REGION COLLEGIANS: Chapman ‘dishing’ out the assists

2014-02-23T18:00:00Z REGION COLLEGIANS: Chapman ‘dishing’ out the assistsBrian Waddle Times Correspondent
February 23, 2014 6:00 pm  • 

Basketball isn’t all about scoring. Just ask Karisma Chapman.

The T.F. North grad recently moved into second place in the University of Alabama-Birmingham record books with her 266th career assist.

As a junior last season, she became the 26th player in school history to reach 1,000 points, and since has topped the 1,500-point mark.

Chapman poured in a career-high 37 points earlier in the season against Sam Houston State, and after Saturday’s 21 points moved into 10th place on the school’s all-time scoring list.

Chapman, who had her fifth straight double-double in Saturday’s 81-79 victory over Tulane, is also fourth in the UAB record books with 86 blocked shots.

* Olivet junior center Stefanie Lang (Valparaiso) was named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week. She averaged 24 points, 18.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots in two victories. She had 26 points and 17 rebounds in a win over Kalamazoo, and then followed with a mammoth game — 22 points, 20 rebounds and four blocked shots in a win over Calvin. Her performance helped the Comets earn their first road win at Calvin since 1992. This was Lang’s fourth honor this season.

* Saint Mary’s Shanlynn Bias (Griffith) had a career-high 24 points Wednesday in a loss to Olivet. Ariana Paul (Valparaiso) had a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Men’s basketball

For the second straight week and the seventh time this season, Saint Xavier’s Brad Karp (Valparaiso) has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. The senior guard earned the honor after hitting the 30-point mark in each of two conference games. He averaged 31.0 points and 8.5 rebounds a contest.

Karp also was honored for the second straight season as a Capital One Academic First-Team All-America. He was a second-team pick as a sophomore.

Karp, a biology major, currently ranks fourth in NAIA Division II scoring and is SXU’s all-time leading scorer with 2,777 points and 1,007 rebounds. He also moved into fifth place all-time in Illinois college basketball history with his 29-point, 10-rebound performance in a win over Roosevelt Wednesday night.

Men’s swimming

Lake Erie College’s Danny Bolda (Griffith) swam a personal-best in the 200 breaststroke at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships (GLIAC).

The freshman was also a part of the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays. Bolda helped his team to its best finish ever — fifth place — at the conference meet.

Women’s swimming

Heading into this week’s Mid-American Conference Championships, Ball State’s Bridgette Ruehl (Lowell) owns the fastest 100 and 200 breaststroke times in the conference this season.


UIC’s Bridget Boyle (Lake Central) was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week after going 14 1/3 innings and appearing in four of five games.

Boyle struck out six, walked four and gave up just three earned runs to finish with a 1.47 ERA over that stretch.


Ball State freshman pitcher Zach Plesac (Crown Point) saw his first collegiate action last weekend and came out by earning Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Week honors.

Plesac picked up two wins in relief as the Cardinals defeated Morehead State 7-5 and Wofford 6-4 in 10 innings. Plesac had five strikeouts and gave up only one hit and no runs in his two appearances.

Women’s track and field

North Central College’s Ebony Stallworth (Thornwood) was named the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Women’s Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week.

Stallworth, a junior from South Holland, set two school records at the Chicagoland Championships. She won the shot put with a throw of 13.82 meters (45-4 ¼), which is currently fifth nationally and first in the conference. She also tossed a personal best in the weigh throw of 15.62 meters (51-3).

Men’s track and field

Saint Xavier’s Shane Kenney (Chesterton) qualified for the nationals in the 1,000-meter run. Kenney, a senior, ran a NAIA national-qualifying mark of 2:33.58 at the Chicagoland Championships on Feb. 15.

The Times welcomes information about local athletes for inclusion in Region Collegians. Email Brian Waddle at

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