INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL

Adams Central 71 Lakewood Park 54
Anderson 65 LaLumiere Regional 31
Barr-Reeve 46 Bloomfield 29
Bellmont 60 Jay County 31
Ben Davis 75 Indianapolis Tech 54
Benton Central 63 Logansport 57
Bloomington North 72 New Albany 64
Bluffton 53 Southwood 47
Borden 51 Salem 33
Brebeuf Jesuit 67 Indianapolis Roncalli 55
Bremen 58 Culver 35
Brownstown Central 78 Orleans 47
Centerville 62 Cambridge City Lincoln 46
Central Noble 57 Fairfield 54
Chesterton 47 Culver Academy 31
Churubusco 56 Eastside 45
Clarksville 57 Rock Creek Academy 53
Clay City 72 Riverton Parke 30
Clinton Central 51 Frontier 44
Columbia City 47 Fort Wayne Concordia 41
Cowan 47 Southern Wells 44
Crawfordsville 67 Covington 45
Crown Point 74 Lowell 51
DeKalb 43 Northridge 39
Delphi 72 Frankfort 68
Delta 49 Oak Hill 22
East Chicago Central 67 Griffith 66
Eastbrook 54 South Adams 42
Eastern (Greentown) 59 Carroll (Flora) 56
Eastern (Pekin) 58 South Central (Elizabeth) 53
Eastern Hancock 61 Hagerstown 46
Elkhart Christian 65 Argos 50
Evansville Bosse 67 Evansville Reitz 51
Evansville Central 53 Christian County (Ky.) 41
Evansville Day 80 Dugger Union 40
Evansville Mater Dei 61 Northeast Dubois 35
Evansville Memorial 67 Washington 51
Fort Wayne Luers 77 Carroll (Fort Wayne) 65
Franklin Central 64 Indianapolis Chatard 58
Franklin 64 Jennings County 53
Frankton 54 Blue River 47
Fremont 71 Bethany Christian 63
Goshen 53 John Glenn 46
Greencastle 52 North Montgomery 32
Greensburg 48 East Central 39 OT
Hamilton Heights 67 Rensselaer Central 55
Hammond Central 59 Valparaiso 56
Hanover Central 67 Illiana Christian 66 2OT
Harrison (West Lafayette) 62 Lebanon 53
Heritage 52 Madison-Grant 40
Highland 66 Calumet 54
Hobart 47 Wheeler 37
Indian Creek 66 South Putnam 61
Indianapolis Cathedral 50 Louisville Trinity (Ky.) 40
Indianapolis Riverside 78 Anderson Prep 73
Indianapolis Tindley 65 Purdue Poly North 49
Irvington Prep 93 Eminence 58
Jeffersonville 79 Castle 58
KIPP Indy Legacy 52 Central Christian 45
Kankakee Valley 63 North Judson 43
Kokomo 82 Huntington North 45
Kouts 74 Tri-Township 27
Lafayette Central Catholic 59 Lewis Cass 35
Lake Central 66 McCutcheon 49
Lake Station 44 West Central 36
Lakeland 63 Angola 61
Lighthouse CPA 75 Chicago Innovation (Ill.) 47
Linton-Stockton 54 North Central (Farmersburg) 44
Marion 81 Fort Wayne Snider 57
Merrillville 64 Penn 57
Milan 64 Union County 52
Mishawaka Marian 50 South Bend Adams 36
Mishawaka 57 South Bend St. Joseph 55
Mississinewa 49 Manchester 47
Monroe Central 47 Randolph Southern 39
Mooresville Christian 65 King’s Academy 55
Mount Vernon (Fortville) 59 Yorktown 33
Munster 88 Whiting 54
New Castle 63 Muncie Central 25
New Palestine 70 Greenwood 52
North Decatur 69 Southwestern (Shelbyville) 29
North Newton 37 Clinton Prairie 36 OT
NorthWood 52 Elkhart 40
Norwell 49 Homestead 43 OT
Paoli 56 Crawford County 49
Park Tudor 79 Providence Cristo Rey 25
Parke Heritage 73 Terre Haute South 63
Portage 80 Hammond Morton 63
Prairie Heights 58 Hamilton 22
Rising Sun 51 Medora 49
Rochester 87 Maconaquah 70
Scottsburg 67 Mitchell 29
Seeger 55 North Vermillion 43
Seymour 57 Silver Creek 35
Shakamak 63 Owen Valley 56
Sheridan 59 Waldron 56
South Bend Clay 68 LaPorte 64
South Dearborn 54 Switzerland County 39
South Decatur 58 Knightstown 46
South Ripley 66 Jac-Cen-Del 45
Taylor 50 Alexandria 32
Terre Haute North 52 Evansville North 37
Tippecanoe Valley 54 South Bend Washington 48
Tri-Central 60 Northfield 45
Tri-County 52 Pioneer 32
Tri-West 62 Indianapolis Ritter 59
Tri 66 Morristown 39
Trimble County (Ky.) 67 Crothersville 50
Trinity Lutheran 65 Austin 62
Triton Central 68 Speedway 59
Triton 44 Knox 36
Wabash 57 Peru 55
Wapahani 61 Shenandoah 42
Washington Twp. 40 Trinity Greenlawn 36
Wawasee 61 East Noble 50
Wes-Del 57 Elwood 49
West Lafayette 68 Rossville 55
West Noble 44 Garrett 34
West Washington 52 Shoals 46
Westview 40 Concord 39
Whiteland 81 Beech Grove 64
Whitko 60 Lakeland Christian 21

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Columbus North at Terre Haute South 5:30 pm
Eminence at Medora 6:00 pm
Indiana Math & Science at KIPP Indy Legacy 6:00 pm
Trinity Greenlawn at LaVille 7:30 pm
Union County at Union City 7:30 pm
West Central at Pioneer 7:30 pm

BOYS SECTIONAL TUESDAY

CLASS 4A
East Chicago Central
Hammond Morton vs. Munster 7:00 pm
Chesterton
Portage at Chesterton 8:00 pm
Mishawaka
LaPorte at Mishawaka 6:00 pm
Michigan City vs. Plymouth 7:30 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 6:00 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 7:00 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 6:00 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 6:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey) vs. Gibson Southern 8:00 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 6:00 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 6:00 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 6:30 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 6:30 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 6:00 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 6:30 pm
Wood Memorial at Tecumseh 8:00 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 

Results 

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

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

NO GAMES SCHEDULED

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#9 OREGON STATE 65 WASHINGTON STATE 52

ARIZONA 68 #3 STANFORD 61

#7 USC 87 #11 COLORADO 81

NBA SCOREBOARD

PHILADELPHIA 104 CLEVELAND 97

TORONTO 123 ATLANTA 121

LA CLIPPERS 101 MEMPHIS 95

HOUSTON 114 PHOENIX 110

OKLAHOMA CITY 147 WASHINGTON 106

MIAMI 106 NEW ORLEANS 95

MILWAUKEE 112 MINNESOTA 107

GOLDEN STATE 97 CHARLOTTE 84

DENVER 127 PORTLAND 112

LA LAKERS 123 SAN ANTONIO 118

NHL SCOREBOARD

BUFFALO 2 COLUMBUS 1

WINNIPEG 3 CHICAGO 2 OT

MINNESOTA 4 EDMONTON 2

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

COLLEGE ATHLETICS

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Three members of the University of Wyoming swimming and diving team were killed and two others were injured when their sport utility vehicle veered off-road and rolled over along a rural highway known for deadly wrecks, including one that killed eight other Wyoming athletes.

The latest crash happened Thursday afternoon on U.S. 287 about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of the Wyoming-Colorado line between Laramie and Fort Collins, Colo.

The two injured team members were expected to survive, according to a University of Wyoming statement.

The crash happened when the Toyota RAV4 sport utility vehicle with five people inside swerved and went off the pavement, and the vehicle rolled over multiple times, the statement said.

Two people were ejected. The crash killed Charlie Clark, 19, a sophomore psychology major from Las Vegas; Luke Slabber, 21, a junior studying construction management from Cape Town, South Africa; and Carson Muir, 18, a freshman on the women’s team and an animal and veterinary sciences major from Birmingham, Alabama.

The two injured men, 20 and 21, were taken to hospitals, according to a Colorado State Patrol statement.

The accident was being investigated and the cause wasn’t immediately known. The SUV was headed south and apparently not on an official team trip, the patrol statement said.

“We are heartsick at the news of this terrible tragedy for our university, our state, our student-athlete community and, most importantly, the families and friends of these young people,” University of Wyoming President Ed Seidel said in the statement.

The weather was fair and conditions clear at the time on the often busy, two- and three-lane highway that winds through the scenic Rocky Mountain foothills. Typical hazards include blind curves, wildlife, passing vehicles and traffic entering and exiting at intersections.

University of Wyoming students often take the road for shopping, socializing and entertainment in Fort Collins and Denver.

In 2001, a head-on crash with a drunken driver on the same highway killed eight members of the University of Wyoming cross-country team. Clint Haskins, also a University of Wyoming student, swerved into the lane in front of the northbound sport utility vehicle.

Haskins was the only survivor of that crash 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of Laramie. He pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and was paroled after 9 1/2 years in prison.

The crash days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks shocked the state and helped lead to safety improvements on the highway in Wyoming.

Portions of the road in Colorado have above-average crash rates — making the highway a good candidate for more safety improvements, according to a summary of a 2023 Colorado Department of Transportation report.

The same 30-mile (48-kilometer) section from north of Fort Collins to the Wyoming line where the crash occurred has had 570 crashes, including 15 fatal wrecks, in the past five years, according to the summary.

NCAA’S NIL RULES FROZEN AS JUDGE GRANTS INJUNCTION

The NCAA cannot punish students or athletics program boosters for name, image and likeness recruiting inducements — at least for now — as a result of a federal judge’s preliminary injunction on Friday afternoon.

The injunction is not a final ruling in the case of Tennessee and Virginia v. NCAA, but the NCAA is in danger of fully losing its ability to enforce its NIL rules, which have been called into question by the attorneys general of both states.

“The NCAA’s prohibition likely violates federal antitrust law and harms student-athletes,” U.S. District Judge Clifton Corker wrote Friday.

Although the related court case is still active, Corker’s injunction means that athletes are free to negotiate NIL-related compensation before they enroll at a school. Though the judge is from the Eastern Tennessee District, his decision applies to the entire country.

The case stems from the NCAA’s decision in January to launch an investigation into the Tennessee football program over alleged recruiting violations. It centered on Nico Iamaleava, a five-star quarterback recruit coming out of high school, signing a deal with Tennessee’s primary NIL collective, Spyre Sports Group, reportedly worth $8 million.

Tennessee chancellor Donde Plowman addressed a biting letter to NCAA president Charlie Baker last month, claiming the NCAA is not doing its part to establish clear rules for student-athletes, their families or universities.

“Instead, two and a half years of vague and contradictory NCAA memos, emails and ‘guidance’ about name, image and likeness (NIL) has created extraordinary chaos that student-athletes and institutions are struggling to navigate. In short, the NCAA is failing,” Plowman wrote in part.

The AGs of Tennessee and Virginia filed their antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA the next day.

“Without the give and take of a free market, student-athletes simply have no knowledge of their true NIL value,” Corker wrote Friday. “It is this suppression of negotiating leverage and the consequential lack of knowledge that harms student-athletes.”

Tennessee attorney general Jonathan Skrmetti said in a statement to news outlets Friday that his state would continue pursuing its litigation “to ensure the NCAA’s monopoly cannot continue to harm Tennessee student-athletes.

“The NCAA is not above the law, and the law is on our side.”

NCAA student-athletes have been allowed to profit off their names, images and likenesses since the Supreme Court ruled in their favor in NCAA v. Alston in the summer of 2021.

SEC’S SANKEY VISITS, TALKS WITH TRUSTEES, LEADERS AT SOUTH CAROLINA ON CHANGING SPORTS LANDSCAPE

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey told University of South Carolina trustees the league’s union with the Big Ten Conference was created to provide leadership for a challenging landscape in college athletics.

It is not, he said, a breakaway framework for the two healthiest, wealthiest leagues to run the game. The leagues announced their association earlier this month.

Solutions to the hot button issues of the college game today — like rules governing name, image and likeness and transfers — are difficult to advance in rooms with many administrators all with opinions and agendas.

“We felt it could be helpful if we could shrink those rooms,” Sankey said to school leadership, which included athletic director Ray Tanner.

Sankey came in Thursday and presented South Carolina’s women’s basketball team with a championship trophy after the top-ranked Gamecocks clinched a share of the SEC title with a 72-44 win over Alabama.

He said he’s not on a tour of league members to update leaders on the changing landscape, which includes officially adding Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC on July 1 to make it a 16-member league. Sankey is visiting Florida and Auburn this weekend.

Sankey said athletes have told him they want clarity in what’s become a sometimes muddled patchwork of state NIL laws — he said more than 30 states have some legislation regarding NIL; South Carolina lawmakers are debating such a rule — many which can complicate those competitors considering transfers.

“They ask us questions about how can our universities help us,” Sankey said. “How can we have these standards so we know our colleagues not just play by the same rules but have the same protection.”

Sankey believes the union with the Big Ten can help solve some of those problems. He understands, though, others are skeptical of the motives, particularly after the once-potent Pac-12 Conference will shrink to two members in Oregon State and Washington State after the latest realignment wave this past year.

Sankey recalled after his presentation to the trustees a recent NCAA Division I council meeting. He had several people ask him, “When are the Big Ten and SEC just going to tell us what they want?”

The motivation for the two getting together, he said, was understanding the expectation for leadership and understanding that responsibility.

The initial discussions were focused on the growing list of lawsuits, many advanced by state attorneys general, over NCAA transfer rules; and studying the “Project DI” proposal put forward in December by new NCAA president Charlie Baker.

“Those are really important issues, by the way,” he said.

Sankey would like uniformity in those rules for the benefit of those who play the games.

“I think our student athletes deserve better than this current atmosphere,” he said. “Also at the same, and this may seem like a dichotomy, there’s no better time to be a student-athlete in the history of college athletics.”

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: ARIZONA STUNS NO. 3 STANFORD

Jada Williams scored six points in the final minute as visiting Arizona overcame a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat No. 3 Stanford 68-61 on Friday.

Williams sank a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 31 seconds remaining. She then hit 3 of 4 free throws to build on the lead as Stanford missed consecutive shots. Arizona’s Helena Pueyo sank a free throw in the last second to cap the upset.

Williams led the Wildcats (15-12, 7-8 Pac-12) with 23 points. Esmery Martinez added 17 points and nine rebounds as Arizona posted a fourth consecutive win.

Kiki Iriafen finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Cardinal (23-4, 12-3), whose four-game winning streak ended. Brooke Demetre contributed 15 points, and Hannah Jump scored 13.

No. 7 Southern California 87, No. 11 Colorado 81

JuJu Watkins poured in 42 points as the Trojans downed the Buffaloes in Los Angeles for their seventh consecutive victory.

Watkins made 10 of 19 shots from the floor, 4 of 7 from 3-point range and all 18 of her free-throw attempts. However, she committed 10 turnovers. McKenzie Forbes finished with 24 points and seven assists for USC (21-4, 11-4 Pac-12), and Kayla Padilla chipped in 12 points.

Aaronette Vonleh logged 18 points, Quay Miller managed 12 and Jaylyn Sherrod added 11 for Colorado (20-6, 10-5), which took its third loss in a row.

No. 9 Oregon State 65, Washington State 52

Reserves Lily Hansford and Timea Gardiner paced a balanced scoring attack as the Beavers beat the Cougars in Pullman, Wash.

Hansford put up 11 points, Gardiner had 10 and starters Kelsey Rees, Talia van Oelhoffen and Donovyn Hunter each scored nine for Oregon State (22-4, 11-4 Pac-12). Rees grabbed a game-high nine rebounds as the Beavers won for the seventh time in eight games.

Bella Murekatete paced Washington State (16-12, 5-10) with 14 points and eight rebounds. Eleonora Villa scored 10 points as the Cougars lost for the sixth time in seven games.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: HEAT BEAT PELICANS, 4 EJECTED AFTER BRAWL

Bam Adebayo scored 24 points and Jimmy Butler had 23 before being ejected early in the fourth quarter and the visiting Miami Heat held off the New Orleans Pelicans 106-95 in an emotional battle Friday night.

Less than a minute into the fourth quarter, Kevin Love committed a hard common foul on the Pelicans’ Zion Williamson, leading to a series of skirmishes. Eventually, Butler, teammate Thomas Bryant, who hadn’t played but got involved after leaving the bench area, and the Pelicans’ Naji Marshall and Jose Alvarado all were ejected.

Adebayo, who finished with seven rebounds and three blocked shots, scored 12 points in the fourth quarter while the Pelicans scored just 15. Butler returned from a three-game absence due to bereavement leave to help the Heat win for the seventh time in nine games. He added nine rebounds, six assists and three steals. Duncan Robinson scored 17 points and Tyler Herro had 15.

Williamson scored 23 points, with nine rebounds and seven assists. Herbert Jones had 19 points, Jordan Hawkins finished with 14, Jonas Valanciunas added 12 points and 10 rebounds and Larry Nance Jr. scored 10 for the Pelicans, who saw their four-game winning streak end. Second-leading scorer Brandon Ingram missed his second consecutive game because of a non-COVID illness.

Thunder 147, Wizards 106

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 30 points as host Oklahoma City beat Washington.

The Thunder set a season high for points scored. Gilgeous-Alexander, who finished with nine assists and seven rebounds, had 14 points and five assists in the first quarter to help Oklahoma City jump out to a 41-28 lead. Chet Holmgren finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds to help Oklahoma City win its fourth in a row.

Jordan Poole, coming off the bench for the second consecutive game, led the Wizards with 21 points. The Wizards, who shot 39.4 percent from the floor, lost their 10th game in a row.

Warriors 97, Hornets 84

Stephen Curry led a balanced attack with 15 points and Golden State set a season low for points allowed in its victory over visiting Charlotte in San Francisco.

Curry shot 5-for-14 from the floor, including 3-for-11 on 3-pointers. Andrew Wiggins, who turned 29 on Friday, chipped in with 14 points. Klay Thompson and Brandin Podziemski had 13 points apiece and Gary Payton II scored 12.

Miles Bridges paced the Hornets with a game-high 19 points and added 11 rebounds. Nick Richards chipped in with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Lakers 123, Spurs 118

LeBron James poured in 30 points and Anthony Davis added 28 points and 13 rebounds as Los Angeles defeated visiting San Antonio.

D’Angelo Russell contributed 22 points for the Lakers while Rui Hachimura had 17 and Austin Reaves scored 10. Los Angeles, with James back in the lineup after missing two games with a sore ankle, won for the fourth time in the past five games.

Victor Wembanyama led San Antonio with 27 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, five steals and five blocked shots. Malaki Branham added 17 off the bench, Jeremy Sochan produced 15 points and 13 rebounds and Zach Collins and Keldon Johnson scored 14 each.

76ers 104, Cavaliers 97

Tyrese Maxey scored 24 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, to lift host Philadelphia past Cleveland.

Cameron Payne added 16 and Tobias Harris had 15 points and nine rebounds. Buddy Hield contributed 13 points and made a 3-pointer with 31.3 seconds left for a 100-92 lead.

Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 10 points and Paul Reed grabbed 12 rebounds for the Sixers, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Nuggets 127, Trail Blazers 112

Michael Porter Jr. scored a season-best 34 points and collected 12 rebounds to lead Denver over host Portland.

Nikola Jokic had 29 points on 12-of-17 shooting and added 15 rebounds and 14 assists for his 17th triple-double of the season and 122nd of his career. Collin Gillespie added a career-high 18 points for the Nuggets, who won their second straight game after a three-game skid.

Jerami Grant scored 25 points, Deandre Ayton added 22 points and 10 rebounds and Anfernee Simons had 21 points and eight assists for the Trail Blazers, who lost their seventh straight game.

Rockets 114, Suns 110

Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun and Amen Thompson all recorded double-doubles as Houston held on to beat visiting Phoenix.

Smith (22 points, 16 rebounds) sank two free throws with 6.5 seconds remaining before Sengun (17 points, 12 rebounds) added a free throw with 4.1 seconds left to secure the comeback from a 16-point first-quarter deficit.

Kevin Durant (28 points, 11 rebounds) and Bol Bol (25 points, 14 boards — both season highs) posted double-doubles for the Suns. Devin Booker scored 25 points but missed 17 of 24 shots.

Clippers 101, Grizzlies 95

Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points and Terance Mann added a season-high 23 to go along with 12 rebounds as visiting Los Angeles beat Memphis.

Russell Westbrook scored 13 points off the bench and Ivica Zubac contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out.

Memphis’ Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 29 points to go along with five assists and four steals during his return from a one-game absence caused by soreness in his right quadriceps tendon. GG Jackson added 11 points off the bench for the Grizzlies, who saw their modest two-game winning streak come to a halt in their first game after the All-Star break.

Bucks 112, Timberwolves 107

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points and pulled down 13 rebounds as Milwaukee held on to defeat Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Damian Lillard recorded 21 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, and Brook Lopez added 16 points for the Bucks, who snapped a two-game skid and earned their first win since Feb. 12 as they resumed play after the NBA All-Star break.

Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves with 28 points, but he made only 10 of 27 shots from the field. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Rudy Gobert scored 12 points to go along with 19 boards as Minnesota had a four-game winning streak end.

Raptors 123, Hawks 121

Scottie Barnes finished with 20 points and 10 assists and made some clutch plays down the stretch as Toronto kept Trae Young in check to beat host Atlanta.

Toronto shot 49 percent from the floor and 15 of 39 from 3-point distance. Immanuel Quickley connected on his first four 3-point attempts and finished 6-for-11 from deep, scoring 24 points. He paced eight Raptors in double-figure scoring, four of whom came off the bench. Gradey Dick’s 18 points led the Toronto reserves, who combined to score 54.

Atlanta went 43.4 percent from the floor, including 12-for-39 from 3-point range. Dejounte Murray led the Hawks with 24 points and added 10 rebounds, but shot 0-for-4 from beyond the arc. Young finished with a season-low 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting.

REPORT: STEVE KERR AGREES TO 2-YEAR EXTENSION WITH WARRIORS

A two-year contract extension will keep coach Steve Kerr at the helm of the Golden State Warriors through the 2025-26 season, ESPN reported Friday night.

Kerr, 58, who has guided the Warriors to four NBA titles and is in his 10th season with the team, will make $35 million in the span, according to the report, which cited his agents at Priority Sports. His previous contract was to expire at the end of the current season.

Golden State was 28-26 and in 10th place in the Western Conference entering a Friday night home game against the Charlotte Hornets. That position would put the Warriors in the play-in tournament. The franchise is two years removed from its most recent title run, after winning three in four years from 2014-15 to 2017-18.

Kerr’s average of $17.5 million per season would make him the second-highest-paid coach in the league, trailing only the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich, who is both the head coach and team president.

The Warriors were Kerr’s first head coaching job. His winning percentage of .655 (501-264) is fifth highest in NBA history.

Kerr played 15 seasons in the NBA as a guard for the Phoenix Suns (1988-89), Cleveland Cavaliers (1989-93), Orlando Magic (1992-93), Chicago Bulls (1993-98), San Antonio (1998-2001, 2002-03) and the Portland Trail Blazers (2001-02). He won three championship rings with the Bulls, then added two more with the Spurs.

He served as the Suns’ general manager from 2007-08 to 2009-10, with the team reaching the Western Conference finals in his last season.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: SURGING JETS TOP BLACKHAWKS IN OT

Kyle Connor scored the game-winner 25 seconds into overtime, Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice and Josh Morrissey assisted on all three goals to lift the Winnipeg Jets past the host Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Friday.

Winnipeg won for the fifth time in the past six games to reach 75 points and vault into a tie with the Colorado Avalanche for second place in the Central Division. Winnipeg and Colorado are one point behind the Dallas Stars.

Chicago’s Tyler Johnson scored the tying goal with an extra attacker with 43 seconds to go, converting a spinning, cross-crease setup from Jason Dickinson to beat Connor Hellebuyck.

Losers of 11 of 12 (1-9-2), the Blackhawks gained a point but still have an NHL-low 34. Chicago lost three of four meetings with Winnipeg this season, but just one game was decided by more than one goal, and two went to overtime.

Wild 4, Oilers 2

Matt Boldy scored two goals, Filip Gustavsson made 41 saves and Minnesota, which is 6-1-1 in its past eight games, defeated host Edmonton.

Jonas Brodin and Mats Zuccarello also scored for the Wild.

Leon Draisaitl had a goal and an assist for the Oilers, who are 4-4-1 after winning 16 straight. Zach Hyman added his 35th goal of the season, and Calvin Pickard made 16 saves. Connor McDavid picked up two assists to extend his home point streak to 21 games, matching his career high set in 2022-23.

Sabres 2, Blue Jackets 1

Connor Clifton scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period to lift Buffalo past host Columbus.

Zemgus Girgensons also scored and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 25 saves for the Sabres, who have won two in a row and three of their past four games.

Dmitri Voronkov scored and Daniil Tarasov turned aside 35 shots for the Blue Jackets, who have lost four of six games.

NFL NEWS

NFL SALARY CAP LEAPS TO $255.4M IN 2024

The salary cap for the 2024 NFL season will be $255.4 million per club, the league announced in a statement obtained by NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

An additional $74 million will be given per team for player benefits, which include performance-based pay and benefits for retired players. The total 2024 player costs will be $329.4 million per club, or $10.5 billion league-wide.

The unprecedented $30-million increase from the 2023 salary cap is a result of the full repayment of all amounts advanced by the clubs and deferred by players during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the increase in media revenue for the upcoming season.

SALARY CAP        YEAR

$255.4M              2024

$224.8M              2023

$208.2M              2022

$182.5M              2021

$198.2M              2020

Several teams were working under the assumption that the cap number for next season would fall between $242 million and $245 million, per ESPN’s Dan Graziano. However, with the figure exceeding projections, it could change the strategy for many clubs ahead of free agency.

The Washington Commanders are currently projected to have the most cap space available this offseason with $87 million, per Over the Cap.

REPORT: SAINTS RESTRUCTURE CARR, RAISING 2025 DEAD CAP TO OVER $50M

The New Orleans Saints restructured quarterback Derek Carr’s contract to create approximately $23 million in salary cap relief, sources told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

The restructure was necessary as the Saints are projected to be roughly $42 million over the cap even after that relief is applied, according to Spotrac. The NFL set the 2024 cap Friday at $255.4 million. While this helps the team get closer to being cap compliant for 2024, the move increases Carr’s 2025 dead cap hit to over $50 million.

Teams receive relief for the current season by converting a player’s base salary into a bonus, but that bonus amount is then spread over the remaining years of the deal for cap purposes, increasing future cap hit numbers.

Carr’s 2026 cap hit is scheduled to be over $61 million, and the team is facing $17.2 million in dead money for 2027, per Fox Sports’ Greg Auman.

The 32-year-old battled through multiple injuries in 2023 but didn’t miss a start. He finished the campaign with 3,878 passing yards, 25 touchdowns, and eight interceptions on 68.4% passing while the Saints finished 9-8.

New Orleans began its path to getting under the cap Thursday by restructuring center Erik McCoy’s contract, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports. That move created just over $7 million in space.

BASEBALL NEWS

ALL-STAR PITCHER MITCH KELLER FINALIZES $77 MILLION, 5-YEAR DEAL. PIRATES SAY HE WILL START OPENER

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — All-Star pitcher Mitch Keller and Pittsburgh finalized a $77 million, five-year contract on Friday, and the Pirates said he will be their opening day starter at Miami on March 28.

The agreement, the largest the Pirates have given a pitcher, replaces a one-year agreement last month worth $5,442,500. Keller would have been eligible for free agency after the 2025 season.

A 27-year-old right-hander, Keller is coming off a breakthrough season in which he became a first-time All-Star. He finished 13-9 with a 4.21 ERA on a Pirates team that went 76-86.

This will be his second straight opening-day start. He pitched five innings without a decision in last year’s opening 5-4 win at Cincinnati.

The agreement figures to give Pittsburgh some long-term stability at the top of the rotation as they try to move closer to contention in the NL Central following a methodical top-to-bottom overhaul that began when the team hired general manager Ben Cherington in the fall of 2019.

The deal is the last in a series of moves in recent years to lock down players the team considers the “core” of the rebuild. Pittsburgh signed Gold Glove third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes to a $70 million, eight-year deal before the 2022 season and inked centerfielder Bryan Reynolds to a $106.75 million, eight-year deal last April.

Keller, a second-round pick in the 2014 amateur draft, endured significant growing pains after arriving in the majors in 2019. He went 7-17 with a 6.02 ERA during his first three seasons and was briefly demoted to the bullpen for a brief stretch in 2022.

The addition of a sweeper to his repertoire and an uptick in velocity has helped Keller become the front-line starter the Pirates have lacked since trading Joe Musgrove to San Diego following the 2020 season. Keller fanned a career-best 210 hitters last year, becoming the first Pirates pitcher to reach 200 since Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano in 2015.

Keller likely will be the opening day starter for a second straight year and his presence gives the Pirates someone to build around as they try to put together a staff comprised of largely home-grown talent, a group that includes 2023 top overall pick Paul Skenes and 21-year-old right-hander Bubba Chandler.

While there’s a chance Skenes could reach the majors this season, Chandler may be a bit further away. Pittsburgh likely will break camp with a rotation that includes Keller, free-agent signees Marco Gonzalez and Martin Pérez. There’s plenty of competition for the final two spots, a group that includes former first-round pick Quinn Priester and Roansy Contreras.

SPRING TRAINING ROUNDUP: CUBS POUND WHITE SOX

Christopher Morel hit a two-run homer during a six-run first inning, Joe Hudson collected five RBIs and the host Chicago Cubs defeated the Chicago White Sox 8-1 in a spring training opener Friday in Mesa, Ariz.

Morel, the second batter in the bottom of the first, smacked a home run to left-center to drive in Ian Happ. Hudson hit a bases-clearing double and Matthew Shaw brought him in with a double to conclude the outburst. Hudson added a two-run infield single in the fifth inning.

Cubs starter Jordan Wicks (1-0) worked 1 2/3 innings. He yielded a solo shot to Timothy Elko in the second inning, one of just four White Sox hits on the day.

Forty-year-old Jesse Chavez (0-1) gave up all six of the Cubs’ runs on six hits in the first inning. Seven other pitchers took the mound for the White Sox and combined to yield just three more hits.

Rangers 5, Royals 4

Dustin Harris singled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh as defending World Series champion Texas beat visiting Kansas City in Surprise, Ariz.

The Royals had tied the score 4-4 in the top of the inning thanks to Joe Gray’s single and Luca Tresh’s sacrifice fly. Drew Waters homered for Kansas City to open the scoring in the second.

The Rangers had just four hits, scoring on a wild pitch and a sac fly during the second. Starter Dane Dunning pitched a perfect first and Antoine Kelly (1-0) picked up the win despite giving up two unearned runs. Mason Barnett (0-1) took the loss for the Royals.

Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 0

Carson Palmquist and six relievers combined to strike out 16 batters while yielding just five hits as host Colorado blanked Arizona in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Palmquist fanned four batters over two innings and Chance Adams (1-0) had two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. Elehuris Montero broke the seal with a fourth-inning home run and Drew Romo and Jordan Beck added RBIs for the Rockies.

Blaze Alexander had a single and a double for the D-backs. Chris Rodriguez (0-1) allowed Montero’s homer.

Dodgers 4, Padres 1

Freddie Freeman knocked his first pitch of spring training out of the park and added a sac fly as host Los Angeles handled San Diego in Phoenix.

Freeman took Jhony Brito (0-1) deep to left in the first and Dalton Rushing added a sac fly off him in the second. Dodgers starter Landon Knack (1-0) struck out four in two perfect innings before his bullpen took over.

Cal Mitchell had an RBI single as the Padres plated just one run in a loss to the Dodgers for the second straight day to open spring training.

AUTO RACING

WILLIAM BYRON ROLLS INTO ATLANTA WITH HISTORY, MOMENTUM RIDING SHOTGUN

An old saying around the garages 20 years ago was the way to make a new NASCAR fan was by bringing them to Daytona or Bristol.

Times have changed, and the modern-day equivalent has become Atlanta Motor Speedway, the site of Sunday’s Ambetter Health 400 and where the racing and finishes have improved dramatically with the alternations on the 1.54-mile layout.

The Hampton, Ga., track was re-profiled after its final race on the old setup in 2021, and the results have proved to be exciting for the fans and rather harrowing for the drivers.

Atlanta Motor Speedway saw its turns steepened from 24 to 28 degrees, and the racing surface was narrowed from 55 to 40 feet wide. Lastly, the worn coating of asphalt was replaced with a new black surface.

While the configuration essentially remained the same, the end result was a much faster track with the fresh asphalt, more tight competition with slimmer grooves and an opportunity for more daring moves with fewer lanes to race in.

“With high banks in the turns, narrower width and new pavement technology, Atlanta will be unlike any other mile-and-a-half track on the circuit,” Speedway Motorsports president and CEO Marcus Smith said of the changes.

