INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES

Batesville 70 Shelbyville 45
Bethesda Christian 63 Terre Haute South 58
Blackford 78 Muncie Burris 42
Caston 62 North Miami 31
Center Grove 70 Columbus North 37
Christian Academy 55 North Harrison 39
Clay City 73 Lighthouse Christian 31
Decatur Central 64 Perry Meridian 43
Demotte Christian 70 Winamac 53
Edgewood 65 Eastern Greene 45
Edinburgh 73 Brown County 68
Evansville Harrison 90 Springs Valley 40
Faith Christian 77 North White 54
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 58 Fort Wayne Northrop 40
Fountain Central 47 Crawfordsville 40
Franklin County 57 Connersville 36
Gary 21st Century 69 Marquette Catholic 45
Greenwood Christian 55 Hauser 40
Hammond Noll 57 Gary West 41
Hammond Science & Tech 89 Portage Christian 38
Indiana Math & Science 63 Thrival Indy Academy 52
Indianapolis Lutheran 56 Purdue Poly Englewood 49
Irvington Prep 68 Indianapolis Riverside 60
Jasper 58 Bedford North Lawrence 41
Jimtown 57 Argos 39
Lapel 67 Tipton 56
Lawrence Central 58 Southport 51
Lawrenceburg 57 Oldenburg Academy 45
Lighthouse CPA 67 Calumet 60
Loogootee 62 North Knox 38
Madison 57 Switzerland County 49
Morgan Twp. 72 Lake Station 38
Mount Vernon (Posey) 61 South Spencer 58
New Haven 57 Fort Wayne South 53
North Central (Indianapolis) 66 Hamilton Southeastern 47
North Daviess 43 Sullivan 35
North Newton 51 River Forest 36
North Posey 56 Gibson Southern 48
Northview 51 Bloomington South 47
Pendleton Heights 60 Heritage Christian 47
Plainfield 93 Danville 72
Pleasant View Christian 57 Christian Academy Madison 44
Princeton 72 Tecumseh 42
Richmond 58 Lafayette Jeff 38
Rushville 65 North Decatur 55
South Central (Elizabeth) 67 New Washington 39
South Knox 52 Wood Memorial 36
South Vermillion 70 Riverton Parke 38
Southridge 51 Boonville 46
University 82 Phalen Academy 67
Washington Catholic 54 Cannelton 50
Westfield 72 Pike 46
White River Valley 60 Vincennes Rivet 34

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Adams Central at Lakewood Park 7:30 pm
Alexandria at Taylor 7:30 pm
Angola at Lakeland 7:30 pm
Argos at Elkhart Christian 7:30 pm
Beech Grove at Whiteland 7:30 pm
Benton Central at Logansport 7:30 pm
Bethany Christian at Fremont 7:30 pm
Bloomfield at Barr-Reeve 7:30 pm
Blue River at Frankton 7:30 pm
Borden at Salem 7:30 pm
Brebeuf Jesuit at Indianapolis Roncalli 7:30 pm
Bremen at Culver 7:30 pm
Brownstown Central at Orleans 7:30 pm
Calumet at Highland 8:00 pm
Castle at Jeffersonville 8:00 pm
Centerville at Cambridge City Lincoln 7:30 pm
Central Noble at Fairfield 7:30 pm
Chesterton at Culver Academy 7:30 pm
Christian County (Ky.) at Evansville Central 7:30 pm
Churubusco at Eastside 6:00 pm
Clarksville at Rock Creek Academy 7:30 pm
Clay City at Riverton Parke 7:30 pm
Clinton Prairie at North Newton 7:30 pm
Concord at Westview 7:30 pm
Cowan at Southern Wells 7:30 pm
Crawfordsville at Covington 7:30 pm
Crothersville at Trimble County (Ky.) 7:30 pm
Crown Point at Lowell 8:00 pm
Dugger Union at Evansville Day 6:00 pm
East Central at Greensburg 7:30 pm
East Chicago Central at Griffith 8:00 pm
Eastern (Greentown) at Carroll (Flora) 6:00 pm
Eastern (Pekin) at South Central (Elizabeth) 7:30 pm
Elkhart at NorthWood 7:45 pm
Elwood at Wes-Del 7:30 pm
Eminence at Irvington Prep 7:30 pm
Evansville Reitz at Evansville Bosse 8:00 pm
Fort Wayne Concordia at Columbia City 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Luers at Carroll (Fort Wayne) 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne Snider at Marion 7:30 pm
Frankfort at Delphi 7:30 pm
Frontier at Clinton Central 7:30 pm
Garrett at West Noble 7:30 pm
Greencastle at North Montgomery 7:30 pm
Hagerstown at Eastern Hancock 7:30 pm
Hammond Morton at Portage 8:00 pm
Hanover Central at Illiana Christian 8:00 pm
Harrison (West Lafayette) at Lebanon 7:30 pm
Heritage at Madison-Grant 7:30 pm
Hobart at Wheeler 8:00 pm
Huntington North at Kokomo 7:30 pm
Indian Creek at South Putnam 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Chatard at Franklin Central 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Riverside at Anderson Prep 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Tech at Ben Davis 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Tindley at Purdue Poly North 6:30 pm
Jac-Cen-Del at South Ripley 7:30 pm
Jay County at Bellmont 7:30 pm
Jennings County at Franklin 7:30 pm
John Glenn at Goshen 7:30 pm
Kankakee Valley at North Judson 8:00 pm
KIPP Indy Legacy at Central Christian 7:00 pm
Knightstown at South Decatur 7:30 pm
Knox at Triton 8:00 pm
Kouts at Tri-Township 8:00 pm
Lake Central at McCutcheon 7:30 pm
Lake Station at West Central 8:00 pm
Lakeland Christian at Whitko 7:00 pm
LaPorte LaLumiere at Anderson 7:30 pm
Lewis Cass at Lafayette Central Catholic 7:30 pm
Lighthouse Christian at Brown County 7:00 pm
Lighthouse CPA vs. Chicago Vocational (Ill.) 7:00 pm
Linton-Stockton at North Central (Farmersburg) 7:30 pm
Louisville Trinity (Ky.) at Indianapolis Cathedral 7:00 pm
Maconaquah at Rochester 7:45 pm
Merrillville at Penn 8:00 pm
Milan at Union County 7:30 pm
Mishawaka Marian at South Bend Adams 7:30 pm
Mississinewa at Manchester 7:30 pm
Mitchell at Scottsburg 7:30 pm
Morristown at Tri 7:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Fortville) at Yorktown 7:30 pm
Munster at Whiting 8:00 pm
New Albany at Bloomington North 7:30 pm
New Castle at Muncie Central 7:30 pm
New Palestine at Greenwood 7:30 pm
Northeast Dubois at Evansville Mater Dei 8:00 pm
Northridge at DeKalb 7:30 pm
Norwell at Homestead 7:30 pm
Oak Hill at Delta 7:30 pm
Paoli at Crawford County 7:30 pm
Park Tudor at Providence Cristo Rey 6:30 pm
Prairie Heights at Hamilton 7:30 pm
Randolph Southern at Monroe Central 7:30 pm
Rising Sun at Medora 7:30 pm
Seeger at North Vermillion 7:30 pm
Seymour at Silver Creek 7:30 pm
Shakamak at Owen Valley 7:30 pm
Shenandoah at Wapahani 7:30 pm
Shoals at West Washington 7:30 pm
South Adams at Eastbrook 7:30 pm
South Bend Clay at LaPorte 7:30 pm
South Bend St. Joseph at Mishawaka 7:30 pm
South Bend Washington at Tippecanoe Valley 7:45 pm
South Newton at Attica 8:00 pm
Southwestern (Shelbyville) at North Decatur 7:30 pm
Southwood at Bluffton 7:30 pm
Speedway at Triton Central 7:30 pm
Switzerland County at South Dearborn 7:30 pm
Terre Haute North at Evansville North 8:00 pm
Terre Haute South at Parke Heritage 7:30 pm
Tri-Central at Northfield 7:30 pm
Tri-County at Pioneer 7:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran at Austin 7:30 pm
Tri-West at Indianapolis Ritter 7:30 pm
Valparaiso at Hammond Central 8:00 pm
Victory College Prep at Indianapolis Washington 7:30 pm
Wabash at Peru 7:45 pm
Waldron at Sheridan 7:30 pm
Washington at Evansville Memorial 8:00 pm
Washington Twp. at Trinity Greenlawn 7:30 pm
Wawasee at East Noble 7:30 pm
West Lafayette at Rossville 7:30 pm

SECTIONAL GAMES TUESDAY

CLASS 4A
East Chicago Central
Hammond Morton vs. Munster 8:00 pm
Chesterton
Portage at Chesterton 8:00 pm
Mishawaka
LaPorte at Mishawaka 6:30 pm
Michigan City vs. Plymouth 8:00 pm
Elkhart
Concord vs. Goshen 6:00 pm
Penn vs. Northridge 7:30 pm
East Noble
Fort Wayne Snider at East Noble 6:00 pm
Carroll (Fort Wayne) vs. Fort Wayne North 7:30 pm
Homestead
Fort Wayne Wayne vs. Fort Wayne South 6:00 pm
Huntington North at Homestead 7:30 pm
Lafayette Jeff
Kokomo vs. Harrison (West Lafayette) 6:00 pm
McCutcheon vs. Marion 7:30 pm
Noblesville
Zionsville at Noblesville 6:00 pm
Carmel vs. Fishers 7:30 pm
Greenfield-Central
New Palestine vs. Mount Vernon (Fortville) 7:00 pm
Lawrence North
Lawrence Central vs. Warren Central 7:00 pm
Southport
Indianapolis Roncalli vs. Franklin Central 7:00 pm
Terre Haute South
Plainfield vs. Brownsburg 7:00 pm
Bloomington North
Bloomington South vs. Greenwood 6:00 pm
Mooresville vs. Center Grove 7:30 pm
East Central
Columbus East vs. Columbus North 6:00 pm
Shelbyville vs. Whiteland 7:30 pm
Seymour
Jeffersonville at Seymour 6:00 pm
Bedford North Lawrence vs. New Albany 7:30 pm
Evansville North
Castle at Evansville North 6:30 pm
Jasper vs. Evansville Reitz 8:00 pm


CLASS 3A
Calumet
Hanover Central vs. Lake Station 7:00 pm
River Forest at Calumet 8:30 pm
Tippecanoe Valley
Culver Academy vs. John Glenn 7:30 pm
South Bend Washington
Mishawaka Marian at South Bend Washington 6:00 pm
New Prairie vs. Jimtown 7:30 pm
Lakeland
Wawasee at Lakeland 7:00 pm
Woodlan
Fort Wayne Concordia vs. Garrett 7:00 pm
Frankfort
Western vs. Twin Lakes 7:00 pm
Mississinewa
Bellmont at Mississinewa 7:00 pm
New Castle
Centerville vs. Yorktown 7:00 pm
Lebanon
Western Boone vs. Danville 6:00 pm
Monrovia vs. Tri-West 7:30 pm
Owen Valley
West Vigo at Owen Valley 7:00 pm
Guerin Catholic
Indianapolis Herron at Guerin Catholic 6:00 pm
Indianapolis Shortridge vs. Brebeuf Jesuit 7:30 pm
Beech Grove
Christel House vs. Indianapolis Ritter 6:00 pm
Speedway vs. Purdue Poly Englewood 7:30 pm
Greensburg
Rushville at Greensburg 7:00 pm
Scottsburg
Salem vs. Silver Creek 7:00 pm
Princeton
Southridge vs. North Daviess 6:30 pm
Boonville
Evansville Mater Dei at Boonville 7:00 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey) vs. Gibson Southern 8:30 pm


CLASS 2A
Bowman Academy
Lighthouse CPA vs. Gary 21st Century 7:00 pm
North Judson
LaVille vs. South Bend Career 6:30 pm
Wheeler vs. Hebron 8:00 pm
Westview
Fremont at Westview 6:00 pm
Churubusco vs. Prairie Heights 7:30 pm
Lewis Cass
Wabash vs. Rochester 6:00 pm
North Miami vs. Winamac 7:30 pm
Bluffton
South Adams vs. Adams Central 7:00 pm
Lafayette Central Catholic
Seeger at Lafayette Central Catholic 6:00 pm
Carroll (Flora) vs. Delphi 7:30 pm
Tipton
Elwood at Tipton 7:00 pm
Alexandria
Winchester at Alexandria 7:00 pm
Hagerstown
Shenandoah vs. Knightstown 7:00 pm
Triton Central
Eastern Hancock vs. Indianapolis Scecina 7:00 pm
Sheridan
Covenant Christian vs. Cascade 7:00 pm
Greencastle
Cloverdale vs. North Putnam 7:00 pm
South Ripley
North Decatur vs. Milan 7:00 pm
Southwestern (Hanover)
Eastern (Pekin) vs. Providence 7:00 pm
Paoli
Sullivan at Paoli 7:00 pm
Forest Park
Tell City at Forest Park 6:30 pm
South Spencer vs. North Posey 8:00 pm


CLASS 1A
Kouts
Hammond Science & Tech vs. Demotte Christian 7:00 pm
Washington Twp. at Kouts 8:30 pm
Triton
Trinity Greenlawn vs. Marquette Catholic 7:30 pm
Bethany Christian
Elkhart Christian at Bethany Christian 7:00 pm
Caston
South Newton vs. Tri-County 6:00 pm
West Central vs. North White 7:30 pm
Southern Wells
Southwood at Southern Wells 7:00 pm
Fountain Central
Faith Christian vs. Clinton Central 6:00 pm
Rossville vs. Attica 7:30 pm
Tri-Central
Liberty Christian vs. Anderson Prep 7:00 pm
Blue River
Randolph Southern vs. Tri 7:00 pm
White River Valley
Clay City at White River Valley 7:00 pm
Bethesda Christian
Traders Point Christian at Bethesda Christian 7:00 pm
Indianapolis Lutheran
Victory College Prep at Indianapolis Lutheran 7:00 pm
Edinburgh
Morristown vs. Southwestern (Shelbyville) 7:00 pm
Borden
Christian Academy vs. West Washington 6:00 pm
Lanesville vs. South Central (Elizabeth) 7:30 pm
New Washington
Crothersville at New Washington 6:00 pm
Shawe Memorial vs. Trinity Lutheran 7:30 pm
Loogootee
Shoals vs. Orleans 7:00 pm
Tecumseh
Cannelton vs. Northeast Dubois 7:00 pm
Wood Memorial at Tecumseh 8:30 pm

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE FINALS

SESSION 1

PUBLIC GATES OPEN AT 9:30 AM ET 

10:30 AM ET | CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
LANESVILLE (28-1) VS. MARQUETTE CATHOLIC (24-4) 

APPROX. 12:45 PM ET | CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (21-8) VS. FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS (19-6) 

SESSION 2

PUBLIC GATES OPEN AT 5 PM ET 

6 PM ET | CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
GIBSON SOUTHERN (25-4) VS. NORWELL (23-4) 

APPROX. 8:15 PM ET | CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
LAWRENCE CENTRAL (29-1) VS. LAKE CENTRAL (26-4) 

STATE FINALS PREVIEW: https://www.ihsaa.org/sites/default/files/documents/2023-24%20Girls%20Basketball%20Preview.pdf

INDIANA STATE SWIMMING FINALS

Site: Indiana University Natatorium, IUPUI, 901 W. New York St., Indianapolis | Website

Admission: All tickets will be digital through your mobile phone beginning Monday, Feb. 19 and may be purchased through Eventlink (additional fees may apply). No cash. Present your purchase verification on your mobile phone at the gate for admission. $10 per session or $19 both days general admission. Children 5 years and younger admitted free for general admission seating only.  

A limited number of $22 reserved seating tickets will be available for purchase (good for both days) (8 tickets per purchase max). Reserved seating for a single session is not available.

Streaming: All competition will be streamed live at IHSAAtv.org and the IHSAAtv suite of apps (iPhone, Android phone, Roku, Amazon Firestick, AppleTV, and Android TV) via pay-per-view for $10 for Friday’s preliminaries only or $15 for both days.

Photography: Double Edge Media is the Official Photography Service of the IHSAA and posts state championship images for purchase. Website 

Sports Medicine: Athletic trainers from Forté Sports Medicine, the Official Sports Medicine Provider to the IHSAA, will be on hand to assist student-athletes as needed. Website 

Apparel: Contact Team IP, our official online provider of state tournament apparel. Website 

Advancement
The top 16 in each swimming event during Friday’s prelims will return for competition on Saturday with the top eight individuals vying for state championship honors. Those finishing nine through 16 on Friday will make up the competitors in the consolation heats. All diving will take place on Saturday with the top 20 of 32 competitors advancing from the prelims to the semis after five dives each. After three dives each in the semis, the top 16 will advance to the final round for another three dives each. 

Friday, Feb. 23, 2024
Gates open at 4:30 pm ET / 3:30 pm CT
6 pm ET / 5 pm CT | Swimming Preliminaries | Heat Sheets | Psych Sheets 

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024
Gates open at 7:30 am ET / 6:30 am CT 
9 am ET / 8 am CT | Diving Preliminaries, Semifinals 
1 pm ET / 12 pm CT | Championship/Consolation Finals in all swimming events; Diving Finals 

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#3 PURDUE 96 RUTGERS 68

#21 WASHINGTON STATE 77 #4 ARIZONA 74

ELSEWHERE:

MINNESOTA 88 OHIO STATE 79

NORTHWESTERN 76 MICHIGAN 62

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#2 OHIO STATE 82 PENN STATE 69

#20 LOUISVILLE 80 GEORGIA TECH 62

#19 NOTRE DAME 74 CLEMSON 47

DUKE 58 #17 SYRACUSE 45

#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 72 ALABAMA 44

NORTH CAROLINA 80 #6 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 70

#14 INDIANA 86 #4 IOWA 69

#16 GONZAGA 74 SAN FRANCISCO 48

#13 LSU 71 AUBURN 66

#12 UCLA 82 #18 UTAH 58

ELSEWHERE:

INDIANA STATE 69 EVANSVILLE 66

BELLMONT 83 VALPARAISO 56

NBA SCOREBOARD

INDIANA 129 DETROIT 115

TORONTO 121 BROOKLYN 93

NEW YORK 110 PHILADELPHIA 96

ORLANDO 116 CLEVELAND 109

DALLAS 123 PHOENIX 113

BOSTON 129 CHICAGO 112

OKLAHOMA CITY 129 LA CLIPPERS 107

NEW ORLEANS 127 HOUSTON 105

CHARLOTTE 115 UTAH 107

DENVER 130 WASHINGTON 110

GOLDEN STATE 128 LA LAKERS 110

SACRAMENTO 127 SAN ANTONIO 122

NHL SCOREBOARD

NY RANGERS 5 NEW JERSEY 1

OTTAWA 4 DALLAS 1

PITTSBURGH 4 MONTRÉAL 1

CAROLINA 1 FLORIDA 0

DETROIT 2 COLORADO 1 OT

WASHINGTON 5 TAMPA BAY 3

ST. LOUIS 4 NY ISLANDERS 0

CALGARY 3 BOSTON 2 OT

SEATTLE 5 VANCOUVER 2

TORONTO 7 VEGAS 3

NASHVILLE 4 LOS ANGELES 1

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NO. 21 WASHINGTON STATE TAKES DOWN NO. 4 ARIZONA

Jaylen Wells scored a season-high 27 points, including a go-ahead four-point play in the final minute, as No. 21 Washington State handed No. 4 Arizona its first home loss of the season, 77-74 on Thursday night in Tucson, Ariz.

Wells made 6 of 10 3-point shots and also hit two free throws with 2.7 seconds left for the final points. Caleb Love tossed up a shot from about 35 feet at the buzzer, with the ball going off the front of the rim.

The Cougars (21-6, 12-4 Pac-12) grabbed a half-game lead in the conference over the Wildcats (20-6, 11-4) and swept the season series from Arizona, which had been 13-0 at home.

Washington State, which was playing as a ranked team for the first time since 2008, has won eight consecutive games. Isaac Jones had 16 points for WSU. Rueben Chinyelu posted 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Love scored 27 points and had five assists to lead Arizona, which had its six-game winning streak snapped. Oumar Ballo had his sixth consecutive double-double, with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

The second half was tight throughout and the score was tied at 71 with 1:34 to go. After Wells missed a 3-pointer, Love drove for a three-point play to make the score 74-71 with 51.2 seconds remaining.

Wells then hit his sixth 3-pointer of the night, getting the ball in the left corner after WSU scrambled for an offensive rebound and kicked the ball out. Wells was fouled on the shot, hitting the free throw to give the Cougars the lead with 24.6 seconds to go.

Love was blocked near the hoop on the ensuing possession, with the ball going out of bounds to Arizona with 9.6 seconds left. The Wildcats again went to Love, who slipped on a drive to the basket and was called for traveling with 4.0 seconds remaining.

Wells had 13 points in the first half, when Washington State led for nearly the entire period. The Cougars took their biggest lead at 31-24 with 3:54 to go before halftime, but Arizona poked ahead with a 9-1 run before two free throws gave WSU a 34-33 edge at the break.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: MILESTONE WIN FOR NO. 1 SOUTH CAROLINA COACH DAWN STALEY

No. 1 South Carolina’s defense suffocated Alabama from the outset and the Gamecocks shook off a slow start offensively to cruise to a 72-44 victory for coach Dawn Staley’s 600th career win on Thursday in Columbia, S.C.

South Carolina (26-0, 13-0 Southeastern Conference) started 1 of 12 from the field but still led 11-6 after the first quarter. The Gamecocks’ imposing defense stifled the Crimson Tide (20-8, 7-6) to 3-of-29 shooting over the game’s first 18 minutes as South Carolina entered halftime up 33-11. Staley’s squad outshot the Crimson Tide for the game, 38.5 percent to 22.1 percent, and forced 19 turnovers.

Ashlyn Watkins’ 14 points and 10 boards led the Gamecocks in the absence of leading scorer and rebounder Kamilla Cardoso (rest). Reserve Sania Feagin added 10 points to fuel South Carolina’s 31-0 advantage in bench points.

Jessica Timmons tallied 20 points for Alabama in its lowest scoring output in a game this season. Leading scorer Sarah Ashlee Barker (17 points per game) left the game in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury. The guard finished with four points on 2-of-11 shooting.

No. 2 Ohio State 82, Penn State 69

Celeste Taylor scored 16 points, dished out seven assists and swiped seven steals as the Buckeyes notched a historic win in the Lady Lions’ first home game since 1996 at Rec Hall in University Park, Pa.

Jacy Sheldon added 20 points and six helpers for Ohio State (23-3, 14-1 Big Ten), which became the first Big Ten team to beat Penn State (16-11, 7-9) at Rec Hall in 29 games since the Lady Lions joined the conference in 1990.

Cotie McMahon and Taylor Theirry finished with 16 and 14 points, respectively, for the Buckeyes. That duo, along with Sheldon and Taylor, contributed baskets during Ohio State’s 13-0 run to begin the game, which ended with the Buckeyes’ 13th straight win.

Ashley Owusu’s 22 points, along with Leilani Kapinus’ 10-point, 10-rebound outing, led the Lady Lions in their sixth straight loss.

Duke 58, No. 17 Syracuse 45

Kennedy Brown scored 12 points and Reigan Richardson hit for 11 as the Blue Devils upset the Orange in Syracuse, N.Y.

Jadyn Donovan piled up eight points and a game-high 15 rebounds as Duke (17-9, 9-6 ACC) snapped its two-game losing streak and notched its fourth-straight victory over Syracuse. Taina Mair added seven points and nine assists for the Blue Devils, who outscored the Orange 21-6 in the second quarter and limited Syracuse to 14 of 56 (25 percent) shooting from the field overall.

The Orange (22-5, 12-4) fell for the first time in six games despite racking up 27 takeaways and holding a 24-11 advantage in points off turnovers. Dyaisha Fair finished with 22 points on 7-of-25 shooting, while Georgia Woolley managed 11 points for Syracuse. The duo combined for 11 rebounds and supplied all three of the Orange’s 3-pointers.

No. 19 Notre Dame 74, Clemson 47

Maddy Westbeld bundled 13 points with 12 rebounds as the Fighting Irish trotted past the Tigers in South Bend, Ind.

Sonia Citron’s 16 points and four steals led Notre Dame (20-6, 10-5 ACC), which trailed 14-4 before recovering to lead 37-27 at halftime. Hannah Hidalgo collected 10 points and eight assists, while Anna DeWolfe and KK Bransford each scored 12 in the win.

Clemson (11-16, 4-11) lost its fourth straight despite a 17-point, 10-rebound effort from Ruby Whitehorn. Amari Robinson added 14 points and Dayshanette Harris contributed 12 points and nine assists for the Tigers, who had 10 shots blocked and finished 19 of 60 (31.7 percent) from the field.

No. 20 Louisville 80, Georgia Tech 62

Sydney Taylor poured in a season-high 31 points and matched her career best with seven 3-pointers off the bench as the Cardinals wore down the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta.

Jayda Curry was the only other double-digit scorer for Louisville (22-6, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), providing 13 points before fouling out. No Cardinals starter scored more than nine points. Louisville canned 12 treys compared to Georgia Tech’s four and held a 28-14 advantage in points off turnovers despite having only one less giveaway (16-15).

Kara Dunn’s 17 points and nine rebounds led Georgia Tech (15-13, 6-10), which lost for the seventh time in nine games. Tonie Morgan added 16 points and Rusne Augustinaite hit for 14 as the Yellow Jackets fell to 0-8 this season against ranked opponents.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: LUKA DONCIC (41) GUIDES MAVS PAST SUNS

Luka Doncic scored a game-high 41 points to help lead the Dallas Mavericks post a 123-113 victory over the visiting Phoenix Suns on Thursday.

Doncic added 11 assists and nine rebounds. Kyrie Irving added 29 points for Dallas, which extended its winning streak to seven.

Devin Booker led Phoenix with 35 points, while Kevin Durant scored 23 for the Suns, who saw their modest two-game winning streak snapped but still have won 14 of the last 19.

Phoenix held a 63-60 halftime advantage, but Dallas began the second half on a 16-0 run, including five 3-pointers. Doncic was responsible for three triples in the stretch.

Nuggets 130, Wizards 110

Nikola Jokic had 21 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists, Michael Porter Jr. finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds and host Denver beat scuffling Washington.

Jokic, who made all 10 of his field-goal attempts, has recorded at least one triple-double against every NBA team he has faced, joining Russell Westbrook and LeBron James as the only players to accomplish the feat. Jokic has 16 triple-doubles this season and 121 for his career.

Jamal Murray scored 18 points and Aaron Gordon added 17 points for the Nuggets, who snapped a three-game skid. Kyle Kuzma had 31 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards, who have lost nine in a row. Tyus Jones contributed 13 points and 14 assists.

Warriors 128, Lakers 110

Stephen Curry continued his hot long-range shooting by sinking six 3-pointers and scoring 32 points as Golden State took advantage of the absence of LeBron James to thrash Los Angeles in San Francisco.

Curry also tallied a team-high eight assists, and Andrew Wiggins finished with 20 points for the Warriors, who won for the seventh time in eight games.

James sat out with a sore left ankle, which helped stall a Lakers team that had won its previous three games. Anthony Davis notched a team-high 27 points and a game-high 15 rebounds, and D’Angelo Russell accumulated 18 points and nine assists.

Kings 127, Spurs 122

De’Aaron Fox recorded 28 points and nine assists and Domantas Sabonis had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to lead Sacramento past visiting San Antonio.

Kevin Huerter and Malik Monk scored 21 points apiece and Keegan Murray added 16 for the Kings, who finished with an 11-2 burst to win their second consecutive game.

Devin Vassell scored 32 points on 13-of-18 shooting and Victor Wembanyama added 19 points, 13 rebounds, five steals and five blocked shots for the Spurs, who lost for the ninth time in 10 games.

Thunder 129, Clippers 107

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 31 points and eight assists to lead Oklahoma City over visiting Los Angeles.

All five Thunder starters finished with at least 12 points. Luguentz Dort scored 19, Jalen Williams had 18, Chet Holmgren 17 and Josh Giddey 12. Holmgren added 10 rebounds, three blocks and three assists.

Kawhi Leonard, who missed the last game before the All-Star break, returned to lead the Clippers with 20 points. Norman Powell added 19 off the bench, James Harden scored 17, Paul George had 14 and Ivica Zubac amassed 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Hornets 115, Jazz 107

Miles Bridges totaled 26 points and 14 rebounds and Grant Williams scored 24 off the bench to help streaking Charlotte beat Utah in Salt Lake City.

The Hornets hit 20 3-pointers and used a 14-0 fourth-quarter run en route to their fourth consecutive win. It was Charlotte’s sixth road win all season.

Lauri Markkanen led Utah with 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists, but the Jazz struggled while hitting only 9 of 39 from 3-point range. John Collins grabbed 18 rebounds and scored nine points for Utah, while Collin Sexton added 17 points.

Magic 116, Cavaliers 109

The Orlando bench combined to score 63 points, led by Moritz Wagner’s 22, helping the Magic register a win at Cleveland.

Wagner posted his highest scoring total since notching 27 points on Nov. 24. He also matched fellow reserve Jonathan Isaac with a team-high seven rebounds.

Cleveland played without All-Star Donovan Mitchell (illness) and got 18 points each from Jarrett Allen, Darius Garland and Max Strus. Allen added 10 rebounds, and Garland tallied 10 assists.

Pacers 129, Pistons 115

Tyrese Haliburton had 25 points and 13 assists, Pascal Siakam added 20 points and Indiana returned from the All-Star break with a win over visiting Detroit in Indianapolis.

T.J. McConnell had 16 points for the Pacers, who scored 42 in the opening quarter and led by as many as 31 late in the first half. Bennedict Mathurin scored 15 points, Myles Turner had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Isaiah Jackson added 13 points.

Cade Cunningham led the Pistons with 30 points and eight assists. Jalen Duren had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Simone Fontecchio and Jaden Ivey scored 14 points apiece.

Knicks 110, 76ers 96

Bojan Bogdanovic made all six of his 3-point attempts and scored 22 points, Jalen Brunson added 21 points and 12 assists and New York built a 26-point lead before holding on to beat host Philadelphia.

