MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#1 GONZAGA 97 DIXIE STATE 63
#2 UCLA 95 BAKERSFIELD 58
#3 KANSAS 87 MICHIGAN STATE 74
#4 VILLANOVA 91 MOUNT ST. MARY’S 51
#5 TEXAS 92 HOUSTON BAPTIST 48
#7 PURDUE 96 BELLARMINE 67
#9 DUKE 79 #10 KENTUCKY 71
#11 ILLINOIS 71 JACKSON STATE 47
#12 MEMPHIS 89 TENNESSEE TECH 65
#13 OREGON 83 TEXAS SOUTHERN 66
#14 ALABAMA 93 LOUISIANA TECH 64
#15 HOUSTON 83 HOFSTRA 75 OT
#16 ARKANSAS 74 MERCER 61
#17 OHIO STATE 67 AKRON 66
#18 TENNESSEE 90 TENNESSEE MARTIN 62
#19 NORTH CAROLINA 83 LOYOLA MARYLAND 67
#21 MARYLAND 83 QUINNIPIAC 69
#22 AUBURN 77 MOREHEAD STATE 54
#23 ST. BONAVENTURE 75 SIENA 47
#24 CONNECTICUT 99 CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE 48
NAVY 66 #25 VIRGINIA 58
INDIANA 68 EASTERN MICHIGAN 62
BUTLER 56 IUPUI 47
CINCINNATI 65 EVANSVILLE 43
GEORGIA SOUTHERN 82 BALL STATE 71
TOLEDO 69 VALPARAISO 61
PURDUE FORT WAYNE 103 EARLHAM 54
INDIANA STATE 81 GREEN BAY 77
WESTERN ILLINOIS 75 NEBRASKA 74
MINNESOTA 71 KANSAS CITY 56
WISCONSIN 81 ST. FRANCIS NEW YORK 58
NORTHWESTERN 80 EASTERN ILLINOIS 56
IOWA 106 LONGWOOD 73
ST. FRANCIS 95 GREAT LAKES CHRISTIAN 90
IU KOKOMO 69 TAYLOR 67
INDIANA WESLEYAN 109 IU SOUTHEAST 76
TRINE 87 MANCHESTER 71
HUNTINGTON 69 NORTH OHIO 55
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 66 #5 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 57
#4 MARYLAND 97 LONGWOOD 67
#7 BAYLOR 77 TEXAS STATE 70
#9 IOWA 93 NEW HAMPSHIRE 50
#10 OREGON 91 IDAHO STATE, 34
#11 MICHIGAN 67 IUPUI 62 OT
#12 IOWA STATE 65 OMAHA 38
#13 KENTUCKY 81 PRESBYTERIAN 53
#16 FLORIDA STATE 78 N. FLORIDA 50
#17 GEORGIA TECH 74 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 40
#21 SOUTH FLORIDA 63 TEXAS PAN-AMERICAN 56
#22 ARIZONA 87 CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE 44
#23 TEXAS A&M 87 TEXAS CORPUS CHRISTI 54
#24 VIRGINIA TECH 76 DAVIDSON 57
#25 TEXAS 131 NEW ORLEANS 36
ILLINOIS 73 NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 56
NEBRASKA 108 MAINE 50
JACKSONVILLE 69 MINNESOTA 60
MICHIGAN STATE 93 MOREHEAD STATE 31
PENN STATE 85 LONG ISLAND 66
RUTGERS 59 ST. PETER’S 38
BALL STATE 84 MILWAUKEE 75 OT
PURDUE FORT WAYNE 102 MANCHESTER 35
NOTRE DAME 105 OHIO 69
INDIANA STATE 88 STEPHENS COLLEGE 33
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL
MIAMI OHIO 45 BUFFALO 18
WESTERN MICHIGAN 45 AKRON 40
OHIO 34 EASTERN MICHIGAN 26
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 10
TOLEDO AT BOWLING GREEN | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
BALL STATE AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 7 P.M. | ESPN2
KENT STATE AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 8 P.M. | ESPNU
THURSDAY, NOV. 11
NORTH CAROLINA AT PITT | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
FRIDAY, NOV. 12
CINCINNATI AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 6 P.M. | ESPN2
WYOMING AT BOISE STATE | 9 P.M. | FS1
SATURDAY, NOV. 13
NEW MEXICO STATE AT ALABAMA | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
OKLAHOMA AT BAYLOR | 12 P.M. | FOX
WEST VIRGINIA AT KANSAS STATE | 12 P.M. | FS1
NORTHWESTERN AT WISCONSIN | 12 P.M. | ESPN2
MISSISSIPPI STATE AT AUBURN | 12 P.M. | ESPN
MICHIGAN AT PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | ABC
RUTGERS AT INDIANA | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
SAMFORD AT FLORIDA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
UCONN AT CLEMSON | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
SYRACUSE AT LOUISVILLE | 12 P.M. | ESPN3
UCF AT SMU | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
EAST CAROLINA AT MEMPHIS | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
HOUSTON AT TEMPLE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
BUCKNELL AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
WESTERN KENTUCKY AT RICE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
UTAH AT ARIZONA | 2 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
GEORGIA STATE AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTH ALABAMA AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT TEXAS STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA AT TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
PURDUE AT OHIO STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
USC AT CAL | 3:30 P.M. | FS1
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
CHARLOTTE AT LOUISIANA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT OLD DOMINION | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
UAB AT MARSHALL | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
MIAMI AT FLORIDA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
SOUTHERN MISS AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
BOSTON COLLEGE AT GEORGIA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
DUKE AT VIRGINIA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
LOUISIANA AT TROY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
IOWA STATE AT TEXAS TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2
MINNESOTA AT IOWA | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
MARYLAND AT MICHIGAN STATE | 4 P.M. | FOX
SOUTH CAROLINA AT MISSOURI | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
UTEP AT NORTH TEXAS | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
TULSA AT TULANE | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
HAWAI’I AT UNLV | 4 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS
ARKANSAS STATE AT UL MONROE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
STANFORD AT OREGON STATE | 5:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
TEXAS A&M AT OLE MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN
KENTUCKY AT VANDERBILT | 7 P.M. | ESPN2
ARIZONA STATE AT WASHINGTON | 7 P.M. | FS1
NEW MEXICO AT FRESNO STATE | 7 P.M. | STADIUM
AIR FORCE AT COLORADO STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
NOTRE DAME AT VIRGINIA | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
KANSAS AT TEXAS | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
NC STATE AT WAKE FOREST | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
ARKANSAS AT LSU | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
TCU AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 8 P.M. | FOX
COLORADO AT UCLA | 9 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
WASHINGTON STATE AT OREGON | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
NEVADA AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
UTAH STATE AT SAN JOSE STATE | 10:30 P.M. | FOX
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2021
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (THU) 8:20P (ET) 8:20P FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2021
ATLANTA FALCONS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
CLEVELAND BROWNS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
DETROIT LIONS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P FOX
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC*
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2021
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (MON) 5:15P (PT) 8:15P ESPN
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL REGIONALS THIS WEEK
PENN AT MERRILLVILLE
WESTFIELD AT CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)
BROWNSBURG AT BEN DAVIS
CENTER GROVE AT LAWRENCE NORTH
VALPARAISO AT MICHIGAN CITY
FW BISHOP DWENGER AT ZIONSVILLE
NEW PALESTINE VS. CATHEDRAL
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH AT NEW ALBANY
NEW PRAIRIE AT LOWELL
MISSISSINEWA AT NORTHRIDGE
RONCALLI AT MT. VERNON
EAST CENTRAL AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
MISHAWAKA MARIAN AT HANOVER CENTRAL
BREBEUF JESUIT AT NORWELL
TRI-WEST AT OWEN VALLEY
LAWRENCEBURG AT GIBSON SOUTHERN
LAVILLE AT ANDREAN
EASTBROOK AT EASTSIDE
SCECINA AT LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI AT TRITON CENTRAL
NORTH JUDSON AT CARROLL (FLORA)
ADAMS CENTRAL AT SOUTH ADAMS
LUTHERAN AT PARKE HERITAGE
TRI AT NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)
MILWAUKEE 118 PHILADELPHIA 109
UTAH 110 ATLANTA 98
LA CLIPPERS 117 PORTLAND 109
BOSTON 3 OTTAWA 2
LOS ANGELES 3 MONTRÉAL 2
CAROLINA 2 TAMPA BAY 1
NEW JERSEY 7 FLORIDA 3
DETROIT 4 EDMONTON 2
ST. LOUIS 3 WINNIPEG 2
CHICAGO 3 PITTSBURGH 2
SAN JOSE 4 CALGARY 1
ANAHEIM 3 VANCOUVER 2
VEGAS 4 SEATTLE 2
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS
- OHIO STATE
- MICHIGAN STATE
- NOTRE DAME
- OKLAHOMA STATE
- TEXAS A&M
- WAKE FOREST
- OLE MISS
- NC STATE
- SAN DIEGO STATE
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
COACH K WINS GARDEN FINALE AS DUKE TOPS KENTUCKY 79-71
NEW YORK (AP) Mike Krzyzewski’s farewell tour started with a win thanks to his latest group of stellar freshmen at Duke.
Trevor Keels scored 25 points and classmate Paolo Banchero added 22 to help the No. 9 Blue Devils open their coach’s final season by beating 10th-ranked Kentucky 79-71 on Tuesday night in the nightcap of the Champions Classic.
“It was an amazing game that felt so good with the Garden crowd and playing against an outstanding team,” Krzyzewski said. “They are tough. and we are tough. That was a big-time game. Really big time.”
Krzyzewski announced that he would retire at the end of the season. The Hall of Famer has won 1,098 games and five national championships in his 42 years coaching the Blue Devils. Overall he has 1,171 wins, the most in the history of the sport.
“We wanted to get this win for Coach in this first game,” Banchero said. “We had a chance to make a statement with this game and come out and play well. That’s what we were thinking about coming in.”
The two basketball blue bloods, who have quite the history between them on the game’s biggest stage, put on a spectacular show to open the season. The loud split crowd at Madison Square Garden that included many members of the New York Knicks and Bruce Springsteen was on its feet for most of the second half.
Duke, which led by four at the half, built the advantage to 15 with just under 10 minutes left behind Keels. The Wildcats wouldn’t go away, scoring the next 11 points to get within 69-65 on a three-point play by Oscar Tshiebwe with 6:07 left.
That’s as close as Kentucky could get.
“We got it to four and then we’ll watch the tape,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “Two shots blocked. All I said all week is if you drive, don’t get it blocked.”
Keels scored on the Blue Devils’ next possession and Banchero followed with a three-point play after a huge block by Mark Williams to start a 7-0 run.
Kentucky only got within eight the rest of the way.
“We’re never going to back down from a fight, we’ll always play to the end,” said Kentucky’s Jacob Toppin.
Tshiebwe finished with 17 points and 19 rebounds. Sahvir Wheeler added 16 points and 10 assists for the Wildcats.
NO. 2 UCLA THUMPS BAKERSFIELD 95-58 IN OPENER, RILEY INJURED
LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA got a big win to start the season, along with a dose of bad news, too.
Johnny Juzang scored 19 points, one of four starters in double figures for the second-ranked Bruins in a 95-58 rout of Cal State Bakersfield in the teams’ season opener Tuesday night
UCLA’s fifth starter, Cody Riley, hurt his left knee eight minutes into the game and didn’t return.
“There was a crash,” coach Mick Cronin said. “He said it all happened so fast, somebody ran me over. Hopefully, he’s OK and it’s not anything too serious.”
The Bruins got 19 points in 16 minutes from Jules Bernard, 14 points by Jaime Jaquez Jr. and 10 points from Tyger Campbell. The team shot 50% from the field and made 20 of 26 free throws.
“We all feel ready to play. We’ve got the energy and the effort,” said Juzang, the star of UCLA’s Final Four run last season.
That’s why Riley’s injury was especially deflating.
He went down near the opposing bench, clutching his knee. He lay on the court as the arena went silent, and eventually limped to the locker room with some fans chanting his name. The redshirt senior averaged 10 points last season.
“When we saw he was in pain, it was tough to see,” Bernard said. “We wanted to win for him.”
Justin McCall scored 11 points and Shaun Williams added 10 for the Roadrunners.
“They couldn’t make enough shots to put enough offensive pressure on us,” Cronin said.
The Bruins hit three straight 3-pointers to open the game, with Bernard making the first. He had a 3 to open the second half, too, and finished with four of UCLA’s 13 3s in the game.
Leading by seven, the Bruins put together a 29-8 run to end the half ahead 47-19. Campbell ran off seven in a row and Jaquez hit a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to send the Bruins into their locker room with a rush.
UCLA held the Roadrunners to 8-of-31 shooting and forced 10 of Bakersfield’s 15 turnovers in the first half.
Bernard’s three-point play extended the Bruins’ lead to 60-26.
Led by McCall, the Roadrunners strung together some productive possessions and improved their shooting to 48% in the second half. Williams hit a 3-pointer and fed Brian Washington for a dunk, and McCall scored four in a row to leave them trailing 68-39.
UCLA responded with six straight points by Juzang and Jaquez to lead 75-39. Cronin was able to get his starters some rest over the game’s final six minutes while giving minutes to youngsters, including Jaylen Clark, who had 10 points and seven rebounds.
ANTETOKOUNMPO, ALLEN LEAD BUCKS PAST SHORT-HANDED 76ERS
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 16 rebounds, Grayson Allen scored 25 points and hit a key 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter, and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers 118-109 on Tuesday night.
Bobby Portis added 19 points for the NBA champions, who played a day after celebrating the franchise’s first title in 50 years with a trip to visit President Joe Biden at the White House. The Bucks won for just the second time in the last seven.
“Always feels good to get a win,” Antetokounmpo said. “I was just trying to be competitive and trying to do whatever it takes to get a win. That’s what my team wants me to do, that’s what my team needs me to do.”
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said Antetokounmpo took his game to another level.
“I think he had that extra competitiveness tonight,” Budenholzer said. “He made some plays that are special. He can do some unique things, and he did it multiple times tonight. There was just that extra desire, that extra competitive gear that he needed, that we needed.”
Tyrese Maxey scored 31 points for the 76ers, who played without four-time All-Star Joel Embiid for the second straight game. Embiid was one of four 76ers out due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols, along with Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle and Isaiah Joe.
Seth Curry (left foot contusion) also sat for the 76ers, and Ben Simmons (personal reasons) hasn’t played all season.
All of the absences led Philadelphia general manager Daryl Morey to tweet Tuesday afternoon that “the hits just keep on comin”
But the 76ers left the court in defeat to applause from the normally demanding home crowd, which recognized the strong effort put forth by a Philadelphia team that started Shake Milton, Maxey, Furkan Korkmaz, Paul Reed and Andre Drummond.
“The energy in the arena is unreal,” said Georges Niang, who scored 21 points off the bench.
Still, Niang is looking for more than moral victories.
“I think everybody’s here to win,” he said. “We know we’re short-handed, but we have to clean up some things in the fourth quarter.”
Philadelphia took its last lead of the contest on Maxey’s bank shot that made it 102-101 with 5:43 left. Consecutive 3-pointers by Portis and Pat Connaughton put the Bucks ahead 107-102, and Allen all but sealed it with a 3 that put the Bucks up 114-107 with 1:30 to play.