Last season’s races produced thrilling wins by Joey Logano and William Byron, the winner under caution of Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500 as darkness consumed the fabled 2.5-mile superspeedway.

The defending race winner, Logano made a clean pass of former teammate Brad Keselowski on the final lap for the win last March.

“The coolest thing about this was that two veterans showed you can run a race here — side-by-side, bump-drafting — and not wreck the field,” said Keselowski after seeing Logano lead 140 of 260 laps and win by 0.193 seconds.

Byron might be up to his winning ways from his wondrous weekend at the World Center of Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series’ biggest race. In his seventh Cup season, the 26-year-old Byron is building quite a resume for himself.

He claimed Atlanta Motor Speedway’s rain-shortened Quaker State 400 last July, winning for the fourth time in 2023’s first 19 races.

With 75 laps remaining, the Charlotte, N.C., native was leading when rain drenched the track, forcing NASCAR to deem the race official with another giant storm looming.

So far through six campaigns and one race in 2024, Byron has notched 11 victories in 217 starts while driving the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, piloted famously by four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon.

Byron, who had a series-high six victories a year ago, has made winning look easy at times, though he came up short of a title in the Championship 4 finale at Phoenix.

“He was already a superstar,” Gordon said. “He just went to another level of being a superstar. I wasn’t driving the car, but I feel like I was making every lap with him out there.”

Byron’s 11 triumphs have occurred at nine tracks: Daytona (twice), Atlanta (twice), Homestead, Martinsville, Phoenix, Texas, Watkins Glen, Darlington and Las Vegas.

2024 AMBETTER HEALTH 400: PREVIEW, BEST BETS, LONGSHOT PICK

NASCAR’s 2024 season moves on from William Byron’s dramatic victory at the Daytona 500 to another track where the young driver has enjoyed previous success.

Atlanta Motor Speedway was the site of Byron’s eighth career Cup Series victory last July in another win marked by heavy rains and a finish in the dark.

The Hampton, Ga., track was re-profiled after its final race on the old setup in 2021, and the results have proved to be exciting for the fans and rather harrowing for the drivers.

Atlanta Motor Speedway saw its turns steepened from 24 to 28 degrees, and the racing surface was narrowed from 55 to 40 feet wide. Lastly, the worn coating of asphalt was replaced with a new black surface.

While the configuration essentially remained the same, the end result was a much faster track with the fresh asphalt, more tight competition with slimmer grooves and an opportunity for more daring moves with fewer lanes to race in.

“With high banks in the turns, narrower width and new pavement technology, Atlanta will be unlike any other mile-and-a-half track on the circuit,” Speedway Motorsports president and CEO Marcus Smith said of the changes.

AMBETTER HEALTH 400
Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway
Date: Sunday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m. ET
Distance: 260 laps around 1.54-mile quad-oval
Defending champion: Joey Logano
Cup Series leader: William Byron
TV: FOX
Radio: SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

BEST BETS
Chase Elliott (+900 at BetMGM)
The 2020 Cup Series champion is looking to break a winless drought that dates back to 2022. He’s a popular pick to do so at his home track, where he won two years ago. Elliott, who finished 14th at Daytona after placing second in the first Duel, is the book’s third biggest liability this week with 6.4 percent of the total bets backing him to win despite being the favorite.

Joey Logano (+1200)
The defending champion made a clean pass of former teammate Brad Keselowski on the final lap last year to win a race he held the lead in for 140 of 260 laps. Logano was on the pole in Daytona last week, but will be looking to rebound from a disappointing 32nd-place finish. Atlanta was the lone win of the season for him last year.

Brad Keselowski (+1200)
The veteran driver lost to Logano by a mere 0.193 seconds after leading 47 laps last year and is a two-time winner at Atlanta, which leads all drivers in Sunday’s field. He was in the hunt at Daytona until a wreck late in the race.

William Byron (+1300)
Fresh off the biggest victory of his young career, the 26-year-old Byron won a rain-shortened race with 75 laps remaining at Atlanta last summer. He has tacked on three more victories since and now has 11 through his first 217 starts. That includes a pair of trips to Victory Lane at Atlanta.

Kyle Busch (+1400)
Busch, who finished fifth in the summer race at Atlanta last year, is coming off a 12th at Daytona after rallying from starting 34th. Always popular with the public, Busch is BetMGM’s second biggest liability this week as he leads the field with 10.5 percent of the money backing him to win. He has seven top-10 finishes in his past nine Atlanta races.

LONGSHOT PICK
Ross Chastain (+1800)
Chastain was the runner-up in both Atlanta races in 2022, although he posted a 13th and 35th in last year’s races. He is the book’s biggest liability this week, leading the field with 9.2 percent of the total bets and sitting second with 10.3 percent of the money backing him to win since opening at +2200.

KEY STAT
Byron’s 11 triumphs have occurred at nine tracks: Daytona (twice), Atlanta (twice), Homestead, Martinsville, Phoenix, Texas, Watkins Glen, Darlington and Las Vegas. He’s seeking to become the sixth driver in Cup Series history to begin a year with consecutive wins.

GOLF NEWS

STRONG START SENDS MADELENE SAGSTROM INTO 3-WAY TIE IN THAILAND

Madelene Sagstrom and Patty Tavatanakit each shot a 5-under-par 67 on Friday to move into a three-way tie for first place after the second round of the Honda LPGA Thailand in Chonburi.

Sagstrom and Tavatanakit joined former Women’s PGA Championship winner Sei Young Kim (68 on Friday) atop the leaderboard at 10-under amid steamy conditions on the Siam Country Club Old Course.

Sagstrom, of Sweden, got off to a sizzling start. She answered a birdie on the first hole with a bogey on No. 3 before bouncing back with birdies on Nos. 4, 5, 7, 8 and 10. She parred her way through the final eight holes.

“I think I got really tired,” Sagstrom of her back-nine battle. “I was just trying to hold on for dear life. Not necessarily. There are some tricky pins out there, but the heat should get to all of us. I think it’s just trying to really stay in it. I felt like, OK, focus now. You’re about to really fall apart if you don’t do anything good. I’m happy that I kept it together in the end. Obviously would’ve liked another two birdies in the back nine, but I started so solid so I can’t complain.”

Like Sagstrom, Thailand’s Tavatanakit collected six birdies against one bogey on Friday as she continues her strong play on the heels of capturing the Ladies European Tour at the Aramco Saudi Ladies International.

“I feel a little bit more fatigue coming off a strong play last week. Used a lot of the adrenaline back there. It’s only Friday and it’s really hot and my body feels like it needs a lot of rest, so I’m going to go ahead and do that,” Tavatanakit said. “I am sure the golf will just take care of itself.”

Kim, who won the 2020 Women’s PGA title, recorded an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys on Friday.

Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela (65), Thailand’s Jaravee Boonchant (67) and South Korean Hyo Joo Kim (68) reside one stroke in back of the leaders at 9-under for the tournament.

First-round leader Peiyun Chien carded a 72 on Friday to join Germany’s Esther Henseleit (68) and Japan’s Ayaka Furue (69) at 8-under for the tournament. Past Honda LPGA Thailand champion Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 65 on Friday to lead seven players at 7-under, including two-time major champion Brooke Henderson (70) of Canada and six-time LPGA Tour winner Danielle Kang (68).

Defending champion Lilia Vu finished with a 67 on Friday to reside at 4-under, six strokes behind the leaders.

Y.E. YANG, RICARDO GONZALEZ SHARE LEAD IN MOROCCO

Y.E. Yang carded a 4-under-par 69 on Friday to reside in a tie with Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina for first place entering the final round at the Trophy Hassan II in Rabat, Morocco.

Yang, of South Korea, overcame the rain and a bogey on the first hole to collect five birdies and finish at 7-under 139 at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam — Red Course.

“Today starting to rain and (it was a difficult) course. Yesterday (was) good weather but still difficult,” said Yang, who is seeking his first Champions Tour title.

Both of Yang’s PGA Tour titles came in 2009, including the PGA Championship, in which he bested Tiger Woods by three strokes.

Joining Yang atop the leaderboard is Gonzalez (70 on Friday), who recorded an eagle on No. 12 to go along with four birdies against two bogeys during his round.

Gonzalez capped his round with an emotional hug from his son, who also served as his caddie.

“Yeah, I think it’s a more enjoyable day because my son and many friends come to see the great tournament, first tournament, my second tournament of the year on the Champions, so happy to do that,” he said.

First-round leader Steve Pate followed up his 67 on Thursday with a 74 on Friday to fall into a three-way tie for third place at 5-under. Pate, who also is seeking his first PGA Tour Champions win, recorded one birdie against three bogeys on Friday.

“I’m setting my standards kind of low right now because I’m not really swinging all that well,” Pate said of his thoughts heading into the final round. “I’m trying to hit it solid and forward. If you set your sights low enough, you can’t be disappointed. No, hopefully make some more putts.”

Pate is tied with Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn (70) and 2023 tournament runner-up Mark Hensby (73) of Australia, while Ken Duke (73) sits one stroke back at 4-under.

Australian Steve Allan, who started the day one stroke in back of the leader, carded a 75 on Friday to fall into a tie for seventh place. Allan, the PGA Tour Champions Q-school qualifier, was tripped up after recording bogeys on Nos. 12, 14 and 15.

Defending champion Stephen Ames of Canada carded his second straight 73 to reside at even-par. He is tied for 20th place.

ALVARO ORTIZ AMONG 4 CO-LEADERS AT MEXICO OPEN AT VIDANTA

Alvaro Ortiz fired a 7-under-par 64 to move into a tie for the lead at his national open, the Mexico Open at Vidanta, on Friday in Vallarta, Mexico.

Ortiz is tied with Jake Knapp, England’s Matt Wallace and Finland’s Sami Valimaki at 11-under 131 at the par-71 Vidanta Vallarta. Knapp also posted a 64, Wallace a 65 and Valimaki a 67 in the second round. They were one shot ahead of first-round leader Erik van Rooyen of South Africa (69 Friday).

Ortiz, 28, won the Mexico Open in 2021, the final year before the PGA Tour put the tournament on its schedule. He sits at No. 669 in the Official World Golf Ranking but picked up a pair of victories on Mexico’s professional golf tour last year.

He began his Friday round on the back nine and birdied Nos. 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18. The highlight came at the par-5 sixth hole, when his downhill, right-to-left eagle putt dropped from 30 feet away. Ortiz drove all 13 fairways in regulation.

Like Ortiz, Knapp stayed bogey-free with his round and sank seven birdies. He tied for third at the Farmers Insurance Open last month.

Defending champion Tony Finau shot a 67 on Friday to join a massive group in ninth at 6 under. The tie included 19 golfers as the last groups of golfers were finishing their rounds.

The projected cut line was at 2 under. Charley Hoffman (even par), South Koreans K.H. Lee and S.H. Kim (1 over) and Italy’s Francesco Molinari (2 over) were among those expected to miss the cut.

WORLD NO. 1 SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER, NO. 7 WYNDHAM CLARK JOIN HOUSTON OPEN FIELD

The field for the Texas Children’s Houston Open became much stronger Friday.

Scottie Scheffler and Wyndham Clark, major champions ranked Nos. 1 and 7 in the Official World Golf Ranking, were announced as part of this year’s field.

The tournament, teeing off March 28 at Memorial Park Golf Course, is back from a one-year absence on the tour schedule. It was played in November 2022 as part of the “wraparound” 2022-23 PGA Tour season, but with the reshuffling of the tour’s schedule it has returned to the spring for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scheffler, the 2022 Masters champ and a Texas native, will make his fifth start at the event. He tied for ninth in the 2022-23 edition and tied for second in the 2021-22 after holding the 54-hole lead.

Clark, who had his breakthrough moment when he won the 2023 U.S. Open, has played the Houston Open each of the past three seasons and finished T16 in November 2022.

Tony Finau, who won the 2022 edition of the event, will return to defend his title.

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

INDY FUEL

FUEL FALL TO WICHITA THUNDER ON FRIDAY NIGHT

INDIANAPOLIS- The Fuel hosted the Wichita Thunder for the first time since 2022 on Friday night for Hockey is for Everyone Night at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Ultimately, the Fuel fell 4-1 to the Thunder who they face again tomorrow night.

1ST PERIOD

At 6:28, Indy’s Brett Bulmer took the game’s first penalty for slashing but the Fuel quickly killed it off.

Wichita struck first at 10:07 with a goal by Jay Dickman to put the Thunder up 1-0. Less than thirty seconds later, they added to their lead with a goal by Kobe Walker.

Nolan Kneen took a holding penalty at 10:51, however the Thunder were able to kill it off.

At 16:55, Indy’s Victor Hadfield sat for two minutes for slashing but the Fuel killed off the penalty and the period ended soon after.

Indy outshot Wichita 12-5 in the first period, despite being down 2-0.

2ND PERIOD

At 6:24, Nick Nardella was called for hooking, giving the Fuel a power play opportunity but they could not capitalize on it.

Matus Spodniak took a penalty for high sticking at 9:06, however the Fuel killed off that penalty as well.

Former Fuel defenseman, Shane Kuzmeski took a slashing penalty at 16:40 giving the Fuel an important power play opportunity, however less than a minute into the penalty, Fuel captain Seamus Malone took a tripping penalty.

This forced about a minute of 4-on-4 hockey but no goals were scored.

After the period ended, things got chippy between Matus Spodiak and Wichita’s Brayden Watts and they each got a cross checking penalty and slashing penalty respectively to be served in the final period.

3RD PERIOD

Bulmer broke the shutout with an even-strength goal at 3:06, assisted by Kale Howarth and Matt Cairns.

At 4:27, Jeremy Masella took a hooking call but Wichita was about to kill off the penalty before scoring to make it 3-1 at 8:16. This time, it was Mitchell Russell.

With two minutes to go in the frame, the Fuel pulled Driscoll from goal and at 18:23, Wichita’s Watts scored on the empty net to make it 4-1 which is how the game would end despite the Fuel vastly outshooting the Thunder 43-23.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum tomorrow on February 24, 2024 against the Wichita Thunder for Made in America & First Responders Night.

INDIANA BASEBALL

BULLPEN, BATS TOP BAYLOR 8-4 IN SERIES OPENER

WACO, Texas  – A gem of a performance from the bullpen and impact hitting from the middle of the lineup helped the Indiana Baseball team (4-1) past Baylor 8-4 in the series opener at Baylor Ballpark on Friday (Feb. 23) evening.

Junior pitcher Julian Tonghini (W, 1-0) earned the win after tossing 3.2 innings of scoreless ball with just one hit conceded. After allowing a two-run double to begin his portion of the contest, both runs were charged to sophomore starter Brayden Risedorph, Tonghini settled in nicely and wouldn’t allow a hit the rest of the way.

Redshirt sophomore pitcher Grant Holderfield (SV, 1) tallied the third save of his career and first of the season. After missing all of 2023, the Illinois native now has a win and save under his belt in the span of a week in 2024.

The middle of IU’s lineup made an immense impact on Friday night with juniors Josh Pyne and Brock Tibbitts and sophomore Devin Taylor combining for nine hits (three each). Senior outfielder Morgan Colopy hit a massive two-run home run which was part of a five-run third inning.

Redshirt junior catcher Jake Stadler had a pair of hits at the plate and also made an outstanding hustle play to backup an errant throw and save a runner from advancing to second.

IU will call on sophomore pitcher Connor Foley in tomorrow’s contest as it goes for the series victory in the second game of a three-game set at 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM CT at Baylor Ballpark on Saturday (Feb. 24).

Scoring Recap

Top First

Brock Tibbitts came up in the opening frame for the first of many RBI opportunities on Friday night. He lifted a ball into shallow right field where Baylor’s first baseman Will Pendergrass made a diving catch. The play took him deep enough into the outfield, allowing Josh Pyne to tag and score from third.

Indiana 1, Baylor 0

Top Third

Tibbitts continued his outstanding night at the plate, doubling down the left field line to score Devin Taylor all the way from first. Tyler Cerny singled through the right side to score Tibbitts. Later in the inning, Cal Sefcik hit a sac-fly to right field, allowing Cerny to score. Morgan Colopy capped off a five-run inning with a massive two-run long ball to center field.

Indiana 6, Baylor 0

Bottom Third

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, Cole Posey grounded out to the third baseman, allowing Harrison Caley to score Baylor’s opening run.

Indiana 6, Baylor 1

Top Fourth

The Hoosiers would take the run right back. Cerny grounded into a double play with the bases loaded and no outs as Pyne came around to score IU’s seventh run.

Indiana 7, Baylor 1

Bottom Fourth

Baylor chased IU starting pitcher Brayden Risedorph in the fourth inning. Pendergrass doubled left-center field to bring home Wesley Jordan. Enzo Apodaca, the first batter to face IU reliever Julian Tonghini, double down the left field line, scoring two more. All three runs in the inning were charged to Risedorph.

Indiana 7, Baylor 4

Top Ninth

After four complete frames of scoreless baseball, the Hoosiers added an important insurance run. Taylor scurried home on a wild pitch to hand relief pitcher Grant Holderfield a four-run lead in the ninth.

Indiana 8, Baylor 4

Top Hoosier Performers

#32 Pyne, Josh

3-5, 2 R

#5 Taylor, Devin

3-3, 2 R, 2 BB

#9 Tibbitts, Brock

3-4, 2 RBI, 1 R

Quotable

Head coach Jeff Mercer

On the win and importance of getting off to a quick start…

“Yeah, we had opportunities early to kind of pull away a little bit, and credit to Baylor for playing good defense and making pitches and turning doubles plays and really limiting the damage. We were in position there to score some runs. Their guys really executed pitches and played good defense. Man, that double play that their shortstop turned with the bases loaded (in the top of the fourth inning), nobody out, that ball was hit right on the nose and that was a special play. So, a lot of credit to Baylor for making plays in big situations and holding that game tight, and then clawing back into it. But yeah, anytime you can win a Friday on the road, especially against an opponent of this caliber is a huge deal for this series but also for our program. And great respect to what Mitch and what the University here has done in baseball historically. So, it’s a big deal.

On the home run from [Morgan] Colopy…

“Morgan, there’s nobody I have more respect for than Morgan Colopy. He’s the hardest working kid we’ve had in my three or four years that he’s been a part of the program. He’s very talented, very dutiful, a great teammate, and to get that kind of production is big. He’s done that twice now. Hit a home run last Sunday against George Mason to kind of pull us away. And then when we really needed to finish an inning, he added a big at-bat for us there. He was to put a bunt down early in the at-bat, and then once he got to a leverage count, I turned him loose thinking he would get a fastball. And he did, and all the credit to him for doing damage with it. But I think it speaks to who Morgan is when he’s willing to lay a drag bunt down, force action, get to a good count and then do that kind of damage. So, yeah, it was a big deal, a huge boost for us and it’s a one-run game if he doesn’t do that. And as you know, things get hairy on Friday nights on a big road environment with a one-run game.

Junior First baseman Brock Tibbitts

On a tough win on the road…

“I thought we stayed resilient the whole time. We know we can play a lot better but to grind out a win on the road in this environment is big for the team. It’s very exciting to see.”

On finding his swing…

“Baseball is such an up-and-down game. To be able to stay levelheaded and keep trusting the process every day, it’s big. You’ve got to have a clear mind every day and every at-bat.”

Up Next

These two programs will resume the series on Saturday afternoon with a first pitch at 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM CT at Baylor Ballpark. The game will be available via ESPN+ and can be heard on the Indiana Sports Radio Network via IUHoosiers.com/Audio.

INDIANA TENNIS

IUWT WELCOMES CORNELL TO IU TENNIS CENTER

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s tennis welcomes Cornell to the IU Tennis Center on Sunday to close out the regular-season. The match is set to begin at 11:00 a.m. ET.

SERIES HISTORY

• Indiana holds a 5-0 advantage over Cornell.

•  The Hoosiers won the last matchup, 4-3, in the 2022-23 season.

ABOUT THE HOOSIERS

• Freshman Elisabeth Dunac leads the Hoosiers with an 8-1 singles records.

• Sophomore Nicole Teodosescu has also had a great start to her season with a 6-2 singles record.

• Doubles partners Lara Schneider, Nicole Teodosescu and Sarah L’allier, Li Hsin Lin lead with a perfect 3-0 records.

• The Hoosiers are 5-7 on the year after sweeping Ball State, 4-0, last weekend.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

INDIANA BASKETBALL GAME NOTES – GAME 27 AT PENN STATE

Opening Tip

• Indiana University continues its 124th season of competition in men’s basketball on the road against the Penn State Nittany Lions at the Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday, Feb. 24. Tip is scheduled for noon ET on BTN.

•The Nittany Lions enter the game with a 13-14 record and a 7-9 mark in conference play. PSU erased a 11-point deficit with 3:30 to play to defeat Illinois, 90-89, on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

• Senior guard Ace Baldwin averages 13.9 points, 5.6 assists, and a Big Ten-leading 2.8 steals per game. Graduate transfer forward Qudus Wahab leads PSU with 7.4 rebounds per game to go along with 9.1 points.

• Head coach Mike Rhoades is in his debut season in University Park after spending the previous six seasons with VCU. He took the Rams to three NCAA Tournaments and won two Atlantic-10 regular seasons.

Game Information

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 • Noon ET

Bryce Jordan Center (15,261) • University Park, Pa.

TV: BTN (Jason Horowitz, Shon Morris)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, John Herrick)

Series History: Indiana leads, 42-16

Last Meeting: PSU 85, IU 71 on Feb. 3, 2024, in Bloomington

Series History

• Indiana holds an advantage of 42-16 in the 58-game series between the two conference foes. Penn State has come away victorious in three-straight games, including an 85-71 result in Bloomington on Feb. 3, 2024.

• PSU matched a season high with 12 made 3-pointers in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, including four each from sophomore guard Jameel Brown and junior forward Zach Hicks. Senior guard Ace Baldwin Jr. secured 22 points, eight assists, and two steals. Four Hoosiers, led by 25 points and 11 rebounds from sophomore center Kel’el Ware, tallied double figures.

• Indiana’s last win at the Bryce Jordan Center came on Dec. 4, 2018. Future NBA Lottery pick Romeo Langford scored 17 points to go along with six rebounds in a 64-62 win.

Last Time Out

• Indiana fell to Nebraska behind a final score of 85-70 on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

• For the second-straight game, freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako scored a career-high with 22 points and seven rebounds. Mgbako is one of two Big Ten freshman (Owen Freeman, Iowa) to post multiple 20-point games this season.

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware added his 11th double-double of the season with 17 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks. Over the last two games, Ware has averaged 19.5 points, 14.0 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks.

Big Man Transformation

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware, a transfer from Oregon, has upped his scoring (from 6.6 points to 15.0), rebounds (4.1 to 9.4), assists (0.5 to 1.6), and field goal percentage (45.7% to 56.8%) in his second season. He leads the Hoosiers in rebounds and blocks in 31 minutes per game.

• Ware has scored at least 10 points in 18 games this year after producing just eight such games as a rookie. The 7-footer has ripped down at least 10 boards 10 times this season, including three games over 15 boards.

• In 12 conference games, Ware is averaging a team-high 15.1 points on 59.7% (74-of-124) shooting from the floor and 50.0% (8-of-16) from the 3-point line. He is also averaging 10.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per night. He is one of three players (Zach Edey, Purdue; Julian Reese, Maryland) to average a double-double in B1G play.

• Ware tallied a career-high 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting from the floor in an 89-76 win over Harvard (Nov. 26) in Indianapolis. The 92.3% shooting split marked the highest by a Hoosier with at least 10 made field goals this century.

• Against Northwestern, Ware posted 22 points, 16 rebounds, and four blocked shots. He is one of seven players across Division I hoops this season to produce a line with at least 20 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocks.

Mack Attack

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako has made a team-high 34 3-pointers this season. Over the last 14 games he is shooting 26-of-67 (38.8%) from behind the arc and is averaging 12.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game.

• Mgbako scored 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor against Minnesota (Jan. 12) to go along with four rebounds and two assists. The Roselle Catholic graduate upped his career high to 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor against Northwestern (Feb. 18). He posted his first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds at No. 10/11 Illinois (Jan. 27).

• The consensus top-10 recruit is averaging 12.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in Big Ten play. He has reached double figures in the scoring column in 17 of the last 20 games.

• Among freshmen in the Big Ten, Mgbako is first in total points (282) and free throws made (68), second in points per game (11.3) and made 3-pointers (34), and third in total rebounds (102).

Follow the Gallo-Way

• Senior guard Trey Galloway is one of four players in the Big Ten to average at least 10.0 points, 3.5 assists, and 1.0 steal per game while committing less than 2.0 turnovers per outing. He joins A.J. Hoggard (Michigan State), Bruce Thornton (Ohio State), and Tony Perkins (Iowa) on the exclusive list.

• Galloway has dished out 78 total assists (5.6 per game) in his last 14 outings dating back to Dec. 21, 2023, to go against just 28 turnovers (2.79 assist-to-turnover ratio). He handed out a career-high 12 helpers against Northwestern (Feb. 18). For his career, the Hoosiers are 13-5 in the 18 games ‘Gallo’ has handed out at least five dimes.

• He is averaging a career-best 10.9 points per game, including a career-high 28 points against No. 2/2 Kansas (Dec. 16). He converted 12-of-17 shots in the contest. He scored a Big Ten career-high 25 points (19 in the second half) at Ohio State (Feb. 6) while leading IU to an 18-point comeback victory.

Mgbako’s Career Night Not Enough vs. NEB

• Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako produced a career high for the second-straight game with 22 points in an 85-70 loss against Nebraska on Feb. 21. He also added seven boards.

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware posted a 17-point, 12-rebound double-double to go along with three blocks. Sophomore forward Malik Reneau added 15 points.

Comeback Effort Falls Short against Wildcats

• Indiana held Northwestern to 35.4% (23-of-65) shooting from the floor in a 76-72 loss in Bloomington on Feb. 18. The Hoosiers nearly erased a 16-point deficit with 6:17 to play but were never able to get closer than four points.

• Sophomore center Kel’el Ware scored a team-high 22 points to go along with 16 rebounds and four blocks. Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako tallied a career-high 20 points (19 in the second half), while senior guard Trey Galloway dished out a career-best 12 assists.

Double Double, Double Double (CAREER)

Payton Sparks: 22; last vs. Toledo, 3/3/23

Kel’el Ware: 11; last vs. Nebraska, 2/21/24

Xavier Johnson: 4; last vs. Arizona, 12/10/22

Anthony Walker: 4; last at Clemson, 2/27/21

Malik Reneau: 2; last at Ohio State, 2/7/24

Mackenzie Mgbako: 1; at Illinois, 1/27/24

Twenty Piece (CAREER)

Xavier Johnson: 21; last vs. North Carolina, 11/30/22

Payton Sparks: 9; last vs. Ohio, 3/9/23

Kel’el Ware: 7; last vs. Northwestern, 2/18/24

Malik Reneau: 6; last at Ohio State, 2/7/24

Trey Galloway: 3; last at Ohio State, 2/7/24

Mackenzie Mgbako: 2; last vs. Nebraska, 2/21/24

INDIANA SWIMMING

HOOSIERS WIN FOUR BIG TEN TITLES, KEEP PACE IN TEAM RACE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – No. 6-ranked Indiana swimming and diving won Big Ten Championships in the 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, 3-meter diving and 200-yard freestyle relay Friday (Feb. 23) and remains in striking distance of team leader Ohio State after three days at the 2024 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships inside the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center on the campus of Purdue University.

IU sits 23 points short of first place in the team race going into the final day of championships Saturday.

Indiana had five top seeds coming out of Friday morning’s preliminary session and won the Big Ten titles in four of those events.

Junior Anna Peplowski snagged her second straight Big Ten 200-yard freestyle championship with an NCAA A cut 1:42.62. Peplowski touched .83 hundredths ahead of Wisconsin junior Abby Carlson to claim her third-career medal in the event. On opening night, she swam the leadoff of the 800-yard freestyle relay in 1:42.04, beating her own program record in the event, and now owns the top seven times in program history. Peplowski’s older sister, assistant coach Noelle Peplowski, presented the champion with her gold medal at the podium.

After her program record 100-yard backstroke split of 50.73 was erased Thursday night due to the disqualification of IU’s 400 medley relay, junior Kacey McKenna posted an even better time to win the 100-yard backstroke title. A bronze medalist as a freshman, McKenna faced a 16th-place setback last season and was determined to come back with a loud performance in Friday’s final. McKenna dropped a pool record and NCAA A cut 50.49 and captured her first-career individual conference championship. Her time ranks No. 5 nationally.

Junior Skyler Liu also won her first-career Big Ten Championship on the 3-meter springboard with a dominant performance. Liu set herself apart with a personal best 379.95-point performance, 26.20 points better than runner-up and senior teammate Anne Fowler. Fowler, a two-time champion in the event, was clutch to earn the silver medal with dives of 63.00 and 67.50 to round out her set. She finished less than three points ahead of third. IU totaled 96 points from the 3-meter springboard as freshmen Lily Witte and Ella Roselli placed eighth and 13th, respectively.

“It was another great day for the women,” IU head diving coach Drew Johansen said, “with three in the A and one in the B again providing great points for the team!

“Skyler was fantastic today, winning her first Big Ten title. Anne’s performance was inspiring, fighting all the way to the last dive to make it a 1-2 finish for the Hoosiers.”

“We are so proud of Anna Peplowski, Kacey McKenna, Skyler Liu and our 200 freestyle relay champions,” IU head swimming coach Ray Looze said. “Our women continue to bring positive energy despite the challenges that have arisen. We are excited about the last day of the competition and are looking forward to our opportunity.”

Junior Brearna Crawford was IU’s seventh medal winner with an important bronze performance in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing 59.73. It’s Crawford’s first Big Ten medal in the event, having placed eighth as a freshman and ninth last season. She’ll swim the 200-yard breaststroke on Saturday, which she won two seasons ago and holds the conference’s top time for this year.

In all, IU had 11 podium finishes and nine B final finishes, totaling 458 points on the day.

TEAM SCORES

1. Ohio State – 907

2. Indiana – 884

3. Michigan – 835

4. Wisconsin – 624.5

5. Minnesota – 574.5

6. Purdue – 363

7. Penn State – 305

8. Northwestern – 298.5

9. Nebraska – 296

10. Rutgers – 237.5

11. Iowa – 217

12. Illinois – 152

RESULTS

100 BUTTERFLY

13. Chiok Sze Yeo – 53.27 (NCAA B Cut)

16. Ava Whitaker – 53.40 (NCAA B Cut)

400 IM

6. Anna Freed – 4:10.87 (NCAA B Cut)

10. Ching Hwee Gan – 4:12.08 (NCAA B Cut, Career Best)

12. Mariah Denigan – 4:12.84 (NCAA B Cut)

14. Reese Tiltmann – 4:13.47 (NCAA B Cut)

200 FREESTYLE

1. Anna Peplowski – 1:42.62 (Big Ten Champion, NCAA A Cut)

7. Kristina Paegle – 1:46.74 (NCAA B Cut)

8. Ella Ristic – 1:46.88 (NCAA B Cut)

13. Elyse Heiser – 1:46.47 (NCAA B Cut)

100 BREASTSTROKE

3. Brearna Crawford – 59.73 (Bronze, NCAA B Cut)

12. Ashley Turak – 1:01.54

15. MacKenna Lieske – 1:02.14

100 BACKSTROKE

1. Kacey McKenna – 50.49 (Big Ten Champion, Pool Record, Program Record, NCAA A Cut, Career Best)

7. Mya DeWitt – 52.79 (NCAA B Cut)

3-METER DIVING

1. Skyler Liu – 379.95 (Big Ten Champion, NCAA Zone Qualifier, Career Best)

2. Anne Fowler – 347.05 (Silver, NCAA Zone Qualifier)

8. Lilly Witte – 300.60 (NCAA Zone Qualifier)

13. Ella Roselli – 279.40

200 FREESTYLE RELAY

  1. Anna Peplowski, Ashley Turak, Chiok Sze Yeo, Kristina Paegle – 1:26.66 (Big Ten Champion, Meet Record, Pool Record, Program Record, NCAA A Cut)

INDIANA TRACK

STONE NAMED BACK-TO-BACK CHAMPION, MERCIER RUNNER-UP IN POLE VAULT ON OPENING DAY OF BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

GENEVA, Ohio  – Nathan Stone was crowned Pole Vault Champion with a height of 5.43m/17-9.75 while Jessica Mercier finished Runner-up the Pole Vault with a mark of 4.45m/14-7.25 on the opening day of the 2024 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Stone is the first Hoosier to win five event titles in the Pole Vault. He owns three indoor titles and two outdoors and has scored a total of 68 points in the conference event. 

Mercier shattered the school record for the second time this season as she earned the silver medal to score the Hoosiers eight points.

IU has won five of the last six Big Ten Indoor titles in the men’s Pole Vault with Stone taking gold in 2021, 2023 and 2024. Tyler Carrel was third in the event and Riley Johnston tied for eighth giving the Hoosiers 16.33 points on the day.

