INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES

Central Christian 56 MTI Knowledge 42
Horizon Christian 64 Mooresville Christian 61
KIPP Indy Legacy 59 Indiana Math & Science 49
LaVille 50 Trinity Greenlawn 26
Medora 58 Eminence 42
Pioneer 58 West Central 35
Terre Haute South 58 Columbus North 51
Union City 52 Union County 50

TUESDAY’S SECTIONAL SCHEDULE

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

FINAL | CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
LANESVILLE 51, MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 43   

FINAL | CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS 44, BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 36 

FINAL | CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
GIBSON SOUTHERN 63, NORWELL 60 

FINAL | CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
LAWRENCE CENTRAL 55, LAKE CENTRAL 28 

INDIANA STATE SWIMMING FINALS

FINALS RESULTS: https://www.ihsaa.org/sites/default/files/documents/2023-24%20BSwimming%20and%20Diving%20State%20Full%20Results.pdf

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#2 HOUSTON 82 #11 BAYLOR 76 OT

#24 FLORIDA 77 VANDERBILT 64

WAKE FOREST 83 #8 DUKE 79

KANSAS STATE 84 #25 BYU 74

#4 ARIZONA 91 WASHINGTON 75

#6 IOWA STATE 71 WEST VIRGINIA 64

#12 ILLINOIS 95 IOWA 85

#20 SOUTH CAROLINA 72 OLE MISS 59

#10 NORTH CAROLINA 54 VIRGINIA 44

#14 AUBURN 97 GEORGIA 76

CENTRAL FLORIDA 75 #23 TEXAS TECH 61

#17 KENTUCKY 117 #13 ALABAMA 95

#9 KANSAS 86 TEXAS 67

UNLV 66 #22 COLORADO STATE 60

ARIZONA STATE 73 #21 WASHINGTON STATE 61

#1 CONNECTICUT 78 VILLANOVA 54

#5 TENNESSEE 86 TEXAS A&M 51

#18 ST. MARY’S 88 SAN DIEGO 62

#19 SAN DIEGO STATE 73 FRESNO STATE 41

ELSEWHERE:

SYRACUSE 88 NOTRE DAME 85

PENN STATE 83 INDIANA 74

EASTERN MICHIGAN 58 BALL STATE 56

MURRAY STATE 80 VALPARAISO 68

INDIANA STATE 88 ILLINOIS CHICAGO 73

SETON HALL 76 BUTLER 64

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#21 CREIGHTON 79 VILLANOVA 69

#5 TEXAS 87 CENTRAL FLORIDA 56

#24 BAYLOR 66 #22 WEST VIRGINIA 65

COLUMBIA 67 #25 PRINCETON 65

#23 OKLAHOMA 91 OKLAHOMA STATE 56

#16 GONZAGA 75 PEPPERDINE 41

ELSEWHERE:

TOLEDO 70 BALL STATE 48

MICHIGAN STATE 93 RUTGERS 57

PURDUE FORT WAYNE 68 IUPUI 55

GEORGETOWN 70 BUTLER 63

MICHIGAN 74 NORTHWESTERN 60

NEBRASKA 70 MINNESOTA 51

NBA SCOREBOARD

ORLANDO 112 DETROIT 109

BOSTON 116 NEW YORK 102

MINNESOTA 101 BROOKLYN 86

NHL SCOREBOARD

DETROIT 6 ST. LOUIS 1

TAMPA BAY 4 NY ISLANDERS 2

NEW JERSEY 4 MONTRÉAL 3

NY RANGERS 2 PHILADELPHIA 1

FLORIDA 3 WASHINGTON 2 OT

VANCOUVER 3 BOSTON 2 OT

TORONTO 4 COLORADO 3

OTTAWA 4 VEGAS 3

DALLAS 2 CAROLINA 1

NASHVILLE 4 SAN JOSE 2

MINNESOTA 5 SEATTLE 2

CALGARY 6 EDMONTON 3

LOS ANGELES 3 ANAHEIM 2

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER SCORES

COLUMBUS 1 ATLANTA 0

LOS ANGELES FC 2 SEATTLE 1

PHILADELPHIA 2 CHICAGO 2

ORLANDO CITY 0 MONTRÉAL 0

DC 3 NEW ENGLAND 1

CHARLOTTE 1 NEW YORK CITY 0

ST. LOUIS 1 REAL SALT LAKE 1

HOUSTON 1 SPORTING KANSAS CITY 1

DALLAS 2 SAN JOSE 1

MINNESOTA 2 AUSTIN 1

PORTLAND 4 COLORADO 1

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

MINNESOTA 5 PITTSBURGH 3

NY YANKEES 22 DETROIT 10

MIAMI 9 ST. LOUIS 8

BALTIMORE 4 BOSTON 3

ATLANTA 6 TAMPA BAY 5

PHILADELPHIA 14 TORONTO 13

ST. LOUIS 10 NY METS 5

KANSAS CITY 5 TEXAS 4

CINCINNATI 4 CLEVELAND 0

CHICAGO CUBS 8 SAN FRANCISCO 4

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 8 SEATTLE 7

COLORADO 5 OAKLAND 1

LA DODGERS 7 LA ANGELS 7

MILWAUKEE 11 SAN DIEGO 7

ARIZONA 6 COLORADO 2

HOUSTON 7 WASHINGTON 4

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TOP 25 ROUNDUP: WAKE FOREST HOLDS ON, STUNS NO. 8 DUKE

Hunter Sallis scored 29 points and his teammates came through with big late-game baskets as Wake Forest dumped No. 8 Duke 83-79 on Saturday afternoon in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Sallis shot 11-for-13 from the field, making 5 of 6 3-point attempts. Andrew Carr scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, Kevin Miller posted 15 points and Cameron Hildreth added 12 points in front of the first sold-out crowd for a Wake Forest home game in seven years.

The Demon Deacons (18-9, 10-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) held on as Duke’s late possession, with a chance to tie or go ahead, was doomed by a turnover in the waning seconds. Sallis bagged two free throws to clinch the outcome with 1.8 seconds prior to a court storming by thrilled fans.

Duke (21-6, 12-4) had a five-game winning streak snapped. Kyle Filipowski’s 17 points and Jeremy Roach’s 16 paced the Blue Devils, who got 15 from Jared McCain and 14 from Tyrese Proctor. Filipowski sustained a sprained ankle in a collision with fans storming the court and needed assistance getting off the court.

No. 1 UConn 78, Villanova 54

Cam Spencer scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half as the Huskies pulled away to rout the Wildcats in Storrs, Conn.

UConn (25-3, 15-2 Big East) bounced back from Tuesday’s 85-66 loss at No. 15 Creighton that stopped their 14-game winning streak. The Huskies dominated the second half by outscoring Villanova after retiring Richard Hamilton’s jersey in a halftime ceremony.

Tristen Newton finished with 10 points, 10 assists and a career-high 16 rebounds, getting his fourth career triple-double, for UConn. Eric Dixon scored 20 points on 7-of-19 shooting for Villanova (15-12, 8-8), but the Wildcats shot just 33.3 percent.

No. 2 Houston 82, No. 11 Baylor 76 (OT)

Emanuel Sharp scored 18 points and J’Wan Roberts added 17 points, eight rebounds and three blocks as the Cougars outlasted the Bears in overtime in a Big 12 Conference clash in Waco, Texas.

Houston (24-3, 11-3) won its fifth straight and remains alone atop the conference standings but had its hands full with Baylor (19-8, 8-6). L.J. Cryer added 15 points for Houston while Jamal Shead produced 12 points and 10 assists.

Ja’Kobe Walter led the Bears with 23 points, with Dennis adding 21. Jalen Bridges had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Jayden Nunn contributed 11 points as Baylor lost its second straight game.

No. 4 Arizona 91, Washington 75

Caleb Love helped stake the No. 4 Wildcats to a big lead with 20 first-half points, and Oumar Ballo posted his seventh consecutive double-double in a victory over Washington in Tucson, Ariz.

Love finished with 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists as Arizona (21-6, 12-4 Pac-12) shook off Thursday night’s 77-74 home loss to No. 21 Washington. Ballo finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Pelle Larsson had 17 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Keshad Johnson contributed 16 points.

Washington (15-13, 7-10) shot only 38.2 percent (29 of 76) for the game. Koren Johnson led the way with 17 points, followed by Keion Brooks Jr. and Nate Calmese with 15 points each.

No. 5 Tennessee 86, Texas A&M 51

Jonas Aidoo dominated with an 18-point, 14-rebound double-double and the Volunteers rolled to an SEC victory over the Aggies in front of a sold-out crowd in Knoxville, Tenn.

It’s the 800th career win for head coach Rick Barnes, who joins Kentucky’s John Calipari and Dave Holmquist of Division III Biola as the only other active coaches with as many wins. Dalton Knecht helped make it possible with a game-high 24 points while Tobe Awaka added 12 as Tennessee (21-6, 11-3 SEC) won its fourth consecutive game, avenging an 85-69 loss to A&M two weeks ago and moving into a first-place tie with Alabama.

The Aggies (15-12, 6-8) dropped their fourth in a row despite double-digit efforts from Wade Taylor IV (11), Tyrece Radford (11) and Jace Carter (10).

No. 6 Iowa State 71, West Virginia 64

Tamin Lipsey registered 14 points and six assists to help the Cyclones slide past the Mountaineers in Big 12 play at Ames, Iowa.

Curtis Jones added 12 points for the Cyclones (21-6, 10-4 Big 12), who improved to 16-0 at home this season. The victory was Iowa State’s second in the past 10 meetings with the Mountaineers.

Kobe Johnson and Kerr Kriisa scored 12 points apiece for West Virginia (9-18, 4-10), which fell to 0-7 on the road this season. Quinn Slazinski had 11 points and Jesse Edwards recorded 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots.

No. 9 Kansas 86, Texas 67

Hunter Dickinson had 20 points to lift the Jayhawks to a resounding victory over the visiting Longhorns.

The Jayhawks (21-6, 9-5 Big 12) once again had to play without their leading scorer Kevin McCullar, who missed his fourth game in the last seven with a balky knee. He played in the Jayhawks’ 67-57 victory at Oklahoma last Saturday, but he was out against the Longhorns. In his absence, Nicolas Timberlake tied his season high with 13 points.

Texas (17-10, 6-8) was led by Dillon Mitchell and Tyrese Hunter, who each scored 12 points. Ithiel Horton added 10 points.

No. 10 North Carolina 54, Virginia 44

Cormac Ryan scored 18 points, all coming on 6-of-11 3-point shooting, as the Tar Heels churned out a win over the Cavaliers in Charlottesville, Va.

The Tar Heels (21-6, 13-3 ACC) won in Charlottesville for the first time since 2012 despite posting their season low in points and shooting 16-of-50 (32 percent) from the field. Armando Bacot overcame early foul trouble to post 10 points and 13 rebounds and two blocks.

Jordan Minor’s 12 points and 10 rebounds led the Cavaliers (20-8, 11-6), who made 16-of-58 field goals (27.6 percent). Reece Beekman chipped in 10 points as the only other double-digit scorer for Virginia, which has lost three of four since winning eight straight games.

No. 12 Illinois 95, Iowa 85

Senior Coleman Hawkins scored a career-high 30 points as the Fighting Illini rebounded from a seven-point second-half deficit to earn a victory over Iowa Champaign, Ill., that marked Illinois’ 1,000th Big Ten win.

Terrence Shannon Jr. and Justin Harmon contributed 12 points apiece for the Illini (20-7, 11-5 Big Ten) while lightly used freshman guard Niccolo Moretti came off the bench in the second half to post a career-high 9 points in 17 minutes.

Sophomore guard Josh Dix posted 20 points to pace Iowa (16-12, 8-9), which sought its third straight Quad 1 win after knocking off Wisconsin and Michigan State. Tony Perkins posted 18 points while Ben Krikke notched 15 points and Payton Sandfort added 12.

No. 14 Auburn 97, Georgia 76

Chad Baker-Mazara scored 25 points on 8-for-12 shooting, and the Tigers pulled away to beat the Bulldogs in Athens, Ga.

Johni Broome posted 16 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks for Auburn (21-6, 10-4 SEC). Chaney Johnson also scored 16 points and Aden Holloway finished with 15.

Noah Thomasson scored 18 points to lead Georgia (15-12, 5-9). Silas Demary Jr. and Russel Tchewa contributed 16 points apiece. Auburn shot 62.1 percent overall and 14 of 26 from 3-point range. Georgia shot 43.6 percent from the field and 3 of 14 from deep.

No. 17 Kentucky 117, No. 13 Alabama 95

Justin Edwards scored a career-best 28 points on 10-of-10 shooting as the Wildcats whipped the Crimson Tide in Southeastern Conference play at Lexington, Ky.

Antonio Reeves scored 24 points and Zvonimir Ivisic added career bests of 18 points and four blocked shots for the Wildcats (19-8, 9-5 SEC). Rob Dillingham tallied 16 points and Adou Thiero added 12 as Kentucky shot 63.1 percent from the field, including 13 of 24 from 3-point range.

Rylan Griffen scored 21 points and Mark Sears added 20 for Alabama (19-8, 11-3). Grant Nelson and Aaron Estrada each had added 13 points and seven rebounds, Mouhamed Dioubate scored 12 points and Nick Pringle had 11 for the Crimson Tide, who shot 56.7 percent from the field and 6 of 17 from 3-point range.

No. 18 Saint Mary’s 88, San Diego 62

Mitchell Saxen recorded 20 points and seven rebounds and the Gaels stretched their winning streak to 15 games with an easy victory over the Toreros in Moraga, Calif.

Alex Ducas scored 18 points on six 3-pointers and matched his career best of 12 rebounds as Saint Mary’s (23-6, 14-0 West Coast Conference) clinched at least a tie for the WCC regular-season crown. The Gaels beat the Toreros for the 20th consecutive time.

Deuce Turner scored 20 points for San Diego (16-13, 6-8), which lost its second straight game. Jimmy Oladokun Jr. scored 13 points and Keyon Kensie added 10 for the Toreros.

No. 19 San Diego State 73, Fresno State 41

Jaedon LeDee had 22 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks and the Aztecs ran away from the host Bulldogs in their Mountain West Conference matchup.
Jay Pal scored 14 points and Reese Waters added 12 off the bench for San Diego State (21-7, 10-5 MWC), which is a half-game behind first-place Utah State and Boise State.

Isaiah Hill scored 12 points and Xavier DuSell finished with 10 to lead Fresno State (11-16, 4-10), which shot 24.6 percent from the floor while dropping its third straight game.

No. 20 South Carolina 72, Ole Miss 59

B.J. Mack scored 17 points to lead a balanced scoring effort and the Gamecocks bounced back from their only consecutive losses of the season to defeat the Rebels in Oxford, Miss.

Zachary Davis contributed 14 points and nine rebounds, Collin Murray-Bowles added 12 points and Jacobi Wright had 10 for the Gamecocks (22-5, 10-4 SEC).

Moussa Cisse scored 13 points to lead four players in double figures for the Rebels (19-8, 6-8), who lost for the fifth time in their last six games. Jaemyn Brakefield had 12 points and seven rebounds, Allen Flanigan had 11 points and Matthew Murrell 10.

Arizona State 73, No. 21 Washington State 61

The Sun Devils rebounded from a pair of emotional defeats to upset the Cougars in Tempe, Ariz., knocking them out of first place in the Pac-12 Conference.

Jose Perez scored 16 points and Frankie Collins added 14 for the Sun Devils (14-14 overall, 8-9 Pac-12). They had lost 105-60 at rival Arizona last weekend and then dropped an 82-80 overtime decision against Washington on Thursday after rallying from a 25-point, second-half deficit.

Isaac Jones led the Cougars (21-7, 12-5) with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Myles Rice scored 13. The Cougars had an eight-game winning streak snapped and fell one-half game behind leader Arizona (21-6, 12-4) in the conference race.

UNLV 66, No. 22 Colorado State 60

Dedan Thomas Jr. had 23 points and Luis Rodriguez made all six of his free-throw attempts in the final 1:03 to lead the Rebels past the Rams in Las Vegas.

Thomas made all 12 of his free-throw attempts in the game. Rodriguez, who finished with 14 points, was 8 of 8 at the foul line. UNLV (16-10, 9-5 Mountain West) has won seven of its last eight games.

Colorado State (20-8, 8-7) lost to New Mexico and UNLV on the road this week after being ranked for the first time in three weeks. Isaiah Stevens led the Rams with 18 points, and Joel Scott added 13. Saturday’s game had 10 lead changes and nine ties.

UCF 75, No. 23 Texas Tech 61

Darius Johnson scored 16 points and the Knights snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over the Red Raiders in Orlando, Fla.

Jaylin Sellers added 15 points as the Knights (14-12, 5-9 Big 12) won over a ranked opponent for just the third time this season.

The Red Raiders (19-8, 8-6) fell to 2-6 in true road games despite a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds from Darrion Williams and 18 points from Kerwin Walton.

No. 24 Florida 77, Vanderbilt 64

Will Richard led the way with 21 points and Walter Clayton Jr. came up just short of his fifth consecutive game with at least 20 points as the Gators cruised to a Southeastern Conference victory over the Commodores in Gainesville, Fla.

Clayton settled for 19 points before leaving the game with 1:43 left and the Gators (19-8, 9-5 SEC) up 76-57. Tyrese Samuel also was in double figures with 15 points.

Ven-Allen Lubin led the Commodores (7-20, 2-12 SEC) with 15 points while Evan Taylor and Ezra Manjon scored 10 each.

Kansas State 84, No. 25 BYU 74

Arthur Kaluma had a career-high 28 points to lead a quintet of Wildcats in double figures in their defeat of the Cougars in Manhattan, Kan.

Tylor Perry followed with 16 points for Kansas State (16-11, 6-8 Big 12), which had lost seven of its last eight games. Kaluma also had 10 rebounds and was 8 of 11 from the field and 10 of 12 from the line as the Wildcats shot 56.3 percent from the field.

BYU (19-8, 7-7) got 15 points from Jaxson Robinson. He was joined in double figures by Noah Waterman and Spencer Johnson with 12 each. The Cougars shot 40.8 percent from the field.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: MADDIE BOOKER LEADS TEXAS OVER UCF

Freshman Madison Booker scored 22 points to power No. 5 Texas past UCF 87-56 in Big 12 Conference action on Saturday in Orlando, Fla.

Texas (26-3, 13-3) seized control by outscoring UCF 23-4 in the second quarter to carry a 39-18 lead into halftime. The Longhorns shot 76.9 percent from the field in the second half and finished the game 35 of 56 (62.5 percent) to secure their eighth straight victory.

Taylor Jones added 15 points and seven rebounds, while Shay Holle netted 14 points for Texas. Shaylee Gonzales (13) and DeYona Gaston (12) were also in double figures for the Longhorns. Timia Ware’s 16 points and Kaitlin Peterson’s 14 led the Knights (12-14, 3-13), who were dominated 54-18 in paint points in their fourth straight loss.

No. 21 Creighton 79, Villanova 69

Lauren Jensen’s 20 points led four double-digit scorers as the Bluejays overcame a slow start to fly past the Wildcats in Big East Conference play in Omaha, Neb.

Morgan Maly followed with 18 points, Emma Ronsiek recorded 15 and Molly Mogensen supplied 13 for Creighton (22-4, 13-3), which trailed 23-10 after the first quarter. Maly added eight rebounds and Mogenson had six assists as the Bluejays shot 52.5 percent from the field (32 of 61) and 60 percent from 3-point range (12 of 20).

Lucy Olsen led Villanova (17-10, 10-6) with 26 points, while Maddie Webber chipped in 10. Christina Dalce paired 14 points with 13 boards for the Wildcats in their second loss in three games.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: CELTICS TOP KNICKS FOR 8TH STRAIGHT WIN

Jaylen Brown collected 30 points and eight rebounds to help the visiting Boston Celtics extend their winning streak to eight games by beating the New York Knicks 116-102 Saturday night.

Boston made 15 of its 35 3-point attempts and shot 56.8 percent from the field.

Jalen Brunson scored a game-high 34 points and had nine assists for the Knicks, who dropped to 0-4 against the Celtics this season. Josh Hart added 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists for New York, and Precious Achiuwa finished with eight points and a team-high nine rebounds.

The Celtics received 22 points from Kristaps Porzingis and 19 points, six rebounds and six assists from Jayson Tatum. Six Boston players scored at least 10 points, and the Celtics had a 58-38 edge in points in the paint.

Timberwolves 101, Nets 86

Anthony Edwards scored 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Minnesota pulled away for a win over Brooklyn in Minneapolis.

Karl-Anthony Towns added 28 points and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves, who bounced back on short rest from a loss against the Milwaukee Bucks one night earlier. Mike Conley finished with 14 points.

Cam Thomas scored 18 points to lead Brooklyn, which lost its fourth game in a row. Mikal Bridges finished with 15 points, eight assists and six rebounds, and Nic Claxton contributed 12 points and seven rebounds.

Magic 112, Pistons 109

Paolo Banchero made a three-point play with one second remaining to lift visiting Orlando over Detroit.

The Magic, who have won eight of their last 10 games, had eight players in double figures. Banchero led the way with 15 points, while Franz Wagner, Jalen Suggs and Moritz Wagner had 14 apiece. Cole Anthony contributed 13 points and seven assists. Wendell Carter supplied 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Moritz Wagner chipped in seven boards.

Cade Cunningham led the Pistons, who have lost five straight, with 26 points. Simone Fontecchio had 17 points, while Duren supplied 16 points and 11 rebounds.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: RANGERS EDGE FLYERS, WIN 10TH STRAIGHT

Alexis Lafreniere and Matt Rempe each scored one goal to lift the New York Rangers to their 10th consecutive victory, 2-1, over the host Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin stopped 39 shots, including a couple of nifty ones in the final two minutes with the Flyers using an extra skater with an empty net.

The Rangers won 10 straight games two other times in franchise history — 1939-40 and 1972-73.

Tyson Foerster scored the lone goal for the Flyers.

Canucks 3, Bruins 2 (OT)

Brock Boeser scored his second goal of the game at 1:34 of overtime as Vancouver came back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to defeat visiting Boston in a matchup of the NHL’s top two teams.

Boeser’s winning goal came as he tipped in J.T. Miller’s shot from above the left circle while stationed just outside the blue paint of Boston goaltender Jeremy Swayman.

Jesper Boqvist and Danton Heinen scored for Boston, which had to settle for a fifth consecutive game that ended in overtime or a shootout (2-0-3).

Red Wings 6, Blues 1

Alex DeBrincat had two goals and an assist as Detroit defeated visiting St. Louis for its fourth straight victory.

Michael Rasmussen and Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings, who are 14-4-2 in 2024. Robby Fabbri and J.T. Compher also scored for Detroit and Lucas Raymond had two assists.

Rookie Zachary Bolduc scored his first NHL goal for the Blues, who suffered their fourth loss in their last six games.

Devils 4, Canadiens 3

Nico Hischier scored the tiebreaking goal on a power play with 6:27 remaining as New Jersey held on to beat visiting Montreal.

Hischier scored New Jersey’s first power-play goal in 18 opportunities since Tyler Toffoli scored with the man advantage against the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 15.

Brendan Gallagher and Suzuki scored in the second as the Canadiens blew a pair of one-goal leads and dropped their fifth straight.

Lightning 4, Islanders 2

Nicholas Paul and Nikita Kucherov scored within an 82-second span in the first period as visiting Tampa Bay snapped a three-game losing streak by beating New York.

Brayden Point scored in the second and Luke Glendening added an empty-net insurance goal in the final minute of the third for the Lightning, who extended their lead over the Islanders to seven points in the race for the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot.

Anders Lee and Brock Nelson scored late in the third period for the Islanders, who have lost five of six (1-3-2) to fall to 4-5-3 since Patrick Roy replaced Lane Lambert as head coach. Goalie Ilya Sorokin recorded 18 saves.

Panthers 3, Capitals 2 (OT)

Gustav Forsling scored with 1:19 left in overtime as host Florida defeated Washington.

The Panthers are 11-2-0 in their past 13 games as Forsling scored his first overtime goal since the 2021-22 season.

Tom Wilson drew two key penalties and scored a goal to lead Washington. Sonny Milano scored Washington’s other goal, and Charlie Lindgren stopped 26 shots.

Maple Leafs 4, Avalanche 3

Tyler Bertuzzi scored three goals, including the go-ahead marker late in the third period, and surging Toronto beat visiting Colorado.

William Nylander had three assists, Mitch Marner had a goal and an assist and Ilya Samsonov had 26 saves for Toronto, which won its seventh straight despite Auston Matthews being held without a goal for the first time in six games.

Mikko Rantanen had a goal and an assist, Andrew Cogliano and Arturri Lehkonen also scored and Nathan MacKinnon had three assists for Colorado. Alexandar Georgiev turned away 26 shots for the Avalanche.

Senators 4, Golden Knights 3 (SO)

Josh Norris and Thomas Chabot each had a goal and an assist as Ottawa beat visiting Vegas in a shootout.

Tim Stutzle scored the lone goal in the shootout and Anton Forsberg made 26 saves in regulation and overtime, and three more in the shootout, for the Senators, who are 3-0-1 in their past four games.

Chandler Stephenson had two goals, Jonathan Marchessault finished with a goal and an assist, and William Karlsson and Shea Theodore each had two assists for the Golden Knights, who have lost three straight and five of six. Logan Thompson made 30 saves, plus two more in the shootout.

Stars 2, Hurricanes 1

Jake Oettinger stopped 20 shots and Dallas used its best offensive production in the past three outings to end a four-game winless streak by defeating host Carolina.

Jason Robertson and Wyatt Johnston scored for the Stars, while Miro Heiskanen posted two assists. The Central Division-leading Stars seemed to regain some good vibes despite being limited to 16 shots on goal.

Sebastian Aho had Carolina’s goal, but the team’s four-game winning streak ended. Pyotr Kochetkov stopped 14 shots.

Flames 6, Oilers 3

Noah Hanifin scored twice in a three-point performance and visiting Calgary rode a three-goal first period to a victory over Edmonton.

Nazem Kadri, Martin Pospisil, Dryden Hunt and Blake Coleman also scored as the Flames claimed their third consecutive win. Goaltender Dan Vladar made 32 saves. Jonathan Huberdeau and Connor Zary collected two assists apiece.

Zach Hyman scored twice and Mattias Janmark added a goal for the Oilers, who have lost three straight. Goalie Stuart Skinner stopped 25 shots. Connor McDavid collected two assists, giving him 18 assists in a seven-game stretch and points in 22 consecutive home games.

Wild 5, Kraken 2

Kirill Kaprizov scored twice and had an assist and Mats Zuccarello added four helpers as Minnesota defeated host Seattle in a matchup of teams chasing a wild-card playoff berth in the Western Conference.

Marcus Johansson, Matt Boldy and Dakota Mermis also scored for Minnesota, which is 7-1-1 in its past nine games. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves.

Vince Dunn and Jordan Eberle scored for the Kraken, who had a four-game point streak snapped (3-0-1). Joey Daccord allowed four goals on 13 shots before being replaced by Philipp Grubauer early in the second period. Grubauer made 17 saves the rest of the way.

Kings 3, Ducks 2 (SO)

Kevin Fiala and Drew Doughty each had a power-play goal and an assist and Los Angeles beat visiting Anaheim in a shootout.

Adrian Kempe had two assists and David Rittich made 22 saves and stopped two of three attempts in the shootout for the Kings, who improved to 6-2-0 under interim coach Jim Hiller.

Jakob Silfverberg and Sam Carrick scored and John Gibson made 48 saves for the Ducks, who have lost three of four and five of seven.

Predators 4, Sharks 2

Kiefer Sherwood scored two goals and Juuse Saros made 23 saves to lead visiting Nashville to its fourth straight win, beating San Jose.

Gustav Nyquist and Filip Forsberg each had a goal and an assist for Nashville, which moved two points ahead of both St. Louis and Minnesota for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. It was Nashville’s ninth consecutive win over the Sharks.

Mikael Granlund and Filip Zadina scored and Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 31 of 34 shots for San Jose, which suffered its third straight loss.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

SPRING TRAINING ROUNDUP: CORBIN BURNES SHARP IN O’S DEBUT

Corbin Burnes struck out two and allowed one hit in one scoreless inning during his first spring training start since being traded to Baltimore earlier this month as the Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Saturday in Sarasota, Fla.

Colton Cowser hit a two-run walk-off homer in the ninth and Adley Rutschman hit a solo homer to center field in the first inning. Morgan McSweeney (1-0) allowed one walk in one inning to pick up the win.

The Red Sox scored two runs in the third inning thanks to a solo homer by Mark Contreras and an RBI single by Bobby Dalbec.

Boston starter Garrett Whitlock allowed one run in two innings, striking out two. Nathan Tellier (0-1) took the loss after allowing a leadoff single to Errol Robinson in the ninth and then Cowser’s homer.

Braves 6, Rays 5

Spencer Strider threw two scoreless innings in his spring debut, striking out four, and Michael Harris II homered and doubled to help Atlanta top Tampa Bay in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Strider (1-0) got the win, and Kodi Whitley gave up no runs and one walk in the ninth inning to earn the save.

Jose Siri and Jake Mangum homered for the Rays. Starter Nathan Wiles (0-1) allowed four runs, five hits and one walk in 1 2/3 innings and took the loss.

Marlins 9, Cardinals 8

Bryan De La Cruz went 2 for 4 with four RBIs and Tristan Gray hit a solo homer as Miami finished with 14 hits to edge St. Louis in Jupiter, Fla.

Marlins starter Ryan Weathers gave up two runs and three hits in two innings. Kent Emanuel (1-0) picked up the win despite allowing three hits and a run in one inning, and Jeff Lindgren earned the save.

Nolan Arenado went 2 for 2 with a double and two RBIs. Cardinals starter Matthew Liberatore allowed two runs and two hits in two innings. John King (0-1) blew the save after allowing four hits and three runs in the eighth inning.

Yankees 22, Tigers 10

New York had four homers among its 15 hits, including a three-run homer by Trent Grisham in his Yankees debut, in its lopsided win over Detroit in Lakeland, Fla.

Spencer Jones hit a 470-foot shot, and Luis Torrens and Jorbit Vivas also homered for New York. Starter Luis Gil (1-0) gave up two runs and struck out three in two innings for the win.

Andy Ibanez hit a two-run homer for Detroit. Starter Reese Olson (0-1) took the loss, allowing two runs and three walks in 1 2/3 innings.

Twins 5, Pirates 3

Dalton Shuffield hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the sixth inning to help Minnesota hold off Pittsburgh in Fort Myers, Fla.

Twins starter Louie Varland gave up three hits in two scoreless innings. Daniel Duarte (1-0) pitched a scoreless sixth inning to pick up the win, and Miguel Rodriguez earned the save.

Pirates starter Bailey Falter pitched two innings, giving up four hits and two runs while striking out three. Kyle Nicolas took the loss after he allowed Shuffield’s homer.

Phillies 14, Blue Jays 13

Weston Wilson went 2 for 3 with four RBIs and Johan Rojas added two hits and three RBIs to help Philadelphia hold off Toronto in Dunedin, Fla.

Scott Kingery, Matt Kroon and Wilson homered for Philadelphia. Nick Nelson (1-0) earned the win despite giving up four runs on five hits in two innings. Tyler McKay picked up the save.

Brian Serven and Daulton Varsho each drove in three runs for the Blue Jays. Yosver Zulueta (0-1) gave up seven runs (six earned) and six hits in two-thirds of an inning to take the loss.

Cardinals 10, Mets 5

Starter Zack Thompson (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win and Thomas Saggese and Luken Baker each drove in two runs as St. Louis doubled up New York in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Lars Nootbaar and Arquimedes Gamboa each had two hits for the Cardinals.

Hayden Senger homered and scored twice for the Mets. Starter Tylor Megill (0-1) took the loss, giving up one run and two hits in two innings while striking out three.

Astros 7, Nationals 4

Mauricio Dubon had three hits and drove in two runs as Houston beat Washington in Palm Beach, Fla.

Victor Caratini and Corey Julks each drove in two runs for the Astros. Starter Ronel Blanco (1-0) gave up one hit and struck out two in two scoreless innings for the win.

Nationals starter Patrick Corbin (0-1) gave up two runs and three hits, striking out four, in 1 2/3 innings to take the loss. James Wood hit a solo homer in the fifth inning.

Cubs 8, Giants 4

David Bote, Brennen Davis and Chase Strumpf each homered to help Chicago top San Francisco in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Drew Smyly (1-0) started and pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win. Davis finished with two hits and three RBIs for the Cubs.

Otto Lopez hit a two-run homer in the ninth as the Giants scored four runs in the inning. Starter Logan Webb (0-1) gave up two runs and three hits in two innings to take the loss.

Reds 4, Guardians 0

Seven pitchers combined to throw a shutout and Will Benson and Tyler Callihan each homered combined to throw to help Cincinnati beat Cleveland in Goodyear, Ariz.

Fernando Cruz (1-0) allowed one hit in one scoreless inning to earn the win. Callihan hit a two-run homer in the eighth to give the Reds some breathing room.
Steven Kwan had two of the Guardians’ seven hits and Adam Oller (0-1) gave up one run and two hits in two-thirds of an inning to take the loss.

Rockies 5, Athletics 1

Michael Toglia homered and Jimmy Herron drove in two runs to help Colorado beat Oakland in Mesa, Ariz.

Starter Peter Lambert pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two walks, and Jake Bird (1-0) picked up the win after allowing no runs in the sixth.

Esteury Ruiz homered to drive in the only run for the Athletics, who were held to three hits. Danis Correa (0-1) took the loss, giving up two hits and one run in one inning.

White Sox 8, Mariners 7

Edgar Quero hit a pinch-hit, two-run single in the ninth to help Chicago earn a walk-off victory over Seattle in Phoenix.

Korey Lee had two hits, including a seventh-inning homer, and drove in three runs, and Brett Phillips drove in two for the White Sox. Adisyn Coffey (1-0) got the win despite giving up two runs (one earned) in the ninth inning to blow the save.

Samad Taylor hit a solo blast but the Mariners went 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position. Peyton Alford (0-1) gave up two runs, three walks and Quero’s clutch single to take the loss.

Royals 5, Rangers 4

River Town hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh as Kansas City held off Texas in Surprise, Ariz.

Dan Altavilla (1-0) allowed one run, one hit and one walk in the seventh, striking out one, to earn the win. Evan Sisk came in with two on and one out in the ninth but got out of the jam to pick up the save.

Rangers starter Nathan Eovaldi pitched two scoreless innings and Chasen Shreve (0-1) took the loss, giving up three hits and two runs in one inning.

Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 2

Starter Ryne Nelson (1-0) struck out five in two scoreless innings and Jace Peterson drove in two runs as Arizona topped Colorado in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Alek Thomas, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Jose Herrera each drove in one run for the Diamondbacks.

Yanquiel Fernandez hit a solo homer for the Rockies. Starter Noah Davis (0-1) gave up three hits and one run, striking out three, in two innings to take the loss.

Dodgers 7, Angels 7

Tyler Glasnow gave up four hits and one run in 1 2/3 innings in his Dodgers debut in their tie with the Angels in Tempe, Ariz.

Jose Ramos homered and Ryan Ward hit a three-run double in the Dodgers’ five-run eighth inning.

Jason Martin hit a two-run homer to highlight the Angels’ three-run eighth inning, which tied the score at 7-7.

Brewers 11, Padres 7

Wes Clarke homered twice and drove in three runs and Brock Wilken also added three RBIs to help Milwaukee defeat San Diego in Peoria, Ariz.

Brewers starter Rob Zastryzny (1-0) got the win despite giving up three hits and two runs in one inning.

Kai Murphy drove in two runs and Clay Dungan homered for the Padres. Starter Pedro Avila (0-1) gave up five runs (three earned) and six hits in one inning in the loss.

REPORT: CUBS, CODY BELLINGER AGREE TO 3-YEAR, $80M DEAL

The Chicago Cubs and free agent Cody Bellinger agreed to a three-year, $80 million contract, ESPN reported late Saturday night.

Per the report, the deal includes opt-outs after each of the first two years. If he stays for the length of the deal, Bellinger will earn $30 million in each of the first two years and $20 million in the final year.

Bellinger, 28, played for the Cubs on a one-year, $17.5 million deal in 2023 and enjoyed a bounce-back season, hitting .307 with 26 home runs, 20 stolen bases and 97 RBIs while playing first base and center field.

A lingering shoulder injury from the 2020 postseason with the Dodgers led to two subpar seasons and Bellinger’s exit from Los Angeles.

Bellinger, the 2017 Rookie of the Year and National League MVP in 2019, was a fourth-round pick of the Dodgers in the 2013 draft.

In seven seasons with the Dodgers (2017-22) and Cubs, Bellinger has hit .258 with 178 homers, 519 RBIs and a .829 OPS.

GOLF NEWS

REPORTS: ANTHONY KIM MAKING RETURN AT LIV SAUDI ARABIA EVENT

Anthony Kim hasn’t played professionally in 12 years, but he is poised to return next week at LIV Golf Jeddah, multiple media outlets reported this weekend.

Kim, 38, a three-time PGA winner in his six years on the Tour, had surgery on his left Achilles tendon after the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship.

LIV Golf Jeddah will be held March 1-3 at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in Saudi Arabia.

NBC Sports reported Saturday that Kim had been in contact with officials from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf.

Per multiple reports, Kim would void an insurance policy from his playing days that is worth an estimated $10 million if he returns to the pro circuit.

LIV Golf’s new format includes two wild-card players, one of whom will reportedly be Kim. Each LIV Golf event in 2024 features 13 teams of four players each, and two wild cards. Those wild cards will earn points as individuals and could eventually earn a place on a LIV Golf team.

ROOKIE JAKE KNAPP HAS FOUR-SHOT LEAD AT MEXICO OPEN

PGA Tour rookie Jake Knapp carded 11 birdies during an eight-under 63 on Saturday to open up a four-shot lead after three rounds of the Mexico Open at Vidanta in Vallarta, Mexico.

Knapp’s 19-under 194 matches the 54-hole record at Vidanta set last year by Tony Finau, who won the event.

Fellow rookie Sami Valimaki of Finland is second after a four-under 67.

Knapp had seven birdies on the front nine while shooting a stellar 28. He had four birdies and three bogeys on the back nine of his ninth career PGA Tour start.

The 29-year-old Knapp will be looking for his first PGA win on Sunday.

Valimaki had six birdies and two bogeys in his 11th PGA start.

Canada’s Ben Silverman (63), Sweden’s Henrik Norlander (65) and Chan Kim (66) are tied for third at 201, seven shots off the pace.

Knapp and Valimaki were part of a four-way tie for the second-round lead. The other co-leaders were Englishman Matt Wallace (71 on Saturday) and Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz (73). Wallace is in a tie for sixth at 202, while Ortiz is tied for 13th at 9-under.

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

1A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

(IHSAA RELEASE)

LANESVILLE OVERCOMES LOSS OF TOP SCORER TO WIN SECOND STRAIGHT TITLE            

INDIANAPOLIS – A season defined by their fortitude became the defending state champion Lanesville Eagles’ greatest asset on Saturday morning.

Tested throughout the year by the absence and in-season reemergence of junior center Shelby Allen, who suffered a knee injury last spring, the top-ranked Eagles were dealt another heartbreaking blow late in the first quarter during the IHSAA Class 1A State Finals in Indianapolis.

However, instead of letting the setback crush their repeat hopes, the Eagles (29-1) banded together to overcome 11 lead changes and five ties to defeat fifth-ranked Marquette Catholic, 51-43, and become the first back-to-back Class 1A champion since 2019.

Up 11-10 against Marquette Catholic (24-5) inside Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Lanesville guard Hadley Crosier, a projected Indiana Junior All-Star, pivoted under the basket and immediately dropped to the court, screaming out in pain and holding her right knee.

