INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL

Adams Central 78 South Adams 45
Alexandria 51 Madison-Grant 40
Anderson 72 Logansport 29
Andrean 46 Hobart 38
Avon 60 Franklin Central 53
Barr-Reeve 47 South Knox 40 OT
Beech Grove 64 Cascade 54
Bellmont 65 Angola 41
Ben Davis 60 Lawrence North 53
Benton Central 65 Tri-County 44
Bethany Christian 60 Lakewood Park 48
Bloomington South 50 Columbus North 40
Blue River 58 Centerville 55
Bluffton 45 Northfield 38
Boone Grove 63 Lake Station 54
Borden 56 Austin 44
Brebeuf Jesuit 77 Covenant Christian 46
Brownstown Central 71 Bedford North Lawrence 49
Carroll (Fort Wayne) 68 Fort Wayne Northrop 45
Caston 36 North Judson 32
Center Grove 71 Jeffersonville 55
Christel House 84 Indianapolis Riverside 57
Churubusco 69 Hamilton 25
Clarksville 58 Salem 41
Clay City 67 North Central (Farmersburg) 41
Clinton Prairie 57 Rossville 48
Columbia City 64 Leo 61
Corydon Central 58 Eastern (Pekin) 55
Cowan 61 Randolph Southern 54
Crosspointe Christian 84 MTI Knowledge 37
Crothersville 81 Seven Oaks 26
Crown Point 58 Valparaiso 55
Daleville 77 Union City 59
Decatur Central 78 Whiteland 72
Delphi 50 Western Boone 42
East Noble 45 New Haven 39
Eastbrook 55 Wes-Del 51
Eastern Hancock 66 Morristown 36
Eastside 44 Garrett 42
Evansville Bosse 59 Evansville Mater Dei 56 OT
Evansville North 73 Evansville Central 44
Evansville Reitz 53 Evansville Harrison 51
Fairfield 74 Fremont 66
Faith Christian 67 Clinton Central 37
Fishers 56 Indianapolis Cathedral 51
Floyd Central 69 Charlestown 53
Fort Wayne Luers 66 Fort Wayne Snider 48
Fort Wayne North 69 Fort Wayne Dwenger 44
Fort Wayne Wayne 69 Fort Wayne South 52
Franklin 67 Perry Meridian 24
Frankton 47 Mississinewa 45
Gibson Southern 75 Tecumseh 26
Goshen 55 Wawasee 44
Greenfield-Central 62 Franklin County 32
Greenwood 65 Plainfield 58
Hamilton Southeastern 45 Carmel 39
Hanover Central 39 Lowell 31
Harrison (West Lafayette) 55 Muncie Central 52
Hauser 68 Jac-Cen-Del 32
Hebron 73 Wheeler 28
Heritage Hills 70 Forest Park 42
Heritage 67 Jay County 64 OT
Homestead 54 Fort Wayne Concordia 47
Indianapolis Metropolitan 56 Speedway 53
Indianapolis Ritter 60 Triton Central 48
Indianapolis Roncalli 58 Heritage Christian 42
Indianapolis Scecina 65 Horizon Christian 61 OT
Indianapolis Tech 44 Lafayette Jeff 40
Jasper 60 Castle 58 OT
Jennings County 70 Columbus East 64
Jimtown 47 John Glenn 38
Kankakee Valley 83 Calumet 77
Kokomo 83 Richmond 61
Lake Central 64 Michigan City 63
Lakeland 56 Central Noble 51
Lapel 72 Shenandoah 44
Lawrence Central 74 Indianapolis Washington 62
Lewis Cass 57 North Miami 36
Loogootee 58 Mitchell 49
Maconaquah 77 Southwood 67
Manchester 61 Peru 59
Marion 73 McCutcheon 55
Marquette Catholic 60 River Forest 53
Medora 53 Providence Cristo Rey 40
Merrillville 63 LaPorte 43
Milford (Ill.) 63 South Newton 54
Mishawaka Marian 54 South Bend St. Joseph 51
Mishawaka 40 NorthWood 32
Monrovia 60 Owen Valley 51
Mooresville Christian 66 Heritage Hall 10
Mooresville 83 Martinsville 61
Morgan Twp. 37 Kouts 35
Mount Vernon (Fortville) 63 Madison 40
Mount Vernon (Posey) 52 Boonville 45
Munster 62 Gary West 53
New Palestine 72 Shelbyville 52
New Washington 48 Lanesville 44
Noblesville 61 Brownsburg 57
North Daviess 53 North Knox 35
North Harrison 64 Crawford County 59 OT
North Montgomery 43 Frankfort 34
North Newton 58 Frontier 53
North Vermillion 65 Riverton Parke 41
Northeast Dubois 68 Perry Central 65
Northeastern 59 Tri 34
Northridge 46 Concord 43
Northview 70 Brown County 45
Norwell 48 Huntington North 46
Oak Hill 62 Blackford 37
Oldenburg Academy 62 Union County 52
Orleans 49 Paoli 36
Parke Heritage 56 Fountain Central 32
Pike Central 64 Tell City 38
Pike 62 North Central (Indianapolis) 56
Pioneer 60 Culver 45
Portage 70 Chesterton 49
Princeton 75 South Spencer 42
Providence 64 New Albany 47
Purdue Poly Englewood 52 Indian Creek 43
Rock Creek Academy 67 Edinburgh 60
Scottsburg 59 Silver Creek 49
Seeger 37 Covington 33
Sheridan 75 Carroll (Flora) 72
Shoals 59 Vincennes Rivet 46
South Bend Adams 63 New Prairie 49
South Bend Career 45 Lakeland Christian 42 OT
South Bend Clay 66 Elkhart 51
South Bend Riley 64 Bremen 50
South Bend Washington 53 Penn 47
South Central (Union Mills) 56 Washington Twp. 55
South Ripley 60 South Dearborn 51
South Vermillion 65 Attica 24
Southridge 56 North Posey 48
Southwestern (Hanover) 66 Rising Sun 35
Springs Valley 51 White River Valley 39
Switzerland County 62 Shawe Memorial 39
Terre Haute North 56 Bloomington North 35
Terre Haute South 57 West Vigo 44
Tippecanoe Valley 63 Knox 41
Traders Point Christian 65 KIPP Indy Legacy 59
Tri-Central 60 Taylor 37
Tri-West 59 Crawfordsville 39
Triton 59 LaVille 41
Vincennes Lincoln 72 Eastern Greene 41
Wabash 72 Rochester 67
Waldron 57 South Decatur 54 OT
Wapahani 69 Monroe Central 53
Warsaw 63 Plymouth 56
Washington 49 Bloomfield 47
West Central 64 Tri-Township 57
West Lafayette 70 Lafayette Central Catholic 60
West Washington 57 Christian Academy 56 OT
Westfield 86 Hamilton Heights 37
Westview 52 Prairie Heights 35
Whitko 55 Northwestern 40
Winchester 58 Cambridge City Lincoln 47
Wood Memorial 69 Cannelton 9
Woodlan 66 Southern Wells 44
Zionsville 61 Lebanon 34
Pioneer Conference playoffs
Liberty Christian 50 Greenwood Christian 42
Park Tudor 72 Seton Catholic 31
Bethesda Christian 62 University 52
Putnam County Tournament
South Putnam 63 Cloverdale 47
North Putnam 61 Greencastle 37

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

Adams Central at Eastside 7:30 pm
Anderson at Muncie Central 2:30 pm
Attica at Indiana Deaf 1:00 pm
Austin at Switzerland County 7:30 pm
Bloomfield at Bloomington South 7:30 pm
Boone Grove at Hanover Central 12:30 pm
Cannelton at South Central (Elizabeth) 2:30 pm
Clinton Christian at Argos 7:30 pm
Clinton Prairie at Covington 7:30 pm
Connersville at New Palestine 7:30 pm
Crothersville at Columbus Christian 1:30 pm
Demotte Christian at Whiting 8:00 pm
East Central at Batesville 1:30 pm
Eastern (Greentown) at Daleville 7:30 pm
Eastern Greene at Paoli 7:30 pm
Elkhart Christian at Fairfield 7:30 pm
Evansville Memorial at Owensboro Catholic (Ky.) 7:00 pm
Evansville Reitz at Bloomington North 7:30 pm
Faith Christian at Tri-Central 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Blackhawk at Heritage Christian 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Canterbury at Smith Academy 2:30 pm
Fort Wayne Snider at Lawrence North 2:30 pm
Frankfort at McCutcheon 6:30 pm
Franklin Central at Indianapolis Cathedral 7:30 pm
Franklin County at Centerville 7:30 pm
Frontier at Rensselaer Central 7:30 pm
GEO Next Generation at Union (Modoc) 1:30 pm
Greenfield-Central at Avon 7:30 pm
Hagerstown at Winchester 7:30 pm
Hamilton Southeastern at Southport 7:30 pm
Hammond Central at Chesterton 8:00 pm
Henryville at New Washington 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Scecina at Monrovia 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Tech at Indianapolis Metropolitan 4:30 pm
Indianapolis Tindley at Gary 21st Century 3:30 pm
Jasper at Forest Park 7:30 pm
Jay County at Yorktown 7:30 pm
Jeffersonville at Jennings County 7:30 pm
Knox at Oregon-Davis 8:00 pm
Kokomo at Lebanon 7:30 pm
Lakeland at NorthWood 3:30 pm
LaPorte at Goshen 7:30 pm
Lawrenceburg at Rising Sun 7:30 pm
Lawrenceville (Ill.) at Evansville Day 5:30 pm
Lighthouse Christian at Vincennes Rivet 7:30 pm
Martinsville at South Vermillion 7:30 pm
Medora at Christian Academy Madison 7:30 pm
Merrillville at Culver Academy 6:00 pm
Mississinewa at Pendleton Heights 2:30 pm
Mitchell at Brown County 7:30 pm
Morgan Twp. at Washington Twp. 1:30 pm
Mount Carmel (Ill.) at Evansville Christian 5:00 pm
Mount Vernon (Fortville) at Pike 1:30 pm
MTI Knowledge at Cambridge City Lincoln 2:30 pm
New Haven at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 7:30 pm
North Central (Indianapolis) at Floyd Central 7:30 pm
North Decatur at Knightstown 7:30 pm
North Posey at Perry Central 8:00 pm
Northview at Cascade 7:30 pm
Northwestern at Rossville 7:30 pm
Oldenburg Academy at Hauser 7:30 pm
Orleans at Edgewood 7:30 pm
Owensboro (Ky.) at Evansville Harrison 7:30 pm
Purdue Poly Englewood at Linton-Stockton 12:00 pm
Randolph Southern at Shenandoah 7:30 pm
Richmond at Logansport 8:00 pm
Riverton Parke at Shakamak 7:30 pm
Seton Catholic at South Decatur 2:30 pm
South Dearborn at Milan 7:30 pm
South Newton at Iroquois West (Ill.) 7:30 pm
South Ripley at Seymour 7:30 pm
Southwood at Madison-Grant 7:30 pm
Taylor at Tipton 7:30 pm
Tell City at Southridge 7:30 pm
Terre Haute North at Clay City 7:30 pm
Twin Lakes at Crawfordsville 7:30 pm
Union City at Mississinawa Valley (Ohio) 7:30 pm
Warren Central at Fort Wayne Northrop 4:30 pm
West Central at Hebron 8:00 pm
West Lafayette at Tri-County 2:30 pm
West Noble at Columbia City 7:30 pm
Western at Peru 7:30 pm
Westville at Warsaw 7:45 pm
White River Valley at Washington Catholic 6:30 pm
Whitko at LaVille 12:30 pm


Pioneer Conference playoffs
Muncie Burris at Indianapolis International 1:00 pm 7th

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL

Northern Regional Hosts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southern Regional Hosts

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southwestern (Shelbyville)

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

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

INDIANA WRESTLING SEMI-STATE

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

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

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

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

INDIANA GIRLS STATE SWIMMING FINALS

Friday, Feb. 9, 2024
PRE-LIMS

https://live.iunat.iupui.edu/

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

SUPER BOWL LVIII 

SUNDAY, FEB. 11

KANSAS CITY VS. SAN FRANCISCO

IN LAS VEGAS, 6:30 P.M. ET 

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

VCU 49 #18 DAYTON 47

NEVADA 70 #24 SAN DIEGO STATE 66 OT

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#17 OREGON STATE 58 #20 UTAH 44

#4 COLORADO 90 OREGON 57

#6 STANFORD 63 WASHINGTON 59 OT

#10 USC 81 ARIZONA STATE 63

#9 UCLA 66 ARIZONA 58

ELSEWHERE:

INDIANA STATE 70 VALPARAISO 65

BUTLER 64 ST. JOHN’S 59

ILLINOIS CHICAGO 65 EVANSVILLE 57

NBA SCOREBOARD

ATLANTA 127 PHILADELPHIA 121

TORONTO 107 HOUSTON 104

BOSTON 133 WASHINGTON 129

MILWAUKEE 120 CHARLOTTE 84

SACRAMENTO 135 DENVER 106

LA LAKERS 139 NEW ORLEANS 122

NHL SCOREBOARD

MINNESOTA 3 PITTSBURGH 2

NY RANGERS 4 CHICAGO 3 OT

EDMONTON 5 ANAHEIM 3

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

NFL NEWS

NFL TO HOST 1ST REGULAR-SEASON GAME IN SPAIN IN 2025

The NFL will play a regular-season game in Spain in 2025 for the first time ever, the league announced Friday.

It’ll be played at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, home to decorated soccer club Real Madrid.

“Playing a game in Madrid in 2025 highlights the continued expansion of the league’s global footprint and the accelerated ambitions to take our game to more fans around the world,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

It’s the latest step in the NFL’s efforts to increase global reach. Brazil joined the league’s international series in 2024, as the Philadelphia Eagles will play their Week 1 game on Sept. 6 in Sao Paulo. The United Kingdom, Mexico, and Germany have also hosted NFL games.

The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium underwent a massive renovation project.

NFL owners recently voted to approve an increase in international games to eight per season starting in 2025.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

REPORT: MICHIGAN HIRING WINK MARTINDALE AS DC

Michigan is hiring former New York Giants defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale for the same position, ESPN reported Friday.

He replaces Jesse Minter, who left the national champion Wolverines to follow head coach Jim Harbaugh to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Martindale, 60, spent the past two seasons with the Giants. They parted ways after a six-win campaign in 2023.

Michigan operated a version of Martindale’s defense under both Minter and former defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald, which should ease the transition for returning players under new head coach Sherrone Moore.

Martindale has been coaching in the NFL since 2004, including stints as the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos (2010) and Baltimore Ravens (2018-21).

His experience in the collegiate ranks includes serving as the DC at both Western Kentucky (2000-03) and Western Illinois (1999).

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

VCU CRANKS UP DEFENSE, HANDS NO. 18 DAYTON TIGHT LOSS

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jason Nelson scored 11 points and VCU never trailed after the opening minutes in a 49-47 victory against No. 18 Dayton on Friday night.

The Rams (16-8, 8-3 Atlantic 10) won for the eighth time in their last nine games, despite not scoring for the final six minutes. They held on by holding Dayton scoreless over the last 3:03.

The Flyers (19-4, 9-2) fell to 0-2 in Virginia, having lost 69-64 at Richmond on Jan. 27.

The Rams never led by more than eight. VCU had a chance to make it a two-possession game in the final minute, but DaRon Holmes II blocked Sean Bairstow’s layup attempt with 30 seconds left.

Holmes then got a clean look at a potential tying basket, but missed and a long rebound ended it.

Nate Santos led the Flyers with 19 points and Holmes scored 12.

BIG PICTURE

Dayton: The Flyers got no points from Kobe Elvis, who averages 9.8 per game but missed all six of his shots. They got only two from Javon Bennett, who averages 9.2 a game but was just 1 for 6 from the field. Dayton went 9 of 18 on free throws.

VCU: Since allowing an average of 86.5 points in their first two A-10 games, both losses, the Rams have limited teams to an average of less than 60 points since.

UP NEXT

Dayton is at home against Duquesne next Tuesday.

VCU plays at Saint Louis next Friday.

NEVADA BEATS 2ND STRAIGHT RANKED FOE, THIS TIME NO. 24 SAN DIEGO ST.

Tre Coleman scored inside with 12 seconds left in overtime and Nevada held on to beat No. 24 San Diego State 70-66 in a Mountain West Conference game on Friday night in Reno, Nevada.

Kenan Blackshear scored 22 points, Jarod Lucas added 15 and Nick Davidson 14 points for Nevada (19-5, 6-4 MWC), which has upset ranked opponents in back-to-back games for the first time in program history.

The Wolfpack were coming off a 77-63 win at No. 22 Utah State, its first true road win against a ranked opponent since 1981.

Jaedon LeDee scored 20 points, Darrion Trammell added 11 and Micah Parrish had nine points and 10 rebounds for San Diego State (18-6, 7-4), which had just re-entered the AP Top 25 rankings for the fourth time this season.

LeDee made two free throws and scored an inside basket for a 64-60 lead in overtime, but Nevada scored the next six points to move ahead 66-64.

Nevada scored the first six points of the game and didn’t lead by more than seven points or trail until Jay Pal converted a three-point play to give the Aztecs a 53-52 lead with 3:48 left in the second half.

LeDee scored on a post move to extend the advantage to 55-53, and Trammell sank a jumper to make it 57-54 with 1:37 to go.

LeDee made 1-of-2 free throws for a 60-58 lead with 24 seconds remaining, but Davidson grabbed an offensive rebound on the other end and was fouled as he laid the ball in with 8.5 seconds left.

He missed the free throw, however, keeping the score tied at 60-60, and the Aztecs couldn’t convert on the other end.

The Aztecs came in 30-for-65 from 3-point distance in its past three games (46.2 percent), but shot just 3-for-19 (15.8 percent) from deep against Nevada.

The Wolfpack took a 30-27 lead into the break.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: NO. 17 OREGON STATE TOPS NO. 20 UTAH

No. 17 Oregon State steadily built its lead while knocking off No. 20 Utah 58-44 on Friday night in the Pac-12 matchup at Salt Lake City.

Raegan Beers amassed 17 points and eight rebounds for the Beavers (19-3, 8-3 Pac-12), who remained in third place in the conference. They have won four straight games and seven of eight. Donovyn Hunter and Timea Gardiner added 10 points apiece.

Kennady McQueen scored 14 points and Alissa Pili was right behind with 12 for the Utes (17-7, 7-5), who shot only 28.1 percent from the field. Oregon State hit 41.1 percent from the floor and 41.2 percent (7 of 17) from 3-point range.

The Beavers led by one point after the first quarter and extended the gap to eight entering halftime. They were ahead by as many as 17 late in the third quarter before McQueen’s 3-pointer capped a 6-0 run that brought the Utes within 11 going into the fourth period. However, the hosts never got within single digits in the final quarter.

No. 4 Colorado 90, Oregon 57

The Buffaloes dominated the middle quarters and shot 52.2 percent from the floor while routing the Ducks in Boulder, Colo.

Maddie Nolan led five Colorado players in double figures with 19 points, including 14 in the second quarter, when the Buffaloes (20-3, 10-2 Pac-12) pulled away by outscoring the Ducks 27-15. They made the game a blowout with a 29-14 third quarter.

Quay Miller, Frida Formann and Aaronette Vonleh added 12 points apiece and Tameiya Sadler chipped in 11 for Colorado, which ran its winning streak to four games. Miller added 11 rebounds.

Grace VanSlooten had 16 points and seven rebounds for Oregon, which lost its sixth straight game. Ula Chamberlin scored 13 points, Phillipina Kyei supplied 11 points and eight boards, and Chance Gray netted 10 points.

No. 6 Stanford 63, Washington 59 (OT)

Cameron Brink scored seven of her game-high 22 points in overtime as the Cardinal escaped Seattle with a win over the Huskies.

Brink added nine rebounds, six blocks and four assists as Stanford (21-3, 10-2 Pac-12) won for the sixth time in seven games. Courtney Ogden added 11 points and Talana Lepolo 10 for the Cardinal, who shot 42.1 percent from the floor and 30.4 percent (7 of 23) from 3-point range.

Hannah Stines led Washington (13-9, 3-8) with 17 points, including a 3-pointer to start a 7-0 run that tied the game at 50-50 and forced overtime. Lauren Schwartz and Sayvia Sellers notched 11 points each for the Huskies, who have lost five of their past six games.

No. 9 UCLA 66, Arizona 58

The Bruins pulled away from a three-point game with a 7-0 run in the fourth quarter to defeat the Wildcats in the Pac-12 matchup in Los Angeles.

Gabriela Jaquez and Kiki Rice did the heavy lifting for UCLA (18-4, 7-4 Pac-12). Jaquez scored 21 points, and added career highs of 15 rebounds and six assists. Rice notched 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting. The Bruins have alternated wins and losses since opening the season 14-0.

Esmery Martinez collected 15 points, eight rebounds and two steals for Arizona (12-11, 4-7). Kailyn Gilbert was right behind with 14 points and Helena Pueyo added 10. The Wildcats shot just 33.3 percent from the floor and hit only 2 of 10 3-pointers. The Bruins finished at 40.4 percent from the floor and 41.2 percent (7 of 17) from deep.

No. 10 Southern California 81, Arizona State 63

JuJu Watkins poured in 31 points, 25 in the second half, as the Trojans built an early lead and were barely challenged by the Sun Devils in Los Angeles.

USC (17-4, 7-4 Pac-12), which won its third straight game, scored the last five points of the first quarter to lead by 13. The margin reached 19 in the second quarter, and Arizona State (10-13, 2-9) only briefly cut the deficit to single digits early in the third quarter before the Trojans pulled away for good.

Rayah Marshall collected 13 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks for USC, and McKenzie Forbes added 18 points. The Trojans shot 45.6 percent from the floor. Jalyn Brown led the Sun Devils with 24 points, while Trayanna Crisp notched 17 points and Jaddan Simmons had 12.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: DOMANTAS SABONIS CARRIES KINGS PAST NUGGETS

Domantas Sabonis had 17 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists for his 16th triple-double of the season, Malik Monk scored 23 points off the bench and the host Sacramento Kings cruised to a 135-106 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday.

Sabonis leads the NBA in triple-doubles this season, breaking a tie with Nuggets star Nikola Jokic, who had 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the loss.

Jokic played 30 minutes despite getting up gingerly and holding his back after taking a spill following a successful layup in the first quarter. He returned in the second quarter and stayed in the game.

Aaron Gordon had 14 points for the Nuggets, whose three-game winning streak ended. Sacramento snapped a two-game skid.

Lakers 139, Pelicans 122

D’Angelo Russell scored 30 points and Austin Reaves added 27 as host Los Angeles capitalized on a 51-point second quarter in defeating New Orleans.

As the Lakers’ energetic guard duo combined to make nine 3-pointers, Anthony Davis contributed 20 points with six rebounds and six assists, while LeBron James had 21 points with 14 assists. Rui Hachimura also had 21 points for the Lakers. Russell scored 14 consecutive points for Los Angeles early in the second quarter.

Zion Williamson scored 30 points with nine rebounds and Brandon Ingram added 22 for the Pelicans, who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.

Hawks 127, 76ers 121

Trae Young had 37 points and 12 assists to lift Atlanta past host Philadelphia.

Onyeka Okongwu added 21 points and Saddiq Bey had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 13 points and De’Andre Hunter chipped in with 11. Jalen Johnson had 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Hawks were missing Clint Capela (adductor) and Dejounte Murray (back).

Buddy Hield and Cameron Payne passed their physicals and were in the starting lineup, scoring 20 points apiece in their Sixers debuts. Kelly Oubre Jr. led the way with 28 points and 12 rebounds, while Tobias Harris scored 21 points for the Sixers, who lost for the eighth time in nine games.

Celtics 133, Wizards 129

Jayson Tatum tossed in a game-high 35 points and Kristaps Porzingis finished with 34 to help Boston defeat visiting Washington.

Boston trailed by seven at halftime but took control by outscoring Washington 36-16 in the third quarter, when Porzingis scored 14 points and Tatum had 13. Tatum also contributed 10 rebounds and eight assists in the win, while Porzingis went 14-for-14 from the free-throw line and grabbed 11 boards.

Deni Avdija and Corey Kispert each scored 24 points for the Wizards, who have lost five in a row. Avdija added 11 rebounds. Washington received 21 points from Bilal Coulibaly and 19 from Jordan Poole. The Wizards connected on 20 of their 47 3-point attempts (42.6 percent).

Bucks 120, Hornets 84

Damian Lillard, a night after sitting out a game, poured in 26 points, and Milwaukee gave Doc Rivers his first home victory since becoming head coach by defeating Charlotte.

Malik Beasley had 21 points, Bobby Portis came off the bench for 18 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 15 points and 14 rebounds in 24 minutes for a Milwaukee team that needed a breakthrough performance even if it came against the struggling Hornets.

The Hornets shot 34.2 percent from the floor as they lost their 10th in a row, a day after they traded P.J. Washington to the Dallas Mavericks for forward Grant Williams and guard Seth Curry, neither of whom played Friday.

Raptors 107, Rockets 104

Immanuel Quickley scored 25 points and Toronto defeated visiting Houston.

RJ Barrett added 21 points for the Raptors, who have won two in a row. Scottie Barnes had 13 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and two steals, Jakob Poeltl had 16 points, 13 rebounds, six blocked shots and three steals, and Bruce Brown added 11 points.

Dillon Brooks scored 20 points and Cam Whitmore followed with 17 for the Rockets, who defeated the Raptors 135-106 last week in Houston. Whitmore left the game in the third quarter with a sprained ankle.

GRIZZLIES’ GG JACKSON II SIGNS MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT

Memphis Grizzlies rookie forward GG Jackson II signed a multi-year contract on Friday.

Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Grizzlies, however ESPN reported it was a four-year contract.

Jackson, 19, erupted for 27 points in Memphis’ 118-110 loss against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday. He is averaging 9.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in 20 games (one start) since being selected by the Grizzlies in the second round of the 2023 NBA Draft.

Also on Friday, the Grizzlies waived forward Chimezie Metu.