“Grayson did a great job of getting to the right spot,” said Antetokounmpo, who assisted the key basket.
The Bucks led by eight early in the third on George Hill’s follow shot, but Philadelphia didn’t wilt. The 76ers went ahead 90-89 on Danny Green’s 3-pointer with 1:49 left in the third and finished the period in front 93-91 thanks to Drummond’s tip of Maxey’s miss with 1.5 ticks remaining.
Drummond had 17 points and 20 rebounds, and Milton scored 20 points.
MITCHELL SCORES 27, JAZZ PULL AWAY TO BEAT HAWKS 110-98
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Donovan Mitchell’s playmaking and Utah’s tough fourth-quarter defense helped the Jazz beat the Atlanta Hawks for the second time in five days.
Mitchell scored 27 points to lead the Jazz to a 110-98 victory on Tuesday night.
Bojan Bogdanovic and Jordan Clarkson added 16 points apiece for the Jazz. Rudy Gobert grabbed 14 rebounds. Utah shot 51% from the field and had six players score in double figures.
Mitchell went 11 for 20 from the field, his second-most efficient shooting performance of the season.
“It’s less about running the team and managing the game as it is making the right play,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “He’s capable of doing a lot of things on the court whether he’s off the ball or he’s handling the ball.”
Utah held Atlanta to just two baskets over the final 6 1/2 minutes. Those late stops made a difference in a game where the Hawks shot 51% from 3-point range.
Kevin Huerter scored 28 points and Trae Young added 27 for the Hawks. Still, neither player scored a point in the fourth quarter.
“It just started on the defensive end,” Mitchell said. “We were making shots, we were going back and forth but when we really honed in on our defense and got stops going, it busted the lead open.”
Cam Reddish had 16 points, while Clint Capela finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Atlanta dropped its fifth straight game, and the strain of the long losing streak is already starting to show on the Hawks.
“A lot of people are frustrated,” Huerter said. “I think that’s the right word. I don’t think we expected to be in this position. But we’ve put ourselves in a hole and we have nobody been to blame but ourselves. Gotta be better defensively.”
The Jazz scored baskets on seven straight possessions at one point in the second quarter and shot 12 of 18 from the field during the period to break open a close game.
Mitchell and Mike Conley bookended an 8-0 spurt with 3-pointers to give the Jazz a 62-45 lead heading into the final minute before halftime.
Atlanta nearly erased the deficit entirely with an 11-2 run to open the third quarter. John Collins, Huerter, and Young hit 3-pointers on three straight possessions to punctuate the spurt and trim Utah’s lead to 64-61.
Mitchell took over to prevent the Hawks from taking their first lead since the first quarter. He made a pair of baskets and fed Gobert for a dunk to help the Jazz extend their lead to 75-64.
Huerter hit a fadeaway jumper as Atlanta cut the deficit to 82-75. Mitchell and Royce O’Neale drove for back-to-back layups to ignite a 13-2 run that snuffed out the Hawks’ comeback attempt. Conley capped the run with a layup that put Utah ahead 95-77.
Atlanta made one last run and cut the deficit to 100-93 after Lou Williams sank a 3-pointer and fed Capela for an alley-oop layup. That’s as close as the Hawks got. Back-to-back 3s from Mitchell and Clarkson, followed by a turnaround hook shot from Hassan Whiteside, boosted the Jazz lead to 108-93 with 5:19 left.
“In the fourth quarter we just could not get the ball to go down,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said.
GEORGE SCORES 24, CLIPPERS BEAT BLAZERS TO EXTEND WIN STREAK
LOS ANGELES (AP) Paul George scored 24 points, Reggie Jackson added 23 and the Los Angeles Clippers extended their winning streak to five Tuesday night, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 117-109.
Nicolas Batum added a season-high 22 points for the Clippers, who are 6-4 after losing four of their first five to start the season.
George, the reigning Western Conference player of the week, played only 33 minutes after getting into foul trouble midway through the third quarter. Despite the decreased playing time, he was near a triple-double with nine rebounds and seven assists.
Damian Lillard led Portland with 27 points and Norman Powell scored 23. Jusuf Nurkic had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who are winless in their first five road games.
The Clippers had an 83-79 lead going into the fourth quarter before going on a 13-6 run to take control. They would extend the lead to 12 in the final minute.
The third meeting between the teams was close compared to the first two. The Clippers won by 30 (116-86) on Oct. 25 before the Trail Blazers countered with a 111-92 victory four nights later.
The Clippers jumped out to a 13-3 lead less than three minutes into the game on the strength of three 3-pointers. The Trail Blazers would rally though and go up by 26-20 on Cody Zeller’s dunk with 3:44 remaining in the period.
LA would score the last 13 points in the period to have a 33-26 advantage after 12 minutes.
OHIO ST MOVES INTO CFP POSITION; CINCINNATI 5TH IN RANKINGS
(AP) — No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Cincinnati all moved up one spot behind No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 Alabama in the second College Football Playoff rankings, which were released Tuesday night.
Two Southeastern Conference teams sat atop the ranking for a second straight week, but after Michigan State lost last weekend, at least one spot in the top four was certain to change.
The CFP selection committee simply bumped up the Ducks, Buckeyes and Bearcats and dropped Michigan State to No. 7 behind No. 6 Michigan.
“It’s worth noting that teams ranked two through six all won, but the committee just didn’t see a separation,” committee chairman and Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said.
The Spartans beat the Wolverines 37-33 just two weeks ago, but the head-to-head result didn’t carry the debate with the committee.
“The Michigan-Michigan State discussion started last week,” Barta said. “The committee went back and forth. Michigan, statistically, is probably a more complete team.”
For the second straight week, Cincinnati set a new mark for best ranking for a team outside the Power Five conferences. The Bearcats were sixth in the first rankings.
Unbeaten Oklahoma remained at No. 8 and Notre Dame and Oklahoma State rounded out the top 10.
There are three more regular-season rankings before the CFP selection committee sets the semifinal matchups and other New Year’s Six bowls with its final Top 25 on Dec. 5.
The College Football Playoff semifinals will be played at the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl on Dec. 31.
The national championship game is scheduled for Jan. 10 in Indianapolis.
The Sooners and the Big 12 have quite a bit of ground to make up, but will have plenty of fuel left on the schedule to get a boost.
Oklahoma’s next three are against Baylor, the committee’s No. 13 team, Iowa State (unranked but 6-3), and Oklahoma State. The Cowboys have already split games with Baylor and Iowa State.
“The committee noted, as probably anybody who has been watching Oklahoma, the quarterback change to Caleb Williams has changed that team,” Barta said.
The freshman Williams took over for Spencer Rattler four games ago an Oklahoma’s offense has taken off since.
No unbeaten Power Five conference champion has ever been left out of the playoff and it is doubtful the Sooners would be the first.
The Sooners have also taken this path to the playoff. In 2015, they were 12th in the rankings at this point and made the field. In 2019, they were 10th at this point and got in.
Though it should be noted that in both those season, Oklahoma had already lost a game at this point.
EYES ON THE IRISH
So far Notre Dame’s impact on the rankings has mostly been felt in how beating the Fighting Irish (8-1) has boosted Cincinnati.
Don’t count the Irish out yet.
Assuming they win out, and they will be favored on all of their remaining games (at Virginia, vs. Georgia Tech, at Stanford), the Irish at 11-1 could become an interesting team if the Big Ten and Big 12 teams cannibalize each other and Georgia clears out the rest of the SEC.
ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING EX, VIKES’ COOK SAYS SHE ASSAULTED HIM
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Vikings star Dalvin Cook is facing a lawsuit from a former girlfriend for alleged assault, battery and false imprisonment for a year-ago altercation at his home, the Star Tribune reported Tuesday, and the fifth-year running back is accusing the woman of assaulting and extorting him.
Cook’s attorney, David Valentini, said the woman, a U.S. Army sergeant, unlawfully entered Cook’s home, assaulted him and has been trying to settle her claim for “millions of dollars.”
According to details from the lawsuit that were reported by the Star Tribune, the woman traveled to Cook’s home near Vikings headquarters to end their relationship on Nov. 19, 2020. She said Cook was angered by her request that he help her gather her belongings. She said Cook then “grabbed her arm, and slung her whole body over the couch, slamming her face into the coffee table and causing her lower forehead and the bridge of her nose to bust open.”
The Star Tribune also reported the lawsuit, which was filed in Dakota County District Court, includes as evidence messages sent from Cook to the woman after the fight apologizing for his actions. She said she suffered a concussion, deep cuts to her face and other bruising.
In a statement sent to The Associated Press and other media outlets, Valentini said Cook had the legal right to defend himself per Minnesota’s castle doctrine. He said the woman entered Cook’s home with a stolen garage door opener, punched him and sprayed mace in his face without provocation. The woman also sprayed mace on two guests of Cook’s, Valentini said, and forced the three of them at gunpoint to remain in his home for “several hours.”
The injuries to the woman’s face, Valentini said, occurred when Cook tried to stop his ex-girlfriend from assaulting one of his female guests. Valentini said the woman had also previously caused damage to Cook’s property.
“We are confident a full disclosure of the facts will show Mr. Cook did nothing wrong,” Valentini said.
The Vikings said late Tuesday they were recently notified by Valentini about the situation.
“Upon learning of this, we immediately notified the NFL,” the team said in its statement. “We are in the process of gathering more information and will withhold further comment at this time.”
The Vikings play at the Los Angeles Chargers this weekend. Cook is eighth in the league with 554 rushing yards. He was drafted in the second round out of Florida State in 2017 and last year signed a contract extension worth $63 million.
AP SOURCE: BROWNS RB CHUBB TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns didn’t have much time to celebrate their biggest win this season before being hit with another off-field issue.
Star running back Nick Chubb is being placed on the COVID-19 list after testing positive and could miss this week’s game at New England, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
One of the NFL’s best backs, Chubb is going on the list along with rookie running back Demetric Felton, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team has not made the transaction official.
It’s still possible Chubb and Felton, who are both vaccinated, could play against the Patriots this week as long as they’re symptom free and have two negative tests separated by 24 hours.
ESPN first reported Chubb’s status.
Last week, the Browns (5-4) had to deal with a major distraction caused by wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was excused from the team and then released.
Cleveland tuned out the Beckham drama and played its most complete game on Sunday while blowing out the Cincinnati Bengals 41-16.
Chubb’s situation is the latest obstacle.
“It’s like for every good news, there’s something bad that happens,” said guard Wyatt Teller, who Tuesday signed a four-year, $56.8 million contract extension. “What is this, the world? But no, it sucks. I hope the best for them. I think they were vaxxed.
“I really hope they’re back quickly, no symptoms. Let’s just hope that it was very minor. I wouldn’t wish that on my enemy. It does suck, but that’s something for them to handle and them to work on.”
The Browns had major issues with the coronavirus last season. Coach Kevin Stefanski had to miss Cleveland’s first playoff game since 2003 when he tested positive a few days before the wild-card matchup at Pittsburgh.
The team also played without most of its wide receivers against the New York Jets because of a COVID-19 outbreak.
“One game, we had like 15 dudes in a hot tub that you’re only supposed to have about five and we got in trouble and they all had to sit out a game and we had no wide receivers,” Teller said. “I feel like if you follow the rules, you do the right things, it gives you the best opportunity to get back.
“That’s not how it always works. There’s times where this happens or that happens, but it’s happening to everybody.”
The Browns have avoided similar widespread problems this season, but have had four positive tests in the past two days. Running John Kelly and practice squad wide receiver Lawrence Cager were put on the COVID-19 list Monday.
With Kareem Hunt on injured reserve and out indefinitely with a calf injury, the Browns currently have just one healthy running back – D’Ernest Johnson.
Chubb rushed for 137 yards and scored two touchdowns in Sunday’s 41-16 win at Cincinnati. One of the scores was a 70-yard run on which he was clocked at 21.1 mph.
The 25-year-old Chubb has 721 yards and six touchdowns this season despite missing two games with a calf injury.
BECKHAM CLEARS WAIVERS, FREE AGENT CAN SIGN WITH ANY TEAM
(AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. wanted freedom and got his wish.
A disappointment and distraction before being released by the Cleveland Browns, Beckham cleared NFL waivers without being claimed Tuesday and can now sign as a free agent with any team.
Beckham was let go by the Browns on Monday, closing the book on a tumultuous week and his 2 1/2 seasons with the club. He was eligible to be grabbed by the other 31 teams, but none wanted to pick up the remaining $7.25 million he’s owed this season.
Beckham’s agent, Zeke Sandhu, and the Browns restructured his contract last week, dropping the final, non-guaranteed two years. Cleveland must pay him $4.25 million, but will save $3 million.
Obviously, the 29-year-old Beckham, who pushed hard this offseason to come back from knee surgery, would prefer to sign with a contender to have a shot at playing in a Super Bowl – a situation he thought he had with Cleveland.
On Monday, Seattle coach Pete Carroll teased about Beckham possibly landing with the Seahawks.
“You’ll have to wait and see how this all goes,” Carroll said. “I didn’t say yes, or I didn’t say no. That’s just ’cause – you’ll see.”
The Browns grew tired of Beckham’s attitude and cut ties with the three-time Pro Bowler. Although he was reunited with former LSU teammate and close friend, wide receiver Jarvis Landry, Beckham was never truly happy in Cleveland.
He asked to be traded and never developed an on-field connection with Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. Beckham essentially forced his release last week when his father shared an 11-minute video on social media – hours before the trade deadline – of plays in which Mayfield didn’t pass him the ball.
That was followed by NBA superstar LeBron James tweeting his support of Beckham with the hashtag: (hash)FREEOBJ.
The Browns excused Beckham from practice for three days while setting up the conditions for his release.
RODGERS STANDS BY REMARKS, ADMITS BEING MISLEADING ON STATUS
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he stands behind the comments he made last week about why he didn’t get vaccinated for COVID-19, but acknowledges misleading some people about his status before testing positive.
Rodgers spoke Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show” on YouTube and SiriusXM, four days after discussing on the same outlet his reasons for avoiding a vaccine. Rodgers tested positive Wednesday, was unavailable to play in the Packers’ 13-7 loss Sunday at Kansas City and remains quarantined in his Green Bay home.
“I shared an opinion that’s polarizing,” Rodgers said. “I get it. And I misled some people about my status, which I take full responsibility of, those comments. But in the end, I have to stay true to who I am and what I’m about. I stand behind the things that I said.”
When he was asked about his vaccination status in an Aug. 26 news conference, Rodgers replied by saying, “Yeah, I’m immunized.”
Rodgers had said Friday he sought alternative treatments rather than the NFL-endorsed vaccinations because he is allergic to an ingredient in the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. He didn’t specify the ingredient.
The three-time NFL MVP said he didn’t want the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after hearing of multiple people who’d had adverse reactions to it. Rodgers also said he was worried about potential fertility issues from getting one of these three vaccines, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and obstetrician groups recommend COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant individuals.
“I made some comments that people might have felt were misleading,” Rodgers said. “To anybody who felt misled by those comments, I take full responsibility for those comments.”
