INDIANA GIRLS BB SECTIONAL SCHEDULE TUESDAY
NCC BOYS BASKETBALL THIS WEEK
Thursday, Feb. 4
Anderson at Richmond , 7:30 pm
Kokomo at Tech , 7:30 pm
Lafayette Jeff at McCutcheon , 7:30 pm
Logansport at Harrison , 7:30 pm
Central at Marion, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 6
Harrison at Central Catholic, 2:30 pm
Indianapolis HomeSchool at Tech, 5 pm
Kokomo at Tipton, 1:30 pm
McCutcheon at Richmond, 7:30 pm
Central at Anderson, 3:30 pm
TEC BOYS BASKETBALL THIS WEEK
Thursday, Feb. 4
Blue River at Knightstown, 7:30 pm
Lincoln at Union County , 7:30 pm
Centerville at Winchester, 7:30 pm
Hagerstown at Northeastern, 7:30 pm
Seton Catholic at Union City, 6 pm, ppd.
Tri at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 6
Hagerstown at Franklin County, 1:30 pm
Knightstown at Herron, 1:30 pm
Morristown at Centerville, 1:30 pm
Waldron at Tri, 1:30 pm
MEC BOYS BASKETBALL THIS WEEK
Monday, Feb. 1
Wes-Del at Cowan, 6 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 3
Monroe Central at Union (Modoc) , 7:30 pm
Thursday, Feb. 4
Blue River at Knightstown, 7:30 pm
Cowan at Wapahani , 7:30 pm
Daleville at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm
Shenandoah at New Castle, 7:30 pm
Tri at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 pm
Union (Modoc) at Fortune Academy, 6 pm
Friday, Feb. 5
Indiana Deaf at Daleville, 7 pm
Saturday, Feb. 6
Eastern Hancock at Cowan, 1:30 pm
Frankton at Monroe Central, 2:30 pm
Randolph Southern at Anderson Prep, 7:30 pm
Rushville at Shenandoah, 1:30 pm
Wapahani at Union (Modoc), noon
Wes-Del at Elwood, 7:30 pm
EASTERN INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL THIS WEEK
Monday, Feb. 1
Jennings County at Connersville, 7:30 pm
Thursday, Feb. 4
East Central at Lawrenceburg , 7:30 pm
Rushville at Greensburg, 7:30 pm
South Dearborn at Batesville, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 6
Columbus North at East Central, 2:30 pm
Hagerstown at Franklin County, 1:30 pm
Jac-Cen-Del at Greensburg, 1:30 pm
Lawrence North at Connersville, 1:30 pm
Madison at Batesville, 1:30 pm
Milan at Lawrenceburg, 7:30 pm
Rushville at Shenandoah, 1:30 pm
South Dearborn at Hauser, 1:30 pm
HOOSIER HERITAGE BOYS BASKETBALL THIS WEEK
Thursday, Feb. 4
Delta at Greenfield , 7:30 pm
Shelbyville at Greenwood, 7:30 pm
Shenandoah at New Castle, 7:30 pm
Yorktown at Pendleton Heights, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 6
Greenwood at Greenfield, 1:30 pm
Mississinewa at Delta, noon
Mount Vernon at Noblesville, 1:30 pm
Perry Meridian at New Palestine, 1:30 pm
Whiteland at Shelbyville, 7:30 pm
PIONEER CONFERENCE BOYS BASKETBALL
Monday, Feb. 1
Central Christian at Victory Prep, 7:30 pm
International at Greenwood Christian, 7:30 pm
Park Tudor at Heritage Christian, 7:30 pm
Thursday, Feb. 4
Anderson Prep at Burris, 7:30 pm
Central Christian at Horizon Christian, 7:30 pm
Liberty Christian at Washington, 7:30 pm
Park Tudor at International, 6:30 pm
Seton Catholic at Union City, 6 pm, ppd.
Friday, Feb. 5
Metropolitan at Greenwood Christian, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 6
Covenant Christian at Central Christian, 2 pm
Park Tudor at Brebeuf Jesuit, 2:30 pm
Randolph Southern at Anderson Prep, 7:30 pm
University at Heritage Christian, 2:30 pm, ppd.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#6 Houston 70 SMU 48
#13 Ohio State 79 Michigan State 62
Drake 78 Illinois State 76 OT
Loyola Chicago 72 Missouri State 46
St. John 75 Marquette 73
Evansville 70 Valparaiso 52
Indiana State 60 Bradley 57
Southern Illinois 71 Northern Iowa 68
Syracuse 76 North Carolina State 73
Rutgers 64 Northwestern 56
Washington State 77 Washington 62
Nevada 89 UNLV 60
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#3 Connecticut 100 #17 DePaul 67
#4 South Carolina 87 Alabama 63
#6 Stanford 74 Washington 48
#8 Texas A&M 60 #22 Georgia 48
#9 Baylor 85 Iowa State 77
#15 Kentucky 61 Missouri 55
#16 Indiana 79 Michigan State 67
#19 Arkansas 77 Auburn 67
#20 Tennessee 79 Florida 65
Villanova 90 Butler 53
Syracuse 81, Notre Dame 69
Dayton 68 St. Bonaventure 51
Penn State 80 Purdue 70
Oklahoma 80 Kansas State 78
LSU 75 Ole Miss 66 OT
Oregon State 84 Utah 74
Clemson 69 Wake Forest 66
Wisconsin 69 Illinois 57
Virginia Tech 73 North Carolina 69
Missouri State 74 Valparaiso 73
Iowa 94 Minnesota 68
LA Clippers 129 New York 115
Denver 128 Utah 117
Philadelphia 119 Indiana 110
Washington 149 Brooklyn 146
Toronto 115 Orlando 102
Minnesota 109 Cleveland 104
New Jersey 5 Buffalo 3
Carolina 4 Dallas 3
Florida 3 Detroit 2
Philadelphia 4 NY Islanders 3
Chicago 3 Columbus 1
Minnesota 4 Colorado 3
St. Louis 4 Anaheim 1
Edmonton 8 Ottawa 5
MLB proposes delaying start to April 28, cut to 154 games
Major League Baseball has proposed a one-month delay in starting spring training due to the coronavirus pandemic and pushing back opening day to April 28, two people familiar with the plan told The Associated Press.
Under the plan presented to the players’ union on Friday, the regular season would be cut from 162 games to 154.
Also, the playoffs would be expanded from 10 teams to 14, the designated hitter would extend to the National League for the second straight season and MLB would keep the experimental rules for seven-inning doubleheaders and beginning extra innings with a runner on second base.
All players would report for spring training on March 22, back from the current calendar that calls a voluntary reporting date of Feb. 17 for pitchers, catchers and injured players, and Feb. 22 for others.
Opening day would be pushed back 27 days from its currently scheduled April 1 and the regular season would end Oct. 10 instead of Oct. 3. The postseason would extend into November.
The people familiar with the plan spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because no announcements were made. The sides have not discussed the proposal with each other since MLB made it.
A day before the plan was presented, Commissioner Rob Manfred said he would like to know by his regular Monday call with owners if the union had interest in delaying the start of spring training.
The reasoning behind the delay would be to gain time for more vaccinations and better assess the health situation.
Seven teams in each league would make the playoffs, and only the division winner with the best record would receive a bye in the best-of-three first round. There would be a selection show in which the seeded teams would be able to, in order of percentage, select their first-round opponent. The three advancing teams in each league and the one with a bye would advance to the best-of-five Division Series, starting the traditional rounds of the postseason.
While the plan says players would receive 100% of pay if all 154 scheduled games are played, Manfred would have an expanded right to stop spring training, the regular season or the postseason under certain conditions. Those would be if government restrictions prevent five or more teams from playing home games even without fans, if government rules restrict travel in the United States, if Manfred determines after consultation with medical experts and the union there is an unreasonable safety risk to players or staff or if the number of regular major leaguers unavailable because of COVID-19 undermines completive integrity.
Each team would start with 18 scheduled days off, and each team would be allowed to be scheduled up to 12 split doubleheaders.
Players usually are reluctant to agree to split doubleheaders because of the lengthy day at the ballpark each entails
The regular season would be compressed to 154 games in 166 days from 162 games in 186 days.
The World Series would be scheduled to end in the Nov. 10 range, with the exact time depending on discussions with broadcast partners.
As part of the plan, owners would guarantee a postseason players’ pool of 60% of the gate of the first two first-round games plus $80 million for the remainder of the postseason, matching the 2019 pool.
Players previously rejected a proposal teams made Jan. 5 for expanded playoffs in exchange for extending the DH to the National League.
Last season was cut from 162 games per team to 60, and the postseason was expanded to 16 teams and ended Oct. 27 when the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays in World Series Game 6. Players received 60/162nds of their salaries.
No fans were allowed during the regular season last year, which because of the pandemic started July 23 rather than March 26. About 11,000 fans per game attended the NL Championship Series and World Series, both played at the neutral site in Arlington, Texas. In a deal for expanded 16-team playoffs in 2020, MLB guaranteed a postseason players’ pool of $50 million.
IRISH BLOWOUT PITT ON THE ROAD, 84-58
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Notre Dame turned in its most dominant performance of the season in Saturday’s game against Pitt and held a lead for over 33 minutes of play on its way to an 84-58 victory.
The win was the result of a collective effort and extreme efficiency from the field. Four members of the Fighting Irish scored double-digits and the team made 13-of-24 shots from beyond the arc.
Cormac Ryan and Prentiss Hubb stood out as key players in the win. Ryan sunk five three pointers and missed only one shot. Hubb also had an impressive performance adding 17 points and dishing out a team-high nine assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a back-and-forth start to the game, the Irish were able to take the lead from Panthers with 11 minutes left in the half at 21-20. From there the Irish continued to extent its lead, with the score at 41-29 heading into the halftime brea,.
Hubb and Juwan Durham were the stars of the first 20 minutes. Hubb was dangerous beyond the arc sinking 3-of-4 three-pointers and Juwan Durham contributed 10 points to the scoreboard with a few electric dunks.
The Irish continued to shoot the ball with tremendous accuracy in the second half and boasted a 55.6 shooting percentage from the floor. Cormac Ryan was the biggest threat on the offensive end, making 4-of-5 three-point range. The Irish also kept the defensive pressure up and held the Panthers to a 30.6 shooting percentage. The collective effort helped the Irish keep control over the game leading to a 84-58 final score.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Ryan had an especially impressive game managing to make all but one shot (7-of-8) and contributing a team-high 19 points. His five three-pointers were critical to Notre Dame’s success.
STAT OF THE GAME
Notre Dame had one of its best shooting displays of the season, shooting 56.1 percent (32-of-57) from the field and a season-high 54.2 percent (13-of-24) from three-point range.
NOTES OF THE GAME
Ryan’s 19 points were not only a season best but also matched an all-time personal record
Ryan also hit five threes, beating a personal season high
Hubb managed to hit five three-pointers, which matches his 2020-21 season best
Nikola Djogo grabbed a season high seven rebounds
Notre Dame welcomes Wake Forest to Purcell Pavilion for a match up on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. EST. Game coverage will be on ACCN.
INDIANA STATE MBB: Five Straight! Sycamores Top Bradley 60-57
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – A bucket by Jake LaRavia with just over one minute to play broke a late tie and helped lift Indiana State to a 60-57 victory over Bradley Sunday evening in Hulman Center. The win marked the fifth in a row for the Sycamores.
