INDIANA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCORES WEDNESDAY

Carmi (Ill.) 60 Evansville Day 43
Castle 60 Boonville 40
Corydon Central 57 Rock Creek Academy 48
Indianapolis Cathedral 76 Hammond Noll 58
Merrillville 60 South Bend Adams 43
Park Tudor 66 Lawrence Central 64
Purdue Poly Englewood 77 Indiana Math & Science 33


Madison County Tournament
Anderson Prep 71 Alexandria 64 OT | Con
Pendleton Heights 63 Elwood 26 Con
Liberty Christian 66 Frankton 58 SF
Anderson 58 Lapel 29 SF


Randolph County Tournament
Monroe Central 87 Union (Modoc) 25 R1


Ripley County Tournament
South Ripley 63 Milan 39 R1
Batesville 56 Jac-Cen-Del 38 R1


White River Valley Tournament
White River Valley 55 Eminence 23 R1

INDIANA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCHEDULE THURSDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Christian Academy Madison at Crothersville 7:30 pm
GEO Next Generation at Living Water HomeSchool 6:00 pm
Indianapolis International at Indianapolis Herron 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Scecina at University 7:30 pm
Lakeland at South Bend Career 7:30 pm
New Prairie at John Glenn 6:30 pm
Penn at South Bend St. Joseph 7:30 pm
South Bend Clay at Jimtown 7:30 pm
South Bend Riley at Elkhart 7:30 pm
South Bend Washington at Bremen 7:30 pm
Whitko at Rochester 7:45 pm


Henry County Tournament
Blue River at Knightstown 6:00 pm R1
Shenandoah vs. Tri 7:30 pm R1


Randolph County Tournament
Union City vs. Monroe Central 6:00 pm SF
Winchester vs. Randolph Southern 7:30 pm SF


Rivertown Tournament
Switzerland County at South Dearborn 6:00 pm R1
Rising Sun vs. Lawrenceburg 7:30 pm R1


Wayne County Tournament
Centerville vs. Cambridge City Lincoln 7:30 pm R1


White River Valley Tournament
Barr-Reeve vs. Shakamak 7:30 pm R1

INDIANA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCORES WEDNESDAY

Angola 51 East Noble 48
Bellmont 64 South Adams 32
Bluffton 55 North Miami 46
Chesterton 64 Westville 24
Connersville 42 Union County 24
Eastbrook 44 Huntington North 31
Eastern Hancock 72 Blue River 24
Evansville Mater Dei 61 Evansville Harrison 56
Evansville Memorial 53 Evansville Central 51
Evansville North 60 Evansville Bosse 1
Guerin Catholic 52 Park Tudor 27
Homestead 48 Ben Davis 25
Indianapolis Riverside 28 Providence Cristo Rey 9
Jennings County 58 Bedford North Lawrence 41
Lawrence North 63 Valparaiso 61
Madison-Grant 47 Tipton 31
Manchester 53 Churubusco 23
Northridge 67 Tippecanoe Valley 42
Northview 62 Edgewood 39
Plymouth 44 Rochester 39
Princeton 53 Vincennes Lincoln 48
Purdue Poly Englewood 84 Indiana Math & Science 25
Shelbyville 61 Southport 20
Southwood 56 Marion 18
Speedway 54 Edinburgh 25
Terre Haute North 66 South Vermillion 8
Tri-Central 40 Peru 38
Triton 64 Oregon-Davis 30
Westfield 59 Indianapolis Chatard 52
Zionsville 57 Harrison (West Lafayette) 25


Randolph County Tournament
Winchester 40 Randolph Southern 37 R1


Rivertown Tournament
Switzerland County 64 South Dearborn 35 R1
Lawrenceburg 61 Rising Sun 51 R1


White River Valley Tournament
White River Valley 51 Shoals 37 R1

INDIANA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCHEDULE THURSDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Attica at Covington 6:30 pm
Benton Central at McCutcheon 7:30 pm
Bethany Christian at Lakewood Park 6:00 pm
Bethesda Christian at Indiana Deaf 6:00 pm
Bloomfield at Northeast Dubois 7:30 pm
Boone Grove at River Forest 8:00 pm
Cannelton at Evansville Christian 6:30 pm
Carmel at Lawrence Central 7:30 pm
Caston at Culver 7:30 pm
Charlestown at Madison 7:30 pm
Columbus East at Seymour 7:30 pm
Corydon Central at Eastern (Pekin) 7:30 pm
Covenant Christian at Brebeuf Jesuit 7:30 pm
Crawford County at Paoli 7:30 pm
Crothersville at Christian Academy 7:30 pm
East Chicago Central at Gary West 8:00 pm
Elkhart Christian at Lakeland Christian 6:00 pm
Evansville Central at Evansville Bosse 8:00 pm
Evansville Reitz at Castle 8:00 pm
Fishers at Chicago McAuley (Ill.) 12:30 pm
Gibson Southern at Boonville 7:00 pm
Goshen at Mishawaka Marian 7:30 pm
Greenwood Christian at Hauser 7:00 pm
Heritage Hills at South Spencer 8:00 pm
Indianapolis Attucks at Irvington Prep 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Cathedral at Louisville Assumption (Ky.) 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Herron at Indianapolis Lutheran 7:30 pm
Jasper at Forest Park 7:30 pm
Knox at Tippecanoe Valley 7:30 pm
Kouts at Wheeler 8:00 pm
Lafayette Central Catholic at Twin Lakes 7:30 pm
Lanesville at Floyd Central 7:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Fortville) at East Central 7:30 pm
New Palestine at Bloomington North 7:30 pm
New Prairie at John Glenn 5:00 pm
North Central (Farmersburg) at South Vermillion 7:30 pm
North Daviess at Orleans 7:30 pm
North Decatur at South Decatur 7:30 pm
North Judson at Kankakee Valley 8:00 pm
North Montgomery at Southmont 7:30 pm
North Posey at Tecumseh 8:00 pm
North Vermillion at Riverton Parke 7:30 pm
North White at Rensselaer Central 8:00 pm
Northfield at Lewis Cass 7:45 pm
Northside HomeSchool at Indianapolis Shortridge 6:00 pm
OPH (Ill.) at Dugger Union 6:30 pm
Paris (Ill.) at Terre Haute South 6:00 pm
Pioneer at Frontier 6:30 pm
Purdue Poly Englewood at Indianapolis Tindley 7:30 pm
Rock Creek Academy at Shawe Memorial 7:00 pm
Seeger at Clinton Prairie 7:30 pm
Southwestern (Hanover) at Austin 7:30 pm
Tri-County at North Newton 6:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran at West Washington 7:30 pm
Vincennes Rivet at Linton-Stockton 7:30 pm
Wapahani at New Castle 7:30 pm
Warren Central at Hamilton Southeastern 7:30 pm
Washington at Pike Central 7:30 pm
Washington Catholic at South Knox 6:30 pm
Whiting at Illiana Christian 8:00 pm
Wood Memorial at Loogootee 7:30 pm
Woodlan at Fort Wayne Blackhawk 7:30 pm


Madison County Tournament
Anderson Prep at Elwood 6:00 pm Con
Alexandria vs. Frankton 6:00 pm SF
Pendleton Heights at Lapel 5:30 pm SF


Shelby County Tournament
Morristown at Southwestern (Shelbyville) 6:00 pm R1
Waldron vs. Triton Central 8:00 pm R1


Wayne County Tournament
Northeastern at Hagerstown 6:00 pm R1


White River Valley Tournament
Barr-Reeve vs. Shakamak 6:00 pm R1

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING SCORES:

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COLLEGE BOWL GAMES

MONDAY, JAN. 8

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

MICHIGAN VS. WASHINGTON

HOUSTON, TEXAS

7:30 P.M. | ESPN

NFL WEEK-18 SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, JAN. 6, 2024

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS4:30PESPN/ABC
HOUSTON TEXANS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS8:15PESPN/ABC


SUNDAY, JAN. 7, 2024

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS1:00PFOX
CLEVELAND BROWNS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS1:00PCBS
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DETROIT LIONS1:00PFOX
NEW YORK JETS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS1:00PFOX
ATLANTA FALCONS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS1:00PCBS
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT TENNESSEE TITANS1:00PCBS
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS4:25PFOX
CHICAGO BEARS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS4:25PCBS
DENVER BRONCOS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS4:25PFOX
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS4:25PCBS
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT NEW YORK GIANTS4:25PCBS
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS4:25PFOX
DALLAS COWBOYS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS4:25PFOX
BUFFALO BILLS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS8:20PNBC

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

SETON HALL 61 #23 PROVIDENCE 57

MIAMI FL 95 #16 CLEMSON 82

ELSEWHERE:

NEBRASKA 86 INDIANA 70

INDIANA STATE 87 EVANSVILLE 73

OHIO STATE 76 RUTGERS 72

BRADLEY 86 VALPO 61

NC STATE 54 NOTRE DAME 52

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#24 WEST VIRGINIA 68 CINCINNATI 53

#10 TEXAS 74 TEXAS TECH 47

#12 CONNECTICUT 94 #21 CREIGHTON 50

ST. JOHN’S 57 #19 MARQUETTE 56

#11 KANSAS STATE 72 HOUSTON 38

#6 BAYLOR 71 #23 TCU 50

ELSEWHERE:

BALL STATE 78 WESTERN MICHIGAN 56

GEORGETOWN 60 BUTLER 55

NBA SCOREBOARD

INDIANA 142 MILWAUKEE 130

CLEVELAND 140 WASHINGTON 101

ATLANTA 141 OKLAHOMA CITY 138

HOUSTON 112 BROOKLYN 101

TORONTO 116 MEMPHIS 111

NEW ORLEANS 117 MINNESOTA 106

NEW YORK 116 CHICAGO 100

DALLAS 126 PORTLAND 97

LA CLIPPERS 131 PHOENIX 122

UTAH 154 DETROIT 148 OT

MIAMI 110 LA LAKERS 96

SACRAMENTO 138 ORLANDO 135 2OT

NHL SCOREBOARD

NEW JERSEY 6 WASHINGTON 3

TORONTO 2 ANAHEIM 1 OT

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

SETON HALL USES BALANCED EFFORT TO TOP NO. 23 PROVIDENCE

Dre Davis led four double-figure scorers with 17 points as visiting Seton Hall edged No. 23 Providence 61-57 on Wednesday night.

The Pirates (9-5, 2-1 Big East) earned their second straight road win in Rhode Island and second win against a ranked opponent this season despite shooting just 36.2 percent.

Kadary Richmond posted 16 points and six assists, while Dylan Addae-Wusu had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Al-Amir Dawes also had 12 points.

Josh Oduro had a game-high 23 points, and Devin Carter had 10 points and 10 boards for Providence (11-3, 2-1), which lost its leading rebounder Bryce Hopkins to an apparent knee injury early in the second half.

Carter added six assists and three steals.

Seton Hall finished the first half on a 19-5 run before keeping control through a physical start to the second. Each team hit just one field goal early in the second half before Davis’ 3-pointer upped the Pirates’ lead to 37-29.

Jayden Pierre knocked down a 3-pointer with 9:31 left to trim Providence’s deficit to 44-42. The Friars led 47-46 after Carter threw a lob to Corey Floyd Jr. for a layup with 6:37 left.

Amir Dawes reeled off five straight points to give Seton Hall a 55-51 lead with 4:05 left.

Amir Dawes’ reverse layup with 1:53 left increased the Pirates’ lead to 59-53.

Oduro’s layup with 17 seconds left was Providence’s lone field goal in the final five minutes. Oduro missed a chance to tie the score after he missed a layup with eight seconds left.

In the first half, the Pirates answered Oduro’s opening layup with an 8-0 spurt as Richmond scored five points during that run.

Seton Hall led 29-24 at halftime after Addae-Wusu’s 3-pointer with five seconds left.

NIJEL PACK, MIAMI CHASE DOWN NO. 16 CLEMSON

Nijel Pack returned form a two-game injury absence to score a game-high 25 points as Miami knocked off 16th-ranked Clemson 95-82 in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup Wednesday night in Coral Gables, Fla.

The Hurricanes won despite playing their first game this season without Wooga Poplar, who averages 16.2 points and ranks second in the nation by shooting 50 percent on 3-pointers. Poplar has an ankle injury.

The Hurricanes (11-2, 2-0 ACC), who trailed by six at halftime, scored 60 points after the break to beat Clemson for the fourth straight time. Miami also improved to 9-0 at home this season.

Miami got 23 points each from Norchad Omier and Matthew Cleveland; 12 points and four steals from Bensley Joseph; and 12 points and five assists from freshman Kyshawn George.

The Hurricanes got no bench scoring, but they didn’t need any as Pack, who had a lower-extremity injury, made 8-of-13 shots from the floor, including 3-of-4 on 3-pointers.

Joseph Girard III led Clemson (11-2, 1-1) with 18 points, followed by PJ Hall, who had 17 points and six rebounds. Hall, who fouled out with 2:25 left in the game, started the day ranked second in the ACC in points (20.5).

The Tigers also got 11 points and 11 rebounds from Ian Schieffelin; 16 points from Chase Hunter; and 12 points from Chauncey Wiggins.

The first half featured five lead changes and one tie before Clemson took control at the break, 41-35, despite 12 points on 4-for-7 shooting from 3-point range by George. The Hurricanes were hurt by two fouls on Omier, who played just 11 first-half minutes.

In the second half, Miami regained the leap 52-51 on a Pack drive with 14:43 left, and the Hurricanes never trailed again. Miami finally shot its first free throws of the game with 13:47 left in the second half as Pack made two shots to extend the lead to 56-51.

Miami stretched its lead to 81-69 on an Omier post-up move with 4:10 left, and the Hurricanes cruised from there.

For the game, Miami shot 53 percent from the floor and 11-for-24 on 3-pointers (45.8 percent).

Clemson shot 45.6 percent and 11-for-30 on treys (36.7 percent).

Miami also made 14-of-15 free throws, while Clemson hit all nine it attempted.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: ST. JOHN’S UPSETS NO. 19 MARQUETTE

Unique Drake scored 24 points and sank the game-winning jumper as St. John’s registered an 57-56 victory over No. 19 Marquette on Wednesday night in New York.

Drake made a 3-pointer with 2:15 left to play, then sank a mid-range shot with 1:21 to go to give the Red Storm (8-7, 2-1 Big East) the advantage. In the final 80 seconds, the Golden Eagles (12-2, 1-2) missed two shots and turned the ball over once.

St. John’s also got seven points and six rebounds from Skye Owen. Frannie Hottinger led Marquette with 15 points and six rebounds, while Liza Karlen had 14 points and eight rebounds.

Marquette led by as much as eight points. St. John’s had 10 steals, forced the Golden Eagles into 23 turnovers, and outscored them in the fastbreak 18-9.

No. 6 Baylor 71, No. 23 TCU 50

Bella Fontleroy scored 21 points as the Bears handed the visiting Horned Frogs their first loss of the season in Waco, Texas.

Baylor (12-0, 2-0 Big 12) also got 16 points from Sarah Andrews, 13 points from Yaya Felder and 10 rebounds from Dre’Una Edwards.

TCU (14-1, 1-1) was led by 20 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks from Sedona Prince.

The Horned Frogs led by four points at halftime, but then Baylor outscored TCU 49-24 in the second half to pull away. The Bears shot 13-for-25 from 3-point range while holding TCU to 2-of-16 from deep.

No. 10 Texas 74, Texas Tech 47

Madison Booker and Aaliyah Moore each scored 18 points to lead the Longhorns to a win over the Lady Raiders in Lubbock, Texas.

Moore also had 12 rebounds, while Booker added six assists and six boards for Texas (14-1, 1-1 Big 12). DeYona Gaston also notched a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Bailey Maupin paced Texas Tech (12-3, 1-1) with 16 points and four assists.

Texas never trailed and scored 29 points off 25 turnovers by the Lady Raiders. The Longhorns shot just 1-for-8 from behind the arc but outscored Texas Tech 40-14 in the paint.

