BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Austin69Charlestown63 
Bethesda Christian80Providence Cristo Rey49 
Bloomington Lighthouse71Washington Catholic24 
Bloomington South59Evansville Central44 
Boone Grove50Morgan Twp.49 
Central Noble52Fort Wayne South48 
Christel House Academy65Purdue Poly North62 
Christian Academy76Medora36 
Columbia City60Fort Wayne Luers45 
Columbus Christian70Laurel Christian65 
East Central58North Decatur47 
Eastside61Garrett35 
Faith Christian66South Newton55 
Fort Wayne Northrop61Fort Wayne Canterbury57OT
Greencastle81Owen Valley75 
Hancock County (Ky.)72Cannelton44 
Hebron76Whiting62 
Henderson County (Ky.)78Evansville Christian68 
Indianapolis International68Indiana Math & Science29 
Jennings County61Franklin42 
Monrovia53Cloverdale37 
Muncie Burris63Muncie Central61 
NorthWood61Lakeland47 
Norwell58Fort Wayne Concordia52 
Oregon-Davis42Bethany Christian41 
South Knox64Vincennes Rivet19 
Southwestern (Shelbyville)52Knightstown34 
Speedway65Indianapolis Ritter62 
Sullivan75Bloomfield66 
Twin Lakes58Winamac28 
West Washington79Crawford County66 
Wood Memorial54Gibson Southern51OT

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Oklahoma State 74  #18 Texas Tech 69 OT

#19 USC 72 Oregon 58

Drake 74 Evansville 63

Duke 85 Syracuse 71

Southern Illinois 67 Valparaiso 64

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#4 Stanford 62 #9 Arizona 48

Butler 73 Xavier 61

NBA SCOREBOARD

Chicago 120 Houston 100

Dallas 102 Memphis 92….DESMOND BANE 12 points, 2 rebounds

Phoenix 132 Portland 100

Miami 108 Oklahoma City 94

Utah 132 Charlotte 110

Washington 127 LA Lakers 124 OT

NHL SCOREBOARD

Calgary 3 Toronto 0

Florida 3 Dallas 1

Tampa Bay 4 Carolina 2

NY Islanders 3 Buffalo 2

Los Angeles 3 St. Louis 0

Vegas 3 Colorado 0

Arizona 4 Anaheim 3

Minnesota 6 San Jose 2

AP MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

RankSchoolVotesPrev
1Gonzaga 22-01596 (60)1
2Baylor 17-01540 (4)2
3Michigan 16-114723
4Ohio State 18-513704
5Illinois 16-513565
6Alabama 18-511968
7Oklahoma 14-511509
8Villanova 14-3113210
9Iowa 17-6108811
10West Virginia 15-6101413
11Florida State 13-396716
12Houston 18-39216
13Creighton 16-583614
14Texas 13-673012
15Virginia 15-56907
16Virginia Tech 14-454518
17Kansas 17-753223
18Texas Tech 14-747715
19USC 18-442317
20Arkansas 17-534624
21Loyola Chicago 19-428822
22San Diego State 17-422225
23Wisconsin 16-820021
24Missouri 14-614920
25Tennessee 15-614519

MEN’S COACHES BASKETBALL POLL

RankSchoolVotesPrev
1Gonzaga 22-0795 (27)1
2Baylor 17-0771 (4)2
3Michigan 16-1737 (1)3
4Illinois 16-56575
5Ohio State 18-56484
6Villanova 14-36087
7Alabama 18-55899
8Oklahoma 14-555210
9Florida State 13-349016
10Houston 18-34835
11Creighton 16-546812
12Iowa 17-646514
13West Virginia 15-646215
14Virginia 15-53618
15Virginia Tech 14-431417
16Texas 13-630813
17Texas Tech 14-722411
18USC 18-421818
19Kansas 17-716824
20Arkansas 17-5134NR
21Oklahoma State 14-613222
22Loyola Chicago 19-412423
23Oregon 14-411525
24Wisconsin 16-810521
25San Diego State 17-496NR

MEN’S RPI RANKINGS

RankSchoolRPIPrev
1Navy 13-20.66613
2Gonzaga 22-00.66261
3Michigan 16-10.66022
4Baylor 17-00.63914
5West Virginia 15-60.63665
6Alabama 18-50.63446
7Clemson 13-50.63227
8Houston 18-30.62878
9Colgate 11-10.621116
10Missouri 14-60.619510
11Ohio State 18-50.61879
12BYU 17-50.618211
13St. Bonaventure 11-30.618118
14Florida State 13-30.618012
15Colorado State 14-40.617813
16Villanova 14-30.616114
17Oklahoma 14-50.615715
18Virginia 15-50.614217
19Kansas 17-70.611619
20Boise State 18-40.611120
21Texas 13-60.607321
22Wichita State 13-40.606722
23LSU 14-60.605723
24USC 18-40.603924
25UC Santa Barbara 16-30.603425

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLLS/RANKINGS

RankSchoolVotesPrev
1UConn 18-1748 (28)1
2North Carolina State 15-26854
3Texas A&M 20-1684 (1)5
4Stanford 20-2660 (1)6
5South Carolina 18-36382
6Louisville 20-25993
7Baylor 17-25887
8Maryland 16-25399
9Arizona 15-252210
10UCLA 13-44598
11Indiana 14-442514
12Michigan 13-241511
13South Florida 13-139812
14Oregon 13-629413
15Ohio State 13-428715
16Arkansas 17-727618
17Georgia 17-425722
18West Virginia 17-324419
19Kentucky 15-623117
20Tennessee 13-620621
21Gonzaga 19-318616
22South Dakota State 19-212523
23Missouri State 15-29325
24DePaul 13-58519
25Rutgers 10-350NR

WOMEN’S RPI RANKINGS

RankSchoolRPIPrev
1South Carolina 18-30.69681
2Bucknell 8-00.69122
3Texas A&M 20-10.67493
4Missouri State 15-20.66835
5Louisville 20-20.66674
6UConn 18-10.65326
7North Carolina State 15-20.65257
8Maryland 16-20.65098
9Stanford 20-20.64769
10Gonzaga 19-30.642111
11Kentucky 15-60.641810
12West Virginia 17-30.634712
13Georgia 17-40.632815
14Lehigh 6-40.630617
15UC Davis 7-10.629114
16Michigan 13-20.629023
17Tennessee 13-60.627213
18Baylor 17-20.627116
19South Dakota State 19-20.620620
20Arkansas 17-70.620121
21Ohio State 13-40.618822
22Georgia Tech 13-60.611618
23Arizona 15-20.6108NR
24Indiana 14-40.609524
25Rice 13-20.608219

NCC AND AREA SECTIONAL CHANCES

AT MARION
Lafayette Jeff46.83%   
McCutcheon18.07%   
Harrison17.17%   
Marion11.13%   
Logansport4.84%   
Kokomo1.96%
AT RICHMOND
Mt. Vernon48.27%   
New Palestine21.27%   
Anderson16.05%  
Pendleton Hts.5.30%  
Richmond4.44%  
Greenfield3.74%  
Muncie Central.93%
 AT NEW CASTLE
SECT
Hamilton Heights41.34%   
Delta24.69%   
New Castle16.95%   
Yorktown14.54%   
Jay County1.63%   
Burris.86%
AT GREENSBURG
Greensburg53.88%   
Connersville39.18%   
Batesville2.31%  
South Dearborn1.63%  
Lawrenceburg1.55%  
Franklin County1.43%  
Rushville.02%
AT ELWOOD
Winchester41.98%   
Monroe Central21.34%   
Frankton18.76%   
Wapahani11.69%   
Lapel5.54%   
Alexandria.67%   
Elwood.03%
AT SHENANDOAH
SECT
Shenandoah69.61%   
Northeastern23.64%   
Eastern Hancock6.19%  
Union County.45%
Hagerstown.08%
Knightstown.01%
Centerville.01%
Lincoln
AT RANDOLPH SOUTHERN
SECT
Blue River37.58%   
Seton Catholic35.61%   
Union City12.76%   
Randolph Southern7.92%   
Tri6.13%   
Union

Iowa, Michigan and Ohio State Earn Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors

Iowa’s Luka Garza and Ohio State’s Duane Washington Jr. named Co-Players of the Week;

Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson named Freshman of the Week

Co-Player of the Week

Luka Garza, Iowa

C – Sr. – 6-11 – Washington, D.C. – Maret School – Major: Economics

  • Averaged 26.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in wins over then-ranked No. 21/No. 21 Wisconsin and Penn State. Shot 19-for-35 (.543 pct.) from the field on the week, including 7-for-16 (.437 pct.)from three-point range. Made 11-of-16 free throw attempts (.687 pct.) and added four assists and two blocks during the Hawkeyes’ two wins.
  • Scored his 2,118th career point to break Iowa’s all-time scoring record in the second half of Sunday’s win vs. Penn State. Surpassed the previous record of 2,116 points set by Roy Marble (1986-89, 134 games) and did so in just 119 career games. Also passed Marble for the most made field goals in program history (799).
  • Finished the win over Penn State with a double-double and led the team in both points (23) and rebounds (11).
  • Scored 30 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Iowa’s 77-62 win at then-ranked No. 21/No. 21 Wisconsin. Shot 11-for-19 (.579 pct.) from the field in the contest, including 4-for-6 (.667 pct.) from three-point range. Registered 30-plus points in a game for the seventh time this season, marking the most 30-plus-point games in the NCAA this year.
  • Earns the fifth Player of the Week accolade of his career; was also a two-time Freshman of the Week honoree in 2017-18
  • Last Iowa Player of the Week: Joe Wieskamp (Feb. 15, 2021)

