SECTIONAL GIRLS BASKETBALL

CLASS 4A
Merrillville
Munster53Highland37 
Chesterton
Valparaiso46Portage36 
Crown Point70Lowell20 
Mishawaka
LaPorte50Plymouth46 
Mishawaka52South Bend Riley28 
Goshen
Penn82Concord27 
Warsaw33Goshen29 
Fort Wayne Snider
East Noble71Fort Wayne North33 
Fort Wayne Northrop58DeKalb50 
Columbia City
Homestead69Fort Wayne Wayne26 
Huntington North31New Haven29 
Harrison (West Lafayette)
Northwestern64Logansport28 
Zionsville
Noblesville57Hamilton Southeastern48 
Fishers45Westfield43 
Muncie Central
Mount Vernon (Fortville)36Pendleton Heights32 
New Palestine59Anderson55 
North Central (Indianapolis)
North Central (Indianapolis)88Indianapolis Attucks15 
Indianapolis Cathedral56Warren Central47 
Ben Davis
Perry Meridian37Decatur Central15 
Indianapolis Roncalli65Pike52 
Terre Haute North
Brownsburg60Avon28 
Plainfield53Mooresville47OT
Franklin
Center Grove61Whiteland42 
Franklin77Shelbyville43 
East Central
East Central43Columbus East27 
Columbus North57Bloomington South43 
New Albany
Jennings County72Seymour48 
Bedford North Lawrence78New Albany44 
Evansville Harrison
Castle66Evansville Reitz19 
Evansville North51Evansville Central32 
CLASS 3A
Griffith
Hammond39Hammond Clark33 
Calumet56Lighthouse CPA49 
Hanover Central42Wheeler16 
South Bend St. Joseph
South Bend Washington63New Prairie26 
Wawasee
Lakeland62Central Noble56 
NorthWood51Wawasee48 
Garrett
Garrett62Leo28 
Angola47Fort Wayne Concordia38 
Twin Lakes
Western48Peru30 
Benton Central58Maconaquah46 
Norwell
Bellmont51Oak Hill34 
New Castle
Jay County52Delta27 
Tri-West
Monrovia52Frankfort37 
Edgewood
Brown County63West Vigo52 
Heritage Christian
Heritage Christian62Indianapolis Shortridge15 
Lebanon49Brebeuf Jesuit32 
Speedway
Indian Creek48Indianapolis Ritter34 
Indianapolis Herron45Indianapolis Washington27 
Rushville
Lawrenceburg45Connersville34 
Madison
Salem77Corydon Central63 
Vincennes Lincoln
Washington57Sullivan36 
Mount Vernon (Posey)
Heritage Hills39Mount Vernon (Posey)25 
Gibson Southern62Evansville Bosse29 
CLASS 2A
Lake Station
Lake Station56Marquette Catholic34 
Bowman Academy42Illiana Christian32 
North Judson
Westville49Hebron37 
Rensselaer Central40Boone Grove32 
Fairfield
Prairie Heights81South Bend Career17 
Bremen54Westview22 
Eastside
Churubusco60Whitko37 
Manchester
Manchester76Carroll (Flora)69 
Rochester46Wabash40 
Fountain Central
Lafayette Central Catholic64Rossville27 
Seeger52Fountain Central38 
Taylor
Blackford64Taylor47 
Alexandria
Alexandria61Monroe Central30 
Frankton64Wapahani32 
Union County
Northeastern82Centerville19 
Union County48Knightstown20 
Cascade
Park Tudor51Cascade45 
South Putnam97Riverton Parke17 
South Ripley
Southwestern (Hanover)41Milan17 
South Ripley33North Decatur28 
Eastern (Pekin)
Clarksville36Providence34 
Crawford County48Austin37 
North Knox
Linton-Stockton54Mitchell28 
Forest Park
Evansville Mater Dei35Southridge34OT
CLASS 1A
Kouts
Morgan Twp.88Gary 21st Century19 
Oregon-Davis
Triton56Oregon-Davis41 
Culver60West Central36 
Fremont
Fremont38Elkhart Christian17 
Fort Wayne Blackhawk40Lakewood Park32 
Tri-County
Pioneer59Caston32 
North White59Tri-County33 
Northfield
Northfield76Southwood45 
Attica
North Vermillion41Covington15 
Tri-Central
Tri-Central85Daleville35 
Cowan45Wes-Del23 
Tri
Blue River68Union City52 
Union (Modoc)51Tri48 
Bloomfield
Shakamak26Clay City24 
Bethesda Christian
Traders Point Christian40Indiana Math & Science25 
Indianapolis Lutheran58Central Christian36 
Waldron
Jac-Cen-Del57Oldenburg Academy21 
New Washington
Christian Academy48Rock Creek Academy35 
Borden52South Central (Elizabeth)17 
Edinburgh
West Washington43Edinburgh40 
Loogootee
Barr-Reeve59Washington Catholic29 
Loogootee67Shoals34 
Tecumseh
Tecumseh71Cannelton21 

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

Ben Davis54Franklin Central53 
Bethany Christian89Clinton Christian37 
Blackford102Elwood52 
Faith Christian62Sheridan58 
Fort Wayne Snider61Fort Wayne Dwenger58 
Greencastle74North Montgomery45 
Hanover Central93Hammond Noll43 
Henryville69Providence56 
Horizon Christian59Martinsville Tabernacle44 
Indianapolis Metropolitan59Christel House Academy48 
Indianapolis Shortridge62Traders Point Christian55 
Jimtown77Elkhart Christian71 
John Glenn63South Bend Washington43 
Lake Central71Illiana Christian58 
Lawrence Central78Brownsburg69 
Munster71Hammond Morton42 
North Posey58Boonville51 
North Putnam65Covenant Christian60 
North White50Frontier34 
Penn63South Bend Clay43 
South Adams57Norwell53 
Speedway60Eminence36 

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL POLLS

Class 4A 

1. Homestead (13)                  18-0  260  1

2. Lawrence North                  16-1  232  2

3. Cathedral                             14-1  206  3

4. Carmel                                 15-1  186  4

5. Lafayette Jeff                      15-1  137  7

6. S. Bend Adams                   15-1  123  5

7. Plainfield                             13-1  116  8

8. Warren Central                  12-5  90   10

9. Crispus Attucks                  14-4  83   6

10. Ev. Reitz                            11-1  41   9

Others receiving votes: Zionsville 14. Westfield 13. Chesterton 13. Crown Point 13. Gary West 8. Bloomington South 7. Brownsburg 6. Carroll (Allen) 6. Bloomington North 6.

Class 3A 

1. Hammond (9)                     12-1  244  1

2. Ev. Bosse (4)                       13-0  242  2

3. Heritage Hills                      12-1  194  4

4. Silver Creek                         11-4  162  3

5. Mishawaka Marian           12-2  148  7

6. Leo                                       13-1  147  5

7. Greensburg                        12-2  115  8

8. S. Bend St. Joseph’s          10-3  84   6

9. Danville                              10-2  82   T9

10. Sullivan                             12-2  66   T9

Others receiving votes: Guerin Catholic 63. Peru 7. Connersville 6.

Class 2A 

1. Ft. Wayne Blackhawk (13)         14-1  260  1

2. Shenandoah                                 14-3  230  2

3. S. Spencer                                     11-2  184  4

4. Linton-Stockton                           14-3  150  3

5. Central Noble                              15-1  145  6

6. Parke Heritage                            15-3  128  5

7. Covenant Christian                    13-2  122  8

8. S. Ripley                                       13-1  103  9

9. Blackford                                     11-4  78   7

10. Westview                                  11-3  61   10

Others receiving votes: Madison-Grant 50. Northeastern 26. Churubusco 15. Eastern Hancock 8.

Class A 

1. Barr-Reeve (13)                 15-2  260  1

2. Loogootee                          14-3  222  2

3. Kouts                                   16-2  206  3

4. Bloomfield                         10-3  158  5

5. Tindley                               11-5  123  8

6. Orleans                              12-1  120  10

7. Edinburgh                         14-4  119  7

8. N. Daviess                         12-3  114  4

9. Lutheran                            15-3  88   9

10. Morristown                    11-4  52   6

Others receiving votes: Jac-Cen-Del 30. Triton 24. Lafayette Catholic 19. Covington 19. Greenwood Christian 6.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – TOP 25

#2 Baylor 83 #6 Texas 69

#8 Iowa 84 Michigan State 78

Ole Miss 52 #11 Tennessee 50

#12 Illinois 75 Indiana 71 OT

#17 West Virginia 76 Iowa State 72

#19 Wisconsin 72 Penn State 56

#20 Florida State at Boston College postponed

#23 Kansas 74 Kansas State 51

Maryland 61 #24 Purdue 60

ELSEWHERE

Duquesne 69 Dayton 64

Notre Dame 79 Wake Forest 58

Clemson 63 North Carolina 50

Marquette 70 Butler 67

Buffalo 78 Ball State 58

Ohio 83 Central Michigan 69

Kent State 77 Miami Ohio 68

Toledo 91 Akron 76

USC 72 Stanford 66

Georgia 91 Auburn 86

Arkansas 61 Mississippi State 45

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – TOP 25

#19 Gonzaga 63 BYU 56

ELSEWHERE

Dayton 59 St. Louis 52 OT

Georgia Tech 76 Syracuse 63

Oklahoma State 82 Kansas 55

NBA SCOREBOARD

Toronto 123 Orlando 108

Brooklyn 124 LA Clippers 120

Indiana 134 Memphis 116….. Desmond Bane 16 points, 5 assists

Portland 132 Washington 121

Boston 111 Golden State 107

Utah 117 Detroit 105

NHL SCOREBOARD

Dallas 6 Columbus 3

Montréal 5 Vancouver 3

Carolina 4 Chicago 3

St. Louis 4 Arizona 3

Winnipeg 3 Calgary 2

Colorado 2 Minnesota 1

Edmonton 4 Ottawa 2

Anaheim 3 Los Angeles 1

INDIANA MBB: Indiana Falls in Overtime to No. 8/8 Illinois, 75-71

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — What do you say when a victory was there for the taking and wasn’t?

What do you do when you’re Indiana forward Trayce Jackson and you see your team battle No. 12 Illinois for 40 minutes, and then five more, only to fall short?

How do you approach Tuesday night’s 75-71 overtime loss at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall — the third overtime defeat this season — that hurt in so many ways?

“The effort was there,” Jackson-Davis said. “There were four to five plays that we had to make. We can’t let that happen. We have to close out these games. That’s what it comes down to.”

Or, as coach Archie Miller put it, “We’re not tough enough to finish games off. We’re not tough enough in the little plays. There are too many of those. We don’t finish it off.

“That’s why we are in so many heart breakers. We have 10 games to go. We are getting better.”

If you’re forward Race Thompson, you come onto the court minutes after the game to work on free throw shooting, swishing most of your attempts, trying to undo the six free throws you missed in 12 attempts that negated much of the 18 points and eight rebounds you produced.

“Race played a heck of a game,” Jackson-Davis said. “I know he wants a few of those free throws back. He really picked us up. He kept us in the game.

Added Miller: “He’s a warrior. He was physical. He drew nine fouls. He continues to be a blue-collar guy.”

And so the Hoosiers (9-8 overall, 4-6 in the Big Ten) could only wonder about what might have been.

“It was a frustrating outcome for us,” Miller said. “It was a hard-fought game. Illinois stepped up and made some winning plays.”

As crunch time arrived, fouls mounted, drama grew. Points came as easily as turning water into wine.

In a game of attrition, 54 fouls were called and 66 free throws attempted. Five players fouled out.

Jackson-Davis led IU with 19 points and 14 rebounds. It was his sixth double-double of the season, and 18thof his career.

Illinois (12-5, 8-3) was led by Trent Frazier’s 19 points.

Physical second-half defense from both teams turned offense into rubble. At one second-half point, IU and Illinois combined to miss 11 straight field goal attempts, several from within a foot.

“They were hard on the ball,” Jackson-Davis said. “They got us down late in the shot clock and we had to try to make tough shots.

Enter the depth Miller had pushed to develop all season, especially from his freshmen.

At one first-half point, IU played Thompson and four freshmen, and held the lead. That included guard Trey Galloway, back for the first time since the Purdue game after suffering a back injury.

The freshmen combined for 10 points (six by Khristian Lander) and seven rebounds.

“That we had four freshmen in that caliber of a game speaks to the development and improvement,” Miller said. “We have to stay with what we’re doing because we are getting better.”

A hot-shooting Aljami Durham pushed IU to a 12-8 early lead, helped by two free throws from a technical foul on Illinois’ Frazier for talking to the IU bench after hitting a 3-pointer.

The Hoosiers — with Durham scoring eight points before heading to the bench with two fouls — surged ahead 24-19. Illinois surged back with eight straight points.