Josh Hart had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Precious Achiuwa contributed 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Donte DiVincenzo scored 16 points and Jericho Sims pulled down 10 rebounds.

Tyrese Maxey led the Sixers with 35 points. Buddy Hield and Kelly Oubre Jr. added 14 points apiece and Kyle Lowry had 11 in his team debut.

Celtics 129, Bulls 112

Derrick White scored 28 points and Jayson Tatum followed with 25 to help visiting Boston top Chicago for its season-high seventh straight victory.

Jaylen Brown added 21 points for the Celtics, who shot 54.2 percent overall, including 48.9 percent from long range.

Nikola Vucevic logged 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who lost for the third time in four games. Coby White scored 20 points and DeMar DeRozan chipped in 19.

Pelicans 127, Rockets 105

CJ McCollum scored 28 points, Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double and host New Orleans routed Houston.

Valanciunas produced 20 points and 14 rebounds while Zion Williamson added 27 points and nine assists as the Pelicans won their fourth straight game and their eighth in the past nine despite the absence of Brandon Ingram (non-COVID illness).

Amen Thompson scored 22 points in a reserve role and Alperen Sengun had 20 points for the Rockets, who lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Raptors 121, Nets 93

Scottie Barnes scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as host Toronto blitzed Brooklyn. The result spoiled Kevin Ollie’s debut as interim coach of the Nets, who have lost three in a row and six of seven.

Gary Trent Jr. added 25 points and Immanuel Quickley scored 24 points for the Raptors, who snapped a three-game losing streak. RJ Barrett added 12 points for Toronto.

Mikal Bridges scored 21 points for Brooklyn, and Cam Thomas added 19. Lonnie Walker IV contributed 11 points.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: SEBASTIAN AHO’S LATE GOAL LIFTS ‘CANES PAST PANTHERS

Sebastian Aho scored with 18.9 seconds to play and Pyotr Kochetkov stopped 44 shots as the Carolina Hurricanes outlasted the visiting Florida Panthers to win 1-0 on Thursday night in a showdown between two of the Eastern Conference’s best teams in Raleigh, N.C.

Aho’s 21st goal of the season came on a late power play and was assisted by Andrei Svechnikov and Jesper Fast. A postgame scrum between the teams followed.

Kochetkov, who had been the backup the previous two games, needed 16 third-period saves for his third shutout of the season and seventh in 56 career games.

Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots, but Florida’s six-game winning streak ended. The Panthers had won 10 of their previous 11 games.

Maple Leafs 7, Golden Knights 3

Auston Matthews scored his league-leading 52nd goal and Max Domi scored twice as Toronto cruised to a season-high sixth straight win in Las Vegas.

It was the 19th multi-goal game of Domi’s career. Pontus Holmberg had a goal and an assist, Mitch Marner added two assists and Jake McCabe, David Kampf and John Tavares also scored for Toronto, which jumped out to a 4-0 first-period lead. It was the 10th goal in the last five games for Matthews while Marner has 15 assists over his last six games. Martin Jones finished with 23 saves for the Maple Leafs, who have scored 34 goals during their six-game win streak.

Jonathan Marchessault had a goal and an assist, Shea Theodore had two assists and Michael Amadio and William Karlsson also scored for Vegas, which suffered its fourth consecutive home loss. Logan Thompson finished with 18 saves after starter Adin Hill was pulled at the 14:20 mark of the first period after allowing three goals on 20 shots.

Capitals 5, Lightning 3

Rasmus Sandin scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:59 left and revitalized Washington opened a two-game trip in Florida by beating Tampa Bay.

Connor McMichael recorded his second consecutive two-goal game, one into an empty net, and Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Anthony Mantha potted goals for Washington. Dylan Strome and Tom Wilson had two assists apiece. Capitals forward T.J. Oshie spun and fell to the ice in a non-contact incident with 8:06 left in the game and had to be helped to the dressing room.

Brandon Hagel extended his point streak to 11 games, and Nicholas Paul and Tyler Motte also scored for Tampa Bay, which lost for the third consecutive time at home and finished 1-3-0 on its homestand.

Flames 3, Bruins 2 (OT)

Nazem Kadri scored the overtime winner to give host Calgary a season sweep of Eastern Conference-leading Boston.

Oliver Kylington and Martin Pospisil also scored for the Flames, who won their second consecutive outing. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 31 saves for his 211th career win, moving him ahead of Tommy Salo for second place among Swedish-born goalies. Henrik Lundqvist tops the list at 459.

Sprung on a three-on-one rush, Kadri wisely elected to shoot, and hit the mark at 3:56 of the extra period for his sixth career overtime winner and 20th goal of the season. The Flames won in Boston, 4-1, on Feb. 6.

Red Wings 2, Avalanche 1 (OT)

Patrick Kane scored at 3:42 of overtime to give host Detroit a win over Colorado, the Red Wings’ third straight win.

The Red Wings also ended a 10-game losing streak to Colorado, which was also seeking its third straight victory. Dylan Larkin assisted on Kane’s goal and scored the regulation goal for Detroit. Alex Lyon made 30 saves in the win.

Nathan MacKinnon had the Avalanche goal to increase his point total to 93. Colorado’s backup goaltender Justus Annunen recorded 28 saves.

Rangers 5, Devils 1

Alexis Lafreniere scored twice and Igor Shesterkin made 39 saves as New York extended its winning streak to a season-high nine games with a rout in Newark, N.J.

Lafreniere notched his fourth career multi-goal game and second this season by scoring late in the first and second periods. Mika Zibanejad scored a power-play goal and Artemi Panarin added three assists after being questionable with a lower-body injury as the Rangers beat the Devils for the second time this season.

Shesterkin won his fifth straight start and helped the Rangers win nine straight for the first time since Oct. 25-Nov. 15, 2015.

Penguins 4, Canadiens 1

Kris Letang scored twice as Pittsburgh put up four unanswered goals to snap a two-game losing streak with a win over visiting Montreal.

Drew O’Connor added a goal and an assist and Erik Karlsson had two assists for the Penguins, who had lost five of six (1-4-1). Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry made 30 saves to improve to 6-1-1 against Montreal in his career.

Forward Colin White was in an interesting situation for the game. He was put on waivers by the Penguins on Wednesday and participated with them in a morning skate Thursday. Hours before the game, Montreal claimed White, so he moved to the visitors’ locker room and suited up for the Canadiens. He posted a plus-1 rating in 11:11 of ice time.

Blues 4, Islanders 0

Pavel Buchnevich scored a hat trick and Jordan Binnington earned his 15th career shutout as host St. Louis defeated New York thanks in large part to scoring three goals in a 32-second span.

Binnington made 38 saves as the Blues were outshot 38-25.

After a scoreless first period, Brandon Saad scored on the power play 4:38 into the second. Buchnevich made it 2-0 just 7 seconds later by driving toward the left post to redirect Robert Thomas’ cross-crease pass. Then Buchnevich made it 3-0 at 5:10 with a snap shot from the right circle off Jordan Kyrou’s pass from the middle.

Senators 4, Stars 1

Josh Norris scored two goals and Drake Batherson had two assists as host Ottawa defeated Dallas. The Senators are on a three-game points streak (2-0-1) and are 9-3-3 in their last 15 games.

Thomas Chabot and Shane Pinto scored Ottawa’s other goals. Goaltender Anton Forsberg stopped 14 of 15 shots to earn his 10th win in 19 games this season.

Joe Pavelski scored the lone Stars goal. Scott Wedgewood stopped 18 of 19 shots in a relief outing. Starting goaltender Jake Oettinger was pulled midway through the second period after allowing three goals on 11 shots.

Kraken 5, Canucks 2

Jordan Eberle had two goals and an assist and Jared McCann added a goal and three assists as host Seattle defeated Western Conference-leading Vancouver.

Justin Schultz had a goal and an assist and Vince Dunn also tallied for the Kraken, who extended their point streak to four games (3-0-1). Goaltender Philipp Grubauer, making just his second start since suffering a lower-body injury Dec. 9, made 19 saves.

J.T. Miller and Sam Lafferty scored for the Canucks, who suffered their fourth consecutive defeat. Thatcher Demko stopped 26 of 30 shots.

Predators 4, Kings 1

Colton Sissons had a goal and two assists and Juuse Saros made 27 saves as visiting Nashville ended Los Angeles’ four-game winning streak.

Jeremy Lauzon had a goal and an assist and Mark Jankowski and Yakov Trenin also scored for the Predators, who have won three in a row for the first time since a four-game winning streak Dec. 10-16.

Kevin Fiala scored and David Rittich made 17 saves for the Kings, who are 5-2-0 since Jim Hiller took over as interim head coach on Feb. 2.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

TEXAS REGENTS APPROVE SARKISIAN CONTRACT EXTENSION AND RAISE TO MORE THAN $10 MILLION

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Steve Sarkisian is college football’s latest $10 million man.

The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Thursday approved a raise and contract extension for the Longhorns coach that boosts his guaranteed salary to $10.3 million this year and signs him through 2030.

The four-year extension makes Sarkisian one of the highest paid coaches in the country after Texas won the Big 12 last season and earned its first appearance in the College Football Playoff.

The contract includes $100,000 annual raises that will push Sarkisian’s guaranteed salary to $10.9 million by 2030. He also gets a one-time $300,000 bonus payment and 20 hours of personal use every year on the school’s private plane.

Sarkisian also is eligible to earn more than $1.5 million in bonuses if the Longhorns win a national championship.

His original contract called for him to get paid $5.8 million in 2024. According to the regents’ agenda, the raises are a 78% overall increase in Sarkisian’s guaranteed compensation.

The contract approval was expected. The extension was announced in January and the board published financial details in their meeting agenda last week.

Texas finished 12-2 and ranked No. 3 last season after a 37-31 loss to Washington in a national semifinal that came down to the final play. The Longhorns won the Big 12 in their final season in the league. Texas moves into the Southeastern Conference next season.

Sarkisian, 49, is 25-14 in his three seasons at Texas.

Texas regents also approved contract extensions for tight ends coach Jeff Banks, offensive coordinator Kyle Flood and defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski.

SABAN: ‘WHAT WE HAVE NOW IS NOT COLLEGE FOOTBALL’

Legendary coach Nick Saban wants to be an advocate for college football now that he’s done patrolling Alabama’s sideline.

“If my voice can bring about some meaningful change, I want to help any way I can because I love the players, and I love college football,” Saban said, according to ESPN’s Chris Low. “What we have now is not college football – not college football as we know it. You hear somebody use the word ‘student-athlete.’ That doesn’t exist.

“I’m not really looking for a job, but I do know I’d like to impact college football the best way I can, whether it’s being a spokesperson or anything else,” Saban said.

Saban is slated to contribute to ESPN’s College GameDay, among other programming, during the 2024 season.

The 72-year-old stressed that he wants to advocate for athletes. He added that he’s concerned for many players’ post-football careers if the main focus is on making money now instead of developing skills for later.

“I want to see the players have a great quality of life and be able to create value for themselves. But we’ve gone to nobody talking about education, nobody talking about creating value for their future, to talking only about how much money can I make while I’m in college.”

The seven-time national champion said he would prefer player compensation models be handled by the universities over NIL collectives, but he’d also like to see more commitment from players.

“Just like an NFL player has a contract or a coach has a contract, something in place so you don’t have all this raiding of rosters and mass movement,” Saban said. “I wonder what fans are going to say when they don’t even know the team from year to year because there’s no development of teams, just bringing in new players every year.”

Kalen DeBoer, who replaced Saban as the Crimson Tide’s head coach, said he’s excited for Saban to remain involved in the sport outside of coaching.

“Nobody can say it’s about him or his team now,” the 49-year-old DeBoer said. “He wants to see the game move in the right direction. We need that, and if he can help make that happen, he will leave another legacy that might not go above what he’s accomplished on the field but will be far-reaching for everybody in our sport.”

REPORT: IOWA DB COOPER DEJEAN’S LEG INJURY TO LIMIT COMBINE PARTICIPATION

Iowa defensive back Cooper DeJean will not participate in testing and position drills at the NFL Scouting Combine next week, The Athletic reported on Thursday.

DeJean continues to recover from a season-ending lower left leg injury suffered in practice on Nov. 15. He is ranked No. 22 overall by Field Level Media entering the 2024 draft. He played cornerback and returned kicks for the Hawkeyes but is viewed by some teams as a safety prospect.

A consensus All-American in 2023, DeJean started the first 10 games of the season for Iowa. He had three career interception returns for touchdowns. He did not allow a touchdown in coverage last season.

DeJean’s individual workout could take place next month if he’s deemed medically ready for testing. When he does run the 40 and conduct other on-field tests, DeJean is expected to show elite explosiveness and acceleration scouts have seen at previous testing days in Iowa City along with his on-field play.

Iowa’s pro day is scheduled for March 20, just over one month before the 2024 draft.

DeJean turned 21 last month and is part of a strong cornerback class with the potential to be used as a hybrid defensive back similar to the role of Ravens safety Kyle Hamilton and Seahawks cornerback Devon Witherspoon.

FOOTBALL NEWS

REPORT: CFL MOP CHAD KELLY ACCUSED OF HARASSMENT BY EX-COACH

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Chad Kelly, the reigning CFL Most Outstanding Player, is accused of harassing a female coach in a lawsuit she filed against the team for wrongful dismissal, TSN reported Thursday.

The former strength and conditioning coach filed suit in Ontario Superior Court in Toronto on Wednesday. She alleges that after Kelly harassed her and she rejected his advances, the Argonauts retaliated by dismissing her from the team in January. She had worked for the team since 2018.

The woman is seeking $50,000 from Kelly for violating the Ontario Human Rights Code and more than $85,000 from the Argonauts for her claim of wrongful termination.

She said in the lawsuit that Kelly “repeatedly sought to initiate romantic connections” throughout the 2022 and 2023 seasons and continued to do so after her “polite refusals.”

In November of last year, according to the lawsuit, Kelly “publicly accused (her) of engaging in romantic relations with another team member,” leading her to confront the quarterback in private.

“Instead of addressing the concerns, Chad reacted with aggression, screaming, cursing and waving his hands at (her),” the lawsuit alleges.

When she raised the issue to her supervisor and the team’s assistant general manager, she was allegedly told she had “opened a can of worms.” The coach claimed that the team did not submit an incident report to the CFL, breaching a league policy concerning violence against women.

“(The plaintiff) reported the harassment she was experiencing from Chad to her superiors,” the coach’s lawsuit says. “(The) Argonauts failed to address (her) legitimate concerns and then terminated her employment.”

The nephew of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly joined the Argonauts in 2022 and helped guide them to the Grey Cup title that season, subbing in for injured starting quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson. He became the team’s starting QB in 2023.

Chad Kelly was dismissed from his first college team, Clemson, due to conduct detrimental to the team. He was involved in a bar fight and a brawl at a high school football game before finishing his college career at Ole Miss, and he was arrested for criminal trespassing early in his brief NFL career.

“The club is aware of a legal claim made by a former employee against the team and Mr. Kelly,” a spokesman from the Argonauts’ parent company said in a statement to TSN. “The organization will not comment on private personnel matters or ongoing litigation but is steadfast in its commitment to providing a safe and inclusive work environment.”

BASEBALL NEWS

REPORT: PIRATES, KELLER AGREE TO 5-YEAR, $77M EXTENSION

The Pittsburgh Pirates and right-hander Mitch Keller agreed to a five-year contract extension, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The deal is reportedly worth $77 million, according to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The agreement covers Keller’s final two years of arbitration and three free-agent years.

The contract is the second largest in Pirates history, trailing only Bryan Reynolds’ eight-year, $106.75-million extension signed in 2023.

Keller put together a breakout 2023 campaign for the Pirates. The 27-year-old posted a 13-9 record with a 4.21 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 210 strikeouts across 194 1/3 innings, making his first All-Star Game.

Keller is expected to lead a Pirates rotation that also features Martín Pérez, Marco Gonzales, Luis L. Ortiz, and Bailey Falter in 2024.

METS’ SENGA SHUT DOWN WITH SHOULDER STRAIN

The New York Mets have shut down All-Star right-hander Kodai Senga due to a moderate right posterior capsule strain in his shoulder, president of baseball operations David Stearns announced Thursday, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Stearns added that the team doesn’t have an exact timeline for Senga’s recovery, though they don’t expect him to be ready for Opening Day.

The 39-year-old executive also said the injury news doesn’t mean the club will add a player to replace Senga before the regular season begins, according to Will Sammon of The Athletic.

The Mets prefer that pitching prospects such as Mike Vasil, Christian Scott, and Dominic Hamel stay in the minors, per Newsday’s Tim Healey.

New York is projected to start the season with a rotation of José Quintana, Luis Severino, Sean Manaea, Adrian Houser, and one of Tylor Megill, Joey Lucchesi, José Butto, or Max Kranick.

Senga was examined by trainers Wednesday after experiencing arm fatigue following a throwing session at spring training.

The 31-year-old posted a 2.98 ERA with 1.22 WHIP and 202 strikeouts over 166 1/3 innings (29 starts) en route to finishing as the 2023 NL Rookie of the Year runner-up.

GOLF NEWS

CHARLIE WOODS FAILS TO ADVANCE IN TOUR EVENT QUALIFIER

Home cooking wasn’t enough for Charlie Woods in his first try at qualifying for a PGA TOUR event.

Tiger’s 15-year-old son didn’t advance to the Monday pre-qualifier for the Cognizant Classic in Florida.

The younger Woods fired a 16-over 86 on Thursday in a round that included a 12 on the par-4 seventh hole. However, he did card six pars on the back nine.

The Cognizant Classic, formerly known as the Honda Classic, will be played Feb. 29 through March 3 at The Palm Beaches.

Charlie has competed in the last four editions of the PNC Championship with his father, and the duo finished as the runners-up in 2021. The younger Woods has also played in the Notah Begay III Junior Golf National Championship with Tiger as his caddy.

The Cognizant Classic features a $9-million purse, with $1.62 million going to the winner. Rory McIlroy, Tom Kim, and defending champion Chris Kirk are among the players who’ve already committed to the event.

STEVE PATE HOLDS 1-STROKE LEAD AFTER FIRST ROUND IN MOROCCO

Steve Pate carded a 6-under-par 67 on Thursday to seize a one-stroke lead at the Trophy Hassan II in Rabat, Morocco.

Pate is seeking his first PGA Tour Champions win. He recorded six birdies and an eagle on No. 18 to offset a double bogey on No. 4 at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam to hold the slim advantage over Australians Steve Allan and Mark Hensby.

Pate’s round matched the tournament-low 18-hole scoring record, set by Stephen Ames of Canada and Hensby in 2023. Ames won the event last year, with Hensby finishing second.

“It felt good for a while, hit a lot of good shots, made it twice from off the green, made some good putts,” Pate said. “Then hit some god-awful shots and got it up and down, made a double. I don’t know, there was some good and there was some smoke and mirrors.”

Like Pate, Allan also recorded an eagle on No. 18. The PGA Tour Champions Q-school qualifier also collected four birdies to overcome his lone blemish — a bogey on No. 11.

Not too shabby considering it was Allan’s first time playing the course.

“You know, (the greens are) not rolling super-fast, so I think they’re kind of pretty playable right now,” Allan said. The pins were in pretty fair positions; certainly some hard ones, but I was kind of lucky, when I missed it I was in a good spot. But they’re pretty demanding on your iron play, that’s for sure.”

Hensby recorded an eagle on No. 8 and four birdies to offset a bogey on No. 10.

“Yeah, yeah, I played well today,” Hensby acknowledged. “I didn’t finish as well as I’d like to, but I played well.”

Scott Parel and Ken Duke joined Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina in a tie for fourth place at 4-under, one stroke ahead of Y.E. Yang of South Korea and Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain.

Ames is tied for 17th at even par. He was awarded the win at the Chubb Classic on Sunday after the final round was canceled due to weather.

PEIYUN CHIEN CLAIMS SOLO LEAD WITH 64 IN STEAMY THAILAND

Peiyun Chien claimed the solo lead with an opening-round 64 at LPGA Thailand on Thursday, fending off Sei Young Kim of South Korea and triple-digit temperatures at Siam Country Club Old Course in Chonburi.

Chien tied her career-best round at 8-under and leads by two shots over Kim, whose 65 was enough to stand ahead of a pack tied for third. The group includes Mi Hyang Lee, Jenny Shin and Hyo Joo Kim of South Korea, Patty Tavatanakit and Natthakritta Vongtaveelap of Thailand, Brooke Henderson of Canada, Ayaka Furue of Japan and Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden.

Chien teed off on No. 10 and caught fire with birdies on a pair of par-5s at No. 18 and No. 1 and eagled the seventh.

“I think (this course is) very easy to shot the good score. Everything can happen,” Chien said. “I just need to play every shot I can do and play best — every shot best.”

Kim is chasing career win No. 13 in her second event of the year. She last won in 2020.

“I wasn’t comfortable for couple holes beginning, and then after I missed — after I miss the putt and I had a bogey, I feel like more relax and just feel comfortable, just whatever, just play,” Kim said.

Tavatanakit notched a win on the Ladies European Tour at the Aramco Saudi Ladies International, cruising to a seven-shot victory for her first professional win since the 2021 Chevron Championship.

Vongtaveelap, also a Thailand native, is playing on a sponsor’s exemption after an injury-riddled rookie season.

“This is my second year that I’m competing in this tournament. I feel honored to be invited to play in this tournament again. Well, for this year I feel, yeah, excited all the time. Yeah, so just prepare myself. And also my knee, yeah, I work out a lot before this week,” Vontaveelap said. “It’s tear on my left knee. On last year I play in LPGA and I take medical leave because of my knee, and now it’s getting better.”

ERIK VAN ROOYEN RIDES FRONT-NINE 29 TO LEAD AT MEXICO OPEN

Erik van Rooyen shot an 8-under-par 63 to take the first-round lead at the Mexico Open at Vidanta on Thursday in Vallarta, Mexico.

Scorching the front nine with an eagle on the par-5 sixth hole and birdies on Nos. 3, 4, 7 and 9, van Rooyen went out in 29. The South African mixed in an eagle, a birdie and a bogey with his six pars on the back nine.

Finland’s Sami Valimaki, who started on the back nine, drove the green on the par-4 seventh hole and converted an eagle to help secure second place by himself with a 7-under 64.

American David Lipsky joined three others in a tie for third with a round of 6-under 65. Also at 65 were Sweden’s Henrik Norlander, Chile’s Cristobal Del Solar and South Africa’s MJ Daffue.

Defending champion and pre-tournament favorite Tony Finau was tied for 29th after a 2-under 69.

Among eight players three shots back in a tie for seventh at 66 were Andrew Novak and Cameron Champ.

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

INDIANA PACERS

GAME REWIND: PACERS 129, PISTONS 115

All-Star Weekend is now in the rear-view mirror, but the energy from the festivities in the Circle City has carried over into the regular season.

In their first post-All-Star break contest on Thursday, the Pacers (32-25) kicked off a four-game homestand with a 129-115 Central Division win over the Detroit Pistons (8-47) at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Indiana led 72-43 at halftime, allowing its fewest points in a first half this season, and led by double digits the rest of the way. With the win, the Pacers clinched their regular season series with the Pistons 3-0, with one game left to go on March 20.

Overall, the Pacers were 50-for-94 from the floor (13-for-30 3-point), while Detroit made 47 of 89 shot attempts (12-for-30 3-point). Indiana’s bench outscored Detroit’s reserves 48-31 in the game, and the Pacers won the rebounding margin 42-41.

Six players scored in double figures for the Pacers.

Tyrese Haliburton, fresh off a memorable All-Star weekend, led the Pacers with 25 points and 12 assists, T.J. McConnell scored 16 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists, and Pascal Siakam scored 20 points. Additionally, Bennedict Mathurin logged 15 points, six rebounds, and five assists, and Myles Turner chipped in 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue & Gold.

Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 overall pick in 2021, topped the Pistons with 30 points (13-for-21 shooting) and eight assists, and Simone Fontecchio and South Bend native Jaden Ivey each scored 14 for the visitors.

The Pacers shot a solid 57.1 percent as a team, including making 10 3-pointers, to go up big early. Haliburton had a fast start, recording 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting, five assists and two rebounds in the first half, while Cunningham scored 13 for the visitors by intermission.

In the first quarter, the Pacers shot 68 percent as a team to build a 42-25 lead. Haliburton put up a nearly perfect stat line across eight minutes on the floor, scoring 11 points while dishing out five assists.

Off the tip, the Pacers strung together a 7-0 scoring spree, but the Pistons responded with a 14-6 scoring run – on six points by rookie Ausar Thompson, the No. 5 pick in the 2023 draft – to give the visitors a 12-11 lead.

Out of a timeout, Pacers second-year guard Andrew Nembhard scored a layup before Haliburton drained three straight 3-pointers and added a layup to push the Pacers ahead 26-18 with 4:03 on the clock.

The Pacers’ second unit controlled the tempo for the remainder of the quarter, outscoring the Pistons 16-7 in the final 3:07 to keep the lead at double digits. During the stretch, Doug McDermott and McConnell hit 3-pointers, Isaiah Jackson converted an and-one, and rookie Ben Sheppard drained a 3-pointer from the right corner at the buzzer.

During a six-minute stretch in the second quarter, the Pacers went on a 21-2 run to go up a game-high 31 points.

A 10-0 scoring run by the Pistons, where four different players scored a bucket, narrowed the score to 46-35 early in the second quarter, but five points by McConnell, four from Nembhard and free throws by Turner put the Pacers back up 20 at 57-37 with just over six minutes left in the half.

The scoring streak turned into the 21-2 spree, featuring two 3-pointers from Obi Toppin and a pair of dunks by Haliburton — including a showstopping reverse – to push the lead to 70-39 with 92 seconds left in the half.

In the third quarter, the Pistons scored more points than their entire first half. Shooting 66.7 percent in the period, including making six 3-pointers, the Pistons narrowed the score to 102-88 by putting up 45 points in the frame.

The Pistons chipped away in the third, using a 12-0 spree from 6:15 to 4:30, where Cunningham and Duren supplied all their team’s points, to make it 90-74 with 4:30 left in the period.

However, Haliburton scored a pair of baskets, Sheppard threw down a two-handed dunk, and Jackson converted an and-one in the final two minutes of the third quarter to help the Pacers stay ahead by 14 points heading into the final 12 minutes.

Pacer head coach Rick Carlisle said there was obviously a loss of concentration in the third quarter.

“I told the guys it’s a great win, a really important win, but we can’t back up our best defensive half of the year with one of our worst defensive quarters of the year,” Carlisle siad. “It’s a standard we aspire to be consistent. We need to learn from it.”

Two baskets by McConnell, three points from Jackson, a bucket by Sheppard and a 3-pointer from Mathruin in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter helped the Pacers to a 114-97 advantage. The Blue & Gold held on from there thanks to timely shots from Turner, Mathurin and Siakam.

The Pacers continue their homestand on Sunday when they host Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.

“Looking forward, on the 25 (games) we have coming up, we just want to approach every game the right way,” Haliburton said. “That’s our biggest thing – just playing the right way.”

Stat of the Night

The Pacers allowed a season-low 43 points in the first half against the Pistons. The previous low was 44 points against the Charlotte Hornets on Feb. 4.

Inside the Numbers

The biggest lead for the Pacers was 31 points and the largest for the Pistons was one point.

Tyrese Haliburton posted his 32nd double-double of the season and Myles Turner logged his 11th double-double of 2023-2024.

Indiana had 10 steals as a team in the game.

The Pacers are 17-4 when outrebounding opponents this season.

Indiana is 29-10 when six or more players score in double figures.

The Pacers finished with 36 assists as a team while the PIstons distributed  27.

You Can Quote Me on That

“Detroit is a very hard-playing, competitive team. I thought that the first half was one of the best halves of the year, and then our third quarter was one of our worst.” – Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle on the win

“That’s why you have a team. Not everybody is going to play perfect. (McConnell) is a guy that’s a constant source of energy, and he did great things for us throughout the entire game. Look, nobody was perfect in the game, but that’s a hard team to play. They’ve developed a style and approach where they can stay in virtually every game and give themselves a chance to win.” – Carlisle on T.J. McConnell stepping up when the Pistons made a push

“Today is the best I’ve felt by far, the best I’ve moved.”  – Tyrese Haliburton on his recent health

“Overall you want to maintain through four quarters, but we’ll take a win any day. I don’t care how it looks.” – Haliburton on the win

“T.J. is the best backup point guard in the NBA. He changes games. This is what he does. It’s not a surprise to any of us watching him out there. It’s just good to see him hooping.” – Haliburton on McConnell

“There’s not many guys that play harder than T.J. McConnell, and I think that’s what separates him.” – Haliburton on McConnell

“Without (Haliburton), we are just a completely different team. To have him back, with no restriction, it just takes our team to another level. There’s no other way to put it. He’s an All-Star starter for a reason. He just plays at an elite level, and gets our team going.” – McConnell on Haliburton

“I feel like the guys we have added to our lineup have realized how we play. We have guys on this team who constantly stay ready. The way we play doesn’t really change.” – McConnell on playing with different lineups this season

“Lineups constantly change. That’s the NBA. Our unit has done a good job of, whoever is in there, to get out and run. I have to credit Obi (Toppin). I thought he was awesome tonight. I felt like he made the right play every play tonight. He’s one of those guys who is selfless, and some of the things he does doesn’t show up on the stat sheet.” – McConnell on the second unit

“He’s incredible. He makes the right play every time. He pushes the pace, he’s a shooter’s dream.” – Doug McDermott on Haliburton

“The way the city rallies around him is pretty cool. I haven’t been here in a while, but you can tell. He’s obviously the fan favorite, and it’s much deserved.” – McDermott on Haliburton

“He is one of those guys, when he checks in the game, you better be ready to match his energy.” – McDermott on McConnell

“Our goal is to go out and really show who we are in the second half of the season. I feel like we have done that really well, but I feel like we have a lot of things we need to improve on to keep it going to make the playoffs. Not only to make it, but to make it a big run.” — Bennedict Mathurin on the rest of the season

“I want to come out and just be me.” – Mathurin on building off the All-Star Weekend

Noteworthy

– The Pacers were without starting forward Aaron Nesmith, who is continuing to recover from an ankle injury sustained during the Feb. 14 game against the Toronto Raptors. Benedict Mathurin started in Nesmith’s place on Thursday.