Rodgers didn’t specify the comments he was referencing at the time. But about 20 minutes later, he acknowledged that he had misled some people about his vaccination status.
The COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. were tested in tens of thousands of people and proven to be both safe and effective at dramatically reducing the risk of serious disease and death. Serious side effects are extremely rare – and any risk is far lower than the risks posed by COVID-19.
Rodgers emphasized that he realizes the gravity of the pandemic and its impact. During his Friday appearance, he had talked about being “in the crosshairs of the woke mob” and wanting to tell his side of the story “before my final nail gets put in my cancel culture casket.”
“I understand that people are suffering,” Rodgers said. “This has been a really difficult time for the last two years on so many people. We all know individuals who’ve lost their lives personally, people who’ve lost their businesses, their livelihoods. Their way of life has been altered completely. And I empathize with those things. I also know how sports cam be such a connector and bring people together in times of adversity. I do realize that I am a role model to a lot of people.”
After Rodgers made his comments Friday, Wisconsin-based Prevea Health said it had ended its nine-year partnership with the veteran quarterback. Prevea Health’s announcement said it was a mutual parting.
State Farm issued a statement Monday saying it disagrees with some of Rodgers’ statements, but respects his right to have his own opinion, an indication it would keep its relationship with one of its biggest celebrity endorsers. State Farm’s statement says it encourages vaccinations but noted that Rodgers “has been a great ambassador for our company for much of the past decade.”
Rodgers said he doesn’t feel a need to address the commentary that has followed his remarks about why he didn’t get vaccinated.
“I’m an athlete,” Rodgers said. “I’m not an activist. I’m going to get back to doing what I do best, and that’s playing ball. I shared my opinion. It wasn’t one that was come to frivolously. It involved a lot of study and what I felt like was in my best interest for my body. Further comments, I’m going to keep to myself and my doctors.”
Rodgers, who turns 38 on Dec. 2, says he’s feeling better and that he believes there’s only a small possibility he wouldn’t be available for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. The earliest Rodgers could return to the team is Saturday.
“I’m feeling really good,” he said. “I’m definitely fortunate to have the type of care that I’ve been able to have. I know it’s special and it’s helped me get through this better. I also know it hasn’t been like that for everybody. I know this is a difficult time for so many people dealing with COVID. It’s been a tough two years for a lot of people. This has definitely been a time of reflection.”
THURSDAY NFL PREVIEW: BALTIMORE RAVENS (6-2) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (2-7)
THURSDAY, NOV. 11, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // HARD ROCK STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT
LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 8-6
STREAKS: Ravens have won past 3
LAST GAME: 9/8/19: Ravens 59 at Dolphins 10
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/8/19
QB LAMAR JACKSON passed for 266 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs & rushed for season-high 120 yards last week, his 10th-career game with 100+ rush yards, tied with MICHAEL VICK for most all-time by QB. Aims for 3rd in row with 85+ rush yards & 5th in row with 50+ rush yards. Completed 17 of 20 passes (85 pct.) for 324 yards & 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 158.3 rating in last meeting. • RB DEVONTA FREEMAN rushed for season-high 79 yards & had 1st TD catch of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with TD. Rushed for 68 yards in only career game vs. Mia. (10/15/17 w/ Atl.). RB LE’VEON BELL rushed for season-high 48 yards & TD in Week 9. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Mia. • WR MARQUISE BROWN had 9 catches for 116 yards last week, his 5th-career game with 100+ rec. yards & 3rd this season. Has 80+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5. Had 4 catches for careerhigh 147 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 5 of his past 6 on road. Rookie WR RASHOD BATEMAN aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. WR DEVIN DUVERNAY had 2nd TD catch of season in Week 9. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY had season-high 2 PD last week & aims for his 6th in row with PD. Had 2 PD & INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with PD. LB JOSH BYNES led team with season-high 11 tackles & had TFL & PD in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles & TFL. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had 2 TFL, sack, FF & FR in his last game vs. Mia. (12/23/18 w/ Jax.).
QB TUA TAGOVAILOA has 70+ comp. pct., 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating in 2 of his past 3 starts. Can make 1st-career start in primetime. QB JACOBY BRISSETT completed 26 of 43 passes (60.5 pct.) for 244 yards & TD last week. Has 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating in 2 of his past 3 starts. Passed for 215 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs in only career start vs. Bal. (12/23/17 w/ Ind.). Has 4 rush TDs & 0 INTs in 4 career games on TNF (3 starts). • RB MYLES GASKIN had 57 scrimmage yards (34 rush, 23 rec.) with 6 catches & 1st rush TD of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has TD in 2 of past 3. • WR JAYLEN WADDLE led team with 8 catches for 83 yards last week, his 3rd game with 8+ catches this season, most among rookies. Has 7+ catches & 40+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 80+ rec. yards. Leads rookies with 56 catches, tied-3rd most all-time by player in 1st 9 career games. WR MACK HOLLINS had rec. TD in Week 9 & has TD catch in 2 of past 3. TE MIKE GESICKI had 54 rec. yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC North with rec. TD. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD has 10 PD in his past 7. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with INT. CB NIK NEEDHAM had PD & sack last week. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home. LB JEROME BAKER had 7 tackles & 3rd-career INT in Week 9. Had 9 tackles in last meeting. DE EMMANUEL OGBAH had PD & 2.5 sacks last week, his 4th-career game with 2+ sacks. Aims for 5th in row with PD.
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NFL PREVIEW: MVPs IN PRIMETIME HIGHLIGHT WEEK 10 DOCKET
It’s Week 10 in the NFL and there’s standing room only in the top half of the standings.
That’s because several teams have rebounded recently and are making strong cases to return to the playoffs.
- The ATLANTA FALCONS (4-4) started 1-3. Now, they’re jockeying for position in the NFC South.
- Out west, the DENVER BRONCOS (5-4) were 3-4 on Oct. 21. Today, they’re riding a two-game winning streak, including an impressive road victory last week at Dallas, and can move closer to a perch atop the AFC West with a win on Sunday.
- Also in that crowded division, the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-3) have won four of their last six and maintain their division lead, bidding for their first playoff berth since 2018.
- And the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (5-4), who were 2-4 four weeks ago, have won three straight and enter Week 10 just a half game out of first in the AFC East.
It’s also because four teams last week – DENVER, JACKSONVILLE, KANSAS CITY and the NEW YORK GIANTS – earned wins over first-place opponents. The last time in Week 9 or later that four teams with .500-or-below records each defeated division leaders on the same day was Dec. 18, 2011.
In the AFC, 11 teams have a winning record, tied with the AFC in 2014 for the most in a conference entering Week 10 since the league merger in 1970. Five NFL divisions are led by a team that did not win its division last season. Three divisions have a team in first place or tied for first that missed the playoffs in 2020.
Game 136 is history. Games 137-272 lay ahead. Which teams will separate themselves from the crowd?
TWO-MINUTE DRILL: Years from now, when observers recall the 2021 season, they’re likely to remember it as the season of late-game drama. Through nine weeks, 35 games have featured a game-winning score in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime, the most such games through Week 9 all-time.
|MOST GAME-WINNING SCORES IN FINAL TWO MINUTES OR IN OT THROUGH WEEK 9, NFL HISTORY||MOST GAME-WINNING SCORES IN FINAL MINUTE OR IN OT THROUGH WEEK 9, NFL HISTORY|
|MOST WINS BY TEAMS THAT TRAILED IN FOURTH QUARTER, THROUGH WEEK 9, NFL HISTORY||MOST WINS AFTER TRAILING IN FOURTH QUARTER, 2021|
Two teams familiar with late-game dramatics, the ATLANTA FALCONS (4-4) and DALLAS COWBOYS (6-2), will clash at AT&T Stadium on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Last week at New Orleans, Falcons quarterback MATT RYAN orchestrated a five-play, 64-yard drive to set up a game-winning field goal by YOUNGHOE KOO with no time remaining. Atlanta is 3-1 this season in games decided by a game-winning score in the final two minutes or in overtime. The Cowboys are also 3-1 in those games, with all three wins on the road.
The teams with the most games decided by a game-winning score in the final two minutes or in overtime this season:
Last week, Ryan passed for 343 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions for a 135.8 rating in the Falcons’ win. He now has 73 career games with at least 300 passing yards, tied with PHILIP RIVERS (73) for the fourth-most such games all-time. Only DREW BREES (123), TOM BRADY (103) and Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (93) have more.
When the Falcons have the ball, two first-round selections in the 2021 NFL Draft will be on the field. Atlanta’s KYLE PITTS, selected No. 4 overall, has 36 catches for 546 yards. He’s the first rookie tight end with at least 35 receptions and 500 receiving yards over his first eight games in NFL history. Dallas linebacker MICAH PARSONS, the No. 12 selection, leads NFL rookies with 10 tackles for loss and ranks second in both tackles (52) and sacks (five).
MVPs in PRIMETIME: Week 10 features two of the three most recent Most Valuable Players in primetime, as LAMAR JACKSON (2019 MVP) and the BALTIMORE RAVENS (6-2) head to Hard Rock Stadium to face the MIAMI DOLPHINS (2-7) on Thursday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon). Then, on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), PATRICK MAHOMES (2018 MVP) and the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (5-4) visit the LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (5-3).
- Last week, Jackson guided Baltimore to three second-half touchdowns to overcome a 14-point deficit and defeat Minnesota, 34-31, in overtime. Jackson recorded his 10th career game with at least 100 rushing yards, tied with MICHAEL VICK (10) for the most such games by a quarterback all-time, and became the first quarterback in league annals with multiple career games with at least three touchdown passes and 100 rushing yards.
- With exactly 600 rushing yards entering Week 10, he is the first quarterback in NFL history with at least 600 in each of his first four seasons, and joins CAM NEWTON (four seasons) and Vick (four) as the only quarterbacks all-time with four career seasons of at least 600 rushing yards.
- In 11 career starts in primetime, Jackson has an 8-3 record with 3,172 combined passing and rushing yards (288.4 per game) and 31 touchdowns (24 passing, seven rushing) against four interceptions for a 115.5 rating. He has totaled at least three touchdowns in four of his past five primetime games. In his only career start on a Thursday, Jackson recorded five touchdown passes and a 134.4 rating (Week 15 of the 2019 season).
Mahomes enters Week 10 ranking fourth in passing yards (2,534) and tied for third in touchdown passes (20) this season. Since the beginning of his 2018 MVP campaign, he leads the NFL in passing yards (16,402) and touchdown passes (134) and ranks third in passer rating (106.3) among qualified passers.
- In 18 career primetime starts, Mahomes has 5,226 passing yards (290.3 per game) and 46 total touchdowns (43 passing, three rushing). He has at least two touchdown passes in seven of his nine career starts on Sunday night and has thrown for at least 300 yards in three of his past four starts on Sunday Night Football.
SEAHAWKS, PACKERS RENEW 21ST-CENTURY RIVALRY: Since the beginning of the 2003 season, the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS and GREEN BAY PACKERS have set standards for winning in the NFC. Over that time, Green Bay ranks No. 1 in the conference with 184 regular-season wins while Seattle is second with 175. In the postseason over that span, Seattle’s 14 wins are first in the conference and Green Bay’s 13 are second. Each franchise has won a Super Bowl in that window, the Packers in 2010 and the Seahawks in 2013.
- Shifting to 2021, Seattle (3-5) travels to Green Bay (7-2) for another clash on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX). The Packers are looking to stay among the best in the NFC while the Seahawks are trying to jump back into the playoff conversation.
- Since 2012, Seattle’s first season with RUSSELL WILSON as the starting quarterback, Seattle is 3-3 in the regular season and 1-1 in the playoffs against Green Bay. Both Wilson and AARON RODGERS rank in the top five in passing touchdowns and passer rating over that period. Furthermore, among starting quarterbacks, only TOM BRADY (112) has won more games in that span than Wilson (100) and Rodgers (92).
The most NFL postseason meetings, since 2003:
|Indianapolis Colts – New England Patriots||5|
|Green Bay Packers – Seattle Seahawks||4|
|Baltimore Ravens – New England Patriots||4|
|Baltimore Ravens – Tennessee Titans||4|
|Denver Broncos – New England Patriots||4|
|Indianapolis Colts – Kansas City Chiefs||4|
In another connection, former head coach MIKE HOLMGREN led both organizations to Super Bowls. He’s one of seven coaches to guide multiple franchises to Super Bowls, joining JOHN FOX, BILL PARCELLS, DAN REEVES, ANDY REID, DON SHULA and DICK VERMEIL.
In Week 8, Seattle’s last game before its bye, wide receiver DK METCALF recorded six receptions for 43 yards and two touchdowns in the Seahawks’ win. Metcalf now has 25 career touchdown receptions and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (36) and ODELL BECKHAM JR. (34) as the only wide receivers since 1990 with at least 25 touchdown catches in their first 40 games.
SAINTS GO MARCHING INTO MUSIC CITY: The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-3), who have two wins this year against teams currently in first place, get another division front-runner this week, the TENNESSEE TITANS (7-2), at Nissan Stadium (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Officially, the Saints are 3-1 on the road, not including their season-opening 38-3 win over Green Bay, moved to Jacksonville due to Hurricane Ida. New Orleans also defeated first-place Tampa Bay in Week 8. The Titans’ only home loss this season came at the hands of Arizona, which owns the league’s best record.
- The Titans enter the game having won four straight games against teams that made the playoffs last season. In NFL history, only one team has won five such games in consecutive fashion: The 2003 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES.
- Since joining the Titans prior to the 2019 season, Tennessee quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL has orchestrated 12 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime, most in the NFL over that span, two more than the next-closest player, DEREK CARR (10).
- Tannehill’s 12 game-winning Titans drives are tied for the third-most by a quarterback in his first three seasons with a team since the 1970 league merger, trailing the Cowboys’ DAK PRESCOTT (14) and the Falcons’ MATT RYAN (13).
- Last week, New Orleans running back ALVIN KAMARA recorded four receptions with 104 scrimmage yards (54 receiving, 50 rushing) and one rushing touchdown against the Falcons. Kamara now has 358 career receptions, tied with ROGER CRAIG (358) for the most receptions by a running back in his first five seasons all-time.
JUSTIN & JUSTIN: Two players selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT and wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON, will meet for the first time when the MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-5) visit the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-3) on Sunday (4:05 PM, FOX). Each player will play the 25th game in his young career.
- Last week, Herbert engineered a 15-play, 64-yard march to put DUSTIN HOPKINS in position for a game-winning field goal with two seconds remaining in the Chargers’ 27-24 victory. Herbert completed 32 of 38 pass attempts (84.2 percent) for 356 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions for a 123.2 rating and added a rushing touchdown in the Chargers’ win.
- Herbert’s 84.2 completion percentage was the second-highest single-game completion percentage (minimum 30 attempts) by a player age 23 or younger, trailing only DAK PRESCOTT (88.9 percent on Dec. 18, 2016).
- Herbert has 12 career games with at least 300 passing yards, the most such games by a quarterback in his first two seasons in NFL history.
- Jefferson last week had 69 receiving yards, including a 50-yard touchdown reception. He now has 2,032 career receiving yards and, playing his 24th NFL game last week, became the second-fastest player in the Super Bowl era to reach 2,000, trailing only ODELL BECKHAM JR. (21 games).
