INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL TUESDAY SECTIONAL MATCH-UPS

CLASS 4A
East Chicago Central
Hammond Morton vs. Munster 7:00 pm
Chesterton
Portage at Chesterton 8:00 pm
Mishawaka
LaPorte at Mishawaka 6:00 pm
Michigan City vs. Plymouth 7:30 pm
Elkhart
Concord vs. Goshen 6:00 pm
Penn vs. Northridge 7:30 pm
East Noble
Fort Wayne Snider at East Noble 6:00 pm
Carroll (Fort Wayne) vs. Fort Wayne North 7:30 pm
Homestead
Fort Wayne Wayne vs. Fort Wayne South 6:00 pm
Huntington North at Homestead 7:30 pm
Lafayette Jeff
Kokomo vs. Harrison (West Lafayette) 6:00 pm
McCutcheon vs. Marion 7:30 pm
Noblesville
Zionsville at Noblesville 6:00 pm
Carmel vs. Fishers 7:30 pm
Greenfield-Central
New Palestine vs. Mount Vernon (Fortville) 7:00 pm
Lawrence North
Lawrence Central vs. Warren Central 6:00 pm
Southport
Indianapolis Roncalli vs. Franklin Central 7:00 pm
Terre Haute South
Plainfield vs. Brownsburg 7:00 pm
Bloomington North
Bloomington South vs. Greenwood 6:00 pm
Mooresville vs. Center Grove 7:30 pm
East Central
Columbus East vs. Columbus North 6:00 pm
Shelbyville vs. Whiteland 7:30 pm
Seymour
Jeffersonville at Seymour 6:00 pm
Bedford North Lawrence vs. New Albany 7:30 pm
Evansville North
Castle at Evansville North 6:30 pm
Jasper vs. Evansville Reitz 8:00 pm


CLASS 3A
Calumet
Hanover Central vs. Lake Station 7:00 pm
River Forest at Calumet 8:30 pm
Tippecanoe Valley
Culver Academy vs. John Glenn 7:00 pm
South Bend Washington
Mishawaka Marian at South Bend Washington 6:00 pm
New Prairie vs. Jimtown 7:30 pm
Lakeland
Wawasee at Lakeland 7:00 pm
Woodlan
Fort Wayne Concordia vs. Garrett 7:00 pm
Frankfort
Western vs. Twin Lakes 7:00 pm
Mississinewa
Bellmont at Mississinewa 7:00 pm
New Castle
Centerville vs. Yorktown 7:00 pm
Lebanon
Western Boone vs. Danville 6:00 pm
Monrovia vs. Tri-West 7:30 pm
Owen Valley
West Vigo at Owen Valley 6:00 pm
Guerin Catholic
Indianapolis Herron at Guerin Catholic 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Shortridge vs. Brebeuf Jesuit 7:30 pm
Beech Grove
Christel House vs. Indianapolis Ritter 6:00 pm
Speedway vs. Purdue Poly Englewood 7:30 pm
Greensburg
Rushville at Greensburg 7:00 pm
Scottsburg
Salem vs. Silver Creek 7:00 pm
Princeton
Southridge vs. North Daviess 6:30 pm
Boonville
Evansville Mater Dei at Boonville 6:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey) vs. Gibson Southern 8:00 pm


CLASS 2A
Bowman Academy
Lighthouse CPA vs. Gary 21st Century 7:00 pm
North Judson
LaVille vs. South Bend Career 6:30 pm
Wheeler vs. Hebron 8:00 pm
Westview
Fremont at Westview 6:00 pm
Churubusco vs. Prairie Heights 7:30 pm
Lewis Cass
Wabash vs. Rochester 6:00 pm
North Miami vs. Winamac 7:30 pm
Bluffton
South Adams vs. Adams Central 6:00 pm
Lafayette Central Catholic
Seeger at Lafayette Central Catholic 6:00 pm
Carroll (Flora) vs. Delphi 7:30 pm
Tipton
Elwood at Tipton 7:00 pm
Alexandria
Winchester at Alexandria 6:00 pm
Hagerstown
Shenandoah vs. Knightstown 7:00 pm
Triton Central
Eastern Hancock vs. Indianapolis Scecina 7:00 pm
Sheridan
Covenant Christian vs. Cascade 7:00 pm
Greencastle
Cloverdale vs. North Putnam 7:00 pm
South Ripley
North Decatur vs. Milan 6:30 pm
Southwestern (Hanover)
Eastern (Pekin) vs. Providence 7:00 pm
Paoli
Sullivan at Paoli 7:00 pm
Forest Park
Tell City at Forest Park 6:30 pm
South Spencer vs. North Posey 8:00 pm


CLASS 1A
Kouts
Hammond Science & Tech vs. Demotte Christian 7:00 pm
Washington Twp. at Kouts 8:30 pm
Triton
Trinity Greenlawn vs. Marquette Catholic 6:30 pm
Bethany Christian
Elkhart Christian at Bethany Christian 7:00 pm
Caston
South Newton vs. Tri-County 6:00 pm
West Central vs. North White 7:30 pm
Southern Wells
Southwood at Southern Wells 6:00 pm
Fountain Central
Faith Christian vs. Clinton Central 6:00 pm
Rossville vs. Attica 7:30 pm
Tri-Central
Liberty Christian vs. Anderson Prep 7:00 pm
Blue River
Randolph Southern vs. Tri 7:00 pm
White River Valley
Clay City at White River Valley 7:00 pm
Bethesda Christian
Traders Point Christian at Bethesda Christian 7:00 pm
Indianapolis Lutheran
Victory College Prep at Indianapolis Lutheran 7:00 pm
Edinburgh
Morristown vs. Southwestern (Shelbyville) 7:00 pm
Borden
Christian Academy vs. West Washington 6:00 pm
Lanesville vs. South Central (Elizabeth) 7:30 pm
New Washington
Crothersville at New Washington 6:00 pm
Shawe Memorial vs. Trinity Lutheran 7:30 pm
Loogootee
Shoals vs. Orleans 7:00 pm
Tecumseh
Cannelton vs. Northeast Dubois 6:30 pm
Wood Memorial at Tecumseh 8:00 pm

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#3 PURDUE 84 MICHIGAN 76

ST. JOHN’S 80 #15 CREIGHTON 66

#7 MARQUETTE 88 XAVIER 64

ELSEWHERE:

MARYLAND 63 RUTGERS 46

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 65 EVANSVILLE 53

NORTHERN KENTUCKY 80 IUPUI 64

MILWAUKEE 96 PURDUE FT. WAYNE 88

OHIO STATE 60 MICHIGAN STATE 57

NEBRASKA 73 MINNESOTA 55

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#18 NOTRE DAME 79 BOSTON COLLEGE 55

#13 LSU 75 TENNESSEE 60

VIRGINIA 73 #20 LOUISVILLE 68

#4 IOWA 101 ILLINOIS 85

#17 SYRACUSE 63 PITTSBURGH 53

KANSAS 58 #10 KANSAS STATE 55

#8 VIRGINIA TECH 74 NORTH CAROLINA 62

#2 OHIO STATE 79 MARYLAND 66

#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 103 KENTUCKY 55

WASHINGTON 61 #9 OREGON STATE 51

#18 UTAH 74 #7 USC 68

#3 STANFORD 81 ARIZONA STATE 67

DUKE 69 #6 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 58

#15 CONNECTICUT 104 DEPAUL 67

ELSEWHERE:

ILLINOIS CHICAGO 82 VALPARAISO 59

ILLINOIS STATE 78 EVANSVILLE 50

INDIANA STATE 74 BRADLEY 67

NBA SCOREBOARD

MILWAUKEE 119 PHILADELPHIA 98

PHOENIX 123 LA LAKERS 113

INDIANA 133 DALLAS 111

CLEVELAND 114 WASHINGTON 105

DENVER 119 GOLDEN STATE 103

ATLANTA 109 ORLANDO 92

OKLAHOMA CITY 123 HOUSTON 110

CHICAGO 114 NEW ORLEANS 106

UTAH 128 SAN ANTONIO 109

CHARLOTTE 93 PORTLAND 80

SACRAMENTO 123 LA CLIPPERS 107

NHL SCOREBOARD

TAMPA BAY 4 NEW JERSEY 1

PITTSBURGH 7 PHILADELPHIA 6

BUFFALO 3 CAROLINA 2

DETROIT 3 CHICAGO 2 OT

WINNIPEG 4 ARIZONA 3 OT

CAROLINA 4 NY RANGERS 2

NASHVILLE 4 ANAHEIM 2

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER SCORES

CINCINNATI 0 TORONTO 0

NASHVILLE 0 NEW YORK 0

LOS ANGELES 1 MIAMI 1

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

DETROIT 9 TAMPA BAY 9

BOSTON 5 ATLANTA 4

BALTIMORE 2 PITTSBURGH 0

ST. LOUIS 3 HOUSTON 0

BOSTON 8 MINNESOTA 6

NY YANKEES 12 TORONTO 6

PHILADELPHIA 4 NY YANKEES 0

NY METS 3 HOUSTON 1

WASHINGTON 6 MIAMI 3

LA DODGERS 4 OAKLAND 2

SAN DIEGO 7 CHICAGO CUBS 0

SAN FRANCISCO 0 TEXAS 0

CINCINNATI 9 LA ANGELS 4

CLEVELAND 8 SEATTLE 4

ARIZONA 5 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 0

KANSAS CITY 1 LA ANGELS 0

COLORADO 10 MILWAUKEE 3

COLLEGE BASEBALL SCORES

INDIANA 15 BAYLOR 5

ALABAMA 11 VALPO 1

PURDUE 11 GEORGE MASON 1

NOTRE DAME 3 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 1

WESTERN KENTUCKY 5 PURDUE FT. WAYNE 0

BALL STATE 7 ILLINOIS 1

SOUTHERN INDIANA 3 EASTERN MICHIGAN 1

INDIANA STATE 12 MARSHALL 5

EVANSVILLE 18 NEW ORLEANS 4

COLLEGE SOFTBALL SCORES

GEORGIA TECH 6 BALL STATE 4

INDIANA 12 MARSHALL 6

GEORGIA TECH 6 BALL STATE 4

PURDUE 13 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 6

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NBA NEWS

JIMMY BUTLER, NAJI MARSHALL ARE AMONG 5 PLAYERS SUSPENDED AFTER HEAT-PELICANS INCIDENT

NEW YORK (AP) — Miami’s Jimmy Butler and New Orleans’ Naji Marshall have been suspended for one game apiece for instigating an on-court altercation, the NBA announced Sunday.

The incident happened during the Heat-Pelicans game Friday night.

Miami’s Thomas Bryant and New Orleans’ Jose Alvarado were both handed three-game suspensions for fighting and leaving the bench area. Miami’s Nikola Jovic also got a one-game suspension for leaving the bench area and entering the altercation, the league said.

Butler — who did not think he should have been ejected — will lose nearly $260,000 in base salary because of his suspension. The rest of the suspensions will cost the four other players about $115,000, combined.

“I put my hand around his neck. He put his hand around my neck,” Butler said after the game of his incident with Marshall. “And it just took off the way it did.”

It started when Miami’s Kevin Love fouled New Orleans’ Zion Williamson under the Pelicans’ basket. Butler and Marshall “engaged in a physical altercation” after the foul, the league said, and Alvarado and Bryant then fought.

Alvarado, Bryant, Butler and Marshall were assessed technical fouls and ejected from the game, which the Heat won 106-95.

Alvarado will miss games Sunday against Chicago, Tuesday at New York and Wednesday at Indiana. Marshall will miss Sunday’s game against the Bulls.

Butler and Jovic will not play when Miami visits Sacramento on Monday and Bryant will miss that game, along with ones Tuesday at Portland and Thursday at Denver. Bryant played for the Nuggets last season when they beat the Heat in the NBA Finals.

HAWKS LOSE ALL-STAR POINT GUARD TRAE YOUNG FOR AT LEAST 4 WEEKS WITH A TORN LIGAMENT IN FINGER

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have lost All-Star point guard Trae Young for at least four weeks with a left hand injury.

The Hawks announced Sunday that Young suffered a torn ligament in the fifth finger of his left hand during Friday night’s loss to Toronto. Young will have surgery Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

The team said Young will be evaluated in four weeks.

The loss of Young comes as the Hawks, fighting for the final play-in tournament spot in the Eastern Conference, are facing front-line depth issues as center Onyeka Okongwu recovers from a sprained left toe. Coach Quin Snyder said Thursday that Okongwu “is not going to be available for the foreseeable future.”

Young, who made his third All-Star team this year, leads Atlanta with his averages of 26.4 points and 10.8 assists per game. With the loss of Young, Dejounte Murray likely will assume primary ball-handling duties.

NBA ROUNDUP: PACERS SNAP MAVS’ 7-GAME WIN STREAK

Myles Turner scored a season-high 33 points and collected eight rebounds to help lead the Indiana Pacers to a 133-111 win over the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

Tyrese Haliburton added 17 points and 10 assists for the Pacers, who won their third straight game. Andrew Nembhard and Ben Sheppard each tallied 15 for Indiana, followed by Bennedict Mathurin’s 14 points and 11 boards. Pascal Siakam and T.J. McConnell also scored 12 each.

Luka Doncic led Dallas with 33 points, while Kyrie Irving added 29. Josh Green scored 14 points for the Mavericks, who had their seven-game winning streak snapped. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 11 points off the bench.

Irving scored the first nine Dallas points of the fourth, and the Mavericks cut the deficit to just four with 8:56 left. However, that would be as close as Dallas would get as the Pacers answered with a 20-4 run, culminating with Haliburton’s layup to give Indiana a 124-104 lead with 4:15 left and cement the victory.

Nuggets 119, Warriors 103

Nikola Jokic set an NBA record en route to his third straight triple-double, Jamal Murray chipped in with 27 points and Denver rallied to defeat Golden State for the seventh consecutive time.

Jokic finished with 32 points, 16 rebounds and 16 assists en route to a record-setting third consecutive game with at least 14 points and 14 rebounds. Aaron Gordon aided the visitors’ cause with 17 points, six rebounds and three steals.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope did his usual masterful defensive job on Stephen Curry, who had 20 points despite going just 1 of 10 on 3-point attempts. Curry shot just 6-for-19 overall. Klay Thompson was the driving force in the hosts’ early success with 23 first-half points, including five 3-pointers, but he went scoreless in the second half.

Bucks 119, 76ers 98

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to lift Milwaukee past host Philadelphia.

Damian Lillard added 24 points and nine assists while Malik Beasley had 20 points and Bobby Portis scored 17 as the Bucks won their second in a row in coach Doc Rivers’ first game in Philadelphia against his former team. Brook Lopez contributed 11 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots.

Tyrese Maxey led the Sixers with 24 points, De’Anthony Melton added 16 and Paul Reed had 13 points and eight rebounds. Kelly Oubre Jr. chipped in with 12 points and nine rebounds and Buddy Hield scored 11 points.

Thunder 123, Rockets 110

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a game-high 36 points while Jalen Williams and Chet Holmgren combined for 51 as visiting Oklahoma City rallied from a 16-point, first-half deficit to defeat Houston.

Gilgeous-Alexander added five rebounds and seven assists to his ledger while Williams scored 22 points. Holmgren tallied 29 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three blocks, and his surge to open the fourth quarter enabled the Thunder to establish a comfortable lead.

Jabari Smith Jr. and Fred VanVleet scored 20 points apiece for the Rockets, with Smith grabbing a game-high 17 rebounds. Alperen Sengun paired 19 points with 12 rebounds for Houston, which committed 18 turnovers that Oklahoma City converted into 23 points.

Suns 123, Lakers 113

Grayson Allen and Royce O’Neale combined for 12 of Phoenix’s 17 made 3-pointers, including a trio down the stretch of the fourth quarter, as Phoenix held off visiting Los Angeles.

The Lakers pulled within 110-104 before Allen and O’Neale knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers with three minutes to go. O’Neale added one more with 1:24 remaining that pushed the Suns’ lead to 13 points, putting the game effectively out of reach for Los Angeles.

All five Phoenix starters scored at least 18 points, led by Allen’s 24. LeBron James and Anthony Davis each recorded double-doubles for Los Angeles. James scored a game-high 28 points to go with a game-high 12 assists. Davis went for 22 points and 14 rebounds.

Kings 123, Clippers 107

De’Aaron Fox responded to a technical foul with a late flurry, Domantas Sabonis recorded his 20th triple-double of the season and visiting Sacramento took advantage of Paul George’s absence to turn back Los Angeles.

Sabonis finished with 17 points and game-highs in rebounds with 15 and assists with 12, helping the Kings win a third straight. He’s only the sixth player in NBA history to record at least 20 triple-doubles in one season.

Norman Powell had 21 points, while Kawhi Leonard and James Harden added 20 apiece for the Clippers, who were minus George after he sat out with a sore left knee.

Bulls 114, Pelicans 106

Nikola Vucevic had a double-double and four teammates scored in double figures as visiting Chicago defeated New Orleans.

Vucevic finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds while DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 24 points for the Bulls, who snapped a two-game skid.

Brandon Ingram, returning from a two-game absence due to illness, scored 22 — but just four in the second half, while Zion Williamson finished with 19 as New Orleans lost for the second straight time after a four-game winning streak.

Cavaliers 114, Wizards 105

Jarrett Allen had 22 points and 12 rebounds to help visiting Cleveland rally past Washington.

Washington surrendered a six-point lead in the fourth in dropping its 11th straight game. Evan Mobley scored 21 points for the Cavaliers, who swept the four-game season series, and Caris LeVert added 18 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. Donovan Mitchell scored 16 points in his return after missing two games due to illness.

Jordan Poole led all scorers with 31 points on 11-of-21 shooting off the bench for the Wizards, and Kyle Kuzma added 27. Washington’s Bilal Coulibaly left after taking a hard fall in the first quarter. The Wizards were already without Deni Avdija (left heel contusion) and Corey Kispert (illness).

Jazz 128, Spurs 109

Lauri Markkanen scored 26 points to help Utah Jazz snap a five-game losing streak with a blowout win over San Antonio in Salt Lake City.

Jordan Clarkson added 22 points and 10 assists, and John Collins had 20 points and eight rebounds as Utah won for the first time since Feb. 6.

Devin Vassell led San Antonio with 27 points, to go with nine rebounds, five assists and three blocks, but the Spurs lost their fourth straight game and 11th in their last 12. San Antonio’s Victor Wembanyama followed his historic 5×5 game against the Los Angeles Lakers with 22 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Hawks 109, Magic 92

Dejounte Murray and Jalen Johnson each had a double-double and sparked Atlanta’s victory over visiting Orlando to end a three-game losing streak.

Murray had 25 points, making 11 of 20 shots from the field with two 3-pointers, plus 11 assists and nine rebounds. Johnson had 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Orlando was led by Franz Wagner’s 19 points and eight rebounds, and Wendell Carter Jr., who tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Both teams were playing without their leading scorers. Orlando was missing Paolo Banchero, who was out with an illness, and Atlanta was minus Trae Young, who will be out at least four weeks with a finger injury.

Hornets 93, Trail Blazers 80

Nick Richards recorded 21 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks and Charlotte broke a 15-game skid in Portland with a victory over the Trail Blazers.

Miles Bridges added 18 points and 10 rebounds and Brandon Miller scored 17 points as Charlotte defeated the Trail Blazers in Portland for the first time since March 29, 2008. The franchise was known as the Bobcats when it last won in the Rose City.

Deandre Ayton recorded 26 points and 19 rebounds for Portland, which lost its eighth consecutive game. Jerami Grant added 15 points and Anfernee Simons had 10 but was just 4 of 21 from the field.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TOP 25 ROUNDUP: ST. JOHN’S BUBBLE HOPES ALIVE AFTER BEATING NO. 15 CREIGHTON

Daniss Jenkins scored a season-high 27 points and carried St. John’s down the stretch as the Red Storm led virtually the entire way in an 80-66 victory over No. 15 Creighton on Sunday afternoon in New York.

The Red Storm (16-12, 8-9 Big East) kept alive their bubble hopes after entering the game with a NET ranking of 49. St. John’s won its second straight a week after blowing a 19-point lead against Seton Hall that prompted coach Rick Pitino to publicly criticize his players.

Jenkins made 12 of 18 shots and started his surge with consecutive jumpers and a 3-pointer that put the Red Storm ahead 70-56 with 3:43 left. After Baylor Scheierman missed a 3-pointer with 3:12 left, Jenkins sank a jumper in the paint and then hit two free throws for a 74-62 lead with 1:55 left. Jordan Dingle added 12 of his 18 points in the second half for St. John’s.

Creighton (20-8, 11-6) saw its four-game winning streak stopped — unable to follow up its impressive win over top-ranked UConn — and fell into fourth in the Big East. Trey Alexander led all scorers with 31 points, one shy of his career high.

No. 3 Purdue 84, Michigan 76

The Big Ten’s best team, the Boilermakers, rolled into Ann Arbor, Mich. and kept the conference-worst Wolverines at bay. Zach Edey, Purdue’s dominant 7-foot-4, 300-pound center, led all scorers with 35 points, tying his season high set earlier against Northwestern and Alabama.

Edey — who won all six national player of the year honors last season, including the Naismith Trophy — shot 14 of 18 from the floor, hit 7 of 11 free throws and hauled down 15 rebounds. Purdue (25-3, 14-3 Big Ten) has won 11 of its last 12, with the only blemish being an upset loss at Ohio State on Feb. 18.

Short-handed Michigan (8-20, 3-14) has lost 10 of its last 11, with the only win coming Feb. 7 against then-No. 11 Wisconsin. The Wolverines had five players in double figures, led by point guard Dug McDaniel with 19 points.

No. 7 Marquette 88, Xavier 64

Kam Jones scored 34 points for the second consecutive game and Tyler Kolek added a double-double to lead the Golden Eagles past the visiting Musketeers in a Big East matchup. Kolek had 11 points and 10 assists along with a team-high seven rebounds for Marquette (21-6, 12-4 Big East).

Oso Ighodaro had 12 points and David Joplin 10 for the Golden Eagles, who earned their 10th win in 11 games and improved to 13-1 at home. Jones, celebrating his 22nd birthday Sunday, hit 11 of 17 shots, including 6 of 10 from deep, to match his career scoring high, set Wednesday in Marquette’s 105-71 rout of DePaul. Jones has 68 points in his last two games on 23-of-32 shooting, including 14-of-20 from beyond the arc.

Trey Green had 16 points and Quincy Olivari 14 for Xavier (13-14, 7-9 Big East). The Musketeers made just 25 of 70 shots (35.7 percent) and just 4 of 23 from long distance.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: VIRGINIA SNAPPED STREAKS IN WIN OVER NO. 20 LOUISVILLE

Camryn Taylor scored 22 points as Virginia notched a significant upset victory at No. 20 Louisville, 73-68 on Sunday.

The result snaps Louisville’s streak of 56 wins over unranked opponents at home, a mark that dates back to the 2014-15 season. It is also Virginia’s first win at Louisville in seven tries and snapped the Cavaliers’ overall 10-game losing streak against the Cardinals.

Virginia (14-13, 6-10 Atlantic Coast Conference) was also boosted by 18 points, six rebounds and six assists from Kymora Johnson, 12 points from Paris Clark and 11 from Jillian Brown.

Louisville (22-7, 11-5) was led by Nyla Harris’ 17 points and nine rebounds.

No. 4 Iowa 101, Illinois 85

Caitlin Clark secured the 16th triple-double of her career as the Hawkeyes beat the Fighting Illini in Iowa City, Iowa.

Clark piled up 24 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in a bounce-back win for Iowa (24-4, 13-3 Big Ten) following its loss at Indiana on Thursday. Hannah Stuelke chipped in 20 points and nine rebounds, while Kate Martin added 13 points.

Illinois (13-13, 7-9) were led by 26 points from Makira Cook. Genesis Bryant added 19 points and six assists, while Kendall Bostic had 10 points and 17 rebounds.

Iowa never trailed and notched 28 assists on 36 made baskets.

No. 13 LSU 75, Tennessee 60

Hailey Van Lith scored a season-high 26 points as the Tigers comfortably beat the Volunteers in Knoxville, Tenn.

Van Lith shot 4 of 5 from 3-point range as LSU (24-4, 11-3 Southeastern Conference) won its sixth straight game. Angel Reese scored her 2,000th career point while tallying 11 points and 16 rebounds in the win, and Mikaylah Williams chipped in 15 points.

Rickea Jackson led Tennessee (16-10, 9-5) with 16 points and nine rebounds.

No. 19 Notre Dame 79, Boston College 55

Hannah Hidalgo scored 19 points and Maddy Westbled added 19 to help the Irish beat the Eagles in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Hidalgo also piled up seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals in the third straight win for Notre Dame (21-6, 11-5 ACC). The Fighting Irish also were aided by 16 points from Sonia Citron and 11 from Anna DeWolfe.

Dontavia Waggoner powered Boston College (11-18, 3-13) with 25 points and 15 rebounds. No other Eagle scored in double figures.

NFL NEWS

FORMER COWBOYS RECEIVER GOLDEN RICHARDS, KNOWN FOR FAMOUS SUPER BOWL CATCH, DIES AT 73

MURRAY, Utah (AP) — Golden Richards, the former Dallas Cowboys receiver known for his flowing blond hair who famously caught a touchdown pass off a gadget play in the 1978 Super Bowl, died Friday of congestive heart failure at his home in Murray. He was 73.

Richards’ nephew, Lance Richards, confirmed the death in a Facebook post.

“My uncle Golden passed away peacefully this morning,” Lance Richards wrote. “I will forever remember going hunting and talking Dallas Cowboy football. He was a kind and sweet soul and I’m so happy he’s not suffering anymore.”

The former BYU star spent seven seasons in the NFL with Dallas, Chicago and Denver, and is best known for his five-plus seasons as a deep-play threat with the Cowboys. He twice averaged more than 21 yards per catch, finishing his time in Dallas with an 18.3 career mark.

That was especially evident in the 1978 Super Bowl against Denver. With the Cowboys ahead 20-10 in the fourth quarter, fullback Robert Newhouse threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Richards, who got behind the defense to all but assure the Cowboys of their second championship.

Richards finished his career with 122 receptions for 2,136 yards and 17 TDs before injuries prompted him to retire in 1980.

A Salt Lake City native, he starred at Granite High School, then at nearby BYU, where he was a receiver and punt returner, leading the nation as a junior with four returns for TDs.

Richards played his final college season at Hawaii, catching 23 passes for 414 yards and five touchdowns. That caught the eye of the Cowboys, who drafted him in the second round in 1973.

The Deseret News said Richards struggled with health problems and drug addiction after retiring, but was sober over his final 10 years.

“Seven or eight years of wear and tear on the football field for a 175-pound wide receiver who was concussed several times, too,” brother Doug Richards, a former BYU basketball player, told the newspaper. “That obviously took its toll.”

Richards was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011 and lived with adult sons Goldie Jr. and Jordan in his later years. Doug Richards said his brother broke his hip on Christmas in 2022 and had four hip surgeries.

“He has left us and gone to a better place,” Doug Richards said. “He fought pretty good there to the end, until it was his time.”

DOLPHINS RELEASE VETERAN DEFENSIVE END EMMANUEL OGBAH

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins announced Friday that they released defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah in a move that will clear up $13.7 million in cap space.

Ogbah, who signed with the Dolphins in 2020, was two seasons into a four-year extension worth $65 million. He spent four seasons with the Dolphins, recording 24 sacks, one interception, 19 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 27 starts.

He led the team in sacks in 2021, but his 2022 campaign was cut short because of a season-ending triceps injury.

Ogbah appeared in 15 games last season with just one start. He had five sacks, an interception and a forced fumble.

FORMER NFL HEAD COACHES MARVIN LEWIS AND JOE PHILBIN PART OF PIERCE’S FIRST RAIDERS STAFF

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — As Antonio Pierce prepares for his first season as the Las Vegas Raiders’ full-time coach, he is counting on two experienced former head coaches to help guide him.

The Raiders announced their full staff Friday, and former Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is the assistant head coach and ex-Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin is the senior offensive assistant.

Lewis led the Bengals to seven playoff berths, going 131-122-3 from 2003-18. He was a key advisor when Pierce became the interim coach midway through last season.

Philbin went 24-28 as the Dolphins coach from 2012-15 and was 2-2 as the Green Bay Packers interim coach in 2018. He was an offensive analyst at Ohio State last season, but most of his NFL career was under Mike McCarthy as the offensive line coach in Green Bay and with the Dallas Cowboys. Philbin also was the Packers offensive coordinator from 2007-11.

WILSON: ‘I WOULD LOVE’ TO COME BACK TO BRONCOS

Russell Wilson would prefer to remain with the Denver Broncos but says he’d like to play for a team that wants him.

“People think I’m out of there. Maybe I am, but no matter what, I would love to go back,” Wilson said on the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast. “I committed there. I committed to be there. I committed to win championships. I want to win more Super Bowls there.

“I love the city and everything else, but you also want to be at a place that wants you.”

Wilson’s future in Denver has looked bleak since being benched for the final two games of the 2023 regular season. Though head coach Sean Payton said on-field factors determined Wilson’s demotion, it was presumed the team sidelined him to avoid injury ahead of an expected offseason release.

The Broncos quarterback said during the podcast that the team initially told him after a Week 8 win that he’d be benched for the remainder of the year if he didn’t adjust his injury guarantees. Wilson added that he continued to start after his agent contacted the NFLPA.

“I didn’t want to set a precedent for players to remove their injury guarantees,” Wilson said. “There was no way I was going to do that.”

He added that Payton later told him he’d continue to start and that the quarterback should forget the incident “like nothing happened.” That stood true until a Week 16 loss to the New England Patriots dropped Denver to 7-8.

“That’s when he told me he was going to bench me, and I was like, ‘Man, we were just winning not too long ago,'” Wilson said.

Though the 35-year-old would become one of the top quarterbacks available in free agency if released, Wilson declined to rank other possible destinations.

“I would put Denver No. 1 ’cause I’m there right now,” Wilson said. “I’d love to be there, you know, (I’d) love to win. That’s what I came here to do – to win more Super Bowls. If it’s not there, though, I got to go to a place where we’re going to win again.”