Co-Player of the Week

Duane Washington Jr., Ohio State

G – Jr. – 6-3 – Grand Rapids, Mich. – Sierra Canyon (Calif.) – Major: Sport Industry

  • Averaged 25.5 points per game in home contests against Penn State and then-ranked No. 3/No. 3 Michigan. Went 18-for-27 (.667 pct.) from the field on the week, including 9-for-15 (.600 pct.) from three-point range.
  • Led Ohio State, and all scorers, with a career-high 30 points in a narrow 87-92 loss vs. then-ranked No. 3/No. 3 Michigan. Shot 12-for-18 (.667 pct.) from the field, while hitting 5-of-10 (.500 pct.) three pointers. Also notched three assists in the game.
  • Scored 21 points earlier in the week in Ohio State’s 92-82 win vs. Penn State. Connected on 4-of-5 (.800 pct.) three-pointers in the game, while adding three rebounds and an assist. Also went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line.
  • Earns the first Player of the Week accolade of his career
  • Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Kaleb Wesson (Nov. 18, 2019)

Freshman of the Week

Hunter Dickinson, Michigan

C – 7-1 – Alexandria, Va. – DeMatha Catholic (Md.) – Major: Undecided

  • Averaged 16.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in wins vs. Rutgers and at then-ranked No. 4/No. 4 Ohio State.
  • Helped Michigan notch its first win over Ohio State in Columbus in the last seven years by leading the Wolverines in both points (22) and rebounds (nine) in Michigan’s 92-87 victory. Also added two blocked shots, two assists and a steal in the win. Shot 8-for-14 (.571 pct.) from the field and 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.
  • Earns the seventh Freshman of the Week accolade of his career. Is now tied for the second-most Freshman of the Week selections in Big Ten history, trailing only Jared Sullinger of Ohio State (12 in 2010-11).
  • Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Hunter Dickinson (Feb. 15, 2021)

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK

• The Big Ten currently has five teams in the Associated Press Top-25 poll, including four teams in the top 10. The conference made history on Monday, Feb. 15, with Michigan (No. 3), Ohio State (No. 4) and Illinois (No. 5) becoming the first trio of Big Ten teams ever to be ranked in the top five of the AP poll this late in a season since the AP began publishing its poll in 1949. Previously, the closest any Big Ten trio came to being ranked in the top five of the poll on either Feb. 15 or later was Purdue (No. 3), Indiana (No. 4) and Iowa (No. 6) on March 2, 1987. (Research courtesy of Big Ten Network)

• Michigan, Ohio State and Illinois all held their positions in the AP‘s Feb. 22 poll and were joined in the top 10 by Iowa, who moved from No. 11 to No. 9. Prior to this week, the last time the Big Ten had at least three teams ranked in the top 10 of the poll this late in the season was March 5, 2018: Michigan State (No. 4), Michigan (No. 7) and Purdue (No. 10). (Research courtesy of Big Ten Network)

• As of Feb. 22, the Big Ten has four teams in the NCAA NET Ranking’s top 10, including three in the top 5, and is the only conference to have multiple teams in the top 10. Michigan (No. 3), Illinois (No. 4), Iowa (No. 5), Ohio State (No. 7) and Wisconsin (No. 20) all cracked the NET’s top 20. Additionally, 13 of the Big Ten’s 14 teams (.929 pct.) appear in the top 100.

• As of Feb. 22, KenPom’s rankings include four Big Ten teams in the top 10 in Michigan (No. 3), Iowa (No. 4), Illinois (No. 5) and Ohio State (No. 7). Wisconsin (No. 13) sits just outside the top 10 while Purdue checks in at No. 17. The Big Ten owns 40.0 percent of KenPom’s top 10 and 33.3 percent of its top 15, while 11 of the conference’s 14 (.786 pct.) teams appear in the top 50 of the overall rankings.

• By conference, the Big Ten ranks 1st in the nation in NET and 2nd in RPI (.5640). The Big Ten’s RPI trails only the Big 12 (.5778). The Big Ten recorded a 70-14 record (.833 pct.) in non-conference play, marking the highest non-conference winning percentage by any conference in the NCAA.

• The Division 1 Men’s Basketball Committee revealed its top 16 teams and seeds on Saturday, Feb. 13. Michigan ranked No. 3 overall and Ohio State ranked No. 4 overall, with both teams earning No. 1 seeds. Illinois checked in at No. 5 and earned a No. 2 seed, while Iowa ranked No. 13 and was named a No. 4 seed. The Big Ten is the only conference to earn multiiple No. 1 seeds and is also the only conference to secure both a No. 1 seed and No. 2 seed. The rankings and seeds reflect games played through Friday, Feb. 12.

• Marcus Carr (Minnesota), Kofi Cockburn (Illinois), Hunter Dickinson (Michigan), Ayo Dosunmu (Illinois), Luka Garza (Iowa), Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana), E.J. Liddell (Ohio State) and Trevion Williams (Purdue) were all named to the Naismith Trophy 2021 Midseason Team. The Big Ten led all conferences with eight student-athletes on the Midseason Team, while the Big 12 ranked second with five.

• Luka Garza, who currently leads the nation in scoring (24.7 ppg), scored his 2,118th career point on Sunday to break Iowa’s all-time scoring record. Garza surpassed the previous record of 2,116 points set by Roy Marble (1986-89, 134 games) and did so in just 119 career games. Additionally, Garza passed Marble for the most made field goals in program history (799).

• The Big Ten took center stage on Sunday with a nationally-televised matchup between No. 3/No. 3 Michigan and No. 4/No. 4 Ohio State. The Wolverines prevailed in a back-and-forth contest to improve to 16-1 on the season and 11-1 in the Big Ten. The win marked Michigan’s first victory at Ohio State in seven years. Michigan finished with five players scoring in double figures and were led by standout freshman center Hunter Dickinson (22 points and nine rebounds) who earned his seventh Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor following the performance. Despite dropping the contest by a narrow margin of 87-92, Ohio State’s Duane Washington Jr. was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week after leading all scorers with a career-high 30 points.

• No. 5/No. 4 Illinois is riding a conference-best seven-game winning streak and currently boasts a 12-3 record in Big Ten play, which marks the Illini’s best record through 15 games since 2005. Illinois has now won five consecutive road games during Big Ten play (at PSU, at NW, at IND, at NEB, at MINN), marking its best stretch since a school record 13-game Big Ten road winning streak from Feb. 3, 2004 through Feb. 19, 2005. Junior guard Ayo Dosunmu notched his second triple-double of the season in Illinois’ win over Minnesota (19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Dosunmu became the first player in Illinois history to record two triple-doubles in the same season. According to Illinois, Dosunmu is one of just five major conference players to record multiple triple-doubles in the same season since since 2010 (Ethan Happ, Dennis Smith, Denzel Valentine and Draymond Green).

• The 24th Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held March 10-14, 2021, with the city of Indianapolis playing host to the event for the 12th time. All 14 conference schools will participate in the tournament, which tips off Wednesday, March 10, with first-round games between the No. 12 and 13 seeds, and the No. 11 and 14 seeds. The No. 5-10 seeds will begin tournament play with second-round games on Thursday, March 11, while the four highest-seeded teams following regular-season play will earn first- and second-round byes and make their tournament debuts in the quarterfinal round on Friday, March 12. The semifinals will take place Saturday, March 13, with the championship game slated for Sunday, March 14.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL: ROAD TRIP CONTINUES FOR IRISH AT LOUISVILLE

(IRISH RELEASE)

BY THE NUMBERS: IRISH at CARDINALS

.660

Shooting percentage in ACC play for graduate student forward Juwan Durham, which leads the conference for league play. Durham’s .580 career FG% at Notre Dame is third among all players with at least 200 FGM.

2

Notre Dame is the only team in the nation with two players shooting over .600 from the field with at least 125 field goal attempt this season – Nate Laszewski (.648) and Juwan Durham (.603).

3

Statistical categories in which junior forward Nate Laszewski is among the top eight in the country – EFG% (.753, 1st); FG% (.648, eighth) and 3FG% (.515, fourth). Laszewski is the only player in the country shooting over .600 from the field, .500 from three-point range and averaging over 7.0 rebounds per game.

5

Three-point field goals from junior guard Trey Wertz at Syracuse on Saturday afternoon, the second time this season that Wertz has hit five three pointers in a game. He is shooting .426 from behind the arc this season.

5.0

Nate Laszewski (7.8), junior guard Dane Goodwin (5.3) and Juwan Durham (5.2) are all averaging over 5.0 rebounds per game. They join seven other teams in the ACC with three or more players averaging over five rebounds and as a group mark the first season since 2011-12 the Irish have three players averaging over 5.0 rebounds (that season it was Tim Abromaitis (7.8), Jack Cooley (8.9) and current Irish assistant coach Scott Martin (5.7).

6.2

Assists-per-game average for junior guard Prentiss Hubb this season, which would rank ninth on the Notre Dame single-season list. Hubb has recorded five or more assists in 11 of his last 13 games played.

7.6

You would be hard-pressed to find a more improved player in the country than Nate Laszewski, in addition to increasing his scoring average by  close to eight points per game entering Saturday’s contest, he has increased his FG% from .410 a season ago to .648 and his three-point percentage fro .310 to .515.

8

So far this season, Notre Dame has seen eight scheduled games affected by COVID-19 safety guidelines enacted by the opposing team. Two games (at Pittsburgh Jan. 30, Syracuse, Feb. 20) were rescheduled while Notre Dame’s postponed home games with Georgia Tech (Jan. 6) and Clemson (Feb. 17) have not yet been set for a make-up date.

