The University of Cincinnati Clermont College women’s basketball team has enjoyed its best overall season in the history of the program
The Cougars have earned an overall record of 24-6 and are the champions of the Ohio Regional Campus Conference(ORCC) race with a final record of 12-1. The domination of the ORCC earned the Cougars the laurels of being the state of Ohio champions.
All of these achievements have earned the Clermont countians a berth in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Championship tournament currently being played at Penn State University – Fayette.
The ladies opened the national championship tourney with a 49-45 victory over number-nine seeded St. Joseph's College Brooklyn. The Bears, champions of the Hudson Valley Women's Athletic Conference, concluded the contest with an overall record of 15-14.
University of Cincinnati Clermont's next game was against the Penn State University - Beaver Lions. The Pennsylvania school just completed capturing its third consecutive championship of the Penn State University Athletic Conference. They ended the game opposite the Clermont County team with a record of 24-3.
The results of the Red and Black's regular season confrontations are Wright State University - Lake 75-48, Northern Kentucky University 41-81, Asbury (Ky.) College 74-71, Ohio State University - Lima 66-22, Southern State University 68-41, Miami University - Middletown 73-53, Lake Erie University 40-88, Ohio Dominican University 43-60, Ohio University - Eastern 63-65, Asbury (Ky.) College 56-49, Ohio University - Chillicothe 62-49, World Harvest 88-51, Clark State University 71-36, Ohio State University - Mansfield 76-46, Miami University - Hamilton 73-43, Ohio State University - Lima 92-50, Southern State 76-51, University Akron - Wayne 95-34, Ohio State University - Newark 66-43, St. Mary 55-58, Miami University - Hamilton 79-46, Ohio University - Zanesville 78-38, Ohio University - Lancaster 55-46, Miami University - Middletown 81-51, Ohio University - Chillicothe 95-50, and Ohio Christian 84-81, World Harvest 67-54, St. Mary 66-67, Miami University - Hamilton 89- 53, University of Akron - Wayne 76-52, and Ohio University - Eastern 60-42.
Throughout much of the season, true Clermont countians, Cayla Stutz of Felicity and Dawn Rapp of Clermont Northeastern have been among the Cougars' leading scorers. Both are averaging in double figures at 12.0 and 11.2, respectively. Among coach Matthews' top rated players is this duo and Cayla's sister, Marisa Stutz, and Jordan Johnson of Clermont Northeastern. Others receiving top ratings for some of the Clermonters' games are Partia Cochrum, Allison David, Regan Hauke, Shannan Lorenze, and Shauneece Shipman.
The remainder of the regular-season schedule includes Feb. 20 and 21 Ohio Regional Campus Conference Tournament.
The Cougars' roster includes Jordan Johnson, 5-feet, 9-inches, forward, Clermont Northeastern High School graduate; Jessica McFarland, 5-feet, 5-inches, guard, Goshen High School graduate; Dawn Rapp, 5-feet, 6-inches, guard, Clermont Northeastern High School graduate; Cayla Stutz, 5-feet, 8-inches, forward, Felicity High School graduate; Marisa Stutz, 5-feet, 8-inches, guard, Felicity High School graduate; Portia Cochrum, 5-feet, 7-inches, guard, Western Hills High School graduate; Allison David, 5-feet, 5-inches, guard, Winton Woods High School graduate; Regan Hauke, 5-feet, 9-inches, forward, Eastern High School graduate; Kayla Howard, 5-feet, 11-inches, forward, Western Brown High School graduate; Shannon Lorenze, 5-feet, 5-inches, guard, Pendleton Co. (Ky.) High School graduate; Sam Rhoads, 5-feet, 1-inch, guard, Georgetown High School graduate; Shauneece Shipman, 5-feet, 6-inches, guard, Princeton High School graduate; Sarah Stratman, 5-feet, 10-inches, forward, Western Brown High School graduate; and Cindy Votel, 5-feet, 5-inches, guard, Belleview (Ky.) High School graduate.
Matthews' assistant coaches are Rick Hosea and Katrina Michael and the academic advisor is Peggy Hager, associate professor of mathematics and a Glen Este High School graduate and a member of the Clermont College Athletic Hall of Fame.