INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL
|CHESTERTON||85||EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL||50|
|CLINTON CENTRAL||60||NORTH VERMILLION||50|
|CULVER ACADEMY||62||FORT WAYNE LUERS||37|
|DUGGER UNION||70||SEVEN OAKS CLASSICAL||22|
|EASTERN GREENE||57||WOOD MEMORIAL||51|
|EVANSVILLE BOSSE||73||EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL||65|
|EVANSVILLE NORTH||66||GIBSON SOUTHERN||49|
|FORT WAYNE DWENGER||50||DEKALB||48|
|FORT WAYNE NORTHROP||68||LEO||59|
|FORT WAYNE SOUTH||75||CHURUBUSCO||60|
|GOSHEN||69||SOUTH BEND CLAY||44|
|HAMMOND CENTRAL||62||GARY WEST||45|
|LAKE STATION||85||BOWMAN ACADEMY||69|
|LAWRENCE CENTRAL||72||INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS||67|
|NORTH MIAMI||68||LAKELAND CHRISTIAN||66||OT|
|OWENSBORO (KY.)||67||EVANSVILLE CENTRAL||65|
|PENDLETON HEIGHTS||65||GUERIN CATHOLIC||60||OT|
|RENSSELAER CENTRAL||65||HANOVER CENTRAL||46|
|SOUTH BEND RILEY||89||NORTHRIDGE||64|
|SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON||63||ANDREAN||31|
|TERRE HAUTE NORTH||53||WEST VIGO||29|
|TRINITY GREENLAWN||44||MISHAWAKA CHRISTIAN||9|
|UNION COUNTY||41||OLDENBURG ACADEMY||33|
|VALPARAISO||71||GARY 21ST CENTURY||55|
|WASHINGTON TWP.||70||WEST CENTRAL||59|
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL
|BEN DAVIS||74||COLUMBUS EAST||53|
|BENTON CENTRAL||69||TWIN LAKES||55|
|BLOOMFIELD||45||WHITE RIVER VALLEY||41|
|BOONE GROVE||53||NORTH NEWTON||33|
|DUGGER UNION||56||SEVEN OAKS CLASSICAL||16|
|ELKHART CHRISTIAN||25||CLINTON CHRISTIAN||20|
|FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK||54||HERITAGE||37|
|GIBSON SOUTHERN||57||SOUTH SPENCER||51|
|HAMILTON HEIGHTS||52||INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD||37|
|HENDERSON COUNTY (KY.)||51||EVANSVILLE MATER DEI||23|
|HERITAGE CHRISTIAN||66||INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY||23|
|MARQUETTE CATHOLIC||56||VICTORY CHRISTIAN||22|
|MICHIGAN CITY||61||HAMMOND CENTRAL||29|
|MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE)||57||NEW PALESTINE||37|
|NORTH WHITE||46||NORTH JUDSON||33|
|NORTHEAST DUBOIS||51||EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN||14|
|SWITZERLAND COUNTY||28||SOUTH RIPLEY||23|
|TERRE HAUTE NORTH||48||NORTHVIEW||33|
|TRITON CENTRAL||62||INDIANAPOLIS RITTER||29|
|VINCENNES LINCOLN||64||EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL||48|
|WEST LAFAYETTE||70||NORTH MONTGOMERY||21|
INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL AP POLLS
W-L PTS PRV
1. ZIONSVILLE (8) 6-0 212 1
2. HOMESTEAD (1) 5-1 177 3
3. CATHEDRAL (1) 5-1 176 4
4. VALPARAISO (1) 5-0 149 8
5. CARMEL 4-2 105 9
6. FISHERS 5-1 103 5
7. PENN 5-0 86 NR
8. LAWRENCE NORTH 4-1 81 2
9. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 4-1 60 6
10. WESTFIELD 2-2 38 10
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: NORTH CENTRAL 23. BEN DAVIS 20. LAFAYETTE JEFF 17. TERRE HAUTE NORTH 14. ANDERSON 13. MUNSTER 10. CHESTERTON 9. EV. REITZ 8. MOORESVILLE 7. MERRILLVILLE 6. BLOOMINGTON NORTH 6.
W-L PTS PRV
1. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (7) 6-0 195 1
2. LEO (1) 5-0 194 2
3. CONNERSVILLE (1) 5-0 166 3
4. BREBEUF JESUIT (1) 4-1 150 4
5. NORTH HARRISON 4-0 137 5
6. NORTHWOOD (1) 5-0 113 6
7. GREENSBURG 3-0 85 10
8. BROWNSTOWN 4-0 81 NR
9. GLENN 5-0 58 NR
10. SULLIVAN 4-0 54 NR
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: BEECH GROVE 21. GUERIN CATHOLIC 14. PERU 14. SILVER CREEK 12. S. BEND ST. JOSEPH’S 9. CULVER ACADEMY 9. NORTHVIEW 8.
W-L PTS PRV
1. CENTRAL NOBLE (9) 4-0 214 1
2. LINTON-STOCKTON (1) 5-0 200 2
3. FW BLACKHAWK (1) 3-0 162 3
4. S. SPENCER 5-0 135 4
5. COVENANT CHRISTIAN 4-1 80 7
6. PARK TUDOR 3-1 76 5
7. PARKE HERITAGE 3-2 75 6
8. CARROLL (FLORA) 5-0 66 NR
9. BREMEN 4-0 50 NR
10. BLACKFORD 1-0 45 9
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: SOUTHWESTERN (JEFFERSON) 38. EASTSIDE 36. WESTVIEW 34. EASTERN HANCOCK 23. N. PUTNAM 16. CLINTON PRAIRIE 14. SOUTHMONT 12. PROVIDENCE 10. ANDREAN 10. WAPAHANI 10. LAKE STATION 8. TIPTON 6.
W-L PTS PRV
1. NORTH DAVIESS (8) 6-0 212 2
2. GARY 21ST CENTURY (1) 3-0 166 4
3. LOOGOOTEE 6-1 162 3
4. BARR-REEVE (1) 4-2 161 1
5. EDINBURGH 5-0 140 5
6. BLOOMFIELD (1) 5-0 127 6
7. LUTHERAN 2-0 107 7
8. TRITON 4-1 86 10
9. JAC-CEN-DEL 4-2 56 8
10. TINDLEY 1-2 32 9
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: EV. CHRISTIAN 20. ORLEANS 12. ARGOS 7. TRI-CENTRAL 7. FREMONT 7. LAFAYETTE CATHOLIC 6. COVINGTON 6. ELKHART CHRISTIAN 6.
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL POLLS
1. CROWN POINT (11-1)
2. FRANKLIN (11-0)
3. NOBLESVILLE (9-1)
4. FISHERS (9-2)
5. BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (10-1)
6. HOMESTEAD (9-1)
7. NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (11-3)
8. COLUMBIA CITY (10-0)
9. COLUMBUS EAST (10-1)
9. LAKE CENTRAL (10-1)
11. WESTFIELD (9-2)
1. SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (12-2)
2. SILVER CREEK (11-0)
3. GARRETT (9-1)
4. BENTON CENTRAL (10-0)
5. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (9-2)
6. WASHINGTON (9-1)
7. HAMILTON HEIGHTS (7-3)
8. NORWELL (8-3)
9. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (6-1)
10. EDGEWOOD (11-0)
1. WINCHESTER (10-0)
2. FAIRFIELD (10-0)
3. SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (11-0)
4. TRITON CENTRAL (9-1)
5. FOREST PARK (10-1)
6. TIPTON (6-1)
7. EASTBROOK (7-1)
8. EASTERN HANCOCK (9-1)
9. FRANKTON (8-2)
10. CASCADE (9-2)
1. WALDRON (10-0)
2. VINCENNES RIVET (8-0)
3. LANESVILLE (11-1)
4. JAC-CEN-DEL (9-1)
5. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (7-2)
6. TRINITY LUTHERAN (6-2)
7. TECUMSEH (5-4)
8. KOUTS (9-3)
9. NORTH WHITE (9-1)
10. FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK (8-2)
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING
TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 65 W. VIGO 15
WHITELAND 45 DECATUR CENTRAL 21
CENTERVILLE JV 42 WAPAHANI 24
JASPER 60 VINCENNES LINCOLN 22
JASPER 65 PIKE CENTRAL 18
NORTH NEWTON 37 W. CENTRAL 36
NORTH NEWTON 53 TWIN LAKES 18
ADAMS CENTRAL 42 NEW HAVEN 36
FLOYD CENTRAL 37 BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 36
NORTHVIEW 49 BLOOMINGTON NORTH 25
BELLMONT 67 FORT WAYNE SNIDER 12
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 58 NOBLESVILLE 12
MCCUTCHEON 72 N. MONTGOMERY 12
MONROVIA 52 EDGEWOOD 22
BROWNSBURG 64 FRANKLIN CENTRAL 12
WEST LAFAYETTE 66 DELPHI 6
CASS 61 MANCHESTER 17
OWEN VALLEY 48 INDIAN CREEK 24
ANGOLA 42 WOODLAN 15
SOUTHPORT 42 MARTINSVILLE 38
OAK HILL 64 WABASH 18
MONROE CENTRAL 54 WAPAHANI 12
SHERIDAN 48 GUERIN CATHOLIC 28
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#2 DUKE 103 SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 60
MEMPHIS 92 #6 ALABAMA 70
#13 AUBURN 70 N. ALABAMA 44
#14 HOUSTON 71 LOUISIANA 56
#17 TEXAS 63 ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF 31
#18 TENNESSEE 96 USC UPSTATE 52
#19 LSU 89 NORTHWESTERN STATE 49
#25 TEXAS TECH 75 ARKANSAS STATE 62
LOUISVILLE 86 SE. LOUISIANA 60
CLEMSON 89 MIAMI OHIO 76
CINCINNATI 77 FLORIDA A&M 50
NORTH CAROLINA 74 FURMAN 60
SOUTH CAROLINA 110 ALLEN 51
WAKE FOREST 77 VMI 70
ARIZONA STATE 58 CREIGHTON 57
DEPAUL 72 ILLINOIS CHICAGO 66
MISSISSIPPI STATE 79 GEORGIA STATE 50
MINNESOTA 79 TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI
TENNESSEE MARTIN 79 UNC ASHEVILLE 68
WICHITA STATE 70 ALCORN STATE 63
TEXAS SOUTHERN 70 TEXAS RIO GRANDE 60
BOISE STATE 72 SANTA CLARA 60
UC DAVIS 71 OREGON STATE 64
PACIFIC 80 CAL SANTA BARBARA 71, OT
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
DEPAUL 100 NICHOLLS 72
KANSAS CITY 69 SANTA CLARA 62
CALIFORNIA BAPTIST 74 UC SAN DIEGO 73
LIBERTY 76 BLUEFIELD STATE 30
DIXIE STATE 79 WESTCLIFF 55
SOUTH ALABAMA 91 FAULKNER 51
DREXEL 59 YALE 52
GEORGIA STATE 61 FLORIDA A&M 52
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 68 BETHUNE COOKMAN 57
CENTRAL FLORIDA 68 SETON HALL 56
INDIANA STATE 76 ILLINOIS CHICAGO 50
TEXAS PAN-AMERICAN 52 TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI 43
PRINCETON 79 BUFFALO 77 OT
RUTGERS 56 CENTRAL CONNECTICUT 45
ARKANSAS STATE 81 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY 47
HOWARD 74 MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY 61
NORTHWESTERN 55 MILWAUKEE 46
PORTLAND 70 STEPHEN F AUSTIN 59
BROOKLYN 131 TORONTO 129 OT
GOLDEN STATE 105 NEW YORK 96
DETROIT AT CHICAGO POSTPONED
PHOENIX 111 PORTLAND 107 OT
VEGAS 4 BOSTON 1
TAMPA BAY 3 LOS ANGELES 2
OTTAWA 8 FLORIDA 2
PHILADELPHIA 6 NEW JERSEY 1
PITTSBURGH 5 MONTRÉAL 2
DETROIT 2 NY ISLANDERS 1
CALGARY AT NASHVILLE POSTPONED
CAROLINA AT MINNESOTA POSTPONED
BUFFALO 4 WINNIPEG 2
ST. LOUIS 4 DALLAS 1
COLORADO 4 NY RANGERS 2
TORONTO 5 EDMONTON 1
VANCOUVER 4 COLUMBUS 3
SEATTLE 3 SAN JOSE 1
Friday, Dec. 17
COLLEGE BOWL SCHEDULE
Saturday, Dec. 18
Monday, Dec. 20
Tuesday, Dec. 21
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Kent State vs. Wyoming
3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho
Wednesday, Dec. 22
Thursday, Dec. 23
Frisco Football Classic
Miami (Ohio) vs. North Texas
3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas
Friday, Dec. 24
Saturday, Dec. 25
Monday, Dec. 27
Tuesday, Dec. 28
First Responder Bowl
Air Force vs. Louisville
3:15 p.m. | ESPN
Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas
Guaranteed Rate Bowl
Minnesota vs. West Virginia
10:15 p.m. | ESPN
Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona
Wednesday, Dec. 29
Thursday, Dec. 30
Friday, Dec. 31
Cotton Bowl Classic (College Football Playoff semifinal)
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Cincinnati
3:30 p.m. | ESPN
AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
Orange Bowl (College Football Playoff semifinal)
No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Georgia
7:30 p.m. | ESPN
Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida
Saturday, Jan. 1
Tuesday, Jan. 4
Monday, Jan. 10
College Football Playoff National Championship Game
8 p.m. | ESPN
Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana
THIS WEEK’S NFL SCHEDULE
Thursday Night Football
The Chiefs have won six straight games and sit a game ahead of the Chargers in the AFC West.