– Jalen Smith was available for the Pacers on Thursday, but didn’t play. He has recently been listed with back spasms on the injury report.

– Pacers forward Obi Toppin eclipsed  2,000 for his career on Thursday. He needed five points to hit the mark going into the contest and finished with nine.

– Indiana holds a 110-102 all-time regular season record over Detroit.

– Indiana Fever legend Tamika Catchings revved up the crowd pregame.

Tickets

The Pacers continue their four-game homestand by hosting Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 5:00 PM ET.

FUEL HOCKEY

FUEL HOST WICHITA THUNDER ON FRIDAY NIGHT

GAME DAY TIMING:

6:00 P.M.: Doors open

7:00 P.M.: Puck drop

HOCKEY IS FOR EVERYONE NIGHT:

Join the Indy Fuel for their Hockey is for Everyone Night to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in both the sport of hockey and the City of Indianapolis.

Stick around after the game for postgame autographs in the lobby with select players!

PARKING: Parking at Indiana State Fairgrounds is $10. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to park due to anticipated large crowds at the Fairgrounds.

TICKETS: Tickets for today’s game can be purchased at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum Box Office or online HERE. Kids two and under do not need a ticket as long as they sit on the lap of a ticketed patron.

BAG POLICY: The Indy Fuel now follow the same bag policy as all Indiana State Fairgrounds events. All bags are subject to search upon entering the arena. All bags larger than 14” x 14” x 6” (backpacks, suitcases, duffel bags, etc.) are prohibited. Please plan accordingly to help facilitate a quick and efficient entry process. Please report suspicious bags to an Indiana Farmers Coliseum team member.

You can view the entire Game Day Guide with everything you’ll need to know by clicking HERE.

ABOUT THE HOCKEY:

INDIANAPOLIS- The Fuel are hosting the Wichita Thunder for a two game set this weekend. This is the first time these two teams will play this season, as the Fuel battles for a first place spot in the Central division.

LAST TIME OUT

The last time these two teams played was last season on November 30 when the Fuel visited Wichita and defeated the Thunder 3-2. Seamus Malone netted the game winner while Mitchell Weeks had 26 saves.

SCOUTING REPORT

The Wichita Thunder come into this game 17-26-7-0 on the season. They are currently in second to last place in the Western Conference after earning two points on Wednesday night with a win over the Iowa Heartlanders. They have 149 goals for this season and are on a three game winning streak.

RECORD BREAKING

Friday night is a big night for the Fuel as they are set to make history in a few different ways. If Indy wins, it will be their eighth win in a row which sets a new franchise win streak record. If Zach Driscoll records a win, it will be his 40th Fuel win, matching the franchise record set by Matt Tomkins. Additionally, Fuel media intern Eva Hallman will be in the booth as a color commentator with Fuel play-by-play announcer Andrew Smith to broadcast the game. This marks the first time a woman has been in the booth for the Fuel.

INDIANA WAOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 14 INDIANA REMAINS PERFECT AT HOME WITH WIN OVER NO. 4 IOWA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – Senior guard Sara Scalia and graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes combined for 49 points as No. 14 Indiana upended No. 4 Iowa inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Thursday night, 86-69.

KEY MOMENTS

It was a tightly contested first quarter, featuring six ties and six lead changes alone in the first quarter. Indiana took the edge as sophomore guard Lexus Bargesser hit a buzzer beating jumper to give her team a 23-22 lead.

The Hoosiers came into the second quarter to push an 11-point lead, 44-33, at the break led by sophomore guard Yarden Garzon who put up eight points. Indiana’s defense held the Hawkeyes to just 11 points in the quarter and just 36.4 percent from the floor. 

Indiana came out strong in the second half, going on a 7-0 run in the first four minutes. Senior guard Sydney Parrish hit back-to-back three pointers as the lead ballooned to as many as 17 with 4:27 remaining in the third. Iowa chipped away at the lead, cutting it to as few as eight at the end of the third.

Garzon sank an early three pointer, sparking a Hoosier 7-0 run to start fourth.

NOTABLE

IU improves to 14-0 overall at home on the season with Thursday night’s victory. It’s currently the longest active home win streak in the Big Ten.

With the win, Holmes becomes the program’s all-time winningest player with 119 career victories, surpassing former teammate Grace Berger (2018-23) who had 118.

Indiana splits the series with the Hawkeyes for the season.

Three players for Indiana hit double figures – Scalia (25), Holmes (24), and Garzon (15).

Garzon and Moore-McNeil led the team in assists with five each as the Hoosiers passed out 20 assists on the evening, its 12th game dishing out 20 or more dimes.

Holmes led the Hoosiers in rebounds, pulling down nine against the Hawkeyes as the Hoosiers won the battle on the boards, 42-33.

Indiana won the battle on the glass, outrebounding Iowa 42 to 33.

The Hoosiers shot 52 percent from the field and 43 percent from 3-point range in the win.

IU posted a season-high nine blocks in the victory behind four from Holmes and two each from Garzon and Parrish.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“Wow, I think as we represent our program, all three of us up here, we would need to first start by just talking about the crowd and just how grateful we are. We knew it and people have said the ‘Caitlin Clark effect’ and that’s probably has somewhat to do with it, but I also think that our fanbase has continue to come out and support us. So once again, we are really just grateful for that. I thought our guys from the jump, really, really got after it defensively. I think we made everything very difficult for Caitlin Clark tonight and that’s hard to do. She’s a phenomenal player, but I think maybe the most important thing we felt like we did at halftime was we kept (Kate) Martin, we kept Molly Davis, (Hannah) Stuelke, we kept them relatively quiet and that was the key. Going into it, that did not happen when we went to their place and I thought tonight at halftime we were pleased with the way we had guarded those other pieces that they have on the floor. But you guys know this, Monday was really hard for us. It was a disappointing performance. None of us were happy we got back on Tuesday before film, they had a player team meeting, which they have often, and we came out and had one of our best practices of the year. You could just tell that they wanted to make this thing right tonight and there were so many moments during the game, and we tried to just continue to try to win four minute segments of the game. That’s what we’re trying to do throughout, especially in the first half. You have to get off to a good start against Iowa, but you know incredible performances by all these guys, and I haven’t even looked at the stat sheet but certainly Sarah and Mackenzie were great but they would all tell you that they had help you. We had 20 assists, which means we’re sharing the ball, but I thought defensively we were just terrific. I’m really proud of our team and the way they responded.”

UP NEXT

Indiana heads to Northwestern in a Tuesday night matchup inside Welsh Ryan Arena at 7 p.m. ET on BTN.

INDIANA WRESTLING

INDIANA WRESTLING TO HOST CHATTANOOGA IN SEASON’S FINAL DUAL

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– In its final dual of the season, Indiana is set to host Chattanooga for a 7 p.m. match on Friday, Feb. 23 in Wilkinson Hall.

The match will also serve as Senior Night as nine Hoosiers will be recognized for their contributions to the program in their final home dual. The program’s seniors who will go through the event’s recognition include Nico Bolivar, Clayton Fielden, Dan Fongaro, Brayton Lee, Cayden Rooks, Graham Rooks, Nick South, Michael Spangler and Nick Willham.

A handful of Indiana Wrestlers will also compete in George Mason’s Patriot Last Chance Open on the regular season’s final day on Sunday, Feb. 25.

ANOTHER MEET UP WITH THE MOCS:

-The annual series against Chattanooga is back again for another season as Indiana hosts them this Friday, Feb. 23.

-The Hoosiers have faced off with the Mocs every season since 2018-19 (except for the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season).

-Indiana leads the all-time series, 9-2, winning last year’s dual in the Scenic City, 32-3.

-Prior to this dual, Indiana faced off against many Chattanooga wrestlers at the Southern Scuffle earlier this season on Jan. 1-2. Indiana sixth-year seniors Dan Fongaro and Graham Rooks each won individual titles at that tournament.

-Chattanooga owns a 10-5 record going into this dual with three ranked wrestlers listed in their probable starters: No. 25 Brayden Palmer (125), No. 27 Blake Boarman (133) and No. 33 Isaiah Powe (141).

WEEKEND REWIND:

-In the last weekend of Big Ten duals, the Hoosiers fell short, dropping a home match to No. 7 Michigan, 30-6, on Friday, Feb. 16 and they lost narrowly at Northwestern, 19-18.

-While the team results were not ideal, there were some notable Indiana wins.

-No. 18 Brayton Lee (157) defeated No. 10 Will Lewan of Michigan, by decision 2-1, in the dual for Lee’s fifth win on the season and fourth ranked victory.

-Now, No. 20 Tyler Lillard (165) defeated No. 20 Maxx Mayfield in the Northwestern dual by decision, 8-2.

-No. 23 Dan Fongaro and No. 20 DJ Washington each picked up a bonus-point victory against Northwestern with Fongaro winning by tech fall and Washington by major decision.

LAST GO AROUND IN WILKINSON:

-For nine Indiana wrestlers, Friday will be their final time competing in Wilkinson Hall. The festivities and recognition ceremony will begin prior to the dual against Chattanooga.

-The 2024 senior class features a variety of different types of senirors who are on their fourth, fifth or even sixth years of college wrestling, as well as a handful of transfers and guys who have spent their entire collegiate career in Bloomington.

-The nine Indiana seniors being recognized are Brayton Lee, Dan Fongaro, Michael Spangler, Clayton Fielden, Nico Bolivar, Nick South, Nick Willham, Cayden Rooks and Graham Rooks.

-Lee, Fongaro, Spangler and G. Rooks are all sixth-year seniors, while South, Willham and C. Rooks are fifth-years.

-Of the class and to this point in time, there are a combined six NCAA qualifiers and one NCAA alternate spot attained by this group in their college careers.

-Graham Rooks is the only Hoosier remaining from Angel Escobedo’s first recruiting class at IU and the only Indiana wrestler to have competed for Escobedo throughout his entire tenure as the Indiana head coach.

HOME STRETCH:

-The end of the regular season is near as Indiana wraps up dual action this weekend.

-After the team’s final dual on Friday, a handful of Hoosiers will compete at George Mason’s Patriot Last Chance Open on Sunday, Feb. 25.

-Once the calendar flips to March, the postseason will arrive. The Big Ten Championships will be held from March 9-10 in College Park, Md. The 2024 NCAA Championships are from March 21-23 in Kansas City, Mo.

NEW FACES:

-Indiana has nine new wrestlers on the roster for this season.

-Of the newbies, five of them are freshmen while the other four are transfers.

-All five freshmen are from the state of Indiana. They include Bryce Lowery (Indianapolis), Joey Buttler (Greenwood), Cheaney Schoeff (Avon), Anthony Bahl (Crown Point) and Aidan Torres (Chesterton).

-Lowery, Buttler and Torres all won an IHSAA individual State Championship during their senior season. Bahl won a Team State Title with the Crown Point Bulldogs, the second in a row for the team, and their third in four years.

-Lowery won IndyStar’s Most Outsanding Wrestler award for the best senior wrestler in the state for the 2022-2023 school year.

-Indiana’s transfer class includes Dan Fongaro, Brayton Lee, Roman Rogotzke and Aaron Johnson.

-Lee, a known commodity around NCAA Wrestling, returns to his home state after spending five years at Minnesota.

-The two-time All-American (2020, 2021) is seeking to recapture his momentum after entering last season as the No. 2 ranked wrestler at 157 lbs. in the country.

-Lee’s 2022-23 season was cut short due to injury at The Big Ten Championships.

-Fongaro comes to Indiana after five years at Columbia where he competed at 141 and 149 lbs. He will wrestle at 141 lbs. for the Hoosiers.

-Fongaro owns fifth and sixth place finishes at the EIWA Championships in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

-Rogotzke, a transfer at 184 lbs., from South Dakota State, enters his redshirt sophomore season with plenty of momentum.

-Last year, Rogotzke racked up 17 wins and took first place at two open tournaments.

-Johnson joined the Hoosiers at the semester break.

-The Kennesaw, Ga. native and heavyweight wrestled at University of the Cumberlands (NAIA) in Williamsburg, Ky. from 2017-2022.

-Johnson was a four-time NAIA qualifier and three-time All-American at Cumberlands.

INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS:

-The Indiana Wrestling team had a number of wrestlers compete in offseason competition to get better and compete on the world stage.

-Senior Jacob Moran competed for Team Puerto Rico at 57 kg in Freestyle and took third place at the Central American and Caribbean Games while also competing at the 2023 U23 World Championships in Albania.

-Derek Gilcher took fifth place at the 2023 U.S. Open at the Senior Level at 74 kg.

-Gabe Sollars earned sixth place at the 2023 U.S. Open in the U20 division in Freestyle at 92 kg. He also had a sixth place finish at the U20 World Team Trials in the same weight class and division.

-DJ Washington finished in second at 86 kg in the U23 World Team Trials in Freestyle.

-Nick Willham had a fourth place finish at 92 kg in the U23 World Team Trials in Freestyle.

-Tyler Lillard earned 7th place at 74 kg in the U20 World Team Trials in Freestyle.

-Cole Rhemrev took 7th place at 67 kg in Greco-Roman at the U20 World Team Trials. Magnus Kuokkanen got 7th in the same division, but at 77 kg.

GEOGRAPHICAL DISPERSION:

-Indiana’s roster features wrestlers everywhere across the country.

-Fifteen wrestlers on the team are home grown, in-state Hoosiers, including all of the freshmen.

-Of the 31 wrestlers on the team, there are 14 different states represented.

-The states represented on Indiana’s roster include Indiana, New Mexico, Illinois, New Jersey, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, Ohio, California, Minnesota, Kansas, Kentucky and Georgia.

INDIANA WATER POLO

NO. 13 HOOSIERS SET FOR 2024 BARBARA KALBUS INVITATIONAL

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 13 Indiana will take part in the 2024 Barbara Kalbus Invitational Friday through Sunday hosted by UC Irvine.

#13 Indiana at 2024 Barbara Kalbus Invitational

Friday, February 23-Sunday, February 25, 2024

Anteater Aquatics Complex/Corona Del Mar High School • Irvine, Calif.

NOTES

The Hoosiers swept action at their own Indiana Classic last weekend with wins over Cal Baptist, Iona, Saint Francis and Salem. They improved to 12-0 overall on the season, continuing the program’s best start in school history.

They were led on the weekend by sophomore Skylar Kidd’s eight goals and a combined 14 points. Kidd completed the weekend against Salem with a hat trick and had two goals each against Cal Baptist and Iona. The Laguna Beach, Calif. native leads IU with 28 goals this season and a combined 40 points.

Graduate student Zoe Crouch added seven goals with six assists for 13 total points and a team-high 11 steals on the weekend.

Sophomore goalie Jasmine Higgs has racked up 111 saves so far this season, which leads the MPSF after three regular season weekends.

Indiana returns to the Kalbus Invite for the third-straight season. Matchups after Friday’s opener against USC will be determined based on results.

UP NEXT

IU returns home to host No. 1 UCLA in the MPSF opener on March 2 at 11 a.m. ET at Counsilman-Billinglsey Aquatic Center.

INDIANA BASEBALL

BASEBALL CENTRAL: BAYLOR

WACO, Texas –  Riding a three-game winning streak entering the weekend, the Indiana Baseball team (3-1) will head to Waco for a three-game series against Baylor at Baylor Ballpark.

Meeting for the first time in program history, IU will head into the matchups ranked No. 23 by D1 Baseball and No. 22 by Baseball America. It marks the second-straight season playing a true road series against a Big 12 opponent. The Hoosiers met another Big 12 foe, West Virginia, in last year’s NCAA Tournament.

Sophomore pitchers Brayden Risedorph and Connor Foley will keep their spots as the Friday and Saturday starters after productive opening weekend starts. Foley was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for his efforts in beating No. 18 Coastal Carolina.

All three games will be broadcasted on Big 12 Now and the ESPN+ app while also available via the Indiana Radio Network. First pitch from Waco is at 7:30 PM EST on Friday evening.

Gameday Info
at Baylor (Friday, February 23rd)
Live Video: t.ly/0wZdR
Live Audio: bit.ly/IUAudio
Live Stats: t.ly/OI06f

at Baylor (Saturday, February 24th)
Live Video: t.ly/ZM5rA
Live Audio: bit.ly/IUAudio
Live Stats: t.ly/OI06f

at Baylor (Sunday, February 25th)
Live Video: t.ly/cNN0H
Live Audio: bit.ly/IUAudio
Live Stats: t.ly/OI06f

Probable Starters

#23 Indiana at Baylor – Friday

• Brayden Risedorph (0-1, 1.93 ERA) vs. Mason Marriott (0-0, 1.59 ERA)

#23 Indiana at Baylor – Saturday

• Connor Foley (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Collin McKinney (0-0, 6.23 ERA)

#23 Indiana at Baylor – Sunday

• TBD vs. TBD

Notable

Weekend Recap

• Indiana was outstanding in the Baseball at the Beach event, winning two games on opening weekend for the first time since 2019. The Hoosiers lost a close contest to No. 12 Duke on Friday afternoon before coming back to beat No. 18 Coastal Carolina (7-2) and George Mason (9-3) on consecutive days.

• IU’s win over the Chanticleers was the first ranked victory in the regular season for the Hoosiers since beating No. 10 Louisville at Bart Kaufman Field last April. It also improved IU’s all-time record against Coastal Carolina to 4-1.

Back in the Top 25

• The Hoosiers entered D1Baseball’s top-25 poll (23) for the first time since May of 2021. Baseball America had Jeff Mercer’s group at No. 22. IU will continue to face a challenging schedule in the coming weeks with contests against Baylor (three-game set), Alabama, Dallas Baptist, Arizona and Troy (three-game set).

Sophomore Standouts

• Sophomores Devin Taylor and Tyler Cerny picked up right where they left off last season, tearing the cover off the ball on opening weekend. After IU’s midweek win over Miami (Ohio), the two are combining to hit .500 (18-36) with two doubles, nine RBIs and six runs.

Starting Pitching Dominates

• Faced with questions after losing ace Luke Sinnard to a season-ending injury in June, IU’s starting pitching met the challenge on opening weekend. Sophomores Brayden Risedorph (Friday), Connor Foley (Saturday) and Ethan Phillips (Sunday) combined for 12.1 innings of action and just three runs allowed against quality opposition.

Fresh Faces Shine

• Freshmen Andrew Wiggins, Joey Brenczewski and AJ Shepard all collected their first hits of the weekend while Cal Sefcik and Hayden Carlson made collegiate debuts. Before being injured Sunday, Shepard hit a pair of two-run home runs on the weekend.

• Brenczewski and Wiggins each made their first career starts against Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday and combined to drive in three runs.

Clutch out of the Bullpen

• Sixth-year senior Ty Bothwell and junior pitcher Julian Tonghini both pitched outstanding when called upon in relief. Bothwell threw five innings and allowed just two runs to earn the win against Coastal Carolina while Tonghini worked three scoreless innings to record a save against George Mason.

Bombs Away

• Known for outstanding power in the lineup, IU put together seven home runs on opening weekend including a pair of 400-plus foot blasts from junior Carter Mathison. He and Shepard both hit two while Cerny, Brandon Burckel and Morgan Colopy all got in on the action.

• Josh Pyne hit a 402-foot three-run home run in the midweek, IU’s third 400-foot long ball of the young campaign.

Veteran Group in the Field

• The Hoosiers will field an expected lineup this season filled with five guys who are entering their third season as fulltime starters. Josh Pyne, Brock Tibbitts and Carter Mathison have been everyday starters for IU the last two years while Nick Mitchell (Western Illinois) and Brandon Burckel (Houston) have transferred in having started two seasons at their previous stops.

Impact Freshman Class

• D1 Baseball ranked IU’s incoming freshman class No. 20 in the nation with only players that signed and made it to campus considered for the list.

• Among the players mentioned by D1 Baseball included outfielder Andrew Wiggins (Indianapolis, Ind.), infielders Cal Sefcik (Palos Heights, Ill.) and Jasen Oliver (Almont, Mich.) and pitcher Ryan Rushing (Bradenton, Fla.).

Notes to Know

• The Hoosiers have been successful in seasons they’ve played a true road series at a Big 12 ballpark. IU played a four-game set at Texas Tech (1-3) in 2014 and then went to Austin to play three (1-2) with the Longhorns in 2023. Each year, both programs made at least the NCAA Regional.

• Junior third baseman Josh Pyne needs just 44 more hits to join the 200-hit club at IU. He needs 79 more to crack the program’s all-time top-10 list.

• Junior outfielder Carter Mathison sits on 31 career home runs, needing five more to move into the program’s all-time top-10 list. Only six Hoosiers have ever reached 40. The all-time mark is 47 held by three players (Alex Dickerson, Mike Smith and Mike Sabo).

Scouting the Opponent

Baylor (1-3, 0-0)

• The Bears opened their season with a tough three-game set at the Shriners Children’s College Showdown against Nebraska, Oregon and Tennessee. Baylor lost two of the games by three runs before being beat by No. 5 Tennessee 11-5 on Sunday.

• Baylor got its first won of the season on Tuesday, beating Lamar 11-5 in the program’s home opener. Senior outfielder Hunter Simmons hit a grand slam in the bottom of the first, opening a comfortable lead early. Drew Leach was awarded the win for the home team.

• Enzo Apodaca helps carry the load offensively for the Bears. He is hitting .438 (7-16) on the young season and has a triple, one home run and four RBIs to his name. Starting pitcher Mason Marriott, who will feature Friday, went 5.2 innings and allowed just one run against Nebraska in the season opener.

Inside the Series

Indiana vs. Baylor

• The two programs will meet for the first time.

INDIANA SWIMMING

INDIANA DIVING, DISTANCE DEFINE THURSDAY FINALS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – No. 6 Indiana swimming and diving packed the 1-meter diving and 500-yard freestyle podiums Thursday (Feb. 22) night at the 2024 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships inside the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center on the campus of Purdue University.

The Hoosiers surged with eight podium finishes, and four different Hoosiers earned maximum points out of B and C finals. In total, IU scored from 17 finalists. A disqualified 400 medley relay, disciplined for an early takeoff, was a bizarre blemish on an otherwise joyful evening. Despite missing out on a maximum 64 points from the relay, IU sits third with 426 points – 18 points behind leader Ohio State.

“I’m super proud of this women’s team, and tonight was spectacular,” IU head swimming coach Ray Looze said. “As Coach Johansen says, ‘If you don’t swing for the fences, you’ll never hit a homerun.’ The relay getting disqualified is on me as the head coach. However, I would do the same order 10 times out of 10. In the end, we will be better because of these experiences.”

Indiana scored 112 points from the first event of the night with four Hoosiers in the 500-yard freestyle championship final and a fifth in the consolation heat. Junior Anna Peplowski continued her phenomenal year in the 500-yard freestyle, setting a personal best for the second time Thursday in 4:34.47. She earned a Big Ten silver medal for her first attempt at the event at championships, having previously swam the 100-yard backstroke the previous two season. Fellow juniors Ching Hwee Gan (4:41.71) and Elyse Heiser (4:41.94) finished fifth and sixth, respectively, and senior Ella Ristic (4:43.09) took eighth to round out the podium. Junior Mariah Denigan, in her first collegiate meet of the season, finished 14th in 4:42.83.

Reigning Big Ten 1-meter diving champion Anne Fowler returned to the championship final, but it was two freshmen bookending her that orchestrated a special moment in the well. The No. 7-seeded qualifier, Ella Roselli was sharp to earn silver in her first-career Big Ten final. Roselli scored better than 50 points on five of her six dives to tally a 305.15 mark as IU’s top finisher. Fellow freshman Lily Witte also made her championship final debut and scored 292.70 points to finish sixth. The veteran Fowler took fourth with a 302.55 score. First place and eighth place were separated 19.95 points.

Junior Skyler Liu was one of four Hoosiers to maximize points out of non-championship finals, taking the top position in the 1-meter diving B final. She was the top-scoring diver in either final, tallying a 307.70 mark – .30 points better than the Big Ten Champion. IU earned 98 points from the 1-meter springboard.

“I don’t know that I could have predicted a better result for our women, especially our freshmen in their Big Ten A final,” IU head diving coach Drew Johansen said. “And them actually challenging to win the event, it was really an exciting day for the divers. They let it all fly, which was exciting to see. Anne continues to lead the team in such a great way, it’s what brought them along. And then, Skyler in that B final, stepping up and winning it is a lot of points for the team. So, we’re looking forward to tomorrow. The higher we go, the better we get.”

Senior Ashley Turak was the top scorer in the 50 free B final, posting a season-best 21.89 – her first time under the 22-second barrier this season. Sophomore Kristina Paegle was two hundredths quicker in the championship final, placing fifth. Junior Kacey McKenna (22.48) also scored in the B final, while sophomore Chiok Sze Yeo (22.53) and Mya DeWitt (22.72) finished in the C final.

Junior Brearna Crawford and freshman Reese Tiltmann finished back-to-back to lead the 200-yard IM C final. Crawford (1:59.30) and Tiltmann (1:59.37) both posted NCAA B cuts while maxing out their scoring. Freshman MacKenna Lieske finished 15th overall in 2:00.11.

Indiana’s 400 medley relay touched first but was disqualified due to early takeoff on the butterfly leg. Junior Kacey McKenna dropped a 50.76 leadoff split, which would mark the fifth-best 100-yard backstroke this season if counted.

TEAM SCORES

1. Ohio State – 444

2. Michigan – 433

3. Indiana – 426

4. Wisconsin – 381.5

5. Minnesota – 286.5

6. Purdue – 199

7. Nebraska – 170

8. Penn State – 153

9. Iowa – 152

10. Northwestern – 148

11. Rutgers – 123

12. Illinois – 86

RESULTS (PRELIMS)

500 FREESTYLE

2. Anna Peplowski – 4:37.47 (Silver, NCAA A Cut, Career Best)

5. Ching Hwee Gan – 4:41.71 (NCAA B Cut)

6. Elyse Heiser – 4:41.94 (NCAA B Cut)

8. Ella Ristic – 4:43.09 (NCAA B Cut)

14. Mariah Denigan – 4:42.83 (NCAA B Cut)

200 IM

15. MacKenna Lieske – 2:00.11

17. Brearna Crawford – 1:59.30 (NCAA B Cut)

18. Reese Tiltmann – 1:59.37 (NCAA B Cut)

50 FREESTYLE

5. Kristina Paegle – 21.87 (NCAA B Cut)

9. Ashley Turak – 21.89 (NCAA B Cut)

12. Kacey McKenna – 22.48 (NCAA B Cut)

19. Chiok Sze Yeo – 22.53 (NCAA B Cut, Career Best)

21. Mya DeWitt – 22.72 (Career Best)

1-METER DIVING

2. Ella Roselli – 305.15 (NCAA Zone Qualifier)

4. Anne Fowler – 302.55 (NCAA Zone Qualifier)

6. Lily Witte – 292.70 (NCAA Zone Qualifier)

9. Skyler Liu – 307.70 (NCAA Zone Qualifier)

400 MEDLEY RELAY

DQ. Kacey McKenna, Brearna Crawford, Anna Peplowski, Kristina Paegle – 3:28.32 (Disqualified, Early Take-Off)

UP NEXT

Indiana will look to set the tone for a great night when they open day three with the morning preliminary session on Friday (Feb. 23) beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The 100 fly, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 3-meter dive and 200 freestyle relay will be contested.

INDIANA SOFTBALL

INDIANA SOFTBALL HEADS WEST FOR HILLENBRAND INVITATIONAL

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– Indiana Softball has another five-game set ready for this weekend as the Hoosiers head westward to Tucson, Ariz. for the Hillenbrand Invitational, hosted by the University of Arizona.

Over the course of Feb. 23-25, Indiana will play Central Michigan, No. 17 Arizona twice, Drake and Marshall.

QUICK HITTERS:

The Hoosiers are off to a hot start to the 2024 season, opening with back-to-back 4-1 weekends in both the NFCA Leadoff Classic and the Troy Invitational.

Indiana has logged wins over No. 15 Oregon, Kansas, and Troy twice, among others.

The only losses have come to No. 5 Clemson by a score of 3-2 in the NFCA Leadoff Classic and a 7-4 loss to Gardner-Webb in the Troy Invitational.

Indiana’s Brianna Copeland was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for her stellar performance at the Trojan Invitational last weekend.

Indiana will face off against host of the Hillenbrand Invitational and No. 17 Arizona along with Central Michigan, Drake and Marshall. This year’s matchup will mark back-to-back seasons facing off against Arizona.

LAST TIME OUT:

Last weekend, Indiana went 4-1 at the Troy Invitational, defeating Florida A&M and Troy twice, but dropping the lone game against Gardner-Webb, 7-4.

The Hoosiers outscored their opponents, 34-9, including two shutout wins over Florida A&M, winning 8-0 (F/6) on Friday, Feb. 16 and 12-0 (F/5) on Sunday, Feb. 18.

Over that weekend, a number of Hoosiers had standout performances. Redshirt senior Cora Bassett hit for a .500 batting average, going 7-for-14 at the plate, including one triple. Junior Taylor Minnick was 6-for-15 at bat (.400) with a triple and six RBI.

Freshman Savannah Oden recorded her first of her collegiate career against Florida A&M on Feb. 18.

Senior Macy Montgomery in the win over Florida A&M on Feb. 16 threw a complete game with 10 strikeouts, four hits and no runs.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:

Central Michigan is off to a 1-4 start to the season, opening their season last weekend in the South Alabama tournament and picking up a win over Northern Illinois.

Host and No. 17 ranked Arizona is 10-1 and has won nine of their ten wins by run-rule. The Wildcats split their two games against No. 15 Arkansas, each one finishing with a 3-2 score.

Drake has been impressive thus far, going 4-1 after one weekend of play. The Bulldogs dropped their opener to Omaha and then won four in a row over Western Illinois, Butler, Northern Illinois and then defeated Omaha.

Marshall has opened the year at 6-4, including two wins over Big Ten opponent Michigan State. Indiana head coach Shonda Stanton was previously the head coach at Marshall, going 560-430-2 in 18 seasons.

