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MEC Ranking
 1 W.Liberty St. (5) 20-2(16-4) 
 2 Fairmont St. 18-4(22-8) 
 3 Notre Dame, OH 16-6(23-8) 
 4 Charleston 15-7(20-9) 
 5 Concord 14-8(20-10) 
 6 Shepherd 9-13(14-16) 
 7 W.Virginia St. 9-13(12-17) 
 8 W.Virg.Wesl. 8-14(11-18) 
 9 Wheeling Jesuit 7-15(9-21) 
 10 Virginia-Wise 6-16(11-17) 
 11 Glenville St. 6-16(11-17) 
 12 Urbana 4-18(6-20) 

MEC Women 2018-2019

Points Per Game
 Will VORHEES
  Notre D.
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Vorhees, Notre D.28.7 
 2. Bolte, Concord27.7 
 3. Johnson-Agwu, W.Virgin.22.8 
 4. Rackley, Charleston22.3 
 5. Bolon, W.Libert.21.3 
 6. Rodgers, Concord20.6 
 7. Bledsoe, Glenvill.20.5 
 8. Thurman, Notre D.18.6 
 9. Seals, Virginia-Wise18.6 
 10. Montgomery, Fairmont.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will VORHEES
  Notre D.
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Vorhees, Notre D.11.4 
 2. Bledsoe, Glenvill.11.3 
 3. Robinson, Charl.10.0 
 4. Montgomery, Fairmont.9.5 
 5. Kovac, Concord9.0 
 6. Meininger, W.Libert.7.8 
 7. Johnson-Agwu, W.Virgin.6.9 
 8. Bolon, W.Libert.6.8 
 9. Okenchi, Virginia.6.7 
 10. Burgess, Shepherd6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Michal SEALS
  Virginia-Wise
  (178-PG-)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Seals, Virginia-Wise7.8 
 2. Petrovic, W.Virg.W.6.2 
 3. Thurman, Notre D.5.3 
 4. Bolte, Concord5.0 
 5. Dyer, W.Libert.4.3 
 6. ONeal, Charleston4.1 
 7. Jolly, Fairmont St.3.8 
 8. Frampton, Glenvill.3.8 
 9. McKnight, Shepherd3.7 
 10. Cannady, Wheeling.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Luka PETROVIC
  W.Virg.W.
  (198-G-97)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Petrovic, W.Virg.W.2.7 
 2. Kamgain, Wheeling.2.0 
 3. Robinson, Charl.1.9 
 4. Todd, W.Virg.Wesl.1.9 
 5. Rackley, Charleston1.8 
 6. Hodges, Notre D.1.8 
 7. Montgomery, Fairmont.1.7 
 8. Dyer, W.Libert.1.7 
 9. Bolte, Concord1.7 
 10. Jenkins, W.Virgin.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ty ROBINSON
  Glenvill.
  (200-F-)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Robinson, Glenvill.1.9 
 2. Vorhees, Notre D.1.4 
 3. Moore, W.Virgin.1.2 
 4. Hagins, W.Virgin.1.1 
 5. Pointer, Virginia.1.1 
 6. Vicentic, W.Virg.W.1.0 
 7. Mcmanus, Charl.0.8 
 8. Traore, Charleston0.8 
 9. Ansong, Wheeling.0.8 
 10. Johnson-Agwu, W.Virgin.0.6 


Notre Dame Claims MEC Title (Photo: MEC)

Notre Dame College, OH 2018-19
Tim Koenig Tim Koenig Koenig
Will Vorhees
Vorhees
Halil Parks
Parks
Levi Frankland
Frankland
Hamish Warden
Warden
Cole Hayes
Hayes
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
41  Vorhees Will 203 (6'8'') F 0 USA
10  Sanders Isaiah 198 (6'6'') G/F 0 USA
24  Parks Halil 188 (6'2'') G 0 USA
13  Thurman Larenz 185 (6'1'') G 0 USA
 Taylor Maurice 180 (5'11'') PG 0 USA
25  Frankland Levi 193 (6'4'') G 0 Australia
23  Warden Hamish 203 (6'8'') F 99 Australia
11  Hayes Cole 198 (6'6'') G/F 0 USA
3  Hodges Bruce 188 (6'2'') G 0 USA
34  Cugini Angelo 201 (6'7'') F 0 USA
44  Scarberry Drew 198 (6'6'') G/F 0 USA
20  Sala Jacob 206 (6'9'') F 0 USA
2  Atcheson Daniel 178 (5'10'') PG 0 Australia
4  Harris Kameron 185 (6'1'') G 0 USA
0  Lawson Mario 193 (6'4'') F 0 USA
14  Kelsheimer Jack 188 (6'2'') G 0 USA
1  Lott Daniel 188 (6'2'') G 0 USA
30  Carroll Maurice 201 (6'7'') F 0 USA
Head Coach: Tim Koenig
Coach Assistant: Rich Garcia
Coach Assistant: Tim Baab
Coach Assistant: Pam Phillips