The Raiders are 6-7 and the Browns are 7-6, making this a pivotal game for both team’s playoff chances.
The Patriots currently hold the top seed in the AFC playoffs thanks to a tie breaker. The Colts are in right now, but they are fighting with several other teams for a berth.
Sunday early games
The Cowboys got some breathing room in the NFC East with a win over Washington in Week 14.
Both of these teams are 2-11 on the season and in the basement of the AFC standings.
The Titans are right in the race for the top seed in the AFC, while the Steelers are fighting just to make the postseason.
The Dolphins are 6-7, but they have won five straight games to get in the AFC playoff race.
Neither of these teams can afford a loss here if it wants to make the NFC playoffs.
The Lions are 1-11-1 entering this game. Can they play spoiler against the Cardinals, who are fighting for the top seed in the NFC?
The Bills are really struggling. A loss to the Panthers would shatter their chances at the playoffs.
Sunday late games
These two AFC teams are battling for a playoff spot.
These two NFC teams are battling for a playoff spot.
Hard to believe, but the Seahawks are still in the NFC playoff race. A win against the Rams would really boost their cause.
The Packers are on a roll. The Ravens are not. Bad news for the Ravens?
Sunday Night Football
The Saints already beat the Buccaneers this season. They could really use another victory over their division rivals to help their playoff chances.
Monday Night Football
The Vikings are in the thick of the NFC playoff race, but can’t afford to slip up against the Bears.
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES/RELEASES
WARRIORS’ STEPHEN CURRY BREAKS THE NBA CAREER 3-POINT RECORD
NEW YORK (AP) Stephen Curry never wanted to say it himself, even if others have been saying it for years.
He refused to call himself the greatest shooter of them all until the numbers said so.
“I got that baby,” Curry said, raising his arms high in the air.
He struck the same pose hours earlier Tuesday night after shooting his way to the top of the NBA record book with his 2,974th 3-pointer in the first quarter of the Golden State Warriors’ win over the New York Knicks.
Curry broke the record set by Ray Allen, who held it for 10 years after passing Reggie Miller. They were both at the game and presented Curry with a jersey with a 2,974 on the back.
That number could be 4,000 or more by the time Curry is done playing a game in a way that barely existed before him.
“He has totally changed the game of basketball as we know it,” teammate Draymond Green said.
Curry hit the record shot from the right wing with 7:33 remaining in the first quarter, waving his arms toward the sky, blowing a kiss and pounding his chest as he jogged backward down court. The Warriors then committed a foul and quickly called timeout to let the celebration begin.
Curry went and embraced his father, Dell Curry, who was seated along a baseline, while Bob McKillop, his coach at Davidson, stood in the stands and beamed alongside Larry Riley, who drafted Curry for the Warriors. Then came a hug from Green, among others and, finally, Curry trotted back across the court for a long embrace and a few congratulatory words from Allen.
Curry already owns two of the top three seasons for 3-pointers – including the only season with 400 3s – and now has the career record.
It came at Madison Square Garden, where Curry had one of his early-career highlights on Feb. 27, 2013, when he made 11 3-pointers and scored 54 points. He’s gone on to win two MVP awards and three championships while becoming one of the biggest, most popular stars in the game.
Fans waited long afterward while he conducted a postgame interview on the court, chanting “MVP! MVP!” when he finished.
“I think fans are attracted to him just because of his humility and his story and how hard he’s had to work, so from that standpoint it transcends sports somewhat,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said before the game.
Curry had been far from his best beyond the arc to start this road trip, going 3 for 14 in Philadelphia and then 5 for 15 in Indiana. But with his ability to go from slumping to surging in a hurry, Kerr predicted a breakout would be coming soon.
It came quickly Tuesday. Curry hit from straightaway on his first attempt, and fans around the arena stood as he was dribbling the ball across center court on the next possession. He launched an ugly attempt that he missed.
The record-breaker came on his next shot and was vintage Curry. He gave the ball up and eventually raced back to the outside, getting the ball back and seemingly launching it in the same motion before a defender could get out to him.
Not an easy shot, but Curry has made it so many times he knew this one was pure.
“Oh, for sure,” he said.
It’s that quick shot – whether after catching it or on the dribble – and the ability to release from so far behind the arc that’s made him a shooter unlike any before him.
“He’s the best shooter I’ve ever seen, and I think it’s clear he is the best catch-and-shoot player,” former Dallas superstar Dirk Nowitzki recently said. “But where he’s so good is off the dribble, and I think that’s something that he added, the quick 3 off the dribble. It’s one motion and his shot is gone.”
None of Curry’s stardom was guaranteed when he entered the league in 2009 as the No. 7 pick from Davidson, far from one of the basketball powerhouses that usually produce the top players.
But with perhaps an unmatched combination of dribbling and shooting accuracy, he led a long-distance revolution that has turned the 3-pointer from an afterthought in NBA offenses into a weapon. He has led the league in 3-pointers six times and is well on his way to a seventh for a resurgent Warriors team that again has the league’s best record at 23-5.
“He has revolutionized the way the game is played and continues to leave fans in awe with his amazing artistry and extraordinary shooting ability,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “We congratulate him on this historic achievement.”
Curry could put the record well out of reach at his current pace: He entered the night making 5.4 3-pointers per game this season, best of his career.
Curry, 33, has now played 789 games, with perhaps a few more seasons at the top. At the same point in his career, Allen had 1,918 3s.
SHORT-HANDED NETS FORCE OVERTIME, BEAT RAPTORS 131-129
NEW YORK (AP) Patty Mills made a 3 to force overtime, Kevin Durant had 34 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 131-129 on Tuesday night.
Durant was upgraded from questionable just before the game because Brooklyn has seven players in the NBA’s health and safety protocol, including starters James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre’ Bembry. He responded to the last-minute add with his 14th triple-double of his career.
“I felt like it was something I could play on, so I knew I was going to play this morning,” Durant said. “I hate that my teammates are out. I wish everybody was playing.”
Brooklyn won its third straight, with Mills adding 30 points. It was the fourth career 30-point game in Mills’ career, and his first since Nov. 1, 2019, when he was a member of the San Antonio Spurs. The Nets also got 17 from Kessler Edwards, 16 from Nic Claxton and 13 from Blake Griffin before he fouled out in overtime.
The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for Toronto (12-15). Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with 31. Gary Trent Jr. and Pascal Siakam each finished with 25.
“We know how good of a team we can be when we are clicking and doing what we are supposed to do,” Siakam said. “Every time we haven’t done that in season we pay for it.”
Scottie Barnes had 23, but missed what would have been a game-winning, buzzer-beating 3 in overtime.
“I feel like we’re right there as a team,” Barnes said. “We’ll get this thing really going as a unit.”
Trailing by 10 entering the third quarter, Toronto outscored Brooklyn 44-25 to take a 100-91 advantage going into the fourth. But Brooklyn outscored Toronto 26-11 over the first 7:18 of the fourth quarter, regaining the lead, 109-108, on a Mills 3 with 7:12 left. Another Mills 3 from the left side with 4:43 left extended the lead to 117-111.
It didn’t last. Barnes knocked down two 3s to tie the game, and Trent made a 3 with 1:21 left to give the Raptors a 120-117 lead. That held until Mills’ 3 with 13 seconds left forced overtime.
“I like how we responded throughout the whole game,” Durant said. “Hitting them first and taking their punch – 44-25 in the third – then turning it up in the fourth quarter and overtime, man. … I’m so proud to just be a part of this group and play with these young dudes.
“Man, it was amazing to be out there.”