Crosier, the team’s leading scorer, had four points, two assists and two steals before being helped off the court with 1 minute, 27 seconds left in the first quarter.

The shock hit the Eagles’ sideline, but with Allen’s injury and other adversities already dealt with this season, Lanesville adjusted quickly, as Crosier cheered on her team from the bench while wiping tears from her eyes and crutches nearby.

“The kind of team that we have, you just saw up there. They have faced adversity this entire year,” Lanesville head coach Angie Hinton said.

“Our message in the locker room at halftime was that you faced adversity all year long. This is just one more day. I had confidence in these kids.”

The Eagles led 27-26 by halftime following a pair of first half ties. The Marquette Catholic Blazers (24-5) jumped out fast with a 9-3 run to start the game behind three consecutive 3-pointers by freshman Marissa Pleasant, who finished with 13 points on 4 of 9 shooting.

A Crosier layup cut into the early deficit, 9-5, before Allen took control in the paint en route to a game-high 20 points and seven rebounds.

Allen was sidelined this season until mid-December with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but the 6-foot-1 big returned to compete in 16 games prior to the State Finals.

With Crosier out the remainder of the title game, Allen hit her stride, while the Lanesville defense found a way to disrupt the Blazers, which won the rebounding battle 41-21 but lost the turnover tussle 24-9.

“I thought we were in it. It was a one-possession game for most of the game there, and I thought our kids battled hard,” Blazers head coach Katie Collignon said. “Just down the stretch, we had some costly turnovers, didn’t hit our shots and their free throws really helped them late. Those mistakes ended up in a situation where you’re down five and you can’t claw back with about a minute to go. I’m proud of my girls’ effort. They were tough and resilient as they always are, but I think this one stung a little bit more than we imagined.”

Sophomore Laniah Davis, who was averaging 20 points per game, struggled early on, but in the second quarter she scored 10 straight points to pull the margin within one possession entering halftime. She finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds and three steals.

By the end of the third quarter, the Blazers led 33-31, holding the Eagles scoreless from the field (0-for-8). A pair of foul shots by junior Hylton Brumley kept the Eagles from getting shut out, but in the fourth, a clutch 3-pointer by senior Emma Davis broke the game’s final tie, 38-35.

“We just knew we were all going to have to step up. Hadley’s really good with her jump shot. She’s real good getting to the basket, but we found other ways to score. Shelby inside, she’s a beast,” Brumley said. “We had to step up, state championship game. We weren’t going to lose it, and we were going to do everything we could.”

Crosier averaged 15.8 ppg for the Eagles this season, and defensively, Lanesville limited their opponents to 33.5 points allowed.

Marquette Catholic pulled within one possession of reclaiming the lead four times late in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles combination of Davis (5 points), Allen and Brumley (15 points), who shot 5 of 6 from the free-throw line in the final minute, cushioned their advantage.

The Blazers shot 44 percent in the first quarter and 50 percent in the second, but those numbers dipped to 25 and 31.3 percent in the second half due to Lanesville’s zone and Marquette Catholic’s mounting turnovers.

“It’s almost like we beat ourselves. Those possessions down the stretch. We didn’t finish,” Collignon said. “Those are the toughest losses to take. You think, if we hang on to that ball, don’t turn it over there, make that extra pass. What if? That’s the hardest thing to do at the end of the season. Not to say we were actually beaten, but we beat ourselves.”

The Blazers had three players in double figures, including junior Livia Balling with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Marquette Catholic was the last Class 1A team to repeat in 2018 and 2019. With Crosier out the last three quarters, the Blazers nearly prevented the Eagles repeat, but Lanesville found inspiration through experience.

“In practice every day, we compete against each other, and we give them so many things to do so that when an offense breaks down, they know how to go make a play,” Hinton said. “We certainly did make some plays, and even though Hadley wasn’t able to be on the floor, she has been that leader in practice every day. They had to go against her defense.

“Having to take her off the floor was losing a very important piece to everything we do on both ends of the court, but I just felt like those kids knew what to do. We just had to make some adjustments to let it work for them.”

The Eagles, in turn, worked together to secure their 13th straight state tournament victory, 57th win in 60 contests overall and third state championship in coach Hinton’s 18th season overall (sixth at Lanesville). Hinton led 4A New Albany to the state title in 1999.

“I don’t think a lot of people get to know when their last game is going to be, so to get to know that is unimaginable. But to be able to do it with us four (seniors) and the girls that we’ve been playing with for a long time means a lot to us four. Just to be able to finish with something this big and make history,” said Lanesville senior Ava Kerr, who had two points and six steals.

The key was composure, going 11 of 15 from the free-throw line in the second half and logging 19 total steals as a team.

“When Hadley went down that was a tough emotional situation for all of us. We had to be very careful as coaches how we handled that because I had to keep the confidence of my team because I really believed in my team,” Hinton said. “But then your heart is breaking for a kid on the bench. To have an injury like that was really, really tough. I had to really dig deep down to keep everything consistent, calm and cool. We’ve taken a lot of hits this year, but no bigger hit than we took today. But the kids stepped up.”

Crosier, who suffered a probable anterior cruciate ligament tear, hugged almost every Eagle after the final horn sounded.

“I was on the bench, and I started feeling sorry for myself, and I was like, these girls are doing this, and I can’t think about me because this is for everybody. This is our community,” Crosier said. “Yeah, I went down, and I probably won’t be back for a while, but these girls, I just couldn’t be any prouder.” 

Class 1A State Championship Records

Most Steals: (Tied) 19 by Lanesville vs. Marquette Catholic.

2A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

LUERS SECOND HALF PROPELS KNIGHTS TO RECORD-TYING CHAMPIONSHIP

INDIANAPOLIS – The celebratory pile near the top of the key was highlighted by a total of 22 pink tennis shoes.

Fort Wayne Bishop Luers players had just heard the final buzzer sound on the program’s record-tying seventh state championship, and frankly, what ensued proved difficult to miss.

Trailing Brownstown Central by nine points at halftime, the Knights remained poised, assembled one of the season’s more-adhesive defensive efforts and rallied for a 44-36 victory inside Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

“I think it was the tale of two halves,” said 10th-year Luers coach Mark Pixley after the Knights pulled even with Heritage Christian in all-time titles among girls teams in Indiana.

“The first half, we were turning the ball over. We weren’t rebounding the basketball, and we were letting them get to the free throw line. “We just told the girls, we’ve just to got to start playing our ball. It was calm (at halftime), but we were definitely making a point. These girls just really responded.”

A total of 3 minutes, 2 seconds was all that was needed for Luers to score the nine consecutive points necessary to turn a 24-15 halftime deficit into a 24-24 tie to open the third period. The momentum-altering sequence began with senior guard Annika Davis’ baseline runner followed by a Davis 3-pointer from the left wing.

Sophomore center Miley Wareing took it from there by making good on four consecutive free throw attempts.

Brownstown Central, which started five underclassmen and has only one senior on its 13-player roster, grabbed the lead on three more occasions in the third quarter and once more a minute into the fourth.

A layup from sophomore guard Harley Toppe off a Braves’ steal put Brownstown Central up, 35-34, but a Wareing bucket down low 23 seconds later gave the Knights the lead for good. Fort Wayne Luers’ defensive prowess coupled with converted free throws allowed it to gradually create more separation on the scoreboard.

Brownstown Central converted only 5 of 22 field goal attempts in the second half; for the game, the Braves were a bone-chilling 2 of 22 from behind the 3-point stripe.

All told, a most ideal scenario for Knights seniors Davis, 6-foot post Addie Shank and guard Kyndal Tyree to conclude their high school basketball careers – helping Luers to its first girls basketball state championship since 2011.

Ironically, that, too, was a victory over Brownstown Central, 59-46, at War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne.

“I knew that we had these three seniors, and these are girls I’ve grown up with,” said Shank, who finished with three points and three rebounds. “Going in, that’s what I was playing for. I just love playing with these girls.

“We all knew we had left points out there (in the first half). We had stuff to do. I knew in that locker room (at halftime) that we were going to go out and win. I saw on everyone’s faces that we were going to go out, lock in and get that win.”

Wareing scored 10 of her game-high 17 points in the third quarter to go along with 10 rebounds for a double-double. Davis added 10 points, five assists and two steals as the Knights finished with a 20-6 record. Sophomore center Sophie Wischmeier had 11 points – all in the first half – and eight boards to pace the Braves (21-10), while Toppe added 10 points and three steals.

Fifth-year Brownstown Central coach Brandon Allman, too, saw the game as two entirely different halves in terms of execution and momentum.

“We really executed well in the first half, and, really defensively, taking away some of their strengths and what they wanted to do,” said Allman. “In the second half, the momentum changed. We weren’t who we were. We forced some shots, and turned the basketball over. I think it was more us. We took some really quick shots, and our bad shots allowed them to get out in transition and get some momentum. And they were just able to get the basketball inside more in the second half.”

Brownstown Central raised some eyebrows with its deep postseason run given its youth. That won’t be the case should it do so again next season given the surplus of talent expected to return.

“It makes you want to win. It makes you want to work harder in the offseason,” said Braves’ junior guard Jenna Klosterman, who scored seven points to go along with six rebounds and five assists. “It was such a cool and neat experience. I’m so glad I got to experience that with my teammates and coaches.”

Class 2A State Championship Records

Most 3FG Attempted: 15 by Harley Toppe, Brownstown Central.

3A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

THREE-POINTERS, LATE DEFENSE LEAD GIBSON SOUTHERN TO PROGRAM’S FIRST IHSAA CHAMPIONSHIP              

INDIANAPOLIS – Behind a record-breaking performance by Chloey Graham from beyond the three-point line and key defense to stave off a late comeback, the Gibson Southern Titans defeated the Norwell Knights on Saturday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, 63-60, to bring home their first girls basketball IHSAA state title in program history.

“Obviously a little bit of anxiety there in the second half, but at the end of the day there’s excitement, pride, joy, just all kinds of adjectives we could use right now to describe with these girls have done,” Gibson Southern head coach Kyle Brasher said. “I’m just so happy and excited and proud of them and their accomplishments because I know a lot of the work they put in.”

The promise of a high-scoring battle between the third and fourth highest-scoring teams in the state delivered, with Graham’s six three-pointers in nine attempts breaking the 3A record of five set in 2013 by Mt. Vernon’s Sydney Shelton. Graham, a senior, entered the contest with 81 three-pointers this season, good for sixth-most in the state. As a unit, the Titans’ 11 three-pointers made set the IHSAA state finals record regardless of class, besting the record of 10 set by 4A Lawrence North in 2020.

After a commanding first half by the Titans’ tandem Graham and point guard Gabby Spink, Graham’s scoring took off in the third quarter to build a lead Gibson Southern would need as Norwell control the narrative for most of the final 12 minutes. Four of her six three-pointers came in the penultimate quarter, including consecutive splashes in 18 seconds to stretch her team’s lead to a team-high 19 points.

“I think we just got too disconnected from Graham there for a while,” Norwell head coach Eric Thornton said. “We can’t let her grab and shoot as much as she did.”

Then, Norwell flipped the script and used a multitude of turnovers to its advantage. Gibson Southern turned the ball over 25 times, 14 of those coming in the second half for 17 Norwell points, allowing the Knights to tighten the deficit to as low as one. Norwell’s Kennedy Fuelling had seven steals in the game, tying two others for the 3A state finals record.

Following Graham’s final two threes, Norwell used three minutes of ball control to go on a 12-0 run courtesy of five turnovers. In just shy of eight minutes of game time, the Knights outscored the Titans 23-5, tightening the score to 59-58 with four minutes left to play.

“Our start was good, and then obviously they made some adjustments on their end,” Brasher said. We were trying to think of things we could do to put Chloey in the middle, just try to spice it up some. I thought our girls defensively did a lot of good things. Obviously, we built that 19-point lead, but Norwell’s a great team, senior led, and we knew they were going to make a run.”

As the game winded down, defense was key for both teams in keeping the score lose. With the score at 62-60 and a minute of clock control with Norwell trying to get the ball back, a travel by Graham handed the Knights the ball with a chance to either tie or take the lead.

Senior Ally Malone, who had a big three-pointer earlier in the quarter to break up Norwell’s scoring runs, induced a turnover with less than 15 seconds left to keep the lead at two.

“I saw the ball was loose out there and I knew we needed it,” Malone said. “I just jumped out on it and was diving for it and I ended up with the ball in my hands. I was just super grateful to be able to get that steal for my teammates.”

One made free-throw extended the lead to three, giving Fuelling the ball back for a chance to tie the game at the buzzer with Gibson Southern’s defense focusing on the arch. Fuelling broke away from a pair of defenders for a three-point jump shot that landed just wide.

“We ran a play called ‘Hawkeye,’ I don’t think we’ve run it all year long. It’s something we’ve just practice and that was the right moment for that,” Thornton said. “As [Kennedy] has throughout her career, she was looking to shoot the ball and they had a defender there and shot faked and just got her feet set, got a really good look at it. That was the look we were wanting right there and if it goes in, we’re playing for four more minutes.”

In the fourth quarter, Norwell held Gibson Southern to just seven points.

Graham finished as the game’s leading scorer with 22 points, with Spink trailing her with 17 points. Norwell’s Mackenzie Guess had 16 points, Fuelling had 15 and Vanessa Rosswurm had 14. All five of the game’s leading scorers played all 32 minutes.

Gibson Southern’s first championship comes over 20 years after their last trip to the finals game, coming in 2002 when they finished runner-up.

Class 3A State Championship Records

Most 3FG Made by a Team: (Also Overall Record) 11 by Gibson Southern

Most 3FG Made by an Individual: (Tied Overall Record) 6 by Chloey Graham, Gibson Southern

Most Steals: (Tied) 7 by Kennedy Fuelling, Norwell

4A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

LAWRENCE CENTRAL COMPLETES 30-WIN SEASON, ROLLS TO 4A TITLE

INDIANAPOLIS – One thing you have to say about the now first-time Class 4A state champion Lawrence Central Bears is they never flinch.

That became very apparent midway through the second quarter of the title game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse against Lake Central. After falling down, 11-4, the Bears responded by scoring the next 23 points in the contest to run away with a 55-28 victory.

The Bears thus become only the third team in IHSAA history to record 30 victories in a season. Lawrence Central (30-1) joins Class 3A Princeton (2015) and Class 4A Ben Davis (2009) as the only 30-game winners in state history.

Lawrence Central had won only one sectional title previously and that came back in 1987. In the semi-state round, the Bears had fallen behind by nine points in each game before rallying to earn its spot in the finals.

In the title game, as in the semi-state, coach Jannon Lampley’s squad put on a lethal display of taking control of a contest and crushing its opponent.

After the first quarter, that is.

“I wish we didn’t fall behind like that,” said Lampley, only in her second year as head coach. “We have great respect for all our opponents and know they are capable of delivering blows to get us down. We figured that would happen with Lake Central, but we withstood it and had a heck of a fight back.”

That’s a world-class understatement.

After Lake Central’s Nadia Clayton converted a lay-up to give her team the 11-4 lead with 7:49 left in the second quarter, the Bears simply flipped the switch.

Jaylah Lampley spurred the rally by canning a 3-point shot to give her team a 12-11 lead and it was off to the races. Lake Central didn’t score again the rest of the half and didn’t dent the scoreboard until the 6:07 mark of the third quarter. By then, the Bears had a 16-point lead and the outcome was never in doubt.

“We just couldn’t score,” Lake Central coach Joe Huppenthal lamented. “They are so good on the defensive end and have so much length. I did think we’d have stretches where we’d have a hard time scoring.”

The Bears led by as many as 21 points (40-19) in the third quarter and extended its advantage right up to the end with the final score serving as their largest lead of the night.

Jaylah Lampley, a 6-1 junior, led all scorers with 19 points and Aniyah McKenzie and Lola Lampley each added 12. Jaylah Lampley and McKenzie each had a game-high nine rebounds.

Vanessa Wimberly led Lake Central with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting. The rest of the Indians combined to shoot 5-of-31 from the floor.

Perhaps the scariest part of the domination by Lawrence Central is that all five of its starters will return next season. In fact, on the 11-player roster, only two are seniors who combined for four points per game this season.

“This was our dream to be state champions and I’m thankful to be part of it,” Jaylah Lampley said. “Nothing is guaranteed,” she continued, referring to next season. “We have to work harder because it will get harder for us from here. We have to keep that chip on our shoulder and play like there is a target on our back.”

Class 4A State Championship Records

Fewest Points Allowed: 28 by Lawrence Central

INDIANA PACERS

GAME PREVIEW: PACERS VS MAVERICKS

The East and West’s sixth-ranked teams will face off Sunday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse for the first time this regular season.

The Indiana Pacers find themselves with a completely different team since their last matchup against the Dallas Mavericks on March 27, 2023, where they fell 127-104 in Indianapolis. With both Tyrese Haliburton and Myles Turner absent in that most recent matchup, having them back this go around with the addition of a new Pacer, Pascal Siakam, could make for a different outcome.

The Blue and Gold will also have had two days of rest before taking to the floor for the second game of their four-game homestand.

Indiana enters the matchup following a solid 129-115 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night. In their first game post-All-Star break, the Pacers allowed their fewest points in a half this season as they led at halftime, 72-43.

The six Pacers in double figures were led by All-Star starter Haliburton’s 25 points and 12 assists. T.J. McConnell followed behind with 16 points, six rebounds and five assists, Siakam added 20 points, Bennedict Mathurin contributed 15 points while Turner scored 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.

Indiana has remained at the top of the league this season in points (123.8 ppg), assists (31.0 apg), field goal percentage (50.8 percent), and points in the paint (57.4 ppg). On the other hand, Dallas ranks far behind in these respective categories, finding itself at seventh in offensive output (118.7 ppg), 22nd in assists (25.6 apg), 13th in field goal percentage (47.8 percent), and 27th for points scored in the paint (46.3 points).

With five Mavericks averaging double-figures this season, Dallas has found itself in potential playoff position this season after finishing 11th last season – where the Pacers most recently found them in the final meeting between the teams last March. Dallas most recently defeated the Phoenix Suns, 123-113, in their first game back from the All-Star break on Thursday, their seventh win in a row.

The star-studded dynamic duo of Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving lead the Mavericks, with five-time All-Star Doncic averaging 34.3 points, 9.6 assists and 8.8 rebounds per contest this season and eight-time All-Star Irving averaging 25.6 points per contest.

Tim Hardaway Jr. follows behind averaging 17.2 points per game, and P.J. Washington Jr. is adding 13.3 points per game after being traded from Charlotte on February 8.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Andrew Nembhard, F – Bennedict Mathurin, F – Pascal Siakam, C – Myles Turner

Mavericks: G – Luka Doncic, G – Kyrie Irving, F – Josh Green, F – P.J. Washington, C – Dereck Lively II

Injury Report

Pacers: Jalen Smith – questionable (lower back spasms), Aaron Nesmith – out (right ankle sprain)

Mavericks: Luka Doncic – probable (broken nose), Maxi Kleber – probable (nasal fracture), Dereck Lively II – probable (nasal fracture), Dante Exum – out (right knee bursitis), Olivier-Maxence Prosper – out (G League assignment)

Last Meeting

March 27, 2023: Dallas sought revenge over a 124-122 Pacers win a month prior as it defeated Indiana, 127-104, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse for the second and final game between the two teams last season. Indiana was shorthanded in the loss as they played without Tyrese Haliburton, Myles Turner, Buddy Hield and Chris Duarte as they recovered from injuries and illnesses.

Bennedict Mathurin led the way for the Blue and Gold with 26 points, while Andrew Nembhard followed behind with 17 points, five rebounds and five assists. In addition, T.J. McConnell added 15 points and a team-high seven assists off the bench.

Indiana struggled from the floor shooting 41.9 percent (39-of-93) while the Mavericks shot 56.6 percent (47-of-83). The Indiana reserves were also outscored by the Dallas reserves, 58-33.

It was a pair of large scoring runs in the second and third quarters that allowed the Mavericks to take as much as a 25-point lead going into the fourth frame and ultimately secure the win. Luka Doncic finished team-highs of 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Kyrie Irving contributed 16 points and six assists.

Noteworthy

This is the first matchup between the two teams during the 2023-24 regular season. Indiana will travel to Dallas for the second and final matchup of the series March 5.

Indiana is 36-47 all-time with Dallas, and 21-20 at home.

Pacers Head Coach Rick Carlisle served as head coach of the Dallas Mavericks for 13 seasons (2008-09 to 2020-21). During this stint, he led the Mavericks to nine playoff appearances, including Dallas’ first NBA title in 2011.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)

Tickets

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

FUEL HOCKEY

FUEL CLAIM ONE POINT IN SELLOUT OT BATTLE

INDIANAPOLIS- The Fuel hosted the Wichita Thunder for the second night in a row on Saturday night. In front of a sellout crowd of 6,459 people, the Fuel fell 4-3 in overtime after a late penalty.

1ST PERIOD

The Fuel got on the board quickly with a goal by Kale Howarth at 1:19, assisted by Colin Bilek and Kyle Maksimovich.

At 5:28, Matt Cairns sat for cross checking giving Wichita the first power play opportunity of the game. Five seconds later, they capitalized with a goal by Mitchell Russell to tie the game 1-1.

Bradley Marek sat for cross checking next, at 14:26 giving the Fuel a power play opportunity which they also capitalized on. Bilek scored to give the Fuel a 2-1 lead. That goal was assisted by Bryan Lemos and Andrew Bellant.

At 18:45, Jon Martin took a high sticking penalty however the Fuel killed off the penalty before time expired on the period.

2ND PERIOD

44 seconds into the second period, Cairns took another cross checking penalty. As the power play was winding down, Marek scored for the Thunder to tie the game 2-2.

At 8:13, Bulmer and Russell each sat for two minutes for roughing, forcing some 4-on-4 hockey until about a minute later when Wichita’s Jason Pinoe was called for slashing, giving the Fuel a 4-on-3 power play opportunity.

Bulmer scored after leaving the box to give the Fuel a 3-2 lead. Ross MacDougall and Maksimovich each earned an assist on that power play goal.

Less than a minute later, Nolan Kneen scored for the Thunder to tie the game again, 3-3.

3RD PERIOD

At 4:43, Dillon Boucher was called for slashing, giving the Fuel a power play chance; however, Wichita killed it off.

Maksimovich took the game’s next penalty at 9:12. A slashing call put the Fuel on the penalty kill until a few seconds later when Wichita’s Watts took a hooking call to force almost two minutes of 4-on-4 hockey.

After a few good chances on both sides, regulation ended with the game still tied at 3-3. The Fuel outshot the Thunder 31-21 in regulation before they headed to overtime.

OVERTIME

1:28 into the overtime period, Seamus Malone took a high sticking penalty, giving the Thunder an additional player for a 4-on-3 opportunity.

At 2:43, Lleyton Moore scored for the Thunder giving them the 4-3 win. The Fuel claimed one point in the overtime game.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Friday, March 1 for our International Women’s Month Celebration against the Iowa Heartlanders.

INDY ELEVEN SOCCER

INDY ELEVEN ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF PORTLAND TIMBERS’ HUNTER SULTE ON LOAN

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, February 23, 2024) – Indy Eleven today announced the acquisition of goalkeeper Hunter Sulte on loan from MLS-side Portland Timbers. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed, and individual status is pending league and federation approval.

The 6-7, 194-pound keeper was signed as a Homegrown Player for Portland in November 2020, making him the first player from Alaska to sign an MLS Homegrown contract. Sulte made his first MLS appearance in 2021, playing in two matches including a start against FC Dallas on May 1. His debut made him the second youngest goalkeeper in MLS history to play in a league match at 19 years and six days.

Sulte made eight appearances for the Portland Timbers 2 during the 2020 USL Championship season, tallying 31 saves. More recently, he has competed for Timbers2 after the club’s move to MLS NEXT Pro and recorded 42 saves in 11 appearances during the 2023 season. Sulte had previously joined the Timbers Academy in 2016.

Head Coach Sean McAuley and Sulte reunite in Indy, as McAuley served as an assistant coach with the Timbers from 2012-18.

Indy Eleven Roster as of 2-23-24

Goalkeepers (4): Cayden Crawford^, Yannik Oettl, Hunter Sulte, Hayden Vostal^

Defenders (8): Danny Barbir, Younes Boudadi, Callum Chapman-Page, Adrian Diz Pe, Macauley King, Logan Neidlinger^, Josh O’Brien, Aedan Stanley

Midfielders (7): Jack Blake, Tyler Gibson, Nikola Ivetic^, Cam Lindley, Aodhan Quinn, Diego Sanchez, Max Schneider

Forwards (7): Benji Chavarria^, Elliot Collier, Sebastian Guenzatti, Karsen Henderlong, Douglas Martinez, Roberto Molina, Augustine Williams

^USL Academy Contract

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

HOOSIERS DROP ROAD CONTEST AT PENN STATE

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Indiana scored 50 points in the paint and got 27 points from forward Malik Reneau.

That was the good news, but it wasn’t enough Saturday afternoon. The Hoosiers lost 83-74 at Penn State.

Reneau bounced back from a recent run of foul-plagued performances to play 35 minutes and add six rebounds while making 9-of-14 shots from the field, 9-of-12 from the line.

“We talked with him,” coach Mike Woodson told Voice of the Hoosiers Don Fischer during the post-game radio show. “We watched a lot of film. He was solid, but we have to get other guys around him playing well if we’re going to finish this season on a high note.”

IU dropped to 14-13 overall and 6-10 in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions completed a season sweep of the Hoosiers to improve to 14-14 and 8-9 behind guard Ace Baldwin’s 23 points. He was one of five Nittany Lions to score in double figures.

Penn State made nine 3-pointers and was 26-for-30 from the line. Indiana was 2-for-15 from beyond the arc and 14-for-25 at the line.

“We have to make our free throws and we got opportunities to step up and shoot 3s, but we’ve got to knock them down,” Woodson told Fischer. “That was the difference.”

IU shot 51% from the field and had 14 assists against 11 turnovers.

“We were good there,” Woodson told Fischer about the assists. “It could be a little more, but that’s on the back of not making 3s.”

Foul trouble limited center Kel’el Ware to 16 points and eight rebounds. Guard Trey Galloway had 11 points and five assists.

“From an offensive standpoint, we went inside,” Woodson told Fischer. “We exploited what we thought was to our advantage — Malik and the big fella (Ware). He got in foul trouble, but still had a solid game.”

In the first half, Penn State made five 3-pointers to IU’s zero to offset the Hoosiers’ 22-12 edge in points in the paint.

Both teams started slowly on offense, with Penn State leading 5-4 at the first media timeout.

Ware’s inside dominance (six points, two rebounds, one block, multiple altered shots) helped IU to a pair of early three-point leads, but the Hoosiers lost Mackenzie Mgbako to foul trouble and Galloway to injury.

Both teams picked up the offensive pace. IU’s 18-6 edge in points in the paint (Ware and Reneau combined for 15) kept it just ahead, at 24-23, with eight minutes left in the half.

An Anthony Walker basket made it 32-32 before Penn State went on a Baldwin-led 8-0 run. Galloway returned after treatment to make a free throw for a 40-33 halftime score. Ware and Reneau combined for 21 points. Baldwin had 15. Penn State scored nine points off IU’s eight turnovers.

Ware picked up his third foul seconds into the second half. Penn State hit its sixth 3-pointer for a 43-33 lead. IU’s drought without a field goal approached five minutes, forcing Woodson to call a timeout.

Ware picked up his fourth foul. Payton Sparks replaced him. The Nittany Lions went into attack-the-basket mode. The Hoosiers countered with Mgbako, Reneau, Anthony Leal, and Galloway. A 12-point Penn State lead was cut to three, at 52-49, and then at 54-51. A three-point play by Reneau made it 56-54 with 10 minutes left.

The Hoosiers were positioned for a comeback victory.

Then they weren’t.

The Nittany Lions followed with seven straight points to rebuild a double-digit lead.

Ware returned and completed a three-point play, and then made a hook shot for a 72-67 score as the clock ticked under three minutes.

Mgbako hit IU’s first 3-pointer to give the Hoosiers a crunch-time chance, but it wasn’t enough. A fourth straight loss followed.

INDIANA SWIMMING

INDIANA WINS BIG TEN WITH WALK-OFF RELAY PERFORMANCE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Every single point mattered.

Indiana women’s swimming and diving won its seventh Big Ten Championship – first since 2019 – on Saturday (Feb. 24), outscoring runner-up and four-time defending champion Ohio State by one-half of a point at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center.

The Hoosiers walked it off, placing second in the 400-yard freestyle ahead of third-place Ohio State to earn the necessary two-point advantage over the Buckeyes. OSU led through three legs, but sophomore Kristina Paegle’s 46.65 anchor got IU home in 3:11.37, over a second quicker than Ohio State’s relay.

The previous closest difference between first and second at a Big Ten women’s championships was 2004, when Michigan edged Penn State 604.5-590.5.

Because the team results were decided by such a small margin, every performance was crucial. Juniors Ching Hwee Gan, Brearna Crawford and Skyler Liu all won individual Big Ten Championships during the final night, but the Hoosiers could not have done it without freshman MacKenna Lieske, who had to win a swim-off in the morning to get into the 200-yard breaststroke C final, earning maximum points from her heat. It could not have happened without springboard specialist Anne Fowler’s perhaps last performance on platform, getting her own 17th-place finish and the nine points with it. Anna Freed swam an exhausting 200 fly, 200 back double and finished fifth in both races. There’s a hero in every Hoosier that swam, dove or encouraged her teammates.

“I am still in a state of disbelief,” IU head swimming coach Ray Looze said. “What our women did tonight was simply unbelievable. We basically witnessed a near-perfect performance by everyone. This is a championship that I will never forget!”

Moments before the relay, Liu hinted that perhaps destiny was having its day. As the top seed stepped to the end of the 10-meter platform for her final dive, she needed 78.80 points to summit the top of the leaderboard. She said her arms were “trembling” as she went into her handstand 30 feet above the water. Somehow, she got into position, executed three-and-a-half somersaults into a pike position and glided into the water. Liu scored 79.20 points, winning her second Big Ten title in two days. She was named the Big Ten Diver of the Championships.

“That was the ultimate team victory,” IU head diving coach Drew Johansen said. “I have never seen four days of competition come down to half of a point. Every girl on this team made a difference. To see Skyler hit that last dive to win by less than a point was spectacular, and then to see our relay out-touch OSU was like a storybook ending.”

Crawford captured her second-career 200-yard breaststroke title in a season-best 2:07.25. She previously won it as a freshman in 2022 but was foiled last season by teammate Noelle Peplowski, now an assistant coach for the program. Indiana has won eight of the last nine Big Ten 200-yard breaststroke championships. The junior also earned a bronze medal for her performance in the 100-yard event on Friday.

Gan and fellow junior Mariah Denigan kicked off the evening session in style with their medal performances in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Swimming out of the first of five heats, Denigan dropped a 15:59.66 in her first mile swim of the season. Only Gan and Wisconsin’s Madeline Waggoner would beat that in the remaining four heats. Gan was ruthless in her victory, going wire-to-wire in the top-seeded heat and touching in 15:54.83. It’s Gan’s first individual Big Ten championship after finishing third in the event as a freshman and second last season and IU’s first mile title since 2014.

All four Hoosiers on the clinching relay previously competed in 100-yard freestyle finals. Junior Anna Peplowski (47.53) and Paegle (47.65) both medaled. Senior Ashley Turak (49.09) was eighth, and Ella Ristic (49.89) finished 24th. Peplowski led off the relay in 47.72, followed by Turak’s nearly identical 47.71. Ristic was 49.29, giving way to Paegle’s incredible 46.65 anchor.

IU had three top-10 finishers in the 200 fly via Freed’s fifth (1:57.76), sophomore Katie Forrester’s sixth (1:57.97) and Ava Whitaker winning the B final in 1:57.67. In the 200 back, Freed (1:54.80), sophomore Mya DeWitt (1:54.620 and junior Kacey McKenna (1:57.19) followed suit. A pair of freshmen also earned points on platform as Ella Roselli and Lily Witte each performed in the consolation final, their third final in three days.

TEAM SCORES

1. Indiana – 1,359

2. Ohio State – 1,358.5

3. Michigan – 1,207

4. Wisconsin – 978

5. Minnesota – 816

6. Purdue – 572.5

7. Northwestern – 463.5

8. Nebraska – 409

9. Penn State – 382

10. Rutgers – 363.5

11. Iowa – 303

12. Illinois – 204

RESULTS

1,650 FREESTYLE

1. Ching Hwee Gan – 15:54.83 (Big Ten Champion, NCAA B Cut)

3. Mariah Denigan – 15:15.66 (Bronze, NCAA B Cut)

11. Elyse Heiser – 16:16.88 (NCAA B Cut)

X. Katie Carson – 16:00.89 (Exhibition, NCAA B Cut, Career Best)

200 BACKSTROKE

4. Mya DeWitt – 1:54.62 (NCAA B Cut)

5. Anna Freed – 1:54.80 (NCAA B Cut)

8. Kacey McKenna – 1:57.19

100 FREESTYLE

2. Anna Peplowski – 47.54 (Silver, NCAA B Cut)

3. Kristina Paegle – 47.65 (Bronze, NCAA B Cut, Career Best)

8. Ashley Turak – 49.09 (NCAA B Cut)

24. Ella Ristic – 49.89

200 BREASTSTROKE

1. Brearna Crawford – 2:07.25 (Big Ten Champion, NCAA B Cut)

15. Reese Tiltmann – 2:14.38

17. MacKenna Lieske – 2:13.34 (NCAA B Cut, Career Best)

200 BUTTERFLY

5. Anna Freed – 1:57.76 (NCAA B Cut)

6. Katie Forrester – 1:57.97 (NCAA B Cut)

9. Ava Whitaker – 1:57.67 (NCAA B Cut)

PLATFORM

1. Skyler Liu – 342.40 (Big Ten Champion, NCAA Zone Qualifier)

10. Ella Roselli – 246.65 (NCAA Zone Qualifier)

14. Lily Witte – 209.55

17. Anne Fowler – 210.75

400 FREESTYLE RELAY

2. Anna Peplowski, Ashley Turak, Ella Ristic, Kristina Paegle – 3:11.37 (Silver, Program Record, NCAA A Cut)

UP NEXT

Indiana women’s diving will head to Louisville, Kentucky, for NCAA Zone Diving Championships March 14-16, looking to qualify for the 2024 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships a week later. 

INDIANA SOFTBALL

INDIANA DEFEATS DRAKE, FALLS TO NO. 17 ARIZONA IN 14-INNING GAME

TUCSON, Ariz. ––– Indiana Softball posted a solid, 6-2 win over Drake, and lost narrowly, 10-9, in a 14-inning marathon game at No. 17 Arizona on Saturday night in the Hillenbrand Invitational.

After today’s results, Indiana’s record now stands at 10-4 overall with one game left to play in the Hillebrand Invitational.

GAME 1: INDIANA 6, DRAKE 2

GAME 2: ARIZONA 10, INDIANA 9 (F/14)

KEY MOMENTS (vs. Drake)

• After trailing against Drake, 1-0, in the first two innings, senior Brooke Benson hit a home run to center field to tie the game at 1-1.

• Just two batters later, junior Brianna Copeland followed suit from Benson and hit a home run of her own to left center and gave Indiana the lead, 2-1.

• The Hoosiers extended their lead to 3-1 on a double from sophomore Avery Parker, scoring junior Sarah Stone.

• Freshman Alex Cooper hit the Hoosiers’ third home run of the day in the fifth inning on a solo shot to right field. Later in the inning, junior Taylor Minnick ripped an RBI-single to center field to score Cora Bassett and bring the Hoosiers’ advantage to 5-1.

• Parker scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning to extend the lead to 6-1.

KEY MOMENTS (vs. Arizona)

• After being tied 1-1 through the first two innings, Bassett launched a home run to left field to put Indiana ahead of Arizona, 2-1 in the third.

• Arizona would score two more runs in the third, but Copeland tied the game with the Wildcats again at 3-3 with a 5th inning homer.

• In her first appearance of the game, sophomore Chloe Geijer hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning to put the Hoosiers up 4-3.

• Arizona would tie the game at 4-4 and have the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Hoosiers got out of the jam when Arizona’s Taylor Biehl grounded out to second.

• Each team scored a run in the eighth inning to make it a 5-5 game and continue to nine innings. The game continued as tied at 5-5 with each team failing to score in the ninth.

• The Hoosiers and Wildcats would trade runs in both 10th and 11th innings to reach a score of 7-7.

• Arizona threatened in the bottom of the 12th inning, but the Hoosiers battled out of it. With the score tied at 7-7, the bases were loaded with no outs. The first out came on a pop out to shallow center field with no runners advancing. Then, Alex Cooper caught a line drive at third base and got to the bag before the runner could get back for the unassisted double play.

• Indiana didn’t score again in the 13th, and also worked its way out of another bases loaded jam to stay alive at 7-7 through 13 innings.

• With two runners on in the top of the 14th inning, Cooper hit a line-drive singled to center field and scored two runners on the play for Indiana to take the lead back, 9-7.

• In the bottom of the 14th, Arizona got another bases loaded situation lined up and scored three consecutive runs on three batters to win it, 10-9.

NOTABLES

• Freshman Alex Cooper’s home run against Drake was her first of her collegiate career.

• Junior Sarah Stone went 3-for-3 at the plate against Drake.

• Senior Macy Montgomery picked up her second win of the season in the circle in the 6-2 defeat of Drake.

• Indiana had three home runs in both games today.

• Junior Brianna Copeland had two home runs today, hitting one in each game.

• Sophomore Chloe Geijer’s home run in the seventh inning was the second of her career.

• Eight different Hoosiers recorded a hit against Arizona.

• Cooper had a career-high three RBI against Arizona.

• Indiana worked out of four separate bases loaded jams without giving up a go-ahead run.

UP NEXT

Indiana will close out play in the Hillenbrand Invitational tomorrow with an 11 a.m. ET game against Marshall.

INDIANA MEN’S TENNIS

INDIANA MEN’S TENNIS SWEEPS SOUTHERN INDIANA, 4-0

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– Indiana Men’s Tennis finished off the doubleheader with a win over Southern Indiana, 4-0, on Saturday night in Louisville, Kentucky.

Indiana started off the night strong with their play in doubles competition. Michael Andre and Nishanth Basavareddy would strike first, taking the win at No. 3 doubles, 6-0.

Jagger Saylor and Nikola Kolyachev would follow up with a win at No. 2 doubles, 6-3, securing the doubles point for the Hoosiers heading into singles play.

In singles play, Deacon Thomas would extend the lead with a win at No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-0, to advance the lead for Indiana.

Consecutive wins from Ilya Tiraspolsky and Luc Boulier at No. 3 and No. 5 singles would secure the match victory for Indiana.

With the win, Indiana improves their record to 10-3 on the season.

Indiana will be back in action on Friday, March 8, as the Hoosiers will host Illinois State at the IU Tennis Center.

Final Results

INDIANA 4, SOUTHERN INDIANA 0

Singles competition

1. Michael Andre (IU) vs. Eytan Michaeli (SIU), 6-1, 4-2, unfinished.

2. Jagger Saylor (IU) vs. Mathys Bove (SIU), 6-3, 3-2, unfinished.

3. Ilya Tiraspolsky (IU) def. Axel Sabourin (SIU), 6-2, 6-4.

4. Nikola Kolyachev vs. Quinten Gillespie (SIU), 6-2, 2-1, unfinished.

5. Deacon Thomas (IU) def. Dylan Brown (SIU), 6-0, 6-2.

6. Luc Boulier (IU) def. Blake Deaton (SIU), 6-2, 6-0.

Doubles competition

1. Ilya Tiraspolsky/Luc Boulier (IU) vs. Axel Sabourin/Mathys Bove (SIU), 5-3, unfinished.

2. Jagger Saylor/Nikola Kolyachev (IU) def. Eytan Michaeli/Quinten Gillespie (SIU), 6-3.

3. Michael Andre/Nishanth Bassavareddy (IU) def. Dylan Brown/Guy Finkelstein (SIU), 6-0.

Order of finish

Singles: 5, 3, 6, unfinished.

