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MLB: SEASON TO BE SHORTENED IF NO DEAL BY END OF MONDAY

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball said only five days remain to salvage March 31 openers and a full season, telling locked out players that games would be canceled if a labor contract is not agreed to by the end of Monday.

After the third straight day of negotiations with little movement, MLB went public with what it had told the union on Feb. 12.

“A deadline is a deadline. Missed games are missed games. Salary will not be paid for those games,” an MLB spokesman said after Wednesday’s bargaining ended. The spokesman spoke on behalf of MLB on the condition the spokesman not be identified by name.

Players have not accepted Monday as a deadline and have suggested any missed games could be made up as part of doubleheaders, a method MLB said it will not agree to.

The union told MLB if games are missed and salaries are lost, clubs should not expect players to agree to management’s proposals to expand the postseason and to allow advertisements on uniforms and helmets.

Bargaining is scheduled to continue Thursday, and both sides said they are prepared to meet through Monday.

A shortened season would be baseball’s second in three years following a 2020 schedule cut from 162 games to 60 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The last seasons truncated by labor strife were during the strike that ended the 1994 schedule on Aug. 12 and caused the start of the following season to be delayed from April 2 to April 25. The 1995 schedule was reduced from 162 games to 144.

Players are paid only during the regular season, accruing 1/162nd of their salary daily. Players would be subject to losing as much as $232,975 daily in the case of Mets pitcher Max Scherzer, or as little as $3,441 for a player at a $640,000 minimum.

Baseball’s work stoppage was in its 84th day, and the three sessions this week increased the total on core economic issues to just nine since the lockout began Dec. 2.

Spring training workouts had been scheduled to start on Feb. 16, and MLB already has canceled the first week of exhibitions, which were to begin Friday.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Feb. 10 a minimum of four weeks of training are needed before starting the season. A deal by Monday would allow that plus a few days for players to report to camps in Arizona and Florida.

Manfred has spoken publicly just once since the day the lockout began and union head Tony Clark not at all.

MLB’s public statement was interpreted as a pressure tactic by the union, which was angered payrolls decreased during the expired five-year deal and an increased number of teams jettisoned higher-salaries veterans and transitioned to rebuilding mode.

“To get bears in the forest, you can’t offer them bear traps,” said Scott Boras, agent for five of eight players on the union’s executive subcommittee.

A day after the union made only small moves in response to management’s incremental proposal of a day earlier, MLB advanced only one change: Teams offered to increase the minimum salary from $570,500 to $640,000, up from their previous proposal of $630,000. The minimum would increase by an additional $10,000 each season during a five-year agreement. Clubs withdrew their proposal for a tiered minimum, which players opposed.

Players have asked for $775,000 in 2022 and additional $30,000 jumps in each succeeding season. The union evaluated MLB’s proposal as adding $5 million annually.

There was no discussion Wednesday on the key issue of luxury tax thresholds and rates, but players voiced their concern over a lack of competition and the need for younger players to get higher salaries earlier in their careers.

The union proposed a $115 million pool of money that would go to 150 pre-arbitration players annually, while the clubs offered $20 million that would be distributed to 30.

Yankees pitchers Gerrit Cole and Zack Britton joined the talks, two of six members on hand from the executive subcommittee that supervises the negotiations. They were joined by Scherzer, free agent pitcher Andrew Miller, Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor, and Houston catcher Jason Castro.

After meeting at the start of the day at Roger Dean Stadium, the vacant spring training home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, the sides caucused and then had a smaller group meeting that included Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem, Colorado CEO Dick Monfort, Scherzer and Miller.

Teams have told the union they will not decrease revenue sharing and will not add new methods for players to accrue service time, which the union said is needed to prevent teams from holding players back to delay free agency.

Clubs also are refusing to increase arbitration eligibility among players with at least two years of service and less than three, of which the top 22% by service time are eligible. The union wants it expanded to 75%.

BYNUM’S 27 POINTS LIFT NO. 11 PROVIDENCE OVER XAVIER IN 3 OT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Providence coach Ed Cooley has been hearing a lot about how lucky his team has been to keep winning close games.

He hopes to start hearing about how much talent his 11th-ranked Friars have as well.

Jared Bynum scored 27 points, including a key 3-pointer to help Providence hold off Xavier 99-92 in triple overtime Wednesday night.

A.J. Reeves added 16 points and Al Durham had 13 to help the first-place Friars (23-3, 13-2 Big East) win their second consecutive overtime game. They are 3-0 in OT this season – all in the past four games – and it’s the first time in school history Providence has notched 13 Big East wins.

“We’re just really fortunate. For whatever reason we play well in close games,” Cooley said. “That luck better come from somewhere. It’s called talent.”

It was the first triple-overtime game in the Big East since St. John’s beat DePaul 90-82 on March 5, 2010. It was Providence’s first game of at least three OTs since it lost 79-77 in five overtimes to Dayton on Jan. 28, 1982.

A charter member of the Big East in 1979, the Friars can clinch their first regular-season conference championship by winning one of their final two games. They host Creighton on Saturday and visit No. 8 Villanova next Tuesday.

Adam Kunkel had 20 points and Paul Scruggs added 19 for Xavier (17-10, 7-9), which has lost two straight and seven of 10. Scruggs hit a tying 3-pointer as time expired in the second overtime.

“Those guys, they emptied the tank out there,” Musketeers coach Travis Steele said. “Give their guys credit, they made some big plays.”

A putback by Nate Watson put the Friars up 94-92. Kunkel missed a 3 on Xavier’s next possession and Bynum’s 3-pointer increased Providence’s lead to five with 27.8 seconds left.

Xavier missed a 3 and putback attempt on its next touch and Noah Horchler was fouled. He hit two free throws and, after another Musketeers miss, Providence was able to run out the clock.

“I’ll be lucky anytime of the day if we keep winning like this,” Watson said.

The last sequence followed wild finishes in each of the first two extra periods.

Zach Fremantle scored the first five points of the first OT to put Xavier up 75-70. But the Friars scored the final five points to send it to a second.

They carried that momentum forward and Bynum scored four quick points in the second OT to give the Friars a 79-75 lead.

The lead was down to 79-77 when a turnover gave the ball back to the Musketeers. Scruggs was fouled and hit both free throws to tie it.

The Friars turned it over again and Kunkel sank a floater in the lane with 1:43 left.

Bynum was fouled but made only one of two free throws.

Xavier missed its next time down the floor and Bynum knocked down a 15-foot jumper that gave Providence an 82-81 lead.

Kunkel got caught in the air in the lane and turned it over, leading to a Xavier foul. Alyn Breed, who hadn’t attempted a shot to that point, sank two free throws to make it 84-81.

Scruggs got it back to a point with his basket on the other end before two more free throws by Breed.

Two more free throws by Scruggs cut it to 86-85, but Xavier fouled Watson before the next inbounds – a flagrant foul. Watson made one of two, but Providence was immediately fouled again with six seconds left.

Breed hit the first but missed the second, allowing Scruggs to race up the court and swish a tying 3 from the wing at the buzzer.

BIG PICTURE

Providence hasn’t played its cleanest basketball over the past two games, but remains in the driver’s seat to capture its first Big East regular-season title with two games to play. The Friars had three conference games canceled because of COVID-19.

IN REGULATION

Providence struggled to find an offensive flow in Sunday’s overtime win at Butler without Durham, who sat out with a sports hernia. He returned to the starting lineup, but some of the same issues again cropped up against the Musketeers.

Xavier led by as many as five in the second half before Reeves’ 3-pointer tied the game at 60 with 5:08 to play in regulation.

The Musketeers responded with a backdoor layup by Scruggs, followed by a corner 3-pointer by Horchler.

A short jumper by Kunkel put the Musketeers back in front 64-63.

The Friars missed twice coming out of a timeout, then turned it over when Justin Minaya’s inbounds pass was intercepted by Scruggs and passed ahead to Dwon Odom for a layup with 2:43 left.

Play was then stopped after condensation began to form on the court. The delay lasted about 15 minutes before play resumed.

Reeves knocked down a 3 to tie it on the ensuing possession, followed by a steal by Durham. He was fouled but connected on only one of two free throws to make it 67-66.

A tip-in by Jack Nunge put Xavier back in front before Watson went 1 for 2 at the foul line to leave the game tied.

Fremantle then got free for a layup to give the Musketeers a 70-68 edge with 45.2 seconds to go.

A turnaround jumper by Durham tied it again with 23 seconds left.

UP NEXT

Xavier returns home to host Seton Hall on Saturday.

Providence celebrates Senior Day on Saturday when it hosts Creighton.

HOPKINS HELPS NO. 6 KENTUCKY RALLY, THEN SURVIVE LSU 71-66

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Having seen his fellow Kentucky reserves shine when given the opportunity prepared Bryce Hopkins for his chance to make a difference.

Hopkins came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points, including 11 to fuel Kentucky’s 15-2 second-half surge, and Oscar Tshiebwe and Keion Brooks Jr. made late free throws to help the No. 6 Wildcats survive LSU 71-66 on Wednesday night.

The short-handed Wildcats trailed 36-28 just after halftime and needed offense besides Tshiebwe. Hopkins, a 6-foot-6 freshman forward, provided an immediate spark by muscling for baskets and drawing chances at the foul line during the spurt. His three-point play put up Kentucky ahead up 39-36 with 15:35 left and came seconds after Tshiebwe grabbed Hopkins’ missed free throw and created two chances ending with Hopkins’ tip-in.

Hopkins was 5 of 6 from the field and had four rebounds in 16 minutes, just enough to give Kentucky a much-needed boost.

“I saw in the first half that we were kind of like playing a little slow,” said Hopkins, who hadn’t played more than four minutes since Jan. 15 and was averaging just a basket a game.

In the second half Coach (John Calipari) was saying we needed a little energy, so that’s what I tried to do when I came into the game. Just started to bring energy, and just contribute.”

Calipari added, “All I have been talking about is preparing for an opportunity. … You can listen to everybody tell you it is everybody else or the coach, or you can say when I get my chance, I am going to do what the team needs me to do.”

Hopkins’ jumper made it 43-38 and Kentucky (23-5, 12-3 Southeastern Conference) built a 65-50 lead late before LSU rallied to 68-64 with 33.2 seconds left. Brooks made two free throws with 20 seconds later, and Tshiebwe answered Darius Days’ layup by making a free throw with 3.1 seconds left to seal Kentucky’s second consecutive victory.

Xavier Pinson had a season-high 26 points for the Tigers (19-9, 7-8) in their second straight loss after three straight wins. Eric Gaines added 11 points and Days 10 with eight rebounds.

Tshiebwe finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds for Kentucky, which played its second consecutive contest without injured starting guards TyTy Washington Jr. and Sahvir Wheeler. Davion Mintz started and added 13 points.

KEY MISSING PIECE

The Tigers played the final 9 1/2 minutes without standout reserve forward Tari Eason after he fouled out. Eason entered the game averaging 16.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game and had scored at least 20 points the past four contests with seven double-doubles overall. Eason finished with just five points and a rebound in 13 minutes.

BIG PICTURE

LSU: The Tigers shot 48% in the first half by making 5 of 12 3-pointers to build their lead, with Pinson setting the pace. But much like their 77-75 loss at South Carolina, they couldn’t sustain a double-digit lead and made just 36% after halftime and 37% overall. They were also outrebounded 36-24 and edged 11-10 on the offensive glass.

“It was a tale of two halves, and like the fifth or sixth game where we’ve given up 40 points in the second half,” coach Will Wade said. “They were very aggressive in the second half and we just didn’t match their aggressiveness.”

Kentucky: Unlike the Alabama victory, where shots fell and others filled the void left by the absences of Washington and Wheeler, the Wildcats had to grind for points. Hopkins not only worked for the shots they needed, he provided a presence on the glass. The Wildcats again finished better than they started, outscoring the Tigers 48-35 after halftime and shooting 47%.

UP NEXT

LSU: Hosts Missouri on Saturday night.

Kentucky: At No. 18 Arkansas on Saturday in the lone regular-season meeting between the teams.

BIG MEN HELP NO. 13 BADGERS HOLD ON TO BEAT GOPHERS 68-67

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Johnny Davis had a quiet game that ended early, when Wisconsin’s standout guard fouled out with 2:35 to go and the 13th-ranked Badgers gripping hard on a one-point lead at Minnesota.

From start to finish, the big men produced more proof there’s more to this team than just Davis.

There are two of them, actually, as twin brother Jordan Davis reminded the Gophers with his valuable contribution down the stretch.

Steven Crowl scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Tyler Wahl added 12 points and 10 rebounds and Wisconsin fended off Minnesota for a 68-67 victory on Wednesday night.

“This team is just a really driven team. Everyone knows that when your number gets called, you’ve got to go in there and produce,” Wahl said.

Johnny Davis, the only Big Ten player who leads his team in points, rebounds and assists, was replaced by his brother when he picked up his fifth foul. After Payton Willis split the pair of free throws to even the score at 62, the eighth tie of the game, Jordan Davis answered with a layup on the other end.

Jordan Davis, the twin brother of Johnny Davis, made a layup with 2:18 remaining for the lead. Then after Wahl rebounded a miss by the Gophers, Crowl banked in a hook at the shot-clock buzzer to make it 66-62 with 1:19 left.

“I don’t think anyone was stunned,” Jordan Davis said. We’re not just a one-man team. No offense – I know he’s my brother – but we just battled through it.”

With a layup by Willis the Gophers got back within two points, but Wahl worked the board to keep alive a miss by the Badgers and reset the shot clock.

Brad Davison, the Big Ten’s leading free-throw shooter at 89.1%, made two foul shots to seal it for the Badgers (22-5, 13-4) and put them in a first-place tie in the Big Ten with Purdue. Illinois is a half-game behind. Wisconsin hosts the fourth-ranked Boilermakers next week.

Jamison Battle scored 17 points and Willis – who missed the last game with COVID-19 and came off the bench for the first time this season – added 13 points for the Gophers (13-13, 4-13). They faced their biggest deficit of the game at 59-51 before a pair of 3-pointers by Willis fueled an 8-0 spurt.

As he glanced at the boxscore, noting the three starting guards for the Badgers combined for only 25 points with Johnny Davis fouling out, Gophers coach Ben Johnson said, “I would’ve taken that every day of the week.”

The Gophers, who went 13 for 19 from the free-throw line, got a big spark from their leading scorer Battle. He scraped off a high screen to drive and throw down a one-handed dunk on Johnny Davis for a 20-15 lead. A little later, Battle swished an off-balance shot-clock beater from the wing with his smooth left-handed stroke. But he went only 1 for 4 from the floor in the second half, as Davison helped chip in on defense against him.

With four Minnesota natives on their roster – including Wahl, the 7-foot sophomore Crowl and fifth-year firebrand Davison – the Badgers were nevermore the villain than on this visit to their border-state rival’s raised floor at Williams Arena.

Crowl and Wahl made this a big man’s game, another opponent taking advantage of the undersized Gophers underneath. Wahl backed down sixth-year senior Eric Curry for a layup and two hook shots on three consecutive possessions to give the Badgers a 28-25 lead they didn’t relinquish.

OH, BROTHER

The Badgers were without Lorne Bowman II due to a non-COVID-19 illness and Jahcobi Neath for a one-game suspension issued by the Big Ten for the handshake-line fracas with Michigan, leaving them down their top two backup guards.

That created the opportunity for Jordan Davis, who had seven points and two assists in 20 minutes – all career highs.

“He practiced really well yesterday. I thought he had a little bounce. He knew this was coming,” coach Greg Gard said. “I’m just really happy for him.”

BORDER IMBALANCE

The Badgers have won 33 of the last 42 matchups with Minnesota. Since reaching the Final Four in 1997, the Gophers have made the NCAA Tournament only seven times with just two top-four finishes in Big Ten play.

Wisconsin has three Final Four appearances since then and on the way to a 22nd trip to the NCAA Tournament and a 20th top-four finish in the conference over the last the quarter-century.

BIG PICTURE

Wisconsin: The Badgers improved to 8-2 in true road games this season. Davison had only seven points but enjoyed a victory in his final visit to Minnesota.

Minnesota: The Gophers have impressed the Big Ten with their performance in Johnson’s first season, but they’ve grown tired of these late fades in games.

“There’s going to be a change in our head and a change in our mentality. We’re going to go out there and be the grittiest team on the block,” Battle said.

UP NEXT

Wisconsin: Visits Rutgers Saturday.

Minnesota: Hosts Indiana Sunday.

EDWARDS SCORES 21, NO. 14 HOUSTON TOPS TULANE 81-67

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Kyler Edwards and the 14th-ranked Houston Cougars are showing the type of resilience and stamina that coach Kelvin Sampson is gratified to see as the postseason nears.

Edwards scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half as No. 14 Houston took control en route to an 81-67 over recently resurgent Tulane on Wednesday night.

The Cougars’ seventh road victory this season came on the heels of a double-overtime triumph at Wichita State just three days earlier.

“This team has a resolve about them and a toughness about them that I really respect,” Sampson said. “For those guys to come out and play that hard in the second half when it was winning time – just respect. I’m around these kids every day, so nothing they do surprises me at this point.”

Taze Moore punctuated his 18-point performance with a two-handed alley-oop dunk with just more than a minute remaining, and Fabian White Jr. had 12 points and three blocked shots for the Cougars (23-4, 12-2 AAC), who shot 62% in the second half, including 6 of 13 from 3-point range.

“We just told our guys, `Don’t hesitate. Let it fly. And if it misses, we’re going to go attack the offensive glass,'” Sampson said.

Reserve J’Wan Roberts saw extended playing time after starting forward Josh Carlton had early foul trouble, and Roberts responded by grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking two shots for Houston, which outrebounded the Green Wave 43-28.

“It’s just really about being ready when your name is called,” Roberts said. “My confidence is getting better and I’m just going out there and playing free, not thinking about making mistakes.”

Jalen Cook scored 19 points and Kevin Cross added 16 for Tulane (12-12, 9-6), which led by as many as five points during a tight first half, but struggled to stay close during the final 20 minutes. Sion James and Jaylen Forbes each scored 13 for Tulane.

“They’re a good basketball team; we’ve beaten everybody in the league but them,” Tulane third-year coach Ron Hunter said. “We played a top 20 team in the country – in my opinion, top 10. … Remember, they were in the Final Four a year ago.”

The intimate, 89-year-old Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse appeared to have virtually all of its 4,100 seats occupied, with a number of fans standing for what had the potential to be a benchmark matchup for the Green Wave. Tulane came in with victories in five of its previous seven games.

The crowd was raucous during the first half, when there were eight lead changes and six ties.

“That was an incredible environment,” Hunter said. “We lost a basketball game, but I thought our program won.”

Houston closed the first half on an 8-3 run, with Edwards’ free throws giving the Cougars a 32-27 halftime lead.

“We had a solid first half,” Cook said. “In the second half, we came out like we didn’t have any hope. We just have to learn off this.”

The Cougars opened the second half with Edwards’ 3 and Moore’s layup to take their first double-digit lead, and their advantage hovered around 10 points for the remainder of the game, growing as large as 16.

“It was really tough to play at Wichita – two overtimes, and with toughness we got it done,” Roberts added. “Same when we came here.”

BIG PICTURE

Houston: The Cougars strengthened their hold on first place in the conference with the next three of their four remaining regular-season game at home. The victory also gave Houston a sweep of the season series after a 72-63 victory in Houston on Feb. 2.

Tulane: The Green Wave were largely competitive but plagued by inconsistent shooting, difficulty securing rebounds and defensive breakdowns that gave some of Houston’s most productive players open shots. But the Wave have become considerably more competitive in a year’s time. When Tulane hosted Houston last season, the Cougars led by 30 in the first half and won by 23.

APOLOGIES

The crowd booed the Cougars loudly after they continued to push the ball up the court and put on a dunking exhibition with a double-digit lead on their final few possessions, particularly after a final round-house dunk by Ja’Vier Francis with a second to go.

“I just want to publicly apologize to Tulane’s fans, their players and coaches, especially for that last dunk,” Sampson said. “That’s not a classy move. I hated that.”

UP NEXT

Houston: Hosts SMU on Sunday.

Tulane: Visits Temple on Sunday.

GARLAND, LEVERT OUT WITH INJURIES AS CAVS RETURN FROM BREAK

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers are coming back from the All-Star break at less than full strength.

All-Star guard Darius Garland will miss Cleveland’s game Thursday night at Detroit with a back issue that has slowed him for weeks while newly acquired guard Caris LeVert is sidelined with a sprained right foot.

Garland sat out five games with lower back soreness prior to last week’s All-Star stoppage. The 22-year-old took part in All-Star Weekend activities, scoring 13 points in Team LeBron’s win Sunday.

Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff did not mention anything about Garland or LeVert’s status following Wednesday’s practice.

The Cavs have had to overcome injuries all season – leading scorer Collin Sexton and guard Ricky Rubio were lost for the year with knee injuries – and are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference at 35-23.

LeVert has played in four games since the Cavs acquired him a trade with Indiana before the deadline, averaging 13.3 points and 3.8 assists.

He’s made one start with Cleveland and Bickerstaff has been toying with the idea of having LeVert in his opening lineup. He’s also figuring out how the 6-foot-6 scorer fits in best to Cleveland’s offensive schemes.

“We sat down and had some conversations about where he’s comfortable, where he likes the ball, places where he’s had the most success in his past,” Bickerstaff said of LeVert. “I think we have a great understanding of how we can get it done. The next thing becomes actually going out and doing it.”

It’s not yet known when LeVert injured his foot.

While they’ll be without Garland and LeVert, the Cavs could have forward Lauri Markkanen back against the Pistons after he missed 11 games with a severely sprained right ankle suffered on Jan. 22.

Markkanen, who is in his first season with Cleveland, practiced Wednesday and the Cavs will see how it responds before deciding if he’ll play.

When Markkanen is available, Bickerstaff can play a “tall ball” lineup with rookie forward Evan Mobley (6-foot-11) and All-Star center Jarrett Allen (6-10). Markkanen’s injury looked more serious when he went down and he’s excited to get back on the floor.

“I’ve rolled my ankle before, I know how it feels,” he said. “But this felt different, so I was a little disappointed when it happened. I think it hurt more than my previous ankle sprains, so I thought it was going to be more significant. But when I did the imaging and found out what it was, it was a relief that I might not miss as much time as I thought.”

PERRY GETS 400TH GOAL, LIGHTNING BEAT OILERS 5-3

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Corey Perry became the 103rd NHL player to reach 400 goals and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 on Wednesday night.

Perry had a nifty deflection of Mikhail Sergachev’s shot from the left circle during a power play that put Tampa Bay up 4-1 with 4:36 remaining in the second period.

“It’s exciting,” Perry said. “It’s a great personal accomplishment. I have to give a lot of credit to the guys I’ve played with. I never thought growing up that I’d get 400 goals in the NHL.”

The 36-year-old Perry scored his first career goal for Anaheim against Edmonton in his third NHL game on Oct. 1, 2005.

“Four-hundred goals, it’s amazing,” said Lightning forward Pat Maroon, who had the second assist on Perry’s goal.

Maroon, Steven Stamkos, Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov also scored for the Lightning, who were coming off a seven-day break. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 shots.

“It wasn’t the prettiest game but we found a way to get the job done,” Maroon said. “We stuck with it.”

Connor McDavid had two goals for Edmonton, Zach Hyman scored in his fifth straight game and Leon Draisaitl added three assists. Mike Smith, pulled from a start Sunday against Minnesota after allowing four goals on seven shots, made 18 saves.

“We generated lots of chances,” McDavid said. “I thought we did an alright job keeping them in check, but they’re a great team. They just find ways to win games, and that’s what they did tonight.”

Hyman had a breakaway goal at 17:12 of the second before McDavid cut the deficit to 4-3 skating down the slot 9:39 into the third. Draisaitl hit the post with just over a minute to play.

The last Edmonton player to have goals in at least six consecutive games was a seven-game run by Jimmy Carson in 1988-89.

Kucherov iced the win after stealing the puck in the Edmonton zone and scoring an empty-netter with 3.6 seconds left.

McDavid and Draisaitl are tied for the NHL lead in points with 73.

After winning five straight games under new coach Jay Woodcroft, the Oilers have lost two in a row. Edmonton played for the sixth time in 10 days.

“Are there some things we can do better? Yeah,” Woodcroft said. “In terms of the compete level of our team coming into a tough environment, there were some real good signs.”

Point made it 3-1 at 10:48 of the second when he scored from in close after it appeared Kucherov lost control of the puck skating down the slot.

After McDavid had a power-play goal at 18:10, Stamkos gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead with a spin-around shot from the left circle with 14.4 seconds left in the first.

Maroon opened the scoring 11:57 in after his backhander was stopped by Smith but the rebound went off an Oilers defender and into the net.

The Lightning have won nine straight home games against Edmonton. The Oilers haven’t won in Tampa since Dec. 9, 2009.

NUMBERS

Perry became the fifth NHL player to score both his first and 400th goals against the same opponent. The others are Jeff Carter (against Florida), Doug Gilmour (Detroit), Steve Larmer (Toronto) and Bobby Hull (Boston). Carter got his 400th last Oct. 14. … McDavid has a goal in six consecutive road games. . Kucherov has 11 assists and 21 points in 11 games against Edmonton. . Draisaitl extended his point streak to five games (two goals, six assists).

UP NEXT

Oilers: Play on Saturday night at Florida.

Lightning: Will take part in the Stadium Series in Nashville against the Predators on Saturday night. It is Tampa Bay’s first outdoor game.

CAVALIERS PROMOTE MIKE GANSEY FROM ASSISTANT TO GM

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers promoted assistant general manager Mike Gansey to GM on Wednesday, one of several front-office moves made by the improved team.

Gansey has been with the Cavs since 2011. He will have an increased role in draft preparations while working with Koby Altman, who was recently promoted from GM to president of basketball operations.

“Mike has been an incredible resource to me and this organization and his work behind the scenes gives me great confidence that he is ready to take on more of a leadership role,” Altman said. “His community roots provides a unique perspective when evaluating players and the type of commitment needed to make a positive impact in Cleveland.”

The Cavs have had a dramatic turnaround after winning just 22 games last season. They reached the All-Star break fourth in the Eastern Conference and are looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2018.

The 39-year-old Gansey is a Northeast Ohio native. He played collegiately at West Virginia, where he was a first-team Big East selection. Gansey previously served as GM for the Cleveland Charge of the NBA’s G League.

Along with Gansey’s promotion, the Cavs elevated Brandon Weems to assistant GM after working as their senior director of player personnel. Weems is a longtime friend and former high-school teammate of LeBron James.

Also, the Cavs promoted Jason Hillman to vice president of basketball operations and Jon Nichols to vice president of basketball strategy.

NBC’S SCORES ARE IN: RECORD LOW OLYMPICS RATINGS

NEW YORK (AP) The final scores are in, and NBC is no doubt happy to put the Beijing Winter Olympics in the rear-view mirror.

The games reached an average combined audience of 11.4 million people in prime time on NBC, the USA cable network and Peacock streaming service, the network said. That’s the lowest-ever American audience for any Olympics, and down 42% from the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018.

For NBC alone, the prime time telecasts reached an average of 9.3 million viewers, or 48% down from South Korea, the Nielsen company said.

The games never really captured the public imagination, and were hurt by COVID-19 restrictions that had most of NBC’s announcers working half a world away in Connecticut.

In a diminished world for broadcast television, however, NBC beat every other network in prime time during the Games’ duration. Only pro football can say the same this season. The Peacock streaming service, which will undoubtedly play a bigger role in future Olympics, had its best stretch of usage since the service began, NBC said.

Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Universal television and streaming, said Peacock “delivered a user experience that was greatly enhanced from just six months ago” during the COVID-delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics.

For the week, NBC averaged 7.2 million viewers in prime time. CBS had 3 million, ABC had 2.7 million, Fox had 2 million, Univision had 1.5 million, Ion Television had 1.3 million and Telemundo had 1 million.

Fox News Channel was the most popular cable network in prime time, averaging 2.42 million viewers. TNT had 2.01 million, MSNBC had 1.05 million, HGTV had 1.02 million and Hallmark had 968,000.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” won the evening news ratings race with an average of 8.7 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News,” with virtually none of the typical ratings bump that an Olympics delivers, had 7 million viewers and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.3 million.