ISU (9-7, 6-5 MVC) appeared to have BU (9-9, 3-6 MVC) on the ropes, leading by 10 points with 14 minutes to play. But the Braves battled back and took a one-point, 57-56 lead with 2:37 to go. The Sycamores defense locked up after that bucket, holding Bradley scoreless the rest of the way.
LaRavia and Tyreke Key led Indiana State in scoring on the night, each dropping in 12 points. No other Sycamores finished in double-figures, but ISU saw contributions from throughout the lineup. Cooper Neese and Cobie Barnes each scored nine points, while Cam Bacote added six points and two assists off the bench. LaRavia fell one rebounds short of a double-double, hauling down nine on the night, and also swiped a career-best four steals.
Indiana State shot 39.2 percent (20-of-51) from the floor for the game and won the rebounding battle by nine, 39-30. Though Bradley shot 45.3 percent (24-of-53) for the game, the Sycamores held them to just 18.8 (3-of-16) from the three-point line, while shooting 35 percent (7-of-20) themselves. ISU added 15 assists on 20 made shots, marking its fifth consecutive game with 10-or-more assists.
Bradley had three players in double figures, with Ville Tahvanainen leading all scorers with 17.
Indiana State and Bradley return to action Monday, Feb. 1 with a 5 p.m. game in Hulman Center. The game can be found on ESPN3.
EVANSVILLE MBB: UE leads wire-to-wire in 70-52 win over Valpo
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville men’s basketball team scored the first seven points of the game and never trailed as the Purple Aces earned a 70-52 win over Valparaiso on Sunday afternoon inside the Ford Center.
Shamar Givance led a trio of double-digit UE (7-8, 5-4 MVC) scorers with 10 points. He was 8-of-13 from the field and posted a game-high four assists. Jawaun Newton and Samari Curtis posted 17 apiece. Newton knocked down 7 of his 10 attempts and tied his career mark with eight rebounds. Curtis was also 7-of-10 from the field.
“I thought we were focused and had a good mindset as far as playing with the type of purpose that we needed to,” UE head men’s basketball coach Todd Lickliter exclaimed following the win. “Our guys really complemented each other and played to their strengths. You look at Jax Levitch – he did not take a shot, but he had a really good game. Shamar, Jawaun and Samari had open lanes because of the shooting ability that Jax and all of our guys have.”
A 3-for-3 start from the field extended to a 7-of-8 stretch that saw the Purple Aces hold an early 16-6 advantage. Jawaun Newton hit two early shots as the Aces opened up a 7-0 lead. It was Shamar Givance capping off the early stretch with his first triple of the game to complete the 16-6 start. Seven of the 16 points were scored by Newton.
Ben Krikke hit his first five attempts including two from outside to help the Crusaders (6-10, 3-4 MVC) get within four points at 27-23 at the 7:30 mark before Noah Frederking drained his first 3-point try on a feed from Jax Levitch to push the lead back to seven points. Over the final moments of the half, Evan Kuhlman took over on the offensive end adding five points to send the Aces to the break with a 37-27 lead. Kuhlman’s first triple came with an assist from Newton that cemented the double-digit halftime lead. UE finished the half shooting 66.7% with 16 of its 24 attempts finding the bottom of the net. Valpo finished the period at 47.8%.
Evansville’s hot shooting continued in the second half, converting four of its first six attempts on the way to a game-high 48-31 lead at the 16-minute mark. Samari Curtis scored five in a row and added another field goal with 13 minutes remaining to push the advantage to 58-37. Valpo kept the Aces off the scoreboard for a 5-minute span while cutting nine points off of the UE advantage. A triple by Eron Gordon started a 9-0 stretch that made it a 58-46 game with eight minutes remaining.
Newton ended the scoreless drought when he converted an in-bound pass from Levitch. It was the first field goal in a 6-0 run that saw the Aces regain control. Over the remainder of the game, the lead would reach as many as 23 points (70-44) and would not go under 17 with Evansville ending a 3-game skid with a 70-52 win.
Krikke led Valpo with 18 points. He knocked down 7 out of 9 field goal tries and was 2-for-2 from outside. Gordon tallied 13.
Evansville hit a season-high 29 field goals in the win with 23 being inside the arc. For the game, UE shot 60.4% while hitting 23 out of 30 inside attempts. Valparaiso shot 47.5%. The rebounding edge also favored the Aces to the tun of a 27-19 final.
On Monday, the teams will square off in a 6 p.m. game at the Ford Center.
EARLHAM MBB: Men’s basketball falls in nail-biter with Transy
Final Score: Transylvania 75, Earlham 68
Location: Richmond, Indiana – Druley Performance Gym
Records: Earlham 1-5 / Transylvania 5-6
RICHMOND, Indiana – Earlham College men’s basketball stayed right with visiting Transylvania University up-and-down the court for 40 minutes, but the Quakers were ultimately defeated at the free-throw line in a 75-68 loss to the Pioneers on Sunday afternoon at the Druley Performance Gym.
Earlham (1-5) was whistled for 25 fouls, second-most in a game this season, which Transy converted into a 17-of-25 ledger at the free-throw line. Transy had 16 fouls, resulting in a 10-of-11 mark at the charity stripe for Earlham, however the Quakers did not have a single free-throw attempt in the second half.
Tommy Makabu led Earlham with 26 points, while Jamel Barnes Jr. finished with 17 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Makabu, Barnes, and AJ White each dished out four assists.
Transylvania controlled the boards for much of the game and finished the contest with 43 to 21 rebounding advantage. Twelve of the Pioneers’ rebounds were on the offensive glass, yielding 16 second-chance points.
Lucas Gentry led Transy with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Zach Larimore chipped in with 24 points.
Earlham held a 54-50 lead as late as the 11:03 mark of the second half, following a layup from Zachariah Andre. The game was deadlocked at 68-68 with 1:21 showing on the clock, but a Gentry layup with just under a minute to play gave the Pioneers the lead. Larimore hit the second of two free throws just seconds, later, and his layup with under 10 seconds on the clock clinched the win for Transy.
Earlham men’s basketball is back in action this Friday, Feb. 5, when it hosts Hanover College at the Druley Performance Gym. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Liddell leads No. 13 Ohio St over skidding Michigan St 79-62
No. 13 Ohio State caught Michigan State in the midst of a uncommon skid and beat the blue-blood Big Ten program for the first time in its last five tries.
The Spartans had 20 days off because of COVID-19 issues and then lost to Rutgers by 30 points on Thursday night. The shooting went cold again in the second half on Sunday, and the opportunistic Buckeyes cruised to a 79-62 rout.
Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann doesn’t expect to see the same team when the Buckeyes visit East Lansing on Feb. 25.
“Listen, I think they certainly missed some shots that they’ll make, and they’ll certainly make at their place and they’ll make once they get their legs back,” Holtmann said. “There’s not a better late-season coach in the country than Tom (Izzo).”
E.J. Liddell had 20 points and eight rebounds, and Justice Sueing added 17 to lead the Buckeyes (14-4, 8-4 Big Ten), who again played solid defense. They’ve won three in a row and six of seven.
Michigan State (8-6, 2-6) played better but still started sloppily, committing six turnovers and a dozen fouls in the first half while hitting two of their 10 3-point tries in the frame.
Joshua Langford led the Spartans with 14 points. They shot a dismal 32.1% as a team after managing just 28.6% against Rutgers.
“We took a small step forward in some ways but the shooting woes continue,” Izzo said. “When you don’t make shots, it’s hard to go down to the other end and defend.”
The Buckeyes led by 12 at the half Sunday behind nine points from Liddell and seven from Justin Ahrens, including a pair of 3-pointers. Five Spartans picked up two fouls each in the opening frame and that caused some shuffling of the lineup.
The Spartans got within nine with 4:20 left, but their shooting just got worse as they missed nine of their last 10 shots from the floor. They hit just 25% in the second half.
Meanwhile, the Buckeyes shot 45%, including 33% (6 for 18) from 3-point range.
“Our plan was to come out and set the rules early, be the more aggressive team, the tougher team,” said Kyle Young, who finished with six points and seven rebounds. “I think we were able to do that offensively and defensively early on, which kind of helped carry us throughout the rest of the game.”
Sasser, No. 6 Houston beat SMU 70-48 for 8th straight win
Marcus Sasser scored 19 points and No. 6 Houston beat SMU 70-48 on Sunday for its eighth straight win.
Sasser bounced back to make five of his last 10 shots. After scoring just three points in a victory over Tulane on Thursday, he opened 0 for 5 against the Mustangs.
“My teammates kept telling me every time I went to the bench, `Keep shooting the ball,'” Sasser said. “Coach (Kelvin Sampson) tells me all the time he doesn’t care how many I miss, just keep shooting. Even when I am off to a bad start like that, I keep shooting and gaining confidence because my teammates put that confidence in me even though I miss.”
Justin Gorham had nine points and 17 rebounds for Houston (15-1, 10-1 American Athletic Conference), which won its 20th consecutive home game. Reggie Chaney added 10 points.
The Cougars won despite shooting only 34%.
“I thought our offense was great the first half, we just weren’t making open shots,” Sampson said. “Look at how many open shots we missed, look at how many shots around the rim we were missing. I told our guys, `Don’t worry about that, you’ll make them.'”
Houston outrebounded SMU 45-33 and committed 10 turnovers.
“Our defense has been getting better,” Sampson said. “There are three core tenets of our program – our defense, our rebounding and taking care of the ball. I thought we were outstanding in all three areas.”
Kendric Davis led SMU (9-4, 5-4) with 11 points. Feron Hunt and Yor Anei each scored 10 points for the Mustangs, who made 32% percent of their shots.
“I thought in the first half we played incredibly hard, boxed out, kept them off the glass,” SMU assistant coach Yaphett King said. “We did battle with them, but in the second half, they kept coming, kept coming. We didn’t match that intensity, which I wish we would have because I think if we could have hung in there, some shots would have started to fall, and we would have gotten some confidence from it.”
Houston led 28-24 at halftime, then went on a 14-3 run, capped by Gorham’s three-point play with 16 minutes left.
Second-Half Comeback Leads No. 16 Hoosiers To 800th Program Win
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Four players scored in double figures and overcame a first-half deficit to defeat Michigan State, 79-67, on Sunday afternoon inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The win marked the program’s 800th victory.
- Michigan State (9-4, 4-4 B1G) led by as many as 10 in the first quarter, but the Hoosiers (10-4, 8-2 B1G) clawed their way back in to the contest as behind seven first quarter points from senior guard Ali Patberg.
- Senior guard Jaelynn Penn and junior forward Aleksa Gulbe each hit 3-pointers to give their team its first lead 23-20 with 8:11 remaining in the first half. It was part of six lead changes in the first half alone, as Gulbe’s layup led to a 27-26 advantage for the Hoosiers. A triple from Penn brought kept IU within three, 35-32. But the Spartans, who shot 63.6 percent in the first half, were too much to handle as IU trailed 41-33 at halftime.
- In the third, the Hoosiers used multiple runs to cut into the deficit to as few as two including a senior guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary 3-pointer with 3:32 to go. Penn’s third 3-pointer of the night tied the score at 54-all.
- The Hoosiers would pull ahead as redshirt junior guard/forward came in off the bench for a spark as she connected on the go-ahead layup on a feed from junior guard Grace Berger for a 58-56 lead.
- That’s when the Hoosiers hit the gas, outscoring Michigan State 21-11 in the fourth quarter as they shot 70 percent from the floor in the final period and hit its last seven consecutive free throws.
- Indiana notched its 800th program victory on Sunday afternoon. The program, in its 47th year, holds an overall record of 800-648.