- Chargers wide receiver KEENAN ALLEN recorded 12 receptions for 104 yards in last week’s win. Allen has nine career games with at least 12 receptions and 100 receiving yards, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (eight games) and WES WELKER (eight) for the most such games in league annals.
The Vikings (seven), Chargers (six) and Falcons (six) lead the NFL this season in games decided by eight points or less.
PROPHETIC POINTS: The PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (3-6) meet the DENVER BRONCOS (5-4) at Empower Field at Mile High on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS). In each of the teams’ last two meetings, the winner has scored at least 50 points and gone on to play in the Super Bowl – the Eagles in 2017 and the Broncos in 2013.
CAROLINA-CARDINALS SACK EXCHANGE: The CAROLINA PANTHERS (4-5) travel to meet the ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-1) on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, FOX). Arizona is tied for fourth in the NFL with 25 sacks this season while Carolina (23) is tied for sixth.
- Carolina linebacker HAASON REDDICK returns to Arizona to face his former team. Reddick leads the Panthers with 8.5 sacks this season and since the beginning of 2020 ranks fourth in the NFL with 21 sacks.
- Cardinals linebacker MARKUS GOLDEN leads the team with nine sacks, tied for third in the league in 2021.
- Arizona has matched the best start in franchise history. The Cardinals also began 8-1 in 1925, 1948 and 2014.
- Cardinals running back JAMES CONNER has 11 scrimmage touchdowns, most in the NFL, including five touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving) in his past two games.
- Carolina running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY totaled 106 scrimmage yards (54 receiving, 52 rushing) last week. McCaffrey now has 20 career games with at least 50 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards, surpassing LE’VEON BELL (19 games) for the most such games by a player in his first five seasons in NFL history.
PITTSBURGH PASS RUSH CHARGED BY 61 WATTS: The PITTSBURGH STEELERS (5-3) have won four straight entering their home game against the DETROIT LIONS (0-8) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX).
- Last week, Steelers linebacker T.J. WATT registered three sacks to increase his career total to 61 while appearing in his 69th NFL game. Since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, only three players have reached 61 sacks in fewer than 69 games, Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (50 games), J.J. WATT (66) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DERRICK THOMAS (67).
- T.J. Watt now has 14 games with at least two sacks. Since he entered the NFL in 2017, no other player has more such games.
BELICHICK FACES FORMER TEAM: New England’s BILL BELICHICK ranks third in NFL history with 316 career victories, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers DON SHULA (347) and GEORGE HALAS (324). Belichick has served as a head coach with two clubs, the CLEVELAND BROWNS (1991-95) and the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2000-present). This week, Belichick and the Patriots (5-4) host his former team, the Browns (5-4), on Sunday at Gillette Stadium (1:00 PM ET, CBS).
- One common thread in every Belichick team has been an emphasis on winning the turnover ratio. In 1991, Belichick’s first season as an NFL head coach, the Browns ranked third in the league in that category. Overall, his clubs have led the league in turnover margin 11 times in his 26 seasons (42.3 percent) as an NFL head coach entering 2021. Since Belichick became New England head coach in 2000, the Patriots own a plus-213 ratio, best in the NFL over that span.
- This week’s game features two of the NFL’s leaders in sacks. Cleveland’s MYLES GARRETT ranks first with 12 and New England’s MATT JUDON is tied for third with nine.
- Last week, Cleveland cornerback DENZEL WARD (99-yard interception return), running back NICK CHUBB (70-yard run) and wide receiver DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES (60-yard catch) each recorded touchdowns in the Browns’ win. Cleveland became the first team in 54 years and the fourth team all-time to record a touchdown pass, rushing touchdown and defensive touchdown each of at least 60 yards in a single game, joining Kansas City (Oct. 30, 1966), Washington (Nov. 27, 1966) and the San Diego Chargers (Oct. 15, 1967).
- Garrett, appearing in his 60th career game last week, increased his career sacks to 54.5, the third-most by a player in his first 60 career games since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers REGGIE WHITE (72.5) and DERRICK THOMAS (55) had more.
NFC WILD-CARD REMATCH: With both teams coming off their bye weeks, the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-2) visit the WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (2-6) in a rematch of a 2020 NFC Wild Card contest on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX). The Buccaneers earned their first of three consecutive road wins on the way to a Super Bowl LV title with a 31-23 win at Washington, as TOM BRADY passed for a postseason franchise-record 381 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 104.3 rating. The postseason game marked Washington quarterback TAYLOR HEINICKE’s first start of the season and he totaled 352 yards (306 passing, 46 rushing) and two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) in the contest.
- In 21 career regular-season starts after a bye week, Brady has a 16-5 record.
- In Week 8 before the Buccaneers’ 2021 bye, Brady passed for 375 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions for a 112.0 rating. He registered his 38th career game with at least four touchdown passes and his 98th with at least three touchdown passes, surpassing DREW BREES for the most such games ever in each category.
- Brady, who has 2,650 passing yards and 25 touchdown passes this season, also joined PATRICK MAHOMES (2018), Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (2013) and RUSSELL WILSON (2020) as the only players with at least 25 touchdown passes and 2,500 passing yards through their team’s first eight games of a season.
- He also has at least 25 touchdown passes in 16 career seasons, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (16) for the most such seasons in NFL history.
TAYLOR, ALLEN MEET IN INDY: The JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-6), who’ve won two of their past three games, make their annual trip to face the INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-5) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). The Colts have won three of their past four.
- Last week, Colts running back JONATHAN TAYLOR had 19 carries for 172 yards (9.1 average) and two touchdowns, including a 78-yard score, in addition to two catches for 28 yards. Taylor has a streak of six games with at least 100 scrimmage yards and one-or-more touchdowns. He could become the first player with a seven-game streak in a season since ARIAN FOSTER (nine games) in 2014.
- Taylor finished the 2020 season at home against the Jaguars with 253 yards on 30 carries (8.4 average) with two touchdowns.
- Jacksonville, meanwhile, defeated Buffalo last week, holding the league’s top scoring offense (32.7 points per game entering Week 9) out of the end zone. It marked the fourth time since 1970 that a team has held an opponent that entered Week 9 or later averaging at least 32 points per game without a touchdown. Previously, the only teams to have done it were CHICAGO (vs. Los Angeles Rams in Week 14, 2018), PHILADELPHIA (at Dallas in Week 15, 2007) and CAROLINA (vs. St. Louis Rams in Week 14, 2000).
- Jaguars defensive end/linebacker JOSH ALLEN became the first player to register at least eight tackles, a fumble recovery, sack and interception in the same game since BOBBY WAGNER in Week 13 of 2018.
WEEK 10 NFL SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern)
|Thursday, November 11||Baltimore at Miami||FOX/NFLN/Amazon||8:20|
|Sunday, November 14||Atlanta at Dallas||FOX||1:00|
|Jacksonville at Indianapolis||CBS||1:00|
|Cleveland at New England||CBS||1:00|
|Buffalo at New York Jets||CBS||1:00|
|Detroit at Pittsburgh||FOX||1:00|
|New Orleans at Tennessee||CBS||1:00|
|Tampa Bay at Washington||FOX||1:00|
|Carolina at Arizona||FOX||4:05|
|Minnesota at Los Angeles Chargers||FOX||4:05|
|Philadelphia at Denver||CBS||4:25|
|Seattle at Green Bay||CBS||4:25|
|Kansas City at Las Vegas||NBC||8:20|
|Monday, November 15||Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco||ESPN||8:15|
|Byes: Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, N.Y. Giants|
CAL-USC GAME POSTPONED OVER POSITIVE COVID-19 TESTS
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California’s game against Southern California was postponed on Tuesday after a series of positive coronavirus tests in the Golden Bears program, the first major college football game to be rescheduled this season because of COVID-19.
Cal played last week at Arizona without starting quarterback Chase Garbers and six other starters because of positive tests that knocked out 24 players and assistant coaches. The Bears lost 10-3 to Arizona.
Cal announced Tuesday that a few additional players tested positive this week, leaving Cal with not enough players at an unidentified position group, leading to the postponement.
“It left us with an inability to compete safely,” athletic director Jim Knowlton said, leading to what he called the “difficult decision” to move the game.
Coach Justin Wilcox said he was upset for the fans and the players but added there was no choice.
“Postponing this game was a last resort and not an action any of us wanted to take; however, it was not possible for us to field a team on Saturday,” Wilcox said.
The game could have been declared a forfeit under Pac-12 rules, but Cal and USC came to an agreement to move the game to Dec. 4, the day after the Pac-12 championship game.
“We’re excited that both USC and Cal could agree that we still want to play this game,” Knowlton said. “We want to do it for our student-athletes. It’s really important because it’s our last home game and it gives us a chance to celebrate our seniors.”
Knowlton said he anticipates Cal being able to resume practice next week and play the Big Game against rival Stanford as scheduled on Nov. 20.
Cal’s ordeal started last week when a symptomatic player tested positive for COVID-19. Cal had not been regularly testing asymptomatic players throughout the season but began testing close contacts and eventually the entire team, leading to the two dozen positive tests.
Garbers criticized school and Berkeley city officials in a Twitter post Monday night, saying they had not been transparent over whether COVID-19 tests for vaccinated players are recommended or mandated.
“We have worked too hard to have someone take this all away from us. It is wrong,” Garbers wrote. “We deserve answers and transparent communication.”
Knowlton said it was ultimately his call based on recommendations from city health officials to require asymptomatic players to test or otherwise be prohibited from playing.
“It couldn’t be any more confusing during these times where you’re trying to figure out how to do the right thing and what is the right thing,” Knowlton said. “I applaud our student-athletes for being vocal and wanting to know what’s going on. The bottom line for us is that (Berkeley health officials) gave us recommendations and we implemented those recommendations to keep our kids safe.”
Cal said 99% of its players are vaccinated but several have tested positive anyway and are required by the city to isolate for 10 days regardless of vaccination status. Knowlton said he asked whether it was possible to test out of that isolation like some pro teams have done but was told that wasn’t allowed.
Knowlton acknowledged that Cal may be operating under more stringent protocols than other schools because of guidance from Berkeley health officials but didn’t question their advice.
“I don’t think there’s any anyone that would not agree that maybe California has been more conservative and that this area has been more conservative,” Knowlton said. “But it’d be hard to argue with the results. … But again, that’s beyond me. I’m just here to execute and support the guidance that we get.”
USC interim coach Donte Williams said his team found out about the postponement prior to practice on Tuesday. Since the Trojans don’t have to prepare for the Bears, they shortened their workout Tuesday and will spend the rest of the week preparing for their rivalry game against UCLA next Saturday.
At 4-5 overall, 3-4 in Pac-12 play, USC must win two of its final three games to become bowl eligible. Williams said there was no interest in seeking a forfeit by Cal, which would have left USC needing just a win at home against the Bruins or No. 14 BYU on Nov. 27 to reach the postseason.
“We want to play the game, and a forfeit is not the way to go, and that’s not the way you want to qualify for a bowl game,” Williams said. “Our whole thing is fighting on and competing, right, that’s our biggest thing is competing and I’m pretty sure they want to compete against us so we look forward to the opportunity.”
OHTANI FINALIST FOR MVP, SHILDT FINAL 3 FOR MANAGER OF YEAR
NEW YORK (AP) Two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels is a finalist for American League MVP in voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
The BBWAA revealed finalists for AL and NL MVPs, Cy Young Awards, Rookies of the Year and Managers of the Year on Monday night. The winners – decided on ballots sent at the end of the regular season – will be revealed next week.
Ohtani is in the final three of AL voting along with two Toronto players, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Marcus Semien.
The 27-year-old Ohtani hit .257 with 46 homers, 100 RBIs and a .965 OPS as the Angels’ full-time designated hitter, while also going 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 23 starts on the mound. It was his first full season in both roles – he won Rookie of the Year in 2018 even after an elbow injury shut him down as a pitcher after 10 starts.
Ex-St. Louis Cardinals skipper Mike Shildt was nominated for NL Manager of the Year less than a month after he was fired. The other finalists are Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell and San Francisco’s Gabe Kapler.
The Cardinals won 17 straight games down the stretch and made the postseason for the third time in four years under Shildt, but the 2018 Manager of the Year was cut loose because of what general manager John Mozeliak termed “philosophical differences.” Oliver Marmol was promoted from bench coach to replace Shildt.
The NL MVP race is down to Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper, Washington’s Juan Soto and San Diego’s Fernando Tatis Jr. Harper is the only former MVP of that trio, earning the honor in 2015 with the Nationals.
In a sign of how voters’ priorities have changed, none of the six MVP finalists played for teams that made the postseason.
Soto, Tatis and Guerrero were all 22 on the final day of the season, and this is the first time a trio of players younger than 23 was among the finalists. The last time even two players that young were finalists was 1956, when Hank Aaron finished third in NL voting and Al Kaline was third in the AL.
Max Scherzer is a finalist for a fourth Cy Young Award after splitting the season between the Nationals and Dodgers, but all the other finalists would be first-time winners.
Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes and Philadelphia’s Zack Wheeler are finalists in the NL, while the AL honor is down to the Yankees’ Gerrit Cole, the White Sox’s Lance Lynn and the Blue Jays’ Robbie Ray, who is now a free agent.
Postseason star Randy Arozarena and teammate Wander Franco of the Tampa Bay Rays are finalists for AL Rookie of the Year along with Astros right-hander Luis Garcia. Franco appeared in just 70 games but still got attention after reaching base in 43 consecutive games, matching Frank Robinson’s record from 1956 for longest by a player age 20 or younger.
Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson, Reds second baseman Jonathan India and Marlins left-hander Trevor Rogers are finalists for NL Rookie of the Year.
METS’ ALDERSON CLAIMS NEW YORK A DETERRENT IN GM SEARCH
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) Mets President Sandy Alderson says the biggest impediment in the club’s dragging search for a general manager isn’t his presence nor owner Steve Cohen, but the spotlight created by the New York market.
“I think it’s mostly about New York, and not about, you know, Steve or the organization or what have you,” he said Tuesday. “It’s a big stage and some people would just prefer to be elsewhere.”
Alderson said the team is considering several candidates for its vacancy, but he does not have any interviews lined up during baseball’s general manager meetings this week in Southern California. He hopes to have some clarity by the end of the week but did not want to set a deadline for when New York will end its ongoing search.
“I don’t want to give you a timeline,” he said. “We’ve already blown through what most people would say is a reasonable timeline.”
New York fired acting general manager Zack Scott on Nov. 1, two months after he was arrested on charges of drunken driving. Scott was promoted to the role in January when Jared Porter was fired after fewer than 40 days on the job following revelations he sent sexually explicit text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 while working for the Chicago Cubs.
Porter and Scott were hired last offseason after Alderson and Cohen failed in their search for a president of baseball operations. Alderson said the club has hit a similar roadblock this offseason.
Alderson said several candidates were unable to get permission from their current club to inteview for the job, while others have declined because they are too comfortable personally or professionally where they are.
Largely, though, he thinks New York itself is keeping people away.
