INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL REGIONAL MATCH-UPS
CARROLL (11-0) VS. LAFAYETTE JEFF (9-2)
WESTFIELD (7-3) AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (11-0)
CATHEDRAL (9-1) AT BROWNSBURG (10-1)
WARREN CENTRAL (6-5) AT CENTER GROVE (9-2)
MERRILLVILLE (9-2) AT VALPARAISO (8-3)
FORT WAYNE SNIDER (10-1) AT MISHAWAKA (10-1)
PLAINFIELD (6-5) AT WHITELAND (10-1)
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (9-1) AT CASTLE (7-4)
NORTHRIDGE (8-4) AT NEW PRAIRIE (11-1)
KOKOMO (11-1) AT COLUMBIA CITY (11-1)
NEW PALESTINE (12-0) AT RONCALLI (11-1)
EAST CENTRAL (10-2) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (9-3)
WEST LAFAYETTE (12-0) AT KNOX (9-3)
YORKTOWN (9-3) AT BISHOP CHATARD (8-4)
MONROVIA (5-7) AT OWEN VALLEY (12-0)
LAWRENCEBURG (11-1) VS. SOUTHRIDGE (11-1)
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (9-3) AT ANDREAN (8-3)
BLUFFTON (8-4) AT FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS (7-5)
LAPEL (7-5) AT LINTON-STOCKTON (12-0)
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (9-3) AT TRITON CENTRAL (10-2)
NORTH JUDSON (11-1) AT PARK TUDOR (9-3)
CARROLL (11-1) AT ADAMS CENTRAL (12-0)
NORTH DECATUR (12-0) AT SHERIDAN (11-1)
PROVIDENCE (9-2) AT LUTHERAN (12-0)
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
|FORT WAYNE NORTHROP||78||HERITAGE||10|
|INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY||52||INDIANAPOLIS HERRON||31|
|INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON||38||CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL||24|
|LEO||43||FORT WAYNE WAYNE||42|
|PARK TUDOR||34||INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE||30|
|PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD||83||MARION||27|
|RANDOLPH SOUTHERN||50||UNION CITY||44|
|SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)||58||CULVER||35|
THURSDAY GIRLS SCHEDULE
INDIANA SOCCER ISCA ALL-STATE TEAMS
Coach of the Year: Angie Lensing, Evansville Memorial
Player of the Year: Ava Bramblett, Noblesville
Caroline Kelley, Hamilton Southeastern
Ella Frick, St. Joseph
Ava Bramblett, Noblesville
Kennedy Neighbors, Ev. Memorial
Ella Hamner, Ev. Memorial
Josie Studley, Brebeuf
Megan Hamm, Carmel
Brianna Buels, Chatard
Clare Simmonds, Carmel
Taylor Johnson, FJ Reitz
Mia Veldman, Mishawaka Marian
Anna Pettitt, Fishers
Marit McLaughlin, Noblesville
Sydney Couch, Homestead
Aleyna Quinn, Castle
Kate Weber, Valparaiso
Hailey Wade, Hamilton Southeastern
Peyton Hull, St. Joseph
Cassie Nowlan, Fishers
Maryn Weiger, North Central
Lauren Harrington, St Joseph
Daisy Moody, Mishawaka Marian
Tatum Coleman, Hamilton Southeastern
Audrey Abel, Leo
Katie Chadwick, Zionsville
Lauren Adam, Noblesville
Samantha King, North Central
Lydia Bordfeld, Evansville Reitz Memorial
Matea Bradfield, FJ Reitz
Olivia Hopper, East Central
Hailey Hoskins, Brownsburg
Grace Bamber, Chesterton
Estee Bonnell, Mater Dei
Reagan DeMoss, Penn
Josslyn Goss, Carroll
Karley O’Leary, Bishop Dwenger
Emma Teague, Evansville Reitz Memorial
Sophia Payne, Brebeuf
Juliana Bozinovski, Crown Point
Nadia Zaborowski, Noblesville
Dominae Butler, Park Tudor
Emmy Higgins, Castle
Elise May, Fishers
Ayla Conn, Hamilton Southeastern
Meredith Tippner, Noblesville
Molly Williams, Avon
Rowan Pearl, Brebeuf
Analise Coyne, Bloomington South
Andrea Diaz, Goshen
Emily Karr, Center Grove
Dejanae Butler, Park Tudor
Teagan Montague, Mishawaka Marian
Avarie Zeller, Evansville Reitz Memorial
Mia Smith, Westfield
Honorable mention: Taylor Wert, Center Grove; Norah Dwenger, Columbus East; Kendyl Rumple, Floyd Central; Molly Richards, Our Lady of Providence; Summer Fishel, Roncalli; Addie Crowe, Center Grove; Zoe Szabo, Evansville North; Mallory Gilley, Columbus North; Jenny Keegan, Penn ; Kate Thomas, Kankakee Valley; Gina Geenen, Chesterton; Jackson Grubbs, Andrean; Ava Haluska, Crown Point; Sarah Werth, West Lafayette; Natalie Kindt, Munster; Lily Smith, Penn; Haleigh Wesley, Belmont; Stella VandeWater, Canterbury; Cassidy Felger, Hamilton Heights; Taylor Cook, Hamilton Southeastern; Asharia Hernandez, Lafayette Jeff; Lydia Herald, Northrop; Jordan Love, Warsaw; Isabel Herrera, Culver Academy ; Teegan Bacon, North Montgomery; Reese Sochaki, Chatard; Sutton Worman, Guerin; Camryn Horsley, Mooresville; Abby Foulk, Heritage Christian; Ellie Gawrys, Mt. Vernon; Gretchen Farley, Park Tudor; Ellie Stewart, Plainfield.
Coach of the Year: Ken Dollaske, Noblesville
Player of the Year: Saed Anabtawi, Canterbury
Saed Anabtawi, Canterbury
Adam Keleher, Carmel
Sam Divis, Noblesville
Josh Cruz, Goshen
Noah Reinhart, Fishers
Ely Detty, Center Grove
Anthony Johnson, Columbus North
AJ Jacklin, Zionsville
Jaxson Hundt, Mishawaka Marian
Donovan Doolittle, Canterbury
Connor Dora, Carmel
Jack Isroff, Valparaiso
Zach Kennedy, Evansville North
JT Roden, East Central
Kyle Clayton, Fishers
Dennis Hernandez-Martinez, Warsaw Community
Grant Porath, Brownsburg
Elliot Canova, New Palestine
Liam Lloyd, Westfield
William Smith, Seymour
Nolan Kinsella, Munster
Luke Cero, Zionsville
Micah Wieland, Northridge
Oscar Tittle, Hamilton Southeastern
Arjun Gupta, Carmel
Aidan Whitley, Columbus North
Sam Holland, Noblesville
Alex Kaczmarek, Carmel
Anelson Azard, Pike
Gus Dickman, New Albany
Owen Mejia, Noblesville
Brady Wynn, Evansville Memorial
Landon Montfort, Center Grove
Jackson Jelinek, Zionsville
Trey Place, South Bend St. Joseph
Eberado Cabrera, Elkhart
Cole Thompson, Noblesville
Rafael Ferreira, Penn
Braden Murphey, Penn
Francesco Nofrini, Park Tudor
Evan Cooke, West Lafayette
Leo Brummell, Culver Academies
Noah Falkenberg, Carroll (Flora)
Maruwe Exauce, North Central
Luke Watkins, Evansville Harrison
Dakota Hart, Floyd Central
Christian Cardoso, Columbus North
Evan Frost, Brownsburg
Yahir Lopez, Westfield
Kam Kail, Pendleton Heights
Santi Morales, Fishers
Teague Misner, Westview
Quinn Warren, Brebeuf
Joey Black, East Central
Honorable mentions: Jacob Douglass, FW Carroll; Owen Duff, Carroll (Flora); Namik Mehic, Northrop; Logan Puls, Hamilton Southeastern; Jonathon Ruiz, Tippecanoe Valley; Joey Scheumann, Harrison; Evan Shideler, Hamilton Southeastern; Roberto Sanchez, Warsaw Community; Vanlian Ceu, Perry Merridian; Kervens Saint Paul, Speedway; Bryce Kinnaman, Greenfield Central; Stefan Boes, Brebeuf; Gabe Carrao, Heritage Christian; Cyuzuzo Ndayambaje, Decatur Central; Ryan Esamann, Avon; Cesar Morales, Pike; Max McConnell, Castle; Brandon Elizarraras, Jasper; Eli Miller, Roncalli; Bryce Johnson, Floyd Central; Sebastian Brena Ochoa, Bloomington South; Quentin Hesse, Providence; Wil Anders, Terre Haute North Vigo; Brady Seaton, Evansville North; Kaden Donnella, Chesterton; John Adams, South Bend John Adams; Tyler Hudak, Crown Point; Hudson Fox, Bremen; Miller Knestrict, Lake Central; Carlos Gayton, Hobart; Andrew Widner, Penn; Andrew von Werder, West Lafayette.
WEEK 11 SCHEDULE FOR THE STATE OF INDIANA
BUTLER AT DRAKE, NOVEMBER 12 AT 2 P.M.
HANOVER AT FRANKLIN, NOVEMBER 12 AT 1:30 P.M.
INDIANA AT OHIO STATE, NOVEMBER 12 (TIME TBA) (TV: TBA)
INDIANA STATE AT WESTERN ILLINOIS, NOVEMBER 12 AT 2 P.M. (TV: ESPN+)
INDIANA WESLEYAN VS. MADONNA, NOVEMBER 12 AT NOON (TV: ESPN3)
MANCHESTER AT ANDERSON, NOVEMBER 12 AT 1:30 P.M.
MARIAN AT LAWRENCE TECH, NOVEMBER 12 AT 1 P.M.
NOTRE DAME VS. NAVY, NOVEMBER 12 AT NOON (TV: ABC)
PURDUE AT ILLINOIS, NOVEMBER 12 (TIME TBA) (TV: TBA)
ROSE-HULMAN AT MT. ST. JOSEPH, NOVEMBER 12 AT 1:30 P.M. (TV: INDIANA SRN)
ST. FRANCIS AT CONCORDIA, NOVEMBER 12 AT 1 P.M.
TAYLOR VS. SIENA HEIGHTS, NOVEMBER 12 AT 1 P.M.
TRINE AT KALAMAZOO, NOVEMBER 12 AT 1 P.M.
UINDY VS. TRUMAN, NOVEMBER 12 AT 2 P.M.
VALPARAISO AT MARIST, NOVEMBER 12 AT 11 A.M. (TV: ESPN+)
WABASH AT DEPAUW, NOVEMBER 12 AT 1:07 P.M. (TV: XFINITY CHANNEL 81 OR ISC TV)
NATIONAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 11
KENT STATE 40 BOWLING GREEN 6
CENTRAL MICHIGAN 31 BUFFALO 27
NORTHERN ILLINOIS 24 WESTERN MICHIGAN 21
THURSDAY, NOV. 10
TULSA AT MEMPHIS | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT LOUISIANA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
FRIDAY, NOV. 11
EAST CAROLINA AT CINCINNATI | 8 P.M. | ESPN2
COLORADO AT USC | 9:30 P.M. | FS1
FRESNO STATE AT UNLV | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
SATURDAY, NOV. 12
MISSOURI AT TENNESSEE | 12 P.M. | CBS
LSU AT ARKANSAS | 12 P.M. | ESPN
INDIANA AT OHIO STATE | 12 P.M. | FOX
VANDERBILT AT KENTUCKY | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
RUTGERS AT MICHIGAN STATE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
NOTRE DAME VS. NAVY (BALTIMORE, MARYLAND) | 12 P.M. | ABC
LIBERTY AT UCONN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
OKLAHOMA AT WEST VIRGINIA | 12 P.M. | FS1
PURDUE AT ILLINOIS | 12 P.M. | ESPN2
VIRGINIA TECH AT DUKE | 12 P.M. | ESPN3
PITT AT VIRGINIA | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
SMU AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
UL MONROE AT GEORGIA STATE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
JAMES MADISON AT OLD DOMINION | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
RICE AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
UMASS AT ARKANSAS STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN3
TEMPLE AT HOUSTON | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
ALABAMA AT OLE MISS | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
NEBRASKA AT MICHIGAN | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
LOUISVILLE AT CLEMSON | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
UCF AT TULANE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2
IOWA STATE AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPNU
MARYLAND AT PENN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | FOX
WISCONSIN AT IOWA | 3:30 P.M. | FS1
BOSTON COLLEGE AT NC STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
ARMY AT TROY | 3:30 P.M. | NFL NETWORK
MIAMI (FLA.) AT GEORGIA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
NEW MEXICO AT AIR FORCE | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
APPALACHIAN STATE AT MARSHALL | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
CHARLOTTE AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
LOUISIANA TECH AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTHWESTERN AT MINNESOTA | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
ARIZONA STATE AT WASHINGTON STATE | 3:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORKS
NORTH TEXAS AT UAB | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM
SOUTH CAROLINA AT FLORIDA | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
LAMAR AT NEW MEXICO STATE | 4 P.M. | FLOFOOTBALL
TEXAS STATE AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN
WASHINGTON AT OREGON | 7 P.M. | FOX
KANSAS STATE AT BAYLOR | 7 P.M. | FS1
KANSAS AT TEXAS TECH | 7 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+
WYOMING AT COLORADO STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT FIU | 7 P.M. | STADIUM
TCU AT TEXAS | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
NORTH CAROLINA AT WAKE FOREST | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
TEXAS A&M AT AUBURN | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
SOUTHERN MISS AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
FLORIDA STATE AT SYRACUSE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
CAL AT OREGON STATE | 9 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORKS
STANFORD AT UTAH | 10 P.M. | ESPN
ARIZONA AT UCLA | 10:30 P.M. | FOX
SAN JOSE STATE AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | FS1
BOISE STATE AT NEVADA | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
UTAH STATE AT HAWAI’I | 11 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV
NFL WEEK 10
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10
ATLANTA AT CAROLINA PRIME VIDEO 8:15
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13
SEATTLE VS. TAMPA BAY (MUNICH) NFLN 9:30
MINNESOTA AT BUFFALO FOX 1:00
DETROIT AT CHICAGO FOX 1:00
JACKSONVILLE AT KANSAS CITY CBS 1:00
CLEVELAND AT MIAMI CBS 1:00
HOUSTON AT NEW YORK GIANTS CBS 1:00
NEW ORLEANS AT PITTSBURGH FOX 1:00
DENVER AT TENNESSEE CBS 1:00
INDIANAPOLIS AT LAS VEGAS CBS 4:05
DALLAS AT GREEN BAY FOX 4:25
ARIZONA AT LOS ANGELES RAMS FOX 4:25
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT SAN FRANCISCO NBC 8:20
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14
WASHINGTON AT PHILADELPHIA ESPN 8:15
BYE WEEK: BALTIMORE, CINCINNATI, NEW ENGLAND, N.Y. JETS
COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
DRAKE 80 IUPUI 48
COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/cbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20221109
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
#2 STANFORD 104 CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE 40
#12 NORTH CAROLINA 91 JACKSON STATE 59
#25 MICHIGAN 83 DELAWARE STATE 30
BUTLER 84 CHICAGO STATE 57
COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/wcbk/scoreboard.asp?conf=-1&day=20221109
DENVER 122 INDIANA 119
ORLANDO 94 DALLAS 87
PORTLAND 105 CHARLOTTE 95
UTAH 125 ATLANTA 119
BOSTON 128 DETROIT 112
BROOKLYN 112 NEW YORK 85
TORONTO 116 HOUSTON 109
NEW ORLEANS 115 CHICAGO 111
PHOENIX 129 MINNESOTA 117
MEMPHIS 124 SAN ANTONIO 122 OT
MILWAUKEE 136 OKLAHOMA CITY 132 2 OT
LA CLIPPERS 114 LA LAKERS 101
SACRAMENTO 127 CLEVELAND 120
BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/scoreboard.asp
FLORIDA 3 CAROLINA 0
MONTRÉAL 5 VANCOUVER 2
PITTSBURGH 4 WASHINGTON 1
MINNESOTA 4 ANAHEIM 1
BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/scoreboard.asp
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
NETS MAKE JACQUE VAUGHN COACH, DECIDE AGAINST UDOKA PURSUIT
NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets made Jacque Vaughn their head coach Wednesday, promoting Steve Nash’s replacement instead of hiring suspended Boston coach Ime Udoka.
Vaughn has gone 2-2 as acting coach since the Nets and Nash parted ways on Nov. 1. His first game as the head coach will be Wednesday night at home against the New York Knicks.
“Jacque’s basketball acumen, competitiveness and intimate knowledge of our team and organization make him the clear-cut best person to lead our group moving forward,” general manager Sean Marks said in a statement. “He has a proven ability to get the best out of our players, hold them accountable and play a cohesive, team-first style of basketball.”
After moving on from Nash, the Nets had discussions with Udoka, who along with Vaughn had been a Nets assistant before taking the Boston job. He led the Celtics to last season’s NBA Finals but was suspended for at least this season for violating team rules by having a relationship with a female staffer within the organization.
But the Nets decided not to go that route, perhaps unwilling to take on more negative attention while dealing with the fallout from Kyrie Irving’s decision to post a link to a film with antisemitic material on his Twitter page.
Irving will serve the fourth game of what will be at least a five-game suspension without pay on Wednesday that the team gave him for refusing to say he had no antisemitic beliefs.
Vaughn is in his seventh season as a Nets assistant. He replaced Kenny Atkinson on an interim basis in March 2020, just before the season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, and coached Brooklyn during the season restart in Walt Disney World.
Vaughn went 7-3 in 10 games and led the Nets to the first round of the playoffs, even though they were without the injured Kevin Durant and Irving, as well as other key players who didn’t join them for the restart.
The Nets then hired Nash, even though he had no coaching experience, and kept Vaughn as an assistant. Nash led Brooklyn to the playoffs in each of his two full seasons, but the team made a change after getting off to a 2-5 start.
Marks said that move was made because the Nets weren’t playing up to their expectations, but they have shown improvement under Vaughn. After losing at home to Chicago in the first game, Brooklyn won road games in Washington and Charlotte on back-to-back nights before a 96-94 loss in Dallas on Monday.
Vaughn went 58-158 with the Orlando Magic from 2012-15 in his lone previous coaching stint.
LEBRON HURT LATE IN CLIPPERS’ 114-101 WIN OVER LAKERS
LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James scored 30 points before leaving the court with pain in his left leg late in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 114-101 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
James felt discomfort in his leg and groin shortly after he backed down Paul George to draw a foul in the paint with less than five minutes to play. James had sat out Monday’s game at Utah to rest the persistent pain in his left foot, but he was having one of his best games of the season before his latest physical setback.
“I feel good, besides the injury,” James said. “We’ll get pictures on it tomorrow and go from there. Didn’t do anything strenuous on the play. When I landed, I felt a little spasm or strain in my groin. Immediately I asked to come out on the next play down.”
James said the injury doesn’t feel as painful as his groin injury from Christmas 2018 during his first season with the Lakers. He missed a career-high 17 games with that injury.
James, on pace to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar this season to become the NBA’s career scoring leader, hit four 3-pointers and added eight rebounds and five assists against the Clippers while finishing one shy of his season high in points.
“We’ll let him see our medical staff first,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said. “It’s just a lot of adversity. He’s been trying his heart out just to be there for us and play at a high level. I thought he had it going really, really well tonight. But it’s the NBA season, man. You’ve got to be ready for a little bit of everything, so we’ll see what the results are once he gets evaluated and be ready to move forward.”
George scored 29 points as the Clippers extended their recent domination of their arena roommates with their ninth consecutive victory over the Lakers. Norman Powell added 18 for the Clippers, who had seven scorers in double figures during their fifth victory in the past six games without injured star Kawhi Leonard, who missed his 10th game this season.
The Clippers are unbeaten in the city rivalry since July 2020 and still perfect against the Lakers under coach Tyronn Lue, who took over in October 2020.
“I was proud of how we came out in the third quarter and took control of the game again,” Lue said. “Just being able to get it back in the second half and understanding it’s a competition, not a show. I know it’s the two LA teams, but we’re playing to get better every night, so it’s not a show.”
Anthony Davis had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who dropped to 2-9 with their fourth consecutive defeat. Russell Westbrook added 14 points and nine assists, but the Lakers have the NBA’s second-worst record so far.
John Wall scored 10 points in his return to the Clippers’ bench after sitting out the second game of a back-to-back Monday night. Wall is being cautious with his knee and his comeback after sitting out two of the past three seasons.
Lakers: Lonnie Walker missed his second straight game with a non-COVID-19 illness. He started the Lakers’ first nine games, averaging 15.3 points. … Patrick Beverley returned from a two-game absence (illness) and scored seven points.
Clippers: Luke Kennard moved back into the starting lineup in place of Terance Mann and scored 13 points. … Chargers stars Keenan Allen, Derwin James and Mike Williams all watched from courtside. … The Clippers blocked seven shots in the third quarter.
Lakers: Host the Sacramento Kings on Friday.
Clippers: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.
MAGIC LIMIT LUKA DONCIC TO 24 POINTS, BEAT MAVERICKS 94-87
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Franz Wagner scored 22 points and the Orlando Magic held Luka Doncic under 30 points for the first time this season in a 94-87 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.
Doncic, the NBA’s leading scorer, finished with 24 points after scoring 30 or more in each of the Mavericks’ first nine games. He shot 9 for 29 overall and 2 for 11 from 3-point range.
Spencer Dinwiddle scored 29 points for the Mavericks, who were outrebounded 49-29 in losing for the first time in five games.
“Every NBA team can beat you and I played terrible, but I think as a group we didn’t play good,” Doncic said. “We have to approach the game better.”
The Magic played for the first time without rookie Paolo Banchero, who sprained his ankle Monday night. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Chuma Okeke, who drew the assignment of defending Doncic in his first start of the season.
“Luka was our focus coming into the game. He’s one of the best in the league, scoring, passing, all of that,” said Okeke, who had eight points and seven rebounds. “We had a specific game plan of what we wanted to do, which was pressure him, not make anything easy. That was the game plan for the whole game.”
The Magic held the Mavericks to 37.9% shooting and 87 points after giving up 126 and 134 points in consecutive losses to Sacramento and Houston.
“We have everything to prove as a group and also as individual players,” Wagner said. “We weren’t satisfied with our performance the other day against Houston … we want to be a resilient team. We have to get better at finishing games, playing through mistakes and stuff like that.”
Dinwiddie’s layup early in the second quarter put Dallas up 34-24, the Mavs’ only double-digit lead of the game.
Dallas led 83-82 when Dinwiddie scored with 6:02 remaining, but the Magic answered with eight straight points in a 3 1/2-minute stretch in which Doncic missed two free throws.
A jumper and two free throws by Wagner put Orlando up 94-85 with 56.7 seconds left.
“We just missed open shots. In this league you can’t miss open shots,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd said. “We got a lot of good looks. We’ve just got to make them.”
Mavericks: The start of the game was moved up by 90 minutes due to the approach of Hurricane Nicole. Dallas planned to bus to Tampa, away from the worst of the approaching storm, to fly to Washington for Thursday night’s game against the Wizards. … F/C Christian Wood missed his first game of the season with a sprained left knee. … G Tim Hardaway Jr., who left Monday’s game at Brooklyn with a left hip strain, played 22 minutes.
Magic: Okeke, Bol Bol and Jalen Suggs had seven rebounds each. . . The Magic are hopeful that Banchero, who leads NBA rookies in scoring (23.5) and rebounds (8.3), will miss only one game. … G Kevon Harris sat out the game with a left rib contusion.
WILT’S 60-YEAR-OLD RECORD IS SAFE FOR NOW
Other than Doncic, the only player to open an NBA season with nine games of 30 points or more was Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 30 or more points in the first 23 games of the 1962-63 season.
Mavericks: Play at Washington on Thursday night.
Magic: Host Phoenix on Friday night.
LILLARD SCORES 26, BLAZERS HAND HORNETS 6TH STRAIGHT LOSS
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers didn’t need a buzzer-beater this time.
Damian Lillard overcame a slow start to finish with 26 points on six 3-pointers and the Blazers pulled away to beat Charlotte 105-95 Wednesday night, handing the Hornets their sixth straight loss.
Anfernee Simons scored 19 points and Shaedon Sharpe chipped in with 17 points off the bench for Portland. The Trail Blazers shot 53.3% and rallied from a 12-point deficit in the third quarter to improve to 3-1 on their six-game road trip.
Drew Eubanks added 14 points and eight rebounds for Portland, which had won two games in the previous four nights on buzzer-beaters.
Terry Rozier led the Hornets with 18 points while Mason Plumlee had 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Lillard, who came in averaging 29 points per game in his six previous starts this season, failed to score in the first quarter before erupting for 14 points in the second quarter.
Lillard said he was getting mad in the first half and thought to himself “what are we doing tonight?” after the Trail Blazers were getting hurt on the boards and turning the ball over.
Then he realized the impact of not having Jerami Grant (ankle) and Jusuf Nurkic (adductor) on the floor. Both sat out.
“Not having them out there makes us pretty small,” Lillard said. “That puts us in a position where we might be vulnerable against a team that is always crashing the boards. So they hurt us with that. But we never stopped competing.”
The Trail Blazers led by five at the break, but the Hornets opened the second half with a 19-2 run helped by two 3-pointers from Rozier. At least for a moment, the home crowd was on its feet, hoping the team’s losing ways might be over.
But the momentum didn’t last long.
Lillard started to heat up and the Blazers stormed back with a 16-2 burst of their own. He had seven points during that stretch and finished the game 6 of 12 from 3-point range as Portland regained the lead and control of the game.
“They went small and started switching everything and slowed us down, and then they played the zone a little bit more,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said of Portland’s strategy. “I thought in the first half against the zone we actually got really good shots. In the second half, not as good.”
In what has been a major issue of late, the Hornets faded in the the fourth quarter and the Blazers capitalized by building a 13-point lead with 6:23 left on a drive and score by Josh Hart.
LILLARD VS. McCOLLUM
With the win behind him, Lillard began looking ahead to Thursday night’s matchup with former backcourt mate C.J. McCollum, whom he spent 8 1/2 seasons with in Portland before he was traded to New Orleans.
“It’s weird because I have never played against C.J. unless it was practice,” Lillard said. “Just seeing him in a different uniform is weird enough. Playing against him is going to be even more different.”
Lillard said he last spoke with McCollum on Tuesday, but said they didn’t discuss the upcoming game.
“I’m sure he is still going to take it personal to play against us and want to win this one,” Lillard said.
Clifford said LaMelo Ball (ankle), Gordon Hayward (shoulder) and Cody Martin (quad) are still working back considered day to day. He said none of them will play at Miami on Thursday night.
“All three of them, they’re all doing everything they can. I get people who stop me on the street (and ask me),” Clifford said. “They’re in there, they come back (in the gym) at night, they’re doing double. They’re closer. They’re doing everything they can do.”
Blazers: Along with Grant and Nurkic, Keon Johnson (hip pointer) also sat out. … Simons and Lillard had four-point plays on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter. … Josh Hart had 11 rebounds.
Hornets: Kelly Oubre finished with 16 points but was just 1 of 11 from beyond the arc. … Bench was outscored 35-22.
Blazers: At New Orleans on Thursday.
Hornets: At Miami on Thursday and Saturday.
MARKKANEN’S SEASON-HIGH 32 HELPS JAZZ BEAT HAWKS 125-119
ATLANTA (AP) The best 3-point defense in the NBA was no match for Lauri Markkanen and the Utah Jazz.
Markkanen scored a season-high 32 points and the Jazz recovered after blowing a 15-point lead to beat the Atlanta Hawks 125-119 on Wednesday night.
Hawks opponents had made only 32.5% of their 3-pointers, the lowest mark in the league, before Utah sank 17 of 39 (43.6%). Many of those 3s were open catch-and-shoot attempts.
“That’s kind of our thing,” said Markkanen, who went 6 of 8 from long range. “We keep the ball popping and everybody is having fun. Just keep having fun. Keep knocking them down.”
Jordan Clarkson had 23 points, his fifth straight game with at least 20, to give the Western Conference-leading Jazz (10-3) their fourth straight win. Malik Beasley added 18 points, all on 3s.
Dejounte Murray scored 26 points and Trae Young recovered from a slow start to add 22 for the Hawks, who took a 90-85 lead into the final period.
While the Jazz thrived on long-distance shots, Murray thought the Hawks – who went 8 of 28 on 3s – passed up too many opportunities.
“I think we got a lot of looks that we turned down,” he said. “That was something I kept preaching. … We’ve definitely got to take the ones we create.”
The Jazz recovered with a 10-2 run to open the fourth quarter for a 95-92 lead. Markkanen’s fifth 3-pointer extended it to 108-98.
De’Andre Hunter’s 3 cut Utah’s lead to 121-116 with a minute remaining, but Markkanen’s follow basket pushed the advantage back to seven.
The Hawks (7-4) had their three-game winning streak snapped. Atlanta beat the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks 117-98 on Monday night but couldn’t add another win over a conference leader.
After trailing by 15 in the second quarter and 63-54 at halftime, the Hawks took the lead by outscoring the Jazz 36-22 in the third period. Young had nine points in the quarter after scoring only six in the first half.
“They came out hard in the third,” Markkanen said. “I don’t think we were quite ready for that.”
Utah coach Will Hardy gave credit to Utah’s backups for stopping Atlanta’s surge at the end of the third period, setting the stage for the fourth-quarter recovery.
“It allowed us to stay in the game,” Hardy said. “I’m really proud of the way our guys responded to some adversity on the road.”
MAKING HIS MARK
Markkanen added eight rebounds and extended his strong start to the season. He had five double-doubles while averaging 21.9 points in the first 10 games for the Jazz.
The 7-foot forward scored Utah’s first six points on free throws. “I got into a rhythm just getting to the line early,” Markkanen said.
Utah rookie Walker Kessler, an Atlanta native and former Auburn standout, had 12 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots in 16 minutes off the bench.
“I’m really happy for him,” Hardy said. “This was a mini-homecoming for him in front of a lot of family and friends.”
Jazz: Utah’s first nine points came on free throws, including three by Clarkson. … F Jarred Vanderbilt started after being listed as questionable with right adductor soreness. … Markkanen’s career high is 35 points. … Mike Conley had 13 assists with one turnover.
Hawks: C Clint Capela had 15 points and matched his season high with 19 rebounds. … Hunter had 22 points. … Young returned after missing one game with right shin soreness. He made 10 of 28 shots and added nine assists.
Jazz: At the Washington Wizards on Saturday.
Hawks: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night to complete a four-game homestand.
TATUM SCORES 31, CELTICS BEAT PISTONS FOR 4TH STRAIGHT WIN
BOSTON (AP) Jayson Tatum had 31 points and five assists, and the Boston Celtics beat the Detroit Pistons 128-112 on Wednesday night to earn their fourth straight victory.
Jaylen Brown had 30 points and seven rebounds. Sam Hauser added a career-high 24 points off the bench for Boston, which hasn’t scored fewer than 109 points in each of its wins this season.
“Little by little I’m earning more trust from (Celtics interim coach) Joe (Mazzulla),” Hauser said. “I’ve still got to keep doing things to earn minutes out there and earning a spot in the rotation.”
After scoring just five points during a quiet first half, Tatum had 16 points in the first five minutes in the third quarter on his way to 26 in the second half to help the Celtics take control.
He also got his teammates involved, at one point flipping a behind-the-back pass to Al Horford for a corner 3-pointer as Boston built as much as a 16-point advantage in the period. The Celtics led by 24 in the fourth.
Mazzulla was proudest of how his team played defensively, limiting Detroit to 42% from the field (37 of 89) and 21% (7 of 33) from 3.
“When your best players want to play defense, it gives you a chance,” Mazzulla said.
Jaden Ivey had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost four of five. Saddiq Bey added 18 points and Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 17.
Cade Cunningham was 1 of 11 from the field and finished with a season low four points. It was the first time this season he’s failed to reach double figures. He was averaging a team-best 21.4 points per game.
“They were into him and didn’t allow him to get to his sweet spot,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “Did a good job of switching onto him, challenging his shot – just making it tough on him. It was just one of those nights that you have. He couldn’t buy a bucket.”
Pistons: Casey left open the possibility Alec Burks (left knee) could make his season debut against the Knicks on Friday. . Wednesday began a stretch that will see Detroit play 8 of its next 10 on the road.
Celtics: Malcolm Brogdon left the game with right hamstring tightness and did not play in the second half. . Marcus Smart had 11 assists. He has 33 in the past three games. … C Luke Kornet was active after missing Boston’s win at Memphis on Monday following the birth of his second child. . Wednesday marked the two-year anniversary of Hall of Famer Tommy Heinsohn’s passing.
The Celtics entered the night with the NBA’s top offensive rating and came out firing, hitting 4 of their first 6 shots as they sprinted out to a 10-2 lead.
Detroit had open looks early on but missed its first six shots on its way to shooting 7 of 30 (2 of 12 from the 3-point line) in the opening quarter.
The Pistons stayed close thanks to the Celtics squandering some opportunities with turnovers. .
Boston found a rhythm in the second quarter, shooting 70% (14 of 20) and 4 of 8 from beyond the arc to take a 63-49 lead into the half.
Pistons: At New York Knicks on Friday.
Celtics: Host Denver Nuggets on Friday.
DURANT, NETS POUND KNICKS 112-85 AFTER PROMOTING VAUGHN
NEW YORK (AP) New coach, same result in a New York basketball rivalry that’s become no rivalry at all.
Kevin Durant had 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists, becoming the first player since Michael Jordan to score at least 25 points in his team’s first 12 games, and the Brooklyn Nets routed the Knicks 112-85 on Wednesday night after making Jacque Vaughn their head coach.
It was the second romp in the last four games for a Nets team that has responded so well to Vaughn that it decided not to pursue suspended Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka.
“We don’t want this to be a honeymoon stage for us,” Durant said. “We want to continue to keep pushing through, keep finding ways to get better, finding ways to turn those weaknesses to strengths and keep pushing from here.”
Durant beat the Knicks for the 13th straight time, and he’s had triple-doubles in the last two of them. His rebounds and assists were both season highs, and his usual scoring extended a streak that is the longest since Jordan opened the 1988-89 season with 16 consecutive games of 25 points.
The Nets beat the Knicks for the eighth straight time. It matches their second-longest winning streak ever against the Knicks, three shy of an 11-game run from 1984-86.
Seth Curry added a season-high 23 points and Edmond Sumner, in his fourth straight start in place of the suspended Kyrie Irving, finished with a season-best 18.
The Nets decided to stick with Vaughn earlier Wednesday after showing signs of progress since he replaced Steve Nash after a 2-5 start.
They are 3-2 since and have held their last four opponents below 100 points, the first time Brooklyn has done that since an eight-game stretch in the 2014-15 season. He pointed to their rebounding, after outrebounding the Knicks 55-46.
“So if we can focus on defensive rebounding, we can take a big jump on the defensive end,” Vaughn said. “We’ve already taken a big jump last four games, teams under 100 points, which has been great. So definitely concerted effort.”
Julius Randle had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who were coming off an impressive performance in Minnesota on Monday but trailed by as much as 35 in this one.
“We weren’t ourselves tonight,” Knicks forward RJ Barrett said. “Over the course of 82 games, game like this is going to happen, but we can’t make this a habit.”
Brooklyn jumped to a 24-8 lead on Sumner’s 3-pointer and kept the margin there after one quarter, leading 38-22. Curry’s 3-pointer gave the Nets their first 20-point lead at 50-30, and another 3-pointer by Joe Harris gave them a 69-44 lead, matching the largest halftime margin in the teams’ history.
Durant improved to 20-3 in games he’s played against the Knicks, who haven’t beaten him since 2013 when he was still in Oklahoma City.
Knicks: Cam Reddish started and was 0 for 7 and scoreless. Jalen Brunson shot 4 for 14, finishing with 14 points.
Nets: General manager Sean Marks said before the game he had no update on Irving, saying he hadn’t spoken to the point guard, only his representatives. …. Durant had his 17th career triple-double and fifth as a Net. … Nic Claxton had 12 points. … Ben Simmons finished with six points and nine rebounds.
Knicks: Host Detroit on Friday.
Nets: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
VANVLEET SCORES SEASON-HIGH 32, RAPTORS BEAT ROCKETS 116-109
TORONTO (AP) Fred VanVleet scored 12 of his season-high 32 points in the fourth quarter, O.G. Anunoby matched his season best with 27 points and added 10 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Houston Rockets 116-109 on Wednesday night.