Raptors: Barnes has at least one very important fan: Coach Nick Nurse. During his pregame session with reporters, Nurse raved about Barnes, who entered the game averaging 15.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. “I’m really happy with the type of person he is,” Nurse said. “He’s really progressing nicely. . He’s just got good energy and passion to play, and I think there’s a real youthful enthusiasm (that) shows itself and sometimes when we need it.”
Nets: Brooklyn was significantly shorthanded as six players were put in the COVID-19 protocols prior to game – Harden, Aldridge, Bembry, Bruce Brown, Jevon Carter and James Johnson. Paul Millsap went into protocol Monday. “It’s unfortunate, for sure,” Nets coach Steve Nash said, who also noted “a couple coaches and a couple staff (members)” were in protocol.
Raptors: Host Golden State on Saturday night.
Nets: Host Philadelphia on Thursday night.
AYTON RETURNS TO PACE SUNS IN 111-107 WIN OVER BLAZERS IN OT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Deandre Ayton had 28 points and 13 rebounds in his return from a non-COVID-19 illness, and the Phoenix Suns held off the Portland Trail Blazers 111-107 in overtime Tuesday night.
Chris Paul, who made the jumper that forced overtime, added 24 points and 14 assists for a Phoenix team still missing leading scorer Devin Booker.
Damian Lillard had 31 points and 10 assists for the Blazers, who lost their sixth straight.
The Suns have just five losses this season, but one of them came the night before against the Los Angeles Clippers. Phoenix had lost two of four before facing the struggling Blazers.
Cam Johnson’s deep 3-pointer gave the Suns a 107-104 lead in overtime, but Norman Powell’s long jumper got Portland within one. Ayton’s basket kept the Suns in front 109-106.
Lillard missed the first of two free throws with 11.9 seconds left and the Blazers couldn’t catch up.
After trailing by 14 in the first half, Portland rallied to go up 86-81 on Tony Snell’s 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.
It was tight the rest of the way. Cameron Payne’s 3-pointer briefly gave Phoenix a 94-93 lead with 2:30 left, but Lillard answered with a 3 of his own.
The Suns tied it at 100 with 40.5 seconds left after Payne and Chris Powell each made a basket. Jusuf Nurkic missed the second of two free throws for the Blazers.
After a jump ball, a call that was challenged by the Suns leaving them with no timeouts, Paul fouled Powell, who missed his first free throw but hit the second to make it 102-100. Paul’s jumper tied it at 102 with 8.2 seconds to go.
Injuries have plagued Portland in recent weeks, and starting guard CJ McCollum remained out with with a punctured lung.
The Suns were minus Booker again because of a hamstring injury. Booker, who sat out his sixth game, is averaging 23.2 points. Abdel Nader remained out because of right knee injury management, and Jalen Smith missed his second game with a non-COVID-19 illness.
But the Suns welcomed back Ayton, their talented big man who missed the previous two games.
Phoenix went up 36-24 in the opening half after Mikal Bridges’ jumper. Portland closed to 49-43 at the break. The Blazers struggled from 3-point range in the half, making just three of 18 attempts and missing 11 straight.
Portland narrowed the gap to 73-72 late in the third quarter after Robert Covington’s short jumper and 3-pointer. He hit another 3 at the buzzer to give the Blazers the lead and cap an 11-0 run.
Suns: It was the third meeting with the Blazers this season – the teams split the first two. The Suns swept Portland in three meetings last season. … JaVale McGee picked up five fouls and went to the bench in the third quarter.
Trail Blazers: It was the first of a back-to-back for the Blazers, who host Memphis on Wednesday. … Larry Nance Jr. made his second start after coach Chauncey Billups moved Covington to the bench.
The Suns host the Washington Wizards on Thursday.
The Trail Blazers host the Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
ANTETOKOUNMPO IN COVID-19 PROTOCOL, WILL SIT WEDNESDAY
MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo is the latest NBA star to be sidelined by COVID-19.
The league’s injury report on Tuesday night listed the two-time MVP as out for the Milwaukee Bucks’ game against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday because he’s in the health and safety protocols.
Milwaukee’s Wesley Matthews and Donte DiVincenzo also have entered the COVID-19 protocols and won’t play Wednesday.
Antetokounmpo played Sunday at New York and Monday at Boston. He had a triple-double in the victory over the Knicks and scored 20 points in the loss to the Celtics.
He’s averaging 27 points, 11.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists this season.
Earlier this season, Bucks forward Khris Middleton missed eight games after testing positive for COVID-19. Last season, Milwaukee’s Jrue Holiday missed 10 games for the same reason.
The Bucks went 3-5 in the games Middleton missed after his positive test. Middleton is questionable for Wednesday’s game after leaving the Celtics game early with a hyperextended left knee.
STEELERS HOPEFUL WATT, HADEN WILL PLAY AGAINST TITANS
PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is hopeful linebacker T.J. Watt and cornerback Joe Haden will be available when Tennessee visits Heinz Field on Sunday.
Watt left last Thursday’s 36-28 loss to Minnesota in the first half with a groin injury. Haden hasn’t played since spraining his foot in a tie against Detroit last month.
“A number of those guys who have been out in recent weeks have an opportunity maybe to get back on the train,” Tomlin said.
The list includes linebacker Alex Highsmith, who also left the Vikings’ loss with an injury, as well as defensive linemen Carlos Davis and Isaiah Buggs. Davis has spent most of the season on injured reserve and Buggs has been dealing with an ankle injury, symbolic of a defensive front that’s been dealing with depth concerns since Tyson Alualu was lost for the season with a fractured ankle in Week 2.
Pittsburgh’s run defense has sagged as the season has worn on. The Steelers are 30th in the league against the run after giving up 242 yards to the Vikings, who manhandled Pittsburgh’s defensive front with ease.
The Steelers (6-6-1) still find themselves in the mix in the AFC North despite having just one win in their past five games. Tomlin, however, did not spend the weekend poring over the standings.
“I do not care,” he said “My agenda is the Pittsburgh Steelers. I didn’t waste any of my time this weekend pondering that perspective. I was just looking at our place in this fray and the things that we’re capable of getting accomplished.”
Tomlin is confident Pittsburgh can accomplish those things with wide receiver Chase Claypool. Claypool drew widespread criticism for making a first-down signal with the clock running in the final minute against Minnesota, a display that cost the Steelers valuable seconds.
Tomlin called the maneuver “a misstep” but declined to publicly take the talented second-year receiver to task. Tomlin pointed out the 23-year-old Claypool is still in the early stages of his career and remains an unfinished product.
“It can’t happen fast enough for him, and it can’t happen fast enough for us,” Tomlin said. “We’re going to continue to push that growth and development as long as he’s a willing participant. He has been, and so we’re just gonna keep moving forward.”
BECKHAM, FULLER AMONG 9 RAMS TO COVID-19 RESERVE LIST
LOS ANGELES (AP) Receiver Odell Beckham Jr., safety Jordan Fuller and seven of their Los Angeles Rams teammates went on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, giving the Rams 13 total players on the list after the latest expansion of their virus outbreak.
Defensive backs Terrell Burgess and Juju Hughes, tight end Brycen Hopkins, tackle Alaric Jackson, injured nose tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day and practice squad members Jonah Williams and Tyler Hall also went on the list Tuesday. Only Beckham and Fuller have played regularly in a major role for the Rams (9-4) this season.
“You’re adding a lot of layers to this situation that we thought we were past, and that’s the thing that I think is the most mind-numbing about it all for me,” coach Sean McVay said.
The Rams shut down their training complex in Thousand Oaks for at least two days under the NFL’s intensive protocols. They will conduct meetings virtually Wednesday and won’t hold a practice, although they were unlikely to hold a significant workout anyway on a short week of preparation to host Seattle on Sunday.
“I am very surprised, because you feel like you’re behind it when everybody is vaccinated and you’re moving in the right direction,” McVay said Tuesday before the latest round of moves had been announced. “Without a doubt, we have never experienced anything of this magnitude as it relates to COVID. This is definitely something that’s been eye-opening.”
The Rams also activated tight end Tyler Higbee from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Higbee and cornerback Jalen Ramsey missed the Rams’ 30-23 victory at Arizona after being placed in the protocols hours before kickoff Monday night.
Five players missed Monday’s game while in the protocols, including running back Darrell Henderson Jr., right tackle Rob Havenstein and defensive back Dont’e Deayon. Los Angeles overcame the absences to claim its second straight victory.
Beckham had six catches for 77 yards and a touchdown in the Rams’ win at Arizona. The midseason acquisition has been improving weekly in Los Angeles’ offense, and he has a TD catch in each of the Rams’ past three games.
Fuller is the Rams’ defensive signal-caller and their leading tackler with 96 tackles.
LANDRY OUT AS BROWNS DEALING WITH ANOTHER COVID-19 OUTBREAK
CLEVELAND (AP) The playoffs are within the Browns’ reach. And, once again there’s an unscheduled opponent in their way.
For the second straight season, Cleveland is dealing with a major COVID-19 outbreak during their postseason push.
The team’s hopes were rocked Tuesday when the Browns placed eight players, including top wide receiver Jarvis Landry, tight end Austin Hooper and starting offensive linemen Wyatt Teller and Jedrick Wills Jr. on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Those players will all likely miss Saturday’s crucial game against the Las Vegas Raiders (6-7), a matchup both teams need to stay relevant in the playoff hunt.
“It’s obviously an unfortunate situation,” said Browns guard Joel Bitonio. “You want to see your guys on the field. But we have been through it. We had multiple weeks last year where we couldn’t fully practice. We lost some players, including the playoff game, so we do have experience with it.”
Defensive end Takk McKinley was also placed on the list with backup guard Drew Forbes, who is on injured reserve, as well as receiver/returner JoJo Natson and tight end Ross Travis from the practice squad.
They join tight end David Njoku, linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. and punter Jamie Gillan, who went on the list last week, missed Sunday’s 24-22 win over Baltimore and have not been cleared to return.
The loss of Landry is especially tough for Cleveland’s sputtering offense. He’s played well lately, catching his first touchdown pass this season in Sunday’s win as well as being quarterback Baker Mayfield’s prime target.
Landry leads the Browns with 38 receptions for 397 yards, and Hooper is second with 33 catches. He also caught a TD pass against the Ravens.
The Browns (7-6) are in the thick of a tight playoff race in the AFC and can’t afford any more losses.
With the short week, it’s going to be difficult for any of the affected players to be available. To be eligible, any vaccinated player on the COVID-19 list must be asymptomatic and have two negative tests in a 24-hour period.
An unvaccinated player must sit out 10 days.
The Browns were one of the NFL’s hardest-hit teams by COVID-19 a year ago. They played without star defensive end Myles Garrett down the stretch; didn’t have Landry and three other receivers in a December game at New York and still managed to end their long postseason drought.