Metu, 26, was acquired by Memphis from the Phoenix Suns on Thursday in a three-team trade also involving the Brooklyn Nets.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: EVANDER KANE LIFTS OILERS PAST DUCKS

Evander Kane collected his eighth career hat trick and Leon Draisaitl scored the third-period, go-ahead goal in a two-point game as the visiting Edmonton Oilers earned a 5-3 comeback victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

Zach Hyman scored a goal and Connor McDavid notched three assists — giving him 12 points in a five-game streak — as the Oilers returned to the win column after seeing their 16-game winning streak snapped their previous outing in Las Vegas. Goalie Calvin Pickard made 24 saves for his fifth consecutive victory.

Ryan Strome scored twice and Cam Fowler collected a goal and an assist for the Ducks, whose two-game winning streak and four-game points streak (3-0-1) were snapped. Frank Vatrano and Adam Henrique both collected two assists.

Anaheim goalie John Gibson stopped 19 of 21 shots before leaving the game after the second period due to a lower-body injury. Lukas Dostal made eight saves and was handed the loss.

Wild 3, Penguins 2

Kirill Kaprizov scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, and Minnesota held on for a win over Pittsburgh in St. Paul, Minn.

Kaprizov, Matt Boldy and Jonas Brodin each finished with a goal and an assist for the Wild, who won their second straight game since the NHL All-Star break. Reilly Smith and Sidney Crosby each scored for Pittsburgh.

The Wild celebrated “Marc-Andre Fleury Night” with a pregame ceremony and video tributes, and Fleury delivered on his namesake night. The veteran goaltender stopped 34 of 36 shots against his former team to earn his 553rd career win.

Rangers 4, Blackhawks 3 (OT)

Mika Zibanejad scored at 2:37 of overtime and Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist to boost streaking New York to a win against host Chicago.

New York overcame a shaky start and finish in goaltender Igor Shesterkin’s return to the lineup, winning for the fourth straight time while earning points for the sixth time in the past seven games. Zibanejad tallied his eighth career OT winner, beating Blackhawks goaltender Petr Mrazek with a wrist shot from the right circle.

Chicago picked up a point but lost for a season-worst sixth straight time this season. The Blackhawks tallied more than two goals for the first time since Jan. 19. Nick Foligno and Jason Dickinson scored in the final 6:23 of regulation to tie the game.

BASEBALL NEWS

CUBAN PITCHER YARIEL RODRÍGUEZ AND TORONTO BLUE JAYS FINALIZE A $32 MILLION, 5-YEAR CONTRACT

TORONTO (AP) — Cuban pitcher Yariel Rodríguez and the Toronto Blue Jays finalized a $32 million, five-year contract on Friday.

A 26-year-old right-hander, Rodríguez was 6-2 with a 1.15 ERA over 56 relief appearances in 2022 with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Central League. He struck out 60 and walked 18 over 54 2/3 innings.

He had a 2.45 ERA over 7 1/3 innings for Japan in last year’s World Baseball Classic, then sat out the season in anticipation of moving to Major League Baseball as a free agent.

Rodríguez was 10-10 with a 3.03 ERA and six saves over three seasons with the Dragons.

“Yariel brings a diverse arsenal, impressive athleticism, and ability to get swing and miss to our team,” Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said in a statement. “He adds starting depth to our pitching group and has a chance to impact our major-league team in multiple roles.

2-TIME CY YOUNG WINNER KLUBER RETIRES AFTER 13 SEASONS

Corey Kluber is calling it a career.

“With sincere appreciation, I am announcing my retirement from Major League Baseball, concluding a remarkable 13-season Major League Baseball journey,” Kluber said in a statement Friday obtained by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

“I am deeply grateful for the support of numerous individuals and entities that profoundly influenced my path.”

The 37-year-old said he’s exploring opportunities to continue contributing to baseball in a different capacity.

Kluber was one of baseball’s most dominant pitchers between 2014-18 while playing for the Cleveland Guardians. He won two American League Cy Young Awards and placed third in voting on two other occasions during that stretch, which also included three All-Star Game appearances and an ERA title.

The typically durable right-hander only pitched 35 2/3 frames for the Guardians in 2019 due to injury and was traded to the Texas Rangers before the 2020 campaign. He pitched one inning for the Rangers before a shoulder injury ended his season.

Kluber caught on with the New York Yankees in 2021, where he re-established his value with a 3.83 ERA and threw his first career no-hitter.

PHILLIES’ BRANDON MARSH HAS SURGERY, TO BE READY FOR OPENING DAY

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Brandon Marsh underwent left knee arthroscopic debridement surgery Friday.

Marsh, 26, is expected to return to the diamond in three to four weeks and will be ready for Opening Day, the team announced.

Marsh batted .277 with 12 homers and 60 RBIs in 133 games last season.

He is hitting .259 with 25 homers and 131 RBIs in 337 career games with the Los Angeles Angels and Phillies.

The Phillies acquired Marsh in a trade with the Angels on Aug. 2, 2022 in exchange for catcher Logan O’Hoppe.

EX-METS GM EPPLER BANNED FOR 2024 FOR VIOLATING IL RULES

Major League Baseball placed former New York Mets general manager Billy Eppler on the ineligible list beginning immediately for violating injured list placements, commissioner Rob Manfred announced Friday.

Eppler is eligible to come off the list following the completion of the 2024 World Series unless the commissioner reinstates him earlier.

He resigned from his GM position with the Mets in October.

GOLF NEWS

ANDREW NOVAK, RECORD-SETTING NICK TAYLOR TIED FOR PHOENIX OPEN LEAD

After Canadian Nick Taylor delivered a brilliant first-round 60, Andrew Novak shot a second-round 65 and the two finished Friday tied for the lead at the weather-affected WM Phoenix Open Friday in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Taylor, whose 11-under opening round tied the course mark at TPC Scottsdale, began his second round just 40 minutes after completing Round 1 and shot a 1-under 70.

The last player to shoot 60 at the Phoenix Open was Phil Mickelson in 2013.

More than half the field did not complete their second round when play was suspended due to darkness.

Among those to finish, Maverick McNealy shot a 4-under 67 on the heels of his first-round 65 to finish alone in third at 10 under.

Doug Ghim did not complete his round but birdied the signature 16th hole just before sunset to move into fourth at 9 under. His celebration fueled the raucous crowd so much that cups and other projectiles littered the green.

Two-time defending champion Scottie Scheffler shot 66 to finish tied with Cameron Young and Justin Thomas at 8 under.

New Zealand’s Ryan Fox was also at 8 under through 15 holes when play was halted just after 6 p.m. local time.

Because of Thursday’s weather delay, first-day leader Sahith Theegala (6 under) was among those not able to tee off Friday.

BRYSON DECHAMBEAU, DUSTIN JOHNSON ON TOP AT LIV GOLF LAS VEGAS

Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson have risen to the top of the LIV Golf Las Vegas leaderboard with 18 holes to go, and Jon Rahm is lurking just behind them.

DeChambeau and Johnson are tied at 11 under and hold a two-shot lead over Rahm, Matthew Wolff and Peter Uihlein after two rounds at Las Vegas Country Club. Jason Kokrak and Talor Gooch are tied for sixth at 8 under.

DeChambeau went on a late birdie run to shoot an 8-under 62 on Friday. Johnson matched that 62 by birdieing his last three holes, Nos. 15-17, for a bogey-free card.

The captains of Crushers GC and 4Aces GC, respectively, are both major champions with two LIV Golf individual titles to their name.

DeChambeau opened his round with a birdie at the par-4 fourth and was 5 under through his first eight holes. After picking up his lone bogey at the par-3 12th, he ran off four more birdies, culminating with his last one of the day at the par-3 16th.

Johnson cruised around the course and was 5 under for his day when he reached the par-5 15th. His birdie-birdie-birdie finish featured a 2 at No. 16, like DeChambeau.

Rahm is in the mix for the second time in two events since joining LIV Golf in the offseason. The Spaniard shot a bogey-free 63 with seven birdies Friday. He tied for third at the season opener in Mayakoba after a bogey-bogey finish to his final round.

Johnson’s 4Aces are tied with RangeGoats GC at 26 under on the team leaderboard, two shots ahead of DeChambeau’s Crushers. Patrick Reed (4-under 66) and Pat Perez (1-under 69) combined with Johnson’s score for 4Aces in the second round. RangeGoats’ team score benefited from Wolff’s 4-under 66 and Uihlein’s 5-under 65, and captain Bubba Watson added a 2-under 68.

Watson is part of a tie for eighth at 7 under with Australia’s Cameron Smith and Englishmen Paul Casey and Laurie Canter. Casey shared the first-round lead with Harold Varner III, but Casey shot an even-par 70, while Varner dropped out of the top 30 after carding four bogeys and no birdies Friday.

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

PACERS BASKETBALL

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS AT KNICKS

Indiana hopes to get back on track as they take on the New York Knicks for the third and final time this season. The contest at Madison Square Garden will kick off a three-game road trip for the Blue and Gold that will finish just in time for NBA All-Star 2024 in Indianapolis.

The Pacers (29-24) were defeated by the Knicks, 109-105, in the most recent meeting between the two teams, but things were a different story in the first matchup this season. Indiana earned a dominant 140-126 win over the Knicks at Gainbridge Fieldhouse a little over a month prior when four Pacers ended the night with 20+ points, led by Myles Turner’s 28 points and Aaron Nesmith’s 25 points.

Indiana’s last time out, the Pacers were no match for the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night despite entering the game with momentum from back-to-back wins over Charlotte and Houston. The top-ranked shooting team in the league struggled to keep up with Stephen Curry, who recorded 42 points and racked up 11 3-pointers, and the Warriors as Indiana shot 48.1 percent (39-of-81) from the floor and 38.7 percent (12-of-31) from 3-point range. Indiana was also outrebounded, 49-30, and outscored, 64-44, in the paint.

Indiana’s slip up at home Thursday night could not dim Pascal Siakam’s light on this Pacers team as he recorded a team-high 16 points and eight rebounds. The new Pacer has averaged 22.3 points and a team-leading 7.0 rebounds in his 12 games in the Blue and Gold uniform. The five other Pacers in double-figures were supported by Turner’s 15 points and seven rebounds, while Jalen Smith recorded 14 points on a 6-of-6 shooting clip off the bench.

More recent trade products are bringing more light to Indiana as forward Doug McDermott, who was acquired from San Antonio in a three-team trade on Thursday, potentially makes his debut with the Blue and Gold Saturday night. Former Pacer McDermott played three seasons with the Pacers from 2018-2021 and is averaging 6.0 points per contest this season while shooting 47.2 percent from the field through his career.

The Knicks (33-19) also enter the matchup coming off of a similar loss, as they fell to Dallas, 122-108, Thursday night.

However, New York went without three of its best players as it struggles to remain healthy going into the All-Star break. Former Indiana University Hoosier OG Anunoby, who had been averaging 15.6 points per game since being traded to the Knicks on Dec. 30, underwent surgery on his right elbow on Thursday and will be evaluated in three weeks. Veteran forward Julius Randle, who had been averaging 24.0 points per contest, suffered a dislocated shoulder on Jan. 27 and has missed New York’s most recent five games.  In addition, All-Star reserve Jalen Brunson sprained his ankle last Tuesday and did not play in New York’s game against the Mavericks Thursday night.

Brunson has been ruled day-to-day as he recovers from his ankle injury. The guard has led New York in scoring 27 times this season and is averaging a team-leading 27.2 points and 6.4 assists per contest this season. He also recorded his fifth 40-point game of the season against the Pacers on Feb. 1.

Thursday’s matchup found New York opening with a brand-new starting lineup, featuring Precious Achiuwa, Donte DiVincenzo, Josh Hart, Isaiah Hartenstein and Miles McBride.  DiVincenzo led all scorers on the night with 36 points, while Josh Hart recorded his second triple-double of his career after notching 23 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Andrew Nembhard, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Pascal Siakam, C – Myles Turner

Knicks: G – Jalen Brunson, G – Donte DiVincenzo, F – Josh Hart, F – Precious Achiuwa, C – Isaiah Hartenstein

Injury Report

Pacers: TBA

Knicks: TBA

Last Meeting

Feb. 1, 2024: The Indiana Pacers let the win slip away when they fell to the New York Knicks, 109-105, in the most recent matchup between the two teams. Though the Pacers led at the end of each of the first three quarters, New York outscored Indiana, 30-21, in the final frame with the help of a 12-0 scoring run that allowed them to gain the lead with less than five minutes remaining to play.

Jalen Smith notched 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor to go along with nine rebounds to lead the six Pacers players who ended the night in double figures. He was followed by Pascal Siakam’s 18 points, seven rebounds, and five assists, as well as Aaron Nesmith’s 17 points and six rebounds.

Indiana shot 45 percent from the floor while New York shot just 39.8 percent, but it was rebounding that may have lost the Blue and Gold the game. The Knicks outrebounded Indiana, 60-44, and outscored it, 62-48, in the paint.

While All-Star starter Tyrese Haliburton continued to play on limited minutes while managing a left hamstring injury, Indiana was also without leading bench scorer Bennedict Mathurin who missed his second straight game with a right toe sprain. New York was missing OG Anunoby (right elbow inflammation) and Julius Randle (dislocated shoulder).

All-Star reserve Jalen Brunson recorded 40 points on 15-of-30 shooting from the floor to lead New York to its ninth consecutive win. Donte DiVincenzo followed behind with 20 points.

Noteworthy

Indiana is 94-100 with the Knicks all-time, and 31-65 in the Big Apple.

Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle coached Jalen Brunson in Dallas for three seasons from 2018 to 2021.

Pacers forward Obi Toppin was drafted by the Knicks in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft and spent his first three seasons in New York (2020-23).

OG Anunoby spent two seasons with Indiana University from 2015 to 2017.

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 (studio host)

Tickets

After the All-Star break, the Pacers will open the second half of the season at Gainbridge Fieldhouse against Cade Cunningham and the Detroit Pistons on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7:00 PM ET.

INDY FUEL

FUEL CLAIM SUPER VICTORY IN SUPERMAN SPECIALTY JERSEYS

INDIANAPOLIS– The Fuel hosted the Atlanta Gladiators for the second night in a row. After claiming a 5-1 victory on Thursday night, the Fuel won a back and forth battle with the Gladiators on Friday and came away with a 6-4 win.

1ST PERIOD

Robert Calisti took a tripping penalty at 2:47, to give the Fuel an early power play in the first frame however the Gladiators killed it off. The Fuel took an early 1-0 lead courtesy of Colin Bilek though, with a goal at 5:28 assisted by Matus Spodniak and Bryan Lemos. 

Atlanta scored about ten minutes later with a goal from Griffin Luce so the first period ended with a score of 1-1 with the Gladiators outshooting Indy 13-9. 

2ND PERIOD

39 seconds into the frame, Kyle Maksimovich scored to put the Fuel up 2-1. Cam Hillis and Santino Centorame both claimed assists on that goal. 

Less than three minutes later, Carson Gicewicz scored for Atlanta unassisted to tie the game again. Hillis scored less than two minutes after that with the help of Bilek and Matt Cairns to give the Fuel the lead again.

Brendan Hoffmann scored for the Gladiators at 6:09, less than a minute after Hillis’ goal, to tie the game yet again, 3-3. 

Cam Bakker scored his first goal of the season with a slapshot in front to give Indy a 4-3 lead. Brett Bulmer and Zach Jordan both had assists on that goal. 

After that, Cairns took near back-to-back penalties for high sticking and interference but the Fuel killed off both. 

At 14:07, Jacob Graves took a slashing penalty, giving Indy a power play opportunity but the Gladiators killed it off. Maksimovich took a high sticking penalty at 17:13 to put the Fuel back on the penalty kill however they killed it off before time expired on the second frame.

3RD PERIOD

At 1:49, Chris Cameron took a cross checking penalty. Thirty seconds later, Spodniak took a roughing penalty after lunging at someone on the Atlanta bench while Jackson Pierson took a cross checking penalty on him. At 3:35, Calisti took a holding call to add onto the series of penalties.

Hillis scored his second goal of the game with the help of Ross MacDougall to give Indy the first two-goal lead of the game, 5-3. Malone sat for interference shortly after but the Fuel survived the penalty kill.

After that penalty was killed off, Gicewicz took a roughing penalty and Indy’s Brett Bulmer quickly capitalized with a goal to put Indy up 6-3. Maksimovich and MacDougall each earned their second point of the game with assists.

Nick Mutter took a boarding penalty at 13:23, putting the Fuel back on the power play but less than a minute later, Zach Jordan took a hooking call.

At 17:51, Reece Vitelli scored to make it 6-4 but the Gladiators did not have enough time to mount a comeback and ultimately fell to the Fuel for the second night in a row.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum tomorrow on February 10, 2024 against the Atlanta Gladiators for Wizard Night. 

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA BASKETBALL GAME NOTES – GAME 24 AT NO. 2/2 PURDUE

Opening Tip

• Indiana University hits the road for the second time this week against No. 2/2 Purdue as the program continues its 124th season of competition in men’s basketball at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 10, on FOX.

• The second-ranked Boilers (21-2, 10-2) are one of two teams (UConn) to receive first place votes in both the Associated Press and Coaches Polls in each of the last two weeks.

• Reigning National Player of Year Zach Edey averages team highs in points (23.1 per game), rebounds (11.7), and blocks (2.3). He has posted 16 double-doubles.

• Sophomore guard Braden Smith averages 12.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game on 42.1% (32-of-76) shooting from the 3-point line.

• As a team, Purdue shoots 40.1% (198-of-494) from behind the 3-point line, the highest clip in the Big Ten. The 198 makes (8.6 per game) rank second in the conference.

Game Information

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024 • 8 p.m. ET

Mackey Arena (14,876) • West Lafayette, Ind.

TV: FOX (Gus Johnson, Jim Jackson)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, John Herrick)

Series History: Purdue leads, 126-92

Last Meeting: PUR 87, IU 66 on Jan. 16, 2024, in Bloomington

Series History

• For the 219th time in program history, Indiana will take on archrival Purdue. The Boilermakers hold a 126-92 advantage in the series. No team has appeared on IU’s schedule more often than Purdue. Head coach Mike Woodson holds a record of 3-2 against the Boilers.

• The last time the two programs met in West Lafayette, first-round draft pick Jalen Hood-Schifino led IU to a 79-71 victory on Feb. 25, 2023. The current Los Angeles Lakers guard posted 35 points, the second-most by an IU freshman in program history, to go along with seven rebounds and two assists.

• Purdue has not lost in Mackey Arena since the loss to Indiana. Since the start of the start of the 202-21 season, the Boilers are 52-4 in front of the home crowd.

Last Time Out

• With 17:39 on the game clock, Indiana trailed Ohio State by a score of 49-31. Over the final 17-plus minutes, the Hoosiers outscored the Buckeyes 45-24 to win by a final tally of 76-73 on Feb. 6. The comeback effort was the largest since Nov. 14, 1998, against Indiana State when the Hoosiers trailed by 19 points.

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau tallied game highs in both points (26) and rebounds (14) for his second-career double-double.

• Senior guard Trey Galloway scored 19 of his 25 points and dished out all four of his assists in the second half. His point total marked the highest of his career against a Big Ten opponent and his personal best in a game played away from Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

• Senior guard Anthony Leal scored the game’s final five points, including the go-ahead 3-point field goal with 22 seconds left. He pushed Indiana’s lead to the final count of 76-73 with a pair of free throws with 2 seconds on the clock.

Follow the Gallo-Way

• Senior guard Trey Galloway is one of four players in the Big Ten to average at least 10.0 points, 3.5 assists, and 1.0 steal per game while committing less than 2.0 turnovers per outing. He joins A.J. Hoggard (Michigan State), Bruce Thornton (Ohio State), and Tony Perkins (Iowa) on the exclusive list.

• Galloway has dished out 59 total assists (4.9 per game) in his last 12 outings dating back to Dec. 21, 2023, to go against just 23 turnovers (2.57 assist-to-turnover ratio). For his career, the Hoosiers are 13-3 in the 16 games ‘Gallo’ has handed out at least five dimes.

• He is averaging a career-best 11.1 points per game, including a career-high 28 points against No. 2/2 Kansas (Dec. 16). He converted 12-of-17 shots in the contest. He scored a Big Ten career-high 25 points (19 in the second half) at Ohio State (Feb. 6) while leading IU to an 18-point comeback victory.

The Leal Deal

• Senior guard Anthony Leal provided his best game as a Hoosier in Indiana’s 74-68 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Jan. 30 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. He set or matched career highs in points (13), rebounds (7), blocks (1), made field goals (4), made 3-pointers (3), and made free throws (2).

• Leal stole the spotlight at Ohio State on Feb. 6 when he scored the final five points of the game in IU’s 76-73 victory. He drilled a baseline triple with 22 seconds to give the Hoosiers a one-point lead before knocking down two game-sealing free throws with 2 seconds left.

• Over the last four games, he has played 19.5 minutes per night and averaged 5.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.

Sophomore Jump for Reneau

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau has posted double digits in the scoring column in 20 games this season, including 14 efforts of at least 15 points and six 20-point nights. He notched a career-high 34 points against Kennesaw State (Dec. 29) and a Big Ten career-high of 28 points at No. 11/8 Wisconsin (Jan. 19).

• Reneau is averaging a team-best 16.4 points per game to go along with 6.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 29 minutes per game. He is shooting 57.8% (149-of-258) from the floor, 37.1% (13-of-35) from the 3-point line, and 63.8% (67-of-105) from the free throw line.

• The Miami native has posted double figure scoring outputs in all 10 games played away from Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall this season. He is also averaging 17.6 points per game in Indiana’s four matchups with ranked opponents.

Dealt a Shorthand

• The Hoosiers have started four different lineups in 23 games this season. The original starting rotation of sixth-year senior guard Xavier Johnson, senior guard Trey Galloway, freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako, sophomore forward Malik Reneau, and sophomore center Kel’el Ware have started just four games together since the start of December.  The Hoosiers are 7-3 in games started by this group.

• In total eight players have started a game for Indiana, including five players that are new to the Cream and Crimson.

Galloway, Reneau Erase 18-Point Lead at OSU

• Senior guard Trey Galloway scored a Big Ten career-high 25 points and six rebounds in IU’s come-from-behind victory at Ohio State on Feb. 6. Gallo posted 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting and four assists in the second half. His final assist came on a drive-and-kick to a wide-open, corner 3-pointer from senior guard Anthony Leal with 22 seconds remaining to give Indiana the 74-73 lead.

• Leal scored the final five Hoosier points, including a pair of free throws with 2 seconds to play to seal the 76-73 road victory.

• Sophomore forward Malik Reneau charted his second-career double-double with a game-high 26 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. The game marked his sixth 20-point effort of the season.

Ware Posts Double-Double Against Penn State

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware posted a 25-point, 11-rebound double-double in Indiana’s 85-71 loss to Penn State on Feb. 3 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

• The Nittany Lions shot 12-of-22 from the 3-point line and carried an 18-3 advantage in bench scoring.

Double Double, Double Double (CAREER)

Payton Sparks: 22; last vs. Toledo, 3/3/23

Kel’el Ware: 9; last vs. Penn State, 2/3/24

Xavier Johnson: 4; last vs. Arizona, 12/10/22

Anthony Walker: 4; last at Clemson, 2/27/21

Malik Reneau: 2; last at Ohio State, 2/7/24

Mackenzie Mgbako: 1; at Illinois, 1/27/24

Twenty Piece (CAREER)

Xavier Johnson: 21; last vs. North Carolina, 11/30/22

Payton Sparks: 9; last vs. Ohio, 3/9/23

Kel’el Ware: 6; last vs. Penn State, 2/3/24

Malik Reneau: 6; last at Ohio State, 2/7/24

Trey Galloway: 3; last at Ohio State, 2/7/24

INDIANA SOFTBALL

INDIANA FALLS IN TIGHT BATTLE TO NO. 5 CLEMSON

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana (1-1) lost in a close matchup to No. 5 Clemson (2-0) on the second day of the NFCA Leadoff Classic, 3-2, on Friday night at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.

CLEMSON 3, INDIANA 2

KEY MOMENTS

• Redshirt senior Cora Bassett opened the game with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning to put the Hoosiers up 1-0.

• A double to left field from Clemson’s Julia Knowler scored two RBIs to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead in the top of the third.

• Indiana tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning when junior Kinsey Mitchell hit a single to left field to score junior Taylor Minnick.

• Clemson got back in front, 3-2, on a Valerie Cagle single to left field, scoring Alex Brown in the top of the fifth.

• Sophomore Cassidy Kettleman connected with sophomore catcher Avery Parker in the bottom of the fifth, Kettleman threw right on target to Parker who tagged Cagle out at the plate to prevent another Clemson run.

NOTABLES

• Cora Bassett had another solid night at the plate, going 2-for-4, her season batting average now stands at .625.

• Sophie Kleiman made her first start of the season in the circle.

• Cassidy Kettleman made her first start of the season, playing in left field.

• Four Hoosiers have recorded a hit in both games thus far: Avery Parker, Cora Bassett, Brianna Copeland and Taylor Minnick.

UP NEXT

Indiana will be back in action tomorrow for a doubleheader against Army at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla.

INDIANA TRACK

MARSHALL CRUSHES MILE SCHOOL RECORD TO CAP DAY ONE OF THE WINDY CITY INVITATIONAL

CHICAGO, Ill. – Junior Mid-distance runner Camden Marshall crushed the 19-year-old men’s mile record (3:56.44) set by Sean Jefferson in 2005 after running a time of 3:55.96 in the final event of day one at the Windy City Invitational.

Marshall set a new personal record and now leads the Big Ten in the Mile and holds the 14th fastest time in the nation.

Pole Vaulter Riley Johnston also had himself a day on the runway. He vaulted a personal best height of 5.16m/16-11.00 to win the event.

Kenisha Phillips won the long sprint 400-meter race with a time of 52.82. Vincente Graiani had a great race on the men’s side with a personal best time of 48.59 to finish fourth.

It was a tight race in the 60 Meter finals. Antonio Laidler finished third with the photo finish, tying his personal best time of 6.67.

John Colquitt ran the fastest time in the 60-meter hurdles to advance to tomorrow’s semifinals round. He tied his personal best time of 8.10 to win the event.

In the circle, Hunter Smith throws the weight a distance of 18.25m/59-10.50 for a new personal best.

Up next, Indiana will return to the track tomorrow as they wrap up the weekend in the Windy City.

