2007-08 Women's Basketball Press Releases


(3/7)  Mineral Area and Three Rivers split their regular-season series and tied for a third-place finish in the Region XVI standings.  A coin-flip was the last tie breaker for the right to host the game, with Three Rivers gaining home coaurt advantage.  The Raiders took the advantage and ran with it.  TRCC led 35-28 at the half, and pulled away for a 70-53 Region XVI Tournament win.  Caitlin Shadbolt led the way with 10 & 5, Leandra Sands added 8 & 4 assists, and Laurie Bell chipped in 8.  Box Score

(3/1)  Mineral Area finished regular season on a 5 game winning streak with 73-70 win over Crowder in Neosho.  The Cardinals took a four point lead into the locker room at the half, and hung on for an impressive Region XVI road win that helped the Birds climb into a 3rd place tie in the Region standings.  Leandra Sands led the way with 16 points and LaShayla Bell added a double-double with 14 & 10.  Cobi Wires chipped in 13 & 5 assists, and Briley Milfeld added 11 & 3 asists.  Box Score

(2/24)  Cards continue late season surge with impressive 70-57 win in Sedalia.  Mineral Area led 33-29 at the half and outscored the Lady Roadrunners by 9 in the second half to earn the win over Nationally-ranked State Fair CC.  Lesley Adams had a career game with 21 points & 7 rebounds, while Leandra Sands added 12, and Sarah Fraser-Jones chipped in 10 in the Region XVI victory.  Box Score

(2/21)  Mineral Area extends Conference hot streak to three with 68-47 victory in St. Louis.  The Cards grabbed a 36-15 first half lead over the host Highlanders from Forest Park CC in part to another strong effort from Leandra Sands (23 points & 3 assists).  Lesley Adams added 10 points & 7 rebounds, while Caitlin Shadbolt chipped in 8 in the win.  Box Score

(2/17)  Cards grab second MCCAC Conference win in a row and notch another Region XVI win in 63-44 drumming of Three Rivers at Homecoming.  Mineral Area jumped out to a 30-17 halftime lead and never looked back cruising to a win in front of a packed house at the Sechrest Fieldhouse.  Leandra Sands continued scorching the nets with 19, while LaShayla Bell added 9 points & 6 rebounds.  Box Score

(2/14)  Mineral Area grabs MCCAC Conference win with 64-29 route over visiting Florissant Valley CC.  The Cardinals grabbed a 43-12 half-time lead and never looked back cruising to the Conference win.  Leandra Sands was the high scorer with 15, Laurie Bell added 12, and Cobi Wires chipped in 9 points & 9 assists.  Katie Mills & Sarah Ward saw extended time and chipped in 4 each, while Katie Eldridge added 2.  Box Score  

(2/10)  Cards end road trip with a 46-55 Region XVI loss at Moberly Area CC.  Mineral Area was led by Caitlin Shadbolt's 12 points & 9 rebounds, and Lesley Adam's 8 points & 9 boards.  But, the tough post duo could't erase the 11 point half-time defecit.  Box Score

(2/8)  Mineral Area starts three day road trip with a thrilling finish in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  The Cards led Iowa Western 27-23 at the half behind a strong performance from Leandra Sands (18 points & 3 assists).  But, Negesti Taylor's 16 point & 17 rebound performance helped the Lady Reivers slip past the Cardinals 59-58.  Cobi Wires added 8 points & 5 assists for MAC.

(2/3)  Cardinals travel to Belleville to face Southwestern Illinois in search of ending two game skid. Mineral Area trailed 31-26 at the half, but couldn't overcome Brittney Adams' 13 points & 6 rebounds in the 59-46 setback.  MAC was led by Sarah Fraser-Jones with 10 points & 3 assists.  Lesley Adams added 10 rebounds for the birds.  Box Score

(1/31)  #8 Jefferson uses second half explosion to roll to 20-1 with a 80-42 win over Mineral Area College.  Danielle Adams played up to the hype of her 27 PPG coming into the Region XVI and MCCAC contest by pouring in 46 points for the Vikings.  The Cards were within striking distance at the half, trailing 34-27.  But, without anyone finishing in double-figures, Jefferson earned the win.  MAC was led by Caitlin Shadbolt with 9 points and LaShayla Bell with 9 rebounds.  Box Score

(1/28)  Cardinals play #10 State Fair tough, but end up on the short end of a 58-55 final.  Mineral Area led the visiting Roadrunners at the half 31-24, but Caitlin Shadbolt's 16 points & 7 rebounds wasn't enough to knock off a top ten opponent.  Sarah Fraser-Jones chipped in 11 & 5, Lesley Adams had 10 & 9, Sherry Glennie and Leandra Sands had 8 each and Briley Milfeld added 2.  But, SFCC held the rest of the Cardinal line-up scoreless.  Box Score  