“There are a lot of factors that come into play, but I would say it’s, you know, it’s not unforgiving, but it’s a demanding place,” he said. “Which I enjoy, by the way.”
Alderson said he has interviewed many candidates and Cohen has interviewed some. He believes the organization will make just one hire, for a general manager. He did not rule out the possibility that a president of baseball operations could be hired above that GM in future offseasons.
“Assuming we only hire one person, there will be at least a year runway for that person to demonstrate their ability and their potential,” he said. “I’ve said this to others in the past, that’s the opportunity. That’s all you can ask for. And demonstrated ability tends to get rewarded.
“If you’re looking to be comfortable, this is probably not the place, the Mets are probably not the place to come,” he added.
Alderson said he was a little surprised by how many candidates had turned them down.
He also denied that concerns about autonomy have led to some of those nos. Alderson, who has 40 years of baseball experience, will oversee whoever is hired, and his son, Bryn, is an assistant general manager.
He called concerns about Bryn’s position “a red herring” and said he isn’t even telling his son who is under consideration. Alderson also said he believed his working relationship with Scott this season was strong and demonstrated the freedom an incoming GM would have.
“Am I there to advise? Yes,” he said. “But if you look at my relationship with Zack over the last year, it was probably more of that oversight early, but as he got involved in the day to day operation, there was less and less and that.”
Alderson said during the season he would wait for Scott’s legal issues to be resolved before acting on his employment, but with Scott scheduled for a December court date, the team fired him this month due to the uncertainty entering the offseason.
He said Tuesday that Scott is “a good man” and the club strongly considered bringing him back.
“In my view, Zack did an excellent job for us,” he said. “I thought he was constantly working the wire and trying to make the club better.”
Character is a concern for Alderson and the Mets, which in recent years have hired Porter as well as former manager Mickey Callaway, who last May was banned by Major League Baseball through at least 2022 following an investigation of sexual harassment allegations.
Alderson defended his hiring of Callaway in 2018 by saying he was the “hottest commodity on the market to manage.”
“Could we have done more to uncover some facts in retrospect? I think that’s always, almost always the case,” he said.
“I’m the head of the operation, so I take full responsibility and I’m accountable for that,” he added. “You know, the captain goes as the captain goes.”
The Mets are also without a manager after firing Luis Rojas last month, and Alderson said he will wait until a GM is hired before picking up that search.
Despite all that, Alderson said the Mets “continue to function.” The club extended $18.4 million, one-year qualifying offers over the weekend to free agents Noah Syndergaard and Michael Conforto, and he said Tuesday that Conforto’s agent has already informed him the outfielder will decline.
The Mets sent a small delegation to the GM meetings this week, and Alderson said he wasn’t worried about being here without a general manager as leaders from all 30 baseball operations departments gather.
Alderson joked that he’s interviewed so many candidates for the Mets job that “probably half the people are going to be here today.”
Still, he said, “I’m confident that we’re going to find somebody very capable and right for the job.”
TOP INDIANA HEADLINES/RELEASES
INDIANA PACERS PREVIEW AT DENVER
After their first two-day rest of the season, the Pacers are gearing up for perhaps the toughest back-to-back slate in the NBA for Eastern Conference teams — visits to the Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz.
Up first are the Denver Nuggets (6-4), who will be looking for their third-straight victory after defeating the Miami Heat, 113-96, on Monday night. However, they will be without a few key players when entering their bout with the Blue & Gold.
The Nuggets are already playing without Jamal Murray as he continues to recover from a torn ACL suffered late last season. Last Saturday, Denver escaped with a 95-94 win over the 1-9 Houston Rockets but it came at a cost. In the first quarter, third-year guard Michael Porter Jr. (9.9 points, 6.6 rebounds per game) appeared to injure his back after a seemingly innocuous layup attempt on a 3-on-0 fast break. He exited a few plays later and did not return. On Monday, Nuggets head coach Michael Malone announced he would be out for the “foreseeable future.” Porter agreed to a five-year rookie-scale max extension on September 29.
To boot, the mile-high squad might be without 2020-21 NBA MVP Nikola Jokic. Against the Heat, the 6-11, 284-pound center retaliated to a shove from Markieff Morris, sending Morris to the ground injured. Jokic was ejected for his aggression and could face further punishment shortly. Through 10 games, he has been averaging team-highs in points (25.4), rebounds (13.6), and assists (5.7).
With that, the Pacers are primed to take a victory away from Ball Arena — especially after their inspiring performance against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. Indiana’s defense limited the high-scoring Kings to just 91 points in a winning effort. T.J. McConnell, who has been playing solidly in place of Malcolm Brogdon, made several key buckets down the stretch. Another positive has been the dominant paint presence of Myles Turner. The big man appears to have upped his physical play this year and is averaging career highs in points (14.5) and rebounds (8.5) over the first 11 games. Turner is also shooting 41.1 percent from three, forcing opponents to shift out of the paint and guard the perimeter. The open space is allowing the Blue & Gold to play Rick Carlisle’s style of offense effectively.
Pacers: Malcolm Brogdon – probable (non-COVID illness), Isaiah Jackson – out (left knee injury), T.J. Warren – out (left foot stress fracture)
Nuggets: Vlatko Cancar – questionable (left hip strain), Jamal Murray – out (left knee injury recovery), Michael Porter Jr. – out (sore lower back)
Marc 15, 2021: Indiana overcame a 20-point deficit to take a 91-87 lead into the fourth quarter. However, when it came time to secure the win, Indiana struggled mightily. The Blue & Gold tallied just two points over the first 7:04 of the fourth quarter as the Nuggets regained the lead using a 22-2 run. Denver outscored Indiana, 34-15 in the frame to take home a 121-106 victory.
Five Pacers finished in double figures, with Malcolm Brogdon leading all with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Justin Holiday tallied 19, including five triples, and Caris LeVert added 17 in the loss. Domantas Sabonis narrowly missed a triple-double with 10 points, 10 assists, and nine boards. Nikola Jokic had 32 and 14 rebounds to lead Denver.
Denver used a 17-0 run, including four consecutive threes, to break open a 35-35 game in the second quarter. However, Indiana continued to fight back in the frame. Using runs of their own, the Blue & Gold managed to cut the lead down to single digits, 65-56, after Brogdon drove past his defender for an easy layup before halftime.
Indiana earned its first lead of the game on Brogdon’s 3-pointer at the 6:47 mark of the third. The game remained a back-and-forth affair until the fourth. Indiana maintained a four-point edge heading into the final frame despite a wild sequence on defense. Somehow, the Pacers allowed seven consecutive offensive boards to the Nuggets. Yet Denver still came up empty.
But the squad stumbled to start the fourth, failing to find a bucket until Sabonis tipped in a miss with 7:05 to go. By then, it was too little, too late. Indiana never threatened Denver’s lead again.
The Pacers earned their first win in Denver since Nov. 27, 2007, with a 115-107 win on Jan. 19, 2020.
Indiana is just 16-30 all-time on the road against the Nuggets during the regular season.
Will Barton, potentially the Nuggets’ main scoring threat for this upcoming game, averaged 18 points per contest against the Pacers last season.
INDY FUEL: DEAL CUGLIETTA TO GREENVILLE
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs announced Tuesday that they have traded forward Diego Cuglietta to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, in exchange for future considerations.
Cuglietta, 26, joined the Fuel during the 2020-21 season after being traded by the Utah Grizzlies. The 5-foot-10, 176-pound forward skated in 42 games for the Fuel tallying nine goals and 10 assists. Through three years as a professional, Cuglitta has appeared in 65 ECHL games and 27 AHL games.
Various ticket options are now on sale for the Fuel’s 8th season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum! Lock up your seat for every second of the action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with a Fuel Ticket Plan – grab yours by heading to IndyFuelHockey.com or by calling the Fuel front office at 317-925-FUEL. Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the 2021-22 season.
INDY’S WATSON SIGNS WITH BELLEVILLE AND ROCKFORD ASSIGNS HOWARTH
INDIANAPOLIS – The Rockford IceHogs, American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the ECHL’s Indy Fuel, announced Tuesday that they have assigned forward Kale Howarth to the Indy Fuel. Additionally, Fuel forward Spencer Watson has signed a pro-tryout agreement with the Belleville Senators.
Howarth, 24, joins the Fuel at the beginning of a five-game road swing. The 6-foot-5, 201-pound forward signed with the IceHogs after playing three seasons at the University of Connecticut. Through four years, Howarth tallied 16 goals and 18 assists in 79 games.
Watson, 25, signs with Belleville after playing five games for the Fuel this season earning two goals and one assist. The fifth-year forward has 199 ECHL games under his belt as well as 28 games at the American Hockey League level with Rockford IceHogs and Ontario Reign.
Various ticket options are now on sale for the Fuel’s 8th season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum! Lock up your seat for every second of the action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with a Fuel Ticket Plan – grab yours by heading to IndyFuelHockey.com or by calling the Fuel front office at 317-925-FUEL. Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the 2021-22 season.
HOOSIERS START NEW ERA BY HOLDING OFF EASTERN MICHIGAN 68-62
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Trayce Jackson-Davis enjoyed having the fans back inside Indiana’s home arena Tuesday night.
He thought they made a difference, too.
The preseason All-American scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, helping Indiana withstand Eastern Michigan’s frantic second-half rally to hold on for a 68-62 victory.
“I know dang near half of our team had never experienced an Assembly Hall crowd before,” he said. “They really helped us and I think got them (the Eagles) out of their rhythm, too.”
Indiana has won 22 of its last 23 season openers and led this one from start to finish, giving new coach Mike Woodson a win in his first college game after spending the last quarter-century on NBA benches.
For 25 minutes, it looked like the Hoosiers would cruise behind a dominant defense. But after extending the lead to 48-28 with 14:21 to go, things started going awry.
Eastern Michigan scored the next nine points, trimming the deficit to 11. Then Noah Farrakhan started making perimeter shots and when he knocked down a short jumper 2:46 left, capping a 16-3 spurt, Indiana’s lead shrunk to 59-58.
“Finally when we start playing a lot better, moving the ball, sharing it, getting better shots that’s what ignited our comeback,” first-year coach Stan Heath said after his debut. “We showed that we’re going to fight and compete and I’m happy with that.”
But after struggling at the the free-throw line in the closing minutes, Indiana made just enough to prevent Eastern Michigan from taking the lead.
Farrakhan made three 3-pointers and finished with 18 points. Bryce McBride added 12.
“It’s good to be back home and the fan base here is like no other fan base,” Woodson said. “They stay in the game all the way from the beginning to the end and that’s helpful for our young team as we grow.”
Eastern Michigan: The second-half was a promising sign for an Eagles offense that had struggled . It took nearly 7 1/2 minutes for Eastern Michigan to score its first points. But they overcame the poor shooting and costly turnovers to make it a contest. The next task is correcting the mistakes that put them in the deep hole.
Indiana: With three new starters, a revamped roster and new philosophies at both ends of the floor, this looked like a completely different team. Yes, the Hoosiers need more offensive consistency to close out wins. But they played tight, strong defense most of the night and that proved to be the difference.
Eastern Michigan: Colin Golson Jr. had nine points and eight rebounds. Nate Scott added 10 rebounds. … The Eagles battled to a near draw in rebounds, trailing just 43-42. … Eastern Michigan is 0-5 in the all-time series. … The Eagles are 14-30 when playing their opener on the road.
Indiana: Xavier Johnson scored 14 points in his Hoosiers debut. Race Thompson had five points and 10 rebounds. … The Hoosiers committed just eight turnovers. … Indiana forced a shot-clock violation on its first defensive possession and also forced a five-second call in the first half. … The Hoosiers started their 50th season of play inside Assembly Hall on Tuesday. Former coach Bob Knight won the first game in the building, defeating Ball Sate 84-77 on Dec. 1, 1971.
Heath is starting his second coaching stint as a Mid-American Conference coach and in an odd twist, he opened his tenure at his alma mater against the same opponent he closed the first chapter. In 2002, Heath led Kent State to the Elite Eight before losing to an Indiana squad that fell to Maryland in the national championship game. Heath was a backup point guard for the Eagles from 1983-87.
Eastern Michigan: Plays its home opener against Illinois State on Friday.
Indiana: Hosts another Mid-American foe, Northern Illinois, Friday.
INDIANA FOOTBALL NOTES VS. RUTGERS
Kickoff: Noon ET Date: Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 Location: Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) – Bloomington, Ind. TV: BTN: Cory Provus (p-b-p), Matt Millen (analyst) & Elise Menaker (analyst) Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 119, XM 195, SXM App 958: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith
SETTING THE SCENE • Indiana (2-7, 0-6 B1G East) opens a two-game homestand against Rutgers (4-5, 1-5 B1G East) on Saturday, Nov. 13. Kickoff is set for noon ET at Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) on BTN. • The Hoosiers are 5-2 overall against the Scarlet Knights and 2-1 in Bloomington. • IU has won the last five games in the series: on Nov. 5, 2016 (33-27, A), on Nov. 18, 2017 (41-0, H), on Sept. 29, 2018 (24-17, A), on Oct. 12, 2019 (35-0, H), and on Oct. 31, 2020 (37-21, A). • Indiana has faced six ranked opponents, each of which has entered the Top 10 in 2021, with a combined record of 39-7. • Linebacker Micah McFadden leads the Big Ten and shares third nationally with 15 tackles for loss, and he has at least one TFL in 14-straight games. • Peyton Hendershot is the Hoosiers tight ends receptions (128) and yardage (1,417) leader. His 14 touchdowns only trail Ted Bolser’s 15 from 2010-13. • Saturday is IU’s “Salute to Service” in conjunction with Veterans Day. THE COACHES • The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-29 in his fifth season as Indiana head football coach. His 24 wins over his first four years are the most for an IU head coach during that span. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote). (full bio on page 15) • Greg Schiano is 7-11 in his second stint as Rutgers head coach. He posted a 68-67 record with the Scarlet Knights from 2001-11 before taking over as Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach from 2012-13. NEWS & NOTES • The team voted WR Ty Fryfogle, TE Peyton Hendershot, LB Cam Jones, DB Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB Micah McFadden, and QB Michael Penix Jr. season captains. • Jones, McCrary-Ball, McFadden, and Penix were also 2020 captains. • The Hoosiers (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, their highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4). • IU’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88). • Indiana has played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history. • Tom Allen reached win No. 25 in his 48th career game to become the third-fastest in program history to 25 victories behind James M. Sheldon (40 games) and James H. Horne (46 games).
INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: NO. 8/7 IU REGULAR SEASON SET TO OPEN AT BUTLER ON WEDNESDAY
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The regular season tips off on Wednesday night when No. 8/7 Indiana travels to Butler. Tipoff inside Hinkle Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m. ET on Big East Digital Network.
#8/7 INDIANA (0-0) at BUTLER (0-0)
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 • 7 p.m. ET
Hinkle Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, Ind.
Broadcast: Big East Digital Network (Brendan King, Meghan McKeown)
ABOUT THE BULLDOGS
Butler is coming off a 68-61 win over Division III Trine in exhibition play on Thursday night. Graduate student guard Genesis Parker highlights the Bulldog returners from last season as she averaged 12.7 points per game and add eight new players for the 2021-22 season. They were picked to finish 11th in the Big East preseason poll and are coming off a 3-15 finish in 2020-21.