Paola Fernandez-Sola finished fifth in the Long Jump with a mark of 6.11m/20-0.50, adding five points to the Hoosiers total.

Max Grangier and Garrett Messer sit in a good position in the men’s Hepathlon after setting personal bests in the 60 meters, shot put and high jumps.

Skylar Stidam had a great performance in the men’s 5000 meters finishing fourth in a tight race as he contributes five points to the Hoosiers scoring his first individual points.

The Hoosiers qualified four to the final round tomorrow with Aidan Lord earning a spot in the Mile, Cam Marshall finished second in his heat in a close race to advance to the 800-meter final.

Antonio Laidler advanced to both the 60- and 200-meter finals. Kenisha Phillips will have a shot in the 400 meters tomorrow as she continues to hold the second fastest time in the league.

Kenisha Phillips qualified for the 400-meter finals with a time of 52.95.

The Distance Medley Relay teams provided fourth (Men) and fifth (Women) place finishes respectively to end the opening day of competition.

After day one, IU is sitting second on the men’s side with 26.33 points with 16.33 from the Pole Vault. The women are in seventh place with 16 points.

Tomorrow’s action begins at 11:00 AM with Garrett Messer and Max Grangier in the men’s Heptathlon 60 Meter Hurdles.

INDIANA SOFTBALL

INDIANA SPLITS ON OPENING NIGHT OF HILLENBRAND INVITATIONAL

TUCSON, Ariz. ––– Indiana went 1-1 in their first day of play in the Hillenbrand Invitational on Friday night.

The Hoosiers defeated Central Michigan in the early game, 8-0, after five innings and then fell to No. 17 Arizona, 6-3, in the afternoon. After both contests, Indiana’s record now stands at 9-3 overall.

GAME 1: INDIANA 8, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 0 (F/5)

GAME 2: ARIZONA 6, INDIANA 3

KEY MOMENTS

• Indiana did the majority of their damage in the bottom of the second inning, Alex Cooper, Brooke Benson, Cora Bassett and Brianna Copeland all chipped in with RBIs to put Indiana in front 5-0 early on. Benson and Bassett both recorded doubles.

• To end the game on run-rule, Cora Bassett hit a hard-hit single to right field and scored Brooke Benson to end the game at 8-0 in the bottom of the fifth.

• Sophie Kleiman pitched a no-hitter, never allowing Central Michigan’s offense to get going throughout the game.

• Aly VanBrandt hit a single in the top of the first to score Cassidy Kettleman and put Indiana up 1-0 in the first inning.

• Arizona responded to make it a 1-1 game in the bottom of the first with a home run to center field from Carlie Scupin.

• Sarah Stone homered to right center field in the fourth inning to give Indiana the lead back, 3-1.

• Arizona added on four runs in the fourth inning and another in the sixth to make it a 6-3 final score.

NOTABLES

• Indiana sophomore Sophie Kleiman threw her first career no-hitter against the Chippeawas.

• Indiana scored in spurts against Central Michigan, recording all of their runs in either the second or fifth innings.

• Freshman Aly VanBrandt continues to hit the ball well in her first collegiate season, she’s record two or more hits in each of her last three games.

• Junior Sarah Stone’s home run was her first of the season.

• Redshirt senior Cora Bassett has recorded a hit in six of her last seven games.

• This was the second season in a row that Indiana has faced Arizona.

UP NEXT

Indiana will be back in action tomorrow for another doubleheader in the Hillenbrand Invitational as it faces Drake at 1 p.m. ET and Arizona again at 6 p.m. ET.

INDIANA WRESTLING

INDIANA DOMINATES CHATTANOOGA ON SENIOR NIGHT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––– In the final dual of the season, Indiana took care of Chattanooga, 33-11, on Friday night at Wilkinson Hall.

Indiana won with bonus-points in six of the seven individual wins in the match, including two pins, two tech falls and two major decisions.

With the win, Indiana closes out dual season with a final record of 7-5.

Prior to the match, the program recognized its nine seniors who competed in Wilkinson Hall for the final time of their collegiate career.

The program’s nine seniors were Brayton Lee, Dan Fongaro, Michael Spangler, Clayton Fielden, Nico Bolivar, Nick South, Nick Willham, Cayden Rooks and Graham Rooks.

Indiana senior manager Elizabeth Reyes and athletic training student Chinonso Emenim were also recognized prior to the dual.

KEY MOMENTS

• Indiana opened the dual with a win by fall (2:51) from redshirt freshman Blaine Frazier at 125 lbs. over Ty Tice. This was Frazier’s first pin in a dual of his career.

• In his final match at Wilkinson Hall, sixth-year senior No. 13 Graham Rooks (149) defeated Matthew Williams by tech fall, 19-4 (6:28) to give Indiana the lead back at 11-8.

• No. 14 and graduate student Brayton Lee (157) very nearly made it back-to-back tech falls but came a point shy in a 19-5 major decision win over Lincoln Heck.

• After intermission, Tyler Lillard (165) won by decision, 8-1, against Kamdyn Munro.

• Roman Rogotzke (184) was explosive all match against Landon Lewis, scoring on a multitude of takedowns, including one with 14 seconds left in the match to secure a 22-6 win by technical fall (6:46).

• Gabe Sollars (197) brought his season count of pins up to 12 when he stuck Ryan Stein in 2:27 to add another six points to Indiana’s team score.

• Nick Willham closed out his time at Wilkinson Hall with a masterful 11-1 major decision over Kaleb Snodgrass.

NOTABLES

• This was Indiana’s second win in a row over Chattanooga, last year, the Hoosiers won 32-3 in the Scenic City.

• Redshirt sophomore Roman Rogotzke (184) and redshirt freshman Gabe Sollars (197) each improved their season records and lead the team with wins, having identical marks of 20-12.

• Indiana went 6-1 in home duals on the season.

• Graduate student Graham Rooks (149) is the only Hoosier wrestler to compete for head coach Angel Escobedo for his entire coaching tenure at Indiana.

• Redshirt freshman Cole Rhemrev (141) made his first dual appearance of his career.

UP NEXT

• Indiana Wrestling will send a small group of wrestlers to Fairfax, Va. for George Mason’s Patriot Last Chance Open to compete on the regular season’s final day of competition on Sunday, Feb. 25.

PURDUE TRACK

SILVER MEDAL, 6 TOP-10 MARKS OPEN BIG TENS

GENEVA, Ohio – The Purdue track & field team won a silver medal and earned two more podium finishes to lead the way on the opening day of the 2024 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Sophomore Bryanna Craig was the runner-up in the pentathlon, one of three Boilermakers to earn a top-eight finish, while five runners advanced to Saturday’s final. Six top-10 marks in school history were set as a total of 12 personal-records and nine season-bests were achieved on the first day of the two-day conference championship meet.

Craig was joined on the podium by junior Jalen Elrod, who was sixth in the pentathlon, and sophomore Collin Kao, who was eighth in the pole vault. Elrod was one of the six Boilermakers to post a record-book mark, as she is now seventh all-time in the pentathlon. Juniors Brett Otterbacher and Zoe Sullivan both moved up to second in school history in the 400-meter and 60m hurdles, respectively, and freshman Nia Wilson is fourth all-time in the 60m as all three runners advanced to tomorrow’s final.

Graduate student Cameron Miller, in the 200m, and freshman Jasiah Rogers, in the 60m, joined Otterbacher, Sullivan and Wilson with times that qualified them for the final in their respective events. Freshman Alexia Smith and junior Damazvia Dames also registered record-book marks, at No. 8 in the 400m and No. 10 in the long jump, respectively.

Purdue was one of two schools with two competitors to reach the podium in the pentathlon. Craig led the way for the Boilermakers with a season-best 3,992 points to take silver, and Elrod was sixth with a personal-record 3,815 points. Craig’s silver medal is her third in three career Big Ten meets, as she also was second in the pentathlon indoors and the heptathlon outdoors as a freshman in 2023. In her first year in the Old Gold and Black, Elrod entered the school’s top-10 list at No. 7 as she earned her first Big Ten podium finish. It’s Elrod’s 13th career top-eight finish at a conference championship, after she posted 12 in two years at Prairie View in the SWAC.

Craig’s 3,992 points were fueled by a personal-best mark in one event and season-bests in the other four events. She was in fifth place after two events before a PR of 11.57 meters in the shot put moved her up to fourth. Back to fifth with just the 800m to go, she finished third with a time of 2:15.97, which moved her up to second place overall. It was a tight competition throughout, as the three medalists all finished within just 25 points of each other.

Elrod, who finished sixth overall with 3,815 points, wasn’t far behind, less than 200 points behind the winner. Her personal-record day included a best in the shot put of 10.93m, a PR-tying long jump (5.82m), where she was third overall, and a season-best time in the 800m (2:16.84) to place fourth. That strong finish propelled Elrod up eight spots in the final two events, as she was 14th overall after three events and 11th after four before a five-place jump up thanks to the 800m.

As the day-long pentathlon was concluding, Kao cleared 5.03m in the pole vault to secure a three-way tie for eighth place. At his first Big Ten meet, Kao became the first Boilermaker pole vaulter to reach the podium at the Big Ten Championships, indoors or outdoors, since 2015.

Otterbacher was the first to punch their ticket to Saturday’s final, as he did it in the 400m. His time of 46.83 was fourth in the prelims and moved him up one spot to No. 2 in program history. The fastest time since the record-setting time was achieved by Brian Faust in 2021, Otterbacher was one of four runners to best 47.00 seconds on Friday.

The next event was the 60m, where Wilson was seventh in 7.39 seconds to add her name to Saturday’s finals qualifiers. She improved her time at No. 4 in school history by 0.01 seconds and was in the final by 0.02 seconds. The 7.39 is the best mark by a Boilermaker since 2017, when two of the three fastest times were set.

Rogers was the next to advance to the final, as he ran a 6.72 in the 60m to finish sixth in the prelims. Rogers was in by 0.07 seconds as he placed second in his heat.

Sullivan impressively joined Purdue’s qualifiers with an 8.24 in the 60m hurdles that is second in the record books. As she finished seventh in the prelims, Sullivan posted the fastest time by a runner in the Old Gold and Black since Devynne Charlton, now the world record holder in the event, set the Purdue record of 7.93 in 2017.

Miller rounded out the Boilermakers to advance, as he moved on in the 200m. His time of 20.91 was first in his heat and third overall.

Smith ran the 400m in 54.19 to enter the top-10 list at No. 8. Her personal-best time was ninth in the prelims, just 0.03 seconds shy of a top-eight finish and a spot in the final.

Dames was 10th in the long jump to break into the record books tied for No. 10. Her PR of 5.95m is the best by a Boilermaker since 2020.

Additional personal bests were recorded by sophomore Rebecca Caliendo (weight throw, 17.56m) and freshmen Andreas Hantson (heptathlon shot put, 12.74m) and Nickens Lemba (400m, 47.55). Season-bests were notched by senior Alex Frey (5,000m, 15:10.09) and sophomores Nolan Macklin (60m, 6.81) and Eric Young II (200m, 21.80).

The championships conclude on Saturday, as the heptathlon gets the day going at 11 a.m. ET. The Boilermakers’ opening field event is the women’s triple jump at noon and running events for Purdue commence at 1:50 with the men’s 400m 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+ (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.

PURDUE BASEBALL

BOILERS BEAT PATRIOTS 7-4 TO BEGIN SERIES

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – Home runs from Luke Gaffney and Logan Sutter, combined with the pitching duo of Jordan Morales and Jackson Dannelley, propelled Purdue Baseball to a 7-4 victory over George Mason at Ting Park Friday evening. After the first pitch was pushed back two hours due to rain and allowing three runs in the top of the first, the Boilermakers (4-1) settled in to take the first matchup in the four-game set.

Morales (2-0) earned his second win in as many starts, giving up four runs but all were unearned. The grad transfer struck out eight and only walked one batter over six-plus innings. Dannelley (2) was electric in relief, tossing three no-hit innings to pick up the save and secure the win.

At the plate, the heart of the lineup delivered six of the team’s seven RBI. Gaffney, the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week, put the Boilermakers on the board in the opening inning with a two-run blast for his first career home run. In the five hole, Sutter did his job as the designated hitter, going 2-for-4 with a team-high three RBI. At the bottom of the lineup, shortstop Camden Gasser produced a multi-hit game of his own while also driving in a run. Purdue tagged George Mason starting pitcher Nick Martins (0-2) for six runs on six hits through four innings.

James Quinn-Irons gave the Patriots (1-4) an early 3-0 lead with a three-run homer to right center field in the top of the first. When the Boilermakers got to the dish, Gaffney proved that he could do the same with his two-run homer clearing the right center wall with ease. After Morales put up a scoreless frame in the second, a Gasser single tied the game at 3-3.

Sutter’s three-run homer in the third gave the Boilermakers their first lead of the game, 6-3, one they would not relinquish. George Mason answered with a run in the fourth, but Purdue got it back in the sixth on an RBI by Connor Casketnette to push the cushion back to three, 7-4.

After Morales gave up a leadoff single in the seventh, Dannelley entered the game and walked his first batter on four straight pitches. However, the righty buckled down and struck our three straight Patriots to get out of the jam. He added a scoreless eighth before retiring the side in the ninth to earn his second save of the season.

Purdue and George Mason continue the weekend series with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. ET. 

PURDUE SOFTBALL

BOILERMAKERS VICTORIOUS IN 8-INNING THRILLER

CONWAY, Ark. – An extra inning thriller that saw two Purdue runs in the eighth inning and Central Arkansas load the bases in the bottom of the frame, ended with a 4-3 Boilermaker victory. The game was decided with outfielder Jordyn Ramos’ SC Top-10-worthy diving catch to end the game with the walk-off at-bat.

It was the third time in the last four games the Boilermakers game-winner came in their final at-bat.

Per the NCAA rules, a runner was placed on second for each team in extras. Purdue scored its second base runner, Tyrina Jones, on a Central Arkansas throwing error. The game-winner came after Sage Scarmardo recorded a hit. Khloe Banks, who entered as Scarmardo’s pinch runner, stole third and then scored on Jade Moy’s RBI single. The hit by Moy marked the second time Purdue’s game-winner came on the bat of Moy.

South Dakota nearly had a walk-off, with runners in scoring position when Ramos had the SC-Top10 worthy diving catch. Head coach Magali Frezzotti subbed Ramos in with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eight inning, just mere batters before Ramos’ game-winning play.

Purdue out-hit Central Arkansas 6-5, with five of its six coming in the first five innings.

Four Boilermakers saw time in the circle, with relief pitcher Olivia Cainey receiving her first collegiate win (1-1). Meanwhile, Kendall Klochack earned the save after entering the game for extras.

Purdue moves to 6-3 on the season after receiving its first loss since Week 1 earlier in the day vs. South Dakota State. The Boilermakers will be back in action for another pair of games, with a 2:30 p.m. ET start vs. South Dakota State and a 7:30 p.m. ET game vs. Southern Illinois.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PURDUE HEADS TO WISCONSIN FOR SUNDAY TILT ON BTN

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team heads back on the road for a Sunday clash at Wisconsin. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network with Connor Onion and Shimmy Gray-Miller on the call.

Tim Newton will be courtside for the Purdue Global Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM.

GAME INFORMATION 

Purdue (11-15, 4-11) vs. Wisconsin (13-12, 6-9)

Sunday, Feb. 25

Time: 4 PM ET

TV/Stream: BTN

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: Purduestats.com

LAST TIME OUT

Purdue trimmed a 19-point deficit down to four points late in the fourth quarter but could not complete the comeback in a 6859 loss to Michigan State. Abbey Ellis topped 20 points for the fourth time this season with a 22-point effort. Sophie Swanson had a career night off the bench with 19 points and five 3-pointers. The Boilermakers held the Spartans 17 points below their season average, as well as their fourth sub-40% shooting game.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Wisconsin 55-22.

• The Boilermakers rolled to an 89-50 win over the Badgers on Dec. 30 with all five starters finishing in double figures. It was Purdue’s largest win in the series since 1994 and its biggest win against a Big Ten team since 2017.

• Abbey Ellis tallied her 22nd game in double figures this season and 58th as a Boilermaker. The Australian lead Purdue in scoring with 13.5 points per game to rank 19th in the Big Ten.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson enters Sunday as one of the top freshmen in the Big Ten, ranking second in rookie rebounding and third in scoring for all games. She is second in both categories in Big Ten play.

• The New York native is second in the Big Ten with a 90.9% free throw clip in league play. Her 81.7% clip for the season ranks 10th nationally among qualifying freshmen.

• Stevenson needs 22 rebounds to become the fifth freshman in Purdue history to record 250 points and 150 rebounds.

• Jeanae Terry is one of three players from the Big Ten and one of eight nationally to post over five points, rebounds and assists, plus one steal, per game.

• Terry is on pace to become the first player in Purdue history to average over six points, rebounds and assists in a career.

• The Detroit native is second in the Big Ten with 33 steals during league play, including 10 in the last three games.

• Terry is now 13 points away from reaching 1,000 in her career.

• Purdue freshman class leads all Big Ten rookie groups with 22.8 points per game, up to 23.1 points per league contest.

• Sophie Swanson notched career highs with 19 points with five 3-pointers in 24 minutes of action against Michigan State. It was the most made 3-pointers since Madison Layden hit five against Iowa in the 2021 Big Ten Tournament.

• Despite missing the first five games of the season, Swanson is fifth among Big Ten freshman with 26 made triples.

• Madison Layden is now 16 points shy of reaching the 1,000-point club as its 37th member. Layden is also two 3-pointers shy of becoming the sixth player in Purdue history to record 200 triples in a career.

• The Boilermaker freshmen have combined for 24 double-digit scoring performances this season, ranking second in the Big Ten behind Nebraska’s 27.

• Purdue has moved up to 14th in the nation and second in the Big Ten with a 78.1% free throw mark, which is currently the highest clip in program history.

• Purdue’s point production has come from its seniors and freshmen combining for 91.7% of all points this season.

• Purdue is the only school in the country to have three different freshman score 19 or more points in a game this season.

• Mary Ashley Stevenson is one of 13 major conference freshmen to average 10 points and 4.5 rebounds this season.

• Jeanae Terry and Iowa’s Caitlin Clark are the only players to rank in the top 10 of the Big Ten in rebounding, assists and steals.

PURDUE SWIMMING

MCAFEE, WRIGHT SHINE AGAIN; MOUSER, ROJAS MOVE INTO ALL-TIME TOP 5

Purdue’s Top Finishers & Notables – Friday Events

* – Purdue Season-Best Time/Score

^ – Personal Season-Best Time/Score

(B) – NCAA Provisional Qualifying Time

(Z) – NCAA Zone Qualifying Score

3-Meter Diving (69 Points)

Sophie McAfee, 336.85 (Z) – Finished 4th in Championship Final (26 Points)

Daryn Wright, 324.70 (Z) – Finished 6th in Championship Final (24 Points)

Kaitlin Simons, 278.20 (Prelim Score) – Finished 7th in Consolation Final (12 Points)

Jenna Sonnenberg, 256.10 – Finished 18th in Prelims (7 Points)

100 Back (15 Points)

Abby Marcukaitis, 53.89 (Prelim Time) – Finished 6th in B Final (13 Points)

Ana Rojas, 53.93^ (Prelim Time) – Finished 7th in C Final (2 Points); 5th Fastest in Team History

100 Breast (22 Points)

Maggie Love, 1:01.97 (Prelim Time) – Finished 8th in B Final (11 Points)

Mahala Erlandson, 1:01.76^ – Finished 3rd in C Final (6 Points); T-11th Fastest in Team History

Masy Folcik, 1:02.11 (Prelim Time) – Finished 4th in C Final (5 Points)

100 Fly

Keira Kask, 54.68 – Finished 27th in Prelims

200 Free (3 Points)

Kendra Bowen, 1:47.90^ – Finished 6th in C Final (3 Points)

Reagan Mattice, 1:48.97^ – Finished 26th in Prelims; Lifetime Best

400 IM (11 Points)

Kate Mouser, 4:14.97* (B) – Finished 8th in B Final (11 Points); 3rd Fastest in Team History

Madeline Greaves, 4:20.33^ – Finished 27th in Prelims; Improved on her 13th Fastest Time in Team History

200 Free Relay (44 Points)

Love, Schreder, Rojas & Bowen, 1:31.61^ – Finished 8th (44 Points)

FRIDAY TEAM SCORES

1.) #8 Ohio State 907

2.) #6 Indiana 884

2.) #16 Michigan 835

4.) #14 Wisconsin 624.5

5.) #23 Minnesota 574.5

6.) Purdue 363

7.) Penn State 305

8.) Northwestern 298.5

9.) Nebraska 296

10.) Rutgers 237.5

11.) Iowa 217

12.) Illinois 152

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

PAINTER TABBED TO NAISMITH COACH OF THE YEAR LATE-SEASON LIST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue’s men’s basketball head coach Matt Painter has been named one of 15 coaches named to the Werner Ladder Naismith Men’s Coach of the Year Watch List, announced today by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

Painter is on the list for the second straight year after being one of four finalists a year ago. He is the lone Big Ten coach to be represented on the list.

Painter was a Naismith finalist in 2008 and 2023 and a semifinalist 2018, 2019, and now 2024.

In his 19th year at Purdue, Painter has led the Boilermakers to a 24-3 overall record and atop the Big Ten standings with a 13-3 mark entering Sunday’s contest at Michigan.

He led Purdue to the Maui Invitational with three wins over teams ranked in the top 11 of the Associated Press Top 25 poll, guiding the Boilermakers to a No. 1 ranking for five weeks earlier this year. With the ascension to the top spot, Purdue became the first team in Big Ten history to be ranked No. 1 in three consecutive years and Purdue has spent the last 32 weeks ranked in the AP Poll’s top five – the longest-active streak by 17 weeks.

Purdue is just one of four teams ranked inside the nation’s top 10 all season long and the only one ranked in the top five all season.

Purdue has reached its success with a high-flying offense ranked No. 2 nationally in offensive efficiency while ranking in the nation’s top 20 in 3-point percentage (1st), rebound margin (2nd), assists per game (6th), scoring offense (9th), scoring margin (10th), field goal percentage (16th) and assist / turnover ratio (20th).

In addition, Purdue ranks 22nd in the country in defensive efficiency ranking in the nation’s top 60 in field goal percentage defense.

Purdue leads the country in quad-1 and 2 wins combined (16; next closest is 13) and the Boilermakers have done so against a schedule that ranks as the second hardest nationally.

Purdue is 82-17 since the start of the 2021-22 season, one win shy of tying the school record for most victories in a three-year span.

No. 3-ranked Purdue faces Michigan on Sunday in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

SEEING ORANGE

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Notre Dame men’s basketball wants to carry its wave of momentum into a hostile JMA Wireless Dome environment where they haven’t won since 2020. The Fighting Irish (10-16, 5-10) are hitting their stride after winning three straight for the first time this season. Meanwhile, Syracuse enters with an 8-8 league record (17-10 overall) which has had its ups and downs. Most recently, the Orange knocked off North Carolina at home, lost to Georgia Tech on the road, then defeated NC State in Raleigh. The Irish will tip off against the Orange at Noon ET on Saturday, Feb. 24, airing live on ESPN.

Notre Dame fans will certainly recognize one of Syracuse’s top stars in JJ Starling. The sophomore transfer is averaging 15.1 ppg in league play, which ranks 2nd on the team.

Saturday’s game will also feature two of the top young guards in the ACC. Markus Burton is 1-of-2 ACC players averaging over 16 points and 4.0 assists – the other is Syracuse’s Judah Mintz. In ACC play, Mintz is averaging 16.1 points and 4.8 assists.

WIN STREAK

A streak isn’t a streak until three and this past Wednesday night Notre Dame officially made it so with a road win at Louisville. It marked the first time the Irish earned three in a row in ACC play since the 2021-22 season.

The commonality in all three victories – single-digit turnovers + double-digit assists. It marks the best stretch of their entire season, coughing it up just 21 times over the last three games. If they record double-digit assists on Saturday, the four straight games would mark the best stretch of the season in that category. Lastly, they’ve collected 40+ rebounds in two straight games with double-digit offensive boards. Now let’s look at each game.

The Irish held the Cardinals to a season-low 50 points – it marked the third ACC opponent this season in which they’ve held to a season low. The Irish showed growth in the second half when Louisville cut the lead to eight points but they responded with a game-ending 16-2 run.

Then there was the ‘gritty not pretty’ 58-55 victory over Georgia Tech. The Irish shot just 31.6 percent from the field but got it done where it counted: tied season high in offensive rebounds (16), season high in second chance points (20), season high in free-throw attempts (22) and a season low in turnovers (6).

Against the Hokies, the Irish rallied down four at the half to outscore VT 39-27 in the second half. Notre Dame shot 54.2 percent in the second half and finished with their second highest assist total on the year with 14.

1ST YEAR STAMP ON THE PROGRAM – DEFENSE

The year one Coach Shrewsberry stamp on the program has been the defensive intensity. 15 games and 11 different ACC opponents – all held under their season averages in every single contest, with Miami, Duke and Louisville each held to season low point totals.

Of the 15 ACC matchups that have already happened, only three opponents have reached the 70-point park against the Irish defense.

Notre Dame’s scoring defense of 64.7 has risen to 22nd in the country, plus 2nd in the ACC.. According to KenPom, Notre Dame’s defensive efficiency ranks 29th nationally.

In ACC play only, Notre Dame ranks 2nd in scoring defense (63.1) and 1st in field goal percentage defense (.405).

BURTON LEAVING HIS FRESHMAN YEAR LEGACY

Virginia Tech – 16 points, 8 assists, 6 steals

Georgia Tech – 18 points, 5 assists, 5 steals

Since 1996, only one other Irish player had produced two games in the same regular season with at least 15 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. His name was Chris Thomas back in the 2001-02 season. Burton has not only achieved this feat but did so in back-to-back games! Thomas ultimately produced three of such games over his entire Irish career.

ACC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR?

Point guard Markus Burton has put his name amongst the top freshmen in the country with his stellar play thus far. For those who aren’t acquainted with the local standout from Mishawaka, here are some quick hitters:

His 16.2 ppg leads all ACC freshmen, with the next highest being Duke’s Jared McCain at 13.5.

Ranks 4th nationally amongst DI freshmen.

1-of-2 ACC players averaging over 16 points and 4.0 assists – other is Syracuse’s Judah Mintz.

ACC freshman rankings: 1st in scoring, 3rd in assists/game, 1st in steals/game.

Double-digit points in all but 2 games. He’s currently riding a 19-game streak.

He’s scored at least 16 points in 6 straight games.

Ranks 10th in the ACC in scoring, 7th in Assists (4.2) and 4th in steals (2.0).

In ACC play only: 15.7 points (ranks 11th), 4.8 assists (4th) and leads the league in steals (2.3).

Produced two games with 15+ point, 5+ assists, 5+ steals

Averaging 8.5 points in the 2nd half.

Averaging 17.1 points at home.

Two-time ACC Rookie of the Week

BURTON WINS 2ND ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Markus Burton won his second ACC Rookie of the Week award on Feb. 12. Burton joined Blake Wesley as the only other multi-time ACC Rookie of the Week winner. Burton earned the honor after pouring in a team best 19 points then posting an incredible stat line in the win over Virginia Tech.

Burton balled out with 16 points, a season high tying eight assists and a season best six steals – as the latter tied for the third most steals in a single game in program history.

Burton joined very rare company with that performance. Since 1996, only two other Irish have finished with at least 16 points, eight assists and six steals in a game – Chris Thomas in 2001 and Jerian Grant in 2013.

FRESHMAN RECORD WATCH

We are officially on Burton freshman scoring record watch as we head into the final stretch of the season. The freshman guard enters Saturday’s matchup with 422 points on the season – which already puts him in the No. 6 spot. Next up is No. 5 David Rivers and his 474 points. To get to No. 1 Troy Murphy’s 519, Burton would have to average 16.2 points over the next six games.

From a scoring average perspective, Burton’s 16.2 ppg ranks 3rd all-time behind Troy Murphy (19.2) and Adrian Dantley (18.3).

ANOTHER FRESHMAN IN THE RECORD BOOKS

Markus Burton won’t be the only freshman leaving his name in the ND record book this season after Braeden Shrewsberry’s prolific performance at Louisville on Feb. 21. Shrewsberry tied the program single-game record for made three-pointers by a freshman after draining seven on the Cardinals. He tied the likes of Pat Connaughton, Chris Thomas and Ryan Hoover. Shrews’ 23 points marked his second highest points total on the season.

SHREWSBERRY’S HOT HAND

Braeden Shrewsberry has secured 9 double-digit scoring performances over the last 12 games. He’s produced at least four made three-pointers in 4 of the last 7 games.

His 2.4 made threes per game is tied for 2nd nationally amongst DI freshmen. Furthermore, his 3.2 made threes/game since Jan. 1 tops all freshmen nationally.

He’s now averaging 11.3 points in ACC play (2nd most on team), while shooting 42.2 percent from the field & 43.1 percent from beyond the arc – ranks 4th in ACC. Lastly, he averages 2.9 made threes/game in league play, which ranks 5th.

YOUNG BUT NOT AFRAID

Two young freshman guards in Burton and Shrewsberry who aren’t afraid of a hostile environment. In true road games, Burton and Shrewsberry are averaging 14.9 points and 12.9 points, respectively.

Most recently for Burton – 16 points at Louisville, 17 points at Pitt and his first visit to Cameron Indoor vs. Duke: 19 points.

For Shrewsberry, we’ve already mentioned his 23-point showing at Louisville, which was only outdone by his season high 25-point effort in the OT win at Georgia Tech. He’s averaging 3.1 made threes/game in road games.

#TRENDING

Here are some other under-the-radar stats to keep an eye out for this week.

Braeden Shrewsberry has made 4 straight starts – averaging 12.8 points – 3.8 made threes per game.

Tae Davis has made 19 of his last 20 from the free-throw line, raising his percentage from .618 to its current .707.

Coming off the bench on Feb. 10, Logan Imes scored all 8 of his season high points in the 2nd half in the win vs. Virginia Tech. He went 3-for-4 from the line (final 1:14 of the game) and hit a pivotal three-pointer with 7:23 left.

Carey Booth has made 10 of his last 14 from two-point range.

IN YOUR BAG

Speaking of trending, Markus Burton has ratcheted up his defensive intensity down the final stretch. The starting point guard has collected 24 steals over the last 6 games. He now averages a team best 2.0 steals per game, which ranks 4th in the ACC.

Furthermore, his 2.3 steals/game in league play leads all ACC players.

BOARDS BATTLE

One of Notre Dame’s greatest strengths this season has been its rebounding. In ACC play, the Irish rank 2nd in rebounding (37.5) and 4th in rebound margin (+3.5). In addition, they rank 4th in both offensive (10.4) rebounds per game and 3rd in defensive (27.1). The Irish are 9-6 this season when outrebounding their opponent.

Kebba Njie leads the team in rebounding (5.8) and in offensive boards (2.2) as the latter ranks 13th in the ACC. Njie has produced 4 straight games with at least 6 rebounds, totaling 25 boards in that span.

Logan Imes has also upped his rebounding efforts. After amassing 23 rebounds over a 12-game span from Dec. 2 to Jan. 27 – Imes has accumulated 26 rebounds over the last 6 games.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S LAX

GAME 3 PREVIEW: #19 GEORGETOWN

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – No. 1/1 Notre Dame returns home for a ranked matchup against No. 19/19 Georgetown at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 28 in South Bend. The game will air on ESPNU.

GAME DETAILS
Location: South Bend, Indiana | Arlotta Stadium
Schedule: February 25 — 2 p.m. ET
TV: ESPNU
Live Stats: FightingIrish.com
Twitter Updates: @NDlacrosse
For a more in-depth look at the matchup – Game Notes: Notre Dame

THE GEORGETOWN SERIES

• Sunday will be the 19th meeting all time between Notre Dame and Georgetown. The Irish have a slight edge in the series with a record of 10-8.

• Notre Dame enters the 2024 matchup winners of seven of the last eight meetings, dating back to the 2011 season.

• The Irish left Washington, D.C. victorious last season, winning by a score of 15-8 during the 2023 campaign.

FANTASTIC FEBRUARYS FOR THE FIGHTING IRISH

• Notre Dame is 37-4 in its last 41 games played in February dating back to the 2006 season.

• Fighting Irish head coach Kevin Corrigan is 46-7 in the month of February during his Notre Dame tenure.

• The Irish have recorded two lopsided wins this February to the tune of a 25-3 victory against Cleveland State and a 21-8 victory at Marquette.

THE GREATEST SHOW ON TURF

• The Irish are clicking on all cylinders to open the 2024 season

• For the first time in program history Notre Dame has recorded back-to-back 20+ goal performances.

• The combined 46 goals over the two games shatter the previous program record for most goals in back-to-back games, as the 1992 squad previously held the record with 40 goals.

• Both the 22-goal win over Cleveland State and the 13-goal victory at Marquette represent the largest margin of victory for the Irish in the respective all-time series.

