ATHLETICS

 
Late Run Pushes No. 3 Owens Past Lakeland

KIRTLAND, Ohio (January 21, 2015) – The nation's third-ranked team used a late 19-4 run to provide separation from Lakeland and pull out a 73-58 victory in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) women's basketball action Wednesday night.  The Lakers played the Express even for 32 minutes and had the game deadlocked at 52 with eight minutes to play before the pivotal spurt by the visitors. 

Lakeland (10-9, 3-1 OCCAC) took a 33-31 lead at the break behind 11 first-half points from sophomore guard Nicole Upshaw (Cleveland, Ohio / Shaw).  Her jumper with just over five minutes remaining in the period gave the Lakers a 27-16 lead - their largest of the game.  The Express closed on a 15-6 run to cut the gap to just two with 20 minutes to go. 

It was just the second time this season Owens (19-1, 4-0), winners of 19 straight games since a season-opening loss, faced a deficit at the half. 

Molly Walsh (Newbury, Ohio / Newbury) and Peyton Neumore (Burton, Ohio / Berkshire) combined for seven 3-pointers on ten attempts to finish with 16 and 10 points, respectively.  Tyra Turk (South Euclid, Ohio / Brush) and Mercedes Hobbs (Cleveland, Ohio / Twinsburg) each pulled in a team-high eight rebounds for the Lakers, who will host another nationally-ranked team on Saturday afternoon.

Lakeland welcomes Cincinnati State (12-6, 3-0) to the Athletic & Fitness Center on January 24 for a 1 p.m. tip-off. 

Link >> Game Notes | Box Score

###

Lakers Hold Off Sinclair to Remain Perfect in Conference Play

KIRTLAND, Ohio (January 17, 2015) – Peyton Neumore (Burton, Ohio / Berkshire) matched a career-high with 14 points off the bench, Nicole Upshaw (Cleveland, Ohio / Shaw) chipped in 12, and the Lakeland women's basketball team improved to 3-0 in conference play with a 66-61 victory over visiting Sinclair Saturday afternoon.  The Lakers (10-8) jumped out to a 10-point halftime lead before withstanding a late rally from the Tartan Pride to stay perfect in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC).

Neumore connected on five of nine attempts from the floor, including four of eight tries from beyond the arc, to spark the Lakeland offense off the bench.  Upshaw added eight rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes while Mercedes Hobbs (Cleveland, Ohio / Twinsburg) also reached double figures with 11 points in the victory.

The win sets up a meeting against No. 3 Owens on Wednesday (Jan. 24) at 5:30 p.m. in a matchup of two unbeaten teams in OCCAC play. 

Link >> Box Score

###

Four Reach Double Figures in Victory at Lorain County

ELYRIA, Ohio (January 14, 2015) – The Lakeland women's basketball team jumped out to a 32-15 lead at the half and never looked back in an 80-38 victory over Lorain County on Wednesday night.  The Lakers move above the .500 mark and improve to 9-8 overall (2-0 OCCAC) with the win.

Sophomore forward Tierra Martin (South Euclid, Ohio / Brush) posted a double-double off the bench with 14 points and a team-high 13 rebounds.  Classmate Mercedes Hobbs (Cleveland, Ohio / Twinsburg) added a career-high 18 points on nine of 13 shooting.

Molly Walsh (Newbury, Ohio / Newbury) and Tyra Turk (South Euclid, Ohio / Brush) also reached double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

The Lakers will look to remain unbeaten in league play when they host Sinclair (11-7, 1-2 OCCAC) on Saturday (Jan. 17) at 1 p.m. in the first league home game of the season. 

Link >> Box Score

###

 
Stokes, Hobbs Record Double-Doubles in OCCAC Opener

PIQUA, Ohio (January 10, 2015) – Freshman guard Alana Stokes (Massillon, Ohio / Massillon Washington) scored 13 points and pulled in a career-high 10 rebounds as the Lakeland women's basketball team ran past host Edison, 67-40, in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) opener for both sides Saturday afternoon.  With the victory Lakeland improves to 8-8 overall and 1-0 in league play entering Wednesday's showdown at local rival Lorain County.

Stokes connected on five of 14 attempts from the floor and added six assists in the win.  Classmate Peyton Neumore (Burton, Ohio / Berkshire) provided a spark off the bench with a career-high 14 points and accounted for all four of Lakeland's 3-pointers on the day.