They were without coach Kevin Stefanski and Bitonio for their wild-card win at Pittsburgh after they tested positive.
This is nothing new to the Browns. That doesn’t make it any easier.
Bitonio said players were lifting and getting rehab like a normal weekday morning when the positive reports swept through the team’s facility.
“They were kind of picking guys off one at a time,” he said. “So it was a little unfortunate. We kind of realized it was going to be more than one or two guys. Everybody got sent home. So it was more of a like, `Man, what’s going to happen?'”
Stefanski was confident his team can handle the latest adversity.
“We’ve got pros,” he said. “Those guys understand what’s really important is this game on Saturday. It’s a good opponent. It’s an AFC game and we’ve got to come ready to go.”
Stefanski would not divulge any plans to replace Teller or Wills up front. An obvious option is versatile linemen Blake Hance, who has played guard and filled in for 2020 All-Pro right Jack Conklin (out for the season) before being replaced by rookie James Hudson III last week.
The Browns began their short week by being placed in the league’s enhanced COVID-19 protocols. Because of the new positive cases, they’ll hold meetings virtually and personnel must be masked indoors. The team also closed its practice to reporters.
By late in the day, the Browns practiced and Bitonio said Stefanski, who as a rookie coach had to navigate his team through a similar mess a year ago, reminded them there won’t be any sympathy coming.
“For him to kind of stand in front of the team and just tell ’em like `No one cares. We have to go out there and try to win a football game,'” Bitonio said. “You hear that and that’s the heartbeat of the team, that’s the coach and you take that as leaders and pass it along to your position room and you get to work.”
On Monday, the NFL sent a memo telling teams that front-office staff and other personnel must get a COVID-19 booster by Dec. 27. The requirement comes as the league tries to combat an uptick in positive cases around the league.
“We’ve definitely educated players and staff on the booster,” Stefanski said. “I’m not going to get into specifics with that. I can tell you I’m boosted because that doesn’t violate any laws.”
CONGRESS ASKS NFL ABOUT DANIEL SNYDER’S PROBE INTERFERENCE
WASHINGTON (AP) Two members of Congress who already asked the NFL for transparency about a probe into sexual harassment and other improper conduct at the Washington Football Team are now asking the league to provide evidence of club owner Daniel Snyder’s interference with the investigation.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat who is chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee, and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, an Illinois Democrat who is chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, made their latest request Tuesday.
This comes after a report posted on The Washington Post’s website said “lawyers and private investigators working on Snyder’s behalf took steps that potential witnesses … viewed as attempts to interfere with the NFL’s investigation.”
“While Mr. Snyder publicly stated that he wanted independent investigators to ferret out the truth, today’s reporting suggests that he was privately trying to obstruct the efforts of the very investigator he hired in an effort to conceal damaging information,” Maloney said in a news release issued by the Oversight Committee’s majority staff. “These disturbing revelations have only strengthened the Committee’s commitment to uncovering the truth in this matter.”
Krishnamoorthi said: “Snyder will stop at nothing. To get to the bottom of this story, (the) NFL must immediately turn over all evidence of Snyder’s interference and the other documents we requested over a month ago.”
Maloney and Krishnamoorthi sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Oct. 21 seeking all documents and communication related to the probe.
On Nov. 5, the pair of representatives urged the NFL and the Washington Football Team to release individuals from non-disclosure agreements that would prevent them from discussing sexual harassment and workplace issues at the club.
The team hired lawyer Beth Wilkinson in 2020 to look into allegations of sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct at the organization.
The league later took over that investigation and fined Washington $10 million in July 2021, saying the culture at the club was “toxic” and ownership and senior officials paid little attention to sexual harassment and other workplace issues.
The NFL said there was no written report of Wilkinson’s inquiry.
THIS WEEK IN BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
• Illinois, Michigan State and Ohio State sit atop the Big Ten standings, along with Northwestern, with undefeated records in conference play. Illinois, Michigan State and Ohio State are all 2-0, while Northwestern is 1-0.
• No. 3/4 Purdue leads three Big Ten teams in the polls this week. Michigan State (No. 12/12) and Ohio State (No. 15/15) are also ranked, while Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin are among the teams receiving votes.
• The Big Ten is tied with the Big 12 and Big East for the most wins against AP ranked opponents with seven.
• This week’s men’s basketball schedule features three Saturday ACC/Big Ten/Pac-12 Alliance matchups, as Indiana will play Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis, Indiana, North Carolina will play UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Georgia Tech will play USC in Phoenix, Arizona as part of the Jerry Colangelo Classic.
• The Big Ten won its third straight Big Ten/ACC Challenge, with a final tally of 8-6. The Big Ten has now won eight of the last 13 Challenges and has won three straight for the second time after accomplishing the feat from 2009-2011.
• Ohio State junior forward E.J. Liddell and Purdue senior forward Trevion Williams were named Big Ten Co-Players of the Week on Monday. Liddell averaged 21.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 0.5 steals per game last week, including 28 points with nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal in the home victory over No. 22 Wisconsin. Williams averaged 21.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 steals per game last week, narrowly missing Purdue’s first triple-double since 1977 with 22 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to go along with four blocks and two steals in an 82-72 overtime victory against NC State in the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational.
• Michigan State guard Max Christie was selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday. Christie averaged 8.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in two Michigan State conference victories, a 75-67 road win over Minnesota and a 80-64 home win against Penn State.
NHL: VIRUS OUTBREAK FOR ‘CANES PROMPTS POSTPONEMENT VS. WILD
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes became the latest NHL team hit by a coronavirus outbreak Tuesday as four more players were placed in the COVID-19 protocol, prompting the league to postpone their game at Minnesota.
The call came a little more than five hours before the scheduled start time in St. Paul, where several Hurricanes were lined up for testing in the arena hallways before their morning skate at Xcel Energy Center. The NHL did not immediately announce a rescheduled date.
The Hurricanes became the fourth NHL team this season to have games postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Last month, Ottawa had three games postponed and the New York Islanders had two postponed.
Including opponents, 11 of the 32 teams have been affected by at least postponement so far. The NHL has recommended but not mandated booster shots for its players and team personnel.
Calgary’s games on Monday at Chicago, on Tuesday at Nashville and on Thursday at home against Toronto were called off. The Flames, whose facility is closed this week, added three more players to the virus protocol, joining six teammates and a staff member.
In Vancouver, the Canucks canceled practice after two players tested positive for COVID-19 hours before a home game against Columbus.
Earlier Tuesday, the Boston Bruins placed forwards Brad Marchand and Craig Smith in the COVID-19 protocol, meaning they’ll miss Tuesday night’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights. If Marchand and Smith are required to isolate for 10 days, they would miss five more games before they are eligible to return for the Dec. 27 game against Pittsburgh in Boston.
For the Hurricanes, forwards Jordan Staal, Andrei Svechnikov and Steven Lorentz and defenseman Ian Cole were placed in the protocol and must remain in Minnesota for “the time being.”
The team had to leave leading scorer Sebastian Aho, forward Seth Jarvis and an unidentified member of the training staff in Vancouver, where the three of them entered the protocol following a 2-1 loss on Sunday. Aho was scratched from the lineup against the Canucks because of what was announced as an illness.
That meant six players and one staff member entered the protocol in a 24-hour period. Hurricanes defensemen Tony DeAngelo and Brett Pesce also went in the COVID-19 protocol on Nov. 30 and have missed the last seven games.
Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said the team was “just trying to get by day to day right now.”
“Everyone did what they had to do,” he said. “We got vaccinated. We did our part. So you know, I don’t know what else there is to do. Guys are testing all the time. We’re masking up. It is what it is right now. Everybody’s getting this thing unfortunately. The good news is they’re not getting sick.”
The Minnesota game was set to cap a five-game road swing for the Hurricanes, who were due to return home and play Thursday against Detroit, Saturday against Los Angeles and Sunday against Nashville.
Edmonton Oilers head coach Dave Tippett was placed in the COVID-19 protocol after Edmonton’s 5-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
Tippett didn’t coach the game after being held out for precautionary reasons, but was officially put into the protocol after the game.
Oilers forward Ryan McLeod was placed in the protocol before the game.
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INDIANA PACERS GAME PREVIEW
After wrapping up a six-game homestand, the Pacers (12-17) will hit the road for the first time in more than two weeks. Indiana makes its first visit to Milwaukee on Wednesday to take on the defending NBA champion Bucks (18-11).
Though their homestand got off to a rough start with a pair of losses, the Pacers righted the ship, sweeping three games last week and leading the Warriors (owners of the NBA’s best record as of Tuesday) for much of Monday’s game before falling in the final seconds. While there are no moral victories in the NBA, the Pacers left Gainbridge Fieldhouse feeling encouraged by the progress they’ve made over the last week.
“I feel like playing with more intensity on defense is getting us out running,” Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis. “We get to play quicker, we’re all sharing the ball more, and it’s contagious.”
Sabonis has been the biggest catalyst for the Pacers’ success. The big man is making a strong push for his third All-Star nod. He was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 25 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 6 assists during Indiana’s three-game win streak, then tallied a game-high 30 points and 11 rebounds against Golden State.
The Pacers will need Sabonis to be at his best on Wednesday if they want to knock off the defending champs. The Bucks have already swept a pair of games with the Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse this season, winning those contests by 10 and 18 points.
Milwaukee will be without their superstar big man Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is once again putting up eye-popping numbers, averaging 27 points, 11.6 boards, 5.8 assists, and 1.6 blocks, on Wednesday after the two-time MVP went into the health and safety protocols on Tuesday night. All-Star forward Khris Middleton (17.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists per game) may also miss Wednesday’s game after he hyperextended his knee in Monday’s loss in Boston.
Pacers: Justin Holiday – questionable (return to competition reconditioning), T.J. McConnell – out (sore right wrist), T.J. Warren – out (left foot stress fracture)
Bucks: Khris Middleton – TBD (hyperextended left knee), Giannis Antetokounmpo – out (health and safety protocols), DeMarcus Cousins – out (personal reasons), Brook Lopez – out (back surgery), Wesley Matthews – out (health and safety protocols), Semi Ojeleye – out (right calf strain)
Nov. 28, 2021: The Bucks pulled away in the third quarter and cruised to a 118-100 win over the Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
Caris LeVert was a bright spot for the Pacers in the loss, scoring a season-high 23 points in just 26 minutes, going 9-for-13 from the field and 4-for-5 from 3-point range.
But it wasn’t enough to overcome big performances from two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (26 points on 10-of-15 shooting and 13 rebounds) and Jrue Holiday (23 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists), who led the Bucks to victory.