Indiana leads 7-1
W, 64-53 – 12/11/19 (Indianapolis)
Indiana opens the regular season on the road for the first time since 2012-13 when it faces Butler on Wednesday night. All-time in season openers, the Hoosiers are 37-12. This will be the first time in the Teri Moren era that the program will open up on the road.
In its only exhibition of the season on Friday night, Indiana had six players in double figures as it defeated UIndy, 97-43. Junior forward Mackenzie Holmes led the way with 19 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
The Hoosiers have placed three different players on five watch lists this season. Senior guard Grace Berger is listed on three of them (Cheryl Miller, Wooden Award and Wade Trophy), while Ali Patberg is featured on two (Nancy Lieberman and Wade Trophy) and Holmes is on one (Lisa Leslie).
Returning all five starters from last year’s Elite Eight campaign, the group boasts a wealth of experience. During their time at Indiana combined between the five players – Patberg, Berger, Holmes, senior forward Aleksa Gulbe and graduate student guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary – account for 261 career starts, 257 career games played, 4,067 career points and 10,743 minutes played.
IU returns to Bloomington for its home opener on Sunday against No. 13/13 Kentucky at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN.
INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: BERGER NAMED TO WOODEN AWARD PRESEASON TOP 50 WATCH LIST
LOS ANGELES – Senior guard Grace Berger has been named to the John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s preseason Top 50 watch list on Tuesday. Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the most prestigious honors in college basketball, the Wooden Award All American Team™ and Most Outstanding Player Award.
Last season, Berger was nation’s leader in triple doubles while averaging 15.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and shooting 44.1 percent from the floor. Berger earned WBCA and USWBA All-American honorable mention honors and was also an All-Big Ten first team selection. She scored in double figures 23 times as a junior including seven games scoring 20 points or more. The Louisville, Ky. native and 2021-22 preseason All-Big Ten honoree and 2022 Cheryl Miller Award preseason watch list candidate looks to be the 29th member of IU’s 1,000-point club as she enters the 2021-22 season with 996 career points.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2022 John R. Wooden Award Women’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s. Players not chosen to the preseason list are still eligible for the Wooden Award™ midseason list, late season list, and the National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the Wooden Award. Nearly 1,000 voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players when voting opens prior to the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games. The Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2022 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy’s following the NCAA Tournament in April.
Berger and the No. 8/7 Hoosiers will open up the 2021-22 regular season on Wednesday at Butler. Tip at Hinkle Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m. ET.
INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: INDIANA WELCOMES NORTHWESTERN FOR BIG TEN TOURNAMENT SEMIFINAL
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana’s (13-4-1, 5-3-0 B1G) Big Ten Tournament run continues Wednesday (Nov. 10) when it hosts Northwestern (6-8-3, 3-5-0 B1G) in the semifinal round at 2 p.m. ET on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
The match will be aired live on the Big Ten Network. Live stats are available at IUHoosiers.com.
SETTING THE SCENE
• The winner of this match will face the winner of No. 1 seed Penn State and No. 4 Michigan in the tournament championship match on Sunday.
• Indiana has won its last six matches at Bill Armstrong, holding a season home record of 9-3-0.
• The Hoosiers have shut out eight of their last nine opponents and conceded just five goals over their last 13 contests.
• The two teams met on September 21 in Evanston, Illinois, where Indiana took home a 2-1 victory against the Wildcats. Samuel Sarver and Herbert Endeley scored in the match.
ABOUT THE WILDCATS
• Northwestern is led by first-year head coach Russell Payne, who has led the Wildcats to a 6-8-3 record during his first season in Evanston.
• Sophomore forward Justin Weiss leads the Wildcats in scoring with eight goals. Senior midfielder Vicente Castro owns the team lead in assists with seven.
• Graduate goalkeeper Miha Miskovic has started 13 matches for Northwestern, allowing 13 goals. The Zemun, Serbia, native owns four shutouts on the season.
• Indiana has historically dominated the all-time series with Northwestern, owning a 34-3-7 record against the Wildcats.
• The Hoosiers own a three-match winning streak against Northwestern and have outscored the Wildcats 8-1 in that span.
• IU has not suffered a home loss to Northwestern since a 1-0 defeat on October 17, 2004. The Hoosiers boast a 17-1-3 home record against the Wildcats.
• In the Big Ten Tournament, Indiana has advanced in five of six matches played against Northwestern.
• Seven current Hoosiers have scored against the Wildcats: Victor Bezerra (2), Herbert Endeley (2), Maouloune Goumballe (2), Spencer Glass, Samuel Sarver, Nate Ward and Ryan Wittenbrink.
• The Indiana defense has posted 11 total shutouts this season, including a streak of seven
straight clean sheets in October, the second-longest single-season shutout streak in program history. During that stretch, the Hoosiers did not concede a goal in 725 consecutive minutes of play.
• Junior Roman Celentano is first-ever two-time Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year, earning the award in back-to-back seasons. His nine shutouts rank No. 4 nationally.
• Junior Daniel Munie is the fourth Hoosier in the last five seasons to earn the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Award, following Grant Lillard (2017), Andrew Gutman (2018) and Jack Maher (2019).
STEFANOVIC PACES NO. 7 PURDUE IN 96-67 WIN OVER BELLARMINE
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue’s Sasha Stefanovic got in a groove from the outside. That’s because of what his teammates were doing inside.
Stefanovic made 5 of 6 3-pointers and finished with 23 points to lead No. 7 Purdue past Bellarmine 96-67 on Tuesday night.
“We have a lot of credit across the board,” Stefanovic said. “If they are focusing in on Zach (Edey) and Trevion (Williams) in the post, we have to be able to knock down shots and execute our game plan. Our bigs are really good passing out of the post.”
Edey added 16 points, Isaiah Thompson had 15 points, Brandon Newman 14 and Jaden Ivey 11 for the Boilermakers.
C.J. Fleming and Dylan Penn each scored 14 points for Bellarmine.
Thompson scored 12 of his 15 in the first half, and 3s accounted for all his points.
“Guys were just finding me for me for open 3s,” Thompson said. “It was just being ready to shoot when you know teams are going to over-help, get it (in) a good rhythm and knock it down. You want to take open shots, that’s what coach (Matt) Painter preaches. He doesn’t like when we take bad shots. But when you are open, he wants every shooter to shoot the ball.”
Thompson said he has improved with more experience.
“I’ve been through two years of college basketball and a lot of ups and downs personally and as a team,” he said. “I’m just more confident. I think it just comes with time and experience.”
The Boilermakers, who made 16 of 34 3s, led by as many as 36 points in the second half. Purdue shot 50% for the game while the Knights were held to 41%.
“A lot of our 3-pointers were rotation and moving the ball and their guys overplaying in the post” Painter said. “It was hard for us to simulate the way they play and the way they move the ball in practice. This was a great game for us to play because they are so different from everyone else. They have the same thing with our size. When you have someone like Trevion, who can pass the ball, it puts people in a bind.”
Williams, who averaged 15.5 points last season, was patient. He hit his only shot and two free throws for four points. Williams added seven rebounds and three assists.
Purdue broke open the game with a 19-3 run that produced a 40-23 lead. The Boilermakers led 50-37 at half.
Purdue: The Boilermakers have won nine straight season openers by an average of 28 points and are 16-1 in openers under Painter.
Bellarmine: The Knights are in their second season in Division I and aren’t afraid to play the big boys. Last year they opened against Duke, and this season they’ll play No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 UCLA on back-to-back nights next week.
STAT OF THE GAME
Purdue held a 42-22 edge in rebounds, including 15 offensive rebounds. Freshman Caleb Furst and Edey each led the way with nine.
Purdue will be back to full strength after Mason Gillis serves two more games in his four-game suspension, which included the team’s exhibition. Gillis, a sophomore forward who started 23 games last season, was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated in June. . Purdue announced before the game it plans to redshirt freshmen Trey Kaufman-Renn and Brian Waddell. Painter said it was Kaufman-Renn’s decision to redshirt with Purdue’s depth in the post.
The Boilermakers likely enhanced its No. 7 ranking with a dominant performance in the second half.
Bellarmine visits Murray State on Saturday.
Purdue hosts Indiana State on Friday.
***Trey Kaufman-Renn will redshirt this season. The 6-foot-9 Kaufman-Renn was named Indiana’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2020. He led Silver Creek to a pair of state titles (2019, 2021) while averaging 24.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game as a senior.
PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: IVEY, WILLIAMS NAMED TO WOODEN AWARD TOP 50 WATCH LIST
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Jaden Ivey and Trevion Williams have been named to the Wooden Award Top 50 watch list, announced on Sportscenter and ESPN.com(.)
Ivey, a 6-foot, 4-inch sophomore guard from South Bend, Indiana, had an outstanding freshman campaign, being named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team after averaging 11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. However, over the last six contests a year ago, Ivey averaged 18.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 37-of-79 (.468) from the field in that span. He scored 26 points against North Texas, the second-most ever by a Big Ten freshman in an NCAA Tournament debut.
Ivey then excelled this past summer on the international scene, being named to the FIBA U19 World Cup All-Star 5 Team after leading Team USA to the Gold Medal and averaging 12.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.7 blocks in just 16.5 minutes per game. Ivey played a major role in the Gold Medal game against France, sparking an American comeback in the second half.
Williams, a 6-foot, 10-inch senior forward from Chicago, was named to the list after being a first-team All-Big Ten selection and being one of five finalists for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award given to the nation’s top center after averaging 15.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game a year ago. He owned 11 double-doubles and his six 20-10 games were the third-most nationally for a major-college player. He also became just the ninth Big Ten player in the last 30 years to average at least 15 points, nine rebounds and two assists per game and was one of six players nationally a year ago to reach those marks.
Williams enters the season with 967 career points, 630 rebounds and 126 assists, being one of three active players to have at least 950 points, 625 rebounds and 125 assists.
Ivey and Williams have been named to almost every preseason All-Big Ten and All-American list.
PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: KATIE GEARLDS ERA OPENS WEDNESDAY AT WESTERN KENTUCKY
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Katie Gearlds era is officially here, as the Purdue women’s basketball team heads out for the 2021-22 season opener Wednesday night at Western Kentucky. The Boilermakers’ 47th season in program history tips off at 7:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPN+.
Tim Newton will be on the call for the Purdue Sports Network on 95.3 BOB FM.
Purdue (0-0) at Western Kentucky (0-0)
Wednesday, Nov. 10
Time: 7:30 PM (ET)
Radio: 95.3 BOB FM
Live Stats: PurdueStats.com
A NEW ERA
Katie Gearlds will roam the sidelines for the first time at her alma mater, after just a 47-day preparation period as head coach. The 2007 All-American opens a new chapter in the program’s history seeking to bring it back to the national stage. Gearlds takes the helm at Purdue following a storied playing and coaching career. She was the 2003 Indiana Miss Basketball, the 2003 McDonald’s All-America Game MVP, 2007 All-American and the seventh overall pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft. In eight seasons as the head coach at Marian, Gearlds won two national championships, three NAIA National Coach of the Year honors and 228 games.
LAST TIME OUT
In their lone exhibition, the Boilermakers topped Findlay 89-64 on Sunday afternoon at Mackey Arena. Purdue shot 12-of-36 from distance in the win, which would have been a program record for 3-point attempts. Madison Layden led the way with 22 points, while Cassidy Hardin added 18 on six triples. Transfer Jeanae Terry posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
• Purdue trails the all-time series 2-1. The Boilermakers beat the Lady Toppers 67-50 on Dec. 18, 2019, after a 42-year hiatus in the series.
• The Boilermakers are 39-7 all-time in season openers, with an 11-7 mark when starting the season on the road.
• Jayla Smith is the 10th Indiana Miss Basketball to lace it up for Purdue. She joins the Katie Gearlds, the 2003 honoree on a list that includes Stephanie White, Brittany Rayburn and Courtney Moses.
• A trio of transfers could make their Purdue debuts Wednesday in Abbey Ellis from Cal Poly, Jeanae Terry from Illinois and Mide Oriyomi from Northeastern.
• Purdue enters the season with 887 all-time, good for 40th in NCAA history.
• Madison Layden rolls into her sophomore season with a 3-pointer in her last 21 games, the third longest streak in program history. Only Katie Gearlds (22) and Ashley Morrissette (25) have longer streaks.
PURDUE WSOCCER: PURDUE RANKED NO. 24 AS NCAA FIRST ROUND TICKETS GO ON SALE
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team will enter the NCAA Tournament ranked No. 24 in this week’s United Soccer Coaches Top 25, as tickets to Saturday’s first round matchup at Folk Field are now on sale.
The Boilermakers are ranked for a sixth consecutive week, after appearing in the national rankings for the first time since 2009 on October 5. With its second-best record in team history, the team earned an NCAA berth also for the first time since 2009.
Purdue will host the first round of the 2021 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship on Saturday, November 13, at 7 p.m. ET, against Loyola Chicago at Folk Field.
Tickets to the contest are on sale now at PurdueSports.com/Soccer and https://boile.rs/NCAA1stTix21. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for youth.
With a 14-4-2 record entering the NCAA Tournament, the Boilermakers’ 14 wins and overall record are their second-best ever, behind only 2007, and their 8-2-0 Big Ten record and second-place finish in the conference standings both tied the team’s best-ever mark.
The Old Gold and Black remain No. 3 in the North Region ranking and No. 19 in the latest NCAA RPI. Purdue also is No. 21 in the Top Drawer Soccer rankings and No. 24 in the College Soccer News Top 30 Poll.
The last time the Boilermakers appeared in the national poll prior to this season was when they entered the 2009 NCAA Tournament also ranked No. 24.
One of three Big Ten teams in this week’s poll, the Boilermakers are joined by No. 5 Rutgers and No. 9 Michigan, while Penn State is receiving votes. Additionally, non-conference opponent Notre Dame also is receiving votes.
BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL: WINS SEASON OPENER OVER IUPUI, 56-47
Butler used a strong defensive effort to post a 56-47 win over IUPUI on the first night of the 2021-22 season. Hinkle Fieldhouse played host to the event, which was the Bulldogs’ 23rd consecutive win in a home opener.
The Bulldogs limited the visitors to 38-percent shooting, including a 3-of-23 clip from three-point range.
“We are embracing ‘winning gritty,’ said Butler coach LaVall Jordan. “You’ve got to be able to embrace winning in different ways. This group, on the whole, is a group that can do that. It was a good team win… a lot of lessons to learn, but a good team win.”
Butler sophomore Chuck Harris led the team with 16 points, utilizing a 10-of-13 performance from the free throw line. Harris added five rebounds and four assists.
Jayden Taylor, who along with Simas Lukosius both got starts Tuesday night as true freshmen, also reached double figures with 12 points. Lukosius had eight points and matched Bryce Nze for the team lead with seven rebounds.
The Bulldogs were able to overcome a tough shooting night of their own (34 percent) by going 19-of-23 from the free throw line and out-rebounding the Jaguars, 38-26.
B.J. Maxwell led IUPUI with 14 points.
Butler also limited IUPUI to only 47 points when the teams met to open the 2019-20 season at Hinkle Fieldhouse (an 80-47 Butler win).