(1/22)  Mineral Area grabs important Region XVI win over visiting Greyhounds 60-49.  The Cardinals used a balanced attack to overcome a slight 24-20 defecit at the half and outscore Moberly by 15 in the second frame.  Leandra Sands led the way with 17 points and 6 rebounds.  Caitlin Shadbolt added 10 & 5, Lesley Adams was solid inside with7 points & 14 rebounds, and Sarah Fraser-Jones chipped in 8 points & 5 assists.  Box Score

(1/17)  Cards lead at the half, but fall in a close one to Iowa Western 58-63.  Mineral Area led 36-27 at the half, but only scored 22 second half points.  Caitlin Shadbolt led the Cardinals with 32 points & 4 rebounds.  Leandra Sands made her return frrom illness a big one with 13 points & 4 assists.  The Lady Reivers had four players in double-figures and were led by Kayla Williams with 21.  Box Score

(1/14)  Mineral Area bounces back from a tough start to the second semester with a 48-30 win over Region XVI foe Crowder College.  The Cards led the Roughriders 29-10 at the half and played solid defense all game to earn a 48-30 Region XVI victory.  MAC was led by Lesley Adams with 11 points & 8 rebounds and Briley Milfeld with 9 points & 5 assists.  Box Score

(1/10)  Vikings get best of Cardinals in a rematch of the 2007 Region XVI Championship game.  Mineral Area fell behind early and could never recover dropping a 80-53 decision to Jefferson College (Hillsboro, MO).  Caitlin Shadbolt led MAC with 17 points

(1/7)  Cardinals drop a 39-58 decision to Three Rivers in Region XVI opener.  Mineral Area and the Raiders went toe-to-toe for over 30 minutes before Three Rivers pulled away for the win.  MAC trailed 24-18 at the half, and were within two possessions with under ten minutes remaining.  TRCC's Victoria Smith with 23 was the only player for either team with double-figures.  The Cardinals were led by Lesley Adams with 8 & 7.  Box Score

(12/23)  Cardinals play Rend Lake (IL) tight, but falter down the stretch 63-52.  Mineral Area was 1/5 from behind the arc, while the Lady Warriors were 5/11.  With the deep ball not falling, Rend Lake was able to pack it in and make it tough to score in the paint.  The Cards could only muster 17 first half points, trailling 29-17.  MAC was led by Lesley Adams with 17 points & 8 rebounds and Caitlin Shadbolt with 12 & 7.  Box Score

(12/18)  Mineral Area slips in MCCAC Conference game at Meramec.  The Cards trailed 36-28 at the half and couldn't get past the Magic, finishing on the wrong side of 75-65 score.  Caitlin Shadbolt finished with a double-double (17 points & 11 rebounds), while Sarah Fraser-Jones added 14, and Leandra Sands chipped in 12.  MAC drops to .500 at 7-7 and 1-1 in Conference play.  Box Score

(12/10) Cards drop a close decision in MO/IL Shootout at Southwestern Illinois.  Mineral Area won a close one on Saturday at home, but was on the wrong end of a 68-66 final to Kaskaskia (Centralia, IL).  MAC was led by Cobi Wires with 14, LeAndra Sands added 12, and Sherry Glennie & Lesley Adams chipped in 10 each.  Caitlin Shadbolt led on the glass with 9 rebounds.  Box Score

(12/9)  Gary Koch earns 100th win as college head coach with Cards 53-51 win over Olney Central (Olney, IL) in St. Francois County Rotary Shootout.  Mineral Area led 27-24 at the half and held on for a two point victory over the Lady Blue Knights.  Leandra Sands and Lesley Adams led the way with 10 points each.  Briley Milfeld added 9 and Caitlin Shadbolt scored 8.  Box Score

(12/3) Cards start off with a lop-sided win at Sodexho Classic in Vincennes (IN) finishes Classic 1-2.  Mineral Area beat Malcolm X 93-49 in their opener on Thursday.  MAC was led by Lesley Adams with 17 & 7, and Cobi Wires, Sherry Gkennie, Laurie Bell with 12 points each. Box Score   The Cards dropped their second round game to Southeastern Illinois 81-61 as Sarah Fraser-Jones scored 17 and LaShayla Bell grabbed 11 rebounds.  Box Score   MAC led the host Trailblazers 36-34 at the half, but fell to Vincennes 80-77 despite Caitlin Shadbolt's 22 & 7. Box Score

(12/1) Sarah Fraser-Jones has signed a National Letter of Intent to play DI basketball at Eastern Kentucky University.  Head Coach Joe Inman announces that Fraser-Jones, a 5-foot-9 guard/forward from Melbourne, Australia, has inked at EKU in the Ohio Valley Conference. She averaged 8.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game while earning first team all-conference and second team all-region recognition last season while shooting 53% from the field and 71% from three-point range. "Sarah is a tremendous early signing for us," Inman said. "She's very smart and a great student. On the court she's a great scorer but she's also very good at getting others involved. She'll be a great fit to the chemistry of our team."