Doubles: 3, 2, unfinished.

INDIANA TRACK

MARSHALL WINS SECOND BIG TEN TITLE, TWO SCHOOL RECORDS SET ON FINAL DAY OF BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

GENEVA, Ohio – Indiana track and field claimed one event title, two school records and scored in nine events on the final day of the 2024 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Camden Marshall won his second 800-meter title after he turned on the jets in the final lap to extend his lead with a season best time of 1:47.61.

Kenisha Phillips won silver in the 400 meters with a time of 51.72 to break her own school record set earlier this season. She was also a part of the record breaking 4×400 relay team.

The Indiana women’s 4×400 Relay team set the school record with a time of 3:38.57, breaking the previous record (3:39.26) set at the 2018 Big Ten Championships by Egbula, Price, Valentin and Wiles by over a second.

Antonio Laidler finished fourth in both the 60- and 200-meter races, scoring eight points for the men’s squad.

Max Grangier and Garrett Messer held top-10 marks in the men’s Heptathlon. Messer finished eighth overall with 5003 points to score his first individual team point for the Hoosiers as he moved into No. 9 on the all-time top-10 list. Grangier finished 10th with 4867 points as he also earned the final spot in the top-10 list.

Skylar Stidam and Austin Haskett scored points in the men’s 3000 meters as they went 4-5 on the race. Freshman Aidan Lord added a sixth-place finish in the Mile as he scored his first points.

Up next, The NCAA Indoor Championships await a select group of Hoosiers in two weeks in Boston, Mass. Following championship weekend, the NCAA will announce bids to the national meet. Projected to go as of now includes the men’s DMR, Jessica Mercier in the Pole Vault and Kenisha Phillips in the 400 Meters.

Big Ten Indoor Championships: February 24

Event     Athletes: Mark

Heptathlon          8. Garrett Messer: 5003 | Personal Best, No. 9 in program history

12. Max Grangier: 4867 | Personal Best, No. 10 in program history

Heptathlon: 60mH           7. Garrett Messer: 8.39 | Personal Best

11. Max Grangier: 8.95

Heptathlon: Pole Vault    9. Max Grangier: 3.90m/12-9.50 | Personal Best

11. Garrett Messer: 3.50m/11-5.75 | Personal Best

Heptathlon: 1000 Meters             2. Max Grangier: 2:38.01 | Personal Best

8. Garrett Messer: 2:45.30 | Personal Best

Heptathlon: High Jump   12. Max Grangier: 1.81m/5-11.75 | Personal Best

13. Garrett Messer: 1.72m/5-7.75

High Jump (W)   6. Mahogany Jenkins: 1.74m/5-8.50 | Season Best

15. Taylor Schoonveld: 1.64m/5-4.50

Triple Jump (W) 13. Mahogany Jenkins: 12.56m/41-2.50

20. Serena Bolden: 12.12m/39-9.25

Shot Put (W)       18. Makayla Hunter: 14.43m/47-4.25

Mile (M): Finals  6. Aidan Lord: 4:07.80

400 Meters (W): Finals   2. Kenisha Phillips: 51.72 | Personal Best, School Record

60 Meters (M): Finals      4. Antonio Laidler: 6.71

200 Meters (M): Finals    4. Antonio Laidler: 21.05

800 Meters (M): Finals    1. Camden Marshall: 1:47.61 | Season Best

High Jump (M)   7. Grayson Rolen: 2.12m/6-11.50 | Tied personal best

13. Deepak Laungani: 2.01m/6-7

3000 Meters (M)              4. Skylar Stidam: 7:58.67

5. Austin Haskett: 8:00.60

33. Aidan Lord: 8:26.88

37. Brayden Henkle: 8:28.99

3000 Meters (W)              14. Mariah Wehrle: 9:32.15

21. Lily Myers: 9:35.62 | Personal Best

37. Katelyn Winton: 9:50.12 | Season Best

4×400 (M)            11. Indiana: 3:14.85

– John Colquitt, Micah Camble, Keelan Grant, Novo Onovwerosuoke

4×400 (W)           4. Indiana: 3:38.57 | School Record

– Kristina Vincic, Morgan Snow, Maddie Russin, Kenisha Phillips

Point Scorers (Day 2):

Men

• Camden Marshall: 800 meters (10)

• Antonio Laidler: 60 meters (5)

• Antonio Laidler: 200 meters (5)

• Grayson Rolen: High Jump (2)

• Aidan Lord: Mile (3)

• Garrett Messer: Heptathlon (1)

• Skylar Stidam: 3000 meters (5)

• Austin Haskett: 3000 meters (4)

Women

• Kenisha Phillips: 400 meters (8)

• Mahogany Jenkins: High Jump (3)

• 4×400 Relay (5)

Final Standings (Men):

1. Wisconsin (122)

2. Nebraska (118)

3. Penn State (88)

4. Ohio State (80.33)

5. Indiana (61.33)

6. Iowa (58)

7. Illinois (54.5)

8. Michigan (49)

9. Rutgers (28.5)

10. Purdue (21.33)

11. Michigan State (21)

Team Standings (Women):

1. Illinois (104)

2. Penn State (87)

3. Iowa (73)

4. Minnesota (72)

5. Michigan (71)

6. Wisconsin (67)

7. Rutgers (61)

8. Nebraska (54)

9. Ohio State (38)

10. Indiana (32)

11. Michigan State (31)

12. Purdue (12)

13. Maryland (0)

INDIANA BASEBALL

FOLEY PITCHES GEM, HOOSIERS BEAT BEARS 6-1

WACO, Texas  – Sophomore pitcher Connor Foley (W, 1-0) had the best outing of his young career on Saturday (Feb. 24) afternoon at Baylor Ballpark, pitching six innings of one-hit, scoreless baseball in a 6-1 victory over Baylor.

Despite issuing four walks, Foley was in complete control of the entire contest. He threw a career-high 93 pitches, striking out seven batters while conceding just a lone hit to Baylor’s leadoff hitter. Sixth-year senior Ty Bothwell (SV, 1) was awarded the save for his three innings of one-run baseball.

All nine IU starters recorded at least one hit including freshman designated hitter Cal Sefcik who tallied the first hit of his collegiate career. Sophomore outfielder Devin Taylor connected on his first home run of the season; a loud 403-foot shot in the third inning.

Fifth-year senior Morgan Colopy went yard for the third time this season and second time this weekend while redshirt junior catcher Jake Stadler contributed two RBIs in the victory.

The Hoosiers led the entire way on Saturday afternoon and have still yet to trail in the weekend series in Waco. IU will look to slam the door shut on the weekend on Sunday as it goes for its first non-conference true road sweep since 2007.

Scoring Recap

Top First

Like he did on Friday night, Brock Tibbitts opened the scoring for the Hoosiers in the first frame. After working the count full, the junior single on a line drive to center field, scoring the leadoff hitter Carter Mathison from second base.

Indiana 1, Baylor 0

Top Third

Devin Taylor took the first pitch he saw over the fence in right field for his first home run of the season. His long ball registered a 106 mile-per-hour exit speed off the bat and went 403 feet.

Indiana 2, Baylor 0

Top Fourth

Morgan Colopy homered over the fence in right field, his second opposite field home run of the weekend.

Indiana 3, Baylor 0

Top Fifth

Back-to-back singles from Jake Stadler and Cal Sefcik added some insurance runs in the fifth. Josh Pyne and Taylor scored respectively on the hits as the Hoosiers opened a five-run lead.

Indiana 5, Baylor 0

Top Seventh

Stadler did his job once again in the seventh, driving home Taylor on a line drive single to center field.

Indiana 6, Baylor 0

Bottom Eighth

Baylor finally got on the board in the eighth. Hunter Teplanszky singled up the middle out of the reach of shortstop Tyler Cerny to bring Cortlan Castle around to score.

Indiana 6, Baylor 1

Notes to Know

• All nine starters recorded a hit for the Hoosiers. Tyler Cerny and Josh Pyne each had multi-hit games while Cal Sefcik tallied his first career hit. This was the first contest since last year’s 26-11 (May 12) win over Purdue that all nine starters have tallied a hit.

• IU’s last sweep in a true non-conference road environment came in 2007 at Florida A&M. The Hoosiers will look to take all three contests from the Bears on Sunday afternoon.

• The Hoosiers’ 5-1 start to the season is the best in a full collegiate campaign since 2018 (7-1). IU began the COVID-19 shortened season in 2021 at 8-1.

• Josh Pyne continues to inch closer to the 200-hit mark for his career. He’s got 12 hits on the season (.414 batting average) and 161 for his career.

• IU’s pitching staff has held opponents to six or fewer runs in all six contests. Five different pitchers have recorded wins with three different players recording saves.

Top Hoosier Performers

#32 Pyne, Josh

2-5, 1 R, 1 2B

#5 Taylor, Devin

1-3, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI

#14 Foley, Connor

6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 7 K

Quotable

Pitcher Connor Foley

On the comfort level of the second start…

“It’s so much easier to pitch when you have trust in the guys behind you. It’s really easy to do my job when you have faith in the defense on the field.

On controlling the game….

“Coach [Dustin] Glant always talks about managing the game and not letting one walk snowball into more. You really got to bare down in those moments and take control of the game. You’re going after the hitters. They don’t have the ball in their hands. It’s yours.

Up Next

The Hoosiers go for the weekend sweep on Sunday afternoon (2:00 PM ET/1:00 PM CT) against the Bears. The game will be available via ESPN+ and can be heard on the Indiana Sports Radio Network via IUHoosiers.com/Audio.

INDIANA SOFTBALL

INDIANA DEFEATS DRAKE, FALLS TO NO. 17 ARIZONA IN 14-INNING GAME

TUCSON, Ariz. ––– Indiana Softball posted a solid, 6-2 win over Drake, and lost narrowly, 10-9, in a 14-inning marathon game at No. 17 Arizona on Saturday night in the Hillenbrand Invitational.

After today’s results, Indiana’s record now stands at 10-4 overall with one game left to play in the Hillebrand Invitational.

GAME 1: INDIANA 6, DRAKE 2

GAME 2: ARIZONA 10, INDIANA 9 (F/14)

KEY MOMENTS (vs. Drake)

• After trailing against Drake, 1-0, in the first two innings, senior Brooke Benson hit a home run to center field to tie the game at 1-1.

• Just two batters later, junior Brianna Copeland followed suit from Benson and hit a home run of her own to left center and gave Indiana the lead, 2-1.

• The Hoosiers extended their lead to 3-1 on a double from sophomore Avery Parker, scoring junior Sarah Stone.

• Freshman Alex Cooper hit the Hoosiers’ third home run of the day in the fifth inning on a solo shot to right field. Later in the inning, junior Taylor Minnick ripped an RBI-single to center field to score Cora Bassett and bring the Hoosiers’ advantage to 5-1.

• Parker scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning to extend the lead to 6-1.

KEY MOMENTS (vs. Arizona)

• After being tied 1-1 through the first two innings, Bassett launched a home run to left field to put Indiana ahead of Arizona, 2-1 in the third.

• Arizona would score two more runs in the third, but Copeland tied the game with the Wildcats again at 3-3 with a 5th inning homer.

• In her first appearance of the game, sophomore Chloe Geijer hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning to put the Hoosiers up 4-3.

• Arizona would tie the game at 4-4 and have the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Hoosiers got out of the jam when Arizona’s Taylor Biehl grounded out to second.

• Each team scored a run in the eighth inning to make it a 5-5 game and continue to nine innings. The game continued as tied at 5-5 with each team failing to score in the ninth.

• The Hoosiers and Wildcats would trade runs in both 10th and 11th innings to reach a score of 7-7.

• Arizona threatened in the bottom of the 12th inning, but the Hoosiers battled out of it. With the score tied at 7-7, the bases were loaded with no outs. The first out came on a pop out to shallow center field with no runners advancing. Then, Alex Cooper caught a line drive at third base and got to the bag before the runner could get back for the unassisted double play.

• Indiana didn’t score again in the 13th, and also worked its way out of another bases loaded jam to stay alive at 7-7 through 13 innings.

• With two runners on in the top of the 14th inning, Cooper hit a line-drive singled to center field and scored two runners on the play for Indiana to take the lead back, 9-7.

• In the bottom of the 14th, Arizona got another bases loaded situation lined up and scored three consecutive runs on three batters to win it, 10-9.

NOTABLES

• Freshman Alex Cooper’s home run against Drake was her first of her collegiate career.

• Junior Sarah Stone went 3-for-3 at the plate against Drake.

• Senior Macy Montgomery picked up her second win of the season in the circle in the 6-2 defeat of Drake.

• Indiana had three home runs in both games today.

• Junior Brianna Copeland had two home runs today, hitting one in each game.

• Sophomore Chloe Geijer’s home run in the seventh inning was the second of her career.

• Eight different Hoosiers recorded a hit against Arizona.

• Cooper had a career-high three RBI against Arizona.

• Indiana worked out of four separate bases loaded jams without giving up a go-ahead run.

UP NEXT

Indiana will close out play in the Hillenbrand Invitational tomorrow with an 11 a.m. ET game against Marshall.

INDIANA WATER POLO

NO. 13 INDIANA SPLITS GAMES WITH UC SANTA BARBARA, CAL STATE FULLERTON

IRVINE, Calif.  –  No. 13 Indiana posted a convincing win over Cal State Fullerton and fell to No. 13 UC Santa Barbara in action at day two of the 2024 Barbara Kalbus Invite. Indiana improves to 13-2 overall on the 2024 season.

KEY MOMENTS VS. UCSB

Indiana got off six shot attempts in the first but couldn’t get on the board as it faced an early 3-0 deficit. Sophomore Sophia Sollie got Indiana on the board in the second with 3:54 to play but the Gauchos lead was 5-1 at the break.

Senior Sophie Wazzan combined with Sollie in the third for a pair of Hoosier goals, but UCSB added four more to its tally for a 9-4 edge.

Sollie completed the hat trick in the fourth quarter while sophomores Louisa Downes and Jasmine Higgs added goals but the Hoosiers fell short in the end.

KEY MOMENTS VS. CAL STATE FULLERTON

The Hoosiers came out firing against the Titans, opening things up to a 5-0 lead after the first. They were highlighted by two goals from junior Skylar Kidd in the first 10 minutes of action.

IU’s defense allowed just one goal in the first half, as it piled on five more goals as Kidd completed her hat trick midway through the second quarter.

On the afternoon, nine different Hoosiers tallied a goal on the scoresheet, as freshmen Gwyneth Le and Olivia Harris got in on the action in the fourth quarter.

NOTES

Sollie led the way with three goals against UCSB

Four other players each scored one. – Wazzan, Downes, Higgs and senior Zoe Crouch.

Four other players each recorded an assist vs. the Gauchos.

Kidd recorded the hat trick for IU against the Titans, leading the way with four goals. She finished with five points in the win, adding an assist and two drawn exclusions in the effort.

Downes, Sollie and Klingler each chipped in two goals each. Downes tallied four points as she had two assists.

Klingler had a team-high three steals.

Nine different players scored against Cal State Fullerton

UP NEXT

Action the Kalbus Invite wraps up on Sunday when No. 13 Indiana faces either Biola or Pomona Pitzer in the 13th place game of the tournament.

PURDUE SWIMMING

WRIGHT WINS BRONZE AS PURDUE HAS 4 OF TOP 9 ON PLATFORM AT BIG TENS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Daryn Wright won bronze as the Boilermakers accounted for four of the top nine finishers in platform diving, headlining the final day of action at the Big Ten Championships for Purdue women’s swimming & diving.

The Boilermakers racked up 97 team points on the tower, helping Purdue finish in sixth place in the team scoring with 572.5 points. Amassing 80 additional points this season allowed the Boilers to move up one spot in the team standings from a year ago.

Watch Highlights from Saturday
Platform Championship Final / McAfee Wins Platform Consol / Platform Prelim
Marcukaitis Wins C Final of 200 Back / Purdue Wins 3 Heats of 100 Free

Wright won her first career medal at Big Tens, capping a big week in which she was also seventh on 1-meter and sixth on 3-meter – accounting for a team-high 74 points. She helped extend Purdue’s seven-year streak of having at least one medalist on platform at Big Tens. The sophomore became the Boilermakers’ first female diver since Emily Bretscher in 2020 to be a championship finalist in all three events at Big Tens. Wright is also 6-for-6 in top-10 finishes in her career at Big Tens.

Maycey Vieta and Jaye Patrick joined Wright in the championship final Saturday, placing fourth and sixth. Vieta finished no lower than fourth on the tower in each of her five years at Big Tens, winning the conference title last season and two silver medals along the way. Patrick’s sixth-place showing was the best of her five-year career at Big Ten, which included four years at Northwestern.

Sophie McAfee won the platform consolation final Saturday after placing ninth in the prelim. She scored in all three diving events at Big Tens for the third year in a row and is now 9-for-9 in top-10 finishes at Big Tens in her career. The junior accounted for a career-high 71 team points this week and surpassed the 200-point mark (203) at Big Tens in just three years.

In the swimming events Saturday, four Boilermakers moved up the program’s all-leaderboards with lifetime bests. Abby Marcukaitis won the C final of the 200 backstroke with an NCAA provisional qualifying time (B Cut) of 1:56.96 that moved the sophomore into fourth place in program history. It was Purdue’s fastest time in the event since Jackie Smailis set the Purdue record at the 2019 Big Ten Championships.

Kendra Bowen also doubled up with a B Cut that moved the fifth-year Boilermaker into fourth place in the record book. She posted a time of 49.26 while winning heat 6 of the 100 freestyle, posting Purdue’s fastest mark since Carly Mercer set the team record at the Ohio State Invitational in the fall of 2013. Kendal Schreder (50.27, heat 5) and Kate Beavon (51.99, heat 2) also won their heats of the event with lifetime bests. Senior Kali Sayovitz (50.57) had a lifetime best as well in the event. For Beavon, it proved to be her final race as the South African World Championships qualifier announced her retirement on Instagram on Saturday afternoon.

Freshman Kate Mouser posted a lifetime best to qualify for a B final for the second day in a row, accomplishing the feat in the 200 breaststroke (2:14.72) Saturday. She moved into 10th place in program history and became Purdue’s first swimmer to score in all three of her individual events at Big Tens since 2019. She also joined Alex Clarke as the Boilermakers’ only freshman swimmers to score in all three of their events since the Big Ten went to its current 24-place scoring format in 2016.

Sophomore Reagan Mattice posted her third lifetime best in as many days this week, finishing 18th overall in the 1650 free with a time of 16:36.27 to move into 13th place in team history. It was Purdue’s best time in the event since the 2021 Big Ten Championships.

Mahala Erlandson (200 breast) and Cecilie Wiuff (200 fly) joined Bowen as B finalists Saturday, accounting for a combined 26.5 team points.

Wright’s list score of 318.10 in the final was just .45 points shy of her career best as a Boilermaker, which she posted while winning bronze in the event at the USA Diving Winter Nationals in December. It was that performance that qualified her for the World Championships earlier this month in Qatar. Wright earned an award of at least 60 points in all five rounds of the championship final Saturday.

Vieta and Patrick both improved on their prelim list scores, moving up two spots each after being sixth and eighth in the prelim. Vieta ripped a 70-point dive in round 4, but she had missed her previous dive and it ultimately took her out of medal contention. Patrick’s list score of 298.20 was her best since the 2022 Big Ten Championships.

In the team scoring, the Big Ten conference champion was determined in historically tight fashion. Indiana topped Ohio State by just a half point – 1359 to 1358.5. The Hoosiers trailed 1241.5-1232 entering platform diving. IU’s Skyler Liu won the event by just four tenths of a point over Minnesota’s Viviana Del Angel after Liu ripped a final-round armstand for a big score of 79.20 on the final dive of the night. Del Angel held a two-point lead entering the final round and executed her final dive for a big score of 76.80 as well. Even though Michigan won the final event of the meet – the 400 freestyle relay – IU finished second to OSU’s third and the two-point difference in the relay scoring was enough to overcome the 1.5-point deficit.

Selected swimmers will compete in Sunday’s long course time trials at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center, chasing Olympic Trials qualifying times in the process. Purdue will host the annual two-day Boiler-Make-It NCAA last chance meet next weekend (March 2-3). Championship season continues with the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships (March 14-16 at Louisville), CSCAA National Invitational Championships (March 14-16 in Ocala, Fla.) and NCAA Championships (March 20-23 at Georgia).

The men’s Big Ten Championships begin Wednesday evening at Ohio State’s McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus.

PURDUE TRACK

BOILERS EARN 2 MORE MEDALS TO CONCLUDE INDOOR BIG TENS

GENEVA, Ohio – Two medals highlighted the second and final day of the 2024 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday for the Purdue track & field team at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Junior Praise Aniamaka was the runner-up in the triple jump and graduate student Cameron Miller was third in the 200-meter. Those were two of six podium finishes for the Boilermakers on Saturday. The duo were joined by freshman Jasiah Rogers, fifth in the 60m, the seventh-place men’s 4×400 and juniors Zoe Sullivan and Brett Otterbacher, who were eighth in the 60m hurdles and 400m, respectively.

Purdue totaled nine top-eight podium finishes at the two-day conference championships, as sophomore Bryanna Craig took second in the pentathlon on Friday to join Aniamaka and Miller as medalists. Six top-10 marks in school history were achieved this weekend as the Boilermakers posted 15 personal records and 11 season bests.

Aniamaka won silver in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 15.96 meters. He earned his fourth career Big Ten medal to go along with gold outdoors in 2023 and bronze indoors in 2022 and 2023, all in the triple jump. Aniamaka was in third place after his third attempt of 15.83m, and he remained there until his final jump, when he moved up one spot by a margin of 0.10m. Aniamaka’s mark is No. 14 in the NCAA this season.

Miller ran the final of the 200m in 20.82 seconds to collect his first Big Ten podium finish and sixth career conference medal. He posted the fastest time in the first of two sections and ended up being one of three runners to break 21.00 seconds. Today’s bronze medal is the third career individual medal Miller has won, all indoors in the 200m, along with gold at the 2023 ACC meet and silver at the 2022 SEC event.

Rogers capped his first indoor campaign with a fifth-place showing in the 60m final. He reached the podium thanks to a time of 6.74 seconds and edged out the sixth-place runner by 0.001 seconds.

The men’s 4×400 relay concluded the weekend in seventh place with a time of 3:10.93. It was a tightly contested finish, as sixth through eighth place were separated by just 0.02 seconds. The result came as the foursome of senior Jahn Riley, sophomores Connor Czajkowski and Nolan Macklin and freshman Nickens Lemba ran together in a relay for the first time.

Sullivan crossed the finish line in eighth place in the 60m hurdle final with a time of 8.35. At her first Big Ten meet, she reached the podium for the fifth time in her career after four top-eight finishes at Missouri Valley championships. Sullivan’s time came after she ran the second-fastest mark in school history in Friday’s prelims, with a finish of 8.24 seconds.

Otterbacher also notched an eighth-place finish on Saturday, in the 400m. He earned his third career trip to the podium at Big Tens and second individually. He also moved up to No. 2 in the Boilermaker record books yesterday courtesy of a 46.83 in the prelims.

Also on Saturday, personal-bests were recorded by senior Logan Sandlin (heptathlon 1,000m, 2:39.15) and freshmen Lee Martin (high jump, 2.06m, T-PR) and Kaden Stewart (high jump, 2.06m). Senior Payne Turney ran a season-best in the 3,000m (9:43.33).

On Friday to open the championships, Craig was joined on the podium by junior Jalen Elrod, who was sixth in the pentathlon, and sophomore Collin Kao, who placed eighth in the pole vault. Elrod was one of six Boilermakers to post a record-book mark, and she had three of the team’s 12 PRs and one of nine season bests registered on the first day.

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

PURDUE BASEBALL

OFFENSE EXPLODES AS PURDUE BASEBALL SPLITS DOUBLEHEADER

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – Purdue Baseball recorded 21 runs on 26 hits Saturday afternoon, splitting a doubleheader with George Mason at Ting Park. A hot start helped the Patriots (2-5) take game one 11-9, while the Boilermakers (5-2) were in control throughout game two in a 12-5 victory.

Reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week Luke Gaffney continued to rake, as the Danville, Kentucky, native produced two more multi-hit games in Holly Springs. He went a combined 5-for-9 with two RBI and four runs, leading Purdue in hits and runs throughout the day. Keenan Spence had himself an afternoon as well, going 2-for-4 with three runs and one RBI in game one before belting his second homer of the season as part of a 2-for-3, three-RBI game two.

Along with 13 hits in each game, Purdue hitters were plunked a combined eight times on Saturday.

The Boilermakers and Patriots wrap up the four-game series on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. ET.  Extended recaps for each game Saturday can be found below.

Game 1: George Mason 11, Purdue 9

The Boilermakers faced a deficit immediately and fell into a hole they couldn’t get out of, dropping game one 11-9. Trailing by seven, Purdue scored three runs in the sixth and three more in the ninth, bringing the tying run to the plate before the Patriots held on for the early win.

Getting his first assignment behind the dish this weekend, Aaron Dolney went 3-for-3 with two RBI and one run. Gaffney (3-for-5), Spence (2-for-4) and Camden Gasser (2-for-4) recorded multi-hit games at the plate as well. Spence’s three runs paced Purdue.

Jonathan Blackwell (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing seven runs on 10 hits over 3.1 innings. Carter Doorn was a bright spot on the mound, coming out of the bullpen to pitch three scoreless innings.

Four-hit games by Jordan Smith and Reece Woody led George Mason to victory. Evan Blanchard added three hits, as the Patriots racked up 20 as a team in the first game.

George Mason jumped out to early lead with a pair of runs in each of the first two innings. Gasser put Purdue on the board with an RBI single in the bottom of the second, and Blackwell followed it up with an eight-pitch inning to send the Patriots down in order.

A four-run fourth inning increased Purdue’s deficit, but the Boilermakers got two back after a pinch-hit double by Keenan Taylor. After George Mason added two more runs in the sixth, Purdue countered with three runs courtesy of RBI from Dolney, Gasser and Camden Melvin.

Trailing by five in the ninth, Purdue continued to fight and brought the tying run to the plate. Three runs crossed the dish as part of a two-out rally. Back-to-back doubles by Logan Sutter and Spence drove in a pair of Boilermakers, while Dolney followed the extra-base hits with another RBI single. Representing the tying run, Brody Chrisman tried to keep the comeback alive but flew out to right field to end the game.

Game 2: Purdue 12, George Mason 5

The Boilermakers exploded for 12 runs between innings two through six, building a comfortable lead to cruise to a 12-5 victory and earn the doubleheader split.

The top of the Purdue lineup led the way with the first four batters recording two hits apiece. Batting leadoff for the first time this weekend, Couper Cornblum went 2-for-5 with three runs, while Gasser added a pair of hits in his move up the lineup from the nine hole. Connor Caskenette drove in a team-high three RBI to match Taylor and Spence. In the cleanup spot, Gaffney scored three runs and tallied two RBI as part of another multi-hit game, including belting his second home run of the weekend.

On the rubber, Kyle Iwinski (1-0) picked up his first win of his senior campaign, lasting five innings and surrendering only three runs. Out of the bullpen, fellow senior Davis Pratt was able to make the George Mason bats miss with three strikeouts during his inning of relief.

The Patriots matched the Boilermakers with 13 hits but only managed five runs. Logan Rumberg (0-1) started the game, allowing seven runs (six earned) on six hits through four innings. James Quinn-Irons went 2-for-5 with three RBI to pace the Patriots at the dish.

Just like the first game, George Mason scored in the opening frame. Gaffney tied the game in the second with a solo shot before the Patriots tallied two runs in the third. Purdue got one run back in the bottom of the third before Spence sent a no-doubt, two-run blast over the left field fence in the fourth to give the Boilermakers their first lead of the game, 4-3.

Back-to-back four-run innings increased Purdue’s advantage to nine. Cornblum, Gasser and Casketnette started the surge with base hits, including Caskenette driving in both of his teammates. Three straight Boilermakers were hit by pitches, and the addition of a sacrifice fly brought two more runs across the plate. One inning later, the bottom of the sixth, Caskenette and Gaffney produced RBI singles before both Boilermakers scored on a double by Taylor to make it 12-3 in favor of the Old Gold and Black.

George Mason scored runs in the seventh and ninth but never threatened to get back in the game, as the Purdue bullpen kept the Patriots in check to secure a convincing win.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

#3 PURDUE LOOKS TO MAINTAIN BIG TEN LEAD SUNDAY AT MICHIGAN

GAMEDAY INFORMATION — GAME 28

[3] Purdue (24-3, 13-3) vs. Michigan (8-19, 3-13)

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024

2:00 p.m. ET | Ann Arbor, Michigan

Crisler Center (12,707)

TELEVISION: CBS (Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner)

RADIO: Purdue Global Radio Network (Rob Blackman, Bobby Riddell)

THE NOTES TO KNOW

• The No. 3-ranked Purdue Boilermakers head to a place that hasn’t been kind to them, when it heads to Ann Arbor to close out the season series against Michigan on Sunday afternoon. The Boilermakers are just 2-7 in their last nine trips to the Crisler Center, but are looking for back-to-back wins in the Crisler Center for the first time in 12 years.

• Purdue enters the weekend’s play as one of five teams nationally with at least 24 wins, while also being one of seven teams with three or fewer losses. Among major-conference teams, Purdue, Houston and Connecticut are the only high-major programs with fewer than five losses.

• Purdue’s senior class has won 55 Big Ten games. The school record for most Big Ten wins by a class is 57 (Class of 2019).

• Purdue has won 20 games under Matt Painter in 14 of his 19 seasons with at least 25 victories in 10 of them. Purdue is looking for its third straight season of at least 29 victories.

• Purdue has averaged at least 1.27 points / possession in nine of its 16 Big Ten games, including 1.52 in the win over Rutgers.

• Over the last three years, Purdue has already won 82 games overall. The school record for wins in a three-year span is 83 (2016, 2017, 2018), needing just one win to tie the record. Entering the weekend, Purdue’s 81 wins are tied for the second most during that span in the country (Houston – 88; Kansas – 82).

• Purdue’s schedule ranks as the second-most difficult schedule in the country behind Michigan and its non-conference foes currently lead the Southern Conference by two games (Samford), the Atlantic Sun by two games (Eastern Kentucky), the Ohio Valley (Morehead State) and the SEC (Alabama). Marquette (Big East), Tennessee (SEC), Arizona (PAC-12) and Gonzaga (WCC) are currently in second place in their respective conferences.

• Purdue has beaten teams ranked 4th (Arizona), 5th (Tennessee), 7th (Marquette), 12th (Illinois) and 13th (Alabama) in this week’s AP poll. The Boilermakers also own wins over teams receiving votes in 27th (Gonzaga) and 28th (Wisconsin).

• Purdue ranks in the NCAA’s top 20 in 3-point percentage (1st), wins (2nd), off. efficiency (2nd), rebound margin (2nd), assists per game (6th), scoring offense (9th), scoring margin (10th), fewest fouls per game (11th), field goal percentage (16th) and assist / turnover ratio (20th).

• Purdue leads the country in quad-1 wins (9) and quad-1 and 2 wins combined (16). No one in the country has more than 13 Q-1 and Q-2 wins.

• Since the start of last season, Purdue is 53-9, the fourth-most wins nationally, while the nine losses are the second fewest behind Houston (7). The eight losses during that span have come by 1, 5, 6, 14, 8, 5, 4 (OT), 16 and 4 points. Forty of the 53 wins have come against teams ranked in the KenPom top-100, including 27 against teams ranked in the top-50.

• Purdue has won at least 12 games in Big Ten Conference play for the ninth time in the last 10 years. No other team currently has more than six years (in 10) of at least 12 victories (Wisconsin). Purdue has finished in the top three of the Big Ten in seven of the previous nine seasons.

• Purdue was voted No. 3 in the AP Top 25 poll on Monday, dropping one spot after being No. 2 for five straight weeks. With its No. 3 ranking this week, Purdue has now been ranked in the top 5 of the AP poll for 32 straight weeks, the longest-active streak in America by 17 weeks (UConn – 15). It has been ranked in the top 3 in 26 of those 32 weeks. The 32 weeks of being ranked in the top 5 is the longest streak by a Big Ten team in the last 45 years. One more week in the top 5 will tie for the third-longest streak in Big Ten history (Michigan; 1964-66).

• With his 200th career block coming against Wisconsin on Feb. 4, Zach Edey became the third player in NCAA history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 200 blocks and to shoot at least 60.0 percent from the field (Patrick Ewing, David Robinson).

• Zach Edey needs 161 points to become the school’s leader in career points (record: 2,323) and career rebounds (already owns it — 1,163).

• A win over Michigan would give Purdue a 14-3 Big Ten start for the fifth time under Matt Painter (2007-08, 2010-11, 2017-18, 2018-19). Coincidentally, Purdue won the Big Ten regular-season title in just one of those seasons (2019).

• Purdue’s next Big Ten victory will give it 14 league wins on the season for the third straight year. With one win in its next four games, Purdue will have won at least 14 Big Ten games in five of the last seven seasons. The Boilermakers went 13-6 in 2021, missing a home game vs. Nebraska due to CoVid issues.

• Purdue has won nine of its last 10 games, and 17 of its last 19 contests.

• Purdue is one of six teams (Auburn, UConn, Florida, Houston, San Diego State) without a loss outside Quad-1.

• Purdue owns a nation’s-best 17 wins over the NCAA NET top-100 teams. Purdue has seven wins over teams ranked in the NET top 25.

• Five teams (Purdue, James Madison, Appalachian State, Weber State, UNC Wilmington) have at least one Quad-1A win (top 15 home, top 25 neutral, top 40 road) while being undefeated in those games. The other four teams mentioned above are 1-0. Purdue is 7-0 in that category.

• Purdue is 15-0 when holding teams under 69 points. The Boilermakers are 9-3 when allowing 70 or more points.

• Purdue ranks second nationally behind Saint Mary’s in rebound margin, one year after leading the country in rebound margin. The last team to lead the country in rebound margin in consecutive seasons was Quinnipiac (2013-14 and 2014-15).

• When Purdue has a run of 10-0 or larger, the Boilermakers are 14-0.

• Purdue has trailed by six or more points in just seven games this year, posting a 5-2 record in those games.

• Purdue’s leading rebounder is 7-foot, 4-inch Zach Edey. The Boilermakers’ second-leading rebounder is 6-foot Braden Smith.

• A year ago, Purdue shot 32.2 percent from 3-point range, a number that ranked 281st nationally. This year, Purdue is at 40.6 percent, leading the country. Purdue had one player (Braden Smith) shoot over 36.0 percent from deep a year ago. This year, Purdue has nine players over 36.0 percent.

• Purdue has finished in the top 10 nationally in 3-point percentage in three of the last seven seasons (9th – 2017; 2nd – 2018; 7th – 2022).

• Zach Edey’s 24.3 points per game in Big Ten play is the second-highest total in the Big Ten since the turn of the century (2020 – Luka Garza; 26.2). Edey’s 13.5 rebounds per game in Big Ten play is the most since Michigan State’s Lindsay Hairston in 1974 (14.2).

• Zach Edey currently ranks third in the country in both points per game and rebounds per game. Since the 2000 season, only South Dakota State’s Mike Daum (2019), Kansas State’s Michael Beasley (2008) and Texas’ Kevin Durant (2007) have finished in the top five nationally in both categories. He would be the first one to rank in the top three in both categories.

• Braden Smith has 345 career assists, leading sophomores (or younger) in career assists. Coincidentally, second on the list is Colgate sophomore Braeden Smith (322).

• Based on a 38-game season, Braden Smith is on pace for 485 points, 273 assists and 216 rebounds. Since the 1947-48 season, only BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth and UCLA’s Lonzo Ball have had 450 points, 250 assists and 200 rebounds in a season.

THE SERIES WITH MICHIGAN

• Sunday’s meeting closes out the season series with Michigan as Purdue is looking for its first two-game regular-season sweep of the Wolverines since the 2017-18 season. Michigan, however, would defeat Purdue in the 2018 Big Ten Tournament final that season.

• The Boilermakers lead the series by a 92-75 margin, but Michigan has won six of the last nine meetings, and 13 of the last 21.

• A win on Sunday would equal Matt Painter’s record against Michigan to 17-17 overall. Michigan and Ohio State are the only Big Ten teams that Painter does not have a winning record against.

• Combined with last year’s 75-70 win over the Wolverines, Purdue is looking for its first back-to-back wins in the Crisler Center since Dec. 2010 and Feb. 2012. Purdue is just 5-10 at the Crisler Center under head coach Matt Painter.

PURDUE SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL SHUT OUT IN NIGHT CAP

CONWAY, Ark. – For the first time this season, the Purdue softball squad (6-4) was shut out, 0-2 vs. SIU (6-3).

The game, which held as a pitcher’s dual until SIU broke the game open in the fifth inning, included a career-high and team high-tying six strikeouts by starting pitcher Julia Gossett. The freshman tossed 1-5 pitches over the first 4.2 innings, allowing two hits and two runs before Madi Elish entered in relief, followed by Kendall Klochack. Each relief pitcher recorded at least one strikeout.

Overall, the committee tallied nine strikeouts, the most by the Boilermakers since February 2023.

The Boilermakers were out-hit 2-6 in the meeting, with Kiara Dillon’s single in the first inning the lone hit of the night for either team until the Salukis produced two hits in the fifth, which led to the game-winner. Freshman second baseman Ashlynn Campbell registered Purdue’s second hit in the sixth inning.

For the second straight night, outfielder Jordyn Ramos came up with another inning-ending play, making the throw from right field to Hailey Hayes at home for the tag out at the plate, keeping the Salukis from scoring and leaving two stranded.

Tomorrow, the two teams will clash once more at 1:30 p.m. ET to close out the Michelle Short Memorial Classic.

NOTRE DAME SWIMMING

IRISH MEN MAKE HISTORY, TAKE 2ND AT ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The 2023-24 Irish men’s swimming and diving team is the best to ever do it for the Blue and Gold.

This week, 11th-ranked Notre Dame placed second at the 2024 ACC Championships, the highest finish in program history. In total, Notre Dame won four individual events and the 400 free relay. The Irish broke 12 school records — seven in individual swimming events, four in relays and one in the diving well. There were a total of 28 best times.

Chris Guiliano — who was named the Most Valuable Male Swimmer of the meet — continued to dominate with three goal medals in the 50 (18.70), 100 (40.62) and 200 free (1:31.16). He went a personal best time in the 50 in prelims as well (18.57). Guiliano set a conference record in the 100 and tied the conference record in the 200.

Sophomore Tommy Janton had a stellar meet as well, breaking his own school record in the 200 back (1:39.21) and winning his first ACC gold medal. Fellow sophomore Marcus Gentry notched a pair of top-8 finishes with a 45.57 100 back for fifth place and a 1:41.15 200 back for fifth place.

Continuing with the backstroke theme, Tanner Filion won the B final of the 100 back and set a school record of 44.99 along the way. He also took seventh in the 200 back (1:41.82) and went a best time in the 100 fly (45.68), taking 10th.

The other two program records broken were in the 200 IM and 100 fly. Dillon Edge broke a 2015 record in the 200 IM with a personal best of 1:43.63. He finished seventh overall. Abdelrahman Elarby went 45.03 in the 100 fly and finished fifth.

