race on Saturday when hosting Lakeland. Tipoff is 1 p.m.
The Surge, 12-6 overall, climbed into a tie for second place in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference standings following last Saturday’s 74-47 win over Cuyahoga. Cincinnati State is deadlocked with Columbus State, both with 3-1 league ledgers.
The Surge have been on a surge of late, winning four of their last five games. The lone loss during that span was to Vincennes, ranked No. 25 in the NJCAA Division I poll. Four of the team’s six setbacks have been at the hands of nationally ranked teams.
Lakeland began the week with a 9-8 record and tied for fifth in the OCCAC at 2-1. The Lakers play a midweek game at Lorain.
Montrail Roberts continues to lead Cincinnati State. The sophomore recorded two more double-doubles last week, raising her season total to 10 in her 14 games played. She is averaging 17.5 points and 11.8 rebounds.
Jacie Dickerson recorded her second 20-point performance in three games last Saturday to complement Roberts on the front line. Samia Carter, who missed six games in December due to injury, has gotten back into her grove. The sophomore has dished out 32 assists over her last four games.
Surge Launch OCCAC Play
Dec. 10, 2015
Cincinnati State's men's and women's basketball teams will jump into conference play when they visit Columbus State on Saturday.
The double header, which will begin at 1 p.m. with the women's game, will open competition in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference for both teams. This is a departure from previous seasons, in which OCCAC play did not begin until January. The addition of Clark State to the league and the interest in curbing missed class time sparked the earlier start.
Columbus State's women's team, which saw the departure of 13 sophomores at the end of last season, is off to a 3-7 start. The Cougars are one of the top rebounding teams in NJCAA, ranking first in offensive rebounds per game and total rebounds.
The Surge women's team, which enters Saturday's contest with a 6-3 record, has been leveraging its attacking defense. The team is 12th nationally in steals. Cincinnati State has also racked up points at the foul line, ranking fourth in free throws scored per game.
Basketball Teams in NJCAA Polls
Dec. 9, 2015
Cincinnati State's basketball teams are drawing attention in the NJCAA national polls.
The men's team, 10-4, is back at No. 19 in this week's men's Division II poll. The Surge opened the season as the No. 7 ranked team but fell out of the Top 20 last week. It was the first NJCAA poll in over two years in which the Surge were not ranked.
The women's team, 6-3, is in the "also receiving votes" category this week, a listing of teams that received consideration but did not reach the Top 20.
Both teams begin Ohio Community College Athletic Conference play this Saturday with games at Columbus State. The women's game will start at 1 p.m. followed by the men's game.
Surge Finish Second at Lake Michigan Tournament
Dec. 8, 2015
Cincinnati State's women's basketball team returned to action after a three-week layoff to win two games and nearly take a third at the Lake Michigan Hilton Garden's Classic over the weekend.
The Surge rallied to beat Lansing, 79-71, in overtime on Friday then routed Oakland, 102-80, on Saturday. In Sunday's championship game, Cincinnati State's fourth quarter rally fell short as the team lost to Lake Michigan, 72-67.
The Surge trailed Lake Michigan, 59-43, after three periods but rallied to score 24 points in the fourth quarter. Kianna Delas, who scored a career-high 21 points in Saturday's win, topped that personal best with 23 on Sunday.
Cincinnati State charted perhaps its most impressive victory of the season on Saturday, shooting 58 percent from the field and out-rebounding Oakland by 14. Montrail Roberts had 24 points and 14 rebounds.
Cydney Franklin scored 18 points and dished out seven assists to lead Cincinnati State's win over Lansing on Friday.
Lansing outscored Cincinnati State, 19-10, in the second quarter to lead by 12 points at halftime. The Surge made up most of that deficit with a 24-16 advantage in scoring in the third period and tied the game with a 19-15 burst in the fourth period. The overtime was all Cincinnati State, 15-7.
The Surge improved their record to 6-3. They will begin Ohio Community College Athletic Conference play at Columbus State on Saturday.
Surge Return to Action with 3 Straignt Games
Dec. 4, 2015
Cincinnati State's women's basketball team, idle for nearly three weeks, returns to action by playing three games in three days at the Lake Michigan Tournament.
The Surge, 4-2, open play on Friday at 4 p.m. vs. Lansing. Play continues on Saturday and Sunday.