• The Irish have also played fairly clean games thus far, as they are averaging just 10 turnovers per game which is the best mark in the country.

PICK YOUR POISON

• The Irish starting attack has combined for 34 points through two games.

• Pat Kavanagh (2G, 10A), Chris Kavanagh (7G, 5A) and Jake Taylor (9G, 1A) are already each in double figures for points on the season.

• The three attackman have a combined 413 points in their career off 230 goals and 183 assists.

• The Irish starting midfield also presents headaches for the opposition with Eric Dobson, Jordan Faison and Devon McLane each presenting different challenges to try to stop.

• McLane leads the unit with seven points (5G, 2A) while Faison has six (5G, 1A) and Dobson has added three (2G, 1A).

DOMINATING DEFENSE

• The Irish have allowed just 11 total goals over the course of the first two games of the season, giving up three goals in the opener and eight in the win in Milwaukee.

• Through 120 minutes of play, opponents are clearing at a clip of .735 against Notre Dame, which is the third best mark in the country entering the weekend.

• Notre Dame picked right up where it left off on defense, turning in a dominant performance in the season-opening win.

• The unit allowed just three goals, which is tied for the second fewest given up by ND in a season opener in program history.

• The Irish finished 2023 allowing just 9.69 goals per game, leading the ACC and ranking sixth in the country, despite playing nine games against opponents that ranked in the top 10 in goals scored per game.

• Notre Dame led the ACC and ranked ninth in the country in caused turnovers per game last season, averaging 9.69.

• The Irish recorded at least 10 caused turnovers in nine of 16 games last season.

• Notre Dame held opponents to 10 or fewer goals in 10 of 16 games during the 2023 campaign, including four of the last five on the way to the title.

• The Irish limited the opposition to 12 or fewer goals in 15 of 16 outings last season.

THE CONDUCTOR

• Pat Kavanagh became the first Notre Dame player to be named a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist two times, earning the honor in 2021 and 2023.

• The Rockville, New York, native broke the program record for points in a season in 2023 with 77 points off 25 goals and 52 assists.

• Kavanagh became the program record holder for career assists during the 2023 season and has 145 in his illustrious career.

• The attackman also shattered his own single-season program assists record in 2023, totaling 52 on the season. Kavanagh now holds the top three marks for assists in a season.

• Kavanagh is also the only player in program history to record 10 points in a single game, a feat which he has achieved three times in his career.

• The graduate student is off to a flying start in 2024, earning ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week after his first week of play in which he totaled 12 points off two goals and 10 assists.

THE STOPPER

• Grad student Liam Entenmann cemented his status as the top goalie in the country with his play in 2023, being named the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Outstanding Goalie by the USILA, ACC Defensive Player of the Year, ACC Goalie of the Year and NCAA Championships Most Valuable Player.

• The goalie had a strong showing in the 2024 opener, making eight saves while allowing just two goals in nearly three quarters of action.

• Entenmann led the ACC and ranked sixth in the country in goals against average, allowing just 9.55 goals per game in 2023.

• Entenmann had a save percentage of .570 (196 saves, 148 goals allowed), ranking fourth in the country last season.

• Entenmann made double-digit saves in each of the final 13 games in 2023, including a season-high 18 in the win over No. 1 Duke to win the national title.

• Entenmann currently ranks fourth on the ND all-time saves list with 562 in his career.

THE SCORER

• Chris Kavanagh had one of the most prolific goal scoring seasons in program history in 2023, recording a career-high 46 goals to lead the Irish attack.

• Kavanagh hasn’t missed a beat so far in 2024, as the junior is tied with his brother for the team lead in points with 12 off seven goals and five assists.

•The junior not only paced Notre Dame’s offense in 2023 but his 46 goals ranked third all-time in program history for a single season, just three behind Randy Colley’s record of 49 goals set in 1995.

• The attackman also added 16 assists to total 62 points, which ranks 10th all-time in Notre Dame men’s lacrosse history.

• Chris finished with 10 hat tricks during the 2023 campaign and has 13 in his career.

• The Rockville Centre, New York, native has 75 career goals.

THE SNIPER

• Eric Dobson has established a reputation as one of, if not the best, shooters in the current college game.

• After a big 2023 season, Dobson has been named the USA Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Midfielder of the Year heading into the 2024 campaign.

• Dobson led the Irish midfield with 34 goals and 11 assists last season.

• The lefty came up clutch for the Irish on the biggest stage, posting a career day with four goals and an assist in the overtime win over No. 2 Virginia.

• Dobson has 74 career goals and 30 career assists.

FAISON’S FIRST IMPRESSION

• Jordan Faison wasted no time introducing himself to the college lacrosse world, scoring 38 seconds into the 2024 season for the first Notre Dame goal of the season in his debut.

• The freshman finished with a three-goal hat trick and an assist in the win over Cleveland State.

• The three goals in his first career game are the most by a Notre Dame midfielder in their debut since at least the 2000 season.

• The freshman followed up his impressive debut with two goals in the win over Marquette.

THE ATTACK IS BACK

• The Irish return a lot of firepower from the 2023 roster that claimed the national title, as the top five goal scorers are back in 2024.

• Notre Dame brings back 78.6 percent of its goals (195/248), 77.4 percent of its assists (103/133) and 78.2 percent of its points (298/381).

• Four players who recorded 30+ points last season are back, which include Pat Kavanagh (77), Chris Kavanagh (62), Eric Dobson (45) and Jake Taylor (33).

CASHING IN ON THE EMO

• For the second-straight season, Notre Dame’s man-up offense was among the nation’s best in 2023, scoring on 53.7 percent of its opportunities.

• Notre Dame enters the weekend perfect on the EMO, converting on both of their attempts so far this season.

• The Irish finished the 2023 season going 22-for-41 (.537) on the EMO ranking fifth in the country.

• Chris Kavanagh finished seventh in the nation in EMO goals with eight.

• The Irish EMO unit cashed in on 21-of-31 chances (.677) during the 2022 season.

CHALLENGING SLATE AHEAD

• Notre Dame has never shied away from putting together a challenging schedule and the 2024 slate is no different.

• Of Notre Dame’s 11 regular-season opponents, nine are currently ranked in the top 20 in the USILA or Inside Lacrosse Top 20 Polls.

• Each of Notre Dame’s final nine regular season opponents are ranked in the current Inside Lacrosse and USILA polls.

FAMILY AFFAIR

• The Fighting Irish feature four pairs of brothers on the 2024 roster.

• The four sets of brothers are BJ and Gavin Burlace, Will and Andrew Donovan, Pat and Chris Kavanagh, and Jeffery and Thomas Ricciardelli.

CORRIGAN ALL-TIME DI PROGRAM WINS LEADER

• With the win over No. 1 Duke on April 10, 2021, Baumer Family Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Corrigan broke the NCAA record for most wins at a DI program with 311, passing Bob Shillinglaw (Delaware).

• Corrigan became just the third coach in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse history to reach the 300-win mark at a single school with the win over Marquette on April 10, 2019.

• Corrigan is one of just four active Division I coaches to reach the 300-win mark in his career.

• Corrigan has an overall record of 347-174 in his 38 seasons of coaching.

• The head coach is 337-159 in his 36 seasons at Notre Dame.

• Corrigan is the longest tenured men’s lacrosse coach at the DI level.

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 HOCKEY

IRISH FALL AT #17/16 MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — For the first time since November 10, 2018, the University of Notre Dame hockey team dropped a regular season contest at Yost Ice Arena as they fell to the Michigan Wolverines 4-0 Friday night.

Michigan scored early with a shot off the draw to take the 1-0 lead but the Irish continued to pressure the Wolverine end relentlessly, looking for the equalizer in the opening minutes of Friday’s contest.

Danny Nelson and Ryan Siedem put up a strong defensive effort as the Wolverines tried to clear the puck out of their end before Nelson nearly had the Irish on the board just over halfway through the contest.

Shortly after the first media timeout of the night, the Irish were called for a hook and the visiting penalty kill unit went to work. The Irish successfully killed off the game’s opening penalty.

An Irish rookie was thrown into the boards twice with the officials deeming the second hit a penalty. The Irish challenged the play for a major but were unsuccessful and lost their timeout at 15:17 of the first frame.

The Wolverines scored on the ensuing penalty as the Irish faced a 2-0 deficit through oner period of play.

Nearly halfway through the second stanza, Landon Slaggert and Patrick Moynihan created a rush up ice that was stalled when a Wolverine player’s knee collided with that of Moynihan and the graduate was slow to get up. The Wolverines were assessed a two-minute minor for the play. Notre Dame peppered the Michigan net with shots on the man-advantage but were unable to capitalize as the home team returned to full strength.

The Irish were whistled for a pair of penalties late in the second period, skating a man-down for nearly the final 3:30. The Wolverines capitalized on the first infraction before the Irish escaped to the intermission with just under a minute remaining on the second.

Landon Slaggert nearly had the Irish on the board less than a minute into the third period when Ryan Siedem found the captain alone up ice for the shorthanded chance. The senior’s shot trickled through the pads of Jake Barczewski in the Wolverine crease but, in a game of inches, the puck hit the far post and stayed in the paint to keep the Irish off the stats sheet.

A late major against the Irish forced the penalty unit back onto the ice with 8:24 to play in regulation. The elder Slaggert was once again found on the breakawy, racing up ice alongside his brother Carter, and before he could get a shot off was tripped up and awarded a penalty shot. The captain could not convert on the shot and the Irish continued to trail by three late in the game.

Moments later, Danny Nelson and Cole Knuble connected on an odd-man rush of their own but the shot off the stick of Knuble sailed wide and play wound up at the opposite end of the ice where the Wolverines took advantage of the major penalty to make it a 4-0 game.

The score would remain through the final horn as the Irish fell at the hands of the Wolverines inside Yost Ice Arena.

UP NEXT

The Irish conclude the regular season tomorrow night with a 6:30pm puck drop inside Yost Ice Arena.

The Irish and Wolverines are now tied in the Big Ten Conference standings and face a critical game two in hopes of keeping home ice playoffs alive.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL

WILLIAMS’ TWO HOMERS POWER IRISH PAST FIU, 13-4

MIAMI, Fla. – Notre Dame (4-0) hit four home runs on the way to a series-opening win over FIU (3-2) Friday. OF T.J. Williams led the way with two home runs, the first multi-home run game of his career. RHP Bennett Flynn (1-0) earned the win after an impressive relief performance, notably entering with one out and the bases loaded in the sixth inning and striking the next two batters out.

On the night, Williams went 2-3 with three runs, four RBI, and a walk in addition to his two home runs. Williams is the first Irish player to hit two home runs in one game since Carter Putz on April 30, 2023, vs. Florida State (12-8 win). OF David Glancy and INF Connor Hincks also added homers, Glancy’s third of the season and Hincks’ second.

RHP Caden Spivey started on the mound for Notre Dame, posting three strikeouts through three innings. RHP Radek Birkholz entered for 2.1 innings, notching four strikeouts. Flynn totaled two strikeouts in 1.2 innings of work, and RHP Rory Fox entered to close it out for Notre Dame, pitching two innings with two strikeouts.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Both teams went scoreless in the first, each leaving a runner on base. In the second, after a strikeout to lead off, Connor Hincks drew a walk, and after another strikeout, Carson Tinney singled to push Hincks to third. Williams stepped to the plate and delivered a three-run shot, his first home run of the year, to put the Irish up 3-0. In the bottom half, a walk and a double put two on base with two outs, but Spivey struck out the last batter to hold FIU scoreless.

In the third, INF Jack Penney singled with one out. OF Tito Flores singled to right center, and Penney turned on the jets to score all the way from first. INF Simon Baumgardt doubled, pushing Flores to third. Hincks walked to load the bases, and INF Estevan Moreno delivered a fly foul ball. FIU snagged the out, but Moreno earned the sac fly and RBI, as Flores got home on the out. A subsequent wild pitch brought Baumgardt home, and the Irish ended the top half with three runs scored.

In the bottom of the third, the Irish allowed two runners on base, and FIU scored on an error for their first run of the game. FIU later again scored, on a fielder’s choice, and the third ended with a 6-2 score.

Williams walked to lead off the fourth, reaching second on a groundout. He stole third, and Glancy walked to put two on base. With two outs, Glancy attempted a steal to draw the infield’s attention, and Williams scored on the pickle before Glancy was tagged out.

Birkholz entered to start the bottom of the fourth, and struck out all three batters, preserving the 7-2 lead.

Both sides went three up, three down in the fifth, with Birkholz adding another strikeout to close the fifth. After two outs in the sixth, Williams hit his second home run of the game to put the Irish up 8-2. In the bottom of the inning, FIU sent a two-run homer out of the park with no outs. After a foul-out, FIU loaded the bases, and Flynn entered to pitch. He struck the next two batters out with bases loaded to remain at 8-4 entering the seventh.

In the seventh, Glancy led off with a single and was tagged out on a fielder’s choice. Penney stole second, and Flores walked. Penney stole third, and Hincks homered to score three. Flynn and the Irish sat all three batters down in the bottom of the seventh to remain 11-4.

In the eighth, with two outs, DH DM Jefferson walked and stole second before Glancy homered to score both and put the Irish at 13 runs. Fox entered at pitcher for the Irish to begin the bottom of the inning, and posted two strikeouts as FIU went three up, three down.

Notre Dame went scoreless in the ninth, while a double play and fly-out ended the game and secured the Irish win.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame and FIU return to the diamond Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. ET. Games will not be broadcast, but live stats will be available at fightingirish.com/mediastats.

NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL

AMARAL HOMERS IN LOSS TO NO. 25 OREGON

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – The University of Notre Dame softball team suffered an 8-2 loss to the No. 25 Oregon Ducks Friday evening at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. With the loss, the Fighting Irish fell to 6-5 on the season.

Micaela Kastor started in the circle. She suffered the loss, throwing 3.0 innings, allowing eight hits, three earned runs and struck out two. Alexis Laudenslager made her first relief appearance as a member of the Irish. She threw the final 4.0 innings, allowing six hits, five runs, four earned and striking out two.

The Irish offense had five hits from five individuals. Addison Amaral made the most of her lone hit, leading off the fourth inning with her third homer of the season. Carlli Kloss, Karina Gaskins, Cassidy Grimm and Anna Holloway each added a hit in the contest.

How It Happened

The Ducks scored first in the top of the second inning. A leadoff single and a stolen base put a runner in scoring position as Emma Kauf singled up the middle to bring in the run. Kastor worked out of a bases loaded jam, limiting the damage to just a run on four hits.

Oregon got two more home in the top of the third. A ball hit down the left field line was ruled fair, and bounced to the fence as the Irish left fielder’s diving attempt caused a collision with the foul line fence, as the Oregon hitter hustled around for an inside the park home run. A conventional homer followed as the Ducks took a 3-0 lead.

In the fourth inning, Oregon loaded the bases with a couple infield hits and a walk before getting a big two-out hit, driving in two and a misplay in the outfield bringing in the third run to extend the lead to 6-0.

Amaral got the Irish on the board in the bottom of the fourth, hitting her team-leading third home run of the season to leadoff the frame.

Oregon responded, mounting a two-out rally in the top of the fifth. A walk and an infield single put two on with two outs. A double to left center scored the two and extended the lead to 8-1.

The Irish got a run back in the bottom of the frame. Kloss blooped a fly ball behind second for a hustle double and scored on a Gaskins single the other way to cut it to 8-2.

The teams traded zeroes over the final two innings as Oregon secured the win.

Up Next

Notre Dame concludes the weekend at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic Saturday evening as they are scheduled take on Oregon State at 6 p.m., and #20 Utah at 9 p.m.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HOYAS TO HOST BUTLER SATURDAY AFTERNOON

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler will go for their fifth-straight conference win on Saturday afternoon at Georgetown when the Hoyas host the Bulldogs for a 2 PM tip on FloHoops.com.

GameDay

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2024

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: Washington, D.C. – McDonough Arena

Live Stats: GUHoyas.com – StatBroadcast

Watch: BEDN on FloHoops.com

Bulldog Bits

– The Bulldogs have won four in a row!

– Butler is 4-0 against Xavier under the direction of Austin Parkinson.

– Butler dished out 24 assists on 30 made field goals Wednesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

– Ari Wiggins tied her career-high with six assists vs. Xavier and only had one turnover in 25 minutes.

– Wiggins made a career-high three 3-point field goals and didn’t miss a shot (4-4) vs. Xavier.

– BU made 15 3-pointers vs. Xavier while shooting 46 percent from behind the arc.

– Butler leads the BIG EAST and ranks 6th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (38.8%).

– The Bulldogs rank second in the BIG EAST in made 3-pointers per game (8.3).

– Rachel Kent has made a 3-pointer in 17-straight games. She ranks third in the conference in made 3-pointers with 64.

– Caroline Strande has scored 17+ points in four consecutive games.

– Strande ranks ninth in the BIG EAST in scoring (15.3) and eighth in rebounding (7.3).

– Butler outscored Xavier 26-7 in the third quarter and crushed the Musketeers on the glass 39-21.

– Butler hasn’t allowed a 20-point quarter to an opponent over their last four games.

– Sydney Jaynes needs nine rebounds to reach 300 in her collegiate career.

BIG EAST Standings

UConn 15-0, 23-5

Creighton 12-3, 21-4

Villanova 10-5, 17-9

Marquette 9-6, 20-6

St. John’s 9-7, 15-13

Georgetown 7-9, 17-10

Seton Hall 7-9, 15-12

Providence 6-9, 12-16

Butler 5-10, 13-13

DePaul 4-11, 12-16

Xavier 0-15, 1-23

Scouting Georgetown                                                                          

The Hoyas beat St. John’s on Tuesday night 51-43. After a slow start, Georgetown would take their first lead of the game at the midway point of the third quarter and outscore the Red Storm 15-8 in the fourth to secure their 17th win of the season. Georgetown is currently in sixth place of the conference standings with a 7-9 record against conference foes. Interim Head Coach Darnell Haney has the best defensive team in the conference with the Hoyas allowing just 54.9 points per game. They are the second-best team in the BIG EAST in defending the 3-point line (28.6%), but they are near the bottom of the BIG EAST in made 3-pointers (4.6 per game). Kelsey Ransom and Graceann Bennett are the players to study in the scouting report. Ransom rarely leaves the court, logging 35 minutes of playing time per game. She ranks fifth in the league in assists (4.1) and sixth in steals (2.1). Bennett is an interior presence that ranks 10th in the BIG EAST in rebounding (7.2).

All-Time Series                                                                                      

The all-time series between Butler and Georgetown is tied at 11-11. The Bulldogs swept the Hoyas during the regular season last year, but Georgetown recorded a 53-46 win over Butler in the BIG EAST Tournament. The first meeting this year served as the conference home opener for Butler, but the Hoyas came to Indianapolis and left with a 60-55 win.

Last Meeting vs. Georgetown                                                            

Butler held a 37-28 halftime lead over Georgetown, but the Hoyas would comeback to win the game 60-55. Graceann Bennett broke a 55-55 tie at the one-minute mark and a driving layup by Kelsey Ransom would seal the victory for the visiting Hoyas. Bennett had a team-high 20 points to go along with eight rebounds. She scored eight-straight points for GU in the third quarter to get her team back within a point of Butler. The ‘Dawgs were led by Rachel Kent and her game-high 22 points. Kent made five 3-pointers in the contest and Caroline Strande chipped in with 15 points and nine boards.

Tournament Talk                                                                                                 

The Bulldogs have three games left in the regular season. If the BIG EAST Tournament were to start today, Butler would play as the No. 9 seed and face No. 8 seed Providence. The winner of that contest would move forward to face No. 1 seed UConn. The Huskies, Bluejays and Wildcats have all clinched first round byes while Butler, DePaul and Xavier are all guaranteed to play in the first round.

‘Dawgs at McDonough Arena                                                            

The Bulldogs are 5-5 when playing Georgetown at McDonough Arena. The first-ever meeting between the two programs in D.C. was a wild one in which Butler set a single-game team record for most made 3-pointers (16) but lost to the Hoyas 85-79! BU won the following year and put together three-straight victories at McDonough starting in 2017-18. The ‘Dawgs won big on the road last year behind a career-high 23-point game from Kendall Wingler. Wingler shot 7-of-11 from the field and had 20 points heading into the fourth quarter. BU shot 54 percent from 3-point range as a team, making 13 of their 24 attempts. Wingler and Jordan Meulemans each had four triples in the win. Sydney Jaynes played well with 12 points and Caroline Strande came off the bench to add nine.

Fun in February                                                                                     

Butler has rattled off four-straight conference wins during the month of February in back-to-back seasons. The current four-game winning streak has moved the team’s overall record back to .500 at 13-13. That gives BU two more wins this year than last year with at least four more games to go. Defense has been the name of the game for Butler during this streak. No BU opponent has reached 60 points and those four teams shot just 23 percent from 3-point range. Butler’s offense has been provided by Caroline Strande. The talented guard is averaging 19 points per game over the last four, shooting 42 percent from the field.

Strande Lands on BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll                              

Caroline Strande was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday for the fourth time this season. She averaged 20.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 2.5 steals in a 2-0 week for the Bulldogs. Strande scored 22 points and grabbed nine boards at Providence on Wednesday before going for 19 points and nine boards at Villanova on Saturday.

Strande Continues to Score                                                                

Caroline Strande has led Butler in scoring 14 times this season and in nine of Butler’s last 11 games. She has scored in double figures in 11-straight games.

Welcome Back                                                                                      

Jordan Meulemans has hit at least two 3-pointers in every game since she returned from injury. The BU guard has made multiple 3-pointers in a single game 14 times this season.

Grab the Board                                                                                     

Caroline Strande is the top rebounding guard in the BIG EAST. She has led Butler in rebounding 18 times this season (26 games) and in 11 of Butler’s 15 BIG EAST games.

Sharpshooters                                                                                       

Four of the top eight 3-point shooters in the BIG EAST Conference are Butler Bulldogs. Riley Makalusky leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage (46.3). Caroline Strande and Jordan Meulemans round out the top three at 46.2 and 45.1 percent. Rachel Kent is also listed in the top ten. The grad transfer from IUPUI is shooting 41.3 percent from behind the arc. These four players account for 176 of Butler’s 216 made 3-pointers this year (81%).

Tied a Team Record                                                                                            

Jordan Meulemans made eight 3-pointers in Butler’s win over St. Thomas. She was just one 3-pointer shy of tying the single-game BU individual record and the ‘Dawgs tied their team record with 16 made 3-pointers in that victory. Butler recently hit 15 3-pointers in their win over Xavier. They have hit 10+ 3-pointers in a game nine times this year.

Up Next                                                                                                                 

The final true road game of the regular season is up next for the Bulldogs. Butler will play at DePaul on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The contest at Wintrust Arena will start at 8 PM Eastern, 7 PM Central.

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)

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 SOFTBALL

BUTLER SOFTBALL DEFEATS MTSU AND CORNELL AT SPRING GAMES

MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. – The Butler softball team picked up a pair of victories on day one at the Spring Games, defeating Middle Tennessee and Cornell. The Bulldogs (6-6, 0-0 BIG EAST) have now won four straight contests.

Butler came from behind to beat the Blue Raiders (0-10, 0-0 C-USA) using a six-run third inning. Against the Big Red (0-2, 0-0 Ivy League), the Bulldogs broke a 4-4 tie after three and never trailed.

Game 1: Butler- 8, MTSU- 6 (7 innings)

Middle Tennessee took an early lead off a three-run homer in the top of the first. In the bottom half, a pair of doubles from Ella White and Teagan O’Rilley sent Hailey Conger and White across. The Blue Raiders led 3-2 after one complete.

MTSU led off the second with another long ball and held a 4-2 lead after two.

In the third, White’s second double put runners on second and third with no outs. Paige Dorsett promptly sent her second pitch over the fence, and Butler took a 5-4 lead. A single from Olivia Moxley and a double from Conger plated three more, extending the lead to 8-4.

In the top of the seventh, MTSU threatened scoring two but leaving two stranded.

Katie Petran (4-0) earned a complete-game victory in the circle. In 7.0 innings, she allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits and one walk with four strikeouts.

Game 2: Butler- 15, Cornell- 8 (7 innings)

Each team score four runs in the first, and the 4-4 tie held through three innings.

Butler scored three in the fourth, but Cornell answered with two. The Bulldogs added two in the fifth and four in the sixth, but the Big Red answered with two in the bottom half.

Butler plated two more in the seventh, and the defense preserved the seven-run margin.

The Bulldogs were led on offense by Ella White (4-5, 2B, 3RBI, 3R, SB), Cate Lehner (3-3, RBI, 3R), Paige Dorsett (3-5, R), Sydney Carter (2-2, 2RBI, 2R) and Hailey Conger (2H, 2 RBI, 3R).

Sydney Cammon (2-4) started for Butler and picked up the win. In 3.0 innings, she allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks, striking out one. Rylyn Dyer (4.0 IP, 3R, 5H, 2BB) provided relief in the fourth and picked up a save.

Bulldog Bits

Paige Dorsett’s home run vs. MTSU was her third of the season and 12th of her career.

Ella White’s three doubles for the day give her six for the season and 26 for her career.

Teagan O’Rilley’s double vs. MTSU was her fourth of the season and 11th of her career.

Hailey Conger’s double vs. MTSU was the third of her career.

Katie Petran pitched her fourth complete-game win of the season vs. MTSU.

Sydney Cammon’s win in the circle was her second of the season.

Butler’s win over MTSU was the 300th in Head Coach Scott Hall’s collegiate career.

Up Next

Butler remains in Madeira Beach, Florida, for day two at the Spring Games on Saturday, Feb. 24. Scheduled opponents are Brown and LeMoyne.

BUTLER TRACK

FORRESTER WINS 5K TO HIGHLIGHT DAY 1 OF THE BIG EAST INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Butler track and field team kicked off the first day of the BIG EAST Indoor Championships on Friday afternoon in Chicago, Ill. The men’s team currently sits at fourth while the women’s team is sixth in the standings.

The Bulldogs continued their domination in the men’s 5,000 meters winning their fourth straight individual title. Matthew Forrester claimed the gold medal in the men’s 5,000 meters at 14:02.81. Forrester joins Butler alumnus Euan Makepeace (2020) and Barry Keane (2022, 2023) as the individual champions in this event during the last four seasons.

Both Luke Walden and Jack Elder earned medals in the men’s pole vault. Walden set a new personal best with a height of 5.00 meters to secure second while Elder took the bronze with a height of 4.35 meters.

The men’s quartet of Martin Kovacech, Michael Beros, Liam Dennis and David Slapak earned  the last medals for the Bulldogs on Friday after placing third in the distance medley relay with a time of 9:47.47.

Zac Stanley placed fourth in the men’s long jump at 7.18 meters. Cabott Craft added a new personal best in the same event with a jump of 7.06 meters

William Zegarski and Will Minnette also scored in the men’s 5,000 meters with Zegarski finishing fourth at 14:14.95 and Minnettee placing seventh 14:33.23.

On the women’s side, Elsa Rusthoven posted a time of 16:58.69 to earn fifth while Abby Olson rounded out the scoring with a time of 17:11.91.

Elder currently sits at second with a score of 2935 in the men’s heptathlon after four events. He won the shot up with a distance. He will compete in the final three events tomorrow, which includes the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1000 meters.

In the preliminaries, Jesse Hamlin led the way in the men’s mile with a time of 4:07.49 to qualify for the finals. Luke Finnegan advanced in both the 60 meters and 200 meters while William Cuthbertson earned the last spot in the men’s 800 meters

The Bulldogs will complete the final events of the Indoor Championships tomorrow beginning at 11 am CT.

BUTLER BASEBALL

BUTLER WINS GAME 1 AT ALABAMA A&M 11-9

HUNTSVILLE – The Bulldogs hit five home runs on Friday afternoon to collect their first win of the 2024 season. Xavier Carter highlighted the game with a grand slam in the top of the eighth inning to extend the Butler lead over Alabama A&M. The home team added three runs in the bottom half of the inning, but Cole Graverson would take the mound and earn the save with Butler picking up an 11-9 victory.

The series opener got off to a rocky start with AAMU scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Butler got two of those runs back in the top of the second after solo home runs from Evan Parks and Jack Moroknek.

The third inning was crucial to the BU comeback as the ‘Dawgs scored four runs to grab a 6-5 lead. Kade Lewis hit a two-run home run down the line in right and Moroknek would register two more RBIs on the day with a double that scored Parks and Ethan Vecrumba.

Carter Dorighi homered in the fourth and Alabama A&M added a solo home run to the scoreboard in the fifth to make it a one-run game. The 7-6 score would hold until the eighth when Carter hit his grand slam. AAMU made some noise in the bottom of the eighth, but Cole Graverson would enter the game for a four-out save.

Carter had a great game going 2-for-5 from the dish with four RBI and two runs scored. Moroknek was equally as impressive with a 3-for-5 day that included three RBI and two runs scored.

Nick Miketinac did some heavy lifting on the mound to earn his first win. He tossed 4.1 innings of relief and struck out a team-high four batters.

Up Next

Butler and Alabama A&M will play again tomorrow. First pitch is slated for 2 PM Eastern, 1 PM Central.

BUTLER TENNIS

BUTLER MTENNIS DROPS MATCH AT WISCONSIN

The Butler men’s tennis program fell 5-2 to Wisconsin on Friday afternoon in Madison, Wis. The Bulldogs now sit at 3-9 for the spring season, while the Badgers obtain a 1-8 record.

Sophomore Nicolas Arts defeated Matthew Fullerton 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (14-12) in the No. 3 singles spot.

In doubles play, Alvaro Huete Vadillo and Rahulniket Konakanchi beat Matthew Fullerton and Michael Minasyan in a 6-3 contest in the No. 1 singles spot. Additionally, Arts and Borja Miralles defeated Oliver Olsson and Tomas Zlatohlavek in a close 6-4 win at No. 2 singles.

The Bulldogs will stay in Madison, Wis. to take on Denver tomorrow afternoon.

Results

SINGLES

Michael Minasyan (WIS) def. Alvaro Huete Vadillo (BUT), 6-4, 6-2

Tomas Zlatohlavek (WIS) def. Patrick Joss (BUT), 6-4, 6-3

Nicolas Arts (BUT) def. Matthew Fullerton (WIS), 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (14-12)

Gabriel Huber (WIS) def. Rahulniket Konakanchi (BUT), 6-2, 7-5

Collin Beduhn (WIS) def. Nicholas Balthazor (BUT), 6-2, 6-2

Oliver Olsson (WIS) def. Borja Miralles (BUT), 6-4, 6-4

DOUBLES

Alvaro Huete Vadillo/Rahulniket Konakanchi (BUT) def. Matthew Fullerton/Michael Minasyan (WIS), 6-3

Nicolas Arts/Borja Miralles (BUT) def. Oliver Olsson/Tomas Zlatohavek (WIS), 6-4

Collin Beduhn/Mihailo Popovic (WIS) def. Patrick Joss/Nicholas Shirley (BUT), 6-3

IUPUI SOFTBALL

JAGS SWEPT IN OPENING DAY ON VELVET MILKMAN CLASSIC

MURRAY, Ky. – The IUPUI softball team kicked off the Velvet Milkman Classic at Murray State today with two games. The Jags fell in the opening game 5-4 to Toledo then dropped the second game to Murray State, 5-1.

In game one, the Jags took an early 3-0 lead after two innings. In the first inning, Kinsey Pfeiffer hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Morgan Gilbert. Paige McPhearson also scored on the play due to a Toledo error.

With a 2-0 lead, the Jags added another run in the second inning. Kelli Riordan hit a sacrifice fly scoring Emma Wheatley for the 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third, Toledo scratched away at the lead with two runs of their own. The Rockets scored two runs on three hits and one IUPUI error to cut the Jags’ lead to 3-2.

The Jags took one back in the fifth inning with Gilbert stealing home, 4-2. Despite a two run cushion, Toledo scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead. The Rockets totaled three runs on five hits to take the lead in the fifth.

In game one, Carly Metcalf (L, 1-3) took the loss on the mound giving up four runs (two unearned) on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 4.1 innings pitched. The Jags totaled five hits with Kayla Freiberg hitting a double. Freiberg and McPhearson each went 2-for-3 to lead the offense.

In game two, the Jags totaled a season-high 12 hits but couldn’t string any together for runs, falling 5-1 against host Murray State.

Alexa Holman (L, 0-4) put the Jags on the board first with a home run in the top of the second inning, 1-0. The lead didn’t last long as the Racers even the game at 1-1 with a run in the bottom of the third.

The game was knotted at 1-1 until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Racers scored three runs on one hit and two Jaguar errors. Murray State extended their lead in the bottom of the sixth inning with a sac fly, 5-1.

The Jags attempted to make a comeback in the top of the seventh inning. Rachael Gregory started the inning off with a single. After a sac bunt moved Gregory to second, McPhearson singled through the right side to put runners at the corners.

With two outs, Freiberg walked to load the bases. Holman, the Jaguars’ starting pitcher, came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded. After a battle at the plate, Holman hit into a fielder’s choice, ending the game at 5-1.