Notre Dame Claims MEC Title - Mar 11, 2019

There is no official record, of course, but at least unofficially Notre Dame may have returned to South Euclid, Ohio, with a record haul of hardware. Prior to the Falcons' first game at the Mountain East Conference Tournament, Tim Koenig was presented with his Coach of the Year award while Will Vorhees (6'8''-F) (Player of the Year) and Larenz Thurman (6'1''-G) were awarded plaques celebrating their all-conference honors.

But the biggest trophy of them all was handed out Sunday inside WesBanco Arena.

Behind a Most Valuable Player performance from Vorhees who scored 24 points, grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds and handed out eight assists, third-seeded Notre Dame (23-8) slayed No. 1 West Liberty (26-4) by a 100-96 score to claim the school's first MEC crown.

'It was a dream and it was a goal,' Koenig said. 'We've never gone to the national tournament and never won a conference outright in the history of the program we've shared titles when we were an NAIA school.
'I'm so happy and proud of these guys.''

Both of those accomplishments have been checked off the list. Thought to be on the bubble to qualify for next week's Atlantic Regional when the week started, the Falcons claimed the MEC's automatic bid thanks to selfless, pinpoint execution down the stretch. In the process NDC prevented the Hilltoppers, who entered ranked fifth in the country, from becoming the first program to win regular-season and tournament titles in the same season since the league's inception.

A large chunk of that can be attributed to Vorhees. Already having amassed more than 2,500 points, perhaps he will best be remembered for the two passes he made late in this one to help his program get over the hump.
West Liberty, which trailed for 30:23, finally went ahead, 91-90, with 2:53 left, when Yahel Hill (6'0''-PG) scored two of his finals-record 35 points. But on the other end Vorhees found all-tournament team member Bruce Hodges backdoor to put the Falcons back on top for good.

Vorhees put back his own miss to make it 94-91 before Will Yoakum (6'5''-G) sank a pair of free throws. But Vorhees again looked for a back-cutter and found Isaiah Sanders for a dunk to make it 96-93. The teams traded empty possessions before West Liberty was forced into one of its four turnovers in the game, and Sanders hit a dagger of a 3-pointer for a 98-93 lead.

Hill, who also set final-game records for total field goals (14) and 3-pointers (seven) banked one in from behind the arc to cut it to 98-96. However, once again Voorhees delivered by draining both ends of a 1-and-1 with 5.9 seconds left to provide the final margin.

'That's the favorite accomplishment that I have right now,' Vorhees said, his eyes fixated on the conference tournament trophy. 'I'm at a loss for words.

'We knew we could do it but you can't predict this feeling.'

The key, Koenig said, was keeping the Hilltoppers off the glass. In quarterfinal and semifinal victories WLU registered double-digit offensive rebounds each time. But the Falcons held Coach Ben Howlett 's team to five and outrebounded it, 41-25, overall.

'If you jumped in our locker room for the pregame talk, that's what we talked about,' Koenig said. 'They're so good that they're going to make shots. I'm looking at it right now and (they went) 16-for-33 from 3 and, man, I didn't even know it was that good.

'They're so good they can only get one. If they get more than one (shot) you can't play that way.'

Hill opened on fire by hitting his first five shots including his initial three tries from 3-point range and scored 21 first-half points. Yet West Liberty's biggest lead not only during the first 20 minutes but overall, was four points. When Thurman connected with his foot on the 3-point line as the halftime buzzer sounded, Notre Dame went to the locker room ahead, 51-46, on the scoreboard.

'I thought we played hard but we had a tough time defending them in the halfcourt,' Howlett said. 'Anytime a team can shoot 62.1 percent from the floor (in the second half) you're not going to win too many games.

'On top of that when you lose the rebounding war, 41-25, you're probably never going to win a basketball game.

'Give them credit because they made shots. I think they've got the best player in the country in Will Vorhees and he's a handful in there.

'We kept running guys at him and hoping he would get tired. But you look at the box score and he's 11 of 19 for 29 points and 14 rebounds and he didn't come out of the game.