Notre Dame closed the meet on a high note, earning the gold medal in the 400 free relay. Guiliano, Filion, Janton and Elaraby smashed the previous program record and went 2:45.58. The other new relay records were:

200 free relay (1:15.59/fourth place) — Guiliano, Elaraby, Filion, Janton

200 medley relay (1:23.34/third place) — Gentry, Christianson, Cason Wilburn, Elaraby

400 medley relay (3:03.26/third place) — Gentry, Tyler Christianson, Elaraby, Guiliano

Finally, sophomore Ben Nguyen broke the program’s platform record with a score of 406.70. He earned a bronze medal — his first ACC hardware — and qualified for this summer’s Olympic Trials. Nguyen also finished fifth in the 3-meter (379.25) and fourth in the 1-meter (357.40).

DIVERS SHINE AS IRISH WOMEN TAKE 8TH AT ACCS

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up competition at the 2024 ACC Championships on Saturday, finishing eighth with 493 points. The women notched six top-8 finishes, including four in the diving well.

On Tuesday, divers Calie Brady and Grace Courtney kicked off the meet with impressive finishes on the 3-meter. Courtney placed fourth with a score of 325.55, and Brady took eighth with a score of 319.20. On Wednesday, Courtney placed fourth in the 1-meter (292.85), and Brady finished eighth (182.25).

In the competition pool, Madelyn Christman and Maggie Graves made Saturday finals in their best events. Christman finished fifth in the 200 back with a time of 1:53.67. She notched a best time and the second-fastest time in program history in prelims (1:53.06). Christman also went a best time in the 100 back (52.66) and finished 12th. Graves finished fifth in the 1650 with a time of 16:16.78 and notched a personal best and 10th-place finish in the 500 free.

Jess Geriane and Grace Brenneman were C finalists in the 50 free after two best times in the prelims session — 22.56 and 22.59, respectively. Geriane also went 49.95 in the 100 free, breaking the 50-second mark for the first time.

Up next, the swimmers will see their fate when it comes to NCAAs. All four aforementioned swimmers have NCAA B cuts. But first, the divers will head to the 2024 Zone Diving Championships in Louisville from March 14-16.

NOTRE DAME TRACK

IRISH CONCLUDE ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BOSTON

BOSTON, Mass. – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish concluded their strong performance at the 2024 Indoor Track and Field ACC Championships on Saturday, Feb. 24 in the finals of several events.

Olivia Markezich continues to impress as she brings home another piece of hardware after winning the ACC title for the women’s 3000m race. Markezich placed first with a time of 8:52.03 in the event. Sophie Novak and Siona Chisholm each finished in the top 10 with sixth and seventh place finishes, running a 9:09.20 and 9:19.66 respectively in the 3000m.

Michael Shoaf claimed a spot at the podium in the shot put as he took third with a throw of 18.90m. He was followed by Cole Targgart who finished sixth (17.17m), Zach Petko who finished eighth (16.93m), and Henry Boudreau who finished thirteenth (15.44m).

Daelen Ackley ran a 4:00.19 in the men’s mile, finishing fifth. Claire Sievern ran a personal best time in the women’s 800m as she ran a 2:05.78 to take sixth place. Gretchen Farley followed with a seventh place finish, running a 2:07.32 in the 800m.

Vincent Mauri led the charge in the men’s 3000m as he finished eighth with a time of 7:56.74. Ethan Coleman finished right behind him, clocking a 7:56.82 and setting a personal record in the event. Carter Solomon (7:57.94) and Robert Cozean (8:00.30) each set PR’s in the 3000m as well, finishing twelfth and fifthteeth respectively.

NCAA Championships will be held at The Track at New Balance in Boston, Mass. from Friday, March 8 to Saturday, March 9.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL

IRISH DROP DOUBLEHEADER AT FIU

MIAMI, Fla. – Notre Dame (4-2) dropped the doubleheader at FIU (5-2) Saturday, as RHP Nate Hardman (0-1) and RHP Matt Bedford (0-1) shouldered the losses.

The Irish came back in the first game to take the lead in the eighth inning, but were unable to hold on. INF Josh Hahn hit his first home run in an Irish uniform in Game One, a three-run shot, and freshman RHP Keenan Mork made his first-career appearance on the mound in Game One.

Freshman RHP Hagan Ward made his first-career appearance for the Irish in Game Two, entering with the bases loaded and one out, and forcing a double play to escape the inning with no runs scored. Senior RHP Sammy Cooper made his first appearance of the season in Game Two, entering in the eighth inning.

Notre Dame’s 4-0 start was the program’s best start since 2004, when the Irish went 7-0 to open the season.

GAME ONE – HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish got two on base in the first, but were unable to convert. After an FIU single, a home run scored both, and FIU went up 0-2 to end the first. INF Simon Baumgardt led off the second with a single, and Hahn drew a HBP. After two outs, DH DM Jefferson drew another HBP to load the bases. OF David Glancy notched Notre Dame’s third HBP of the inning to score Baumgardt. Dennies and the Irish sat down the FIU side to end the second at 1-2.

Both sides went three up, three down in the third, and Notre Dame did the same in the fourth. FIU led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer, and two singles followed by a sac bunt placed runners on second and third. A sac fly scored another run for FIU before a lineout ended the inning at 1-4.

The Irish again went three up three down in the fifth, and Jacobsen entered to pitch the fifth for Notre Dame. FIU added another home run to score two, putting the Panthers up 1-6.

In the sixth, Hincks earned a one-out single, and Baumgardt’s subsequent single pushed Hincks to third. Hahn stepped to the plate and sent his homer to right field, cutting the lead to 4-6. Jacobsen and the Irish retired all three batters in the bottom of the sixth.

Brady Gumpf entered at DH for the Irish, and led off the seventh by forcing an error. Glancy doubled, and Gumpf scored all the way from first. Penney sent a deep shot to center field, ruled an error, and scored Glancy. Flores then homered, and Notre Dame took an 8-6 lead. In the bottom of the inning, FIU led off with a solo homer, and after two outs, Hardman entered to pitch, later forcing a flyout to end the inning with a one-run lead, 8-7.

The Irish stranded two on base in the eighth, unable to score, and FIU led off their half with another solo home run. After two outs, an RBI single gave FIU the lead, and a following single put the score at 8-10.

Notre Dame singled twice in the ninth, but was unable to score, and took its first loss of the season.

GAME TWO – HOW IT HAPPENED

Notre Dame again placed two on base in the first, but did not score. Bedford took the mound and delivered two strikeouts to sit the side down. Both teams went three up, three down in the second, and Notre Dame did the same in the third. FIU scored two runs in the bottom of the third on two wild pitches to go up 0-2.

Neither team scored in the fourth, as Bedford added another strikeout. The first three Irish batters were retired in the fifth, and Lally entered to pitch to begin the fifth. A walk and HBP put two on base with one out, and a single brought a run home. A subsequent double scored two more before Notre Dame got out of the inning.

In the top of the sixth, Penney doubled, and after an out, Hincks doubled to score Penney, getting the Irish on the board. FIU loaded the bases on two walks and a HBP with one out, and Ward entered to pitch. On an 0-2 count, FIU hit into a double play from Hincks to Penney and Hahn, and FIU was held scoreless in the sixth.

Hahn led off the seventh with a single, pushed to second on a groundout. Tinney walked, and both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch. OF T.J. Williams took a HBP to load the bases, and Glancy delivered a sac fly to score Hahn. Penney took a HBP to load the bases again, and Flores drew a walk to score Tinney. FIU made a pitching change and walked Hincks to score Williams. The Irish ended the top of the seventh cutting the score to 4-5.

FIU got two on base before a home run scored all three, increasing the lead to 4-8 to end the seventh.

In the eighth with two outs, Tinney doubled (the first double of his career), advancing to third on a Williams single. A wild pitch brought Tinney home, cutting the lead to 5-8 to go to the bottom of the eighth.

Cooper entered to pitch to begin the bottom of the eighth. With two runners on base, FIU sent a deep shot to center field for a double, scoring two runs and increasing the lead to 5-10. The Irish were unable to rally in the ninth, dropping the second game.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame returns to FIU Sunday for the series finale. First pitch is at Noon ET, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

NOTRE DAME FENCING

ND FENCING SWEEPS ALL SIX ACC INDIVIDUAL TITLES

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Fighting Irish dominated the individual portion of the ACC Championships on Saturday, sweeping all six titles for the second straight year.

The Notre Dame men set the tone in the morning session, sweeping all three individual titles as Luke Linder (sabre), Noah Silvers (epee) and Dominic Joseph (foil) each claimed gold.

The Fighting Irish women followed in the afternoon by claiming all three individual titles. Atara Greenbaum (sabre), Sedna Gandhi (epee) and Josephina Conway (foil) took home the individual championships to complete the perfect day for the hosts.

All three men’s finals consisted of Irish vs. Irish matchups, as the team placed seven on the podium while claiming all the gold and silver medals.

Luke Linder won the ACC men’s sabre title for the second straight season, defending his title by defeating teammate Grant Dodrill in a highly contested final with a score of 15-13. The Irish have now won six of the last seven men’s individual sabre titles.

In epee the all Notre Dame final was Noah Silvers versus Jonathan Hamilton-Meikle. Silvers won in the final by a score of 15-4 to win the title. The championship is the first of the sophomore’s career and Notre Dame’s second straight in epee.

The Fighting Irish advanced three fencers to the semifinals in men’s foil, as Ethan Augustine, Mason Stanley and Dominic Joseph all qualified for the knockout rounds. Joseph edged Augustine in the semifinal by a score of 15-14 to face teammate Stanley in the final. The final was tight throughout, with Joseph once again pulling out a 15-14 decision to claim the title. Augustine went on to win the bronze medal matchup to give Notre Dame a podium sweep. The Irish have won nine of the last 10 men’s individual foil titles.

In women’s sabre Notre Dame’s Greenbaum won the title match of the day against UNC’s Sophia Kovacs. Greenbaum trailed 14-10 but fought off five championship points on the way to a thrilling 15-14 comeback win to clinch the gold. Notre Dame’s Jadeyn Williams also made the podium, winning the bronze medal bout. The Irish have now won seven of the last eight ACC women’s sabre titles.

Gandhi followed up with an impressive 15-8 win in the title bout over UNC’s Nicole Milewski to give Notre Dame its third consecutive women’s epee title. Teammate Michaela Joyce captured bronze in the event. The Irish have won nine of the 10 ACC women’s epee titles in the history of the ACC Championships.

Conway capped off the individual championship portion of the ACCs with the best performance of the day. The sophomore didn’t lose a single bout the entire afternoon, going a perfect 15-for-15 in pool play before winning 15-4 in the semifinals and 15-9 in the title bout to win the foil championship and complete the sweep. The title gives the Irish nine of the 10 women’s foil titles in ACC Championship history.

The ACC Championships wrap up on Sunday with the team championships. The men will compete for the team titles in the morning session beginning at 8 a.m. ET followed by the women’s team in the afternoon session.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

IRISH FALL IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Notre Dame hockey program fell in their regular season finale to the University of Michigan, 2-1, Saturday night.

The Wolverines were whistled for a penalty just 93 seconds into play after an Irish skater ended up in their bench and the special teams were tested early.

Notre Dame’s first powerplay unit held the puck in the offensive zone for the entirety of the penalty before Danny Nelson took advantage of a tired Michigan penalty kill team to make it 1-0 at 3:05 of the opening period.

Michigan thought they answered six minutes later after a long offensive zone presence but the Irish challenged the zone entry for offsides. After a review, the challenge was successful and the goal was waved off.

The Wolverines did eventually even the tally when a shot off the rush beat the glove of Ryan Bischel to make it a 1-1 game at 10:10 of play.

Notre Dame was called for a trip shortly after the Michigan goal and the Irish penalty kill unit was tasked with holding off a pressing offense.

The Irish failed to convert on a late powerplay opportunity to end the first period as the two teams skated to the intermission deadlocked 1-1.

A tightly contested second stanza did not sway in either team’s favor as the Irish and Wolverines were scoreless through the middle 20 minutes. With home ice on the line for both teams on the line, a crucial third period loomed.

The Irish started the third period on the penalty kill early after Michael Mastrodomenico was sent into the goal and the net dislodged. The visitors successfully killed off the five-on-four disadvantage after a shorthanded chance from Landon Slaggert was stifled.

A physical third period continued before Michigan was eventually called for unsportsmanlike conduct at 11:12 of the third period. The Irish failed to capitalize on the man-advantage as the clock ticked under seven minutes left in regulation.

The Wolverines took advantage of a shot late in the period to make it 2-1 in favor of the home team with 2:52 to play.

Despite a series of chances in the final 90 seconds of play, the Irish could not convert and ultimately fell 2-1 in their regular season finale.

GOALS

Danny Nelson opened the scoring Saturday with a shot from the right dot to give the Irish the 1-0 lead. Ryan Siedem found the rookie at the dot who passed it down to the goal line where Patrick Moynihan fed a quick pass back to Nelson for the tally.

UP NEXT

The Irish will have a weekend off before heading into postseason play with the Big Ten playoff quarterfinals slated for March 9-11.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S TENNIS

TOP RANKED OHIO STATE TOO MUCH FOR NOTRE DAME

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team faced the #1 team in the country in their lone match of the weekend. Ohio State, who came in having won the ITA National Indoor Championships last week, was too much to overcome as the Irish fell 7-0 to the best team in the rankings.

Competitive doubles was played at the #1 and #3 positions but it was not enough to get the point. The duo of Noah Becker and Nil Giraldez at #3 was in a servers battle as both teams combined to hold nine times before a late break in the final game, combined with the win at #2 doubles, would give the Buckeyes the doubles point. Sebastian Dominko and Jean-Marc Malkowski, having just saved two match points and holding serve to stay in the match, would be abandoned tied at 5-5.

In singles, three matches would go the distance and thirds sets would decide those matches. Dominko, coming in at #28 in the ITA National Singles Rankings, responded after dropping the first set and force a third against his opponent who is ranked #26 in the country. but ultimately he fell 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. Giraldez forced a final set against the #37 player in the country at #2 singles and Chase Thompson, playing #16 in the country at the #4 spot, both forced third sets as well but dropped their contests.

Up Next:

Conference play is on the horizon as Notre Dame will host their first two ACC opponents next weekend. On Friday, March 1st at 5 p.m., the Miami Hurricanes will be in South Bend. Then on Sunday, Florida State will be the first opponent at noon followed by Cleveland State capping off a three-match weekend.

Box Score

#55 Notre Dame 0 – #1 Ohio State 7

Doubles

Dominko/Malkowski(ND) vs. Cash/Nakashima(OSU) 5-5 DNF

Kingsley/Tracy(OSU) def. Lee/Thompson(ND) 6-2

Boulais/Bernard(OSU) def. Becker/Giraldez(ND) 6-4

Order of Finish(2, 3)

Singles

#26 Kingsley(OSU) def. #28 Dominko(ND) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

#37 Boulais(OSU) def. Giraldez(ND) 6-2, 4-6, 6-0

#3 Tracy(OSU) def. Corsillo(ND) 6-1, 6-1

#12 Anthrop(OSU) def. Thompson(ND) 6-3, 6-7(), 1-0(5)

#111 Cash(OSU) def. Malkowski(ND) 6-2, 6-4

#100 Bernard(OSU) def. Magimay(ND) 6-1, 6-4

Order of Finish(3, 6, 5, 1, 2, 4)

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

IRISH FACE EAGLES IN FINAL ACC ROAD TEST

The last time Notre Dame (20-6, 10-5) faced Boston College (11-17, 3-12), the Irish notched a 50-point victory. But Sunday won’t be the same game, as the Irish head to Chestnut Hill for one final ACC regular season road game.

Notre Dame has struggled with consistency this season, leading Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey to focus heavily on offense since the loss to NC State. So far, the Irish have responded with 70 points at Cameron Indoor Stadium and 74 on Thursday night against Clemson. Five players were in double-figures in that game.

While Notre Dame’s freshman phenom Hannah Hidalgo’s scoring has dropped off, she has continued to stuff the stat sheet across other categories. Maddy Westbeld and Sonia Citron have stepped up as well. Overall on the year, Hidalgo ranks second in the conference with a 35.5 PAR. Westbeld is 11th (24.9) and Citron is 12th (23.8). Notre Dame is the only team with three top-15 players in that category.

The first time out against Boston College, Hidalgo had 27 points and 10 boards, while Westbeld had 15 and 15. Citron had 11 points, although it was just her second game back from her knee injury.

As far as the Eagles go, Dontavia Waggoner was Boston College’s leading scorer when they last faced Notre Dame (12). She also had 4 steals and 6 rebounds. Waggoner is posting 3 steals per game, which ranks second in the ACC this year behind Hidalgo.

Sunday’s game tips off at noon on the ACC Network. Notre Dame is 29-9 all-time against Boston College and 11-7 when the Eagles host.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

FURIOUS IRISH RALLY FALLS A POSSESSION SHORT IN 88-85 LOSS AT SYRACUSE

SYRACUSE – For the Notre Dame men’s basketball squad on Saturday, it was a first half to forget followed by one of the most dramatic second halves in program history that witnessed a furious rally inside the JMA Wireless Dome. The Fighting Irish (10-17, 5-11) trailed by as much as 29 points to Syracuse and cut it to just three points with one minute remaining in the game. The Irish actually had two cracks at it to tie in the final minute but both attempts fell short as the Orange (18-10, 9-8) escaped with the 88-85 win.

The Irish trailed 29-49 at the half and then outscored the Orange 56-39 in the second in what was their most prolific scoring half all season. Notre Dame shot 68.8 percent from the field (22-32 FG) in the second half, plus 10-of-15 from three-point range.

Markus Burton and Braeden Shrewsberry scored 20 and 18 points respectively in the second half, thus 38 of the team’s 56 points. Burton finished with 28 points, one shy of his season high, and eight assists.

Shrewsberry hit all six of his three-pointers in the second half (6-of-9), thus all 18 of his points. He has now drained 13 triples over the last two games.

Tae Davis rounded out the Irish players in double figures with 12 points, seven rebounds and a career high five assists. Carey Booth tallied nine points and four rebounds, while Julian Roper II notched eight points and seven boards.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Kebba Njie and Carey Booth made it 5-0 Irish in the first two minutes and then it went downhill fast. Syracuse’s defense caused major problems early as the Orange forced seven ND turnovers, spurring a 27-5 run to go up 27-10 at the 9:17 mark.

Syracuse ultimately shot a blistering 61 percent in the first half (20-33) and finished with 11 forced turnovers that resulted in 23 of their 49 halftime points. Notre Dame did finish the half with a 9-0 run over the final 89 seconds to make it 49-29 at the break. The Irish ended up shooting 50 percent (10-20) in the half but with 13 fewer shot attempts than the Orange.

From 17:09-15:21 in the second, Shrewsberry drained back-to-back triples, then Burton added a trey followed by an and-one. Moments later, Davis threw down a dunk, and the once 29-point Syracuse lead was cut to 10 at 55-45.

The Irish hot hand continued as they ultimately recorded a stretch in which they converted 14-of-18 from the field. Davis added to the three party, then Burton, then Shrewsberry with back-to-back triples yet again. Next, a Njie layup at 8:03 made it a four-point ballgame at 65-69.

And right when the Irish were finding their groove, the Syracuse offense fired off a 6-for-8 shooting spurt from the field to push its lead back up to 10 points.

Yet, the Irish refused to go away and kept battling. Enter Shrewsberry again with another stretch of back-to-back triples, making the crowd groan when the ball left his hands. Then Roper connected on a three with 1:07 remaining and it was a one-possession game down 86-83.

After a defensive stand, Shrewsberry had another crack at it with 17 seconds left but it fell short. After Syracuse (two free throws) and Notre Dame (Burton drive and score) traded two points, the Irish fouled and sent Copeland to the line who missed the front-end of a one-and-one.

Burton got the ball and took it down the court as Coach Shrewsberry tried to call a timeout but the ref didn’t grant it. Burton’s three attempt with five seconds left fell short as well as what would have been the biggest rally in program history and by an ACC member.

UP NEXT

The Irish return to Purcell Pavilion next week for their final two home games. Up first is Wake Forest on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 9 p.m. ET. Then the home finale aka Senior Day will take place on Saturday, March 2, at 7:45 p.m.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

SETON HALL DOWNS BUTLER, 76-64, IN NEW JERSEY

Dre Davis, Kadary Richmond and Al-Amir Dawes combined for 60 points as Seton Hall used a strong closing stretch to post a 76-64 win over Butler Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Butler is now 16-12 (7-10 BIG EAST) on the season, while Seton Hall improves to 18-9 (11-5).

HOW IT TRANSPIRED:

A 12-0 run gave Seton Hall an early 16-3 lead at the 12:48 mark of the first half.

Seton Hall was able to capitalize on eight turnovers by the Bulldogs over the first 12 minutes of the game.

Seton Hall shot 52 percent from the field in the first half as Dawes (12), Davis (11), and Richmond (10) each got to double digits over the first 20 minutes, combining for 33 of the Pirates’ 37 first-half points.

Butler relied on eight first-half three-pointers to stay in the game, trailing only 37-32 at the half.

Seton Hall’s second-half lead grew to eight before a Pierre Brooks II three-pointer trimmed the margin to two at 53-51 with 10:33 remaining.

Butler would make only three of 12 attempts from the field over the remainder of the game.

Seton Hall’s 15-4 run after Butler cut the lead to only two took control of the game.

OF NOTE:

Butler committed 16 turnovers in the contest; the Bulldogs had been averaging only 10.1 miscues in BIG EAST play.

Davis led Seton Hall with 21 points; Richmond added 20 and Dawes had 19 on the night.

Seton Hall had 44 points in the paint and converted those Butler turnovers into 18 points.

Seton Hall’s defense limited Butler to only 39-percent shooting.

Butler went 12-for-33 from three-point range.

Jalen Thomas led Butler with 12 points. DJ Davis and Posh Alexander each had 11.

Jahmyl Telfort had nine points and a team-best eight rebounds.

The game marked the 15th Quad 1 contest for the Bulldogs according to the NCAA NET metric; that leads the country.

Seton Hall won the first match-up between the two teams, 78-72, Jan. 13 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Seton Hall has won six straight in the series with Butler.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs return to Hinkle Fieldhouse to begin the closing stretch of the regular season. Butler hosts St. John’s Wednesday night in an 8:30 p.m. tip. The game will air nationally on CBS Sports Network. Butler has only three regular season games remaining, which includes a Senior Night home game on March 6 against Xavier.

BUTLER WOMEN’S GOLF

BUTLER STANDS IN SIXTH ENTERING FINAL ROUND OF RIO VERDE COLLEGIATE

The Bulldogs are in sixth place following two rounds at the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational. A final 18 is scheduled for Sunday in Arizona.

After rounds of 298 Friday and a Saturday 290, the Bulldogs are at 12-over 588, standing sixth among a crowded leaderboard.

BIG EAST rival Xavier holds the 36-hole lead at one-under 575, a one-shot lead over Cal Baptist. There are 20 teams in the field. Western Michigan is the host institution for the event.

Madalin Small carded a second-round 70 (-2) Saturday, climbing into a tie for 11th at even-par 144. Teammate Ashley Freitas is one shot behind her at 145 (+1), in a tie for 15th.

Small’s Saturday card included four birdies at the White Wing Golf Course at Rio Verde Country Club in Arizona. The par-72 course is set up at 6,024 yards for the event.

Xavier’s Kara Carter holds a one-shot lead on the individual leaderboard at seven-under 137.

THE BULLDOGS:

T11) Madalin Small, 74-70—144 (E)

T15) Ashley Freitas, 75-70—145 (+1)

T32) Kelli Scheck, 72-76—148 (+4)

T47) Cybil Stillson, 77-74—151 (+7)

T74) Katie Steinman, 79-77—156 (+12)

Play concludes Sunday in the 54-hole event. Sunday’s shotgun start is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. (MST, 10 a.m. Eastern). Live scoring is available via GolfGenius.

BUTLER SOFTBALL

BUTLERSOFTBALL SINKS DOLPHINS BUT SUCCUMBS TO BEARS

MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. – The Butler softball team split contests with Brown and Le Moyne at the Spring Games on Saturday. The Bulldogs (7-7, 0-0 BIG EAST) saw a 1-1 tie with the Bears (1-2, 0-0 Ivy League) fade when Brown produced a six-run fifth inning. In the second game of the day, Butler jumped to a three-run lead against the Dolphins (1-9, 0-0 Northeast) and held on for the narrow, one-run, victory.

Game 3: Brown- 8, Butler- 3 (7 innings)

Butler struck first with a Monique Hoosen solo home run in the top of the second. Brown answered in the bottom half with a run of its own, tying the score, 1-1.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Bears erupted with six runs, all unearned, on six hits.

In the sixth, the Bulldogs loaded the bases with no outs, but Brown turned a double play at home and first. Teagan O’Rilley followed with a two-run double, but that’s where the rally ended.

The Bears added a final run in the bottom of the sixth.

Kayla Noerr started in the circle for Butler and was relieved by Sydney Cammon early in the second. Cammon (2-5) took the loss, allowing seven runs (only one earned) on eight hits and one walk with one strikeout in 4.1 innings. Noerr (1.2 IP, R, 3BB, K) re-entered in the bottom of the sixth and finished the game.

Game 4: Butler- 3, Le Moyne- 2 (7 innings)

Butler scored one in the first on a Paige Dorsett single that sent Hailey Conger sliding across home plate.

In the third, Ella White hit a two-run bomb that also brought in Cate Lehner. The Bulldogs led, 3-0, after three complete.

Le Moyne scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, cutting the lead to one.

In the top of the seventh, the Dolphins were unable to get a runner on base.

Katie Petran (5-0) pitched a complete game for Butler and secured the win. In 7.0 innings, she allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six.

Bulldog Bits

Monique Hoosen’s home run vs. Brown was her second of the season and the 29th of her career.

Ella White’s home run vs. Le Moyne was her second of the season and 14th of her career.

Teagan O’Rilley’s double vs. Brown was her fifth of the season and 12th of her career.

Hailey Conger’s double vs. Brown was her fourth of the season.

Katie Petran pitched her fifth complete-game win of the season vs. Le Moyne and her second in as many days.

Up Next

Butler remains in Madeira Beach, Florida, for day three at the Spring Games on Sunday, Feb. 25. The scheduled opponent is Bellarmine.

BUTLER TRACK

BUTLERXCTF MEN TAKE SECOND AT THE 2024 BIG EAST INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Butler track and field programs concluded the final day of the BIG EAST Indoor Championships in Chicago, Ill.

As a team, Butler medaled in seven more events on Saturday including one gold, four silvers and two bronze medals.

Men’s Team

The Bulldog men earned second as a team with 116 points earning the highest finish for the BIG EAST Indoors in program history. The last time Butler made the podium as a team was when the Bulldog men placed third in 2017.

“We’ve been knocking on this door for a while and today the men kicked it down,” head coach Matt Roe stated. “It was a total team and we needed everyone to get it done. It was a remarkable display of maximizing resources. I couldn’t be prouder of our athletes and our staff.”

Jesse Hamlin secured the gold in the men’s mile after posting a time of 4:01.79. Hamlin then made the podium again in the men’s 3,000 meters at 7:59.32.

Luke Finnegan earned a medal in three different events. He placed second in the 60-meter dash at 6.82 and the 200 meters at 21.22, which was a new school record.

Finnegan then joined Zac Stanley, Gavin Cougle and Michael Beros in the men’s 4×400 meter relay to place third at 3:13.20.

In the men’s 4×800 relay, the quartet of Martin Kovacech, Joe Barrett, William Cuthbertson and Liam Dennis broke the program record with a time of 7:30.85 to each earn silver medals.

Jack Elder rounded out the medals receiving second in the men’s heptathlon with a score of 5357. Elder made the top three in each of the final three events including the pole vault (first), 60-meter hurdles (second) and 1,000 meters (third).

Also scoring points for the Bulldogs were David Slapak and William Zegarski in the men’s 3,000 meters after Slapak placed fourth 8:00.03 and Zegarski took sixth at 8:02.55.

Women’s Team

The Butler women’s track team placed eighth as a team with 22 points at the BIG EAST Indoors.

Elsa Rusthoven was the highlight on the final day of the event after she set a new personal best in the women’s 3,000 meters with a time of 9:25.27. Wiktoria Klebowska also posted a time of 9:33.74 to earn 11th.

The women’s 4×400 meter relay team of Reagan Kelly, Jenna Doezema, Clara Reynolds and Jocelyn Davis earned a new season best with a time of 3:51.45

Final Men’s Team Results (18 events scored)

UConn – 237 points

Butler – 116

Villanova – 105

Georgetown – 93

DePaul – 64.5

Providence – 40

Marquette – 29.5

Xavier – 10

Final Women’s Team Results (18 events scored)

UConn – 168 points

Villanova – 121

Georgetown – 91

DePaul – 89

Providence – 79

St. John’s – 78

Marquette – 40

Butler – 22

Xavier – 11

Up Next

The Bulldogs with the top qualifying times this season will have a week off before heading to Boston, Mass. for the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 8-9.

BUTLER MEN’S TENNIS

DENVER TOPS @BUTLERUMTENNIS, 7-0

The Butler men’s tennis program fell 7-0 to Denver in Madison, Wis. on Saturday afternoon.

The Bulldogs currently obtain a 3-11 record for the spring season. While the Pioneers remain unbeaten with a 9-0 record for the season thus far.

The Butler men’s tennis program will be back at home on Saturday, March 2nd to take on Southern Indiana at the Butler Bubble.

Results

SINGLES

Nico Herrero Cuesta (DEN) def. Alvaro Huete Vadillo (BUT), 6-2, 2-6, 6-4

Daniel Sancho Arbizu (DEN) def. Nicolas Arts (BUT), 6-2, 6-3

Marvin Schaber (DEN) def. Rahulniket Konakanchi (BUT), 7-6, 6-3

Peter Sallay (DEN) def. Arnesh Singh (BUT), 6-3, 6-1

Raffaello Papajcik (DEN) def. Aidan William (BUT), 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (10-4)

Charlie Miller (DEN) def. Siddhartha Lama (BUT), 6-1, 6-1

DOUBLES

Alvaro Huete Vadillo/Rahulniket Konakanchi (BUT) vs. Nico Herrero Cuesta/Rikuto Yamaguchi (DEN), unfinished

Daniel Sancho Arbizu/Marvin Schaber (DEN) def. Nicolas Arts/Borja Miralles (BUT), 6-1

Raffaello Papajcik/Peter Sallay (DEN) def. Patrick Joss/Nicholas Shirley (BUT), 6-3

BUTLER WOMEN’S TENNIS

BUTLER WTENNIS LOSES CLOSE MATCH TO UCONN, 4-3

The Butler women’s tennis program fell short in a 4-3 conference loss to UConn on Saturday at the Butler Bubble. The Bulldogs now sit at 8-5 overall and 1-1 in BIG EAST play for the spring season.

In doubles play, Natalie Boesing and Chase Metcalf claimed a 6-3 win over Olivia Wright and Maria Constantinou in the No. 1 singles spot. In addition, Norah Balthazor and Lauren Cook defeated Nansi Toskova and Victoria Matos, 6-1.

Senior Delaney Schurhamer beat Constantinou 6-1, 6-2 contest at No. 2 singles. Freshman Elle Martin clinched a 6-1, 6-0 win over Victoria Matos.

The Bulldogs will take on fellow BIG EAST member DePaul tomorrow at noon at Butler’s outdoor tennis courts.

Results

SINGLES

Olivia Wright (UCONN) def. Natalie Boesing (BUT), 6-2, 4-6, 6-0

Delaney Schurhamer (BUT) def. Maria Constantinou (UCONN), 6-1, 6-2

Isabel Petri Bere (UCONN) def. Chase Metcalf (BUT), 6-4, 6-3

Caroline Hinshaw (UCONN) def. Norah Balthazor (BUT), 6-4, 6-3

Cameron Didion (UCONN) def. Emma Beavin (BUT), 7-6 (5), 6-2

Elle Martin (BUT) def. Victoria Matos (UCONN), 6-1, 6-0

DOUBLES

Natalie Boesing/Chase Metcalf (BUT) def. Olivia Wright/Maria Constantinou (UCONN), 6-3

Delaney Schurhamer/Jordan Schildcrout (BUT) vs. Isabel Petri Bere/Caroline Hinshaw (UCONN)

Norah Balthazor/Lauren Cook (BUT) def. Nansi Toskova/Victoria Matos (UCONN), 6-1

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

HOYAS HALT BUTLER’S WINNING STREAK WITH 70-63 WIN

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Butler and Georgetown battled it out in Washington D.C. on Saturday afternoon and the Hoyas were able to hang on for a 70-63 win over the Bulldogs on their Senior Day. Kelsey Ransom scored a game-high 31 points for GU and the Bulldogs were led by a 21-point effort from Riley Makalusky.

Butler hit three 3-pointers over the first four minutes of the game to grab a 9-2 lead at Georgetown. Rachel Kent scored on the first BU possession, hitting a corner 3 in front of the Hoya bench and Riley Makalusky made the next two forcing a Georgetown timeout.

Makalusky’s third 3-pointer of the first quarter gave Butler a 12-6 lead over the Hoyas, but Georgetown would end the opening frame on a 7-0 run to lead BU 15-13. The 7-0 scoring run was highlighted by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Victoria Rivera.

Makalusky and Kent were the only Bulldogs to score over the opening 10 minutes for Butler, but Jordan Meulemans quickly changed that by hitting a 3-pointer on Butler’s first possession of the second quarter.

Eight of Butler’s 11 made shots in the first half were hit from behind the arc. Norman hit her first 3-pointer of the game to regain the lead at 21-20 and Meulemans hit her second to put BU in front 24-23.

There were 14 lead changes over the opening 20 minutes, but the two evenly matched teams would head to the locker room tied up at 33-33. Georgetown scored 18 of their 33 points in the paint and Butler used the opposite approach with their perimeter shooting.

Makalusky stayed hot for the Bulldogs in the second half and was responsible for Butler’s first four points of the third quarter. She hit her fourth 3-pointer of the game to give BU a 44-43 edge, but Kelsey Ransom answered with a bucket before the media timeout to push GU back on top 45-44.

Makalusky and Ransom each had 18 points with 3:55 to play in the third. Ransom was 6-of-10 from the field with six free throws and Makalusky was nearly perfect shooting 7-for-8. Ransom stayed aggressive to score seven points over the final two minutes of the third and the Hoyas used a 6-0 scoring run to take a 57-52 lead into the fourth.

Ransom supplied Georgetown with five of their first six points of the fourth quarter to give her 30 in the game. Her 3-point play gave the Hoyas their largest lead of the contest at 63-54 with 5:46 to play, but the Bulldogs would get back within four after five-straight points from Meulemans.

Butler got the ball inside after a stop and Sydney Jaynes would score from the right block to make the game 63-61. Georgetown didn’t give up their lead, but the deficit went back to two points after a driving layup by Caroline Strande.

Strande followed up her field goal with a steal and the ‘Dawgs had a chance to tie the game with less than a minute remaining. The Hoya defense got a stop and Butler was forced to foul. Jada Claude hit a pair from the line to double the GU lead at 67-63 and the Bulldogs would exit D.C. with a seven point loss.

Inside the Box Score

– Riley Makalusky only missed two shots vs. GU to end the game with 21 points in 35 minutes

– Caroline Strande just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds

– Jordan Meulemans came off the bench to score 11 points for the ‘Dawgs

– Sydney Jaynes had eight points, but played just 18 minutes due to foul trouble

– Karsyn Norman hit a 3-pointer and added a team-high four assists

– Kelsey Ransom led Georgetown to victory with 31 points

– The Hoyas shot 46 percent from the field

– BU shot 41 percent from 3-point range (12-29)

– Georgetown made more free throws (18) than BU attempted (11)

– GU had 18 fast break points

– There were 25 lead changes in today’s contest

Up Next

Butler’s final road game of the season will be played at DePaul on Wednesday night. The Blue Demons will host the Bulldogs at Wintrust Arena. Tip is set for 8 PM Eastern / 7 PM Central.

IUPUI TRACK

AWOSANYA REPEATS AS LEAGUE CHAMP ON DAY ONE OF #HLTF INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – IUPUI sophomore Modupe Awosanya earned the league’s long jump title for the second year in a row as part of a stellar day on day one of the Horizon League Indoor Championships on Saturday (Feb. 24).

Awosanya registered a jump of 6.16m (20′ 2.5”) on her second jump of the day and it withstood a challenge from Youngstown State’s Micah Carey for the victory. Her jump broke the league record by more than a tenth of a meter.

Awosanya also qualified for Sunday’s finals in both the 60m (7.65) and 200m (24.88) events.

“Despite battling through hip flexor issues and unsatisfactory performances in prior meets, I wanted to make a statement to end this indoor season,” Awosanya said. “That statement came with setting a new conference record in the long jump, setting the tone for the rest of the events I ran later in the day.

“In addition, I’m proud of not only my performance, but my teammates. Everyone showed up and gave it their all, leaving many feeling proud. I’m excited to see what we all do tomorrow on the final day of the championships.”

Freshman Paige Laffoon began the day by breaking the school record in the pentathlon with a score of 3,184 points. Laffoon used new personal bests in the 60m hurdles (9.59), long jump (5.34m) and 800m run (2:34.78) to ultimately break the school record in the pentathlon by 155 points. Sophomore Morgan Hoard also cleared 3,000 points for the first time in her career, fueled by a new school record in the shotput with a best throw of 10.52m (34′ 6.25”). She just missed a personal best in the long jump with a best mark of 5.20m (17′ 0.75”).

All three IUPUI entrants in the 5,000m event notched new personal bests as Ellie Cates was seventh overall in a time of 16:57.15. Classmate Madison Fry ran 17:27.41, taking 13 seconds off her prior best, and junior Laci Provenzano ran 17:55.42 to eclipse 18 minutes for the first time in her indoor career. The 400m event also saw Reese McCuan (59.10) and Laci Spore (60.06) run personal bests.

In the 60m hurdles, Kyla Kante topped IUPUI’s entries with a time of 9.03 seconds while freshman Journey Howard ran a personal best time of 9.12 seconds.

Day one concluded with the Jaguars’ distance medley relay squad of Hannah Sale, Spore, Wini Barnett and Sophie Reichard posting a time of 12:26.53.

IUPUI will return to action on Sunday, wrapping up the two-day meet.

JAGS’ DISTANCE CREW DELIVERS ON DAY ONE OF HORIZON LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS

OUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The IUPUI men’s track team saw its distance-laden crew perform well on day one of the Horizon League Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday (Feb. 25) at Watson and Tressel Training Site (WATTS) on the Youngstown State campus. Jaguars took four of the top seven spots in the 5,000m event, led by Andrew Whitinger, stacking up 17 points in that event alone.

Both YSU’s Hunter Christopher and Whitinger went under the previous facility and Horizon League records with Christopher earning the win at 14:08.97. Whitinger crossed at 14:13.92, clearing third-place by nearly three seconds.

Eric Petersen was fifth with a personal best time of 14:20.89 and Mitchell Gits placed sixth in a personal best time of 14:28.40. Nick Perkins also registered a new personal record time of 14:32.48, placing seventh. Jack Acton also had a new personal best time of 14:53.79.

“It was a great day for the Jags. Eric Petersen took the race out hard and really set the race up well for us to race fast and place high,” Whitinger said. “I’m really happy with my personal performance as well, being my best Horizon League performance. I’ve been building towards a track podium for four years, so it feels good to accomplish that personal goal.

“I’m super proud of the way all the guys ran – 13 for 13 good races. I’m excited to roll this momentum into day two tomorrow.”

IUPUI also broke its school record in the distance medley relay, placing fourth in a time of 10:05.01 in an incredibly exciting affair. Will Clark, Connor Murphy, Noah Price and Luke Shappell took seven seconds off the previous best record against a stout field that saw the top four teams separated by less than a second.

Earlier in the day, Alex Alba ran a season-best 800m time of 1:56.16 and freshman Jay Pillai put up a personal best time of 1:56.51.

