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CLASS 4A AT HUNTINGTON NORTH
G1: FORT WAYNE SNIDER (21-4) VS. FISHERS (24-2) 10 AM ET
G2: SB WASHINGTON (27-0) VS. LAKE CENTRAL (22-5) 12 PM ET
CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER. 8 PM ET
CLASS 3A AT LAPORTE
G1: TWIN LAKES (27-0) VS. HAMILTON HEIGHTS (20-5) 10 AM CT
G2: TIPPECANOE VALLEY (22-3) VS. FAIRFIELD (25-2) 12 PM CT
CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER. 7:30 PM CT
CLASS 2A AT LOGANSPORT
G1: ANDREAN (25-3) VS. LAPEL (220-7) 10 AM ET
G2: CENTRAL NOBLE (25-2) VS. LAF. CENTRAL CATHOLIC (20-6) 12 PM ET
CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER. 8 PM ET
CLASS 1A AT FRANKFORT
G1: TRI (25-1) VS. TRI-CENTRAL (12-13) 10 AM ET
G2: BETHANY CHRISTIAN (22-3) VS. WASHINGTON TWP. (20-6) 12 PM ET
CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER. 8 PM ET
CLASS 4A AT SOUTHPORT
G1: BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (24-3) VS. CENTER GROVE (22-4) 10 AM ET
G2: LAWRENCE NORTH (18-9) VS. BEN DAVIS (18-9) 12 PM ET
CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER. 8 PM ET
CLASS 3A AT JASPER
G1: GIBSON SOUTHERN (21-4) VS. CORYDON CENTRAL (25-2) 10:30 AM ET
G2: INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD (12-13) VS. INDIAN CREEK (26-1) 12:30 PM ET
CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER. 8 PM ET
CLASS 2A AT SHELBYVILLE
G1: FOREST PARK (23-3) VS. GREENCASTLE (23-4) 10 AM ET
G2: NORTH KNOX (27-1) VS. EASTERN HANCOCK (23-3) 12 PM ET
CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER. 8 PM ET
CLASS 1A AT NEW ALBANY
G1: BLOOMFIELD (14-14) VS. JAC-CEN-DEL (16-11) 10 AM ET
G2: LANESVILLE (25-2) VS. TRINITY LUTHERAN (22-6) 12 PM ET
CHAMPIONSHIP: G1 WINNER VS. G2 WINNER. 8 PM ET
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FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2023
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SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2023
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SUPER BOWL MAGIC: MAHOMES, CHIEFS BEAT EAGLES 38-35
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Patrick Mahomes was magical when the Kansas City Chiefs desperately needed him to pull off another Super Bowl comeback.
Playing on an injured ankle, Mahomes threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and scrambled 26 yards on the go-ahead drive before Harrison Butker kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8 seconds left to give the Chiefs a 38-35 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.
The Chiefs won their second NFL title in four years and two-time NFL MVP Mahomes earned his second Super Bowl MVP award.
“I thought guys just embraced the moment,” Mahomes said about rallying from a 10-point halftime deficit. “In that first half, we were playing and doing some good stuff, but I felt like the guys were getting consumed by everything around us.”
Mahomes and Jalen Hurts excelled in the first Super Bowl matchup featuring two Black starting QBs. But Mahomes turned it up in the second half after reaggravating a sprained right ankle.
“It took everybody to win the game,” Mahomes shouted as red and yellow confetti littered the field.
Coach Andy Reid, who couldn’t win the big game in Philadelphia, beat his former team to earn his second ring with Mahomes and the Chiefs.
“We wanted to get this so bad for him,” Travis Kelce said. “His legacy in Philly lives on forever. … There’s a lot of pride in knowing that he’s had success in two different organizations, but this was the better one.”
With the score tied at 35-35, the Eagles tried to let the Chiefs score a touchdown with under two minutes left so they could get the ball back after a defensive holding call on cornerback James Bradberry on third-and-8 gave Kansas City a first down. But Jerick McKinnon slid at the 2, forcing the Eagles to use their last timeout.
“It was holding. I tugged his jersey. I was hoping they would let it slide,” Bradberry said.
After Mahomes took a knee twice, Butker nailed his kick, sending thousands of red-clad Chiefs fans into a frenzy.
“It feels amazing just to see the confetti,” said Butker, who missed a 42-yarder in the first quarter. “I just tried to focus on one kick and focusing on the process.”
The Chiefs won their second Super Bowl following the 2019 season, 50 years after the first one. Mahomes led them back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter against San Francisco in that one. It took just three years to get another Lombardi.
Chiefs fans were outnumbered in the stadium, but did their part to silence the boisterous Philly fans with the tomahawk chop chant.
Down 24-14 with a limping Mahomes, the Chiefs (17-3) followed up Rihanna’s electrifying halftime performance with a sensational offensive outburst.
Mahomes, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the divisional round, hurt it again on a 3-yard scramble late in the second quarter. He limped off the field but showed no ill effects on Kansas City’s next possession.
“I knew it was pretty bad when he got up limping but I knew it wasn’t gonna be bad enough to where he was gonna pull himself off the field,” Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said. “If we would’ve pulled him off, I would’ve had to fight him. He would’ve probably fought me. And so it wasn’t worth entertaining.”
Mahomes slipped – several players lost their footing on the natural grass surface – in the pocket yet somehow regained his balance and scrambled 14 yards to the Eagles 4, setting up Isiah Pacheco’s 1-yard TD run that cut the deficit to 24-21.
Mahomes then tossed a 5-yard TD pass to a wide-open Kadarius Toney to give Kansas City its first lead, 28-27, early in the fourth quarter.
After the Chiefs tightened up their defense, forcing Philly to punt, Toney returned a line-drive kick 65 yards to the Eagles 5 for the longest punt return in Super Bowl history.
On third down from the 4, Mahomes connected with Skyy Moore to extend their lead to 35-27. Moore also was wide open on the play.
But the Eagles wouldn’t go away.
Hurts hit DeVonta Smith for a 45-yard gain to the Chiefs 2 and ran in for his third score of the game. He also ran in for the 2-point conversion to tie it at 35-35 with 5:15 to go.
As “Fly! Eagles! Fly!” reverberated throughout the stadium, Mahomes and the Chiefs went back to work.
The 27-year-old Mahomes became the third player to win his second NFL MVP award before age 28. He also became the youngest QB to start three Super Bowls. Mahomes finally broke the MVP curse, becoming the first player to win the Super Bowl the same season after nine straight players lost.
Just five years after winning the first Super Bowl in franchise history, the Eagles (16-4) came close with a different coach and new quarterback. Nick Sirianni replaced Doug Pederson in 2021 and Hurts took over for Carson Wentz in late 2020.
Hurts set a Super Bowl record with 70 yards rushing and tied a record with three rushing scores. He also threw for 304 yards and one TD.
“We use this pain, we use this failure to motivate us so we can make it a strength,” Sirianni said.
Hurts, who missed two games late in the season with a shoulder injury, had TD runs of 1 and 4 yards in the first half along with a 45-yard TD pass to A.J. Brown.
But Hurts also made a rare mistake when he fumbled without being hit while scrambling away from pressure. Nick Bolton picked it up and raced 36 yards for a score that made it 14-14. Hurts had just eight turnovers this season, six picks and two fumbles.
Mahomes finished 21 of 27 for 182 yards with three TDs and no turnovers. He ran for 44 yards.
Mahomes connected with Kelce on an 18-yard TD pass in the right corner to tie it at 7-7 in the first quarter. The Chiefs’ All-Pro tight end and Eagles All-Pro center Jason Kelce became the first set of brothers to play against each other in the Super Bowl.
Their mom, Donna Kelce, wore a half-red, half-green jersey with No. 87 on the front for Travis and No. 62 on the back for Jason. She sat in a suite between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Damar Hamlin.
Eagles fans turned State Farm Stadium into a sea of green, chanting “E-A-G-L-E-S!” and singing the team’s fight song after each score. But they left disappointed.
Reid won more games than any coach in team history during 14 seasons with the Eagles but the one knock against him was that he couldn’t win the big one. Reid finally earned his ring in his seventh season with the Chiefs. They went back the next year and lost to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Reid, who turns 65 next month, ended any speculation about his potential retirement.
“If they’ll have me, I’ll stick around,” he said.
The first Super Bowl involving both No. 1 seeds since the Eagles beat the Patriots 41-33 in February 2018 lived up to its hype. It was the third-highest scoring Super Bowl and the Eagles scored the most points by a losing team.
SUPER BOWL MVP MAHOMES RALLIES CHIEFS TO WIN ON HURT ANKLE
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Patrick Mahomes and his ailing right ankle are headed for another Super Bowl victory parade.
After aggravating the sprained ankle he suffered three weeks ago, the All-Pro quarterback led the Kansas City Chiefs to a thrilling 38-35 come-from-behind victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, hoisting his second Lombardi Trophy and taking with it the game’s MVP honor for the second time in his career.
Mahomes finished with 182 yards passing and three touchdowns, but he was especially brilliant on his hurt ankle in the second half: 13 of 14 for 93 yards and two touchdowns. The league’s MVP also had 44 yards rushing, including his 26-yard sprint with just over 2 minutes left in a 35-all game as Kansas City was driving for the go-ahead score.
Harrison Butker provided it with his 27-yard field goal with 8 seconds to go.
“I told you all this week there’s nothing that’s going to keep me off that football field,” said Mahomes, who hurt the ankle in the divisional round against Jacksonville. “I just want a shoutout to my teammates – we challenged each other, we needed everyone to win this football game – so shoutout to my teammates. We’re Super Bowl champs!”
Mahomes helped the Chiefs end a 50-year title drought when he led the Chiefs past the 49ers in 2020. Three years later, the do-everything quarterback has delivered a third Lombardi Trophy to Kansas City while joining Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Bart Starr, Eli Manning and Terry Bradshaw as the only players to win multiple Super Bowl MVPs.
“He strives to be the greatest, without saying anything,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “That’s the way he works. He wants to be the greatest player ever.”
Mahomes reinjured his ankle late in the first half Sunday when Eagles linebacker T.J. Edwards spun him to the ground. He lay there for several seconds before hobbling off the field in a scene eerily reminiscent of earlier in the playoffs.
Mahomes said he didn’t get a painkilling shot at halftime, but he no doubt benefited from a longer halftime to allow for Rihanna’s performance. And by the time the field was cleared of the stage, No. 15 was at the head of the pack as he led the Chiefs back to the field, facing a 24-14 deficit but knowing they would get the opening kickoff.
Mahomes promptly marched them 75 yards and Isiah Pacheco crashed into the end zone to close within 24-21. When the Eagles answered with a field goal, Mahomes led another 75-yard TD march. And a 65-yard punt return by Kadarius Toney set up Mahomes’ 4-yard TD toss to a wide-open Skyy Moore that made it 35-27 in the fourth quarter.
Mahomes’ final scoring drive was pure guts.
The Eagles had just scored and made the 2-point conversion to knot the game 35-all with 5:15 left when Mahomes hit JuJu Smith-Schuster for a first down. He completed another pass to Travis Kelce, then Mahomes escaped on a long scramble – just like his one that set up their winning field goal against the Bengals in the AFC title game.
This time, the Chiefs kept going. They benefited from a defensive holding call on third-and-8 against Eagles cornerback James Bradberry, then got down to the goal line before killing the clock and sending Butker onto the field for what turned out to be the winning field goal.
“It hasn’t even sank in yet. I appreciate it because of the failures,” said Mahomes, whose Chiefs lost to the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl two years ago. “It gives you a greater appreciation to be standing here as a champion.”
Mahomes’ ankle was a big question mark for the AFC championship game, when he only had a week to recover from the initial injury sustained against Jacksonville. But with two weeks to rest it, Mahomes had insisted all week that he was good to go in the Super Bowl, and Reid likewise said his star quarterback had no limitations.
Mahomes was moving around well in the first half Sunday, too. He scrambled for a big gain on Kansas City’s opening series and was doing a good job of buying time against the NFL’s top-ranked team in sacks this season.
The Chiefs were trying to match a touchdown that gave Philadelphia a 21-14 lead when Mahomes went down again.
He was flushed from the pocket, stepped forward and scrambled to his left, then Edwards lassoed him and spun him to the ground. Mahomes lay there for a moment with his facemask buried in the turf before getting to his feet and hobbling to the sideline in a near-carbon copy of the scene from three weeks ago at Arrowhead Stadium.
That night, Mahomes came back after halftime to lead the Chiefs to victory to keep their Super Bowl hopes alive.
He did the same thing on the biggest of stages Sunday night.
AP SOURCE: DEREK CARR TURNS DOWN TRADE OFFER TO SAINTS
LAS VEGAS (AP) Quarterback Derek Carr turned down a trade offer from the Las Vegas Raiders to the New Orleans Saints, a person with knowledge of the decision said Sunday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to comment publicly.
That person said Carr wouldn’t accept a pay cut to help finalize the deal, and the Saints were the only team interested in making a trade with the Raiders. Carr has a no-trade clause in his contract.
Given those circumstances and Wednesday’s deadline for the Raiders to trade or release Carr, it appears Las Vegas will cut the veteran quarterback. If the Raiders keep him on their roster, they will owe him $40.4 million in guaranteed money over the next two years.
He indicated Feb. 2 that being released and hitting the free-agent market was his preferred route, saying then he wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause.
Carr visited the New Orleans Saints last week, according to three sources with knowledge of the trip.
Carr, 31, played nine seasons for the Raiders and holds club records for yards passing (35,222) and touchdown passes (217), but without a playoff victory. The Raiders benched him with two games remaining this season, partly because Carr was struggling and partly because they would owe him the guaranteed money if he got hurt.
PELICANS’ WILLIAMSON HAS SETBACK WITH HAMSTRING INJURY
METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Zion Williamson has aggravated his previously injured right hamstring, extending the timeline for his return to “multiple weeks past All-Star break,” basketball operations chief David Griffin said Sunday.
Griffin said Williamson, who has been averaging 26 points per game this season, had progressed to the point where he was able to participate in 3-on-3 drills in practice and was on the court when he experienced his setback.
When asked how Williamson handled the setback emotionally, Griffin said, “it’s fair to say not terribly well because he was really diligent in his rehab.”
“Unfortunately this is an injury that has a very high incidence of recurrence,” Griffin said. “It’s nothing he did wrong to bring this about. … It’s an injury that’s tricky and hard to navigate. I think you’ve seen other players around the league have those same re-incidences. It’s not unique.”
Williamson has missed 20 straight games since his initial hamstring injury on Jan. 2. If he misses the first two weeks after the All-Star break, he’ will have been out at least 27 games.
Without Williamson, the Pelicans have gone 12-16, but a number of those games were played while high-scoring wing Brandon Ingram also was out.
Ingram is now back in the lineup and has scored 25 or more points in each of his past four games.
The Pelicans enter Monday night’s game at Oklahoma City having won three of four, with the lone loss in that stretch coming against surging Cleveland, which is on a six-game winning streak.
The silver lining for the Pelicans is that they have virtually the same core players available now that they had during their playoff run last spring, when Williamson was recovering from a foot injury that sidelined him for all of last season.
The Pelicans also made a move at last week’s NBA trade deadline that sent 6-foot-1 reserve guard Devonte’ Graham to San Antonio for veteran 6-5 guard Josh Richardson, who is in his eighth season and is expected to help New Orleans defensively.
New Orleans is 29-28, placing it seventh in the Western Conference entering Sunday.
“We all feel for Z, having to navigate these injuries,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said. “It’s an opportunity for guys to kind of band together and go out and play our best basketball.
Green, who played in the NBA for 12 seasons, said it will be important for Williamson to “get into a good mental space” now.
“It’s going to be important for him to continue to attack the rehab to give himself an opportunity to get back on the floor,” Green said. “For the rest of the guys. … We’ve created a standard. We know how we want to play. Guys have to do it and we all have to kind of come together while Z is out.”
The run the Pelicans made last spring without Williamson “helps our confidence,” Green said.
“It gives us not only the belief but the results to know that we can do it,” Green said. “We just got continue to go do the things we know we’re capable of.”
AP SOURCE: CAVALIERS CLOSE TO DEAL WITH VETERAN DANNY GREEN
CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to finalize a contract agreement with veteran swingman Danny Green, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Sunday.
