INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES

Argos 62 Culver 52
Batesville 44 Rushville 36
Bellmont 44 DeKalb 43
Benton Central 71 Rensselaer Central 39
Bethesda Christian 40 Greenwood Christian 26
Christian Academy 66 Trinity Lutheran 53
Delta 60 New Castle 45
East Central 48 Connersville 35
East Chicago Central 97 Kankakee Valley 72
Elkhart 54 Bremen 43
Gary 21st Century 95 Hammond Science & Tech 35
Greensburg 57 Madison 53
Griffith 53 Highland 42
Guerin Catholic 60 Indianapolis Washington 39
Indianapolis International 77 Providence Cristo Rey 42
Indianapolis Lutheran 54 University 46
Martinsville (Ill.) 53 Dugger Union 40
Morristown 55 Southwestern (Shelbyville) 48
Purdue Poly Englewood 67 Indianapolis Shortridge 56
Seeger 52 Southmont 46
Vincennes Lincoln 54 Wood Memorial 40
Winamac 65 North White 32


Putnam County Tournament
Greencastle 69 South Putnam 54
North Putnam 63 Cloverdale 27

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Adams Central at South Adams 7:30 pm
Alexandria at Madison-Grant 7:30 pm
Angola at Bellmont 7:30 pm
Attica at South Vermillion 7:30 pm
Austin at Borden 7:30 pm
Avon at Franklin Central 7:30 pm
Barr-Reeve at South Knox 7:30 pm
Bedford North Lawrence at Brownstown Central 7:30 pm
Beech Grove at Cascade 7:30 pm
Ben Davis at Lawrence North 7:30 pm
Benton Central at Tri-County 8:00 pm
Blackford at Oak Hill 7:30 pm
Bloomfield at Washington 7:30 pm
Bloomington North at Terre Haute North 7:30 pm
Bloomington South at Columbus North 7:30 pm
Brebeuf Jesuit at Covenant Christian 7:30 pm
Brown County at Northview 7:30 pm
Carmel at Hamilton Southeastern 7:30 pm
Carroll (Flora) at Sheridan 7:30 pm
Castle at Jasper 8:00 pm
Centerville at Blue River 7:30 pm
Central Noble at Lakeland 7:30 pm
Charlestown at Floyd Central 7:30 pm
Chesterton at Portage 8:00 pm
Christel House at Indiana Math & Science ppd.
Christel House at Indianapolis Riverside 7:30 pm
Christian Academy at West Washington 7:30 pm
Churubusco at Hamilton 7:30 pm
Clarksville at Salem 7:30 pm
Clay City at North Central (Farmersburg) 7:30 pm
Clinton Prairie at Rossville 7:30 pm
Concord at Northridge 7:45 pm
Corydon Central at Eastern (Pekin) 7:30 pm
Covington at Seeger 7:30 pm
Cowan at Randolph Southern 7:30 pm
Crawford County at North Harrison 7:30 pm
Crawfordsville at Tri-West 7:30 pm
Crothersville at Seven Oaks 7:30 pm
Crown Point at Valparaiso 8:00 pm
East Noble at New Haven 7:30 pm
Eastern Hancock at Morristown 7:30 pm
Evansville Central at Evansville North 8:00 pm
Evansville Harrison at Evansville Reitz 8:00 pm
Evansville Mater Dei at Evansville Bosse 8:00 pm
Fairfield at Fremont 7:30 pm
Faith Christian at Clinton Central 7:30 pm
Forest Park at Heritage Hills 8:00 pm
Fort Wayne North at Fort Wayne Dwenger 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Northrop at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 7:45 pm
Fort Wayne Snider at Fort Wayne Luers 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne South at Fort Wayne Wayne 7:30 pm
Frankfort at North Montgomery 7:30 pm
Franklin County at Greenfield-Central 7:30 pm
Garrett at Eastside 7:30 pm
Gibson Southern at Tecumseh 8:00 pm
Goshen at Wawasee 7:45 pm
Hamilton Heights at Westfield 7:30 pm
Hammond Science & Tech at Trinity Greenlawn 7:30 pm
Hanover Central at Lowell 8:00 pm
Harrison (West Lafayette) at Muncie Central 8:00 pm
Hauser at Jac-Cen-Del 7:30 pm
Heritage Hall at Mooresville Christian 6:30 pm
Hobart at Andrean 8:00 pm
Homestead at Fort Wayne Concordia 7:30 pm
Horizon Christian at Indianapolis Scecina 7:00 pm
Indianapolis Cathedral at Fishers 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Herron at Victory College Prep 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Metropolitan at Speedway 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Riverside at Irvington Prep ppd.
Indianapolis Roncalli at Heritage Christian 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Tech at Lafayette Jeff 7:30 pm
Jay County at Heritage 7:30 pm
Jeffersonville at Center Grove 7:30 pm
Jennings County at Columbus East 7:30 pm
John Glenn at Jimtown 7:30 pm
Kankakee Valley at Calumet 8:00 pm
KIPP Indy Legacy at Traders Point Christian 6:00 pm
Knox at Tippecanoe Valley 7:30 pm
Kokomo at Richmond 7:30 pm
Kouts at Morgan Twp. 8:00 pm
Lafayette Central Catholic at West Lafayette 7:30 pm
Lake Station at Boone Grove 8:00 pm
Lakeland Christian at South Bend Career 7:00 pm
Lakewood Park at Bethany Christian 7:30 pm
Lanesville at New Washington 7:30 pm
LaVille at Triton 7:30 pm
Lawrence Central at Indianapolis Washington 7:30 pm
Leo at Columbia City 7:30 pm
Logansport at Anderson 7:30 pm
Maconaquah at Southwood 7:45 pm
Manchester at Peru 7:45 pm
Martinsville at Mooresville 7:30 pm
McCutcheon at Marion 7:30 pm
Merrillville at LaPorte 8:00 pm
Michigan City at Lake Central 8:00 pm
Milford (Ill.) at South Newton 8:00 pm
Mishawaka at NorthWood 7:45 pm
Mishawaka Marian at South Bend St. Joseph 7:30 pm
Mississinewa at Frankton 7:30 pm
Mitchell at Loogootee 7:30 pm
Monrovia at Owen Valley 7:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Fortville) at Madison 7:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey) at Boonville 8:30 pm
Munster at Gary West 8:00 pm
New Albany at Providence 7:30 pm
New Prairie at South Bend Adams 7:30 pm
Noblesville at Brownsburg 7:30 pm
North Daviess at North Knox 7:30 pm
North Judson at Caston 8:00 pm
North Miami at Lewis Cass 7:00 pm
North Newton at Frontier 8:00 pm
Northeastern at Tri 7:30 pm
Northfield at Bluffton 7:30 pm
Norwell at Huntington North 7:30 pm
Orleans at Paoli 7:30 pm
Parke Heritage at Fountain Central 7:30 pm
Penn at South Bend Washington 7:30 pm
Perry Central at Northeast Dubois 8:00 pm
Perry Meridian at Franklin 7:30 pm
Pike at North Central (Indianapolis) 7:30 pm
Pike Central at Tell City 8:00 pm
Pioneer at Culver 7:00 pm
Plainfield at Greenwood 7:30 pm
Plymouth at Warsaw 7:45 pm
Princeton at South Spencer 8:00 pm
Providence Cristo Rey at Medora 7:30 pm
Purdue Poly Englewood at Indian Creek 7:30 pm
Rising Sun at Southwestern (Hanover) 7:30 pm
River Forest at Marquette Catholic 8:00 pm
Riverton Parke at North Vermillion 7:30 pm
Rock Creek Academy at Edinburgh 7:30 pm
Shelbyville at New Palestine 7:30 pm
Shenandoah at Lapel 7:30 pm
Silver Creek at Scottsburg 7:30 pm
South Bend Clay at Elkhart 7:30 pm
South Bend Riley at Bremen 7:30 pm
South Central (Union Mills) at Washington Twp. 8:00 pm
South Dearborn at South Ripley 7:30 pm
South Decatur at Waldron 7:30 pm
Southridge at North Posey 8:00 pm
Springs Valley at White River Valley 7:30 pm
Switzerland County at Shawe Memorial 7:30 pm
Tri-Central at Taylor 7:30 pm
Triton Central at Indianapolis Ritter 7:30 pm
Tri-Township at West Central 8:00 pm
Union City at Daleville 7:30 pm
Union County at Oldenburg Academy 7:30 pm
Vincennes Lincoln at Eastern Greene 7:30 pm
Vincennes Rivet at Shoals 7:30 pm
Wabash at Rochester 7:45 pm
Wapahani at Monroe Central 7:30 pm
Wes-Del at Eastbrook 7:30 pm
West Vigo at Terre Haute South 7:30 pm
Western Boone at Delphi 7:30 pm
Westview at Prairie Heights 7:30 pm
Westville at Whiting 8:00 pm
Wheeler at Hebron 8:00 pm
Whiteland at Decatur Central 7:30 pm
Whitko at Northwestern 7:30 pm
Winchester at Cambridge City Lincoln 7:30 pm
Wood Memorial at Cannelton 7:00 pm
Woodlan at Southern Wells 7:30 pm
Zionsville at Lebanon 7:30 pm
Pioneer Conference playoffs
Muncie Burris at Indianapolis International 7:30 pm 7th
Liberty Christian at Greenwood Christian 7:30 pm 5th
Seton Catholic at Park Tudor 7:30 pm 3rd
University at Bethesda Christian 7:30 pm 1st


Putnam County Tournament
Cloverdale vs. South Putnam 6:00 pm 3rd
North Putnam at Greencastle 7:30 pm 1st

Northern Regional Hosts

LaPorte | Bracket 
Class 4A | South Bend Washington vs. Lake Central | 4 pm CT 
Class 4A | Northridge vs. Valparaiso | 7 pm CT

Marion | Bracket 
Class 4A | McCutcheon vs. Homestead | 1 pm ET 
Class 4A | Noblesville vs. Fort Wayne Snider | 4 pm ET

Jimtown | Bracket 
Class 3A | Hanover Central vs. Bremen | 4 pm ET 
Class 3A | New Prairie vs. NorthWood | 7 pm ET

Bellmont | Bracket 
Class 1A | Northfield vs. Clinton Central | 1 pm ET 
Class 2A | Lewis Cass vs. Fremont | 4 pm ET

Winamac Community | Bracket 
Class 2A | Andrean vs. LaVille | 4 pm ET 
Class 1A | Marquette Catholic vs. Morgan Township | 7 pm ET

Lapel | Bracket 
Class 3A | Hamilton Heights vs. Woodlan | 1 pm ET 
Class 2A | Lapel vs. Eastbrook | 4 pm ET

Caston | Bracket 
Class 3A | Benton Central vs. Norwell | 4 pm ET 
Class 1A | Bethany Christian vs. Caston | 7 pm ET

Wes-Del | Bracket 
Class 1A | Daleville vs. Union City | 1 pm ET 
Class 2A | Lafayette Central Catholic vs. Fort Wayne Bishop Luers | 4 pm ET

Southern Regional Hosts

Decatur Central | Bracket 
Class 4A | Mt. Vernon (Fortville) vs. Lawrence Central | 4 pm ET 
Class 4A | Pike vs. Plainfield | 7 pm ET

Bedford North Lawrence | Bracket 
Class 4A | Bedford North Lawrence vs. Center Grove | 1 pm ET 
Class 4A | Franklin Community vs. Evansville North | 4 pm ET

Greencastle | Bracket 
Class 3A | Indian Creek vs. Indianapolis Bishop Chatard | 4 pm ET 
Class 1A | North Central (Farmersburg) vs. Bethesda Christian | 7 pm ET

Charlestown | Bracket 
Class 2A | South Spencer vs. Brownstown Central | 1 pm ET 
Class 3A | Greensburg vs. Scottsburg | 4 pm ET

Southmont | Bracket 
Class 3A | Danville vs. Speedway | 4 pm ET 
Class 2A | Eastern Hancock vs. Parke Heritage | 7 pm ET

Crawford County | Bracket 
Class 3A | Washington vs. Gibson Southern | 1 pm ET 
Class 1A | Barr-Reeve vs. Lanesville | 4 pm ET

Southwestern (Shelbyville)

Southwestern (Shelbyville) | Bracket 
Class 2A | Sheridan vs. Northeastern | 4 pm ET 
Class 1A | Jac-Cen-Del vs.  Eminence | 7 pm ET

West Washington | Bracket 
Class 1A | Trinity Lutheran vs.  Wood Memorial | 1 pm ET 
Class 2A | Linton-Stockton vs. North Decatur | 4 pm ET

INDIANA WRESTLING SEMI-STATE

1. East Chicago Central (John C. Baratto Athletic Center) | 9 am CT 
Feeder Regionals: Crown Point, Hobart, Logansport, Penn.

2. Fort Wayne South Side (Allen County War Memorial Coliseum) | 8:30 am ET 
Feeder Regionals: Carroll (Fort Wayne), Goshen, Jay County, Peru.

3. New Castle (New Castle Fieldhouse) | 9 am ET 
Feeder Regionals: Frankfort, Pendleton Heights, Perry Meridian, Richmond.

4. Evansville F. J. Reitz (Ford Center) | 9 am CT 
Feeder Regionals: Bloomington South, Castle, Jeffersonville, Mooresville.

INDIANA GIRLS STATE SWIMMING FINALS

Friday, Feb. 9, 2024
Gates open at 4:30 pm ET / 3:30 pm CT
6 pm ET / 5 pm CT | Swimming Preliminaries | Heat Sheets | Psych Sheets 

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024
Gates open at 7:30 am ET / 6:30 am CT 
9 am ET / 8 am CT | Diving Preliminaries, Semifinals 
1 pm ET / 12 pm CT | Championship/Consolation Finals in all swimming events; Diving Finals 

SUPER BOWL LVIII 

SUNDAY, FEB. 11

KANSAS CITY VS. SAN FRANCISCO

IN LAS VEGAS, 6:30 P.M. ET 

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#8 ARIZONA 105 UTAH 99 3OT

UAB 76 #20 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 73 OT

ELSEWHERE:

PENN STATE 89 IOWA 79

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#15 LOUISVILLE 73 #12 NOTRE DAME 66

#23 SYRACUSE 62 GEORGIA TECH 59

#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 83 MISSOURI 45

#14 INDIANA 94 MICHIGAN STATE 91

#16 VIRGINIA TECH 72 #3 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 61

#5 OHIO STATE 71 MINNESOTA 47

#13 LSU 85 VANDERBILT 62

#19 GONZAGA 83 PEPPERDINE 46

#2 IOWA 111 PENN STATE 93

ELSEWHERE:

SOUTHERN INDIANA 70 EASTERN ILLINOIS 60

ILLINOIS 82 NORTHWESTERN 71

MILWAUKEE 73 IUPUI 54

NBA SCOREBOARD

GOLDEN STATE 131 INDIANA 109

ORLANDO 127 SAN ANTONIO 111

CLEVELAND 118 BROOKLYN 95

DALLAS 122 NEW YORK 108

MINNESOTA 129 MILWAUKEE 105

CHICAGO 118 MEMPHIS 110

PHOENIX 129 UTAH 115

DETROIT 128 PORTLAND 122 OT

DENVER 114 LA LAKERS 106

NHL SCOREBOARD

FLORIDA 4 WASHINGTON 2

PHILADELPHIA 4 WINNIPEG 1

CALGARY 5 NEW JERSEY 3

BOSTON 4 VANCOUVER 0

CAROLINA 5 COLORADO 2

NY ISLANDERS 6 TAMPA BAY 2

VEGAS 3 ARIZONA 2

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: PISTONS RALLY FROM 23 DOWN, BEAT BLAZERS IN OT

Jalen Duren scored a season-best 27 points and grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds for the Detroit Pistons, who recovered from a 23-point, third-quarter deficit to notch a 128-122 overtime victory over the host Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.

Jaden Ivey put up 26 points and Cade Cunningham added 23 points for the NBA-worst Pistons, who have won consecutive games for the first time since late October. Detroit, which beat the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, has just eight victories all season. Ivey was a career-best 7 of 7 from 3-point range. Rookie Marcus Sasser had 17 points and a career-high 11 assists for the Pistons.

Jerami Grant scored a career-high 49 points and also had eight rebounds and six assists for Portland, which lost its third straight game. Anfernee Simons scored 29 points in 25 minutes but missed the final 22 minutes due to a sprained left ankle.

Jabari Walker had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Kris Murray added 12 points for the Trail Blazers, who scored the first basket of overtime and never tallied again.

Suns 129, Jazz 115

Kevin Durant scored 31 points and Bradley Beal added 30 as Phoenix defeated visiting Utah.

Durant, who had eight rebounds and seven assists, scored 19 points in the first quarter as Phoenix jumped ahead 40-28. Phoenix shot a blistering 59.1 percent from the field, making 14 of 29 3-point attempts en route to its third win in a row. Beal made six of the Suns’ 3s and had seven assists. Eric Gordon scored 19 points.

Lauri Markkanen led the Jazz with 22 points. John Collins contributed 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Collin Sexton chipped in 19 points and eight assists in the loss.

Timberwolves 129, Bucks 105

Anthony Edwards scored 26 points and dished nine assists, and Minnesota cruised to a win in Milwaukee.

Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 19 points for Minnesota, which bounced back from an overtime loss against the Chicago Bulls two nights earlier. Mike Conley added 18 points and shot 6-for-7 from beyond the arc, Naz Reid finished with 17 points off the bench and Rudy Gobert tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds.

AJ Green scored a game-high 27 points off the bench to lead Milwaukee. Jae Crowder scored 21 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 17 for the Bucks, who fell to 1-5 since Doc Rivers took over as head coach.

Warriors 131, Pacers 109

Stephen Curry hit his first seven 3-point attempts on a 42-point night, Jonathan Kuminga chipped in with 18 points and Golden State thumped Indiana in Indianapolis.

Curry shot 15-for-22 overall and Kuminga was 9-for-16, helping the visitors make 55.9 percent of their total shots. They were 17-for-32 (53.1 percent) on 3-pointers. Rookie Gui Santos gave Golden State a boost off the bench with 13 points and eight rebounds, while Andrew Wiggins and Dario Saric contributed 11 points apiece.

Pascal Siakam paced six Pacers in double figures with 16 points to complement eight rebounds. Myles Turner had 15 points, Jalen Smith 14, Aaron Nesmith 13, Bennedict Mathurin 11 and Andrew Nembhard 10 for Indiana, which saw a two-game winning streak come to an end.

Magic 127, Spurs 111

Franz Wagner racked up 34 points to help hot-shooting Orlando to an emphatic win over visiting San Antonio.

Jalen Suggs added 17 points for Orlando, with Paolo Banchero scoring 16, Cole Anthony hitting for 12 points and Moritz Wagner and Wendell Carter Jr. tallying 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Magic won for the fourth time in five games and swept the season series from San Antonio.

Devin Vassell hit for 30 points, all in the second half, to lead San Antonio, which has dropped six straight outings and the first two of their nine-games-in-21-days road trip. The Spurs also got 15 points from Victor Wembanyama, 12 each from Zach Collins and Keldon Johnson, and 10 apiece from Tre Jones and Blake Wesley.

Nuggets 114, Lakers 106

Jamal Murray scored 29 points, Michael Porter Jr. added 27 and visiting Denver opened a three-game road trip by holding on for a victory over Los Angeles.

Nikola Jokic had 24 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists for the Nuggets, who extended their winning streak to three games and improved to 8-2 in their past 10 contests. Murray had 11 assists and seven rebounds, while Porter grabbed eight boards.

Anthony Davis finished with 32 points and nine rebounds and LeBron James logged 25 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers, who were playing in their first game since going 4-2 on a two-week road trip.

Bulls 118, Grizzlies 110

DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Andre Drummond recorded a 21-point, 13-rebound double-double off the bench, and Chicago opened a four-game road swing by sending host Memphis to a seventh consecutive loss.

Nikola Vucevic scored 20 points for the Bulls and grabbed 10 rebounds. Coby White scored 20 points, his fourth consecutive game with at least that many. White also dished eight assists and grabbed six rebounds.

Scotty Pippen Jr. scored 15 points, while GG Jackson II had a career-high 27 points for the Grizzlies. Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 28 points, Santi Aldama added 15 points and Vince Williams Jr. flirted with a triple-double, tallying 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

Mavericks 122, Knicks 108

Luka Doncic tallied 39 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds as visiting Dallas held off a late charge to beat short-handed New York.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 points for Dallas, which led wire to wire and won its third straight. Derrick Jones Jr. added 18 points, Kyrie Irving had 16, and Josh Green chipped in 15.

Donte DiVincenzo made seven 3-pointers and led New York with 36 points. The Knicks were down to seven active players after center Isaiah Hartenstein departed late in the second quarter with a sore left Achilles. Hart had 23 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for New York, which lost for just the second time in 12 games.

Cavaliers 118, Nets 95

Thanks to a 21-0 run to start the second half, Cleveland put the game out of reach and cruised past host Brooklyn for its eighth straight win.

The Cavaliers won for the 16th time in their past 17 games as Donovan Mitchell collected a game-high 27 points along with five rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks. Darius Garland chipped in 14 points and seven assists, Evan Mobley had 14 points and 12 boards, and Jarrett Allen added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

The Nets had only nine active players after Royce O’Neale and Spencer Dinwiddie were dealt earlier Thursday at the trade deadline. Newly acquired Keita Bates-Diop, Jordan Goodwin and Dennis Schroeder were not yet available to play for Brooklyn. Mikal Bridges paced the short-handed Nets with 26 points and five 3-pointers.

SIXERS AND PACERS MAKE DEAL

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The slumping Philadelphia 76ers have acquired guard Buddy Hield from the Indiana Pacers for Marcus Morris Jr., Furkan Korkmaz and three second-round draft picks, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Sixers president Daryl Morey made a trio moves hours ahead of the NBA trade deadline with the Sixers tumbling down the East standings without injured All-Star Joel Embiid.

The Sixers also sent Daniel House and a 2024 second-round pick to the Detroit Pistons; then traded guard Patrick Beverley to the Milwaukee Bucks for guard Cameron Payne and a future second-round draft pick, the person said.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the trades were not yet official.

The Sixers cleared millions in salary cap space — $4.3 million alone on the House trade, as part of the traded player exception – and the trades have opened roster space for the Sixers to pursue a player on the buyout market.

Beverley, a two-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team selection, signed a $3.2 million, $1 million free-agent deal with the Sixers. The Pat Bev Podcast posted video on Instagram of Beverley sitting on a sofa with a cell phone against his ear watching the news break on the ESPN ticker.

The 76ers will seemingly look like a whole new team when they host Atlanta on Friday.

The 76ers are 4-12 without Embiid and will be without the reigning MVP for at least month — if not much longer — following knee surgery this week.

Hield will earn $19.2 million this season in the final year of a four-year contract. He averaged just 12 points this year in 52 games with the Pacers. He is a career 40% 3-point shooter. Hield made just 28 starts this year but should see an expanded role on a Sixers team hit hard by injuries and illness.

The Sixers have lost seven of eight games.

Hield has been one of the top 3-point shooters in the NBA for years in both volume and makes. He hit at least 260 in four straight seasons with the Sacramento Kings and made a career-high 288 last season with the Pacers.

The Sixers are shooting just 31% from 3-point range this season and can only hope Hield provides not only a viable outside option down the stretch but can take some of the pressure off All-Star guard Tyrese Maxey, who has struggled in Embiid’s absence.

Maxey has a combined 50 points in three games since he scored a career-best 51 last week against the Utah Jazz.

Indiana’s desire to move Hield was not much of a surprise. Hield, who finished sixth in the league with 3.6 3s per game last season, had been the subject of trade rumors since last year’s trade deadline. An expiring contract and his ability to score made him a likely addition for a team trying to make a deep playoff run — which the 76ers still believe they can do if Embiid is healthy and can return in time of the playoffs.

But the Pacers also needed to make a move to clear out minutes for players such as last season’s all-rookie selection Bennedict Mathurin, who opened the season as a starter but had been playing primarily behind Hield.

If Morris and Korkmaz stay with Indiana, they will add veteran voices to a young locker room without much playoff experience. They also have expiring contracts, which will free up money for Indiana to re-sign players — perhaps even two-time All-Star Pascal Siakam, who was obtained from Toronto in a mid-January trade.

And the three second-round draft picks will help offset the three first-round picks Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard sent to Toronto in the Siakam trade.

The 35-year-old Beverley has averaged 6.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 19.6 minutes in 47 games.

The Bucks needed a boost to their perimeter defense since the start of the season after losing five-time All-Defensive Team member Jrue Holiday in the trade that brought seven-time All-NBA guard Damian Lillard to Milwaukee.

The Bucks will be the sixth different team Beverley has joined over the last four seasons. He spent the 2020-21 season with the Los Angeles Clippers, played for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2021-22 and split last season between the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls.

Payne, 29, has averaged 6.2 points, 2.3 assists, 1.3 rebounds and 14.9 minutes in 47 games with the Bucks while shooting 39.7% from 3-point range.

He joined the Bucks this season after spending the last four seasons with the Phoenix Suns. Payne also has played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers.

MAVERICKS ACQUIRE WASHINGTON FROM HORNETS FOR WILLIAMS AND CURRY, AP SOURCE SAYS

The Dallas Mavericks are acquiring power forward P.J. Washington from the Charlotte Hornets for Grant Williams, Seth Curry and a 2027 first-round draft pick.

The trade was confirmed Thursday by a person with knowledge of the deal that includes getting two second-round draft picks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced by either team.

Washington was the 12th overall pick out of Kentucky in the 2019 draft. He has played all five of his NBA seasons with the Hornets, averaging 13 points and 5.5 rebounds in his 304 games. He is averaging 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 44 games this season.

The front-court addition comes just as star guards Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving are healthy and playing together again for the Mavericks, who are trying to get back to the playoffs after missing the postseason last year.

Dallas was 28-23 going into a game Thursday night at the New York Knicks. That put the Mavericks in eighth place in the Western Conference.

Williams went to the Mavericks from Boston as part of a three-team trade last July. The fifth-year power forward averaged 8.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 47 games this season.

Curry, who is in his 10th NBA season, will wrap up a third stint with the Mavericks. He has scored 4.3 points a game while playing 36 games this season.

Both Curry and Williams are returning home as both played high school basketball in Charlotte.

KELLY OLYNYK GOING BACK TO CANADA AS PART OF JAZZ-RAPTORS TRADE, AP SOURCE SAYS

Kelly Olynyk is going back to his native Canada, after the Utah Jazz agreed Thursday to trade the veteran forward to the Toronto Raptors, a person with knowledge of the agreement said.

Olynyk and Ochai Agbaji are going to Toronto for a first-round pick in this June’s draft, Otto Porter and Kira Lewis, the person said.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had yet to receive final league approval.

Toronto would become the sixth NBA team for Olynyk, who has also played for Boston, Miami, Houston and Detroit before spending parts of two seasons with the Jazz.

Olynyk is averaging 8.1 points and 5.1 rebounds this season for Utah, while Agbaji averaged 5.4 points and 2.5 rebounds. Both played about 20 minutes per game, primarily off the Jazz bench.