She led the Thundering Herd to two NCAA Tournament appearances, a Conference USA regular season and tournament championship, as well as two MAC titles.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

#3 PURDUE BLITZES RUTGERS TO CAP OFF SEASON SWEEP

[3] Purdue 96, Rutgers 68 (Postgame Notes)

Purdue improved to 24-3 overall and 13-3 in the Big Ten standings with a 96-68 victory over Rutgers in Mackey Arena. The win closed out a season sweep of Rutgers for the Boilermakers.

Purdue is 24-3 (or better) for just the second time ever (1987-88 à 25-2 start).

Purdue is now 13-3 in the Big Ten for the fifth time under Matt Painter (2008, 2011, 2018, 2019).

Purdue’s 28-point win marked its fifth Big Ten home win (out of eight games) by at least 17 points.

The 96 points scored against Rutgers were the most against the Scarlet Knights in a regulation game since March 2, 2016 against Michigan State (97 points). Rutgers entered the game ranked No. 2 nationally in defensive efficiency.

Purdue’s 58.9 field goal percentage was a season-best percentage.

Purdue shot at least 50 percent from the field (.589), 50 percent from 3-point range (.522) and 90 percent (.900) from the free throw line for the fifth time in school history (last vs. Oakland; Dec. 1, 2020).

Purdue has won 59 straight games when shooting at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from deep and 70 percent from the free throw line.

Purdue has won 117 straight games when scoring at least 90 points (last loss: Nov. 26, 1987).

Purdue went 18-of-20 from the free throw line and is 38-of-40 (.950) from the free throw line in the last two games.

Since the start of the 2021-22 season, Purdue owns an 82-17 record. The 82 victories are tied for the third most in a three-game span in school history (83 – 2016 through 2018; 83 – 2017 through 2019).

Purdue has won 15 straight games in Mackey Arena, 11 of which have come by at least 12 points. The streak is the seventh-longest home winning streak in the country.

Purdue shot 52.2 percent from 3-point range (12-of-23) and is now shooting 40.6 percent from 3-point range on the season, now No. 1 in the country in 3-point percentage.

Purdue’s 1.52 points per possession is the fourth-highest total in school history. The Boilermakers scored on 65.1 percent of its possessions (41 of 63).

Zach Edey saw his 10-game double-double streak end with a 25-point, 7-rebound performance in just 27 minutes (7-of-8 FGs, 11-of-11 FTs). He moved into 18th place on the Big Ten’s all-time points chart (2,162 points). He needs 13 points to tie Joe Barry Carroll for second on the school’s career scoring list.

Edey moved into 15th place on the Big Ten’s career scoring chart for Big Ten games only (1,250 points).

Cam Heide scored a career-high 18 points, going perfect from the field (7-of-7 FGs, 4-of-4 3Ps). His 18 points on 100 percent efficiency shooting is the fifth-most points on perfect shooting in school history.

Braden Smith scored 13 points with seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal. Smith has 345 points, 192 assists and 155 rebounds on the season – the first Purdue player in school history with 300 points, 175 assists and 150 rebounds on the season.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Zach Edey scored 25 points on near-perfect shooting, Camden Heide added a career-high 18 and No. 3 Purdue routed Rutgers 96-68 on Thursday night.

Edey was 7 of 8 from the field and made 11 free throws without a miss. He also had seven rebounds. Heide was 7 for 7 from the field, making four 3-pointers, after entering the game averaging 3.0 points.

Lance Jones added 17 points for the Boilermakers (24-3, 13-3 Big Ten). Jones was 7 of 14 from the field after going 1 of 10 in a 68-60 victory at Rutgers on Jan. 28.. Braden Smith had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Jeremiah Williams scored 12 points for Rutgers (14-12, 6-9). Noah Fernandes had 11.

Heide said Purdue point guard Braden Smith did a great job finding him.

“(Smith) tells me to be ready to shoot to get his assist numbers up,” Heide said. “When you have teammates around you that give you confidence, it’s a lot easier to play.”

Edey said no one was surprised with what Heide did.

“We all know what kind of work he puts in and what kind of talent he has,” Edey said.

Purdue coach Matt Painter said Heide gave the team a big lift, especially with his 11 points in the first half.

“He’s did good job just playing to his strengths, taken what’s given him and not forcing anything,” Painter said.. “He stayed with himself. He’s kept a great attitude and you see the upside there.”

Purdue’s biggest lead was 37 at 87-50. For the game, Purdue shot 59%. Rutgers shot 43%

Purdue shot 63% in the first half to to take a 52-33 lead. The Boilermakers made 7 of 12 3-pointers in the opening half, including three by Heide. Leading 22-21, Purdue used an 11-1 lead to grab control.

“Early in the game we were helping them a bit giving them those transition points and offensive rebounds” Edey said. “Once we got half-court defense set and got stops, I don’t think they got 10 points the rest of the half.”

The Boilermakers were focused after a 73-69 loss at Ohio State on Sunday.

“We’re one of the best defensive teams in the country and today we didn’t have any answers,” Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said. “They went inside, they made free throws, they had 3s. They’re tough here at home and after a loss, they were motivated. They were excellent and took advantage of any little mistake we made.”

Painter said a big factor was Rutgers had five offensive rebounds by the first media timeout and only two after that. The Boilermakers had a 35-22 rebounding edge.

“This is one of the best defensive teams, to put 96 points against them is something we haven’t done in a long time or at least since (Pikiell) got the program established, ” Painter said.

BIG PICTURE

Rutgers: After trailing by just one point in the first nine minutes, the Scarlet Knights were completely dominated. Rutgers couldn’t make shots and couldn’t stop Purdue.

Purdue: With No. 1 UConn losing by 19 on Tuesday night at No. 15 Creighton, the Boilermakers could move in the rankings if they can top Michigan on Sunday. The Boilermakers (13-3) extended their conference lead to three games in the win column over Illinois (10-5)

PURDUE SWIMMING

MCAFEE, WRIGHT EXTEND THEIR TOP-10 STREAKS AT BIG TENS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – As championship finalists on 1-meter, Purdue divers Sophie McAfee and Daryn Wright were the Boilermakers’ top finishers Thursday while extending their streaks of top-10 finishes at the Big Ten Championships.

McAfee placed fifth and Wright seventh, leading the way as Purdue racked up 55 team points in the event. McAfee is now 7-for-7 in top-10 finishes in her career at Big Tens. Thursday was Wright’s first career championship final at Big Tens but the sophomore is now 4-for-4 in career top 10s at the conference championships. McAfee matched her best finish at Big Tens.

McAfee (296.05) and Wright (290.40) each improved on their list scores from the prelim to the final. While both Boilermakers qualified for NCAAs in all three diving events last year, their best events are still to come this week with 3-meter on the schedule for Friday and platform Saturday.

Maggie Love qualified for the B final (placing 16th overall) of the 200 individual medley as Purdue’s top individual finisher in a swimming event Thursday.

Also scoring for the Boilermakers in the individual events Thursday were Jaye Patrick and Kaitlin Simons in the 1-meter prelim as well as Kate Mouser and Kate Beavon in the C final of the 500 freestyle.

Kendal Schreder (22.99 in 50 free) and Reagan Mattice (4:50.39 in 500 free) posted lifetime bests while finishing among the top 30 in the prelims of their events. Ana Rojas (22.99) also broke 23 seconds in the 50 free for the first time at Purdue.

Fives were wild for Kendra Bowen as the fifth-year swimmer won heat five of the 50 free prelims.

The Boilermakers’ 400 medley relay team finished on the podium, taking eighth with a time of 3:39.44. Abby Marcukaitis and Masy Folcik represented Purdue on the backstroke and breaststroke legs of a medley relay for the second night in a row, teaming with Keira Kask (butterfly) and Bowen (freestyle) Thursday.

The Big Ten Championships at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center continue Friday with a focus on the 100-yard events in the backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. The 200 free, 400 IM, 3-meter diving and 800 free relay are also featured Friday. Swimming prelims begin at 10 a.m. ET, diving prelims start at noon and the finals sessions gets underway at 5 p.m. with the 3-meter consolation final.

THURSDAY TEAM SCORES

1.) #8 Ohio State 444

2.) #16 Michigan 433

3.) #6 Indiana 426

4.) #14 Wisconsin 381.5

5.) #23 Minnesota 286.5

6.) Purdue 199

7.) Nebraska 170

8.) Penn State 153

9.) Iowa 152

10.) Northwestern 148

11.) Rutgers 123

12.) Illinois 86

PURDUE TRACK

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS BEGIN INDOOR POSTSEASON

GENEVA, Ohio – The 2024 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships is up next for the Purdue track & field team from February 23-24 at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

The championships begin on Friday, February 23, with the first heptathlon event at 10:40 a.m. ET and the opening pentathlon event at 11:30 a.m. Purdue’s first field and track events both are at 1 p.m., with the women’s long jump and men’s mile prelims. Friday concludes with the distance medley relay, which starts at 7:20 p.m. On Saturday, the heptathlon continues at 11 a.m., while the Boilermakers’ opening field event is the women’s triple jump at noon. Running events commence at 1:30 with the men’s mile final. The championships will close with the 4×400 relay at 4:55 p.m.

Fans unable to cheer on the Boilermakers in person can follow along with live results and watch all the action live on B1G+ (Friday Field | Friday Track | Saturday Field | Saturday Track), with a B1G+ subscription required. Championships information, including the complete schedule, is available at BigTen.org/ITFChamps. Additional updates from Geneva also can be found by following and connecting with the Boilermakers on Twitter/X, Instagram and Facebook, while direct links are available on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/TrackField.

Forty-three Boilermakers will represent the Old Gold and Black and compete in 14 men’s events and 11 women’s events. The Spire Institute will serve as host of the championships for the fifth consecutive year and the 11th time in the last 12 seasons.

Three Purdue medalists from a year ago will return to the Spire to defend their spot in the top three this weekend. Now-sophomore Bryanna Craig was the runner-up in the pentathlon in her freshman season in 2023 thanks to 4,046 points that is fourth-best in school history. Craig, who also took silver outdoors in the heptathlon, was one of three Boilermakers to finish second at last year’s indoor championships. Now-senior LJ Hill and now-junior Praise Aniamaka each claimed bronze, in the long jump and triple jump, respectively. Aniamaka then went on to win the outdoor triple jump title. Four runners also are back at the Big Ten Indoor Championships after they won bronze outdoors in a relay event.

The always-competitive Big Ten Championships features some of the best teams in the country among the 13 women’s programs and 11 men’s squads in the conference. This week’s USTFCCCA national rankings includes No. 8 Nebraska, No. 10 Wisconsin, No. 22 Penn State and No. 23 Illinois in the men’s top-25 and No. 17 Illinois and No. 23 Minnesota in the women’s poll.

PURDUE’S BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY

The Purdue women won the Big Ten indoor team championship in 2001 and have placed second five times, most recently in 2018. The men have earned three runner-up finishes, in 1989, 2001 and 2008. The Boilermaker men have won 83 individual Big Ten titles indoors, while the women have claimed 49 individual crowns.

At the 2023 indoor championships, the Boilermaker men placed eighth and the women were 11th as the team earned five medals. Purdue totaled 12 top-eight podium finishes and had 11 top-10 marks in school history at the two-day meet. Craig, Justin Becker and Johnny Vanos all earned All-Big Ten Second Team accolades with their silver-medal finishes, as Becker and Vanos, now Purdue graduates, were recognized in the 200-meter and weight throw, respectively. The men saw their four-year streak of finishing in the top seven come to an end, a run from 2019-22 that was preceded by the team finishing outside of the top nine in four consecutive years (2015-18) and in nine of the previous 13 (2006-18).

NATIONALLY-RANKED BOILERMAKERS

Two Boilermakers appear in the top-25 in the week five national TFRI top-25 rankings, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Graduate student Cameron Miller is ranked No. 1 in the country in the 200m, thanks to his school-record time of 20.40. Junior Praise Aniamaka checks in at No. 18 in the triple jump with a mark of 15.86m.

In the #EventSquad rankings, the men are No. 6 in the high jump and the women are No. 12 nationally in the pentathlon. The men also check in at No. 16 in the 200m.

LAST TIME OUT: BUSY WEEKEND IN CHICAGO AND CLEMSON

Purdue closed out the regular season at a pair of meets from February 9-10, at the Windy City Invitational in Chicago and the Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, South Carolina. In total at the two-day events, Purdue accumulated four top-10 marks in school history, 12 PRs, six season-bests and seven top-three finishes.

At Clemson, juniors Rieko Wilford and Damazvia Dames moved up to No. 3 and No. 4 in school history in the triple jump with the best marks since 2014. Meanwhile in Chicago, junior Emma Squires and senior Payne Turney both entered the top-10 lists, at No. 4 in the 3,000-meter and No. 9 in the mile, respectively. Squires ran the fastest 3,000m since 2002 and Turney notched the best mile time since 2016.

A complete recap from day one and day two, including full results, can be found at PurdueSports.com/TrackField.

NEXT UP: NCAA INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Qualifying Boilermakers will compete at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships from March 8-9 in Boston. The NCAA field will be announced following all of the conference championship meets.

The outdoor track & field season begins one week later, on March 15.

PURDUE SOFTBALL

MICHELLE SHORT MEMORIAL CLASSIC ON DECK

MICHELLE SHORT MEMORIAL CLASSIC SCHEDULE

Friday, February 23

vs. South Dakota State | 2:00 p.m. ET

at Central Arkansas | 4:30 p.m. ET | ESPN+

Saturday, February 24

vs. South Dakota State | 2:30 p.m. ET

vs. Southern Illinois | 7:30 p.m. ET

Sunday, February 25

vs. Southern Illinois | 1:30 p.m. ET

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Coming off a pair of thrilling victories in Tampa, Florida last week, the Purdue softball team (5-2) is set to head to Conway, Arkansas for Week 3.

Purdue will face four opponents over three days and five games. First, Purdue will take on South Dakota State and host Central Arkansas on Friday. Then, Purdue will take on South Dakota State and Southern Illinois on Saturday followed by a final matchup vs. Southern Illinois on Sunday. Fans can watch Friday afternoon’s competition at Central Arkansas on ESPN+ at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Leading the Big Ten: Sage Scarmardo

Sage Scarmardo ranks No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 7 in the nation in on-base % (.714).

Purdue Among the Big Ten

Purdue ranks among the Big Ten’s top-5 in eight statistical categories including fielding % (#2), stolen bases (#2), on-base % (#3) and win-loss % (#4).

In the Circle: Freshman Julia Gossett

Freshman Julia Gossett leads the team with a 3-0 record and earned a save in the victory at USF in Week 2.

She leads all Big Ten pitchers in ERA (0.44) and ranks second in walks allowed per seven innings (0.88) and shutouts (1) and fifth in victories (3).

Purdue’s Week 2 Look-Back: at USF

Purdue went 2-0 in Tampa, Florida, at the Fonseca Memorial Tournament at USF before the final three games were rained out.

The Boilermakers scored the game-winners in the final stretch, with four of the team’s six runs, came in their final round at the plate.

Freshmen pitchers rose to the occasion with Julia Gossett tossing her first complete-game shutout as Purdue earned the 2-0 victory vs. UIC. Then Gossett came in as closer for Purdue at USF to face the final batter and a potential walk-off finish. She recorded the strikeout to seal Purdue’s 4-3 win. Meanwhile, Jules Raymond received her first collegiate win on her birthday at USF.

Jade Moy produced the game-winning RBI single at USF in the seventh inning for the game-winner.

Five Boilermakers went .500 or better from the plate.

PURDUE BASEBALL

HELLO AGAIN HOLLY SPRINGS: PURDUE IS BACK IN NC FOR WEEKEND #2

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

George Mason (1-3, 36-27 in 2023) vs. Purdue (3-1, 24-29 in 2023)

4-Game Series / Friday to Sunday, Feb. 23-25

Ting Stadium / Holly Springs, N.C.

Series Opener: Friday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. ET

Doubleheader: Saturday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. ET

Series Finale: Sunday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. ET

All-Time Series: Purdue leads 1-0

Previous Meeting: Purdue 6, George Mason 1 (March 1987 in Raleigh, N.C.)

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS

Friday: Jordan Morales (Grad, LHP) vs. GMU’s Nick Martins (Sr, RHP)

Saturday Game 1: Jonathan Blackwell (Sr, LHP) vs. GMU’s Konner Eaton (Jr, LHP)

Saturday Game 2: Kyle Iwinski (Sr, RHP) vs. GMU’S Logan Rumberg (Fr, LHP)

Sunday: Luke Wagner (Sr, LHP) vs. GMU’s Chad Gartland (Jr, RHP)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Baseball is set to play multiple weekends in North Carolina for the third year in a row, returning to Ting Stadium in Holly Springs to host George Mason for a four-game neutral-site series.

First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. ET on Friday, 1 p.m. for a Saturday doubleheader and 1 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free all weekend at Ting Stadium, the home of the Holly Springs Salamanders of the Costal Plain League. It’s a full artificial turf field.

The Boilermakers have compiled a 12-3 record at Ting Stadium since making their debut there during the second weekend of the 2022 season. Five of those 12 victories have come in walk-off fashion, including four in 2022 during the program-record 15-0 start. Purdue play at East Carolina’s Keith LeClair Classic in Greensville next weekend.

George Mason won 36 games and the Atlantic 10 Tournament as the No. 6 seed last season, qualifying for an NCAA Regional for the first time since 2014. The Patriots late-season surge included five consecutive wins in elimination games, three coming on the final two days of the A-10 Tournament as they defeated Saint Louis twice on Championship Saturday. As the 4-seed at Wake Forest’s Winston-Salem Regional, GMU scored 11 runs in wins against Northeastern and Maryland.

Both Purdue and George Mason like to employ similar styles with aggressive base running. The Patriots were third nationally with 164 steals last year, sporting a roster with five players with at least 15 steals – including three with 25 or more. Purdue broke its team record with 116 steals in 2022 and swiped 99 last year to lead the Big Ten through the end of the conference tournament. Mike Bolton Jr. (74) is the Big Ten’s active career leader in steals and ranks fifth nationally among active players. The Patriots’ South Trimble is sixth nationally with 66 career steals, 30 coming last season.

George Mason was picked second in the A-10 preseason coaches poll this year, but it’s been an uneven start for the Patriots over their first four games – three of which featured 20-plus runs for the winning team. After getting outscored 58-8 at Coastal Carolina’s tournament last weekend, GMU erupted for 21 runs in Tuesday’s home opener vs. Coppin State. They scored more runs in the third inning (12) than they did in their first three games combined. Coastal, Duke and Indiana certainly represented a tough trio of opponents for the opening weekend.

Kyle Iwinski pitched a complete-game one-hit shutout (7 IP, 0 BB, 8 K) at Ting Stadium vs. Akron last season, dominating to the tune of an elite game score of 83 in his first collegiate start. He earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors and National Player of the Week recognition from Collegiate Baseball for the gem. Last weekend, Jordan Morales and Jackson Dannelley teamed up for a combined shutout, Purdue’s first season-opening shutout win since 1991.

A year ago, Aaron Suval and Dannelley teamed up for a combined 10 innings of one-hit relief over five appearances at Ting Stadium. They did not allow an earned run. Jonathan Blackwell racked up 16 strikeouts over 10 1/3 innings in his two starts in Holly Springs.

Logan Sutter and Luke Gaffney were a combined 12-for-19 with 11 RBI in last weekend’s Saturday doubleheader and 18- for-35 with 12 RBI in the series, accounting for 45% of Purdue’s hits and 39% of the RBI. Both players had nine hits in the four-game series, producing two of the most productive debuts in recent program history. Their combined 11 doubles were a big reason the Boilermakers had 17 as a team, tied for the top total nationally during the opening weekend. Individually, they were two of five players nationally with at least five doubles in the first weekend. Sutter was the national co-leader with six as of Monday.

Gaffney’s three-double game Saturday was just the second by a Boilermaker since March 2019. The other one was at Ting Stadium. CJ Valdez accomplished the feat in a 2023 win vs. Akron in Holly Springs.

ACTIVE STREAKS

• Couper Cornblum: 24-game on-base streak (since April 15, 2023)

• Mike Bolton Jr.: 10-game on-base streak (since April 29, 2023)

PURDUE LEADERS IN HOLLY SPRINGS

Active Boilermakers

2023 (8 Games)

• Jo Stevens: 11-for-29, 2B, 9 RBI, HBP, 7 R, 2 Sac Flies, SB

• Couper Cornblum: 11-for-30, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 8 R, Sac Fly, 7 SB

• Mike Bolton Jr.: 7-for-21, 2 3B, HR, 5 RBI, BB, 5 HBP, 10 R, 5 SB

• Camden Melvin: 5-for-12, 4 RBI, BB, HBP, 3 R, SB

• Kyle Iwinski: Win, CG, 3 App, 12 1/3 IP, 5 H, R, 2 BB, 15 K

• Jonathan Blackwell: Win, 2 GS, 10 1/3 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 16 K

• Aaron Suval: Win, Save, 3 App, 5 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K

• Jackson Dannelley: Win, 2 App, 4 1/3 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

• Davis Pratt: 2 App, 5 IP, 4 H, R, 2 BB, 3 K

• Carter Doorn: 3 App, 3 2/3 IP, 4 H, R, 0 BB, 7 K

COMBINED 2-YEAR TOTALS (15 Games)

• Mike Bolton Jr.: 14-for-48 (.292), 3 2B, 3 3B, HR, 7 RBI, 7 BB, 6 HBP, 13 R, 8 SB, .415 OBP

• CJ Backer: 4 App, 2 GS, 10 IP, 16 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

IMPRESSIVE STARTING PITCHING PERFORMANCES IN HOLLY SPRINGS

2023 vs. Akron – Team Record: 3-1

• 21 2/3 IP, 17 H, 5 ER, 8 BB, 20 K, 2.08 ERA, .218 B/Avg

• Starting Pitchers: Khal Stephen, Jonathan Blackwell, Kyle Iwinski, Calvin Schapira

2022 vs. Longwood – Team Record: 3-0

• 17 1/3 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 23 K, 2.08 ERA, .175 B/Avg

• Starting Pitchers: Jackson Smeltz, Troy Wansing, Wyatt Wendell

DOUBLEHEADER SWEEPS SINCE OPENING DAY 2022

• April 15, 2023 vs. Penn State – W, 9-8 & 4-3

• March 4, 2023 vs. Akron – W, 17-9 & 13-0 (in Holly Springs, N.C.)

• March 20, 2022 vs. Illinois State – W, 9-2 & 7-6 (10)

• Feb. 26, 2022 vs. Princeton – W, 4-3 & 5-4 (in Holly Springs, N.C.)

• Feb. 25, 2022 vs. Princeton – W, 9-3 & 8-3 (in Holly Springs, N.C.)

• Feb. 19, 2022 vs. South Dakota State – W, 11-1 & 14-3 (in Sugar Land, Texas)

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

IRISH SET TO HOST CLEMSON TIGERS

After taking down the Duke Blue Devils on the road on Monday, the Irish are back at home for senior night at Purcell Pavilion. The Irish will honor Jenna Brown, Sarah Cernugel, Anna DeWolfe, Nat Marshall, Becky Obinma, and Maddy Westbeld in Notre Dame’s senior night recognition during pregame.

No. 19 Notre Dame (19-6, 9-5) hosts Clemson (11-15, 4-10) at home on Thursday night as the regular season schedule is winding down with just three regular season games remaining after the battle against the Tigers.

Notre Dame leads the overall series against the Tigers 8-3, with a 4-1 record on the road and a 4-1 record at home. The Irish have won the last two matchups with the most recent win happening on the road at Littlejohn Coliseum with a 57-54 win over the Tigers. Maddy Westbeld put up 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals in the road win. Prior to the 57-54 win in 2023 and the 77-56 victory at home in 2022, the Tigers won three straight against the Irish from 2019-2021.

As a contender for ACC Player of the Year, Hannah Hidalgo continues to dominate the ACC leaderboards as she’s leading the conference in scoring, averaging 24.4 points per game, and in steals, averaging 5.0 steals per game. She’s leading the nation with 125 total steals so far this season. She’s also third in the ACC with 5.3 assists per game.

Maddy Westbeld sits fifth in the conference in rebounding with 9.3 rebounds per game. The 6’3” forward is just shy of averaging a double-double as she also ranks amongst the top 25 top scorers in the ACC, putting up 13.9 points per game. Westbeld has nine double-doubles on the year. 

Clemson has three players averaging double-digit scoring in Amari Robinson (17.4), Dayshanette Harris (13.7) and Ruby Whitehorn (11.7).

NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL

IRISH DROP OPENING GAMES AT MARY NUTTER COLLEGIATE CLASSIC

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – The University of Notre Dame softball team dropped  a pair of games to ranked opponents Thursday evening at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. The Fighting Irish started the day with a 7-4 loss to No. 25/20 Mississippi State before falling in the bottom of the seventh inning to No. 22 Baylor by a 10-9 score.

Micaela Kastor started the day in the circle. The sophomore threw 3.0 innings against Mississippi State, allowing four runs on six hits and striking out one. Shannon Becker came on in relief, throwing the final 3.0 innings. She allowed four hits and three earned runs to go with a strikeout as she suffered the loss. 

The Irish offense outhit Mississippi State 11-10 in the contest. Junior outfielder Emily Tran led the charge with a 3-for-3 performance. Mickey Winchell added a three-hit game, driving in two runs with a triple. Carlli Kloss and Karina Gaskins each finished 2-for-3, with a run scored, and Gaskins adding an RBI. Addison Amaral also added a hit in the contest.

Alexis Laudenslager started in the circle against the Bears. The graduate transfer threw 5.1 innings, allowing seven runs, five earned and striking out six. Kami Kamzik came on in relief, throwing 0.2 innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits. Becker suffered the loss, giving up two hits, two runs, one earned in the final frame.

The Irish offense had three multi-hit performances against Baylor. Kloss led the way with a 3-for-4 effort, scoring a run and driving in the go-ahead run in the seventh. Jake Kronenberger finished 2-for-4 with three RBI, with Anna Holloway adding a 2-for-4 effort with an RBI and a run scored. Winchell, Amaral, Boznanski and Grimm each tallied a hit, Boznanski’s being an RBI double late.

How It Happened – Mississippi State

The Irish started hot, getting back-to-back singles from Kloss and Gaskins to open the game against the Bulldogs. A hit batter loaded the bases for Amaral, who hit it on the ground to third. The play at the plate was in time, but the relay to first was off the mark, allowing Gaskins to score from second and put two in scoring position. Winchell then tripled down the first baseline to bring in two and put the Irish up 3-0.

Mississippi State got two back in the bottom of the first. A walk and a double put two in scoring position. Jessie Blaine looped a single just over the outstretched glove of Amaral at second to score a run. A sacrifice fly scored another as the Bulldogs cut the lead to 3-2.

Notre Dame added to its lead in the second. Kloss reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second before scoring on a Gaskins single up the middle.

The Bulldogs tied it up, scoring solo runs in the second and third innings. The second inning run came via a leadoff homer, while the third inning saw a two-out rally with a double and a single bring in the run to knot it at four.

Mississippi State forged ahead in the fourth, scoring three runs. A single and a walk put two on with two outs. Mississippi State got a single, a hit batter and another single to score three and take the 7-4 lead.

The teams would trade zeros over the final two and a half innings as Mississippi State would take the game.

How It Happened – Baylor

Baylor took the early lead in the nightcap, plating a run in the bottom of the first inning. An infield single with a throwing error put a runner on second for Emily Hott who delivered with a single to take the lead, 1-0.

The Irish countered with three runs of their own in the third. A leadoff single from Holloway, followed by a hit by pitch and a Winchell single loaded the bases. Gaskins came back from down 1-2 in the count to draw her 13th walk of the season, bringing in the tying run. Amaral delivered the second run with a sacrifice fly to center and Kronenberger extended the lead to 3-1 with an infield single.

The Bears tied it back up at three with a two-run homer in the bottom of the frame.

Baylor took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. With runners on first and second, a chopper up the middle was handled by the Irish shortstop, with the only play being at second base, but the throw was off the mark, allowing a run to score to put the Bears up 4-3.

The Bears extended their lead in the sixth inning, scoring four runs on four hits to take the 8-3 lead into the final inning.

The Irish mounted a furious comeback in the seventh inning, batting around to score six runs on six hits. Kloss started the rally with a single to leadoff the inning and drove in the go-ahead run later in the frame with another single.

Baylor responded in its half of the seventh, scoring a pair of runs to earn the win. A single and a double started the rally before an error tied the game and a fielder’s choice was too late at the plate, allowing the winning run to score.

Up Next

Notre Dame will take on Oregon tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. as it continues the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

NOTRE DAME TRACK

IRISH WRAP UP DAY ONE OF THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS

BOSTON, Mass. – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish had a strong performance on Thursday, Feb. 22, to open up the 2024 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted at The Track at New Balance in Boston, Massachusetts. 

The Irish tabbed four first place finishes, one second place finish, and two third place finishes to reach the podium seven times on day one of the championships. 

Jadin O’Brien was crowned the ACC Pentathlon Champion for the second year in a row as she scored 4329 points, winning the 60m hurdles, shot put, and 800 meter race. 

Alaina Brady secured her spot on the podium with a second place finish, scoring 4150 and recording a PR in the event.

The Irish took home the title in both the men’s and the women’s 5000 meter race. 

Carter Solomon finished first in the men’s 5000 meter with a time of 13:50.55 and was followed by Ethan Coleman, who finished third with a time of 13:51.97. On the women’s side, Erin Strzelecki took home first as she ran a 15:58.04 in the 5000 meter race. 

The Notre Dame women’s 4000 meter DMR team of Sophia Novak, Bridget Lalonde, Claire Sievern, and Olivia Markezich set a new meet record as they ran a 10:49.74 in the race, breaking Duke’s record of 10:49.87 in 2023. 

On the men’s side, the 4000m DMR reached the podium as well as the team of Daelen Ackley, Joey Dobrydney, Jake Renfree, and CJ Singleton secured a third place finish after running a 9:35.47 in the relay.