No. 11 Kansas State 72, Houston 38

Ayoka Lee tallied 27 points and 11 rebounds as the Wildcats raced away from the Cougars in Manhattan, Kan.

Lee shot 11-for-15 from the floor and also had two steals and two blocks in the eighth straight victory for Kansas State (14-1, 2-0 Big 12). Serena Sundell added 13 points for the Wildcats, while Zyanna Walker chipped in 12.

Laila Blair powered Houston (9-4, 0-2) with 17 points.

Houston scored the game’s first five points and trailed by just five at halftime, but then Kansas State outscored the Cougars 43-14 in the second half. The Wildcats had 22 assists on 27 made baskets, and they outscored Houston 44-16 in the paint.

No. 12 UConn 94, No. 21 Creighton 50

Paige Bueckers amassed 24 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals as the Huskies beat the Bluejays in Omaha, Neb.

Bueckers shot 8-for-12 from the floor, 4-for-5 from 3-point range, and had just one turnover in 30 minutes of play for UConn (11-3, 3-0 Big East). As UConn won its seventh straight — and improved to 5-2 against ranked opponents this season — it also got 16 points and 11 rebounds from Aaliyah Edwards, 18 points from Ashlynn Shade and 17 points from KK Arnold.

Emma Ronsiek led Creighton (10-3, 1-2 Big East) with 13 points.

UConn never trailed as it shot 53.3 percent from the floor and 47.4 percent from 3-point distance. The Huskies won the rebounding battle 45-29 and outscored the Bluejays in the paint 40-16.

No. 24 West Virginia 68, Cincinnati 53

Kyah Watson scored 14 points to help the Mountaineers defeat the Bearcats in Morgantown, W.Va.

West Virginia (13-0, 2-0 Big 12) also got 13 points and seven rebounds from Jordan Harrison plus 12 points apiece from JJ Quinerly and Lauren Fields as it remained undefeated. Jillian Hayes powered Cincinnati (8-5, 0-2 Big 12) with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

The Mountaineers took the lead on a layup from Watson two minutes into the game and never relinquished their advantage, going ahead by as much as 22 points. West Virginia had 16 steals and scored 21 points off 24 Cincinnati turnovers.

On Saturday, West Virginia will face its second ranked opponent of the season when it plays host to No. 10 Texas.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: DOMANTAS SABONIS-LED KINGS EDGE MAGIC IN 2 OTS

De’Aaron Fox saved five of his 15 points for the second overtime, Domantas Sabonis had a triple-double and the Sacramento Kings outlasted the Orlando Magic 138-135 on Wednesday night.

Held to 10 points in the first 53 minutes, Fox connected twice from the interior in the second overtime, the final time breaking the game’s last tie with 58.1 seconds left. He then hit one of two free throws with 13.6 seconds remaining for the final margin of victory as the Kings won for the third time in four games by overcoming a career-best, 43-point night from Orlando’s Paolo Banchero.

The Magic also lost Frank Wagner to a sprained right ankle in the sixth minute.

Sabonis finished with 22 points, 23 rebounds and 12 assists for his seventh triple-double of the season and the eighth 20-point, 20-board game of his career. It was his first career triple-double that included at least 20 points and 20 rebounds.

Heat 110, Lakers 96

Tyler Herro scored 21 points and rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 16 points as visiting Miami turned solid early defense into a victory over Los Angeles to end a two-game road skid.

Nikola Jovic and Bam Adebayo each scored 15 points for Miami, who had eight players score in double figures. Kevin Love had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat.

Duncan Robinson had 13 points as the Heat split their two games at Los Angeles this season after losing 121-104 to the Clippers on Monday.

Anthony Davis scored 29 points with 17 rebounds and Austin Reaves added 24 points as the Lakers lost their third consecutive game as they continue to struggle after their title in the NBA in-season tournament last month.

Cavaliers 140, Wizards 101

Jarrett Allen’s dunk just over nine minutes into the game gave host Cleveland the lead for good, and Max Strus, Donovan Mitchell and Caris LeVert all eclipsed the 20-point mark in a romp over Washington.

Cleveland shot 53.5 percent overall and made 47.6 percent of its 3-pointers en route to its season-high point total and largest margin of victory of the campaign.

Kyle Kuzma had a team-high 16 points for the Wizards, who allowed at least 140 points for the seventh time this season.

Rockets 112, Nets 101

Alperen Sengun scored 30 points, Fred VanVleet added 21 and Houston turned a third-quarter rally into a victory over visiting Brooklyn.

Sengun found success with early attacks against the Nets’ defense to combat early double-teams, while VanVleet drilled six 3-pointers and doled out 10 assists. Jalen Green added 14 points and eight rebounds for Houston, which sent the Nets to their fifth consecutive loss.

Cameron Johnson and Mikal Bridges scored 15 points apiece for the Nets, who have dropped 10 of 12 games. Royce O’Neale tallied 13 points off the bench while Claxton added 12 points and 13 rebounds for Brooklyn, which shot 38.7 percent from the floor and missed 31 of 44 3-point attempts.

Clippers 131, Suns 122

Paul George recorded 33 points and seven rebounds and Kawhi Leonard added 30 points and eight boards to lead Los Angeles to a wire-to-wire victory over host Phoenix.

James Harden had 22 points and 11 assists for Los Angeles, which has won 13 of its past 15 games. The Clippers have won each of the last 11 games played by Leonard.

Devin Booker had 35 points and six assists and Bradley Beal scored 21 points for the Suns, whose four-game win streak ended. Eric Gordon had 16 points and fellow reserve Bol Bol added a season-best 14 for Phoenix.

Pacers 142, Bucks 130

Tyrese Haliburton had 31 points and 12 assists without committing a turnover, and seven Indiana players scored in double figures in Indianapolis in defeating Milwaukee for the second time in as many games.

Facing the Bucks for the fifth time this season and the fourth in fewer than four weeks, Indiana outscored Milwaukee 47-29 in the third quarter and shot 73.9 percent from the floor. Haliburton had six points and seven assists in the period. Bennedict Mathurin had 16 points and Myles Turner and Bruce Brown 15 apiece overall for the Pacers.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Damian Lillard scored 23 points, but shot just 2-of-8 from 3-point range as the Bucks finished 14-of-37 as a team.

Hawks 141, Thunder 138

Jalen Johnson scored a career-high 28 points to help Atlanta beat visiting Oklahoma City and end the Thunder’s five-game winning streak.

Atlanta led from wire-to-wire and survived a late Oklahoma City rally. The Hawks led by 15 points with 2:27 remaining, but the Thunder cut the lead to three points with 27 seconds left on a bucket by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Oklahoma City was led by Gilgeous-Alexander with 33 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. It was the eighth time in his last nine games that he has scored 30-plus points. The Thunder also got 21 points from Jalen Williams.

Knicks 116, Bulls 100

Julius Randle scored 35 points while Jalen Brunson and Isaiah Hartenstein each posted double-doubles for host New York, which pulled away to beat Chicago.

Randle scored 23 points in the second half for the Knicks, who outscored the Bulls 65-45 over the final two quarters while improving to 2-0 since OG Anunoby joined the team after a blockbuster trade with the Toronto Raptors last weekend.

DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points while Coby White had 26 points for the Bulls, who lost both ends of a road back-to-back set. Chicago fell to the Philadelphia 76ers 110-97 on Tuesday.

Raptors 116, Grizzlies 111

Immanuel Quickley scored 26 points and Pascal Siakam added 24 as visiting Toronto withstood a fourth-quarter charge by Memphis to pick up a win.

Scottie Barnes had 20 points and Dennis Schroder had 16 for Toronto, which led by as many as 20 in the third quarter. RJ Barrett finished with 14 points as the Raptors improved to 2-0 since acquiring Quickley and Barrett in a trade with the New York Knicks.

Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 28 points and nine assists. Jaren Jackson Jr. had 24 points as Memphis lost for the fourth time in five games.

Mavericks 126, Blazers 97

Luka Doncic scored a game-high 41 points to lead host Dallas over Portland.

Kyrie Irving added 29 points for the Mavericks, who rebounded from a season-worst 37-point loss to the host Utah Jazz on Monday. Tim Hardaway Jr. netted 14 points and Jaden Hardy chipped in 11 points as Dallas never trailed en route to its third win in as many tries against Portland this season.

Shaedon Sharpe paced the Trail Blazers with 16 points, and Anfernee Simons followed with 15. Matisse Thybulle scored 12 points for Portland, which has dropped the first two contests of its seven-game road trip. Jerami Grant and Toumani Camara each finished with 10 points.

Jazz 154, Pistons 148 (OT)

Jordan Clarkson scored 36 points and Lauri Markkanen had 31 to lift Utah over Detroit in Salt Lake City.

Utah shot 51.5 percent overall, including 16-of-32 from 3-point range, en route to tying a franchise record for points in a game.

Former Jazz players Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks helped Detroit put up its biggest offensive night of the season. Bogdanovic led the team with 36 points and eight 3-pointers, while Burks scored 27 points, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to tie the score in regulation.

Pelicans 117, Timberwolves 106

Zion Williamson scored 27 points on 11-for-15 shooting and New Orleans pulled away for a win over Minnesota in Minneapolis.

CJ McCollum tallied 24 points on 8-for-16 shooting for the Pelicans, who won their fourth game in a row. Brandon Ingram scored 19 points, and Herbert Jones finished with 16 points.

Anthony Edwards scored 35 points to lead the Timberwolves, who lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. Karl-Anthony Towns had 22 points.

NHL NEWS

AUSTON MATTHEWS’ OT GOAL PROPELS MAPLE LEAFS PAST DUCKS

Auston Matthews scored the overtime winner to give the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 comeback victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

John Tavares also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won the first two outings in a three-game California road trip. Goaltender Martin Jones made 27 saves to net his second victory in as many nights.

Anaheim goaltender Lukas Dostal stopped a franchise-record and career-best 55 shots — 21 in the third period — in a brilliant performance.

The Maple Leafs’ 57 shots were tied for their most on the road since NHL shot tracking began in 1959-60.

Frank Vatrano scored for the Ducks, who have managed only one win in six games (1-4-1) to kick off an eight-game homestand, and have only four victories in 22 outings (4-17-1) dating back to Nov. 15.

On the decisive goal, Matthews converted a one-timer set up by Mitch Marner at 2:12 of overtime for his first game-winning goal of the season and 30th of the campaign.

Dostal and the Ducks led with less than six minutes remaining.

Vatrano broke the scoreless deadlock at the 11:41 mark of the second period with his team-leading 18th goal, a short-handed backhand shot from the doorstep.

The Maple Leafs finally tied the score when Tavares pounced on a rebound for a power-play goal with 5:43 remaining in regulation, his 12th of the campaign.

It was Toronto’s 50th shot of the game, and it spoiled Dostal’s heroics.

After a quick Anaheim early push, the Maple Leafs outshot the Ducks 18-9 in the first period, but couldn’t light the lamp. And when Dostal was not making the save, he received help, notably when Ilya Lyubushkin swept away the puck from the goal line when Matthews figured he had opened the scoring with an open net to slip the puck into it.

Dostal was a human highlight reel onward. In the second period, he had Toronto’s Matthew Knies looking skyward on more than one occasion. In the third period, William Nylander was denied on a partial breakaway midway through the frame, which was followed by a series of stops on Matthews before the Maple Leafs finally found the mark.

Matthews finished with 13 shots on goal, while Nylander registered eight shots and both Marner and Tavares sent seven shots on net.

DEVILS DOUBLE UP CAPITALS, 6-3

Nico Hischier had two goals and an assist for the visiting New Jersey Devils in a 6-3 win against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

Dawson Mercer and Michael McLeod each scored twice for the Devils, who have won four of their past five games. Nico Daws made 23 saves.

Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist, Alex Ovechkin had two assists and Hunter Shepard made 22 saves for the Capitals. Washington has dropped five of its past six.

Hischier gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead at 3:03 of the first period. Shepard stopped a shot from Colin Miller, but Hischier got his stick on the rebound in the low slot to send it glove side.

Hischier found the back of the net again at 9:50, deflecting a point shot from Luke Hughes on the power play to make it 2-0.

Connor McMichael cut the Washington deficit in half at 18:38 on the power play, taking a pass from Rasmus Sandin below the right circle before carrying the puck just inside the far edge and beating Daws high short side.

Mercer, playing in his 200th NHL game, one-timed a pass from Erik Haula from the slot to put the Devils ahead 3-1 at 8:08 of the second period.

Kuznetsov pulled Washington within one at 11:25 when he took a pass from Ovechkin at the blue line before sliding the puck under Daws’ right pad.

John Carlson scored on a one-timer from the point on the power play, off a feed from Kuznetsov, to tie it 3-3 at 18:58.

McLeod, locked in a battle in stride with Martin Fehervary, spun and sent a backhand five-hole for a 4-3 Devils lead with 16 seconds left in the middle frame.

Mercer made it 5-3 from the inner edge of the left circle at 7:16 of the third period and McLeod slipped another backhand under Shepard from in front to push it to 6-3 at 15:35.

NFL NEWS

BROCK PURDY ONE OF NINE 49ERS ON NFC PRO BOWL ROSTER

The San Francisco 49ers, who will head into the playoffs as the top seed in the NFC, had a league-high nine players selected for the 2024 Pro Bowl Games.

Eight 49ers were chosen as starters for the flag football game in which the AFC will oppose the NFC on Feb. 4 in Orlando. Skills competitions also will be contested.

Quarterback Brock Purdy,

Quarterback Brock Purdy, running back Christian McCaffrey, tight end George Kittle and defensive end Nick Bosa will be among the San Francisco starters, as will fullback Kyle Juszczyk, tackle Trent Williams, linebacker Fred Warner and cornerback Charvarius Ward.

Niners defensive lineman Javon Hargrave landed on the NFC squad as a reserve.

The Baltimore Ravens, who secured the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a 56-19 drubbing of the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, had seven Pro Bowl selections, including quarterback Lamar Jackson and safety Kyle Hamilton.

Seven Cowboys were chosen for the Pro Bowl Games.

Pro Bowl starters:

AFC
Offense:
QB Tua Tagovailoa (Dolphins)
RB Raheem Mostert (Dolphins)
FB Alec Ingold (Dolphins)
WR Tyreek Hill (Dolphins), Amari Cooper (Browns)
TE Travis Kelce (Chiefs)
T Laremy Tunsil (Texans), Dion Dawkins (Bills)
G Quenton Nelson (Colts), Joel Bitonio (Browns)
C Creed Humphrey (Chiefs)

Defense:
DE Myles Garrett (Browns), Maxx Crosby (Raiders)
DL Chris Jones (Chiefs), Quinnen Williams (Jets)
OLB T.J. Watt (Steelers), Khalil Mack (Chargers)
MLB Roquan Smith (Ravens)
CB Pat Surtain II (Broncos), Sauce Gardner (Jets)
FS Justin Simmons (Broncos)
SS Kyle Hamilton (Ravens)

Special teams:
LS Ross Matiscik (Jaguars)
P AJ Cole (Raiders)
K Justin Tucker (Ravens)
KR Marvin Mims Jr. (Broncos)
ST Miles Killebrew (Steelers)

NFC
Offense:
QB Brock Purdy (49ers)
RB Christian McCaffrey (49ers)
FB Kyle Juszczyk (49ers)
WR CeeDee Lamb (Cowboys), A.J. Brown (Eagles)
TE George Kittle (49ers)
T Trent Williams (49ers), Lane Johnson (Eagles)
G Zack Martin (Cowboys), Chris Lindstrom (Falcons)
C Jason Kelce (Eagles)

Defense:
DE Nick Bosa (49ers), Montez Sweat (Bears)
DL Aaron Donald (Rams), Dexter Lawrence (Giants)
OLB Micah Parsons (Cowboys), Danielle Hunter (Vikings)
MLB Fred Warner (49ers)
CB DaRon Bland (Cowboys), Charvarius Ward (49ers)
FS Jessie Bates (Falcons)
SS Budda Baker (Cardinals)

Special teams:
LS: Andrew DePaola (Vikings)
P Bryan Anger (Cowboys)
K Brandon Aubrey (Cowboys)
KR Rashid Shaheed (Saints)
ST Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Lions)

INDIANA TEAM NEWS RELEASES/SPORTS NEWS

COLTS FOOTBALL

COLTS G QUENTON NELSON SELECTED FOR 2024 NFL PRO BOWL GAMES

Colts left guard Quenton Nelson on Wednesday was selected to the 2024 NFL Pro Bowl Games, and became just the 15th player since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to earn a spot in six consecutive Pro Bowls to begin a career.

