College basketball highlights: Transylvania women open with upset in Division III tournament

March 7, 2014 

Katelyn Smith and Alex McKenzie both scored 16 points and Transylvania overcame 13 three-pointers to defeat No. 21 Ohio Northern 79-71 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament at Greencastle, Ind.

The Pioneers made 21 of their 22 free-throw attempts and also got 15 points from freshman Jordin Fender (Paul Dunbar) and 14 apiece from Madisen Webb (Scott County) and Nicole Coffman (Casey County).

McKenzie (Scott County) led the Pioneers in rebounding with nine and was 8-for-8 at the line. Smith (Perry County Central) was 4-for-4 from the line and hit two three-pointers.

Transylvania (26-2) will face defending champion DePauw in the second round at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Georgetown 87, Rio Grande 77: Second-seeded Georgetown scored 10 straight points in the second half and ended up turning an eight-point deficit into a nine-point lead en route to the win in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Tournament at Lebanon, Tenn.

Devanney King led Georgetown (20-7) with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Sophomore Haley Armstrong (Murray) added a career-high 16 points.

"Even in warmups, the ball was just coming off my hand well tonight," Armstrong said. "I have to thank my teammates for trusting me and getting me the ball. I've struggled at times this year, but they keep having faith in me and tonight it felt good."

Campbellsville 63, Bluefield 54: Lindsey Burd (Hart County) scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and fourth-ranked Campbellsville scored 26 points off 28 Bluefield turnovers in the Mid-South Conference Tournament quarterfinals. Campbellsville (28-3) will play Shawnee State in Saturday's semifinals.

Shawnee State 69, Lindsey Wilson 65: Chanel Roberts (North Hardin) had 22 points and 11 rebounds in Lindsey Wilson's loss to No. 25 Shawnee State in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Tournament.

Men's highlights

Belmont 86, Morehead St. 63: J.J. Mann had 16 points with 4-for-6 shooting from three-point range to lead top-seeded Belmont past Morehead State at Nashville.

Belmont (24-8) was 11-for-24 from three-point range to advance to the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship for the second year in a row.

The Bruins led 35-25 at halftime and Morehead State (20-13) never got any closer.

Angelo Warner and Brent Arrington scored 15 points apiece for Morehead.

No. 2 Wichita State 80, Evansville 58: Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker scored 17 points apiece and Wichita State set a Missouri Valley Tournament record with 11 blocked shots, staying perfect for the season with a romp in the quarterfinals at St. Louis.

D.J. Balentine had 31 points with seven three-pointers for ninth-seeded Evansville (14-19), which lost twice by an average of 15 points to Wichita State (32-0) in the regular season.

Kentucky Wesleyan 99, Salem International 77: Lonnie Hayes scored 33 points, including four threes, and the Panthers (22-8) won their Great Midwest Athletic Conference semifinal game at Philippi, W.Va. Ken-Jah Bosley, a freshman out of Madison Central, added 13 points and three rebounds.

Post-season honors

Louisville women: Schonni Schimmel was named to the American Athletic Conference's first team after leading the Cardinals with 16.0 points per game. Sara Hammond (Rockcastle County) and Asia Taylor also made the first team and Taylor was named the conference's most improved player.

Antonita Slaughter (Louisville Christian) also earned the conference's women's basketball scholar-athlete of the year award.

UCSB fan arrested

A UC Santa Barbara fan who went on court and confronted Hawaii Coach Gib Arnold during a game was arrested. UCSB athletics department spokesman Bill Mahoney said Friday the man was arrested after the incident in the first half of Thursday night's game.

Gauchos basketball coach Bob Williams apologized to Arnold for the incident in which the fan confronted Arnold while the coach was arguing a call that went against Hawaii. Two Hawaii players pushed the man away from the coach.

Arkansas' Collen fired

Arkansas fired women's basketball coach Tom Collen, bringing a close to a disappointing stretch for the program.

The Razorbacks (19-11) lost in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament to Mississippi on Wednesday, the eighth time in nine seasons they've failed to advance past the opening game.

Collen was 132-90 in seven seasons at Arkansas after being hired away from Louisville. However, the school reached the NCAA Tournament just once, during the 2011-12 season, and the Razorbacks were 40-68 in SEC play — including a 6-10 finish this season.

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