Horizon League News

A collection of Horizon League releases and blog entries.

UIC falls to Minnesota, 97-54, in opening-round action of the Women's National Invitational Tournament

Release  Horizon League · March 15, 2007

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March 15, 2007

Minnesota 97, UIC 54 - Box Score
Minneapolis, Minn. - UIC fell in the first round of the WNIT to Minnesota, 97-54, in its first postseason appearance in school history at Williams Arena on Wednesday night. The Flames finish the season with a 19-13 overall mark, while the Golden Gophers improve to 17-15 and advance to play Western Kentucky in the second round.

Senior Jacquay Holmes became the 13th player in school history to score 1,000 career points with a team-high 22 against Minnesota. Holmes hit 10-of-14 from the field, while adding four rebounds, three steals and a team-high four assists on the night. Senior LaShonda Grant contributed 10 points and a team-best seven rebounds.

Sophomore Emily Fox played led the Gophers with 19 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and five steals. Freshman Korinne Campbell also recorded a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman Ashley Ellis-Milan was just shy of being the third Minnesota player tallying a double-double at 15 points and nine rebounds. Senior Kelly Roysland (13 points) and freshman Katie Ohm (11) also scored in double figures.

Minnesota shot 58.3 percent (42-of-72) for the game, including shooting 60.5 percent in the second half. Ninety-seven points was the highest Minnesota scoring output of the season, and the 64th consecutive game the Gophers won when they scored 70 or more points.

Detroit's Sommerfeld, Butler's Closser named Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week

Release  Horizon League · March 13, 2007

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March 13, 2007

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INDIANAPOLIS -- University of Detroit Mercy junior Mark Sommerfeld (men's golf) and Butler University senior Jackie Closser (women's basketball) have been named the Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week, League commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone announced Tuesday (March 13).

Sommerfeld set a pair of tournament records while winning his first collegiate championship last Friday (March 9). He carded rounds of 70 and 66 for a (six-under-par) 136 total and a four-shot victory at the Fort Lauderdale Invitational, leading the Titans to a second-place finish in the team standings. The final-round score and 36-hole total were both the best in the tournament's five-year history.

In the classroom, Sommerfeld owns a 3.385 grade-point average as an international business major. The League's Player of the Year and a First-Team All-League honoree on the links in 2005-06, he also earnedAcademic All-League honors and is a member of the League's Academic Honor Roll. In addition, Sommerfeld is a member of Detroit's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and has participated in the NCAA's "Stay in Bounds" program since 2005.

Women's Basketball Weekly Release #19 - NCAA Tournament and WNIT Preview

Release  Horizon League · March 13, 2007

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March 13, 2007

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2007 Horizon League All-Tournament Team

Nicole Soulis, UW-Green Bay (MVP)
Senior * Forward * Green Bay, Wis.
Soulis picked up MVP honors at the 2007 Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship after winning Player of the Year accolades for the second-straight season earlier in the week. The six-foot-two forward averaged 14.7 points and 9.3 rebounds while shooting 66.7 percent from the floor as the Phoenix took home the championship. She saved her best for last with 21 points and a season-high 13 rebounds in the title game. Soulis has now earned a spot on the All-Tournament team three times in her career at UWGB.

Natalie Berglin, UW-Green Bay
Senior * Guard * Green Bay, Wis.
Berglin earned All-Tournament recognition for the first time in her career, averaging 13.3 points and four assist per contest in the loop summit. She drained seven-of-14 shots from long distance and committed just five turnovers in three outings.

Softball Weekly Release #4

Release  Horizon League · March 13, 2007

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March 13, 2007

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Player of the Week

Jherica Williams, Wright State
Junior * OF * Piqua, Ohio
Williams led the Raiders to three wins in four games at the Eagle Round Robin in Morehead, Kentucky, hitting .538 with two homers, two doubles and eight runs scored in the four games. She went two-for-three in Saturday's game versus Oakland, hitting her first collegiate home run, and scoring twice. Williams then doubled and homered in Sunday's game against Oakland.