Full Results | 2024 Indoor T&F Championship Information

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

FIVE POST DOUBLE-FIGURES AS NOTRE DAME DOWNS CLEMSON, 74-47

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A balanced scoring effort led No. 19 Notre Dame (20-6, 10-5) to its 10th ACC victory of the season on Thursday with three more to go. The Irish defeated visiting Clemson (11-16, 4-11), 74-47, behind double-figure points from five people: Sonia Citron (16), Maddy Westbeld (13), Anna DeWolfe (12), KK Bransford (12) and Hannah Hidalgo (10).

“Absolutely,” Westbeld said after the game when asked if she considered it the balanced night Notre Dame was seeking. “We’ve really been working on our offense and moving the ball, and we had 19 assists tonight. We had five in double-figures, and that’s what we’re trying to do every game.”

It was senior night for Westbeld and Marshall, and they both showed up in big ways on the defensive end of the floor. Westbeld had 12 rebounds, notching her 10th double-double of the season. She entered this season with just nine over the first three years of her Irish career. Marshall had 4 blocks.

The final score suggests the game was a blow out. But it didn’t look that way from the tip.

It was a slow start for Notre Dame, as Clemson notched a 10-point lead out of the gate, 14-4. DeWolfe then hit a jumper that sparked a 12-2 Irish run over 5:29. Citron scored 5 of those points. It was 18-16 in favor of Clemson after Q1.

Notre Dame notched its first lead of the game at the start of Q2, 21-20. The Irish got hot from there, as Kylee Watson hit back-to-back buckets and Citron became unstoppable. She finished the first half 4-4 from the floor, 2-2 from 3-point range and 4-4 from the free throw line. She had 14 points, 3 assists and 3 steals at the conclusion of the half.

Defensively, Notre Dame settled in during the second quarter. Clemson went 4-11 from the floor and had 8 turnovers.

The Irish came out hot in the second half as they started off with a 10-2 run, shooting 62.5% from the floor in the third to extend the Notre Dame lead to 47-29. The Irish continued to play suffocating defense, allowing just 9 total points in Q3 as they did in Q2. Interestingly, Notre Dame never scored more than 8 points at a time. But the Irish also didn’t allow Clemson to get back into the game, always countering with an answer. The Tigers played 11 players but just three of them had more than 2 points.

“The front line of our zone was doing a really great job with ball pressure,” Westbeld said. “Our defense ignites us, and our guards ignite us. They did a great job.”

Notre Dame plays its final ACC away game on Sunday, as the Irish head to Boston College (11-17, 3-12) for a noon tipoff.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BUTLER AND SETON HALL SET FOR SATURDAY NIGHT TIP IN NEWARK

Setting the Scene

• Butler continues a week on the road with a Saturday night tip against Seton Hall in Newark.

• The Bulldogs will look to avenge Seton Hall’s 78-72 win Jan. 13 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

• Butler’s 14 NCAA NET ranking Quad 1 games so far this season are the most in the nation (rankings as of Thursday, Feb. 22); Saturday’s tip at Seton Hall will be another Quad 1 game for Butler.

• KenPom ranks Butler’s schedule so far this season as the nation’s seventh-toughest slate, while the NCAA NET strength of schedule metric lists it as No. 2 nationally (through Feb. 22).

Butler (16-11, 7-9 BIG EAST) at Seton Hall (17-9, 10-5)

Saturday, Feb. 24;  8:30PM

Prudential Center; Newark, N.J.

TV: FS2 – Alex Faust & Vin Parise

Radio: WXNT 1430AM, Varsity Network Radio App, SiriusXM 389, SXM App 979 – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

Notes in PDF Form: https://butlersports.com/sports/2023/10/26/2023-24-butler-mbb-game-notes.aspx

The Series with Seton Hall

• All 23 previous meetings between Butler and the Pirates have come since the Bulldogs joined the BIG EAST Conference beginning with the 2013-14 season.

• Seton Hall has won five straight in the series and eight of the last nine.

• Two of the tips have come as part of the BIG EAST Tournament at Madison Square Garden, with the teams splitting those match-ups.

• Butler won seven of the first eight meetings between the two programs.

Series:  Seton Hall Leads, 13-10

Streak: Seton Hall, W5

In N.J.: Seton Hall Leads, 6-4

First Meeting: Butler, 64-57; 1/29/14 (at SHU)

Last Meeting: SHU, 78-72; 1/13/24 (at Hinkle)

First Time Around

• Seton Hall scored the final eight points of the game to take a 78-72 win over Butler Jan. 13 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

• Kadary Richmond’s 24-point, 12-rebound performance led Seton Hall.

• Posh Alexander led Butler with 17 points and four assists.

• Seton Hall had 13 blocks, the most by a Butler opponent since joining the BIG EAST.

• The teams combined for only 18 turnovers.

• Seton Hall shot 51 percent for the game, including 54 percent in the second half. Butler shot 41 percent.

Of Note

• Butler is coming off a 72-62 loss at Villanova Tuesday night. The Bulldogs are now 3-5 on the road in BIG EAST play with contests at Seton Hall and DePaul remaining.

• The Bulldogs made 11 three-pointers at Villanova, which was the first time losing this season when hitting 10 or more three-pointers (now 5-1).

• The Villanova contest Tuesday was the first time this season that more than half of Butler’s attempts from the field came from three-point range (29 of 51).

• Butler went 7-for-10 from the free throw line at Villanova. On the season, Butler ranks seventh nationally in free throw shooting at 78.9 percent. Butler has shot 70 percent or better from the line in all but one game.

• DJ Davis made both of his free throw attempts Tuesday, raising his season mark to 96.6 percent, which is No. 1 nationally.

• Butler committed just seven turnovers at Villanova, bettering the team’s season average of 10.5. Butler has 14 games this season with 10 or fewer turnovers, and the Bulldogs are 11-5 this season when committing fewer turnovers than their opponent.

• Butler had 14 assists against only those seven turnovers Tuesday night; it marked the sixth time this season that Butler’s assist/turnover ratio has been 2.0 or higher.

• Jahmyl Telfort led Butler with 19 points and seven rebounds at Villanova; it was Telfort’s sixth game this season scoring at least 19 points.

• Posh Alexander hit four three-pointers (all in the first half) against Villanova, matching his career-high.

• Villanova posted a 37-20 rebounding advantage Tuesday night, which was the Bulldogs’ largest deficit on the boards this season. Butler is 13-1 on the season when out-rebounding its opponent.

• The Butler offense has averaged 78.6 points per game this season. Butler has 12 games this season scoring 80 points or more (including seven games of 90 or more).

• Butler is 8-1 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field and a perfect 14-0 when shooting a better percentage than their opponent.

• Showcasing the season-long prowess of the Bulldog offense, Butler has allowed 90 points in four games this season…and has won three of those games.

• The Bulldogs commit just 13.6 fouls per game, which ranks eighth nationally.

• Alexander leads the BIG EAST and is 20th nationally at 2.23 steals per game.

• Alexander is fifth in the conference and 49th nationally with 5.0 assists per game.

• Pierre Brooks II is 14th in the BIG EAST in scoring at 15.1 points per game. He is fifth in the BIG EAST in three-pointers made per game (2.41).

• Jalen Thomas ranks ninth in the BIG EAST in blocks (1.15 per game) and 16th in rebounding (6.1 per game).

• Telfort is third in the BIG EAST in minutes per game (34:52).

BUTLER TRACK

BUTLERXCTF GEARS UP FOR THE BIG EAST INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Butler track and field team will head to Chicago, Ill. for the BIG EAST Indoor Championships on Friday and Saturday in the Dr. Conrad Worrill Indoor Track and Field Center. The meet will be streamed live on the BIG EAST Digital Network on FloSports.

The Bulldogs will feature quartets in the distance races 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters. Jesse Hamlin will hope to cap off an incredible season with top finishes in the men’s mile and 3,000 meters. Hamlin broke the school record in the men’s mile with a time of 3:56.59 and will head into the 3,000 meters with the second fastest time in the BIG EAST at 7:52.06.

Matthew Forrester will headline the 5,000 meters for the Bulldogs after posting the second-best time in the conference at 13:42.27. The men’s distance program will also feature four other athletes including William Zegarski (3,000 meters and 5,000 meters), David Slapak (3,000 meters), Tomer Mualem (5,000 meters), and Will Minnette (5,000 meters).

On the women’s side, Elsa Rusthoven (9:27.11) and Wiktoria Klebowska (9:27.19) lead the way in the 3,000 meters after earning two times in the top ten of the conference. Rusthoven will also race in the 5,000 meters alongside teammate Abby Olson.

Luke Finnegan leads the way in the men’s sprinting events after he’s claimed five consecutive titles in the springing events this season. His mark of 21.45 for the 200 meters ranks second in the conference, and he will look to claim his first BIG EAST title in the 60-meter dash after finishing second last season. Ben Bradley (60 meters) and Troy Larrison (200 meters) will also hope to make some noise in their respective events.

The young trios of Jade Cadichon, Lauren Doerr, and Jocelyn Davis will compete in the women’s 60-meter dash while Allie Minier, Clara Reynolds, and Grace Stedge plan on racing in the 400 meters. Davis will also be competing as the lone representative in the women’s 200 meters.

For the multis, Jack Elder will look to defend his title in the men’s heptathlon. His score of 5222 at the IUPUI Invitational this season already earned him weekly conference field honors. Lily Wharton will also look to leave her mark in the women’s pentathlon.

Outside of the heptathlon, Elder also plans on competing in field events including the men’s pole vault, long jump, and shot put. The jump events will feature two-time BIG EAST Weekly Field Honoree Cabott Craft who will compete in the triple jump (14.38 meters) and long jump (7.05 meters). Zac Stanley will join Craft in the long jump after putting up a team-high 7.15 meters that ranks fifth in the conference. Drew Herman hopes to make the podium in the men’s high jump after just missing in fourth last season.

The first event will kick off on Friday at 11 am CT with the first events of the heptathlon. Field events will begin at 1 pm and the track events will follow at 1:45 pm. A dozen of Friday’s running events will be trials while the 5,000 meters, DMR, and Pentathlon will all conclude by Friday night.

Action will resume on Saturday at 11 am CT with the final events of the heptathlon. The track and field events will also start back up at 11 am beginning with shot put and the unseeded section of the women’s 3,000 meters. Starting with the mile at 11:30 am, all running events will be medal runs.

BUTLER WOMEN’S LAX

BUTLER WLACROSSE TAKES ON CINCINNATI ON SUNDAY

The Bulldogs will take on Cincinnati on Sunday, Feb. 25 at Varsity Field in Indianapolis, Ind. The first draw is set for 1 p.m. ET.

GameDay

Butler vs. Cincinnati

1:00 PM

Sunday, Feb. 25

Indianapolis, Ind.

Bulldog Bits:

Maggie Zentgraf is in her second season as head coach for the Bulldogs. Zentgraf is a former member of the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team. Zentgraf previously coached at Division III Lake Forest, going 11-4 in the program’s first-ever season.

The Bulldogs are currently 1-2 for the season after facing a close 17-16 loss to Vanderbilt on Wednesday.

In Wednesday’s loss, senior midfielder Leah Rubino accounted for five goals. Rubino currently leads the team with 15 goals.

Sophomore attacker Luci Selander returned to action for the Bulldogs recording four goals against Vanderbilt.

Goalie Caroline Smith accounted for 12 saves in goal and four ground balls on Wednesday. Smith has accumulated 30 saves in goal thus far this season.

Assistant Coach McKenna Rushford is a former member of the Cincinnati lacrosse team who helped lead the program to their winningest season in school history.

Scouting Cincinnati:

The Cincinnati Bearcats are led by Gina Thomas (Oliver), who is in her 12th season with the program.

Cincinnati is 5-0 all time over the Bulldogs.

The Bearcats are currently members of the American Athletic Conference and stand 1-2 thus far on the season.

In the Bearcats last match, they defeated Robert Morris 15-0 for their first win of the season. The Bearcats will take on Central Michigan before heading to Butler.

Sophomore Camryn Callaghan currently leads the program with 13 goals. Callaghan was just named to the AAC Weekly Honor Roll for the second week in row for the Bearcats.

Up Next

The Bulldogs will head to Columbus, Ohio to take on Ohio State on Saturday, March 2. The first draw is set for 12 p.m. ET.

Follow Along

For updates follow the Butler women’s lacrosse team on X and Instagram @ButlerWLacrosse. Live scoring will be available on ButlerSports.com

BUTLER SOFTBALL

BUTLER SOFTBALL TO PARTICIPATE IN SPRING GAMES IN FLORIDA

Tournament Information – SPRING GAMES
DATE:                                   Friday, Feb. 23 – Sunday, Feb. 25
LOCATION:                         Madeira Beach, Florida / Madeira Beach Softball Complex
LIVE STATS:                      (when available)
LIVE VIDEO:                      FloSports
 
Full Notes

The Butler softball team will play in the Spring Games in Florida for its third tournament of the 2024 season. The Bulldogs went 3-2 last weekend at the Panther Invitational at GSU in Atlanta, Georgia. Opponents this coming weekend include Middle Tennessee, Cornell, Brown, LeMoyne, and Bellarmine.

Bulldog Bits                                                                                       

        at Panther Invitational at GSU

Hailey Conger was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week after her performances last weekend at GSU that totaled 10 hits in 19 at bats over five games, batting .526 with a pair of doubles. She led Butler in each of those four categories.

Kieli Ryan led the Bulldogs with six RBI (four in the 6-5 win over GSU), and Paige Dorsett accumulated five.

Five different Bulldogs hit a home run in the tournament.

Katie Petran had two complete-game victories at the Panther Invite and now has three this season.

SCOUTING OPPONENTS

Middle Tennessee (0-9, 0-0 C-USA)

Losses for the Blue Raiders include Akron, Delaware, US Davis, San Jose St., and Florida Gulf Coast.

Batting leaders include #30 Shelby Echols (.382, 6RBI), #7 Ashlee Jacoway (.357, HR), #12 Julia Garcia (.350), #16 Amaya Harris (.321, 3-2B), and #4 Ava Brooks (.320).

The pitching staff has a combined ERA of 4.25 with 23 Ks on the season.

Cornell (0-0, 0-0 Ivy League)

The Big Red (16-26, 9-12 Ivy League in 2023) have not yet played a game in 2024.

Brown (0-0, 0-0 Ivy League)

The Bears (13-26, 9-12 Ivy League in 2023) have not yet played a game in 2024.

LeMoyne (0-5, 0-0 Northeast)

Losses for the Dolphins include Appalachian St., Winthrop, Monmouth, and Binghamton.

Batting leaders include #27 Audrey Benderski (.500, 4-2B), #21 Mckenzie Bergdoll (.467, 2HR), and #15 Sydney Nesci (.429, 2B, HR).

The pitching staff has a combined ERA of 8.02 with 22 Ks on the season.

Bellarmine (1-4, 0-0 ASUN)

The Knights split games with Siena and have losses to Charleston Southern and Saint Francis.

Batting leaders include #21 Serenity Shemwell (.333, HR), #1 Harlie Bickett (.313, 2B, 2RBI), #13 Nicole Waters (.273), and Chloe Collins (.267, 2B).

The pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.82 with 21 Ks on the season.

BUTLER BASEBALL

BUTLER BASEBALL RETURNS TO ACTION AT ALABAMA A&M

INDIANAPOLIS – There will be a Battle of the Bulldogs this weekend in Huntsville when Alabama A&M hosts Butler for a three game series. Each contest will feature a 1 PM start. There will not be a live stream this weekend, but fans can follow along with live stats.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 – 1 PM

Saturday, Feb. 24 – 1 PM

Sunday, Feb. 25 – 1 PM

Projected Starters

Game 1 – RHP Justin Hornschemeier vs. RHP Nick Anaya

Game 2 – RHP Tyler Banks vs. RHP Anthony Mateo

Game 3 – RHP Grant Brooks vs. RHP Jackson Hall

Scouting Alabama A&M

AAMU lost to Tennessee Tech on Tuesday afternoon in their home opener, moving their overall record to 1-3. They won their season opener at Arkansas-Pine Bluff but dropped each game of a doubleheader two days later to Lions. Alex Diaz leads the team with a .417 batting average. He has already recorded a double and a triple this season over four games. AAMU has a roster built for speed. The Bulldogs have swiped eight bags on 12 attempts. Chevalier Dorris is the team leader with three.

On the mound, Evan Hurlburt leads the team in strikeouts with nine, but he is not slated to make a start this weekend. Head Coach Elliott Jones will go with Nick Anaya, Anthony Mateo, and Jackson Hall. Anaya has the best numbers of the trio with five strikeouts and just one walk included in four full innings of action. Mateo threw 5.2 innings in his season debut while striking out four and Hall exited the mound after four full innings in his first start of 2024.

Last Meeting

Butler and Alabama A&M met on the diamond on March 13, 2019 in Huntsville, Ala. BU scored two runs in the fifth, added two in the seventh and came up with two more in the eighth to win the game 6-1.

Bulldog Bits

– Five different Bulldogs scored a run over opening weekend

– Carter Dorighi and Kade Lewis are tied for the team lead in hits (2)

– Lewis and Ryan Drumm each hit a double at Florida State

– Drumm and Joey Urban each walked three times over opening weekend

– Urban had the first sac fly of the season for BU

– Nick Miketinac found the most success on the mound for BU at FSU

– Miketinac tossed three full innings of relief and only allowed one run

– Tyler Banks struck out three batters in his BU debut

BIG EAST Standings

Creighton 2-0

St. John’s 1-0

Seton Hall 2-1

UConn 2-1

Butler 0-2

Georgetown 0-3

Villanova 0-3

Xavier 0-3

Up Next

The first midweek game on the schedule comes up next for the Bulldogs. Butler will play at Southern Illinois on Feb.27. First pitch in Carbondale is slated for 4 PM.

BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL TRAVELS TO QUINCY FRIDAY

No. 13 Ball State (11-7, 4-1 MIVA) |Quincy (5-5, 1-5 MIVA)

Last Meeting: Ball State 3, Quincy 0 (4/15/23)

Series History: Ball State has defeated Quincy in 58 of 63 all-time meetings and has won the last eight.

Setting the Scene:

Coach Cruz: Ball State head coach Donan Cruz enters his third season at the helm of the Cardinals and owns an overall record at BSU of 53-19 (.767) along with a Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Tournament Championship, two MIVA regular season titles and an NCAA Tournament appearance.

Match Recap: Ball State turned in a successful two-match Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association victory weekend when it defeated Purdue-Fort Wayne last Thursday night in a 3-0 sweep at home and then finished the weekend on the road with a five-set thrilling win at Loyola-Chicago. With the win over the Mastondons Cruz improved his career record to 8-0 versus Purdue Fort Wayne. Patrick Rogers led BSU with 22-kills that match. On Saturday, Three players reached double digit kills against the Ramblers with Rogers leading the Cardinals charge with 18. Not too far behind Rogers was Tinaishe Ndavazocheva who turned in a 17-kill performance. Rounding out the double-digit kills was Braydon Savitski-Lynde with 11. Your offense doesn’t run well without their setter and tonight Lucas Machado was just as efficient at the net dishing out 42 assists running the offense at a .304 clip.

First Serve: Ball State sits in a two-way tie for second in the current MIVA standings with McKendree but loses the head-to-head after losing to the Bearcats earlier in the season. The Cardinals play in only one match this weekend before returning home next Thursday (March 1) and Sunday (March 3) against Queens University of Charlotte. The match at Quincy begins at 7 pm ET. The Cardinals last defeated the Hawks in the 2023 MIVA Tournament quarterfinals in Muncie on April 15 by a 3-0 decision. Offensively, Quincy is led in scoring by Race Alleyne with 145 total kills while averaging 4.26 kills per set.

Rogers MIVA Offensive Player of the Week:  Patrick Rogers led No. 13 Ball State to a pair of wins over Purdue Fort Wayne and then-No. 10 Loyola Chicago. The sophomore outside hitter totaled 40 kills in eight sets for a 5.00 average per set while hitting .395 for the week. Against the Mastodons, he had 22 kills in three sets on a blistering .515 hitting clip then followed it up with 18 kills on .302 hitting in five sets against the Ramblers. He added an ace against the Mastodons.

Preseason All-MIVA:  The 2024 roster is a good mixture of some familiar faces along with several newcomers. One of the Cardinals returnees is sophomore outside hitter Tinaishe Ndavazocheva who was recently named to the 12-member preseason All-MIVA conference team. Ndavazocheva turned in quite the rookie season for the Cardinals last year. He earned MIVA Offensive Player of the Week honors and Off the Block National Honors on Feb. 7. He turned in a career high 27 kills against Lewis (2/9) and had 22 double digit kill performances in 2023. Ndavazocheva ended the season ranked second on the team in kills (342) and in points (397.5). He also received All-MIVA First Team honors and AVCA Honorable Mention All-American.

The Legend Don Shondell: The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association has announced changes to the MIVA Tournament format. The conference has also announced that future tournament winners will receive the Don Shondell MIVA Championship Trophy. The MIVA Tournament has been played after every regular season since 1980 except 2020 and was also played from 1964-69. The new format for the MIVA Tournament will reward the highest seeds, providing an advantage for a path to the NCAA tournament via the MIVA’s automatic bid.The opening round of the eight-team tournament will be played at the higher four seeds. No. 1 will host No. 8, No. 2 will host No. 7, No. 3 will host No. 6, and No. 4 will host No. 5. The semifinal and final rounds will be hosted by the highest remaining seed in the field. The field will also re-seed. The highest remaining seed will host the lowest remaining seed and the other two teams will play in the other semifinal. The two winning teams will play in the final match for the Don Shondell MIVA Championship Trophy.

BALL STATE SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL HEADS TO STATE OF GEORGIA FOR I-75 TOURNAMENT

» THIS WEEK IN BALL STATE SOFTBALL: It is another weekend on the road for the Ball State softball team which travels to the state of Georgia for the I-75 Tournament … The Cardinals open the event Friday with a 3 p.m. doubleheader at Kennesaw State … BSU will follow with a noon game Saturday at Georgia State and an 11 a.m. twinbill Sunday at Georgia Tech.

» ROAD WARRIORS: Like all northern teams, Ball State will be road warriors for the first part of the season as the team is slated to play its first 27 games away from Muncie … The program record for consecutive road games to start a season is 33 games set in 2018 … BSU opened both the 2016 and 2019 campaigns with 32 straight road games.

» THE OVERALL RECORD: Ball State enters the I-75 Tournament with a 1151-1149-4 (.500) overall record dating back to 1975 … The Cardinals have tallied 30-or-more wins in 16 seasons, most recently a 37-18 mark in 2021 … Of the 16 seasons with 30-or-more wins, 11 have come in the past 16 years.

» A QUICK LOOK AT THE CARDINALS: Led by first-year head coach Helen Peña, the Cardinals enter the weekend with a 3-7 overall record … Ball State enters the week with a .226 team batting average, led by redshirt junior utility player McKayla Timmons at .379 … Timmons also leads the squad with three home runs and nine runs scored … Redshirt sophomore Jessica Hoffman is right behind with a .333 average and leads the squad with nine RBI … In the circle, the Cardinals own a 5.36 ERA led by senior Francys King who boasts a 2-2 record and a 4.38 ERA over 30.1 innings of work … Senior Alyssa Stramaglia leads the staff with a .260 batting average against over 11.0 innings, while sophomore Bridie Murphy has a team-best 14 strikeouts over her 15.2 innings, to go along with a 1-2 record and a save.

» CARDINALS VERSUS THE I-75 TOURNAMENT FIELD:

– Ball State enters the I-75 Tournament with a 3-8 all-time record versus the teams it will face in the event … The Cardinals hold a 2-1 lead in the all-time series versus Kennesaw State, while trailing Georgia State 5-1 and Georgia Tech 2-0.

» SCOUTING BALL STATE’S OPPONENTS IN THE I-75 TOURNAMENT:

– KENNESAW STATE: The Owls enter Friday’s doubleheader versus the Cardinals with a 2-8 overall record after going 0-5 at least weekend’s Kennesaw State Tournament … Kassidy Amerson-Fox lead the squad with 11 hits, including a double, a triple and a pair of home runs, while boasting a .379 average and seven RBI … Kenley Hilleary has earned both wins in the circle, going 2-2 with a 5.51 ERA over 20.1 innings of work … She also has a team-high 20 strikeouts.

– GEORGIA STATE: The Panthers enter the weekend with a 2-10 overall record after suffering a 9-6 setback to Georgia Tech on Wednesday … Jaycee Goodwin leads the squad with a .370 batting average with 10 hits, including a pair of doubles … Chloe Middlebrooks has a team-high eight runs scored and is tied for team-high honors with four RBI … Despite an 0-5 record, Sydney Boulware has a team-low 5.01 ERA and has struck out 32 batters over 36.1 innings of work.

– GEORGIA TECH: The Yellow Jackets enter the weekend with a 4-7 overall record after earning a 9-6 win over Georgia State on Wednesday … Despite the slow start, GT features one of the nation’s top offenses, ranking in the top 40 nationally with a .336 team batting average … Eight players are currently batting above .300, led by Gracyn Tucker at .533 … In the circle, Georgia Tech’s pitchers have a combined 7.07 ERA with Kinsey Norton owning a team-low 4.00 mark with a 1-1 record over six appearances and 14.0 innings of work.

BALL STATE NEWS & NOTES:

» MAC PRESEASON PROGNOSTICATIONS: Ball State was picked to finish fourth among 11 teams in the Mid-American Conference’s annual preseason poll … The Cardinals, who finished fourth in the league last season with a 17-12 MAC record, are looking for a second consecutive  MAC Softball Championship berth, with the league’s top six teams advancing to Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio, for the three-day event which runs May 8-11.

» THE WYNN FACTOR: Graduate third baseman Haley Wynn has taken early advantage of her extra year of eligibility, tying for the team lead with 11 hits so far this season … That raises her career total to 192 which is tied for 10th in program history … Wynn registered at least one hit in each of Ball State’s first seven games of the season, including a pair of home runs to up her career long ball total to 21 which is tied for 12th in program history.

» MORE ON WYNN: Haley Wynn is one of the most prolific batters in program history ranking 15th on Ball State’s career charts with a .332 career average … She is also 13th all-time in slugging percentage (.530) and 16th in on base percentage (.408) … In addition, her 140 career runs scored are sixth in program history and 28th among all active NCAA Division I players … She also ranks 24th among active DI players with 38 career doubles which is tied for 12th in program history.

» TIMMONS CLIMBING THE CHARTS TOO: After leading the Ball State offense with a .379 batting average, a .759 slugging percentage and a .513 on base percentage through the first two weeks of the season, McKayla Timmons continued her climb up BSU’s career charts … She currently ranks fifth in program history in both slugging percentage (.635) and on base percentage (.450), while her .346 career batting average is ninth on BSU’s all-time list … Timmons, who blasted a pair of home runs opening weekend, and added one more last weekend, is also one of the program’s top home run hitters with her 19 career long balls tying for 15th in BSU’s all-time list.

» BALL STATE’S BEST THIEF: Senior outfielder Remington Ross enters the I-75 Tournament as the greatest base thief in program history with a .979 (48-for-49) career stole base percentage at Ball State … Last season, she went a perfect 23-for-23 in stolen base attempts and ranked second in the MAC and 54th nationally with a 0.47 steals-per-game average … Ross, who ranks 10th in program history with 48 career stolen bases, has been successful in her last 33 stolen base attempts including her first three this season.

» A SLAMMING FIRST HIT: Redshirt sophomore Jessica Hoffman had just two career at bats when she stepped up to the plate with bases loaded in the 10-8 win over Fordham (Feb. 11) … She proceeded to blast her first career hit over the fence in right center field for her first career home run and Ball State’s first grand slam since April 6, 2022 … A regular in the lineup since, Hoffman has seven career hits and is second on the team with a .333 average this season … Of her seven hits, five have driven in at least one RBI.

» KING OF THE PEN: Senior Francys King leads the Ball State pitching staff with a 4.38 ERA over 30.1 innings of work this season … She has earned the victory in two of BSU’s three wins, starting with throwing the final 6.2 innings in the 10-8 win over Fordham (Feb. 11) … She also picked up the victory in BSU’s 6-5 win over Jacksonville State (Feb. 16), throwing the opening 5.2 innings … King has 11 career collegiate pitching victories, with five coming at Ball State and six coming in her two seasons at Tennessee State (2021-22).

BALL STATE BASEBALL

CARDINALS BACK IN SOUTH CAROLINA TO FACE A TRIO OF FORMIDABLE FOES

The Ball State baseball team rides momentum from a 3-1 start to the year into playing opponents from the Big Ten and Big 12 and a Sun Belt Conference power this weekend in Conway, S.C.

The Cardinals are scheduled to play Cincinnati at 11 a.m. and Illinois at 7 p.m. on Friday in Coastal Carolina’s Springs Brooks Stadium before facing the Chanticleers at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Live stats will be available for each game and can be found at the link above. The game against Coastal Carolina will be streamed on ESPN+ (link above as well).

Ball State beat Lehigh, Merrimack and Michigan State last weekend at the Swig & Swine Classic in Charleston, S.C. The pitching staff successfully limited opposing lineups to less than three runs per game in the four contests, holding the Spartans to a single tally in Sunday’s 4-1 triumph.

Ball State went 36-23 (19-11 MAC) in 2023 to earn the No. 3 seed in the MAC Tournament and beat host and top seed Kent State twice to clinch the championship and fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. Head coach Rich Maloney begins his 19th season leading the Cardinals and has 956 career wins in 29 seasons as a head coach.

The Cardinals were recently voted second in the MAC Preseason head coaches poll.

STACK THE DECK: Senior outfielder Decker Scheffler returns after leading the 2023 team in batting average (.378) and OPS (1.050) on his way to being named First Team All-MAC.

The left-handed hitter out of Sanborn, Minn., tallied 13 doubles, eight home runs and three triples among his 74 hits while scoring 46 times and driving in 49 runs. Scheffler was named the D1Baseball.com Mid-American Conference Preseason Player of the Year and No. 65 outfielder nationally in the online publication’s season preview.

DON’T DOUBT DOBBINS: Junior catcher Hunter Dobbins earned All-MAC Defensive Team recognition in 2023 and is considered the top prospect in the league by D1Baseball.com for the 2024 Major League Baseball Draft class.