- With the victory on Sunday afternoon, Indiana has now the five of the last eight meetings with Michigan State dating back to 2017.
- The Hoosiers had four in double figures. Sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes had a team-leading 17 points while senior guard Ali Patberg had 15, junior guard Aleksa Gulbe scored 14, and senior guard Jaelynn Penn put back 13.
- Holmes led all Indiana scorers with 17 points, her 10th-straight game in double figures. The Gorham, Maine native also added three rebounds and two blocks.
- Junior guard Grace Berger tallied a team-high nine boards and seven assists to go along with nine points.
- Patberg had a solid performance with 15 points, six rebounds, and five assists and went 6-for-6 at the line.
- As a team, Indiana shot 55.1 percent from the floor, 70.0 percent from the behind the arc and 85.7 percent from the free throw line. Their clip at the line in Sunday’s win was a team season-high.
- The Hoosiers outrebounded the Spartans, 29-23, and assisted on 17 of its 27 made shots.
- The Hoosiers had 13 fast breaks points while they limited Michigan State to only two.
Indiana head coach Teri Moren
“I am excited that we had a really good second half against a team that was on fire in the first. I consider ourselves a pretty good guarding team, and we just had no answer. Halftime came and we talked a little about sprinkling in some zone. We came back out and that worked for a few possessions. Then, (Janai) Crooms splashed a three in the corner, and we quickly got out of it. I thought our kids adjusted on the fly to guarding better. I thought we guarded so much better in the second half. I thought Jaelynn (Penn), although (Nia) Clouden had 19 points, that was on 18 shot attempts. I thought JJ was terrific guarding her this afternoon. I thought we did a better job in the second at crowding their low post players. Our guards did. We made more shots difficult for Alisia Smith and Taiyier Parks. I thought they were getting some pretty comfortable looking shots in the first half. I thought we did a much better job at being aggressive off the ball crowding. In the second half, I was really pleased with our free throws being able to, unlike the other game against Ohio State, comeback. Obviously, we shot the ball better from the three-point line which is great to see. I thought we looked more relaxed in the shots that Ali, Jaelynn, and Leks (Aleksa Gulbe) took. Their feet were down, and they were in good rhythm. It was nice to see those go down for them. The one obvious stat that we are not crazy about is our 16 turnovers. We have been doing such a great job with ball security and taking care of that thing and averaging right around 10 and that has been terrific for us. I thought tonight there were a few careless passes and decisions that we made. I want to keep that down. But, I was excited about the 17 assists that we did have on 27 field goals that we made. Give our kids a ton of credit for this second half and really showing up in a big way when it seemed like in the first half, we didn’t have an answer. Our kids really battled today.”
The Hoosiers will remain at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall to host Rutgers on Thursday night in a game that was postponed on Jan. 18. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.
PURDUE WBB: Purdue Rally Comes Up Short Against Penn State
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team could not complete the season sweep of Penn State on Sunday afternoon, falling 80-70 to the Lady Lions. The Boilermakers put three players in double figures, but 24 turnovers hindered Purdue’s efforts to comeback.
Tamara Farquhar posted an efficient afternoon on the offensive end. In a little over 24 minutes of action, the senior went 7-for-7 from the field and 2-of-2 at the line to post a team-high 16 points. Farquhar also dished out four assists and pulled down three rebounds.
Senior Fatou Diagne posted her fourth straight double-double, finishing with 14 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. Her four-game stretch is tied with Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton and Stacey Lovelace for the second-longest streak in program history. The Senegal international was 7-of-12 from the field and pulled down seven offensive rebounds. Her 18 boards are tied for 14th in program history.
Purdue (6-8, 3-7) shot 44.4% from the field compared to a 42.9% mark for the Lady Lions (6-7, 3-6). The Boilermakers dominated on the glass, totaling a rebound margin of plus-15. Despite the 24 giveaways, Purdue recorded a season-high 23 assists, its highest total since Jan. 26, 2020, against Penn State.
The Boilermakers drained a trio of 3-pointers in the opening 10 minutes to take a 19-9 lead, as seven different players found the scoresheet. Diagne started strong with seven boards, while Purdue dominated the glass with an early 19-7 advantage.
Penn State responded in the second, outscoring the Boilermakers by 10 to set up a 32-32 tie at the break. Purdue’s balanced attach had five different players score at least five points in the opening 20 minutes, while overcoming a 30.6% field goal percentage.
Following four straight points from Madison Layden to start the third, Farquhar took over on the offensive end. The senior scored 10 straight points for the Boilermakers to keep pace with a relentless Lady Lion attack.
After Diagne’s layup with 3:43 in the third, took advantage of Purdue’s offensive miscues to go on an 29-8 run that opened a 19-point chasm.
The Boilermakers hardly gave up as the minutes wound down, finishing the game on a 14-5 run. Brooke Moore and Rokia Doumbia led the charge with four points each, but Purdue only pulled within 10 before the final horn expired.
• Purdue leads the all-time series with Penn State 33-22 with a 17-8 mark at Mackey Arena.
• Brooke Moore posted her seventh game in doubles figures and the third game of the year with five assists.
• Rokia Doumbia made the most of her 22 minutes on the court with a season-high nine points, six rebounds four assists and three steals.
• Purdue held Penn State to nine points in the first quarter. It was the fourth time the Boilermakers kept an opponent under 10 points in a period.
• Purdue recorded 44 points in the paint, a season high.
• Kayana Traylor dished out five assists for the fifth time this season and 24th time in her career.
• Purdue was 3-of-6 from behind the arc to start the game but missed its final 14 attempts from outside.
• Madison Layden improved her 3-point streak to 12 games in a row.
• The Boilermakers finished the game connecting on six of their final eight field goal attempts.
• Doumbia is the sixth different Boilermaker to tally three steals in a game this season.
The Boilermakers will have a full week off before heading to Illinois next Sunday for a 3 p.m. ET tip on Big Ten Network+.
Buckeyes Look to Keep Rolling at #23 Northwestern Monday
This will be the fourth consecutive game for the Buckeyes against a ranked foe
14/11 Ohio State at 23/23 Northwestern
Date: Feb. 1, 2021
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Evanston, Ill. – Welsh-Ryan Arena
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State is looking to keep riding the wave as it takes the Buckeyes to Evanston, Ill., on Monday for a clash with No. 23 Northwestern. The Buckeyes are on a three-game win streak and sit tied atop the Big Ten standings. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on BTN.
- The Buckeyes head into Evanston on Monday riding a high and will look to keep it going yet again, against a ranked foe.
- Ohio State leads the all-time series with Northwestern 46-20 and the Buckeyes have dominated the series as of late, winning 28 of the last 33 meetings dating back to 2000.
- This is just the fifth time in program history that Ohio State is playing four consecutive games against ranked opponents. The Buckeyes have never won all four games and they will be looking to do that Monday night.
- Ohio State knocked-off No. 11/11 Michigan, No. 7/7 Maryland and No. 16/15 Indiana in its previous three games and is tied atop the Big Ten standings at 10-1 overall and 6-1 in the conference.
- Northwestern is coming off an impressive victory of its own, an 87-80 win in Iowa City last Thursday. The Wildcats swept the season series with Iowa and enter Monday at 9-3 overall and 7-3 in the conference. The three-headed monster of Veronica Burton, Lindsey Pulliam and Sydney Wood all average at least 14 points per game.
- Braxtin Miller has been huge for the Buckeyes all season and maybe none bigger than last Thursday at Indiana. The Dayton, Ohio native scored a season-high 25 points to go along with five rebounds and five steals. That followed a then season-high 18-point performance in the win over No. 7 Maryland.
- Miller is the first player in program history with 25 points and five steals vs. a ranked opponent. To make it even sweeter, it came in a win on the road.
- Junior Dorka Juhasz notched her fifth double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds at Indiana. She has now grabbed 28 rebounds in the last two games and is currently second in the conference at 11.1 rpg.
- Juhasz is also just 150 points away from 1,000 in her career.
- Jacy Sheldon and Madison Greene are coming off an uncharacteristic game for both players as they combined to shoot just 1-of-15 at Indiana. On the season, they combine to average 31.0 ppg, so the numbers point to each having a big night in Evanston on Monday.
- Rikki Harris hasn’t played a ton this season, but she has produced in a key spot in each of the last two wins. She hit a big three in the win over Maryland and then scored seven points and had four rebounds in her first game in her home state at Indiana on Thursday.
Irish Lose Lead Late, Drop 81-69 at Syracuse
Sam Brunelle with a season-high 19 points
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Notre Dame women’s basketball team (8-7, 6-5) got off to a hot start at Syracuse (9-3, 6-3), building a lead as large as 15 while shooting over 57 percent in the first half. However, the Orange outscored the Irish 33-8 over the last 13 minutes of the game to rally for the 81-69 win.
Sam Brunelle poured in 19 points on 9-of-18 shooting. The sophomore also tied her season-high in rebounds with eight, while dishing out a career-high five assists.
“I thought we started the game exactly following our game plan,” Karen & Kevin Keyes Head Coach Niele Ivey stated. “I thought our team came out, set the tone, and I thought we had a great first half, but credit to Syracuse, because they’re not going to quit.”
Maddy Westbeld added 12 points and four boards. Mikki Vaughn collected a career-high 12 rebounds and had a near double-double with nine points. Destinee Walker also contributed double-digit points with 11, going 3-for-4 from deep.
In addition, both Olivia Miles and Danielle Cosgrove made their 2020-21 season debuts. Miles totaled four points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals in nearly 15 minutes of action.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Notre Dame weathered a Syracuse 9-2 start and settled in on both sides of the court. The Irish recorded a 26-6 scoring stretch, including a 15-0 run to end the quarter. In fact, the Irish defense held Syracuse scoreless over the final 3:35.
Offensively, Notre Dame shot 11-of-17, as Brunelle was a perfect 4-for-4, leading the squad with nine points. Vaughn and Walker followed next with seven and six points, respectively, as six different Irish players recorded points.
Olivia Miles checked in at 7:42 in the second quarter and immediately made an impact. In four minutes of action, the early enrollee earned two assists, two steals and notched her first collegiate basket at the 3:54 mark.
Westbeld got rolling in the second, scoring 10 of the team’s 16 points. The freshman out of Ohio went a perfect 5-for-5 from the field. In addition, Brunelle added four more points to join Westbeld in double figures and lead the Irish at the half with 13 points.
At the midway point, Notre Dame led 44-34, shooting 57.6 percent from the field compared to Syracuse’s 33.3 percent.
Brunelle had a season-high 19 points by the end of the third, while Mabrey and Walker combined for three triples. Furthermore, Notre Dame recorded another strong shooting stretch, connecting on 5-of-6 from the floor over a two-minute stretch late in the period. All-in-all, Notre Dame led 65-58 heading into the fourth quarter.
Yet, Notre Dame was held scoreless for the first three minutes of the fourth, as Syracuse ultimately tied the game at 67-all with five minutes remaining. Vaughn converted a layup at 4:23 but the Orange caught fire with a 9-0 run over the next 1:42, prompting a Notre Dame timeout down 76-69 with 2:41 remaining. Ultimately, Syracuse outscored Notre Dame 23-4 in the fourth.
- Notre Dame still leads the overall series 35-4, with a 15-3 mark at Syracuse.
- The 15-point lead was the highest the Irish have given up in a loss this season.
- Brunelle scored a season-high 19 points on 9-of-18 shooting. The sophomore also dished out a career-high five assists. It marked her fifth double-digit scoring performance of the season and second in a row.