Due to the cancellation of two contests, Cincinnati State has not seen action since its 71-65 loss at West Georgia Tech on Nov. 14. The layoff has helped the team replenish its roster. The Surge, decimated by injuries, finished the West Georgia Tech contest with only three players on the court.
Surge Cancel Nov. 21 UC Clermont Game
Nov. 19, 2015
Cincinnati State has cancelled its Saturday women's basketball game at UC Clermont. The Surge have only six healthy players available for the contest.
The team expects to return to action on Nov. 30 with a home contest vs. Pikeville at 6 p.m.
Upcoming women's basketball schedule:
Nov. 30 Pikeville, 6 p.m.
Dec. 4-5-6 at Lake Michigan Tournament
Dec. 12 at Columbus State, 1:00
Dec. 16 at Clark State, 5:30
Dec. 19 Lorain, 1 p.m.
Beeler to Take Leave of Absence from Coaching
Nov. 9, 2015
Cincinnati State women’s head basketball coach Sonya Beeler is taking an indefinite leave of absence from her coaching duties due to a personal medical issue.
Beeler will continue to perform administrative responsibilities for the team but will turn over the on-court coaching responsibilities to assistant coach Derek Williams during her leave. Beeler is continuing her recovery from an injury suffered in a bicycle accident last summer.
Beeler, beginning her fourth season at Cincinnati State, has compiled a 65-31 record and directed the Surge to the NJCAA national championships in 2013-14.
Surge to Feature Guard Play in 2015-16
Cincinnati State has been know for the play of its inside players since Sonya Beeler became head coach.
The Surge have featured the post performances of Cameron Vaughn and Jonessa Moore, who both earned All-American honors, plus others to average 23 wins during the three-year tenure of Beeler, herself an accomplished post player while in college.
The strength of the 2015-16 team will be its guard play, according to Beeler. That's where the Surge have the most talent, experience and depth.
Samia Carter returns to provide leadership from the point guard position. The 5'4" sophomore showed that she could both distribute the basketball (6.1 assists per game) and score on the attack (10.5 points) while earning second team All-OCCAC honors last year.
Also returning in the backcourt is Cierra Moran, a steady performer who logged 22 minutes per game as a top sub and occasional starter.
The Surge are expecting significant contributions from incoming freshmen Chloe Baird, Brook Jenike, Cydney Franklin and Dameral Whitlock along with Kianna Delas, from Brampton, Ontario, and Tiarna Harfield, from Cumberland Park, Australia.
Montrail Robers, a 6'2" sophomore transfer from West Virginia State, brings excellent playing experience to the front court. Jacie Dickerson, a 5'10 frosh, also has the tools to contribute. The supporting ranks are extremely lean. As a consequence, the Surge may adopt a wing-oriented attack.
"Having a veteran point guard like Samia bodes well," Beeler stated. "She is as quick as anyone with the ball. I feel we can put people around her who are a better fit for her skills.
Cincinnati State opens the season hosting a classic on Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
Surge Picked Second in OCCAC Poll
Cincinnati State has been picked for a runner-up finish in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference preseason poll of the league’s women’s basketball coaches.
Defending champion Owens was the overwhelming choice to win the title, receiving seven of the eight first place votes. Cincinnati State, which finished third behind Owens and Columbus State last year, was picked to edge out Columbus State for second place.
Sinclair was voted fourth, followed by Lakeland, Cuyahoga, Edison and Lorain County.
The Surge open the 2015-16 season hosting the Cincinnati State Tipoff Classic on Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
Baird Comes South To Join The Surge
Chloe Baird, a graduate of Coventry High School in Akron, signed a letter of intent to join the Cincinnati State women’s basketball team on Tuesday.
A 5-foot-7 guard, Baird averaged 16.7 points and 6.1 assists per game as a senior for the Coventry Comets.
After the high school season, she scored a game-high 17 points to lead Summit County to a victory over Stark County in the Plain Rotary All-Star Classic and then netted 13 points in Team Summit’s win over Team Portage in the Women’s Tri-County Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game.
Baird earned Associated Press Northeast Inland All-District Division II First Team honors and was named AP All-Ohio Division II Special Mention.
Despite moving approximately four hours from home, Baird cited a comfortable feeling with the coaches and the opportunity to improve her game as the main reasons for choosing Cincinnati State.
The Surge coaches are thrilled with her decision, and they are looking forward to adding Baird to the team.
