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Men's Basketball Weekly Release #1

Release  Horizon League · November 6, 2006

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Nov. 6, 2006

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Ramblers Claim Top Spot in Preseason Poll
Loyola begins the 2006-07 campaign as the favorite to win the Horizon League championship. The Ramblers, coming off a 19-11 season which was the program's best showing in 21 years, have all five starters and ten of 11 letterwinners back, including preseason Player of the Year Blake Schilb plus fellow senior Majak Kou in the backcourt.

Schilb earned All-America Honorable Mention from the Associated Press last season, averaging 19.1 points and 3.9 assists per game (second and fifth in the League, respectively), plus 5.2 rebounds per contest.

Youngstown State tennis player Gina Peretti takes time out for a Q&A with the Horizon League

Release  Horizon League · November 6, 2006

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Nov. 6, 2006

Why did you decide to attend Youngstown State University

I actually had planned on being a pharmacist and had my heart set on either Ohio Northern or Duquesne.  Then Coach Michele called me and asked me if I wanted to come on a visit.  After I met the team and walked around campus, I completely changed my mind and decided that Youngstown State was the perfect fit for me.

 

What is the best aspect of being a part of YSU's tennis team?

Loyola and UW-Milwaukee set to compete in 2006 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament

Release  Horizon League · November 6, 2006

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Nov. 6, 2006

Loyola University Chicago and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee are both slated in the field of 64 as the 2006 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship Bracket was announced today (Nov. 6). It is the first time in League history that two teams have made it to the NCAA Tournament.

The Loyola women's soccer team (14-6-3) returns to the scene of its Horizon League title as the Ramblers will take on No. 16 Florida (13-5-4) in a NCAA Tournament First Round match in Milwaukee, Wis. Unlike the conference tournament victory, Marquette will serve as the host for this quadrant of the bracket, with the Golden Eagles taking on Purdue in the other match.

Loyola earned the Horizon League's automatic bid with a 2-1 win over Detroit in Sunday's title match hosted by UW-Milwaukee. Freshman Cynthia Morote-Ariza, who was named Most Valuable Player of the Horizon League Championship, leads the Ramblers with 27 points from nine goals and nine assists and was joined on the all-tournament team by classmate Jackie Vera and junior Heather Lau.

The Panthers square off against the University of Michigan in South Bend, Ind., on Friday, Nov. 10, with the winner set to face the winner of host Notre Dame and Oakland.

Loyola, UIC earn spots as NCAA announces 48-team field for men's soccer tournament

Release  Horizon League · November 6, 2006

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Nov. 6, 2006

INDIANAPOLIS -- For the first time in five years, two Horizon League teams will take part in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship, as Loyola University Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago are both part of the 48-team field announced Monday (Nov. 6).

UIC opens the national summit at home Friday evening (Nov. 10), hosting Western Illinois University at 7 p.m. (Central time / 8 p.m. Eastern), while Loyola travels west to DeKalb, Ill., where the Ramblerrs will meet local rival and former Midwestern Collegiate Conference/Horizon League member Northern Illinois University on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 11). That contest is scheduled for 1 p.m. Central time (2 p.m. Eastern) at NIU's Huskie Soccer Field.

Loyola will make its first-ever appearance in the national summit, earning the League's automatic entry by winning the League Championship on Sunday (Nov. 5). The Ramblers' 1-0 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay gives Loyola an 11-7-2 record for the season, the school's best showing since posting the same record in 1996. LU tied for third place in the loop standings during the regular season (4-2-1) before racing to the League Championship title.

Northern Illinois is in the national tournament for the first time since 1973 after winning the Mid-American Conference championship. The Huskies defeated perennial MAC power University of Akron 1-0 on Sunday to improve to 14-5-1 overall and remain perfect (8-0-0) at home in 2006.

Women's Basketball Preview - Part 6: UIC

Release  Horizon League · November 6, 2006

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Nov. 6, 2006

Five competitive seniors, improved upperclassmen, an ambitious schedule, three talented newcomers and a plethora of knowledge are the makeup of a successful basketball team in any coach's book.

With experience as the key to it all, UIC Head Coach Lisa Ryckbosch thinks all the elements are falling into place.

The Flames made their first-ever trip to the Horizon League Tournament title game in 2005-06, but fell short of their ultimate goal: a conference title and an NCAA Tournament berth.

"We expect to be able to build on last year's success," said Ryckbosch. "We have more experience and depth than we've ever had. I think that, combined with the hunger of the youth will bring out the best in every player on this team. The veterans have lived through the ups and downs, the slow starts, overcoming adversity and the ability to turns things around in tough times," continued Ryckbosch. "I think this experience will serve us well this season."

Men's Basketball Preview - Part 6: UIC

Release  Horizon League · November 6, 2006

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Nov. 6, 2006

There is an air of excitement building on the city's near-west side with its epicenter at the corner of Racine and Harrison on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

That's where you will find the UIC Pavilion, home of the UIC men's basketball team, a squad poised to build off of five straight winning seasons.