Nelson is only the fourth offensive lineman to accomplish the feat.

FOUR COLTS NAMED ALTERNATES TO 2024 PRO BOWL GAMES

In addition to guard Quenton Nelson being named to the 2024 Pro Bowl, the Colts had four players tapped as Pro Bowl alternates on Wednesday:

Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner: With his seventh sack of the season in Week 17, Buckner became only the third player in the NFL to have seven or more sacks in six consecutive seasons (joining the Chiefs’ Chris Jones and the Browns’ Myles Garrett). Buckner also has 10 tackles for a loss, 19 quarterback hits, seven pass deflections, two forced fumbles and one defensive touchdown in 2023. Buckner earned Pro Bowl berths in 2018 and 2021, and was named a first-team AP All-Pro in 2020.

Linebacker Zaire Franklin: Franklin broke his own franchise tackles record in Week 17, and with one game left leads the NFL with 170 tackles entering Week 18. The Colts nominated Franklin as their 2023 Walter Payton Man of the Year and has six pass break-ups and two forced fumbles this season.

Center Ryan Kelly: Kelly’s 78.4 Pro Football Focus grade ranks sixth among centers, and the seven pressures he’s allowed are the lowest among regular starters this season (the Eagles’ Jason Kelce is second with 10 pressures allowed). Kelly, the longest-tenured member of the Colts, was named a Pro Bowler in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr.: Pittman in Week 17 became the fourth player in franchise history with at least 100 receptions and over 1,000 yards in a season, and his 104 receptions rank sixth in the NFL. His physical presence has made a major impact on the entire Colts’ offense, and he’s paired that physicality with two 1,000-yard seasons and three 85-plus-catch seasons since joining the Colts in 2020.

INDIANA PACERS

GAME REWIND: PACERS 142, BUCKS 130

With a 139-128 Wednesday night win over the 24-10 Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers (19-14) earned their fifth consecutive victory to lock in a new record for their longest win streak of the season.

A commanding third quarter of 73.9 percent (17-of-23) shooting from the floor and a 15-point fourth frame for Tyrese Haliburton propelled Indiana to scoring the most points allowed by the Bucks this season.

Haliburton led the Pacers in the victory with 31 points on a 10-of-20 shooting clip, which includes five made 3-point field goals. He shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe and dished out a team-high 12 assists to round out his 25th double-double of the season. In addition, Haliburton became just the second player in NBA history to record a game of 30+ points, 10+ assists, 3+ blocks, and zero turnovers.

Haliburton was followed by six other Pacers that ended the night in double-figure scoring. Bennedict Mathurin recorded 16 points off the bench on a 6-of-9 shooting clip, while Myles Turner, Bruce Brown, and Obi Toppin pitched in 15 points apiece. Toppin pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and both Smith and Turner recorded seven rebounds each.

Indiana sped ahead to start the matchup and took advantage of Milwaukee failing to convert in its first three possessions.

After Bruce Brown put the Pacers on the board with a turnaround jumper in their first possession of the game, Myles Turner scored Indiana’s next six points to put the Blue and Gold ahead, 8-3, after the first two and a half minutes of play. The Pacers took control of the game early on by completing their first seven shots of nine attempts (77.8 percent) from the floor.

Milwaukee responded quick to Indiana’s hot start with a 10-5 scoring run of their own. After Malik Beasley capped off the run with a 3-pointer to tie the game, 13-13, Jalen Smith drained a 3-pointer for Indiana to earn back the Pacers advantage. Five lead changes were to follow this chain of events within the next three minutes.

With a layup from Smith at the 3:45 minute mark, Indiana would go on a 10-2 scoring run until the 1:43 minute mark, allowing them to take their largest lead of the game of seven points. Smith led the Pacers in the scoring column after the first 12 minutes of play with seven points on a 3-of-5 shooting clip.

Indiana led at the end of the first frame, 33-31.

Though Indiana returned to a six-point lead a minute into the second frame, the roles soon reversed through the next five minutes as Milwaukee completed seven of their next ten scoring attempts to take a four-point lead, 47-43. A 3-pointer from Brook Lopez put the Bucks ahead, 50-45, in response to a made jump shot from Haliburton and capped off a 19-8 Milwaukee scoring run that lasted roughly four minutes.

Indiana took back a one-point lead, 51-50, for a short stint after a Khris Middleton slip and missed pass gave way for Aaron Nesmith to steal the ball and end a fast break with a dunk.

With the exception of two tied scores, the Bucks led for the remainder of the half. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Middleton’s eight points apiece allowed the Bucks to outscore the Pacers, 35-30, in the second frame.

Indiana’s final points of the half came from a 3-pointer by Buddy Hield, his first three points of the matchup, at the 3.3 second mark, allowing the Blue and Gold to bring the Bucks within two-points at the end of the first half.

Neither team led by more than seven points in the first half at any time.

Indiana was led by Obi Toppin’s 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor and six rebounds, while Haliburton also added 10 points and four assists.

Indiana opened the second half 6-of-8 from the floor and held Milwaukee to just three buckets on seven attempts within the first four minutes of play. During their 12-2 scoring run, the Pacers cruised ahead to an eight-point lead, 82-74, at the 8:07 minute mark.

The Blue and Gold proceeded to make their next two shot attempts and extended their scoring run to 15-5, which gave them a 13-point lead and racing them ahead to an 87-74 advantage.

Two free throws from Damian Lillard and a layup from Lopez brought Milwaukee within nine points, but Indiana would soon hit the gas once again. At the 5:17 minute mark, a behind the back pass from the 3-point arc by Haliburton sent Turner soaring to the basket for a dunk, putting Indiana ahead, 93-81, and bringing those in Gainbridge Fieldhouse to their feet.

The Blue and Gold continued to dominate through the remainder of the quarter as they never dropped below a nine-point lead at any time. At the buzzer, Bennedict Mathurin hit a 3-pointer to give Indiana a 16-point lead, 113-97, heading into the final frame.

It was Indiana’s 73.9 percent (17-of-23) third quarter shooting that gave them momentum to rack up a dominating 47 points in the frame. In addition, the Pacers defense held the Bucks to just nine field goals on 22 attempts within the quarter.

Mathurin scored nine points on a perfect 3-of-3 shooting clip to keep the Pacers holding the advantage. Brown added eight points, Nesmith contributed seven points, and both Smith and Haliburton pitched in six points apiece.

After being held scoreless for the first two minutes of the fourth frame, it was a Hield 3-pointer and a dunk from Isaiah Jackson, assisted by a fast break pass off the glass from Hield, that propelled Indiana to its largest lead of the game, 118-100.

Milwaukee cut the deficit to 14 points, but at the 8:20 mark, a four-point play from Haliburton put Indiana up again by 18 points, 122-104. Indiana relied on three made free throws from Brown and four field goals from Haliburton to maintain their commanding lead within the next roughly six minutes. Indiana led by at least ten points at any time in the final frame.

All-Star Haliburton took over in the fourth frame to solidify the win for Indiana as he notched 15 of the Pacers’ 26 fourth-quarter points on a 5-of-9 shooting clip.

For Milwaukee, the Bucks were led by Antetokounmpo’s 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor. Antetokounmpo also led the team in rebounds with 11 rebounds. He was followed by Lillard’s 23 points, Middleton’s 19 points, and Lopez’ 16 points.

Inside the Numbers

Tyrese Haliburton scored 15 of Indiana’s 26 fourth-quarter points, which includes nearly half of his 31 points on the night.

Indiana held Giannis Antetokounmpo to 26 points in the victory, including only two points in the first quarter. Prior to tonight, Antetokounmpo had been averaging 46.3 points per contest against the Pacers.

Indiana scored 142 points against the Bucks, which is the highest number of points that has been allowed by Milwaukee this season.

The Pacers bench outscored the Milwaukee bench, 59-38.

Indiana recorded 34 assists on the night, led by Haliburton’s 12 assists.

Aaron Nesmith recorded a team-high three steals.

The Blue and Gold shot 55.6 percent (50-of-90) from the floor and 40 percent (14-of-35) from the 3-point line.

Haliburton recorded zero turnovers.

Indiana led by as many as 18 points on multiple occasions. The Bucks largest lead was six points, earned at the 52.6 second mark in the second quarter.

You Can Quote Me On That

“It’s been interesting. I’ve never played a team this many times…I think we’ve handled it the right way. Obviously there was the game in Milwaukee that got a little chippy. I thought we responded the right way…We’ve played the Bucks five times already. We’ve got the Celtics three more times. Those are two of the best teams in our conference. Just seeing where we stack up early against those guys has been interesting.” – Haliburton on playing tough teams early in the season

“Everybody was just locked in. We bought into the scouting reports. We had great shootarounds leading up to the games. Everybody was focused…It took a whole village to stop this team.” – Smith on the win

“Just started to make some shots. I feel like I can get a lot of threes that I like against these guys because they switch up their defense and stuff. They just started falling in the second half…I think guys did a good job of getting stops, playing in transition more. That benefited us.” – Haliburton on the offense

“We have eight guys averaging double figures all year. So you know, it’s really how we’re built.” – Head Coach Rick Carlisle on offense

“Before the last game in Milwaukee, he was averaging crazy numbers against us. So we’re just trying to get the ball out of his hands and have other people make plays. And it worked.” – Brown on controlling Antetokounmpo

“We did a good job of digging down getting good stops when needed, you know, did a good job showing our hands [and] not fouling. I thought we did a great job on the glass, that allows us to run. When we play in transition, we’re a really tough team to beat.” – Haliburton on offense clicking in the third quarter

“We have great people that are really starting to understand the personal sacrifices that need to be made to have a successful team. There are certain things about NBA season that are very challenging when it comes to minutes and roles and all of those kinds of things. But the quality of people in our locker room makes a big difference for us.” – Carlisle on recent lineup changes

“I think these are games I sort of live for. Just taking it all in. It’s dope playing in front of a large crowd like this. It gives me energy.” – Jackson on the atmosphere

“Our crowd has been awesome, they’ve been amazing. It’s been cool to play these really good teams early in the year because our fans are coming out and we’re just trying to make Pacers basketball fun and interesting.” – Haliburton on the fans

“It’s hard to put in to words how impressed I am with Obi Toppin as a man, as a young man. He just is all about the team. He loves to play the game. He loves to share the ball. He loves to be a part of something bigger than him. When he came here, there were certain things assumed. It looked like he was probably going to be the starter — he was for a while and then we shifted course a little bit. But he’s raised his level since becoming a bench player and has probably played equal if not more minutes off the bench. That kind of character and commitment to the group is what it’s going to take. And we obviously need high-level play from him. He’s a very special player.” – Carlisle on Toppin

Stat of the Night

The third quarter is where Indiana’s offense earned their dominant advantage, and ultimately the victory, as the eight players in the scoring column within the frame helped Indiana pull ahead by shooting 73.9 percent (17-of-23) from the floor. Milwaukee only made nine of 22 shot attempts (40.9 percent) within the third quarter as they were outscored, 47-29, by the Pacers.

Noteworthy

Indiana finished 4-1 against the Bucks this regular season, including a win over Milwaukee in the NBA In-Season Tournament Semifinals.

After missing five games due to a right knee bone bruise, Bruce Brown returned to play against the Bucks. Brown scored 15 points and recorded five rebounds in his return.

Andrew Nembhard sat out for the game while suffering a mid-back sprain. Nembhard had earned five consecutive spots in the starting lineup since Dec. 23.

Aaron Nesmith continues to rank second in the league in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 47.5 percent (67-of-141) from the floor.

Up Next

The Pacers continue a five-game homestand on Friday, Jan. 5, when they welcome Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks to Gainbridge Fieldhouse at 7:00 PM ET.

INDY FUEL

INDY FUEL PIT STOP: WEEK 11

INDY FUEL WEEK ELEVEN RESULTS 2-1-1

INDY FUEL OVERALL RECORD 12-12-4 (6th in Central Division)

GAME 25 – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27 VS. WHEELING – 1-0 W

The Fuel hosted the Wheeling Nailers on Wednesday night in front of a sold out crowd of 6,336 fans for Teacher Appreciation Night. Ultimately, the Fuel won 1-0 in a close match with the lone goal coming in the first period.

GAME 26 – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29 VS. JACKSONVILLE – 3-2 OTL

The Fuel hosted the Jacksonville Icemen for the first and only time this season on Friday in front of 6,453 fans, their third sold out crowd in a row. Despite coming back and forcing overtime in the third period, the Fuel fell to the Icemen 3-2.

GAME 27 – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30 VS. FORT WAYNE – 5-2 W

The Fuel hosted the Fort Wayne Komets in their last home game before the new year and put on a show for a sellout crowd of 6,436 fans. In their fourth sellout in a row, Indy claimed a 5-2 win over their in-state rivals as both goaltenders put on a show with a rare goalie fight in the second period.

GAME 28 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31 AT KALAMAZOO – 7-0 L

The Fuel ended the year 2023 with a tough loss on the road against the Kalamazoo Wings. The momentum was all Kalamazoo all night as they came out on top 7-0 in a blowout.

ROSTER MOVES

Kyle Maksimovich recalled to Rockford on 01/01

Kale Howarth recalled to Rockford on 12/31

Mitchell Weeks recalled to Rockford on 12/30

Anthony Firriolo traded to Iowa on 12/28

Ross MacDougall loaned to Fuel from Rockford on 12/27

OIL DROPS

Westfield, IN native Sam Ruffin had his first professional goal and was the game-winning goal in Wednesday’s shutout against Wheeling.

Forward Anthony Petruzzelli played his 350th ECHL game on December 31st. Captain Seamus Malone celebrated his 150th Fuel game on the same day.

On December 30th, Goalie Zach Driscoll dropped gloves and squared up with Fort Wayne’s Brett Brochu. This rivalry goalie fight was the first of the season. In Fuel history, it is the second ever goal fight.

Goalie Mitchell Weeks claimed his second shutout in a row on Wednesday, December 29th. Weeks had over 120 shutout minutes. He also deflected his second penalty shot on Friday’s game.

Colin Bilek matched a franchise high of most assists in one game with four in Saturday’s game against Fort Wayne.

TEAM NOTES

The Fuel had their first out-of-division game on Friday against Jacksonville. They head to Virginia to play three games against the Norfolk Admirals this week.

The Fuel are tied for last in the league in goals for with a goals per game average of 2.71.

The Fuel’s penalty kill at home is ranked third in the league with a penalty kill percentage of 86.7%.

INDY FUEL WEEK 11 SCHEDULE

GAME 29 – FRIDAY, JANUARY 5 AT NORFOLK

GAME 30 – SATURDAY, JANUARY 6 AT NORFOLK

GAME 31 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 AT NORFOLK

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UPCOMING FAN EXPERIENCES AND EVENTS

Get ready for lots of fun at Indiana Farmers Coliseum in 2023! Check out some of our upcoming promotions and special fan experiences!

Wednesday, January 10 – ​​Need a good mid-week pick-me-up? Come out and watch the Fuel take on the Toledo Walleye on Wednesday, January 10! Don’t forget about post-game autographs in the lobby with some of your favorite Fuel players!

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA FALLS AT NEBRASKA

LINCOLN, Neb. — Coach Mike Woodson was in no mood to sugarcoat.

Not after his Indiana Hoosiers violated all his road rules to win by in Wednesday night’s 86-70 defeat at Nebraska.

“I always make it clear when we go on the road, you’ve got to defend and not turn it over,” Woodson told Voice of the Hoosiers Don Fischer during the postgame radio show. “It was the opposite.”

Turnovers (19) and Nebraska points off turnovers (a 27-6 edge) were too much to overcome even with center Kel’el Ware’s 20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.