The Jaguars will seek to continue its strong efforts on Sunday (Feb. 25) on day two of the championships.

IUPUI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

JAGUARS FALL TO MASTODONS IN FINAL HOME CONTEST

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s basketball team fell in their final home contest against Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday, February 24, 68-55. Junior Katie Davidson led all scorers with 21 points.

The Jags started off fast with Jazmyn Turner scoring the first four points of the game, giving IUPUI a fast 4-0 lead. The Mastodons countered with a 13-0 run to take the 13-4 lead. The Jags closed out the first quarter with nine points while the Mastodons scored five to hold the lead at 18-13.

Davidson scored 10 points in the second quarter to keep the Jags in the game at 33-27. IUPUI’s scoring slipped in the third quarter with the Mastodons outscoring the Jags 20-11 to take a 53-38.

Despite IUPUI shooting 50.0 percent in the final quarter, the Jags couldn’t overcome the deficit and fell with a final score of 68-55.

The Jaguars held Purdue Fort Wayne to just 29.4 percent from three but IUPUI’s turnovers proved costly as the Jags turned the ball over 22 times compared to the Mastodons 14.

Davidson led the offense with 21 points shooting 7-for-15 from the field with one rebound. Jazmyn Turner followed with 14 points and eight rebounds while freshman Alexa Hocevar totaled eight rebounds.

IUPUI will now finish out the regular season on the road with stops at Detroit Mercy on Thursday, February 29 and Oakland on March 2.

IUPUI SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL FALLS IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES ON DAY TWO OF VELVET MILKMAN CLASSIC

MURRAY, Ky. – The IUPUI softball team fell in back-to-back games during day two of the Velvet Milkman Classic at Murray State. The Jags fell to Western Illinois earlier in the day, 4-2, then dropped the second game to host Murray State, 3-0. They will close out the three-day invite with one game tomorrow, Sunday, February 25.

In the first game of the day, the Jags fell to the Western Illinois Leathernecks, 4-2. IUPUI scored first with one run in the first inning. Kinsey Pfeiffer singled to center field to score Rachael Gregory, 1-0.

Western Illinois countered with a solo home run from Bella Alvarez in the top of the second inning, 1-1. They took the lead in the top of the fourth inning with Alvarez’s second solo shot of the game, 2-1. In the top of the fifth, the Leathernecks took a bases loaded walk to add an insurance run, 3-1.

IUPUI scratched away at the deficit with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Paige McPhearson reached on a Western Illinois error allowing Kelli Riordan to score, 3-2.

Western Illinois added a run in the top of the seven inning to seal the win at 4-2.

Sophomore Alexa Holman took the loss on the mound giving up four runs on eight hits with four walks and two strikeouts in seven innings of work. Gregory led the offense, going 2-for-3 with a run while Pfeiffer, Kasie Keyes and Riordan all collected a single. Holman added a double to give the Jags six hits in game one.

In game two, the Jags fell to the host Murray State. The Racers jumped on the board first with two runs on two hits in the second inning, 2-0. They added a run in the bottom of the fifth inning with an RBI double, 3-0.

The Jags totaled five hits in the matchup but couldn’t string them together to score, falling 3-0. McPhearson went 2-for-3 with a double in game two, to lead the Jags at the plate. Maicey Bedrick added a triple, Keyes doubled and Kendal Calvert singled to total five hits.

Carly Metcalf took the loss on the mound for the Jags giving up three runs of five hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 6.0 innings.

IUPUI falls to 1-12 on the season and will close out the three-day invite against Toledo tomorrow at 11:00 AM.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S TRACK

TRACK AND FIELD FINISHES THIRD IN THE MAC AT INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP

YPSILANTI, Mich. — The Ball State track and field team continued to impress on day two (Feb. 24) of the indoor MAC championship meet. After a weekend full of competition, the Cardinals will return third in the MAC. 

The morning got off to a quick start with three Cardinals competing in the open shot put event. Jenelle Rogers finished fourth with a season-best throw of 14.90m. Sophie Daugard finished 12th with a throw of 12.81m and Malena Higgins finished 16th with a throw of 12.40m. 

Rogers found herself on the podium yet again in the high jump, finishing fourth with a height of 1.72m. 

Continuing field events, the triple jump provided another opportunity for Ball State to put points on the board. Mckenna Cinotte finished eighth, hitting a mark of 11.71m. 

On the track, the Cardinals competed in multiple finals, including the 400m, 60m and 200m. Jenna Oriani had an incredible day, earning herself the title of MAC Champion in the 400m. Oriani crossed the finish line with a time of 55.31, good enough to place her in the record books for the fifth fastest 400m in Ball State history. 

Not long after, Oriani helped secure more points for the Cardinals after finishing fourth in the 200m with a time of 24.63. Alana Springer was also a strong contender in the 200m, finishing sixth with a time of 25.01. 

In the 60m, Springer collected another sixth-place finish, crossing the finish line at 7.51. Makayla Sumrall finished just tenths of a second behind, placing eighth with a time of 7.59. 

Closing out the weekend, the Cardinals’s 4x400m relay team ran against the clock and pushed themselves to earn the bronze medal. The team made up of Alexis Thigpen, Emma Potter, Paige Kirtz and Jenna Oriani ran a competitive race, finishing with a time of 3:47.18. Their third-place finish helped drive the Cardinals to third place in the team standings. 

Ball State track and field ended the weekend with 61.50 points, third in the MAC out of all 12 women’s teams. 

The Cardinals will now look ahead to the outdoor season, which will open March 15-16 at the University of South Florida’s Alumni Invite. 

Ball State Individual Results at Indoor MAC Championships – Day Two

400m – Finals

1st – Jenna Oriani (55.31)

60m – Finals

6th – Alana Springer (7.51)

8th – Makayla Sumrall (7.59)

200m – Finals 

4th – Jenna Oriani (24.63)

6th – Alana Springer (25.01)

3000m

18th – Sarah Mahnensmith (10:00.62)

4x400m Relay

3rd – Alexis Thigpen, Emma Potter, Paige Kirtz, Jenna Oriani (3:47.18)

Shot Put

4th – Jenelle Rogers (14.90m)

12th – Sophie Daugard (12.81m)

16th – Malena Higgins (12.40m)

Triple Jump

8th – Mckenna Cinotte (11.71m)

15th – Brenna Lehrke (10.86m)

17th – Taylor Hickman (10.81m)

High Jump

4th – Jenelle Rogers (1.72m)

9th – Malina Miller (1.67m)

BALL STATE BASEBALL

CARDINALS DROP DOUBLEHEADER GAMES TO CINCY AND COASTAL

CONWAY, S.C. – Ball State dropped a nailbiter in a 6-5 decision to Cincinnati in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Saturday, and fell 12-2 to nationally ranked host Coastal Carolina in Game 2. The clubs are battling this weekend in a four-team round-robin event, with Ball State meeting Illinois on Sunday morning. Games were originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, but games slid to Sunday after rain showers doused the South Carolina coast on Friday.

In Saturday’s opener, Hunter Dobbins had three hits and a home run, and Michael Hallquist added two hits and a homer, but it wasn’t enough to stave off Cincinnati’s come-from-behind win at Springs Brooks Stadium.

The Cardinals struck first with a solo homer from third baseman Hallquist in the top of the second inning. Dobbins’ homer led off a two-run fourth inning for Ball State and Dobbins did more damage in the fifth with an RBI double that plated Houston King for a 4-1 advantage.

The Bearcats clawed back however with a three-run bottom-of-the-fifth, and after the Cardinals plated a run in the sixth on Hallquist’s groundout, Cincinnati answered with a pair of go-ahead runs in the seventh. Dobbins walked to put runners at first and second in the top of the ninth inning, but Michael Gonzalez’ fly out ended the game.

Dobbins and Hallquist each had a pair of RBI for Ball State, but the Cardinals’ nine hits were countered by timely hitting by the Bearcats who also took advantage of eight walks. Ball State’s only free pass was Dobbins’ trip to first in the ninth.

Ball State bats were quiet against the Chanticleers, however, managing just three hits. The Cardinals allowed a run in the first, and tied the score in the second inning when Gonzalez scored on a wild pitch. But while Coastal Carolina mustered eight runs in the third and added three more in the fourth, Ball State’s only other run came on a solo home run by Dylan Grego in the fifth inning. The game was called final after seven innings.

Ball State (3-3) battles Illinois at 9 a.m., Sunday morning before returning to Muncie.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS GAME LATE TO EASTERN MICHIGAN

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team had a chance in the last three seconds to tie the game or take the lead, but fell 58-56 to Eastern Michigan on Saturday afternoon at Worthen Arena.

The Cardinals (13-14, 5-9 Mid-American Conference) had the ball out of a side out of bounds with 3.3 seconds on the game clock but couldn’t hit a halfcourt 3-pointer to pull ahead. The Eagles (11-16, 4-10 MAC) fought back from a 49-43 deficit with 9:04 to play.

Eastern Michigan started up 16-10 with 8:18 left in the first half, but the hosts closed the opening period strong to take a 27-26 edge into halftime. From there, Ball State led for the majority of the second half until a Jalin Billingsley triple put the visitors ahead 50-49 at the 6:23 mark.

Freshman forward Arne Osojnik hit a 3-pointer from the right wing with 24.3 seconds left on the game clock to give the Eagles a 57-53 advantage.

Basheer Jihad led the Cardinals with 18 points and 16 rebounds while adding three assists, three steals and two blocks. Mickey Pearson Jr. (13 points, three rebounds), Jalin Anderson (nine points, seven assists, six rebounds) and Davion Bailey (eight points, three rebounds, two steals) provided the bulk of the rest of the Ball State offense.

The hosts shot 34.5 percent (19-55) from the field, including 20.0 percent (5-25) on 3-pointers and went 81.3 percent (13-16) at the free throw line. Eastern Michigan hit 39.7 percent (23-58) of its field goals, 27.8 percent (5-18) of its triples and 63.6 percent (7-11) on free throws.

The Eagles outrebounded the Cardinals 42-35 but had one more turnover (11-10).

Ball State’s next scheduled game is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Central Michigan.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S GOLF

A PAIR OF EVEN-PAR ROUNDS LEADS WOMEN’S GOLF ON SATURDAY

RIO VERDE, Ariz. – – Sophomore Sarah Gallagher and freshman JJ Gregston each posted even-par rounds of 72 Saturday afternoon to pace the Ball State women’s golf team on the second day of the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational hosted by Western Michigan.

Gallagher’s effort followed a one-under round of 71 Friday on the 6,024-yard, 72-par Quail Run Course at the Rio Verde Country Club and has her currently tied for sixth overall at 143 (-1). She is just two stokes out of the top three and six strokes back of tournament leader Kara Carter from Xavier who is at 137 (-7).

After carding three birdies in her opening round Friday, Gallagher added to more on Saturday to go along with an eagle on the par-five sixth. She is one of just seven golfers to record a birdie over the first two days of the event.

With her even-par round Saturday, Gregston moved nine spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 32nd. She recorded four birdies in her second round and is tied with Gallagher for the team lead with five so far this weekend.

The Cardinals also counted rounds of 76 (+4) from sophomore Jasmine Driscoll and 79 (+7) from sophomore Madelin Boyd to shave five strokes off yesterday’s team total with a 299.

Overall, the Cardinals enter Sunday’s final round with a team score of 603 (+27) and is currently 14th among the 21-team field. However, BSU is just seven strokes out of the top 10. Xavier leads the tournament at 575 (-1), while Ohio is currently the leader among the seven Mid-American Conference schools in the event at 590 (+14).

The final round of the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational is slated to being at 10:30 a.m. ET / 8:30 a.m. MST Sunday with starting holes to be determined later in the evening.

BALL STATE INDIVIDUAL SCORES

T-6th – Sarah Gallagher – 143 (-1): 71-72

T-32nd – JJ Gregston – 148 (+4): 76-72

T-68th – Jasmine Driscoll – 155 (+11):79-76

T-79th – Madelin Boyd – 157 (+13): 78-79

101st – Sabrina Langerak – 169 (+26): 84-85

TEAM RANKINGS

1st – Xavier – 575 (-1): 291-284

2nd – Cal Baptist – 576 (E): 292-284

3rd – Illinois State – 580 (+4): 296-284

4th – Kennesaw State – 585 (+9): 299-286

5th – Bradley – 587 (+11): 295-292

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14th – Ball State – 603 (+27): 304-299

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SUFFERS TOUGH ROAD LOSS AT TOLEDO

TOLEDO, Ohio – The Ball State women’s basketball team (23-4, 12-2 MAC) suffered a 70-48 setback at Toledo (21-4, 13-1 MAC) Saturday afternoon in John F. Savage Arena.

For such a highly anticipated ball game it came to no surprise that both teams opened the contest with some first quarter jitters. The first basket was finally scored by a driving layup from Madelyn Bischoff at the 6:51 mark. The Cardinals held the Rockets high powered offense scoreless for the first five minutes. It was a defensive battle that couldn’t be stopped as both teams were forcing shots with Toledo taking a slight 10-6 edge over Ball State to end the first stanza.

Ball State struggled to get its offense going as Toledo would stop the Cardinals in their tracks on every possession to start the second frame. Marie Kiefer kept the Cardinals close to the Rockets with a few free throws and a 3-pointer. Ball State trailed by five (16-11) with just under five to play in the first half. The Rockets closed out the second period with an 11-5 run that would give Toledo the 27-16 lead at intermission.

After the break, Alex Richard opened the third quarter with back-to-back baskets to give BSU a bit more confidence. Toledo though immediately answered right back to increase its lead to 35-22 with 6:47 on the clock. Ally Becki got hot midway through the third but despite the Cardinals efforts the Rockets also continued to find ways to score. Toledo would end up taking a 17-point advantage (52-35) over Ball State as both teams headed into the final 10 minutes of action.

Unfortunately, Ball State never recovered from its first half shooting woes and although the team fought hard Toledo used its home court advantage to seal today’s victory.

For the game, Richard led the Cardinals with 10 points with Becki, Kiefer, and Bischoff each had seven apiece.

The Ball State women’s basketball team returns home Wednesday when it hosts Akron at 6:30 pm ET.

BALL STATE SOFTBALL

TIMMONS’ SEVEN RBIS LEAD SOFTBALL PAST GEORGIA STATE

ATLANTA, Ga. – – With bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning, Georgia State had no choice but to pitch to Ball State redshirt junior catcher McKayla Timmons.

Timmons did not disappoint, blasting a 2-2 pitch over the fence in left field for her second home run of the day, and first career grand slam, to lift the Cardinals (6-7) to a 9-5 (9) victory over the Panthers (4-11) at the Bob Heck Softball Complex.

It was nearly the same spot Timmons blasted the first pitch she saw in the game for a first-inning two-run bomb. Throw in a sac fly in the top of the fifth and Timmons finished the game with seven RBI.

Ball State’s other two runs came off the bat of graduate third baseman Haley Wynn who blasted a solo shot of her own in the third, while adding an RBI single in the fifth.

The effort on offense helped the Cardinals overcome six errors on defense as three of GSU’s five runs came across unearned.

Redshirt junior Emma Eubank was able to lock up the win in the circle, throwing the final 4.2 innings without allowing a run and surrendering only three hits. She stranded bases loaded twice, including when she entered the game in relief with one out and bases full of Panthers in the bottom of the fifth.

HIGHLIGHTS:

– Timmons extended her home run streak to four games with two blasts today and now has 22 career home runs which ties for the lead among Ball State’s active roster and is tied for 11th in program history.

– Timmons added a sac fly in the third inning for seven RBIs on the day and is now first on the squad with 16 RBIs this season … She also leads the team with 16 runs scored, including her two today.

– Wynn’s solo shot in the third inning was the 22nd of her Ball State career, moving her into a tie for 11th on BSU’s all-time home run list.

– Senior pinch runner Remington Ross saw her streak of 34 consecutive stolen bases snapped in the eighth when she was caught trying to swipe second.

SCORING SUMMARY (Ball State 9 – Georgia State 5)

T1 | Timmons followed a walk to graduate second baseman Jazmyne Armendariz with a two-run blast to left field (2-0)

B1 | A single from Carolyn Deady and a pair of errors on the play helped bring in three runs (2-3)

T3 | Wynn opens the inning with a solo home run, tying the score (3-3)

B3 | The Panthers reclaim the lead on a Ball State throwing error on a fielder’s choice, but Cardinals still manage to get two outs on the play (3-4)

B4 | GSU extends its lead with a sac fly from Jaycee Goodwin who reached on an error (3-5)

T5 | An RBI single from Wynn drives in sophomore pinch runner Grace Spencer (4-5)

T5 | Timmons ties the score with a bases loaded sac fly to center field (5-5)

T9 | The score remained tied until the top of the ninth when Timmons smashed Ball State’s second grand slam of the season to give the Cardinals the victory (9-5)

UP NEXT:

The Ball State softball team closes play in the I-75 Tournament Sunday with a 9 a.m. doubleheader at Georgia Tech.

INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL

SYCAMORES DEFEAT MEMPHIS, FALL TO TENN. TECH IN DAY TWO OF BLUES CITY CLASSIC

MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Indiana State softball split a pair of games on the second day in Memphis Tenn. Indiana State won their first game over Memphis and fell to Tennessee Tech on Saturday night.

Game One: Indiana State 3, Memphis 2

The Sycamores put two runs on the board in the second inning to take the early lead over the Tigers. Danielle Henning led the Sycamores in batting where she went 4-4 in game one. Isabella Henning connected on a 2 RBI double in the second inning to put the first run on the board for the Sycamores. Kennedy Shade drove in the second run on an RBI single to advance the lead to 2-0.

Memphis rallied in the fifth inning where they put one on the board with a solo home run by Zoe Adebayo to cut the Sycamores lead to 2-1. The Tigers tied the game 2-2 in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly by Madison Berner.

Danielle Henning connected on her fourth single of the game in the seventh inning followed by a RBI double by Kennedy Shade to take the lead back with a score of 3-2.

Lauren Sackett took the win in the circle for the Sycamores where she went 6.0 innings with six strikeouts while allowing only one hit and two runs scored over the Tigers. Megan Asher took over the ball in the final inning where she closed out the victory recording two strikeouts.

Game Two: Tennessee Tech 8, Indiana State 5

Indiana State held the lead 2-1 over Tennessee Tech until the seventh inning where the Golden Eagles scored seven runs to take the lead 8-2.

The Sycamores got the lead early in inning one where Abi Chipps was walked, and Isabella Henning and Kennedy Shade both connected on singles to load the bases for Indiana State. Abby Robakowski started the scoring for the Sycamores in the first inning with a 2 RBI double to score Abi Chipps and Isabella Henning to take the lead 2-0.

Indiana State held the lead 2-0 over Tennessee Tech until the sixth inning with an RBI single by Sofia Carroll to cut the Sycamores lead to 2-1.

Tennessee Tech took over in the seventh inning where they recorded four hits and scored seven runs to take the lead 8-2 over the Sycamores.

The Sycamores rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning, but fell short to the Golden Eagles. Luci Kapelka started the rally when she connected on a double to center field. Abi Chipps, Danielle Henning and Morgan Goodrich all drove in runs in the final inning, but the Sycamores came up short with a score of 8-5 and recorded their first loss of the weekend. 

Hailey Griffin started in the circle for the Sycamores where she recorded three strikeouts while allowing four hits and one run scored over the Golden Eagles. Cassi Newbanks took over the ball in the sixth inning for Indiana State where she recorded one strikeout while allowing three hits and seven runs scored. Annie Waggoner closed out for the Sycamores allowing only one hit in the loss.

Up Next:

Indiana State will play their final game of the weekend tomorrow against SIUE at 12:30p.m ET.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES SECURE WIN IN FRONT OF SOLD-OUT HULMAN CENTER

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball recorded its second-straight win on Saturday in front of a sold-out Hulman Center crowd, 88-73, against UIC.

Robbie Avila led the way for Indiana State, scoring 22 points on 6-for-10 shooting. He recorded four rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Ryan Conwell was the next leading scorer for the Trees with 18 points on 6-for-11 from the floor, also recording a double-double with 11 rebounds. Conwell chipped in three assists, two blocks, and a steal. Jayson Kent brought in another solid effort with 16 points on 5-for-9 from the floor, securing eight rebounds and three steals.

Julian Larry recorded his first double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 assists, also grabbing five rebounds. Xavier Bledson tallied nine points, going 4-for-7 shooting in the game, while Isaiah Swope added eight points.

Indiana State and UIC exchanged buckets to start the game, with Indiana State knocking down 50% of its shots through the first media timeout at 14:24 holding a 10-7 lead. The Sycamores slowly expanded the lead through the next five minutes. UIC brought the score to 12-11 in favor of ISU, but the Sycamores went on a 10-1 run with Larry, Kent, Conwell, and Bledson all contributing. This gave ISU its first double-digit lead, 22-12, with 10:36 remaining.

Avila scored four straight and Kent followed with a layup just inside the seven to play in the half to push the lead to 13. Another run from Avila, Larry, Conwell, and Swope – this time a 10-2 spurt – from 5:57 to 2:49 brought Indiana State to a 40-23 lead.

The Sycamores held a 45-29 lead at the break, shooting 51.6% from the field and holding UIC to only 37% from the floor.

Indiana State earned its first 20-point lead of the game early in the second half, courtesy a personal 5-0 streak by Swope with a triple and pair of free throws. After the free throws, ISU led 50-29 with 18:48. From opening the half through 9:40 to play, ISU held its lead anywhere from 17 to 22 points.

UIC slowly made its way back into the game. The Flames cut the deficit to 13 points, but Conwell made a layup and Avila converted a three-point play to go up 76-58. UIC scored nine unanswered points to bring the lead to 76-67 with 515 to play, the first time the lead went under 10 points for ISU since the 5:57 mark in the first half.

Indiana State didn’t allow that to last long. Five straight from Conwell and Avila brought the lead back to 14 points. Larry brought the crowd to their feet with a massive one-handed slam over a Flames defender, then Avila followed up with a huge three-pointer with 1:50 to play. That basket was the last one of the game, giving ISU an 88-73 victory and the regular-season sweep over UIC.

News & Notes

Indiana State still holds the best record in the Coach Josh Schertz era.

Tonight’s win marked regular season win No. 24. The 2023-24 Sycamores have now posted the highest total of wins since the 1978-79 season (33). There have been two 23-win seasons since thee 1978-79 team, with those two seasons including any postseason victories (22-23, 13-14).

With Julian Larry dishing out 10 assists, it marks the eighth time this season that an MVC men’s basketball player recorded a 10+ assist game. ISU has two of those eight games after Xavier Bledson recorded 11 in the season opener.

Ryan Conwell grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds, only the third time this season he has recorded 10 or more.

With four of the five starters scoring 10+ points, this marks the 20th time that ISU has had at least four players finish in double digits.

ISU finished 88% from the free throw line (22-for-25), the eighth time in 10 games Indiana State has shot 80% or better from the line.

Robbie Avila scored 22 points, his 10th career game 20+ points. He tied his career high in free throws made, knocking down all nine.

With 42 points in the paint, ISU now has only six games with 40+ scored in the paint.

Up Next

Indiana State heads to Evansville for a midweek contest on Wednesday, set for 8 p.m. ET.

INDIANA STATE SWIMMING

SYCAMORES PLACE SECOND AT MVC CHAMPIONSHIPS; PARSONS NAMED MVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Indiana State finished second in the 2024 Missouri Valley Conference Swimming & Diving Championships as the Sycamores closed out the final day of the conference meet held at the Deaconess Aquatic Center.

The Sycamores finished with 1294.5 points in posting their second consecutive runner-up finish in the conference’s premier meet. Missouri State (1463.5) took home the team title, while Southern Illinois (1126.5) placed third overall.

Claire Parsons was named the Missouri Valley’s Freshman Swimmer of the Year highlighting a meet that saw the Terre Haute native shatter the Indiana State mark in the 1650-yard Freestyle event. Alexa Szadorski added a new school record in the 100-yard Freestyle event to also highlight the evening’s event finals, and the Sycamore 400 Freestyle Relay team of Chloe Farro, Kaleigh Kelley, Kaimi Matsumoto, and Szadorski set a new school mark in the final event of the Championships to cap the weekend.

Saturday Evening Recap

Claire Parsons took the individual title in the 1650-yard Freestyle and Parsons (1650 Free), Alexa Szadorski (100 Free), and the 400-yard Freestyle Relay team set school records on Saturday night as Indiana State closed out the final day of the 2024 Missouri Valley Conference Swimming & Diving Championships.

Olivia DiRuzza paced the Sycamores with a seventh-place finish in the 200-yard Backstroke A-Final to open the night as the junior touched the wall in 2:01.30. Kate Reeves and Kalli Agapios both took on the field in the B-Final of the event finishing 11th and 16th respectively, while Trista Bullock and Ella Moustgaard finished 19th and 22nd in the event.

Szadorski set the new Indiana State school record in the 100-yard Freestyle as the junior became the first Sycamore in program history to go sub-50 seconds in placing fourth in 49.73. Chloe Farro finished 10th overall in 50.30.

Kaimi Matsumoto, Kaleigh Kelley, and Dorotea Bukvic finished fourth, fifth, and sixth in the A-Finals of the 200-yard Breaststroke to highlight ISU’s efforts in the event. Ali Pearson added a top-10 finish in 2:17.53 to highlight the B-Final.

Haley Halsall was ISU’s representative in the A-Final as the sophomore finished fourth in the field in 2:03.05. Raz Harel (2:05.53) and Alexandria Cotter (2:06.26) finished 10th and 12th respectively in the event.

Claire Parsons shattered the school record in the 1650-yard Freestyle as the freshman outpaced the field in finishing in 16:40.94. Haley Halsall also competed in the evening event finishing in 17:01.24 to place sixth in the field, while Erin Cummins’ 16:53.05 in the afternoon session placed her fourth overall.

Zoe Smith took on the field in the 3M Springboard Diving A-Finals on Saturday night. The senior placed seventh in the field with a six-dive score of 249.05.

The Sycamores rounded out the group with the A-Group placing fifth overall in the 400-yard Freestyle Relay with Chloe Farro, Kaleigh Kelley, Kaimi Matsumoto, and Alexa Szadorski finishing in 3:20.94 to set a new school mark in the event.

Saturday Evening Finals

200-yard Backstroke: A-Final – Olivia DiRuzza (2:03.06, 8th); B-Final – Kate Reeves (2:02.91, 11th), Kalli Agapios (2:05.55, 16th); C-Final – Trista Bullock (2:04.22, 19th), Ella Moustgaard (2:05.58, 22nd)

100-yard Freestyle: A-Final – Alexa Szadorski (49.73, 4th); B-Final – Chloe Farro (50.30, 10th)

200-yard Breaststroke: A-Final – Kaimi Matsumoto (2:15.61, 4th), Kaleigh Kelley (2:15.96, 5th), Dorotea Bukvic (2:16.79, 6th); B-Final – Ali Pearson (2:17.53, 10th)

200-yard Butterfly: A-Final – Haley Halsall (2:03.05, 4th); B-Final: Raz Harel (2:05.53, 10th), Alexandria Cotter (2:06.26, 12th)

1650-yard Freestyle Morning: Claire Parsons (16:40.94, 1st), Erin Cummins (16:53.05, 4th), Haley Halsall (17:01.24, 6th), Esther Rydbeck Norden (17:07.04, 9th), Rose Parsons (17:23.31, 16th), Kamila Nowak (18:01.44)

3M Diving: A-Finals – Zoe Smith (249.05, 7th)

400-yard Freestyle Relay: Chloe Farro, Kaleigh Kelley, Kaimi Matsumoto, Alexa Szadorski (3:20.94, 5th)

Saturday Morning Preliminary Recap

Fourteen Sycamores advanced to Saturday evening’s event finals as the Sycamores opened the final day of the 2024 MVC Swimming & Diving Championships. ISU put six athletes in the A-Finals of the events, including three in the 200-yard Breaststroke top-eight to highlight the morning sessions.

Olivia DiRuzza posted the top time for ISU in the 200-yard Backstroke to advance to the A-Finals in the field in 2:01.30. Kalli Agapios (2:03.09) and Kate Reeves (2:04.08) both moved to the B-Finals, while Trista Bullock (2:05.74) and Ella Moustgaard (2:06.79) advanced to the C-Finals to put five Sycamores in the scoring ranks in the event.

Alexa Szadorski was back in the A-Finals for the second time over the week as the junior posted a 50.05 in the 100-yard Freestyle to finish in the top eight. Chloe Farro moved onto the B-Finals in 50.77 to put two Sycamores in the scoring ranks. Peyton Heagy (52.21), Jordan Gruce (52.56), Ash Saple (53.12), and Allie Barasch (53.20) also competed in the morning’s preliminaries.

Kaleigh Kelley (2:15.49), Dorotea Bukvic (2:17.55), and Kaimi Matsumoto (2:18.74) all advanced to the A-Finals of the 200-yard Breaststroke event to put three Sycamores in the top eight in the field. Ali Pearson advanced to the B-Finals after touching the wall in 2:19.18.

Haley Halsall posted the second-fastest time of the morning in the 200-yard Fly to move on to the A-Finals in the event after going 2:01.14. Alexandria Cotter (2:05.43) and Raz Harel (2:05.76) both moved onto the B-Finals. Becca Shaffer (2:10.24) also battled the field in the morning’s prelims.

Saturday Morning Qualifiers

200-yard Backstroke: A-Final – Olivia DiRuzza (2:01.30); B-Final – Kalli Agapios (2:03.09), Kate Reeves (2:04.08); C-Final – Trista Bullock (2:05.74), Ella Moustgaard (2:06.79)

100-yard Freestyle: A-Final – Alexa Szadorski (50.05); B-Final – Chloe Farro (50.77)

200-yard Breaststroke: A-Final – Kaleigh Kelley (2:15.49), Dorotea Bukvic (2:17.55), Kaimi Matsumoto (2:18.74); B-Final – Ali Pearson (2:19.18)

200-yard Butterfly: A-Final – Haley Halsall (2:01.14); B-Final: Alexandria Cotter (2:05.43), Raz Harel (2:05.76)

1650-yard Freestyle Morning: Erin Cummins (16:53.05), Esther Rydbeck Norden (17:07.04), Rose Parsons (17:23.31), Kamila Nowak (18:01.44)

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES SEEK WEEKEND SWEEP SUNDAY AT BRADLEY

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State closes the month of February on the road Sunday afternoon when it travels to Bradley for a 3 p.m. tip.

The game will be carried on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Last Time Out

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

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

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

Double Trouble

Indiana State had a pair of players register double-doubles in its 69-66 win over Evansville. Chelsea Cain finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Kiley Bess had 12 points and a career-high 10 boards.

Bess and Cain became the first Sycamore teammates to record a double-double in the same game since Feb. 24, 2021, when Adrian Folks () and Marie Hunter accomplished the feat against Evansville.

Sycamores Reign Supreme

Indiana State has recorded two season sweeps in conference play this season, and both have come over in-state foes. The Sycamores swept the season series against Valparaiso and Evansville, going 4-0 against the other Indiana schools in the MVC.

Indiana State last recorded a perfect 4-0 mark against the other Indiana schools in the conference in the 2017-18 season, which was Valparaiso’s first as a member of the MVC.

Twice As Nice

Indiana State has an opportunity to complete a 2-0 weekend for the first time this season. The Sycamores have won back-to-back games just once this season, with that stretch being non-conference wins over Central Michigan and Southeast Missouri State.

The Sycamores have won at least one game during every MVC road trip this season and have a 5-7 record on the road this season. Indiana State has also won each of the last two times it has played in Peoria.

Get To The Line

Indiana State has fared well when it gets to the free throw line this season, connecting on 74 percent of its attempts from the charity stripe during the 2023-24 campaign. The Sycamores were 17-for-20 (85.0 percent) from the line in Thursday’s win over Evansville.

Since the start of conference play, Indiana State’s free throw percentage has improved to 75.7 percent. Over the last eight games, the Sycamores have gone 113-for-139 on free throw attempts, equating to an 81.3 percent clip.

No Fly Zone

Indiana State’s 3-point defense has been among the best in the MVC since the start of conference play, as Valley foes have hit just 70 of their 272 attempts from behind the arc against the Blue and White.

The 70 3-pointers allowed are the fewest among any school in the conference since the start of league play, while the Trees’ 25.7 percent clip that they allow opponents to shoot from 3-point range is also the best in the conference.

Bradley at a Glance

Bradley enters Sunday’s game at 6-20 overall and 2-13 in conference play. The Braves have lost each of their last five games, with their MVC wins coming over Evansville and Southern Illinois.

Halli Poock leads Bradley in scoring and assists at 13.5 points and 3.0 assists per game and also has a team-high 54 3-pointers. Alex Rouse (9.7) and Isis Fitch (8.1) both average more than eight points per game, with Fitch also leading Bradley in rebounding at 6.0 per game. Similar to Indiana State, Bradley has a young roster with just three seniors.

Kate Popovec-Goss is in her second season as the head coach at Bradley and owns a 6-42 record on the Hilltop. Popovec-Goss is 0-2 in her career against Indiana State, with the Sycamores sweeping the season series last year.

Series History Against Bradley

Indiana State owns a 53-31 advantage in the all-time series and has won each of the last four meetings. Bradley has fared better at home, going 21-21 against the Sycamores in Peoria, though ISU has won each of the last two meetings at Renaissance Coliseum.

Last Meeting Against Bradley (Mar. 2, 2023)

Del’Janae Williams scored a career-high 30 points and Chelsea Cain tied her season-high with 21, leading Indiana State to an 87-71 win over Bradley inside Hulman Center.

Williams also led the Sycamores with eight rebounds and five assists, becoming the first Sycamore to score 30 points in a regular season game since 2014. Anna McKendree finished with 12 points, while Indiana State shot better than 50 percent both overall and from 3-point range.

Both teams shot the ball well in the first half, but it was Bradley who took the lead into the locker room off the strength of 10 first-half 3-pointers. Indiana State dictated the tempo in the second half, though, as the Sycamores went on a 22-2 run spanning parts of the third and fourth quarters to put the game out of hand. Indiana State set season-best marks in most offensive statistics on the way to its seventh home win of the season.

Up Next

Indiana State heads south for its next two games to close out the road portion of its schedule, starting Friday night at Belmont.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

SYCAMORES RALLY LATE IN THE WALK-OFF, EXTRA-INNING 5-4 WIN OVER MARSHALL

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Indiana State continued its season-opening winning streak with its second consecutive extra-inning walk-off win as the Sycamores topped Marshall on Saturday afternoon in 10 innings, 5-4.

Marshall (1-5) took the 4-3 lead in the top of the 10th inning as Elijah Vogelsong connected on a leadoff pinch-hit home run off ISU reliever Zach Davidson (1-0) to give the Thundering Herd the late lead.

The Sycamores (6-0) responded in the bottom of the inning with Luis Hernandez scoring on an error by the Marshall left fielder to tie the game up at 4-4. Indiana State had runners on the corners with one out following the error against Marshall reliever Nick Jodway (0-1), before Parker Stinson was intentionally walked to set up a force out at home.

Grant Magill battled through a 1-2 count before driving the game-winning RBI single to centerfield scoring Adam Pottinger and setting off a celebration at first base as the Sycamores continued their longest winning streak to start a season since the 2019 season.

Jacob Pruitt posted his second consecutive strong start on the mound as the sophomore right-hander struck out the first five batters he faced and 11 overall in a 5.2-inning stint on the mound. He limited Marshall to just four hits and two runs (one earned) while walking one, before turning the ball over to Davidson in the sixth. Davidson went the rest of the way allowing three hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out five over the final 4.1 innings on the mound.

Parker Stinson homered and drove in two runs to highlight the Sycamore offense, while Stinson, Pottinger, and Magill all posted multi-hit contests on the day. Randal Diaz was also hit by two pitches to keep his 26-game on-base streak intact through Saturday.

Owen Ayers homered and drove in two runs to highlight the Marshall offense on the afternoon.

Marshall starter Cole Agemy went 5.0 innings allowing three hits and two runs, while Griffin Miller, Nicolas Weyrich, and Jodway went the final 4.1 innings in the loss.

How They Scored

Jack Firestone’s infield single scored Caden Kaiser as Marshall took advantage of an ISU error to take the early 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth.

Parker Stinson put the Sycamores on the board in the bottom of the fifth as the senior outfielder connected on a two-run home run over the right field wall scoring Henry Brown to put ISU ahead 2-1.

Owen Ayers connected on a solo home run for the Thundering Herd to make it a 2-2 ballgame in the top of the sixth.

Dominic Listi swung the advantage back to Indiana State in the bottom of the seventh with a bases-loaded RBI sacrifice fly to right center scoring Stinson and giving the Sycamores the 3-2 lead.

Ayers tied up the game at 3-3 in the top of the eighth with an RBI single to left field as Marshall took advantage of another ISU error to score Cam Harthan.

Elijah Vogelsong connected on a leadoff pinch-hit home run in the top of the 10th to give Marshall the first lead in extra innings.

The Sycamores rallied back in the bottom of the 10th with Henry Brown’s fly ball dropped by the Marshall left fielder scoring Luis Hernandez to tie the game, before Grant Magill’s RBI single scored Adam Pottinger to walk-off the 5-4 win.

News & Notes

Randal Diaz (26) extended his on-base streak on Saturday afternoon after getting hit by two pitches on the day.

Dominic Listi continued his hot streak to start the 2024 season as the redshirt senior outfielder reached base for the sixth consecutive game to start his ISU career.

Parker Stinson became the first Sycamore to post multiple home runs on the season with his two-run blast in the fifth inning. He previously homered against South Florida this past Monday.

Zach Davidson became the sixth different Indiana State pitcher to record a win in the 2024 season as ISU continues to utilize its depth on the mound this year.

Jacob Pruitt became the first Sycamore pitcher to post double-digit strikeouts on the season finishing with a career-high 11 on Saturday afternoon. The sophomore was the first ISU pitcher to hit 10-plus strikeouts since Matt Jachec struck out 11 Belmont Bruins on April 14, 2023.

Up Next

Indiana State closes out the Sunshine State swing on Sunday 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 1 p.m. ET. The game is set to be streamed live via FloBaseball. Live stats will not be able to be provided for the game.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL

MASTODONS OUT-HIT WKU IN GAME TWO BUT DROP DOUBLEHEADER

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Purdue Fort Wayne baseball team dropped a non-league doubleheader at Western Kentucky on Saturday (Feb. 24).

Game One – Western Kentucky 10, Mastodons 1 (scheduled seven-inning game)

The ‘Dons scored in the first on a Grant Thoroman RBI single. WKU tallied two runs in the first and third but opened it up in the sixth with six runs. 

Nick Sutherlin had two hits for the Mastodons.

Blake Cavill and Ethan Lizama each had a home run for the Hilltoppers.

Game Two – Western Kentucky 9, Mastodons 5

The ‘Dons held a 3-1 lead after four innings thanks to single runs in the second, third and fourth. Brooks Sailors, Nick Sutherlin and Camden Karczewski each had a run batted in.

WKU tied it in the fifth with two-run double. They opened it up with a six-spot in the sixth.

The ‘Dons out-hit WKU 13-6 but stranded 14 runners. Five ‘Dons had multiple hits. Sailors, Jacob Walker and Jackson Micheels each added a walk to their two hits.

The Mastodons fall to 1-5. WKU improves to 5-2. The two teams will finish the four-game series on Sunday (Feb. 25).

PURDUE FT. WAYNE TRACK

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD WINS DMR TITLE

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Jarred Neff, Kobe Milledge, Kehinde Oladapo and Harrison Niswander came together to win the Distance Medley Relay with a school record time of 10:04.10 on day one of the Horizon League Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday (Feb. 24).