Wilson also denied rumors that his Denver home is up for sale.

The Broncos signed Wilson to a five-year, $242.6-million deal after acquiring him in a trade in 2022. His $37-million base salary for 2025 becomes guaranteed if he’s on the roster on March 17, per Spotrac.

REPORT: WILLIAMS, DANIELS WON’T THROW AT NFL COMBINE

Potential No. 1 pick Caleb Williams won’t throw at the NFL Scouting Combine, sources told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

LSU signal-caller Jayden Daniels also doesn’t plan to work out at the combine, Rapoport reports.

Both quarterbacks will reportedly wait until their respective pro days to throw for scouts.

Other notable passers such as Michael Penix Jr., Bo Nix, and J.J. McCarthy do plan to throw, Rapoport adds.

Williams is one of the most anticipated quarterback prospects in recent memory. He threw for 72 touchdowns to only 10 interceptions during his two years at USC. Williams was named the 2022 Heisman winner after throwing for 42 touchdowns and 4,537 yards while adding 10 scores with his legs.

The 22-year-old began his college career at Oklahoma, where he impressed with 1,912 passing yards and 21 touchdowns in his lone season.

Meanwhile, Daniels captured the 2023 Heisman after a campaign that included 40 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing scores. He has built a reputation as one of the biggest dual-threat prospects.

NEWTON INVOLVED IN FIGHT AT YOUTH TOURNAMENT

A video surfaced Sunday that appeared to show 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player Cam Newton being involved in a scuffle at a 7-on-7 youth football tournament in Atlanta.

The video shows Newton, wearing one of his custom-made hats, being shoved by three people near the top of a set of steps before the pushing, shoving and grabbing moves toward a fence line. The video lasts less than 30 seconds before the altercation is broken up by a policeman and event security at the WeBall Sports x DynastyU 7v7 tournament at B.E.S.T. Academy.

Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in 2011 out of Auburn, does not appear to throw any punches in the video and appears to be fending off three other men. There is one punch thrown in Newton’s direction, but it is unclear if the punch landed on the former quarterback.

It’s also uncertain what prompted the altercation.

Newton, who is from Atlanta, runs the C1N, an organization founded in 2021 which focuses on developing young athletes’ skills in football by providing opportunities to compete at the highest level through 7-on-7 tournaments and other events, according to Newton’s website. The website said the organization’s mission is to create an environment that fosters growth and development on and off the field, helping young athletes achieve their goals in football and life.

C1N plays in tournaments across the country.

Attempts to reach Newton’s representatives on Sunday night were unsuccessful.

Newton hasn’t played in the NFL since 2021 when he spent a portion of the season with the Carolina Panthers, the same team that drafted him.

Newton spent 11 seasons in the NFL, throwing for more than 32,000 yards and 194 touchdowns. He also ran for 75 TDs during his time with the Panthers and New England Patriots.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

ERIC BIENIEMY CONFIRMS HE WILL JOIN NEW COACHING STAFF AT UCLA

Former Washington Commanders offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is heading back to college and will join the staff of new head coach DeShaun Foster at UCLA, he confirmed to ESPN.

ESPN reported that Bienemy, who also was the offensive coordinator on Andy Reid’s staff with the Kansas City Chiefs, is finalizing a two-year deal to both serve the same post and become the associate head coach at UCLA.

The move represents a homecoming for Bieniemy, who grew up in the area and was a Bruins assistant from 2003-05.

“Southern California,” Bieniemy wrote in an email to ESPN on Saturday. “I attended high school there. I started my career in the league here (with the Chargers). It’s obviously great to be back with the Bruins, where I was previously employed.”

Bieniemy, 54, also addressed Foster, who became the 19th football coach in UCLA history on Feb. 12. Foster, 44, replaced Chip Kelly, who departed to become the offensive coordinator at Ohio State.

“This is a great opportunity for me to help support DeShaun as a head coach, to work with him and to work for him as well,” Bieniemy wrote. “My goal is to help him to be a successful head coach in our profession.”

Foster, a first-time head coach, takes over a program that finished 8-5 last season under Kelly, including 4-5 in the Pac-12. The Bruins move into the Big Ten Conference this fall.

Bieniemy served as the offensive coordinator with the Commanders for one season and he told ESPN he “chose not to stay” in Washington. New head coach Dan Quinn hired former Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury for the job.

Previously, Bieniemy spent 2013-17 as the Chiefs’ running backs coach before being elevated to the team’s offensive coordinator in 2018. Reid remained the Chiefs’ offensive play-caller.

Bieniemy had several interviews for head-coaching positions but was never offered a job. After the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win over the Philadelphia Eagles last year, he accepted the Washington position as an opportunity to build his own staff and call plays.

The Commanders went 4-13 in 2023, ending on an eight-game losing streak. Head coach Ron Rivera was fired at season’s end.

Bieniemy also served as offensive coordinator at Colorado, his alma mater, from 2011-12.

The Bruins are set to begin the 2024 season Aug. 31 at Hawaii, then host Big Ten opponent Indiana on Sept. 14.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: PATRICK KANE NETS OT WINNER FOR WINGS IN RETURN TO CHICAGO

Patrick Kane scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway at 1:43 of overtime to lift the visiting Detroit Red Wings past the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Sunday in Kane’s return to Chicago.

Kane added an assist and Daniel Sprong and Alex DeBrincat also scored to help Detroit extend its winning streak to five games. Goaltender James Reimer stopped 33 shots. MacKenzie Entwistle and Nick Foligno scored and Petr Mrazek made 28 saves for Chicago.

A former league and playoff MVP who helped the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cups during his 15-plus seasons before his February 2023 trade to the New York Rangers, Kane stretched his point streak to eight games.

Kane received a salute from Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Chelios during a pregame ceremony in which the Blackhawks retired Chelios’ No. 7. A sellout crowd gave Kane a lengthy standing ovation when a video tribute was shown following a stoppage early in the first period.

Blue Jackets 4, Rangers 2

Jack Roslovic and Ivan Provorov scored late in the second period and Columbus ended visiting New York’s 10-game winning streak.

Columbus denied the Rangers what would have been a team-record 11th straight win and handed New York its first loss since a 5-2 setback to the Vegas Golden Knights on Jan. 26. The Rangers had twice before won 10 straight, most recently in 1973.

Rookie Dmitri Voronkov and Kirill Marchenko also scored as the Blue Jackets never trailed, won for the third time in five games and beat the Rangers for the second time in three meetings this season.

Jets 4, Coyotes 3 (OT)

Kyle Connor scored his second goal of the game 33 seconds into overtime as host Winnipeg beat Arizona, sending the Coyotes to their 12th straight loss. Winnipeg won for the sixth time in its last seven.

Mark Scheifele had a goal and three assists, while Gabriel Vilardi also scored once and assisted once for the Jets. Josh Morrissey had three assists, and Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 29 shots.

Nick Schmaltz scored twice for Arizona and Matias Maccelli scored as well in the losing effort. Connor Ingram made 28 saves.

Penguins 7, Flyers 6

Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists, Bryan Rust posted two goals and an assist and Pittsburgh outlasted visiting Philadelphia.

Rickard Rakell and Kris Letang each added a goal and an assist and Emil Bemstrom and Drew O’Connor each scored for the Penguins, who have won two straight. Pittsburgh broke open a 4-4 game after 40 minutes, scoring three goals in the third period before holding off the Flyers. Goaltender Tristan Jarry finished with 15 saves.

Tyson Foerster and Scott Laughton each had two goals and an assist, while Travis Sanheim and Cam York both chipped in a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who have lost two straight. Philadelphia goaltender Cal Petersen made 25 saves.

Lightning 4, Devils 1

Victor Hedman and Brayden Point scored consecutive goals early in the second period as Tampa Bay completed a successful weekend road trip by beating New Jersey in Newark, N.J.

Brandon Hagel scored just before the midway point of the third and Nikita Kucherov added an empty-netter for the Lightning, who swept a back-to-back road set against the Devils and New York Islanders, each of whom are chasing Tampa Bay in the wild-card race. Kucherov had four points and leads the NHL with 102.

Goaltender Jonas Johansson made 18 saves for the Lightning, who temporarily moved into the first wild-card spot with 69 points before sliding back to the No. 2 spot after the Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks later in the day.

Sabres 3, Hurricanes 2 (SO)

Casey Mittelstadt had the only successful shootout attempt, tallying in the fourth round to give Buffalo the win over visiting Carolina.

Jeff Skinner and Owen Power scored for Buffalo, which won its third straight game. Goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 30 shots through overtime before denying the Hurricanes on all four of their chances in the shootout.

Tony DeAngelo and Martin Necas scored in regulation for Carolina. Spencer Martin made 30 saves, and he is 3-0-1 since joining the team.

Predators 4, Ducks 2

Filip Forsberg and Michael McCarron scored during a three-goal third period for Nashville, which completed a sweep of its five-game road stretch with a win over Anaheim.

Immediately from a faceoff win, Forsberg got the puck, half-circled, then unleashed a snap shot that found the top-right corner of the net to break a 1-1 tie just 3:26 into the third. Fourth-liner McCarron followed with a rebound tally at 8:43 into the final frame, which proved important as Anaheim got within a goal via Brett Leason’s score with the goaltender pulled with 2:24 left on the scoreboard.

Isac Lundestrom also scored for Anaheim, which is mired in a 2-5-1 stretch. Lukas Dostal made 25 saves for the Ducks.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

BORAS: MLB TEAMS CHOOSING TO ‘REGRESS’ ON PAYROLLS

MLB agent Scott Boras took aim at teams choosing not to spend amid a slower-than-normal offseason.

“Clubs have plenty of money to spend,” Boras told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. “But they’re not spending in a matter that is customary to competitiveness. It’s not that they don’t have the ability to pay, but their choice (is) to regress on their payrolls.”

Cody Bellinger, one of Boras’ clients, inked a three-year, $80-million contract to return to the Chicago Cubs after many expected him to flirt with landing a $200-million deal in free agency.

Many Boras clients, including reigning NL Cy Young winner Blake Snell, J.D. Martinez, and Gold Glove third baseman Matt Chapman, remain unsigned with Opening Day less than a month away.

“When you have players like this who are available, they can dramatically impact the outcome and goals of teams,” Boras said. “It’s like the trade deadline in July. You can absolutely change the culture in the clubhouse by adding one of these players.”

Boras added that he and his remaining unsigned clients are amenable to different possibilities and contracts in discussions with any interested clubs.

“We’re open to all sorts of ideas, short term, long term, flex,” Boras says. “I can tell you these players are not seeking anything beyond … what the existing industry standards are.”

SPRING TRAINING ROUNDUP: JUAN SOTO GOES YARD IN YANKEES DEBUT

Juan Soto ripped a three-run home run to the opposite field in his first spring training game in pinstripes and the host New York Yankees clubbed their way past the Toronto Blue Jays 12-6 on Sunday in Tampa, Fla.

Soto batted second in the Yankees’ lineup and mashed his homer in the fourth inning to put his new club up 7-1.

Luis Torrens added a solo shot in the sixth and George Lombard Jr. tacked on a two-run homer for insurance in the eighth. Aaron Judge went 2-for-2 with an RBI single and two runs in his first game of spring training.

Carlos Rodon (1-0) got the start for New York and went 2 2/3 innings with five strikeouts, two walks, one hit and one run.

Bowden Francis (0-1) gave up two runs on four hits over the first two innings for the Blue Jays. Alejandro Kirk went yard off Rodon.

Phillies 4, Yankees 0

Colin Pache had a solo homer, an RBI single and a run scored on an error as host Philadelphia one-hit New York’s split squad in Clearwater, Fla.

Aaron Nola (1-0) struck out three batters over two perfect innings and seven relievers followed with a pristine inning. Gregory Soto gave up the only Yankees hit in the eighth inning, a single by Greg Allen.

Marcus Stroman (0-1) made his Yankees debut and allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk in 2 1/3 innings. He fanned two.

Red Sox 5, Braves 4

Christopher Miller scored Karson Simas on a groundout for the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth, lifting Boston over host Atlanta in North Port, Fla.

Connor Wong had an RBI double and a run-scoring infield single for the Red Sox. Brendan Cellucci (1-0) pitched the eighth for the win and Gabriel Jackson earned the save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Atlanta was down 4-0 when Austin Riley hit a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth to begin a four-run rally over the next two innings. Grant Holmes (0-1) pitched the ninth and took the loss.

Red Sox 8, Twins 6

Nick Sogard’s two-run home run to right center in the seventh inning pushed Boston over visiting Minnesota in split-squad action in Fort Myers, Fla.

The Twins scored all six of their runs in the top of the seventh to erase a 6-0 deficit. Two players walked with the bases loaded, and Will Holland was later hit by a pitch with the bags full before Yoyner Fajardo scored the tying run on a Boston fielding error.

Both teams finished with 11 hits, and Jordan DiValerio (1-0) received the win despite a blown save during 2/3 innings of work in the seventh. Caleb Boushley (0-1) allowed Sogard’s go-ahead homer.

Tigers 9, Rays 9

Ruben Cardenas and Kameron Misner homered in the seventh before Tampa Bay plated four more runs in the eighth to tie visiting Detroit in Port Charlotte, Fla.

The Tigers had opened up a 9-3 lead through six innings before the Rays stormed back. Greg Jones, C.J. Hinojosa and Cardenas hit back-to-back-to-back RBI doubles off Wilmer Flores in the eighth before Austin Shenton’s single drove in Cardenas for the tying run. But neither team got on base in the ninth.

Yu Chang also homered for the Rays, while Justyn-Henry Malloy and Carson Kelly went yard for the Tigers.

Cardinals 3, Astros 0

Alec Burleson, Nicholas Raposo and Moises Gomez supplied RBI singles as visiting St. Louis blanked Houston in Palm Beach, Fla.

Masyn Winn went 3-for-3 from the leadoff spot for the Cardinals, while Drew Rom (1-0) pitched two innings before giving way to four relievers.

Joey Loperfido had two of the Astros’ four hits. Bennett Sousa (0-1) yielded Burleson’s RBI hit in the third inning before Raposo and Gomez added on in the ninth.

Mets 3, Astros 1

Francisco Alvarez mashed a two-run home run to the opposite field as host New York beat Houston’s split squad in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Jose Butto (1-0) scattered three hits over two scoreless innings before six relievers finished the job. Tyler Jay fanned three over the sixth and seventh innings.

Brandon Bielak (0-1) yielded a run on Ji Man Choi’s double-play ball in the first. Waner Luciano’s double play scored the Astros’ only run of the day across both games.

Nationals 6, Marlins 3

James Wood and Lewin Diaz hit two-run home runs in consecutive innings to help visiting Washington defeat Miami in Jupiter, Fla.

Mackenzie Gore started for the Nationals and had four strikeouts while yielding two hits and a run in two innings. Luis Perdomo (1-0) worked the fifth and got the win.

Christian Bethancourt, Nick Gordon and Marty Costes supplied the Marlins’ RBIs. Calvin Faucher (0-1) gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk in 2/3 innings of work.

Orioles 2, Pirates 0

Baltimore starter Cole Irvin and six relievers combined to three-hit host Pittsburgh in Bradenton, Fla.

Irvin tossed three strikeouts over two innings of work. Luis Gonzalez (1-0) pitched the sixth for the Orioles and got the win after Coby Mayo scored on a Pittsburgh throwing error in the top of the seventh for the game’s first run. Maverick Handley added an RBI single in the ninth.

Cam Alldred (0-1) allowed the unearned run to Mayo but struck out three in the seventh for the Pirates.

AUTO RACING

DANIEL SUAREZ WINS ATLANTA SHOOTOUT IN PHOTO FINISH

Daniel Suarez won a three-wide run to the checkers and survived a wild, wreck-filled NASCAR Cup Series Ambetter Health 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon in Hampton, Ga.

After the cars of Josh Berry and Carson Hocevar wrecked with 12 laps to go, Ryan Blaney led a five-lap shootout that included Suarez and Kyle Busch at the front.

The trio exited Turn 4 side-by-side-by-side on the final lap, and NASCAR had to review the finish, which narrowly showed Suarez’s No. 99 Chevrolet in first to hand the Mexican driver his second series win.

Blaney and Busch finished .003 and .007 seconds behind Suarez, respectively. Austin Cindric and Bubba Wallace completed the top five.

Before the race, front row starter Joey Logano was assessed an at-track penalty for wearing gloves that had been altered after issuance.

With Logano forced to pit road to serve the pass-through penalty, a melee occurred on Lap 2 when Austin Dillon, running just inside the top 10, spun after the cars in front of him slowed.

In the largest wreck in AMS’s history since it opened in 1960, 16 cars tangled as they approached Turn 1 on the 1.54-mile track, but Logano avoided the mess and moved up all the way to 20th.

Busch and Larson shared the point in the 60-lap Stage 1, and Chris Buescher brought out the second caution after looping his No. 17 Ford off Turn 4 on Lap 25.

In a one-lap dash, Michael McDowell topped Blaney for his third career stage win and the lion’s share of the bonus points.

After Todd Gilliland took a lengthy turn up front to start Stage 2, Logano put his No. 22 Ford in the top spot to pace the field.

With 26 circuits to go in the 100-lap segment and coming to pit road, McDowell locked up his tires and wrecked with Daytona 500 winner William Byron as the race stayed green.

Team Penske flexed its muscle with Cindric winning the stage, but teammate Logano wrecked on the final lap after he plowed up and into Buescher, who was scrubbing along the Turn 2 wall. Denny Hamlin was also involved.

The seventh caution occurred on Lap 198 when Ross Chastain turned Chase Elliott at the end of the backstretch.

WOMEN’S GOLF NEWS

PATTY TAVATANAKIT WINS LPGA THAILAND BY ONE STROKE

CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) — Local favorite Patty Tavatanakit held off a fast-finishing Albane Valenzuela to clinch the LPGA Thailand by one stroke on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Bangkok native showcased her prowess with a brilliant approach shot to tap in an easy birdie on the final hole to card a final round 67, finishing at 21 under-par-267 at Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course.

“I’m honestly speechless. I was so nervous today and choked a bit as there are many Thai fans showing up to support me,” said Tavatanakit, whose triumph marked her second LPGA victory since her win at the ANA Inspiration in 2021.

“It’s a dream come true to win a home tournament in front of my parents.”

Tavatanakit has been riding a wave of success, having triumphed at the Ladies European Tour in Saudi Arabia seven days ago. Ranked 43rd in the world, she joins former world No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn as the second local champion of this tournament, following Jutanugarn’s victory in 2021.

Valenzuela, ranked 91st in the world carded a brilliant 63, including an eagle on the fifth hole and seven birdies — six on the back nine — finishing at 20 under-par-268.

“I gave it my all out there. I’m proud of my performance,” the 26-year-old Swiss said.

Sei Young Kim of Korea, the 2020 Women’s PGA Championship winner, closed with a solid 65, ending with a total of 18 under-par-270, tying for third place alongside her compatriot Hye-jin Choi, who posted a 66.

LPGA tournaments are also scheduled over the next two weeks in Singapore and China.

MEN’S GOLF

PGA TOUR ROOKIE JAKE KNAPP WINS MEXICO OPEN

Jake Knapp carded an even-par 71 in his final round, fended off Finland’s Sami Valimaki by two shots and won the Mexico Open at Vidanta for his first PGA Tour title on Sunday in Vallarta, Mexico.

The tour rookie entered the day with a four-shot lead on Valimaki and played with him in the final Sunday pairing at Vidanta Vallarta. After a shaky start with bogeys at Nos. 1 and 3, Knapp scrambled for a pair of birdies at Nos. 7 and 14.

He proceeded to save three straight pars before hitting his tee shot at the par-5 18th hole into a bunker. But Valimaki, sitting two back, had his drive land under the out-of-bounds fence and he had to take an unplayable lie and a penalty stroke.

Knapp calmly got out of the bunker and finished up with a par to shoot 19-under 265 over four days in Mexico. Valimaki also managed a par to tie up a final-round 69 and a 17-under week.

Knapp, 29, is now fully exempt on tour through the 2026 season and has played his way into The Players Championship, the Masters, the PGA Championship and the five remaining signature events of 2024.

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

INDIANA PACERS

GAME REWIND: PACERS 133, MAVERICKS 111

In the first matchup between the two teams this season, Indiana (33-25) came up victorious at Gainbridge Fieldhouse when they defeated the Dallas Mavericks (33-24), 133-111, Sunday night.

A massive fourth quarter, where a 23-8 scoring run aided the Blue and Gold in taking as much as a 22-point lead, solidified the win for the Pacers and allowed them to snap a seven-game Dallas win streak. Indiana gained the lead at 6:58 in the second quarter and held on to it for the remainder of the game.

Seven Pacers ended the night in double-figures and were led by Myles Turner, who recorded 33 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor. Tyrese Haliburton recorded 17 points and 10 assists in recording his 33rd double-double of the year.

Andrew Nembhard added 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the floor, while Ben Sheppard came off the bench to record a career-high 15 points, going 5-for-5 from 3-point range. Bennedict Mathurin also recorded 14 points and 11 rebounds to round out his third double-double of the season.

While Indiana struggled to convert in its first two possessions, Dallas sprung ahead to a 5-0 lead with two made buckets from Luka Doncic. It wouldn’t be until the 10:33 minute mark that Turner put the Pacers on the board for the first time with a successful three-point play.

Seconds later, Pascal Siakam swiped away the ball at halfcourt and completed a fastbreak layup to tie the score, 5-5. Another Doncic bucket gave the Mavericks the advantage once again, but the Pacers would not allow Dallas to remain too far out of range by keeping them within six or less points for the majority of the quarter.

Indiana put itself within three points of the lead when Jalen Smith picked up the rebound from a missed jumper by T.J. McConnell and dunked the ball at 4:02. Immediately after, Haliburton batted away the ball from Dallas, which was then found in the hands of Mathurin. Mathurin returned the ball back to the All-Star as he ran down the court and Haliburton completed the fastbreak dunk to put the Blue and Gold behind by one point, 24-23.

Indiana would tie the score twice in the remaining seconds of the quarter. To end the frame, McConnell spun around his defender at the top of the arc and hit a jump shot to tie the game, 32-32, going into the second quarter.

Indiana held on to its momentum found at the end of the first frame and extended a scoring run to 15-6 to start the second quarter. Indiana earned its first lead of the game at 11:37 when a jumper from McConnell put the Pacers ahead, 34-32. The Pacers would then shoot 9-of-11 from the floor in the minutes following.

A minute and a half after taking the lead, two back-to-back 3-pointers from Obi Toppin and Sheppard extended the Pacers lead to five points, 40-35, at 9:35. The Blue and Gold followed up these two plays with a 14-6 scoring run capped off with a Turner layup at 5:30.

Turner led the charge in the second quarter, totaling 10 points on a perfect 3-of-3 shooting clip.

After five lead changes in the half, a dunk from Turner at 6:58 gave the Pacers the advantage they would keep for the remainder of the half. The lead was extended to eight points two times in the half, once at 3:18 from a Haliburton layup, and again at 1:43 with two made free throws from Siakam.

The Pacers took a seven-point lead going into the half after a quarter of 61.9 percent (13-of-21) shooting from the court. Turner led the way with 15 first-half points, while Haliburton followed behind with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go along with seven assists.

The first seven minutes of the second half were owned by Turner and Siakam, who combined for the Pacers’ first 19 points and led Indiana in increasing its lead to as much as 11 points on one occasion.

Turner, who had 15 of Indiana’s first 19 points, got the second half scoring going for the Blue and Gold as he recorded two free throws and a 3-pointer to put Indiana ahead by 10 points, 72-62, at 10:45. At 9:17, Turner again gave the Pacers their largest lead of 11 points with two more made free throws.

Mathurin put himself on the board for the Pacers when his made layup turned into a three-point play, giving Indiana another 11-point advantage at 4:56. He then took over the offense, scoring Indiana’s next five points.

To close out the quarter, Nembhard found himself on a scoring run of his own as he totaled six points on a perfect 3-of-3 shooting clip in the remaining minute and a half of third-quarter play. Nembhard’s final made jumper put Indiana ahead by nine points going into the final frame, 100-91.

Two buckets from McConnell jumpstarted Indiana’s fourth quarter. However, slowing down Dallas was a difficult task as the Mavericks brought a once 11-point lead down to four points in the first three minutes of the frame.

Coming out of a timeout, Sheppard drilled a 3-pointer to put Indiana back ahead by a comfortable seven points, 107-100. After Dallas responded to a Toppin 3-pointer directly after with a dunk, Sheppard once again hit a clutch 3-pointer to force a Dallas timeout as Indiana raced ahead to an 11-point lead, 113-102, at 7:01.

A step-back 3-pointer from Haliburton capped off a 16-4 scoring run at 5:35 and gave Indiana an 18-point lead, 120-102. After stealing the ball at the other end of the floor at 4:26, a layup from Haliburton extended the Pacers’ advantage to 20-points.

A no-look pass from Toppin found Isaiah Jackson for a slam dunk to solidify the win at 1:02. This play gave Indiana its largest lead of the night of 22 points.

For Dallas, Doncic led the visitors in the scoring column, recording 33 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists. After scoring 25 points in the first half, Doncic was held to just eight points in the second.

Kyrie Irving followed behind with 29 points on 10-of-22 shooting and six rebounds, while Josh Green added 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

Inside the Numbers

Seven Pacers ended the night in double-figure scoring, led by Turner’s 33 points on 10-of-15 shooting.

Both Haliburton and Mathurin notched double-doubles in the matchup. Haliburton recorded 17 points and 10 assists, while Mathurin recorded 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Sheppard led the bench in outscoring the Dallas reserves, 42-29.

Indiana recorded 12 steals on the night, with Haliburton leading the team with four steals and Mathurin following behind with three steals.

Indiana shot 55.9 percent (52-of-93) from the floor while holding Dallas to 47.1 percent (41-of-87).

The Pacers dished out 38 assists in comparison to Dallas’ 15 assists.

Indiana outrebounded the Mavericks, 46-38, and outscored them in the paint, 48-36.

You Can Quote Me On That

“The whole game for us was about our edge, our competitiveness. We wanted to be up the floor, making it difficult and our guys did virtually the whole game. We just wanted to stay aggressive and not look at the scoreboard, and just play the game, play our game.” -Head coach Rick Carlisle on team performance

“I just believe in those guys. They’ve been too important to us all year long. I just wanted to try to time out, and I said ‘we’re okay. Here’s what we gotta do.’ We got to get a couple of really good shots and we’re gonna make it harder on Kyrie. And they did exactly that. I’m proud of those guys. Otherwise, our starters were headed for a boatload of minutes. And this helps us a little bit for tomorrow night.” -Carlisle on keeping the second unit in when the Pacers lead was cut to four

“That means a lot. He brought us together and was just like, ‘We’re good. We’re fine. I trust you guys.’ The second unit came out and provided a bigger lead for the first unit to come in and close the game. It was cool that he trusted us like that. Just playing team basketball.” -Sheppard on Carlisle sticking with the second unit in the fourth quarter when the Mavericks cut the lead to four

“He rebounded tonight, very well again. He was putting pressure on the rim, both with rim runs and with rolls off pick-and-rolls. Tyrese is so good at hitting him at precisely the right moment that he’s able to cause a lot of damage in there. Cause a lot of problems.” -Carlisle on Turner

“It feels great honestly. Just contributing towards something bigger than myself. I think the biggest goal for all of us in here is to get to the playoffs, be a factor and make a run in the playoffs. Being a contributing factor to that is something that means a lot to me. I know it means a lot to the city so just continue to work hard and be the best version of myself.” -Turner on what it means to be playing meaningful games after the All-Star break again

“I thought Nembhard and Mathurin were both great… He made a couple of rebounds in traffic that were really big… And he made key shots at key times. Drew is the guy that everybody takes a little bit for granted… He does a lot of the dirty work. He has quietly gotten into a real offensive groove too.” -Carlisle on Nembhard and Mathurin

“For a young guy, he’s a very good system player and he stays in the process. He’s unphased by the moment. If it’s a good shot he takes it, and if not, he keeps it moving. Defensively, he does a good job with his length and with his feet. He’s been pretty good at avoiding fouls for a rookie. We need him.” -Carlisle on Sheppard

“I do think that he’s starting to come into his own a little bit. I think that the G League experience has helped him a lot in gaining confidence. We’re all always on him to just look at the rim. Sometimes he’s just playing at 150 miles an hour and he’s running up and down the floor, never even looks at the hoop.” -Haliburton on Sheppard

“The message has been clear, these last 24, 25 games whatever it is, what our goals are. We’ve got to take things one game at a time and we were able to come out with a win today.” -Turner on the team’s mindset

Stat of the Night

Seven Pacers ended the night in double-figure scoring, led by Turner’s 33 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Haliburton followed behind with 17 points, Nembhard added 15 points, Mathurin recorded 14 points, while Siakam and McConnell both contributed 12 points apiece. In addition, Sheppard recorded a career-high 15 points off the bench on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting clip from beyond the arc.

Noteworthy

Indiana will face off with the Mavericks for the second and final time this season on March 5 in Dallas.

Aaron Nesmith did not take to the floor tonight as he recovers from a right ankle sprain.

Prior to the game, Indiana Hall of Famer and oldest living Harlem Globetrotter Hallie Bryant, revved up the crowd.

Up Next

The Pacers continue their four-game homestand by hosting Scottie Barnes and the Toronto Raptors at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Monday, Feb. 26 at 7:00 PM ET.

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS RAPTORS

Riding high after two impressive victories out of the All-Star break, the Pacers (33-25) will look to pick up another victory on Monday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse when they host the Toronto Raptors (21-36) on the second night of a back-to-back.

After handling their business in a 129-115 win over Detroit on Thursday, the Blue & Gold put together one of their most complete performances of the season in Sunday’s 133-111 victory over Dallas, snapping the Mavericks’ seven-game win streak. The Blue & Gold got contributions from up and down the lineup in Sunday’s win.

Veteran center Myles Turner scored a season-high 33 points, going 10-for-15 from the field and 11-for-12 from the free throw line. All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton fed Turner early and often, finishing with 17 points, 10 assists, and four steals. Second-year guards Bennedict Mathurin (14 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and three steals) and Andrew Nembhard (15 points on 7-of-8 shooting) made a big impact on both ends. And rookie guard Ben Sheppard went a perfect 5-for-5 from 3-point range off the bench en route to a career-high 15 points.