Then Jackson-Davis took charge, got help with a Lander three-pointer and boosted IU to a 41-34 halftime lead. Jackson-David and Thompson had combined for 22 points and 10 rebounds.

The Hoosiers kept the lead for the first seven minutes of the second half before a 7-0 Illinois run gave it a 50-47 advantage with 12 minutes left.

A pair of Thompson free throws stopped that run. Four Durham free throws and one from Jackson-Davis – combined with some nasty inside defense – gave IU a 54-50 lead.

The Hoosiers edged ahead 64-58 with five minutes left in regulation. Illinois tied it with consecutive three-pointers.

Lander fouled out. Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu and Giorgi Bezhanishvili joined him. Both teams exchanged a pair of free throws.

The Illini’s Frazier hit a pair of free throws — after Rob Phinisee’s fifth foul — for a 68-66 lead with 42 seconds left. IU called a timeout to set up a play that led to an Armaan Franklin layup and … overtime.

Two free throws by two players gave Illinois a 70-68 lead. A Kofi Cockburn dunk was followed by a Thompson basket and a 72-70 score.

The Illini made a free throw with 6.2 seconds left for a three-point lead. Franklin made one free throw, then intentionally missed the next, trying for an IU rebound and tying basket.

But Illinois got the rebound, the foul, two free throws and the victory.

The Hoosiers — with No. 8 Iowa coming to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Sunday — got more heart break to overcome.

“It’s hard in this league,” Miller said. “You have to play well and be super, super tough at the right times.

“We haven’t done that. We have to grow into that. We can play with anybody. We’ve got another opportunity on Sunday against another great team.”

PURDUE MBB: Maryland’s Late Free Throws Stops Purdue 61-60

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Eric Ayala made two free throws with three seconds left, and Maryland scored the final six points to rally past No. 24 Purdue 61-60 on Tuesday night, ruining the Boilermakers’ season debut in the Top 25.

Purdue led 60-55 with 1:43 remaining before Darryl Morsell drilled a 3-pointer and Ayala finished up with three free throws. Ayala made 1 of 2 at the line with 48 seconds to go and hit the final two after missing a layup, collecting his own rebound and getting fouled by Jaden Ivey.

Purdue then committed a turnover before attempting a final shot.

Aaron Wiggins had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Maryland (10-8, 4-7) and Ayala scored 16. The Terps went 8 for 13 from beyond the arc in the second half after going 1 for 12 from long range over the first 20 minutes.

Trevion Williams had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Boilermakers, whose three-game road winning streak ended.

The Boilermakers built a 36-30 lead before successive 3-pointers by Ayala and Wiggins tied the game for the ninth time. After Williams popped a jumper, Wiggins drilled a lengthy 3 to give Maryland its first lead since 9-8.

NO SASHA

The Boilermakers were without guard Sasha Stefanovic, who missed a second straight game following a positive test for COVID-19. Stefanovic is Purdue’s second-leading scorer and the Big Ten’s leading three-point shooter by percentage (45.6).

BUTLER MBB: Butler MBB’s Comeback Bid Falls Short at Marquette, 70-67

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Butler nearly came all the way back from an 18-point second half deficit, only to have a game-tying attempt not find the mark in a 70-67 Marquette win Tuesday in Milwaukee.

Seven second-half three-pointers pulled the Bulldogs back into contention after Marquette took its largest lead of the contest at 48-32 with 12:53 to play.

A Jair Bolden three-pointer pulled Butler within 69-67 with 18 seconds to play before Koby McEwen hit one of two free throws for Marquette. Bolden got a contested look with just a few seconds left on the clock. It was no good and Butler was not able to get back behind the three-point line after the offensive rebound to get another shot at the tie.

Marquette (9-9, 5-7 BIG EAST) shot 62 percent from the field, but the Bulldogs stayed in contention by forcing 21 turnovers.

“Obviously, allowing a team to shoot 60 percent is a huge issue,” said coach LaVall Jordan. “We need to get into the video and get into practice to see what is causing that. But I’m proud of the fight to come all the way back. We had great belief and effort in the second half, but we need that walking in the door.”

Butler scored a season-high 46 points in the second half to spur the comeback. In his second game as a Bulldog and in his first start, Bo Hodges narrowly missed a triple-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds and a career-best eight assists. Chuck Harris led the Bulldogs with 16 points, going 4-of-5 from three-point range.

Bryce Nze went over 1,000 career points in the contest with the first 573 of those coming at Milwaukee before transferring to Butler. He had 13 points, six rebounds and tied a career-high with four steals. Nine of Marquette’s 21 turnovers came on Butler steals. The Bulldogs committed only nine turnovers.

Butler (5-10, 4-8 BIG EAST) went 10-of-23 from three-point range, but made only 13 of their 25 attempts from the free throw line.

McEwen and D.J. Carton led Marquette with 18 points apiece.

Marquette’s 33-21 halftime lead matched its largest advantage of the first 20 minutes. Butler went a meager 8-of-23 during the opening stanza, while the Golden Eagles shot 57 percent. Ten of Carton’s points came in the first half.

The Bulldogs are back in action Saturday, returning to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a noon match-up with DePaul. A limited number of socially-distanced tickets remain for the contest, which will also air on FS1. 

NOTRE DAME MBB: DOMINANT SECOND HALF LEADS IRISH TO 21-POINT WIN OVER WAKE FOREST

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NOTRE DAME, IN. – Thursday’s 79-58 win over Wake Forest in Purcell Pavilion marks the Irish’s fourth win in the last five games played. Notre Dame seems to be changing the momentum in the new year as they dominated Wake Forest, generating a lead as big as 28 points.

Notre Dame showed an aggressive strategy and managed to grab a season high 44 rebounds and force the Deacons to a 34.4 shooting percentage.

Four players from the Irish contributed double digits in points, but Juwan Durham was the standout all-star against the Demon Deacons. His 18 points, four blocks and nine rebounds led the Irish in the blowout victory.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish came out with a fierce mentality keeping the Demon Deacons to just nine points in the first 10 minutes of play and forced three turnovers during that stretch. Durham led the charge for Notre Dame in the first half as he managed to block three shots, stop five major plays and add 11 points to the scoreboard. Despite a late push by Wake Forest, Notre Dame was able to stay in the lead and headed into the locker room with a 35-32 advantage.

Notre Dame carried the momentum of the first half into the second with a hot 16-0 run to begin the stanza, including three 3-pointers from Prentiss Hubb and Trey Wertz. The Irish continued to put on a show with five electric dunks. The Irish put the clamps on Wake Forest defensively, too, forcing a 29.4 second-half shooting percentage from the visitors. The Irish dominated, posting a final score of 79-58.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Durham was a key player for the Irish on both sides of the court. Durham led the Irish with 18 points on the board. His defensive skills were also on full display with four blocks, a steal and nine rebounds.

STAT OF THE GAME

Notre Dame attacked the game with a strong defensive strategy and managed to block a season high nine shots in tonight’s game.

NOTES OF THE GAME

Notre Dame continues to lead the all-time series against Wake Forest, improving its record against the Deacons to 7-4

Tonight’s win means the Irish have won four of their last five games, all coming in ACC play.

The Irish grabbed 44 rebounds, beating their 2020-21 season record

Hubb managed to earn his fourth career double-double tonight after scoring 10 points and assisting in another 10 plays

Hubb’s 10 assists boost him to sixth place in Irish history for assists in a single ACC season. He is on track to beat his own personal record. 

Durham is now ranked number fourth in Irish history for career blocked shots with 160 total

Nikola Djogo contributed eight rebounds, setting a season-high

UP NEXT

The Irish will be on the road this Saturday night at 8 p.m. EST to take on Georgia Tech.  Game coverage will be on ACCN.

BALL STATE MBB: Buffalo Outlasts Cards With Big Second Half

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MUNCIE – Ishmael El-Amin scored a game-high 22 points but a big second half from visiting Buffalo led to a 78-58 loss for the Ball State men’s basketball team Tuesday night at Worthen Arena. Buffalo (7-6, 5-4) led 33-32 at halftime but took control of the game right after the break. Ball State (6-9, 4-6) also got 11 points each from Jarron Coleman and Brachen Hazen.

Ball State led 17-10 midway through the first half, and the two teams traded buckets down the stretch. The Cardinals led 30-28 at the final media timeout of the half before a couple quick buckets put Buffalo up a point at halftime.

Buffalo got 22 points and 16 rebounds from Josh Mballa and Ronaldo Segu added 20 points and hit five 3-pointers.

TURNING POINT: Buffalo scored the first 12 points after halftime to go up 45-32 and take command of the game. BSU cut it to 10 a couple times but Buffalo always answered. The final 20-point margin was the largest lead of the night for the Bulls, who won both meetings against the Cardinals this season.

STRAIGHT FROM THE COACH: “Buffalo is a good team. I thought we did a lot of good things out there tonight, but made our share of mistakes, especially the turnovers,” head coach James Whitford said. “We had a tough shooting night, that was part of the story. But we really worked together and got a lot of good shots. In my eyes, this was closer than the final score. We played well enough to be in there. They’re so physical and that’s not our strength. But we were connected defensively and we competed on the glass much better. We did some good things and we’re trying to see those too.”

BOOGIE’S BEST: Coleman, the 2020 MAC Freshman of the Year who has recently come back from injury, had his best game so far. He grabbed eight rebounds and added four assists over 30 minutes. Whitford noted to the team that his size and physicality and having a good rebounding guard is helping the Cardinals.

BETTER ON THE BOARDS: Last month at Buffalo, the Cardinals were out-rebounded by UB 53-39. That was an emphasis Tuesday and the Cardinals showed improvement. The two teams grabbed 12 offensive boards each and Buffalo was just plus-4 on the glass.

FINALLY AT HOME: Tuesday night was just the fifth home game of the season for BSU, which has had two home games postponed. The five homes games is the fewest in the conference.

UP NEXT: The Cards stay home home this weekend in a nationally-televised game this Saturday. Toledo, the league leader at 11-1, visits Worthen for a noon tip on CBS Sports Network.

MIAMI MBB: RedHawks Drop 77-68 Decision at Kent State

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KENT, Ohio—In a game of runs that included a brilliant stretch for the RedHawks late in the first half, the Miami University men’s basketball team came up short at Kent State University on Tuesday evening inside the M.A.C. Center, 77-68. Sophomore guard Dae Dae Grant led Miami with 17 points as the RedHawks dropped to 8-6 on the season and 5-4 in Mid-American Conference play. Kent State improved to 10-4 overall and 7-3 in the MAC.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Kent State opened up a quick 6-0 lead, but triples by senior forward Dalonte Brown and Grant knotted things up at 15:44. The Golden Flashes pushed ahead with an 8-0 run, and led by as many as 10 early in the opening half.

With KSU leading by seven, the RedHawks manufactured a 17-0 run, with 10 points coming from Grant during the rally, to take a 32-22 lead by the 3:33 mark.

Miami pushed its lead to 11 points off a junior Mekhi Lairy triple at the 1:56 mark to make it 35-24. KSU outscored Miami 6-2 over the final minutes as the RedHawks held a 37-30 cushion at the half.

Senior forward Precious Ayah opened up the second-half scoring with a field goal at 19:31 to give Miami a 39-30 advantage, but the Golden Flashes retaliated with a 13-0 run to take a 43-39 lead with 12:37 to play.

KSU extended its lead to 11 in the second half, 54-43, but Miami had an 8-0 spurt to close within three, 54-51 off a Lairy layup at 6:32. An Ayah three-point play at 5:33 again moved Miami within three, 57-54, but that was as close as the RedHawks would get.

GAME NOTES:

Ayah had a season high 11 points for the RedHawks, nine coming in the second half. It was his first double-figure scoring effort of the season.

In addition to his team-leading 17 points, Grant added six rebounds and four assists to his stat line.

Lairy was the other RedHawk to score in double figures with 13 points. He chipped in six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Brown had nine points and led Miami with seven rebounds.

UP NEXT:

Miami continues a two-game road swing as the RedHawks travel to Buffalo for a 5 p.m. game on Saturday, Feb. 6.

DAYTON MBB: Men’s Basketball Falls At Duquesne, 69-64

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PITTSBURGH – The University of Dayton Flyers couldn’t climb all the way out of a 20+ point hole they put themselves in, losing in the first game at newly-renovated UMPC Cooper Fieldhouse at Duquesne, 69-64.

Jalen Crutcher ended the game one off of his career high, tallying 29 points to lead all scorers.  Freshmen Mustapha Amzil and R.J. Blakney both reached double figures.  Amzil had 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his first career double-double, and Blakney reached double figures for the first time in his career with 10 off the bench.

GAME BREAKDOWN

1st Half:  Duquesne 39, Dayton 24

Duquesne opened up its new home court on fire, scoring the first five points of the game and taking an 11-1 lead before Dayton made its first field goal

The Dukes made their first six shots from the field to lead 15-5 at the 15:07 mark.

