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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former Student-Athletes: Where are they now?
Aslea Williams - Shaw University (N.C.) - NCAA Div. I