“The biggest asset we see in Chloe is her ability to shoot the ball,” Cincinnati State women’s basketball assistant coach Derek Williams said. “We brought in a lot of shooters this year, and it will be competitive for playing time, but Chloe will be right in the mix.”
Roberts Joins Surge Women's Basketball Program
Montrail Roberts, a 6-foot-2 center, is transferring to Cincinnati State to join the Surge women’s basketball team.
Roberts, a Cincinnati native, played last season at NCAA Division II West Virginia State University. She averaged 4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 14.9 minutes a game for the Yellow Jackets during her freshman season. Roberts recorded game highs of 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks.
A 2014 graduate of Withrow High School, Roberts was a force in her senior year. She had 15 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game for a Withrow squad that went 17-5 overall and 10-1 in the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference. She tied for the conference lead in blocks was third in scoring and fourth in rebounds. Roberts posted season highs of 25 points and 16 rebounds in the same game in the 2013-14 season
“Montrail has great size and runs the floor well,” Cincinnati State women’s basketball assistant coach Derek Williams said. “We like her ability to get up and down the floor. We run a lot of transition and fast-paced ball, so that ability really stuck out to us.”
Cicha Earns NJCAA Academic Award
Kasia Cicha, a graduating sophomore on the Cincinnati State women’s basketball team, received the NJCAA Exemplary Achievement Award.
A native of Aleksandrow Lodzki, Poland, Cicha earned a 3.66 GPA as she completed an Associate of Science degree at Cincinnati State.
On the basketball court, the 5-foot-8 wing player saw action in 58 games and started 34 over two seasons with the Surge. Cicha averaged 10.1 points and 3.2 rebounds per game and was the only Cincinnati State player to appear in every game of the 2014-15 season. Additionally, she was named Honorable Mention All-Ohio Community College Athletic Conference after her sophomore campaign.
“Kasia was the consummate student-athlete,” Surge head coach Sonya Beeler said. “She excelled in the classroom and did everything we asked of her as a basketball player.
Cicha plans to continue her education at the University of Maryland and work toward a bachelor’s degree in food science. After completing that, she said she would like to earn a master’s degree.
Delas Coming South To Cincinnati State
Kianna Delas, a recent high school graduate originally from Brampton, Ontario, Canada, signed a letter of intent to join the Cincinnati State women’s basketball program.
Delas, who went to Andrews Osborne Academy in Willoughby, Ohio, for her senior year, will begin taking classes and working out with the women’s basketball team in August.
A 5-foot-7 guard, she averaged 15.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.6 steals per game as a senior. Delas recorded game highs of 29 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and six steals during the 2014-15 season.
Surge head coach Sonya Beeler is thrilled to bring in a player like Delas.
“Kianna is an outstanding shooter, a very fundamentally sound shooter, and we need that,” Beeler said. “She reminds me a lot of Phylicia Johnson, our All-American from two years ago, with the way she shoots the ball.”
While initially impressed by highlight video she saw of Delas, an in-person look was even better for Beeler.
“I liked her film,” Beeler said. “Then she came down here for a visit and a workout, and I liked her even more.”
While Delas has played the point guard position, Beeler expects to utilize her at the shooting guard spot.
Hackney Signs With Shawnee State
Cincinnati State sophomore Maura Hackney will continue her academic and basketball careers at Shawnee State University.
Accompanied by Surge head coach Sonya Beeler, Shawnee State head coach Jeff Nickel, her parents and her sister, Hackney signed a letter of intent on Thursday to join the NAIA program in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Hackney was off to a strong start to the 2014-15 campaign with Cincinnati State before injuries ended her season after 12 games. A 6-foot-1 post player, she averaged 13.3 points and 7.9 rebounds while starting all 12 contests.
“When Maura had to stop playing at the end of December, she was really coming into her own and becoming quite a force for us,” Beeler said. “I think she will continue to grow while she is at Shawnee State.”
Nickel was attracted to Hackney’s style of play.
“I really liked how hard Maura played and her effort and how good of a teammate she was,” he said.
Hackney, who will join former Surge teammate Jonessa Moore at Shawnee State, is excited about the next step in her journey.
“I had a couple schools I was deciding between, and I went for an open gym, and the competition and the level the girls played at was great,” Hackney said. “I like the area, love the coach and love the team.”
Nickel is thrilled to have two strong forwards from Cincinnati State make the move to his program.