Under the direction of head coach Jimmy Collins, the school's all-time winningest coach and the longest tenured Division I men's basketball coach in the state of Illinois, the Flames return four starters, a crop of seasoned reserves and welcome a talented and tall crop of newcomers who are all looking to help UIC celebrate 25 years of success at the Division I level by claiming the Horizon League title and advancing to the NCAA Tournament.

All in all, the Flames return six of their eight top scorers and with the new additions UIC now features a lineup with nine players measuring in at 6-foot-4 or taller.

Loyola captures 2006 Horizon League Women's Soccer Championship with 2-1 victory over Detroit

Release  Horizon League · November 5, 2006

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Nov. 5, 2006

Loyola 2, Detroit 1
Milwaukee, Wis. - Ashley Morawski headed in a Cynthia Morote-Ariza free kick in the 85th minute as Loyola University Chicago captured the 2006 Horizon League Women's Soccer Championship with a 2-1 victory over the University of Detroit Mercy Sunday afternoon at Engelmann Park in Milwaukee, Wis.

With the win, the Ramblers (14-6-3) earn the League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The 64-team bracket will be announced on ESPNEWS on Monday, Nov. 6 between 3-4 p.m.

Jackie Vera cracked the scoreboard for Loyola in the 26th minute, taking a Morote-Ariza feed and beating UDM goalkeeper Katie Fortenberry to the bottom left corner of the net from just inside the box.

Detroit (10-11-0) tied the game in the 78th minute as the Titans received a penalty kick after Andrea DiPace was taken down in the box. Senior Mary Parker took the kick and found the right-side of the net for her Horizon League-best 17th goal of the season.

Loyola wins Horizon League Men's Soccer Championship

Release  Horizon League · November 5, 2006

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Nov. 5, 2006

(#4 seed) Loyola 1, (#2 seed) UW-Green Bay 0
Chicago, Ill. - Keum Sung Kim scored his first goal of the season and Loyola's defense did not allow a shot on goal as the fourth-seeded Ramblers held off second seed UW-Green Bay for a 1-0 victory to earn the Horizon League Men's Soccer Championship and the League's automatic entry into the NCAA Tournament.

Kim ran down a loose ball along the left sideline, dribbled around two Phoenix defenders and beat netminder Adam Stikl to the far post. Kim's first goal of the season came at the 52-minute mark, giving the Ramblers a 1-0 advantage, and the defense took over from there. UW-Green Bay entered the match as the League's highest-scoring team with 43 goals this season, but could not penetrate the Rambler back line as Sean Bond recorded his ninth shutout of the season.

The Ramblers managed only three shots on goal in the defensive battle, with Stikl posting two saves for UW-Green Bay. With the victory, LU avenged a 2-1 loss in Green Bay on Oct. 13.

Loyola defender Iradj Farahmand was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, leading a group of four Ramblers on the All-Tournament Team. Bond, Kim and Matt Marek also were honored, along with UW-Green Bay's David Znaty, Joshua Okoampa, Dan O'Brien and Tosaint Ricketts. UIC teammates Tonci Skroce an Pavle Dundjer plus Butler's John DeVae rounded out the squad.Loyola carries an 11-7-2 record into the national summit, while UW-Green Bay dropped to 14-6-0 overall and must hope for an at-large berth into the tournament.

Men's Basketball Preview - Part 5: Wright State

Release  Horizon League · November 4, 2006

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Nov. 4, 2006

When new coach Brad Brownell took over the reigns of the Wright State University men's basketball program last March, he saw potential--potential not only to win, but potential to win continuously and do it the right way. The Indiana native saw the support staff and facilities were in place; he saw a University and a great community that was hungry for a winner.

The Raiders will have their top four scorers and top four rebounders return from last year's team which includes Horizon League first teamer DaShaun Wood and fifth-year senior Drew Burleson.

Wood, a 5-11 guard, averaged nearly 18 points a game and led the League in steals while being the first Raider to ever be named to the Horizon's All-Defensive Team. The Detroit native currently sits as the 16th all-time scorer and seventh in assists. Burleson, a 6-5 forward, ranked second on the squad in points and rebounds at 12.5 and 5.1 respectively.

Also returning will be 6-8, junior center Jordan Pleiman. Pleiman, a crowd favorite, led the Green and Gold in rebounding last year at 6.7 per game but also broke the double-digit barrier in points at 10.5 per contest. The Ohio native can point to several positive games last year, including 18 points at Bowling Green and a couple 11-rebounds efforts.

Women's Basketball Preview - Part 5: Wright State

Release  Horizon League · November 4, 2006

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Nov. 4, 2006

The Wright State women's basketball program has made a great deal of progress the past two seasons.

After posting their second-best record all-time and advancing to the Horizon League Tournament finals for the first time in 2004-05, the Raiders faced a more difficult schedule last season, including playing each of the first seven games away from home.

Despite that, WSU still posted double-digit wins for the second consecutive season, the first time that's been done in nearly a decade, and finished 8-8 in the League, which matched the 2002-03 squad for the second-most conference wins in program history.

This season, Wright State will have one of the smallest rosters in the League in terms of both numbers with 10 players on the roster and size as no player is taller than 6-2, but head coach Bridgett Williams looks for the Raiders to build upon their recent success and add onto it.

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