Porter had two stints this season where he was sidelined by injury, wasn’t currently in the Toronto rotation and has appeared in only 23 games since the start of last season. Lewis made one appearance with the Raptors since getting acquired from New Orleans last month in the deal where Toronto sent Pascal Siakam to Indiana.

REPORT: RAPTORS SEND SCHRODER TO NETS FOR DINWIDDIE

The Toronto Raptors are trading point guard Dennis Schroder and forward Thad Young to the Brooklyn Nets for Spencer Dinwiddie, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Schroder was in the midst of his first season in Toronto after coming over in free agency. He’s averaging 13.7 points and 6.1 assists on 44.2% shooting in 51 appearances, including 31 starts.

The German national has a second year on his deal in 2024-25 for $13 million. Young’s expiring $8-million contract is included for salary matching purposes.

Meanwhile, Dinwiddie is in the final year of a three-year, $54-million deal he signed in 2021.

The 30-year-old’s scoring is down this season, averaging 12.6 points per game on 39.1% shooting, both his lowest since 2017-18.

REPORT: PISTONS SHIP BOJAN BOGDANOVIC TO KNICKS

The New York Knicks are acquiring sharpshooting vet Bojan Bogdanovic from the Detroit Pistons, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

As part of the deal, the Pistons are reportedly also sending Alec Burks to New York. In return, the Knicks are apparently trading Quentin Grimes, Evan Fournier, Malachi Flynn, Ryan Arcidiacono, and a pair of second-round picks to Detroit.

Bogdanovic was a steady veteran presence on the Pistons over the last season-and-a-half as the franchise navigates a tenuous rebuild. The 34-year-old is scoring 20.2 points per game – which was second on Detroit behind Cade Cunningham – while shooting 41.5% from beyond the arc on 7.4 attempts this campaign.

Burks returns to New York, where he spent the 2020-21 and 2021-22 campaigns. He started in 49 of 130 games over that period, averaging 12.1 points and 4.8 rebounds while hitting 40.8% of his threes.

Now in his third NBA season, Grimes has shown flashes of potential on the Knicks, who drafted him 25th overall in 2021. However, he’s struggled to crack a consistent role in the rotation; he opened the season as a starter but was replaced in the lineup by Donte DiVincenzo after 20 games.

REPORT: THUNDER TRADE FOR HORNETS’ HAYWARD

The Oklahoma City Thunder are acquiring forward Gordon Hayward from the Charlotte Hornets, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Oklahoma City is reportedly sending former EuroLeague star Vasilije Micic, guard Tre Mann, and forward Davis Bertans to Charlotte in the deal. The Hornets will also receive two future second-round picks, sources told ESPN’s Zach Lowe.

Hayward, on the final year of a four-year, $120-million contract, is averaging 14.5 points per game along with 4.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists through 25 contests. However, the 33-year-old former All-Star hasn’t played since Dec. 26 due to a calf issue.

Micic is a former EuroLeague MVP and a two-time winner of the most prestigious competition in European basketball while playing with Turkey’s Anadolu Efes. He was selected in the second round of the 2014 draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, though the team eventually traded his rights in 2020 to the Thunder. He then signed his first NBA contract this past July but has averaged just 12 minutes over 30 contests in his debut season, scoring 3.3 points per game.

Mann and Bertans have been seldom used in Oklahoma City this season. The former was drafted 18th overall by the Thunder in 2021, while Bertans was acquired at the 2023 draft from the Dallas Mavericks in an exchange of the Nos. 10 and 12 picks.

NBA FINES BULLS’ ANDRE DRUMMOND $15K FOR GESTURE

The NBA fined Chicago Bulls center Andre Drummond $15,000 for making an “inappropriate gesture” on the court, the league said Thursday.

The incident occurred with 1:22 left in overtime of the Bulls’ home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.

The Bulls won 129-123. The gesture came after Drummond scored against Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert.

Drummond knew his action would draw a fine.

“Oh, that’s coming,” Drummond said, laughing, after the game.

REPORTS: HORNETS F MILES BRIDGES WON’T WAIVE VETO RIGHTS FOR ANY TRADE

Hornets forward Miles Bridges has informed the team that he won’t waive veto rights for any potential trade this season and wants to remain in Charlotte for the rest of the season, according to multiple reports Thursday.

ESPN said Bridges’ agent, Rich Paul, had confirmed the reports.

The Phoenix Suns reportedly had been trying to obtain Bridges as recently as Wednesday night.

Bridges, 25, will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He previously expressed to multiple media outlets his desire to stay in Charlotte this season and beyond.

Bridges was picked by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 12th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, then immediately traded to Charlotte, where he’s played since. He is playing this season on a one-year, $7.9 million qualifying offer.

In 39 games (37 starts) this season, Bridges is averaging 21.9 points, 3.3 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game. In 330 career games (225 starts), Bridges has averages of 14.4 points, 2.4 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game.

Bridges sat out the 2022-23 season and 10 games this season as part of a suspension related to a domestic violence case in 2022.

WNBA NEWS

REPORTS: ELENA DELLE DONNE TO TAKE BREAK FROM WNBA

Two-time WNBA Most Valuable Player Elena Delle Donne is stepping away from basketball for an unspecified amount of time, ESPN reported.

Delle Donne has a one-year supermax contract offer on the table but has told the Washington Mystics that she doesn’t intend to sign it.

The Mystics placed the core designation on the 34-year-old center, which means they have exclusive negotiating rights with her. Without doing so, she could have walked away in free agency and signed elsewhere if she decides to play later this season or next.

Now, should Delle Donne want to return to the WNBA but not to the Mystics, she and the team would have to agree on a sign-and-trade deal.

The Mystics now find themselves without two key members of their 2023 team — Delle Donne and Natasha Cloud, who signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Mercury. Washington chose to use its core designation on Delle Donne instead of on the 31-year-old Cloud.

A seven-time All-Star, Delle Donne helped to lead the Mystics to the 2019 WNBA title. She played her first four seasons with the Chicago Sky, who selected her with the second overall pick of the 2013 draft, and the past six with the Mystics.

In 241 career games (234 starts), Delle Donne has averages of 19.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.

Last season, she appeared in 23 games for the Mystics, averaging 16.7 points and 5.4 rebounds. In recent years, she has struggled with injuries to her back.

NFL NEWS

NFL HONORS: LAMAR JACKSON WINS SECOND MVP

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson can add “two-time NFL Most Valuable Player” to his long list of accomplishments.

Jackson, 27, took home his second MVP award on Thursday night during the NFL Honors awards ceremony in Las Vegas. He was the overwhelming winner, receiving 49 of 50 first-place votes, with the Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen getting the only dissenting vote.

“My offense, my offensive line, I can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done,” Jackson said. “I’m not out there blocking, catching the ball, doing everything. It’s my team. It’s a team thing for these awards.”

Jackson led the Ravens to a 13-3 record during his 16 regular-season starts. He passed for 3,678 yards and 24 touchdowns, and he rushed for 821 yards and five scores.

He became the ninth player in the Super Bowl era to capture multiple MVPS, joining Peyton Manning (five), Aaron Rodgers (four), Tom Brady (three), Brett Favre (three), Patrick Mahomes (two), Joe Montana (two), Steve Young (two) and Kurt Warner (two).

Here is a look at the rest of Thursday’s award winners:

–Coach of the year: Kevin Stefanski, Cleveland Browns

Stefanski guided the Browns to an 11-6 record despite injuries to key playmakers such as quarterback Deshaun Watson and running back Nick Chubb. It was the second coach of the year award for Stefanski, who won a tight vote over Houston Texans’ DeMeco Ryans.

–Offensive player of the year: Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco 49ers

McCaffrey led the NFL in rushing yards (1,459) and yards from scrimmage (2,023) and tied for first in touchdowns (21) during his first full season in San Francisco. He was the overwhelming winner, drawing 39 votes for first place compared with seven votes for the runner-up, Miami Dolphins wideout Tyreek Hill.

–Defensive player of the year: Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns

Garrett, 28, racked up 14 sacks, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery as the leader of the Browns’ defense. He also tallied 17 tackles for loss. Garrett narrowly edged T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers to claim his first defensive player of the year award.

–Offensive rookie of the year: C.J. Stroud, Houston Texans

Stroud earned the honor over Detroit Lions running back Jahmyr Gibbs, Los Angeles Rams wideout Puka Nacua and Atlanta Falcons running back Bijan Robinson. The Texans quarterback passed for 4,108 yards, 23 touchdowns and five interceptions this season.

–Defensive rookie of the year: Will Anderson, Houston Texans

Anderson edged Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Jalen Carter to take home the award. The Texans were the second team in as many years to have the league’s offensive and defensive rookies of the year. Last year, the New York Jets had wide receiver Garrett Wilson win on offense and cornerback Sauce Gardner win on defense.

–Comeback player of the year: Joe Flacco, Cleveland Browns

Flacco, who turned 39 in January, was sitting at home when the Browns had an emergency need at quarterback. The savvy veteran returned to the league to guide the Browns to four wins in his five starts. He finished with 1,616 passing yards and 13 touchdowns to lead Cleveland to the playoffs.

–Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year: Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers

Heyward was recognized for his charitable efforts and community service across 13 NFL seasons. His foundation, The Heyward House, promotes child literacy and helps children who are living with cancer or living in hunger. The foundation also supports teachers and students.

FORMER BEARS DEVIN HESTER, JULIUS PEPPERS PART OF SEVEN-MEMBER CLASS OF 2024

A trio of former Chicago Bears players were among seven players to be selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2024, the NFL announced Thursday night.

Devin Hester, Julius Peppers and Steve McMichael each will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, this summer. They will join four others: longtime Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney, Houston Texans wideout Andre Johnson, Denver Broncos linebacker Randy Gradishar and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis.

McMichael and Gradishar were senior selections, while the other five were part of the modern class.

The Hall of Fame is filled almost entirely with offensive and defensive stars, but Hester got the nod for his achievements on special teams. He holds the NFL record with 20 overall return touchdowns, as well as the league record with 14 punt return TDs.

Hester’s highlights included returning the opening kickoff of Super Bowl XLI for a touchdown against Indianapolis. He also caught 255 passes for 3,311 yards and 16 touchdowns during his career.

“Devin revolutionized the game,” Bears chairman George McCaskey said. “No one had seen anything like him, and there hasn’t been anyone like him since. He had opposing head coaches telling their special teams coordinators, ‘Don’t kick to that guy,’ and they suffered the consequences when the message didn’t get through. We’re delighted that the Hall has recognized Devin’s special talents.”

Johnson also stood apart with his ability to find the end zone. The Texans’ first-round pick in 2003 finished his career with 1,062 catches and 70 touchdowns, and he finished with seven 1,000-yard seasons during his 14-year career.

On the defensive side, Freeney earned the call to Canton in his second year of eligibility. He led the NFL with 16 sacks in 2004 and finished his career with 125 1/2 sacks in 218 games.

Willis’ wait ended after five years of eligibility. Although his career was shortened because of injuries, he finished with seven Pro Bowl selections in eight years with the 49ers.

Peppers burst onto the scene with the Carolina Panthers in 2002, finishing his rookie season with 12 sacks, five forced fumbles and an interception in 12 games. The defensive end went on to star for the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers before returning to Carolina to finish his career. He is the only player in NFL history to rack up at least 150 sacks and 10 interceptions.

McMichael, affectionately known as “Mongo” by Bears fans, was a key part of Chicago’s 1985 Super Bowl championship team. The defensive lineman finished his career with 95 sacks and 13 forced fumbles and gained notoriety for his fearless playing style. The honor was bittersweet as McMichael is battling ALS and was unable to attend the announcement in Las Vegas.

Gradishar was named to seven Pro Bowls during his 10-year career with the Broncos. He was voted the NFL’s defensive player of the year in 1978, and he finished with 20 interceptions, 13 fumble recoveries and four defensive touchdowns to go along with 19 1/2 sacks and more than 2,000 tackles.

SUPER BOWL WIN NO RETIREMENT BRIDGE FOR CHIEFS’ ANDY REID

LAKE LAS VEGAS, Nevada — At his final media obligation until Super Bowl LVIII postgame, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid repeated consistent denials he’s on the verge of retirement, win or lose to the San Francisco 49ers.

“Yeah, I haven’t gone there,” Reid, 65, said Thursday morning at the team hotel. “I don’t think about that. I’m tied up in the game and trying to take care of that. I’m sure somewhere, I’ll know when that time is. It’s not today and it won’t be Sunday.”

If Reid does ride off into the sunset with a third Super Bowl win during the upcoming offseason, Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt and quarterback Patrick Mahomes would both be caught off-guard.

“I’m highly doubtful (Reid would retire),” Mahomes said. “It’d be very surprising to me.”

Hunt said the team has “no sense he is ready to hang it up,” when discussing Reid’s future.

Mahomes, 28, believes having a team in its prime and perennially among contenders for the league’s most coveted trophies will be enough to keep Reid and others in the picture for longer than some expect. Mahomes said earlier this week he could definitely envision playing into “(Tom) Brady range” or around 15 more seasons that puts him into his 40s.

The draw for Mahomes is what he described again Thursday as a brotherhood and like-mindedness among leaders that includes Reid.

“(Travis Kelce) wants to take every single rep at practice. He wants to be out there for every single play. When you see that mindset, this is a Hall of Fame tight end and he wants to be the guy working the hardest, it raises everybody’s standard,” Mahomes said.

BEARS’ MOORE WANTS CHICAGO TO TRADE NO. 1 PICK, BUILD AROUND FIELDS

Chicago wide receiver D.J. Moore wants the Bears to ride with Justin Fields as their long-term quarterback.

When asked what he wants Chicago to do with its Nos. 1 and 9 picks this year, Moore said on “Up & Adams” “Stick with Justin (Fields) and trade back and get some more O-line, and then we need some depth at receiver.”

He added: “I’m an advocate for Justin. I’m gonna stick by my guy until otherwise.”

Chicago secured the No. 1 selection in the draft after the Carolina Panthers finished with the worst record in the NFL. The Bears acquired that pick in a trade that also included Moore for the 2022 No. 1 selection.

USC’s Caleb Williams, North Carolina’s Drake Maye, and LSU’s Jayden Daniels are projected to be the top signal-callers in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Fields has been with the Bears since they drafted him 11th overall in 2021. Chicago has struggled to rack up victories since with Fields going 10-28.

The 24-year-old did elevate his play in 2023, totaling 16 touchdowns with 2,584 yards in his last 10 games of the year. Chicago finished the season 4-3 in its final seven contests.

Moore set career highs in receptions (96), receiving yards (1,364), and touchdowns (eight) with the Bears. His 1,364 receiving yards were the most by a Chicago player in a single season since Alshon Jeffery had 1,421 in 2013.

The Bears’ offense ranked 21st in yards per game in 2023. The club hired former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron for the same role after moving on from Luke Getsy.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS

MICHIGAN ATHLETIC DIRECTOR WARDE MANUEL TO BE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SELECTION COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel will be chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee next season, the CFP announced Thursday.

Manuel has served on the committee for the past two years, staying on throughout last season when Michigan was contending for a playoff spot while also being investigated by the NCAA. The Wolverines made the playoff and went on to win the national championship.

Selection committee members are recused from being part of the discussions about teams they have a professional association with.

Manuel will replace North Carolina State AD Boo Corrigan as the chairman and face of the committee, responsible for appearing once a week on ESPN to explain the group’s rankings in the second half of the season.

The committee’s job changes next season as the playoff expands from four to 12 teams, with at least five spots reserved for conference champions.

The CFP also announced six new additions to the 13-person panel: athletic directors Pat Chun of Washington State, Carla Williams of Virginia, Mack Rhoades of Baylor and Hunter Yurachek of Arkansas.

Also joining the committee this season will be former Missouri coach Gary Pinkel and former Arizona State and NFL star Randall McDaniel.

All new members will begin three-year terms on the committee.

Former Nebraska All-American Will Shields will have his term on the committee extended by one year.

BAYLOR HIRING FORMER TCU COACH AND RIVAL GARY PATTERSON AS SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO COACH DAVE ARANDA

Baylor is hiring former TCU coach Gary Patterson as a special consultant to head coach Dave Aranda, a person with direct knowledge of the move told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was being finalized.

The website SicEm365 first reported Baylor was hiring Patterson.

Patterson, 63, was coach at TCU, maybe Baylor’s biggest Big 12 rival, for 22 years before being pushed out during the 2021 season. He went 181-79 leading the Horned Frogs — the winningest coach in program history.

Patterson spent the 2022 season in an off-field role at Texas as a special assistant to the head coach.

Baylor is coming off a 3-9 season, raising the pressure on Aranda. He’s entering his fifth year as coach of the Bears. After winning the Big 12 in their second season under Aranda in 2021, the Bears have gone 8-16.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NO. 8 ARIZONA OUTLASTS UTAH IN TRIPLE OVERTIME

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Pelle Larsson had 27 points and eight assists to lead No. 8 Arizona to a 105-99 victory over Utah in triple overtime Thursday night.

Caleb Love added 19 points and 10 rebounds to help the Wildcats (18-5, 9-3 Pac-12) earn their third road win in conference play. Keshad Johnson chipped in with 17 points and Kylan Boswell added 16. Oumar Ballo grabbed 16 rebounds to go with 10 points.

Branden Carlson led Utah with 27 points and 15 rebounds. Keba Keita had 18 points and Gabe Madsen added 17. Deivon Smith finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the Utes.

Utah (15-8, 6-6) could not overcome a 10-of-21 performance from the free-throw line after rallying from a double-digit deficit.

Arizona was outrebounded 57-53 but outscored Utah 52-48 in the paint.

Arizona never trailed through the final two overtime periods, but the Wildcats did not pull away for good until Ballo threw down a dunk to ignite a 9-0 run that put the Wildcats up 102-93 with 40 seconds left.

Trailing by 16 early in the second half, Utah erased the deficit behind hot shooting from Madsen and Carlson. The duo combined for 15 baskets and 38 points after halftime.

Madsen made a 3-pointer and layup to spark an 11-0 run that helped Utah tie it at 63. The Utes missed four potential go-ahead baskets, but Arizona missed seven straight shots and went six minutes without a bucket. The prolonged drought allowed Utah to finally take a 68-67 lead on Carlson’s jumper.

The Wildcats regained the lead on a layup from Larsson on the ensuing possession and stayed in front until Madsen knocked down a transition 3 with 19.4 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.

After Carlson gave Utah the lead on a layup with 1:18 left in the first overtime, Larsson tied it again on a jumper in the final minute to force another extra session.

Arizona never trailed in the second overtime, but Larsson missed a pair of potential go-ahead free throws with 52 seconds left in the extra session to open the door for a third overtime.

Utah went ice cold on offense during the first half, opening the door for Arizona to surge in front. The Wildcats didn’t waste the opportunity.

Arizona built a 41-25 halftime lead when Utah made one basket over the final six minutes of the first half. The Utes missed nine shots and four free throws during that stretch. The Wildcats closed the half on a 14-4 run, punctuated by a layup from Love.

BIG PICTURE

Arizona made Utah work hard for shots in the first half but struggled to keep the Utes from getting the looks they wanted after halftime.

Utah struggled with numerous wasted possessions over the first 20 minutes, rushing shots and committing careless turnovers. Then, the offense roared to life after halftime.

UP NEXT

Arizona visits Colorado on Saturday.

Utah hosts Arizona State on Saturday.

UAB PUSHES PAST NO. 20 FLORIDA ATLANTIC IN OVERTIME

Yaxel Lendeborg recorded 17 points and a career-high 21 rebounds to help UAB notch a 76-73 overtime upset of No. 20 Florida Atlantic on Thursday night in Birmingham, Ala.

Eric Gaines registered 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Blazers (15-8, 7-3 American Athletic Conference), who won for the fifth time in their past seven games. Efrem Johnson and Christian Coleman added 14 points apiece and Alejandro Vasquez had 13 points for UAB.

Johnell Davis had 17 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three steals but shot just 5 of 21 for the Owls (18-5, 8-2).

Alijah Martin added 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals and Brandon Weatherspoon scored 12 points for Florida Atlantic, which had a seven-game winning streak halted.

The Owls fell to 0-8 all-time at Bartow Arena.

In overtime, Vasquez made two free throws and Coleman followed with two baskets as the Blazers took a 73-67 lead with 2:02 left to play.

Nick Boyd drained a 3-pointer as the Owls moved within three with 1:46 left. However, UAB pushed the lead back to six on Johnson’s 3-pointer with 31.1 seconds to play.

Martin buried a 3-pointer with 13.2 seconds left as Florida Atlantic crept within 76-73. Gaines missed the front end of a one-and-one situation with 9.8 seconds remaining to give the Owls a chance to tie, but Davis and Boyd each missed 3-point attempts in the final three seconds.

The Blazers connected on 44.4 percent of their shots and were 6 of 21 (28.6 percent) from behind the arc.

Florida Atlantic shot 33.8 percent from the field but was 10 of 28 (35.7 percent) from 3-point range.

The Owls trailed by six late in regulation before Gaffney hit a 3-pointer and Davis made four throws during a 7-0 run. The last two by Davis gave Florida Atlantic a 65-64 lead with 2:14 left.

Vasquez’s basket with 1:10 left knotted the score at 67 before the contest went to overtime.

Florida Atlantic led 43-36 early in the second half before UAB went on a 12-1 spurt. Lendeborg’s inside hoop capped it and gave the Blazers a 48-44 lead with 13:11 left.

A basket by Vasquez pushed the Blazers’ lead to 62-55 with 5:33 remaining.

Davis had 10 first-half points to help Florida Atlantic hold a 39-32 halftime advantage. Gaines had 12 points before the break for UAB.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 15 LOUISVILLE OUTLASTS NO. 12 IRISH

Nyla Harris produced 19 points and 10 rebounds as host No. 15 Louisville toppled No. 12 Notre Dame 73-66 on Thursday night.

Harris — who notched her fourth double-double of the season — made 9 of 11 shots from the floor as the Cardinals (20-4, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) improved to 4-3 against ranked teams this season. Louisville also aided by 13 points from Sydney Taylor plus an effort of 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists from Kiki Jefferson.

Hannah Hidalgo powered Notre Dame (17-5, 7-4) with 30 points and seven steals. Maddy Westbeld and Sonia Citron each chipped in nine points and seven boards.

Louisville jumped out to a 13-2 lead early before Notre Dame responded with a 10-2 run to close the first frame.

At halftime, the Cardinals led by one, but they pushed their edge back to double digits with a 11-2 run in the third quarter, punctuated by a layup from Harris. The Cardinals then went on to lead by as much as 13 points in the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals held the Irish to 2-of-18 shooting from 3-point range, Notre Dame’s worst mark in ACC play this season.

Hidalgo raised her season point total to 551, breaking the Irish’s program record for a freshman. Shari Matvey set the old mark of 529 in 1979-80.

No. 1 South Carolina 83, Missouri 45

MiLaysia Fulwiley had 19 points, six steals and four assists as the Gamecocks remained undefeated and routed the Tigers in Columbia, S.C.

South Carolina (22-0, 10-0 Southeastern Conference) was also boosted by Chloe Kitts’ 12 points, eight rebounds and five blocks, plus 11 points from Sania Feagin and 10 points from Bree Hall. Ashton Judd paced Missouri (11-12, 2-8) with 12 points and 10 boards.

The Gamecocks played without starting center Kamilla Cardoso because she is playing with Brazil in a qualifying tournament for the summer Olympics. Also absent from the Gamecocks was freshman Sahnya Jah, who is suspended indefinitely for “conduct detrimental to the team,” the program announced.

No. 16 Virginia Tech 72, No. 3 NC State 61

Elizabeth Kitley piled up 25 points and 13 rebounds as the Hokies won on the road over the higher-ranked Wolfpack in Raleigh, N.C.

Georgia Amoore added a near triple-double of 12 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for Virginia Tech (19-4, 10-2 ACC) in its sixth straight win. Matilda Ekh chipped in 14 points and Cayla King scored 13.

Madison Hayes powered NC State (20-3, 8-3) with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Aziaha James scored 17 points and Saniya Rivers added 12. The Wolfpack’s two frontcourt players — Mimi Collins and River Baldwin — struggled against Kitley, combining for just eight rebounds and six points on 1-of-11 shooting.

No. 14 Indiana 94, Michigan State 91

Mackenzie Holmes scored 28 points on 11-of-15 shooting to help the Hoosiers defeat the upset-minded Spartans in Bloomington, Ind.

Indiana (19-3, 10-2 Big Ten) also got 21 points from Sara Scalia, 20 points from Yarden Garzon and a triple-double of 10 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists from Chloe Moore-McNeil — the fourth in program history. Michigan State (17-6, 7-5) was led by Julia Ayrault’s 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting, while DeeDee Hagemann had 19 points and 10 assists.

The Spartans opened the game by scoring 32 points in the first quarter. Indiana took its first lead of the second half with 6:11 to play after Scalia swished a 3-pointer on an assist from Holmes. Michigan State tied the game with 1:55 to play, but Indiana responded with layups from Holmes and Garzon.

No. 23 Syracuse 62, Georgia Tech 59

Dyaisha Fair scored 17 points as the host Orange outlasted the Yellow Jackets.

Fair also had four assists and five rebounds, while Izabel Varejao added 13 points and seven rebounds for Syracuse (19-4, 9-3 ACC). Alyssa Latham chipped in 12 points and eight boards. Kara Dunn paced Georgia Tech (14-10, 5-7) with 17 points, while Kayla Blackshear had 15 and Tonie Morgan added 12.

The Orange took a one-point lead with just less than two minutes to play on a layup by Varejao, and Georgia Tech never scored again. Aixa Wone Aranaz missed a jumper, Dunn missed a layup and Sydney Johnson turned the ball over. Fair flushed two free throws in the final 30 seconds to push Syracuse’s advantage to three points.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: BRUINS WIN SHOWDOWN WITH CANUCKS

Brad Marchand and Danton Heinen bookended the first period with short-handed goals and Linus Ullmark made 17 saves to propel the Boston Bruins to a 4-0 win over the visiting Vancouver Canucks in a Thursday night clash of the NHL’s top two teams.

The Bruins, who have won three of their last four contests, totaled three goals in the opening minute of periods as Morgan Geekie and Pavel Zacha tallied early in the second. Zacha also picked up an assist on Geekie’s goal.

Charlie Coyle and David Pastrnak each had two helpers to contribute to the Boston offense. Coyle is on a 10-game point-scoring streak.

Vancouver was shut out for the first time since the third game of the season and had a 12-game points streak (10-0-2) snapped. Thatcher Demko made 21 saves in the defeat.

Hurricanes 5, Avalanche 2

Carolina’s Martin Necas produced his first career hat trick in the first 17 minutes in a win over Colorado at Raleigh, N.C.

Michael Bunting and Seth Jarvis also scored for the Hurricanes, and Teuvo Teravainen had three assists as Carolina won for the fourth time in five games. Goalie Pyotr Kochetkov was pulled after the first period after yielding two goals, but he was called back for the third after Antti Raanta sustained a lower-body injury. Kochetkov finished with 16 saves and Raanta stopped all nine shots in the second.