Windy City Invitational: February 9th 

Event     Athletes: Time/Mark | Notes

Long Jump (W)   T-11. Kelly Moran: 5.43m/17-09.75

Pole Vault (M)

               1. Riley Johnston: 5.16m/16-11.00 | Personal Best

9. Tyler Sierks: 4.71m/15-05.50

Weight Throw (M)            19. Hunter Smith: 18.25m/59-10.50 | Personal Best

21. Tyler Reyna: 17.55m/57-07

Weight Throw (W)           21. Bridget Beyer: 15.79m/51-09.75

Pole Vault (W)    14. Libby Saloga: 3.35m/10-11.75

Long Jump (M)   5. Alex Smith:  7.16m/23-06

60 Meters Hurdles (M): Qualifying             1. John Colquitt: 8.10

9. Garrett Messer: 8.66

11. Max Granger: 9.09

60 Meters (W): Qualifying             T-7. Kristina Vincic: 7.74

12. Symone Adams: 7.82

60 Meters (W): Semifinals            21. Kristina Vincic: 7.76 (7.755)

400 Meters (W) 19. Ryann Parrish: 57.82

24. Cambell Wamsley: 58.15

400 Meter (M)   4. Vincente Graiani: 48.59 | Personal Best

14. Micah Camble: 49.35

60 Meters (M): Prelims

60 Meters (M): Finals      2. Antonio Laidler: 6.72

3. Antonio Laidler: 6.67

5000 Meters (W)              19. Grace Tyson: 17:58.67

400 Meter Mondo (W)   1. Kenisha Phillips: 52.82

10. Morgan Snow: 55.38 | Season Best

800 Meter Invite (W)       6. Maddie Russin: 2:07.80 | Season Best

800 Meter Invite (M)       5. Parker Raymond: 1:50.14

6. Nico Colchico: 1:50.26

Mile Run Invite (M)          1. Camden Marshall: 3:55.96 | Personal, School Record

BOLDEN, FERNANDEZ-SOLA JUMP SEASON BEST MARKS TO OPEN THE TYSON INVITATIONAL

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –Paola Fernandez-Sola and Serena Bolden jumped season-best marks on the opening day of the Tyson Invitational.

Bolden advanced to the finals with a mark of 6.00m/19-8.25. After three more attempts, she earned fifth place in the event.

Fernandez-Sola competed in the Long Jump Invitational where she made a mark of 6.27m/20-7. She moved on to the final round earning another top-five finish.

Up next, Bolden and Mahogany Jenkins will compete in tomorrow’s High Jump competition on the final day of the Tyson Invitational.

Tyson Invitational: February 9th

Event     Athletes: Time/Mark | Notes

Long Jump (W)   5. Serena Bolden: 6.00m/19-8.25 | Season Best

Long Jump Invitational (W)

               5. Paola Fernandez-Sola: 6.27m/20-7 | Season Best

INDIANA BASEBALL

DEVIN TAYLOR SELECTED TO 2024 GOLDEN SPIKES PRESEASON WATCH LIST

CARY, N.C.  –  Sophomore outfielder Devin Taylor was named to the 55-man preseason watch list for the 2024 Golden Spikes Award, as announced by USA Baseball on Friday (Feb. 9) afternoon.

The Golden Spikes, the premier individual award in college baseball, selects the best player in college baseball each year. Previous winners include World Series Champions and MVP’s such as Buster Posey and Kris Bryant.

Taylor, a unanimous pick for Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year among the major outlets, broke onto the scenes as a freshman last season in Bloomington.

The Cincinnati, Ohio native hit .315 with 16 home runs and 59 RBI’s enroute to becoming the third player in program history to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He set the freshman RBI record at IU and finished second in home runs as a freshman, only behind teammate Carter Mathison (19; 2022).

Taylor will help anchor an impressive collection of talent in the IU lineup that also features juniors Mathison, Brock Tibbitts, Nick Mitchell and Josh Pyne. He and Iowa pitcher Brody Brecht were the only Big Ten players selected to the initial 55-person list.

The Golden Spikes Award will continue to monitor the talent in college baseball throughout the year and will reveal a midseason watch list in April before announcing semifinalists in May and finalists in June.

Taylor is the sixth Hoosier to make the Golden Spikes Preseason Watch List and the first since IU’s dynamic duo of Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis in 2014.

IU begins its 2024 campaign a week from today (Feb. 16) against No. 12 Duke in the “Baseball at the Beach” event in Conway, S.C.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 2 PURDUE HOSTS INDIANA IN SATURDAY PRIMETIME ON FOX

GAMEDAY INFORMATION — GAME 24

[2] Purdue (21-2, 10-2) at Indiana (14-9, 6-6)

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024

8 p.m. ET | West Lafayette, Ind.

Mackey Arena (14,876)

TELEVISION: FOX (Gus Johnson, Jimmy Jackson)

RADIO: Purdue Global Radio Network (Rob Blackman, Bobby Riddell)

THE NOTES TO KNOW

• The No. 2-ranked Purdue Boilermakers begin an important two-game homestand on Saturday night when Indiana visits to complete the season series between the two teams. The Boilermakers enter on a seven-game win streak and atop the Big Ten standings while Indiana is coming off a 19-point comeback victory at Ohio State on Tuesday.

• Purdue became the first team nationally to reach 20 victories with its 105-96 win over Northwestern on Jan. 31, and despite not playing this week, will still enter Saturday’s schedule of games tied for the national lead with 21 victories (UConn, Indiana State, Grand Canyon, James Madison). A year ago, Purdue was the first major-conference team to reach 20 wins (third overall behind Florida Atlantic and College of Charleston). Purdue’s two losses are tied for the fewest in the country with UConn and Grand Canyon.

• Following its loss to Nebraska on Jan. 9, Purdue has averaged 87.6 points per game in its seven straight wins, while shooting 50.6 percent from the field and 41.8 percent from 3-point range. Purdue’s offensive efficiency in that span is 130.8 (130.8 points / 100 possessions). During that span, Zach Edey is averaging 26.1 points and 14.6 rebounds, while Lance Jones (17.4), Fletcher Loyer (11.9) and Braden Smith (11.4 PPG, 8.6 APG) are all averaging in double-figures. Jones and Loyer are a combined 35-of-76 (.461) from long range in that span.

• Purdue’s seven straight wins are tied for the ninth-longest streak in the nation and second among major-conference programs (UConn – 11).

• Purdue has won 20 games under Matt Painter in 14 of his 19 seasons with at least 25 wins in 10 of them. Purdue is looking for its third straight season of at least 29 victories.

• Since the start of the 2021-22 season, Purdue is 41-3 in home games. Indiana is one of the three losses, defeating Purdue a year ago in Mackey. The Boilermakers have won 14 of their last 18 games against Indiana overall, including seven of the last eight home games.

• In two of the last four games, Purdue averaged 1.46 points / possession (Michigan, Northwestern). The total ranks as the fourth-highest total in a game in school history.

• Purdue’s schedule ranks as the most difficult in the country by a wide margin and its non-conference foes currently lead the Southern Conference (Samford), the Ohio Valley (Morehead State), the SEC (Alabama, Tennessee), the PAC-12 (Arizona) and the Atlantic Sun (Eastern Kentucky). Marquette (Big East). Gonzaga (WCC) and Texas Southern (SWAC) are currently in second place in their respective conferences.

• Purdue ranks in the NCAA’s top 20 in wins (1st), off. efficiency (1st), rebound margin (3rd), 3-point percentage (4th), assists per game (6th), scoring offense (7th), scoring margin (10th), fewest fouls per game (15th), defensive efficiency (15th) and assist / turnover ratio (16th).

• Purdue leads the country in quad-1 wins (8) and quad-1 and 2 wins combined (15). No one in the country has more than 13 Q-1 and Q-2 wins.

• Since the start of last season, Purdue is 50-8, the fifth-most wins nationally, while the eight losses are the second fewest behind Houston (7). The eight losses during that span have come by 1, 5, 6, 14, 8, 5, 4 (OT) and 16 points. Thirty-seven of the 50 wins have come against teams ranked in the KenPom top-100, including 27 against teams ranked in the top-50.

• Purdue was voted No. 2 in the AP Top 25 poll on Monday, for the fourth straight week. With its No. 2 ranking this week, Purdue has now been ranked in the top 5 of the AP poll for 30 straight weeks, the longest-active streak in America by 17 weeks (UConn – 13). It has been ranked in the top 3 in 24 of those 30 weeks. The 30 weeks of being ranked in the top 5 is the longest streak by a Big Ten team in the last 45 years.

• With the win over No. 6 Wisconsin, Purdue has won seven straight against AP Top-10 ranked teams, the longest streak ever by a Big Ten team.

• With his 200th career block coming against Wisconsin on Sunday, Zach Edey became the third player in NCAA history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 200 blocks and to shoot at least 60.0 percent from the field (Patrick Ewing, David Robinson).

• A win over Indiana would give Purdue an 11-2 Big Ten start for the fifth time under Matt Painter, including three times in the last seven seasons (2022-23, 2017-18, 2007-08).

• With eight games left in the regular-season, Purdue has five home games and three road games left on the schedule.

• Purdue is now 21-2 (or better) through 23 games for the second straight season and for the third time in the last seven seasons (also 2017-18 season). It marks the first time in school history that Purdue has been 21-2 or better in consecutive seasons.

• Purdue has won 14 of its last 15 games overall.

• The Boilermakers have won seven straight games three different times this season. It marks the second season it has had three different seven-game win streaks (1987-88).

• A win over Indiana would give Purdue an eight-game win streak. The Boilermakers have had a win streak of at least eight games in eight of Matt Painter’s previous 18 seasons at Purdue.

• Purdue is 29-4 against in-state teams in Mackey Arena during the Matt Painter era.

• Purdue’s win over Wisconsin marked its first road win over a top-6 ranked team since a 95-94 win over No. 3-ranked Michigan on March 6, 1994.

• Since the start of the 2020-21 season, Purdue owns a 52-19 (.732) Big Ten record, the league’s best record by two games over Illinois with a 50-21 record (.704).

• Purdue is one of seven teams (Dayton, UConn, Florida, Houston, Indiana State, San Diego State) without a loss outside Quad-1.

• Purdue owns a nation’s-best 15 wins over the NCAA NET top-100 teams. Purdue has six wins over teams ranked in the NET top 15.

• Over the last three seasons, Purdue owned a 59-6 (.908) record during the months of November, December and January, including a 41-3 (.932) mark over the last two seasons.

• Purdue is 18-0 this season when holding foes to 79 or fewer points. When opponents reach 80-plus points, Purdue is 3-2.

• Three teams have yet to lose a Big Ten home game — Nebraska (6-0), Northwestern (6-0) and Purdue (5-0). Purdue’s two league road losses are to teams (Northwestern, Nebraska) that have yet to lose a Big Ten home game. Purdue handed Wisconsin its only Big Ten home loss of the season in Sunday’s 75-69 victory.

• The Boilermakers own five wins this season against teams ranked in the AP top 10, four of which have come away from Mackey Arena (Tennessee, Marquette, Arizona, Wisconsin; Illinois – home).

• Purdue’s schedule is ranked as the toughest nationally (via KenPom) and the Boilermakers have faced the nation’s second-hardest collection of defenses, facing defenses ranked Nos. 2 (Rutgers), 3 (Tennessee), 6 (Maryland), 11 (Marquette) and 14 (Arizona). Purdue has also faced offenses ranked 2 (Alabama), 6 (Arizona), 7 (Illinois), 8 (Wisconsin), 16 (Tennessee) and 19 (Iowa twice).

• Braden Smith has 320 career assists leading sophomores (or younger) in career assists with 320. Coincidentally, second on the list is Colgate sophomore Braeden Smith (284).

• Based on a 38-game season, Braden Smith is on pace for 471 points, 207 rebounds and 275 assists. Since the 1947-48 season, only BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth has had 450 points, 275 assists and 200 rebounds in a season.

• Lance Jones is shooting 44.2 percent (23-of-52) from 3-point range during Purdue’s seven-game winning streak.

INSIDE THE SERIES

• The most-frequently played rivalry in the Big Ten, Purdue and Indiana will meet for the 219th time in series history, with Purdue owning a 126-92 series advantage.

• Indiana has won three of the last five meetings, but prior to this current stretch, Purdue won nine straight games and 12 of 13 meetings from Feb. 15, 2014, to March 6, 2021.

• Purdue’s 21-point win in Simon-Skjodt Assembly Hall earlier this year was its largest in Bloomington since a 47-13 win on Jan. 13, 1934. It was the largest Purdue victory in the series since Jan. 25, 2003, a 69-47 Purdue victory in Mackey Arena.

• Purdue saw a seven-game win streak in Mackey Arena against Indiana end last year. The Boilers are 11-4 in Mackey under Painter.

• Under Matt Painter, a ranked Purdue squad is 10-1 against an unranked Indiana team (lone loss: Jan. 20, 2022; 68-65 Indiana).

PURUDE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PURDUE TRAVELS TO #14/13 INDIANA ON SUNDAY

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team will venture to Bloomington for the away leg of its season series with No. 14/13 Indiana on Sunday afternoon. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. on B1G+.

The game can be heard on the Purdue Global Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM with Tim Newton and Jane Schott on the call.

GAME INFORMATION 

Purdue (10-12, 3-8) vs. No. 14/13 Indiana (19-3, 10-2)

Sunday, Feb. 11

Time: 2 PM

TV/Stream: B1G+

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

LAST TIME OUT

The Boilermakers needed an extra period and two standout performances to down Illinois 77-72 on Monday night in Mackey Arena. Jeanae Terry nearly pulled off a triple-double with nine points, nine rebounds and 14 assists, the second most helpers in a game in Purdue history. Mary Ashley Stevenson powered the offensive with 25 points, including a perfect 9-for-9 at the line. It was the most points by a Purdue freshman since 2010-11.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Indiana 55-41. The Boilermakers are going for their first win at Assembly Hall since 2012.

• Purdue’s freshman class continues to lead the Big Ten in points per game at 22.3 and per league contest with 22.1 per night.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson moved up to third in Big Ten freshman scoring at 9.8 points per game with her 25-point game against Illinois. Stevenson tallied her eighth game this year with seven points and seven rebounds, most among league rookies.

• Stevenson leads all Big Ten freshmen in scoring at 10.4 points and rebounding at 5.4 boards per league contest.

• Jeanae Terry became the seventh player in Purdue history to record 500 assists with her 14-dime outing against Illinois. Terry joined Stephanie White and Katie Douglas as the only Boilermakers to post 500 assists and 600 rebounds in a career.

• Terry has posted the most games in the nation with at least eight assists and eight rebounds in five games this year. Since her arrival in West Lafayette in 2021-22, Terry has accomplished the feat 16 times, second in the country to Iowa’s Caitlin Clark.

• The Boilermakers are one of three teams nationally with two 1,800-point career scorers (Caitlyn Harper – 1,839, Abbey Ellis – 1,807), joining Indiana and LSU.

• A trio of Boilermakers are closing in on 1,000-point. Abbey Ellis needs 11 points to become Purdue’s 36th 1,000-point scorer. Madison Layden is 57 points away from joining the club. Jeanae Terry is 20 points away from reaching 1,000 for her career.

• Terry is four assists and five rebounds away from becoming the second player in Big Ten history to reach the 900-rebound, 700-assist and 200-steal club. She will be the 10th player in league history to total 700 assists in a career.

• Led by Abbey Ellis’ 85.2% free throw mark, which ranks eighth in the Big Ten, Purdue has the 14th-best free throw percentage in the nation and second in the conference at 77.9%

• Purdue is one of five teams in the nation to have two different freshmen score 20 or more points in a game, joining Iowa State, Quinnipiac, St. Mary’s and LSU.

• Sunday will mark the eighth time in the last  nine games Purdue will face a team in the top 30 of the NCAA NET.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson’s 25 points against Illinois were the most by a Purdue rookie since Courtney Moses in 2010-11.

• Purdue’s freshmen have scored 10 or more points 21 times this season, matching Nebraska for the most in the Big Ten.

• Madison Layden is second in the Big Ten with a 44.2% 3-point percentage.

PURDUE WRESTLING

BOILERS ROLL TO DOMINANT WIN IN FINAL ROAD DUAL

EVANSTON, Ill. – Purdue Wrestling took match wins at seven weights, picking up bonus points four times on its way to a dominant 29-11 victory over Northwestern in Welsh-Ryan Arena on Friday night.

The Boilermakers (6-8, 1-5 B1G) ran away with their match against the Wildcats thanks in large part to a first period pin from Brody Baumann and major decisions from Dustin Norris and Christian White. The young bucks carried the load for head coach Tony Ersland’s team, with six of the seven wins on the night coming from underclassmen.

Purdue got six team points in back-to-back bouts from to No. 32 Stoney Buell and No. 32 Baumann. Northwestern forfeited the match to Buell at 165 before Baumann bagged his first pin (1:30) of the season over David Ferrante. The Wildcat wrestler secured a takedown early, but Baumann reversed him before executing a nasty throw to get him on his back for the fall.

Earlier in the dual, the Boilermakers received back-to-back major decisions from Norris and White at 133 and 141 pounds. The duo both used a flurry of takedowns and reversals paired with excellent work on top to secure momentum building bonus points. The win gives White his second straight in Big Ten dual action.

True-freshman phenom No. 20 Joey Blaze battled for a dramatic 4-1 win in sudden victory over sixth-year senior No. 18 Trevor Chumbley in the only ranked matchup of the night. The rookie and the vet scrambled all over the mat in this one, each on the edge of securing the crucial takedown on multiple occasions. In the end, it was Blaze who won the scramble in overtime to avenge his 5-2 loss to Chumbley earlier this season at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

Top-ranked 125 pounder Matt Ramos came one point shy of his own major decision when he defeated Massey Odiotti 11-4 in the opening match. The victory gave him 11 in a row overall and 10 straight in dual competition. 184 pounder James Rowley rounded out the winning ways for the Boilermakers with a 3-1 decision over Jon Halvorsen, riding out the length of the second period to earn a crucial RT point.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers will only get one day to enjoy the win before they take the mat again. Ersland’s team plays host to No. 11 Minnesota on Sunday at noon in Holloway Gymnasium. The match will be streamed on B1G+.

Purdue 29, Northwestern 11

125: #1 Matt Ramos (PUR) over Massey Odiotti (NW) – Dec 11-4 | PUR 3-0

133: Dustin Norris (PUR) over Patrick Adams (NW) – MD 9-1 | PUR 7-0

141: Christian White (PUR) over Kolby McClain (NW) – MD 12-4 | PUR 11-0

149: Sam Cartella (NW) over Marcos Polanco (PUR) – TF 15-0 (5:15) | PUR 11-5

157: #20 Joey Blaze (PUR) over #18 Trevor Chumbley (NW) – SV-1 4-1 | PUR 14-5

165: #32 Stoney Buell (PUR) over (NW) – Forfeit | PUR 20-5

174: #32 Brody Baumann (PUR) over David Ferrante (NW) – Fall (1:30) | PUR 26-5

184: James Rowley (PUR) over Jon Halvorsen (NW) – Dec 3-1 | PUR 29-5

197: Evan Bates (NW) over Ben Vanadia (PUR) – Dec 11-4 | PUR 29-8

285: Jack Jessen (NW) over Tristan Ruhlman (PUR) – Dec 7-2 | PUR 29-11

PURDUE SOFTBALL

PURDUE DOWNS SOUTH DAKOTA, 8-2

ATHENS, Ga. – Purdue closed out its opening day with an 8-2 victory vs. South Dakota (0-1). The win came off a 3-0 shutout vs. Murray State in the game prior, moving the Boilermakers to a 2-0 record under head coach Maggie Frezzotti.

All eight of Purdue’s runs came in clutch timing, with two outs on the board in each of the scoring plays. In total, the Boilermakers out-hit the Coyotes 10-6, with eight of Purdue’s hits coming off the bats of underclassmen.

Outfielder Khloe Banks led the outing with three runs and three hits and three stolen bases, which included stealing home in the fifth inning to give Purdue the 8-1 advantage. The sophomore ended the game batting .875 and contributed a key diving catch in deep left field during the second inning.

Infielder Sage Scarmardo batted 1.000 two hits on two at-bats. The sophomore scored a run, in addition to posting Purdue’s first double play of the year, tagging out a runner on her way to second before making the toss in time to Alivia Meeks at first base during the sixth inning.

Purdue took the 1-0 lead in the second inning thanks to an RBI single by freshman Moriah Polar to score Banks. Then the team piled on six runs in the third inning to seal the win. Catcher Hailey Hayes blasted the team’s first home on a three-run dinger to left field, which gave them the 4-0 lead and was followed by another Polar RBI double to score Kiara Dillon and a RBI single by Ashlynn Campbell to score Banks.

South Dakota found its rhythm late, managing a run in the fifth inning to stave off a run-rule, and added another in the seventh.

A trio of underclassmen saw time in the circle, with starter Julia Gossett tossing the first four innings, totaling two strikeouts, allowing just one hit and no walks after 51 pitches to earn the victory. Jules Raymond and Olivia Cainey came in relief, with Cainey closing out the last inning and earned the final out of the game with the bases loaded.

In total, Purdue allowed just two walks between both Game 1 and Game 2.

The Boilermakers return to Jack Turner Stadium tomorrow afternoon to take on host No. 6 Georgia at 3:30 p.m. ET on SECN+. Immediately following, Purdue will play South Dakota once more at 6 p.m. ET.

PURDUE TRACK

BOILERMAKERS OPEN BUSY WEEKEND

CHICAGO and CLEMSON, S.C. – The Purdue track & field team opened competition at a pair of meets on Friday, at the Windy City Invitational in Chicago and the Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, South Carolina.

Squaring off against a highly competitive, nationally-ranked field, the Boilermaker distance runners, jumpers, combined event athletes and throwers are at Chicago’s Dr. Conrad Worrill Track & Field Center at Gately Park. Purdue’s sprinters and horizontal jumpers are at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex.

Friday was the first of two days of competition at both venues.

The Boilermakers notched three personal-record times and two season-bests in Chicago, with four top-five finishes. At Clemson, Purdue posted three PRs and a season-best, as two Boilermakers advanced to the semifinal and one earned a top-10 finish.

At Clemson, freshman Jasiah Rogers reached the semifinal in the 60m, where he was ninth overall in 6.67. That time was just 0.01 seconds shy of matching his personal-best, which is tied for No. 5 in program history.

Junior Zoe Sullivan also made the semifinal in the 60m hurdles. She finished 17th overall in 8.33, just 0.02 seconds off her season best which is tied for No. 6 in the Boilermaker record books.

In Chicago, junior Nathan Walker was fifth in the 5,000m in 14:12.92. A personal-best that is just shy of cracking the top-10 list in school history, it is the 10th-fastest time in the Big Ten this season.

Sophomore Jalen Elrod was fourth in the long jump with a season-best mark of 5.69m. Junior Grant Gogel was fifth in the pole vault thanks to a clearance of 4.96m, and freshman Ryne Shackelford was fifth in the long jump thanks to a mark of 6.92m.

Personal bests in Chicago also were achieved by junior Taliyah Booker (400m, 56.20) and freshman Ally Wigand (5,000m, 17:09.92). Junior Jason Polydoris (5,000m, 14:34.42) notched a season-best time.

In South Carolina, senior Jahn Riley (400m, 47.59) and freshmen Jada Lee (60m, 7.65) and Nickens Lemba (400m, 48.07) posted PRs. Sophomore Bryanna Craig (60m hurdles, 8.77) added a season best.

The Windy City Invitational continues on Saturday, with Purdue’s opening field event at 12 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. CT, followed by the team’s first running event at 1:40 p.m. ET / 12:40 p.m. CT. The 4×400 relay will conclude the meet at 5 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. CT.

At the Tiger Paw Invitational, Saturday starts at 12:45 p.m. ET on the track for the Boilermakers and at 1 p.m. with the triple jump. The weekend closes with the 4×400 at 3:20 p.m.

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

The Windy City Invitational features 17 teams, including host-Wisconsin and fellow Big Ten foes Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Rutgers. Thirty-two NCAA teams are at the Tiger Paw Invitational. Along with host-Clemson, the field is comprised of Big Ten opponents Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

IRISH STRONG START NOT ENOUGH AT #4/4 WISCONSIN

MADISON, Wis. — Despite a strong opening period for the University of Notre Dame hockey program Friday night, the Irish ultimately fell to No. 4/4 Wisconsin, 4-2, on the road.

The Irish dominated play early, winning the opening draw and holding possession in the offensive end for the opening moments. The Badgers eventually gained control of the puck and Ryan Bischel was forced to make a series of Richter-level saves to keep the game scoreless through the first six minutes of play.

Hunter Strand opened the scoring Friday night with a shot into the wide open net following a feed from Justin Janicke on the rush. The Irish third line extended the lead at 17:22 of the period with a shot in front of the crease to make it 2-0 late in the first.

A penalty against the Irish with 80 seconds left in the opening period sent the Irish on the kill but a pair of big saves from Ryan Bischel between the pipes kept the Badgers scoreless and held Notre Dame’s 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play.

The two teams returned to the ice for the second period with the Irish tasked with 40 more seconds on the penalty kill. A successful win by Danny Nelson at the face-off circle to start the period gave the Irish some room in the man-down scenario and they eventually killed it off.

Just 4:55 into the second stanza, the Irish were whistled for a facemask infraction and faced a five-minute penalty kill. The Irish penalty kill unit of J Janicke, Siedem, Strand and Fischer created a four-on-one rush the other way but were unable to capitalize and play continued.

The Badgers thought they had cut the lead in half with a shot top shelf at 8:51 of the second period but a Notre Dame challenge deemed the play offsides and the Irish penalty continued. Centerman D Nelson created yet another shorthanded opportunity to kill off the waning seconds of the major penalty.

The Irish saw their first powerplay action of the night at 13:26 of the second period but could not convert on the man-advantage and the score was stagnant at 2-0 late in the frame.

A pair of Wisconsin goals just 15 seconds apart in the final minute of the second period knotted the game up 2-2 through 40 minutes of play.

The Badgers scored their third goal in less than two minutes of game action to take the 3-2 lead just 1:18 into the third period as the Irish found themselves down for the first time all night.