For the week of Feb., 14-20, the top 20 prime-time programs, their networks and viewerships:

1. Winter Olympics (Tuesday), NBC, 8.71 million.

2. Winter Olympics (Thursday, 8:30 to 11 p.m.), NBC, 8.53 million.

3. Winter Olympics (Monday), NBC, 7.89 million.

4. Winter Olympics (Friday, 9 to 11 p.m.), NBC, 7.25 million.

5. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 6.98 million.

6. Winter Olympics (Wednesday, 8:30 to 11 p.m.), NBC, 6.94 million.

7. Winter Olympics (Saturday, 9 to 11 p.m.), NBC, 6.77 million.

8. Winter Olympics (Thursday, 8 to 8:30 p.m.), NBC, 6.74 million.

9. Winter Olympics (Friday, 8 to 9 p.m.), NBC, 6.72 million.

10. Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies, NBC, 6.57 million.

11. Winter Olympics (Wednesday, 8 to 8:30 p.m.), NBC, 6.42 million.

12. Winter Olympics (Saturday, 8 to 9 p.m.), NBC, 5.86 million.

13. NBA All-Star Game, TNT, 5.43 million

14. “Daytona 500 Post Race,” Fox, 5.42 million.

15. “911: Lone Star,” Fox, 4.95 million.

16. “Jeopardy! College Championship” (Thursday), ABC, 4.82 million.

17. “Jeopardy! College Championship” (Friday), ABC, 4.73 million.

18. “The Price is Right Valentine Show,” CBS, 4.66 million.

19. “Jeopardy! College Championship” (Wednesday), ABC, 4.64 million.

20. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 4.35 million.

AP SOURCES: ZACH JOHNSON HIRED AS US RYDER CUP CAPTAIN

(AP) — Two-time major champion Zach Johnson is taking over as Ryder Cup captain, leading an American side trying to end 30 years without a victory on European soil.

Three people with knowledge of the decision confirmed the move to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the PGA of America has yet to announce Johnson’s selection.

The PGA scheduled a news conference for Monday morning to announce the new captain.

The decision is not a surprise. Johnson, 45, has been an assistant captain each of the last two matches, and the U.S. team has moved toward captains with previous involvement.

The 2023 matches are scheduled for Marco Simone in Italy. The Americans are coming off the country’s biggest Ryder Cup rout, beating Europe 19-9 at Whistling Straits last September with Wisconsin native Steve Stricker as the captain.

Stricker was part of the Ryder Cup committee – three PGA Tour players and three PGA of America executives – that picked the next captain.

Europe has yet to announce its next captain, a process that has been slowed as some candidates contemplated joining a Saudi-funded rival league that has yet to get off the ground.

Tony Finau, when asked last week at Riviera if he could envision Johnson as Ryder Cup captain, gave his endorsement and described his as a “great leader.”

“He’s a cool blend of the older generational player and a person with a new generational outlook on the game,” Finau said. “He’s lived in both worlds. He’s got a great perspective on the game and the team atmosphere.”

Johnson played in five Ryder Cups, part of a hardscrabble career that began with him driving the country to play on mini-tours out of college and now includes 12 wins on the PGA Tour, including the Masters in 2007 and the British Open in 2015 at St. Andrews.

Once a self-described as a “normal guy” from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he joined Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead as the only players to win at Augusta National and St. Andrews.

Xander Schauffele, reflecting on Johnson’s time at Whistling Straits, said while Johnson was lighthearted as a non-playing assistant captain, that wasn’t enough to hide his competitiveness.

He thought Johnson’s playing career gave insight to him as a potential captain.

“You look at his game and what he’s accomplished,” Schauffele said. “He’s a shorter guy, like the old-school type. If you’re in trouble, chip out and hit your wedges close and putt really well. If you think about that type of player, they have to be so precise and disciplined in their approach. That created who he is. He’s got a lot of fight.

“I can feel how much everything means to him and how much he wants to win.”

The Americans have won the Ryder Cup only four of the last 13 times, and their last victory away from home was in 1993 at The Belfry in England.

The Ryder Cup moved back to odd-numbered years when the 2020 matches were postponed one year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whistling Straits had a full house of fans, but because of travel restrictions, they where overwhelming Americans.

MONAHAN: PLAYERS TEMPTED BY SAUDI TOUR NEED TO MAKE UP MINDS

(AP) — PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan says he has “zero complacency” when it comes to the threat of a Saudi-funded rival league, and he has a clear message for any player still tempted to leave.

“I told the players we’re moving on and anyone on the fence needs to make a decision,” Monahan said Wednesday in a telephone interview.

He also emphasized anew that players who sign up for a Saudi golf league will lose their PGA Tour membership and should not expect to get it back.

Monahan said the tour had “incredible momentum” coming off its West Coast swing. None of the top 12 players in the world expressed support for joining a Saudi league, a damaging blow to Greg Norman and his LIV Golf Investments. The endless chatter of a new league was louder than ever last week, centering on the possibility that Norman was on verge of announcing a roster of 20 players.

“All this talk about the league and about money has been distracting to our players, our partners and most importantly our fans,” Monahan said. “We’re focused on legacy, not leverage. You saw it last week with Joaquin Niemann winning, receiving the trophy from a legend (tournament host Tiger Woods) who inspired him to take up the game.

“Those moments can’t be replicated.”

Monahan met with players Tuesday afternoon at the Honda Classic. While the meeting had been scheduled weeks in advance, it began just minutes after Phil Mickelson released a statement in which he apologized for “reckless” remarks about the Saudis and praised Norman’s LIV Golf Investments for sharing his goal of making golf better.

Mickelson did not mention Monahan or the PGA Tour, which he referred to as a “dictatorship” in his explosive comments to Alan Shipnuck, whose biography on Mickelson is due in May. Mickelson also said he and three other top players paid attorneys to write the operating agreement for a new league in which players would have more control.

Monahan declined to comment when asked if Mickelson had been suspended or faces punishment, citing the tour’s longstanding policy of not discussing discipline.

Mickelson said he needed time away without elaborating when or how long it would be. He has not played since the Saudi International three weeks ago. It was in Saudi Arabia where Mickelson first accused the PGA Tour of “obnoxious greed” in an interview with Golf Digest. He also said even the talk of a rival league was providing leverage to get changes he felt were needed on tour.

Most damaging to Mickelson were his vulgar description of the Saudis, and how he was willing to overlook their human rights atrocities if it allowed him a “once-in-a-lifetime” chance to reshape the PGA Tour where he has made nearly $120 million in career earnings and bonuses.

KPMG, a corporate partner with Mickelson since 2008, said Tuesday in an email there was mutual agreement on ending the endorsement contract immediately. Amstel Light said Wednesday it has ended its partnership with the six-time major champion.

Workday did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment, although that contract was believed to be ending in the spring.

Norman’s proposed league took a beating last week in Los Angeles when top players like Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy repeated strong support for the PGA Tour, and then Dustin Johnson announced on Sunday he was “fully committed” to the tour. Johnson’s statement was among the most influential because he was often connected to the new league without ever having indicated which way he was leaning.

Hours later, Bryson DeChambeau offered more tepid support by saying if the best players were sticking with the PGA Tour, that’s where he would be playing.

Monahan said he thanked the many top players who showed their loyalty, though he didn’t feel as if the threat was over. McIlroy referred to it as “dead in the water” because none of golf’s top players were going.

“There is zero complacency here,” Monahan said. “We will continue to talk to the players and continue to listen.”

According to those in the room for his meeting with the players, Monahan’s overall theme was about money – not only how much prize money was projected to grow on the PGA Tour over the length of the broadcast contracts, but how the Saudi league was being built only on money and how much it would take to cause a player to leave.

“I think it’s going to still keep going. I think there will still be talk. Everyone talks about money. They’ve got enough of it,” Brooks Koepka said Wednesday. “They’ll get their guys. Somebody will sell out and go to it.”

Still, the support from top players – Koepka was among the first to speak out – was a boost for the tour as it begins its Florida swing that includes another $12 million purse at the Arnold Palmer Invitational next week, and Woods getting inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame during The Players Championship.

“I know where a lot of our athletes stand,” Monahan said. “That validation was incredibly impactful and gave us a renewed sense of optimism.”

TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

INDY ELEVEN ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR HOME MATCH VS. LOUISVILLE CITY FC

NDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, February 23, 2022) – In conjunction with the USL Championship, Indy Eleven today announced its home match against Louisville City FC at IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium previously scheduled for Saturday, June 11, will now take place on Wednesday, August 31, with kickoff remaining at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Single-game tickets for the Aug. 31 installment of the Louisville-Indianapolis Proximity Association Football Contest are now available for purchase by 2022 Indy Eleven Season Ticket Members through their online Account Manager portal and to the general public via ticketmaster.com.

This LIPAFC rivalry clash will mark the lone weeknight game on Indy Eleven’s 17-game home calendar at Carroll Stadium in 2022; the most up-to-date schedule for the team’s 2022 USL Championship season can always be found at indyeleven.com/2022-schedule

The full range of ticket offerings for Indy Eleven matches at Carroll Stadium – starting with the home opener on Saturday, April 2, against LA Galaxy II – are now available, including Season Ticket Memberships, single game tickets, special multi-game packages, and an increased portfolio of hospitality options.  To get full details and purchase tickets, visit indyeleven.com/tickets, or call 317-685-1100 during regular business hours.

FUEL HOST KALAMAZOO FOR SCHOOL DAY GAME

Coming off of earning three out of a possible four points last week in Orlando, the Fuel turn their sights to a three-game homestand beginning on Thursday morning. Indy will face a Kalamazoo team that has lost four straight games to Central Division opponents while the Fuel are looking to earn points in three straight games for the first time since January 23. 

TIME: 10:30 a.m. ET

WATCH/LISTEN: FloSports, Mixlr.com/IndyFuel

TEAM RECORDS

IND: 20-23-2-3

KAL: 24-22-0-0

LAST TIME OUT

Playing the second of three games during the week, the Fuel last saw the Kalamazoo Wings when they traveled to Wings Event Center on February 11. Despite maintaining high energy throughout the game, leading in shots and a late game-tying goal from Seamus Malone, the Indy Fuel fell to the Kalamazoo Wings 3-2 on Friday night.

GRABBING THE LEAD

Coming into Thursday’s education day game, the Fuel are 16-7-2-1 when scoring the first goal of the game. In Friday’s win over Orlando, the Fuel’s Karl El-Mir scored the first goal of the game before the team exploded with three goals in the third period to eventually win 4-1. Heading into the third period with a lead on Friday, the Fuel added to their 18-1-0-1 when leading after two periods. 

KRAZY KAPPY

Friday and Saturday’s contests were Justin Kapelmaster’s first starts in a Fuel uniform. The 2nd-year pro stopped 57 of the 58 shots faced over the weekend and added the Fuel’s sixth shutout of the season in Saturday’s shootout loss. Since coming to the Fuel, Kapelmaster has registered a 1.56 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage. 

FACEOFF MASTERS

Entering Thursday morning’s contests, the Fuel have dominated the Wings in the faceoff circle. Through eight contests against Kalamazoo this season the Fuel are a solid 56% on draws. Tied for the team lead in faceoffs at 51%, Jared Thomas and Karl El-Mir are the most reliable players in the faceoff circle. Recently acquired from the Kanas City Mavericks, Bryan Lemos enters Thursday winning an average of 50% of the draws he takes in each game. 

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INDIANA ATHLETICS

NOTES: HOOSIERS HOST TERRAPINS ON THURSDAY NIGHT

OPENING TIP
Indiana University is in its 122nd season of competition in men’s basketball and will host Maryland on Thursday night. IU is in the midst of a five-game losing streak after falling in OT on Monday night, 80-69, at Ohio State. Maryland has won two in as row after winning at home against Penn State, 67-61. IU won the first meeting this season at Maryland, 68-55.
 
GAME INFORMATION
Thursday, February 24 • 7:00 p.m. ET
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) • Bloomington, Ind.
TV: FS1 (Brandon Gaudin and Stephen Bardo)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn App
Series History: Indiana leads 10-8
Last Meeting: IU 68, MARY 55 (Jan. 29, 2022 in College Park)
IU Rankings: KenPom (49th), NET (43rd)
 
ON THE SIDELINES
IU Hall of Famer, All-American, Big Ten MVP and Indiana native Mike Woodson is the first Hoosier graduate to lead the program at the start of the season since Lou Watson in 1965. Woodson brings nine years of NBA head coaching experience (Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks) back to his alma mater and worked for seven franchises as an assistant coach and won an NBA title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons. He played 11 seasons in the NBA as a player and is the fifth all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,061 points.
 
Maryland interim coach Danny Manning is in his first year in College Park.
 
The duo combined to score 5,012 points in college (Manning, 2951, first all-time at Kansas). Both averaged 14.0 points in their NBA careers, while Manning averaged 20.1 ppg at Kansas and Woodson scored 19.8 points per game at IU.
 
DEFENSE LEADS THE HOOSIERS
IU is first in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (38.3%) and first in conference games only (40.7%). The Hoosiers are second in the league in scoring defense (64.8), 3FG defense (30.7%) and blocked shots (5.4). The Hoosiers 38.3% field goal defense mark would be the program’s best in the last 23 seasons. IU held opponents to 38.8% shooting in 1999-2000.
 
ALL-AMERICAN TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS
Junior/sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis is averaging 17.9 points (6th in B1G), 8.4 rebounds (53rd), shooting 57.0% from the floor (3rd) and contributing 2.5 blocked shots (1st).
 
He set a Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall record by scoring 43 points against Marshall, breaking the previous mark (42) set by Steve Alford against Michigan State.
 
He has had nine double-doubles this season and 31 in his career with IU posting a 23-8 record in those games. He notched four straight double-doubles for the first time in his career after he had 23 points and 12 boards at Nebraska.
 
Jackson-Davis now has scored 1,413 points as a Hoosier, rating 21st all-time in IU lore.
 
Despite being limited to 11 minutes due to foul trouble against No. 4/4 Purdue, he defended a game-winning shot attempt and made two free throws with 5.1 seconds left to extend the IU lead.
 
He had 17 points and nine boards at Maryland earlier this season.
 
THOMPSON MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF
Redshirt Sr./Jr. Race Thompson has averaged 14.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in the last seven games and is shooting 46.7% from long distance in that time.
 
He is ranked eighth in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.9). Thompson had his fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds at Michigan State. Recently, he had a season-high 18 points against Penn State and Maryland, while added his fourth double-double of the season when he grabbed 12 boards against the Terrapins.
 
He is second on the team averaging 11.8 points and shooting 54.4% from the field with 21 blocked shots. He leads the team with 29 steals.
 
ODDS AND TRENDS
Sr./Jr. Xavier Johnson went 10-for-10 from the free throw line at Ohio State. He is the first Hoosier to accomplish that feat since Al Durham made all of his 10 charity tosses in the 2018 Big Ten Tournament. 
 
Prior to sitting out Ohio State with an injury, So./Fr. Trey Galloway had started the last three games and is averaging 6.7 points in his last 10 outings. He tied career-highs in minutes (37), points (13) and rebounds (5) at Northwestern.
 
The Hoosiers 10-of-13 shooting (76.9%) from long range against Penn State was their third best shooting effort from distance since 1996-97 (USF, 1998 and Kent State, 2002).
 
In the last 14 games, IU has dropped its turnovers over five per game at 10.0 per contest.

PURDUE ATHLETICS

FOOTBALL SET TO BEGIN SPRING PRACTICE MONDAY, FEB. 28

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Beginning the sixth year under head coach Jeff Brohm, Purdue Football will kick off spring practice Monday, February 28. The opening practice, along with practices on March 2, March 4 and March 7, start at 4 p.m. ET and are open to the public.
 
Practices will take place either on the outdoor practice fields at the Bimel Practice Complex or on the Mollenkopf Athletic Center indoor field, depending on weather. Fans can enter through the northeast corner of the KFPC practice fields for outdoor practices. For indoor practices, fans can use the southeast entrance of the Mollenkopf Athletic Center.
 
Fans and media members must remain in designated, roped off areas during the open practices. Taking photos or recording video during the practices is strictly prohibited.
 
Purdue will conclude its spring with the annual spring game at Ross-Ade Stadium, Saturday, April 9. Admission is free, and kickoff is set for noon ET on the Big Ten Network.
 
The 2022 season begins with Purdue hosting Penn State, Thursday, September 1. Kickoff time and television designation will be determined at a later date. The Big Ten Conference matchup marks the third time in six seasons under Brohm that the Boilermakers open with a conference opponent.
 
The Boilermakers are coming off an exciting 9-4 season, their most wins in a season since 2003. Purdue tied for second in the Big Ten West, which included a pair of Top 5 victories over Iowa and Michigan State that handed both teams their first loss of their respective 2021 campaigns. The memorable season was capped off with a thrilling 48-45 overtime victory over Tennessee at the TransPerfect Music City Bowl in Nashville.
 
Season tickets for the 2022 Purdue Football season are on sale now. Click here to purchase new season tickets. If you are a current season ticket holder and would like to renew for 2022, click here. The renewal deadline is March 1, and Boilermaker fans who renew before the deadline will gain access to the Purdue For Life Patio and also receive three John Purdue Club priority points.

SCHEDULE UPDATES FOR BASEBALL SERIES IN NORTH CAROLINA

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Including a Friday doubleheader, schedule changes have been agreed to for Purdue baseball’s netural-site series with Princeton this weekend at Ting Stadium in North Carolina.

The four-game series will now feature a doubleheader Friday at 1 p.m. ET and a single game Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. The original schedule had Friday’s series opener set for 3 p.m. ET and a doubleheader Saturday.

The 4-0 Boilermakers embark on a 10-day road trip to North Carolina on Thursday. They play a pair of weekend series at Ting Stadium in Holly Springs as well as a Wednesday, March 2 midweek game at Charlotte. Purdue squares off against Longwood next weekend. Admission is free for all seven games at Ting Stadium.

PRINCETON VS. PURDUE — UPDATED SCHEDULE
Friday, Feb. 25 — Doubleheader at 1 p.m. ET
Saturday, Feb. 26 — Single Game at 2 p.m. ET
Sunday, Feb. 27 — Single Game at 1 p.m.

TOP-5 RELAY TIMES HIGHLIGHT OPENING NIGHT OF BIG TENS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Big Ten Championships at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center opened with Purdue men’s swimming & diving registering a pair of all-time top-five times in team history in the relays contested Wednesday.

The Boilermakers’ posted an NCAA provisional qualifying time (B Cut) of 1:24.83 in the 200 medley relay, a mark that doubled as the fourth fastest in team history. Michael JuengelColeman ModglinBrady Samuels and Nikola Aćin teamed up for Purdue’s quartet. Aćin raced as the anchor in the event at Big Tens for the fourth straight season and Juengel handled the leadoff backstroke leg for the third straight year.

The 800 freestyle relay team of Nick ShermanKeelan HartLiam Walker and Ethan Shaw registered a time of 6:25.39 to move up to third place in program history. Sherman’s leadoff leg split of 1:34.65 is also a team season best in the 200 free, a time that bested Purdue’s team record going into the 2021 Big Ten Championships before Sherman eclipsed it a year ago.

Aćin closed the 200 medley relay with a 50 free split of 18.93. Any sub-19 second time is a strong swim, but it was also a fast field that featured four A Cuts and a host of 18-second 50 free splits.

Event winners Ohio State (1:22.13) and Indiana (6:11.96) both set pool records at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center, eclipsing times that had stood since the 2016 Big Ten Championships. Wednesday marked the first time Ohio State had ever won the 200 medley relay at Big Tens.

Action continues Thursday with swimming prelims at 10 a.m. ET, diving prelims at noon and the finals session at 5 p.m.

OPENING NIGHT RELAYS AT THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
* – Purdue Season-Best Time

200 Medley Relay
Juengel, Modglin, Samuels & Aćin, 1:24.83 (B) – Finished 6th (48 Points); 4th Fastest in Team History
800 Free Relay
Sherman Hart, Walker & Shaw, 6:25.39* – Finished 8th (44 Points); 3rd Fastest in Team History
Sherman opening split of 1:34.65 is a Purdue season best in the 200 free

WEDNESDAY TEAM SCORES
1.) No. 4 Indiana 120
2.) No. 9 Ohio State 118
3.) No. 13 Michigan 110
4.) No. 25 Northwestern 100
5.) Penn State 96
6.) Purdue 92
7.) No. 24 Wisconsin 52
8.) Minnesota 50

BUTLER ATHLETICS

SETON HALL WITHSTANDS @BUTLERMBB COMEBACK ATTEMPT, 66-60, IN NEWARK

A frantic comeback bid by Butler fell just short as Seton Hall was able to come away with a 66-60 win Wednesday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

A 20-2 run by the host Pirates gave Seton Hall a 56-40 advantage with 6:35 remaining. At that point, Butler had made only two of 15 attempts from the field in the second half. Butler’s offense would heat up as the Bulldogs scored the next 13 points to make it a three-point game (56-53) with 3:30 remaining.

The teams would trade points as Butler cut it to two on three occasions over the final two minutes. Four late free throws gave Seton Hall (17-9, 8-8 BIG EAST) the final margin.

Jared Rhoden led four Pirates in double figures with 17 points. Seton Hall used 15 offensive rebounds to hold a 38-32 edge on the glass.

Bo Hodges led Butler with 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting. That was a new high for the senior in a Butler uniform. Bryce Nze posted 12 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.

Butler falls to 13-16 and 6-12 in conference play.

Entering tonight’s contest, six of Butler’s last eight game had been decided by three points or less. Wednesday’s game was a two-point margin with six seconds to play.

The first half featured nine lead changes and the seventh tie of the opening half sent the teams into the locker rooms at 34-34. Hodges had 14 for Butler (on 6-of-8 shooting), while Rhoden countered with 12 (including the Pirates’ final seven) in the first half.

Seton Hall won the first match-up between the two teams Jan. 4 at Hinkle Fieldhouse (71-56).

The Bulldogs continue a road swing that will take the team to Milwaukee on Saturday for a 1 pm (12 pm CT) tip against Marquette.

NOTRE DAME ATHLETICS

IRISH FINISH OFF ORANGE FOR 13TH ACC VICTORY

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (20-8, 13-4) earned its 13th Atlantic Coast Conference victory of the season, 12th home game and seventh ACC home game of the season against Syracuse (15-13, 9-8), 79-69, in Purcell Pavilion on Wednesday night. 

Paul Atkinson Jr. dominated the paint all night, leading the Irish with 20 points and 17 rebounds. The graduate student pulled down eight offensive rebounds which helped Notre Dame acquire 22 second-chance points. Senior Nate Laszewski, sidelined for the last two days with a stomach illness, answered the bell with 17 points and three rebounds in 28 minutes. 

Not to be outdone, senior Prentiss Hubb put up a season-high 10 assists and a career-high eight rebounds controlling the Irish offense at the top of the Syracuse 2-3 zone. Hubb’s high-arching three-point field goal at the shot-clock buzzer with 3:38 left kept the Irish believing and put his team up five points in the eventual 10-point victory. 

The Boeheim brothers led Syracuse’s offensive attack, as Buddy and Jimmy Boeheim combined to score 47 points and shoot 18-35 from the field. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Irish big man Paul Atkinson Jr. was told by Glenn and Stacey Murphy Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Brey before the game that a shot against the Syracuse zone was as good as a post feed and to be competitive on the offensive boards. Atkinson Jr. followed through by grabbing four early offensive rebounds and hitting four free throws to give Notre Dame an early 9-8 lead. 

The teams went back and forth over the next 10 minutes before Syracuse edged ahead with a few tough shots by Buddy Boeheim to earn a four point lead at 27-23. The Irish came back with a Laszewski three pointer and a Goodwin baseline jumper to earn a one point lead. 

The Orange put together another mini surge to take back the lead, but Atkinson Jr. continued to grab offensive boards. He ended up with six in the first 20 minutes and posted a double-double before the halftime break. His 14 points and 11 rebounds allowed the Irish to take a 42-38 lead into the locker room. 

After the break, Notre Dame came out to claim a quick five point lead but Syracuse would set the tone for a second half of runs with a 9-0 spurt to take a two-point lead. The Irish offense was finding open shots, just not connecting in the first minutes of the second half. 

A Cormac Ryan corner three pointer settled the home team down and kick started an answering 8-0 run by the Irish. Blake Wesley stole a pass and found Laszewski for a transition three, then Laszewski tagged on another deep ball to push the run to 13-0 and give the Irish a 58-4 lead with 11:59 left. Syracuse turned the ball over four times and was held scoreless for five minutes during the run. 

The visitors kept coming, however, as yet another run bolstered by buckets from Buddy Boeheim cut the Irish lead down to two points with four minutes remaining. 

That was when Hubb stepped up to connect on the deep three pointer with 3:38 left. Atkinson Jr. then found Wesley streaking down the baseline for a layup to push the Irish up seven. 

After a bit of back and forth, it came down to the Irish getting stops followed by rebounds then connecting at the free throw line. The Orange missed their final three shots and also had a turnover which allowed Notre Dame to finish off the game by going nine-for-10 from the charity stripe to claim the 10-point victory. 

NOTES

The 13th ACC victory is the second-most for the Irish during their nine years in the league and one behind the record 14 by the 2014-15 team (18 league games that season, the Irish will play 20 this year) • the 20 total team victories marks the 16th in the 22 years of the Mike Brey era at Notre Dame • the 17 rebounds are a career high for Atkinson Jr. and his second 20/10 game of the year (also at Miami) • the 17 rebounds are the most for an Irish player since John Mooney had 17 at Wake Forest on February 29, 2020 • the game-high 10 assists for Hubb are the most of the season and one off his career high of 11 against Detroit Mercy on December 10, 2019. 

UP NEXT

The Irish continue a two-game home stand with Georgia Tech on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at 5 p.m. ET on the ACC Network. 

GM 27 PREVIEW: THE FINAL HOMESTAND

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The final homestand awaits for the now 14th nationally-ranked Notre Dame women’s basketball team. The Fighting Irish (20-6, 12-4) will first play host to the Clemson Tigers (9-18, 3-13) on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. ET inside Purcell Pavilion. The contest will mark Senior Day for the Blue & Gold, in which they will honor its four seniors: Dara Mabrey, Maya Dodson, Kate Gilbert and Abby Prohaska.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

1) A win on Thursday night secures a coveted double-bye spot in the ACC Tournament. The Irish are currently tied with Virginia Tech for third and own the tiebreaker over the Hokies. 

2) Revenge against the Tigers. Last season, Notre Dame was listed as ‘First Four Out’ in the NCAA Tournament, missing the Big Dance for the first time in 25 years. It was Clemson who disrupted those plans with a 68-63 upset in the opening round of the ACC Tournament. 

3) The quest for a perfect home record – The Irish are currently 12-0 at home, with both remaining regular season games taking place inside Purcell Pavilion. First is Clemson, then No. 4 Louisville on Sunday. 

IN THE NET + BRACKETOLOGY

In the updated NCAA committee projections, ND was picked as the 14th best team in the country and a four-seed in the Spokane Regional. The same holds true in the latest ESPN bracketology update, with the Irish in a hosting position as a No. 4 seed. 

In terms of the NET, as of Wednesday morning, ND checked in at No. 18, fifth best in the ACC.

Against the NET top-25, the Irish are 4-3. Against the top-50 they are 6-4 and against the top-100 they are 11-6. Thus no losses outside the NET top-100. 

ACC COACH OF THE YEAR?

Just her 2nd year with the program but her first true full calendar year with the team – Coach Ivey already has the program back on the national scene in one of the biggest turnarounds. Around this time last year, Notre Dame finished 10-10 overall and didn’t make the NCAA tournament for the first time in a quarter of a century. Then Coach Ivey worked her magic. 

Notre Dame is currently 20-6 overall and ranked 14th in the nation after starting the year unranked. They are 12-4 in the ACC and currently sit in 3rd place, after being projected to finish in 6th place.

The Irish are a projected 4-seed in the NCAA Tournament with a NET ranking of No. 18. 

Coach Ivey boasts four ranked wins on the year which include No. 16 Georgia Tech on the road and No. 3 NC State at home. This weekend, she has a chance to make history if the Irish can knock off No. 4 Louisville – it would mark the first time ever the program knocked off two top-fives in the same regular season.

PROTECT THIS HOUSE

It was a season-defining four-game homestand for the Irish around the start of February, as Notre Dame knocked off Syracuse, Boston College, No. 3 NC State and (RV) Virginia Tech. Fast forward to now and the Irish are 12-0 at home this season– its best start since the 2017-18 national championship season (they went 15-0 at home). 