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Tennis Weekly Release #8

Release  Horizon League · March 13, 2007

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March 13, 2007

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Horizon League Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week

Diego Cerzosimo
Youngstown St., So., Campanos, Brazil
Cerzosimo played at No. 2 singles for the first time on Monday night against Colby-Sawyer College with excellent results picking up the 6-1, 7-6 (1) victory. Cerzosimo also won his singles match from Sunday against Wesleyan 6-4, 6-3. Cerzosimo joined teammate Brian Meek to won both his doubles matches on the spring break trip as well.

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Butler, Wright State prepare for opening round of NCAA Championship

Release  Horizon League · March 12, 2007

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March 12, 2007

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Butler, Wright State Carry Horizon League Banner into NCAA Championship

For the first time in four years, the Horizon League has two entries in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. Regular-season co-champions Butler and Wright State represent the League at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., with the fifth-seeded Bulldogs of BU opening Midwest Region play Thursday versus 12th seed Old Dominion (24-8). Wright State (23-9), which earned the automatic berth by defeating Butler 60-55 in the final of the Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship last Tuesday (March 6), carries a No. 14 seed into its West Regional game Thursday versus third seed Pittsburgh (27-7).

Butler enters the national summit with a 27-6 overall record, including a 13-3 League ledger. The Bulldogs were picked to finish sixth in the League's preseason poll, but gained national attention in November by winning the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament. Butler opened with victories over in-state rivals Notre Dame and Indiana, then knocked off top-25 teams Tennessee and Gonzaga to claim the crown.

Butler quickly moved into the top 25 on its own, and subsequently became the first team in Horizon League history to enter the national top ten when the AP voters installed the Bulldogs as their No. 10 team and the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll voters put Butler ninth in their rankings in early February.

UW-Green Bay slated to play New Mexico in NCAA Tournament, UIC represents League in WNIT

Release  Horizon League · March 12, 2007

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March 12, 2007

No. 8 New Mexico vs. No. 9 UW-Green Bay
Green Bay, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women's basketball team knows its dance partner, as the Phoenix were tabbed the No. 9 seed in the Fresno Regional and will take on No. 8 seed University of New Mexico on Sunday, March 18 at 7 p.m. in a game televised by ESPN2. The contest will be played at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Conn.

The winner of that matchup will advance to take on the winner of top-seed Connecticut and No. 16 UMBC, which will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of the UW-Green Bay/New Mexico game.

The Phoenix (28-3) enters the NCAA Tournament on a 25-game winning streak and fresh off a 91-64 victory over Butler University in the 2007 Horizon League Championship game on Sunday afternoon. UWGB is No. 22 in this week's Associated Press poll and is making its ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.

New Mexico (24-8) is in the Big Dance for the sixth-consecutive season, earning an automatic bid after capturing the Mountain West Conference title, 63-49, against Brigham Young University on Saturday.

Wright State guard DaShaun Wood takes time out for a Q&A with the Horizon League

Release  Horizon League · March 12, 2007

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March 12, 2007

How does it feel to be headed to the "Big Dance"?

It has been one of the greatest feelings I have ever experienced. The only way I can explain it would be, being there in person.

Had you previously rehearsed those dancing moves you put on display in the waning seconds of the Horizon League Championship?

No, it was the only dance I could think of at the time.

No. 22 UW-Green Bay Tops Butler For Title

Release  Horizon League · March 11, 2007

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March 11, 2007

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Nicole Soulis scored 21 points and Amanda Popp added 18 to help No. 22 Wisconsin-Green Bay cruise by Butler 91-64 on Sunday in the Horizon League championship game.

The Phoenix (28-3) have won 25 straight games and have made the NCAA tournament for the eighth time in 10 seasons.

UW-Green Bay captures Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship with 91-64 victory over Butler

Release  Horizon League · March 11, 2007

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March 11, 2007

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Nicole Soulis scored 21 points and Amanda Popp added 18 to help No. 22 UW-Green Bay cruise by Butler, 91-64, on Sunday in the Horizon League championship game.

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