A hit along the Irish bench sent a second Irish blueliner to the locker room early and the visitors were tasked with killing their second major penalty of the night. The Irish successfully killed off their second major of the night and continued to trail the Badgers by a goal late in regulation Friday night in Madison.

After killing off the major the Irish called timeout in the offensive zone and opted for the extra attacker but the Badgers took advantage of the empty net to make it 4-2 at 18:00 on the clock for the final goal of the night.

GOALS

Hunter Strand opened the scoring Friday night with his fourth tally of the season. Racing up ice and into the offensive end, Justin Janicke fed a pass through the slot to his linemate Stand for the 1-0 lead at 8:25 of the first period. Tyler Carpenter who picked up the initial Wisconsin turnover was credited with the second assist on the play.

The third line combined for their second goal of the night at 17:22 of the first period to give the Irish the 2-0 lead with Carpenter ultimately finding twine with the assists credited to Strand and J Janicke.

KEY STATS

The Irish third line accounted for both goals in the contest with Hunter Strand and Tyler Carpenter both netting a goal while Justin Janicke tallied two assists in the first period.

Despite going 0-2 on the powerplay, the Irish managed to kill off all five penalties assessed their way, including a pair of five minute majors to keep the game close late in the contest.

Ryan Bischel finished the night with 34 stops in net, including 18 saves in the opening frame to give the Irish the 2-0 lead after one period of play.

The Irish continued their strong play at the face-off circle, winning 51.6-percent of the draws led by Cole Knuble with 13 wins and Hunter Strand with a 60-percent success rate.

UP NEXT

The Irish and Badgers conclude the season series Saturday night with a 6pm CT puck drop set for streaming on B1G+.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S LAX

#7 IRISH ROLL IN SEASON-OPENING WIN OVER EASTERN MICHIGAN

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame women’s lacrosse program opened their 2024 campaign with a convincing 21-6 victory over Eastern Michigan on Friday night.

It took the Irish just 88 seconds of play to score the season-opening goal off a shot from Abby Maichin. The Irish jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 28 seconds later when Jackie Wolak fired in her first of the season.

The Eagles scored off a rebound opportunity to cut the Irish lead in half with 11:44 to play in the first quarter.

The team’s leading scorer a season ago, Wolak scored her second of the game before assisting Madison Ahern moments later as the Irish took the 4-1 lead less than four minutes into play.

Maeve Dwyer scored her first collegiate goal with 4:54 to play in the first quarter off a free position shot to give the Irish the 7-1 lead.

The Irish added three more goals to the tally before the end of the quarter to take the 10-2 lead into the second frame.

Arden Tierney opened the second quarter scoring to give the Irish the 11-2 lead just 41 seconds into the frame with her first goal with the Irish.

Three more Irish goals, from Kasey Choma, MK Doherty and Keelin Schlageter gave the home team the convincing 14-4 lead at the half.

Ahern’s third goal of the night kicked off the second half scoring, joining Wolak and Choma with three on the night to extend the Notre Dame lead to 15-4..

The Irish tacked on three more goals, including the first collegiate goal from Kathryn Morrissey, to take the 18-4 lead into the final quarter of play in Loftus.

Notre Dame added three more goals to their tally in the final quarter for the 21-6 final and first win of the season.

Angie Conley, who had two assists earlier in the contest, scored her first collegiate goal with just eight seconds to play to complete the win.

Lilly Callahan and Izzy Pithie both earned time in the cage Friday night with Callahan stopping seven shots faced before Pithie took over in the fourth quarter and stopped a pair of shots by the Eagles.

KEY STATS

Jackie Wolak scored her first hat trick of the season in the opening quarter against EMU Friday night. The graduate student scored off her first three shots on goal while adding an assist for four points in the first 15 minutes of play.

The Irish saw four individuals score their first goals with the Irish in Friday night’s win, including Maeve Dwyer with her first collegiate multi-goal game. Arden Tierney also scored her first in an Irish uniform while Kathryn Morrissey and Angie Conley posted their first collegiate goals on the opening night.

Choma finished the night with a team-best four goals while her assist brought her points total to five, tied with Wolak for a team-high.

In addition to her four goals, Choma shot 1.00, ripping four shots on the Eagles net in the victory.

Credited with the win in goal, Lilly Callahan tied the program record of career wins with her 16th.

UP NEXT

The Irish women continue their February home stand Sunday with a bout with Central Michigan set for noon ET inside Loftus Sports Center.

BUTLER SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL SPLITS OPENING DAY DOUBLEHEADER

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The University of Notre Dame softball team split its first two games of the season at the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Leadoff Classic in Clearwater, Florida Friday. The Fighting Irish rallied in the seventh to defeat the Central Arkansas Sugar Bears 3-0 in the first game of the season, before falling 5-1 to the South Alabama Jaguars in the nightcap.

Alexis Laudenslager earned the win in the first game of the season, smothering the Central Arkansas lineup. The graduate transfer threw 6.1 innings, allowing just one hit, one walk and struck out seven. Kami Kamzik made her collegiate debut, earning a save by getting the final two outs of the game, one with her first career strikeout.

At the plate, the Irish were led by a pair of two-hit efforts from Karina Gaskins and Cassidy Grimm. Jane Kronenberger, Mac Vasquez and Rachel Allen each tallied a hit in the contest. Grimm delivered the first run of the season with the team’s first double in the seventh inning against the Sugar Bears.

The second half of the twinbill saw junior Shannon Becker get the start in the circle. Becker suffered the loss, throwing 1.1 innings, allowing four hits and four earned runs. Micaela Kastor took over, throwing 4.2 innings, scattering six hits, an earned run and striking out six.

Carlli Kloss, Mickey Winchell and Anna Holloway recorded hits in the contest. Kloss tripled late and scored the only Irish run of the game. Addi Amaral recorded her first collegiate RBI in the loss.

How It Happened

Game 1

The Irish broke open the scoreless game in the top of the seventh against Central Arkansas. Vasquez led off with a bloop single to left and moved up on a well-executed sacrifice from Anna Holloway. Grimm delivered the first run of the season with a double to left center, before scoring on a pinch-hit single from Allen. After an error, a stolen base and a fielder’s choice moved Kloss to third, Kronenberger delivered another run with a single to left to extend the lead to 3-0.

Kamzik came on with one out in the seventh, getting a strikeout and a fly out in her first appearance to earn the save.

Game 2

Game two started off with South Alabama striking first. The Jaguars scored three in the first inning, aided by three hits to take the early lead.

South Alabama added a solo run in the second to take the 4-0 lead. A leadoff home run in the fifth inning extended the Jaguar lead.

Notre Dame got on the board in the sixth inning. With one out, Kloss tripled to center field and scored when Amaral put the pressure on with a ball on the infield, forcing a high throw to first and bringing in Kloss.

The Irish could come no closer as South Alabama fended off the Notre Dame offense late.

Up Next

Notre Dame is back in action tomorrow as the Irish will take on No. 16/13 Utah at 1 p.m. on what will be the first softball game broadcasted live on the MLB Network before closing out the day with a 7 p.m. matchup with the Iowa Hawkeyes.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLER STARTS THREE-GAME HOMESTAND WITH SATURDAY TIP AGAINST PROVIDENCE

Butler (15-8, 6-6 BIG EAST) vs. Providence (15-8, 6-6)

Saturday, Feb. 10;  2PM

Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.

TV: FS1 – Wayne Randazzo & Donny Marshall

Radio: WXNT 1430AM, Varsity Network Radio App, SiriusXM 387, SXM App 977 — @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

The Series with the Friars

• Providence owns a 19-5 advantage in the series against Butler.

• All 24 match-ups, including three as part of the BIG EAST Tournament, have come since Butler joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season.

First Time Around

• Providence picked up an 85-75 overtime win over Butler Dec. 23 in Rhode Island in what served as the BIG EAST opener for both teams.

• The Friars scored the first 15 points of the game before Butler slowly chipped away, taking their first lead (43-42) with 15:11 remaining in regulation.

• PC’s Ticket Gaines hit a three-pointer with two seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 69-69 and send the game into overtime.

• Ten of Devin Carter’s 24 points came in the overtime period.

• DJ Davis (22) and Pierre Brooks II (20) led the Bulldogs, with 17 of Davis’s points coming in the second half.

• Josh Oduro (19 points, 14 rebounds) and Bryce Hopkins (12 points, 13 rebounds) each posted double-doubles for Providence. Hopkins has since been lost for the season due to a knee injury.

• Due to a mechanical issue with the plane that was to transport Butler from Indianapolis to Providence the night before, the Bulldogs stayed in Indianapolis and flew to Providence the morning of the game, going straight from the airport to the arena for the noon tip.

Series: PC Leads, 19-5

Streak: PC, W7

At Hinkle: PC Leads, 7-3

First Meeting: PC, 65-56; 1/21/14 (at PC)

Last Meeting: PC, 85-75 (OT); 12/23/23 (at PC)

Of  Note

• Saturday’s game will celebrate Black History Month in partnership with the Black Fives Foundation.

• Butler is in the midst of a five-game stretch that is expected to include four Top 25 opponents.

• Butler’s 71-62 loss at UConn Tuesday night halted the team’s four-game BIG EAST winning streak, which was one win shy of a program-best five straight BIG EAST wins (Jan. 21-Feb. 7, 2015).

• Posh Alexander handed out his 500th career assist in Tuesday’s game at UConn.

• DJ Davis led Butler with 21 points at UConn Tuesday night.

• Davis has scored 20 or more points in three consecutive games and in six of Butler’s 12 BIG EAST contests.

• Davis has made 11 of 22 attempts from three-point range (50 percent) over the last three games.

• Davis made all six of his free throw attempts Tuesday night, raising his season mark to 96.2 percent, which is No. 1 nationally.

• Butler made 14 of 15 free throw attempts at UConn. On the season, Butler ranks fifth nationally in free throw shooting at 79.1 percent. Butler has shot 70 percent or better from the line in all but one game.

• Jahmyl Telfort is averaging 20.5 points per game over the last four games. That includes two of his four 20-point performances this season.

• Andre Screen pulled down nine rebounds Tuesday at UConn, a season-high for the 7-1 transfer.

• Butler was not able to overcome a 4-for-18 performance from three-point range in the loss at UConn; the .222 percentage from behind the arc matched the second-lowest output of the season for the Bulldogs.

• The Bulldogs have eclipsed their overall win total from last season and matched their number of conference wins from 2022-23 despite having a month remaining on the regular schedule.

• With the Bulldogs’ Feb. 2 win at No. 13 Creighton and the Jan. 10 win at No. 11/12 Marquette, Butler has two true road wins against Top 15 opponents in the same season for the first time in program history.

• Showcasing the season-long prowess of the Bulldog offense, Butler has allowed 90 points in four games this season…and has won three of those games.

• The Bulldogs made 13 of 22 attempts from three-point range in the 99-98 win at Creighton Feb. 2. The 59.1-percent clip was a season-high and Butler’s best three-point percentage since a Feb. 25, 2015 win over Marquette (6-for-10).

• Butler committed only five turnovers at Creighton, matching the team’s season-low. Butler has 13 games this season with 10 or fewer turnovers, and the Bulldogs are 11-4 this season when committing fewer turnovers than their opponent.

• The Bulldogs overcame a halftime deficit by scoring 54 second-half points at Creighton. That was the highest-scoring half for Butler in a BIG EAST game since Feb. 6, 2018 vs. Xavier.

• Butler shot 55 percent from the field at Creighton, improving to 7-1 on the season when shooting 50 percent or better. The Bulldogs are now 13-0 on the season when shooting better from the field than their opponent.

• Butler has 12 games this season scoring 80 or more (including seven games of 90 or more).

• Butler is 12-0 this season when out-rebounding its opponent.

• The Bulldogs rank tenth nationally, committing just 13.8 fouls per game.

Where the Dawgs Stack Up

• Posh Alexander leads the BIG EAST and is 17th nationally at 2.36 steals per game.

• Alexander is fourth in the conference and 46th nationally with 5.1 assists per game.

• Pierre Brooks II is third in the BIG EAST in both three-point percentage (42.3) and fourth in three-pointers made per game (2.61). His three-point percentage ranks 18th nationally.

• Brooks is eighth in the BIG EAST in scoring at 16.0 points per game.

• Alexander’s 52 steals are already tied for 11th on Butler’s single-season list.

• Jalen Thomas ranks seventh in the BIG EAST in blocks (1.26) and 15th in rebounding (6.5).

The Month of Opportunity

• Butler’s February schedule includes eight games, all against teams ranked No. 67 or better in the NCAA NET metric (as of Friday, Feb. 9). Four of those games, including the win at Creighton Feb. 2, are on the road. Life in the BIG EAST…

Home, Sweet Hinkle

• Butler is 10-2 at Hinkle Fieldhouse so far this season.

• Thad Matta is 33-9 at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the head coach at Butler (2000-01 and his current stint that began prior to the 2022-23 season).

• Butler has scored at least 80 points in eight of its home games this season (going over the 90-point mark five times).

• Butler is 77-2 over its last 79 non-conference home games, winning 15 straight.

The BIG EAST Honors The Black Fives

• For a third consecutive season, the BIG EAST Conference will celebrate Black History month by renewing its partnership with the Black Fives Foundation, a nonprofit public charity whose mission is to inspire excellence by preserving, teaching and honoring the pre-NBA history of African Americans in basketball.

• For 22 games, the BIG EAST Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams will be wearing shooting shirts with the Black Fives mantra “Make History Now”. Women’s basketball coaches will wear “Make History Now” lapel pins and men’s basketball coaches will wear lapel pins that recognize the 100 Year Anniversary of the Black Fives Era’s most prolific team, the New York Rens.

• Black basketball teams, known as Black Fives, were prevalent from 1904 through 1950 when the game, like society, was racially segregated.  The men and women of the Black Fives Era opened doors for generations of African American basketball players, coaches, and contributors while staging culturally rich, socially meaningful events that strengthened and inspired Black communities, many of which are situated within the footprint of BIG EAST schools.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BULLDOGS COLLECT 64-59 HOME WIN OVER ST. JOHN’S

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler’s first BIG EAST home win came against the St. John’s Red Storm on Friday night by the final score of 64-59. The Bulldogs outscored the Johnnies 35-28 in the second half to record their 10th win of the season. 

Riley Makalusky came out strong for the Bulldogs to score the team’s first five points on Friday night and the Bulldogs would be in control early as the Red Storm started the contest 1-for-5 from the field. STJ shook off the slow start and would go on a 7-0 scoring run moments later to take a 9-5 lead over BU at the first stoppage.

Rachel Kent and Caroline Strande would get involved in Butler’s offense over the final four minutes of the first and help BU tie the game at 16-16. Kent hit two 3-pointers during the final moments of the first quarter and Strande had five.

The Johnnies tried to pull away from Butler at the start of the second quarter with a 9-0 run, but Sydney Jaynes would get a hot hand to deliver seven-straight Butler points getting the ‘Dawgs back within two at 27-25. St. John’s would hang on to keep their two-point lead at the half, 31-29.

St. John’s moved the ball inside to start the second half and Jillian Archer came up with the team’s first six points. Butler responded with back-to-back 3-pointers from Jordan Meulemans and Strande which led to a Johnnie timeout. Lilly Stoddard checked into the game to guard Archer in the paint and her first points of the game would tie the contest at 37-37.

Karsyn Norman scored in transition on the next possession to give BU a lead and Strande would add a field goal to move the Bulldog scoring run to 12-0 (41-37).

Butler outscored St. John’s 18-14 in the third to take a 47-45 lead into the fourth. Action would go back and forth at the start the final frame and the two teams would be separated by just three points with 3:33 on the game clock as Butler attempted their first free throws of the night.

Kent made one of two from the charity stripe and a pull-up jumper by Norman knotted the score at 57-57. Archer went back to work in the paint for St. John’s and scored from the left block, but the ‘Dawgs would counter with a top of the key 3-pointer from Strande to take a 60-59 lead.

The Red Storm were forced to foul late and Strande went 1-for-2 from the free throw line with under 30 seconds to play.

The Johnnies called a timeout to draw up a play off the miss, but it didn’t work as Mayo was off target from 3-point range. Kent secured the rebound and split a pair from the line to give BU a three-point edge with 14.2 left. The Bulldogs got a huge stop in crunch time and Norman would ice the win with free throws.

Inside the Box Score

– Caroline Strande led Butler to victory with 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists

– Rachel Kent hit three 3-pointers to help record 13 points

– Riley Makalusky was the third Bulldog in double figures with 10 points

– Sydney Jaynes had seven points, six rebounds and six assists

– Karsyn Norman had eight points and six rebounds

– Butler started three freshmen against the Red Storm

– BU shot 11-for-24 from 3-point range and limited STJ to just two made 3-pointers

– Butler outrebounded St. John’s 38-28

– The ‘Dawgs outscored STJ 17-2 in fast break points

– Butler shot 42.9% from the field and 45.8% from 3

– Jillian Archer led St. John’s with 23 points and 13 rebounds

– Unique Drake chipped in with 22 points

Up Next

The Bulldogs will spend Valentine’s Day in Providence with a 7 PM tip against the Friars.

BUTLER SOFTBALL

BUTLERSOFTBALL LOSES TWO ON OPENING DAY

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Butler softball team dropped games to Omaha (1-0) and Northern Iowa (2-0) in their opening competition at the Doc Halverson UNI-Dome Classic. Cate Lehner went 4-for-6 for Bulldogs on the day, and Monique Hoosen hit her first home run of the season. Butler (0-2) has three more contests this weekend.

Game 1: Omaha- 4, Butler- 1 (7 innings)

Omaha plated one in the second inning and added a pair in the fourth to build a 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth, Monique Hoosen hit her first dinger of the season over the left field fence to pull the Dawgs to within two. In the sixth, Butler advanced runners to second and third, with only one out, but neither was pushed across the plate.

Omaha added one run on a sacrifice in the seventh for the final three-run difference.

Sydney Cammon (0-1) started in the circle for Butler and took the loss. In four full innings, she allowed three earned runs on six hits, walking two. Katie Petran (2K, 2BB, 1UR) made her collegiate debut in the sixth, pitching two hitless innings.

Game 2: Northern Iowa 1, Butler- 0 (7 innings)

UNI crossed the plate in the first inning, and the score remained 1-0 through six.

In the top of the seventh, Butler advanced runners to first and second with only one out. Effective pitching from the Panthers produced two successive outs, shutting down the threat and ending the game.

Rylyn Dyer (0-1) started for Butler and took the loss. In 4.2 innings, she allowed one earned run on five hits and three walks while striking out one. Kayla Noerr (1.1 IP, BB) provided relief and finished the game for the Bulldogs.

Bulldog Bits

Monique Hoosen’s home run vs. Omaha was her first of the season and the 28th of her career.

Katie Petran pitched two hitless innings vs. Omaha, the first appearance of her collegiate career.

Makena Alexander, Hailey Conger, and Leigh Vande Hei also played their first games in a Butler uniform vs. Omaha.

Olivia Roberts made an appearance on the bases vs. UNI, her first game action as a Bulldog.

Cate Lehner’s 2-game total of four hits in six at-bats led Butler’s offense for the day.

Up Next

Butler remains in Cedar Falls, Iowa, for its next two games at the UNI-Dome Classic on Saturday, Feb. 10. The Bulldogs will play Western Illinois at 9 am ET (8 am CT) and Drake at 2 pm ET (1 pm CT).

IUPUI SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL SPLITS OPENING DAY AT THE SNOWMAN

STARKVILLE, Miss. – The IUPUI softball team began the 2024 season with a split on day one at The Snowman. The Jaguars defeated UAB with a late home run from Kinsey Pfeiffer, 2-1 then fell to host Mississippi State in five innings, 8-0.

In the opening game against UAB, the Jags took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Junior Kendal Calvert walked in her first plate appearance of the season. Morgan Gilbert then moved her to second on a ground out to put Calvert in scoring position. Senior Rachael Gregory singled to right field, scoring Calvert and giving the Jags the lead.

UAB threatened in the top of the second inning with a single from Makenzie Droddy, followed by a double from Olivia Valbak but a good relay from the Jaguars’ left fielder, Maicey Bedrick swiped Droddy from scoring.

Both teams traded scoreless innings in the third, fourth and fifth. UAB tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning with a sac fly from Droddy but IUPUI answered in a big way in the bottom half of the sixth. Pfeiffer knocked her first home run of the season to retake the lead for the Jags, 2-1.

Carly Metcalf completed the complete game in the seventh and earned the win on the mound with six hits, one run, three walks and two strikeouts. Kelli Riordan went 2-for-3 while Calvert, Gilbert, Gregory, Pfeiffer and Paige McPhearson all recorded a hit in the win.

In game two, the Jags offense went cold with Mississippi State earning the no-hitter against the IUPUI in five innings.

The Bulldogs took the early lead in the first with three runs off a triple, double and home run. Mississippi State added to their lead in the third inning with a three-run homer from Ella Wesolowski to make it 6-0.

IUPUI couldn’t get their bats going and the Bulldogs scored two more runs in the fourth inning to earn the run rule win, 8-0.

Alexa Holman took the loss for the Jags, giving up seven runs on eight hits with one walk and one strikeout in 3.0 innings pitched.

IUPUI is now 1-1 on the season with two more games tomorrow. The Jags will face UAB tomorrow morning at 10:30 AM followed by Mississippi State at 1:00 PM.

IUPUI TRACK

CATES BREAKS MILE RECORD ON BUSY FRIDAY

ALLENDALE, Mich. – Senior Ellie Cates picked off the program’s mile record as members of the IUPUI women’s track and field team competed at both the GVSU Big Meet and Marian Indoor Invitational on Friday (Feb. 9). Cates was one of three Jaguars to earn a new personal best at the GVSU Big Meet on Friday while two others collected new personal records at the Marian Invitational inside Fall Creek Pavilion in Indianapolis.

Cates finished fifth overall of 66 entrants spread across four heats, crossing the finish line at 4:56.76. In doing so, she broke the school record by more than two seconds and shed six seconds off her previous best. She became just the second IUPUI runner in program history to go under 5-minutes in the mile, joining Allie Wright, who achieved the feat twice. It’s Cates’ second school record of this indoor season as she previously broke the 3K record at the Butler Invitational on Jan. 20.

“I’m super proud of how everyone came today and showed out,” Cates said. “I’m super happy with another record and excited to see how conference shapes up.”

Laci Provenzano broke her own personal best in the 5K earlier in the morning with a time of 18:08.21, taking five seconds off her previous best. Sophomore Wini Barnett took six seconds off her previous best time in the 800 with a time of 2:16.19, moving up to No. 8 on the program’s all-time list.

Madison Fry just missed a personal best in the 3K with a time of 10:15.84 while Sophie Reichard ran a season best mile time of 5:10.18, missing a new personal best by less than a second.

At the Marian Invite, both Hannah Sale (3:08.34) and Hannah Robbins (3:11.44) set personal bests in the 1,000m event, finishing fifth and eighth, respectively. In the 3,000m event, Kara Krol clocked a time of 11:08.79 and Rebecca Orvis finished at 11:57.40.

Four of the five Jaguars in Michigan will compete against on Saturday at Grand Valley, making their final tune-ups before the upcoming Horizon League Indoor Championships in Youngstown, Ohio.

PERKINS, SHAPPELL HIGHLIGHT EFFORTS AT MARIAN INDOOR INVITE

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI men’s track and field team got the weekend off to a glowing start on Friday (Feb. 9) with some strong performances at the Marian Indoor Invitational inside Fall Creek Pavilion. Nick Perkins keyed the Jaguars’ entries in the 3,000m event with a runner-up finish while Luke Shappell was runner-up in the mile. Connor Murphy also collected a second-place finish in the 1,000m event as well.

IUPUI loaded up the mile as Shappell placed second overall with a time of 4:13.60, taking nearly six seconds off his prior best. Will Clark placed fourth in the mile with a personal best time of 4:17.77 and freshman Noah Price was sixth at 4:20.32. Two other Jaguars – Nolan King (4:27.18) and Mitchell Rans (4:28.13) – also finished among the top-10 finishers with 23 entrants spread over two heats. King was IUPUI’s lone entry in the slower heat and collected a race win.

In the 800m event, Alex Alba just missed a season-best effort with a time of 1:58.51 and Price doubled back with a time of 2:02.25. Murphy was the lone Jaguar in the 1,000m race and placed second with a time of 2:36.92, just missing a new personal best.

The Jaguars also loaded up the two heats of the 3K with Perkins running a personal best time of 8:28.79, taking three seconds off his previous best. Shappell doubled back with a fourth-place finish at 8:45.51 and Deion Guise was fifth at 8:45.89.

“It was honestly better that I ran the 3K today than the 5K in Boston because the likelihood that I get into the fast section for conference is much higher now,” Perkins said. “Plus, I got to PR, which is always a win.

“I think the younger guys showed a lot of toughness today and I am always happy to be running fast in my hometown.”

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

JAGUARS TO HOST PURDUE FORT WAYNE ON SENIOR DAY

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball program will honor its seven seniors this weekend as the Jaguars host Senior Day against Purdue Fort Wayne inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Saturday (Feb. 10) at noon. IUPUI (6-19, 2-12 HL) will recognize the group of Cooper Dewitt, John Egbuta, Daylan Hamilton, Bryce Monroe, Yves Nkomba, Derek Petersen and Qwanzi Samuels prior to tip-off on Saturday.

On the floor, the Jaguars are seeking a much needed win after a tough two-game trip to Wisconsin last week. The Jaguars dropped the first leg of the trip to league leading Green Bay on Thursday and followed up with an 87-67 defeat to Milwaukee on Sunday (Feb. 4). Monroe paced three Jaguars in double-digits in that contest with 18 points and sophomore Abdou Samb added 12 points. Samuels hit for double-figures for just the second time this season, tallying 10 points off the Jaguars’ bench.

IUPUI enters Saturday’s game seeking a regular season series sweep of the Mastodons, having won at Purdue Fort Wayne on Jan. 17, 85-79. Counter led five Jaguars in double-digits with 18 points and DJ Jackson came off the bench with 17 points. Samb tallied a career-high 13 points in that win as IUPUI shot 59.3 percent from the floor while attempting just five treys, making three.