Zach Parise, in his third game with the Avalanche, and Samuel Girard scored in a five-second span late in the first period. Alexandar Georgiev was dinged for three goals from Necas across the first four shots in faced, but he ended up with 22 saves.

Flames 5, Devils 3

Jacob Markstrom made 37 saves as Calgary prevailed in Newark, N.J.

Connor Zary and Andrew Mangiapane each had a goal and an assist for the Flames, and Noah Hanifin collected two assists. Mikael Backlund, Kevin Rooney and Andrei Kuzmenko scored Calgary’s other goals. The Flames are on a three-game winning streak.

Ondrej Palat had two goals and Nico Hischier had a goal and an assist for New Jersey. Jesper Bratt recorded assists on all three Devils goals. Vitek Vanecek stopped 25 of 29 shots.

Panthers 4, Capitals 2

Ryan Lomberg scored the game-winning goal with 5:32 left in the third period in Sunrise, Fla., as Florida sent Washington to its sixth straight loss.

The Panthers, who have won five of their past six games, also got one goal and two assists from Matthew Tkachuk, one goal apiece from Sam Reinhart and Eetu Luostarinen and 21 saves from Sergei Bobrovsky.

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin scored for the third straight game. Ovechkin has just 11 goals this season but tallied career goal No. 833, second only to Wayne Gretzky. Washington also got a goal from Anthony Mantha and 37 saves from Darcy Kuemper.

Golden Knights 3, Coyotes 2

Vegas scored three times in the first period and held on for the win in Tempe, Ariz.

Jonathan Marchessault, Nicolas Hague and Chandler Stephenson scored for the Golden Knights, who are 8-2-1 in their past 11 games. Adin Hill made 20 saves for the win.

Jason Zucker and Clayton Keller scored for the Coyotes, who have lost four in a row. Connor Ingram allowed three goals on six shots before being replaced by Karel Vejmelka (28 saves) in the first period.

Islanders 6, Lightning 2

Mathew Barzal and Bo Horvat each had a goal and an assist as New York routed Tampa Bay in Elmont, N.Y.

Noah Dobson, Barzal and Kyle Palmieri scored in the first period and Ryan Pulock, Horvat and Casey Cizikas scored in the second for the Islanders, who improved to 3-2-1 under new head coach Patrick Roy. New York goalie Ilya Sorokin made 18 saves.

Nikita Kucherov and Brandon Hagel scored for the Lightning, who lost both ends of a back-to-back in New York following a three-game winning streak prior to the All-Star break. Jonas Johansson recorded 18 saves.

Flyers 4, Jets 1

Travis Konecny had one goal, one assist and one fight for a Gordie Howe hat trick to lift host Philadelphia past Winnipeg.

Morgan Frost and Ryan Poehling each added one goal and one assist while Tyson Foerster contributed a goal for the Flyers, who have won two in a row since the All-Star break. Samuel Ersson made 28 saves for the win.

Kyle Connor scored the lone goal for the Jets, who have lost five in a row (0-4-1). Winnipeg goaltender Laurent Brossoit stopped 17 shots.

BIG 10 HOCKEY

WEEK 17

• The Big Ten Hockey season hits the stretch run as just four weeks remain of conference games. This week’s schedule finds No. 9/8 Michigan State and No. 11/11 Michigan squaring off for their second series in three weeks. The opener takes place in Ann Arbor before the scene shifts to Little Caesars Arena in Detroit Saturday for the “Duel in the D”. The teams split a home-and-home series Jan. 19-20 with the visitors winning both games. The Big Ten Network will televise Saturday’s battle for the Iron D Trophy in the most played rivalry in college hockey.

• This weekend’s docket of games also features No. 4/4 Wisconsin hosting rv/#20 Notre Dame. Wisconsin is five points behind first-place Michigan State (with two games in hand) while Notre Dame has won four of its last five games. The Badgers swept a series on Irish ice in January. No. 8/9 Minnesota looks to stay in the title chase taking on Penn State in the Twin Cities. Coach Bob Motzko’s squad, which has captured 13 of a possible 18 points during the new year, faces a Nittany Lions team coming off a sweep of Ohio State (Jan. 26-27) and a bye week. The season series is up for grabs as the teams split in Hockey Valley in early December. Friday’s contest will be broadcast by FS1 and Saturday’s contest carried on BTN. Ohio State is idle this week.

• The Border Battle between Minnesota and Wisconsin on Feb. 3 was the second-largest attended NCAA men’s hockey game this season, drawing 15,359 spectators to the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. It also marked the largest crowd this season at an on-campus facility.

• Michigan sophomore forward Rutger McGroarty was named national player of the month for the second time this season by the Hockey Commissioners Association (HCA) on Wednesday. Chosen as a co-winner in October, McGroarty was equally impressive in January, leading the nation with 16 points on three goals and 13 assists in six games. He leads Big Ten players in overall scoring, having amassed 10 goals, 25 assists and 35 points in 21 games for a 1.67 points-per-game average.

• Eight Big Ten rookies are in the running for the Tim Taylor Award, given annually to the nation’s top freshman player. Included on the 33-player Watch List for the Taylor Award are: Aiden Fink (PSU), Quinn Finley (WIS), Artyum Levshunov (MSU), Oliver Moore (MINN), Danny Nelson (ND), Joe Palodichuk (WIS), Sam Rinzel (MINN) and Garrett Schifsky (MICH). Current Columbus Blue Jacket Adam Fantilli captured the Taylor for Michigan last season, becoming the third Wolverine to do so. The award, which is voted on by Division I assistant coaches, will be presented in April at the NCAA Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minn. 

MEN’S GOLF NEWS

THEEGALA NABS 1-STROKE LEAD IN WEATHER-DELAYED PHOENIX OPEN

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Sahith Theegala spent time with his parents in the players’ dining room and grabbed a bite to eat during what ended up being a long weather delay.

With no room to sit in the clubhouse at TPC Scottsdale, Theegala went out to his car to get warm, listen to music and play chess on his phone.

The break did nothing to slow him down.

Theegala returned to birdie his first hole following the delay, shooting a 6-under 65 to take the early lead in the unfinished first round of the Phoenix Open on Thursday.

“The weather was, it was not good, (but) those last four holes felt great, so I think there might be some good scores (Friday) with the wave that just teed off,” Theegala said. “It’s going to be cold, but hopefully no rain and wind. We’ll see. I played great and that’s all I can do, really.”

Five days after weather shortened the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to 54 holes, storms followed the PGA Tour to the desert.

A chilly morning gave way to wind and heavy rain that left pools of water on the greens at TPC Scottsdale. The Stadium Course was deemed unplayable around noon, leading to a delay of 3 1/2 hours.

About half the field was able to finish following the delay, leaving the rest to return Friday morning to resume their first rounds.

Theegala returned to sink an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-4 sixth hole and closed with two pars. His closest pursuer was Andrew Novak, who was 5 under through nine holes.

S.H. Kim eagled the par-5 13th and got to 6 under with consecutive birdies starting on No. 5, but closed with two bogeys to shoot 67, matching Shane Lowry. Jordan Spieth shot 68.

Two-time defending champion Scottie Scheffler was 1 through six holes in his bid to become the first PGA Tour player to win the same tournament three straight times since Steve Stricker at the John Deere Classic from 2009-11.

“I was surprised at how many fans were out here when it was raining sideways and blowing 20, and freezing,” Theegala said.

Theegala broke through with his first PGA Tour win last fall at the Fortinet Championship, earning a spot in The Sentry to open the 2024 season. The former Pepperdine star finished second in Maui, a shot behind Chris Kirk, and tied for 20th at Pebble Beach last week.

Theegala, who tied for third at the 2022 Phoenix Open, kicked off this year’s tournament with three birdies in his opening nine after starting on No. 10. He chipped in on the par-4 second to start a run of three straight birdies before a bogey on No. 5 dropped him to 5 under.

Then the rain and wind hit.

Six groups managed to finish before the weather rolled in, leaving a majority of the field biding their time in the clubhouse — and their cars.

“It got really bad towards the end, it was quite tough,” said Lowry, who also spent time in his car with a couple of friends. “We came back out, the wind was not blowing as strong, but the ball was going nowhere, and it was cold and kind of tough.”

Thousands of fans remained at the stadium 16th hole — after continuing to imbibe, no doubt — and let out a roar when the horn sounded to resume play.

Theegala took advantage of a booming drive for his birdie on No. 6 and Kim bogeyed the par-4 eighth after pulling his second shot left of the green. Kim then three-putted from 31 feet for bogey on No. 9.

Novak sank a 28-foot eagle putt on No. 4 and had three straight birdies before the round was called because of darkness.

“I’m going to try and stay off my phone tomorrow,” Theegala said. “I know it’s going to be a while until I tee off, but hopefully I tee off tomorrow.”

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

COLTS FOOTBALL

COLTS GREAT DWIGHT FREENEY NAMED TO PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2024

Bring The Heat Boulevard is adding an address in Canton.

Longtime Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney on Thursday was announced as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Modern Era Class of 2024, along with return specialist Devin Hester, defensive end Julius Peppers, wide receiver Andre Johnson and linebacker Patrick Willis. Freeney earned his place in Canton in just his second year of eligibility, stamping a dominant career with a gold jacket and bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“Dwight built himself into one of the game’s most feared pass rushers with his trademark spin moves,” Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay said. “He provided Colts fans with many thrilling moments as one of pro football’s all-time greats, and he truly deserves this honor.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy delivered the news of his election to Freeney.

Freeney totaled 125 1/2 sacks (18th all-time and second in Colts history) over his 16-year career spent with the Colts (2002-2012), San Diego Chargers (2013-2014), Arizona Cardinals (2015), Atlanta Falcons (2016), Seattle Seahawks (2017) and Detroit Lions (2017). He was a three-time first-team AP All-Pro (2004, 2005, 2009) and a seven-time Pro Bowler (2003-2005, 2008-2011), and was named to the prestigious NFL All-Decade team for the 2000s.

The Colts selected Freeney with the 11th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, and at the time, his 6-foot-1, 270 pound frame was somewhat of an outlier in an era when defensive ends were usually bigger. But Freeney’s explosive athleticism, blazing speed and surgical technique made him a dominant force in college at Syracuse, and the Colts believed those traits would carry over to the NFL.

Using his patented spin move – which he developed for years after watching And1 Mixtapes – Freeney was impactful from the moment he debuted with the Colts. He totaled 13 sacks (a Colts rookie record) and led the NFL with nine forced fumbles and 20 tackles for a loss in 2002, earning him a second-place finish in AP Defensive Rookie of the Year voting behind now-fellow Hall of Famer Julius Peppers.

Freeney had at least 11 sacks in each of his first four years in the NFL; only five players in NFL history have had more sacks than Freeney’s 51 in their first four pro seasons. Freeney led the NFL with 16 sacks in 2004.

Like his “Bring The Heat Boulevard” pass rushing mate Robert Mathis – a Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalist each of the last three years – Freeney didn’t just rack up sacks. He frequently turned sacks into turnovers, and his 47 forced fumbles are fifth in NFL history. Freeney forced at least four fumbles in each of his first seven seasons; his nine forced fumbles in 2002 at the time set an NFL record.

Freeney was dynamic in the postseason, too: He totaled 11 sacks (tied for 6th all-time) and six tackles for a loss over 22 career playoff games. His 11th and final playoff sack came as a member of the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, when he dropped New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to the turf in the fourth quarter.

After a foot injury sidelined him for the final seven games of the 2007 season, Freeney returned to form over the back half of his time with the Colts. He earned a spot in the Pro Bowl every year from 2008-2011, and totaled double-digit sacks in 2008 (10.5), 2009 (13), and 2010 (10). Freeney famously gritted through an ankle injury sustained in the 2009 AFC Championship to start and record a sack two weeks later in Super Bowl XLIV.

Freeney signed with the San Diego Chargers as a free agent in 2013 and continued playing deep into his 30s, totaling 18 sacks, three forced fumbles, 36 quarterback hits and 15 tackles for a loss between the ages of 33 and 37 with the Chargers, Cardinals, Falcons, Seahawks and Lions. Freeney retired as a member of the Colts in 2018 and was inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor in 2019.

This summer, Freeney will take his place alongside several other Colts from the franchise’s dominant run in the 2000s: Quarterback Peyton Manning (Class of 2021), running back Edgerrin James (Class of 2020), wide receiver Marvin Harrison (Class of 2016), head coach Tony Dungy (Class of 2016) and general manager Bill Polian (Class of 2015).

Eventually, wide receiver Reggie Wayne – who fell short of induction despite being a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist for the fifth consecutive year – should take his rightful place in Canton, too. Mathis, the NFL’s all-time leader in forced fumbles, will continue to draw consideration from the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee, while kicker Adam Vinatieri will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame beginning in 2025.

Freeney will become the third Colts defensive lineman enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, alongside Art Donovan (1968) and Gino Marchetti (1972).

HALIBURTON, MATHURIN, TURNER TO PARTICIPATE IN ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT

The Pacers will have strong representation at All-Star Saturday Night at Lucas Oil Stadium next weekend.

Indianapolis is hosting NBA All-Star for the first time since 1985 and the hometown Pacers will have several participants in Saturday night’s events. State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8:00 PM ET and be broadcast on TNT.

All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton, second-year guard Bennedict Mathurin, and veteran center Myles Turner will team up to compete for the Pacers team in the Kia Skills Challenge, the first event of the evening. Haliburton will be pulling double duty, as Indiana’s superstar will also be competing in the Starry 3-Point Contest.

It will be a busy weekend for Haliburton, who is an All-Star for the second straight season and will be a first-time starter when he takes the court for the All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The 23-year-old is averaging a career-high 22.5 points per game, leads the league in assists at 11.7 per contest, and is shooting 49.8 percent from the field, 39.7 percent from 3-point range, and 85.6 percent from the free throw line.

Mathurin, a first-team All-Rookie selection last season, will also be participating in the Panini Rising Stars event at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Friday, Feb. 16. This season, Mathurin is averaging 14.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 46 percent from the field and 37.6 percent from 3-point range.

Turner is the longest-tenured Pacer, originally drafted by Indiana with the 11th overall pick in 2015 and now in his ninth season with the Blue & Gold. The 6-11 center is averaging 17 points, 6.9 rebounds, and ranks 10th in the NBA at 1.8 blocks per game.

Haliburton, Mathurin, and Turner will compete against Team Top Picks, featuring former first overall draft picks Paolo Banchero (Orlando Magic), Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves), and Victor Wembanyama (San Antonio Spurs) as well as Team All-Stars, featuring 2024 All-Stars Scottie Barnes (Toronto Raptors), Tyrese Maxey (Philadelphia 76ers), and Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks).

Haliburton will compete in the 3-Point Contest against Milwaukee’s Malik Beasley, New York’s Jalen Brunson, Milwaukee’s Damian Lillard, Utah’s Lauri Markkanen, Cleveland’s Donovan Mitchell, Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns, and Young.

Only one Pacer has ever competed in the Skills Challenge in the past. The Skills Challenge was an individual event from its inception in 2002 through 2021. Former Pacers big man Domantas Sabonis was runner-up at the Skills Challenge in 2020 in Chicago and won the event in 2021 in Atlanta.

The Skills Challenge was converted to a team event featuring three three-player teams completing a relay and competing in passing and shooting competitions starting in 2022. The team from the host city has won the event each of the past two years, with the Cavaliers team winning in Cleveland in 2022 and the Jazz team winning in Salt Lake City in 2023.

Haliburton will be competing in the 3-Point Contest for the second straight year and hoping to bring Indiana its first title in the event. Haliburton was runner-up to Lillard last year in Utah.

Four other Pacers have competed in the 3-Point Contest in the past: Reggie Miller (1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, and 1998), Danny Granger (2009), Paul George (2013), and Buddy Hield (2023). No Pacer has ever won the 3-Point Contest, though Miller was runner-up to Craig Hodges in 1990 and again to Glen Rice in 1995.

All-Star Saturday Night will also include the first-ever 3-Point Challenge between an NBA and WNBA star, as Warriors star guard and NBA’s all-time leading 3-point shooter Stephen Curry will to head-to-head with New York Liberty star Sabrina Ionescu in a 3-point shootout following the conclusion of the Starry 3-Point Contest.

Rounding out the night’s festivities will be the AT&T Slam Dunk contest featuring defending champ Mac McClung (from the NBA G League’s Lakeland Magic) going up against challengers Celtics All-Star forward Jaylen Brown, Heat rookie forward Jaime Jaquez Jr., and Knicks rookie forward Jacob Toppin (the younger brother of current Pacer and former Slam Dunk champion Obi Toppin).

INDIANA PACERS WAIVE CORY JOSEPH, SIGN JAMES JOHNSON

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers announced on Thursday the team waived guard Cory Joseph.

The Pacers also signed forward James Johnson.

INDIANA PACERS COMPLETE THREE-TEAM TRADE

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers announced on Thursday the team acquired forward Doug McDermott, guard Furkan Korkmaz, a 2024 second-round pick, a 2029 second-round pick, and cash considerations as part of a three-team trade with the Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs.

As part of the transaction, the Philadelphia 76ers acquired guard Buddy Hield and the San Antonio Spurs acquired Marcus Morris, Sr., a 2029 second-round pick, and cash considerations.

GAME REWIND: PACERS 109, WARRIORS 131

The Pacers had no answer for Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Curry went 6-for-6 from 3-point range in the first quarter and the Warriors (24-25) never trailed, pulling away in the second half for a 131-109 victory over Indiana (29-24).

The two-time MVP had 29 points by halftime and finished with a game-high 42 points in 30 minutes, going 15-for-22 from the field and 11-for-16 from 3-point range.

Pascal Siakam led six Pacers in double figures in the loss with 16 points and eight rebounds. Myles Turner tallied 15 points and seven boards for Indiana as the Blue & Gold dropped their final home game before the All-Star break.

Thursday was a busy day for the Pacers at the trade deadline, as Indiana made two deals, including one with Golden State. The Pacers traded sharpshooter Buddy Hield to Philadelphia in a three-team deal that brought former Pacer Doug McDermott back to Indiana from San Antonio along with guard Furkan Korkmaz, two second-round picks, and cash considerations.

Separately, Indiana acquired former Pacer Cory Joseph, a 2025 second-round pick, and cash considerations from the Warriors in exchange for a 2024 second-round pick. Shortly after Thursday’s game, the Pacers waived Joseph and signed forward James Johnson, whose second 10-day contract expired on Wednesday.

But on the court, it was an off night from the tip for Indiana.

The Warriors jumped out to a quick lead thanks to Curry, as the Davidson graduate hit three 3-pointers in the first 3:45 to propel the visitors to an early 17-8 advantage.

The Pacers charged back, hitting their first four 3-pointers as a team and getting back within three at 22-19.

But Curry couldn’t miss on the other end, drilling his fourth, fifth, and sixth threes of the quarter at 5:11, 4:26, and 3:29.

Pacers big man Jalen Smith came off the bench and scored 11 points in the opening frame on 5-of-5 shooting and Siakam added 10 points for the Blue & Gold, but Curry’s outburst helped the visitors to a 45-34 lead after a 12-minute shootout.

With Curry on the bench, the Pacers opened the second quarter with a 12-4 run. Smith knocked down his second three and T.J. McConnell scored four points during that stretch.

Indiana twice got within two points of the lead, the latter occasion following Aaron Nesmith’s three-point play that made it 58-56 with 4:20 remaining. But the Warriors outscored the Blue & Gold 12-2 over the remainder of the half, with Curry scoring eight points in that stretch.

Curry led all scorers with 29 points in the first half, going 10-for-11 from the field and 8-for-9 from 3-point range, as the visitors took a 12-point lead into the intermission.

The Pacers were unable to cut into the lead throughout the third quarter. Golden State stretched the margin as high as 16 points in the early part of the frame following another five-point spurt from Curry, who hit his ninth three of the night with 7:13 remaining in the third quarter then made a mid-range jumper 38 seconds later.

Indiana managed to get within 11 at 85-74 following two Turner free throws with 3:59 remaining in the quarter. But Golden State outscored the Blue & Gold 10-2 over the remainder of the frame to take a commanding 95-76 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Curry checked back in to the game with 8:06 remaining. The Pacers cut the deficit to 15 on three occasions shortly thereafter, but each time the Warriors answered with a basket, including two 3-pointers from rookie forward Gui Santos.

Curry sealed the victory by knocking down his 10th and 11th 3-pointers of the night at 4:23 and 3:51 to surpass 40 points.

“He was making shots, but we got beat by their hard play and our lack of hard play,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “As simple as that. It was ugly. I think we lost every quarter. Very disappointing.”

Former Indiana University All-American Trayce Jackson-Davis entered to a loud ovation with 3:37 remaining and immediately threw down an alley-oop from Jonathan Kuminga to put the exclamation point on Golden State’s victory.

Smith had 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting in the first half, but did not return after halftime due to lower back spasms.

Nesmith finished with 13 points, four rebounds, and five steals for Indiana, Bennedict Mathurin added 11 points off the bench, and Andrew Nembhard scored 10.

All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton had just five points on 2-of-7 shooting for Indiana, but he did accumulate 11 assists.

Kuminga had 18 points for the Warriors on 9-of-16 shooting. Santos added 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench, while Andrew Wiggins and Dario Saric each contributed 11.

The Pacers will tip off a three-game road trip on Saturday in New York. They will also visit Charlotte and Toronto before the All-Star break. Indianapolis will host NBA All-Star 2024 next weekend, the first time the city has hosted All-Star since 1985.

Inside the Numbers

Siakam has scored in double figures in all 12 games since being acquired by the Pacers from Toronto on Jan. 17.

Nesmith set a new career high with five steals. He had tallied four steals in a game four times, most recently at Memphis on Dec. 21.

Golden State’s 45 points in the first quarter were the most the Pacers have allowed in the opening frame this season.

The Warriors shot 55.9 percent from the field and went 17-for-32 (53.1 percent) from 3-point range on Thursday. Indiana shot 48.1 percent and 12-for-31 (38.7 percent) from beyond the arc.

Golden State outscored Indiana 64-44 in points in the paint.

The Pacers outscored the Warriors 26-12 in points off turnovers.

Playing his 11th career game, Santos set new career highs in points (13), rebounds (eight), and minutes (21).

You Can Quote Me On That

“Just a bad game, top to bottom. Started with me, started with our first group. Just poor effort game, poor performance overall.” -Haliburton on the game

“Our fixation has got to be on hard, unselfish play. If we do those things, the scoring will take care of itself…Any success we’ve had this year has been built on the group being stronger than individuals.” -Carlisle

“It definitely was our effort, from the start of the game to the finish. It just wasn’t where it needed to be. Our energy wasn’t on point. Having three games until the break, it’s a sprint right now. We’ve just got to figure out a way to run off some wins.” -Turner on Thursday’s loss

“Steph is Steph, that’s what he does. Those are no surprise. I thought we got killed on the 50/50 balls tonight…Their role players contributed really well.” -Haliburton on Curry and the Warriors

“Unfortunately, he started the game off way too comfortable. That’s on us as a team. He saw his first couple go in…Obviously a player of his caliber, it’s easy work for him.” -Turner on Curry

“I texted him a bit earlier today. He’s excited to be back. I know we’re excited to bring him back. Just having that addition and getting more firepower.” -Turner on being reunited with McDermott

“His energy’s infectious, it’s something that we’re definitely going to be missing. But we’re going to have to find a way to make it up somehow, some way. It doesn’t start with just one person, it’s a group effort. He’ll definitely be missed…All the best to him in Philly.” -Turner on Hield being traded

“I’m excited to bring Doug in, excited to have another guy that can space the floor. Obviously it hurts not to play with Buddy anymore. Today was my first game without Buddy…Wish him the best and he’s still one of my best friends.” -Haliburton on Thursday’s moves

Stat of the Night

Curry’s 11 3-pointers on Thursday were the most ever by an opposing player against the Pacers. The previous record of 10 was set by Curry’s teammate Klay Thompson on Dec. 8, 2015 and matched by Kelly Oubre Jr. for Charlotte on Jan. 26, 2022. Curry — the NBA’s all-time leader in career 3-pointers made — has made 11 or more threes in 13 games in his career.

Noteworthy

With Hield traded, Obi Toppin is the only Pacers player to play in all 53 games this season.

Earlier on Thursday, the NBA announced that Haliburton, Mathurin, and Turner will team up in the Kia Skills Challenge and Haliburton will also compete in the Starry 3-Point Contest at All-Star Saturday Night next week at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Thompson did not play for Golden State on Thursday due to illness.

Jackson-Davis, the son of former Pacers All-Star Dale Davis, finished with six points, two rebounds, and a block in his first professional game in his hometown.

Notre Dame head football coach Marcus Freeman attended Thursday’s game and “revved up” the crowd before tipoff.

Up Next

The Pacers travel to New York to take on Jalen Brunson and the Knicks on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 PM ET.

INDY FUEL

FUEL CLAIM FIRST VICTORY OVER GLADIATORS

INDIANAPOLIS- The Fuel hosted the Atlanta Gladiators for the first time in four years. After both a power play and shorthanded goal, the Fuel ultimately claimed a 5-1 victory over Atlanta.

1ST PERIOD

The Fuel got on the board first with a goal by Chase Lang to put Indy ahead at 11:33. That goal was assisted by Brett Bulmer and Matt Cairns. At 13:52, Bulmer was called for high sticking, however the Fuel killed off the penalty.

Indy went to the power play after a slashing call on Dylan Carabia but the Gladiators also killed off that penalty.

At 18:35, Bulmer added to the Fuel’s lead with a goal assisted by Ross MacDougall and DJ King. The period ended soon after with the Fuel up, 2-0.

2ND PERIOD

At 1:30, Kyle Maksimovich took a tripping penalty putting the Fuel on the penalty kill but Cam Hills caught a pass and scored on a breakaway while shorthanded to give Indy a 3-0 lead. Andrew Bellant was the lone assist on that goal.

Bellant added onto the Fuel’s lead with a goal at 10:52 to make it 4-0. That goal was assisted by Maksimovich and Ryan Gagnier.

At 18:58, Carabia took his second penalty of the game, a holding call that would give the Fuel a power play that lasted into the third frame.

3RD PERIOD

After the power play ended, the Fuel went to the penalty kill after Chris Cameron took a slashing penalty at 1:29. The Gladiators capitalized on the power play when Ryan Cranford scored to make it 4-1.

Cameron headed to the box again for roughing after a scuffle along the boards but the Fuel killed off the penalty before heading to the power play themselves after a tripping call on Griffin Luce.

Malone scored on the power play with the help of Colin Bilek and Cam Hillis to make it 5-1 at 10:23.

At 12:22, Malone and Atlanta’s Navrin Mutter took offsetting penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct and roughing respectfully. Ten seconds later, Hillis took a high sticking call forcing almost two minutes of 4-on-3 play, however the Fuel killed it off.

Time expired on the third period soon after and the Fuel took the 5-1 win while outshooting Atlanta, 35-31.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum tomorrow on February 9, 2024 against the Atlanta Gladiators for DC & Hockey Fights Cancer Night.