“The second quarter was rough, the third quarter was rougher,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “Against a team like this, you’ve got to be super tight. You’ve got to be doing everything right, you’ve got to be making shots. We just struggled. We struggled with their great players and just didn’t have enough in the tank tonight.”
The Bucks have won six straight and 11 of the last 13 games against Indiana.
The Pacers have never won a game at Fiserv Forum, which opened prior to the 2018-19 season. They are 0-6 in the building.
The Blue & Gold also have yet to win when playing on the first night of a back-to-back. They are 0-5 in those games, but 3-2 when playing on the second night of a back-to-back.
The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Cade Cunningham and the Detroit Pistons on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 7:00 PM ET.
FUEL TRADE FOR A PAIR OF FORWARDS
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel, proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks and the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs, announced that they have acquired forwards Karl El-Mir and Darien Craighead from the Norfolk Admirals in exchange for Cedric Lacroix and Colton Heffley.
El-Mir, 25, returns to the Circle City after he played 20 games for the Admirals, tallying three goals and eight assists. The second-year forward opted out of the 2020-21 season due to the covid-19 pandemic but split his first pro season between the Indy Fuel and Greenville Swamp Rabbits. Skating in 34 total games during the 2019-20 campaign, El-Mir registered nine goals, 10 assists and 14 penalty minutes.
Craighead, 24, joins the Fuel in his second professional season. The Surrey, British Columbia native has played in 22 games this season for the Admirals earning six goals and five assists. Appearing in a total of 47 ECHL games over two seasons, Craighead has earned 12 goals and nine assists.
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INDY ELEVEN ANNOUNCES COACHING HIRES FOR WOMEN’S SENIOR TEAM HITTING THE FIELD IN 2022
INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, December 14, 2021) – Indy Eleven today announced the first coaching hires for the new USL W League franchise the organization purchased in September, tabbing Carmel native Paul Dolinsky as head coach of the club’s women’s senior team and Grace Bahr as the staff’s first assistant coach.
Today’s announcement comes two weeks before Indy Eleven will host a two-day open tryout for the squad, which will take place December 28-29 at the Grand Park Event Center in Westfield. Indy Eleven anticipates making additional announcements surrounding the club, including the entry’s name, logo, and branding; home venue and training locations; and more in the coming months as the inaugural 2022 USL W League campaign approaches.
“The Indy Eleven family is thrilled to welcome Paul Dolinsky and Grace Bahr on board, and we look forward to them leading our preparations ahead of the inaugural USL W League season next summer,” said Indy Eleven President & Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw. “Paul and Grace emerged from a superb group of candidates, and I am confident they will construct a team that will compete at a championship level and earn the support of our fans and our community.”
Dolinsky has been a youth and developmental league coach for nearly two decades, the USSF “A” licensed coach most recently serving as the head coach of the WPSL’s Lady Victory FC during its own inaugural 2021 season and with Indiana Fire Juniors’ entry in ECNL (Elite Clubs National League) play. While with Lady Victory FC last summer, Dolinsky earned the 2021 WPSL Midwestern Conference’s Coach of the Year honor after guiding the squad to a 10W-1L-0D record and a conference title. Prior to returning to Central Indiana in recent years, Dolinsky served as a coach for west coast youth soccer powerhouse San Diego Surf Soccer Club, where he twice led girls teams to US Youth Soccer national championships in their age groups.
“With the growth of the women’s game, the forming of the USL W-League, and an organization as professionally run as the Indy Eleven, I cannot wait to get started on the field this summer,” said Dolinsky. “I am looking forward to being a part of what Indy Eleven and the growth of women’s soccer has in store for all of us in Indianapolis.”
Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Dolinsky was one of the most talented soccer prospects to come out of the Hoosier State, the two-time Parade All-American midfielder out of Carmel High School earning regular U.S. Youth National Team callups during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, including a stint as captain of the U.S. Under-18 MNT. At 16, Dolinsky departed Indiana for The Netherlands, where he spent five seasons in the youth development systems at Feyenoord Rotterdam and SC Heerenveen before turning professional with the latter. After five years in Holland, Dolinsky returned stateside and played four more seasons in various professional leagues before turning his focus towards the sidelines.
“Indianapolis has produced many talented young female soccer players over the last 25-30 years,” continued Dolinsky. “There is a lot to be excited about and having a home here in Indy for young ladies to stay sharp in their college off-seasons and hopefully be a catalyst in their careers post-college will be an exciting challenge. It will be great for even younger ladies in Indianapolis to witness the opportunities they could be able to experience in the future.”
Bahr has called the Midwest home throughout her playing and burgeoning coaching career, the Cleveland native spending two seasons at both the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2016-17) and Xavier University (2018-19) in Cincinnati before beginning her coaching career at the latter as a volunteer assistant in 2020. In 2021, Bahr hopped across the Ohio River after earning an invitation to the training camp of NWSL side Racing Louisville FC, where she participated as a training player for the squad’s inaugural 2021 season. Bahr also spent time in the U.S. Youth National Team system, earning call-ups from her Cleveland Internationals SC club from 2013-16 for the USA’s U-15, U-18 and U-19 WNT sides.
“I always find myself coming back somewhere in the Midwest,” said Bahr. “For me, it’s a sense of comfort, but also an opportunity to grow the sport in a region that has a unique chance to put itself on the map, especially in a booming city like Indianapolis. It’s a cool opportunity to raise the women’s game here to another level, and I’m looking forward to getting started with building something special.”
Bahr wrapped up her collegiate playing days with two standout campaigns for XU, earning an All-BIG EAST Second Team placement as a junior in 2018 before garnering a First Team nod in 2019 as well as All-BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Defensive Player and All-Tournament Team honors as a senior in 2019. Bahr also has plenty of experience with the pre-professional summer circuit, having played four seasons of WPSL soccer from 2017-20 for the Cleveland Ambassadors and Dayton Dutch Lions.
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INDIANA AND KANSAS WILL BEGIN HOME-AND-HOME SERIES IN DECEMBER 2022
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana and Kansas, two of the most historically significant programs in college basketball, have agreed to a home-and-home series which will begin Saturday, December 17, 2022 in Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan. The Jayhawks will visit Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Saturday, December 16, 2023 in the return matchup in Bloomington.
This will be the third time that the two teams, who have won eight combined NCAA Champions (5 for IU, 3 for Kansas), have scheduled a home-and-home series. Both games will take place after finals week at IU.
“I’m extremely excited for our program to have the opportunity to play a home-and-home series against a team that is rich in tradition like the University of Kansas,” said first-year head coach Mike Woodson. “I think it’s wonderful for the players and coaches in both programs to play these games in such iconic buildings like Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall and Allen Fieldhouse.”
Indiana holds an 8-6 lead in the series which began with the Hoosiers defeating the Jayhawks in the 1940 and 1953 NCAA Championship game. IU also won the next four games as each team visited the other’s campus from 1971-74. The Jayhawks won the next five meetings beginning with the ECAC Holiday Festival in New York in 1981, the NCAA Regional Semifinals in Charlotte in 1991, at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis in 1992 and in the NCAA Regional Finals in St. Louis in 1993. The Hoosiers lost in overtime in at Kansas in December 1993, but won the return game in Bloomington in December, 1994. Kansas won the next meeting in 1995 in Kansas City and IU won the last meeting in overtime in 2016 in the Armed Forces Classic in Honolulu.
IU will make its fourth appearance in Lawrence and KU will visit Bloomington for the fourth time as well.
NOONAN NAMED FC CINCINNATI HEAD COACH
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Former Indiana men’s soccer All-American Pat Noonan is the newest Hoosier to join the Major League Soccer head coaching ranks as he was named the boss at FC Cincinnati, the club announced on Tuesday (Dec. 14).
Noonan (1999-2002) joins Columbus Crew head man Caleb Porter (1994-97) as the second former Hoosier currently serving as a head coach in MLS.
Noonan was a three-time All-American and two-time MAC Hermann Trophy runner-up during his time in cream and crimson and helped Indiana to three NCAA College Cup appearances, two national title matches and an NCAA National Championship as a freshman in 1999. A four-year star in Bloomington, Noonan ranks top-15 in the Indiana record book in goals (No. 7; 48), assists (No. 12; 32) and points (No. 6; 127).
Noonan joins FC Cincinnati after nine years of domestic coaching experience, mostly recently as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Union for the last four seasons. Prior to that, Noonan was an assistant for the United States men’s national team in 2017 and the LA Galaxy from 2013-16.
Following his time at IU, Noonan had a decorated professional career that lasted 10 seasons from 2003-12 between three clubs: New England Revolution, Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders. Noonan was part of two MLS Cup Championships, back-to-back Supporters’ Shields and three U.S. Open Cup titles. He also appeared in 15 matches for the U.S. men’s national team.
IT’S OHIO STATE FOR CENTER GROVE STAR DEFENSIVE LINEMAN CADEN CURRY
CENTER GROVE STAR DEFENSIVE LINEMAN CADEN CURRY committed to Ohio State on Tuesday, a day ahead of the national early signing period.
247Sports ranks Curry as the #88 prospect in the senior class.
He finished his senior season with 65 tackles, including 24 for a loss, and seven sacks this past season.
Curry plans to enroll at Ohio State on Jan. 10.
He helped Center Grove football to a 28-0 record and back-to-back 6A state titles.
ISAACSON AND JENNESS NAMED PRESEASON ALL-MIVA
MUNCIE, Ind. – Graduate senior setter Quinn Isaacson (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) and senior outside attacker Kaleb Jenness (Mount Pleasant, S.C./Wando) have earned spots on the Preseason All-MIVA Team (Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) while the Cardinals were picked to finish fourth in the preseason poll, the league announced Tuesday.
Last season, Isaacson earned All-MIVA First Team accolades for the first time in his career after being named to the second team in 2020. He finished the 2021 season ranked second in the MIVA in assists (800), while averaging 10.81 per set. He was also fifth in digs (143) and service aces (24). Isaacson also earned All-MIVA Defensive Player of the Week accolades for the week of Feb. 23, 2021.
This is the second-straight year Jenness has been named to the preseason All-MIVA squad. A two-time All-MIVA First Team honoree, Jenness ranked second on the team in kills (260) and third in blocks (48) last season. He recorded double-digit kills for the Cardinals in 16 contests, including a season-best 21 at Ohio State on March 11, 2021. Jenness was named MIVA Offensive Player of Week on Feb. 23 for his performance against Lindenwood.
Last year, Ball State went 12-8 overall and 8-5 in MIVA action. The Cardinals also advanced to the MIVA semifinals for the first time since the 2017.