“We gifted them 27 points off of turnovers,” Woodson told Fischer. “That was the difference in the game. Our defense, once we got behind, we couldn’t gain any ground. We kept turning it over and gifting them buckets. You can’t do that on the road.”

Between Ware and forward Malik Reneau (14 points, six rebounds, five assists), IU (10-4 overall, 2-1 in the Big Ten) managed a 26-24 edge in points in the paint, and a 36-29 rebound advantage.

“Our bigs played well,” Woodson told Fischer.

But that couldn’t offset limited guard production from Xavier Johnson and Trey Galloway, who combined for five assists, seven turnovers and 10 total points.

Nebraska had a 10-1 edge in fast-break points and a 15-5 advantage in steals.

“Their perimeter guys outplayed ours,” Woodson told Fischer.

Johnson was back after missing seven straight games because of a foot injury. He played the first four minutes, had 10 minutes (and four turnovers) by halftime and finished with 15 minutes, two rebounds, three assists and those four turnovers. He didn’t score.

Galloway had 10 points, most coming late after the game was decided.

Reserve guards Gabe Cupps, Anthony Leal and CJ Gunn combined for 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists and no turnovers.

“We got nothing from our (starting) perimeter play,” Woodson told Fischer. “With Xavier, I know he’s rusty. He hasn’t played. He didn’t give us much at all.

“Galloway didn’t give us anything until late when it was too late.

“From a (starting guard) standpoint, we were awful.”

Before Wednesday night, IU had beaten Nebraska (12-2, 2-1) seven straight times over the last five years.

Nebraska converted nine IU turnovers into a 14-6 points-off-turnover advantage for a 41-33 halftime lead.

Woodson’s halftime message clear — limit the turnovers, defend better. It didn’t happen.

In the final 20 minutes, the Hoosiers had 10 more turnovers. Nebraska made eight second-half three-pointers and finished with 12. Guard Keisei Tominago had 28 points and four three-pointers.

“We have to be better at managing the game on the road,” Woodson told Fischer.

And then …

“This team is not as good as we were defensively the last two years.”

IU started strong.

It pushed ahead 9-4 with six points from Ware and a three-pointer from forward Mackenzie Mgbako. Nebraska rallied for an 11-9 lead as Mgbako picked up his second foul in the first five minutes.

Five Hoosier turnovers helped the Cornhuskers take an 18-13 lead. More IU turnovers helped boost Nebraska surge ahead 30-21.

Leal came off the bench with a three-pointer. Reneau picked up his second foul and joined Mgbako on the bench.

With the Hoosier offense going cold, the Huskers built a couple of 10-point leads. A pair of Anthony Walker free throws left IU trailing 41-33 at halftime. Ware led with 12 points. Walker had seven.

Nebraska scored the first five points of the second half, forcing a Woodson timeout. Reneau responded with a three-pointer and brief Hoosier rally.

The Cornhuskers pushed ahead 51-36. Ware took over the paint to get IU within 12 points. Three-pointers from Cupps and Reneau made the score 55-47.

The Hoosiers were positioned for a comeback. Then they weren’t.

Nebraska surged ahead by 14, and then 20. Hoosier hopes were finished.

IU plays again Saturday night when it hosts Ohio State (12-2).

“You’ve got to do all the things right to win on the road,” Woodson said. “We didn’t do that.”

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 14 INDIANA CLOSES HOMESTAND WITH RV MICHIGAN ON THURSDAY

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A battle of a pair of teams at the top of the Big Ten standings is on deck for No. 14 Indiana against Michigan on Thursday night at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

GAME DAY INFO
#14/14 Indiana (11-1. 2-0 B1G) vs. RV/RVMichigan (11-3, 2-0 B1G)
Thursday, January 4, 2023 • 7 p.m. ET
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.
Broadcast: BTN (Matt Schumacker, Meghan McKeown)
Radio: B97 (Austin Render)
Live Stats: HoosierStats.com
Social Media: Facebook | X | Instagram

ABOUT THE WOLVERINES

Michigan improved to 2-0 in Big Ten play with a win over then No. 17 Ohio State at home on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore guard Laila Phelia averages a team-high 15.1 points per game while graduate student guard Lauren Henson adds 11.6 points per outing. The Wolverines are just 2-1 on the road this season with its only loss at Toledo on Dec. 6.

SERIES HISTORY

Indiana leads 49-31

LAST MEETING

W, 68-52 – 2/16/23 (Bloomington, Ind.)

NOTES

The Hoosiers shot 51.9 percent from the floor backed by 30 points from graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes in a 77-71 win over Illinois. Senior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil tied a career-high 19 points while sophomore guard Yarden Garzon added 12 points.

Indiana has won four of the last five meetings in the series between the two teams, including the first sweep of a two-game season series since 2009. The Hoosiers have also won seven of the last 11 in the series, dating back to the 2015-16 season.

With a win on Sunday, IU extend its win streak to 10 games, tied for the eighth-longest win streak in school history. The current program record stands at 15 games which was set in the 1971-72 season.

With Holmes’ 30-point effort against Illinois, the Hoosiers have had a player score 30 or more points in the last three games. It’s the first time the program has put three-straight players scoring 30 or more. Senior guard Sara Scalia (32) and Garzon (30) each notched 30 or more points in wins over Bowling Green and Evansville, respectively.

Senior guard Sara Scalia has had the hot hand from 3-point range this season. The Stillwater, Minn. native has a team-high 35 3-pointers while shooting a league-best 46.1 percent from beyond the arc. Her clip is 23rd in the nation as she currently averages 2.9 triples per game, which puts her on pace to break the single season record for 3-pointers (Amanda Cahill in 2017-18 – 78).

INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER

INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER ADDS FIVE TO 2023 SIGNING CLASS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s soccer head coach Erwin van Bennekom and his staff announce the addition of five student-athletes to their roster this spring.

“I am thrilled to welcome Bella, Layla, Haden, Josie and Maggie to Indiana University and IU women’s soccer,” van Bennekom said. “All five will be joining us this January, and we can’t wait to start working with them.”

Maggie Ledwith | Midfielder | New Hyde Park, N.Y. | SUSA 06 ECNL

Ledwith is a member of the Southeast United Soccer Association (SUSA) 06 ECNL soccer club team. In 2022, she was a part of the ECNL National Selection game and the ECNL National training camp. Additionally, Ledwith was named All-Conference First Team (2022) and All-Conference Second Team (2021). She participated in the U14 and U16 US National training camps in 2020 and 2021 and was named to the EDP tournament best XI (2021).

At Herrick High School, Lediwth scored 45 career goals and tallied 13 career assists. She was named Conference player of the year, All-County, All-American watch list and earned All-state honors in 2022. She was also named the Team MVP and was a member of the Long Island championship semifinalist team. Ledwith earned All-county in 2021 when her team was crowned the Conference Champs. She also earned All-conference honors in 2020.

Academically, Ledwith is a National Honor Society Inductee, earned AP Scholar with Distinction awards and a Seal of Biliteracy candidate. She plans to attend the Kelley School of Business and major in finance. She is the daughter of Brian and Kara Ledwith and has two sisters, Ella and Chloe, and one brother, Paxton. Her mother played collegiate soccer at Hofstra University.

Josie Pratl | Defender | St. Louis, Mo | SLSG ECNL NAVY

Pratl played on the St. Louis Scott Gallagher (SLSG) ECNL NAVY 2005 and 2006 club team and was a member of the Midwest Conference Championship teams from 2018-2023. Pratl earned All-Conference First Team honors in 2023.

A member of the Clayton High School varsity soccer team, Pratl was named the district champion and First team All-Conference her freshman year (2021).

Pratl is the cousin of current Indiana men’s soccer player, Joey Maher, and former IUMS player Jack Maher who currently plays in the MLS with the Nashville SC. She is the daughter of Jim and Diane Pratl and has one sister JJ who attends TCU, and one brother Tommy (STL City Academy) and sister Izzy (2010 ECNL Navy). Pratl plans to major in pre-med and attend medical school. 

Haden Vlcek | Defender | Springfield, Ill. | SLSG Navy ECNL

Vlcek won back-to-Back ECNL National Champions in 2022 and 2023 with a combined record of 41-0-1.

She was named to the ECNL Best XI Team on the 2023 National Championship team. The Springfield, Ill., native was also a part of the ECNL Undefeated Midwest Conference Championship teams (2022, 2023) and was named All-Conference ECNL Midwest. Vlcek was invited to the US Youth National Team ID Center in 2022 and is a two-time San Diego Wave ID Center Invitee in 2023.

Vlcek plans to major in business to become a Real Estate agent. Both parents were both collegiate athletes, her dad played soccer and her mom played volleyball and tennis.

Bella Haggerty | Defender | Leawood, Kan. | Kansas City Athletics 

Haggerty plays club soccer at the Kansas City Athletics Academy Elite 06 ECNL in Kansas City, Mo. She was named to the ECNL All-Conference Midwest First Team in 2021 and to the ECNL All-Conference Midwest Second Team in 2022. She played in the ECNL Girls National Selection Game in 2023 and won the 2021 U15 ECNL National Championship. She trained with the KC Current Reserve Team in August of 2022 and was invited to the Kansas City Current Academy Camp in 2023. Haggerty appeared in a couple of games with the KC Current II team in 2023.

In high school, Haggerty is a two-year letterwinner in soccer and basketball at Kansas Connections Academy. She has one brother, Jackson, and one sister, Olivia and plans to major in sports psychology at IU.

Layla Sirdah | Forward | Duluth, Ga. | Tophat (ranked 3rd in southeast region)

Sirdah plays club soccer for Tophat SC and was named All-region second team player at Peachtree Ridge High School in 2021. She played for the U17 Mexican national team in tournaments like Concacaf and World Cup in 2022.

Sirdah is the daughter of Laura and Ismail Sirdah. She has one sister, Sarah, who is a sophomore on the IUWS squad and one brother, Tarek, who played soccer professionally in Mexico. She plans to major in architecture and interior design.

PURDUE WRESTLING

BOILERS START NEW YEAR STRONG WITH 50 POINT WIN

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Wrestling came away victorious in its first dual of 2024, racking up four pins and four tech falls in a 50-6 win over Lindenwood on Wednesday afternoon.

The Boilermakers (5-3, 0-0 B1G) rolled to an easy victory in their final non-conference test of the season with Big Ten play set to start in just over a week’s time. It was Purdue’s first 50-point performance under head coach Tony Ersland. It was also the most pins and the most tech falls the team has had in a single match in his tenure. The Boilers last had four wins via fall in a single dual against Division II Ashland on Jan. 19, 2014.

No. 4 Matt Ramos got things going with a pin (3:19) of Austin Kegley. A tech fall all but secured early in the second period, the redshirt-junior swatted away a single-leg attempt and stepped over his man for the stick. It was the 13th fall of his career and the fourth of the season.

Three more Boilers got in on the pin party, all three putting their matches away in the first period and all three using an arm bar to do it. Marcos Polanco, Ben Vanadia, and Tristan Ruhlman only needed a combined 4:54 of match time to earn their wins. It was the second win by fall of the year for each wrestler.

Purdue also picked up four tech fall wins in the heart of the lineup, rattling them all off in order from 157 to 184. The four wrestlers combined for 14 takedowns, 20 back points, and two reversals in that stretch.

No. 18 Joey Blaze started it off with a 19-4 (4:24) win over Luke Kemper. He leads the team with four techs on the season already, the most any one Boiler had last year was three. Stoney Buell set a new Purdue season high for fastest tech fall with a 15-0 (2:20) shutout of Logan Johnson, beating out the previous best from Greyson Clark by just six seconds (15-0 (2:26) vs. David McClelland, Clarion, 11/5/23).

Brody Baumann and James Rowley finished off the run of techs with 18-3 (3:46) and 18-2 (6:02) wins of their own. Both are now coming off back-to-back bonus pointers, taking an 18-3 (3:17) tech and a 9-0 major respectively in their last matches against Campbell.

The dual lasted less than an hour and none of the matches went to the end of the third period.

UP NEXT

Big Ten dual season fast approaches for the Boilermakers, who face off with Rutgers in Holloway Gymnasium on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 1:00 p.m. with the match set to once again be streamed on B1G+.

RESULTS

Purdue 50 – Lindenwood 6

125: #4 Matt Ramos (PUR) over Austin Kegley (LU) – Fall 3:19

133: Caiden Pelc (LU) over Dustin Norris (PUR) – Fall 7:00

141: #32 Greyson Clark (PUR) over (LU) – For.

149: Marcos Polanco (PUR) over Cruz Lara (LU) – Fall 1:36

157: #17 Joey Blaze (PUR) over Luke Kemper (LU) – TF 19-4 (4:24)

165: Stoney Buell (PUR) over Logan Johnson (LU) – TF 15-0 (2:20)

174: Brody Baumann (PUR) over Kaden Charboneau (LU) – TF 18-3 (3:46)

184: James Rowley (PUR) over Luke Shaver (LU) – TF 18-2 (6:02)

197: Ben Vanadia (PUR) over Ryan Golnick (LU) – Fall 1:24

285: Tristan Ruhlman (PUR) over David Hernandez (LU) – Fall 1:54

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

IRISH FALTER DOWN THE STRETCH IN TOUGH 54-52 LOSS

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – It was starting to feel like three wins in a row for the Notre Dame men’s basketball team on Wednesday night when they hosted NC State inside Purcell Pavilion. The Fighting Irish (6-8, 1-2) had a lead as large as 11 points with 10:15 remaining and six points with just 2:10 left on the lock. However, the Wolfpack (10-3, 2-0) ended the game on an 8-0 run over the final two minutes to escape with the 54-52 victory.

The loss was a hard one to swallow given that Notre Dame held its second straight opponent to just 54 points. In fact, in all three ACC games this year the Irish have held their opponent to significantly under their season average.

NC State shot just 28.8 percent from the field and 3-of-17 from three. A team that ranked 11th in the country in fast-break points, averaging 17 per game, was held to just six tonight. However, the Wolfpack crashed the offensive glass and reeled in 17 offensive boards. They out-rebounded the Irish 42-37 and ultimately took 19 more shot attempts.

Markus Burton paced the offense once again with 18 points to go with his four assists. Kebba Njie grabbed a career best 11 rebounds.

HOW IT HAPPENED

For the second straight game the Irish offense got off to hot start, converting its first five-of-six from the field to jump out to a 12-4 lead (five points each from Burton and Davis) at the 15:42 media timeout.

A 6-0 NC State run cut the lead to 18-12, but the Irish weathered the storm by getting threes from Konieczy and Burton to open it back up at 26-14 with 6:18 left in the opening half. 

The Wolfpack threatened with a late first half run, this one being an 8-0 spree over two minutes and thirty seconds that cut the lead to just four points. Yet, the Irish answered with the three ball once more, getting contributions from Shrewsberry and Zona.

Booth would add a layup and the Irish defense would hold to garner a 34-26 halftime lead. The 26 points were the fewest scored by NC State in a first half this season. In addition, the Irish held NC State to its lowest first half shooting percentage as well at 35.5 percent (11-31 FG).

The Irish got the first three points of the second half before missing their next seven shots. Burton ended the drought at the 13:20 mark and then just moments later Zona hit his second trey of the game to make it 44-34.

NC State made just two field goals from 15:09 to the 5:42 mark. Unfortunately for the Irish, their offense lulled late in the second half as well, suffering a six-minute drought that allowed the Wolfpack to pull within five at 46-41.

Burton stepped up in this moment, ending the drought with 4:14 remaining. Then when NC State immediately went down and buried a three, Burton responded with another pull-up jumper, now 50-44 at the 2:38 media timeout.

That’s when it went downhill for the Irish. The next four possessions consisted of two turnovers and two misses on the front end of a one-and-one from the free-throw line.

With the Irish up just two, NC State put it in the hands of D.J. Burns Jr. who converted in the paint and tied the game. With 3.6 seconds left they gave it to Burns Jr. again who hit the game-winner.