“Getting Jonessa Moore and Maura Hackney, they are two very, very talented post players,” he said. “Having them for two years, along with what we’ve already brought in, I think we’re going to have a really good frontcourt.”
Hackney is grateful for what Cincinnati State provided for her.
“Cincinnati State was a great opportunity for me,” she said. “I came here, and coach Beeler got me into shape and got me where I needed to be, so it was a great step.”
Hackney has completely healed from her injuries and is ready to hit the ground running at Shawnee State. She will begin taking classes and working out with the basketball team in August.
Franklin Ready For Return to Cincinnati
Cydney Franklin, who played her first three high school seasons in the Cincinnati area before finishing her career at Grovetown High School in Grovetown, Georgia, recently signed a letter of intent to join the Cincinnati State women’s basketball team.
Franklin had a very successful season in her one campaign in Georgia. She led her Grovetown team, which finished 22-6, with 14.1 points, 4.9 assists, and 2 steals per game. For her efforts, Franklin was named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Class AAAAA South All-State Team.
Franklin, who topped 20 points six times, scored a season-high 26 on two occasions. She finished the season strong, averaging 20.3 points a game over her final six. A 5-foot-4 point guard, Franklin was particularly effective from 3-point range. As a senior, she connected on six 3-pointers in one game and nailed five treys in three other contests.
Surge head coach Sonya Beeler is excited about bringing Franklin into her program.
“Cydney is a quick, smart point guard who is a scoring threat, including being a very good 3-point shooter,” Beeler said.
In addition to scoring, Franklin was a solid ball-handler and distributor. She dished out a season-high 12 assists in a game and posted a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio for the season.
Check Inducted Into Ohio Basketball Hall Of Fame
Former Cincinnati State athletic director and women’s basketball head coach Theresa Check was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Check, a member of the Cincinnati State Athletics Hall of Fame, guided the Surge women’s basketball team to a 64-23 record from 2008-2011. During that time, she led Cincinnati State to two Ohio Community College Athletic Conference championships and an appearance in the NJCAA national tournament in 2011.
After the 2010-11 season, Check gave up her coaching duties and put all her effort into leading the athletic department. She retired a year later, but during her time as the Cincinnati State athletic director, Surge teams reached five NJCAA national tournaments.
Prior to joining Cincinnati State, Check established herself as one of the top women’s basketball coaches in Ohio. She won more than 400 games in 17 seasons as women’s basketball head coach at Central State and earned Converse/NAIA Coach of the Year honors in 1993. She also served as athletic director at Central State for 11 years. Under her leadership, football was reinstated and tennis, volleyball, baseball, softball and bowling were added.
Prior to going to Central State, Check coached the girls basketball team at Alter High School. She won 122 games over seven seasons and guided the team to the regionals twice.
Check, who is an adjunct instructor at Cincinnati State, also is a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame, the Central State Hall of Fame, Cedarville High School's Hall of Honor, Alter High School's Hall of Fame and the Greene County (Ohio) Women's Hall of Fame.
Hill Signs With Surge Women's Hoops Team
Dan’Shae Hill, a senior at Western Hills High School, recently signed a letter of intent to join the Cincinnati State women’s basketball program.
Hill, who earned all-conference honors each of her four high school seasons, averaged 11.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game during her senior campaign. A 5-foot-8 versatile guard, she averaged 7.5 points, 4 rebounds and 2.2 steals a game as a junior.
Cincinnati State head coach Sonya Beeler has had an eye on Hill for quite some time. During her first season with the Surge, Beeler and her team practiced at Western Hills while the basketball court at Cincinnati State was being redone. That was Hill’s freshman year, and Beeler saw something right away.
“I have wanted Dan’Shae to come here and play for me since she was a freshman at Western Hills High School,” Beeler said. “So I’m very excited.”
Beeler added that Hill, who can play either guard spot and likely will play shooting guard for the Surge, is eager to put in work and improve. And while Hill is willing to work hard to get better, the head coach already likes several parts of her game.
“I love her length and her athleticism,” Beeler said. “She sees the floor very well.”
Moore Ready For Move To Shawnee State
After completing an extremely successful sophomore season at Cincinnati State, Jonessa “Joey” Moore signed a letter of intent to join the Shawnee State University women’s basketball program.
Moore, who earned Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Honorable Mention recognition this past season, averaged 22.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game while shooting 57.8 percent.
Surge head coach Sonya Beeler is proud of what Moore has accomplished.