INDIANA SOFTBALL

INDIANA OPENS SEASON WITH WIN OVER NO. 15 OREGON IN CLEARWATER

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– In a complete effort at the plate and in the field, Indiana (1-0) opened its 2024 campaign with a win over No. 15 Oregon (0-1) on Thursday night in the NFCA Leadoff Classic at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.

INDIANA 7, Oregon 5

KEY MOMENTS

• It was all fireworks in the first inning as the Hoosiers scored within two at bats. Cora Bassett singled and was immediately followed by a triple from Brianna Copeland to get Indiana on the board.

• Later in the inning, Avery Parker singled down the left field line to put Indiana up 2-0.

• Oregon scored one in the bottom of the first inning to make it 2-1.

• In her second at-bat, Copeland delivered yet again, hitting a home run past the wall in left center field to score three and extend Indiana’s lead to 5-1.

• Oregon followed up with a home run of their own in the bottom of the second period to make it a 5-3 game.

• Junior Taylor Minnick had a hard-hit single up the middle to score two more Hoosier runs and make it 7-3 in the top of the fourth. 

• Oregon slowly clawed back into the game as it scored a run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fourth and an RBI in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 7-5 game.

• In the bottom of the seventh, Brianna Copeland sat down three down straight batters to end the game.

NOTABLES

• In 5.1 innings of work in the circle, Copeland got the win and had six strikeouts.

• At the plate, Copeland went 2-for-3, including four RBIs, a triple and a home run. It was only the third time Copeland posted a game with both a triple and home run and the first since a win over Wisconsin Green Bay (3/4/23).

• Bassett was 3-for-4 at the plate, including a double in the fourth inning.

• Avery Parker stole second in the first inning.

• Freshman Alex Cooper made her first collegiate start.

• Freshman Aly VanBrandt made her first collegiate appearance.

UP NEXT

Indiana will continue play in the NFCA Leadoff Classic against No. 5 Clemson tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MOORE-MCNEIL’S TRIPLE-DOUBLE HIGHLIGHTS NO. 14 INDIANA’S WIN OVER MICHIGAN STATE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – Senior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil recorded her first ever triple double as all five starters scored in double figures as No. 14 Indiana gritted out a 94-91 win over Michigan State in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Thursday.

KEY MOMENTS

It was a combined 59 points for both teams – as Michigan State shot 70 percent while the Hoosiers went 71.4 percent – in the first quarter alone. The two teams traded buckets for the first four minutes before the Spartans took an 18-14 lead on one of its four 3-pointers. Indiana (19-3, 10-2 B1G) came back within one on a Scalia triple but MSU would hold IU without a field goal for a nearly three minutes at the end of the frame as it built a 32-27 lead.

Sophomore guard Lexus Bargesser got back-to-back buckets for the Hoosiers and another senior guard Sara Scalia 3-pointer sparked a 7-0 run as Indiana came back within one, 35-34, with 5:25 to play.

Indiana faced as many as an 11-point deficit in the second half with 4:39 remaining in the third quarter as sophomore guard Yarden Garzon’s 3-pointer at the top of the key followed by back-to-back buckets from Holmes got it back within four with just under three minutes to play.

Sophomore guard Henna Sandvik banked in a baseline three with 1:07 to keep the game at one possession while Garzon added another with 28 seconds remaining in the third. MSU would come down and get the final shot of the third, taking a 68-66 lead.

Michigan State pushed ahead by as many as five in the early parts of the fourth quarter, but the Hoosiers worked their way back as Scalia’s little floater in the lane tied the game at 74-all. She kept the lead with IU with her fifth 3-pointer of the night and Garzon scored the next five IU points as she helped stretch the lead to 82-78 with 4:35 on the clock.

The Spartans continued to have answers, tying the game at 86-all with 1:55 to go but Indiana took control for good on a feed from Moore-McNeil to Holmes with 1:12 left. Getting stops on the defensive end, Indiana was able to capitalize down the stretch in the bonus as Scalia and Moore-McNeil went 4-for-4 at the line in the final 11 seconds of the game.

NOTABLE

Moore-McNeil’s triple double of 10 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists is the fourth overall triple double in school history and the first for the senior guard. She joins Grace Berger as the only players in IU women’s basketball history with triple doubles. Moore-McNeil also tied a career-high with her 11 dimes in the effort.

The Hoosiers shot a blistering 67.5 percent in the win, the third-highest single game shooting percentage in school history. The Hoosiers have set two of the top three best single game field goal percentages this season including a 71.7 percent clip against Evansville in non-conference action.

All five starters scored in double figures as Holmes led the way with 28 points. Scalia added 21 points and Garzon had 20 as the Hoosiers placed three with 20-points in the same game in school history.

Holmes ended the night with 2,348 career points and is now 17 points shy of becoming the program’s all-time scoring leader. She will continue to chase Tyra Buss’ record of 2,364 career points.

Scalia hit five 3-pointers in the win, bringing her season total to 71 and moving into fourth place in a single season in 3-pointers made.

Indiana defeated Michigan State in the battle on the glass, outrebounding the Spartans 24-19.

Bargesser went 4-for-5 overall from the floor in the win to also add double figures with 10 points and six assists.

The game featured seven ties and seven lead changes throughout the 40 minutes.

Indiana has now won eight of the last 10 in the series with Michigan State.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“Well, if you didn’t enjoy that, you’re not a basketball fan and I want to give Michigan State just what a terrific team, what a terrific performance from them tonight. We really had a hard time, especially early, trying to keep them in front and they forced us to make adjustments in the second half, which kudos to our staff, but also our players have to execute those adjustments especially the highball screen. And then our players, just their toughness that they showed in the third and especially in the fourth, the big shots that were made. I thought Chloe was terrific with her first triple double of her career but you know it took all of Mack’s 28 points. It took all of them to put 94 points on the board tonight against a really good team. I’m really thrilled that we were under 10 turnovers and we were able to rebound them by five, those are always goals for us and 25 assists tonight. We did a lot of really good things but as we know there’s also things that we have to continue to get better at. I thought our gaps, especially in the second half, and the activity we had to help each other, were better. We got a little bit better as the game went and progressed, and it needed to be. Because you had two teams, that when I look at the percentages, I just can’t imagine if you’re watching this game tonight that you know it was a thriller, back-and-forth really, really good basketball. A lot of made shots but I’m really happy for my kids.”

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers host Purdue on Sunday in a 2 p.m. ET tip on B1G+.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER

BOYS IN BLUE ANNOUNCE SIGNING OF HOOSIER KARSEN HENDERLONG

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, February 8, 2024) – Indy Eleven has today announced the addition of forward Karsen Henderlong to its USL Championship squad for the 2024 season. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed, and individual status is pending league and federation approval.

No stranger to the Hoosier State, Henderlong is from Crown Point and finished his collegiate career at Indiana University during the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

Henderlong saw action in 46 matches, making 10 starts, and was part of IU’s NCAA College Cup team in 2022. As a fifth-year senior, Henderlong scored four goals, including one in the Hoosier’s NCAA Tournament victory over Wake Forest to send IU to the NCAA Round of 16, and added three assists. During his true senior season, he tallied two goals and two assists.

Prior to his time at Indiana, Henderlong played at Xavier University, appearing in 45 matches with 43 starts. Henderlong tallied 22 goals and seven assists, leading the Musketeers in goals and points in back-to-back seasons, and was a first-team All-BIG EAST selection in 2021 and second-team honoree in 2020.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER ANNOUNCES 2024 SIGNING CLASS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana men’s soccer head coach Todd Yeagley announced Thursday (Feb. 8) the program’s 2024 freshman signing class, consisting of nine student-athletes set to join the roster for the upcoming season.

“(I’m) really excited to announce our 2024 class,” Yeagley said. “We have nine [newcomers]; three defenders, three midfielders, three attackers. All provide really good, immediate positional help for us. (I’m) excited for our fans and all the Hoosiers out there to watch this new, young group hit the field next fall.”

Indiana has welcomed 11 total newcomers to its 2024 roster. Last week, the program announced the addition of two transfer student-athletes; Quinton Elliot, a productive wing back from Louisville, and Justin Weiss, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten performer from Northwestern.

Easton Bogard | Forward | Oak Park, Ill. | Chicago Fire

The No. 23-rated prospect in the Midwest region according to Top Drawer Soccer, Easton Bogard is a member of Chicago Fire Academy, with whom, in 2023, he was named to the Elite Academy League U17 and USYS National Championships U17 Best XI lists. Bogard was also a 2023 United Soccer Coaches All-American at Oak Park and River High School, where he set scoring records for a single season (33, 2023) and career (91). The IHSSCA Player of the Year appeared in the High School All-American Game.

Drew Gaydosh | Defender | Centerville, Ohio | Cincinnati United Premier

One of the top prep school defenders in the country, Drew Gaydosh was a two-time United Soccer Coaches All-American at Centerville High School. Over three seasons, Gaydosh helped Centerville keep 39 clean sheets over 64 matches, conceding 39 goals. He produced 23 goals, with 14 of those coming from headers off set pieces. Gaydosh was also a two-year captain for his club, Cincinnati United Premier, and spent time with FC Cincinnati Academy.

Charlie Heuer | Midfielder | Elmhurst, Ill. | Chicago Fire

Charlie Heuer is the No. 182-ranked prospect in the 2024 class according to Top Drawer Soccer as well as the No. 11 recruit in the Midwest region. Heuer has most recently spent time with Chicago Fire Academy following a stint with FC United, also within MLS NEXT. Last season, he was named the 2022-23 FC United Academy Player of the Year.

Miles Imparato | Midfielder | Tampa, Fla. | Chargers SC

Playing with Chargers SC in MLS NEXT, Miles Imparato is the No. 92 overall prospect, No. 8 Florida region product and No. 34 midfield talent in the 2024 class according to Top Drawer Soccer. Imparato is a two-time United Soccer Coaches Player of the Year nominee tied to earning All-America honors each of the last two seasons. During his youth career, he has received four invitations to the U.S. Youth National Team Identification Center.

Nolan Kinsella | Forward | Munster, Ind. | FC United

Nolan Kinsella is the No. 15-ranked prospect in the Great Lakes region according to Top Drawer Soccer after spending time with FC United and Indy Eleven academies – both in MLS NEXT – as well as Millennium Soccer Association early in his youth career. Kinsella was a standout player at Munster High School, totaling 73 goals and 30 assists in his career – including a school record 43 goals as a senior. A two-sport athlete, Kinsella also lettered in basketball.

Jack Lindimore | Defender | New Albany, Ohio | Columbus Crew

Jack Lindimore comes in as the No. 111-ranked prospect, No. 7 Great Lakes region prospect and No. 35 defender according to Top Drawer Soccer. An eight-year starter for Columbus Crew Academy, he captained the U19 team to a UPSL East Regional Championship last year. Lindimore has also spent time with Columbus Crew 2 and helped capture the club’s first MLS NEXT Pro title in 2022.

Josh Maher | Defender | Caseyville, Ill. | St. Louis CITY SC

Josh Maher was originally a member of the 2023 signing class as a four-star recruit, the No. 35-ranked prospect in the country. The talented center-back deferred his enrollment to 2024 and will join the program from St. Louis CITY 2, which he helped win the Western Conference title in 2022. During his youth career, Maher captained St. Louis CITY’s U17 team as swell as Saint Louis Scott Gallagher academy squads. Josh is the youngest brother of former IU men’s soccer player Jack and Joey Maher. Jack (2018-19) now plays in Major League Soccer for Nashville SC, and Joey (2020-23) graduated from IU in December.

Michael Nesci | Forward | Chicago, Illinois | Chicago Fire

A four-star recruit, Top Drawer Soccer ranks Michael Nesci No. 99 in the 2024 class as well as No. 4 in the Midwest and No. 25 among forwards. Nesci is a member of Chicago Fire Academy and was an MLS NEXT All-Star in 2023. Over the last two years, Nesci has appeared in 25 matches for Chicago Fire II in MLS NEXT Pro.

Drew Thompson | Midfielder | Brownsburg, Ind. | Indy Eleven

One of two Indiana natives joining the program, Drew Thompson has spent his youth career with Indy Eleven. During his time with the academy, Thompson helped the club capture back-to-back USL Academy Cup Championships in 2021 and 2022. Thompson is a two-sport high school athlete, lettering in basketball at Brownsburg.

INDIANA TRACK

TYSON, WINDY CITY INVITATIONALS UP NEXT FOR INDIANA TRACK AND FIELD

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – Indiana track and field will head to the Windy City Invitational in Chicago, hosted by the University of Wisconsin, while a trio of jumpers head to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., for their final two-day meets of the indoor season.

Meet Info. (Chicago, Ill.)
Windy City Invitational (All times CT)
Venues: Dr. Worrill Indoor Track Facility
Livestats
Tickets

Meet Info. (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Tyson Invitational (All times CT)
Venues: Randal Tyson Track Center
Livestats
Livestream
Coverage: Follow Indiana T&F at iuhoosiers.com and on social media at @IndianaXCTF.

Last Time Out:
Jessica Mercier shattered the women’s indoor pole vault school record after she soared 4.41m/14-05.50 over the bar at Notre Dame in the final day of the Meyo Invitational.

On the men’s side, Nathan Stone earned the first podium finish after he achieved a personal best with a jump of 5.50m/18-00.50 over the bar to place third.

Kenisha Phillips claimed the 200-meter title with a season best time of 23.88.

Morgan Snow won the women’s 400 meter open with a time of 55.67.

Short sprinters Antonio Laidler and Ray Brodie advanced to the finals after great performances in the semifinals.

Tyler Reyna set a new personal best with 18.12m while Smith tied his personal record of 18.16m.

The Hoosier Lineup:
Sprints:
Symone Adams and Kristina Vincic will race in the 60 meters and the 200 meters with Morgan Snow and Olivia Gee.

Gee will also race in the 60-meter hurdles.

Ryann ParrishKenisha PhillipsMorgan Snow and Cambell Wamsley will run the long sprint 400 meters.

Phillips, Snow, Vincic, Wamsley are entered to run the 4×400 relay. 

On the men’s side, John Colquitt will run the 60-meter hurdles while Antonio Laidler will race in the 60-meter sprint.

Colquitt, Laidler and Vincente Graiani in the 200 meters while Micah Camble runs the 400-meter-long sprint.

Camble, Graiani and Laidler and Novo Onovwerosuoke will all race a leg of the men’s 4×400 relay.

Distance and Mid-Distance:
The distance group will be busy in the 800 meters with five men entered to run, including Nico ColchicoJaylen CastilloKeelan GrantParker Raymond and Keefer SoehngenMaddie Russin will run the race on the women’s side.

Cam Marshall and Martin Segurola look to improve their Mile time this year with Lily Myers and Katelyn Winton look to do the same on the women’s side.

Austin Haskett, Aidan lord and Skylar Stidam are back for the 3000 meters.

Phoebe BatesMariah WehrleGrace Tyson and Katelyn Winton will continue their run in the 3k. Tyson is also entered into the 5k.

Pole Vault:
Jessica Mercier and Libby Saloga will vault for the Hoosiers this weekend.

Mericer ranks third in the conference after she set the school record with a height of 4.41m/14-5.5 and is tied fifth in the NCAA.

The men will send a trio of guys including Nathan StoneTyler CarrelTyler Sierks and Riley Johnston.  as they face competitive competition on the men’s side.

Stone’s personal best mark of 5.50m/18-0.50 set at the Meyo Invitational last weekend leads the Big Ten and is tied 10th in the nation.  

Multis:
Garrett Messer and Max Grangier will focus on a few events this weekend with the 60-meter Hurdles and the Long Jump. Messer will also enter into the shot put competition.

Throws:
Six throwers including Bridget Beyer and Makayla Hunter and three on the men’s side Sean MocklerTyler Reyna and Hunter Smith will compete in the weight throw.

Hunter will also look to enter the circle this weekend for the shot put.

Jumps:
The jumpers look to return to action after taking the weekend off as they split up between the two invitationals.

On day one of the Tyson Invitational, Paola Fernandez-Sola and Serena Bolden will compete in the Long Jump. Bolden will join Mahogany Jenkins in the Triple Jump.

Kelly Moran will appear in her first competition this season in the Long Jump at the Windy City. Taylor Schoonveld will compete in the High Jump.

On the men’s side, Deepak Laungani and Grayson Rolen will be ready to go in the High Jump this weekend while Alex Smith participates in the Long Jump.

Competition:
In Chicago, the Hoosiers will compete against Minnesota, Purdue, Michigan State, Rutgers, Iowa, Michigan, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, UCF, Howard, Loyola-Chicago, Tulsa, Air Force, NIU, Florida A&M and DePaul.

PURDUE FOOTBALL

2 FORMER PURDUE TEAMMATES, ONLY 1 BOILERMAKER WILL WIN SUPER BOWL LVIII

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Not only does Purdue Football have a rich history in the NFL, but also in the league’s biggest game. That tradition continues Sunday (Feb. 11) as George Karlaftis and the Kansas City Chiefs take on Jalen Graham and the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII (6:30 p.m. ET on CBS).

Graham becomes the 44th Boilermaker to play in the Super Bowl, while Karlaftis’ second Super Bowl in as many NFL seasons brings the total number of appearances by Purdue Football alumni to 74. Matt Light has made the most Super Bowls by a Boilermaker, reaching the game five times with the New England Patriots. Including Sunday night’s matchup, at least one Purdue Boilermaker has participated in 24 of the past 25 Super Bowls.

Keena Turner, a fellow member of the Den of Defensive Ends alongside Karlaftis, helped the San Francisco 49ers win four Super Bowls to set the standard for Pro Boilers. A Boilermaker has been on the Super Bowl-winning team 17 of the past 24 years, including Karlaftis contributing a pair of tackles to the Kansas City Chiefs’ victory last season. This year’s matchup is guaranteed to bump that number to 18 of the past 25, as a Boilermaker will become Super Bowl Champion for the 39th time.

Rod Woodson is one of only 11 players in NFL history to play in three Super Bowls with three teams – Pittsburgh Steelers (XXX), Baltimore Ravens (XXXV) and Oakland Raiders (XXXVII). Ricardo Allen (Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals) and Niko Koutouvides (Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots) have made Super Bowls with two different teams.

Mike Alstott scored the first Super Bowl touchdown by a Purdue alum in Super Bowl XXXVII, while three former Boilermaker quarterbacks have thrown touchdown passes in the Super Bowl – Len Dawson in Super Bowl I and IV, Bob Griese in Super Bowl VII and Drew Brees in Super Bowl XLIV. Unless either player gets a scoop-and-score or hauls in a pick-six, neither are likely to find the end zone in the Super Bowl.

Boilermakers have been a part of Super Bowl runs for both the 49ers and the Chiefs throughout history. Along with Turner helping the Niners win four Super Bowls, Raheem Mostert scored a touchdown in Super Bowl LIV and Jacob Thieneman was a teammate on that NFC Championship team. As for the Chiefs, Boilermakers Len Dawson and Hank Stram guided Kansas City to the first Super Bowl before leading the organization to a win in Super Bowl IV.

Graham and Karlaftis were two forces on the Purdue defense together for three consecutive seasons (2019-2021). Both started all 12 regular season games and recorded a combined 100 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and five turnovers in 2021. These two former teammates now face off for the biggest prize in football.

Last year, Karlaftis made NFL history by becoming the first Greek born player to win a Super Bowl. In just his second season, Karlaftis has 3.5 postseason sacks which is already the sixth-most in franchise history. With one more sack, the Pro Boiler can pass OLB Justin Houston for fifth-most postseason sacks in Chiefs history; two more, and he will pass DE Aaron Brown for fourth.

Karlaftis has been off to an outstanding start to his career after being the 30th overall pick in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. During his rookie season, he ranked third among rookies in sacks with 6.0 on the year, leading all AFC rookies. Now in his sophomore season, Karlaftis finished 16th in sacks, tied with teammate and all-pro defensive tackle Chris Jones with 10.5. Karlaftis has also played a major factor in the Chiefs’ playoff run, racking up 14 total tackles, eight solo tackles, 2.5 sacks and one fumble recovery through three postseason games.

Playing in 27 games over his Purdue career, Karlaftis earned All-Big Ten honors following all three seasons as a Boilermaker. He was a second team honoree as a freshman and sophomore before becoming a consensus first team selection during his junior campaign. During the 2021 season, his final one wearing the Old Gold and Black, the hometown standout earned First Team All-America accolades from the AFCA to go along with second team honors from a variety of outlets.

After being selected by the 49ers (255th overall) in the 2023 NFL Draft, Graham looks to make it back-to-back seasons that a rookie Pro Boiler has won the Super Bowl. Playing in 36 and starting in 35 games as a Boilermaker, he earned All-Big Ten honorable mentions twice. Graham recorded a pair of defensive touchdowns, a fumble recovery at Illinois (Oct. 31, 2020) and a pick-six at Nebraska (Oct. 30, 2021) while making 169 tackles, including 12.5 TFL and 2.0 sacks. He also forced three fumbles, recovered two of them and hauled in three interceptions during his tenure at Purdue.

PURDUE TENNIS

BOILERS OPEN HOMESTAND WITH DRAKE AND BROWN

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue Men’s Tennis team opens up a five-match homestand against Drake and Brown this Saturday and Sunday.

The Boilermakers come into the weekend on a three match skid with losses to Denver, Dartmouth and Yale. In that stretch, Purdue has seen significant lineup changes with two different players making appearances at singles No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3.

Marino Jakic has stepped up to claim the top spot in the singles lineup in the absence of Aleksa Krivokpaic. Jakic is 0-2 with his most recent loss coming to ITAs No. 60 singles player, Theo Dean. Freshman Stefan Simeunovic also had his first run in with a ranked opponent as he was bested by No. 100 Vignesh Gogineni in three sets.

Since its 4-3 win over Western Michigan, the Boilers have won a doubles point, against Denver, and logged singles victories at No. 2, 5 and 6.

SCOUTING DRAKE

Drake comes to West Lafayette sporting a 5-1 record having won two of its last three outings. The Bulldogs have outscored opponents 28-9 in the first six contests, sweeping William Woods and Luther.

Purdue is the second Big Ten team to cross paths with Drake this season as the Bulldogs have a date with the Indiana Hoosiers on Feb. 9. Drake is 32-39 all-time against Big Ten opponents.

The Bulldogs have a ranked doubles team after the first ITA Rankings of the 2024 season were released on Wednesday. No. 48 Oliver Johansson/Matija Matic have gone 7-4 as a pair to earn their ranking.

The Boilers are 3-3 all-time against the Bulldogs, with the most recent matchup coming in a Bulldog sweep on Feb. 11 of the last season. Before last year, Purdue had won three of the previous four matchups.

SCOUTING BROWN

Despite a 3-5 start, Brown will be another strong opponent from the Ivy League. The Bears have three of its last four matches after starting 0-4. In that stretch, Brown were outscored 24-4 by Clemson, Georgia Tech, No. 22 Michigan State and Western Michigan. In its wins, Brown has outscored opponents 18-3.

Purdue is a perfect 3-0 against the Bears. This is the first matchup since January 2013 when the Boilers clinched a 4-2 victory in Hanover.

MATCH INFORMATION

Purdue (2-5) vs. Drake (5-1)

Schwartz Tennis Center

Saturday, Feb. 10 | 5 PM

Purdue (2-5) vs. Brown (3-5)

Schwartz Tennis Center

Sunday, Feb. 11 | Noon

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PURDUE SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL SEASON TO BEGIN IN GEORGIA

RED & BLACK SHOWCASE SCHEDULE

Friday, February 9

vs. Murray State | 10:30 a.m. ET

vs. South Dakota | 1 p.m. ET

Saturday, February 10

at Georgia | 3:30 p.m. ET | SECN+

vs. South Dakota | 6 p.m. ET

Sunday, February 11

at Georgia | 12 p.m. ET | SECN+

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue softball team is set to open the season in Athens, Georgia at the Red and Black Showcase on Friday. 

The Boilermakers, led by first year head coach Magali (Maggie) Frezzotti, travel to #6 Georgia for a five-game tournament, which will include Murray State, South Dakota and host No. 6 Georgia.Purdue will play back-to-back on Friday and Saturday and will close out the weekend with a single game on Sunday. Two games will be available for fans to watch on SEC Network plus on the Watch ESPN app: Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. ET game at Georgia and Sunday’s Noon matchup against the Bulldogs.

THE #23 RECRUITING CLASS

Purdue’s freshmen class ranked #23 in the nation on signing day by Extra Innings Softball.

Utility player Ashlynn Campbell was named to the Softball America Freshman Watch List in January.

It marks the second straight year a freshman class has been ranked, with the now-sophomores ranked No. 5 by Extra Inning Softball upon their signing day.

FALL BALL REPORT

The Boilermakers went undefeated at 8-0 during fall games.

They outscored opponents 69-9.

Opponents included Marian, Huntington, Lakeland, Ball State, UIndy and Bryant & Stratton.

FIRST YEAR HC MAGGIE FREZZOTTI

Purdue hired Magali (Maggie) Frezzotti in June 2023 after serving the previous two years as Purdue’s assistant coach who oversaw defense.

Frezzotti helped lead Purdue

Previous stops: Montana, Eastern Michigan, Concordia and Michigan, where she worked with the winningest coach in softball history, Carol Hutchins.

ON THE TABLE: AT #6 GEORGIA

Purdue is looking for its first win over a ranked opponent since 2021. The win was a true road victory with the 1-0 shutout at #22 USF (3/17/22).

Current Boilermakers Tyrina Jones, Olivia McFadden, Kiara Dillon and Kiersen George played in the shutout. Jones led the team with 13 putouts in the outing.

RETURNING FOR HER JUNIOR SEASON: TYRINA JONES

Jones is among the top returners for 2024, having led the team last year in runs (34), hits (56) and is the top returner in batting average (.315).

She started at shortstop every game last year.

Recorded a batting average of .400 or better in 16 games, including 15 straight during non-con play in 2023.

Ranked fourth in the Big Ten in assists (130).

The sophomore earned her first career Big Ten Player of the Week honor on March 6 following an impressive performance which saw a .533 batting avg., two home runs, six RBI and eight hits. Jones scored the game-winner in all three Purdue victories that week, and had a hand in every run scored in the 4-0 victory at UNC (3/4).

She joined elite company alongside Purdue alums All-American Rachel Becker (March 14, 2022), Jenny Behan (March 4, 2019) as the most recent Boilermakers to receive Big Ten Player of the Week honors.

Jones’ four hits vs. Syracuse (2/17/23) marked the second-most by a Boilermaker in a single game. It has happened 44 times in program history, last: two seasons ago by 2022 All-America Honorable Mention Rachel Becker, who posted four vs. Rutgers (2021).

QUOTEABLE: JUNIOR PITCHER MADI ELISH ON TEAM GROWTH

“The biggest difference I see in this team is our intentionality and our focus. We know are capabilities and with every opportunity we get to better ourselves in any way, we take it. We know our potential and how could we are capable of being and every day no matter how big or small we take all of the knowledge we can get from each other or our coaches to better ourselves.”

SCOUTING THE MURRAY STATE RACERS

One of the top defensive returners for the Racers is Taylor Jackson. She ended the season second in the MVC in putouts with 331. Jackson also ended the season with only four errors and fielding percentage of .986.