Gregory led the offense, going 4-for-4 while McPhearson collected three hits and Pfeiffer, Holman, Victoria Sivert and Kasie Keyes each added one hit. Holman took the loss on the mound for the Jags giving up five runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work.

The Jags will play two tomorrow, Saturday, February 24 when they face Western Illinois at 12:30 PM and Murray State at 5:30 PM. 

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL TO FACE OFF WITH NORSE ON SUNDAY

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The IUPUI basketball team will close out a stretch of three straight road games on Sunday (Feb. 25) when the Jaguars take on Northern Kentucky (15-13, 10-7 HL) at 2:00 p.m. inside NKU’s Truist Arena. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

The Jaguars (6-22, 2-15 HL) are trying to salvage a win on the current three-game road stretch on the heels of consecutive losses at Detroit Mercy and Oakland last week. Sophomore DJ Jackson scored 17 points in each of the past two games, shooting 63 percent from the floor in the two defeats. At Oakland on Saturday, senior Bryce Monroe chimed in with nine points and Qwanzi Samuels tallied eight off the bench.

Junior Jlynn Counter continues to make his bid for an all-league spot as he leads the team in scoring (14.3 ppg) and assists (72) and is second on the team in rebounding (4.2 rpg) and steals (34). The Oklahoma City-native is shooting nearly 46 percent from the floor and 77 percent from the charity stripe. Monroe joins him in double-figures at 11.0 points per game while Jackson is scoring 9.1 points per game.

NKU defeated IUPUI in Indianapolis back on Dec. 2, 71-55, thanks to 24 points from Marques Warrick. Counter led IUPUI with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists and Jackson tallied eight off the bench. Turnovers plagued the Jaguars in the loss as 22 miscues led to 19 NKU points.

SCOUTING NORTHERN KENTUCKY

NKU is 15-13 on the season and 10-7 in Horizon League play. The Norse are 11-3 on their home floor and come in having won four of their past five contests. NKU defeated Cleveland State 75-73 on Thursday night (Feb. 22) behind 27 points from Marques Warrick and Trey Robinson’s double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds). Warrick leads NKU in scoring (19.1 ppg) and threes made (54) while Robinson averages 10.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest.

INSIDE THE SERIES

NKU leads the all-time series 13-4 and has won the last four meetings in the series. IUPUI is 2-7 in nine meetings in Highland Heights with the last victory being a 65-63 win on Jan. 16, 2021. 

UP NEXT

IUPUI will host Milwaukee on Wednesday, Feb. 29 inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum at 7:00 p.m. That game will be BLACKOUT NIGHT presented by IUPUI Africana Studies and Black & Minority Owned Business Night.

Notes and Tidbits (click here to download the full IUPUI Game Notes)

    NOMINATION SEASON

    It’s officially postseason award nomination season and three Jaguars are up for Horizon League postseason accolades. Junior Jlynn Counter is on the all-league ballot while sophomore guard Vincent Brady II is up for the league’s All-Defensive Team. In addition, senior Yves Nkmoba is the Jaguars’ nominee for the league’s first-ever Sportsmanship Award.

    OAKLAND LEFTOVERS

    IUPUI fell at Oakland last Saturday, 107-59, as the Golden Grizzlies blistered the Jaguars in both halves… the Jaguars yielded opponent game highs to Oakland in field goal percentage (66.1%), three-point percentage (55.6%) and free throw percentage (94.7%)… OU’s Jack Gohlke hit 10-of-15 from three-point range, tallying 31 points – the most by an IUPUI opponent this season… DJ Jackson was IUPUI’s lone player in double-digits with 17 points (7-12 FG, 1-2 3’s, 2-2 FT) in just 22 minutes off the bench… Bryce Monroe had nine points (3-6 FG, 1-1 3’s, 2-2 FT) in the loss.

    ACTION JACKSON

    Despite the outcomes, sophomore DJ Jackson had a productive two-game trip to Detroit, scoring 17 at both Detroit Mercy and Oakland last weekend, scoring 34 points in just 43 minutes of action. In the two games, Jackson made 12-of-19 (63.2%) from the floor and 3-of-5 from three. He was also 7-of-8 from the foul line and collected four assists and three steals in the two games.

    JLYNN COUNTS

    Junior Jlynn Counter ranks among the Horizon League’s top-15 in five statistical categories – steals (t-7th, 1.4 spg), field goal percentage (11th, 45.8%), assists (11th, 2.9 apg), scoring (14th, 14.3 ppg) and free throw percentage (13th, 76.8%). In league play, Counter is third in the league in free throw shooting (86.3%).

    Counter, a preseason Second Team All-Horizon League pick, led the team in scoring (14.5 ppg) and assists (3.3 apg) last season.

    COUNTER COUNT

    Counter had a 23-point showing against Robert Morris, matching his season-high and most by a Jaguar this season. The Oklahoma City-native tallied his 500th career point against Elon on Nov. 17 and enters today with 809 career points.

    …He’s scored in double-digits 40 times in 56 career games

    …He’s hit for 20-or-more points 14 times in 56 career games

    BIG. ROAD. DUB.

    IUPUI earned its best win of the season at Purdue Fort Wayne on Jan. 17, 85-79. The Jaguars had their best offensive game of the season, shooting a season-high 59.3 percent from the floor. The Jaguars scored a season-high 58 points in the paint, including making 18-of-22 (82 percent) shot at or near the rim.

    Here are some other notes from that win:

    -It marked just the second home loss for Purdue Fort Wayne this season

    -It was the first time all season IUPUI had five players score in double-digits

    -IUPUI had a season-high six dunks (Samb 4, Samuels 2); Samb had four dunks all season long before finishing four in that contest

    -IUPUI’s five three-point attempts were the team’s fewest since also attemping four against Denver on Feb. 14, 2015

    HOT QWANZ

    Since the calendar turned to 2024, forward Qwanzi Samuels is a combined 36-of-61 from the field and is now shooting 50.4 percent from the floor this season. His field goal percentage has climbed from 41.6 percent to 50.4 percent since Jan. 1.

    THAT’LL DOU   

    Sophomore Abdou Samb had his best offensive output of the season, scoring a season-high 13 points (6-10 FG) at Purdue Fort Wayne, including four dunks.

    In 16 games in the IUPUI starting lineup (3-13 overall), Samb is averaging 6.8 points and 3.7 rebounds, going 46-of-72 from the field (63.9 percent).

    Samb’s field goal percentage has risen from 55.5 percent to 61.6 percent since he moved into the starting five.

    #SCTOP10

    IUPUI players were featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 Plays twice in three days on Dec. 29 and Dec. 31 with a pair of dunks.

    Against Detroit Mercy on Dec. 29, Kidtrell Blocker’s one-handed dunk from the right side was the No. 8 play on SportsCenter.

    Two days later, Vincent Brady II’s one-handed dunk from the left baseline was chosen as the No. 4 play in the country that evening.

    ONLY THE LONELY   

    Only one IUPUI player (Qwanzi Samuels) has appeared in all 28 games so far this season as the other 14 players have missed at least one game due to injury or illness. Only three others have played in 27 games – Bryce Monroe, Vincent Brady II and DJ Jackson. Everyone else has missed at least two games this campaign.

    QWANZ SEES DOUBLE

    Graduate transfer Qwanzi Samuels recorded his first collegiate double-double at Minnesota (Dec. 16), having finished with a career-high 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-3 FT), 10 rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes off the Jaguars’ bench.

    It marked his first-ever double-digit scoring game (in his 96th career game) and his second career game with 10-or-more rebounds.

    FOR STARTERS

    With the glut of injuries and sickness, head coach Matt Crenshaw has found himself shuffling his starting lineup, using 10 different combinations this season.

    No IUPUI player has started every game (Monroe leads the team with 26 starts) and 10 different players have started at least four games. Counter is second on the team with 22 starts. 

    NINE MAN ROTATION

    Nine different Jaguars are playing at least 11 minutes per game, led by Bryce Monroe (30.5 mpg) down to Cooper Dewitt (11.5 mpg).

    IN THE CLASSROOM

    Seven members of the squad topped a 3.0 grade point average for the fall semester, paced by John Egbuta (3.62) and Amhad Jarrard (3.51). Others included Vincent Brady II (3.48), Yves Nkomba (3.46), Derek Petersen (3.29), Qwanzi Samuels (3.12) and Bryce Monroe (3.00). 

    SEEING RED

    Both Amhad and Armon Jarrard will redshirt this season. Amhad missed the entire summer and preseason after suffering an injury last season and Armon was limited to just three games this season while playing through an injury. He was shutdown after trying to play at Indiana State on Nov. 14.

    The Jarrards are one of 21 sets of brothers playing for the same team this season and one of nine sets of twins in Division I basketball.

    FIRST TO TIP

    IUPUI was the first team in the country to tip-off the 2023-24 season, starting at 11:00 a.m. on Nov. 6 in front of a crowd of 4,867 on the annual NCAA ‘Readers Become Leaders’ Day at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

    The 4,867 represented a new home attendance record for the Jaguars, eclipsing the previous mark of 4,114 from last year’s similar event.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO TOLEDO SATURDAY FOR A MAC FIRST PLACE SHOWDOWN

Ball State (23-3, 12-1) at Toledo (20-4, 12-1)

February 24, 2024 >> John F. Savage Arena >>Toledo, Ohio>>  2 pm ET

Opening Tip:

– The Ball State women’s basketball team will play in a nationally televised regular season game on Wednesday, March 6, at 5 p.m. ET when it takes on Kent State at the M.A.C Center. The Cardinals are the only league school to have been chosen to play on ESPNU two years in row. The contest will be a rematch of a game played on Jan. 31, with the Cardinals defeating the Golden Flashes, 57-46, in Worthen Arena.

– Ball State has won three games in a row. The Cardinals recently defeated the Chippewas for the second time this season Wednesday in Worthen Arena by a score of 78-54. Alex Richard led the Cardinals with a career best 22 points.

 –  The Cardinals have held a halftime lead in nine of their 12 Mid-American Conference games so far this season. Ball State is 10-1 in those contests.

– For the seventh time under 12th-year head coach Brady Sallee and the second season in a row, the Cardinals have reached the 20-win plateau. Sallee’s 20-win seasons at Ball State are — 22-10 (2015-16), 21-11 (2016-17) 25-7 (2017-18), 21-10 (2019-20), 20-13 (2021-22), 26-9 (2022-23) and 22-3 (2023-24).

– With only six Mid-American Conference games left, Ball State still sits atop of the league standings with a 12-1 mark. The Cardinals and the Rockets are knotted with the same league record but right now Ball State wins the tiebreaker since the Cardinals defeated Toledo, 65-51, on Jan. 21 in Worthen Arena.

–  Saturday’s contest marks the 93rd time in program history the two schools have met with Toledo leading the all-time series record, 61-31. The last time Ball State won on the road at Toledo was on Feb. 27, 2021 by a score of 88-77.

– Toledo’s only loss this season in league action was against Ball State. The heated rivalry began on Jan. 3 in 1981 when the Cardinals beat the Rockets by a 63-47 decision in Muncie.

Career Milestones

– Ally Becki needs 30 assists 500 mark.

– Marie Kiefer has 125 blocks for her career — needs 27 to move into first place.

-Annie Rauch has 973 points for her career and needs 38 for 1,000.

Among the Elite:

The Cardinals are getting noticed on a national level as Ball State continues to receive votes in the latest USA Today Sports Coaches Poll. Ball State is currently one of 14 NCAA DI teams that have a 12-1 record in conference play. The Cardinals are also one of 12 NCAA DI teams that have only three losses so far this season. Two of the Cardinals losses this season came against national powerhouses No. 19 Notre Dame and No. 10 UConn. Ball State is the only MAC school to receive votes so far this season. Ball State also has the highest win percentage out of any NCAA DI program in the state of Indiana 22-3 (.885). This is the fifth week in a row the Cardinals have received votes.

Inside The Paint:

So far this season Ball State is 13-0 when winning the paint battle; vs. Tennessee Tech (54-32), Troy (48-34), Chicago State (42-22), Northern Iowa (32-30), IUPUI (30-30), Saint Louis (36-36), Oakland City (36-16), Western Michigan (44-28), Bowling Green (32-24), Central Michigan (24-20), Miami (34-18), Eastern Michigan (34-28), Kent State (30-26), Ohio (40-30) and Central Michigan (50-30).

Scouting Toledo:

– Toledo had won 21 straight games vs. Mid-American Conference opponents, including three postseason games which at the time was the fifth-longest streak in the nation before losing to the Cardinals on Jan. 21.

– Since the Rockets lost to the Cardinals they have won eight straight contests.

– The Rockets are 78-15 (.837) since the start of the 2021-22 season, 47-4 (.920) in MAC play.

– Toledo is 24-1 in home MAC games since the beginning of the 2021-22 season and has won 20 straight MAC games in Savage Arena.

– Tricia Cullop is in her 16th season with the Rockets in 2023-24 and was awarded a contract extension last April that lasts through the 2029-30 season.

BALL STATE TRACK

JENELLE ROGERS STARTS STRONG AT MAC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

YIPSILANTI, Mich. — Track and field had a strong start in Ypsilanti on day one of the indoor MAC Championship meet. 

Jenelle Rogers led the way, claiming the championship in the pentathlon. Rogers was dominant from the start, recording her first of three pentathlon event wins in the opening 60m hurdles (8.52). She also took the first-place spot in the shot put (14.33m) and the long jump (5.88m), supporting her total score of 4056. 

Rogers’s success didn’t end there. In the early evening, she took flight in the individual long jump event and hit a new indoor best mark of 6.26m. Her efforts were good to secure another MAC championship title. 

On the track, Makayla Sumrall and Alana Springer secured their place in the 60m finals after they both finished in the top eight during the preliminary rounds. Sumrall finished sixth with a qualifying time of 7.56 and Springer finished seventh with a qualifying time of 7.57. The 60m final will take place Saturday at 2:50 p.m. 

Jenna Oriani also had a successful day of qualifiers. In the 400m prelims, Oriani ran an impressive race securing the first-place spot with a time of 55.38 and qualifying for the finals. Her efforts were good to win her a spot in the Ball State record book as she is now tied for the fifth best indoor 400m finish. Later in the day, Oriani qualified in the 200m with a fifth-place finish and a time of 24.72. 

Springer also secured a spot in the 200m finals, finishing seventh in prelims and crossing the finish line in 24.81. 

The distance medley relay wrapped up track events for day one. The relay team, made up of Carly Spletzer, Paige Kirtz, Leila Williams-Molitor and Sarah Mahnensmith, finished sixth overall with a time of 11:55.48. Their time was the fastest Ball State DMR finish in the past ten years. 

The Cardinals will look to continue success into day two as they compete for the indoor MAC Championship. Saturday’s events will open with the shot put scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. 

Ball State Individual Results at Indoor MAC Championships

Pentathlon

1st – Jenelle Rogers (4056)

     60m Hurdles – 1st (8.52) 

    High Jump – 4th (1.69m)

    Shot Put – 1st (14.33m)

    Long Jump – 1st (5.88m)

    800m – 13th (2:40.05)

9th – Sophie Daugard (3406)

    60m Hurdles – 12th (9.40)

    High Jump – (1.51m)

    Shot Put – 3rd (12.65m)

    Long Jump – 5th (5.39m)

    800m – 12th (2:39.93)

16th – Kendra Keesling (2317)

    60m Hurdles – 16th (9.88)

    High Jump – NA

    Shot Put – 11th (9.95m)

    Long Jump – 8th (5.28m)

    800m – 15th (2:54.41)

Mile – Prelims

15th – Maci Hoskins (5:22.97) 

60m Hurdles – Prelims

14th – Jennah Rogers (8.79)

15th – Lauren Graham (9.00)

400m – Prelims

1st – Jenna Oriani (55.38)q

9th – Emma Potter (56.84)

10th – Alexis Thigpen (57.04)

21st – Allison Valladay (59.73)

60m – Prelims 

6th – Makayla Sumrall (7.56)q

7th – Alana Springer (7.57)q

9th – Moriah Johnson (7.58)

200m – Prelims 

5th – Jenna Oriani (24.72)q

15th – Moriah Johnson (25.35)

Distance Medley Relay 

6th – Carly Spletzer, Paige Kirtz, Leila Williams-Molitor, Sarah Mahnensmith (11:55.48)

Weight Throw

20th – Malena Higgins (13.92m)

Long Jump 

1st – Jenelle Rogers (6.26m)

16th – Emma Upp (5.38m)

19th – Sophie Daugard (5.15m)

BALL STATE GYMNASTICS

GYMNASTICS ALL-AROUNDERS SHINE IN WIN AT GEORGE WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON, DC – – It was one of those nights were nearly everything went right for the Ball State gymnastics team as it scored a 197.425 to 196.250 victory at George Washington Friday night at the Charles E. Smith Center.

The Cardinals’ (11-2) final score of 197.425 was the second-best effort in program history and included seven routines of 9.900-or-better.

“I love being able to come out and watch them do gymnastics in a place where they are having fun and being focused,” head coach Joanna Saleem said. “It’s exciting to be able to watch this type of performance and know they can recover when someone doesn’t have a great routine. They stayed focused on what they were doing from the very beginning until the very end. It was a great practice for us.”

The biggest individual score of the night came from senior Suki Pfister who landed a 9.975 to take the win on vault. The effort included a 10.00 from the head judge.

However, even more impressive was the performance of BSU’s quartet of all-arounders with all four scoring at least a 49.400. That included all four of them, graduate Megan Teter, senior Hannah Ruthberg, senior Victoria Henry and sophomore Zoe Middleton tying for the win on floor at 9.925.

“Those four did awesome,” Saleem added about the all-around performers. “They took all the things we talked about this week in the gym and just came out here and did Ball State gymnastics. It was fun to watch.”

Henry would win the all-around competition with a career-best score of 49.475, while Ruthberg came in second with a career-best 49.425. Middleton and Teter were right behind, tying for third at 49.400.

The Cardinals started the meet on fire, tying the second-best bars team total in program history at 49.325. The effort was led by a score of 9.950 for freshman Ashley Szymanski who would claim the victory on bars for the fourth time in her debut season.

In the second rotation, the Cardinals turned in the second-best team vault score in program history at 49.350. In addition to Pfister’s 9.975, Henry collected a score of 9.950.

Over on floor, Ball State’s four scores of 9.925 helped the team earn the second-best team score in program history at 49.575. The effort also included a 9.875 from Pfister.

In the final rotation, Teter led the way, tying for second overall at 9.875. In addition, all five countable scores came in at 9.800-or-higher giving the team an event score of 49.175 for the sixth-best mark in the Ball State record book.

Overall, Ball State’s student-athletes earned 19 scores of 9.800-or-higher on the night.

Up next for the Cardinals is the Penn State Quad which takes place next Friday (March 1) and will also feature Towson and West Virginia.

BALL STATE SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL SWEEPS KENNESAW STATE IN FRIDAY ACTION

KENNESAW, Ga. – – It was a great day to be on the field and the Ball State softball team took advantage with a doubleheader sweep of Kennesaw State Friday at Bailey Park.

In the opener, senior Francys King was dealing, earning her first complete game shutout for the Cardinals (5-7) by limiting the Owls (2-10) to just four hits in a 9-0 victory. She also struck out four batters while not issuing a single walk.

In the nightcap, redshirt junior catcher McKayla Timmons provided plenty of fireworks by going 4-for-4 with three runs scored and a pair of RBIs, including a no-doubter to lead off the seventh. Her play, including some solid defensive saves on the first base bag, helped Ball State end the day with a 7-4 victory.

In the circle, sophomore Bridie Murphy limited KSU to three hits and one earned run under the lights to pick up her second win of the year. She also struck out a pair of batters.

HIGHLIGHTS:

– Timmons provided the first hit of the day, taking the first pitch she saw over the fence in center field for her fourth home run of the season … She also provided Ball State’s last, landing a ball on the KSU tennis court to give her a home run in each of the last three games.

– Timmons finished the day with five total hits, raising her team-leading batting average to .455. She also scored five of BSU’s 16 total runs and collected three RBI.

– Redshirt sophomore designated player Jessica Hoffman added her third home run of the season in the nightcap, with a three-run shot in the third.

– Murphy held onto a no-hitter through the first five innings of the night game, before giving up a leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth.

– Ball State stole seven total bases on the day, with six swipes in the opener and one in the nightcap.

– Senior pinch runner Remington Ross picked up one of the stolen bases in the opener, raising her program record career stolen base percentage to .980 (49-for-50). She is a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts this season and has been successful in her last 34 stolen base attempts.

GAME 1 – SCORING SUMMARY (Ball State 9 – Kennesaw State 0)

T1 | Timmons blasts the first pitch she sees over the fence in center field (1-0)

T3 | A one-out double from senior right fielder Hannah Dukeman and a two-out RBI single from graduate second baseman Jazmyne Armendariz makes it a two-run game (2-0)

T4 | Senior left fielder Kaitlyn Mathews reaches on an error, steals second and third, then scores on a wild pitch (3-0)

T6 | Senior pinch runner Remington Ross steals third and scores on a throwing error by the catcher (4-0)

T6 | Junior pinch hitter Maddie Weaver brings home two more with a single to right field (6-0)

T7 | Graduate third baseman Haley Wynn reaches on an error, steals second, advances to third on a passed ball and scores on another error (7-0)

T7 | Sophomore center fielder Ashlee Lovett drives in the final two runs of the game with a single up the middle, scoring Armendariz who reached on an error and Timmons who was hit by a pitch (9-0)

GAME 2 – SCORING SUMMARY (Ball State 7 – Kennesaw State 4)

T1 | Timmons took advantage of some miscommunication by the KSU defense, as a popup fell between three fielders for an RBI double (1-0)

T1 | A Mathews sac fly gives Ball State a two-run edge (2-0)

T1 | An errant throw on a grounder to third allows Timmons to score from third (3-0)

B2 | After drawing a walk, stealing second, and moving to third on an error, Kassidy Amerson-Fox scores on an RBI groundout from Peri Rouillard (3-1)

T3 | After singles by Armendariz and Timmons to open the inning, Hoffman clears the bases with a three-run blast to center (6-1)

B6 | A two-out BSU error allows a pair of Owls to score (6-3)

T7 | Timmons smashes a solo shot onto the KSU tennis courts in left field (7-3)

B7 | A bases loaded fielder’s choice from Stella Henry brings home the Caroline Shumeyko from third (7-4)

UP NEXT:

The Ball State softball team continues play in the I-75 Tournament Saturday with a noon first pitch at Georgia State.

BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

NO. 13 MEN’S VOLLEYBALL EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO THREE WITH 3-0 SWEEP AT QUINCY

QUINCY, Ill. – The Ball State men’s volleyball team (12-7, 5-1 MIVA) earned a 3-0 sweep on the road at Quincy (5-6, 1-6 MIVA) Friday night at Pepsi Arena.

Ball State controlled the tempo of the contest in all three frames as the Cardinals motivation continues winning their third-straight Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association match. The Cardinals were led offensively tonight by Tinaishe Ndavazocheva with 15 kills while hitting a staggering .636 from the floor off 22 swings. This week’s MIVA Offensive Player of the Week Patrick Rogers, turned in an 11-kill performance. The Cardinals’ setter Lucas Machado dished out 31 assists for a .451 accuracy.

“I am proud of how our team executed on our side of the net,” Ball State head coach Donan Cruz said. “We were dialed in. Our guys have been working hard in training, and we are motivated to give our max effort for one another.”

It was clear as day that the Cardinals weren’t messing around as Ball State jumped out to a quick 10-5 advantage over the Hawks in the opening set which was capped off by a kill from Ndavazocheva. Ndavazocheva continued to bring his “A” game along with the rest of his teammates pushing BSU’S lead to nine (20-11) after Ndavazocheva served up an ace. The Cardinals went on to take the first set from the Hawks, 25-15.

Ball State came out on fire in the second frame, taking 14 of the first 18 points. The Cardinals dominance continued over the Hawks as Ball State would take the second stanza from Quincy, 25-12. The Cardinals hit .471 from the floor in the second set while also limiting their errors.

The third set was much closer than the other two as Ball State and Quincy went point-for-point with score tied for the sixth time at 12-12. The seesaw match continued midway through the set. Ball State then scored three straight points to go up 18-15 after a kill from Braydon Savitski-Lynde. The Cardinals went on to take the set 25-20 and complete the sweep over the Hawks.

The Ball State men’s volleyball team will return home to host Queens University of Charlotte on Friday, March 1 at 7 pm ET in Worthen Arena.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S GOLF

GALLAGHER PACES WOMEN’S GOLF ON OPENING DAY OF RIO VERDE COLLEGIATE INVITE

RIO VERDE, Ariz. – – Sophomore Sarah Gallagher tied her lowest round of the season, shooting 71 (-1) to lead the Ball State women’s golf team on the opening day of the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational hosted by Western Michigan.

On the challenging 6,024-yard, 72-par Quail Run Course at the Rio Verde Country Club, Gallagher shined on the back nine, carding birdies on holes 11, 15 and 18 to finish the day tied for eighth at  -1. She is just two strokes behind second and four off the lead held by Missouri State’s Chayenne Chivrac.

Freshman JJ Gregston and sophomore Madelin Boyd also turned in solid rounds for the Cardinals, finishing the day at 76 (+4) and 78 (+6), respectively. Gregston is currently tied for 41st, while Boyd is tied for 58th among the 104-golfer field.

Sophomore Jasmine Driscoll rounded out Ball State’s countable scores with a 79 (+7) and is tied for 69th.

As a team, the Cardinals finish the round at 304 (+16) and are currently third among the 21-team field. BSU is just nine strokes out of fifth and 17 back of the lead.

Action in the second round of the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational is slated to being at Noon ET / 10 a.m. MST Sunday with BSU’s golfers currently scheduled to go off holes 5-7.

BALL STATE INDIVIDUAL SCORES

T-8th – Sarah Gallagher – 71 (-1)

T-41st – JJ Gregston – 76 (+4)

T-58th – Madelin Boyd – 78 (+6)

T-69th – Jasmine Driscoll – 79 (+7)

100th – Sabrina Langerak – 84 (+12)

TEAM RANKINGS

1st – Utah Tech – 287 (-1)

2nd – Missouri State – 289 (+1)

3rd – Xavier – 291 (+3)

4th – Cal Baptist – 292 (+4)

5th – Bradley – 295 (+7)

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13th – Ball State – 304 (+16)

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL BACK AT WORTHEN ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON

The Ball State men’s basketball team returns home to host a game at Worthen Arena for the first time in more than two weeks when the Cardinals play Eastern Michigan at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The game will be streamed on ESPN+ with Noah Reed and David Eha on the call, while Mick Tidrow and Scot Bunnell handle the radio broadcast on WMUN 1340AM – 92.5FM. This will be the 115th meeting in the series between the Cardinals and Eagles.

Ball State (13-13, 5-8 Mid-American Conference) handled EMU (10-16, 3-10 MAC) on Jan. 16 in Ypsilanti, pulling away for a 76-62 road win thanks to a season-best 23 points and seven rebounds from Davion Bailey.

The Cardinals faced a nine-point deficit with 8:46 to play Tuesday night at Northern Illinois but fought back for a 70-63 win. Jalin Anderson tallied 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and eclipsed 1,000 career points on a free throw in the final minute.

Eastern Michigan has gone 2-7 since the mid-January matchup with Ball State, beating Buffalo on Jan. 27 and Bowling Green last Saturday. With a win, the Cardinals would clinch the tiebreaker between the two teams and have a three-game edge in the MAC standings.

SCOUTING EASTERN MICHIGAN: The Eagles went 8-23 (5-13 MAC) last season in head coach Stan Heath’s first leading the program. Heath has head coaching experience at Kent State, Arkansas, South Florida and, most recently, the G League Lakeland Magic.

The Eagles rank No. 4 in the league in 3-point defense (32.9 percent) and No. 5 in fewest turnovers per game (11.8).

Junior guard Tyson Acuff paces the MAC and ranks in the Top 10 nationally in points per game (22.0, 7th), field goals made (205, 7th) and minutes per game (38.2, 3rd).

CARDINAL DIRECTIONS

Jihad leads the Cardinals in scoring (19.1 points per game) and rebounding (7.7) averages. The junior forward out of Detroit has led the Cardinals in scoring 16 games so far, scoring in double-figures 25 times, including 11 games with 20+ points. The big man’s total points (497) ranks third in the Mid-American Conference, while his rebounding and scoring averages ar fourth. Jihad leads the MAC in free throw attempts (201) and makes (148), ranking No. 16 in those categories, respectively.

The Cardinals lead the MAC and rank in 3-point shooting (37.7 percent, No. 18), free throw shooting (76.0 percent, No. 33) and free throws made per game (16.2, No. 40).

Ball State’s 20 wins last year were its most since 2016-17 when that team won 21. This season’s Cardinals will look for back-to-back 20-win schedules for the first time since that 2016-17 season.

The Cardinals are a young group, as the roster includes only one senior or graduate student (Ethan Brittain-Watts). Ball State returns only 21.5 percent of minutes played and 19.6 percent of points scored from last year’s team.

Brittain-Watts (Boston University), Jalin Anderson (Loyola Marymount) and Davion Bailey (Southeastern CC) form Ball State’s trio of transfers.

Joey Brown (Indianapolis), Zane Doughty (Indianapolis), Mason Jones (Valparaiso, Ind.), Trent Middleton Jr. (Philadelphia) and Jurica Zagorsak (Zadar, Croatia) are the Cardinals’ quintet of true freshmen.

Ball State signed forward Jai Anthoni Bearden (Phoenix, Ariz.) and guard Jermarhi “Fatt” Hill (Bessemer, Ala.) to national letters of intent to form the Cardinals’ 2024 recruiting class.

1,000 Points: Junior guard Jalin Anderson hit the 1,000-point mark in his career with a last-minute free throw at Northern Illinois on Feb. 20.

The Jackson, Tenn., native scored 604 of those before transferring to Ball State, where he’s averaged 15.3 points per game in 26 games (397 total).

DB FOR THREE: Junior guard Davion Bailey leads the Cardinals in 3-pointers made (55) and 3-point shooting (44.0 percent) so far this season, and the shooting efficiency leads the MAC and ranks No. 6 in NCAA Division I.

The Indianapolis native’s 2.5 triples made per game ranks second in the MAC, while his total 3-pointers made in conference games (36) is just one behind Northern Illinois’ David Coit, who’s attempted 35 more than Bailey.

HANDLING THE HUSKIES: Ball State swept the season series with Northern Illinois and has now won 9 of the last 10 games against the Huskies thanks to the 70-63 decision on Tuesday in DeKalb.

The men’s basketball team has won by double-figures over the Huskies five times in that span and bettered its record to 63-40 in the series, including 26-23 on the road.

FRESHMAN MAKING MOVES: Freshman guard Trent Middleton Jr. has scored in double figures in 5 of the last 8 games after doing so twice in the first 16 games of his collegiate career.

The Philadelphia native has averaged 9.1 rebounds, 4.1 rebounds and 2.5 rebounds during the span.

SECOND TRIP AROUND THE MAC: Ball State began its back end of double play opponents on Feb. 17 after playing each of the other 11 Mid-American Conference teams in first 11 league games of the year.

Ball State’s regular season series against Akron, Buffalo, Ohio and Toledo have wrapped up with those schools being single-play opponents for the 2024 schedule.

CROATIAN DESTINATION: Ball State is the only Division I school featuring Croatia natives on both its men’s basketball (Jurica Zagorsak) and women’s basketball (Hana Muhl) teams.

Zagorsak is one of only nine Croatians currently on Division I men’s basketball rosters. Ball State has played three of the other teams with a Croatian (Detroit Mercy, Little Rock and Toledo).

BUFFALO BLOWOUT: The 28-point winning margin on Jan. 23 at Buffalo was Ball State’s largest of the season against a Division I opponent and second-largest overall behind a 101-40 rout of Goshen in the Nov. 7 season opener.

The loss for the Bulls was their second-most lopsided in MAC play to date and third-worst overall.

FREE THROWS FALLING: Redshirt junior Mickey Pearson Jr. ranks second in the Mid-American Conference among qualifiers in free throw shooting percentage at 85.9 (73 of 85).

Bailey (86.2 percent, 25-29) and Middleton Jr. (81.7 percent, 49-60) have also been efficient at the foul line, while the Cardinals as a whole lead the MAC in free throw shooting at 76.0 percent, which ranks No. 33 nationally.

BANKING ON BASHEER: Jihad leads the team in scoring (19.1 ppg), rebounding (7.7 per game) and field goal percentage (46.4) among Cardinals averaging at least four field goal attempts this season. Jihad has established or tied career highs in scoring six times already this season, including on Jan. 20 against Miami (29 points).

The Detroit native’s scoring average has nearly tripled over last year (7.1), while his rebounding average has doubled (3.6). Jihad started only one game in his first two seasons at Ball State, but has been a mainstay in the starting lineup as an upperclassman now.