The Indianapolis native had a breakout offensive season in 2022, hitting .339 with eight home runs and 26 RBI in 29 games before hitting nine home runs and 29 RBI last year.

D1 Debut: Junior third baseman Michael Hallquist collected five hits in his NCAA Division I debut weekend, notching two hits in the season-opening win over Lehigh and one each in the following three games, hitting .357 with two doubles and one RBI for the week.

The Fargo, N.D., native and Minnesota-Crookston transfer hit .406 with 22 home runs, 20 doubles and 65 RBI with a 1.403 OPS in 58 games last year at the Division II school.

BACK-TO-BACK BLASTS: Junior transfer Matthew Gonzalez and Dobbins hit consecutive home runs in the first inning of Friday’s 8-4 win over Lehigh to start the season with a bang.

Gonzalez started at DH, and the pair projects as a formidable duo behind the plate for the Cardinals.

KNAPP TIME: Graduate right-handed pitcher Tanner Knapp struck out the side in the ninth inning of the season opener, punching out four overall in 1.1 innings to be credited with the save.

Knapp also picked up the save in Sunday’s 4-1 win against Michigan State by inducing a groundout to clinch the victory over the Big Ten foe.

BEEKER BALL: Junior left-handed pitcher Merritt Beeker struck out 10 and allowed only one run on four hits in 5.0 innings to collect the win over the Spartans.

The East Carolina transfer sent down two batters in each inning on strikes and retired 10 Spartans in a row from the first to the fourth inning.

COASTAL CHALLENGE: The Cardinals take on Big Ten (Illinois) and Big 12 (Cincinnati) opponents on Friday before facing mid major power Coastal Carolina of the Sun Belt Conference on Saturday this weekend.

The Chanticleers began the year ranked No. 18 in the D1Baseball and USA Today Coaches Polls and No. 19 in the NCBWA Poll.

Up Next

Ball State’s schedule next week includes a Tuesday game at USI followed by a weekend series at Jacksonville in Florida.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL

PLAYER PERSONNEL ADDITIONS COMPLETE FINAL ROUND OF FOOTBALL STAFF CHANGES

MUNCIE, Ind. – Veteran coach and recruiting specialist Will Cinelli has been named executive director of personnel and recruiting for the Ball State football program, and Demetrius Murray has been named as director of player personnel for defense, as announced by Cardinals’ head coach Mike Neu.

Cinelli, who will lead recruiting efforts for the Ball State offense, is welcomed on the Cardinals’ coaching staff following his stint the past two seasons as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at NAIA Pikeville University in Kentucky. He was a lead recruiter for the Bears during his two years at Pikeville, following a career in which he has coached high school and college athletes, briefly served as interim head coach at St. Augustine HS in San Diego, and operated in either a recruiting capacity or football operations role throughout the past 10 years. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2010 and earned a master’s degree in 2012 from University of St. Francis, where he began his career in operations and coaching.

Cinelli heads the Cardinals’ newly shaped player personnel staff that also features Murray, who steps into his new role after two years of graduate assistant work, with Ball State last season and Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2022. Murray spent four years on the Ball State roster from 2017-20, earning three letters and helping the Cardinals to the 2020 Mid-American Conference Championship and the program’s first-ever bowl victory over San Jose State in the Offerpad Arizona Bowl.

“I’m really happy we are able to expand our player personnel staff by adding Will and Demetrius,” said Neu, referring to what was previously a one-man position. “Will has a diverse football background and will be a great asset for us in our recruiting efforts. Demetrius will continue to lead our program as a former player, graduate assistant and now, recruiter.”

Rounding out the staff are four graduate assistant coaches who will join returning offensive GA Jack Connolly. Paxton Cottrell assists Connolly on the offensive side of the ball, with Josh Lawrence and Mayomi “Mayo” Olootu supporting the defense. Jack Wellenhofer has been hired as a special teams graduate assistant.

Cottrell played on the offensive line at Wofford and served on the Tennessee Chattanooga staff at the same time as Murray, while Lawrence was previously a defensive GA at UT Chattanooga after assisting the football team as an undergraduate assistant at North Carolina. Olootu, who played cornerback at Northern Illinois, returns to the MAC after coaching at McKinney High School near his hometown in Allen, Texas. Wellenhofer, a former long-snapper at UNC-Charlotte, was a special teams coordinator at Brevard College in North Carolina, since 2021.

The Cardinals open spring workouts on Sunday, February 25.

BALL STATE TRACK

TRACK AND FIELD JOURNEYS TO YPSILANTI FOR INDOOR MAC CHAMPIONSHIP MEET

MUNCIE, Ind. — The Ball State track and field team prepares to head to Ypsilanti, Michigan Thursday, February 22 for the indoor MAC Championship meet. Competition is set to begin Friday morning with the pentathlon.

The Cardinals last competed at the GVSU Big Meet where they collected multiple personal bests and top finishes. Jenelle Rogers recorded a first-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 5.86m. 

Last indoor season the team finished second with 83 points, the most they had earned since 2008. They are hoping to build on recent success as they move into the off-season. 

To follow along, visit https://www.milesplit.live/meets/592779/events 

Ball State Entries at Indoor MAC Championships

Friday

Pentathlon (10 a.m.) 

Weight Throw (10 a.m.) 

Mile Trials (1:45 p.m.)

60H Trials (2:15 p.m.)

200m Trials (4:15 p.m.)

Long Jump (4:30 p.m.)

DMR (5:45 p.m.)

Saturday

Triple Jump (11:30 p.m.) 

Shot Put (11:45 p.m.)

High Jump (1:30 p.m.)

Mile Finals (1:30 p.m.) 

60H Finals (2:00 p.m.)

400m (2:20 p.m.)

60m Final (2:50 p.m.)

200m Finals (3:30 p.m.)

3k Final (3:50 p.m.)

4x400m Relay (4:30 p.m.)

INDIANA STATE SWIMMING

SYCAMORES SET FOUR NEW SCHOOL RECORDS TO HIGHLIGHT DAY TWO OF THE MVC CHAMPIONSHIPS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Indiana State set four new school records including the 50-yard Freestyle mark going down twice on Thursday as the Sycamores battled the field through the second day of the Missouri Valley Conference Swimming & Diving Championships held at the Deaconess Aquatic Center.

The Sycamores set new marks in the 500-yard Freestyle, the 200-yard IM, the 50-yard Freestyle, and the 200-yard Freestyle Relay giving ISU a perfect 6-for-6 mark in new school records set in the swimming events. Zoe Smith added a fourth-place finish after making the A-Final in the diving event as the Sycamores placed nine in the top eight across the five event finals.

Team standings are still being calculated at the time of this release.

Thursday Evening Recap

The Sycamores set the tone early in the evening opener as six different Indiana State athletes competed in the 500-yard Freestyle finals after advancing through the morning session. Erin Cummins broke Claire Parsons’ school-record in the event with a time of 4:51.47 to finish second overall in the field, while Parsons finished in 4:53.46 to place third overall. Esther Rydbeck Norden was eighth overall in the A-Final with a time of 4:59.00. The Sycamores continued to add points in the event with Haley Halsall touching the wall in 4:55.78 to place 11th overall, while Trista Bullock (5:01.90) and Rose Parsons (5:03.23) finished 19th and 21st respectively in the event.

Another school record went down in the 200-yard IM as Alexandria Cotter’s 2:01.86 broke the previous mark set by Blanca Saez-Illobre (2:01.95) set back at the 2018 MVC Championships. Cotter finished third overall in the field with her time, while Dorotea Bukvic placed seventh in the A-Finals with a time of 2:03.03. Ali Pearson added a 16th-place result after touching the wall in 2:05.13.

The 50-yard Freestyle record went down for the second time on the day as Kaleigh Kelley went 23.01 to break the mark set by Alexa Szadorski (23.08) earlier in the day’s preliminary rounds. Kelley finished fourth overall in the field, while Szadorski (23.13) placed sixth in the A-Finals. Chloe Farro nearly took down the record herself with a time of 23:10 to place ninth in the field.

Zoe Smith advanced to the 1M Diving A-Finals on her way to finishing fourth overall in the field with a six-dive score 264.70. Bailey Betzer took on the field in the 1M Diving B-Finals as the senior went against the field on Thursday afternoon. Betzer’s six-dive score of 218.50 put her 15th overall in the field.

The Sycamores closed out the evening with Farro, Kelly, Kaimi Matsumoto, and Szadorski breaking their previous 200-yard Freestyle Relay mark with a time of 1:31.37 to place second overall in the field. The group of Ash Saple, Allie Barasch, Kalli Agapios, and Raz Harel finished in 1:34.95, while the final quartet of Jordan Gruce, Ella Moustgaard, Kate Reeves, and Becca Shaffer finished in 1:37.08.

Thursday Evening Finals

500-yard Freestyle: A-Finals – Erin Cummins (4:51.47, 2nd – ISU School Record), Claire Parsons (4:53.46, 3rd), Esther Rydbeck Norden (4:59.00, 8th); B-Finals – Haley Halsall (4:55.78, 11th); C-Finals: Trista Bullock (5:01.90, 19th), Rose Parsons (5:03.23, 21st)

200-yard IM: A-Finals – Alexandria Cotter (2:01.86, 3rd – ISU School Record), Dorotea Bukvic (2:03.03, 7th); B-Finals – Ali Pearson (2:05.13, 16th)

50-yard Freestyle: A-Finals – Kaleigh Kelley (23.01, 4th – ISU School Record), Alexa Szadorski (23.13, 6th), B-Finals – Chloe Farro (23.10, 9th)

1M Diving: A-Finals – Zoe Smith (264.70, 4th); B-Finals – Bailey Betzer (218.50, 15th)

200-yard Freestyle Relay – Chloe Farro, Kaleigh Kelley, Kaimi Matsumoto, Alexa Szadorski (1:31.37, 2nd – ISU School Record)

Thursday Morning Preliminary Recap

Six Sycamores advanced to the 500-yard Freestyle finals as Indiana State started the second day of the 2024 MVC Championships. Erin Cummins (4:53.68), Claire Parsons (4:53.87), and Esther Rydbeck Norden (4:56.38) all advanced to the top-eight and will compete in Thursday night’s A-Finals. Haley Halsall (4:57.25) advanced to take on the field in the B-Finals, while Rose Parsons (5:03.50) and Trista Bullock (5:04.35) will battle it out in the C-Finals. Kamila Nowak narrowly missed out on joining her teammates in the field finishing in 5:13.25.

The 200-yard IM will feature a trio of Sycamores as Alexandria Cotter, Dorotea Bukvic, and Ali Pearson all advanced to the evening’s events. Cotter (2:02.77) and Bukvic (2:03.11) both finished inside the top-eight to advance to the A-Finals, while Pearson will take on the field in the B-Finals following her time of 2:05.12. Olivia DiRuzza (2:09.72) and Becca Shaffer (2:09.95) were also in the mix to close out the event prelims.

The 50-yard Freestyle Thursday night finals will feature another trio of Sycamores as Alexa Szadorski, Kaleigh Kelley, and Chloe Farro all advanced to the evening’s events. Szadorski placed second overall in the qualifiers with a time of 23.08, while Kelley will join her teammate in the A-Finals following her time of 23.20. Farro (23.34) will be joining the B-Finals after falling in a swim-off in the morning.

Zoe Smith qualified for the A-Finals in the 1M Diving, while Bailey Betzer will compete in the B-Finals as the Sycamore diving duo both finished among the top-16 in the field. Smith posted the second overall score at 268.00, while Betzer posted a 233.25 to highlight her first six dives in the event. Daniela Orta Castaneda (208.90) and Sierra Bowman (200.20) finished among the scorers at 20th and 21st, while Brenna Woodruff rounded out the group in 171.05.

Thursday Morning Qualifiers

500-yard Freestyle: A-Finals – Erin Cummins (4:53.68), Claire Parsons (4:53.87), Esther Rydbeck Norden (4:56.38); B-Finals – Haley Halsall (4:57.25); C-Finals: Rose Parsons (5:03.50), Trista Bullock (5:04.35)

200-yard IM: A-Finals – Alexandria Cotter (2:02.77), Dorotea Bukvic (2:03.11); B-Finals – Ali Pearson (2:05.12)

50-yard Freestyle: A-Finals – Alexa Szadorski (23.08 – ISU School Record), Kaleigh Kelley (23.20); B-Finals – Chloe Farro (23.34)

1M Diving: A-Finals – Zoe Smith (268.00); B-Finals – Bailey Betzer (233.25)

Up Next

Indiana State continues the 2024 MVC Championships tomorrow morning with the preliminary qualification rounds in the 100-yard Butterfly, 400-yard IM, 200-yard Freestyle, 100-yard Breaststroke, 100-yard Backstroke, and the 3M Diving starting at 11:30 a.m. ET. The event finals of the swimming events, the consolation of the 3M Diving, and the 400-yard Medley Relay finals will start at 7 p.m. ET.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES USE BALANCED ATTACK TO OUTLAST PURPLE ACES

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Kiley Bess and Chelsea Cain both registered double-doubles Thursday night, leading Indiana State to a 69-66 win over visiting Evansville inside Hulman Center.

Cain was one of three Sycamores to finish with 14 points and also pulled down 10 rebounds. Bess finished with 12 points and a career-high 10 boards, while Mya Glanton and Ella Sawyer had 14 points apiece.

Indiana State trailed after the opening quarter, but layups from Bess and Sawyer started a 12-2 run to put Sycamores ahead for the remainder of the half. The Trees went into the locker room up 38-27 thanks to an 8-0 run to close the second quarter, but Evansville battled back in the second half. Indiana State led by 10 early in the third following baskets from Finnegan and Glanton, but Evansville halved the Sycamore lead by the end of the quarter. The Purple Aces rallied to take the lead midway through the fourth quarter, but each of the Sycamores’ four double-digit scorers contributed to an 9-0 run which put the Trees ahead for good. Sawyer knocked down four late free throws and Evansville’s last-second shot was off the mark to seal the series sweep for Indiana State.

First Half

Indiana State went to its inside game early, with Cain and Glanton both connecting on baskets within the first two-plus minutes for the Sycamores. A pair of free throws from Bella Finnegan and a layup from Glanton kept the Blue and White in front late in the first quarter, but Evansville scored the last four points of the opening period to take a 14-12 lead over Indiana State heading into the second.

The Trees quickly got in a rhythm on the offensive end in the second quarter, with Bess, Sawyer and Cain converting on layups to put the Sycamores in front. Indiana State kept up the pressure, with Sawyer hitting a three-ball on the fastbreak and Cain converting a three-point play to give the Sycamores a 24-16 lead. Evansville cut Indiana State’s lead to three late in the second quarter, but Keslyn Secrist connected on a 3-pointer from the wing to start an 8-0 run for the Sycamores to close the half. Cain converted another three-point play and Secrist hit a jumper to close the half, as Indiana State took a 38-27 lead into the intermission.

Second Half

Early baskets from Finnegan and Glanton kept the Sycamore lead in double-digits early in the third, but Evansville slowly worked its way back. Layups inside from Glanton and Bess helped the Trees stay in front, but the Purple Aces managed to cut their deficit to five just past the midway point of the period. Bess scored Indiana State’s last four points of the quarter on a pair of free throws and a layup, as the Trees took a 50-45 lead into the final quarter.

Sawyer and Glanton pushed Indiana State’s lead to 54-48 less than 90 seconds into the fourth quarter, and Glanton tacked on a layup minutes later to keep the Syamores in front by two possessions. Evansville went on a run to take its first lead since the first quarter, but Indiana State upped its pressure and went back in front. Glanton started an 9-0 run with a layup, and Bess gave the Sycamores the lead for good with a pair of free throws. Cain added a layup that was created from a turnover due to Indiana State’s press, and Sawyer converted a three-point play off a turnaround jumper to make it 65-59 in favor of the Blue and White. Evansville cut Indiana State’s lead to one late, but Sawyer went 4-for-4 from the line inside the last 15 seconds to keep the Trees in front. The Purple Aces had one final attempt to tie the game, but a 3-pointer from Lexie Sinclair was off the mark to seal Indiana State’s season sweep.

News and Notes

Chelsea Cain (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Kiley Bess (12 points, 10 rebounds) became the first Sycamore teammates to record a double-double in the same game since Marie Hunter and Adrian Folks accomplished the feat on Feb. 24, 2021 against Evansville.

Indiana State went 4-0 against the Indiana schools in the MVC this season, marking the first time since the 2017-18 season that the Sycamores swept both season series from the in-state schools in the conference.

Indiana State improved to 4-1 this season when four players scored in double-figures

Indiana State’s ability to get to the free throw line was a big difference, as the Sycamores were 17-for-20 (85.0 percent) from the charity stripe.

Indiana State forced Evansville into 21 turnovers Thursday, the Sycamores’ most turnovers forced against an MVC opponent this season. Seven of those turnovers came in the fourth quarter, which set up the Sycamores’ go-ahead run.

Lily Niebuhr was a game-high plus-10 in 12 minutes of action, finishing with four points, four rebounds and a block.

Indiana State’s 12 steals were the most by the Sycamores since their Thanksgiving Day win over Radford, in which the Trees had 13.

Up Next

Indiana State heads west to face Bradley Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

SYCAMORES TAKE ON MICHIGAN STATE, MARSHALL AT SNOWBIRD BASEBALL CLASSIC

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State baseball continues its opening stretch down in Florida this weekend as the Sycamores compete in the Snowbird Baseball Classic taking on both Michigan State (Friday) and Marshall (Saturday & Sunday) over the weekend. All three games held at Centennial Field are scheduled to be streamed live via FloBaseball, while live stats will be provided on both Friday and Saturday.

The Sycamores (4-0) continue one of the best stretches to open the season in recent history as Indiana State picked up wins over Louisville, UConn, South Florida, and Florida Gulf Coast in their best start since the 2019 season. The 2019 ISU team won their first seven games on the year on their way to a 43-18 mark and NCAA Regional appearance.

Indiana State has gotten it done on both the mound and at the plate through the early part of the season with strong starting pitching, as well as 11 combined RBIs from both Henry Brown and Luis Hernandez. The Sycamore starting rotation of Cam Edmonson, Jacob Pruitt, Luke Hayden, and Brennyn Cutts have combined for a 0.50 ERA over 18.0 innings on the mound surrendering just one earned run while adding a combined 20:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

In Wednesday evening’s game against Florida Gulf Coast, Hernandez recorded his second consecutive three RBI game after previously driving in three runs in the Sycamores’ 5-0 win over South Florida on Monday afternoon. The junior designated hitter connected on a sacrifice fly scoring Randal Diaz in the third inning and added a two-run double in the top of the fourth scoring Dominic Listi and Josue Urdaneta to provide the ISU pitching staff all the support they would need on the afternoon.

Cole Gilley (1-0) picked up his first win of the 2024 season with 1.1 innings in relief of starter Brennyn Cutts. Gilley struck out two and pitched the Sycamores out of trouble in the fifth inning before handing the ball to Adam Berghorst in the sixth. Berghorst would go the next 2.2 innings in hitless relief, while Zach Davidson (S, 1) recorded his first save of the season striking out two batters in a scoreless ninth frame.

Adam Pottinger and Randal Diaz both added RBIs against FGCU, while seven different Sycamores recorded hits in the game with Listi, Hernandez, and Pottinger all doubling in the win.

The Sycamores early leaders at the plate include Diaz (.400) and Listi (.364), while Parker Stinson (.333) and Brown (.308) have both homered for ISU on the year. Hernandez is the team leader with six RBIs, while Brown drove in five runs over the first two games in clutch situations against Louisville and UConn.

Indiana State has utilized 11 pitchers to date in the 2024 season with Hayden and Pruitt the team leaders on the mound. Pruitt earned MVC Pitcher of the Week recognition following hit 6.0-inning, nine-strikeout game against UConn, while Hayden twirled six scoreless innings while striking out five against South Florida. Four different Sycamores have all posted saves on the year with Jared Spencer, Zach Davidson, Adam Berghorst, and Cameron Holycross all closing out games in 2024.

Scouting Michigan State

Michigan State has posted a 1-3 record to date in the 2024 season after opening the year in Charleston, S.C. at Shipyard Park. The Spartans topped Merrimack in the season opener, before falling to Seton Hall, Lehigh, and Ball State.

The Spartans will take on Indiana State and Marshall on Friday, before closing out the weekend on Saturday afternoon against the Thundering Herd. Michigan State’s 2024 schedule also features games against MVC opponent Evansville (Mar. 15-17) as a part of the non-conference slate.

Nick Williams is the team’s hitting leader at the plate with a .400 batting average to pace a MSU lineup that is hitting .241 as a team on the year. Five different Spartans have homered, while Jacob Anderson is the team leader with three RBIs.

Michigan State has utilized 12 different pitchers on the season with a team ERA of 4.37 over the first four games. Five different pitchers have gone at least four innings on the season including all four starters on the mound, while the MSU staff has posted a 46:12 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Michigan State swept both games against Indiana State last season in Terre Haute as the Spartans took both games in the March 19 doubleheader against the Sycamores by scores of 8-2 and 10-7.

Scouting Marshall

Marshall enters the weekend with an 0-4 record to date in 2024 after dropping a four-game set at College of Charleston to open the year. The Thundering Herd are scheduled to play both Michigan State and Indiana State twice each in Port Charlotte this weekend.

Caden Kaiser (.333), Gio Ferraro (.333), and Owen Ayers (.308) all are hitting above .300 for Marshall on the year to highlight an offense that is hitting .200 from the plate on the season. Calin Smith and Jack Firestone both have homered on the year, while Ferraro leads the team with two doubles.

Eleven different Marshall pitchers have lined up on the mound on the year with a combined team ERA of 8.25 over 24.0 innings. The Thundering Herd have posted a 17:24 strikeout-to-walk ratio and are allowing teams to hit .317 from the plate.

Indiana State last played Marshall on the opening weekend of the 2022 season at the Snowbird Baseball Classic. The Sycamores topped the Herd, 9-7, in the matchup.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL

THE MASTODONS GOTTA PLAY WELL AT THE GATA CHALLENGE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne softball heads south for the GATA Challenge, hosted by Georgia Southern. The ‘Dons will be traveling to Statesboro, Georgia, this weekend (Feb. 23-25) to play Georgia Southern three times and Presbyterian twice.

GATA Challenge Information
Host: Georgia Southern
When: Friday, Feb. 23 – Sunday, Feb. 25
Where: Statesboro, Ga.
Live Stats: Game 1Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5
Watch: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 4

Tournament Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23

    3 PM ET – Purdue Fort Wayne at Georgia Southern

    5:30 PM ET – Purdue Fort Wayne at Georgia Southern

Saturday, Feb. 24

    11 AM ET – Purdue Fort Wayne vs. Presbyterian

    1:30 PM ET – Purdue Fort Wayne at Georgia Southern

Saturday, Feb. 25

    9 AM ET – Purdue Fort Wayne vs. Presbyterian

Series Histories

Georgia Southern: First Meeting

Presbyterian: The Mastodons lead the series 1-0-1. Last meeting (DH): 2/27/2011, W, 5-0, and T, 4-4.

Know Your Foes

• Georgia Southern started their season 5-3. The Eagles had a four-game winning streak during their home tournament, Bash in the Boro. They have a loss to No. 18 Florida. Emma Davis, Georgia Southern’s leading hitter last season, is back for her sophomore season. Davis is batting .423 on her 26 total at bats, with 11 hits and three RBI’s during the 2024 season. Bailey Holland, the Eagles’s best pitcher from last season, is also back for a sophomore campaign. Holland has a 1.31 ERA and has started the season 2-1 after a 6-12 season last year.

• Presbyterian is off to a 5-6 start. The Blue Hose have two losses to a familiar opponent in Youngstown State. Gracie DeCuir, who is returning for her sophomore season, is the Blue Hose’s leading batter. She is batting .500 on her 24 total at bats, with 12 hits and four RBI’s. Freshman Kasey Wolfe has been Presbyterian’s leading pitcher this year, with a 0.61 ERA and a 2-1 start to the season.

Bailey Banter

Bailey Manos has started the 2024 season with a .464 batting average and 13 hits on 28 at bats. She leads the Horizon League in batting average.

Gracied By Your Presence

After being named to the UTEP Invitational All-Tournament Team, Gracie Brinkerhoff was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on February 20. She finished the week with 15.1 innings pitched and struck out seven batters.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne went 1-4 at the UTEP Invitational, topping Montana. Grace Hollopeter hit two home runs in the win, with three RBI’s.

Up Next

The Mastodons will travel to Eastern Kentucky to play in the EKU Colonel Classic. They will play Eastern Kentucky and Ball State twice and Canisius once.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

FRIDAY NIGHT HOOPS IN TITLE TOWN

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne travels to Green Bay on Friday (Feb. 23) to face the first-place Phoenix. 

Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (17-10, 8-8) at Green Bay Phoenix (17-10, 12-4 Horizon League)
When: Friday, Feb. 23 | 7 PM ET 
Where: Green Bay, Wis. | Kress Center
Live Stats: Link
Video: ESPN+
Radio: 1380 AM
Series Record: Green Bay leads 6-2 | The ‘Dons have won six straight in the series, including a 75-71 win earlier this season
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne(PDF) | Green Bay

‘DONS & ENDS

// After the win against Detroit Mercy (Feb. 17), the Mastodons are guaranteed a winning 2023-24 season with 17 wins.

// Quinton Morton-Robertson has reached the top 10 in single season 3-point field goals.

5. 89 – Kason Harrell (2017-18)

6. 81 – Matt Holba (2018-19)

7. 80 – Quinton Morton-Robertson (2023-24)

8. 78 – Kason Harrell (2016-17)

9. 77 – Bobby Planutis (2022-23)

10. 76 – Eric Wilson (1986-87)

// Per Kenpom, Eric Mulder leads the nation in 2-point field goal percentage (77.4 percent).

// Jalen Jackson is second in the Horizon League in fouls drawn with 5.7 per 40 minutes. First is Cleveland State’s Tristan Enaruna. He averages 6.0 (per 40 minutes), according to Kenpom.

// Jalen Jackson has 20+ points in three of the last five games.

// Over the last five games, Jalen Jackson is shooting 61.7 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from three.

// Jalen Jackson has shot 60 percent or better in five of the last seven games.

// The ‘Dons have wins over each of the top three teams in the Horizon League standings (Green Bay, Oakland and Youngstown State).

// The ‘Dons have recorded double-digit steals in 13 games. They have had more steals than their opponent in 20-of-27 games and five of the last seven games.

// The ‘Dons have made at least eight 3-pointers in 21-of-27 games and double digit treys in seven games.

// The ‘Dons have double-digit offensive rebounds in nine games.

// Quinton Morton-Robertson is 19th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 41.7 percent (80-of-192).

// Four times this season the ‘Dons have committed six or fewer turnovers in a game.

// Anthony Roberts has 53 steals, 43rd in the nation and first in the league. His 1.96 steals per game ranks 56th in the nation.

// Rasheed Bello is 51st in the nation in total steals (51). His 1.89 steals per game is 65th.

// Rasheed Bello went over the 1,000 point mark in his NCAA career on Dec. 31 vs. Detroit Mercy. His 1,000 plus total combines his scoring at UW-Parkside and Purdue Fort Wayne. He has 1,202 total points with 791 coming at UW-Parkside.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s scoring margin of 10.0 is second in the league and 40th in the nation.

// The ‘Dons have had fewer turnovers than their opponent in all but three games this season.

// All five starters reached double-digits vs. SEMO (Dec. 9) and vs. Bethune-Cookman (Dec. 16). Additionally, the ‘Dons are 9-2 when four or all five starters reach double-digits.

// Rasheed Bello has reached double-digits in every game this season but three this season.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s 9.7 steals per game this season, 10th in the nation, are up from the 7.3 last year. The Division I era program high for steals per game was the 8.8 mark in 2021-22.

// Four Mastodons are averaging better than 12.0 points per game: Jalen Jackson (16.0), Rasheed Bello (15.2), Quinton Morton-Robertson (13.6) and Anthony Roberts (12.7).

TOP 30 NATIONAL RANKINGS:

// 3rd in turnover margin (+6.7)

// 8th in turnovers forced per game (17.07)

// 10th in steals per game (9.7)

// 17th in fast break points per game (14.93)

// 25th in 3-pointers per game (9.4)

// 29th in 3-point attempts per game (26.1)

// 30th in scoring offense (81.1)

IN LEAGUE PLAY ONLY THE ‘DONS ARE…:

// … making 9.7 3-pointers per game, second in the league. Only Green Bay (10.6) is making more.

// … shooting 47.2 percent from the floor, 2nd in the league.

// … shooting 37.0 percent from three, 3rd in the league.

// … 1st in turnover margin (5.25).

IN LEAGUE PLAY ONLY,  INDIVIDUALLY…:

// … Quinton Morton-Robertson is 3rd in the league in 3-pointers per game (3.3) and 2nd in 3-point field goal percentage (41.1 percent).

// … Rasheed Bello and Jalen Jackson are T-3rd in steals per game (2.0), and Anthony Roberts is 5th (1.6).

// … Eric Mulder is 3rd in blocked shots per game (1.2).

// … Jalen Jackson is 4th in field goal percentage (54.9 percent).

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

MASTODON MEN’S VOLLEYBALL HOSTS MCKENDREE FOR TWO MIVA MATCHES THIS WEEKEND

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball will welcome McKendree to the Gates Sports Center this weekend for two MIVA matches.

Game Day Information
Who: McKendree Bearcats
When: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 23-24 – 7 PM & 4 PM
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center
Live Stats: Link
Watch: Friday | Saturday
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | McKendree | MIVA

Know Your Foes

McKendree is 7-4 and 4-1 to start MIVA play. The Bearcats are riding a five-match winning streak that dates back to February 3. McKendree has lost just one set in that time. This includes a sweep over then-No. 11 Ball State. The Bearcats are led Nikos Xydakis and Kevin Schuele, who have split the pin-hitting duties 50-50, both recording 102 kills to date. Tyler Poulsen is distributing the ball well so far this season, recording 10.65 assists per set, leading the Bearcats to a .285 hitting percentage.