(11/26)  Mineral Area extends winning streak to four games with 71-59 win over Olney Central.  The Cards jumped out to a 37-22 lead at Olney and finished strong to beat the Blue Knights.  MAC was led by Lesley Adams with 20 & 15 and Caitlin Shadbolt with 15 & 10.  Leandra Sands added 12 and Sherry Glennie finished with 10.  Game Box

(11/19) Cardinals grab second win of the day in Roseners' Classic with 63-38 win over Waubonsee (IL).  Mineral Area jumped out to a 33-22 half-time lead and outscored Waubonsee 30-16 in the second frame to get above .500 and go 2-0 in the Classic.  Briley Milfeld had a great performance scoring 23 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.  Lesley Adams added 9 and Laurie Bell chipped in 8.  Game Box

(11/19)  Mineral Area College hands visiting Trailblazers first loss of season with 81-66 victory in the Roseners' Classic.  MAC led 44-37 at the half and surged by Vincennes (5-1) behind Caitlin Shadbolt's 21 and 6 performance.  Two Cards had double-doubles in the game with Lesley Adams 11 points & 14 rebounds and LaShayla Bell notching 10 points & 11 rebounds.  Game Box  

(11/14)  Cardinals earn MCCAC Conference win with 64-51 win over Lewis & Clark (Godfrey, IL).  Mineral Area trailed 24-25 at the half, but used a strong second half to pull away from the Trailblazers.  Leandra Sands led the cards with 15 (3/5 3FG), Briley Milfeld added 12, and Caitlin Shadbolt had a double-double with 12 & 13.  Game Box

(11/10)  Rend Lake (Ina, IL) Lady Warriors slip past Cardinals 54-41.  Mineral Area trailed by 5 at the half, and couldn't mount a comeback, dropping their third game in a row.  The Cardinals were led by Briley Milfeld with 10 & 5, Caitlin Shadbolt added 9 & 7, while LaShayla Bell chipped in 8 & 7.  Game Box

(11/9)  Mineral Area College lets 26-19 first half lead slip away, fall to Southwestern Illinois 55-51.  The Cardinals played 20 minutes of solid defense, holding the BlueStorm to 19 first half points, but SWIC took the lead late, outscoring MAC 36-25 in the second half.  Caitlin Shadbolt led the way with 16, Briley Milfeld added 14 & 5, while Lesley Adams chipped in a double-double with 12 & 10.  Game Box

(11/5) Cards drop second game in John A. Logan Classic to Lincoln Trail (Robinson, IL) 77-52.  MAC trailed 40-28 at the half and couldn't muster any second half magic falling to the Lady Satesmen.  Caitlin Shadbolt was a force scoring 15 & grabbing 8 rebounds, Sarah Fraser-Jones added 13 points, and Lesley Adams hit double figures with 11 rebounds.  Mineral Area is now 1-1 on the season.  Game Box

(11/4) Mineral Area wins season opener 71-66 over John A. Logan (Carterville, IL).  The Cards grabbed a 34-33 first half lead over the host school in the John A. Logan Classic.  MAC was led by Caitlin Shadbolt with 21 points and 6 rebounds, Sarah Fraser-Jones with 18 points & 11 rebounds, and Briley Milfeld with 11 points & 4 assists.  Game Box

(7/23) LaShayla Bell has signed a Letter of Intent to Play for the MAC Cardinals next season.  LaShayla is a 5'8" guard/forward that graduated from University City High School in 2006.  LaShayla will be transferring from Missouri Baptist University, where she was an All-American hurdeler on the track team last year.  Bell posted 16.7 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 3.2 SPG during her senior campaign. She was Missouri All State 1st Team selection, while also receiveing Suburban South All Conference Honors.  LaShayla is the sister of Laurie Bell who signed to play at MAC two weeks ago, and will be considered a freshman.