QUOTABLE

“(We’re) optimistic – feeling good. Honestly, the guys are upbeat, positive and kind of collectively coming together,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said during Monday’s IUPUI Coaches Show. “When you have transfers, you have new pieces, you have pieces who have been out, it just takes a minute for everybody to gel and truly understand their role.”

SCOUTING PURDUE FORT WAYNE

Purdue Fort Wayne is 15-9 overall and 6-7 in Horizon League play this season. The Mastodons shoot better than 35 percent from three-point range while making 9.3 treys per game and outscored their opponents by nearly 10 points per contest. Jalen Jackson leads four Purdue Fort Wayne players averaging double-digits at 15.8 points per game and Rasheed Bello averaged 15.5 points per game. Quinton Morton-Robertson (13.1 ppg, 68 3’s) and Anthony Roberts (12.9 ppg) also average double-digits.

INSIDE THE SERIES

IUPUI is 33-21 all-time against Purdue Fort Wayne and 20-6 in 26 meetings in Indianapolis.

UP NEXT

IUPUI will hit the road to take on Detroit Mercy on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 7:00 p.m. inside UDM’s Calihan Hall.

Notes and Tidbits (click here to download the full IUPUI Game Notes)

    SEVEN SENIORS

    IUPUI will be honoring seven seniors prior to Saturday’s game – Cooper Dewitt, John Egbuta, Daylan Hamilton, Bryce Monroe, Yves Nkomba, Derek Petersen and Qwanzi Samuels.

    Collectively, the group enters play having made 233 appearances for the Jaguars, totaling 950 points, 459 rebounds and 149 assists among them. Each are on track to graduate later this year.

    Below are the category leaders among the group of seven individuals.

    GP: Egbuta (50), Dewitt (49), Monroe (28), Samuels (25), Hamilton (23)

    GS: Monroe (26), Dewitt (21), Egbuta (13), Nkomba (11), Samuels (8)

    PTS: Monroe (315), Egbuta (291), Samuels (128), Hamilton (124), Dewitt (54)

    REB: Egbuta (146), Samuels (137), Dewitt (53), Monroe (52), Hamilton (40)

    AST: Monroe (74), Hamilton (21), Egbuta/Samuels (17), Dewitt (16)

    MILWAUKEE TIDBITS

    IUPUI suffered an 87-67 loss at Milwaukee to cap last week’s two-game trip to Wisconsin… senior Bryce Monroe had a team-high 18 points (5-18, FG, 8-12 FT) and played all 40 minutes as the first Jaguar to play a full 40 minutes this season… grad transfer Qwanzi Samuels had his second double-digit scoring game of the season with 10 points (3-5 FG, 4-5 FT) off the bench… Milwaukee knocked in 8-of-16 from deep, becoming the third IUPUI opponent in the past five games to shoot 50 percent from beyond the arc against the Jags… IUPUI matched its season-high with five blocked shots (all in the first half), including two from Abdou Samb… Samb has now blocked at least one shot in six straight games… IUPUI played both games of the trip without top scorer Jlynn Counter, who suffered an injury late in the Jan. 28 game with Wright State. 

    JLYNN COUNTS

    Junior Jlynn Counter ranks among the Horizon League’s top-15 in four statistical categories – field goal percentage (10th, 47.5%), free throw percentage (13th, 77.0%), scoring (12th, 15.1 ppg) and assists (t-13th, 2.7 apg). In league play, Counter is second in the league in free throw shooting (88.4%) and also ranks in the top-15 in assists, steals and field goal percentage.

    Counter, a preseason Second Team All-Horizon League pick, led the team in scoring (14.5 ppg) and assists (3.3 apg) last season.

    COUNTER COUNT

    Counter had a recent 23-point showing against Robert Morris, matching his season-high and most by a Jaguar this season. The Oklahoma City-native tallied his 500th career point against Elon on Nov. 17 and enters today with 785 career points.

    …He’s scored in double-digits 39 times in 53 career games

    …He’s hit for 20-or-more points 14 times in 53 career games

    BIG. ROAD. DUB.

    IUPUI earned its best win of the season at Purdue Fort Wayne on Jan. 17, 85-79. The Jaguars had their best offensive game of the season, shooting a season-high 59.3 percent from the floor. The Jaguars scored a season-high 58 points in the paint, including making 18-of-22 (82 percent) shot at or near the rim.

    Here are some other notes from the win:

    -It marked just the second home loss for Purdue Fort Wayne this season

    -It was the first time all season IUPUI had five players score in double-digits

    -IUPUI had a season-high six dunks (Samb 4, Samuels 2); Samb had four dunks all season long before finishing four in that contest

    -IUPUI’s five three-point attempts were the team’s fewest since also attemping four against Denver on Feb. 14, 2015

    HOT QWANZ

    The past 10 games, forward Qwanzi Samuels is a combined 30-of-45 from the field and is now shooting 52.0 percent from the floor this season.

    His field goal percentage has climbed from 41.6 percent to 52.4 percent during that span.

    THAT’LL DOU   

    Sophomore Abdou Samb had his best offensive output of the season, scoring a season-high 13 points (6-10 FG) at Purdue Fort Wayne, including four dunks.

    In 13 games in the IUPUI starting lineup (3-10 overall), Samb is averaging 6.9 points and 3.9 rebounds, going 37-of-59 from the field (62.7 percent).  He’s blocked 11 shots in his 13 starts, including three games with a pair of rejections.

    Samb’s field goal percentage has risen from 55.5 percent to 60.5 percent since he moved into the starting five.

    #SCTOP10

    IUPUI players were featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 Plays twice in three days on Dec. 29 and Dec. 31 with a pair of dunks.

    Against Detroit Mercy on Dec. 29, Kidtrell Blocker’s one-handed dunk from the right side was the No. 8 play on SportsCenter.

    Two days later, Vincent Brady II’s one-handed dunk from the left baseline was chosen as the No. 4 play in the country that evening.

    ONLY THE LONELY   

    Only one IUPUI player (Qwanzi Samuels) has appeared in all 25 games so far this season as the other 14 players have missed at least one game due to injury or illness. Only three others have played in 23 games – Bryce Monroe, Vincent Brady II and DJ Jackson. Everyone else has missed at least two games this campaign.

    QWANZ SEES DOUBLE

    Graduate transfer Qwanzi Samuels recorded his first collegiate double-double at Minnesota (Dec. 16), having finished with a career-high 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-3 FT), 10 rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes off the Jaguars’ bench.

    It marked his first-ever double-digit scoring game (in his 96th career game) and his second career game with 10-or-more rebounds.

    FOR STARTERS

    With the glut of injuries and sickness, head coach Matt Crenshaw has found himself shuffling his starting lineup, using 10 different combinations this season.

    No IUPUI player has started every game (Monroe leads the team with 23 starts) and 10 different players have started at least four games. No other Jaguar besides Monroe has started 20 games this season.

    NINE MAN ROTATION

    Nine different Jaguars are playing at least 11 minutes per game, led by Bryce Monroe (30.6 mpg) down to Cooper Dewitt (11.7 mpg).

    IN THE CLASSROOM

    Seven members of the squad topped a 3.0 grade point average for the fall semester, paced by John Egbuta (3.62) and Amhad Jarrard (3.51). Others included Vincent Brady II (3.48), Yves Nkomba (3.46), Derek Petersen (3.29), Qwanzi Samuels (3.12) and Bryce Monroe (3.00). 

    SEEING RED

    Both Amhad and Armon Jarrard will redshirt this season. Amhad missed the entire summer and preseason after suffering an injury last season and Armon was limited to just three games this season while playing through an injury. He was shutdown after trying to play at Indiana State on Nov. 14.

    The Jarrards are one of 21 sets of brothers playing for the same team this season and one of nine sets of twins in Division I basketball.

    FIRST TO TIP

    IUPUI was the first team in the country to tip-off the 2023-24 season, starting at 11:00 a.m. on Nov. 6 in front of a crowd of 4,867 on the annual NCAA ‘Readers Become Leaders’ Day at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

    The 4,867 represented a new home attendance record for the Jaguars, eclipsing the previous mark of 4,114 from last year’s similar event.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL HEADS TO TEXAS FOR MAC-SBC CHALLENGE

The Ball State men’s basketball team travels down south to take on Texas State at 5 p.m. ET (4 p.m. CT) in San Marcos on Saturday as part of the MAC-SBC Challenge.

The game will be streamed on ESPN+, while Mick Tidrow and David Eha handle the radio broadcast on WMUN 1340AM – 92.5FM. This will be the Ball State men’s basketball program’s first game in the state of Texas since 1975 (Dec. 29 at Houston Baptist).

The Cardinals (12-11, 4-7 Mid-American Conference) battle the Bobcats (10-14, 4-8 Sun Belt Conference) for the first time in series history. Ball State is facing a team with the same nickname in back-to-back games after playing the Ohio Bobcats on Tuesday. The Cardinals topped Old Dominion 73-68 on Nov. 11 at Worthen Arena in the first game of the MAC-SBC Challenge.

Jalin Anderson scored 22 points and nine rebounds while Mickey Pearson Jr. added 18 points and nine rebounds on Tuesday night against Ohio, but the Bobcats prevailed 84-79 in overtime. The hosts fought back from trailing 13-0 early and 36-27 at halftime to force the extra period.

Texas State enters Saturday’s challenge game winners of three in a row, including an impressive 63-56 triumph over league-leading Appalachian State on Wednesday night. This will be the final of four straight home games to start February for the Bobcats, who also beat Southern Miss 60-55 on Feb. 3 and South Alabama 74-66 on Feb. 1. Texas State beat Miami (OH) 75-65 on Nov. 11 in Oxford in the front end of the MAC-SBC Challenge.

SCOUTING TEXAS STATE: The Bobcats went 16-19 (6-12 Sun Belt) last season in head coach Terrance Johnson’s second year leading the program. Texas State made a run to the semifinals of the Sun Belt Tournament by winning three games as the No. 11 seed, but ultimately fell to No. 2 seed Louisiana.

The Bobcats hang their hat on a defense that ranks fourth in the Sun Belt in both 3-point percentage defense (30.1) and scoring defense (70.1 points per game) The 3-point defense percentage ranks No. 26 in NCAA Division I.

Junior forward Brandon Love ranks in the Top 50 nationally in both total blocks (42, 40th) and blocks per game (1.83, 44th) so far this season. Freshman guard and San Marcos native Kaden Gumbs ranks No. 5 in the Sun Belt in assists per game (3.6) and No. 9 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.41).

CARDINAL DIRECTIONS

Jihad leads the Cardinals in scoring (19.3 points per game) and rebounding (7.6) averages. The junior forward out of Detroit has led the Cardinals in scoring 14 games so far, scoring in double-figures 22 times, including 11 games with 20+ points. The big man’s total points (443) and scoring average rank third in the Mid-American Conference, while his rebounding average is fourth.

The Cardinals lead the MAC and rank in the Top 40 nationally in free throw percentage (76.0, No. 32) and 3-point percentage (37.5, No. 27). Ball State also makes the most free throws per game (16.5) in the league (No. 34 nationally).

Ball State’s 20 wins last year were its most since 2016-17 when that team won 21. This season’s Cardinals will look for back-to-back 20-win schedules for the first time since that 2016-17 season.

The Cardinals are a young group, as the roster includes only one senior or graduate student (Ethan Brittain-Watts). Ball State returns only 21.5 percent of minutes played and 19.6 percent of points scored from last year’s team.

Brittain-Watts (Boston University), Jalin Anderson (Loyola Marymount) and Davion Bailey (Southeastern CC) form Ball State’s trio of transfers.

Joey Brown (Indianapolis), Zane Doughty (Indianapolis), Mason Jones (Valparaiso, Ind.), Trent Middleton Jr. (Philadelphia) and Jurica Zagorsak (Zadar, Croatia) are the Cardinals’ quintet of true freshmen.

Ball State signed forward Jai Anthoni Bearden (Phoenix, Ariz.) and guard Jermarhi “Fatt” Hill (Bessemer, Ala.) to national letters of intent to form the Cardinals’ 2024 recruiting class.

TEXAS TIME: The Ball State men’s basketball program has played teams from Texas a total of eight times and sports a 5-3 record against schools from the Lonestar State.

The Cardinals are 4-0 at home against Texas teams and are looking for their first road win in Texas (1-1 in neutral site games). Ball State beat Texas Southern 64-53 on Nov. 29, 2011 in the most recent game against a team hailing from the state.

ROAD COOKING: The Cardinals have won three straight road games by double figures to improve their record in true road games to 4-5.

Ball State is the lone MAC team to win three conference road games by double figures this season.

CROATIAN DESTINATION: Ball State is the only Division I school featuring Croatia natives on both its men’s basketball (Jurica Zagorsak) and women’s basketball (Hana Muhl) teams.

Zagorsak is one of only nine Croatians currently on Division I men’s basketball rosters. Ball State has played three other teams with a Croatian (Detroit Mercy, Little Rock and Toledo).

HANDLING THE HUSKIES: Ball State topped Northern Illinois for the eighth time in the last nine games between the two MAC foes with the 81-71 win on Jan. 27.

The men’s basketball team has won by double-figures over the Huskies five times in that span and bettered record to 62-40 in the series, including 37-13 in Muncie.

BUFFALO BLOWOUT: The 28-point winning margin on Jan. 23 at Buffalo was Ball State’s largest of the season against a Division I opponent and second-largest overall behind a 101-40 rout of Goshen in the Nov. 7 season opener.

The loss for the Bulls was their second-most lopsided in MAC play to date and third-worst overall.

DB FOR THREE: Junior guard Davion Bailey leads the Cardinals in 3-pointers made (44) and 3-point shooting (43.1 percent) so far this season, and his 2.32 triples made per game ranks third in the MAC.

The Indianapolis native paces the MAC in 3-point percentage among players who’ve made at least 40 trifectas, ranking third overall.

FREE THROWS FALLING: Redshirt junior Mickey Pearson Jr. ranks second in the Mid-American Conference and No. 42 nationally among qualifiers in free throw shooting percentage at 87.8 (65 of 74), and first in conference games at 94.4 percent (34 of 36).

Bailey (85.2 percent, 23-27) and Trent Middleton Jr. (81.5 percent, 44-54) have also been efficient at the foul line, while the Cardinals as a whole lead the MAC and are No. 32 in NCAA Division I in free throw shooting at 76.0 percent.

BANKING ON BASHEER: Jihad leads the team in scoring (19.3 ppg), rebounding (7.6 per game) and field goal percentage (48.3) among Cardinals averaging at least four field goal attempts this season. Jihad has established or tied career highs in scoring six times already this season, including on Jan. 20 against Miami (29 points).

The Detroit native’s scoring average has nearly tripled over last year (7.1), while his rebounding average has doubled (3.6). Jihad started only one game in his first two seasons at Ball State, but has been a mainstay in the starting lineup as an upperclassman now.

JALIN JAMS: Jalin Anderson, a transfer out of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, leads the Ball State backcourt in scoring and the team in assists (4.4 per game) as the Cardinals’ lead guard. The Jackson, Tenn., native leads the MAC in steals (25) in conference play and is second overall at 40 total steals so far.

The Jackson, Tenn., native boasts Ball State’s highest offensive output (29 points against Old Dominion) so far and has already established his career high for single season points, assists, rebounds and steals. Anderson has shown a penchant for explosive offensive performances, posting eight 20+ point games so far this season.

EMERGENCE OF BIG BEN: Redshirt junior center Ben Hendriks had started each of the last six games before missing the Dec. 21 game at Minnesota, totaling career-highs of 11 points and seven rebounds in the Dec. 2 win over Bellarmine and 32 minutes played in the Dec. 10 win against SIUE.

Hendriks already surpassed his career-bests for points (103), rebounds (62), assists (16), blocks (18) and steals (four) in a season through the schedule’s first 23 games. The big man has seen increased playing time over his last 17 contests, averaging 19.1 minutes per game after playing 6.8 per in the first four games.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK X3: Jihad was named the Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week on Jan. 29 after taking home the honor on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11.

Jihad averaged 24.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 per game in wins at Buffalo and vs Northern Illinois, including a 28-point, 14-rebound double-double on Jan. 27 against the Huskies.

WINNING IN WORTHEN: The Cardinals clinched an undefeated home nonconference slate for the fourth straight season with the Dec. 10 decision over the Cougars.

Ball State has won 19 consecutive nonconference contests at Worthen Arena, with its last loss being on Dec. 3, 2019 to Loyola (Chicago).

1,300 WINS: The Ball State men’s basketball team recorded win No. 1,300 in program history with the Dec. 2 decision against Bellarmine. The Cardinals are the tenth current MAC men’s basketball team to reach that milestone.

MAC Program Wins (as of Dec. 4, 2023)

Akron – 1,697

Ball State – 1,300

Buffalo – 1,279

Bowling Green – 1,452

Central Michigan – 1,356

Eastern Michigan – 1,292

Kent State – 1,332

Miami (OH) – 1,436

Northern Illinois – 1,315

Ohio – 1,614

Toledo – 1,551

Western Michigan – 1,372

MILESTONE WATCH: Anderson is 34 points away from scoring 1,000 in his career. The junior had 604 of those while playing for LMU.

Jihad and Pearson Jr. both scored their 500th career points in the second half on Dec. 16 against Indiana St, with Jihad hitting the figure with a 3-pointer and Pearson Jr. getting to the total on a layup.

Up Next

Ball State gets a bye week before playing at Miami (OH) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17.

BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

NO. 11 MEN’S VOLLEYBALL SUFFERS MIVA ROAD LOSS AT MCKENDREE

LEBANON, Ill. – The Ball State men’s volleyball team (8-7, 1-1 MIVA) dropped a 3-0 decision on the road Friday night at McKendree (4-4, 1-1 MIVA).

The Cardinals put on quite the show with a first set comeback after trailing the Bearcats 19-9. BSU began to make its move slowly but surely as Will Patterson served up five straight points late in the frame to bring the score to 22-21. After that, both teams traded points which put the set into OT at 28-28 but unfortunately for the Cardinals the Bearcats went up 30-28 to take the 1-0 early lead in the match.

In set two, both squads went back-and-forth, Ball State built a three-point (8-5) edge after a kill from Patrick Rogers. The Cardinals continued to carry a lead at the midway mark, but the Bearcats weren’t going away, jumping ahead of Ball State 14-12. After a few ties and lead changes the second period came down to the wire but again McKendree took the set from Ball State, 25-23.

The third frame mimicked the first two although the Cardinals stayed within reach of the Bearcats it wasn’t enough and McKendree went on to take set three (25-21) and the match (3-0).

For the match, the Cardinals struggled offensively with Rogers being the only Cardinal to reach double figure kills with 12. Rogers also recorded his first double-double with 10 digs while adding five block assists on the night.

The Ball State men’s volleyball team continue MIVA play on the road when it travels to Lindenwood Saturday for a 8 pm ET first serve.

BALL STATE GYMNASTICS

STRONG START LEADS GYMNASTICS TO ROAD WIN AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – – Led by solid performances on bars and vault, the Ball State gymnastics team improved to 3-0 in Mid-American Conference play with a 196.000 to 195.325 victory over Central Michigan Friday evening at McGuirk Arena.

“It’s always a competitive meet up here and I’m glad we were able to go out and have a solid performance,” head coach Joanna Saleem said. “We had some mistakes here and there, but how they are handling themselves when those mistakes happen is the name of the game at this point.”

The Cardinals (10-1; 3-0 MAC) turned in team scores of 49.100 in each of its opening two rotations to set the tone early. That effort helped Ball State go on to boast the individual winner in all four events, along with a pair of gymnasts tied for the all-around title.

“Our consistency at the top is one of the things I am really excited about,” Saleem added. “Having event winners week-in and week-out is awesome, but those names are changing each meet because we have such strong athletes on our team.”

The hot start also helped Ball State pick up its first win in Mount Pleasant since Feb. 17, 1996, when the Cardinals topped the Chippewas (6-4; 3-1 MAC) by a score of 191.650 to 189.950. CMU had won the last 14 meets on its home floor before tonight’s BSU victory.

Leading the solid effort on bars was graduate Megan Teter who won the event with her second 9.900 of the season, to go along with her perfect 10.0 at the Tennessee Collegiate Classic. Sophomore Zoe Middleton and freshman Ashley Szymanski were right behind at 9.825, while junior Grace Sumner threw in a 9.800 to give BSU four scores of 9.800-or-high in the opening rotation.

Ball State followed with three routines above the 9.800 threshold in the second rotation, with senior Suki Pfister winning vault with a 9.900 of her own. It was 13th collegiate vault of 9.900-or-higher. Senior Victoria Henry and junior Carissa Martinez added scores of 9.850 and 9.825, respectively.

Senior Hannah Ruthberg led the Cardinals in the third rotation, winning floor with a score of 9.850. Pfister and Middleton would go on to tie for fourth overall with routines of 9.800.

Junior Grace Sumner then left the crowd wanting more with BSU’s final beam routine, posting a season-high score of 9.900. It was also Ball State’s highest beam score of the season. Teter was also solid on the apparatus, earning a 9.825 to tie for second on the event.

“We were all so excited for Grace and the way she got up and perform so confidently in our final routine,” Saleem said. “She’s building that confidence week after week and settling back into having fun and being able to let herself perform. I love watching her when she’s finding that rhythm and presence up there.”

Overall, Ball State’s gymnasts finished the meet with 12 scores of 9.800-or-higher, including three 9.900s.

In addition to their individual event titles, Ruthberg and Teter tied for the all-around crown with scores of 39.150. It was Ruthberg’s second straight all-around title, and Teter’s first of the year.

The Ball State gymnastics team returns to action a week from Saturday (Feb. 17), when it travels to Western Michigan for a 4 p.m. battle with the Broncos.

BALL STATE SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL BATTLES UNTIL THE END ON OPENING DAY

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – – The Ball State softball team battled until the end on opening day, but ultimately dropped both games Friday on day one of the River City Leadoff at Jacksonville’s Debbie & Fred Pruitt Softball Complex.

“It was not the outcome we wanted today, but tomorrow’s a new day,” first-year head coach Helen Peña said. “We will continue to focus on us, our process, and get better at adjusting faster in the circle and at the plate. I am seeing quality moments out of individuals, and that’s exciting to see. It’s just a matter of piecing it all together.”

After falling 6-1 to James Madison in its first game of the 2024 season, the Cardinals (0-2) found themselves trailing tournament co-host Jacksonville 4-0 heading into the sixth inning of the nightcap.

Ball State would not go without a fight, however, capitalizing on back-to-back walks to open the top of the sixth and scoring a pair of runs. The first came when graduate second baseman Jazmyne Armendariz crossed the plate from third on a two-out error. Moments later, redshirt sophomore shortstop McKenna Mulholland stole home on the front end of a double steal.

After redshirt junior reliever Alyssa Stramaglia held the Dolphins (1-1) off the board in the bottom half of the inning, the Cardinals loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh. Unfortunately, JU was able to get force plays at home and second to secure the 4-2 victory.

“We’ve got a lot of fight and talent on this team,” Peña added. “We just have to trust our training and keep the game simple. When we do that, the results will take care of themselves.”

HIGHLIGHTS:

– Graduate third baseman Haley Wynn tallied three of Ball State’s five hits over the two games, with opening the season with a single versus the Dukes (2-0) and added a pair of singles in the nightcap versus the Dolphins. With the three hits, Wynn raised her career total to 184.

– Senior center fielder Remington Ross picked up right where she left off on the base paths, collecting her 46th career stolen base in 47 attempts in the season opener versus James Madison. She opened the bottom of the seventh inning with a single and then proceeded to steal second. Ross has been successful in each of her last 33 stolen base attempts.

– Fifth-year senior pitcher Francys King turned in a solid effort in relief against JMU, limiting the Dukes to three hits and one run over the final 3.2 innings. She struck out a pair and retired the side in order in the top of the seventh.

– Stramaglia also turned in a solid relief appearance in the nightcap, throwing the final 2.1 innings without surrendering a hit. She also struck out one of the 10 batters she faced.

SCORING SUMMARY – GAME 1 (BSU 1 – JMU 6):

– T1 | A two-out, two-run home run from Jasmine Hall gave the Dukes an early two-run edge (2-0)

– B1 | An RBI single up the middle from graduate first baseman Samantha-Jo Mata plated Wynn for Ball State’s first run of the season (2-1)

– T3 | J. Hall collected her third RBI of the game with a single to left field (3-1)

– T4 | A bases loaded walk to Bella Henzler extended JMU’s lead to three runs (4-1)

– T4 | Another bases loaded walk, this time to Madison Edwards, pushed the edge to four (5-1)

– T6 | Isabelle Fishman capped the scoring with an RBI single to left field (6-1)

SCORING SUMMARY – GAME 2 (BSU 2 – JU 4):

– B1 | Jacksonville would load the bases with no outs, leading to an RBI fielder’s choice from Kari Holzrichter (1-0)

– B1 | Madison Bratek followed with a RBI double to center, but a great throw from senior left fielder Kaitlyn Mathews led to an out at third to help limit JU to two runs in the inning (2-0)

– B4 | A two-run double from Averi Harcus doubled the JU lead (4-0)

– T6 | Armendariz capitalized on a leadoff walk and a two-out error to score BSU’s first run (4-1)

– T6 | With runners at first and third after the error, Mulholland scored on a successful double steal (4-2)

UP NEXT:

The Ball State softball team continues play in the River City Leadoff Saturday, with a rematch versus JMU (1:30 p.m.) and a showdown with North Florida (4 p.m.). Both of those games will be played at the UNF Softball Complex.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

ISU TRAVELS TO MISSOURI STATE FOR TOUGH ROAD TEST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Indiana State men’s basketball heads to Springfield to take on the Missouri State Bears on Saturday. Tip is set for 2 p.m. ET.

Series History

This will be the 83rd meeting between the Sycamores and Bears. ISU won earlier this season in Terre Haute 88-66. Through the years, MSU has compiled a 36-5 record against ISU when playing in Springfield.

About Missouri State

Missouri State is in their 6th season with Coach Dana Ford at the helm. The Bears sit in a four-way tie for six place in the MVC and was selected to finish in sixth in the preseason poll. MSU in 2022-23 finished 17-15 overall and 12-8 in the MVC. The Bears were knocked out of the MVC Tournament in the Quarterfinal by Southern Illinois 54-51. Three Bears currently average 10.0+ PPG: Alston Mason (18.3), Donovan Clay (13.9), and Chance Moore (10.7).