In terms of undefeated ACC teams at home, it’s just Notre Dame and Louisville. In terms of other P5’s: Michigan in the B1G, South Carolina in the SEC and Arizona in the Pac-12.

COACH IVEY’S FIRST SIGNATURE WIN

With a 69-66 win over No. 3 NC State on Feb. 1, Coach Ivey earned her first key signature win as a head coach and her first top-5 ranked victory. It also marked the program’s first top-5 win at home since No. 2 Louisville, 82-68. The last top-five team in general – UConn in the 2019 National Semifinal. 

Notre Dame earned its 24th ever win against a top-5 program, improving to 24-64 all-time.  Versus the top-10, the Irish are now 67-95.

More satisfactorily, the Irish earned the upset by battling the season narrative of fourth quarter adversity. Notre Dame boasted a lead as large as 12 in the fourth before it dwindled to two, but fought on for the three-point win. 

6X ACC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

Guard Sonia Citron claimed ACC Freshman of the Week 4 times in the first 6 weeks of play, and now boasts 6 on the year, making her a favorite for ACC Freshman of the Year. 

Citron tied 2019 alumna Brianna Turner for the program record with six ACC FOTW honors. Going back into the program’s Big East days, both Jacqueline Batteast (01-02) and Alicia Ratay (99-00) were each six-time winners as well.

In addition, her six ACC Freshman of the Week honors are the most by a student-athlete since North Carolina’s Janelle Bailey had seven during the 2017-18 campaign.

ACC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR RACE

When it comes to Freshman-Only ACC rankings — Citron ranks 2nd in scoring (by a point), 1st in rebounding and 4th in assists. In fact, Citron has the highest PTS+REB+AST/Game of any ACC freshman with her 20.0 compared to Day-Wilson’s 18.8. Citron also boasts the most double-doubles of any ACC freshman with four – next highest is one.  

Citron is 1-of-3 freshmen in the entire country averaging at least 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists and 1 steal — the 2 others: Olivia Miles and Harvard’s Harmoni Turner. Thus, reiterating the fact she’s in rare freshman company and the most complete freshman in the ACC. 

DODSON PLAYING HER WAY INTO DPOTY CONVO

Her teammates might joke she’s the grandma of the team but the emphasis was on the first half of the word – Grand. Dodson was the MVP in the win over No. 3 NC State on Feb. 1 – recording a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double, all while putting All-American Elissa Cunane in foul trouble for most of the game and at bay with just 13 points. 

Dodson got emotional in post-game presser, “I lead by example, so everytime I go out there, everytime I’m in front of these fans, I want to show how much passion and hard work and appreciation we have for them. Last year I wasn’t able to play. No matter how much I’m hurting, I got to go out there and play. This means so much for me.” 

Then two nights later, Dodson made one of the top-scorers in the ACC and a LIsa Leslie Award finalist, Elizabeth Kitley, a non-factor – holding her to 10 points under her season average. 

WHO’S HOT?!

Maya Dodson has recorded 7 double-doubles on the season and they all have come in the last 11 games. Two of which have been 20-point, 10-rebound double-doubles. In addition, she’s posted 12 double-digit scoring performances in the last 14 games.

Sonia Citron is coming on strong down the stretch – tallying double figures in 15 of her last 19 games or 10 in her last 11. 

Maddy Westbeld has emerged out of her funk with a combined 53 points over the last 4 games, averaging 13.3 points and 8.0 rebounds. She picked up her second double-double of the season in big road win over No. 16 Georgia Tech on Feb. 17, recording 10 points, 10 rebounds.  

PUSHING PAST LATE-GAME STEREOTYPES

In a must-win game that had major ACC & NCAA Tournament ramifications, the Irish found way to secure an overtime win at No. 16 Georgia Tech. Despite the Yellow Jackets battling down nine to start the fourth, the Irish pushed forward in a hostile environment in a 72-66 victory, marking their first OT win since the 2018 Final Four.

Dara Mabrey played hero. She hit a shot clock buzzer-beater at 2:56 in the 4th then a big and-one at 1:23. She then scored 6 of her 11 points in OT. 

In addition, three Irish recorded double-doubles for the first time since Jessica Shepard (20p/13r), Brianna Turner (15p/15r), Marina Mabrey (12p/12a), vs UConn, 4/5/19 (Tampa). This time around it was Maya Dodson (11p/11r), Maddy Westbeld (10p/10r) and Sonia Citron (10p/11r).

MILES ATTRACTING EYEBALLS AND WATCH LISTS

Miles has played herself onto two prestigious watch lists. First it was the Nancy Lieberman Award top-10, recognizing the best 10 point guards this season. Shortly after, she was named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason Team, recognizing the top-25 players in the country, regardless of position. 

Notre Dame’s point guard ranks second in the NATION in assists per game as a FRESHMAN, averaging 7.1/game. However, Miles is more than just stylish assists and great vision, she’s a dynamic playmaker.

Miles leads the 14th ranked Irish in scoring (13.9), she’s 5th in the ACC in steals (1.9) and also reels in 5.8 boards/game.

Miles and Iowa’s Caitlin Clark are the only players in the country averaging at least 13 points / 5 rebounds / 7 assists. She simply does it all.

And by the way, she boasts seven double-doubles on the year, which ranks 5th in the ACC. And of those seven, one of them is a triple-double, as Miles became just the 2nd Irish freshman in program history to do so. 

FRESHMEN DUO SENSATION

Therefore, Notre Dame doesn’t just have one, but two super freshmen in Citron and Miles who will be the building blocks for years to come. 

ESPN Women’s Hoops put both Miles and Citron on their midseason top-10 freshman list. Miles was ranked No. 2, while Citron checked in at No. 6. Notre Dame was the only program with two freshmen on the list.  

In fact, Notre Dame is the only Power-Five school with two freshmen averaging double figures. Furthermore, there’s only one other school in Division I with 2 freshmen averaging at least 11 ppg – Pacific – Anaya James and Elizabeth Elliot. 

A 6-1 versatile guard, Citron does it all for Coach Ivey and is arguably the toughest player on the team. She’s averaging an impressive 11.4 points while ranking 2nd on the team in rebounds (6.5), 3rd in assists (2.2) and 2nd in steals (1.5).

Sonia has become ND’s best rebounding guard with 6.5 boards/game, which ranks 2nd on the team and 13th in the ACC. She’s reeling in 7.3 rebounds/game in ACC play, which ranks 9th in the league. Meanwhile, her 5.7 defensive boards/game in ACC play ranks 5th. 

Then there’s Olivia Miles, who has already been detailed above. Ultimately, Miles ranks in the top-15 in the ACC in 6 different stat categories: Scoring, FG%, Assists, Steals, A/TO Ratio and Defensive Rebounds. Best of any Irish player. 

ND’s 2 freshmen are its top two in Defensive-Rebounds/Game — Miles (5.2) & Citron (4.8). Both rank in the ACC in the top-10. The two are also the team’s top two steal getters as Miles averages 1.8 while Citron checks in with 1.5.

THREE-BALLER = TWO POINT SPECIALIST

Three-point sharpshooter Sam Brunelle has expanded her game this year and has become a two-point specialist. She’s been the most efficient from within the arc, converting 42-of-64 (.656) from two over the last 15 games. She’s 61.7 percent from two on the season, which leads all Irish players. 

Overall, Sam’s .475 shooting percentage leads all Irish players. 

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: #8 IRISH HOST #2 MICHIGAN TO CLOSE OUT REGULAR-SEASON

WHO: #9/8 Notre Dame (23-9-0, 15-7-0-5-1-0 B1G) vs. #2/2 Michigan (25-7-1, 16-6-0-0-3-0 B1G)
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. ET // Saturday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. ET
WHERE: Compton Family Ice Arena
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SETTING THE STAGE

  • No. 8/9 Notre Dame will close out the regular season at home this weekend against No. 2/2 Michigan on Feb. 25-26.
  • With a single point in the series against the Wolverines, the Irish would lock up the third seed in the upcoming Big Ten tournament, while Michigan will be looking to clinch the regular-season championship.
  • Notre Dame is coming off a road series sweep of Michigan State, taking game one 2-1 (Feb. 18) and game two 4-2 (Feb. 19).
  • Graduate student goaltender Matthew Galajda stopped 63 of the 66 shots he faced against the Spartans over the weekend for an impressive .955 save percentage to go along with a 1.50 goals against average en route to being named the Big Ten’s Second Star of the Week (Feb. 22).
  • Notre Dame ranks fourth in the country with 23 wins (23-9-0), trailing only Minnesota State (29-5-0), Quinnipiac (27-4-3) and Michigan (25-7-1). 
  • The Fighting Irish are 13-5-0 at home this season and 16-1-0 when scoring first.
  • Freshman forward Hunter Strand has a career-long, three-game point streak (2-2-4) and he has six points over Notre Dame’s last six games (3-3-6).
  • Max Ellis leads the Irish with a career-best 28 points on a team-high 16 goals and 12 assists.
  • Since returning from break on Jan. 1, Spencer Stastney has four goals and 11 assists for 15 points in 15 games and he has at least one point in 11 of the 15 games.
  • Stastney has a career-high 24 points on six goals and 18 assists.
  • Notre Dame is 6-2-0 in overtime this season, with the OT game-winning goals coming from Cam Burke (at Michigan Tech), Ryder Rolston (at Michigan), Max Ellis (at Michigan and at Penn State), Spencer Stastney (at Ohio State) and Landon Slaggert (vs. Minnesota).
  • Notre Dame has made each of the last five NCAA Tournaments, the longest streak in program history, and eight of the last 11 NCAA Tournaments overall.
  • The five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances is the second-longest active streak in the NCAA, trailing only Minnesota Duluth (6), with Minnesota State (3) and St Cloud State (3) tied for third.

SENIOR NIGHT

  • Saturday’s game two will feature a post-game ceremony to honor the program’s graduating seniors, senior managers and graduate students.
  • In keeping with senior night tradition, the Irish will wear green jerseys and fans are encouraged to wear green as well for an #IrishWearGreen game.
  • Jim Cornelison will perform the pre-game National Anthem as part of Senior Night festivities.
  • Early arriving fans will also receive a green t-shirt and pom-poms (while supplies last).

BIG TEN TOURNAMENT

  • Notre Dame enters the final weekend of play knowing it will earn the third or fourth seed and have home ice for the Big Ten Tournament’s Best-of-Three quarterfinal round (March 4-6).
  • The Irish enter the weekend one point behind idle Ohio State for third, but any standings point earned would pull Notre Dame even with the Buckeyes. 
  • Notre Dame and Ohio State split their regular-season series 2-2-0, so the tiebreaker would move to Conference winning percentage which the Irish would own versus Ohio State’s .5833 mark. 
  • This season, teams are awarded three points in the conference standings for a win in regulation. 
  • If the game is tied following regulation, both teams receive one point, with a second point being awarded to the team that wins in either the 3-on-3 overtime period or the shootout.
  • Once seeding is set based on point totals, the top seed will have a first round bye.
  • The No. 2,3 and 4 seeds will host a best-of-three quarterfinal series on March 4-6.
  • The top seed and highest remaining seed will then host one game semifinals on March 12, while the championship will be played on March 18 or 19 depending on the site (highest remaining seed)..

THE NOTRE DAME – MICHIGAN SERIES

  • All-time, Michigan leads the series 82-67-5, but Notre Dame leads the series 11-8-0 since joining the Big Ten.
  • Notre Dame recognizes the first official meeting as a 3-2 overtime win by the Fighting Irish on Jan. 17, 1922 at the Weinberg Coliseum in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • The Irish and Wolverines met each season from 1991-92 to 2012-13.
  • During the 2012-13 season, Notre Dame went 5-0-0 against the Wolverines, including a 3-1 victory in the championship game of the final CCHA tournament.
  • In Notre Dame’s inaugural season in the Big Ten (2017-18), the Irish and Wolverines met five times, with the Irish claiming three victories, including a last second win at the 2018 NCAA Frozen Four.
  • As time ran down in the 2018 NCAA Frozen Four semifinal (April 5), Cam Morrison slid the puck back to Jake Evans in the slot, who shot it five-hole for the game-winner with five seconds remaining – sending Notre Dame to the national championship.
  • Notre Dame and Michigan’s other Frozen Four meeting came at the 2008 Frozen Four (Denver, Colorado) when the Irish posted a 5-4 overtime win to advance to the NCAA championship game for the first time in program history.
  • Calle Ridderwall scored the game-winning goal in that contest at the 5:44 mark of overtime.
  • The teams also played at Notre Dame Stadium on  January 5, 2019, as the two teams utilized the same ice as the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins of the NHL for the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
  • The Let’s Take This Outside game featured the largest crowd to attend a home hockey game for the Irish (23,422) but Michigan claimed the 4-2 win over the Irish.
  • Head Coach Jeff Jackson is 37-34-8 all-time against Michigan (including his time at Lake Superior State), while he is 12-6-0 all-time against the Wolverines in the playoffs.
  • Jackson named current Michigan head coach Mel Pearson as one of his Team USA assistant coaches for the 1997 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Jackson and Pearson helped lead Team USA to the silver medal in that tournament in Switzerland.
  • Earlier this season, Notre Dame swept a series at Yost Ice Arena with a pair of overtime wins, including 3-2 in game one (Nov. 19) and 5-4 in game two (Nov. 20) to extend their winning streak at Yost to seven games.
  • Ryan Bischel played both games in the Notre Dame net, making 28 saves in game one and 37 in game two.
  • Ryder Rolston had a pair of goals in the game one win, including the overtime winner.
  • Then Max Ellis had a hat trick, including the overtime winner, in game two to become the first visiting player to record a hat trick at Yost Ice Arena in 15 years (2006).
  • For the past two and a half  seasons, the teams have each posted road sweeps against each other.. 

BALANCED ATTACK

  • The Fighting Irish have seen several players step up and contribute to the offense throughout the 2021-22 season, with Notre Dame averaging 3.43 goals per game which ranks ninth in the country (fourth in the Big Ten).
  • An impressive 16 players have double-digit point totals, including five players with at least 20 points on the season.
  • Nineteen Notre Dame players have scored this season, while 23 have at least one point.
  • In Notre Dame’s sweep of Penn State on Feb. 4-5, 10 Irish skaters accounted for the 10 Fighting Irish goals as Notre Dame took game one 7-2 and followed with a 3-0 win in game two.
  • With Notre Dame facing several injuries in that series against the Nittany Lions, freshmen forwards Justin Janicke and Tyler Carpenter each scored their first career goals, while graduate transfer defensemen Adam Karashik and Chase Blackmun each netted their first goals with Notre Dame.
  • Freshman defenseman Ryan Helliwell was the most recent player to post a point, notching his first career point with an assist at Michigan State (Feb. 19).

IUPUI ATHLETICS: MACEE WILLIAMS NAMED SEMIFINALIST FOR THE 2022 BECKY HAMMON MID-MAJOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – IUPUI women’s basketball standout, Macee Williams has been named one of only ten semifinalists for the 2022 Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year Award presented by Her Hoop Stats for her continuous stellar performance on the court.
 
The Becky Hammon Award recognizes the nation’s best mid-major player every year. Becky Hammon was a three-time All-American during her career at Colorado State and went on to be named a six-time All-Star and two-time All-WNBA First Team honoree during her time in the WNBA. She became the second female coach in the NBA and is now the head coach of the Las Vegas Aces.
 
As one of the ten athletes to be selected, Williams is the only Horizon League women’s basketball athlete named a semifinalist and is considered one of the best athletes in #HLWBB history, earning Horizon League Player of the Year three years in a row. She is the all-time leader in Player of the Week awards with three awards just this season with the most recent coming on February 7.  
 
The graduate student leads the Jaguars, averaging a double-double per game with 18.3 points and 10.1 rebounds. She also averages 1.5 steals and 2.1 assists per game. Williams totaled 17 points and seven rebounds in the Jaguars’ upset bid at Michigan on Nov. 9 to start the season. Then she helped lead IUPUI to their first win over a ranked opponent on Dec. 21 when the Jags defeated Iowa with 19 points and seven rebounds. She scored a season-high 27 points at conference foe Milwaukee on February 17. Williams has collected ten double-doubles this season in 21 games played.

As a leader on the women’s basketball team, Williams is IUPUI’s all-time leader in points with 2,235 and took over as the all-time leader in rebounds on February 6. Williams totaled a season-high 18 rebounds to earn the title of all-time leader in rebounds and continues to extend her lead with a total of 1,216.
 
Five finalists will be named in March then the winner of the 2022 Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year will be announced during the Final Four in late March.

JAGUARS RETURN TO THE JUNGLE TO FINISH OUT THE REGULAR SEASON

INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI saw its 14-game win streak end last Saturday with a 71-56 road defeat to the Green Bay Phoenix. With the loss, IUPUI (19-6, 16-4 HL) dropped to third in conference rankings behind Youngstown State (23-4, 17-3 HL) and the Phoenix, but with a Green Bay (17-6, 13-4) loss on Monday, the Jaguars are back in the hunt for first behind Youngstown State. And their next opponent will be none other than the aforementioned Youngstown State Penguins.
 
The Jaguars’ game against Youngstown State on Thursday night could very well determine who gets top seed in next month’s Horizon League Tournament. Macee Williams (18.3 PPG, 10.1 RPG) and Rachel Kent (11.2 PPG, 3.7 RPG) accounted for nearly 70 percent of IUPUI’s offense against Green Bay: Kent led her team with 21 points and five boards, while Williams scored 18 points and nine rebounds. The Jaguars will need all hands-on deck against a formidable foe in one of the regular season’s biggest matchups.
 
Coach John Barnes has led Youngstown State to its best record since at least the 2006-07 season. The Penguins are smooth operators armed with the league’s third-best offense (67.1 PPG) and second-best defense (56.3 PPG allowed). Youngstown State is also disciplined with the ball, leading the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.03). IUPUI still has the second-ranked offense (70.1 PPG) and third-ranked defense (57.2 PPG allowed)—it will be interesting to see if they can keep pace at both ends of the floor.
 
Senior forward Lilly Ritz is a player to be reckoned with for the Penguins. She is fourth in Horizon League scoring (17.0 PPG) and second in rebounding behind only Williams (9.9 RPG). Redshirt senior guard Chelsea Olson does it all with 11.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG and a team-high 4.7 AST/G, and sophomore Malia Magestro chips in a solid 9.8 PPG.
 
The pivotal clash between IUPUI and Youngstown State goes down Thursday at 6 PM ET. If you can’t make it to the Jungle, stream on ESPN+.
 
Later on Saturday afternoon, the Jaguars conclude their regular season with Senior Day against the Robert Morris Colonials. Robert Morris (12-13, 10-10 HL) is currently eighth out of 12 Horizon League teams. They struggle offensively, scoring just 54.7 PPG (which is second-last in the conference and behind the one-win Detroit Mercy Titans). The Colonials are much better on defense: their 57.9 PPG allowed is good enough for fourth.
 
Robert Morris is led in scoring by senior guard Esther Castedo from Lugo, Spain (11.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG). Forward Sol Castro of Rio Colorado, Argentina contributes 8.6 PPG and 5.2 RPG, while junior center Ashya Klopfenstein is the team’s best glass cleaner with 8.3 PPG and 5.5 RPG.
 
The Jaguars close out the regular season with a 2 PM ET Saturday matinee against the Colonials on ESPN+. Don’t forget: outbound veterans Williams, Morgan AllenMadison Wise and Taylor Ramey will be honored during and after the game.

BALL STATE ATHLETICS

RAUCH SCORES CAREER-HIGH 22 POINTS IN WBB’S WIN AT WMU

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Behind junior Annie Rauch’s career-best 22 points the Ball State women’s basketball team managed to complete the two-game series sweep with a 64-56 victory at Western Michigan Wednesday night in University Arena. 

The Cardinals (16-10, 9-7 MAC) performed at a high intensity level yet again over the Broncos (14-12, 8-9 MAC), especially in the second half as Ball State shot over 50 percent from the field in both the third and fourth quarters.  

Much like the other night against the Broncos, Ball State was able to outrebounded Western Michigan for the second-straight contest, 45-32.  

Rauch played out of her mind leading the Cardinals with 22 points off a perfect 10-for-10 from the field. Not far behind Rauch was junior Sydney Freeman who chipped in 18 points. Defensively, freshman Ally Becki led Ball State with nine rebounds, and she also dished out five assists. 

The game was neck and neck throughout the first three quarters of play with seven ties and 12 lead changes. Much like the other night when these two teams met, it was pretty much all Ball State regardless of how close the score might have been.  

The Cardinals led almost the entire game for 30:40 to be exact out of the 40 minutes of play. It was not until the fourth quarter that the Cardinals were able to pull away from the Broncos.  

Ball State outscored Western Michigan 25-19 which ultimately led to the Cardinals victory tonight along with key baskets from Rauch and Freeman.  

The twosome kept BSU in control when it mattered, as did their teammates, to lift BSU past WMU in a time where wins are crucial heading into eventual Mid-American Conference Tournament play which begins exactly two weeks from today on March 9 in Cleveland. 

The Ball State women’s basketball team returns home Saturday when it hosts Northern Illinois at 1 p.m. ET in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals game day sponsor against the Huskies is LifeStream Services. It will also be Ball State’s annual “Think Pink” game where fans are encouraged to wear pink for breast cancer awareness.  

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL SET TO HOST LINDENWOOD THURSDAY AND QUINCY SATURDAY IN MIVA ACTION

Game 12 
Ball State (9-2, 3-1 MIVA) | Lindenwood (3-6, 1-3 MIVA)
Muncie, Ind. | Worthen Arena
Date: Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. ET: Watch: Live Broadcast | Listen: SL Digital | Live Stats

Game 13 
Ball State (9-2, 3-1 MIVA | Quincy (3-7, 1-3 MIVA)
Muncie, Ind. | Worthen Arena
Date: Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. ET  |  (PDF)Watch: ESPN3 | Listen: SL Digital | Live Stats
 

Last meeting: Ball State 3, Lindenwood 0 (2/21/21)

Series History: Ball State leads the series 19-4

Last meeting: Ball State 3, Quincy 0 (3/20/21)

Series History: Ball State has defeated Quincy in 54 of 59 all-time meetings and has won the last five.

NEW ERA: First-year head coach Donan Cruz has started the year off strong so far this season leading the Cardinals to five-straight wins which includes back-to-back victories over No. 1 Hawai’i … Prior to taking over the helm of the Cardinals, Cruz was a four-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Coach of the Year at Grand View University … Just the fourth head coach in the storied history of Ball State men’s volleyball, Cruz led the inaugural Grand View men’s team to a 13-13 mark in 2012 season, on his way to compiling a 211-55 overall record with the Vikings … He concluded his Grand View career with the best winning percentage in NAIA men’s volleyball history at .793.

ALSO NEW ON THE STAFF:  Joining Cruz on the Ball State staff are Midwestern Volleyball Association (MIVA) standout and former Lewis University star Mike Iandolo and BYU men’s volleyball alumnus Christian Rupert … Iandolo was a two-time All-MIVA First Team selection and spent the last three season as the head coach at the University of Charleston … Rupert helped lead the Cougars to a pair of appearances NCAA Division I/II Men’s Volleyball Championship Match, and following a brief professional career, spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant at Princeton.

SCOUTING LINDENWOOD: Lindenwood comes to Ball State Thursday with a 3-6 overall record and a 1-3 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) ledger. Lindenwood is coming off of a 3-0 loss against McKendree on Saturday, Feb. 19, but did earn a 3-2 thriller over MIVA powerhouse Lewis on Friday, Feb. 18. The Lions are led offensively by outside hitters A.J. Lewis (93 kills) and Diego Negron (92 kills). Ball State won both meetings against Lindenwood last year by a score of 3-0. The Cardinals senior outside hitter Kaleb Jenness led BSU in both matches last season against the Lions with 37 total kills.

SCOUTING QUINCY: Quincy has an overall record of 3-7 and is still looking for its first MIVA victory of the year after falling to Loyola Chicago (0-3), Purdue Fort Wayne (0-3), McKendree (0-3) and Lewis (0-3). The Hawks are led offensively by outside hitter Michael Ladner with 177 kills. Ball State won both matches against Quincy on the road last season, only giving up one set to Quincy. The Cardinals have won 54 of the last 59 meetings against the Hawks and have won the last five straight.

IN THE NATION: Despite losing to Loyola Chicago last Saturday, the Cardinals only dropped one spot and are currently ranked No. 8 in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll. The highest Ball State has ever been ranked was No. 5, and that was in the final poll in 1995. Graduate senior setter Quinn Isaacson still ranks first in the nation among his setting peers with 11.90 assists per set while Ball State as a team also holds the top spot for that same category (13.02). Senior middle blocker Felix Egharevba is fourth in the nation in blocks per set (1.325) and Kaleb Jenness is third in attacks per set (9.21) and second in kills per set (4.95).

CARDINAL RECAP: Ball State split its MIVA weekend series at home last weekend. The Cardinals took down in-state MIVA rival in a five-set thriller against Purdue Fort Wayne on Feb. 12. Kaleb Jenness turned in a career-best 31-kill performance, tying the Ball State all-time rally kills record. On Saturday, the Cardinals unfortunately fell to Loyola Chicago in four sets for their first MIVA setback of the season. 

NEXT MATCH: The Cardinals will take a break from MIVA action when it plays at NJIT on March 11 at 6 pm ET and at Princeton on March 12 at 5 pm ET.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE ATHLETICS

BASEBALL HEADS WEST FOR SERIES AT CALIFORNIA BAPTIST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The ‘Dons play California Baptist for the first time in program history this weekend.

Game Day Information
When:
 Friday, February 25 | 9 p.m. ET
Saturday, February 26 | 5 p.m. ET | doubleheader
Sunday, February 27 | 3 p.m. ET
Where: Totman Stadium | Riverside, Calif. 
Video: ESPN+ Friday and Sunday, WAC Digital Network Saturday
Live Stats: GM 1 | GM 2 | GM 3 | GM 4
Series History: First meeting
Weather: Clear, high of 66 Friday, 70Saturday and 73 Sunday. 

Probable Starters:
Purdue Fort Wayne: 
GM 1: LHP Justin Miller (10.80, 0-1)
GM 2: RHP JD Deany (9.00, 0-1)
GM 3: RHP Mitchell Spencer (1.80, 0-0)
GM 4: TBD

California Baptist:
GM 1: RHP CJ Culpepper (0.00, 1-0)
GM 2: RHP Spencer Bengard (3.00, 0-0)
GM 3: RHP Brandon Downer (11.57, 0-0)
GM 4: RHP Anthony Silvas (0.00, 0-0)

Scouting the Lancers: The Lancers defeated Coppin State 8-1, 6-5, 9-4 last weekend to open the season. Chad Castillo was named the WAC Hitter of the Week after batting .615 and slugging 1.154 in the series. Last season California Baptist went 40-16 overall and 29-7 in WAC play to earn a share of the league regular season crown.

The First Ever: This will be the first time in program history the ‘Dons compete in the state of California. However, they do have a March 10, 1992 game against California University of Pennsylvania which wasn’t even played in California, Pennsylvania. It was played in Florida. The ‘Dons lost that one 7-2.

New Faces: The 2022 Mastodon roster features 15 returners from last season and 18 newcomers.

Easy as 1-2-3: Three Mastodons finished the season-opening series at Georgia State batting over .300. Jack Lang hit a team-best .357 with nine total bases and an on-base percentage of .471. Alex Evenson hit .333 with four hits and three walks for an OPB of .467. Cade Nelis had three hits in nine at-bats. 

Save That Baseball: Cade NelisCade FitzpatrickDalton MadsenBraedon BlackfordJarrett BickelBen HigginsIsaiah Hart and Brian Erbe each picked up their first hit in a Mastodon uniform last week at Georgia State. Hart’s was a home run in game three. 

Call It A Career: Jack Lang returns for 2022 after starting all 46 games last year. He has played in 156 games with 144 starts in his career. Should he hold down a starting spot for every scheduled game, he would finish with 208 games played and 196 starts. Both totals would rank second in program history. Only Shane Trevino (2012-16) would own more games played (234) and started (228) as a Mastodon.

Just Get On Base: Jack Lang and Garett Lake got on base in all four games in Atlanta. 

Look At Me, I Can Be…: Garett Lake was the only Mastodon to play all four games in Atlanta in the same position. He held down center field for the ‘Dons. 

Miller Time: Justin Miller owns 131 career strikeouts. He will need to reach 137 to get into the top 10 in program history and pass Jake Weber who recorded 136 strikeouts from 2015-17.

