Malone University men’s and women’s basketball teams each advance to GLIAC semi-finals in first year of eligibility; two Pioneers receive postseason awards
March 6, 2014 | Release # 6856
The Malone University Pioneer men's and women's basketball teams have each advanced to the GLIAC semi-finals following victories last night. This year marks the first time the Pioneer squads were eligible for post-season play in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.
The men's basketball team, seeded #8 in the eight-team event, travelled to top-seeded Lake Superior State University (MI) on March 5 and came away with the upset victory by the score of 73-65.
The Pioneers, who never trailed in the contest, had the #21 nationally-ranked Lakers on their heels right from the start. With the win, Malone improved to 15-12 overall while Lake Superior State, in suffering only its fifth loss of the season, closed out the year with an impressive 26-5 mark.
For the second time this season, the Malone University women's basketball team (20-9) defeated the defending NCAA Division II National Champion Ashland University Eagles (18-9) on their home court, this time in the first round of the GLIAC playoffs to advance to the semifinals.
The Pioneers, seeded fifth in the eight-team tournament field, had to withstand a sluggish start offensively. Senior Sydnee Penn, a Canton McKinley graduate, ended the drought to get things rolling for the visitors. She would go on to score eight of the team's first 11 points. With the win, Malone sets up a date with the GLIAC Tournament's #1 seed, Wayne State (MI) University. The Warriors will host the semifinals on Saturday and the GLIAC Tournament Championship Game on Sunday.
In addition, two Malone University men's basketball players were recognized when the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced its postseason awards earlier this week. All-GLIAC women's awards have not yet been announced.
Canton's own senior guard Isiah Elliott collected First Team honors for the second consecutive year while his cousin and former McKinley High School teammate, forward Che Richardson, was voted to the GLIAC All-Defensive Team.
After having his junior year cut short by a knee injury, Elliott bounced back with a stellar senior season in 2013-14. Elliott has eclipsed 1500 career points, becoming just the 17th player in Pioneer men's basketball history to reach the milestone. The 6'2 point guard is currently averaging 18.4 points, 4.6 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game and ranks among the conference's leaders in scoring (eighth), assists (third) and steals (fifth)...He has also left a substantial mark on the Malone record book during his four-year career as he is now ranked 15th on Malone's all-time scoring list (1511), tied for 9th in assists (452) and sixth in career steals (188). Like Elliott, Richardson has started all 26 games for the Pioneers this season, currently averaging 5.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. He has also tallied 35 steals and shares the team lead for blocked shots with 16. Richardson's average of 1.3 steals per game ranks 11th in the GLIAC and his 66 career blocked shots put him sixth on the Pioneers' all-time list.
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Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2014,has been awarded the designation Military Friendly School by Victory Media, and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.
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