The Cardinals will be under the direction of first-year head coach Donan Cruz in 2022 and will open the season at home against Maryville University on Jan. 13 in Worthen Arena at 7 p.m. ET.
MAYER AND WILLIAMS NAMED SPORTING NEWS ALL-AMERICANS
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — University of Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer and running back Kyren Williams were both named All-Americans by The Sporting News Tuesday morning. Mayer and Williams were both named to the second team. It was Mayer’s second All-American honor this postseason and Williams’ first All-American honor this year.
Mayer was one of the best tight ends in the country during his sophomore season with the Irish. He set the Notre Dame record for most receptions (64) by a tight end in a single season. He also tied the program record for most receptions by a tight end in a single game twice this season with nine receptions against Florida State and Stanford. Among Power-5 tight ends nationally, he ranks first in receptions and receiving yards per game (69.8).
Mayer finished the season-opener at Florida State with career-best marks in receptions (nine) and yards (120). His 120 yards receiving was the most by an Irish tight end since Sept. 11, 2010 when Kyle Rudolph hauled in 164 yards against Michigan. It was the first 100-yard game of his career and it ranked fifth all-time in Notre Dame history for most receiving yards in a single game by a tight end. The very next week against Toledo, he tallied his first career multi-touchdown game and scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:09 left in the game.
In the regular season finale, Mayer tied his career-best mark and the Notre Dame single-game record with nine receptions for 105 yards. His final reception of the night set the single season Notre Dame reception record, surpassing Tyler Eifert’s previous record of 63 from 2011. It was Mayer’s second-career 100-yard receiving game and the eighth game he has had seven or more catches.
Williams put together another strong campaign, leading the Irish rushing corps for the second-straight season. He led the team in all-purpose yards (1,541), rushing yards (1,002), total touchdowns (17), rushing touchdowns (14) and was second on the team in receptions (42). Nationally, he ranks 14th in the NCAA in total touchdowns, 17th in rushing touchdowns and 20th in the country with 128.42 all-purpose yards per game.
In the win over North Carolina, Williams led the Irish with a career-best 199 yards. He ripped off a career-long 91-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter and it tied for the fifth-longest rush in Notre Dame history. The 199 rushing yards were the most by an Irish player since Dexter Williams had 202 against Florida State in 2018. It was the first time this season and third time in his career that Williams rushed for 100 yards or more in back-to-back games. Williams finished the night with a career-high 261 all-purpose yards (199 rushing, 47 returning, 15 receiving). It was the most all-purpose yards by an Irish player since 2009 when Golden Tate had 275 (244 receiving, 31 rushing) against Washington.
In the win over Stanford, he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark (1,002) for the second-straight season. He is the first Irish running back to have back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons since Darius Walker (2005-06). He is just the fifth Notre Dame running back in program history to have back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Williams also rushed for two touchdowns for the third-straight game and it was his eighth-consecutive game with a rushing touchdown.
GOOCH, IBARRA NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-MIVA TEAM
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball athletes Troy Gooch and Vicente Ibarra were named to the 2022 Preseason All-MIVA Team, the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association announced on Tuesday, Dec. 14.
Gooch, a senior libero from Lancaster, N.Y., was first in the MIVA in digs last season with 2.55 per set. Gooch racked up double-digit digs in nine of the Mastodons’ 15 matches in 2021. His play earned him 2021 All-MIVA First Team honors.
Ibarra, a sophomore out of Santiago, Chile, is a key outside hitter returning for the ‘Dons. He is one of only two sophomores named to the preseason squad. He leads Mastodon returners in kills (199), kills per set (3.69) and hitting percentage (.260). Ibarra was selected to the All-MIVA Second Team in 2021.
Preseason All-MIVA (listed alphabetically by team)
Quinn Isaacson – Ball State – Gr. – Setter
Kaleb Jenness – Ball State – Sr. – Outside Hitter
Kevin Kauling – Lewis – Jr. – Setter
Tyler Mitchem – Lewis – Gr. – Middle Blocker/Opposite
Cole Schlothauer – Loyola Chicago – R-Jr. – Outside Hitter
Garrett Zolg – Loyola Chicago – R-Sr. – Setter
Patrick Ross – McKendree – Gr. – Outside Hitter
Ryan Serrano – McKendree – R-Sr. – Setter
Martin Lallemand – Ohio State – Sr. – Outside Hitter
Sotiris Siapanis – Ohio State – So. – Outside Hitter
Troy Gooch – Purdue Fort Wayne – Sr. – Libero
Vicente Ibarra – Purdue Fort Wayne – So. – Outside Hitter
TWO FORMER IUPUI STANDOUTS NAMED TO INDIANA BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME
INDIANAPOLIS – Two former IUPUI women’s basketball standouts have been named among the 20th induction class of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and included in the Class of 2022. Julie (Rotramel) Meeks and Kristin (Pritchett) Messmore are among the 10 inductees who will officially be honored on Saturday, Apr. 30, 2022. Rotramel-Meeks was a standout performer and 1984 graduate of Sullivan High School while Pritchett-Messmore starred at Bedford North Lawrence before graduating in 1988.
Rotramel starred at IUPUI from 1987-1991, leading the Metros in scoring in 1990 at 20.0 points per game and followed by averaging a team-high 20.1 points per game in 1991. She helped IUPUI to back-to-back NAIA District 21 titles and an NAIA National Semifinalist finish her senior year. Her 1,809 career points remain No. 2 on the program’s all-time scoring list as she held the career scoring record for 30 years. Her 17.2 career points per game are also No. 2 in program history and she owns the single-season record, having totaled 643 points in 1990-91. She owns the second-highest single-game scoring effort in school history, having tallied 42 against Millikin on Nov. 17, 1990. In addition to her scoring feats, she also ranks No. 5 on the program’s all-time list in assists (431) and sixth in steals (227). She remains the program’s career leader in three-point percentage (40.8 percent) and second in single-season three-point percentage (46.0 percent). She was an honorable mention NAIA All-American in 1991 and was inducted into the IUPUI Hall of Fame in 2001.
Pritchett was a standout at IUPUI from 1988-1992 and still ranks No. 8 on the program’s all-time scoring list, having scored 1,382 career points. She led the team in scoring as a freshman in 1989 at 13.0 points per game and led the team in rebounding as both a freshman (7.0 rpg) and senior (7.4 rpg). She remains No. 4 on the program’s all-time list in rebounds with 746, No. 5 in steals (230) and is No. 6 in program history with 343 assists. She holds the program’s single-game record of field goal percentage in game, having made 11-of-12 attempts against Trinity on Dec. 9, 1988. Pritchett was a two-time All-District 21 honoree and was alongside Rotramel for the 1990 and 1991 NAIA District 21 championship teams. She too helped IUPUI to an NAIA National Semifinalist finish in 1991.
STRONG START, BALANCED ATTACK LEADS SYCAMORES PAST FLAMES
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Caitlin Anderson scored a career-high 16 points off the bench and Tonysha Curry posted her first career double-double Tuesday evening to lead Indiana State past UIC, 76-50, inside the Hulman Center.
Curry finished with career highs of 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Sycamores, while Mya Glanton also finished in double-figures with 10. Indiana State led by as many as 35 points in the game and made its presence felt inside, scoring 50 of its 76 points in the paint.
ISU went on a 15-2 run midway through the first quarter and never looked back. The Sycamores limited UIC to 10 points or fewer in each of the first three quarters on the defensive end, while shooting more than 50 percent from the field on the offensive side.
UIC scored each of the first two baskets of the game but that was the only lead the Flames had in the contest. Curry started the 15-2 run for the Sycamores with a hook shot and from there, the rout was on. Natalia Lalic connected on a pair of 3-pointers during the run, while Indiana State’s defense held UIC without a field goal for the final five minutes of the opening quarter. ISU led 19-9 after the opening 10 minutes following the lengthy scoring run.
Glanton opened the scoring in the second quarter for the Sycamores before a pair of UIC baskets cut ISU’s lead down to eight, 21-13, with seven minutes left in the half. Curry ended the quick Flames run with a layup and Indiana State led by double-digits for the remainder of the contest after the basket. Glanton and Curry combined for 13 points in the second quarter and shot 6-of-9 from the field, while ISU’s defense forced six UIC turnovers in the quarter to build a 20-point lead at the half, 39-19.
Indiana State continued to build off its strong first half, scoring the first six points of the third quarter. Anderson led the charge for the Sycamores in the third quarter with eight points, while ISU as a team took advantage of UIC turnovers to score 11 fast break points in the quarter. Del’Janae Williams found Curry down low for a layup late in the quarter to push the Sycamore lead to 35 points at 62-27, the largest ISU lead of the contest.
The Sycamores continued to find success on the offensive end in the fourth quarter, with five different players scoring in the last 10 minutes. UIC started to make baskets late in the quarter but Indiana State had the game in hand by that point, as the closest the Flames came within was a 24-point margin, 74-50, inside the last two minutes. ISU was able to use its bench to close out the game and claim its second win inside the Hulman Center this season.
Inside the Statistics
Indiana State led for the final 35:39 of the contest following the 15-2 run midway through the first quarter.
All nine players who saw the floor for the Sycamores scored at least two points and grabbed at least one rebound, marking the third time this season and second consecutive game that Indiana State accomplished the feat.
Indiana State had nearly two-thirds of its offense come from inside the paint, scoring 50 of its 76 points in the paint. The Sycamores are 2-0 this season when scoring 50 or more paint points.
Head coach Chad Killinger is 200-31 in his career when opposing teams score 60 points or fewer following Tuesday’s win over UIC.
ISU’s 32 points off turnovers was its most since the season opener against Stephens (Mo.) and the most for the Sycamores against a Division I opponent this season.
News & Notes
Tonysha Curry set career highs of 15 points and 12 rebounds for her first career double-double.
Curry’s 15-point outing was her first game this season where she scored in double-figures.
Caitlin Anderson had a season-high 16 points off the bench for the Sycamores, her second double-figure scoring game of the season and first since the season opener against Stephens (Mo.)
All five starters had eight or more points in Tuesday’s game.
Del’Janae Williams had five assists for the second time in the last three games, also accomplishing the feat against Western Michigan.
Indiana State plays its final non-conference game of the season Monday night at Purdue Fort Wayne, with tipoff set for 7 p.m.
MEN’S SOCCER FINISHES AT #4 IN POSTSEASON TOP 25 POLL
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After collecting the best season in program history, the University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team will close the books on the 2021 campaign with the No. 4 ranking in the postseason United Soccer Coaches Top 25 poll, officials announced on Tuesday.
The Greyhounds corralled an 18-1-3 overall mark this season while winning both the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) regular season and tournament championships along with earning an appearance in a second straight Final Four.