A starter lost is pitcher Hannah James. She is an MVC All-Conference First Team honoree. James led the MVC in ERA (1.34) and shutouts (seven). She also ended season ranked fifth nationally in strikeout-to-walk ratio, striking out 7.92 batters for every 1.0 walked.

The Racers lost in the MVC quarterfinals against Indiana State in a 12-inning game. They ended their season third in the conference. 

SCOUTING THE SOUTH DAKOTA COYOTES

A top returner in the circle for the Coyotes is Clara Edwards. Edwards was one of the three Coyote players to be named to the Submit All-Tournament team. In the tournament, she threw back-to-back shutouts. At the end of the season, she earned a 2.47 ERA and pitched a total of 181.1 innings. 

The Coyote’s finished fourth in the Summit League with a 11-9 conference record and 24-28 overall. 

In June, South Dakota also added a new assistant coach to their roster, Shannon Pivovar. She was the previous head coach at the University of Sioux falls. 

SOUTING THE #6 GEORGIA BULLDOGS

The Georgia Bulldogs finished their 2023 season with an impressive 42-15 overall record and 16-7 conference record, putting them at second in the conference.

The Bulldogs had the highest team batting average (.318) and slugging percentage (.578) in the SEC . 

One of the top batters returning for the Bulldogs is Jayda Kearney. She ended the season with a .365 batting average and a .799 slugging percentage. She also earned 19 home runs and 46 RBI.

In 2024, Georgia is favored to finish second in the SEC. They also have four players named to the Preseason All-SEC (Jayda Kearney, Sydney Kuma, Sara Mosley and Shelby Walters)

PURDUE WRESTLING

BOILERS PREPARE FOR FINAL DOUBLE DUAL WEEKEND

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Wrestling takes on its final double dual weekend of the regular season with a road battle against Northwestern on Friday night before returning home to face Minnesota on Super Bowl Sunday.

Streaming for both matches will be on BigTenPlus.com with live stats to come on TrackWrestling.com. Friday night’s dual against the Wildcats in Welsh-Ryan Arena will start at 8:00 p.m. ET before the team returns to Holloway Gymnasium on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. ET.

PURDUE POINTS

• Matt Ramos is the unanimous No. 1 at 125 for the second time this season. He is only the second Boiler to be unanimous since Intermat began ranking in 1998.

• Four times under Ersland has a Boiler beat a No. 1 ranked opponent. Ramos is responsible for three of them and the fourth was an injury default.

• Ramos is 4-0 against Minnesota wrestlers in his career, all four finished as a one or two point win.

• Christian White and Ike Ruble stepped in for the regular starters and stepped up big for Ersland’s team last Sunday. Both picked up their first B1G dual win in dramatic decisions.

• The Boilermakers are outscoring their opponents by 227 points in the first period and are +162 in back points on the year.

HISTORY IN THESE HALLS

Both duals hold happy memories for this Purdue coaching staff. For the Friday matchup with Northwestern, coach Ersland returns to Evanston where he was an assistant for five years.

In his 10 years on the job at Purdue, his teams have wrestled the Wildcats seven times and hold a 4-3 record in those contests.

Against Minnesota, Purdue assistant Leroy Vega faces his alma mater for whom he earned three All-America honors, helping the Gophers to three Big Ten and two NCAA team titles. Additionally, Matt Ramos spent his first two years in college in Minneapolis before coming to Purdue.

The last time the Gophers came to West Lafayette, Purdue came away with an 18-14 victory in the dual. Up at 133 lbs., Ramos upset No. 27 Jake Gliva 3-2 to help secure the win.

NUMBERS TO KNOW

• 3 – Ramos is 3-0 on the season against top-2 ranked opposition. Most recently, he earned a 5-1 win over Wisconsin’s No. 2 Eric Barnett.

• 6 – Ben Vanadia picked up the sixth pin of his career when he beat Lucas Condon last weekend. It was his first in a B1G dual.

• 25 – True freshman Orlando Cruz now leads the team in matches wrestled after going 5-0 at the Greyhound Open over the weekend to take his first tournament title.

• 84 – Brody Baumann leads the team in first period points with 84 across his 19 matches. He is also second on the team with 15 times scoring first.

FRESHMEN PHENOMS

True freshmen Joey Blaze and Greyson Clark earned spots in the lineup from day one of their college careers and have already shown the talent that made them both top-30 recruits.

Blaze (14-6) made the biggest splash early by knocking off No. 5 Ed Scott of N.C. State in sudden victory. He was the first unranked Boiler to beat a top-5 opponent since Griffin Parriott in 2018. He is one of just five under Ersland to defeat top-5 opposition while unranked themselves.

Clark (13-5) has shown technique beyond his years. He leads the team with 38 back points on 11 near-fall attempts with five bonus point victories to his name.

The duo are also 2-of-9 Big Ten true freshmen currently ranked by InterMat. Blaze is the only B1G true freshman ranked at 157.

HAMMERED DOWN CANCER

Last weekend’s dual against Wisconsin was the annual Hammer Down Cancer match for the Boilermakers. The team auctioned off special singlets and took donations to the tune of a record-high $5,571 to support the Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment.

This marks the seventh year the team has auctioned off the custom singlets. During last year’s event in a dual against Iowa, Boilermaker nation raised a then-record $4,070 toward cancer research.

PURDUE TRACK

PURDUE OFF TO SPLIT WEEKEND IN CHICAGO AND CLEMSON

CHICAGO and CLEMSON, S.C. – The Purdue track & field team will split up for the first time this season, with trips to Chicago for the Windy City Invitational and Clemson, South Carolina, for the Tiger Paw Invitational from February 9-10.

The Boilermaker distance runners, jumpers, combined event athletes and throwers will compete in Chicago, while Purdue’s sprinters and horizontal jumpers are headed to Clemson.

Fans unable to cheer the Boilermakers on in person can follow along with live results (Chicago | Clemson) and the meet schedules (Chicago | Clemson). ACCNX will broadcast the action live at Clemson (Friday | Saturday). Additional updates can be found by following and connecting with the Boilermakers on Twitter/X, Instagram and Facebook, while direct links are available on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/TrackField.

The Windy City Invitational at the Dr. Conrad Worrill Track & Field Center at Gately Park begins on Friday, February 9, with field events at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT, and running events at 2:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. CT. The opening day will finish at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. CT. On Saturday, February 10, Purdue’s opening field event is at 12:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. CT, followed by the team’s first running event at 1:40 p.m. ET / 12:40 p.m. CT. The 4×400 relay will conclude the meet at 5 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. CT.

At the Tiger Paw Invitational at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex, Purdue’s first events on Friday, both on the track and the long jump, commence at noon ET. The day will wrap up at 5:45 p.m. Saturday starts at 12:45 p.m. on the track for the Boilermakers and at 1 p.m. with the triple jump. The weekend closes with the 4×400 at 3:20 p.m.

The Windy City Invitational will feature 17 teams, including host-Wisconsin and fellow Big Ten foes Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Rutgers. This weekend’s trip is Purdue’s second to Chicago’s three-year-old track this season, along with the Midwest Invitational in early January. The Boilermakers also competed at the first two editions of the Windy City Invite, in 2022 and 2023.

Thirty-two NCAA teams are set to participate in the Tiger Paw Invitational. The field features host-Clemson and Big Ten opponents Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. The Boilermakers are back at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex for the first time since the 2019 Tiger Paw meet.

LAST TIME OUT: THREE TOP-10 TIMES AT NOTRE DAME

Purdue registered three times that are in the top 10 in program history last weekend at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Indiana, from February 2-3. The Boilermakers earned nine top-three finishes and had 12 personal-records and five season-bests.

Sophomore Kiefer Bell moved up to No. 4 all-time in the mile and senior K’Ja Talley and sophomore Nolan Macklin entered the top-10 list at No. 10 in the 400-meter and 200m, respectively. Macklin won the 200m, junior Brett Otterbacher was victorious in the 400m and freshman Kade Stewart picked up a win in the high jump.

A complete recap from day one and day two, including full results, can be found at PurdueSports.com/TrackField.

EARLIER THIS YEAR IN THE SECOND CITY

Eight individual wins and five top-10 times in school history opened the new year for Purdue at the Badgers Midwest Invitational on January 13 in Chicago. The Boilermakers totaled 21 top-three finishes at their second meet of the 2023-24 indoor season.

Freshmen Jasiah Rogers and Nia Wilson continued their strong starts to their careers with victories in the 60-meter final as they also moved up in the record books. Junior Zoe Sullivan and sophomore Taylor Herbert, making her Boilermaker debut, also ran top-10 times in the 60m hurdles and 60m, respectively. Otterbacher and juniors Praise Aniamaka added wins with marks that are among the best in the country this season.

A complete recap can be found at PurdueSports.com/TrackField.

NEXT UP: ONE LAST REGULAR-SEASON MEET

The indoor regular season concludes next weekend with a return trip to Notre Dame on February 17 for the Alex Wilson Invitational. The following weekend, the Boilermakers will head to the Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio, from February 23-24.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HIDALGO BREAKS ROOKIE SCORING RECORD BUT IRISH FALL TO CARDINALS, 73-66

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Thursday night saw another record fall to Hannah Hidalgo, but Notre Dame will want to forget the final collective result.

No. 15 Louisville (20-4, 9-2) remains undefeated at home this season after the Cardinals defended their homecourt against the 12th-ranked Irish (17-5, 7-4) with a 73-66 win. Hidalgo dropped 30 points for the fifth time this season and broke the Irish rookie scoring record. That mark was held by Shari Matvey and set in 1979-80.

Notre Dame started off slow, allowing the Cardinals to jump out to a 13-2 lead. Anna DeWolfe was responsible for the only pair of Irish points, notching them at the free throw line. Notre Dame called a timeout and allowed just one bucket for the final 5 minutes of the quarter. KK Bransford banked in a pair of jump shots and ended the frame leading all scorers with 6 points. Sonia Citron had 5 boards. She entered the game averaging 4.8 per game.

The second quarter was slow to start as well, as Citron hit the first Notre Dame basket of the quarter at 7:53. But the Irish defense kept the game close; Louisville had 5 turnovers before the media break. The Cardinals took a 30-29 lead into the locker room. Forty of the 59 first half points were scored in the paint.

Nyla Harris was the game’s only scorer going into the break (12). Preseason All-ACC post Olivia Cochran was held scoreless. Hidalgo led Notre Dame with 8, while Citron had 5 points and 6 boards. She had Notre Dame’s only 3-pointer in the first half.

Hidalgo started taking over for Notre Dame in the second half, scoring 6 via a pair of layups and free throws. Louisville went up 10 before the Irish went on an 8-3 run, 7 of which were scored by Hidalgo. She also had 4 steals in Q3 alone. But Notre Dame couldn’t get many other stops and allowed offensive rebound after offensive rebound. The Irish entered the final frame down by 8.

Louisville started the fourth scoring 14 points in the first 5:30 of the quarter, including three straight 3-pointers on 3 straight shot attempts . The game looked to be over for Notre Dame before they held the Cardinals scoreless from the floor for nearly 5 minutes. But the rally was not enough, and Notre Dame suffered its fifth loss of the season.

Up next, the Irish are back on the road as they face Florida State on Sunday at the Tucker Center. Notre Dame is 12-1 all-time against the Seminoles and 4-1 on the road.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S LAX

GAMES 1 & 2 PREVIEW: EASTERN MICHIGAN, CENTRAL MICHIGAN

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s lacrosse program opens its season this weekend with a pair of games against Mid-American Conference opponents. The season gets underway on Friday, February 9 at 7:30pm against the Eagles of Eastern Michigan before the opening weekend concludes Sunday at noon against the Central Michigan Chippewas.

During both weekend games, the Irish will dedicate their play to the HEADStrong Foundation as part of their annual Hair Havoc Games.

GAME DETAILS
Location: South Bend, Ind. | Loftus Sports Center
Schedule: February 9 vs. EMU — 7:30 p.m. | February 11 vs. CMU — 12:00 p.m.
TV: ACCNX
Live Stats: UND.com
Twitter Updates: @NDWomensLax
For a more in-depth look at the matchup – Game Notes: Notre Dame

FOR STARTERS

The Irish finished the 2023 campaign with a 15-6 record and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight.

They were the only non-seeded team to advance out of the NCAA Tournament regionals a season ago, besting Mercer 21-6 before defeating the host Florida Gators in a thrilling 16-15 showdown to keep their season alive.

The 2023 season ultimately came to a close in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, with the Irish falling to ACC foe Boston College in mid-May.

To advance to the Elite Eight, the team’s leading goal scorer a season ago, Kasey Choma, scored the go-ahead goal against Florida with 10.1 seconds to play in regulation. The play of the game came off the stick of alumni Jane McAvoy who found a double-teamed Choma in front of the cage for the last second tally to clinch a berth in the quarterfinal round for the second time in three years.

The team’s leading scorer in 2023, Jackie Wolak, surpassed 100 points on the season with her third goal of the game (against Florida) to become just the third woman in program history to hit the ellusive century mark.

In round one of the 2023 postseason NCAA Tournament, Notre Dame rolled out a convincing 21-6 victory over Mercer to advance to the Second Round where they will face Florida. The 21 goals was a program best in the NCAA Tournament, along with their 31 points setting a new record as well.

Kasey Choma recorded 10 points in the win, leading the team and becoming the only Irish woman to hit double-digit scoring in a single game last season.

Prior to the NCAA Tournament, the  Irish advanced to the ACC Championship semifinals for the third consecutive year, defeating fourth-seeded Virginia in the quarterfinal round, 15-13, to move on. In the semifinals, the Irish faced longtime rival Boston College where their tournament run ultimately came up just short of the championship game.

Over the two-game stretch in Charlotte, six individuals found the back of the net, including Choma who led the team with six goals and seven points.

Lilly Callahan made eight saves in goal for the Irish in the win, including three in the final 60 seconds to maintain the team’s two-goal lead against the Cavaliers. The then-junior goalkeeper followed it up with 10 saves against the Eagles as she held them to one of their lowest goal totals of the season. For their strong defensive efforts in the ACC Tournament, Keelin Schalgeter and Lilly Callahan were named to the ACC All-Tournament team.

A program-best seven individuals were named to All-ACC teams ahead of the first round of the 2023 conference tournament. The offensive trio of Madison Ahern, Kasey Choma and Jackie Wolak were all named First Team All-ACC while the defensive corp of Lilly Callahan, Kelly Denes and Hannah Dorney were awarded Second Team honors. Abigail Lyons was recognized as a part of the All-Freshman team.

In their regular season finale, the Irish defeated the Louisville Cardinals, 15-9, inside Arlotta Stadium. Eight women highlighted the box score Thursday night, including Wolak with a team-best seven points off three goals and four assists.

Kelly Denes surpassed 200 career draw controls against the Cardinals last season before setting a new single-season best of 103 draws, eclipsing her previous best of 100 in 2022. Her 10 draw controls against the Cardinals led the team while her role in the circle led the team to a 24-4 advantage Thursday.

With her second goal of the day against RMU a season ago, Kasey Choma recorded her 200th career point. She went on to post four goals in the contest. Earning the assist on Choma’s 200th point mark, Jackie Wolak tied her classmate with her 200th point for the Irish as well.

Live stats will be available for the contest as well as a the game being aired on the ACCNX.

Choma posted a team-high 15 hat tricks last season. Ahern was close behind with 13 while also registering her second sock trick of the year with six goals at Pitt.

IN THE POLLS

Notre Dame was ranked No. 7 in the first ILWomen/IWLCA poll of the season.

The ACC coaches tabbed the Irish to finish fourth in the preseason rankings.

BALANCED ATTACK

The Irish return an NCAA best 91-percent of their scoring from a season ago including their six top scorers in Jackie Wolak (105 pts.), Kasey Choma (88 pts.), Madison Ahern (84 pts.), MK Doherty (38 pts.), Kristen Shanahan (29 pts.) and Kelly Denes (25 pts.).

In addition to being one of the team’s top contributors offensively, Kelly Denes led the team at the draw circle, boasting 135 draw controls while MK Doherty’s 111 controls gave the Irish their first season in program history with two individuals eclipsing triple digits.

Choma, Ahern, and Wolak lead the Irish in points combining for 277 points following a 17-point combined performance from the trio against Florida in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In the opening two rounds of NCAA Tournament play, the senior trio posted a combined 37 of the team’s 51 points to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

With 105 points in 2023, Wolak ranked fourth nationally and second in the ACC. With her performance against Florida to reach the 100+ point mark, she became just the third woman in program history to hit 100 points in a single season.

Denes ranked third in the ACC for draw controls per game tallying 6.45 and was 17th in the country last season.

Seventeen different players scored at least one goal last season with 16 having found the back of the net multiple times.

LEADERSHIP GROUP

The team named a trio of captains, as voted on by their peers, ahead of the 2024 season. This year’s captains will be Madison Ahern, Kasey Choma and Aine Maseker.

HAIR HAVOC GAME

Serving as an ambassador for the HEADStrong Foundation in 2024, Julia Carr shared what Hair Havoc means to her ahead of the weekend games.

“The Headstrong Foundation was started from the hospital bed of Hofstra lacrosse player, Nick Colleluori, as he battled cancer in the middle of his college career. He had a vision to help people like himself by establishing The Headstrong Foundation. When he unfortunately lost his battle, he entrusted his mother with the responsibility of carrying out his dream. Their trademark is hosting cancer patients and their families in “Nick’s Houses” where they have a supportive home away from home if traveling for treatment. The Headstrong Foundation has a “Game Hair Havoc” campaign where women’s lacrosse players style their hair in solidarity with those who have lost theirs due to treatment. We also collect donations that are used for “comfort kits” for the patients in Nick’s Houses. We would love to surpass our team goal and continue to make a difference in the lives of those with cancer!” – Carr

BUTLER WOMEN’S LAX

BUTLERWLACROSSE OPENS 2023 SEASON VS. CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT VARSITY FIELD

The Butler women’s lacrosse program will begin their 2024 season at home against Central Michigan on Friday, Feb. 9. The first draw is set for 3 p.m. at Varsity Field in Indianapolis, Ind.

GameDay

Butler vs. Central Michigan

3:00 PM

Friday, Feb. 9

Indianapolis, Ind. / Varsity Field

Bulldog Bits:

The Bulldogs lacrosse team returns 18 players from the 2023 roster, a team which earned 5 victories throughout the season.

Maggie Zentgraf enters her second season as head coach for the Bulldogs. Zentgraf is a former member of the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team. Zentgraf previously coached at Division III Lake Forest, going 11-4 in the program’s first-ever season.

Last season the team recorded 156 goals, 50 assists, and scored 206 points of 356 shots taken. The team’s shooting percentage decreased from the previous season from .442% to .438%.

Senior midfielder, Leah Rubino, who was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST team, recorded 73 caused turnovers, 51 goals, 15 assists, and 66 points.

In the 2022 season, the team recorded 122 saves. Last season they increased that number to 142 saves overall.

Last season, the team increased their overall ground ball number from 205 to 221.

Sophomore, Luci Selander finished her freshman season with the Bulldogs, 2nd All-Time for Goals in a Single Game (6 – vs. Marquette 4/19/23) and 2nd All-Time for Points in a Single Game (8 – vs. Marquette – 4/19/23).

Redshirt senior midfielder, Kayla Kielbasa looks to return to action with the Bulldogs after only appearing in one game in the 2023 season. The Penn State transfer has recorded 15 goals, 12 assists, and 27 shots for the Bulldogs over her 28 games played at Butler. 

Scouting Central Michigan:

Central Michigan is 5-0 against the Bulldogs in program history.

The Chippewas are lead by Emilia Ward, who enters her third year with the program. Ward is no stranger to BIG EAST lacrosse as she is a former assistant at Marquette (2020-21).

In the 2023 season, Central Michigan was 10-9 overall and 6-2 in conference play.

Last season on the scoring side, the Chippewas recorded 253 goals, 100 assists, 556 shots, 418 shots on goal, and averaging 29.3 shots per game.

On the defensive side, Central Michigan recorded, 291 ground balls, 254 turnovers, and 140 caused turnovers in the 2023 season.

The Chippewas are the reigning 2023 Mid-American Conference Champions.

Up Next

The Bulldogs will travel to Notre Dame to take on Coach Zentgraf’s alma mater. The first draw is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18 in South Bend, Ind.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

ST. JOHN’S AT BUTLER FRIDAY NIGHT ON @FLOHOOPS

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler Bulldogs will wrap up their three game homestand on Friday night with a 7 PM tip vs. St. John’s. Joey Lindstrom and Amber Stocks will be on the call inside Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Red Storm head to Indianapolis with a 14-10 record while the Bulldogs are at 9-13.

GameDay

Date: Friday, Feb. 9, 2024

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Indianapolis, Ind. – Hinkle Fieldhouse

Live Stats: ButlerSports.com – Statbroadcast

Watch: BEDN on FloHoops.com

Bulldog Bits

– Butler had five players score in double figures for the first time this season in the game vs. Creighton.

– Butler led #22 Creighton at halftime 37-33.

– Karsyn Norman and Riley Makalusky each scored in double figures for the third time this season vs. Creighton.

– Norman has made nine 3-pointers for BU over the team’s last six games (15 this season).

– Butler and St. John’s will both only play one game this week.

– Caroline Strande needs 3 points vs. St. John’s to reach 600 career points.

– Strande ranks ninth in the BIG EAST in rebounding (7.2) and 13th in scoring (14.6).

– Strande hasn’t missed a free throw over Butler’s last seven games (16-for-16).

– The Bulldogs rank second in the BIG EAST in made 3-pointers per game (8.1) and in 3-point percentage (38.5).

– Rachel Kent has made a 3-pointer in 13-straight games. She ranks third in the conference in made 3-pointers with 53.

– Kent led Butler in rebounding vs. Creighton (6) and now has over 600 rebounds in her career.

– Kent has scored in double figures for Butler in five-straight games.

– Kent played 36 minutes vs. Creighton and didn’t commit a turnover.

BIG EAST Standings

UConn 11-0, 19-4

Creighton 9-2, 18-3

St. John’s 8-4, 14-10

Villanova 7-4, 14-8

Marquette 6-5, 17-5

Providence 5-5, 11-12

Georgetown 5-6, 15-7

Seton Hall 5-6, 13-9

DePaul 3-8, 11-13

Butler 1-10, 9-13

Xavier 0-10, 1-18

Scouting St. John’s                                                                                              

The Red Storm have played great over the first half of the conference season and are currently in third place of the BIG EAST standings with an 8-4 record. The Johnnies are heading to Hinkle after taking a 78-63 loss at #11 UConn. The team has been better at home this year (9-2) than playing on the road (5-5), yet they head into the final stretch of the season with a 14-10 overall record. St. John’s leads the BIG EAST in steals per game (8.5) and attack the rim regularly to rank second in free throw attempts.

All-Time Series                                                                                      

St. John’s leads Butler in the all-time series 16-4. Butler’s last win over the Johnnies came on Feb. 1, 2019 in overtime at St. John’s. The Bulldogs won the contest 73-68 giving them the regular season sweep over the Red Storm. STJ has won the last eight meetings.

Last Meeting vs. St. John’s                                                                                

Butler led St. John’s 15-14 after the first quarter in the first meeting at Carnesecca Arena, but the Red Storm limited BU to just 16 second half points to come up with a 60-42 victory in Queens. The Johnnies led by four at the half and used a 12-2 scoring run in the third to take a 48-33 lead. The Bulldogs fired back at the start of the fourth quarter to trim the deficit to just 10 points, but St. John’s pulled away late to claim the victory. Sydney Jaynes and Karsyn Norman came off the bench to provide BU with 13 and 11 points respectively. Caroline Strande was the third Bulldog to score in double figures. She had 11 points and added six rebounds. St. John’s had Jailah Donald and Ber’Nyah Mayo in the box score with 12 points each. The Bulldogs held Unique Drake to seven points on 3-of-10 shooting. Drake is the third leading scorer in the conference averaging 18.5 a night.

A Look Back at Last Week                                                                                 

The Bulldogs were in each game last week, taking a pair of 10-point home losses to BIG EAST opponents. They lost 57-67 to DePaul on Wednesday and 65-75 to #22 Creighton on Sunday. Caroline Strande, Sydney Jaynes, and Rachel Kent were the top offensive options for the Bulldogs last week. Strande averaged 11 points and five boards and led the ‘Dawgs with four steals. Jaynes shot 46 percent from the field to average 10.5 ppg last week and Kent made five 3-pointers to average 10.0 ppg. Butler outscored the opposition 37-31 in the first quarter but struggled in the third (44-28).

Second Time Around                                                                           

Butler made some adjustments against Creighton to play the Bluejays tough in the second meeting of the season. At DJ Sokol Arena, Butler only had one player score in double figures, but over the weekend five Bulldogs scored 10 or more at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The BU bench outscored the Creighton bench 30-6 on Sunday after being outscored by 12 in that category in the first meeting. The one consistent stat for the Bulldogs in each meeting vs. Creighton came in the turnover column. BU had just nine turnovers in each game vs. the Bluejays which is tied for the second-fewest in a game this season. Butler’s season-low turnover total came at Wisconsin (5).

Bulldogs Off The Bench                                                                       

Butler’s bench has outscored the opposition’s bench in six-straight games. This streak started with Butler’s game at St. John’s on Jan. 17. The Bulldogs scored 30 bench points in their last contest, marking the second-most this season trailing only the 53 points scored in the win over Roosevelt. Over the team’s last six games, the bench has provided 20+ points four times.

Up After One                                                                                                        

The Bulldogs have held a first quarter lead in three of their last six games. They had a lead at St. John’s, at Xavier and recently at home vs. DePaul. They only trailed by two at Marquette and were down just one to #22 Creighton on Sunday. There has been a pattern involved in this streak as well. The ‘Dawgs have had the lead in every other game since Jan. 17. If the streak continues, they are due to lead Friday night after trailing the Bluejays on Sunday.

Grab the Board                                                                                     

Caroline Strande is the top rebounding guard in the BIG EAST Conference. She has led Butler in rebounding 15 times this season (22 games) and in eight of Butler’s 11 BIG EAST games. She has more rebounds this year (159) than her first three years combined (146).

Finding Wins in February                                                                                  

Butler went 6-14 in conference action a year ago with four of their six victories against BIG EAST opponents coming in the month of February. BU won four in a row from Feb. 11-24. They earned a road win at Providence and followed that contest with three victories at Hinkle Fieldhouse. This year, the schedule flips on Butler with the Bulldogs playing four of their last five games of February on the road. The lone home game will air on FS2 on the 21st when BU goes for the season sweep against Xavier.

Sharpshooters                                                                                       

Butler has three of best 3-point shooters in the BIG EAST Conference on their roster. Caroline Strande ranks fourth in the league 3-point field goal percentage (46.7) and Jordan Meulemans comes in at sixth (44.2). The third member of the trio is Rachel Kent at 39.8%. Those three student-athletes account for 123 of Butler’s 179 3-pointers this year (68%). As a team, Butler has shot 50 percent or better from 3-point range five times this season. Four of the five contests came against conference opponents.