- Vaughn collected a career-high 12 boards to go with her nine points.
- Mabrey last four games: 21 assists, nine turnovers.
- Westbeld earned her 13th game in double figures with 12 points against the Orange. In fact, she’s only finished in single digits twice this season.
- Walker tallied her eighth game in double figures with 11 points. The graduate student connected on 3-of-4 from three-point range.
- Olivia Miles made her Irish debut a few minutes into the second quarter. She scored her first collegiate points at the 3:54 mark in the second.
- Danielle Cosgrove made her 2021 debut at the 4:07 mark in the fourth quarter.
Though the rankings are about to change, as of right now, the next two for Notre Dame – at No. 1 Louisville (Feb. 7) and at No. 2 NC State (Feb. 15).
Villanova Defeats Butler WBB 90-53
INDIANAPOLIS – Madison Siegrist led Villanova to a 90-53 win over Butler on Sunday afternoon inside Hinkle Fieldhouse. The standout sophomore scored a game-high 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds against the Bulldogs.
Butler’s offense was highlighted by Jaia Alexander and Okako Adika. Each played ended the contest with 14 points and Adika also led the way with five rebounds. Micah Scheetz scored 10 points for BU and Emilia Sexton came off the bench to score eight.
Ball movement was the key to success for the Wildcats. First-year head coach Denise Dillon watched her team record 28 assists on 33 made field goals. Brianna Herlihy led the way with seven assists. Her well-rounded effort also gave Villanova 11 points and seven rebounds.
Nova was excellent from behind the arc on Sunday hitting 14 of their 33 3-point attempts. Lior Garzon had the hot hand from distance. She came off the bench to hit five 3-pointers helping her reach 19 points.
The opening stages of the game were dominated by the Wildcats. Nova hit eight of their first 10 shots to open up a 30-11 lead after the first quarter. Butler’s defense would pick up in the second quarter as they limited their opponent to just 15 points over that 10-minute stretch. The fourth quarter was also even with Villanova outscoring BU by just two points.
Butler will have next week off and return to action on Monday, Feb. 8 with a game at Xavier.
DAYTON WBB: Women’s Basketball Returns With Big Win At St. Bonaventure
OLEAN, N.Y. – The University of Dayton women’s basketball team returned to action Sunday with a 68-51 victory at St. Bonaventure.
Dayton (7-1, 6-0 A-10) remains atop the Atlantic 10 standings while St. Bonaventure (2-10, 1-8 A-10) continues to struggle.
“I thought after a long layoff, we responded well,” said head coach Shauna Green. “I really liked our start and our finish which is something we have been emphasizing. We must take care of the ball better as we had way too many unforced turnovers that really hurt us. It was great to be back out there and now we are on to preparing for Saint Louis.”
Start of 4th – Dayton opened up the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run to pull away from the Bonnies.
1st Quarter: Dayton 17, St. Bonaventure 9
Dayton jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead in the first three minutes.
St. Bonaventure didn’t get its first points until the 5:15 mark in the first quarter.
By the media timeout, the Flyers held a 9-3 lead.
Dayton made it a 10-point game at 15-5 with under three minutes to play.
The Flyers held an eight-point advantage going into the second.
Seven different Flyers scored in the opening quarter, led by redshirt senior Jenna Giacone with four points.
2nd Quarter: Dayton 40, St. Bonaventure 27
Dayton continued to push the tempo to start the second with a big three from junior Kyla Whitehead to start.
Giacone drilled a three to give her nine points, the same amount the Bonnies had as a team, forcing a time out with 7:32 to play.
Midway through the quarter the Flyers held a 29-17 lead over the Bonnies.
The bench continued to provide for Dayton as Maliya Perry drilled a three in the final seconds of the quarter to put UD up 13.
The Flyers shot 54 percent in the first half and held the Bonnies to 38 percent.
Giacone and Whitehead each had nine points to lead Dayton.
3rd Quarter: Dayton 47, St. Bonaventure 40
St. Bonaventure closed the gap to six in the first two minutes of the second half, 40-34.
The Flyers had three straight turnovers amidst a 7-0 Bonnie run.
Dayton didn’t get its first basket of the second half until the 5:42 mark.
Giacone became the first Flyer in double digits with just under two minutes to go in the third.
The Flyers held a seven-point lead going into the final quarter.
4th Quarter: Dayton 68, St. Bonaventure 51
Dayton got the margin back to double-digits with a pair of free throws by redshirt senior Erin Whalen in the first minute and a half.
Giacone drilled a three and hit a layup, forcing a St. Bonaventure timeout with 7:09 to play as the Flyers led 56-40 after a 9-0 run to start the fourth.
Giacone reached a new career-high with 20 points in the game.
St. Bonaventure hit a three at the 4:48 mark to make it a nine-point game, 58-49.
It was too little, too late though as the Flyers held on for the double-digit victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
20 – Jenna Giacone scored a career-high 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting.
11 – Araion Bradshaw had a game-high 11 rebounds, tying a career-high.
46% – Dayton shot 46 percent in the contest and 41 percent from three point range.
42 to 22 – The Flyers had a 42-22 rebounding advantage.
42 to 22 – The Flyers had 42 rebounds and held St. Bonaventure to 22 boards.
Dayton will head back out on the road to take on Saint Louis Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. ET.
Indiana loses home contest to Philadelphia
The Pacers were well on their way to earning their third win out of the past four contests on Sunday night. However, the Philadelphia 76ers had other ideas.
With 8:16 to play, Indiana held a 104-88 advantage after Aaron Holiday notched a putback layup. But then, they ran into an all-too-familiar foe — assistant coach Dan Burke’s defense. The 76ers (15-6) implemented a 2-3 zone that induced a 4:10 Pacers scoring drought, as Philadelphia rattled off a 21-2 run to grab a lead late in the fourth quarter. The Pacers (11-9) never recovered, failing to find any success against and fell to the visitors 119-110 inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Blue & Gold were held without a field goal for the final 5:57 of the game.
“It was disruptive,” Pacers head coach Nate Bjorkgren said of the zone. “We didn’t make a shot out of it. I don’t think we attacked it very well, either. They changed the game with it.”
Two Pacers muscled their way to 20-plus point nights. Malcolm Brogdon recorded a team-high 25 on 10-of-21 shooting, including 19 in the first half. Domantas Sabonis tallied 21 and hauled in eight boards. Aaron Holiday also had a solid night, notching a season-high 17 on 7-of-11 shooting, three rebounds and an assist.
“My teammates did a great job looking for me,” Holiday said postgame. “On the drive and kicks, they were collapsing in the paint. So I was just there trying to knock down shots. Just trying to stay aggressive.”
But it was not enough in the end.
After stumbling out of the gate, the Blue & Gold put together a stellar first half. With Philadelphia playing without star center Joel Embiid, Indiana recorded 38 points in the paint on 19-of-27 shooting en route to earning a 63-54 halftime lead.
The Sixers raced out to an 8-0 lead to start. But Indiana countered with seven unanswered and took control. The spree was the first installment of an eventual 17-4 run over a 5:39 span. Three different Blue & Gold players recorded a snipe from beyond the arc during the outburst, including Brogdon, who finished the quarter with 12 points. The emerged from the first holding a 28-18 lead. The 18 points given up by Indiana were the fewest points allowed in an opening frame this year.
It was Aaron Holiday’s time to shine in the second. The third-year guard posted 10 points in the opening 4:29 of the frame, including five straight in a 14-second span. At the 7:35 mark, Holiday drove the lane and finished a feathery floater in the paint. After Tyrese Maxey bricked a 3-pointer on the other end, Holiday collected the rebound and sprinted down the court. He calmly rose from beyond the arc from the right wing, and nailed a 26-foot trey to put Indiana ahead 44-34 with 7:21 to play in the half.
Indiana kept Philadelphia at a distance for the remainder of the frame, never letting its lead slip to fewer than eight. Leading 51-43, the Blue & Gold strung together eight consecutive points, including five more from Brogdon, to push their lead to 59-43 with 2:02 to go.
The Pacers held double-digit lead all the way until the final seconds of the half. With 6.6 seconds remaining Ben Simmons drove the length of the court, and finished a reverse layup between two Pacers defenders to trim Indiana’s lead to nine before the break.
The mandatory break did little to stop Indiana’s momentum. A trio of treys from Jeremy Lamb, Brogdon, and Myles Turner, followed by an and-one finish from Justin Holiday helped stretch the Pacers’ lead to 79-64 by the 8:29 mark of the third. Sabonis would add a gritty left-handed layup to push the lead to 17 before Sixers head coach Doc Rivers called a timeout in an attempt to stop the point parade.
In the next run of play, Philadelphia managed to trim Indiana’s lead to 85-71 at the 5:08 mark on a jumper from Danny Green. However, the Blue & Gold responded fiercely. A 10-4 Pacers run, including two and-one finished from Sabonis, soon stretched the lead to 20, 95-75, with 1:55 left in the third.
But the Sixers still showed fight, climbing back to cut the lead to 13, 95-82, before time expired. A three from Furkan Korkmaz with 39.7 seconds remaining would be the final bucket of the frame.
The opening minutes of the fourth passed over without much fuss. As the Sixers cut the lead to 97-86 with 10:06 to go, Indiana put together a 7-2 spree, including five from Aaron Holiday, to go up by 16 with 8:16 to play.
But then, the wheels fell off.
It started with eight unanswered Sixers points before Lamb connected on an 11-foot floater in the paint to keep the Pacers lead in double digits (106-96). Little did they know that Lamb’s shot would be the last field goal of the game.
Philadelphia then strung together 13 more uncontested points, including back-to-back mid-range jumpers from Furkan Korkmaz that pushed them ahead 109-106. Facing coach Burke’s zone defense, Indiana struggled to find any lanes to the paint. The Blue & Gold opted for the long ball, but found no success.
A pair of free throws from Turner stopped the bleeding and cut Philadelphia’s lead to 109-108. But Matisse Thybulle responded on the other end with a tough and-one floater to put the Sixers ahead by four with 1:30 to play.
Despite its best efforts, Indiana could not find enough points down the stretch. With the Pacers trailing 113-108, McConnell and Brogdon found just one free throw each on consecutive Pacers’ possessions. With 22.1 seconds remaining, Indiana was forced to foul. The Sixers then went 6-of-6 from the line to seal the win.
The Blue & Gold will need to brush this one off quickly as they take on the Memphis Grizzlies just under 48 hours from now.
“It’s one game,” Brogdon said. “We’re not going to overreact. We’re not going to be down in the dumps about it. We’re going to watch film like we do in any other game. We’re going to move on.”
Jokic has 47 points, Nuggets end Jazz winning streak at 11
Jamal Murray tossed the ball at Michael Malone in mild disgust. Will Barton urged Nikola Jokic to keep scoring until he reached 50 points.
Jokic’s teammates wanted him to reach the mark much more than he did. He was just happy Denver ended Utah’s 11-game winning streak.
“Hopefully, I’m going to score when we need it. It’s just a game,” Jokic said. “The main thing is just win the game. I’m going to score however much I need just to win the game.”
Jokic matched his career high with 47 points and the fast-starting Nuggets beat the Jazz 128-117 on Sunday to end the NBA’s longest winning streak of the season.
Jokic was 17 for 26 from the field, hit all four of his 3-point attempts, made 9 of 10 free throws and had 12 rebounds and five assists. He scored 33 points in the first half.
With the game in hand he went to the bench, unconcerned he was three points from hitting 50.