Duquesne took it out to a 14-point advantage at the 11:55 and 7:31 media breaks, and led 31-14 with 3:27 left in the half.

Jalen Crutcher led UD with 15 points, including the Flyers’ last 10 over the last 2:38 of the half.

Crutcher made six of eight field goals, while the rest of the Dayton team made just four of 18 for a first-half field goal percentage of 35%.  UD shot 22% (2-16) from three.

Duquesne’s hot start propelled the Dukes for a 57% (16-28) first half FG%.

2nd Half:  Duquesne 69, Dayton 64

Duquesne maintained its comfortable margin deep into the second half, leading by 17 at the first media timeout, by 18 at the second and 19 by the third.  Dayton trailed by as much as 22 points.

The Flyers outscored the Dukes 25-11 the rest of the way.

UD got the margin to 10 points (62-52) with 2:55 left, but could not get it to single digits until four possession later (66-57 with 57 seconds to go).

Dayton scored the last four points of the game in the game’s final 11 seconds to make the final 69-64.

The Flyers shot 47% in the in the second half, and made six-of-19 three-pointers.

Duquesne was held to 36% from the floor, and missed all seven of its three-point attempts.

BY THE NUMBERS

Jalen Crutcher’s 28 points were the fifth time he scored at least 23 points in 10 Atlantic 10 games.

He also had six assists and three steals.

Mustapha Amzil scored all 11 of his points, nine of his 11 rebounds and all three of his blocked shots in the second half.

R.J. Blakney scored eight of his 10 points in the second half.

UP NEXT

Dayton is back home on Friday, playing George Mason.

Game time is 7 p.m. ET.

BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK

  • A busy slate of Big Ten women’s basketball games is on tap this week, with five conference games on Thursday and six more on Sunday. Thursday’s schedule features a tripleheader on BTN and the FOX Sports app, while Sunday’s game pitting Indiana at Iowa will be televised live nationally on ESPN2.
  • On Monday, Northwestern junior guard Veronica Burton narrowly missed posting the fifth triple-double by a Big Ten player this season, finishing with 20 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and nine assists in the Wildcats’ 69-57 win over No. 11/11 Ohio State at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Burton is the first Big Ten player to record those totals in a single game since Feb. 27, 2016, when Michigan State’s Aerial Powers had 23 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists in a 107-105 triple-overtime win over Ohio State.
  • Several midseason award watch lists have been announced this week and Big Ten players feature prominently on those charts. Michigan’s Naz Hillmon and Rutgers’ Arella Guirantes are on the John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 List, while Guirantes also joins Maryland’s Ashley Owusu on the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Top 10 List (given to the nation’s top shooting guard). Indiana’s Ali Patberg and Rutgers’ Diamond Johnson were also tabbed for the Nancy Lieberman Award Top 10 List (nation’s top point guard), with the Lieberman and Drysdale awards among the “positional five” honors presented annually by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (the remaining three positional top-10 lists will be revealed later this week).
  • Iowa swept Monday’s Big Ten weekly women’s basketball awards, with junior forward/center Monika Czinano earning Player of the Week honors and guard Caitlin Clark securing her eighth Freshman of the Week citation. Clark ties Penn State’s Maggie Lucas (2010-11) for the second-most Freshman of the Week awards in conference history, topped only by Nebraska’s Jessica Shepard (10 in 2015-16).
  • The Big Ten leads all NCAA Division I conferences with six schools in the top 25 and eight in the top 40 of the latest NCAA NET (NCAA Evaluation Tool) rankings released Tuesday. The current NET rankings are linked above and also listed on page 3 of the PDF version of this release.
  • Five Big Ten programs, the second-most of any Division I conference, are appearing in the latest Associated Press and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/USA Today Top 25 polls, with another receiving votes in one or both polls. Nine different Big Ten teams have been ranked or receiving votes in one or both polls at some point this season.
  • According to Tuesday’s NCAA statistics report, the Big Ten leads all Division I conferences in scoring (75.0 ppg.) and field-goal percentage (.438), while ranking second in rebounds (39.0 rpg.) and assists (15.8 apg.).
  • The Big Ten leads the nation with five teams among the top 15 in the country (including three in the top 10 and the country’s No. 1 and 3 teams) in scoring offense. Maryland leads the nation in scoring at 92.0 points per game, followed by Iowa (3rd – 88.5), Ohio State (12th – 82.3), Michigan (13th – 81.5) and Rutgers (14th – 81.4). No other conference has more than two teams among the top 15 in the nation in scoring offense.
  • The Big Ten is also tops among all conferences with four programs in the nation’s top 15 in field-goal percentage. Iowa is No. 2 in the nation (.515), followed by Michigan (10th – .480), Maryland (14th – .474) and Rutgers (15th – .473). No other conference has more than two schools in the top 15 nationally in field-goal percentage.
  • Indiana recorded the 800th victory in program history on Sunday, defeating Michigan State, 79-67 in Bloomington. The Hoosiers are 800-648 (.552) in 47 seasons of varsity competition and are the ninth current Big Ten program to reach that milestone, joining Ohio State (1,071), Maryland (1,041), Rutgers (967), Penn State (961), Purdue (886), Iowa (870), Michigan State (853) and Nebraska (819).
  • Penn State earned its third consecutive road win Sunday with an 80-70 victory at Purdue. It’s the first time the Lady Lions have won three in a row on the road since the 2013-14 season, when they won seven straight road games from Jan. 5-Feb. 13, 2014.
  • Iowa junior forward/center Monika Czinano set what is believed to be a Big Ten record for most consecutive made field goals with a streak of 18 in a row (last three vs. Purdue on Jan. 18; first 15 vs. Northwestern on Jan. 28). Czinano finished with 34 points on 17-of-19 shooting (tying for the third-most field goals ever in a conference game) in Iowa’s 87-80 loss to Northwestern. Her streak was one more than the previous best, shared by Iowa’s Megan Gustafson (17 in a row over three games from Nov. 9-17, 2018) and Indiana’s Mackenzie Holmes (last four in the final game of last season vs. Maryland in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals; all 13 in the Hoosiers’ season opener vs. Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 25).
  • Maryland recorded its 100th regular-season Big Ten win on Jan. 28 with a 92-52 conquest of Michigan State at the XFINITY Center. The Terrapins, who are 100-13 (.885) in regular-season conference play since joining the Big Ten in 2014-15, are the second-fastest team to 100 wins since the Big Ten began women’s basketball regular season play in 1982-83. Ohio State reached the 100-win milestone in 109 games (100-9) from 1982-83 through its 1988-89 conference opener.
  • Also on Jan. 28, Maryland’s Brenda Frese picked up her 498th win with the Terrapins, one shy of tying her predecessor, Chris Weller (499-286, .636 from 1975-2002), for the most coaching victories in program history. Frese is 498-130 (.793) in 19 seasons in College Park, with a 555-160 (.776) record in 22 seasons overall, including two at Ball State and one at Minnesota.
  • The Big Ten continues to be one of the most competitive and deepest conferences in the country this season. In fact, since the calendar turned to 2021, more than half (24) of the 47 conference games played in January have been decided by 10 points or less, including two overtime games. Since Jan. 13, 14 of 28 Big Ten games were decided by single digits, with 13 of those in doubt inside the final two minutes.
  • For the seventh consecutive season, all Big Ten games during conference play are being televised live on BTN, the ESPN family of networks or streamed live on Big Ten Network+. The most current schedule of Big Ten women’s basketball games on TV is online at bigten.org/B1GWBBTV.
  • The Big Ten is in position to set a new conference record for the best non-conference winning percentage in regular-season games in a single campaign, currently posting an .846 (44-8) mark to date — the previous record was set last year when conference teams went .788 (123-33) in non-conference play. This year’s record includes three non-conference wins over Top 25 teams — Maryland 115-96 over No. 14 Arkansas on Nov. 29 (a Big Ten record for points against a ranked team); Michigan 76-66 at No. RV/23 Notre Dame on Dec. 3; Iowa 82-80 over No. RV/24 Iowa State on Dec. 9.
  • On Nov. 23, the Big Ten released its 2020-21 conference schedule, which will see schools play 20 Big Ten games, up two from the previous two seasons. Schools will play seven opponents twice (home and away) and the other six once (three at home and three on the road). To account for the additional games and preserve flexibility in the schedule, the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament has been moved to March 9-13 and will continue to be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
  • On Oct. 23, the Big Ten Conference announced the launch of the ‘United As One’ social justice campaign. ‘United As One’ is among several conference-wide Equality Coalition initiatives dedicated to constructively and collectively recognizing and eliminating racism and hate in our society by creating resources for inclusion, empowerment and accountability.
  • The Big Ten Conference established the Equality Coalition in 2020 with 227 members including presidents and chancellors, directors of athletics, coaches, student-athletes, conference and school administrators, alumni, families and friends representing all 14 institutions.

NOTRE DAME WBB: Maya Dodson Transfers to Notre Dame

Eligible to play for the 2021-22 season

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – “Here Come the Irish” seems to be taking on a new meaning as of late for the Notre Dame women’s basketball team. The Irish first received an immediate boost from early enrollee Olivia Miles, and have now bolstered their lineup for the 2021-22 season in Stanford transfer Maya Dodson, who signed her NLI on Tuesday.  

The 6-3 forward from Alpharetta, Georgia, had previously opted out of her senior season at Stanford. In just three years with the Cardinal, Dodson already worked herself into the program’s all-time top-10 in career blocks (78) and career field goal percentage (.497). 

“I am thrilled to welcome Maya Dodson to our Notre Dame family,” Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Notre Dame Head Coach Niele Ivey stated. “She is a program changer and the perfect fit for the culture that I am cultivating. She is highly driven with an incredible skillset and work ethic. She brings great experience and leadership to a very young and talented core. I can’t wait to get to work with her!”

BALL STATE WBB: Women’s Basketball Heads To Central Michigan For MAC Action Wednesday

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Game 14

Ball State (8-5, 6-3 MAC) vs. Central Michigan (10-3, 8-3 MAC)

Mount Pleasant, Mich. | McGuirk Arena

Watch: ESPN+ | Listen: Muncie Sports Station (102.9 FM/1340 AM) | Live Stats

Game Notes: Ball State (PDF) | Central Michigan

Opening Tip:

• Wednesday’s contest at CMU is part one of the two-game Mid-American Conference series when Ball State travels to McGuirk Arena for a 5 p.m. ET tip-off. Last season, Ball State fell at the start of league play to the Chippewas in their first meeting, 39-66 on Jan. 15, 2020 in Mt. Pleasant. But the Cardinals returned the favor on their home court in Worthen Arena last year handing the then MAC undefeated Chippewas a 67-62 loss on Feb. 29. At the time, CMU held an No. 15 RPI ranking prior to BSU’s upset.

• Wednesday’s game against Central Michigan will mark the 82nd time the teams have met, with the Chippewas leading the all-time series record, 43-38. CMU has won five of the last six meetings over the Cardinals.

• Ball State is looking to extend its win streak to five at CMU. The Cardinals have been on a roll since their 88-85 overtime victory at Ohio on Jan. 13. Since then, BSU has taking down Eastern Michigan (68-64), Miami (85-82) and Western Michigan (78-71). Ball State’s last four wins have been decided by seven points or less.

• Ball State is one of only two teams that were able to beat the Chippewas last year. The only other team to defeat CMU was Toledo.

• CMU has won its last three contests after defeating Akron (92-69), Toledo (83-74) and Buffalo (66-62).

• Ball State and Central Michigan first met in 1977-78 on Jan. 14 in Muncie, Ind., resulting in a 70-66 victory for the Cardinals.

Sallee In the Month of February:

Teams tend to turn up the heat in MAC action starting in February in order to put themselves in a strong position for seeding in the Mid-American Conference Tournament in March. In the month of February under ninth-year head coach Brady Sallee the Cardinals’ overall record is 35-24 (.593) in the month of February dating back to Sallee’s first season in 2012-13 with his best showing being 6-1 in 2016-17.

Brownie Points:

Behind senior forward Oshlynn Brown’s career high 33 points, the Ball State women’s basketball team was able to lead the entire contest and hold off a tenacious Miami team at the end for a 85-82 victory on Jan. 27 in Worthen Arena. Perseverance to get inside the paint (40-22) was ultimately the statistic that allowed the Cardinals to seal the win over the visiting RedHawks. Ball State also scored 15 second chance points and was sent to the line 45 times, with Brown shooting a program record 26 free throws. Brown also pulled down 15 rebounds for her 39th career double-double. .