A three-time NBA champion, Green began his pro career with Cleveland in 2009.
The 35-year-old Green will sign with the Cavaliers if the sides can “work through details,” according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on its interest in him.
Green posted about his status on Twitter, saying, “It’s not done yet … .”
A well-respected player, Green would give the young Cavs another outside shooter and bring more postseason experience to a team trying to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2018. He has appeared in 165 playoff games.
Cleveland has won six straight and currently is the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference standings.
Green became available after working out a contract buyout from Houston, which acquired him at the trade deadline from Memphis. He played in just three games with the Grizzlies this season after tearing knee ligaments during the playoffs last season with the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Cavaliers didn’t make any moves at the deadline, but president of basketball operations Koby Altman said the team would explore the buyout market.
Green has averaged 12.4 points and 4.9 rebounds over 14 seasons with the Cavs, Spurs, Raptors, Lakers, Sixers and Grizzlies.
He has made 39.9% percent of his career 3-pointers. Green played college ball at North Carolina.
WHITE’S 23 POINTS HELPS CELTICS PAST GRIZZLIES 119-109
BOSTON (AP) Derrick White scored 23 points to help a shorthanded Boston team hold off Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies 119-109 on Sunday.
Sam Hauser added 20 points, tying his career-high with six 3-pointers, Al Horford had 16 points and Payton Pritchard 12 for Boston, which won its fourth straight. Celtics star Jayson Tatum didn’t have his sharpest game, finishing with 16 points but making 3 of 16 shots and missing 7 of 8 3-point attempts.
Morant led the Grizzlies with 25 points, seven assists and six rebounds, while Desmond Bane scored 18 and Jaren Jackson Jr. had 15 points and seven rebounds.
Boston was without starting point guard Marcus Smart, who missed his 10th straight with a bone bruise in his right ankle, as well as forward Jaylen Brown (facial fracture he suffered from an inadvertent elbow by Tatum( and reserve guard Malcolm Brogdon (sore Achilles).
The Celtics were clinging to a one-point lead early in the final quarter before White scored six points – with a conventional three-point play and 3-pointer from the right wing – during a 16-7 spurt that moved them ahead 104-94 with just over four minutes to play.
Horford nailed three 3-pointers in the final five minutes.
Trailing by 13 at halftime, the Grizzlies used a 13-point third quarter by Morant that featured one-handed driving baskets, flips in the lane and twisting shots to wipe out the deficit, taking the lead briefly late in the third,
Grizzlies: Center Steven Adams missed his 10th consecutive game with a knee injury. . Morant missed his first three free-throw attempts. . They held a two-point lead after one quarter despite hitting only 2 of 9 3s while Boston was 6 of 13. They finished just 12-for-34 from beyond the arc.
Celtics: Pritchard hit his first three shots from the floor – all 3s. … Boston went 21 of 51 on 3s.
OFF WHEN AWAY
The Grizzlies’ road struggles continued, dropping them to 11-17 away from home.
“How do you correct that?” coach Taylor Jenkins said before the game. “It’s got to be a mentality, for sure, obviously you trust all the work you’re putting in. . Guys have to be even more confident together on the road. We know what our standard is and that’s what it’s about and we don’t live up to that standard on the road.”
Jeannine Russell, wife of late Celtics legend Bill Russell, was seated courtside. She got a standing ovation when the PA announcer welcomed her as she was shown on the videoboard.
Grizzlies: Host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, starting a stretch of three of four at home.
Celtics: At the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday in a matchup of the league’s top two teams.
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BUIE, AUDIGE HELP NORTHWESTERN BEAT NO. 1 PURDUE 64-58
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) As Northwestern struggled through the past couple seasons, Boo Buie and Chase Audige learned some tough lessons – on poise, and finishing strong, and competing.
That’s how they got to Sunday, and one historic victory for the Wildcats.
Buie scored 26 points and Audige had 15, leading Northwestern to a 64-58 win over Zach Edey and No. 1 Purdue.
“We put in so much work together and we’ve been through so many ups and downs,” Buie said. “It’s finally starting to show what the real us is.”
Led by its experienced backcourt and supported by a rowdy student section behind each basket, Northwestern (18-7, 9-5 Big Ten) added a signature win to its bid for the school’s second NCAA Tournament appearance. The Wildcats got their first win in 19 games against the No. 1 team in the AP poll.
Northwestern’s 18 wins are the most for the school since it went 24-12 during the 2016-17 season, losing to Gonzaga in the second round of the NCAA tourney. It went 32-55 in the previous three years before finding its stride against this season.
“We had a bunch of guys that stayed the course and stayed loyal to the program and fought,” Northwestern coach Chris Collins said, “and we had a great offseason.
“When you have a day like this, you know it can be emotional because you know there’s a lot of hard work by a lot of people to make this happen.”
Purdue (23-3, 12-3) had won 11 in a row against Northwestern, but the Boilermakers stumbled down the stretch. They shot just 28.6% (6 for 21) and committed 13 of their 16 turnovers in the second half.
Edey had 24 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots, but the 7-foot-4 center turned it over six times. Freshman Braden Smith had 10 points on 1-for-7 shooting.
“Just got to show more poise and toughness than we did,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said.
Edey’s hook shot lifted Purdue to a 55-47 lead with 3:52 to go. But Northwestern closed the game with a 17-3 run.
The decisive stretch began with a huge offensive rebound by Buie, setting up Audige’s 3-pointer. Audige then had a fast-break dunk, and he just kept going from there.
Audige scored 10 points in Northwestern’s dazzling finish. He gave the Wildcats the lead for good when he made a 3-pointer after an Edey turnover.
“When my team needed me, I just tried my best to be there,” Audige said. “A shot went through, and then the rim started looking a little bigger.”
Brooks Barnhizer had a fast-break layup and Buie made two foul shots in the final minute to help Northwestern hold on. When it was over, the jubilant student sections stormed the court to celebrate with the team.
“Hopefully that’ll give our guys confidence to know that you can compete with a team that’s as good as anybody in the country,” Collins said.
Painter said Buie’s offensive rebound was a big moment at the end.
“We’ve got to secure that right there,” Painter said.
Ethan Morton and Mason Gillis each made a 3-pointer to help Purdue open a 26-16 lead with 9:19 left in the first half. But Buie converted a driving layup in the final seconds, trimming the Boilermakers’ lead to 37-30 at the break.
WATCHING THE REFS
Purdue attempted 12 foul shots in the first half and 12 in the second half, making 19 for the game. Northwestern attempted four free throws in the first half and 16 in the second, making a total of 14.
Asked if he felt the game was officiated differently in the second half, Painter responded: “Yes. A lot differently, but that’s basketball and that’s being on the road and it’s our job to adjust.”
Purdue: Led by Gillis, the Boilermakers went 5 for 9 on 3-pointers in the early going. They missed their last 13 attempts from long range. They shot 36.2% from the field overall after shooting at least 50% in their previous five games.
Northwestern: Audige stepped up after a slow start, giving the Wildcats a big boost. Northwestern also was competitive on the glass, losing 35-30 in the rebounding battle.
Purdue visits Maryland on Thursday night. The Boilermakers beat the Terrapins 58-55 on Jan. 22 at Mackey Arena.
Northwestern hosts No. 18 Indiana on Wednesday night. The Wildcats topped the Hoosiers 84-83 on Jan. 8.
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NO. 1 GAMECOCKS STAY PERFECT IN SHOWDOWN WIN OVER NO. 3 LSU
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Kamilla Cardoso had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Zia Cooke scored 17 and No. 1 South Carolina beat third-ranked LSU 88-64 on Sunday in a showdown of the last two unbeaten teams.
Aliyah Boston finished with 14 points and nine boards to help the Gamecocks win their 31st straight game.
The game, billed as a showcase between reigning AP player of the year Boston and Angel Reese, quickly become a highlight reel of South Carolina’s experience, talent and depth. The Gamecocks (25-0. 12-0 Southeastern Conference) ran out to an 18-2 lead as they ended the record start of LSU (23-1, 11-1).
Boston and Reese entered this with a combined 39 double doubles this season. Instead, it was the 6-foot-7 backup Cardoso who collected double figure points and rebounds.
Reese, the 6-foot-3 dominator, couldn’t get going against the Gamecocks’ withering inside presence, going 5-of-15 shooting for 16 points and four rebounds for her first game this season without double figure boards.
Boston, South Carolina’s career record holder with 76 games in double figure points and rebounds, also came up short with of that standard. Not that it matter twice blocked Reese’s shots in the third quarter as South Carolina took control for good.
Reese held her hands up, wondering where the foul was as she sat on the court.
LSU cut a 10-point halftime deficit to 45-40 on Reese’s inside bucket midway through the third quarter. But South Carolina closed the period on a 19-8 burst finished by Brea Beal’s second 3-pointer.
Her teammates rushed her after time ran out, celebrating like they had won a title. The Gamecocks sure proved who runs things this year in the women’s game.
The sold-out crowd was loud and raucous from the jump and went crazy when Staley, a Philadelphia native, came out in a classic Eagles’ Randall Cunningham jersey for her team’s Super Bowl Sunday warm up with LSU.
The Gamecocks then gave them even more to yell about as they took off on an 18-2 start the first six minutes that threatened to run the Tigers out of the building. Cooke scored six points in the surge while Brea Beal had a 3-pointer and a three-point play.
Alexis Morris led LSU with 23 points.
Boston and Cardoso each had three blocks for the Gamecocks.
LSU: The Tigers were off to a strong start, but not faced a team like the Gamecocks. Second-year coach Kim Mulkey will have to come up with a better plan since it’s likely these team will play for the SEC Tournament title in three weeks.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks just continue their march toward more titles. In what was considered a defining stretch – UConn last Sunday, LSU a week later – South Carolina once more relied on its defensive dominance to remain perfect.
LSU returns home to face Mississippi on Thursday night.
South Carolina is home against Florida on Thursday night.
SENS’ FORSBERG OUT INDEFINITELY WITH MCL TEAR IN BOTH KNEES
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Ottawa Senators goaltender Anton Forsberg is out indefinitely after tearing the medial collateral ligament in both of his knees during a game against Edmonton, general manager Pierre Dorion announced Sunday.
Forsberg was injured late in the third period Saturday when Senators defenseman Travis Hamonic pushed Oilers winger Zach Hyman on top of the goaltender during a scramble. Forsberg had to be removed from the ice on a stretcher.
The 30-year-old Forsberg has an 11-11-2 record and a .902 save percentage in 28 appearances this season.
The Senators also announced after practice Sunday that defenseman Jake Sanderson will miss at least two weeks with an upper-body injury sustained in the 6-3 loss to Edmonton.
Sanderson left the game after taking a hit from Oilers defencsman Vincent Desharnais in the third period.
The rookie has four goals and 18 assists in 52 games.
HARRIS SCORES TWICE, MONTREAL BEATS EDMONTON 6-2
MONTREAL (AP) Jordan Harris had his first career two-goal game and the Montreal Canadiens earned wins on back-to-back afternoons with a 6-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.
Alex Belzile, Josh Anderson, Rafael Harvey-Pinard and Christian Dvorak added goals for Montreal. Evgenii Dadonov and Jonathan Drouin each recorded two assists. Jake Allen made 30 saves.
Leon Draisaitl and Evander Kane scored for Edmonton. Connor McDavid ended a 15-game point streak.
Stuart Skinner made 24 saves as the Oilers recorded their first regulation loss in 12 games. They were on a 9-0-2 run heading into Sunday’s contest.
Belzile opened the scoring for the Canadiens with his first NHL goal at 8:14 of the opening frame, taking advantage of some confusion between Oilers defenseman Brett Kulak and Skinner and scored on a wrist shot from the high slot.
Montreal doubled its lead in the second period when Dadonov found Harris with a pass from behind Skinner’s net. Anderson gave the Habs a commanding 3-0 lead on the power play when he grabbed a rebound from Dadonov’s shot and tapped in his 15th of the campaign.
Edmonton woke up from a slow opening frame with two goals in the second period. Draisaitl hopped on a Zach Hyman rebound to score 30th goal of the season on the power play.
Then, the Oilers cut their deficit to one when Kane surprised Allen with a swift wrist shot from the right face off circle. But Montreal nipped Edmonton’s comeback attempt in the bud by bumping their lead back to two goals late in the second period when Harvey-Pinard redirected Mike Matheson’s slap shot.
Harris completed his two-goal game at 2:58 of the final period by beating Skinner with a wrister from the left faceoff circle.
BELZILE MAKES HISTORY
At 31 years and 165 days old, Belzile became the oldest Canadien to score his first NHL goal since Hockey Hall of Famer Herb Gardiner in 1926. Belzile also became the seventh-oldest player in league history to open his account.
Oilers: Host Red Wings on Wednesday.
Canadiens: Host Blackhawks on Tuesday.
SCHWARTZ SCORES TWICE IN KRAKEN’S 4-3 WIN OVER FLYERS
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jaden Schwartz scored twice, Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist and the Seattle Kraken sapped some of Philadelphia’s Super Bowl Sunday excitement with a 4-3 victory over the Flyers.
Eeli Tolvanen also scored and Philipp Grubauer made 18 saves for the Kraken, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Seattle entered in fourth place in the Pacific Division and two points out of third.
Eberle said Seattle sorely needed the win.
“Anytime you’ve lost three in a row, especially coming out of the break, you start doubting yourself a bit,” he said. “Ultimately, you come back and you just get a win and you start moving forward.”
James van Riemsdyk, Owen Tippett and Patrick Brown scored for the Flyers. Philadelphia completed a homestand with its third loss in four games.
“I just don’t think we were on,” Flyers coach John Tortorella said.
Serving as the appetizer for Sunday night’s Super Bowl featuring the Philadelphia Eagles versus the Kansas City Chiefs, the pregame had a party atmosphere. Flyers players entered the arena wearing Eagles jerseys, matching many fans’ choice of Eagles apparel. Defensemen Travis Sanheim and Tony DeAngelo sported Eagles winter caps during warmups, and Eagles legend Vince Papale pounded the drum before the opening faceoff.
The video board was lit up in green and “Go Birds” scrolled across the screen. Longtime national anthem singer Lauren Hart donned a Jalen Hurts jersey and PA announcer Lou Nolan wore an Eagles baseball hat.
There were eight “E-A-G-L-E-S!” chants in the first period, and the hometown fans were enthused when Tippett snapped an 0-for-13 team skid on the power play with a close-range goal 2:11 into the contest to put the Flyers ahead 1-0.
But Philadelphia didn’t take a shot in the final 16:35 of the first period, and the Kraken made them pay with goals by Eberle and Tolvanen.
The teams traded tallies in the second period before Schwartz gave Seattle a 4-2 lead with his second of the contest just a minute into the third. The Kraken second-line forward was all alone in the right circle and fired a wrist shot over goalie Felix Sandstrom’s right shoulder.
Sandstrom, Philadelphia’s backup to Carter Hart, made 15 saves while falling to 1-8-1.
It appeared Schwartz’s second goal would be plenty of breathing room for Seattle, especially after Travis Konecny was sent to the box for a delay-of-game penalty late in the third. But Brown converted a short-handed tally with an unlikely goal on a slap shot from the side boards.
The Kraken withstood the Flyers’ furious 6-on-5 rally effort in the final 1:35.
“Other than the third period, we did a pretty good job,” Schwartz said. “Once we got up by two, we were on our heels a little bit. But big to get back in the win column.”
Schwartz broke a 2-all tie with 1:01 left in the second with his first tally when his wrist shot from the slot through a screen beat Sandstrom on the blocker side.
Van Riemsdyk tied it at 2-all 3:33 into the second, deflecting Tippett’s initial shot, which hung in mid-air. As if he was a batter across the street at Citizens Bank Park, van Riemsdyk used a backhand swing to swat the waist-high puck past Grubauer.
“Certain plays they capitalized on and obviously some miscues by us,” van Riemsdyk said. “They were on us quick and made it tough on us.”
Philadelphia fans finished with 24 Eagles chants.
Former Flyers coach Dave Hakstol made his second appearance back in Philadelphia since being fired on Dec. 17, 2018. . The teams will meet again Thursday in Seattle. . The Kraken improved to 17-8-2 on the road.
Kraken: End five-game road trip on Tuesday at Winnipeg.
Flyers: Travel to Seattle on Thursday for a rematch against the Kraken.