Miller Time X2: Justin Miller owns a career 10.2 strikeouts per nine average, best in program history for a Mastodon who played multiple seasons.

Smart Mastodon: Garett Lake was named to the 2021 Horizon League All-Academic Team last season thanks to a 3.83 GPA. He played in 44 games with 43 starts in center field in 2021. He led the Mastodons in OPS (.911), slugging percentage (.503), triples (3), home runs (7), walks (23) and hit by pitch (8). He also had a perfect fielding percentage with 109 putouts and an assist.

Put HOF On The Signature: Former Mastodon Brad Smock was inducted in to the Mastodon Hall of Fame earlier this month. Smock was a Mastodon mainstay for the ‘Dons in their final years of Division II. The former catcher ranks fourth in program history in runs scored (124), fifth in hits (191), fifth in total bases (273) and sixth in at-bats (626).

Up Next: The ‘Dons will head to Tennessee Tech next week for a three game series. 

PURDUE FORT WAYNE WBB RETURNS HOME FOR GREEN BAY GAME

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team will play its penultimate home game of the season on Thursday (Feb. 24), welcoming Green Bay for a 7 p.m. game at the Gates Sports Center.


Game Day Information
Who: Green Bay Phoenix
When: Thursday, February 24 | 7 PM
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center
Live Stats: Link
Watch: ESPN+

Know Your Foe
Prior to their game against Milwaukee on Monday, the Phoenix were the hottest team in the league, having won their 10 prior games. Green Bay is 17-6, 13-4, and is led by Hailey Oskey, who is averaging 12.5 points per game. Freshman Bailey Butler has been named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week four times this year.

The Series
Green Bay has won all five meetings in the series history, which dates back to 1984, when the two squads met in Marquette, Michigan. The Phoenix took both games last season, but did not meet this year due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Phoenix’s program.

A Win Would…
• Give the Mastodons their first-ever win over Green Bay
• Be the Mastodons’ eighth League win, tying the most in a decade
• Be the most wins against Division I competition in a season since 2013-14
• Tie the most wins in a season since 2014-15

Keeps Horizon League Championship Outlook
The Mastodons have clinched the No. 9 seed in the Keeps Horizon League Championship. Prior to results of Thursday’s (Feb. 24) games, there is a chance that the Mastodons could play Oakland or Robert Morris in the opening round. Whichever team finishes in eighth will host the Mastodons at 7 p.m. local time on March 1.

Let’s Take a Look at the 3-Ball
The Mastodons are on pace to put their 3-point shooting statistics into the record books at Purdue Fort Wayne. If their averages hold, the Mastodons will make the fifth-most and take the second-most 3-pointers in a season in program history. Their 3-point percentage defense would also rank in the top-10 in program history.

Donating to Charity
Purdue Fort Wayne was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line against Detroit Mercy on February 17. The Mastodons have had eight other games where they have made at least 10 free throws without a miss. The 2022 Mastodons join this elite group.
24-of-24 – vs. Indiana, 11/12/13
19-of-19 – vs. South Dakota State, 1/28/12
16-of-16 – vs. South Dakota State, 3/3/12
14-of-14 – at South Dakota, 1/7/13
14-of-14 – vs. Lewis, 1/8/2000
12-of-12 – at South Dakota State, 1/11/14
11-of-11 – at Akron, 12/2/09
11-of-11 – at Wayne State, 12/23/99
10-of-10 – at Detroit Mercy, 2/17/22

Home Sweet Home
Here’s some fun stats in the Mastodons’ home games this season.
• Team – 41.2 FG% and 35.3 3FG%

• Sylare Starks – 12.2 PPG, 41.8 FG%
• Shayla Sellers – 10.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG

• Ryin Ott – 9.7 PPG, 38.8 3FG%
• Riley Ott – 9.7 PPG, 63.6 3FG%

• Aubrey Stupp – 9.6 PPG, 5.3 RPG

Free For a Reason
Purdue Fort Wayne’s season free throw percentage of 80.3 percent is the fourth-best in the country. Only Iowa, Iowa State and Syracuse have better free throw shooting percentages. This is also the best free throw percentage in program history.

Streaks & Stats
The number of consecutive games that the Mastodons have…
• Made at least one 3-pointer: 43 games
• Made at least one free throw: 53 games
• Aubrey Stupp made at least two field goals: 11 games

In The Wins…
The Mastodons are averaging 79.0 points per game in their wins with a 44.8 percent shooting clip. In their losses, the ‘Dons are at 53.7 points and 36.0 percent shooting. They are also shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc in wins compared to 30.6 percent in losses.

What a Charismatic Quartet
In the last 10 games, Aubrey Stupp, Sylare Starks, Amellia Bromenschenkel and Shayla Sellers have combined for 46.4 points, 18.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game. 

Sybaritical Sylare
Sylare Starks is scoring a career-best 12.0 points per game this season. She is also shooting a career-best 40.4 percent from the floor, 36.1 percent from 3-point range and 93.8 percent from the charity stripe.

On The Right Track
Purdue Fort Wayne’s statistics have taken a jump from last season to this season.
• Points per game: 53.7 -> 60.8
• Scoring Margin: -18.5 -> -5.0
•Field goal percentage: 34.2 -> 38.7
• 3-point field goal %: 25.0 -> 32.8
•Free throw percentage: 71.4 -> 80.5
• Rebounds per game: 29.0 -> 32.6
• Assists per game: 9.5 -> 12.8
• Blocks per game: 1.8 -> 2.6

All-League Résumé
In Horizon League games this season, Shayla Sellers is averaging 12.5 points (13th), 5.1 rebounds (22nd), 2.5 assists (12th), 0.9 blocks (8th) and 1.3 steals (18th).

Triple Threat
Purdue Fort Wayne is second in the Horizon League in 3-point shooting percentage (32.8 percent), 3-point field goals made (208), 3-point field goals per game (8.3) and 3-point field goals attempted (634). The ‘Dons are top-100 in the country in all four of those categories.

Smoother Than WD-40
The Mastodons have shot over 40 percent from 3-point range in four games this season. The ‘Dons shot over 40 percent from 3 against Manchester (52.2), Indiana State (40.7), at Cleveland State (40.9) and at UIC (47.8).

A Starks Contrast
Sylare Starks scored 33 points at Detroit Mercy on February 17, which was the most by a Horizon League player in a league game this season. It was the second-most overall, as Oakland’s Kahlaijah Dean scored 34 at Central Michigan. Starks is the only player in the league to scored 30 or more points off the bench this season. Her 33 points ranks in the top 20 in program history in single-game scoring, and top 10 in the Division I era. She is the first player in program history to score 33 points off the bench.

Shayla Through The Seasons
Shayla Sellers has been on a steady trajectory of improvement through her three seasons at Purdue Fort Wayne. Here’s how her per game stats have jumped:
• PPG: 4.3 -> 7.9 -> 10.5
• FG%: 32.4 -> 34.0 -> 41.5
• 3FG %: 27.5 -> 31.0 -> 36.7
• FT%:  68.0 -> 74.3 -> 86.7
• APG: 0.6 -> 1.4 -> 2.3
• RPG: 2.9 -> 2.9 -> 5.0
• FG: 1.6 -> 2.8 -> 3.6
• 3FG: 0.7 -> 1.2 -> 1.7

Live By The Three
The Mastodons have made the same number or more 3-pointers than their opponents in 22 of their 25 games played. The ‘Dons are making 8.3 triples per game while holding their opponents to just 5.9.

Sharp-Shooting ‘Dons
Purdue Fort Wayne has six Mastodons shooting over 30 percent from 3-point range with at least four attempts: Riley Ott, Shayla Sellers, Sylare Starks, Shianne Johnson, Amellia Bromenschenkel and Ryin Ott. Last year, the Mastodons had no one shoot over 31 percent. As a team, the ‘Dons are shooting 33.0 percent, up from 25.0 percent a year ago.

I Know Them!
Three Mastodons have played in all 25 games this season: Aubrey Stupp, Amellia Bromenschenkel and Audra Emmerson.

Sharing The Sugar
The Mastodons have recorded more than 25 assists in two games this year: Manchester (27) and at UIC (26). This is the first time in the Division I era that the ‘Dons have dished out 25 assists in more than one game in a season. The 26 against UIC is the second-most in the Division I era, and the most against a Division I foe in program history.

Last Time Out
Purdue Fort Wayne dropped a 58-54 game at Oakland on Saturday (Feb. 19). Three Mastodons scored in double-figures, led by Sylare Starks with 16 points.

Coming Up
The Mastodons will honor Valerie Clark for Senior Day against Milwaukee on Saturday (Feb. 26) before playing in the Keeps Horizon League Championship on March 1.

INDIANA STATE ATHLETICS

NORTHERN IOWA TAKES ADVANTAGE OF SYCAMORE MISCUES TO CLAIM WIN IN TERRE HAUTE

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Indiana State and Northern Iowa both shot the ball over 57 percent over 40 minutes of action, but it was UNI that walked away from Hulman Center with an 88-82 victory Wednesday night.
 
Winners of three consecutive League games, the Panthers (17-10, 13-4 MVC) used their experience on the defensive end, forcing 15 Sycamore turnovers in which they converted into 18 points which proved to be the deciding factor. ISU was able to turn Northern Iowa over just six times for just four points.
 
It was a hot start from behind the arc for UNI as the Panthers hit five of their first six attempts from deep. After ISU took a 10-8 lead early, Northern Iowa put up eight quick points — hitting two of their six first half triples to jump out to a 16-10 lead. Cameron Henry, who scored 13 of his game high 23 points in the first half willed ISU back to even shooting 6-of-8 from the field.
 
The game featured 18 lead changes and six ties as both teams reeled off small runs throughout the first half. Indiana State (11-18, 4-13 MVC) held the Panthers scoreless for the final two minutes of the first half while scoring using a quick 4-0 run to take a 41-40 lead into the locker room.  
 
It was much of the same in the second half as both teams struggled to get stops on the defensive end. AJ Green scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half as UNI put the guard into isolation situations and the First Team All-MVC player did not falter, scoring key baskets down the stretch over ISU defenders.
 
Trailing by seven with just over six minutes left to play, Micah Thomas scored six points to help fuel an ISU rally, making it just a three-point game at 76-73 at the 4:56 mark. Julian Larry hit his third 3-pointer of the game to pull ISU to within two points with under two minutes to play. Green answered on the other end with a bucket before Henry scored quickly in transition with 52 seconds on the clock.
 
Green once again made it a two-possession game with a turnaround jumper before Henry committed his sixth turnover on the other end when forced out of bounds on the baseline. UNI would finish the game at the free throw line where they shot 12-of-14 while ISU was held to 5-for-5.
 
Noah Carter added 19 for the Panthers on 9-for-15 shooting while Bowen Bom had 13 for the Panthers.
 
Kailex Stephens continued to score the ball well, putting up 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Henry added seven assists and four rebounds to his game high 23 points while Thomas and Larry each finished with 11 for ISU. Indiana State edged UNI on the boards, 25-24, with four Sycamores grabbing four or more rebounds led by Larry who had five from the point guard position.
 
UP NEXT
The Sycamores are set to close out the regular season on Saturday, February 26 at Illinois State. The game is scheduled to tipoff at 4 p.m. ET from Redbird Arena on ESPN3.

EVANSVILLE ATHLETICS

ACES DROP WEATHER SHORTENED CONTEST TO NO. 5 VANDERBILT

NASHVILLE – Taking on their second top 10 ranked opponent in a week, the University of Evansville baseball team fell to No. 5 Vanderbilt, 9-0, in six innings in a weather-shortened contest in Nashville, Tenn.

“Tough elements to compete in tonight which led to the game being halted,” sadi Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. “Still searching for a clean game from our pitching staff and defense. Need to play better all around this weekend with Dayton coming in town.”

Vanderbilt scored early in the contest, recording a run in the first to grab the advantage. Evansville was troubled by errors in the early innings, committing three that allowed the Commodores to score nine runs over the course of the rain-shortened contest, doing so on just eight hits.

The Aces are home this weekend for the first time on the season, welcoming Dayton in to German American Bank Field on Saturday at 2 PM and a Sunday doubleheader beginning at noon.

ACES HEAD SOUTH TO MISSOURI STATE FOR PENULTIMATE ROAD GAME

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – As the season begins to wind down, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team travels to Missouri State for its penultimate road contest at 7 PM on Thursday night in Springfield, Mo.

Previewing the Matchup: at Missouri State

  • Evansville and Missouri State are meeting for the 61st time in series history with the Lady Bears owning a 46-14 advantage in the all-time series.
  • In the first meeting this season, the Lady Bears captured an 82-35 win over UE, marking their ninth-straight win in the series.
  • Despite getting comfortable at the top of the conference standings the last couple years, Missouri State finds itself currently in second-place in the MVC standings, just one game back of first-place SIU.
  • Sunday againsrt Loyola marked the first time since Dec. 11, 2021 that the Aces had shot 43% or better in back to back contests.


Crowd Showing Up

  • Evansville packed Meeks Family Fieldhouse over the last weekend.
  • The Aces hosted a combined 1,019 fans over the weekend series, the largest weekend attendance for the Aces in Meeks Family Fieldhouse history.

 
Griffin Adds a Threat

  • Playing her fourth season in the MVC, senior A’Niah Griffin has shown her ability multiple times to the conference.
  • After going scoreless against Indiana State on Feb. 12, Griffin showed just how explosive she can be this past weekend against Valparaiso and Loyola.
  • Against the Beacons on Friday, Griffin recorded a new career-high with 21 points, hitting eight of her 11 shots from the field.
  • Griffin followed it up with another efficient performances, knocking-down three of her four looks from inside the arc against Loyola for seven points.

VALPO ATHLETICS

TAYLOR SCORES 2,000TH CAREER POINT IN NARROW SENIOR NIGHT SETBACK TO DRAKE

Kevion Taylor (Milwaukee, Wis. / Whitnall [Winona State]) joined elite company on Wednesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Bryce Drew. Alec Peters. And now, Kevion Taylor.

That’s the list of players in the history of the Valparaiso University men’s basketball program who have scored their 2,000th collegiate point in a Valpo uniform. Taylor, who scored the bulk of those points in four seasons at Winona State before joining Valpo’s program as a graduate transfer, fittingly achieved the feat in his final collegiate home game, a 71-65 Senior Night loss to visiting Drake.

Taylor and fellow seniors Trevor Anderson (Stevens Point, Wis. / SPASH [Wisconsin]) and Eron Gordon (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Seton Hall]) were honored during a pregame ceremony and postgame speeches.

How It Happened

  • The Beacons jumped in front with the game’s first four points and again took the lead on a go-ahead trey by Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy]) that snapped a four-all tie five minutes into the contest. Drake wrestled in front at the 12:43 mark on a D.J. Wilkins 3-pointer, but then Edwards responded with another 3 of his own to make it 12-11 in favor of the hosts.
  • The game remained tight as Valpo fell behind 15-12 at the half’s midway mark before reeling off seven straight points to go up 19-15. Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) had a pair of baskets in that stretch, while Gordon converted a 3-point play.
  • Taylor knocked in a 3 with six minutes on the timer to double the Valpo lead to 25-19, which remained the peak of the Beacon advantage. The Bulldogs scored the next eight points to claw ahead at 27-25. A few minutes later, Tucker DeVries nailed a go-ahead jumper in the closing seconds of the half to give Drake a 31-29 edge at the game’s midway mark.
  • Taylor helped Valpo tie the game at 34 with a made 3, then he made a jumper to create a 36-all deadlock. Drake scored the next eight points including a fastbreak dunk by ShanQuan Hemphill.
  • Valpo responded as Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse Central [Wisconsin]) scored the team’s next five points, but Drake opened the lead back to seven on several occasions, including 56-49 with 5:06 remaining.
  • That’s when Taylor reached the 2,000-point threshold, which fittingly came on a 3-point basket. Gordon, a fellow senior, provided the assist. Taylor may only be in his first season in a Beacon uniform, but the crowd erupted into a thunderous ovation in recognition of the accomplishment.   
  • After a timeout by Matt Lottich, Valpo got a defensive stop, then Edwards buried a 3 to the delight of the fans in attendance as the ARC returned to a frenzied state.
  • Drake scored on its next three possessions to go up 63-57 with 2:12 to play, and the Beacons got no closer than five for the game’s duration.

Inside the Game

  • Taylor became the 27th active player at all levels of NCAA basketball to reach the 2,000-point milestone for his collegiate career. He scored 1,635 of his points over four seasons at Winona State. The only two players in program history to score their 2,000th collegiate point in a Valpo uniform prior to Wednesday were the program’s two most iconic players, Alec Peters (2013-2017; 2,348) and Bryce Drew (1994-1998, 2,142).
  • Taylor finished the game with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting and 4-of-6 from 3-point territory. This marked his fifth 20-point output this season and the 41st of his collegiate career. Taylor also squeezed five rebounds, one shy of a career high.
  • Krikke had 16 points, his 10th straight double-figure output. He also pulled down six rebounds, his fifth consecutive game and ninth time in his last 10 with five boards or more.
  • Valpo’s third double-figure scorer was King with 13, his 17th two-digit scoring output in 20 Valpo games.
  • The Beacons limited the Bulldogs to just 1-of-10 from 3-point territory, the worst clip by a Valpo opponent in conference play this season. This marked the second time Valpo limited an opponent to one made triple this year, joining Dec. 20 vs. Eastern Michigan. Valpo held Drake to its second-worst 3-point shooting day of the season (1-16, Jan. 2 vs. Missouri State).
  • This was the first time Valpo held an opponent to one made 3 or fewer in a conference game since Feb. 21, 2015 vs. Wright State.
  • Valpo outscored the Bulldogs by 21 points from the 3-point arc (eight made 3s to one), but Drake owned a 40-22 advantage in terms of points in the paint.
  • The Beacons had just seven turnovers, their 15th time this season with 10 or fewer.
  • With both DeAveiro and Gordon starting, Valpo utilized yet another new starting lineup. This marked the team’s 14th starting lineup combination of the season and 11th in MVC play alone.
  • Drake shot 61.5 percent in the second half, attempting 24 of their 26 shots from 2-point territory. They finished at 53.4 percent for the game.
  • Valpo again played without the services of two starters as Preston Ruedinger (ankle) and Thomas Kithier (back) were out with injuries.

Postgame Press Conference

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Up Next

Valpo (13-16, 6-11 MVC) will close the regular-season on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Bradley in Peoria, Ill. Regardless of Saturday’s outcome, Valpo is locked into the No. 7 seed in next week’s.

BASEBALL SWINGS BACK INTO ACTION AT ALABAMA A&M

Valparaiso (1-2, 0-0 MVC)
at Alabama A&M (0-3, 0-0 SWAC)
Bulldog Field (500) | Huntsville, Ala.
 

Friday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m. (DH) – Trent Turzenski (R)
Friday, Feb. 25, To Follow (DH) – Colin Fields (R)
Sunday, Feb. 27, Noon – Jake Miller (L)

Next Up in Valpo Baseball: The Valparaiso University baseball team made improvement with each game during the opening weekend at Memphis, culminating with a 10-8 victory in Sunday’s series finale. The Beacons will hope to keep things trending in the right direction as the early-season stretch of road games continues this weekend with a visit to Huntsville, Ala. to take on Alabama A&M.

Last Time Out: Valpo captured a 10-8 win in the series finale of a season-opening set at Memphis behind a six-run sixth inning on a day where the two teams combined for seven home runs. Kaleb Hannahs went deep twice and Brady Renfro once as part of a 14-hit assault that featured seven extra-base knocks. Valpo starting pitcher Jake Miller allowed the Tigers to hit for the team cycle in the top of the first, but he limited the damage to two runs and did not allow another tally until the fifth. He received a well-deserved win in his first career start, allowing three runs on seven hits over five frames while striking out six and walking one on a hitter-friendly day. That allowed Valpo to take a game in the series after dropping the opener 13-0 and the middle game 4-3 in walk-off fashion.

Following the Beacons: Live video via Facebook Live courtesy of Alabama A&M Athletics is expected to be available. A link to the live video is posted on ValpoAthletics.com.  

Head Coach Brian Schmack: Brian Schmack, the 17th head baseball coach in Valparaiso University history, is in his ninth season in charge of the program. Entering the 2022 campaign, he has served as the head coach for 387 games at Valpo, the fourth-most in program history with Tracy Woodson third at 397. This year, he moves into sole possession of third in program history for number of seasons coached with nine, surpassing Donald Warnke (1946-1953). Entering the season, Schmack’s win total of 152 ranks fourth in program history after he surpassed Rick Ferchen (1982-1987, 147) during the 2021 campaign. Also in 2021, Schmack joined Paul Twenge (1988-2006), Emory G. Bauer (1954-1981) and Tracy Woodson (2007-2013) as the only head coaches to reach the 150-win threshold. The former big-league pitcher led Valpo to 25 wins in his inaugural campaign in 2014, a school record for victories by a first-year skipper. Schmack, a member of the 2003 Detroit Tigers, served as pitching coach/associate head coach at Valpo for seven seasons prior to his promotion.

Series Notes: This will mark the first matchup between the two teams.

Fields Firing: Colin Fields turned in six shutout innings in his first start of the season on Feb. 19 at Memphis. He scattered four hits and three walks over the six frames while notching eight strikeouts. Fields exited the game in line for the victory. He notched eight or more strikeouts in a game for the ninth time in his career and lifted his career strikeout total to 159. 

Hannahs’ Hot Start: Kaleb Hannahs batted a team-high .462 this past weekend while totaling 13 bases in Valpo’s season-opening series at Memphis. He scored five runs and ripped half of his six hits for extra bases while also working a walk. Hannahs enjoyed a two-homer game in Sunday’s series finale, a 10-8 win for the Beacons. He closed the series with back-to-back three-hit outputs and scored five times over the series’ final two games. His three runs scored on Sunday tied a career high set on May 1 of last season vs. Illinois State. 

A Hitters’ Day: Valpo and Memphis combined to slug seven home runs in Sunday’s series finale, a hitter-friendly day with the wind howling out at FedEx Park in Memphis. Half of Valpo’s 14 hits went for extra bases, including a two-homer game by Kaleb Hannahs. Brady Renfro slugged his fifth career long ball as only a sophomore, while Jeremy Drudge notched his fourth triple in a Valpo uniform and Kyle Schmack smacked his second. The 10 runs marked Valpo’s top total since an identical offensive output on May 8 of last season at Bradley. After striking out 23 times over the first two games, the Beacons did a better job of putting the ball in play on Sunday, fanning on just six occasions.

Close Calls: It didn’t take long for Valpo to play its first one-run game of 2022, a 4-3 setback that came on a walk-off hit in the middle game of the weekend series at Memphis. Last season, Valpo competed in 15 one-run games, posting a 7-8 record in such contests. The team played 10 affairs decided by the slimmest of margins in Missouri Valley Conference play alone a year ago.

In the Other Dugout: Alabama A&M  

  • Dropped all three games to Milwaukee over the opening weekend.
  • Picked to finish fifth of six in the SWAC East preseason poll.
  • Went 9-13 in league play last season.
  • Tim Dixon hit a team-best .455 over the opening weekend against the Panthers.

A Look Back at 2021

  • For the first time since joining the prestigious Missouri Valley Conference prior to the 2018 season, Valpo won two games in the league tournament last year.
  • The two victories helped the Beacons finish as one of the final four teams standing in the event, joining a pair of NCAA Regional qualifiers in Indiana State and DBU plus a Southern Illinois team that enjoyed a 40-win season.
  • Valpo finished the 2021 season with its highest league winning percentage since joining The Valley.
  • The team enjoyed a quality stretch of baseball from April 23 to May 8, going 8-4 in MVC play and incurring a one-run loss to No. 8 Notre Dame.
  • Valpo started the league slate with an 0-8 record after playing the top two teams in the league on the road, but played nearly .500 ball the rest of the way.
  • Compared to the most recently-completed season of 2019, the team improved its batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and fielding percentage in addition to increasing its number of home runs, doubles, hits and runs scored.
  • The team stole 33 bases, its highest total since 2017.
  • Pitchers racked up 410 strikeouts, the team’s highest total since 2010 (421). The staff also issued fewer walks and permitted fewer home runs than the 2019 campaign.
  • Valpo posted a .969 fielding percentage, the third-best in program history. The team’s top three fielding percentages have all come since 2017.
  • The team played in 15 one-run games including 10 in MVC action. The 15 one-run games were the team’s most in a single season since 2018 and the 10 in league play marked the program’s most since playing 16 one-run games in Horizon League action in 2012.
  • On May 1 vs. Illinois State, Valpo had seven doubles in a single game, the most by any MVC team all season. The squad totaled 42 bases in that game, also the most by an MVC team all season. The May 1 game against the Redbirds saw the two teams combine for the most runs scored (30), hits (35), doubles (9), home runs (9) and strikeouts (25) for any MVC game all season. The 17 runs marked the team’s highest run total since 2018, the 18 hits were the program’s highest total since 2018, the 42 total bases were the team’s highest since 2006 and the five home runs were the most by Valpo in a single game since 2006.
  • Valpo accomplished the rare feat of two walk-off wins in the same day during the April 23 doubleheader sweep of SIU. Jonathan Temple hit a walk-off homer in the opener and Riley Dent had a walk-off single in Game 2 for Valpo’s 10th walk-off victory of the Brian Schmack Era. Temple’s walk-off home run, which came in the first game on the program’s new field turf, was Valpo’s first since Zack Leone on March 30, 2018 vs. Bradley.

Home Sweet Home

  • Although Valpo starts the season with its usual long stretch of road games by playing the first 17 contest of the year away from home, there is plenty of home baseball to look forward to this spring.
  • Valpo has 20 Emory G. Bauer Field games on the docket. If all 20 are played, it will mark the first time Valpo has played 20 times on its home field since 2016.
  • Furthermore, over the last five seasons, Valpo hasn’t had more than 15 home games completed in a single year.
  • The chance to play at home with regularity is good news for Brian Schmack’s squad, as the team went 7-6 at home last season to finish with a winning home record for the fifth time in the last six seasons and the 12th time in the last 14 campaigns.

Emory G. Bauer Field Upgrades

  • Valpo debuted its new infield during the 2021 season as the program now has synthetic turf on the infield and down the foul lines.
  • The field renovation project was made possible by lead gifts from Valpo alumni Lynn Scheutzow ’74 Young and Carl Young ’73 and the Deetjen family. The Young and Deetjen families both had sons who played baseball at Valpo.
  • Upgrades have continued in 2022 as the team will debut a new press box, a new scoreboard and have ESPN3/+ broadcast streaming capabilities for the first time.
  • Thoughts from Head Coach Brian Schmack on the New Turf:“In the time that we’ve been able to use the turf, it has given our players an opportunity to take ground balls and work to hone their skills whenever they choose. We’ve had fewer disruptions to our game and practice schedules due to rain and field conditions. As soon as the rain stops, we’re out there playing or practicing. Another tremendous benefit is freeing up our players to not have to stay after to do field work or arrive early in the morning to pull the tarp. Instead, they are able to focus on the game. The turf creates a cleaner game with fewer bad hops, and that’s been awesome to see. Our players can’t get enough of it.”

Who’s Back, Who’s Gone, Who’s New?

  • Valpo features 11 returning position players and 22 total returners who saw action during the 2021 season. A total of 25 players are back counting three who sat out all of last year.
  • Three of the top four ERAs on the team have departed, including longtime pitching staff mainstays Jon Tieman and Easton Rhodehouse. Rhodehouse (11, fifth) and Tieman (10, t-sixth) both finished in the top 10 on the program’s all-time saves list, while Tieman also ranked among the program’s career strikeout leaders (244, seventh).
  • However, 38 of the 51 games started by Valpo pitchers last season were by hurlers who return this season, while six of the nine position players who started the 2021 finale are back in 2022. The outfield was hit the hardest by graduation with the departure of veterans Steven Fitzsimmons and Riley Dent.
  • The 2022 Valpo roster includes seven true freshmen and three transfers for a total of 10 newcomers.
  • In an era where transferring has become commonplace in intercollegiate athletics, no players left the program to transfer to other college baseball programs following the 2021 season, attesting the program’s tight-knit culture.

Hannahs Honored for Freshman Feats

  • Sophomore Kaleb Hannahs carries a 20-game on-base streak with him into the start of the 2022 season.
  • He was named the 2021 MVC Freshman of the Year, an All-MVC Second Team honoree, the Valparaiso University co-Male Newcomer of the Year (ARC Awards) and a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
  • Hannahs became the first Valpo player to collect MVC Freshman of the Year honors, and joined Jon Tieman (2017) and Spencer Mahoney (2012) as the three Valpo players who have earned Freshman All-American status from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
  • The third baseman led the team in batting average (.296), hits (55) and on-base percentage (.389). He became the first rookie to pace the squad in hitting since Spencer Mahoney in 2012.