Consistent Clephane:

Redshirt sophomore Anna Clephane led the Cardinals charge with a career best 24-points at Ohio. Clephane made some key baskets at some crucial times to give Ball State the 88-85 overtime road win at Ohio on Jan. 13. Clephane continues playing a vital role to the Cardinals success after scoring 16 points in a 68-64 victory at Eastern Michigan on Jan. 23. Clephane knocked down a last second 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter that sent the Cardinals into a 20-12 scoring spree in the second period to take the 56-41 lead at intermission. She also brought BSU back to life on many occasions against the RedHawks ending the night with 12 on Jan. 27 and then scored 14 points at WMU on Jan. 30. Currently, Clephane ranks fifth on the team in overall scoring (10.6 ppg) and third in MAC games only (12.2 ppg.).

1,000 Points, 1,000 Rebounds:

Senior Oshlynn Brown currently has 1,238 career points and 940 rebounds. Brown needs 60 rebounds to hit 1,000. Brown will become only the second player in Ball State women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 points and rebounds. Former Cardinal Emma Jones (1984-87) so far is the lone player in program history to get 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

Rebound That Basketball:

Senior forward Oshlynn Brown is moving up the all-time rebounds list at Ball State. She currently ranks 4th with 940 rebounds. Brown needs 46 rebounds to take sole possession of the third spot which is currently held by former Cardinal Nathalie Fontaine (2012-16) with 985 rebounds. Brown needs 69 rebounds to become the BSU’s all-time leader in that category which is currently owned by for Cardinal Emma Jones (1984-87) with 1,028 rebounds.

Where BSU Ranks In The MAC:

Senior forward Oshlynn Brown ranks second in Mid-American Conference games only averaging 12.4 rebounds per contest while teammate sophomore point guard Sydney Freeman also comes in second in minutes played averaging 37.6 minutes per contest. Currently, the Cardinals sit in fifth in the current MAC standings as of Feb. 1, 2021.

VALPO WBB: Women’s Basketball Welcomes Bradley to ARC Thursday and Friday

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Valparaiso (6-8, 2-5 MVC)

Games #15/16 – Feb. 4/5 – 6 p.m/6 p.m.

Bradley (10-6, 6-3 MVC)

Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The first half of the MVC schedule comes to a close for the Valpo women’s basketball team at the ARC this week, as another tough series awaits the Brown and Gold with Bradley coming to town. Friday night’s game will serve as the program’s Heart Health Awareness game, with all family members attending the game and fans watching from home encouraged to wear red in support of National Wear Red and Give Day.

Previously: Valpo fell in a pair of games against #RV/25 Missouri State last weekend, dropping a 61-51 decision on Saturday before losing in a 74-73 heartbreaker on Sunday on three free throws with 0.8 seconds to play. Shay Frederick led Valpo with 23 points in the first game of the series, while Carie Weinman and Caitlin Morrison tallied 20 points apiece in the Sunday contest.

Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN+

Radio: WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso)

Live Stats/Streaming Audio: Available via ValpoAthletics.com

Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans (31-44) is in her third season as head coach of the Valpo women’s basketball program in 2020-21. Evans led the Valpo program to a remarkable season across the board in 2019-20, one that concluded among the nation’s top turnarounds from the season before. Valpo posted a 17-12 record in Evans’ second season at the helm, the 17 wins the most by a Valpo team since the 2006-07 campaign and the 10th-most in a single season in program history. Valpo improved its record by 10.5 games over the previous season in 2019-20, tied for the sixth-best improvement in Division I.

Series Notes: The Braves lead the all-time series over Valpo, 11-2, and are 5-1 in six matchups since Valpo joined the MVC prior to the 2017-18 season. Last season, Bradley earned a season sweep, winning 75-61 at the ARC and 90-69 in Peoria. Caitlin Morrison scored in double figures in both contests against the Braves, while Shay Frederick scored a team-best 18 points in the road defeat.

@ValpoWBB…

…and @ValleyHoops

– Valpo has been picked to finish in seventh place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 176 points.

– Valpo is in its fourth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference in 2020-21.

– The Valley was ranked eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.

…looking back at last year

– Valpo finished the 2019-20 campaign with a 17-12 overall record, a 10.5-game improvement over the previous year ‑ good for sixth-best nationally.

– Valpo jumped 172 spots in the RPI from the previous year, the largest leap for any D-I team in the nation.

– Valpo’s 17 wins marked the most by a Valpo team since 2006-07.

– The Brown and Gold finished in sixth place in the MVC standings with a 9-9 record – the program’s best finish since joining The Valley.

– The .500 record in conference play was the program’s first since 2008-09.

– Valpo closed the regular season strong, going 6-3 in the second half of MVC play.

– Grace Hales earned Honorable Mention All-Conference accolades, while Carie Weinman was named to the MVC All-Defensive Team.

– As a team, Valpo set the program’s single-season record for free throw percentage (.792), while Hales broke the program’s individual single-season record in the category (.890).

…versus Missouri State – Sunday

– Valpo’s 73 points were the most surrendered by Missouri State in a game this season.

– Caitlin Morrison and Carie Weinman tied for game-high honors with 20 points apiece. For Morrison, it was her second effort of at least 20 points in MVC play, joining the win at Illinois State.

– Morrison connected on five 3-pointers to match a career high. The senior also picked up a blocked shot in the second half, giving her 98 career rejections to tie her for fourth in program history in the category.

– Meanwhile, Weinman posted her 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including a 3-of-4 mark from deep, for her fourth performance of 20 or more points this year.

– Shay Frederick led Valpo with eight rebounds and seven assists, both of which were one shy of her career high.

– Frederick’s effort on the boards helped Valpo finish the game with a 39-34 advantage on the glass over a Missouri State squad which entered the game outrebounding opponents by over 10 boards per game this year. In fact, the last time the Lady Bears were outrebounded by five or more came against Stanford in the 2019 Sweet Sixteen.

– The Brown and Gold knocked down 11 triples and connected on 40.7% from deep, their sixth game this year reaching double figures in 3-pointers and the second time they’ve hit at least 40% while connecting on at least 10.

…versus Missouri State – Saturday

– Shay Frederick finished with a game-high 23 points, her fourth effort of at least 20 points this year — three of which have come in MVC play.

– Frederick scored 11 of her points in the second quarter and 10 points in the fourth quarter, the second time in MVC play this year she has scored 10+ in two quarters in the same game.

– Frederick was the only Valpo player in double figures, however, as Carie Weinman was next in line with nine points. Weinman also handed out a team-high four assists without committing a turnover.

– Valpo shot just 28.1% overall (16-of-57) and 25.8% (8-of-31) from 3-point range on Saturday.

– Valpo’s defense kept it in the game despite the offensive struggles, as it held Missouri State to 39% shooting from the field and a 1-of-11 mark from the 3-point line.

– The Lady Bears’ 61 points tied their lowest output in MVC play this year, while their one 3-pointer tied a season low from behind the stripe (Wake Forest).

– Valpo has limited four opponents this season to one 3-pointer or fewer.

…looking ahead

– Valpo returns to the road for the first time in nearly a month next week, as it plays at Indiana State Feb. 11-12.

– The Brown and Gold then return home for their final home games of the season Feb. 19-20 as they host Evansville.

…at the ARC

– Thursday and Friday are Valpo’s eighth and ninth home games of the season. It currently is 3-4 at the ARC after falling twice to Missouri State.

– Valpo finished home nonconference play 2-0 with wins over Western Michigan and Xavier.

– This marks the fewest nonconference home games since the 1994-95 team also played just two out-of-conference games at the ARC.

– Valpo was a perfect 4-0 in nonconference home games last season and finished the year with an 8-5 overall home record – the program’s best mark at the ARC since 2012-13.

@BradleyWBB

– Bradley enters this week’s two-game series at 10-6 overall and 6-3 in MVC play.

– The Braves have lost two of their last three, however, after reeling off five consecutive victories.

– Junior Lasha Petree leads a dynamic Bradley offense with an MVC-high 19.3 points/game, while senior Gabi Haack ranks third in the Valley with 16.0 points/game and senior Nyjah White adds 10.3 points/game.

Playing as Scheduled

– For just the second time in MVC play, Valpo is playing a series as originally scheduled with this week’s series against Bradley.

– Prior to this week, only Valpo’s series against UNI (Jan. 7-8) was played as originally scheduled in conference play.

– After making it through nonconference play without a single game having to be postponed or canceled, Valpo has faced a myriad of rescheduled outings so far in MVC play.

– The first domino was the postponement of the series at Illinois State from Jan. 1-2. That series was rescheduled to Jan. 14-15, forcing the movement of the Missouri State series to Jan. 30-31.

– Jan. 14, it was announced that the series at Southern Illinois (scheduled for Jan. 22-23) was postponed until Feb. 27-28.

– Then, on Jan. 16, the conference announced that the Loyola game at the ARC, originally set for Jan. 27, would be moved up to Jan. 19.

A Heartbreaking Loss

– It looked like Valpo was going to emerge with just its second win over a ranked opponent in program history on Sunday before three free throws with 0.8 seconds to play gave #RV/25 Missouri State a 74-73 win.

– That was the final of five lead changes in the last two minutes of the game against the Lady Bears.

– Valpo’s only previous win over a nationally-ranked team came over #21/23 Purdue on Dec. 10, 2008, while the only other closer result against a ranked team than Sunday’s one-point loss came on Dec. 28, 1997, when Valpo took #25/RV Arkansas to overtime before falling.

– Sunday’s defeat was Valpo’s first one-point loss since dropping a 67-66 decision in Horizon League play at Wright State on Jan. 31, 2013, eight years to the day.

Front-Loaded Conference Slate

– With half of the MVC teams currently ranked among the top-100 in the NET, a team is going to be faced with many challenging tests throughout the conference schedule.

– But for Valpo, most of those tests have come at the front end of the slate.

– The games against Bradley will be Valpo’s seventh and eighth top-100 opponents through its first nine MVC games.

– By contrast, the second half of Valpo’s MVC conference schedule will feature just two top-100 games. In fact, after Friday, Valpo won’t face another top-100 opponent until the final weekend of the regular season.

Claiming Top 100 Wins

– With the MVC a top-8 conference last year by RPI and this year by NET, it gives Valpo plenty of opportunities for top-100 wins, and the team has taken advantage.

– Valpo opened MVC play this year with a win over UNI, currently ranked #72 in the NET, which is being used by the NCAA for women’s basketball this year.

– Valpo then won at Illinois State Jan. 15, which entered that week ranked #37 in the NET and is currently ranked #70.

– With that win over the Redbirds coming on the road, Valpo currently owns a Quadrant 1 victory, one of just three MVC schools with a Q1 win this year (Missouri State-5; Bradley-1).

– Valpo now has four top-100 wins in MVC play over the last two years, having beaten Illinois State and UNI in the second half of last year’s conference slate.

– Prior to last year’s win at Illinois State, Valpo had gone nearly seven years since its last top-100 win.

Competing in the MVC

– Now in its fourth season as an MVC member, Valpo has turned a corner in being competitive within conference play.

– Over its first two and a half seasons in the MVC, Valpo posted an 11-34 conference record, with eight of those wins coming against just two programs: Evansville and Loyola.

– But since the midway point of last season, Valpo owns a 8-8 record and has defeated six different schools in that time frame.

– You can especialy see the difference in Valpo’s play on the road. The Brown and Gold are 4-2 in their last six MVC road games after starting their tenure in the MVC 4-19 in its first 23 conference road games.

Double-Digit Quarters

– Valpo has been feeding the hot hand throughout its MVC games so far, resulting in players scoring 10+ in a single period, and did so again last weekend against Missouri State.

– On Saturday, Shay Frederick scored 11 points in the second quarter and 10 in the fourth quarter.

– Frederick now owns six double-digit quarters in MVC play this year and has scored 10+ points in the fourth quarter four times in seven conference games.

– Then on Sunday, the third quarter saw Carie Weinman score 12 points and Grace White score 10 points.

– The weekend came to a close with Caitlin Morrison posting a 14-point fourth quarter.

– It marked the first time since the move to quarters prior to the 2015-16 season that three different Valpo players had a 10+ point quarter in the same game.

– Valpo players have combined for 12 double-digit scoring quarters in MVC play so far this year, already the most within conference play in a single seasosn since the move to quarters.

A Normal(ish?) Nonconference

– With all that has happened this year, Valpo had about as normal a nonconference schedule as could be expected.

– All seven of the games that were announced prior to the season were played on their scheduled date, with no postponements or cancellations.

– With that, it was still a truncated nonconference slate, as Valpo played just seven games over a span of 23 days.

– The seven nonconference games are the fewest Valpo has played in a single season since first joining a conference prior to the 1987-88 campaign.

– It also is the fewest games prior to the team’s first conference game since the 1999-2000 squad opened Mid-Con play with a single game in early December after just four nonconference games.

– Valpo finished the pre-conference slate with a 4-3 record after going 8-3 in pre-conference play last year. Before last season, Valpo had finished at or above .500 in pre-conference action just once in the last 10 years.