KARLSSON HAS GOAL AND 2 ASSISTS, SHARKS BEAT CAPITALS 4-1
WASHINGTON (AP) Erik Karlsson had a goal and two assists, Aaron Dell stopped all eight shots he faced in relief and the San Jose Sharks ended their road trip by beating the Washington Capitals 4-1 on Sunday.
Karlsson assisted on a goal by Evgeny Svechnikov at even strength in the first period and Alexander Barabanov on the power play in the second to give him 55 this season, good for second in the NHL. Only Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov has more assists.
He scored his 18th goal of the season in the third period on a shot from along the boards that fluttered by Charlie Lindgren. A third Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman is in reach for Karlsson, who’s on pace to be the first player at that position to reach 100 points since Brian Leetch in 1991-92.
After a three-point performance, Karlsson is at 73 this season – his highest total in nearly a decade. The 32-year-old Swede has managed to stay healthy, playing in all 54 of San Jose’s games, and could be the biggest star traded before the March 3 deadline.
The Sharks are set to be sellers, with winger Timo Meier among the others who could be on the move. But after Karlsson’s big game and an empty-net goal by Tomas Hertl with 2:11 left, they will happily take two wins in three games on the road since returning from the All-Star break.
Dell, recalled from the minors to back up with James Reimer sick, helped ensure this victory after replacing starter Kaapo Kahkonen late in the second period. Evgeny Kuznetsov inadvertently skated into Kahkonen’s head after scoring the Capitals’ only goal of the game with 3:04 left in the second, and the Finnish goalie was pulled after initially saying he’d stay in.
Kuznetsov left in pain before the end of the period, appearing to favor his right arm after taking a big hit into the glass at the other end of the ice. But he returned at the start of the third.
The Capitals’ two-game winning streak sandwiched around the All-Star break and their bye week came to an end less than 24 hours after they beat the league-leading Bruins in Boston on Saturday. They were outshot, and Lindgren made 29 saves in the loss.
Washington has won the Stanley Cup more recently (2018) than they have on Super Bowl Sunday (2017). This was the Capitals’ seventh consecutive loss in the traditional home matinee.
Sharks: Return home to face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.
Capitals: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday in advance of their outdoor game in Raleigh on Saturday.
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
AP SOURCE: EAGLES’ STEICHEN LEADS COLTS’ COACHING CANDIDATES
PHOENIX (AP) Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen is the leading candidate to be the next head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, a person familiar with the team’s decision told The Associated Press.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Sunday because Steichen is coaching the Eagles in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs and a deal hasn’t been completed.
Steichen, who was one of three finalists for AP Assistant Coach of the Year, would become the second Eagles offensive coordinator hired by the Colts as their head coach. Frank Reich, who was fired by the Colts earlier this season, was Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator before becoming Indianapolis’ head coach in 2018.
The Colts have been impressed by Steichen’s ability to help develop Jalen Hurts, who was a finalist for the AP NFL MVP and AP Offensive Player of the Year awards.
The Colts fired Reich in early November after a third straight loss and replaced him with Jeff Saturday on an interim basis. After winning his first game, Saturday and the Colts lost their last seven to finish 4-12-1.
Saturday, a former two-time All-Pro center who snapped the ball to Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning for 12 seasons with the Colts, had been working as an ESPN analyst when the Colts brought him in to replace Reich.
Saturday was a candidate for Indianapolis’ permanent position. He was among those who got a second interview. Reich was hired last month as head coach of the Carolina Panthers.
Reich’s offensive coordinator in Indy from 2018-2020 was Nick Sirianni, who led the Eagles to the Super Bowl in just his second season as a head coach.
GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS JAZZ
The Pacers will be well represented at All-Star Weekend in Utah, but before Tyrese Haliburton, Bennedict Mathurin, and Andrew Nembhard head to Salt Lake City, the Blue & Gold have two more games at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
First up, Indiana (25-33) hosts the Jazz (28-30) on Monday night. It is the second and final meeting between the two teams this season. The Jazz won 139-119 in Utah on Dec. 2.
Jordan Nwora and George Hill, the two players the Pacers acquired at the trade deadline, are expected to be available for the first time on Monday night.
The Pacers are eager to get a closer look at Nwora, a 24-year-old, 6-8 forward in his third season out of the University of Louisville. Nwora has shown promise as a scorer and shooter during his time with the Milwaukee Bucks, but had trouble consistently cracking the rotation on a championship-contending team loaded with veterans.
Nwora has a better chance at extended minutes in Indiana, where the Pacers are still searching for answers at power forward. Their best option at that position this season has proven to be 6-5 Aaron Nesmith, who has enjoyed a breakout season, but the Blue & Gold have struggled to rebound when utilizing a small lineup. On paper, Nwora could be a potential answer at the four position.
Pacers fans, meanwhile, are thrilled to have Hill back in Indiana, where he starred from 2011-16 while helping lead his hometown team to back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals in 2013 and 2014. The Broad Ripple High School and IUPUI alum is 36 now and in the latter stages of his career, but embraced the opportunity to come back to the franchise he grew up rooting for and help mentor its younger players. Hill has plenty of insights gleaned from his 15 NBA seasons that he can share with younger players like Mathurin, Nembhard, and even Haliburton, who — while already an All-Star — is still just 22.
The Jazz have an All-Star of their own in Lauri Markkanen. The 7-foot Finnish forward has had a breakout in his new home after being dealt to Utah this summer in the blockbuster deal that sent Donovan Mitchell to Cleveland. Markkanen is averaging a career-best 24.8 points per game — over six points higher than his next-best average over his first five NBA seasons. Markkanen is flirting with the elite 50/40/90 Club, currently shooting 51.3 percent from the field, 41.8 percent from 3-point range, and 87.4 percent from the free throw line.
Markkanen is Utah’s All-Star, but he is far from the only weapon on the Jazz, who have the NBA’s third-best offense, averaging 116.8 points per 100 possessions. Jordan Clarkson averages 20.9 points per game and Collin Sexton chips in 14.5 points per contest.
The Jazz are currently just outside of a spot in the Play-In Tournament in the Western Conference standings, but are focused more on building for the future around their young core. Utah traded aways three key members of its rotation at the deadline in veteran guard Mike Conley, scoring guard Malik Beasley, and forward Jarred Vanderbilt, acquiring multiple draft picks in return.
Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Andrew Nembhard, F – Buddy Hield, F – Aaron Nesmith, C – Myles Turner
Jazz: G – Collin Sexton, G – Jordan Clarkson, F – Lauri Markkanen, F – Kelly Olynyk, C – Walker Kessler
Dec. 2, 2022: The Pacers surrendered what was then a season high in points allowed in a 139-119 loss in Utah. The Jazz led 75-59 at halftime and Indiana never seriously threatened the lead in the second half.
“Against a team this skilled and this deep, your defense has to be precise,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “When we exerted leverage and force on the game, we made them uncomfortable — but it was too fleeting.”
Seven Pacers reached double figures in the loss. Myles Turner had a team-high 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and rookie guard Andrew Nembhard recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 assists.
Lauri Markkanen led all scorers with 24 points, going 5-for-9 from 3-point range and also pulling down 13 rebounds. Walker Kessler also recorded a double-double off the bench with 20 points and 11 boards, Jordan Clarkson scored 19, and Collin Sexton added 18.
With a win on Monday, the Jazz would sweep the season series with Indiana. The Pacers took both games against Utah last season, but the Jazz swept the series in 2020-21.
Pacers guard Buddy Hield currently leads the NBA with 222 3-point field goals this season. He can break Reggie Miller’s franchise record for most threes made in a single season with eight treys on Monday. Miller set the record in 1996-97.
Though he hasn’t played for the franchise for nearly seven years, Hill ranks fifth in franchise history with 476 3-pointers made over his Pacers career.
Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)
TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)
The Pacers host Lauri Markkanen and the Utah Jazz at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Monday, Feb. 13 at 7:00 PM ET.
BENSON HOME RUN, RALLY IN THE SIXTH INNING LIFTS HOOSIERS OVER JAGUARS
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Indiana Softball (3-1) defeated South Alabama, 5-1, after a rally in the sixth inning led by a double from senior utility Cora Bassett followed by a home run from junior infielder Brooke Benson to closed out opening weekend at the NFCA Leadoff Classic at Eddie C. Moore Complex.
INDIANA 5, SOUTH ALABAMA 1
• The teams’ defenses would go back and forth until the bottom of the fifth when the Jaguars would find some momentum as they scored first on a double RBI.
• Indiana would come out swinging in the top of the sixth as Bassett gets the Hoosiers first hit on a double to left field.
• Benson understood the mission as she slammed one out of the fence for a home run RBI to take a 2-0 lead.
• Senior Abby Meeks would pinch run for Sophomore Sarah Stone after she reached base on a walk.
• Sophomore Brianna Copeland got on base as she singled to left field. Meeks and Copeland would advance on an error.
• A pair of sacs flies from junior pitcher Macy Montgomery and sophomore outfielder Taylor Minnick would send Meeks and Copeland home to take a 4-1 lead.
• USA put a couple on base with a hit and a fielder’s choice, but IU would make a pitching change with sophomore Heather Johnson to escape the inning with a strikeout.
• In the top of the seventh, sophomore Mitchell would single to center field to reach base, but another hit by Benson would send her home.
• IU’s defense would hold strong in the bottom of the inning,
• The Hoosiers advance to 3-1 on opening weekend.
• Montgomery earned her first win of the season.
• Freshman Cassidy Kettleman earned her first career start for the Hoosiers tallying three putouts.
• Benson hit the first homerun of the season for the Hoosiers making that the ninth of her career.
• Bassett’s double makes that the 20th of her career as a Hoosier.
• IU had six hits and five RBIs against the Jaguars.
• Indiana defense totaled 21 putouts. Stone led with a game-high seven.
INDIANA MEN’S TENNIS
INDIANA MEN’S TENNIS DOMINATES SINGLES TO FINISH OFF DOUBLE-HEADER
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––––– Indiana Men’s Tennis closed out their Sunday double-header with Southern Indiana with another sweep of a win in the second match, 4-0, at the IU Tennis Center.
Doubles were abandoned, and the match only included singles play.
The team’s victory was clinched by singles wins for Jagger Saylor, Sam Landau, Ekansh Kumar and Patrick Fletchall. All of them won in straight sets.
Indiana has now won six matches in a row, improving their season record to 8-1.
The Hoosiers will continue their homestand next weekend with two more home matches. Indiana will host Louisville at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 and Western Michigan at 11 a.m., on Sunday Feb. 19.
INDIANA 4, SOUTHERN INDIANA 0
1. Patrick Fletchall (IU) def. Omar El Samahy (USI) 6-1, 6-3
2. Luka Vukovic (IU) vs. Alfrendo Vogelaar (USI) 6-5 (unf.)
3. Sam Landau (IU) def. Quinten Gillespie (USI) 6-1, 6-1
4. Jagger Saylor (IU) def. Ruben Emmerson-Hiini (USI) 6-2, 6-0
5. Luc Boulier (IU) vs. Yahor Bahdanovic (USI) 6-0, 5-3 (unf.)
6. Ekansh Kumar (IU) def. Dylan Brown (USI) 6-0, 6-3
Order of finish
Singles: 4, 3, 6, 1
HOOSIERS SQUARE OFF WITH BUCKEYES ON MONDAY NIGHT IN TOP 25 ROAD
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Another tough test awaits No. 2/3 Indiana as it travels to No. 13/12 Ohio State on Monday night in a 7 p.m. ET tip on Big Ten Network.
ABOUT THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State has split its last four games with wins at Wisconsin and at Minnesota while falling to Purdue and Maryland. Senior guard Taylor Mikesell is leading all Buckeye scorers with 17.9 points per game. Sophomore Taylor Thierry adds 13.8 points and a team-high 7.0 rebounds per game while freshman Cotie McMahon is averaging 13.6 points in her rookie season. OSU averages 83.1 points per game while shooting 47.3 percent from the floor.
Ohio State leads 60-25
1/26/23 – W, 78-65 (Bloomington, Ind.)
Senior forward Mackenzie Holmes and graduate student guard Grace Berger combined for 50 points as No. 2/3 Indiana got past No. 5/6 Iowa, 87-78. Berger also neared a triple double with a team-high nine rebounds and six assists. Holmes added six boards and four steals in the effort.
With a win on Thursday night over No. 5/6 Iowa, Indiana has won 11-straight games dating back to Jan. 1. It’s the longest win streak under ninth-year head coach Teri Moren.
Indiana and Ohio State met in late January in a 78-65 win in Bloomington. The Hoosiers had four in double figures in the win, including 26 points from senior forward Mackenzie Holmes and 20 points from freshman guard Yarden Garzon. Ohio State holds the all-time advantage in the series, but IU has won the last four-straight which is its longest streak in the series since it won five-straight from 2000-03.
Indiana picked up its seventh ranked win of the season on Thursday over No. 5/6 Iowa. It’s the most ranked wins in a single season in school history, besting the previous record of five set last season. It also has five wins over the Top 10 this season, the most by any team in NCAA Division I.
Indiana returns to Bloomington for its two final regular season games starting with No. 12/14 Michigan on Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. ET.
#1 PURDUE FALLS LATE AT NORTHWESTERN
Purdue fell to 23-3 overall and 12-3 in the Big Ten in a 64-58 setback to Northwestern. The loss snapped an 11-game winning streak against the Wildcats, which had been the second longest against a single opponent.
The Boilermakers scored just 21 points in the second half and had 13 second-half turnovers in the physical contest. Purdue also started the game 5-of-9 from deep, but missed its last 13, 3-point attempts.
Northwestern ended the game on a 17-3 run over the final four minutes after Purdue took a 55-47 advantage on a Zach Edey basket.
Northwestern shot just 41.1 percent from the field and went 4-of-22 from long range.
Purdue had won 20 straight games when leading at halftime.
Purdue had 16 turnovers and has averaged 16.3 turnovers over its last three games. In Purdue’s three losses, the Boilermakers have had 45 turnovers, resulting in 60 points. Purdue has lost the three games by a combined 12 points.
Since the start of last year, Purdue has lost nine Big Ten games. Eight of them have been by six or fewer points.
Purdue’s 58 points tied a season low.
Zach Edey recorded his 15th game of 20 or more points, when he tallied 24 points with 8 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 assists.
Edey moved into the top 30 of career scoring (1,330 points) and 325 rebounds this season are the fifth most in a season in school history.
Braden Smith had 10 points and four assists, moving into fourth on Purdue’s freshman single-season assists list (114).
Mason Gillis made three 3-pointers. Purdue fell to 21-3 when Gillis makes two or more 3-pointers in a game.
BOILERMAKERS PULL AWAY FROM NORTHWESTERN IN THE SECOND HALF
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team pulled away in the second half to a 76-61 win over Northwestern on Sunday at Mackey Arena. At 17-7 on the year and 8-6 in the Big Ten, the Boilermakers matched their win total from head coach Katie Gearlds’ first season in 2021-22.
The senior class accounted for 62 of Purdue’s 76 points in the win. Redshirt senior Caitlyn Harper led all scorers with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting and went 6-of-8 at the line.
A few days after becoming Purdue’s fifth player to make 200 career 3-pointers, fifth-year senior Cassidy Hardin connected from the outside four times to finish with 16 points. The Bargersville, Ind., native added five rebounds and a season-high three assists.
Lasha Petree was a perfect 5-for-5 at the line to notch 12 points, and Abbey Ellis followed suit with 11 points with a 4-for-4 effort at the charity stripe.
For the second time this season against the Wildcats (8-17, 1-13), the Boilermakers scored 25 points off turnovers, coming from 18 Northwestern giveaways. Purdue limited its miscues to just 10.
Purdue shot 43.1% from the field and 6-of-20 from behind the arc. The defense held Northwestern to 39% shooting, the 13th time this season the Boilermakers kept an opponent below 40% .
Twenty-six of Purdue’s points came at the line on 30 attempts. Madison Layden matched her career high by making all six of her attempts. The Boilermakers made 25 free throws for the second time this season. The 26 makes were the most since March 17, 2017, against Green Bay.
Purdue’s defense set the tone in the first quarter, forcing four turnovers that led to six points. Harper scored six points, including four in a 9-0 run for the Boilermakers midway through the frame. Purdue went 7-of-8 at the line an held a 14-12 lead after one.