11.9

Notre Dame’s NCAA-leading fouls per game number, as the Irish continue their tradition of not fouling the opponent to allow easy points late in a contest. The Irish are ahead of ACC conference members Virginia (12.8) and Miami (12.9) on the national chart.

17

Strength of schedule rank for the Irish according to KenPom.com – the second-highest in the ACC behind Clemson (13th).

13

Adjusted offensive efficiency rank (116.6) for the Irish from KenPom.com – the highest for the team since they finished the 2016 season ranked ninth. Notre Dame is 56th in the latest KenPom overall ranking which ranks the 2020-21 Irish schedule as the 12th-toughest in the country.

42

Notre Dame and Louisville will be meeting for the 42nd time on Tuesday night, with the Cardinals leading the all-time series 26-15. After the Irish won three consecutive over Louisville from 2015-17, the Cardinals have won five straight in the series including a three-point win in Purcell Pavilion last season.

167

Career blocked shots for Juwan Durham, who swatted three shots at Syracuse last weekend to surpass current Irish assistant coach Ryan Humphrey (166) for third on the Notre Dame career list. Durham, Humphrey and LaPhonso Ellis are the only Irish players to average 2.0 blocks per game during their Notre Dame careers.

417

Career assists for Prentiss Hubb, who is one of just two major conference players to have over 400 assists and 160 three point field goals in a career, joining Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon who is in his fifth year of competition.

Hubb is the 13th Notre Dame player to reach 400 assists and already owns the school record for assists in ACC play with 276. As of Monday, February 22, Hubb is 11th in the country in total assists with 124 and second among major conference players with 99 in ACC play (Georgia’s Sahvir Wheeler has 100 in SEC play).

NOTRE DAME WBB: Irish Return with 59-48 Win at Pitt

Westbeld with a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double


PITTSBURGH 
– Back in action for the first time in 15 days, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team (9-8, 7-6) made the most of it with a 59-48 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers (5-11, 3-10). The Irish defense secured its best showing of the season, holding Pitt to a season-low point total. 

Two of Notre Dame’s freshmen took the spotlight inside the Petersen Events Center. Maddy Westbeld led with a 20-point, 11-rebound, double-double, her second of the season. Meanwhile, Olivia Miles tied her season high of 10 points for a season straight game. 

Joining those two in double figures were Dara Mabrey and Destinee Walker. Mabrey contributed 10 points, while Walker secured 11. Walker also tied her season-high in rebounds with six.  

“I’m really happy with this win after being off for 15 days. A couple different lineups and rotations, but I thought we played a complete game. Got some key buckets from Maddy. Destinee had a key steal at the end. Great production from our bench. Great production from Kate and Olivia,” Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey stated.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Notre Dame’s defense really set the tone at the beginning of the game, holding Pitt to just nine points after the opening quarter. Westbeld and Mabrey combined for 11 of the team’s points in the period. 

A highlight came at 6:25 in the first, when Katlyn Gilbert checked into the game. Returning from an injury, it marked Gilbert’s first appearance since Dec. 20.

By halftime, the Irish extended their lead from four to 10, up 30-20. Notre Dame ended the half on a high note when Mikki Vaughn recorded a block, which then led to a transition three-pointer from Anaya Peoples. Defensively, Notre Dame held Pitt to just 31.0 percent shooting from the field at that point. 

Westbeld kept the Panthers at bay in the third, scoring seven straight points for the Irish from 4:51-2:10. As a result, the Irish pushed ahead 43-31. 

A Mabrey three-pointer, followed by a Peoples basket kicked off the fourth and gave Notre Dame its largest lead of the game, up 17, at 48-31 with 8:58 remaining. Pitt attempted a fourth-quarter rally with an 8-0 run over the next two minutes, but the Irish defense buckled down and held the Panthers to without a field goal from 6:36 to 3:39. 

On the offensive side, Westbeld scored seven straight for the Irish yet again before Walker and Amirah-Abdur Rahim kept the lead at double-digits with baskets in the final two minutes. With the win, the Irish move back above .500 with two big homes left on the regular-season schedule.  

NOTES

  • Notre Dame leads the overall series 30-4, with a 15-2 mark at Pitt. 
  • Kate Gilbert made her return from a foot injury tonight, marking her first appearance since Clemson on Dec. 20. 
  • Westbeld earned a career high seventh straight game in double figures with a 20-points, 11-rebound double-double. It marked her second double-double on the season. 
  • Westbeld recorded the first 20-point double-double since Anaya Peoples (22p/15r) vs DePaul on Dec. 11, 2019. 
  • Season low in points for Pitt. Their previous low was 53 at Florida State on Dec. 20. 
  • Best Irish defensive showing (keeping a team in the 40’s) since they allowed just 47 points to Boston College on Feb. 13, 2019.
  • Destinee Walker, who scored a combined 52 points in three games against Pitt last season, picked up where she left off against the Panthers, pouring in 11 tonight. She has now scored in double figures in four straight games against Pitt.  
  • Walker’s free throw streak continued after going 4-for-4 on Monday. She has now made 23 in a row. 
  • Mabrey poured in 10 points for her ninth game in double figures this season. 
  • Olivia Miles registered her second straight game in double figures, tying her season high of 10 points. 
  • Abdur-Rahim also made her first appearance since the Dec. 20 Clemson matchup. The freshman scored in the final two minutes of the game. 

UP NEXT

The Irish end the regular season with two games at home, starting with Florida State on Thursday, Feb. 25, followed by Louisville on Sunday, Feb. 28. It’ll mark their first home game since Boston College on Jan. 17. 

Iowa and Nebraska Earn Big Ten Weekly Women’s Basketball Awards

Huskers’ Bourne and Hawkeyes’ Clark selected for honors; Clark set conference record with 11th Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolade

Player of the Week

Isabelle Bourne, Nebraska

So. – F – Canberra, Australia – Australian Institute of Sport – Major: Undeclared

• Averaged 21.5 points, 14.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game with two double-doubles last week, leading the Huskers to a pair of wins, including a road victory at No. 24/22 Northwestern

• Tallied 21 points and a career-high 17 points in the Feb. 17 win at NU, Nebraska’s fourth Top 25 victory this season

• Tied her career high with 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Sunday’s win over Penn State

• Earns her first career Big Ten Player of the Week award

• Last Nebraska Player of the Week: Kate Cain (Jan. 18, 2021)

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll

Caitlin Clark, Fr., G, IOWA: See below

Naz Hillmon, Jr., F, MICH: Averaged 27.0 ppg. and 9.0 rpg. with a .682 field-goal percentage and a double-double in a 2-1 week for Michigan, including 27 points in Sunday’s win over No. 15/13 Ohio State

Arella Guirantes, Grad., G, RU: Registered 23.0 ppg., 5.5 rpg. and 4.5 apg. with a .613 field-goal percentage last week as RU extended its winning streak to five games with victories over Minnesota and Illinois

Freshman of the Week

Caitlin Clark, Iowa

G – West Des Moines, Iowa – Dowling Catholic – Major: Undeclared

• Recorded her fourth consecutive 30-point game and eighth of the season on Feb. 18 against Penn State, finishing with a game-high 32 points (12-21 FG, 6-11 3FG) in Iowa’s 88-81 win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena

• Her eight 30-point games this season are the most by an NCAA Division I freshman since 2009-10, when Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne and Oral Roberts’ Kevi Luper also had eight such outings

• Also contributed seven assists and six rebounds in the Hawkeyes’ victory

• Collects the 11th Big Ten Freshman of the Week award of her career, setting a conference record and surpassing the previous mark of 10 freshman weekly honors by Nebraska’s Jessica Shepard in 2015-16

• Has the second-most individual weekly awards in a single season in Big Ten women’s basketball history, topped only by Iowa’s Megan Gustafson, who had 13 Big Ten Player of the Week honors in 2018-19 on the way to being chosen the consensus National Player of the Year

• Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Caitlin Clark (Feb. 15, 2021)

PURDUE WRESTLING: No. 17 Purdue Wrestling Dominates IU 38-3

(PURDUE RELEASE)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The 17th-ranked Purdue wrestling team put together a historic victory in Holloway Gymnasium, dominating Indiana 38-3 as they won nine of the 10 matches in the dual. The win is the 11th straight for the Boilermakers in the series, marking the longest streak for either side since 1928, and is the largest margin of victory between the two sides since 1920.

The Boilermakers won six of the 10 bouts with bonus points, including a pair of falls, and score the programs’ highest Big Ten dual point total since a 41-point effort at Wisconsin in 2012. Senior Griffin Parriott and freshman Gerrit Nijenhuis came up with Purdue’s two falls on the night, putting up six team points at 149 and 165 pounds, respectively.

Senior Devin Schroder got the dual started with a 9-1 major decision over Indiana’s Jacob Moran at 125 pounds. Schroder scored a takedown in all three periods and added a reversal in the third to notch his fourth bonus-point win of the season.

Freshman Jacob Rundell added his second straight Big Ten dual win at 133 pounds, scoring nine points in the first period on his way to an 11-5 decision over Kyle Luigs. Rundell went big at the end of the first, taking the Hoosier to his back and nearly sticking him, but settling for six points. He added another takedown in the third, improving to 3-4 on the season.

The momentum continued at 141 pounds as junior Parker Filius put together a 12-2 major decision over Cayden Rooks. After leading just 2-1 after the first period Filius got things going in the second, posting seven points on an escape, a takedown and four nearfall points and stretching his lead out. The bonus-point win is the second straight for Filius as he improved to 3-5 on the year.