A Winning Calendar Year

­- When 2020 came to a close, the program had finished with a winning calendar year.

– Valpo went 9-9 in January, February and March, and then went 4-3 in November and December to post a 13-12 record.

– 2020 was the first winning calendar year for the program since going 20-10 in 2007.

A B1G Victory…and Another

– The Dec. 6 win was the second win in program history over Purdue, and the first since dropping the nationally-ranked Boilermakers at the ARC on Dec. 10, 2008.

– The win at Illinois marked Valpo’s first-ever win over the Illini, as the Brown and Gold were previously 0-4 in the series – all four losses coming by at least 19 points.

– Valpo defeated multiple Big Ten teams in the same season for the first time in program history.

– The victory at Illinois was Valpo’s first over a Big Ten team — or any Power Five program, for that matter — since taking down Indiana 64-52 at the ARC to open the 2012-13 campaign.

– After entering the season with just one road win all-time against Big Ten opponents, Valpo now has three such victories.

– B1G teams owned a 39-4 record in home nonconference games this year; Valpo is responsible for two of the four losses.

– Valpo is the first team with multiple nonconference road wins at Big Ten programs since 2017-18.

…and Then a Big Win

– Valpo rolled to an easy win over Western Michigan in its home opener, leading by double figures for the final 31 minutes en route to the 24-point win.

– The 24-point margin of victory was Valpo’s largest over a MAC school since defeating WMU 88-54 way back in December 1996.

Taking Down Power Five Teams

– This year’s squad becomes the third team in program history to defeat two teams from Power Five conferences in the same season.

– The 2001-02 team beat Wake Forest and Michigan, while the 2008-09 squad defeated Florida State in addition to Purdue.

– This year’s team is the first to earn two true road wins over Power Five programs, however.

– In all, the wins over Illinois and Purdue were Valpo’s ninth and 10th victories over Power Five programs in team history – see page five of the notes for a table of all 10 wins.

– The win over Xavier was the ninth in program history against a current Big East program, but victories over Butler were responsible for the other eight wins.

Erasing Double-Digit Deficits

– The MVC-opening win against UNI featured Valpo rallying from an 11-point deficit to win – its second win when trailing by double figures this year.

– Against Xavier, Valpo found itself down by as many as 12 points in the first quarter before eventually earning the win.

– Eight times in Mary Evans’ tenure as head coach has Valpo erased a double-figure deficit in a victory – last year’s team did so four times, while the 2018-19 team did so twice. Seven of those wins have come since the last time Valpo surrendered a double-digit lead in a loss (Feb. 15, 2019).

– The speed with which Valpo has turned around and gained a lead when trailing by double figures in both this year’s wins has been impressive – versus Xavier, Valpo went from down 12 to leading in just 3:10, and then in the win over UNI, Valpo went from down 10 to leading in just 3:05..

Big Ten Challenges

– Of Valpo’s seven nonconference games, three were against Big Ten programs – Illinois, Purdue and Wisconsin.

– Valpo had played three Big Ten teams over Mary Evans’ first two seasons – Illinois in 2018-19; Ohio State and Northwestern in 2019-20.

– This is the first time in program history Valpo faced three Big Ten opponents in a single season.

– The games at Illinois and Purdue came back to back, the first consecutive games against Big Ten foes for Valpo since opening the 2006-07 season at Northwestern and Indiana.

Just Win, Baby, Win

– The 2019-20 Valpo squad had one of the top turnarounds in program history from the previous year and one of the best turnarounds in the nation.

– Last year’s squad more than doubled the win total from the prior season, as the 2018-19 team went 8-24 overall, while the 2019-20 squad went 17-12.

– It was the second-largest improvement in the win column from one year to the next in program history, trailing only the 2001-02 team, which improved an astounding 19 wins from the previous season (7-22 -> 26-7).

– Valpo’s 10.5 game improvement last year was sixth-best nationally, while the program’s 172-spot jump in the RPI was the largest leap in the nation.

– Valpo’s 17 wins made it the program’s winningest campaign since 2006-07.

– The wins came in non-conference play, where Valpo posted an 8-3 record – the best pre-conference mark in program history.

– The wins came away from home, as Valpo went 9-5 in true road games – the most road wins since the 2001-02 team won nine true road games.

– The wins came when the schedule shifted to MVC action, as Valpo finished 9-9 in MVC play – its first .500 or better record in league play since 2008-09 – in a conference which finished the season ranked eighth nationally in RPI.

– The 9-9 mark in MVC play was a six-win improvement over the previous year.

– Per WarrenNolan.com, Valpo’s record in games outside of quadrant 1 opponents was an impressive 17-4.

Threes and Thieves

– As head coach Mary Evans has implemented her preferred style of play on both ends of the court through her first two years at the helm, Valpo fans have come to know that they’ll see 3-pointers and they’ll see steals when the team takes the floor.

– Valpo paced the Valley last season in both 3-pointers/game (8.6) and steals/game (10.3).

– Valpo finished last year ranked 14th nationally in 3-pointers/game and 27th in steals/game.

– Last year’s squad made 250 3-pointers, second-most in a single season in program history – trailing only the 276 triples by the 2018-19 team.

– In Evans’ first two seasons, Valpo connected on 14 or more 3-pointers in a single game five times after doing so just eight times total before her arrival.

– Valpo tallied double digits in steals 16 times last year, highlighted by a 20-steal performance at Evansville – the program’s highest single-game steals total since 2003.

– With 300 steals, last year’s team finished the campaign eighth in program history in the category. The 2001-02 team (330 steals) is the only Valpo team in the last quarter-century to have registered more steals.

Starters, Assemble

– A trio of Valpo starters have extensive streaks of consecutive games started which are ongoing.

– Shay Frederick has started 56 consecutive games dating back to the middle of her freshman year.

– Carie Weinman and Caitlin Morrison have both made 43 starts in a row.

– The three were members of a quintet which started every single game in the 2019-20 season – the first time in program history the same five players started every game.

DAYTON WBB: Women’s Basketball Wins In OT At Saint Louis

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ST. LOUIS – The University of Dayton women’s basketball team battled Saint Louis for 45 minutes Tuesday to pick up a 59-52 victory in overtime.

Dayton (8-1, 7-0 A-10) kept its streak alive and defeated a tough Billiken (4-3, 2-3 A-10) squad.

COACH’S COMMENTS

“I am so proud of our team and the toughness we displayed for 45 minutes,” said head coach Shauna Green. “A complete team effort and a lot of people who made big plays throughout. Saint Louis is a really good team and it’s always very hard to get a win there.”

KEY MOMENT

OT – Dayton dominated the overtime period defensively, only allowing one basket in the final minute, outscoring Saint Louis 9-2.

GAME BREAKDOWN

1st Quarter: Dayton 10, Saint Louis 4

Both teams got off to a slow start with the Flyers going scoreless and the Billikens having just three points in the first three minutes.

Freshman Tenin Magassa opened the scoring for UD with a putback at the 6:31 mark.

At the midway point in the quarter, it remained 3-2 in SLU’s favor.

Dayton took its first lead of the game at the 4:10 mark with a hook shot by Magassa off the feed from fellow freshman Makira Cook, while Saint Louis had a 6:00 drought.

A jumper from redshirt senior Jenna Giacone and a long two from redshirt sophomore Maliya Perry put the Flyers up 10-4 at the end of the quarter.

2nd Quarter: Dayton 23, Saint Louis 23

Magassa continued her strong day with a layup to start the second quarter followed by a three by Perry to force a SLU timeout with under a minute gone in the second.

The Billikens went over 10 minutes without a field goal before another three.

SLU went on an 11-0 run though and tied the game up at 15-15 at the 5:55 mark.

The two teams traded buckets over the rest of the quarter and it would stay tied going into the locker rooms at the half, 23-23.

3rd Quarter: Dayton 40, Saint Louis 40

Redshirt senior Erin Whalen opened the second half with a three from the corner.

Giacone was the first Flyer in double-digits with a three at the 8:31 mark to give her 10 points.

The Billikens took the lead with a three of their own with 7:20 to play.

SLU had the lead after the media break, 36-33.

Magassa became the second Flyer to reach the double-figure mark with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting.

Neither team budged the remainder of the third and it stayed deadlocked going into the fourth.

4th Quarter: Dayton 50, Saint Louis 50

Dayton took a slight lead in the first three minutes of the fourth 44-43.

Whalen became the third Flyer in double digits with 11 points in the game.

Both teams struggled offensively with the Flyers and Billikens both having 4+ minute droughts.

Out of a timeout with 1:21 to play, Giacone drove and put UD up 50-48.

SLU had the ball with seven seconds to go and the Flyers up two, and the Billikens hit two free throws to tie it up.

Overtime: Dayton 59, Saint Louis 52

Magassa put Dayton ahead to start on the assist from the veteran Giacone.

Giacone then drilled a jumper with 1:32 to play to put UD up four and tied her career-high.

Whalen got an offensive rebound with 35 seconds left and put it back to put UD up six, 56-50.

The Billikens only scored two points in the final minute of overtime and the Flyers took the victory on the road.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

20 – For the second straight game, Jenna Giacone had 20 points to lead the Flyers, tying a career high.

23 to 5 – Dayton outscored Saint Louis off the bench 23-5.

10 to 0 – The Flyers had 10 second chance points on 10 offensive rebounds while the Billikens had zero.

11 – The game was tied 11 times with five lead changes.

16, 9, 8 – Tenin Magassa flirted with a triple-double having 16 points, nine rebounds, and eight blocks, which is the fourth most in a game in UD history.

KEY STAT

8 – Magassa’s eight blocks were fourth most in a single game in UD history and is already tied for the third most in a season in program history for a freshman.  

UP NEXT

Dayton will head back out on the road to take on Saint Joseph’s Friday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m.

INDIANA PACERS: Pacers 134, Grizzlies 116

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Game Recap

Pacers head coach Nate Bjorkgren paid no mind to Indiana’s heartbreaking loss to the Philadelphia 76ers just two nights ago. He appeared laser-focused on tonight’s performance.

“That was so long ago,” he said in his pregame press conference.

That sentiment paid off like Gamestop stock Tuesday night, as Indiana (12-9) torched a red-hot Memphis Grizzlies (9-7) team, 134-116, inside the friendly confines of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The wire-to-wire victory snapped a seven-game winning streak for the visiting Grizzlies, who have lost just twice while playing on the road this season.

The Pacers shot a scorching 27-of-46 (58.7 percent) from the field en route to a season-high 71 first-half points. The elite performance allowed them to control the pace of play in the second, limiting the Memphis youngsters’ ability to run its fast-paced offense. Coming into tonight, the Grizzlies were allowing just 107.3 points per game.

“It was important, especially after the last game,” Domantas Sabonis said after the game. “We felt like we gave it away. So, we just wanted to come out and play a whole 48 minutes.”

Six Indiana players finished in double figures, including all five starters. Sabonis tied his career high with a game-high 32 points on 10-of-12 shooting. He hauled in 13 boards to record his 19th double-double of the season. Myles Turner also recorded a double-double, notching 22 points and 11 rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon added 23 and seven assists to round out Indiana’s top scorers of the night.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: Indiana Men’s Soccer Ranked No. 7 in First TDS Poll of 2021

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana men’s soccer will head into the 2020-21 season ranked as the seventh-best team in the country according to Top Drawer Soccer, the publication announced on Monday.
 
Indiana is among three Big Ten Conference teams ranked in the top-25, joining Maryland (No. 21) and Penn State (No. 23). Michigan sits just outside of the poll in the ‘others considered’ category.
 
Last season, Indiana secured its 10th Big Ten double, and second in as many seasons, after winning both the regular season and tournament crowns. The Hoosiers landed the fifth seed in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. The seed marked the 15th time in 17 years that IU earned a top-16 seed and 10th time as a top-8 seed during that span.
 
IU reached the NCAA Tournament for the 33rd-straight season in 2019 and for an NCAA-record 44th time in program history. The Hoosiers also hold the NCAA record with 20 College Cup appearances.
 
Consistent with IU Athletics’ ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of students, coaches, staff, spectators and the local community, men’s soccer matches will be played without fans indefinitely. IU Athletics’ decision is in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and is consistent with what has transpired on all Big Ten campuses.

PFW VOLLEYBALL: Crowe Reaches 1,000 Kills, Mastodons Beat Youngstown State Again

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Tuesday, February 2, Katie Crowe recorded the 1,000th kill of her career in the second set of Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball’s 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-20) win over Youngstown State on Arnie Ball Court.

The Mastodons went to Crowe early and often, and she nearly hit the 1,000 mark in the first set. She needed 10 coming into the match and had nine in the first frame. She would not have to wait long for her 1,000th, as she got it to push the ‘Dons up 3-2 in the second. She went on to record 17 kills, surpassing her 13 from the first match with Youngstown State.