Tyra Turk (South Euclid, Ohio / Brush) and Mercedes Hobbs (Cleveland, Ohio / Twinsburg) added 10 points apiece for the Lakers.  Hobbs matched Stokes' output on the glass to register her second double-double of the season.

Link >> Box Score

###

Lakers Outlasted by Niagara County in Non-Conference Finale

SANBORN, N.Y. (January 6, 2015) – Despite 19 points from sophomore guard Nicole Upshaw (Cleveland, Ohio / Shaw) and a solid first half, the Lakeland women's basketball team fell to host Niagara County, 72-54, in the final non-conference game of the season Tuesday night.  The Lakers (7-8) open the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) schedule on Saturday when they travel to Edison for a 1 p.m. tip-off.

Upshaw connected on eight of 14 attempts from the floor and converted all three tries from the charity stripe to pace the Lakers.  She added three assists and three steals while Tierra Martin (South Euclid, Ohio / Brush) contributed ten points and nine rebounds off the bench.

Merrick Rowland scored a team-high 23 points for the Thunderwolves, who extended a one-point halftime lead by outscoring the Lakers 37-20 over the final 20 of play to earn the season sweep.

Link >> Box Score

###

South Suburban 68, Lakeland 40

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (December 20, 2014) – Lakeland closed out a three-game road trip with a 68-40 loss to host South Suburban in the final day of the South Suburban Holiday Tournament on Saturday afternoon.  The Lakers fall to 7-7 after being outscored by the Bulldogs 30-13 in second half.

Mercedes Hobbs (Cleveland, Ohio / Twinsburg) led the way with 11 points and five rebounds in 23 minutes of action.  Nicole Upshaw (Cleveland, Ohio / Shaw) added ten points while Peyton Neumore (Burton, Ohio / Berkshire) chipped in seven off the bench.

The loss marks the final game of the fall semester.  Lakeland faces Niagara County on Tuesday, January 6 in its final non-conference game before traveling to Edison on Saturday, January 10 to open conference play against the Chargers.

Link >> Box Score

###

Big Second Half Run Not Enough Against Kennedy-King

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (December 19, 2014) – The Lakeland women's basketball team outscored Kennedy-King 38-28 in the second half but was unable to overcome a 23-point halftime deficit en route to a 76-63 loss in the opening round of South Suburban Holiday Tournament outside Chicago.

Nicole Upshaw (Cleveland, Ohio / Shaw) continued her torrid scoring streak with a team-high 24 points on 12 of 19 shooting to go along with a team-high eight rebounds.  The sophomore guard is averaging over 21 points per game in her last three.  Molly Walsh (Newbury, Ohio / Newbury) and Peyton Neumore (Burton, Ohio / Berkshire) added 13 and nine points, respectively.

Jazmaine Elem paced Kennedy-King (14-1) with 23 points and 13 rebounds.  Lakeland closes out the tournament with an afternoon meeting against host South Suburban.

Link >> Box Score

###

Upshaw Scores 15 in Loss to Danville

DANVILLE, Ill. (December 18, 2014) – Danville Area Community College raced out to a 35-12 lead at the half en route to a 72-33 victory over visiting Lakeland in non-conference women's basketball action Friday evening.  The Lakers open the three-game Chicago-area road trip with a loss and fall to 7-5 overall on the season.

Nicole Upshaw (Cleveland, Ohio / Shaw) led the Lakers with 15 points on six of 11 shooting but was the only player to reach double figures.  Mercedes Hobbs (Cleveland, Ohio / Twinsburg) added eight points and five rebounds in 31 minutes.

Lakeland takes on Kennedy-King tomorrow (Dec. 19) at 5 p.m. before meeting South Suburban on Saturday (Dec. 20) to close out the road trip.

Link >> Box Score

###

 Nicole Upshaw
Nicole Upshaw scored a career-high 25 points against Jamestown.
Second Half Run Plagues Lakeland in Home Finale

KIRTLAND, Ohio (December 16, 2014) – Visiting Jamestown erased a seven-point halftime deficit by outscoring Lakeland 42-25 over the final 20 minutes of play to rally for a 74-64 victory on Tuesday night inside the Athletic & Fitness Center.  The Lakers fall to 7-4 overall and will play the next six games on the road before returning home to host Sinclair on January 17 at 1 p.m.

Nicole Upshaw (Cleveland, Ohio / Shaw) poured in a career-high 25 points on eight of 19 shooting to pace the Lakers. 