Parriott nearly took the roof off Holloway, avenging a 2020 loss to No. 15 Graham Rooks with a 24-second fall. Parriott hit a cement mixer in the first 10 seconds and then settled in for the fall, his first of the year and seventh of his career.

Sophomore Kendall Coleman finished his dual schedule at 8-1 on the year, rolling out six takedowns on his way to a 14-5 major decision over Jonathan Kervin. Nijenhuis followed up with a signature win for his rookie year, taking out No. 20 Nick South with a second-period fall. After neither wrestler scored in the first, the Purdue freshman chose bottom in the second and used his team-best sixth reversal of the year and put South on his back for his second fall of the season.

IU’s lone win of the night came at 174 pounds as No. 6 Donnell Washington edged Emil Soehnlen 5-1. After giving up an early takedown Soehnlen battled back, pushing the tempo, nearly getting a turn in the second and trying to run down Washington down the stretch. Washington got another takedown at the buzzer as Soehnlen kept trying to score until the end.

Senior Max Lyon put together a dominant 17-2 technical fall over Santos Cantu at 184 pounds, using all seven minutes to put together his 33rd bonus-point win of his career. Sophomore Thomas Penola added a 4-2 decision at 197 and junior Jared Florell put the cap on the evening with a 6-2 decision at heavyweight, his first win of the season and first at 285 pounds.

The Boilermakers finish the dual season at 4-5 in the Big Ten, while Indiana fell to 2-6 on the year. Both sides head into the post season on March 6, heading to Penn State for the 2021 Big Ten Championships. The Big Ten Network will air the championships in their entirety for the first time in history.

Final Results

No. 17 Purdue 38 – Indiana 3

125: No. 12 Devin Schroder (PUR) def. Jacob Moran (IU), MD 9-1

133: Jacob Rundell (PUR) def. Kyle Luigs (IU), D 11-5

141: No. 27 Parker Filius (PUR) def. Cayden Rooks (IU), MD 12-2

149: No. 11 Griffin Parriott (PUR) def. No. 15 Graham Rooks (IU), Fall 0:24

157: No. 7 Kendall Coleman (PUR) def. Jonathan Kervin (IU), MD 14-5

165: Gerrit Nijenhuis (PUR) def. No. 20 Nick South (IU), Fall 3:52

174: No. 6 Donnell Washington (IU) def. Emil Soehnlen (PUR), D 5-1

184: No. 13 Max Lyon (PUR) def. Santos Cantu III (IU), TF 17-2 (7:00)

197: No. 22 Thomas Penola (PUR) def. Nick Willham (IU), D 4-2

285: Jared Florell (PUR) def. Rudy Streck (IU), D 6-2

EXTRA MATCHES

285: Jairus Perry (PUR) def. Andrew Irick (IU), SV 3-1

141: Asa Garcia (IU) def. Michael Leveille (PUR), MD 14-0

149: Luke Baughman (IU) def. Trey Kruse (PUR), D, 15-9

165: Hayden Lohrey (PUR) def. Sammy Cokeley (IU), D 4-3

174: Robert Deters (IU) def. Tanner Webster (PUR), D 5-2

285: Jamarcus Grant (PUR) def. Andrew Irick (IU), D 10-4

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HCAC BASEBALL PRE-SEASON POLL

CARMEL, Ind. – In the 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) baseball preseason poll, Franklin College was picked to finish first in a vote of league coaches.
 
The Grizzlies earned 90 votes, claiming the top spot after winning the most recent HCAC title in 2019. Anderson University finished in a close second with 84 points. Transylvania University finished in third in 77, with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (74) finishing fourth and Earlham College (53) rounding out the top half of the poll.
 
Listed below is the 2021 HCAC Baseball Preseason Poll and the 2021 HCAC Athletes to Watch.  For more information on HCAC Baseball, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the Internet at www.heartlandconf.org.  Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.
 
2021 HCAC Baseball Preseason Poll
 

1.Franklin College90
2.Anderson University84
3.Transylvania University77
4.Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology74
5.Earlham College53
6.Defiance College44
6.Hanover College44
8.Manchester University35
9.Bluffton University34
10.Mount St. Joseph University15

 
2021 HCAC Athletes to Watch:
Anderson

NameClassHometownPosition
Branton SandersSRWhiteland, Ind.First Base
Kennedy ParkerSRMt. Vernon, Ind.Pitcher
Jon WilloughbySRSpeedway, Ind.Third Base

 
Bluffton

NameClassHometownPosition
Garrett O’ReillySRGalena, OhioUtility
Jake LatkofskySRIda, Mich.Infield
Tommy SiemerSRLiberty Township, OhioPitcher
Reid RuhlSRHamilton, OhioOutfield
Parker ReynoldsSRAvon, OhioCatcher
Adam DuncanSRNorthwood, OhioOutfield

 
Defiance

NameClassHometownPosition
Nate KaffenbargerSRDeGraff, OhioOutfield
Cohen NiesSRLogansport, Ind.Pitcher
Jack PowellSRCommerce Township, Mich.Pitcher
Colin MinnerSRLondon, OhioInfield

 
Earlham

NameClassHometownPosition
Danny DoppGRSouth Haven, Mich.Infield
Isaiah ShakeGRBloomington, Ind.Outfield
Joey GerbusSRLiberty Township, OhioPitcher
Austin HatfieldGRHamilton, OhioFirst Base
Marc GendreauSRCincinnati, OhioSecond Base

 
Franklin

NameClassHometownPosition
Ryan BixlerSRLogansport, Ind.Outfield
Quenton WellingtonSRIndianapolis, Ind.Shortstop/Outfield
Nick WrightSRBloomington, Ind.Infield
Logan DemkovichSRMunster, Ind.Catcher
Krae SparksSRGreenwood, Ind.Pitcher
Alex ReinoehlSRBrazil, Ind.Pitcher
Mitch MericaSRCrawfordsville, Ind.Pitcher
Nick ElmendorfJRIndianapolis, Ind.Pitcher

 
Hanover

NameClassHometownPosition
Eli CopnerSRZionsville, Ind.Pitcher
Andrew LittlefieldJRLouisville, Ky.Outfield
Jacob DuppsSOLouisville, Ky.Infield
Charlie BurtonJRColumbus, Ind.Catcher
Charlie JoyceSOIndianapolis, Ind.Pitcher

 
Manchester

NameClassHometownPosition
Joe HenschellSRFort Wayne, Ind.Outfield
Brett KronSRCincinnati, OhioCatcher
Mike PinarskiSRGoshen, Ind.Shortstop/Pitcher
Keegan StevensSRRensselaer, Ind.Pitcher

 
Mount St. Joseph

NameClassHometownPosition
Ryan MurrayJRCincinnati, OhioOutfield
Nathan RennerSRPleasant Prairie, Wis.Pitcher
Tyrell AndersonJRCincinnati, OhioFirst Base
Jacob HughesJRCincinnati, OhioPitcher
Brandon SheltonJRCincinnati, OhioPitcher

 
Rose-Hulman

NameClassHometownPosition
Harris CampSRNoblesville, Ind.Outfield
Shane GarnerJRSullivan, Ind.Catcher
Josh MessenbrinkJRTroy, Ill.Shortstop
Logan CodySRChatham, Ill.First Base
Ben YossSRFort Wayne, Ind.Pitcher
Luke KluemperSRMonrovia, Ind.Second Base

 
Transylvania

NameClassHometownPosition
Hudson ChastainSRKnoxville, Tenn.Infield
Riley WillburSRLouisville, Ky.Outfield
Jake SchmidtSRDublin, OhioPitcher
Devon HartSRLexington, Ky.Pitcher
TJ KeckJRLexington, Ky.Outfield/Catcher

HCAC MEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK

Athlete of the Week:
Mark Albers (Pendelton, Ind.) Hanover College | Guard/Forward | Senior – Albers helped propel the Panthers to a sweep on Anderson this past weekend. The senior charted a total 38 points, including a weekend best 21 in the team’s home victory. He added 17 on Sunday, averaging 19.0 ppg. He shot an impressive 66.7 percent from the floor.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Dezman Brown (Elyria, Ohio) Bluffton Univesrity | Guard | Senior – Brown hit a career-high six triples on Saturday en route to 22 points at Transylvania, one off his career high. He averaged 16.0 PPG while shooting 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) from distance. Brown also ripped down 6.0 RPG and doled out 2.0 APG.
  • Brandon Christlieb (Ashley, Ind.) Manchester University | Guard/Forward | First-Year – Christlieb led the Spartans in scoring in both contests this week against Franklin College. Christlieb dropped 22 points on Friday night on the strength of 8-13 shooting from the floor and 6-9 shooting from deep. On Saturday, Christlieb helped the Spartans top Franklin on the road 69-61 by scoring 18 points. Brandon shot 7-16 from the floor and 4-9 from three-point territory on Saturday. For the week, Christlieb averaged 20.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, and 2.0 apg while shooting 15-29 (51.7 percent) from the floor and 10-18 from deep (55.6 percent).
  • Craig McGee (Loveland, Ohio) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Guard | Senior – McGee averaged 10.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game to help Rose-Hulman sweep two games from Earlham. McGee shot 56 percent from the floor to increase his career totals to 1,282 points, 560 rebounds and 522 assists.
  • Zach Larimore (LaGrange, Ky.) Transylvania University | Forward | Junior – The junior forward led the Pioneers to a 58-49 win on Saturday over Bluffton by pacing the Pioneers with 20 points on 9-for-15 shooting from the field (60 percent) and hitting on 2-of-6 three-point attempts. Larimore added two assists and a steal in the win. For the week, Larimore totaled 24 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one block, and one steal on 50 percent (10-for-20) shooting from the field. 