In the second, Hardin connected on all three of Purdue’s 3-pointers, as the hosts went 6-of-11 from the field. Harper added another five points. Northwestern leveled the score early in the second, before the Boilermakers went into the break with a 35-29 lead thanks to an 11-6 run late in the half.
Purdue spread the ball around in the third as seven different players combined to score 24 points, led by seven from Petree. Half of the points for the Boilermakers came in the paint. After Northwestern cut the lead to five early in the period, Purdue rolled off 10 straight points and never saw its lead shrink to single digits.
Midway through the fourth, Northwestern went on a 9-2 run to cut the gap down to 10 with 2:05 to play. Jeanae Terry finished a layup through contact, before Purdue the game away by making its final six free throws. The Boilermakers went 13-of-15 at the line in the second half and dished our nine assists on its 13 made field goals.
• Purdue leads the all-time series with Northwestern 52-26.
• The Boilermakers matched or better its win total from the previous full season for the first time since 2016-17.
• Jeanae Terry tallied seven rebounds and five assists for her 16th game of the year with at least rebounds and assists.
• Purdue scored 20 ore more points off turnovers for the seventh time this season.
• The Boilermakers improved to 11-1 when scoring 30 or more points in the paint.
• Abbey Ellis is now 62-of-69 at the line this season for an 89.9% clip on the year, which sits fourth in Purdue single-season history.
• Cassidy Hardin and Caitlyn Harper were efficient on both ends of the floor to finish with a plus-minus of 21 and 23, respectively.
• Purdue scored on 50% of its possessions on Sunday.
The Boilermakers will play their penultimate home game of the season on Wednesday against Michigan State. The 7 p.m. tip will be the annual Fight Like a Boilermaker Pinkout Game. The Boilermakers will wear special pink uniforms that will be auctioned off to benefit the Purdue Institute for Cancer Research.
ELISH LEADS BOILERMAKERS TO VICTORY IN COMPLETE-GAME FASHION
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Purdue Boilermakers picked up its second win of the season (2-1) with a 3-1 victory over Longwood to close out the JoAnne Graf Classic.
Madi Elish tossed a complete game, culminating in a career-high seven strikeouts. The Arizona transfer records her first win (1-0), after making her first appearance last night in relief at No. 4/5 Florida State.
Purdue did not forfeit the lead during the game and out-hit Longwood 4-3, a team coming off a victory last night against the Seminoles. Meanwhile, the Boilermakers committed no errors while the Lancers were charged with two.
Producing runs were Jade Moy, Alex Echazarreta and pinch runner Jordyn Ramos. Designated player Echazarreta scored the game-winning run on an RBI single by shortstop Tyrina Jones. An unearned insurance run came in the top of the third by Ramos after Becca Edwards walked and a Longwood error allowed the freshman to score from third.
Edwards had herself a day, making base twice including an RBI single on her first at-bat to put the Boilermakers on the board and a walk in the top of the third, which turned into pinch runner Jordan Ramos scoring a few batters later.
Purdue will be back in action Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET at Campbell. Then, the Boilermakers will make the drive over to N.C. State for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge this weekend, which will feature Syracuse and N.C. State.
PURDUE WRAPS DUAL SEASON IN LOSS TO #13 NORTHWESTERN
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue wrestling concluded its dual season on Sunday night in a 30-12 loss to No. 13 Northwestern. The Wildcats forfeited the matches at 125 and 141 to give the Boilermakers their only two wins on the afternoon.
Redshirt-sophomore No. 3 Matt Ramos (26-3) added his team-high 26th win of the season to move just one ahead of teammate Kendall Coleman who did not wrestle in this match. Ramos’ current 89.6% winning percentage on the year would be good for the fifth best in program history. No. 13 Parker Filius also gained a win via forfeit to give the graduate senior the 81st victory of his career.
The Boilermakers honored five seniors after the match as part of the Senior Day festivities. Coleman, Brennan Doyle, Filius, Kooper Loehr and Thomas Penola were all be celebrated for their contributions to the Purdue wresting program on and off the mat. The five combined for 365 matches wrestled, 232 wins, nine NCAA qualifications, six NWCA Scholar All-American awards and seven Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Head coach Tony Ersland’s squad will have two weeks off to get ready for the Big Ten Wrestling Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., March 4-5.
Purdue 12 – Northwestern 30
125: Matt Ramos (PUR) over (NW) (For.)
133: Chris Cannon (NW) over Dustin Norris (PUR) (Dec 4-1)
141: Parker Filius (PUR) over (NW) (For.)
149: Yahya Thomas (NW) over Jaden Reynolds (PUR) (MD 15-5)
157: Trevor Chumbley (NW) over Brennan Doyle (PUR) (TF 17-1 5:26)
165: Maxx Mayfield (NW) over Stoney Buell (PUR) (Dec 10-3)
174: Troy Fisher (NW) over Macartney Parkinson (PUR) (MD 12-3)
184: Evan Bates (NW) over Ben Vanadia (PUR) (MD 11-3)
197: Andrew Davison (NW) over Mitch Hutmacher (PUR) (MD 10-2)
285: Lucas Davison (NW) over Hayden Copass (PUR) (Dec 6-1)
BOILERMAKERS LEAD AFTER DAY ONE IN NEW ORLEANS
NEW ORLEANS – Ashley Kozlowski fired a 71 (-1), the only golfer in the 96-player field to produce an under-par round, to help Purdue Women’s Golf build a seven-shot lead in the first round of the Tulane Classic.
On Super Bowl Sunday, the Boilermakers were the only team to break 300 at the difficult English Turn Golf & Country Club. Purdue ended the opening round at 11-over (299), seven strokes clear of second place UTEP (+18). The Boilermakers limited their mistakes throughout the day, pacing the field in birdies (10) and pars (52) while also leading the day in par-4 scoring (+18) and par-5 scoring (+1).
Kozlowski played the par 5s 2-under, leading the field on the lengthy holes to help her sit atop the individual leaderboard. The junior birdied the par-5 second and began her tournament bogey free through the first eight holes. Despite back-to-back bogeys at No. 9 and No. 10, Kozlowski bounced back with consecutive birdies on No. 15 and No. 16 to get back into red figures. Pars on the final two holes secured a round in red figures, the only under-par round on the 6,288-yard, par 72 track.
Coming back from injury and playing her first round of the season, Kan Bunnabodee shot 75 (+3) to find herself in a tie for sixth. The 2022 First Team All-Big Ten golfer rolled in a 10-footer to birdie the par-3 third, and she made a team-high 14 pars throughout her opening round.
Danielle du Toit and Momo Sugiyama contributed to the team score to help Purdue claim a clubhouse lead, posting rounds of 76 (+4) and 77 (+5), respectively. Du Toit made three birdies on the back nine, including two straight at the 11th and 12th holes. Sugiyama recorded a pair of birdies, both coming on par 3s over the final seven holes.
With 18 holes in the books, the Boilermakers need to keep up their play for two more days. Purdue looks to build its lead during Monday’s second round, teeing off No. 1 beginning at 11:20 a.m. ET.
For updates throughout the remainder of the tournament, follow Purdue Women’s Golf on Twitter @PurdueWGolf.
1. Ashley Kozlowski: 71 (-1)
T6. Kan Bunnabodee: 75 (+3)
T12. Danielle du Toit: 76 (+4)
T19. Momo Sugiyama: 77 (+5)
T54. Nitisha Manikandesh: 81 (+9)
*T12. Jade Gu: 76 (+4)
*Competing as an individual
1. Purdue: 299 (+11)
2. UTEP: 306 (+18)
T3. Southern Miss: 309 (+21)
T3. Tulane: 309 (+21)
T5. Memphis: 311 (+23)
T5. Central Arkansas: 311 (+23)
T7. Incarnate Word: 313 (+25)
T7. Howard: 313 (+25)
T9. South Dakota: 315 (+27)
T9. Iowa: 315 (+27)
11. Boston College: 316 (+28)
12. Cal Poly: 317 (+29)
13. Wichita State: 319 (+31)
14. Rutgers: 320 (+32)
15. Chattanooga: 323 (+35)
T16. Arkansas State: 325 (+37)
T16. Charleston Southern: 325 (+37)
18. Missouri State: 328 (+40)
BUTLERWLACROSSE’S COMEBACK AT YOUNGSTOWN STATE FALLS JUST SHORT IN SEASON OPENER
Youngstown, Ohio – The Butler women’s lacrosse team came just short of pulling off a comeback, losing 19-18 to the Youngstown State Penguins on Sunday.
How it Happened:
The Bulldogs wasted no time, firing off a goal in the first 22 seconds of the first period, on the way to taking an early 3-0 lead. Leah Rubino struck first, followed by Campbell Connors and Kate Kaptrosky. The Penguins would respond, scoring four goals in the period to make the score 5-4 after the first 15 minutes of play.
In the second period, Youngstown State would tie the game at 6-6 with two consecutive goals would from Sydney Bumstead. A goal from Butler’s Luci Selander would tie the game once more at 7-7 before Youngstown State went on a 6-1 scoring run to make the score 12-8 in favor of the Penguins with 27 seconds left to go in the half. A last second shot attempt from Caroline Ross went between the goalie’s legs to add one more goal on the board on the Dawgs going into half. Rubino led the Dawgs going into break with two goals and one assist.
The second half began with Caroline Smith taking over goalkeeping duties for Butler. Smith would save the first two shots she saw in the period. Both teams traded a few goals before KK Callaghan drove a shot into the back of the net off a free position to cut the Youngstown State lead to 13-11 at the 11:12 mark. Two consecutive goals for the Penguins and the third goal of the day for Selander ended the period with Youngstown State up 15-12.
A total for four goals were scored in the first five minutes of the fourth period to take the score to 17-14 in favor of Youngstown State. Rubino’s fourth goal of the game, a career-high, sparked what became a 4-0 goal run for the Bulldogs. Falling down to the ground, Patricia Lynn scored a free position goal to tie the game at 17-17 with 7:02 left to play. When Youngstown State took back the lead, Butler responded two minutes later with the fifth goal of the day for Selander. In goal, Smith would make a huge save with 1:22 left. However, with 13 seconds left on the clock, Penguins’ Erin Clark found the back of the net of a play where Butler was a woman down for the game-winning goal.
Kayleigh Colleary, Lucy Hankins, Lynn and Lauren Dunne all made their first career starts.
Selander scored five goals in her Butler debut. She is the fifth player in program history with five goals in a single game.
Leah Rubino scored a career-high four goals.
Callaghan ended the game with three goals.
Kaley Attaway logged a goal and one assist.
Smith had a career-high four saves.
Aleigh Monroe played the first half in goal for Butler and had two saves on the day.
Meaghan Trainer led the team in draw controls with seven.
The Bulldogs had a 9-2 advantage on draw controls in the fourth period.
Butler outshot Youngstown State 17-12 and outscored them 9-7 in the second half.
The Bulldogs will host Kent State at Varsity Field for the season home opener on Saturday, Feb. 18. First draw is set for 1 p.m.
BUTLERUGOLF MEN HOLD FIRST ROUND LEAD AT UNC GREENSBORO COLLEGIATE
The Bulldogs came out of the gates strong in the opening round of the 2023 Advance Golf Partners event, taking the 18-hole lead as play concluded Sunday afternoon.
The tournament is being played at the Hammock Creek Golf Club in Palm City, Fla.
Butler shot an even-par 288, which gives the team a five-shot advantage in the 19-team event. The top of the leaderboard has a distinct BIG EAST feel as UConn is one of the two teams directly behind the Bulldogs at five-over 293. UConn is tied with Drexel for second with Creighton (295), host UNC-Greensboro (295), and DePaul (297) comprising the top six.
Damon Dickey is tied for third individually after shooting a two-under 70 on Sunday. His round included five birdies. Daniel Tanaka and Connor McNeely each shot even-par 72s and are tied for ninth.
Derek Tabor (two-over 74) and Raymond Sullivan (five-over 77) are part of the Butler scoring five, while Leo Zurovac (four-over 76) and Will Horne (10-over 82) are playing as individuals.
Drexel’s Drue Nicholas has the early lead after a six-under 66 Sunday. He is three shots clear of Oakland’s Colin Sikkenga. Dickey is among two players four shots back.
The 54-hole event continues Monday with 18 holes, followed by a final 18 on Tuesday.
Love scoring is available via GolfStat with a link on ButlerSports.com.
COLD SPELLS HINDER JAGS IN SUNDAY LOSS AT NORTHERN KENTUCKY
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The IUPUI basketball team struggled with long cold spells as the Jaguars fell shy to Northern Kentucky inside Truist Arena, 86-47. Freshman Vincent Brady II scored a team-high 17 points in the loss. Marques Warrick had a game-high 21 points for the Norse and Trevon Faulkner added 15 points.
NKU (16-11, 11-15 HL) shot 60 percent from the floor and 13-of-26 from three-point range in the victory while IUPUI was limited to just 38.3 percent overall.
Turnovers were problematic for the Jaguars throughout the day as 21 miscues led to 35 NKU points.
“We turned it over way too much and that led to too many easy points for them,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said. “They never let us get going offensively and you flat out can’t win when you turn it over 21 times.”
IUPUI (4-23, 1-15 HL) was limited to just one DJ Jackson free throw in the game’s opening five-plus minutes before a Chris Osten putback slam finally gave the Jaguars a field goal at the 14:18 mark. Despite the slow start, IUPUI charged back, eventually taking a 23-19 lead on another Osten dunk. Brady fueled the offense in the first half, connecting on four treys, scoring 12 before the break.
However, after taking the 23-19 lead, NKU reeled off a 19-0 run over the final nearly seven minutes of the second half to seize a 38-23 halftime margin. The Jaguars attempted just four shots during that span as six turnovers quelled any offensive rhythm.
Jlynn Counter scored on a pull-up jumper on IUPUI’s opening possession of the second half before NKU scored the game’s next 11 points to turn the final 15 minutes into a formality.
Jonah Carrasco had six points and five boards off the IUPUI bench and Armon Jarrard and Osten also scored six points. Counter, IUPUI’s top scorer, was limited to just three points on 1-of-7 shooting. Amhad Jarrard had a team-high four assists in just 14 minutes off the bench.
The Jaguars will return to action on Wednesday (Feb. 15) when they take on Oakland University at 7:00 p.m. in Rochester, Mich. That game will be aired on ESPN+.
IUPUI MEN’S TENNIS
MEN’S TENNIS EARNS THEIR FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON OVER MARQUETTE, 5-2
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – The IUPUI men’s tennis team earned their first victory of the season with a big 5-2 win over Marquette, marking the first win over Marquette in program history. IUPUI took five out of six singles matches to seal the win.
Marquette jumped out to an early lead taking the doubles point defeated the partnerships of Blessing Benibo and Colton Morehart in the number two spot (6-3) and Nick Moody and Kamil Kozerksi in the number three spot (6-3).
IUPUI rallied after the doubles loss to secure the win with five singles points. Tom Ciszewski earned the win in the number one spot in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3 while Alex Jochim earned the number two win, 7-6 (5), 6-1. Sophomore Kozerski earned the number three singles win with a score of 7-5, 6-3 while Morehart sealed the number four point, 6-1, 6-4. Freshman Eli Mercer won his number six singles match to give the Jags their fifth point.
IUPUI will now travel to Louisville on February 16 to face Bellarmine for a 3:00 PM first serve.
BALL STATE MTENNIS
MEN’S TENNIS SPLITS TWO MATCHES IN CLEVELAND
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Ball State men’s tennis team split a pair of non-conference matches Sunday afternoon in Cleveland. The Cardinals fell in the morning session 6-1 to Cleveland State but came back in the afternoon match earning a 7-0 sweep over Niagara.
After today’s matches, the Cardinals now own an overall record of 4-3 while the Vikings improved to 5-4 and Eagles fell to 2-2.
Against the Vikings, the Cardinals took one doubles court from Cleveland State as Eli Herran and Jacks Lancaster won 7-5 on court No. 3. In singles, Ball State’s Lancaster was the lone Cardinal to win his match in straight sets over Carl Gedlitschka at the No. 6 slot, 6-3, 6-4.
Ball State closed out its two-match competition today against Niagara University. The Cardinals took the doubles point for the early 1-0 edge over the Eagles winning on courts two and three. Parrish Simmons paired up with Petar Petrovic for a 6-3 victory while their teammates Broc Fletcher and Abe Wojtalik also won their doubles match by the same score.