JALIN JAMS: Jalin Anderson, a transfer out of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, leads the Ball State backcourt in scoring and the team in assists (4.4 per game) as the Cardinals’ lead guard. Anderson leads the MAC in steals (26) in conference play and is fourth overall at 42 total steals so far.

The Jackson, Tenn., native boasts Ball State’s highest offensive output (29 points against Old Dominion) so far and has already established his career high for single season points, assists, rebounds and steals. Anderson has shown a penchant for explosive offensive performances, posting eight 20+ point games so far this season.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK X3: Jihad was named the Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week on Jan. 29 after taking home the honor on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11.

Jihad averaged 24.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 per game in wins at Buffalo and vs Northern Illinois, including a 28-point, 14-rebound double-double on Jan. 27 against the Huskies.

WINNING IN WORTHEN: The Cardinals clinched an undefeated home nonconference slate for the fourth straight season with the Dec. 10 decision over the Cougars.

Ball State has won 19 consecutive nonconference contests at Worthen Arena, with its last loss being on Dec. 3, 2019 to Loyola (Chicago).

1,300 WINS: The Ball State men’s basketball team recorded win No. 1,300 in program history with the Dec. 2 decision against Bellarmine. The Cardinals are the tenth current MAC men’s basketball team to reach that milestone.

MAC Program Wins (as of Dec. 4, 2023)

Akron – 1,697

Ball State – 1,300

Buffalo – 1,279

Bowling Green – 1,452

Central Michigan – 1,356

Eastern Michigan – 1,292

Kent State – 1,332

Miami (OH) – 1,436

Northern Illinois – 1,315

Ohio – 1,614

Toledo – 1,551

Western Michigan – 1,372

Up Next

Ball State plays at Central Michigan at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in its fourth and final game in the state this season.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

COACH SCHERTZ NAMED TO NAISMITH MEN’S COLLEGE COACH OF THE YEAR LATE SEASON WATCH LIST

ATLANTA, Ga. – Indiana State men’s basketball head coach Josh Schertz has been named to the 2024 Werner Ladder Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year Late Season Watch List presented by AXIA Time, released by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

The Watch List features 15 NCAA Division I coaches, nine from Power Five conferences. The next round of finalists will be announced on March 15.

In his third season at the helm of the Indiana State Sycamores, Coach Schertz has led ISU to a 23-5 overall record and a 14-3 Missouri Valley Conference record. In Indiana State program history, there have been only 10 other seasons that the Sycamores have recorded 23+ wins – Coach Schertz accounts for one of those 10. With 57 wins at Indiana State, Coach Schertz has tied Birch E. Bayh for 10th in program history in coaching wins.

The NBA-styled, fast-paced offense has drawn national interest of both basketball fans and analysts. The Sycamores played its way to hold numerous top 20 national rankings in various categories, including effective field goal percentage, three pointers per game, and scoring offense, among others. ISU currently leads the MVC in seven different categories.

Headlining recent news for Indiana State, Coach Schertz’s team earned national rankings for the first time since 1978-79 when Larry Bird was residing in Terre Haute. When the national polls were released on February 12, ISU earned the No. 23 spot in the AP Top 25 and No. 24 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll. Indiana State also topped the CollegeInsider.com mid-major poll for three weeks straight, ahead of notable teams like Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s.

Selected to finished fourth in the MVC this season, Indiana State climbed to the No. 1 spot and currently sits tied for first place holding the tiebreaker with the highest NET Ranking in the MVC.

When Coach Schertz moved to Terre Haute, his first season as head coach ended in the opening round of the MVC Tournament with an 11-20 record. The next year, Indiana State accepted an invitation to the College Basketball Invitational and earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament, the first postseason appearance since 2014. This team saw the Newcomer of the Year for the MVC in Courvoisier McCauley, while Cameron Henry, Robbie Avila, and Julian Larry also earned postseason awards.

His 2023-24 team has locked up a top-four regular season finish, claimed a day-one bye game to advance to Friday play. Indiana State has a chance to win the regular season title for the first time since 2000 and make an appearance in March Madness for the first time since 2011.

ISU has three games left in regular-season action. Indiana State hosts UIC on Saturday, travels to Evansville on February 28, and battles Murray State on March 3 for Senior Day.

ISU SET TO TAKE ON UIC IN BLACKOUT CANCER GAME

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball plays its second-to-last home game in the 2023-24 regular season on Saturday, taking on the UIC Flames at 8 p.m. ET.

Series History

The ISU-UIC series is still relatively fresh, as the two teams have met only five times entering this weekend. After UIC won the series debut back in 2001, Indiana State won the next four matchups, including the most recent meeting earlier this year in Chicago, 89-83.

About UIC

UIC is in its fourth year with Coach Luke Yaklich at the helm. UIC sits in 11th of 12 in the MVC with a 4-13 MVC record. Last year, the team finished 12-20 overall and 4-16 in league play. They were beat out by Missouri State 74-57. Three Flames currently average 10.0+ PPG: Isaiah Rivera (15.1), CJ Jones (11.5), and Toby Okani (10.6).

Last Time Out – Indiana State

Indiana State men’s basketball earned a victory at Valparaiso on Wednesday, 83-64, and moved to 23-5 overall and 14-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Jayson Kent finished one point shy of tying his career high with 23 points, shooting 8-for-13 from the floor, adding in six rebounds. Xavier Bledson and Ryan Conwell each finished with 15 points and six rebounds. Bledson finished 6-for-8 shooting and tacked on three assists, while Conwell shot 5-for-11 and had two assists. Robbie Avila also had 15 points but dished out six assists in 24 minutes on the court. Julian Larry scored five points with six assists. Jake Wolfe played just over 24 minutes, contributing four points, five rebounds, and four assists with no turnovers. Jaden Daughtry saw the floor for the first time in more than a month and recorded six points and three rebounds in 7:48.

Inside shooting helped the Sycamores to victory, scoring more than half its points inside the paint (46). ISU scored on 69.7% of attempts inside the arc (22-for-33) which is the highest since facing Valpo at home just two weeks ago (four games). Overall, ISU shot 57.1% (32-for-56) from the floor, the fourth-highest percentage of the season.

Last Time Out – UIC

Isaiah Rivera helped the Flames close the game on a 30-16 run during the final 6:18 and pick up UIC’s third win in its last five outings. Rivera also led five UIC players in double figures, paced by sophomore guard CJ Jones, who delivered his first career double-double with 17 points and 10 assists.

Junior forward Filip Skobalj added 16 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Toby Okani contributed 12 points, five rebounds and three steals, and redshirt sophomore forward Jaden Brownell came off the bench to deliver 11 points and a game-high (and career-best) seven rebounds.

As a team, UIC shot 51.9 percent from the floor, including 57.7 percent in the second half. The Flames also knocked down 9-of-19 three-pointers (.474) and converted 23-of-27 free throws (.852), including a perfect 12-of-12 from the stripe in the final 66 seconds to secure the victory.

Gameday Promotions

Indiana State is hosting game two-of-two of its annual Blackout Cancer games. Proceeds from the game will go toward the State Dance Marathon – Riley Children’s Foundation which helps raise funds and awareness in an annual 12-hour event that combines activities, dancing, and fundraising for the children receiving life-changing treatment at Riley Hospital for Children.

The first 500 fans can receive a black t-shirt upon entry. During the game, fans can participate in a Miracle Minute where buckets will be passed around the stadium for individuals to donate if they wish.

INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL

SYCAMORES START OFF 2-0 IN MEMPHIS

MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Indiana State Softball starts off with a 2-0 record on Friday in Memphis, Tenn.

The Sycamores won both of their games on Friday afternoon in the Blues City Classic Tournament, against SIUE in eight innings and Tennessee Tech in a five inning run-rule.

Game One: Indiana State 4, SIUE 3

Indiana State pulls out a victory in game one over SIUE in eight innings.

The Sycamores trailed the game until the seventh inning when Abby Robakowski hit a solo home run to tie the game 1-1.

Indiana State held the Cougars scoreless in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into eight innings.

The Sycamores scored three runs in the eighth inning to take the lead 4-1 over the Cougars. Lauren Sackett singled to left field to score Danielle Henning while Abi Chipps reached on an error to score Sackett. Kenzie Cornwell with a sacrifice fly to center field to score Ana Macha and put the final run on the board for Indiana State in the victory.

The Cougars rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning with a two-run home run by Grace Lueke to cut the Sycamores lead to 4-3. The Sycamores got the next three outs to close out the victory.

Lauren Sackett started in the circle for the Sycamores where she went 5.0 innings with six strikeouts, allowing four hits and one run scored. Hailey Griffin took the win for the Sycamores in the final 3.0 innings. Griffin recorded two strikeouts where she allowed two hits and two runs scored.

Other hits included a double from Haley Webb in the third inning and Isabella Henning connected on a single for the Sycamores in inning four over Sydney Baalman who threw a complete game for SIUE.

News & Notes:

Abby Robakowski with her first collegiate home run in the victory.

Game Two: Indiana State 13, Tennessee Tech 0 (5inn.)

The Sycamores win game two in a five inning run-rule over Tennessee Tech with a score of 13-0.

Indiana State got the lead early, where they scored 10 runs in the second inning. Kennedy Shade and Abby Robakowski started the hitting streak when they both connected on singles. Livi Colip connected on an RBI single to put the first run on the board for the Sycamores. Ana Macha kept the momentum going in the second inning with a 2 RBI single to advance the lead to 3-0 with one out. Abi Chipps singled down the left field line to load the bases for Indiana State before Danielle Hennings walk scored Lauren Marsicek. Abi Chipps, Danielle Henning, and Isabella Henning added three more runs for ISU when Kennedy Shade was hit by a pitch, Abby Robakowski and Kenzie Cornwell were walked and advanced bases on a passed ball to score Shade. Lauren Marsicek connected on an RBI single to score Cornwell and further the lead to 10-0 over the Golden Eagles.

The Sycamores kept the scoring going into inning three, where they added two more runs to the board. Abi Chipps led off with a single to left field, and Danielle Henning reached first base on an error while Isabella Henning walked to make the bases loaded for Indiana State. Kenzie Cornwells 2 RBI single scores Abi Chipps and Danielle Henning advancing the Sycamores lead to 12-0.

Indiana State recorded their final run in the victory in inning four. Lauren Marsicek doubled to left field, and Danielle Henning hit a triple off the back wall for the Sycamores. Ana Macha singled down the left field line, but was thrown out at second while Marsicek scored to advance the lead to 13-0 over Tennessee Tech.

Megan Asher took the win in the circle for the Sycamores throwing 4.0 innings while allowing only two hits and zero runs scored. Cassi Newbanks took over the ball in the final inning to close out the victory for Indiana State, where she recorded one strikeout, and allowed zero hits and zero runs scored.

Up Next:

Play will continue tomorrow for the Sycamores at 5:30 p.m. ET. beginning with a matchup against Memphis and they will turn around to play Tennessee Tech at 8:00 p.m. ET.

INDIANA STATE SWIMMING

CUMMINS, COTTER BREAK SCHOOL RECORDS ON DAY THREE OF THE MVC CHAMPIONSHIPS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Erin Cummins set the Indiana State record in the 200-yard Freestyle event twice on Friday, while Alexandria Cotter set a new Sycamore record in the 400-yard IM to pace Indiana State on day three of the Missouri Valley Conference Swimming & Diving Championships held at the Deaconess Aquatic Center.

Cummins broke the mark in the morning’s preliminary rounds on her way to earning the top overall seed. She followed up by surpassing the mark in the evening going 1:48.33 on her way to finishing fourth in the field. Alexandria Cotter set a new mark for ISU in the 400-yard IM going 4:18.52 to place second in the field. Cotter (400-IM, 2nd) and Kaleigh Kelley (100-Fly, 3rd) both finished inside the top three in their respective events.

The Sycamores sit second overall in the team standings with 829.5 points over the first three days. Missouri State (964.5) is the overall team leader, while Southern Illinois (718.5) and Illinois State (588.5) round out the top four.

Friday Evening Recap

Kaleigh Kelley was ISU’s top finisher in the 100-yard Fly as the freshman earned the podium finish in the A-Finals of the event touching the wall in 54.67. Kaimi Matsumoto (55.58) and Raz Harel (56.75) both competed in the A-Finals as well to provide strong finishes for the Sycamores in the event.

The 400-yard IM record went down on Friday night as Alexandria Cotter smashed the previous mark set by Blanca Saez-Illobre (2018) in finishing second in the field in 4:18.52. Dorotea Bukvic joined her in the A-Finals finishing eighth overall in 4:26.94. Esther Rydbeck Nordan was just outside the top-10 placing 11th in 4:27.33 in the B-Finals.

Erin Cummins broke the school record in the 200-yard Freestyle for the second time on the evening as the freshman topped the field in 1:48.33 to place fourth overall. Claire Parsons finished ninth in 1:49.65, while Peyton Heagy (1:51.87) and Chloe Farro (1:52.00) finished 14th and 16th respectively in the B-Finals.

The Sycamores finished fifth-sixth-seventh in the 100-yard Breaststroke event as Indiana State put three athletes inside the A-Final event. Ali Pearson went fifth in 1:02.24, while Alexa Szadorski touched in 1:02.36. Matsumoto finished seventh in her second A-Final of the evening touching in 1:02.68.

The Sycamores placed six athletes overall in the 100-yard Backstroke B- and C-Finals on the day. Kate Reeves was ISU’s top finisher in 13th in 56.86, while Trista Bullock (56.99) and Olivia DiRuzza (57.16) finished 14th and 15th. Kalli Agapios won the C-Finals touching the wall in 56.97 with Ella Moustgaard (58.44) and Raz Harel (58.92) rounding out the Sycamores in the field.

Bailey Betzer finished second overall in the 3M Diving consolation bracket as the senior totaled a six-dive score of 264.60 to lead ISU in the event. Daniela Orta Castaneda totaled 232.45 to place fourth on the evening.

Friday Evening Finals

100-yard Butterfly: A-Finals – Kaleigh Kelley (54.67, 3rd), Kaimi Matsumoto (55.58, 7th), Raz Harel (56.75, 8th)

400-yard IM: A-Finals – Alexandria Cotter (4:18.52, 2nd), Dorotea Bukvic (4:26.94, 8th); B-Finals – Esther Rydbeck Norden (4:27.33, 11th)

200-yard Freestyle: A-Finals – Erin Cummins (1:48.33, 4th); B-Finals – Claire Parsons (1:49.65, 9th), Peyton Heagy (1:51.87, 14th), Chloe Farro (1:52.00, 16th)

100-yard Breaststroke: A-Finals – Ali Pearson (1:02.24, 5th), Alexa Szadorski (1:02.36, 6th), Kaimi Matsumoto (1:02.68, 7th)

100-yard Backstroke: B-Finals – Kate Reeves (56.86, 13th), Trista Bullock (56.99, 14th), Olivia DiRuzza (57.16, 15th); C-Finals – Kalli Agapios (56.97, 17th), Ella Moustgaard (58.44, 19th), Raz Harel (58.92, 22nd)

3M Diving: B-Finals – Bailey Betzer (264.5, 10th), Daniela Orta Castaneda (232.45, 12th)

Friday Morning Preliminary Recap

Nineteen Sycamores advanced to the Friday night finals as the Sycamores opened up the third day of the MVC Swimming & Diving Championships at the Deaconess Aquatic Center. The Sycamores put three athletes in the A-Finals of both the 100-yard Fly, and 100-yard Breaststroke, while adding six athletes to the field in the 100-yard Backstroke to highlight the morning sessions.

Three Sycamores made the A-Finals in the 100-yard Fly as Kaimi Matsumoto, Kaleigh Kelley, and Raz Harel all placed in the top-eight of the field in the day’s opening event. Becca Shaffer (56.96) and Allie Barasch (57.45) both missed out on advancing to the finals with their swims designated exhibitions.

Alexandria Cotter was second overall in the 400-yard IM prelims to highlight two Sycamores advancing to the A-Finals as Cotter touched the wall in 4:21.27. Dorotea Bukvic joined her teammate in 4:24.43 to place seventh in the field giving ISU two in the top-eight. Esther Rydbeck Norden will take on the field in the B-Finals with a time of 4:31.58.

Erin Cummins set a new Indiana State school record and posted the fastest time in the 200-yard Freestyle prelims as the freshman touched the wall in 1:48.77 to highlight ISU in the A-Finals. Claire Parsons, Peyton Heagy, and Chloe Farro all advanced to the B-Final round finishing in the 9-16 range. Rose Parsons (1:54.74), Jordan Gruce (1:53.18), Kamila Nowak (1:57.20), and Ash Saple (1:58.12) all competed in the field.

The Sycamores put three more in the 100-yard Breaststroke A-Finals as Ali Pearson, Kaimi Matsumoto, and Alexa Szadorski all finished five, six, and seven in the field.

Indiana State put six in the 100-yard Backstroke finals highlighted by three athletes in the B-Final and three more in the C-Final. Olivia DiRuzza, Trista Bullock, and Kate Reeves all finished 9-16 in the field, while Kalli Agapios, Ella Moustgaard, and Raz Harel all finished 17-24 to advance to the C-Final round.

Zoe Smith qualified for the A-Finals placing in the top-eight in the 3M Diving preliminaries on Friday afternoon as the senior will take on the rest of the field in Saturday evening’s finals. Bailey Betzer and Daniela Orta Castaneda both finished inside the top-16 to qualify for the B-Finals, while Sierra Bowman and Brenna Woodruff both competed in an exhibition on the boards.

Friday Morning Qualifiers

100-yard Butterfly: A-Finals – Kaimi Matsumoto (54.99), Kaleigh Kelley (55.05), Raz Harel (55.71);

400-yard IM: A-Finals – Alexandria Cotter (4:21.27), Dorotea Bukvic (4:24.43); B-Finals – Esther Rydbeck Norden (4:31.58)

200-yard Freestyle: A-Finals – Erin Cummins (1:48.77, 1st); B-Finals – Claire Parsons (1:50.17), Peyton Heagy (1:51.53), Chloe Farro (1:51.64)

100-yard Breaststroke: A-Finals – Ali Pearson (1:02.14), Kaimi Matsumoto (1:02.72), Alexa Szadorski (1:03.07)

100-yard Backstroke: B-Finals – Olivia DiRuzza (56.95), Trista Bullock (56.95), Kate Reeves (57.37); C-Finals – Kalli Agapios (57.66), Ella Moustgaard (58.22), Raz Harel (58.94)

3M Diving: A-Finals – Zoe Smith (231.80); B-Finals – Daniela Orta Castaneda (230.15), Bailey Betzer (230.10)

Up Next

Indiana State closes out the 2024 MVC Championships tomorrow morning with the preliminary qualification rounds in the 200-yard Backstroke, 100-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Breaststroke, 200-yard Butterfly, and the 1650-yard Freestyle starting at 11:30 a.m. ET. The event finals of the swimming events, the finals of the 3M Diving, and the 400-yard Freestyle Relay finals will start at 7 p.m. ET.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

SYCAMORES TAKE EXTRA-INNING WIN OVER MICHIGAN STATE TO MOVE TO 5-0

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Joe Kido scored the game-winning run on a bases-loaded passed ball in the bottom of the 10th inning as Indiana State topped Michigan State, 7-6, on the Sycamores’ first day at the Snowbird Baseball Classic.

Tied 6-6 after Randal Diaz scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Sycamores (5-0) opened the 10th inning with Kido pinch-hitting and drawing a leadoff walk. He advanced to second on a passed ball and took third on a wild pitch to give ISU a runner 90 feet from the plate with none out. Intentional walks were issued to both Mike Sears and Josue Urdaneta to set up the force out at the plate, but Michigan State (1-4) reliever Logan Pikur’s pitch to the plate was mishandled and rolled to the backstop allowing Kido to score and set off an Indiana State celebration.

Jared Spencer (1-0) took the win on the mound for Indiana State as the relief ace entered the game in the top of the ninth and retired six of the seven batters he faced to keep Michigan State off the scoreboard. The Centreville, Mich. native surrendered just a single and struck out three in the win.

Luis Hernandez homered for the first time in the 2024 season and added two RBIs for the Sycamore offense, while Randal Diaz added a three-hit game as Indiana State connected on nine hits in the game. Mike Sears added an RBI double for ISU in the win.

Cam Edmonson went the first two innings in the Friday start. The Sycamore left-hander allowed two hits and three runs while striking out two, before turning the ball over to Simon Gregersen and Brayden Lybarger in relief. Gregersen went 3.2 innings posting a season-high six strikeouts, while Lybarger went 2.1 innings in his 2024 debut before handing the ball to Spencer in the ninth.

Sam Busch posted three hits, including a go-ahead solo home run in the top of the eighth inning to pace the Michigan State offense. Christian Williams added a two-run home run in the loss.

Ryan Szczepaniak (0-1) took the loss going 1.1 innings in relief, walking three while striking out one. Joseph Dzierwa went the first 5.0 innings in the no-decision, while Nolan Higgins and Logan Pikur both made appearances.

How They Scored

Luis Hernandez opened the scoring with a solo home run down the right field line in the bottom of the first inning to give Indiana State the early 1-0 lead.

Michigan State scored three in the top of the second highlighted by Sam Busch’s RBI single, Jake Dresselhouse’s RBI double, and Sam Thompson’s sacrifice fly to go ahead 3-1.

The Spartans added two more runs in the top of the third with Christian Williams’ two-run shot to left center giving Michigan State the 5-1 lead.

The Sycamores started to chip away at the lead with an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning scoring Mike Sears to make it 5-2.

ISU added another run in the bottom of the fifth as Josue Urdaneta scored on a Michigan State throwing error on Dominic Listi’s grounder to make it a 5-3 ballgame.

The Sycamores tied it up at 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth with Mike Sears’ RBI double to left scoring Henry Brown, while Randal Diaz singled home Sears to tie the game up.

Sam Busch connected on a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning to put the Spartans back ahead 6-5.

The Sycamores tied it up in the bottom of the eighth with Urdaneta scoring on a wild pitch to knot the game up at 6-6.

Indiana State took the walk-off win in the bottom of the 10th as Joe Kido scored on a passed ball to cap the 7-6 win.

News & Notes

Randal Diaz (25) extended his on-base streak on Friday afternoon with his first three-hit game of 2024 continuing a double-digit streak dating back to the 2023 season.

Dominic Listi continued his hot streak to start the 2024 season as the redshirt senior outfielder reached base for the fifth consecutive game to start his ISU career.

Luis Hernandez posted his third consecutive multi-RBI contest giving him a team-leading eight runs batted in over the first five games of the season.

Hernandez joined Henry Brown (Louisville) and Parker Stinson (South Florida) in the home run category on Friday afternoon following his first-inning solo shot.

Two Sycamores made their 2024 debuts on Friday with Brayden Lybarger going 2.1 innings on the mound, while Joe Kido drew a walk in the 10th inning in his first plate appearance of the year.

Jared Spencer made his second appearance on the mound and earned his first win in the 2024 season following a 2.0-inning, one-hit relief outing against the Spartans.

Up Next

Indiana State continues the Sunshine State swing on Saturday afternoon as the Sycamores take on Marshall in Port Charlotte, Fla. and Centennial Park (Field C-10) as a part of the Snowbird Baseball Classic. First pitch between the Sycamores and the Thundering Herd is set for Noon ET. The game is set to be streamed live via FloBaseball.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE TRACK

HARRISON NISWANDER NAMED ALFREEDA GOFF #HLTF MEN’S ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

INDIANAPOLIS – Harrison Niswander (Huntington, Ind. / Huntington North HS) is the 2024 Horizon League Alfreeda Goff Indoor Track and Field Male Athlete of the Year, the league announced on Friday (Feb. 23).

This season Niswander has set program records in the 800, mile, 3000 and 5000. He enters this weekend’s Horizon League Indoor Championships in the top five of three different events. He’s seeded first in the 800 meters (1:52.80), third in the mile (4:09.16), and fourth in the 3000 meters (8:14.71).

The sophomore earned two athlete of the week awards this season. His first came on January 23 after he won the 3000 meters at the Mastodon Invitational with a school record. He repeated the award on February 13 after a pair of school record performances at the Grand Valley State Big Meet. He ran the 5000 meters in a record time of 14:21.78 and recorded a time of 1:52.80 in the 800 meters.

Niswander is the first Mastodon to earn the Athlete of the Year honor from the Horizon League. The award honors Alfreeda Goff.  For 16 years, Goff was a member of the Horizon League team serving as Senior Associate Commissioner before retiring in 2015. She worked tirelessly to enhance the student-athlete championship experience, including track & field athletes. Prior to entering athletic administration, Goff was the track and field coach at the University of Pittsburgh.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

HERNANDEZ AND ‘DONS BEAT MCKENDREE IN FOUR SETS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -Wilmer Hernandez dug out 19 attacks on Friday night (Feb. 23), helping Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball defend the Arnie Ball Court and taking down McKendree 3-1 (25-20, 26-24, 24-26, 25-23).

Hernandez’ 19 digs is the most in a match since 2022 when Kade Bontrager reached the same total against McKendree in the MIVA Tournament. Hernandez is now tied with Bontrager with the ninth-most digs in a match in program history.

Jon Diedrich and Mark Frazier combined for 36 kills, over half of the team’s 55 kills, while Andrej Polomac assisted on 44 of those kills. Bryce Walker added efficient attacking with nine kills on 16 attempts for a match-best percentage of .563.

Purdue Fort Wayne held McKendree to just seven kills in the first set. The ‘Dons saw a two-point lead swell to nine with seven straight points that included back-to-back aces from Alex Melendez Watts. Diedrich delivered his team-high sixth kill to give the ‘Dons the win in the opening set.

McKendree brought up set point in the second set as they took a 24-22 lead. But out of a timeout, the ‘Dons forced two errors from McKendree with Frazier blocking the second attack to tie the score. Diedrich’s ace gave the ‘Dons the lead before Frazier hit his third kill of the set to steal the second set for Purdue Fort Wayne.

The script was flipped in the third set with the Mastodons having set point at 24-22, but McKendree battled back to tie and ultimately win the third set and force another set. Despite this, Hernandez had eight digs alone in set three. It was similar in the fourth set as Walker’s kill brought up match point at 24-22, but Diedrich drove home his seventh kill of the set to bring the match to a close.

McKendree was led by 11 kills from Kevin Schuele. The Mastodons’ 50 digs are the most since February 2023.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 8-7 and 2-4 in the MIVA. McKendree falls to 7-5 and 4-2 in the MIVA. The ‘Dons host the second of two matches against McKendree on Saturday (Feb. 24) at 4 p.m.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL

ANTHONY ROBERTS SCORES 31 IN VICTORY AT GREEN BAY

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Purdue Fort Wayne limited Green Bay to a 35.0 percent shooting performance on Friday (Feb. 23) to lift the Mastodons to an 85-59 victory at Green Bay.

The win extended the win streak over the Phoenix to seven games. The win also bounced the Phoenix from first place.

The Mastodons scored the first nine points of the game and never looked back. As a sign of things to come, Anthony Roberts had five of the points.

The ‘Dons would take leads of 15-2, 22-4 and 32-9 as the ‘Dons left Green Bay with no answers. Roberts had 19 in the first half to help the ‘Dons lead 47-23 at the break. Quinton Morton-Robertson opened the scoring in the second half with a three and Jalen Jackson followed with a layup to make the final 19 minutes academic.

Roberts finished with an 11-17 shooting night and a 5-of-9 evening beyond the arc for 31 points. It his most as a Mastodon. Jackson added 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Rasheed Bello totaled 16 points.

The Mastodon offense had only four turnovers and shot 50.8 percent (33-of-65) from the floor. Green Bay had zero steals in the game.

The Mastodons improve to 18-10 (9-8 Horizon). The Phoenix fall to 17-11 (12-5 Horizon). Purdue Fort Wayne is at Milwaukee on Sunday.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL

MASTODONS TOP HILLTOPPERS 14-13

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Justin Osterhouse singled in Grant Thoroman with two outs in the top of the ninth to give the Mastodon baseball team a 14-13 victory at Western Kentucky on Friday (Feb. 23). The ‘Dons recorded 21 hits in the game, their most in a contest since recording 21 against Murray State in 2015. Every Mastodon starter had a hit in the game. Jacob Walker had four hits and walked twice. Thoroman and Osterhouse each had three hits.

Kevin Fee allowed only a leadoff single in the ninth to preserve the lead and get the win for the ‘Dons. He allowed no earned runs in his two innings of work.

The wild affair saw WKU lead 5-0 after the first. Mastodon starter Mac Ayres was stronger after the first, earning a no-decision after 5.0 innings of work.

The ‘Dons made it a game again thanks to a three spot in the second. They took their first lead of the game at 7-5 thanks to four runs in the fifth. Nick Sutherlin tied it with a two-run home run in the inning that scored Thoroman.

From there it went back and forth. The ‘Dons led 9-5, before WKU tied it at nine. Both teams scored two runs in their times at-bat in the seventh and eighth. Camden Karczewski had the big hit in the eighth with a two-RBI double.

While WKU had a response for most of the afternoon, in the ninth they did not thanks to the work of Fee.

Mason Burns (1-1) took the loss for WKU. Blake Cavill drove in six for the Hilltoppers, including a sixth inning grand slam.

The ‘Dons improve to 1-3. Western Kentucky falls to 3-2. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL

GEORGIA SOUTHERN TAKES DOUBLEHEADER FROM MASTODON SOFTBALL

STATESBORO, Ga. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team dropped a pair of games on Friday (Feb. 23) on the opening day of the GATA Challenge.

GAME 1 – Georgia Southern 8, Purdue Fort Wayne 0

Georgia Southern got out to 4-0 start in the opening frame thanks to a three-run home run by Jess Mazur. Bailey Manos had her glove on it at the center field wall, but could not corral it to rob the homer.

From there, the home team added one more in the second and three more in the third.

The Mastodons had three hits in the contest. Manos, McKenna Minton and Brooke Lickey each had one.

Alanah Jones took the loss for the ‘Dons. Anslie Pettit got the win in 3.2 innings pitched. Kayla Roberts threw 2.2 innings of relief, tying a season-high with three strikeouts.

GAME 2 – Georgia Southern 3, Purdue Fort Wayne 1

Epiphany Hang had a hit and an RBI in the second game against the Eagles, but Georgia Southern won the second game of the DH.

Hang got the ‘Dons up 1-0 in the first, bringing Manos home. Manos reached on an error and worked her way around to third before Hang’s single up the middle got her all the way around to score.

Gracie Brinkerhoff held the Eagles without a run until the third. It took just one single for GSU after a player was hit by a pitch to get on base.

An inning later, a single, sacrifice bunt and double scored another run for the Eagles. In the sixth, they added another with a pair of singles.

Brinkerhoff got credited with the loss. Alana Barnard got the complete game win.

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 2-9. Georgia Southern improves to 5-3. These two teams will meet tomorrow (Feb. 24), but the Mastodons will play Presbyterian first at 11 a.m.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BROMENSCHENKEL THREE AWAY FROM 1000, ‘DONS LOOK TO CLINCH HOME QUARTERFINAL GAME

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – There are several noteworthy storylines for Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball entering its game with IUPUI this Saturday (Feb. 24). Amellia Bromenschenkel is three points away from 1,000 for her career and Purdue Fort Wayne is one win away from clinching a home quarterfinal game for the Barbasol Horizon League Basketball Championship.

Game Day Information
Who: IUPUI Jaguars
When: Saturday, February 24 | 2 PM
Where: Indianapolis, Ind. | The Jungle
Live Stats: Link
Watch: ESPN+
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | IUPUI | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

IUPUI is 6-20 this season and 4-13 in Horizon League play. Since meeting the ‘Dons last on February 3, IUPUI is 1-4 with just a 70-50 win over Robert Morris. The Jaguars are coming off a 75-52 loss to Cleveland State. Katie Davidson is IUPUI’s best player, averaging a team-best 16.6 points per game. Tahlia Walton and Jazmyn Turner are pitching in double-digit efforts for the Jaguars as well.

The Series

IUPUI leads the series 25-14 with a 13-7 record against the ‘Dons in Indianapolis. The ‘Dons have won the last two games against IUPUI, including last season’s victory in the Horizon League Championship quarterfinal. The ‘Dons won earlier this year 68-65 behind 16 points from Amellia Bromenschenkel.

Playoff Picture

The Mastodons need one win over the final three games of the regular season to clinch a home game for the Barbasol Horizon League Championship quarterfinal. This would also guarantee the best regular season finish for the Mastodons since they finished third in the Summit League in 2013-14.

Chasing 1,000

Amellia Bromenschenkel needs three points to become the next member of the 1,000-point club at Purdue Fort Wayne. She will be the 22nd Mastodon in program history to reach the 1,000-point threshold, joining Shayla Sellers who did so earlier this season.

Closing In…

Shayla Sellers needs 58 points to break into the program’s top-10 in scoring.