INDIANAPOLIS ATHLETICS: VIEL EARNS GLVC PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOD

INDIANAPOLIS – University of Indianapolis sophomore Yoann Viel has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, it was announced by the league office Wednesday. 
 
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Yoann Viel, #8 Indianapolis
So., France

Major: Sport Management
Team Result: 3-4 L vs. #9 Saint Leo (2/18) | 4-0 W vs. #16 Delta Sate (2/19) | 4-0 W vs. #11 North Georgia (2/20)

  • Won all three singles matches at No. 3 and won both doubles matches at No. 2 with Edgar Destouet
  • Started with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Saint Leo’s Vincent Thiel, followed up with a 6-4, 6-0 win over UNG’s Zach Waldow, and finished the weekend by defeating Delta State’s Come Bracaval 6-3, 6-3
  • Won both doubles matches by 6-3 scores against Saint Leo’s Thiel/Brad Eidenmuller and Delta State’s Bracaval/Hugo Stroppiana
  • Earns second career Player of the Week award (2/23/22, 4/20/21)
  • Last Greyhounds’ Player of the Week: Edgar Destouet (2/15/22)

MARIAN ATHLETICS:

KNIGHTS CRUSH BETHEL, ADVANCE INTO CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s basketball team put on an offensive clinic on Wednesday night, pulling away early in a 95-64 victory over No. 7 seed Bethel in the Crossroads League quarterfinals. The win puts Marian at 24-4 as they take down the Pilots for the third time this season.

Marian came ready to play in the opening round of the conference tournament, starting the night on a 10-2 run. Luke Gohmann made an open layup to start Marian’s scoring, then Christian Stewart hit a couple of jumpers to put the Knights into double digits. Bethel managed to get their deficit down to three a few minutes later, but a 9-0 run started by a Maximus Gizzi layup propelled the Knights to a 25-13 lead with just over nine minutes left before halftime.

The Pilots put together a small run to get back within five points. Then, Jacob Wiley made a thunderous dunk over a Bethel defender that snapped Marian’s scoreless streak. After his three-point play, the Knights kicked it up another notch on offense. Gohmann made a three to make it 31-20 a few moments later. Hayden LangkabelChristian Harvey, and Stewart would make threes on Marian’s 13-2 run, pushing the Knights’ advantage over 20 points. The Knights lead by as much as 22 points and carried a 51-31 lead into the break. Stewart led all scorers with 20 first-half points, and Langkabel added 10 points. The Knights shot over 60 percent from the floor to start the night while going 6-of-10 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes.

Marian continued to dominate in the second half as their lead grew by leaps and bounds. Harvey and Wiley combined to go on a 9-0 run in the first four minutes of the second half. Bethel worked it back to 22 points a couple of minutes later, but Stewart answered with a runner in the paint and a three-pointer to snap their run. Wiley kept the momentum going, pushing the score to 73-42 with 9:07 left in regulation.

The Knights put things on cruise control, holding a lead of over 30 points down the stretch. Langkabel made a few more three-pointers to put himself over 20 points on the game. Tyrie Johnson drove and scored his first points with five minutes left, and Luke Heady cracked the scoring column with under four minutes left. Bethel hit a three-pointer at the buzzer, making the final 95-64 Knights.

Stewart posted a game-high 27 points to lead the Knights, and Langkabel added 24 points on 5-of-6 shooting from three-point range. Wiley finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Harvey also reached double figures with 13 points. Marian shot 57.5 percent from the floor and 10-for-19 (52.6%) from behind the three-point arc. The Knights also won the rebounding battle 37-35 and force 16 turnovers on the night.

Marian will stay at home for the Crossroads League semifinals, hosting No. 6 seed Huntington. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. from John Grimes Court and will be aired on ISC Sports Network.

MARIAN COMES FROM BEHIND TAKING DOWN BETHEL 12-10

INDIANAPOLIS – Trailing 10-6 with seven minutes to play in the third quarter, the Marian women’s lacrosse team put on their rally hats to come from behind and defeat Bethel 12-10. The Knights scored six unanswered goals to win the game, improving to 2-0 on the season. 

Marian got on the board first after both teams played a line of solid defense, with Ashlynn Gray taking one in unassisted for the game’s opening goal. Bethel would answer 97 seconds later as their offense found a score, but Madison Ash responded to put Marian back on top 2-1. Katelynn Gray increased Marian’s lead just 22 seconds after Ash’s score, but a late spark from Bethel allowed the Pilots to tie the game at 3-3 before the quarter ended. 

Grace Martin started off the second quarter with her first score of the day cashing in the Knights’ second shot of the frame, however the lead wouldn’t stick as the Pilots tied the game 86 seconds later. A string of turnovers after not being able to find a scoring line took center stage over the next six minutes, with Bethel ending the scoring drought on a Jenna Crockett goal. Crockett’s score gave Bethel a 5-4 lead, which they took into the lockeroom as the final two tying chances from Marian were denied.

Looking to make up their offensive struggles, the Knights got a lightning fast start to the third quarter as Ashlynn Gray tied the game 25 seconds in on an Amber Johnson pass. The tie wouldn’t stick for long, as Bethel put in back to back goals 40 seconds apart to push their lead to 7-5. Martin netted her second goal on a free position shot allowing the Knights to inch closer 7-6, however the Pilots again had a response with two more goals. Marian called timeout trailing 9-6, and just 31 seconds after the break Crockett was able to slip through Marian’s defense to add to the visitor’s ledger. 

Behind 10-6 on the board, the Knights began the rally with Katelynn Gray forcing a turnover, leading to Ash’s second goal of the contest. With 2:49 to play in the third Ash was fouled in scoring zone to earn a free position shot, and after completing the hat trick Ashlynn Gray found the sophomore for her fourth goal of the game. Marian took the momentum into the fourth quarter and dominated with long offensive possesions, but were unable to get a tying goal. After three big saves from Katherine Hirsch, Marian drew even on an Ashlynn Gray goal. Tied 10-10, Marian didn’t wait long to take the lead as Katelynn Gray netted what would stand as the game-winning goal with 3:53 to go. Martin added an insurance goal with 65 seconds to play, giving Marian their final 12-10 score in the comeback win. 

Ash led Marian in scoring on the day with four goals and one assist, while Martin and Ashlynn Gray each netted a hat trick. Ambrosia Johnson put up two assists in her first game of the season. Defensively Hayli Irvin and Katelynn Gray each had two caused turnovers, with Gray leading the team with five draw controls. In net Hirsch earned her first career victory, making three saves entering the game as a reserve in the fourth quarter.

Marian will continue their lengthy home stand to start the year on Sunday as they host Aquinas. 

MARIAN HEADLINES ALL-CROSSROADS LEAGUE TRACK AND FIELD TEAMS

Jackson, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its 2022 Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field All-League Team and Coach-of-the-Year honors on Tuesday, following the league meet which saw Marian sweep CL Indoor Championships. The Knights men won their third consecutive championship, while the women rolled to their second win in three seasons.

The Knights earned 21 All-Crossroads League honors from 13 different events and claimed victory in eight of the 20 events at the meet on the women’s side, while the men earned 13 All-Crossroads League honors from 11 different events and claimed victory in three of the 20 events at the meet. Drew Thornton was one of MU’s top male performers, taking top-three showings in the 600-meters, 800-meters and 4×800-meter relay, while Jai-Lyn Norwood paced the women with all-league performances in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. 

Head Coach Michael Holmanwas named the men’s and women’s Crossroads League Coach of the Year. 

Below is the list of Marian’s All-Crossroads League honorees, in order by event and gender, leading with the women. 

60
1 – Jocelynn Burton
3 – MaKayla Melvin

60 Hurdles
1 – Erin Oleksak
3 – Gabi Allen

200
1 – Jocelynn Burton
3 – Gabi Allen

400
3 – Giorgia Mameli

4×400 Relay
2 – MaKayla Melvin/Giorgia Mameli/Taylor Thomas/Adrianna Boyd

4×800 Relay
3 – Nora Steele/Taylor Thomas/Adrianna Boyd/Liz Loichinger

High Jump
1 – Gina Butz
T2 – Jai-Lyn Norwood
T2 – Erin Oleksak

Pole Vault
3 – Sandy Sledge

Long Jump
1 – Erin Oleksak
2 – Jai-Lyn Norwood

Triple Jump
1 – Jai-Lyn Norwood
2 – Naomi Walters

Shot Put
1 – Arriana Benjamin

Weight Throw
1 – Arriana Benjamin
3 – Paige Hoog

Pentathlon
3- Michaela Barrett

60
1 – Manny Manneh
3 – Armani Glass

200
2 – Matthew Hamer

400
3 – Otto De St Jeor

600
3 – Drew Thornton

800
1 – Drew Thornton

4×400 Relay
Oliver Lifrange/Andrew McDade/Ott De St Jeor/Matthew Riehle

4×800 Relay
2 – Drew Thornton/Kyle Liwanag/Owen Pittman/Howard Hendricks

Pole Vault
3 – Bryce Carmack

Shot Put
2 – Devin Humes

Weight Throw
2 – Isaiah Tipping
3 – Devin Humes

Heptathlon
3 – Jaden Wills

Marian will compete next at the NAIA National Championships in Brookings, S.D., March 3-5. 

HEARTLAND COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HCAC HONORS 2022 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE AND AWARDS

CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) announced the members of the 2021 All Conference teams as well as the other marquee awards following the 2021 season.
 
Lexi Dellinger (Berne, Ind.) from Anderson University was named the 2022 HCAC Player of the Year. The senior led the league in scoring, with a 22.4 points per game average, racking up 560 points in 2021-22. Her 44.6 percent three point shooting percentage also led the league, to go with her 3.2 three pointers per game. She also led the HCAC in free throw percentage, with an 89.3 percentage. Her 3.6 assists per game average was fifth-best in the league, while her 1.4 assist to turnover ratio was the third best in the conference.

Fellow Raven, Payton Moore (Spiceland, Ind.) was voted the 2022 HCAC Defensive Player of the Year. The senior led the league by a large margin in blocked shots (2.4 bpg) and blocks (52). Moore also led the HCAC in rebounds, with a 10.7 rebounds per game average, pulling in 235 boards over the course of the 2021-22 season.
 
The HCAC also recognizes a Newcomer of the Year, a student athlete in their first year of academic competition. Grace Bezold (Covington, Ky.) from Hanover College was voted as the Newcomer of the Year. The first year notched a career-high 33 points on February 12, and averaged 12.3 points a game, amassing 282 points on the season.
 
Leading Transylvania University to an undefeated season, Juli Fulks was named the 2022 HCAC Coach of the Year in a vote of the league coaches.

The HCAC also honors an All-Conference First Team, Second Team, and Honorable Mention Team. The women’s coaches also recognize a Newcomer Team. The members of those teams are selected by a vote of league coaches and can be found below.

For more information on HCAC Women’s Basketball, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the internet at www.heartlandconf.org. Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.

Player of the Year – Lexi Dellinger, Anderson University
Defensive Player of the Year – Payton Moore, Anderson University
Newcomer of the Year – Grace Bezold, Hanover College
Coach of the Year – Juli Fulks, Transylvania University 

2022 HCAC All-Conference First Team

Lexi DellingerSRGAnderson University
Brianna GilligSRFBluffton University
Madison KellioneJRGTransylvania University
Payton MooreSRFAnderson University
Morgan SmithJRFBluffton University
Kennedi StacyJRGTransylvania University


2022 HCAC All-Conference Second Team

Laken BallJRFTransylvania University
Jamie BaumFYGRose-Hulman institute of Technology
Grace BezoldFYFHanover College
Destinee CrossSRFFranklin College
Rowan HeinSOGRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Chloe JansenJRGMount St. Joseph University


2022 HCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention

Jordan BarlowJRFRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Katherine BenterFYGHanover College
Taylor HeathFYGHanover College
Macy MillerSRFManchester University
Jessica NixSRGFranklin College
Nysha SpeedSRGDefiance College
Taylor SteinbrunnerJRGDefiance College
Dasia ThorntonJRFTransylvania University


2022 HCAC Newcomer Team

Eva BazzoniFYGManchester University
Jamie BaumFYGRose-Hulman Institute of Technology 
Grace BezoldFYFHanover College
Taylor HeathFYGHanover College
Katherine BenterFYGHanover College
Kayla PriggeFYGBluffton University

HEARTLAND COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HCAC RECOGNIZES 2022 MEN’S BASKETBALL ALL CONFERENCE AND AWARDS

CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) announced the 2022 Men’s Basketball All-Conference teams and the major award winners.
 
Maurice Knight (Frankton, Ind.) from Anderson University was named the Player of the Year and the Defensive Player of the Year, in a vote of league coaches. Knight was a force on both ends of the court within the league, averaging 20.0 points a game and racking up 519 points over the course of 2021-22. The senior also averaged 7.8 rebounds, pulling in 202 over the course of the year. Knight did it all, with a 2.4 assists average with an impressive 0.8 assist to turnover ratio and added a mark of 1.2 steals a game. 

Transylvania landed the Newcomer of the Year, with Hunter Penn (Versailles, Ky) earning the honor. The first-year averaged 13.1 points a game netting 315 point over the course of the season. Penn was second in the league with 9.2 boards a contest, pulling in 221 in 2021-22. He was also second best in the conference in blocks with 1.5 a game with a 1.0 steals per game average.
 
After leading Hanover to a 19-4 regular season record in 2022, Jon Miller was voted as the 2022 HCAC Coach of the Year.

Player of the Year – Maurice Knight, Anderson University
Defensive Player of the Year – Maurice Knight, Anderson University
Newcomer of the Year – Hunter Penn, Transylvania University
Coach of the Year – Jon Miller, Hanover College

The HCAC also honors an All-Conference First Team, Second Team, and Honorable Mention Team. The members of those teams are selected by a vote of league coaches.

For more information on HCAC Men’s Basketball, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the internet at www.heartlandconf.org. Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page. 

2022 HCAC All-Conference First Team

Jameel CosbySRGBluffton University
Ty HoustonJRFHanover College
Maurice KnightSRGAnderson University
Matt KrauseSRFFranklin College
Zach LarimoreSRFTransylvania University
Marell JordanSRGDefiance College


2022 HCAC All-Conference Second Team

Brandon ChristliebSOGManchester University
Isaac HibbardSRGHanover College
Terry HicksJRFRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Matt MunozSOFHanover College
Hunter PennFYFTransylvania University
Jaden TerryJRGEarlham College

 
2022 HCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention

Tyler AndrewSRFDefiance College
Max ChaplinJRGRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Dillon DuffSOFRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Max GreenamoyerSOGHanover College
Brady ThomasSRGMount St. Joseph University
Francis UzorhSRFAnderson University
Kolden VanlandinghamFYGEarlham College
Devin YoungSRFMount St. Joseph University

ANDERSON ATHLETICS

Women’s Basketball: Dellinger, Moore Sweep HCAC Player-of-the-Year Awards

Anderson University women’s basketball seniors Lexi Dellinger and Payton Moore each swept the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Player-of-the-Year awards, which was announced by the conference on Wednesday.

Dellinger was selected as the HCAC Player of the Year while Moore was tabbed as HCAC Defensive Player of the Year. Both players garnered first-team all-conference recognition.

Dellinger has received all-conference recognition four times. She received all-HCAC Honorable Mention, second-team all-HCAC honors as a sophomore and first-team all-HCAC recognition as a junior and senior. Dellinger has also been named to the HCAC All-Freshman Team in her career. She has been named to both the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Team and the D3hoops.com Team of the Week. Dellinger has been selected as HCAC Athlete of the Week five times in her career and four times this season.

Among NCAA D-III leaders, Dellinger ranks fifth in points per game (22.4), fourth in 3-point field-goal percentage (.446), third in free-throw percentage (.893) and 12th in 3-pointers made per game (3.16), leading the conference in each category. The 5-foot-5 senior guard from Brene has converted 109-of-122 attempts from the free-throw line, 79-of-177 shots from 3-point range and 186-of-398 (46.7 percent) shots from the floor. Among HCAC leaders, Dellinger ranks fifth in assists per game (3.6), third in assist-turnover ratio (1.41), ninth in rebounding (6.4) and ninth in blocking (0.8). She has also collected 1.7 steals per game. Dellinger scored 39 points in a game, which ranks second in school history. Among Anderson D-III single-season leaders, Dellinger ranks fourth in points (560), third in free-throws made and fourth in 3-pointers made.

“I am so incredibly proud of the hard work and effort Lexi has put into her entire career,” Coach Jon Gin said. “I could not think of a more deserving player. Lexi has been an all-around leader for us and it is awesome to see her talent and hard work get recognized. She has had an unbelievable season. Lexi is on the top of everyone’s scout report and yet she has still been able to score and impact every game effectively.”

“I want to start off by giving all the glory to God,” Dellinger said. “It is a blessing and honor to receive this award. I want to thank everyone who supported me throughout my basketball career. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my teammates, my coaches, my athletic trainers, my friends, and my family.”

Moore earned HCAC Defensive Player of the Year after Anderson graduate Hannah Hawkins was selected as HCAC Defensive Player of the Year in the previous two seasons. Earlier in her career, Moore was tabbed HCAC Freshman of the Year and named to the HCAC All-Freshman Team. She has received all-conference honors three times, earning second-team all-HCAC honors as a freshman and first-team all-HCAC honors as a sophomore and senior. The 6-foot senior forward from Spiceland was named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week this season.

Moore currently leads the HCAC in both rebounding (10.7) and blocking (2.36). Among NCAA D-III leaders, Moore ranks 22nd in blocking and 44th in rebounding. Moore has scored 15.3 points per game, which ranks fifth in the conference. She has hit 129-of-275 (46.9 percent) shots from the floor and 78-of-106 (73.6 percent) attempts from the charity stripe. Moore ranks fouth in the conference in field-goal percentage. She has also contributed 1.7 steals per game. Among single-season leaders in the Anderson D-III Era, Moore ranks second in blocks (52) and fourth in rebounds.

“Payton is our anchor on defense and it is so great to see her get recognized for her abilities and hard work,” Gin said. “I am so proud of how she has battled and protected the paint for us this season. She is an incredible athlete and not many people can get up and block shots like she can. Payton has led us in so many ways and I am glad we can celebrate her achievement.”

“I am honored to receive this award,” Moore said. “With Hannah Hawkins graduating, I knew I had big shoes to fill on the defensive end. Without my coaches and teammates, none of this would be possible. Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way.”

Sixth-seeded Anderson (11-14) battles second-seeded Bluffton University (19-6) in HCAC semifinals on Friday at 7 p.m. in Lexington, Ky.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: KNIGHT SWEEPS HCAC PLAYER-OF-THE-YEAR ACCOLADES

Anderson University men’s basketball senior Maurice Knight has been tabbed the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Player of the Year and the HCAC Defensive Player of the Year, which was announced by the conference on Wednesday.

Knight garnered first-team all-conference honors for the Ravens while Francis Uzorh received all-HCAC Honorable Mention.

Knight repeated as HCAC Defensive Player of the Year after earning the accolade during the 2019-20 season as a junior. During his career, Knight has collected all-conference recognition three times, earning first-team all-conference as a junior and senior as well as receiving second-team all-HCAC honors as a sophomore. Knight has been named HCAC Athlete of the Week eight times in his career, which ranks second by a men’s basketball player in conference history. He has also been tabbed as HCAC Athlete of the Week five times, which is tied for the most single-season selections by a men’s basketball player in conference history. The 6-foot-4 senior wing from Frankton has been named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week twice in his career and once this season.

Knight has scored 20.0 points per game, which ranks second in the conference. Among HCAC leaders, Knight also ranks third in blocking (1.04) and fifth in rebounding (7.8). Knight has put together 2.4 assists per game and 1.2 steals per game.

“Maurice is an extremely well-deserving recipient of these awards,” Coach Owen Handy said. “He is equally capable of dominating a game skillfully and physically. We asked a lot from him this year – to guard the other team’s best player regardless of position, and to be the centerpiece of everything we did at the offensive end.”

Uzorh leads the conference and ranks 32nd in the nation with 1.92 blocks per game. The 6-foot-6 senior forward from Lagos, Nigeria averages 7.5 points and has converted 84-of-148 (56.8 percent) shots from the field. Uzorh has pulled 7.5 rebounds per game, which ranks sixth in the conference. He also holds Anderson’s single-season blocking record in the D-III Era with 50.

“Francis has proven to be one of the best help-defenders I have coached and was able to have a huge impact on games starting with his defense and rebounding, and continuing to his spacing and finishing around the basket.”

ROSE HULMAN ATHLETICS

RHIT WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – BAUM, HEIN 2ND TEAM LEADS ALL-HCAC HONOREES

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Three Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s basketball players earned all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference recognition in results released by the league office on Wednesday.

Jamie Baum and Rowan Hein led the three honorees with 2nd-team all-HCAC recognition.  Jordan Barlow earned honorable mention all-conference honors.

Baum was also named to the six-player HCAC All-Newcomer Team for her efforts this season.

Baum leads the Fightin’ Engineers in scoring (12.1 points per game) and rebounding (7.0 boards per contest).  The freshman civil engineering major has reached double figures in scoring 17 times this season, highlighted by a pair of career-high 23-points performances.  Her efforts also include double-doubles against Berea and Transylvania.

Hein averages 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, and also leads the team in assists (77) and steals (32).  The sophomore biomedical engineering major scored a career-high 27 points against Illinois Wesleyan and also had games with 10 assists (Hanover) and 9 rebounds (also Hanover) this season.

Barlow averaged 9.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this season.  She scored a season-high 21 points against Elmhurst and also had a 14-rebound performance against Franklin.  The 3-year team member and chemical engineering major has career totals of 406 points and 251 rebounds.

Rose-Hulman stands 12-8 on the season and finished in a tie for third in the league standings at 9-5 in HCAC play.  The Fightin’ Engineers have advanced to the HCAC Tournament Semifinal Round and will travel to No. 2 ranked Transylvania University (22-0) on Friday at 5 pm.

RHIT MEN’S BASKETBALL – TERRY HICKS LEADS ALL-HCAC HONOREES

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Three Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s basketball players earned all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference recognition in results released by the league office on Wednesday.

Terry Hicks led the three honorees with 2nd-team all-HCAC recognition.  Max Chaplin and Dillon Duff earned honorable mention all-conference honors.

Hicks averages 10.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game this season and shoots 48% from the field.  The junior biology major has reached double figures in scoring 13 times this season, led by a season-best 18-point performance at Marymount to earn Most Valuable Player honors at that early season tip-off tournament.

Hicks has career totals of 429 points, 246 rebounds and 34 assists as a 3-year member of the Fightin’ Engineer program.

Chaplin leads Rose-Hulman in scoring at 12.1 points per game.  The junior computer science major also shoots a team-high 89% on the free throw line and has hit 40 3-point field goals this season, and has reached double figures in scoring 18 times.  His career-high 21-point effort came at Manchester.

Chaplin has career totals of 469 points, 110 rebounds and 57 assists as a 3-year member of the team.

Duff also averages double figures in scoring at 11.1 points per contest.   The sophomore computer science major is shooting 52% from the field and has reached double figures in scoring 12 times this season.  Duff tied a career-high with 18 points in last week’s win over Franklin.

Duff is a 2-year member of the team with career totals of 332 points and 107 rebounds.

Rose-Hulman stands 15-9 on the season and finished second in the HCAC standings this season at 10-7 in league play.  The Fightin’ Engineers have advanced to the HCAC Tournament Semifinal Round and will face Franklin College on Friday at 7 pm.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TROJAN WEEKEND SERIES MOVES TO TENNESSEE TO TAKE ON OLIVET NAZARENE

UPLAND, Ind. – This weekend’s baseball series against RV Indiana Tech, set to take place at Winterholter field, has been reshuffled on account of the lingering cold weather in Upland. Now, the Trojans are set to travel to Athens, Tennessee, where they will play two doubleheaders against Olivet Nazarene (3-5) at the home of Tennessee Wesleyan.

First pitch for both days, Friday and Saturday, is set for 12:00 pm ET, with a nine-inning game followed by a seven-inning encore.

Stay tuned to TaylorTrojans.com for updates regarding live stats links, with which to follow the action as it unfolds.

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS

NO. 7 MEN’S BASKETBALL BOUNCES TAYLOR FROM LEAGUE TOURNAMENT, EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO 24 GAMES OVER THE TROJANS

MARION, Ind. – No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball advanced to the Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals Wednesday, cruising to an 18 point win over Taylor University, the No. 8 seed in the tournament. The win extends the Wildcats streak to 24 straight victories over the Trojans, and the third time in five seasons IWU has bounced Taylor from the Crossroads League Tournament. 

  • Indiana Wesleyan opened up the game on a 20-4 run, forcing a Taylor 30-second timeout. Dan Largy poured in seven during the run. TU didn’t hit double digits until 12:26 in the first half. 
  • The Wildcats built a 14 point lead at the second media timeout in the first half, on 11-for-17 shooting from the floor. 
  • IWU was red hot, shooting 60% for the game. 
  • Spencer Piercefield dished out nine assists on zero turnovers, one shy from tying his season-high.
  • 60% – what IWU shot in the first half
  • 16 – IWU’s largest lead of the game
  • 12 – how many games IWU has netted exactly six threes in a game this season
  • 15 – the difference in how many rebounds grabbed compared to the Trojans
  • IWU hosts Grace College at 1 p.m. for a spot in the Crossroads League Tournament Championship. 

WABASH ATHLETICS

LACROSSE FALLS IN HOME CONTEST TO ALMA

Wabash put up three first-half goals in Wednesday evening’s home lacrosse game versus Alma College. The Little Giants could not add to their total in the second half in an 18-3 loss to the visiting Scots.
 
Wabash (2-1) got a first-period goal from Joseph Plencner on an assist from Caulin Fitzgerald after Alma (2-1) had scored three goals to open the contest. Tanner Simmons picked up his fourth goal of the season to open the second period. Plencner added his sixth goal of the year two minutes later to cut the Alma lead to 6-3. The Scots closed the half with three goals and added nine more in the final 30 minutes to claim the victory.
 
Plencner led the offense with six shots on goal out of nine total shot attempts.  Starting goalkeeper Matthew Hendrick recorded 17 saves and scooped up a team-high nine ground balls. Cody BevelhimerEvan Schiefelbein, and Simmons each recorded two caused turnovers. Luka DiFilippo won 12 faceoffs for the Little Giants.
 
Wabash will face Concordia University – Chicago Saturday at home at 11 a.m.

TRINE ATHLETICS

TRINE ROLLS TO 97-39 VICTORY TO ADVANCE TO MIAA SEMIFINALS

ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University women’s basketball team was victorious 97-39 over the number eight seed in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), Kalamazoo College. With their 15th consecutive victory, the Thunder advance to the MIAA Semifinal Round on Friday, February 25.

The 58-point win came with a dominant performance on both ends of the floor. The number one seed held the opposition to just 28.3% (13-for-46) from the floor and forced 26 turnovers. 20 of those turnovers were live ball steals. The Thunder also cleaned the glass with a 52-31 rebounding advantage, a season-high 29 coming on the offensive end.

Prior to tip-off, seniors Tara Bieniewicz [Chesterfield, Mich. / Dakota] and Kayla Wildman [Rockford, Mich. / Rockford] were honored for being named First Team All-MIAA, as well as Kelsy Taylor [Louisville, Ky. / New Albany] after garnering Second Team accolades.

The first five Trine possessions resulted in makes, with Taylor crashing the boards twice. Kayla Wildman [Rockford, Mich. / Rockford] knocked down a pair of shots from long range and Katie Sloneker [Monroe, Ohio / Monroe] hit three-of-four from the charity stripe to go up 13-3.

Sam Underhill [Grand Rapids, Mich. / Northview] completed a 12-0 scoring run with a make from the baseline six minutes into play. Rachel Stewart [Pekin, Ind. / Eastern] and Brooke Brauher [Big Rapids, Mich. / Morley Stanwood] also scored late in the frame to make it a 27-6 first quarter.

Bieniewicz hit from deep early in the second quarter to give Trine more than a 20-point edge and the lead continued to grow later in the frame. Makayla Ardis [Lake City, Mich. / Lake City] connected on a pair of jump shots to give her four first half points and a team-high plus-minus of 19 in the first half.