Butler was without the services of graduate transfer Ty Groce (knee), who could possibly return to action in the Bulldogs’ upcoming contest. Aaron Thompson (three-game suspension), Bo Hodges (knee) and Myles Tate (knee) also missed the IUPUI game.
The Bulldogs (1-0) return to action this weekend, hosting games Friday (Central Arkansas, 6:30 p.m.) and Saturday (Troy, 8 p.m.) at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: BUTLER UWBB TO HOST #8 INDIANA IN 2021-22 SEASON OPENER
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s basketball team will tip-off the 2021-22 season against #8 Indiana on Wednesday night inside Hinkle Fieldhouse. The 7 PM tip will stream through the BIG EAST Digital Network on FloHoops.com. Brendan King and Meghan McKeown will have the call.
– Butler set a new attendance record the last time they hosted Indiana at Hinkle Fieldhouse. 2,028 fans attended the game on Dec. 11, 2019.
– Butler averaged 57.2 points per game last season, but hit their stride late in the year to average 72.4 points over their final five games.
– BU scored a season-high 86 points to upset #25 DePaul in the 2020-21 regular season finale.
– Butler scored 68 points in the setback to UConn at Hinkle Fieldhouse, marking the most points scored against the Huskies by any BIG EAST team.
– BU hit seven 3-point field goals per game last year, the fifth-best average in the BIG EAST.
– The Bulldogs knocked down nine 3-pointers in their exhibition win over Trine on Nov. 4.
– Genesis Parker and Emilia Sexton led Butler in scoring vs. Trine. Parker poured in 17 points while Sexton added 14.
– Butler is 4-3 in season openers under Kurt Godlevske.
The Hoosiers are ranked No. 8 in the first AP Poll of the 2021-22 season. A year ago, IU went 21-6 overall with a 16-2 mark in the Big Ten Conference. They reached the NCAA Tournament field as a No. 4 seed and advanced to the Elite Eight where they were eventually eliminated by Arizona 66-53. Grace Berger and Mackenzie Holmes are two of the top returners on the IU roster. Each player earned a spot on the Preseason All-Big Ten Team. After a vote from the conference coaches, Indiana was also picked to finish second in the Big Ten standings. Head Coach Teri Moren returns all five starters from last year’s team. Graduate student Ali Patberg will return for her seventh season of eligibility and the starting five will be rounded out with Aleksa Gulbe and Nicole Cardano-Hilary.
The Hoosiers lead the all-time series against Butler 7-1. The first meeting came at Assembly Hall during the 1989-90 season with IU winning 75-57. Butler’s lone win came inside Hinkle Fieldhouse on Dec. 9, 2012. The ‘Dawgs topped the Hoosiers 59-56.
Last Meeting vs. IU
The Hoosiers earned a 64-53 victory against Butler the last time these two teams met inside Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler owned a four-point lead after the first quarter, but would be limited to just two points in the second frame. The rest of the game went back-and-forth with IU winning the second half by a total of two points. IU was ranked #12 in December of 2019. The national-ranking however didn’t intimidate the Bulldogs over the opening stages of the contest. Genesis Parker scored five of Butler’s first seven points, and ended the game with a team-high 14 points.
Welcome To Butler
The Butler coaching staff welcomes eight newcomers to the 2021-22 roster this season. Celena Taborn (Furman), Kendall Wingler (Eastern Kentucky), and Kate Tanner (Miles CC) will join freshmen Madison Royal-Davis, Trinity White, Zoe Jackson, Alex Richard and Sydney Jaynes.
Butler’s roster was limited during the 2020-21 campaign due to multiple injuries and the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bulldogs postponed or canceled eight contests including the season opener and four-straight from Dec. 12-22. Genesis Parker and Tenley Dowell were also playing limited minutes due to injuries, although Dowell was the only student-athlete to appear in all 20 contests for BU.
2020-21 Roster Breakdown
Two graduate students, three seniors, one junior, three sophomores and seven freshmen make up the 2020-21 roster. These student-athletes travel to Indianapolis from eight different states. The ‘Dawgs also have players from Quebec City, Canada and Melbourne Australia!
2021 Indiana All-Star Sydney Jaynes will join the Bulldogs after a fantastic high school career at Trinity Lutheran. She is the sixth Indiana All-Star to attend Butler since Coach Godlevske’s arrival in 2014-15.
Kurt Godlevske has recorded 90 wins at Butler since taking over the program in 2014-15. That total ranks him fourth all-time at BU, 10 shy of 100, and 25 back from June Olkowksi who sits in third place all-time with 114 wins from 1993-1999.
Butler Drops DePaul
The highlight of the 2020-21 season came in the regular season finale when Butler defeated DePaul for the first time in program history. The Bulldogs went to Chicago to claim an 86-81 victory at Wintrust Arena. BU shot 54 percent from the field and 45 percent from 3-point range. They shared the ball by recording 17 assists on 33 made field goals and also won the points in the paint battle 42-34.
Parker Puts Up Points
Genesis Parker scored in double figures 11 times last year. She made her season debut at Providence on Jan. 7 and would score 10+ points in Butler’s next seven-straight games. Parker led BU in scoring seven times. She scored a season-high 18 points in three different games (vs. DePaul, vs. Xavier, vs. UConn).
Seize the Opportunity
Butler brings in five true freshmen this year, but only return 36.5 percent of last year’s scoring. The newcomers will have an opportunity to fill the void and compete for minutes right away to begin their collegiate careers.
Butler brought in an experienced post player this off-season in graduate transfer Celena Taborn. During her four-year career at Furman, Taborn scored 1,234 points and pulled down 591 rebounds. All eight BU returners combine for 1,200 career points so her presence on the offensive end of the floor will be a welcomed addition.
Butler will play seven of their nine non-conference games at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season. The first road test of the season will send BU downtown to play IUPUI at The Jungle. The Bulldogs will also play at Illinois in December. Highlighting the home slate will be games vs. in-state rivals Ball State and Evansville.
Butler will play Western Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 13. The Bulldogs will host the Leathernecks at 12 PM on BEDN.
BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: BUMBALOUGH POSTS A CAREER HIGH, CARDINALS FALL TO EAGLES
STATESBORO, Ga. – Luke Bumbalough recorded a career-high 21 points behind a 5-for-9 performance from 3-point range as the Ball State men’s basketball team opened the 2021-22 season on the road. The Cardinals (0-1) fell to the Georgia Southern Eagles (1-0) 82-71.
The Cardinals jumped out to an early 8-4 lead behind sharpshooting from Bumbalough and Miryne Thomas as each knocked down a 3-pointer. After a Payton Sparks free throw, Bumbalough drained another 3-ball and extended the BSU lead to 12-6 with 16:40 left in the first half.
After Georgia Southern made a free throw, Bumbalough knocked down his third 3-pointer of the game and extended BSU’s lead to 15-7 with 14:58 left in the half. The Eagles managed to close the gap to 15-12, before Bumbalough made his fourth-consecutive 3-pointer and put BSU up 17-12. Georgia Southern pulled within two points, before Jaylin Sellers hit a 3-pointer and put Ball State up 20-15 with just under 11 minutes left in the half.
Sparks extended the BSU lead to 26-21, but Georgia Southern went on a 7-0 run and gained its first lead of the contest with 4:59 in the half. The Eagles extended their lead to 35-31 with three minutes left in the first. Demarius Jacobs made two free throws and cut the lead to 35-33. After a layup by the Eagles made the score 37-33, Jalen Windham scored four unanswered points on a free throw and a 3-pointer after a Georgia Southern technical four.
The two squads went back-and-forth the remainder of the half and went to the break tied at 41-41.
Georgia Southern scored the first points of the second half, but Thomas made two free throws to tie the game. Thomas then made a great defensive play on a steal that led to a fast-break dunk by Sellers. Sellers followed with a layup and put the Cardinals up 47-43 just three minutes into the second.
After Bumbalough hit another 3-pointer and put Ball State on top 50-45, momentum started to shift in favor of Georgia Southern. The Eagles went on an 8-0 run and took a 53-50 lead with 13 minutes left in the game.
The Cardinals were resilient and battled back to take a 60-58 lead after Sparks converted a key and-1 opportunity with 7:54 left in regulation.
Bumbalough knocked down a jumper and pulled the Cardinals within one, 63-62, with just under seven minutes left in game. The Eagles gained control of the game as they went on a 7-1 run and claimed a 70-63 lead with 4:49 left on the clock. Windham hit a 3-pointer to pull within four, but Georgia Southern went on another run and extended its lead to 77-66 with two minutes left.
Ball State went on a 5-0 run and cut the deficit to 77-71, but Georgia Southern ended the game on a 5-0 run and won the contest 82-71.
Despite the loss the Cardinals have plenty of positives to look at, including Bumbalough with his career-high 21 points. He made five 3-pointers, which is one shy of tying a career best. Windham finished the game with 12 points, two shy of tying a personal best, and tied for a team-high two steals. Thomas recorded an 11-point performance and tied a team-high two assists along with a team-high three assists. Sparks was huge on the glass for the Cardinals as he collected a game-high 12 rebounds in his debut. As a team, the Cardinals averaged 36.7 percent from long range, which was an improvement from last season’s average of 34.2 percent.
Gedi Jouzapaitis led the Eagles with 15 points, while Kamari Brown added 12 points. Andrie Savrasov, Prince Toyambi, and Cam Bryant all finished with 11 points. Tre Cobbs made it six Georgia Southern players in double digits with 10 points.
The Cardinals return to the friendly confines of Worthen Arena on Saturday, Nov. 13. Ball State battles Omaha with a scheduled noon tip.
From the Coach – Head Coach James Whitford
“I thought Payton’s most encouraging thing was probably how dominate he was at the rim at both ends getting rebounds. He was the most physical guy out there. You can tell he has a chance to be a really good player. That’s the Payton we see every day in practice. Time is on our side for two reasons. One, we’re young and we just got all these new guys with a ton of youth. Secondly, time is on our side because we’re a hardworking, high character group. They come to practice every day to work. Some of the stuff we didn’t do as well, we’ll get better at. We did some good things.”
BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL OUT TOUGH’S MILWAUKEE IN SEASON OPENER; WINS IN OT
MUNCIE, Ind. – In its annual Field Trip Day, the Ball State women’s basketball team put on quite the show for the fans in its season-opener, defeating Milwaukee by a score of 84-75 in an overtime thriller Tuesday afternoon in Worthen Arena. With the win, Cardinals (1-0) 10th-year head coach Brady Sallee notched his 300th career victory, with 164 coming at BSU.
It was an up-and-down game throughout the entire 40 minutes of regulation which included 10 ties and nine lead changes. The Panthers (0-1) would have a three-point advantage (71-68) with 15 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Sallee and his squad then outplayed the Panthers calling some strategic timeouts along with some forced fouls which would eventually put the ball in the hands of redshirt junior Anna Clephane as time was winding down.
Clephane’s driving layup as time expired tied the game at 72-72 to send the contest into the extra period.
“You have to focus on what is in front of you. You have to focus on the play of what is in front of you and your duty and what you can control,” Clephane said after the contest.
Ball State would then open the extra period with back-to-back baskets from freshman Marie Kiefer and graduate student Chyna Latimer. Freshman Ally Becki, who led all players in her first collegiate contest with 17 points, gave the Cardinals a 78-73 advantage with 2:28 remaining.
Milwaukee would battle back within three (78-75) with just under two minutes remaining. The Cardinals answered quickly with four straight points from junior Sydney Freeman. In its last efforts, Milwaukee was forced to foul sending senior Thelma Dis Agustsdottir to the line where she knocked down both of her free throws to seal the win for Ball State.
The Cardinals had a slow start in the first half from behind the arc, making only one three-pointer, but came back in the second half knocking down seven. Milwaukee played off a lot of Ball State’s early miscues, but the Cardinals were resilient and fought back every time.
After the game, Sallee said you must put the good plays and the bad plays behind you. You just need to play the next play because it is critical. It is about putting together stops and good execution.
This year, the Cardinals are forgoing “traditional” positions and using their own such as backs, crashers, and keys, to bring a sense of team unity. Today that proved to be the lift Ball State needed, especially with so many new faces on the court.
All 11 Cardinals that played today either scored or had a rebound, with three reaching double figures in scoring. Along with Becki’s 17-point performance, Agustsdottir had 14 and Clephane finished day with 12.
The Ball State women’s basketball team remains at home Friday when it hosts Purdue Fort Wayne at 6:30 p.m. ET in Worthen Arena.
BALL STATE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: BALL STATE HEADS TO NORTHERN ILLINOIS TO BATTLE FOR BRONZE STALK TROPHY
MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State and Northern Illinois are set to kick off a key matchup in the Mid-American Conference Wednesday night in DeKalb, Ill. at 6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET.
Not only is it a battle for the Bronze Stalk Trophy, but the winner will be in the driver’s seat for a spot in the conference title game with two games remaining.
“This is a big opportunity going to DeKalb to face Northern Illinois,” Cardinals head coach Mike Neu said. “First place in the MAC West is on the line. We’re playing against a very good football team. Coach (Thomas) Hammock has done a tremendous job turning that program around. They’re doing a lot of things well in all three phases right now. It’s going to be a great challenge for us. Our guys are fired up. Everybody knows what’s at stake.”
Wednesday will be the fourth road conference game out of five for Ball State. The Cardinals are one of just four teams in the country to play four road league games in a span of five games overall in the 2021 season, joined by fellow MAC opponent Kent State, as well as NC State and Virginia Tech.
Ball State comes into the matchup at 5-4 overall (3-2 MAC), while Northern Illinois sits at 6-3 overall (4-1 MAC).
While the game is set to feature the top two teams on the western side of the league standings and a duel for a rivalry trophy, the Cardinals are keeping things in perspective.
“What’s at stake is an opportunity for us to stay in the winners’ bracket,” Neu added. “Secondly, you can talk about pressure all you want, but pressure is when you’re not prepared. Just like if you’re preparing for an exam, if you don’t prepare as hard as you possibly can then go in to take the exam, it’s a bad feeling in your gut knowing that you’re not where you need to be preparation-wise. It’s the same in football. If you do a great job studying your opponent – we’ve got a lot of game tape available – then you’ll be confident, you won’t be feeling any kind of pressure and won’t put any added pressure on yourself.
“Now it’s about going out and just doing your job to the best of your ability and being bought into that. The game of football is a beautiful sport, but there’s 22 players on the field for one play and the team that can get 11 guys doing their jobs, you’ve got a better chance for execution. We’ve got to keep it simple like that. When you’re not prepared, there’s pressure. Our guys know that and have played a lot of football. You get what you work for.”
The game will be carried on 104.1 WLBC, online at BallStateSports.com and on the Varsity Network app with the Ball State Radio Network trio of Joel Godett, Nick Traub and Jack McMullen breaking down the action. The game will also be available on ESPN2 with Clay Matvick and Rocky Boiman on the call.
Inside the Series: Northern Illinois
Ball State and Northern Illinois are slated to meet on the gridiron for the 48th time in series history Wednesday night in DeKalb. The Cardinals have won the last two games by a combined 13 points. The win in 2019 snapped a 10-game winning streak by Huskies that dated back to the 2009 season.