10. Rhonda Unverferth – 1,293 (1982-85)

11. Jordan Zuppe – 1,246 (2007-11)

12. Stephanie Rosado – 1,243 (2009-12)

13. Shayla Sellers – 1,235 (2019-present)

Recency Bias

Over the last seven games, Shayla Sellers is averaging 14.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game with a season-high 23 coming at Wright State. She is shooting 47.4 percent from the floor and 52.4 percent from 3-point range.

Winning SZN

Purdue Fort Wayne has 18 wins, which is the most for the program since the 2010-11 season, when the Mastodons won 20. The Mastodons also have 11 league, the most since 2010-11.

Last Time Out

The Mastodons beat Northern Kentucky 70-58 on road behind four double-digit efforts. Amellia Bromenschenkel led the ‘Dons with 17 points.

Coming Up

The ‘Dons will welcome Green Bay to the Gates Sports Center on Wednesday (Feb. 28). Youngstown State will visit on March 2 for the Mastodons’ Senior Day.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

UE WELCOMES SOUTHERN ILLINOIS ON SUNDAY

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – For the first and only time in the regular season, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team will face Southern Illinois in a Sunday game at the Ford Center.  Tip is set for 1 p.m. CT with ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network on the call.

Last Time Out

– Trailing by a 63-58 margin inside of six minutes remaining, UIC finished on a 30-16 run to take an 88-79 win on Wednesday night in Chicago

– Ben Humrichous put forth a stellar effort with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists

– Kenny Strawbridge Jr. tallied 14 points and 4 assists while Chuck Bailey III checked in with 13

– Gage Bobe was 4-for-4 from outside on his way to 12 points

Another in Double Figures

– In four games between Jan. 27 and Feb. 7, Chuck Bailey III was held to 4.5 points per game, but the last four games have seen major improvements

– Bailey has registered 9.5 PPG in the last four while shooting 55.1% (16-of-29)

– He made the first start of his career at Drake and recorded four of UE’s opening six points while grabbing four boards

– His 81.9% showing from the free throw line this season is tied for 9th in the MVC

At His Best

– Kenny Strawbridge Jr. may be playing the best basketball of his collegiate career

– Over the last six games, he has recorded 12.2 points and 4.2 assists per game

– Defensively, he is one of the best in the MVC and is second with 1.74 steals/game

– He has reached double figures in four consecutive games and has multiple assists in each of the last six outings

Back at his Best

– Ben Humrichous continues to get better and better since returning to the floor

– He has scored 18+ points in each of the last three games, averaging 19.7 PPG over that time

– He was 7-of-12 from the field with 6 boards and 6 assists at UIC

– Humrichous was held scoreless in the first half at Illinois State before erupting for 21 points in the final 20 minutes

– He finished the game 8-of-15 from the field and converted five 3-pointers; it was his first 20-point game since posting 27 against SEMO in Chattanooga

– That came on the heels of an 18-point effort versus Drake, his best since tallying 18 against UNI on Dec. 2

Scouting the Opponent

– Southern Illinois comes to the Ford Center with a mark of 18-10 and are 10-7 in the MVC

– After dropping a road game at Belmont on Feb. 14, the Salukis have rebounded with back-to-back home wins over #23 Indiana State and Murray State

– Xavier Johnson has been on of the league’s top players throughout the season and leads the team with 22.8 points per game

– He paces the MVC in scoring along with his average of 6.14 assists per contest

– Trent Brown is second on the team with 9.3 PPG

– On the boards, Clarence Rupert holds the top team mark with 6.2 per game

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL

BASEBALL LOOKS TO STAY HOT THIS WEEKEND AT NEW ORLEANS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. –  The University of Evansville baseball team will look to continue its hot start to the 2024 season this weekend, as the Purple Aces travel south to take on the University of New Orleans Privateers in a three-game series.  All three games can be seen live on ESPN+, with the series starting Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

Evansville is off to a 3-1 start this year, which is UE’s best since a 3-1 start to begin the 2014 season.  The Purple Aces are off to an historic start offensively so far, as UE has scored more runs through the first four games (47) than in any year in program history.  Overall, Evansville ranks 18th in the country in runs scored with 47, and UE ranks 14th overall in scoring (11.8 runs per game).

Offensively, UE is led by the middle infield duo of senior shortstop Simon Scherry and junior second baseman Cal McGinnis.  Scherry leads the team with a .538 average, while McGinnis is not far behind at .529.  Evansville has six different hitters currently hitting over .300, and overall, UE is hitting .331 as a team.

New Orleans, meanwhile, is 2-2 on the year after dropping a 15-10 contest to Southern Miss on Wednesday.  The Privateers went 36-24 a year ago, and UNO advanced to the final game of the 2024 Southland Conference Tournament.  Graduate outfielder Victor Castillo currently leads the Privateers with a .333 average.

UE and New Orleans have not met since the 2000 season, with the Privateers holding a slim 4-3 advantage in the series.  UE head coach Wes Carroll is no stranger to New Orleans, as he played against the Privateers during his time at Evansville, and he also played one season of minor league baseball for the New Orleans Zyphers before returning to his alma mater in 2007 to help coach the Purple Aces.

EVANSVILLE SWIMMING

ROLLETT MAKES MAIN FINAL IN 3-METER DIVING AT MVC SWIM & DIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – For the second-straight day, University of Evansville senior diver Madison Rollett (Evansville, Ind./Reitz) advanced to the main final at the 2024 Missouri Valley Conference Swimming & Diving Championships by placing in the Valley’s top four in the preliminary round of the three-meter diving competition at the Deaconess Aquatic Center in Evansville.

Rollett placed fourth in the preliminary round of the three-meter diving competition with a score of 235.10.  She now advances on to Saturday night’s three-meter diving final competition, which will take place as part of the final session of the 2024 Valley Championships.

Rollett was joined in making the finals on Friday by three of her teammates, as junior Sveva Brugnoli (Rome, Italy) and freshmen Evelyn Chin (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and Rafaela Makariewicz (Porto Alegre, Brazil) all advanced to the “C Final” of their individual events on Friday.

Brugnoli and Chin both advanced to the “C Final” of the women’s 100-Yard Butterfly on Friday.  Brugnoli went on to finish fifth in the “C Final” and 21st overall with a time of 56.86, while Chin was not far behind in seventh with a time of 57.39.  Makariewicz, meanwhile, advanced to the “C Final” in the 100-Yard Breaststroke and placed third in the final and 19th overall with a finals time of 1:05.32.

Evansville currently sits in eighth place in the Valley Championships, with a 54-points advantage on Valparaiso in the championship standings.  Defending champion Missouri State currently leads the pack with a team total of 964.50 points.  The MVC Championships will conclude on Saturday, with competition in the 200-Yard Backstroke, 100-Yard Freestyle, the 200-Yard Breaststroke and Butterfly events, the 1,650-Yard Freestyle, the finals of the three-meter diving competition, and the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay.  Preliminary round swims will begin at 10:30 a.m. and finals will begin at 6 p.m.

UPCOMING MVC CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

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 BASEBALL

BASEBALL FALLS TO NEW ORLEANS, 10-8

NEW ORLEANS, La. –  University of New Orleans outfielder Mitchell Sanford went 4-for-4 on Friday night, including an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to snap an 8-8 tie and propel the host Privateers to a 10-8 victory over the visiting University of Evansville baseball team at Maestri Field in New Orleans.

“We just made things very tough on ourselves, as we didn’t play clean baseball today,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll.  “Defensively, it’s very difficult to overcome four errors no matter who you play.

“We’ve got our work cut out for us the next two days, but we were in the same spot last weekend.  We just need to have the same kind of response out of our ballclub, because today was not clean baseball.”

Evansville started quickly, taking an early 2-0 in the first inning thanks to three hits and a walk, including a two-run single by junior designated hitter Evan Waggoner.  But, as was a theme all night, Sanford came through with a key hit in the first inning to help New Orleans get a run back and cut the deficit to 2-1.

Graduate third baseman Brent Widder came through with an RBI double to left-center field to push UE’s lead to 3-1 in the second inning, but the Privateers would respond with a solo home run by outfielder Isaac Williams in the next frame to get back within a run at 3-2.

Sanford and Williams would combine to drive in three runs in the third inning on a pair of RBI doubles, before UE would rally back to tie the game at 5-5 in the fourth inning on an RBI double by graduate outfielder Mark Shallenberger and an RBI ground out by Widder.

Evansville would quickly take a 6-5 lead in the sixth inning on a solo home run by junior outfielder Harrison Taubert, his first as a Purple Ace.  But, Sanford would give UNO back an 8-6 lead in the sixth inning with a three-run triple to center field.

The game would remain 8-6 in favor of UNO until the eighth inning, when Widder crushed a two-run home run to left-center field to tie the game at 8-8.  Evansville would threaten to retake the lead in the frame, but New Orleans reliever Kyrin Tyson-Long got out of a bases-loaded jam with a strikeout to keep the game tied at 8-8.  The Privateers would then strike for two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning thanks to two walks, two errors and a one-out RBI single by Sanford which actually scored two runs thanks to one of the two UE errors in the frame to win the game.

Sanford went 4-for-4 with five RBI, while Williams had two hits and drove in three for UNO.  Widder led UE by going 3-for-6 with a double, a home run and four RBI.

With the result, both teams stand at 3-2 on the season going into Saturday’s second game of the series, which will start at 2 p.m.  Senior RHP Nick Smith (0-0, 9.00 ERA) is scheduled to get the start for UE on the mound.  Saturday’s game can be seen live on ESPN+.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S GOLF

OPENING ROUND COMPLETE IN ARIZONA

RIO VERDE, Ariz. – Friday’s opening round of the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational saw the University of Evansville women’s golf team finish the day in a tie for 14th at White Wing Golf Course at Rio Verde Country Club in Rio Verde, Ariz.

Allison Enchelmayer and Kate Petrova led the way for the Purple Aces, each recording round of 75, 3 over par.  They are tied for 34th.  Finishing the day two behind them was Destynie Sheridan.  A 5-over 77 has her tied for 51st on the leaderboard and is alone in third on the squad.

One behind her was Magdalena Borisova.  Her score of 78 has her in a tie for 58th.  Jane Grankina rounded out the Aces contingent with a total of 82.

Cardina a 5-under 67, Missouri State’s Chayenne Chivrac leads the individuals by two strokes.  Jane Olseon of Utah Tech and Hridhika Vora from Akron are tied for second with rounds of 69.

With a 287, Utah Tech paces the team standings with Missouri State two behind.  Xavier is third with a 291 while Cal Baptist sits fourth with a 292.

Saturday will mark the second of three rounds.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

USI FINISHES ROAD TRIP AT WIU

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball concludes the four-game road swing Saturday at 3:30 p.m. with a trip to Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois.

Fans can track your Eagles all season by visiting the schedule on USIScreamingEagles.com for links to follow all of the action on the ESPN+, ESPN 97.7FM (http://listentotheref.com), and 95.7FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com/).

USI (8-20, 5-10 OVC) is 1-2 during the road trip, after defeating Morehead State University, 80-73, on Tuesday. Junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) and sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) are leading the Eagles with 20.7 points and 20.0 points per contest, respectively, during the road swing. Smith also is posting a team-best 9.0 rebounds per outing, while sophomore forward Kiyron Powell (Evansville, Indiana) is grabbing 6.7 boards per contest. USI, as a team, is taking better care of the basketball on the trip, only averaging 8.6 turnovers a contest.

For the season, Hernandez leads USI with 17.0 points per game this season, 20.9 points per contest in the OVC. Smith follows Hernandez with 13.7 points and a team-best 9.1 rebounds per outing, while posting a team-high 11 double-doubles.

USI, which is 3-4 in February, has three games remaining in the 2023-24 regular season, two in February and one in March. The Eagles are eighth in the OVC, entering Saturday’s game, and needs a pair of wins and/or losses by Tennessee Tech University and Southeast Missouri State University to secure a spot in the league’s post-season tournament at the Ford Center March 6-9.

The Leathernecks of WIU (17-10, 10-4 in the OVC) dropped to fourth in the OVC, a game out of a three-way tie for second, after falling to Morehead State University, 78-57, at home Thursday. WIU is 5-5 in its last 10 after starting the year 12-6.

WIU took the first meeting of the season with USI, 73-68, at Screaming Eagles Arena. USI had three players in double-digits, led by the 26 points from Hernandez. The Leathernecks lead the series with USI, 4-1.

Following the conclusion of the four-game road swing, the Eagles finish the 2023-24 regular season by hosting Lindenwood University February 29 and Southeast Missouri State University March 2 at Screaming Eagles Arena.

Tickets for the final homestand of the season are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the USI Ticket Office on-line. For more information, call the USI Ticket Office at 812-465-1189.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

EAGLES CARRY MOMENTUM TO WESTERN ILLINOIS SATURDAY

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – After claiming its first-ever Ohio Valley Conference regular season championship earlier this week, University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball looks to carry its momentum on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Western Illinois University to conclude a four-game road swing.

Saturday’s game can be seen live with a subscription to ESPN+ and heard on 95.7 FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com).

Southern Indiana (19-6, 14-1) captured the outright OVC regular season title on Tuesday night following a 72-64 road win at Morehead State. USI achieved the feat in only its second season at the NCAA Division I level and as an OVC member. In winning the regular season crown, USI has locked up the No. 1 seed at the OVC Tournament, March 6-9, at Ford Center in Evansville, earning a double-bye into the semifinals. By winning the regular season title, Southern Indiana became the first reclassifying women’s basketball program to win a conference title since California Baptist University in 2020-21 when the Lancers won the Western Athletic Conference.

USI concludes a four-game road swing with its matchup at Western Illinois on Saturday. The Screaming Eagles have won their first three games of the current road stretch and have won five straight going back to February 8. USI is 4-1 on the road this month.

In the last road game on Tuesday, Southern Indiana completed a regular season sweep of Morehead State with a 72-64 win. After USI led 22-9 through the first quarter, Morehead State fought back to make it a close contest. However, USI shot the ball for 45 percent, scored 42 points in the paint, and tallied 19 points off Morehead State turnovers to earn the victory. Additionally, USI only committed a season-low nine turnovers.

On Tuesday, USI had five players score 10 or more points in a game for the first time since December 2022. Senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) and freshman forward Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee) scored 14 points, sophomore guard Ali Saunders (Depauw, Indiana) and senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) posted 13 points, and freshman guard Triniti Ralston (Louisville, Kentucky) scored a career-best 10 points.

On Tuesday, Saunders and Gannon swept the OVC’s weekly awards. Saunders was named OVC Player and Newcomer of the Week, while Gannon earned OVC Freshman of the Week. The two received the awards after their road performances last week at the University of Tennessee at Martin and University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Both finished in double figures scoring in each game. Saunders put up 20 points against the Skyhawks and 18 against the Trojans. She totaled 10 three-pointers and 14 assists for the week. Gannon averaged 16.5 points while shooting 62 percent with eight boards per game last week. The freshman dropped her first career double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds against UT Martin before adding 16 points at Little Rock.

Southern Indiana is led this season by junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) with 13.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Raley and Webb are second and third in scoring at 12.5 points and 10.7 points per contest, respectively. As a team, USI is averaging 71.4 points per outing, second in the OVC. The Screaming Eagles are shooting an OVC-best 45 percent from the field and are holding opponents to a conference-leading 36.7 percent shooting. USI is also first in the OVC with a 35.4 three-point percentage and second in scoring defense, allowing only 62.9 points per game.

Western Illinois (16-10, 7-8) has dropped three consecutive games going into Saturday’s meeting against USI. The Leathernecks narrowly fell 87-85 in double overtime last time out on Thursday against Morehead State. Following a slow start to the game, Western Illinois rallied in the second half to force the extra sessions. With OVC Tournament seeding still to be determined for spots two through eight, Western Illinois finds itself in seventh place entering Saturday.

On the season, the Leathernecks are led by freshman combo guard Raegan McCowan, who has won OVC Freshman of the Week honors multiple times this season. McCowan paces the Leathernecks at 18.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Western Illinois tops the OVC in scoring and rebounding at 74 points and 41.6 rebounds per outing.

Saturday will only be the third all-time meeting between USI and Western Illinois. Southern Indiana has won the first two meetings, including an 81-61 victory at Screaming Eagles Arena earlier this season on January 25. In that game, Raley had a game-high 21 points, Shafford had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Gannon poured in a career-high 18 points. Saunders also added 14 points for the Screaming Eagles.

Following Saturday, Southern Indiana will return home to Screaming Eagles Arena next week for a pair of home games against Lindenwood University and Southeast Missouri State University. Both games are 5 p.m. starts. Thursday’s game is Ascension Heart Health Night, and fans are encouraged to red out Screaming Eagles Arena. Saturday’s contest is Senior Night and the regular season finale.

Tickets for both are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the USI Ticket Office online. For more information, call the USI Ticket Office at 812-465-1189.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S GOLF

WOMEN’S GOLF IS SET TO TEE OFF IN NORTH CAROLINA THIS WEEKEND

MILL SPRINGS, NC. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Golf is set to open their season down in Mill Springs, North Carolina at the Bright Creek Intercollegiate on February 24-25. The event is hosted by Gardner-Webb University at the Bright Creek Golf Club. Saturday will feature two rounds (36 holes) and Sunday will conclude the match with the third and final round.

USI is ecstatic to get the ball rolling with an experienced squad looking to take steps forward in year two of NCAA Division I play. The Eagles finished last year’s conference season championship in sixth place.

“We look to start the season off strong against a small but competitive field with an opportunity to play the unique and beautiful course designed by Tom Fazio,” said head coach Ann Sullivan when asked about the season opener.

The Eagles are led by a trio of seniors Halle Gutwein (DeMotte, Indiana), Haylee Exline (Poseyville, Indiana), and Katelyn Sayyalinh (Rockford, Illinois). Junior Baileigh Schneider (Huntingburg, Indiana) is another pivotal contributor who won OVC Golfer of the Week last March.

The squad also brings back sophomore Sydni Thurlow (Belleville, Illinois), along with the additions of freshman Ashlynn Weir (Evansville, Indiana) and freshman Alexis Wymer (Bridgeport, Illinois).

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SOUTHERN INDIANA BASEBALL

USI RALLIES TO GET FIRST WIN OF 2024

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball rallied from five runs down to post its first win of the season with an 11-8 victory over Eastern Michigan University Friday afternoon at the USI Baseball Field. USI is 1-4 to start the season, while EMU is 1-4.

The EMU Eagles struck first with five runs in the opening frame and would hold onto the 5-0 lead through four frames before the Screaming Eagles were able to get onto the scoreboard. USI would rally to within one in the fifth with a four spot off of three hits, a walk, and a hit batter.

USI sophomore second baseman Caleb Niehaus (Newburgh, Indiana) started the fourth inning rally with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on a wild pitch. Junior shortstop Ricardo Van Grieken (Venezuela) crossed the plate with USI’s second run of the game on a single by junior shortstop Lane Crowden (Jackson, Missouri) to make the score 5-2.

Freshman leftfielder Cameron Boyd (Villa Hills, Kentucky) cut the deficit to one, 5-4, with his first collegiate home run, a two-run shot to left to plate Crowden. EMU would rebound to get one of the runs back in the top of the sixth to lead, 6-4.

USI would rally to the tie the score in the bottom of the sixth, 6-6. Junior centerfielder Terrick Thompson-Allen (Souix City, Iowa) closed the gap to 6-5 by scoring on a ground out by senior designated hitter Tucker Ebest (Austin, Texas), while freshman rightfielder Ethan Rothschild (Evansville, Indiana) knotted the game at 6-6 by scoring on a wild pitch.s

Eastern Michigan grabbed the lead for a third time in the top of the seventh, 8-6, with a pair of unearned runs setting the stage for a third-straight multi-run frame by USI.

The Screaming Eagles tied the score, 8-8, on a two-run single by Rothschild. Rothschild, who was two-for-three with two runs scored and two RBI, would advance to second on a single by Niehaus and scored the lead run, 9-8, on a two-run single by Ebest.

USI sealed the victory with a pair of runs in the top of the ninth for eventual 11-8 victory. Niehaus, who was three-for-five with a run scored and two RBI, singled to center field for the two runs, scoring Rothschild and Thompson-Allen for the 10th and 11th runs of the game.

The winning pitcher tonight was junior lefthander Mason Sweeney (Fishers, Indiana) in relief. Sweeney (1-0) got the final two outs of the seventh, allowing a hit and an unearned run.

USI sophomore left-hander Will Keisel (Wadesville, Indiana) picked up his first save in the victory. Keisel allowed one hit in 1.2 innings on the bump, walking one and striking out two.

USI junior right-hander Gavin Seebold kept USI in the game for 4.2 innings after junior right-handed starter Gavin Morris (Brazil, Indiana) allowed five runs in the first inning. Seebold blanked the EMU Eagles on three hits and three walks, while striking out four.

Morris was touched for five runs on five hits and a walk in one-third of a frame.

Up Next for the Eagles:

USI continues the three-game series with EMU Saturday with a 2 p.m. first pitch. Fans attending Saturday’s contest will receive a USI Blanket (first 50 fans), hand warmers, and hot chocolate.

Following USI’s series finale on Sunday, the Eagles resume the homestand with a 2 p.m. game versus Ball State University February 27. The homestand concludes March 1-3 when a three-game set versus the University of St. Thomas.

SOUTHERN INDIANA SOFTBALL

GOTSHALL’S WALK-OFF SINGLE PUSHES USI PAST SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – University of Southern Indiana Softball began its weekend at the 2024 Cocky Classic in thrilling fashion, capturing a 5-4 walk-off victory against the University of Southern Mississippi on Friday afternoon.

Southern Miss (4-5) started the scoring on Friday with two runs in the top of the third inning, but Southern Indiana (2-4) responded in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead. Following back-to-back singles from sophomore outfielder Caroline Stapleton (Shirley, Indiana) and senior outfielder Mackenzie Bedrick (Brownsburg, Indiana), USI earned its first run back on a fielder’s choice. Then with runners at the corners and two outs, senior catcher Sammie Kihega (Greenfield, Indiana) belted a three-run home run to left field, her first of the season, to put the Screaming Eagles on top, 4-2.

The Golden Eagles fought back to even the contest at four runs apiece in the top of the seventh inning with a game-tying two-run home run. In the bottom of the seventh, USI freshman designated player Alyssa Mumaw (Greenfield, Indiana) led off with a walk, representing the potential game-winning run on base. After a single and a productive out moved Mumaw over to third base, junior infielder Hailey Gotshall (Lucerne, Indiana) singled to centerfield to score Mumaw and give USI the walk-off win.

Offensively, Southern Indiana posted five runs on eight hits. Stapleton and Kihega each had two hits with Kihega tallying three RBIs on the home run. Gotshall had the walk-off RBI single, and senior first baseman Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana) also had a hit and an RBI on the afternoon.

Junior pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) hurled her fourth complete game of the season. The right-hander fanned 11 batters and allowed four runs off six hits and three walks in the seven innings of work. With the win, Newman moved to 2-2 on the season.

Southern Miss scored its four runs on six hits. Hannah Borden led the Golden Eagles with two hits and four RBIs, including the game-tying home run in the top of the seventh inning. Southern Miss used three pitchers in the game.

The Screaming Eagles will be back in action Saturday from the 2024 Cocky Classic, taking on host Jacksonville State University at 10 a.m. and then Belmont University at 12:30 p.m. Live stats will be available for both games Saturday with video coverage available for the game against Jacksonville State through a subscription to ESPN+.

VALPO SWIMMING

BEACONS POST NUMBER OF TOP-10 TIMES FRIDAY AT MVC CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Valpo women’s swimming team had four individuals and one relay post times among the top-10 in program history in their respective events on Friday as the Beacons competed on the third day of action at the MVC Championships in Evansville, Ind.

How It Happened

Friday’s prelim action started with freshman Kailyn Benoit (Sussex, Wis./Hamilton) cutting four-hundredths of a second off her PR in the 100 fly, posting a time of 58.75 which ranks fourth in program history.

Freshman Olivia Tressler (Las Vegas, Nev./Desert Oasis) took nearly four seconds off her PR in the 400 IM, moving into sixth all-time at Valpo with a prelim time of 4:43.82.

Freshman Sophie Schoch (Medina, Ohio/Medina) paced Valpo in the prelims of the 100 back, taking almost three-tenths of a second off her PR in the event with a time of 59.45, ninth-best in program history.

Valpo’s final new placement among the program’s all-time best came in a time trial swim of the 100 IM by freshman Lily Kirkpatrick (Parker, Colo./Legend), who touched the wall in 1:02.33 to move into sixth in program history.

Kirkpatrick also led the Beacons in the prelims of the 200 free, slicing over four seconds off her PR as she came home in 1:58.71.

A trio of swimmers who already rank among the top-10 in program history in the 100 breast all narrowly missed improving their PRs in Friday’s prelim swims. Junior Sara Strauss (Spring Lake, Mich./Spring Lake) led the way with a time of 1:07.48, while sophomore Natalie Eaton (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) touched the wall in 1:08.05 and freshman Roxanne Adams (Aguadilla, Puerto Rico/Homeschooled) recorded a time of 1:08.29.

Two other Beacons came up just shy of Schoch’s team-best time in the 100 back prelims. Benoit PRed with a time of 59.61, less than a tenth of a second outside Valpo’s top-10, while freshman Avery Ball (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) came up just .11 short of her PR with a time of 59.63.

Ball and Strauss, who rank first and second in program history in the 100 IM, posted time trial times of 1:01.89 and 1:01.75, respectively, on Friday.

The quartet of Schoch, Strauss, Benoit and freshman Bri Keese (Brighton, Colo./Brighton) covered the 400 medley relay in 4:00.24, seventh-fastest all-time at Valpo.

Valpo closed the day in ninth place in the team standings with 164 points.

Next Up

Valpo concludes the 2024 MVC Championships on Saturday with the fourth and final day of competition. Prelim swims begin at 10:30 a.m., with finals starting at 6 p.m.

VALPO BASEBALL

BASEBALL FALLS TO NATIONALLY-RANKED ALABAMA IN SERIES OPENER

The Valparaiso University baseball team dropped the series opener to No. 17 Alabama on Friday by a score of 14-2 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Crimson Tide put together four crooked numbers en route to invoking the 10-run rule after seven innings.

How It Happened

The hosts put up a six spot in the bottom of the second to open the scoring including a three-run homer that accounted for half of the inning’s run production. 

Valpo got on the board in the top of the third despite the inning starting with two outs and nobody on base. Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) clubbed a double to get things going, then Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) lashed a run-scoring single and Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest) followed with a two-bagger to score Schmack.

Alabama went down quietly in the third but poured on four runs in the fourth before scoring two more in the fifth. The Crimson Tide added two tallies in the sixth before winning via the 10-run rule.

Inside the Game

Valpo’s five hits came from five different players.

Three of the five hits went for extra bases.

Each of the top four players in the batting order had a hit.

Schmack picked up his fifth RBI of the young season, while Maka recorded his second.

Up Next

Valpo (2-3) and the No. 17 Crimson Tide will continue the series on Saturday at 2 p.m. The game will air on SEC Network+ with links to live video, audio and stats available on ValpoAthletics.com.

VALPO SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL DROPS PAIR TO OPEN WEEKEND IN CHATTANOOGA

The Valpo softball team opened the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn. Friday morning with a pair of games. The Beacons came out on the wrong end of a pitcher’s duel with Texas A&M-CC, falling 2-1, and then suffered a 11-2 setback against UT Martin.

How It Happened – Texas A&M-CC

The Islanders opened the scoring with an unearned run in the bottom of the first.

Facing the reigning Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year in Primrose Aholelei, the first eight Valpo batters went down in order. Sophomore Kam Utendorf (Columbus Grove, Ohio/Columbus Grove [Black Hawk College]) snapped the string with a two-out infield single in the third.

One inning later, the Beacons broke through for the tying run. Senior Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) singled with two outs to keep the inning alive. Sophomore Kaia Garnica (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central) followed with a single of her own, and a subsequent throwing error by the Islanders allowed Hecker to cross the plate, tying the game at 1-1.

Meanwhile, freshman Sydney McDermott (Stout, Ohio/Portsmouth West) was holding it down in the circle for Valpo, entering the bottom of the fifth having surrendered just one hit. But the Islanders got a two-out pinch-hit homer from Rhea-Ann Avalos to retake the lead, 2-1.

Valpo’s last six batters went down in order in the final two innings.

How It Happened – UT Martin

Valpo started on top thanks to a run in the bottom of the second. Garnica was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame, and pinch-runner Lauren Sena (McHenry, Ill./McHenry) stole second with one out. Two batters later, freshman Carson Kuhlmann (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) delivered an RBI single to plate Sena and make it 1-0 Valpo.

UT Martin pushed 11 runs across the plate in the top of the third to take the lead.

The Beacons got a run back in their half of the third, as an infield grounder from Hecker drove in senior Kayla Skapyak (Macomb, Mich./Dakota).

Valpo tried to extend the game in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases with two outs, but a strikeout closed out the run-rule decision.

Inside the Games

McDermott enjoyed the best outing of her young collegiate career in the circle, going the distance in the opener and surrendering just one earned run on three hits while striking out five.

Hecker went 3-for-6 over the pair of games while scoring a run and tallying an RBI.

Garnica reached base three times as well Friday, picking up a hit and getting hit by a pitch twice.

Kuhlmann’s RBI against UT Martin was the first of her collegiate career.

Freshman Anna Wilming (Columbus, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) started in the circle against the Skyhawks and took the loss, tossing two-plus innings.

Next Up

Valpo (2-9) continues tournament play from Chattanooga on Saturday with two more games. The Beacons take on the host Mocs at 11:30 a.m. CT before facing Georgetown at 3 p.m. CT.

VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BEACONS HOST PLAY4KAY GAME SUNDAY AGAINST UIC

Valparaiso (5-19, 4-11 MVC)

Game #25 – February 25, 2024 – 1 p.m.

UIC (15-11, 8-7 MVC)

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

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team hosts its annual Play4Kay game on Sunday when it welcomes UIC to the ARC. The last three regular season meetings between the two programs have all gone right down to the wire.

Previously: Valpo returned to the ARC Thursday evening, falling to reigning MVC regular season co-champions Belmont by an 83-56 final. Senior Leah Earnest surpassed the 600-rebound mark for her career, becoming just the 12th player in program history to reach that milestone.

Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN+

Audio: WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso)

Links for live coverage: Available via ValpoAthletics.com

Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her sixth year at the helm of the program in 2023-24 and owns a record of 60-110. Evans has made an impact on the program in her first five years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. The 2022-23 season saw Evans lead Valpo to the first win in program history over perennial MVC power Missouri State. The Beacons also won three consecutive road games in Valley play, the first time the program accomplished that feat against three different opponents since 2007.

Series Notes: The most common opponent in program history, UIC holds a 29-25 advantage in the all-time series over Valpo. Previously conference mates in the North Star Conference, the Mid-Continent Conference and the Horizon League, last season was the first year the two programs shared conference affiliation in the Missouri Valley Conference. The last three regular season meetings between the two programs have gone right down to the wire – last season, the Flames won in Chicago, 51-50, on a Josie Filer 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds to play and then won at the ARC, 55-53. This season’s first meeting in Chicago saw the Beacons flip the script, as Leah Earnest hit a buzzer-beating layup to give Valpo the 71-70 win. The Beacons went 14-for-29 from the 3-point line in the victory.

UINDY BASEBALL

BATS GO QUIET AS GREYHOUNDS DROP SERIES OPENER TO HURRICANES

AMERICUS, Ga. – The No. 4-ranked University of Indianapolis baseball team faced it’s first defeat of its young season, dropping a 5-1 contest to the Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes. The Hounds attempted a late rally, etching across their lone run in the top of the ninth, but it was too little too late as the Hounds fell.

Carter Nowak, in his second appearance in relief work, was quality from the bump, going five innings, giving up no runs on only four hits while punching out four batters.

INS & OUTS

After Drew Donaldson’s top of the first double was left on base, the Hurricanes were the recipient of some poor control by Greyhounds starter Jackson Kirkpatrick as an inning opening walk, followed by two straight singles loaded the bases for the Hurricanes with no outs. A walk and a shallow popup falling in right field kept the bases juiced and sent two Hurricane runs across the plate. A hit by pitch scratched across the last of the inning before the damage got any worse.

A double play with a runner on third gave the Hurricanes their fourth run in the second frame of action. The score stayed 4-0 up until the fourth, where a pair of inning-opening walked induced a pitching chance for the Hounds, bringing in Nowak. After a pair of strikeouts, a single up the middle past Nowak sent the runner from second home, just before Nick Lukac gunned the runner from first at second.

The scoring drought from the Hounds was finally ended in the ninth, when Zack Williams doubled deep down the left field line, scoring Donaldson from second. That was the lone Hound run as the game ended 5-1.

UP NEXT

The Hounds will look to avenge their loss to the Hurricanes tomorrow as they kick off the second game of the three game set at 2 p.m. ET.

UINDY WOMEN’S TENNIS

GREYHOUNDS BOUNCE BACK WITH SWEEP OF #25 OILERS

NDIANAPOLIS – Over a week removed from a tight-fought battle with the cross-town Butler Bulldogs, the UIndy women’s tennis team let out some frustrations, sweeping the No. 25-ranked Findlay Oilers on Friday afternoon.