Now, the Pacers will look to avoid a letdown on Monday, playing against a Raptors team that acted as sellers both before and at the trade deadline. Toronto has traded or waived 10 players dating back to Dec. 30, including dealing two-time All-Star forward Pascal Siakam to Indiana in a blockbuster deal on Jan. 17.

The Raptors are building around third-year forward Scottie Barnes, trading away pending free agents like Siakam and OG Anunoby and adding other young players like RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley. Barnes has blossomed this season, earning his first All-Star selection while averaging 20 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.2 steals. But the Raptors have otherwise scuffled, winning just five of their last 16 games.

The Pacers and Raptors actually met less than two weeks ago, with Indiana grinding out a hard-fought 127-125 Valentine’s Day victory in the final game for both teams before the All-Star break. Toronto has bounced back post-break with two straight victories, beating Brooklyn on Thursday and winning in Atlanta on Sunday. The Raptors will be well-rested on Monday taking on a Pacers team that has struggled all season when playing on the second night of a back-to-back.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Andrew Nembhard, F – Bennedict Mathurin, F – Pascal Siakam, C – Myles Turner

Raptors: G – Immanuel Quickley, G – Gary Trent Jr., F – RJ Barrett, F – Scottie Barnes, C – Jakob Poeltl

Injury Report

Pacers: Jalen Smith – questionable (lower back spasms), Aaron Nesmith – out (right ankle sprain)

Raptors: None

Last Meeting

Feb. 14, 2024: In his return to Toronto, Pascal Siakam found his rhythm in the second half to lead the Pacers to a 127-125 win over the Raptors team that drafted him in 2016.

The Raptors honored Siakam with a minute-long tribute video before the game that honored his seven-plus seasons in Toronto — where he was a two-time All-Star, won the NBA’s Most Improved Player award, and helped the team win its first championship in 2019. The 6-8 forward then stood at center court and touched his heart and waved his hands while receiving a stirring ovation. In one section, virtually every seat was filled with fans wearing Siakam’s number 43 jersey.

“Incredible, man,” Siakam told Bally Sports Indiana’s Jeremiah Johnson after the game. “A little scrawny kid from Cameroon, I came here just with a dream, just trying to make it in the NBA…Just to see that whole crowd, that whole section with my jersey, it means the world to me. I’m humbled and I’m blessed to be part of this.”

Siakam then went out and led his new team to victory, finishing the night with a team-high 23 points, five rebounds, and seven assists, going 8-for-17 from the field and 6-for-9 from the free throw line.

Seven Pacers finished in double figures, with Tyrese Haliburton (21 points and 12 assists) and Isaiah Jackson (15 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks) both recording double-doubles. Rookie Ben Sheppard also came up big, scoring a career-high 10 points off the bench, hitting two key threes in the fourth quarter and coming up with a defensive stop on the game’s final possession.

Scottie Barnes led all scorers with 29 points and narrowly missed out on a triple-double, finishing with 12 rebounds and eight assists for Toronto. RJ Barrett added 23 points and nine boards, Jakob Poeltl tallied 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Immanuel Quickley collected 14 points, six boards, and seven assists.

Noteworthy

The Pacers and Raptors have split two games so far this season, with the road team prevailing in both contests. The Raptors won on Nov. 22 in Indianapolis and the Pacers won on Feb. 14 in Toronto. They will conclude the season series on April 9 in Toronto.

Indiana is just 2-8 on the season when playing on the second night of a back-to-back, tied with San Antonio for the second-worst record in the NBA this season (Washington is a league-worst 0-10 on the second night of a back-to-back).

Since joining the Raptors in the Siakam trade, former Pacers guard Bruce Brown has averaged 9.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.3 assists over 16 games (five starts). Former Pacers forward Jordan Nwora has appeared in 12 games with the Raptors and started one, averaging 5.7 points and 2.3 rebounds since the trade.

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)

Tickets

The Pacers continue their four-game homestand by hosting Scottie Barnes and the Toronto Raptors at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Monday, Feb. 26 at 7:00 PM ET.

INDIANA BASEBALL

TAYLOR HOMERS TWICE TO SWEEP BAYLOR

WACO, Texas – The Indiana Baseball team (6-1) brought their bats to the ballpark on Sunday afternoon, beating Baylor 15-5 (F/8) to finish off the weekend sweep. It marked the first sweep for the Hoosiers in a non-conference true road series since 2007 (Florida A&M).

Sophomore outfielder Devin Taylor hit a pair of home runs while fifth-year senior outfielder Morgan Colopy drove in five runs. Colopy’s seventh-inning grand slam helped break the game open for good.

Junior outfielder Nick Mitchell recorded his first hit for the Hoosiers in his IU debut while redshirt freshman first baseman Joey Brenczewski drove in three runs on two hits. Junior left-hander Ryan Kraft (W,1-0) was awarded the win for 2.2 innings of one-run ball.

INDIANA WOMEN’S TENNIS

SWIERCZYNSKA’S COMEBACK WIN OVER CORNELL, 4-3

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –  Freshman Magdalena Swierczynska made a huge comeback in No. 6 singles to clinch the winning point over Cornell at the IU Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon.

Swiercyznska split the first two sets with the Big Red before making a huge comeback to win 7-5 for the clinching point. She was down 5-1 in the third set before winning the next six points. 

KEY MOMENTS

Doubles partners graduate student Lene Mari Hovda and freshman Elisabeth Dunac won the first doubles match before Cornell took the other two matches to clinch the doubles point to go up 1-0.

After the Hoosiers went down 2-0, Hovda won No. 5 singles in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, to keep Indiana in the match as they cut the lead, 2-1.

Dunac tied the match up with a victory in No. 3 singles, 6-4, 6-4.

Freshman Li Hsin Lin gave the Hoosiers the first lead of the day after winning No. 4 singles, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Swiercyznska sealed the win in dramatic fashion after she won the clinching point, 4-3.

NOTABLES

•The Hoosiers are now 6-7 on the season.

•Dunac improves to 9-1 on the season.

INDIANA 4, CORNELL 3

SINGLES

1. Lauren Stein (Cor) def. Lara Schneider (IU), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3

2. Michelle Ryndin (Cor) def. Nicole Teodosescu (IU), 6-2, 7-5

3. Elisabeth Dunac (IU) def. Emma Baker (Cor), 6-4, 6-4

4. Li Hsin Lin (IU) def. Jenny Wong (Cor), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

5. Lene Mari Hovda (IU) def. Victoria Zhao (Cor), 6-4, 6-2

6. Magdalena Swiercyznska (IU) def. Gia Graziano (Cor), 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

DOUBLES

1. Emma Baker/Lauren Stein (Cor) def. Lara Schneider/Nicole Teodosescu (IU), 6-4

2. Michelle Ryndin/Alexandra Savu (Cor) def. Li Hsin Lin/Sarah L’allier (IU), 6-4

3. Lene Mari Hovda/Elisabeth Dunac (IU) def. Jenny Wong/Victoria Zhao (Cor), 6-1

ORDER OF FINISH

Singles: 2, 5, 3, 4, 1, 6

Doubles: 3, 2, 1

UP NEXT

Indiana women’s tennis will begin conference play with Iowa on Mar. 2 at the IU Tennis Center.

INDIANA WATER POLO

NO. 13 HOOSIERS COMPLETE KALBUS INVITE WITH WIN OVER POMONA-PITZER

IRVINE, Calif.  –  Sophomores Sophia Sollie and Grace Hathaway each scored two goals as No. 13 Indiana beat Pomona-Pitzer, 7-6, in the 13th place game of the 2024 Barbara Kalbus Invitational.

KEY MOMENTS

In a tight first quarter, the Hoosiers (14-2) got goals from sophomores Grace Klingler and Grace Hathaway to take a 2-1 edge after one. Hathaway deposited her second goal of the afternoon with 3:54 remaining on the clock in the second as Indiana took a 3-2 lead at the break.

Sophomore Sophia Sollie added two goals in the third quarter along with one from senior Kallie White as Indiana pulled ahead by two, 6-4, at the end of the frame.

The Sagehens pulled within one early in the fourth quarter, but the Hoosiers took advantage of a powerplay on a goal from graduate student Zoe Crouch with 4:27 on the clock.

Indiana was able to hold off Pomona-Pitzer in the final 90 seconds of action including a huge save from sophomore goalie Jasmine Higgs to seal the win.

NOTES

Sollie and Hathaway each had a pair of goals for the Hoosiers in the win.

Six players tallied two points in the effort, with junior Skylar Kidd leading the way with two assists.

Crouch and Hathaway each drew two exclusions.

Klingler added a goal, assists and a team-high two steals.

Higgs made 11 saves in the cage for IU and had a steal.

Indiana improves to 3-1 all-time against the Sagehens and took both meetings between the two teams this year.

UP NEXT

Indiana will host No. 1 UCLA in the MPSF opener at home on Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m. ET. The game will air live on Big Ten Network.

INDIANA WOMEN’S GOLF

HOOSIERS TO TAKE ON CHEVRON COLLEGIATE FIELD

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s golf team is set to take on a filed comprised of 17 top-75 programs at the 2024 Chevron Collegiate at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas, on Feb. 26-27.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
Chevron Collegiate • Humble, Texas
Golf Club of Houston
Par 72 • 6,392 yards
Live Results: GolfStat.com

TEAMS COMPETING (17)

Furman, Houston, Illinois, INDIANA, Iowa State, Maryland, North Texas, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UNLV, UTSA

INDIANA LINEUP

1. Chloe Johnson

2. Maddie May

3. Caroline Smith

4. Dominika Burdová

5. Nicole Kolbas

TOURNAMENT NOTES

• Texas A&M is the highest-ranked team in the field at No. 14 in the latest Scoreboard Rankings powered by clippd. Indiana ranks 68th with an overall record of 39-35-2.

• Houston (29), Oklahoma State (33), SMU (34), Tulsa (37), Tennessee (38), Maryland (44), North Texas (46), Iowa State (48), Texas State (54), Furman (55), Texas Tech (57), UTSA (61), UNLV (62), Illinois (71), and TCU (73) round out the loaded field of competition.

• The first 36 holes of the event will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. ET on Feb. 26 with continuous play. The final round will tee off at 8 a.m. ET with a shotgun start on Feb. 27.

• Indiana will be paired with Texas Tech and UTSA in the opening two rounds of competition.

INDIANA SOFTBALL

INDIANA TOPS MARSHALL TO CLOSE OUT HILLENBRAND INVITATIONAL

TUCSON, Ariz. ––– In its final game of the weekend, Indiana Softball defeated Marshall, 12-6, on Sunday afternoon at the Hillenbrand Invitational.

The Hoosiers went 3-2 on the weekend with wins over Central Michigan, Drake and Marshall with two narrow losses to No. 17 Arizona.

Indiana’s season record now stands at 11-4 overall.

INDIANA 12, MARSHALL 6

KEY MOMENTS

• Indiana opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly to center field from Taylor Minnick in the top of the first inning to score Cora Bassett and put IU up 1-0.

• In the top of the second, Brooke Benson hit an inside the park home run to the right field wall to extend Indiana’s lead to 2-0.

• Marshall would add three runs in the bottom of the second to take the lead, 3-2.

• Indiana had a seven-run explosion in the top of the fourth inning with Alex Cooper hitting a three-run home run to dead center field, an RBI double from Bassett, an RBI single from Minnick, as well as a bases loaded walk.

• Indiana’s defense closed the game out in the bottom of the seventh. Marshall threatened to score and make it closer with two runners on base, but Benson made the play at shortstop to end it and secure the win. 

NOTABLES

• Freshman Alex Cooper’s home run was the second of her college career.

• With Cooper and Brooke Benson going yard, it was Indiana’s third game of the weekend where it recorded multiple home runs.

• Sophomore Sophie Kleiman earned her third win of the season.

• Redshirt senior Cora Bassett has recorded multiple hits in seven of 15 games this season.

UP NEXT

Indiana will get to host games at Andy Mohr Field next weekend from March 1-3 in the Hoosier Classic. The event will feature games against Bowling Green and Valparaiso.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

ZACH EDEY SCORES 35 AND HELPS NO. 3 PURDUE BEAT MICHIGAN 84-76

No. 3 Purdue 84, Michigan 76 (Postgame Notes)

No. 3-ranked Purdue improved to 25-3 overall and 14-3 in the Big Ten standings with an 84-76 victory at the Crisler Center.

The win clinched a double-bye in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament and kept Purdue two-and-a-half game lead in the Big Ten standings with just three games to play.

Purdue has clinched a double-bye in every year of the tournament format since 2014-15 (the 2020 tournament was canceled).

Purdue’s 220 conference wins since Matt Painter’s second season (2006-07) are now the most in the Big Ten.

Purdue has 25 wins in its first 28 games in a season for just the second time ever (1987-88; 26-2).

Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Purdue is 110-42 in Big Ten play, the most wins for a power-conference team in league play during that span.

Purdue is now 13-6 (.684) on the road in Big Ten play over the last two seasons. Purdue’s senior class is 23-16 (.590) on the road in Big Ten play during their careers.

Purdue won in the Crisler Center in consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 2010 and Feb. 2012.

The win also enabled Matt Painter to improve to 17-17 against Michigan during his career. He now owns at least a .500 record against every Big Ten team except Ohio State.

Purdue has now won at least 25 games in 11 of Matt Painter’s 19 seasons.

Purdue’s senior class has won 56 Big Ten games with the win over Michigan. The school record for Big Ten wins by a senior class is 57 (Class of 2019).

Purdue is now 83-17 since the start of the 2021-22 season, tied for the most victories in a three-year span in school history (done twice before; 2016-18 and 2017-19).

The victory was Purdue’s 17th quad-1 and 2 victory combined, the most in the nation (9 – quad 1, 8 – quad 2).

Purdue has won 20 straight games when winning both the rebounding (+13) and turnover margins (-2).

Purdue has won 22 straight games when forcing 10 or more turnovers.

Zach Edey scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and two assists against no turnovers, marking his 20th double-double of the season. Edey’s seven career 30-15 games are the most for a high-major player in the last 15 years (Marvin Bagley, Blake Griffin – 4) by three games. His 10 career games of at least 25 points and 15 rebounds are also the most nationally in that span (Blake Griffin – 9).

Edey moved into second place on Purdue’s career scoring chart, passing Joe Barry Carroll (2,175), now with 2,197 points. He is just 125 points behind career leader Rick Mount (2,323).

Edey moved into the top 15 on the Big Ten’s all-time scoring list (2,197 points).

His 14 career 30-10 games are the second most for any player in the last 15 years (South Dakota State’s Mike Daum – 21).

Edey needs three points and 22 rebounds to become the first player in Big Ten history with 2,200 career points and 1,200 career rebounds.

Edey now has 664 points (15th in school history) and 331 rebounds (5th in school history) during his senior season. He is shooting 62.7 percent from the field and is one assist shy of his career high with 51 (52 in 2022-23).

Braden Smith recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 11 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. His six games of 10 or more assists in a season tied a school record (Bruce Parkinson – 1974 and 1975).

Smith now ranks third on Purdue’s single-season assists list with 203, dishing out the most assists in a season since Brian Walker in 1980-81 (205). The school record for assists in a season is 208 by Bruce Parkinson in 1974-75.

Lance Jones tallied 15 points, and now has 1,878 career points. In the last 11 games, he is averaging 15.6 points per game, while shooting 32-of-77 (.416) from long distance.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Zach Edey took advantage of Michigan’s attempts to defend him with only one player.

Edey matched his season high with 35 points and had 15 rebounds, helping No. 3 Purdue bounce back from a rough start to beat the Wolverines 84-76 on Sunday.

“I’m used to getting doubled as soon as I catch it, as soon as I dribble, but they wanted to play me 1 on 1,” he said. “My teammates recognized that and got me the ball a lot. I just tried to do what I do.”

The 7-foot-4 Edey made 14 of 18 shots and scored 35 points for the third time this season, falling three short of equaling his career high.

“He probably would have scored 35 on me too,” said Michigan coach Juwan Howard, a member of the school’s Fab Five and a former NBA standout.

The Boilermakers (25-3, 14-3 Big Ten) are closing in on winning a second straight conference championship, building a 2 1/2-game lead over No. 12 Illinois with three regular-season games left on their schedule.

The Wolverines (8-20, 3-14) moved closer to clinching last place in the Big Ten with their fifth straight loss and 10th setback in 11 games under their embattled coach.

Michigan saw about half of its arena filled with black-and-gold-wearing fans chanting and cheering for the visitors, eight days after Michigan State fans in the stands made it look and sound as if the Wolverines were playing on the road.

“It felt like Mackey Arena in there tonight,” Michigan senior forward Terrance Williams II said.

Matt Painter, who played at Purdue in the early 1990s and has coached there for nearly two decades, said he had never had a similar experience on the road in the Big Ten.

“I told our guys at halftime, ‘This might never happen again, so give them something to cheer about,'” Painter said.

Dug McDaniel had 19 points and six assists for the Wolverines, who had four more scorers reach double digits.

As usual, Edey had a few teammates contributing offensively. Lance Jones scored 15, Braden Smith had 11 points and Fletcher Loyer added nine.

The Wolverines played well early in the game and led 22-15 before Purdue took control for good, surging into a 47-36 lead at halftime.

“Michigan just played better than us in the first 10 minutes of the game,” Painter said. “To our guys credit, our guys stayed with it and just made more shots.”

Michigan pulled within seven points midway through the second half, Edey answered with consecutive layups and the Boilermakers were able to keep a relatively comfortable cushion.

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: Edey had another dominant performance, perhaps increasing his chances to repeat as The Associated Press men’s college basketball player of the year.

Michigan: Howard has a chance to set a single-season school record for losses, faring worse than John Beilein’s first team did with a 10-22 record during the 2007-08 season.

PURDUE SOFTBALL

PURDUE POURS ON 13 RUNS IN VICTORY VS. SIU

CONWAY, Ark. – Freshman Moriah Polar tied a Purdue record with her two home runs in Purdue’s 13-6 victory over SIU in the Michelle Short Memorial Classic tournament finale. The win was Purdue’s seventh of the season as the softball squad moves to 7-5 on the year.

The Boilermakers out-hit the Salukis 14-6 in the victory, and forced three errors while committing one.

After entering the game with one home run on the season, the Boilermakers tripled the total, with freshman Moriah Polar (fourth and seventh innings) and junior Olivia McFadden (sixth inning) each recording a dinger.

Purdue’s three home runs tie as the second-most in program history and the most since 2016. Meanwhile, the team’s 13 runs and 16 hits both mark a program-high since 2022.

In total, eight Boilermakers scored a run, including three with two runs and Khloe Banks with a team-leading three runs.

Six Boilermakers registered a .600 on-base % or better, including four over 1.000. Polar and Tyrina Jones paced the team’s offense with three hits apiece. Meanwhile, Polar’s career-high four RBI were the most on the team.

Purdue held SIU to one run until the sixth inning, when the Salukis registered five runs, including two homers of their own, in the frame.

Lefty Kendall Klochack (2-0) tossed five strikeouts, just one shy of her career-high, over the first five innings. The pitcher allowed three hits and two runs before being relieved.

The Boilermakers will return to action Friday in Huntington, West Virginia, for the Marshall Thundering Herd Invitational

PURDUE BASEBALL

PURDUE USES 10-RUN INNING TO RUN-RULE GEORGE MASON

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – A 10-run fifth inning was all Purdue Baseball needed Sunday afternoon, breaking a 1-1 tie to run-rule the George Mason Patriots in seven innings and improve to 6-2 through the first two weeks of the 2024 campaign.

The Boilermaker bats were on fire all series long. Purdue finished the weekend with 39 runs from 47 hits, collecting three victories during the four-game set. The 10-run inning was the program’s first since recording 13 runs in the fourth inning against Akron a season ago, also at Ting Park in Holly Springs, North Carolina.

Connor Caskenette went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, while Luke Gaffney produced another multi-hit, multi-RBI game by driving in Purdue’s first two runs and sparking the big fifth inning. Camden Gasser reached base all four times he stepped to the dish, smacking a single in his first plate appearance and drawing three walks. The Purdue shortstop scored a team-high three runs in the win. Off the bench, Jo Stevens belted a two-run blast for his first home run of the season.

After a difficult first inning, Luke Wagner (1-0) settled in and pitched five innings, allowing only one run on six hits to collect his first win of 2024. Aaron Suval’s two scoreless frames sealed the deal and the run-rule victory.

The Purdue offense made George Mason starter Chad Gartland work throughout his time on the mound, recording four runs on six hits and six walks through four innings. As part of the monster fifth frame, the Boilermakers delivered seven runs on six hits off reliever Owen Stewart.

Something they did the entire series, the Patriots scored in the opening inning. However, Wagner prevented the big inning by getting out of a bases-loaded jam. Falling behind 3-0 against Connor Dykstra, the senior worked the count full with back-to-back strikes before forcing the George Mason catcher into a 6-4-3 double play to end the frame and limit the damage to a single run.

Leading off the bottom of the third, a walk by Gasser and a single by Caskenette put runners on the corners for Gaffney. Continuing to swing a hot bat, the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week drove the first pitch he saw through the left side of the infield, plating Gasser to tie the game at 1-1.

The game remained tied until the Boilermakers exploded in the bottom of the fifth. Just like the third, Gasser and Caskenette started it off with a walk and a single. Once again, Gaffney delivered with an RBI double to give Purdue its first lead of the game. The Boilermakers were just getting started. Three straight singles by Logan Sutter, Keenan Taylor and Keenan Spence led to four more runs across the dish. Batting for the second time in the inning, Caskenette smashed a 2-RBI double for his third hit of the contest. Coming off the bench to replace Gaffney, who was ejected from the game alongside George Mason’s Gartland after the two exchanged words on his double, Stevens went opposite field and cleared the tall, right field wall for a two-run homer that gave the Purdue the double-digit inning and 10-run advantage.

Following the lengthy inning at the plate, Suval came out of the bullpen and put up a pair of zeros to end the game after seven frames.

Next weekend, the Boilermakers return to North Carolina for three games in the Keith LeClair Classic. Purdue faces host East Carolina (March 1) before battling Southeastern Louisiana (March 2) and Cal State Fullerton (March 3) to close out the weekend.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PURDUE’S BIG SECOND HALF LEADS TO SEASON SWEEP OF WISCONSIN

MADISON, Wisc. – The Purdue women’s basketball team scored 20 or more points in three quarters and outscored Wisconsin 45-24 in the second half to pull away to a 79-55 win on the road. The Boilermakers picked up their first sweep of the season.

Purdue (12-15, 5-11) had four players finish in double figures with seniors Abbey Ellis and Caitlyn Harper combining for 40 points in the win. Ellis posted her fifth 20-point effort of the year and second straight on 8-of-13 shooting with four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

The Harper sisters, who grew up a little over an hour away in Hartland, combined for 21 points on the afternoon. Caitlyn Harper was 7-of-13 with a Purdue career-high three 3-pointers in 31 minutes of action. Alaina Harper tallied a pair of points, one rebound and a block in nine minutes of work.

A pair of freshmen joined the seniors in double figures with dominate displays on both sides of the break. Mary Ashley Stevenson went for 12 points, all coming in the first half, on 6-of-9 shooting, including a perfect 5-of-5 in the first half, to go with five rebounds and a steal.

Sophie Swanson posted her second straight game in double figures with 11 points and a pair of triples. The Barrington, Ill., native added a rebound, an assist, and a career-high three steals.

Jeanae Terry posted another solid all-around game with nine rebounds, six rebounds, five points and five steals. It was just the sixth 5-5-5-5 performance in the Big Ten this season.

The Boilermakers shot an even 50% from the field (29-58) and 50% from distance (7-14). It was Purdue’s third game shooting 50% or better this season and the first time the Boilermakers posted a 50% clip from the field and behind the arc since Jan. 20, 2022, against Illinois. The Boilermakers also finished 14-of-16 at the line.

The Boilermakers harassed Wisconsin (13-13, 6-10) on the defensive end, forcing a season-high 22 turnovers, while recording a season-best 14 steals. Purdue’s bench outscored Wisconsin 19-0.

Stevenson rolled to start the game with 10 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting and three rebounds. Ellis added six points, as the two sides were tied 21-21 after the first with a combined 65.5% shooting.

Purdue’s defense set the tone early in the second quarter, allowing just four points in the first 8:30 of the frame. Purdue turned Wisconsin over six times in the second. Harper tallied five points in the second and connected on a triple one of two triples alongside Madison Layden. The Boilermakers led 34-31 at the break.

The Boilermakers broke the game open in the third, outscoring the Badgers 23-13. Harper totaled seven points to lead the way, while Purdue went 8-of-8 at the line. After Wisconsin tied the game at 36-36 with 8:11 to play, Purdue rolled off nine straight points that led to a 21-5 run. Purdue led 57-44 with 10 minutes to play.

Ellis and Harper combined for an eight-point swing to start the fourth and opened up a 19-point lead. Purdue put the game away with a 22-11 scoring advantage in the third. Ellis scored eight points in the period, and Swanson added six.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Wisconsin 58-22. The win was Purdue’s fourth straight over the Badgers.

• Jeanae Terry is now eight points away from 1,000 in her career.

• Madison Layden needs 13 points to become the 37th 1,000-point scorer in Purdue history. She is one 3-pointer away from becoming the sixth player in program history with 200 career triples. 

• Purdue freshmen have now produced 27 double-figure scoring performances.

• The Boilermakers have had two freshmen score 10 or more points in nine times, the most in the Big Ten.

• Purdue is 16-1 under head coach Katie Gearlds when shooting 50% or better.

• The Boilermakers hold a 34-7 record when scoring 70 or more points, while also posting a 42-12 mark when holding opponents below that mark under Gearlds.

• Ellis moved into a tie with Andreona Keys for 27th on Purdue’s double-figure scoring list with 59 games.

UP NEXT

Purdue will return to Mackey Arena for the final time in the regular season on Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. tip against Penn State on B1G+. The Boilermakers will honor seniors Abbey Ellis, Caitlyn Harper, Jeanae Terry and Abbey Ellis in a postgame ceremony.

NOTRE DAME FENCING

3-PEAT: IRISH WOMEN WIN THIRD STRAIGHT ACC TEAM TITLE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Fighting Irish women’s fencing team captured its third straight ACC team title on Sunday afternoon inside the Joyce Center, winning the first ever two-team fence-off to claim the championship.

Notre Dame sophomore foilist Josephina Conway was voted Women’s Most Valuable Fencer after winning the individual foil championship and winning the foil bout to clinch the fence-off versus Duke.

The Notre Dame women went 2-1 on the day, recording wins over Boston College (18-9) and UNC (19-8) before falling to Duke (18-9) to set up the fence-off. The Irish dropped the sabre portion by a score of 5-4 but rebounded with a 5-1 win by Amanda Pirkowski in epee to set up the deciding bout in foil. Fresh off winning the individual title on Saturday evening, Conway delivered the Irish the team title with a 5-3 win to complete the three-peat.

The women’s foil team had a standout performance on the day, going 19-8 over the three duals to help the Irish capture the title.

The Notre Dame men’s fencing team placed second in the ACC team championships, posting wins over Duke (17-10) and Boston College (20-7) but the team suffered a defeat to UNC (17-10) which kept them from winning the title.

The Irish will compete in the NCAA Midwest Regionals in Detroit on Saturday, March 9 as they prepare for the NCAA Championships later in the month.

2024 ACC Fencing Team Championships

Women’s

Notre Dame, 2-1

Duke, 2-1

Boston College, 1-2

North Carolina, 1-2

Duke def North Carolina, 17-10 (S63/F72/E45)

Notre Dame def Boston College, 18-9 (S81/F54/E54)

Boston College def Duke, 14-13 (S54/F27/E72)

Notre Dame def North Carolina, 19-8 (S72/F63/E63)

Duke def Notre Dame, 18-9 (S63/F72/E54)

North Carolina def Boston College, 15-12 (S54/F54/E54)

Tiebreaker

Notre Dame def Duke, 2-1 (S45, F53, E51)

Men’s

North Carolina, 3-0

Notre Dame, 2-1

Duke, 1-2

Boston College, 0-3

Notre Dame def Duke, 17-10 (S45/F63/E72)

North Carolina def Boston College, 15-12 (S63/F36/E63)

North Carolina def Notre Dame, 17-10 (S63/F63/E54)

Duke def Boston College, 17-10 (S54/F63/E63)

North Carolina def Duke, 19-8 (S72/F63/E63)

Notre Dame def Boston College, 20-7 (S72/F63/E72)

NOTRE DAME MEN’S LAX

#1 IRISH DROP OT HEARTBREAKER TO #19 GEORGETOWN, 11-10

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish suffered their first defeat of the season on Sunday, falling to No. 19 Georgetown in overtime by a score of 11-10.

The Irish attack was paced by Jake Taylor and Devon McLane, who each finished with two goals. Pat Kavanagh chipped in a goal and two assists, including the game-tying goal with under a minute left to send the game to overtime.

Junior Will Lynch had the best game of any Notre Dame player, winning 15-of-22 faceoffs and scooping up seven ground balls on the day.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The opening 30 minutes of play was a defensive battle, as Hoyas held a 4-3 lead at the half. The Irish scored the opening goal off a beautiful behind-the-back finish from Jake Taylor after he scooped up a loose ball. Georgetown answered with three straight to end the first quarter and go up 3-1.

Notre Dame then scored the first two goals of the second stanza to level it at 3-3 off goals from Taylor and Devon McLane but the Hoyas scored with just over four minutes left in the half to take a one-goal lead into the break.

Georgetown struck first in the third quarter to extend its lead to 5-3 before the Irish answered back with goals from McLane and Eric Dobson to level the score at 5-5 with just under nine minutes to play in the third quarter.

From there it was tight the rest of the way as the game was tied at scores of 6-6, 7-7, 8-8, 9-9 and 10-10. Kavanagh scored the final goal of regulation out of a timeout with 39 seconds left on the clock to make the score 10-10 and send it to the extra period.