Crowe also notched the 37th double-double of her career with 11 digs. She became the 10th Mastodon in program history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.

Crowe wasn’t the only offensive option that the Mastodons went to early, as Madelyn Wurster went 4-0-6 and Sydney Boerst went 3-1-4 in the opening set. Youngstown State held relatively close, but the ‘Dons finished the opening game on a 5-1 run. The five points came on five kills from four different players, the last of which was a setter dump from Madison Gates.

In the second set, Youngstown State came back from down seven to bring it within two points using a five-point push. Subsequently, the Mastodons went on a 7-1 run to respond and take a 21-13 lead. They also finished the set on a 4-1 stretch with kills from Boerst and Sidney Schiller. The ‘Dons held YSU to .023 hitting in the second.

The Mastodons had their best offense of the night in the third set, as they hit .333. Back-and-forth runs gave the Penguins a 18-17 lead, but Purdue Fort Wayne had an 8-2 closing run spurred by three kills from Schiller. Crowe capped off her career night with the ace that won the match.

Rachael Crucis led the defensive effort with 22 digs, helping hold Youngstown State to .146 hitting. Ramei Jackson had a solid all-around night with eight kills, seven blocks and four digs. Wurster was the only ‘Don other than Crowe in double-digits with 10 kills. She hit .556 without an error.

The Mastodons improve to 2-2 in their first season in the Horizon League, while Youngstown State falls to 2-2. Next up for Purdue Fort Wayne is IUPUI, which Youngstown State beat twice earlier this season.

IUPUI VB: REMTER HITS CAREER BEST IN LOSS AT GREEN BAY

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GREEN BAY, Wis. – IUPUI lost in three sets in a close battle at Green Bay on Tuesday (Feb. 2) to close out the two-game trip against the Phoenix. IUPUI was led by Corrissa Remter who finished the match with eight kills.

Remter led IUPUI (0-4) with a .636 hitting percentage, a career-high for the sophomore. Emily Alan was second on the team in hitting percentage, hitting .286 and finishing with six kills.

“Both Corrissa and Emily were fantastic, I was super impressed with them,” said head coach Lindsey Froehlich. “Just have to continue to stay confident in our abilities.”

Maddie Haines tallied seven kills for the Jags and Allie Pogue added six. Darragh Dixon guided IUPUI’s offense with 25 assists.

In the first set, IUPUI outhit Green Bay .296 to .222 and after a kill by Pogue and block from Alan and Mallai Madison, the Jags knotted the set at 14. After a kill by Dixon cut Green Bay’s lead to three, two IUPUI errors, plus a Phoenix kill put the set out of reach with Green Bay winning 25-21.

Set two was another tight set with the teams going back and forth to a tune of 13 ties and five lead changes in the set. Allie Pogue gave the Jags a 15-14 lead and late in the set, a kill by Remter and ace from Haines tied up the set at 19. In the late stages of the set, Green Bay picked up two blocks during a 3-0 run to win the second 25-20.

The third set got away from IUPUI quickly with Green Bay going on a 6-0 run after Haines made the score 2-1 with a kill. The Phoenix kept IUPUI at bay on route to a 25-16 set three win.

IUPUI will return home for its first two home matches of the season, taking on Purdue Fort Wayne on Monday (Feb. 8) and Tuesday (Feb. 9).

WRIGHT STATE VB: Volleyball makes quick work of Norse for fourth-straight win

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The Wright State volleyball team has now played 12 sets this season, and are perfect through four matches after another 3-0 sweep, this time against visiting Northern Kentucky on Tuesday night.

The Raiders (4-0) now get set to head back out on the road next weekend with a trip to take on Oakland next Monday and Tuesday night. Both games are expected to be broadcast on either ESPN3 or ESPN+.

On Tuesday, the Raiders dominated nearly every statistical category for the second straight night against the Norse (0-2), finishing with 34 kills as a team. Celia Powers paced the attack with nine kills, while Same Wolf had six and Teddie Sauer had five of her own. Wright State finished with seven kills, including a pair each from Jenna Story and Ellee Ruskaup.

Story finished with 16 digs and Lainey Stephenson passed out 24 of the Raiders’ 30 assists as Wright State finished the night hitting .206 as a team. Northern Kentucky finished with a .041 hitting percentage after recording a -.091 mark in the first set.

Set 1

Tied at 2-all after the opening points, the Raiders rolled off 12 of the next 14 points to take control of the set at 14-4 behind two kills each from Powers, Sauer and Sam Wolf. After a kill from NKU, Wright State tallied the next four points and later used three Norse errors and a kill from Megan Alders to pull to set point, taking the set on another NKU error.

Set 2

The second set played out much like the first, tied early on at 6-6 before the Raiders rattled off 13 of the next 15 points to jump ahead 19-8. Included in the run were both of Ruskaup’s aces and kills from Wolf, Baker and Stephenson. NKU tallied five straight points of its own with the Raiders at set point, but Grace Hauck ended the threat with a kill at 25-18.

Set 3

Again tied early, this time at 4-all, Wright State jumped ahead behind eight straight points to get to 12-4 behind two kills each from Sam Ott, Stephenson and Sauer. Powers’ third kill of the set pushed the advantage to 19-9 and the Raiders closed things out from there behind kills from Stephenson, Ott and Sauer before a final NKU attacking error ended the night.

EARLHAM VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball extends winning streak to four with sweep over Defiance

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Defiance (3-4, 2-2 HCAC) at Earlham (4-4, 2-2 HCAC)

Richmond, Indiana – Druley Performance Gym

Match 1 – Earlham def. Defiance, 3-2 (25-19, 18-25, 17-25, 25-12, 15-8)

Match 2 – Earlham def. Defiance, 3-0 (25-20, 25-9, 25-18)

RICHMOND, Indiana – Earlham College women’s volleyball extended its winning streak to four-in-a-row with a doubleheader sweep over visiting Defiance College, Tuesday night at the Druley Performance Gym. The Quakers won the night’s opening match by a 3-2 score (25-19, 18-25, 17-25, 25-12, 15-8) to post a win in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings, before finishing off the night with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-9, 25-18) dismantling of the Yellow Jackets in match no. 2.

Match 1

After falling behind 2-1 over the first three sets, Earlham proved to be the model of hitting efficiency in sets four and five to keep Defiance at bay and post the HCAC victory.

The Quakers hit .414 with 15 kills on 29 attacks in set four, and an equally impressive .385 in set five with 11 terminations on 26 swings.

Sarah Dickman led Earlham (4-4, 2-2 HCAC) with 21 kills with a .386 attack percentage, including eight kills on 14 swings in the fourth set. Maria Young and Giselle Mora finished the match with 14 and 12 kills respectively, with Sydney Fuller charting five kills and three total blocks.

Setter Erin Wagner guided the Earlham offense to a .240 hitting percentage for the match, recording 42 assists in the process to go with a team-high 18 digs.

Mackenzie Benham paced Defiance with 12 kills while Olivia Rayk and Riley Davis each tacked on 10 terminations.

Match 2

The Quakers hit .292 for the match in the nightcap, while holding Defiance to a .064 attack percentage.

Dickman again paced the Earlham attack with 13 kills on 29 swings with only two errors, with one service ace and three total blocks. Young and Wagner had 14 and 12 assists respectively, with Wagner also pacing the defense with 13 digs.

Fuller charted four service aces to go with four kills and one block.

Defiance used more of its bench in match two, with 15 different Yellow Jackets seeing the floor. Morgan Porter logged five of Defiance’s 20 kills in the match.

Earlham volleyball returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 6, when the Quakers travel to North Manchester, Indiana, to face Manchester University. Match one of the series will start at 11:00 a.m.

IUPUI W-SOCCER: JAGUARS TO OPEN 2021 SPRING CAMPAIGN AGAINST CLEVELAND STATE

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INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer team will finally open the long awaited spring season on Wednesday (Feb. 3) when the Jaguars host Cleveland State at 1:00 p.m. at the on-campus Michael A. Carroll Stadium. Wednesday’s match will be broadcast on ESPN3 as Greg Rakestraw (pxp) will describe the action.

Live Stats I ESPN 3 Video

IUPUI SOCCER FAN POLICY

Athlete guests will not be allowed to attend the women’s soccer match between Cleveland State and IUPUI on Wednesday (Feb. 3). While we had hoped to welcome a limited number of fans to our first soccer game, the accumulation of ice and snow throughout the facility does not provide a safe environment for guests. IUPUI Athletics will continue to work with Horizon League, Marion County and campus health directives to provide a safe return for a limited number of athlete guests for its next home women’s soccer match on Wednesday, February 17.

PRESEASON POLLS

IUPUI was recently picked to finish second according to the #HLWSOC Preseason Poll released on Monday (Feb. 1), trailing only Milwaukee. The Jags went 12-7-1 last season and 6-3 in Horizon League play.

RETURNING STARTERS (8)

Elizabeth Bueckers – Jr., MF/F – (5 goals, 1 assist, 2 GWG)

Maya Lacognato – Soph., F – (6 goals, 2 assists, 2 GWG)

Natalie McNally – Sr., D – (2 goals, 1 assist)

Valentine Pursey – Sr., MF/F – (8 goals, 6 assists, 4 GWG)

Miranda Ricks – Sr., MF – (2 goals, 2 assists, 1 GWG)

Morgan Rymer – Sr., MF – (1 assist)

Jillian Steinbrink – Sr., D – (1 goal, 2 assists, 1 GWG)

Autumn Weeks – So., MF/D – (3 goals, 1 GWG)

HONOREES AND LEADERS

Pursey was a first team All-Horizon League selection last season while Lacognato and departed senior goalkeeper Sophia Lipka were voted to the second team. Lacognato, Weeks and AP Woodall were voted to the All-Freshman Team as IUPUI had a league-best three All-Freshman Team selections. Pursey was fourth in the league with 0.40 goals per game last season and third in the league with 1.10 points per game. Woodall, albeit in limited action, ranked second in the league with a 0.60 goals against average while Lipka was fourth at 1.18. Lipka was third in the league at 4.69 saves per game and had four shutouts.

ON THE SIDELINES

Head coach Chris Johnson enters his 18th season on the IUPUI sidelines, easily ranking as the longest tenured current head coach among any of the Jaguars’ sports. Johnson has 126 career wins on the IUPUI sidelines and 207 in his college head coaching career dating back to the University of Indianapolis where he began coaching in 1994.

NEW FACES

IUPUI has seven new faces on the roster this year in true freshmen Emma Antoine, Jessica Jacobs, Emma Manolovic, Leah Shumate, Sam Slimak, Alex Stocker and Carlie Werner. The group represents four different states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio) as Antoine (Carmel), Jacobs (Castle) and Werner (Batesville) were in-state recruits.

SCOUTING CLEVELAND STATE

CSU went 6-8-3 last season and 3-3-1 in Horizon League play. The Vikings return their top scorers from a season ago in Elena Gutlove (3 goals, 3 assists), Essence Canady (3 goals, 2 assists), Grace Krosky (4 goals) and Grace Grant (3 goals). Grant had a team-high two game-winners last season from her midfield spot. In addition, CSU returns starting goalkeeper Stevie Holbrook after she posted a 1.18 goals against average and 75 saves last season. Cleveland State was picked to finish seventh in the #HLWSOC standings.

VERSUS THE VIKES (see the entire history here)

IUPUI is 5-4-1 all-time against Cleveland State, having won the 2019 matchup by a 1-0 score in overtime. Lacognato tallied the game-winner in the 95th minute of that contest off an assist from Pursey at Carroll Stadium. IUPUI is 4-1-1 in the six meetings at home with the lone draw coming in the 2017 Horizon League Tournament. In that contest, IUPUI ultimately advanced on penalty kicks by a 4-2 margin to punch a ticket to the four-team semifinals in Milwaukee.

SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN

The Horizon League will compete in a weekly, single round robin format this season, beginning with the Feb. 3 matchups. Teams will play each Wednesday for eight weeks before finishing league play on Tuesday, Mar. 30 and Monday, Apr. 5. The Jags will host matches with Cleveland State (Feb. 3), Robert Morris (Feb. 17), Wright State (Mar. 10), UIC (Mar. 17) and Northern Kentucky (Mar. 30) and face Detroit Mercy (Feb. 24), Milwaukee (Mar. 3), Youngstown State (Mar. 24) and Purdue Fort Wayne (Apr. 5) on the road. The Jaguars’ Feb. 10 match at Green Bay has already been canceled due to COVID-19 protocols.

ESPN COVERAGE

All five of IUPUI’s home matches will be aired on ESPN platforms (either ESPN3 or ESPN+) this season. In addition, selected road matches will also be aired on ESPN platforms at the host schools’ discretion.