(7/5)  The Mineral Area Cardinals didn't take the Holiday off, they inked Laurie Bell.  Bell is a 5'7" shooting guard from University City High School (St. Louis, MO). She averaged 16.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.9 spg.  Bell Suburban South Conference in scoring and 3 point baskets made this season, and received All-Conference honors in the Suburban South Conference in both her junior and senior seasons.

(6/25)  Mineral Area College adds Cobi Wires from Quincy High School (Quincy, IL). Wires is a 5'4" PG that averaged 12.6 PPG, 6.2 APG, 3.1 SPG, as a senior.  She was named First Team All Western Big Six Selection.  She was a first-team All-Conference and fourth-team All-State selection as a junior.  Cobi received the MVP Award for 'McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic' All-Star Game.  She led the Illinois all-star squad with 18 points, adeded 7 rebounds, 5 steals, and 4 assists helping Illinois to a 75-60 win at Quincy University's Pepsi Arena.

(5/29) Mineral Area College adds more local flavor: signs top two senior scorers from the Jefferson County Conference. The Cardinals add two St. Pius X High School (Festus, MO) standouts for the 2007 season.  Margit Scauzzo, a 5' 10" Guard/Forward, averaged 13.6 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 3.2 APG, and 4.1 SPG.  She earned all Jefferson County Conference honors and was named to the KTJJ "Dream Team" this year.  Katie Eldridge, a 5' 6" Guard, averaged 12.5 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.0 APG, and 2.5 SPG while grabbing All-Conference honors in the JCC. 

(5/17)  Chanel Jones-Delas signs at Tulsa University and becomes the fourth Cardinal to sign at a NCAA Division I this spring.  Jones-Deles, a versatile 5'9" guard/forward, helped the Lady Cardinals to a 22-10 record in 2006-07.  She averaged 11.1 PPG, 4.5 RPG , 4.2 APG, and 1.5 SPG during her sophomore season at MAC.  Chanel was a human highlight reel, making two game-winning buzzer-beaters in a two week period [at State Fair (1/27) and at Moberly (2/10)].  "Chanel was our best one on one player and we would get her the ball at the end of these close games and let her make something happen," commeneted Assistant Coach Randy Skaggs.  Tulsa University is a NCAA DI affiliate (Tulsa, OK) that competes in Conference USA. 

(5/16)  Fran Henderson signs NCAA DI Letter of Intent to play at Norfolk State University.

Hendeson was a MCCAC All-Conference - Honorable Mention selection during her sophomore season at MAC.  She averaged 6.2 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, while shooting 73.2% from the line and 43.8% from the feild.  Norfolk State a NCAA Division I school located in Norfolk, VA.  The Spartans compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

(5/16) Mineral Area College announces 2007-08 Women's Basketball Schedule.  The Cardinals open their season on November 3 & 4 at the John A. Logan Classic (Carterville, IL).  They will tip-off at home in the innagural MAC Veteran's Day Classic on Nov. 9 vs. Southwestern Illinois at 7:00 and Nov. 10 vs. Rend Lake (IL) at 3:00.  Two Kansas schools will compete in the Roseners' Classic on Nov. 16 & 17 (Fort Scott & Labette).  MAC has road trips to Vinncennes (IN) and Iowa Western (Council Bluffs, IA).  The Cards will host Region and Conference rivals Jefferson (1/30) and Three Rivers (2/16).  Schedule Link  

(5/15)  Mineral Area College announces the signing of Caitlin Shadbolt, a 6'1" forward from Mooroopna Secondary School (Austrailia). Shadbolt played club basketball in her native Australia, averaging 11 PPG, 7 RPG, 1 APG, 1 SPG last season.  "Caitlin is a solid post player with shooting touch to 15 feet. She has good speed, has nice moves in the low post, does a good job on the defensive glass, and is a good finisher around the basket with both hands," commented Head Coach Gary Koch.  "She is a solid defender in both the post and on the perimeter, and will be a welcome addition to the Cardinals line-up next season."

(5/14) Amber Cunningham inks a Letter of Intent to play at Stetson University.  Cunningham, a 5'10" freshman forward, has decided to skip her sophomore season at junior college and move on to NCAA DI Stetson University.  Amber averaged 3.9 PPG, 2.9 RPG, .5 APG, and .5 SPG, while shooting 41% from the floor.  She played in 29 games during her only season at MAC, helping the team win 22 games and advance to the Region Championship game.  Stetson University is located in Deland, FL, and plays in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