The Irish won the opening faceoff of the overtime session and managed to get two shots off but neither found the back of the net and then the Hoyas scored on the ensuing possession to escape with the 11-10 victory.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame remains at home, welcoming No. 4 Maryland to Arlotta Stadium for a big non-conference showdown at noon ET on Sunday, March 3. The contest will air on ESPNU and admission to the game is free.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL

IRISH EARN SERIES SPLIT WITH 3-1 WIN IN FINALE

MIAMI, Fla. – Notre Dame (5-2) battled back for a series split at FIU (5-3) with a 3-1 win Sunday, as RHP Jack Radel (1-0) earned his first-career win, and RHP Bennett Flynn notched his first save in an Irish uniform.

RHP Tobey McDonough made his first start in an Irish uniform and went 2.0 innings with three strikeouts, as Radel entered to pitch the third, going three full innings and posting two strikeouts. RHP Ricky Reeth entered to pitch 2.2 innings, posting six strikeouts. Flynn came in with two outs in the eighth and earned the save, holding FIU off in the ninth.

OF David Glancy notched his fourth home run of the season in the fourth inning. INF Casey Kmet made his first appearance of the season, entering in the seventh inning as a pinch runner.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Both teams went scoreless through two innings, as McDonough posted three strikeouts through two innings. Notre Dame went down in order in the third, and Radel did the same to FIU, entering to begin the inning and forcing two flyouts, earning a strikeout.

In the fourth, DH DM Jefferson led off with a walk and stole second, taking third on an FIU error. OF David Glancy drew a walk, and also stole second. OF Tito Flores singled to score both runners, but was tagged out in his attempt to take second. In the bottom half, Radel and the Irish took care of two outs before an FIU triple, but got out of the inning on the next batter, holding FIU scoreless at 2-0.

Both teams were kept off the board in the fifth, as Radel added another strikeout, and INFs Estevan Moreno, Jack Penney and Connor Hincks combined for a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

In the sixth, the Irish placed a runner on second but couldn’t convert. Reeth entered to begin the bottom of the sixth, and after a walk, struck out the next three batters. Both teams went scoreless in the seventh, with Reeth adding two strikeouts.

Glancy sent a solo home run, his fourth homer of the season, to left field in the eighth inning to add a run for the Irish, and after two outs in the bottom of the inning, Flynn took the mound to close the eighth.

The Irish were unable to score in the ninth, and FIU led off with a solo homer to get on the board. Two singles placed two on base before the first out. A walk loaded the bases, but Flynn and the Irish took care of the next two outs, holding FIU to one run and securing the win.

UP NEXT

The Irish are back on the road next weekend, traveling to Tennessee Tech for a three-game series (March 1-3).

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NOTRE DAME OVERCOMES SLOW START TO BEAT BOSTON COLLEGE, 79-55

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — It was a tale of two halves for No. 19 Notre Dame (21-6, 11-5) on Sunday, as the Irish downed Boston College (11-18, 3-13), 79-55. The Irish outscored the Eagles 50-30 in the second half and finished with four players in double-figures: Hannah Hidalgo (19), Maddy Westbeld (18), Sonia Citron (16) and Anna DeWolfe (11).

But it didn’t always look like that could be the case.

Slow starts continue to be an issue for the Irish. Notre Dame missed its first four shots and fell into a 14-3 hole, a position in which they’ve frequently found themselves over the last month. The sole basket from the floor was a Watson layup, and it didn’t come easy. Notre Dame hit a few shots out of the mid-quarter timeout but Boston College seemed to get every roll and bounce. Q1 ended 21-11 in favor of the Eagles.

Notre Dame played its best defensive quarter — at least points-wise — in Q2. Boston College made a single field goal, and it came as the clock expired heading into the half. The Irish outscored Boston College 18-4, and 12 of those points came off of 9 Eagles turnovers. It was the first time this year Notre Dame has held any opponent under 5 points in a quarter.

Notre Dame took a 29-25 lead into the locker room. Hidalgo played all 20 minutes and had 12 points after scoring just 10 in the game on Thursday against Clemson.

In the third, the roles were reversed from the first quarter, as the Irish hit 10 of 18 shots while BC went 6-17. Westbeld hit back-to-back 3-pointers at the start of the quarter, and a turnaround jumper gave her 8 in that frame. Citron had 7.

Notre Dame didn’t take its foot off the gas in the final frame, shooting 10-13 from the floor and 5-5 from the free throw line to leave no doubt. Westbeld added 8 more points.

In total, Notre Dame forced 22 turnovers. Teams have turned the ball over at least 20 times in 15 of 27 games against an aggressive Irish defense this year. On Sunday, Notre Dame scored 26 points off those mishaps. They outscored BC 18-0 in fast break points.

Of note, Nat Marshall missed Sunday’s game with an illness.

Notre Dame has two remaining regular season games, both against ranked teams. No. 8 Virginia Tech is up first. That game will be televised Thursday on ESPN at 7 p.m.

BUTLER WOMEN’S GOLF

BUTLER WOMEN’S GOLF SETS PROGRAM RECORD AT RIO VERDE COLLEGIATE

Butler closed out a strong weekend in Arizona by setting a new program record for a 54-hole tournament.

The Bulldogs finished the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational at 15-over 879. The Bulldogs’ performance bettered the previous program-record relative to par of 30-over 894 at the 2021 Redbird Fall Invitational. It also improves the Bulldogs’ 54-hole record of 882 from the 2021 Butler Fall Invitational, which came on Butler’s par-70 home course at Highland Golf Club.

Butler finished fifth in the event, improving one spot from their Saturday position. The Bulldogs carded a team score of 291 Sunday after rounds of 298 Friday and a Saturday 290.

Cal Baptist took team honors at 865 (+1). That was good for a five-shot victory over both Xavier and Illinois State. There were a total of 20 teams in the field. Western Michigan was the host institution for the event.

Madalin Small’s second consecutive round of 70 continued her climb up the leaderboard. She finished the event tied for fifth at two-under 214. She opened the event with a 74 before the back-to-back 70s. Her Sunday performance moved her up from a tie for 11th.

Small’s Sunday card included three birdies at the White Wing Golf Course at Rio Verde Country Club in Arizona. The par-72 course was set up at 6,024 yards for the event.

Illinois State’s Ali Schrock took medalist honors at 211 (-5).

THE BULLDOGS:

T5) Madalin Small, 74-70-70—214 (-2)

T15) Ashley Freitas, 75-70-73—218 (+2)

T19) Kelli Scheck, 72-76-71—219 (+3)

T59) Cybil Stillson, 77-74-78—229 (+13)

T73) Katie Steinman, 79-77-77—233 (+17)

The Bulldogs return to action March 11-12 when they host the Butler Don Benbow Spring Invitational in Tampa, Fla.

BUTLER MEN’S GOLF

BUTLER OPENS DORADO BEACH COLLEGIATE WITH NINE-UNDER 279 SUNDAY

The Bulldogs fired a nine-under 279 in the opening round of the Dorado Beach Collegiate Sunday in Puerto Rico.

Butler’s performance is good for eighth among the 17-team leaderboard. Host UNC Greensboro has a one-shot lead over West Virginia with 36 holes to play over the next two days. UNCG shot an 18-under 270 Sunday.

Butler had four players in red numbers in the opening round, led by Derek Tabor’s three-under 69. He had six birdies on the par-72 Sugarcane Course at Dorado Beach, which is set up at 7,112 yards. Tabor is tied for 21st in the field.

Will Horne, Damon Dickey and Daniel Tanaka each carded two-under 70s in the opening round. They are part of a group that is tied for 34th.

Leo Zurovac and Henry Quinn each shot four-over 76. Zurovac’s card included a pair of eagles. Quinn is playing as an individual.

Kent State’s Chris Vandette shot a round of 64 Sunday to hold a one-shot lead.

Monday’s shotgun start is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Live scoring will be available via GolfStat.

BUTLER BASEBALL

BUTLER SWEEPS AAMU WITH SUNDAY VICTORY

HUNTSVILLE – The Bulldogs swept Alabama A&M this weekend by recording three wins at the Bulldog Baseball Field. BU never trailed on Sunday to complete the series sweep. They won 7-2 to improve their overall record to 3-2.

Joey Urban and Billy Wurch each had two RBI in the outcome. Wurch went 2-for-3 from the plate and scored a run. Kade Lewis was another Bulldog in the box score with two hits. He added an RBI to his season total in the seventh.

The scoring opened up with Wurch pushing a ball through the left side of the infield to score Lewis in the top of the second. Each team added runs to the scoreboard in the fifth. BU scored one off a wild pitch and added a second on a groundout.

BU kept their foot down in the sixth and used a Wurch sac bunt to score Xavier Carter. The game moved to 4-1 heading to the final three innings of action.

The Bulldogs created breathing room in the seventh to make the game 7-1. Urban singled to left center to score Moroknek and a bases loaded walk made the game 6-1. Butler’s final tally came on a passed ball.

Grant Brooks, Nate Rosser, and Simon Linde combined for 10 strikeouts on the day. Brooks got the start and threw four full innings. He struck out four and only allowed one hit. Rosser tossed three frames and struck out three. Linde was responsible for the final two and added three K’s.

Butler will ride this momentum into their first midweek matchup of 2024. They will play at Southern Illinois on Tuesday, Feb. 27. First pitch is set for 4 PM.

BUTLER SOFTBALL

BUTLER SOFTBALL FALLS TO BELLARMINE, GOES 3-2 AT SPRING GAMES

MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. – The Butler softball team lost to Bellarmine on Sunday in its final contest at the Spring Games. The Knights (5-5, 0-0 ASUN) scored all five of their runs in the second inning, and the Bulldogs (7-8, 0-0 BIG EAST) could manage only one in response.

Game 5: Bellarmine- 5, Butler- 1 (7 innings)

After a scoreless first inning, Bellarmine loaded the bases on three singles with not outs, eventually scoring five runs and forcing a pitching change.

Butler loaded the bases in the fourth, but an infield grounder produced a force at the plate. One batter later, a line drive to second led to a double play and the threat was ended.

The Bulldogs pushed one runner across in the bottom of the seventh but could not extend the game.

Rylyn Dyer started for Butler and took the loss. In 1.1 innings, she allowed five runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks. Relief came from Katie Petran (1.2 IP, H) in the second, Sydney Cammon (2.0 IP, 2H, BB) in the fourth, and Kayla Noerr (2.0 IP, BB, K) in the sixth.

Bulldog Bits

Paige Dorsett’s double was her first of the season and 13th of her career.

Leigh Vande Hei connected on her first collegiate base hit in the fifth inning.

Up Next

Butler heads to Huntington, West Virginia, for the Thundering Herd Invitational at Marshall from Mar. 1-3. Scheduled opponents for the five games are Purdue, Radford, and the host, Marshall.

BUTLER WOMEN’S LAX

BUTLER WLACROSSE FACES 17-4 LOSS TO CINCINNATI

The Butler women’s lacrosse team faced a 17-4 loss on Sunday afternoon against Cincinnati at Varsity Field. The Bulldogs are now 1-2 for the season, while the Bearcats improve to 3-2.

The Bearcats dominated in the first quarter of the game accounting for eight goals and only allowing for two Butler goals, scored by Delaney Hudson and Sophia Knoblock, assisted by Hudson. Senior midfielder Leah Rubino recorded one goal in the second quarter at the ten-minute mark, assisted by freshman attack Mila Navarro.

The Bulldogs looked to fight back, but the Bearcats held the edge in shots (42-14) and ground balls (27-18). Savannah Behn and Emily Eckert accounted for six of Butler’s 18 ground balls. Sophomore Elise Latham aided the Bulldogs with an unassisted goal at 10:45 of the third quarter. After Latham’s goal the Bulldogs could not hold on as the Bearcats controlled the second half of the game recording six goals. 

Goalie Caroline Smith recorded 15 saves and two ground balls in Butler’s loss.

The Bulldogs will head to Columbus, Ohio to take on Ohio State on Saturday, March 2. The first draw is set for 12 p.m. ET.

IUPUI TRACK

DISTANCE CREW CONTINUES TO DAZZLE ON FINAL DAY OF #HLTF CHAMPIONSHIPS

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The IUPUI men’s track team’s distance crew continued its stellar effort on the second and final day of the #HLTF Indoor Championships on Sunday (Feb. 25), powering a fifth-place finish among the eight competing schools.

The Jaguars stacked up points in the 3,000m event as Andrew Whitinger and Eric Petersen took the second and third spots, respectively. Whitinger led for much of the race, doing the heavy lifting out front, before succumbing on the final lap to Youngstown State’s Ryan Meadows, who clocked a Horizon League facility record time of 8:11.86. Whitinger also went under the previous league and facility record with a time of 8:13.77, setting a new personal best mark by a second. Petersen crossed at 8:16.97 to take three seconds off his prior best.

Mitchell Gits finished eighth overall with a personal best time of 8:23.90 to contribute to the team point total. Nick Perkins won the slower of the two heats in a time of 8:32.21.

In the mile, freshman Luke Shappell put on a show with a personal best time of 4:11.56, finishing third in his championship debut. Will Clark ran a personal best time of 4:16.55 to finish 12th overall. Freshman Nolan King ran a personal record time of 4:23.51, placing 15th overall.

IUPUI added two more points with a seventh-place finish in the 4×400 relay as the group of Jay Pillai, Noah Price, Alex Alba and Connor Murphy spun a time of 3:27.13, breaking the school record by two seconds.

The Jaguars will turn attention to outdoor season, beginning with the Blizzard Buster at Miami (Ohio) on Mar. 22.

AWOSANYA, CATES POWER JAGUARS ON FINAL DAY OF INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The IUPUI women’s track and field team finished off a sixth-place finish at the Horizon League Indoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday (Feb. 25), closing the two-day meet with 30.5 points. A day after winning the long jump, sophomore Modupe Awosanya added to the team point total with her efforts in the final of the 60m and 200m events while senior Ellie Cates continued to shine in the distance events.

In addition, freshman Journey Howard earned a spot on the podium in the high jump in her championship debut.

“This was an incredibly competitive year in the Horizon League and I was very proud of how our group stepped up to the challenge. After a couple of rough meets, Modupe showed how tough she is, by not only winning the long jump, but breaking the championship record in the process. Coach Seward did a great job of preparing her for this moment,” head coach Antonio McDaniel said. “Ellie Cates volunteered to take on the distance triple and in a very deep year, still got on the podium three times for us. The toughness she displayed this weekend was truly inspiring.”

Awosanya earned spots in the 60m and 200m finals on Saturday, guaranteeing points in each event. She placed seventh in the 60 with a time of 7.70 seconds and was fifth in the 200m with a school record time of 24.73 seconds.

In the mile, Cates placed fifth overall with a time of 5:00.70 and Sophie Reichard placed eighth with a personal record time of 5:06.10. She doubled back with a fifth-place finish in the 3K at 9:53.42 and fellow senior Madison Fry collected a wire-to-wire win in the earlier heat with a time of 10:13.48. Kara Krol closed her indoor career with a personal best time of 10:53.67, finishing just ahead of Hannah Robbins’ time of 10:54.94.

In the high jump, Howard finished tied for sixth overall with a best jump of 1.56m (5′ 1.25”) as she was clean on her first two attempts of the day. Sophomore Jada-Marie Davis also cleared 1.56m, but needed multiple attempts, leaving her just off the podium.

Reese McCuan topped IUPUI’s entries in the triple jump with a season best mark of 11.39m (37′ 4.5”) and freshman Shelby McGee closed the indoor season with a personal best jump of 9.93 (32′ 7”).

The Jaguars closed the meet with a season-best 4×400 relay time of 3:58.05 as McCuan, Wini Barnett, Paige Schulte and Karis Davis had the honors.

“There’s so much to be proud of from this team,” McDaniel said. “Now we have to get back to work and prepare for outdoor season.”

Outdoor season is slated to begin on Mar. 15-16 at Georgia Tech’s Yellow Jacket Invitational.

IUPUI SOFTBALL

JAGS DEFEAT ROCKETS IN FINAL DAY OF VELVET MILKMAN CALSSIC

MURRAY, Ky. – The IUPUI softball team closed out the Velvet Milkman Classic hosted by Murray State on a high note, earning an 8-0 victory Sunday afternoon. Alexa Holman earned the shutout win on the mound for the Jags.

The Jags jumped on the board in the first inning. Kendal Calvert doubled to left field then Paige McPhearson followed with a double to score Calvert, 1-0. After a scoreless second inning, the Jags added five in the bottom of the third inning.

Kelli Riordan hit a leadoff single in the third to get things started. Rachael Gregory followed with a single to put runners on first and second with no outs. Calvert loaded the bases with a bunt single then McPhearson reached on an error to allow Riordan score from third.

Still with no outs, Holman singled to center field, scoring Gregory. Kayla Freiberg reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Calvert followed by a fielder’s choice from Kinsey Pfeiffer to score Emma Wheatley.

With the 6-0 lead and a scoreless fourth inning, the Jags sealed the run rule victory in the fifth inning. A wild pitch from the Toledo Rockets scored Holman. Then an error on the same play scored Isabelle Waggner to walk it off in run rule fashion, 8-0.

Holman earned the win on the mound for the Jags giving up just two hits with two walks in five innings of work. Calvert led the Jaguar offense, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double. McPhearson totaled two RBI for the Jags with a double. Gregory, Holman, Pfeiffer, Kasie Keyes and Riordan all recorded singles.

IUPUI will next travel to Clarksville, Tennessee for the Austin Peay Invitational on March 1.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

JAGUARS’ STRUGGLES CONTINUE WITH ROAD LOSS AT NORTHERN KENTUCKY

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The IUPUI basketball team put up a solid effort but was unable to upset a strong Northern Kentucky team on Senior Day on Sunday (Feb. 25) as the host Norse defeated the Jaguars, 80-64. LJ Wells led five NKU players in double-digits with 20 points and Marques Warrick added 17 in the win.

Junior Jlynn Counter had a team-high 16 points and seven assists for the Jaguars while sophomore Vincent Brady II contributed 15 points and six rebounds. Senior John Egbuta closed with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting in the loss.

NKU shot 51 percent from the floor and 45 percent from three-point range while outrebounding the Jaguars by a 39-28 margin, leading to 18 second chance points. IUPUI closed at 43 percent overall and 3-of-9 from three-point range with all three makes coming in the first 10 minutes.

IUPUI (6-23, 2-16 HL) led 14-5 to open the game, fueled in part by a pair of Brady treys. However, the offense went stagnant and NKU (18-10, 11-7 HL) capitalized, outscoring the Jaguars 27-9 over the final 10 minutes of the first half to gain a 44-30 halftime advantage. IUPUI made just three of its final 15 shot attempts of the half while NKU closed at 10-of-18, including three threes.

The Jaguars got back within three early in the second half, beginning the frame with a 14-3 burst. IUPUI made six of its first eight attempts of the second half, including two makes each from Egbuta and Abdou Samb to creep back into contention. However, the Norse responded with threes from Warrick and Randall Pettus II to regain momentum.

The Jags nudged within two with 11:29 left when Yves Nkomba got free on an inbounds play, but NKU never relinquished the lead and steadily pulled away late.

IUPUI, playing without Bryce Monroe, saw its typically dependable bench provide just eight points. Qwanzi Samuels had four points, three rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in 18 minutes and DJ Jackson was held to two points and three assists.

The Jaguars will return home to host Milwaukee on Wednesday (Feb. 28) at 7:00 p.m. inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum. As part of BLACKOUT NIGHT presented by IUPUI Africana Studies and Black & Minority Owned Business Night, fans are encouraged to wear black to Wednesday’s game. The broadcast will be on ESPN+ as Greg Rakestraw (pxp) and Jan Boser (analyst) have the call from courtside.

IUPUI WOMEN’S GOLF

WOMEN’S GOLF OPENS SPRING SLATE WITH MATCH PLAY VICTORY

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – The IUPUI women’s golf team open the spring season on Sunday (Feb. 25) with an emphatic match play victory at Mission Inn Resort, 5.5-1.5. The Jaguars won five of the seven matches and earned a draw in a sixth to capture the team win.

The two Horizon League teams squared off at El Campeon at Mission Inn Resort, giving them a preview of one of the courses for this year’s league championships.

IUPUI was dominant in its matches as Annaliese Fox defeated Olivia Swain 4&3 and Nerea Lancho won over Brynna Mardis, 6&5. Sophomore Yanah Rolston collected a 4&3 win over Lola Barnett and freshman Nina Wojtczak cruised to a 7&6 win over Abby Blackburn.

Sophomore Reagan Sohn also earned a win, defeated Kaylin Kline 4&3.

Shelby Busker played Mandie Ruminski to a draw while Madeleine Pape was tripped up, 4&3.

The trip was multi faceted for the Jaguars as head coach Jamie Broce’s team headed south to get some much needed warm weather play, a first-hand look at El Campeon and a competitive atmosphere.

The Jaguars won’t compete again until Mar. 11-12 when they participate in the Don Benbow Invitational in Oldsmar, Fla.

Match Results

Annaliese Fox (IUPUI) def. Olivia Swain (CSU) – 4&3

Nerea Lancho (IUPUI) def. Brynna Mardis (CSU) – 6&5

Yanah Rolston (IUPUI) def. Lola Barnett (CSU) – 4&3

Nina Wojtczak (IUPUI) def. Abby Blackburn (CSU) – 7&6

Shelby Busker (IUPUI) and Mandie Ruminski (CSU) – All Square

Kaitlin Kormuth (CSU) def. Madeleine Pape (IUPUI) – 4&3

Reagan Sohn (IUPUI) def. Kaylin Kline (CSU) – 4&3

BALL STATE MEN’S TENNIS

MEN’S TENNIS LOSES HARD FOUGHT BATTLE TO EASTERN KENTUCKY SUNDAY AT HOME

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s tennis team (5-4) dropped a hard fought 5-2 battle to Eastern Kentucky (13-3) Sunday afternoon at the Northwest YMCA. The score was a lot closer than what meets the eye nearly beating the Colonels in doubles play along with some high intensity singles matches. EKU has now won 11 straight dual matches.

The Cardinals dropped the doubles point after a close competition against the Colonels. Ball State took early leads on all three courts. Both losses on courts No. 1 and No. 2 were in a tiebreaker situation at 6-6. First to lose was the No. 1 doubles tandem of Vince Orlando and Nathaniel Webster who fell to EKU’s Fernando Bulnes Garrorena and Evzen Holis, 7-6 (7-3). The doubles win then came down to courts two and three. Mason Tran and Jacks Lancaster were up at No. 2 slot but fell 7-6 (7-5) to Moritz Mayer and Mario Martin which gave the Colonels the early 1-0 edge over the Cardinals.

Ball State began its comeback as the Cardinals went up 2-1 after taking victories on courts four and two, respectively. Eli Herran played at the No. 4 spot against Moritz Mayer winning in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Shortly after, Orlando was a winner on court No. 2 with his 7-5, 6-1 defeat versus Martin.

On court one, Webster’s comeback fell short falling to Holis, 6-2, 6-4 and EKU would knot the match at 2-2. EKU took court No. 3 to go back up 3-2 over BSU.

The match would come down to courts five and six which were both close competitions but unfortunately, the Colonels would take both from the Cardinals to seal their victory.

The Ball State men’s tennis team heads to LaJolla, California for its annual spring break trip to compete at the Doubles Championship (Feb. 29-March 3). The Cardinals will also play Pacific University (Feb. 29) and Villanova (March 3) in dual play. 

BALL STATE WOMEN’S TENNIS

WOMEN’S TENNIS DROPS 4-3 HEARTBREAKER TO EASTERN KENTUCKY

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s tennis team continues to improve despite its 4-3 heartbreaking loss Sunday evening to Eastern Kentucky at the Northwest YMCA. The Cardinals won the doubles point and two singles matches to take an early 3-0 edge over the Colonels, but it wasn’t enough as EKU fought back to earn the victory.

It was a high intensity doubles point to open the match. EKU took the win from BSU on court one, but the Cardinals rallied back to earn victories on courts two and three, respectively. Sarah Shahbaz paired up with Isabelle Tanjuatco at the No. 2 slot earning a 6-2 defeat versus Eastern Kentucky’s duo of Zhansaya Bakytzhan and Maria Fedenko. Shortly after No. 2 doubles finished, the twosome of Sydney Hrehor and Jacqueline Pearsall beat EKU’s No. 3 doubles tandem of Izem Olcer and Sasha Parkhomenko 6-3 to clinch the doubles point for Ball State.

Shahbaz and Pearsall won on courts two and six at the start of singles in that order to give Ball State a 3-0 edge over Eastern Kentucky. EKU then earned victories at the No. 4, 1 and 3 positions to tie the match 3-3.

The win would come down to the No. 5 singles slot that saw Ella Hazelbaker in a three-frame thriller against Olcer. Unfortunately, Olcer would win 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 for the fourth and final point of the match.

The Ball State women’s tennis team will play at Dayton Friday, March 1 at the South Regency Tennis Center. First serve is at 1 pm ET.

BALL STATE MEN’S GOLF

BELLAR AND CESARE LEAD BALL STATE ON DAY 1 OF DORADO BEACH COLLEGIATE

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Depth in the Ball State lineup helped the Cardinals to a fourth-place standing after the first round of the Dorado Beach Collegiate, conducted at TPC Dorado in San Juan. Junior Kash Bellar and freshman Alec Cesare both shot 4-under-par 68 through their first round on Sunday, with junior Ali Khan firing a 3-under 69.

As a team, Ball State used its solid start to score 276 on the day (12 under par) and sits in fourth place going into Monday’s second round.

Navigating the par-72, 7,112-yard Sugarcane Course, Bellar and Cesare tied for 14th place overall after one round. Bellar, playing in the Cardinals’ No. 2 lineup position, birdied five holes on the day and just once, on the 16th hole, shot over par. Cesare meanwhile, playing at No. 5, fired eight birdies in his round to lead all golfers in the tournament in the opening round.

“This was a good, solid start for the squad in round one today,” said longtime Cardinals coach Mike Fleck. “Winds were calm early and we took advantage of scoring opportunities on the par 5’s early in the round (holes 6 and 9). We weren’t quite as sharp on the back 9 par 5’s, and 15-18 is a tough stretch to finish up on …  we let a few shots slip away there.”

Khan’s 3-under puts him in 21st place out of 107 golfers after the first round. He, too, managed five birdies, but he was one-over on holes 4 and 16. Carter Smith and Braxton Kuntz both shot 1-under par 71 as all five Cardinals finished under par.

Counting individual golfers, in fact, six out of seven Ball State golfers overall finished under par. Jensen Klondike also shot 1-under par 71, and Griffin Hare shot 2-over par 74.

“Overall we had a good day,” added Fleck. “We made a lot of birdies as a team, and we are in good position going into the second round.”

The Cardinals, one shot behind Louisiana-Monroe (275) in third place, are five shots behind West Virginia (271) in second and host UNC Greensboro (270) in the lead. Only Ball State, WVU and UNCG finished the opening round with all five golfers below par. Ball State’s 26 birdies overall, are second to 27 by only West Virginia and Illinois State.

Kash Bellar: 33-35—68 (-4, 14th)

Alec Cesare: 32-36—68 (-4, 14th)

Ali Khan: 35-34—69 (-3, 21st)

Carter Smith: 35-36—71 (-1, 47th)

Braxton Kuntz: 35-36—71 (-1, 47th)

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Jensen Klondike: 35-36—71 (-1, 47th)

Griffin Hare: 33-41—74 (+2, 79th)

BALL STATE WOMEN’S GOLF

GALLAGHER TIES FOR 8TH AT RIO VERDE COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL

RIO VERDE, Ariz. – – Another even-par round helped Ball State sophomore women’s golfer Sarah Gallagher claim her third collegiate top-10 finish as she closed play in the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational with a three-day score of 215 (-1) to tie for eighth among the field of 104 golfers.

Gallagher, who opened with a 71 (-1) Friday and collected scores of 72 (E) on Saturday and Sunday, was the top golfer from the Mid-American Conference in a field that featured seven league schools and 39 conference student-athletes. Her effort was just four strokes behind tournament winner Ali Schrock of Illinois State who finished at 211 (-5).

“It was great to see Sarah put together a really strong performance,” head coach Cameron Andry said. “She works at such a high rate and is a fantastic competitor, so it was nice to see her put it all together for a top-ten finish.”

Overall, Gallagher finished play on the 6,024-yard, 72-par Quail Run Course at the Rio Verde Country Club with eight birdies, including three more on the final day of competition. She was one of nine golfers to record an eagle in the tournament hosted by Western Michigan and one of just 14 golfers not to card a score worse than a bogey.

In addition, Gallagher’s 215 was the lowest 54-hole score of her collegiate career, taking four strokes off the 219 she shot when she placed sixth at the 2022 Brittany Kelly Cardinal Classic.

Freshman JJ Gregston followed her Saturday 72 (E) with another solid round, earning birdies on two of her final four holes to finish the day at 74 (+2). She also opened the day with a birdie on the 12th hole to tie Gallagher for the team lead with eight over the 54 holes of competition. The effort helped Gregston finish tied for 34th at 222 (+6).

“JJ is so close to breaking through and posting some low scores,” Andry added. “She hit some fantastic shots this week, so now she just needs to tighten up the loose ends of her game. I’m really pleased with her progress. I think her time is coming soon.”

The final day also saw sophomore Madelin Boyd register her lowest round of the tournament, entering the clubhouse at 74 (+2). The effort helped her climb 12 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 67th at 231 (+15). Boyd’s final round included 14 pars and a birdie on the par-3 16th.

Rounding out Ball State’s countable golfers Sunday was sophomore Jasmine Driscoll with a 79 (+7), which included birdies on holes six, 11, and 18. She finished the tournament with a score of 234 (+18) to tie for 78th.

In the team standings, the Cardinals tied for 14th overall at 902 (+38). BSU’s final round matched its total from Saturday at 299, five strokes better than its Friday 304. Cal Baptist won the event at 865 (+1).

“As a team, this was a frustrating weekend,” Andry said. “We just made too many mistakes and got out of position too often to keep up with the low scoring from most of the field. With an inexperienced team, weeks like this happen, but we have to make sure we don’t waste it by not learning from it. We’ll reflect and get back to work.”