BIG 10 HOCKEY: Minnesota and Wisconsin Earn Three Stars Honors

Caufield earns First Star accolades after posting a nation-leading seven points to help the Badgers sweep Michigan State 

First Star

Cole Caufield, Wisconsin

F – So. – Stevens Point, Wis.

  • Led the nation with seven points last week, including four goals in a series sweep of Michigan State
  • Recorded a pair of goals and an assist in Friday’s 6-0 victory, including the game winner, before following up with two goals and two assists in Saturday’s finale 
  • Extended his point streak to 10 games (nine goals, 10 assists) and his goal streak to five contests (seven goals)
  • Earns his third career weekly award and his second of the season
  • Last Wisconsin honoree: Cameron Rowe (Third Star) on Jan. 19, 2021
  • Last Wisconsin First Star: Cole Caufield on Nov. 25, 2020

Second Star 

Dylan Holloway, Wisconsin  

F – So. – Bragg Creek, Alberta

  • Tied for second nationally with two goals and four assists last week as No. 13/13 Wisconsin swept Michigan State 
  • Notched four points on two goals and two assists in Friday’s win before recording a pair of helpers on Saturday to seal the sweep 
  • Now has a six-game point streak (three goals, eight assists) and five game multi-point streak
  • Claims his first career weekly honor 
  • Last Wisconsin honoree: Cameron Rowe (Third Star) on Jan. 19, 2021

Third Star 

Jackson LaCombe, Minnesota  

D – So. – Eden Prairie, Minn.

  • Tallied four points on two shorthanded goals and two assists from the blue line as the Gophers swept Ohio State on the road
  • Matched his career high with three points on one shorthanded goal and two assists in Minnesota’s 5-2 win on Saturday after scoring a shorthanded goal in Friday’s 5-1 win
  • Currently riding a career-long four-game point streak and has points in six of the last seven games
  • Claims his first career weekly honor 
  • Last Minnesota honorees: Blake McLaughlin (First Star) and Brannon McManus (Second Star) on Jan. 26, 2021

HCAC Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Notebook, Week 3

Athletes of the Week:
Men’s Track:
Enrique Salazar (Plymouth, Ind.) Manchester University | Sophomore – Salazar had another impressive week for Manchester. The sophomore won two events at the ‘Friday Night Spikes’ meet at Rose-Hulman. Salazar won the men’s mile with a top time of 4:24.24 – a new personal best and the third best time in program history in the event. Enrique also took home top honors in the 800, finishing with a time of 2:01.32 – also a new PR and the eighth-best time in Manchester history.
Men’s Field:
Tim Youndt (Pottstown, Pa.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Sophomore – Youndt won the triple jump with the No. 5 performance in Rose-Hulman history last weekend at Friday Night Spikes Series Meet. The HCAC leading performance for the 2021 season was a winning mark of 44′ 3 1/2″. The versatile Youndt also won the 60-meter hurdles (9.00) to help the Fightin’ Engineers win the team title at the meet.
Women’s Track:
Christina Rogers (Laurel, Md.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Rogers won two individual and one relay event to help Rose-Hulman win the Friday Night Spikes Invitational last weekend. Rogers won the 200 (28.35) and 400 (1:02.71) sprint races and was also part of the winning 4-x-400 relay team (4:28.05).
Women’s Field:
Nosa Igiehon (Wheeling, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Sophomore – Igiehon won three individual events – including field events high jump and triple jump – to help Rose-Hulman win Friday Night Spikes Series Meet last weekend. Igiehon recorded the No. 3 triple jump mark in Rose-Hulman history (35′ 9 1/2″) which is also the best mark in the HCAC. She also won the high jump (5′ 2 1/4″) and added a victory in the 60-hurdles (9.72 seconds).
 
Notable Performances:
Men:

  • Caleb Carrao (Indianapolis, Ind.) Anderson University | First-Year – Carrao captured first in the 400 with a time of 53.46 seconds during Friday’s Dave Meuleman Classic. His time currently ranks second in the HCAC.
  • Robert Marshall (Tampa, Fla.) Defiance College | First-Year – Marshall placed third in both the 60-meter dash (7.30) and 200 meters (24.60) as the Yellow Jackets hosted the Dave Meuleman Classic last Friday. Each event had a field of 13 runners.
  • Sheldan Lindsay (Stone Mountain, Ga.) Earlham College | Junior – Lindsay tied the Earlham indoor record in the 60m dash with a time of 7.17 seconds, to win the event at Saturday’s DePauw Triangular meet. Lindsay tied the record set in 2006 by Collin McCullough. Lindsay also finished second in the 200m dash at the DePauw Triangular with a time of 23.57 seconds – just .03 seconds off the winning time posted by Earlham’s Abraham Sadiq. Lindsay accounted for eight of Earlham’s 29 points in the meet.
  • Nick Patton (Greenwood, Ind.) Franklin College | Sophomore – Patton won the men’s 60-meter hurdles at Saturday’s DePauw triangular, breaking the tape in 9.12 seconds. He was also part of Franklin’s winning 4×200 meter relay team that finished with a time of 1:41.12.
  • Evan Hosea (New Castle, Ind.) Franklin College | Junior – Hosea took first place in the weight throw at the DePauw triangular, narrowly edging out a pair of teammates with his throw of 13.82 meters. He added a sixth-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 11.33 meters.
  • Conner Sherwin (Pierceton, Ind.) Manchester University | Senior – Sherwin won the men’s weight throw on Friday night at Rose-Hulman with a leading hurl of 48′ 5 1/4″ (14.76m). Sherwin’s toss upped his previous best in the event and was good enough to rank him sixth all-time in the Manchester record books.
  • Lee Bennett (Gahanna, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Sophomore – Bennett was the winner in the 60M Dash with a time of 7.09, taking the race by .13 of a second.
  • Jacob Eve (Corydon, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First-Year – Eve won the 400-meter dash and was part of the winning 4-x-400 meter relay team at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Spikes Series Meet last weekend. Eve ran the fastest 400 time in the HCAC this season (51.91 seconds) and was part of the fastest 4-x-400 relay time in the league so far this year (3:36.89).
  • Jacob Burnam (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Junior – Burnam raced to a second-place finish in the men’s 800-meter run at the YSU Mid Major Invitational on Saturday. The junior finished the race in a time of 1:52.38, a new Transylvania school record. The mark is best among runners in the HCAC this season and is currently the second-fastest in all of NCAA Division III. Burnam also led the Pioneers to a second-place finish in the men’s distance medley relay in a time of 10:31.11, a mark that is best in the HCAC this season and second-fastest in all of NCAA Division III.

Women:

  • Noelle Loller (Lapel, Ind.) Anderson University | Sophomore – Loller captured first in the 1-mile run with a time of 5:35.86 during Friday’s Dave Meuleman Classic. She also contributed to a 1-2 finish in the 3,000, finishing just 0.17 second behind teammate Callie Guthrie.
  • Haley Morvilius (Selma, Ind.) Anderson University | First-Year – Morvilius took second in the shot put and weight throw during Friday’s Dave Meuleman Classic. She currently ranks third in the HCAC in the shot put.
  • Lisa Markau (Cape Coral, Fla.) Defiance College | Junior – Markau placed first in both the 60-meter dash and 200 meters as the Yellow Jackets hosted the Dave Meuleman Classic last Friday. Markau posted a personal-best time of 8.41 in the 60m and clocked 29.27 in the 200m. She defeated six other runners in each race.
  • Madison Huelskamp (Sidney, Ohio) Earlham College | Sophomore – Huelskamp won two field events at Saturday’s DePauw Triangular meet, accounting for 10 of Earlham’s 34 points. Huelskamp won the women’s long jump with a leap of 4.64m (15-2 3/4), and also won the triple jump with a mark of 9.60m (31-6).
  • Ellie Lammert (Franklin, Ind.) Franklin College | Lammert took the top spot in the shot put at Saturday’s DePauw triangular, setting a new PR with a 9.34 meter throw. She took fourth in the weight throw earlier in the day, finishing with a mark of 7.74 meters.
  • Lauren Smith (Anderson, Ind.) Manchester University | Sophomore – Smith took home top honors in the 800 at the ‘Friday Night Spikes’ meet at Rose-Hulman on January 29. Smith’s time of 2:32.97 led the event and was a new personal best for Smith. Lauren added a runner-up finish in the mile run with a time of 5:37.95, marking yet another personal best for Smith.
  • Adelle Stanko (Okemos, Mich.) Manchester University | Sophomore – Stanko had an active night for the Black & Gold at the ‘Friday Night Spikes’ meet at Rose-Hulman. Stanko placed second in the 60-meter dash and was involved in a pair of relays. Her highlight of the night came in the long jump. Stanko won the event with a top jump of 16′ 1 3/4″ – eight inches ahead of the second-place finisher. Stanko’s distance was a new PR and ranked as the seventh-best distance in school history.

HCAC Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Notebook, Week 3

Athlete of the Week:
Men’s Swimming:
Charlie Hall (Owensboro, Ky.) Franklin College | Senior – Facing off against Transylvania on Saturday, Hall took first place in the men’s 400 IM with his time of 4:22.81. He added another first place finish in the 500 freestyle in 5:00.18, was part of Franklin’s runner-up 200 freestyle relay team that finished in 1:33.28 and played a major part in Franklin’s 175-66 win over the Pioneers.
Men’s Diving:
Matthew Hayward (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Anderson University | First-Year – Hayward captured first in the 1-meter diving event with an 11-dive 454.45 points for an average of 41.31 points. He eclipsed the NCAA qualifying standard of 425 for the second time this year, becoming the first male diver in program history to qualify for the NCAA Diving Regionals.
Women’s Swimming:
August Hartzell (Elkhart, Ind.) Franklin College | Senior – Hartzell was part of one relay win and took home two individual titles as Franklin coasted to a 173-66 win over Transylvania on Saturday. She swam the second leg of the Grizzlies’ 200 medley relay team that finished in 1:53.06, won the 400 IM in 4:56.23, more than eight seconds better than her next closest competitor and ended her day with another eight second win, this one in the 200 breaststroke in 2:29.57.
Women’s Diving:
Faith Jackson (Greenwood, Ind.) Franklin College | Sophomore – Jackson won both diving events in Saturday’s dual against Transylvania. She opened her day by winning by a wide margin on the 1-meter board with a score of 246.90 and followed it up by recording 188.18 points on the 3-meter board to best the field.
 
Notable Performances:
Men:

  • Kris Keller (Fishers, Ind.) Anderson University | Senior – Keller won the 100 individual medley and the 50 backstroke as the Ravens secured a 167-30 victory against Manchester on Saturday. He also contributed to wins in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.
  • Gauge Creech (Franklin, Ind.) Franklin College | Sophomore – Creech won both diving events with ease on Saturday against Transylvania, setting new season best marks in the HCAC for six-dive scores. He racked up 278.25 points on the 1-meter board and finished with 262.50 points on the 3-meter board.
  • Spencer Harrison (Tipton, Ind.) Manchester University | First-Year – Harrison led the men in the 100-yard fly with a time of 1:04.02 at Anderson on Saturday, January 30. Harrison added a runner-up placement in the 500-yard freestyle (5:32.61).
  • Evan Sellers (Fishers, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First-Year – Sellers won two events and had one second-place finish in Saturday’s Rose-Hulman duel win over Hanover. Sellers won the 200-freestyle (1:47.12) and the 500-freestyle (4:50.15), and also came home second in the 200 backstroke (2:04.89).
  • Michael Nixon (Sunnyvale, Calif.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Nixon swept one-meter diving for five dives (120.75) and six dives (157.95) to help Rose-Hulman win a dual meet over Hanover on Saturday.
  • Samantha Stevens (Eagan, Minn.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Stevens swept two diving events to help Rose-Hulman pick up a 167-111 women’s win over Hanover on Saturday. Stevens claimed the 5-dive 1-meter victory with 152.25 points and won the 6-dive 1-meter competition with 243.95 points.
  • Jacob Young (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | First-Year – Young swam to victory in the men’s 100 freestyle (49.89) in a matchup against the Franklin Grizzlies on Saturday afternoon. The freshman also placed 2nd in the men’s 50 freestyle with a time of 22.63 seconds.

Women:

  • Lily Hunter (Westfield, Ind.) Anderson University | Sophomore – Hunter won the 100 freestyle and 50 backstroke as the Ravens earned a 168-32 victory against Manchester on Saturday. She also contributed to wins in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.
  • Ilys Anderson (Hebron, Ky.) Hanover College | Sophomore – Anderson posted a strong performance at Rose-Hulman this past weekend recording victories in the 100-yard backstroke and 50-yard freestyle. She also competed as a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay that claimed first place. She combined for a team-best 33 total points.
  • Ashlynn Mallory (Mooresville, Ind.) Manchester University | First-Year – Malloy earned a runner-up placement in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:15.75 at Anderson on Saturday afternoon. Malloy also placed second in the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 34.48.
  • Lauren Meyer (South Bend, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First-Year – Meyer won three events in three different disciplines to help Rose-Hulman defeat Hanover 167-111 on Saturday. Meyer won the 100-butterfly (1:03.21), the 100-breaststroke (1:11.72) and the 200-individual medley (2:25.02). She also helped the 200-medley relay team pick up a victory in 2:00.56.
  • Sami Monarch (Shelbyville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Sophomore – In a matchup against the Franklin Grizzlies on Saturday, Monarch claimed a victory in the women’s 50 freestyle with a time of 25.93, a mark that currently stands as fourth best in the HCAC this season. The sophomore also posted a third-place showing in the women’s 100 freestyle and led the Pioneers to a second-place finish in the women’s 200 medley relay.

