Hoops Victory Crowns Coach as “Winningest”

By University Athletics

The University of Rochester grabbed 28 offensive rebounds and turned those into 32 second chance points to post an 80-53 victory over RIT in the quarterfinal round of the Wendy’s Classic at William Smith College.

UR (3-1) won its 22nd consecutive game in the Classic and its 13th straight opening round game. The Yellowjackets will play in the semifinals at the Palestra on Thursday night against SUNY Brockport, which defeated St. John Fisher, 72-62. The first semifinal game at 6 pm pairs SUNY Geneseo (a 75-50 winner over Nazareth) against William Smith, which held off Roberts Wesleyan, 79-74.

Rochester head coach Jim Scheible earned two milestone victories with UR’s effort. The win was his 259th at UR, putting him into the career lead, one ahead of Joyce Wong who coached from 1978-1999. This is Scheible’s 14th season at UR. It was also his 400th career victory. This is his 22nd season as a head women’s basketball coach. He coached previously at Clarkson University and at Elmira College before coming to UR for the 1999-2000 season.

Forwards Danielle McNabb (eight), Loren Wagner (seven), and Emily Trapani (six) combined for 21 of the 28 offensive boards. Wagner scored 11 points, McNabb had 10 – seven in the second half when the Yellowjackets pulled away – and Trapani scored a career high 13, all in the first 20 minutes.

Ally Zywicki led UR in scoring with 17 points which equaled her career high.

Leslie Havens and Courtney Tennant paced RIT (0-1) with 11 points apiece. Kayla Wheeler had eight points. The Tigers will play in the Thursday consolation doubleheader at Geneseo against the loser of the Brockport-Fisher game.

Rochester finished with an overall 49-18 advantage on the glass, 21-6 at the RIT end of the floor and 28-12 under its own basket.

Trapani scored seven points in a 14-3 run that turned an 8-5 deficit into a 19-11 lead midway through the first half. The Tigers got within one point twice, the last time on a basket by Wheeler with 3:20 left (27-26). Rochester went on a 10-4 spree to finish the half. Zywicki drained a three from the top of the key, then added two free throws. Katie Weiner made one free throw and Breanna Madrazo sank both ends of a one-and-one. Wagner finished the first half scoring for Rochester with a layup. It was 37-30 at the break.

RIT got as close as three, 41-38, just over two minutes into the second half. The Yellowjackets held the Tigers without a field goal for the next six minutes and used a 17-2 run to take command for good. Zywicki scored seven of the 17. Woods dropped in a pair of layups. Wagner made one layup and McNabb scored three points – one field goal, then one of two from the line. That gave Rochester a 58-40 lead.

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UR Women Rally for 7th Straight Wendy’s Title

Rochester Athletics – Loren Wagner and Danielle McNabb scored four points each in a game-ending 14-2 run as Rochester defeated Roberts Wesleyan, 56-44, in the Wendy’s Classic Championship Game.

The Yellowjackets needed that run because Roberts battled back from a 17-point halftime deficit and finally tied the score at 42-all with 7:18 to play.

Jodie Luther started the winning rally with a layup. Laney Ming scored in the lane, McNabb made two free throws, Wagner hit a hook shot and a layup, and McNabb made a layup. That put Rochester up, 54-42. Lindsay Kendall made two free throws for Roberts before Jackie Walker closed the scoring with two free throws.

This is Rochester’s seventh straight Wendy’s Classic Championship and its ninth title in the last 10 years. The Yellowjackets have beaten Roberts Wesleyan in each of the last three title games. Rochester is 7-0. Roberts Wesleyan is 6-3.

McNabb was selected as the Classic’s Most Valuable Player. She scored a career high 15 points, hitting 6 of 10 from the floor, 1 of 2 outside the arc, and both free throws.

She was joined on the All-Tournament First Team by Ming (six points, five assists, one turnover, one steal) and Walker ( 13 points, career high 11 rebounds). Marissa Bunce and Kendall represented Roberts Wesleyan.

In the first half, Walker gave the Yellowjackets a great boost, scoring 11 points and collecting eight rebounds in 11 minutes. McNabb scored nine points. Luther had six.

McNabb scored five points – including a trey – and Walker added four more in a 12-2 run over five minutes that put Rochester ahead, 19-11, with 10:37 left in the half.

Roberts answered, getting four points from Lindsay Kendall, and drew within five, 21-16, with 6:51 left. Rochester closed the half with a 16-4 run. Walker and Luther scored six points apiece in the run with all six of Luther’s points coming in under a minute. She hit a jumper in the circle, made a fast break layup on a long pass from Ming, then added a layup. The burst gave Rochester a 37-20 lead at the half.

Read more about the Lady Yellowjacket’s rise to the top at http://www.uofrathletics.com/index.aspx?path=wbball&tab=_basketball.

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