“I told him a couple of minutes before go get 50 but you know him, he don’t care about that kind of stuff,” Barton said. “He’s just playing basketball, being aggressive, being who he is. We definitely wanted the big fella to get 5-0 tonight.”
Barton added 18 points, and Murray had 16 to help the Nuggets win for the sixth time in seven games.
Utah lost for the first time since Jan. 6 at New York. Bojan Bogdanovic led the Jazz with 29 points, and Donovan Mitchell had 13 in 31 minutes after missing two games while in concussion protocol.
Denver hit all eight of its 3-point attempts and shot 80% in the first quarter. The Nuggets kept it going in the second, going 13 of 24 from the field and finishing 15 of 17 from long range in the first half to take a 79-54 halftime lead.
“We didn’t play our best, that’s what hurts, especially the way we played the last two games against Dallas,” Mitchell said. “To have that performance and they come out and they shoot 15 of 17, that’s what hurts the most.”
The lead was 86-58 with 8:11 left in the third quarter when Utah made a big run. The Jazz hit eight 3-pointers and outscored Denver by 18 to get to 99-91.
“We cut the lead to single digits but you give yourself a difficult hill to climb and a small margin of error and you have to be almost perfect,” coach Quin Snyder said.
JaMychal Green had all nine of his points in the fourth quarter when the Nuggets got the lead back to 20. Jokic matched his career high with a layup with 2:05 left and took a seat with 1:39 remaining to the disappointment of his teammates.
“I’m oblivious. I have no idea at that point Nikola has 47,” Denver coach Michael Malone said. “Jamal was kind of breaking my chops about that and I love the fact that he’s thinking about his teammate.”
Leonard, Clippers pull away from Knicks for 129-115 win
Not even the NBA’s leading defensive team could slow down the surging Los Angeles Clippers.
Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points and the Clippers rang up the highest point total of the season against the New York Knicks on Sunday, winning 129-115 for their 10th victory in 11 games.
The Clippers shredded the NBA leaders in fewest points per game allowed to break away after leading by one at halftime. Even playing without two starters, they surpassed the 102.7 points per game the Knicks had been allowing with their first basket of the final quarter and kept pouring it on in their third straight victory.
“We’re just a pretty good offensive team,” Paul George said.
“We share the ball, we move it, we look for the open man, we emphasize passing up good shots for great ones and I think we do a pretty good job of doing that,” he said.
Reggie Jackson added 18 points and George had 17 for the Clippers, who made 17 3-pointers and shot 54% overall against a Knicks team that led the league in that category as well while improving to 16-5.
“It’s been a good ride so far and I think we’ve got something special going on over there,” Clippers forward Marcus Morris said.
Julius Randle had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks. Rookie Immanuel Quickley added 25 points and RJ Barrett added 23, but scoring wasn’t the problem for a Knicks team that had been limiting opponents to 42.6% shooting.
“I thought offensively it was good. Defensively it’s not what we would have liked,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said.
The game’s start time was moved up four hours by the NBA to 1 p.m., though neither that nor the Knicks’ good early shooting seemed to bother the Clippers. New York made eight of its first 10 shots and led for a good part of the first half before the Clippers took a 66-65 edge into the break.
Los Angeles came back from the locker room with seven straight points and didn’t slow down the rest of the third quarter. Leonard and Jackson each scored 10 points in the period, when the Clippers made five 3-pointers and scored 35 points, taking a 101-91 lead to the fourth.
Quickley scored eight straight points to cut a 10-point lead to 105-103, but the Clippers answered with nine in a row to open a 114-103 advantage on Leonard’s basket midway through the period. An 8-0 run later in the fourth made it a 15-point game.
Heat say Herro may miss time for virus-related issue
The Miami Heat may have another player missing games for virus-related reasons, after second-year guard Tyler Herro revealed that someone who lives with him tested positive for COVID-19.
Herro is listed as questionable on the team’s injury report for Monday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets, that announcement coming Sunday afternoon – less than 24 hours after Herro learned of the positive test and his potential exposure.
The reason the Heat cited for having Herro on the report is the NBA’s health and safety protocols, which only means it is a virus-related reason and does not suggest that he tested positive. Herro was not with the team for practice Sunday.
Miami – off to a 7-12 start after going to the NBA Finals last season – has already had eight players miss a combined 30 games for virus-related reasons, including a 10-game absence for All-Star forward Jimmy Butler. If Herro cannot play Monday, he’d become the ninth Heat player on that list.
“By any means necessary right now,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We’ve been through so much. I think everybody is able to adapt to this. This is what’s required right now.”
Not long after Miami beat Sacramento 105-104 to snap a five-game losing streak Saturday night, Herro publicly stated that someone living in his home had just tested positive. Herro is tested daily and obviously had not tested positive Saturday, since the NBA and Heat permitted him to be on the floor; he played a team-high 40 minutes and scored 15 points.
But even being around someone who has the virus sets the NBA’s contact-tracing wheels into motion, to determine if Herro could have been exposed. That investigation will determine if Herro – who had the virus last season, before the NBA’s restart bubble at Walt Disney World was launched – will have to quarantine and if so, for how long. Such absences have typically been about a week, some a bit shorter.
“We all know how crazy this time is going,” Herro said Saturday. “Someone who lives with me tested positive before the game and I found out at halftime. I don’t know; hopefully, I don’t have to quarantine. It’s just crazy what’s going on. It’s crazy.”
Herro is averaging 17.5 points this season. He missed seven games in January because of neck spasms. Butler returned from his virus-related hiatus with a season-high 30 points, the last two of them coming with 42.1 seconds left in Saturday’s win.
Report: Pelicans weigh Sixers, Nets, Celtics as Redick trade destination
The New Orleans Pelicans have narrowed potential trade destinations for JJ Redick to three contending Eastern Conference heavyweights, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
The Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, and Boston Celtics have all reportedly expressed interest in the 36-year-old sharpshooter, who’s become disposable on Stan Van Gundy’s Pelicans.
Redick, whose $13.1-million annual deal with New Orleans expires at the end of the season, has been DNP-coach’s decision in each of the team’s last two games as Van Gundy seeks more minutes for young backcourt pairing Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Kira Lewis.
Redick’s family currently resides in Brooklyn and is understood to prefer a return to the Northeast. The Duke product previously enjoyed a two-year spell with the 76ers before joining the Pelicans in July 2019.
Both Redick and upcoming free agent Lonzo Ball have been the subject of trade speculation ahead of the first of two NBA trade deadlines on Feb. 2. Players moved prior to the cutoff can still be included in a multi-player deal at the March 25 trade deadline.
Celtics’ Smart to miss 2-3 weeks with right calf tear
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will miss two-to-three weeks after being diagnosed with a Grade 1 tear of his right calf muscle, the team announced.
Smart exited in the second half of Boston’s 96-95 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. The 26-year-old appeared to suffer the injury while jostling for a rebound. He was unable to put weight on his left leg and required assistance leaving the court.
The All-NBA defender has been essential to the Celtics’ success this season. He’s averaging career highs in points (13.1) and assists (6.1) while also securing 1.8 steals per game.
Boston sits fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 10-8 record despite key rotation pieces missing significant time so far this season, most notably Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker.
Report: Stafford told Lions not to trade him to Patriots
Matthew Stafford told the Detroit Lions he would accept a trade anywhere except the New England Patriots, a source told NBC Sports’ Tom Curran.
The Patriots were reportedly one of the many clubs interested in securing Stafford’s services, but the Los Angeles Rams closed a deal for the passer Saturday, sending two first-round picks, a third-round pick, and Jared Goff.
Stafford has some familiarity with the New England organization. The Patriots brought back Matt Patricia – Stafford’s former coach in Detroit – to assist the coaching staff.
New England is coming off a disappointing 2020 campaign, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008 after losing Tom Brady in free agency.
The Patriots also struggled mightily on offense, finishing 27th in points scored. Cam Newton struggled to regain his prior form and is not expected to return to the team next season. The former MVP passer was signed to a one-year contract last offseason but threw more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (8).
Arik Gilbert announces transfer to Florida
Former LSU tight end Arik Gilbert announced on Sunday he will be transferring to Florida.
“After careful consideration, I have decided to commit to the University of Florida,” said Gilbert. “This is the best situation for me, and I’m excited to join the family.”
Gilbert made the most of his short time in Baton Rouge, securing 35 receptions for 368 yards and two touchdowns. The five-star member of LSU’s 2020 recruiting class played in eight games with the Tigers before opting out for the remainder of the season.
The Georgia native entered the transfer portal in early January with the hope of finding a new school to call home.
Gilbert now ends up with a Gator program looking to find a successor to Kyle Pitts, who is off to the NFL draft. Pitts – a winner of the Mackey Award, presented to the nation’s best tight end – put up eye-popping numbers in Gainesville, catching 43 receptions for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The six-foot-five target joins a Florida tight end group that features Kemore Gamble, Keon Zipperer, and Jonathan Odom.
Rangers place DeAngelo on waivers after reported altercation with teammate
The New York Rangers placed defenseman Anthony DeAngelo on waivers Sunday, the team announced.
DeAngelo was scratched for a pair of games earlier this season and has amassed one assist through six contests while logging 18:29 of average ice time per game.
Head coach David Quinn said waiving DeAngelo was an organizational decision and declined to answer whether or not the move was performance-related.
“Things happen in pro sports, and that was a decision the organization made,” Quinn said, according to The Associated Press’ Stephen Whyno. “It’s part of the business. It’s a decision we made. We’ll see how it plays out.”
Later reports stated DeAngelo got into an altercation with netminder Alexandar Georgiev following the club’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, multiple sources confirmed to The Athletic’s Rick Carpiniello.
Quinn refused to address the report and said the decision was not made based on one incident.
“There’s always rumors, as you know,” Quinn said, according to Carpiniello. “I’m not going to address rumors. This isn’t about one incident. It’s not about one thing. It’s a situation the organization felt was best at this current time, and we’ll see how the situation plays out.”
The 5-foot-11 blue-liner finished tied for fourth in both goals (15) and points (53) among all defensemen in 2019-20.
New York signed the 25-year-old to a two-year, $9.6-million contract in October.
Report: Sue Bird re-signing with Storm
WNBA star Sue Bird has agreed to re-sign with the reigning champion Seattle Storm, reports Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.
Bird has spent her entire Hall of Fame-caliber career with Seattle after being drafted first overall in 2002. The point guard has helped the Storm claim four WNBA championships since breaking into the league while also winning four Olympic gold medals and two NCAA championships at UConn.
The 11-time All-Star has averaged 12.1 points, 5.6 assists, and 1.3 steals during her illustrious career. Bird’s 519 career games played and 2,888 total assists are both WNBA records.
PURDUE WRESTLING: No. 19 Wrestling Splits Matches at Rutgers Tri-Dual
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The No. 19 Purdue wrestling team went 1-1 Sunday at a Big Ten Conference tri-dual, falling in their opener against No. 15 Minnesota, but rebounding to deal 20th-ranked host Rutgers an 18-15 defeat. Sophomore Thomas Penola improved his record to 5-0 on the season with a pair of wins, while senior Griffin Parriott saw his first action of the season with a pair of wins.
The Boilermakers couldn’t get much going in the day’s first dual, struggling against the Golden Gophers in a 32-4 defeat. Penola had the lone win for Purdue, posting a 14-4 major decision at 197 pounds over Garrett Joles. However the dual was definitely closer than the final score appeared as Minnesota won four one-point matches.