Tied a Team Record                                                                                            

Jordan Meulemans made eight 3-pointers in Butler’s win over St. Thomas to match the single-game high in the BIG EAST this season. She ended the contest going 8-for-10 from behind the arc to score a career-high 24 points. Meulemans was just one 3-pointer shy of tying the single-game BU individual record and the ‘Dawgs tied their team record with 16 made 3-pointers in the victory.

Up Next                                                                                                                 

Butler will play at Providence on Wednesday, Feb. 14. The 7 PM tip will stream on FloHoops.com. This will be the second meeting between the two programs. The Friars won 63-53 at Hinkle Fieldhouse back on Jan. 21. The game aired on FS1.

BUTLER SOFTBALL

BUTLERSOFTBALL TRAVELS TO IOWA TO OPEN 2024 SEASON

Tournament Information – Doc Halverson UNI-Dome Classic
DATE:                                 Friday, Feb. 9 – Sunday, Feb. 11
LOCATION:                        Cedar Rapids, Iowa / UNI Dome
LIVE STATS:                      unipanthers.com
LIVE VIDEO:                      ESPN+ (select games)
 
Full Notes
 
The Butler softball team opens the 2024 season this weekend with five games over three days at the Doc Halverson UNI-Dome Classic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Bulldogs will face Omaha, Western Illinois, Drake, Northern Illinois, and the host, Northern Iowa.
 
The Bulldogs finished the 2024 season with an 18-35 overall record, going 12-9 in BIG EAST play and qualifying as the fourth seed in their third-consecutive BIG EAST Tournament.
 
Bulldog Bits                                                                                        

  • The 2023 Bulldogs rank in the top ten on several of Butler’s all-time single-season lists:  1st- drawn walks (165), 2nd- home runs (38), T4th-conference wins (12), 6th- RBI (182), T8th- triples (9), and 9th- runs (197).
     
  • BIG EAST coaches ranked Butler fifth in the 2024 Preseason Poll. Villanova (1st), UConn (2nd), and Seton Hall (3rd) each received at least two first-place votes. DePaul (4th) also ranked ahead of the Bulldogs.
     
  • Butler’s 2024 schedule includes four teams that qualified for the 2023 NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs’ season opener is vs. Omaha (Feb. 9) at UNI. Additional opponents include Seton Hall (Mar. 28-30), Miami (OH) (Apr. 9), and Indiana (Apr. 24), all at home.


COMPARING OPPONENTS (2023 seasons)
 
Butler (18-35, 12-9 BIG EAST) – season ended in BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinal
Head Coach: Scott Hall (14th)
Outscored by opponents, 197-295, in 2023. All five of top-5 hitters return.
Team produced a 2.53 ERA along with 2 shutouts. Three of four pitchers return.
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Omaha (33-17, 15-5 Summit) – season ended in NCAA Tournament Regional
Head Coach: Mike Heard (3rd)
Outscored opponents, 215-130, in 2023. Three of top-5 hitters return.
Team produced a 5.30 ERA along with 8 shutouts. Entire pitching staff returns.
 
Northern Iowa (39-12, 26-1 The Valley) – season ended in semifinals of MVC Tournament
Head Coach: Ryan Jacobs (17th)
Outscored opponents, 348-123, in 2023. Two of top-5 hitters return.
Team produced a 2.03 ERA along with 14 shutouts. All three primary pitchers return.
 
Western Illinois (9-36, 3-15 Ohio Valley) – season ended after regular season
Head Coach: Alisa Goler (4th)
Outscored by opponents, 124-263, in 2023. Four of top-5 hitters return.
Team produced a 4.79 ERA along with 2 shutouts. One of two primary pitchers returns.
 
Drake (18-34, 10-17 The Valley) – season ended in the quarterfinals of the MVC Tournament
Head Coach: Lindsay Diehl (1st)
Outscored opponents, 182-262, in 2023. Four of top-5 hitters return.
Team produced a 5.30 ERA along with 8 shutouts. Four of five primary pitchers return.
 
Northern Illinois (26-25, 15-13 MAC) – season ended after regular season
Head Coach: Christina Sutcliffe (12th)
Outscored by opponents, 231-235, in 2023. Four of top-5 hitters return.
Team produced a 5.78 ERA along with 6 shutouts. All four of primary pitchers return.

IUPUI TRACK

JAGS HEAD TO BOSTON SEEKING FAST TIMES

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI men’s track and field team will divide and conquer this weekend as four members of the squad head to the Boston University David Hemery Valentine Invitational while the remainder of the squad runs at the Marian Indoor Invitational inside Fall Creek Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Andrew Whitinger, Eric Petersen, Mitchell Gits and Grant Moon all earned entries in the BU Invite, based on earlier competitions this season. Whitinger broke IUPUI’s 5K record with a time of 14:14.71 at the IUPUI Invitational on Jan. 26 on the heels of an 8:14.81 effort in the 3K on Jan. 20. Petersen ran 14:33.20 in the 5K at the IUPUI Invite and Gits finished at 14:35.15 at that meet. Moon will hone in on the 3K distance, having run 8:39.39 at the Butler Invite on Jan. 20 while Gits ran 8:24.83 and Petersen ran 8:22.73 earlier this season.

At the Marian Invite, freshman Noah Price leads the entries in the mile, having run 4:18.58 at the IUPUI Invite while Luke Shappell (4:19.29) was just off his pace. In the 800m event, Alex Alba leads IUPUI’s entrants, having run 1:58.47 and Price has run 1:58.93.

Connor Murphy is IUPUI’s lone entry in the 1,000m event while a cast of Jaguars are slated for the 3K. Nick Perkins comes in having run 8:36.14 and Deion Guise ran 8:45.51 at the Butler Invite on Jan. 20.

IUPUI will also compete in the 4×400 relay as the quartet of Shappell, Andrew Blake, Joseph Blagrave and Wilson Whicker are slated to compete.

A full recap and results of each meet will be posted to IUPUIJags.com after each day of competition.

IUPUI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

TURNER, DAVIDSON LEAD JAGUARS IN ROAD LOSS AT MILWAUKEE, 73-54

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – The IUPUI women’s basketball team shot just 29.8 percent as they fell on the road at Milwaukee on Thursday night, 73-54. Jazmyn Turner (20 points, five rebounds) and Katie Davidson (13 points, seven rebounds) led the Jags in the road loss.

Milwaukee (14-11, 8-6 HL) held the lead the whole game with Grace Crowley, Anna Lutz, Kamy Peppler and Jada Donaldson all totaling double-digit points. The Panthers recorded a 53.7 shooting percentage from the field with a 58.3 percent (7-for-12) from three.

IUPUI (5-17, 3-10 HL) struggled to score, with their first points not dropping until Turner sunk two free throws at the 5:21 minute mark in the first quarter. The Jags’ rebounding kept them within seven points with IUPUI totaling 11 and the Panthers taking nine after the first quarter.

The Jags followed the first quarter with just a 25 percent (4-for-16) shooting mark in the second quarter. The Panthers took advantage of that extending the lead to 11 points at 32-21.

Coming out after halftime, IUPUI had their best quarter, shooting 40 percent (6-for-15) for 17 points. It wasn’t enough to cut the lead as Milwaukee continued to outshoot the Jags with 19 points in the third quarter.

The cold shooting continued in the fourth quarter as the Jags went over five minutes without a bucket. While the Jags made just three baskets in the final quarter, they tallied 10-for-11 free throws. The Panthers closed out the game with five threes in just the fourth quarter, sealing the game at 73-54.

Turner led the Jaguars with 20 points, 11 of those coming in the fourth quarter, with five rebounds. Davidson also totaled double digits with 13 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Alexa Hocevear added seven points and three rebounds while Logan Lewis, Abby Wolterman, Jaela Johnson and Camron Blank all added points.

The Jaguars will now continue their road trip when they head to Green Bay for a 2:00 PM tipoff on Saturday, February 10.

BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL RETURNS TO MIVA ACTION ON THE ROAD THIS WEEKEND

No. 11 Ball State (8-6, 1-0 MIVA) |McKendree (3-4, 0-1 MIVA)

Last meeting: Ball State 3, McKendree 0 (3/30/23)

Series History: Ball State leads the all-time series 14-6

No. 11 Ball State (8-6, 1-0 MIVA) | Lindenwood (3-6, 0-2 MIVA)

Last Meeting: Ball State 3, Lindenwood 0 (3/25/23)

Series History: Ball State leads the all-time series 23-4

Coach Cruz: Ball State head coach Donan Cruz enters his third season at the helm of the Cardinals and owns an overall record at BSU of 50-18 (.767) along with a Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Tournament Championship, two MIVA regular season titles and an NCAA Tournament appearance.

Match Recap: Ball State is coming off a 3-1 victory after defeating Loyola Chicago in both squads Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association season opener. It was a close match that consisted of 44 ties and 17 lead changes. After falling behind in the first set 25-23 to the Ramblers the Cardinals came back to take the next three frames, 26-24, 27-25 and 25-23. For the match, Tinaishe Ndavazocheva led with 19 kills and was one dig shy of a double-double. Both Braydon Savitski-Lynde and Patrick Rogers each had 14 kills apiece. Setter Lucas Machado was consistent at the net dishing out 46 assists for a .434 accuracy. Ball State then closed out the weekend with a 3-0 loss to No. 8 Penn State.

First Serve: Ball State returns to MIVA action when it plays at McKendree Friday night and then Lindenwood on Saturday. Both matches will begin at 8 pm ET. The Cardinals defeated the Bearcats and the Lions in their last meetings both resulting in 3-0 sweeps for Ball State. Under the direction of third-year head coach Donan Cruz Ball State owns an 8-0 combined mark over McKendree and Lindenwood. The last time BSU lost to McKendree was on April 2, 2021 by a score of 3-1 and the last time the Cardinals fell to Lindenwoood was on March 29, 2019 by a 3-2 decision. McKendree opened MIVA play with a 3-1 loss versus Lewis on Feb. 2 while Lindenwood fell to Lewis and Ohio State last week by a score of 3-1.

Preseason All-MIVA:  The 2024 roster is a good mixture of some familiar faces along with several newcomers. One of the Cardinals returnees is sophomore outside hitter Tinaishe Ndavazocheva who was recently named to the 12-member preseason All-MIVA conference team. Ndavazocheva turned in quite the rookie season for the Cardinals last year. He earned MIVA Offensive Player of the Week honors and Off the Block National Honors on Feb. 7. He turned in a career high 27 kills against Lewis (2/9) and had 22 double digit kill performances in 2023. Ndavazocheva ended the season ranked second on the team in kills (342) and in points (397.5). He also received All-MIVA First Team honors and AVCA Honorable Mention All-American.

The Legend Don Shondell: The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association has announced changes to the MIVA Tournament format. The conference has also announced that future tournament winners will receive the Don Shondell MIVA Championship Trophy.

The MIVA Tournament has been played after every regular season since 1980 except 2020 and was also played from 1964-69. The new format for the MIVA Tournament will reward the highest seeds, providing an advantage for a path to the NCAA tournament via the MIVA’s automatic bid.The opening round of the eight-team tournament will be played at the higher four seeds. No. 1 will host No. 8, No. 2 will host No. 7, No. 3 will host No. 6, and No. 4 will host No. 5.

The semifinal and final rounds will be hosted by the highest remaining seed in the field. The field will also re-seed. The highest remaining seed will host the lowest remaining seed and the other two teams will play in the other semifinal. The two winning teams will play in the final match for the Don Shondell MIVA Championship Trophy.

The new namesake for the MIVA Championship Trophy was inducted into the inaugural class of the MIVA Hall of Fame in 2017. His impact on the conference is unmeasurable. He co-founded the MIVA and served as its first president. As the head coach of the Ball State Cardinals, he won 20 championships in 34 years with 14 trips to the NCAA tournament. He finished with a career record of 769-280-6 (.732), which is the second-most wins in NCAA men’s volleyball history. He was inducted into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1983, Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1996, and AVCA Hall of Fame in 2003.

The path to the MIVA title and the chance to hoist the Don Shondell MIVA Championship Trophy begins on April 13. The semifinal will be on April 17 and the title match will be on Saturday, April 20.

BALL STATE GYMNASTICS

ON THE ROAD AGAIN; GYMNASTICS AT CMU FRIDAY

» THIS WEEK IN BALL STATE GYMNASTICS: The Ball State gymnastics team returns to the road Friday, when it travels to Central Michigan for a 6 p.m. dual at McGuirk Arena … It will be the third straight MAC match-up for the Cardinals and first league meet on the road.

» BALL STATE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS:

– Ball State enters the weekend ranked first in the MAC and 21st nationally with an average team score of 196.255 in the latest Road to Nationals rankings.

– BSU’s program record score of 198.025 at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19) is the seventh-highest team score in the nation … The Cardinals were the first program in the country to break the 198 mark this season, while No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 3 LSU, No. 8 UCLA and No. 10 Michigan State are the only programs to score higher than Ball State since.

– The Cardinals have proven to be one of the nation’s top bars teams this season, ranking 13th nationally with an average score of 49.260 … In fact, Ball State’s program record score of 49.775 on bars at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19) is the second-best team score on any apparatus in the nation so far this season, trailing only No. 1 Oklahoma’s 49.825 set last Friday in a tri-meet at then-No. 23 Arizona State with No. 2 Cal.

– So far this season, there have been a total of 26 perfect 10.0s scored nationally … Three of them have come from Ball State gymnasts, starting with senior Suki Pfister on vault at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19) … Sophomore Zoe Middleton and graduate student Megan Teter added perfect 10.0s on bars later in the meet, the first two perfect 10.0s in program history in the event.

– BSU gymnasts also boasts two of the nation’s 58 scores of 9.975 this season including Victoria Henry’s vault at the Ohio State Tri-Meet (Jan. 14) and Ashley Szymanski’s bars routine in the home opener versus Bowling Green (Jan. 22).

» A QUICK LOOK AT THE CHIPPEWAS:

– Central Michigan entered the week ranked 38th nationally with an average team score of 195.340 which is fourth among MAC programs … CMU’s best score of the season was a 196.425 last Sunday in a tri-meet at Bowling Green with Wisconsin-Oshkosh

– CMU’s best event is floor with an average team score of 49.120 which ranks 29th nationally.

» RECORDS FALL AGAIN AT TENNESSEE COLLEGIATE CLASSIC:

– For the second consecutive season, the Ball State gymnastics program shattered records at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19), highlighted by a team record score of 198.025 … The Cardinals were the first program in the nation to break the 198 mark this season, with the score also being a Mid-American Conference record.

– The effort included program event records on vault (49.375), bars (49.775) and floor (49.625), as well as the fourth best beam score in program history (49.250) … The program’s beam record of 49.350 was set at last season’s Tennessee Collegiate Classic.

– Ball State’s gymnasts registered a program meet record 12 scores of 9.900-or-higher, including perfect 10.0s by Suki Pfister (vault), Zoe Middleton (bars) and Megan Teter (bars) … Prior to the meet, the Cardinals only had one perfect 10 in program history.

– Ball State’s student-athletes earned 21 career best scores over the course of the meet, with each athlete who competed tallying at least one.

» MORE RECORD NOTES FROM TENNESSEE:

–  On floor, Suki Pfister tied the program record for a second time in her career with a 9.950 … Three Cardinals, Carissa Martinez, Zoe Middleton and Megan Teter, all earned 9.925s, while Hannah Ruthberg added a 9.900 … It marked the first time in program history all five countable scores on an event were 9.900-or-higher.

– Ball State produced five of the top 10 individual bars scores in program history later in the meet, led by the first two perfect 10s on bars in the BSU record book from Zoe Middleton and Megan Teter … The Cardinals also received 9.925s on bars from Ashley Szymanski, Victoria Henry and Hannah Ruthberg to give the program its first-ever event with all five countable scores at 9.925-or-higher.

– Zoe Middleton crushed the program’s all-around record with a 39.750, including a 10.0 on bars, a 9.950 on vault, a 9.925 on floor and a 9.875 on beam … It currently ties as the eighth-highest all-around score in the nation this season … The previous program record was 39.400 set twice last season … All five of Middleton’s scores were career-best efforts.

– Megan Teter and Victoria Henry also passed the previous all-around mark with scores of 39.575 and 39.450, respectively … Teter’s effort of 39.575 included a 10.0 on bars, a 9.925 on floor, a 9.850 on beam and a 9.800 on vault … Henry’s effort of 39.450 counted a 9.925 on bars, a 9.850 on beam, a 9.850 on floor and a 9.825 on vault.

» A RECORD OPENER AS WELL: Ball State started the season with the best opening meet score in program history with a 194.925 at the UNC Quad (Jan. 5) … The previous record was 194.475 set at Kentucky to open the 2018 season.

» GOING 9.975-OR-HIGHER: Senior Victoria Henry turned in the best vault of her career to win the event at the Ohio State Tri-meet (Jan. 14) with a mark of 9.975 … Freshman Ashley Szymanski added a career-best 9.975 of her own on bars to win the event in the dual victory over Bowling Green (Jan. 22) … Along with the three perfect 10.0s registered at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19) by Suki Pfister, Zoe Middleton and Megan Teter, only seven gymnasts in program history have register a score of 9.975-or-higher … The other two are Sarah Mikrut with a 10.0 at Kent State (Feb. 21, 1997) and Denasiha Christianwith a 9.975 on vault at Northern Illinois (Feb. 19, 2016).

» HENRY HITTING THE 9.900 MARK: Senior Victoria Henry has registered 15 scores of 9.900-or-better over her career, including five so far this season … The total includes seven floor routines, six vaults and two bars performance.

» SHINING ON FLOOR: Along with owning the nation’s second-best event team score this season with its 49.775 on bars at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19), Ball State’s 49.625 on floor the same night is tied as the nation’s ninth-best team effort on floor … The Cardinals enter the weekend ranked 21st nationally with an average floor score of 49.285, including 12 individual routines of 9.900-or-higher, led by Suki Pfister’s program-record tying effort of 9.950 also set at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic.

» PFISTER HITTING HIGH MARKS ON VAULT: Including her first career 10.0 on vault at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19), Suki Pfister has had 12 of her 37 collegiate vault performances score 9.900-or-higher … The total includes one 10.0, three 9.950s, two 9.925s and six 9.900s.

» SZYMANSKI SHINING ON BARS: Ashley Szymanski has led the Cardinals on bars in three of the team’s five meets this season, including winning the event at the Ohio State Tri-meet (Jan. 14) with a 9.900 and in the dual versus Bowling Green (Jan. 22) with a 9.975 … She is currently the highest-ranked gymnast in the league, holding 15th on bars with an average score of 9.905.

» ONE TO WATCH: Zoe Middleton, one of two Ball State student-athletes named to the 2024 MAC Gymnasts to Watch list, has provided plenty of highlights for the Cardinals so far this season including her perfect 10.0 on bars and program record all-around score of 39.750 at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19) … So far this season, 19 of her 20 routines have counted in the final team score … During her freshman campaign, 37 of Middleton’s 39 routines counted towards Ball State’s team total.

» MORE FROM THE ALL AROUND: Hannah Ruthberg also turned in a solid all-around effort at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19), turning in the second-best performance of her career with a score of 39.375 … The effort included career-best scores of 9.925 on bars and 9.900 on floor, as well as a 9.875 on beam and a 9.675 on vault.

» SCORING HIGH IN 2024:

– Ball State has registered 66 scores of 9.800-or-higher so far this season, with eight coming at the UNC Quad (Jan. 5), 10 at the Ohio State Tri-meet (Jan. 14), 22 at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19), 14 versus Bowling Green (Jan. 22) and 12 versus Kent State (Feb. 4) … Of the 66 routines, 21 have come on bars, 20 on floor, 14 on vault and 11 on beam … The total includes 26 scores of 9.900-or-better.

» RECORDS UNDER SALEEM:

– In the program’s first 11 seasons under head coach Joanna Saleem, Ball State has tallied the 29 best team scores in program history … In fact, of Ball State’s 33 scores of 195.450-or-higher, 31 have been set by Saleem’s squads.

– Saleem’s squads own the event records on all four apparatus: vault (49.375), bars (49.775), beam (49.350), and floor (49.625).

– All 38 entries in the vault record book are held by Saleem’s teams, as are 23 of 29 scores on floor, 23 of 30 scores on bars and 21 of 26 scores on beam.

» A FEW MORE EARLY HIGHLIGHTS:

– Junior Carissa Martinez turned in a pair of career-best performances at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic (Jan. 19) with a 9.925 on floor and a 9.800 on vault.

– Junior Grace Sumner also hit a career-best mark at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic, with her 9.875 on bars … She tied the mark versus Bowling Green (Jan. 22) and is currently third on the team and ninth in the MAC with an average bars score of 9.820.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

SPENCER SELECTED NO. 8 RELIEF PITCHER BY D1BASEBALL IN THE 2024 PRESEASON PLAYER RANKINGS

D1BASEBALL – Indiana State pitcher Jared Spencer became the sixth Sycamore to be listed among the nation’s best at the NCAA Division I according to the preseason D1Baseball positional rankings as the website continues to unveil the top players at each position heading into the 2024 season.

Spencer (No. 8 relief pitcher) joins teammates Grant Magill (No. 42 catcher), Josue Urdaneta (No. 44 second baseman), Randal Diaz (No. 21 shortstop), Adam Pottinger (No. 62 outfielder), and Luke Hayden (No. 149 starting pitcher) on the list following an All-Conference season on the mound last year.

The Centreville, Mich. native was named a preseason Perfect Game Second Team All-American and named to D1Baseball’s 2024 MLB Draft: Top 100 College Prospects list in the fall.

Spencer made a team-high 25 appearances on the mound in relief in 2023 serving as the Sycamores’ primary closer. He posted a 3-2 record with a 3.86 ERA over 37.1 innings while adding a team-high seven saves.

He made his 2023 debut on February 18 against Quinnipiac but hit his stride midway through the season in nonconference play. Spencer posted his first two wins of the year on back-to-back weeks against SEMO and Illinois in mid-March.

He added a season-high seven strikeouts in a relief outing against Michigan State. Additional notable relief appearances include a 3.0-inning save in ISU’s 4-0 shutout of Indiana, while also going the final 2.0-innings in closing out the Sycamores’ win at Vanderbilt.

Spencer shined in the postseason posting back-to-back saves in the first two games of the Terre Haute Regional against Wright State and Iowa to send the Sycamores to the regional final. He added a third postseason appearance in relief at TCU in the Super Regional finale.

D1Baseball will continue to announce their player positional rankings heading into the start of the 2024 season.

Season tickets are now on sale for the 2024 Indiana State season with ticket details below.

2024 Baseball Season Ticket Information

Reserved chairback season tickets can be purchased for $99. General admission season tickets will go on sale as well with adult ($72), seniors ($54), and youth ($40) tickets also being available for purchase. There will be a $5 surcharge added to those wanting tickets printed.

ISU Baseball single game tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S GOLF

ISU GOLF CHOSEN TO FINISH 10TH IN THE PRESEASON MVC POLL

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Indiana State golf was selected to finish the 2024 spring season in 10th place in the preseason poll released on Thursday.

ISU ended the fall victorious with its first win in a playoff over Northern Iowa. The crew of Molly Lee, Kristen Hobbs, Iyoun Chew, Briana LeMaire, and Yang Tai took the Sycamores into the fall finale, ending with a score of 310 and Yang Tai birdieing the first hole to come out on top.

The squad of Sophia Florek, Chelsea Morrow, Eliza Baker, Rosalie DiNunzio, and Grace Welty ended fifth as a group, tallying a score of 639.

The Sycamores feature five seniors on the roster, three sophomores and two freshmen. ISU opens the spring slate in Tampa, Fla. at the Butler Don Benbow Spring Invitational on March 11-12. The schedule currently features a home invitational on April 7-8 at the Country Club of Terre Haute. The MVC Tournament is set for April 13-16 in Waterloo, Ill. at the Annbriar Golf Club.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES OPEN-TWO GAME ROAD TRIP AT VALPO

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State starts a two-game road trip Friday night when it travels to in-state foe Valparaiso for a 7 p.m. tip.

Last Time Out

Mya Glanton led all players with 17 points, but visiting Illinois State survived a gritty effort from Indiana State in a 64-59 setback for the Sycamores inside Hulman Center.

Chelsea Cain added 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Sycamores, who also got 11 points from Kiley Bess and eight from Ella Sawyer. Sawyer dished out four assists for the Trees without a turnover.

Indiana State jumped out to an early 9-2 lead thanks to six quick points from Glanton, but Illinois State responded to lead 13-11 after a quarter. The Redbirds led by as many as eight and took a 33-27 lead into halftime, but early third-quarter baskets from Bella Finnegan and Cain got the Sycamores within a point. Five straight points from Sawyer kept it a one-possession game into the fourth quarter. The Sycamores took a lead early in the final frame following a basket from Glanton and pair of free throws from Bess, but a 7-0 run for the Redbirds followed and Illinois State never trailed from there. Indiana State was within two possessions for the majority of the quarter thanks in part to a late scoring surge from Cain, but the Sycamores’ comeback fell just short.

No Fly Zone

Indiana State continues to be one of the best teams in the MVC when it comes to defending the 3-point line. Sycamore opponents have gone just 47-for-186 from behind the arc in conference play, equating to a 25.3 percent clip from distance.

Indiana State is one of just two teams to hold conference foes below 30 percent from distance, and the only team in the conference to hold teams below 28 percent from three.

Picking Up The Pace

Indiana State guard Ella Sawyer has stepped up for the Sycamores in recent games, as her numbers in all three major statistical categories have continued to trend in an upward direction.

Over Indiana State’s last six games, Sawyer has averaged 8.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, with three double-digit scoring games in that span. Sawyer has also found success from behind the arc in recent games, hitting four of her last eight 3-point attempts dating back to Jan. 19.

Honoring A Legend

Indiana State retired the No. 20 of Barbara Graves during Indiana State’s most recent homestand. Graves becomes the third player in program history, alongside Melanie Boeglin and Amy Hile, to have her jersey retired.

Graves, who played for the Sycamores from 1979-83, ranks among the top five in program history in points (1,498), rebounds (898) and steals (315).

Round Two

Friday’s game against Valparaiso marks the first game against a conference foe that Indiana State has already faced this season. The Sycamores defeated the Beacons 70-49 in Terre Haute in January.

Indiana State has a chance to sweep its first season series with a win Friday night.

Upward ARC

Indiana State has found plenty of success at Valparaiso, as the Sycamores are 5-1 all-time against the Beacons on the road.

Included in that record are road wins for the Sycamores in each of the last two seasons. Indiana State won 85-65 at Valpo in the 2021-22 campaign and won 66-58 in the ARC last season.

Valparaiso at a Glance

Valparaiso enters the weekend at 4-15 overall and 3-7 in conference play. The Beacons come into Friday’s contest having won each of their last two games, defeating both Evansville and UIC on the road.

Leah Earnest leads the Beacons in scoring, rebounding and assists at 15.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. Olivia Brown also averages double-figures for Valpo at 11.1 points per game, while four other Beacons average at least five points per game. Saniya Jackson and Raeven Raye-Redmond both average nearly two steals per game, with Valpo among the league leaders in steals (9.8).

Mary Evans is in her sixth season as the head coach at Valparaiso and owns a 59-106 record at the helm of the Beacons. Evans is 5-5 all-time in her career against Indiana State.