2021 HCAC Season Records
Anderson                    7-5
Bluffton                       8-4
Defiance                      1-5
Earlham                       1-7
Franklin                       6-4
Hanover                      5-4
Manchester                2-9
Mount St. Joseph        2-6
Rose-Hulman              10-2
Transylvania                7-3

HCAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK

Athlete of the Week:
Maddie Haberthy (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph Univesity | Guard | Senior – Haberthy led the Mount St. Joseph University women’s basketball team to a 2-0 week inside the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. She did so in grand fashion on Friday night she scored a then season-high 34 points, despite only shooting a single free throw. She was extremely efficient shooting 56.6 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from three. Even with the outstanding effort in that game she had her best performance in her career on Saturday. She scored 38 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the field (70.6 percent) and 9 -of-13 from three point range (69.2 percent). The nine three pointers were a career-high and a school record!
 
Notable Performances:

  • Brianna Gillig (New Riegel, Ohio) Bluffton University | Forward | Junior – Gillig helped the Beavers snap a 10-game losing streak at the hands of Transylvania on Thursday night when she went for 25 points. She averaged 20.0 PPG and 7.5 RPG while knocking down 13-of-17 (76.5 percent) from the charity stripe. The junior also handed out four assists and blocked a shot.
  • Savannah Courtney (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) Hanover College | Forward | Senior – Hanover celebrated senior day on Sunday recognizing lone senior Savannah Courtney. The senior did not disappoint as she charted a double-double to help propel the Panthers to a sweep of Anderson. She netted 11 points while pulling in a game-high 13 rebounds. For the series, she averaged 18.0 ppg and 12 rpg.
  • Tiara Jackson (East Chicago, Ind.) Manchester University | Forward | First-Year – Jackson collected yet another double-double at Franklin on Saturday, posting totals of 12 points and 10 rebounds. For the week, Jackson averaged 11.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg. Jackson also had three total blocks.
  • Nola Wilson (Indianapolis, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Guard | Sophomore – Wilson averaged 15.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game as Rose-Hulman split two games with Earlham last week. Wilson scored a career-high 18 points on Friday then had 12 points in Sunday’s win. She shot 56 percent from the field for the week.
  • Dasia Thornton (Cincinnati, Ohio) Transylvania University | Forward | Sophomore – The sophomore led the Pioneers in scoring in back-to-back games to lead the Pioneers to a home and home split with Bluffton this week. Thornton led all players in scoring and rebounding in Transylvania’s 74-57 win over Bluffton on Saturday, registering 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the floor in 19 minutes of play. Thornton added a 1-for-2 figure from three-point range to go with one assist, one block, and one steal. In Friday’s 72-68 loss at Bluffton which came down to the final seconds, Thronton was a force again for the Pioneers with a team-high 16 points to go with four rebounds, one block, and one steal. Thornton again shot better than 50 percent from the floor, hitting on 7-of-13 field goal attempts. For the week, Thornton averaged 16 ppg, 5.5 rpg, and shot 61 percent (14-for-23) from the floor.

2021 HCAC Season Records
Anderson                    5-6
Bluffton                       8-4
Defiance                      2-8
Earlham                       1-5
Franklin                       7-4
Hanover                      5-3
Manchester                4-8
Mount St. Joseph        6-2      
Rose-Hulman              2-5
Transylvania                8-3

HCAC VOLLEYBALL NOTEBOOK

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive:
Remi Bower (Deshler, Ohio) Bluffton University | Outside Hitter | Senior – Bower put the Beavers on her back, leading Bluffton to the HCAC Tournament with 45 kills (5.0 KPS) as the Beavers went 3-0 and 2-0 in conference play. She also showed her versatility with 27 digs (3.0 DPS), three blocks and seven service aces. Bower’s 53.5 points were more than two times the next highest teammate.
Defensive:
Kailey Campbell (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – The sophomore libero/defensive specialist tallied a career-high 26 digs in Sunday’s five-set win at Anderson to maintain an undefeated record for the Pioneers and completed a 4-0 week overall and a 3-0 week in conference play. Campbell had a match-high in digs in 3-of-4 matches played for Transy on the week. Campbell led a defensive stand over the last three sets for the Pioneers in the win over Anderson as she led four different Pioneers in double-digit digging with her match-high 26. Campbell also added five assists in the win. In the week-opening sweep of Mount St. Joseph at home in conference play, Campbell led all players with 13 digs and also registered a career-high six aces. In Saturday’s doubleheader double-three-set sweep of Manchester, Campbell had seven digs along with one assist in the first match and led all players with 14 digs in the second match, also a three-setter. In match two vs. Manchester, Campbell also added two assists. For the week (14 sets total), Campbell tallied 60 digs, eight assists, and seven aces while leading the Pioneers to be a match away from an undefeated regular season.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Brooke Kleman (Glandorf, Ohio) Bluffton University | Defensive Specialist | Junior – Kleman cleaned up everything in the back, leading the Beavers with 45 digs (5.0 DPS). She also handed out 11 assists and fired six aces as Bluffton secured a spot in the HCAC Tournament.
  • Sarah Dickman (Richmond, Ind.) Earlham College | Outside Hitter | Junior – Dickman averaged 4.38 points/set and 3.58 kills/set while hitting .227 over 12 sets to lead Earlham volleyball to a 2-1 week. She recorded 18 kills – second-most this season – in a five-set loss to Franklin while hitting .226, and also charting four aces and one block assist for 22.5 points. She closed the day with 13 kills on 35 swings for a .257 hitting percentage with three aces in the Quakers’ four-set win over the Grizzlies. Earlier in the week, Dickman had 12 kills in a three-set road win over Rose-Hulman. She also tallied 41 digs (3.42/set) over the course of the week. Dickman is currently second in the HCAC this season in both kills (3.22/set) and points (3.69/set).
  • Jennifer Shamel (Columbiaville, Mich.) Earlham College | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – Shamel recorded 71 digs over 12 sets in three matches (5.92 digs/set) in Earlham volleyball’s 2-1 week last week. She recorded a season-high 28 digs in Earlham’s five-set loss to Franklin, and 22 digs in the day’s second match. Earlier in the week, Shamel amassed 21 digs in a three-set road win at Rose-Hulman.
  • Abigail Sewell (Franklin, Ind.) Franklin College | Middle Blocker | Senior – Sewell registered 32 kills and seven blocks for Franklin last week, hitting double digit kills in conference wins over Hanover and Earlham. She led the Grizzlies with 14 kills and a .423 hitting percentage in Tuesday night’s sweep of Hanover and put home 13 kills in Franklin’s five-set comeback win over Earlham on Saturday, helping the Grizzlies secure a spot in the top four in the HCAC.
  • Allison Thompson (Louisville, Ky.) Franklin College | Defensive Specialist | Junior – Thompson played a major role for the Grizzlies, who went 2-1 on the week with wins in both HCAC matchups with Hanover and Earlham.. She finished with 19 digs in Tuesday’s three-set win over Hanover, becoming the latest member of the 1,000 dig club at Franklin. Thompson led the Grizzlies with 21 digs and added three aces in Saturday’s opening match with Earlham, helping the Griz to a comeback five-set win.
  • Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) Hanover College | Setter/Outside Hitter | Junior – Ketcham helped propel the Panthers to a 2-1 week, including a sweep of Anderson. The junior charted 71 total assists, with eight service aces and 10 kills. She added 42 digs with three blocks.
  • Amber Miller (Louisville, Ky.) Hanover College | Defensive Specialist | Senior – Miller wrapped up her senior season last week as she charted a team-high 43 total digs, averaging 4.3 per set. She also added 13 assists with five service aces.
  • Suzanne Klosterman (Cincinnati, Ohio) Transylvania University | Right Side Hitter | First-Year – The first-year right-side hitter led the frontcourt attack for the Pioneers as they completed a 3-0 week in conference play and a 4-0 week overall. Klosterman tallied a career-high 13 kills in Sunday’s five-set win over Anderson to keep the Pioneers undefeated at 13-0 overall and 8-0 in conference play. Klosterman racked up 13 kills to only two errors for a .275 hitting percentage while adding three digs, one block, and one assist. In the other three preceding matches of the week, Klosterman either led or tied for the team lead in kills. Klosterman tallied a match-high 11 kills to three errors for a .381 hitting percentage in Tuesday’s three-set win against Mount St. Joseph. In Saturday’s three-set conference-counting win against Manchester, Klostserman tallied a co-team-high nine kills against two errors and added two blocks in the win. She finished off her Saturday doubleheader with a match-high 11 kills against two errors for a .364 hitting percentage in the final three-set sweep of the Spartans. Klosterman added two digs in the win. For the week, Klosterman totaled 44 kills in four matches (14 sets total), six digs, three blocks, and put together a hitting percentage of .312.