'He's incredible.'

WLU started the second half on a 6-2 run to get it to 53-52 on a Dalton Bolon (6'4''-G) 3. Bolon, who scored 16 points, hit another 3 to draw the Toppers even at 61-61, but Vorhees responded from behind the arc on the opposite end of the floor.

Every time West Liberty looked like it might be ready to go on one of its patented runs, Notre Dame stemmed the tide.

When Hodges drained three of his 22 it gave NDC its largest lead, 88-80. West Liberty chipped away and kept it at a one-possession game until the final seconds.

'We're going to watch the (Selection) Show and see where we end up,' Koenig said. 'I'm not sure where we're going to do it on campus, but it's a good logistical problem to have.

'I'm so happy for our players, our coaches, the administration and our school. I'm really proud.''

Likewise, Howlett and company are going to rest up and work on some bumps and bruises as they await regional action next weekend.

'We're definitely going to take this loss and have motivation all week in practice,' WLU senior Eric Meininger (6'5''-F) said. 'We're going to find out who we play - hopefully a PSAC school, which would be a new opponent.

'We're going to have to get after it for 40 minutes and hopefully make a run for the regional.'
Thurman backed Voorhees and Hodges with 17 points and five assists and finished the three-game tournament with a single turnover. Halil Parks (6'2''-G) put home 17 points.

Meininger netted 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Hilltoppers.

The All-MEC Tournament Team consisted of title-game participants Vorhees, Thurman, Hodges, Meininger and Hill, as well as the Concord duo of Jair Rodgers and Tommy Bolte, and Fairmont State's Vonte Montgomery. Hill won the highest-scoring average award while Bolte collected Heart and Hustle hardware.

Courtesy of mountaineast.org

MEC Tournament Final: Notre Dame - West Liberty 100-96
MEC Tournament Semifinals:
Notre Dame - Fairmont State 85-67
West Liberty - Concord 88-84


All-MEC Awards 2019 - Mar 11, 2019

All-MEC 1st Team 2019
Dalton Bolon
Bolon
Tommy Bolte
Bolte
Jason Jolly
Jolly
Eric Meininger
Meininger
Vonte Montgomery
Montgomery

All-Tournament MVP: Will Vorhees (6'8''-F) of Notre Dame, OH
Player of the Year: Will Vorhees (6'8''-F) of Notre Dame, OH
Freshman of the Year: Will Yoakum (6'5''-G) of W.Liberty St.
Coach of the Year: Tim Koenig of Notre Dame, OH

1st Team
G: Dalton Bolon (6'4''-G) of W.Liberty St.
G: Tommy Bolte (6'1''-G) of Concord
PG: Jason Jolly (5'7''-PG) of Fairmont St.
F: Eric Meininger (6'5''-F) of W.Liberty St.
G: Vonte Montgomery (6'1''-G) of Fairmont St.
G: Drew Rackley (6'2''-G) of Charleston
G: Larenz Thurman (6'1''-G) of Notre Dame, OH
F: Will Vorhees (6'8''-F) of Notre Dame, OH

2nd Team
F: Phil Bledsoe (6'6''-F) of Glenville St.
PG: Thomas Lang (6'0''-PG) of Shepherd
F: Malik Jacobs (6'2''-F) of Urbana
F: Lamont Mcmanus (6'6''-F) of Charleston
G: Briggs Parris (6'4''-G) of Virginia-Wise
PG: Jair Rodgers (5'11''-PG) of Concord
: Gus Stone of W.Virginia St.
G: Will Yoakum (6'5''-G) of W.Liberty St.

Honorable Mention
Winston Burgess (6'6''-F) of Shepherd
Kenzie Melko-Marshall (6'4''-F) of Fairmont St.
Devon Robinson (6'4''-F) of Charleston
Clay Todd (6'3''-G) of W.Virg.Wesl.

All-Tournament Team
F: Will Vorhees (6'8''-F) of Notre Dame, OH
G: Larenz Thurman (6'1''-G) of Notre Dame, OH
G: Bruce Hodges (6'2''-G) of Notre Dame, OH
F: Eric Meininger (6'5''-F) of W.Liberty St.
PG: Yahel Hill (6'0''-PG) of W.Liberty St.
PG: Jair Rodgers (5'11''-PG) of Concord
G: Tommy Bolte (6'1''-G) of Concord
G: Vonte Montgomery (6'1''-G) of Fairmont St.


 

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