Series History

One of the shorter histories in the Mastodons’ ledger, the ‘Dons lead the series 11-8, but hold an 8-2 advantage in the Gates Sports Center. The two teams met first in 2015, the Bearcats’ first year in the MIVA. The Mastodons have won the last three meetings, including both last year. Mark Frazier had 19 kills against the Bearcats in the second edition of 2023.

Efficient Hitting

The Mastodons have hit over .300 in six matches this season, including three over .400. They are 6-0 in such matches.

Movin’ Up The List

Jon Diedrich joined the 1,000-kill club in 2023 in a match against Charleston. He is among the 20 Mastodons that have eclipsed this mark. Here’s where he ranks.

10. Craig Collins – 1362 (1992-95)

11. Tony Luhning – 1345 (1988-91)

12. Andrew Sellan – 1315 (2008-11)

13. Darryl Shank – 1310 (2008-11)

14. Jon Diedrich – 1302 (2020-24)

Papa Jon

Fifth-year player Jon Diedrich is the active NCAA career leader with 1,302 kills. Ohio State’s Jacob Pasteur is right behind with 1,280.

Hello, My Name Is Bryce And I’ll Be Your Server

Bryce Walker is nearing the program’s all-time top-10 list for aces.

10. Colton Stone – 102 (2016-19)

       Andrew Sellan – 102 (2012-16)

12. Jeff Ptak – 99 (1999-03)

13. Loren Gebert – 97 (1983-86)

14. Scott Lane – 95 (1999-00)

15. Bryce Walker – 93 (2021-24)

Bryce the Beast

Bryce Walker has the best career hitting percentage among active MIVA players with at least one full season played with a .357 clip. His percentage of .332 last season was fifth in the conference. If he had enough attempts, his percentage of .446 would be second-best in the nation.

Now Walk It Out

Bryce Walker’s career mark of 93 aces is the second-most among active middle blockers in the country and the most in the MIVA.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne fell to No. 7 Ohio State 3-2, managing two sets despite OSU hitting .320 as a team.

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne heads to Chicago on Thursday (Feb. 29) for a match at Loyola Chicago before visiting Lewis in the suburbs on March 2.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MASTODON MBB AT FIRST PLACE GREEN BAY ON FRIDAY NIGHT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne travels to Green Bay on Friday (Feb. 23) to face the first-place Phoenix. 

Game Day Information

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (17-10, 8-8) at Green Bay Phoenix (17-10, 12-4)

When: Friday, Feb. 23 | 7 PM ET 
Where: Green Bay, Wis. | Kress Center
Live Stats: Link
Video: ESPN+
Radio: 1380 AM

Series Record: Mastodons lead 6-2 | The ‘Dons have won six straight in the series, including a 75-71 win earlier this season

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne(PDF) | Green Bay(PDF)

‘DONS & ENDS

// After the win against Detroit Mercy (Feb. 17), the Mastodons are guaranteed a winning 2023-24 season with 17 wins.

// Quinton Morton-Robertson has reached the top 10 in single season 3-point field goals.

5. 89 – Kason Harrell (2017-18)

6. 81 – Matt Holba (2018-19)

7. 80 – Quinton Morton-Robertson (2023-24)

8. 78 – Kason Harrell (2016-17)

9. 77 – Bobby Planutis (2022-23)

10. 76 – Eric Wilson (1986-87)

// Per Kenpom, Eric Mulder leads the nation in 2-point field goal percentage (77.4 percent).

// Jalen Jackson is second in the Horizon League in fouls drawn with 5.7 per 40 minutes. First is Cleveland State’s Tristan Enaruna. He averages 6.0 (per 40 minutes), according to Kenpom.

// Jalen Jackson has 20+ points in three of the last five games.

// Over the last five games, Jalen Jackson is shooting 61.7 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from three.

// Jalen Jackson has shot 60 percent or better in five of the last seven games.

// The ‘Dons have wins over each of the top three teams in the Horizon League standings (Green Bay, Oakland and Youngstown State).

// The ‘Dons have recorded double-digit steals in 13 games. They have had more steals than their opponent in 20-of-27 games and five of the last seven games.

// The ‘Dons have made at least eight 3-pointers in 21-of-27 games and double digit treys in seven games.

// The ‘Dons have double-digit offensive rebounds in nine games.

// Quinton Morton-Robertson is 19th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 41.7 percent (80-of-192).

// Four times this season the ‘Dons have committed six or fewer turnovers in a game.

// Anthony Roberts has 53 steals, 43rd in the nation and first in the league. His 1.96 steals per game ranks 56th in the nation.

// Rasheed Bello is 51st in the nation in total steals (51). His 1.89 steals per game is 65th.

// Rasheed Bello went over the 1,000 point mark in his NCAA career on Dec. 31 vs. Detroit Mercy. His 1,000 plus total combines his scoring at UW-Parkside and Purdue Fort Wayne. He has 1,202 total points with 791 coming at UW-Parkside.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s scoring margin of 10.0 is second in the league and 40th in the nation.

// The ‘Dons have had fewer turnovers than their opponent in all but three games this season.

// All five starters reached double-digits vs. SEMO (Dec. 9) and vs. Bethune-Cookman (Dec. 16). Additionally, the ‘Dons are 9-2 when four or all five starters reach double-digits.

// Rasheed Bello has reached double-digits in every game this season but three this season.

// Purdue Fort Wayne’s 9.7 steals per game this season, 10th in the nation, are up from the 7.3 last year. The Division I era program high for steals per game was the 8.8 mark in 2021-22.

// Four Mastodons are averaging better than 12.0 points per game: Jalen Jackson (16.0), Rasheed Bello (15.2), Quinton Morton-Robertson (13.6) and Anthony Roberts (12.7).

TOP 30 NATIONAL RANKINGS:

// 3rd in turnover margin (+6.7)

// 8th in turnovers forced per game (17.07)

// 10th in steals per game (9.7)

// 17th in fast break points per game (14.93)

// 25th in 3-pointers per game (9.4)

// 29th in 3-point attempts per game (26.1)

// 30th in scoring offense (81.1)

IN LEAGUE PLAY ONLY THE ‘DONS ARE…:

// … making 9.7 3-pointers per game, second in the league. Only Green Bay (10.6) is making more.

// … shooting 47.2 percent from the floor, 2nd in the league.

// … shooting 37.0 percent from three, 3rd in the league.

// … 1st in turnover margin (5.25).

IN LEAGUE PLAY ONLY,  INDIVIDUALLY…:

// … Quinton Morton-Robertson is 3rd in the league in 3-pointers per game (3.3) and 2nd in 3-point field goal percentage (41.1 percent).

// … Rasheed Bello and Jalen Jackson are T-3rd in steals per game (2.0), and Anthony Roberts is 5th (1.6).

// … Eric Mulder is 3rd in blocked shots per game (1.2).

// … Jalen Jackson is 4th in field goal percentage (54.9 percent).

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL

BASEBALL SET FOR FOUR-GAME SERIES AT WESTERN KENTUCKY

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Mastodons will head back to the Bluegrass state this weekend for a four-game non-league series at Western Kentucky. 

Game Day Information 
When:

Friday, February 23 | 4 p.m. ET 
Saturday, February 24 | 2 p.m. ET (7 inn. game one and 9 inn. game two)
Sunday, February 25 | 2 p.m. ET 
Where: Nick Denes Field | Bowling Green, Ky.  
Audio: Varsity Network
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Live Stats:Link

Series History: Purdue Fort Wayne has met Western Kentucky four times on the diamond with all four meetings in Bowling Green. Their first meeting was back in 1977 followed by a three-game series in 2006. The Hilltoppers lead the series 3-1.

Weather: 

Friday – High of 58/low of 39, 7% chance of rain

Saturday – High of 47/low of 32, 84% chance of rain

Sunday – High of 65/low of 50, 21% chance of rain

Probable Starters:

Purdue Fort Wayne: RHP Mac Ayres, RHP Josh Kuhns, RHP Brody Fine, RHP Carter Sabol

Western Kentucky:  RHP Grant Burleson, LHP Jacob Bimbi, RHP Zach Dueñas, RHP Dawson Hall

Scouting the Hilltoppers: Western Kentucky is 3-1 on the young season after taking two of three against Bradley in the opening weekend and taking down Lipscomb on Tuesday. Blake Cavill has led the Toppers through their first four games with six hits in 13 at bats, including five doubles. On the mound, WKU’s weekend rotation combined to throw 13 innings and allow just two runs with 18 strikeouts to just two walks.

No. 1 Hits:Camden Karczewski, Nick Sutherlin, Justin Osterhouse and Grant Sawa each registered their first Division I hits last weekend. Karczewski leads the team with a .286 average and a .444 on-base percentage.

CUSA Games: The ‘Dons will line up against a team from Conference USA for just the second time in program history this weekend. Purdue Fort Wayne traveled to Louisville in 2003 in their only other CUSA match-up. The ‘Dons have faced three current CUSA members before they joined: New Mexico State in 2020, Middle Tennessee in 2004, and Western Kentucky in 2006.

Last Time Out:  The ‘Dons opened the 2024 season at Murray State. Weather adjusted the series to a Sunday doubleheader and a Monday matinee game. The Racers won all three match-ups.

Up Next:  Purdue Fort Wayne travels to Bloomington on Tuesday (Feb. 27) to face Indiana in their first midweek game of the season.

EVANSVILLE SOFTBALL

BEST ON THE BAYOU TOURNAMENT NEXT UP FOR ACES SOFTBALL

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Week three of the season for the University of Evansville softball team will see the Purple Aces in Monroe, La. for the Best on the Bayou Tournament.  UE will face Northwestern State, Syracuse, Sam Houston and UL Monroe over the next three days.

Friday’s action opens with a contest at 11 a.m. against Northwestern State, who is 5-7 on the season.  Two weeks ago at the Texas State Tournament, NSU defeated Missouri Valley Conference rival Southern Illinois by a 6-3 final.  Following the first game, UE is right back on the field for a 1:30 p.m. game versus Syracuse.  The Orange stand at 6-3 on the season with a pair of wins over Maryland last weekend at the Southeastern Louisiana Lion Classic.

On Saturday, the Aces take to the field for a 2 p.m. match-up versus Sam Houston, who stands at 3-6 this season before facing host UL Monroe.  Evansville faces the Warhawks at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening before taking them on again on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.  ULM enters the weekend with a record of 8-4.

Evansville hosted a home tournament last weekend with Austin Peay and Miami Ohio coming to Tri-State Orthopaedics Field at James & Dorothy Cooper Stadium.  Batting .444 in the weekend home tournament, Marah Wood raised her season batting average to .409.  With two weekends in the books, Wood has accumulated nine hits in 22 trips to the plate.  Her .480 on-base tally also leads the squad.

Freshman Abby Bode made the first start of her career on Sunday against Austin Peay and provided an immediate spark in the lineup.  She picked up two hits in three at-bats and accumulated three assists on the defensive side.

Zoe Frossard has enjoyed a solid start to the year and checks in with a .353 batting average.  She leads the squad with four RBI and is tied for the team-high with four walks.

EVANSVILLE SWIMMING

ROLLETT PLACES FIFTH IN ONE-METER COMPETITION AT MVC CHAMPIONSHIPS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Evansville senior diver Madison Rollett (Evansville, Ind./Reitz) placed fifth in the one-meter diving competition on Thursday, as the Purple Aces hosted day two of the Missouri Valley Conference Swimming & Diving Championships at the Deaconess Aquatic Center in Evansville, Indiana.

Rollett posted a score of 262.70 in the final round to place fifth in a closely-contested one-meter final on Thursday night.  Illinois State’s Eva Reyes edged out Southern Illinois’ Farida Moussa by 0.1 points, 286.80-286.70, to win the overall title, while Rollett fell just 3.05 points shy of UIC’s Ciara McCliment for third-place.  With the fifth-place finish, Rollett earned honorable mention all-MVC honors for the second time in her UE career.

In other events, UE junior Sveva Brugnoli (Rome, Italy) advanced to the ‘C Final’ of the 200-Yard IM on Thursday, and placed sixth in her final with a time of 2:06.82.  Brugnoli also helped UE’s 200-Yard Freestyle Relay team place eighth with a time of 1:36.78.  She teamed with sophomore Mia Pesavento (Enola, Pa./Cumberland Valley) and freshmen Ane Madina Garate (Onati, Spain) and Evelyn Chin (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) in the 200 Free Relay.

Evansville currently ranks eighth as a team, with 137 points through seven events.  Defending champion Missouri State currently leads the field, with pre-tournament favorite Indiana State in second place.  The MVC Championships will continue on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. with preliminary round swims in the 100-Yard Butterfly, 400 IM, the 200-Yard Freestyle, and the 100-Yard Breaststroke and Backstroke events, as well as the three-meter diving competition.

UPCOMING MVC CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday

Prelims – 10:30 AM (CT)

100 Butterfly

400 IM

200 Freestyle

100 Breaststroke

100 Backstroke

3-Meter Diving Prelims

Finals – 6 PM (CT)

100 Butterfly

400 IM

200 Freestyle

100 Breaststroke

100 Backstroke

3-Meter Diving (9-16)

400 Medley Relay

Saturday

Prelims – 10:30 AM (CT)

200 Backstroke

100 Freestyle

200 Breaststroke

200 Butterfly

1650 Freestyle*

Finals – 6 PM (CT)

1650 Freestyle*

200 Backstroke

100 Freestyle

200 Breaststroke

200 Butterfly

3-Meter Diving (1-8)

400 Freestyle Relay

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

UE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TAKES INDIANA STATE DOWN TO THE WIRE IN LAST-SECOND LOSS

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The University of Evansville women’s basketball team came a basket shy of picking up its second road Missouri Valley Conference win at Indiana State.

The Purple Aces kept the Sycamores on their toes through 40 minutes but didn’t make their last shot in the 69-66 loss. UE had a strong game on defense, outrebounding Indiana State 42 to 38 and defending the arc to the tune of only 18.2%. Evansville’s post players led the way again as forward Maggie Hartwig had another 22-point game while forward Nevaeh Thomas had her fourth double-double of the season.

It was a quick start early for both teams, but the Aces took a 5-2 lead as guard Julia Palomo made the first three of the game. UE didn’t hold onto the lead for long as it was traded between the two teams four times in the first five minutes. Following the media timeout, neither team could find a basket on the floor as the game remained 8-7 Sycamores for three minutes. Evansville was able to keep it close under the glass, tying the game on a three-point play from Thomas with two minutes remaining. Indiana State was back in front briefly but layups from Palomo and Hartwig had the Aces up by two after one.

UE’s offense was quiet in the second quarter, with only 13 points through 10 minutes of play. Evansville’s first points of the quarter came from Thomas in the paint over two minutes in and would be one of only two baskets made in the first five minutes. The Aces’ other nine points of the quarter came during two minutes following a timeout. UE couldn’t make another shot in the final two minutes as the Sycamores ended the half on an eight-point run for an 11-point deficit.

Evansville had a quick turnaround to start the second half, keeping Indiana State scoreless for the first three minutes while adding five points. The Aces were five of eight from the floor in the first six minutes of the third quarter, including three straight buckets right after the 5:30 mark. It returned to a back-and-forth pace for the rest of the quarter as neither team strung together a run in the back half of the third. But UE got within five points in the final seconds of the quarter with two free throws from guard Tené Smith.

It was a hot start to the fourth for Evansville as the team had its best offensive quarter of the game, shooting 46.7% from the floor and 50% behind the arc. Hartwig connected on back-to-back threes in the first minute and a half to make it a one-possession game early. The Aces tied the game for the first time since the second quarter with six minutes to go as Thomas put together five straight points on an and-1 along with two made free throws.

Only 20 seconds later, Hartwig made a three-point play of her own for UE’s first lead of the second half. But the Sycamores responded with a seven-point run after a timeout to retake the lead. Two layups from Hartwig and guard Lexie Sinclair put Evansville back within two points, but the Aces’ offense went cold for over two minutes as Indiana State had a four-point lead. With only nine seconds on the clock, Sinclair drilled a three from the top of the arc to make it a one-point game.  UE quickly fouled on the next possession, putting a Sycamore at the line for two. Evansville went back to Sinclair for the last shot setting up a three to send the game into overtime. But the shot from the left wing bounced off the far side of the rim and out as the Aces fell to Indiana State 69-66.

Along with Hartwig and Thomas, Sinclair had a double-figure performance with 13 points. Thomas led UE on defense with 13 rebounds while guard Kynidi Mason Striverson had two steals. Mason Striverson and Hartwig led Evansville in assists with five each while Sinclair added four.

The Aces get two days off before the next game of their four-game road stretch. UE heads to Normal for its lone matchup with the Illinois State Redbirds on Sunday, Feb. 25. Tip-off for Evansville from CEFCU Arena is set for 2 p.m.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S GOLF

WOMEN’S GOLF OPENS SPRING AT RIO VERDE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Spring play opens this weekend for the University of Evansville women’s golf team with the Purple Aces traveling to the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational.  White Wing Golf Course at Rio Verde Country Club in Rio Verde, Ariz. is the host course for the event.


Live Scoring


Three single rounds will be played with one round taking place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Par is 72 and the yardage is 6,024.  The field for the tournament includes Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Bradley, Butler, California Baptist, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Evansville, Illinois State, Kennesaw State, Loyola Chicago, Missouri State, Oakland, Ohio U., South Dakota, Utah Tech, Wichita State, Western Michigan and Xavier.
 
Evansville’s lineup is set to include Magdalena Borisova, Allison Enchelmayer, Jane Grankina, Kate Petrova and Destynie Sheridan.  Petrova was UE’s top performer in the fall, pacing the team with a 76.36 stroke average.  Her top finish was a tie for 5th at the Braun Intercollegiate at Oak Meadow Country Club.  She earned a 7th-place tie at the Saluki Invitational.
 
Enchelmayer had a solid fall season, completing her 11 rounds with a 78.27 average.  She came home in a tie for 11th at The Velvet for her top finish.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

VALPO TO PLAY MURRAY STATE FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASON

Valparaiso (6-22, 2-15 MVC)

at Murray State (11-17, 8-9 MVC)

Game No. 29 – Saturday, Feb. 24, 3 p.m. CT

CFSB Center (8,600) – Murray, Ky.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: As the regular season winds down, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will engage in its first and only matchup with Murray State of the 2023-24 regular season on Saturday afternoon in Murray, Ky. This will mark the first of back-to-back road games as the team will face a quick turnaround with a visit to Cedar Falls, Iowa upcoming for a Tuesday night tilt with the Panthers. These two games will mark the final regular-season road trips for the Beacons.

Last Time Out: Jerome Palm poured in a career-high 14 points and Isaiah Stafford tallied 23 for his third straight contest with 20 or more, but visiting Indiana State pulled away late for an 83-64 victory. This marked a step forward from the first matchup between the two teams, when Valpo lost by 40 in Terre Haute. The Beacons were down by only three midway through the second half, but a 14-1 burst helped the Sycamores break it open. 

Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN+

Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Brandon Vickrey (analyst)

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Roger Powell Jr.: Roger Powell Jr. (6-22) is in his first season as the head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program. After helping guide Gonzaga to a 121-13 record during his four seasons as an assistant coach, Powell returned to Valpo, where he was part of head coach Bryce Drew’s staff from 2011-2016 and led the team to 124 wins in five seasons, including a program-record 30 victories and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title game appearance in 2015-16. He was part of head coach Mark Few’s Gonzaga staff as the Bulldogs reached the 2021 national championship game after winning their first 31 games of the season. During Powell’s first season on staff in 2019-20, Gonzaga was 31-2 at the time the NCAA college basketball season was halted due to COVID-19. The Bulldogs reached the Sweet Sixteen in each of his final three seasons on staff, including two Elite Eight appearances and the aforementioned trip to the 2021 national title game. Prior to his arrival at Gonzaga, Powell served as the associate head coach at Vanderbilt University under Bryce Drew from 2016-2019. During his stint as an assistant at Valpo, he was part of four Horizon League regular-season championships in a five-year period while also leading the 2012-13 and 2014-15 squads to Horizon League tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. A product of Joliet West High School and a native of Joliet, Ill., Powell capped a prolific collegiate playing career at Illinois with a national title game appearance in 2005 before going on to a successful professional playing career.

Series Notes: These two teams have met on only seven prior occasions with Valpo holding a 3-4 record in those matchups. Three of those games took place last season, when the Racers won all three meetings in their first season of Missouri Valley Conference affiliation. Both regular-season clashes went to overtime, including a 77-76 victory for Murray State in the regular-season finale in Kentucky. The conference tournament clash was not as close as the regular-season matchups, as Murray State ended Valpo’s season with a 78-50 victory on March 2 in St. Louis. Prior to last season, the two teams had not met since Nov. 29, 2014, a 93-58 Valpo victory at the Challenge in Music City multi-team event in Nashville. 

Seeding Scenarios

If you’re planning ahead to Arch Madness, the No. 12 seed is looking increasingly likely for the Beacons. Valpo trails UIC by two games for the No. 11 seed and would need to win all three remaining games and have UIC lose out to finish with a higher win total than the Flames.

If the two teams finish tied, the tiebreaker will be NET ranking. UIC is expected to have the NET tiebreaker, meaning the Beacons would need to finish ahead of the Flames.

If Valpo indeed finishes as the No. 12 seed, the Beacons will play the No. 5 seed at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 in St. Louis to open the 2024 State Farm MVC Tournament. If Valpo continues to win, the Beacons would continue to play at 2:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday prior to a 1 p.m. tipoff in Sunday’s title game.

Scouting the Racers

Tied for seventh in the MVC standings at 8-9 and part of a middle of the pack that features a lot of teams bunched up. The Racers are one game out of fifth and two games out of fourth.

Picked seventh in the league’s preseason poll.

Led in scoring by Quincy Anderson at 12.6 points per game and followed closely by JaCobi Wood at 12.5. Rob Perry and Nick Ellington also average 12.0 ppg or more as part of a balanced scoring effort.

Have dropped their last two games, 72-68 at Southern Illinois on Wednesday and 95-72 at Drake on Sunday.

SOUTHERN INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

USI VOLLEYBALL ADDS GRADUATE TRANSFER GREEN FOR 2024

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball has signed graduate right side hitter Jasmine Green for Fall 2024. Green joins the Screaming Eagles after a four-year stint at Bradley University.

“We’re excited to welcome Jasmine to USI this Fall,” says USI Volleyball Head Coach, Jeffrey Aucoin. “Jasmine had a tremendous impact in her final year at Bradley. We were able to witness first-hand the fierce competitiveness and energy that she is going to bring to our program. We can’t wait to have her on our side of the net this fall.”

Jasmine Green | 6’0″ | Right Side Hitter | Arlington, Virginia

Green comes to USI after spending four years at Bradley as a key piece to their offense. In 2023, she led the Braves in kills (258) and points/set (2.72) while producing the second-most digs (236) on the team. In the Missouri Valley Conference, Green ranked eighth in aces/set and top 30 in digs/set and points/set in conference matches. The right side hitter established a career-high in all five major categories in 2023: kills, blocks, assists, aces, and digs. Last season, USI and Bradley faced off at Screaming Eagles Arena where Green threw down 14 kills and nabbed five digs in the Braves’ 3-2 win.

Green will join the Eagles after USI’s impressive 2023 campaign where the program made its first Ohio Valley Conference Championship berth and earned its first tournament victory while going 15-16 overall and 10-8 in conference play.

SOUTHERN INDIANA TRACK

SEWARD’S PODIUM FINISH LEADS EAGLES AT OVC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Freshman distance runner Zoe Seward (Rochester, Indiana) raced to a third-place finish in the 5,000 meters Wednesday evening to lead University of Southern Indiana Women’s Track & Field to a ninth-place finish at the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships.

Seward finished the race in 17 minutes, 25.22 seconds, giving the Screaming Eagles six points with her podium finish.

USI finished the meet with nine total points, with senior Kati Hoerig (Prospect, Kentucky) finishing eighth in the 5,000 meters and junior Audrey Comastri (Indianapolis, Indiana) racing to a seventh-place showing in the 800 meters Thursday afternoon.

The Eagles return to action March 29-30 when the open the 2024 season at the Joey Haines Invitational in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and the WashU Distance Carnival in St. Louis, Missouri.

HUFNAGEL WIN’S 6TH OVC TITLE, LIFTS EAGLES TO 8TH-PLACE FINISH

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Senior distance runner Noah Hufnagel (Santa Claus, Indiana) ran to a first-place finish in the 3,000 meters Thursday to lead University of Southern Indiana Men’s Track & Field to an eighth-place finish at the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships.

The win marked Hufnagel’s second OVC title in as many days and the sixth of his career after he won the 5,000 meters Wednesday evening.

Hufnagel completed the race in eight minutes, 17.85 seconds, which was more than three seconds faster than the second-place finisher—University of Arkansas Little Rock junior Andrew Payton (8:21.03).

In addition to his OVC titles this week, Hufnagel finished his collegiate career as the 2022 OVC cross country champion, the 2023 OVC Indoor 3,000-meter champion and the 2023 OVC Outdoor 5,000 and 10,000-meter champion. He was the Athlete of the Meet at the 2022 OVC Cross Country Championships and the 2023 OVC Outdoor Championships as well as the OVC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2023.

As a team, USI finished with 24 points, 2.5 points behind seventh-place Lindenwood University and nine ahead of ninth-place Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

In addition to Hufnagel, the Screaming Eagles got scoring contributions from senior Mitchell Hopf (Santa Claus, Indiana) as well as red-shirt freshman Cole Hess (Cannelton, Indiana).

Hopf was eighth in the 3,000 meters, while Hess scored in both the 800 meters (7th) and mile (8th).

USI returns to action March 29-30 when it opens the 2024 outdoor season at the Joey Haines Invitational in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and the WashU Distance Carnival in St. Louis, Missouri.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO BELMONT THURSDAY

The Valpo women’s basketball team returned to the ARC Thursday evening, falling to reigning MVC regular season co-champions Belmont by an 83-56 final. Senior Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) surpassed the 600-rebound mark for her career, becoming just the 12th player in program history to reach that milestone.

How It Happened

Valpo held an early 6-3 lead after back-to-back triples by freshman Saniya Jackson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) and senior Ava Interrante (McHenry, Ill./McHenry) on its second and third possessions of the game.

A fast-break layup from freshman Nevaeh Jackson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) following a steal by Earnest had the Beacons tied 8-8 with the Bruins at the first quarter media timeout. Valpo was held scoreless the remainder of the quarter, but limited Belmont to five points over that same stretch as BU led 13-8 at the end of the first.

After a defensive-minded first quarter, the second period proved the opposite, as both points surpassed 20 points in the period.

Belmont scored on each of its first five possessions of the second quarter, a 12-5 stretch which extended its lead to 25-13.

Valpo responded with a 12-5 stretch of its own — a span which included five points from freshman Layla Gold (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) — to get itself right back to where it started the quarter, trailing just 30-25 with 3:57 to play in the first half.

The Bruins came back with nine consecutive points, helping push their lead back into double figures, and Belmont led 41-29 at intermission.

Belmont opened the third quarter on a 10-2 run over the first five-plus minutes to make it a 20-point game. The Bruins led 62-41 with 10 minutes to play.

Earnest scored the first basket of the fourth quarter to cut the Bruins’ lead to 19, but they scored the next 11 in a row to put the game away.

Inside the Game

Earnest posted game highs of 18 points and eight rebounds and paced the Beacons as well with five assists, just one off her career high.

Earnest’s third rebound of the game was the 600th of her career, joining a group of 11 others in program history who have tallied at least 600 caroms.

Meanwhile, Earnest approached the 1,000-point milestone for her career as well, as her 18 points bumped her career total to 992 points. With eight more points, Earnest will become the 18th 1,000-point scorer in Valpo history.

Earnest was joined in double figures by both Nevaeh Jackson and Saniya Jackson, both of whom ended the night with 10 points. Nevaeh Jackson also racked up a season-best five steals.

Gold added a season-best seven points and came up with three steals as well.

As a team, Valpo tallied 12 steals — the 12th time this season it has hit double digits in that department.

The Beacons shot just 35.1% from the field for the game and were just 5-of-27 from 3-point range. Meanwhile, Belmont hit at a 57.7% clip and went 10-of-23 from deep.

Valpo did continue its recent string of strong performances at the free throw line, hitting 11-of-13 (.846) from the charity stripe. After hitting just 61.8% of their free throws over the season’s first 12 games, the Beacons are shooting 79.8% from the foul line over the last 12 games.

While Valpo committed one fewer turnover than Belmont (18-19), the Bruins held a 24-15 edge in points off turnovers. Belmont also enjoyed a 30-6 advantage in bench scoring.

Next Up

Valpo (5-19, 4-11 MVC) closes out this pair of home games on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. as the Beacons host UIC. Sunday is the program’s annual Play4Kay game, raising money for the battle against cancers affecting women and honoring all cancer warriors joining the team that afternoon.

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

STRONG SECOND HALF PROPELS HOUNDS PAST CARDINALS

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy men’s basketball avenged its early season loss to William Jewell College on Thursday evening, earning a 70-68 victory from inside Nicoson Hall amidst another rowdy student section.

David Ejah came alive in the second half, scoring 14 of his 21 points after the break with three triples. The senior nearly finished with a double-double, securing nine rebounds in the win.

The Greyhounds improve to 13-2 all-time against the Cardinals, with five of the past six meetings decided by four points or less.

INS & OUTS

The intensity grew in the second half, after William Jewell went into the break with a six-point advantage. It took just more than three minutes after halftime for UIndy to snag its first lead of the night, with Josiah Tynes finding Jarvis Walker in the corner for the junior’s lone 3-pointer of the evening.

The GLVC foes traded leads nine times down the stretch, with a huge defensive play from Kendrick Tchoua under 12 minutes left setting the tone for a game that would seemingly come down to a single possession.

Jesse Bingham gave the Greyhounds the lead for good with six minutes remaining, following a jumper with a driving dunk over a defender. The Cardinals had a shot at the buzzer, trailing by two after an Ejah free-throw attempt, but Kobe McKinley’s triple sailed as time expired.

INSIDE THE BOX

– UIndy scored 17 points off turnovers – including 12 in the second half – to come away with the win.

– The Greyhounds have now held their opponent to 68 or less points 15 times this season.