Last Time Out – Indiana State

Indiana State men’s basketball secured its second 40-point win of the season with a 101-61 victory over Valparaiso. Indiana State moved to 21-3 overall, 12-1 in the Missouri Valley.

Robbie Avila led Indiana State in scoring for the fifth time this season, tying his career high of 27 points of 10-for-12 shooting. Avila grabbed eight rebounds and recorded two assists. Julian Larry scored 12 points on 4-of-6 from the floor and tallied five rebounds while tying his assist total with nine. Ryan Conwell also finished with 12 points shooting 5-for-9 from the field and recorded four assists, his most in an MVC game. Xavier Bledson tallied 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench in just under 15 minutes; this is Bledson’s highest scoring mark since scoring 12 at Drake on Jan. 10. Isaiah Swope rounded out the five Sycamores in double figures with 10 points.

Jayson Kent finished with nine points and six rebounds, with six-of-nine points coming by way of the dunk. Jake Wolfe scored six points, his most since recording nine at Alabama. Aaron Gray tied his career high as a Sycamore with five rebounds. Eli Shetlar chipped in with six points, Derek Vorst with four points, and Masen Miller with three. Jaden Schertz swiped two passes.

Last Time Out – Missouri State

A key 9-1 run midway through the second half propelled home-standing Northern Iowa to a 72-65 win over visiting Missouri State here Wednesday, snapping the Bears’ four-game Valley win streak. The Bears (14-10, 6-7) were led by Alston Mason with 19 points, while Matthew Lee and N.J. Benson tacked on 10 apiece. Donovan Clay added 10 rebounds and 3 assists in the game for MoState.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES COMPLETE SEASON SWEEP OF VALPO TO OPEN ROAD TRIP

VALPARAISO, Ind. – Mya Glanton led all players with 17 points Friday night and Kiley Bess added 15 off the bench, as Indiana State withstood a late Valparaiso rally to defeat the Beacons 70-65 inside the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Chelsea Cain was also in double-figures for the Trees with 12 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists, while Ella Sawyer had eight points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Indiana State took an early five-point lead following 3-pointers from Cain and Keslyn Secrist, and 3-pointers from Bess and Asia Donald kept the Sycamores in front. A back-and-forth second quarter saw the Trees take a one-possession lead into the intermission. Indiana State exploded for 21 points in the third quarter and led by as many as 15 following a three-ball from Donald midway through the fourth quarter, but Valpo put together a comeback attempt late. The Beacons got within two inside the last three minutes, but Indiana State went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe in crunch time and Cain iced the game with a layup in the final minute.

First Half

Glanton got things started for the Sycamores with a pair of free throws and a layup, and treys from Cain and Secrist quickly gave the Blue and White a 10-5 lead. Valpo countered with a 10-0 run to take its largest lead of the game midway through the first quarter at 15-10, but the Sycamores responded back. Threes from Donald and Bess capped an 8-0 Indiana State run, and Cain hit a floater as time expired to give the Trees a 20-18 lead after one.

Indiana State’s first five points of the second quarter came from the free throw line. The Sycamores went without a field goal for the first seven minutes of the period, as Valpo clawed its way back in front by a 26-25 margin. Bess snapped the field goal drought with a layup, and consecutive layups from Glanton inside the last two minutes gave the Sycamores the lead for good. Indiana State maintained a slim 33-31 advantage at the half.

Second Half

Layups Bess and Sawyer early in the third saw the Trees remain in front, though the opening four minutes went back-and-forth. Indiana State finally broke through with a 10-0 run midway through the quarter kickstarted by a three-point play from Bess. Back-to-back baskets from Glanton and a 3-pointer from Bella Finnegan saw the Sycamores’ lead swell to 50-38 following the run. Layups from Sawyer and Finnegan late in the period saw Indiana State take a 54-43 lead into the fourth.

The Sycamores continued to find ways to add to their lead early in the final frame, with Bess hitting a pair of free throws and treys from Cain and Donald making it 62-47. Valpo used a 13-0 run across the middle of the quarter to pull within two, but that was as close as the Beacons got. Glanton, Sawyer and Bess combined to go 6-for-6 from the charity stripe inside the final 2:30 of action, and a second-chance basket from Cain inside the final minute was a dagger. Valpo went 0-for-6 from the field inside the final minute, as Indiana State completed its season sweep of the Beacons.

News and Notes

Chelsea Cain and Ella Sawyer were both on triple-double watch, as Cain had 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Sawyer had eight points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Asia Donald had eight points in 11 minutes playing in front of her home crowd. Donald was a star at nearby Hobart (Ind.) HS, where she led the IHSAA in scoring last year.

Indiana State’s 23 bench points Friday night was the Sycamores’ most in a win this season.

The Sycamores have continued to find success from behind the arc in conference play, knocking down 43.8 percent (7-for-16) of their 3-point attempts Friday. Conversely, Indiana State’s 3-point defense limited Valpo, who led the MVC in 3-pointers entering Friday’s game, to a 29.0 percent clip from deep.

Kiley Bess registered a career-best six steals in Friday’s win, the most in a game by a Sycamore this season.

Keslyn Secrist earned her first career start in Friday’s game, finishing with five points, three rebounds and one assist in 13 minutes.

Indiana State swept the season series with Valpo this season, and has won each of the last three games at Valpo in the all-time series. The Sycamores are 6-1 all-time at Valparaiso.

Indiana State wore its alternate gray uniforms for just the second time this season, and the Sycamores picked up their first win this season when wearing gray.

Up Next

Indiana State closes its two-game road trip Sunday afternoon at UIC, with tipoff set for 1 p.m.

INDIANA STATE TRACK

SYCAMORES CLAIM EIGHT EVENT WINS AT STATE FAIRGROUNDS

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana State’s depth was on full display Friday at the Fall Creek Pavilion, as the Sycamores claimed eight first-place finishes at the Marian Indoor Invitational.

Six of those eight event wins came on the women’s side, including season-best performances in the 60m from Michelle McDonald (7.70) and in the 400m from Alysha Bradford (57.78). The Sycamores’ two men’s event wins came from Parker Doyle in the 60m hurdles and Lawrence Mitchell in the high jump, with the former clocking a season-best 8.22 and the latter winning in his first meet back since the season opener.

As a whole, Indiana State racked up 31 top-five finishes at the state fairgrounds, with every event group represented by multiple top-five finishes on the day.

Event Winners

Michelle McDonald – 60m (7.70)

Alysha Bradford – 400m (57.78)

Parker Doyle – 60m hurdles (8.22)

Alysha Bradford, Janiya Bowman, Emily Lowe, Iyanla Hunter – 4x400m relay (3:56.23)

Lawrence Mitchell – high jump (2.02m/6-07.50)

Janiya Bowman – long jump (5.81m/19-00.75)

Dominique Wood – triple jump (11.58m/38-00.00)

Aliseonna Garnett – shot put (13.33m/43-08.75)

Top-Three Finishes

Angel Thomas – 60m (second, 7.76)

Iyanla Hunter – 200m (second, 24.84)

Cameron Stevens – 400m (second, 49.90)

Napoleon Hernandez – 800m (second, 1:54.28)

Brooklyn Giertz-Pfaff – pole vault (second, 3.87m/12-08.25)

Ali Ilupeju – triple jump (second, 14.28m/46-10.25)

Sophie Yovanovich – 200m (third, 25.32)

Tahj Johnson, Napoleon Hernandez, Zach Powell, Xavier Wills – 4x400m relay (third, 3:23.67)

Grace Quinlan – high jump (third, 1.61m/5-03.25)

Selene Weaver – pole vault (third, 3.87m/12-08.25)

Sprints/Hurdles

Indiana State’s sprinters and hurdlers put together a strong day, with four of the Sycamores’ eight event wins of the day coming from the group. Michelle McDonald (7.70) and Angel Thomas (7.76) went 1-2 in the 60m, while Iyanla Hunter ran an indoor-best 24.84 to place second in the 200m. The Sycamores’ also got a win from Alysha Bradford in the 400m with a season-best time of 57.78, while Janiya Bowman, Bradford, Emily Lowe and Hunter led the Trees’ 4x400m relay team to a first-place finish in 3:56.23.

The Trees also got a strong showing on the men’s side, led by Parker Doyle’s season-best time of 8.22 in the 60m hurdles. Top-five finishes from Tahj Johnson in the 200m (22.07) and Cameron Stevens in the 400m (49.90) added to a strong day for the Blue and White, while the 4x400m relay team of Johnson, Napoleon Hernandez, Zach Powell and Xavier Wills placed third with a time of 3:23.67.

Distance

Indiana State had multiple positive results from the distance crew at the Marian Indoor Invitational, despite the majority of the Sycamores’ distance runners competing at Grand Valley State. The men’s 800m was one of the Sycamores’ best events of the day, as Hernandez led a quartet of Sycamores in the top six with a time of 1:54.28. Ryan Handy (1:55.66) and Nick Burns (1:55.80) also earned top-five finishes in the event.

Kyra Young added a top-five finish for the Sycamore women in the mile, running a career-best 5:12.97 in the event. The Trees also got a career-best performance in the 800m from Halle Miller at 2:21.31. Cami Farmer clocked a time of 11:16.92 in the 3000m, while Isaac Bryant (8:58.90) ran a career-best time in the men’s 3000m.

Jumps/Pole Vault

Indiana State picked up a trio of wins in the jumps events, including one from Lawrence Mitchell in his first meet back since the season opener. Mitchell cleared 2.02m (6-07.50) to place first in the men’s high jump, while Grace Quinlan cleared 1.61m (5-03.25) to earn a top-three finish on the women’s side.

Janiya Bowman tied her season-best of 5.81m (19-00.75) to win the women’s long jump, with Faith Frye (5.53m/18-01.75) also placing in the top five in the event. Jake Ottersbach picked up a top-five finish on the men’s side with a career-best mark of 6.90m (22-07.75). The Sycamores also picked up a first-place finish in the women’s triple jump, as Dominique Wood recorded a season-best attempt of 11.58m (38-00.00). Ali Ilupeju finished second in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 14.28m (46-10.25).

The Sycamores also finished with three of the top four women’s pole vaulters Friday. Brooklyn Giertz-Pfaff and Selene Weaver both cleared 3.87m (12-08.25), while Kennedy Merrell cleared a career-best 3.77m (12-04.50). On the men’s side, Dan O’Laughlin placed fifth after clearing 4.45m (14-07.25)

Throws

Aliseonna Garnett earned top-five finishes in both throws events Friday, including a first-place result in the shot put. Garnett’s top shot put mark came in at 13.33m (43-08.75), while her top weight throw mark of 15.25m (50-00.50) placed her fifth.

Gavin Connelly represented the Sycamores in the men’s throws events, also earning top-five finishes in both. Connelly placed fourth in the shot put with a mark of 15.40m (50-06.25) and fifth in the weight throw with a mark of 15.59m (51-01.75).

Up Next

Indiana State returns home for its final meet before the MVC Indoor Championships, playing host to the ISU Open the afternoon of February 17.

INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL

INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL FALLS IN SEASON-OPENER DOUBLE HEADER

HOUSTON, Texas – Indiana State Softball falls in season-opener double header. The Sycamores played in two games on Friday evening to open up their weekend at the Houston Invite Tournament.

Game One: Houston 13, Indiana State 1 (5 inn.)

Indiana State was unable to keep pace with host Houston in the first game of the 2024 season as the Sycamores fell to the Cougars, 13-1, on Friday afternoon.

Houston broke open a 1-1 game in the bottom of the second with a nine-run inning to take control of the game and hand ISU its first loss of the year.

Randi Jo Pryor highlighted the offense for Indiana State with a solo home run in the second inning, while Abi Chipps, Kennedy Shade, and Abby Robakowski all singled in the loss.

Cassi Newbanks (0-1) took the loss in the circle in her first start of the season. The junior pitcher went the first 2.0 innings allowing five hits and four runs before turning the ball over to Hailey Griffin and Annie Waggoner to close out the game.

Lair Beautae, Turiya Coleman, and Kennedy Thomas all homered for Houston as the Cougars connected on eight extra-base hits in the win. Shelby Smith (1-0) went the first 4.0 innings in taking the win, while Nicole Bodeux went the final 1.0 inning to close out the five-inning victory.

News & Notes

Randi Jo Pryor’s solo home run in the second inning marked her first collegiate home run at Indiana State.

Annie Waggoner posted her first collegiate strikeout in relief going the final 1.1 innings inside the circle.

Game Two: Rutgers 14, Indiana State 5

Indiana State battled hard, but fell to Rutgers 14-5 to wrap up Friday night’s double header.

Abi Chipps led the team with 3 hits and went 2-2 on stolen base attempts and was able to score in the first inning on an RBI by Isabella Henning.

Lauren Sackett (0-1) took the loss in the second game of the evening. The junior pitcher went the first 3.0 innings of the game, allowing five hits and seven runs. Morgan Asher and Annie Waggoner closed out the game throwing 2.0 innings each while striking out one batter apiece.

The Sycamores got their bats going in the fourth inning where they scored three runs. Randi Jo Pryor started the scoring with an infield RBI single, while Lauren Kapelka added a single to left field, scoring Kennedy Shade to cut the Rutgers lead down to 9-3. Kenzie Cornwell drove in the final run of the frame with an RBI sacrifice fly scoring Lauren Marsicek to end the rally.

Indiana State kept the game alive in the bottom of the fifth with a two-out rally. Kennedy Shade started the stretch with a single to left and stole second base to move into scoring position. Abby Robakowski moved her to third with a base hit, before Ana Macha’s single to center scored Shade to make it an 11-5 game.

The Scarlet Knights closed out the contest with three runs in the top of the seventh to provide the final 14-5 margin.

Katie Wingert started off the game for Rutgers with a two-run home run and Kyleigh Sand advanced Rutgers lead in the second inning with a three-run home run. Morgan Smith (1-0) went the first 4.0 innings in the circle taking the win, while Georgia Ingle (S, 1) closed out the final 3.0 innings to record the save.

Up Next

Play will continue tomorrow for the Sycamores at 11 a.m. ET. beginning with a matchup against Colgate and they will turn around to play Houston at 1:30 p.m. ET.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

‘DONS AND JAGS TO MEET AT NOON AT THE FAIRGROUNDS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team hits the road to the Circle City on Saturday (Feb. 10) for a road game at IUPUI. It will be a noon start.

Game Day Information

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (15-9, 6-7) vs. IUPUI Jaguars (6-19, 2-12)

When: Saturday, Feb. 10 | noon ET

Where: Indianapolis, Ind. | Indiana Farmers Coliseum

Live Stats: Link

Video: ESPN+

Radio: 1380 AM

Series Record: IUPUI leads 28-18

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne (PDF) | IUPUI

‘DONS & ENDS:

// The ‘Dons have wins over each of the top three teams in the Horizon League standings (Green Bay, Oakland and Youngstown State).

// The ‘Dons have recorded double-digit steals in 12 games. They have had more steals than their opponent in 18-of-24 games and five of the last six games.

// The ‘Dons have made at least eight 3-pointers in 18-of-23 games and double digit treys in seven games.

// The ‘Dons have double-digit offensive rebounds in nine games.

// Quinton Morton-Robertson is 26th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 41.5 percent (68-of-164).

//  Three times this season the ‘Dons have committed six or fewer turnovers in a game.

// Anthony Roberts has 51 steals, 20th in the nation and first in the league. His 2.12 steals per game ranks 38th in the nation.

// Rasheed Bello is 48th in the nation in total steals (46). His 1.92 steals per game is 67th.

// Rasheed Bello went over the 1,000 point mark in his NCAA career on Dec. 31 vs. Detroit Mercy. His 1,000 plus total combines his scoring at UW-Parkside and Purdue Fort Wayne. He has 1,164 total points with 791 coming at UW-Parkside.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s scoring margin of 9.9 is second in the league and 50th in the nation.

// The ‘Dons have had fewer turnovers than their opponent in all but three games this season.

// All five starters reached double-digits vs. SEMO (Dec. 9) and vs. Bethune-Cookman (Dec. 16). Additionally, the ‘Dons are 8-2 when four or all five starters reach double-digits.

// Rasheed Bello has reached double-digits in every game this season but two this season.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s 9.9 steals per game this season, 9th in the nation, are up from the 7.3 last year. The Division I era program high for steals per game was the 8.8 mark in 2021-22.

// Four Mastodons are averaging better than 13.0 points per game: Jalen Jackson (15.8), Rasheed Bello (15.5), Quinton Morton-Robertson (13.1) and Anthony Roberts (12.9).

TOP 30 NATIONAL RANKINGS:

// 3rd in turnover margin (+7.0)

// 7th in turnovers forced per game (17.42)

// 9th in steals per game (9.9)

// 16th in fast break points per game (15.25)

// 28th in points per game (81.4)

// 28th in 3-pointers per game (9.3)

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL

‘DONS SPLIT OPENING DAY WITH WIN OVER MVSU

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Purdue Fort Wayne softball opened its season with a split at Alabama State’s Stinger Classic on Friday (Feb. 9). The ‘Dons fell to Houston Christian 11-6 before topping Mississippi Valley State 2-0 in the nightcap.

GAME 1 – Houston Christian 11, Purdue Fort Wayne 6

The Mastodons jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but Houston Christian put together two big innings to top the Mastodons 11-6 in the 2024 season opener.

The Mastodons scored five runs in the first inning of the season. McKenna Minton recorded her first-career RBI for the first for the ‘Dons. She drew a walk with bases loaded to bring Tori Countryman home. Brayden Lickey knocked a single to third base to score Bailey Manos and Brooke Wintlend. Brooke Lickey also singled, bringing home Lickey and Minton.

Houston Christian scored its first run in the second after a double and single to bring the score to 5-1. The game remained at that score until the fourth. The Huskies scored five to take the lead which they did not relinquish. They added five more insurance runs in the fifth.

The Mastodons started to mount a comeback in the seventh when Gwen McMenemy got on base with a single to start the inning. Grace Hollopeter joined her with a single in the next at bat, then Aglaia Rudd brough McMenemy home with a single of her own. Manos singled to load the bases, but the three ‘Dons were stranded on base.

All nine batters reached the basepaths.

Gracie Brinkerhoff took the loss in 3.1 innings. Freshman Kayla Roberts threw 3.2 innings of relief. HCU’s Lyndie Swanson (1-0) got the win in 6.1 innings.

Houston Christian improved to 1-0.

GAME 2 – Purdue Fort Wayne 2, Mississippi Valley State 0

Alanah Jones threw the first complete game shutout of her career as the Mastodons beat Mississippi Valley State 2-0.

Jones went the full seven innings while striking out 10 Devilettes. She had at least one K in every inning.

It took just one extra base hit for the ‘Dons to score and it came at the bat of Hollopeter. In the fifth inning, she drilled a home run over the left field wall to bring home McMenemy, who had safely reached on a bunt the at bat prior. This put the Mastodons up 2-0, the score that held until the final out.

The Mastodons amassed seven hits. Hollopeter and Manos had two each and Epiphany Hang, Ella Carriere and McMenemy had one each.

Jones moves to 1-0 with the complete game victory. Maya Ramirez threw all seven innings for Mississippi Valley State and took the loss to fall to 0-1.

Purdue Fort Wayne moves to 1-1. Mississippi Valley State falls to 0-2. The Mastodons will play Alabama State and Austin Peay on Saturday (Feb. 10) at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET, respectively.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE TRACK

MASTODONS HAVE BIG PERFORMANCES AT BIG MEET

ALLENDALE, Mich. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s track and field team put together some big marks at the Grand Valley State Big Meet on Friday (Feb. 9).

In the long jump, Louiza Kruiswijk took third with a school record leap of 5.71 meters. Dylan Kirkwood earned eighth (5.39 meters). Kruiswijk was also third in the triple jump (11.68m).

In the shot put, Ali Sparks earned sixth thanks to a personal best mark of 13.88m. Lia Rivers followed in ninth (13.05m). Nakia Harris-Campbell took 10th in the weight throw (16.01 meters).

Jai Reed earned seventh in the 60 meters, running 7.70 in the finals. Reed also ran the 200 in 25.39 to finish fifth in her section.

Kassie Jordan was 11th in her section of the 200 (25.69). Aniya Young had a top 30 performance in the 200 meters, taking 26th (25.87).

In the 5000, Madison King (16:35.40) and Riley Tate (16:45.81) put together strong performances with Tate setting a new PR and earning the number two spot on the program’s top 10 list. King was fifth and Tate was eighth in their heat. Mercedes Sarver (18:21.54) and Faith Allen (18:27.54) were first and second in their sections of the 5000 with new personal bests. Haylee Hile also had a PR time of 18:32.15 in the 5000.

Jesseca Hudson-Turpin took fifth in the 60 hurdles (8.59) with Jordan Yanders (8.68) in eighth thanks to a new PR.

Jordan, Korynne Moga, Marissa Van De Weg and Hudson-Turpin ran the 4×400 relay in 3:51.55, less than a second off the school record.

MILLEDGE AND NISWANDER SET SCHOOL RECORDS AT GVSU BIG MEET

ALLENDALE, Mich. – Kobe Milledge set a new school record in the 600 meters (1:22.47) for the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s track and field program at the Grand Valley State Big Meet on Friday (Feb. 9).

Milledge was 13th in his section thanks to the school record.

Harrison Niswander added to his collection of school records by setting the new 5000 meters mark (14:21.78). He now owns the mile, 3000 and 5000 school records.

Jarred Neff ran the mile in 4:13.81 for 11th in his section, nearly matching the PR he set last week.

Kehinde Oladapo was 11th in his section of the 800 meters (1:54.48).

Freshman Isaiah Smith had a PR in the 200 for 15th (22.80). Brent Donaldson earned ninth in his section of the 200 with a personal record of 22.41.

Donaldson, Ezra Lewellen, Milledge and Oladapo ran the 4×400 relay in 3:21.64 for 13th.

In the pole vault, Alex Schipper and Cody Loshe were 13th (4.43m).

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

MASTODON MVB PICKS UP MIVA WIN AT QUEENS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The No. 20 Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team picked up its first win in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association action on Friday night (Feb. 9), defeating Queens 3-1 (22-25, 25-19, 25-17, 28-26).

For the sixth time this season, Purdue Fort Wayne hit over .300 as a team. The ‘Dons hit .320 on Friday night, including a match-high .423 in the third set.

Queens took the opening set 25-22 by hitting .321. The Mastodons held the Royals under .200 the rest of the night.

The second set was full of mini-runs, but the Mastodons had the last one. After a 20-18 lead, the Mastodons won five of the last six under service from Jon Diedrich and Raul Papaleo Jr. This run included a block from Diedrich and Casey Lyons and a kill from Axel Melendez Watts.

After the 1-1 draw, Mark Frazier and Diedrich came alive, combining for 21 of their 33 kills after the halfway mark, while hitting a ridiculous .439.

Set three saw the ‘Dons jump out to a 5-0 start with two of Diedrich’s match-high four aces. The ‘Dons never trailed the rest of the way and put the set away with a 7-1 run primarily behind Andrej Polomac’s serving arm. Diedrich capped off the set with another ace.

It looked as though it was going to be the Mastodons’ third five-setter in a week when Queens led 23-19, but the ‘Dons went to their best player in crunch time. Diedrich had all six of his fourth-set kills after that 23-19 mark. Frazier put the match away with his 16th kill, which bumped him up to a .500 hitting percentage for the night.

Andrew Mayer had 10 digs for the second time in his freshman season. Jack Brinkman led Queens with 12 kills.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 7-4, 1-1 MIVA while Queens falls to 5-7, 1-2 MIVA. These two teams will meet again on Saturday (Feb. 10) at 3 p.m.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

SATURDAY ROAD TILT AT MURRAY STATE UP NEXT FOR UE MEN

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Looking to clinch its first 5-game Missouri Valley Conference win streak since the 1998-99 campaign, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team travels to Murray, Ky. to face Murray State on Saturday.  Tip is set for 3 p.m. CT with ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network on the call.

Last Time Out

– Avenging a 36-point loss in Peoria on Jan. 10, the Purple Aces hung on for a 73-70 win over Bradley on Wednesday evening

– It also halted an 11-game win streak the Braves had enjoyed against UE, dating back to Jan. 6, 2018

– Evansville opened the night on a 15-2 run and held a 32-27 halftime lead

– The Braves jumped in front by as many as three points in the second half before UE hit all six free throw tries in the final minute to seal the victory

– Ben Humrichous led the team with 14 points while Josh Hughes and Tanner Cuff scored nine apiece

Making it Look Easy

– Antonio Thomas is one of the most efficient free throw shooters in the MVC and his most important effort came against his former squad

– With UE clinging to the lead in the final minute against Bradley, Thomas calmly hit all four of his attempts to clinch the victory

– He has hit 85.7% of his attempts this season and is 5th in the Valley; he has converted 15 attempts in a row since 1/17

– Thomas has returned to form over the last 3 games, averaging 9.0 PPG

Taking Matters Into His Own Hands

– Entering the final minute in the win over Bradley, Ben Humrichous would not be denied as he converted a 3-point play that gave UE the lead for good

– He led the team with 14 points and picked up 3 assists and 3 steals in 27:46 (his highest minute total since Dec. 18)

– At Valpo, Humrichous played 24 minutes and tallied 8 points and 3 boards; in his first game back against UIC, his presence was immediately felt as he finished with 15 points, 5 boards and 4 assists after missing the 3 previous games and 8 out of 9

– He remains one of the most versatile players in the MVC and the stat rankings are indicative of that: scoring (11th | 15.0 PPG), FG% (8th | 51.8%), 3PT% (2nd | 43.0%), blocks (7th | 1.19/game)

Four More

– Kenny Strawbridge Jr. is absolutely locked in on the defensive side of the floor

– Over the last 7 games, he has 18 steals (2.6/game) and has multiple swipes in each of those outings, including 4 in the win over Bradley

– His season average continues to rise and he is second in the league with 1.87/game

– Offensively, he led UE at Valpo with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting and is fourth on the team with 9.5 PPG on the season

Picking His Shots

– Over the last two games, Josh Hughes is 6-for-9 from the field and 3-4 from outside while scoring nine points in both contests

– Since Jan. 13, Hughes is shooting 53.8% (14/26) from long range

– Evansville is 11-1 in games where Hughes converts at least 50% of his attempts

– Hughes has a block in 5 consecutive games and is tied for 5th in the MVC with 1.25/game

Scouting the Opponent

– Murray State enters Saturday’s game with a 9-15 overall mark and are tied with UE in the MVC standings at 6-7

– The Racers fell to Belmont by a 69-64 final on Wednesday in Nashville after earning a 71-43 road win at UNI last Saturday

– MSU took the first meeting against UE on Jan. 6 by a score of 81-59

– Four players average double figures for the Racers with Rob Perry pacing the squad with 12.8 points per game

– JaCobi Wood and Quincy Anderson hold averages of 12.2 and 11.6 PPG, respectively

– Nick Ellington averages 11.0 points and a team-high 6.1 caroms

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

FOUL TROUBLE SINKS ACES LATE COMEBACK IN LOSS TO UIC

CHICAGO – A cold fourth quarter kept the University of Evansville women’s basketball team from capitalizing on a late lead in its 65-57 loss to the UIC Flames.