The Cardinals went on to take all six singles courts from the Eagles to complete the 7-0 sweep over Niagara with Danilo Kovacevic defeating the Eagles Bryce Bodak in both sets 6-3 on court two to clinch match point for BSU.
The Ball State men’s tennis team continues non-conference action when it plays at Purdue Wednesday for a 1 pm ET first serve.
NOTRE DAME WBALL
FOURTH QUARTER DEFENSE GIVES IRISH 73-64 WIN OVER ORANGE
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Survive and advance.
On Sunday, No. 10 Notre Dame (20-4, 11-3) saw Syracuse (16-10, 7-8) for the second time this season. Like the earlier matchup this year, it came down to the fourth quarter. Also like the Jan. 15 meeting at Syracuse, Notre Dame walked away with a win, this time by a score of 73-64.
After shooting 48.3 percent to start the game, the Irish took a 12-point lead into the locker room at the half, ending the second quarter on a 15-2 run. The Orange countered with a 30-point third quarter at Purcell after posting 31 points in the same frame last weekend against North Carolina.
Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey challenged her team to play shutdown defense in the final 10 minutes. She used multiple players with different skill sets — Cassandre Prosper, Sonia Citron and KK Bransford, in particular — to try to wear down Syracuse star Dyaisha Fair.
Fair had just 3 points in the final frame and shot 1-4 after posting 10 in the third. Mission accomplished.
“Defensively, we had so many bright spots,” Ivey said postgame. “The focus just shifted in the fourth quarter, I’m always preaching about finishing out those 10 minutes knowing that is it. It has been extremely important the last several weeks.”
Two of the usual suspects — Maddy Westbeld and Olivia Miles — showed out in the victory. Westbeld had 14 points and 7 rebounds, and Miles had 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. But they were aided by a few teammates who are typically a little more off the radar when it comes to the final box score.
Kylee Watson, who was celebrating her 21st birthday on Sunday, had arguably her best game of the year. The junior forward went 5-8 from the floor with 15 points and 7 rebounds. After going 1-7 from the charity stripe on Thursday against Pittsburgh, she went 5-7 from the line on Sunday.
“I guess it’s just a coincidence,” Watson said with a smile when asked about her birthday performance. “I just came out ready to play today. A lot of credit goes to my teammates for finding me in open spots.”
Starting in place of injured guard Dara Mabrey and injured center Lauren Ebo, Bransford posted 10 points. The true freshman has been in double-figures on nine occasions this year. Finally, Nat Marshall had 7 points and went 3-3 from the floor, including a nice jumper.
Notre Dame has a fourth consecutive home game on Thursday, as the Irish host Louisville (19-8, 10-4). The Cardinals have been Notre Dame’s kryptonite in recent years, so revenge is certainly on the mind. Thursday’s contest will tip off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
NOTRE DAME FB
HARRY HIESTAND ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
Harry Hiestand, a 40-year collegiate coaching veteran who returned to Notre Dame in 2022 for a second time as the Joe Moore Offensive Line Coach, has announced his retirement from coaching.
“I have made the decision to retire,” Hiestand said. “It is important to me to spend time with my family, as I have two kids competing in college athletics, one for his last season, and I have decided it is time for me to be a part of that. I am thankful for the opportunity Father Jenkins, Jack Swarbrick and especially Coach Freeman gave me to return for a seventh season coaching the offensive line at Notre Dame.
“Coach Freeman sets the example for Notre Dame Football every day, and he brings out the best in all of us. The players, especially the offensive line, are the best part of this great job and I thank them for their hard work.”
Hiestand returned to Notre Dame for the 2022 season after spending the 2018 and 2019 seasons as the offensive line coach for the Chicago Bears. His first term with the Notre Dame football program was from 2012 through 2017.
“I want to personally thank Coach Hiestand for coming out of retirement for my first year as a head coach, and raising the standard, not only for our offensive line, but for our entire team,” Dick Corbett Head Coach Marcus Freeman said.
“We are so grateful for all of the work he has put in during his two stints here at Notre Dame. Coach Hiestand has experienced success at the highest levels of coaching and I am forever grateful for the wisdom he has shared with myself and our entire coaching staff. Coach Hiestand will be forever a part of Notre Dame Football. Congratulations to Harry, Terri and his entire family on a much deserved retirement from coaching! We wish them all of the best.”
Hiestand helped develop the 2022 team into one of the more dependable units in the country. The Irish rushed for over 200 yards six times during the 2022 season and finished 35th in the country at 189.9 yards per game. Notre Dame also protected the quarterback at a high level, surrendering just 1.62 sacks per game (40th in the country). Sophomore left tackle Joe Alt collected five first-team All-America honors from various publications when the season concluded, while left guard Jarrett Patterson was also named a Second Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association.
The Irish rushed for 2,457 yards in 2022, which was the sixth-highest total for the program since 1996.
During his first term with the Irish, Hiestand developed a number of offensive linemen into Top-3 round NFL Draft picks. In his six years in South Bend, he had six offensive linemen selected in the first three rounds (Quenton Nelson, first; Ronnie Stanley, first; Zack Martin, first; Mike McGlinchey, first; Nick Martin, second; and Chris Watt, third). Over the 11 NFL Drafts (2002-12) prior to Hiestand’s arrival, only two Irish offensive linemen were drafted in the first three rounds and not a single one since 2007.
Of the six linemen drafted, three of them were selected in the Top-10 picks of the draft (Nelson – 5th, 2018; McGlinchey – 9th, 2018 and Stanley – 6th, 2016). Nelson was the highest drafted Notre Dame player since Rick Mirer was selected second overall by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1993 draft.
Prior to his first stint at Notre Dame, Hiestand coached at Tennessee for two years (2010-11) after working with the offensive line with the Chicago Bears from 2005-09. He coached the offensive line at Illinois from 1997-2004 and at Missouri from 1994-96.
Hiestand’s first coaching job at the FBS level occurred at Toledo, where he worked with the tight ends from 1988-89. He worked with the offensive line as a graduate assistant at USC in 1987, after coaching the tight ends at Penn in 1986.
His first assistant coach role came at Hiestand’s alma mater, East Stroudsburg. Hiestand was offensive line coach from 1984-85 and assistant offensive line coach in 1983 at the NCAA Division II school after serving as a student assistant in 1982.
Hiestand began his college career as an offensive lineman at Springfield College (Mass.) before transferring to East Stroudsburg, where injuries ended his playing career. He graduated from East Stroudsburg in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education.
Born Nov. 19, 1958, in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Hiestand and his wife Terri have four children–Michael, Matthew, Mark and Sarah.
NOTRE DAME SB
IRISH DEFEAT MEMPHIS IN SIX INNINGS
SAN DIEGO – The University of Notre Dame softball team completed its weekend at the San Diego State University Season Kickoff Sunday morning at the SDSU Softball Stadium. The Fighting Irish defeated the Memphis Tigers 9-1 in six innings, improving to 4-1 on the season. The Irish used a balanced attack at the plate as nine hitters accounted for 10 hits, as Shannon Becker and Micaela Kastor combined for the win in the circle.
Becker got the start, throwing 5.0 innings, allowing just two hits, one earned run and struck out five. Kastor came on in relief, throwing a three up, three down sixth inning to secure the run-rule shortened victory.
At the plate, Notre Dame was led by leadoff hitter Carlli Kloss. Kloss finished 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Mac Vasquez, Joley Mitchell, Miranda Johnson, Lexi Orozco, Anna Holloway, Brooke Marquez, Bryn Boznanski and Mickey Winchell all recorded a hit in the win.
How It Happaned
Notre Dame didn’t waste any time, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning. Kloss led off with a double over the head of the right fielder and the bases were loaded with a walk and a hit batter. After a pair of strikeouts, Orozco didn’t let the rally fade as she singled to bring in two. Marquez followed with a single through the left side to score one. A walk loaded the bases as an infield hit scored one to flip the lineup over. Kloss was hit by a pitch to bring in the fifth run of the inning in her second at bat.
The Tigers plated a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. A leadoff walk, a sacrifice bunt and a single put runners on the corners. A fielder’s choice allowed the run to score as Memphis got on the board.
The Irish hung another crooked number in the sixth, scoring four runs. Kloss led off the frame with a single and Karina Gaskins drew a walk. A ground out moved them up and Vasquez singled to right field to score two. A single from Johnson kept the rally going for Cassidy Grimm, who lifted a sacrifice fly to right. Boznanski stepped in and roped a single to center to score Johnson as the Irish took the lead at 9-1.
The Irish are back in action next weekend as they head to Clemson, South Carolina for the B1G/ACC Challenge. The Irish will face Ohio State twice and Northwestern once at McWhorter Stadium, home of the Tigers.
INDIANA STATE WBB
WILLIAMS SURPASSES 1,000 CAREER POINTS, SYCAMORES CLOSE ROAD TRIP WITH LOSS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Del’Janae Williams became the 29th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points Sunday afternoon, but Indiana State was unable to keep pace with Belmont in an 81-69 setback inside Curb Event Center.
Williams scored Indiana State’s first nine points to reach the milestone, with a layup early in the first quarter being the basket to put her over the mark. Chelsea Cain led the Sycamore with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Williams had 14 points and Bella Finnegan had 13.
Both team shot better than 50 percent from the field in the game, but turnovers loomed large for Indiana State. The Sycamores had 21 turnovers, which Belmont turned into 22 points on the other end. After trailing by double-digits in the second quarter, Indiana State got within one on multiple occasions in the third quarter but couldn’t find a go-ahead bucket, as the homestanding Bruins won their eighth straight game.
Williams made sure she was going to reach the 1,000-point plateau early, scoring Indiana State’s first nine points of the game while making each of her first four attempts from the field. Her third basket, which gave the Sycamores an early 7-3 lead, pushed her over the 1,000-point mark for her career. Indiana State led for a good portion of the first quarter, but a late basket saw the Sycamores trailing 21-19 heading into the second.
Turnovers played a large part early in the second quarter for the Sycamores, and it allowed Belmont to build a double-digit lead. The Bruins led by as many as 13 in the quarter, but baskets by Finnegan and Cain, along with a Sommer Pitzer 3-pointer, whittled down the Indiana State deficit. Mya Glanton added a layup inside the last 30 seconds to get the Blue and White within six at the break, 39-33.
Indiana State came out of the locker room strong, as the Sycamores got baskets from Cain and Williams, the latter’s being a 3-pointer, to get within a point at 41-40. A layup by Cain, followed by an Anna McKendree 3-pointer, made it a 46-45 Belmont lead, but the Bruins went on a 12-0 run and never looked back. Late baskets from McKendree and Caitlin Anderson got the Trees back within single-digits, as Indiana State entered the fourth trailing 62-53.
Belmont quickly upped its lead in the fourth quarter by scoring the first six points of the period. Finnegan got the Sycamores within 14 at 74-60 following a three-point play and a jumper, but Belmont answered with back-to-back baskets. A late Sycamore run, aided by Cain and Glanton, came too late for the Blue and White as Belmont protected its home court with an 81-69 win.
Inside the Numbers
Indiana State shot 52.9 percent from the field, its highest shooting percentage in a losing effort this season. It’s also the first time the Sycamores shot better than 50 percent from the floor in consecutive games.
Indiana State was plus-six in rebound margin (31-25), winning the rebound battle for the fourth straight game. The Sycamores turned their seven offensive rebounds into seven second chance points.
Indiana State’s 30 points in the paint were its most in a road game since scoring 32 in the paint at Bradley on Jan. 22, 2023.
Indiana State’s 16 assists were its second-most in an MVC game this season. The Sycamores had 17 at Illinois State on Jan. 20, 2023 and also had 16 at Bradley on Jan. 22, 2023.
News & Notes
Del’Janae Williams became the 29th player in program history to score 1,000 points at Indiana State, and the first since the 2014-15 season.
Bella Finnegan scored in double-figures for the third time in the last four games and is averaging 15.3 points per game during that span.
Chelsea Cain has scored in double-figures in 11 of Indiana State’s 14 conference games this season and is averaging 12.9 points per game against MVC foes.
Sunday’s game closed a three-game road trip for the Sycamores.
Indiana State returns home for the next two games, starting with a Friday evening tilt against Valparaiso at 6 p.m.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE WBB
MASTODON WBB HOSTS CLEVELAND STATE FOR MONDAY HORIZON LEAGUE GAME
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team returns to the Gates Sports Center on Monday (Feb. 13) for a Horizon League game against the top team in the league: Cleveland State.
Game Day Information
Who: Cleveland State Vikings
When: Monday, February 13 | 7 PM
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center
Know Your Foe
Cleveland State is atop the Horizon League at 13-2 in league play and 23-3 overall. The Vikings have not lost a game since January 22 at Northern Kentucky and have won their last six. Preseason Player of the Year Destiny Leo is living up to the hype, scoring 18.1 points per game.
The Vikings have won 12 of the 13 games in the series dating back to 2002, which includes a 2011 game in the Women’s Basketball Invitational. The Mastodons’ one win came in 2004, an 82-81 victory behind 25 points from Amy Gearlds.
Jazzlyn Linbo had the best game of her career at IUPUI on February 9. She recorded a career-high 19 points and 14 rebounds for her first double-double as a Mastodon. She was an efficient 8-of-11 from the floor for 72.7 percent.
Defense (Clap, Clap) Defense
Purdue Fort Wayne has held its opponents to 64 points or fewer in 12 games this season. They are 9-3 in such games.
After four games of four points or less, Amellia Bromenschenkel has averaged 13.5 points per game in the last eight games, with double-figures in all but one.
The Best Choice For Defensive Player of the Year
In Horizon League play, Shayla Sellers leads the league with 2.2 steals per game and is 13th in the league with 0.7 blocks per game. She is the only player in the league that is in the top 16 in both categories.
Checking In On The Standings
Through 15 Horizon League games played, the Mastodons are in sixth in the league standings. If the current standings were to hold, the Mastodons would host a first round tournament game on February 28 against the No. 11 seed.
Purdue Fort Wayne is leading the Horizon League and 61st in the country with 94 steals per game. The ‘Dons also force the 63rd-most turnovers in the country at 18.48 per game, a league-best.
Especially Those Two!
In league play, Shayla Sellers and Amellia Bromenschenkel are first and third in the Horizon League with 2.2 and 1.9 steals per game, respectively.
Shayla Sellers ranks in the top-150 in the country with 44 steals this season.
Purdue Fort Wayne is second in the Horizon League and in the top-150 nationally with 3.3 blocks per game.
Jazzlyn Linbo is second in the Horizon League with 34 blocks this season.
There are three Mastodons that are nearing the 1,000-point mark in their careers: Sylare Starks (851), Shayla Sellers (823), Riley Ott (746).
Last Time Out
Jazzlyn Linbo had the best game of her career, registering a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds at IUPUI. Both of those were career-high marks, but they came in a 91-70 losing effort.
Purdue Fort Wayne will wrap up the home portion of the regular season on Thursday (Feb. 16) and Saturday (Feb. 18) with Wright State and Northern Kentucky. Saturday’s game will be Senior Day for the Mastodons.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE MBB
GODFREY BECOMES ALL-TIME SCORING LEADER ON SUNDAY
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Needing 21 points to become Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball all-time leader in points scored, Jarred Godfrey scored a team-high 23 points in Purdue Fort Wayne’s Sunday (Feb. 12) matinee against the visiting Robert Morris Colonials.
Godfrey’s record-breaking moment came at 14:57 mark of the second half. A strong baseline drive resulted in a trip to the free throw line. Godfrey calmly knocked down the first foul shot to eclipse former Mastodon and current Memphis Grizzlies guard John Konchar’s record of 2,065 points. Godfrey now sits at 2,068 career points. He finished 9-of-15 from the floor and 9-of-10 at the free throw line.
However it would not be enough as the Colonials ended Sunday’s contest on a 9-0 run to take a 71-64 victory.
Godfrey scored 17 of his game-high 23 points in the opening period. Godfrey shot 5-of-11 from the field and went a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line in the opening half. Bobby Planutis also had a sizzling first half performance, scoring 15 points while shooting 5-of-8 from the floor and 4-of-7 from 3-point territory. Godfrey and Planutis combined for 32 of the ‘Dons’ 37 points in the first half.