Niswander, fresh off being named the Male Athlete of the Year on Friday, edged Youngstown State’s Owen Brady at the line to best YSU by .14 of a second.

It wasn’t the only school record on the day. Ezra Lewellen ran a school record 21.74 in the 200 meters to qualify as the fourth seed for Sunday’s 200 meter final. Lewellen also qualified for the 60 meter final as his 6.80 was good for third overall. He’ll be joined in the final by Isaiah Smith who’s seeded eighth.

Jonas Morris posted the top time in the 400 meter prelim of 48.91 and will run as the top seed in tomorrow’s final. Niswander’s 800 meter time of 1:55.23 has him ranked third in the final.

Andrew Roman scored points for the ‘Dons with a sixth place finish in the pole vault. His best mark was 4.53m.

Purdue Fort Wayne closes out the Horizon League Indoor Championships on Sunday (Feb. 25).

KING AND TATE GO 1-2 IN THE 5000 METERS

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Madison King and Riley Tate were first and second in the 5000 meters on Saturday (Feb. 24) at the 2024 Horizon League Indoor Championships for the Mastodon women’s squad.

King finished with a time of 16:33.14. Tate was second at 16:40.37.

They helped the ‘Dons hold the second spot in the standings after day one. The ‘Dons have 48 points, behind first place Youngstown State’s 78.

Jai Reed ran a school record 24.67 in the 200m to post the top time in the 200 meter prelim. She also ran a school record time of 7.57 in the 60 meter to qualify as the second seed for Sunday’s 60 meter final.

Louiza Kruiswijk also broke a school record in the long jump with a best mark was 5.84m. She scored points for the ‘Dons with a fifth place finish.

Ali Sparks reached the podium in the weight throw with a second-place finish and a mark of 17.15m. Nakia Harris-Campell (16.32m) and Lia Rivers (16.31) also scored points finished sixth and seventh.

Dylan Kirkwood was third in the pentathlon with a score of 3605. Ellie Zagel finished seventh (3284) to score points for the ‘Dons.

Kassie Jordan qualified for the 400 final with a time of 58.22 and will run as the eighth seed in tomorrow’s final.

Purdue Fort Wayne closes out the Horizon League Indoor Championships on Sunday (Feb. 25).

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL

MASTODON SOFTBALL PICKS UP 10-INNING WIN OVER PRESBYTERIAN

STATESBORO, Ga. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team picked up a win on Saturday (Feb. 24) over Presbyterian in thrilling fashion. The ‘Dons won in the 10th inning on a walk-off single from Bailey Manos.

GAME 1: Purdue Fort Wayne 3, Presbyterian 2 (10 innings)

With no runs scored through the first six, both teams scored one in the seventh to keep it tied and going to extra innings. The Blue Hose and ‘Dons each scored one in the ninth, but only the Mastodons scored another in the 10th.

Presbyterian broke open the scoring in the seventh with a solo shot to left field. Backs against the wall, the Mastodons managed to even it up when Alanah Jones doubled and Gwen McMenemy brought her home on a single two at-bats later. Jones then struck out two in the eighth, stranding the placed runner at third.

In the ninth, PC scored their tie-breaking runner with a sacrifice bunt advancing her to third and a groundout scoring her. The Mastodons retaliated with a sac bunt of their own from Brooke Lickey to advance Epiphany Hang to third. Tori Countryman hit a sacrifice fly to left to bring home Hang and extend the game.

In the 10th, Jones struck out one more and was then placed on second in the bottom of the inning. She was pushed to third with a single from Brayden Lickey, then Lickey stole second during the next at bat. With two in scoring position, Manos singled to left to score the game-winning run.

Jones finished 1-for-2 in the batter’s box with two runs and picked up the win from the pitcher’s circle. She threw 3.2 innings of relief and struck out four. Gracie Brinkerhoff threw 6.1 innings and gave up just the one run in the seventh inning. PC’s Jenna Greene threw all 9.1 and took the loss.

Presbyterian fell to 5-7.

GAME 2: Georgia Southern 3, Purdue Fort Wayne 2

In the Mastodons’ third game against Georgia Southern this weekend, it was the most competitive. The Eagles, however, came away with a 3-2 win on their home field.

The Eagles scored first in the opening frame thanks to a walk and two singles. However, Alyson Quinlan got out of the inning with two strikeouts in a row.

The ‘Dons took the lead in the second with two runs, both coming at the bat of Brayden Lickey. She had a double to left field to score McKenna Minton and Hang. From there, Georgia Southern had a home run in the third and an RBI single in the fourth to take the lead it did not give up.

Alyson Quinlan threw 4.0 innings and took the loss despite four strikeouts. Jones threw 2.0 in relief and struck out one. GSU’s Bailey Holland got the complete-game win.

Georgia Southern improved to 7-3. The Mastodons moved to 3-10 after the split. The Mastodons will play Presbyterian again tomorrow (Feb. 25) for the final game of the weekend. First pitch is scheduled for 9 a.m. ET.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

PURDUE FORT WAYNE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL HOLDS OFF MCKENDREE IN FIVE-SET VICTORY

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball rallied to win a fifth set and their second straight match over McKendree on Saturday (Feb. 24) night and 3-2 (25-21, 26-24, 20-25, 19-25, 17-15).

Jon Diedrich and Mark Frazier each posted double doubles. Diedrich finished with 18 kills and 15 digs while Frazier had 16 kills and 10 digs.

The Mastodons trailed the Bearcats 13-11 in set five, but the ‘Dons mounted a run sparked first by a service error by McKendree. Frazier had a kill, then Andrej Polomac and Bryce Walker combined for a block to set up set point. The Bearcats answered with a block and a kill surrounding an error to keep it 15-all, but the ‘Dons got a huge block from Walker and Polomac again. Diedrich was as he was all afternoon, the go-to guy, and got the kill to finish off the match.

Down 19-18, the ‘Dons captured seven of the final nine points to win the first set. Polomac, Diedrich, and Kaden Fosdick each contributed kills to the set-winning run.

The ‘Dons held McKendree to just seven kills and a .000 hitting percentage in the second set, but the Bearcats kept the score close. With the set tied at 24, Frazier took the set with back-to-back kills to claim the set for Purdue Fort Wayne.

McKendree took the third and fourth sets hitting over .350 in both sets. The Bearcats were led by 16 kills from Kevin Schuele.

Wilmer Hernandez finished with 10 digs, moving his total for the weekend up to 19 for an average of 3.22 per set.

Purdue Fort Wayne moves to 9-7 and 3-4 in the MIVA. McKendree drops to 7-6 and 4-3 in the MIVA. The ‘Dons travel to face Loyola Chicago on Thursday (Feb. 29) at 8 p.m.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BROMENSCHENKEL HITS 1,000 POINTS, ‘DONS CLINCH HOME QUARTERFINAL GAME FOR #HLWBB CHAMPIONSHIP

INDIANAPOLIS – Amellia Bromenschenkel joined the 1,000-point club and Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball clinched a home quarterfinal game for the Barbasol Horizon League Basketball Championship after a 68-55 win over IUPUI on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 24).

With two games left, the Mastodons have guaranteed a top-four finish in the league, their best since the 2013-14 season.

Bromenschenkel scored her 1,000th point on her first basket of the day, which came at the 8:46 mark in the second quarter. She is the 22nd Mastodon to reach the 1,000-point mark, joining teammate Shayla Sellers in the elite list of Mastodons.

The difference in the game came early on. After IUPUI went up 4-0, the Mastodons rattled off 13 in a row. From there, the Mastodons never trailed again.

The Mastodons ballooned their lead to as many as 18 in the fourth quarter thanks to a 20-11 third frame. Bromenschenkel had three baskets on three consecutive possessions in the early portion of the fourth quarter to reach that 18-point lead.

Bromenschenkel finished with a team-high 17 and added six rebounds. Sellers finished with 15 points and eight boards. Audra Emmerson pitched in 14 points, six of which came in the 13-0 run in the first quarter.

The Mastodons forced IUPUI into 22 turnovers which led to 18 points. The ‘Dons won the rebounding battle 38-31.

The Jaguars got 21 points out of their best player, Katie Davidson.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 19-10, 12-6 in the Horizon League. IUPUI falls to 6-21, 4-14 in league. The Mastodons will return home for a game against Green Bay on Wednesday (Feb. 28) at 7 p.m.

EVANSVILLE SWIMMING

STRONG PERFORMANCES CAP 2024 MVC CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR SWIMMING & DIVING

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Evansville senior diver Madison Rollett (Evansville, Ind./Reitz) placed second on Saturday in the women’s three-meter diving competition on her way to earning all-Missouri Valley Conference first-team honors, as she helped lead a pack of strong finishes by the Purple Aces to close out the 2024 MVC Swimming & Diving Championships at the Deaconess Aquatic Center in Evansville.

Rollett posted a final-round personal-best score of 277.60 to place second behind 2024 MVC Diver of the Year Ciara McCliment of UIC.  It marked her second top-five finish of the week, as she also placed fifth in the one-meter diving competition on Thursday.

Rollett wasn’t the only Purple Ace to shine on Saturday, as juniors Sveva Brugnoli (Rome, Italy) and Mari Mueller (Zurich, Switzerland) both qualified for Saturday’s nights finals.  Brugnoli placed 14th overall in the 200-Yard Butterfly with a finals time of 2:07.91.  Meanwhile, Mueller won her finals heat, winning the “C Final” heat in the 200-Yard Breaststroke with a time of 2:22.63 to place 17th overall.

Overall, Evansville placed eighth in the MVC Championships, finishing with a team total of 312 points.  Defending champion Missouri State took home the overall team title.

The MVC Championships conclude the regular-season for the UE women’s swimming and diving team.  The men will compete in the Mid-American Conference Championships March 6-9 in Carbondale, Illinois.  Select Purple Aces will then compete in the CSCAA National Invitational Championships March 14-16.

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL

NEW ORLEANS RALLIES LATE, WINS 3-2 IN 10 INNINGS OVER BASEBALL

NEW ORLEANS, La. –  The University of New Orleans baseball team rallied for a run in the bottom of the ninth inning, and plated a run in the tenth on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to pick up a 3-2 victory over the visiting University of Evansville at Maestri Field in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“You have to credit New Orleans,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll.  “They had some great pitching efforts on their side today to really quiet our bats at big times.  I thought that Nick Smith and Kenton Deverman did an outstanding job for us battling on the mound, but we just lost a close game today.

“We have to come out tomorrow and try and salvage a game in the series.  We have to be ready to go from the start tomorrow in all three phases of the game.”

Saturday’s game was a pitcher’s duel from the start.  Both teams would plate runs in the third inning, with UE getting its run first on an RBI single by junior second baseman Cal McGinnis in the top-half of the frame.

The game would remain tied at 1-1 until McGinnis’ next at-bat, when he doubled home junior outfielder Harrison Taubert with two outs in the fifth inning to give UE a 2-1 lead.

After senior starter Nick Smith went the first four innings allowing just a single run, freshman reliever Kenton Deverman took over and retired eight of the first nine men he faced in order, and would keep the Privateers at bay.

Evansville would put men on base in every inning from the fifth inning-on, including putting two men on in the top of the ninth inning, but the Purple Aces could not add to the lead.  UNO then finally broke through in the ninth inning against Deverman on a lead-off double by catcher Miguel Useche and an RBI single by outfielder Mitchell Sanford, who has been a thorn in the side of the Purple Aces all weekend, going 6-for-8 with six RBI in the first two games of the series.

Tied at 2-2 in the tenth inning, Evansville got a two-out pinch-hit single by freshman Kaleb Wilkey, but went scoreless to begin extra-innings.  The Privateers, meanwhile, took advantage of a pair of hit-by-pitches and a walk to load the bases, and won the game on a sacrifice fly off the bat of first baseman Maika Niu to win the game.

McGinnis went 2-for-5 with two RBI to lead the UE attack, which out-hit UNO, 8-6.  Useche and Sanford combined for four of the Privateers’ six hits on the day.

The three-game series will conclude on Sunday at 1 p.m.  Freshman LHP Kevin Reed is expected to start on Sunday for Evansville in a game that can be seen live on ESPN+.

EVANSVILLE SOFTBALL

ACES PUT UP A FIGHT IN DAY TWO OF BEST ON THE BAYOU TOURNAMENT

MONROE, La. – Day two of the Best on the Bayou Tournament saw the University of Evansville drop a pair of hard-fought contests versus Sam Houston and UL Monroe.

Game 1 – Sam Houston 5, UE 2

Sam Houston broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the 6th and pulled away for a 5-2 win in the first game of the day.  The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth when Elia Hebel hit a solo home run to give the Bearkats a 1-0 lead.

Evansville quickly responded with a run in the bottom of the frame.  With two outs, Jenna Nink single to led.  After advancing to second on a wild pitch, Jess Willsey brought her home with a double to right center.

In the sixth, Sam Houston broke the tie with a single run before scoring three times in the 7th.  Morgan Holliday completed the scoring with a 2-RBI single.  In Evansville’s half of the inning, Callie Meinel reached on a 1-out walk with Dori Brown coming in to pinch run.  With two outs, Hannah Hood and Keghan Pye hit back-to-back singles to load the bases for Brooke McCorkle, who walked to score Brown.  That is where the scoring would end as the Bearkats took a 5-2 win.

Abigail Young earned the win, scattering two runs and seven hits across 6 2/3 innings.  Megan Brenton threw a scoreless three innings in the start for the Aces while Mikayla Jolly allowed a run in two frames.  Elle Jarrett took the loss as she threw the final two innings.  Sam Houston accumulated 11 hits while UE had seven.  Willsey and Hannah Hood registered two hits apiece.

Game 2 – UL Monroe 6, UE 1

UL Monroe jumped out of the gate with a 3-run first inning.  The Warhawks picked up three runs on three hits in the frame and stranded the bases loaded.  With one out in the top of the second, Brooke Voss launched a home run to center field to cut into the ULM lead.  Brooke McCorkle and Taylor Howe also singled in the inning before the Warhawks escaped the jam without any further damage.

In the bottom of the frame, UL Monroe added a pair of runs to go up by four before adding a single run in the sixth.  Evansville was retired in order to finish the game in the seventh.

UE finished the game with three hits with Howe, McCorkle and Hood picking up one each.  Megan Brenton took the loss as she gave up five runs on seven hits in three innings.  Elle Jarrett threw the final three innings and allowed one run on three hits.  Meagan Brown was the top performer for the Warhawks as she went 2-3 with two runs scored.  As a team, ULM recorded 10 hits.  Kassidy Giddens earned the win, tossing a complete game 3-hitter.

Sunday’s finale will see UE and ULM meet up at 2 p.m.

EVANSVILLE TRACK

UE TRACK AND FIELD HEADS TO CHICAGO FOR MVC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP

CHICAGO — The University of Evansville track and field team will compete for the final time in the 2024 indoor season at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championship.

Co-hosted by Valparaiso and UIC, the Purple Aces will see full Valley competition for the first time all season. UE has raced against a handful of MVC teams in Indiana State, Belmont, Southern Illinois, Murray State, and Illinois State. But it will be Evansville’s first time seeing Valpo, UIC, Bradley, Northern Iowa, Drake and Missouri State. In the pre-championship poll, Murray State was picked to be the winning team on the women’s side while Indiana State was picked on the men’s side. The Aces finished 12th and 10th in each poll respectively.

UE heads into indoor championships at 24th in the Great Lakes Region on the men’s side and 32nd on the women’s side according to the most recent USTFCCA weekly rankings. On the men’s side Evansville holds 8 top 20 positions in The Valley with four top 11 spots in the field and on the track.

On the track, Cedrik Flipo leads in the 800m at an 8th place spot with his time of 1:52.86 set at the PNC Bank Bellarmine Classic. Flipo also aids the 4 x 400 Relay team where they sit 5th in The Valley. In the field Zach Dove and Jayden Hayes in the weight throw with matching distances of 17.83m. While Zach Dove also put up a top-20 performance in the shot put with a distance of 15.53m.  For the women, the Aces are led by Nicole Prauchner in the 800m who sits 9th in the MVC with a time of 2:11.99 and also aids in the 4x400m relay’s time of 3:58.59. Freshman Gwen Darrah leads the UE in the field with a weight throw with a distance of 14.45m for 14th in The Valley.

The Aces enter a young and competitive squad into the championship this year. Going into Sunday, UE has 8 events cracking the top 20 all held by sophomores or freshman athletes. Many of those young athletes have set new records for the program, including freshman runner Taylor Johnson (Evansville, Ind. / Reitz HS), Raymond Felton III (Houston / Clear Brook HS), and Flipo. In total, Evansville has set 18 program records across track and field events.

The Aces last competed at the Indiana State Open where the men had their highest team finish of the year in fourth while the women finished seventh. The most succesful race for UE was the women’s 800-meter race, where Nicole Prauchner (Neuhofen an der Ybbs, Austria) earned first place with a meet record of 2:13.51. Kalina Urbaniak (Suchy Las, Poland) and Eilen Brenne (Skien, Norway) also set meet records with times of 2:17.04 and 2:17.48 respectively. Nayla Martin (Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, Canada) also finished in the top five with a time of 2:19.03 for four top five finishes in the event.

On the men’s side at the Indiana Open, Rafael Rodriguez (Segovia, Spain) and Alvaro Monfort (Castile Y Leon, Spain) set meet records with times of 1:56.07 and 1:56.54 for eighth and 10th place in the 800-meter race. Also finishing in the Top 15 were Adam Oulgout (St. Paul, Minn. / Central HS) and Tommaso Losma (Lombardia, Italy). Losma set a PR to finish 14th with a time of 1:58.59.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

ACES WOMEN’S BASKETBALL VISITS ILLINOIS STATE FOR LONE MATCHUP

NORMAL, Ill. — The University of Evansville women’s basketball team will have its only game against the reigning Missouri Valley Conference Regular Season Champions on Sunday.

The Aces were only a bucket shy of overtime at the Hulman Center on Thursday evening in a close battle with the Indiana State Sycamores. Junior guard Lexie Sinclair hit a three to get the game within one and took the last shot to try and send the contest to overtime. Sinclair’s shot was halfway in before it came back out, giving UE the close 69-66 loss. Evansville is currently perfect in overtime games and had hoped to do the same on Thursday in Terre Haute.

Illinois State comes into Sunday’s game on a three-game winning streak, including its most recent win over Bradley on Thursday. The Redbirds currently sit fourth in the MVC standings heading into the final two weeks of regular season play with 10 wins over Valley opponents. Illinois State is led by forward DeAnna Wilson in her fifth year with the program, averaging 16 points a game along with 7.3 rebounds. Tomorrow’s game is the Redbirds Play4Kay game, raising money to support breast cancer research, patients, and survivors.

Junior guard Lexie Sinclair continues to improve on the season, having her second double-figure scoring game in three contests. The guard has jumped up her scoring average by two points since the beginning of Valley play at the end of 2023. She also set a career-high in rebounds against the Sycamores, bringing down three defensive boards.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S TENNIS

EAGLES DROP NEUTRAL-SITE SHOWDOWN AGAINST HOOSIERS

LOUISVILLE, Ken. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Tennis (1-5) took a hard loss to a talented Indiana University (10-3) group, 4-0, Saturday Evening at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. The Screaming Eagles and Hoosiers played their match at a neutral site hosted by the University of Louisville.

Doubles: USI lost all three doubles decisions with freshman Eytan Michaeli (Beer Shiva, Israel)/junior Quinten Gillespie (Whiteland, Indiana) duo coming up close in a 6-3 loss at number two.

Singles: It did not take long for the Hoosiers to capture the match and take care of the Eagles after securing three straight singles points. Senior Dylan Brown (Evansville, Indiana) dropped the first matchup with a 6-0, 6-2 loss at number five before junior Blake Deaton (Indianapolis, Indiana) followed with a 6-2, 6-0 defeat at number six and sophomore Axel Sabourin (Marseille, France) fell 6-2, 6-4 at number three.

NEXT UP FOR THE EAGLES:

The Eagles will face another Power-Five Indiana school in Indianapolis next weekend when USI battles Butler University on March 2.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

SCREAMING EAGLES RALLY BUT FALL TO LEATHERNECKS

MACOMB, Ill. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball made it close in the final 30 seconds, but lost at Western Illinois University, 82-76, Saturday afternoon in Macomb, Illinois. The Screaming Eagles drop to 8-21 overall and 5-11 in OVC play, while the Leathernecks are 18-11 overall, 11-5 OVC.

With the loss, USI falls into a tie for eighth with Tennessee Tech University with a pair of games left in the regular season for both squads. The Screaming Eagles, who host Lindenwood University Thursday and Southeast Missouri State University Saturday, owns the tiebreaker if Morehead State University is the top seed in the upcoming tournament.

The TTU Golden Eagles are scheduled to visit the University of Tennessee at Martin Thursday and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Saturday to finish the 2023-24 regular season. TTU has the tiebreaker with USI if UT Martin or Little Rock finishes ahead of MSU.

The top eight teams at the end of OVC play advance to the league tournament March 6-9 at the Ford Center in Evansville.

The opening half saw control of the game bounce back and forth with six lead changes and four ties. The Screaming Eagles posted their largest lead of the game with 9:46 to play in the first half. WIU would make a run to the end of the first half, outscoring USI, 23-11, to post a 39-33 advantage at halftime.

The second half saw WIU continue to increase the margin to as much as 13 points twice. USI would start to chip away at the margin following the second 13-point deficit with 10:19 to play, 65-52.

The Screaming Eagles used an 18-9 lead to close to 74-72 with 57 seconds to play in the game. USI junior forward Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) led the charge with nine points as the Screaming Eagles went eight-of-12 from the field during the run.

After four WIU free throws, USI would close to within two points one last time, 78-76, on a steal and bucket by sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) with 12 seconds to play. That would be as close as USI would come in the final seconds as WIU closed out the 82-76 final.

In the scoring column, Hernandez led the Eagles with a game-high 27 points. The junior guard, who is averaging 22.3 points per game in the last four contests, eight of 18 from the field, including a three-pointer, and 10-of-14 from the stripe.

Smith followed with 20 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds for this 12th double-double of the season. The sophomore guard/forward was seven-of-16 from the field, including a three, and five-of-six from the line.

Next Up For USI:

USI concludes the 2023-24 regular season with a pair of home games, hosting Lindenwood University February 29 and Southeast Missouri State University March 2. The USI-SEMO contest on March 2 is Senior Day for the Screaming Eagles.

The Lions of Lindenwood are 8-21 overall, 2-14 OVC, and have lost seven-straight after falling to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 82-73, at home this afternoon.

USI, which is 7-0 all-time versus the Lions, took the first meeting with Lindenwood in St. Charles, Missouri, winning 73-62, December. Eagles’ sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith led USI to the victory with a career-high 27 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez and sophomore forward Kiyron Powell followed with 16 points and 11 points, respectively.

SEMO Redhawks are 8-21 overall, 3-13 OVC, after losing to the University of Tennessee at Martin, 82-72, at home today. The Redhawks, who visit MSU Thursday before visiting USI, have lost five-straight after today’s action.

USI, which trails the all-time series with the Redhawks, 5-3, lost the opening game of the season series with SEMO in 2023-24, falling in overtime, 93-91, on a last second shot in the extra period. Hernandez led the Eagles with a career-high 35 points, while Smith had a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Fans can find all the ways to follow USI Basketball action by visiting USIScreamingEagles.com.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

USI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL EARNS 750TH PROGRAM WIN IN OVERTIME SATURDAY

MACOMB, Ill. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball earned its 750th win in program history on Saturday with a 96-89 overtime victory on the road at Western Illinois University.

The 750th program win came in USI’s first overtime game of the season. Plus, the milestone mark came on the heels of a sweep of a four-game road swing for Southern Indiana and a regular season sweep of Western Illinois. USI Women’s Basketball Head Coach Rick Stein, who is in his 25th season at the helm of the Screaming Eagles, has had a hand in 602 of the 750 program victories as an assistant coach and head coach. Saturday’s win was USI’s sixth consecutive victory going back to February 8, the second-longest winning streak this season.

With the win, Southern Indiana improved to 20-6 overall for USI’s 14th 20-win season in program history as part of the Screaming Eagles 35th winning season in 2023-24. USI also improved to 15-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference, having already captured the regular season championship and No. 1 seed at the OVC Tournament March 6-9 at Ford Center in downtown Evansville, Indiana.

Out of the opening tip on Saturday, Southern Indiana had a few good looks from beyond the arc that would not fall. The Screaming Eagles grabbed an early lead, but in the middle of the first quarter, Western Illinois went on a run to take a 13-9 lead with four remaining in the opening period. Western Illinois led 23-16 through the first frame.

Southern Indiana made a charge to start the second quarter, scoring five straight points. Three-pointers from senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) and junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) helped spark a 10-0 run, pushing USI in front, 26-23, with six minutes left in the first half. Later in the quarter, a scoreless drought allowed Western Illinois to retake a 37-33 advantage. Just ahead of halftime, USI hit a pair of threes with one right before the buzzer by graduate guard Tori Handley (Jeffersonville, Indiana). The Eagles trailed by one, 40-39, at the intermission.

Early in the second half, Western Illinois built its lead up to six, 49-43. Southern Indiana fought back with a run in the middle of the third quarter, highlighted by a pair of baskets from freshman forward Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee) and a fast-break layup by freshman guard Triniti Ralston (Louisville, Kentucky). The effort by the freshmen gave the Screaming Eagles a 53-51 lead midway into the third. The two sides battled the rest of the quarter, as USI carried a 64-61 lead to the fourth stanza.

Out of the gates for the fourth period, Gannon dropped in two consecutive baskets to reach double figures for the game, as USI led 68-64 at the 8:30 mark of the fourth. After Western Illinois regained the lead, Shafford knocked down a corner trey, putting USI back up by one at the six-minute mark. A minute later, Raley muscled up a three-point play to energize the Screaming Eagles. A two-possession game late, the Leathernecks made another push to eventually even the game at 81. In the last 1:48, neither side could find a go-ahead basket, leading to the first overtime of the season for USI Women’s Basketball.

Southern Indiana drew first blood in the extra session when sophomore guard Ali Saunders (Depauw, Indiana) cashed in a three. A minute later, Western Illinois took the lead, but Shafford and the Eagles answered with another three. Then senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) fired up the Screaming Eagles again with a three-point play. Webb then followed it up in the next possession with another make in the post, making the score 92-85 USI. Another late bucket from Webb and free throws iced the win for Southern Indiana.

The Screaming Eagles shot the ball for 47 percent (31-66) overall and for 38 percent (11-29) from long range. In a game with frequent trips to the foul line, USI was 23-29 for 79 percent at the stripe. Southern Indiana outrebounded Western Illinois by 15, 48-33. For the second consecutive game, USI had five players register double digits. Shafford posted her seventh double-double this season with 25 points and 10 rebounds. The 25 points were one off Shafford’s career best. Shafford drained seven three-pointers in the game. Webb poured in 15 points with eight boards, Gannon registered 14 points, and Saunders finished with 12 points. Saunders also grabbed six rebounds and dished out six assists. Also noteworthy, redshirt senior guard Addy Blackwell (Bloomington, Indiana) had nine points with a career-high eight assists.

Western Illinois dropped to 16-11 and 7-9 in the OVC on Saturday. The Leathernecks exit Saturday in seventh place in the league standings. In Saturday’s game, Western Illinois was 38 percent shooting (26-68) with eight triples. The Leathernecks were 29-32 for above 90 percent at the charity stripe. Western Illinois had three players in double figures and was led by freshman combo guard Raegan McCowan. McCowan scored over half of Western Illinois’ scoring total, dropping 45 of the team’s 89 points.

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.

SOUTHERN INDIANA BASEBALL

USI FALLS SHORT AGAINST EMU, 7-4

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball tried to put together a second-straight comeback against Eastern Michigan University, but fell short, 7-4, Saturday afternoon at the USI Baseball Field. USI is 1-5 to start the season, while EMU is 2-4.

After allowing two in the second and three in the third to fall behind, 5-0, USI started to chip away with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. The Eagles loaded the bases with no outs in the third before freshman rightfielder Ethan Rothschild (Evansville, Indiana) scored on a ground out by junior third baseman Ricardo Van Grieken (Venezuela) to get the first USI tally of the game.

USI sophomore shortstop Caleb Niehaus (Newburgh, Indiana) crossed the plate to make the score 5-2 on a sacrifice fly by junior second baseman Lane Crowden (Jackson, Missouri). The EMU Eagles, however, responded in the top of the fourth with their sixth tally of the contest to get the margin back to 6-2.

The Screaming Eagles would close the deficit to three runs, 6-3, when Niehaus scored for the second time in the game on a ground out by freshman leftfielder Cameron Boyd (Villa Hills, Kentucky). EMU would respond once again with a matching tally to push the margin back to four, 7-3, in the eighth.

USI would valiantly try to make one more run at EMU in the bottom of the ninth with two outs when Van Grieken and Boyd walked. Van Grieken cut the deficit to 7-4 when he scored on a single by junior first baseman Thomas Emerich (Ava, Missouri) before EMU shut the door on the game. 

USI junior right-hander Carson Seeman (Jeffersonville, Indiana) started and took the loss. Seeman (0-1) allowed five runs on eight hits in three innings, while striking out two.

Up Next for the Eagles:

USI concludes the three-game series with EMU Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch. Sunday is Family Day at USI Baseball Field with kids 12-and-under allowed to run the bases after the game.

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

USI SOFTBALL DROPS TWO AT COCKY CLASSIC

JACKSONVILLE, Ala.—University of Southern Indiana Softball suffered a pair of setbacks Saturday at the Cocky Classic. The Screaming Eagles fell to host Jacksonville State University, 12-4, in five innings in the opener, before falling, 12-4, in five innings to Belmont University in the second game.

In the opener, the Screaming Eagles had a promising start to the contest when freshman designated player Alyssa Mumaw (Greenfield, Indiana) hit an RBI-double in the top of the first inning to give USI a 1-0 advantage.

Junior second baseman Hailey Gotshall (Lucerne, Indiana) opened the second inning with a double and reached third with no outs as USI looked as if it might add to its lead.

Jax State (5-9), however, got out of the jam unscathed before tagging the Eagles with seven runs in the bottom of the second to take a commanding six-run lead. The Gamecocks added two more in the bottom of the third and three in the last half of the fourth as their lead ballooned to 12-1 heading into the fifth.

USI made a run in the fifth, scoring three times in an attempt to keep the game from ending in a run rule. A lead-off triple by sophomore outfielder Caroline Stapleton (Shirley, Indiana) set up sophomore Olivia Money (Fort Branch, Indiana) for a pinch-hit RBI-single to right field.

The proceeded to load the bases with a single and a walk in the following at-bats, setting up freshman Kate Satkoski (Lanesville, Indiana) for a pinch-hit, sacrifice fly to bring in the second run.

Sophomore second baseman Julianna Hibbs (Henderson, Kentucky) drove in the third run of the inning with an RBI-single, but that’s as close as USI would get as Jax State closed the door on the comeback attempt with a strikeout.

Junior pitcher Whitley Hunter (Nashville, Illinois) was charged with the loss after giving up five runs off four hits in a little over an inning of work. As a hole, Jax State finished with 11 hits on the morning.

Like the first game, the Eagles opened the second game with a 1-0 lead following a run-scoring single by senior catcher Sammie Kihega (Greenfield, Indiana) in the bottom of the first inning.

Belmont (6-4), however, answered with a tally in the top half of the second inning before erupting for five runs in the third frame and a commanding 6-1 advantage.

After loading the bases in the bottom of the third, the Eagles were able to get a run back to cut the deficit to 6-2; but a two-run fourth inning followed by a four-run fifth put the Bruins up 12-2.

An RBI-double by Money, followed by an RBI-single by junior pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) in the bottom of the fifth got the Eagles back to within 12-4, but that was as close as USI would get as a ground-out and a fly-out would strand two Eagles on base.

Newman (2-3) took the loss for the Eagles after giving up 12 runs, five earned, off eight hits. She also surrendered six walks while fanning five batters.

USI returns to action Sunday when it takes on the University of Southern Mississippi at 10 a.m. and Jax State at 12:30 p.m.

VALPO SWIMMING

WOMEN’S SWIMMING CLOSES MVC CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY

The Valpo women’s swimming team capped off the MVC Championships in Evansville, Ind. on Saturday, finishing off its season with the fourth and final day of competition, highlighted by freshman Kailyn Benoit (Sussex, Wis./Hamilton) qualifying for the evening finals in the 200 fly.

How It Happened

Benoit posted a time of 2:09.96 in the ‘C’ final of the 200 fly, just .39 off her PR which ranks third in program history. The freshman qualified for the final by virtue of a prelim swim of 2:10.37.

The quartet of freshman Lily Kirkpatrick (Parker, Colo./Legend), sophomore Caroline Gorski (Melrose Park, Ill./Leyden), junior Haley Hume (Ballwin, Mo./Marquette) and freshman Sophie Schoch (Medina, Ohio/Medina) covered the 400 free relay in 3:37.36.

Sophomore Emma Schmidt (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley) paced Valpo in the 1650 free with a time of 18:38.46.

The Beacons had a number of impressive swims in the prelims of the 200 back. Schoch led the way with a time of 2:10.06, shaving over eight-tenths of a second off her PR and moving her up into sixth in program history.

Freshman Gretchen Schmierer Knust (Overland Park, Kan./Shawnee Mission South) briefly claimed a spot among the top-10 in program history in the event with her prelim mark of 2:11.92, which improved upon her PR by nearly two seconds. But she was bumped off the chart in the next heat by a classmate in Kirkpatrick, who sliced almost four seconds off her event PR as she touched the wall in 2:11.46, 10th-fastest in program history.

In other prelim action Saturday, Gorski led the Beacons in the 100 free with a time of 54.59. Junior Sara Strauss (Spring Lake, Mich./Spring Lake) posted a team-best time of 2:28.50 in the 200 breast, while sophomore Natalie Eaton (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) was just off Strauss’ pace with a time of 2:28.72.

Highlighting Valpo’s time trial competitors Saturday was freshman Avery Ball (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley), who moved into fifth in program history in the 50 fly with a time of 26.85. Ball now ranks among Valpo’s all-time best in four different individual events.

Valpo finished the championship meet in ninth place, accumulating 206 points.

VALPO WOMEN’S TENNIS

TENNIS EDGED BY NIU AS STREAK OF 4-3 MATCHES CONTINUES

The Valparaiso University tennis team continued to have a flair for the dramatic, playing its sixth match in the last seven that was decided by the slimmest of margins at 4-3 on Saturday. Visiting Northern Illinois edged its way to the victory at The Courts of Northwest Indiana despite the Beacons capturing three singles wins and one doubles victory.

How It Happened

Valpo’s No. 1 doubles tandem of Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) and Moira Silva (Houston, Texas / Houston Tennis Academy) battled out a tight 6-4 victory over the top Northern Illinois pair of Erika Dimitriev and Nataly Ninova.

The Huskies picked up key wins on the other two doubles courts, 6-3 at No. 2 and 6-2 at No. 3, to take a doubles point that would prove pivotal.

Silva rattled off a quick 6-1, 6-2 victory over Dimitriev at No. 1 singles.

Newcomer Sydney Stone (Brisbane, Australia / Tyler JC) picked up a key win at No. 6 singles to keep Valpo’s hopes of winning the team match alive. After prevailing 6-2 in the opening set, she edged Jenna Horne 7-5 in Set 2 to take the match.

The last two matches in action were No. 2 and No. 3. Czerwonka finalized her No. 2 singles win over Lukyanova in two close sets – 6-4, 6-4. When that match was finished, the team score was level at three apiece with the match hinging on the outcome at No. 3 singles.

In that match, Jolene Fernandes (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) took the opening set 6-2 before Isabella Righi bounced back to win the second set 6-3. The third set went to a tiebreak deadlocked at 6-6 and Righi pulled out a 7-5 win in the tiebreak to take a tightly-contested match as this time the Beacons came out on the wrong end of another heart-pounder.

Inside the Matches

Czerwonka’s victory at No. 2 singles came over Lukyanova, who was a member of the All-MAC Second Team last season.

Czerwonka recorded her 18th singles win this season and the 81st of her career, already a program record. This win allowed her to climb into the program’s single-season top 10 for singles successes as she is now in a four-way tie for ninth in the single-season section of the record book. She joins Christina Scala (2001-02), Amanda Tabanera (2021-22) and Moira Silva (2022-23) in that tie.

Valpo has not dropped a match at No. 2 singles this season. Czerwonka and Silva have combined to go 12-0 when playing No. 2, showcasing the fact that the program boasts two players who are both No. 1 singles caliber.

Stone’s singles win was her 10th of the season.

Silva picked up her 14th singles win of the season, while the Silva/Czerwonka combo notched its 12th doubles triumph. Czerwonka boosted her program-record career total to 74 doubles victories.

Six out of Valpo’s last seven matches have been decided by the slimmest of margins at 4-3. Valpo is 3-3 in those six matches. 

Up Next

The Beacons (7-5) will head to the Lone Star State for a spring trip to Houston, Texas, where they will clash with Sam Houston State on Monday, March 11.

VALPO BASEBALL

SCHMACK HOMERS, DOUBLES IN LOSS AT NO. 17 ALABAMA

The Valparaiso University baseball team jumped ahead with two runs in the first, but No. 17 Alabama responded with seven in their half of the inning on its way to a 13-3, seven-inning victory over the Beacons on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.                                            

How It Happened

Valpo started the game with back-to-back doubles by Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) and Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central), the second of which scored the game’s first run.

Schmack had moved up 90 feet on an error in the outfield, so he was able to tag and score from third on a sacrifice fly to right by Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest) to make it 2-0 Valpo.

The Crimson Tide scored seven times in the bottom of the first to take a 7-2 lead. Four of the seven runs were unearned.

Schmack slugged a home run to center in the third to make it 7-3, but Alabama scored five times in the fifth and eventually invoked the 10-run rule after seven.

Inside the Game

Schmack increased his season RBI total to seven and drilled his second home run of the young year. He clubbed his 20th career home run.

Schmack accounted for two of the team’s three hits.

Reliever Joe Seiber (Homer Glen, Ill. / Lockport [College of DuPage]) worked the sixth for Valpo and did not allow a run, serving as a bright spot for the pitching staff.

Valpo was plagued by four errors and allowed six unearned runs.

Up Next

Valpo (2-4) and the No. 17 Crimson Tide will close out the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. on SEC Network+. Links to live video, audio and stats are available on ValpoAthletics.com. 

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

VALPO ASSEMBLES STRONG FIRST HALF, BUT HOST RACERS PULL AWAY AFTER HALFTIME

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team put together a strong first half and led 44-36 at the intermission, but host Murray State pulled away after the break en route to an 80-68 win on Saturday afternoon at CFSB Center in Murray, Ky. Freshman Cooper Schwieger (Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest [Link Year]) poured in 20 first-half points and finished with 26 for the contest.

How It Happened

The game fluctuated between a stalemate and a slight Valpo lead until the Beacons stretched the edge to five thanks to a Schwieger 3 that made it 14-9. Isaiah Stafford (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Crispus Attucks [John A. Logan / Southern Indiana]) hit a 3 at the 10:58 mark that made it 21-17.

Murray State battled back to take the lead, but Sherman Weatherspoon IV (Bowie, Md. / Bethesda-Chevy Chase [Golden State Prep]) nailed a triple at the 6:35 mark to put the Beacons back up four at 30-26. Weatherspoon stayed hot with another one from long range a moment later to make it 33-28, then he hit a third 3 in succession to lift the lead to eight with 4:53 left in the half.

The Racers cut the edge to five but Valpo ended the half on a high note as Schwieger nailed a big 3 with 29 ticks left to extend the gap to eight, then Jaxon Edwards (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Murray State]) rejected a shot at the other end of the court to keep the eight-point bulge intact.