The Purple Aces led going into the final frame of Friday night’s game at Credit Union 1 Arena. But an almost four-minute scoreless streak put the Flames ahead to take the season series. Despite struggling with foul trouble down the stretch, UE had three players in double-figures while freshman forward Nevaeh Thomas picked up her second double-double of the season.

Evansville played from behind to start Friday’s contest. Facing a seven-point deficit only four minutes into the game, the Aces rallied behind point guards Kynidi Mason Striverson and Tené Smith to get within one at the 4:14 mark. The two teams traded shots until the final minute of the first quarter. Five straight points for UIC made it 24-19 going into the second frame.

It was all defense for UE in the second quarter as they kept the Flames to a lone field goal. But foul trouble began for the Aces with its starting forwards Maggie Hartwig and Thomas picking up one each. The free throws put UIC ahead by 11 but spurred a six-point run from Evansville. UE’s last basket of the first half came with under three minutes leading to a nine-point deficit to start the second half.

The Aces had their best quarter of the night in the third, shooting 61.5% from the floor. It was a back-and-forth start to the second half including two runs for either team. Evansville gained momentum in the final five minutes of the quarter. The Aces didn’t allow a shot to be made by the Flames in that stretch while going a hot four of six. A three from Hartwig with 39 seconds left in the third gave UE its only lead of the game at 47-46.

But UIC responded early in the fourth quarter, drawing two quick fouls to retake the lead. Evansville didn’t find the basket again until almost four minutes into the quarter thanks to a foul drawn by guard Julia Palomo. Over the next four and a half minutes, the Aces got it back within three on a Hartwig trey and a free throw from guard Lexie Sinclair. But the Flames closed out the game on a six-to-one run while drawing fouls that took Mason Striverson, Hartwig, and Smith out of the game for the 65-57 loss.

Thomas led the team on defense with 10 rebounds and added her double-double with 15 points on the floor. Mason Striverson led the team on offense with 17 while Hartwig also made it into double-digits with 11 points. Three players recorded a steal each while Thomas and guard Madline Gerke picked up the two blocks of the game.

The Aces head to Valparaiso for a Sunday afternoon clash at the ARC. Tip-off against the Beacons is set for 1 p.m.

EVANSVILLE SOFTBALL

ACES WRAP UP FIRST DAY OF ELON SOFTBALL CLASSIC

ELON, N.C. – Opening the 2024 season, the University of Evansville softball team faced Miami Ohio and Kent State at the Elon Softball Classic on Friday. 
 
Game 1 – Miami Ohio 12, UE 0 – Box Score
 
Belting three home runs in the first two innings, Miami Ohio pulled away to take a 12-0 victory in Friday’s season opener.
 
Miami jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first with back-to-back solo shots.  In Evansville’s half of the first, Zoe Frossard drew a 1-out walk but was stranded at first as the game headed into the second.  The RedHawks wasted little time in adding to their lead as Jenna Golembiewski sent the first pitch she saw out of the park to make it a 3-0 game.  The RedHawks tacked on two more runs to extend the lead to 5-0.
 
Evansville had its first scoring opportunity in the bottom of the second, loading the bases with two outs.  Hannah Hood and Taylor Howe reached on walks while Brooke McCorkle reached on an error.  A foul out ended the threat.  UE had another opportunity in the bottom of the sixth when Marah Wood drew a 1-out walk before Jess Willsey followed with a single.  Unfortunately, a strikeout and foul out kept the Aces off the board.
 
In the seventh, Miami broke through with seven runs to put the game out of reach.  Maddi Banks led MU with three RBI as the RedHawks erupted for 10 hits.  Addy Jarvis earned the win, tossing a complete game, 2-hit shutout.  Gracie Hollingsworth made the start, allowing three runs on five hits in 1 1/3 frames.  Elle Jarrett threw the final 5 2/3 innings of relief; the first 4 2/3 frames saw her hold MU scoreless.  In the seventh, Miami scored seven runs, however, none of those were earned.
 
Game 2 – Kent State 10, UE 1 – Box Score
 
Scoring five runs in the second and five more in the sixth, Kent State took a 10-1 win in Friday’s second game.  Evansville broke through in the bottom of the first with Alexa Davis doing a perfect job on the basepaths.  After reaching on a leadoff walk, Davis stole second, advanced to third on a sacrifice by Zoe Frossard, and crossed the plate when Marah Wood singled to center.
 
The Golden Flashes countered with a 5-run second that saw Julia Mazanec hit a 3-run home run to get KSU on the board.  Savannah Wing added a 2-run single to cap the inning.
 
UE had a few chances in the middle innings.  Brooke Voss reached on a single in the second while Jenna Nink and Frossard walks in the fourth.  Keghan Pye reached base on a bunt single in the 5th, but the Aces could not push any of those runs across the plate.  Kent State put the finishing touch on the game with a 5-run sixth as they finished with the 10-1 victory.
 
Four different players recorded the hits for UE while Kent State erupted for 10 hits, three coming off the bat of Alexandria Whitmore.  Macy Irelan three four innings to earn the win for KSU.  She gave up one run on four hits.  Mikayla Jolly went five innings and allowed five runs, three earned.  Megan Brenton threw in the sixth innings and saw five runs score, four of those being earned.
 
On Saturday, UE opens with a rematch against Kent State at 8:30 a.m. CT before facing Elon at 11 a.m. CT.

VALPO BASEBALL

SEASON PREVIEW: BEACON BASEBALL SET TO TOSS OUT FIRST PITCH OF 2024

With the bulk of the starting lineup back from a team that took a step forward in 2023, optimism is high at Emory G. Bauer Field as the Valparaiso University baseball team gets set to embark upon the 2024 season.

A veteran roster features 16 seniors and nine juniors including an upperclassmen core of position players who have grown together for several seasons.

“You can lean on your players when you have experience,” head coach Brian Schmack said. “You don’t have to feel like you have to coach everything they do. You can let them play. That’s awesome and that’s the freedom that we like to give guys. It’s fun to see guys come full circle who came in as freshmen. They’re looking forward to competing and they’re enjoying each other’s company as teammates.”

Valpo will face a challenging nonconference schedule, including a game at No. 1 Wake Forest on March 2. The Beacons also battle No. 6 Vanderbilt (March 26) in addition to the likes of Alabama, Campbell and a variety of other high-level foes.

“We want to challenge ourselves,” Schmack said. “We know that the MVC is extremely tough, and you want to be prepared for that. By playing the best competition, you figure out where you need to make changes. Our guys like taking on challenges and believe they can compete with those teams.”

Pitching

Valpo will open the season with a four-game series at Alabama State beginning on Feb. 16. Although the order has not yet been determined, indications are that senior Griffin McCluskey (Normal, Ill. / Normal), redshirt freshman Adam Guazzo (Huntley, Ill. / Huntley), freshman Lucas Foley (Deer Park, Ill. / Lake Zurich) and redshirt junior Josh Cottrill (Pewaukee, Wis. / Pewaukee) will make starts during the opening weekend.

McCluskey is the most experienced arm in that quartet, having started 15 games in the weekend rotation in 2023 after appearing in 11 games (seven starts) in 2022 and nine (two starts) in 2021. Foley is a true freshman, while Guazzo was sidelined last season and will make his collegiate debut during the opening weekend. Cottrill has made 21 appearances and one start over the last two seasons.

Others in the pitching mix who will see innings over the opening weekend include senior transfer Bryce Konitzer (Mukwonago, Wis. / Mukwonago [Oakland]), senior Trent Turzenski (Burlington, Wis. / Burlington) and senior Kaleb Krier (Altoona, Iowa / Southeast Polk [DMACC]). Late in games, Valpo will lean heavily upon junior righty Jake Jakubowski (Lake in the Hills, Ill. / Huntley [Heartland]), who has joined the program as a junior college transfer.

Catcher

Redshirt junior Kade Reinerton (Huxley, Iowa / Ballard Community) is back after playing in 18 games a year ago before his season was cut short by an injury. He is expected to start behind the dish among a catching crew that also includes senior Liam Patton (Barrington, Ill. / Warsaw [Wabash]), redshirt sophomore Patrick Illitch (Detroit, Mich. / University Liggett [IMG]) and sophomore Will Radich (Lake Oswego, Ore. / IMG Academy).

Patton, who has joined the team as a transfer, missed most of the fall and winter with an injury and is getting back into the swing of things. He will compete with Reinertson for playing time at the backstop position.

Infield

Three returning stalwarts comprise the bulk of the infield with seniors Brady Renfro (Big Bend, Wis. / Mukwonago [Indian Hills CC]) and Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) manning the corner positions at first and third, respectively. Senior Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central) is back to hold down the fort at shortstop, and he’ll be joined by a new double-play partner as senior transfer Connor Giusti (Hoffman Estates, Ill. / Fremd [Wisconsin Oshkosh]) has claimed the starting second base job.

Renfro, now a fourth-year starter, was All-MVC Honorable Mention in 2021 and hit .287 last season to go along with eight doubles and four home runs while starting 34 games. Hannahs, also a fourth-year starter, earned MVC Freshman of the Year honors in 2021 and is coming off a season where he hit .286 while playing in 30 games and making 29 starts. Thurston is a third fourth-year starter on the infield and started 46 games a year ago. Giusti is a newcomer to the team but not college baseball, as he played in 117 games at Wisconsin Oshkosh over the last four seasons and hit .333 last year.

“I like Giusti’s energy and he’s been an infielder for four years in college,” Schmack said. “With veterans like Kaleb, Thurston and Renfro, you just ride it. They have earned the right to start and they have experience that is going to be huge for that infield. Our pitching staff may not have swing-and-miss stuff, so defensive play on the infield is going to be a key for us.”

Outfield

Preseason All-MVC choice Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest) is back for his junior season after hitting .345 with seven home runs and 43 RBIs to earn first team all-conference honors in 2023. He will start in right field while fourth-year starter Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) will once again get the nod in left. Senior Alex Ryan (Lake Mills, Wis. / Lakeside Lutheran) is the everyday centerfielder to start the year after playing in 40 games and making 37 starts a year ago.

“Maka had a tremendous increase from his freshman season to his sophomore season,” Schmack said. “He’s at a spot where he knows how good he can be. He’s not going to sneak up on anyone anymore. They may pitch him a little differently, but he’s ready for the challenge. He’s going to be a cornerstone for us in the outfield.”

Schmack batted .322 with nine home runs, 38 RBIs and a team-high 99 total bases last year, while Maka climbed his average nearly 100 points from the previous season as part of a breakout campaign.

“We lean on Kyle to drive in some runs,” Schmack said. “The experience plays a part in it. It’s the same thing with Renfro and Hannahs, we know they’re handling things the right way. AR (Alex Ryan) has done well and plays great defensively.”

In addition, newcomers Kevin Denty (Tinley Park, Ill. / Marian Catholic), Carson Husmann (Hannah, Ind. / South Central [Bradley]) and Chase Maifield (Fox Lake, Ill. / Grant [Augustana]) are all part of the designated hitter mix.

“We brought in Husmann from Bradley and he had a good fall,” Schmack said. “Denty is opening up a lot of eyes as a freshman; it’s going to be hard to keep him out of the lineup. Maifield is a big, physical left-handed hitter.”

The Beacons are coming off their highest overall win total, MVC win total, overall winning percentage and MVC winning percentage since joining the Missouri Valley Conference.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

COMEBACK EFFORT FALLS JUST SHORT FRIDAY

Trailing by 15 points with 6:28 to play Friday evening at the ARC against Indiana State, it would have been easy for the Valpo women’s basketball team to pack it in. The Beacons dug their heels in and nearly erased the Sycamores’ entire lead, getting to within two points with 2:41 to play, but Valpo wasn’t able to take the final step to complete the rally, as Indiana State left the ARC with a 70-65 victory.

How It Happened

A 3-pointer 16 seconds into the game by senior Ava Interrante (McHenry, Ill./McHenry) was a sign of how the first half of the first quarter would go for Valpo, as the Beacons eventually hit their first six shots from the field.

A couple early turnovers allowed Indiana State to gain a 10-5 lead just over two minutes into the game. Baskets by senior Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) and freshman Saniya Jackson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) on consecutive possessions evened things at 10 apiece.

Following an ISU offensive foul, fifth-year Olivia Brown (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids [St. Bonaventure]) drilled a 3-pointer to give Valpo the lead, and then came up with a fast-break layup off a steal by fifth-year Jill Harris (Navarre, Fla./Crestview [Johnson C. Smith]) to force the Sycamores to use a timeout with the lead 15-10 4:56 into the game.

The Sycamores scored eight in a row to take the lead, and while a triple inside the final minute by freshman Layla Gold (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) briefly tied the score again, Indiana State led 20-18 at the end of the first as Chelsea Cain beat the buzzer with a basket.

A tight second quarter saw Valpo take the lead on a Harris triple with 3:21 to play in the half, and another 3-pointer by Jackson the next time down had the Beacons on top 29-27 with 2:48 remaining. But Indiana State scored six in a row and took a 33-31 lead into halftime.

A 10-0 run by the Sycamores midway through the third quarter extended their lead to 12 points, and ISU held a 54-43 lead entering the final period.

3-pointers on back-to-back trips down the court pushed ISU’s lead to its apex at 62-47 with 6:28 to play.

That was when Valpo locked in, getting five defensive stops in a row to give its offense a chance to get back into the game, and that’s just what the Beacons did on the offensive end. It started innocuously enough, with a pair of free throws from Earnest, and freshman Nevaeh Jackson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) converted a 3-point play the next time down to make it a 10-point game.

After a steal, Nevaeh Jackson hit twin sister Saniya Jackson for a layup to cut the deficit to 62-54. Interrante connected from deep on the Beacons’ next possession to bring Valpo within five, and two possessions later, Saniya Jackson drilled a wide open 3-pointer from the corner to make it a 62-60 game with 2:41 remaining.

Valpo was called for fouls which put ISU on the line three straight times down the court, and the Sycamores took advantage, going 6-of-6 from the stripe in that stretch.

Still, the Beacons were within three with 1:03 to go following a driving layup from Earnest. Needing a stop to get the ball with a chance to tie the game, Valpo forced a missed shot, but a backbreaking offensive rebound led to an open layup for the Sycamores. The Beacons had six looks at the basket in the final 30 seconds in an effort to make it a one-possession game yet again, but were unable to get any of them to fall.

Inside the Game

Three Beacons scored in double figures, led by a 16-point night from Earnest, who scored in double digits for the 18th time in 20 games this year.

Earnest also tied for game-high honors with eight rebounds and handed out a team-best three assists.

Brown delivered 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting off the bench, her fourth effort of 10+ points in the five games since her return from injury.

Saniya Jackson notched 12 points, hitting double figures for the ninth time this year. Jackson also tied her season high with seven rebounds, five of which came on the offensive end.

Interrante was a perfect 3-for-3 from the 3-point line — a season high for 3-pointers made — to finish with nine points.

Gold blocked four shots, a season high by a Valpo player. It was the first four-block game by a Beacon since Grace White rejected four Evansville shots in January 2022.

As a team, the Beacons had seven rejections Friday — their most blocks in a game since tallying seven blocks in the aforementioned Evansville game.

Led by Saniya Jackson’s five offensive boards, the Beacons tallied 12 offensive rebounds, matching their second-highest mark of the season.

The teams’ shooting marks were pretty evenly matched, as ISU shot 44.9% (22-of-49) to Valpo’s 40.7% (22-of-54) clip. The Beacons hit nine triples to the Sycamores’ seven, but ISU was able to take advantage of more trips to the foul line, going 19-of-23 at the charity stripe to Valpo’s 12-of-16.

The Beacons’ 6-for-6 start to the game from the floor marked the second time this season they’ve hit at least six consecutive shots to open a contest — the December win over Chicago State featured a 7-for-7 start for Valpo.

VALPO TRACK

MULLINGS SETS PROGRAM RECORD IN LONG JUMP, WALDA CONTINUES TO BETTER OWN PROGRAM BESTS

The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track & field teams started a weekend of competition at the Grand Valley State Big Meet in Allendale, Mich. on Friday. The Beacons were led by a pair of record-setting performances, as Micah Mullings (Minesing, Ontario, Canada / Barrie North) outdid the program’s previous all-time best in the long jump, while Evan Walda (Fort Wayne, Ind.  / South Side) bettered his own program standard in the 3000. 

How It Happened

Mullings won the long jump with a leap of 7.50 meters (24-7.25), outdoing a program record of 24-2.25 that had stood since 2011 when it was established by Jarrett Mickens. In addition, Mullings captured the triple jump crown at 14.52m (47-7.75) as part of a strong day in the jump.

Walda stopped the clock in 8:12.75 in the 3000, placing seventh in the field. He bettered his own record of 8:14.50 that had occurred at the Blue Demon Alumni Classic.

Also in the men’s 3000, Simeon Ehm (Castle Rock, Colo. / Heritage) shattered his previous personal record by 14 seconds, climbing to fourth in program history with a time of 8:18.85. He placed 12th in the event. Ehm moved ahead of Alexander Bruno (2020, 8:20.01) for fourth in Valpo lore and is behind only Walda, Ignacio Veloz Bonilla (2023) and Aaron Crauge (2001).

Elsewhere on the track, Grace Aurand (Highland, Ind. / Highland) set a PR in the 3000 at 10:12.82, placing 11th of 22. Alex Valerio (Rockford, Ill. / Boylan Catholic) clipped his previous personal best in the 5000 with a time of 15:24.22 that placed 14th.

In the throws, Tori Gerhardt (Westville, Ind. / Chesterton) checked in 13th of 23 in the women’s weight at 15.72m.

Up Next

The Beacons will round out the GVSU Big Meet on Saturday. Links to live video and results are available on ValpoAthletics.com.

UINDY SWIMMING

MEN MAINTAIN LEAD, WOMEN STAY SECOND HEADING INTO FINAL DAY AT GLVC CHAMPIONSHIPS

EVANSVILE, Ind.— The 2024 GLVC Swimming & Diving Championships continued Friday, with the University of Indianapolis notching five more event titles – three on the men’s side, two on the women’s. The UIndy men, who also set three school records on Friday, maintained their spot atop the team standings, while the Greyhound women posted the most points on the day but remained in second place overall.

The annual conference meet, which is being held at Deaconess Aquatic Center in Evansville, Ind., concludes Saturday, starting with prelims at 11 a.m. ET.

STANDINGS THRU 29 EVENTS (top 5 only)

WOMEN                                                           MEN     

1.            Drury     1379                     1.            UIndy    1129

2.            UIndy    1287                     2.            McKendree         1120

3.            McKendree         832                       3.            Drury     1103

4.            Lewis     690                       4.            Lewis     763

5.            UMSL    644                       5.            S&T        748

FRIDAY

In the afternoon diving session, Julio Osuna posted the biggest number in the history of both UIndy and the GLVC on the 3-meter board. The Tijuana, Mexico native craft a 682.65-point set to out-score second place by nearly 100 points. All-American Jason Lenzo added to his list of accolades with a bronze in the event, while freshman Adam Carr battled to a fifth-place finish.

The evening finals started with a 1-2 finish by the women in the 500 free. Jamie Glover and Brynhildur Traustadottir claimed the top two spots on the podium, with Glover’s career-best 4:55.87 setting the gold standard in the event.

More distance success followed with another historic swim from junior Cedric Buessing. Already a two-time GLVC Swimmer of the Year, Buessing continued his onslaught of the UIndy record book, resetting his own school record in the 500 free. His time of 4:18.84 is the fastest in DII this season and also broke a GLVC meet record, his third conference-record swim of the week.

Isabella Revstedt and Caroline Reinke added to the Hounds’ medal count in the women’s 100 back. The former finished in 54.82 to share the gold medal with Drury’s Lexie Waller, while the latter finished just a quarter-second behind to take bronze.

Brayden Cole broke out a gold-medal swim in the men’s 100 back, posting his first-ever sub-53 time at 52.94.

Andrea Gomez was one of three Greyhounds in the finals of the 200 fly. She touched the wall in 2:00.08, earning a silver medal while posting the second-fastest time in school history.

Freshman Elias Noe, meanwhile, set the final school record of the night with a bronze-medal time of 1:46.29 in the men’s 200 fly.

The UIndy women capped the evening with a silver-medal swim in the 200 free relay. The squad of Leticia Vaselli, Stefanie Markwardt, Isabella Revstedt and Kirabo Namutebi combined for a 1:31.61.

Additionally, the women’s B team of Julia Magierowska, Savannah Mueller, Brynhildur Traustadottir and Hanna Burke won the consolation final with a time of 1:34.35.

OTHER NOTABLES

4th- Celina Schmidt. 100 breast

5th- Mia Krstevska, 100 back

5th- Jeron Thompson, 100 back

5th- Sharon Semchiy, 200 fly

6th- Julia Magierowska, 100 back

7th- Sebestyen Bohm, 100 breast

7th- Hanna Burke, 200 fly

8th- Jackson Vanwanzeele, 200 fly

UINDY TRACK

TRACK AND FIELD SECURE SIX FIRST-PLACE FINISHES AT MU INDOOR INVITE

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy men’s and women’s track and field team returned to the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the third time this season to compete in the MU Indoor Invite. Hosted by Marian University, teams from all NCAA divisions and NAIA schools competed.

WOMEN’S RECAP

On the track, two Greyhounds took home gold. In the 200m, Hallie Montgomery crossed the finish line first after clocking a time of 24.54 seconds. With this time Montgomery is now the UIndy record holder in the event. It was previously held by Tiffany Turner who clocked 24.76 in 2003. Ailliyah Reese took the top spot in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.99 seconds. Lindsey Wormuth also competed in 60m hurdles (9.14 seconds) where she finished just behind Reese in second place.

Also on the track, the UIndy A relay team finished second in the 4x400m. The team comprised of Emily Sonderman, Trinity Gleitz, Cloey Simon, and Ellie Lengerich clocked a time of 4:05.40m

Sabrina Robison reached 4.02 meters in the pole vault securing her first place. Teammate Mackenzie VanBibber was not far behind her in fifth place after clearing 3.67 meters.

In the weight throw, Audra Hogan secured her first win of the season in the event after throwing for 16.16 meters. MaKenna Maschino placed fourth in the event with 15.44 meters. Fellow thrower, Emily Bosner also had a great day. Bosner finished second in the shot put after clearing 12.91 meters.

OTHER TOP WOMEN’S FINISHES

3. Faith Hensel, shot put, 12.91

3. Ellie Lengerich, long jump, 5.61 meters

3. Emily Sonderman, 400m, 57.84

4. Macie Swinehart, shot, put, 11.97 meters

4. Ellie Lengerich, high jump, 1.61 meters

5. Hallie Montgomery, 60m, 7.91

MEN’S RECAP

Alex Meyer secured his sixth win of the season in the high jump after reaching 2.05 meters. This is a new career high for the freshman, surpassing his previous best by .01 meters.

Kaden Edwards was another Greyhound who told home the gold in a field event. Edwards competed in the shot put and secured the top place with 16.85 meters. With this distance, the freshman created a new PR. Dylan Mayhew also competed in the event, taking second after reaching 15.92 meters.

Ndubisi Eze secured top finishes on the track and in the field. Eze placed second in the 60m hurdles after clocking a time of 8.27 seconds. In the field, the senior placed third in the high jump after clearing 1.94 meters.

On the track, the UIndy A and B teams finished strong. UIndy A comprised of Evan Stonitsch, Jalen Larkey, Luke Lacey, and Tom Saint-Juvin took second and UIndy B featuring Jaycee Wilburn, Devon Whitaker, Harnoor Dosanjh, and Brandon Ellis took fifth. The teams finished with a time of 3:22.90 and 3:32.57 respectively.

OTHER TOP MEN’S FINISHES

2. Treyton Arnold, pole vault, 4.75 meters

2. Cameron Smith, weight throw, 17.11 meters

3. Felix Rivet, mile, 4:14.14

4. Dylan Mayhew, weight throw, 16.92 meters

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will travel to Terre Haut, Ind. to compete in the ISU Open. Hosted by Indiana State, the meet is set to take place on Saturday, Feb. 17. This will be the last meet the Hounds will compete in before GLVC Indoor Championships in Indianapolis on Feb. 25 and 25.

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

GREYHOUNDS VIBE WITH CROWD, DOWN PEACOCKS IN FUN ATMOSPHERE

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy men’s basketball defended Nicoson Hall on Thursday night, knocking off Upper Iowa, 93-80, in a battle between the top-two teams in the GLVC this season.

Six Greyhounds finished in double figures in front of a rowdy student section, led by a game-high 22 points from Zac Szul in 26 minutes off the bench. The team was on fire from the field, shooting 60 percent for the first time since Dec. 2022.

David Ejah registered a whopping six blocks, adding to his 14-point and seven-rebound performance.

INS & OUTS

The Greyhounds came to play against the top-ranked scoring offense in the conference, scoring 48 first-half points. Despite picking up two early fouls, Jarvis Walker scored 10 points in the first 20 minutes, including his second 3-pointer of the evening to stretch the UIndy lead to double digits late in the half.

Szul stretched the lead to 16 with a 3-ball under 15 minutes left, capping a 12-3 run to keep the energy alive.