Lakeland raced out to an early lead and extended its advantage to 18 with eight minutes remaining in the first half on a Keesha Henderson (Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville) layup.  Jamestown countered with a 15-4 run to close out the period and trim to deficit to just seven at the break.  

The visitors went on top 55-53 with less than seven minutes to play in the second half, their first lead since scoring the game's opening basket.

Upshaw converted a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession to pull Lakeland even but Elle Reed, who finished with 29 points, responded with one of five 3-pointers on the night to give Jamestown the lead for good.

The Jayhawks improve to 11-2 overall with the victory.

Lakeland opens a three-game road trip on Thursday when it takes on nationally-ranked Danville Area Community College at 4 p.m.

Link >> Box Score

###

Hobbs' Double-Double Powers Lakeland in Comeback Win

FLINT, Mich. (December 13, 2014) – Sophomore forward Mercedes Hobbs (Cleveland, Ohio / Twinsburg) scored 15 points and hauled in a career-high 15 rebounds to help the Lakeland women's basketball team rally past Mott, 65-62, on Saturday afternoon.  The win snaps a three-game slide for the Lakers as they move to 7-3 overall on the year entering Tuesday's home game against Jamestown at 5:30 p.m.

Lakeland trailed 38-30 at halftime but outscored Mott 35-24 over the final 20 minutes of play to pull out the victory.  Keesha Henderson (Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville) chipped in 10 points off the bench as part of a trio of reserves who made key contributions in the victory.  Peyton Neumore (Burton, Ohio / Berkshire) and Tyra Turk (South Euclid, Ohio / Brush) added nine and eight points, respectively, to give Lakeland a lift.

The Lakers host the Jayhawks on Tuesday in the final home game of the semester before embarking on a three-game road trip to close out the month.

Link >> Box Score

###

St. Clair County 81, Lakeland 47

PORT HURON, Mich. (December 12, 2014) – Four players scored in double figures as St. Clair County used a big first half to run past Lakeland, 81-47, in non-conference women's basketball action Friday night.  Leah Humes led the way with a team-high 17 points for the Skippers.

Sophomore Nicole Upshaw (Cleveland, Ohio / Shaw) posted a team-high 10 points for the Lakers while classmate Mercedes Hobbs (Cleveland, Ohio / Twinsburg) added nine and six rebounds in the loss.

Lakeland (6-3) returns to action tomorrow (Dec. 13) when it takes on Mott at 1 p.m.

Link >> Box Score

###

Lakers Drop Second Straight, Fall to Mercyhurst North East

NORTH EAST, Pa. (December 6, 2014) – Host Mercyhurst North East put three starters in double figures en route to a 69-41 victory over visiting Lakeland in non-conference women's basketball action Saturday afternoon.  Sophomore guard Tyra Turk (South Euclid, Ohio / Brush) scored a team-high nine points off the bench for the Lakers, who fell to 6-2 overall after opening the season with six straight victories.

Freshman guard Peyton Neumore (Burton, Ohio / Berkshire) added eight points and eight rebounds off the bench while sophomore guard Nicole Upshaw (Cleveland, Ohio / Shaw) hauled in a team-high nine board in the setback.

The Lakers take the week off for finals before returning to the court on Friday (Dec. 12) at St. Clair County beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Link >> Box Score

###

Niagara County Hands Lakeland Women First Loss

KIRTLAND, Ohio (December 2, 2014) – Visiting Niagara County put four starters in double figures en route to a 59-50 victory over previously unbeaten Lakeland in non-conference women's basketball action Tuesday night inside the Athletic & Fitness Center.  The Thunderwolves and Lakers each received votes in the latest NJCAA Division II national poll on Tuesday afternoon and entered the game a combined 13-0.

Freshman guards Keesha Henderson (Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville) and Tyra Turk (South Euclid, Ohio / Brush) led the Lakers with 13 points apiece. 

Lakeland (6-1) was off to its best start in nearly 15 years before Tuesday's setback and will look to bounce back on Saturday when it travels to Mercyhurst North East at 1 p.m. 

Links >> Game Notes  |  Box Score

###

Lakers improve to 6-0 with win over Mercyhurst North East, their best start since the 2000-01 season.
Second Half Run Extends Lakers' Streak to Six

KIRTLAND, Ohio (November 25, 2014) – The Lakeland Community College women's basketball team outscored visiting Mercyhurst North East 29-21 in the second half to extend a one-point halftime lead and move to 6-0 on the year with a 51-42 victory on Tuesday night inside the Athletic & Fitness Center.