Purdue got things going in the second dual, using a second-period pin from senior Devin Schroder to get by the Scarlet Knights. Schroder raced out to a 10-0 lead in the first against No. 15 Nic Aguilar and then scored a takedown in the second before getting his first fall of the year.
Rutgers evened the score with decisions at 133 and 141, but the Boilermakers stretched three wins together at 149, 157 and 165 to take a commanding 15-6 lead. Parriott edged Michael VanBrill at 149, 2-1, while sophomore Kendall Coleman overcame a slow start to earn a 13-8 decision over No. 22 Robert Kannaird at 157. Freshman Gerrit Nijenhuis finished the run with a 5-0 win over Andrew Clark at 165, marking his second shutout win of the year.
The Scarlet Knights pulled within three points with wins at 174 and 184, but Penola shut the door with a solid 4-0 win over No. 27 Billy Janzer. Penola had an escape and a takedown in the second period and then rode Janzer out in the third to finish off the win.
Purdue is now 2-3 on the season and returns home next weekend for a tri-dual in Holloway Gymnasium, hosting top-ranked Iowa and No. 11 Ohio State.
No. 19 Purdue 4 – No. 15 Minnesota 32
125: No. 9 Patrick McKee (MINN) def. No. 6 Devin Schroder (PUR), D 5-3
133: No. 21 Boo Dryden (MINN) def. Jacob Rundell (PUR), D 6-2
141: Marcos Polanco (MINN) def. No. 19 Parker Filius (PUR), D 3-2
149: No .17 Michael Blockhus (MINN) def. Alec White (PUR), Inj. Def. 2:24
157: No. 7 Brayton Lee (MINN) def. No. 5 Kendall Coleman (PUR), D 3-2
165: No. 15 Andrew Sparks (MINN) def. Gerrit Nijenhuis (PUR), D 7-3
174: No. 16 Jake Allar (MINN) def. No. 31 Emil Soehnlen (PUR), D 3-2
184: Owen Webster (MINN) def. No. 10 Max Lyon (PUR), D 6-5
197: No. 18 Thomas Penola (PUR) def. Garrett Joles (MINN), MD 14-4
285: No. 1 Gable Steveson (MINN) def. Jamarcus Grant (PUR), TF 24-8 (6:25)
133: Jake Gliva (MINN) def. Nate Cummings (PUR), MD 14-5
141: Brent Jones (MINN) def. Michael Leveille (PUR), MD 9-0
149: No. 12 Griffin Parriott (PUR) def. Jake Bergeland (MINN), D 4-3
157: Cael Carlson (MINN) def. Cooper Noehre (PUR), D 11-7
165: Bailey O’Reilly (MINN) def. Hayden Lohrey (PUR), D 11-10
184: Isaiah Salazar (MINN) def. Macartney Parkinson (PUR), D 6-2
285: Keaton Kluever (MINN) def. Dorian Keys (PUR), Fall 2:08
No. 19 Purdue 18 – No. 20 Rutgers 15
125: No. 6 Devin Schroder (PUR) def. No. 15 Nic Aguilar (RUT), Fall 4:20
133: No. 6 Sammy Alvarez (RUT) def. Jacob Rundell (PUR), D 6-0
141: No. 3 Sebastian Rivera (RUT) def. No. 19 Parker Filius (PUR), D 7-6
149: No. 12 Griffin Parriott (PUR) def. Michael VanBrill (RUT), D 2-1
157: No. 5 Kendall Coleman (PUR) def. No. 22 Robert Kannaird (RUT), D 13-8
165: Gerrit Nijenhuis (PUR) def. Andrew Clark (RUT), D 5-0
174: Jackson Turley (RUT) def. No. 31 Emil Soehnlen (PUR), D 6-2
184: No. 15 John Poznanski (RUT) def. No. 10 Max Lyon (PUR), D 7-4
197: No. 18 Thomas Penola (PUR) def. No. 27 Billy Janzer (RUT), D 4-0
285: Boone McDermott (RUT) def. Jamarcus Grant (PUR), D 3-1
125: Dylan Shawver (RUT) def. Kooper Loehr (PUR), Fall 4:30
133: Shane Metzler (RUT) def. Nate Cummings (PUR), D 11-4
133: Jacob Rundell (PUR) def. Devon Britton (RUT), MD 9-1
141: Zach Firestone (RUT) def. Michael Leveille (PUR), D 8-1
157: Jake Benner (RUT) def. Cooper Noehre (PUR), D 8-6
165: Hayden Lohrey (PUR) def. Connor O’Neill (RUT), MD 14-6
197: Kyle Epperly (RUT) def. Mitch Hutmacher (PUR), SV 3-1
285: Alex Esposito (RUT) def. Dorian Keys (PUR), D 6-0
OHIO STATE VB: Buckeyes Sweep Spartans
Ohio State is 3-0 on the season
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (3-0, 3-0 B1G) earned its first sweep of the season as it handled Michigan State (0-3, 0-3 B1G) in straight sets (25-17, 25-15, 25-20) on Sunday evening at Jenison Field House.
For the third time in as many contests, Emily Londot recorded double figures with a match-high 12 kills. She had a season-high .357 hitting percentage (12-2-28) along with three digs and two blocks.
Mac Podraza did a little bit of everything as she hit .667 (4-0-6), dished 29 assists, dug three balls and recorded three rejections at the net.
Jenaisya Moore added nine kills and eight digs. Vanja Bukilić, who played in her first match of the year, had seven kills. Adria Powell connected on five of her nine error-free swings for a .556 clip, a season best, and led the team with four blocks. Kylie Murr had a match-high 16 digs while Hannah Gruensfelder chipped in nine digs, three assists and two service aces.
Ohio State balanced its offensive and defensive efforts by attacking at a .283 rate while holding Michigan State to a .063 clip.
SET 1: The Buckeyes and Spartans kept the opening frame close going point-for-point. Halfway through the set, Ohio State scored eight unanswered points for a 20-11 lead. Michigan State tried to turn things around with a run of its own but the Buckeyes held on, 25-17.
SET 2: After trailing 10-8, Ohio State overpowered Michigan State as it tallied nine straight points to go up 17-10. The Buckeyes kept rolling as they finished the rally on a 7-2 run, which resulted in a 25-15 win.
SET 3: The Spartans forced the Buckeyes to call for time as they went ahead 11-7. Out of the break, Ohio State went on a 9-2 sprint for a 16-13 advantage. Michigan State gained some momentum as it cut the deficit to three but back-to-back kills by Londot sealed the set, 25-20.
Ohio State returns to Jenison Field House on Monday to take on Michigan State at 4 p.m. live on the Big Ten Network.
Butler VB Wins 3-2 at Bellarmine
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Butler picked up their first win of the season at Bellarmine on Sunday afternoon (18-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 15-7). The two teams battled through five sets to determine a winner and in the fifth, BU would come out on top 15-7.
How it Happened
Butler had to battle back and win the second and fourth set to send it to five. The Knights broke a 15-15 tie in the opener with a 10-3 scoring run to go out in front. Butler pulled even with a win in set two 25-22. The home team used a 3-0 scoring run in crunch time of the third set to go up 2-1. The late scoring run moved the score to 24-21 and Ashley Price would deliver the final kill to put Bellarmine back in front. The fourth set ended with three-straight Knight attack errors, helping BU collect a 25-22 win. The fifth set was never in question as Butler raced out to a 4-0 lead. The Knights would climb back in contention with a service ace to make the score 8-6, but they would not get any closer.
Stat of the Match
Brittany Robinson ended the day with 19 kills, 10 digs, four blocks and two service aces. She recorded four of her 19 kills in the fifth-set including the match-winner off an assist from Friebel.
Inside the Box Score
– Madison Friebel set Butler up with 46 assists, six digs, and two service aces.
– Jaymeson Kinley was great defensively with 18 digs. She also chipped in with two service aces.
– Melody Davidson nearly notched a double-double with nine kills and nine blocks. She hit .562 today.
– Amina Shackelford recorded 11 kills and six blocks for the Bulldogs.
– BU hit .444 in the fifth set to get the win. They had eight kills on 18 attempts with zero errors.
– The ‘Dawgs were great at the net with 14.0 total team blocks.
– In total, there were 30 ties and 15 lead changes in today’s match.
Butler’s home opener will be played on Thursday night at 6 PM. The Bulldogs will host Indiana State.
IUPUI VB: VOLLEYBALL HEADS TO GREEN BAY FOR TWO MATCHES
GREEN BAY, Wis. – IUPUI volleyball continues its road swing to start the season with two matches against Green Bay on Monday (Feb. 1) and Tuesday (Feb. 2). Monday’s match will start at 5 p.m. ET and the Tuesday match will begin at 4 p.m. ET.
Monday, Feb. 1
@ Green Bay // 5 p.m. ET // Live Stats
Tuesday, Feb. 2
@Green Bay // 4 p.m. ET // Live Stats
IUPUI (0-2) dropped its first two matches of the season against Youngstown State, losing in five sets in the first match and four in the second. Green Bay comes in to the match having also lost their first two matches of the season to Cleveland State.
The Jags outhit Youngstown State in each of the first two matches, finished with more kills and more digs, but struggled on the service line, finishing with 36 errors in the first two matches.
– Freshman Madeline Haines leads the team with 3.89 kills per set after finishing with 35 kills in the two matches against YSU. In her first collegiate match, Haines finished with 20 kills and 16 digs to become the first Jaguar and and first freshman to have 20 kills in a match since Hannah Oehlberg on Oct. 31, 2018. Haines then posted 15 kills in the second match of the weekend. Haines also had five service aces in the first match and tallied six blocks over the weekend.
– Sophomore Allie Pogue picked up where she left off last season, finishing the weekend second on the team with 29 kills in the two matches. Pogue posted a 12-kill, 14-dig double-double in the first match before leading IUPUI with 17 kills in the second match and adding nine digs.
– Transfer Darragh Dixon guided the Jaguar offense at the setter position, collecting 88 assists (9.78/set). Dixon, a transfer from Long Island University, began her career with 46 assists, 17 digs and five kills. In her second match, Dixon handed out 42 assists with nine digs.
– Millai Madison began her IUPUI career with 12 kills, hitting .276 in the first match against Youngstown State. Madison added three blocks in the match.
– Emily Alan leads IUPUI in attack percentage after the first weekend, hitting .389 on 36 attacks against Youngstown State. Alan, a freshman, tallied 19 kills to average 2.11 per set and and leads the team with 0.78 blocks per set. Alans best game was the second game of the weekend as she hit .500 with 11 kills and tallied five blocks.
MORE ON MADELINE
– With her big weekend against Youngstown State, Madeline Haines became the first freshman to have:
back-to-back matches with 15+ kills since Moriah Fair (18 v. Purdue Fort Wayne – Nov. 6, 2010 & 16 v. Weestern Illinois – Nov. 13, 2010)
a 20+ kill double-double since Kalyse Reimbold (27 kills & 11 digs v. Western Illinois – Oct. 24, 2008)
a double-double to start a season since Shari Bernhardt (18 kills & 19 digs v. Evansville – Aug. 30, 2008)
back-to-back matches with 35+ kills since Katelyn Hickey (14 v. Oakland – Nov. 9, 2012 & 21 v. Purdue Fort Wayne – Nov. 10, 2012)
SCOUTING GREEN BAY
– The Phoenix struggled in their first two matches, winning just one set against Cleveland State. Green Bay hit just .092 over the two matches against the Vikings and committed 55 errors. Both Kristin Paulus and Alexandra Zakutney lead the team with 2.43 kills per set. Annelise Sparks led the Green Bay defense with 3.14 digs per set and the Phoenix are averaging 2.00 blocks per set.