Next up for the Ball State women’s golf team is the Puerto Rico Classic, which the Cardinals will host March 5-7 on the Palmas Del Mar Golf Club – Flamboyan Course at the Wyndham Palmas Golf & Beach Resort in Humacao, Puerto Rico.

BALL STATE INDIVIDUAL SCORES

T-8th – Sarah Gallagher – 215 (-1): 71-72-72

T-34th – JJ Gregston – 222 (+6): 76-72-74

T-67th – Madelin Boyd – 231 (+15): 78-79-74

T-78th – Jasmine Driscoll – 234 (+18):79-76-79

99th – Sabrina Langerak – 251 (+35): 84-85-82

TEAM RANKINGS

1st – Cal Baptist – 865 (+1): 292-284-291

2nd – Xavier – 870 (+6): 291-284-295

         Illinois State – 870 (+6): 296-284-290

4th – Kennesaw State – 878 (+14): 299-286-293

5th – Butler – 879 (+15): 298-290-291

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T-14th – Ball State – 902 (+38): 304-299-299

BALL STATE BASEBALL

BASEBALL RIDES DOMINANT PITCHING PERFORMANCE AND BALANCED OFFENSIVE ATTACK TO WIN OVER ILLINOIS

CONWAY, S.C. – The Ball State baseball team rode a scoreless pitching performance from Logan Schulfer and a balanced offensive attack to a 7-1 win over Illinois on Sunday afternoon at Springs Brooks Stadium.

The Cardinals (4-3) put up four runs in the first three innings on the Illini (2-5) to cruise to the win in their final game of the weekend showcase hosted by Coastal Carolina.

Dylan Grego got things going with an RBI double that brought in Michael Hallquist in the second inning. Hunter Dobbins and Matthew Gonzalez sparked a third inning rally with an RBI single and two-run double, respectively to put Ball State ahead 4-0.

Ball State extended the advantage with solo home runs by Nick Gregory in the fourth inning and Hallquist in the sixth to lead 6-0. Illinois got on the board in the seventh but the Cardinals responded with an RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Grant Miller for the final tally of the contest.

Hallquist went 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored, while Grego also had a pair of knocks.

Schulfer (1-1) allowed only one hit and struck out three in 5.1 scoreless to earn his first win of the year. Sam Klein tossed 3.2 innings of one-run balls with four strikeouts to pick up the save. Illinois starter Regan Hall (1-1) allowed three runs in 2.0 innings pitched to be saddled with the loss.

Up Next

The Cardinals are scheduled to play at Southern Indiana in Evansville at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT) on Tuesday.

BALL STATE SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL SUFFERS PAIR OF 6-4 SETBACKS AT GEORGIA TECH

ATLANTA – – Despite slowing down one of the nation’s top offenses, the Ball State softball team closed play in the I-75 Tournament by dropping both ends of Sunday’s doubleheader at Georgia Tech by scores of 6-4.

The Cardinals (6-9) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the opener thanks to a two-run home run from redshirt junior catcher / first baseman McKayla Timmons in the first inning and a solo home run from graduate first baseman Samantha-Jo Mata in the second.

Unfortunately, the Yellow Jackets (10-7) countered with the next six runs and went on to claim the 6-4 win after a seventh inning RBI single from Ball State graduate third baseman Haley Wynn.

In the nightcap, redshirt sophomore designated player Jessica Hoffman once again gave the Cardinals an early lead with an RBI single in the top of the first. However, Georgia Tech scored the next six runs to pull ahead 6-1 heading into the seventh.

Ball State would continue to fight, taking advantage of a pair of hit batters courtesy of a two-run triple from Wynn to cut the lead to 6-3. The Cardinals would get one more run on an RBI groundout from graduate second baseman / catcher Jazmyne Armendariz but could not complete the comeback in a second 6-4 setback.

Despite the losses, the Cardinals were able to limit the Georgia Tech offense to just 18 hits, 12 runs and two home runs over the two games. The Yellow Jackets entered the day batting .371 and averaging 14.9 hits, 7.27 runs and 2.13 home runs per game. 

HIGHLIGHTS:

– Timmons extended her home run streak to five games with a two-run blast in the top of the first inning of the opener … While she did not get a home run in the second game, Timmons added a seventh inning single to extend her current hitting streak to seven games and her streak of reaching base safely to a career-high tying 13.

– Timmons led the Ball State offense with a .529 batting average over the I-75 Tournament, with five of her nine hits being home runs … She drove in a team-high 12 RBI and scored a team-best eight runs over the five games, while boasting a 1.471 slugging percentage.

– Redshirt junior pitcher Emma Eubank retired both batters she faced in Sunday’s second game versus Georgia Tech … In two appearances over the I-75 Tournament, she allowed no runs and just three hits.

– As a whole, it was a solid weekend for the Ball State pitching staff which boasted a 2.40 ERA and .259 average against over its five games at the I-75 Tournament. Ball State’s pitchers had a 5.36 ERA and a .329 average against over the first 10 games of the season entering the event.

– Wynn registered seven hits over the course of this weekend’s tournament to move her career total to 199. Her next hit will make her just the 10th player in program history to register 200 career hits.

GAME 1 – SCORING SUMMARY (Ball State 4 – Georgia Tech 6)

T1 | Timmons followed a bunt single by Armendariz with a two-run blast to left-center field (2-0)

T2 | Mata deposits a 1-2 pitch over the fence down the left field link to give Ball State a three-run edge (3-0)

B3 | A two-run double by Madison Dobbins cuts into BSU’s lead (3-2)

B4 | Mallorie Black hits a three-run homer to center field (3-5)

B6 | A throwing error on a grounder to third allows Black to score from first (3-6)

T7 | Sophomore pinch runner Grace Spencer scores from third on an RBI groundout from Wynn (3-6)

T7 | Wynn scores on an RBI groundout to short from Armendariz (4-6)

GAME 2 – SCORING SUMMARY (Ball State 4 – Georgia Tech 6)

T1 | An RBI single to center field from Hoffman drives home Wynn (1-0)

B2 | A throwing error on a squeeze play allowed Jin Sileo to score from third (1-1)

B4 | Sara Beth Allen follows a leadoff single with a two-run home run to left field (1-3)

B6 | A bases-loaded single to second by Dobbins brings home two runs (1-5)

B6 | A bases-loaded single to left by Bailey Chapin drives in one run (1-6)

T7 | Wynn smashes a two-run triple down the right field line, taking advantage of a pair of hit batters (3-6)

T7 | An RBI groundout to shortstop from Armendariz plates Wynn to bring the Cardinals within two (4-6)

UP NEXT:

The Ball State softball team opens play in the EKU Colonel Classic Friday with games versus Canisius (10 a.m.) and Purdue Fort Wayne (3 p.m.).

BALL STATE TRACK

TRACK AND FIELD FINISHES THIRD IN THE MAC AT INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP

YPSILANTI, Mich. — The Ball State track and field team continued to impress on day two (Feb. 24) of the indoor MAC championship meet. After a weekend full of competition, the Cardinals will return third in the MAC. 

The morning got off to a quick start with three Cardinals competing in the open shot put event. Jenelle Rogers finished fourth with a season-best throw of 14.90m. Sophie Daugard finished 12th with a throw of 12.81m and Malena Higgins finished 16th with a throw of 12.40m. 

Rogers found herself on the podium yet again in the high jump, finishing fourth with a height of 1.72m. 

Continuing field events, the triple jump provided another opportunity for Ball State to put points on the board. Mckenna Cinotte finished eighth, hitting a mark of 11.71m. 

On the track, the Cardinals competed in multiple finals, including the 400m, 60m and 200m. Jenna Oriani had an incredible day, earning herself the title of MAC Champion in the 400m. Oriani crossed the finish line with a time of 55.31, good enough to place her in the record books for the fifth fastest 400m in Ball State history. 

Not long after, Oriani helped secure more points for the Cardinals after finishing fourth in the 200m with a time of 24.63. Alana Springer was also a strong contender in the 200m, finishing sixth with a time of 25.01. 

In the 60m, Springer collected another sixth-place finish, crossing the finish line at 7.51. Makayla Sumrall finished just tenths of a second behind, placing eighth with a time of 7.59. 

Closing out the weekend, the Cardinals’s 4x400m relay team ran against the clock and pushed themselves to earn the bronze medal. The team made up of Alexis Thigpen, Emma Potter, Paige Kirtz and Jenna Oriani ran a competitive race, finishing with a time of 3:47.18. Their third-place finish helped drive the Cardinals to third place in the team standings. 

Ball State track and field ended the weekend with 61.50 points, third in the MAC out of all 12 women’s teams. 

The Cardinals will now look ahead to the outdoor season, which will open March 15-16 at the University of South Florida’s Alumni Invite. 

Ball State Individual Results at Indoor MAC Championships – Day Two

400m – Finals

1st – Jenna Oriani (55.31)

60m – Finals

6th – Alana Springer (7.51)

8th – Makayla Sumrall (7.59)

200m – Finals 

4th – Jenna Oriani (24.63)

6th – Alana Springer (25.01)

3000m

18th – Sarah Mahnensmith (10:00.62)

4x400m Relay

3rd – Alexis Thigpen, Emma Potter, Paige Kirtz, Jenna Oriani (3:47.18)

Shot Put

4th – Jenelle Rogers (14.90m)

12th – Sophie Daugard (12.81m)

16th – Malena Higgins (12.40m)

Triple Jump

8th – Mckenna Cinotte (11.71m)

15th – Brenna Lehrke (10.86m)

17th – Taylor Hickman (10.81m)

High Jump

4th – Jenelle Rogers (1.72m)

9th – Malina Miller (1.67m)

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES COMPLETE 2-0 WEEKEND WITH ROAD WIN OVER BRADLEY

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State shot a season-high 50 percent from the field Sunday afternoon, as the Sycamores defeated Bradley 74-67 inside Renaissance Coliseum.

Mya Glanton led the Blue and White in scoring with 20 points, while Kiley Bess had 18 points and nine rebounds. Chelsea Cain finished with 17 points, five assists and four rebounds, while Ella Sawyer registered her second career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Indiana State attacked the paint early and often, taking a 17-9 lead after the opening quarter thanks to 12 points between Glanton and Cain in the first 10 minutes. Glanton had 14 by halftime, which allowed the Sycamores to weather Bradley’s second-quarter run to take a one-point lead into the locker room. The Sycamores and Braves were neck-and-neck until the fourth quarter, when Indiana State went on a 12-3 run to begin the final frame to take a double-digit lead. Indiana State’s defense kept Bradley’s 3-point shooting without a basket from behind the arc in the final 10 minutes to seal its second straight win.

First Half

Indiana State’s first five baskets came in the paint, as the Sycamores exerted their will inside early on to take a 10-6 lead. The Trees extended that lead with a three-ball from Sawyer to kickstart a 7-0 run to end the period. Glanton and Cain tacked on baskets before the frame ended, as the Sycamores led 17-9 after the opening 10 minutes.

Bradley worked its way back into the contest with a 7-2 run to begin the second quarter, though six points from Glanton in the first three minutes of the quarter kept the Sycamores in front. The Braves pulled ahead by three midway through the quarter, but back-to-back threes from Cain and Bess put the Sycamores ahead 33-30. Cain followed with another basket, and Bess added a layup inside the final minute, as Indiana State took a 37-36 lead into the intermission.

Second Half

Glanton connected on a pair of early baskets in the third quarter, and Bella Finnegan added a trey as the Trees remained ahead 44-41. Asia Donald tacked on a 3-pointer from the top of the key midway through, and a three-point play from Bess made it 52-48 in favor of the Sycamores with less than three minutes remaining in the quarter. Free throws from Sawyer and Bess helped the Trees cling to a 56-53 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

Indiana State broke things open in the fourth quarter, starting with a layup from Bess on the opening possession of the period. Cain connected on a 3-pointer to start a 10-0 run for the Trees, with Glanton and Sawyer also adding baskets for the Blue and White during the run. Indiana State’s lead grew to 68-56 following a fastbreak layup from Sawyer, but Bradley battled back to get within five late. Indiana State’s defense held Bradley without a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter, allowing the Sycamores to prevail 74-67.

News and Notes

Indiana State shot 28-for-56 from the field, marking the first time this season Indiana State converted on 50 percent of its attempts.

Indiana State had four players in double-figures for the second straight game. The Sycamores are 5-1 this season when four players score in double-figures.

The Sycamores’ 38 points in the paint marked Indiana State’s most against a conference foe this season.

Mya Glanton’s 20 points matched her season-high, which was set in December against Southeast Missouri State.

Kiley Bess has averaged 16.0 points per game over her last four games, grabbing five or more rebounds in every game during that span.

Indiana State finished with a season-high 20 assists, marking the Sycamores’ first 20-assist game since their home win over Bradley last season (Mar. 2, 2023). Five different Sycamores had three or more assists.

Indiana State has won five straight over Bradley and leads the all-time series 54-31. The Sycamores are 22-21 against the Braves in Peoria.

Up Next

Indiana State heads south for its next two games, starting Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Belmont.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

DIAZ, STINSON HOMER AS SYCAMORES SCORE SEASON-HIGH 12 RUNS IN WIN OVER MARSHALL

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Indiana State’s offense exploded for 11 runs over the fourth and fifth innings and Parker Stinson and Randal Diaz both homered as the Sycamores closed out their season-opening Florida road trip with a 12-5 win over Marshall on Sunday afternoon.

The Sycamores (7-0) remained undefeated in the 2024 season as ISU posted season-highs in runs, RBIs, home runs, and hit-by-pitches against the Marshall (1-7) pitching staff in their second win over the Thundering Herd on the weekend.

The seven-game win streak to open the year marks ISU’s third-longest winning streak to open a season according to current records on hand and the longest the Sycamores went 7-0 to open the 2019 season.

Stinson put the Sycamores on the board first in the top of the third inning with his team-leading third home run of the year (second in as many days) to give ISU the 1-0 lead. After Marshall took advantage of a pair of Sycamore errors to plate three runs in the bottom of the third, Indiana State’s offense woke up in the fourth.

Henry Brown, Stinson, and Grant Magill all drove in runs in the top of the fourth inning to give the Sycamores the 4-3 lead setting the stage for an eight-run explosion in the top of the fifth to give Indiana State control of the game. The eight-run frame was highlighted by Diaz’s first grand slam of the season as ISU sent 11 batters to the plate in the decisive frame.

Kyle Cortner (1-0) picked up the win on the mound for the Sycamores as the junior left-hander went 3.1-innings in relief of starter Luke Hayden. Cortner allowed six hits and one run while striking out five in his first appearance of the 2024 season.

Hayden went the first 4.2 innings allowing five hits and four unearned runs, while striking out five in his second start of the season. The Sycamore right-hander retired six of the first seven batters faced to highlight his afternoon. Redshirt freshman Max McEwen entered the game in the ninth inning and pitched around a pair of singles while striking out two in his ISU debut.

All nine Sycamores in the starting lineup scored runs in the game with seven hitting safely in a balanced offensive attack. Pottinger, Stinson, and Magill all posted multi-hit games, while Diaz (4), Stinson (3), Brown (2), and Magill (2) all had multi-RBI contests.

Chad Heiner (0-1) took the loss on the mound for Marshall allowing five hits and four runs while walking two over 4.0 innings of work. Eddie Leon, Alex McKay, and Lenny Washington closed out the game on the mound for the Herd.

Caden Kaiser and Kebler Peralta had three this apiece for the Marshall offense with Kaiser and Calin Smith both doubling in the loss.

How They Scored

Parker Stinson opened the scoring in the game with a solo home run to centerfield putting the Sycamores ahead 1-0 in the top of the third.

Caden Kaiser singled home Tre Hondras and Kebler Peralta, while Gio Ferraro brought home Kaiser as Marshall took advantage of a pair of Indiana State errors in the bottom of the third inning to go up 3-1.

The Sycamores rallied with three runs in the top of the fourth inning to take the 4-3 lead. Henry Brown connected on a sacrifice fly to center scoring Luis Hernandez, while Stinson and Grant Magill both recorded RBI singles in the inning to swing the advantage back to ISU.

Indiana State sent 11 batters to the plate and scored eight runs to break the game wide open in the top of the fifth. Adam Pottinger (RBI single), Brown (RBI hit-by-pitch), Stinson (RBI sac fly), and Magill (RBI single) all drove in runs before Randal Diaz connected on the bases-clearing grand slam to give Indiana State the 12-3 lead at the midway point of the game.

Marshall cut into the lead on Ferraro’s RBI groundout scoring Kaiser in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 12-4 game.

The Thundering Herd scored the final run of the game in the bottom of the eighth as Ethan Murdoch’s sacrifice fly scored Calin Smith to provide the final 12-5 margin.

News & Notes

Randal Diaz (27) extended his on-base streak on Sunday afternoon drawing a walk, in addition to his grand slam.

Parker Stinson homered for the second consecutive game and his team-leading third of the season with his third-inning solo shot. He remains the lone Sycamore with multiple home runs on the year.

Dominic Listi continued his hot streak to start the 2024 season as the redshirt senior outfielder reached base for the seventh consecutive game to start his ISU career after singling and drawing two walks over his first three plate appearances on the day.

Kyle Cortner became the seventh different Indiana State pitcher to record a win in the 2024 season as the junior left-hander recorded his first win in the Sycamore Blue & White on Sunday afternoon.

The Sycamore pitching staff ran their double-digit strikeout game streak to four consecutive games as Luke Hayden (5), Cortner (5), and Max McEwen (2) combined for 12 on Sunday.

Indiana State’s Sunday lineup featured the 2024 starting debuts of Joe Kido (2B) and Connor Hicks (DH), while Cortner and McEwen also made their first appearances on the mound.

Indiana State’s seven game winning streak to open the 2024 season ties ISU’s third longest win streak to open a year in program history equaling the marks set in 1972, 1990, and 2019. The Sycamores’ longest streak of 11 came back in 1924, while their eight-game winning streak to open the year came in 1958 according to current records on hand.

Up Next

Indiana State heads back north on Tuesday evening as the Sycamores travel to Nashville, Tenn. to take on Vanderbilt in midweek action. First pitch between the Sycamores and the Commodores at Hawkins Field is set for 5:30 p.m. ET. The game will be carried live on SECN+.

INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL

INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL CLOSES OUT THE WEEKEND WITH A VICTORY OVER SIUE

Indiana State 4, SIUE 1

MEMPHIS, TENN.- The Sycamores go 4-1 in the Blues City Classic this weekend with wins over Tenn. Tech, Memphis, SIUE twice, and falling to Tenn. Tech. on Saturday night. Indiana State now holds an overall record of 8-6 on the 2024 season.

Cassi Newbanks took the win in the circle for the Sycamores where she struck out three, while allowing four hits and zero runs scored in the victory. The Cougars loaded the bases in the first inning, but Newbanks struck out two back to back batters to hold SIUE from scoring. Megan Asher took over the ball for the Sycamores in the fifth inning, striking out one, while allowing one hit and one run scored. Lauren Sackett went into the game to pitch after the Cougars put one on the board and had runners on first and third. Sackett closed out the victory for Indiana State over SIUE with one quick out.

Ana Macha, Abi Chipps, and Danielle Henning got the bats going for the Sycamores when they all connected on singles in the third inning to load the bases. Isabella Henning got a walk, which scored Ana Macha, to put the first run on the board for the Sycamores. Kennedy Shade connected on a 2 RBI single to score Chipps and D. Henning to advance the Sycamores lead to 3-0.

Indiana State added their final run in the fourth inning when Abi Chipps connected on a single and an RBI single by Kennedy Shade scored Chipps to make the score 4-0 over the Cougars.

Hannah Welch also recorded a hit for the Sycamores in the sixth inning.

SIUE put one run on the board in the seventh inning, when Paige Rocha recorded an RBI single to cut the Sycamores lead to 4-1, but the Indiana State defense held the Cougars to only one run scored in the victory.

Up Next:

The Sycamores will travel to Clarksville, Tenn. to compete in the Austin Peay Tournament on Mar 1-3. ISU will face IUPUI, SLU, Ohio University, and Austin Peay.

INDIANA STATE TRACK

SYCAMORES ATOP STANDINGS AFTER OPENING DAY OF MVC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

CHICAGO – Indiana State’s time at the 2024 MVC Indoor Track and Field Championships got off to a strong start Sunday, as the Sycamores sit in first place on both the men’s and women’s side following the opening day of competition.

Will Staggs (pole vault), Shomari Rogers-Walton (long jump) and Niesha Anderson (weight throw) all won individual event titles on the opening day, with all three recording marks that rank in the top 40 nationally. Brooklyn Giertz-Pfaff (pole vault), Claire Pittman (long jump), Mitch Conard (long jump), Elias Foor (weight throw) and Grace Quinlan (pentathlon) all earned all-conference honors in their respective events Sunday.

Indiana State picked up 57 points on the men’s side and 53 points on the women’s side on the opening day. The Sycamores were the only team to score more than 50 points on either side and will enter Championship Monday with double-digit leads on both sides.

Team Scores

MEN

1. Indiana State – 57

2. Drake – 42

3. Illinois State – 28.5

4. Northern Iowa – 22

5. Southern Illinois – 13

6. Belmont – 11.5

T7. Bradley – 9

T7. Valparaiso – 9

9. Evansville – 2

10. UIC – 1

WOMEN

1. Indiana State – 53

2. Belmont – 41

3. Illinois State – 39

4. Murray State – 25

5. Drake – 23

6. Northern Iowa – 20

7. Bradley – 19

8. Southern Illinois – 8

9. Evansville – 4

T10. Valparaiso – 1

T10. Missouri State – 1

Sunday MVC Champions

Will Staggs – pole vault (5.45m/17-10.50)

Shomari Rogers-Walton – long jump (7.67m/25-02.00)

Niesha Anderson – weight throw (21.40m/70-02.50)

Sunday All-Conference

Brooklyn Giertz-Pfaff – pole vault (second, 3.85m/12-07.50)

Claire Pittman – long jump (second, 5.87m/19-03.25)

Mitch Conard – long jump (third, 7.31m/23-11.75)

Elias Foor – weight throw (third, 19.67m/64-06.50)

Grace Quinlan – pentathlon (third, 3565)

Sunday Scorers for the Sycamores

Jackson Krieg, Trent Jones, Ethan Breen, Jason Dworak – distance medley relay (fourth, 10:06.83)

Selene Weaver – pole vault (fourth, 3.85m/12-07.50)

Ali Ilupeju – long jump (fourth, 7.27m/23-10.25)

Noah Bolt – weight throw (fourth, 19.64m/64-05.25)

Dan O’Laughlin – pole vault (fifth, 4.85m/15-11.00)

Erica Barker – 5000m (sixth, 17:17.92)

Kyra Young, Alysha Bradford, Halle Miller, Morgan Dyer – distance medley relay (sixth, 12:09.08)

Parker Speth – pole vault (sixth, 4.75m/15-07.00)

Landis Brandon – pole vault (sixth, 3.75m/12-03.50)

Abby Balllengee – pole vault (seventh, 3.75m/12-03.50)

Dominique Wood – long jump (seventh, 5.60m/18-04.50)

Brett Norton – weight throw (seventh, 19.23m/63-01.25)

Aliseonna Garnett – weight throw (seventh, 16.35m/53-07.75)

Kennedy Merrell – pole vault (eighth, 3.65m/11-11.75)

Ryan Golliher – weight throw (eighth, 18.38m/60-03.75)

Sprints/Hurdles

Sunday’s sprints and hurdles events consisted of only prelims, but that didn’t stop the Sycamores from putting on a show. Indiana State qualified 15 sprinters and hurdlers for Monday’s finals, led by a quartet in the men’s 60m in Casey Hood Jr. (6.66),Terrance O’Bannon (6.67), Daunte Majors (6.86) and Isiah Thomas (6.86). Michelle McDonald also advanced to the 60m finals on the women’s side with a time of 6.71.

Indiana State advanced a pair in both the men’s and women’s 60m hurdles. Rachel Mehringer (8.33) and Shanisa Stinson (8.55) had the top two times among heat winners on the women’s side, while Quincy Armstrong (8.03) and Collin Forrest (8.23) both qualified for the finals on the men’s side.

The Sycamores advanced a pair to the finals in both the men’s and women’s 200m finals. Hood Jr. (21.47) and Majors (21.56) will pull double duty in the short sprints finals for the Sycamores, while Janiya Bowman (24.06) and McDonald (24.49) will represent the Blue and White in the finals on the women’s side. Indiana State also advanced a pair to the 400m finals, as Tahj Johnson (48.28) will represent the Trees on the men’s side and Iyanla Hunter (55.88) will represent the Sycamores on the women’s side.

Distance

Indiana State picked up a trio of point-scoring results from the distance crew Sunday, while multiple Sycamores also qualified for Monday finals in distance events. Erica Barker gave the Trees a sixth-place finish in the 5000m (17:17.92), while Logan Pietrzak (14:33.64) led the way for the men’s side in the event.

The Trees picked up points in both distance medley relays, as the men’s team of Jackson Krieg, Trent Jones, Ethan Breen and Jason Dworak placed fourth at 10:06.83, while the women’s team of Kyra Young, Alysha Bradford, Halle Miller and Morgan Dyer finished sixth with a time of 12:09.08.

Indiana State qualified three entries for finals in distance and mid-distance events. Napoleon Hernandez (1:52.75) and Caden Emmert (1:55.93) both advanced to finals in the men’s 800m, while Breen (4:12.04) qualified for the finals in the men’s mile.

Jumps/Pole Vault

Two of Indiana State’s three individual champions from the opening day came from the jumps events, which accounted for 38 points on the men’s side and 29 on the women’s side. Shomari Rogers-Walton (7.67m/25-02.00) picked up his first career MVC long jump title after previously winning multiple triple jump titles both indoor and outdoor. Will Staggs (5.45m/17-10.50) made it 3-for-3 in terms of indoor pole vault conference championships won, with a potential chance of qualifying for the NCAA National Championships.

Beyond the two event winners, there were a plethora of strong performances from the Blue and White in the jumps events. Claire Pittman (5.87m/19-03.25) and Mitch Conard (7.31m/23-11.75) earned all-conference honors in the long jump, while five women’s pole vaulters – Brooklyn Giertz-Pfaff (3.85m/12-07.50), Selene Weaver (3.85m/12-07.50), Landis Brandon (3.75m/12-03.50), Abby Ballengee (3.75m/12-03.50) and Kennedy Merrell (3.65m/11-11.75) – all placed in the top eight.

The Sycamores also had multiple season-best performances Sunday in the field. Ali Ilupeju (7.27m/23-10.25) and Dan O’Laughlin (4.85m/15-11.00) recorded career-best performances to pick up points in the men’s long jump and men’s pole vault, respectively, while Dominique Wood had a season-best mark of 5.60m (18-04.50) to score in the women’s long jump. Parker Speth also added points for the Trees in the men’s pole vault with his mark of 4.75m (15-07.00)

Throws

Indiana State had another strong showing in the throws events, something that’s become a staple for the Sycamores at recent conference championships. Niesha Anderson had the big result for the Blue and White with a career-best mark of 21.40m (70-02.50) to win the women’s weight throw. Anderson was joined in the point-scoring by Aliseonna Garnett, who registered a mark of 16.35m (53-07.75).

The Sycamores had a quartet of scorers in the men’s weight throw, led by Elias Foor’s mark of 19.67m (64-06.50) to earn all-conference honors. Right behind Foor was Noah Bolt at 19.64m (64-05.25), while Brett Norton (19.23m/63-01.25) and Ryan Golliher (18.38m/60-03.75) also picked up points for the Trees.

Multis

Grace Quinlan led the way for the Sycamores in the combined events on the opening day, earning all-conference honors in the pentathlon with 3565 points. Quinlan’s first-place mark in the high jump (1.74m/5-08.50) proved to be crucial in securing a top-three finish. Among the notables in the pentathlon for the Sycamores, Kamille Gaskin-Griffith was second in the 60m hurdles (8.81) and seventh in the long jump (5.29m/17-04.25), while Kayla Douglas was fifth in the high jump (1.59m/5-02.50)

After already picking up an all-conference honor in the long jump, Mitch Conard has a chance to rack up more points for the Sycamores in the heptathlon. Conard is currently fourth at the midway point with 2976 points, including top-three finishes in the 60m (7.02), long jump (7.22m/23-08.25) and shot put (11.59m/38-00.25). Jake Ottersbach is also in scoring position for the Sycamores with 2650 points, thanks to a top-five finish in the high jump (1.86m/6-01.25), while Ty Newsom is less than 100 points off the final scoring position.

Up Next

Indiana State looks to hold on to its lead and win the MVC Indoor Championships Monday, with the first events starting at 10:30 a.m.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL

MASTODONS DOMINATE PRESBYTERIAN 10-0

STATESBORO, Ga. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team left Georgia on a positive note on Sunday (Feb. 25), beating Presbyterian 10-0.

The Mastodons won wire-to-wire, scoring the game-winning run on the first out of the game. After Bailey Manos singled on her trip to the plate, she stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Grace Hollopeter grounded out, but Manos was able to score. Epiphany Hang brought home Tori Countryman an at bat later on a sacrifice fly to center field. Brooke Lickey was walked and stole second to get in scoring position. McKenna Minton singled to bring Lickey home and give the ‘Dons an early 3-0 advantage.

Manos reached on an error in the fourth and Hollopeter hit a double to tally another RBI.

The ‘Dons had another three-run inning in the fifth. After Lickey walked again, Minton recorded the first triple of her career and first of the Mastodons’ season. Brayden Lickey singled to score another. Kennedy Peckinpaugh reached on an error and advanced around to home through the next three at bats, finally batted in by Countryman.

The Mastodons scored the runs that ended the game early in the sixth and some to spare. Brayden Lickey singled to score Hang, Brooke Lickey scored on a wild pitch, and Minton scored on a sac fly from Peckinpaugh.

In the bottom of the sixth, Alyson Quinlan took over the pitching duties and struck out two of the three batters she faced.