PURDUE TRACK: Rieko Wilford Commits to Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue track & field and cross country coach Norbert Elliott has announced that Rieko Wilford has committed to the program and will begin her Boilermaker career in 2021-22.

Wilford comes to West Lafayette as a triple jumper and long jumper from University Place, Washington.

“I am excited that Rieko has decided to join the Purdue family,” Elliott said. “She is a very talented jumper who has developed all the fundamentals having a great teacher, her father.”

“I chose Purdue University because I truly believe they have mastered the balance of academics and athletics as a school,” Wilford said. “So, with such a prestigious biomedical program and an amazing track & field program, it only made sense to become a Boilermaker!”

Wilford attends Curtis Senior High and is coached by Sarah Hannula. She won the triple jump title at the 2020 Simplot Games and anchored the school record-breaking 4×400 relay team that posted a time of 3:51.19. Wilford placed fourth in the triple jump at the 2018 USATF National Junior Olympic Championships and won a NW region championship in 2018. At the 2018 state championship, she placed second in the 4×200 and third in the triple jump. Her personal-best triple jump mark is 40’6’’.

A President’s Award recipient, Wilford is an Honors Society member and earned the History Honors award in 2018. Additionally, she received the rookie of the year award in 2018.

Wilford intends to major in biomedical engineering at Purdue and aspires to work with CRISPR following graduation. Her parents are Elaine Ivery and Nathaniel Wilford, and she has four siblings.

BIG 10 TENNIS: Ohio State and Wisconsin Garner Weekly Tennis Honors

Buckeyes and Badgers claim this year’s first conference weekly awards

Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week

Gabriel Huber, Wisconsin
So. – Innsbruck, Austria – Liese Prokop Privatschule

  • Completed an unbeaten season-opening weekend at the Badger Invitational, going 2-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles against Indiana, Minnesota and Nebraska
  • In singles, won in straight sets over Indiana’s Michael Andre (6-3, 6-2) and came back for a win over Minnesota’s Jackson Allen (4-6, 6-3, 6-0)
  • Partnered with freshman Tim Dzhurinskiy to sweep matches against Nebraska (6-2), Indiana (6-1) and Minnesota (6-4)
  • Garners his first career Athlete of the Week accolade
  • Last Wisconsin Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week: Josef Dodridge (March 14, 2017)

Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week

Irina Cantos Siemers, Ohio State

So. – Barcelona, Spain – Connections Academy

  • Leads the Buckeyes with a 4-0 singles record and already has two dual match doubles wins
  • Ranked 78th, she posted a three-set win over No. 11-ranked Natasha Subhash of Virginia (6-1, 5-7, 6-2) and led No. 121 Viktoriya Kanapatskaya of Syracuse (6-2, 4-4) before their match was suspended when OSU clinched the team victory
  • Cantos Siemers opened the year with a 3-0 singles record, only dropping one set, at the Michigan Invitational against Michigan, Northwestern and Wisconsin
  • Garners her first career Athlete of the Week accolade
  • Last Ohio State Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week: Shiori Fukuda (Jan. 28, 2020)

INDY FUEL HOCKEY: MARCINEW RETURNS TO THE FUEL

(FUEL RELEASE)

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs announced Tuesday that forward Matt Marcinew has returned to the Fuel following his loan to the Tucson Roadrunners to participate in training camp.

Marcinew, 27, signed a pro-tryout agreement (PTO) with the Roadrunners ahead of the 2020-21 AHL training camp. Prior to signing with Tucson, Marcinew had skated in nine games for the Fuel tallying five goals and seven assists, including two game-winning goals. The Calgary, Alberta native split last season with the ECHL’s Greenville Swamp Rabbits and the AHL’s Stockton Heat and Springfield Thunderbirds playing in 46 games earning 16 goals and 18 assists.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound forward has 41 AHL games under his belt between the Ontario Reign, Springfield Thunderbirds and Stockton Heat earning four goals and nine assists. Appearing in 136 ECHL games between the Manchester Monarchs, Greenville Swamp Rabbits and Indy Fuel, Marcinew has tallied 41 goals, 64 assists and 89 penalty minutes.

Various ticket options are now on sale for the Fuel’s 7th season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum! Lock up your seat for every second of the action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with a Fuel Ticket Plan – grab yours by heading to IndyFuelHockey.com or by calling the Fuel front office at 317-925-FUEL. Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the 2020-21 season.

NBA NEWS: VanVleet sets Raptors mark with 54 in 123-108 win at Orlando

Fred VanVleet set a franchise record with 54 points and hit a career-best 11 3-pointers as the Toronto Raptors beat the short-handed Orlando Magic 123-108 on Tuesday night.

VanVleet made 11 of his first 12 attempts from 3-point range. He finished 17 of 23 from the field and 9 for 9 at the free throw line to surpass the previous Raptors record of 52 points scored by DeMar DeRozan against Milwaukee on Jan. 1, 2018.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the most points in an NBA game for an undrafted player – eclipsing the 53 scored by Hall of Fame big man Moses Malone on the exact same date 39 years earlier.

“Unbelievable and I’m very humbled and honored to be in the same sentence with both of those guys,” said VanVleet, who took a video call from DeRozan in the Toronto locker room after the game. “It’s just a special night on a lot of different levels. I’m trying to enjoy it for now, but it’s not a championship or anything like that. It was a good game for me. I’ll enjoy the love for a couple of hours and get ready for the next one.”

The fifth-year guard out of Wichita State easily topped his previous high of 36 points set last season by scoring 17 in the first quarter, 11 in the second, 18 in the third and eight more in the fourth before being lifted after the outcome was decided. He added three rebounds, three steals, three blocked shots and two assists. Toronto was plus-20 in his 37 minutes on the floor.

NBA NEWS: Irving scores 39, Nets cool off Clippers with 124-120 win

 Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and James Harden relished a chance to test themselves against the NBA’s best.

The Los Angeles Clippers left Brooklyn impressed – and eager for another shot at the Nets.

Irving scored a season-high 39 points, including eight straight in the fourth-quarter run that sent Brooklyn into the lead for good, and the Nets beat the Clippers 124-120 on Tuesday night.

Durant added 28 points, Harden had 23 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, and the three stars scored all the points in the decisive 13-0 spurt. The Nets held on from there to snap the Clippers’ three-game winning streak.

“We just matched it tonight,” Irving said. “We knew that they were going to bring it, so it was just an exciting game. It was great competition for the top players in the world, some of the top players in the world to go against each other on TV.”

Kawhi Leonard scored 33 points and Paul George had 26 for the Clippers, who entered with the NBA’s best record and lost for just the second time in 12 games.

They had a five-point lead midway through the fourth before Durant hit a 3-pointer. Irving followed with one of his own, then made a basket and another 3. Harden finished off the spurt with a 3, making it 110-102 with 4:10 to play.

“I thought there was a stretch there where we played great defense, were in their face and it was almost like each one of them took a turn making a shot,” George said. “They’re just tough. They’re tough to guard.”

The Clippers got it down to one in the final seconds before Irving’s free throws closed it out. They host the Nets on Feb. 21.

“It was a fun matchup,” George said. “Look forward to doing it again.”

COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS: No. 2 Baylor stays unbeaten, tops No. 6 Texas 83-69

Texas played Baylor tougher than most teams have this season. The Bears still shrugged off the Longhorns to stay unbeaten.

Davion Mitchell scored 27 points, Jared Butler added 21 and No. 2 Baylor used a big run to pull away for an 83-69 victory over sixth-ranked Texas on Tuesday night.

Baylor (17-0, 9-0 Big 12) has won every game this season by at least eight points and looked to be in a fight with its closest pursuer in the conference. Texas (11-4, 5-3) was within six points late before Baylor pulled away behind open 3-pointers from Adam Flagler and Mitchell.

Andrew Jones scored a career-high 25 points for the Longhorns, who were back to full strength after going without two starters and coach Shaka Smart in a loss to Oklahoma last week because of COVID-19. Texas also had two games postponed and another canceled.

Baylor has won 10 of its last 11 against Texas. The Bears matched the best start in school history and took a three-game lead in the Big 12 standings.

“I wouldn’t say it’s no pressure,” Mitchell said. “We just keep playing with each other, keep playing together and good things are happening. The job’s not finished, so we’re just going to keep playing hard.”

Both teams shot better than 50% in the first half and Baylor made seven 3-pointers, three times building leads of 10 points or more.

Texas came roaring out of halftime with a 13-4 run. Jones made a 3-pointer, Matt Coleman added another and Jones finished a breakaway with a dunk that put Texas ahead 47-45.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS; Garza reaches 2,000 points as Iowa tops Michigan State 84-78

Luka Garza was surrounded by some different faces in the final minutes of No. 8 Iowa’s 84-78 win over Michigan State on Tuesday.

Garza scored 27 points to reach another career milestone, but the Hawkeyes finished the win with bench players like freshmen Keegan Murray and Tony Perkins and sophomore Joe Toussaint getting quality second-half minutes.

It’s something Garza said wasn’t surprising, something he learned when he was starting as a freshman under coach Fran McCaffery.

“Coach has always been like that,” Garza said. “If somebody’s playing well, playing better than a starter, they’re going to play. I think we have a really unselfish group. We want to win games. It’s a lot about who’s going, who’s not going.”

Iowa got 39 bench points – sophomore forward Jack Nunge had 12 points, and Toussaint added 11. The Hawkeyes went 11 deep in the game, and got more than 89 minutes from their reserves, more than 46 in the second half.

“I don’t know how many times I’ve looked at a stat sheet and seen 39 bench points,” McCaffery said. “That’s incredible.”

“To be honest, it’s whatever they need me to do,” Toussaint said. “Nobody on the bench thinks of us as just being bench players. We’re just other players who come in. Just having that confidence coming into the game, that’s a thing we hold for each other.”

The reserves shot 13 of 19 from the field, had 19 of Iowa’s 38 rebounds, and Toussaint had the lone turnover among the bench players.

MLB NEWS: Angels suspend Mickey Callaway after behavior allegations

 Pitching coach Mickey Callaway was suspended by the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday after allegations of inappropriate behavior toward several women who work in sports media.

The Angels announced their decision a day after the allegations against the former New York Mets manager appeared in a report by The Athletic.

The team “will work closely with MLB to conduct a full investigation,” Angels spokesperson Marie Garvey said.

A person with knowledge of the Angels’ decision to suspend Callaway says the coach has denied wrongdoing, which means he can’t be fired for cause under California labor law without a full investigation of the allegations against him. The investigation by the Angels and Major League Baseball will begin swiftly, and could be completed this month.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because MLB isn’t making details of the investigation public.

Callaway joined the Angels in October 2019, three weeks after he was fired by the Mets following two years in charge. Before that, the former major league pitcher spent five seasons as the Cleveland Indians’ pitching coach.

The five women who spoke to The Athletic on condition of anonymity gave detailed accounts of multiple instances of aggressive, inappropriate acts by Callaway over five years while he was employed by three teams.

Callaway sent uninvited and sometimes unanswered messages to the women via email, text or social media and asked one to send nude photos in return, according to the report. He often commented on their appearance in a way that made them uncomfortable and on one occasion “thrust his crotch near the face of a reporter” while she interviewed him.

MLB NEWS: Archer agrees to rejoin Rays on $6.5 million, 1-year deal

Two-time All-Star pitcher Chris Archer has agreed to rejoin the Tampa Bay Rays on a $6.5 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the agreement was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced.

The 32-year-old right-hander, an All-Star with the Rays in 2015 and 2017, is expected to get an opportunity to compete for a spot in a starting rotation that lost Charlie Morton and 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell this winter.

The AL champion Rays declined a $15 million option on Morton for 2021. Snell was traded to the San Diego Padres.

Archer went 54-68 with a 3.69 ERA in seven seasons with the Rays, who traded him to Pittsburgh in a fruitful deal that brought them right-hander Tyler Glasnow and outfielder Austin Meadows in July 2018.

Archer missed the pandemic-shortened 2020 season after undergoing thoracic outlet surgery. He was 6-12 with a 4.92 ERA over two seasons with the Pirates, who declined an $11 million option on his contract for 2021.