Momentum swung the way of the visitors in the second half as Robert Morris steadily chipped away at Purdue Fort Wayne’s advantage. RMU connected on 10 of its first 13 field goal attempts and drew to within a point midway through the second half.
Purdue Fort Wayne steadied themselves and pushed its lead back up to eight points following a layup by Ra Kpedi and five straight points from Anthony Roberts.
The ‘Dons were unable to put the Colonials away and RMU would grab its first lead of the ballgame with 1:17 left in regulation following a pull-up 3-pointer by Michael Green III. A game-tying 3-pointer from the corner in the final minute by Purdue Fort Wayne fell off the iron and RMU was able to secure the rebound.
Purdue Fort Wayne (15-12, 7-9 Horizon) will look to get back into the win column on Friday (Feb. 17) when the Mastodons host Northern Kentucky in the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Robert Morris improved to 12-15, 7-9 Horizon. The Colonials will host Green Bay on Thursday (Feb. 16).
ROAD TRIP COMES TO A CLOSE FOR ACES WITH LOSS AT MURRAY STATE
MURRAY, Ky. – Closing a stretch of four out of its last five games on the road, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team dropped a Sunday contest with Murray State, 80-60, in MVC action in Murray, Ky.
Tallying a career-high 19 points, redshirt junior center Barbora Tomancova led the Aces on the afternoon, adding nine boards to finish just one away from her fifth double-double of the season. Also finishing in double-figures for Evansville was senior guard/forward Abby Feit with 11 points, along with four rebounds and three assists. Filling the role for the injured Anna Newman, freshman Kynidi Mason Striverson helped lead Evansville’s offense with a team-high six assists on the day. For the Racers, Katelyn Young powered the home side, scoring a game-high 29 points, including a five-for-six performance from beyond the arc.
Evansville found itself in a similar predicament as it has in recent losses, falling behind early and having to fight itself back from an early deficit. The Aces shot 33% (4-12) in the opening frame, but Murray State hit nine of its 18 first-quarter shots including four triples to grab a 25-8 lead after the opening 10 minutes.
The Aces attack was improved in the second period, scoring 21 points and showing the ability to get to the line at a high rate. After not getting to the line at all in the first quarter, Evansville made nine trips to the charity stripe in the second period, hitting six free-throws. Despite Evansville’s improved offense, Murray State turned their offense up another gear, shooting 73% from the field and taking a 50-29 lead into the half.
In the second half, Evansville did as it has done all season and that’s never relent. The Aces kept pace with the Racers through the third quarter and out-scoring Murray State, 16-15, in the fourth to continue showing their resilience as Murray State secured the 80-60 win.
Evansville comes back home for a pair of important MVC contests on Friday, February 17th against UIC and Sunday, February 19th versus Valparaiso inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.
UE PUTS UP ANOTHER STRONG PERFORMANCE AGAINST MSU
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Antoine Smith Jr. tied his season scoring mark with 16 points on Sunday with the University of Evansville men’s basketball team falling to Missouri State by a 66-60 final at the Ford Center.
Trailing by 10 in the second half, the Purple Aces rallied to take the lead in the final minutes before the Bears hit three consecutive triples to seal the win. Smith was 5-for-10 from the field and recorded a team-high six rebounds. Marvin Coleman II tallied 14 points and Kenny Strawbridge Jr. scored 10. Alston Mason led the Bears with 18 points with Donovan Clay posting 17. Jonathan Mogbo led all players with 10 boards.
“It was a hard-fought game and I am proud of our guys. We were hesitant early in the game and once we started adjusting to them (Missouri State), they adjusted to us,” UE head coach David Ragland said. “Over the last 11-12 minutes, we adjusted to their presence in the paint and made them beat us in a different way.”
Antoine Smith Jr. converted his first field goal of the afternoon to open the scoring while MSU got on the board with a triple. Kenny Strawbridge Jr. put UE back in front at 4-3 but it was the Bears who slowly stretched the lead. The teams combined to hit two of their first 12 field goal tries before Missouri State turned a 12-10 lead into a 21-10 advantage inside of the 8-minute mark.
Hitting four shots in a row, MSU forced an Evansville time out with their lead standing in double figures. After starting the game 1-for-7 from the field, the Bears hit 8 of their next 12 attempts. Evansville regrouped and took control on both sides of the floor over the remainder of the half. Antoine Smith Jr. and Yacine Toumi knocked down consecutive triples to cut into the deficit.
Strawbridge would later add his first triple of the game to continue what would be a 16-7 rally that turned the 21-10 deficit into a 28-27 game in the final minute. The Bears hit the final shot of the half but the Aces went to the break down by just three at 30-27. Defensively, UE forced 10 turnovers in the first half.
Smith hit the first basket of the second half to make it a 1-point game once again. Missouri State countered immediately and would push the lead back into double figures when a free throw with 12:36 remaining made it a 45-35 game.
Gage Bobe provided the response with his second triple of the game before the Bears retook the 10-point lead just past the midway point of the final half. Trailing 50-40, Evansville clamped down once again on both sides of the floor. Free throws by Coleman and Preston Phillips got things started while Smith followed with his fourth make of the day to force a time out by MSU with under eight minutes showing on the clock.
Coleman knocked down two more free throws before Strawbridge finished off a 3-point play to tie the game at 51-51 with 6:29 remaining. Two minutes later, it was Gage Bobe who put UE back in front with a jumper. Over the final minutes, it was the outside shooting of Chance Moore that gave the Bears a chance as he connected on three consecutive triples. His efforts were the difference in the 66-60 win. MSU shot 42.6% while holding the Aces to 39.1%. The Bears also completed the game with a 37-25 advantage on the boards.
On Wednesday, Evansville travels to Belmont for a 6:30 p.m. game.
SOUTHERN INDIANA MTENNIS
EAGLES FALL IN DOUBLE HEADER WITH HOOSIERS
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Tennis fell to Indiana University on Sunday in a double header, 7-0 and 4-0. The Screaming Eagles drop to 2-4 on the season while the Hoosiers improve to 8-1.
The Hoosiers took both doubles matches in the first match, taking both the number two and number three doubles. The number one doubles was unfinished.
The two teams did not play doubles in the second match.
USI couldn’t bounce back in singles in the first match as Indiana was able to take all but one set. Freshman Omar ElSamahy (Cairo, Egypt) took the second set in the number two singles but fell in the third set tiebreaker.
Indiana continued to stay hot in the second match of the day taking the first four singles matches to win the overall match. The Hoosiers were able to take the number four, three, six, and one singles to sweep the day.
UP NEXT FOR USI
The Eagles return home for a three match homestand at the Evansville Tennis Center starting on February 17 as they host Eastern Kentucky University, starting at 1 pm. USI then plays host to the University of Missouri-St. Louis on February 24 and then host Hanover College on February 25.
VALPO GOLFS FIRST ROUND OF SPRING SEASON ON SUNDAY
After a strong fall season, the Valparaiso University men’s golf team teed off the spring slate on Sunday by competing in the first round of the three-day, 54-hole Advance Golf Partners Collegiate at the par-72, 7169-yard Hammock Creek Golf Club in Palm City, Fla. The top score by a Beacon came from Owen Sander (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel), who is competing as an individual.
How It Happened
Sander is tied for 16th in a massive 119-player field after turning in a 73 (+1) on the event’s opening day.
The top score from the Valpo lineup came courtesy of Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield), who carded a 77 and is tied for 56th. The team’s other three counting scores were all 78s.
Valpo stroked a 311 as a team and is in 17th place in a 19-team field after a rare rough round for a high-quality program. The Beacons are 14 strokes ahead of Missouri Valley Conference foe Bradley.
Butler leads the tournament at 288, while Drexel’s Drue Nicholas holds the top spot individually after posting a 66.
Inside the Round
Valpo’s strengths were par-4 scoring (4.22) and par-5 scoring (4.85), but the par 3s were a different story, with the Beacons last in the field at 4.10 on those holes.
The team had nine birdies, led by Yianni Kostouros (Crown Point, Ind. / Crown Point [Ball State]) and Sam Booth (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) with three apiece.
Sander’s score tied a personal best for the Valpo freshman.
Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring
“Today’s rounds had three primary areas that we will be working on and improving for our next two rounds on Monday and Tuesday. First, our putting was very poor. We struggled with the speed of our putts, along with making our four to six-foot putts. Second, our Par-3 scoring was terrible. We played the Par 3s at +16, which is where we lost the majority of our shots to the field. Lastly, we still had too many double and triple bogeys that we need to eliminate to score better.”
“This was our first round of a long spring season and we were rusty coming off four months of no competition – it showed today. The guys have worked hard with our practices this winter, so I’m not concerned and I’m confident that we can bounce back with better rounds over the next two days.”
“Owen Sander played very solid for us today. He hit 16 greens in regulation, which is a terrific accomplishment in the 20-25 mph winds that we dealt with all day. His course management was excellent and the round was really good for his confidence.”
The tournament will continue on Monday with Round 2 of the three-round event. A link to live scoring via GolfStat is available on ValpoAthletics.com.
BEACONS DROP DECISION TO UNI SUNDAY
The Valpo women’s basketball team hosted its annual Play4Kay game Sunday afternoon at the ARC, with visiting UNI earning an 83-60 victory. Freshman Ali Saunders (Depauw, Ind./North Harrison) delivered the best shooting performance by a Valpo player in nearly two decades in the losing effort.
How It Happened
UNI jumped out to an early four-point lead, but a 7-1 stretch for the Beacons — featuring a triple from Saunders and layups by juniors Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) and Jayda Johnston (Roseville, Minn./Roseville Area) — gave Valpo a 13-11 lead with 2:11 to play in the opening period.
The Panthers closed the quarter on an 8-0 run to go ahead 19-13 at the end of 10 minutes.
Valpo scored the first two baskets of the second quarter to pull back to within two, and was still within four at 25-21 with 6:43 to play in the first half following a bucket from Saunders.
UNI gradually pulled away, outscoring the Beacons 12-5 the remainder of the half to take a 37-26 lead into halftime.
It was all Panthers to start the second half, as they scored on five of their first seven possessions of the half for a 14-2 run which gave them a 51-28 lead.
Valpo came right back with a big run of its own, started by a 3-pointer from fifth-year Maya Dunson (Dayton, Ohio/Wayne [Loyola]). The Beacons then got three consecutive run-out baskets on the break, as steals and layups by fifth-year Ilysse Pitts (Aurora, Ill./Montini Catholic) and Saunders sandwiched a defensive rebound and coast-to-coast move by Earnest.
A driving layup by Earnest with 4:12 to play in the third quarter capped an 11-0 Valpo run and made it a 51-39 game, as close as the Beacons had been since intermission.
But UNI scored 10 of the quarter’s final 11 points to lead 61-40 at the end of the third, and Valpo got no closer in the final quarter.
Inside the Game
Saunders tied for game-high honors with 19 points, the second-highest output of her career, but it was the efficient manner in which she did it that was so impressive. Making just her second career start, Saunders knocked down all seven of her field goal attempts — including one 3-pointer — and was also a perfect 4-for-4 at the foul line.
Saunders is the first Valpo player with a 100% field goal percentage on at least seven attempts since Tamra Braun went 10-for-10 at Oakland on Jan. 3, 2004.
The freshman also handed out four assists on Sunday. Saunders is one of only four D-I players nationally with a game this season where they have gone 7-of-7 or better from the field and also dished out at least four assists.
Making her first start in a Valpo uniform, redshirt junior Emma Tecca (Tallamadge, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban [Akron]) smashed her previous season high with 12 points, a mark which matches her career best. Tecca, who also set a season best with three rebounds, hit a pair of 3-pointers and was 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
10 of Tecca’s 12 points came in the fourth quarter alone, making her the fifth different Valpo player this season to pour in 10 or more points in a single period.
All 11 players who have seen action for the Beacons this season have matched or set their career single-game scoring high.
Earnest joined Saunders and Tecca in double figures with 10 points off the bench and also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season.
Earnest is the first Valpo player with eight double-doubles in a season since Dani Franklin tallied eight during the 2016-17 campaign.
Valpo and UNI shot at nearly identical clips from the field Sunday — Valpo 41.8% and UNI 41.7%. But the Panthers were 9-of-20 from deep versus the Beacons’ 4-of-18 mark, and UNI also went 24-of-28 from the foul line versus Valpo’s 10-of-14.
The Beacons outscored the Panthers in the paint, 36-28.
VALPO TO WELCOME SIU ON VALENTINE’S DAY
Southern Illinois (19-8, 11-5 MVC)
at Valparaiso (11-16, 5-11 MVC)
Game No. 28 – Tuesday, Feb. 14, 6 p.m. CT
Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The final team in the Missouri Valley Conference that the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team has not yet played this season will be in Northwest Indiana on Tuesday night as Southern Illinois makes its way to the Athletics-Recreation Center for the lone matchup of the regular season between the two programs. Tuesday’s promotion is a special date night treat for Valentine’s Day pairs as fans who purchase upper mezzanine tickets can take advantage of a “buy one, get one” (BOGO) special.
Last Time Out: Valpo completed the season sweep of Illinois State and continued its domination in the head-to-head series, improving to 10-1 over the last 11 matchups by beating the Redbirds 81-76 on Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The team’s top three scorers all had huge nights, led by Redbird nemesis Quinton Green, whose 25 points were one shy of his season high that came in the first matchup with Illinois State. Ben Krikke poured in 24, while Kobe King hit six of his seven shots for 18 points, helping the team shoot 54.9 percent from the field.
Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN+ – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Jamie Stangel (analyst)
Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App –
Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball
Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Matt Lottich: Matt Lottich (108-112) is in his seventh season as the head coach of the men’s basketball program in 2022-2023. Twice during his tenure, Valpo has upset Top-25 opponents, defeating Drake and Rhode Island at the ARC. Valpo has four wins over AP Top 25 teams in program history, and two have come under Lottich. In 2019-2020, Valpo became the first team in the history of Arch Madness, the annual Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis, to reach the title game after playing in the opening round by winning three games in three days. Lottich, hired as the 22nd head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program in April 2016, graduated from Stanford University in 2004 and New Trier High School (Illinois) in 2000.
Series Notes: These two teams have split 14 all-time matchups in a series that dates back to 1928. They are also level at 5-5 in the 10 games that have occurred since Valpo joined The Valley. The Beacons will shed no tears about not visiting SIU this season after last year’s 77-55 loss in Carbondale. That lopsided affair bucked a recent trend as each of the previous three clashes had been dictated by three points or fewer. The Salukis have won three straight head-to-head matchups.
Remembering Redmon: The Feb. 11 victory over Illinois State came on a night where Valpo remembered one of the program’s all-time greats, as David Redmon ‘95 recently passed away at the age of 50 and funeral services were held that afternoon in Valparaiso. At halftime, a video tribute was played with messages from former Valpo basketball head coach Homer Drew, and former teammates Casey Schmidt and Rob Cavanaugh remembering Redmon, a hometown product who helped lay the foundation for the legacy of success of the Valpo men’s basketball program. Redmon’s 13-year-old son Tommy sat on the team bench during the game and joined the team in the locker room prior to the contest. Redmon, a 2004 Valpo Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, passed away on Jan. 15 in Columbus, Ohio. In Redmon’s three years with the program, Valpo won 52 games after winning just 14 total the previous three seasons. He helped the program to its first 20-win season in nearly three decades, followed by another 20-win campaign and the program’s first Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament championships in 1994-95.
Scouting the Salukis
Need one win to nail down a 20-win season, but are coming off an 82-59 loss on Saturday at Drake and are playing their second straight road game while Valpo is enjoying its second consecutive home date.
Recorded recent wins over UIC (68-66) and Missouri State (73-53) but had lost to Bradley (62-52) and Illinois State (72-66) prior to that.
Led in scoring by Marcus Domask at 16.7 points per game.
Picked to finish third in the MVC preseason poll and are currently in line with expectations as part of a three-way tie for third amidst a five-team logjam, all within one game of each other at the top of the standings.
U OF I WRESTLING
#6 UINDY WRESTLING WINS FIRST GLVC CHAMPIONSHIP
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The University of Indianapolis Greyhounds are the 2023 GLVC Champions in wrestling after defeating both reigning GLVC champ McKendree and No. 23-ranked Drury in the final GLVC duals of the season. This is the first GLVC Championship for the Greyhounds, who become only the third school to win the title since the inaugural crown in 2017. On the season the Hounds went 6-1 in conference duals, alongside an impressive 13-3 dual record on the season.