Valpo scored the first two points of the half with Schwieger knocking down free throws to make it a double-figure lead. Valpo was cold offensively but did a nice job on the offensive glass early in the half, and didn’t lose ground on the scoreboard over the first five minutes despite cold shooting.

A 10-0 run for Murray State transformed a 52-46 Valpo lead into a 56-52 edge for the hosts by the 10:35 mark of the second half.

Yet another 3 by Weatherspoon tied the game at 60 with just under eight minutes remaining, and Valpo led by one with 7:21 on the clock. The Racers scored the next eight to take a seven-point lead, and another 8-0 burst down the stretch broke it open at 77-64 Murray State with 1:54 to play.

Inside the Game

Schwieger established a new career high with 26 points, outdoing his previous best of 22 that was established on Feb. 3 vs. Evansville and tied on Feb. 17 at Missouri State. This was the highest scoring output by a Valpo freshman since Javon Freeman-Liberty on Feb. 5, 2019 at Illinois State (27).

Weatherspoon’s 12 points marked his highest scoring output in conference play and his second highest of the season. He scored 13 on Dec. 6 at Central Michigan. He has scored in double-figures in back-to-back games. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field with all of his shots coming from long range on Saturday.

Senior Connor Barrett (Chicago, Ill. / Loyola Academy) made his first start of the season. He started exactly one game during both his sophomore year and his junior year as well. His lone start last season also occurred at Murray State. This was his 16th career start, with 13 coming during his rookie campaign.

Stafford scored 13 points, his fifth straight game in double figures.

DeAveiro handed out nine assists, while Stafford tied a personal best with five. The team distributed 17 assists, its highest total since the Nov. 6 season opener vs. Trinity Christian.

DeAveiro is up to 162 assists this season and 280 for his career. He moved up three spots on the program’s single-season assist list on Saturday, climbing over Bryce Drew’s 1997-98 season, Nick Edwards’ 2022-23 season and Keith Carter’s 2015-16 season. He is now tied with Drew’s 1994-95 season for sixth in single-season program history.

With 280 career assists, DeAveiro is now tied with Greg Tonagel (1998-2004) for 18th in the program record book.

Valpo won the turnover battle 11-8, the team’s ninth straight game holding the edge in that category.

Up Next

The Beacons (6-23, 2-16 MVC) will play the final road game of the regular season on Tuesday night at UNI in Cedar Falls, Iowa beginning at 7 p.m. The game will air on ESPN+.

VALPO SOFTBALL

MCDERMOTT GEM GIVES VALPO SPLIT SATURDAY AT FROST CLASSIC

One day after tossing a three-hitter in her first outing of the weekend, Valpo softball freshman pitcher Sydney McDermott (Stout, Ohio/Portsmouth West) did one better on Saturday, giving up just a sole unearned run on two hits as the Beacons earned a 2-1 extra-inning victory over Georgetown at the Frost Classic. Valpo split its two games Saturday, falling earlier in the day to host Chattanooga.

How It Happened – Chattanooga

Valpo put runners on the corners with one out in the top of the first, as senior Alexis Johnson (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) and sophomore Kim Rodas (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) connected on consecutive singles. A double play ended the Beacons’ threat.

Chattanooga opened the scoring with two runs in the first and added another in the second on a solo homer.

The Beacons again had runners on the corners and just one out in the fourth inning, but for the second time Saturday, a double play meant they got nothing out of the inning.

The Mocs posted two runs on the board in the fourth and finished out the game with two more in the sixth.

How It Happened – Georgetown

Valpo put the first run on the board in the top of the third. Sophomore Lyna Vasquez (Moreno Valley, Calif./Valley View) led off the frame with a single and then came all the way around to score on a Georgetown error.

After walking the leadoff batter of the game, McDermott retired 12 Hoyas in a row to shut them down through four innings. Georgetown finally struck in the fifth, however, as a leadoff double came around to score on a Valpo error to tie the game.

McDermott limited the damage to just the one run, stranding a runner who was on second with nobody out thanks to a pop-up and back-to-back strikeouts.

Both teams had runners on first and second with just one out in the sixth inning, but neither was able to take advantage. Georgetown put the potential winning run on base thanks to a two-out walk in the bottom of the seventh, but McDermott registered the third out to send the game to extra innings.

With the international tiebreak in effect, sophomore Kam Utendorf (Columbus Grove, Ohio/Columbus Grove [Black Hawk College]) was sent to second base to start the top of the eighth. Senior Kayla Skapyak (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) was able to successfully sacrifice Utendorf over to third, and an infield grounder from Johnson allowed Utendorf to score and put Valpo on top, 2-1.

The Beacons were unable to add any insurance, forcing McDermott and the Valpo defense to strand Georgetown’s tiebreak runner at second to avoid prolonging the game. They were up to the task, as batter’s interference put one out on the board. McDermott then induced a foul-out for the second out, and finished things off herself with a strikeout looking to close out the win.

Inside the Games

One day after throwing a three-hitter in a tough-luck loss to Texas A&M-CC, McDermott came out on the winning end of the decision Saturday to improve to 2-4 on the year. The only two hits the freshman gave up were the back-to-back hits to start the fifth, while she surrendered just the lone unearned run and struck out eight.

The win was Valpo’s first in extra inning since a 7-5, eight-inning win over Cleveland State March 8, 2020 in what turned out to be the final game of that season. Valpo had dropped its last four extra-inning games before Saturday’s win.

Johnson and Vasquez both picked up a hit apiece in both games on Saturday.

Rodas went 2-for-3 at the plate against Chattanooga, her fourth multi-hit game of the season.

The Beacons continued their early-season aggression on the basepaths, going 4-for-5 on stolen base attempts Saturday, including a pair of successful thefts by Johnson. After going just 21-for-36 in the steals department last season, Valpo is already 18-for-20 this season — led by matching 5-for-5 marks from Johnson and Skapyak.

Senior Caitlyn Kowalski (Temperance, Mich./Notre Dame Academy) started in the circle against Chattanooga and took the loss, throwing 3.1 innings.

Next Up

Valpo (3-10) closes out action from the Frost Classic on Sunday morning as the Beacons face off with Ohio at 9 a.m.

UINDY TRACK

SCHOOL RECORD BROKEN, FOUR HOUNDS TAKE GOLD ON DAY ONE OF GLVC CHAMPIONSHIPS

INDIANAPOLIS – The men’s and women’s track and field teams got off to a hot start on day one of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Indoor Championships. The women currently hold the top spot with 62 points. The men, with 32 points are not far behind in second place.

WOMEN’S RECAP

Ellie Lengerich was the first Greyhound to claim the gold. Lengerich competed in the pentathlon and accumulated 8790 points, breaking her own school record by 35 points. The junior finished in first place in the shot put, long jump, and 800m, and placed second in the 60m hurdles and the high jump. Lengerich did not stop there, she also competed in the long jump. She jumped for 5.27 meters earning her third place.

The UIndy throwers had a fantastic day and claimed the top four spots in the weight throw. Zoe Pentecost, who is currently ranked second nationally in the event, took the top spot with 19.83 meters. Audra Hogan and Emily Bonser followed behind in second and third place respectively. Both athletes created new PRs during the competition, Hogan reached 16.36 meters and Bonser got 16.34. MaKenna Machino rounded out the top four with a new PR of her own at 16.27 meters.

Hadley Fisher was the final Greyhound to reach the podium. Fisher participated in the 5000m where she came in third after clocking a time of 17:33.91.

Six Hounds qualified for the finals after placing in the top eight in their respective events. Hallie Montgomery will aim for the podium in the 200m and the 60m. Zaleeya Martin will also run in the 60m dash tomorrow. Alliyah Reese and Lindsey Wormuth will go head-to-head in the 60m hurdles. Emily Sonderman will compete in the 400m as well.

OTHER WOMEN’S TOP FINISHES

4. UIndy A: Kaylin Casner, Trinity Gleitz, Clare Wigger, Mariah Judy, DMR, 12:36.62

5. Joanna Fields, long jump, 5.25 meters

WOMEN’S TEAM SCORES

1. Indianapolis, 62 points

2. Lewis, 48 points

3. Southwest Baptist, 38 points

4. Maryville, 14 points

5. Missouri S&T, 9 points

6. Truman State, 8 points

7. Drury, 6 points

8. Illinois Springfield, 5 points

9. William Jewell, 4 points

10. Rockhurst, 1 point

– McKendree

– Missouri-St. Louis

– Quincy

-Upper Iowa

MEN’S RECAP

The UIndy DMR team created a new PR and claimed the top spot. The team included Tom Saint-Juvin, Evan Stonitsch, Jaycee Wilburn, and Felix Rivet, the team clocked a time of 10:04.10.

Alex Meyer made an impact in his first GLVC Championships. Meyer took first in the long jump after he reached 7.27, a new personal record for the freshman.

Treyton Arnold competed in the pole vault where he claimed second after clearing 4.82 meters.

Dylan Mayhew and Cameron Smith participated in the weight throw for UIndy. Mayhew took fourth and passed his previous PR with a throw of 18.54 meters. Cameron Smith was right behind his teammate in fifth. Smith also created a new PR after reaching 17.88 meters.

Ndubisi Eze and Jalen Larkey finished in the top eight in their respective prelims. Eze in the 60m hurdles and Larkey in the 400m, both Greyhounds will compete for the title tomorrow.

Aiden DeLaTorre will close out his time in the Heptathlon. After four events, DeLaTorre has accumulated 2151 points and is in 10th place. To finish up the multi-event, the 60m hurdles, pole vault, and 1000m will take place tomorrow morning.

MEN’S TEAM SCORES

1. Lewis, 59 points

2. Indianapolis, 38 points

3. Missouri S&T, 27 points

4. Truman State, 14 points

5. Southwest Baptist, 11 points

5. Illinois Springfield, 11 points

7. Missouri-St. Louis, 9 points

8. Drury, 8 points

8. Maryville, 8 points

10. William Jewell, 5 points

11. Rockhurst, 4 points

12. McKendree, 1 point

– Quincy

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will finish up the conference championship tomorrow. The heptathlon will finish starting at 9 a.m. Field events will follow at 11 a.m. and the running events will begin at 1:30 p.m.

UINDY MEN’S BASKETBALL

WALKER, SENIORS LIFT GREYHOUNDS TO BIG WIN OVER ROCKHURST

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy men’s basketball team showed out for Senior Day on Saturday, earning an 89-74 victory over Rockhurst to complete the season sweep.

The four seniors – Jesse Bingham, David Ejah, Kendrick Tchoua, and Josiah Tynes – combined for 47 points, 29 rebounds, 14 assists, six blocks, and six steals.

Jarvis Walker outshined them all, however, finishing with 31 points on 10-of-16 shooting and seven 3-pointers. The redshirt-junior added two assists and two rebounds to his line.

INS & OUTS

The Greyhounds orchestrated an impressive 14-0 run to head into the locker room after trailing by double digits late in the first half. With what started with Walker’s second triple of the afternoon, Tchoua capped with a pair of free throws as a minute loomed on the game clock.

The second half was all Hounds, who led by as many as 22 with less than 10 minutes remaining when Sean Craig hit his second 3-pointer of the contest. Walker, who had 21 points after the break, drilled another 3-pointer at the 7:40 mark to force a Rockhurst timeout.

Tynes joined on the 3-point party with 3:30 left, as the senior sank his lone triple right in front of the Greyhound bench.

The tone was set early in the second half after Tchoua committed one of his four thefts in the win followed by a monstrous dunk.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Ejah contributed four of his five blocks in the second half.

– UIndy capitalized on seven second-half offensive rebounds, scoring 11 second-chance points.

– Ajay Holubar saw the court for the sixth time this season, with his last time ironically coming in the blowout victory at Rockhurst on January 11.

– With its 31-for-62 shooting effort, UIndy has now made at least 50 percent of its field goals in three of the past seven games.

– Tynes was credited with a career-high eight assists, while Tchoua secured a career-best 17 boards.

LAST TIME…

30-point game: Tate Hall (31, Feb. 2018)

17-rebound game: Darius Adams (Jan. 15, 2011)

8+ assists: Dee Montgomery (9, Nov. 2021)

7 3-pointers: Trevor Lakes (Feb. 2020)

5+ blocks: David Ejah (6, Feb. 2024)

MORE NOTES

UIndy now leads the all-time series, 15-6 … the Greyhounds were listed as under consideration in the first NCAA DII Midwest Region rankings released last week; the first set of ranked teams will be announced this coming Wednesday.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds have two more games on the regular-season docket, visiting Missouri-St. Louis on Thursday evening for an 8:30 ET tip.

UINDY SOFTBALL

SMITH’S TWO-HITTER HIGHLIGHTS FINAL DAY AT BLUE BRIDGE BATTLE

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The No. 9 UIndy softball team wrapped up its two-day stay in Evansville, Ind., Saturday, splitting its final two games at the Blue Bridge Battle. The Greyhounds blanked in-region Trevecca Nazarene, 5-0, before falling to Ohio Dominican, 8-3.

GAME 1 | UIndy 5, TNU 0

Ace Kenzee Smith delivered another gem of a performance, shutting down a normally-potent Trojans offense for all seven innings. Trevecca averaged nearly six runs per game heading into the day, but Smith surrendered just two hits and two walks while striking out seven to up her record to 4-0 on the season.

Smith has allowed just one earned run in seven appearances this spring, good for a miniscule 0.24 ERA.

The UIndy bats generated four runs in the third inning—more than enough support for Smith. Lexy Rees (single) and Braxton Downs (double) each had two ribbies in the rally. Sydnee Perry (HBP), Jocelyn Calvin (walk) and Megan Nichols (bunt single) also reached base safely in the frame.

The Hounds’ final run came on an RBI triple by Downs in the fifth.

GAME 2 | ODU 8, UIndy 3

The Panthers jumped out to an early lead, scoring a combined six runs in the first two innings.

UIndy chipped away with runs in both the fourth and fifth. Doubles from Downs and Shelby Cook got the Hounds on the board in the fourth, while two walks and a double steal helped push across a pair of unearned runs in the fifth. Cara Cooper and Nichols scored in the latter frame to trim the lead to three, but ODU tacked on a couple more tallies in the sixth to pull away.

Starter Kaitlyn Brown (1-1) took the loss in the circle after lasting just one-plus innings. Jayden Casebolt came on and went 4 2/3, while freshman Katie Rose finished the game with a scoreless 1 1/3 frames.

UP NEXT

After three weekends of invitationals, UIndy plays its first true road games this Thursday and Friday when it travels to the West Virginia for doubleheaders at Wheeling and West Liberty.

UINDY MEN’S LAX

HOUNDS SUFFOCATE STORM FOR SATURDAY WIN

PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The No. 8 UIndy men’s lacrosse team won its third straight game on Saturday afternoon, picking up a 13-3 victory against Lake Erie College. The Greyhounds have allowed seven or less goals during that stretch, including back-to-back games with four or less.

UIndy was working on a shutout for more than 34 minutes, building a 7-0 lead in the process.

Nathan Lam and Triston Schaffer both netted hat tricks, while KC Carlson made seven saves between the pipes.

INS & OUTS

Six different Greyhounds scored before the Storm sniffed the scoreboard, including consecutive man-up goals from Sam Puzevic and Schaffer. The UIndy defense was on a mission, with only one Lake Erie shot making its way to Carlson until the second half.

The Hounds never gave the Storm hope, as Owain Braddock and Nick Luitwieler sandwiched a four-goal run early in the fourth quarter. Lam scored the final tally to earn his second hat trick of the spring, following Schaffer’s third consecutive feat.

UIndy caused eight of Lake Erie’s 30 turnovers, with Trevor Lockwood joining Luitwieler with a pair each.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Caleb Parker set the tone at the dot, securing 14 faceoff wins with 12 ground balls.

– Nine Hounds tallied a point in the win, with Beau Howard and Justin Williams dishing out a pair of assists apiece.

– Its three goals allowed is the least since April 2022 against Quincy.

– Nick Randgaard recorded a goal for the third straight game.

ON ANOTHER NOTE

UIndy now leads the all-time series, 7-1, and has won each of the past five meetings with Lake Erie.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds face another tough test next Saturday, welcoming No. 13 Seton Hill to Key Stadium for 12 p.m. contest.

UINDY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S HOOPS CELEBRATES SENIORS AGAINST ROCKHURST

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy women’s basketball team suffered a heartbreaking 69-67 defeat on Saturday afternoon in Nicoson Hall, following a senior day celebration against Rockhurst.

Prior to the game, the program recognized seniors Jada Haines, Caroline Jakaitis, Jodi Mullins, Idalis Ortiz, and Ilani Williams-Harris.

Rockhurst’s Keegan Sullivan sank a deep 3-pointer at the top of the key with just 0.4 seconds remaining to lift the Hawks to victory.

INS & OUTS

Saturday’s league bout featured six lead changes and nine ties, all primarily in the second half. Liv Becker knotted the game at 62 apiece with three minutes remaining on a fast break pass from Williams-Harris to set up the stunning finish.

Ortiz secured her game-best 11th rebound with 13 seconds left, as Haines headed to the charity stripe after a Rockhurst foul. The Hawks, and Sullivan specifically, made the Hounds pay in the waning moments with the buzzer-beater despite great defense from Patricia Chikamba with the heave.

UIndy went into halftime on a hot streak, orchestrating an 11-0 run with a couple buckets from Haines.

INSIDE THE BOX

– In addition to her 11 boards, Ortiz recorded a career-high three steals.

– Becker and Haines shared the team lead with 16 points apiece.

– Elana Wells dished out a game-best five assists.

MORE NOTES

Rockhurst completed the season sweep of UIndy, which now lead the all-time series, 13-7 … RU’s Macie Conway led all scorers with 19 points and four triples.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will conclude the regular season next weekend with a visit to the greater St. Louis area. UIndy battles Missouri-St. Louis on Thursday evening for an 8:30 ET tip.

MARIAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MARIAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COMPLETES OUTRIGHT CL CHAMPIONSHIP WITH EMPHATIC 68-65 WIN OVER NO. 4 IWU

INDIANAPOLIS – In front of a packed house on the final day of the regular season Saturday afternoon, the Marian women’s basketball team put a stamp on their 2024 Crossroads League Regular Season Championship, earning an electrifying 68-65 win over No. 4 Indiana Wesleyan. Marian’s 10th Crossroads League Championship in program history was punctuated by their 18-0 record in league play, capping their second-ever undefeated conference season. Marian will enter the postseason with a 27-1 overall record.

Saturday’s opening quarter started at a breakneck pace, as Marian and Indiana Wesleyan traded baskets throughout the opening stanza. The Knights got the first scoring of the day by Abbey McNally, as she and Ella Collier carried the scoring load early in the in the quarter. After three different ties on the board Marian gained separation as Sara Majorosova and Allison Bosse helped push the lead to seven points, with Marian carrying a 15-8 lead at the 4:28 mark. The Wildcats would claw back from Marian’s lead, using a 7-0 to tie the quarter at 18 all. Indiana Wesleyan would take their first lead with 1:09 to play in the quarter, but the Knights grabbed it back with a Tamia Perryman foul line trip and Ella Collier three. Jade Nutley drained a three-point shot to end the high-paced first quarter, with Marian leading 23-22.

Marian opened the second quarter scoring with a layup by Collier to regain a true one-possession lead, but three-point play by Lilli Frasure would level the score. The pace of the period slowed as early fatigue settled in, as the rivals combined for just 13 points through five minutes of play. Abbey McNally would pull Marian back in the lead with 4:40 to play before the break as she silenced the Wildcats rhythm. The game would continue to flow between the two sides until the final two minutes of the half, as a five-point swing by Frasure gave the visitors a 37-33 advantage. Jordan Reid of Indiana Wesleyan would score at the buzzer as she drove the length of the floor in the closing seconds, capping a 6-1 Wildcat run that saw Marian enter the half down 39-34.

Despite trailing at the half, Marian continued to fight, keeping within two scores of the Wildcats as Collier and Aliyah Evans answered the call. Marian trailed 44-36 just under three minutes into the quarter, but two layups by Evans helped bring her team back within striking distance. A pair of foul shots by the program’s all-time leading scorer ignited a 7-0 run, with Allison Bosse’s corner three cranking the volume of the crowd with Marian in front 47-46. The lead would be short-lived as Indiana Wesleyan pulled ahead with five unanswered of their own to take a 51-47 lead with 2:48 left in the quarter, allowing the visitors to stay in front by the quarter’s end. Perryman and Taylor Folkema traded scores in the final seconds as Marian was able to go back in front, but the score favored Indiana Wesleyan 53-52 after three quarters.

Looking to regain control, the Knights went inside to McNally on their first possession of the final quarter, as the sophomore pushed Marian back in front with one of two scores in the first three minutes. Collier picked up a steal and fastbreak layup to force an IWU timeout as the 6-0 run gave Marian a 58-53 lead. Indiana Wesleyan would respond with back to back scores to cut the difference to one, but a layup by Perryman with 5:56 to play would push the home team back in front by three.

The Knights continued to hold their lead going into the final three minutes of play, as Marian’s contributions at the foul line added points to the board. Despite Marian seeming to have a firm grasp on the lead, the Wildcats made a push with six unanswered points to take a 65-64 lead. The Knights made the lead a short one, as Perryman answered the call with a layup to make it a 66-65 game with 2:18 to play. The defenses by both teams stepped up and kept the score static going into the final possessions of the game. With 7.9 seconds to play Indiana Wesleyan had the ball in their half court after calling a timeout as they looked to go in front, but the inbound pass by Klair Merrell was intercepted by Perryman, who raced coast-to-coast with the game-sealing layup. The Wildcats used their final timeout to set up a three, but the desperation heave by Izzy Reed missed the rim, giving Marian their championship with a 68-65 final score.

Marian’s 25th conescutive win was highlighted by dominant performances by Collier, McNally, and Perryman, who each finished in double-digits. Collier led Marian in scoring with 20 points and five steals, while McNally had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Perryman logged 32 minutes off the bench, and scored 15 points to match six rebounds and two steals, scoring the game-winning and game-sealing baskets. Aliyah Evans would lead the team in assists with five after scoring four points, and Bosse scored five points as well.

Marian has earned the top seed in the Crossroads League tournament, which begins on February 27 in the PE Center. Marian will host Goshen College, and tip is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

MARIAN MEN’S BASKETBALL

MARIAN CAPS REGULAR SEASON WITH 94-89 UPSET OVER NO. 6 INDIANA WESLEYAN

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s basketball team ended their regular season in style on Saturday, as the Knights came from behind in the second half with a rally to knock off No. 6 Indiana Wesleyan by a final score of 94-89. Marian’s win over the Wildcats is their first since February of 2020, snapping a seven-game losing streak. Marian enters the postseason winners of eight consecutive games, holding a 22-6 overall record and 12-6 mark in the Crossroads League.

Indiana Wesleyan held the upper-hand over Marian for much of the first half, starting on a high note as the visitors took charge early and built a 13-12 lead through five minutes of play. The Knights were able to grab the lead twice in the first five minutes as Brody Whitaker, Maximus Gizzi, and Gus Etchison each played their hand in getting buckets, but after the first media timeouts Indiana Wesleyan was able to pull away. A three-point play converted by Caedmon Bontrager had the visitors on top 22-14 with 11:54 to play in the first half, giving the Wildcats their first taste of a three-possession lead.

Marian would hang with the Wildcats as the half progressed, cutting the gap to five points on multiple possessions. The Wildcats built their largest lead of the game with a nine-point edge as the scoreboard showed a 30-21 score with 9:45 to play, but scores by Jackson Ames and Ben Henderson quickly washed away the advantage. The Knights were able to slash their deficit to four points with 6:24 to play in the half as Henderson scored a fastbreak layup, but back-to-back scores by Indiana Wesleyan saw the margin grow back to eight. An open trey by Josh Bryan with 2:29 to go in the half brought Marian within four as they built momentum entering the break, while a three from Whitaker fell moments later to cap the first half scoring.

The Knights would go into the locker room at the half trailing 46-42, with both teams going scoreless over the period’s final 1:44.

After the intermission Indiana Wesleyan found a way to build their lead back to eight points in the first two minutes, but a dunk by Ames turned the tide for Marian, as the Knights built energy off the slam. Bryan and Etchison kept Marian within two scores as the half rolled under 15 minutes to play, while a pair of Nolan Foster scores ignited a 8-0 run to tie the game. Foster scored the first six points in the run as two free throws tied the game at 59 each, while a Josh Bryan score catapulted Marian into the lead with 12:29 remaining.

The score rocked back and forth between a draw and a two-point Marian advantage for nearly two minutes, but a three-point play off of a dunk by Ames ended the streak, as the junior center put his team in front for good. The old-school three started a 7-0 clip for Marian and put them on top 72-65, with the team feeding off the crowd to hold the lead. Indiana Wesleyan would attempt a comeback scoring five unanswered to get within a single score, but Marian held their own as they carried a lead under five minutes to play.

After the final media timeout of the game, a pair of Etchison free throws increased Marian’s lead to three, and strong defense followed as Marian forced contested shots. The Knights defensive efforts paid off on the offensive end with scores by Whitaker and Ames protecting the lead, and with 49 seconds remaining the junior Whitaker hit the game-sealing shot, draining a downtown shot to give Marian an 87-81 lead. The Wildcats were forced to foul after coming up empty on their ensuing trip, as Marian iced the game at the line making seven of eight foul shots in the final 32 seconds to seal the 94-89 upset win.

The Knights had four players in double figures in the win and two with eight or more points, as they shot 52 percent from the field and 85 percent from the foul line. Etchison led the team in scoring with 26 points, adding three assists and rebounds in the win. Whitaker scored 19 points and led Marian in rebounding with seven, and Ames added 16 points and two steals. Bryan led Marian’s bench in scoring with 10 points, and the combination of Henderson and Foster resulted in 18 points.

Marian will host Bethel in the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals, taking on the Pilots on Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m.

MARIAN BASEBALL

KNIGHTS SPLIT ROAD TWIN BILL AT TOUGALOO COLLEGE

Tougaloo, Miss. – The Marian Baseball team split a Saturday doubleheader against Tougaloo College, losing the first game before run-ruling the second game. The Knights are now 4-5 overall for the season following the Saturday split.

Game 1 | Marian 6-10 Tougaloo | 7 Innings

The Knights got a slow start offensively in game one against the Bulldogs, yielding a run in the home half of the first inning before gaining their footing in the top of the second. A Johnny Roeder single into center field got the bats rolling, allowing Bryce Davenport to score a run who began the inning reaching on an error. Roeder then scored a run on a misplayed grounder by the Bulldogs bringing the score 2-1 in favor of the Knights.

The Knights continued to bring the energy into the top of the third inning with Ryan Huntley hitting a single into right field that allowed Pierson Barnes to score. Barnes provided a spark with two-out hitting, posting a single and stolen base before scoring on the Huntley base knock. Marian led 3-1 going into the home half of the third, but the lead faded as the Bulldogs caught up in the bottom of the frame, as a couple hits to center field brought the score to an even 3-3.

Marian didn’t wait long to get the runs back as the fourth inning rolled around, with Jacob Dill ripping a shot into left field to land his first career homer, as the two-run homerun jumped Marian back into the lead by a 5-3 score. Marian’s lead would carry into the fifth inning, but the two-run margin was not enough to lead after five complete as the pitching fell apart for the guests, as Tougaloo plated seven runs in the home off of starter Chris Adams and relievers Jace Stoops and Justin Johnson, with the score at the end of the inning showing a 10-6 lead for the home team.

Kameron Salazar and company attempted to recoup the runs in the top of the sixth inning, but an RBI ground out from the second baseman would be all the offense could produce, scoring the sixth run for Marian. The Knights would manage to get one runner on base in their last chance in the top of the seventh, but came up empty as they fell 10-6 in game one.

Chris Adams pitched four innings giving up five hits and six runs while also striking out five batters, as he suffered his second loss of the season. Stoops and Johnson combined to record the final six outs for Marian, with Johnson allowing two hits in his 1.2 innings of work. Roeder led the Knights at the plate with two hits, with five other players recording a base hit. Dill had a team-best two RBI with his first career home run.

Game 2 | Marian 16-2 Tougaloo | 5 Innings

In game two of the series, the Knights took advantage of the poor pitching on the Bulldogs part, as the home pitching staff allowed nine runs on four hits to provide an early Marian lead. Kameron Salazar and Nathan Pinarski led off the game with back to back walks, and a two-RBI single for Bryce Davenport plated the pair of runners. More walked and hit batters continued to fill the bases for Marian in the top of the first, and after an RBI single for Cole McManus and walk drawn by Max Steffen, the offense had forced a pitching change leading 5-0. The Knights batted around in the frame and plated four more runs, with Dawson Estep, Salazar, and Rylan Huntley chalking up RBI before the end of the frame.

Leading 9-0 after three outs of baseball, the Knights would struggle to pitch a shutout home frame as starter Logan Drook was hit around in the first, allowing two runs on three hits and a pair of walks. Drook would settle after getting the third out of the inning, getting two more runs of support in the top of the second as McManus and Pierson Barnes scored. The Marian sophomore faced the minimum to pitch his first scoreless inning of the contest to end the second inning with an 11-2 lead, with an additional run going on the board in the third as Johnny Roeder knocked in Rylan Huntley on an RBI hit.

Marian led 12-2 going into the bottom of the third, and would add four more runs in the fourth inning to drive their total to 16 for the game, as the Bulldogs allowed one hit while committing two errors to boost the Knight total. Drook pitched well for the remainder of the game, tossing scoreless innings in the third, fourth, and fifth to protect the 16-2 lead. With Marian leading by 14 after five complete innings, the game was called with Marian scoring a run-rule victory.

Drook earned his first win on the year on the mound, allowing six hits in his five-inning complete game. The sophomore struckout seven batters and allowed two runs, facing 24 batters on the day. Huntely, Roeder, and McManus each had two hits for Marian in the win, and Pinarski scored a team-leading three runs.

VINCENNES BASEBALL

TRAILBLAZERS USE BIG INNING TO WALK-OFF WIN OVER D-III NO. 7 JOLIET JUNIOR COLLEGE

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University baseball team hit the diamond for another busy day of baseball Saturday at Jerry Blemker Field.

The Trailblazers kicked off their split doubleheader day by falling to Olney Central College 8-1 before bouncing back to close out the day with a big 12-2 win over NJCAA Division III No. 7-ranked Joliet Junior College.

VU’s offense came alive with a big six run inning against Joliet, which helped propel the Blazers to a run-rule, walk-off victory.

Vincennes began their day with their eighth straight game versus an NJCAA Division I opponent, this time coming in the form of Olney Central College.

Early on Saturday afternoon the two pitchers were dueling, with each starting pitcher carrying a no-hitter into the fourth inning.

The Blue Knights were the first to break the scoreless tie, plating three runs in the fifth and adding on with four runs in the sixth to take a 7-0 lead.

Vincennes would respond in the sixth after a single by sophomore Jack Robinson (Mooresville, Ind.), followed by a walk by sophomore Kade Hinton (Fort Wayne, Ind.).

Robinson would come in to score on an RBI single by sophomore Brandon Juarez (Evansville, Ind.) cutting the deficit to 7-1.

Olney Central answered back in the top of the seventh with a run of their own before closing out the game by retiring the Blazers in order in the bottom half of the inning, giving Olney Central the 8-1 victory over VU.

Vincennes freshman Kaleb Marrs (Terre Haute, Ind.) got the start on the mound in game one for the Blazers and threw four and one-third very solid innings, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out four.

VU Head Baseball Coach Chris Barney then turned the game over to sophomore Christian Pinson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) who allowed four runs on two hits and striking out three in one and one-third innings of work.

Freshman Bryce Gross (Bridgeport, Ill.) entered to close out the final inning and one-third, allowing one run on three hits and striking out one.

The Trailblazers then looked to bounce back and regroup ahead of another tough test in the night cap of the day, facing off against Joliet Junior College who comes into the weekend ranked No. 7 in NJCAA Division III baseball.

Vincennes set the tone early in game two of the day, leading off the bottom of the first with a double by freshman Bradyn Douglas (Frankton, Ind.), who later came around to score on a single by Kade Hinton and a fielding error to give the Blazers the early 1-0 lead.

The Trailblazers added to this lead in the second with the first four batters in the inning reaching base and back-to-back singles by sophomores Dylan Ecken (Louisville, Ky.) and Bryton Griffy (Louisville, Ill.), followed by a walk to Bryce Gross and a bases loaded walk by Douglas.

Griffy and Gross would come in to score on a fielder’s choice put in play by Kade Hinton, with Gross scoring on another fielding error by the Wolves, extending VU’s lead to 4-0 after two innings.

Joliet would get on the board in the third, scoring two before VU blew the game open in the fourth with a big six run inning.

Vincennes had a streak of five batters reaching base safely in the fourth inning, led by a single by Douglas, Robinson and freshman Nate Montgomery (Lexington, Ind.), with Hinton reaching base on an error and Juarez drawing a walk in the inning.

The streak was only broken by a successful sacrifice bunt by sophomore Trevor Newman (Fort Wayne, Ind.) which helped set up a big two-out two-RBI single by Dylan Ecken.

Ecken would close out the scoring in the inning by the Blazers by being driven in on an RBI single by Bryce Gross, giving Vincennes a commanding 10-2 advantage.

After keeping the Wolves scoreless in the fifth and sixth the Blazers looked to put the game away for good in the sixth with Ecken reaching base for the fourth time in the game with a leadoff walk, followed by walks by Gross and Douglas, the third time Gross reached base and fourth for Douglas on the game.

The Trailblazers then called it a night with a fielding error put in play by Jack Robinson allowing Ecken and Gross to score, giving the Blazers the 12-2 run-rule victory over Joliet.

Vincennes had to adapt to changes in the starting rotation this weekend, which allowed sophomore Jace Parnin (Fort Wayne, Ind.) to take the ball and start game two of the day.

Parnin pitched very well for the Blazers in his spot start role, throwing two and one-third innings, allowing two runs on three hits and setting a new career-high with five strikeouts on the night.

Parnin then turned the game over to redshirt freshman Holden Clifton (Louisville, Ill.). Clifton picked right up with Parnin left off, throwing two and two-third innings in just his third collegiate pitching appearance, allowing one hit and striking out six, including striking out the side in order in the fourth on just 11 pitches.

Freshman JD Bowser (Mt. Carmel, Ill.) was then called on to pitch the sixth, facing four batters in a hitless inning and striking out two.

The Trailblazers will look to keep this momentum going when the Blazers return to Jerry Blemker Field to close out the weekend Sunday, Feb. 25 in a rematch against Morton College. First pitch Sunday is set for 1:30 p.m. eastern.

Scheduled dates and times for all VU baseball games are subject to change. Be sure to follow ‘Vincennes University Athletics’ on Facebook, X, or Instagram to stay up to date on any and all VU baseball schedule changes.

VINCENNES MEN’S BASKETBALL

THOMAS SCORES 31 AS NO. 8 TRAILBLAZERS WIN FIRST-PLACE BATTLE WITH OLNEY CENTRAL

VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University freshman Lebron Thomas (Bishopville, S.C.) came through for the Blazers when they needed him the most Saturday night, hitting 11 of 12 second half free throws to help the No. 8-ranked VU Trailblazers pick up an 87-79 victory over Olney Central College.

With this win, the Trailblazers now move in front of the Blue Knights, gaining a half-game lead over Olney Central for the top spot in the Region 24 standings.

The Trailblazers were also without Hall of Fame Head Coach Todd Franklin Saturday night, who was serving a one game suspension after being ejected from Wednesday night’s win over Southwestern Illinois.

Longtime VU Assistant Coach Brian Davis served as acting Head Coach Saturday night and helped guide the Trailblazers to victory.

Vincennes got off to a slow start Saturday night and really took some time to get their feet under them before striking with an 8-0 scoring run to take a 16-12 lead over the Blue Knights.

The VU lead would grow to 23-18 before the Blue Knights answered back to take a 24-23 lead.

The lead changed hands eight times in the span of a few minutes of game clock before the Blazers truly separated themselves with a 9-0 scoring run late in the first half to take a 39-31 lead.

Olney would cut into the deficit before half but were unable to regain the lead as VU headed into the locker room leading 41-35 at the break.

The second half was again more of a back-and-forth battle, with VU using a string of trading two baskets for one to help grow the first double-digit lead of the game at 52-42 early in the second half.

VU would grow their lead to the largest margin of the game at 66-49 midway through the final half of play before the Blue Knights looked to battle back and get another late comeback.

Slowly Olney Central chipped away at the VU lead, cutting the deficit down to 10 at 75-65 and getting the VU lead back down to single digits at 78-70.

Olney Central would get within six points late in the game but were unable to fully erase the VU lead as Vincennes put the game away at the free throw line to pick up the 87-79 victory over the Blue Knights.

“We would have loved to have Coach Franklin here tonight obviously,” VU Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Brian Davis said. “I thought the guys really battled hard and got the win. Coach Glash is a great coach and they have a very good team. They have beaten a lot of people and they are going to beat a lot of people. We’ve been to Hutch a number of times since I’ve been here and I think that’s they type of team that could get out there and do something.”

“Olney is a hard team to guard,” Davis added. “They are not really big, so their guards can all shoot. They are quick and they come at you for 40 minutes. But I thought our guys have been really locked in all week. We had a good gameplan coming into tonight and really competed for 40 minutes and were able to make enough plays to get it done.”

VU was led offensively by a pair of double-doubles from the guard position, first by freshman Lebron Thomas, who etched his name into the VU 30-point club with 31 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals, setting career-highs in points and rebounds to earn his first collegiate double-double.

Sophomore Ryan Oliver (Antioch, Tenn.) was against all over the court Saturday night, ending his night with 10 points, 11 rebounds and three assists, recording his first collegiate double-double and setting a new career-high in rebounds as well.

Sophomore Kent King (Washington, D.C.) came off the bench to get the VU offense going early, scoring 12 of his 15 points in the first 20 minutes of action while also ending with five rebounds on the night.

Sophomore Victor Lado (Louisville, Ky.) played some big minutes off the bench to end his night with nine points and three rebounds, while freshman Damarien Yates (Somerville, Tenn.) ended with seven points and three rebounds.

The Trailblazers controlled the glass all game long, besting the Blue Knights in the rebounding margin 45-24 Saturday night.

“The rebounding is something that we’ve been known for, especially since Coach Franklin has been here,” Davis said. “We put a lot of pride in that. We go out and recruit strong, physical guys like a Michael Osei-Bonsu, Karyiek Dixon or Victor Lado.  Over a 40 minutes game and the emphasis that we put on rebounding, along with their bigger bodies, we’re not always going to outrebound everybody by 21 but we feel like we have a good chance to be a really good rebounding team.”

“12 offensive rebounds as well give you those extra possessions,” Davis said. “We also outscored Olney at the free throw line 34 to 14. As long as you don’t make too many turnovers and do anything too crazy, you are going to give yourself a chance to win.”

The Trailblazers will look to keep this momentum going into next week when the Trailblazers hit the road Wednesday, Feb. 28 to face off against Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Ill. Tip-off time Wednesday is set for 8 p.m. eastern.

“I think our practices have been really good this week,” Davis said. “Our guys have been locked in. I think they are starting to see that it’s late February, the end is coming near and we’ve got a number of sophomores. So, they’ve been really locked in and now we’ve got to go on the road.”

“On every level of college basketball, you see teams like UCONN blowing everybody out, then they go on the road and lose to Creighton by 19,” Davis added. “You’ve got Kentucky doing good things and they did good things again today, then they go on the road and lose to an LSU team. We’ve lost at Olney. We’ve lost at Indian Hills and we’ve lost at John A. Logan this season. We need to show that we can win on the road and really need to be ready to go for Wednesday.”

VINCENNES WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

LADY BLAZERS STRIKE BIG IN SOPHOMORE NIGHT WIN OVER OLNEY CENTRAL COLLEGE

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Lady Trailblazers closed out their final home game of the 2023-24 regular season Saturday night, pulling away early and cruising to a 90-61 win over the Lady Blue Knights.