Michigan and Nebraska Earn Big Ten Weekly Men’s Gymnastics Honors

Wolverines’ Juda and Huskers’ Christopulos receive this week’s conference honors

Gymnast of the Week

Paul Juda, Michigan

So. – Deerfield, Ill. – Stevenson – Major: Electrical Engineering

• Won four event titles and the all-around to help second-ranked Michigan take home wins over No. 3 Nebraska and No. 7 Illinois Sunday

• Captured the all-around title with a score of 85.600 

• Placed first on the floor exercise (14.65), pommel horse (14.20), rings (14.50) and parallel bars (14.10)
• Earns his second career Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award and first this season

• Last Michigan Gymnast of the Week: Paul Juda (Feb. 18, 2020)

Freshman of the Week

Taylor Christopulos, Nebraska

Layton, Utah – Layton – Major: Undeclared

• Earned his third vault title in as many meets with a score of 14.70 in Nebraska’s tri-meet with Michigan and Illinois

• Claimed his fourth total individual title this season

• Also led the Huskers with a score of 13.10 on rings

• Earns his second career Freshman of the Week award

• Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Taylor Christopulos (Feb. 15, 2021)

Minnesota Sweeps Big Ten Weekly Women’s Gymnastics Awards

Gophers’ Hooten, Korlin-Downs and Ramler receive this week’s conference honors

Gymnast of the Week

Lexy Ramler, Minnesota

Sr. – St. Michael, Minn. – Winona – Major: Entrepreneurial Management & Human Resources

• Earned a first-place finish in the all-around (39.700) for the fourth straight week, notching the second-highest score of her career and second in Gophers’ history

• Won the vault title with a career-high 9.975 

• Also won the bars (9.950) title, was third on floor (9.90) and tied for fourth on beam (9.875)

• Collects her 15th career Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award and third this season

• Last Minnesota Gymnast of the Week: Lexy Ramler (Feb. 8, 2021)

Event Specialist of the Week

Mary Korlin-Downs, Minnesota

Sr. – Lake Elmo, Minn. – Stillwater Area – Major: Product Design

• Claimed the beam title with a career-high 9.975, earning a 10 from one judge

• Helped the Gophers to a team score of 197.625, tied for second-highest in program history

• Has twice received Academic All-Big Ten recognition (2019 and 2020)

• Earns her first career Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week award

• Last Minnesota Event Specialist of the Week: Mya Hooten (Feb. 16, 2021)

Freshman of the Week

Mya Hooten, Minnesota

Fr. – Woodbury, Minn. – Chanhassen – Major: Undeclared

• Claimed a share of the floor title (9.925) in No. 10 Minnesota’s win over Rutgers on Feb. 20

• Finished fourth on bars with a 9.850 

• Also placed fifth on vault with a 9.875

• Garners her second career Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolade 

• Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Mya Hooten (Feb. 16, 2021)

MIAMI WBB: RedHawks Host Zips on Wednesday

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ON TAP: The Miami University women’s basketball team hosts Akron on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Contest is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. as the RedHawks look for its second straight win.

STREAK SNAPPED: Peyton Scott is coming off a contest in which she scored just seven points versus the Rockets last Wednesday. Prior to that, the sophomore had score at least 30 points in four straight games, the first RedHawk to ever accomplish that feat. Even with the seven-point outing, Scott is averaging 29.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.9 steals over her last five games.

DON’T LET THE RECORD FOOL YOU: While the season has not gone as planned for the RedHawks, they are playing their best basketball of the season currently. In its last 28 quarters, Miami has outscored/tied its opponent in 17 of those quarters. Miami has led at halftime in six straight games and prior to the win over Toledo Miami had lost its last three games by a combined seven points.

SHOOTING FOR A CURE: On Wednesday, Miami will raise awareness for ALS in honor of Steve Garrelts, the father of junior point guard Vannessa Garrelts. Steve was diagnosed with ALS back in 2014 and lost his battle with ALS on March 24, 2020. For more information on this cause or to donate, click HERE.

LAST TIME OUT: For the past two weeks the Miami University women’s basketball team leaned heavily on sophomore guard Peyton Scott, but last Wednesday night, it was Kelly McLaughlin’s and Katie Davidson’s time to shine as the RedHawks downed the Toledo Rockets 62-60 on Wednesday night inside Savage Hall. McLaughlin had her third double-double of the season with 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Red and White. Davidson added 21 points, including 7-of-7 from the free throw line.

ABOUT AKRON: Akron is 5-12 on the year and 2-12 in Mid-American Conference play. The Zips average 67.1 points per game and are led by Jordyn Dawson, who averages 16.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

ROUND TWO WITH ZIPS: These two teams squared-off back on Jan. 9 with Akron coming away with a 84-77 victory. Peyton Scott and Kelly McLaughlin combined for 49 points, including a career-high 27 for the senior in the loss.

SERIES WITH AKRON: Miami is 39-19 all-time versus the Zips, but Akron has won three straight in the series. Miami’s last win versus Akron came on March 9, 2019 in Oxford.

NO RESERVES: Miami has played much of the season with an extremely thin roster, competing much of the year with a max of 10 players due to, opt outs and injuries. In 20 games this season Miami has used eight different starting lineups and just Peyton Scott and Katie Davidson have started every contest.

GREAT SCOTT: Peyton Scott had a banner year for the RedHawks in 2019-20, averaging 12.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, earning All-MAC Freshman honors, but that is nothing compared to what she is doing in 2020-21. The sophomore is averaging 21.4 points and 6.6 rebounds this season. Playing much of this season as the team’s point guard, Scott is also averaging 5.1 assists per game after averaging just 2.2 a year ago. She ranks fourth in the MAC in scoring (21.4), 11th in rebounding (6.6), second in assists (5.1), sixth in steals (2.6), 13th in field goal percentage (42.7%) and sixth in free throw percentage (83.9%).

LEAVING IT ALL ON THE FLOOR: Peyton Scott also ranks second in the MAC in minutes played (37.7), but even that doesn’t tell the entire story. Over her last 13 games, the sophomore has played 407 of 420 available minutes. In all, she has played all 40 minutes in 10 of 20 games this year.

REWRITING HISTORY: Peyton Scott’s attack on the record has kept Miami’s SID busy in 2020-21.

* She now owns four top-10 scoring performances all-time at Miami, with 34 points versus NIU and Kent State, 37 points against Western Michigan and 39 versus Ball State.

* She made 15 field goals against the Cardinals, which is the most in school history.

* She became the first RedHawk in school history to score at least 30 points in four straight games and matched a Miami record with Courtney Osborn with 71 points in a two-game stretch.  Even the great Wally Szczerbiak only scored 67 points in back-to-back games during his incredible NCAA Tournament run in 1998-99.

* Earlier this year she had 13 assists at Ball State, which is tops in school history.

* Her season average of 21.4 points would rank second all-time at Miami, just behind Amanda Jackson’s 21.6 average during the 2007-08 campaign.

* Scott is on pace to finish her first two seasons at Miami with a combined 898 points. Only Lauren Dickerson (1,146) and Courtney Osborn (1,033) have scored more points in their first two years at Miami.

SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST: Kelly McLaughlin scored 188 points and had 125 rebounds in her first three years with the RedHawks, averaging 4.1 points and 2.7 rebounds. This year, the senior has already scored 216 points and recorded 129 rebounds in 18 games.

MAC MEN’S BASKETBALL: Toledo’s Jackson Named MAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

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MAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Marreon Jackson, Toledo, Guard             
Senior, Cleveland, Ohio (Garfield Heights)           
Jackson led the first-place Rockets to a pair of victories last week by averaging 19.0 points, 8.5 assists, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game. In addition, Toledo’s senior point guard shot 56.5 percent (13-of-23) from the field and 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from three-point range. In Toledo’s 87-75 win over Miami, Jackson tallied 18 points, a career-high 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the fourth triple-double in program history. He joined former Rockets Nathan Boothe, Tre’Shaun Fletcher and Luke Knapke who previously achieved the feat under Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk. Jackson then put together another strong all-around performance in the Rockets’ 80-70 win at Buffalo. He recorded a team-high 20 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals in 35 minutes. Jackson gave the Rockets the lead for good when he scored seven straight points for a 66-61 advantage with just over four minutes to play. Jackson leads the Rockets this season with 17.3 ppg, 6.0 apg, 1.9 spg and a 91.8 FT%.

BUTLER WSOCCER: Soderstrom Earns BIG EAST Weekly Honors for @ButlerUWSoccer

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Katie Soderstrom was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday, Feb. 22.

Soderstrom had a total of seven points between two wins for the Bulldogs last week. The junior recorded a hat trick against Dayton, which included her first goals of the 2021 season, and chipped in an assist in the 9-2 win over Marian.

In Sunday’s 4-1 win over the Flyers, Soderstrom had her first goal in the 10th minute to make the score 1-0. In the second period, she drilled two more goals (47th and 77th minutes), putting the game out of reach for the Flyers.

Soderstrom’s first career hat trick made her one of two BIG EAST players this season with a hat trick, with the other being fellow Bulldog Anja Savich, who recorded her first career hat trick in a four-goal performance against Marian.

Justina Gaynor was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for scoring two goals in two games last week, including the game-winner against Dayton on Sunday.

Butler has found a spot on both weekly awards lists so far this season, as Amanda Kowalski was named BIG EAST Defender of the Week last Monday.

BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week

Katie Soderstrom, Butler, Jr., M

In a 2-0 week for the Bulldogs, Soderstrom totaled seven points off three goals and an assist. The junior scored three goals in a 4-1 win over Dayton on Sunday, marking just the second hat trick by a BIG EAST player this season and first to come against a Division I foe. She also notched an assist against Marian in a 9-2 win on Wednesday.

BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week

Alexis Rothmann, Providence, So., M/D

Rothmann anchored a Providence defense which allowed just two shots and one corner kick in Sunday’s win over intra-state foe Bryant. The Friars scored their second straight shutout win and have now outscored their opponents by a 6-0 margin. PC outshot the Bulldogs 30-2, including 14-2 on target. Rothmann added two shots on the afternoon, with one landing on target.

BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week

Emma Bodmer, Providence, Fr., GK

Bodmer earns her second straight top goalkeeper honor after earning her second clean sheet of the season with two saves against Bryant on Sunday. The Friars beat their Ocean State rivals 4-0 on Sunday.

BIG EAST Freshman of the Week

Ava Collins, St. John’s, Fr., M

Collins had an impressive debut for the Red Storm, registering four points off a goal and two assists in a 6-1 win over Albany on Sunday. Collins assisted on Jessica Garziano’s score in the 19th minute before assisting on Maia Cabrera’s game winner in the 37th. She capped her first collegiate contest with a goal in the 86th.

BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll

Justina Gaynor, Butler, Fr., M/D: scored a goal in each win last week, including the game-winner against Dayton on Sunday

Kess Elmore, UConn, R-Jr., F: scored the game-winner against Rhode Island in Sunday’s season opener

Randi Palacios, UConn, R-Sr., GK: made one save to earn the shutout victory in Sunday’s season opening win over Rhode Island

Kyla Gallagher, Providence, Fr., F: scored the game-winner against Bryant on Sunday to help keep the Friars unbeaten (2-0-0) on the year

Jessica Garziano, St. John’s, So., M: notched a goal and assist in emphatic 6-1 win in Sunday’s season opener against Albany.

BUTLER SOCCER: Butler Softball’s Lauren Fey Named BIG EAST Player of the Week

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Junior infielder Lauren Fey has been selected as the BIG EAST Player of the Week after leading the Bulldogs to a 3-2 record over the weekend at the Jaguar Classic in Mobile, Ala.

Butler faced off against Murray State (2), Lipscomb (2) and South Alabama in Mobile, Ala. Fey earned a spot on the Jaguar Classic All-Tournament Team by hitting .545 in Butler’s five games. Her six hits included a double and two triples. She drew eight walks, helping her to an on-base percentage of .737. She scored four runs and stole three bases as well.

Over the first 10 games of the season, Fey has batted .538 over 26 at bats, collected 14 hits, been walked 12 times, tallied eight runs and registered a .684 OBP. She’s been dangerous on the bases as well, totaling seven stolen bases.

Senior Alyssa Graves earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. Graves has gotten out to a 2-1 start over six appearances and 21.1 innings pitched, totaling a 1.64 ERA to include 20 strikeouts. She earned two wins over Murray State while at the Jaguar Classic this past weekend, pitching to a 1.02 ERA.

The Bulldogs have the upcoming weekend off before traveling to Chattanooga for a weekend series March 6-7.

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL: Shane Gray named MVC Pitcher of the Week

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EVANSVILLE – After a stellar performance on Friday, University of Evansville baseball sophomore right-handed pitcher Shane Gray has been named Missouri Vally Conference Pitcher of the Week, it was announced in a release by the Conference office on Monday morning.

Leading Evansville to a season opening win over #12 Georgia, sophomore Shane Gray turned in an impressive performance on the mound Friday. Against the nationally-ranked Bulldogs, Gray pitched six innings, allowing just one earned run and four hits, while striking-out four.  Friday’s season opening win for Evansville over #12 Georgia was the first of its kind in more than six seasons for the Aces. It marked the Aces first win over an SEC opponent since Feb. 26, 2014 when the Aces defeated Vanderbilt on the road, 8-3.

Gray’s pitcher of the week honor is the first an Aces pitcher since Nathan Croner and Adam Lukas went back-to-back winning the award on March 11 and 18, 2019.

Evansville makes its home debut this weekend when the Aces host NIU for a weekend series at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Bruan Stadium on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Unbeaten Gonzaga, Baylor remain atop AP Top 25 in quiet week

Gonzaga’s bid for a wire-to-wire run at No. 1 keeps chugging along.

Baylor is still right there with the Zags.

Gonzaga received 60 first-place votes from a media panel in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll released on Monday, picking up one vote from last week. The second-ranked Bears received the other four first-place votes in a week of little change.

Gonzaga and Baylor have been 1-2 all season.

Michigan, Ohio State and Illinois rounded out the top five for the second straight week. The Buckeyes held their ground despite losing 92-87 to the Wolverines on Saturday.

The Zags (22-0, 13-0 West Coast Conference) ran over Saint Mary’s and San Diego last week in their bid to become the first wire-to-wire No. 1 since Kentucky in 2014-15.

Gonzaga has won 26 consecutive games after blowing out San Diego 106-69 on Saturday and hasn’t really been tested despite playing one of the nation’s toughest schedules.

“We’re just becoming more mature and understand that just winning these games doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to get a guaranteed national championship,” guard Andrew Nembhard said. “We have to raise our level and keep improving every day so that’s what we’ve been trying to do. It’s kind of shown in our play lately.”

Baylor (17-0, 9-0 Big 12) held its season-long spot at No. 2 despite having three more games postponed due to COVID-19 issues. The Bears have not played since beating Texas on Feb. 2 and have had eight games postponed this season.

Baylor is scheduled to play Iowa State on Tuesday.

RISING TIDE

Alabama moved up two spots to No. 6 this week, its highest ranking since reaching No. 4 in 2006-07. The Crimson Tide have won three in a row since losing by three to No. 24 Missouri.

Alabama is within reach of its first Southeastern Conference regular-season title in 19 years after rallying to beat Vanderbilt 82-78 on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide are 13-1 in SEC play, 3+ games ahead of No. 20 Arkansas and LSU. Alabama plays at Arkansas on Wednesday.

TOP 10 RETURN

No. 9 Iowa and No. 10 West Virginia returned to the top 10 this week.

The Hawkeyes, the preseason No. 5, dropped out of the top 10 for the second time this season on Feb. 8 but moved back in this week thanks to a four-game winning streak. Iowa beat No. 23 Wisconsin and Penn State last week.

The Mountaineers spent three weeks in the top 10 before dropping out on Dec. 28. West Virginia knocked off No. 14 Texas 84-82 on Saturday to move up three spots in this week’s poll.

JAYHAWKS CLIMB

Kansas is climbing after seeing its record run in the AP Top 25 end two weeks ago.

The Jayhawks have won five in a row, including a six-point win over No. 18 Texas Tech last week, and moved up six spots to No. 17 in this week’s poll. Kansas returned to the poll last week after dropping out on Feb. 8, ending a stretch of 231 consecutive weeks in the AP Top 25.

POLL MOVEMENT

No new teams moved in or out of the poll this week. … No. 11 Florida State had the biggest jump, gaining five spots after beating Pittsburgh. … No. 12 Houston lost six spots to drop out of the top 10 for the first time since Jan. 11 after losing to Wichita State and beating Cincinnati last week. … No. 15 Virginia dropped eight spots after losses to Duke and Florida State last week. … No. 20 Arkansas has its highest ranking since reaching No. 18 in 2014-15 after beating Florida last week.

Mariners CEO Kevin Mather resigns after video comments

Seattle Mariners CEO Kevin Mather resigned Monday after video surfaced over the weekend of him expressing his views of the club’s organizational strategy and making insensitive remarks about players.

Mariners Chairman John Stanton said Mather’s comments were inappropriate and do not represent the views of the franchise.

Mather’s resignation is effective immediately, with Stanton taking on the roles of CEO and team president on an interim basis. Stanton said Mather resigned before a decision had to be made whether to fire him, and there had been no determination yet about whether Mather will receive a severance or what will happen to his small ownership stake in the franchise.

“There were a number of comments made by Kevin that, as I’ve said, didn’t reflect the Mariners, don’t reflect what I believe, what our ownership believes, and were inappropriate,” Stanton said. “Those comments included some of the things that have been referenced with respect to our players, and in particular the importance of diversity and inclusion in our organization.”

Mather issued an apology late Sunday for his comments, which were made Feb. 5 to the Bellevue, Washington, Breakfast Rotary Club and were posted online over the weekend.

The video posted by the Rotary group was 46 minutes long and touched on areas of the Mariners’ organizational situation going into the 2021 season – many of which Seattle’s front office would rather not be made public.

Stanton said he learned of Mather’s comments Sunday when the video and transcript was posted to Twitter. Stanton intends to travel to Arizona this week to meet with staff and players in person.

“We have a lot of work to do to make amends, and that work is already underway,” Stanton said.

Mather’s departure seemed inevitable as the firestorm grew over his statements, including comments on the manipulation of service time for some top prospects – Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert – and insensitive comments about international players’ understanding of English.

Mather said Kelenic and Gilbert would not start the season with the Mariners so the club could have longer control before the promising young stars reached free agency. He said another top prospect, Julio Rodriguez, didn’t have “tremendous” English and he complained about the cost associated with having an interpreter for Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma.

“Wonderful human being – his English was terrible. He wanted to get back into the game, he came to us, we quite frankly want him as our Asian scout/interpreter, what’s going on with the Japanese league. He’s coming to spring training,” Mather said. “And I’m going to say, I’m tired of paying his interpreter. When he was a player, we’d pay Iwakuma `X,’ but we’d also have to pay $75,000 a year to have an interpreter with him. His English suddenly got better. His English got better when we told him that.”

The Major League Baseball Players Association released a statement Monday expressing concern with the video.

“The club’s video presentation is a highly disturbing yet critically important window into how players are genuinely viewed by management. Not just because of what was said, but also because it represents an unfiltered look into club thinking,” the statement read. “It is offensive, and it is not surprising that fans and others around the game are offended as well. Players remain committed to confronting these issues at the bargaining table and elsewhere.”

Wolves hire Chris Finch as coach, after firing Ryan Saunders

For the 10th time in the past 15 years, the Minnesota Timberwolves have a new head coach.