#6 UINDY 18, MCKENDREE 13
The Greyhounds and Bearcats held the honor of kicking off the final GLVC duals of the season. The Bearcats got out to an early lead with No. 12 Christian Mejia taking the win over Aidan Sprague at 125. No. 8 Breyden Bailey evened the score with a 5-2 victory. The Hounds went on a win streak after that with Ray Rioux winning at 141, Jackson Hoover at 149 finding the dub and then No. 4 Logan Bailey grabbing a 6-1 decision. Jack Eiteljorge, No. 5 at 165, kept the win train going making it 15-3 heading into 174.
The Bearcats refused to quit, picking up a decision win at 174 and then a major decision 184 to bring it to 15-10. No. 1 Derek Blubaugh was in to stop the bleeding and that he did. A 4-3 victory out of the top ranked Blubaugh put Hounds in a solid position. The Bearcats claimed victory at heavyweight, but it was little too late as the Hounds claimed a 18-13 victory.
125 – Christian Mejia over Aidan Sprague Dec 8-2
133 – #8 Breyden Bailey over Ryan Ripplinger Dec 5-2
141 – Ray Rioux over Joseph Semerad Dec 5-3
149 – Jackson Hoover over Logan Rathjen Dec 2-0
157 – #4 Logan Bailey over Noah Villarreal Dec 6-1
165 – #5 Jack Eiteljorge over Matt Ortiz Dec 3-1
174 – Zeke Waltz over Owen Butler Dec 4-3
184 – Josh Jones over Robert Gurley Maj 12-4
197 – #1 Derek Blubaugh over Logan Kvien Dec 4-3
285 – Rozell Baker over Phoenix Rodgers Dec 9-7
#6 UINDY 27, #23 DRURY 14
The Hounds second match of the day started very similarly to their first one, starting in hole after losing the 125 match. No. 8 Bailey was there once again to even the score with a 4-2 victory. The Panthers went on to take back-to-back matches at 141 and 149. No. 4 Logan Bailey did what he has done all season, grabbing a pin in only 52 seconds to get the Hounds their first extra point victory of the match, evening it up 9-apiece. The Panthers got that right back, however, with a tech fall at 165.
Owen Zablocki at 174 grabbed extra points for the Hounds with a 10-1 major at 174 right before Kyle Saez did the exact same thing at 184. A forfeit at 197lbs by Drury led into a Cale Gray match at heavyweight where he grabbed the Hounds fourth straight extra point win with a 11-1 major.
125 – Caden Howard over Aidan Sprague Dec 4-2
133 – #8 Breyden Bailey over Brandon Borlinghaus Dec 4-2
141 – Peter Kuster over Ray Rioux Dec 5-2
149 – Trevor Christian over Nathan Conley SV-1 4-2
157 – #4 Logan Bailey over Jon O`Connell Fall 0:52
165 – Will Kuster over Jackson Hoover TF 17-0
174 – Owen Zablocki over Ethan Smith Maj 10-1
184 – Kyle Saez over Logan Zimmermann Maj 12-2
197 – #1 Derek Blubaugh over Unknown Forf
285 – Cale Gray over Thomas Massengale Maj 11-1
Head coach Jason Warthan on the GLVC Championship win…
“It’s good, I think that starting the year this was one of the goals we thought that was within reason to go for so its nice that we were healthy enough to push and finish strong here… We still have big things to accomplish this year though, we’re going to celebrate with some ice cream and then back to work tomorrow.”
Warthan on the teams dual against McKendree…
“The McKendree dual, it was guy after guy that stepped up… It was match after match after match that we kept our composure and went out and got wins and kept the losses to regular decisions, it was beautiful. Just a great dual.”
The Greyhounds have a weekend off from competition before they head to the NCAA DII Super Region 4 tournament in Edmond, Okla., on Feb. 26.
U OF I SWIMMING
WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CAPTURES FIRST-EVER GLVC CROWN, MEN RUNNERS-UP
EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The UIndy swimming & diving team completed an historic performance at the 2023 Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships Saturday night. The Greyhound women captured their first-ever conference title, while the men took runner-up honors. The women brought home the hardware after a string of five consecutive second-place finishes at the conference meet.
All told, UIndy combined for 21 gold medals – 11 women’s and 10 men’s – on the way to five major awards, including Women’s Coach of the Year Brent Noble and now back-to-back Men’s Swimmer of the Year Cedric Buessing.
GLVC MAJOR WOMEN’S AWARDS
Swimmer of the Year: Claire Conover, Drury
Diver of the Year: Mikaela Starr, UIndy
Freshman of the Year: Mika Heideyer, UIndy
Coach of the Year: Brent Noble, UIndy
GLVC MAJOR MEN’S AWARDS
Swimmer of the Year: Cedric Buessing, UIndy
Co-Divers of the Year: Cade Hammond & Julio Osuna, UIndy
Freshman of the Year: Connor Bichsel, Missouri S&T
Coach of the Year: Daniel Murphy, Missouri S&T
The UIndy finished off the GLVC meet with a pair of gold medal performances Saturday evening. Before being crowned the league’s Freshman of the Year, Mika Heideyer won her third individual event title of the week, matching the fifth-fastest 100 free time in school history with a 50.07.
Fittingly, the women’s capped their championship-performance with a gold-medal swim in the 400 freestyle relay. Heideyer and Johanna Buys – who took silver in the 100 free – were joined by Andrea Paaske and Leticia Vaselli, combining for a 3:21.60 to win the team’s third relay event of the meet and seal the win over runner-up Drury.
In between, the women racked up 106 points by taking second through fifth place in the 200 back. Kaitlyn McCoy led the UIndy contingent with a silver-medal time of 1:58.24.
Cedric Buessing wrapped up a stellar meet with a dominating performance in the 1650 fee. He posted an impressive time of 15:02.54 to set a new school record, securing his third gold medal of the meet and all but clinch his second straight GLVC men’s Swimmer of the Year award.
Julio Osuna led a pack of Hounds on the 3-meter diving board. He earned a school-record 644.00 points in 11 dives to take gold, while Cade Hammond earned silver and Jason Lenzo secured fourth. Osuna and Hammond went on to share GLVC Men’s Diver of the Year accolades.
The Greyhound men went 2-3-4 in the 100 free, with Jeron Thompson winning silver and Joao Silva bronze.
2nd- Emilia Colti-Dumitrescu, 1650 free
2nd- Celina Schmidt, 200 breast
3rd- Mia Krstevska, 200 back
3rd- Christian Hedeen, 1650 free
3rd- Sebestyen Bohm, 200 breast
4th- Diego Mas, 100 free
4th- Karolina Dubcakova, 1650 free
4th- Andrea Gomez, 200 back
4th- Liki Prema, 200 breast
5th- Brynhildur Traustadottir, 1650 free
5th- Stanislaw Chalat, 1650 free
5th- Isabella Revstedt, 200 back
5th- Karolina Dubcakova, 200 breast
7th- Jamie Glover, 1650 free
7th- Bartek Swiderski, 200 back
8th- Sydney Balint, 200 breast
Senior Jeron Thompson was the catalyst for a pair of event titles Friday night, giving the veteran five GLVC gold medals for his career. A native of The Chaguanas, Trinidad & Tobago, Thompson set both UIndy and GLVC records with a winning-time of 46.31 in the 100 back. He later anchored the 200 free relay team to gold, as he, Aqeel Joseph, Diego Mas and Joao Silva combing for a 1:18.13 – just .03 off the meet mark.
The UIndy women also topped the podium in the 200 free relay. Johanna Buys, Julia Magierowska and Leticia Vaselli notched their second straight gold in the sprint relay, while Isabella Revstedt earned her first.
Mikaela Starr destroyed both the school and GLVC records on the 3-meter board, winning the gold with an impressive 11-dive total of 518.50.
Kaitlyn McCoy won the women’s 100 back, breaking her own school record with an A-cut time of 53.37. She of one of five Greyhounds to finish in the top six, as UIndy racked up an impressive 134 points in a single event.
Cedric Buessing notched his third gold of the meet by winning the GLVC’s 500 freestyle race for the second straight year. He too bested his own school record as well as a conference record with a 4:20.66. Meanwhile, Christian Hedeen collected his second silver medal in as many distance events, improving his B-cut time with a 4:26.23.
Liki Prema made it back-to-back conference titles in the men’s 100 breaststroke, while the UIndy women placed four swimmers in the top eight, including Celina Schmidt (silver) and Buys (bronze).
3rd- Alexis Lumaj, 3-meter
T-3rd- Isabella Revstedt, 100 back
T-3rd- Julia Magierowska, 100 back
4th- Brayden Cole, 100 breast
4th- Andrea Gomez, 200 fly
4th- Serge Ahadzhanian, 200 fly
5th- Emilia Colti-Dumitrescu, 500 free
5th- Mia Krstevska, 100 back
6th- Brynhildur Traustadottir, 500 free
6th- Caroline Reinke, 100 back
6th- Sydney Balint, 100 breast
6th- Sebestyen Bohm, 100 breast
6th- Kael Yorke, 200 fly
6th- Sarah Kerbrat, 3-meter
8th- Bartek Swiderski, 100 back
8th- Anahi Schreuders, 100 breast
Several milestones were hit on the third day of the meet, but the brightest star for the Hounds was Mika Heideyer. The Fort-de-France, Martinique native captured two event titles, winning the 100 butterfly and the 200 free in a span of about 70 minutes.
Her 100 fly time of 54.57 matched the school record set by current teammate Johanna Buys last year, while her 200 free mark of 1:48.42 set a new meet record.
The aforementioned Buys secured silver in the 100 fly, while Julia Magierowska (4th), Caroline Reinke (6th) and Andrea Paaske (7th) made it five Hounds in the top eight.
Cedric Buessing also broke a GLVC record with his gold-medal swim in the 400 IM. The sophomore from Germany earned his second consecutive conference title in the event, touching in 3:46.16.
Senior Jeron Thompson took the silver in the men’s 100 fly. His 46.29 snapped the school record while also hitting an automatic qualifying time.
UIndy tallied two more medals on the diving boards, with Cade Hammond grabbing the gold and Jason Lenzo the bronze on the 3-meter. Hammond put up an impressive score of 614.25, good for both school and conference records.
Once again, the night finished with relay races, with both UIndy teams earning silver in the 400 MR. Kaitlyn McCoy, Celina Schmidt, Julia Magierowska and Johanna Buys combined forces for a time of 3:41.04 – just .17 back of first – while Bartek Swiderski, Liki Prema, Kael Yorke and Diego Mas fell less than a second shy of gold at 3:10.43.
2nd- Kaitlyn McCoy, 400 IM
4th- Kael Yorke, 100 fly
6th- Andrea Gomez, 400 IM
8th- Brynhildur Traustadottir, 200 free
9th- Serge Ahadzhanian, 200 free*
UIndy won both B finals in the 400 medley relay
* won the B final; fourth-fastest time in school history
Diego Mas claimed the 50-free crown, out-sprinting the league’s fastest swimmers with a lightning-quick time of 19.60 to edge McKendree-speedster Gregg Lichinsky by just .03 seconds. The mark set a new GLVC record and matched his own program best – one he set back at the House of Champions meet in November – while also giving the Greyhounds their first gold in the high-profile event since 2014.
Johanna Buys made it back-to-back conference titles in the women’s 50 free, touching a 22.71. Right behind was teammate Leticia Vaselli, whose season-best 23.15 was good for runner-up.
UIndy also went 1-2 in the 1000 free, highlighted by sophomore Cedric Buessing’s continued success on the league’s biggest stage. The reigning GLVC Men’s Swimmer of the Year earned his second straight gold in the event with a school-record and NCAA-A-cut time of 9:01.69. Teammate Christian Hedeen secured silver with a 9:11.87, improving both his personal best and B-cut times.
Though the gold went to McKendree, the Greyhounds scored big points in the women’s 1000. UIndy claimed second through fifth place, including a silver-medal swim from Emilia Colti-Dumitrescu and a bronze from Karolina Dubcakova, to amass a whopping 106 team points.
Kaitlyn McCoy repeated as the women’s 200 IM champ. The 2021 national runner-up in the event, McCoy outpaced a trio of Drury Panthers with a winning time of 2:00.01.
Meanwhile on the boards, the Hounds started the diving events by nabbing two more medals. Mikaela Starr and Alexis Lumaj earned gold and silver, respectively, on the 1-meter. It marked the second career GLVC title for Starr, who also won gold two years ago on the 3-meter board.
The Greyhounds’ capped the night with a pair of podium finishes in the always-exciting 200 medley relay. Julia Magierowska, Celina Schmidt, Mika Heideyer and Vaselli combined for a gold-medal time of 1:41.52, out-touching Drury by nine-tenths of a second. In the final race of the evening, Jeron Thompson, Liki Prema, Serge Ahadzhanian and Mas claimed silver with a 1:26.00, falling just .13 seconds shy of McKendree’s winning time.
4th- Brynhildur Traustadottir, 1000 free
5th- Joao Silva, 50 free
5th- Jamie Glover, 1000 free
5th- Celina Schmidt, 200 IM
6th- Sarah Kerbrat, 1-meter
7th- Stanislaw Chalat, 1000 free
7th- Andrea Gomez, 200 IM
The meet kicked off Tuesday evening with the men’s and women’s finals of the 800 freestyle relay, with both events netting a medal for the Hounds. The women’s quartet of Heideyer, Vaselli, McCoy and Brynhildur Traustadottir claimed the silver, while the men’s team of Buessing, Ahadzhanian, Hedeen and Silva took bronze.
U OF I SB
HOUNDS POST TWO WINS, 22 RUNS TO CLOSE SEASON-OPENING ROAD TRIP
ALBERTVILLE, Ala.—The No. 16 UIndy softball team concluded its stay at the annual Charger Chillout with two convincing wins. The Greyhounds topped Carson-Newman, 11-3, in six innings before blanking Miles College, 11-0, in five.
GAME 1 | 16 UIndy 11, Carson-Newman 3 (6 innings)
UIndy handed the Eagles their first loss of the season, halting their season-starting seven-game win streak.
The Hounds sprinted out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first and didn’t look back. Emily O’Connor and Dominique Proctor provided the pop, with the former hitting a two-run homer in the second inning and the latter a solo shot in the fourth.
UIndy hitters coaxed 10 walks in the game, including three by shortstop Sydnee Perry. Maddy Stout, Shelby Cook and Lexy Rees each added two hits.
Kenzee Smith went the distance in the circle, bumping her record to 2-1 on the young season. She struck out eight in six innings of work.
GAME 2 | 16 UIndy 11, Miles 0 (5 innings)
The Hounds hung 11 runs on the board for the third straight game, as they run-ruled Miles College in the minimum five innings. O’Connor continued her personal power surge, with an RBI double and a three-run bomb.
Her second home run of the day highlighted an eight-run second inning. Cook added a two-RBI single in the rally.
In the circle, Jayden Casebolt and Kaitlyn Brown combined for the five-inning shutout. Casebolt tossed three hitless frames to earn the win, while Brown, in her collegiate debut, struck out five of the seven batters she faced.
Six different Greyhounds recorded a home run on road trip, including two apiece from O’Connor and Proctor.
The Hounds will once again head down I-65 next weekend for the Music City Invitational. UIndy will play four games during its two-day stint in Smyrna, Tenn., starting with a Midwest Region matchup with Purdue Northwest on Saturday, Feb. 18.
MARIAN’S OFFENSE HAMMERS 24 RUNS IN SERIES FINALE SWEEP OF TOUGALOO COLLEGE
Jackson, Miss. – Continuing their suspended game from Saturday, the Marian baseball team poured on the offense Sunday as they swept the series-closing doubleheader against Tougaloo College. Marian won their suspended contest in eight innings with a 17-4 victory, while closing the afternoon with a 7-2 victory to bring a 3-2 record back to Indiana.
Game 1 | Marian 17-4 Tougaloo (8 Innings)
Tougaloo plated the first runs of the game when play started on Saturday, striking twice against Chris Adams in the first inning. The Knights answered with a monstrous second inning, driving home six runs on six hits, with Caden Mason, Trey Heidlage, and Rylan Huntley each tripling in the frame. Base hits from Jackson Hogg, Dion Wintjes, and Max Steffen added to the big inning, helping drive the lead to four runs. The Bulldogs came back with an unearned run off Adams in the home half, ending the second with Marian on top 6-3.
