College women’s basketball: MUM roaring toward state tournament

2:20 p.m Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 Sports
Adrianna Moore of Preble Shawnee (with ball) draws Brookville defenders Allie Conry (left) and Lauren Mellon during a Division III sectional game at Tippecanoe on Feb. 19, 2015. MARC PENDLETON/STAFF

It’s been another season of perfection for the Miami University Middletown women’s basketball team.

The 22-6 ThunderHawks recently completed their second straight unbeaten regular season in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference. They’ve won 32 straight regular-season ORCC contests, a conference record.

MUM’s roster is filled with players from Southwest Ohio. The only ThunderHawk who isn’t, freshman Kyla Wright, is from Richmond, Ind.

Sophomore Kayla Shields (Beavercreek) leads MUM in scoring with a 15-point average. Junior Adrianna Moore (Preble Shawnee) is averaging 13.8 points, 12 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game.

The ThunderHawks are scoring 79.6 points per game and have converted 190 treys this year.

MUM has two more nonconference games remaining — 1 p.m. Saturday at Southern State and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday against visiting Clark State — before the Ohio Regional Campus state tournament begins.

The state tourney will start at Ohio University Lancaster on Feb. 17 with Ohio Eastern facing Ohio Chillicothe at 1 p.m., followed by Ohio State Lima vs. Ohio State Mansfield at 3 p.m.

The event will then shift to the Bennett Recreation Center at MUM. The Feb. 24 semifinals will feature the top-seeded ThunderHawks vs. the OU Eastern/OU Chillicothe winner at 1 p.m and the OSU Lima/OSU Mansfield winner vs. second-seeded OU Lancaster at 3 p.m.

Miami Middletown forward Kayla Shields (33) drives the lane during a game at Miami Hamilton on Feb. 8, 2017. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

The championship will be decided Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. MUM hasn’t lost a home game this season.

David Hall is the ThunderHawks’ head coach. He’s assisted by Tim Kellis and Joe Webster.

The following is a list of MUM players, what high school they’re from and statistics:

» Braelyn Bean, sophomore, Beavercreek — Averaging 4.9 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals per game. Shooting 31.3 percent from 3-point range. Made 23 starts.

Middletown guard Alexis Shealey (5) leads a fast break during a Division I sectional game against Milford at Sycamore on Feb. 13, 2016. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

» Jaelyn Bean, sophomore, Beavercreek — Averaging 7.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Shooting 39.9 percent from the field, 35.5 percent from 3-point range and 70.6 percent from the line. Made 23 starts.

» Jana Brown-Griffith, freshman, Fairborn — Averaging 4.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. Shooting 50 percent from the field.

» Karley Gescuk, freshman, Monroe — Averaging 1.4 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. Shooting 50 percent from 3-point range. Made one start.

» Alexis Lynn, freshman, Dunbar — Averaging 4.5 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Shooting 36.9 percent from 3-point range and 77.8 percent from the line.

» Adrianna Moore, junior, Preble Shawnee — Averaging 13.8 points, 12 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 3.1 steals per game. Shooting 51.7 percent from the floor, 40.9 percent from 3-point range and 81.7 percent from the line. Made 23 starts.

Franklin’s Ashley Fisher (25) tries to defend a shot by Monroe’s Karley Gescuk during a game at Monroe on Dec. 15, 2016. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

» Briana Shannon, freshman, Winton Woods — Averaging 1.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. Shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 47.2 percent from 3-point range. Made one start.

» Alexis Shealey, sophomore, Middletown — Averaging 7.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Shooting 34.1 percent from 3-point range. Made four starts.

» Kayla Shields, sophomore, Beavercreek — Averaging 15 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Shooting 47.7 percent from the field, 34.1 percent from 3-point range and 69.5 percent from the line. Made 21 starts.

» Hunter Whiteman, freshman, Madison — Averaging 9.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Made 21 starts.

» Kyla Wright, freshman, Richmond (Ind.) — Averaging 5.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. Made one start.

Madison’s Hunter Whiteman (15) defends Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s Kennedi Toney (34) during a Division III sectional game on Feb. 18, 2014, at Wilmington. NICK DAGGY/STAFF