WRIGHT STATE VB: Volleyball set to open Spring 2021 home slate against Norse
The Wright State volleyball team will take the court at home inside McLin Gymnasium for the first time in this spring 2021 season on Monday and Tuesday when the Raiders welcome Northern Kentucky to town for a pair of matchups. The Raiders are off of a 2-0 start behind back-to-back three set wins up at Milwaukee while Northern Kentucky will play its first matches of the season this week.
Both matches are scheduled for 6 p.m. starts, and fans can follow the action via live stats or streaming via live video. Monday’s contest will be on ESPN3, while Tuesday will be either on ESPN3 or ESPN+.
Last time out, Wright State opened the year with back-to-back three set sweeps at Milwaukee, giving the Raiders their first wins in Milwaukee since 1996 and first sweep at the home of the Panthers since the 1992 campaign. On Monday, Teddie Sauer paced the offensive attack with eight kills, followed by six kills each from Celia Powers and Sam Wolf. Sauer and Powers each had five blcoks at the net to lead all players, while Nyssa Baker added three blocks of her own. Tuesday saw Megan Alders lead all players with eight kills, while Sauer followed with six kills and Wolf tallied five kills. Baker had a match-high six blocks and added four kills, while Sauer finished with three service aces and Powers had two of her own as the Raiders had eight service aces as a team.
Wright State and Northern Kentucky were picked to finish 1-2 in the Horizon League preseason poll after both squads made NCAA Championship appearances in 2019. The Raiders won both regular season meetings in 2019 on the way to the HL regular season title before the Norse won in the HL semifinals on the way to the HL tournament title. In the opening round of the NCAA’s, Wright State fell at Purdue while Northern Kentucky lost to Michigan.
Northern Kentucky is coming off of a 19-13 season in which it won the Horizon League Tournament championship and played in its first-ever NCAA Tournament. The Norse were among the nation’s leaders in several statistical categories, finishing in the top-20 in attacks per set (10th, 38.62), total attacks (13th, 4,750), team digs (14th 2,151), digs per set (19th, 17.49) and total blocks (19th, 312.5). Outside hitter Anna Brinkmann was an All-Horizon League honoree that led the Norse at 3.00 kills per set, while also aiding on the defensive side with 3.21 digs and 0.46 blocks per set. Brinkmann was also an AVCA All-North Region honoree, the second Norse to earn the honor. Libero/Defensive Specialist Ashton Terrill is working her way up the Norse record book, scooping 1,612 digs in her career to rank 4th all-time at NKU.
IT’D BEEN A WHILE
Wright State’s wins at Milwaukee on Jan. 25 and 26 were the Raiders’ first victories in Milwaukee since 1996, when current Wright State Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator (and future Raider head coach) Joylynn Brown was in her second season as an assistant coach on the Wright State bench. The January wins over Milwaukee were a pair of sweeps, the first time Wright State had swept the Panthers on their home court since October 30, 1992 – with Brown again involved, this time as a senior front row player for the Raiders.
Now-junior Jenna Story was named the 2019 Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year and was a AVCA Northeast Region honorable mention performer after she was one of the top defensive players in the country. Her 6.23 digs/set average was second in the nation, while her 692 total digs were the fifth-most nationally. A six-time Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week honoree in 2019, she led the conference in both total digs and digs/set average while recording 28 double-digit dig matches. Story’s 692 digs in 2019 reset the Wright State single season dig record by over 100 digs, while her 1,264 total digs are already inside the Top 10 for the Wright State career digs leaders.
PURDUE WTEN: Boilermakers Dominate MSU In Final Day of Purdue Invite
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s tennis team saved its best performance for the final day of the Purdue Invite at the Schwartz Tennis Center. The Boilermakers swept all three doubles contests and took four of the six singles matches against Big Ten opponent Michigan State.
In doubles, Ena Babic and Csilla Fodor dominated against Ayshe Can and Maja Pietrowicz in a 6-1 decision. Nathalia Wolf Gasparin and Zala Dovnik teamed up to take down Mary Lewis and Dagmar Zdrubecka 6-4. Rut Galindo and Seira Shimizu rounded out the perfect doubles afternoon by outlasting Samantha Memije and Nicole Stephens 7-6 (5).
In singles action, a pair of Boilermakers rolled in straight sets.
Babic cruised to a 6-3, 6-0 win over Memije, while Galindo made quick work of her first set against Stephens but needed to fight off a potential third set in a 6-0, 7-5 win.
Csilla Fodor capped her perfect weekend in singles. The sophomore overcame an opening setback to beat Lauren Lemonds 6-7(8), 6-4, 10-8. Zala Dovnik added the fourth singles victory against Dagmar Zdrubecka 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Zeynep Naz Ozturk and Shimizu fought hard but dropped their singles matches in a third set and super tiebreaker, respectively.
The Boilermakers will return to the courts this spring to compete for their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2015 and their first Big Ten title since 2012. The Big Ten Conference will release the dual schedule at some point in the near future.
PURDUE vs. MICHIGAN STATE – PURDUE INVITE HIDDEN DUAL
1. Ena Babic (PUR) def. Samantha Memije (MSU) – 6-3, 6-0
2. Csilla Fodor (PUR) def. Lauren Lemonds (MSU) – 6-7 (8), 6-4, 10-8
3. Ayshe Can (MSU) def. Seira Shimizu (PUR) – 6-7 (7), 6-4, 12-10
4. Zala Dovnik (PUR) def. Dagmar Zdrubecka (MSU) – 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
5. Rut Galindo (PUR) def. Nicole Stephens (MSU) – 6-0, 7-5
6. Tia Mukherjee (MSU) def. Zeynep Naz Ozturk (PUR) – 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
1. Ena Babic/Csilla Fodor (PUR) def. Ayshe Can/Maja Pietrowicz (MSU) – 6-1
2. Nathalia Wolf Gasparin/Zala Dovnik (PUR) def. Mary Lewis/Dagmar Zdrubecka (MSU) – 6-4
3. Rut Galindo/Seira Shimizu (PUR) def. Samantha Memije/Nicole Stephens (MSU) – 7-6 (5)
PURDUE WGOLF: Women’s Golf 14th After First Round of UCF Challenge
ORLANDO, Fla. – Competing together for the first time since last February, the women’s golf team carded a combined 6-over par 294 in the opening round of the UCF Challenge on Sunday. Playing at Eagle Creek Golf Club, Purdue sits 14th in the team standings after the first day.
Individually, freshman Sifat Sagoo paced the Boilermakers, shooting an even-par 72 Sunday. She offset three bogeys with three birdies and sits in a tie for 31st in the player standings.
Sophomore Danielle du Toit ended the first round with a 1-over 73 and is tied for 45th, while junior Inez Wanamarta is tied for 57th with an opening-round score of 2-over par 74.
Thitapa Pakdeesettakul, who transferred to Purdue from Kent State, played the opening 18 holes 3-over par with a 75. Freshman Kan Bunnabodee, who rallied to shoot a 1-under par 36 on the back nine, rounded out the scoring with a 4-over 76 Sunday.
The Boilermakers return to action Monday with tee times beginning at 8:50 a.m. ET.
INDIANA STATE TRACK: Sycamore Men and Women Earn Dominant Victories at Sycamore Team Challenge
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – For the second-consecutive weekend, the Indiana State men’s and women’s track & field teams both earned dominant victories at their home Indoor Track & Field Facility.
Indiana State’s men earned a combined 207 points and defeated Southeast Missouri State (77), Miami (OH) (76), Purdue Fort Wayne (41) and Bradley (32). The Indiana State women tallied 206 points and overtook Miami (OH) (78), Bradley (74), Southeast Missouri State (62) and Purdue Fort Wayne (57).
The first victory on the oval for the Indiana State men came from Matthew Lewis-Banks in the 60-meter hurdles finale. The junior crossed the line with a time of 8.39 to solidify the win for the Trees.
Scoring totals began to skyrocket for the men in the 60-meter dash as five Sycamores placed in the top-eight. JaVaughn Moore was the victor with a time of 6.79, just .03 off of the facility record and was followed by Noah Malone in second at 6.91. Jarel Shaw placed fourth at 6.94, Blayne Harrington ended at sixth with a time of 7.06 and Mike Adams Jr. placed seventh at 7.13.
Six Sycamore were in scoring position in the 200-meter dash, led by a facility record effort from JaVaughn Moore who tallied his second win of the day with a time of 21.88. He was followed by Tahj Johnson in second at 22.74 and Matthew Lewis-Banks in third at 22.81.
In a shortened 400-meter dash field, two Trees battled for the Sycamore Team Challenge title. Will Smith ultimately outlasted his teammate, Ben Shepard, ending with a time of 50.47 to Shepard’s 50.64.
It was a one-two finish for the Sycamore men in the 800-meter run. Senior Cale Kilian put the pedal down to cross the line in first with a time of 1:54.78. He was followed closely by Leroy Russell in second at 1:55.44.
Indiana State also earned an oval victory in the 4X400-meter relay as the team composed of Shaw, Shepard, Smith and Johnson finished in first with a time of 3:22.61.
The final event of the meet saw the ISU distance medley relay squad of Mitchell Hopf, Caine Wilson, Leroy Russell and Cale Kilian take home a victory with a time of 10:43.15.
A two-year old facility record fell in the men’s long jump, as Dearis Herron broke his old record on Saturday. The senior used his final jump of the competition to increase his Missouri Valley Conference to 7.28m (23-10.75). Frankie Young III took silver with a mark of 6.93m (22-09.00) while Mitch Conard and Bryan Keubeng took third and fourth with jumps of 6.78m (22-03.00) and 6.72m (22-00.75), respectively.
On the field for the men, Kevin Krutsch got the winning started for the Blue & White. Krutsch earned a victory with a clearance of 2.00m (6-06.75) and was followed by Nathan Kiger who claimed third, getting over the bar at 1.95m (6-04.75).
Freshman Noah Bolt also took home a win in the field for the ISU men, ending atop the standings in the weight throw. On his final throw of the contest, Bolt recorded a toss of 16.69m (54-09.25) earn the victory.
In the final jumping event, Emmanuel Odubanjo completed the clean sweep for the Sycamores, winning the triple jump behind a jump of 14.28m (46-10.25).
Youth continued to play a factor for the Sycamores on the women’s side. In her first collegiate meet, freshman Zoe Sullivan won the women’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.86 after clocking 9.32 in prelims.
The Trees kept the pressure up immediately following the 60-meter hurdles, as Mirlege Castor led the pack across the finish line in the 60-meter dash in her first meet for the Sycamores. Castor recorded a time of 7.65 to with the event and she was directly followed by Reynei Wallace in second who ended at 7.82.
Iyanla Hunter made it three-straight wins on the track for the Sycamore women, claiming the crown in the 400-meter dash at 58.18 and Rebecca Odusola followed close behind in second with a time of 59.01.
The final events of the track for the women featured an Indiana State win as the 4X400-meter relay team of Sullivan, Hunter, Ayana Parchman and Wallace placed first with a time of 4:01.41. The women’s distance medley relay squad of Sydney Partyka, Sierra Long, Odusola and Morgan Dyer followed with a victory of their own and time of 12:33.36.
After tying the facility record in the women’s pole vault last weekend, freshman Selene Weaver broke the facility record on Saturday with a personal-best vault of 3.69m (12-01.25) to claim victory in the event. She remains at second in the Missouri Valley Conference. Weaver’s teammate, Taylor Pierce, placed second in the event right behind her with a mark of 3.59m (11-09.25).