Rain stopped play on Saturday, and when it resumed on Sunday it took the Knights an inning to find the offense. Heidlage reached on an error to start the fourth, setting the stage for two runs as he scored after Hogg put the ball in play as another error scored the run. A bases loaded walk scored the second run as Steffen drew the RBI pass, and in the home half four strikeouts from Vince Bonanni kept the Knights rolling. An RBI base hit from JJ Rivera in the fifth drove home a run, and in the sixth a Kameron Salazar single and another triple from Heidlage highlighted a three-run frame.
Bonanni continued to throw well stranding two runners in the sixth, protecting a 12-3 lead going into the seventh. A double from Caden Jones helped bring in another run in the seventh, putting Hogg in scoring position after getting hit by a pitch. A sacrifice fly from Wintjes scored the 13th run, and matched Tougaloo for the inning as the Bulldogs hit Bonanni twice to drive home a score.
The game was put to bed in the eighth inning, as Marian racked up four more base hits leading to four runs. A two-RBI double from Heidlage scored the first two runs, while an RBI base hit from Hogg and RBI sacrifice fly off Jones’ bat brought in runs 16 and 17. Logan Drook closed the game on the mound, stranding a hit and a walk in his first collegiate inning to complete the run-rule victory.
Marian had 18 hits in game two of the series, with Heidlage going 4-5 in to lead the team. Heidlage had three RBI and scored four runs, stealing a base on the afternoon as well. Wintjes went 3-3 with two RBI, and Rivera, Jones, Mason, and Hogg each had two hits. On the mound, Adams did not factor into the decision as he went two innings with four strikeouts, allowing one hit and two earned runs. Bonanni earned his first collegiate win going 5.0 innings, allowing four hits while fanning seven.
Game 2 | Marian 7-2 Tougaloo
In the series finale, Marian got strong pitching out of the gate from Damien Wallace who picked up a pair of strikeouts in the first inning. Wallace did not share the same success in the second inning, drilling a batter ad giving up two hits that would allow the game’s first score. The second strikeout of the inning provided a spark, and in the third Marian answered with two runs to take the lead. Trey Heidlage reached on error to start the charge, scoring on an RBI triple from Rylan Huntley.
An RBI groundout from JJ Rivera in the third provided a 2-1 lead, holding at the same margin going into the fourth as Wallace ended the inning with a perfect inning and two striekouts. A lead-off triple from Caden Jones in the fourth led to the lead growing, as Dion Wintjes brought home his teammate with an RBI groundout. Wallace was perfect again in the fourth, and in the fifth two more hits led to a run, with Rivera scoring AJ Bordenet on a sacrifice fly.
Leading 4-2 going into the home half of the sixth, Wallace showed some fatigue allowing a pair of base hits to Tougaloo, as they scored their second run. Wallace closed strong catching a pop-up on the mound to end the frame, and in the seventh got closing run support as the Knights scored three more runs. A double from Huntley got the offense rolling, as Hogg and Wintjes brought in the three scores. Joe Nelan closed the game on the mound with a five-run cushion, allowing one hit in his inning before closing the game on a strikeout.
Marian’s pitching was strong in the series finale, with Wallace going 6.0 innings and striking out eight batters to earn his first win of the season. The combined efforts of Wallace and Nelan limited Tougaloo to six hits, throwing 90 pitches in the win. Marian had nine hits of their own in the win, with Huntley, Wintjes, and Jones each recording two. Both of Huntley’s hits were for extra bases, blasting a double and a triple.
Marian will play a three-game series at Brewton Parker University this coming weekend, with a nine-inning game to be played on Friday to open the weekend.
SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETIC SITES:
INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/
EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/
WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/
FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/
ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/
ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index
TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index
BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/
DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/
HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/
MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/
HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/
OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx
ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index
IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/
IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/
IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/
PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/
INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx
GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/
ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/
GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/
HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php
TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/
VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index
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February 13, 1937 – The Boston Redskins receive approval from the NFL to move to Washington, D.C. to share baseball’s Griffith Stadium with the Washington Senators of Major League Baseball’s American League. The franchise started out in Boston as the Braves in 1932. In a July 5, 1933 Boston Globe article, franchise owner George Marshall announced publicly that he was changing the team’s nickname to the Redskins to avoid confusion with the Boston Braves American League Baseball team. Marshall interestingly enough credited the name selection on his counsel with claimed Native American Head Coach Lone Star Dietz as well as several players of Native American descent on the 1933 squad. It is speculated though that the motivation to change the moniker went further than that as after a financially devastating and poorly attended season in 1932, Marshall really abandoned the Braves name in favor of the Redskins to try and find financial stability for his club. According to a piece on the Sports Team History website the team also moved their home field to Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team to further distance themselves from the Boston Braves and possibly rally fan support for the professional football team. After five frustrating seasons and poor support from the community and the press Marshall asked for permission to move the team to the Nation’s Capital. After the League office’s approval the franchise thrived in D.C. winning multiple championships as they played as the Washington Redskins from 1937 through 2019. In 2020, out of respect for the degrading connotation of the Redskins name with Native Americans the franchise was referred to as the Washington Football Team and all association by name and symbolism with the word redskin was dropped.
February 13, 2005 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii – At the 2004 season’s NFL Pro Bowl, the AFC team of all-stars knocked off the NFC squad by the final score of 38-27. Legendary quarterback Peyton Manning then with the Indianapolis Colts was voted as the game’s Most Valuable Player.
HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAYS FOR FEBRUARY 13
February 13, 1933 – Poplar Bluff, Missouri – The great Southeast Missouri State tackle, Kenneth Dement was born. Kenneth played for Southeast Missouri in the seasons of 1951 through 1954 and he was a two way tackle.
February 13, 1972 – Englewood, New Jersey – Ruben Brown the big offensive tackle from Pittsburgh arrived into this life. Originally a defensive tackle, his coaches taught him the ways of an offensive tackle as a freshman and by the time his senior season rolled around Ruben was a First Team All-American per the NFF. Brown also received honors as the Washington D.C. Downtown Athletic Club’s National Outstanding Lineman for 1994. The National Football Foundation selected Ruben Brown for entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2015. Ruben was a 1995 NFL Draft pick by the Buffalo Bills and he spent 11 seasons in the NFL with the Bills and the Chicago Bears. He was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, he was elected to the Bills’ 50th Anniversary Team in 2009, and he was a member of the 2006 Bears team that appeared in Super Bowl XLI.
February 13, 1977 – Rand, West Virginia – The lanky speedster of a wide receiver from Marshall Randy Moss was born. Moss was a first round pick by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1998 NFL Draft. As a Rookie he caught 69 passes for 1313 yards and led the NFL with 17 TDs per the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website. In 2003 he had his best year when he hauled in 111 catches for 1632 yards. He later moved on to play with the Patriots and all he did was set an NFL record with 23 touchdown receptions in 2007 when teamed with Tom Brady. He earned All -Pro Honors four times and went to 6 Pro Bowls as he retired with 156 total TDd and 15292 yards receiving. Randy Moss was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1914 The Cubs exchange second basemen with the Braves, sending future Hall of Famer Johnny Evers to Boston for Bill Sweeney. Boston gets the better of the deal when their new middle infielder plays a pivotal role in the club’s World Championship this season, garnering the Chalmers Award as the league’s Most Valuable Player.
1920 A group of eight midwestern team owners meets at the Kansas City YMCA to organize the Negro National League, which will become one of the most successful ventures of its kind. Rube Foster, the owner/manager of the American Giants, will become president of the new circuit, leading to accusations of favoritism, which appear especially true when Chicago’s schedule plays a disproportionate number of games at home. Andrew “Rube” Foster, A Harvest on Freedom’s Fields
Amazon Andrew ”Rube” Foster, A Harvest on Freedom’s Fields
1935 Former major league journeyman Gus Dugas, a French-Canadian obtained by the Montreal Royals from Albany of the International League in November, signs his contract while visiting relatives in his native province of Quebec. The French language contract is the first in the history of professional baseball.
1953 In honor of their longtime owner and manager, the A’s rename their Philadelphia ballpark from Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium. During his 50-year tenure as Athletics skipper, the ‘Tall Tactician’ guided the team to nine American League pennants and appeared in eight World Series, winning five of the Fall Classics.
1964 At the age of twenty-two, Cubs’ second baseman Ken Hubbs dies when the red and white Cessna 172 plane he is piloting crashes one quarter-mile south of Bird Island in Utah Lake during a winter storm. The 1962 National League Rookie of the Year took flying lessons for the past two off-seasons to overcome his fear of flying, obtaining his license last month.
1968 The Dodgers trade infielders Ron Hunt and Nate Oliver to the Giants for backstop Tom Haller. The 30-year-old All-Star catcher will compile a respectable .276 batting average during his four years behind the plate for LA.
1970 A day after his 27th birthday, Paul Edmondson and his girlfriend are killed in an automobile accident in San Barbara (CA) when his automobile skids on a rain-slicked U.S. Route 101 and crashes into oncoming traffic. The White Sox had hoped their sophomore right-hander would become the fourth starter in the team’s rotation after compiling a misleading 1-6 record last season.
1986 Ron Hassey, whom the White Sox acquired two months ago from the Yankees, is traded back to the Bronx Bombers, along with three minor-leaguers for Neil Allen, Scott Bradley, and a minor leaguer. In December, the Bronx Bombers sent the 32-year-old catcher to the Windy City, along with Joe Cowley, who will toss a no-hitter in September, for Britt Burns and two minor leaguers.
1987 Jack Morris is awarded the highest salary ever given to a pitcher by arbitration when the Tigers must pay the hurler $1.85 million for his services next season. The 31-year-old right-hander will not disappoint, posting an 18-11 record along with an ERA of 3.38 for the AL East Division champions.
1995 A loophole in the Japanese Uniform Players Contract enables the Dodgers to sign 26-year-old right-hander Hideo Nomo as a free agent, giving the five-time Japanese All-Star a $2 million signing bonus. In May, the ‘Tornado Boy’ will become the first Japanese-born Major Leaguer to appear in a major league game since Masanori Murakami pitched for the Giants in 1965.
2002 The Red Sox sign 43-year-old Rickey Henderson, who will bat .223 in 72 games for Boston this season, to a minor-league contract. Last year with the Padres, the future Hall of Famer got his 3000th career hit while breaking the major league records for walks and runs.
2003 The Mets sign 40-year-old David Cone, who compiled an 80-48 record with the team from 1987-1992, to a minor league contract. The veteran right-hander is coming out of retirement hoping to win the fifth spot in the rotation.
2005 Avoiding an arbitration hearing, Ben Sheets (12-14, 2.70) and the Brewers agree to a one-year contract valued at $5.5 million. The All-Star right-hander, who made $2.5 million last season, established a team record last May, striking out 18 batters in a game.
2005 After 19 years at shortstop for the Reds, Barry Larkin announces his retirement as an active player to become a special assistant to Nationals’ general manager Jim Bowden, who served as Cincinnati’s GM from 1992 to 2001. The 40-year-old former Gold Glove infielder spent his entire career in his hometown.
2006 Avoiding an arbitration hearing, Adam Dunn (.247, 40, 101) and the Reds agree to an $18.5 million two-year deal, which gives the team a 2008 option for $13 million with a buyout for $500,000. The 26-year-old outfielder/first baseman, who led the big leagues for the second consecutive season in strikeouts, had asked for $8.95 million, with the club countering with $7.1 million.
2008 Takashi Saito (2-1, 1.40), who signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers two years ago after playing 14 seasons in the Japanese Central League with the Yokohama Bay Stars, agrees to a $2 million, one-year contract to stay with Los Angeles. The 37-year-old All-Star closer had 39 saves in 43 chances last season.
2008 In a much anticipated congressional hearing, Roger Clemens and his former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, testify for four and a half hours concerning the allegations of the Rocket’s use of performance-enhancing drugs. Republicans appear to believe the seven-time Cy Young Award winner, while Democrats seem to favor his chief accuser’s account of events.
2009 To avoid arbitration for the remainder of his career, Ryan Howard agrees to a three-year, $54 million deal with Philadelphia. The Phillies slugger, who led the major leagues in home runs (48) and RBI (146), was unable to reach a contract settlement in less than friendly negotiations with the team and was awarded $10 million by arbitrators during the 2008 off-season, tying the highest sum ever given to a player in the process.
2012 Yoenis Cespedes and the A’s have reached a reported four-year, $36 million deal, pending the results of a physical examination. The Cuban defector, slotted to play center field, moving Coco Crisp to left, hit .458 with a double, three triples, two home runs, and five RBIs in the six games he played in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
SPORTS IN NUMBERS
1 – 8 – 17 -18 – 24 -19 – 33
February 13, 1923 – The first all Black Pro Basketball team, the New York Renaissance, forms and organizes. Bob Douglas, known as the Father of Black Professional Basketball, and who was the eventual the first African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame started the ball club for African Americans. At one point in the 1932 through 1933 season, they won 88 games in a row barnstorming across the country playing the likes of the Harlem Globetrotters and the Boston Celtics.
February 13, 1974 – James Cool Papa Bell, is selected to enter into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Bell who played mostly in the Negro Leagues of baseball wore Numbers 1, 8, 17, 18, and 24 according to historian Larry Lester.
February 13, 1982 – New York Islander legend Bryan Trottier, Number 19 tallies 5 goals against the Philadelphia Flyers in a single game.
February 13, 1990 – The amazing streak of games with a free throw made ends for celebrated Boston Celtic star, Number 33, Larry Bird after 71 games.
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|Alabama A&M at UAPB||6:30pm||–|
|Miami (FL) at North Carolina||7:00pm||ESPN|
|American at Bucknell||7:00pm||CBSSN|
|North Carolina A&T at Monmouth||7:00pm||FloHoops|
|Towson at William & Mary||7:00pm||FloHoops|
|Northeastern at Charleston||7:00pm||FloHoops|
|Stony Brook at Delaware||7:00pm||FloHoops|
|Drexel at Hofstra||7:00pm||FloHoops|
|Coppin State at North Carolina Central||7:30pm||–|
|Delaware State at Norfolk State||7:30pm||–|
|Maryland Eastern Shore at Howard||7:30pm||–|
|Alcorn State at Florida A&M||7:30pm||–|
|Jackson State at Bethune-Cookman||7:30pm||–|
|Hartford at South Alabama||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Prairie View A&M at Grambling State||8:00pm||–|
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OR Texas at Texas Tech
|West Virginia at Baylor|
OR Texas at Texas Tech
|Hampton at Elon||9:00pm||CBSSN|
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|Texas at Iowa State||7:00pm||ESPN2|
|Kentucky at Mississippi||7:00pm||SECN|
|Indiana at Ohio State||7:00pm||BTN|
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|Atlanta at Charlotte||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|San Antonio at Cleveland||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Utah at Indiana||7:00pm||ATTSN-RMBally Sports|
|Houston at Philadelphia||7:00pm||ATTSN-SW|
|Denver at Miami||7:30pm||NBATV|
|Brooklyn at New York||7:30pm||MSG|
|Orlando at Chicago||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|New Orleans at Oklahoma City||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Minnesota at Dallas||8:30pm||Bally Sports|
|Washington at Golden State||10:00pm||NBCS-WSH|
|LA Lakers at Portland||10:00pm||Spectrum|
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|Calgary at Ottawa||7:30pm||Sportsnet|
|Arizona at Nashville||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Florida at Minnesota||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Detroit at Vancouver||10:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Buffalo at Los Angeles||10:30pm||Bally Sports|
|SOCCER MATCHES||TIME ET||TV|
|Serie A: Hellas Verona vs Salernitana||12:30pm||Paramount+|
|Serie A: Sampdoria vs Internazionale||2:45pm||Paramount+|
|English Premier League: Liverpool vs Everton||3:00pm||USA|
|La Liga: Espanyol vs Real Sociedad||3:00pm||ESPN+|
|Argentina Primera División: Barracas Central vs Unión Santa Fe||3:00pm||Paramount+|
|Argentina Primera División: Estudiantes vs Lanús||6:00pm||Paramount+|