(5/11)  Karolina Zaloga signs National Letter of Intent to play at NCAA DI Centenary.  Zaloga, a 5-foot-9 guard, was named to the NJCAA All-Region Team and earned first team All-Midwest Community College Athletic Conference (MCCAC) accolades while at Mineral Area College this past season.  "We are very excited Karolina has decided to join our program," Head Coach Steve Curtis said. "She is an outstanding passer, who can make plays off the dribble as well as shoot from deep. She is a great addition to our team." Zaloga averaged 13.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game for the Cardinals. Gary Koch stated, "You will not find a better person or harder worker than Karolina.  She’s a good player and excellent student and we’ll truly miss her."  Centenary is a NCAA DI member (Shreveport, LA) that competes in the MidContinent Conference.  Link

(4/17)  Cardinals sign three local products for the upcoming season.  Coach Gary Koch is excited to announce the signings of Briley Milfeld (Farmington, MO), Sarah Ward (Farmington, MO), and Betsy Royer (Fredericktown, MO).  The Farmington Knightettes earned a second place finish last season in the Missouri Class 4A State Championships, won the MAAA, and finished 27-4.  Coach Koch hopes his two signees will bring that Championship-level play to Mineral Area College.  Briley Milfield, a 5'8" forward, averaged 8.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.2 steals a game.  Sarah Ward, a 6'0" post, averaged 3 points & 2 rebounds a game during her senior season at Farmington.  Betsy Royer, a 6'0" post, averaged 11.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 3.7 blocks a game at Fredericktown HS during her senior season.

(4/9)  Missouri Baptist University Inks two Mineral Area College Cardinals for the 2007-08 season.  Dawn Leathers and Nikki Mitchell will play for Coach Danny Wingate and the Spartans at the NAIA affiliate located in St. Louis, MO.  Dawn averaged 4.5 points, 3.3 rebbounds, 1.8 assists, shot 49.6% from the feild, and 83.3% from the FT line, as well as maintaining a 4.0 GPA.  Nikki chipped in 3.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, and shot 41.7 % from the feild this season for MAC.

(3/30)  Mineral Area places three on All-Region XVI team: Sands & Zaloga earn first team honors.  Sophomore Karolina Zaloga was the back-bone of the Women's basketball team this season, and was honored as a first team All-Region selection.  She averaged 13.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.0 steals, 30.3% from three and 77.6% from the line.  Freshman Leandra Sands was also honored as a first team All-Region selection.  Sands led MAC in scoring with 13.4 points, while averaging 2.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.8 steals, 42.0 3FG%, and 71.6 FT%.  Sarah Fraser-Jones was selected to the second team All-Region list.  Sarah averaged 8.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.0 steals, while shooting 71.4% from the free throw line during her freshman campaign.  All-Region XVI Teams  

(3/19) Cardinals place four on MCCAC All-Conference team: Zaloga and Fraser-Jones earn first team selections.  Karolina Zaloga was honored as a first team All-Conference selection by the MCCAC Coaches.  Zaloga averaged 13.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.0 steals, 30.3% from three and 77.6% from the line during her sophomore season at MAC. Sarah Fraser-Jones was selected to the first team All-Conference squad.  Sarah averaged 8.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.0 steals, while shooting 71.4% from the free throw line during her freshman campaign.  Freshman Leandra Sands was honored as a All-Conference Honorable Mention selection, she led MAC in scoring with 13.4 points, while averaging 2.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.8 steals, 42.0 3FG%, and 71.6 FT%.  Fran Henderson also notched All-Conference Honorable Mention honors.  Henderson averaged 6.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 73.2% from the free throw line.  The Cardinals finished second in the MCCAC this season with a 5-3 record.  

(3/11)  Cards drop Region XVI Championship Game to Vikings 82-65.  Mineral Area College finished 22-10 and in the Finals during Coach Koch's first season as the Cardinals Head Coach. But, Jefferson ended their National Tournament run with win over their old coach.    Karolina Zaloga led MAC with 13 points & 4 assists, Fran Henderson added 12 points & 8 rebounds, and Chanel Jones-Delas scored 12.  Leandra Sands scored 10 (6 boards,) and Lesley Adams nearly had a double-double with 9 points & 10 rebounds.  Game Stats

(3/10)  Mineral Area advances to Region XVI Tournament Championship Game with 83-71 win over Three Rivers.  The Cards advance to play Jefferson for the Region XVI crown in Gary Koch's first season with the birds.  MAC was led by Karolina Zaloga with 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Leandra Sands added 19, Chanel Jones-Delas 13 points & 5 rebounds, Dawn Leathers chipped in 10 points & 5 rebounds, and Lesley Adams had 8 points & 9 rebounds.  The Cards will face Jefferson for the title at 3:00pm on Saturday at UMR.  Game Stats