Cal State LA, who claimed the 2021 national championship crown, earned the top spot in the rankings. National runner-up Charleston (WV) sits in second while national semifinalist Nova Southeastern is third.
Alongside UIndy, the GLVC sees Illinois Springfield at No. 16 and Maryville at No. 25.
ROMIG ADDS PRESEASON MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR TO SLEW OF AWARDS
INDIANAPOLIS – UIndy’s Peyton Romig has added yet another honor to her list as USA Lacrosse Magazine Announced its Division II Women’s Preseason Positional Players of the Year on Tuesday afternoon. Romig was named Preseason Midfielder of the Year.
The Carthage, NY native was honored with USA Lacrosse All-America First Team last season and Preseason All-American First Team earlier this week. With an impressive 2021 campaign under her belt, she currently leads the nation in draw controls per game with 12.50 and scored 29 goals for the Hounds last season.
Romig adds the Preseason honor to her list of achievements including but not limited too 2021 GLVC Midfielder of the Year, IWLCA National Player of the Year, and All-American First Team.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TAYLOR VOLLEYBALL RECEIVES VOTES IN NAIA POSTSEASON TOP-25 POLL
KANSAS CITY – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics released its final Top-25 Poll of the volleyball season recently, with Taylor ending as one-of-36 programs from around the NAIA to earn recognition in the ratings.
The Trojans took three points in the final poll, after concluding their standout 2021 campaign with a 27-7 overall record and a 14-4 mark within the Crossroads League. TU was ranked or received votes in each of the final six polls of the season, spending six-straight weeks in the Top-25 and climbing as high as No. 17.
In addition to recording its highest win total since 2011 and cracking the NAIA Top-25 for the first time since 2012, Taylor also continued its run as one of the top performing academic volleyball programs in the nation, leading all volleyball teams in the NCAA and NAIA with four CoSIDA Academic All-District awards this fall.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | FIFIELD COLLECTS NAIA ALL-AMERICAN NOD
KANSAS CITY – Stephaney Fifield claimed another top honor recently, earning NAIA Honorable Mention All-American accolades on the heels of being named the Crossroads League Libero of the Year.
Fifield recorded 711 digs and 36 service aces during her first season anchoring the Taylor defense, topping the Crossroads League with 6.0 digs per set and closing her junior season ninth in the NAIA in total digs and digs per set.
The Fostoria, Michigan product was a consistent force for the Trojans, collecting at least 10 digs in all but one of her 34 matches and tallying at least 20 digs in 21 contests. Fifield also surpassed the elusive 30-dig mark in three outings.
The three-time CL Libero of the Week, 2021 CL Libero of the Year and First-Team All-Crossroads League performer was one of six student-athletes from the Crossroads League to grab NAIA All-American honors this season. Of the 97 NAIA All-American award recipients, Fifield was among a group of 49 non-seniors and was just one-of-three non-seniors from the CL to be named an All-American.
Fifield follows Amanda Adams (2020) and Samantha Korn (2018) as the third member of the Taylor volleyball program to earn NAIA All-American honors in the past four seasons under head coach Erin Luthy.
Fifield becomes the 18th NAIA All-American in the history of the Taylor volleyball program, and is the seventh student-athlete at Taylor to be named an NAIA All-American this semester.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: IU EAST 101, OHIO CHRISTIAN 62
RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana University East women’s basketball team led throughout the contest against Ohio Christian University on the way to a 101-62 victory on Dec. 14.
With the River States Conference win on Lingle Court, IU East is 10-3 overall and 3-1 in the league. Ohio Christian falls to 4-4, 0-3.
All 12 players scored for IU East as Addie Brown led the way with 22 points, while Kami McEldowney finished with 18. Bailey Shepherd added 10 points. Taylor Browning topped the Red Wolves with eight rebounds.
After leading 19-12 at the first stop, the Red Wolves broke open the contest in the second period building a 51-26 advantage. IU East added to its margin to lead 64-43 after three quarters.
The 101 points were the most the Red Wolves have scored this season and it was their first time over 100 points since a 101-82 win at home over the Trailblazers on Feb. 15, 2020.
IU East improves to 5-1 at home, while holding a 10-1 lead in the all-time series with Ohio Christian.
The Red Wolves are back in action in Florida at the Keiser University Invitational on Dec. 18. IU East plays St. Thomas University in West Palm Beach at 1 p.m.
MEN’S BASKETBALL: OHIO CHRISTIAN 80, IU EAST 77
RICHMOND, Ind. – A game-tying attempt glanced off the rim, the buzzer sounded, and the Indiana University East men’s basketball team found itself on the short end of an 80-77 overtime final score against Ohio Christian University on Dec. 14 on Lingle Court.
The Red Wolves (7-7, 3-1) had a three-game winning streak snapped. Ohio Christian (1-7, 1-2) got its breakthrough win in a season that had included four losses by five points or less.
IU East seemed poised to extend its nine-game winning streak against Ohio Christian when Jehu Lafeuillee scored just ahead of the shot clock buzzer to give IU East a 60-54 lead with 32 seconds remaining.
Juan Woods single-handedly erased the Red Wolf lead in a few stunning seconds with a 3-pointer, a steal off of the inbounds pass and another 3-pointer that tied things at 60. Woods ensured the overtime with another steal on IU East’s final possession of regulation.
Ohio Christian went ahead to stay on a pair of free throws with a minute remaining in the extra session. The Trailblazers made seven more free throws in the last minute to preserve their lead.
IU East came up empty on three potential game-tying possessions in the final minute.
Both teams struggled to find their shooting touch until Woods’ late 3-point barrage. Both squads shot under 40 percent from the field, under 30 percent from 3-point range and under 65 percent from the line.
Jamisen Smith scored 18 points for IU East. Nate Soltis (13 points, 12 rebounds) recorded his first double-double of the season.
IU East concludes a three-game homestand on Dec. 18 when Huntington University visits Lingle Court. Tipoff time is 3 p.m. IU East graduated track and field All-Americans Seth Reynolds and Justin Lowe will be honored at halftime.
MEN’S BASKETBALL HOSTS HANOVER ON WEDNESDAY AT 7:30 PM
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s basketball team hosts Hanover on Wednesday at 7:30 pm.
ROSE-HULMAN GAME NOTES:
* Rose-Hulman and Hanover meet in a matchup of two potential Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title contenders.
* Rose-Hulman stands 6-2 overall and a perfect 3-0 in conference play so far this season. The Fightin’ Engineers have won their 3 conference games by a combined 14 points.
* The Fightin’ Engineers have an HCAC road win at Transylvania and home conference victories over Earlham and Mount St. Joseph.
* Rose-Hulman has 3 players averaging double figures in scoring. Max Chaplin (13.4), Terry Hicks (12.1) and Dillon Duff (11.4) are each in double figures.
* Rose-Hulman has a roster featuring players from across the nation. The 18-player team comes to Terre Haute from nine different states.
* Terry Hicks was named HCAC Player of the Week and Tournament MVP at Marymount after leading RHIT to a tournament championship in the event held in November.
* After Wednesday’s game, Rose-Hulman returns to action on Dec. 30-31 in the Webster Gorlok Holiday Invitational.
HANOVER GAME NOTES:
* Hanover stands 5-1 overall and 2-1 in HCAC play. The team’s only loss was a narrow 74-73 decision at Defiance on Saturday.
* Matt Munoz (16.0 ppg), Isaac Hibbard (13.3), Max Greenamoyer (12.5) and Ty Houston (11.6) each average double figures in scoring for Hanover.
* Hanover has been a consistently successful HCAC program, earning both regular season and tournament championships in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
* Overall Record: Hanover leads 53-46
* Current Streak: Rose-Hulman won 3
* Last Meeting: RHIT 86, HC 62 – 1/23/2021
* Last HC Win: HC 65, RHIT 55 – 2/22/2020
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO HANOVER ON WEDNESDAY AT 7:30 PM
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s basketball team travels to Hanover College in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Wednesday at 7:30 pm.
ROSE-HULMAN GAME NOTES:
* Rose-Hulman travels to Hanover College for an in-state HCAC matchup on Wednesday at 7:30 pm.
* Rose-Hulman enjoyed a perfect 2-0 HCAC record last week.
* The Fightin’ Engineers defeated Earlham behind four players scoring in double figures, led by Jordan Barlow with 12 points.
* Rose-Hulman knocked off Mount St. Joseph 76-63 with three players in double figures, paced by a career-high 23 points from Jamie Baum.
* Rowan Hein scored 27 points at Illinois Wesleyan, the most by a Rose-Hulman player since Ally Bromenschenkel in Jan. 2019.
* Rose-Hulman has 2 losses to NCAA Division III nationally ranked top 12 teams – a 10-point loss to then No. 10 DePauw and a 7-point loss to then No. 12 Transylvania.
* Jon Prevo crossed the 200-win plateau in his career in November. Coach Prevo holds women’s basketball school records for wins (202) and winning percentage.
* After Wednesday’s game, Rose-Hulman returns home to face Franklin College on Wednesday January 5.
HANOVER GAME NOTES:
* Hanover stands 4-3 on the season and 1-1 in league play.
* Hanover has a conference win over Bluffton to go along with an overtime loss at Defiance last Saturday.
* Katherine Benter (13.0 ppg) and Grace Bezold (9.6 ppg) lead Hanover in scoring.
* Overall Record: Hanover leads 32-14
* Current Streak: Hanover won 3
* Last Meeting: HC 56, RHIT 40 – 2/27/2021
* Last RHIT Win: RHIT 80, HC 61 – 2/22/2019
MEN’S HOCKEY SWEEPS NCHA WEEKLY HONORS
DULUTH, Minn. — The Trine University men’s hockey team swept this week’s Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) Player of the Week Honors. Freshman Bobby Price (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.) earned the award for offensive players and senior Hunter Payment (Monroe, Mich.) took home the defensive honor.
The pair are the second and third Thunder student-athletes to take home the award this season. It is the first time either player has been named player of the week.
Trine finished the weekend with a split with nationally-ranked Aurora University, picking of their win of the weekend on Saturday by the score of 6-3. Both Price and Payment made a splash offensively in the contest.
Price became just the second player in team history to record a hat trick. He started the game with an assist before scoring three straight goals for the team, including the eventual game winner.
Payment also finished the game with four points with two goals and two assists. Both of his goals came from near the blueline as the defenseman fired with great accuracy from long distance.
The four points from both skaters is a new program record for a single game.
The Thunder will next take the ice when they travel to face Chatham University for a 2:30 p.m. contest on Sunday, January 2.