Keesha Henderson (Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville) scored 11 points and registered eight steals while Melanie Primer (Madison, Ohio / Madison) added a team-high 12 rebounds in the victory. 

Alana Stokes (Massillon, Ohio / Massillon Washington) provided a spark off the bench with 11 points on five of eight shooting. 

The Lakers return to action in exactly one week when they host Niagara County Community College at 5:30 p.m.

Links >> Game Notes  |  Box Score

###

Lakeland Moves to 5-0 with Win at Oakland

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (November 22, 2014) –The Lakeland Community College women's basketball team improved to 5-0 with a 60-34 victory at Oakland Community College in non-conference action Saturday afternoon.  Tierra Martin (South Euclid, Ohio / Brush) scored 13 points off the bench to lead the Lakers in their first road game of the season.

Keesha Henderson (Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville) added 11 points while sophomore Nicole Upshaw (Cleveland, Ohio / Shaw) chipped in 10. 

Lakeland took a 25-22 halftime lead before outscoring the Raiders 35-12 over the final 20 minutes of play to cruise to the victory. 

The Lakers return home on Tuesday (Nov. 25) when they play host to Mercyhurst North East at 5:30 p.m.

Box Score

###

 
 7th Annual TJ Memorial Classic Champions
 
Lakers Upset No. 20 Macomb to Take TJ Memorial Classic Title

KIRTLAND, Ohio (November 15, 2014) – Tournament MVP Nicole Upshaw (Cleveland, Ohio / Shaw) scored 14 points to lead the Lakeland women's basketball team past nationally-ranked Macomb, 54-37, and win the 7th Annual TJ Memorial Classic Championship on Saturday afternoon.  The Lakers moved to 4-0 on the season with the victory and will head to Batavia, New York on Tuesday to take on Genesee at 5:30 p.m.

Lakeland held Macomb to 24% shooting on the afternoon and never trailed in the game to capture the tournament title for the fourth time. 

All-tournament team selection Keesha Henderson (Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville) added 12 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and five steals in the victory.  

The hosts built a 33-13 halftime lead by holding the visitors to 19% shooting from the floor before a Henderson layup with 16 minutes to go in the second half gave the Lakers their largest lead of the game at 44-17.  The Monarchs would not seriously threaten the rest of the way despite 10 points off the bench from Micaeh McGlaun.

All-Tournament Team
Nicole Upshaw, MVP
Keesha Henderson, Lakeland
Alana Stokes, Lakeland
De'Asia Clark, Macomb
Sydney Morgan, Macomb
Keyanna Austin, Henry Ford
Hannah Hodges, Erie

Links >> Tournament Program | Box Score

###

Women Run Past Henry Ford, Into TJ Memorial Classic Title Game

KIRTLAND, Ohio (November 14, 2014) – Alana Stokes (Massillon, Ohio / Massillon Washington) scored a career-high 18 points off the bench to propel the Lakeland women's basketball team past Henry Ford  and into the championship game of the 7th Annual TJ Memorial Classic Championship game with a 74-62 victory on Friday night.  Lakeland will square off with Macomb on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. after the Monarchs dispatched Erie, 80-51, earlier in the day.  It will be the Lakers second straight trip to the Classic title game.

Freshman guard Keesha Henderson (Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville) added a career-high 15 points while sophomore forward Mercedes Hobbs (Cleveland, Ohio / Twinsburg) chipped in six points and a game-high 12 rebounds for Lakeland (3-0).

Sydney Holmes led the Hawks with 16 points and six assists while Keyanna Austin and Taylor Works added 15 and 11 points, respectively. 

Henry Ford will take on Erie in the women's consolation game on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

Box Score

###

 7th Annual TJ Memorial Classic

 
Lakeland Hosts 7th Annual TJ Memorial Classic

KIRTLAND, Ohio - On Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15 Lakeland will host the 7th Annual TJ Memorial Classic inside the Athletic & Fitness Center.  The tournament features two days of competition between NJCAA programs from Ohio, Michigan, and New York and has been a fixture on campus since 2008.  