UP NEXT

The Irish end the six-game homestand with a ranked opponent. No. 14 Duke rolls into town for a Saturday evening showdown inside Purcell Pavilion. Tip is set for 6 p.m. ET on the ACC Network.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 16 NOTRE DAME SEEKS BOUNCE-BACK VICTORY AT PITT

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After disappointing starts to the 2023-24 conference season, No. 16 Notre Dame (9-2, 0-1) and Pittsburgh (6-8, 0-1) will face off on Thursday night at the Petersen Events Center.

The Irish suffered a loss to now-No. 25 Syracuse on Sunday, 86-81. Hannah Hidalgo scored 32 points and had 7 steals en route to a sixth ACC Rookie of the Week award. That ties the program record for conference Rookie of the Week honors.

Pittsburgh is led by first-year head coach Tory Verdi, who arrived after seven years at UMass. He earned one berth in the NCAA Tournament while there, an appearance that was ironically ended by Notre Dame in the 2022 NCAA First Round. The Panthers lost their ACC opener on Sunday, a 91-41 game at Virginia Tech.

Liatu King is pacing the Panthers in nearly every category. She leads Pittsburgh in the following categories: scoring (19.6), rebounds (9.5), field goal percentage (54.4), steals (2.1), blocks (1.6) and minutes (35.2). King had 19 points and went 7-10 from the floor against the Hokies.

The last time Notre Dame saw Pittsburgh, the Irish won 83-43 on Feb. 19. It was the eighth-largest conference margin of victory in program history. Seven players had at least 8 points, and Maddy Westbeld and Sonia Citron led the way with 13 each.

Citron is questionable for Thursday at Pitt, as she is dealing with a knee sprain. She has begun practicing and is slated to return soon. On the injury front, Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey announced on Wednesday that freshman guard Emma Risch will have hip surgery and is out for the remainder of the season.

Thursday’s game tips off on the ACC Network at 6 p.m. Notre Dame is 34-4 all-time against Pittsburgh and 17-2 on their home court.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

IRISH HOST BADGERS FOR WEEKEND TILT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame hockey team continues its homestand with the Wisconsin Badgers coming to town for the first tilts of 2024. The Irish are poised to take on the visiting Badgers in a return to Big Ten Conference play January 5-6 following their weekend sweep over Augustana to close out 2023.

New this season, fans can view line charts for home games online at fightingirish.com/HKYLineCharts. Lines will be posted online approximately 90 minutes before puck drop (timing subject to change).

SERIES OVERVIEW
Opponent: Wisconsin Badgers
Location: South Bend, Ind.| Compton Family Ice Arena
Schedule: Fri. 7:05 p.m. | Sat. 5:05 p.m.
TV: Peacock
Live Stats: FightingIrish.com
Radio: fightingirish.com/radioaffiliates/
Game Notes: Notre Dame | Wisconsin

QUICK HITS

The Irish return to Big Ten conference play this weekend in their first meeting with the Badgers of the season.

The team is currently 4-4-2 in conference action, having their most recent home B1G series result in a split against then-no. 13/12 Michigan.

Notre Dame is coming off a weekend sweep to close out the 2023 calendar year and non-conference regular season play. In the first ever meeting between the Irish and the Vikings of Augustana (SD), Notre Dame jumped out to a convincing 5-1 victory in game one of the series before an overtime battle between the two squads on Sunday in the series finale.

Cole Knuble net the overtime game-winner in Sunday’s contest to complete the weekend sweep and add to his career-weekend which saw him record his first collegiate hat trick the night prior. For his four goal weekend, including both game-winning tallies, Knuble was named Big Ten Conference Second Star of the Week.

With his goal to tie it Sunday night vs. Augustana, sophomore Michael Mastrodomenico registered his first career goal and now boasts five points on the season (1-4-5) following just one assist in his rookie season.

Their final series of the first half saw the team travel to East Lansing, Michigan, for a pair of games against the Michigan State Spartans.

Three Irish scored in the weekend series at Michigan State,including Grant Silianoff, Hunter Strand and Patrick Moynihan.

Catalino Family Head Hockey Coach Jeff Jackson hit a career milestone with his 400th win behind the Irish bench in game one of the team’s home series against Michigan. The team celebrated Friday night following their 6-1 victory over the Wolverines with a tribute video from current and former players congratulating Jackson on the accomplishment.

The Irish split with the visiting Woverines in their most recent home series, taking game one by a 6-1 score before falling night two, 2-1, to close out the first half of the home season.

After registering 60 saves over the two-game stretch, and holding the nation’s second-best offense to just 1.50 goals per game in the weekend series, Ryan Bischel was named the Big Ten Conference Third Star of the Week.

Coaches Jackson, Pooley and Slaggert have won all 402 games as a unit while Brock Sheahan, who joined the dynamic coaching staff prior to 2023-24, was a part of win No. 1 when he was a student-athlete at Notre Dame.

NOTRE DAME vs. WISCONSIN

This weekend’s series will mark the 92nd and 93rd all-time meeting between the two teams with the Irish trailing the series 33-49-9.

At home, the Irish are looking to close in on the 18-20-5 all-time record of games played in Indiana having swept the Badgers last season on home ice.

Drew Bavaro led the team with five points against Wisconsin last season, including a three-point night at the Kohl Center which included a career-best two goal performance.

Trevor Janicke also tallied two goals in that contest and added an assist to bring his total to three points before adding an additional assist in their home series later that season for a four-point regular season against the Badgers. Hunter Strand also tallied four points against the Badgers last season behind two goals and two assists over the four game stretch.

IRISH HEADED HOME

The University of Notre Dame, in conjunction with The Odyssey Trust, announced the Irish would participate in the 2024 rendtion of the Friendship Four men’s college ice hockey tournament.

The annual tournament is set to be played in Belfast, Ireland, next November (2024) with the Irish joining Harvard, Merrimack and Boston University as participants competing for the coveted Belpot Trophy.

The tournament was last played in 2022 with Quinnipiac reigning victorious that fall before winning the national championship at the conclusion of the 2022-23 season.

The tournament first began in 2015 and is designed to promote education, social welfare, and community interation.

Over the course of six previous tournaments, 24 games have been played dating back to the inagural games in 2015.

Northern Ireland remains the only destination outside of the United States to host consequential NCAA Divison I ice hockey games.

NATIONAL RECOGNITION

The 2022-23 Big Ten Goaltender of the Year was one of two unanimous selections for 2023-24 Preseason All-Big Ten Teams. He was selected to the All-Big Ten First Team ahead of the coming season. Bischel was also a Mike Richter Award semifinalist and a Hobey Baker nominee a season ago.

Drew Bavaro made an immediate impact at the blueline last season after joining the Irish and will look to continue that success this season as a senior. He was selected to the All-Big Ten Second Team for the preseason. Landon Slaggert also picked up preseason honors from the Big Ten when he was named an Honorable Mention heading into the season.

Following his performance against Mercyhurst, which included a nation’s best four goals on the weekend, Landon Slaggert was named the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week October 31.

Two Irish were recognized for their play in the weekend sweep of Ohio State to open conference play at home. Bischel picked up First Star of the Week honors with a .984 save percentage in two games played. The graduate netminder stopped 60 of 61 shots faced and earned his 10th career shutout. With his third blanking of the season, Bischel leads the nation in blankings.

Landon Slaggert also picked up conference honors following the weekend against OSU, being tabbed Third Star of the Week by the Big Ten behind a goal and three assists.

After a weekend split against then-No. 13/12, Ryan Bischel was named Big Ten Third Star of the Week for his .953 save percentage and 1.50 goals against average.

Following a four goal weekend which included the team’s first hat trick performance in nearly two years, freshman Cole Knuble was named Big Ten Second Star of the Week. The honor came as Knuble’s first of his career and it was the fifth weekly award for the Irish this season.

FAMILY TIES

The 2023-24 Notre Dame roster features quite a few family connections to the program and hockey world.

Three sets of brothers are currently on the roster, including Justin and Trevor Janicke, Landon and Carter Slaggert, and Henry and Danny Nelson.

With the addition of the Nelsons this season, the Irish have had 17 sets of brothers lace up their skates together for the Irish.

Carter Slaggert also joins the Irish in 2023-24, becoming the third Slaggert brother to appear in a game for the Irish and joins his older brother Landon, who is a senior. Oldest brother Graham currently plays in the Buffalo Sabres organization and skated two years alongside Landon before graduating.

Senior forward Brady Bjork is the younger brother of former Irish All-American and current Chicago Blackhawk Anders Bjork.

Brady’s father, Kirt, played for the Irish from 1979-83 where he appeared in 141 and tallied 161 career points (76-85). When older brother Anders played for the Irish, they became the fourth set of father-son combinations within Notre Dame hockey.

The Slaggerts are part of the fifth set of father-son combinations to suit up for the Irish, joining their father and associate head coach Andy Slaggert.

Justin and Trevor Janicke are the sons of Curtis Janicke, who played for the Irish from 1989-93, appearing in 125 games while scoring 46 goals and adding 98 assists for 144 points.

Justin, Trevor and Curtis represent the sixth father-son duo to play for the Irish.

Freshman Paul Fischer is the nephew of Mike Gearan, a member of the first varsity hockey team at Notre Dame. Fischer will honor his uncle by wearing his number during his career with the Irish, No. 16.

Freshman forward Cole Knuble is the son of former NHLer Mike Knuble, who spent 16 seasons in the NHL, including stints with Detroit, New York Rangers, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington. Cole was recently drafted by the Flyers’ organization where his father played during his early childhood. He will wear No. 22 with the Irish to honor his father.

Four current Irish skaters have siblings playing at the collegiate level, away from South Bend.

Cole Knuble’s brother, Cam, is a senior at Western Michigan University.

Ryan Siedem’s brother is a freshman at the University of New Hampshire.

Jayden Davis’ brother Matthew is a junior on the Denver Pioneers’ hockey team.

Maddox Fleming’s sister Delaney is a freshman on the Ohio State University women’s hockey team.

CURRENT IRISH AND THE NHL DRAFT

The 2023-24 roster features nine NHL draftees, including Jake Boltmann (CGY ‘20), Justin Janicke (SEA ‘21), Danny Nelson (NYI ‘23), Brennan Ali (DET ‘22), Paul Fischer (STL ‘23), Patrick Moynihan (NJD ‘19), Landon Slaggert (CHI ‘20), Cole Knuble (PHI ‘23) and Trevor Janicke (ANA ‘19).

The 2023 NHL draft saw three Irish rookies selected, the most since 2020, and 15th time in program history that at least three Irish icers were selected in a single draft class.

The trio of skaters selected in 2023, Danny Nelson (2nd Rd., 49 overall), Cole Knuble (4th Rd., 103 overall) and Paul Fischer (5th Rd., 138 overall) join fellow rookie Brennan Ali (DET ‘22) as draftees in the ND freshmen class.

When D. Nelson was selected in the second round of this year’s Draft, Notre Dame extended its streak of players drafted to 21 years (2004-present).

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HOYAS HAND BULLDOGS 60-55 LOSS AT HINKLE FIELDHOUSE

INDIANAPOLIS – Georgetown spoiled Butler’s BIG EAST home opener on Wednesday night by defeating the Bulldogs 60-55 inside Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Hoyas outscored Butler 32-18 in the second half to record their 12th win of the season. With the setback, Butler moves to 8-5 on the year.

Caroline Strande and Rachel Kent were phenomenal for Butler in the first half. That duo sparked a 6-0 run that would allow the Bulldogs to regain the lead early at 10-9. Butler would move forward to outscore Georgetown 15-2 over the next five minutes and enjoy a six-point lead after the opening quarter. Strande had seven points in the opening five minutes and was responsible for nine of Butler’s 19 points in the first.

The start of the second quarter belonged to Georgetown with the Hoyas hitting their first four shots to go on an 8-2 run and tie the game at 21-21. Kent broke the tie with a 3-pointer and back-to-back triples later in the action would give BU a 35-28 advantage. Kent had 18 at the break and Strande was in double figures with 11. Strande hit a buzzer beater for BU to give the team a nine-point lead heading to the locker room. The ‘Dawgs shot 50 percent as a team in the first half and 55 percent from long range (6-11).

The second half opened with Graceann Bennett scoring eight-straight for Georgetown to make the contest a one-point game. Ari Wiggins took the ball to the rim for a bucket and the foul to supply BU with their only three points before the media timeout. Georgetown outscored Butler 16-7 in the third quarter to tie the game at 44-44. Strande had a field goal late in the action and Cristen Carter added a pair of free throws, but BU would shoot 15 percent from the floor in the third and just 33 percent in the fourth.

The Hoyas outscored BU by five in the fourth to secure their second BIG EAST win. A 6-0 scoring run gave Georgetown a five-point lead with five minutes to play, but the Bulldogs would fight back. Sydney Jaynes re-entered the game with four fouls, and quickly scored a bucket to spark the offense. Strande added a field goal on the next trip to get BU within one at 52-51.

Kent got going for BU again in the fourth and after four-straight from the graduate transfer the game would be knotted up at 55-55. The Hoyas answered the call in crunch time and got field goals from Bennett and Kelsey Ransom to seal the victory.

Inside the Box Score

– Rachel Kent scored a game-high 22 points by making five 3-pointers vs. GU

– Kent topped 20 points for the second time this season

– Caroline Strande just missed a double-double with 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds

– Ari Wiggins had five points, five rebounds, and a team-high two steals

– Wiggins appeared in her 50th collegiate game tonight

– Butler outrebounded Georgetown 35-27

– BU had 17 offensive rebounds

– Graceann Bennett led GU with 20 points and eight rebounds

– Kelsey Ransom had 13 points and Brianna Scott came off the bench to add 11

Up Next

Butler will play Seton Hall on Saturday, Jan. 6. The game will tip at 2 PM inside Hinkle Fieldhouse.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL TO FACE ROBERT MORRIS ON THURSDAY NIGHT

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The IUPUI basketball team will open the 2024 calendar year on Thursday (Jan. 4) when the Jaguars take on Robert Morris (4-11, 0-4 HL) at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN+. IUPUI (5-10, 1-3 HL) has won two of its last three games and just missed a three-game winning streak, but fell in the closing minutes to Cleveland State at home on New Year’s Eve. IUPUI was tied with the Vikings with just more than four minutes to play before the Vikings closed with a 13-4 rally to win, 86-77.

Sophomore Vincent Brady II and senior Bryce Monroe scored a team-high 16 points apiece and senior John Egbuta tallied a season-high 14 points off the bench, including three threes. Monroe also delivered a season-high six assists with just one turnover while IUPUI turned it over just 10 times in the loss. IUPUI trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half, but rallied all the way back to take a two-point lead in the closing minutes. However, CSU threw the final punch of the day, fueled by a career-high 23 points from Jayson Woodrich and 18 points from Tristan Enaruna.

Sophomore DJ Jackson tallied 10 points for the Jaguars and Jlynn Counter, who missed the prior game due to sickness, contributed six points, three boards and three assists off the bench.

QUOTABLE

“I thought we fought hard today. We really fought and that’s a really good team. Your margin for error is really small against a good team like that and it came down to some close misses down the stretch,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said following the loss to Cleveland State on Sunday (Dec. 31).

SCOUTING ROBERT MORRIS

Robert Morris is 4-11 overall and 0-4 to start Horizon League play. The Colonials are 3-4 at home this season with wins over Point Park, Fairleigh Dickinson and Saint Vincent inside the UPMC Events Center. Five different RMU players are scoring in double-digits, led by Markese Hastings (15.0 ppg, 7.9 rpg), Justice Williams (12.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg) and Josh Corbin (12.5 ppg, 32 3’s). In addition, Stephaun Walker (11.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and TJ Wainwright (10.4 ppg) also score in double figures. As a team, RMU is shooting 43.2 percent and 31.8 percent from three-point range while allowing opponents to shoot 47.2 percent from the floor.

INSIDE THE SERIES

IUPUI is 2-3 all-time againt Robert Morris and 1-2 in the three meetings in Pennsylvania. RMU won the most recent meeting on Feb. 28, 2023, 67-64 in Moon Township in the opening round of the 2023 Horizon League Tournament.