The Sycamore women were dominant in the shot put at the Sycamore team challenge, claiming spots one through four in the event. Jayla Bynum was the victor with a toss of 14.41m (47-03.50) and was followed by Lauren England at 13.85m (45-05.25), Brittnee James at 13.26m (43-06.00) and Hannah Redlin at 12.92m (42-04.75).
Securing the sweep on the men’s and women’s sides in the high jump, Kelsey Bowlds earned her first win of the season behind a clearance of 1.65m (5-05.00).
Elsewhere in the field, it was a one-two finish for the women in the triple jump. Freshman Ryann Porter finished first with a jump of 11.41m (37-05.25) while Dominique Wood took second at 11.30m (37-01.00).
Indiana State will be back in action when they travel to Allendale, Mich., for the Grand Valley State Open on Feb. 6.
Men’s Team Scores
1. Indiana State – 207
2. SEMO – 77
3. Miami (OH) – 76
4. Purdue Ft. Wayne – 41
5. Bradley – 32
Women’s Team Scores
1. Indiana State – 206
2. Miami (OH) – 78
3. Bradley – 74
4. SEMO – 62
5. Purdue Ft. Wayne – 57
Other Notable Performances:
Women’s 60m Dash
5. Daija Springer – 7.94
Women’s 60m Hurdles
4. Ryann Porter – 9.23
Men’s 200m Dash
5. Caine Wilson – 23.21
6. Blayne Harrington – 23.31
7. Daryl Black – 23.92
Men’s 800m Run
5. Wyatt Wyman – 1:58.22
3. Devon Zeck – 5:26.33
3. Logan Pietzrak – 8:34.23
5. Jackson Krieg – 8:43.53
6. Ethan Breen – 8:45.08
2. Jocelyn Quiles – 9:55.36
Women’s Long Jump
2. Kaitlyn Davis – 5.44m (17-10.25)
Men’s Shot Put
2. Brett Norton – 17.00m (55-09.25)
3. Wyatt Puff – 15.99m (52-05.50)
4. Joe Barnes – 15.25m (50-00.50)
Men’s Weight Throw
4. Wyatt Puff – 14.72m (48-03.50)
Women’s Weight Throw
2. Brittnee James – 17.11m (56-01.25)
4. Lauren England – 16.25m (53-03.75)
Day after rules controversy, Reed wins at Torrey Pines
Patrick Reed was so unaffected by a rules controversy a day earlier that he won the Farmers Insurance Open by five shots, the biggest margin in his nine career PGA Tour victories.
Reed closed with a 4-under 68 at Torrey Pines, making an eagle on the par-5 sixth and finishing off his dominating Sunday with a birdie on the 18th.
The former Masters champions finished at 14 under after a consistent four days at the blufftop municipal courses overlooking the Pacific Ocean. He shared the first-round lead with Alex Noren, was in a group one shot off the lead in the second round and then shared the third-round lead with Carlos Ortiz.
Reed said staying mentally strong, as well as good play with his wedge and putter, were able to “keep me in the golf tournament and really allowed me to have a fun stroll up 18.”
The controversy arose Saturday on the par-4 10th when Reed hit a 190-yard shot out of a bunker with a TV replay showing the ball bounced once before settling into the rough. Without waiting for an official, Reed picked up the ball to see if it was embedded. Reed told the official that no one in his group, as well as a nearby volunteer, saw it bounce. He was awarded a free drop and saved par in a round of 70.
On Sunday, Reed jump-started his round with a 45-foot eagle putt on the No. 6 to get to 12 under and followed with a birdie on the par-4 seventh. His only bogey was on the par-3 eighth, and he rebounded with a birdie on the par-5 ninth. He played par the rest of the way until sinking an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 18.
“I was allowed to kind of put it behind me when the head rules official comes up and says you did everything you were supposed to do,” Reed said. “When you do everything you’re supposed to do, at the end of the day that’s all you can control. Going into today, I felt good, I felt confident and really went to the golf course, plugged in my headphones and just kind of got in my world with my coach and got to that first tee.”
Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Ryan Palmer, Henrik Norlander and Viktor Hovland tied for second.
Reed said he was resiliant.
“I knew today was going to be a grind, especially with that leaderboard and seeing how many big names were right around there at the top. I knew you were going to have to go out and play on offense. You couldn’t play defense. You had to go out there and shoot a number.
Rejuvenated Casey wins in Dubai for 15th European Tour title
Paul Casey left behind one of the unhappiest years of his golfing career by capturing his first title since 2019 with a four-stroke win at the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday.
The 43-year-old Englishman struggled to adapt to what he described as the “soulless” playing environment during the pandemic, with his only top-10 finish in 2020 coming at the PGA Championship when he tied for second behind Collin Morikawa.
He traveled to Dubai having not played on the European Tour since the end of 2019 and, aided by a new driver and a new mindset, wound up easing to his 15th victory on the European Tour – 20 years after his first – after shooting 2-under 70 in the final round.
“It’s something very cool because it’s not been great,” said Casey, who could jump to 14th in the world rankings after his first win since the European Open in September 2019. “I didn’t enjoy my golf in 2020. I mean, I played well one week but that was about it.
“It’s been totally soulless. No emotion. A whole bunch of feelings. I’ve not enjoyed it. And I’ve realized how much I love doing what I do, but I love doing it in the environment with people watching and the crowd and the noise – it can be heckling, it can be cheering and seeing the emotion on people’s faces and some people are rooting for the guy standing next to you, and some people are rooting for you. It’s just everything.”
Just having some people beside the fairways at Emirates Golf Club made him feel more alive.
“From 2020 to now, here, I’m rejuvenated,” Casey said. “I feel totally different.”
Casey began the day with a one-shot lead over Robert MacIntyre, and built a five-stroke cushion with seven holes to play after his Scottish playing partner made four straight bogeys from No. 7.
Walking down the 18th with a three-stroke lead, Casey could enjoy one of his favorite shots in golf – the approach to the par-5 18th with the backdrop of the Dubai skyline – and he two-putted for birdie to finish the tournament on 17-under-par 271.
It’s a win that boosts Casey’s chances of making Europe’s Ryder Cup team for a second straight time, after Paris in 2018, and European captain Padraig Harrington was standing at the back of the 18th to congratulate him.
“There’s a long way to go. I’d love to be part of his team, in any capacity,” Casey said. “I’d obviously love to be on the golf course, first, because I think that’s where I’m most useful and if I’m not on the golf course, I’d still love to be part of his (backroom) team.”
South Africa’s Brandon Stone shot even-par 72 to climb into second place. MacIntyre placed third after a 74.
Jessica Korda rallies to beat Kang in playoff at LPGA opener
For Jessica Korda, the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions was all about her ability to just hang in there.
Trailing by three shots headed to the back nine at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando on Sunday, she first caught Danielle Kang with a late four-birdie burst to shoot 5-under 66, then won with a curling 30-footer for birdie on the first playoff hole.
Kang shot 68. The leader after each of the first three rounds, she had a chance to extend the playoff, but missed her 18-foot birdie putt on the low side at the 185-yard 18th.
It was the sixth LPGA victory for the 27-year-old Korda, her last one coming nearly three years ago.
She and Kang finished at 24-under 260 to eclipse the previous tournament record by 10 shots. Korda, ranked 23rd in the world, also had to turn back her younger sister, Nelly Korda, 22, who at No. 4 in the world ranking was the top player in the elite winners-only field.
“I knew I was going to have to go low today,” said Jessica Korda. Half of her six victories have arrived at season-opening events. “It was a crazy day … A crazy two days. A crazy week!”
Nelly Korda started her round six shots back Sunday and shot a 64 — which included a missed 3-footer for birdie at 16 — that left her two shots out of the playoff.
Saturday, Jessica Korda became the sixth player in LPGA history to shoot 60 or better with her sparkling 11-under 60. A day later, she was slow to build any sort of momentum, playing her first 12 holes in 1 under. At one point early in the opening nine, Kang had a 7-foot putt to stretch her lead to five shots, and she was threatening to leave the field way behind.
Jessica Korda had owned the back nine all week (she would play it in 21-under par despite her three closing bogeys Friday). Trailing by two shots while standing on the par-5 13th tee, and relaxed as she chatted to three celebrity players on the tee, she knew she needed to be more aggressive — especially because Kang had yet to make a single bogey all week.
“When you’re chasing, you need to keep the pedal to the metal,” Korda said, “and I wasn’t doing that.”
Kang went 68 holes in the tournament without a bogey (and 84 holes overall, dating to December’s CME Group Championship) her streak ending when she three-putted for bogey at the rugged 419-yard 15th.
She followed that with her loosest swing of the day, a driver flared right, into the trees and pine straw at the drivable par-4 16th. She did well to scramble for par. Jessica Korda, meanwhile, made an easy birdie after hitting a drive onto the front apron, and with two holes to play, the pair were tied at 23 under. Both birdied the par-5 17th.
Kang, also seeking her sixth LPGA victory, had spoken all week about not being able to prepare for the event as she normally would. That caught up to her down the stretch. Though she never tested positive for COVID-19, she twice was exposed, and took six tests before getting on a plane from Las Vegas to Orlando, landing late Monday night. Still, she’d played flawlessly. But when she needed to make clutch shots down the stretch, she discovered something was missing.
‘”I’m not disappointed in that I didn’t win,” Kang said. “It’s not about winning and losing for me. It’s about being able to execute when I want to — and having a feeling when I feel like I can’t do something is something I don’t like.”
In the Diamond Resorts’ 53-player celebrity division, tennis player Mardy Fish, captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team, finished on top with 158 points, beating Chad Pfiefer, an inspirational former military serviceman who competes with a prosthetic leg. With his victory Fish became the event’s first three-time winner. He also won the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe in July.
INDY FUEL HOCKEY: WHEELING KNOCKS OFF INDY WITH OVERTIME WINNER
INDIANAPOLIS – In the second half of a home and home series, the Indy Fuel hosted the Wheeling Nailers. Indy would take a 3-1 lead into the locker room after the second period only for Wheeling to tie the game late and eventually take the 4-3 win in overtime.
Indy opened the scoring six minutes in when Spencer Watson threaded a pass to Cedric Lacroix who beat Wheeling goaltender Brandon Halverson to take the 1-0 lead. Each team would have a chance on the power play but neither would be able to score, sending Indy into the locker room with a 1-0 lead.
It only took one minute before Wheeling would tie the game in the second period when Josh Winquist snuck down the side and beat Dan Bakala with a wrist shot. Indy would respond to Wheeling’s goal at the 12:00 minute mark when Spencer Watson put a backhand shot past Halverson to give Indy a 2-1 lead. Scoring his second goal of the night, Watson got loose on the power play and fired a wrist shot past Halverson to double Indy’s lead. Late in the third period, Brandon Halverson was replaced by Hayden Hawkey after Halverson was run into by Cedric Lacroix.
Earning a power play early in the third period, Indy had a pair of chances but Hawkey turned them aside. Wheeling would cut the Fuel lead in half when Hayden Hodgson picked up a loose puck off the end boards and beat Bakala. Eventually tying the game at three goals apiece, Josh Winquist would pick up his second of the night putting a one-timer past Bakala.
Each team would trade chances throughout the final minutes of the period, eventually forcing overtime. After an Indy chance on Hawkey in overtime, Wheeling’s Cody Sylvester scored on the odd man rush, beating Bakala with a one-timer to take the 4-3 win.
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