Heading into recess, the Thunder held a commanding 48-19 lead, with 22 of those coming off of Hornet miscues. Trine had five first half turnovers, with Kalamazoo not able to score on any of them.

The Hornets began the third with an and-one, but from there, the home team was able to net the next eight, including a score apiece by the trio of all-conference players. Wildman knocked down a three and followed it up with a steal-and-score to spark a 13-0 landslide. Bieniewicz was the beneficiary of passing by Kaylee Argyle [Freeland, Mich. / Freeland] and Wildman for three on consecutive possessions during the streak.

Sidney Wagner [Warsaw, Ind. / Tippecanoe Valley] made her presence felt in the third quarter with five points, including a big time three to drain the life out of the Kalamazoo defense. Sophie Sloneker [Monroe, Ohio / Monroe] picked off a pass and took it the other way on the fast break for two and hit a three a few possessions later in a 31-8 third quarter. The top seed in the MIAA led 79-27 with 10 minutes to play.

The freshman unit got most of the time in the fourth, with Sierra Hinds [Carmel, Ind. / University], Kearston Stout [Wabash, Ind. / Northfield], Tiana Maat [Victoria, BC, Canada / Belmont Secondary] and Macayla McGowan [New Castle, Ind. / New Castle] each getting points to reach the 97-39 final.

Overall, Trine outscored Kalamazoo 48-3 off of turnovers, 30-8 in the paint, 29-7 on second chances, 27-2 on fast breaks and 52-3 off the bench. Wildman was the leading scorer at 18 points. She also tied Kaylee Argyle for the team lead with four steals. Taylor led the way in rebounds with seven, but McGowan and Wagner each pulled down six from the guard spot.

The senior guard Wildman had this to say postgame, “We always say take things one game at a time, focus on the opponent that’s in front of us. We can’t look passed any opponent. We never settle – we always focus on what we can do better.”

In the MIAA Semifinal Round, Trine will play host to the five seed Alma College after the Scots defeated Albion College in overtime 78-74 tonight. That game will tip-off at 7 pm inside MTI Center.

BETHEL ATHLETICS

PILOTS COME UP SHORT AGAINST (RV) MARIAN

INDIANAPOLIS – Bethel Women’s Lacrosse held a 10-6 lead with 20 minutes remaining in the game but allowed (RV) Marian to score the final six goals of the contest to fall 12-10 on Wednesday. Jenna Crockett and reigning NAIA National Offensive Player of the Week Hope VanProyen led the Pilot attack with three goals each.

MATCH VITALS

  • Score: Marian def. Bethel 12-10
  • Records: Bethel (1-1) | Marian (2-0)
  • NAIA Top 10 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR | Marian – RV
  • Location: St. Vincent Field | Marian University | Indianapolis, Ind.

STAT TRACKER

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

  • The Pilots led at halftime 5-4 and at the end of the third quarter 10-9.
  • Haley Ash recorded her first two goals as a Pilot.
  • The Pilots held a 14-11 advantage on draw controls.

NEXT TIME OUT

  • The Pilots travel to Richmond, Indiana on Saturday for a 2:00 start against Earlham College.

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS

HU ADVANCES TO SEMIS WITH 80-74 WIN OVER USF

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The 6th-seeded HU men’s basketball team escaped Hutzell Athletic Center with an 80-74 win over 3rd-seeded Saint Francis (23-8) Wednesday night in quarterfinal action of the Crossroads League tournament.

“Tonight was a great team win,” said Coach Kory Alford. “I thought we played tough on both ends of the floor and had great composure down the stretch. USF is a great team, especially on the offensive end, so to beat them on the road is a great accomplishment. 

“I thought our crowd was incredible and provided us great energy all night.”

The win sends the Foresters to the semifinals of the tourney to take on #2 Marian on Saturday.

The Forester constituent had to wait over a decade for a win at USF as Huntington’s last win at the Hut dates back to 2011 when they tallied an 87-84 decision over the Cougars.

Tonight’s victory comes on the heels of Alford and crew knocking off the then-ranked #15 Cougars, 88-74, just a few weeks back in Platt Arena. HU is 2-1 against their neighbors to the northeast this season.

As is always the case, the rivalry between these two squads was palpable as they traded blows all night with a few runs mixed throughout. It was a one or two possession game in the first half with the only exception favoring the Cougars when they built a 33-25 cushion with eight minutes left in the period.

Traditional three-point plays by Caleb MiddlesworthHank Pulver and Zach Goodline within a two-and-a-half minute spurt fueled an HU offense that would go on to claim a 47-42 lead by halftime.

Goodline got his team off to a great start after intermission by scoring seven of Huntington’s first nine points to take what proved the game’s largest lead of the night at 56-44 less than three minutes into the frame.

To be expected from one of the best offenses in the nation, the #16 Cougars, ranked ninth among their NAIA peers in points per game, had plenty of time and firepower to counter. Down by ten with 14 minutes to go, USF rattled off 13 straight points to reclaim the lead at 63-60 by the nine-minute mark.

It was Peyton West to the rescue. The 6-1 guard tracked down eight rebounds over the course of the night with none bigger than an offensive board that he cashed in for two points to snap USF’s run. It sparked a turnaround for Huntington that included Middlesworth’s fifth three of the game with five minutes to go that gave the guests a permanent lead of 70-67.

HU grew their advantage to seven shortly after and then staved off the Cougars over the final four minutes to claim the upset.    

Middlesworth and Goodline poured in 25 and 24 points respectively to pace Alford’s crew. While the pair combined for over 60 percent of HU’s offense, there were a lot of other moving parts that factored into the win.

Lane Sparks and Ben Humrichous each calmly sank a pair of free throws in the final 16 seconds to seal the win. Humrichous was the X factor defensively. The lanky 6-8 sophomore defended the paint with his six swats.

“I thought a lot of guys stepped up tonight,” noted Alford. “Zach and Caleb provided steady scoring throughout the game. I thought Peyton made big plays all night and his rebounding was huge.

“Ben and Lane made clutch free throws which for young players is great to see. I was also incredibly proud of Ben’s defensive effort. It was a game-changer.”

David Ejah posted 25 points and ten rebounds to lead Saint Francis. Antwaan Cushingberry added 20 points and 11 boards while Jalan Mull tossed in 14.

With tonight’s win, the Foresters move to 22-9 on the year.

CULLER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM COACHING

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Long-time head coach Lori Culler announced her retirement from coaching after 36 years at the helm of the Forester women’s basketball program. Culler will continue serving in the HU athletic department.

“Coach Culler has served the Huntington University Foresters for more than three decades,” said President Sherilyn Emberton. “She has been part of championship efforts both as a player and coach for HU. We are deeply grateful for the leadership and Christian commitment she has made to her players and all our Huntington University athletes and coaches over the years.”  

“Serving as AD and coach has been both rewarding and challenging as our programs have grown and as we have dealt with this ‘season of COVID,'” said Culler. “It’s become clear that it’s time for me to focus my efforts.

“I’m excited to give a new coach an opportunity to continue moving the women’s basketball program forward.”

During Culler’s long-standing watch, the Foresters have won an average of 18 games a year and enjoyed 27 winning seasons. Her resume includes two conference tournament titles and seven conference regular season titles with five of those teams having gone undefeated in conference play.

Culler has led six Forester squads to the NAIA National Tournament which includes finishing in the Sweet Sixteen three times. Thirty-two times her players have earned NAIA and/or NCCAA All-American honors and on 81 occasions her players have received All-Conference praises including three Conference Player of the Year honorees. She also claims a pair of NCCAA National Championships.

“I’m thankful for those who took a chance on a 23-year-old and gave me the opportunity to pursue several of my passions at a university where impacting the world for Christ was, and still is, at the heart of its mission,” said Culler.

“What a tremendous blessing it has been to be able to build relationships, teach, and mentor more than 150 young women throughout my coaching career. They have added so much JOY to my life.”

The success of Culler’s teams has led to her own recognition highlighted by being inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame as the 2019 Indiana Fever Silver Medal Award Recipient, a distinguished honor only 18 other individuals claim. In 2009, she received the Nancy Rehm Award in recognition of her contributions to women’s athletics.

Culler has been named the conference Coach of the Year nine times as voted on by her league peers and has twice been tabbed the NCCAA National Coach of the Year. HU has also recognized her achievements as evidenced by her induction into the Forester Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. She was also deemed the University’s 2008 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

With 632 career wins to her name, Culler headed into this season ranked third in total wins among all active NAIA women’s basketball coaches. Her overall record stands at 632-432 for a win percentage of .594.   

While the basketball success of Culler and her teams is well-documented, the Foresters’ accomplishments in the classroom are just as notable. Since the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) started publishing a Top 25 Team Honor Roll in 1997, HU has appeared on the list 16 times with their highest ranking a fourth place finish on three different occasions, most recently in 2018. Thirty-six student-athletes have been designated as NAIA or NCCAA All-America Scholar Athletes and a remarkable 96% of her scholarship players have earned their degrees.

During her playing career as a Forester from 1982-1985, Culler scored 1,307 points and was the third women’s player to join Huntington’s 1,000 Point Club. She was a member of the 1984 NCCAA national championship basketball team and received NAIA Academic All-American and Honorable Mention All-American honors. Culler is a 1986 graduate of Huntington College and holds an MS in Athletic Administration from Ball State University.

OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS

OCU WOMEN UNABLE TO HOLD OFF WVU TECH IN RSC QUARTERFINALS

Oakland City, IN – In the opening game of the River States Conference Tournament, the Oakland City University women’s basketball team, the second seed in the west division, hosted the Golden Bears of West Virginia University Tech, the third seed from the east division. Both teams finished with a conference record of 11-6 during the regular season. After OCU held a 38-35 halftime lead, and fought back to maintain the lead at 56-55 at the end of the third quarter. However, a strong offensive finish by the visitors proved too much, as the Oaks lost 81-74.

Jalaya Dowell came off the bench to lead the way for OCU, scoring 19 points and hauling in a game high 11 rebounds. Taylor Dillard added 17 counters and a game best seven assists, while Emilee Hope chipped in with 15. Marissa Austin struggled from the field, making just 2-10 from the field, but made a perfect 7-7 from the foul line to finish with 11 points, while Monesjia Harvey grabbed 10 boards in the loss. 

Twins Brittney and Whittney Justice scored a game high 20 points apiece, while Brianna Ball and Alanis Hill each tallied 13. Hill and Brittney Justice each nabbed a team best nine rebounds, while Ball’s three assists were also a team high.

As a team, the Oaks made 24-71 (33.8%) of their field goal attempts, including 5-18 (27.8%) from three point range. The Golden Bears connected on 27-70 (38.6%) of their shots, going 5-15 (33.3%) from beyond the arc. OCU made 21-25 (84.0%) from the foul line, compared to 22-25 (88.0%) for the visitors. 

Overall, Oakland City trailed 48-44 in rebounds, with each team grabbing 18 offensive boards. The Oaks held a 15-11 lead in assists, while committing 16 turnovers in the game, three fewer than the Golden Bears. There were a total of two tied scores and eight lead changes.

The loss drops the Oaks out of the River States Conference Tournament, and they will now await the NCCAA Mideast Regional Tournament, hosted in the Johnson Center. matchups, seedings, and game dates and times are forthcoming. 

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS

COUGARS CAN’T SOLVE FORESTERS, FALLING 80-74 IN CROSSROADS TOURNEY OPENER

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Wednesday evening, the No. 16 University of Saint Francis Cougars (23-8; 13-6 Crossroads) played host to the Huntington University Foresters (22-9; 11-8 Crossroads) in the opening round of the Crossroads League Tournament at Hutzell Athletic Center, but could not overcome the relentless attack as they fell 80-74.

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The game got off to a thrilling start with both teams battling each other neck-and-neck in the early minutes.

Both teams exchanged one lead after another without either side able to gain a solid edge. Through the game’s first 10 minutes, the Cougars held the upper hand as they led 28-23. Throughout the final minutes of the first half though, the Foresters chipped away.

Huntington went on to score 10 unanswered points to take a 35-33 lead over Saint Francis, and the next several minutes went back-and-forth with both teams exchanging leads.

But in the final three minutes of the frame, the Foresters took advantage of a couple turnovers and missed shots by the Cougars as they jumped back out to lead by five at halftime.

Throughout the first half, the Cougars shot 55 percent from the floor, and although they trailed 47-42 after the first 20 minutes, they also trailed in their previous two home games.

Heading into the second half though, matters didn’t get better for the Cougars at first. Huntington extended their lead to as big as 12 points in the first five minutes of the frame.

But the Cougars refused to surrender.

USF kept their composure and scored six quick unanswered points to cut the deficit in half. Then, junior guard Jalan Mull got a key steal and put it in for a jump shot, and what followed was another steal by the Cougars and a dunk by sophomore forward David Ejah.

The Cougars were back in business, and after junior Antwaan Cushingberry was fouled and sent to the line, he sank both free throws to tie the game at 60.

The Cougars had stormed all the way back down by 12, and a preceding three by Cushingberry gave the Cougars their first lead since the opening minutes. After that, a back-and-forth battle ensued for the next several minutes, but then the Foresters regained momentum and put the Cougars back behind seven.

Trailing 74-67 with three minutes remaining, the Cougars had to pull out all the stops to earn the victory. Down to the final minute, they still trailed by four, and although they closed to within two points, the Foresters made the free throws they needed to make as the Cougars fell.

Throughout the game, the Cougars shot 42 percent from the floor, 17 percent from beyond the three-point line, and 77 percent from the free throw line. David Ejah led the Cougars in scoring with 25 points and had 10 rebounds for another double-double, and Cushingberry also enjoyed himself a double-double with 20 points scored and 11 rebounds to lead the team.

The Cougars will now await the announcement regarding their status in the NAIA tournament. Follow Saintfranciscougars.com for all details and updates.

COUGARS SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER VERSUS TRINITY CHRISTIAN TROLLS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Cougars (3-1) traveled to Palos Heights, Illinois Wednesday morning for a road doubleheader against the Trinity Christian College Trolls (1-3) and split the doubleheader winning the opener 8-4 before dropping the finale 7-6.

After a couple wins against the Indiana Tech Warriors on Sunday, the Cougars picked up where they left off against the Trolls. In the opener, center fielder Grace Renbarger led off the game with a double, and the next batter, designated player Regan Peppler smashed a two-run home run to give Saint Francis an early 2-0 lead.

On the mound for the Cougars was junior Mackenzie Rust, fresh off winning Conference Pitcher of the Week. She retired the side in order the first two innings, and her teammates gave her another run in the top of the third on an RBI-groundout.

Then in the fourth they added to their lead. Shortstop Abby Erwin led off the frame with a solo home run and it sparked the Cougars to a five-run inning capitalizing on five hits and a fielding error by the Trolls.

Saint Francis now led 8-0 halfway through the game. The Trolls finally scratched across a run against Rust in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out RBI-single, but the junior stud held them at bay from there for the next two innings.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Trolls got two more runs back to close the deficit to withing five runs.

Then heading to the bottom of the seventh, consecutive doubles pulled the Trolls to within four, but that’s all they would get as Rust closed them out for her second straight complete-game victory as Saint Francis won 8-4.

Rust earned the win allowing four runs on six hits through seven innings (three earned) while striking out five batters. At the plate, first baseman Taylor Horsley went 3-for-4, Abby Erwin went 2-for-3 with a home run, and Regan Peppler went 2-for-4 with three RBI’s.

In the first inning of the finale, the Cougars put their first two batters on, but Renbarger was thrown out at the plate and Saint Francis went scoreless through the first two innings.

Then in the bottom of the second, the Trolls took their first lead of the day with a leadoff double and single to start the frame. But they didn’t stop there as Trinity scored four runs on three hits and an error by the Cougars to jump out to a 4-0 lead.

But int the top of the fourth, the Cougars’ bats came to life. Catcher Tori Miller sparked the team with a single and then second baseman Anna Smith scored the first two runs for Saint Francis with a double. Later in the inning with two outs, an RBI-single by Regan Peppler tied the game at four.

Abby Erwin led off the inning and scored the tying run on catcher Carly Turner‘s single, and then they took the lead on an RBI-groundout by first baseman Taylor Turner to erase the four-run deficit and pull ahead 6-5.

However, a leadoff walk and a fielding error by the Cougars in the bottom of the fifth tied the score back up, and it stayed tied through the seventh. Then, a leadoff single moved for the Trolls set the table, and they cashed in scoring the winning run on a wild pitch as the Cougars suffered their first loss of the season.

During the finale, four Cougars had multi-hit games: Regan PepplerAbby ErwinAnna Smith, and Brooklyn McCord. Freshman Mia Werner suffered the loss allowing three runs (two earned) in three and a thirds innings pitched.

The Cougars will now have a couple weeks off before they resume play. They will travel to Kissimmee, Florida for the Spring Games and begin their first game on Thursday, March 10 against Cornerstone University. Stay updated with Cougars softball at Saintfranciscougars.com.

IU SOUTHEAST ATHLETICS

SECOND-HALF SURGE SENDS WVU TECH PAST IU SOUTHEAST IN RSC QUARTERFINAL

BECKLEY, W.V. – The IU Southeast men’s basketball team fell 77-59 to West Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals of the 2022 River States Conference Men’s Basketball Championship on Wednesday.

The Grenadiers (14-17) took a 15-12 lead with just under 12 minutes to play in the first half when Glenn Hill scored on a layup.

The Golden Bears (25-4) began to clamp down defensively and slow the Grenadier offense. Glenn Hill hit a jumper with 9:20 left in the half and IU Southeast did not score again until Jared Osborne hit two free throws with 2:39 left. WVU Tech went on a 13-0 run to take a 33-19 lead.

The Golden Bears led 38-25 at halftime. Glenn Hill had 14 points in the half to keep IU Southeast in the game.

IU Southeast got off to a quick start in the second half. The Grenadiers hit three three-point field goals plus a jumper by Hill cut the lead to 40-36 and forced a WVU Tech timeout.

Anthony Wales Jr. and Jared Osborne scored on consecutive layups to tie the game with 16:33 to play as IU Southeast opened the second half on a 14-5 run.

A three-pointer by Gabriel Casillas Cruz and a layup by Ahmad Price extended the lead to 49-44.

The Golden Bears took the lead but had trouble pulling away as Ahmad Price hit a couple shots to keep the Grenadiers close.

But the IU Southeast offense stalled once again and the Golden Bears took advantage, closing the game on a 19-4 run.

Glenn Hill led iU Southeast with 18 points and seven rebounds. Anthony Wales Jr. and Gabriel Casillas Crus each added 12 points and Jared Osborne had nine points and four rebounds in his final collegiate contest.

IU Southeast shot 35 percent from the field but only connected on five three-pointers in the game while WVU Tech hit 12.

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS

MEN’S BASKETBALL ADVANCES TO RSC SEMIS WITH WIN OVER OHIO CHRISTIAN

KOKOMO, Ind. – The No. 22 ranked Indiana University Kokomo men’s basketball team opened up the River States Conference Men’s Basketball Championship with an 81-66 victory over Ohio Christian University in the quarterfinal round on Wednesday night.
 
Fifth-year seniors Trequan Spivey and Desean Hampton led the Cougars to their 15th straight victory. Spivey led all scorers with 28 points on an efficient 12-of-15 shooting. Hampton continued his dominance on the glass, pulling down 21 rebounds for the second straight game. Hampton also scored 15 points to earn his 13th double-double of the season. 
 
The first eight minutes of the game were played close as the Cougars never led by more than five points. Noah Harris knocked in in a triple at the 11:30 mark to give IUK a seven-point advantage. The Trailblazers responded with a three of their own to cut their deficit back to four points at 25-21. 
 
The Cougars offense found its rhythm, going on an 11-0 run to extend the IU Kokomo lead to 15 points. Minutes later, Hampton completed a three-point play to give the Cougars their largest lead of the game, 17 points, with 4:43 to play in the half. 
 
At the break, IU Kokomo led by 14 points. 
 
The second half started slow as both teams combined for nine points over the first three minutes. Both offenses went cold, as the game went just over three minutes without a basket. The Traiblazers would break the cold spell, converting one-of-two free throws with 14:08 led to make it a 53-42 game in favor of IU Kokomo. 
 
Ohio Christian cut their deficit to nine points with 10:40 to go in the game, but the Trailblazers had no-answer for the fast-paced IUK offense. The Cougars managed to stay in front, securing their spot in the semifinals on Saturday.
 
The tournament’s No. 1 overall seed will now host IU East on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Student Activities & Events Center. 

BASEBALL MAKES ADJUSTMENTS TO WEEKEND SCHEDULE

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo baseball team has made some changes to its weekend schedule due to cold weather in the Kokomo area. 

The Cougars were originally scheduled to host a split doubleheader with IU South Bend and the University of Saint Francis on Friday and Saturday at Kokomo Municipal Stadium. Due to cold temperatures, those games have been canceled. 

IU Kokomo will now travel to Bloomington, Indiana to take on Indiana Tech in a doubleheader on Sunday, February 27. The games will be played at Bloomington South High School. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 1:00 p.m. at Groh Memorial Field. 

IU NORTHWEST ATHLETICS

MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS IN CCAC QUARTERFINALS LINCOLN WEDNESDAY; AWAITS TO SEE IF SEASON EXTENDED

GARY, Ind. — The Indiana University Northwest men’s basketball team lost in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Quarterfinals to No. 6 seed Lincoln College, 66-56, at the Savannah Center, Wednesday. The RedHawks will wait to see if their season will be extended to the 2022 NAIA Men’s Basketball Opening Round. 

TEAM RECORDS 
No. 6 seed Lincoln (15-16) | No. 3 seed IU Northwest (23-7)

QUARTER BREAKDOWN
1st Half: No. 6 seed Lincoln 28, No. 3 seed IU Northwest 18
2nd Half: No. 6 seed Lincoln 38, No. 3 seed IU Northwest 38
Final Score: No. 6 seed Lincoln 66, No. 3 seed IU Northwest 56

IU NORTHWEST LEADERS
Points: Jared Johnson (23)
Rebounds: Jared Johnson (18), Tromon Weston (13)
Assists: Brian Hernandez (6)
Blocks: Marshaud Watkins (1), Tromon Weston (1)
Steals: Jared Johnson (1), Brian Hernandez (1), Jerron Tatum (1), Tromon Weston (1), Marshaud Watkins (1)

GAME RECAP
Both teams got off to a slow start to begin the game. IU Northwest jumped out to a 6-0 lead after baskets by VaShawn Sims and Damond Crosby.

Lincoln responded with nine unanswered points to make it 9-6 in favor of the Lynx with under 11 minutes left in the half. The RedHawks regained the lead (11-10) after Jared Johnson and Jimmie Washington made back-to-back layups for IUN. 

The Lynx regained the lead after scoring five straight points to make it 15-11. Moments later, towards the end of the half, Jerron Tatum made a three-pointer to make it 22-18 LC. 

LC closed out the half during the final two minutes on a 8-2 run to go up 28-20 at the break.

Both teams traded baskets to start the half then Crosby hit a three-pointer to make it 31-25 in favor of LC. The Lynx responded with a three-pointer to make it 34-25 with 16:19 left in the game. 

IU Northwest was able to respond with nine straight points to make it 34-all after seven straight points by Johnson and a basket by Marshaud Watkins. LC would respond again and go up 41-36 with with 11 minutes left in the contest. 

Tatum cut the deficit to three (49-46) with 5:38 left in the game. LC extended their lead to 60-48 after going on a 11-2 run the next four minutes. 

Johnson hit a jumper and a three-pointer to make it down to seven (60-53) with under a minute left but it was already too late.  Moments later, Tromon Weston made a three-pointer to make it 62-56 with 42 seconds remaining. 

Lincoln was able to score the final four points of the game all at the free throw line as the Lynx put the game away as the Lynx came out on top 66-56.

UP NEXT
IU Northwest will wait to see if their season is extended if they make it to the NAIA Men’s Basketball Opening Round with an automatic bid or an at-large bid. The RedHawks could make it with an automatic bid if CCAC Regular Season Champion Olivet Nazarene or CCAC runner up IU South Bend win the conference tournament or they could recieve an at large bid if both do not win. Selection Show is set for Thursday, March 3. 

FULL BRACKET (All times are CST)
Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Game #1: (1) No. 11 Olivet Nazarene 79, (8) St. Francis (Ill.) 66
Game #2: (5) Roosevelt 46, (4) St. Xavier 44
Game #3: (6) Lincoln 66, (3) IU Northwest 56
Game #4: (2) No. 19 IU South Bend 85, (7) Judson 80

Friday, February 25, 2022 
Game #5: (5) Roosevelt @ (1) No. 11 Olivet Nazarene — 7 p.m. 
Game #6: (6) Lincoln @ (2) No. 19 IU South Bend — 6 p.m. 

Monday, February 28, 2022 (at site of highest remaining seed)
Game #7: Winner-Game #5 vs. Winner-Game #6 — TBA

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS

#19 TITANS HOLD OFF JUDSON IN CCAC TOURNAMENT OPENER

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Donyell Meredith posted a career-high 30 points to lead No. 19 IU South Bend, as the Titans opened the CCAC Tournament with an 85-80 victory over Judson on Wednesday night at the Student Activities Center.

Meredith’s performance is the first 30-point game for the Titans (25-5) this season, and the first since Jan. 2, 2019. (Norell Smith, 32 vs. Akron-Wayne, Ohio). The junior finished 11-for-20 from the floor, 7-for-7 from the free throw line, and collected a team-high seven rebounds in the win.

Three other players finished in double figures on the night, as Dylan Allen finished with 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting. Miles Tracy and Kenny Washington both recorded 12 points, going 5-for-7 from the floor.

The Titans scored the first six points of the game, all from Tracy as the junior scored all ten points for IUSB in the opening minutes. The Titans would hold a single-digit lead throughout most of the first half, briefly stretching the advantage to 11 after four straight points from Meredith made it a 44-33 score with 49 seconds remaining in the first half.

Judson (15-16) pulled to within six early in the second half, but Meredith took over on the other end of the floor, scoring ten straight points for the Titans as part of a 12-2 run that gave the home team a 58-42 advantage with 14 minutes left to play. The Eagles made one final push, responding with a 15-5 run that closed the gap to 63-59 with 9:26 on the clock.

A pair of buckets from Allen gave the Titans some breathing room, and Washington’s layup with 4:22 left made it a three-possession game, 75-66. Judson would close the gap down the stretch, but two key trips to the free throw line from Allen secured the win for the Titans.

With the victory, IU South Bend advances to the CCAC Tournament semifinal, where they will host No. 6 seed Lincoln at the Student Activities Center. Tipoff with the Lynx is set for Friday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m.

TITANS HEAD TO ST. FRANCIS FOR CCAC SEMIFINAL MATCHUP

Tipoff

• IU South Bend continues their conference tournament run on Thursday night, when they travel to St. Francis to take on the 2nd-seeded Saints in the CCAC Tournament Semifinals.
• The Titans are winners of ten in a row, with an average margin of victory of 22.3 points per game during the win streak.
• Ten straight victories marks the third-longest win streak for IUSB in the Steve Bruce era (2006-07).• The team’s third-place finish in the CCAC regular season is the highest result since 2010-11, when they also finished 3rd.
• Maddie Gard leads the team with 16.0 points per game, and ranks 4th in scoring in the CCAC.
• The Titans are averaging 75.3 points per game, good for 3rd-most in the CCAC. St. Francis enters play ranked 4th in the league, scoring 71.8 points per game.
• The Titans allow an average of 59.7 points per game on defense, good for 3rd-best in the CCAC. St. Francis ranks 2nd in the league, with 59.5 points allowed per game.
• With the win over Trinity International on Feb. 12, IUSB head coach Steve Bruce reached 250 career wins at the helm of the Titans. With a career record of 254-213, Bruce is the winningest active head coach in the CCAC.
• The Titans have made five appearances all-time in the NAIA Tournament, and are searching for their first NAIA postseason berth since 2005.
• The Titans will qualify for the NAIA Tournament if either No. 1 Saint Xavier, No. 2 St. Francis, or No. 3 IU South Bend win the CCAC Tournament.

Series History

• St. Francis leads the series 27-13 over IU South Bend since the 2002-03 season.
• The Saints have won 11 in a row over IUSB, and five straight inside the Sullivan Center
• The last win for the Titans over St. francis came on Dec. 13, 2014 (67-60). Emily Strilich led the Titans with a game-high 23 points.
• IU South Bend won the last matchup with USF in the CCAC Tournament, in the quarterfinal round on Feb. 28, 2012 (68-46).

