Women's Basketball


Harrer and the Women's Basketball Program Among Nation's Best in Division III

BW's 2007-08 seniors celebrate the program's
fifth OAC Tournament Title.

The Baldwin Wallace University women's basketball program is one of the finest in NCAA Division III.

For more than a decade, Cheri Harrer's Yellow Jackets annually have competed for an Ohio Athletic Conference title both during the regular season and in the OAC Tournament and a berth in the Div. III National Tournament.

"We are pleased with the success that our women's basketball program has enjoyed," said Head Coach Cheri Harrer, the winningest women's basketball coach in school history and a 450-163 mark with an outstanding .734 winning percentage after 22 seasons in Berea.  "Our ultimate goal is to win the NCAA Division III National Championship. We are committed to making that happen and will continue to work hard to make that possibility a reality."

Program Highlights

  • 11 berths to the NCAA Division III National Tournament over the past 16 years
  • Three "Elite Eight" finishes (1999-2000, 2000-2001 and 2005-2006)
  • Seven OAC regular season titles
  • Five OAC Tournament crowns
  • 20 straight winning seasons with at least 15 victories
  • 12 seasons with at least 20 wins in the past 16 years
  • An .811 winning percentage over the past 16 seasons -- the best of any Ohio Division III program
  • Head Coach Cheri Harrer is a four-time OAC Coach of the Year

Amanda Schroeder earned first-team
All-OAC honors for the second straight
season in 2010.


The 2011-12 Season

In 2012-12, Harrer's team finished 17-10 overall and advanced to the semifinals of the OAC Tournament despite having one of the youngest rosters in the league (one graduating senior). The Yellow Jackets also had two players earn All-OAC honors and another earned Academic All-OAC accolades.

Study Table Prepares Student-Athletes at BW

All first-year student in the Baldwin Wallace University women's basketball program are required to attend a study table to help with studies during their first two semsters at college.  At the study table, first-year student receive guidance on mastering college work.  Overall, it has provided a solid transition for the first-year student to the collegiate academic and athletic experience.

"Making sure that our student-athletes receive a quality education is a priority at BW," said Harrer.  "Our study table is helping those who want to improve their study skills.  We believe that it provides a strong transition from high school to college for our first-year players."

During each academic semester, progress forms are sent to every professor in an effort to monitor each student-athlete's experience.  After the second semester, only those student-athletes below a 3.0 grade point average are required to attend the study table.  Annually, BW is ranked by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) in its Top 25 Honor Roll.

Cheri Harrer's teams annually rank in the WBCA's
Top 25 Honor Roll.

"We are very proud of our women's basketbal student-athletes who excel in the classroom, on the court and on our campus as leaders," said Harrer, who was an Academic All-American as an undergraduate student-athlete at the University of Findlay.  "Our young women of the past have set the standard for our current student-athletes to match."

Just a few of BW's Academic Standouts...

  • Jen Swinehart '99
  • Mandy Zolciak '01
  • Emily Clark '02
  • Holy Koepp '03
  • Sarah Gordon '03
  • Erika Schultz '04
  • Karissa Kusick '04
  • Lindsay Meek '04
  • Nikki Altenweg '06
  • Michelle White '07
  • Steffani Jaworski '07 
  • Ariel Brough '10
  • Catherine Spisak '12

In 2009-2010, senior center Ariel Brough '10 (Powell/ OLentangy-Liberty) earned third-team ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-American honors and was awarded the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA/ www.wbca.org) Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship.

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