The Peacocks, who averaged better than 88 points per game coming into the night, came alive with a push during the middle minutes. The visitors scored 20 during a seven-minute stretch to shrink the Greyhound lead to just four. Ejah and Szul, however, refused to surrender the advantage and combined to score the next seven points.

Just like all season, the UIndy defense clamped down when it needed to. With less than a minute left, Josiah Tynes secured a rebound, kicked out to Szul, who found Jesse Bingham all by himself with nothing by the rim stopping him.

The Greyhounds limited the Peacocks to just 36.3 percent shooting – including a 29.5 percent effort after halftime – and more than 12 percentage points under their season average.

INSIDE THE BOX

– The team’s 12 blocks are the most recorded in a single game since at least the 1999-2000 season, as game-by-game data for the category ends there.

– With four assists, Tynes is now tied for 25th all-time in program history with 209 career helpers.

– UIndy outrebounded Upper Iowa, 43-20, with Julian Steinfeld leading all players with eight boards.

– Bingham followed Ejah with a modest three blocks, while also finishing with 17 points.

– Dylan Ingram grabbed seven rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench.

MORE NOTES

UIndy held Upper Iowa’s Jake Hilmer to just six points after the graduate student entered Thursday averaging 24.1 points and ranked third in DII in scoring … it was the first-ever meeting between the programs … the last time the Greyhounds scored 48 points in the first half was against Ohio Christian on New Years’ Eve 2022.

MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL

MARIAN RACES PAST (RV) HUNTINGTON 82-55

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s basketball team continued their season-long Crossroads League winning streak on Friday afternoon, blowing out (RV) Huntington 82-55 in the PE Center. Marian’s landslide win improves them to 18-6 overall, as their fourth consecutive win gives them a record of 8-6 in league games.

Gus Etchison started the game out with a splash, opening the contest with an open three point make, while vaulting his total to five points in the first minute as he answered a Lane Sparks layup with one of his own. Jackson Ames and Maximus Gizzi pushed Marian’s lead to six after three minutes of play, while another score from Etchison gave Marian a 12-8 lead at the first media timeout. Huntington would chop away at Marian’s lead and tied the game at 14 with a 6-0 run, but the scoring was halted as Dylan Moles and Gizzi reclaimed the lead for Marian.

The freshman’s score ignited a 6-0 run for the Knights, and after a make from Rowen Farrell, Marian carried a 22-16 lead. Over the final 10 minutes of the first half Marian would continue to control the tempo, pushing in front by double figures for the first time on a three-point make from Brody Whitaker. Huntington would come within five points before the half’s end, but Marian was able to withstand the pressure, keeping the Foresters off the scoreboard for the final 5:22 of the half, ending on a 10-0 run. Marian would go into the half on top 37-22 after getting a buzzer-beating three from Etchison.

Huntington would test Marian on multiple occasions in the first 10 minutes of the second half, as turnovers and missed shots would prompt a quick timeout by the Knights bench. Marian regrouped after the break and were able to move the lead to 17 points, but another counter from the visitors saw the margin drop to 11 just moments after the media timeout.

The Knights would begin to attack inside to negate Huntington’s momentum, getting a three-point plays from Whitaker, Etchison, and Gizzi to control the momentum. Marian expanded their 44-33 lead at the 13:42 mark to a 57-36 score in a matter of three minutes, as the 13-3 run drove the lead to 21 points. Huntington would challenge again after the under-10 media timeout and cut the lead to 10 points, as the score melted to a 58-48 game.

After getting a stop, a dunk from Ames and layups by Whitaker and Gizzi put the Knights back in control for good, with Marian leading 67-49 with 5:52 to play, as Huntington was forced to call a timeout. The stoppage would do little to slow down Marian, as they confidently finished the game, pushing their lead to 24 points after the final media stoppage. The Knights would lead by as many as 28 points in the final five minutes as they controlled the final moments of the game, closing their win on top 82-55.

Marian’s intense defense forced Huntington to a low 31 percent shooting day, while the Knights shot 46 percent on their offensive end. Etchison finished the game with 22 points, while Gizzi scored 19 points and added six rebounds. Whitaker scored 18 points in the win, and Jackson Ames ended with an 11-point, 13-rebound double-double. Rowen Farrell finished the game with a bench-leading five points.

Marian will face another test in their next game, as they travel to No. 18 Bethel University. The Valentine’s Day tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

MARIAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 2 MARIAN CONTINUES WINNING STREAK COMPLETING SEASON SWEEP OF HUNTINGTON

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s basketball team extended their winning streak to 21 consecutive games Friday afternoon, as the Knights defeated Huntington 76-44 in the PE Center. Marian is now 23-1 overall on the season, while moving to 14-0 in the Crossroads League.

Ella Collier got the Knights rolling in the first quarter, as the senior poured in seven points throughout the opening 10 minutes of play to help pace the offense. Huntington would hang through the offense of Collier and Abbey McNally, sticking within a single possession after getting a 7-0 run midway through the quarter. The senior and sophomore scoring duo would retaliate with a 6-0 run to extend the lead, giving Marian a 17-14 advantage after the opening quarter.

Marian got their momentum back after Huntington made the game a three-point contest, getting a quick five points from Collier in the first two minutes of the second quarter to extend the lead to eight. A basket from Kinnidy Garrard punctuated the 7-0 run to start the quarter, giving Marian a double-digit lead of 24-14. The Knights’ defense would continue to hound the Foresters as they denied any visiting points through five minutes, as the run would continue through the post tandem of Garrard and McNally. Marian led 28-14 with 5:32 to play in the half, and would end the half on a high note out-scoring 10-5, entering the break on top 38-19.

Collier finished the first half with 18 points, and added to her game-leading total in the third quarter with a pair of trips to the foul line. Marian built their lead over 20 points following Collier’s first trip to the line and a make from Allison Bosse, giving control to the Knights by midway through the third quarter. A three-point play from Bosse with 4:46 to go sealed Marian’s 20-point advantage on the board, which Marian would ride into the final quarter leading 57-32.

In the fourth quarter, Marian was able to pull their starters as the game reached its conclusion, building their lead near 30 points with a pair of makes by Aliyah Evans. The Knights led 65-38 with 5:15 to play, and took a 30-point advantage thanks to a 6-0 run in the final three minutes fueled by Esther Sevilla and Josie Trabel. A Kenna Gray three and fastbreak layup for Eva Fisher would put a cap on the fireworks for the Knights, as they closed the final quarter strong in their 76-44 victory.

Marian shot 53 percent from the field in the win, and were led in scoring by Collier’s game-high 22 points. Abbey McNally finished with a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double, and Kinnidy Garrard scored 10 points in the win.

The Knights will return to play on Wednesday, February 14, as they travel to Bethel University.

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

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INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

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TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index

NBA STANDINGS

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NHL STANDINGS

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NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/standings/

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.ncaa.com/standings/basketball-women/d1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

February 10, 1961 – AFL’s Los Angeles Chargers made the move South to the City of San Diego. They Call San Diego home for almost five decades before moving back to LA just a few short years ago.

February 10, 1989 – St Louis, Missouri – The Minor League Football System opened organizational meetings. According to the Fun While It Lasted website story on this subject the project was an effort to develop a nationwide semi-pro football league. MLFS had teams across the country from the Pacific Northwest to New England to the Deep South during the summers of 1989 and 1990. The league aspired to become a developmental feeder system for the National Football League, but no formal relationship ever developed. We will talk about another one of those in just a few moments.

February 10, 2007 – The NFL Pro Bowl was played at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii once again. This showcase of the top talent in the League resulted in a 31-28 AFC victory over their NFC counterparts. The MVP of the game was Quarterback Carson Palmer then of the Cincinnati Bengals.

February 10, 2008 – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu – At the 2007 season’s NFL Pro Bowl game the NFC knocked around the AFC squad 42-30. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson took home the Most Valuable Player Award.

February 10, 2019 – Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, Florida – The Orlando Apollos crushed the Atlanta Legends, 40-6 to kick off the Alliance of American Football. The eight centrally owned and operated teams got the startup developmental league underway but unfortunately the group lost funding and disbanded the league part way through its inaugural season.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for February 10

February 10, 1946 – Midland, Michigan – University of Colorado Safety Dick Anderson was born. Anderson received the great honor of being selected for inclusion into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993. 

February 10, 1965 – Fort Wayne, Indiana – The cornerback with World Speed from Purdue Rod Woodson arrived into this world.  We have his full bio posted on the front page today or by clicking his highlighted name above.

February 10, 1974 – Aliquippa, Pennsylvania – Ty Law the ball hawking corner from Michigan University was born. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in  the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft. Law played for 15 seasons in the NFL and registered 53 interceptions and returned those picks 828 yards in his career. Ty led the League in interceptions in two different seasons and played in five Pro-Bowls. Law was a member of 3 Super Bowl teams and helped his team, the Patriots, raise the Lombardi twice. After 10 brilliant seasons with the Pats he also played with the Jets, Chiefs and Broncos before he retired. The 2019 ceremonies of enshrinement saved a spot in their program for Ty Law’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1910      Ground is broken in Chicago for a modern concrete-and-steel stadium, replacing the 30-year-old South Side Park. The Pale Hose will play their first game at Comiskey Park, originally known as White Sox Park, on July 1, losing to the Browns in their new home, 2-0.

1916      After being waived by the Giants, the Robins and Braves owners, Charles Ebbets and Percy D. Haughton, each claim catcher Chief Meyers. A coin toss held by the National League determines the 35-year-old backstop will play for Brooklyn, where he will hit .235 in limited action over the next two seasons.

1920      The American and National League Joint Rules Committee outlaw the spitball, the shineball, and the emeryball. Seventeen pitchers, including Burleigh Grimes, who will be the last player to throw a doctored pitch legally, are allowed to keep throwing the banned pitches until they retire.

1924      The Washington Post reports Senator owner Clark Griffith has selected his scrappy second baseman Bucky Harris to become the fourth-place club’s player-manager. The 27-year-old ‘Boy Wonder,’ the youngest skipper in major-league history, will lead his team to a World Championship in his first year at the helm when the club beats the Giants in seven games.

1971      The Yankees announce Bill White will join Phil Rizzuto and Frank Messer on the WPIX broadcast team, becoming the first black to do play-by-play regularly for a major-league baseball team. The former All-Star first baseman will stay in the booth for 18 seasons, leaving in 1989 to serve as president of the National League.

1982      The Mets agree to a $10 million, five-year deal with George Foster, completing the trade with the Reds, which sent Jim Kern, Greg Harris, and Alex Trevino to Cincinnati. During his four-and-half-year tenure with the team, the All-Star outfielder proves to be a major disappointment and will be released outright during the 1986 season after accusing the club of racism for benching him in favor of Kevin Mitchell, a fellow African-American.

1984      After five months of discussion, the Mets and Keith Hernandez, eligible for free agency at the end of the season, come to terms on an $8 million, five-year contract. The deal makes the first baseman the second-highest-paid player in franchise history, earning slightly less than George Foster’s five-year, $10 million pact signed precisely two years ago.

2000      After Ken Griffey, Jr. accepts a ‘hometown’ discount, the Reds trade pitchers Brett Tomko and Jake Meyer, center fielder Mike Cameron, and infielder Antonio Perez to the Mariners in exchange for the services of the 30-year-old superstar outfielder. The nine-year deal worth $116.5 million, the richest package in baseball history, is considered quite a bargain in the current market.

2005      Red Sox right-hander Curt Schilling donates the blood-stained sock he wore in Game 2 of the World Series to the Hall of Fame. The hose is part of a memorabilia tour, along with Derek Lowe’s Game 4 jersey, Manny Ramirez’s bat, and the ball used to make the final out of the Fall Classic that’s on loan from former first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, who kept the historical horsehide as a personal keepsake.

2005      In his first public appearance since his involvement with PEDs became public, Bronx Bombers’ first baseman Jason Giambi apologizes to his teammates, Yankee fans, and baseball fans everywhere for letting them down last season. The All-Star slugger never utters the word steroids when he accepts full responsibility for the controversy.

2005      Avoiding arbitration, Roy Oswalt (20-10, 3.49) and the Astros agree to a two-year, $16.9 million deal. The 27-year-old right-hander has posted an incredible 63-27 (.700) record during his four seasons with Houston.

2006      Although recently acquired Alfonso Soriano (.268, 36, 104) of the Nationals loses his salary arbitration case, the former Texas Rangers’ infielder sets a record for the highest salary ever awarded by the process. The All-Star second baseman, being asked to play the outfield in Washington, will receive $10 million (he asked for $12 million), surpassing the $8.2 million awarded to Andruw Jones in his successful 2001 arbitration hearing with the Braves.

2009      The Rangers announce the signing of Andruw Jones, who is trying to restore his reputation after two horrendous seasons with the Dodgers, to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The Gold Glove center fielder joins the crowded Texas outfield, which includes David Murphy in left, Josh Hamilton in center, Nelson Cruz in right, and Marlon Byrd, slotted to get substantial playing time in all three positions.

2011      Avoiding arbitration, Josh Hamilton agrees to a $24 million, two-year contract with the Rangers. The American League MVP hit a major league-best .359, along with 32 homers and 100 RBIs, despite missing the last month of the regular season due to broken ribs.

2015      “There was an honest and frank discussion on all of the issues. As far as the Yankees are concerned, the next step is to play baseball in spring training” – text from a joint statement released by the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez. In a joint statement released by the team and the player, Alex Rodriguez, the much-maligned Yankee slugger apologizes to the team’s front office for the turbulence that has swirled around the organization during the last few years. At the meeting initiated by A-Rod, the attendees, including managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, club president Randy Levine, and general manager Brian Cashman, have an ‘honest and frank discussion’ of the issues.

2020      A memorial service occurs at Angel Stadium for veteran Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and their 14-year-old daughter Alyssa, victims who perished in the helicopter crash along with Kobe Bryant last month. ‘Alto,’ who led his Pirates to four state championships en route to compiling a 705–478–4 collegiate record, worked as head coach from 2012-14 for the Cape Cod League’s Brewster Whitecaps, mentoring future major leaguers Aaron Judge (Yankees), Jeff McNeil (Mets), and Ryon Healy (Brewers).

BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: 1908 (BASEBALL ALMANAC)

Off the field…

President Theodore Roosevelt held the “White House Conservation Conference”, which later led to the establishment of the National Conservation Commission. The main purpose of the Commission was to implement new regulations for conserving the earth’s natural resources by protecting its capacity for self-renewal. Particularly complex were the problems of nonrenewable energy resources such as oil and coal and other minerals that are still in great demand today.

In the American League…

On April 14th, Boston played their first game under the new nickname, the “Red Sox” and christened it with a 3-1 win over the Washington Senators at the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds.

The Detroit Tigers set a unique Major League record on June 7th after turning a triple play against the Boston Red Sox for the second day in a row.

Bob Rhoads, of the Cleveland Naps, tossed a no-hitter on September 18, 1908, against the newly named BoSox. Cleveland wins 2-to-1.

In the National League…

In March, Honus Wagner announced his retirement from the Pittsburgh Pirates at the age of thirty-four. Despite the intention, he went on to play in one-hundred fifty-one games (more than in any of the past ten years) and led the league in hitting (for the sixth time), hits, total bases, doubles, triples, RBIs, and stolen bases.

On May 23rd, New York Giants third baseman Art Devlin tied a Major League record by handling thirteen total chances during a 6-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Around the League…

In 1908, the original sacrifice fly rule was adopted. It stated: No “time at bat” was charged — if a run scored after the catch of a fly ball. The rule was later repealed in 1931 and went through several variations before permanent acceptance in 1954.

Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary (after a two-year investigation by the Mills Committee) National League president A.G. Mills declared that Abner Doubleday had indeed, invented the sport of baseball at Cooperstown, New York in 1839.

Henry Chadwick, a leading reporter, commentator, scorer, and promoter of the game, died in Brooklyn at the age of eighty-three. Chadwick was known as “The Father of Baseball” and is credited with developing the initial scoring and statistical systems for the game.

Singing sensation Billy Murray hit the charts with “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

34 – 23 – 25 – 19 

February 10, 1920 – Major League Baseball outlawed all pitches involving tampering with ball, and that’s what became of the spit ball!

February 10, 1924 – Bucky Harris at the ripe young age of 27, became youngest baseball manager in the history of MLB when he took the position of player/manager with the Washington Senators. Remember no numbers were really worn until about 1929 but we do know Ole Bucky wore Number 34 playing with the Detroit Tigers in 1931.

February 10, 1969 – Collegiate basketball star Pete Maravich of the LSU Tigers scored 66 points, in a disappointing loss to Tulane 101-94. Pete wore Number 23 for the Tigers years before the number was in Vogue for hoops players.

February 10, 1975 William “Judy” Johnson selected to Baseball Hall of Fame

February 10, 1989 – Former Number 25 of the Boston Celtics, K. C. Jones; Pop Gates who was known to sport the Number 19 with a team or two;andCleveland Cavalier Number 19, Lenny Wilkens were both selected to enter into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame

TV SPORTS SATURDAY

AHL HOCKEY

4 p.m.

NHLN — Laval at Toronto

BOWLING

8 p.m.

FS1 — PBA: The Illinois Classic, Mount Prospect, Ill.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

12 p.m.

BTN — Wisconsin at Rutgers

ESPN — Alabama at LSU

ESPN2 — Clemson at Syracuse

ESPNU — UT-Martin at W. Illinois

FS1 — UConn at Georgetown

12:30 p.m.

FOX — Creighton at Xavier

USA — Saint Louis at Saint Joseph’s

1 p.m.

SECN — Vanderbilt at South Carolina

1:30 p.m.

CBSSN — Navy at Army

2 p.m.

CBS — Illinois at Michigan St.

ESPN — Boston College at Duke

ESPN2 — TCU at Iowa St.

ESPNU — Duquesne at St. Bonaventure

FS1 — Providence at Butler

2:30 p.m.

USA — George Mason at Davidson

3:30 p.m.

SECN — Auburn at Florida

4 p.m.

ACCN — NC State at Wake Forest

CBS — Gonzaga at Kentucky

CBSSN — Oral Roberts at S. Dakota St.

ESPN — North Carolina at Miami

ESPN2 — Houston at Cincinnati

ESPNU — East Carolina at UTSA

FS1 — Maryland at Ohio St.

5 p.m.

PAC-12N — Washington St. at Oregon

5:30 p.m.

FOX — UCLA at California

6 p.m.

CBSSN — Furman at ETSU

CW — Virginia Tech at Notre Dame

ESPN — Baylor at Kansas

ESPN2 — Akron at James Madison

ESPNU — Drake at Bradley

FS1 — St. John’s at Marquette

SECN — Georgia at Arkansas

6:30 p.m.

ACCN — Georgia Tech at Louisville

BTN — Michigan at Nebraska

7 p.m.

PAC-12N — Washington at Oregon St.

8 p.m.

CBSSN — UNLV at New Mexico

CW — Virginia at Florida St.

ESPN — Tennessee at Texas A&M

ESPN2 — Arizona St. at Utah

ESPNU — Louisiana Tech at Liberty

FOX — Indiana at Purdue

8:30 p.m.

SECN — Mississippi St. at Missouri

10 p.m.

ESPN — Arizona at Colorado

ESPN2 — Kansas St. at BYU

ESPNU — Southern Cal at Stanford

FS1 — Boise St. at Utah St.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

11 a.m.

CBSSN — Navy at Army

2 p.m.

BTN — Rutgers at Michigan

3 p.m.

FOX — Villanova at Marquette

COLLEGE GYMNASTICS (WOMEN’S)

3 p.m.

PAC-12N — Utah at Washington

COLLEGE HOCKEY (MEN’S)

4 p.m.

BTN — Penn St. at Minnesota

8:30 p.m.

BTN — Michigan vs. Michigan St., Detroit

COLLEGE LACROSSE (MEN’S)

12 p.m.

ACCN — Michigan at Virginia

COLLEGE LACROSSE (WOMEN’S)

2 p.m.

ACCN — Davidson at Clemson

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

1 p.m.

MLBN — Leadoff Classic: Utah vs. Notre Dame, Clearwater, Fla.

4 p.m.

MLBN — Leadoff Classic: Liberty vs. Missouri, Clearwater, Fla.

7 p.m.

MLBN — Leadoff Classic: Oregon vs. Clemson, Clearwater, Fla.

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL (MEN’S)

9 p.m.

PAC-12N — Long Beach St. at UCLA

GOLF

4:30 a.m.

GOLF — DP World Tour: The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, Third Round, Doha Golf Club, Doha, Qatar

12:30 p.m.

CW — LIV Golf League: Final Round, Las Vegas Country Club, Las Vegas

1 p.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour: The WM Phoenix Open, Third Round, TPC Scottsdale – Stadium Course, Scottsdale, Ariz.

3 p.m.

NBC — PGA Tour: The WM Phoenix Open, Third Round, TPC Scottsdale – Stadium Course, Scottsdale, Ariz.

3:30 a.m. (Sunday)

GOLF — DP World Tour: The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, Final Round, Doha Golf Club, Doha, Qatar

HORSE RACING

12:30 p.m.

FS2 — NYRA: America’s Day at the Races

NBA BASKETBALL

3 p.m.

NBATV — Oklahoma City at Dallas

8:30 p.m.

ABC — Phoenix at Golden State

NHL HOCKEY

1 p.m.

ABC — St. Louis at Buffalo

3:30 p.m.

ABC — Washington at Boston

10 p.m.

NHLN — Edmonton at Los Angeles

SOCCER (MEN’S)

7:30 a.m.

USA — Premier League: Everton at Manchester City

10 a.m.

USA — Premier League: Burnley at Liverpool

12:30 p.m.

NBC — Premier League: Newcastle United at Nottingham Forest

10 p.m.

FS2 — Liga MX: Tigres UANL at Santos Laguna

TENNIS

6 a.m.

TENNIS — Marseille-ATP, Abu Dhabi-WTA, Cluj-Napoca-WTA Semifinals

3 p.m.

TENNIS — Cordoba-ATP, Dallas-ATP Semifinals

6 a.m. (Sunday)

TENNIS — Marseille-ATP, Dallas-ATP, Abu Dhabi-WTA, Cluj-Napoca-WTA Finals; Doha-WTA Early Rounds

SUNDAY

AUTO RACING

1 a.m. (Monday)

CNBC — AMA Supercross Series: Round 6, Glendale, Ariz. (Taped)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

12 p.m.

CBSSN — Seton Hall at Villanova

ESPN2 — FAU at Wichita St.

1 p.m.

BTN — Penn St. at Northwestern

3 p.m.

BTN — Minnesota at Iowa

2 p.m.

ESPN2 — North Texas at SMU

ESPNU — Tulane at Memphis

USA — Rhode Island at UMass

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

12 p.m.

ACCN — Notre Dame at Florida St.

CW — Louisville at Syracuse

ESPNU — Saint Louis at Rhode Island

SECN — Vanderbilt at Georgia

1 p.m.

FOX — Iowa at Nebraska

2 p.m.

ACCN — North Carolina at Duke

CBSSN — James Madison at Ball St.

ESPN — UConn at South Carolina

PAC-12N — Oregon St. at Colorado

Auburn at Missouri

3 p.m.

FS1 — Maryland at Illinois

4 p.m.

ESPN2 — Alabama at LSU

PAC-12N — Stanford at Washington St.

PEACOCK — Ohio St. at Michigan St.

SECN — Texas A&M at Kentucky

COLLEGE GYMNASTICS (WOMEN’S)

4 p.m.

ACCN — North Carolina at NC State

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

4 p.m.

ESPN — Oklahoma State at UCLA

GOLF

3:30 a.m.

GOLF — DP World Tour: The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, Final Round, Doha Golf Club, Doha, Qatar

1 p.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour: The WM Phoenix Open, Final Round, TPC Scottsdale – Stadium Course, Scottsdale, Ariz.

3 p.m.

NBC — PGA Tour: The WM Phoenix Open, Final Round, TPC Scottsdale – Stadium Course, Scottsdale, Ariz.

HORSE RACING

12:30 p.m.

FS1 — NYRA: America’s Day at the Races

3 p.m.

FS2 — NYRA: America’s Day at the Races

IIHF HOCKEY (WOMEN’S)

2 p.m.

NHLN — Rivalry Series: U.S. vs. Canada, St. Paul, Minn.

NBA BASKETBALL

2 p.m.

ABC — Boston at Miami

NBA G-LEAGUE BASKETBALL

3 p.m.

NBATV — Raptors 905 at Windy City

NFL FOOTBALL

6:30 p.m.

CBS — Super Bowl LVIII: San Francisco vs. Kansas City, Las Vegas

RODEO

4 p.m.

CBSSN — PBR: Round 2 & Championship Round, Salt Lake City

RUGBY (MEN’S)

12 p.m.

CNBC — Six Nations: Ireland vs. Italy, Dublin

SKI JUMPING

2 p.m.

CNBC — FIS: World Cup, Lake Placid, N.Y. (Taped)

SKIING

10 a.m.

CNBC — FIS: Alpine Skiing World Cup, Mammoth Mountain, Calif. (Taped)

11 a.m.

CNBC — FIS: Alpine Skiing World Cup, Mammoth Mountain, Calif. (Taped)

SNOWBOARDING

12 p.m.

NBC — FIS: World Cup, Mammoth Mountain, Calif. (Taped)

SOCCER (MEN’S)

9 a.m.

USA — Premier League: Arsenal at West Ham United

11:30 a.m.

USA — Premier League: Manchester United at Aston Villa

5:55 p.m.

FS1 — CONMEBOL U-23 Olympic Qualifier 2024: Brazil vs. Argentina, Final, Caracas, Venezuela

SOCCER (WOMEN’S)

12:55 p.m.

FS2 — 2024 CONCACAF U-17 Championship: TBD, Third-Place Match, Toluca, Mexico

4 p.m.

FS2 — 2024 CONCACAF U-17 Championship: TBD, Final, Toluca, Mexico

TENNIS

6 a.m.

TENNIS — Marseille-ATP, Dallas-ATP, Abu Dhabi-WTA, Cluj-Napoca-WTA Finals; Doha-WTA Early Rounds

5 p.m.

TENNIS — Cordoba-ATP Singles Final

TRACK AND FIELD

1 p.m. NBC — The Millrose Games: From New York