VU Hall of Fame Head Coach Harry Meeks adjusted the starting lineup specifically for sophomore night, electing to start all five Lady Trailblazer sophomores, Katrina Litte (Valmiera, Latvia), Brie Miller (Bainbridge, Ind.), Maycee Lange (Vincennes, Ind.), Najra Voloder (Konjic, Bosnia) and Elikya Baseyila (Paris, France).

Early on Saturday night, these five struggled to score, with the Lady Blue Knights striking first and scoring the first eight points of the game.

Vincennes would respond back however, battling all the way back with the help of a 17-2 scoring run to take a 17-10 lead.

The Lady Blazers would not surrender this lead for the rest of the game as VU closed out the first quarter holding a 19-16 advantage.

VU continued to add on to their lead in the second quarter with a 12-0 scoring run and outscored Olney Central 27-12 in the second quarter to lead 46-28 at the halftime break.

Vincennes helped put the game away early in the second half with an 8-0 run early in the third quarter, followed by an 11-0 run later in the period to lead 69-44 heading into the fourth quarter.

Olney Central looked to make a late comeback in the fourth but were unable to battle back as VU ultimately put the game away late with a 12-0 scoring run as Vincennes cruised down the stretch to pick up the 90-61 victory over the Lady Blue Knights.

The Lady Trailblazers were led by another double-double by sophomore Elikya Baseyila, who finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Saturday marks Elikya’s 10th double-double of the season, 22nd of her VU career and Baseyila officially moves into third place all-time in VU Lady Trailblazer history with 531 career rebounds.

Reigning NJCAA Division I Player of the Week freshman Destinee Hooks (Indianapolis, Ind.) had another strong game off the bench for the Lady Blazers, finishing with a game-high 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

Sophomore Katrina Litte got the scoring going early, connecting on a pair of first half threes on her way to 15 points and five assists on the night.

Freshmen Makyla Tucker (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Karina Scott (Noblesville, Ind.) round out the VU double-figure scorers with Tucker adding 11 points and Scott finishing with 10 points and three assists off the bench.

Sophomore Brie Miller continues to lead by example with her tough, physical play, leading the Lady Blazers with five steals to go along with eight points, six rebounds and four assists.

The Lady Trailblazers will look to keep this hot streak going into next week when the Blazers hit the road Wednesday, Feb. 28 to face off against Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Ill. Tip-off time for the Lady Blazers is set for 6 p.m. eastern.

VU defeated the Lady Statesmen earlier this season 100-68 in the P.E. Complex, getting a big boost from 18 points and six assists from Destinee Hooks and a 14-point, 15-rebound double-double by Brie Miller.

ANDERSON MEN’S BASKETBALL

ANDERSON CAPTURES 2024 HCAC TOURNAMENT TITLE, RACES PAST HANOVER

Top-seeded Anderson University men’s basketball team raced past third-seeded Hanover College in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament championship game by a score of 90-73 to capture the 2024 HCAC Tournament title and punch its ticket to the NCAA D-III Tournament on Saturday in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

“What a game and what a team,” Coach Carter Collins said. “[Saturday] was the epitome of how we like to play – aggressive on defense, up tempo, and unselfish. We had six guys with at least 11 points, and 22 assists as a team. There’s a whole bunch of things that I could say right now, but I’ll just say how proud I am of the group – although they made it look easy at times this year, I can promise you that none of it was. It required a whole lot of hard work and sacrifice on their parts, and they got exactly what they deserved in the end.”

Anderson (23-4) drained 16 3-pointers, which tied for fourth for most 3-pointers made in a single game in school history. The Ravens converted 16-of-34 (47.1 percent) shots from 3-point range while the Panthers (18-10) knocked down 9-of-28 (32.1 percent) attempts from the perimeter.

Anderson charged past Hanover with an 18-0 advantage on fast-break points.

The Ravens hit 33-of-66 (50 percent) attempts from the field while the Panthers made 26-of-64 (40.6 percent) shots from the floor.

Anderson rolled to a 22-12 advantage in assists.

Tate Ivanyo produced 17 points and eight rebounds for the Ravens. The junior from Valparaiso hit 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) shots from the floor and 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) attempts from the perimeter. Cam Smith notched 17 points and six assists. Elijah Mattingly contributed 11 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two blocks. Kenney Troutman knocked down 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) shots from behind the arc and 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) attempts from the field, scoring a total of 15 points. Bryce Williams put together 13 points while draining 6-of-7 (85.7 percent) shots from the floor. Bryson Huckeby also turned in 13 points. Robert Davidson added two points, two steals and one block while Gavin Dowling rounded out Anderson’s scoring with two points.

Max Greenamoyer recorded 23 points, six rebounds and one block while Ty Houston notched 18 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Avery Sanders contributed 10 points, seven rebounds and one block. Cam Freeman dished out four assists while William Herald provided a block.

Ivanyo was tabbed the HCAC Tournament MVP. He produced averages of 16 points, 6.5 rebounds and shot 6-of-12 (50 percent) from the perimeter. Smith was also selected to the HCAC all-tournament team. The senior from West Lafayette turned in averages of 16 points, six rebounds and four assists. Also receiving all-tournament honors was Houston, Sater, Transylvania University’s Matthew Teague and Manchester University’s Zack Sawyer.

Anderson awaits its NCAA Tournament draw as the NCAA D-III Tournament Selection Show is scheduled for Monday at 1 p.m.

“We’re looking forward to being back in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row,” Collins stated. “I think we’ve got a chance to make some noise this year.”

ROSE HULMAN BASEBALL

BASEBALL EARNS SPLIT IN SEASON OPENING DOUBLEHEADER AGAINST EMORY

ATLANTA, Ga. — The Rose-Hulman baseball team brought home a split from the Emory Eagles in their season opening doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. Rose-Hulman won the first game 11-9 before falling 11-6 in the second game. The two teams will return to the field on Sunday at 1 PM for the rubber match of the three game series.

Kade Kline got the Fightin’ Engineers on the board early with the first home run of the 2024 season in the third innings to put Rose-Hulman up 2-0.

After Emory took the lead with four runs in the fourth, Rose-Hulman responded again with a three-run home run from Kline, his second of the game, and an RBI single from Colter Couillard-Rodak.

Emory would tie the game up at 6, but Rose-Hulman would bounce right back again with three runs in the eighth after a pair of RBI singles from Peter Rogers and Couillard-Rodak. However, the Eagles would tie the game once again with three in the eighth.

Rose-Hulman would retake the lead for the final time in the ninth after a wild pitch and an RBI single by Caleb Frakes brought home the game-winning runs. Jonathan Oliger would come in to pick up the save in the ninth inning to pick up the first win of the season.

Schuyler Wilcox would pick up the win for Rose-Hulman. Michael Yager pitched well with the start in the season opener going 4.2 innings with 3 earned runs allowed and 6 strikeouts.

In the second game, Emory jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, but the Fightin’ Engineers responded with 2 in the second and 4 in the third to take a 6-2 lead. Oliger, Jack Kelly, Colton Brown (2), and Mark Serdinak all picked up RBIs for the Fightin’ Engineers.

Emory would finish the game with 9 unanswered runs and hold on for an 11-6 victory in the second game of the doubleheader.

Ian Kline got the start pitching 4.2 innings recording six strikeouts. Warren Goik suffered the loss. Tyler Orr and Camden Judson each pitched well in relief combining for 2.1 innings and 1 run allowed.

Couillard-Rodak led the team going 4-8 with a pair of RBIs on the day. Kline finished at 3-7 with 5 RBIs and a pair of home runs.

Connor O’Connell and Oliger each added three hits in the doubleheader as well.

The Fightin’ Engineers will wrap up the weekend series against Emory on Sunday, February 25th at 1 PM.

ROSE HULMAN TRACK

RHIT VINEET RANADE BREAKS PAIR OF SCHOOL RECORDS AT KENYON

GAMBIER, Ohio– Rose-Hulman swimmer Vineet Ranade represented the Fightin’ Engineers at the Kenyon Fast Chance Invitational on Saturday and broke a pair of school records in the process.

Ranade competed in a pair of events including the 200 Freestyle and 100 Breaststroke to try and improve his season best time in hopes of qualifying for the national meet.

The computer engineering major broke his own school record in the the 200 Free with a time of 1:37.63.

His time ranks as the eighth-fastest time in the nation potentially securing his spot at the national meet. 

Ranade also broke the school record in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 56.27 later in the meet.

The national meet will be hosted at Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina from Wednesday, March 20th to Saturday, March 23rd. The announcement about the NCAA Championship qualifiers will be made on February 28.

ROSE HULMAN WOMEN’S TRACK

ROSE-HULMAN WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD DOMINATES WITH 100-POINT VICTORY IN HCAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

TERRE HAUTE, Ind.– The Rose-Hulman women’s indoor track & field team brought home their second consecutive HCAC indoor title and fifth indoor title in the last seven years with a dominating performance on their home track on Saturday.

The Fightin’ Engineers became the first team in HCAC women’s track and field history to score over 200 points in the Indoor Championships with their 227 point performance. Their 100+ point victory is also the largest victory in women’s indoor track and field history.

Jocelyn Onstot was named Newcomer of the Year and Distance Athlete of the Year for her outstanding performances. She scored the most points by an individual in the entire women’s competition, and she brought home a pair of event wins including the Mile Run with a time of 5:13.99 and the 3,000m Run with a time of 10:59.52. Her mile run time ranks 3rd all-time in school history.

Rofiat Adeyemi was named Jumps Athlete of the Year winning both the Long Jump (17′ 7.0″) and the Triple Jump (37′ 10″). It is her third consecutive HCAC Indoor Women’s Jumps Athlete of the Year award.

Other event winners included Elsa King in the 5,000-meter run (19:02.72), Narndwa Semakula in the 60-meter hurdles (9.21), Rose Talbert in the 400-meter dash (59.32), the 4×200-meter relay team (1:47.06), and 4×400-meter relay team (4:13.83).

The Rose-Hulman coaching staff including Larry Cole, Derick Lawrence, Christy Sherman, Liz Evans, and Emily Lawrence were awarded HCAC Women’s Coaching Staff of the Year.

ROSE-HULMAN POINT SCORERS:

1ST PLACE

* Elsa King – 5,000m – 19:02.72

* Jada Hunter-Hays, Alex Adams, Emma Johns, Rose Talbert – 4x200m Relay – 1:47.06

* Rofiat Adeyemi – Long Jump – 17′ 7.0″

* Rofiat Adeyemi – Triple Jump – 37′ 10″

* Jocelyn Onstot – Mile – 5:13.99

* Jocelyn Onstot – 3,000m – 10:59.52

* Narindwa Semakula – 60m Hurdles – 9.21

* Rose Talbert – 400m – 59.32

* Jada Hunter-Hays, Lauren Marquardt, Jocelyn Onstot, Rose Talbert – 4x400m Relay – 4:13.83

2ND PLACE

* Vianey Garcia, Lauren Marquardt, Sophia Boner, Brianna Bittel – DMR – 13:43.92

* Audrey Edwards – High Jump – 5′ 1.25″

* Alex Adams – 60m – 8.13

* Jocelyn Onstot – 800m – 2:22.98

* Rose Talbert – 200m – 26.29

* Elsa King – 3,000m – 11:02.38

* Kyra Hicks – Triple Jump – 36′

3RD PLACE

* Rofiat Adeyemi – 60m – 8.18

* Jada Hunter-Hays – 400m – 1:01.72

* Irene Lema Madueno – Pole Vault – 9′ 4.25″

* Kyra Hicks – Long Jump – 15′ 7.5″

* Megan Korte – Triple Jump – 30′ 7.0″

4TH PLACE

* Kyra Hicks – 60m Hurdles – 9.98

* Narindwa Semakula – 60m – 8.18

* Amelia Thieman – Pole Vault – 9′ 0.25″

5TH PLACE

* Rose Talbert – 60m – 8.22

* Alex Adams – 200m – 27.49

* Aaliyah Jones – Shot Put – 37′ 0.25″

* Jada Hunter-Hays – High Jump – 4′ 9.75″

* Endia Clark – Triple Jump – 29’9.50″

6TH PLACE

* Aaliyah Jones – Weight Throw – 41′ 8.5″

* Carolina Snyder-Perez – Shot Put – 34′ 10.25″

* Audrey Edwards – Long Jump – 14′ 11.50″

7TH PLACE

* Irene Lema Madueno – 60m Hurdles – 10.51

* Narindwa Semakula – 200m – 27.75

* Carolina Snyder-Perez – Weight Throw – 41′ 0.25″

8TH PLACE

* Jada Hunter-Hays – 200m – 27.87

* Megan Deaton – Pole Vault – 7′ 6.50″

ROSE HULMAN MEN’S TRACK

ROSE-HULMAN MEN’S TRACK & FIELD SECURE HCAC TITLE IN THRILLING HCAC CHAMPIONSHIP

TERRE HAUTE, Ind.– The Rose-Hulman men’s indoor track & field team hosted the 2024 HCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday. The team came away with a first-place finish with a team score of 193 defeating Manchester by a small margin of four points. This is second consecutive HCAC indoor title and their 13th title in the last 14 years.

Tim Youndt was named the Jumps Athlete of the Year after placing first in the triple jump with a mark of 46′ 7.5″, and fourth in the long jump with a mark of 22′ 0.25″.

Jailen Hobbs received the Sprint Athlete of the Year after his dominate performance claiming event wins in the 60-meter dash (6.83), 200-meter dash (22.42), and as the anchor for the 4×200-meter relay (1:30.30).

The 4×200-meter relay team of Prescott Brackett, Jack Cox, Ian Lemons, and Hobbs set a new HCAC record, Rose-Hulman school record, and SRC facility record with their time of 1:30.30.

Other individual event winners included Kyle Brownell in the high jump (6′ 6.25″) and Kolton Nanko in the pole vault (14′ 1.25″).

Rose-Hulman stood tied for first place with Manchester in the team standings heading into the final event of the evening. The 4×400-meter relay team of Raymond Bates, Andrew Shields, Connor Bodie, and Jacob Eve stepped up to claim a first-place finish with a time of 3:26.37 to secure the victory for the Fightin’ Engineers.

The team will look ahead to travel some individuals to the NCAA Indoor Championships in Virginia Beach on Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th.

HCAC POINT SCORERS:

1ST PLACE

* Prescott Brackett, Jack Cox, Ian Lemons, Jailen Hobbs – 4x200m Relay – 1:30.30 (HCAC, SRC Facility, School Record)

* Kyle Brownell – High Jump – 6′ 6.25″

* Jailen Hobbs – 60m – 6.83

* Jailen Hobbs – 200m – 22.42

* Kolton Nanko – Pole Vault – 14′ 1.25″

* Tim Youndt – Triple Jump – 46′ 7.5″

* Raymond Bates, Andrew Shields, Connor Bodie, Jacob Eve – 4x400m Relay – 3:26.37

2ND PLACE

* Raymond Bates – 400m – 50.83

* Prescott Brackett – 200m – 22.85

3RD PLACE

* Thomas Tullius – 5,000m – 15:02.23

* Andrew Shields – 400m – 51.29

* Tim Youndt – 60m – 7.07

* Colin Welsh – Pole Vault – 12′ 7.5″

* James Kaunas – 42′ 9.0″

4TH PLACE

* Eric Steuber, Connor Bodie, Morgan Stratton, Logan Buckmaster – DMR – 11:03.60

* Alejandro Clark – 800m – 1:58.24

* Thomas Tullius – 3,000m – 8:47.76

* Tim Youndt – 60m Hurdles – 8.52

* Tim Youndt – Long Jump – 22′ 0.25″

* Quinn Johnson – Pole Vault – 11′ 7.75″

* Sebastien Hughes – Triple Jump – 41′ 6.50″

5TH PLACE

* Joshua Pohle – 5,000m – 15:11.88

* Elijah Hadler – Mile – 4:29.07

* Antoine Cooper – Weight Throw – 50′ 1.25″

* Andrew Cowlin – Pole Vault – 11′ 1.75″

* Renner Barnes – Pole Vault – 11′ 1.75″

6TH PLACE

* Elijah Hadler – 5,000m – 15:42.73

* Jacob Eve – 800m – 1:59.32

* Antoine Cooper – Shot Put – 45′ 0.5″

7TH PLACE

* John Gries – 5,000m – 15:48.91

* Raymond Bates – 200m – 23.21

* Brayton Blackwell – Weight Throw – 43′ 8″

* Sebastien Hughes – Long Jump – 21′ 0.75″

* Bryce Chen – Triple Jump – 40′ 10.25″

8TH PLACE

* Will Boschen – Mile – 4:34.36

* Ian Lemons – 400m – 52.49

* Joshua Pohle – 3,000m – 9:03.87

* Sebastien Hughes – High Jump – 5′ 10.75″

WABASH TRACK

WABASH CAPTURES ONE TITLE, SEVEN ALL-NCAC PERFORMANCES AT INDOOR CONFERENCE T&F CHAMPIONSHIP

The Wabash College track and field team landed one individual title and seven All-NCAC performances on the final day of competition to finish second at the 2024 North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.

The Little Giants scored 114 points in team scoring, trailing men’s indoor champion Wittenberg with 130 points. Oberlin took third place with 103 points, while Wooster finished fourth with 90 points. Denison (87 points), DePauw (64 points), Ohio Wesleyan (60 points), Kenyon (48 points), and Hiram (6 points) completed the team scoring.

Will Neubauer was the only individual to capture a conference title, winning the 800-meter run in a time of 1:56.06. David Adesanya finished right behind in second place with a 1:58.00 effort to earn All-NCAC honors.

Conner Grimes accomplished two All-NCAC performances, claiming second place in both the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash with times of 6.93 and a career-best 22.49, respectively.

Joe Barnett crossed the line in third place in the 3000-meter run with a time of 8:45.80 to pick up his second All-NCAC honor of the meet. Jacob Sitzman scored an eighth-place finish with a career-best time of 8:54.31.

The group of Grimes, Tanner Brooks, Owen Smith, and Howie Steele ran to a third-place finish in the 4×200-meter relay from the slow heat with a season-best effort of 1:31.08 to earn All-NCAC honors.

The quartet of Steele, Adensanya, Nathan France, and Neubauer captured a second-place finish in the 4×400-meter relay, running a season-best time of 3:24.00 to claim All-NCAC honors. France ran an indoor career-best in the 400m with a time of 51.33 to score a seventh-place finish. Steele finished in eighth place with an effort of 51.42.

Quinn Sholar launched a throw of 15.38 meters (50 feet, 5.5 inches) in the weight throw to place fourth overall. Evan Furuness threw a career-best 15.16 meters (49 feet, 9 inches) to score a fifth-place finish in the weight throw. William Boas took an eighth-place finish with a toss of 13.87 meters (45 feet, 6.25 inches).

Kannon Chase cleared a season-best 1.85 meters (6 feet, 0.75 inches) in the high jump for a fourth-place finish overall.

Sly Williams leaped 13.16 meters (43 feet, 2.25 inches) to score a fifth-place finish in the triple jump.

Brayden Curnutt raced to a sixth-place finish in the mile run with a time of 4:26.20.

Josh Massaquoi broke the tape seventh in the 60-meter hurdles with an effort of 8.81.

Nate Joven topped out 3.95 meters (12 feet, 11.50 inches) in the pole vault to tie for eighth place overall.

The Little Giants scored 11 All-NCAC performances, two relay champions, and one individual champion across the two-day competition.

WABASH MEN’S TENNIS

TENNIS SCORES TWO HOME WINS IN SATURDAY MATCHES

The Wabash College tennis team scored two decisive victories Saturday in home matches at the College Tennis Center. The Little Giants cruised to an 8-1 win in the morning session before shutting out Earlham in a 9-0 victory Saturday evening.

Wabash (4-3) opened play against Principia with an 8-0 victory at number one doubles by Augusto Ghidini and Cole Shifferly. Tharakesh Ashokar and Rafael Rin added an 8-4 win in the third doubles flight.

Shifferly picked up a straight-set 6-4-6-3 win at number one singles for the Little Giants. Ghidini added a 6-1 6-4 victory at number two singles. Cole Borden won the third singles flights in three sets by scores of 6-2, 4-6, and 10-4. Ashokar won 6-4, 6-0 at number five singles, and Eduardo Werneck completed the singles’ sweep with a 7-5 6-4 victory in the sixth flight.

The Little Giants won all nine matches in the evening match versus Earlham in the 9-0 victory. Vittorio Bona and Sam Dziadosz earned an 8-6 win at number one doubles. Eric Tien and Christan Zimmerman combined for an 8-0 victory in the second doubles flight. Ethan Koeneman and Eli Arnold scored an 8-2 at number three doubles.

Bona opened singles play with a 6-2, 6-2 win in the first flight. Dziadosz also won 6-2, 6-2 at number two singles. Zimmerman added a 6-0, 6-1 victory at third singles. Tien picked up a 6-1, 6-0 victory at number four singles. Cole Langston earned a 6-1, 6-1 victory in the sixth singles flight. Nathan Brackney completed the shutout by blanking his opponent at number six singles 6-0, 6-0.

Wabash travels to Orlando, Florida, for a series of matches during the College’s spring break beginning March 4.

WABASH MEN’S BASKETBALL

WABASH THREE-PEATS AS NCAC MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNEY CHAMPS

Wabash wins North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament for the third consecutive season and earns a trip to the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament. The three tournament titles in 2022, 2023, and 2024 go with regular season conference championships in 2021-22 and 2023-24.

Ahmoni Jones paced Wabash (20-8) with 22 points to earn the Al Van Wie Award as the tournament Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive year. Noah Hupmann joined Jones on the All-Tournament team after breaking the NCAC Tournament record for blocked shots with 16 in three games. The junior post player recorded five blocks to go with 11 rebounds and seven points in the victory.

Wabash needed overtime to earn its first NCAC Tournament title in 2022 for an 85-84 win at Chadwick Court. Last year, the Little Giants got a late basket from Jones and survived a last-second attempt by Wooster in an 81-80 victory.

This year’s game would need no last-minute heroics.

Wabash used a three-point barrage for the second week in a row to defeat Wooster (18-10). The Little Giants connected on 14 of 24 three-point shots for 58.3 percent after shooting 57 percent from three-point range by going 15 of 26 in last Saturday’s 91-81 victory over the Scots to claim the NCAC regular season title and home-court advantage throughout the tournament as the number one seed.

Neither team could extend a lead beyond three points in the first half until a three-pointer from Jones with 5:06 left in the opening period gave Wabash a 27-23 lead. Avery Beaver added a long-range basket for three of his 15 points to push the lead to seven points. Wooster (18-10) rallied with a 7-2 run to trim the lead to 32-30 before moving in front on a triple from Jaiden Cox-Holloway. Beaver answered with a two-point jumper, followed by another Jones three-pointer with one minute remaining in the half. JJ Cline made it a 37-35 Wabash advantage at the break after getting a layup for the Scots in the final minute of the half.

Both teams traded opening baskets of the second half until Jones added another triple to put Wabash up 45-42. The senior forward scored 18 of his 22 points from beyond the arc, connecting on six out of eight three-point tries. Vinny Buccilla pushed the lead to five points with a driving layup off a Wooster turnover for a 47-42 lead. The Little Giants scored 17 points off 15 Wooster turnovers for the game.

The Wabash lead hovered around a five-point margin with eight minutes left to play. Jones pushed the score to 54-46 with another three-pointer, but Wooster clawed back to within four points midway through the final period. Gavin Schippert added one of his two three-point baskets for a seven-point lead.

While Wabash lit up the basket from long range, Wooster could not buy a three-point hoop in the second half. The Scots shot just 2 of 14 from long range in the second half after hitting 5 of 10 from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes.

The Little Giants held a six-point lead with 6:18 remaining when Schippert drilled another triple, and Buccilla pushed the lead to double digits with a driving layup. The Wabash lead stayed at double figures until an Ashton Price three-pointer with 1:40 remaining made it a 71-64 contest. Beaver and Hupmann closed out the final minutes by combining for four made free throws for the 75-64 final.

Buccilla scored 16 points and three assists for Wabash to go with the 22-point effort from Jones. Beaver added 15 points.

Cox-Holloway paced Wooster with a 16-point effort. Jamir Billings scored 12 points and dished out seven assists. Nick Everett scored 10 points before leaving the game with five fouls.

Wabash will await the official NCAA announcement on Monday at 1 p.m. to learn its opponent and the location of the opening weekend of the DIII Tournament.

TAYLOR WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS ABOUND IN BIG SENIOR DAY VICTORY

UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor’s women’s basketball team wrapped up its regular season on Saturday afternoon at home with an 81-61, wire-to-wire win over Bethel (6-22, 1-17 CL). TU then honored its seniors postgame for Senior Day following a contest that included Taylor Westgate grabbing her 1,000th career rebound, Ava Henson tallying a career-high 34 points and Hope Custer recording career highs of seven assists and four steals.

The anticipation in Odle Arena was high from the opening tip-off, with many fans holding pieces of paper with the number “1,000” plastered on them as the crowd silently counted down from six pertaining to the number of rebounds Westgate needed to land on the 1,000-rebound mark. The senior forward hauled in five early rebounds in the first quarter and needed just one more to reach quadruple digits.

Westgate grabbed a defensive rebound, her 1,000th, on the first possession of the second quarter before being serenaded by teammates and fans. The senior became just the third member of the 1,000-rebound club at Taylor, joining Natalie Steele (’98) and Kendall Bradbury (’19). All three members also have over 1,000 points in their storied careers. 

The second quarter continued to be good for Taylor, as the offense kicked into high-gear behind Henson’s 13-point outburst in which she shot 4-for-5 from the field, including a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. The senior’s point total at halftime read 22, with Custer also having an efficient half with 11 points as the Trojans took a 43-29 lead into the break.

The Pilots tightened the game to 56-46 late in the third quarter following treys on three consecutive possessions, but Henson and Quinn Kelly both made layups assisted by Custer to enter the fourth frame with a 60-47 advantage.

Henson had another quick flurry of five points to open the final quarter that raised her scoring output to a career-high 32 points, which she later increased to 34 to go along with four rebounds and three steals in the game. Custer, Westgate and Kelly also had strong fourth quarters in a dominant showing for the Trojans that resulted in a 20-point win.

Custer finished with 20 points to complement her career day. Westgate closed with 11 points and 15 rebounds to give the senior her 34th career double-double. Kelly added nine points off the bench with the aid of a corner triple late in the fourth period, and Claycee West knocked down one three-pointer and dished out four assists. As a team, the Trojans shot a season-high 53.3 percent from the field, including 45.5 percent from deep.

TU’s seniors consisting of Custer, Henson, West, Westgate and current student-assistant coach Lauren Farb were all honored in a brief postgame ceremony. That group has combined to play in 393 games, make 250 starts and score 3,649 points in a Taylor uniform throughout their careers.

Taylor (12-16, 7-11 CL) moves on to the single-elimination Crossroads League Tournament as the seventh seed where it will play at No. 4 Indiana Wesleyan (25-3, 16-2) on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

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

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1933      Four days after turning thirty years old and acquiring a very generous inheritance from his step-father, Tom Yawkey purchases the Red Sox from Robert Quinn for $1.2 million. The acquisition of the Boston American League franchise, which lasts for 44 years, the longest by a sole owner in baseball history, is prompted by former school classmate and Hall of Fame infielder Eddie Collins, who serves as the team’s general manager until 1947.

1934      John McGraw dies at 60 at a New Rochelle Hospital two weeks after hearing optimistic reports about his recovery. The renowned Giants skipper, known as ‘Little Napoleon’ due to his style and stature, won ten pennants and three world championships during his 30 years as the team’s manager.

1965      The MLB owners refuse to raise the minimum salary requested by the players to $7,000 from the current $6,000, a level that is only $500 more than the first minimum salary established 18 years ago. In 1968, thanks to the first-ever collective bargaining agreement in professional sport, the amount will be raised to $10,000, setting the tone for more rapid increases in the coming years.

1969      Baseball avoids the sport’s first work stoppage when the owners agree to increase their contribution to the newly revised pension plan, changing the players’ ability to qualify from five years to four and lowering the minimum age to receive benefits from fifty to forty-five. Other improvements include the players agreeing to collect $5.45 million per year, retroactive to 1959, and a percentage of the revenue generated by televised games.

1972      After multiple salary disputes with their 27-year-old southpaw, the Cardinals trade a stunned 20-game winner, Steve Carlton (20-9), to the last-place Phillies for Rick Wise (17-14). This season, ‘Lefty’ will post a 27-10 record for Philadelphia, winning the first of four National League Cy Young Awards during his 15-year tenure with Philadelphia.

1973      The spring training lockout ends when the players’ union and the owners reach a three-year agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The CBA establishes salary arbitration for players with two+ years of major league service, raises the minimum salary to $15,000, and includes the new ’10 and 5′ trade rule that allows a player with ten years of service, in which the last five are with his current team, to veto any trade.

1981      At the White House, Ronald Reagan receives a major league season pass from baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn, who hopes the president will attend a few games during the upcoming year. Ironically, the Executive Board of the Major League Baseball Players Association will vote unanimously in Tampa today to strike on May 29, if necessary, surprising the owners who thought the well-paid players wouldn’t risk a costly work stoppage.

1987      Commissioner Ueberroth bans former Cy Young Award winner LaMarr Hoyt from major league baseball for the 1987 season due to multiple drug-related incidents during the past year. An arbitrator orders the Padres to reinstate the right-hander after reducing the penalty to sixty days.

1993      Resembling a fish with arms and legs, ‘Billy the Marlin’ is introduced as the mascot of Miami’s new National League franchise. Owner Wayne Huizenga selects the name partly because a dolphin is from the “billfish” species, which differs from typical baseball mascot names like Smasher.

1994      After a long campaign by Yankee fans, including owner George Steinbrenner, the Veterans Committee elects Phil Rizzuto to the Hall of Fame and the posthumous selection of Leo Durocher. The former infielder and current television broadcaster’s enshrinement causes much debate, given the borderline career stats became especially important to his supporters when Pee Wee Reese, a similar-styled shortstop of the rival crosstown Brooklyn Dodgers, was inducted in 1984.

2002      Diamondbacks’ third baseman Matt Williams breaks a bone in his left leg during a spring training workout. Arizona will not issue a timetable for their injured infielder’s return, but the 36-year-old veteran will resume his duties at the hot corner after the All-Star break on July 11.

2002      The 84-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell announces this season will be his last as the Tigers’ radio play-by-play announcer. During his 62-year career behind the mike, the 1981 Ford Frick Award winner for baseball broadcasting excellence had worked for the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, and Baltimore Orioles before moving to Detroit.

2003      The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame selects Blue Jays’ World Series hero Joe Carter for a June induction. Pete Rose, who played 95 games for the Expos and collected his 4000th hit with Montreal, was one of the 46 nominees considered but was not chosen by 75 percent of the voters.

2005      After winning an auction for the one-day naming rights for the Boston Fleet Center, Yankee fan Kerry Konrad initially plans to honor Derek Jeter but agrees to rename the arena the ‘Jimmy Fund Center’ after a friend offers to give an additional $6,275 to the charity. The donation brings the total to $8,600, reflecting the 86 years between Red Sox World Championships.

2008      Terry Francona signs a three-year contract extension that runs through 2011, including team options for 2012 and 2013 to continue as the Red Sox manager. After an eighty-six-year drought, the Boston skipper led the club to a pair of World Series titles in four seasons.

2010      The Rangers void Khalil Greene’s contract, announcing the reason for the action is a private matter done in the ballplayer’s best interest. The 30-year-old utility infielder, who missed 49 games with the Cardinals last season because of social anxiety, did not report to spring training last week due to an unidentified problem.

2012      On their Twitter account, the Mets send out an image of the patch the team will wear this season in memory of Gary Carter, who died earlier in the month of brain cancer at 57. The black pentagon will feature the former New York catcher’s nickname, Kid, and the number 8.

Gary Carter’s Memorial Uniform Patch

2016      The players’ union and MLB agree to a slide rule after Ruben Tejada suffers a broken leg covering second base during the NLDS. The new policy, the direct result of Chase Utley’s attempt to break up a double play that injured the Mets infielder, will be reviewable and allow contact to be permissible with the fielder but prohibit the runner from changing his path to disrupt the play deliberately.

BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: 1923 (BASEBALL ALMANAC)

Off the field…

President Warren G. Harding suddenly fell ill on July 28th while returning from a trip to Alaska and was rushed to a San Francisco hospital where he died of a heart attack on August 2nd. Harding’s undeviating Republicanism and vibrant speaking voice led him far in Ohio politics. He originally served in the state Senate and as Lieutenant Governor, but unsuccessfully ran for state Governor later. Harding’s career soared after he delivered the nominating address for President Taft at the 1912 Republican Convention and he was eventually elected to the Senate in 1914. Many local supporters began to promote Harding for the 1920 Republican nomination and he went on to win the Presidential election by an unprecedented landslide of sixty percent of the popular vote.

The second Ku Klux Klan movement in U.S. history was initiated stirring widespread controversy and racial violence. Professing itself nonpolitical, the Klan nevertheless controlled politics in many communities and in 1922, 1924, and 1926 elected many state officials and a number of Congressmen. Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana, Oregon, and Maine were particularly under its influence. Its collapse thereafter was largely due to state laws that forbade the wearing masks in public, which eliminated the secret element, and apparently from the declining interest of its members.

In the American League…

Yankee Stadium debuted when “The House That Ruth Built” opened its doors on April 18th to an announced attendance of 74,217. “The Babe” himself provided the “house warming gift” with a three-run home run that beat Howard Ehmke and the Boston Red Sox 4-1.

On May 25th, Detroit Tigers legend Ty Cobb scored his one-thousand seven-hundred forty-first run to pass another legend, Pittsburgh Pirate Honus Wagner. “The Georgia Peach” went on to hold ninety separate Major League records when he retired in 1928.

The Cleveland Indians set an American League record on July 7th after scoring in every inning against the Boston Red Sox. In eight innings (the home team did not bat in the ninth), “The Tribe” ran up twenty-seven runs, including thirteen in the sixth, for an embarrassing 27-3 win.

In the National League…

On April 7th, the longest National League opener (to date) took place with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies battling head-to-head for a grueling, fourteen innings and a 5-5 tie.

A riot broke out in Chicago on September 16th after umpire Charlie Moran made an “out” call at second base on Sparky Adams. Commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was in attendance and shook his cane at the angry mob as Moran and the other officials were pelted by hundreds of empty bottles. After holding up play for over fifteen minutes, the game resumed with the visiting New York Giants winning 10-6.

Dolf Luque of the Cincinnati Reds finished his season in style after posting an 11-1 finale over the St. Louis Cardinals. Following the game, Luque returned to Havana with a Major League leading win-loss record of 27-8 which is still the best single-season mark ever posted (to date) by a Latin American pitcher.

Around the League…

Pitching legend Christy Mathewson became the president of the Boston Braves franchise after purchasing the club with New York attorney Judge Emil Fuchs and Bostonian James McDonough for a reported sum of $300,000. However, Braves Field remained in the custody of former owner James Gaffney and eighty-five minority stockholders.

The St, Louis Cardinals announced plans for their players to wear numerals on their uniforms, and number them according to the team’s batting line-up.

Two members of the infamous “Black Sox Scandal”, in which the 1919 World Series was “fixed” in favor of the Cincinnati Reds, attempted to sue their former team, the Chicago White Sox. Swede Risberg and Happy Felsch unsuccessfully sought $400,000 in damages and $6,750 back salary for conspiracy and injury to reputation. Both men, along with all Chicago players involved in the incident, had been banned from baseball due to their undeniable link to gamblers.

No games were played on August 3rd following the death of President Harding in San Francisco. The entire major league schedule was also canceled one week later on the day of his funeral.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

13 – 21 – 32 – 7 -10 – 13

February 25, 1924 –  Marie Boyd scores 156 points in Maryland HS basketball game (163-3)

February 25, 1957 – The US Supreme Court decides 6-3, baseball is only antitrust exempt pro sport

February 25, 1962 – Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain, Number 13 scores 67 points against NY Knicks at Philadelphia Civic Center for the second successive year; Warriors lose 149-135

February 25, 1968 –  Number 21Cale Yarborough driving for Wood Brothers Racing wins the Daytona 500 by less than a second over LeeRoy Yarbrough.

February 25, 1972 – In a very one-sided trade the St. Louis Cardinals traded pitcher Steve Carlton, Number 32 as the Philadelphia Phillies handed them the rights to pitcher Rick Wise

February 25, 1977 – TheNew Orleans Jazz player Pete Maravich, Number 7 set an NBA record for the guard position when he scored 68 points

February 25, 1994 – Former New York Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto, Number 10 was elected to enter into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Rizzuto had 13 awesome seasons with the Yanks from 1941 through 1956.

February 25, 2019 –  Number 13, James Harden’s scoring streak of games with at least 30 points ends at 32 as he scores 28 in the Rockets’ 119-111 win over Atlanta in Houston; 2nd longest mark in NBA history

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

FEB 25

1940 — The first telecast of an American hockey game is transmitted over station W2XBS in New York. The viewing audience watches the New York Rangers battle the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden.

1957 — The United States Supreme Court rules that pro football, unlike professional baseball, is subject to the anti-trust laws of the United States. The court decides 6-3 that baseball is only anti-trust exempt pro sport.

1961 — Niagara ends St. Bonaventure’s 99-game winning streak at home with an 87-77 victory over the Bonnies.

1962 — Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points, but New York’s Richie Guerin scores 50 to lead the Knicks to a 149-135 victory.

1964 — Cassius Clay wins the world heavyweight title when Sonny Liston is unable to answer the bell for the seventh round at Convention Hall in Miami Beach, Fla.

1977 — Pete Maravich of the New Orleans Jazz scores 68 points, the most by an NBA guard, in a 124-107 victory over the New York Knicks. Only Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor had scored more points in an NBA game.

1987 — The Southern Methodist football team is suspended for the 1987 season after investigations reveal that players received $61,000 from a booster slush fund.

1994 — Oksana Baiul of Ukraine wins the figure skating gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, and Nancy Kerrigan, who was whacked on the knee 2½ months earlier, wins the silver. Tonya Harding, later convicted of hindering prosecution in the Kerrigan attack, finishes eighth.

2001 — In the largest playoff in PGA Tour history, Rert Allenby wins the Nissan Open on the first extra hole against five other players. It’s Allenby’s third PGA Tour victory, all of them won in playoffs.

2010 — In Vancouver, British Columbia, the Canadian women defeat the United States 2-0 for their third straight Olympic hockey title. Americans Billy Demong and Johnny Spillane finish 1-2 in a Nordic combined race. They are the first American medalists in a sport that’s been part of the Winter Olympics since 1924.

2017 — Marit Bjoergen wins a record 15th world championship gold medal in cross-country skiing with victory in a 15-kilometer skiathlon. The 36-year-old Bjoergen has more gold medals than any other cross-country skier — male or female — in world championship history, having previously shared the record of 14 gold medals with retired Russian Yelena Valbe.

2017 — Kelsey Plum surpasses Jackie Stiles to become the NCAA’s all-time scoring leader with a career-best 57 points in the final regular season game of her career, leading No. 11 Washington past Utah 84-77. Plum passes Stiles’ mark of 3,393 points midway through the fourth quarter.

2018 — Kirill Kaprizov scores a power-play goal in overtime to lift the Russians to the gold medal in men’s hockey with a 4-3 win over Germany at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

2018 — Norway’s Marit Bjoergen closes out a remarkable Olympic career, winning the gold medal in the women’s 30-kilometer mass start at the Pyeongchang Games. The 37-year-old Bjoergen is the only Olympian to win five medals at these Games and finishes her career with 15 medals. She leaves as the most decorated athlete in Winter Olympic history.

TV SPORTS SUNDAY

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