UP NEXT

IUPUI will close out the trip at Youngstown State on Sunday (Jan. 7) at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN+. 

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

    FOR STARTERS

    With the glut of injuries and sickness, head coach Matt Crenshaw has found himself shuffling the starting five of late. After relying on the starting group of Jlynn Counter, Bryce Monroe, Kidtrell Blocker, Qwanzi Samuels and Yves Nkomba to start the season (8 games, 2-6 overall), Crenshaw has tried some alternatives of late.

    Cooper Dewitt has started the past seven games in place of Samuels and both Vincent Brady II and DJ Jackson have recently earned four starts. Most recently, sophomore Abdou Samb moved into the starting five, replace Nkomba ahead of the Dec. 21 game with Defiance. 

    SAMB, FOR STARTERS

    In three games in the IUPUI starting lineup (2-1 overall), sophomore Abdou Samb is averaging 8.3 points and 4.7 rebounds, going 11-of-12 from the field in those three contests.

    The past three games, Samb’s field goal percentage has risen from 55.5 percent to 66.7 percent.

    ACTION JACKSON

    Sophomore DJ Jackson has started the past four games, scoring double-digits in all four contests. During that span, Jackson is averaging 13.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 1.8 steals/game while shooting 18-of-35 (51.4%) from the floor and 15-of-19 (78.9%) from the foul line.

    Jackson had scored in double-digits just two times in the season’s first 11 games.

    PRINCE VINCE

    Sophomore Vincent Brady II has taken on a larger offensive role the past two games, both in the starting lineup. In his past two outings, Brady is averaging 16.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 11-of-23 (47.8%) from the field. Brady had scored in double-figures just one time in the season’s first 13 games before hitting for 10-or-more in the past two games.

    JOHNNY BE GOOD

    Senior John Egbuta is coming off his best game of the season, scoring 14 points (5-6 FG, 3-4 3’s, 1-2 FT) in just 15 minutes against Cleveland State on Dec. 31. Egbuta made a career-high three threes and entered the game having made three threes all season long.

    #SCTOP10

    IUPUI players were featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top10 twice in three days on Dec. 29 and Dec. 31 with a pair of dunks.

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

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

     MR. DO-IT-ALL

    In his second season with the program, junior guard Jlynn Counter has become the Jaguars’ Mr. Do It All, leading the team in scoring (15.4 ppg),assists (2.7 apg), field goal percentage (49.4%) and free throws made (41). He ranks second on the team in  rebounding (4.5 rpg) and finds himself among the Horizon League’s top-10 in scoring and field goal percentage. 

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

    COUNTER COUNT

    Counter tallied his 500th career point against Elon on Nov. 17 and enters today with 667 career points.

    …He’s scored in double-digits 32 times in 45 career games

    …He’s hit for 20-or-more points 13 times in 45 career games

    QWANZ SEES DOUBLE

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

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

    BENCH WORK

    IUPUI is averaging 26.3 points per game from its reserves this season and has gotten at least 21 bench points in 14 of 15 games (including five games of 30+).

    TEN MAN ROTATION

    Ten different Jaguars are playing at least 10 minutes per game, led by Jlynn Counter (30.0 mpg) down to Yves Nkomba (10.5 mpg).

    Eight of the 10 have scored in double-digits at least once this year.

    IN THE CLASSROOM

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

    SEEING RED

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

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

    FIRST TO TIP

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

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

    ROAD KILL

    The road win at Valpo was a welcome event, marking IUPUI’s first road win since winning at Robert Morris on Feb. 17, 2022. It was the first road non-conference victory since winning at South Florida on Nov. 13, 2019 at the Cayman Islands Classic.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL OPENS #MACTION WITH ROAD WIN AT WESTERN MICHIGAN

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Five Cardinals notched double-figures in points in the Cardinals strong offensive showing against the Broncos Wednesday night at Read Fieldhouse/University Arena. 

Ball State (11-2, 1-0 MAC) won its Mid-American Conference opener over Western Michigan (5-6, 0-1 MAC) by a score of 78-56. The Cardinals shoot over 54 percent from the field. 

But it wasn’t just the Cardinals offense that was on fire tonight. A collective defensive effort held Western Michigan to 39 percent shooting.

Alex Richard opened the game with a quick basket to give Ball State the early 2-0 edge. Although the next few minutes were tightly contested, the Cardinals ran away with it and built a 10-point (14-4) cushion by the 2:35 mark.  Annie Rauch completed an old fashion 3-point play with a bucket and a free throw to give BSU that lead. The Cardinals finished the first stanza with an 18-9 lead over the Broncos.

Nyla Hampton knocked one down from behind the arc to start the second 10 minutes of action. The Cardinals held onto a double digit lead up until the 2:03 mark when WMU came within eight (27-19). Ball State then closed out the first half with a 7-0 run to give the Cardinals a 34-19 edge over the Broncos.

After the break Ball State was unstoppable, and despite Western Michigan’s efforts, the Broncos were unable to come within single digits the entire third quarter. 

One of the nation’s best 3-point shooters, Madelyn Bischoff, was left wide open in the corner allowing her to drain a three which extended Ball State’s advantage to 17 (52-35) with just under three minutes left in the third. The Cardinals took a 56-44 cushion over the Broncos into the final 10 minutes.

From start-to-finish Ball State never lost its momentum, especially in the final period, outscoring Western Michigan 22-12 to seal its first league win of the season. 

Ally Becki led the Cardinals with 15 points, including shooting 7-of-11 from the field. Both Marie Kiefer and Bischoff finished the contest with 14 points apiece while Hampton and Estel Puiggros contributed 11 points each. 

As a team, the points in the paint statistic stood out as Ball State outscored WMU, 44-28.

The Ball State women’s basketball team continues conference play on the road Saturday when it travels to Akron for a 2 pm ET tipoff in James A. Rhodes Arena.

BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

NO. 11 MEN’S VOLLEYBALL EARNS WEDNESDAY SWEEPS OVER WABASH AND THOMAS MORE

MUNCIE, Ind. – The No. 11 Ball State men’s volleyball team improved to 3-0 on the season after earning sweeps over Wabash College (0-2) and Thomas More (0-1) Wednesday in a two-match matinee in Worthen Arena.

In the Cardinals first match, versus the Little Giants of Wabash, each set was close between the two squads. Frame one consisted of six ties and three lead changes. Ball State rallied for back-to-back points off kills from Ryan Bartz to go up 12-9. BSU continued that momentum to take set one, 25-14 which was capped off by a kill from Bartz.

Set two saw Wabash take an early 10-7 edge over Ball State but a few hitting errors by the Little Giants and back-to-back kills from Will McPhillips and Keau Thompson gave BSU back the 13-10 lead. The Cardinals continued to rally, and Thompson would serve up an ace for set point, 25-14.

The Cardinals dominated in the final frame and went on to complete the sweep after taking the third set by 10 points (25-15).

For the match, Bartz turned in a career best performance 14 kills while Thompson finished the match with 11.

Ball State closed out play Wednesday against Thomas More. All three sets were tightly contested between the Cardinals and the Saints, but Ball State prevailed takings set one (25-16), set two (25-18) and set three (25-14).

Again, Ball State third-year head coach Donan Cruz interjected a new lineup in the second match which was led by Patrick Rogers who had 10 kills while hitting .316 from the floor off 19 total swings.

The Cardinals served up a total of 18 aces in two matches today while hitting .324 from the floor and had 57 defensive digs along with 19 blocks.

The No. 11 Ball State men’s volleyball team will now take to the road this weekend when it plays at No. 9 BYU Friday and Saturday. First serve for both matches will be at 9 pm ET.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

ISU CONTROLS ALL 40 MINUTES IN WIN VS EVANSVILLE

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball holds the lead in all 40 minutes and gets back on track with a 87-73 win at home versus the Evansville Purple Aces. ISU improved to 12-2, 3-0 MVC with the win while UE fell to 10-4, 1-2 MVC.

Ryan Conwell led the way for the Sycamores with his second double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing a career-high 11 rebounds. Isaiah Swope and Jayson Kent each scored 18 points. Swope knocked down four triples and recorded five rebounds. Kent converted on 8-of-9 free-throw attempts while tacking on eight rebounds.

Robbie Avila scored 16 points, and Xavier Bledson tied his career-high in three-pointers with four en route to 12 points.

The Sycamores opened the game with a 14-5 lead in the first 5:15 of the game with three triples by Avila, Swope, and Conwell. After the Purple Aces cut the lead to 22-17 midway through the first half, ISU built the lead back to 12 with 7:33 remaining, 35-22, off of back-to-back three-pointers by Bledson.

Evansville battled back to again cut the lead to a five-point disadvantage 40-35, before ISU closed out the half strong featuring a last-second shot from Robbie Avila. Julian Larry threw the in-bounds pass under the basket with 0.4 seconds remaining, connecting with Avila on a buzzer-beating jumper in the right short corner to give the Sycamores a double-digit lead heading into the break, 48-37.

Indiana State came out of the half hot, using a 25-8 run to build a 25-point lead with just over 10 minutes remaining. Avila recorded six-straight points to start the run, followed by the combination of Swope, Bledson, Kent, and Conwell all recorded points until an Evansville three-pointer ended the run.

The Evansville offense kicked into gear, recording their own 17-2 run in 5:26 to trail 80-72 with 2:06 to play. Five-straight points fro Conwell, Kent, and Larry grew ISU’s lead to 13 points to fend off any comeback by the Purple Aces. Evansville converted one free throw, then Jake Wolfe knocked down the final two free throws to secure the 87-73 victory.

News & Notes

Indiana State has recorded the best record through 14 games under Coach Josh Schertz. This year, ISU has started 12-2 while last year ISU kicked off the season with a 10-2 record.

ISU led for the entire game versus Evansville with no ties. This was the first time all season ISU led the entire game with no ties or lead changes.

Indiana State’s 87 points ranks as the eighth-highest team total this season through 14 games.

Isaiah Swope made four three-pointers for the ninth time in his 13 games this season.

Ryan Conwell recorded a double-double for the second time this season with 16 points and 11 rebounds. His last double-double came at Alabama with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Xavier Bledson tied his career-high in three-pointers with four. He made four triples in the win at home versus Tennessee State.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES SQUARE OFF WITH BULLDOGS IN FIRST GAME OF 2024

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State begins the 2024 calendar year on the road Thursday night, as the Sycamores head west to face Drake for a 7 p.m. tip.

Thursday’s game will be carried on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Last Time Out

Chelsea Cain led all players with 20 points Saturday night and Mya Glanton registered her third double-double of the season, propelling Indiana State to a 66-49 win over Evansville in the conference opener for both teams.

Glanton had 13 points and 11 rebounds, while six different Sycamores had six or more points. Indiana State’s defense played a major factor in the win, as Evansville shot just 22 percent from the field for the game.

Indiana State opened the game on an 8-0 run, thanks largely in part to Cain, and never looked back. The Sycamores held Evansville without a field goal for the first 10-plus minutes of the game and built a double-digit lead by the midway point of the second quarter. Indiana State further extended its lead with a 14-0 third-quarter run and led by as many as 22 in the second half. The Trees weathered a late storm from Evansville, and a 7-0 fourth-quarter run for the Blue and White put away the conference-opening win for the Sycamores.

Lockdown

Indiana State’s defense put together a lights-out performance in its conference-opening win over Evansville, as the Sycamores limited the Purple Aces to an 11-for-50 performance on their home floor. The Sycamores also kept Evansville’s 3-point shooters at bay, as the Purple Aces were just 3-for-17 from distance.

Indiana State held Evansville below 31 percent shooting in all four quarters, with the 22 percent shooting clip being the lowest by a Sycamore opponent since the 2021-22 season opener against Stephens College (Mo.).

Post Player Presence

Indiana State’s frontcourt provided a major boost in the Sycamores’ win over Evansville, with Chelsea Cain and Mya Glanton leading the way for the Blue and White. Cain led all scorers with 20 points in the win, while Glanton had 13 points and 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.

Indiana State thrived with its two starting frontcourt players on the floor, as Glanton was plus-13 and Cain was plus-19 against Evansville.

Road Trippin’

Indiana State starts conference play on the road for the fifth time in the last six years, and the Sycamores open MVC play with five of their first seven away from home. The Trees open their conference slate with road games at Evansville, Drake and Northern Iowa before finally playing home games Jan. 11 against Murray State and Jan. 14 against Belmont.

Indiana State will also visit Southern Illinois and Missouri State in late January to close their stretch of five road games in its first seven MVC contests. Four of Indiana State’s six conference wins last season came on the road, including a weekend sweep at UIC and Valparaiso in their opening conference road stretch of the 2022-23 campaign.

Balancing Act

Indiana State has found balance in its offense in recent weeks, with the Sycamores having four different players register 20-point games this season. Kiley Bess (12.5 ppg), Chelsea Cain (11.7) and Bella Finnegan (10.7) are all averaging double-figure scoring for the season, while Asia Donald, Keslyn Secrist and Chloe Williams have produced double-digit scoring games off the bench. Mya Glanton also averages nearly 10 points per game to go along with eight rebounds per game.

Indiana State’s balance has made it tougher for opponents to key in on any particular player. No Sycamore has led the team in scoring in back-to-back games this season.

Drake at a Glance

Drake enters Thursday’s game at 8-4 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The Bulldogs defeated Southern Illinois 78-59 in their first MVC game, and also recorded a win over Iowa State this season.

Katie Dinnebier leads a high-powered Drake offense at 19.8 points per game, while Grace Berg (17.1), Anna Miller (11.3) and Taylor McAulay (11.0) all average double-figures. Miller averages a team-high 8.6 rebounds per game, while Dinnebier has dished out a team-high 64 assists. As a team, Drake averages nearly 83 points per game.

Allison Pohlman is in her third season as the head coach at Drake and led the Bulldogs back to the NCAA Tournament last season. Pohlman has a 50-28 career record as the Bulldogs’ head coach, and was has been a member of the Drake coaching staff since 2007.

Series History Against Drake

Drake has a 62-24 advantage in the series and has won each of the last two meetings. Indiana State won the last meeting in Des Moines, 78-70, during the 2021-22 season.

Last Meeting Against Drake (Jan. 14, 2023)

Anna McKendree notched Indiana State’s first points-assists double-double since 2006, but visiting Drake’s high-powered offense led the Bulldogs past the Sycamores, 86-65, inside Hulman Center.

McKendree finished with 14 points and 10 assists, becoming the first Sycamore since ISU Hall of Famer Melanie Boeglin to notch a double-double with points and assists. She also led the Trees with six rebounds and four steals. Del’Janae Williams led the Sycamores in scoring with 17, her third straight game in double-figures, while Chelsea Cain added 15.

Drake jumped out to a 32-10 lead after 10 minutes and never looked back. Indiana State never quit, though, outscoring the visitors by one over the final 30 minutes. The Sycamores cut the deficit to 16 early in the fourth, but a 9-2 Drake run ended the hopes of a Sycamore comeback.

Up Next

Indiana State closes a five-game road swing Saturday afternoon at Northern Iowa, with tipoff scheduled for 3 p.m.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

‘DONS MEET UP WITH COLONIALS FOR HORIZON LEAGUE GAME

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team will be back at home on Thursday (Jan. 4) for a Horizon League game against Robert Morris at 7 p.m.

Game Day Information
Who: Robert Morris Colonials
When: Thursday, January 4 | 7 PM
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center
Live Stats: Link
Watch: ESPN+
Tickets:Link
Digital Program: Link
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Robert Morris | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

Robert Morris is 6-7 with a 2-2 start to Horizon League play. The Colonials beat Youngstown State and IUPUI and lost to Cleveland State and Wright State. Their loss to Wright State was an 80-77 overtime contest in which RMU led by double-digits. Simone Morris is leading the team with 12.3 of their 62.4 points per game. RMU is 10th in the Horizon League from the floor, shooting 39.0 percent.

The Series

Robert Morris has a 5-2 advantage over the ‘Dons in the series history, which dates back to 2020-21, the two teams’ first season in the Horizon League. They split last season, with the ‘Dons winning the first game 52-41 behind 21 points and nine rebounds from Amellia Bromenschenkel.