Otto Porter Jr. scored 14 points, Scottie Barnes had 13 and Gary Trent Jr. 11 as the Raptors improved to 5-1 at home.
VanVleet made a season-high seven 3-pointers, topping the six he hit in Monday’s loss at Chicago. He shot 7 for 16 from long range against the Rockets.
“I feel like I’m one of the top shooters in the league,” VanVleet said. “The more attempts I get, the better chance I’ve got to make them.”
VanVleet shot 8 for 16 in the second half, going 4 of 9 from long distance.
“VanVleet came through for them and made some big plays,” Rockets coach Stephen Silas said.
Jabari Smith Jr. had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Kevin Porter Jr. had 12 points and 11 assists but the Rockets lost for the seventh time in eight games.
“I thought Kevin did a great job of getting the ball in the paint and making plays for his teammates,” Silas said.
Jalen Green scored 21 points and Alperen Sengun had 17. Seven different Rockets players scored in double digits.
Green had two of the Rockets’ four turnovers in the fourth quarter, when the Raptors scored 10 points off Houston miscues.
“Those turnovers killed us down the stretch,” Green said. “We’ve got to control that ball.”
Houston committed 16 turnovers, leading to 31 points for Toronto.
Toronto led 20-19 with 5:53 left in the first but KJ Martin scored five points as Houston closed the quarter with an 18-9 run to lead 37-29 after one.
The Rockets shot 14 for 20 in the first, then missed eight of their first nine field goal attempts to begin the second. Houston was 4 of 21 in the second, going 1 for 13 from 3-point range.
Anunoby and VanVleet each scored nine points in the second quarter, and Toronto led 57-54 at halftime.
VanVleet scored eight points in the third as the Raptors took an 86-82 lead into the fourth.
Rockets: Had 11 assists in the first quarter. They finished with 29. . Dropped to 1-8 on the road. . Sengun had eight rebounds.
Raptors: F Precious Achiuwa left early in the fourth quarter because of a sprained right ankle. . F Pascal Siakam (strained right adductor muscle) missed his third straight game. Siakam, injured last Friday at Dallas, is expected to miss at least two weeks. . C Khem Birch (right knee) missed his fourth straight game.
The Raptors had 20 rebounds in the second quarter and finished with 50. . Toronto got 27 rebounds from bench players, including eight from Thad Young.
Barnes was a guest instructor at Green’s youth basketball camp last summer, but the Rockets guard said good vibes between the pair were put on pause Wednesday.
“It’s a friendly duel every time we step on the court,” Green said. “Me and Scottie have been friends since seventh grade, eighth grade. Every time we step on that floor, the whole friendship goes out the window. I think that goes for both of us.”
Anunoby has three or more steals in a career-high six consecutive games.
“If he ever gets any meaner, he’s gonna be really scary,” VanVleet said. “He can probably steal the ball whenever he feels like it.”
Rockets: Visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.
Raptors: Visit the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.
INGRAM’S 22 POINTS RALLY PELICANS TO 115-111 WIN OVER BULLS
CHICAGO (AP) Brandon Ingram scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half, including seven straight late in the fourth quarter, and the New Orleans Pelicans pulled out a 115-111 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
“Zion (Williamson) turned to me before the start of the fourth quarter and said, `Let’s turn it up a notch,'” Ingram said.
Ingram hit a 3-pointer that gave the Pelicans a 109-107 lead. DeMar DeRozan’s dunk tied it, but Ingram countered with a mid-range basket and DeRozan committed a turnover with 17.4 seconds left.
“It was nobody else’s fault,” DeRozan said. “It was on me.”
The Pelicans overcame 3-for-19 shooting from beyond the arc, including an 0-for-5 performance by CJ McCollum.
“We did what we needed to do down the stretch,” New Orleans coach Willie Green said.
DeRozan, who scored a season-low nine points Monday, led Chicago with 33. Zach LaVine had 23 but was 3 for 12 on 3s.
The Bulls used an 8-0 run, punctuated by LaVine’s layup, to take a 97-93 lead with 5:23 left. But then Ingram scored seven consecutive points to put the Pelicans in front.
Chicago’s bench was dormant for 2 1/2 quarters before Goran Dragic sparked a 9-2 spurt that enabled the Bulls to take an 82-79 lead into the fourth. Dragic scored five points and fed Javonte Green for a lob dunk.
Dragic, who finished with 14 points, also hit Derrick Jones Jr. for a three-point play less than a minute into the fourth period.
Despite going 2 of 14 from 3-point distance and receiving only eight points from Williamson, Ingram and McCollum (0 for 7 from the field), the Pelicans overcame an 11-point deficit to seize a 52-50 halftime lead.
Jonas Valanciunas scored seven of New Orleans’ final 17 points of the half. The Pelicans also got 25 points from their bench in the first two quarters.
DeRozan and LaVine accounted for 29 of the Bulls’ first-half points.
There were 14 lead changes and the teams were tied 19 times.
Bulls coach Billy Donovan said he encourages LaVine to catch and shoot more frequently and not worry about distributing to his teammates, especially with opponents keying on DeRozan.
“As great as he’s been offensively, the one thing he has to try to do for our team is to try to take those catch-and-shoot 3s,” Donovan said.
Pelicans: F Larry Nance Jr. (left knee) remained out after feeling soreness during the morning shootaround, Green said.
Bulls: C Andre Drummond (left shoulder) returned after missing six games due to a strain. “There’s no minutes restriction. It’s more how he’s feeling,” Donovan said. Drummond entered with 2 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter.
Pelicans: Host the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.
Bulls: Host the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.
BOOKER SCORES 32; PAUL-LESS SUNS BEAT WOLVES 129-117
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Devin Booker had 32 points and a season-high 10 assists, and Mikal Bridges scored 13 of his season-high 31 points in the first quarter as the Phoenix Suns beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 129-117 on Wednesday night.
Despite playing without Chris Paul due to right heel soreness and starting forward Cameron Johnson, Phoenix led by as many as 27 against Minnesota to rebound from a disappointing loss at Philadelphia two nights earlier.
Cameron Payne scored 23 while starting in place of Paul. Landry Shamet had 16 off the bench for Phoenix, which had lost two of three.
“That’s what we stand by; playing the right brand of basketball,” Booker said. “We have a lot of talented guys, even when we’re at full roster. There’s really good players that don’t get a chance to play that are in the rotation now. So, everybody’s taking advantage of their opportunities.”
Rudy Gobert returned to the lineup for Minnesota after missing two games while in the league’s health and safety protocols. But Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns were limited due to early foul trouble.
Gobert had 13 of his 25 points in the third quarter. Towns finished with 11. Jaden McDaniels had a career-high 24 points to lead the Timberwolves.
Minnesota committed 19 turnovers, leading to 32 points for Phoenix.
“The turnovers are killing us, for sure,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said. “They’re cashing in every turnover and they’re kind of deflating at the same time. And first quarter urgency’s just not there.”
The Timberwolves were in the game early as the Suns missed seven of their first 10 shots. With Bridges leading the way, Phoenix started to hit shots and took control.
The Suns hit their next six shots following a timeout and went on a 14-4 run, with Bridges scoring seven in the span.
“He’s unbelievable,” Booker said of Bridges. “He just keeps getting better and better. That’s the most impressive part. Confidence is there. Aggressiveness is there and he’s doing it on both ends, which is the most important part.”
Meanwhile, Towns and Gobert left the first quarter with three fouls apiece and Phoenix extended the lead to double digits with Minnesota’s two big men on the bench.
The Suns closed the first half with a 22-9 run to lead 69-51 at the break and the Wolves could only close to within 11 points in the final minutes.
“This was a big game for us,” Phoenix coach Monty Williams said. “It’s weird to say that this early in the season, but when you don’t have Chris and you’re coming off of a loss and playing a team in your conference that you want to play well against, it was a big game from a mindset point of view.”
Minnesota played with just four players on the court during a second-quarter Suns’ possession that ended in a 3 for Phoenix.
Taurean Prince checked out before a free throw by Jaylen Nowell with D’Angelo Russell set to check-in. Prince left the court and Russell didn’t come on the court until the possession was nearly over.
“It’s just the sign of a team that’s lacking a little bit of confidence and purpose right now,” Finch said of the continued mental mistakes.
Suns: Paul missed his first game of the season. He left the previous game early, playing just 13:45 in the loss at Philadelphia. Johnson missed his third straight game with a right meniscus tear. Johnson had 29 points and Paul had 15 points and 12 assists when the two teams met in Phoenix last week. . Booker tied a season-high with five 3s. He had 16 points in the third.
Timberwolves: G Austin Rivers was ruled out before the game with an illness. C Naz Reid was active but didn’t play. The team said he has an illness. . Anthony Edwards scored 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting.
Suns: Play at Orlando on Friday.
Timberwolves: Travel to Memphis on Friday.
CARTER SCORES CAREER-HIGH 36, BUCKS BEAT THUNDER IN 2 OTS
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Jevon Carter had career highs of 36 points and 12 assists, and the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 136-132 in two overtimes on Wednesday night.
The Bucks were missing their top two scorers. Giannis Antetokounmpo sat out with a sore left knee and Jrue Holiday was out with a sprained right ankle. Carter filled the scoring void by making 15 of 27 field goals, including 5 of 10 3-pointers.
Carter entered the game averaging 5.3 points and hadn’t scored more than 18 in a game this season. Still, his teammates encouraged him to go make things happen.
“They put a lot of trust in me,” he said. “They told me to go out there and be me and be free.”
Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said the performance was special.
“He’s a guy that loves to play basketball, loves to compete,” Budenholzer said. “He’s got a ton of confidence. It’s great to see him take advantage of this opportunity, every opportunity. He’s one of those guys, I think, when you give him a look, give him a crack, he’s going to come busting through it.”
Brook Lopez added 24 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks for the Bucks, who were coming off their first loss of the season after winning their first nine games.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 39 points, Tre Mann had 21 and Josh Giddey added 18 points, 15 rebounds and six assists for the Thunder, who lost their fourth straight.
“Thought both teams were exhausted by the second overtime,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. “Guys were out there for long stretches of time. Our guys battled. That’s just one of those games that both teams battled, somebody wins, somebody loses.”
The Thunder led by six late in the third quarter before George Hill hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to trim Oklahoma City’s edge to 87-84.
Milwaukee led 112-100 with just under five minutes remaining before the Thunder rallied. Lu Dort made an open layup off an inbounds pass under the hoop to tie the game at 119. Carter missed a fadeaway at the buzzer to force overtime.
Gilgeous-Alexander’s step-back 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left in the first overtime gave the Thunder a 126-125 lead.
“Just crazy,” Mann said. “I knew he was going to make it. I didn’t know it was going to be a three, but I knew he was going to make it.”
Dort fouled Lopez on an inbounds lob with 0.2 seconds remaining. Lopez missed the first free throw and made the second to force a second OT.
In the second overtime, Milwaukee held the Thunder to 2-for-9 shooting.
“We had a lot of guys step up and play a big role in the win tonight,” Bucks forward Bobby Portis said. “A lot of guys stepped up, got defensive stops, made a lot of baskets. Ultimately, it was a great team win.”
Bucks: Former Thunder player Serge Ibaka scored four points. … Lopez had four blocks in the first half. … G Grayson Allen had 18 points and six assists.
Thunder: Allen landed hard on Gilgeous-Alexander’s knee in the first quarter, but neither player was hurt. … F Aleksej Pokusevski had 17 points and 10 rebounds. … Dort had four steals.
SECOND HALF STAR
Bucks rookie MarJon Beauchamp scored all 19 of his points after halftime.
The guard made 7 of 11 field goals, including 5 of 7 3-pointers, after the break.
“His second half, we really needed that,” Budenholzer said. “We needed somebody else to kind of step and help us and put the ball in the basket. … It was impressive.”
Bucks: Visit the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.
Thunder: Host the Toronto Raptors on Friday.
SABONIS SCORES 21 POINTS, KINGS TOP MITCHELL, CAVS 127-120
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Domantas Sabonis scored 21 points and the Sacramento Kings overcame another big performance by Donovan Mitchell to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-120 on Wednesday night.
Mitchell scored 38 points on 16 of 28 shooting as the Cavaliers lost their second in a row following an eight-game winning streak. He began the game averaging 31.2 points per game this season.
“Different nights it’s different things,” Mitchell said.
Harrison Barnes had a season-high 19 points for Sacramento. He had zero points in the Kings’ loss to Golden State on Monday.
“I have confidence in myself,” Barnes said. “I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs … although some nights are good, some nights are not. I don’t think it’s changed how my spirit is.”
De’Aaron Fox added 15 points and eight assists for the Kings. He was subbed out with 8:44 left in the fourth quarter but returned for the final two minutes.
Trey Lyles had 16 points, including four 3-pointers, off the Sacramento bench. Malik Monk added 14 points.
Keegan Murray also had 14 points. The 22-year-old rookie from Iowa had not scored in double-digits in the Kings’ last three games.
Mitchell also had five rebounds and four assists.
Caris LeVert had 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Jarrett Allen had 20 points and seven rebounds for Cleveland.
“A lot of it is communication,” LeVert said “Tonight was (spent) a lot of transition. Sacramento is a fast team.”
The Kings never trailed and led by as many as 15 until Cleveland took its first lead with 9:13 left in the fourth on a basket by Kevin Love. He had nine points and eight rebounds.
“We ran the same play down the stretch at least 15 times,” Kings coach Mike Brown said. “Great team effort, the staff was great across the board, and the fans were fantastic tonight. . We’re all learning and growing together.”
Cavaliers guard Darius Garland had six points, his second-lowest scoring performance since scoring four points in a season-opening loss to Toronto.
“He had a rough night,” Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “We all know what Darius is capable of . shots weren’t going for him. He was battling to try and figure it out.”
BICKERSTAFF PRAISES BROWN
Brown worked under Bickerstaff’s father, Bernie, as a video coordinator.
“It’s awesome (he’s a head coach) because I have known Mike since I was 13,” Bickerstaff said. “He worked for my dad as a video coordinator when I was growing up. There’s no better person than Mike Brown. You don’t find people (like that) in our business.”
Cavaliers: LeVert was given a technical foul with 3:26 left in the second quarter. … Mitchell has scored 30 points or more in eight of 10 games. … Cleveland had 64 points in the paint. Sacramento had only 40.
Kings: Luke Walton returned to Sacramento for the first time as an assistant coach for the Cavaliers. Walton coached the Kings for two full seasons before being fired after 17 games last season. . Sacramento ranked 29th in the NBA in free throw percentage coming into Wednesday. They shot 30 of 35.
Cavaliers: In San Francisco to play the Warriors on Friday.
Kings: Travel to Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Friday.
DC ATTORNEY GENERAL TO MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT COMMANDERS
WASHINGTON (AP) The attorney general for the District of Columbia said he is holding a news conference about the Washington Commanders on Thursday, the latest off-field development for the NFL franchise that is the subject of multiple ongoing investigations.
The office of D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Wednesday he will make a major announcement related to the team. No details were provided.
Racine’s office launched an investigation into the team around the time the U.S. House Committee for Oversight and Reform referred its case, which began with workplace culture issues, to the Federal Trade Commission for potential financial improprieties.
The team is being investigated on several fronts, including by the attorneys general of D.C. and Virginia, Congress and the league. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy last week said former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White’s review on behalf of the league is ongoing and there is no timetable for when it will be completed.
Owners Dan and Tanya Snyder announced last week they hired Bank of America Securities to look into selling part or all of the team. A team spokesperson said the Snyders were “exploring all options” in regards to the organization that Forbes values at $5.6 billion.
Washington, which rebranded as the Commanders in February, has been mired in issues unrelated to football since the summer of 2020, when multiple former employees said they were sexually harassed while working for the team. The team retained D.C. lawyer Beth Wilkinson’s firm to launch an independent investigation into those allegations, which the league then took oversight of.
The NFL in July 2021 fined the team $10 million and Dan Snyder ceded daily operations to Tanya after Wilkinson’s investigation unearthed a “toxic” workplace culture. No written report was issued, leading the U.S. House Oversight Committee to investigate.
Commissioner Roger Goodell testified before the committee at a public hearing in June, and Snyder gave a deposition for more than 10 hours in July. Information about Snyder’s testimony has yet to be released.
The committee in April sent a letter to the FTC saying the team engaged in potentially unlawful financial conduct and that there was evidence of deceptive business practice over the span of more than a decade, including withholding ticket revenue from visiting teams and refundable deposits from fans.
The Commanders denied withholding ticket revenue from other teams, and a law firm representing them sent a letter to the FTC with testimony, emails and other documents laying out evidence to dispute the accusations.
A week later, the Virginia attorney general’s office told the team it was opening an investigation into potential financial improprieties. Virginia Attorney General Jason S. Miyares said it was his responsibility to look into the matter, adding he had not “prejudged” the team’s conduct.
NFL PREVIEW: THE STARTING ELEVEN
The National Football League reaches a significant milestone in its 103-year history this week, playing its first regular-season game in a fourth country outside the United States.
When the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-3) meet the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-5) at Allianz Arena in Munich on Sunday (9:30 AM ET, NFL Network), the NFL will have played regular-season games in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Germany.
In February, following a competitive application process, the NFL selected Munich as the venue for two of the four International Series games to be played in Germany over the next four years. Frankfurt will also host two games.
This week’s Seattle-Tampa Bay contest is one of five international games in 2022, including a Monday Night Football game between San Francisco and Arizona in Mexico City next week, and three already played in the UK.
The Starting 11 entering Week 10…
1. JOHNNY UNITAS’ COLTS, 2022 EAGLES COULD SHARE REMARKABLE FEAT: The PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (8-0) lead the NFL in turnover ratio (+15) and takeaways (18) this season. This week, if they can finish their Monday Night Football game (8:15 PM ET, ESPN) with another positive turnover ratio, they’ll join the 1958 BALTIMORE COLTS as the only teams in NFL history to open a season with a plus-turnover margin in each of their first nine games. That year, the Colts beat the Giants in the NFL Championship Game, 23-17, in what most have called the greatest game ever played, the first sudden-death overtime contest in league history.
- And speaking of close games, the Eagles’ opponent this week, WASHINGTON (4-5), is 4-2 in games decided by seven-or-fewer points this season, tied with the Titans (4-2) for the league’s second-best record. With a minimum of six games, only the Giants (5-1) have a better mark in those contests.Through nine weeks this year, 72 NFL games have been decided by seven-or-fewer points, more than any season through Week 9 in league history.
2. NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 100: The number of career NFL sacks the Bosa family could reach this week. JOEY and NICK BOSA’s teams meet for the first time since the brothers entered the league when the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-3) visit the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (4-4) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), and the family (99.5) needs just one-half sack to reach 100. Joey Bosa has 59.5 career sacks in seven seasons for the Chargers. Younger brother Nick Bosa has 33 career sacks since entering the league in 2019. Their father, JOHN BOSA, registered seven career sacks from 1987-89 with the Dolphins.
- Since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982, the Bosas rank sixth among NFL families in combined sacks, trailing J.J. and T.J. WATT (179.5), CLAY MATTHEWS SR., CLAY MATTHEWS III and CASEY MATTHEWS (163.5), HOWIE and CHRIS LONG (154), JOHN and ERVIN RANDLE (145.5) and ARTHUR and CHANDLER JONES (118).
3. NFC BEAST: The NFC East division is a combined 9-1 (.900) against the AFC this season, entering the HOUSTON (1-6-1) at NEW YORK GIANTS (6-2) matchup on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). The Giants and Eagles are each 3-0 against the other conference, while the Commanders are 2-1 and the Cowboys are 1-0.
- Since the 1970 league merger created AFC-NFC interconference play, the best single-season winning percentage by one division against the other conference was the 1976 AFC Central, which finished 7-1 (.875) against the NFC.Since Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA embarked on his 1989 MVP season, a division has finished with an .800-or-better interconference record on five occasions. In four of those five seasons, that division has earned a Super Bowl title (San Francisco from the NFC West in 1989, Washington from the NFC East in 1991, New England from the AFC East in 2004 and Seattle from the NFC West in 2013).
4. SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP: Arizona wide receiver DEANDRE HOPKINS over the past three weeks has 26 receptions, tied with TYREEK HILL for first in the NFL over that span, and ranks second behind Hill with 298 receiving yards. On Sunday at SoFi Stadium (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Hopkins faces a secondary that includes five-time Pro Bowler JALEN RAMSEY, who will play in his 100th NFL game. Since the beginning of 2021, Ramsey has broken up 25 passes. Only TREVON DIGGS (33) and JAMES BRADBERRY (28) have more in that time.
5. SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUP: DENVER (3-5) at TENNESSEE (5-3) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Coordinator EJIRO EVERO and the Denver defense have the league’s best red-zone defense, allowing just five touchdowns in 19 opponent possessions (26.3 percent). Meanwhile, Titans coordinator TODD DOWNING has his unit ranked first in red-zone offense, with 15 touchdowns in 19 possessions (78.9 percent).
6. STREAK SPEAK: The NFL’s second-longest active winning streak will be on the line Sunday when the MINNESOTA VIKINGS (7-1) visit the BUFFALO BILLS (6-2) at Highmark Stadium (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Only PHILADELPHIA (8-0) has a longer active winning streak than the Vikings, who’ve won six in a row. After Sunday, Minnesota gets DALLAS (6-2), NEW ENGLAND (5-4) and the NEW YORK JETS (6-3), all at home.
- This season, the Vikings are tied with the Giants for the most wins (four) after trailing in the fourth quarter. Overall in the NFL this year, 42 games have been won or tied by teams that trailed in the fourth quarter. That’s more than any prior NFL season through nine weeks.
7. DID YOU KNOW?: Sadly, Pro Football Hall of Fame punter RAY GUY passed away last week at age 72. Honoring the legacy of the three-time Super Bowl champion, those who have followed in his footsteps have collectively performed at an unprecedented level this season. In 2022, NFL punters are averaging 42.1 net yards per punt, the highest mark through Week 9 since 1976, when net punting became an individual statistic. NFL punters also are averaging 47.5 gross yards per punt, the best figure through nine weeks of any season since the 1970 league merger.
- When KANSAS CITY (6-2) hosts JACKSONVILLE (3-6) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), two of the league’s top punters will face off. The Chiefs’ TOMMY TOWNSEND leads the NFL with a 47.3 net punting average, while the Jaguars’ LOGAN COOKE (44.3) is fourth.
8. UNDER-THE-RADAR STORYLINE: Since entering the league in 2020, Chargers quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT has 19 games with at least 300 passing yards, tied for the most in the league. With 300 passing yards at San Francisco on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), Herbert will surpass ANDREW LUCK (19) for the most 300-yard games by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history. Herbert has thrived under offensive coordinator JOE LOMBARDI. The NFL this month is honoring Lombardi, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy who served a four-year tour of active duty, and all of our nation’s service members, veterans and their families in the annual Salute to Service initiative. Grounded in deep partnerships with military and veteran support organizations, Salute to Service seeks to honor, empower and connect with our nation’s military community. The military is an important part of Lombardi’s family. His grandfather, Pro Football Hall of Famer VINCE LOMBARDI, was as an assistant at the United States Military Academy under the legendary Earl “Red” Blaik from 1949-53.
- For more information on the NFL’s Salute to Service initiative, click here.For the team-by-team nominees for the 12th Annual Salute to Service Award Presented by USAA, including a new fan voting opportunity, click here.
9. TREND TIME: Including the postseason, the Rams’ SEAN MCVAY against Arizona is 11-1 (.917), the best winning percentage by an active head coach against an opponent with a minimum of 10 meetings.
10. THIS WEEK IN NFL HISTORY: Nov. 8, 1987 (35 years ago) – LAWRENCE TAYLOR records two sacks and intercepts the Patriots’ STEVE GROGAN at the New York 15-yard line with just over a minute remaining to preserve a 17-10 Giants victory. An eventual Pro Football Hall of Famer, Taylor highlights the first regular-season game in NFL history to air on the new medium of cable television. The ESPN broadcast booth on the historic occasion features Mike Patrick, Roy Firestone and Larry Csonka, with Chris Berman in the studio.
11. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Recent history has proven that every NFL team should have hope. One example: In each of the past five seasons (2018-22) and in 14 of the past 16 (since 2007), at least one club has established or tied its best start in franchise history after eight games. Last week, the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (8-0) extended the NFL’s streak. ARIZONA (2021), BALTIMORE (2019, 2020 and 2021), the LOS ANGELES RAMS (2018), NEW ENGLAND (2019), PITTSBURGH (2020), SAN FRANCISCO (2019), and TAMPA BAY (2020 and 2021) have preceded the Eagles over the past five seasons in that category. And since 2007, 18 of the 32 NFL teams have established or tied their best eight-game starts in franchise history.
WEEK 10 NFL SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern)
|Thursday, November 10||Atlanta at Carolina||Prime Video||8:15|
|Sunday, November 13||Seattle vs. Tampa Bay (Munich)||NFLN||9:30|
|Minnesota at Buffalo||FOX||1:00|
|Detroit at Chicago||FOX||1:00|
|Jacksonville at Kansas City||CBS||1:00|
|Cleveland at Miami||CBS||1:00|
|Houston at New York Giants||CBS||1:00|
|New Orleans at Pittsburgh||FOX||1:00|
|Denver at Tennessee||CBS||1:00|
|Indianapolis at Las Vegas||CBS||4:05|
|Dallas at Green Bay||FOX||4:25|
|Arizona at Los Angeles Rams||FOX||4:25|
|Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco||NBC||8:20|
|Monday, November 14||Washington at Philadelphia||ESPN||8:15|
|Bye week: Baltimore, Cincinnati, New England, N.Y. Jets|
NFL PREVIEW: WHAT TO LOOK FOR
WELCOME TO GERMANY: When the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-3) and TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-5) meet at Allianz Arena in Munich on Sunday (9:30 AM ET, NFL Network), it will mark the first NFL regular-season game played in Germany and the fourth of five international games on the 2022 NFL schedule. San Francisco and Arizona close out the international slate of games this season on Monday Night Football from Mexico City in Week 11.
|Week 4||United Kingdom (London)||Tottenham Hotspur Stadium||Minnesota 28, New Orleans 25|
|Week 5||United Kingdom (London)||Tottenham Hotspur Stadium||New York Giants 27, Green Bay 22|
|Week 8||United Kingdom (London)||Wembley Stadium||Denver 21, Jacksonville 17|
|Week 10||Germany (Munich)||Allianz Arena||Seattle vs. Tampa Bay|
|Week 11||Mexico (Mexico City)||Estadio Azteca||San Francisco vs. Arizona|
With a start in Germany, Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY will become the first quarterback to start a game in three different countries outside of the United States. Each of his three previous international starts came with New England, with one start in Mexico City (Week 11, 2017) and two starts in London (Week 7, 2009 and Week 8, 2012). Brady is 3-0 in international games and his 125.2 passer rating is the highest among all quarterbacks who have started multiple games outside of the United States.
Brady, who has the fewest interceptions (one) among all quarterbacks with at least three starts this season, enters Week 10 with 373 consecutive pass attempts without an interception and can surpass AARON RODGERS in 2018 (402) for the most consecutive pass attempts without an interception in NFL history.
The players with the most consecutive pass attempts without an interception in NFL history:
|Aaron Rodgers||Green Bay||2018||402|
|Tom Brady||Tampa Bay||2022||373*|
|Tom Brady||New England||2010-11||358|
|Derek Carr||Oakland Raiders||2018||332|
Since entering the NFL in 2014, Tampa Bay wide receiver MIKE EVANS ranks second among all players in touchdown receptions (78) and third in receiving yards (9,918) and is the only player in league history with at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first eight career seasons.
With at least 82 receiving yards, Evans can become the sixth player all-time with at least 10,000 receiving yards and 75 touchdown receptions in his first nine career seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers MARVIN HARRISON, CALVIN JOHNSON, RANDY MOSS and JERRY RICE as well as LARRY FITZGERALD.
The players with at least 10,000 receiving yards and 75 touchdown receptions in their first nine seasons in NFL history:
|PLAYER||TEAM(S)||REC. YARDS||REC. TD|
|Randy MossHOF||Minnesota, Oakland Raiders||10,700||101|
|Jerry RiceHOF||San Francisco||11,776||118|
|Mike Evans||Tampa Bay||9,918*||78*|
|*In ninth season|
Evans leads the Buccaneers with 44 receptions this season and needs six receptions to become the sixth player in NFL history with at least 50 receptions in each of his first nine career seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON, ANQUAN BOLDIN, GARY CLARK, LARRY FITZGERALD and TORRY HOLT.
Seattle rookie running back KENNETH WALKER leads all rookies with seven rushing touchdowns and has recorded at least one rushing touchdown in five consecutive games. With a rushing touchdown in Munich, he can become the fourth rookie since 1990 to rush for a touchdown in six consecutive games.
The rookies with the most consecutive games with a rushing touchdown since 1990:
|Robert Edwards||New England||1998||6|
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FAMILY AFFAIRS: Among the matchups scheduled for Week 10, multiple members of the same families could meet one another in four different games.
Brothers DALVIN and JAMES COOK will meet for the first time in their careers in Buffalo (1:00 PM ET, FOX), brothers AMON-RA and EQUANIMEOUS ST. BROWN will face off in Chicago (1:00 PM ET, FOX) and cousins NICK and BRADLEY CHUBB square off in Miami (1:00 PM ET, CBS).
There have only been two occasions in the Super Bowl era in which two brothers each scored a touchdown in the same game: KEVIN and ANDRE DYSON on September 22, 2002 (Cleveland at Tennessee) and WILLIE and TERRY JACKSON on November 5, 2000 (San Francisco at New Orleans).
Additionally, JOEY and NICK BOSA can share the field on Sunday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, NBC) when the Chargers visit San Francisco. Along with their father, JOHN BOSA (seven career sacks), Joey (59.5) and Nick (33) have combined for 99.5 sacks as a family and can become the seventh family, in which each player had at least one sack, to reach 100 combined sacks since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.
The NFL families with the most combined sacks since 1982 (minimum one sack each):
|Matthews||Clay Sr., Clay, Casey||163.5|
|Bosa||John, Joey*, Nick*||99.5|
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PATRICK STARRING: Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES leads the NFL with 2,605 passing yards this season and in Week 9 became the first player in the Super Bowl era with at least 400 passing yards (466), 60 rushing yards (63) and both a touchdown pass and a rushing touchdown in a single game.
Mahomes, who also passed for 423 yards in Week 7 before the team’s Week 8 bye, can join RYAN FITZPATRICK (Weeks 1-3, 2018) and DAK PRESCOTT (Weeks 2-4, 2020) as the only players in NFL history with at least 400 passing yards in three consecutive games.
Since entering the NFL in 2017, Mahomes has nine career games with at least 400 passing yards and can become the first player with at least 10 such games in his first six career seasons in NFL history.
The players with the most games with at least 400 passing yards in their first six seasons in NFL history:
|Patrick Mahomes||Kansas City||9*|
|*In sixth season|
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FIELDS DAY: Last week, quarterback JUSTIN FIELDS became the first player in NFL history with at least three touchdown passes, 150 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in a single game. His 178 rushing yards last week are the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a regular-season game since at least 1940.
Fields has recorded at least one touchdown pass and one rushing touchdown in three consecutive games and can become the fifth player in the Super Bowl era to reach those marks in four consecutive games, joining KYLER MURRAY (five consecutive games in 2020), JIM HART (four in 1968), RYAN TANNEHILL (four from 2020-21) and MICHAEL VICK (four in 2010).
The players with at least one touchdown pass and one rushing touchdown in the most consecutive games in the Super Bowl era:
|Jim Hart||St. Louis Cardinals||1968||4|
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KING ME: Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY leads the NFL with 870 rushing yards and ranks second with nine rushing touchdowns this season. Since 2018, he leads all players with 64 rushing touchdowns, including at least 10 rushing touchdowns in each of his past four seasons.
With a rushing touchdown against Denver (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Henry can become the fifth player in NFL history with at least 10 rushing touchdowns in five consecutive seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (nine consecutive seasons from 2001-09), ADRIAN PETERSON (seven from 2007-13), SHAUN ALEXANDER (five from 2001-05) and MICHAEL TURNER (five from 2008-12)
The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 10 rushing touchdowns in NFL history:
|LaDainian TomlinsonHOF||San Diego Chargers||9 (2001-09)|
|Adrian Peterson||Minnesota||7 (2007-13)|
|Shaun Alexander||Seattle||5 (2001-05)|
|Michael Turner||Atlanta||5 (2008-12)|
|Derrick Henry||Tennessee||4* (2018-21)|
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RECORD SETTING RECEIVERS: Miami wide receiver TYREEK HILL leads the league with 76 receptions and 1,104 receiving yards this season, the most receiving yards by a player in his team’s first nine games of a season in the Super Bowl era, while Los Angeles Rams wide receiver COOPER KUPP, in eight games, ranks second with 72 receptions.
On Sunday against Cleveland (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Hill can surpass JULIO JONES (1,189 receiving yards in 2015) for the most receiving yards by a player in his team’s first 10 games of a season in the Super Bowl era and become the fifth player in NFL history to reach 1,200 receiving yards in his team’s first 10 games of a season.
The players with the most receiving yards in their team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history:
|Elroy “Crazy Legs” HirschHOF||L.A. Rams||1951||1,268|
|Raymond BerryHOF||Baltimore Colts||1960||1,264|
|Charlie Hennigan||Houston Oilers||1961||1,245|
|Don HutsonHOF||Green Bay||1942||1,204|
|Isaac BruceHOF||St. Louis Rams||1995||1,183|
|*In team’s first nine games|
While the Rams have played one fewer game than the Dolphins due to an earlier bye week, Kupp isn’t far behind Hill.
Kupp, who has recorded at least eight receptions in six of his eight games this season, needs eight catches against Arizona (4:25 PM ET, FOX) to become the third player in NFL history with at least 80 receptions in his team’s first nine games of a season, joining MICHAEL THOMAS (86 receptions in 2019) and JULIO JONES (80 in 2015).
The players with the most receptions in their team’s first nine games of a season in NFL history:
|Michael Thomas||New Orleans||2019||86|
|Michael Thomas||New Orleans||2019||78|
|Cooper Kupp||L.A. Rams||2022||72*|
|*In team’s first eight games|
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FASTEST TO 4,000: Since entering the NFL in 2020, Minnesota wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON leads all players with 3,883 receiving yards and has recorded 19 games with at least 100 receiving yards, tied with DAVANTE ADAMS and COOPER KUPP for the most such games over the past three seasons.
With at least 100 receiving yards at Buffalo (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Jefferson can surpass ODELL BECKHAM JR. (19 games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (19) for the most such games by a player in his first three career seasons in NFL history.
Jefferson, who has appeared in 41 career games, needs 117 receiving yards on Sunday to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (42 games) and ODELL BECKHAM JR. (42) for the fewest games to reach 4,000 career receiving yards in NFL history.
The players to reach 4,000 career receiving yards in the fewest games in NFL history:
|Lance AlworthHOF||San Diego Chargers||42|
|Odell Beckham Jr.||New York Giants||42|
|*Has 3,883 receiving yards|
AFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK – WEEK 9
Running back JOE MIXON of the Cincinnati Bengals, linebacker JUSTIN HOUSTON of the Baltimore Ravens and kicker CAMERON DICKER of the Los Angeles Chargers are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 9 (November 3, 6-7).
OFFENSE: RB JOE MIXON, CINCINNATI BENGALS
- Mixon totaled 211 scrimmage yards (153 rushing, 58 receiving) and five touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving) in Cincinnati’s 42-21 win over Carolina. He became the sixth player in the Super Bowl era with at least 200 scrimmage yards and five touchdowns in a single game and the third player in the Super Bowl era with at least four rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in a single game.
- This is the third-career Offensive Player of the Week award for Mixon and first this season:
- 2020: Week 4
- 2021: Week 12
- 2022: Week 9
- He is the third Bengals running back to win the award at least three times, joining James Brooks (four-time winner) and Corey Dillon (three-time winner).
DEFENSE: LB JUSTIN HOUSTON, BALTIMORE RAVENS
- Houston recorded three tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception in Baltimore’s 27-13 victory over New Orleans on Monday Night Football. He is the second player this season to record at least two sacks and an interception in a single game.
- This is the fourth-career Defensive Player of the Week award for Houston and first as a Raven:
- 2013: Weeks 1, 3 (with Kansas City)
- 2019: Week 5 (with Indianapolis)
- 2022: Week 9 (with Baltimore)
- Houston is one of five players with at least four AFC Defensive Player of the Week awards since 2013 (Shaquille Leonard, Cameron Wake, J.J. Watt and T.J. Watt).
SPECIAL TEAMS: K CAMERON DICKER, LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
- Dicker converted two field goal attempts – from 31 and 37 yards – and two point-after attempts in the Los Angeles Chargers’ 20-17 victory over Atlanta. His 31-yarder tied the game in the fourth quarter and his 37-yarder won the game as time expired.
- This is the second Special Teams Player of the Week award for Dicker (Week 5 with Philadelphia) and he becomes the first rookie kicker to ever win the award with two different teams.
- He joins Michael Badgley (Week 14, 2018) as the only Chargers rookie kickers to ever earn the honor.
NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK – WEEK 9
Quarterback JUSTIN FIELDS of the Chicago Bears, safety KERBY JOSEPH of the Detroit Lions and punter JAKE CAMARDA of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 9 (November 3, 6-7).
OFFENSE: QB JUSTIN FIELDS, CHICAGO BEARS
- Fields totaled four touchdowns (career-high three passing, one rushing) and had 178 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in Week 9, the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a regular-season game since at least 1940. He also became the first player in NFL history with at least three touchdown passes, 150 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in a single game.
- This is the first-career Offensive Player of the Week award for Fields. He becomes the ninth Bears quarterback to earn the honor and the first since Mitchell Trubisky (Week 10, 2018).
- Fields is the fourth former Buckeye quarterback to be named Offensive Player of the Week, joining Kent Graham (Week 5, 1996 and Week 15, 1998), Bobby Hoying (Week 14, 1997) and Mike Tomczak (Week 4, 1989).
DEFENSE: S KERBY JOSEPH, DETROIT LIONS
- Joseph recorded 10 tackles, three passes defensed and two interceptions in the Lions’ 15-9 win over Green Bay. He is one of two players to record 10 tackles and two interceptions in a single game this season.
- This is Joseph’s first-career Defensive Player of the Week award, and he is the first-ever Lions rookie to earn the honor.
- He is the third defensive back from of the University of Illinois to win the award, joining Vontae Davis (Week 18, 2002) and Keith Taylor (Week 7, 1989).
SPECIAL TEAMS: P JAKE CAMARDA, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
- Camarda averaged 59.5 yards over six punts (54.2 net yards) and placed four inside the 20-yard line with a long of 74 yards in the Buccaneers’ Week 9 win. He had the longest punt, the most punts placed inside the 20-yard line and highest yards-per-punt average among all punters in Week 9.
- This is Camarda’s first Special Teams Player of the Week award and is the first Tampa Bay rookie punter to ever earn the honor.
- He is the first-ever punter from the University of Georgia to earn Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
THURSDAY NIGHT CAPSULE: ATLANTA FALCONS (4-5) @ CAROLINA PANTHERS (2-7)
Week 10 of the 2022 NFL season gets underway on Thursday, November 10 (8:15 PM ET, Prime Video) as the Atlanta Falcons (4-5) visit the Carolina Panthers (2-7) in an NFC South division battle. Atlanta holds the all-time regular-series advantage, 35-20, including wins in each of the past four matchups played in Carolina. In their Week 8 meeting this season, the Falcons defeated the Panthers, 37-34, in overtime in a game that saw the two teams combine for four fourth quarter touchdowns and kicker YOUNGHOE KOO convert the game-winning 41-yard field goal with 1:55 remaining in overtime.
Atlanta enters Week 10 with the NFC’s second-ranked rushing offense (162.9 rushing yards per game) and is the only team in the NFL with four players each with at least 250 rushing yards this season. Quarterback MARCUS MARIOTA has 13 touchdowns (10 passing, three rushing) in nine starts this year and aims for his third road start in a row without an interception. Running back CORDARRELLE PATTERSON has five rushing touchdowns in five games this season and recorded a touchdown in each of his two games against the Panthers last season. Rookie running back TYLER ALLGEIER set career highs in scrimmage yards (123) and rushing yards (99) last week and ranks fourth among all rookies with 423 rushing yards this season.
Linebacker RASHAAN EVANS has recorded at least five tackles in each of his first nine games this season, including nine tackles with a sack in the Week 8 matchup against Carolina. Linebacker MYKAL WALKER has at least nine tackles in five of his past six games while safety RICHIE GRANT has at least five tackles in eight of his first nine games in 2022.
Carolina quarterback P.J. WALKER has won each of his first two career home starts with the Panthers (Week 11, 2020 and Week 7, 2022) and passed for a career-high 317 yards in the Week 8 meeting with Atlanta. Quarterback BAKER MAYFIELD had two touchdown passes with no interceptions last week and had three touchdown passes with a career-high 151.3 rating in his only career start against the Falcons (November 11, 2018, with Cleveland). Running back D’ONTA FOREMAN had a career-high three rushing touchdowns while wide receiver D.J. MOORE recorded 152 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in Week 8 against Atlanta.
Defensive end BRIAN BURNS recorded his sixth sack of the season last week and is one of five players with at least six sacks in each of the past four seasons. Linebacker SHAQ THOMPSON led the team with 10 tackles in Week 9 and has recorded at least 10 tackles in five of his past six against Atlanta. Defensive back MYLES HARTSFIELD aims for his fifth in a row with at least seven tackles.
Prime Video will stream 15 Thursday Night Football games this season (Weeks 2-17, excluding Thanksgiving). The game will feature Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit and Kaylee Hartung on the call.
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Falcons lead all-time series, 35-20
STREAKS Falcons have won past 2
LAST GAME 10/30/22: Panthers 34 at Falcons 37 (OT)
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/12/21: Falcons 29, Panthers 21
LAST WEEK L 20-17 vs. L.A. Chargers
COACH VS. OPP. Arthur Smith: 2-1
PTS. FOR 24.1
PASSING Marcus Mariota: 124-201-1,561-10-6-90.0
RUSHING Tyler Allgeier (R): 94-423-4.5-1
RECEIVING Drake London (R): 33-369-11.2-2
PTS. AGAINST 25.0
SACKS Grady Jarrett: 4.5
INTs Richie Grant: 2
TAKE/GIVE +1 (13/12)
PUNTING (NET) Bradley Pinion: 48.6 (41.9)
KICKING Younghoe Koo: 67 (22/22 PAT; 15/19 FG)
QB MARCUS MARIOTA passed for 253 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 105.2 rating in Week 8 meeting. Has 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 93.2 rating in 4 road starts in 2022. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 0 INTs. Has 300+ pass yards in 2 of his past 3 Thursday starts. • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 2nd-career game with 2 rush TDs last week & has 5 rush TDs in 5 games in 2022. Aims for his 4th in row with rush TD. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with TD. • RB TYLER ALLGEIER (rookie) had career-high 123 scrimmage yards (career-high 99 rush, 24 rec.) in Week 9, his 2nd-career game with 100+ scrimmage yards. Had TD catch in Week 8 meeting. Ranks 4th among rookies with 423 rush yards. Aims for his 5th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR DRAKE LONDON ranks 3rd among rookies in catches (33) & 4th in rec. yards (369). • TE KYLE PITTS had rec. TD in Week 8 meeting. Had 5 catches for 61 yards in last road meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with 5+ receptions. • DL GRADY JARRETT had 2 TFL in Week 8 meeting. Had FR in last road meeting. • LB RASHAAN EVANS had 12 tackles, TFL, PD & 2nd=career FF last week. Had sack in Week 8 meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with 9+ tackles. Has 5+ tackles in each of 1st 9 games this season. • LB MYKAL WALKER has 9+ tackles in 5 of his past 6. • LB LORENZO CARTER had INT-TD in Week 8 meeting. • S RICHIE GRANT had career-high 11 tackles & 2nd INT of season last week. Has 5+ tackles in 8 of 9 games this season.
LAST WEEK L 42-21 at Cincinnati
COACH VS. OPP. Steve Wilks: 0-2
PTS. FOR 19.9
PASSING P.J. Walker: 53-90-623-3-3-77.2
RUSHING D’Onta Foreman: 60-296-4.9-3
RECEIVING DJ Moore: 35-449-12.8-3
PTS. AGAINST 25.3
SACKS Brian Burns: 6
INTs Donte Jackson: 2
TAKE/GIVE -4 (8/12)
PUNTING (NET) Johnny Hekker:49.8 (44.0)
KICKING Eddy Pineiro: 57 (15/16 PAT; 14/16 FG)
• QB P.J. WALKER has won each of his 1st 2 home starts with Car. (Week 11, 2020 & Week 7, 2022). Passed for career-high 317 yards & TD vs. INT in Week 8 meeting. • QB BAKER MAYFIELD passed for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126 rating last week. Completed 17 of 20 atts. (85 pct.) for 216 yards & 3 TDs vs 0 INTs for career-high 151.3 rating in his only career start vs. Atl. (11/11/18 w/ Cle.). • RB D’ONTA FOREMAN rushed for 118 yards & career-high 3 TDs in Week 8 meeting. • RBRAHEEM BLACKSHEAR (rookie) had career-high 53 scrimmage yards (40 rec., 13 rush) in Week 9. • WR DJ MOORE had 6 catches for 152 yards & rec. TD in Week 8 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 60+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 8th in row vs. Atl. with 50+ rec. yards. • WR TERRACE MARSHALL had 1st-career rec. TD last week. Had career-high 87 rec. yards in Week 8 meeting. • TE TOMMY TREMBLE had 2nd rec. TD of season last week. • DE BRIAN BURNS had 6th sack of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with sack. Has sack in 2 of his 3 career Thursday games. • DT DERRICK BROWN had career-high 12 tackles in Week 8 meeting. Has 5 PD in his past 4 at home. • LB FRANKIE LUVU aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 0.5+ sacks & TFL. • LB SHAQ THOMPSON led team with 10 tackles last week. Has 10+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 vs. Atl. & aims for his 4th in row vs. Atl. with 10+ tackles & TFL. • DB MYLES HARTSFIELD aims for his 5th in row with 7+ tackles.
BILLS QB JOSH ALLEN TO MISS PRACTICE; LISTED DAY TO DAY
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said Josh Allen will miss practice on Wednesday due to an injury to his throwing elbow, but the star quarterback could play against the NFC North-leading Minnesota Vikings this weekend.
McDermott wouldn’t reveal the severity of the injury and stuck mostly to an opening statement in which he referred to Allen as being day to day. The coach then anticipated the next question by saying: “Is he going to play? We’ll see.”
The injury to Allen’s right elbow is similar to the one that forced him to miss four games during his rookie season in 2018, the last time he missed a start. While Allen is lobbying to play through the injury, the AFC-leading Bills (6-2) might decide to rest the NFL’s third-leading passer for a week or two in order to have him healthy for a late-season playoff push.
If Allen can’t play, the Bills would turn the NFL’s top-ranked offense in yards gained to backup Case Keenum. The 10-year journeyman was acquired in an offseason trade with Cleveland and has a 29-35 career record, with just two starts – both wins – in his previous two seasons.
Allen was hurt while failing in his attempt to march the Bills into field-goal position on their final drive of a 20-17 loss at the New York Jets. Facing second-and-2, Allen dropped back and was in the process of throwing the ball when his arm was wrenched down and to the side by defensive lineman Bryce Huff, who also knocked the ball loose for a 19-yard loss.
Allen was spotted holding his elbow before the next play, in which he bounced a pass short intended for Stefon Diggs. The quarterback, however, showed no limitations in launching a deep pass up the left sideline, where Gabe Davis couldn’t bring the ball in on fourth down.
Following the game, Allen played down the injury.
“There’s some slight pain,” he said, “but we’ll get through it.”
The uncertainty with Allen comes with the Bills preparing to host a surging Vikings team that has won six straight and sits second in the NFC standings with a 7-1 record.
The Bills still have a direct path to winning their third consecutive AFC East title and finishing first in the conference for the first time since 1993, but their margin for error shrunk with the loss to the Jets. Buffalo dropped to 0-2 against division opponents, including a 21-19 loss at Miami in September.
Keenum last started in the Browns’ 2021 season-ending 21-16 win over Cincinnati in which he finished 17 of 24 for 176 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Keenum had his best season with the Vikings in 2017, when he finished 11-3, and was most remembered for his 61-yard touchdown pass to Diggs as time expired to secure a 29-24 win over New Orleans in the NFC divisional round of the playoffs.
“No. 1 is he’s brought a presence and a leadership from his position that I think is unique to him,” McDermott said of Keenum. “He’s a veteran player that’s taken a lot of snaps. He’s won games, and he’s just got a great, great disposition.”
The Bills are 1-4 in games Allen doesn’t start since he was selected in the first round of the 2018 draft. Third-string QB Matt Barkley accounts for the lone victory, a 41-10 win over the Jets in 2018.
IMPROVED ILLINOIS EXTENDS CONTRACT OF OC BARRY LUNNEY JR
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois offensive coordinator Barry Lunney Jr. has agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2025 season, the school announced Wednesday.
Lunney, who is earning $675,000 this year, will be paid $800,000 in 2023 and $825,000 each of the following two years.
Coach Bret Bielema in January hired Lunney away from UTSA, where he was offensive coordinator and associate head coach. Lunney previously worked on Bielema’s staff at Arkansas.
The 21st-ranked Illini (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) are averaging better than 83 yards more per game this season, the biggest improvement in the Big Ten by more than 20 yards.
Illinois features the nation’s leading rusher in Chase Brown, the No. 2 quarterback in completion percentage in Tommy DeVito, and an offensive line that is up for the Joe Moore Award as the nation’s top unit.
Illinois is in first place in the Big Ten West heading into its home game against Purdue on Saturday.
“Coach Lunney has had a huge impact in his time here directing our offense,” Bielema said. “He has provided an excitement for our offensive players and coaches in the building every day since he came in. The opportunities he has provided our players through his efficient scheme has been vital for the success of our program as we set new expectations going forward.”
COASTAL CAROLINA QB MCCALL TO MISS 3-TO-6 WEEKS WITH INJURY
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall will miss three to six weeks with a foot injury sustained a week ago in a win over Appalachian State.
The school announced McCall’s status Wednesday. The injury’s recovery timeline means that McCall’s availability for a potential Sun Belt Conference championship game on Dec. 3 is in question.
A school spokesman said in a text to The AP that McCall will not need surgery.
The Chanticleers (8-1, 5-1) have a one-game lead in the East Division over first-year league member James Madison. Coastal Carolina would also be in line to host the game as the division winner with the best overall record.
McCall will be out for Coastal’s home game with Southern Miss on Saturday. The team plays at Virginia of the Atlantic Coast Conference on Nov. 19 before closing the regular season at James Madison.
McCall is a two-time Sun Belt player of the year and is fifth in the country in passing efficiency (176.10). He set an NCAA mark in that category last season (207.65)
McCall, a 6-foot-3, fourth-year junior from Indian Trail, North Carolina, has started the past three seasons, throwing for 7,700 yards with 75 touchdowns and seven interceptions over 33 games, 31 of them starts.
BAKER TO RETURN AS HOUSTON ASTROS MANAGER FOR 2023
HOUSTON (AP) For years, as Dusty Baker chased his first World Series title as a manager, the former big league outfielder would always say if he won one he’d like to win two.
Baker will get a chance to do just that after he agreed to a one-year contract with the Houston Astros.
“How many times in your life do you say something and then have the opportunity to fulfill it,” Baker said Wednesday. “I wasn’t just talking. I meant what I said. I love keeping my word. So, hey man we’ve got a chance to win back to back and this is what I’d like to do.”
The 73-year-old Baker earned his first World Series championship as a manager in his 25th season as a skipper when the Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies in six games Saturday. The days since then have been a “whirlwind” for Baker, who has been packing to head home to California and said he has about 1,500 texts and countless emails he hasn’t had a chance to read.
With everything he has going on, it was good that it didn’t take long for Baker and team owner Jim Crane to agree to a new contract. Crane said the discussion was a quick one, lasting only about 15 minutes.
“He wanted another year so that’s what we gave him,” Crane said. “He’s a legend and he’s really done a lot for the team.”
Things aren’t so straightforward for general manager James Click, whose contract also expired at the end of the season. Click said Tuesday night at the general managers’ meetings in Las Vegas that he was having discussions about his future with Crane.
“We’re in discussions and when he gets back, we’ll complete those discussions,” Crane said.
Baker also won the World Series as a player on the 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers. Although he always said he wanted to win more than one title as a manager once he won one, he did take a little time to reflect after Saturday’s win and make sure he wanted to return for another season.
“I’d be going against what I was destined to do if I did anything else at this point in time,” he said. “I prayed on it and my answer was: `Hey man, get your butt back out there and manage again.'”
Click and Baker both joined the team in 2020 to replace general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch, who were fired in the aftermath of Houston’s sign-stealing scandal.
Crane raved about Baker’s strong presence in leading the team and trying to rebuild the image of the franchise after the cheating scandal.
“The day he walked in the door, he was very calm and certainly has a ton of experience,” Crane said. “And he did a great job in kind of settling things down, getting everybody focused on playing baseball and winning games.”
Baker took over for the COVID-19-shortened season. The Astros squeaked into the postseason as an AL wild card before heating up in the playoffs and coming one win shy of reaching the World Series.
The Astros won 95 games in 2021 and Baker made his first trip to the Series since 2002 with the Giants but came up short again as Houston fell to Atlanta in six games.
This season Houston won 106 games for the second-best record in franchise history. It captured its second World Series title and first since the scandal-tainted 2017 championship.
Along with the contracts of Click and Baker, the Astros also are dealing with several player contracts. They declined a $10 million option on first baseman Trey Mancini in favor of a $250,000 buyout and declined a $13 million option on reliever Will Smith in favor of a $1 million buyout.
Ace Justin Verlander is expected to decline his $25 million player option for next season and become a free agent Thursday.
“We’ve been talking to him and we’re working on it,” Crane said. “We’re going to do our best to try to keep him.”
Baker is 230-154 in his three regular seasons in Houston. He is 28-14 in the postseason with the Astros, tying Hinch (28-20) for most playoff wins in franchise history.
Baker, who turns 74 in June, is the oldest manager to win a World Series. Despite his age, he’s not ready to say next season will be his last.
“I’ve got work to do,” he said. “You can’t be satisfied with where you are or else you’ll never get past where you are right now. My thing is to win this pennant again next year and then I’ll tell you where I am next year at this point in time.”
Whenever he does hang it up, he has a strong case for the Hall of Fame. Baker is the 12th manager in major league history to reach 2,000 wins and the first Black man to do it. Ten of the 11 other managers who have accumulated at least 2,000 wins are in the Hall of Fame. Bruce Bochy (2,003), who isn’t yet eligible, is the only exception.
Baker said he isn’t thinking about that possibility yet with so much work to be done.
“I love winning,” he said. “I’m just telling you, I love winning probably more than anything else. I’m spoiled by winning. And so that’s what I plan on doing – doing some more winning.”
He was, however, tickled to learn that some of his toothpicks are already headed to the Hall of Fame along with his Game 2 jersey and Game 6 wristbands as artifacts from the World Series.
But he joked that the fact that his affinity for chewing toothpicks during games had become so well-known that the Hall of Fame wanted some didn’t take away the sting from another incident with his toothpicks.
“My agent, a few years ago contacted them to see if I get a toothpick endorsement,” he said. “And they told me they don’t need me to sell toothpicks because they’re going to sell them anyway. So that was very humbling.”
KNIGHT’S 3RD CAREER SHUTOUT LIFTS PANTHERS PAST HURRICANES
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Spencer Knight made 40 saves in his first shutout of the season and the third of his career, leading the Florida Panthers to a 3-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night.
Nick Cousins, Aleksander Barkov and Sam Bennett scored for Florida, which handed Carolina its second straight loss following a four-game winning streak.
The Panthers, opening a their five-game homestand with the victory, are 5-0 this season at home. They have won two in a row.
The game was played as Broward County was under a hurricane watch due to the approaching Hurricane Nicole.
Cousins gave Florida its lead at 9:21 of the first period. With the 21-year-old Knight (5-1-0) stopping every shot he faced, Cousin’s goal proved to be enough.
“I thought he got stronger as the game went on and he was required to be,” Florida coach Paul Maurice said of Knight. “That’s a good sign for any goaltender, (especially) a young man to be able to build his game like that.”
Barkov, the Panthers’ captain, gave Florida a cushion when he scored on a give-and-go from Carter Verhaeghe on the team’s fourth power-play opportunity midway through the third.
Bennett scored into an empty net in the final seconds.
“Most of the time, we played exactly the way we wanted,” Barkov said. “I think it helps us knowing this team is going to push the whole game. We had to be on our toes for the whole 60 minutes. We had a good goalie in the net, played good defensively and had some offense. I thought it was pretty solid.”
Carolina goalie Antti Raanta (3-1-1) made 33 saves in the loss.
The Hurricanes were 0-3 on the power play with majority of their time coming in the third period while down a goal. Carolina’s first chance with the man advantage came on a Brandon Montour penalty with 24.5 seconds remaining in the second period.
“Their goalie made some good saves and it was a tough game,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “I did not like our first period, we got behind and slowly kind of got back into it. We had plenty of opportunity, but it has been tough sledding when it comes to scoring. We have one goal in two games and that was off the back of a goalie. It magnifies everything when you’re not scoring. I didn’t love the game. We had too many guys who were not a factor.”
Eric Staal played his first NHL game in a 3-1 loss to the Panthers in Sunrise on Oct. 9, 2003.
Wednesday marked his 1,300th regular-season game, and Staal – now a member of the Panthers – was able to celebrate the milestone on the ice with two of his brothers: Florida defenseman Marc, and Carolina captain Jordan.
“There’s a sense of good hockey karma here,” said Maurice, who was Eric’s first NHL coach with the Hurricanes. “They deserve that.”
Eric Staal is the 54th player to reach 1,300 games in NHL history and is the active leader in games played.
The Panthers will have forward Matthew Tkachuk back on Saturday after he served the last of his two-game suspension on Wednesday. The Panthers are also expected to activate defenseman Aaron Ekblad from long-term injured reserve in time for their next game. . Carolina had center Paul Stastny and defenseman Calvin de Haan as healthy scratches, with goalie Frederik Anderson out after leaving practice early Tuesday with an undisclosed injury. Florida scratched defenseman Lucas Carlsson and forward Patric Hornqvist missed his third consecutive game with an upper-body injury.
Hurricanes: Host Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
Panthers: Host Edmonton Oilers on Saturday afternoon.
DACH, MONTEMBEAULT POWER CANADIENS PAST CANUCKS 5-2
MONTREAL (AP) Kirby Dach scored two goals and Samuel Montembeault made 30 saves, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night.
Dach, who was traded from Chicago to Montreal last summer at the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, said that he’s finding chemistry with Cole Caulfield and captain Nick Suzuki on the Habs’ top line.
“It’s been a ton of fun,” the 21-year-old Dach said about playing with Suzuki and Caufield. “We hang out a lot off the ice and at the rink, we’re always talking and letting each other know what each one sees on the ice and maybe different plays we can run.
“The chemistry’s been great, it’s been there right away.”
Veteran forward Brendan Gallagher is impressed with Dach just 14 games into the season.
“You can see the talent that he has, he works at it,” Gallagher said. “He has a big body, he enjoys being a part of a competitive atmosphere, he enjoys everything the city’s bringing to him and he’s having fun.
“He’s playing his game and that’s what you want. It’s exciting to see him, Cole and (Suzuki) work together.”
Nick Suzuki, Arber Xhekaj and Dach gave Montreal (7-6-1) a three-goal lead in the first period. Mike Hoffman also scored for the third time in two games.
“I really liked our first period, I think it was one of our best periods from start to finish,” Canadiens coach Martin St. Louis sasid. “It’s never easy to play a third period up by four goals because the most dangerous person is the one that has nothing to lose, so they take a lot more chances.
“They were dangerous in the third.”
Luke Schenn and Nils Hoglander scored for Vancouver (4-7-3) in a failed comeback try in the third period.
Thatcher Demko had a difficult night in the Canucks’ net, stopping 22 shots.
“Obviously, we know the start wasn’t good enough for us tonight,” Vancouver’s Bo Horvat said. “There’s no excuse for the way we started tonight.
“I thought there were parts of our game that I really liked, but obviously it wasn’t good enough for us tonight all-around.”
The Canadiens scored on the power play just 55 seconds in. Suzuki scored on a shot from the point, making Vancouver pay for Tanner Pearson’s hooking penalty.
Montreal doubled its lead with another shot from the point as Xhekaj scored his second of the season on a wrister that deflected off Pearson and into the net.
Dach added a third Canadiens goal when he stole the puck from J.T. Miller in Vancouver’s zone and beat Demko.
Hoffman gave the Canadiens a four-goal lead in the second period. He outpaced Jack Rathbone and beat Demko with a wrister. Hoffman also had a pair of goals in Montreal’s 3-2 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.
Vancouver scored at 4:46 of the third. Schenn’s slap shot from the point whizzed through traffic and beat Montembeault.
Hoglander cut the Canucks’ deficit to two goals by coverting a rebound for his first goal of the season.
Dach put the game away when Suzuki found him all alone with a cross-ice pass. The 22-year-old scored his second of the game with a wrist shot.
HORVAT STREAK END
Bo Horvat’s hot streak came to an end in Montreal. Horvat recorded at least one point in his last five games and six goals in his last four. In total, the centre picked up eight goals and two assists during the streak.
SUZUKI ON A ROLL
Nick Suzuki scored his sixth goal since Oct. 29, trailing only Buffalo Sabres center Tage Thompson with seven in that span. Suzuki has tied Brendan Gallagher for second-most in Canadiens’ history with a third opening-minute goal. Only Max Pacioretty (five) has more in franchise history.
Vancouver: At Toronto on Saturday in the third game of a five-game trip.
Montreal: Hosts Pittsburg Penguins on Saturday.
PENGUINS LOSE 2 D-MEN, BEAT CAPS TO END 7-GAME LOSING STREAK
WASHINGTON (AP) Already down two defensemen to injury, the Pittsburgh Penguins were in desperation mode when Jeff Petry skated off in pain and left them with just three healthy players at the position.
Veteran forward Jeff Carter to the rescue. Carter skated a shift on defense in his 1,313th NHL game Wednesday night to fill the void before Petry returned and the Penguins pieced enough together to beat the Washington Capitals 4-1 and snap their seven-game losing streak.
“Couldn’t have more confidence in Carts,” said goaltender Casey DeSmith, who made 24 saves for his first win of the season. “Monkey off the back. Obviously the team win means everything. Safe to say we needed it, and we earned it.”
The Penguins earned it by going a perfect 4 of 4 on the penalty kill against an opponent that was 4 of 5 on the power play in its last game. They also took advantage of Darcy Kuemper’s struggles in net, getting soft goals by Jason Zucker and Brock McGinn on shots that squeaked through.
“I don’t like letting in goals like that, and I’m not used to letting in goals like that,” said Kuemper, who allowed three goals on 27 shots. “I hate to lose, so tonight was a bad night.”
It could have been a bad night for Pittsburgh after losing Pierre-Olivier Joseph and Jan Rutta to injuries in the second period. Instead, No. 1 defenseman Kris Letang skated a game-high 28:28 and the Penguins won for the first time since Oct. 22, ending the organization’s longest skid since losing 10 in a row in 2006, during Sidney Crosby’s rookie season.
“Everybody in here’s happy about that,” said McGinn, who scored short-handed. “We’ve been taking some good strides the last couple games to try and get this win, and I think everybody’s a little relieved and happy that we came out tonight and got one.”
The Penguins were relieved Petry, who beat Kuemper clean on a shot from just inside the blue line for the third goal of the game, returned after a brief absence because, as Marcus Pettersson said, being down to three defensemen is a lot different than four. Coach Mike Sullivan in the meantime was just looking for a forward who could skate backwards and chose 37-year-old Carter for the cameo appearance.
“We were running a little low back there,” Carter said. “I was little bit out of my element there, but Sully says you’ve got to play your position.”
Sullivan said Rutta, who was leveled by Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, was being evaluated for an upper-body injury and Joseph for a lower-body injury.
“Good thing we have Carts back there to step up,” Pettersson said. “Hope the guys are all right, but you see a lot of ice time.”
Ovechkin’s point streak ended at six games and his goal streak at three. Missing several key players because of injury, Washington lost for the sixth time in eight games.
“We had opportunities, and we couldn’t put them in,” Sullivan said. “They had some bounces that went their way.”
NOTES: Jake Guentzel scored an empty-net goal with 1:36 left. … Capitals F Conor Sheary blocked a shot in the second and hobbled to the bench but remained in the game. Sheary was whistled for an illegal check to the head in the third that was a minor penalty because he did not extend his arm to make contact. … Penguins F Filip Hallander and Capitals D Alexander Alexeyev each made his season debut and played his second career NHL game.
Penguins: Visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night.
Capitals: Face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night to wrap up a four-game home stand.
KAPRIZOV SCORES TWICE ON POWER PLAY, WILD DEFEAT DUCKS 4-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Kirill Kaprizov scored two power-play goals and the Minnesota Wild continued their dominance over the Anaheim Ducks with a 4-1 victory Wednesday night.
The game was tied 1-1 after two periods before the Wild took control. Matt Dumba scored the go-ahead goal 1:21 into the third when he put in a loose puck in front of the net.
Joseph Cramarossa also scored the Wild, who have won 11 straight over the Ducks, which is the longest winning streak against an opponent in franchise history. Filip Gustavsson stopped 32 shots.
Pavol Regenda scored his first NHL goal as the Ducks dropped to 0-9 in games decided by two goals or more. John Gibson made 35 saves.
It is the second time in Kaprizov’s three seasons in the NHL he has scored twice on the power play. The other was in 2021 against Colorado.
Minnesota, which came into the game eighth in the league on the power play, was 2 for 6.
Kaprizov tied the game at 1 at 16:37 of the second period when he redirected Matt Boldy’s shot past Gibson 13 seconds into the Wild’s power play. The Minnesota forward, who leads the team with 10 goals, made it 3-1 when he slipped the puck into the near side of the post after getting a pass from Mats Zuccarello while the Wild had a two-man advantage.
Regenda’s first NHL goal came at 13:24 of the second period. He fired a snap shot from the slot to give Anaheim a short-lived 1-0 advantage.
Regenda was called up from the Ducks’ AHL affiliate in San Diego with Adam Henrique out of the lineup as his wife, Lauren, is expecting the couple’s first child.
Zegras appeared to score the third lacrosse-style goal in his brief NHL career early in the second period, but it was overruled when replay determined Dmitry Kulikov was offside prior to the goal.
Zegras had possession behind the Wild’s net before wrapping around the net, scooping the puck with his stick blade and putting it over Gustavsson’s right shoulder. Zegras did a salute after the goal in honor of the game being held on Ducks Military Appreciation Night.
Kaprizov was fined $5,000 for roughing Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty during Tuesday’s game. Kaprizov was assessed a match penalty for the second-period incident.
Wild: Travel to Seattle on Friday.
Ducks: Host Chicago on Saturday.
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PACERS BASKETBALL: REWIND
Despite holding a 14-point halftime lead, the Indiana Pacers came up short 122-119 against NBA two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
The Pacers (5-6) were able to tie the game with 55 seconds left after point guard Tyrese Haliburton made a shot just inside the 3-point arc. But Jokic answered to give the Nuggets the lead for good on the other end. After an eventful final 30 seconds, the Blue & Gold had the chance to send the game to overtime but a long-range launch by center Myles Turner missed at the buzzer.
“Tyrese had an amazing shot, and if his foot was an inch further back we take the lead and then the whole complexion completely changes,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. “It’s a game of inches and millimeters. It can be that close.”
Pacers rookie Bennedict Mathurin scored 30 points – including 18 in the second quarter – to lead all scorers while Jokic topped the Nuggets (8-3) with 24 points to go along with six assists and four rebounds in just 20 minutes, 42 seconds of play.
The Pacers struggled on offense off the tip, falling behind 10-3 on 1-for-8 shooting while turning the ball over four times by the 8:19-mark.
Out of a timeout, Haliburton scored his first points of the game on a running layup before he and Mathurin hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the deficit to 22-17 with 4:51 left in the first frame.
Despite four straight points by Isaiah Jackson to close the opening 12 minutes, the Pacers trailed 35-27 at the end of the first quarter.
In the opening quarter, Jokic scored 10 points to lead all scorers and Michael Porter Jr. had seven points while the team shot 57 percent from the field.
In the second quarter, Mathurin caught fire, scoring 11 points – on three made 3-pointers – in a 15-2 run as the Pacers took a 42-37 lead with 8:44 left in the half.
With 6:40 left in the second quarter, Jokic picked up his fourth foul of the game and Nuggets head coach Mike Malone was issued a technical foul.
Indiana didn’t let up before the buzzer, and Haliburton put an exclamation point on the game with a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left, as the Pacers led 70-56.
Outside of Mathurin’s 23 points, Jackson and Haliburton each had 13 points for the Pacers at halftime, which shot 52 percent overall (9-for-21 3-point). Aaron Gordon led the Nuggets with 11 points and Jokic had 10 – not scoring in the second frame.
The teams battled back-and-forth in the third quarter, but the Nuggets were able to cut it to 91-82 following an 8-2 run on two made 3-pointers by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with 3:47 on the clock.
Five straight points by the Nuggets’ Bones Hyland off the bench, including a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left, made it 95-89 Pacers going into the final frame.
The Nuggets took advantage of eight Pacers fouls by making all 11 of their free throw attempts in the third quarter.
Carlisle said the free throws in the third quarter made a big difference down the stretch.
“They just got the bonus early, marched to the line a bunch of times and were able to crawl back into it,” Carlisle said.
An alley-oop dunk from T.J. McConnell to Jackson and an and-one conversion and a 3-pointer by Mathurin extended the Pacers’ lead to 103-96 with 9:08 left in the game.
Then, Jokic came back off the bench.
With the MVP back on the floor, Denver went on a 10-2 run, behind seven points by Jokic, to take a 108-105 lead with 6:37 remaining.
Tied at 117, Jokic hit a jumper at the top of the key to put the visitors ahead by two. Carlisle was then given a technical foul which led to a pair of free throws made by Jamal Murray to make the difference 122-117 with 22 seconds left.
Six players scored in double figures for the Nuggets. After Jokic’s 24 points, Gordon and Caldwell-Pope each had 18 points and Porter scored 17. Overall, the Nuggets shot 48.9 percent (12 of 28 3-point) while making 24 of 26 free throws.
Mathurin made 10 of 17 shots (6-for-9 3-point) and the team shot 46 percent overall. Haliburton recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 assists, Turner had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Jackson finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Going into the game, the Pacers were second in the league in fast break points per game at 18.7 per game and the Nuggets were tied for third-most at 18.1 per game. At the night’s end, the Nuggets had 18 points on the break to the Pacers’ 12.
Both teams were also among the bottom of the league in turnovers and the stats showed, as the Pacers finished with 18 and the Nuggets had 20 giveaways.
Inside the Numbers
Jokic has recorded 79 regular season triple-doubles in his career. There are just two teams that he hasn’t accomplished the feat against: the Pacers and Washington Wizards. He has played against the Pacers 13 times now.
Against the Nuggets, Haliburton recorded his seventh double-double of the season. All of those double-doubles have been off points and assists. He leads the league in those double-double combinations and is tied for third in all double-doubles following Wednesday’s game. Jokic is tied for the league lead with eight double-doubles.
Mathurin has now scored 30 points twice this season. His career-high of 32 points was scored on Oct. 29 at Brooklyn.
The 43 points scored in the second quarter are the second-most in any quarter by the Pacers this season. Against the San Antonio Spurs, the team scored 49 points in the fourth quarter.
Jackson recorded his second double-double of the season and fifth of his career and Turner notched his third double-double of the season in six games played.
You Can Quote Me On That
“The one thing that I’m so impressed with (Mathurin) is he is just undaunted. He just continues to play his game and doesn’t get down – continues to have a strong belief in his abilities. And he’s an attacker, he’s a rare young player that’s just unfazed.” – Carlisle on Mathurin’s performance
“We’ve got to close games better, and that’s on me. It starts with me as a point guard. Down the stretch, we just gotta get better shots.” – Tyrese Haliburton on coming up short in the final quarter.”
“I just feel like they asserted themselves a lot more in that third quarter. You gotta give credit where credit’s due to their second unit. I think they came in and made a difference for them. And you know, it’s an unfortunate turn of events. We feel like we were in a position to win that game.” – Turner on the Nuggets without Jokic
“I wanted to bounce back. I wanted to just play really hard and try to get a win.” – Mathurin on scoring 30 points after coming off a career-low eight-point game
“We played with a lot of energy. I feel like that’s my role on the team … just to bring energy when I come in, be everywhere on the floor whether it’s on the offensive or defensive end. We did that tonight just as a whole group and I feel like I stepped up too.” – Jackson on his big night off the bench
Stat of the Night
Mathurin scored 23 points in the first half against the Nuggets. He’s the first Pacers rookie to score 20 pts and make five 3-pointers in a half over the last 25 seasons. In the first half, Mathurin outscored the entire Nuggets bench.
The Pacers wrap up a four-game homestand against Fred VanVleet and the Toronto Raptors at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7:00 PM ET.
INDY FUEL: MITCHELL HOELSCHER CALLED UP BY SPRINGFIELD
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel announced Wednesday that forward Mitchell Hoelscher has returned to the Springfield Thunderbirds of the American Hockey League after six games with the Fuel where he scored one goal and tallied 8 assists. He will join the Springfield Thunderbirds after leading the Fuel in +/- with +8.
The Waterloo, Ontario native has placed 12 games in the AHL with the Belleville Senators across two seasons, where he recorded two assists. He also played 25 games for the Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL in the 2021-22 season where he averaged over a point per game.
Hoelscher was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the sixth round of the 2018 NHL Draft while playing for the Ottawa 67’s of the OHL before beginning his professional career.
INDIANA FOOTBALL NOTES AT OHIO STATE
SETTING THE SCENE
• Indiana (3-6, 1-5 B1G) will face off with No. 2/2 Ohio State (9-0, 6-0 B1G) on the muddy banks of the Olentangy on Saturday with
Big Noon Kickoff on site. The Hoosiers and Buckeyes will kick off at Noon inside Ohio Stadium (102,780; Field Turf) on FOX.
• The Hoosiers and Buckeyes will meet for the 96th time in program history and the 63rd time in Columbus. The last meeting in
Ohio Stadium was a one-possession setback to the Buckeyes, 42-35, in 2020.
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• Saturday’s game continues a streak of five opponents in a seven-game stretch that are ranked or receiving votes in the top 25.
NEWS & NOTES
• Cornerback Tiawan Mullen pulled in his second interception of the season against No. 16/16 Penn State and grabbed the team
lead in career takeaways with his 11th forced takeaway in four seasons.
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• Running back Jaylin Lucas returned the opening kickoff at Rutgers for a touchdown to mark the first IU kickoff return for a score
since 2012 and the first return of the opening kickoff for a score since 2009. Lucas also led the FBS in kick return yardage during Week
8 and currently sits No. 6 the FBS in kickoff return average (28.2 ypkor).
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• Running back Josh Henderson has scored at least one touchdown in five of the last eight games for Indiana. He has rushed for
three and caught three passing touchdowns, including one of each versus Maryland for his first career multi-touchdown game.
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• Head coach Tom Allen is on pace to join a select group of coaches in IU history, as he is one victory away from the 30-win mark.
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• Place kicker Charles Campbell continues to move up the career field goals made and scoring charts at IU. He sits among the
top 10 in field goals made (No. 8; 37) and extra points made (No. 10; 66), and the top 15 in career scoring (No. 14; 177).
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• Outside linebacker Dasan McCullough is tied for the lead among all FBS true freshmen in tackles for loss or no gain, and is
tied for No. 3 in sacks and defensive stops (solo tackle or sack that led to an offensive failure) per Pro Football Focus.
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• For the second straight season, the Indiana special teams units have blocked multiple kicks in a year for special teams
coordinator Kasey Teegardin. The two blocked field goals in 2022 mark the seventh and eighth blocked kicks in that span.
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• Running backs Shaun Shivers and Henderson became the first pair of running backs with receiving touchdowns in the same
game since 2001 when they each hauled in touchdown passes at Cincinnati.
(OHIO STATE NOTES)
f Ohio State returns to Ohio Stadium for the penultimate game of this Ohio Stadium 100 anniversary season with a 12 noon game against the Indiana Hoosiers. The game will be Ohio State’s annual Military Appreciation Game. f Ohio State is on a 10-game winning streak dating to the 2022 Rose Bowl win over Utah and is 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the Big Ten East Division. f Ohio State has won 26 consecutive games over Indiana, but Indiana has made things interesting of late with three one-score games in the last 10 years. f The game represents the 95th all-time in the series that began in 1901. Ohio State holds a 76- 12-5 advantage in wins. f Indiana’s last wins over Ohio State were back-to-back in 1987 (31-10) and 1988 (41-7). The teams played to a 27-all tie in 1990. Bill Mallory was IU head coach for each of those seasons. f Sixth-year Ohio State OC Kevin Wilson was Indiana’s head coach for six years (2011-16). He led his final two Hoosier teams to bowl games. f Ohio State has not allowed Indiana a rushing touchdown or 100 yards rushing in a game in six years, or since the 2015 game in Bloomington.
OHIO STATE VS. INDIANA: THE SERIES f Ohio State leads the all-time series vs. Indiana 76-12-5. The Buckeyes have won 26 consecutive games between the two teams. f The Buckeyes’ 26-game winning streak in the nation’s longest over a single opponent. f The second-longest active streak: Texas A&M has won 24 consecutive games over TCU. f Recent one-score games between Ohio State and Indiana: 42-35 in 2020; 34-27 in 2015; 52-49 in 2012. f Ezekiel Elliott rushed for a then-school record 243 yards in the second half of the 2015 game. f Two of the five times Ohio State has had three running backs rush for 100 yards in a game came against Indiana, including most recently: 2011 (Dan “Boom” Herron, 141; Carlos Hyde, 105; Braxton Miller, 105).
IU TAKES DOWN NO. 5 MARYLAND, ADVANCES TO SIXTH STRAIGHT BIG TEN FINAL
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana men’s soccer (10-3-6, 3-1-4 B1G) has advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship match for a sixth straight season.
With a 2-1 semifinal victory on the road against No. 1-seeded and No. 5-ranked Maryland (10-3-5, 4-0-4 B1G) on Wednesday (Nov. 9) night, IU will play for its 16th Big Ten Tournament title on Sunday at Rutgers.
Two first-half goals and a stubborn second-half defensive effort pushed the Hoosiers past the Terrapins after the two teams played to a 1-1 draw 10 days ago in a result that helped UM win the regular season.
Indiana will meet Rutgers in the tournament final on Sunday (Nov. 13) at noon ET on Yurcak Field. The match will be televised on Big Ten Network.
• 8′ – Maryland had the first quality chance when a headed clearance came to UM junior forward Stefan Copetti outside the box. Copetti took a touch and fired just wide of goal.
• 24′ – Sophomore forward Tommy Mihalic earned a free kick about 20 yards out as the Hoosiers built attacking momentum. Wittenbrink fired it with pace to the far corner, but it sailed wide.
• 29′ – Copetti had another good chance that he pushed wide.
• 35′ – Wittenbrink made space for himself out wide before firing in a cross. The ball came to sophomore forward Samuel Sarver at the back post, and he punched it home for the opening goal.
• 39′ – A scramble in the box led to two shots on goal for Sarver, but both were somehow saved.
• 40′ – Moments later, Indiana had its second. After a cross from Wittenbrink, a shot by freshman midfielder Jack Wagoner was deflected into the path of junior defender Joey Maher. Maher put it away and doubled IU’s lead.
• 61′ – Freshman forward Collin Griffith equalized for Maryland with a shot from about 19 yards out.
• 65′ – The Terps nearly had their equalizer when a header from senior defender Chris Rindov banged off the crossbar and down. A review revealed that the ball came in front of the goal line, and no goal was given.
• 75′ – Sophomore midfielder Collin Griffin was shown a second yellow card after bringing down freshman forward Luka Bezerra in IU’s attacking half. The Terps would play with 10 men for the remainder of the match.
• 80′ – A scramble in the box ended in a save by junior goalkeeper JT Harms, his lone save of the match. The Terrapins tallied nine shots but just two on goal.
• Indiana punched its ticket to a sixth straight Big Ten final. IU is 3-2 in the previous five, winning three straight as part of three consecutive Big Ten Championship doubles from 2018-20.
• The Hoosiers are undefeated in their last five matches.
• Indiana is 4-3-1 against ranked opponents this season.
• IU’s all-time record versus Maryland improved to 7-5-8 and 4-2 in Big Ten Tournament matches, including games decided by penalties.
• Indiana clinched its 48th 10-win season in program history. In 50 seasons, IU has failed to reach 10 wins twice.
• With the assist to Sarver, Wittenbrink tallied his fourth goal contribution (two goals, two assists) in his last four matches. The first-team All-Big Ten honoree has tallied eight goals, seven assists and 23 points, tying his total output in all three categories between two seasons in the 2021 calendar year.
• Sarver scored his first goal since September 9 versus Akron and his third of the season. All three of Sarver’s goals have come against ranked opponents.
• Maher recorded his second goal of the season and No. 4 of his career.
• Wagoner, in his sixth start in seven matches, tallied the second assist of his Big Ten All-Freshman Team season.
Indiana will travel to Piscataway, New Jersey, to face Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament championship match on Sunday (Nov. 13) at noon ET.
PURDUE FOOTBALL NOTES AT ILLINOIS
• The Cannon Trophy is not the only thing that is up for grabs when Purdue Football travels west to face Illinois. A victory would move the Boilermakers into a tie atop the Big Ten West with just two week remaining in the season. Kickoff from Memorial Stadium is set for 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2. • The have won five of the past six Cannon Trophy games, as well as five in-a-row in Champaign dating back to 2010. • The last time the two teams met, the Boilermakers protected their home field with a 13-9 victory behind a late, 94-yard drive orchestrated by Aidan O’Connell coming off the bench. • The Boilermakers have limited negative plays on offense, allowing only 3.78 tackles-for-loss on average to rank seventh in the nation. • The Purdue defense ranks Top 25 nationally in third down defense (12th), fourth down defense (19th) and rushing defense (25th). • Wide receiver Charlie Jones ranks top 10 nationally in receptions per game (2nd-9.2), receiving touchdowns (4th-9) and receiving yards (6th-944). Last year with Iowa, Jones returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. • Purdue leads the Big Ten in passing offense (298.0 yards per game), ranking 16th nationally. The Boilermakers improve that to a conference-best 300.5 yards per game in league action. • Aidan O’Connell paces the Big Ten in passing yards per game, averaging 304.8 yards to also rank ninth nationally. The sixth-year senior completes 28.6 passes per game, fourth most in the country. • O’Connell enters the contest as the only Big Ten quarterback to average more than 300 passing yards in conference play (300.5 yards per game). • The Boilermakers have controlled time of possession in eight straight games, and their time of possession (33:07) ranks 13th in the nation.
Illinois Looks to Remain on Top of the Big Ten West • Illinois is in first place of the Big Ten West at 4-2, one game ahead of a four-way tie for second place between Purdue, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota at 3-3. • Illinois controls its own destiny for a Big Ten West championship, needing a win over Purdue plus one more win over Michigan or Northwestern to guarantee a spot in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 3. • Illinois has been ranked for five straight weeks, the Illini’s first time in the AP Top 25 since 2011. • Illinois was ranked in last week’s College Football Playoff rankings at No. 16. It was the first time Illinois has ever appeared in the CFP rankings. • Illinois climbed to No. 14 in the AP Poll last week before falling to Michigan State. This is the third season in the last 30 years that Illinois has cracked the AP’s top 15 (2001, 2007). • Illinois is off to a 7-2 start through nine games, its best start since staring 8-1 in 2001. • Illinois completed its first undefeated October since 2001 (3-0). The Illini won four games in October for the first time since 1990. • Illinois has won five straight games against Big Ten West opponents for the first time since the Big Ten switched to East/West divisions in 2014. Illinois has beaten every Big Ten West opponent in their last meeting, except Purdue. • Illinois is 4-2 in the Big Ten for the first time since 2007. The Illini have already matched their Big Ten wins total from last season (4). • Illinois is 6-1 in its last seven home games. The Illini have outscored opponents 190-66 (27.1-9.4) during those seven home games. • Illinois’ seven wins are tied for its most since 2007. The Illini finished 7-6 in 2010 and 2011. • Bret Bielema is 12-9 in his Illinois career (8-7 Big Ten). It is the best 21-game start for an Illinois head coach since John Mackovic started 13-7-1 in the 1988-89 seasons. • Illinois is 3-0 against teams it lost to in 2021. The Illini have avenged losses against Virginia, at Wisconsin, and against Iowa by a 67-19 margin after losing to the same three opponents by a combined 99-37 last year. • After winning in Madison for the first time since 2002, Illinois beat Iowa for the first time since 2008. The win over Iowa snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Hawkeyes. • Illinois beat Iowa and Wisconsin in the same season for the first time since 1989. It is the first time Illinois has beaten Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota in the same year since 1983. • The 24-point margin of victory over Wisconsin was the third-largest in an Illinois win in Madison and its biggest since 1988. It was the largest margin of victory for the Illini in a Big Ten road game since defeating Purdue by 34 points on Nov. 7, 2015. • Illinois is 10-4 in its last 14 games dating back to Oct. 23, 2021. Illinois Defense Keeps Trending Up • Illinois national ranks: 1st in scoring defense (10.4), 1st in total defense (232.2), 1st in passing efficiency defense (84.09), 1st in interceptions (16), 1st in first downs allowed (113), 1st in passing touchdowns allowed (5), 1st in passing defense (152.6), 2nd in touchdowns allowed (9), 2nd in passes defended (64), 2nd in yards per pass attempt (5.2), 2nd in fourth down conversions against (3), 3rd in takeaways (22), 3rd in third down defense (25.6%), 3rd in third down conversions against (31), 3rd in rushing touchdowns allowed (4), 3rd in fewest red zone attempts allowed (17), 3rd in red zone touchdown percentage (35.3%), 4th in rushing defense (79.7), 5th in yards per rush (2.86), 6th in TFL yards (300), 9th in fourth down defense (30.0%), 9th in red zone defense (70.6%), 9th in sack yards (190) • Illinois’ defense is ranked 3rd in the nation by ESPN’s SP+ metric and 4th by PFF. • Illinois has allowed only seven points in fourth quarters, the fewest in the nation.
More on the Illinois Defense • Michigan State is the only team to have gained 100+ yards rushing and 100+ yards passing in the same game against Illinois. Wyoming and Minnesota are the only two teams to run the ball for 100+ yards against Illinois, and they threw for 30 and 38 yards, respectively. • Illinois’ pass coverage is ranked third in the nation and its run defense is ranked fifth by PFF. • Illinois had held six straight opponents to 14 points or fewer before the Michigan State loss, the longest streak since 1989. • Illinois is 7-0 when allowing fewer than 20 points. The Illini allowed 23 points in both losses. • Illinois has allowed only nine touchdowns on 114 opponent drives and only seven in the last 90 drives. Indiana and Michigan State are the only opponents to score points on back-to-back drives against Illinois this season. • Illinois has at least one interception in all nine games this season and has an interception in 12 straight games dating back to last season. Seven different Illini have an INT this season. • During Illinois’ seven wins, opponents have a third down conversion rate of 19.8% (18-91). • 11 different Illini have a sack this season, tied for the eighth-most in the nation. • Illinois had allowed only 17 second half points before MSU scored 14 in the third quarter. • Illinois is outscoring opponents 81-31 in the second half. • Illinois held Wisconsin to just two yards rushing, the fewest yards the Badgers have rushed for at home since being held to 12 yards on Nov. 3, 2007, vs. Ohio State. • Illinois did not allow a touchdown in nonconference play for the first time since 1921 (52-0 vs. South Dakota, 21-0 vs. DePauw), helping Illinois complete its first undefeated nonconference schedule since 2011. It was the first time Illinois played 3+ nonconference games without allowing a TD since 1917 (22-0 vs. Kansas, 44-0 vs. Oklahoma, 28-0 vs. Camp Funston). • Illinois has allowed 50 passing yards or fewer in three games (30 vs. Wyoming, 49 vs. Chattanooga, 38 vs. Minnesota). It is the first time since at least 2000 Illinois has held three opponents under 50 passing yards. • Kendall Smith and Sydney Brown are tied for eighth in the nation in interceptions (4) and second in the Big Ten. Illinois is the only team in the nation with two players with four interceptions. • Johnny Newton (43) and Seth Coleman (33) have 76 combined pressures, tied for the most of any teammates in the nation, according to PFF (Washington’s Bralen Trice and Jeremiah Martin).
SHONDELL USHERS IN NATION’S #3 RECRUITING CLASS
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Head coach Dave Shondell welcomed in the 2023 signing class today, featuring six players: Taylor Anderson, Chloe Chicoine, Grace Heaney, Julia Kane, Rachel Williams and Kenna Wollard. The class ranks No. 3 in the nation according to PrepVolleyball.com, which ties the 2014 Signing Day as the highest ranked class in program history.
The class is made up of one setter (Anderson), two outside hitters (Chicoine and Wollard), one opposite/right side (Heaney) and two defensive specialists (Kane and Williams).
“It’s an athletic group,” Shondell said on the 2023 recruiting class. “It’s a group that has great experience from playing a high-level of club volleyball to advancing deep into state championship play with their high school teams. I think one of the most impressive things is just the leadership ability that this group possesses. Whether they’re ranked third, first, or nineteenth it really doesn’t matter. I know what we’re getting and we’re getting some players that are going to make us better.”
The incoming class includes four players ranked among the top 63 in the nation, including the program’s first No. 1 overall-ranked recruit in Chicoine. Heaney checks in at No. 17 overall, followed by Anderson at No. 38 and Wollard at No. 63.
Uniform #: 5
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
High School: Cornerstone Christian
Club Team: Alamo
Career Plans: Physical Therapy
Ranked the No. 1 setter and No. 6 overall by PrepDig
PrepVolleyball No. 6 ranked Setter
Ranked the No. 38 overall recruit by PrepVolleyball
Helped her team win four championship titles including: 2022 Nike Tournament of Champions Southwest
As a senior, posted 794 assists and 267 digs
Named MVP Nike Tournament of Champions Southwest All Tournament.
As a junior, posted 748 assists and 314 digs
Named San Antonio Express News all Area.
As a sophomore, she was named San Antonio Express News All Area
As a freshman, she was named 28-6A Unanimous Newcomer of the Year
Received the Prep Volleyball Frosh 59 Highest Honorable Mention
With her club team, she placed fifth at the 2019 USAV Open
Shondell on Anderson: “Taylor is kind of a typical recruit in the setting position for us as far as being long and athletic. She’s played both positions growing up at both outside hitter and setter which is what a lot of our setting recruits have done. She’s every bit as athletic as anyone we’ve ever recruited. She’s a very smooth athlete, makes things look easy. I think her strength right now would be the ability to play above the net. She’s a great blocker. She can score points offensively from the setting position.”
Uniform #: 2
Position: Outside Hitter
Hometown: West Lafayette, Ind.
High School: McCutcheon
Club Team: Circle City
Intended Major: Business Management and Kinesiology
No. 1 ranked recruit in the nation by PrepVolleyball
2022 AVCA First-Team All-American
2022 Under Armour High School All-American as a senior
MaxPrep Player of the Year Watch List
Played with Raven Colvin on the 2022 U21 U.S. national team, where she helped the team win gold
Named Best Spiker of the 2022 Pan Am Games
2021 U18 National Team World Championship gold junior
2021 USAV Nationals All-American as a junior
Helped the U18 U.S. girl’s national team win bronze at the U18 World Championships
Guided McCutcheon High School to four consecutive NCC Conference Championship titles and three Sectional titles
Named Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior
As a junior, was ranked the No. 2 recruit in the 2022 class by Prep Dig.
Received PrepVolleyball All-America status as a sophomore
2022 USAV Nationals 5th-place finish Junior Circle City
Averaged a .436 attack % during high school
Defensively, recorded 271 digs and 25 blocks as a senior for McCutcheon
Posted a .469 attack % as a senior, which included 549 kills over 93 sets played in addition to 49 aces
Guided McCutcheon to a 2021 4A State Championship title, where she was named an All-State, All-Conference and All-District honors in addition to McCutcheon High School MVP.
Two-time Journal & Courier Big School Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior
PrepVolleyball Freshman of the Year finalist
PrepVolleyball High School All-America Special Mention as a freshman
Indiana Player of the Year finalist as a freshman
Was teammates at McCutcheon with Purdue transfer Emily Brown
Finished High School with a 4.0 and was on track to be a valedictorian, but due to graduating early, she forfeited the title
Three-time high school MVP
Ranked 27th draft pick in 2020 by Volley High
2020 USA Girls Youth National Training Team (Did not compete covid)
2020 Prep Volleyball class of 2023 9th-ranked recruit by PrepVolleyball (freshman year)
National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes member
Mother, Jessica Holloway graduated from Northwestern while her father, Rob attended Purdue and was a member of the wrestling team.
Has two younger brothers: Cole and Cooper Chicoine
Grandmother, Marcia Holloway also attended Purdue
Shondell on Chicoine: “Chloe is unlike any high school player I’ve ever seen. I’ve watched a lot of high school players and I’ve never seen a player get as much done as she has during her career. Chloe is a very dynamic athlete, jumps extremely well and competes as hard as any player can. She competes at this high level with incredible intensity, but at the same time, she motivates and encourages her teammates. We’re fortunate to have the first number one-ranked recruit we’ve ever had select Purdue.I’m looking forward to her continuing to get better.”
Uniform #: 14
Position: Opposite/Right Side
Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
High School: Elkhorn North
Club Team: Premier Volleyball
Career Plans: Engineer
Named a 2023 Player to Watch by VBallRecruiter, along with teammate Chicoine
Was a three-sport competitor in high school: volleyball, track & field and basketball
Totaled 1,426 kills and 907 digs during her high school career
Secured 226 career blocks in high school
Averaged 4.67 kills per set over her final three years
Posted 28 kills and 27 digs in the 2022 Nebraska state championship match
Guided Elkhorn to a state championship appearance
As a junior, posted 438 kills, 54 aces, 81 blocks, 268 assists, and a .260% hitting percentage.
PrepVolleyball 2023 top 150 No. 14
2021 AVCA Phenom’s Watch List
As a sophomore, posted 354 kills, 22 aces, 45 blocks, 203 digs, 13 assists, and a .258% hitting percentage.
PrepVolleyball 2023 top 150 No. 20
2020 AVCA Phenom’s Watch List
As a freshman, posted 191 kills, 37 aces, 36 blocks, 144 digs, 308 assists, and a .230% hitting percentage.
PrepVolleyball Frosh 59 special mention
With her club team, she placed fifth at the 2022, 17 open
Shondell on Heaney: “Grace is the first left hander that we’ve had since Annie Drews came to play here. She competes, she’s at home playing on the right side, which will be really, really good for us. I think as she gets stronger she’s going to get better and better. As a top-ranked player out of the state of Nebraska, she’s everything we look for when we look for a recruit: she’s a quality individual, a good leader, a great teammate, and somebody who understands that to play in the Big Ten you have to get better every day.”
Uniform #: 21
Position: Defensive Specialist
Hometown: Windermere, Fla.
High School: Windermere Prep
Club Team: OTVA
Career Plans: Naturalist/Forestry
As a senior, she was named Orange Observer Athlete of the Week (9/7/2022) after leading her team with 21 kills, 23 digs and an 83% positive serve reception. Kane also contributed 11 service points, four aces and five blocks over the two matches
Set her school’s record for most kills in a match with 24 kills
Broke her school’s record for most season kills with 299 kills and counting
Became her school’s record holder for career digs with 814 digs and counting
Set her school’s record for most aces with 123 aces
As a junior, she led her team with 203 kills and 254 digs, setting her school’s record for most digs per season
As a sophomore, she led her team with 164 digs and 100 kills in a shortened COVID season
Led her team in aces
Set her school record for digs in a match with 39 digs
Named Orange Observer Athlete of the Week
FL Athletic Coaches Association All State Team
With her beach volleyball team, she was named Citrus League MVP in an undefeated team season
As a freshman, she led her team in digs with an average of 10.1 digs per match
With her club team, she placed fifth in 17U at AAU
Helped her team to a USAV ninth-place finish
Guided her 16U team to an AAU second place finish in 2020
Both parents attended Purdue. Mother, Caroline Kane, earned her B.S. in Statistics and Math (1992) and a Master’s in Logistics (1994). Father, Sean Kane earned his degree in Marketing and a master’s in Finance
Shondell on Kane: “Julia is one of the longer defensive specialists in America. She’s played outside hitter during her career, like a lot of our backcourt players have before, but she played libero for her club team the past couple of seasons. Her length and experience will make her a really good defender. She plays really, really hard. We’re excited to have her.”
Uniform #: 1
Position: Defensive Specialist
Hometown: West Lafayette, Ind.
High School: West Lafayette
Club Team: Circle City
Intended Major: Selling & Sales Management
Three-time Journal & Courier All-Area honoree
Earned IHSVCA All-District Team honors both as a junior and senior
Three-time All-Conference selection
Named to the 2022 AVCA All-America Watch List
Received the Lauren M. Wastl Scholarship Award
Posted 511 kills as a senior, hitting .434 % in addition to 270 digs and 26 blocks
The strong server racked up 207 aces over her high school career, including 89 as a freshman
Totaled more than 700 digs over her high school career
The 5’6″ player records over a 9’0 jump and has a standing reach of over 7’0″
Mother is Charese Williams. Father, Calvin, was a member of the Purdue football team from 1986-89 before going on to play in the NFL. Currently, Calvin is the associate athletics director – sport Administration at Purdue. He was drafted in the fifth round by the Philadelphia Eagles and subsequently played for seven seasons with the Eagles (1990-96) and the Baltimore Ravens (1996).
Shondell on Williams: “Rachel’s experience as an outside hitter helps her to really understand the game – I like the fact that many of our defensive specialists have been in that roll before because they understand what hitters are going to do and what they’re thinking when going up to attack the ball. Rachel is a strong competitor that I’ve had the chance to watch. She really competes hard. She rises to the occasion in the biggest matches. We’re excited to have her start here in January and watch her develop.
Uniform #: 4
Position: Outside Hitter
Hometown: Dunlap, Ill.
High School: Illinois Valley Central
Club Team: Illini Elite
Career Plans: Orthodontist
Journal Star Player of the Year
Participated in the U.S. national team development program in July 2022 out in Arizona
Ranked No. 5 in the state of Illinois by PrepDig
Two-time First Team All-State honoree (junior and sophomore year)
Two-time First Team All-Conference as a junior and sophomore
Second Team All-Conference as a freshman
Set the Peoria area record for all-time kills
Posted the third-most kills in the state of Illinois as a senior
Guided her team to a 2021 IHSA Class 2A elite eight appearance
Tallied 526 kills on her way to a .354 hitting % as a junior
Defensively, tallied 237 digs and 51 blocks during her junior year campaign
Totaled 332 kills as a sophomore
Team captain during her senior year
Was a competitive swimmer
Parents Kristie Warfield and Jason Wollard were both student-athletes at Illinois – mother was a swimmer and father played baseball for the Fighting Illini.
Shondell on Wollard: “Kenna is a terrific volleyball player that does everything you want an outside hitter to do. She can pass, she can play defense, she’s a great blocker and has a very good jump. Her desire to get better is one of her most impressive attributes. She wants to become great. She’s very likeable and her teammates love her. Kenna has a high ceiling. Nothing will be easy in the Big Ten, but she’s coming here for a reason and wants to help Purdue do something we’ve never done before, like she just did with her high school program. She is going to be a great, complete player.”
GEARLDS LANDS NO. 21 RECRUITING CLASS
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue women’s basketball head coach Katie Gearlds welcomed five new Boilermakers to the family Wednesday on National Signing Day. The quintet was ranked No. 21 by ESPNW.
After her first full recruiting cycle as the head coach of her alma mater, Gearlds gladly announced the additions of Mary Ashley Groot (New York City), Sophie Swanson (Barrington, Ill.), Emily Monson (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and homegrown talents Rashunda Jones (South Bend) and McKenna Layden (Kokomo). The five submitted their National Letters of Intent to play for the Boilermakers on Wednesday.
The quintet marks the largest signing day class for Purdue since 2013.
“Going back to when I first came in as the associate head coach, my focus instantly became the 2023 class,” head coach Katie Gearlds said. “Our staff all dug in to put the best group together for Purdue. We wanted to have a big class. We wanted to hit a home run with talent, obviously, but we wanted to add culture pieces. I think we did that.
“This group of five loves everything about Purdue already. They’re all winners. Their track records speak for themselves. Not only are they really good basketball players, but they are phenomenal young women as well. I think the Purdue faithful will really fall in love with them.”
MARY ASHLEY GROOT
6-2 | F | New York City, N.Y.
Mary Ashley Groot is a 6-2 forward out of New York City. A two-timee stat champion, Groot will arrive in West Lafayette following six-years of varsity experience. Groot is an elite rebounder on both ends of the floor. She brings a physical presence to the paint on the offense end and can finish through contact. Her extensive experience on the floor has developed a high-level leadership quality.
• No. 97 player in the nation, four-star prospect with a 91 grade from ESPN HoopGurlz
• No. 101 player in the nation, No. 13 forward, with a 20 rating from Dan Olson Basketball Report
• Named Elite 150 by Prospect Nation
• Tabbed the No. 3 player in New York by Prep Girls Hoops
• Invited to the U16 and U17 Team USA trials
• Participated in the 2022 Wooten Top-150 Camp
• Two-time state champion, one in New York and one in South Carolina
• Named the New York State Sportswriters Association State Player of the Year (Class C), First Team All-Ivy League and Basketball Coaches of New York Player of the Year in 2021-22
• Named to the South Carolina Independent School Association All-Tournament Team as a sophomore
• Garnered SCISA First Team All-State, All-Region and North/South All-Star Team honors in 2020-21
• Tabbed All-Ivy League First Team, NYSSWA Fifth Team All-State, BCANY First Team All-State and BCANY Top-50 as a freshman
• Enters senior season with 1,911 points (18.6 ppg), 1,293 rebounds (12.6 rpg in 103 career games
• Played varsity starting in seventh grade at The Dalton School in New York City
• Spent sophomore season at Cardinal Newman in South Carolina
• Guided The Dalton School to a NYSAIS State Championship in 2021-22
• Tabbed to the Naismith Girls High School Player of the Year Underclassmen Watch List
• Averaged 24.2 points, 10 rebounds, 2. Steals, 3.8 assists and one block per game in 2021-22
• Played junior season at Cardinal Newman, totaling 17 points and 13.3 rebounds per game
• Crossed 1,000 rebounds in career as a sophomore
• Won the SCISA State Championship in 2020-21
• Went for 16.6 points, 13 rebounds, ½ steals, 2.5 assists and 2.1 blocks per game as a freshman
• Passed the 1,000-point mark during her freshman campaign
• Full Name: Mary Ashley Groot
• Birthdate: Feb. 22, 2005
• Birthplace: Fort Mill, S.C.
• Intended Major: History
• Parents: Gary and Ashley Stevenson
• Ashley played basketball at Wofford from 1994-98
• Siblings: Will Groot, Alex Stevenson, Casey Stevenson, Kevin Stevenson
• Will is set to play basketball at Johns Hopkins
• Casey was a basketball manager and an operations assistant with Duke Men’s Basketball
• Kevin played soccer at Duke, reaching the NCAA Tournament four times and winning the ACC in 2005
5-8 | G | South Bend, Ind.
An Indiana talent, Rashunda Jones is one of the premiere guards in the state. A versatile guard, Jones’ court vision and elite passing allows her to be a total floor general and leader on the floor. Jones also makes an impact on the defensive end with her athleticism as a lock-down defender, knowing what it takes to win.
• No. 79 player in the nation, four-star recruit, 93 grade from ESPN HoopGurlz
• No. 85 player in the nation, No. 25 guard with a 21 rating by Dan Olson Basketball Report
• No. 4 player in the state by Prep Girls Hoops
• 2022 IHSAA Class 3A State Champion
• Two-time All-NIAC selection
• Won two sectional and two regional titles
• Referenced as a candidate for 2023 Indiana Miss Basketball
• Named to the Indiana Supreme 15
• Dished out seven assists for as a junior in the Indiana Junior/Senior All-Star Game
• Plays for South Bend Washington
• Enters senior season with 1,261 points, 307 assists and 309 steals
• Averaged 14.5 points, 3.5 assists and 3.6 steals per game over 87 outings
• Tallied 11.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game in her championship junior season
• Totaled 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting with five assists in a 93-35 win over Silver Creek in the state title game
• Reached semi-state as a sophomore behind 11.6 points 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game
• Averaged 14.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game as a freshman
• Full Name: Rashunda Meshayl Jones
• Birthdate: Oct. 2, 2004
• Intended Major: Sports Marketing
• Parents: Jason and Awani Jones
• Siblings: Jason, Kei’Marie, Jada, Alexus
6-0 | G | Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Emily Monson is a tall, rangy guard out of Murfreesboro, Tenn. The 6-foot guard will be an instant perimeter threat with her deep range. A multi-tool player, Monson has high basketball IQ that is shown on both ends of the floor. She uses her length to get in the passing lanes on defense. On top of her talent on the court, Monson is also a great motivator and teammate.
• No. 15 player in the state by Prep Girls Hoops
• 18 rating by Dan Olson Basketball Report
• Tabbed Elite 150 by Prospects Nation
• Guided the Blaze to a 2020 Tennessee state championship, a trio of regional championships and two district titles
• Invited to the Wooten Top-150 Camp
• Played for Blackman High School in Murfreesboro
• Enters senior season with 528 points with 103 3-pointers over three seasons
• Averaged 15 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game as a junior
• Tallied 12 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1 steal per game as a sophomore
• Saw limited action as a freshman due to injury to finish with 6.1 points per game
• Full Name: Emily G Monson
• Birthdate: Dec. 31, 2004
• Birthplace: Murfreesboro, Tenn.
• Intended Major: Psychology
• Parents: Mat and Brenda Monson
• Siblings: Andrew
6-2 | G | Kokomo, Ind.
The Boilermakers welcome the younger-half of the Layden sisters in McKenna. The 6-foot-2 guard is a deep-range shooter, who can score at all levels. Defensively, she poses a threat in the passing lanes and can guard multiple positions. Layden runs the floor well both ways in transition. Coming from a basketball family, McKenna shows her passion for the game very time she sets foot on the floor.
• No. 144 player in the nation, No. 37 guard, 20 rating by Dan Olson Basketball Report
• Tabbed Elite 150 by Prospects Nation
• No. 5 player in the state by Prep Girls Hoops
• Three-time All-Hoosier Athletic Conference selection
• Three-time Kokomo Tribune All-Area, twice earning MVP honors
• Two-time Supreme 15 Underclassman and ICGSA All-State honoree
• Two-time sectional champion won regional and semi-state once, appeared in one state final
• Named an Indiana Junior Core Six All-Star as a junior
• Garnered an IBCA Top-100 selection twice
• Played for her mother Kathie Layden at Northwestern High School
• Enters senior season with 1,141 career points, including 116 3-pointers, 301 assists and 205 steals
• Averaged 15.8 points, 4.2 assists and 2.8 steals in her first three seasons
• Led the team in scoring as a junior with 22.1 points, 4.1 assists, 6.2 assists and 3.8 steals per game
• Set the Northwestern single-game record with 47 points with nine 3-pointers against Taylor on Dec. 10, 2021
• Tallied 22.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 3.5 steals per game
• Posted 6.0 points, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game as freshman, reaching the state championship game
• Played four seasons of volleyball, totaling 1,393 kills at 4.2 per set with a .377 hitting percentage
• Also played tennis for Northwestern
• Full Name: McKenna Nicole Layden
• Birthdate: Jan. 11, 2005
• Birthplace: Kokomo, Ind.
• Intended Major: Pre-dental
• Parents: Kathie and Jeff Layden
• Sibling: Madison Layden
• Both parents played basketball at the University of Evansville
• Jeff was named to the Missouri Valley All-Bench Team and led the team in blocked shots in 1996-97, as well as 1993-94
• Kathie finisher her career with Evansville ranked seventh in career assists and tied for fourth in 3-pointers
5-10 | G | Barrington, Ill.
A pure scorer, Swanson will provide a scoring option at all three level. She has the ability to finish through traffic and off the dribble. Swanson is a scrappy defender on the ball and disrupts the passing lanes. She is a big-time competitor who plays with a chip on her shoulder to find a way to win.
• No. 103 player in the nation, No. 29 guard with a 21 rating by Dan Olson Basketball Report
• No. 8 player in the state by Prep Girls Hoops
• Named 2022 Illinois Miss Basketball and Illinois 4A Player of the Year as a junior
• Invited to the U18 USA Team Trials
• Three-time all-state, all-conference and all-area honoree
• Twice named the MSL West Player of the Year
• Honored as the Barrington Female Athlete of the Year in 2021-22
• Won conference, regional, sectional, super-sectional titles as a junior, reaching the state finals
• Played for Barrington Prep
• Tallied 21.4 points, 5.2 rebounds behind a 58% clip inside the arc as a junior
• Set the school record for points in a season (750), 3-pointers in a year (86), thrice set the school mark for points in a game (40, 37, 36)
• Averaged 16.5 points, 4.3 steals per game as a sophomore
• Totaled 462 points to average 14.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game during her freshman campaign
• Full Name: Sophia Annabelle Swanson
• Birthdate: Aug. 3, 2005
• Birthplace: Hoffman Estates, Ill.
• Intended Major: Elementary Education
• Parents: Jim and Sloan Swanson
• Jim was a three-year football letterwinner at Ohio from 1988-90, leading the Bobcats in receiving with 37 catches for 503 yards and a touchdown as a tight end in 1989
• Sloan played basketball at St. Joseph’s College, graduating in 1989
• Siblings: Sam and Audrey
COLVIN SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT TO JOIN BOILERMAKERS
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue head coach Matt Painter has announced that Myles Colvin has signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Boilermaker program for the 2023-24 season.
Colvin submitted his paperwork this morning and is officially a member of the Purdue basketball program.
“I think our staff has done a very good job of evaluating talent in this state and Myles is another example of that. I feel he is the best player in the state and one of the top-25 players in the country. He has a tremendous upside and is going to be very functional in today’s game with his athleticism and skill level,” Painter said. “He’s going to have a tremendous career at Purdue. He has great positional size and he has really worked on his skill from shooting 3s, making pull-ups and getting to the basket. He has an extremely high ceiling and he is going to only get better.”
Myles Colvin / 6-5 / Guard / Indianapolis, Indiana / Heritage Christian
Ranked No. 79 by On3 Sports, Colvin chose Purdue over offers from Indiana, Butler and Miami (Ohio). Colvin is ranked No. 82 nationally by Rivals, No. 92 by 247Sports and unranked by ESPN.
Regarded as the top prospect in the state of Indiana.
Competed with USA Basketball’s Under-18 3×3 team at the 3×3 World Championships this past June.
Was one of 100 players invited to the NBPA Top 100 camp in June.
Named an Indiana Jr. All-Star a year ago.
Owns a 6-foot, 9-inch wingspan and attacks the rim relentlessly while being able to shoot the 3-ball.
Will be just 17 years old when he arrives at Purdue next summer.
Father, Rosevelt, played football at Purdue from 1995 to 1998, being named All-Big Ten his final two years. Was then drafted by the Chicago Bears and won a pair of Super Bowls with the New England Patriots. Sister, Raven, is a standout sophomore on the Purdue Volleyball team.
ROFF WELCOMES 2023 SIGNING CLASS
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Six student-athletes have signed to join the Purdue soccer program for the 2023 season, coach Drew Roff has announced.
This year’s signing class features Lauren Adam (Noblesville, Indiana), Cassidy Brown (Caldwell, New Jersey), Lida Dodge (Wilmette, Illinois), Charlotte Huggard (Plymouth, Michigan), Lauren Omholt (McKinney, Texas) and Moriah Watkins (Memphis, Tennessee).
“Our 2023 class is an impressive group of talented soccer players and high-character individuals,” Roff said. “All six have competed at a very high level and proven to be impact players and leaders for their respective club and high school teams. Their ability and personalities ensure that our future continues to be bright, and I look forward to them beginning their journeys in West Lafayette next fall.”
The 2023 recruiting class includes a member of Mexico’s U-17 national team that played at the 2022 FIFA U-17 World Cup, a three-time Indiana state champion and U.S. Soccer Development Academy and U.S. Youth National Team Training Center invitees. Two team captains and numerous all-conference honors also are featured, while three future Boilermakers are top-25 overall recruits in their state or region.
Coming to West Lafayette from six states, including one from Indiana, the class includes three defenders, one midfielder, one forward and one goalkeeper. The class will make their Folk Field debuts in the fall of 2023.
LAUREN ADAM – DEFENDER – NOBLESVILLE, INDIANA
Three-time Indiana state champion and Noblesville, Indiana, native Lauren Adam is a student at Noblesville High. In four seasons as a defender for coach Michael Brady, she has helped lead her team to four conference titles, four sectional crowns and three regional championships before winning the Indiana 3A State Championship in 2019, 2020 and 2022. Adam, who will play in the 2022 Girls High School All-America Game in December, has been recognized with first team all-conference accolades and first team all-district honors each of the last two years, and she also owns Central Indiana ALL-USA postseason Super Team distinction. With the Indiana Fire Academy for coach Pauly Dolinski, Adam is an ECNL All-Conference Second Team honoree.
Adam is a three-star recruit by Top Drawer Soccer.
Academically, Adam was bestowed with ISCA Girls Academic All-State honors in both 2021 and 2022.
Adam would like to major in biology at Purdue, and she is interested pursuing a career in the field of genetics, specifically genome editing and its impact on debilitating genetic diseases, after graduation and the conclusion of her playing career. Her parents are Christen and Bryce, and she has two siblings. Adam’s sister, Morgan, grandfather, William McCoy, and Aunt, Marin Updike, all are Purdue graduates.
Adam on Purdue: “I have always wanted to attend Purdue University. The opportunity to pursue my academic passions while playing soccer for Coach Roff and the Boilermakers is my dream come true, and I fell in love with the team atmosphere and support of the coaching staff. I know the rigorous classroom and athletic expectations at Purdue will provide me with the foundation I need to prepare myself for my career and adult life.”
Roff on Adam: “Lauren is a left-footed outside back that has the technical ability and athleticism to be a standout in that role. Her pace, strength and stamina help her break up the play when out of possession, and in possession she makes good decisions with the ball and connects a high percentage of her passes. Lauren also has the ability to impact the game in the final third by attacking space on the dribble and serving a quality ball from the flank. She is one of the top players in the state of Indiana and I look forward to Lauren developing into an impact player during her time wearing the Old Gold and Black.”
CASSIDY BROWN – DEFENDER – CALDWELL, NEW JERSEY
Cassidy Brown is a defender and comes to Purdue from Caldwell, New Jersey, where she attends James Caldwell High. Playing for coach Kelli Fernicola, Brown has been named to the all-conference team three times, with first team accolades the last two years and second team honors as a freshman. She helped her team to a state sectional championship in 2020 and was a team captain this season, where she paced her squad in goals and assists. Brown plays club soccer at MatchFit Academy for coach Rob Leather and was awarded First Team All-Conference North Atlantic ECNL in 2021.
Brown is ranked No. 176 nationally by Prep Soccer.
At James Caldwell High, Brown also played on the varsity basketball team and earned first team all-conference honors each year. She also competed on the varsity track & field team as a freshman and sophomore.
Brown hopes to major in integrated business and engineering at Purdue, and she aspires to have a career in engineering, as a technical project manager or a data analyst, after her playing career concludes. Her parents are Karen and Kristian, and she has one sibling.
Brown on Purdue: “My official visit to Purdue allowed me to experience the campus and all it had to offer, from the academic buildings to student activities. I knew at that point that I could see myself there, because it just felt like home. My main focus for schools has been strong academics and an elite soccer program, and Purdue offers both of these. Their engineering and finance programs are nationally recognized, and their soccer team is a main contender in the Big Ten. I am competitive both academically and athletically, so Purdue gives me the perfect blend of the two.”
Roff on Brown: “Cassidy is a tremendous all-around athlete that I consider to be one of the best 1-v-1 defenders in the country in the ’23 class. As an outside back or a box-to-box midfielder, she anticipates well, she has excellent closing speed to intercept passes, and she also gets in on tackles. The defensive instincts and toughness Cassidy brings when out of possession, and the quality she has on the ball in possession, make her a real standout two-way player. She is very confident playing vertical passes equally well with either foot, and she also has a great willingness to jump into the attack and serve dangerous balls in from the flanks. Cassidy’s skillset, combined with her work ethic and competitive spirit, are a great fit for our program and I look forward to her being an impact player in the Big Ten Conference.”
LIDA DODGE – MIDFIELDER – WILMETTE, ILLINOIS
A midfielder from Wilmette, Illinois, Lida Dodge is a student at New Trier High. In her first season on New Trier’s team as a junior with coach Jim Burnside, Dodge was named to the all-sectional, all-area and Chicagoland soccer all-state teams while helping lead her side to a regional championship. She also plays for the Eclipse Select Soccer Club and coaches Mike Nesci and John Soltani, where Dodge and her team qualified for nationals each of the past two seasons. Additionally, from 2017-19, she attended U.S. Soccer’s Youth National Team Identification Centers.
Dodge is a three-star recruit and rated No. 25 in the Midwest region by Top Drawer Soccer. Nationally, she is the No. 135-ranked recruit according to Prep Soccer.
Dodge plans to major in education at Purdue, and is undecided on her career aspirations following her time in soccer. Her parents are Jennifer Marlas and Baird Dodge.
Dodge on Purdue: “From the first time I was on campus in seventh grade with my club team, I completely fell in love with Purdue, and it truly felt like home. Every time I’ve been back, I just love it more and more. The coaches, team culture and opportunity to compete in the Big Ten is amazing and everything I wanted in a school. I felt so welcomed by everyone and felt like I could be myself. I know that going to Purdue will allow me to reach my full potential on and off the field!”
Roff on Dodge: “Lida is a playmaking midfielder with excellent technique and a great feel for the game. Her first touch, composure and field vision allow her to impact the game in a variety of ways. She is comfortable dropping deep to bring the ball out as a 6, and she also is capable of creating attacking chances in the 8 or 10 role. That savviness and bravery on the ball in tight spaces, as well as her ability to drive a ball with either foot, will contribute to her being a tremendous asset to our possession style of play. Lida’s high soccer IQ, outgoing personality and her love for the game are some special qualities that she brings, and I look forward to watching her leave her mark on Purdue Soccer.”
CHARLOTTE HUGGARD – GOALKEEPER – PLYMOUTH, MICHIGAN
Goalkeeper Charlotte Huggard is from Plymouth, Michigan, and a student at Plymouth High. She plays club soccer at the Michigan Jaguars Girls Academy for coach Dan Dalzochio. Since 2018, Huggard and her team have competed at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and the Girls Academy League. In 2016-17, she helped her squad to a Michigan Junior State Cup Championship. Huggard also participated in the 2022 Girls Academy Talent ID Mid-America Region event.
Huggard earned a three-star rating by Top Drawer Soccer.
Academically, Huggard is an honor roll student, a distinction she has achieved each year at Plymouth High.
Huggard aspires to earn a degree in engineering at Purdue, and hopes to pursue a career in engineering after her soccer career concludes. Her parents are Dawn and Kevin, and she has one sibling. Huggard’s mother, Dawn, graduated from Purdue in 2002 and earned a degree in engineering. Her father, Kevin, played college hockey at Findlay and Michigan-Dearborn from 1996-2001.
Huggard on Purdue: “Purdue will give me the opportunity to become my best self, both academically and athletically. I am excited for the chance to work hard and prove my worth while being surrounded by talented leadership. I fell in love with the atmosphere and family environment here at Purdue, and I am honored to be a part of it.”
Roff on Huggard: “Charlotte is a talented goalkeeper that plays the position with confidence and bravery. She is a good athlete that is quick off her line in break-away situations, and she is a very good shot-stopper. Charlotte also is very capable with her feet and can be an asset in building from the back and switching the point of attack. Her willingness to communicate and organize players in front of her is also an important quality that she consistently brings. Charlotte’s commitment to her development as a player is impressive, and I look forward to her making our goalkeeping unit stronger.”
LAUREN OMHOLT – FORWARD – McKINNEY, TEXAS
A forward on Mexico’s U-17 national team that played at the 2022 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India last month, Lauren Omholt is from McKinney, Texas, and a student at McKinney Boyd High. For coach Elias Ramos, Omholt is a team captain as a senior after being named to the all-state team and the district offensive player of the year as a junior and the district offensive newcomer of the year as a sophomore. A first team all-district honoree both seasons, she helped her team win the area championship last year. Omholt currently plays club soccer for ECNL’s DKSC and coach Michael Bones. Previously, with Solar Soccer Club from 2019-22, she helped her team win a conference championship all four years that a title was crowned, and she earned ECNL First Team All-Texas Conference accolades in her U-16 and U-17 seasons. Additionally, Omholt was selected to attend ECNL’s National Selection Camp.
Omholt is rated the No. 12 player overall in the state of Texas according to PrepSoccer. She is the No. 29-ranked recruit in the state of Texas and a three-star recruit nationally by Top Drawer Soccer. Among forwards, she is No. 55 in the country, and she also is listed in Top Drawer Soccer’s IMG Academy top player rankings for the class of 2023.
An AP scholar with distinction, Omholt is ranked in the top 1% in her class academically. She is active in student government, and was elected McKinney Boyd’s student body treasurer. She also is a gymnast and won the double mini at nationals in 2013.
Omholt looks to earn her degree in speech, language and hearing sciences at Purdue, and plans to attend graduate school after her soccer career. Her parents are Laura and David, and she has two siblings, both Purdue alums. Omholt’s father, David, and grandfather, Glenn, played baseball for the Boilermakers and graduated in 1992 and 1950, respectively, while her cousin, Amy Burrell Rose, played soccer at Purdue and graduated in 2009. Additionally, Omholt’s uncle, Bart Burrell, is a 1981 Purdue alumnus and was on the football team.
Omholt on Purdue: “Purdue was not only the nostalgic choice because of my family history, but it was the logical one too, because it offered the best blend of top academics. Purdue’s speech-language pathology program is ranked No. 3 in the U.S., and athletics, with a top Power Five soccer program that is on the rise with great recruiting classes surrounding mine.”
Roff on Omholt: “Lauren is a dynamic player that will bring some really special qualities to our program. She has the pace, technical ability and engine to defend and attack at a very high level. She also is one of the few players in the country that has the ability to influence the outcome of a game as a forward or an outside back, on the left side or the right. Making well-timed runs to get in behind the defense is a strength Lauren will bring to our attacking play, and she also thrives in 1-v-1 situations. Once she gets in dangerous areas, her attacking instincts take over, and she is a constant threat to score or create chances for her teammates. Lauren’s talent and work ethic, combined with the experience she gained recently playing in the U-17 World Cup, will help her become a difference-maker in our program.”
MORIAH WATKINS – DEFENDER – MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
From Memphis, Tennessee, Moriah Watkins attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and is a defender for Miguel Rodrigues and the IMG Academy U-19 Girls Elite team. An Olympic Development Program, U-15 and U-16 U.S. Youth National Team Training Center invitee, Watkins helped her IMG squad to the girls academy national playoffs in her U-16 and U-17 season. IMG also qualified for the U-17 Champions League as Watkins earned the coaches award. Additionally, she led her team in assists in her U-15 season and played on the back line of her U-16 squad that went undefeated and allowed an average of less than one goal per game.
The No. 14-ranked recruit in the state of Florida according to Top Drawer Soccer, Watkins has a three-star rating. She also was bestowed Top150 U15 and U16 recognition.
Academically, Watkins has earned Dean’s List honors all three years of high school.
Watkins plans to major in speech, language and hearing sciences at Purdue, and aspires to enter a clinical master’s program in speech-language pathology at the conclusion of her playing career. Her parents are Mialika and Marlon, and she has one sibling.
Watkins on Purdue: “Purdue will support my interests academically, athletically and socially. The academic resources that Purdue offers its student-athletes are phenomenal. Playing soccer at Purdue will give me the opportunity to be a part of a program where the culture is defined by hard-work, accountability, and integrity.”
Roff on Watkins: “Moriah is a very versatile player that plays the game with toughness and intelligence. As an outside back or as a midfielder, she does an excellent job winning the ball, making the right decision and connecting passes at a high percentage. She is very good on the ball technically and plays the game with great composure. Those qualities will contribute to Moriah being an important factor in our build-up play and our possession game. She also is willing to get forward and influence the attack by travelling with the ball and picking out the right pass in the final third. These are some of the special attributes that Moriah brings to our program, and I am very excited for her to join us next fall.”
BUTLERUWBB WINS SEASON OPENER VS. CHICAGO STATE 84-57
INDIANAPOLIS – Anna Mortag scored a game-high 16 points to help Butler defeat Chicago State in the 2022-23 regular season opener Wednesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler shot 47.4 percent from the field in the victory and outrebounded the Cougars 42-30.
Mortag scored half of her points from the free throw line by going 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. She added seven rebounds, two steals and an assist to her stat line in just under 20 minutes of playing time. Caroline Strande and Kelsy Taylor joined Mortag in double figures. Strande also went 8-for-8 from the free throw line to help net 12 points. The Bulldogs went 23-for-30 from the line as a team. Taylor jumped off the BU bench and provided the team with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Bulldogs led by four at the half (31-27) and would double Chicago State up in the third quarter 28-14 to take full control of the action. A 6-0 scoring run in the third pushed the Bulldog lead to 10 and a pair of free throws from Tenley Dowell on the next trip would give BU their largest lead of the game at 12 points.
Kendall Wingler would enter the game in the second half and lead Butler with three 3-point field goals. Sydney Jaynes matched her point total with nine points on 4-for-4 shooting. BU would cruise to the finish line by winning the fourth quarter 25-16 taking the teams to the final score of 84-57.
STAT OF THE GAME: It was a true team win for Butler with the Bulldog bench outscoring the Chicago State bench 45-20.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
– Shay Frederick scored eight points in her BU debut with four boards and three assists
– Rachel McLimore provided BU with six points and two steals
– Jessica Carrothers and Tenley Dowell added six points each
– Butler outscored Chicago State 38-22 in the paint
– BU was aggressive on offense and made more free throws (23) and CSU attempted (12)
– The Bulldogs shot 69.2 percent in the second quarter (9-13)
– Butler forced 19 Cougar turnovers which resulted in 18 points
– Tae’lor Willard led Chicago State with 12 points
UP NEXT: Butler’s next game is set for Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 PM. The Bulldogs will host the IUPUI Jags inside Hinkle Fieldhouse.
BIZJACK AND KAPKE SIGN WITH @BUTLERMBB
Butler head coach Thad Matta secured his first recruiting class since returning to lead the program with the signing of two standout members of the Class of 2023.
Finley Bizjack and Boden Kapke signed national letters of intent Wednesday, Nov. 9, and will join the Butler program beginning with the 2023-24 season.
Bizjack is a 6-4 guard from Texas who stars for both Byron Nelson High School and the Southern Assault program. He is considered either a four- or three-star recruit by all of the recruiting services; Rivals has him ranked among their Top 150 nationally for the Class of 2023.
“Finley possesses all the things you want in a lead guard; he has a high basketball IQ, can run a team, and has great court vision,” said Matta. “He’s a gym rat and that shows with how he shoots the ball. I saw him take five charges in one of his AAU games. Butler fans are going to love him, and I can’t wait to coach him.”
As a junior at Byron Nelson, Bizjack averaged 25.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. He led the team to a record of 24-10. He made a total of 77 three-pointers and shot 77 percent from the free throw line. He had a high of 40 points and scored 30 or more in five other games.
Bizjack led Southern Assault to a third-place finish at the 3SSB Open Championships in late July.
Kapke, a 6-11 post player, will arrive at Butler from Holy Family Catholic in Minnesota. He also played a large role with the D1 Minnesota program.
“Boden is highly-skilled with a strong basketball IQ and court awareness,” said Matta. “He has a high-major frame. His versatility offensively – being able to score inside and out – will be important for us in his years at Butler. Boden has a bright future ahead of him, and we’re excited that future will play out in Hinkle Fieldhouse.”
As a junior at Holy Family, Kapke averaged 27.2 points and 14.7 rebounds per game. He added 1.2 blocks per outing. He shot better than 60 percent from the field, including 38 percent from behind the three-point line. He had highs of 43 and 40 points, and 24 rebounds in another game. He is ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the state of Minnesota.
The Bulldogs, after winning their 2022-23 season opener earlier this week against New Orleans, return to action Monday night at Penn State in the Gavitt Games.
PARKINSON ADDS TWO ON NATIONAL SIGNING DAY
INDIANAPOLIS – Head Coach Austin Parkinson is pleased to announce the addition of two talented student-athletes to the Butler women’s basketball program. 5-6 guard Karsyn Norman and 6-2 wing Riley Makalusky each signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday to officially become Bulldogs!
“Butler fans are going to love watching these two Indiana kids in Hinkle Fieldhouse in the years to come,” Parkinson stated. “Both ladies are extremely talented and will help raise the level of play within our program.”
Bedford North Lawrence
Norman plays point guard for head coach Jeff Allen at Bedford North Lawrence High School. In 2020, Norman helped the Stars win a conference, sectional and regional championship. They reached the final four with Norman averaging 9.5 points, 3.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 steals per contest. The following season Norman averaged 15.0 points, 2.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game. While playing at Bedford North Lawrence, Norman has guided the Stars to a 67-12 overall record that includes a 17-3 mark in conference games. She’s a four year-starter and two-time team captain that is rated as the #6 player in Indiana by Prep Girls Hoops. Norman was also recognized as Supreme 15 Underclass All-State and as an Indiana Junior All-Star.
Top individual efforts for Norman include scoring a career-high 30 points vs. Warren Central, dropping 26 points on Franklin in the regional championship game, coming up with 17 points and five assists vs. Noblesville, and hitting the game-winner against North Central to finish with 18 points against the Panthers. Norman was recognized as an all-conference talent as a junior after being an honorable mention selection the year prior. She is a three-time scholar athlete (2020-22) that played AAU basketball with Makalusky on Indiana Elite.
“Karysn is a quick point guard with a high basketball IQ who makes her teammates around her better,” Parkinson added. “She has deep range on her shot and can get after the ball defensively.”
Personal: Daughter of Tevin and Jamie Norman… Has a sister named Taylor… Intends to major in business management.
Why Norman Chose Butler: I wanted to choose a program where I felt my talents were valued and where I could be around good people. I had that feeling right away after meeting with the Bulldog coaching staff. Butler was always a dream school of mine and I’m excited to compete in the BIG EAST. Outside of athletics, Butler is a great academic school and I know that whatever career I chose later in life, having a Butler degree will help me.
Makalusky is a three-year starter at Hamilton Southeastern playing for head coach Brian Satterfield. The Royals are 47-18 overall with Makalusky on the court and 13-8 in conference. As a junior, Makalusky averaged 17.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. She played as a team captain and was the leading scorer on the roster. Prep Girls Hoops has her ranked #7 overall in the state of Indiana and #2 at small forward. Makalusky was a large school All-State selection and an Indiana Junior All-Star.
Makalusky scored 30 points and grabbed seven rebounds against Avon, and was in the box score with 23 points and four assists against Carmel. Yet another great game for Makalusky came vs. Pendleton Heights when the all-conference and all-state talent posted 26 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Off the court, Makalusky is an honor roll student.
“Riley is a versatile forward that can stretch defenses from the three-point line or take players off the bounce and in the post,” Parkinson explained. “I love that she likes to compete on defense and can guard multiple positions.”
Personal: Daughter of Mike and Jenn Makalusky… Has a sister named Maya… Intends to major in business.
Why Makalusky Chose Butler: I was able to build amazing relationships with the coaches. Coach Parkinson made me feel like a top priority and I love how close Butler is to my hometown. Playing in front of my family and friends is important to me and the education and opportunities that Butler is able to offer is amazing.
NO. 4 SEED @BUTLERMSOCCER TO FACE NO. 1 SEED GEORGETOWN IN BIG EAST SEMIFINAL
Matchday Information –No. 4 seed Butler vs. No. 1 seed Georgetown
DATE: Thursday, November 10 / 6:30PM
LOCATION: Boyds, Md. / Maryland SoccerPlex
LIVE STATS: bigeast.com
The Butler men’s soccer team is preparing to travel to Boyds, Md. to face No. 17 Georgetown in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament. The match will take place on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
The No. 4 seed Bulldogs (10-5-3) are coming off a 3-0 win over No. 5 seed Providence in the tournament quarterfinals, while the No. 1 seed Hoyas (10-4-3) most recently defeated UConn, 1-0, in their final regular season contest.
The winner of this semifinal will move on to face the winner of No. 2 Seton Hall vs. No. 3 Xavier in the BIG EAST Championship on Sunday, Nov. 13.
(through games 11/6/2022)
Palmer Ault ranks third nationally and leads the BIG EAST with 5 game-winning goals. He is second in the conference with 10 goals (18th) and 26 points (12th). His 6 assists are fourth (76th) and his shot accuracy of .463 is eighth in the conference.
Wilmer Cabrera Jr. leads the BIG EAST and is 29th nationally with 3.12 shots per game, and he is second in the conference (44th) with 1.35 shots on goal per game. His 6 goals are eighth in the conference and his 16 total points are seventh.
Jack Streberger’s 16 total points rank seventh in the BIG EAST, and his 6 goals rank eighth.
Rico Hollenkamp’s 5 assists rank eighth in the BIG EAST.
DJ Hooks’ 6 goals rank eighth in the BIG EAST.
Gabriel Gjergji ranks third in the BIG EAST with 59 saves.
Butler is second among BIG EAST teams with 42 goals. (Creighton leads with 44.)
2022 BIG EAST Postseason Awards
Palmer Ault – BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, All-BIG EAST First Team
Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. – All-BIG EAST First Team
Jack Haywood – All-BIG EAST Second Team
Tommy Visser was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week (11/3) for his performance against No. 19 Xavier. In the closing seconds of the match, and with the Musketeers holding on to a 3-2 lead, Visser was on the back end of a Butler throw-in that was first redirected by Perrin Barnes and Palmer Ault. The redshirt-junior from Grand Rapids, Mich., got the final touch and scored with just 13 seconds remaining on the game clock. Visser totaled two of Butler’s eight shots in the game.
Against No. 5 seed Providence:
Palmer Ault’s goals were the ninth and tenth of his career.
DJ Hooks’ goal was his sixth of the season and the seventh of his career.
Jack Streberger, with two assists in the match, now has four this season and nine for his career.
Wilmer Cabrera, Jr.’s assist was his fourth of the season and the twelfth of his career.
Gabriel Gjergji (10-5-3) made four saves in the match, producing his fifth solo shutout of the season. He now has 21.5 clean sheets in his career.
The Bulldogs are 1-1-1 against opponents ranked in the top-20, defeating No. 14 Marshall (1-0), tying No. 19 Xavier (3-3), and losing to No. 15 Indiana (1-2).
SERIES RECORD: Georgetown leads, 1-8-1
LAST MEETING: Oct. 5, 2022 – Indianapolis – Georgetown 3, Butler 2
Butler’s only win in the series was in 2016 in Indianapolis (4-2).
The teams tied in the 2019 BE Tournament semifinals (2-2, 2OT), and Georgetown advanced on PKs, 4-3).
Scouting No. 17 Georgetown
Previous match: UConn W, 1-0
Georgetown defeated every BIG EAST side except St. John’s (Sept. 16 – L, 3-1) and DePaul (Oct. 8 – T, 1-1). The Hoyas also defeated Temple (5-2) and Bowling Green (1-0) while losing to Pitt (2-1), Maryland (2-1), and James Madison (2-0).
Georgetown is ranked No. 17 in the Oct. 30 United Soccer Coaches poll
Offensive standouts for Georgetown include:
#9 Marion Tabora (5g, 6a)
#28 Jacob Murrell (5g, 4a)
#16 Jack Panayotou (5g, 3a)
#18 Aidan Rocha (3g, 3a)
#11 Kyle Linhares (1g, 6a)
#3 Kieran Sargeant (1g, 5a)
Ryan Schewe (9-0-1) is the primary goalkeeper for the Hoyas. In 11 starts, he has allowed 6 goals (.57 GAA) and made 43 saves (.878), producing 6 shutouts.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL NOTES VS. NAVY
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SERIES HISTORY • Notre Dame and Navy will be meeting for the 96th time on Saturday afternoon with the Irish leading the all-time series 80-13-1. • The Irish and Midshipmen met every season from 1927 through 2019. The scheduling challenges of the 2020 COVID-19-affected campaign ended the longest uninterrupted intersectional rivalry in college football and the third-longest uninterrupted college football rivalry overall. • Notre Dame’s 43-game win streak in the series from 1963 through 2007 remains the longest win streak between two annual opponents in college football history. • Once Navy broke the streak in 2007, they won three of four meetings against the Irish. Notre Dame has won nine of the last 10 meetings and four straight dating back to 2011. • The city of Baltimore plays a special role in the Notre Dame – Navy series. It was the site of the first meeting between the two teams (1927, a 19-6 Notre Dame win in Baltimore Memorial Stadium) and has played host to the rivalry 22 times (most recently a 27-21 Irish victory in 2008). Saturday afternoon marks the first game between the two teams in Baltimore since 2008 (a 27-21 Notre Dame victory). • The Irish are 18-4 against Navy in Baltimore and have not lost to the Midshipmen in the ‘Charm City’ since 1956. • Not only is the Notre Dame – Navy series special for its longevity, it is remarkable for the different sites around the country and the world that the game takes place in. Navy has never hosted a game on its campus and moves its home games to different venues across two continents. Other than Notre Dame Stadium (38 games), Baltimore has hosted the most ND-Navy contests (22), followed by Cleveland (11), Philadelphia (9), East Rutherford, New Jersey (7), Landover, Maryland (2) and Dublin, Ireland (2). • Notre Dame and Navy are scheduled to make their third trip ‘across the pond’ and play in Aviva Stadium next season on Saturday, August 26. • The Edgar ‘Rip’ Miller Trophy honors the Notre Dame – Navy football series and is unique in its status as a rivalry trophy as it doesn’t change hands year-to-year. Of a symmetrical design, each school owns its half of the trophy which is inscribed with the team captains for each meeting of the series. The trophy is reunited on special occasions whenever possible before each meeting between the two teams. Rip Miller was an offensive lineman at Notre Dame, one of the ‘Seven Mules’ who blocked for the legendary ‘Four Horsemen’ backfield and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. After his playing career at Notre Dame, he coached at Navy from 1931-33, moved to offensive line coach until 1947 and then served as the Naval Academy Athletic Director from 1948-74.
STORYLINES • Notre Dame returns to the road this week for the renewal of the annual series with Navy in M&T Bank Stadium at 12 p.m. ET. The last road trip for the Irish was also a noon ET kick at Syracuse on October 29. • The match up is team strength vs. team strength for Saturday afternoon’s contest. Navy is ninth in the country in rushing offense at 236.9 yards-per-game while Notre Dame is 28th at 195.1 yardsper-contest and have rushed for over 200 yards in five of their last six games played. The Irish and Midshipmen also are among the nation’s leaders in time of possession with Navy fifth at 34:46 and the Irish 17th at 32:39. • Notre Dame is coming off its signature victory of the 2022 campaign so far, defeating No. 5/5 Clemson 35-14 under the lights in Notre Dame Stadium last weekend. The Irish posted their third consecutive 200-yard rushing game and held their second-consecutive opponent to less than 100 rushing yards (61 at Syracuse, 90 vs. Clemson). • Record watch – Junior defensive end Isaiah Foskey needs one full sack to set a new Notre Dame career record for sacks. Junior tight end Michael Mayer is looking to break his own single-season TE touchdown record of seven, which he tied with a 17-yard scoring reception last weekend against Clemson.
IRISH ITEMS – BY THE NUMBERS
Sophomore running back Audric Estimé has rushed for 100 yards in the past two
games (123 at Syracuse, 104 vs. Clemson) and hopes to become the first Irish player
to rush for 100 yards in three-consecutive games since Tony Jones Jr. in 2019.
The Irish will be looking to claim their fourth-consecutive victory away from Notre
Dame Stadium this season. Notre Dame has not lost away from home since the season-opener at No. 2/2 Ohio State.
Junior defensive end Isaiah Foskey has sacked the quarterback 5.5 times in the
last three games, pushing his career total to 24.0 – just 0.5 sacks behind Justin Tuck’s
Notre Dame career record. At 8.5 sacks this season, Foskey is second in the country
in total sacks.
Notre Dame has blocked a school-record (since 1937) and FBS-leading six punts this
season. The Irish have blocked four punts in the last three games, including two consecutive blocks against UNLV.
Since September 24 (when the Irish defeated North Carolina on the road) Notre
Dame is tied for seventh in the country in rushing attempts with 280. In that fivegame span, the Irish are averaging 233.8 rushing yards per game, which is the 10thbest average in the nation during that time frame.
Notre Dame’s pass rush has surged over the past two weeks and the Irish have sacked
the opposing quarterback eight times – four in each of the past three games. The
Irish are tied for 14th in the country in sacks per game (3.11, 28 in 9 games played).
Notre Dame has played on November 12 sixteen previous times, posting a 12-4 record that includes a 42-21 win over Navy in 2005 in Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish
have a three-game win streak on Nov. 12 dating back to that ‘05 victory.
Notre Dame is 6-0 this season when it possesses the ball for 30 or more minutes,
peaking at 40:55 of possession time against BYU. The Irish were held under 30 minutes against Ohio State (27:01), Marshall (29:13) and Stanford (23:53).
As Michael Mayer continues to enscribe his name all over the Notre Dame record
books (see pages 9-10 for more), he also looks to continue his streak of games with
at least once reception. His streak currently stands at 33, which is every game he has
played for the Irish and the 11th-best current streak in the nation (he also is the only
active TE with a streak over 30 games – see page 10 for a full list).
Notre Dame is the only team in the country with three running backs posting 85 or
more carries this season – Audric Estimé (117), Logan Diggs (112) and Chris
Tyree (85). The Irish have not seen three backs post 100 carries each since Randy
Kinder (143), Marc Edwards (140) and Autry Denson (137) in 1995.
Notre Dame rushed for 263 yards in the victory over Clemson which is the fifth time
the Irish have surpassed 200 yards rushing this season. Notre Dame is 104-10 (.912)
since 1996 when it rushes for 200 yards or more.
OPENING KICK • Navy (3-6) and #20/25 Notre Dame (6-3) meet for the 95th time on the gridiron when the two square off on Saturday at 12-Noon at M&T Bank Stadium (71,008) in Baltimore. This will be the 23rd time Navy and Notre Dame have played in Baltimore and the first since 2008. This is the fourth time the Navy-Notre Dame game has been played at M&T Bank Stadium. Saturday’s contest is presented by Navy Federal Credit Union and Navy Mutual. • The two programs are among the winningest FBS teams in college football history. Notre Dame ranks fourth all-time with 935 wins, while Navy ranks 25th with 732 wins. • The two schools had played 93-consecutive times, which was the longest intersectional rivalry in college football, until 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic caused the game to be canceled. Navy and Notre Dame were originally scheduled to open the 2020 season in Dublin, Ireland. Travel restrictions, however, forced the game to be moved to Annapolis for what would have been the first game in series history to be played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium before the contest was ultimately canceled. The 2023 Navy-Notre Dame game will be played on Saturday, Aug. 26 in Dublin. It will mark the third time the Mids and Irish have met in Ireland and the first time with Notre Dame as the home team. • Notre Dame leads the series 80-13-1 and has won four in a row over the Mids. • Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo has beaten Notre Dame 3 times and has lost 4 other times by 10 points or less in his 13 games against the Irish. His 3 wins against Notre Dame are tied with Wayne Hardin (1960-61) for the most in school history. • Niumatalolo has beaten 5 Associated Press Top-25 opponents during his tenure with the last coming on Nov. 23, 2019, when the Mids defeated #21 SMU 35-28. Niumatalolo beat #19 Notre Dame 23-21 in 2009. The highest-ranked team a Niumatalolo-led Navy team has defeated came in 2016 when the Mids stunned #6 Houston 46-40. • Navy has defeated 4 Notre Dame teams ranked in the top 25: 1936 over #13 Notre Dame 3-0; 1944 over #2 Notre Dame 32-12; 1957 over #5 Notre Dame 20-6 and in 2009 over #19 Notre Dame 23-21. • Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman has Navy’s number when it comes to shutting down the option. In 2018, as defensive coordinator at Cincinnati, his unit held Navy to 171 yards of total offense, including just 124 yards on the ground, in a 42-0 win. Last year, as defensive coordinator at Notre Dame, his group again shut down the Mids, allowing just 189 yards of total offense, including 166 yards on the ground, in a 34-6 Notre Dame win. • Navy has made things interesting against the Irish at M&T Bank Stadium. In 2008, sophomore quarterback Ricky Dobbs came off the bench and nearly led the greatest comeback in school history. Navy trailed Notre Dame 27-7 with less than two minutes remaining when Shun White scored on a 24-yard touchdown run to make the score 27-14. Corey Johnson recovered the ensuing onside kick at the ND 41 and on the first play, Dobbs hit Tyree Barnes with a 40-yard pass down to the Notre Dame 1. Dobbs scored on the next play to make it 27-21 and then Johnson again recovered the onside kick at the ND 41, but this time the Notre Dame defense held thanks to a Pat Kuntz sack. • In 2002, a 1-7 Navy squad led 8-1 and ninth-ranked Notre Dame 23-15 deep into the fourth quarter until the Irish rallied for 2 touchdowns in the final 4:30 to hold on for a 30-23 win thanks to 2 Carlyle Holiday touchdown passes. • Navy is the only team in the FBS that will not play a home game in the month of November. Navy lost at Cincinnati (20-10) last Saturday, plays host to Notre Dame this Saturday in Baltimore, travels to UCF next week (11-19) before traveling to Philadelphia on Dec. 10 for the annual Army-Navy Game presented by USAA, in addition to a bye on Thanksgiving weekend. It marks the first time since 1988 that Navy will not have a home game in the month of November. Remarkably, in 1988, Navy played its final home game on Oct. 1 vs. Yale and then played 4 games on the road (Air Force, Pitt, Syracuse and South Carolina) and 2 neutral site games (Notre Dame in Baltimore and Army in Philadelphia) to finish 3-8. • Navy starting quarterback Tai Lavatai was lost for the year in the first quarter of the Temple game with a left knee injury. Backup quarterback Xavier Arline, who came on to finish the Temple game and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 23-yard run in overtime, started last week against Cincinnati and played well, rushing for 87 yards on 12 carries. Arline is a two-sport athlete for Navy as he is also a starting attackman on the lacrosse team. Arline initially committed to North Carolina to play both lacrosse and football, but after a change in the Tar Heel football coaching staff, Arline decommitted and signed with Navy. • Navy starts a combined 4 seniors on offense and defense, a mark that is tied with Cal, Louisiana Tech, North Texas and Temple for the third fewest in the country. • Navy defeated Temple on Oct. 29 without completing a pass. It was the eighth time in the Niumatalolo era that Navy has played an entire game without completing a pass. Not completing a pass in a game is not necessarily a bad thing for the Mids, as they are 7-1 in those games. In two of those games, 2009 vs. Wake Forest and 2008 against SMU, the Mids never attempted a pass. Both of those games were played in torrential downpours with Navy beating Wake Forest 13-10 and SMU 34-7.
SCOUTING NOTRE DAME 6-3 Overall Head Coach: Marcus Freeman • Notre Dame enters Saturday’s game as one of the hottest teams in the country, having won three straight and 6 of its last 7. Last week, the Irish manhandled #4 Clemson in South Bend 35-14. • Notre Dame has won 16-consecutive games in the month of November, which is the longest active streak in the FBS. • Junior quarterback Drew Pyne has had a solid year for Notre Dame, completing 111 of his 182 pass attempts for 1,278 yards and 14 touchdowns. Pyne has tossed just 4 interceptions. • Pyne’s favorite target is junior tight end Michael Mayer, who many consider the best tight end in the country and the greatest tight end in the history of Notre Dame. The surefire first-round draft pick has caught 51 passes for 624 yards and 7 touchdowns (#24 in the country). Sophomore Lorenzo Styles has 24 catches for 292 yards and a touchdown. • Notre Dame’s rushing attack is led by the 1-2 combo of sophomore Audric Estime and sophomore Logan Diggs. Estime has rushed for 662 yards and 9 touchdowns on 117 carries, while Diggs has 545 yards and a touchdown on 112 carries. • Notre Dame’s offensive line has allowed just 3.78 tackles for loss per game, which ranks seventh in the country. • Like Navy, Notre Dame likes to keep possession of the ball. Notre Dame is holding it 32:39 per game which ranks 17th in the country. • Defensively, Notre Dame is led by senior linebacker JD Bertrand and graduate student linebacker Jack Kiser. Bertrand has recorded 60 tackles this year, with 6.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks, while Kiser has 37 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Senior defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey is fourth in the country in sacks, averaging 0.9 per contest. • Notre Dame’s defense ranks 19th nationally in fourth down defense (.375). The Irish have 2 defensive touchdowns, which is 16th nationally. The Irish are averaging 3.1 sacks per game, which is 14th best in the country. • Notre Dame has blocked an incredible 6 punts this year and has blocked a punt in four-consecutive games. Notre Dame’s first points last Saturday against Clemson came on a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown. Foskey has 2 blocked punts on the year, which is tied for third nationally. • Senior Brandon Johnson is 15th in the country in punt returns, averaging 9.9 yards per return. • Notre Dame is 16th in the country in fewest penalties per game (4.67) and 25th in penalties yards per game (43.8).
GAME 1 PREVIEW: IRISH OPEN WITH RADFORD ON THURSDAY
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s basketball season starts anew on Thursday and the Fighting Irish are looking to build off a momentous end to last season. They’ll return the most experienced squad in Mike Brey’s tenure, plus add a freshmen class that ranked in the top-15 upon signing last fall. The Irish will open the 2022-23 campaign with Radford inside Purcell Pavilion at 8 p.m. ET on ACC Network.
BREY’S MOST VETERAN TEAM
No other Power-Five program this year can say that they have six players earning their Master’s Degree (Goodwin, Carmody, Ryan, Laszewski, Wertz, Hammond). Then you dive deeper and the stats show that this is Coach Brey’s most experienced team to date to start a season, even topping last year’s team. New highs in minutes, made field goals, three-pointers, free throws, rebounds and points.
In terms of ACC players entering the 2022-23 season with 100 or more games played, Dane Goodwin ranks 2nd with 126, two behind Kihei Clark of Virginia. Of course, Nate Laszewski follows suit in third with 125.
Notre Dame is 20-2 all-time in season openers during the Mike Brey era (2000-01 to present). Historically, the Irish are 98-21 (.824) in their season openers.
Home-opener wise Notre Dame is 22-0 in the Mike Brey era. Historically, the program is 108-11 (.908) in home openers. Random facts:
Under Brey, the Irish have began the season on the road just three times. In 2017-18, the Irish helped DePaul dedicate WinTrust Arena on Nov. 11, earning a 72-58 victory. Plus, No. 9/11 North Carolina in 2019-20 and No. 13/12 Michigan State in 2020-21.
Notre Dame won 26 consecutive home openers from 1922-23 through 1947-48.
BREY ERA – STILL TOPS IN A/TO RATIO
Since 2000-01 (first year of the Mike Brey era), Notre Dame has led the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio (1.44).
In his now 23 years patrolling the sidelines, Coach Brey’s teams have developed certain tenets they can be counted on to display – take care of the ball, defend without fouling, shot making and free throw percentage. Those traits are reflected in Notre Dame’s statistical rankings, compared to all NCAA teams and the ACC, since the Brey era began.
EXPERIENCE IN THE BACKCOURT
Most Productive Backcourts in NCAA – Scholarship Guards only edition (courtesy of Matt Plizga from Pitt). Below is a list of backcourts with:
1) career totals of 4,000+ points and 500+ 3FG at the Division I level
2) three or more 1,000-point scorers in the backcourt.
NEW COURT, SAME HOME ADVANTAGE
Notre Dame’s court may have gotten a facelift this offseason and sport a new look, but the same home court advantage still applies.
Last season, the Irish went 14-1 inside Purcell Pavilion, as their .931 winning percentage at home ranked ninth in the nation.
Furthermore, only dropping one loss at home or fewer hadn’t been done since the 2011-12 season.
Now let’s add in the women’s team for an overall basketball picture. Combined the men and women went 27-2 inside Purcell for a .967 winning percentage. That ranked third last season behind Arizona (29-1, .967) and Tennessee (30-2, .938).
IRISH CLIMBING 1,000-POINT SCORERS LIST
With the additions of Dane Goodwin and Nate Laszewski to Notre Dame’s 1,000-point scorers club, the Irish program total bumped to 67. Notre Dame is now in a three-way tie alongside Duke and Villanova for producing the most 1000-point scorers of any program. Louisville sits in second with 69 and UNC the top spot with 79.
Of those 67, 26 of those players having been recruited by Mike Brey and exhausted their eligibility (or turned professional early).
Also fun to note: if Notre Dame were to play 35 games again in 2022-23, Ryan would have to average 12.2 ppg to reach the 1,000-point ND milestone.
JAGUARS FALL ON THE ROAD AT DRAKE TO CAP IOWA TRIP
DES MOINES, Iowa – The IUPUI basketball team closed out a two-game tour of Iowa on Wednesday (Nov. 9) with an 80-48 defeat to the hands of Drake University. Daylan Hamilton led the Jaguars with 12 points off the bench and freshman Vincent Brady II scored nine points, including a pair of threes.
Tucker DeVries led Drake (1-0) with 22 points and eight boards and Sardaar Calhoun closed with 18 points, including hitting 4-of-6 from three-point range. Drake shot 54 percent from the floor while IUPUI was limited to just 28 percent overall and 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) from three-point range.
“I thought we showed some fight tonight, particularly after such a bad start,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said. “This was a good preparation for us, particularly for some of our younger guys. To have to prepare for a tough opponent on the road after just one day’s rest is what you have to do when you get to conference play too.
“This was a good test and showed us where we are and now we have to get back home and get to work.”
IUPUI missed its first eight shot attempts before DJ Jackson finally broke the ice with a runner at the 13:30 mark. By that time, Drake had rattled off 18 straight points to start the game, quelling any thoughts of an upset.
The lead extended to 40-17 by halftime as IUPUI hit just 6-of-27 first half attempts. IUPUI showed some signs of life after halftime as Hamilton sparked an 8-0 run with seven points of his own, that was later capped off by a John Egbuta free throw. That came on the heels of back-to-back Brady treys, the second of which he converted into a four-point play after being knocked down on the attempt.
IUPUI seemingly addressed the turnover woes from Monday’s loss at Iowa State, committing just 14 turnovers that led to seven Drake points. However, made shots were hard to come by against Drake as the Bulldogs also collected eight blocked shots.
Jlynn Counter finished with eight points and Amhad Jarrard added seven. Jackson had four points and a team-high six boards in 17 minutes off the bench.
The Jaguars will continue a stretch of three straight road games to start the season when they take on Chicago State on Monday night (Nov. 14) at 7:00 p.m. Central.
MEN’S BASKETBALL ADDS JUNIOR COLLEGE STANDOUT FOR 2023-2024
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball program signed junior college standout James Flippin (Milwaukee, Wisc.) on the first day of the signing period on Wednesday (Nov. 9) as the 6-foot-11 big man will join the program, beginning next fall. Flippin is currently studying at Wallace State (Ala.) College after attending Chattanooga State (Tenn.) Community College last season. He’s widely considered among the top junior college players in the nation heading into the 2022-2023 season.
“We think Flip is a big time get for us,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said. “He’s a big man who’s really, really gifted offensively. He’s shoots it really well from three, but can also score in the mid-range or with his back to the basket. We haven’t had a big man at IUPUI like him in a really long time. He’s going to cause matchup problems, so to have someone like him to kickoff this recruiting class is a major, major piece.
“Our guys are going to like playing with him and personality-wise, he fits in with our current group incredibly well.”
At Chattanooga State, Flippin averaged 16.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while shooting 52.1 percent from the floor and 40.7 percent from three-point range. He connected on a team-high 48 threes and also led the squad in blocked shots. He had a season-high 37 points against Tennessee Wesleyan on Nov. 1 when he hit 16-of-23 shots and 5-of-6 from three-point range. He scored in double-digits 18 times and had 20-or-more eight times. He turned in six double-doubles and was named to the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) first team.
A Milwaukee-native, Flippin played at Tennessee Preparatory Academy and with Kevon Looney Elite on the AAU circuit. At TPA, he averaged 18.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
He is IUPUI’s first signee for the 2023-2024 campaign.
JAGUARS TRAVEL TO #7 LOUISVILLE ON THURSDAY
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The IUPUI women’s basketball travels to Kentucky to face the #7 Louisville Cardinals (1-0) inside the KFC Yum! Center at 7:00 PM on the ACC Network. The Jaguars opened the 2022-23 season with a nail-biting loss to UIC on Monday night. Thursday’s game with mark just the seventh meeting between IUPUI and Louisville.
Head coach Kate Bruce’s squad is coming off a 52-50 loss at home against UIC on Monday night, despite a career-high 20 points from senior transfer Jazmyn Turner in her IUPUI debut. Turner also collected a team-high eight boards while Natalie Andersen added nine points with three assists and Logan Lewis scored seven. Destiny Perkins collected two 3’s for six points with two assists and two steals. Jaci Jones added five points and Rachel Kent scored three.
Louisville is coming off an 87-68 win over Cincinnati where junior Hailey Van Lith led the Cardinals with 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting marking her 12th 20-plus point scoring game of her career.
The Jaguars will face Louisville on Thursday, Nov. 10 for a 7:00 PM tipoff before returning to Indy to face Butler inside Hinkle Fieldhouse on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2:00 PM.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL INKS THREE RECRUITS FROM INDIANA FOR 2023-24 SEASON
MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State women’s basketball 11th-year head coach Brady Sallee announced the signing of three players to national letters of intent during the early signing period, which opened Nov. 9.
Ashlynn Brooke (Royal Center, Ind./Pioneer High School) along with identical twins Hailey Smith (Fishers, Ind./Fishers High School) and Olivia Smith (Fishers, Ind./Fishers High School) are set to join the Cardinals for the 2023-24 campaign.
“We landed the exact three players in this State that we thought were the best fits in our system,” Sallee said. “They are winners, they are competitors, and they want everything that comes with the expectations of playing in the Ball State WBB program. I’m excited to keep these three very special young ladies home. As always, my staff did an excellent job with making sure we landed the three we wanted!”
Brooke led the state in scoring as a junior averaging 25.9 points per game while making 98 3-pointers. She helped the Lady Panthers to a 21-5 overall record and went undefeated in HNAC (Hoosier North Athletic Conference) for the first time in program history. As a freshman, Brooke helped Pioneer high school finish as the Class A state runner-up and then won a state title her sophomore year after hitting the game-winning shot with seven seconds remaining.
The talented guard was named an Indiana Junior All-Star along with being tabbed HNAC Most Valuable Girls Basketball Player and the Pharos-Tribune’s 2022 Loganland Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
Entering her senior season, Brooke is shooting 45 percent from the field, 41 percent from behind the arc and 81 percent from the free throw line.
Brady Sallee on Ashlynn Brooke…
“We believe Ashlynn is the best pure scorer in the State! She is a perfect fit for our system and has a ton of skill that will translate quickly to the college game. Her ability to stretch defenses with the 3-ball coupled with high level court vision makes her an exciting addition to the Ball State WBB family!”
Hailey Smith, a hard-nosed guard, accounted for over 91% of her made field goals inside the arc last season for Fishers High School with the majority of those coming in the paint. As a junior, she averaged 10.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.9 steals for the sectional runner-up Tigers and finished 72-for-100 at the free throw line.
Hailey is an Indiana Junior All-Star selection and was recently named to the IndyStar’s Preseason Super Team which is comprised of Central Indiana’s best players.
Brady Sallee on Hailey Smith…
“Hailey Smith is special. She can take over a game in a lot of different ways and is flat out relentless! We talk a lot in recruiting about finding players that have the “dawg in ’em” and she personifies that phrase. Nobody will compete or play harder than Hailey! Cardinal Nation has a lot to be excited about with this young lady!”
Olivia Smith has played on varsity for Fishers High School all four years and has competed in 72 games for the Tigers. She averaged 9.4 points per game as a junior, 5.1 rebounds while dishing out on average 3.0 assists.
Olivia helped the Tigers to the 2021-22 Hoosier Crossroads Conference Championship after scoring 10 points in a victory over Avon. She was also named to the First Team HCC All-Conference Team along with her twin sister Hailey.
Brady Sallee on Olivia Smith…
“Olivia is a big-time competitor! She loves playing, and the tougher the game, the tougher she plays. Olivia will bring an intensity and passion to the floor that our fans will love! She is the type of player that you can put on the other team’s best player and she will lock them down. We are excited to bring Olivia’s level of toughness to our program!’
Brooke along with the Smith twins will join fellow Hoosiers on Ball State’s current roster — Ally Becki (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg), Alex Richard (Avon, Ind./Avon) and Madelyn Bischoff (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli).
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL EXCITED TO WELCOME FOUR IN 2023
MUNCIE, Ind. – – To compete at a championship level, you must recruit championship-level athletes. That is just what Ball State women’s volleyball head coach Kelli Miller Phillips and her staff have done with the program’s latest recruiting class.
Set to join the Cardinals for the 2023 season are:
… A two-time state champion in Kendall Barnes (Bartlett, Tenn./Briarcrest Christian).
… A pair of 2022 IHSAA Class 2A State Champions in Reese Baker (Selma, Ind./Wapahani) and Camryn Wise (Parker City, Ind./Wapahani)
… A two-time Girls Greater Catholic League Champion Lindsey Green (Loveland, Ohio/Ursuline Academy), who also has her squad playing in the state semifinals this coming weekend.
Reese Baker | 5-4 | Defensive Specialist | Selma, Ind./Wapahani
Phillips on Baker: Reese is such a fun player to watch. She flies all over the backcourt and throws her body all over to ensure the ball doesn’t hit the ground on our side of the net. Her quickness, ability to read attackers, and relentlessness as a defender are going to be huge assets for us. I also love her attention to detail as a passer. She’s so willing to learn and be coached and I can’t wait to have her in the gym.
Career Highlights: A four-year letterwinner for coach Kati Weir, a four-year Ball State women’s volleyball letterwinner herself, at Wapahani High School … captained the Raiders to a 32-5 record and the 2022 IHSAA Class 2A State Championship as a senior … led Wapahani to a 117-22 record over her career, including IHSAA State Championship runner-up finishes as a freshman and sophomore … earned all-state second team as a sophomore … a three-time all-conference and all-county selection … finished her career with 1,557 total digs, including a match-high 24 in the championship match of the 2022 IHSAA State Finals versus Linton-Stockton … also a four-year letterwinner in basketball and a one-year letterwinner in track at Wapahani … played nine years of club volleyball at Munciana … helped guide her 2017 team to a top 5 national ranking … 2019 national championship runner-up.
Why Ball State: I chose Ball State because of the family feel that I got from the coaches, players, and fans.
Kendall Barnes | 6-1 | Outside/Opposite | Bartlett, Tenn./Briarcrest Christian
Phillips on Barnes: We are excited to welcome Kendall to the Cardinal Family. She is a physical pin attacker that plays high and hits hard. I love her range of shots and her confidence at the net. She also has a powerful serve that can score a ton of points at the end line. She continues to improve her all around passing and defending game each time I see her. She’s a competitor and knows how to win and I’m excited to add her to our program.
Career Highlights: A three-year letterwinner in volleyball for coach Carrie Yerty at Briarcrest Christian … helped guide the Saints to Tennessee Division II AA State Championships as a sophomore and senior … the 2022 State Tournament MVP, she also earned first team all-state as a junior and senior … captained Briarcrest to a 37-6 record her senior season, smashing 396 kills and hitting .333 … finished her career with 755 kills, a .314 attack percentage, 292 digs, 131 aces and 99 total blocks … team finished the 2021 season at state runner-up with a 40-3 overall record … also finished her career as a two-time all-region and two-time all-metro selection … played club volleyball for the Memphis Metro 18 Masters.
Why Ball State: The team and campus had a family-like feel that was super welcoming. It was also fun to watch all of the players and coaches have a great time doing something they all loved.
Lindsey Green | 5-10 | Setter | Loveland, Ohio/Ursuline Academy
Phillips on Green: Lindsey is a stud setter. She gets to the ball quick and puts her hitters in great spots time and time again. Her tempo and consistency on her sets makes it easy for hitters to get in rhythm and she competes as hard as anyone. She has a great volleyball IQ and I love the creativity she has in running an offense. She’s going to be a great addition to the Cardinal family.
Career Highlights: A four-year letterwinner in volleyball for coach Ali Butcher at Ursuline Academy … has helped the Lions advance to the 2022 OHSAA Division I State Semifinals, with the team battling Bishop Watterson on Friday at 4 p.m. at Wright State … led Ursuline Academy to a 24-3 record so far this season, handing out 874 assists, collecting 223 digs, and earning 43 total blocks … a team captain as a junior and senior, she has earned first team all-state as a junior and senior … also led the program to a pair of Girls Greater Catholic League Championships, three regional runner-up finishes, and a 102-19 record over her career … AVCA All-Region and Larosas MVP as a senior … two-time first team all-conference and all-district, after earning honorable mention in both as a sophomore … enters the 2022 state semifinals with 2,708 assists, 689 digs, 198 total blocks and 191 kills over her career … played club volleyball from Elevation Volleyball Club from 10U to 18U … prepvolleyball.com top setters in class of 2023 and AVCA Preseason All-American as a junior … JVA Watch List as a junior and senior … selected for Under Armor All-American Camp as a sophomore and junior … helped guide her 13U team to a fifth-place finish at nationals and her 14U squad to an 11th-place effort.
Why Ball State: I chose Ball State because the second I walked in, I felt like I was a part of the family. The culture at Ball State is amazing and what I have always wanted. I also love the whole coaching staff.
Camryn Wise | 5-11 | Middle Blocker | Parker City, Ind./Wapahani
Phillips on Wise: Cam is a competitor. She’s not the tallest in stature but she makes up for it in her fire and heart. She has an extremely fast arm and gets on the ball as quick as anyone. She works hard in transition and simply finds ways to help her team score points. She’s continued to develop her back court game recently which will help her be even more versatile for us, but she will add much needed depth to our middle position as well as a fire to a gym!
Career Highlights: A four-year letterwinner for coach Kati Weir, a four-year Ball State women’s volleyball letterwinner herself, at Wapahani High School … captained the Raiders to a 32-5 record and the 2022 IHSAA Class 2A State Championship as a senior … led Wapahani to a 117-22 record over her career, including IHSAA State Championship runner-up finishes as a freshman and sophomore … first team all-state selection as a sophomore and junior, after earning second team honors as a freshman … finished her career with 1,351 career kills, including a match-high 22 in the championship match of the 2022 IHSAA State Finals versus Linton-Stockton … hit .322 over her career, while adding 275 total blocks, 222 service aces and 411 digs over 426 career sets played … earned first team all-conference and first-team all-county all four years … picked for the North vs. South All-Star Match as a junior, going on to earn MVP honors at the event … four-time academic all-state honoree … also earned four letters in basketball for Wapahani, earning all-county and all-conference honors all four seasons … also an all-state honorable mention and a member of the 1000 point and 500 rebound clubs … played club volleyball at Munciana from 13U to 18U.
Why Ball State: I chose Ball State because it feels like a fit for me in every single way. The coaches and team really made me feel at home on the visit. Their coaching style is one I know I can thrive in, and I want to be a part of something truly great at the next level and get a great education along with it.
MEN’S HOOPS INTRODUCES THREE PREP STANDOUTS
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Khoi Thurmon (Akron, Ohio / Buchtel HS), CJ Hadnot (Houston, Texas / Cypress Creek HS) and Jermaine Coleman (Indianapolis, Ind. / Park Tudor HS) have each signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball program for the 2023-24 campaign.
“I’m ecstatic about our 2023 recruiting class,” Mastodon head coach Jon Coffman said. “Our program has been built on gym rats that love to play and are obsessed with their player development coupled with versatile skill sets. All three can shoot it and pass it at a high level, were coached extremely well in both high school and AAU and are a great fit with how we play the game with pace and space.”
Thurmon averaged 18.1 points, 4.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game in high school. He was an All-State Second Team pick in Ohio and named to the Beach Ball Classic All-Tournament Team.
“Khoi is an intense competitor who along with Jermaine joins us from the Indy Heat EYBL program that is based out of Fort Wayne. He makes those around him better, lives in the paint and can really, really pass the basketball! We are really excited about his ability to play in transition, create for others off ball screens and raise the intensity of those around him.”
Hadnot was an All-Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Region 3 selection last season. He was also District MVP. He was named First Team NY2LA. He averaged 20.9 points 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists as a junior.
“CJ is another Atlanta native, like Jarred Godfrey and JoJo Peterson, who joins us from Houston, Texas where he has played his high school basketball. CJ has tremendous skill–ball handling and passing coupled with being an explosive scorer who can create his own shot off the dribble. We love his versatility and ability to play well both with the ball in his hands and off the ball. We are really excited about his ability to create for others off ball screens and in the open floor.”
Coleman averaged 18.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists as a junior. He was named a Junior Indiana All-Star.
“Jermaine was an AAU teammate of Khoi who also joins us from the Indy Heat EYBL program that is based out of Fort Wayne. We have had great Indiana players during my tenure, including Max, Mo, Bryson, Joe, Brent, Ra and more who bring the rabid Indiana love for the game to our program, and we are excited about Jermaine continuing this tradition of Mastodon greats from Indianapolis! Jermaine is a gym rat who is obsessed with his player development. He brings size and skill coupled with the ability to guard multiple positions. Most of all, Jermaine can really, really shoot the basketball, which has been a staple in our program.”
The Mastodons have their 2022-23 home opener set for Saturday (Nov. 12) against SIUE. It will be a 1 p.m. tip at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
PURDUE FORT WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO MICHIGAN STATE ON THURSDAY
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball will play its first of two Big Ten foes on Thursday (Nov. 10) when the Mastodons play at Michigan State at 7 p.m.
Game Day Information
Who: Michigan State Spartans
When: Thursday, November 10 | 7 PM
Where: East Lansing, Mich. | Breslin Center
Live Stats: Link
Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne
Know Your Foe
Michigan State is coming off an 86-37 win over Delaware State on Monday (Nov. 7) in the season opener. The Spartans had four players in double-figures: Gabby Elliott (13), Moira Joiner (13), Stephanie Visscher (12) and Taiyier Parks (10). MSU shot 48.4 percent as a team.
Michigan State leads the all-time series 3-1, but the Mastodons won the last meeting between the two programs. The Mastodons’ 81-76 win over the No. 21 Spartans in 2013 was the first win over a Big Ten program in school history and the first win over a ranked team.
Through one game, the Mastodons have the best 3-point shooting percentage (.333) in the Horizon League.
Turn… Turn… Turn!
The Mastodons have the best turnover margin (20.0) in the Horizon League.
Let’s Talk Goshen
In Purdue Fort Wayne’s win over Goshen, Amellia Bromenschenkel had a career-high 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting. She also had a team-high six rebounds. Three other Mastodons scored in double figures: Destinee Marshall (11), Shayla Sellers (10) and Audra Emmerson (10).
Last Time Out
Purdue Fort Wayne opened the 2022-23 season with a 90-45 win over Goshen. Amellia Bromenschenkel poured in a career-high 22 points and a game-high six rebounds in 25 minutes. The Mastodons had four players in double-figures.
The Mastodons will return home for a pair of non-league home games against Bellarmine (Sunday, November 13) and Chicago State (Thursday, November 17) in the Gates Sports Center.
NACHO DIAZ NAMED MVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR AS FIVE EARN POSTSEASON HONORS
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Forward Nacho Diaz was named the Missouri Valley Conference’s Men’s Soccer Freshman of the Year and four other Aces received recognition at the Conference’s postseason award banquet on Wednesday evening in Springfield, Mo.
Diaz becomes the third-straight Ace and fourth in five years to earn the MVC’s award for the best freshman in the league, joining teammate Jose Vivas, who earned the honor in 2021. Coming to Evansville from Almeria, Spain, Diaz has made an immediate impact on the team and the conference. The MVC’s league leader with nine goals and 21 points, Diaz tallied two goals in a game three times this season and has recorded a pair of game-winning goals. Along with his recognition as freshman of the year, Diaz was also selected as first-team all-MVC and named to the MVC’s all-freshman team.
Proving to be a force between the posts, graduate goalkeeper Alex Vidizzoni captured second-team all-MVC recognition. The Codroipo, Italy native has recorded seven shutouts this season, putting him inside the top 10 in both single-season and career shutouts despite playing just 16 matches in the white and purple. Vidizzoni has been in goal for each of Evansville’s seven wins thsi season and has a goals-against average of 0.94.
A key to the Aces attack, sophomore Jose Vivas was named second-team all-MVC. Recording four goals and three assists on the season, Vivas scored a pair of game-winning goals, including a 74th-minute beauty on Sunday that sent Evansville to the MVC Championship semifinals. In two years at Evansville, Vivas has amassed six assists.
Joining his fellow countryman on the MVC’s second-team is senior Carlos Barcia. A crucial force for the Aces in the midfield, Barcia tallied three goals and tied for the team-lead with four assists. Against Lindenwood on Oct. 1, Barcia’s 50th-minute goal proved to be the game-winner.
The final Ace to receive postseason recognition was junior forward Kai Phillip. A native of Trinidad & Tobago, Phillip sits second on the team in goals this season. Phillip’s five scores on the year have come almost exclusively against MVC competition, including a brace for Phillip at Missouri State on Sept. 24. Twice Phillip’s goals have been game-winners, coming against SIUE and Drake. The junior assisted on another Evansville goal, the season-opening goal for the Aces in a 2-2 tie with Bellarmine.
Evansville continues its journey in the MVC Championship on Thursday afternoon at 3 PM with a semifinal matchup with No. 5 seed Belmont in Springfield, Mo.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CONTINUES ROAD SWING AT FOURTH-RANKED IOWA
IOWA CITY, Iowa – After a season-opening 89-81 win over Eastern Kentucky on Monday, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team makes a trip north to take on No. 4 Iowa at 6:30 PM on Thursday night in Iowa City, Iowa.
Evansville and Iowa will meet for just the third time in series history, but in the second consecutive season with the Hawkeyes having won both previous meetings. The Aces and Hawkeyes met last season on Jan. 2, 2022 with Iowa capturing a 93-56 win. Like the Aces, Iowa opened the season with a win on Monday, defeating Southern, 87-34, at home. Thursday night’s opponent No. 4 Iowa is believed to be the highest-ranked opponent the Aces have faced in program history and the first top 10 opponent UE has squared-off with since facing No. 8 Louisvile on Dec. 18, 2016.
Evansville’s 89-81 win over EKU on Monday evening was UE’s first win in a season-opener on the road since Nov. 9, 2012 in a 54-45 victory at Ball State. Fifth-year guard Myia Clark was on fire on Monday at EKU. The St. Louis native finished with 25 points, tying the program record for most three-pointers in a single game with eight, going 8-for-9 from beyond the arc in the win. Newcomer Barbora Tomancova stuffed the stat sheet against EKU in her first game in the white and purple. A transfer from FIU, Tomancova finished with a 16-point, 15-rebound double-double to help power the Aces.
MVC SEMIFINALS AHEAD FOR ACES ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Following a quarterfinal win over SIUE, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team continues its run in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship semifinals against No. 5 seed Belmont at 3 PM on Thursday afternoon in Springfield, Mo.
For the second-straight season and the fourth time in the last seven seasons, Evansville has reached the semifinals of the MVC’s postseason championship, including last season’s run to the final. The Aces and their semifinal opponent, Belmont, are meeting for the third time this season with both previous meetings in 2022 ending in scoreless ties.
Sophomore Jose Vivas scored his fourth goal of the season to lead the Aces over SIUE last Sunday. Vivas’ goal marked Evansville’s 23rd of the season and the 16th scored by players from Spain. In all, just one of Evansville’s 23 goals in 2022 has been scored by a player from the US, coming from senior winger Nkosi Graham.
The four losses for Evansville this season are the fewest for the Aces in a regular season since the 1996 campaign saw UE go 18-5, winning the MVC and advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
Graduate goalkeeper Alex Vidizzoni is entering rare air in his first season in the white and purple. The Italian has recorded seven shutouts on the season and combined for one other, putting him in a tie for seventh in program history for most shutouts in a single season. Vidizzoni also sits 10th in career shutouts despite having played just 16 matches for UE.
Fans interested in cheering on the Aces from the River City will have a chance to join together with other fans to watch the match on Thursday. Doc’s Sports Bar (1305 Stringtown Rd., Evansville, Ind.) will be hosting a watch party for the match and UE fans not making the trip to Springfield are encouraged to meet at Doc’s!
EAGLES PROWLED BY PANTHERS, 3-0
Charleston, Ill. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (1-26, 1-15 OVC) began its final roadtrip of 2022 with a 3-0 loss (25-23, 25-20, 25-22) to Eastern Illinois University (15-14, 9-7) Wednesday night at Lantz Arena.
A late Screaming Eagles rally comes up short as USI falls 25-23 to the Panthers in the opening frame. It was a quick 3-1 EIU lead until an ace from sophomore outside hitter Abby Weber (Fishers, Indiana) got some offense going for USI. The Eagles were able to keep the set within a couple of points until EIU used a 3-0 run to make it 12-8. Down 19-13, the Eagles scored six of the next eight points to cut the deficit to just two. Leading that late surge was freshman middle hitter Bianca Anderson (Chicago Heights, Illinois) who put up two kills during the stretch. However, the EIU advantage was too much as USI dropped the first set. The Eagles put up 12 kills and a .241 hitting percentage compared to the Panthers’ 17 kills and a .343 hitting percentage.
Despite having the early lead, USI watched EIU stroll to a 25-20 victory in the second game. The Eagles jumped out to a 5-2 lead that was capped off with an ace from sophomore outside hitter/defensive specialist Anna Ballengee (Montgomery, Indiana). USI was able to extend its lead to 15-11 due to a momentum-shifting kill from junior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois). However, EIU turned the tables with a 7-1 run that found the Panthers in the lead, 18-16. A pair of kills from Anderson and sophomore outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) tied the set at 18 apiece. Despite a last-second effort, USI watched EIU go on a 6-1 game-winning run to go up 2-0 in the match. The Eagles were able to get 13 kills, but it was the Panthers’ 17 kills that made the difference.
Back-and-forth action results in an EIU match-winning victory, 25-22. USI took the early 5-3 lead before a short 3-0 stint from EIU took the Eagles’ lead away. USI was able to put up seven of the next 12 points to regain the lead, 12-11. However, it was a short-lived advantage as the Panthers pushed forward with a 6-2 run that surrendered the Eagles’ lead and gave EIU the 17-14 advantage. There was still hope for USI as the Eagles stormed back by scoring eight of the next 12 points and spotted them a 22-21 lead. Despite the late surge, USI allowed the Panthers to end the set with a 4-0 run.
L. Anderson led the team with 12 kills while Bednar produced 11 kills to earn a .194 hitting percentage. Ballengee recorded a team-high nine digs while Bednar and B. Anderson each threw down two blocks. Leading the passing game for USI was sophomore setter Carly Sobieralski (Indianapolis, Indiana) who finished with 31 assists.
As a team, the Eagles finished the night with 38 kills, 36 assists, and four aces while adding 35 digs and two blocks. The Panthers put up 49 kills, 38 assists, and six aces with 38 digs and five blocks. USI’s offense was consistent, nabbing 12 kills in the opening frame and 13 kills in the second and third frames.
NEXT UP FOR THE EAGLES:
The Eagles end the 2022 season with a two-game stint against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL HOSTS SENIOR NIGHT SATURDAY AS PART OF HOME WEEKEND
Valparaiso (20-7, 8-7 MVC)
Friday, Nov. 11 – Bradley (9-18, 5-10 MVC) – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12 – Illinois State (11-15, 4-11 MVC) – 5 p.m.
Next Up For Valpo Volleyball: The Valpo volleyball team will play its final three matches of the regular season at home at the ARC, starting this weekend with matches against Bradley on Friday and Illinois State on Saturday. The match versus the Redbirds will serve as the program’s Senior Night, as the Beacons honor four players wrapping up their collegiate careers.
Previously: Valpo split its final road trip of the regular season last weekend, winning at Belmont in four sets before falling in a five-set affair at Murray State. Mallory Januski was tabbed MVC Defensive Player of the Week after a record-setting blocking performance against the Racers.
Looking Ahead: Valpo closes the regular season next Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the ARC against travel partner UIC.
Following the Beacons: Both matches this weekend will be broadcast live on ESPN3. In addition, both matches will have live stats available via ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Carin Avery: In her 21st season as head coach at Valparaiso, Carin Avery has won 469 matches (469-224, .677) at the helm of the program and has led Valpo to three league regular season and tournament titles. The program has made five postseason appearances under Avery, including three NCAA Tournament appearances, and advanced to the championship match of the 2021 NIVC. A two-time league Coach of the Year, Avery has coached 58 All-League recipients over her tenure at Valpo, which has spanned three different conferences. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and owns a 524-248 (.679) record overall as a head coach.
Series History: Bradley – A pretty even series, Valpo holds a slim 14-12 advantage over the Braves, including a 7-5 mark since joining the MVC. Earlier this season, the Beacons went up 2-0 in Peoria before Bradley rallied to force a fifth set, but Valpo won the final frame 15-9 to earn the 3-2 victory. Miranda Strongman hit .405 with a team-best 15 kills and five blocks in the win, while Elise Swistek and Mallory Januski added 14 kills apiece.
Illinois State – The Redbirds own a 12-4 advantage in the all-time series over Valpo. Earlier this year, the Beacons earned just their second victory in 12 matchups since joining the Valley, downing Illinois State in front of a crowd of over 3,200 fans in Normal, 3-1. Bella Ravotto led Valpo with 13 kills in that win. Defensively, Elise Swistek tallied 27 digs and Emma Hickey 23, while Miranda Strongman and Mallory Januski tied for match-high honors with seven blocks apiece.
Scouting the Opposition: Bradley – The Braves are in a battle to try to qualify for the MVC Tournament, currently sitting just outside the cut line at 5-10 in conference play and 9-18 overall. Kendall Minta ranks second in the Valley, averaging 1.10 blocks/set, while Carlee Camlin is ninth in the conference with 7.60 assists/set.
Illinois State – The Redbirds have work to do if they want to make the conference tournament, entering the weekend at 4-11 in MVC action and 11-15 overall. Kaity Weimerskirch is third in the Valley with 4.78 digs/set and Emily Weber ranks 10th with 7.08 assists/set.
Valpo Picked Fifth in Preseason Poll: The Beacons have been picked to finish in fifth place in the MVC standings in 2022 in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. Valpo garnered 95 points in the polling, including one first-place vote, to rank fifth in a tight bunch in the middle of the pack. Valpo was just four points behind Bradley in fourth position, but on the other side, was just one point ahead of UNI in sixth place. Notably, Valpo has outperformed its preseason projection in each of its first five seasons in the Valley. Illinois State received five first-place votes and totaled 134 points to lead the poll ahead of Evansville (121 points, two first-place votes). UIC (3) and UNI (1) also picked up at least one first-place nod.
Looking Back at Last Season: Valpo enjoyed one of the top seasons in program history last year, finishing the campaign with a 26-10 record. The Beacons posted a 12-6 record in MVC action to finish tied for third place in the regular season standings – the program’s best record in conference play and best finish since joining the Valley. Valpo then earned a berth in the NIVC and swept each of its first four matches to advance to the tournament championship match. Haley Hart was a First Team All-MVC recipient, while Peyton McCarthy and Rylee Cookerly each earned Second Team All-MVC honors. Cookerly also became the first student-athlete in program history to be named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American.
Another 20-Win Campaign: With their win over Belmont last Friday, the Beacons reached the 20-win mark this season. It’s a milestone that has become routine for the program, yet still impressive in its totality as Valpo has now won 20 or more matches in 17 of Carin Avery’s 21 seasons as head coach. Even more remarkably, one of the four seasons Valpo didn’t reach 20 wins was the shortened spring 2021 campaign, when the program played just 20 matches total. The Beacons have also clinched their 19th winning season in Avery’s 21 seasons at the helm. In addition, Valpo has finished in the top half of the MVC standings in each of its first five seasons in the conference – a feat only matched by Illinois State – and has posted top-half conference finishes in 28 of the last 29 years.
A Look at the Standings: With three matches to play in the regular season, a lot is still up in the air for the Beacons. Valpo needs one more victory to officially clinch a berth in the MVC Tournament, as only the top eight teams in the standings qualify for the postseason. The Beacons enter the week in a tie for fifth place, with fourth place still within reach – a critical line of demarcation in the final standings, as seeds five through eight have to play in the tournament’s opening round on Sunday, while three and four await the winners from the opening-round matchups on Monday.
2,000 Assists: Junior setter Victoria Bulmahn reached a career milestone in last Friday’s win at Belmont, registering the 2,000th assist of her Valpo career on a Mallory Januski kill early in the fourth set against the Bruins. Bulmahn became just the 11th player in program history to hit 2,000 career assists. Fittingly, the setter reached the milestone in one of Valpo’s strongest offensive matches of the year, as the Beacons hit .300 with 67 kills over the four sets, narrowly missing cracking the program’s top-five for kills in a four-set match in the 25-point era.
Big Blocks From Januski: Junior middle Mallory Januski had a match-high five blocks in the Beacons’ win over Belmont last weekend, but that proved to be just the appetizer prior to Saturday’s main course at Murray State. In that match, Januski did something no Valpo player other than Hall of Famer Liz Mikos has accomplished, racking up an incredible 13 blocks – nearly doubling her previous career best of seven. It had been over 19 years since Mikos recorded the last of her three matches with 13+ blocks. Needless to say, Januski now holds the Beacons’ single-match high in the 25-point era, surpassing the previous mark of 11. Januski’s 13-block performance is also the highest tally by any MVC player since Meg Viggars registered 14 for Southern Illinois at Loyola on Oct. 30, 2015. Trailing two sets to none, Januski turned up the heat in sets three and four against the Racers to help extend the match to a fifth set. 10 of Januski’s 13 blocks came in sets three and four, including an incredible four rejections in a row with Valpo trailing 22-21 in the third set to close out the come-from-behind set win and send the match to set four.
Consistency From Hickey: A big part of Valpo’s strength in the back row has been its run of standout liberos, and freshman Emma Hickey has slotted right into that role this season and maintained the prolificacy. Hickey continued to rack up the digs last weekend with match highs in both contests, posting 28 digs in the win over Belmont and 30 digs – her second match this year with 30+ digs – at Murray State. Hickey has registered 20 or more digs in 21 of Valpo’s 27 matches. She ranks fifth nationally in digs/set, averaging 5.65 digs/set ‑ the only freshman among the top-50 in the nation – and is third nationally with 605 total digs – the second-most by a freshman in Valpo history and already in the top-40 MVC single-season dig totals with at least three matches remaining.
Record Book Watch: Hickey cracked Valpo’s single-season top-10 in digs in the 25-point era with her performances last weekend, joining a few of her teammates who are in position to make moves onto the program’s single-season top-10 charts. Hickey is only 56 digs away from moving into the overall top-10 in digs in a single season as well. Mallory Januski is on pace to easily best the program’s single-season hitting percentage record, as her .357 clip would best the overall record of .334 (Nicole Schulz, 2006) and far surpass the 25-point era record of .307 (Kelsey Victor, 2014). Meanwhile, fellow middle Miranda Strongman might challenge that record as well, as she is now hitting .322 on the season. Also, with a team-best 26 service aces, Victoria Bulmahn is just four aces shy of moving into the top-10 in the 25-point era in that category.
Reaching Milestones: Bulmahn’s 2,000th assist last weekend marked the second major statistical milestone reached by a Beacon player this season. Earlier this year, Bella Ravotto became the 23rd player in program history to record at least 1,000 career digs. With 1,224 digs entering this weekend, Ravotto currently ranks 18th in program history in that department.
Players of the Week: Not surprisingly, Mallory Januski was tabbed the MVC Defensive Player of the Week for her record-setting performance last weekend, her second weekly award of the season. Januski was named Player of the Week earlier this year after her MVP weekend at the Roadrunner Classic, making her the only MVC player to earn both PoW and DPoW honors this season. Emma Hickey has earned a trio of weekly awards from the MVC office this year to lead the Beacons, as she has twice been named Defensive Player of the Week to go with one Freshman of the Week honor, while Bella Ravotto was named Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 12. In all, Valpo players have earned six conference weekly accolades this season, and 27 in all since joining the MVC prior to the 2017 season.
Standout Performances: A number of standout efforts this year have cracked Valpo’s single-match records, most recently Januski’s blocking performance at Murray State. Led by Januski, Valpo posted 17 team blocks on Saturday, tied for fourth-most in a five-set match in the 25-point era.
Miranda Strongman hit .588 in Valpo’s win at SIU Oct. 22 – the fifth-best hitting percentage in a four-set match in the 25-point era.
In Valpo’s Oct. 8 win over Belmont, the Beacons totaled 117 digs – fourth-most in a five-set match by Valpo in the 25-point era. Valpo was led in that match by Emma Hickey, whose 37 digs are second-most by a freshman in program history and fifth in a five-set match in the 25-point era. And while it didn’t impact the record book, Elise Swistek also had 31 digs in that match, as it was the first time in program history two Valpo players have both tallied 30+ digs in the same match.
Mallory Januski found her way into Valpo’s record book in the UIW match Sept. 16, posting a hitting percentage of .688 – the second-highest in a five-set match by a Valpo player in the 25-point era.
It was a team performance which cracked the record book Sept. 9, as the Beacons posted 15.5 total team blocks in their win at Akron – fourth-most in a four-set match by a Valpo squad in the 25-point era.
On Sept. 3, senior Gretchen Kuckkan delivered 25 kills in Valpo’s four-set win over Northern Illinois – tied for fourth-most in a four-set match by a Valpo player in the 25-point era and making her one of just five Valpo players to tally 25+ kills in any length match in the 25-point era.
Digging Deep: Valpo continued its long tradition of strong back row play last fall, finishing 15th nationally and leading the MVC with 17.13 digs/set. The program has ranked among the top-30 nationally in digs/set in each of the last 11 seasons, highlighted by the 2017 campaign in which it led the nation with 20.03 digs/set. Other top finishes include third nationally in the spring 2021 season (20.37/set), a fourth-place rank in 2010 and a sixth-place finish in 2015. Since the move to 25-point scoring, only seven teams have averaged more than 20 digs/set over the course of a season, and Valpo is the only program to have done it twice. 2018 saw Valpo lead the nation with 2,613 total digs – a mark which set a program single-season record and a Division I record in the 25-point era. It’s been more of the same so far this year, as the Beacons are ranked ninth nationally and lead the MVC with 17.31 digs/set.
So Much Balance: It just goes to show how balanced this year’s Valpo team is on the attack that you have to scroll all the way down to 30th place in the Valley to find the Beacons’ top producer of kills per set so far this season – Kara Cooper, who’s averaging 2.28 kills/set. Seven different players are averaging between 1.84 and 2.28 kills/set. The balance has been prevalent within MVC play as well, as seven different players are averaging at least 1.65 kills/set. In fact, Cooper’s team-best average of 2.18 kills/set within MVC-only action doesn’t even crack the top-30 in the conference.
Best Start: With the five-set win over UIW to open up the Roadrunner Classic, Valpo improved to 10-0 on the season, breaking a tie with the 2015 squad for the most consecutive wins to start a season in program history. The Beacons went on to start 12-0, the winningest start to a season by any current MVC program since Drake opened the 2010 campaign with 14 consecutive victories.
The Winning Streak: Of course, the 12-0 start meant that Valpo opened the season with 12 consecutive victories. This winning streak is one of six double-digit winning streaks in program history and stands alone as the fourth-longest all-time at Valpo. The 2004 team holds the program record with 14 consecutive wins, while the 2008 and 2014 squads both had streaks of 13 straight wins.
Winning Four Titles: Valpo’s win at the Roadrunner Classic gave this year’s team four in-season tournament titles this season, an unprecented accomplishment in the history of Valpo volleyball. Previously, Valpo had won three in-season tournaments on four occasions (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018). Valpo has now won 33 in-season tournament titles in head coach Carin Avery’s 21 seasons at the helm of the program, including its home tournament seven times (out of 11 opportunities). The team has won at least one tournament in 16 of her 21 seasons, and multiple tournaments 11 times. Those tournament titles have come in 14 different states, with the Roadrunner Classic the first in program history in Texas.
All-Tournament Honors: Setters Victoria Bulmahn and Addy Kois joined MVP Mallory Januski on the All-Tournament Team at the Roadrunner Classic for their work running the Valpo offense. Perhaps apropos given the balance of this year’s squad through the nonconference slate, nine different Beacons earned All-Tournament accolades at the three tournaments where an All-Tournament Team was named. Senior Gretchen Kuckkan was MVC of the Popcorn Classic and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by fellow seniors Maddy Boyer and Kara Cooper. On opening weekend at the Youngstown Invitational, sophomore Elise Swistek was awarded the MVP award, while senior Bella Ravotto and freshman Emma Hickey picked up All-Tournament accolades.
Leaving a Strong Legacy: Valpo graduated five seniors from last year’s squad, a group which was integral in the program’s transition into the Missouri Valley Conference and made a pair of postseason appearances. The group of Brittany Anderson, Rylee Cookerly, Gabby Daniels, Haley Hart and Peyton McCarthy combined for eight All-Conference honors and led the Beacons to the championship match of the NIVC in their final season at Valpo. They enjoyed numerous individual accolades as well, highlighted by Cookerly – the two-time MVC Libero of the Year finished her collegiate career as the Valpo and the MVC career record holder in digs and ranks second in NCAA D-I history. McCarthy ranks second all-time at Valpo in blocks and eighth in kills – the only player in the top-eight in both categories – while Anderson is third in program history in career assists and Hart sixth in career hitting percentage.
Who’s Back: Despite the loss of such a talented group, the Beacons do return plenty of experience, as 10 letterwinners from last year’s squad are back in 2022. One spot Valpo returns plenty of experience is on the pins. Outside hitters Bella Ravotto and Elise Swistek and right sides Maddy Boyer and Kara Cooper were all starters throughout MVC play and in the NIVC last season. In addition, outside hitter Jillie Grant and Gretchen Kuckkan were starters during the non-conference portion of the schedule before suffering injuries right around the start of MVC action. While Valpo loses Cookerly out of the back row, the Beacons still enter 2022 with a strong back line. Ravotto averaged over three digs per set last year, is nearing 1,000 digs for her career and was MVC Defensive Player of the Week during the spring 2021 season when filling in for a weekend at libero. In addition, Swistek averaged over three digs per set as a rookie last season as well. Meanwhile, at setter, Victoria Bulmahn split time setting with Anderson in a 6-2 last season after earning MVC Freshman of the Year accolades for the spring 2021 season setting full time in a 5-1.
Who’s New: The roster is rounded out by seven newcomers to the active roster. Setter Addy Kois and hitter Sam Warren both redshirted last fall in their first season at Valpo. The Beacons welcome a pair of transfer middles to the squad – senior Miranda Strongman (LIU) and junior Olivia Blackketter (Winthrop). Three freshmen round out the newcomers, highlighted by Emma Hickey – the first AVCA High School All-American to sign with Valpo in program history. Outside Sophia Foster and middle Claire Campbell enter their first collegiate season as well.
Conference Honorees: While Victoria Bulmahn was named MVC Freshman of the Year during the spring 2021 campaign and transfer Miranda Strongman was a Second Team All-NEC choice that same season, this year’s roster features zero players who have earned First or Second Team All-Conference accolades in the Valpo uniform. The last time Valpo entered a season with no players who had been named First or Second Team All-Conference at Valpo was the 2006 season – that year’s team ended up featuring future Valpo Athletics Hall of Famer Angie Porché as a freshman.
VALPO TO START HOME SLATE ON SUNDAY
Western Michigan (0-1*, 0-0 MAC)
at Valparaiso (0-1, 0-0 MVC)
*Entering Thursday’s game vs. Goshen
Game No. 2 – Sunday, Nov. 13, 4 p.m. CT
Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will open up the home portion of the 2022-2023 slate on Sunday as Western Michigan comes to town for a 4 p.m. CT tipoff. It’s a country western theme night as the first 100 students will receive a free Valpo cowboy hat. This begins a stretch of three games in seven days as the Beacons visit Chicago State on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and host Incarnate Word on Saturday, Nov. 19.
Last Time Out: Toledo used an early 15-0 run to open up a 21-4 lead as the Beacons experienced cold shooting early in an eventual 85-70 setback to the Rockets, a team that has won the Mid-American Conference regular-season championship each of the last two seasons. Ben Krikke turned in a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, rebounding from an uncharacteristic first half with a strong second half. Quinton Green buried five 3s on his way to a team-high 20 points.
Following the Beacons: Streaming – ESPN+ – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Jamie Stangel (analyst)
Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App
Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball
Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Matt Lottich: Matt Lottich (97-97) is in his seventh season as the head coach of the men’s basketball program in 2022-2023. Twice during his tenure, Valpo has upset Top-25 opponents, defeating Drake and Rhode Island at the ARC. Valpo has four wins over AP Top 25 teams in program history, and two have come under Lottich. In 2019-2020, Valpo became the first team in the history of Arch Madness, the annual Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis, to reach the title game after playing in the opening round by winning three games in three days. Lottich, hired as the 22nd head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program in April 2016, graduated from Stanford University in 2004 and New Trier High School (Illinois) in 2000.
Series Notes: Western Michigan holds a 38-30 lead in an all-time series that dates all the way back to the early days of Valpo’s program. The first matchup between these two foes took place over a century ago in 1920. Last season, Valpo prevailed 71-60 in Kalamazoo, the first matchup between the two teams since 2007. This will mark the first time the Broncos have visited the ARC since a 77-65 Valpo victory on Nov. 28, 2007.
Home Opener History
When the Beacons open up the home portion of the season on Sunday, they will look to get back on track in terms of home-opening success.
The program had won the home opener in 16 consecutive seasons with 14 of those victories coming by double figures prior to starting the 2021-2022 campaign with a 69-61 setback vs. Toledo.
Last season marked the first time Valpo started the home slate with a loss since Nov. 27, 2004, an 85-71 defeat to Charlotte.
Road openers have been a different story, as the Brown & Gold have dropped the first road game of the season in five straight years, including this season’s tipoff at Toledo.
Valpo has finished with a home record of .500 or better in 30 straight seasons.
The Green Light
Quinton Green scored 13 second-half points as part of a 20-point output in his Division-I debut on Nov. 7 at Toledo.
Green appeared to have the green light from long range as he connected on five of his nine 3-point attempts.
The former Division-II Cedarville standout matched a career high for made 3s, as he made five triples twice during his four-year career with the Yellow Jackets, most recently on Feb. 3, 2022.
Green became the first Valpo player to make five 3s in a game since Sheldon Edwards on Feb. 16 of last season vs. Loyola.
Green became the first Valpo player to make five 3s in a season opener since Darien Walker on Nov. 14, 2014 vs. East Tennessee State.
Green’s 20-point output was the 18th of his collegiate career.
Valpo senior Ben Krikke enters the Nov. 13 home opener on the cusp of a significant career milestone, as he is eight points away from 1,000 for his collegiate career. He has 992 career points.
Krikke is looking to become the first Valpo player to reach the 1,000-career-point threshold since current graduate assistant Tevonn Walker hit that mark on Nov. 13, 2017 vs. Trinity Christian.
Last season, Krikke was one of three players in the Missouri Valley Conference to shoot 50 percent or better from the floor and 80 percent or better from the free-throw line, joining Isiaih Mosley of Missouri State and Malevy Leons of Bradley while owning the highest field-goal percentage of that elite group.
Krikke entered the season with a career field-goal percentage of 53.4, a mark that ranks seventh in program history.
Krikke had a 12-game double-figure scoring streak that was snapped in the final game of the season, the MVC Tournament quarterfinal vs. Missouri State. He totaled 22 double-figure outputs and seven performances of 20 points or more while pacing the team in scoring on 11 occasions.
The Valpo forward entered this season having played in 90 career games with two years of eligibility remaining. The threshold to crack the program’s all-time top 10 is 126 and the program record is 138 (Erik Buggs). He started the final 29 games last season after missing the first three games of the year due to an ankle injury.
After earning third team honors for the second straight year, Krikke became the first Valpo player to earn All-MVC accolades in two different seasons. The program’s last multi-time all-conference honoree was Alec Peters, who was a first-team all-Horizon League pick in each of his final three seasons, concluding in 2016-17.
He earned MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team status for the second straight year. He is the only Valpo player who has been part of the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team since the department joined the conference.
Speaking of Krikke, the senior forward put together his second career double-double in the Nov. 7 season opener at Toledo, pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with 18 points.
This marked the second-highest rebounding output of Krikke’s career behind only his career-high 15 on Jan. 24, 2021 at Illinois State, part of his only prior double-double.
The bulk of Krikke’s production came in the second half, as he rebounded from a slow start to hit six of his seven second-half field-goal attempts. He finished with 13 points and five rebounds in the second half alone.
Krikke became the first Valpo player with a double-double in a season opener since Markus Golder on Nov. 10, 2017 vs. North Park.
Valpo shot 67.9 percent in the second half of the Nov. 7 season opener at Toledo, making 19 of the team’s 28 attempts including 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) from 3.
This marked Valpo’s best field-goal percentage in a half since shooting 68.4 percent in the second half on Feb. 19, 2022 at Evansville.
This was the program’s third-highest single-half shooting percentage of the Matt Lottich Era behind the aforementioned half against Evansville and the first half on Feb. 17, 2018 vs. Bradley (73.9 percent).
The 75-60 season-opening setback at Toledo on Nov. 7 came against a strong opponent.
Picked to finish second in the Mid-American Conference, Toledo has won the MAC regular-season title each of the last two years and returned four starters from last season.
Entering the contest, the Rockets were ranked No. 4 in the CollegeInsiders.com Mid-Major Top 25 and were received votes nationally in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches’ poll.
Toledo, which posted a 17-3 MAC mark last season, ranks 28th nationally with 112 wins over the last five seasons and rank 18th nationally with 47 wins over the last two years.
Kobe King has scored in double figures in 20 of his 24 games in a Valpo uniform, including a 15-point effort in this year’s season opener on Nov. 7 at Toledo.
The former Wisconsin Mr. Basketball has scored 15 or more points in 11 of his 24 games with the Beacons.
The Nov. 7 lidlifter at Toledo marked King’s 25th double-figure scoring effort in his collegiate career.
At the end of last season, King became Valpo’s second All-Newcomer Team choice since joining the league and first since Bakari Evelyn in 2017-18.
He appeared on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays after a three-quarter court buzzer-beater on Dec. 11 vs. Charlotte, a play that ranked No. 9 on the popular countdown that evening.
Other Notes Wrapping Up Nov. 7: Toledo 85, Valpo 70
The Beacons played shorthanded for the season opener as Ibra Bayu, Maximus Nelson, Preston Ruedinger and Connor Barrett were all sidelined.
Only two players – Darius DeAveiro and Emil Freese-Vilien – saw action in both last season’s opener vs. Toledo and this year’s opener at Toledo.
Point guard Nick Edwards accrued eight points on an efficient 4-of-6 shooting to go along with a team-high five assists.
Toledo had 14 steals while forcing 17 Valpo turnovers.
Scouting the Broncos
Picked to finish eighth of 12 in the Mid-American Conference preseason poll.
Trailed by nine with under two minutes remaining but rallied to get within a point in a 61-60 defeat to Big Ten foe Minnesota in the Nov. 7 season opener.
Will be playing their third game of the season as they also host Goshen College on Thursday before Sunday’s game at Valpo.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Dwayne Stephens.
Returned Lamar Norman Jr., who averaged 19.8 points per game last season to lead the MAC in scoring.
Also brought back Markeese Hastings, who finished second in the MAC in rebounding at 8.8 per game last year.
Top Two Scorers Back
With both Ben Krikke (14.2 ppg) and Kobe King (14.0 ppg) back, Valpo returns its top two scorers from last season.
The last time the program had its top two scorers back from the previous year was 2015-2016, when Alec Peters and Darien Walker both returned after finishing as the team’s top two scorers in 2014-15. The 2015-16 season was a historic one, as the Brown & Gold reached the NIT championship game.
Only four of the 12 teams in the Missouri Valley Conference have their top two scorers back from last season, as Valpo joins Drake, Southern Illinois and Indiana State.
Century Mark in Sight
Valpo head coach Matt Lottich earned his 97th career win on March 3, 2021 vs. Evansville in the opening round of the MVC Tournament.
He enters the season needing three more wins to become just the fourth head coach in program history to reach 100 career victories, joining Homer Drew, Bryce Drew and J.M Christiansen.
Last season, Lottich moved into sole possession of fourth place in program history, surpassing the legendary Gene Bartow (1964-1970). On a side note, Valpo assistant coach Matt Bowen worked under Bartow at UAB in 1995.
Point Guard Prowess
Sophomore Preston Ruedinger has been placed on scholarship after spending much of the 2021-22 season as the starting point guard while competing as a nonscholarship freshman. He initially planned to redshirt but instead used a season of eligibility, making his season debut on Dec. 20 vs. Eastern Michigan.
Ruedinger did not make more than one turnover in any of his 19 contests and played turnover-free basketball on 11 occasions.
He finished the season with 32 assists against just eight turnovers. He was the only player in the nation with 30 or more assists and fewer than 10 turnovers, becoming the first Valpo player to finish a season with 30 or more assists and fewer than 10 turnovers in the last 15 years.
At season’s end, Ruedinger was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team, the fourth straight season Valpo has had a rookie earn that distinction.
In addition, sophomore Darius DeAveiro finished his freshman season as one of two freshmen nationally (joining Youngstown State’s Luke Chicone) with 50 or more assists and fewer than 25 turnovers. He was the only player in the MVC to achieve that feat.
Valpo has added fifth-year senior Nick Edwards to the mix after he played at Glenville State last season. Edwards was one of eight players in the Division-II nation to post a triple-double a year ago en route to averaging 7.9 assists per game over 11 games while being limited by a foot injury.
Looking Back at 2021-2022
The team boasted two MVC Scholar-Athlete team selections, the captain of the All-Bench Team, an MVC Most-Improved Team honoree, an All-MVC Third Team performer, an All-Newcomer team member and an All-Freshman team honoree. Valpo had seven different MVC postseason honors won by five different players.
Valpo went a combined 5-0 against instate foes Indiana State and Evansville, sweeping the Hoosier State for the first time since joining the MVC.
Valpo finished with a home record of .500 or better for the 30th consecutive season.
Eight of Valpo’s 18 MVC games were decided by three points or fewer or required overtime.
The Beacons overcame double-figure deficits to win on three occasions (Tulane, Eastern Michigan and Evansville), something that has occurred 19 times during the Matt Lottich Era.
The team finished fourth in the MVC in both free-throw percentage (.759) and field-goal percentage (.459) while also finishing fourth in assists per game (12.5), steals per game (6.4) and third in assist/turnover ratio (1.1).
Valpo played six overtime games, the program’s most since tying a Division-I record with eight in 1993.
Ben Krikke was tabbed to the Preseason All-MVC First Team, becoming the first player to earn that honor in Valpo’s time in the conference.
Prior to this season, Valpo had five preseason all-conference selections since joining The Valley in 2017-18, all second team honorees.
Kobe King was named to the Preseason All-MVC Third Team, making this the second time in the team’s six years in The Valley that Valpo has boasted a pair of preseason all-league choices.
Krikke, also a Preseason All-MVC Second Team choice last year, became the first Valpo player to earn Preseason All-MVC honors on multiple occasions.
Valpo was picked to finish ninth of 12 in the preseason poll, ahead of Illinois State, UIC and Evansville.
Drake hauled in 52 of the 54 first-place votes and finished a heavy preseason favorite, while Drake’s Tucker DeVries was named MVC Preseason Player of the Year.
In addition to the conference’s honor, Krikke was named to the Preseason All-MVC First Team by Blue Ribbon Magazine
The 2022-23 roster features eight returning letter winners, one returning player who redshirted last season and six newcomers (three freshmen, three transfers).
Five Valpo players hail from outside of the United States – two from The Netherlands, two from Canada and one from Denmark.
Four members of the roster are natives of the state of Wisconsin, while two call Illinois home and one has remained in his home state of Indiana. The remaining players come from Georgia, Minnesota and Ohio.
Nick Edwards is the first Georgia native to play for the program since E. Victor Nickerson in 2015-16.
VALPO TO VISIT MARIST IN ROAD FINALE
Valparaiso (4-5, 3-3 PFL)
at Marist (4-5, 4-3 PFL)
Game #10 Saturday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m. CT
Tenney Stadium (5,000) – Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
This Week in Valpo Football: The Valparaiso University football program will look to rebound from a set of back-to-back losses as the Beacons hit the road for the final time during the 2022 campaign this week. The team will make its way to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. for a date with Marist on Saturday.
Previously: Valpo forced No. 25 St. Thomas into three first-quarter turnovers but couldn’t capitalize on early redzone opportunities, committing two opening-period giveaways of their own in an eventual 34-7 loss to the first-place Tommies, who stayed undefeated in league play. Solomon Davis had four catches for 84 yards, while Kohlton Sherman and Ben Hines both came up with interceptions. Hines and Jake Birmingham shared the team lead in the tackle department with 11 apiece.
Series Notes: Marist has won nine of the 10 all-time matchups between these two teams including each of the last three. Valpo’s lone win over the Red Foxes came in dominant fashion as the Brown & Gold prevailed 49-15 on Oct. 14, 2017 at Brown Field. That game kicked off at 1:04 p.m. and finished at 7:07 as it was disrupted by a pair of long lightning delays totaling three hours, 36 minutes. This will mark just the fifth time Valpo has visited Marist with the hosts prevailing on each of the first four occasions, most recently Nov. 3, 2018 by a 35-24 score.
Following the Beacons: This week’s game will broadcast on ESPN+. In addition, the hometown radio call featuring Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Brandon Vickrey (analyst) will be available on 95.1 FM WVUR, The TuneIn Radio App and ValpoAthletics.com. For in-game updates, follow @valpoufootball on Twitter. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Landon Fox: Landon Fox (13-25) is in his fourth season as the head coach of the Valparaiso University football program in 2022. In his third season leading the program in Fall 2021, Valpo finished with a Pioneer Football League record of .500 or better for a second consecutive year. This marked the first time Valpo had achieved that feat since the 1999 and 2000 campaigns. The Beacons won four Pioneer Football League games in the same season for just the third time ever (2017 and Spring 2021) and four league games in any conference for just the third time since 1968. During his second season at the helm in Spring 2021, Fox was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award – which is presented annually to the FCS National Coach of the Year – after guiding Valpo to its best winning percentage since 2003 and tying for the squad’s best winning percentage since 1999. He led his team to Pioneer Football League runner-up honors, the program’s highest finish in the league standings since the PFL championship season of 2003. Fox’s defensive roots paid dividends on that side of the football in his second year at the helm, as the team enjoyed its best defensive season in four decades. Valpo held opponents to 283.3 yards per game, the program’s best total defense in the last 40 years. In Year 1 of the Fox Era in 2019, Valpo ranked in the Top 5 in the PFL in scoring defense (32.0, fifth), total defense (381.6, fourth), rushing defense (184.2, fourth) and passing defense (197.3, fifth). After spending the previous 11 seasons as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of Dayton, Fox was named the head football coach at Valpo prior to the 2019 season. He helped the Flyers finish with 10 winning seasons in his 11 years on staff and guided a defensive backfield that produced one All-American, four Academic All-Americans, two PFL Special Teams Players of the Year and three corners who were invited to NFL Rookie Minicamp. Prior to joining Dayton’s staff, Fox served as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Wayne State University in Detroit from 2005-2007. He also spent time as a defensive graduate assistant at Ball State University (2004), Dayton (2002-2003) and Lakeland College (2001). Fox began his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Preble Shawnee High School in Camden, Ohio during the 2000 season. During his playing days, Fox was a team captain and all-conference performer at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio from 1995-1999 and graduated with a degree in physical education and health in May 2000 before earning his master’s degree in education from Lakeland in May 2002.
Dawson Cracks All-Time Top 5
Running back Aaron Dawson already shattered a record that had stood since 1949 for longest rushing touchdown with his 99 yarder vs. Butler and enjoyed one of the best single-game rushing performances in program history at Morehead State (241). Now, he has entered the program record book in terms of single-season rushing yardage.
Dawson is up to 955 rushing yards this season. He usurped Brandon Hall’s 2014 total of 855 for a spot in the program’s single-season top five.
Dawson enters Week 11 at Marist with an opportunity to move up several more places on the program’s single-season rushing list. He is 45 yards away from becoming the fourth 1,000-yard rusher in program history.
Jeff Horton 2005 1,358
Robert Washington 2021 1,105
Dave Newnam 1977 1,009
John Knight 1961 998
Aaron Dawson 2022 955
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Aaron Dawson is 20 carries away from cracking the top five in single-season program history.
Dawson has eight rushing touchdowns on the season, two away from cracking the program’s single-season top five in that category.
Evan Matthes is averaging 41.6 yards per punt, and would need to boost his average to 42.0 to enter the program’s single-season top five.
As a team, Valpo’s completion percentage is 61.7. That is on pace to rank second in program history, behind 2012 (62.1) and ahead of 2013 (61.6).
A Rare Rout
Valpo fell 34-7 to No. 25 St. Thomas in Week 10, the team’s first game against a nationally-ranked opponent since Sept. 11, 2021, a 64-0 loss at No. 5/4 North Dakota State.
The 27-point gap was Valpo’s largest margin of defeat in its last 25 Pioneer Football League games, a stat that reflects the program’s progress from the days where lopsided losses were the norm.
In the program’s last 31 games, the St. Thomas contest was the program’s second largest margin of defeat behind the aforementioned game against FCS powerhouse North Dakota State.
Valpo forced three turnovers in Week 9 at Dayton and then repeated that feat in Week 10 vs. St. Thomas.
Prior to the game at Dayton, the team had forced six turnovers over the first seven games. Now, the Beacons have doubled their season total in the last two outings.
The Valpo defense has five interceptions in the last two games after totaling just three over the season’s first seven contests.
Fifth-year senior captain Kohlton Sherman has made an interception in three straight games. He now has five in his collegiate career.
With a Win vs. Marist, Valpo Would…
Capture the program’s second all-time victory over the Red Foxes and the program’s first win in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Win four PFL games in the same season for the third straight year and just the fourth time ever. Prior to the Spring 2021 season, Valpo had won four league games in the same season just once since 1968, with the one instance being 2017.
Clinch at least a .500 record in PFL play for the third consecutive season. This would be the program’s first such stretch since 1998-2000. Prior to that, Valpo had not had a league record of .500 or better in three straight years since doing so four straight seasons from 1961-1964.
Win three PFL road games in the same season for the first time ever and win three league road games in the same season for the first time since 1962.
Among the FCS & PFL Leaders
Valpo leads the nation in fourth-down defense as opponents are converting just 20 percent of the time on fourth down against the Brown & Gold.
Aaron Dawson leads the conference and ranks 32nd nationally with 113.2 all-purpose yards per game.
Dawson leads the league and ranks 31st nationally in yards per carry at 5.86.
Dawson leads the league in total rushing yards (955, 13th nationally) and rushing yards per game (106.1, 15th nationally).
Michael Appel Jr. ranks second in the league in passing efficiency at 144.2.
Appel leads the conference in yards per completion at 13.40 (24th nationally).
Evan Matthes leads the PFL and ranks 30th nationally in punting average at 41.6.
The Beacons rank second in the league and 23rd nationally with 2.56 sacks per game.
GREYHOUND DUO NAMED TO ALL-GLVC SECOND TEAM
EAST PEORIA, Ill. – UIndy volleyball student-athletes MaKenna Barnhart and Grace Hegwood were named to the All-GLVC Second Team following the 2022 regular season, the league announced at the postseason banquet on Wednesday night.
It is Barnhart’s second straight all-conference honor, while Hegwood was recognized for the first time. Per GLVC policy, coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players.
Barnhart, in the midst of her swan song as the Greyhound libero, ranked third this fall with 4.88 digs per set among GLVC players. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native recorded 20+ digs on nine occasions, including 27 in the team’s four-set victory over William Jewell in early October. The redshirt-senior also chipped in 85 assists and 33 service aces.
Serving as the UIndy libero each of the last four seasons, Barnhart is currently third in program history with 1,775 scoops.
Hegwood was a constant on the outside for the Hounds this season, averaging 2.88 kills and 2.48 digs per set in 26 matches. The Greenwood, Ind., product recorded nine double-doubles, including an impressive 15-kill, 17-dig performance last Saturday at Maryville in the regular season finale.
The fourth-year player attacked at a .221 clip in 97 sets, while also tallying 33 service aces and 30 total blocks.
In addition, junior Hannah Sabotin was named the team’s recipient of the GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship award.
UIndy battles third-seeded Rockhurst in the final quarterfinal match of the GLVC Championship Tournament tomorrow night at 9:30 p.m. ET from the EastSide Centre in East Peoria, Ill.
UINDY NAMES ELAINE JONES AS NEW WOMEN’S LACROSSE HEAD COACH
INDIANAPOLIS – UIndy interim Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Mary Beth Bagg announced on Tuesday the hiring of Elaine Jones as the university’s new women’s lacrosse head coach. Jones, who previously served in the same position at Longwood University, will begin her duties effective immediately.
“We are excited to welcome Elaine to the Greyhound family,” said Bagg. “Elaine has a strong history of coaching the sport of lacrosse. Her dedication to the sport and her creative approaches to developing student-athletes are among the attributes that shone through in her interview and in talking with those familiar with her achievements.”
Jones led the Longwood lacrosse program for 10 seasons, earning Big South Coach of the Year in 2019. During her tenure in Farmville, Va., Jones established an offense that led NCAA Division I in assists per game during the 2018 season, while mentoring two Big South Scholar-Athletes of the Year (2015, 2021), one Big South Co-Defensive Player of the Year (2016), 23 Big South All-Conference players, 22 Big South Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, and 11 Big South Freshman of the Week honorees.
In addition, Longwood earned the IWLCA Team Academic Honor Squad nearly every season, while also placing multiple student-athletes on the IWLCA Honor Roll during her 10 seasons.
“I’m thrilled and honored to be chosen as the next head coach for the women’s lacrosse program at UIndy,” said Jones. “I’d like to thank Mary Beth Bagg, Erin Abbott-Gillin, and the members of the search committee for this amazing opportunity.”
Prior to Longwood, Jones became the winningest head coach at the University of California, Davis, racking up 97 victories in 11 seasons. After leading the Aggies to multiple top-four rankings at the NCAA Division II level and earning Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Coach of the Year distinction, Jones successfully transitioned the women’s lacrosse program to DI. UC Davis was named LaxPower’s most improved DI program in the United States following the 2010 campaign.
Jones also helped the development of the student-athletes, including multiple awards recognition: DII Woman of the Year honoree, two UC Davis Hall of Fame inductees, DII Rookie of the Year, two-time DII Academic All-America, eight DII All-Americans, 15 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) all-league players, and 38 MPSF Academic student-athletes.
Furthermore, Jones gained compliance experience while at the University of Southern California from 1998-2001, where she helped coordinate and implement all monitoring systems of the athletics compliance office. During her time at USC, she also coached seven Western Women’s Lacrosse League All-Star selections as the head club lacrosse coach.
The UIndy women’s lacrosse team won its first national title this past May, downing East Stroudsburg by a score of 11-9.
“I’m excited to work with such a committed and motivated group of talented student-athletes who are eager to defend their National Championship,” continued Jones. “I look forward to developing them in all facets both on and off the field to helping them achieve their goals as they navigate through their student-athlete journey.”
While obtaining her Master of Science in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst from 1993-95, Jones was an assistant coach for the women’s lacrosse program, where she monitored budget management and aided the head coach in fundraising.
Between stints at Amherst and USC, Jones earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami.
A two-time All-American in her playing days, Jones earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Virginia in 1992. She was also a member of the USA Elite Team in 1992 and 1993. Jones was inducted into the Greater Baltimore U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2015, as well as becoming the first female athlete welcomed as part of the inaugural class for Friends School of Baltimore’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
Bagg concluded: “We wish her and the team all the best as they work together to continue the winning tradition of Greyhound athletics.”
GREYHOUNDS PREPARE TO BATTLE PARKSIDE IN NCAA TOURNAMENT ON FRIDAY
INDIANAPOLIS – After earning a No. 7 seed in the Super Region 3, the UIndy men’s soccer team is set for the 2022 NCAA Division II Tournament with a first round battle against No. 10-seeded Parkside. Kickoff for the match is set for Friday at noon ET in Ashland, Ohio.
The Hounds (10-4-3, 7-3-2 GLVC) enter the contest after bowing out of the GLVC tournament semifinals after a 2-1 loss to Lewis. The Rangers (10-3-4, 7-1-4 GLIAC) were eliminated from the GLIAC tournament in the semifinals after a 3-0 loss against Davenport.
The last time these two programs met was back in 2017 when Parkside was a member of the GLVC, with the match ending in a 1-1 tie. The last time UIndy beat the Rangers on the pitch was back during the 2015 season.
The winner of this match is set to advance on and battle No. 2 seed and host institution Ashland on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. ET.
In preparation for the match on Friday, head coach Gabe Hall and senior forward Seth Ward sat down and discussed their thoughts on making it back to the NCAA Tournament and what they expect from Parkside and Ashland. Click here to watch the short video featuring Hall and Ward.
NO. 21 MARIAN COMPLETES REVERSE SWEEP OF NO. 18 INDIANA WESLEYAN, ADVANCES TO CL TITLE
Marion, Ind. – The Marian volleyball team pulled out a thrilling five-set victory on Wednesday night in the Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals, as the Knights reverse swept the second-seeded Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats. Marian’s 3-2 win over No. 18 Indiana Wesleyan improves their record to 23-5 on the year.
The opening two sets went to the Wildcats, as Marian had no answer to the combined Wildcat attack of Eva Joldersma and Victoria Johnson. Indiana Wesleyan used an early 6-0 run in the first set to take charge, but were unable to keep their margin as Skyler Van Note got involved in the Knight offense. Indiana Wesleyan was able to carry their lead back to five points after the charge by the Marian senior, and pushed the advantage to seven with a timeout called. The Wildcats finished their set one victory on a 5-3 spree, taking the 1-0 lead with the 25-16 game.
Marian was again unable to match Indiana Wesleyan in the second set, despite playing even through the first 16 rallies. A 5-0 run by the home team after the 8-8 tie allowed Indiana Wesleyan to pull in front, with the run extending to seven after a timeout. Marian was able to reach back within five on two separate occasions, put were unable to slow down Joldersma, as the IWU freshman kept the home team in front. Martina Demarchi capped a 5-1 closing run for the Wildcats, as Indiana Wesleyan took a 2-0 lead after the 25-15 win.
Trailing 0-2 in the match, Marian willed their way back into the night as they scored the first three points of the third set. Van Note helped pace the charge as Ainsley Neighbors connected with the All-American, while Madison Brooks and Jai-Lyn Norwood pushed the Marian total to 10. Indiana Wesleyan errors and Averi Lanman helped bring Marian to a 16-6 lead with a kill and a block, and after a timeout the lead stayed at double figures with Van Note spiking two kills. Sydney Schaffer landed a service ace to grow the lead to 11, but the Wildcats clawed back within six using a 4-0 run, however it was too late as Marian won the game 25-18.
With a new spark of life, the Knights charged in front 3-0 in the fourth set, and led 10-6 after consecutive Wildcat errors. A timeout brought Indiana Wesleyan back on their feet as they embarked on an 8-1 run to roar back into the lead. Van Note stopped the run momentarily, but Indiana Wesleyan continued their attack pushing the lead to 21-15. After a Marian timeout, the Wildcats began an error-plagued offense, giving Marian three free points while Jaymison Summers and Brooks each landed a powerful swing. Avery Toole scored back to back kills to level the set at 22, allowing Marian to ride the momentum to a 26-24 victory.
Seeing the match tied at 2-2, Marian did their best to hold onto the momentum by going on a 4-1 run to start the fifth set. Lanman and Van Note paced the spree, but the Wildcats would answer out-scoring the Knights 5-1 to seize a share of the lead. Another 3-0 run would allow the Wildcats to lead 9-7 as the teams switched ends of the court, but a timeout got the Knights back in system with Norwood landing a pair of kills. The senior’s attack sparked a 5-0 run, putting the Wildcats behind 12-9. Marian ended strong after the final timeout, getting kills from Norwood, Van Note, and Summers to win the match with the 15-10 fifth set victory.
Marian had 57 kills in the match and hit .205, while forcing 28 Wildcat attack errors. The Knights landed eight total blocks, and won the defensive matchup with 99 digs. Van Note dominated as she had a monstrous 24-kill, 18-dig double-double, while Norwood eclipsed 1000 career kills in her 13-kill match. Norwood also had three total blocks. Neighbors led the setters with 27 assists, while Logan Smith had 15 assists and 20 digs for her second-consecutive double-double. Gianna Feld had 16 digs from her libero position and Schaffer had 13, and Summers had a team-high four blocks to pair with her eight kills.
Marian will advance to the Crossroads League Tournament Championship match on Saturday night, where they will face Taylor University. The title match in Upland, Indiana, is set to begin at 7 p.m. With Marian matching up against Taylor in the tournament championship, Marian has secured an automatic berth into the NAIA National Tournament.
OLEKSAK NETS GAME-WINNER AS NO. 2 MARIAN HOLDS OFF (RV) TAYLOR RALLY
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s soccer team tournament run continues after taking down Taylor 3-2 in the Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals, led behind Erin Oleksak’s brace to advance to the championship on Saturday. Marian improves to 17-0-2 overall and 8-0-1 in league play.
The Knights were on the attack from the opening kickoff against the Trojans, blasting 22 shots. Erin Oleksak found her way into the box just 41 seconds in and had a look at goal, while 12 more shots were made in the opening 28 minutes of action. The aggressive offense finally paid off in the 29th minute when Allie Schlom found Oleksak to give Marian their first goal of the match and take the 1-0 lead.
Marian controlled possession for most of the first half as they continued their offensive tear and the Trojans managed only three shots in the half, all of which found the hands of Noelle Rolfsen.
After only scoring one goal in the first half, the Knights wasted no time in half number two as Walters booted one past the keeper at the 46:16 mark. With the 2-0 lead at hand, Walters found herself on the other end of the ball by giving the assist to Oleksak who found back netting in the 54th minute to give Marian the 3-0 cushion and herself the brace.
Down 3-0, Taylor was not giving up. The Trojans got their first goal in the 69th minute on a corner kick from Claire Massey that would find the foot of Sydney Thompson. Not rattled by the goal, the Knights continued to see good looks, with Decker’s shot being saved by the Taylor keeper and Ryli John’s attempt going high.
It was at the 73:27 mark when the Trojans found their second goal to cut the lead back 3-2, but the Marian defense held solid by allowing only two late shot attempts, while the offense put together eight more looks. Marian would be able to hold on and get the 3-2 win to advance to the Crossroads League Tournament Championship.
The Knights put together 38 shots led behind Oleksak’s two goals on seven shots, while Walters had one goal on seven shots, and Decker had five. Nine more Knights also took at least one shot attempt in the match. Rolfsen got the win in goal for Marian, making nine saves on the night.
The Knights will return to action on Saturday, November 12 at 2 PM as they host the winner of the No. 2 seed Spring Arbor or No. 3 seeded Grace.
WOMEN’S SOCCER SIGNS FIVE ON NATIONAL SIGNING DAY
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s soccer team signed five student-athletes to its 2023 signing class on National Signing Day, as announced by head coach Justin Sullivan on Wednesday afternoon. Below is a brief profile on each signee.
“Our early signings of the 2023, quite plainly, all have attacking intent! They have all created loads of chances and scored loads of goals for their respective teams, which is certainly something we coveted in this class. Most importantly, and in addition, each of these student-athletes attack their academics and are people of great moral and performance character. We look forward to witnessing the impact they will have on the campus community and within Marian University Women’s Soccer.”
Caitrin (Caite) Byars | 5’3″ | DEF/MID | Cincinnati, Ohio | St. Ursula Academy | Cincinnati Sirens
Notable: PASL National Champion with Cincinnati Sirens … Ohio State Cup Semi-Finalist … SUA varsity soccer … National Honor Society … First Honors.
Personal: Daughter of Kelly and Anna Byars … Has a brother, Jack, and sister, Maggie … Majoring in Exercise Science.
Coach Sullivan says: “Like Olivia, we’ve seen massive growth in Caitie over the past year, and we’re certainly excited for her to be a Knight. Caitie is a technician, and player that has fantastic ability on the ball to create space for herself and beat player on the dribble. We’ve seen her play in several different spots, but think that Caitie will excel in wide areas for us. We’re looking forward to seeing how progress as a Knight.”
Sophie Decker | 5’8″ | MID | Erlanger, Kentucky | Simon Kenton
Notable: All-District MVP 2022 … Eighth-Region First Team … Eighth-Region All-Tournament Team … All-Sate Honorable Mention … Team captain … National Honor Society … All-State Academic Team … Academic Honor Roll.
Personal: Daughter of Ray and Amber Decker … Sister Maya is a current senior on the Marian women’s soccer team … Has a brother, Adam … Majoring in Psychology.
Coach Sullivan says: “Soph is a dynamic, athletic playmaker that has the determination to make something special happen at a moment’s notice. Her playmaking ability is something she’s utilized in her time with Kings Hammer SC and Simon Kenton HS, and something we’re excited to see her bring with her to Marian. It also doesn’t hurt to continue to have a Decker in the program!”
Laney Harshany | 5’7″ | MID/FWD | Troy, Illinois | Triad HS
Notable: 2021 and 2022 2A Stat Champion with Triad … MVP Offensive Player … Selected for Illinois All-State and All-Metro Team … Named one of the players to watch from the STL Post Dispatch … Chicagoland Soccer MVP of match in 2021 … Academic Honor Roll … Helps coach youth soccer with Elite FT … Member of Brighter Future Club … Partners for Pet Volunteer … Link Crew (Freshman Orientation).
Personal: Daughter of Brian and Jennifer Harshany … Has a brother, Brian … Undecided on major, but possibly Biology.
Coach Sullivan says: “Laney is an exciting addition to our team. Laney has a knack of creating chances for herself and her teammates as part of a two-time Illinois HS state title team and as part of St. Louis Scott Gallagher SC, one of the best club organizations in the country. Get ready for every attacking throw-in to be an adventure when Laney is on the field!”
Kaitlyn Lavezzi | 5’4″ | FWD | Channahon, Illinois | Minooka HS | Chicago Rush Soccer
Notable: All-Conference Award (2022, 2021) … 23 goals in 2021 season for Minooka … Member of Chicago Rush Soccer … Academic Honor Roll … MA Certification (Medical Assistant) … CNA Certification.
Personal: Daughter of Mike and Terry Lavezzi … Majoring in Pre-Medicine
Coach Sullivan says: “Every time we’ve seen Kait play, she has a tremendous impact on the game and the scoresheet. Whether that has been with Rush SC, Minooka HS, or ODP, we’ve been impressed with her strength, directness, and will to score goals. We hope our supporters will see the same, and certainly hope that her goal contributions continue with us, and we’re excited to help Kait progress from to find that end.”
Olivia Parmer | 5’7″ | MID/FWD | Cincinnati, Ohio | Clark Montessori
Notable: First Team All-Conference in both soccer and track/field … Picked for All-Star game for Cincinnati senior year … Regional finalist 100m hurdles … State Qualifier in 4x100m relay … Academic Honor Roll … Poetry City Finalist … Volunteered at Cincinnati Zoo … Works at Crumbl … Three years of dance competitions … Band for six years.
Personal: Daughter of Hiram and Jessica Parmer … Has a brother, Aidan … Undecided on major.
Coach Sullivan says: “When looking for a striker to add to our program, we covet a special element. Olivia’s special element is her quickness and pace. We certainly have that in our current team and we simply are looking to add more of it with the addition of Olivia. Liv has blossomed over the course of the past year to become a player who creates and scores goals for her teams and someone that we think can develop into an explosive attacking player for us!”
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|Los Angeles Chargers||5||3||0||.625||1.0||184||206||2-2-0||3-1-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|Denver Broncos||3||5||0||.375||3.0||121||132||2-2-0||1-3-0||2-4-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|Las Vegas Raiders||2||6||0||.250||4.0||183||201||2-1-0||0-5-0||2-4-0||1-2-0||2 L|
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|Cincinnati Bengals||5||4||0||.556||1.0||228||185||3-1-0||2-3-0||2-3-0||0-3-0||1 W|
|Cleveland Browns||3||5||0||.375||2.5||200||199||2-3-0||1-2-0||2-4-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||2||6||0||.250||3.5||120||197||1-2-0||1-4-0||1-5-0||1-1-0||2 L|
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|Philadelphia Eagles||8||0||0||1.000||0.0||225||135||4-0-0||4-0-0||5-0-0||2-0-0||8 W|
|Dallas Cowboys||6||2||0||.750||2.0||183||133||4-1-0||2-1-0||5-2-0||2-1-0||2 W|
|New York Giants||6||2||0||.750||2.0||163||157||3-1-0||3-1-0||3-2-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|Washington Commanders||4||5||0||.444||4.5||159||192||2-3-0||2-2-0||2-4-0||0-2-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Seattle Seahawks||6||3||0||.667||0.0||241||220||3-1-0||3-2-0||4-3-0||2-1-0||4 W|
|San Francisco 49ers||4||4||0||.500||1.5||176||147||2-1-0||2-3-0||4-2-0||3-0-0||1 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||3||5||0||.375||2.5||131||173||2-3-0||1-2-0||3-4-0||1-2-0||2 L|
|Arizona Cardinals||3||6||0||.333||3.0||203||241||1-4-0||2-2-0||2-5-0||0-3-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Minnesota Vikings||7||1||0||.875||0.0||193||161||4-0-0||3-1-0||6-1-0||3-0-0||6 W|
|Green Bay Packers||3||6||0||.333||4.5||154||188||2-2-0||1-4-0||2-4-0||1-2-0||5 L|
|Chicago Bears||3||6||0||.333||4.5||187||216||2-2-0||1-4-0||1-5-0||0-2-0||2 L|
|Detroit Lions||2||6||0||.250||5.0||188||234||2-3-0||0-3-0||2-4-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||5||0||.444||0.0||162||164||2-3-0||2-2-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|Atlanta Falcons||4||5||0||.444||0.0||217||225||3-2-0||1-3-0||3-3-0||1-2-0||1 L|
|New Orleans Saints||3||6||0||.333||1.0||212||227||2-4-0||1-2-0||2-4-0||1-2-0||1 L|
|Carolina Panthers||2||7||0||.222||2.0||179||228||2-3-0||0-4-0||2-5-0||2-1-0||2 L|
|New York||5||6||.455||3.0||3-2||2-4||1-2||4-5||5-5||1 L|
|Oklahoma City||4||7||.364||5.0||3-3||1-4||0-4||3-4||4-6||4 L|
|LA Clippers||7||5||.583||1.5||3-3||4-2||3-1||6-5||5-5||2 W|
|Golden State||4||7||.364||4.0||4-1||0-6||3-1||3-3||3-7||1 W|
|LA Lakers||2||9||.182||6.0||2-4||0-5||0-3||2-8||2-8||4 L|
|New Orleans||6||5||.545||1.5||2-1||4-4||1-0||3-3||5-5||1 W|
|San Antonio||5||7||.417||3.0||2-5||3-2||0-1||2-5||4-6||5 L|
|1 Boston Bruins||13||11||2||0||22||10||54||31||7-0-0||4-2-0||8-2-0|
|2 New Jersey Devils||13||10||3||0||20||10||47||33||5-2-0||5-1-0||9-1-0|
|3 New York Islanders||14||9||5||0||18||9||49||36||5-2-0||4-3-0||7-3-0|
|4 Detroit Red Wings||13||7||3||3||17||7||39||38||5-1-2||2-2-1||5-3-2|
|5 Carolina Hurricanes||13||8||4||1||17||6||39||37||3-2-0||5-2-1||5-4-1|
|6 Florida Panthers||14||8||5||1||17||7||46||42||4-0-1||4-5-0||5-4-1|
|7 Toronto Maple Leafs||14||7||4||3||17||7||40||38||5-1-1||2-3-2||5-2-3|
|8 Philadelphia Flyers||12||7||3||2||16||7||33||29||4-1-1||3-2-1||5-3-2|
|9 Tampa Bay Lightning||13||7||5||1||15||7||42||41||3-2-1||4-3-0||6-3-1|
|10 Montreal Canadiens||14||7||6||1||15||6||42||44||4-3-0||3-3-1||5-4-1|
|11 New York Rangers||14||6||5||3||15||6||39||43||3-3-3||3-2-0||3-4-3|
|12 Buffalo Sabres||13||7||6||0||14||7||50||42||4-3-0||3-3-0||5-5-0|
|13 Washington Capitals||15||6||7||2||14||6||41||46||4-3-1||2-4-1||4-4-2|
|14 Pittsburgh Penguins||13||5||6||2||12||5||46||45||3-1-1||2-5-1||3-6-1|
|15 Ottawa Senators||12||4||8||0||8||4||42||44||4-4-0||0-4-0||4-6-0|
|16 Columbus Blue Jackets||12||3||9||0||6||3||30||55||2-5-0||1-4-0||3-7-0|
|1 Vegas Golden Knights||14||12||2||0||24||12||50||30||5-1-0||7-1-0||9-1-0|
|2 Winnipeg Jets||12||8||3||1||17||8||38||28||5-1-0||3-2-1||7-2-1|
|3 Seattle Kraken||14||8||4||2||18||8||50||41||3-3-1||5-1-1||7-2-1|
|4 Dallas Stars||13||8||4||1||17||8||47||32||4-1-0||4-3-1||5-4-1|
|5 Los Angeles Kings||15||8||6||1||17||7||50||53||4-3-0||4-3-1||5-4-1|
|6 Colorado Avalanche||11||6||4||1||13||5||40||31||2-1-1||4-3-0||5-4-1|
|7 Edmonton Oilers||14||8||6||0||16||8||53||49||4-5-0||4-1-0||6-4-0|
|8 Minnesota Wild||13||6||6||1||13||5||39||42||2-4-0||4-2-1||6-3-1|
|9 Calgary Flames||12||5||5||2||12||5||37||40||4-4-1||1-1-1||3-5-2|
|10 Chicago Blackhawks||12||5||5||2||12||5||34||39||4-2-1||1-3-1||5-3-2|
|11 Arizona Coyotes||12||5||6||1||11||5||35||46||1-2-1||4-4-0||5-4-1|
|12 Nashville Predators||13||5||7||1||11||4||35||45||2-3-1||3-4-0||3-6-1|
|13 Vancouver Canucks||14||4||7||3||11||4||49||58||2-3-1||2-4-2||4-4-2|
|14 San Jose Sharks||14||3||8||3||9||3||36||49||1-5-3||2-3-0||3-4-3|
|15 Anaheim Ducks||14||4||9||1||9||2||40||65||2-3-0||2-6-1||3-6-1|
|16 St. Louis Blues||11||3||8||0||6||3||23||43||1-4-0||2-4-0||2-8-0|
|COLLEGE BASKETBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|Clinton at Queens||12:00pm||ESPN+|
|Ouachita Baptist at Northwestern State||1:00pm||ESPN+|
|Baldwin-Wallace at Kent State||5:00pm||ESPN+|
|Lehigh at Virginia Tech||6:00pm||ACCN|
|Campbellsville-Harrodsburg at Morehead State||6:00pm||ESPN+|
|St. Thomas (TX) at Rice||6:00pm||CUSAtv|
|Charleston Southern at Ohio State||6:30pm||BTN|
|North Carolina Central at App State||6:30pm||ESPN+|
|Towson at UMass||7:00pm||NESN+|
|Quinnipiac at Stonehill||7:00pm||NEC|
|Clark at Merrimack||7:00pm||NEC|
|Presbyterian at The Citadel||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Penn State-York at UMBC||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Colgate at Brown||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|UMass Lowell at Columbia||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Penn St-New Kingston at VMI||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Dean at Holy Cross||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Johnson (FL) at Stetson||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|WKU at Eastern Kentucky||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Tennessee Wesleyan at Tennessee Tech||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|SUNY-Delhi at Cornell||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Goshen at Western Michigan||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Oakland City at Chattanooga||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|MUW at Troy||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Mid-America Christian at Texas State||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|Loyola Maryland at Penn State||7:00pm||BTN+|
|Sacred Heart at Rutgers||7:00pm||BTN+|
|Western Carolina at Maryland||7:00pm||BTN+|
|Mid-Atlantic Christian at William & Mary||7:00pm||FLOHOOPS|
|Florida National at FIU||7:00pm||CUSAtv|
|Spring Hill at Samford||7:30pm||ESPN+|
|Dallas Christian at ULM||7:30pm||ESPN+|
|Southwestern Baptist at Sam Houston||7:30pm||ESPN+|
|Central Michigan at Marquette||8:00pm||FS2|
|Radford at Notre Dame||8:00pm||ACCN|
|North Dakota State at Kansas||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Cleveland State at Cincinnati||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Texas Southern at Texas Tech||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Illinois State at Eastern Illinois||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Kansas Christian at Tarleton||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Southern Illinois at Oklahoma State||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Hannibal-LaGrange at Lindenwood||8:00pm||ESPN+|
|Omaha at Nebraska||8:00pm||BTN+|
|North Alabama at Alabama A&M||8:00pm||–|
|Bethune-Cookman at Indiana||8:30pm||BTN|
|Arkansas Baptist at Little Rock||8:30pm||ESPN+|
|North Dakota at Creighton||9:00pm||FS1|
|Northern Arizona at Arizona State||9:00pm||PAC12|
|Houston Christian at Texas||9:00pm||LHN|
|Colorado College at Denver||9:00pm||–|
|La Verne at Southern Utah||9:00pm||ESPN+|
|Walla Walla at Idaho||9:00pm||ESPN+|
|Westcliff at Idaho State||9:00pm||ESPN+|
|Western Colorado at Weber State||9:00pm||ESPN+|
|Gardner-Webb at Stephen F. Austin||9:30pm||ESPN+|
|Vermont at Saint Mary’s||10:00pm||Staduim|
|Nicholls at Wyoming||10:00pm||MWN|
|Cal Poly at San Francisco||10:00pm||WCC|
|Georgia Southern at Santa Clara||10:00pm||WCC|
|UC Riverside at Loyola Marymount||10:00pm||WCC|
|Alabama State at USC||11:00pm||PAC12|
|COLLEGE FOOTBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|Tulsa at Memphis||7:30pm||ESPN|
|Georgia Southern at Louisiana||7:30pm||ESPNU|
|LPGA: Pelican Women’s Championship||10:00am||GOLF|
|PGA: Houston Open||1:00pm||GOLF|
|Champions: Charles Schwab Cup Championship||4:00pm||GOLF|
|Dallas at Washington||7:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Philadelphia at Atlanta||7:30pm||NBATV|
|Charlotte at Miami||7:30pm||Bally Sports|
|Portland at New Orleans||8:00pm||Bally Sports|
|Atlanta at Carolina||8:15pm||PRIME|
|Calgary at Boston||7:00pm||NESN|
|Edmonton at Carolina||8:00pm||Sportsnet|
|Ottawa at New Jersey||7:00pm||MSGSN|
|Philadelphia at Columbus||7:00pm||NBCS-PHI|
|Vegas at Buffalo||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|NY Rangers at Detroit||7:00pm||MSG|
|Arizona at NY Islanders||7:30pm||MSGSN|
|San Jose at St. Louis||8:00pm||NBCS-CA|
|Nashville at Colorado||9:00pm||ALT|
|Chicago at Los Angeles||10:30pm||ESPN+|
|Serie A: Hellas Verona vs Juventus||12:30pm||Paramount+|
|La Liga: Rayo Vallecano vs Celta de Vigo||1:00pm||ESPN+|
|La Liga: Valencia vs Real Betis||2:00pm||ESPN+|
|England League Cup: Manchester United vs Aston Villa||3:00pm||ESPN+|
|Serie A: Lazio vs Monza||2:45pm||Paramount+|
|La Liga: Real Madrid vs Cádiz||3:30pm||ESPN+|
|Brasileirão: Botafogo vs Santos||6:00pm||Paramount+|
|Brasileirão: Atlético Mineiro vs Cuiabá||6:00pm||Paramount+|
|Women’s Friendly: USA vs Germany||7:00pm||FS1|
No Flags in an NFL game
November 10, 1940 – In a story from the profootballhof.com site, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 7-3 in a penalty free game at Forbes Field. Philadelphia’s George Somers booted a 36-yard field goal in the first quarter. The Steelers score came on a one yard scoring dive by Coley McDonough in the third quarter. As we have discussed before this was one of four contests in NFL history without yellow laundry hitting the field. The others occurred on October 28, 1934’s Brooklyn vs. Pittsburgh, September 27, 1936 when the Boston Redskins played Brooklyn’s Dodgers and on October 9, 1938 as the Cleveland Rams hosted the Chicago Bears. There seems to be a common theme to these games as they all occurred within 6 years of each other. The same guy, Will Halloran was the Referee of the 1936 and 1940 contests. Talk about an era of the officials letting them play!
Irish Blanked by Army in Number 1 versus Number 2 matchup
November 10, 1945 – Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York – Top-ranked Army shuts out No. 2 Notre Dame 48-0 in an extremely lopsided contest. Per the americanfootballdatabase.com the Black Knights Glenn Davis scored three touchdowns and Doc Blanchard crossed the goal-line stripe twice, as the Cadets rolled up 441 yards to the Irish’s 184.
Record NFL Crowd
November 10, 1957 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, LA, California – An NFL record crowd of 102,368 crammed into the stadium to watch LA come away with a 37-24 victory of the San Francisco 49ers. Check out the full story here from pro-football-refernce.com. And they say LA fans don’t turn out for games!
Longest Fumble Return
November 10, 1957 – Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio – Cleveland Browns’ Don Paul sets club record for longest scoop and score per onthisday.com website with a 89-yard touchdown that helped the Browns to blank the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-0.
Merdith’s 460 yards Not Enough
November 10, 1963 – Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California – Dandy Don Meredith of the Dallas Cowboys passed for 460 yards and three scores but his Cowboys team fell short on the scoreboard in a 31-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers per the pro-football-reference.com. Niners quarterback Lamar McHan went 15 of 25 passing for 248 yards and 3 touchdown passes. Redhawks win MAC Showdown
November 10, 1973 – Kent, Ohio – According to footballfoundation.org in 2015 post, a matchup that pitted the Number 17 ranked Miami of Ohio Redhawks and Kent State Golden Flashes in 1973 marked the first-ever meeting of ranked MAC teams, putting the MAC title on the line. Redhawks fullback Chuck Varner fueled the offense with a two-yard touchdown plunge and a nine-yard touchdown reception to help Miami establish a 17-10 lead. Kicker David Draudt finished off the defending MAC champion Golden Flashes with a school-record 52-yard field goal in the final quarter. Final score Redhawks 20, Golden Flashes 10. Miami finished the season with an 11-0 record, their first perfect season since 1955 and a No. 15 ranking at the end of the season. Kent State finished up their season with a 9-2 record.
Tide Rolls with a Single Field Goal
November 10, 1979 – Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge,Louisiana – The Crimson Tide rolled away with a 3-0 victory over LSU on a rain soaked field. According to AL.com, Alan McElroy’s 27-yard field goal midway through the third quarter accounted for the game’s only points. Paul Bear Bryant’s Alabama team had won the national championship the previous season, and came into the 1979 LSU game 8-0 and riding a 17-game winning streak.
Wyoming and SDSU set record
November 10, 1984 – Per a post on the website gowyo.com, University of Wyoming’s Kevin Lowe rushed for 302 yards, and Rick Wegher of South Dakota State put up 231 yards on the ground to set an NCAA record for most yards gained by two opposing players. The Wyoming Cowboys were too much for the SDSU Jackrabbits that day though as it showed in a 45-29 final score of the contest.
Reich leads a Big College comeback
November 10, 1984 – Maryland completes the biggest comeback in NCAA history, overcoming a 31-0 halftime deficit to find victory over the University of Miami 42-40 in the Orange Bowl. A great NCAA.com story tells us that the Terrapins outscored Jimmy Johnson’s Hurricane team 42-9 in the second half to win the game. It was the largest comeback in NCAA history at the time. Led by back-up quarterback Frank Reich, the Terrapins score on six consecutive drives in the second half. One of the biggest plays of the game was when the Terp’s defense stuffed the Hurricane’s running back Melvin Bratton’s two-point conversion attempt on the goal line late in the fourth quarter that would have led to a tie score. Frank Reich was masterful at coming off of the bench in leading his teams out deep holes, just look at his NFL career.
Kosar’s Long streak
November 10, 1991 – Cleveland Browns QB Bernie Kosar ends NFL record of 308 passes without an interception per the onthisday.com website.
Marino really is Dan the Man
November 10, 1996 – Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Florida – The alamy.com reports that the Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino surpassed the 50,000 career yards passing mark in a 37-13 win over Indianapolis. The toss that hit the milestone was a 36 yarder to O.J. McDuffie during the second quarter of the contest. Marino also reached 4,000 completions, another NFL first, with his 10th completion of the game.
Deacons Big Comeback
November 10, 2001 – James MacPherson scored with 1:17 to play in the game and Quintin Williams made the defensive play of the game seconds later as Wake Forest rallied from a 24-point halftime deficit to stun North Carolina 32-31 in front of 53,000 fans at Kenan Stadium. Wake Forest, outgained 338 yards to 118 in the first half, staged one of the greatest comebacks in ACC history. Special thanks from the Wake Forest Athletic Department for this great story.
D-1 Scoring record
November 10, 2007 – Denton, Texas – Navy and North Texas set a major-college record by combining for 136 points in the Midshipmen’s 74-62 win per an ESPN.com post. The previous record for college football’s top tier of competition was 133 points in San Jose State’s 70-63 win over Rice on Oct. 2, 2004. North Texas Mean Green quarterback Giovanni Vizza tossed for 478 yards and 8 touchdowns in the loss.
Falcons Fly over Irish
November 10, 2007 – South Bend, Indiana – The armed forces academies were performing well on this day as the Air Force Falcons defeated the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Per the goairforcefalcons.com website, this occurred one week after the Navy Midshipmen eked out a triple overtime victory against the Fighting Irish for the first time since 1963. The loss marked Notre Dame’s for the ninth L of that season, a school-record. The last time the Irish lost to two military academies in the same season was 1944.
Carey sets record 366 rushing yards
November 10, 2012 – Tucson, Arizona – Thanks to an sbnation.com post we learn that Ka’Deem Carey of Arizona pounded the ground hard for a Pac-12 single game record of 366 yards on 25 carries and tied the Pac-12 conference record with five TDs in the Wildcats’ 56-31 rout of the Colorado Buffaloes.
Neil Snow – Michigan
November 10, 1897 – Detroit, Michigan – The fabulous fullback/defensive end of the University of Michigan Wolverines, Neil Snow played football at Michigan from 1898 to 1902. Snow was selected as a first-team All-American football in 1901 and when he scored he scored five touchdowns against Stanford in the very first Rose Bowl game in 1902 and he earned the first Rose Bowl MVP award. What makes this all the more interesting according to the footballfoundation.org website is that he still holds the record for the most points scored in the annual GrandDaddy of them All with 25 points but in that day touchdowns only counted as five points. The National Football Foundation voted Neil Snow into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1960.
WR – Isaac Bruce
November 10, 1972 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida -The outstanding wide receiver out of the University of Memphis, Isaac Bruce was born. Isaac was a second round pick of the Los Angeles Rams in the 1994 NFL draft and he played with the team in St. Louis too as well as a short stint with the San Francisco 49ers in his 16 year career in the NFL. The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website bio on Bruce tells us that in his second season, the Rams first in St. Louis, Bruce caught 119 balls for over 1700 yards on the season. He retired as the Rams All-Time leader in receptions, receiving yards and yards from scrimmage. In 1999 he was an All- Pro and he played in 4 Pro Bowl games. He was the first player in NFL history to have three games over 170 yards. As a member of the Greatest Show on Turf offenses he set a Super Bowl record in SB XXXIV when he caught 6 receptions for 162 yards. The Pro Football Hall of Fame selected Isaac Bruce to join their Gold Jacket Club in 2020.
20 – 9 – 35 – 3 – 40 – 55 – 19
November 10, 1934 – The First NHL penalty shot was awarded to the Montreal Canadiens forward Armand Mondou. Remarkably it did not find its mark as it was stopped by Toronto goaltender George Hainsworth in Maple Leafs’ 2-1 win.
November 10, 1957 – Cleveland Browns’ Don Paul, Number 20 set a club record for longest fumble return with a 89-yard run, in a scoop and score fashion, beating Pittsburgh 24-0
November 10, 1963 – Detroit Red Wings right wing Gordie Howe, Number 9 surpassed Number 9, Maurice Richard as the leading NHL all-time goal scorer with 545th career goal in a 3-0 Red Wings victory over Montreal Canadiens in Detroit
November 10, 1971 – St Louis Cardinals Number 9, Joe Torre won the National League MVP, while pitcher Number 35, Vida Blue won American League MVP
November 10, 1975 – The Kansas City Royals organization released slugger Number 3, Harmon Killebrew, ending his 22-year career
November 10, 1987 – Phillies Number 40, Steve Bedrosian edged out Rick Sutcliffe, also a Number 40 only for the Chicago Cubs, in votes, 57-55 to win the National League Cy Young Award
November 10, 1988 – Orel Hershiser, Number 55 for the LA Dodgers (23-8) was a unanimous choice as National League Cy Young Award winnerNovember 10, 1991 – Cleveland Browns QB, Number 19, Bernie Kosar had his NFL record of 308 passes without an interception