Series History Against Valparaiso

Indiana State owns an 11-7 advantage in the all-time series, including a 70-49 win in Terre Haute earlier this season. The Sycamores have won in Valparaiso each of the last two seasons.

Last Meeting Against Valparaiso (Jan. 26, 2024)

Bella Finnegan led a trio of Indiana State players in double-figures with 17 points, helping the Sycamores defeat visiting Valparaiso 70-49 inside Hulman Center.

Mya Glanton added 12 points and five rebounds, while Ella Sawyer joined her in double-figures with 10. Chelsea Cain finished just shy of a double-double with eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while Indiana State outscored Valpo 42-17 in the second half.

Indiana State led for a majority of the first half, thanks largely in part to eight points from Finnegan, but four 3-pointers from the visitors in the opening 20 minutes saw the Sycamores trail by four at the intermission. The Trees ratcheted up the pressure in the third quarter, outscoring the Beacons 19-4 and holding Valparaiso without a field goal in the quarter. Balanced scoring in the last 20 minutes propelled the Sycamores, who led by as many as 23, to their third conference win of the season.

Up Next

Indiana State remains on the road to face UIC Sunday at 1 p.m.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S HOOPS VISITS WRIGHT STATE FOR REMATCH

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team will hit the road for a game at Wright State on Saturday (Feb. 10). The Mastodons beat the Raiders in Fort Wayne 71-60 earlier this season.

Game Day Information
Who: Wright State Raiders
When: Saturday, February 10 | 4 PM
Where: Dayton, Ohio | Nutter Center
Live Stats: Link
Watch: ESPN+
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Wright State | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

Wright State is 14-11 and 8-6 in Horizon League play. Since the Mastodons beat the Raiders in December, Wright State beat Youngstown State, Robert Morris, Milwaukee, IUPUI, Northern Kentucky, Oakland and Detroit Mercy. The Raiders are coming off a 71-59 loss to Cleveland State. Alexis Hutchison is scoring a league-best 19.1 points per game.

The Series

The 20-game series between Wright State and Purdue Fort Wayne is dead even with 10 wins each. The Mastodons, however, have won the last five, all of the meetings under head coach Maria Marchesano. The ‘Dons won earlier this year 71-60 behind double-digit efforts from Renna Schwieterman, Destinee Marshall and Ryin Ott.

Fresher Than The Prince of Bel-Air

Erin Woodson collected her third Freshman of the Week award on January 29. She averaged 10 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, helping Purdue Fort Wayne to wins over Chicago State and Northern Kentucky. She is the first Mastodon in program history to earn Freshman of the Week honors three times.

Good Start!

Purdue Fort Wayne is 8-5 in the league. It is their best start to league play through 13 games since the 2010-11 season.

Money Millie

Over the last 15 games, Amellia Bromenschenkel has scored in double-figures 13 times. In that stretch, she is averaging 13.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while shooting 46.9 percent from the floor (75-of-160), 36.8 percent from 3-point land (21-of-57) and 82.4 percent from the free throw line (28-of-34).

Coming In Hot

Over the last 15 games, Erin Woodson is 11-of-24 from 3-point range for 45.8 percent. She is also 19-of-23 from the charity stripe in that stretch.

Last Time Out

The Mastodons topped IUPUI 68-65 behind 16 points from Amellia Bromenschenkel. After the Mastodons took the lead in the second quarter, they never trailed again.

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will return home for a game against Milwaukee on Thursday (Feb. 15) for the two teams’ second meeting of the year.

PURDUE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

MASTODON MEN’S VOLLEYBALL VISITS QUEENS FOR TWO MIVA MATCHES

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The No. 20 Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team will hit the road this week for two MIVA matches at Queens. It is the first time that the Mastodons have played Queens since the Royals joined the MIVA.

Game Day Information
Who: Queens Royals
When: Friday-Saturday, February 9-10 | 6 PM | 3 PM
Where: Charlotte, N.C. | Levine Center
Live Stats: Friday | Saturday
Watch: Link
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Queens | MIVA

Know Your Foe

Queens is 5-6 and 1-1 to start its first MIVA season as a member of the conference. The Royals split a pair of five-set matches at Quincy. They are 3-2 at home this season with wins over Lees-McRae, Mount Olive and Erskine and two losses to top-10 Princeton. Jack Brinkman is leading the team with 3.21 kills per set this year on a .288 hitting percentage. Setter Daniel Leitao is averaging 8.37 assists and a team-high 1.32 digs per set.

Series History

Purdue Fort Wayne leads the all-time series with Queens 3-0. It dates back to 2019, Queens’ second year of men’s volleyball. The Mastodons have dropped just one set in the series. In the only match in Charlotte, Purdue Fort Wayne won 3-0 in 2018 behind six kills and eight blocks from Richie Diedrich, Jon’s older brother.

Down Goes Number 8

Purdue Fort Wayne knocked off No. 8 Penn State on February 3, including a 20-18 fifth set. The Mastodons trailed 12-9 in the fifth before rattling off a 5-1 run. Mark Frazier had a career-high 24 kills in that contest.

That Seems Good

Bryce Walker’s performance against No. 8 Penn State ranks as the third-best hitting percentage in the NCAA. He hit .909 with 10 kills on 11 errorless swings.

Efficient Hitting

The Mastodons have hit over .300 in five matches this season, including three over .400.

Hyper Efficient

Purdue Fort Wayne’s .448 hitting percentage at Sacred Heart is the highest hitting percentage in the nation in four-set matches this season.

Movin’ Up The List

Jon Diedrich joined the 1,000-kill club in 2023 in a match against Charleston. He is among the 20 Mastodons that have eclipsed this mark. Here’s where he ranks.

11. Tony Luhning – 1345 (1988-91)

12. Andrew Sellan – 1315 (2008-11)

13. Darryl Shank – 1310 (2008-11)

14. Raul Papaleo – 1264 (1990-93)

15. Jon Diedrich – 1249 (2020-24)

Papa Jon

Fifth-year player Jon Diedrich is the active NCAA career leader with 1,238 kills. Ohio State’s Jacob Pasteur is right behind with 1,211.

Hello, My Name Is Bryce And I’ll Be Your Server

Bryce Walker is nearing the program’s all-time top-10 list for aces.

13. Loren Gebert – 97 (1983-86)

14. Scott Lane – 95 (1999-00)

15. Hector Soto – 90 (1997-00)

16. Omar Rivera – 89 (2012-15)

17. Bryce Walker – 87 (2021-24)

Bryce the Beast

Bryce Walker has the best career hitting percentage among active MIVA players with a .350 clip. His percentage of .332 last season was fifth in the conference. If he had enough attempts, his percentage of .494 would be third-best in the nation.

Now Walk It Out

Bryce Walker’s career mark of 87 aces is the second-most among active middle blockers in the country and the most in the MIVA.

MIVA, You Already Know Jon

Jon Diedrich was selected as the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week on February 6 after leading the ‘Dons to a pair of five-set wins over Saint Francis (Pa.) and No. 8 Penn State.

Last Time Out

The Mastodons are coming off an eventful stretch of three matches in five days, which saw them win five-setters against Saint Francis (Pa.) and No. 8 Penn State.

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will head down I-69 to play at No. 11 Ball State on February 15.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE TRACK

GVSU BIG MEET NEXT UP FOR MASTODON TRACK & FIELD

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne track and field teams are looking for some big performances at the Grand Valley State Big Meet on Friday (Feb. 9)  and Saturday (Feb. 10) in Allendale, Michigan. Most of the ‘Dons will be in action on Friday. Austin HallNathan Mills and Jarred Neff will run the 3000 on Saturday. Harrison Niswander will run the 800 on Saturday. Riley TateMarissa Van De WegAva Genovese and Madison King will run the DMR on Saturday. 

Big Meet
When: Friday, February 9 – Saturday, February 10
Where: Allendale, Mich. | Kelly Family Sports Center
Meet Information:Link
Watch ($):Link
Friday Heat Sheet:Link
Events Start: 8:30 a.m.
Men’s Entries: Andrew ArnosBrent DonaldsonMichael DrohoskyColten GassonAustin HallZyler JohnsonOwen KaufmanEzra LewellenCody LosheKobe MilledgeJack MillsNathan MillsSeth MillsJonas MorrisJarred NeffHarrison NiswanderKehinde OladapoAndrew RomanAlex SchipperIsaiah SmithJaylin SpringerCory Waldron
Women’s Entries: Faith AllenLydia CarrellAva GenoveseNakia Harris-CampbellHaylee HileJesseca Hudson-TurpinKassie JordanMadison KingDylan KirkwoodLouiza KruiswijkKorynne MogaJai ReedLia RiversMercedes SarverKelsey ShatavaAli SparksRiley TateMarissa Van De WegJordan YandersAniya Young

Women’s Preview
With just one meet left before the Horizon League Indoor Championships, several Mastodons rank in the league’s top five. Madison King ranks among the league’s best in three different events with the top time in the 5000 meters (16:29.21), the second-best time in the 3000 meters (9:32.83), and the fourth-fastest mile (4:58.65). Riley Tate has the second-best mile just a few seconds ahead at 4:46.32. King and Tate are also part of the DMR team that ranks second in the league (12:17.95). Dylan Kirkwood has the best pentathlon point total of 3446, Lia Rivers ranks second in the shot put (13.57m), and Jai Reed is third in the 60 meters (7.65). Jesseca Hudson-Turpin is fourth in the 60 meter hurdles (8.69) and was part of the 4x400m relay team that holds the third-fastest time in the league (3:59.27). Ali Sparks is fourth in the shot put (13.17) and Louiza Kruiswijk has the fifth-best triple jump at 11.83m.

Men’s Preview
Two of the Mastodon men hold the top times in the Horizon League: Ezra Lewellen ran a 6.74 60 meter and Jonas Morris ran a 47.95 400 meter. Lewellen also has the fifth-fastest 200 meter time of 21.91. He and Morris were also part of the 4×400 meter team that has the fourth-fastest time in the league of 3:25.35. Harrison Niswander is also in the league’s top five in two events. He’s second in the mile (4:09.16) and third in the 3000 meters (8:14.71) while also a part of the third-fastest DMR team with a time of 10:09.94. Brejion Peters has the second-best heptathlon total of 3293 and Zyler Johnson is fourth in the weight throw (16.69m).

2023-24 Under Armour #HLTF Indoor Athletes of the Week
December 5 – Ezra Lewellen (runner)
January 23 – Harrison Niswander (runner)
January 30 – Dylan Kirkwood (field)
February 6 – Madison King (runner)

Top Five Individual Performances in the Horizon League This Season 
Ezra Lewellen
1st – 60 meters (6.74)
5th – 200 meters (21.91)

Jonas Morris
1st – 400m (47.95)

Dylan Kirkwood
1st – Pentathlon (3446 points)

Madison King
1st – 5000m (16:29.21)
2nd – 3000m (9:32.83)
4th – Mile (4:58.65)

Brejion Peters
2nd – Heptathlon (3293 points)

Lia Rivers
2nd – Shot Put (13.57m)

Riley Tate
2nd – Mile (4:56.32)

Harrison Niswander
2nd – Mile (4:09.16)
3rd – 3000m (8:14.71)

Jai Reed
3rd – 60m (7.65)

Ali Sparks
4th – Shot Put (13.17m)

Ellie Zagel
4th – Pentathlon (3177 points)

Jesseca Hudson-Turpin
4th – 60 Hurdles (8.69)

Zyler Johnson
4th – Weight Throw (16.69m)

Louiza Kruiswijk
5th – Triple Jump (11.83m)

Up Next
Purdue Fort Wayne travels to Youngstown for the Horizon League Indoor Championships Feb.24-25.

EVANSVILLE SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL OPENS 2024 SEASON ON FRIDAY

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Action officially begins for the University of Evansville softball team as they are in Elon, N.C. for the Elon Softball Classic.

Friday’s opening day features games against Miami Ohio and Kent State.  The Purple Aces open Saturday with a rematch versus the Golden Flashes before squaring off against Elon.  UE completes the weekend on Sunday with another contest against the RedHawks.  Miami is the defending Mid-American Conference Champion and won two games in the NCAA Regionals.  Miami won 39 games a season ago.

Evansville’s 2024 squad brings back a wealth of experience with 20 players from last year’s team coming back.  UE finished the season with a 22-32 mark but excelled at home, going 15-8.  The entire regular starting lineup from 2023 returns including 5th-year player Hannah Hood and Jess Willsey, who had the top batting average for the Purple Aces.

Jenna Nink and Hood batted .267 and .265 in 2023, respectively.  Alexa Davis led the team with 7 home runs, 24 RBI and 18 steals.

In the circle, the Purple Aces see their top three pitchers from last season return in 2024.  Megan Brenton posted a team-best 2.23 ERA while earning six saves.  Sydney Weatherford led the team with six wins while recording a 3.33 ERA.  Mikayla Jolly was third on last year’s team with a 3.58 ERA and made 21 starts.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

UE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL MAKES NORTHERN MVC ROAD SWING

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The University of Evansville women’s basketball team heads up to the northernmost Missouri Valley Conference opponents over the weekend.

The Purple Aces will look to get their first conference win of the season on the road as they visit Chicago on Friday and Valparaiso on Sunday. UE saw both teams only two weeks ago on its home court to close out the month of January. Evansville had a close loss to the Flames while the Beacons pulled away for two losses. The Aces hope to use their recent play with both teams to see different results this weekend.

UIC comes into Friday’s game with back-to-back losses following their win over UE in January. The Flames had a last-second loss to Valpo on Sunday in Credit Union 1 Arena as the Beacons hit a baseline layup with 1.3 left in the game. In the team’s last game, Evansville saw its first second-half lead of MVC play in a gritty match-up against the Flames. Foul trouble for UE in the game’s final five minutes hindered the Aces in the nine-point loss. Post players center Barbora Tomancova, forward Nevaeh Thomas, and forward Maggie Hartwig all scored in double-figures to lead Evansville on offense.

The Beacons picked up their third Valley win on Sunday in Chicago. Valparaiso is on a two-game win streak that started in Evansville almost two weeks ago. Along with a dramatic win against UIC, the Beacons had their best game behind the arc with 14 made treys. Freshman forward Nevaeh Jackson matched the program’s freshman record for 3-pointers in a game, knocking down six triples, while guard Olivia Brown was four-for-four behind the arc.

It was another fight to the finish for the Aces in a close back-and-forth affair against Bradley. Evansville swapped the lead five times with the Braves while also tying the game up on seven different occasions. But no made shots in the final two and a half minutes signaled the end for UE as they dropped the close contest 79-72 to Bradley. While the result on Saturday night wasn’t what the Aces had hoped for, they did play in an electric environment. For National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Evansville hosted almost 100 local members of the community for a clinic and the evening game. It was a loud and supportive environment for UE while battling with the Braves.

Junior guard Julia Palomo had a season-best game from the floor on Saturday night. Palomo set a new career-high for field goals made in a game by hitting four against the Braves. She also tied her current career-high in scoring with nine points in 22 minutes.

SOUTHERN INDIANA BASEBALL

USI BASEBALL PREDICTED TO FINISH EIGHTH IN OVC PLAY

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball is predicted to finish eighth in the Ohio Valley Conference as announced by the OVC Thursday. The Screaming Eagles received 52 points from the league’s coaches and communications directors.

Leading the voting was the University of Arkansas at Little Rock who accumulated 12 first-place votes while Morehead State University received eight top votes to finish in second. Southeast Missouri State University earned the third most votes while the University of Tennessee at Martin and reigning OVC Champion, Eastern Illinois University, go fourth and fifth, respectively. Rounding out the ten teams are Tennessee Tech University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, USI, Lindenwood University, and Western Illinois University.

The Eagles finished the 2023 campaign with a 17-38 overall record while going 8-15 in conference play. USI returns to 2024 with hopes of returning to the OVC Championship after falling in the first round to eventual champion, EIU, 5-4. This year’s championship will return to Marion Stadium in Marion, Illinois, May 22-25 where the top eight teams will compete for a title.

Making a key return to the squad is senior infielder Tucker Ebest (Austin, Texas) who led USI in hitting with a .321 average, 53 RBIs, and 12 home runs. Also looking to make a big jump in 2024 is senior outfielder Ren Tachioka (Saitama, Japan) who swiped a team-leading 15 bags last season and produced a .296 average off 61 hits and a team-high three triples.

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2024 OVC Baseball Predicted Order of Finish

 1. Little Rock (12 first-place votes) – 155

 2. Morehead State (8) – 148

 3. Southeast Missouri – 127

 4. UT Martin – 106

 5. Eastern Illinois – 100

 6. Tennessee Tech – 93

 7. SIUE – 67

 8. Southern Indiana – 52

 9. Lindenwood – 31

 10. Western Illinois – 20

2024 All-OVC Preseason Baseball Team

Preseason OVC Player of the Year: Ryley Preece (OF), Morehead State

Preseason OVC Pitcher of the Year: Jackson Wells (RHP), Little Rock

C Hayden Gilliland, Tennessee Tech *

C Grant Lashure, Eastern Illinois $

1B Blaze Bell, UT Martin $

2B Skyler Trevino, Little Rock *

2B Nick Gooden, Morehead State $

SS Andrew Fernandez, UT Martin *

SS Colton Becker, Morehead State $

3B Nico Baumbach, Little Rock *

3B Mac Danford, UT Martin $

OF Ryley Preece, Morehead State *

OF Tyler Williams, Little Rock *

OF Josh Cameron, Southeast Missouri $

DH Roman Kuntz, Morehead State *

SP Jackson Wells, Little Rock *

SP Luke Helton, Morehead State $

SP Haden Dow, Southeast Missouri $

RP Zane Robbins, Eastern Illinois *

RP Zach Wager, UT Martin $

* All-OVC First-Team Selection in 2023

$ All-OVC Second-Team Selection in 2023

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

USI STUMBLES IN FINAL MINUTES TO EIU

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball stumbled in the final three minutes and lost to Eastern Illinois University, 81-71, Thursday evening in Screaming Eagles Arena. The Screaming Eagles fall to 6-18 overall and 3-8 in OVC play, while the Panthers are 11-13 overall, 5-6 OVC.

The Eagles needed the first four minutes of game to get the offense jump started before sophomore guard Jack Campion (Milton, Wisconsin) hit a three-point bomb to shrink a five-point deficit to two, 5-3, with 16:15 left on the first half clock. The three-pointer ignited a 15-8 run to take the lead, 15-13, with 10:33 before halftime.

EIU would regain the lead and raced to a halftime margin of 31-27, getting a bucket in the final seconds before the break. Sophomore guard Ryan Hall (Kettering, Ohio) led the Eagle scores during the first 20 minutes with six points.

In the second half, USI grabbed the momentum and outscored EIU, 13-3, to jump into the lead, 40-34, with 14:33 remaining. Junior forward Jack Mielke (Downers Grove, Illinois) led the run with five of the 13 points, while the Eagles as a team were four-of-nine from the field and four-of-five from the stripe during the offensive surge.

The Panthers battled back to even the score at 40-40 before the Eagles exploded on a 10-2 to lead by eight, 50-42, with 12:11 remaining. Campion led the charge with six of the 10 points that gave USI its largest margin to that point.

USI’s offense, however, would go cold for the next 3:45 as EIU raced by the Eagles to lead, 53-51, with 8:00 on the clock after an 11-1 dash. The teams post a combined 10 ties and lead changes over the next six minutes until EIU grabbed a 66-61 lead with 2:36 to play.

The Eagles shrank the gap to three, 66-63, with 2:30 to play on a layup by Campion, but that would be as close they would come the rest of the game. The Panther extended the final lead to as many as 12 before the Eagles got the final bucket of the game in the 81-71 decision.

USI had three players in double-digits, led by Campion’s career-high 20 points. The sophomore guard was seven-of-11 from the field, four-of-seven from beyond the arc, and two of two from the stripe to mark his first collegiate 20-point game.

USI sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) followed with his 10th double-double of the season, posting 17 points and 11 rebounds.  Mielke rounded out the double-figure scorers for USI by dropping in 10 points.

Next Up For USI:

USI concludes the homestand with its Homecoming game Saturday when it plays Southern Illinois University Edwardsville at Screaming Eagles Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

SIUE (13-11, 6-5 OVC) opened its week with a 79-68 loss at Morehead State University this evening. The Cougars have won five of their last eight games following the 67-64 win over the Eagles in January.

The Eagles lead the all-time series with the Cougars, 45-23, but SIUE leads USI over the last two seasons, 3-1.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

EAGLES BOUNCE BACK WITH WIN IN PLAY4KAY GAME

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball bounced back into the win column Thursday night with a 70-60 victory against Eastern Illinois University in the annual Play4Kay pink game at Screaming Eagles Arena.

The Screaming Eagles picked up their 15th win of the season against the Panthers, improving to 15-6 overall and 10-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference. USI maintained its first-place lead at 2.5 games going into Saturday’s slate of contests. The win was also Southern Indiana’s first all time against Eastern Illinois, who had won the four previous meetings. Eastern Illinois, who sought to keep pace with the top half of the conference, dropped to 9-15 this season with a 6-5 mark in the OVC.

Southern Indiana found quick success in the paint after a competitive start with both teams looking for opportunities early in the shot clock. The Screaming Eagles scored 10 of their first 13 points down inside, as USI led 13-9 at the 4:30 mark of the opening quarter. Freshman forward Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee) led the Eagles’ early presence in the post with six first-quarter points, connecting on her first three shot attempts. Southern Indiana led 19-16 through the first 10 minutes of action.

The tempo settled to start the second period, as each side exchanged baskets in the first four minutes. With just under six minutes left in the first half, Eastern Illinois tied the game at 23, starting an 8-0 run for the Panthers over the next three minutes. Senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) snapped the drought for USI with a hoop inside at the four-minute mark. Raley reached six points in the game with the made layup, joining Gannon and fellow senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) with six points each. After Southern Indiana brought the game to within one possession in the last 90 seconds of the second quarter, Eastern Illinois converted a pair of trips to the free-throw line late to take a 36-30 advantage into halftime.

Coming out of the break, Raley knocked down a layup and a three-pointer within the first two minutes of the second half to cross into double figures scoring and to bring Southern Indiana within one possession once again, 40-37. The Panthers responded by holding onto a 45-37 lead at the halfway point of the third quarter. After USI was held scoreless for over four minutes, freshman guard Triniti Ralston (Louisville, Kentucky) canned a right-wing triple to end the scoreless drought. The Eagles organized an 8-0 run to knot the game up at 45 going to the last minute of the third frame. The contest was a two-point difference, 49-47 EIU, heading to the final stanza.

The Screaming Eagles jumped out quickly to begin the fourth quarter. Junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) stuck back-to-back shots through the bottom of the net in addition to consecutive makes by Ralston and Raley to push USI ahead, 55-50. The two conversions by Shafford put the junior in double figures with Raley in the scoring column. With seven minutes on the clock, Raley capitalized on a three-point play to add to Southern Indiana’s run, which eventually stretched to a 13-0 span. Webb, who also reached double figures in the fourth quarter, joined Raley in leading USI to a double-digit lead in the middle of the period. The game was an eight-point contest, 66-58 USI, going into the final minute before Southern Indiana sealed the win with four made free throws.

The Screaming Eagles were 28-58 for 48 percent from the field in the game, hitting three treys in addition to going 11-13 for nearly 85 percent at the charity stripe. USI outrebounded EIU by five, 43-38, and Southern Indiana outscored Eastern Illinois 15-6 on the fast break and 40-22 in the paint. Individually, Raley tied a season-high 22 points with 12 rebounds toward her fourth double-double of the season. Shafford also finished with a double-double, tallying 13 points and 10 boards for her sixth double-double this season. Webb posted 15 points on Thursday.

The Panthers were held to 31 percent shooting (21-67) by USI. Eastern Illinois made six threes and went 12-17 for nearly 71 percent at the foul line. EIU had three players in double figures with junior forward Macy McGlone pacing the squad with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

The Screaming Eagles continue the home set Saturday at 5 p.m. from Screaming Eagles Arena against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for Homecoming and Hall of Fame Night. Saturday’s game can be seen with a subscription to ESPN+ and heard on 95.7 FM The Spin

VALPO MEN’S GOLF

MEN’S GOLF PICKED SECOND IN MVC PRESEASON POLL

After finishing as the runner-up at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship each of the last two years, the Valparaiso University men’s golf team is tabbed to finish second in the league, according to a preseason survey of MVC head coaches.

Valpo, which earned the team’s first postseason appearance since 2013 by qualifying for the National Golf Invitational (NGI) last year, was picked second behind only Illinois State. The Redbirds hauled in all 10 first-place votes and had 100 points in the poll, while Valpo was second with 88 points.

Head coach Dave Gring’s team brings back a pair of NCAA Regional Qualifiers from last season – at-large choice Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) and MVC medalist Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield). The team finished the 2022-23 regular season with a winning percentage of .754. The Beacons kept the momentum rolling with a strong fall campaign this year, led by VanArragon and his 68.83 season scoring average through four tournaments. He ranks No. 43 nationally according to Clippd, leading all MVC golfers.

The Valpo women, who were picked 12th in the preseason poll, are led by Katie Schreiner (Fenton, Mo. / Summit), Madison Keil (LaGrange, Ind. / Lakeland) and Anna Fay (Ada, Mich. / Forest Hills), who are in a tight race for the team’s best scoring average through the fall season with Schreiner owning the slight edge.

The Valpo women tee off the spring slate on Monday, Feb. 19 at the Islander Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas, while the men get started on Sunday, Feb. 25 as part of the TPC Dorado Beach Collegiate in Dorado, P.R.

Men’s Golf Preseason Poll

Illinois State (10), 100

Valpo, 88

Southern Illinois, 82

Belmont, 67

Missouri State 60

Drake, 46

Murray State, 40

UNI, 30

Evansville, 22

Bradley, 15

Women’s Golf Preseason Poll

Illinois State (8), 137

Bradley (1), 123

Missouri State (1), 113

UIC, 105

Belmont (2), 104

Murray State, 79

Drake, 78

UNI, 59

Southern Illinois, 48

Indiana State, 43

Evansville, 34

Valpo, 13

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

BEACONS HOST BRUINS AS PART OF ALL-SPORTS REUNION WEEKEND

Belmont (13-11, 6-7 MVC)

at Valparaiso (6-18, 2-11 MVC)

Game No. 25 – Saturday, Feb. 10, 3 p.m. CT

Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will be back home on Saturday afternoon as Belmont makes its way to the Athletics-Recreation Center for a 3 p.m. tip. Fans are encouraged to wear gold as part of Love Valpo weekend, where supporters and alumni celebrate their love of Valpo. Free pom-poms and Love Valpo posters will be available, plus the first 500 fans will receive a free Valpo shoe charm. Part of the department’s All-Sports Reunion Weekend, this game will celebrate the Valpo Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2024, which features Raitis Grafs ‘03 (men’s basketball), Jon Robisch ‘64 (men’s basketball/baseball), Jordan Rutkowski ‘12 (softball) and Ozzie Young ‘96 (football).