Clutch ‘Dons

Over the last eight games, the Mastodons are 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) from the floor in the final 10 seconds of quarters. If extrapolated to a season-long, that mark would lead the nation. For the season, the ‘Dons are 14-of-30 (46.7 percent) in end-of-quarter situations, which would still rank in the top-35 nationally for a season.

Schwieeeeeeet

Renna Schwieterman was named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week for the second time on January 2. She averaged 7.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the ‘Dons at Milwaukee and Green Bay.

They’re Free, May As Well Make Them

Purdue Fort Wayne made 10 or more free throws in 12 games in a row from Nov. 11-Dec. 30. This was the longest streak of games with double-digit free throw makes since the 2006-07 season, when the Mastodons had a stretch of 15 such games.

All-Arounda-Schenkel

Amellia Bromenschenkel ranks in the top-10 in the Horizon League in points (13.7 – sixth), rebounds (6.8 – seventh), field goal percentage (48.0 – fifth), blocks (0.8 – eighth) and minutes (32.0 – fifth) per game.

Purdue Fort Dub

Purdue Fort Wayne’s 9-5 start ties the best through 14 games in the Division I era of the program, matching the 2010-11 season’s 9-5 start. The Mastodons were 9-5, then moved to 13-5 before their next loss in that season.

She’s A Plus!

The Mastodons are +92 when Shayla Sellers is on the court this season, the best of all players. On a per game basis, Jazzlyn Linbo has the best +/- average at +8.2 per game.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne fell on the road to league favorite Green Bay 72-46. Renna Schwieterman scored 12 points off the bench on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range.

Coming Up

The Mastodons will hit the road again for a game at Detroit Mercy on Sunday (Jan. 7). The Titans are off to their best start (10-4) since 1999-00.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

ACES STAGE FURIOUS RALLY BUT FALL SHORT AGAINST SYCAMORES

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Trailing by as many as 25 points in the second half, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team cut the gap to just eight points in the final minutes before Indiana State completed the night with an 87-73 win on Wednesday inside the Hulman Center.

Posting a game-high 19 points, Yacine Toumi led the way for the Purple Aces.  He was 9-of-13 from the field and registered 10 boards on the way to his second double-double in the last three games.  Kenny Strawbridge Jr. scored 15 points while Cam Haffner posted a season-high of 11.  Antonio Thomas ended the game with 10.

“Our league is really good and there is a reason Indiana State is on top of it.  It starts in transition, I thought we let them get out in transition early and it really opened things up for them,” Purple Aces head men’s basketball coach David Ragland said.  “I am proud of how we responded in the second half.  To be down by 25 and cut that to eight points on the road was a positive for us.  We will learn from it and get better.”

Five Sycamores reached double figures with Jayson Kent and Isaiah Swope tallying 18 apiece.  ISU shot 48.3% in the game while UE finished at 45.7%.  On the boards, ISU finished with a 40-33 advantage.

Indiana State scored the first eight points of the night while the Aces missed their opening four attempts while turning it over once.  Cam Haffner got Evansville on the board with a triple at the 16:44 mark.  The Sycamores added to their lead with their fourth 3-pointer of the evening pushing the advantage to 20-8 just over seven minutes into the half.

Yacine Toumi picked up consecutive field goals while Chuck Bailey III added his first score of the night to cap a 6-0 run over the next minute of play.  With 11:12 on the clock, Kenny Strawbridge Jr. connected from downtown to cut the deficit to five – 22-17.  At the 7:33 mark, the seventh triple made it a 12-point game once again (35-23), but UE answered once again when Toumi drove to the basket for a bucket to make it a 38-31 contest.

It was Toumi converting his sixth field goal to make it a 40-35 game inside the 4-minute mark before the Sycamores rallied with a last-second basket to take a 48-37 advantage into the break.  Toumi led everyone with 12 in the period while three ISU players registered 10 apiece in the opening 20 minutes.

Josh Hughes drained a triple on the opening possession of the second half, but the Sycamores bounced back to take a game-high lead of 14 points (56-42) inside the first four minutes of the stanza.  Antonio Thomas scored on a drive to cut the deficit back down to 12 on the ensuing trip down the floor.

Unfortunately, things continued to go the way of ISU as an 8-0 stretch pushed their advantage to 20 points for the first time at 67-46 inside of 13 minutes remaining.  After the Sycamores went up by a 78-53 margin with 8:27 left in the contest, Evansville worked its way back.  At one point, the offense hit five shots in a row to make it an 80-64 game before Haffner picked up his second triple of the game to get within 13.

As the clock approached three minutes remaining, Haffner was true from downtown once again and it was Toumi knocking down a jumper to get within eight with just over two minutes remaining.  In total, a 19-2 run saw Evansville turn a 78-53 deficit into just an 80-72 game.  Despite the strong attempt, the comeback came up short as the Sycamores fended off the challenge to take the 87-73 decision.

UE’s first home game of the New Year will see them face Murray State in a 1 p.m. game on Saturday inside the Ford Center.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

UE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TAKES FIRST CONFERENCE ROAD TRIP TO IOWA

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The University of Evansville women’s basketball team will get its longest Missouri Valley Conference road trip out of the way early in the year.

Evansville hopes to start 2024 off with a bang by ending an almost decade-long losing streak to the Northern Iowa Panthers. UE’s first Missouri Valley Conference game on the road comes against

the preseason favorites on Thursday evening.

The Panthers come into this week’s game with a lone win against Green Bay after a heartbreaking buzzer-beater loss to Missouri State on Saturday. Despite a 1-9 record, UNI has faced stiff competition in non-conference action. The Panthers have played seven teams within the NET Top 100 and four with a Top 50 NET ranking. On offense, UNI is led by junior point guard Maya McDermott with 13.9 points a game while junior forward Grace Boffeli leads the team on defense with 6.5 rebounds per game. Boffeli has not played in the Panthers past four games.

On Saturday, the Aces will face off against last year’s Hoops in the Heartland Champions, the Drake Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are one of two teams leading the Valley in overall record at 8-4 along with Belmont. Drake won its first conference game of the season against Southern Illinois on the road. The Bulldogs are one of the most effective offenses in the country averaging 82.6 points a game for 20th in the nation and a 49.5% field goal percentage for 11th. Drake is led by point guard Katie Dinnebier’s 19.8 points per game, while junior Anna Miller leads the way on defense with 8.6 rebounds a game.

UE struggled to find its offense in its first MVC game of the year on Saturday night. The Aces cold start led to only 22% shooting from the floor in their conference opener at home in the 66-49 loss. In Saturday’s loss, Evansville didn’t have a field goal in the first quarter. UE’s only points in the first 10 minutes came at the line, as the Aces went 6-of-6 to open the game. Evansville’s first field goal

came from point guard Kynidi Mason Striverson in the first 31 seconds of the second quarter.

Mason Striverson continues to be the offensive leader for UE after the first Valley game of the season. The sophomore has been averaging just under 16 points through 12 games and is good for fifth in the conference in scoring. The Aces have another player in the Top 5 in the Valley on the defensive side of the ball. Freshman forward Maggie Hartwig is 5th in the MVC in rebounding, averaging 7.9 boards a game.

EAGLES RETURN HOME AGAINST TENNESSEE STATE AND TENNESSEE TECH

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball returns home to Screaming Eagles Arena Thursday and Saturday when the Screaming Eagles host Tennessee State University and Tennessee Tech University in Ohio Valley Conference action.

Game time on both days is 5 p.m. Both matchups can be seen live with a subscription to ESPN+ and heard on 95.7 FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com).

Thursday’s USI-TSU game is Fan Appreciation Night at Screaming Eagles Arena. The first 500 fans get a voucher for a free hot dog and the first 300 fans through the door get a USI foam #1 finger.

Southern Indiana (7-5, 2-0 OVC) swept its opening weekend of the OVC season, picking up two road wins at Southeast Missouri State University and Lindenwood University. After notching a convincing 75-37 win at Southeast Missouri last Friday, USI completed the weekend sweep with a 71-68 victory at Lindenwood on Sunday. The win against the Lions was the Eagles’ third consecutive win, matching a season-best winning streak, and was USI’s fourth win in the last five contests. Plus, it gave USI its first 2-0 start in conference play since the 2021-22 season in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Sunday’s matchup against Lindenwood was virtually even throughout with nearly identical stat lines for both teams. Most of the game was within one or two possessions, and the two sides flirted with field goal percentages around 50 percent. The Screaming Eagles claimed the biggest lead of the game of seven points. Southern Indiana captured the win after late free throws and two missed looks before the buzzer by Lindenwood.

Four Screaming Eagles scored in double digits at Lindenwood with senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) leading the way with 21 points, one off her season high. Junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) tallied 17 points, senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) chipped in 12 points, and sophomore guard Ali Saunders (Depauw, Indiana) had a season-high 10 points.

Shafford has scored 10-plus in the Eagles’ last 10 games, matching her best such streak from last season. In the 10-game stretch, Shafford is averaging 15.6 points per outing on 49.6 percent shooting overall and 40 percent from long range.

Raley has also been on a roll lately, scoring 10 or more in the last three games and four of the last five, including two 20-point outings. In the last three games, Raley is averaging a team-best 18 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while shooting a scorching 63 percent from the floor. Before the 21 points last Sunday at Lindenwood, Raley preceded that performance with a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds at Southeast Missouri last Friday and a season-high 22 points against Brescia University (KY) on December 22.

Freshman forward Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee) had her streak of scoring exactly 13 points in consecutive contests snapped last Sunday at Lindenwood. Before the meeting against the Lions, Gannon scored exactly 13 points in three straight games between December 17 and December 29. The career-high 13 points for Gannon are the most by a USI freshman since Shafford had 15 points against Rockhurst University in February 2022. The three-game stretch of 13 points was also the first time a USI player scored the same exact total of 10 or more points in three straight games since Ariel Barnes did so as a junior during the 2012-13 season. Barnes just so happened to also score 13 points in three consecutive games between January 31 and February 7 in 2013.

On the season, Shafford paces USI at 14.3 points per game with Raley second at 11.6 points. Both are shooting above 45 percent from the field, placing both among OVC leaders. As a team, USI averages 68.7 points on 42.9 percent shooting, which is second-best in the conference. Additionally, the Eagles are third in the conference with 38.3 rebounds per game.

Tennessee State visits USI with a 4-8 overall record and a 1-1 mark in OVC play. Following a three-game skid in December, the Tigers have won two of the last three games. Tennessee State split its two opening OVC matchups last week, falling 75-69 against the University of Tennessee at Martin last Thursday before an 83-78 victory against the University of Arkansas at Little Rock last Saturday. The Tigers average 56.9 points per game on 36.8 percent shooting and are led in scoring by senior guard Sanaa’ St. Andre and junior guard Saniah Parker with 11.6 and 10 points per contest, respectively.

Tennessee Tech is 5-8 this season and dropped both of its first two OVC games last week, which snapped a three-game winning streak for the Golden Eagles heading into conference action. The Golden Eagles were edged out, 59-57, against Little Rock and fell 67-58 against UT Martin last week. Tennessee Tech has registered 66.7 points per outing on 40.6 percent shooting. The reigning OVC Tournament champions are led in scoring by graduate guard Maaliya Owens at 15.3 points per game. Owens was an All-OVC First Team selection last season and the OVC Preseason Player of the Year before the 2023-24 campaign.

USI and Tennessee State halved their first all-time meetings last season, splitting road wins. The Tigers won 59- 55 inside Screaming Eagles Arena last year before USI concluded the regular season with a 67-61 win in Nashville, Tennessee. Raley led USI with 23 points against the Tigers at home last season, while Shafford and senior guard Lexie Green (Indianapolis, Indiana) tallied 17 and 13 points, respectively, in the road victory.

Tennessee Tech took both first-time matchups against Southern Indiana last season, capturing a 79-59 win in Cookeville, Tennessee, and a 78-57 win inside Screaming Eagles Arena. Raley had a dozen points at Tennessee Tech and Shafford posted a double-double of 21 points and 11 boards in the home game against the Golden Eagles last season.

Tickets for the TSU and TTU games are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the USI Ticket Office online. For more information, call the USI Ticket Office at 812-465-1189.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

DEAVEIRO TALLIES CAREER HIGH IN SETBACK TO BRADLEY

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team fell to Bradley 86-61 in the Missouri Valley Conference opener on Wednesday night at the Athletics-Recreation despite an inspired effort from point guard Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Orangeville Prep), who enjoyed the top performance of his collegiate career with 19 points.

How It Happened

Bradley started the game on a 10-0 run before DeAveiro knocked down a triple to get Valpo on the board with 14:04 left in the first half.

After the Braves bolstered the lead to 11, Kaspar Sepp (Tartu, Estonia / Fairmont Academy) took a bite out of the deficit by hitting a 3-pointer to make it 14-6.

The Beacons again cut the deficit to eight when Jaxon Edwards (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Murray State]) knocked down a shot at the 7:05 mark of the half, but Bradley responded with back-to-back triples to up the lead to 14.

The first-half gap peaked at 19 with 1:04 on the clock, but Valpo scored the final four points of the stanza to go into the break down 15 at 44-29.

 Valpo cut to within 10 when Jahari Williamson (Pickering, Ontario, Canada / Royal Crown Academy) hit a fastbreak 3 on an assist by DeAveiro early in the second half, but Bradley scored the next eight points to up the lead to 18.

With 14:03 to play, former Valpo football player turned basketball walk-on Anthony Sciarroni (Columbus, Ohio / St. Francis DeSales [Alderson Broaddus at Findlay]) recorded his first collegiate points by drilling a 3.

Other second-half highlights included a dunk by Edwards and a 4-point play by Williamson.

Inside the Game

DeAveiro’s previous career high was 11 points, reached twice this season (Nov. 21 vs. Western Illinois, Nov. 29 vs. Drake).

DeAveiro paced the team with seven rebounds, his second straight outing with seven boards, matching the career high that he set last time out on Dec. 29 at Elon. He added four assists and a steal while making just one turnover.

Sciarroni saw 10 minutes of action for a team that was playing without leading scorer Isaiah Stafford, who missed the second straight game with an injury.

Williamson tallied 12 points, his third double-figure scoring output in his last four games.

Valpo’s shooting improved drastically after the break as the Beacons shot at a 50 percent clip (10-of-20) over the final 20 minutes. However, Valpo made 15 turnovers in the second half, more than the team had committed in any full game this season prior to Wednesday, when they uncharacteristically gave it away 20 times.

Postgame Press Conference

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The Beacons (4-10, 0-3 MVC) will play their first road game of the calendar year on Saturday as they make the short jaunt to the Windy City for a 7 p.m. matchup with UIC. The game will air on ESPN+. 

LIGHTS-OUT SHOOTING LIFTS GREYHOUNDS TO MIDWEEK DUB

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The University of Indianapolis men’s basketball team made a staggering 16 three pointers, a season best and the most in a game since the 2017-18 season, in their 86-48 victory against the Truman State Bulldogs. The lethality from deep, alongside defensive play, lifted the Hounds to their sixth straight victory.

Outside of the dominant offensive effort, the Hounds were lock down on the defensive end, with 48 being the least amount of point the Hounds have allowed this season.

Kendrick Tchoua led the Hounds offensively with 16 points and six boards, dishing out three assists in the process. He was joined in double digits by five different Greyhounds in David Ejah, Paul Zilinskas, Jesse Bingham, Jarvis Walker and Zac Szul.

INS & OUTS

After a first half of action which saw the Hounds shoot a staggering 50 percent from the field and go 6-9 from beyond the arc, the Hounds came out fast in the second half, with Bingham nailing a long-ball just 16 seconds into play. An Ejah layup followed, igniting a 16-3 run which ballooned the Hounds’ lead to 50-28. The run ended just as it started, with a splash by Bingham.

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HOUNDS DOMINATE BULLDOGS 80-54 IN ROAD WIN

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The UIndy women’s basketball team defeated Truman 80-54, on Wednesday night. The Greyhounds improve to 7-5 and 4-2 in GLVC play.