– Ejah added a pair of blocks and one steal in the second half.

– Led by Tchoua’s eight o-boards, UIndy scored 18 second-chance points behind the team’s dominant effort on the offensive glass.

– In less than eight minutes off the bench, Zac Szul dished out three of the team’s 11 assists on the night.

MORE NOTES

Bingham now has 131 career blocks and sits just six behind Steve Kahl atop the category in the program record book … Jewell’s McKinley, who scored 17 first-half points, finished with a team-high 21 … Thursday was the third annual #D2Day celebrated by the national office.

UP NEXT

UIndy will celebrate its four seniors on Saturday prior to battling Rockhurst for a 3 p.m. tip. The -Greyhounds are looking for the season sweep of the Hawks, after picking up a 72-48 victory in Kansas City back in January.

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

OFFENSE SECURES GREYHOUND WIN OVER CARDINALS

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy women’s basketball team snaped a two-game losing streak by defeating William Jewell, 93-86, on Thursday evening. the Greyhounds are now 13-12 on the season and 10-9 in conference play.

Jada Haines had another standout performance on the floor finishing with 26 points. Haines was 7-of-15 from the field and 5-for-10 beyond the arc.

INS AND OUTS

Going into the second half UIndy was only up by two points. William Jewell quickly went on an 8-0 run to start the half but the Greyhounds fought back. The Hounds went on a 10-point uncontested run to cut the Cardinal comeback. UIndy also finished the third quarter on an 8-2 run. Six of the points came from the free-throw line with three players going 2-for-2.

This momentum led the Greyhounds threw the final 10 minutes. In the middle of the fourth quarter, the Hounds went on a 10-3 run. Jada Haines had back-to-back 3-pointers and led the Hounds to their largest lead of the game of 12 points.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Jada Patton and Liv Becker also finished in double figures. Both Patton and Becker had 16 points to their name at the end of the night.

– Elana Wells was one point and rebound away from a double-double finishing with nine points and boards.

– Ilani Williams-Harris also stayed close to the action. Williams-Harris finished with a team-high six assists. Wells was not far behind with five.

– As a team, UIndy was able to keep control of the ball finishing the night with only 12 turnovers.

MORE NOTES

William Jewel had two players finish with 20 points or more. Ayden Shannon had 25 and Kaye Hillyer had 20. … The Greyhounds swept the Cardinals in their season series this year. The Hounds continue to lead the all-time series, 10-5. … This is the first time UIndy has had back-to-back games where they scored 90+ points. The last time this happened was in the 2018-2019 season with wins at Oakland City (103-74) and Purdue Northwest (93-62).

UP NEXT

UIndy will welcome Rockhurst to Nicoson Hall on Saturday for their final home game of the season. Before the contest, this year’s senior class will be honored. Tip-off is slated for 12:30 p.m

UINDY TRACK

TRACK & FIELD PREPS FOR GLVC INDOORS THIS WEEKEND

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy track and field teams prepare to compete at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Championships. The competition will take place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the new Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion. Action is slated to begin on Saturday and continue through Sunday.  The combined events will kick off the festivities at 9 a.m., followed by field events at 3:30 p.m. and running events at 4 p.m. 

Live coverage will be available on GLVCSN.com. In addition to desktop and mobile options, the GLVC Sports Network can be viewed on over-the-top (OTT) device applications such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Android TV.

Last season, the women’s team finished in second place while the men placed third. The women compiled 122.50 points while the men had 106. Also, Ellie Lengerich secured the GLVC Women’s Indoor Athlete of the Year last February, scoring points in three events, including a gold-medal and school-record performance in the pentahtlon.

Below is the complete list of Greyhounds currently ranked in the top five in the conference.

Name    GLVC Rank           Event     Mark

Treyton Arnold   1             pole vault            4.93m

Ndubisi Eze         1             60m hurdles       8.25

Alex Meyer         1             high jump            2.04m

Zoe Pentecost     1             weight throw      19.85m

Ailliyah Reese     1             60m hurdles       8.68

Sabrina Robison 1             pole vault            4.02m

Ellie Lengerich    1             pentathlon           3574

Kaden Edwards  2             shot put               16.85

Hadley Fisher     2             3000m   9:49.49

Hadley Fisher     2             5000m   17:08.31

Audra Hogan      2             weight throw      16.16m

Ellie Lengerich    2             high jump            1.68m

Ellie Lengerich    2             long jump            5.72m

Zoe Pentecost     2             shot put               13.40m

Mackenzie VanBibber      2             pole vault            3.80m

Alex Meyer         3             long jump            7.10m

Hallie Montgomery          3             300m     24.54

men’s team        3             4x400m 3:22.90

Emily Bonser       4             shot put               13.25m

Dylan Mayhew   4             shot put               16.14m

Emily Sonderman              4             400m     57.84

women’s team   4             4x400m 4:05.40

Ndubisi Eze         5             high jump            1.94m

Ellie Lengerich    5             400m     58.07

Dylan Mayhew   5             weight throw      17.85m

Felix Rivet           5             Mile       4:14.14

Felix Rivet           5             3000m   8:27.31

Jaycee Wilburn   5             800m     1:53.48

men’s team        5             DMR      10:39.20

VINCENNES BOWLING

TRAILBLAZER BOWLING HEADED TO USBC SECTIONALS

VINCENNES, ind. – The Vincennes University men’s bowling team eagerly awaited their Sectional placement for the 2024 United State Bowling Congress (USBC) Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITC) Sectional draw.

The Trailblazers earned a spot on the Smyrna Sectional hosted at Smyrna Bowling Center in Smyrna, Tenn.

The 2024 USBC Sectionals will begin Friday, March 8 with the Intercollegiate Singles Championship (ISC) qualifier, where members of the VU bowling team will compete in six singles games, with 24 bowlers advancing to the 2024 ISC finals. The top four from each Sectional and eight additional individuals based on field size.

The Team Championship qualifiers will begin Saturday, March 9 and conclude Sunday, March 10 and will consist of 64 baker games, with the top four teams from each Sectional advancing to the ITC Championships April 17 through the 20th at Kingpin Lanes in Louisville, Ky. to compete for the Helmer Cup.

ANDERSON WOMEN’S LAX

CONCORDIA ANN ARBOR TOPS ANDERSON

Concordia University Ann Arbor (1-0) topped the Anderson University women’s lacrosse team (0-2) by a score of 21-8 on Thursday at Macholtz Stadium.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Concordia Ann-Arbor cleared 16-of-22 (72.7 percent) attempts while Anderson finished 13-of-26 (50 percent) clears.

The Cardinals held a 32-22 advantage in ground balls.

Emma Sego – 4 Goals, 1 Assist, 5 Points, 6 Draw Controls

Riley Tull – 2 Goals, 10 Draw Controls

Lillie Casey – 6 Ground Balls, 3 Caused Turnovers

Avery Jarosinski – 1 Goal, 1 Assist, 2 Points

Katte Escobar – 1 Goal

Allison King – 3 Caused Turnovers

Lauren Brown – 2 Caused Turnovers

Caitlin Stewart – 2 Caused Turnovers

Kiki Jose – Saved 4-of-17 (23.5 percent) Shots

Alli Rastrelli – Saved 1-of-9 (11.1 percent) Shots, 4 Ground Balls

UP NEXT

The Ravens battle Muskingum University (1-0) on Saturday, March 2 at 12 p.m. at Macholtz Stadium.

TAYLOR TRACK

TROJANS COLLECT 30 ALL-CROSSROADS LEAGUE AWARDS AT INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

UPLAND, Ind. – The Crossroads League formally announced its 2024 Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field All-League honors on Tuesday, following the league’s indoor championship on February 16 and 17.

Taylor gained a total of 30 All-CL honors from 17 events, with 21 student-athletes being recognized.

The Taylor women’s team battled to a second-place finish in the team standings at the league championships and saw 14 student-athletes combine to collect 21 All-CL honors over 11 events.

The TU men were nearly as impressive, surging to a third-place finish as a team and seeing seven individuals combine to collect nine all-league honors over six events.

All-Crossroads League honors are awarded to any student-athlete who placed top-three in an individual event, or relay, at the CL Championships.

Taylor Women’s Indoor Track and Field All-CL Recipients

-Audrey Brinkruff | 5,000-Meters

-Kaitlin Burden | 4×800-Meter Relay

-D’Arjha Davis | 200-Meters

-Nicole Braz Domene | Distance-Medley Relay (Champion), 4×400-Meter Relay

-Addie Draper | 4×400-Meter Relay

-Mollie Gamble | 5,000-Meters (Champion)

-Ashley Hall | 400-Meters (Champion), 200-Meters, 4×400-Meter Relay

-Olivia Jeanette | 4×800-Meter Relay

-Emily Johnson | Distance-Medley Relay (Champion), 4×800-Meter Relay

-Abby Mays | Distance-Medley Relay (Champion), 1,000-Meters, 4×800-Meter Relay

-Adrienne McKean | 4×400-Meter Relay

-Ahna Neideck | 3,000-Meters

-Patience Sakeuh | 60-Hudles (Champion)

-Noel VanderWall | Mile (Champion), Distance-Medley Relay (Champion)

Taylor Men’s Indoor Track and Field All-CL Recipients

-James Bates | 4×800-Meter Relay

-Nathan Brainer | 4×800-Meter Relay

-Keenan Clegg | 4×800-Meter Relay

-Nate Conkel | 800-Meters, 4×800-Meter Relay

-Josh Forbes | Pole Vault

-Ryan Hanak | 3,000-Meters (Champion)

-Jake Thompson | Long Jump (Champion), High Jump

TAYLOR TRACK

TU WOMEN’S TRACK CLIMBS TO NO. 8 IN LATEST RATINGS

NEW ORLEANS – The Taylor women’s indoor track and field team continued its climb up the USTFCCCA NAIA ratings index, surging up to No. 8 on the heels of its runner-up finish at the Crossroads League Championships.

The Trojans hauled in 21 All-Crossroads League honors spread over 11 events at the league meet and added one new school record to go with nine national-qualifying marks over the two-day event.

For the regular season, Taylor saw 11 different athletes hit at least one A-standard mark in an individual event or as part of a relay and set two new program records.

Taylor will look to finish its indoor season well when its national qualifiers head to Brookings, South Dakota to compete in the NAIA National Championships from February 29 through March 2.

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FOOTBALL HISTORY

Hall of Fame Birthdays for February 23

February 23, 1877 – Lisle, New York – The incredible guard of Princeton University, Bill Edwards was welcomed into the world. The National Football Foundation has a special story for this player. For more on Big Bill, please click his name.

February 23, 1923 – Hudson, Ohio – The awesome Ohio State end, Dante Lavelli also known as  “Glue Fingers” was born. Incredibly Lavelli is reported to have only played in 3 college games before he served in the US Infantry and then turned professional after his tour of duty was complete. How could he be attractive to pro franchises with so little of a college resume you might ask? Well his Coach at Ohio State was one, Paul Brown, who remembered the sure handed freshman and in 1946 when assembling the new Cleveland Browns team in the 1946 inaugural season of the AAFC, Brown looked Lavelli up. According to Glue Fingers bio on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website; “To make the Browns, he had to beat out four more experienced and highly regarded candidates. But Dante not only prevailed, he led the league in receptions and won All-AAFC honors in his rookie season. He also caught the winning touchdown pass in the first AAFC championship game between the Browns and the New York Yankees.” Dante made the All-AAFC again in 1947 and after the Browns moved into the NFL in 1950, Lavelli was All NFL twice and started in 3 of the first 5 Pro Bowl games played! He finished his Pro Football career with 386 catches and 62 touchdowns. Dante Lavelli was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975.

February 23, 1930 – Temple, Texas – Bobby Dillon, the 6 foot – 1 inch tall safety from the University of Texas arrived into this life. The ProFootballHOF.com website states that Bobby picked off four passes as a Rookie for the Green Bay Packers and totaled 52 of them in his 8 year NFL career. His return yards on those career picks was 976 yards with 5 going for touchdowns! When he called it quits he was tied for second on the All time list of L3ague interceptions and held the Packers record. The Pro Football Hall of Fame honored Bobby Dillon’s football legacy by placing his bronze bust in Canton, unfortunately posthumously in 2020. 

February 23, 1940 – Columbia, Mississippi – The brilliant tight end from Northwestern Louisiana University, Jackie Smith was born. Smith was a long tenured NFL player as his career spanned 16 seasons according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website. Jackie was a tenth round pick by the St Louis Cardinals in 1963 and played 15 seasons for the Redbirds. His bio describes him as a fierce blocker and an extremely hard person to tackle once he got his mitts on the ball. When he retired he led all TE’s with 480 receptions, 40 scores and 7918 receiving yards. In his final season he had the privilege of playing in Super Bowl XIII with the Dallas Cowboys. Jackie Smith was enshrined into the  Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994. 

February 23, 1943 – Erie, Pennsylvania – The talented wide receiver that once wore the colors of the Florida State Seminoles, Fred Biletnikoff entered into this life. In his first two seasons at FSU, he played on both sides of the ball. He showed off his defensive skill set in his junior year he made a 99-yard run with an intercepted pass against Miami per the NFF. According to Dan Brabender’s book, “Sports Heroes of the Erie School District“ was FSU’s first consensus All-American and he set single season records with 70 receptions, 1179 receiving yards and 15 scores in 1964 a the school. Fred had some of his greatest performances while on the big stage. In a Gator Bowl victory over powerful Oklahoma, Freddie B hauled in 13 receptions for 192 yards and four touchdowns in the Seminoles 36-19 romp. Fred’s Florida State career was so impactful that they retired the All-American’s jersey number 25 from being used further in the school’s football program. The collegiate accomplishments of Fred Biletnikoff were held for preservation in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1991. The Oakland Raiders took Fred in the 1965 AFL Draft and he stayed with the franchise for his entire 14 year Pro Career. The shifty wideout caught a career 589 passes for 8974 yards and 76 TDs. The Pro Football Hall of Fame says that Biletnikoff “owned several significant NFL marks as well. Along with another Hall of Fame receiver, Raymond Berry, Fred held the record for having caught 40 or more passes in 10 consecutive seasons. His 70 receptions, 1,167 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns in 19 post-season games were also NFL post-season career records.” He played in two AFL All-Star games and four AFC-NFC Pro Bowl games as well as three AFL and five AFC championship games, plus Super Bowls II and XI. Fred was the MVP of that Super Bowl XI Raiders victory! Fred Biletnikoff was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988.  As a final note we share that the earlier mentioned Author Dan Brabender, declares Biletnikoff to be the greatest wide receiver in NFL history!

February 23, 1950 – Union, South Carolina – The outstanding linebacker from Tennessee Tech, Jim Youngblood celebrates his date of birth. The National Football Foundation’s bio on Jim says that he; “set a school record with 476 tackles.” And “Tennessee Tech retired his jersey, No 53.”  After both the 1971 and the 1972 seasons, Youngblood received All-American honors for his great play. Jim Youngblood’s collegiate career is forever preserved as he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996. After school, Jim was picked by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1972 NFL Draft and played 11 seasons there and one final year with Washington.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1921      Brooklyn trade 29-year-old Rabbit Maranville to the Pirates for Billy Southworth, Fred Nicholson, Walter Barbare, and $15,000 in cash. The future Hall of Fame shortstop will spend four of his 19 major league seasons playing for the Bucs, providing excellent defense while compiling a .283 batting average.

1934      Brooklyn coach Casey Stengel signs a two-year deal to manage the Dodgers, replacing skipper Max Carey, who guided the sixth-place club to a 65-88 record last season. During the rookie manager’s three-year tenure with the Brooks, the team will finish 43 games under .500, finishing no higher than fifth place.

1960      Twenty-eight months after the Dodgers play their last game in Brooklyn, the demolition of Ebbets Field finally begins when a wrecking ball, painted with red and white stitches, begins its work on the ballpark Brooklyn called home for 44 years. Before the demolition, wheel-chair-bound Roy Campanella, the team’s former All-Star catcher and three-time National League MVP, is given an urn of dirt from behind home plate in front of a crowd of 200 faithful fans.

1986      Although he loses his arbitration case, Boston third baseman Wade Boggs receives the largest amount ($1.35 million) ever awarded by this process. Last season’s AL batting champ had sought $1.85 million, but arbitrator Thomas Roberts ruled in favor of the Red Sox, resulting in a drop of a half-million dollars for the infielder.

1987      “He won friends and titles with savvy, wit and loyalty.” – TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT, from an obituary written by Gerald Ensley, a Democrat staff writer.

Three days into spring training, Dick Howser’s attempt to return after undergoing brain tumor surgery ends when the frail-looking Royals manager finds he is physically too weak to continue. Third-base coach Billy Gardner replaces the ill skipper, who will die three months later at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City.

1988      Facing the loss of the 1990 All-Star game and possible postseason games, the Chicago City Council passes an ordinance, 29-19, allowing the Cubs to play 18 night games a season through the year 2002 at Wrigley Field, the last major league ballpark without lights. The legislation prohibits beer sales after 9:20 p.m. and organ music ten minutes later.

1990      Although the owners drop their arbitration and minimum salary proposals, spring training camps remain closed. Baseball’s seventh work stoppage will last 32 days, delaying Opening Day for a week and extending the overall season by three days to accommodate the 162-game schedule.

1997      Ira Berkow’s front-page story about Larry Doby appears in the Sunday New York Times, detailing the 22-year-old second baseman’s experience of being the first black to play in the American League. The article spurs much interest in the former Newark Eagle, leading many to believe the story helped his election to the Hall of Fame the following year..

2000      Cubs manager Don Baylor names four captains, selecting first baseman Mark Grace, right fielder Sammy Sosa, pitcher Kevin Tapani, and reliever Rick Aguilera. The quartet will be the Cubs’ first captains since Ron Santo held the position in the 1960s and early 1970s.

2006      Complaining about the lack of support from local baseball officials, Roberto Kelly resigns as manager of Panama’s team in the World Baseball Classic. The Giants’ spring training instructor believes some players choose not to participate in the WBC, opting to play in the Panamanian championships.

2012      Avoiding a 50-game suspension, Ryan Braun becomes the first major league player to challenge a positive test result successfully. The panel that heard the appeal voted 2-1 in favor of the 28-year-old Brewer outfielder. The test collector kept the urine sample at home and stored it in his refrigerator for two days before sending it to a Montreal laboratory for analysis.

2013      After three years of futility in New York, Jason Bay, who mutually agreed to terminate his contract with the Mets in November, clouts a two-run homer in his first at-bat of spring training in the Mariners’ 8-6 exhibition victory over the Padres. In the offseason, the likable but oft-injured outfielder signed with Seattle for $1 million, a far cry from the four-year, $66-million free-agent deal he inked, leaving Boston for the Big Apple in 2009.

2016      Placed on paid leave until the completion of criminal proceedings, Jose Reyes becomes the first player disciplined under baseball’s new domestic violence policy, stemming from his arrest following an argument with his wife at a Hawaiian resort in late October. The 32-year-old All-Star shortstop pleaded not guilty to a charge of abuse of a family member and will not report to the Rockies’ spring training camp.

2016      At a news conference at Borough Hall in Queens, the Mets announce the team will host an LGBT Pride Night on August 13 at Citi Field, featuring discounted seating for the game against the Padres and a free postgame concert. A portion of the ticket proceeds purchased from Mets.com/pride for the event, expected to attract more than 5,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender fans, will benefit the LGBT Network, a non-profit organization Safe Schools Initiative working to stop bullying in Long Island and Queens.

2020      The new-look Phillie Phanatic, a redesign prompted by a copyright dispute, struts his stuff in the team’s spring training home opener. The colorful changes made to the uproarious mascot’s costume pays homage to the history of the franchise; with powder-blue tail recognizing a historical color in the Phillies’ story, the blue socks with a red stripe honoring the 1948 uniform famously worn by Phillies Hall of Fame outfielder Richie Ashburn, and the red shoes featuring a Liberty Bell design paying tribute to the City of Love.

BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: 1921 (BASEBALL ALMANAC)

Off the field…

The first burial of an unidentified soldier who had been killed in France during WWI was held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on November 11th. On Memorial Day, 1958, the bodies of two other unknown soldiers; one of whom had died in World War II, the other during the Korean War, were also buried in the tomb, which was later renamed the Tomb of the Unknowns.

The United States, Britain, Japan, France and Italy met for the Washington Naval Convention and agreed on a treaty limiting worldwide naval powers. The treaty called for a ratio of naval ships of five to five to three to 1.7 to 1.7. As a result, for every five large ships in the U.S. British fleets, Japan could have three, and France and Italy, 1.7. The United States also agreed to scuttle thirty of it’s own war ships as a result of the treaty.

In the American League…

The New York Yankees purchased a twenty-acre plot of land in the Bronx as the future site for Yankee Stadium.

During an August 19th doubleheader between the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox, Ty Cobb became the youngest player (thirty-four) ever to reach three-thousand hits.

Jimmy Dykes handled an American League record seventeen chances at second base for the Philadelphia Athletics, as they took on the St. Louis Browns at Sportsman’s Park III on August 28th. Dykes averaged one-hundred twenty-five games in thirteen full seasons with the A’s, but only once played the same position all year — second base in 1921.

In the National League…

On July 8th, an order was issued that allowed fans to keep any balls hit into the stands at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field. Up until that point, all foul and homerun balls were still considered property of the league and were expected to be returned.

The first radio broadcast of a major league game was heard on August 5th over the country’s first established radio station, KDKA in Pittsburgh. Harold Arlin, who also announced the first football game between Pittsburgh and West Virginia, called the 8-5 Philadelphia Phillies win over the hometown Pirates.

Around the League…

Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was officially named as baseball’s commissioner with a contract for seven years at $50,000 per year. Landis was a judge in an Illinois federal district court when he came to the attention of baseball’s establishment during the Federal League’s antitrust suit, which was heard in his court.

Major League umpires began the practice of rubbing dirt into the balls before each game, using special clay supplied by Philadelphia Athletics’ coach Lena Blackburne from his New Jersey farm.

On August 2nd, a Chicago jury rendered a “not guilty” verdict against the infamous “Black Sox” who had been accused of throwing the 1919 World Series in favor of the Cincinnati Reds. Ignoring the verdict, Judge Landis banned all eight defendants from major league baseball for life. “Regardless of the verdict of juries,” the commissioner said in a statement, “no player that throws a ball game, no player that entertains proposals or promises to throw a game, no player that sits in a conference with a bunch of crooked players and gamblers where the ways and means of throwing games are discussed, and does not promptly tell his club about it, will ever again play professional baseball.” To this day participants in the “Black Sox” conspiracy have been denied entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

43 – 13 – 98 – 33 – 26 – 88

February 23, 1964 –  Richard Petty in the famous blue Patterson Motors Plymouth, Number 43  lead for record 184 of the 200 laps of the 6th annual Daytona 500 and takes the checkered flag of the Great American Race. 

February 23, 1968 – Number 13, Wilt Chamberlain became very first NBA player to reach the milestone of scoring 25,000 points in his career.

February 23, 1969 – Junior Johnson’s team driver, LeeRoy Yarbrough driving the Number 98 Ford Torino Cobra , catches Charlie Glotzbach on final lap to win his first Daytona 500. It was the first time in the big race’s history that the victor won on a pass in the last lap!

February 23, 1985 – Goaltender Patrick Roy, wearing the Number 33 sweater made his NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens. The goalie would end up making the All-Rookie team that season from his brilliant play. Roy would mind the crease for Montreal for 12 seasons and then spend an additional 7 full years playing for the Colorado Avalanche. He hoisted the Stanley Cup 4 times and led the League in Goals against three different times in his 19 year career.

February 23, 1986 –  Red Sox infielder Wade Boggs, Number 26 won the largest arbitration to date worth $1.35 million even though he lost his arbitration case. 

February 23, 2014 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Number 88 National Guard Chevrolet takes the checkered flag at the 56th running of the Daytona 500. The victory broke a 55-race winless streak to win his 2nd Great American Race

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

Feb. 23

1935 — George “The Iceman” Woolf makes history, riding Azucar to victory in the inaugural Santa Anita Handicap. Azucar beatS such greats as Equipoise and Twenty Grand in the first $100,000 horse race.

1938 — Joe Louis knocks out Nathan Mann in the third round to defend his world heavyweight title at Madison Square Garden in New York.

1960 — Carol Heiss captures the first gold medal for the United States in the Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, Calif., winning the figure skating event.

1968 — Wilt Chamberlain becomes first player to score 25,000 points in the NBA.

1980 — Eric Heiden wins his fifth gold medal and shatters the world record by six seconds in 10,000-meter speed skating at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y. His time is 14:28.13.

1985 — Indiana coach Bob Knight is ejected five minutes into the Hoosiers’ 72-63 loss to Purdue when he throws a chair across the court. Knight, after two fouls called on his team, is hit with his first technical. While Purdue was shooting the technical, Knight picks up a chair from the bench area and throws it across the court, earning his second technical.

1987 — Seattle’s Nate McMillan sets an NBA rookie record with 25 assists to lead the SuperSonics over the Los Angeles Clippers 124-112.

1991 — North Carolina becomes the first team in NCAA basketball history to win 1,500 games with a 73-57 victory over Clemson.

2002 — The Americans end nearly a half-century of Olympic frustration for the U.S. men’s bobsled team, driving to the silver and bronze medals in the four-man race at the Salt Lake Olympic Games.

2007 — Tiger Woods’ winning streak on the PGA Tour, which began in July, comes to a shocking end. Woods fails to notice a ball mark in the line of his 4-foot birdie putt that would have won his third-round match against Nick O’Hern. Woods misses, then loses in 20 holes when O’Hern saves par with a 12-foot putt at the Accenture Match Play Championship.

2013 — Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche makes history just by stepping into the UFC cage. Rousey wins the UFC’s first women’s bout, beating Carmouche on an armbar, her signature move, with 11 seconds left in the first round of their bantamweight title fight at UFC 157.

2014 — Canada defends its Olympic men’s hockey title with a 3-0 victory over Sweden. Canada becomes the only repeat Olympic champ in the NHL era and the first team to go unbeaten through the Olympic tournament since the Soviet Union in Sarajevo in 1984.

2014 — Russia, the host country of the Winter Olympics, finishes with 33 medals overall and 13 gold. It’s the first time Russia topped both medals tables since the breakup of the Soviet Union. The U.S. wins 28 total, including nine gold.

2014 — Jason Collins becomes the first openly gay athlete in the United States four major pro leagues, playing 10 scoreless minutes with two rebounds and five fouls in the New Jersey’s 108-102 victory of the Los Angeles Lakers.

2014 — Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins a rain-delayed Daytona 500, a decade after his first victory in the “Great American Race.” Earnhardt snaps a 55-race winless stretch that dated to 2012. It also ends a frustrating sequence at Daytona International Speedway that had seen him finish second in three of the previous four 500s.

2021 – Tiger Woods crashes his car driving south of Los Angeles, injuring both his legs.

TV SPORTS FRIDAY

AUTO RACING

3 p.m.

FS1 — NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Qualifying, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga.

5 p.m.

FS1 — NASCAR Xfinity Series: Qualifying, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

4 p.m.

MLBN — The Andre Dawson Classic: Alabama St. vs. Southern U., Vero Beach, Fla.

7:30 p.m.

MLBN — The Andre Dawson Classic: Grambling St. vs. Florida A&M, Vero Beach, Fla.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

6 p.m.

CBSSN — Kent St. at Akron

7 p.m.

ESPNU — Toledo at Bowling Green

8:30 p.m.

ESPN2 — Duquesne at Fordham

9 p.m.

ESPNU — Fairfield at Quinnipiac

10 p.m.

FS1 — Nevada at San Jose St.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

10 p.m.

PAC-12N — Colorado at Southern Cal

COLLEGE GYMNASTICS (WOMEN’S)

6 p.m.

BTN — Big Ten Championships: Meet #1, East Lansing, Mich.

7 p.m.

ESPN2 — LSU at Florida

SECN — Missouri at Auburn

8 p.m.

PAC-12N — Stanford at Utah

8:30 p.m.

SECN — Kentucky at Arkansas

COLLEGE HOCKEY (MEN’S)

8 p.m.

BTN — Notre Dame at Michigan

CBSSN — W. Michigan at St. Cloud St.

COLLEGE WRESTLING

7 p.m.

ACCN — Virginia Tech at NC State

GOLF

5 a.m.

GOLF — DP World Tour: The Magical Kenya Open, Second Round, Muthaiga Golf Club, Nairobi, Kenya

8 a.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour Champions: The Hassan II, Second Round, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco

4 p.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour: The Mexico Open At Vidanta, Second Round, Vidanta Vallarta, Vallarta, Mexico

10:30 p.m.

GOLF — LPGA Tour: The Honda LPGA Thailand, Third Round, Siam Country Club – Pattaya Old Course, Chonburi, Thailand

4:30 a.m. (Saturday)

GOLF — DP World Tour: The Magical Kenya Open, Third Round, Muthaiga Golf Club, Nairobi, Kenya

HORSE RACING

3 p.m.

FS2 — NYRA: America’s Day at the Races

LACROSSE (MEN’S)

11 p.m.

ESPNU — NLL: Georgia at San Diego

MLB BASEBALL

3 p.m.

ESPN — Spring Training: San Diego vs. LA Dodgers, Glendale, Ariz.

NBA BASKETBALL

7:40 p.m.

ESPN — Cleveland at Philadelphia

10:05 p.m.

ESPN — Milwaukee at Minnesota

NHL HOCKEY

7 p.m.

NHLN — Buffalo at Columbus

RUGBY (MEN’S)

1:50 a.m. (Saturday)

FS2 — NRL: Brisbane at Manly-Warringah

SAILING

12 a.m. (Saturday)

CBSSN — SailGP: Event 8 – Day 1, Sydney

SOCCER (MEN’S)

10 p.m.

FS2 — Liga MX: Monterrey at Juárez

SOCCER (WOMEN’S)

3 p.m.

CBSSN — UEFA Nations League: France vs. Germany, Semifinal, Décines-Charpieu, France

TENNIS

8 a.m.

TENNIS — Dubai-WTA, Doha-ATP Semifinals; Rio de Janeiro-ATP Quarterfinals

9 p.m. TENNIS — Los Cabos-ATP Semifinals