Playoff Picture

• With the win over St. Ambrose on Saturday, IU South Bend secured the No. 3 seed for the CCAC Tournament.
• The top two seeds earn two of the CCAC’s three automatic bids into the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship. The third automatic bid goes to the CCAC Tournament champion.
• If the tournament winner has already earned an auto bid, then the No. 3 seed claims the final spot and will represent the CCAC at the NAIA Tournament.

About St. Francis

• The Saints enter the tournament with a 24-6 record and 20-2 mark in league play. USF brings an 11-game win streak into Thursday night’s matchup, and have not lost to an unranked opponent since Dec. 20.
• Jordan Pyle leads the team in scoring with 18.0 points per game (2nd in CCAC), and is the league’s third-best three-point shooter, posting a percentage of 39.4% from beyond the arc.
• Andriana Acosta is the team and conference’s rebounding leader, averaging 11.5 rebounds per game.
• Head coach John McGinty is in his first season at St. Francis, following a stint as assistant coach at NCAA Division I Loyola (Ill.).
• The Saints have two CCAC Tournament titles in program history, most recently coming in 2020.

Last Time Out

• The Titans’ tournament debut got off to a tough start, but IU South Bend would rally back from a double-digit deficit, defeating IU Northwest 72-63 in the CCAC Tournament quarterfinal at the Student Activities Center on Tuesday night.
• Trailing by as much as 11 points midway through the second half, the Titans out-scored their opponents 48-31 in the second half to take the victory. Maddy Schumacher and Katie Gard led IUSB with 16 points apiece, while Sara Doi tallied 11 in the win.
• Maddie Gard’s two scores to start the fourth quarter put IUSB in front, and a three from Courtney Haynes made it a 54-50 Titan lead with 7:50 to play. The visitors made one more push, going on a 7-2 run to take a 59-58 advantage, but a pivotal three from Rachel Robards started a run of ten straight for the Titans to secure the win.

IUSB in the Polls

• The Titans were unranked in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Poll, released on Wednesday.
• IUSB last appeared in the NAIA’s Top 25 on Jan. 15, 2020, when the Titans were ranked 20th in Division II.
• The Titans were picked fourth in the CCAC preseason poll on Oct. 25. St. Francis was picked third in the preseason ranking.

Student Activities Center

• Home of IUSB basketball and volleyball, the Student Activities Center is celebrating its 20th season as the Titans’ home court.
• In 2019-20, IU South Bend recorded a all-time high of 13 wins in the Student Activities Center, going 13-4 at home.
• On Tuesday, the Titans matched the record, winning their 13th game at the SAC in the CCAC Tournament opener against IU Northwest
• This season, the Titans are 13-3 in the SAC.

Player Notes

• Junior guard Maddie Gard leads the Titans with 16.0 points per game, and has led the team in scoring in 12 of 31 games this season.
• Gard scored a season-high 31 points in the win over Lourdes (Ohio) on Oct. 27, the highest point total for the Titans this season, and two points shy of her career high of 33.
• Gard recorded one of her two double-doubles on the year in the matchup with St. Francis, scoring 10 points with 10 rebounds against the Saints on Nov. 3.
• Gard ranks 3rd in the CCAC, with 69 steals on the season.
• On offense, Gard is 4th in the league in scoring (16.0 ppg), and 11th in field goal percentage (47.2%).

• Junior guard Katie Gard is averaging a career-best 14.7 points per game.
• Gard scored a career-high, leading the Titans with 24 points in the win over Lincoln on Dec. 16.
• Against Trinity International on Feb. 12, Gard registered her first career double-double, with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
• Gard ranks 6th in the CCAC, with 160 made field goals this season, and 10th in the CCAC in free throw shooting (75.6%).
• Gard is also among the league’s top ten in scoring, ranking 9th in points per game.

• Senior guard Sara Doi is averaging double figures for the first time in her career, with 11.0 points per game.
• Doi spent her first two seasons at Huntington (Ind.) before coming to IUSB for the 2020-21 season.
• As a Forester, Doi collected 247 points, 129 rebounds, and 72 assists in 57 games through 2018-20.
• In the win over Bethel (Ind.) on Dec. 8, Doi collected a career-high 24 points, knocking down six three-pointers in the win.
• Doi ranks 4th in the CCAC in assist-turnover ratio (2.0), and 5th in three-point shooting (38.1%).

• Senior forward Rachael Robards is averaging 8.7 points per game.
• Robards set a career high with 28 points, going 7-for-11 from three-point range in the Titans’ win at Midway (Ky.) on Nov. 6. 
• Robards has hit five or more three-pointers in four games this year, all in wins for IUSB; seven at Midway (Ky.), and five each over Oakland City (Ind.) (12/9), Lincoln (12/16), and at Judson (1/3).
• Robards ranks 8th in the CCAC in three-point shooting percentage (33.1%), and 8th in the league with 59 three-pointers made.

• Junior forward Maddy Schumacher has appeared in 30 of 31 games this season, and is averaging 6.6 points per game.
• Schumacher has one start on the year, making her debut in the starting five this season in the Titans’ win at Judson on Jan. 3.
• Schumacher scored a career-high 20 points in a win over Huntington (Ind.) in her freshman season of 2019-20. The Titans won that game 80-71, with current IUSB guard Sara Doi scoring nine points off the bench for Huntington.

• Junior guard Emma Fisher has started 30 of 31 games this year for the Titans, and is averaging 6.5 points per game.
• Fisher is the team’s leading rebounder, with 5.8 rebounds per game.
• Fisher ranks 8th in the CCAC in total assists (100).
• Fisher earned her first career double-double in the win over Bethel (Ind.) on Dec. 8, with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
• Fisher set a new career high on Jan. 28, with 18 points against No. 20 Saint Xavier.

• Senior center Courtney Haynes has played in all 31 games for IUSB this year, making 25 starts and averaging 6.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, second-most on the team.
• Haynes pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds in the loss at Saint Xavier on Nov. 17, the most in a single game this season for IUSB.
• Haynes finished career-high 23 points in the win over Olivet Nazarene on Feb. 3,

• Senior guard Taitlyn Trenshaw has 22 appearances this season, after starting for the IUSB women’s volleyball team this fall.
• Trenshaw has averaged 3.1 points per game since making her season debut during the win over Governors State on Nov. 23.
• Trenshaw finished with a season-high nine points in the Titans’ win at Judson on Jan. 3, going 3-for-4 from the floor and pulling down six rebounds.
• Trenshaw averaged 1.8 digs per set for the Titans, who made an appearance in the NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship Opening Round earlier this year.

• Freshman guard Kylee Stepp has played in 20 games this year, averaging 2.9 points per game.
• Stepp scored six points on 2-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc in her collegiate debut, pulling down three rebounds in the win over IU Kokomo on Oct. 23.
• Stepp scored a career-high 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting in the win over Governors State on Nov. 23.
• Stepp pulled down six rebounds in the win at Calumet on Feb. 9, setting a new career best.

• Freshman guard Amaya Rufus has played in 27 of 31 games this year, and is averaging 2.2 points per game.
• In the win over Concordia (Mich.) on Oct. 30, Rufus went 3-for-3 from the field, scoring a career-best 8 points. She matched her career high with three made field goals in the win at Lincoln on Jan. 22.

• Freshman guard Sullivan Kessler has played in 21 games this year, averaging 1.4 points per game
• Sullivan had her best performance of her early career at Judson on Jan. 3, matching a career-high four points with three rebounds and three assists.

• Junior forward Taylor Klenner has seen action in 17 games this year, making her season debut at St. Francis on Nov. 3.
• Klenner scored a career-high six points in the win over Trinity Christian on Jan. 31, along with a new career-best four rebounds.

• Freshman center Bailey Stamper has four appearances this year, and played a season-long seven minutes in the win at Judson on Jan. 3., finishing with two assists, a blocked shot, steal, and rebound.

Up Next

• With a win, the Titans will advance to Saturday’s CCAC Tournament Championship game.
• IUSB will travel to top-seeded Saint Xavier for the championship game, unless No. 5 seed Olivet Nazarene upset the Cougars.
• With an upset in the other semifinal game, the Student Activities Center would host the championship game between IU South Bend and Olivet Nazarene.
• The opening round of the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship is scheduled for Friday, March 11.

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS

WARRIORS SPLIT PAIR OF DOUBLEHEADERS

GEORGETOWN, Ky. & KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana Tech baseball team went 2-2 over the weekend, defeating Midway University 5-2 Sunday afternoon before falling to Georgetown College 6-5 at Robert N. Wilson Field. On Monday the Warriors took the first game of a twin-bill against No. 15-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University 4-3 before falling in the nightcap 6-3 at Championship Park.
 
Midway Recap
 
The Warriors got out to a fast start against the Eagles with four runs in the first inning. Trevor Patterson started things off with a single before eventually scoring on a double steal while Mike Snyder drove in Manuel Ascanio to make it a 2-0 game. Jacob Daftari made it a 4-0 ballgame three batters later with a single to left. Snyder would make it a 5-1 ballgame in the third on a steal of home after starting the inning reaching on an error.
 
Dalton Swinehart went four innings on the hill to pick up the win, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out three. Phillip Hobbs pitched the final three innings to pick up the save.
 
Georgetown Recap
 
The Tigers struck first with four straight singles in the bottom of the second to go up 2-0 before tacking on another run in the fifth. The Warrior bats came alive in the seventh as they scored five runs on four hits and took advantage of two Georgetown errors, including one with two outs that allowed three runners to score and put Tech up 5-3.
 
The Tigers responded with a leadoff walk and a double to cut the deficit to 5-4 right away in the bottom of the seventh though and tied the game up two batters later on an RBI groundout. The hosts cashed in on an RBI single with one out to complete the comeback and secure the victory.
 
IWU Recap
 
The Wildcats took the early lead with a lead off home run, but Micah O’Donnell knotted things up in the third with an RBI single. Indiana Wesleyan responded with a two run homer in the bottom of the third, but a sacrifice fly by Jacob Daftari cut the deficit to 3-2 one inning later. Daftari would be the hero in the sixth with a two-run blast to make it a 4-3 game while Spencer Strobel pitched the final 1.2 innings to preserve the win and pick up the save with a pair of strikeouts. Hayes Sturtsman went 5.1 innings on the bump with seven strikeouts to pick up the win.
 
IWU used five hits to score four runs in the bottom of the third inning of game two to take a commanding lead before tacking on two more runs in the fourth thanks to a home run by Dillon Pugh. The Warriors cut the deficit in half in the fifth with a two-run home by Luis Diaz and an RBI double from Tristian Osika, but the team went down quietly in the seventh to split the doubleheader.
 
Tech (3-4) returns to action on Sunday as they travel to Bloomington, Indiana to take on Indiana University Kokomo in a doubleheader at Bloomington South High School, alma matter to head coach Kip McWilliams. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

GRACE ATHLETICS

GRACE DOWNS MVNU TO REACH SEMIFINALS

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – Grace’s men’s basketball team produced one of its most complete games of the season in the quarterfinals of the Crossroads League Tournament.

The Lancers dismantled Mt. Vernon Nazarene on the road 82-62.

The win sends Grace to regular-season league champion Indiana Wesleyan. The semifinal tilt at No. 7 IWU will take place on Saturday.

Frankie Davidson starred for the Lancers (23-8), pouring in 28 points, 4 assists and 2 steals.

The game began evenly with neither side gaining a significant advantage. Grace took its first lead of the game at 14-13 after Davidson buried a 3-pointer at the top of the key.

The Lancers made a push soon after. Grace scored seven straight points, sparked by a triple from Brycen Graber and a drive and dunk by Davidson.

A few minutes later, Grace pushed its lead to 13 at 36-23. Davidson tacked on five more points in less than a minute to continue to power Grace’s attack.

But Grace was unable to maintain that double-digit cushion. The Lancers scored just four points over the final 5:59 of the half, allowing the Cougars to claw within 40-36 by halftime.

Davidson led all players with 14 points at the break. Both teams shot incredibly well in the first half with Grace making 59 percent of its shots and MVNU at 62 percent.

Grace made one more 3-pointer and three more free throws than MVNU, and the Cougars (9) turned the ball over two more times. Grace scored 22 points in the paint as well.

The Lancers were sharp to begin the second half. Davidson made a crafty reverse layup, Eddie Gill IV converted a steal and layup, and Elijah Malone scored in the lane.

A minute later, Jake Wadding stole a pass and scored a tough layup to hand Grace a 54-42 lead with 13:40 remaining.

A triple from Graber was followed up by a thunderous tomahawk dunk by Davidson. Davidson then swished a triple, pushing the Lancers’ cushion to 18 at 62-44.

MVNU struggled to score against Grace’s tenacious defense in the second half. The Cougars scored only eight points for the first 10 minutes of the second half.

The Cougars burned multiple timeouts in an attempt to slow Grace’s charge, but the onslaught continued.

The lead eventually ballooned to 25 on another Davidson 3-pointer with 6:18 remaining.

The Lancers did not score for the final 2:28 of regulation, but it made no difference. Grace coasted to a comfortable 20-point rout, making another major statement in its case for an NAIA at-large invitation.

Grace shot 54 percent from the floor overall and had 46 points in the paint. MVNU shot 49 percent overall but just 36 percent after halftime. The Cougars made 5 of 17 from the 3-point line as well (29 percent).

The Lancers committed only nine turnovers — their fourth-fewest turnovers of the season.

Seven players scored at least six points for Grace. Carter Stoltzfus was Grace’s second-leading scorer with 10 points to go along with three assists, and Graber had eight points off the bench.

Wadding had 9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 0 turnovers, and Malone had eight points and six boards. Gill scored seven points, and Cade Gibbs pulled down six boards.

SOUTHERN INDIANA ATHLETICS

USI OPENS SIX-GAME HOMESTAND SATURDAY

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — University of Southern Indiana Baseball opens the 2022 home schedule Saturday at 2 p.m. when it starts a three-game series with Lake Erie College at the USI Baseball Field. The series opener, originally scheduled for Friday, had to be postponed 24 hours due to the forecast of cold and inclement weather.
 
The new USI-LEC series schedule is set for a 2 p.m. first pitch Saturday, a 1 p.m. start Sunday; and a noon series finale on Monday.
 
Throughout the 2022 season, fans can follow the Eagles all season long on GoUSIEagles.com. Selected games can be heard on ESPN 97.7FM and 95.7FM The Spin, in addition to live stats, video streams, and audio broadcasts,.
 
USI Baseball Notes:

USI vs. Lake Erie: USI (3-0) holds an 8-1 series lead over Lake Erie after taking two of three from the Storm last season at the USI Baseball Field.
 
Lake Erie in 2022: The three-game series is the season opening game for the Storm of Lake Erie. The Storm, who are picked to place 11th in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference this year, finished 2021 with an 8-29 record, 6-24 in the G-MAC.
 
Eagles in 2022: USI started this spring in spectacular fashion, sweeping three from #26 Young Harris College on the road last weekend. The Eagles averaged 13 runs per game in the season opening series.
 
Eagle Leaders after Week 1: USI sophomore first baseman Adam Wildeman had a team-best .667 batting average the first weekend (4-6), while junior infielder/catcher Lucas McNew (Floyds Knobs, Indiana) led the Eagles with nine RBIs and USI’s only home run of the weekend.
 
On the mound, senior right-hander Brice Stuteville (Rockport, Indiana) had a 0.00 ERA in 3.1 innings of work out of the bullpen with a pair of saves.
  
Hunter all-time at USI: USI senior infielder Ethan Hunter (Terre Haute, Indiana) continues to move up the all-time lists for USI. Hunter ranks first in triples (16); tied for 13th total bases (280); 14th in RBIs (119) and 17th in home runs (14); 16th in runs scored (134); 21st in hits (179); and 22nd in doubles (27).
 
Archuleta at USI: USI Head Coach Tracy Archuleta is in his 16th season at the helm of the Screaming Eagles. He has a USI record of 509-285 during his 16 season and has a 19-year record of 657-409 (5 years University of Wisconsin-Parkside; 14 years USI).

EAGLES HOPE TO FINISH REGULAR SEASON STRONG

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball hopes to make it a strong finish to the 2021-22 regular season with a split home/road week in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. USI (16-6 overall, 11-5 GLVC) starts the week on the road with a visit Thursday to the University of Missouri-St. Louis (18-6 overall, 12-5 GLVC) for a 7:30 p.m. game and finish the 2021-22 regular season campaign Saturday by hosting Lindenwood University (11-14 overall, 7-10 GLVC) for Senior Day at 3:15 p.m.
 
The Eagles will honor five seniors Saturday – guard/forward Clayton Hughes (Jackson, Tennessee); forward Tyler Dancy (Belleville, Indiana); guard/forward Glen Rouch (Belleville, Illinois); guard Mateo Rivera (Indianapolis, Indiana); and manager Logan Riney (Evansville, Indiana).
 
Game coverage information for USI Men’s Basketball, including live stats, video, and audio broadcasts, is available on GoUSIEagles.com. The games also can be heard on ESPN 97.7FM and 95.7FM The Spin.
 
Following this weekend’s, USI has earned the right to host a first round game in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament at Screaming Eagles Areana, Monday. Game time and opponent is still to be announced.


 
USI Men’s Basketball vs. UMSL, Lindenwood Quick Notes:
USI sweeps homestand. USI is 7-4 at home this year after sweeping last week’s homestand. The Eagles defeated Maryville University, 65-58, behind freshman guard Isaiah Swope‘s 18 points, including 11 points in the final four minutes. USI completed the sweep with a 72-65 win over Missouri University of Science & Technology and was led by sophomore guard Tyler Henry, who had a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and junior forward Jacob Polakovich, who had 19 rebounds.
 
Henry has career night. Sophomore guard Tyler Henry had a career game versus Missouri S&T. He tied a USI career-best with 24 points, posted a career-high 11 rebounds, and recorded his first double-double. Henry averaged a team-best 18 points per game during the two-game homestand.
 
At home vs. the road USI is 5-4 at home this season, 9-2 on the road. The Eagles also are averaging 70.5 points per game at home, compared to 76.0 points per outing on the road.   
 
Doing the job on defense. The Eagles are holding the opposition under 70 points per game (65.0) for the season for the first time since 2012-13 (65.4). USI also is averaging 28.6 defensive rebounds per game this season.
 
Leading Scorer: Junior guard Jelani Simmons leads the way in scoring this season with 13.3 points per game. He is followed closely by junior forward Jacob Polakovich, who is posting a double-double with 12.0 points and 10.9 rebounds, and sophomore guard Tyler Henry, who also is posting 12.0 points per contest.  
 
Polakovich doubling up to lead the Eagles. Junior forward Jacob Polakovich is averaging a double-double 12.0 points and 10.9 rebounds per game in 2021-22. Polakovich is the GLVC leader and ranked 12th nationally in rebounding. 
 
USI vs. UMSL. USI holds a 39-14 all-time series lead over the University of Missouri-St. Louis, 32-4 in GLVC action. The Eagles and the Tritons did not play last season due to COVID. UMSL has had USI’s number the last five games, taking three of five and two of three in 2019-20.
 
UMSL in 2021-22. UMSL moved to 18-6 overall and 12-5 in the GLVC after posting a 92-75 win over Lindenwood this afternoon at home. The Tritons, second in the GLVC Central Division, have been on a roll the last three week, winning four-straight and seven of the last nine games.  
 
USI vs Lindenwood. USI has a 3-0 advantage in the all-time series with Lindenwood University after taking the first meeting of 2021-22, 70-56. Sophomore guard Tyler Henry had 18 points to lead four players in double-digits with 18 points. Junior forward Jacob Polakovich also posted a double-double with 12 points and 19 rebounds.
 
Lindenwood in 2021-22. Lindenwood is 11-14 overall and 7-10 in the GLVC after its matchup with UMSL. The Lions, who host the University of Indianapolis Thursday before traveling to USI, have lost five of the last seven, including the 70-56 loss to the Eagles at home.

HIGH-STAKES BATTLE, SENIOR DAY ON TAP FOR USI WOMEN’S HOOPS

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball begins the final week of the regular-season in search of a regular-season title and No. 1 seed in next week’s Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.
 
The Screaming Eagles (20-4, 14-2 GLVC) visit No. 25 and GLVC front-runner University of Missouri-St. Louis Thursday at 5:30 p.m. before concluding the regular-season Saturday at 1 p.m. when they host Lindenwood University for Senior Day.
 
USI, which is currently No. 2 in the GLVC Point Ratings System Standings, can win the GLVC regular-season title and earn a first-round bye in the GLVC Tournament with a pair of wins this week.
 
Following Saturday’s game, the Eagles will honor fifth-year senior guards Emma DeHart (Indianapolis, Indiana) and Ashley Hunter (Flossmoor, Illinois) in addition to senior manager Amanda Lewandowski. The Eagles also will be honoring their lone graduating senior on the cheer team in addition to their men’s basketball seniors following the women’s game Saturday.
 
Both games this week will be aired on 95.7 The Spin as well as the GLVC Sports Network, while live stats, audio and video can be accessed at GoUSIEagles.com. Next week’s GLVC Tournament games also will be aired on the GLVC Sports Network but will only be available via pay-per-view.


 
If USI hosts a first-round GLVC Tournament game Monday, ticket information will be distributed Saturday night.
 
USI Women’s Basketball Notes
• DeHart holds record.
 Fifth-year senior guard Emma DeHart played in her school-record 121st game when she took the court in USI’s 63-50 win over Missouri S&T Saturday. DeHart passed Kaydie Grooms and USI Hall of Fame guard Adrienne Seitz, who respectively played in 119 and 120 games for the Eagles.
 
• Eagles win GLVC East Division. USI Women’s Basketball clinched its fourth straight GLVC East Division title with its wire-to-wire 70-55 win over Maryville.
 
• USI goes 2-0 last week. The Eagles went 2-0 last week with wins over Maryville and Missouri S&T. Sophomore forward Meredith Raley led USI with 14.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while junior forward Hannah Haithcock added 10.5 points and a team-best 7.5 rebounds per contest. Junior guard Addy Blackwell chipped in 9.5 points and a team-high 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals per outing.
 
• GLVC PRS Standings. The Eagles are currently No. 2 in the latest GLVC Point Rating System standings, which determine the seeding in the GLVC Tournament. Currently, Missouri-St. Louis (4.44) ranks ahead of USI (4.313) and Drury (4.306), while Truman State (3.88) and Lewis (3.79) round out the top five teams.
 
• Eagles sixth in MW Region. The first set of NCAA II Midwest Region rankings has the Eagles ranked No. 6. Grand Valley State (1), Ashland (2), Drury (3), Missouri-St. Louis (4) and Walsh (5) rank ahead of the Eagles, while Wayne State (7), Saginaw Valley State (8), Northwood (9) and Kentucky Wesleyan (10) round out the first rankings.
 
• Senior Day on tap for Eagles. USI will honor fifth-year seniors Emma DeHart and Ashley Hunter, along with senior manager Amanda Lewandowski as part of its Senior Day festivities Saturday. Senior forward Ashlynn Brown is returning for her COVID year in 2022-23.
 
• Season Leaders. Haithcock averages a team-leading 12.6 points per game, while Raley is contributing 12.0 points to go along with a team-high 5.3 rebounds and 0.5 blocks per outing. DeHart is chipping in 9.9 points along with a team-high tying 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game, while Blackwell is averaging 9.8 points, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals per appearance.
 
• GLVC Tournament. Due to COVID-related schedule changes and cancellations, league presidents voted to allow all 15 teams into the GLVC Tournament, with seeds No. 2-8 hosting seeds No. 9-15 in first-round games February 28. The winners of those first-round games will join the No. 1 seed, which receives a first-round bye, in the GLVC quarterfinals, which are March 3-6 at the First Community Arena in Edwardsville, Illinois.
 
• Eagles still receiving votes. USI continues to receive votes in both the WBCA Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll and the D2SIDA Top 25 Media Poll after going 2-0 last week.
 
• Haithcock nets GLVC weekly honor. After matching a career-high 22 points in back-to-back games and averaging 18.7 points on the week, Haithcock was named GLVC Player of the Week for her efforts in USI’s wins over Lindenwood, Rockhurst and William Jewell. She is the first USI Women’s Basketball player to net GLVC Player of the Week honors since Kaydie Grooms collected the award February 19, 2018.
 
• Double-double. Raley became the fourth USI Women’s Basketball player this season to notch a double-double when she scored 18 points and pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds in USI’s win over Missouri S&T. She joined Haithcock, who has two double-doubles, Brown and Blackwell on USI’s list.
 
• Double-figures. USI has had 10 different players reach double-figures in the scoring column this season, including nine players that have scored 10-or-more points in multiple games.
 
• 20-point outings. USI has had four different players reach the 20-point plateau this season. DeHart and Haithcock have each reached the 20-point plateau twice this season, while Blackwell and Hunter also scored 20-or-more points this season.
 
• Stein snares 400th win. USI Head Coach Rick Stein earned his 400th career victory with the Eagles 88-80 victory over Illinois Springfield. He’s been on the sidelines for 567 of USI’s 715 all-time wins during his 31 seasons on the bench, 23 of which have been leading the program after eight seasons as an assistant.
 
• Gatling 500. USI Assistant Coach Randa Gatling also hit a milestone Thursday. Gatling, who has been on the bench for all of Stein’s 400 wins, picked up her 500th career win including her 100 wins as a player at USI.
 
• About Missouri-St. Louis. Senior center Kiara Stewart averages 14.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game to lead the Tritons, who sport one of the top defenses in the nation. Fifth-year senior forward Alex LaPorta chips 11.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and a team-leading 4.0 assists per contest for the Tritons, who are coming off a 67-56 win over Lindenwood after seeing a nine-game win streak end with a 10-point road loss to Lewis earlier in the week.
 
• About Lindenwood. Fifth-year senior guard Julia Ruzevich averages 19.8 points and 11.2 rebounds per game to lead the Lions, who have lost six straight games. Fellow classmate Devin Fuhring chips in 14.0 points and a team-high 2.8 assists per contest but has missed the last four games.
 
• Record book watch. The Eagles have three players making moves inside the USI Women’s Basketball Record Books:
Ashlynn Brown is No. 32 on USI’s all-time rebounding list (385) and No. 47 in scoring (539).
Emma DeHart is USI’s all-time leader in games played (121), is No. 2 in three-point field goal attempts (420), No. 8 in made three-pointers (124) and No. 13 in points (1,143) and assists (220). 
Hannah Haithcock is No. 33 on USI’s all-time scoring list (767).
 
• Magic Mark: 75 points. The Eagles are 437-78 (.849) all-time when scoring at least 75 points. USI is 310-29 (.915) since 1996-97 when reaching the 75-point plateau.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS

SEASON COMES TO CLOSE FOR TAYLOR IN CL QUARTERFINALS

MARION, Ind. – Taylor’s 2021-2022 campaign came to its end on Wednesday night with an 84-66 loss at No. 7 and top-seeded Indiana Wesleyan in the first round of the Crossroads League Tournament.

Taylor shot the ball well throughout the contest, hitting at a 46.4-percent rate and burying 12-of-26 tries from three-point range for a 46.2-percent clip from deep. Taylor also only turned the ball over 10 times but had no answer to IWU (26-5) in the post.

Indiana Wesleyan shot 60.4 percent in the game thanks to a 72.2-percent rate from two-point range, where it outscored TU by a 46-24 margin in the paint. The hosts also beat Taylor on the glass by a 33-18 gap, holding the Trojans to just five rebounds in the second half.

Another slow start in Luckey Arena also hurt Taylor, as IWU bolted to a 20-4 lead in the first seven minutes of the night. Taylor got back to within eight points on multiple possessions but trailed by 10 at the half and never drew closer than nine in the final stanza, before the Wildcats used a 10-0 burst late in the game to pull away.

Kaden Fuhrmann closed his sophomore season in style, netting 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting, and finishing with a sixth-straight game with at least three connections from deep.

Jason Hubbard followed with his 10th outing of at least 20 points scored in his last 11 games played, posting 21 points, seven rebounds and two steals to end the season at 11th all-time in Taylor men’s basketball program history with 1,770 points.

Jackson Lewis followed Fuhrmann and Hubbard in the scoring column with eight points and added a team-high five assists.

The game ends Taylor’s season with an overall mark of 9-21.