LADY COUGARS FORCED TO OT BUT COME THROUGH VICTORIOUS AGAINST GOVERNORS JAGUARS
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Tuesday evening the University of Saint Francis Lady Cougars (6-5; 2-2 Crossroads) played host to the Governors State University Jaguars (5-8) at Hutzell Athletic Center and pulled out the win 63-60 despite being forced to overtime.
The first half was a back-and-forth battle. Both teams exchanged one shot after another in the first quarter before the frame ended with the Lady Cougars down 11-9.
After falling behind by five points on several occasions in the second quarter, the Lady Cougars kept battling and took the lead on a made jumper by junior forward Meleah Kunkel. But the Jaguars answered back with a layup of their own and held the lead going into halftime with Saint Francis still trailing 26-25.
Heading into the third quarter, the Lady Cougars found some momentum and held it throughout the frame, regaining the lead and adding to it before holding their biggest lead of the night at six points.
A couple made free throws by the Jaguars and a couple turnovers by the Lady Cougars brought Governors State back to within two points heading into the fourth quarter.
In the game’s final frame, the Lady Cougars were clinging to a two-point lead, but it dwindled away as the minutes ticked down with the Jaguars staying strong and continuously battling.
Saint Francis took a 52-47 lead with just over a minute remaining, but the Jaguars closed to within two points. They then took advantage after a couple missed free throws by the Lady Cougars in the game’s final 10 seconds.
As the buzzer sounded, the Jaguars sank a jump shot to tie the score at 52 and sending the game to overtime.
Although the Lady Cougars could have gotten discouraged, they stayed strong through the five OT minutes, never trailing by more than three points. Then with the Lady Cougars trailing 60-59 with 14 seconds left, freshman guard Emily Parrett got the ball and found a wide-open lane to put in the go-ahead basket, and a couple made free throws sealed the deal for Saint Francis as they pull back above .500.
“We have been working really hard on defense the last several days,” Head Coach Jason Ridge said. “I thought we showed a lot of toughness on that end. If we wouldn’t have played at a high-level on the defensive end of the floor, we would’ve gotten beat tonight.”
Throughout the game, the Lady Cougars shot 44 percent from the floor, 12 percent from beyond the three-point line, and 63 percent from the free throw line. Meleah Kunkel was the team scoring leader with 20 points and also led the charge with eight rebounds and three blocks.
The Lady Cougars resume play next Monday evening when they travel to Livonia, Michigan to face the Madonna University Crusaders (4-10) in another non-conference game beginning at 5:30 pm.
GRENADIERS FALL TO OAKLAND CITY 75-65
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The IU Southeast women’s basketball team dropped a 75-65 decision to Oakland City on Tuesday.
Emmy Ralph had 16 points to lead IU Southeast. Lauren Lambdin had nine points and Lettie Nice and Brynna Blackburn each added eight points.
The Grenadiers and Mighty Oaks ended the first quarter tied at 17 but sluggish second quarter swung the momentum in favor of Oakland City. IU Southeast was outscored 20-10 in the second period and trailed 37-27 at halftime.
IU Southeast trailed by nine multiple times during the period but Brynna Blackburn’s three-pointers kept the Grenadiers within striking distance. She cut the lead to 31-25 with 2:30 to play in the quarter. Oakland City scored the final six points of the half to take a 10-point lead to halftime.
With IU Southeast trailing by just four in the third quarter, 47-43, the success of Oakland City from behind-the-arc proved to be the difference. A pair of layups sandwiched by a three-pointer gave the Mighty Oaks a 54-43 advantage as they started the fourth quarter.
IU Southeast was just 7-of-32 from three-point range in the contest compared to Oakland City’s 10-of-15.
Oakland City hit three key three-pointers to extend their lead early in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach with the Grenadiers threatening.
After a three-pointer by Ralph cut the lead to 11, Oakland City responded with a 10-0 run to secure the win.
The Mighty Oak bench outscored IU Southeast 40-20 in the contest. Every Grenadier who entered the contest scored, but the perimeter shooting doomed the Grenadiers on Tuesday.
IU Southeast travels to West Virginia Tech January 6.
STRONG SECOND HALF PROPELS IU SOUTHEAST TO 71-60 VICTORY OVER OAKLAND CITY
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – A 45-point second half led the IU Southeast men’s basketball team to a 71-60 victory over Oakland City on Tuesday.
Glenn Hill led the Grenadiers with 22 points and eight rebounds. Jared Osborne scored 17 points, and Anthony Wales Jr added 14 points in the victory.
Both teams started out slow offensively. With 7:50 left in the first half, Oakland City led 14-10. IU Southeast (4-11, 3-3 RSC) answered with back-to-back threes by Gabriel Casillas Cruz to take a 16-14 lead.
The Grenadiers extended their lead to 22-15 on a jumper from Anthony Wales Jr. A 10-2 run gave Oakland City a one-point lead, but two Jared Osborne free throws gave IU Southeast a 26-25 advantage going into the half.
Oakland City opened the second half with a 5-0 run to take 30-26 lead. Down 33-31, IU Southeast went on a 9-0 run to take a seven-point advantage. Glenn Hill scored 12 of the next 15 Grenadier points, giving IU Southeast a 56-49 lead with 5:26 to play.
IU Southeast’s lead never fell below seven for the rest of the game. The Grenadiers led by as many as 13 late in the second half and went on to win 71-60.
Glenn Hill scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the second half. Hill went 7-12 from the field, 2-2 from three and 6-9 from the free throw line. Anthony Wales Jr and Jared Osborne each had eight points and four assists in the second half.
The Grenadiers shot 44.8 percent from the field in the game, including 10-24 from three-point range. IU Southeast had 12 steals as a team and scored 22 points off 18 Oakland City turnovers.
IU Southeast returns to action December 29 at home vs Bethel University.
GRACE KNOCKS OFF NO. 16 SXU WITH LATE WINNER
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace College’s women’s basketball team shocked No. 16 St. Xavier 68-66 thanks to a memorable shot from freshman Karissa Lukasiewicz.
After falling behind with 16 seconds left, Grace’s Maddie Ryman looked to drive the lane but was met with stifling defense. Ryman kicked the ball out to Lukasiewicz who banked in a deep 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left to give Grace (8-4) its fourth straight win.
Lukasiewicz finished with seven points, and her game winning triple was the only 3-pointer she attempted.
MEN’S BASKETBALL DEFEATED BY RSC LEADER ALICE LLOYD 54-99
PIPPA PASSES, Ken. – The SMWC Men’s Basketball was defeated by Alice Lloyd University (13-0) today 54-99. The RSC loss leaves SMWC at 1-12 overall and 0-5 in the conference. The team fought hard against a top team in the conference but couldn’t manage against the undefeated Eagles. Jadyn McHugh would lead the team with 13 points while Robert DeSilvia would add 11 points and 5 rebounds.
1st Half: The Pomeroys found themselves in an early 2-8 hole before closing the gap to 17-22 midway through the half from strong play by Robert DeSilvia and Jadyn McHugh. SMWC struggled to get their 3-pointers going and ended up going just 1-6 for the half. Alice Lloyd would slowly start to pull away and going on a 10-2 run to close out the half. The Pomeroys would go into halftime down 26-44.
2nd Half: Missed shots, fouls, and turnovers would start to add up for SMWC. The team entered the half already with double-digit turnovers and would add two more early in the 2nd half. The Eagles would grow their lead to 29 as the Pomeroys would find themselves down 30-59 with 13 minutes remaining. SMWC would start heating up from the 3-point line as they hit three straight 3’s to cut the deficit back to 20, but Alice Lloyd would respond quickly with an 8-point run to take command again. The Pomeroys fight hard until the end but Alice Lloyd would run away with this one 52-99.
By the Numbers
McHugh led the team with 13 points, followed by Robert DeSilvia with 11 and Shermar Moss with 7.
Ogletree would turn in another well-rounded performance, posting 6 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
Another tough afternoon of shooting as SMWC would go just 22-60 from the floor and 4-17 from behind the arc. The team would finish the game 6-9 from the free throw line.
SMWC faces Midway University this Saturday, December 18th starting at 1:00 p.m. ET for the men’s team and 3:00 p.m. for the women’s team.
LEAFS WIN STREAK SNAPPED AT NORTHWESTERN OHIO
LIMA, Ohio – Goshen’s win streak came to a halt on Tuesday night in Lima, Ohio. The men’s basketball team went back and forth with Northwestern Ohio in the first half, but the Racers prevailed 84-68.
The two teams entered the game evenly matched, both sporting a 4-8 record. They also were both coming off of noteworthy wins. Goshen had their best offensive performance since 2017 in their previous match against Lincoln Christian. Meanwhile, UNOH allowed just 55 points to Siena Heights in their last game – the fewest they had allowed against an opponent since January 2020.
The lead changes in the first half verified that the teams were comparable. Neither team took more than a four-point lead, and they finished the half where they started, tied 38-38.
They continued to go back and forth in the first few minutes of the second half until the home team moved. When Northwestern Ohio had a 47-46 lead, they went on a 15-1 run in a matter of four minutes and 47 seconds. A game with seven ties and 16 lead changes now saw UNOH displaying a 62-47 lead. They maintained their momentum and won 84-68 in the end.
Four players scored in double-digits for the Leafs. Gabriel McQuay played in just 14 minutes off the bench, but he scored 13 points from 5-9 shooting. Austin Branagan also had 13 off the bench. Michael Johnson led in points with 15 and rebounds with six. He only missed one of his eight shots from the night. Lastly, Robert Sanders scored 11 and was a perfect 6-6 from the free-throw line.
As a team, Goshen (4-9, 1-3 CL) shot 83% from the free-throw line (19-23). They came into the game shooting nearly 77%, the 18th best in the NAIA. While the free throws kept them in the game for a while, their second-half three-point shooting was the game-breaker. Goshen shot just 1-9 from distance in the second half. On the other hand, UNOH (5-8) made six of their ten free throw attempts in the second half.
Biggz Johnson led the Racers with 34 points. He shot 13-16 and was 7-10 from three. Hunter Bode came off the bench and added 22 points. He was 7-8 from the field, 3-3 behind the arc, and 5-5 from the charity stripe. Northwestern Ohio started the season 1-6, but they are now 4-2 in their last six games.
The Maple Leafs now embark on a fun trip to Arizona, playing two games in Phoenix. On Friday, December 17, they will face Park University Gilbert. The game will be at 10:00 pm eastern time, so be sure to adjust your sleep schedule accordingly. Then on Monday, December 20, they will take on SAGU American Indian College. That game will be at a more reasonable 8:00 pm eastern. They will have a break for Christmas when the team gets back before playing three more road games closer to home. Wednesday, January 12, will be the next time they’re in Goshen when they battle Grace at 8:00 pm.
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