Last Time Out: Freshman Kaspar Sepp scored a career-high 15 points and fellow rookie Cooper Schwieger paced the team with 17, but Valpo fell to league-leading Indiana State 101-61 on Wednesday night at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute. The Sycamores remained undefeated at home and improved their overall mark to 21-3 and 12-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference. They used an 18-0 run in the first half to build up the advantage before breaking it open by outscoring the guests 17-2 in the first 5:34 of the second half. 

Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN+ – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Jamie Stangel (analyst)

Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Soren Burkholder (play-by-play) and TBD or TBA (analyst)

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Roger Powell Jr.: Roger Powell Jr. (6-18) is in his first season as the head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program. After helping guide Gonzaga to a 121-13 record during his four seasons as an assistant coach, Powell returned to Valpo, where he was part of head coach Bryce Drew’s staff from 2011-2016 and led the team to 124 wins in five seasons, including a program-record 30 victories and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title game appearance in 2015-16. He was part of head coach Mark Few’s Gonzaga staff as the Bulldogs reached the 2021 national championship game after winning their first 31 games of the season. During Powell’s first season on staff in 2019-20, Gonzaga was 31-2 at the time the NCAA college basketball season was halted due to COVID-19. The Bulldogs reached the Sweet Sixteen in each of his final three seasons on staff, including two Elite Eight appearances and the aforementioned trip to the 2021 national title game. Prior to his arrival at Gonzaga, Powell served as the associate head coach at Vanderbilt University under Bryce Drew from 2016-2019. During his stint as an assistant at Valpo, he was part of four Horizon League regular-season championships in a five-year period while also leading the 2012-13 and 2014-15 squads to Horizon League tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. A product of Joliet West High School and a native of Joliet, Ill., Powell capped a prolific collegiate playing career at Illinois with a national title game appearance in 2005 before going on to a successful professional playing career.

Dec. 2 – Belmont 77, Valpo 68 (Nashville, Tenn.): Valpo faced a quick 9-0 deficit 90 seconds into the game as Belmont came out of the gate knocking down three 3s. The two teams played even for the final 38:30, but the early 3-point barrage stood as the difference as the Bruins prevailed 77-68. Isaiah Stafford led all scorers with 21 points, while Cooper Schwieger established a new personal best with 18. Valpo used a 10-0 run in the first half to trim a 12-point deficit to two, but the Bruins rattled off nine straight of their own to boost the gap back to 11.

Series Notes: Valpo leads 9-5 in an all-time series that began in 1997-98, a season that concluded with a Sweet Sixteen appearance for the Brown & Gold. Belmont won both matchups in its first season in the Missouri Valley Conference last year, besting the Beacons 76-64 on Dec. 1 in Nashville and 74-59 on Jan. 10 in Northwest Indiana. The Bruins are now 3-0 in MVC matchups between these two teams after winning in Nashville in December. Valpo has dropped four straight dating back to Dec. 3, 2015.

Scouting the Bruins

Picked to finish fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll. Currently tied for sixth with three other teams in a logjammed middle of the standings.

Went 21-11 overall and 14-6 in The Valley last season.

Lost last season’s star player Ben Sheppard, who was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 26th overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.

Had lost six out of seven prior to their most recent game, a 69-64 win over Murray State on Wednesday in Nashville.

Have dropped six straight road games dating back to Dec. 9 at Middle Tennessee.

Led in scoring by Malik Dia at 17.5 points per game, followed closely by Ja’Kobi Gillespie (16.6 ppg) and Cade Tyson (16.5 ppg).

UINDY SOFTBALL

#11 SOFTBALL STARTS 2024 CAMPAIGN THIS WEEKEND CLOSE TO HOME

INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 11 UIndy softball team is starting their 2024 season in Indianapolis against Mercyhurst. Due to inclement weather in Cleveland, Tenn. the contest has been moved north to Indianapolis, and will now take place at Beach Grove High School on Saturday and Sunday.

The Greyhounds were unanimously picked to finish first in the GLVC preseason poll. The Hounds were also the only GLVC team to be featured in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association DII Preseason Poll.

The Greyhounds are coming off a 53-10 season that includes a GLVC regular-season title and NCAA Super Regional appearance.

Entering her 20th season as the UIndy head coach, seven-time GLVC Coach of the Year Melissa Frost returns five All-GLVC First Team performers from last year’s team, including conference reigning GLVC Pitcher of the Year and three-time All-American Kenzee Smith.

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

GREYHOUNDS VIBE WITH CROWD, DOWN PEACOCKS IN FUN ATMOSPHERE

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy men’s basketball defended Nicoson Hall on Thursday night, knocking off Upper Iowa, 93-80, in a battle between the top-two teams in the GLVC this season.

Six Greyhounds finished in double figures in front of a rowdy student section, led by a game-high 22 points from Zac Szul in 26 minutes off the bench. The team was on fire from the field, shooting 60 percent for the first time since Dec. 2022.

David Ejah registered a whopping six blocks, adding to his 14-point and seven-rebound performance.

INS & OUTS

The Greyhounds came to play against the top-ranked scoring offense in the conference, scoring 48 first-half points. Despite picking up two early fouls, Jarvis Walker scored 10 points in the first 20 minutes, including his second 3-pointer of the evening to stretch the UIndy lead to double digits late in the half.

Szul stretched the lead to 16 with a 3-ball under 15 minutes left, capping a 12-3 run to keep the energy alive.

The Peacocks, who averaged better than 88 points per game coming into the night, came alive with a push during the middle minutes. The visitors scored 20 during a seven-minute stretch to shrink the Greyhound lead to just four. Ejah and Szul, however, refused to surrender the advantage and combined to score the next seven points.

Just like all season, the UIndy defense clamped down when it needed to. With less than a minute left, Josiah Tynes secured a rebound, kicked out to Szul, who found Jesse Bingham all by himself with nothing by the rim stopping him.

The Greyhounds limited the Peacocks to just 36.3 percent shooting – including a 29.5 percent effort after halftime – and more than 12 percentage points under their season average.

INSIDE THE BOX

– The team’s 12 blocks are the most recorded in a single game since at least the 1999-2000 season, as game-by-game data for the category ends there.

– With four assists, Tynes is now tied for 25th all-time in program history with 209 career helpers.

– UIndy outrebounded Upper Iowa, 43-20, with Julian Steinfeld leading all players with eight boards.

– Bingham followed Ejah with a modest three blocks, while also finishing with 17 points.

– Dylan Ingram grabbed seven rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench.

MORE NOTES

UIndy held Upper Iowa’s Jake Hilmer to just six points after the graduate student entered Thursday averaging 24.1 points and ranked third in DII in scoring … it was the first-ever meeting between the programs … the last time the Greyhounds scored 48 points in the first half was against Ohio Christian on New Years’ Eve 2022.

CORSARO’S CREW

Head coach Paul Corsaro

“That was awesome.”

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds welcome Truman to Nicoson Hall on Saturday for a 3 p.m. tip. During halftime of the game, UIndy Athletics will honor the 2024 Hall of Fame class.

The Bulldogs edged by Lewis on Thursday evening with a one-point victory in Romeoville, Ill. UIndy leads the all-time series, 13-5, and dominated Truman in a meeting last month by a score of 86-48.

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HOUNDS FALL TO PEACOCKS IN LAST-SECOND SHOT

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy women’s basketball team fell to Upper Iowa, 77-79, on Thursday night. The Greyhounds are now 11-10 on the season and 8-7 in conference play.

Jada Haines had a standout night for the Hounds. The graduate student finished with 21 points, a career-high at UIndy. Haines was 6-for-12 from the floor and 4-of-8 from beyond the arc.

INS AND OUTS

UIndy came out strong at the end of the first quarter. The Greyhounds went on an uncontested 11-0 run in the final four minutes. Jada Patton contributed six points and Haines had five. The Peacocks came into early foul trouble allowing the Hounds to attempt 10 shots from the charity stripe. UIndy took advantage of this making nine free throws, leading the Upper Iowa 20-11 at the end of the first 10 minutes.

The Greyhounds continued to lead the Peacocks until the fourth quarter. UIU continued to close the gap until they tied with the Hounds at 77 in the final seconds of the game. Upper Iowa made a clutch two-pointer in the final second of the game, securing their win.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Elana Wells and Jada Patton both finished in double digits. Wells finished with 18 and Patton had 14.

– UIndy had a successful night from the free-throw line, going 15-of-16.

– The Greyhound bench had an impressive night when they hit the floor. The bench contributed 49 of the Hounds’ 77 points.

– UIndy was able to take advantage near the basket, finishing the contest with 37 boards. Upper Iowa was not far behind with 34 of their own.

MORE NOTES

Brooke Evenson was the leading scorer for Upper Iowa, finishing with 22 points. Emerson now has 1,000 points in her career as a Peacock. … This game caps the first-ever season series between the two teams. UIndy and Upper Iowa both earned a win in enemy territory.

UP NEXT

UIndy will welcome Truman to Nicoson Hall on Saturday, Feb. 10. Tip-off is slated for 12:30 p.m. During the contest, UIndy will induct its newest class into the UIndy Athletics Hall of Fame.

UINDY SWIMMING

HOUNDS CONTINUE TO ROLL AT GLVC CHAMPIONSHIPS

EVANSVILE, Ind.— The 2024 GLVC Swimming & Diving Championships continued Thursday, with the University of Indianapolis combining for three more wins and nine medal performances on the day. Updated team scores will be adding when available.

The annual conference meet, which is being held at Deaconess Aquatic Center in Evansville, Ind., resumes Friday morning with prelims starting at 11 a.m. ET. The event started Tuesday evening and will continue through Saturday.

THURSDAY

The Hounds’ first gold of the day came on the diving boards. Junior Alexis Lumaj secured her first career GLVC medal with a winning score of 460.55 on the 3-meter. Teammate Daeges Morgan took bronze in her conference debut with a 347.25.

The evening finals kicked off with the 100 butterfly, where UIndy racked up a ton of points. Stefanie Markwardt and Elias Noe both took home silver medals, with both authoring top-five times in the UIndy record book. Seven more Hounds—four men and three women—placed in the top eight in the event, while Isabella Revstedt and Joao Silva won their respective gender’s B final.

Andrea Gomez netted another runner-up finish for UIndy, touching second in the women’s 400 IM.

Cedric Buessing continued his trend of dominance at the GLVC meet. The reigning GLVC Swimmer of the Year won the men’s 400 IM by breaking his own school and conference record with a time of 3:43.78. His younger brother Silas wasn’t far with a time of 3:49.83, good for bronze.

Brynhildur Traustadottir led the Hounds in the 200 free, placing fifth with a B-cut mark of 1:51.81.

The evening’s lone relay, the 400 medley, capped the day’s festivities. UIndy took second in both women’s heats, with the quartet of Revstedt, Celina Schmidt, Stefanie Markwardt and Kirabo Namutebi securing a silver medal with a strong NCAA provisional time of 3:41.30.

The Greyhound men followed with a pair of exciting victories. After the B team won their heat with a provisional time of 3:13.97, the Hounds’ top team out-swam the GLVC’s best with a gold-medal performance of 3:09.06, snapping school and conference records.

OTHER NOTABLES

4th- Oskar Sawicki, 100 fly

5th- Mihir Ambre, 100 fly

6th- Julia Magierowska, 100 fly

6th- Jeron Thompson, 100 fly

7th- Sharon Semchiy, 100 fly

7th- Megan Sunderman, 3-meter

8th- Karolina Dubcakova, 400 IM

Silas Buessing moved up the UIndy top 10 with a third-place performance in the 200 IM, with his 1:47.14 vaulting his name to fourth in the program annals.

Later, Kirabo Namutebi had one of the more exciting GLVC debuts. The freshman sprinter out of Kampala, Uganda captured gold in the 50 free, out-touching Drury’s fastest swimmers with a lightning-fast 22.65. In fact, she recording two sub-23s on the day, with her morning prelim time of 22.57 good for No. 2 on the school’s all-time list.

After winning the morning prelim, senior Joao Silva followed with a bronze-medal swim in the men’s 50. His 19.92 was just 16 hundredths back of first.

Meanwhile on the boards, the Hounds started the diving events by nabbing two more medals. Julio Osuna and Jason Lenzo earned gold and bronze, respectively, on the 1-meter. It marked the third straight GLVC title for Osuna in the event, who is also the defending national champ.

The Greyhounds’ capped the night with a pair of podium finishes in the always-exciting 200 medley relay. Jeron Thompson, Brayden Cole, Oskar Sawicki and Aqeel Joseph combined for a school- and meet-record time of 1:24.90 to take gold.

The women’s team of Julia Magierowska, Savannah Mueller, Stefanie Markwardt and Kirabo Namutebi claimed silver with a 1:41.43, just .06 seconds shy of Drury’s winning time.

OTHER NOTABLES

4th- Brynhildur Traustadottir, 1000 free

4th- Adam Carr, 1-meter diving

6th- Oskar Sawicki, 50 free

6th- Sydney Alamein, 1000 free

8th- Aqeel Joseph, 50 free

8th- Stefanie Markwardt, 50 free

8th- Andrea Gomez, 200 IM

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

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NBA STANDINGS

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NHL STANDINGS

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NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

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NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

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FOOTBALL HISTORY

February 9, 1960 – AFL & NFL agreed verbally to a no tampering pact. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website the verbal pact between the then rival professional football league’s pertained to player contracts. It might just be the first thing that these two organizations did agree upon in the early 1960’s per the NFLPA.

February 9, 1960 – Eddie Erdelatz appointed as first head coach of Raiders. Eddie stayed on the sideline for two seasons in Oakland but they parted ways in late 1961 after his teams recorded a dismal 8-20 record in the AFL per the Raiders.com.

February 9, 1996 –  The Baltimore Ravens franchise is officially announced by the League office. The Ravens were the franchise that formerly called Cleveland home. On February 8, 1996 Art Modell the owner of the franchise learned that the Browns’ nickname belonged to the City of Cleveland and would not leave with his franchise.

February 9, 2002 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu –  At the NFL Pro Bowl for the 2001 season the AFC streaked past the NFC, 38-30. Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon won the MVP of the game.

February 9, 2006 – Legendary play-by-play man Al Michaels joins NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” broadcast with John Madden. Al had formerly worked with ABC sports for the better part of 3 decades. Michaels had a breadth of experience in covering NFL games prior to this move as he had been a mainstay for almost 20 seasons as part of ABC’s Monday Night Football. At the time of this writing in 2021, Michaels had just completed his 15th season as the voice of Sunday Night Football.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for February 9

February 9, 1950 – San Angelo, Texas – The awesome Offensive Tackle from the Angelo State Rams Rod Cason was born. The Football Foundation says Rod was a three time NAIA All American selection and assisted the Rams to three winning seasons and, in 1971, a berth in the NAIA semifinal playoffs.  Rod Cason was honored with induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002 after the National Football Foundation tallied their votes. He made it into the NFL and played for the New England Patriots.

February 9, 1952 – Mesa, Arizona – The legendary quarterback from Arizona State University Danny White celebrated the day of his birth. White guided the Sun Devils to an outstanding record of 32-4 during his time at the helm of the ASU offense and helped his team with three straight Fiesta Bowls in the early 1970s. The NFF tells of how White led the nation in pass efficiency and was named All-America in 1973.  Danny held Arizona State records for the most yards gained by passing in a career, 6717 and most touchdown passes, 64. At probably his pinnacle collegiate game against New Mexico in 1971 he threw six touchdown passes! The National Football Foundation selected Danny White for entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998. When Danny left college he joined the Memphis Southmen  sometimes remembered as the Grizzlies of the World Football League. When the WFL folded two years later Danny was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL and was a long time quarterback and punter for the franchise.

February 9, 1957 – Dan Ross the former tight end from Northeastern University in Boston was born. Dan Ross received the great honor of being selected for inclusion into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1946      While coaching a Hardy High School (AK) basketball team, Pirates hurler Preacher Roe suffers a fractured skull from hitting the floor during an altercation with a referee. The 29-year-old southpaw, who will report a month late to spring training suffering from headaches and dizzy spells, will post a 3-8 record, compiling a 5.14 ERA before calling quits for the season in August.

1971      Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League star selected to the Hall of Fame. The right-hander, the oldest player in the majors to make his big league debut, became a legend during his professional career, which lasted from the 1920s until 1965, playing in several different Negro Leagues and with the Indians, Browns, and A’s.

1976      The Hall of Fame Special Committee on the Negro Leagues selects Oscar Charleston, considered by baseball historian Bill James to be the fourth-best ballplayer of all time. The outfielder made The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.

1980      The Athletic Hall of Fame of Kent State University posthumously inducts Thurman Munson, the Yankee All-Star backstop who died in a plane crash last August. The Golden Flashes baseball program coach, Hal Schoonover, converted the young college outfielder into a catcher.

1981      At thirty-seven, Joe Morgan inks a one-year deal with the Giants. The future Hall of Famer will play an additional season in San Francisco, winning the Silver Slugger award for being the best offensive second baseman in the National League.

1984      The Dodgers waive two-time All-Star Dusty Baker after he vetoes a trade to Oakland. The 35-year-old outfielder will sign as a free agent, hitting .294 in 100 games, with the Giants before ending his career with the A’s, the team he had refused to play for when dealt last season.

1988      Playing for his third consecutive American League pennant winner (1986-Red Sox and 1987-Twins), Don Baylor signs a one-year deal with the A’s. The 39-year-old designated hitter will appear in 92 games, hitting .220 for the American League champs before retiring at the end of the season, finishing his 19-year career with 2,135 hits, 338 home runs, 1,276 RBIs, and being hit by a pitch a record 267 times.

2001      After 13 months of negotiations, Derek Jeter and the Yankees finalize a $189 million, ten-year contract. The deal makes the All-Star shortstop second only to Alex Rodriguez ($252 million/10 years) as the highest-paid player in the sport’s history.

2005      The Cubs trade reliever Kyle Farnsworth (4-5, 4.73) and a player to be named to the Tigers in exchange for pitcher Roberto Novoa (1-1, 5.09) and minor leaguers Scott Moore and Bo Flowers. Last season, Farnsworth’s inconsistency as a reliever made him very unpopular with the Wrigley Field fans.

2006      A jury, deliberating for more than four hours, ruled that the Angels did not breach a contract with the city of Anaheim when the ball club changed its name. Thirteen months ago, the team known as the Anaheim Angels became the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, prompting the city where it plays to file a lawsuit, claiming the name change amounted to at least $100 million in lost revenue.

2007      Before performing in a benefit concert in Connecticut, Bernie Williams shares with reporters that he plans to decline the Yankees’ invitation to attend spring training on a minor league contract. The guitar-playing outfielder added he has been working out but is doubtful about playing for the Bronx Bombers this season.

2008      After auditioning for about two-thirds of the teams in the major leagues last month and considering offers from four clubs, Keith Foulke comes out of retirement, signing a $700,000, one-year contract with the A’s. The 35-year-old reliever, best known for throwing the last pitch in the 2004 World Championship for the victorious Red Sox, retired before the 2007 season after signing a deal with the Indians.

2009      Two days after the story breaks on SI.com, Alex Rodriguez apologizes for using performance-enhancing drugs when he played shortstop for the Rangers from 2001 to 2003. In an exclusive interview conducted on ESPN, the Yankees superstar acknowledges using PEDs, hoping to fulfill the expectations after signing a record ten-year, $252 million contract with Texas.

2010      The Twins select Greg Gagne as the twenty-second member of the team’s Hall of Fame. During his ten-year tenure with the team, which included the World Championship seasons of 1987 and 1991, the light-hitting shortstop known for his defensive prowess once hit two inside-the-park home runs in the same game in 1986.

2012      Nelson Cruz and the American League champion Rangers agree on a $16 million, two-year deal to keep the ALCS MVP in Texas. The agreement avoids a scheduled arbitration planned to take place next week.

2021      The Cardinals have agreed to a one-year contract with Yadier Molina, who surpasses Bob Gibson’s 17 seasons with the club and second only to Stan Musial’s 22 years of playing for the Redbirds. The 38-year-old nine-time All-Star backstop since his debut in 2004 has played every game of his career with St. Louis, making the total of 2,025 contests the most of any catcher for just one team.

BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: 1907 (BASEBALL ALMANAC)

Off the field…

In November, Oklahoma became the forty-sixth state admitted to the union. Originally set aside as Indian Territory in 1834, the region was later divided into both the Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory in 1890. Known primarily as an oil rich state, Oklahoma’s vast plains produce bumper yields of wheat, as well as large crops of hay, cotton, and peanuts. Livestock products also contribute more than half of Oklahoma’s annual farm receipts.

In the American League…

Popular Boston Americans outfielder / manager Chick Stahl committed suicide while traveling with the team in West Baden Springs, Indiana. A note left behind stated: “Boys, I just couldn’t help it. You drove me to it.” Cy Young reluctantly agreed to start the season as an interim replacement manager and was followed by two other skippers during the year, George Huff and Bob Unglaub.

Chicago White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh tallied eleven assists and two putouts during a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Browns on April 19, 1907. His total of thirteen chances tied the franchise mark set by Nick Altrock during the 1904 season — which is also the Major League record for most chances in a 9-inning game by a pitcher!

On June 28th, the last place Washington Nationals stole a Major League record thirteen bases off of injured New York Yankees catcher Branch Rickey. An injury to starter Red Kleinow forced Rickey into premature service and he was unable to throw accurately to his baseman.

In the National League…

A riot broke out during a July 8th, Chicago Cubs – Brooklyn Dodgers game after Cubs manager Frank Chance, who was being pelted with empty bottles, threw one back into the crowd hitting a young boy. After losing 5-0, the angry New York crowd rushed from the stands forcing Chance to escape Washington Park III in an armored car with a police escort.

At the West Side Grounds on September 14th, the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds collected twenty-nine combined hits, ALL of which were singles.

On May 8th, Philadelphia Phillies rookie George McQuillan made his Major League debut in relief of starter Tully Sparks and McQuillan did not allow any runs to score during his brief debut. On September 22nd, he tossed a six-inning, 2-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in his first start. The relief and end of season appearance started a record string of twenty-five consecutive shutout innings at the beginning of his Major League career. McQuillan went on to finish the season 4-0 (with three shut outs), and went on to win twenty-three games the following season.

Around the league…

The Cleveland Indians became the first team to institute team wide insurance policies after taking out $100,000 of coverage to insure its players against possible injury in railroad accidents.

Cincinnati Reds’ manager Ned Hanlon, one of the originals whose managing days began in 1889 at Pittsburgh, announced his retirement ending a career that boasted five Major League pennants (four Baltimore, one Brooklyn).

The Washington Post (incorrectly) reported that St. Louis Browns shortstop Bobby Wallace was the highest paid major league player with a yearly salary of $6,500.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

29 – 2 – 7 – 24

February 9, 1916 – Baseball’s National League voted and subsequently shot down a proposal by the New York Giants, Boston Braves, & Chicago Cubs to increase club player rosters maximum from 21 to 22. The small market Cincinnati Reds in fact wanted to reduce the rosters limit them to no more than 20 players per team. remember according to historian Larry Lester in a recent interview on the Sports Jersey Dispatch Podcast, Negro League teams only held 16-18 players per team. To place this all into perspective, current MLB squads may have up to 26 players on their everyday active rosters.

February 9, 1951 – The St Louis Browns signed 45 year old, veteran free agent  pitcher Number 29Satchel Paige, to a contract. Prior to this Paige had pitched  two seasons in the American League with the Cleveland Indians after spending almost 16 years in the Negro Leagues with various teams before Jackie Robinson’s famous Brooklyn Dodgers signing broke the color barrier in MLB.

Speaking of Mr. Paige, he also made history on this day in 1971 when he became the first player from the Negro Leagues to be selected to enter into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

February 9, 1980 – Rick Barry, Number 2 and 4 of the Houston Rockets, became first player in NBA history to sink eight 3-point shots in a single game. It was the final season for the future Hall of Fame Player. Barry, a 12-time All-Star played a total of 14 seasons between the ABA and NBA. He wore Number 24 for the majority of his career on teams he played on prior to the 1979-80 season.

February 9, 1989 – Kevin Johnson, Number 7 of the Phoenix Suns saw an end to a remarkable streak on this day.  Johnson tied NBA free throw record streak of 57 in a row before missing a couple in this game against the Clipper. Still the All-star led all scoring with 34 points on the evening and the Suns won 120-113.

February 9, 1998 – At the 6th annual ESPN ESPY Awards one of the winners was Number 24 of the Seattle Mariners, Ken Griffey Jr. During the 1997 MLB season, Griffey led all players with 56 homeruns and 125 runs scored while batting .304 on the season.

TV SPORTS FRIDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

7 p.m.

ESPN2 — Dayton at VCU

8 p.m.

CBSSN — San Diego St. at Nevada

9:30 p.m.

FS1 — San Jose St. at Colorado St.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

7 p.m.

ESPNU — Wagner at Fairleigh Dickinson

9 p.m.

PAC-12N — Oregon St. at Utah

11 p.m.

PAC-12N — Arizona at UCLA

COLLEGE GYMNASTICS (WOMEN’S)

6 p.m.

SECN — LSU at Georgia

7:30 p.m.

ESPN — Arkansas at Florida

SECN — Arkansas at Florida

9 p.m.

SECN — Alabama at Auburn

COLLEGE HOCKEY (MEN’S)

7 p.m.

FS1 — Penn St. at Minnesota

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

9 p.m.

ESPN — Texas at UCLA

COLLEGE WRESTLING

7 p.m.

ACCN — Duke at Virginia Tech

BTN — Michigan at Nebraska

9 p.m.

BTN — Penn St. at Iowa

GOLF

4 a.m.

GOLF — DP World Tour: The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, Second Round, Doha Golf Club, Doha, Qatar

4 p.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour: The WM Phoenix Open, Second Round, TPC Scottsdale – Stadium Course, Scottsdale, Ariz.

8 p.m.

CW — LIV Golf League: Second Round, Las Vegas Country Club, Las Vegas

4:30 a.m. (Saturday)

GOLF — DP World Tour: The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, Third Round, Doha Golf Club, Doha, Qatar

HORSE RACING

3 p.m.

FS2 — NYRA: America’s Day at the Races

IIHF HOCKEY (WOMEN’S)

8 p.m.

NHLN — Rivalry Series: U.S. vs. Canada, Regina, Saskatchewan

LACROSSE (MEN’S)

9 p.m.

ESPNU — NLL: Colorado at Panther City

NBA BASKETBALL

7 p.m.

NBATV — Atlanta at Philadelphia

10:30 p.m.

NBATV — New Orleans at LA Lakers

SOCCER (WOMEN’S)

1 p.m.

FS2 — 2024 CONCACAF U-17 Championship: U.S. vs. Haiti, Semifinal, Toluca, Mexico

TENNIS

4 a.m.

TENNIS — Marseille-ATP, Cordoba-ATP, Abu Dhabi-WTA, Cluj-Napoca-WTA Quarterfinals

6 a.m.

TENNIS — Marseille-ATP, Cordoba-ATP, Dallas-ATP, Abu Dhabi-WTA, Cluj-Napoca-WTA Quarterfinals

6 a.m. (Saturday) TENNIS — Marseille-ATP, Abu Dhabi-WTA, Cluj-Napoca-WTA Semifinals