Cincinnati State Women's Basketball
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.
Young Signs With Cincinnati State
Hannah Young, a senior at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky, is set to join the Cincinnati State women’s basketball program.
Young, a 6-foot-1 center, signed a letter of intent on Tuesday at her high school.
Young’s team at Henry Clay, led by head coach Eric Sanford, posted an impressive 27-4 record this past season. The Lady Devils went undefeated in district play and won the district championship before falling in the regional final. Young corralled 10 rebounds in a regional semifinal victory and scored 10 points in her last high school game.
Surge head coach Sonya Beeler said Young played in a system at Henry Clay that is very similar to the one she runs at Cincinnati State.
“They did a lot of full-court pressing, strong man-to man defense and they run and fast-break a lot,” Beeler said. “Hannah will fit right in with our system immediately.”
Beeler, who added that Young has a nice jump hook and she can go right or left, is looking forward to working with Young and enhancing her current post game.
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.
Morrow Excited About Opportunity With Cincinnati State
Mariah Morrow, a senior at Mariemont High School, signed a letter of intent to join the Cincinnati State women's basketball program on Tuesday.
Morrow, a 6-foot post player, was a member of a Mariemont team that went 19-6 this past season. Her Mariemont teams also produced a 55-18 record over the last three seasons, the best record in the Cincinnati Hills League over that time.
Morrow is thrilled with the chance to join the Cincinnati State community and the Surge women’s basketball team.
“It’s a really big opportunity to play for a school that has great coaches and great people,” Morrow said. “I never thought I would do anything like this in my life.”
Cincinnati State head coach Sonya Beeler, who first saw Morrow play as a sophomore, thinks she has a tremendous upside.
“Mariah is going to have to adjust to how fast we play and how physical the play is, but she has a lot of untapped potential we’re going to develop,” Beeler said.
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.
Mayes Set To Join Surge Women's Basketball Team
Alexus Mayes from Holmes High School in Covington, Kentucky, signed a letter of intent on Friday to join the Cincinnati State women’s basketball team.
Mayes is a 5-foot-8 versatile player on the hardwood. Surge head coach Sonya Beeler said she either can play a wing position and be a 3-point shooter or play in the post.
Mayes, who played her first three high school seasons at Newport Central Catholic, averaged 9.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while shooting 35.1 percent from 3-point range during her junior year. Also during that season she was named to the 2013 Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team.
Mayes, who most recently played her AAU basketball for the Shining Stars, was a part of a Holmes team that produced an impressive 30-3 record this past season.
Beeler is eager to bring in a player with Mayes’ demeanor.
“Alexus works extremely hard,” Beeler said. “She has a will to get better, and she’s a tough competitor.”
Mayes is expected to begin taking classes at Cincinnati State and working out with the Surge women’s basketball team in June.
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.
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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.
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 –email@example.com
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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