“Joey is going to go Shawnee State, and I know she’ll do great things,” Beeler said. “I’m very blessed and lucky to have coached her.”
Moore, who had game highs of 36 points and 20 rebounds this past season, was named NJCAA Division II National Player of the Week once and Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Week three times.
Beeler expects Moore to have the same success at Shawnee State that she produced with the Surge.
“I think she will continue to dominate,” Beeler said. “It’s going to take a special person to stop Joey, because she is that good of a post player and she has a high basketball IQ.”
Moore will join her brother, Fred Moore, who will be a sophomore on the Shawnee State men’s basketball team, when she reports to the school’s campus in Portsmouth, Ohio, in August.
Dickerson Signs With Surge Women's Hoops Team
Jacie Dickerson, a senior at Anderson High School in Anderson, Indiana, signed a letter of intent on Friday to join the Cincinnati State women’s basketball program.
Dickerson, a 5-foot-10 post player, averaged eight points, 6.1 rebounds, two steals and 1.3 blocks per game during her senior season. She had 19 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and four blocks in a win over Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, and later posted 13 points, 13 rebounds and three steals in a victory over Huntington North.
Cincinnati State head coach Sonya Beeler likes what Dickerson will bring to the Surge team.
“She’s very athletic, has a lot of energy and she’s not afraid of anyone,” Beeler said. “I think Jacie will do very well in our league.”
Beeler said Dickerson plays even taller than her 5-foot-10 frame and will play both the small forward and power forward positions for the Surge.
The head coach is hoping Dickerson will be a good rebounder, defender and scorer.
“I’m looking for all of those things from her, and I think she can deliver on all three,” Beeler said.
There will be a family feel when Dickerson joins the Cincinnati State squad. Her cousin, Samia Carter, was the primary point guard for the Surge this past season and will be a sophomore when Dickerson arrives on campus.
Australian Basketball Player Ready For Move To Cincinnati
Tiarna Harfield of Sacred Heart Senior College High School in Adelaide, Australia, has signed a letter of intent to join the Cincinnati State women’s basketball program this upcoming season.
Harfield, a 5-foot-8 guard, was named the Athlete of the Year for her high school during her final year. She played her junior career for the Forestville Eagles Basketball District Club in South Australia and won multiple state championships during that time.
Harfield, who also plays for the U20 South Australia State squad, prides herself on her defensive abilities.
Surge head coach Sonya Beeler is looking forward to bringing Harfield into her program.
“I know she will give me everything that she has and she will come here in good shape,” Beeler said.
Harfield, who Beeler expects to play the shooting guard position, will arrive at Cincinnati State in August.
“She’s a great outside shooter,” Beeler added. “I’m very excited to have her on our team, because we need someone who can shoot the ball like Tiarna can.”
Moore Earns WBCA All-America Honorable Mention Recognition
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
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
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.
CINCINNATI STATE BASKETBALL GAMES MOVED TO SUNDAY
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
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
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.
Virginia 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.
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.
After 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.
Guard 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).
“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.”
With family and coaches present, Samia Carter signed her letter of intent to play at Cincinnati State next season.
Forward 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.
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.
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.
For information on this year’s national tournament, please visit - http://www.njcaa.org/sports_nationalChampionship.cfm?category=National%20Championship&sid=24&divid=2&slid=11
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Lady Surge improve to 4-1 in OCCAC with road win over Cuyahoga
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
Freshman Phylicia Johnson tied a career high with 24 points to lead the 16th ranked Surge past their Ohio Community College Athletic Conference rival.
Cincinnati State wins conference opener with 91-46 win over Cuyahoga
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.
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.
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.
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 –firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Cameron Vaughn to continue her collegiate career at Praire View A&M
Departing 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
Cincinnati 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.
CINCINNATI STATE NJCAA ALL-AMERICANS
Angel Minton 1991-1992
Chris Clark 1992-1993
Michelle Martin 1993-1994
Shelly Neal 1995-1996
Rae Keith 1997-1998
Naomi Bronson 1998-1999
Shavon Bell 1999-2000
Delvona Oliver 2000-2001
Christina Estrict 2001-2001
Crystal Norman 2003-2004
Sasha Sales 2006-2007
Heather Hassloch 2008-2009
Dominique Fischer 2011-2012
Cameron Vaughn 2012-2013
Phylicia Johnson 2013-2014
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