Link>> Tournament Program

Friday, November 14

2:00 PMWomenMacomb def. Erie, 80-51
4:00 PMMenErie def. (2)Oakland, 106-105 (2 OT)
6:00 PMWomenLakeland def. Henry Ford, 74-62
8:00 PMMenLakeland  adv. vs. Henry Ford (no game)

Saturday, November 15

10:00 AMHenry Ford def. Erie (Women's Consolation Game), 69-46
12:00 PM(2)Oakland def. Henry Ford (Men's Consolation Game), 65-49
2:00 PMLakeland def. (20)Macomb (Women's Championship Game)54-37
4:00 PMLakeland def. Erie (Men's Championship Game)89-82
 
Women's All-Tournament Team
Nicole Upshaw, MVP
Keesha Henderson, Lakeland
Alana Stokes, Lakeland
De'Asia Clark, Macomb
Sydney Morgan, Macomb
Keyanna Austin, Henry Ford
Hannah Hodges, Erie
 
Men's All-Tournament Team
Montell Goodwin (MVP), Lakeland
Ahmid Williams, Lakeland
Louis Cheers, Lakeland
Dashawn King, Erie
Joshua McKenzie, Erie
William Abbott, Oakland
Claude Lewis III, Henry Ford
 
###
Lakers Outlast Lansing 64-56

KIRTLAND, Ohio (November 7, 2014) – The Lakeland women's basketball team shook off another slow start to dispatch visiting Lansing, 64-56, on Friday night inside the Athletic & Fitness Center.  The Lakers (2-0) were led by Nicole Upshaw's (Cleveland, Ohio / Shaw) team-high 15 points.  Tierra Martin (South Euclid, Ohio / Brush) added 10 crucial points off the bench in the victory.

Lansing (0-2) scored the first eight points of the game and led by as many as nine in the first half before Lakeland began to chip away at the deficit.  An Alana Stokes (Massillon, Ohio / Massillon Washington) layup with seven minutes remaining in the gave the Lakers their first lead of the game at 20-19.  The Stars would respond with an 8-2 run to close the half and take a 34-30 lead into the locker rooms.

The two sides traded baskets through the first five minutes of the second half before Lakeland rattled off an 11-2 run to seize the lead at 46-42.  Dyann Wiley's conventional 3-point play would pull the visitors within a point with 10 minutes to play, the closest they would get to tying the score the rest of the way.  Upshaw and freshman Keesha Henderson (Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville) connected on all four tries from the charity stripe down the stretch to put the game away.

Henderson and classmate Peyton Neumore (Burton, Ohio / Berkshire) finished with nine points apiece while sophomore Mercedes Hobbs (Cleveland, Ohio / Twinsburg) chipped in six points and a team-high eight rebounds for Lakeland.

The Lakers return to action on Friday at 6 p.m. when they host Henry Ford in the opening round of the 7th Annual TJ Memorial Classic on campus.  A victory will move LCC into the championship game on Saturday at 2 p.m. against the winner of Erie and Macomb.

Links >> Game Notes  |  Box Score

###

Walsh Propels Women to Victory in Season Opener

KIRTLAND, Ohio (November 4, 2014) – Molly Walsh (Newbury, Ohio / Newbury) poured in a career-high 20 points on seven of ten shooting to propel the Lakeland women's basketball team to a 66-53 victory over visiting Genesee in the season opener Tuesday night.  The sophomore added eight rebounds and finished four of six from beyond the arc to lead all scorers.

Classmate Tyra Turk (South Euclid, Ohio / Brush) added 11 points and a pair of assists for Lakeland (1-0) while Breana Gleaton (Waldorf, Md.) led Genesee with 12 points and six rebounds in the loss .

The Lakers fell behind early as Genesee raced out to a 25-13 lead through the first ten minutes of the opening half.  Trailing by nine (29-20) with just over five minutes remaining in the first half, the hosts rattled off a 14-4 run, which included a Walsh 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions, for their first lead of the game.  The Lakers would take a 37-35 advantage into the locker room before outscoring the Cougars 29-18 in the second half on their way to the win.

LCC returns to action on Friday when it plays host to Lansing (Mich.) at 5:30 p.m.

Links >> Game Notes  |  Box Score

###

Former Student-Athletes: Where are they now?

Aslea Williams - Shaw University (N.C.) - NCAA Div. I
Zipporah Tidwell - Alderson-Broaddus College (W.Va.) - NCAA Div. III
Sirshawna Dowdy - Alderson-Broaddus College (W.Va.) - NCAA Div. III
Tiara Roberts - Wilberforce University (Ohio) - NAIAI
Danielle Lewis - Wilberforce University (Ohio) - NAIA

 

Archive