Caroline Jakatis finished the contest with 11 points and 13 rebounds, her first career double-double. Elana Wells also had a significant night on the court. Wells had 23 points; this is her seventh 20-point game.

INS & OUTS

The Greyhounds established dominance in the third quarter, with an 11-0 run. The Hounds completed all their shots with four field goals, two 3-pointers, and one free throw. An 11-3 run to end the quarter gave UIndy a 30-point lead to enter the fourth quarter.

The Greyhounds quickly established a large lead in the first half. In the first 20 minutes, the Hounds scored 44 points and held the Bulldogs to 29 points.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Jada Haines scored 17 points, a season-high. Haines was 5-for-9 from beyond the arc, a team-high for the night. Her accuracy in 3-pointers during the game was also a season-high for the graduate student.

– Ilani Williams-Harris also had a night filled with season highs. Williams-Harris had season highs in minutes (33), points (10), field goals (4-for-9), rebounds (six), assists (five), and steals (5).

– This was the largest win margin for UIndy with 34 points.

– The Greyhounds established new season highs in 3-pointers attempted in made (12-of-26), steals (13), and blocks (11).

MORE NOTES

Truman’s top player of the night was.Molly Joyce. Joyce had 14 points while being 5-for-15 from the field and 3-of-5 from 3-point territory, all team highs … The Hounds continue to lead the Dawgs 13-9 in the all-time series. The two teams will face each other again in Indianapolis on Saturday, Feb. 10.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will return to Nicoson Hall on Saturday to face Maryville. Tip-off is slated for 12:30 p.m.

MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL

KNIGHTS RACE PAST GOSHEN FOR SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE WIN

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s basketball team continued their winning streak into 2024 Wednesday night, taking down Goshen College with a comforting 101-64 victory. Marian’s win improves them to 2-2 in Crossroads League play, as they jump to 12-2 overall on the season.

The Knights wasted little time getting the scoring started in their 12th victory of the season, going inside to Nolan Foster on the opening possession to ignite an 8-0 in the opening two minutes of play. The run forced a quick timeout from Goshen, while another Maple Leaf stoppage was called within 90 seconds after a pair of open three’s from Gus Etchison and Josh Bryan made it a 14-2 game. The offense continued to scorch the nets, as a three from Ben Henderson kept the flow going.

Gavin Foe collected Marian’s 25th point of the game after making a jumper out of a timeout, starting another scoring surge as the Knights ran their lead to 21 points moments before the under-five timeout. Dylan Moles and Etchison were catalysts to help drive the Marian lead to 27 points by halftime, chipping in a combined eight points over the final 3:39 of the first half. The Knights went into halftime shooting 61.8 percent from the floor, limiting Goshen to a 31 percent mark en route to them leading 54-27 at the halftime intermission.

Marian’s large lead at the half allowed them to coast through most of the second half, as they held their lead over 21 points for the duration of the final period. The Knights out-scored the Maple Leafs 47-37 in the second half, shooting an even 50 percent from the field in the final period of the game. All nine of Marian’s players that saw minutes in the second half scored two or more points, with Etchison dropping 12 points in the period.

Ben Henderson gave Marian their first lead of 30 points in the win with a layup at the 4:55 mark, while the freshman ended the scoring in his big night by dropping the 100th point for his team. Marian’s largest lead in the game came on their final point, with Nolan Foster splitting a pair of free throws in the final 35 seconds to cap the home scoring in the 101-64 win.

Etchison ended the night with a 23-point outing, adding three assists and a pair of steals. Nolan Foster recorded his second double-double on the year with 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Josh Bryan led the bench with 16 points. Henderson scored a season-best 14 points, and Gavin Foe scored 12 points to go with seven rebounds. Maxiumus Gizzi dished out a season-high eight assists to go with seven points.

Marian hits the road this Saturday, traveling to Huntington for a 3 p.m. tip for their 15th game of the season.

MARIAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

KNIGHTS RESUME CROSSROADS LEAGUE PLAY WITH DOMINANT WIN OVER GOSHEN

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s basketball team started 2024 with a dominant win, moving to 4-0 in Crossroads League play with a 92-54 win over Goshen College. Marian scored 20 or more points in three quarters in the win, as they improve to 13-1 overall on the season.

The Knights yielded the first two points of the game Wednesday as they returned to Crossroads League play, but quickly got their offense in gear behind a jumper from Abbey McNally. Ella Collier followed the score with a three-point play to give Marian their first lead of the night, sparking a push that increased the lead to six. The Maple Leafs would scratch within a point of Marian twice in the quarter, but a late push from McNally and Collier, along with Tamia Perryman and Kinnidy Garrard gave the Knights a 21-13 lead after 10 minutes.

McNally carried her hot hand into the second quater, scoring five points early in the quarter to jump the lead into double-digits. A three-point play converted by Allison Bosse gave the Knights a commanding 16-point advantage midway through the quarter, but the lead would soon start to dwindle as Marian went cold from the field. Goshen helped hold Marian scoreless after an Aliyah Evans jumper made it a 35-19 game, and during the home drought their opposition cut the lead in half. Collier ended the drought with 64 seconds to play before halftime, and a late score from Perryman sealed the 10-point advantage as Marian took a 39-29 lead into the break.

After halftime Marian took control and left their mark on the game, scoring 29 points in the third quarter alone. Allison Bosse paced the high-scoring quarter, pouring in eight points in the first 3:30 of the second half. The offense continued to flow through Bosse, who soon started connecting with Ella Collier as the senior tandem drove Marian’s lead over 20 points. Bosse and Collier combined for 26 of the 29 third quarter points for Marian, helping the Knights own a 68-44 lead going into the fourth quarter.

In the final quarter the Knights utilized their bench effectively, with nine different players scoring in the last stanza of the game. Abbey McNally led Marian’s fourth quarter scoring and helped her team take a 30-point lead in the game, locking the win just over one minute into the fourth quarter. Olivia Faust and Eva Fisher put the finishing touches on the win, scoring the final points for the home team in their 92-54 win.

Marian ended the game shooting a blistering 56 percent from the field, while knocking down 16 of their 17 free throws. Bosse scored a game-high 24 points, missing a career-best game by four digits. Collier finished the night with 20 points and five steals, and McNally scored 17 while grabbing a team-best five rebounds. Perryman scored 11 points off the bench, and in total 10 players scored at least two points.

Marian goes back on the road Saturday after their first home game of the second half of the season, traveling to Huntington for a 1 p.m. tip.

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NFL STANDINGS

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FOOTBALL HISTORY

January 4, 1883 – The Ontario Rugby Football Union formed. You may ask Hey isn’t this a place for football history? Yes it is my friends and this Rugby Club from Ontario was the forerunner of the Canadian Football League.

January 4, 1942 – Polo Grounds, New York City – At the 4th NFL All Star Game in a series where the NFL champs would play against the best players from the rest of the League, the Bears faced a group led by Slingin’ Sammy Baugh and Frank Filchok of Washington and Green Bay’s Don Hutson. This game occurred less than a month after the attack on Pearl Harbor and was a distraction for the fans who were focussed on the War effort. The Chicago Bears showed why they were so good as they defeated the NFL All-Stars, 35-24 in a game filled with fights on the field and snowball fights in the stands per the story by ESPN.com.

January 4, 1970 – Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland – The Kansas City Chiefs met their rivals the Oakland Raiders in the 1969 AFL Championship game.The Chiefs defense came to play and made it tough sledding for the Raiders all game as they forced 4 interceptions of Oakland passes. KC earned the right to advance onto the Big Game in a 17-7 victory over the home team.

January 4, 1970 – Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota – Meanwhile at the NFL Championship game to see who would face the Chiefs, it was the Minnesota Vikings who outlasted the Cleveland Browns, 27-7.

January 4, 1976 – Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA – The AFC Championship games of the 1970’s had two pretty common teams playing in it. Can you believe there was only one game for the Lamat Hunt Trophy in the decade of the ‘70’s where neither the Steelers nor the Raiders were a participant? Well in the Conference Title game of the 1975 season it was one of three times in the decade that the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland Raiders squared off against each other. This time around it was the Steelers who outlasted the Raiders, 16-10. Pro-Football-Reference gives us the data that Franco Harris and John Stalworth scored to help the Steel City advance to the Super Bowl.

January 4, 1986 – Anaheim, California – Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson scored twice as he pounded the turf for an NFL postseason record of 248 yards in 20-0 Rams win over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC divisional playoff.

January 4, 1999 – College Football, 1st BCS National Championship, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ: #1 Tennessee beats #2 Florida State, 23-16, at 28th Fiesta Bowl

January 4, 2000 – A day after accepting the head coaching position with the New York Jets franchise, Bill Belichick resigns the Jets position and then later accepts the New England Patriots head job.

January 4, 2000 – Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans – The 2nd BCS National Championship game held was  under the guise of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. It matched up two pretty good offensive teams against each other.  #1 Florida State would face the #2 Virginia Tech squad. The Seminoles had their great Wide Receiver Peter Warrick and company while the Hokies placed an interesting red-shirt freshman under center named Michael Vick per the AllstateSugarBowl.org site. There were plenty of offensive fireworks as advertised. Warrick helped the Seminoles jump out early to a 28-7 lead in the first half. But Vick spearheaded the Hokies to a great comeback that actually put Virginia Tech ahead 29-28 at the end of the third quarter. Then Warrick and Florida State gave their final push that handed them the game.  FSU outlasted VT 46-29 in an exciting game! 

January 4, 2004 – Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans -The 6th BCS National Championship once again took place at the Sugar Bowl as the top two teams in the rankings met once again. The second ranked LSU Tigers were the opponents for the #1 Oklahoma Sooners per the AllstateSugarBowl.org site. Even the coaches in this game were interesting as the schemes of OU’s Bob Stoops would face the strategies of Nick Saban. The Sooners went into the game as a 6 point favorite, Oklahoma’s offense which was tops in the land averaged an astounding 45.2 points coming into the game and that Sooners was the nation’s third-best overall defensive team, giving up an average of  a mere 255.7 yards a game. The Tigers fielded two All-America selections in the contest but Oklahoma looked like an All-star team when they rolled out 7 young men that received the All-America honors including Heisman winner Jason White. On paper no wonder the Sooners were favored, but there is a reason why they still play the games. LSU came out and played as a complete cohesive unit in the ultimate team sport. The Tigers defense stifled White and the Sooners offense most of the evening, limiting them to a mere 152 yards and two TDs. Saban’s offense responded when it needed to most, including right after the Sooners scored when they had great field position after a blocked punt. It was LSU in a 21-14 upset of Oklahoma at the 70th Sugar Bowl for the National Title.

January 4, 2005 – Pro Player Stadium, Miami Gardens -The Sooners would be back as a participant in the 7th BCS National Championship in the Orange Bowl. This time Bob Stoops and company would enter as the second ranked team in the country and would play against a Pete Carroll coached #1 Southern California team. The Orange Bowl site promotes the game as the battle of Award Winners as 2004 Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart faced off against 2003 Heisman Trophy winner Jason White.  The posting goes on to say that the Orange Bowl hosted its 18th National Championship, six of which have included Oklahoma. The contest wasn’t even close as the Trojans jumped out to a 28-8 lead at the half and never looked back as they triumphed 55-19 to win the BCS Title. Leinart threw five touchdown passes in the game. But that is not the end of this story… A few years after the game was played in June of 2010, the BCS according to the Conquestchronicles.com website, under the guidance of NCAA findings of USC’s “lack of institutional control” stripped the Title from the Trojans. The investigation of college football’s governing board found that running back Reggie Bush was ineligible for violation of NCAA rules which in essence disqualified Southern Cal in games that Bush played. Bush also had to vacate his 2005 Heisman Trophy. The BCS said in a statement the 2004 national title will remain vacant. One team besides the Sooners that were upset about this matter was the Auburn Tigers who with a perfect 13-0 season in the rugged SEC were not chosen to play in the big game.

January 4, 2006 – the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California – There may have been another national title stripped too because of the NCAA findings with the Trojans. But USC fell in the 8th BCS National Championship to Vince Young and #2 Texas who defeated #1 Southern Cal, 41-38, at 92nd Rose Bowl. Texas won the National Championship but boy was it a classic battle. In fact some folks such as SBNation.com call it the greatest National Championship game ever! And they may be right! This game had all the drama, the star power and great coaching that made it an instant classic! Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, the aforementioned Vince Young highlight a couple of legendary college rosters for the contest. The game was also significant as it was the last one called by broadcaster Keith Jackson, who is probably the greatest college football play-by-play man of all time. Young became a collegiate legend on this big stage as he went 30-of-40 passing for 267 yards, plus 19 runs for 200 yards and three scores. He really took the Longhorns and put them on his shoulder to propel them back into the game from a 38-26 deficit with 6:42 to play. Then one of the greatest plays occurred. With a mere 26 ticks of the clock remaining and down by 5, Texas faced a fourth and 5 from the USC 8 yard line. Young took the shotgun snap and dropped back to pass. All of a sudden he saw daylight and dashed around the right end to trot into the endzone for the go-ahead winning score! The Texas Longhorns of Coach Mack Brown would become the National Champs!

January 4, 2010 – The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl – Boise State was facing Texas Christian University in the first BCS Bowl game played between two non-BCS teams, as well as the first BCS bowl game where both teams were undefeated heading into the game. The Broncos squad was led by QB Kellen Moore and Running back Doug Martin while the Horned Frogs had Andy Dalton under center per ESPN.com.  Boise State won the game when Doug Martin got a two-yard touchdown with 7:21 left in the fourth quarter to make it 17–10.

Hall Of Fame Birthdays for January 4

January 4, 1925 – Connellsville, Pennsylvania – Notre Dame’s legendary Quarterback Johnny Lujack was born. Lujack was unanimous All- America both seasons and won the Heisman himself in 1947. Lujack played for Chicago Bears and George Halas from 1948 to 1951. The pinnacle of his pro career came 1948 against the Chicago Cardinals he tossed six touchdown passes!

January 4, 1930 – Grand River, Ohio – The winningest coach in NFL history, Don Shula was born. Shula served 33 seasons as a head coach of NFL teams. His coaching career started off in Baltimore with the Colts where he led the Blue Horseshoe to seven straight winning seasons including a trip to Super Bowl III against the Joe Namath-led Jets. Before the 1970 season the great coach moved to take over the reigns of the Miami Dolphins. There he continued to win and even guided the team to consecutive Super Bowl victories in the VII and VIII editions of the game.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

4 – 50 – 29 – 00 – 33 – 53 – 30 – 52 – 23 – 9

January 4, 1942 – The seven time National League batting champion Rogers Hornsby became the 14th player selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Hornsby wore multiple numbers on his jersey over his career but the one he put on most often was the Number 4 of the St Louis Cardinals.

The Number 4 is for Adrian Dantley who on January 4, 1984 while with the Utah Jazz, tied Wilt Chamberlain’s record for the most free throws scored in an NBA game hitting on 28 of 29 from the line propelling the Jazz to a 116-111 victory over the Rockets.

The Number 50 is for the man they called the Admiral, David Robinson. On January 4, 1986 while playing for Navy the stalwart big man blocked an NCAA record 14 shots as the Midshipmen knocked off UNC Wilmington 76-61. Robinson also had 14 rebounds while scoring 21 points.

The Number 29 is for stud running back Eric Dickerson who on January 4, 1986 set an NFL post season record of 248 yards as he led the LA Rams to a 20-0 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

January 4, 1992 – Boston Celtic’s Number 00, Robert Parish became the 5th player in NBA history to register 2,000 career blocks during Celtics’ 100-96 loss at Minnesota – others Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Number 33), Mark Eaton (Number 53), Wayne Tree Rollins (Number 30) and George Johnson (Number 52)

January 4, 2001 – Washington Wizards forward Number 23, Michael Jordan became the 4th player in NBA history to score 30,000 career points; hits a free throw in 2nd quarter of an 89-83 win against his old team, the Chicago Bulls

January 4, 2018 – Liverpool and Egyptian forward Number 9, Mohamed Salah was named as the African Football Player of the Year

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