MIC 25-YEAR ANNIVERSARY TEAMS

(MIC RELEASE)

Coaches

Girls soccer: Frank Dixon (Carmel)

Boys soccer: Jerry Little (North Central)

Volleyball: Deb McClurg (Center Grove)

Boys tennis: Dan Brunette (North Central), Mike Bostic (Carmel), Ivan Smith (Center Grove)

Boys cross-country: Colin Altevogt (Carmel), Chuck Koeppen (Carmel)

Girls cross-country: Mark Ellington (Carmel), Chuck Koeppen (Carmel)

Girls golf: Ken Kelly (Carmel)

Football: Dick Dullaghan (Ben Davis), Eric Moore (Center Grove), Kevin Wright (Warren Central/Carmel)

Boys basketball: Scott Heady (Warren Central/Carmel), Jack Keefer (Lawrence North), Doug Mitchell (North Central)

Girls basketball: Stan Benge (Ben Davis), Alan Vickrey (North Central)

Gymnastics: Eric Howe (Center Grove)

Wrestling: Brett Crousore (Lawrence North)

Boys swimming: Chris Plumb (Carmel), Jim Todd (Center Grove)

Girls swimming: Chris Plumb (Carmel), Jim Todd (Center Grove)

Baseball: Dave Gandolph (Center Grove), Richard Winzenread (Lawrence North)

Softball: Russ Milligan (Center Grove)

Boys track and field: Ken Browner (Lawrence North/Carmel), Mike Davidson (Ben Davis), Dennis McNulty (Warren Central), Bob Potter (Lawrence North)

Girls track and field: Hillary Church (Lawrence North), Tim Mylin (Carmel), Le’gretta Smith (Warren Central), James Taylor (Warren Central)

Boys golf: Chard Reid (Carmel), Matt Rodman (Center Grove)

Girls tennis: Mike Bostic (Carmel), Heather Iffert (North Central), Sharon Rosenburgh (Carmel)

Boys basketball

David Bell, Warren Central

Stanley Burrell, Ben Davis

Ryan Cline, Carmel

Mike Conley, Lawrence North

Devin Davis, Warren Central

Dre Davis, Lawrence Central

Jason Gardner, North Central

Tom Geyer, Lawrence North

Eric Gordon, North Central

Kyle Guy, Lawrence Central

Aaron Henry, Ben Davis

Chris Hill, Lawrence North

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Center Grove

Terone Johnson, North Central

Maynard Lewis, Terre Haute South

Brandon McPherson, Lawrence North

Josh McRoberts, Carmel

Zach McRoberts, Carmel

John Michael Mulloy, Carmel

Greg Oden, Lawrence North

Jake Odum, Terre Haute South

Nijel Pack, Lawrence Central

Tony Perkins, Lawrence North

A.J. Ratliff, North Central

John Stewart, Lawrence North

Dean Tate, Warren Central

Stephen Van Treese, Lawrence North

Michael Volovic, Carmel

Kris Wilkes, North Central

Jalen Windham, Ben Davis

Baseball

Brandon Ackley, Carmel

Hank Akard, Ben Davis

Mark Andres, Center Grove

Garrett Berger, Carmel

Jim Brauer, Carmel

Garrett Burhenn, Lawrence North

Jacob Cantleberry, Center Grove

Kyle Cox, Ben Davis

Nick Cunningham, Lawrence North

Charlie Dant, Warren Central

Luke Duncan, Center Grove

Bryce Emblin, Center Grove

Chris Fetter, Carmel

Adam Finley, Center Grove

Kyle Geiger, Center Grove

Conrad Gregor, Carmel

Kenny Grubbs, Ben Davis

Kenny Hughes, Lawrence North

Derek James, Terre Haute South

Jared Lowe, Lawrence North

Mac Lozer, North Central

Shawn Marquardt, Carmel

J.B. Paxson, Center Grove

Josh Phegley, Terre Haute North

Josh Piper, Center Grove

A.J. Reed, Terre Haute South

Tommy Sommer, Carmel

Nolan Watson, Lawrence North

Dusty Wrightsman, Terre Haute North

Justin Zeller, North Central

Boys cross-country

Filimon Adhanom, North Central

Nef Araia, Lawrence North

Brad Bernhardt, Ben Davis

Jackson Bertoli, Terre Haute South

Fasil Bizuneh, Ben Davis

Greg Borlik, North Central

Robert Browning, Carmel

Brandon Cole, Warren Central

Aaron Harding, Warren Central

Charlie Koeppen, Carmel

John Mascari, Terre Haute North

Kole Mathison, Carmel

Zach Mayhew, Terre Haute North

Colin Murphy, Carmel

Bart Phariss, North Central

Eric Redman, North Central

Jacob Rich, Carmel

Ondraius Richardson, Warren Central

Joel Shaw, Carmel

Mike Skiles, Ben Davis

Tim Sweeny, Ben Davis

DeSean Turner, Warren Central

Ben Veatch, Carmel

Chris Walden, Carmel

Futsum Zienasellassie, North Central

Boys golf

Kevin Newell, Ben Davis

Josh Oldham, Center Grove

Kyle Bush, Carmel

Mike Payne, Terre Haute North

Justin Wenger, Warren Central

Nate Baugh, Terre Haute North

John Baker, North Central

Jon Royer, Terre Haute North

Adam Vandoski, Center Grove

Travis Smith, Terre Haute South

John Farrelly, North Central

Peter O’Neill, Carmel

Phillip Myers, Terre Haute South

Connor O’Neal, Carmel

Andrew Havill, Carmel

Zach Muench, Center Grove

Jake Brown, Carmel

Austin Crowder, Center Grove

Noah Gillard, Center Grove

Sam Jean, Center Grove

Ethan Shepherd, Center Grove

Luke DeHaven, Center Grove

Clay Stirsman, Carmel

Nick Dentino, Carmel

Camron Jones, Ben Davis

Boys soccer

Max Allen, Lawrence Central

Luke Boha, Center Grove

Eric Brunton, Carmel

Zach Carr, Carmel

Conor Campbell, Center Grove

Brad Devilbiss, Carmel

Eric Dick, Carmel

Gabe Edel, Center Grove

Kirezi Freddy, North Central

Matt Fundenberger, North Central

Ray Gaddis, North Central

Hayden Gorall, Center Grove

John Hanley, North Central

Matt Hedges, Carmel

Nikita Kotlov, North Central

Robbie Lynch, Carmel

Mike Maday, Center Grove

Tyler McCarroll, Carmel

John Mills, North Central

Daniel Moore, Carmel

Chris Munroe, North Central

Kyle Perry, Center Grove

Andreas Roslander, Carmel

Kurt Sagorsky, Center Grove

Tamba Samba, Ben Davis

Matt Sanner, North Central

Matt Schlake, Carmel

Jordan Seabrook, North Central

Kei Tennyson, North Central

Marcellus Tennyson, North Central

Boys swimming and diving

Andrew Albright, Carmel

Zechariah Banks, Carmel

Stefano Batista, Carmel

Chris Belcher, Carmel

Michael Christy, North Central

James Costin, North Central

Andrew Couchon, North Central/Carmel

Jason Cousins, Carmel

Sebastian Cousins, Carmel

Wyatt Davis, Carmel

Alex Dawson, North Central

Matt Gerth, Carmel

Griffin Hadley, Carmel

Brian Hartley, North Central

Peter Jameson, North Central

Drew Kibler, North Central/Carmel

Jake Mitchell, Carmel

Troy Li, Carmel

Edward Minturn, North Central

Chris Oleksiak, Center Grove

Gus Rothrock, Carmel

Drew Sease, North Central

Fiete Stegger, Carmel

Charles Vaughan, Carmel

Grant Wieczorek, Carmel

Boys tennis

Steven Auda, Carmel

Ian Brady, North Central

Kevin Burnett, Center Grove

Nick Chappell, North Central

Charlie Emhardt, Carmel

Jarrod Epkey, Center Grove

Patrick Fletchall, Carmel

Troy Hahn, North Central

Bryan Heck, Carmel

Ryan Hollander, North Central

Ethan Jaffee, Carmel

Mihir Kumar, Carmel

Sameer Kumar, Carmel

J.J. Kroot, North Central

Ajay Mahenthiran, North Central

Christian Nikou, Center Grove

Rajeev Ram, Carmel

Daniel Rodefeld, Carmel

Austin Sansone, Center Grove

Matt Smith, Center Grove

Zane Smith, Center Grove

John Stone, Center Grove

Presley Theineman, Carmel

Adam Valinetz, North Central

Elliott Yee, Carmel

Boys track and field

Ethan Alyea, North Central

Nef Araia, Lawrence North

Todd Beyerlein, Carmel

Fasil Bizuneh, Ben Davis

James Bullock, Lawrence Central

Ruben Carter, Lawrence North

Brandys Green, Lawrence North

Kris Harley, Warren Central

Joey Hodges, Warren Central

David Lewis, Terre Haute South

Marcus Lewis, Lawrence North

Ryan Lipe, Carmel

Austin Mudd, Center Grove

Joe Murphy, Lawrence North

Langston Newton, Carmel

Devin Pipkin, Warren Central

Brandon Pounds, Lawrence North

Christian Powell, Ben Davis

D’Juan Richardson, Warren Central

Jahn Riley, Pike

Ryan Sarbinoff, Carmel

Jordan Seabrook, North Central

Derrick Spight, Warren Central

Nathan Stone, Lawrence North

Nick Stoner, Center Grove

Matthew Terrell, Ben Davis

Isaiah Thomas, Warren Central

Cameron Tidd, Center Grove

De’Sean Turner, Warren Central

Ben Veatch, Carmel

Justin Veteto, Center Grove

Chris Walden, Carmel

Jalen Walker, Carmel

Traquincy Wilson, Lawrence North

Futsum Zienasellassie, North Central

Football

Brandon Ackley, Carmel

Mike Richardson, Ben Davis

Jordan Stepp, Ben Davis

Joel Hale, Center Grove

Kris Harley, Warren Central

Sheldon Day, Warren Central

Darius Latham, North Central

Jovan Swann, Center Grove

Beau Robbins, Carmel

Jeremy VanAlstyne, Center Grove

Chris Graham, Warren Central

Richard El, Ben Davis

William Patterson, Lawrence North

John Kenny, Carmel

Tim Kimbrough, Warren Central

Asmar Bilal, Ben Davis

Cameron McGrone, Lawrence Central

Ty Wise, Carmel

Justin Beriault, Warren Central

Ryan Skelton, Center Grove

Jeremy Finch, Warren Central

Antonio Allen, Ben Davis

Mykelti Williams, Warren Central

Dijon Anderson, Warren Central

D.J. Johnson, North Central

Aaron Halterman, Center Grove

Andy Moore, Center Grove

Steve Moorman, North Central

Mike Clevenger, Warren Central

J.B. Paxson, Center Grove

Jason Onyebuagu, Warren Central

Clay Hadley, Center Grove

James Banks, Ben Davis

Desmond Tardy, Warren Central

Dexter Taylor, Warren Central

Morgan Newton, Carmel

Jordan Luallen, Center Grove

Kyle Castner, Ben Davis

Reese Taylor, Ben Davis

David Lewis, Terre Haute South

Tandon Doss, Ben Davis

Jalen Walker, Carmel

David Bell, Warren Central

Jonny Zwitt, Center Grove

Jimmy Ladd, Center Grove

Darren Evans, Warren Central

Shakir Bell, Warren Central

Chris Evans, Ben Davis

Carson Steele, Center Grove

Eric McClurg, Center Grove

Wrestling

Nathan Boston, Lawrence North

Tommy Cash, Lawrence North

Nick Hartman, Lawrence North

Reece Humphrey, Lawrence North

Scott Kelly, Carmel

John Kopnisky, Carmel

Brayden Littell, Center Grove

Jon Lloyd, Warren Central

Dylan Lydy, Ben Davis

Gleason Mapes, Center Grove

Sean Mappes, Center Grove

Matt McKinney, Warren Central

P.J. Montgomery, Terre Haute South

Katrell Moss, Warren Central

Braden Nelson, Lawrence North

Trent Pruitt, Warren Central

Cashe Quiroga, Lawrence North

Robert Samuels, Lawrence North

Brad Stephens, Lawrence North

Joey Strausburg, Center Grove

Jeremy VanAlstyne, Center Grove

Danny Williams, Warren Central

Deondre Wilson, Warren Central

Brandon Wright, Warren Central

Todd Wright, Carmel

Girls basketball

Ashley Allen, Ben Davis

Angel Baker, Pike

Janese Banks, Ben Davis

Azjah Bass, Lawrence North

Brianna Bass, North Central

Shaila Beeler, Warren Central

Alex Bentley, Ben Davis

Emily Butler, Center Grove

Nia Clark, Ben Davis

Danielle Cuttino, Ben Davis

Amy Dilk, Carmel

Shyra Ely, Ben Davis

Cassidy Hardin, Center Grove

Bria Goss, Ben Davis

Dierra Goss, Ben Davis

Khera Goss, Ben Davis

Amber Harris, North Central

Danielle Havel, Carmel

Amber Johnson, Ben Davis

Jenny Martin, Center Grove

Meg Newman, North Central

Demitria Nunley-Lash, Ben Davis

Reciena Russell, Terre Haute South/Lawrence North

Jayla Smith, Lawrence North

Liz Stansberry, Center Grove

Chrissy Steffen, Carmel

Sara Strahm, Ben Davis

K’Ja Talley, Warren Central

Dee Dee Williams, Ben Davis

Kristian Young, Lawrence North

Girls cross-country

Kayla Alexander, Terre Haute North

Phoebe Bates, Carmel

Sarah Bennett, Carmel

Shelbi Burnett, Center Grove

Maddie Dalton, Carmel

Alexandra Daugherty, Lawrence North

Robyn Detty, Lawrence North

Christina Geisler, Carmel

Tapring Goatee, Terre Haute North

Julie Ham, Carmel

Katie Harrington, Carmel

Haley Harris, Carmel

Sarah Higgins, Center Grove

Sarah Huddleston, Carmel

Tameka Kincy, Lawrence North

Eleanor Lammers, North Central

Sarah Leinheiser, Carmel

Kayla McCurdy, Carmel

Kelly McCurdy, Carmel

Stacy Morozov, Carmel

Chanli Mundy, Terre Haute North

Michelle Rafferty, Carmel

Victoria Schoettmer, Center Grove

Kelcy Welch, Carmel

Renee Wellman, Carmel

Girls golf

Kelly Brown, Carmel

Morgan O’Banion, Carmel

Crystal Anglea, Center Grove

Ashley Welch, Carmel

Lacy Miller, North Central

Adrienne Mayhew, Carmel

Ann Speidel, Carmel

Natalie Dallas, Center Grove

Katie Tewell, Center Grove

Ashley Keller, Center Grove

Kara Czarkowski, Carmel

Karli Shepherd, Carmel

Milena Savich, Carmel

Allison Tyler, Ben Davis

Ari Savich, Carmel

Briana Midkiff, Carmel

Alyssa Cook, Carmel

Rachel Welker, Terre Haute North

Makenzie Curtis, Carmel

Maggie Rees, Carmel

Hannah Wilson, Center Grove

Rani Hecht, Carmel

Nina Hecht, Carmel

Lucy Young, Center Grove

Katie Kuc, Carmel

Girls soccer

Brooke Backes, Carmel

Ali Brown, Carmel

Kara Bryan, Carmel

Cara Burchett, Warren Central

Lauren Cheney Holiday, Ben Davis

Katie Cunningham, Ben Davis

Liz Custer, North Central

Tori Doss, Carmel

Keeley Dowling, Carmel

Jamie Fabrizio, Carmel

Alessandra Fistrovich, Warren Central

Julie Hanley, North Central

Danielle Hayden, Pike

Megan Hock, Center Grove

Courtney Jones, North Central

Katie Karlander, Carmel

Molly Kruger, Carmel

Kelly Kulsrud, Carmel

Jenna Linxwiller, Center Grove

Hannah Messick, Center Grove

Macy Miller, Carmel

Angie Muir, Carmel

Courtney O’Bryan, Center Grove

Morgan Redman, North Central

Carolyn Riggs, North Central

Katie Soderstrom, Carmel

Emily Speidel, Carmel

Niki Watkins, Center Grove

Katie Wright, Center Grove

Annie Yi, Ben Davis

Girls swimming and diving

Claire Adams, Carmel

Taylor Baughman, Carmel

Amy Bilquist, Carmel

Veronica Burchill, Carmel

Sammie Burchill, Carmel

Lindsay Carlberg, Carmel

Alex Clarke, Carmel

Megan Detro, Carmel

Jessie Hammes, Carmel

Susan Hentschel, North Central

Lacey Locke, Carmel

Carly Marshall, Carmel

Michelle McKeehan, Center Grove

Emma Nordin, Carmel

Kelly Pash, Carmel

Trish Regan, Carmel

Trude Rothrock, Carmel

Emma Schoettmer, Center Grove

Rhiannon Sheets, Carmel

Christine Shehorn, North Central

Katie Simmons, Carmel

Kendall Smith, Carmel

Erin Sparks, Carmel

Laura Swander, Center Grove

Erica Watts, Carmel

Girls tennis

Christy Agness, North Central

Karin Agness, North Central

Leila Antony, Carmel

Maggie Ashby, North Central

Susie Chen, Carmel

Autumn Clark, North Central

Molly Fletchall, Carmel

Hillary Friedman, North Central

Marie Grabinski, Carmel

Sophie Grabinski, Carmel

Cassidy Hardin, Center Grove

Ena Jakupovic, North Central

Lauren Lemonds, Carmel

Lauren Littell, Carmel

Emma Love, Carmel

Caroline McAuley, North Central

Lauryn Padgett, Carmel

Alena Perez-Majul, North Central

Becca Porter, Center Grove

Sarah Rodefeld, Carmel

Isabella Schoolcraft, Center Grove

Elizabeth Steele, Carmel

Melanie Sullivan, Center Grove

Jessica Thompson, Carmel

Laura Waggoner, North Central

Girls track and field

Adriana Brown, Lawrence Central

Sandra Brown, Pike

Bryeana Byrdsong, Warren Central

Mikeisha Covington, Warren Central

Briana Cunningham, Warren Central

Ramiah Elliott, North Central

Monteka Flowers, Warren Central

Katie Harrington, Carmel

Logan Hayes, Warren Central

Taylor Herbert, Lawrence Central

Candice Hill, North Central

MonTayla Holder, Lawrence Central

Prommyse Hoosier, Warren Central

Tacoria Humphrey, Warren Central

Kayland Jackson, Warren Central

Taylor Jarosinski, Center Grove

Felisha Johnson, Lawrence North

Courtney Jones, North Central

Temeka Kincy, Lawrence North

Mackenzie Kitchel, Center Grove

Lynna Irby, Pike

Silvia Massey, Ben Davis

Candyce McGrone, Warren Central

Lorian Price, Warren Central

Caitlyn Redmon, Warren Central

Marta Scheiwe, Lawrence North

Kyara Simmons-Avant, Ben Davis

Kayla Smith, Lawrence Central

Ashley Spencer, Lawrence North

Elizabeth Stanhope, Pike

Mary Steffel, Carmel

K’Ja Talley, Warren Central

Leigha Tolliver, North Central

Stacia Weatherford, Lawrence North

Ebony Wright, Warren Central

Softball

Mallory Baker, Center Grove

Kayla Bear, Ben Davis

Piper Belden, Center Grove

Katherine Belsito, Center Grove

Katy Berger, Carmel

Dana Campbell, Carmel

Kaisey Carson, Ben Davis

Courtney Clark, Ben Davis

Mandy Dallas, Center Grove

Taylor Erschen, Lawrence North

Celene Funke, Carmel

Emily Gwaltney, Center Grove

Abby Herbst, Center Grove

Kelsi Jones, Carmel

Jenny Kniptash, Carmel

Natalie Lalich, Center Grove

Rachel Lynch, Lawrence North

Meagan McCurdy, North Central

Shelby Music, Center Grove

Lauren Nacke, Center Grove

Katie Osborn, Carmel

Shelby Owens, Ben Davis

Erika Petruzzi, Carmel

Jordyn Rudd, Center Grove

Emily Short, Lawrence North

Megan Soultz, Carmel

Kimmy Sullivan, Center Grove

Emily Tweedy, Carmel

Whitney Warner, Center Grove

Kelsey Williams, Center Grove

Volleyball

Macy Carrabine, Center Grove

Danielle Cuttino, Ben Davis

Brittany Daulton, Lawrence North

Casey Clark, Warren Central

Katie Daprile, Center Grove

Madeleine Dean, Lawrence North

Sarah Dooms, Center Grove

Jesse Earl, Lawrence North

Ashley Eck, Center Grove

Jennifer Gandolph, Center Grove

Jenny Gray, Center Grove

MJ Hammill, Center Grove

Taylor Hammill, Center Grove

Carly Harbison, Carmel

Maggie Harbison, Carmel

Sarah Johnson, Warren Central

Kiley Kent, Warren Central

McKenzie Kitchel, Center Grove

Chelsea Kirkpatrick, Center Grove

Ali Line, Center Grove

Lauren Matthews, Lawrence North

Grace Muller, Carmel

Mandy Nichols, Center Grove

Brittany Oliver, Warren Central

Lauren Pitz, Carmel

Megan Rehmer, Center Grove

Jordanne Scott, Lawrence North

Carly Skojdt, Carmel

Madison Smeathers, Center Grove

Emily Stebbins, Carmel

TV THURSDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – MENTIME ETTV
THE CITADEL AT MERCER2:00PMESPN+
BUCKNELL AT ARMY WEST POINT6:00PMESPN+
CREIGHTON AT ST. JOHN’S6:30PMFS1
MISSISSIPPI STATE AT SOUTH CAROLINA6:30PMSECN
DUKE AT VIRGINIA7:00PMESPN
TCU AT TEXAS7:00PMESPN2
WEST VIRGINIA AT IOWA STATE7:00PMESPNU
SYRACUSE AT NOTRE DAME7:00PMESPNEWS
WAKE FOREST AT CLEMSON7:00PMACCN
XAVIER AT PROVIDENCE7:00PMCBSSN
RUTGERS AT MICHIGAN7:00PMBTN
GEORGE MASON AT VCU7:00PMESPN+
GEORGE MASON AT VCU7:00PMESPN+
VERMONT AT BINGHAMTON7:00PMESPN+
UMASS AT DAYTON7:00PMESPN+
FGCU AT LIBERTY7:00PMESPN+
LA SALLE AT FORDHAM7:00PMESPN+
STETSON AT KENNESAW STATE7:00PMESPN+
COLGATE AT HOLY CROSS7:00PMESPN+
RADFORD AT LONGWOOD7:00PMESPN+
LOYOLA (MD) AT NAVY7:00PMESPN+
LAFAYETTE AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY7:00PMESPN+
DRAKE AT VALPARAISO7:00PMESPN+
LOUISIANA AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN7:00PMESPN+
UTA AT TROY7:00PMESPN+
WOFFORD AT VMI7:00PMESPN+
APPALACHIAN STATE AT LITTLE ROCK7:30PMESPN+
GRAND CANYON AT CHICAGO STATE8:00PMESPN+
TEXAS STATE AT SOUTH ALABAMA8:00PMESPN+
COASTAL CAROLINA AT ARKANSAS STATE8:00PMESPN+
HOUSTON AT TULANE8:00PMESPN+
TULSA AT SMU8:00PMESPN+
BUTLER AT SETON HALL8:30PMFS1
OLE MISS AT AUBURN8:30PMSECN
EASTERN KENTUCKY AT JACKSONVILLE STATE8:30PMESPN+
LSU AT KENTUCKY9:00PMESPN
VIRGINIA TECH AT GEORGIA TECH9:00PMACCN
CINCINNATI AT UCF9:00PMESPNU
WISCONSIN AT MINNESOTA9:00PMBTN
WYOMING AT COLORADO STATE9:00PMCBSSN
WASHINGTON AT WASHINGTON STATE11:00PMESPNU
NHLTIME ETTV
EDMONTON AT TAMPA BAY7:30PMTNT
COLORADO AT DETROIT7:30PMALT
BALLY SPORTS
WINNIPEG AT DALLAS7:30PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
BUFFALO AT MONTREAL7:30PMSPORTSNET
MSG-BUF
LOS ANGELES AT ARIZONA10:00PMTNT

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MIAMI3821.64419-719-1411-224-126-41 W
CHICAGO3821.64423-815-137-323-137-35 W
PHILADELPHIA3523.6032.516-1319-104-720-146-41 W
CLEVELAND3523.6032.518-917-147-320-136-42 L
MILWAUKEE3624.6002.520-1116-138-322-176-41 L
BOSTON3426.5674.520-1114-157-624-159-11 L
TORONTO3225.5615.016-1316-125-521-148-21 W
BROOKLYN3128.5257.013-1518-137-221-132-81 L
CHARLOTTE2931.4839.514-1415-175-719-181-93 L
10 ATLANTA2830.4839.517-1311-177-517-185-52 W
11 WASHINGTON2731.46610.515-1512-166-620-194-61 W
12 NEW YORK2534.42413.013-1712-174-714-222-83 L
13 INDIANA2040.33318.514-176-232-119-292-81 W
14 DETROIT1345.22424.58-205-253-79-232-81 W
15 ORLANDO1347.21725.55-218-262-118-313-74 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
PHOENIX4810.82826-522-56-428-79-17 W
GOLDEN STATE4217.7126.526-616-119-225-116-42 L
MEMPHIS4119.6838.020-1021-96-428-128-21 L
UTAH3622.62112.021-1015-1211-122-126-41 L
DALLAS3524.59313.520-1115-1311-224-147-32 W
DENVER3325.56915.016-1017-154-818-176-43 W
MINNESOTA3128.52517.517-1114-177-420-187-31 L
LA CLIPPERS3031.49219.518-1312-185-617-235-51 W
LA LAKERS2731.46621.018-139-182-815-193-71 W
10 PORTLAND2534.42423.516-169-181-811-244-64 W
11 SAN ANTONIO2336.39025.511-1812-184-614-205-51 W
12 NEW ORLEANS2336.39025.513-1710-194-714-205-52 L
13 SACRAMENTO2238.36727.015-177-215-715-224-62 L
14 OKLAHOMA CITY1840.31030.09-199-213-513-244-61 L
15 HOUSTON1543.25933.08-187-252-87-281-97 L
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS. 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS5135115753321215123-4-012-7-57-3-0
CAROLINA HURRICANES5035114743417612117-4-218-7-26-2-2
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING5033116723117414217-4-416-7-27-2-1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS5231138702917314014-7-517-6-34-3-3
NEW YORK RANGERS5032135692815112716-4-316-9-26-3-1
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS5032144683017914118-5-114-9-35-4-1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS5228159652617114512-10-516-5-45-5-0
BOSTON BRUINS5029174622814513916-10-113-7-35-4-1
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS5026231532316718314-10-112-13-08-2-0
10 DETROIT RED WINGS5223236522014918115-10-38-13-35-5-0
11 NEW YORK ISLANDERS4619207451811612810-10-49-10-34-5-1
12 OTTAWA SENATORS5019265431813415910-15-29-11-35-4-1
13 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS5115261040151291808-13-57-13-52-6-2
14 BUFFALO SABRES521628840141381868-14-48-14-43-6-1
15 NEW JERSEY DEVILS5017285391614618210-13-37-15-22-8-0
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS521233731101211978-17-14-16-64-6-0
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
COLORADO AVALANCHE5137104783420414521-3-216-7-27-2-1
CALGARY FLAMES4930136662816911414-4-416-9-210-0-0
ST. LOUIS BLUES5030146662817913818-6-212-8-46-3-1
MINNESOTA WILD4831143652718614716-4-115-10-26-4-0
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS5129184622516915014-11-315-7-15-3-2
LOS ANGELES KINGS5127177612515014313-11-214-6-57-1-2
NASHVILLE PREDATORS5129184622815914714-9-015-9-45-4-1
EDMONTON OILERS5128203592517116614-11-014-9-36-4-0
ANAHEIM DUCKS5325199592116016114-8-411-11-55-3-2
10 DALLAS STARS5028202582514614718-7-110-13-16-4-0
11 VANCOUVER CANUCKS5224226542114014811-10-313-12-36-3-1
12 WINNIPEG JETS5122209532114715313-10-19-10-84-4-2
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS5022226502113415811-11-311-11-31-5-4
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS521826844151261768-13-410-13-43-6-1
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN531633436151371909-17-27-16-22-8-0
16 ARIZONA COYOTES511334430121161896-19-17-15-33-7-0
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT.  THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS.   THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.  

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE