INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL MONDAY

Batesville 75 South Decatur 51
Bloomfield 77 North Knox 38
Bloomington North 77 Columbus North 59
Bloomington South 56 Evansville Central 54
Carroll (Flora) 65 Taylor 61
Charlestown 72 Salem 41
Columbus East 66 Madison 60
Dugger Union 68 Eminence 49
Evansville Memorial 51 Vincennes Lincoln 47
Faith Christian 70 South Newton 41
Gibson Southern 46 Wood Memorial 45 OT
Norwell 47 Fort Wayne Concordia 42
Owen Valley 48 South Putnam 33
Sheridan 61 Western Boone 44
Southwestern (Shelbyville) 65 Edinburgh 62
Switzerland County 54 Jac-Cen-Del 46
Terre Haute South 73 Southport 59
Trinity Greenlawn 53 Oregon-Davis 40

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL TUESDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Andrean at Hammond Central 8:00 pm
Attica at Seeger 7:30 pm
Barr-Reeve at Vincennes Rivet 6:30 pm
Bellmont at Fort Wayne Dwenger 7:30 pm
Bethesda Christian at Covenant Christian 7:30 pm
Blackford at Eastern (Greentown) 7:30 pm
Boone Grove at Demotte Christian 8:00 pm
Boonville at Tell City 8:00 pm
Bowman Academy at South Bend Riley 8:00 pm
Brownsburg at Center Grove 7:30 pm
Caston at Winamac 7:30 pm
Central Noble at Lakewood Park 7:30 pm
Christel House at Seton Catholic 7:30 pm
Clarksville at Austin 7:30 pm
Clinton Prairie at Tri-Central 7:30 pm
Community Christian (Ky.) at South Dearborn 7:30 pm
Concord at John Glenn 7:30 pm
Corydon Central at South Central (Elizabeth) 7:30 pm
Crown Point at Hammond Morton 8:00 pm
Daleville at Alexandria 7:30 pm
Decatur Central at Beech Grove 7:30 pm
DeKalb at Heritage 7:30 pm
Delphi at North Newton 7:30 pm
East Noble at Angola 7:30 pm
Eastbrook at Southwood 7:30 pm
Eastern Greene at Shakamak 7:30 pm
Eastern Hancock at Liberty Christian 7:30 pm
Elkhart at Mishawaka Marian 7:30 pm
Evansville Central at Evansville Mater Dei 8:00 pm
Evansville Christian at Forest Park 6:00 pm
Evansville Day at Washington Catholic 6:30 pm
Evansville North at Evansville Memorial 8:00 pm
Fairfield at Northridge 7:45 pm
Fort Wayne Canterbury at Lakeland Christian 7:00 pm
Fort Wayne Luers at New Haven 7:30 pm
Fort Wayne North at Fort Wayne Northrop 7:45 pm
Fountain Central at North Vermillion 7:30 pm
Fountain Central at Sheridan 7:30 pm
Franklin at Plainfield 7:30 pm
Gary 21st Century at Culver Academy 8:00 pm
Goshen at West Noble 7:30 pm
Greensburg at North Decatur 7:30 pm
Greenwood at Indian Creek 7:30 pm
Greenwood Christian at Trinity Lutheran 7:30 pm
Guerin Catholic at University 7:30 pm
Hamilton Heights at Rushville 7:30 pm
Hamilton Southeastern at Lawrence North 7:30 pm
Hanover Central at Munster 8:00 pm
Heritage Christian at Park Tudor 7:30 pm
Hobart at Whiting 8:00 pm
Indianapolis Attucks at Carmel 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Cathedral at Zionsville 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Chatard at Indianapolis Tech 7:30 pm
Indianapolis Roncalli at Lafayette Central Catholic 7:00 pm
Indianapolis Washington at Marion 7:30 pm
Jeffersonville at Evansville Reitz 7:30 pm
Jimtown at Argos 7:30 pm
KIPP Indy Legacy at MTI Knowledge 7:00 pm
Knox at LaVille 7:30 pm
Lafayette Jeff at Illiana Christian 7:30 pm
Lanesville at Crothersville 7:30 pm
Lapel at New Castle 7:30 pm
Lawrence Central at Ben Davis 7:30 pm
Leo at Fort Wayne Blackhawk 7:30 pm
Lighthouse Christian at Henryville 7:30 pm
Lighthouse CPA at Portage Christian 8:00 pm
Madison-Grant at Muncie Burris 7:30 pm
Marquette Catholic at Victory Christian 7:30 pm
Michigan City at LaPorte 7:00 pm
Mississinewa at Noblesville 7:30 pm
Monroe Central at Union City 7:30 pm
Mount Vernon (Posey) at Tecumseh 8:30 pm
Muncie Central at McCutcheon 6:30 pm
New Albany at Brownstown Central 7:30 pm
New Palestine at Mount Vernon (Fortville) 7:30 pm
North Central (Indianapolis) at Fishers 7:30 pm
North Montgomery at North Putnam 7:30 pm
North Posey at Loogootee 8:00 pm
Northeastern at Connersville 7:30 pm
Northview at Martinsville 7:30 pm
Northwestern at Oak Hill 7:30 pm
Oregon-Davis at Rochester 8:00 pm
Paoli at North Harrison 7:30 pm
Parke Heritage at Linton-Stockton 7:30 pm
Penn at Mishawaka 7:30 pm
Perry Central at Cannelton 8:30 pm
Phalen Academy at Victory College Prep 6:00 pm
Pike Central at South Knox 7:30 pm
Portage at Hebron 8:00 pm
Princeton at Heritage Hills 8:00 pm
Providence at New Washington 7:30 pm
Providence Cristo Rey at Morristown 7:30 pm
Purdue Poly Englewood at Bloomington South 7:30 pm
Rensselaer Central at Lowell 8:00 pm
Rising Sun at South Ripley 7:30 pm
River Forest at Kouts 8:00 pm
Riverton Parke at North Central (Farmersburg) 7:30 pm
Scottsburg at Jennings County 7:30 pm
Seymour at Shelbyville 7:30 pm
Shawe Memorial at Milan 7:30 pm
Shoals at Mitchell 7:30 pm
Smith Academy at Elwood 6:30 pm
South Bend Adams at Elkhart Christian 7:30 pm
South Bend Career at South Bend Washington 7:30 pm
South Bend St. Joseph at Plymouth 7:30 pm
South Decatur at Oldenburg Academy 7:30 pm
South Spencer at Southridge 8:00 pm
South Vermillion at Sullivan 7:30 pm
Southern Wells at Wes-Del 7:30 pm
Southmont at Cascade 7:30 pm
Southwestern (Hanover) at Charlestown 7:30 pm
Southwestern (Shelbyville) at Central Christian 6:00 pm
Switzerland County at Gallatin County (Ky.) 7:30 pm
Traders Point Christian at Clinton Central 6:00 pm
Tri at Hagerstown 7:30 pm
Triton at Bremen 7:30 pm
Tri-West at Brebeuf Jesuit 7:30 pm
Twin Lakes at Lewis Cass 7:30 pm
Union (Modoc) at Cowan 6:00 pm
Union County at Randolph Southern 7:30 pm
Vincennes Lincoln at White River Valley 7:30 pm
Waldron at Hauser 7:30 pm
Warren Central at Pike 7:30 pm
Warsaw at Tippecanoe Valley 7:45 pm
Washington Twp. at Wheeler 8:00 pm
West Washington at Rock Creek Academy 7:30 pm
Western at Carroll (Flora) 7:30 pm
Westview at Fremont 7:30 pm
Westville at South Central (Union Mills) 7:30 pm
Whitko at Manchester 7:45 pm
Winchester at Jay County 7:30 pm
Wood Memorial at North Knox 8:00 pm
Woodlan at Prairie Heights 7:30 pm


Bi-County Tournament
Granger Christian vs. Culver 6:00 pm Con


Greater Indianapolis Conference playoffs
Central Christian at Eminence 6:00 pm 11th
West Vigo at Washington 7:30 pm

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SECTIONAL SCHEDULE DAY 1 (TUESDAY FEB. 27)

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


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


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


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

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE FINALS

SESSION 1

PUBLIC GATES OPEN AT 9:30 AM ET 

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

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

SESSION 2

PUBLIC GATES OPEN AT 5 PM ET 

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

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

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SAGARIN RATINGS-TOP 10

4A

  1. FISHERS
  2. NOBLESVILLE
  3. KOKOMO
  4. WESTFIELD
  5. CATHEDRAL
  6. LAWRENCE NORTH
  7. BEN DAVIS
  8. CRISPUS ATTUCKS
  9. CARMEL
  10. CENTER GROVE

3A

  1. BREBEUF
  2. SCOTTSBURG
  3. SB ST. JOSEPH
  4. GUERIN CATHOLIC
  5. DELTA
  6. PRINCETON
  7. MISHAWAKA MARIAN
  8. HAMMOND NOLL
  9. YORKTOWN
  10. HERITAGE HILLS

2A

  1. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL
  2. TIPTON
  3. PARK TUDOR
  4. PROVIDENCE
  5. WAPAHANI
  6. GARY 21ST CENTURY
  7. FW LUERS
  8. MANCHESTER
  9. FW BLACKHAWK
  10. ADAMS CENTRAL

1A

  1. ORLEANS
  2. EVANSVILLE CHRIATIAN
  3. BETHESDA CHRISTIAN
  4. BARR-REEVE
  5. LOOGOOTEE
  6. LUTHERAN
  7. TINDLEY
  8. CLAY CITY
  9. CHRIATIAN ACADEMY
  10. GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN

INDIANA STATE SWIMMING FINALS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

  1. UCONN
  2. HOUSTON
  3. PURDUE
  4. ARIZONA
  5. TENNESSEE
  6. IOWA STATE
  7. MARQUETTE
  8. DUKE
  9. KANSAS
  10. NORTH CAROLINA
  11. BAYLOR
  12. ILLINOIS
  13. ALABAMA
  14. AUBURN
  15. CREIGHTON
  16. DAYTON
  17. KENTUCKY
  18. ST. MARY’S
  19. SAN DIEGO STATE
  20. SOUTH CAROLINA
  21. WASHINGTON STATE
  22. COLORADO STATE
  23. TEXAS TECH
  24. FLORIDA
  25. BYU

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

VIRGINIA 103, GONZAGA 99, WISCONSIN 88, MICHIGAN ST. 64, TCU 54, SOUTH FLORIDA 45, NEW MEXICO 27, FAU 27, UTAH ST. 22, GRAND CANYON 16, NEVADA 11, PITTSBURGH 4, CLEMSON 3, APPALACHIAN ST 1, MCNEESE ST. 1, DRAKE 1.

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

VIRGINIA TECH 75 #21 VIRGINIA 41

#3 HOUSTON 73 #10 IOWA STATE 65

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL AP POLL

  1. SOUTH CAROLINA
  2. OHIO STATE
  3. STANFORD
  4. IOWA
  5. TEXAS
  6. NC STATE
  7. USC
  8. VIRGINIA TECH
  9. OREGON STATE
  10. KANSAS STATE
  11. COLORADO
  12. UCLA
  13. LSU
  14. INDIANA
  15. UCONN
  16. GONZAGA
  17. SYRACUSE
  18. UTAH
  19. NOTRE DAME
  20. LOUISVILLE
  21. CREIGHTON
  22. WEST VIRGINIA
  23. OKLAHOMA
  24. BAYLOR
  25. PRINCETON

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

UNLV 41, FAIRFIELD 28, NORTH CAROLINA 4, SAINT JOSEPH’S 4, MISSISSIPPI ST. 2, TENNESSEE 1.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#15 UCONN 73 #20 CREIGHTON 53

ILLINOIS 86 #14 INDIANA 66

#13 LSU 81 TEXAS A&M 58

#16 NOTRE DAME 70 DUKE 62

NBA SCOREBOARD

NO GAME SCHEDULED

NHL SCOREBOARD

ANAHEIM 4 BUFFALO 3

TORONTO 4 ST. LOUIS 2

BOSTON 4 DALLAS 3

MINNESOTA 10 VANCOUVER 7

DETROIT 4 SEATTLE 3 OT

EDMONTON 6 ARIZONA 3

CALGARY 6 WINNIPEG 3

VEGAS 4 SAN JOSE 0

OTTAWA 4 TAMPA BAY 2

CAROLINA 6 CHICAGO 3

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

AUTO RACING

BYRON WITHSTANDS CRASH-FILLED FINISH TO WIN DAYTONA 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The goal was obvious to William Byron: put the No. 24 Chevrolet in victory lane in the 2024 Daytona 500 to launch Hendrick Motorsports’ 40th anniversary season.

Mission accomplished, even if Byron had to complete an agonizing final lap under caution around Daytona International Speedway awaiting the winner to be declared.

“Did we win it? Did we win it?” Byron kept asking over his radio.

The emotion he heard over his radio from crew chief Rudy Fugle confirmed Byon had just won the biggest race of his career.

“Well, no one told me. And Rudy was crying on the radio, so I was like ‘Dude, I hope he’s crying for good reason,’” Byron said. “I guess he was a ball of emotion there, and so I was like ‘Did we actually win or not?’”

Byron snapped Hendrick Motorsports’ nine-race Daytona 500 losing streak with a win Monday in the rain-delayed “Great American Race.” He crossed under the white flag denoting the final lap at the exact moment a crash broke out behind him. The caution flag was thrown and he wasn’t quite sure if he was the official winner as he circled Daytona one final time.

The last Hendrick driver to win the Daytona 500 was Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2014. The 26-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, is the sixth different driver to win the 500 for Rick Hendrick, the winningest team owner in NASCAR history who made his way to victory lane on the actual 40th anniversary of his first Cup win.

“The first time we came here, we didn’t think we had any business even being here,” Hendrick said in victory lane. “We felt way out of our league. Now here we are 40 years later. You couldn’t write the script any better. To win this on the 40th, to the day, it’s just awesome.”

The ninth Daytona 500 win for Hendrick Motorsports tied the team with Petty Enterprises for most in NASCAR history.

“William Byron was already a superstar, and I mean, he just went to another level of being superstar,” said Hendrick vice chairman Jeff Gordon, himself a three-time Daytona 500 winner in the No. 24 Chevrolet.

“I wasn’t driving the car, but I felt like I was making every lap out there with him,” he said. “We’re going to celebrate. This is a huge win.”

Byron, who had never finished higher than 21st in the Daytona 500, is a self-taught racer who used computer equipment to hone his skills. He made it to the championship last season when Byron won a career-high six races, but lost out on the title to Ryan Blaney, the older brother of Byron’s longtime girlfriend.

“I’m just a kid from racing on computers and winning the Daytona 500, I can’t believe it,” Byron said. “I wish my dad was here. He’s sick, but this is for him, man. We’ve been through so much, and we sat up in the grandstands together and watched the race.”

The fourth and final caution of the race began when Hendrick driver Alex Bowman hit Byron from behind and it caused Byron to sideswipe Brad Keselowski and trigger a 23-car crash that caused a red flag that lasted more than 15 minutes.

There were four laps remaining on the final restart and Byron was in second in the No. 24 Chevrolet. He and Ross Chastain of Trackhouse Racing pushed back and forth for the lead and it was Byron out front as a crash broke out behind him just as he’d crossed under the white flag marking the final lap of the race.

Byron was followed by teammate Bowman in a 1-2 sweep for Chevrolet and Hendrick. Christopher Bell in a Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing finished third and was followed by Chevys from Corey Lajoie of Spire Motorsports and AJ Allmendinger of Kaulig Racing.

Bubba Wallace was sixth in a Toyota for 23XI Racing and was followed by John Hunter Nemecheck in another Toyota but for Legacy Motor Club. Chase Briscoe was eighth in a Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing and followed by Legacy driver Erik Jones and SHR teammate Noah Gragson.

The race ran one day later than scheduled because of persistent rain all weekend at Daytona. Monday was supposed to open with the rescheduled second-tier Xfinity Series race and then lead into the 500, but when it was still raining Monday morning, NASCAR reordered the events and made the Xfinity race the closer.

There was no pre-race concert Monday as scheduled performer Pitbull said he’d return next year to make good on his appearance. He said a scheduling conflict prevented him from staying in Daytona on Monday, but grand marshal Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson did stay the extra day and was the most popular attraction in pre-race activities.

Johnson was swarmed on the starting grid, in the fan zone and received the loudest ovation in the pre-race driver meeting, to which he showed up 30 minutes ahead of schedule wearing a black tank top.

The flexibility NASCAR has shown this month in working within its schedule to avoid inclement weather is practically unprecedented in the first 75 hours of the series. NASCAR, to start the month, moved the exhibition Clash at the Coliseum up a full day because of impending rain. At Daytona, it rescheduled the ARCA Series race from Saturday to Friday night, and made early decisions to move both the Xfinity and Cup Series races.

The decision to postpone the Cup race a day was made early Sunday morning and prevented fans from sitting in rain-soaked grandstands to see if the race would begin.

Just hours later, teams used Sunday’s rain delay to reveal to The Associated Press that they have hired one of the country’s top antitrust and sports lawyers to advise them in their ongoing dispute with NASCAR over a new revenue-sharing model.

The decision to hire Jeffrey Kessler, partner and co-executive chair of Winston & Strawn LLP, followed a meeting at Daytona that included the majority owner from every chartered team. Although the teams invited NASCAR representatives to attend, none did.

Kessler’s hiring was revealed to AP by the five members of the team ownership negotiating committee. It comes amid a breakdown in negotiations between teams and NASCAR that led the 36 chartered teams to decline last month to extend their exclusive negotiating window with the sanctioning body on the existing deal.

NBA NEWS

NETS FIRE COACH JACQUE VAUGHN WITH TEAM IN 11TH PLACE AT THE ALL-STAR BREAK

Jacque Vaughn’s strong work guiding the Brooklyn Nets earned him a contract extension at last season’s All-Star break.

Just a year later, the Nets fired Vaughn after a 50-point loss in his final game, their worst since moving to Brooklyn.

The Nets announced Vaughn’s departure Monday and said an interim coach would be named soon.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we feel is in the best interest of the team going forward,” general manager Sean Marks said in a statement. “Jacque has represented this organization with exemplary character and class for the past eight years. The consistent positivity and passion he poured into our team daily will remain with the players and staff he interacted with throughout his tenure.”

The Nets dropped five of their last six games before the break to fall to 21-33, putting them in 11th place in the Eastern Conference. Their 136-86 loss to the Celtics on Wednesday was their worst defeat since leaving New Jersey in 2012 and the second-worst in franchise history, and leading scorer Mikal Bridges seemed particularly frustrated in his postgame comments.

Vaughn finished 71-68 with the Nets, guiding them into the playoffs on two separate stints.

Vaughn replaced the fired Steve Nash on Nov. 1, 2022, and quickly led the Nets from a poor start toward the top of the East. Brooklyn went 12-1 that December and 43-32 the rest of the season, making the playoffs despite trading Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving during the season.

But Brooklyn’s lack of star power this season has been apparent, and Vaughn lamented last week the minutes restrictions that have kept Ben Simmons and some of his other top players from staying on the floor long enough to give the Nets a better chance to be competitive.

The Nets got off to a 15-15 start this season, but things began to turn when Vaughn made a curious decision to barely play or entirely rest all his top players during a 144-122 home loss to Milwaukee on Dec. 27. The NBA fined the Nets $100,000, the first time a team was sanctioned for violating the league’s player participation policy that went into effect this season.

Vaughn got his first chance to coach the Nets in March 2020 after Kenny Atkinson was fired just before the season was suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He led the Nets to a 7-3 record and into the playoffs in the restart “bubble” at Walt Disney World, but the Nets then opted to give the head coaching job to Nash, despite having no experience. Vaughn stayed on as an assistant.

It wasn’t long before he got another chance to run the team after Nash was fired during a turbulent start to the 2022-23 season. The Nets got as high as second in the East before Durant was injured and the Nets gave Vaughn a multiyear contract extension on Feb. 21, 2023, with Marks saying he looked forward to Vaughn leading the team “for years to come.”

Not quite one year, it turned out.

Without the shot-making that Durant and Irving provided, the Nets struggled at times when games were close in fourth quarters. Vaughn also faced a nearly season-long challenge to figure out his best lineup, with Simmons missing 38 games at one point because of a pinched nerve in his lower back and then was forced to miss some games or play limited minutes when he returned.

That meant the Nets played one way on the nights they had Simmons and another way when they didn’t, a problem Bridges pointed to after the loss in Boston. But a night earlier, Vaughn had looked at a team that was getting healthier and still believed a turnaround was possible.

“I’m just going to be simple and thankful that we’re getting guys back and hopefully we’ll get to a position where we are whole and we come out of the break ready to make a push,” Vaughn said.

Vaughn is 129-226 as an NBA coach, having gone 58-158 in his first opportunity with Orlando.

T-WOLVES INK CONLEY TO 2-YEAR, $21M EXTENSION

The Minnesota Timberwolves are signing starting point guard Mike Conley to a two-year, $21-million contract extension, his agents told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday.

The deal will keep the impending free agent in Minnesota through the 2025-26 season.

Conley has played an integral part in the Timberwolves’ resurgence after coming over from the Utah Jazz during last year’s trade deadline, starting all 74 games he’s played with the franchise.

The 36-year-old is averaging 10.6 points per game, his lowest since his rookie season. However, he’s contributing 6.4 assists per contest while making a career-high 44.2% of his 3-pointers for the 39-16 Timberwolves.

NBA SECOND-HALF BETTING: FINDING VALUE IN MVP, COACH OF YEAR ODDS

The NBA All-Star break moves the race for the postseason into high gear and opens some interesting options for betting on NBA futures.

The injury to Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid forced a reset of the MVP odds, the Coach of the Year race has become a matter of translating the qualifications and the Boston Celtics remain the choice to unseat the Denver Nuggets for the NBA title in June.

These markets, and more, provide a few value opportunities that can be sampled before the Association cranks it up again Thursday.

(All odds per FanDuel)

COACH OF THE YEAR

The Oklahoma City Thunder were 40-42 last season; they are 37-17 today. The Minnesota Timberwolves were 42-40 last season; they are a Western Conference-best 39-16 as they begin the home stretch.

No doubt that the Thunder’s Mark Daigneault (+190) and the Timberwolves’ Chris Finch (+250) have pushed their teams to surprising heights, so it’s a matter of whether either team can distinguish itself — perhaps grabbing the top seed and securing their guy the Coach of the Year honor.

We’ll stick with Daigneault, given the deep rotation he has established coupled with the immense buy-in from the players. Quiet star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continues to operate solely in the best interests of his team.

The Timberwolves are more unpredictable and would stumble a little if one of their big three (Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert) miss a few games.

The fringe outsider: JB Bickerstaff, whose Cleveland Cavaliers suffered injury troubles (Darius Garland and Evan Mobley missed significant time) in the season’s early months, are now a formidable threat in the Eastern Conference.

Cleveland has won 10 of its past 11 and sit six games back of Boston but 3 1/2 games up on Milwaukee for the East’s No. 2 seed. The Cavs have fewer road losses than the Celtics and, with Mobley, Donovan Mitchell and Jarrett Allen, Bickerstaff’s COY value is obvious at +410.

Live long shot: The best coaching job — albeit with fewer victories — belongs to Houston Rockets leader Ime Udoka, whose no-nonsense approach brings the “adult in the room” factor.

If the Rockets, only 24-30 now, roll through the home stretch, you’ll be happy to have invested in Udoka at +21000.

Contenders

Mark Daigneault, Thunder, +190

Chris Finch, Timberwolves, +250

JB Bickerstaff, Cavaliers, +410

Tyronn Lue, Clippers, +650

Rick Carlisle, Mavericks, +1500

Joe Mazzulla, Celtics, +2300

Tom Thibodeau, Knicks, +2500

Will Hardy, Jazz, +4800

Jamahl Mosely, Magic, +4800

Michael Malone, Nuggets, +6000

NBA MVP

This one is seen as a Nikola Jokic vs. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander battle.

The top two lead most experts’ lists for the league’s Most Valuable Player Award, Jokic is -140 and Gilgeous-Alexander is +210, but there are two better-priced candidates who could push for the honor.

The first, obviously, is two-time winner Giannis Antetokounmpo (2019, 2020), who is having another spectacular season and is first among the contenders in field-goal percentage at 61.6.

He’s the +850 third choice at the moment and has missed only two games. But there doesn’t seem to be much enthusiasm for his role in lifting the Bucks.

This team can’t play defense and doesn’t seem like it’s going to change, and that hurts Antetokounmpo’s chances.

The real value lies in Dallas Mavericks standout Luka Doncic, who sits fourth on the FanDuel list at +1200.

Doncic controls his team more than any of these contenders. He also hits 37.5 percent of his 3-point attempts, best among the top group, and attempts more than 10 per game — first by almost two full attempts more than Jayson Tatum’s 8.4.

If co-star Kyrie Irving continues to dazzle, the Mavericks could push Doncic closer to the top.

This award is Jokic’s to lose, of course, but that’s what he did last season when the Nuggets didn’t really need his best games down the stretch. The award isn’t terribly important for Jokic, but his team — fourth in the Western Conference — is likely to need him much more than they did last season.

He’ll be tough to beat if the Nuggets need late-season wins.

Contenders

Nikola Jokic -140

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander +210

Giannis Antetopkounmpo +850

Luka Doncic +1200

Jayson Tatum +2900

Kawhi Leonard +10000

Jalen Brunson +10000

Donovan Mitchell +15000

Kevin Durant +20000

Devin Booker +25000

TEAM FUTURES

The NBA title odds are about the same as they’ve been most of the season. The Celtics are the favorites, with Denver, the Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks making up the top four.

Futures bet No. 1: Cavs win it all.

The Nuggets and Celtics could make for a terrific NBA Finals, but the odds make them difficult investments.

The Bucks are +600 to win the NBA title but are not even the favorite to win their own division. The Cleveland Cavaliers are a heavy -480 to win the Central; the Bucks are +340.

The Cavaliers need only a couple of breaks — good health and a Celtics stumble (or injury) — to grab a spot in the driver’s seat.

Bet: They’re a nice value to take the title at +2200.

Futures bet No. 1: Suns win 49+

The Phoenix Suns have been easy to dismiss this season, given their inability to put their “Big 3” of Bradley Beal, Kevin Durant and Devin Booker on the court consistently.

But through a rocky few months, they’re still 33-22 and have gone 14-4 over their past 18 games. They have a tough schedule — who doesn’t in the Western Conference? — but it does include games against Charlotte, Toronto, two with San Antonio and three with Houston.

Bet: Suns go at least 16-11 and reach 49 victories (+110 at FanDuel).

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UCONN IS UNANIMOUS NO. 1 IN AP TOP 25. NO. 21 WASHINGTON STATE ENDS 302-WEEK POLL DROUGHT

UConn became the first unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll this season, while Washington State jumped into the rankings Monday at No. 21 to end a 302-week drought stretching back to the 2007-08 season.

The Huskies remained atop the poll for the sixth consecutive week after a blowout of DePaul and an impressive 81-53 win over then-No. 4 Marquette over the weekend. They received all 62 first-place votes from a panel of national media members, scooping up the 16 first-place votes that Purdue lost when the Boilermakers fell to Ohio State on Sunday.

UConn is riding the second-longest streak at No. 1 in school history behind a 10-week stay during the 1998-99 season, when the team coached by Jim Calhoun and led by Richard Hamilton and Khalid El-Amin beat Duke for the national championship.

“All we can control is taking a championship approach to the next game,” said UConn coach Dan Hurley, whose team was the No. 2 overall seed behind Purdue in the first look provided by the NCAA Tournament selection committee over the weekend.

UConn has won 14 straight games, the longest streak in men’s Division I basketball.

“We just talk about a championship-level approach, mentality, execution,” said Hurley, whose team is aiming for the first repeat national championship since Florida in 2006-07. “We’re not going to talk about standings. There’s no reason to talk about that.”

Houston rode an easy win against Texas over the weekend into the second spot ahead of Purdue, while Arizona moved up one spot into fourth and Tennessee climbed three spots to round out the top five.

Iowa State ran its winning streak to four straight in the rugged Big 12 with wins over Cincinnati and Texas Tech last week, and that sent the Cyclones up four spots to No. 6. That’s the highest the program has been ranked since Dec. 14, 2015.

Marquette dropped three spots following its loss to the Huskies and was seventh. Duke was eighth, Kansas fell three positions to ninth after a lopsided loss to Texas Tech and a win over Oklahoma, and North Carolina rounded out the top 10.

Baylor was 11th and was followed by Illinois, Alabama, Auburn and Creighton. Dayton stayed put at No. 16, with Kentucky up five spots to No. 17. Saint Mary’s was next after extending its winning streak to 13 games, and San Diego State leaped back into the poll at No. 19. South Carolina fell nine spots to No. 20 after losses to Auburn and LSU.

There were four newcomers or returning teams among the final five on Monday: Washington State at No. 21, followed by Colorado State, Texas Tech and Florida. BYU fell six spots but held down the final position in the Top 25.

The Cougars, who have won seven straight, returned to the poll for the first time since they were No. 21 in the final ranking of the 2007-08 season. That team reached the Sweet 16 before losing to Final Four participant North Carolina.

Their first test as a ranked team will be a trip to No. 4 Arizona on Thursday night.

“It’s the hardest place to play in the country,” Washington State coach Kyle Smith said. “They’re going to have a really good crowd. You’re going to have to handle the onslaught. There’s going to be a lot of juice in the building. That’s the No. 1 challenge — can we handle that environment? But it’s a privilege. Pressure is a privilege.”

IN AND OUT

The volatility that has marked the back half of the poll all season continued this week. The Aztecs, Cougars, Rams, Red Raiders and Gators all moved into the ranking at the expense of Virginia, Wisconsin, Florida Atlantic, Indiana State and Oklahoma.

The Badgers have been in free-fall since climbing to sixth the final week of January, losing five of their last six. FAU climbed to No. 7 the final week of December before last year’s NCAA Tournament darling finally slipped from the poll altogether.

RISING AND FALLING

Kentucky made the biggest jump among teams that were ranked last week, using impressive wins over Ole Miss and then-No. 13 Auburn to climb five spots to No. 17. Iowa State jumped four positions to land at sixth.

South Carolina’s wild ride also continued this week. The Gamecocks vaulted from out of the poll to No. 15 two weeks ago, moved up four spots to No. 11 last week, then plummeted nine spots to No. 20 after a pair of losses last week.

CONFERENCE WATCH

The SEC moved into a tie with the Big 12 for the most teams in the poll with six apiece. The Big East had three, while the Big Ten, Pac-12, ACC and Mountain West each had two teams in the Top 25.

KIDD PROPELS VIRGINIA TECH TO 34-POINT ROMP OVER VIRGINIA

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Lynn Kidd scored 14 points and did not miss a shot and Virginia Tech just missed its largest margin of victory against rival Virginia, beating the Cavaliers 75-41 on Monday night.

The Hokies (15-11, 7-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) handed the Cavaliers (20-7, 11-5) their worst conference loss — by 10 points — in Tony Bennett’s 15 seasons at the helm. Virginia Tech beat Virginia by 35 points, 105-70, in February of 1961.

It was the Hokies’ fourth straight home win over Virginia, matching their longest streak set from 2007-10.

Kidd made all five of his shots from the floor and all four of his free throws for Virginia Tech. He added seven rebounds. Robbie Beran scored 13 and also didn’t miss a shot — going 4 for 4 from the floor with two 3-pointers and 3 for 3 at the foul line. Reserve Tyler Nickel also scored 13, adding six assists and four rebounds. Mylyjael Poteat scored 11 off the bench on 5-for-7 shooting with a 3-pointer.

Isaac McKneely led Virginia with 11 points.

Virginia Tech went on a 20-0 run, holding Virginia scoreless for nearly nine minutes in building a 36-16 lead at halftime. Kidd scored 12 and Nickel added nine points as Virginia Tech shot 50% overall and made 4 of 11 from 3-point range.

Jordan Minor’s layup pulled Virginia within 16-14 with 9:43 remaining. The Cavaliers did not score again until Leon Bond III dunked with 46 seconds left. Virginia shot 32% and missed all five of its 3-point attempts before intermission. All the Cavaliers’ first-half scoring came in the paint.

Virginia had one basket over 14 minutes spanning the two halves until Reece Beekman hit the Cavaliers’ first 3-pointer and Ryan Dunn followed with a layup to make it 43-21 with 17 minutes left to play. Beran buried a 3-pointer with 7:22 to go to push the Hokies’ advantage to 63-31. Poteat scored twice in a 6-0 run and Virginia Tech led 69-33 with 3:47 remaining, prompting Hokies coach Mike Young to empty his bench.

Virginia beat Virginia Tech 65-57 at home on Jan. 17 to begin an eight-game win streak.

Virginia Tech travels to take on Pittsburgh on Saturday. Virginia returns home to play No. 10 North Carolina on Saturday.

NO. 2 HOUSTON BEATS NO. 6 IOWA ST., SITS ALONE ATOP BIG 12

Jamal Shead scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half and also finished with six assists and three steals to lead No. 2 Houston to a 73-65 home victory over No. 6 Iowa State in a Big 12 showdown on Monday night.

Emanuel Sharp added 20 points and four steals as Houston (23-3, 10-3 Big 12) won its fourth straight game and moved into sole possession of first place in the conference. The Cougars never trailed while stretching their homecourt winning streak to 20 games.

Keshon Gilbert scored 17 points for Iowa State (20-6, 9-4), which split the regular-season series with the Cougars. The Cyclones won the first matchup, 57-53, at home on Jan. 9.

Tre King added 13 points and eight rebounds and Curtis Jones also scored 13 points for Iowa State, which had a four-game winning streak halted.

The Cougars shot 42 percent from the field and made 7 of 24 attempts from 3-point range. Houston committed nine turnovers while forcing the Cyclones into 16 miscues.

Shead made 12 of 13 free-throw attempts and Sharp was 8 of 9 from the foul line for the Cougars, who were 24 of 32 overall.

Iowa State made 41.8 percent of its shots, including 9 of 17 from behind the arc. The Cyclones were 10 of 15 from the foul line and held a 39-30 rebounding advantage.

Houston held a 43-32 lead after Sharp’s 3-pointer with 15 minutes left.

Iowa State ripped off 10 of the next 13 points to move within 46-42 with 11:13 remaining before Shead connected on a 3-pointer and a layup over a span of 1:55 to give the Cougars a 51-44 advantage with 9:01 to play.

King buried a 3-pointer as the Cyclones crept within four before Shead made a jumper and J’Wan Roberts scored in the interior to give Houston a 55-47 lead with 7:18 left.

Iowa State trailed 61-55 after Gilbert sank a trey with 3:45 remaining. But Shead made two free throws and Mylik Wilson drained a 3-pointer to give the Cougars an 11-point advantage with 2:54 left.

The Cyclones didn’t pull closer than eight the rest of the way.

Sharp scored nine first-half points to help Houston lead 28-23 at the break. The Cougars took advantage of Iowa State’s frigid start to lead 17-4 on two free throws by Shead with 10 minutes left in the first half.

ILLINOIS AND IOWA NET MEN’S BASKETBALL WEEKLY ACCOLADES

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference has announced its Men’s Basketball Players of the Week presented by Air National Guard for the week of Feb. 12-18, 2024.

Player of the Week
Terrence Shannon, Jr.
G – 5th Year – 6-6 – Chicago, Ill. – IMG Academy – Major: Sociology

  • Averaged 29.0 points on 54.8 percent shooting from the field, 40.0 percent from three-point range and 85.7 percent from the free throw line, as No. 12 Illinois won a pair of games
  • Scored a Big Ten career best 31 points in just 28 minutes in a 97-68 victory over Michigan
  • Led the Illini with 27 points and drew 12 fouls, as Illinois downed Maryland 85-80, the Illini’s first win at Maryland since 2011
  • Garners his second career Player of the Week award
  • Last Illinois Player of the Week: Marcus Domask (Jan. 8, 2024)

 
Freshman of the Week
Owen Freeman, Iowa
F – 6-10 – Moline, Ill. – Moline – Major: Sport and Recreation Management

  • Posted 12.5 points, 10 rebounds, 3.5 blocked shots, and 3.0 assists, as Iowa split a pair of games last week
  • Led the Hawkeyes to an 88-86 win over No. 20 Wisconsin with 20 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, and four blocked shots
  • Freeman’s 20-12-6-4 game is the only such game in the nation this season and one of eight since 2010-11
  • Earns his ninth Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Owen Freeman (Feb. 12, 2024)

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PROVIDENCE’S CARTER NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 NEW YORK – In an extremely competitive week for honors, Providence guard Devin Carter has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week. Connecticut guard Stephon Castle had been chosen BIG EAST Freshman of the Week for the eighth time this season.
 
BIG EAST Player of the Week
Devin Carter, Providence, G, Jr. – Carter led the Friars to a pair of wins by averaging 22.5 points, a league-leading 12.0 rebounds for the week and 3.5 assists. He shot 61.9 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from 3-point range. Carter’s week started with 14 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in a 75-72 win over St. John’s. He posted 31 points and 13 boards in an 81-70 win against DePaul.
    
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Stephon Castle, UConn, G, Fr. – Castle earns Freshman honors for the eighth time this season. In a 101-65 victory at DePaul, he had 15 points and six assists. Hampered by foul trouble against Marquette, he had three points, three assists and three rebounds. The BIG EAST record for Freshman of the Week honors is 10 set by Syracuse’s Carmelo Anthony in 2002-23.
 
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Cam Spencer, UConn, G, Gr. – Averaged 14.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in a 2-0 week. Shot 50.0 percent from the floor while compiling an 8:1 assist/turnover ratio in a 2-0 week which included a win over No. 4 Marquette (81-53).
 
Baylor Scheierman, Creighton, G, Sr. – Averaged 21.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists in a 2-0 week. Had a triple-double of 15 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a win over Georgetown (94-72). Had 27 points and 10 boards in a win at Butler (79-57).
 
Josh Oduro, Providence, F, Gr. – Averaged 27.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and shot 67.9 percent from the floor in a 2-0 week. Had 28 points in a win over St. John’s (75-72) and 27 points in a victory over DePaul (81-70).
 
Kadary Richmond, Seton Hall, G, Sr. – Averaged 19.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.0 steals in a 2-0 week. Had 20 points and a career-high 13 assists in a win over Xavier (88-70). Posted 18 points and 11 rebounds in a victory at St. John’s (68-62).
 
TJ Bamba, Villanova, G, Sr. – Helped the Wildcats win at Georgetown (70-54) by contributing 14 points, four steals and three assists.   

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PITT’S HINSON, DUKE’S MCCAIN EARN ACC MEN’S BASKETBALL WEEKLY HONORS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (theACC.com) – Pitt senior forward Blake Hinson earned Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors, while Duke guard Jared McCain was named ACC Rookie of the Week. Both earned their respective honor for the second time this season.

ACC men’s basketball weekly honors are determined by a vote of a 15-member media panel and announced on Mondays throughout the regular season.

Hinson averaged 34.0 points and 4.5 rebounds while going 25-of-43 (58.1%) from the field, including 14-of-26 (53.8%) from 3-point range, as Pitt extended its win streak to five games with victories over No. 21 Virginia and Louisville. The native of Deltona, Florida, scored 41 points against Louisville, tied for third most in program history, and matched his own school record by making nine 3-pointers. He became the first ACC player to score 40 points since Boston College’s Ky Bowman had 44 against Hartford on Dec. 31, 2018. It was the first 40-point game in conference play since BC’s Jerome Robinson recorded 46 in a loss to Notre Dame on Feb. 6, 2018. Hinson’s 41 points matched a Petersen Events Center record as well. He finished the night 14-of-24 from the field, including 9-of-13 from 3-point range.

Hinson also scored a game-high 27 points with five made 3-pointers as Pitt posted a 74-63 win over No. 21 Virginia to snap the Cavaliers’ NCAA-best 23-game home win streak. He added four rebounds, two assists and one steal while going a then career-high 11-of-19 from the field and 5-of-13 from three-point range.

McCain averaged 26.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals in wins over Wake Forest and Florida State. The native of Sacramento, California, scored the sixth-most points by a freshman in ACC history with his 35-point effort at Florida State. He broke the Blue Devils’ freshman record for 3-point field goals made by connecting on 8-of-11 (72.7%) from long distance and matched Zion Williamson (2019) for Duke’s freshman scoring record with 35 points. McCain also recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds at home against Wake Forest.

HORIZON LEAGUE

UNDER ARMOUR #HLMBB PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (FEBRUARY 19)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK | JACK GOHLKE | OAKLAND | GRADUATE | G | PEWAUKEE, WIS.

  • Led the Golden Grizzlies to a 2-0 week with 27.0 points per game
  • Went 10-of-15 (.667) from three and matched his career high in points with 31 against IUPUI
  • Sank six three’s against Purdue Fort Wayne in a pivotal win with a team-high 23 points
  • Added six rebounds, four assists and one steal on the week as he shot at a .552 clip from the floor

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK | RANDALL PETTUS II | NORTHERN KENTUCKY | G | BESSEMER CITY, N.C.

  • Started the two-game road slate with 10 points, six rebounds, and four assists in a victory at Green Bay
  • Followed it up with nine points, three boards, two helpers and two steals against Milwaukee
  • Averaged 9.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal per contest for the week
  • Earned his second consecutive Under Armour #HLMBB Freshman of the Week award

HCAC 2023-24 MEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK, WEEK 15

Athlete of the Week:
Elijah Mattingly (Beech Grove, Ind.) Anderson University | Wing | Sophomore – Elijah Mattingly posted averages of 17.5 points, 15 rebounds and 3.5 blocks as Anderson went 2-0 on the week. He also went 12-of-19 (63.2 percent) from the field for the week. Mattingly provided 15 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks in Tuesday’s win against Manchester. He then notched 20 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks, while going 6-for-8 (75 percent) from the field in Friday’s win against Manchester.

Notable Performances:

  • Myles Thomas (Chicago, Ill.) Bluffton University | Guard | Graduate – Thomas saved his best for last with a performance for the ages Friday night in a 93-79 win over Defiance. The graduate transfer hit a ridiculous 9-of-10 from the field for a career-high 23 points! Thomas added seven boards and four assists.
  • Cam Freeman (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Guard | First Year – Freeman helped the Panthers secure the no. 3 seed in the HCAC tournament as the first year propelled Hanover to a 1-1 week including a clutch and-one in the final seconds against MSJ. In the contest at the Mount, Hanover trailed for the entire contest before Freeman went coast-to-coast with two seconds remaining sinking the game winning free throw. he finished the week averaging 12.5 points per game.
  • Logan Willoughby (Greenwood, Ind.) Manchester University | Guard | Junior – Logan Willoughby tallied 44 points and 13 rebounds as the Spartans went 1-1 on the week to close out the regular season. Against Defiance on Tuesday, Willoughby recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The junior also had four assists and a block in 29 minutes of action. During Friday’s battle at Anderson, Willoughby led the Black and Gold with 31 points, shooting 12-19 from the field and 5-8 from three-point range. He also dished out seven assists and came away with a steal on Friday night.
  • Luke Collinsworth (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) Mount St. Joseph University | Center | Junior – Mount St. Joseph junior center Luke Collinsworth had a fantastic week, leading the Lions to a 1-1 record to finish the season. For the week Collinsworth had a a pair of double-doubles this week, against Bluffton he had 22-points and 14-rebounds then against Hanover he had 20-points and 10-rebounds. For the week he averaged 21.0 points per game and 12.5 rebounds per game.

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA JUMPS TO 7TH IN WOMEN’S AP TOP 25. SOUTH CAROLINA IS STILL UNANIMOUS NO. 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Southern California, which has won six straight games, climbed three spots to No. 7 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll Monday while South Carolina remained a unanimous No. 1.

USC swept Oregon and then-No. 11 Oregon State over the weekend. The Trojans moved into a tie for second place in the Pac-12 Conference, two games behind Stanford. They host Colorado and Utah this weekend.

The six teams in front of USC didn’t change, with South Carolina leading the way, as it has since the regular season began. The Gamecocks received all 35 votes from a national media panel. South Carolina was tested in both its game last week, rallying to beat Tennessee and Georgia. Coach Dawn Staley’s team trailed at halftime at home against Georgia on Sunday before winning by 14 points.

Ohio State was right behind South Carolina, marking the first time in seven weeks that a No. 2 team held its place for two consecutive polls. No. 3 Stanford, Iowa, Texas and North Carolina State followed the Buckeyes.

Virginia Tech climbed four spots to eighth after beating Duke and Louisville. The Hokies have won nine in a row and sit in first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, a game in front of Syracuse.

Oregon State moved up to ninth despite the loss to USC after beating then-No. 9 UCLA.

Kansas State fell three places to No. 10, while Colorado and UCLA also dropped three places.

GAME OF THE WEEK

With the NCAA career scoring record in the rearview mirror, Caitlin Clark leads Iowa into Indiana for a key Big Ten Conference matchup. Iowa is tied for second, a game behind Ohio State. The Hawkeyes beat the Hoosiers by 27 points at home last month. Expect Thursday’s rematch to be a bit more competitive.

EXCITEMENT OUT WEST

It was an exciting weekend in the Pac-12 Conference, with Oregon State topping UCLA on a shot at the buzzer as well as Utah beating Colorado in the last second as well. The conference is still tops in the poll, with five teams in the first 12 and six ranked in the Top 25 overall.

The ACC and Big 12 are next with five teams each. The Big 12 has three teams and the Big East and SEC each have two. The Ivy and West Coast each have one.

OPENING REVEAL

The NCAA had its first reveal last Thursday of the top 16 teams at that point. South Carolina, Ohio State, Stanford and Colorado were the 1 seeds. The Buffaloes went on to lose after that. The next reveal will be on Feb. 29.

IVY LEAGUE SHOWDOWN

No. 25 Princeton has won 15 straight games and sits a game in front of Columba in the Ivy League standings. The Tigers won the first meeting last month, and the two teams play in New York on Saturday with first place in the conference on the line. They shared the regular-season title last year, the first in Columbia’s history.

NEBRASKA’S RESPONSE TO PLAYER-ASSISTANT COACH’S SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WAS INADEQUATE, LAWSUIT SAYS

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former Nebraska women’s basketball player alleges coach Amy Williams and athletic director Trev Alberts did not take appropriate action when her sexual relationship with an assistant coach became widely known.

Ashley Scoggin filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court describing how Chuck Love allegedly took a special interest in her and how the relationship turned sexual and caused Scoggin to fear retaliation if she refused to engage in it.

The lawsuit was filed Sunday and, in addition to Williams and Alberts, names the university’s Board of Regents and Love as defendants. Scoggin seeks a jury trial in Lincoln and unspecified damages for the alleged violation of her civil rights.

Williams and a spokesperson for the regents declined to comment. Alberts and Love did not immediately respond to text and emails from The Associated Press seeking comment.

“It’s a very troubling and serious subject of predatory coaches that pursue sexual relationships with student-athletes,” Scoggin attorney Maren Chaloupka said. “There’s an enormous imbalance of power between the professional coach and student-athletes. This is something that was well known in 2022.

“Certainly Division I universities that operate at the top level are well aware of the harm that comes from this kind of a predatory situation, and there’s a strong onus on the university and on the coaches to prevent this from happening and, heaven forbid it does happen, to address is correctly.”

Scoggin played two seasons for the Cornhuskers. She was dismissed from the team on the same day Love was suspended with pay in February 2022. Love resigned three months later. Scoggin now plays at UNLV.

Williams and Alberts are accused of not setting rules, training or policies prohibiting staff members from having sexual relationships with athletes, with the lawsuit alleging that the lack of safeguards “was so reckless that misconduct involving sexual misconduct by coaches was inevitable as of September 2021.”

According to the lawsuit:

Scoggin had an internship in the athletic department in the summer of 2021 and she expressed interest in becoming a coach someday. Love invited Scoggin to work at a small table in his office, and she accepted.

Love, who was married, asked Scoggin personal questions, including the type of alcohol she preferred, and Love began asking her to go out for drinks with him. Scoggin declined several invitations but eventually accepted one. A few days later, they met late at night in a Costco parking lot, where Love kissed her and asked, “Have you ever done anything with a coach before?”

The interaction left Scoggin feeling “confused and trapped” because “it was now undeniable that Love wanted a sexual relationship.” Once the relationship turned sexual, Love expected Scoggin to be “available and willing” whenever he wanted to have sex and included summoning her to his hotel room when the team traveled for away games.

On the night before a game at Penn State in February 2022, team members and practice players created a ruse to confirm and videotape Scoggin’s presence in Love’s hotel room. A male practice player falsely represented himself to the desk clerk as Love to obtain a duplicate room key. Two team members confronted Scoggin in Love’s room. They reported their findings and showed the video to Williams.

“Williams cast Ashley in the role of a seducer and a liar,” the lawsuit said. “She allowed the players to berate and accuse Ashley for hours. She did not redirect or counsel the players that what they had seen may be the result of an abuse of power by her associate head coach.”

Upon returning to Lincoln, Scoggin was not informed of her rights under Title IX and in a meeting with Williams and other members of the administration was told she was off the team, according to the complaint.

Scoggin’s dismissal and Love’s suspension were reported simultaneously by the media.

“NU, Williams and Alberts were motivated to avoid scandal and embarrassment to the Cornhuskers women’s basketball program instead of being motivated to protect its student-athlete, Ashley,” the lawsuit said.

“NU, Williams and Alberts allowed the speculation and perception to fester that Ashley was ‘equally to blame’ or otherwise had done something improper when they should have sent a clear message that it is always improper for a professional coach to pursue a sexual relationship with a student-athlete.”

WOMEN’S TOP 25 ROUNDUP: ILLINOIS ROUTS NO. 14 INDIANA

Makira Cook scored a team-high 22 points and host Illinois used an 18-2 run during the second quarter to run past No. 14 Indiana 86-66 on Monday afternoon in Champaign, Ill.

Illinois (13-12, 7-8 Big Ten) only played six players, and all six scored in double figures: Genesis Bryant scored 15 points, Adalia McKenzie 14, Camille Hobby and Kendall Bostic 12 apiece and Gretchen Dolan 11 off the bench. Bostic added a game-high 11 rebounds.

Indiana (21-4, 12-3) suffered a 1-for-9 shooting stretch over the final 7:13 of the second quarter, while Illinois made 10 of its first 11 field-goal attempts of the period. The Fighting Illini led 44-28 at halftime, and the Hoosiers could not get closer than eight points. Illinois went 17-for-18 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to seal the result.

Mackenzie Holmes scored 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting for the Hoosiers. Yarden Garzon had 17 points and eight rebounds and Sara Scalia added 10 points.

No. 15 UConn 73, No. 21 Creighton 53

Paige Bueckers went for 24 points and six rebounds and Aaliyah Edwards had 20 points and eight boards as the Huskies rolled past the visiting Bluejays in Hartford, Conn.

The teams were tied at 31 at intermission before UConn (23-5, 15-0 Big East) used a 27-10 third quarter to blow the game open. Ashlynn Shade finished with 15 points and nine rebounds and Nika Muhl tallied 11 points, six boards and seven assists for the Huskies.

Creighton (21-4, 12-3) had won 11 straight games since its first encounter with UConn, a 44-point home loss on Jan. 3. The Bluejays received 18 points from Lauren Jensen and 16 from Morgan Maly on Monday.

IOWA AND MINNESOTA EARN BIG TEN WEEKLY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AWARDS

Player of the Week
Caitlin Clark, Iowa
Sr. – G – West Des Moines, Iowa – Dowling Catholic – Major: Business
• Set an Iowa single-game record with 49 points against Michigan to become the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer in women’s college basketball history with 3,569 points
• Passed Washington’s Kelsey Plum (3,527 points) for the NCAA scoring title with a logo three-pointer in the first quarter
• Had 13 assists, five rebounds and a steal versus the Wolverines and tied her career mark with nine three-pointers
• Recorded her 18th career game with 30+ points and 10+ assists, the most in women’s college basketball over the last 25 seasons
• Earns her 27th career Big Ten Player of the Week award (all-time leader in conference history)
• Her ninth weekly honor ties for second-most in a single season in Big Ten history
• Last Iowa Player of the Week: Caitlin Clark (Feb. 5, 2024)
 
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Jakia Brown-Turner, MD: Scored a career-high 32 points, including 28 in the second half, with seven rebounds and three steals in a win over Penn State
Alexis Markowski, NEB: Averaged 14.5 points, 18.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 blocks in games at Ohio State and Purdue, including a 20-point, 21-rebound effort against the Boilermakers
Kendall Bostic, ILL: Tallied 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and 10 rebounds to defeat Penn State
 
Freshman of the Week
Grace Grocholski, Minnesota
G/F – North Prairie, Wis. – Kettle Moraine – Major: Undeclared
• Contributed 25.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals in Minnesota’s two-game week
• Went 7-for-12 from beyond the arc versus Rutgers, which tied the Gophers’ rookie single-game record
• Finished with 23 points, two rebounds and two assists against the Scarlet Knights
• Dropped a career-high 27 points with five rebounds and two steals in a victory over Northwestern
• Earns her third Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor
• Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Grace Grocholski (Jan. 22, 2024)

HORIZON LEAGUE

UNDER ARMOUR #HLWBB PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (FEBRUARY 19)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK | KHAMARI MITCHELL-STEEN | NORTHERN KENTUCKY | JUNIOR | GUARD | OAK RIDGE, TENNESSEE 

  • Had a huge week for the Norse in NKU’s perfect 2-0 week.
  • Started the slate with 25 points, eight rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks in a win over IUPUI and followed it up with a career-best 30 points, seven boards, five swipes and four helpers in a victory over Wright State.
  • Over the two games, totaled 55 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists and eight steals.
    • Averaged 27.5 points, 7.5 boards, 4.5 helpers and 4.0 swipes per contest.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK | CARTER MCCRAY | NORTHERN KENTUCKY | FRESHMAN | CENTER | OBERLIN, OHIO

  • Continued to be an absolute force in NKU’s perfect 2-0 week as she went for back-to-back double-doubles.
  • Started the slate by tying her season and career-best with 25 points, 11 rebounds and two assists in a win over IUPUI and followed it up with 20 points, 10 boards, four helpers and a block in a victory over Wright State.
  • Over the two games, totaled 45 points, 21 rebounds and six assists.
    • Averaged 22.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest.

HCAC 2023-24 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK, WEEK 15

Athlete of the Week:
Kennedi Stacy (Salyersville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Guard | Fifth Year –  Stacy averaged 20.5 points per game last week, scoring 20 on 8-12 shooting against Franklin on Tuesday and 21 on 9-14 shooting at Earlham. She finished the week with 9 rebounds, 4 steals, and 4 assists.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Makynlee Taylor (Anderson, Ind.) Anderson University | Forward | Senior – Makynlee Taylor filled the stat sheet with averages of 17.5 points, 8 rebounds, 1 block, 2 assists and 1.5 steals as Anderson went 1-1 on the week. She also drained 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) shots from 3-point range. Taylor notched 21 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block while going 3-for-5 (60 percent) from the perimeter against Hanover. She then provided 14 points, 5 rebounds and 1 block, while shooting 4-for-7 (57.1 percent) from the perimeter in Friday’s win against Manchester.
  • Olivia Zender (Fostoria, Ohio) Bluffton University | Guard | Junior – Zender hit 6-of-11 shots in back-to-back games for a total of 35 points (17.5 PPG) as the Beavers split a pair during the final week of the season. She scored 21 while hitting 4-of-6 from distance in Bluffton’s 56-41 win over Defiance Friday night. Zender also added 4.5 RPG.
  • Kady Clancy (Scottsburg, Ind.) Hanover College | Guard | Junior – Clancy helped propel the Panthers to the no. 2 seed in the HCAC Tournament as they posted a 2-0 week. The junior finished the week averaging 17.5 points per game while averaging 4.5 rebounds per contest. She added a career-high 24 points against Anderson before just missing a double-double with MSJ scoring 11 points and pulling in eight rebounds.
  • Abigail Rosekrans (Pendleton, Ind.) Manchester University | Guard/Foward | Sophomore – Abigail Rosenkrans finished with 25 points and 22 rebounds as the Spartans went 1-1 on the week to conclude the 2023-24 season. During Manchester’s win against Defiance on Tuesday, the sophomore finished with 8 points and 7 rebounds. During Friday’s battle with Anderson, Rosenkrans collected her second double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
  • Karlee Mills (Fairfield, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Guard | Sophomore – Mount St. Joseph guard Karlee Mills lead the Lions to a 1-1 record this week. For the week Mills led the Lions in scoring with 20.5 points per game, to go along with 1.5 steals and 2.5 assists per game. She scored 20 in the Lions Tuesday win over Bluffton then followed it up with a 21-point effort in the loss at Hanover.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: WILD EARN HISTORIC 10-7 WIN OVER CANUCKS

Joel Eriksson Ek and Kirill Kaprizov each finished with three goals and three assists and the Minnesota Wild set a franchise record for goals in a single game with a 10-7 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday afternoon in Saint Paul, Minn.

Matt Boldy and Mats Zuccarello each added a goal and three assists for Minnesota, which extended its point streak to six games. The Wild scored one goal in the first period, two goals in the second and a whopping seven goals in the third to finish off their historic performance.

J.T. Miller tallied three goals and an assist to lead Vancouver. Pius Suter collected three assists for the Canucks, who have lost back-to-back games in regulation for the first time since Nov. 16-18. Minnesota scored six goals in a row to transform a 5-2 deficit into an 8-5 lead.

Nikita Zadorov and Brock Boeser scored for the Canucks to cut the deficit to 8-7 with 2:08 remaining. Jonas Brodin notched an empty-net goal to make it 9-7 in favor of the Wild with 1:07 to go. Minnesota had never scored more than eight goals before, but Kaprizov added to the record in the final seconds with another empty-netter.

Bruins 4, Stars 3 (SO)

Charlie McAvoy scored in the ninth round of the shootout and Jeremy Swayman made a career-high 43 saves as Boston broke a four-game skid with a win over visiting Dallas.

McAvoy, who had two assists in regulation, went to the backhand to beat Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger for the decisive shootout goal. Jesper Boqvist had a goal and an assist, while Justin Brazeau (NHL debut) and David Pastrnak also scored for the Bruins. Swayman made 21 stops in the second period alone and seven in the shootout.

Wyatt Johnston, Ryan Suter and Esa Lindell each scored and Oettinger stopped 25 shots as Dallas, which had a 46-30 advantage in shots on goal, ran its point streak to five games (3-0-2).

Golden Knights 4, Sharks 0

Logan Thompson made 29 saves for his first shutout of the season and Mason Morelli had a goal and an assist in his NHL debut to lead visiting Vegas over San Jose.

Thompson, making his first start since Jan. 27 because of a lower-body injury, picked up his fourth career shutout and first since Oct. 28, 2022. Alec Martinez tied his career high with three assists and Michael Amadio, William Karlsson and Keegan Kolesar also scored for Vegas, which snapped a two-game losing streak.

Mackenzie Blackwood finished with 22 saves for the Sharks, who dropped their second straight game.

Ducks 4, Sabres 3

Frank Vatrano scored two goals for visiting Anaheim, which recovered from a defensive meltdown over the weekend for a win against Buffalo.

Troy Terry had a goal and two assists, Mason McTavish had three assists and John Gibson made 34 saves for the Ducks, who were outshot 37-15 in the finale of a four-game road trip. Anaheim lost 9-2 at Toronto on Saturday.

Jordan Greenway, Tage Thompson and Zach Benson scored goals, Dylan Cozens had two assists and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 11 saves for the Sabres, who have lost four of their past six.

Maple Leafs 4, Blues 2

Auston Matthews scored his 49th goal of the season and earned an assist as visiting Toronto defeated St. Louis.

Matthew Knies, William Nylander and Bobby McMann also scored and Mitch Marner earned three assists for the Maple Leafs, who won their fourth straight game. Ilya Samsonov made 19 saves to earn the victory.

Brandon Saad and Pavel Buchnevich scored and Joel Hofer made 25 saves for the Blues, who suffered their third loss in their past four games.

Red Wings 4, Kraken 3 (OT)

Ben Chiarot scored at 1:07 of overtime as Detroit defeated host Seattle.

Lucas Raymond had a goal and an assist and Moritz Seider and Daniel Sprong also scored for Detroit, which won the final two games on its four-game trip after dropping the first two. Goaltender Alex Lyon made 38 saves.

Jared McCann tallied twice and Jaden Schwartz also scored for Seattle, which was opening a six-game homestand. Joey Daccord stopped 28 of 32 shots. Three times the Red Wings took the lead in regulation, and all three times the Kraken rallied to tie the score.

Oilers 6, Coyotes 3

Evander Kane scored two third-period goals and Edmonton rallied past Arizona for a win in Tempe, Ariz., sending the Coyotes to their 10th straight loss.

Leon Draisaitl had a goal and two assists for the Oilers, who have won two straight for the first time this month. Evan Bouchard had three assists and Stuart Skinner made 22 saves. Edmonton trailed 3-2 entering the final period.

Nick Bjugstad scored twice as the Coyotes fell to 0-9-1 in their past 10 games. Clayton Keller had a goal and an assist and Matt Villalta made 20 saves in his first NHL start.

Flames 6, Jets 3

Nazem Kadri had two goals and an assist in Calgary’s comeback win over visiting Winnipeg.

Sean Monahan’s hat trick built Winnipeg a 3-1 lead through 11:24 of the first period, but the Flames fought back with five unanswered goals. Kadri’s power-play tip-in tied the score at 4:58 of the second period. Jonathan Huberdeau then finished off a nice passing play for the game-winning goal 16:06 into the second frame.

The result ended both the Flames’ three-game skid and the Jets’ three-game winning streak. Huberdeau and Andrew Mangiapane each had a goal and an assist. Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck stopped 28 of 33 shots, ending his streak of 31 consecutive games of three or fewer goals allowed.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

SANDOVAL RETURNING TO GIANTS ON MINOR LEAGUE DEAL AS HE ATTEMPTS TO MAKE A COMEBACK

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Pablo Sandoval, the 2012 World Series MVP, is returning to the San Francisco Giants on a minor league deal that includes an invitation to major league camp.

The 37-year-old Sandoval will be attempting to get back into the big leagues for the first time since 2021, when he batted .178 with a .302 on-base percentage, four homers and 11 RBIs in 69 games with the Atlanta Braves.

Sandoval is a two-time All-Star who played on the Giants’ 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series-winning teams.

He was named World Series MVP after batting .500 with three homers in the Giants’ 2012 four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers. He batted. 429 with a 1.002 OPS in the 2014 World Series as the Giants edged the Kansas City Royals in seven games.

Sandoval played for the Giants from 2008-14 before signing a five-year, $95 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, who released him in the summer of 2017. Sandoval then rejoined the Giants for a second stint from 2017-20. He was with the Braves from 2020-21.

He owns a .278 batting average, .330 on-base percentage, .443 slugging percentage, 153 homers and 639 RBIs in 1,380 career regular-season games while primarily playing third base.

Sandoval has batted .338 with a .921 OPS in 42 career postseason games, including a .426 average and 1.162 OPS in 12 World Series contests.

TROUT DOESN’T WANT TO BE TRADED FOR NOW: ‘THERE MIGHT BE A TIME’

Outfielder Mike Trout is committed to staying with the Los Angeles Angels – at least for now.

“I think the biggest thing right now is taking the easy way out is just to ask for a trade,” Trout said Monday, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. “There might be a time. Maybe. I really haven’t thought about this. But when I signed that contract, I’m loyal.

“The overall picture of winning a championship or getting to the playoffs here is bigger satisfaction than bailing out and just taking the easy way out. So, I think that’s been my mindset. Maybe down the road, if some things change, but that’s been my mindset ever since the trade speculation came up.”

Rumors surfaced at the end of last season that the Angels would be open to dealing Trout if he wanted out. However, the team poured cold water on the reports in December when general manager Perry Minasian said the superstar wouldn’t be traded during the offseason.

The three-time AL MVP said that he’s pushed owner Arte Moreno and Minasian to sign one of the big free agents still available.

“For sure, everybody does. I’m going to keep pushing as long as I can,” Trout said, according to Sam Blum of The Athletic. “Until the season starts or until those guys sign. It’s just in my nature. I’m doing everything I can possible. It’s obviously Arte’s decision. I’m going to put my two cents in there.”

However, he’s doubtful the Angels will make a splash.

“Um, you know, it’s uh, yeah, no. You know how Arte is (laugh),” the 11-time All-Star added.

Trout also said he expected Shohei Ohtani to leave in free agency.

“My gut feeling was it was going to be the Dodgers,” Trout said, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com. “I’m just happy for him. Everybody reads everything, and that’s what I was going with.”

The 32-year-old experienced another injury-plagued campaign in 2023, hitting 18 homers with an .858 OPS over 82 games. He’s logged just 237 contests since 2021. Meanwhile, the Angels finished 73-89 last season en route to missing the playoffs for a ninth straight year.

REPORT: RED SOX LAND HENDRIKS ON 2-YEAR, $10M PACT

The Boston Red Sox and former All-Star closer Liam Hendriks agreed to a two-year, $10-million contract, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The deal could reach $20 million with incentives, and it includes a third-year mutual option, a source told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Hendriks is aiming to return in July after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

The 35-year-old right-hander only made five appearances for the Chicago White Sox last season after coming back from a battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. However, his return was short-lived due to an elbow injury.

The three-time All-Star was one of the best relievers in baseball between 2019-2022, authoring a 2.20 ERA with 13.6 K/9 and 114 saves over a combined 237 innings between the White Sox and Oakland Athletics.

REPORT: YANKEES HAVE OFFER ON TABLE FOR SNELL

The New York Yankees are still seriously interested in signing free-agent ace Blake Snell.

New York has an an offer on the table for Snell, a source told Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, who adds the Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants could also still be in the mix for the star left-hander.

There’s been speculation that Snell, along with other Scott Boras clients, could take a short-term deal with a higher average annual value at this point, according to Brendan Kuty and Chris Kirschner of The Athletic. However, sources told Kuty and Kirschner that wouldn’t make a lot of sense for the Yankees due to the competitive balance tax.

The team’s competitive balance tax payroll is reportedly already above MLB’s highest tier of $297 million. New York would incur a penalty of a 110% tax on every dollar the team spends above the limit, Kuty and Kirschner note.

SOTO: FACING JUDGE AND ME WILL BE 2 WALKS OR 2 GAPPERS

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Juan Soto gave some new meaning to pride of the Yankees.

On his first day with his new team, the 25-year-old star outfielder walked into a news conference in the tent behind third base wearing a navy T-shirt with white print that proclaimed: “The generational Juan Soto.”

His prediction for his production in a lineup alongside 2022 AL MVP Aaron Judge was just as bold.

“It’s going to be two walks or it’s going to be two gappers,” Soto said Monday.

A three-time All-Star, Soto was acquired from San Diego on Dec. 6 along with outfielder Trent Grisham for four pitchers and catcher Kyle Higashioka. Soto hit .275 with 35 homers, 109 RBIs and a .930 OPS in his only full season with the Padres, leaving him with a .284 average, 160 homers, 483 RBIs and a .946 OPS in six major league seasons that included a 2019 World Series title with Washington.

Soto is eligible for free agency after the World Series, so it’s unclear whether he will becoming a longtime pinstriper like Lou Gehrig, subject of the 1942 movie “The Pride of the Yankees.”

Soto turned down a $440 million, 15-year offer from Washington before the Nationals dealt Soto to San Diego in August 2022, betting Soto would gain a better deal as a free agent after the 2024 season.

“You put the pressure on yourself,” Soto said, “and at the end of the day I just try to throw that away and go out there and play baseball, just try to show what I have and try my best.”

Born in the Dominican Republic, Soto looked forward to playing with the Yankees, who have a significant Latino fan base.

“It’s going to be electric,” he said. “It’s going to feel like home.”

Soto praised Robinson Canó, an eight-time All-Star second baseman who played for the Yankees from 2005-13 and was Soto’s Dominican teammate at last year’s World Baseball Classic.

“That’s the guy who I followed since I was a little kid and a guy I want to be like,” Soto said.

Soto has four homers in six career games and 23 at-bats in Yankee Stadium. He reminded himself not to let the ballpark impact his swing.

“Definitely don’t go crazy with a short porch in right field,” he said.

Soto is letting agent Scott Boras deal with contract talks. Most Boras clients in their prime wait until after becoming free agents to negotiate deals.

“I just let Scott do it,” Soto said. “He’s tough. I have a lot of trust in him and what he’s going to do.”

REPORT: BREWERS RE-SIGN INJURED RHP BRANDON WOODRUFF

The Milwaukee Brewers are re-signing injured right-hander Brandon Woodruff to a two-year deal, MLB Network reported Monday.

Contract terms were not available for the two-time All-Star, who is expected to miss the 2024 season following surgery in October to repair the anterior capsule in his right shoulder.

Woodruff, who turned 31 earlier this month, is 46-26 with a 3.10 ERA in 130 games (115 starts) across seven seasons, all with the Brewers. He has 788 strikeouts and 176 walks in 680 1/3 innings.

He made only 11 starts in 2023 while sitting out from mid-April until early August with shoulder inflammation. He finished 5-1 with a 2.28 ERA and one shutout.

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

INDY FUEL HOCKEY

WEEKS NAMED WARRIOR HOCKEY ECHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK

SHREWSBURY, N.J. – Mitchell Weeks of the Indy Fuel is the Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Feb. 12-18.

Weeks went 2-0-0 with a 1.01 goals-against average and a save percentage of .968 in two appearances at Iowa last week.

The 22-year-old had 31 saves in a 3-1 win on Wednesday and turned aside 29 shots in a 7-1 victory on Friday.

Under contract to Rockford of the American Hockey League, Weeks is 8-5-4 in 18 appearances with the Fuel this season with two shutouts, a 2.87 goals-against average and a save percentage of .900. He has also gone 3-2-0 in five appearances with the IceHogs.

A native of Barrie, Ontario, Weeks has seen action in 40 career games with Indy going 23-10-5 with four shutouts, a 2.58 goals-against average and a save percentage of .909. He made his pro debut with Wheeling, appearing in three games during the 2022 Kelly Cup Playoffs.

Prior to turning pro, Weeks saw action in 95 career games with Sudbury of the Ontario Hockey League, posting a career record of 36-44-8 with a 3.97 goals-against average and a save percentage of .888.

INDIANA SWIMMING

NO. 6 HOOSIERS HEAD TO BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 6-ranked Indiana women’s swimming and diving has its sights set on the 2023 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, running Wednesday (Feb. 21) through Saturday (Feb. 24) inside the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center on the campus of Purdue University.

IU is the highest-ranked team coming into the meet, ahead of No. 8 Ohio State, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 16 Michigan and No. 23 Minnesota. The Hoosiers completed an undefeated 8-0 dual meet schedule, punctuated by two victories in its tri-meet with Wisconsin and Louisville February 2.

The event begins Wednesday evening with the first set of finals in the 200-yard medley relay and 800-yard freestyle relay. The following three days will consist of two sessions, with preliminaries in the morning to determine final seeding for the evening session. All seven sessions can be streamed on the Big Ten Plus digital platform.

“Our women’s swimmers have had an outstanding season of preparation,” IU head swimming coach Ray Looze said. “It’s hard for me to remember a group that’s stronger, fitter or more mentally tough than this group. Furthermore, they have a high degree of belief in each other. We’re looking forward to a very fun and exciting Big Ten championships.”

“We’re looking forward to the Big Ten Women’s Championships,” IU head diving coach Drew Johansen said. “Our women’s diving team is coming off a great dual meet season.

“This year’s team has a great balance of experience and new talent. Upperclassmen Anne Fowler, Skyler Liu and Morgan Casey will be leading the team with two talented freshman Lily Witte and Ella Roselli having their first go in the Big Ten. I can’t wait to see how this combination will perform.”

MEET INFO

Wednesday, Feb. 21 – Saturday, Feb. 24 • 10 a.m. ET (prelims), 5 p.m. (finals)

Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center • West Lafayette, Ind.

Live Results (Swimming): https://bit.ly/4bKXVRQ/Meet Mobile App

Live Results (Diving): https://bit.ly/3jWYeCQ

Live Stream: bigtenplus.com

SCHEDULED EVENTS (Finals)

Wednesday (5 p.m. ET) – 200 Medley Relay, 800 Freestyle Relay

Thursday (5 p.m. ET) – 500 Freestyle, 200 IM, 50 Freestyle, 1-Meter Dive, 400 Medley Relay

Friday (5 p.m. ET) – 100 Butterfly, 400 IM, 200 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke, 3-Meter Dive, 200 Freestyle Relay

Saturday (5 p.m. ET) – 1,650 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, 200 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, Platform Dive, 400 Freestyle Relay

OF NOTE…

PODIUM WATCH – HOOSIERS WITH TOP-FIVE MARKS IN BIG TEN

Brearna Crawford – 100 breast (1:00.04), 200 breast (2:07.62)

Anne Fowler – 1-meter (332.70), 3-meter (415.58)

Ching Hwee Gan – 500 free (4:40.09), 1,650 free (15:48.70)

Anna Freed – 400 IM (4:10.94)

Skyler Liu – 1-meter (327.83), 3-meter (375.98)

Kacey McKenna – 100 back (51.33)

Kristina Paegle – 50 free (21.76), 100 free (47.96)

Anna Peplowski – 100 free (47.82), 200 free (1:42.20), 500 free (4:38.29), 200 back (1:52.94)

Ava Whitaker – 200 fly (1:56.51)

2023 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP

Indiana finished second at the 2023 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, its 17th-straight top-three performance at the conference championships and 12th championship or runner-up finish during that stretch.

Indiana will return the 2023 Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships in Anna Peplowski and Big Ten Diver of the Championships in Anne Fowler. Peplowski totaled 60 points to lead the conference in scoring at last season’s meet, capturing Big Ten titles in the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke. Fowler swept the springboard events as she and teammate Skyler Liu were the only athletes to qualify for all three championship finals in diving.

BIG TEN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY

Indiana won its sixth and most recent women’s Big Ten Championship in 2019. Five have occurred during IU head swimming coach Ray Looze’s tenure. The Hoosiers have finished in the top three in 17 straight seasons, with 12 championship or runner-up finishes during that span.

IU athletes have combined for 125 Big Ten championships, including 61 swimming titles, 23 relay championships and 35 diving titles.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 14 HOOSIERS FALL AT ILLINOIS

CHAMPAIGN, Ill.  – No. 14 Indiana couldn’t overcome a poor shooting day as it fell 86-66 on the road at Illinois on Monday afternoon.

KEY MOMENTS

Graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes had the first eight points for Indiana as she and Garzon combined for the first 13 to take a 13-9 lead with 4:43 on the clock. The Hoosiers (21-4, 12-3 B1G) held Illinois scoreless for a four-and-a-half-minute stretch midway through the frame, but the lead was never more than six.

Illinois (13-12, 7-8 B1G) made three-straight field goals as Moore-McNeil took back the lead with 21 seconds remaining in the frame. But the Illini made one at the buzzer to take a one-point lead at the end of one.

Holmes went into double figures early in the game as her and-1 bucket at the 8:58 mark in the second quarter. But there were few bright spots for IU in the frame, as it scored just 11 points and shot just 25 percent as the Illini took a 44-26 lead at the break.

Sophomore guard Yarden Garzon started off the Hoosiers with a 3-pointer in the third quarter, as Indiana cut the deficit to single digits on a pair from senior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil at the line. But Illinois continued to provide answers and brought the lead back to double digits with just under five remaining and a 61-47 lead going to the fourth.

IU battled in the fourth and came within eight with 3:17 tog but couldn’t turn up stops on the defensive end and hit just one field goal for the remainder of the game.

NOTABLE

Holmes recorded her 15th game this season scoring 20 points or more with a team-high 24 points. She has scored in double figures in 24 of 25 games.

Garzon added 17 points and a team-high eight rebounds along with three assists and a steal. Scalia joined her in double figures with 10 points.

Sophomore guard Lexus Bargesser added five assists and six points in her eighth career start.  

The Hoosiers shot just 47.3 percent from the floor and 30 percent from 3-point range while committing 14 turnovers in the loss.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

Well, we are disappointed felt like we got bullied all afternoon. That’s exactly what I the word I used with our players. Give Illinois a ton of credit for coming out and punch us right in the mouth from the beginning and just put their heads down just drove it. We didn’t respond very well and we were playing catch up for most of the game. The second quarter was just awful for us and like I said, give Illinois all the credit. They came out and did a great job, did not back down. They’re a hard matchup for us, have always been. We’re very, very, very disappointed. I thought we executed poorly. We were a little bit out of sorts. I don’t know if that’s because we aren’t used to playing from  behind. On a day where you do get behind, you have to be able to execute at a high level and I thought we were poor at that.”

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers host No. 4 Iowa in action on Thursday night at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on Peacock.

INDIANA BASEBALL

BASEBALL CENTRAL: MIAMI (OHIO)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –  Fresh off a fantastic opening weekend in the Baseball at the Beach event on the campus of Coastal Carolina, the Indiana Baseball team (2-1) returns home for the first game at Bart Kaufman Field in 2024.

IU will welcome Miami (Ohio) (0-3) for the first mid-week contest of the season at 4:00 PM on Tuesday (Feb. 20) afternoon.

Freshman right-handed pitcher Seth Benes will make his collegiate debut and open on the mound with a collection of arms expected to feature against Miami (Ohio).

Tuesday afternoon’s game will be streamed on Big Ten Network Plus with Alexander Hynes (PxP), Ian Plaskoff (Color) and Audrey Marr (Sideline) on the call.

The February 20th home opener is the earliest home contest played by the baseball program in Bloomington since hosting Taylor for a doubleheader on February 18th in 2002.

Gameday Info

vs. Miami (Ohio) (Tuesday, February 20th)

Live Video: bit.ly/3OO485B

Live Audio: bit.ly/IUAudio

Live Stats: bit.ly/49n83yo

Probable Starters

#23 Indiana vs. Miami (Ohio)

• Seth Benes (0-0, 0.00) vs. TBD

Notable

Weekend Recap

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

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

Back in the Top 25

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

Sophomore Standouts

• Sophomores Devin Taylor and Tyler Cerny picked up right where they left off last season, tearing the cover off the ball on opening weekend. The duo combined to go 11-27 (.407) at the plate with two runs, one home run and six RBI’s.

Starting Pitching Dominates

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

Fresh Faces Shine

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

Clutch out of the Bullpen

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

Bombs Away

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

Veteran Group in the Field

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

Impact Freshman Class

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

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

Scouting the Opponent

Miami (Ohio) (0-3, 0-0 MAC)

• The Redhawks begin a new era under former Indiana State associate head coach Brian Smiley. He began his tenure in Oxford last weekend, getting swept in a three-game series at top-25 foe South Carolina. Miami kept the game close in the opener (5-1 loss) but was outscored 25-4 in the final two games.

• David Novak leads the offensive attack for Miami. He’s hitting .273 (3-11) across the first three games. Luke Ross threw three scoreless innings for the Redhawks over the weekend.

Inside the Series

Indiana vs. Miami (Ohio)

• The Hoosiers lead the all-time series 43-38 which dates all the way back to 1931. IU has won five of the past six meetings including a 13-5 win in 2023.

FOLEY NAMED BIG TEN PITCHER OF THE WEEK

ROSEMONT, Ill.  –  After making his first career start on the mound this past weekend, sophomore pitcher Connor Foley was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday (Feb. 19) afternoon.

The 6-foot-5 Foley tossed a career-best four scoreless innings while striking out seven batters on Saturday evening, setting the tone early as Indiana recorded a 7-2 win over No. 18 Coastal Carolina on its home field in Conway, S.C. Sixth-year senior pitcher Ty Bothwell threw the final five innings, seeing out the win over the Chanticleers.

Mostly used as a closer in 2023, Foley’s high-profile fastball (touched 97 against Coastal Carolina) and the development of a pair of off-speed pitches makes him a viable Saturday starter to compliment fellow sophomore Brayden Risedorph on Fridays.

The Jasper, Ind. native conceded just two hits across four innings. He worked himself out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning and proceeded to shut down a potent Coastal Carolina offense that hung 26 runs the night before.

IU’s last Big Ten Pitcher of the Week came on April 24th of last season after then-freshman Ethan Phillips helped deliver a massive win over another top-20 team in Louisville.

Big Ten Weekly Awards – Feb. 19

Player: Matt Maloney (#18), Jr., C, PSU

Pitcher: Connor Foley (#14), So., RHP, IND

Freshman: Luke Gaffney (#49), Fr., 1B, PUR

PURDUE BASEBALL

GAFFNEY’S 5-DOUBLE DEBUT GOOD FOR B1G FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK HONORS

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Purdue Baseball’s Luke Gaffney seized his opportunity and produced to the tune of a 9-for-18, five-double weekend in his collegiate debut, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for his hot bat.

Gaffney helped the Boilermakers win three of four vs. Stony Brook during the season-opening weekend, finishing with five RBI and seven runs scored. He not only started at first base but also batted cleanup in all four games. The Danville, Kentucky, native hit safely in all four games and put on a show in Saturday’s doubleheader, barreling up for five doubles among his seven hits in the twinbill.

Gaffney is Purdue’s first hitter to be recognized as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week since Skyler Hunter in March 2017. Pitcher Troy Wansing was the program’s last Freshman of the Week honoree in March 2022.

A catcher by trade, Gaffney began learning the first base position in the fall while proving his bat deserved to be in the lineup. When projected starting first baseman Breck Nowik suffered a broken hamate bone in his wrist on Feb. 2, Gaffney became the next man up.

Gaffney did have a year of seasoning under his belt during a redshirt season a year ago. Nonetheless, over his first three collegiate games, he accomplished the following feats…

• Played first base for the first time in his collegiate debut

• Recorded four hits and scored four times in game No. 2

• Connected for three doubles and collected five RBI in game No. 3

Logan Sutter also had nine hits in the Stony Brook series while making his Purdue debut as well. Sutter did it while hitting behind Gaffney in the 5-hole, recording multiple hits and a double in all four games. They became the first Boilermakers to register nine hits in a four-game series since Evan Albrecht and Paul Toetz accomplished the feat last season in weekend No. 3 vs. Akron.

Gaffney and Sutter were a combined 12-for-19 with 11 RBI in the doubleheader and 18-for-35 with 12 RBI in the series, accounting for 45% of Purdue’s hits and 39% of the RBI. With runners in scoring position, Gaffney was 3-for-4 and Sutter 4-for-7. Gaffney reached base safely in four of his five opportunities to lead off an inning.

Gaffney’s three-double game was only the second by a Boilermaker since March 2019. He gave Purdue a three-double game in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2003 and 2004. The Boilermakers had six doubles in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader, pounding out a dozen over consecutive games for the first time since doing it twice in 2011.

Purdue is back in action Friday when it opens a four-game series vs. George Mason in Holly Springs, N.C. First pitch of the series opener is set for 3 p.m. ET.

PURDUE WOMEN’S GOLF

TRIO OF UNDER-PAR ROUNDS HIGHLIGHT FINAL DAY IN FLORIDA

SARASOTA, Fla. –  Ashley Kozlowski, Natasha Kiel and Momo Sugiyama carded under-par rounds to lead Purdue Women’s Golf on the final day of the Spartan Sun Coast Invitational. As a team, the Boilermakers improved 15 strokes from their opening round, firing a 3-under 285 Monday to end the tournament in sixth place (+9).

For the second straight tournament, Sugiyama led the Boilermakers by tying for 16th. The junior shot 70 (-2) during a final round that featured pars on holes 1-12. After a bogey on No. 13, Sugiyama got the stroke back with a birdie on the par-5 14th. She added two more birdies on the back nine, playing her final eight holes 3-under to finish 1-over for the tournament. Her two-day total of 145 (75-70) tied for the seventh-best 36-hole score in school history.

Kozlowski bounced back from a 77 in round one, recording a 69 (-3) for Purdue’s best round of the event that was shortened to 36 holes due to rain on Sunday. The low round vaulted the senior into the Top 20, her 10th Top 20 finish of her career. Kozlowski made five birdies throughout the final round, including four through a span of five holes. Following a birdie on No. 16 and a bogey on No. 17, she birdied the par-4 18th before heading back to the front side. Kozlowski kept the birdie train going with two more at No. 1 and No. 2, three in-a-row, before parring her final three holes to secure her round in the 60s.

Kiel (+2) tied Kozlowski for 20th after firing a 70 (-2) to match her best round as a Boilermaker. She played holes 1-12 bogey-free, making one birdie to go along with 11 pars. Her lone bogey came at the difficult 13th, but she recovered with two more birdies to get back into red figures for the day.

Following a team-best 72 in the opening round, Jocelyn Bruch shot 76 during Monday’s final round to contribute to Purdue’s score. The Carmel, Indiana, native birdied a pair of par 5s on the front nine, helping the Boilermakers play the lengthy holes 8-under as a team throughout the tournament.

Up next, the Boilermakers make the trek west for The Show in Las Vegas to begin the month of March (March 4-5). March features a trio of tournaments. Purdue competes in the Briar’s Creek Invitational on the coast of South Carolina (March 11-12). Closing out a busy month, the Boilermakers return to The Bruzzy Challenge at Dornick Hills Country Club in Oklahoma (March 30-31).

BOILERMAKERS

T16. Momo Sugiyama: 75-70—145 (+1)

T20. Natasha Kiel: 76-70—146 (+2)

T20. Ashley Kozlowski: 77-69—146 (+2)

T30. Jocelyn Bruch: 72-76—148 (+4)

T75. Lana Malek: 80-79—159 (+15)

TEAM LEADERBOARD

1. Ohio State: 291-285—576 (E)

2. College of Charleston: 296-282—578 (+2)

3. Tennessee: 299-281—580 (+4)

4. Georgia Southern: 298-283—581 (+5)

5. Oklahoma: 301-282—583 (+7)

6. Purdue: 300-285—585 (+9)

7. Notre Dame: 303-284—587 (+11)

T8. #25 North Carolina: 297-293—590 (+14)

T8. Michigan State: 304-286—590 (+14)

10. Miami (FL): 301-293—594 (+18)

11. Nebraska: 310-285—595 (+22)

12. NC State: 307-291—598 (+22)

13. Kent State: 304-299—603 (+27)

14. Grand Valley State: 314-302—616 (+40)

15. South Dakota State: 316-304—620 (+44)

NOTRE DAME SWIMMING

NOTRE DAME HEADS TO GREENSBORO FOR ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Notre Dame swimming and diving head to Greensboro this week for the 2024 ACC Championships. The meet begins Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Greensboro Aquatic Center and will run through Saturday evening.

Men’s Preview

The 11th-ranked Irish men are eyeing one of the best finishes since joining the ACC. U.S. Senior National Team member Chris Guiliano is the headliner for the group, but there are several who could sneak into A finals.

Guiliano is the top seed in both the 100 and 200 freestyle, and he is second in the 50. He is the reigning 200 freestyle ACC champion. His 100 time of 41.23 is the NCAA A cut, so he will be heading to Indy in that event next month.

Notre Dame has had immense success in the backstroke events recently, and several Irish have legitimate chances to make NCAAs. The sophomore duo of Tommy Janton and Marcus Gentry are seeds No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, in the 100 backstroke (45.66/45.77). Tanner Filion, Lucas Logue and Kaden Smesko are all seeded in the top 20. Janton and Gentry again appear as the third and fourth seeds in the 200 backstroke.

In the diving well, sophomore Daniel Knapp finished fourth in the 1-meter as a rookie last year, just off the podium. He missed a couple of meets with an injury this season, but he has come back strong and will look to earn a top spot. He is entered the meet with the third-best 1-meter score. Ben Nguyen is seeded fourth in the platform event and was a 2023 finalist.

Women’s Preview

Junior Madelyn Christman has posted best times in the 200 backstroke in back-to-back meets, and she is seeded third in the event this week (1:53.27). Christman also checks in at No. 15 in the 100 backstroke (52.78).

Fellow junior Maggie Graves has been impressive in the distance events and will look to secure her NCAA spot in the 1650 freestyle. Her time of 16:11.39 would’ve made the field last season.

Ellie Jew is one to watch in the breaststroke events. The 2023 NCAA qualifier returned for a fifth year with high aspirations. She is seeded 16th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.76, but she has broken the 1-minute mark before. Jew is also 13th in the 200 breaststroke (2:11.79).

Finally, two-time NCAA qualifier and diver Calie Brady is seeded fifth in the 1-meter (314.55) and fourth in the 3-meter (347.95). Sophomore Grace Courtney could sneak onto the podium in the platform, as she is entered at sixth with a 263.25 and was a finalist in the event last season.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S LAX

IRISH WOMEN RISE TO #2 IN POLLS

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – After a dominant all-round weekend for the Irish, the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse program ranks second nationally, as announced by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Monday morning.

The Irish kicked off the weekend with a convincing win over then-top ranked Northwestern, snapping the Wildcats’ 22-game unbeaten streak with the 14-10 triumph. After falling behind early in the opening quarter Friday night, the Irish regained control of the game in the latter half of the first to tie it back up 3-3 through 15 minutes played. The two sides traded goals throughout the majority of the contest before the Irish rolled out five unanswered goals to lift the home team to victory. The win over No. 1 Northwestern was the first in program history against a top-ranked team.

In addition to outscoring the Wildcats, the Irish held a convincing edge in nearly every statistical category Friday night inside Loftus Sports Center. At the draw, Kelly Denes boasted as many draw controls individually as the entire Wildcats team combined while the final draw control count leaned in favor of the Irish, 20-8.

Ground balls favored the home team by a narrow 17-15 margin with the team’s lock-down defense causing 13 turnovers. Lilly Callahan made four saves in the cage, including three huge stops in a pivotal third quarter to keep the Irish chances alive heading into the final frame.

The Irish followed up their Friday night performance with their biggest offense output of the season thus far, topping Butler 25-3 to improve to 4-0 on the season for the first time since 2020.

The Irish jump six spots in the ILWomen/IWLCA Division I poll this week and have No. 7 Syracuse on deck. The second top-10 matchup in as many weeks inside Loftus is set to be one of the most anticipated battles of the season as the Irish open ACC play with the Orange on Saturday, February 24 at noon.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

IRISH LOOK TO MAKE IT THREE IN A ROW

LOUISVILLE – A streak isn’t a streak until three and on Wednesday night the Notre Dame men’s basketball team can win three in a row for the first time this season. The Irish are coming off a weekend bye, but previously produced wins over Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. A win on Wednesday would not only give the Irish double-digit victories on the season, but also move them one step closer to possibly jumping up several seeds for the ACC Tournament, with three teams sitting at six league wins (Boston College, Virginia Tech and Miami).

Notre Dame tips off at Louisville on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

IRISH VS. CARDS

Louisville enters with an 8-18 overall record and a 3-12 mark in league play. The Cards rank 18th in the country in free throws made per game (17.6) and 48th in FT percentage (.755). They average 72.1 ppg in league play, shooting 45.4 percent from the field, though they average just 5.6 made threes per game. They have five players averaging double figures, led by Mike James’ 13.5 ppg, Tre White’s 13.2 and Skyy Clark’s 13.1.

Notre Dame has won three straight against Louisville in the overall series but still trail 17-27. The Irish are 4-13 all-time in Louisville. Last season the Irish took it 76-62 over the Cardinals in South Bend.

LOOKING TO BUILD ON 2 WINS

Coach Shrewsberry saw the growth in his young team, just not the results yet. But on Feb. 10 vs. Virginia Tech, it clicked for the Irish as they emerged with the 74-66 win. Before the game, Coach Shrewsberry talked about how every player had a small role, how if every player did their job, all those small parts would add up to a win over the Hokies.

The Fighting Irish rallied down four at the half to outscore the Hokies 39-27 in the second half. They turned what had been a problem for most of January, which was second half starts, into a strength, starting the second on a 9-0 run. Notre Dame shot 54.2 percent in the second half and finished with their second-highest assist total on the year with 14. They also tallied their second-lowest turnover total at eight and out-rebounded Virginia Tech 34-28.

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

Thus, just 14 combined turnovers over the last two games, which is Notre Dame’s lowest two-game total all year. In fact, it marked the first time they produced back-to-back games with single-digit turnovers.

1ST YEAR STAMP ON THE PROGRAM – DEFENSE

The year one Coach Shrewsberry stamp on the program has been the defensive intensity. 14 games and 10 different ACC opponents – all held under their season averages in every single contest, with Miami and Duke being held to season lows at that point in time.

Of the 14 ACC matchups that have already happened, only three opponents have reached the 70-point park against the Irish defense.

Notre Dame’s scoring defense of 65.3 ranks 2nd in the ACC and 29th in the country. According to KenPom, Notre Dame’s defensive efficiency ranks 40th nationally. In ACC play only, Notre Dame ranks 2nd in scoring defense (64.0) and 2nd in field goal percentage defense (.410).

BURTON LEAVING HIS FRESHMAN YEAR LEGACY

Virginia Tech – 16 points, 8 assists, 6 steals

Georgia Tech – 18 points, 5 assists, 5 steals

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

HITTING THE MARK

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

His 16.2 ppg leads all ACC freshmen, with the next highest being Duke’s Jared McCain at 13.8.

Ranks 4th nationally amongst DI freshmen.

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

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

Double-digit points in all but 2 games. He’s currently riding an 18-game streak.

He’s scored at least 16 points in 5 straight games.

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

In ACC play only: 15.7 points (ranks 12th), 4.9 assists (3rd) and leads the league in steals (2.3).

Averaging 8.4 points in the 2nd half.

Averaging 17.1 points at home.

Two-time ACC Rookie of the Week

BURTON WINS 2ND ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

FRESHMAN RECORD WATCH

We are officially on Burton Freshman Scoring Record watch as we head into the final stretch of the season. The freshman guard enters Wednesday’s matchup with 406 points on the season – which already puts him in the No. 7 spot. Next up is No. 6 Jerian Grant’s 418. To get to No. 1 Troy Murphy’s 519, Burton would have to average 16.2 points over the next seven games.

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

#TRENDING

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

Braeden Shrewsberry is averaging 11.6 ppg in true road contests, shooting 42.5 percent.

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

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

IN YOUR BAG

Speaking of trending, Markus Burton has ratcheted up his defensive intensity down the final stretch. The starting point guard has collected 21 steals over the last 5 games. He now averages a team-best 2.0 steals per game, which ranks 4th in the ACC.

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

SHREWSBERRY’S HOT HAND

Braeden Shrewsberry has secured 8 double-digit scoring performances over the last 11 games. Get this – since Jan. 6, Shrewsberry is averaging 3.0 made threes per game, which ranks 4th in the ACC in that timeframe. Furthermore, he’s produced at least four made three-pointers in three of the last six games.

One of those double-digit scoring games was when Shrewsberry put the team on his back with a season best 25 points in the OT win at Georgia Tech. He connected on a season high five made three pointers.

He’s now averaging 10.5 points in ACC play (2nd most on team), while shooting 40.2 percent from the field & 40.7 percent from beyond the arc – ranks 7th in ACC. Lastly, he averages 2.6 made threes/game in league play, which ranks 5th.

BOARDS BATTLE

One of Notre Dame’s greatest strengths this season has been its rebounding. In ACC play, the Irish rank 2nd in rebounding (37.1) and 4th in rebound margin (+3.4). In addition, they rank 3rd in both offensive (10.4) rebounds per game and defensive (26.7).

The Irish are 8-6 this season when outrebounding their opponent.

Logan Imes has also upped his rebounding efforts. After amassing 23 rebounds over a 12-game span from Dec. 2 to Jan. 27 – Imes has accumulated the same 23 rebounds over the last 5 games.

The same goes for Julian Roper II. He’s upped his rebounding intensity with 11 boards over the last 2 games – same amount as the five games prior.

BUTLER WOMEN’S TENNIS

NATALIE BOESING RECEIVES BIG EAST SINGLES PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

Senior Natalie Boesing has been selected as this week’s BIG EAST Singles Player of the Week, announced by the conference on Monday afternoon. This is Boesing’s second time receiving this award this season.

Boesing went for 3-1 in an action-packed week of play for the Bulldogs. Boesing started off the week with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Dianne Flament from UIndy in the No. 1 singles spot. Boesing entered the weekend with a hard-fought win over Daniella Shved from Eastern Michigan, (6-4, 6-3). On Saturday, Boesing took on Moira Silva from Valpo. Boesing claimed the No. 1 singles spot with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Silva.

The New Albany, Ind. native has received BIG EAST Singles Player of the Week honors once during her junior year. In addition, Boesing is also a two-time receipt of All-BIG EAST First Team honors.

The Bulldogs will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 24, where they take on UConn at the Butler Bubble for their second BIG EAST match of the season.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

BULLDOGS TRAVEL TO VILLANOVA TUESDAY IN MATCH-UP OF TEAMS BUILDING POSTSEASON RÉSUMÉS

First Things First

• Butler begins a two-game stretch on the road, traveling to Villanova Tuesday night.

• KenPom ranks Butler’s schedule so far this season as the nation’s tenth-toughest slate.

• Butler’s Saturday loss to Creighton concluded a five-game stretch for Butler that included four Top 25 opponents.

Butler (16-10, 7-8 BIG EAST) at Villanova (14-11, 7-7)

Tuesday, Feb. 20;  6:30PM

Finneran Pavilion; Philadelphia, Pa.

TV: FS1 – Tim Brando & Donny Marshall

Radio: WXNT 1430AM, Varsity Network Radio App, SiriusXM 380, SXM App 970 – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

The Month of Opportunity

• Butler’s February schedule includes eight games, all against teams ranked No. 63 or better in the NCAA NET metric (as of Monday, Feb. 19). Four of those games, including the win at Creighton Feb. 2, are on the road. Life in the BIG EAST…

First Time Around

• In a game when Butler’s first lead of the game didn’t come until the 41st minute of play, the Bulldogs took an 88-81 double-overtime win over Villanova Jan. 27 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

• DJ Davis matched his career-high with 28 points (all coming after halftime) and Jahmyl Telfort recorded his first career double-double with 22 points and a career-best 11 rebounds.

• Butler missed its first 10 attempts from the field as Villanova built an early 11-0 lead over nearly the first seven minutes of the game.

• The 64-64 score at the end of regulation was the first tie of the game.

• Butler scored 40 points over the first 31:30 of the game before totaling 48 points over the final 18:30 of the contest.

• Butler made seven of 12 attempts from the field and all 10 of its free throws in the overtime sessions.

• Butler had a 43-33 rebounding advantage and committed only 10 turnovers in the 50 minutes of play.

The Series with Nova

• The Bulldogs and Villanova first met in the 1996 Puerto Rico Shootout, the only match-up prior to Butler joining the BIG EAST beginning with the 2013-14 season.

• Six of Butler’s seven wins in the series have come at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

• Villanova has been ranked in the Top 10 of the AP poll, including No. 1 twice, in four of Butler’s six wins at home in the series.

• Villanova was ranked No. 2 nationally in 2017 when Butler picked up its only win in Philadelphia; the Wildcats have won nine of the 10 match-ups in Philly.

Series:  Villanova Leads, 16-7

Streak: Butler, W1

At VU: Villanova Leads, 9-1

First Meeting: Nova, 62-54; 11/30/96  (Puerto Rico Shootout)

Last Meeting: BU, 88-81 (2OT); 1/27/24 (at Hinkle)

Of Note

• Butler made all three of its free throw attempts Saturday vs. Creighton. On the season, Butler ranks fifth nationally in free throw shooting at 79.1 percent. Butler has shot 70 percent or better from the line in all but one game.

• Butler’s three free throw attempts Saturday were the fewest by the Bulldogs in a contest since attempting only two against Indiana, Dec. 15, 2018 in the Crossroads Classic.

• DJ Davis made his only free throw attempt Saturday, raising his season mark to 96.5 percent, which is No. 1 nationally.

• Butler has shot 40 percent (identical 24-for-60 outputs) in each of the team’s last two games. On the season, Butler shoots 46 percent from the field and has nine games shooting 50 percent or better. Butler is 8-1 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field and a perfect 14-0 when shooting a better percentage than their opponent.

• Butler held a 35-34 halftime lead over Creighton before eventually losing. It was just the second game this season that Butler had lost when leading at the break (now 12-2).

• Conversely, one of Butler’s four wins when trailing at the half came against Villanova Jan. 27 as the Bulldogs overcame a 36-27 halftime deficit to win, 88-81, in double overtime.

• Jalen Thomas led the Bulldogs with 18 points in Saturday’s loss to Creighton; it matched a season-high for Thomas and was the third time in his 47 games as a Bulldog that he led the team in scoring.

• Butler committed 11 turnovers Saturday against Creighton, just above the team’s season average of 10.6. Butler has 13 games this season with 10 or fewer turnovers, and the Bulldogs are 11-4 this season when committing fewer turnovers than their opponent.

• Freshman Finley Bizjack led Butler with a career-high 19 points in Tuesday’s loss to Marquette; 16 of his total came after halftime. He set new or matched his career-highs in field goals (five), three-pointers (three) and free throws (six).

• Butler is 13-1 on the season when out-rebounding its opponent. The Bulldogs held a 43-33 rebounding edge in the Jan. 27 game against Villanova.

• The Bulldogs’ 57 points scored against Creighton were Butler’s second-lowest output of the season. The Butler offense has averaged 79.3 points per game this season. Butler has 12 games this season scoring 80 points or more (including seven games of 90 or more).

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

• The Bulldogs commit just 13.5 fouls per game, which ranks seventh nationally.

• Posh Alexander leads the BIG EAST and is 20th nationally at 2.24 steals per game.

• Alexander is fourth in the conference and 45th nationally with 5.1 assists per game.

• Pierre Brooks II is 12th in the BIG EAST in scoring at 15.3 points per game. He is fifth in the BIG EAST in three-pointers made per game (2.42).

• Thomas ranks ninth in the BIG EAST in blocks (1.15 per game) and 14th in rebounding (6.3 per game).

• Jahmyl Telfort is fourth in the BIG EAST in minutes per game (34:40).

Home, Sweet Hinkle

• Butler is 11-4 at Hinkle Fieldhouse so far this season.

• Thad Matta is 34-11 at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the head coach at Butler (2000-01 and his current stint that began prior to the 2022-23 season).

• Butler has scored at least 80 points in eight of its home games this season (going over the 90-point mark five times).

• Butler is 77-2 over its last 79 non-conference home games, winning 15 straight.

Balancing Act

• Four different Bulldogs (Brooks, Alexander, Davis, Telfort) have multiple 20-point scoring performances this season.

• Butler has had multiple players post 20 or more in the same game four times this season.

• Ten different Bulldogs have scored in double figures in at least one game so far this season.

• Butler’s balanced attack has seen at least five players score in double figures in the same game seven times this season, including most recently in the Jan. 23 win at Georgetown.

Working Overtime

• Butler is 3-1 in overtime games this season, which includes a single-overtime win over Texas Tech Nov. 30 and double-overtime wins over Cal Dec. 9 and Villanova Jan. 27.

• Butler scored on every possession during the overtime period in the Bulldogs’ 103-95 win over Texas Tech Nov. 30. Butler went 4-of-6 from the field, but collected offensive rebounds on both misses and scored. The team went 10-for-10 from the free throw line and did not commit a turnover.

BUTLER SOFTBALL

BUTLER SOFTBALL’S CONGER EARNS BIG EAST FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK HONOR

Butler outfielder Hailey Conger has been selected as the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week as announced on Monday by the conference. She was chosen for her performances at last weekend’s Panther Invitational at Georgia State University.

Conger had 10 hits in 19 at bats for a .526 average that included two doubles. The lead-off slap-hitter led her team in all four of those categories.

The Bulldogs, who picked up three wins last weekend, return to action this week, traveling to Madeira Beach, Florida, to compete in the Spring Games from Feb. 23-25.

IUPUI MEN’S GOLF

MEN’S GOLF TIED FOR SIXTH AFTER DAY ONE OF WORLD GOLF VILLAGE COLLEGIATE

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The IUPUI men’s golf team had a strong start to its spring slate on Monday (Feb. 19) and is tied for sixth among 18 teams competing at this week’s World Golf Village Collegiate at King & Bear Golf Course. Teams were on the cusp of completing Monday’s second round when play was halted due to darkness.

Tuesday’s play will resume at 8:00 a.m. with continuous play and the final round beginning at approximately 8:30 a.m.

Senior Taylor Gardner shot an opening round, 6-under 66 and is at 5-under for the tournament after shooting 1-over through 16 holes in round two. Gardner’s opening round was flawless as he had six birdies and 12 pars in his bogey free round.

“It felt good to get down in some warm weather and play,” Gardner said. “It was good to see the team compete with a good field. We are still knocking some rust off, but looking forward to what this team can do this semester.”

IUPUI shot 290 as a team in round one, fueled by Gardner’s 66. Freshman Brady Schier shot 1-over 73 and senior Kevin Tillery rode a hot start to 3-over 75. He started his round 4-under through five holes and made six birdies in his opening round. Freshman Titus Boswell rounded out the scoring group at 4-over 76 and Colten Girgis shot 80. Morgan Tournemire notched a first round 78 while playing as an individual.

Schier led the way in round two at 1-under through 16 holes, including three straight birdies early in the round. Gardner was at 1-over and both Tillery and Girgis sit at 2-over through 16 holes. Boswell is 5-over through 15 holes and Tournemire is 1-over from the individual spot.

IUPUI ranks among the tournament leaders with 29 birdies while scoring incredibly well on the par 3’s. Gardner made nine birdies on Monday while Schier and Tillery made eight each.

Jacksonville State leads the team standings at 9-under while Stetson is second at 3-under par. JSU’s Erik Jansson surged out to the individual lead at 14-under par and is eight shots clear of second place heading into Tuesday’s finale.

Gardner is tied for third and Schier is tied for 16th among the 108-player field.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

CARDINALS CONCLUDE ROADSWING WITH TUESDAY NIGHT GAME AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS

The Ball State men’s basketball team plays the final of a three-game roadswing on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT) when the Cardinals take on Northern Illinois.

The game will be streamed on ESPN+, while Mick Tidrow and David Eha handle the radio broadcast on WMUN 1340AM – 92.5FM. This will be the 103rd meeting in the series between the Cardinals and Huskies.

Ball State (12-13, 4-8 Mid-American Conference) topped Northern Illinois (9-16, 3-9 MAC) by a score of 81-71 back on Jan. 27 at Worthen Arena. Basheer Jihad went for 28 points and 14 rebounds to help the Cardinals peak their lead at 20 midway through the second half and cruise to their second straight victory.

Ball State trailed 30-29 at the break but fell at Miami (OH) 80-59 on Saturday afternoon in Oxford. The Cardinals got 18 points each from Jihad and Davion Bailey, but the host RedHawks shot 60.6 percent from the field in the second half to secure the rivalry game win.

Northern Illinois has gone 3-3 since the late January meeting in Muncie, claiming wins over Buffalo and Eastern Michigan at home and at Miami. The Huskies most recently lost 85-47 at Kent State on Saturday afternoon.

SCOUTING NORTHERN ILLINOIS: The Huskies went 13-19 (9-9 MAC) last season in head coach Rashon Burno’s second year leading the program. NIU lost in the MAC Tournament quarterfinal to No. 2 seed Kent State 76-57 to end its season.

The Huskies lead the league and rank No. 20 in NCAA Division I in blocks per game (5.1) while ranking second in the MAC at 21.6 free throw attempts per contest.

Junior guard David Coit paces the conference in 3-pointers made per game (3.0), 3-point attempts (203) and free throw percentage (89.2) while ranking No. 24 nationally in each of those categories. Sophomore forward Yanic Konan Niederhauser leads the MAC and is No. 20 in NCAA Division I with 2.2 blocks per game.

CARDINAL DIRECTIONS

Jihad leads the Cardinals in scoring (19.2 points per game) and rebounding (7.6) averages. The junior forward out of Detroit has led the Cardinals in scoring 16 games so far, scoring in double-figures 24 times, including 11 games with 20+ points. The big man’s total points (480) and scoring average rank third in the Mid-American Conference, while his rebounding average is fourth. Jihad leads the MAC in free throw attempts (188) and makes (137), ranking No. 17 and No. 20 nationally in those categories, respectively.

The Cardinals lead the MAC and rank in the Top 50 nationally in fewest fouls per game (15.2, No. 50) and 3-point percentage (37.6, No. 22).

Ball State’s 20 wins last year were its most since 2016-17 when that team won 21. This season’s Cardinals will look for back-to-back 20-win schedules for the first time since that 2016-17 season.

The Cardinals are a young group, as the roster includes only one senior or graduate student (Ethan Brittain-Watts). Ball State returns only 21.5 percent of minutes played and 19.6 percent of points scored from last year’s team.

Brittain-Watts (Boston University), Jalin Anderson (Loyola Marymount) and Davion Bailey (Southeastern CC) form Ball State’s trio of transfers.

Joey Brown (Indianapolis), Zane Doughty (Indianapolis), Mason Jones (Valparaiso, Ind.), Trent Middleton Jr. (Philadelphia) and Jurica Zagorsak (Zadar, Croatia) are the Cardinals’ quintet of true freshmen.

Ball State signed forward Jai Anthoni Bearden (Phoenix, Ariz.) and guard Jermarhi “Fatt” Hill (Bessemer, Ala.) to national letters of intent to form the Cardinals’ 2024 recruiting class.

FRESHMAN MAKING MOVES: Freshman guard Trent Middleton Jr. has scored in double figures in 5 of the last 7 games after doing so twice in the first 16 games of his collegiate career.

The Philadelphia native increased his scoring average from 5.3 points per game to 7.0 during the span while also grabbing six rebounds in each of the last four games and multiple assists in eight straight contests.

SECOND TRIP AROUND THE MAC: Ball State began its back end of double play opponents on Saturday after playing each of the other 11 Mid-American Conference teams in first 11 league games of the year.

Ball State’s regular season series against Akron, Buffalo, Ohio and Toledo have wrapped up with those schools being single-play opponents for the 2024 schedule.

CROATIAN DESTINATION: Ball State is the only Division I school featuring Croatia natives on both its men’s basketball (Jurica Zagorsak) and women’s basketball (Hana Muhl) teams.

Zagorsak is one of only nine Croatians currently on Division I men’s basketball rosters. Ball State has played three of the other teams with a Croatian (Detroit Mercy, Little Rock and Toledo).

HANDLING THE HUSKIES: Ball State topped Northern Illinois for the eighth time in the last nine games between the two MAC foes with the 81-71 win on Jan. 27.

The men’s basketball team has won by double-figures over the Huskies five times in that span and bettered its record to 62-40 in the series, including 37-13 in Muncie.

BUFFALO BLOWOUT: The 28-point winning margin on Jan. 23 at Buffalo was Ball State’s largest of the season against a Division I opponent and second-largest overall behind a 101-40 rout of Goshen in the Nov. 7 season opener.

The loss for the Bulls was their second-most lopsided in MAC play to date and third-worst overall.

DB FOR THREE: Junior guard Davion Bailey leads the Cardinals in 3-pointers made (50) and 3-point shooting (42.7 percent) so far this season, and his 2.4 triples made per game ranks second in the MAC.

The Indianapolis native paces the MAC in 3-point percentage among players who’ve made at least 40 trifectas, ranking third overall.

FREE THROWS FALLING: Redshirt junior Mickey Pearson Jr. ranks second in the Mid-American Conference among qualifiers in free throw shooting percentage at 88.0 (66 of 75), and first in conference games at 94.4 percent (34 of 36).

Bailey (86.2 percent, 25-29) and Middleton Jr. (81.7 percent, 49-60) have also been efficient at the foul line, while the Cardinals as a whole lead are third in the MAC in free throw shooting at 75.0 percent.

BANKING ON BASHEER: Jihad leads the team in scoring (19.2 ppg), rebounding (7.6 per game) and field goal percentage (48.1) among Cardinals averaging at least four field goal attempts this season. Jihad has established or tied career highs in scoring six times already this season, including on Jan. 20 against Miami (29 points).

The Detroit native’s scoring average has nearly tripled over last year (7.1), while his rebounding average has doubled (3.6). Jihad started only one game in his first two seasons at Ball State, but has been a mainstay in the starting lineup as an upperclassman now.

JALIN JAMS: Jalin Anderson, a transfer out of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, leads the Ball State backcourt in scoring and the team in assists (4.3 per game) as the Cardinals’ lead guard. The Jackson, Tenn., native leads the MAC in steals (25) in conference play and is third overall at 41 total steals so far.

The Jackson, Tenn., native boasts Ball State’s highest offensive output (29 points against Old Dominion) so far and has already established his career high for single season points, assists, rebounds and steals. Anderson has shown a penchant for explosive offensive performances, posting eight 20+ point games so far this season.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK X3: Jihad was named the Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week on Jan. 29 after taking home the honor on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11.

Jihad averaged 24.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 per game in wins at Buffalo and vs Northern Illinois, including a 28-point, 14-rebound double-double on Jan. 27 against the Huskies.

WINNING IN WORTHEN: The Cardinals clinched an undefeated home nonconference slate for the fourth straight season with the Dec. 10 decision over the Cougars.

Ball State has won 19 consecutive nonconference contests at Worthen Arena, with its last loss being on Dec. 3, 2019 to Loyola (Chicago).

1,300 WINS: The Ball State men’s basketball team recorded win No. 1,300 in program history with the Dec. 2 decision against Bellarmine. The Cardinals are the tenth current MAC men’s basketball team to reach that milestone.

MAC Program Wins (as of Dec. 4, 2023)

Akron – 1,697

Ball State – 1,300

Buffalo – 1,279

Bowling Green – 1,452

Central Michigan – 1,356

Eastern Michigan – 1,292

Kent State – 1,332

Miami (OH) – 1,436

Northern Illinois – 1,315

Ohio – 1,614

Toledo – 1,551

Western Michigan – 1,372

MILESTONE WATCH: Anderson is 18 points away from scoring 1,000 in his career. The junior had 604 of those while playing for LMU.

Jihad and Pearson Jr. both scored their 500th career points in the second half on Dec. 16 against Indiana St, with Jihad hitting the figure with a 3-pointer and Pearson Jr. getting to the total on a layup.

Up Next

Ball State returns home to host Eastern Michigan at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Cardinals’ first game in Worthen since Feb. 6.

INDIANA STATE SWIMMING

SYCAMORES MAKE THE TREK TO EVANSVILLE FOR 2024 MVC SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State makes the trek down to Evansville, Ind. as the Sycamores prepare to take on the field at the 2024 Missouri Valley Swimming & Diving Championships hosted by Evansville at the Deaconess Aquatic Center over February 21-24.

The Sycamores are one of nine MVC teams vying for the conference championships and the Sycamores are looking to take the next step in their program development after last year’s second-place result in Iowa City.

“We’re excited to compete this week against a really strong field at the MVC Championships,” head coach Josh Christensen said. “This team has done a tremendous job in both training and competition all season long. It’s a special group that cares a lot about each other and is competing with a lot of confidence down the home stretch of the season. We’re going to keep being the same team we’ve been all year, racing and diving for each other through all four days of competition.”

Indiana State sits atop the conference rankings heading into the Missouri Valley Championships following the announcement of the MVC Pre-Championship Coaches Poll this past week. The Sycamores received four first-place votes and 76 points overall in the poll to finish ahead of defending champion Missouri State (four first-place, 74 points). Southern Illinois received the final first-place vote and 65 total points to round out the top-three in the poll.

ISU put together an impressive season featuring a wealth of depth including 18 athletes recording 47 spots among the Missouri Valley’s top-10 times and scores across all events. The Sycamores have already set nine school records on the year with Claire Parsons (500, 1000, & 1650 Free), Chloe Farro (100 Free), Kaleigh Kelley (100 Fly & 100 IM), Ali Pearson (100 Breast), and Erin Cummins (200 Free) all posting new individual marks on the year.

Indiana State’s depth and experience abounds throughout the roster. The Sycamores return four All-Conference performers from last year’s team with Kaimi Matsumoto (100 Fly), Alexa Szadorski (100 Free), Bailey Betzer (1M Diving), and Zoe Smith (3M Diving) looking to reprise their roles. ISU also boasts the return of All-Conference Honorable Mention selections Esther Rydbeck Norden, Alexandria Cotter, Haley Halsall, Olivia DiRuzza, and Dorotea Bukvic to the pool deck as well.

The Sycamores broke through last season finishing second at the 2023 MVC Championships for the first time in program history. The second-place finish featured a school-record 1200.5 points and snapped a four-year stretch where ISU finished third overall in the standings.

Sycamores in the Top 10

Chloe Farro – 50 Free (23.14, 2nd), 100 Free (50.02, 3rd)

Kaleigh Kelley – 50 Free (23.39, 7th), 50 Fly (25.11, 4th), 100 Fly (53.91, 2nd), 100 IM (57.36, 3rd)

Alexa Szadorski – 100 Free (50.59, 7th), 50 Breast (29.65, 6th), 100 Breast (1:02.71, 5th)

Erin Cummins – 200 Free (1:48.96, 2nd), 500 Free (4:56.31, 5th), 1000 Free (10:09.90, 4th)

Claire Parsons – 200 Free (1:50.49, 9th), 500 Free (4:51.86, 1st), 1000 Free (9:58.88, 1st), 1650 Free (16:52.20, 1st), 200 Back (2:02.18, 8th)

Peyton Heagy – 200 Free (1:51.07, 10th)

Haley Halsall – 500 Free (4:56.47, 6th), 1000 Free (10:17.12, 9th), 1650 Free (17:12.14, 7th), 200 Fly (2:01.19, 2nd)

Esther Rydbeck Norden – 1000 Free (10:09.29, 3rd)

Rose Parsons – 1000 Free (10:10.61, 5th)

Alexandria Cotter – 50 Back (26.35, 10th), 200 IM (2:02.30, 3rd), 400 IM (4:21.25, 3rd)

Olivia DiRuzza – 100 Back (56.34, 8th), 200 Back (2:01.61, 6th)

Ali Pearson – 50 Breast (29.19, 3rd), 100 Breast (1:01.95, 3rd), 200 Breast (2:16.38, 6th)

Kaimi Matsumoto – 50 Breast (29.75, 7th), 100 Breast (1:03.22, 7th), 200 Breast (2:16.73, 7th), 50 Fly (25.62, 7th), 100 Fly (55.31, 7th)

Dorotea Bukvic – 200 Breast (2:14.36, 3rd), 200 IM (2:02.51, 4th), 400 IM (4:22.67, 4th)

Raine Boles – 50 Fly (25.53, 6th), 200 Fly (2:05.18, 9th)

Raz Harel – 200 Fly (2:03.98, 7th)

Zoe Smith – 1M (278.83, 3rd), 3M (298.95, 3rd)

Bailey Betzer – 1M (277.35, 4th), 3M (275.25, 7th)

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

HAYDEN, HOLYCROSS COMBINE FOR FIVE-HIT SHUTOUT IN 5-0 WIN OVER SOUTH FLORIDA

TAMPA, Fla. – Luke Hayden and Cameron Holycross combined on a shutout on the mound, while Luis Hernandez drove in three RBIs as Indiana State closed out the 2024 opening weekend in Tampa with the 5-0 win over host South Florida.

Hayden (1-0), making his starting debut with the Sycamores (3-0), was masterful over 6.0 innings of work surrendering four hits while striking out five against the USF (0-2) lineup. The Sycamore right-hander allowed just two runners in scoring position in the game over 77 pitches on the mound as Indiana State remained undefeated on the season.

Holycross (S, 1) went the final 3.0 innings in relief as the right-handed pitcher picked up where he left off in the 2023 season. The ISU ERA leader in 2023 with a 1.98 mark, Holycross faced one batter over the minimum and struck out three to retire USF and close out the shutout win.

The Sycamores struck early with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the third inning as the Sycamores took advantage of a South Florida error and Grant Magill’s hustle around the base paths to take the lead. Dominic Listi reached on a throwing error by the USF second baseman and the ball ricocheted in front of the Bulls’ dugout allowing Magill to score from second ahead of the tag at the plate to give ISU the 1-0 lead. Hernandez followed three pitches later with an RBI single to left scoring Randal Diaz to double up the Indiana State lead.

Hayden continued to set the Bulls down in the contest facing one batter over the minimum from the third through the fifth innings including getting a pickoff at first to end the third frame and keep the ISU lead intact.

Parker Stinson added insurance with a one-out solo home run in the top of the sixth that cleared the right field wall in front of the USF scoreboard. Luis Hernandez added a two-run single in the top of the seventh scoring Josue Urdaneta and Diaz to provide the final 5-0 margin.

Holycross retired the first six batters he faced in his first relief appearance of the year before surrendering a leadoff double in the bottom of the ninth. He bounced back to retire the final three outs with Adam Pottinger corralling a fly ball in centerfield to end the game.

Diaz, Hernandez, and Urdaneta all posted multi-hit games on their way to combining for six of ISU’s eight hits in the contest. Stinson’s home run marked ISU’s lone extra-base hit in the game.

USF starter Jack Cebert (0-1) took the loss after going the first 5.0 innings on the mound. The Bulls’ right-hander allowed four hits and two unearned runs while striking out seven. Adan Longoria, Tanner Mink, Chandler Dorsey, and Peyton Jula went the final 4.0 innings.

Five Bulls scattered hits throughout the game with Drew Brutcher and Rafael Betancourt both doubling in the loss.

How They Scored

Grant Magill hustled around and scored from second on a USF throwing error in the third inning to give ISU the early lead, while Luis Hernandez singled home Randal Diaz to make it 2-0 Sycamores in the top of the third.

Parker Stinson connected on his first home run of the season with a solo shot in the top of the sixth to make it 3-0 ISU.

Hernandez continued to swing the hot bat connecting on a two-run single in the top of the seventh inning driving home Diaz and Urdaneta to provide the final 5-0 margin.

News & Notes

Randal Diaz (23) and Grant Magill (13) both extended their on-base streaks on Saturday afternoon as the Sycamore duo continued double-digit streaks dating back to 2023.

Dominic Listi reached base for the third consecutive game to start his ISU career and was on the base paths in three of his five official plate appearances in the contest.

Parker Stinson became the second ISU player to homer in 2024 joining Henry Brown who connected on a three-run shot in Friday’s opener against Louisville.

Luke Hayden followed up Jacob Pruitt’s 6.0-inning start on Saturday with a 6.0-inning spot of his own in recording the win over South Florida.

Cam Edmonson, Jacob Pruitt, and Luke Hayden combined to go 16.0 innings over three starts on the weekend with a combined 0.56 ERA and a 16:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in wins over Louisville, UConn, and South Florida.

Indiana State utilized three closers on the weekend with Jared Spencer (Louisville), Adam Berghorst (UConn), and Cameron Holycross (USF) all picking up saves over the first three games.

ISU ties up the all-time series against South Florida at 2-2 with Monday afternoon’s win.

Up Next

Indiana State remains in the Sunshine State as the Sycamores travel to North Port, Fla. and CoolToday Park, the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves, on Wednesday, February 21, as ISU travels to take on Florida Gulf Coast in midweek baseball action. First pitch between ISU and the Eagles is set for 7 p.m. ET. The game is not scheduled to be streamed.

PRUITT NAMED MVC BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Indiana State sophomore right-hander Jacob Pruitt was named the Missouri Valley Baseball Pitcher of the Week as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon.

The Yorktown, Ind. native receives the honor for the first time in his collegiate career following a standout start on the mound against UConn on Saturday.

In just his second collegiate start, Pruitt delivered a career-long 6.0 innings and kept the Huskies off-balance surrendering just two hits while striking out nine in a scoreless outing. Pruitt struck out the first batter he faced and added a pickoff in the first inning, before hitting his stride in the third frame.

From the third through the sixth innings, Pruitt posted eight of his nine strikeouts, including a stretch of five in a row including all three outs in the fourth inning in shutting down the Huskies before turning the ball over to the bullpen in the seventh inning with a 1-0 lead in ISU’s eventual 2-1 win.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S GOLF

KASEY LILLY IN THE HUNT AT WORLD GOLF VILLAGE COLLEGIATE

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Kasey Lilly played some of the best golf in the field on Monday (Feb. 19) in the opening day of the World Golf Village Collegiate.

The second round was suspended due to darkness, approximately two holes prior to completion. It will be finished on Tuesday (Feb. 20) prior to the start of the final round of play.

Lilly shot 68 and is in second place. In his opening round of 68, he started even through his first nine holes. He had a birdie on seven and a bogey on eight. From there, he went on a tear, birdieing four of the next six holes, including three straight. He finished the morning round with three pars. After making the turn, Lilly parred his starting hole and birdied the second. He parred his next nine before a bogey on 15, but he made up for it with a birdie on 18 for an even back nine.

Freshman AJ Agnew finished day one in 35th place with a 76. In round one, he started with four pars before sandwiching two birdies with two bogeys from 11-14. He had seven pars over his next 10 holes. The start of the afternoon round looked very similar, as the first seven holes had the same scores. From there, however, Agnew rattled off a stretch of eight holes in which he was even. Through his first 15 holes of round two, he moved up 26 spots on the leaderboard.

From the No. 3 spot, Burke Pitz shot 76. His opening round featured birdies on 2, 12, and 18 and pars on 11 other holes. In the afternoon, he was more consistent, finishing with nothing worse than a bogey. He had birdies on holes seven and eight to start 2-under in his first five holes.

Nick Holder is in a tie with Hunter Mefford after the suspension. In round one, he a birdie on 18 to wrap up the back nine and another on hole five, his finishing hole. This paired with 11 pars. Later in the day, Holder had a tough start to round two, but he responded in a good way. After starting 5-over through seven holes, he eagled the 557-yard 13th, then birdied 15 and 18 to move back to 1-over.

 Mefford was a big mover in round two, improving on his 77 opening round with a 2-over second with three to play. He moved up 15 spots on the leaderboard. He found a birdie putt to fall on the 540-yard 18th, which helped him go 1-under over his final six holes. In the afternoon round, Mefford mirrored what most of the other ‘Dons did with a better back nine. He had birdies on 10 and 14 for a 1-under effort on the back.

Nick Bellush played as an individual, shooting 75 in round one.

As a team, the ‘Dons shot 296 and midway through the second round, they are in a tie for eighth place with Oakland. The conclusion of round two and the third round of the World Golf Village Collegiate fires off on Tuesday morning (Feb. 20).

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL

‘DONS FALL AT MISSOURI VALLEY FOE MURRAY STATE 5-2

MURRAY, Ky. – Justin Osterhouse knocked in two in Purdue Fort Wayne’s 5-2 baseball loss at Murray State on Monday (Feb. 19) in non-league play.

Osterhouse used a two-run double in the second to put the ‘Dons up 2-1. Camden Karczewski and Jacob Walker both scored on the hit. Murray State scored four times in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-2 lead, which would be the final. Dan Tauken knocked in two with a double in the second for the Racers.

Owen Willard threw 2.1 shutout innings in relief and Kevin Fee tossed a pair of scoreless innings.

Carter Sabol started on the mound and is 0-1 after allowing five runs in 3.2 innings. Allen Roulette tossed the final 5.1 innings, giving up one hit, to get the win.

Grant Thoroman had two walks for the ‘Dons.

The ‘Dons fall to 0-3. Murray State is 3-0. The ‘Dons travel to Western Kentucky on Friday (Feb. 23) to start a four-game series against the Hilltoppers.

EVANSVILLE SOFTBALL

ACES FALL TO REDHAWKS IN MONDAY CONTEST

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Miami University recorded 13 runs on 12 hits to pick up a 13-0 win over the University of Evansville softball team on Monday at Tri-State Orthopaedics Field at James and Dorothy Cooper Stadium.

Miami Ohio wasted no time in getting on the board, plating two runs in the first on a home run by Karli Spaid.  In the second, MU added a second run when Jenna Golembiewski had an RBI double to right center.

Evansville had its first baserunner in the third when Keghan Pye was hit by a pitch.  Marah Wood reached on an infield single in the bottom of the fourth, but neither could cross the plate.

In the top half of the fifth, the RedHawks erupted for 10 runs to put the game out of reach.  MU pitcher Addy Jarvis held the Purple Aces to just one hit in the 5-inning shutout.  Mikayla Jolly took the loss.  She allowed three runs in two innings of work.

UE heads to Monroe, La. next weekend for the 2024 Best on the Bayou Tournament.  The Aces face Northwestern State, Syracuse, Sam Houston and UL Monroe.

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL

MCGINNIS NAMED MVC PLAYER OF THE WEEK, BASEBALL HOSTS BELLARMINE TUESDAY

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – After a monster weekend at the plate to help power the University of Evansville baseball team to a series victory at #26 Oral Roberts, UE junior second baseman Cal McGinnis (Kimberly, Wis./Kimberly HS/Bradley Univ.) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week.  McGinnis and the Purple Aces will be back in action on Tuesday by hosting Bellarmine at 3 p.m. at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium for the 2024 home opener.

McGinnis posted a .462/1.000/.533 slash line for the Purple Aces in his first weekend at UE.  He had hits in all three games of the series, and opened his UE career just a double shy of the cycle, going 3-for-5 with a triple, a home run, three runs scored and four RBI in Friday’s season-opener.  He also knocked two doubles and drove in a run in UE’s 14-3 victory on Saturday, and had a hit and a run scored in UE’s 7-6 victory at #26 Oral Roberts on Sunday.  For the weekend, McGinnis led UE in hits (six), runs scored (five), RBI (five), extra-base hits (four) and total bases (13) in the three-game series against the 2023 College World Series participant.

Evansville will bring a 2-1 record into Tuesday’s home opener against Bellarmine.  Offensively, UE totaled 31 runs in the three-game series victory at Oral Roberts, while hitting .306 combined as a team.

Bellarmine, meanwhile, will bring a 1-2 overall record into Tuesday’s game after dropping the final two games a three-game set at Tennessee Tech over the weekend.  Junior designated hitter/catcher Matt Flaherty, a transfer from Abilene Christian, hit home runs in his first two at-bats as a Knight at Tennessee Tech and drove in four to lead Bellarmine to an 11-3 victory in the season-opener.  Flaherty leads Bellarmine with a .333 average, and the Knights boast three players hitting above .300 so far this year.

Sophomore right-hander Elias Hachem will get the start for UE on the mound on Tuesday.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER

UE MEN’S SOCCER ANNOUNCES SPRING SLATE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville men’s soccer team begins its spring campaign next week with a handful of games across two months.

The Aces will play seven games starting next week until the end of April including five games at Arad McCutchan Stadium. “We are excited for the spring schedule,” says Head Coach Robbe Tarver. “It will give our group a great opportunity to play quality opponents. We will play 2 teams with tournament experience from last year, which will help us gain experience as well. I’m excited to see our new guys in action and to see our individual and collective growth throughout the spring.”

UE begins its spring season at Indiana on Saturday, Feb. 24 for a rematch from the fall season. IU finished the 2023 season in the NCAA Final Four in a penalty shootout loss to Notre Dame as the 2023 Big Ten Champions.

Evansville hosts its first game of the spring season almost a month later on Saturday, March 23. The Aces will play two games that Saturday while also hosting a neutral site contest between Northern Kentucky and Belmont. UE begins its two-game day with NKU, a team it hasn’t played since 2016. The Norse finished 2023 at 4-10-3 in the Horizon League. Evansville then ends the day against Belmont at 4 p.m. The Aces ended their 2023 season with a draw against the Bruins in Nashville for the team’s third straight regular-season draw against one another.

UE will host another three-game day on Friday, March 29 with another neutral site game in between Evansville’s own games. The Aces host Lincoln Trail Community College and Southern Indiana that Friday starting with a game against Lincoln Trail at 3 p.m. The Statesmen finished 2023 with a 10-3-4 record and a trip to the NJCAA District semifinals. Lincoln Trail will then play USI at 5 p.m. for a neutral site game before UE returns to the field at 7 p.m. against the Screaming Eagles. Evansville beat USI in 2023 in a 4-0 rout for the Mayor’s Cup after a scoreless draw the season prior.

The Aces final road game of the spring season will come on Saturday, April 6 at SIUE at 1 p.m. In their first season in the OVC, the Cougars had an undefeated regular season while securing the OVC’s first men’s soccer championship. SIUE’s season ended in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in a 2-1 loss to Memphis. The Cougars and UE last played one another in 2022 when SIUE was still in the MVC. Evansville took all three games in 2022 both at home and on the road in Edwardsville.

The final game of the spring season for the Aces will be at home on Saturday, April 20 against IUPUI. The Jaguars played UE in an exhibition game in 2023 where IUPUI came out on top 2-1. Over the season, the Jaguars finished 7-7-5 with a semi-final appearance in the Horizon League tournament. Evansville’s game against IUPUI is set for 3 p.m. on the 20th.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

USI VISITS MOREHEAD STATE TUESDAY

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball begins the second half of its road swing Tuesday with a visit to Ohio Valley Conference front running Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. (CT).

The Screaming Eagles’ road swing comes to a conclusion Saturday at 3:30 p.m. with a trip to Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois.

Fans can track your Eagles all season by visiting the schedule on USIScreamingEagles.com for links to follow all of the action on the ESPN+, ESPN 97.7FM (http://listentotheref.com), and 95.7FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com/).

USI (7-20, 4-10 OVC) are 0-2 in the first half of the road trip, falling at the University of Tennessee at Martin, 77-68, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 82-68, last week. USI sophomore guard/forward AJ Smith (Edwardsville, Illinois) led the Eagles with 21.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game last week. Junior guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois) followed with 17.0 points per outing.

For the season, Hernandez leads USI with 16.6 points per game this season, 20.4 points per contest in the OVC. Smith follows Hernandez with 13.6 points and a team-best 9.1 rebounds per outing, while posting a team-high 11 double-doubles.

USI has four games remaining in the 2023-24 regular season, three in February and one in March. The Eagles, currently eighth in the OVC, have two on the road and at home in the final two weeks as they fight for a spot in the league’s post-season tournament at the Ford Center March 6-9.

The MSU Eagles (20-7, 11-3 OVC) holds a slim one-game lead in the OVC after stumbling twice last week. MSU, despite losing two-straight, has won seven of its last nine games.

The MSU Eagles got the better of the USI Screaming Eagles in January, winning 81-70 at Screaming Eagles Arena. Hernandez led USI with 30 points in the loss. MSU also leads the all-time series with USI, 3-0.

The Leathernecks of WIU (17-10, 10-4 in the OVC), who stayed in the race for the OVC regular season title after posting a pair of wins last week, are hosting MSU Thursday before welcoming the Screaming Eagles. WIU has won three of its last five games after Saturday.

WIU took the first meeting of the season with USI, 73-68, at Screaming Eagles Arena. USI had three players in double-digits, led by the 26 points from Hernandez. The Leathernecks lead the series with USI, 4-1.

Following the conclusion of the four-game road swing, the Eagles finish the 2023-24 regular season by hosting Lindenwood University February 29 and Southeast Missouri State University March 2 at Screaming Eagles Arena.

Tickets for the final homestand of the season are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the USI Ticket Office on-line. For more information, call the USI Ticket Office at 812-465-1189.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

USI HEADS TO MOREHEAD STATE TUESDAY, LOOKING TO CLINCH OUTRIGHT OVC TITLE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball gets back on the road Tuesday when the Screaming Eagles travel to Morehead State University for a 4 p.m. CT contest.

Tuesday’s game can be seen live with a subscription to ESPN+ and heard on 95.7 FM The Spin (http://957thespin.com).

Southern Indiana (18-6, 13-1) looks to claim the outright Ohio Valley Conference regular season title Tuesday with a win at Morehead State. USI already clinched a share of the OVC regular season crown with its 88-51 win on Saturday at Little Rock. Plus, the Screaming Eagles locked up the No. 1 seed at next month’s OVC Tournament at Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana due to a head-to-head tiebreaker as things currently sit in the OVC standings. USI would be among a few programs in NCAA Women’s Basketball to win a conference title during a reclassification period from Division II to Division I. Most recently, California Baptist University won the Western Athletic Conference regular season in 2020-21.

USI is currently in the midst of a four-game road stretch. Southern Indiana has won its first two games of the current road swing – 73-67 last Thursday at the University of Tennessee at Martin and 88-51 on Saturday at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The Screaming Eagles have won four in a row going back to February 8. USI is 3-1 away from home this month.

In the victory at Little Rock, Southern Indiana had the offense rolling from the opening tip, jumping out to a 15-0 lead and outscoring the Trojans 46-22 in the first half. USI flirted with the program record books with its shooting performance on Saturday. The Screaming Eagles shot for above 65 percent from the floor and over 72 percent from three-point percentage. Both percentages were a few ticks short of program records but were program highs since USI jumped to Division I.

In Saturday’s win, sophomore guard Ali Saunders (Depauw, Indiana) finished off a recognizable week of scoring with a team-high 18 points on 7-10 shooting with four three-point makes against the Trojans. Saunders also set a new career mark with eight assists. Freshman forward Chloe Gannon (Manchester, Tennessee) also wrapped up a notable week with 16 points off the bench at Little Rock. Senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) returned to the starting lineup with 12 points, while fellow senior forward Madi Webb (Bedford, Indiana) added 10 points.

Preceding Saunders’ 18 points on Saturday, the guard posted 20 points last Thursday in the road win at UT Martin. In the last three games, Saunders has tallied 51 points – 17 per game – on 73 percent (19-26) shooting from the field. She has also connected from three at 76 percent (13-17). Additionally, Saunders has racked up 18 assists – six per contest – in the last three games. Within the OVC, Saunders is second in assists per game and first in assist-to-turnover ratio in league play.

On the season, junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) paces USI with 13.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Raley and Webb are averaging 12.4 and 10.5 points, respectively. As a team, Southern Indiana is posting 71.3 points on an OVC-best 45 percent shooting. USI’s defense has held the opposition to a conference-best 36.6 percent.

Morehead State (13-12, 8-6) enters Tuesday looking to keep pace in the top half of the OVC standings to earn a bye at the OVC Tournament in a few weeks. Morehead State is in a four-way tie for third place. Last week, Morehead State split its two matchups against Little Rock and UT Martin, winning by three against the Trojans before falling 70-54 at UT Martin. The Eagles are led by senior guard Veronica Charles, who averages 13.4 points, 4.2 assists, and 2.6 steals per outing. Morehead State averages 66.1 points on 39.6 percent shooting.

Tuesday will be the second meeting of the season and the fourth all-time meeting between USI and Morehead State. Southern Indiana has won two in a row in the series, including last time out on January 20 when the Screaming Eagles came out victorious at home, 70-55. In that game, Raley scored 18 points, Shafford and Webb had 14, and Saunders recorded 11 points for the Screaming Eagles.

Following Tuesday’s game, USI is set to travel to Macomb, Illinois on Saturday for a 1 p.m. tilt against Western Illinois to conclude the four-game road swing.

SOUTHERN INDIANA SWIMMING

USI SWIM AND DIVE SET TO CLIMB THE SUMMIT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Swimming and Diving embarks on the journey to Minneapolis, Minnesota today for the Summit League Championships. The event takes place at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota, February 21-24.

The championships are the culmination of the season’s efforts with an opportunity to win the conference for each squad. The conference is highly competitive featuring the University of Denver, Eastern Illinois University, Lindenwood University, University of Nebraska Omaha, University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, St. Thomas University, and USI. The Screaming Eagles look make their mark after both squads finished eighth last year.

When asked about the team’s mentality going into the event, head coach Cameron Kainer said, “Our mentality is to not put so much pressure on ourselves going in and knowing that we are going to continue growing year to year and be better each time. I think having a group who have already competed at the meet last year, gives us a leg up on this year’s meet and the competition.”

Men

The men’s squad has steadily grown this season with wins over Valparaiso University twice, Eastern Illinois University, Rose-Hulman University, and a fourth-place finish at the Purdue University Indiana Intercollegiate meet. Freshman Cole Baker (Springville, Indiana) leads the Eagles with five season best events. Freshman Nathan Deputy (Evansville, Indiana) leads the diving team in the three-meter event with a score of 284.90, while sophomore Lane Pollock (Boonville, Indiana) looks to chase his school leading score of 264.75 in the one-meter event.

Women

The women’s squad is entering the championships on the right foot. Season highlights include a fifth-place finish at the A3 Performance Invitational and wins against Valparaiso, Eastern Illinois twice, and Rose-Hulman. Freshman Hayden Shurtz (Ft. Wayne, Indiana) leads the Eagles with six total season best events. Freshman Maranda Uttke (Grafton, Wisconsin) has impressed all year for the diving squad leading in both the 1-meter (247.40) and 3-meter events (220.05).

Online Information

Championship Website and schedule of events: 2024 Swimming & Diving Championships – The Summit League

Live Stream: SLN – Midco Sports Plus (fee included)

Live Stats: Meet Results: 2023 Summit League Swimming & Diving Champs (sidearmstats.com), MeetMobile App, or DiveMeets.com

Online Championship Merchandise: Products – Summit League – Swimming & Diving 24 – Fox Promo (chipply.com)

Summit League social media on Instagram, facebook, and twitter: @thesummitleague or download the Summit League app

Event Information

Each day is considered a session and doors will open for spectators 60 minutes prior to each session.

Concessions will be available. Outside food and drink are permitted. Glass bottles and other breakable containers are prohibited.

Ticket Prices

All-Session Pass – $60 + applicable tax/fees

Wednesday Single-Day Pass – $15 + applicable tax/fees

Thursday/Friday/Saturday Single-Day Pass – $25 + applicable fees

Children 2 years of age and under – Free

SOUTHERN INDIANA BASEBALL

USI SHUTOUT BY SOUTH ALABAMA

MOBILE, Ala. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball was shutout, 11-0, by the University of South Alabama to finish the road Monday in Mobile, Alabama. USI is 0-4 to start the season, while South Alabama is 4-0 after the first week of the season.

The USI offense was stuck in neutral despite pounding out eight hits. The Screaming Eagles was 0-9 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base.

South Alabama bats, however, got right to work this afternoon, pounding out three runs in the second, two in the third, and one int the fourth to take a 6-0 lead. The Jaguars would add five in the seventh to seal the 11-0 final score.

On the mound, junior right-hander Tyler Hutson (Villa Hills, Kentucky) took the loss for USI in his first start of the year. Parson gave up five runs, three earned, on three hits and two walks in 2.1 innings of work.

Up Next for the Eagles:

USI opens the 2024 home schedule with a seven-game homestand, beginning February 23-25 when the Eagles host Eastern Michigan University at the USI Baseball Field. The series opens with a 4 p.m. start February 23; continues with a 2 p.m. game February 24; and concludes with a 1 p.m.  contest February 25.

The first 200 fans to Friday’s home opener will receive a USI Baseball magnet schedule. Fans attending Saturday’s contest will receive a USI Blanket (first 50 fans), hand warmers, and hot chocolate, while series finale Sunday is Family Day at USI Baseball Field with kids 12-and-under allowed to run the bases after the game.

VALPO WOMEN’S GOLF

WOMEN’S GOLF OPENS UP SPRING SLATE

The Valparaiso University women’s golf team opened the spring season on Monday by golfing the first two rounds of the Islander Classic, hosted by Texas A&M Corpus Christi at the par-72, 6112-yard Corpus Christi Country Club in Corpus Christi, Texas. Anna Fay (Ada, Mich. / Forest Hills) and Taylor Skibinski (Michigan City, Ind. / Michigan City) tied for the team’s top spot on the first day of competition.

How It Happened

Fay made a drastic improvement from Round 1 to Round 2, trimming seven strokes off her opening round score to finish the first day of action at 167 (87-80), tied for 38th in a 63-player, 11-team field.

Skibinski also took a step forward from the opening round to the second, carding an 85 over the first 18 holes before finishing the afternoon session with an 82. She was part of the tie for 38th with Fay at 167 for the day.

Just a stroke behind her teammates was Katie Schreiner (Fenton, Mo. / Summit), whose 168 checked in at t-41. She posted identical scores of 84 in each round.

Valpo posted a team score of 669 (337-332), outdoing Prairie View A&M (683) on the team leaderboard. The Beacons are only three strokes out of ninth and five strokes out of eighth with 18 holes to play.

Thoughts from Head Coach Jill McCoy

“It’s great to get started outside on grass again. We struggled finding consistency after not hitting on grass for four months. Attitudes are great and I’m very proud of that. The thought for tomorrow is to keep working toward consistency and make improvements heading toward April.”

Up Next

The third and final round of the event will take place on Tuesday. Links to live scoring are available on ValpoAthletics.com.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

VALPO TO HOST INDIANA STATE IN PENULTIMATE HOME GAME

Indiana State (22-5, 13-3 MVC)

at Valparaiso (6-21, 2-14 MVC)

Game No. 28 – Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m. CT

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

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: Two teams looking to bounce back from rough patches will lock horns on Wednesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center as the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team tries to get back in the win column against first-place Indiana State, a team that was nationally ranked for the first time this season last week but fell out of the Top 25 on Monday after losing back-to-back games. This will be Dot Nuechterlein recognition night as the longtime official scorer will be honored prior to the game for her 40 years of service. She will retire from her duties at the end of the season. Wednesday will represent the penultimate home game of the 2023-24 campaign.

Last Time Out: Isaiah Stafford (24) and Cooper Schwieger (22) combined for 46 points and Valpo led by eight with 7:48 remaining, but the Beacons didn’t score again until the game’s closing seconds as host Missouri State used an 18-0 run to win 82-74 on Saturday afternoon. Jaxon Edwards went 5-of-8 from the field and had a near double-double of 12 points and nine rebounds to aid the Valpo cause. The Beacons were stingy with the basketball, turning it over just once in the first half and eight times for the contest.

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 Roger Powell Jr.: Roger Powell Jr. (6-21) is in his first season as the head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program. After helping guide Gonzaga to a 121-13 record during his four seasons as an assistant coach, Powell returned to Valpo, where he was part of head coach Bryce Drew’s staff from 2011-2016 and led the team to 124 wins in five seasons, including a program-record 30 victories and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title game appearance in 2015-16. He was part of head coach Mark Few’s Gonzaga staff as the Bulldogs reached the 2021 national championship game after winning their first 31 games of the season. During Powell’s first season on staff in 2019-20, Gonzaga was 31-2 at the time the NCAA college basketball season was halted due to COVID-19. The Bulldogs reached the Sweet Sixteen in each of his final three seasons on staff, including two Elite Eight appearances and the aforementioned trip to the 2021 national title game. Prior to his arrival at Gonzaga, Powell served as the associate head coach at Vanderbilt University under Bryce Drew from 2016-2019. During his stint as an assistant at Valpo, he was part of four Horizon League regular-season championships in a five-year period while also leading the 2012-13 and 2014-15 squads to Horizon League tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. A product of Joliet West High School and a native of Joliet, Ill., Powell capped a prolific collegiate playing career at Illinois with a national title game appearance in 2005 before going on to a successful professional playing career.

Feb. 7 – Indiana State 101, Valpo 61: Freshman Kaspar Sepp scored a career-high 15 points and fellow rookie Cooper Schwieger paced the team with 17, but Valpo fell to league-leading Indiana State 101-61 earlier this month at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute. The Sycamores used an 18-0 run in the first half to build up the advantage before breaking it open by outscoring the guests 17-2 in the first 5:34 of the second half.

Series Notes: Valpo is 37-58 in an all-time series that dates all the way back to 1936-37. Indiana State has won the last three matchups, but Valpo had won three straight prior to that. A year ago, the Trees prevailed 68-50 on Jan. 1 at the ARC and 84-62 on Feb. 8 in Terre Haute. Valpo is 6-8 against its instate foe since joining The Valley. This will be the 96th matchup between the two teams.

Scouting the Sycamores

Under the direction of third-year head coach Josh Schertz, who was the runner-up for the MVC Coach of the Year Award last season after leading the Sycamores to their first postseason appearance since 2014 and first postseason win since 2001 when they beat USC Upstate in the first round of the CBI.

Picked to finish fourth in the MVC preseason poll, but are well-positioned to finish ahead of that projection as they are tied with Drake for the top spot.

Led in scoring by Isaiah Swope at 17.3 points per game. Robbie Avila (16.6 ppg) is also among the five Sycamores averaging in double figures and is second on the squad in rebounding at 7.4 per game.

Cracked the Top 25 prior to last week at No. 23, but incurred back-to-back losses – an 80-67 upset at home against Illinois State and a 74-69 defeat at Southern Illinois.

UINDY MEN’S LAX

MEN’S LAX RANKED EIGHTH IN USILA POLL

BALTIMORE, Md. – The UIndy men’s lacrosse team rose one spot to No. 8 in the latest USILA national coaches poll, announced Monday.

The Greyhounds picked up a top-15 win last Saturday in their home opener, defeating No. 13 Merychurst, 8-7, in freezing conditions. Senior netminder KC Carlson made a career-high 17 saves against the Lakers, while Triston Schaffer recorded four points on three goals and one assist.

UIndy is now 3-1 on the season, with its lone loss against the defending national champion and current top-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne. Fellow South Region contenders make up each of the top four, while Wingate slots just ahead of the Greyhounds at No. 7.

The Crimson and Grey host Walsh for a mid-week matchup on Wednesday at 4 p.m. from Key Stadium.

CARLSON EARNS THIRD CAREER GLVC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD

INDIANAPOLIS – UIndy senior goalie KC Carlson was named the GLVC Defensive Player of the Week in men’s lacrosse, it was announced by the league office Monday afternoon.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

KC Carlson, #9 UIndy

Sr. | G | Oceanside, N.Y.

Major: Secondary Education

Team Result: 8-7 W vs. #13 Mercyhurst (2/17)

Stopped career-high 17 shots and allowed just seven goals, posting a .708 save percentage

Saved potential game-tying shot from Mercyhurst goalie as time expired

Picked up two ground balls

Earns third career Defensive Player of the Week Award (2/19/24, 3/20/23, 2/6/23)

Last Greyhounds’ Defensive Player of the Week: Evan Soucy (4/17/23)

UINDY WOMEN’S LAX

HOUNDS SLIP ONE SPOT IN LATEST IWLCA POLL

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. – The UIndy women’s lacrosse team slipped one spot to No. 13 in the latest IWLCA national poll, released on Monday morning.

The Greyhounds split their pair of games this past weekend, picking up their first win of the Peyton Romig era on Sunday afternoon against Young Harris College by a score of 18-8. UIndy opened the season on Friday against No. 2 Florida Southern on the campus of the University of Alabama Huntsville.

Three Hounds registered double-digit points in the two contests, led by Megan Dunn with 14 on eight goals and six assists. Malaena Michielin, who also secured 10 draw controls over the weekend, produced a career-high five goals against the second-ranked Mocs in the season opener.

The poll marks the 73rd consecutive edition in which UIndy has appeared, including its 72nd straight time in the top 15.

UINDY SOFTBALL

O’CONNOR AWARDED GLVC POTW AWARD

INDIANAPOLIS – University of Indianapolis graduate third baseman Emily O’Connor was named a Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) weekly award winner in softball, it was announced by the league office Monday.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Emily O’Connor, #10 Indianapolis

Gr. | 3B | New Palestine, Ind.

Major: Management

Team Results: 4-3 W vs. Thomas More (2/16) | 7-5 W vs. Cedarville, 10-7 W vs. Gannon (2/17)

Went 6-for-8 (.750) in three games, driving in eight runs

Smacked two doubles and one home run for a 1.375 slugging percentage

Added three runs scored and two walks

Highlighted by 2-for-2 performance against Thomas More, recording four RBIs and one home run

Earns third career Player of the Week award (2/19/24, 4/3/23, 3/14/22)

Last Greyhounds’ Player of the Week: Lexy Rees (4/24/23)

MARIAN MEN’S TRACK

OLIVIER LIFRANGE NAMED CROSSROADS LEAGUE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Jackson, Mich. – Two days after helping Marian win the Crossroads League Track and Field Indoor Championships for the fifth consecutive year, Olivier Lifrange was named as the league’s Track Athlete of the Week.

Lifrange was named the men’s MVP of the CL Championships after posting a trio of A-standards in Marian’s dominant team title, helping lead the Knights to their fifth consecutive indoor title. Lifrange won the 400 and 4×400-relay and finished second in the 200, hitting A standards in each event. Lifrange helped the 4x400m relay team break the meet record, tied his own Marian record in the 400m, and was one of two athletes to break the 200m record, scoring the most individual points over the two days.

Lifrange and the Knights will depart for Brookings, South Dakota, on Monday, February 26. Competition at South Dakota State begins on February 29.

MARIAN WOMEN’S TRACK

LANGE AND BENJAMIN SWEEP CROSSROADS LEAGUE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK HONORS

Jackson, Mich. – For the second time this season, Claire Lange and Arriana Benjamin have been crowned the Crossroads League Athletes of the Week on the same day, with the honors coming just two days after Marian’s third consecutive Crossroads League Indoor Championship. Lange’s honor as Track Athlete of the Week is the second in her career, while Benjamin’s third honor of the season for Field Athlete of the Week is the 12th in her career.

Benjamin’s performance led Marian to the Crossroads League Championship and resulted in being named the Most Outstanding Field Athlete of the meet. Benjamin won the weight throw and shot put with A-standard efforts to fuel MU’s championship weekend. The senior’s shot put efforts set a new PR and extended her Marian school record, as she posted an upset over league favorite Princess Kara.

Lange was named the Most Outstanding Female Track Athlete of the CL Championships, helping Marian to the title with wins in the 600, 4×400-relay and 4×800-relay. Lange hit A-standards in all three and added a runner-up showing in the 800. In total, Lange set two Crossroads League meet records in the relays, while helping break the Marian 4x800m relay record.

The Knights will depart for Brookings, South Dakota, on Monday, February 26. Competition at South Dakota State begins on February 29.

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index

TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/

OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php                                                                                                                                                                            

TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index

NBA STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nba/standings

NHL STANDINGS

https://www.foxsports.com/nhl/standings

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/standings/

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

https://www.ncaa.com/standings/basketball-women/d1

FOOTBALL HISTORY

Gridiron headlines in history for February 20

February 20, 1892 – Atlanta, Georgia – The University of Georgia Bulldogs played its second game ever in a 10-0 loss against the Auburn Tigers according to the University of Georgia web post. The game would be the first in what is now known as ‘The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry’, with 120 games having been played between the schools entering the 2017 season. In 1892 University of Georgia journeyed to Atlanta to play Auburn University’s team, from Auburn, Alabama. It was the first game of what has become the South’s oldest college football rivalry, and many of the sport’s historians consider February 20, 1892, to be the birth date of college football in the South.

Hall of Fame Birthday for February 20

February 20, 1912 – Chicago, Illinois – The awesome Michigan Wolverine Tackle, Francis Whitey Wistert was born. According to the National Football Foundation Whitey had absolutely no prior gridiron experience when he arrived on campus at Michigan in the early 1930’s. The Wolverines were 7-0-1 in the 1933 season aided in part by Whitey’s quick diagnosing of the opposition’s plays. Francis Wistert received the great honor of being selected for inclusion into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1967. Amazingly great football ran in his family’s bloodline as his brothers Albert, who played 1940-1941, and Alvin, who played 1947-1949, are also Hall of Fame enshrines that played at Michigan. 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1923      Giants attorney Emil Fuchs and Christy Mathewson, who became the principal owner and team president, assembled a syndicate that purchases the Boston Braves for $300,000. The future Hall of Famer right-hander’s deteriorating health reduces him no more than a figurehead, turning over the presidency to Fuchs at the end of the season.

1929      The Red Sox announce the team will play its newly allowed Sunday games at Braves Field, the home of their National League rivals located on Commonwealth Avenue at Babcock Street. The team will not play Sunday contests at Fenway Park until 1932 because the blue laws restrict the venue’s use due to its proximity to churches.

1953      August A. Busch, seeing the purchase as a marketing tool, convinces the Board of Directors of Anheuser-Busch to buy the Cardinals from Fred Saigh for $3.75 million. As a matter of civic pride, the former owner, convicted of tax evasion, becomes convinced by the beer baron to take less money than the offer from an ownership group that would move the Redbirds to Houston.

1963      The Cubs officially end their radical approach of using multiple field bosses when the team hires Bob Kennedy as their only manager. With the “College of Coaches” system disbanded, the club will post an 82-80 record under their lone skipper.

1963      After leading the Giants to the pennant, Willie Mays becomes the game’s presently highest-paid player, signing a $100,000 contract, a ten-thousand-dollar increase. The 31-year-old outfielder, who slugged a major league-leading 49 home runs last year, joins Stan Musial, Joe DiMaggio, and Ted Williams in inking a six-figure deal.

1984      Pedro Guerrero becomes the highest-paid Dodger when he signs a five-year, seven-million dollar contract to play in Los Angeles. The 27-year-old Dominican Republic native, a .305 lifetime hitter who paced the team last season with 32 homers and 103 RBIs, made it clear he would not accept anything less than $1.2 million for the upcoming campaign.

1992      After Homer’s Springfield Nuclear Power Plant’s team qualifies for the league final, owner Montgomery Burns hires Darryl Strawberry, Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey Jr., Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith, Jose Canseco, Don Mattingly, and Mike Scioscia to win a $1 million bet with his Shelbyville rival. Although Strawberry, the only major leaguer to play due to a series of bizarre pregame accidents, has hit nine home runs in the game, the southpaw slugger is replaced by Homer in the last inning because Burns wants a righty to face the opponent’s left-hander.

1996      The Yankees officially sign Dwight Gooden, who didn’t play last season due to being suspended for drugs, to a one-year deal with two option years. The complicated contract, necessitated by the hurler’s past addictions, calls for a salary of $1M in 1996, then $2M in 1997 and $3M in 1998, and requires the 31-year-old right-hander to be tested for drugs three times a week while participating in a 12-step program.

2008      “My, oh my,” Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus enters the Baseball Hall of Fame. On his 73rd birthday, the veteran announcer, the team’s lead play-by-play announcer from their inaugural season in 1977 until his death after the 2010 season, learns he is the recipient of the 2008 Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence.

2009      With the most wins among active pitchers, Tom Glavine agrees to a one-year, $1 million deal to stay with the Braves. The 42-year-old southpaw, who underwent surgery for a torn ligament in his left elbow, posted a 2-4 record with a 5.54 ERA in 13 starts for Atlanta before being shut down last August.

2009      Baltimore inks Brian Roberts to a four-year contract extension reportedly worth $40 million. Along with Nick Markakis, who recently signed a six-year, $66 million deal, the 31-year-old talented second baseman becomes the second home-grown Oriole player within a month to agree to a long-term pact to stay with the last-place club.

2009      The Nationals and Ryan Zimmerman (.283, 14, 51) avoid arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $3.3 million contract. The 24-year-old third baseman is Washington’s all-time leader in almost every offensive category, including homers, RBI, runs, hits, and games since the franchise relocated from Montreal four seasons ago.

BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: 1918 (BASEBALL ALMANAC)

Off the field…

New York suffered its worst subway accident in history after a train jumped the tracks in the Malbone Street tunnel (in Brooklyn) while traveling five times the speed limit. Ninety-two passengers were killed and over one hundred were injured. After subway motormen on the Brooklyn Rapid Transit (BRT) had gone out on strike on October 31st, many dispatchers and supervisors were pressed into service as replacement workers. On November 1st, dispatcher Antonio Luciano was assigned as the motorman on the Brighton Line that ran from Park Row over the Brooklyn Bridge. Luciano had never operated elevated trains in passenger service and had to navigate an S-shaped curve on what would later be called the Franklin Shuttle at Malbone Street. The speed limit at the location was posted at six miles per hour, but those on the scene later reported that the train roared through at nearly fifty causing the second and third cars to derail.

In the American League…

The American League season opened with Boston Red Sox ace Babe Ruth pitching a four-hit, 7-1 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics. Shortly after, manager Ed Barrow started Ruth’s conversion to slugger by working him into seventy-two games as an outfielder-first baseman.

On April 18th, Cleveland Indian’s centerfielder Tris Speaker turned an unassisted double play against the Detroit Tigers. Eleven days later, Speaker duplicated the feat against Chicago for the fourth solo-DP of his career and a franchise record that he would later share with teammate Elmer Smith.

During the 1918 season, Washington Senators ace Walter “The Big Train” Johnson completed nine extra-inning games; including an 18-inning contest, one that was “only” 17.1 innings, and three more that were 12-innings plus!

In the National League…

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Braves went head-to-head on August 1st for a Major League record of twenty scoreless innings. Marathon man Art Nehf went the distance for Boston, but was eventually beaten 2-0 in the twenty-first inning.

Cincinnati Reds manager Christy Mathewson suspended Hal Chase indefinitely on August 9th after suspecting him of taking bribes to fix games. Chase was eventually reinstated and returned to play for the New York Giants in 1919.

On October 5th, National League infielder Eddie Grant became the first Major League player killed in wartime action while leading a mission in the Argonne Forest offensive to rescue the “Lost Battalion” who was trapped behind German lines. Other players killed in WWI included Alex Burr, Larry Chappell, Ralph Sharman, and Bun Troy.

Around the League…

Although both leagues optimistically kept the schedules at a one-hundred fifty-four game season, all owners agreed to shorten spring training by 50% in an attempt to save money.

Sunday baseball was officially legalized in Washington, D.C. on May 14th after district commissioners finally rescinded the ban in response to the large increase in the city’s wartime population and the need for more recreational activities.

Secretary of War Newton D. Baker ruled that baseball was not considered an essential occupation and that all players of draft age were subject to the “work-in-essential-industries-or-fight” rule.

During the “7th-inning stretch” in Game 1 of the World Series, a military band played “The Star Spangled Banner” as a tribute to all servicemen on leave and in attendance. From then on, the song was played at every World Series outing and every season opener (though it was not yet adopted as the national anthem). The custom of playing it before every game began during WWII, after the installation of stadium speaker systems made it more feasible.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

1 – 24 – 7 – 9

February 20, 1919 – One of the founding clubs of the NHL, the Toronto Arenas have the need to cease operations due to financial difficulties. This club would later become Toronto St. Patricks who would in turn be known as the Toronto Maple Leafs.

February 20, 1926 – The Montreal Maroons and the Ottawa Senators hockey game ends in just the second scoreless tie in NHL history. Tending the nets were Clint Benedict of the Maroons and Senators goal keeper Alex Connell, Number 1. Ironically but less than a decade later Connell would be minding the crease of the Maroons. We are not quite sure what number Benedict wore on his sweater but we do know that he was one of if not the first goalie to wear a face mask in NHL history.

February 20, 1952 – Emmett Ashford becomes the first black umpire in organized baseball as he gained certification on this day. The legendary trail blazing Ump had to wait until the 1966 season though to make it into the “Big Leagues” for his MLB debut on the field.

February 20, 1963 – The legendary Willie Mays, Number 24, a Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder of the future at the time, became the highest-paid player in MLB, signing a record $100,000 contract with the San Francisco Giants.

February 20, 1971 – The Boston Bruins legend, Phil Esposito became the record holder for NHL’s quickest to score 50 goals in a season. Esposito wore the Number 7 proudly on his Bruins jersey.

February 20, 1971 – Not to be outdone that day, Number 9 of the Red Wings, “Mr. Hockey,” Gordie Howe, scores a goal and adds 3 assists, including his 1,800th career NHL point, in 6-5 Red Wings’ win over Buffalo in Detroit. Howe hit this milestone in his 1,670th game, so due the math…he was very productive in almost every game offensively.

February 20 , 1993 – The NY Islanders retired Billy Smith’s Number 31 jersey digit from further use.

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

Feb. 20

1887 — The International Association, the first minor league baseball association, is organized in Pittsburgh.

1951 — The college point-shaving scandal prompts Long Island University to drop basketball and all other intercollegiate sports. LIU revives basketball in 1957.

1971 — En route to a record 76-goal season, Boston’s Phil Esposito becomes the first player to score his 50th goal in February, but the Bruins lose to the Los Angeles Kings 5-4.

1972 — Larry Brown of the Denver Rockets sets ABA records for assists in a game (23), half (18) and quarter (10) during a 146-123 home win over the Pittsburgh Condors.

1974 — Gordie Howe, the NHL’s career scoring leader, comes out of retirement and signs a $1 million, four-year contract to play with the Houston Aeros of the WHA and sons Mark and Marty.

1976 — Muhammad Ali beats Jean-Pierre Coopman with a fifth-round knockout at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in Puerto Rico to defend his world heavyweight title.

1988 — In Calgary, Alberta, Brian Boitano of the U.S. wins the Olympic figure skating gold medal on a technical merit tiebreaker and nearly flawless free skate.

1993 — Julio Cesar Chavez records a fifth-round TKO over Greg Haugen in a WBC super lightweight title bout before a record crowd of 130,000 at Mexico City’s Aztec Stadium.

1998 — Tara Lipinski, 15, becomes the youngest Olympic figure skating champion, beating fellow teen and U.S. teammate Michelle Kwan to take the gold. Lipinski is two months younger than Sonja Henie was in her 1928 victory.

2006 — Tanith Belbin and partner Ben Agosto end the U.S. medals drought in Olympic ice dance competition with a silver. The last to do so were Colleen O’Connor and James Millns, who won bronze in 1976.

2009 — Lindsey Van of the U.S. becomes the first female ski jumping world champion. Women’s ski jumping makes its debut at this year’s Nordic world championships in the Czech Republic. Todd Lodwick wins the opening Nordic combined event to give the U.S. two golds in one day. Before Van’s victory, the U.S. had not won a gold at a Nordic worlds since 2003 when Johnny Spillane took a Nordic combined sprint.

2010 — Switzerland’s Simon Ammann wins the large hill at the Vancouver Games to become the first ski jumper with four individual Olympic titles.

2011 — Trevor Bayne, 20, wins the Daytona 500, NASCAR’s biggest race, in only his second Sprint Cup start.

2011 — Kobe Bryant wins his record-tying fourth All-Star game MVP award, scoring 37 points before his hometown fans and leading the West past the East 148-143.

2016 — Lindsey Vonn clinches a record 20th World Cup crystal globe title and surpasses Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark. It’s Vonn’s record eighth downhill title. Stenmark won 19 globes between 1975 and 1984.

2021 – Australian Open Women’s Tennis: Naomi Osaka of Japan wins her 4th major and second Australian title; beats American Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3.

2022 – Hannah Green of Australia becomes first woman to win a mix-gender golf tournament over 72 holes; closes with 5-under 66 for a 4-stroke win in TPS Murray River on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

TV SPORTS TUESDAY

BEACH SOCCER (MEN’S)

6:20 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Belarus vs. Colombia, Group C, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

7:50 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Oman vs. Portugal, Group D, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

10:20 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Japan vs. Senega, Group C, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

11:50 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Mexico vs. Brazil, Group D, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

CHAMPIONS HOCKEY LEAGUE

1:30 p.m.

NHLN — Genève-Servette vs. Skellefteå AIK

COLLEGE BASEBALL

8:30 p.m.

PAC-12N — Kansas St. at Arizona St.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

6:30 p.m.

FS1 — Butler at Villanova

7 p.m.

ACCN — Boston College at Florida St.

CBSSN — VCU at UMass

ESPN — Arkansas at Texas A&M

ESPN2 — Syracuse at NC State

ESPNU — UCF at West Virginia

SECN — Tennessee at Missouri

8:30 p.m.

FS1 — UConn at Creighton

9 p.m.

ACCN — Pittsburgh at Wake Forest

CBSSN — San Diego St. at Utah St.

ESPN — Baylor at BYU

ESPN2 — TCU at Texas Tech

PEACOCK — Maryland at Wisconsin

10:30 p.m.

FS1 — San Jose St. at Boise St.

11 p.m.

CBSSN — Wyoming at Nevada

ESPN2 — San Francisco at Saint Mary’s (Cal)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

7 p.m.

BTN — Wisconsin at Minnesota

9 p.m.

BTN — Northwestern at Nebraska

SOCCER (MEN’S)

2:30 p.m.

USA — Premier League: Brentford at Manchester City

3 p.m.

CBS — UEFA Champions League: Atlético Madrid at Inter Milan, Round of 16 – Leg 1

7:55 p.m.

FS2 — CONCACAF Champions Cup: Houston at St. Louis City SC, First Round – Leg 1

9:55 p.m.

FS2 — CONCACAF Champions Cup: Philadelphia Union at Deportivo Saprissa, First Round – Leg 1

TENNIS

3 a.m.

TENNIS — Dubai-WTA, Doha-ATP, Rio de Janeiro-ATP, Los Cabos-ATP Early Rounds

6 a.m.

TENNIS — Dubai-WTA, Doha-ATP, Rio de Janeiro-ATP, Los Cabos-ATP Early Rounds

3 a.m. (Wednesday)

TENNIS — Dubai-WTA, Doha-ATP, Rio de Janeiro-ATP, Los Cabos-ATP Early Rounds

6 a.m. (Wednesday) TENNIS — Dubai-WTA, Doha-ATP, Rio de Janeiro-ATP, Los Cabos-ATP Early Rounds