The Hounds went perfect in singles, winning from one to six all in straight sets.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Before the Greyhounds laid out a clinic in singles, the teams battled it out through doubles. Quick 6-2 wins at No. 2 and No. 3 courts earned the points for the Hounds. With the point already in the Hounds favor, the Oilers scored a tiebreaker victory at the top court, but the Hounds still carried the lead into singles play.

The No. 1 court, occupied by Diane Flament, and the No. 6 slot, manned by Valentine Colin, were the first pairs to score victories, both in quick work. Flament, coming into the matchup at No. 45, went 6-2, 6-1. Colin matched that, going 6-2, 6-1 herself.

No. 7-ranked Tyffaine Pais was next on the victory docket for the Hounds, winning 6-4, 6-2 out of the No. 3 spot. Rounding out the next two wins for the Hounds was No. 19 Benedetta Sensi, winning 6-4, 6-2, No. 25 Ana Hollweg, snagging a tight second set to win 6-3, 7-5.

Maissane Aik was the last Greyhound to claim victory. She claimed a nailbiter of a first set 7-6 with a 7-1 tiebreaker. That followed in a slightly less stressful set win for Aik, as she won 6-4.

UP NEXT

The ranked foes continue for the Hounds as they come to blows with a familiar opponent. The No. 12 Greyhounds travel up to Detroit, Mich. for a bout with the No. 14-ranked Wayne State Warriors. Last time these teams met was at the UIndy Tennis Center where UIndy came away with a 4-2 victory.

UINDY WOMEN’S LAX

HOUNDS DEFEAT SAINTS IN DOMINATE, 24-3, WIN

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – The No. 13 UIndy women’s lacrosse team defeated Thomas More 26-4 in their highest-scoring game this season. The in-region win was the first time the two teams faced each other. The Greyhounds now improve to 2-1 on the season and are currently on a two-game win streak.

Mackenzie Winn was the star of the field for UIndy. Winn finished the game with a career-high 11 points. The senior scored four goals and had seven assists, another career high.

INS & OUTS

The Hounds offense quickly took over the game by scoring five uncontested goals in the first seven minutes of play. Five different players were able to find the back of the net. Thomas More was not able to get a shot off until their first goal of the game which was 11 minutes into the contest. UIndy responded to this goal by scoring three more goals before the end of the quarter.

This momentum carried the Greyhounds through the rest of the quarter. The largest run of the day for the Hounds was six unanswered goals in the last 13 minutes of the first half. Caroline Krauch and Megan Dunn each scored two goals during this time. UIndy finished the first 20 minutes leading the Saints, 15-2.

Coming out of halftime UIndy did not slow down. The Greyhounds scored five goals in the third and six in the fourth. The defense held Thomas More to only two goals for the rest of the contest, all in the third quarter.

INSIDE THE BOX

– 12 Hounds found the back of the net. Dunn scored four goals and four more players had three goals to their name. The team finished with a season-high 43 points.

– UIndy was able to get off 35 shots, 32 of which were on goal.

– The Greyhounds picked up 17 ground balls. This was led by Olivia Grogan who had three. Thomas More was held to only six ground balls.

– The Hounds were also able to keep control of the ball only turning over the ball eight times. Compared to Thomas More, who turned over the ball 15 times.

– Ava Graham and Lylian Iman both clocked 30 minutes in front of the net. Both players gave up two goals and Iman had the only save of the day for the Greyhounds.

UP NEXT

UIndy will travel to North Canton, Ohio to face Walsh. The contest is set to take place on Sunday, Feb. 25 with the game scheduled for noon.

UINDY SOFTBALL

HOUNDS SWEEP COMPETITION ON DAY ONE OF BLUE BRIDGE BATTLE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Ninth-ranked UIndy earned a pair of region wins on day one of the Blue Bridge Battle. Hosted by Kentucky Wesleyan, UIndy faced Michigan schools Northwood and Ferris State. The Greyhounds are now 8-1 on the season and on a five-game win streak.

GAME 1 | UIndy 7, Northwood 0

All-American Kenzee Smith tossed a complete-game shutout to move to 3-0 on the young

season. In 106 pitches, Smith only walked two batters and finished with nine strikeouts.

Offensively, the Greyhounds got on the board quickly with a three-run first inning. They started the game with three consecutive walks, setting up a two-run double by Lexy Reese and later an

RBI groundout by Dominique Proctor.

UIndy was able to add four more runs in the fifth inning. The frame featured three hits, three walks and two steals, with Rees, Proctor, and Braxton Downs providing the RBIs.

Megan Nichols amassed two runs, two walks, and two stolen bases in the contest. Emily

O’Conner and Downs both scored twice.

GAME 2 | UIndy 6, Ferris State 1

UIndy was able to score in all but one inning during the contest. Two runs were off sacrifice flies hit by O’Connor and Reese. Jocelyn Calvin hit a double in the second inning and earned two RBIs. Shelby Cook was able to get an RBI of her own due to a fielder’s choice. The final run on the day was due to an error by the Bulldogs allowing Cook, who was on base with a single, to advance all the way home.

For the first time this season, Jayden Casebolt remained inside the circle for the entirety of the contest. Casebolt only allowed one walk the entire game and struck out six batters. The junior now improves her season record to 3-1.

Proctor added two more hits in the cappe, while Calvin and Nichols had a pair of walks apiece.

UP NEXT

On day two of the Blue Bridge Battle, the Hounds will face Trevecca Nazarene first with the first pitch set for 11 a.m. ET and a contest against Ohio Dominican will follow at 1 p.m. ET. Both contests will take place at the Deaconess Sports Park.

MARIAN TRACK

MARIAN MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD’S MIKE HOLMAN, ISIAAH TIPPING HONORED BY USTFCCCA

NEW ORLEANS – Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2024 NAIA Indoor Track & Field season were announced on Thursday, February 22, by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Each of the five regions – Great Lakes, Midwest, South, South Central and West – honored both genders’ top track athletes and field athletes as well as the top men’s and women’s head coaches and assistant coaches.

Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches. Only those individuals from USTFCCCA member programs are eligible for awards.

For the third consecutive season, head coach of the Marian track and field programs Mike Holman was honored by the USTFCCCA as the Great Lakes Region Men’s Track and Field Coach of the Year, while senior thrower Isaiah Tipping was honored as Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year. Tipping’s honor is the first for Marian in track or field in the indoor season.

Tipping, who is in the midst of his best season as a Knight as a senior, is ranked first nationally in the weight throw at 21.35m (70-0½), a mark that doubles as the fifth-best heave in NAIA history. He also qualified for the NAIA Indoor Championships in the shot put with a mark of 15.37m (50-5¼). During the Crossroads League Championships, Tipping broke the league meet record twice and also broke his own Marian record.

Holman, in his 12th year as Director of Track & Field at Marian (Ind.), led the Knights to the men’s and women’s team title at the Crossroads League Indoor Championships, with the men setting a league and program record 253.5 points. Marian won seven events at the Crossroads League Championships and had two No. 1 national #EventSquad rankings (shot put and weight throw).

Marian will depart for Brookings, South Dakota, and the NAIA National Championships on Monday, February 26.

MARIAN WOMEN’S LAX

#8 MARIAN LOGS FIRST WIN OF 2024 WITH 12-7 VICTORY OVER GEORGETOWN COLLEGE

Georgetown, Ky. – The Marian women’s lacrosse team earned their first win of the season on Wednesday night in Kentucky, as the Knights landed a 12-7 win over (RV) Georgetown College. Marian’s win is their first of the season, as the Knights move to 1-1 on the young campaign.

The Knights acted quickly and scored the game’s first goal within three minutes, as Taleah Nool netted the opening goal of the night. Georgetown would respond with a Madison Diaz goal at the 8:44 mark, but the draw was short-lived as Marian immediately won the draw control, leading to  Katie Murphy goal. The quarter would hit a tie once again with 6:52 to play before the second, but the Knights never gave up their lead, with Marian scoring three unanswered goals to cap a 5-2 period. Nool added her second goal of the quarter to put Marian in the lead, while Ashlynn Gray and Ella Grace Giedd each followed with a score.

The scoring would slow down in the second quarter, as Marian held a 2-1 edge over the Tigers in the quarter. Georgetown would score the first goal in the quarter to make it a two-score game, but with 9:42 to play in the half Murphy netted her second goal, putting Marian on top 6-3. The Knights would get another goal from Lizzie Piercy who scored her first goal of the season with 43 seconds remaining to cap the scoring in the half, seeing Marian lead 7-3 at the intermission. Marian had multiple chances to score in the quarter despite the two goals, as five shots were saved by the Tigers’ Madison Haney.

Marian’s defense in the second quarter played a large role in holding Georgetown to just one goal, and it carried over into the third quarter as the Knights again allowed one score. Multiple possessions for the Tigers ended in turnovers forced by Ashlynn Gray, while Katherine Hirsch made multiple saves to protect the goal. Ruby Mason scored both goals for Marian in the third quarter, helping her team lead 9-4 entering the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter Marian found another gear on offense, ending the game with three goals in the period. Ella Grace Giedd netted her second goal with 10:20 to play in the game to answer a Georgetown goal, while Katie Murphy and Delaney Koles would score in the final two minutes to add to Marian’s lead. The Tigers would slip one final goal past Grace Coyne who took over goal-tending duties in the fourth quarter with 40 seconds remaining, ending the scoring for the game with Marian victorious 12-7.

Murphy led Marian ni the game in goals and shot attempts, with three and seven, respectively. Murphy finished the night with five points, leading the way with two assists. Mason and Giedd each scored a pair of goals and had one assist, and Nool finished with two goals in the game. Delaney Koles’ goal was the first in her career.

Defensively, Ashlynn Gray and Madeline Dumke led the team in caused turnovers with three each, and Gray led the team with nine draw controls. In goal, Hirsch received her first win of the year making six saves in 45 minutes of work. Coyne played the final 15 minutes of the game, making one save.

Marian will play their home opener on February 29, hosting Missouri Baptist at St. Vincent Field at 4:00 p.m.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index

TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/

OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php

TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index

NBA STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nba/standings

NHL STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nhl/standings

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/standings/

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.ncaa.com/standings/basketball-women/d1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

Football History Headlines

February 24, 1989 – Harold E. Ballard sold the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats to David Braley per OnThisDay.com. Braley was the owner of three Canadian Football League teams over the years and once was the  Canadian League’s interim commissioner. His other former teams were the B.C. Lions and the Toronto Argonauts. According to an ESPN.com article ; “His teams won four CFL titles, among them Toronto’s championship in the 100th Grey Cup in 2012.”

February 24, 1991 End of World League of American Football’s (WLAF) 1st draft. According to a web page titled World League of American Football, “The NY/NJ Knights make the first selection on the first day of the WLAF draft and choose 6-3, 290lb offensive tackle Caesar Rentie of Oklahoma.” on February 14 to kick off the  picking of teams from scratch draft. This final day of picking was to choose defensive backs and assign 40 operation discovery players for each franchise. After some ups and downs and major changes the leagues disbanded in 2007 under the moniker of NFL Europe.

HOF Birthdays

February 24, 1906 – Muskegon, Michigan – The fantastic end from the University of Michigan, Bennie Oosterbaan was born. For more on this legend of the game, please click his name.

February 24, 1910 – Birmingham, Alabama – Fred Sington the great Tackle front the University of Alabama arrived into this life per the NFF.

February 24, 1923 – Toledo, Ohio – The nifty halfback from the Michigan Wolverines gridiron program, Bob Chappuis celebrated his day of birth. The NFF says that; “As a football star, he led the Big Ten in total offense twice and in 1947 was unanimous All-America halfback. He helped Michigan to a perfect season and was voted Most Valuable Player in the Rose Bowl after leading the way to a 49-0 victory over Southern California.” The National Football Foundation honored Bob Chappuis with induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988.

February 24, 1952 – Arcadia, Louisiana – The stud linebacker from Louisiana Tech, Fred Dean was born. Fred as the leader of the La Tech defense helped take the team to the 1973 NCAA Division II Championship.  Dean had 392 career tackles during his college days. Fred Dean was forever recognized as one of the top collegians of the gridiron when he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009. The San Diego Chargers took Fred in the second round of the 1975 NFL Draft and he played 11 seasons in the League both with the Chargers and the 49ers as a defensive end according to the ProFootballHOF.com. Sacks was not an official stat of the NFL during most of his playing days but it has been documented that the big DE probably had upwards of 100 take downs of QBs behind the line of scrimmage in his career. In 1983 when they were official, Dean posted 17.5 sacks in the League books. He was received as an All-Pro in both 1980 and 1981 and played in 4 Pro Bowl games. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Fred Dean’s football NFL legacy in 2008.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1943      The Texas League announces the circuit plans to cease operations for World War II. As with most minor leagues, the difficulty of traveling and the lack of non-disabled men available to fill team rosters make suspending play necessary.

1948      The White Sox trade Ed Lopat to the Yankees for Aaron Robinson, Bill Wight, and Fred Bradley. The 29-year-old southpaw, called ‘The Junkman’ by his teammates, will spend eight seasons with the Bronx Bombers, compiling an impressive 113-59 (.657) record.

1966      The Braves sign the University of Southern California hurler Tom Seaver, but Commissioner William Eckert nullifies the contract due to rules governing the signing of college players. The right-hander declared ineligible by USC will become available to any team, except Atlanta, willing to match the original contract in a lottery, an offer that only the Indians, Phillies, and Mets will submit bids.

1977      The A’s trade Macon (GA) native Ron Fairly to the Blue Jays for minor leaguer Mike Weathers and cash. The 38-year-old first baseman/outfielder, who played with the Montreal Expos from 1969 to 1974, becomes the first major leaguer to appear with both Canadian teams, compiling a .277 batting average and hitting 105 home runs playing with clubs north of the border for seven seasons.

1986      Eleven weeks after Padres executives attempt to buy out his contract, only to be thwarted by team owner Joan Kroc, Dick Williams resigns as the Padres manager. The future Hall of Fame skipper, who captured an NL pennant in 1984 and compiled a 337-311 (.520) record during his four seasons in San Diego, will be replaced by Steve Boros.

1990      Former Red Sox fan favorite Tony Conigliaro dies at 45 of pneumonia and kidney failure. In 1965, the Revere (MA) native became the youngest player to lead the American League in home runs when he hit 32 round-trippers as a 20-year-old.

2003      In the wake of last week’s death of 23-year-old Oriole pitcher Steve Belcher, Commissioner Bud Selig bans ephedra in the minor leagues. Players on the current 40-man major league rosters can continue to use the substance because the new collective bargaining agreement’s drug-testing rules ban only drugs of abuse and certain illegal steroids.

2010      A Kansas man, who sat six rows behind the third-base dugout, files a lawsuit against the Royals due to being hit in the eye by a hot dog thrown by Sluggerrr, the team’s mascot. The suit is seeking $25,000 in damages for injuries caused by the flying frank, which includes a detached retina and the development of cataracts in the left eye.

BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: 1922 (BASEBALL ALMANAC)

Off the field…

On March 20th, at Norfolk, Virginia, the U.S.S. Langely was commissioned as the first United States Naval Aircraft Carrier. Originally a coaler christened the Jupiter, the mammoth vessel was refurbished for the purpose of conducting experiments in the new idea of seaborne aviation. At the outbreak of World War II, Langley was anchored off Cavite, Philippine Islands and was ordered to proceed to Balikpapan, Borneo, and Darv, in Australia, where she assisted the RAAF in running antisubmarine patrols out of Darwin. She was then assigned to American-British-Dutch-Australian forces assembling in Indonesia to challenge the Japanese thrust in that direction. Early in the morning of February 27th, 1942, Langley rendezvoused with her usual antisubmarine screen of Navy destroyers as nine twin-engine enemy bombers attacked her. The first and second Japanese strikes were unsuccessful; but during the third Langley took five hits igniting several planes on the flight deck. After an unsuccessful attempt to extinguish the flames, the order to abandon ship was passed. The escorting destroyers fired nine four-inch shells and two torpedoes into the old tender to insure her sinking and she went down about seventy-five miles south of Tjilatjap with a loss of sixteen.

In the American League…

During a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers at League Park II on June 3rd, Cleveland Indians first baseman Stuffy McInnis committed his first error in an astounding one-hundred sixty-three games and one-thousand six-hundred twenty-five chances.

On April 30th, in just his fourth career start, Chicago White Sox pitcher Charlie Robertson pitches the fifth perfect game in Major League history. Chicago tops the Detroit Tigers, 2–0, at Navin Field in Detroit.

Chicago and Boston combined to set an American League record with thirty-five singles (Chicago, twenty-one and Boston, fourteen) during a 19-11 White Sox victory on August 15th.

In the National League…

Ten Pittsburgh Pirates collected two or more hits (twenty-two total) on August 7th to rally over the seventh place Philadelphia Phillies 17-10. The Phils were headed for a storybook comeback (after scoring six runs in two 2/3 innings), but the Buccos added eight of their own in the fourth to take the lead. The following day Pittsburgh set a Major League record with forty-six hits during a doubleheader against Philadelphia.

On August 25th, the Chicago Cubs managed to edge out the Philadelphia Phillies 26-23 in one of the worst combined pitching performances in baseball history. The game itself featured fifty-one hits, twenty-one walks, and nine errors with the Phillies stranding sixteen men on base and the Cubs leaving nine.

Rogers Hornsby completed the season with a .401 average making him the first .400-hitter in the National League since Ed Delahanty in 1899. He also set a National League record with two-hundred fifty hits, another with one-hundred two extra-base hits and was awarded the Triple Crown with one-hundred fifty-two runs batted in and forty-two home runs.

Around the League…

For the first time since 1900, there were no playing managers in the National League. It would be 1930 before the American League would follow suite and bench all of its managers.

Following a lawsuit brought by the Federal League’s Baltimore franchise, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 9-0 that professional baseball (on any level) was not considered an interstate business.

In an effort to curb the rise of home run hitting (one-thousand fifty-four in the major leagues, up from nine-hundred thirty-six), several American League owners proposed a new zoning system that called for a minimum distance of three-hundred feet for a round-tripper to be “official”. Although that motion was denied, another action that required all teams to furnish two uniforms per player was passed and at the National League meeting Charles Ebbets proposed the addition of numbers on players’ sleeves or caps.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

21 – 7 – 33

February 24, 1917 – The Boston Red Sox sold the rights to righthanded pitcher Smoky Joe Wood, claiming that his arm was used up and dead at the age of 26. The Cleveland Indians didn’t think so as they sent $15,000 to the Sox in return for his services. The Sox may have been correct in their assessment of Woods because in three seasons with Cleveland he won only one game and had an ERA of 5.40!

February 24, 1932 – Sir Malcolm Campbell set a world land speed record speed of 253.96 mph driving his famous Blue Bird car at Daytona Beach, Florida

February 24, 1952 – Canada won  the country’s 6th Olympic ice hockey title courtesy of a final round 3-3 tie with the United States. The Olympics were played at the Oslo Winter Games as Canadian center Billy Gibson topped all scorers with 19 points in the tournament.

February 24, 1963 – Tiny Lund in the Number 21 Forddriving for the Wood Bros Racing team, won the 5th running of the Daytona 500 using just  4 pit stops as the first 10 laps were run under a caution flag because of rain.

February 24, 1968 – Garry Unger, Number 7 of the Detroit Red Wings (at least at the start) began an NHL consecutive game record that lasted for 914 games and spanned from from Feb. 24, 1968, through Dec. 21, 1979, breaking the previous mark of 630 held by Andy Hebenton according to NHL.com

February 24, 1987 – LA Lakers center Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Number 33 scored his 36,000th NBA point in a 97-93 win over the Suns in Phoenix

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

Feb. 24

1960 — Bill Cleary’s four goals lead the United States to a 9-1 victory over West Germany in the hockey championship round of the Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, Calif.

1967 — Wilt Chamberlain of Philadelphia shoots 18-for-18 from the field against the Baltimore Bullets, an NBA record for field goals in a game without a miss.

1978 — Kevin Porter of the New Jersey Nets sets an NBA record with 29 assists in a 126-112 victory over the Houston Rockets.

1980 — The United States hockey team wins the gold medal with a 4-2 victory over Finland at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.

1982 — Wayne Gretzky scores NHL-record 78th goal of season en route to 92.

1985 — Jim Kelly of the Houston Gamblers passes for a USFL-record 574 yards and five touchdowns in a 34-33 comeback-win over the Los Angeles Express. Kelly completes 35 of 54 passes, including three for touchdowns in the final 10 minutes.

1988 — An unprecedented winner of the 90-and 70-meter individual events, Matti Nykanen becomes the Winter Olympics’ first triple gold medalist in Nordic skiing when Finland wins the new 90-meter team ski jumping event.

1993 — Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings scores his 1,000th career point with two goals and two assists in a 10-7 loss to Buffalo Sabres.

1994 — Lipscomb’s John Pierce becomes college basketball’s career scoring leader with 33 points in his regular-season finale, a 119-102 win over Cumberland. Pierce’s 4,110 points break former roommate Phil Hutcheson’s record of 4,106.

2002 — Svetlana Feofanova breaks the pole vault indoor world record for the fourth time this month, clearing 15 feet, 6 1/2 inches at the Gaz de France meet.

2002 — Canada beats the United States 5-2 for the gold medal in men’s hockey at the Winter Olympics. It’s the seventh time Canada has won the gold in its national sport, but the first since 1952.

2006 — Julia Mancuso earns a stunning victory in the giant slalom to salvage a disappointing Olympics for the U.S. women in their final Alpine event of the Turin Games. Mancuso gives the American women their first Olympic Alpine medal since Picabo Street’s gold in the super-G at the 1998 Nagano Games.

2012 — Missy Parkin becomes the first woman to reach the match play finals in the 69th U.S Open at Brunswick Zone-Carolier. Shafer, a 25-year Professional Bowlers Association Tour veteran, completes the 26-game qualifying portion of the U.S. Open with a total of 5,825 pins – averaging at a 224.04 pace.

2018 — Ester Ledecka wins the second leg of an unheard-of Olympic double, taking the gold medal in snowboarding’s parallel giant slalom to go with her surprise skiing victory in the Alpine super-G earlier in the games. The Czech star is the first to win gold medals in both sports.

2018 — The United States wins the Olympic gold medal in men’s curling in a decisive upset of Sweden. John Shuster skips the United States to a 10-7 victory for only the second curling medal in U.S. history.

2020 – Memorial service for NBA star Kobe Byrant held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

TV SPORTS SATURDAY/SUNDAY

AUTO RACING

11:30 a.m.

FS1 — NASCAR Cup Series: Qualifying, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga.

2 p.m.

FS1 — NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: The Fr8 208, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga.

5 p.m.

FS1 — NASCAR Xfinity Series: The RAPTOR King of Tough 250, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga.

BOWLING

7:30 p.m.

FS1 — PBA: The Indiana Classic, Anderson, Ind.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

12 p.m.

BTN — Indiana at Penn St.

CBS — Houston at Baylor

CBSSN — Coll. of Charleston at Towson

ESPN — Notre Dame at Syracuse

ESPN2 — Missouri at Arkansas

1 p.m.

SECN — Vanderbilt at Florida

2 p.m.

ACCN — Boston College at NC State

CBS — Washington at Arizona

CBSSN — North Dakota at N. Dakota St.

ESPN — Duke at Wake Forest

ESPN2 — West Virginia at Iowa St.

ESPNU — East Carolina at Rice

2:15 p.m.

BTN — Iowa at Illinois

2:30 p.m.

USA — St. Bonaventure at UMass

3:30 p.m.

SECN — South Carolina at Mississippi

4 p.m.

ACCN — Georgia Tech at Miami

CBS — Alabama at Kentucky

CBSSN — Air Force at New Mexico

ESPN — North Carolina at Virginia

ESPN2 — Oklahoma at Oklahoma St.

ESPNU — UTSA at North Texas

4:30 p.m.

USA — George Mason at Loyola of Chicago

5 p.m.

PAC-12N — Oregon St. at Stanford

5:30 p.m.

CW — Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh

FS2 — Butler at Seton Hall

6 p.m.

CBSSN — Georgetown at DePaul

ESPN — Texas at Kansas

ESPN2 — Appalachian St. at Marshall

ESPNU — Missouri St. at Belmont

SECN — Auburn at Georgia

7 p.m.

PAC-12N — Oregon at California

7:45 p.m.

CW — Florida St. at Clemson

8 p.m.

CBSSN — Colorado St. at UNLV

ESPN — Texas A&M at Tennessee

ESPN2 — Washington St. at Arizona St.

ESPNU — Charlotte at Tulsa

FOX — Villanova at UConn

8:30 p.m.

SECN — Mississippi St. at LSU

9 p.m.

PAC-12N — Utah at Colorado

10 p.m.

CBSSN — San Diego St. at Fresno St.

ESPN — Southern Cal at UCLA

ESPN2 — Santa Clara at Gonzaga

ESPNU — San Diego at Saint Mary’s (Cal)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

12 p.m.

ESPNU — MTSU at W. Kentucky

FOX — Villanova at Creighton

2 p.m.

FOX — Oklahoma St. at Oklahoma

9:30 p.m.

FS1 — UNLV at Nevada

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

4 p.m.

NFLN — HBCU Legacy Bowl: Team Gaither vs. Team Robinson, New Orleans

COLLEGE GYMNASTICS (WOMEN’S)

4:30 p.m.

BTN — Big Ten Championships: Meet #2, East Lansing, Mich.

COLLEGE HOCKEY (MEN’S)

6:30 p.m.

BTN — Notre Dame at Michigan

COLLEGE HOCKEY (WOMEN’S)

9 p.m.

BTN — Ohio St. at Wisconsin

COLLEGE LACROSSE (WOMEN’S)

12 p.m.

ACCN — Clemson at Duke

6 p.m.

ACCN — Virginia Tech at Louisville

FISHING

8 a.m.

FS1 — Bassmaster Elite Series: The 2024 Gamakatsu Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend, Many, La.

GOLF

4:30 a.m.

GOLF — DP World Tour: The Magical Kenya Open, Third Round, Muthaiga Golf Club, Nairobi, Kenya

8 a.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour Champions: The Hassan II, Final Round, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco

1 p.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour: The Mexico Open At Vidanta, Third Round, Vidanta Vallarta, Vallarta, Mexico

3 p.m.

NBC — PGA Tour: The Mexico Open At Vidanta, Third Round, Vidanta Vallarta, Vallarta, Mexico

10:30 p.m.

GOLF — LPGA Tour: The Honda LPGA Thailand, Final Round, Siam Country Club – Pattaya Old Course, Chonburi, Thailand

4 a.m. (Sunday)

GOLF — DP World Tour: The Magical Kenya Open, Final Round, Muthaiga Golf Club, Nairobi, Kenya

HORSE RACING

8 a.m.

FS2 — The Saudi Cup: From Abdulaziz Racetrack, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2 p.m.

FS2 — NYRA: America’s Day at the Races

MLB BASEBALL

1 p.m.

MLBN — Spring Training: Philadelphia vs. Toronto, Dunedin, Fla.

NBA BASKETBALL

8:30 p.m.

ABC — Boston at New York

NHL HOCKEY

12 p.m.

ABC — St. Louis at Detroit

3:30 p.m.

ABC — NY Rangers at Philadelphia

7 p.m.

NHLN — Toronto at Colorado

SAILING

1 a.m. (Sunday)

CBSSN — SailGP: Event 8 – Day 2, Sydney

SKIING

1 p.m.

CNBC — FIS: Alpine Skiing World Cup, Olympic Valley, Calif.

SKIING/SNOWBOARDING

4 p.m.

CNBC — FIS: Freestyle World Championships, Olympic Valley, Calif.

SOCCER (MEN’S)

10 a.m.

USA — Premier League: Nottingham Forest at Aston Villa

12:30 p.m.

NBC — Premier League: Manchester City at AFC Bournemouth

4:30 p.m.

FOX — MLS: Seattle at LAFC

TENNIS

10 a.m.

TENNIS — Dubai-WTA Singles Final

3 p.m.

TENNIS — Rio de Janeiro-ATP Semifinals

10 p.m.

TENNIS — Los Cabos-ATP Singles Final

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Sunday, Feb. 25

AUTO RACING

3 p.m.

FOX — NASCAR Cup Series: The Ambetter Health 400, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga.

1 a.m. (Monday)

CNBC — AMA Supercross Series: Round 7, Arlington, Texas (Taped)

BEACH SOCCER (MEN’S)

8:50 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup: TBD, Third-Place Match, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

10:20 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup: TBD, Final, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

12 p.m.

BTN — Maryland at Rutgers

CBS — Creighton at St. John’s

CBSSN — LIU at Wagner

ESPN2 — SMU at South Florida

USA — Rhode Island at La Salle

2 p.m.

CBS — Purdue at Michigan

CBSSN — American U. at Colgate

ESPN — FAU at Memphis

4 p.m.

CBS — Ohio St. at Michigan St.

CBSSN — Saint Joseph’s at VCU

ESPN — Temple at Wichita St.

ESPN2 — UAB at Tulane

5 p.m.

FS1 — Xavier at Marquette

6:30 p.m.

BTN — Minnesota at Nebraska

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

12 p.m.

ACCN — Notre Dame at Boston College

CW — Virginia at Louisville

ESPN — LSU at Tennessee

1 p.m.

FS1 — Illinois at Iowa

SECN — Florida at Georgia

2 p.m.

ACCN — North Carolina at Virginia Tech

BTN — Maryland at Ohio St.

ESPN2 — Kansas St. at Kansas

3 p.m.

PAC-12N — Utah at Southern Cal

SECN — South Carolina at Kentucky

4 p.m.

BTN — Purdue at Wisconsin

5 p.m.

SECN — Mississippi St. at Alabama

5:30 p.m.

ACCN — NC State at Duke

6 p.m.

CBSSN — UConn at DePaul

COLLEGE GYMNASTICS (WOMEN’S)

4 p.m.

ACCN — NC State at Pittsburgh

5 p.m.

PAC-12N — California at UCLA

COLLEGE LACROSSE (MEN’S)

2 p.m.

ESPNU — Georgetown at Notre Dame

COLLEGE WRESTLING

3 p.m.

FS1 — Iowa at Oklahoma St.

FISHING

8 a.m.

FS1 — Bassmaster Elite Series: The 2024 Gamakatsu Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend, Many, La.

GOLF

4 a.m.

GOLF — DP World Tour: The Magical Kenya Open, Final Round, Muthaiga Golf Club, Nairobi, Kenya

1 p.m.

GOLF — PGA Tour: The Mexico Open At Vidanta, Final Round, Vidanta Vallarta, Vallarta, Mexico

3 p.m.

NBC — PGA Tour: The Mexico Open At Vidanta, Final Round, Vidanta Vallarta, Vallarta, Mexico

GYMNASTICS (WOMEN’S)

12 p.m.

NBC — USAG: The Winter Cup, Louisville, Ky.

HORSE RACING

3 p.m.

FS2 — NYRA: America’s Day at the Races

MLB BASEBALL

1 p.m.

MLBN — Spring Training: Houston (split-squad) vs. NY Mets, Port St. Lucie, Fla.

NBA BASKETBALL

1 p.m.

ABC — Milwaukee at Philadelphia

3:30 p.m.

ABC — LA Lakers at Phoenix

7:10 p.m.

ESPN — Denver at Golden State

9:35 p.m.

ESPN — Sacramento at LA Clippers

NBA G-LEAGUE BASKETBALL

4 p.m.

NBATV — South Bay at G-League Ignite

NHL HOCKEY

1 p.m.

TNT — Tampa Bay at New Jersey

3:30 p.m.

TNT — Philadelphia at Pittsburgh

6 p.m.

NHLN — Detroit at Chicago

RODEO

8 p.m.

CBSSN — PBR: Round 2 & Championship Round, Jacksonville, Fla.

RUGBY (MEN’S)

1 p.m.

CNBC — Six Nations: France vs. Italy, Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France (Taped)

SKIING

2 p.m.

NBC — FIS: Alpine Skiing World Cup, Olympic Valley, Calif.

3 p.m.

CNBC — FIS: Alpine Skiing World Cup, Olympic Valley, Calif.

SKIING/SNOWBOARDING

4 p.m.

CNBC — FIS: Freestyle World Championships, Olympic Valley, Calif. (Taped)

SOCCER (MEN’S)

6:55 a.m.

CBSSN — SPFL: Celtic at Motherwell

8:30 a.m.

USA — Premier League: Sheffield United at Wolverhampton

7 p.m.

FS1 — Liga MX: Mazatlán at Santos Laguna

7:55 p.m.

FS2 — CONCACAF U-20 Championship Qualifying Group Stage: Belize vs. Nicaragua, Group A, Managua, Nicaragua

TENNIS

3:30 p.m.

TENNIS — Rio de Janeiro-ATP Singles Finals

5 a.m. (Monday)

TENNIS — Dubai-ATP Early Rounds

6 a.m. (Monday)

TENNIS — Dubai-ATP Early Rounds