Kayla Roberts got her first collegiate win in 3.0 innings of relief and two strikeouts. Kasey Wolfe took the loss, only making it through one inning.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 4-10 and Presbyterian falls to 5-9. The Mastodons will head south again next week, this time to Richmond, Kentucky to play in Eastern Kentucky’s EKU Colonel Classic on March 1-3.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL

WKU TAKES SUNDAY CONTEST FROM MASTODON BASEBALL 5-0

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Camden Karczewski went 3-for-3 in Purdue Fort Wayne’s 5-0 loss at Western Kentucky on Sunday (Feb. 25).

Karczewski accounted for three of the Mastodons’ four hits. Dawson Hall and Jack Bennett combined to keep the ‘Dons from having a runner reach second until the sixth inning. The duo finished with a shutout for the Hilltoppers.

Carter Sabol (0-2) got the ball to start for Purdue Fort Wayne and took the loss. The right-hander went 5.1 innings, giving up one run on four hits, allowing three walks and striking out three. Hall is now 1-0 with the win.

Blake Cavill went 2-for-2 with two RBI for WKU.

It was a scoreless game until WKU scored one in the sixth and four in the seventh.

The ‘Dons fall to 1-6. WKU is now 6-2. The ‘Dons head to Indiana on Tuesday.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE TRACK

KING & SPARKS HONORED AS WOMEN TAKE THIRD AT #HLTF MEET

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s track and field team finished in third place at the 2024 Horizon League Indoor Track & Field Championships thanks to a team score of 126 points.

It is an improvement from last season’s fourth place finish and total of 77 points.

Ali Sparks was named the meet’s most outstanding performer for field events and Madison King won the same honor for running events. It is the first time a Mastodon has won either award.

Sparks won the shot put title (14.80 meters) thanks to a school record on Sunday. Her second place performance in the weight throw on Saturday helped her earn the outstanding field athlete award.

The ‘Dons finished with 16 total points from the shot put as Lia Rivers (13.35 meters) was fourth and Nakia Harris-Campbell (12.67 meters) was eighth.

The 3000 meters was a race to remember for the ‘Dons. While King cruised to a victory in the event (9:43.70) to take home the 3000 title a day after earning the 5000 title, it was the battle for second that drew the venue’s attention. King’s teammate Ava Genovese used a PR time of 9:51.24 to take second place.

The final race of the event was perhaps the most exciting of the two day meet. Purdue Fort Wayne’s Jesseca Hudson-Turpin went from third to first in the final stretch of the 4×400 to give the ‘Dons the title at the wire. She was joined by Kassie Jordan, Korynne Moga and Marissa Van De Weg to turn in the school-record time of 3:49.58.

Jai Reed took third in the 60 meters (7.58) and the 200 with a school record time of 24.62.

The ‘Dons picked up 10 total points in the 60 hurdles and Jordan Yanders set a PR (8.57) for third and Hudson-Turpin took fifth (8.61).

Another Mastodon taking a top three spot was Riley Tate. She earned third in the mile (4:55.44) and earned a PR.

Louiza Kruiswijk followed her long jump school record on Saturday with a triple jump school record on Sunday (12.00 meters). She was fourth.

Jordan took eighth in the 400 meters (58.15).

Milwaukee won the team title. Youngstown State was second.

EZRA LEWELLEN WINS 60 AT #HLTF INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Purdue Fort Wayne’s Ezra Lewellen won the 60 meters title on Sunday (Feb. 25) during the final day of the 2024 Horizon League Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The Mastodon men took fourth place as a team with 63 points. One spot up from last season’s fifth place performance and 53 points.

Lewellen finished with a time of 6.73 to win the event. It was the start of an impressive day for Lewllen. He returned later to take third in the 200 (21.75) and run the first leg of the 4×400 relay that took third with a school-record time of 3:16.65. Brent Donaldson, Kobe Milledge and Jonas Morris joined Lewellen on the 4×400 relay team that earned bronze.

Morris also scored points for the ‘Dons in the 400, taking fourth (48.96).

A pair of distance ‘Dons scored points on Sunday. Jarred Neff was sixth in the mile (4:12.20) and Harrison Niswander was sixth in the 800 (1:57.90).

In the field events, Brevin Miller picked up points for the ‘Dons by taking sixth (15.46 meters).

The heptathlon wrapped up on Sunday and two ‘Dons finished in the points. Kai Auernheimer earned fourth (4199) and Brejion Peters (4131) took fifth.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MILWAUKEE PULLS AWAY FROM ‘DONS IN SECOND HALF

MILWAUKEE – Rasheed Bello scored 21 points in a 96-88 loss at Milwaukee on Sunday (Feb. 25) for the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team. The game had 14 lead changes and 10 ties.

Bello was 7-of-13 with four 3-pointers. He also added five assists and didn’t have a turnover on the afternoon.

Quinton Morton-Robertson had 18 points. Jalen Jackson finished with 16 points and seven assists and Anthony Roberts added 13 points. It was nearly all five starters in double-digits as Eric Mulder had nine points and eight boards.

Bello made a pair of free throws to give the ‘Dons their first 10-point lead at 57-47 with 16:11 left in the game. Milwaukee stayed in it and used a 10-0 run to knot up the game at 64 with 11:46 remaining.

While the ‘Dons held a lead for 24 total minutes in the game, they wouldn’t over the final seven minutes. A Dominic Ham 3-pointer with 7:01 left put the Panthers up for good at 77-74.

BJ Freeman led the Panthers with 38 points. He helped Milwaukee shoot 69.2 percent in the second half.

The ‘Dons finished the game shooting 47.5 percent (29-of-61) and 10-of-30 from three.

Milwaukee improves to 15-14 (10-8 Horizon League). The ‘Dons fall to 18-11 (9-9 Horizon League). The Mastodons are at Wright State on Wednesday.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL

MASTODONS DOMINATE PRESBYTERIAN 10-0

STATESBORO, Ga. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team left Georgia on a positive note on Sunday (Feb. 25), beating Presbyterian 10-0.

The Mastodons won wire-to-wire, scoring the game-winning run on the first out of the game. After Bailey Manos singled on her trip to the plate, she stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Grace Hollopeter grounded out, but Manos was able to score. Epiphany Hang brought home Tori Countryman an at bat later on a sacrifice fly to center field. Brooke Lickey was walked and stole second to get in scoring position. McKenna Minton singled to bring Lickey home and give the ‘Dons an early 3-0 advantage.

Manos reached on an error in the fourth and Hollopeter hit a double to tally another RBI.

The ‘Dons had another three-run inning in the fifth. After Lickey walked again, Minton recorded the first triple of her career and first of the Mastodons’ season. Brayden Lickey singled to score another. Kennedy Peckinpaugh reached on an error and advanced around to home through the next three at bats, finally batted in by Countryman.

The Mastodons scored the runs that ended the game early in the sixth and some to spare. Brayden Lickey singled to score Hang, Brooke Lickey scored on a wild pitch, and Minton scored on a sac fly from Peckinpaugh.

In the bottom of the sixth, Alyson Quinlan took over the pitching duties and struck out two of the three batters she faced.

Kayla Roberts got her first collegiate win in 3.0 innings of relief and two strikeouts. Kasey Wolfe took the loss, only making it through one inning.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 4-10 and Presbyterian falls to 5-9. The Mastodons will head south again next week, this time to Richmond, Kentucky to play in Eastern Kentucky’s EKU Colonel Classic on March 1-3.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S GOLF

WOMEN’S GOLF COMPLETES RIO VERDE COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL

RIO VERDE, Ariz. – Recording an even score of 72 in Sunday’s final round, Kate Petrova tied for 12th place to pace the University of Evansville women’s golf team at the Rio Verde Collegicate Invitational at White Wing Golf Course at Rio Verde Country Club.

Petrova’s 3-round score of 217 saw her earn the best finish for the Purple Aces.  Her top effort of the weekend was a 2-under 70 in the second round.  Finishing second for UE was Allison Enchelmayer.  She tied her low round of the weekend with a 75 in the last round and tied for 50th with a 226.

Finishing four strokes behind Enchelmayer was Destynie Sheridan.  Her lowest score of the weekend saw her card a 74 in the final 18 to finish the tournament with a 230.  She tied for 65th place.  Jane Grankina and Magdalena Borisova rounded out UE’s top five.  Grankina posted a 77 on Sunday, matching her low score of the event.  Her 3-roud tally of 236 tied her for 87th.  Borisova scored a 90 on Sunday to wrap up the tournament with a 256.

Evansville came home in 16th in the final team standings with a 905.  They came in one shot ahead of Western Michigan.  Cal Baptist took the team championship with an 865.  Xavier and Illinois State tied for second with scores of 870.

Alo Schrock of the Redbirds was the medalist.  Her 2-under 70 in the third round bested Kennesaw State’s Bella Kil by one stroke.  Schrock’s total finish at 211.

Next up for the Aces is the Nevel Meade Invitational in Prospect, Ky. on March 18-19.

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL

BASEBALL BLASTS PRIVATEERS, 18-4, IN SERIES FINALE

NEW ORLEANS, La. –  The University of Evansville baseball team exploded for 18 runs on 21 hits on Sunday, including five home runs, as the visiting Purple Aces posted an 18-4 mercy-rule victory over the homestanding University of New Orleans Privateers at Maestri Field in New Orleans.

“For us to win on ‘getaway day’ was important today, after yesterday’s tough loss,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll.  “We had a great overall effort offensively today, and I thought that we did a good job of handing the ball off to each other on the mound:  Kevin Reed getting us through four, and then what we got out of Shane Harris was pretty special today.  And, to be able to get Jace Kressin and Ethan Bell out there was important for us as well.

“Big turnaround here on Wednesday, with us going to Vanderbilt.  We still have some things that we are working on, so Wednesday will be a big test for us.”

After scoring only two runs through 10 innings on Saturday, Evansville scored three runs through its first 10 batters on Sunday to grab an early 3-0 lead.  Senior shortstop Simon Scherry produced a two-out RBI single in the first inning to begin the scoring, and freshman catcher Kaleb Wilkey bounced an RBI ground out before graduate outfielder Mark Shallenberger drove an RBI single to right field to give UE a 3-0 cushion.

UNO would answer back with a four-run second inning thanks to a pair of home runs, but UE would respond with two home runs of its own in the third inning to set the tone for the day.  Senior first baseman Kip Fougerousse launched a solo home run to tie the game at 4-4 in the third inning, before junior outfielder Harrison Taubert added a solo shot two batters later to give UE a lead it would never lose.

Evansville broke things open in the fifth inning, plating seven runs in the frame to push the lead to 12-4, highlighted by an RBI single by junior outfielder Ty Rumsey and a 400-foot grand slam to left field by graduate third baseman Brent Widder.

Junior second baseman Cal McGinnis added a solo home run to right field in the seventh inning to push the lead to 13-4.  UE would then score five more runs in the eighth inning to invoke the mercy rule.  Shallenberger launched an opposite-field solo home run to begin the scoring, before freshman infielder Brodie Peart came through with a pinch-hit two-run double for his first collegiate hit.  A sacrifice fly by Taubert and an RBI double on the infield by Rumsey that landing between three infielders in front of the mound capped the scoring.

Rumsey led UE’s 21-hit attack by going 4-for-5.  Both Shallenberger and Taubert finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, while Widder went 3-for-5 with the grand slam, three runs scored and four RBI.  Eight of the nine UE starters produced hits on the day, with eight of the nine starters also driving in runs.

On the mound, senior reliever Shane Harris (1-1) earned the victory with two perfect innings of relief work.  Graduate reliever Jace Kressin and redshirt sophomore hurler Ethan Bell also worked perfect innings each while combining to strike out five men.

With the victory, Evansville moves to 4-3 on the season.  The Purple Aces will now travel to Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday night for a showdown with #6 Vanderbilt.  First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday’s game can be seen live on the SEC Network+ streaming service.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SLOW START TRIPS UP ACES WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AT ILLINOIS STATE

NORMAL, Ill. – A slow first quarter and quiet third kept the University of Evansville women’s basketball team from keeping up with Illinois State in a 70-58 loss.

Following a close game at Indiana State on Thursday, the Purple Aces weren’t able to keep up their production in a visit to the Redbirds. UE’s production was led by forward Nevaeh Thomas with 16 points and six rebounds. Guard Lexie Sinclair also made an impact on Evansville’s offense with her second game in double-figures, scoring 10 points at CEFCU Arena. 

Offense was slow to come by early, but the Aces had the first point with a free throw. The first field goal of the game came from Illinois State two minutes into the quarter. Forward Tameshia Dozier had the early production for UE, tying the game with a field goal just under the halfway mark. But the Redbirds responded with a seven-point run to take the lead for the rest of the game. Evansville found its way back into the game as guard Julia Palomo made back-to-back free throws followed by the Aces’ first triple of the day. It was traded points the rest of the quarter as UE trailed by four.

The second quarter started with a bang for Evansville as forward Maggie Hartwig sunk a three in the first 30 seconds. But the Aces’ offense was quiet for the next three minutes as Illinois State grew its lead to 12. UE found its response in the final three minutes of the half, putting up 11 points to close out the first. Evansville’s last three shots to go in were all treys from guard Tené Smith and Sinclair to trail by five.

It was a tough third quarter for the Aces as the Redbirds broke the game open with three straight treys in less than two minutes. Thomas ended the first run of the half on a contested layup but was fouled on the next play. Illinois State then had their longest run of the day with 16 straight points. Thomas ended the bleeding with a layup and 3:01 on the clock. Hartwig and Thomas added six more points in the final three minutes, all on layups. But UE faced a 26-point deficit going into the final quarter.

Evansville had its best run of the game to start the fourth quarter, scoring seven in the first two minutes. But the Redbirds were able to subdue the Aces’ offense for the next three minutes to lead by 28 with five left in the game. Thomas was able to make it a back-and-forth pace for over a minute until Illinois State put together another seven-point run. UE’s offense was able to make small dents in the Redbirds’ lead, but it wouldn’t be enough as they fell in Normal 78-50.

While Thomas led Evansville on offense, Palomo matched her career-high of six rebounds to help on the defensive side of the ball. Palomo and Thomas also had multiple steals for the Aces with two each across 40 minutes.

UE continues its four-game road swing with stops to the Valley’s southernmost schools. Evansville will start with a Friday night match up against the Murray State Racers in Kentucky. Tip-off from CFSB Center on March 1 is set for 6 p.m.

EVANSVILLE TRACK

PRAUCHNER ADVANCES TO FINALS ON DAY 1 OF MVC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

CHICAGO — The University of Evansville track and field team has one athlete advancing to Monday’s finals after a record-breaking performance on Sunday.

Freshman mid-distance runner Nicole Prauchner (Neuhofen an der Ybbs, Austria) placed fourth in the 800-meter dash at Day 1 of the MVC Indoor Championships with a time of 2:12.93 for the Purple Aces best finish of the day. Prauchner will advance to the 800-meter final on Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. But Prauchner was not the only Ace that broke program records on Sunday afternoon.

UE had one field record broken in the men’s weight throw by graduate thrower Jaden Hayes (Huntingburg, Ind. / Southridge HS). After narrowly missing breaking the program record at the Indiana State Open a week and a half ago, Hayes set a PR Sunday with a throw of 18.02 meters to set the new record. Evansville also set new records in the mile from Rafael Rodriguez (Segovia, Spain) at 4:13.89 for an 11th place finish and in the men’s 5K by Samuel Lea (Worchester, England) with a time of 14:47.46 for a 16th place finish.

The Aces also set new program records in the distance medley on both the women’s and men’s side. UE only runs the distance medley at MVC Indoor Championships where the women finished fifth with a program-best time of 12:03.05 from Prauchner, Kalina Urbaniak (Suchy Las, Poland), Eilen Brenne (Skien, Norway), and Sonja Inzinger (Mautern an der Donau, Austria). The men had a program-best time of 10:18.77 in the distance medley from Rodrigeuz, Austin Liversgowdy (Florence, Ky. / Cooper HS), Alvaro Monfort (Castile Y Leon, Spain), and Cedrik Flipo (Beloeil, Quebec, Canada) for a seventh-place finish.

Four other Aces had personal bests or season bests on Sunday afternoon. Liversgowdy ran a season-best in the 400-meter race with a time of 50.39 seconds. Two runners set PRs in the women’s mile as Nayla Martin (Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, Canada) ran 5:00.43 for 12th while Urbaniak ran the mile in 4:59.06 for 11th. Brooke Springer (Henderson, Ky. / Henderson Community HS) was the final member of UE’s roster to set a PR in the women’s weight throw. Springer had a throw of 12.47 meters to place 19th in the event.

At the end of Day 1, Evansville is ninth of 10 on the men’s side while being ninth of 11 on the women’s side. The Aces will compete in seven different events during Day 2 of the MVC Indoor Championships. The Aces day will start at 1:10 p.m. with the women’s 800-meter Prauchner qualified for on Saturday. UE will also have entries in the men’s 3,000-meter race, the women’s 3,000-meter race, the men’s and women’s 4×400 relay race, and the men’s and women’s shot put.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S GOLF

WOMEN’S GOLF COMPLETES RIO VERDE COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL

RIO VERDE, Ariz. – Recording an even score of 72 in Sunday’s final round, Kate Petrova tied for 12th place to pace the University of Evansville women’s golf team at the Rio Verde Collegicate Invitational at White Wing Golf Course at Rio Verde Country Club.

Petrova’s 3-round score of 217 saw her earn the best finish for the Purple Aces.  Her top effort of the weekend was a 2-under 70 in the second round.  Finishing second for UE was Allison Enchelmayer.  She tied her low round of the weekend with a 75 in the last round and tied for 50th with a 226.

Finishing four strokes behind Enchelmayer was Destynie Sheridan.  Her lowest score of the weekend saw her card a 74 in the final 18 to finish the tournament with a 230.  She tied for 65th place.  Jane Grankina and Magdalena Borisova rounded out UE’s top five.  Grankina posted a 77 on Sunday, matching her low score of the event.  Her 3-roud tally of 236 tied her for 87th.  Borisova scored a 90 on Sunday to wrap up the tournament with a 256.

Evansville came home in 16th in the final team standings with a 905.  They came in one shot ahead of Western Michigan.  Cal Baptist took the team championship with an 865.  Xavier and Illinois State tied for second with scores of 870.

Ali Schrock of the Redbirds was the medalist.  Her 2-under 70 in the third round bested Kennesaw State’s Bella Kil by one stroke.  Schrock’s total finish at 211.

Next up for the Aces is the Nevel Meade Invitational in Prospect, Ky. on March 18-19.

SOUTHERN INDIANA BASEBALL

PARSON, KAPUST PROPEL EAGLES TO 3-1 WIN

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball senior catcher Tyler Kapust (Sellersburg, Indiana) and freshman right-hander Grant Parson (Owensboro, Kentucky) propelled the Screaming Eagles to a 3-1 victory over Eastern Michigan University Sunday afternoon at the USI Baseball Field. USI is 2-5 to start the season, while EMU also is 2-5.

For the first time in the series, USI got on the scoreboard first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second off a two-run single by Kapust. Freshman leftfielder Cameron Boyd (Villa Hills, Kentucky) started the rally by reaching on an error and was followed by junior first baseman Thomas Emerich (Ava, Missouri), who was hit by a pitch, before scoring on Kapust’s two-out, two-run single.

After EMU cut the USI advantage to 2-1 in the top of the sixth, USI got the run back in the bottom half to go back up by two, 3-1. Sophomore shortstop Caleb Niehaus (Newburgh, Indiana) singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second before stealing third and scoring on a throwing error.

On the mound, Parson picked up his first collegiate win in his second start of the year for USI. Parson (1-0) allowed one run on four hits and two walks, while striking out seven in six innings of work.

USI freshman right-hander Clayton Weisheit (Ferdinand, Indiana) held the EMU Eagles in check for the final 2.2 frames to post his first collegiate save. Weisheit allowed one hit and struck out three for the save.

Up Next for the Eagles:

The Screaming Eagles continue the homestand Tuesday when they host Ball State University at the USI Baseball Field. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.

Ball State is 4-3 overall after playing the first seven games of the season in the Swig and Swine College Classic in South Carolina. The Cardinals were 1-2 in the second week of the classic, posting a win over the University of Illinois, 7-1, to finish the neutral classic.

USI trails the all-time series with Ball State, 2-0, after meeting for the first time in 2023. The Cardinals took the opening game last year in Muncie, Indiana, 7-6, in 11 innings and captured the game at the USI Baseball Field, 12-1.

The homestand concludes March 1-3 when a three-game set versus the University of St. Thomas.

SOUTHERN INDIANA SOFTBALL

EAGLES CONCLUDE COCKY CLASSIC WITH SUNDAY SPLIT

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – University of Southern Indiana Softball finished its weekend at the 2024 Cocky Classic in Jacksonville, Alabama on Sunday with a two-game split, falling 7-1 against the University of Southern Mississippi before winning 5-4 against host Jacksonville State University.

In the first game against Southern Miss (5-8), both teams cruised through the first couple of innings. Southern Indiana (3-7) had a chance to score in the second and third innings but stranded a runner in scoring position in each frame.

The Golden Eagles broke through in the bottom of the third inning with five runs off a pair of RBI doubles and two more RBI knocks. The big inning led to a USI pitching change, as junior starting pitcher Hailey Gotshall (Lucerne, Indiana) handed the ball off to sophomore pitcher Raegan Gibson (Louisville, Kentucky).

Southern Indiana got one run back in the top of the fifth on a leadoff home run from sophomore infielder Carlee Effinger (Evansville, Indiana), her first of the season. Despite getting another runner in scoring position, the home run was all USI could get across home plate. The Golden Eagles added two more runs in the bottom half of the fifth and finished off the game from there.

Southern Indiana scored one run on five hits, while Southern Miss tallied seven runs on 13 hits. In addition to Effinger’s home run, freshman infielder Sydney Long (Haubstadt, Indiana) went 2-2 at the plate for USI.

Gotshall was dealt her first loss this season, allowing five runs in 2.1 innings pitched. Gibson gave up two runs in 2.1 innings of work, while junior pitcher Whitley Hunter (Nashville, Indiana) finished the game for USI with an inning and a third scoreless. The Golden Eagles’ junior pitcher Loganne Stepp moved to 2-1 this season with the win, going five innings with one run surrendered.

The second game of the afternoon against Jacksonville State (5-10) was a back-and-forth battle. Southern Indiana jumped on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning with a bases-loaded walk by senior catcher Sammie Kihega (Greenfield, Indiana). The Gamecocks answered with a tally in the bottom of the second, tying the game 1-1.

In the third inning, USI put runners at second and third following a pair of singles and a sacrifice. Junior starting pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) was at the plate and put the ball in play, reaching base and scoring both runners on an error by the Jacksonville State shortstop. In the bottom of the third, the Gamecocks responded to tie the game up again, 3-3, on a two-run home run.

Southern Indiana took the lead back in the top of the fifth on an RBI double from Kihega. The Screaming Eagles’ 4-3 advantage was short-lived. Once again, Jacksonville State answered in the home half of the fifth, knotting the game up at four on a sac fly following a one-out triple.

The Screaming Eagles were unfazed by the Gamecocks’ multiple comeback efforts. After three consecutive singles to start the top of the sixth inning to load the bases, freshman designated player Alyssa Mumaw (Greenfield, Indiana) put the ball in play and reached on a fielder’s choice to score the go-ahead run for Southern Indiana. From there Newman tossed back-to-back 1-2-3 innings to close out the 5-4 victory for USI.

Offensively, USI scored its five runs on 10 hits, receiving multi-hit games from Kihega with two RBIs, seniors Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana) and Mackenzie Bedrick (Brownsburg, Indiana), and a three-hit game for sophomore outfielder Caroline Stapleton (Shirley, Indiana). In the circle, Newman moved to 3-3 on the season with the win, going the full seven innings with four runs allowed. Sunday was Newman’s sixth complete game this season.

Jacksonville State scored its four runs off five hits. Junior pitcher Sarah Currie (1-2) suffered the loss for the Gamecocks, giving up two runs off five hits in 4.2 innings of relief.

The Screaming Eagles will make their next trip to The Spring Games next weekend in Madeira Beach, Florida. USI will play five games between March 2-5. Video coverage of The Spring Games will be available through FloSoftball.

SOUTHERN INDIANA SWIMMING

WOMEN’S SWIM AND DIVE MAKES VAST IMPROVEMENTS AT CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Swimming and Diving squad tackled the four-day Summit League Championships this week in Minneapolis, Minnesota with conference implications on the line. USI broke nine school records this weekend and placed seventh among the highly competitive field.

The women improved vastly from the 2022-23 season showing they clearly belonged among a tough Summit League field. The women reached as high as sixth place in the standings. The progress will continue to motivate the Eagles as they take steps forward in year two of the program’s existence.

Day 1

USI got off to a hot start on opening night breaking records in both relay events. Sophomore Makana Goss (Noblesville, Indiana), Freshman Hayden Shurtz (Ft. Wayne, Indiana), sophomore Sarah-Catherine Dawson (Prospect, Kentucky), and Hallie Meier (Plainfield, Indiana) broke the 200 yard medley relay (1:46.82) to start the night. 

Freshman Reagan Holmes (Henderson, Nevada), sophomore Mattilynn Smith (Morgantown, Kentucky), freshman Caiya Cooper (LaPorte, Indiana), and Meier dazzled in the 800 yard freestyle relay (7:43.01). Both events set the tone for the rest of the week.

Day 2

The second day brought a lit bit of everything with 15 Eagles earning season bests. Cooper is going to be a force for years to come, shattering records all week. She broke the 500 yard freestyle record on day two (5:05.04).

Next, USI compiled a 200 yard freestyle relay team of four freshman Ella Johnson (Owensboro, Kentucky), Meier, Holmes, and Cooper to earn the school record (1:39.23).

Day 3

The third day brought three new school records and 16 swimmers earning season bests as USI crept into sixth place, passing Eastern Illinois University.

Cooper continued her tear with a blazing start in the 200 yard freestyle (1:53.99). Another key contributor for the Eagles all season long was Shurtz who just missed the A-finals in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:03.99). Holmes is another freshman phenom who broke the 50 yard freestyle record (24.52).

Freshman Naomi Weaver (Greenwood, Indiana), Shurtz, Dawson, and Cooper finished the night with the 400 yard medley relay record (3:54.34).

Day 4

USI finished the final day with 15 season bests and two additional records. The Eagles just barely slid into seventh place on the day behind St. Thomas University.

Holmes continued her tear with a shifty 100 yard freestyle performance (52.94). Shurtz followed up with her signature 200 yard breaststroke event earning a school record (2:22.72).

Final Results

Denver

South Dakota

Lindenwood

Nebraska Omaha

South Dakota State

St. Thomas

Southern Indiana

Eastern Illinois

MEN’S SWIM AND DIVE BROKE 12 SCHOOL RECORDS AT THE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Swimming and Diving squad tackled the four-day Summit League Championships this week in Minneapolis, Minnesota with conference implications on the line. USI broke 12 school records this weekend and placed seventh among the highly competitive field.

The inaugural 2022-2023 season ended with both squads placing last place at the Summit League Championships. USI has made tremendous strides in year two of the program’s existence putting together an impressive showing in Minneapolis.

Day 1

Wednesday featured the one-meter dive and the two relay events. The Eagles representative for 200 yard medley freestyle relay featured sophomore Garrett Crist (Bargersville, Indiana), freshman Demarkus Darensbourg (Overland Park, Kansas), freshman Cole Baker (Springville, Indiana), and Gabriel Groves (New Carlisle, Indiana) who broke the school record (1:31.40).

The Eagles swimmers went two for two breaking records as 800 yard freestyle relay of freshman Sam Smith (Trafalgar, Indiana), sophomore Jack Hannon (Lowell, Indiana), sophomore Creed Loy (Knoxville, Tennessee), and sophomore Connor Harden (Centennial, Colorado) also etched their names in history (6:57.28).

USI missed the A-finals in the one-meter event. However, sophomore Lane Pollock (Boonville, Indiana) scored an impressive 250.25. Senior Donnevun Banks (Evansville, Indiana) had a big weekend right behind Pollock with a score of 250.15.

Day 2

The men finished day two with three standout performances in freestyle events that all broke school records. Smith got the Eagles going making the finals and recording a blazing 500 yard performance (4:35.12) in the B final. Baker continued to get better as the season progressed with an impressive 50 yard freestyle time (20.79).

Moreover, he recorded an even quicker 50 yard freestyle time as the first leg of 200 yard freestyle relay (20.71). The relay team of Baker, Crist, Smith, and Groves teamed up for an epic 200 yard freestyle finish (1:23.42). The Eagles finished day two in seventh within striking distance of Eastern Illinois University and ahead of St. Thomas University.

Day 3

Day three brought two school records, 16 different Eagles recording season bests, and the first diver in program history to reach the Summit League A-Finalist.

Freshman Camden Richardson (Spring Hill, Tennessee), sophomore Colton Agdeppa (Redding, California), Darensbourg, and Baker snatched the school record in the 400 yard medley relay (3:23.92). Richardson wasn’t done there as the freshman broke another record in the 100 yard backstroke (50.75).

Banks had a monster night under the bright lights recording a finals score of 266.35 in the three meter diving event. This score earned Banks a spot on the podium at seventh place.

Day 4

The final day came, and the freshman Smith did something no other Eagles swimmer has done at the Summit League championships, qualify as a A-Finalist in the 200 yard butterfly (1:50.35). He later outdid himself with a quicker time (1:49.92).

Four additional Eagle records were set in the 1650 yard freestyle event from freshman Alek Bandy (Salem, Illinois) (16:47.97), sophomore Garrett Crist (Bargersville, Indiana) in the 200 yard backstroke (1:52.52), and Baker in the 100 yard freestyle (45.56).

The Eagles final relay standout record was Baker, Darensbourg, Smith, and Groves in the 400 yard freestyle relay (3:05.05).

Final Standings

Denver

Lindenwood

South Dakota

South Dakota State

Nebraska Omaha

St. Thomas

Southern Indiana

Eastern Illinois

VALPO BASEBALL

BASEBALL BEACONS DROP SERIES FINALE AT NO. 17 ALABAMA

The Valparaiso University baseball team closed out a three-game series at No. 17 Alabama on Sunday afternoon in Tuscaloosa. The Beacons once again struck first with a first-inning tally, but the Crimson Tide prevailed 11-1 in seven innings.

How It Happened

Valpo got the scoring going in the opening inning thanks to a two-out knock by Connor Giusti (Hoffman Estates, Ill. / Fremd [Wisconsin Oshkosh]). His hit scored Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central), who singled and swiped second earlier in the inning.

Alabama scored two runs in each of the first three innings and made it 7-1 with one more in the fourth.

Valpo reliever Grant Jablonski (Mishawaka, Ind. / Mishawaka) worked a scoreless fifth, but the Crimson Tide eventually put up two more crooked numbers, scoring twice each in the sixth and seventh to invoke the 10-run rule.

Inside the Game

Schmack had another productive day, lashing two of the team’s five hits.

The lone Beacon extra-base knock of the day came courtesy of Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest), who doubled.

Jablonski had the best day of any member of the pitching staff, allowing just one run (none earned) on two hits and one walk over two frames.

Valpo has scored in the first inning in three of its last four games and each of the last two.

Up Next

Valpo (2-5) will be back in action on Friday at 3 p.m. against Elon in Elon, N.C.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL SET FOR FINAL REGULAR-SEASON ROAD GAME AT UNI

Valparaiso (6-23, 2-16 MVC)

at UNI (16-13, 10-8 MVC)

Game No. 30 – Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. CT

McLeod Center (6,500) – Cedar Falls, Iowa

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will close out the road portion of the regular season on Tuesday night as the Beacons clash with UNI in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Valpo will face a quick turnaround as the midweek game will take place on Tuesday instead of Wednesday for the first time this season. The Beacons will have a breather from game action after this one, as the next contest will be on Sunday at home against Illinois State for Valpo’s Senior Day. 

Last Time Out: Cooper Schwieger poured in 20 first-half points and finished with a career-high 26 for the game on a day where the Beacons owned a double-figure lead in the second half, but host Murray State rallied to win 80-68 at CFSB Center in Murray, Ky. Darius DeAveiro dished out nine assists, while Sherman Weatherspoon IV went 4-for-4 from 3-point distance and finished with 12 points. The Racers went on a 10-0 run midway through the second half that transformed a 52-46 Valpo lead into a 56-52 deficit.  

Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN+ – Eric Bradley (play-by-play) and Kevin Lehman (analyst)

Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Brandon Vickrey (analyst)

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Roger Powell Jr.: Roger Powell Jr. (6-23) is in his first season as the head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program. After helping guide Gonzaga to a 121-13 record during his four seasons as an assistant coach, Powell returned to Valpo, where he was part of head coach Bryce Drew’s staff from 2011-2016 and led the team to 124 wins in five seasons, including a program-record 30 victories and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title game appearance in 2015-16. He was part of head coach Mark Few’s Gonzaga staff as the Bulldogs reached the 2021 national championship game after winning their first 31 games of the season. During Powell’s first season on staff in 2019-20, Gonzaga was 31-2 at the time the NCAA college basketball season was halted due to COVID-19. The Bulldogs reached the Sweet Sixteen in each of his final three seasons on staff, including two Elite Eight appearances and the aforementioned trip to the 2021 national title game. Prior to his arrival at Gonzaga, Powell served as the associate head coach at Vanderbilt University under Bryce Drew from 2016-2019. During his stint as an assistant at Valpo, he was part of four Horizon League regular-season championships in a five-year period while also leading the 2012-13 and 2014-15 squads to Horizon League tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. A product of Joliet West High School and a native of Joliet, Ill., Powell capped a prolific collegiate playing career at Illinois with a national title game appearance in 2005 before going on to a successful professional playing career.

Feb. 14 – UNI 86, Valpo 67: Isaiah Stafford posted a game-high 21 points and Darius DeAveiro turned in a double-double of 11 points and 10 assists, but visiting UNI shot a robust 80 percent in the second half and 66.7 percent for the contest to beat the Beacons 86-67 on Valentine’s Day at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Panthers outscored the hosts 44-18 in the paint. The Beacons were shorthanded as Sherman Weatherspoon IV did not play due to illness.

Series Notes: This marks the second time these two teams have matched up in a five-game span. Valpo is 5-32 all-time against the Panthers, who have won 10 of the 13 meetings since the Brown & Gold gained MVC affiliation. UNI swept the two clashes a year ago, beating the Beacons 69-67 at the buzzer on Jan. 4 at the ARC and 77-66 on Jan. 25 in the great state of Iowa. Valpo is 1-16 all-time at UNI with the team’s lone win in Cedar Falls coming in February 2021 when attendance was restricted due to COVID-19.

Arch Madness Plans

If you’re planning ahead to Arch Madness, the No. 12 seed is looking increasingly likely for the Beacons. Valpo trails UIC by two games for the No. 11 seed and would need to win both remaining games and have UIC lose the remaining games to tie the Flames.

If the two teams finish tied, the tiebreaker will be NET ranking. UIC is expected to have the NET tiebreaker, barring a drastic change in the NET by the end of the season.

If Valpo indeed finishes as the No. 12 seed, the Beacons will play the No. 5 seed at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 in St. Louis to open the 2024 State Farm MVC Tournament. If Valpo continues to win, the Beacons would continue to play at 2:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday prior to a 1 p.m. tipoff in Sunday’s title game.

Scouting the Panthers

Picked to finish second in the MVC preseason poll. They have not quite lived up to those expectations, but are still in the mix to claim a top-four seed and first-round bye at Arch Madness as Southern Illinois, Belmont and UNI are among the teams battling it out for fourth place.

Led in scoring by Nate Heise (14.1 ppg) and Bowen Born (13.3 ppg).

Under the direction of longtime head coach Ben Jacobson.

Coming off a convincing 91-77 win over Drake to knock the Bulldogs out of first place on Saturday. That came after an 81-73 loss at Illinois State last week.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

EARNEST REACHES 1,000-POINT MILESTONE; WOMEN’S BASKETBALL BESTED BY UIC SUNDAY

The Valpo women’s basketball team was unable to overcome a 15-2 run to start the game by visiting UIC Sunday at the ARC, falling to the Flames by an 82-59 final. In the second quarter, senior Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) joined the program’s 1,000-career point club.

How It Happened

UIC scored 15 of the game’s first 17 points, jumping out to a 15-2 lead 5:08 into the game.

A 3-pointer from fifth-year Jill Harris (Navarre, Fla./Crestview [Johnson C. Smith]) just over 90 seconds later capped a quick 7-0 spurt for the Beacons as they moved back within 15-9.

The Flames held a 21-12 lead at the end of the opening quarter.

Valpo got to as close as seven in the second period on a triple by freshman Layla Gold (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) two minutes into the quarter.

It was still a single-digit deficit at the midway point of the quarter when Earnest scored her 1,000th career points, but the Flames scored nine of the final 13 points of the half to lead 41-27 at intermission.

Earnest connected on a 3-pointer right out of the locker room to make it an 11-point game, but that proved to be as close as the game would be in the second half. UIC led 63-41 at the end of the third quarter on its way to the win.

Inside the Game

Earnest entered the game needing eight points to become the 18th player in program history to score 1,000 career points, and hit that mark with her layup at the midway mark of the second quarter.

Earnest is the second Beacon to reach 1,000 points for her collegiate career this season, joining Olivia Brown (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids [St. Bonaventure]).

Earnest finished with a team-high 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

Harris came up one point shy of her career high, scoring 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting.

Valpo shot just 37.9% for the game, while UIC hit at a 55.8% clip. The Flames were 20-of-30 at the foul line to the Beacons’ 10-of-20 mark.

The Flames outrebounded Valpo 44-26 and held a 50-34 advantage in points in the paint.

Led by three steals from Brown, the Beacons tallied 10 steals, hitting double figures in that department for the 13th time this year.

Next Up

Valpo (5-20, 4-12 MVC) faces its final road trip of the regular season next week, starting with a Thursday night game at UNI. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

VALPO TRACK

MULLINGS GARNERS ALL-MVC HONORS TO HIGHLIGHT DAY 1 AT INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Sophomore Micah Mullings (Minesing, Ontario, Canada / Barrie North) became a two-time all-conference honoree on Sunday as he achieved all-league status in the long jump at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships, cohosted by the Beacons at Gately Park in Chicago.

How It Happened

Mullings achieved a podium finish in the men’s long jump, posting a mark of 7.39 meters (24 feet, 3 inches) to earn eight points for his team. He was second to Indiana State’s Shomari Rogers-Walton (7.67m, 25-2). Mullings previously obtained all-conference accolades with a top-3 finish in the triple jump at last year’s outdoor championships.

In the women’s pentathlon, Katie Koryczan (Crown Point, Ind. / Crown Point (Purdue Northwest) established a program record with a score of 2,583, edging Rhena Kiger’s score in that event from last season of 2,577 for the best in program history.

In the men’s 5,000, Simeon Ehm (Castle Rock, Colo. / Heritage) posted a personal-record time of 14:27.84 to garner a top-10 finish. He checked in at eighth in the event and continued to rank second in program history in that event behind only teammate Evan Walda.

In the mid-distance, Noah Meacham (Tulsa, Okla. / Broken Arrow) was 13th of 23 in his heat of the 800 at 1:55.47.

In the women’s throws, Tori Gerhardt (Westville, Ind. / Chesterton) delivered a top-10 finish with a mark of 15.76m to lead the Beacons. She placed eighth overall.

Other Valpo PRs on Day 1 of the Championships included AJ Walsh (Lombard, Ill. / IC Catholic Prep) in the long jump at 6.21m, Josh Leathers (Streamwood, Ill. / Streamwood) in the weight throw at 14.15m (46-5.25), Vivian Rahmel (Springfield, Ill. / Sacred-Heart Griffin) in the 5,000 at 18:36.36, Juliana Ferrara (Fox River Grove, Ill. / Cary-Grove) and Marion Isaac (Evergreen Park, Ill. / Evergreen Park) in the 200 at 26.04 and 27.90, respectively, Tim Whitelaw (Park Ridge, Ill. / Maine South) in the 200 at 22.55 and Ferrara in the 400 at 1:00.82

Up Next

The second and final day of the MVC Indoor Championships will take place on Monday. The meet will be broadcast on ESPN+. Links to live video and results are available on ValpoAthletics.com.

VALPO MEN’S GOLF

DELISANTI LEADS BEACONS ON DAY 1 IN PUERTO RICO

The Valparaiso University men’s golf team teed off the spring slate on Sunday with the first 18 holes of the 54-hole Dorado Beach Collegiate, hosted by UNCG at the par-72, 7112-yard TPC Dorado Beach Sugarcane Course at Dorado Beach Resort and Club in Dorado, P.R. The Beacons were led by Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield) on the first day of action.

How It Happened

Delisanti finished the first round tied for fourth in a competitive, 107-player field. He posted a 66 (-6) in his first round of the spring.

Fifth-year senior Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) and freshman Elliot Lee (Tillamook, Ore. / Tillamook) were tied for the team’s second-best performance on Sunday. They both carded a 71 and sit at t-47 entering Monday.

In addition, Mason Bonn (Sherwood, Ore. / Sherwood) posted a 73 (+1) and Sam Booth (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) checked in with a 73 while golfing as an individual.

Valpo finished the first day of competition in 10th of 17 on a competitive leaderboard. Host UNCG leads the tournament at 270, while Kent State’s Chris Vandette owns the top spot on the player leaderboard with a 64.

Inside the Round

The team score of 281 (-7) is Valpo’s second-best of the season behind only the final round of the fall season on Oct. 28 at the Monterrey Collegiate Classic. Sunday’s round was the 10th best in program history in terms of overall score and the fifth best in relation to par.

Delisanti’s 66 (-6) is tied for the best score by a Valpo player this season. That score is tied for the eighth best 18-hole round in program history in overall score and tied for fifth in relation to par.

The Beacons were among the tournament leaders in par-3 scoring (3.10, fifth) and par-4 scoring (3.98, tied for third). However, they were toward the bottom in par-5 scoring at 4.75.

The Beacons produced 57 pars, the third most in the field.

Delisanti drilled a team-high six birdies on Day 1 of action.

Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring

“For our first competitive round in four months and limited practice outside during these winter months, I was very pleased with our preparation leading up to the tournament and our first-round play. We certainly had some rust that we were kicking off, but we had our best first tournament round in over a year. We left a number of birdie opportunities out on the course, but the guys gave themselves plenty of chances and we always want to be in position to make birdies.”

“We knew that we needed to play the Par 3s very well to be competitive, since they are tough. We played those at two over as a team, which is terrific. We also played the Par 4s well, even though we still missed a number of birdies inside of 10 feet. We played the Par 5s very poorly and lost a lot of ground to the field. We hit the ball decently off the tee on those holes, but our second shots into the greens needed to be in better positions to make birdie. We will play those holes better the next two rounds.”

“Anthony played very steady for us today. He had six birdies and no bogeys, making at least one birdie every three holes. He hit 11 of 14 fairways, 14 of 18 greens in regulation and he had 27 putts. He played with a lot of confidence today, and it was exciting to watch, especially with the way he ended his fall season. The whole team is excited to get back after it tomorrow.”

Up Next

The Dorado Beach Collegiate will continue on Monday in Dorado, Puerto Rico as the teams compete in Round 2 of the 54-hole event. A link to live scoring via GolfStat can be found on ValpoAthletics.com.

UINDY WOMEN’S LAX

GREYHOUNDS CLOCK CAVS, ADD TO WIN STREAK

NORTH CANTON, Ohio – The No. 13 UIndy women’s lacrosse team is officially on a winning streak, earning a 16-4 victory over in-region Walsh on Sunday afternoon.

The Greyhounds improve to 6-0 all-time against the Cavaliers, with their 16 goals the most since April 2016.

Olivia Bladon led all players with five goals, while goalkeeper Ava Graham made three saves and scooped up five ground balls.

INS & OUTS

UIndy wasted no time in its winning efforts on Sunday, scoring four times in the opening seven-plus minutes of the game, including a pair of goals from Bladon. The Cavaliers fought back early, netting their third goal of the first quarter to cut the Greyhound lead to 5-3.

The defense stepped up in the final 45 minutes, allowing just four shots to reach Graham, who saved three of them. The Greyhounds rattled off 10 consecutive goals, with Ella Fornek finding the back of the cage at the 57-second mark before halftime.

Bladon scored three times in the second half, including the first twice in under two minutes after the break. Megan Dunn followed suit, tallying her first goal of the game late in the third quarter to become the seventh Hound of the afternoon to score.

Mackenzie Winn matched Bladon with a game-high six points, adding a pair of goals to her four assists. The senior dished out three straight helpers in the middle frames, including two to Bladon to begin the third quarter.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Winn had a monstrous weekend, recording 17 points – six goals, 11 assists – in two road wins.

– Midfielder Malaena Michielin caused four of Walsh’s 16 turnovers, while securing three draw controls.

– With its nine turnovers, UIndy has now coughed up possession less than 10 times in back-to-back games for the first time since late March 2023.

– Sage Da Silva finished with four points, with her third and final assist coming in the last minute of the game from Fornek’s hat-trick goal.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will get nearly two weeks off before competing in their home opener on Saturday, March 9 against Davenport.

UINDY TRACK

UINDY WOMEN TAKE SECOND, MEN THIRD AT GLVC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

INDIANAPOLIS- The UIndy men’s and women’s teams wrapped up their time at the GLVC Track & Field Indoor Championships on Sunday. The women finished runner-up with a total of 145 points, and the men finished in third with 126. The Lewis University took the top spot in both competitions.

WOMEN’S RECAP

Ellie Lengerich added two more medals to her collection after picking up two on day one. Lengerich took second in the high jump after clearing 1.62 meters. She was also a part of the UIndy 4×400 team who claimed third with a time of 3:59.38. The team featured Cloey Simon, Trinity Gleitz, Emily Sonderman, and Lengerich. After also winning the pentathlon and taking third in the high jump, Lengerich was named the GLVC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row.

Sabrina Robison also had a standout performance today. In the pole vault, Robison broke both the school record and the GLVC Championships record with a height of 4.20 meters. The senior secured the gold medal, finishing nearly a half meter higher than the competition. Teammate Mackenzie VanBibber was right behind Robison in second after clearing 3.75 meters.

Zoe Pentecost and Emily Bosner competed in the shot put for the Greyhounds. Pentecost came in second with her furthest distance of the season, 13.53 meters. Emily Bonser reached 12.83 meters, earning her fourth place.

Ailliyah Reese was the top finisher on the track for the Hounds. Reese took home the silver medal in the 60m hurdles after clocking 8.77 seconds. Three athletes finished third in the respective events. Emily Sonderman created a new PR in the 400m of 56.78 seconds. Lindsey Wormuth also competed in the 60m hurdles; she finished in 9.07 seconds. Finally, Hadley Fisher finished the 3000m in 10:01.93

Robison also was named the team’s GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship honoree. 

TEAM SCORES

1. Lewis, 174 points

2. Indianapolis, 145 points

3. Southwest Baptist, 145 points

4. Maryville, 50 points

5. Missouri S&T, 39 points

6. Truman State, 31 points

7. William Jewell, 19 points

8. Drury, 18 points

9. Illinois Springfield, 15 points

9. Upper Iowa, 15 points

11. McKendree, 6 points

11. Missouri-St. Louis, 6 points

13 Rockhurst, 1 point

– Quincy

MEN’S RECAP

Tom Saint-Juvin stole the show in the 800m. During the final lap, Saint-Juvin snuck passed McKendree’s John Bush and crossed the finish line first. Saint-Juvin clocked a time of 1:51.99. He also competed in the 4x400m with Evan Stonitsch, Jalen Larkey, and Luke Lacey. The team finished in second after completing the race in 3:20.71. Similarly to the 800m, Saint-Juvin overtook the Lewis team in the final lap to secure the silver.

Another gold medal was awarded to the Greyhounds in the 60m hurdles. Ndubisi Eze finished in 8.23 seconds, his fasted this season.

Felix Rivet also earned a spot on the podium. Rivet competed in the mile and clocked a time of 4:14.69

Treyton Arnold was named the team’s GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship honoree.

OTHER TOP MEN’S FINISHES

4. Amarion Conyers, high jump, 1.87 meters

5. Cameron Smith, shot put, 15.80 meters

TEAM SCORES

1. Lewis, 196 points

2. Missouri S&T, 126 points

3. Indianapolis, 92 points

4. Maryville, 55 points

5. Southwest Baptist, 42 points

6. Truman State, 34.5 points

7. McKendree, 27 points

8. Drury, 22 points

9. Illinois Springfield, 21

10. Missouri-St. Louis, 19 points

11. William Jewell, 18.5 points

12 Rockhurst, 9 points

– Quincy

UP NEXT

Next up for UIndy in the NCAA DII Indoor Championships. Located in Pittsburg, Kan., the meet will start on Friday, March 8 and will continue through Saturday. Stay tuned to UIndyAthletics.com in thwe coming days for an announcement of qualifiers.

MARIAN BASEBALL

HIGH-SCORING SECOND ACT HIGHLIGHTS SPLIT TWIN BILL AT TOUGALOO

Tougaloo, Miss. – The Marian baseball team salvaged a split in their series finale doubleheader against Tougaloo College, winning game two in a dominant style after falling in game one in extra innings. Marian moves to 5-6 overall on the season following the split.

GAME 1 | Marian 2-3 Tougaloo | 8 Innings

After a scoreless first inning of baseball, the Knights offense got to work in the second frame as Johnny Roeder was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Pierson Barnes reached base on an error on his sacrifice bunt, but would not score on Josh Lamb’s triple later in the frame after getting picked off. Lamb was able to drive home Roeder with his three-base hit, and an RBI single from Dawson Estep pushed across the catcher to cap the two-run inning.

Seth Hogg made his second pitching start of the season in Sunday’s opener, tossing a scoreless first inning to strand a runner, while in the second and third innings facing just seven combined batters to keep his shutout alive. The offense attempted to back up the starter in the third and fourth innings by getting runners on base, but came up empty in their attempts. In the home side of the fourth, Tougaloo was able to plate a run off of Hogg as the freshman’s lead-off walk and single to start the inning scored a Bulldog run.

The Knights would attempt to get the run back in the fifth with Kameron Salazar reaching third after ripping a lead-off single, but the offense came up short of adding a run. Hogg would manage to keep the one-lead through five innings after pitching a scoreless frame, however the freshman was unsuccessful in the bottom of the sixth as a lead-off double and single started a string of four consecutive runners to reach base, with a bases loaded walk tying the game. Hogg would snap out of his funk and managed to get a groundout and two strikeouts to prevent additional runs from crossing, keeping a tied 2-2 score.

Neither team was able to score in the seventh inning, with Marian stranding the bases full of Knights in the top half of the frame as they looked to plate a go-ahead run. In the bottom of the eighth, Marian changed to pitchers to reliever Hunter Reagan, who would walk his first batter. Reagan picked up a strikeout to claim his first out, but allowed a double to De’Everett Ross in the following at-bat, as the ball was hit deep enough to left to score the game-winning run as Marian suffered the 3-2 walk-off defeat.

Salazar led the Knights with hits as he had two of the six in the game, while Lamb and Estep each had an RBI. Hogg recorded a no-decision on the mound, allowing four hits and two runs in his outing, picking up seven strikeouts. Reagan took his first defeat on the season, recording one out before the Bulldogs recorded the game-ending hit.

GAME 2 | Marian 26-0 Tougaloo | 5 Innings

In Marian’s second game, the Knights recorded a commanding 26-0 victory, scoring runs in each of the five innings as 19 different Knights saw action in the game. Seven runs crossed the plate in the first inning with Marian getting three hits, getting RBI base knocks from Dawson Estep and Pierson Barnes, while walks helped bring in the other scores. Following the seven-run first frame, nine more runs crossed the plate in the second inning as the Knights picked up five base hits. Barnes and Estep again had RBI hits, while Jacob Dill recorded an RBI sacrifice fly. Barnes would again post an RBI base hit in the inning, and a single from Josh Lamb helped the good guys scoring output.

Aden Burnside threw a near-flawless performance on the mound in his third start of the year, picking up the win after getting a strong start on the hill by tossing a hitless first inning. Burnside gave up a pair of hits in the second inning, but faced the minimum in the inning as each base runner was picked off and caught out. The southpaw’s third inning was a quick three-up, three-down, as he picked up a strikeout, and in the fourth two singles were stranded as Burnside added a pair of punchouts to end the inning.

Marian scored three more runs in the third inning with a Nathan Pinarski single and Seth Hogg RBI double highlighting a frame, and in the fourth inning Marian added six more runs, as a Kayden Cain grand slam highlighted the final crooked number added to the board. The Knights would score again in the top of the fifth inning to complete their 26-run game, and in the bottom of the fifth Seth Risley finished the game on the hill, facing four batters in his relief appearance.

Burnside moved to 2-1 on the season with his performance, allowing four total hits in the game. Barnes and Estep each went 3-3 in the game with Barnes scoring three runs and Estep posting three RBI. Pinarski scored a game-high four runs and walked five times in six plate appearances, and Cain led the Knights in RBI with his first career home run.

Marian is currently scheduled to take on Goshen College on Thursday, hosting their Crossroads League opening games at 1:00 p.m. at MU Ballpark. With weather scheduled for the middle of the week, fans should stick to MUKnights on X, formerly known as Twitter, for any updates on the game.

VINCENNES BASEBALL

FREE BASES PROVE COSTLY AS VU FALLS TO MORTON TO CLOSE OUT WEEKEND

VINCENNES Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer baseball team closed out another busy weekend of NJCAA baseball at Jerry Blemker Field Sunday afternoon, falling to Morton College from Cicero, Ill. 13-4.

The VU pitching staff allowed six walks in the game and hit an additional five batters Sunday, which the Panthers pounced on with the help of some timely two out hitting.

Morton College got the scoring going early, breaking the game open in the second with five runs before adding another run in the fourth to increase their lead to 6-0.

Vincennes would get on the board in a big way in the bottom half of the fourth, with freshman Corbin Napier (Indianapolis, Ind.) leading off the inning with a solo home run, his first collegiate home run to cut the deficit to 6-1.

Morton then responded with a pair of runs in the sixth and five more insurance runs in the seventh to take a 13-1 lead heading into the final half inning.

The Trailblazer bats looked to come alive in the bottom of the seventh and try to pull off a miracle comeback.

The VU offense was jump started by a pinch hit leadoff double by freshman Noble Johnson (Terre Haute, Ind.) followed by a single by freshman Logan Edwards (Corydon, ind.).

The pair were then driven in on a two-RBI triple by freshman Bradyn Douglas (Frankton, ind.), who later scored on an RBI single by redshirt freshman Holden Clifton (Louisville, Ill.) to cut the Morton lead down to 13-4.

This would be as close as the Blazers would get unfortunately, as the Panthers closed out the victory to end a busy weekend of baseball at Jerry Blemker Field.

“Bradyn’s swinging it well,” VU Head Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “Hopefully Holden’s getting back to his old form that he had last year. Corbin Napier has shown that he has some juice in his bat with a nice home run today by him.”

“Some guys stepped up in situations but it’s easy to play when you’re down a ton of runs,” Barney added. “It’s more what do you do when the horses are not out of the barn yet and it’s 0-0 or a close game in that situation. So we’ve got to be better right from the get go.”

Sophomore Max Lines (Indianapolis, Ind.) got the start on the mound for the Blazers, throwing an inning and two-thirds, allowing five runs on four hits and striking out four.

Freshman Noah Dearmitt (Franklin, Ind.) was the first out of the pen for VU, throwing two and one-third innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out three.

Sophomore Jack Robinson (Mooresville, Ind.) took a turn on the mound, allowing two runs on one hit and striking out two in an inning and two-thirds of work.

Freshman Colton Okes (Evansville, Ind.) and sophomore Keegan Schlotterbeck (Centerville, Ind.) then combined to get the final four outs, each recording one strikeout.

“It’s extremely disappointing,” Barney said. “We had a starting pitcher that I thought could give us a couple of quality innings and couldn’t get out of the second. Then our bullpen, again, let us down. Out of the 13 runs, seven or eight were on two out hits. It’s the same stuff that has been happening all year now, so something’s got to give here with our guys.”

“Our pitchers have to do a better job of having command of what’s going on and the zone,” Barney added. “Not having mental breakdowns or mental mistakes. Now we’ve got to get ready and going for a mid-week game and the weekend ahead.”

The Trailblazers will look to bounce back when VU hits the diamond again, heading to Oakland City University Wednesday, Feb. 28 to face off against OCU JV at 4 p.m. eastern.

This will be a lead into another busy weekend of baseball at Jerry Blemker Field, where the Blazers will again play four games in three days starting Friday, March 1 against No. 12-ranked Kellogg Community College at 6 p.m. eastern.

VU will then face Lincoln Trail College and Glen Oaks Community College Saturday, March 2 in a doubleheader before closing out the weekend against Kellogg Sunday March 3.

“We’ve just got to get better offensively right from the first inning on,” Barney said. “Then we also have to do a better job on the mound. We’ve had some quality starts out of guys this weekend, so that’s a positive we are going to take out of this, but our relievers have to come in and get guys out and that just didn’t happen a majority of the time this weekend.”

Scheduled dates and times for all VU baseball games are subject to change. Be sure to follow ‘Vincennes University Athletics’ on Facebook, X, or Instagram to stay up to date on any and all VU baseball schedule changes.

ANDERSON BASEBALL

RAVENS SPLIT HIGH-SCORING DOUBLEHEADER WITH TRINE

The Anderson University baseball team (3-2) split Sunday’s high-scoring doubleheader with Trine University (1-1) at Don Brandon Field.

Anderson rolled past Trine 14-1 in Game 1 in seven innings. The Thunder then battled past the Ravens 21-17 in Game 2.

GAME 1: ANDERSON 14, TRINE 1 (F/7)

The Ravens outhit the Thunder 14-5.

Isaac Bair – 2-for-4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 Runs

Justin Reed – 3-for-3, 3 RBI, 1 Run, 1 SB

Cooper Webb – 2-for-3, 2 2B’s, 1 RBI, 2 Runs

Dalton Wasson – 2-for-2, 2B, 1 Run

Charlie Jones – 1-for-3, 3 Runs, 3 SB’s

Landen Southern – Win (1-0), 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Noah Wathen – Save (1), 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Trey Dorton – 1-for-2, 2 RBI, 2 Runs

Connor Gordon – RBI Double, 1 Run

Luke Renard – 1-for-2, 1 Run

Tyler Smitherman – 1-for-3, 1 RBI

Griffin Wolf – 1 Run

GAME 2: TRINE 21, ANDERSON 17

The Thunder out the Ravens 17-15

Griffin Wolf – 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 Runs

Max McCammon – 2-for-2, HR, 3 RBI, 2 Runs

Jed Downham – 2-for-2, 2 2B’s, 4 RBI, 2 Runs

Charlie Jones – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 Runs

Justin Reed – 1-for-3, 2B, 1 RBI, 2 Runs, 1 SB

Trey Dorton – 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 Runs

Zayden Stiller – 1-for-2, 3 Runs, 2 BB’s

Jon Dorsch – 1-for-2, 1 RBI

Connor Gordon – 1-for-4, 1 RBI

Cooper Webb – 1-for-4

Nate Kelly – 2 Runs

Ramiro Towers – 1.2 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Justin Schassburger – Loss (0-1), 3.1 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

UP NEXT

Anderson and Trine wrap up their three-game series on Monday at 2 p.m. at Don Brandon Field.

ANDERSON WOMEN’S TENNIS

RAVENS FALL TO HORNETS

The Anderson University women’s tennis team (3-2) fell to Kalamazoo College (4-0) by a score of 8-1 on Saturday in Kalamazoo, Mich.

COACH SCOTT GREVE’S COMMENTS

The ladies took some very big steps. We had some new faces in the starting lineup who gained some valuable experience. Gabby Hosier continues to battle hard and picked up another great win in her third set tiebreaker. Tiebreakers are starting to become a habit for her. We still have some things we need to tighten up, but overall, I think the Lady Ravens played some good tennis. We’ll working on helping each other play great tennis as we compete against some very good teams over the next couple of weeks.

DOUBLES RESULTS

No. 1. Maddie Hurley/Juliana Pullen (Kalamazoo) def. Megan Long/Claire Hannaford (Anderson) 8-0

No. 2. Ivy Walker/Olivia Wolfe (Kalamazoo) def. Ella Frantz/Morgan Nation (Anderson) 8-4

No. 3. Soussana Kimbouris/Molly Stevison (Kalamazoo) def. Gabby Hosier/Kate Oberle (Anderson) 8-3

SINGLES RESULTS

1. Juliana Pullen (Kalamazoo) def. Megan Long (Anderson) 6-0, 6-1

2. Maddie Hurley (Kalamazoo) def. Morgan Nation (Anderson) 6-1, 6-4

3. Ivy Walker (Kalamazoo) def. Claire Hannaford (Anderson) 6-4, 6-1

4. Gabby Hosier (Anderson) def. Olivia Wolfe (Kalamazoo) 6-4, 3-6, 10-3

5. Molly Stevison (Kalamazoo) def. Ella Maiden (Anderson) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1

6. Soussana Kimbouris (Kalamazoo) def. Kate Oberle (Anderson) 6-0, 6-0

UP NEXT

Anderson takes on St. Mary’s College (Ind.) (3-4) on Friday, March 1 at 4 p.m. in Pendleton at the Community Sport & Wellness Center.

ANDERSON TRACK

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD: RAVENS PLACE NINTH IN HCAC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Anderson University women’s track and field team placed ninth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Indoor Championships on Saturday in Terre Haute.

COACH NIC HUFFMAN’S COMMENTS

Given the circumstances, we had a lot of positive energy and athletes giving their best. I’m proud of how they competed. We had some athletes show up in a big way. Conference is always crazy and it did not disappoint. We have a lot to work on and need to get healed up before outdoor season.

TEAM STANDINGS

Rose-Hulman – 227

Hanover – 126.5

Transylvania – 95

Manchester – 66

Franklin – 37.5

Bluffton – 36

Mount St. Joseph – 32

Earlham – 20

Anderson – 17

Defiance – 6

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES

Lydia Dyer – 800 – 2:27.82 – 4th Place

Jaycie Sones – 800 – 2:31.44 – 6th Place – Personal Record

Paige McKain – 5,000 – 19:57.08 – 6th Place – Personal Record

4×400 Relay Team – Emilie Penick, Lydia Dyer, Jasmyn Bemjamin, Jaycie Sones – 4:38.96 – 7th Place

Distance Medley Relay Team – Jasmyn Benjamin, Ellasyn Bruner, Sierra Kalli, Sadie Knox – 15:32.00 – 7th Place

Paige McKain – 3,000 – 11:37.75 – Personal Record

Mikayla Conrad – Weight Throw – 12.31 meters (40 feet, 4.75 inches) – Season Best

Emilie Penick – 800 – 2:38.54 – Season Best

Ellasyn Bruner – 1 Mile – 7:11.95 – Personal Record

UP NEXT

Anderson battles in the Mount Union Final Qualifier on Saturday, March 2 at 12 p.m. in Alliance, Ohio.

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD: SWEIGART CAPTURES WEIGHT THROW TITLE IN HCAC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Anderson University men’s track and field team captured first place in the weight throw during Saturday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Indoor Championships in Terre Haute.

Sweigart recorded a distance of 18.07 meters (59 feet, 3.5 inches) in the weight throw.

Anderson took seventh place in the HCAC Indoor Championships.

COACH NIC HUFFMAN’S COMMENTS

Given the circumstances, we had a lot of positive energy and athletes giving their best. I’m proud of how they competed. We had some athletes show up in a big way. Conference is always crazy and it did not disappoint. We have a lot to work on and need to get healed up before outdoor season.

MICHAEL SWEIGART’S COMMENTS

I think the meet went really well. It started out more stressful than expected, but I was able to make the adjustments [Throws] Coach Chuck Foga and I had worked on, executed them and came out on top in the weight. Shot put was not there [on Saturday]; it just wasn’t my day. Overall, I think we did really well and came out better than people thought we would.

TEAM STANDINGS

Rose-Hulman – 193

Manchester – 189

Bluffton – 97

Hanover – 54

Franklin – 33

Mount St. Joseph – 29

Anderson – 25

Defiance – 21

Transylvania – 16

Earlham – 6

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES

Michael Sweigart – Weight Throw – 18.07 meters (59 feet, 3.5 inches) – 1st Place – Personal Record – First-Team All-HCAC

Michael Sweigart – Shot Put – 14.05 meters (46 feet, 1.25 inches) – 4th Place

Zachary Davenport – 1 Mile – 4:28.52 – 4th Place – Personal Record

Distance Medley Relay Team – Tyler Nelson, Josh Soden, Ludvick Kelley, David Stansbury – 11:48.04 – 7th Place

4×200 Relay Team – Matthew Cobb, Will Feebeck, Isaac Elizondo, Josh Soden – 1:40.58 – 7th Place

4×400 Relay Team – Isaac Elizondo, Cameron Knox, Josh Soden, Zachary Davenport – 3:41.51 – 8th Place

Garrett Corwin – Shot Put – 11.76 meters (38 feet, 7 inches) – Personal Record

Cameron Knox – 800 – 2:05.06 – Personal Record

Ryan Knoll – 3,000 – 10:07.61 – Personal Record

Will Feebeck – 400 – 57.75 seconds – Personal Record

Matthew Cobb – 200 – 25.48 seconds – Personal Record

Jaylan Seeko – 200 – 25.62 seconds – Personal Record

Darren Croffie – 800 – 2:22.85 – Personal Record

Tyler Nelson – 3,000 – 10:23.87 – Personal Record

UP NEXT

The Ravens compete in the Mount Union Final Qualifier on Saturday, March 2 at 12 p.m. in Alliance, Ohio.

ANDERSON MEN’S LAX

RAVENS CRUISE PAST COUGARS

The Anderson University men’s lacrosse team (2-1) cruises past Concordia University of Chicago (0-2) by a score of 17-3 on Saturday in River Forest, Ill.

COACH JACOB ASHTON’S COMMENTS

A few mistakes early led to a slow start but we rallied to go up 4-2 and never gave the lead back.

In the second half, we started to put some pieces together, transition offense came alive and multiple guys started to find the back of the net.

Robert Okougbo had a strong second half and Abram Zimmerman contributed at the face off X and put four in

Will Harriman led with 6 points and put together some nice plays.

Defensively, we shut them out in second half and Spencer Pruden had a strong showing.

Justin Bemis’s return was solid and Lars Kiefer scored his first college goal.

It was a good team win.

HOW IT HAPPENED

After going down 2-0, two minutes and 36 seconds into the game, the Ravens scored 17 of the final 18 goals of the game

Anderson cleared 11-of-12 (91.6 percent), while Concordia cleared just 8-of-14 (57.1 percent)

The Ravens won 17-of-24 (70.8 percent) faceoffs

The Ravens outshot the Cougars 62-32, including 32-14 in the second half

Anderson dominated the ground ball game coming up with 40, compared to Concordia’s 17

RECORD BOOK UPDATES

Kenny Bentley – .833 Faceoff Win % (15-18) – 5th Highest

Spencer Pruden – 3 Goals Allowed – T-4th Fewest

Spencer Pruden – .833 Save % (15-18) – T-4th Highest

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Abram Zimmerman – 4 Goals, 12 Shots, 2 Ground balls

Robert Okougbo – 3 Goals, 10 Shots, 2 Ground balls, 1 Caused Turnovers

Will Harriman – 3 Goals, 3 Assists, 13 Shots, 1 Ground ball

Kenny Bentley – 2 Goals, 1 Assist, 83.3 FO% (15-18), 7 Shots, 10 Ground balls

Rick Kaufman – 2 Goals, 2 Assists, 7 Shots, 3 Ground balls

Dallas Hermanson – 1 Goal, 1 Shot, 4 Ground balls, 5 Caused Turnovers

Lars Kiefer – 1 Goal, 1 Assist, 7 Shots, 1 Caused Turnover

Jordan Garcia – 1 Goal, 5 Shots, 2 Ground balls

Bryce Johnson – 4 Ground balls, 1 Caused Turnover

Mason Bratcher – 4 Ground balls, 1 Caused Turnover

Justin Bemis – 3 Ground balls, 2 Caused Turnovers

Gabe Yingst – 2 Ground balls

Spencer Pruden – Win (2-1), 15 Saves, 3 Goals Against, 3 Ground balls

UP NEXT

The Ravens are taking on Heidelberg University (1-1) on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Macholtz Stadium.

WABASH BASEBALL

LITTLE GIANTS SPLIT BASEBALL SEASON OPENER IN WESTFIELD

Wabash opened the 2024 college baseball season with two games at the Grand Park facility in Westfield, Indiana. The Little Giants split with a 15-2 victory over Manchester University in seven innings in the first contest followed by a 17-7 loss in eight innings in the nightcap.

GAME ONE – Wabash 15, Manchester 2 (7 innings)

Camden Scheidt racked up four RBIs to help power the Wabash (1-1) over the Manchester University Spartans 15-2 on Sunday.

Caleb Everson (1-0) got the win for Wabash (1-0). The right-hander went six innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on six hits, allowing no walks and striking out four. Ethan Kimmerle also pitched well, going one shutout inning without allowing a hit.

Scheidt went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and a walk in addition to his four RBIs for the Little Giants. Michael Galanos compiled a noteworthy day at the plate as well, going 3-for-3 with two RBI. Nick Logan also chipped in for Wabash, putting together two hits in four trips to the plate while adding a walk and an RBI.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Little Giants got the scoring started early, putting one run on the board in the top of the first inning. Reece Bauer came across to score the lone run of the inning for Wabash and get it on the board.

The Spartans (0-1) failed to push any runs across before the Little Giants offense got back to their scoring ways the next inning. The Wabash offense exploded for four runs, highlighted by a three-run triple off the bat of Scheidt, which brought the Little Giants’ lead to 5-0.

Wabash held Manchester without a run before building their lead to 6-0 in the fourth inning. The Little Giants scored once on an RBI single off the bat of Kamden Earley.

Wabash held the Spartans scoreless before their offense got back in action the next inning. The Little Giants scored once on an RBI single off the bat of Galanos, bringing the Wabash advantage to 7-0.

Manchester got within 7-2 until the Little Giants scored again in the sixth inning to stretch its lead to 15-2. The Wabash offense piled up eight runs, highlighted by a one-run single off the bat of AJ Reid.

GAME NOTES

» Wabash got three-hit games from both Galanos and Scheidt.

» The Little Giants power output was led by Scheidt, who had two extra base hits in the ballgame.

» Scheidt drove in four runs for Wabash.

» Every Wabash starter reached base safely in the win.

» Wabash’s highest scoring inning was the sixth, when it pushed eight runs across.

» Wabash took a 1-0 lead in the top half of the first and didn’t surrender that lead for the remainder of the game.

» Everson put together six innings of two-run ball for the Little Giants.

» Four Little Giants had multiple hits in the ballgame.

» The Little Giants out-hit the Spartans at a 13-6 clip.

» Wabash went 9-for-17 (.529) with runners in scoring position.

» The Little Giants got four hits in five at-bats with the bases loaded.

» Wabash pitchers faced 25 Manchester hitters in the game, allowing nine ground balls and four fly balls while striking out four.

» The Little Giants drew seven walks from Manchester pitching.

» Scheidt led the Little Giants at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and four RBI.

Game Two – Benedictine University 17, Wabash 7 (8 innings)

Wabash got three hits from Kamden Earley in a 17-7 loss to the Benedictine (IL) Eagles.

Braeden Bryant (0-1) started and took the loss on the mound for Wabash.

In addition to his three hits, Earley had three RBI to lead the Little Giants. Will Phillips compiled a standout effort as well, going 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. AJ Reid also contributed for Wabash, putting together one hit in three trips to the plate while adding a double and two walks.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Little Giants were trailing 2-0 in the first inning when they first put runs on the board. Wabash got an RBI single from Earley, scoring Reid from second base.

The Little Giants deficit grew to 3-1 before their offense got back on the scoreboard, cutting into that deficit in the second inning. Wabash picked up a run on Phillips’ leadoff home run which tightened the Eagles lead to 3-2.

Benedictine built their lead to 11-2 before the Wabash offense got back to work, reducing that lead to 11-7 in the fifth. The Little Giants bats heated up in the inning, scoring five runs, including a two-run single off the bat of Earley. The Little Giants were unable to get any closer, as Benedictine (IL) added six runs to their tally on the way to a 17-7 final.

GAME NOTES

» Earley led the Little Giants, compiling three hits in the ballgame.

» Wabash’s highest scoring inning was the fifth, when it pushed five runs across.

» Wabash went 4-for-10 (.400) with runners in scoring position.

» Wabash pitchers faced 49 Benedictine (IL) hitters in the game, allowing six ground balls and nine fly balls while striking out five.

» The Little Giants drew five walks from Benedictine (IL) pitching.

» Earley led the Little Giants at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three RBI.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

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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/

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INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

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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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NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

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FOOTBALL HISTORY

Football History Headlines

February 26, 1989 – Dallas Cowboys fire coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career. Tom Landry received his first glimpse of coaching as a Giant when Head Coach Steve Owen asked the young Landry to explain the 6-1-4 defense to his teammates when he was still a player in New York. In 1954 and 1955 with Steve Owen out as coach Landry served as a player/assistant coach under new head man Jim Lee Howell. Landry was the defensive coordinator while a man named Vince Lombardi was in charge of the Giants offense. Early in 1960 before they even officially existed, Tom Landry was hired as the Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys. The first year coach had some tough sledding as his team went 0-11-1. The Cowboys owner, Clint Murchison Jr., had faith in Landry though as he promptly signed him to a 10 year extension.  The patience paid off as the team improved and in 1966 the team won 10 games and earned the right to play Lombardi’s Packers in the NFL Championship game. Landry coached teams in Dallas made the Super Bowl 5 times, winning two of them and he was a Bart Starr QB sneak in the Ice Bowl away from a sixth. 1990 Coach Landry was selected to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

February 26, 1991 – The World League Of American Football teams open up Training Camps just days after the league’s first draft had completed! We spoke about the draft of the WLAF on our February 24 post.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for February 26

February 26, 1886 – Blue Bell, Pennsylvania – The two way end/fullback from the University of Pennsylvania from 1904 through 1908, Bill Hollenback was born. 

February 26, 1914 – Cleveland, Ohio – The stud center from the Ohio State University from 1933 through 1935, Gomer Jones celebrated his date of birth.

February 26, 1930 – Elyria, Ohio – The slick halfback of the Ohio State Buckeyes from 1949 through 1951, Vic Janowicz arrived into this world. The Football Foundation website delivers the story that Vic is one of the best All-around football players to ever put on pads. As a sophomore defender in 1949, Vic became the hero of the 1950 Rose Bowl, as he picked off two passes, ran one back 41 yards, and helped Ohio State beat California 17-14. The next year the coaching staff had Janowicz play on both sides of the ball. Vic’s athleticism was on full display from the tailback position of the single- wing formation, where he ran, passed, punted, blocked, and place-kicked. His highlight game of 1950 was against Pitt where Janowicz threw four touchdown passes in a 41-7 victory.  That’s not where his exploits stopped, as he booted a 90 yard punt against Minnesota, scored 46 points against Iowa as he went on to become a unanimous All-American and even won the Heisman Trophy! The National Football Foundation voters selected Vic Janowicz for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976. Vic played a few years of Major League Baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates and played a couple seasons in the NFL with Washington. A car accident ended his promising pro career in both sports. 

February 26, 1973 – New Orleans, Louisiana – Marshall Faulk the talented running back for San Diego State University from 1991 through 1993 was born. What can you say about this player? Well for starters the footballfoundation.org tells us that he was a First -Team All-American in all three seasons he played college football. Faulk became the first freshman in history to lead the nation in both scoring (140 points) and rushing (158.8 yards per game) in 1991. He was a finalist for the Heisman three times. The NFF selection committee called the name of Marshall Faulk in 2017 for entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame.  Marshall was the number 2 overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft. He played 12 seasons in the NFL split between the Indianapolis Colts and the St. Louis Rams. For his career he gained 12,279 yards rushing, and added another 6874 yards receiving on 767 passes caught. Faulk  scored 136 TDs and was the League MVP in 2000. Marshall was the first player in history two earn over 2000 yards of total offense in four consecutive seasons. The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio seized the opportunity to put Marshall Faulk in a Gold Jacket in 2011.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1911      General Taylor acquires the rights to a parcel of land known as the Dana Lands, a property once owned by a leader of the Sons of Liberty named Francis Dana, at a public auction for $120,000. The Red Sox minority owner’s acquisition will become Fenway Park, the team’s new home,

1914      In London, the White Sox edge the Giants, 5-4, in 10 innings in the final contest of their World Tour. Chicago won 24 and lost 20 against New York, with two games ending in ties during their five-month global journey that included stops in Japan, Australia, and Egypt.

1935      Babe Ruth is granted his release by the Yankees, allowing the aging superstar to play for the Braves. The 39-year-old outfielder hit 659 home runs and batted .349 during his 15-year tenure with New York.

1943      The Phillies hire future Hall of Famer Bucky Harris to manage the club. The veteran skipper, who compiles a 39-54 record, will be fired by the team’s new owner, Bill Cox, at the end of July and replaced by Freddie Fitzsimmons.

1952      Don Newcombe, who posted a 56-28 record his first three years with the Dodgers, will miss the next two seasons when he is sworn into the Army to serve in the Korean War. The 26-year-old right-hander struggles upon his return in 1954 but returns to form the following season with a 20-5 record, helping the team capture their only world championship while playing in Brooklyn.

1957      The Giants trade right-hander Hoyt Wilhelm to the Cardinals for their former All-Star first baseman/outfielder Whitey Lockman. The knuckleballer will win only one of five decisions for the Redbirds before being selected off waivers by Cleveland in September, with New York’s newest infielder spending two seasons with his old club, hitting .246 in 225 games over that span.

1989      A California court throws out the $12-million breach-of-contract suit brought against Wade Boggs by Margo Adams. During their four-year association, the former Miss Anaheim claimed the Red Sox third baseman had promised her a salary and expenses.

1991      The Veterans Committee select Bill Veeck, considered the P.T. Barnum of baseball due to the imaginative innovations he put in place as the owner of the Indians (1946-50), Browns (1951-53), and White Sox (1959-61, 1975-80), for induction into the Hall of Fame. ‘Sport Shirt Bill’ integrated the American League by signing Larry Doby to play for the Tribe and assembled the 1948 World Champion Indians, a team that drew more than 2.6 million fans, setting an attendance record that lasted over three decades.

1992      Red Sox owner Jean Yawkey dies at 83 after suffering a stroke. The JRY Trust, headed by the club’s CEO John Harrington, inherits her interest in the team, selling the team to John Henry and an investor group in 2002.

2004      At Harry Caray’s restaurant in Chicago with hundreds of onlookers, including a man covered in ivy, singing Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Michael Lantieri blows the foul ball made famous by Steve Bartman in the 2003 NLCS a. The Oscar Award-winner, a die-hard Cubs fan who has worked on similar special effects in Jurassic Park and Back to the Future, executes the infamous ball’s demise.

2005      Atlanta Braves’ hurler Mike Hampton and his wife offer a $25,000 reward for the safe return of Jessica Marie Lunsford. The nine-year-old, who disappeared from her Florida bedroom four days ago, is in the same grade as one of the Hamptons’ two sons at Homosassa Elementary School.

2006      “He’s an idiot. He’s selfish. That’s why we don’t miss him. And we’ve held it in for far too long.” – KENNY WILLIAMS, White Sox general manager, reacting to his former player’s negative comments. Frustrated with the latest comments from former employee Frank Thomas, Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams responds by calling his former superstar selfish and an idiot. The former MVP, who signed with the A’s in January, has been very vocal about feeling unappreciated and mistreated by Chicago after spending 16 years with the organization.

2009      Tim Lincecum (18-5, 2.62) signs a $650,000, one-year deal with the Giants. The 24-year-old right-hander, last season’s National League’s Cy Young Award recipient, fanned a big league-leading 265 batters while yielding 182 hits in 227 innings.

2019      Nolan Arenado becomes baseball’s highest-paid position player annually, making $33.5 million per season after signing an eight-year, $260-million extension with the Rockies. Last month, the 27-year-old third baseman set an arbitration record, receiving a $26 million award in a one-year deal with Colorado.

BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: 1924 (BASEBALL ALMANAC)

Off the field…

Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall and oilmen Harry Sinclair and Edward L. Doheny were all charged with conspiracy and bribery in the “Teapot Dome scandal” which involved fraudulent leases of naval oil reserves. Fall was later indicted for conspiracy and for accepting bribes and after being convicted of the latter; he was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $100,000. In another trial for bribery Doheny and Sinclair were acquitted, although Sinclair was subsequently sentenced to prison for contempt of the Senate and for employing detectives to shadow members of the jury in his case. Eventually, the oil fields were restored to the U.S. government through a Supreme Court decision in 1927.

In the American League…

During a 12-4 Philadelphia Athletics’ victory over the Cleveland Indians, first baseman Joe Hauser set an American League record with three homeruns and a double for a total of fourteen bases. Ty Cobb later broke the record with sixteen bags of his own on May 5, 1925.

On May 1st, White Sox shortstop Bill Barrett stole home twice (first and ninth innings) tying the Major League mark for home-plate thievery. Chicago went on to beat the Cleveland Indians 13-7.

Washington Senators’ ace Walter Johnson struck out fourteen on May 23rd (including six in a row) for a 4-0 one-hitter over the Chicago White Sox and his one-hundred third shutout. Johnson went on to finish the season with his best record in five years while going 23-7.

In the National League…

On April 15th, Rogers Hornsby of the St. Louis Cardinals went two-for-five on Opening Day (against Vic Aldridge of the Chicago Cubs) giving him a .400 batting average with one game under his belt. Later in the season, his .424 batting average would mark the highest Major League batting average of the twentieth century and from Opening Day forward his average never dipped at or below the .400 mark again.

Giant’s first baseman George Kelly went “solo” on June 14th after hitting three homers to drive in all of New York’s runs during an 8-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Over a decade later, Bob Johnson of the Philadelphia Athletics matched the “one-man-show” with an 8-3 win over the St. Louis Browns.

On July 11th, Chicago Cubs first baseman Lee Cotter equaled a Major League record with twenty-one putouts and one assist during a 9-1 loss against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Around the League…

Following the American League’s lead, the Nationals agreed to offer a $1000 cash prize to the player named their most valuable player as selected by an exclusive panel of sports writers.

Sen Kaney called the first live radio broadcast (from a grandstand behind home plate) on October 1st at Cubs’ Park in Chicago. The home team went on to beat their cross-town rival White Sox with a solid 10-7 effort.

On December 10th, both leagues agreed to a permanent rotation system for World Series play with the first two games at one league’s park, next three at the other leagues park, last two (if needed) back at the first league’s park, and all future openers to alternate between leagues. The National League was granted the inaugural advantage in 1925.

TODAY IN NBA HISTORY

FEB. 26

February 26, 1985

Philadelphia’s Julius Erving passed Elvin Hayes (27,313 points) as the third leading all-time scorer in pro basketball history during the 76ers’ 116-97 loss at Milwaukee.

February 26, 2002

By playing five minutes in the Kings’ 107-81 triumph over Utah, Sacramento’s Chucky Brown set a league record by taking the floor with his 12th NBA team.

February 26, 2012

The West defeated the East 152-149 in the 61st NBA All-Star Game before 17, 125 fans in Orlando, Fl.

February 26, 2023

Damian Lillard sets a franchise and career highs with 71 points — tied for the most in the NBA this season — and 13 3-pointers and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a two-game skid with a 131-114 victory over the Houston Rockets. Lillard’s 13 3-pointers were one shy of the NBA record set by Golden State’s Klay Thompson in 2018.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

3 –  20 – 11 – 23 – 6 – 41 – 33

February 26, 1935 – The New York Yankees released their legendary slugger Babe Ruth, who wore Number 3 with the club.Ruth hit what was in essence free agency and quickly signed with the Boston Braves and put on the 3 there as well.

February 26, 1961 – Marvin Panch in his Number 20 Pontiac won the Daytona 500 in a 1960 Pontiac owned by Smokey Yunick when race leader Fireball Roberts’ car suffered a blown engine with 13 laps remaining

February 26, 1967 – Mario Andretti in his Number 11 blue Fordshows he can drive almost any type of race car and win as he takes the checkered flag in the Daytona 500. It was his one and only NASCAR Grand National event. In doing so Andretti became the only time driver born outside the US has ever won the Great American Race. That is if you don’t want to count Jean Girard from the movie Talladega Nights, and trust me we aren’t counting him!

February 26, 1987 – The great Number 23 of this era of the NBA, Michael Jordan, poured in 58 points in one game to set a Chicago Bulls record.

February 26, 1991 – Bill Veeck a pioneer baseball executiveand Tony Lazzeri, who early on in his career was known to wear the Number 6 uniform as an infielder for theNew York Yankeeswere selected to have their career stats, stories and numbers entered into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

February 26, 2017 – At the 59th running of the Daytona 500 it was Kurt Busch in the Number 41 Haas Fordwho pulled into Victory Lane after the Number 42 Chevyof driver Kyle Larson ran out of gas on last lap. 

February 26, 2017 – Jeffrey Earnhardt in the Number 33 Chevy made NASCAR history, as he became the first ever 4th generation driver to compete in Daytona 500.

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

FEB 26

1935 — Babe Ruth is released by the New York Yankees and signed by the Boston Braves.

1938 — Glenn Cunningham sets a world indoor records in 1500-meter race at the AAU nationals at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Cunningham finishes in 3:48.4.

1947 — Brothers Doug and Max Bentley lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 9-7 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Doug Bentley scores four goals and sets up two more goals. Max Bentley scores three goals and assists on another goal.

1960 — Dave Jenkins of the United States wins the figure skating gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, Calif.

1967 — Mario Andretti, better known for his accomplishments in open-wheel and USAC competition, wins the Daytona 500 pulling away from 1965 champion Fred Lorenzen in the closing laps. It’s Andretti’s his first and only NASCAR Grand National event. He is the only person born outside the United States to win the Daytona 500.

1968 — Thirty-two African nations agree to boycott the Olympics because of the presence of South Africa.

1981 — The Boston Bruins beat the Minnesota North Stars 5-1 in a game marred by fights. The teams set an NHL record with 84 penalties worth 392 minutes, and 12 players are ejected.

1987 — Michael Jordan scores 58 points, the most by a Chicago player in a regular-season game, to lead the Bulls over the New Jersey Nets 128-113. Jordan scores almost half his points from the free throw line, hitting 26 of 27.

1989 — NFL Dallas Cowboys fire coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career.

1989 — Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux becomes the third NHL player to have 100 assists in a season, joining Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky. Lemieux gets three assists and a goal in the Penguins’ 8-6 loss to the Hartford Whalers.

1994 — In Lillehammer, Norway, Vreni Schneider of Switzerland wins the slalom for the fifth medal of her career, the most of any woman in Alpine Olympic history.

2006 — Sweden beats Finland 3-2 to win the Olympic men’s hockey gold. Germany leaves Turin with the most overall medals with 29, 11 of them gold, while the Americans win 25 medals overall, including nine gold.

2007 — Roger Federer reaches a new milestone breaking Jimmy Connors’ 30-year-old mark with his 161st week at the top of the ATP rankings. Connors set his record from July 1974 to August 1977. The ATP rankings began on Aug. 23, 1973. Federer took the No. 1 spot on Feb. 2, 2004.

2012 — Pete Weber wins a record fifth U.S. Open bowling championship, throwing a strike on his final ball to beat Mike Fagan 215-214. Weber surpasses his father, Dick Weber, who won the tournament’s predecessor four times, as did Don Carter.

2012 — In Bansko, Bulgaria, Lindsey Vonn captures her fourth World Cup super-G race of the year and becomes the career leader in the discipline. By winning her 18th super G the American overtakes Austria’s Renate Goetschl for the record.

2017 – 59th Daytona 500: Kurt Busch wins after Kyle Larson runs out of gas on last lap; Jeffrey Earnhardt makes NASCAR history, 1st ever 4th generation driver to compete in Daytona 500.

2018 — The U.S. Open changes to a two-hole aggregate playoff, the last of the four majors to do away with an 18-hole playoff.

2018 — The top-ranked UConn women’s team completes an undefeated regular season for the 10th time in program history with an 82-53 win over No. 20 South Florida. The Huskies (29-0, 16-0 American) are 98-0 in games against American Athletic Conference opponents. They are 86-0 in the regular season and have won all four conference tournaments.

TV SPORTS MONDAY

AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL (MEN’S)

2:30 a.m. (Tuesday)

FS2 — AFL Pre-Season: Richmond at Collingwood

COLLEGE BASEBALL

5 p.m.

PAC-12N — San Jose St. at Stanford

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

6:30 p.m.

CBSSN — Drexel at Delaware

7 p.m.

ESPN — Miami at North Carolina

ESPN2 — West Virginia at Kansas St.

8:30 p.m.

CBSSN — UNC-Wilmington at Campbell

9 p.m.

ESPN — Baylor at TCU

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

7 p.m.

SECN — Mississippi at Missouri

9 p.m.

ESPN2 — Colorado at UCLA

GOLF

7 p.m.

TNT — Capital One’s The Match: Rory McIlroy, Lexi Thompson, Rose Zhang, and Max Homa, 12-hole skins game, West Palm Beach, Fla.

TRUTV — Capital One’s The Match: Rory McIlroy, Lexi Thompson, Rose Zhang, and Max Homa, 12-hole skins game, West Palm Beach, Fla.

MLB BASEBALL

1 p.m.

MLBN — Spring Training: Minnesota vs. NY Yankees, Tampa, Fla.

NBA BASKETBALL

7 p.m.

NBATV — Toronto at Indiana

10 p.m.

NBATV — Miami at Sacramento

NHL HOCKEY

8 p.m.

NHLN — NY Islanders at Dallas

SOCCER (MEN’S)

8:45 a.m.

FS2 — Saudi Pro League: Al-Hilal at Al-Ettifaq

11:45 a.m.

FS2 — Saudi Pro League: Al-Wehda at Al-Ittihad

12:30 p.m.

CBSSN — Serie A: Torino at AS Roma

3 p.m. USA — Premier League: Brentford at West Ham United