Toronto assistant Chris Finch was introduced Monday as the replacement for Ryan Saunders, who was fired the night before with the team carrying the NBA’s worst record.

“We have excellent pieces in place, and I can’t wait to get to work,” Finch said in a statement distributed by the Timberwolves, before he was scheduled to meet the team in Milwaukee prior to playing there Tuesday.

President of basketball operations Gersson Rosas made the change on the bench to the 51-year-old Finch, who was in his first season with the Raptors. They worked together in Houston, where Finch was an assistant (2011-16) and Rosas was a basketball operations executive.

“He is one of the most creative basketball minds in the NBA, has success maximizing players, and I am excited to see him bring our team to the next level and beyond,” Rosas said.

Finch has 24 years of coaching experience, roughly half of that in Europe. The two-time NCAA Division III All-American at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania played for the Sheffield Sharks in the British Basketball League and later coached the same team from 1997-2003. Finch also coached Britain’s national team in the 2012 Olympics.

His domestic experience began in what is now called the G League, winning the coach of the year award in 2010 for champion Rio Grande Valley. After his six seasons with the Rockets, Finch spent one year as an assistant for Denver and three with New Orleans. Considered one of the league’s best offensive strategists, Finch has helped coach stars such as Nikola Jokic, Zion Williamson and James Harden over his career.

Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Monday that the deal for Finch came together in about 36 hours. He knew the team’s game Sunday against Philadelphia was going to be Finch’s last after only about three months with the club. Finch was hired to replace Nate Bjorkgren, who left Nurse’s staff to become the head coach for Indiana this fall.

“I’ve always seen it as my job to try to get people to maximize their career ambitions,” Nurse said. “I don’t think they would be here in the first place if I didn’t really believe in them.”

Wizards win 5th straight, hold off Lakers 127-124 in OT

Bradley Beal scored six of his 33 points on three consecutive possessions late in overtime, and the Washington Wizards extended their longest winning streak in three years to five straight with a 127-124 victory over the slumping Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.

Russell Westbrook scored six of his 32 points in overtime for the Wizards, who rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half. Washington then took advantage of a missed free throw by LeBron James late in regulation and went on to its first win over the Lakers at Staples Center since March 2017.

“It feels different, in a great way,” Beal said of the Wizards’ impressive five-game run against Boston, Houston, Denver, Portland and the Lakers. “It feels great, but at the same time, we still haven’t done a damn thing. We realize that, and we keep telling each other that. We’ve still got bad habits we need to break, but we don’t discount what we did.”

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left in overtime to trim the Wizards’ lead to 125-124. Westbrook made a layup before missing a free throw, but James and Kyle Kuzma missed late 3s before the buzzer.

“It’s been tough, but we’ve been sticking together,” Westbrook said of the Wizards, who started the season 6-17. “That’s the main thing. If you get caught up with everything else going on, teams and players tend to come apart, but we’ve been sticking together and communicating on how to become a better team, and it’s been paying off for us.”

James had 31 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who struggled in the second half of their fourth loss in five games.

After carrying the Lakers back in the fourth quarter, James made a tying layup with 9.8 seconds left in regulation, but missed the ensuing free throw to put LA ahead. Beal missed a long jumper at the buzzer.

Montrezl Harrell had a season-high 26 points and nine rebounds for the defending NBA champions, who have lost three straight for the first time this season – not coincidentally during three consecutive games without Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder.

“It takes a whole team to collectively get wins, and right now we have two of our main rotation guys out,” said Kuzma, who had 14 points. “Obviously there’s no excuses. You don’t want to lose to an under-.500 team like that, but this is the NBA and anybody can win. We just have to figure it out.”

Davis missed his fourth straight game, and the All-NBA big man is out for at least three more weeks with a calf injury. Schroder will miss at least one more game under the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

Pujols undecided about retiring after wife hints at final season

The 2021 campaign could be Albert Pujols’ last in Major League Baseball, his wife, Deidre, announced on Monday.

Shortly after her post stated Pujols would retire following the season, Deidre amended the caption, indicating he may not walk away from the game at the conclusion of the campaign.

“Nothing has changed what we talked about last week,” Pujols said shortly after the Instagram post, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN. “I will make a decision about the future, depending on what happens this season.”

The 41-year-old is entering the final season of his 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The $240-million pact was signed prior to the 2012 campaign.

The three-time MVP and 10-time All-Star will have played 21 seasons with the Angels and St. Louis Cardinals. Pujols has amassed 662 home runs and 2,100 RBIs, which rank fifth and third all time, respectively. He needs to hit 34 more homers to surpass Alex Rodriguez for fourth.

Over 2,862 games, Pujols has accrued 87.2 WAR, according to FanGraphs. For the past four seasons, the six-time Silver Slugger has been below replacement level, though.

Tyler Shough transferring to Texas Tech after 3 seasons at Oregon

Former Oregon quarterback Tyler Shough will transfer to Texas Tech, he announced Monday.

Shough spent three seasons with the Ducks, helping the program capture the 2020 Pac-12 championship. He is expected to graduate this spring and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

He played in 11 games for Oregon, amassing 1,703 yards, 16 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Shough added 282 rushing yards and two scores on the ground.

The 21-year-old served as Justin Herbert’s backup in 2019 before becoming a starter in 2020.

Shough now joins a prolific aerial offense that has led the Big 12 in passing yards in four of the last six campaigns. He’ll likely compete with junior signal-caller Henry Colombi to replace former Red Raiders starting quarterback Alan Bowman, who entered the transfer portal last month.

Panarin denies Russian report, takes time away from Rangers

New York Rangers star Artemi Panarin is taking a leave of absence from the team after a Russian tabloid printed allegations from a former coach that he attacked a woman in Latvia almost a decade ago, which he denies.

Andrei Nazarov, a former NHL enforcer who coached Panarin in the Kontinental Hockey League, told Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda in a story published Saturday that Panarin attacked an 18-year-old Latvian woman in a hotel bar in the Latvian capital of Riga following a game in December 2011.

Nazarov told the tabloid that Panarin knocked the woman to the floor with “several powerful blows.” Nazarov added that he later heard that the Latvian authorities looked into the incident but that no action was taken after “authoritative” locals negotiated with the police not to pursue the case, allegedly after money changed hands.

Nazarov said he was motivated to speak about the alleged incident because he disagreed with Panarin’s repeated criticism of the Russian government. Panarin played for Nazarov with Vityaz Chekhov from 2010-2012.

“Artemi vehemently and unequivocally denies any and all allegations in this fabricated story,” the Rangers said in a statement Monday. “This is clearly an intimidation tactic being used against him for being outspoken on recent political events. Artemi is obviously shaken and concerned and will take some time away from the team. The Rangers fully support Artemi and will work with him to identify the source of these unfounded allegations.”

Panarin has been a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and last month posted his support on social media for opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was arrested last month upon returning to Moscow and was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for violating terms of his probation.

Panarin, 29, has played in the NHL since 2015 and was a finalist for the league’s MVP award last season. He won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 2016 with Chicago where he played two seasons, went to Columbus for two more and then signed an $81.5 million, seven-year contract with New York in 2019.

Rangers teammate Ryan Strome praised Panarin as a person and role model for him and other young players.

“I think `Bread’ knows how much we love him, how much we care for him, how much we appreciate what he does for us,’ Strome said. “We wish for the best for him and obviously give him his time to get things straightened out.”

Panarin leads the Rangers with 18 points on five goals and 13 assists. They next play Wednesday against Philadelphia.

Coach David Quinn said he and his players spoke about Panarin’s absence before practice Monday.

“We’re going to help Artemi through this difficult time,” Quinn said. “You have to continue to unite as a team. It’s hard to overcome losing a player like Artemi from a hockey standpoint, but we’ve got to find a way to do it.”

NBA Regular-Season Standings

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia2011.64513-27-95-216-55-51 L
Brooklyn2012.6250.511-59-73-210-97-36 W
Toronto1615.5164.07-69-93-312-77-34 W
Boston1515.5004.58-57-102-411-94-61 L
New York1516.4845.08-67-101-310-106-41 W
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee1813.58111-47-98-012-75-52 W
Indiana1514.5172.07-98-53-29-84-61 W
Chicago1416.4673.56-98-72-27-86-42 W
Cleveland1021.3238.07-93-122-48-90-1010 L
Detroit822.2679.56-82-140-75-133-73 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Charlotte1416.4679-85-85-19-95-51 L
Miami1417.4520.57-77-102-37-117-33 W
Atlanta1317.4331.07-96-81-28-103-71 W
Orlando1318.4191.58-85-104-19-105-53 W
Washington1117.3932.05-96-81-65-136-45 W
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah256.80614-211-43-211-49-11 W
Portland1812.6006.58-610-62-29-77-32 L
Denver1614.5338.58-68-85-111-94-61 L
Oklahoma City1219.38713.04-108-92-55-143-71 L
Minnesota724.22618.04-113-132-44-142-84 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
LA Clippers2210.68811-611-45-213-66-41 L
LA Lakers2210.6889-713-30-215-56-43 L
Phoenix2010.6671.011-59-52-212-79-13 W
Golden State1615.5165.511-65-93-29-75-52 L
Sacramento1218.4009.07-115-72-46-103-77 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
San Antonio1611.5937-89-33-511-117-32 W
Dallas1415.4833.07-87-74-18-106-41 W
Memphis1314.4813.06-97-52-56-94-62 L
New Orleans1317.4334.58-75-104-27-125-51 W
Houston1118.3796.05-76-114-48-101-98 L