Ball State and Northern Illinois have played for the Bronze Stalk trophy since 2008. Designed by nationally-recognized sculptor and DeKalb artist Renee Bemis, the trophy depicts several cornstalks in tribute to the prevalence of maize around the respective home states of the rivals.
Each teams holds the advantage on the other’s home field with Ball State leads 13-11-1 at Northern Illinois, while the Huskies lead 13-9 in games played in Muncie. The Cardinals at one point won 15 of 16 in the series between 1974-98, which included nine straight victories on the road.
Coach Neu on Northern Illinois…
“That team plays hard. They’ve won the one-possession games – those ones that are close and you figure out a way to win at the end. Coach Hammock has done a great job at managing the game and going for it on fourth down where they have converted several times. He’s done a great job in the late-game situations in the fourth quarter. They’ve gone out and they’ve executed. We’re preparing ourselves for a battle, mentally and physically.”
Get the Ball to Hall
Fifth-year WR Justin Hall has shown his ability all over the field this season. Nine games into the 2021 season, Hall is averaging 136.9 all-purpose yards per game, good for 16th-most in the country and second in the Mid-American Conference (Lew Nichols, Central Michigan, 143.7). Hall is second in the country in average all-purpose yards among players who have logged at least one yard through rushing, receiving, punt return and kickoff return only to Michigan State’s Jayden Reed (137.8).
Hall has 579 receiving yards, 380 kickoff return yards, 176 rushing yards and 97 punt return yards, good for a total of 1,232 total all-purpose yards.
In addition, Hall is one of just seven players nationally to score a touchdown via rush, receiving and kickoff return this season, joining Devon Achane (Texas A&M), Rasheen Ali (Marshall), Calvin Austin III (Memphis), Jase McClellan (Alabama), Jayden Reed (Michigan State) and Chris Tyree (Notre Dame).
Cosby is No Joke
Fifth-year S Bryce Cosby is the only player in the country to log multiple games of at least 10 tackles, 1.0 sack and one forced fumble on the year, and he did it in back-to-back games at Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan. He is sixth among all active players with 359 career tackles.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: #7/7/10 IRISH HIT THE ROAD TO TAKE ON CAVALIERS
IRISH VS. CAVALIERS – BY THE NUMBERS
6 Virginia is the sixth opponent the Irish have faced this season coming off of their bye week. The Irish are 4-1 in those games this season.
8 The Irish have won eight-straight road games after the 32-29 win over Virginia Tech.
9.0 Defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey is tied for seventh in the NCAA with 9.0 sacks on the season. It is the most sacks since Stephon Tuitt had 12.0 sacks during the 2012 season.
10 Notre Dame has won 10-straight ACC road games dating back to the 2017 season.
12 Notre Dame is currently tied for eighth nationally with 12 interceptions. It is the most interceptions since 2018 when the Irish had 12 for the season.
13 The Irish have won 13-out-of-14 games against opponents coming off a bye since the start of the 2017 season after the win over North Carolina.
17 The Irish have totaled 17 takeaways this season, which ranks tied for 17th nationally.
22 The Irish have won 22-straight games against ACC opponents during the regular season, a streak that dates back to the 2016 season. 16 of those wins have come by 10 points or more.
26 26 of tight end Michael Mayer’s team-leading 45 receptions this season have resulted in a first down for the Irish.
33 Notre Dame has won 33-straight games when allowing less than 20 points dating back to 2016.
39 The Irish have won 39-consecutive games against unranked opponents dating back to the 2016 season. It is currently the longest active streak in the FBS.
40 Notre Dame has won 40-straight games when it has scored 30 or more points after the 34-6 win over Navy. The Irish are 73-9 under head coach Brian Kelly when they score 30 or more points.
57 Defensive lineman Kurt Hinish has played in 57 career games, which continues to set the all-time program record. Following the Purdue game, he surpassed Daelin Hayes, Drue Tranquill, Romeo Okwara and Matthias Farley who held the previous record of 52 career games.
CAN’T CONTAIN KYREN
Running back Kyren Williams continued his strong play in the 34-6 win over Navy. He led the team with 95 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, seven receptions and 176 all-purpose yards.
It was his third-straight game and fourth time this season he has totaled 150 all-purpose yards or more.
It is the second time in the last three games he has recorded multiple rushing touchdowns.
Over his last four games, Williams is just one of five running backs in the FBS with 800 or more rushing yards and 30 or more catches.
He has recorded at least one touchdown in each of his last five games.
Williams moved up in the Notre Dame record book following his season-high seven receptions against Navy. He now sits sixth all-time for career receptions by a running back (70) and seventh all-time for most receptions in a single season by a running back.
In the win over North Carolina, he finished the game with career-highs in rushing yards (199) and all-purpose yards (261).
Williams also tallied a career-long 91-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Tar Heels. It tied for the fifth longest rush in Notre Dame history and was the longest rush by an Irish player since Chris Tyree went 94-yards to the house against Syracuse in 2020.
It marked the most rushing yards by an Irish player since Dexter Williams had 202 against Florida State in 2018.
Williams’ 261 all-purpose yards against North Carolina were the third most by any player in FBS during week nine.
It marked the most all-purpose yards by an Irish player since Golden Tate totaled 275 (244 receiving, 31 rushing) against Washington in 2009.
Williams had a career-long 47 yard punt return in the first quarter against the Tar Heels.
Williams rushed for over 100 yards in consecutive games for the first time this season and the third time in his career.
In the win over Southern Cal, Williams had his first 100-yard game of the season, as he finished with 138 yards rushing on the night.
Williams finished the game against the Trojans with two rushing touchdowns for the first time in 2021 and the sixth time in his career.
He tallied 180 all-purpose yards (138 rushing, 42 receiving) in the win over Southern Cal, the second highest total this season and fourth highest of his career.
The 180 all-purpose yards were the 10th most in the FBS during week eight and he was just one of three players in the top-10 that week who faced a power 5 opponent.
Williams leads the team with 1,242 all-purpose yards and 802 rushing yards, and he is second on the team in receptions with 34.
He ranks 14th in the country with 138 all-purpose yards per game and 33rd in rushing yards for the season. He is also tied for 20th in the nation in total touchdowns with 12.
IRISH SINK MIDSHIPMEN
The Irish defense was on full display in the 34-6 home win over Navy on Nov. 6. It was the lowest point total the Irish have given up this season.
Notre Dame limited Navy to 184 yards of total offense, the fewest since allowing 162 yards to Pittsburgh in 2020.
The 184 total yards for the Midshipmen were the fewest in a game against Notre Dame since 1994 when they totaled 182 yards.
The defense allowed just 18 passing yards, the third fewest of any opponent since 1996 (Army 12-1998, Army 13-2016).
The win extended Notre Dame’s win-streak to 39 games over unranked opponents, the longest active streak in the FBS.
The Irish also won their 40th-straight game when scoring 30 or more points. They have scored at least 30 points in each of their last four games.
Notre Dame won its 33rd-consecutive game when allowing less than 20 points.
The Irish are a perfect 21-0 under head coach Brian Kelly when limiting opponents to fewer than 10 points.
Notre Dame improved to 8-1 with the win, it is the 11th season under Kelly that the Irish have won at least eight games.
Wide receiver Kevin Austin Jr. set a career high with 139 yards receiving and tied a career high with six receptions. It is the most receiving yards in a game by an Irish player since Chase Claypool had 146 yards against Iowa State in 2019.
Austin Jr. also set a career long with a 70-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.
Defensive tackle Kurt Hinish tallied a career high 10 tackles and tied a career-high with 2.0 tackles-for-loss.
The Irish defense recorded a safety for the first time since 2017 against North Carolina.
Isaiah Foskey has been the most consistent member of the Irish defensive line this season as he leads the team in sacks (9.0) and tackles-for-loss (10.5).
He has 9.0 sacks on the year, a number that ranks tied for seventh in the country.
He has recorded at least one sack in seven of the nine games this season and at least one tackle-for-loss in eight of the games.
His 9.0 sacks are the most by an Irish player since Stephon Tuitt had 12.0 during the 2012 season.
The mark ranks tied with Renaldo Wynn for sixth all-time at Notre Dame for most sacks in a single season.
Foskey also ranks in the top-15 in the country in forced fumbles and fumble recoveries. He is tied for eighth with two fumble recoveries and tied for 14th with three forced fumbles. He has contributed on a team-high five turnovers this season.
In the win over Southern Cal, Foskey set a career high with two forced fumbles and tied a career high with 2.0 sacks.
Foskey forced his first-career fumble against Cincinnati after recording his first-career fumble recovery in the win over Wisconsin.
Foskey began the season with a career-high eight tackles, 2.0 tackles-for-loss and 2.0 sacks in the road win over Florida State.
BE LIKE MIKE
Tight end Michael Mayer is one of the best tight ends in the country, as he ranks in the top-five among tight ends in receptions and receiving yards per game. He ranks fourth in receptions with 45 and fifth in receiving yards per game with 61.6.
For the season, 26 of his 45 receptions have resulted in a first down for the Irish.
Mayer moved up in the Notre Dame record books after the four receptions for 28 yards in the home win over Navy. He moved into sixth for most receiving yards by a tight end for his career (943). He also moved into sixth for most receptions by a tight end in a single season (45) and ninth for receiving yards by a tight end in a single season (465).
He notched five receptions for 54 yards in the home win over Southern Cal. He has totaled at least five receptions in five of his eight games this season.
Mayer led the Irish against Cincinnati with eight receptions and 93 yards on the afternoon. He has led the team in receptions four times this season and against the Bearcats, it was the fourth time this year he has hauled in seven or more passes.
Mayer had seven catches for 61 yards in the win over Wisconsin at Soldier Field.
In the win over Toledo, Mayer finished the game with team-high marks in receptions (7), receiving yards (81) and receiving touchdowns (2).
It was the first time in Mayer’s career that he tallied a multi-touchdown game.
Dating back to last season, Mayer collected seven or more receptions in three-straight games (Alabama, Florida State and Toledo). The last Irish receiver to have three-consecutive games with seven or more receptions was Michael Floyd in 2011 (Maryland – 8; Boston College – 10 and Stanford – 8).
Under new defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman, the Irish defense has been one of the nation’s best at creating havoc plays this season, as Notre Dame has totaled 17 takeaways this season. The 17 takeaways are tied for 17th nationally.
Of those 17 takeaways, the Irish have recorded 12 interceptions from eight different players.
The eight players with an interception is the most since 2014 when they had nine different players for the whole season.
The 12 interceptions is currently tied for eighth in the NCAA. It is the most interceptions since 2018 when the Irish had 12 for the entire season.
The Irish also get after the quarterback this season, as they are tied for 25th with 2.78 sacks per game. 10 different players have recorded a sack this season after Jordan Botelho got his first sack of the season against North Carolina.
Kyle Hamilton leads the team with three interceptions, a mark that is tied for 14th nationally.
Hamilton and Cam Hart both had two interceptions in a game this season, the first time since 2018 that the Irish have had two players with two interceptions in a game in the same season (Jalen Elliott and Alohi Gilman).
The depth of the defense has been on full display as 17 different players have recorded a tackle-for-loss this season.
The defense has also been able to find the endzone this season with two defensive scores. The two touchdowns are tied for 15th nationally.
The Irish entered the 2021 season with the same kicker and punter for the third straight season with the return of kicker Jonathan Doerer and punter Jay Bramblett.
NOTRE DAME WBASKETBALL: IRISH DOMINANT IN SEASON OPENER WITH 105-69 WIN OVER OHIO
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — A offensive explosion in the second half by the Notre Dame women’s basketball team (1-0) led to an emphatic 105-69 victory over Ohio University (0-1) in the season opener Tuesday night inside Purcell Pavilion. The Fighting Irish poured in 58 points in the second half, while limiting the Bobcats to 27, ultimately shooting just over 60 percent in the game.
Maya Dodson made her official debut in an Irish uniform and certainly made the most of it, scoring a career high 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting. The grad transfer also collected four blocks and six rebounds. In addition, Sam Brunelle recorded 20 points in 17 minutes, shooting 8-of-10 from the floor, including 4-of-5 from three.
“Extremely excited to be back playing in front of our home crowd. That was the one thing I was looking forward to. Dream come true for me. Collectively, just a great job from our group. We started off a little slow, but the in-game adjustments and how they turned it on in the second half was remarkable,” Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Notre Dame head coach Niele Ivey said.
Dara Mabrey (12 points), Maddy Westbeld (13 points) and Sonia Citron (13 points) also landed in double figures. Mabrey converted three treys on the night, giving the trio of Mabrey sisters a combined 700 career three’s.
Meanwhile, the freshman Citron impressed with a team high seven boards to go with her six assists. Fellow freshman Olivia Miles dished out a team best 11 assists. Tonight marked the first time a true freshman started at point since Lindsay Allen.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Notre Dame and Ohio traded shots in the first quarter as each side made nine field goals apiece, with the Irish just edging the Bobcats by period’s end, 24-22. All seven Irish who had checked into the game had points, led by Mabrey’s six. Ohio’s Cece Hooks had half of the team’s first quarter points.
Irish made four out of five baskets around the second quarter media, earning some slight separation at 37-28. It was a Sonia Citron trey which capped off the Irish 7-0 run. Brunelle and Westbeld tacked on three-pointers of their own to maintain the Irish lead at the half, up 47-42.
The Irish were red hot to start the second half, converting 11 of their first 13 shots, outscoring the Bobcats 24-7 over the first seven minutes of the quarter and forcing an Ohio timeout. It was a quartet of Irish that led the charge, with Maya Dodson leading the way with 10 points. Westbeld (4 points), Brunelle (7 points) and Mabrey (3 points) all supplied points during the run.
Ultimately the Irish exploded for 34 points in the quarter, on 14-of-19 shooting (.737), compared to the Bobcats’ 13. Dodson finished with 14 in the period on 6-of-7 shooting, while Brunelle also finished in double-digits with 10, which included a pair of treys.
In the fourth quarter, Nat Marshall got in on the fun with back-to-back baskets. Citron definitely had the award for smoothest basket of the night in her final jumper. In addition, walk-on Sarah Cernugel registered her first collegiate points.
The Irish have a quick turnaround, playing game No. 2 in less than 48 hours, hosting Western Illinois on Thursday night at 7 p.m.
NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER: MATCH 18 PREVIEW: #6 PITT (ACC SEMIFINALS)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Irish remain on the road in the ACC Championships and face top-seeded Pitt in a rematch of last season’s semifinal round. The two sides are set to play at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 10. The match will air on ACCN.
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THE IRISH IN THE ACC TOURNEY
• Notre Dame has an overall ACC Tournament record of 11-6-3 and has reached at least the quarterfinal round in all nine seasons in the league.
• Notre Dame has reached the semifinal round or beyond in the ACC Championship in six of its nine seasons as a conference member.
• The Irish have made one appearance in the conference tournament finals, hosting the title match in 2015 at Alumni Stadium against Syracuse.
• The Irish have won at least one match in all nine ACC Championship appearances.
• Last season Notre Dame defeated UNC in Chapel Hill in the quarterfinals before falling to Pitt in the semis.
• The Irish are 9-1 in ACC tournament home matchups since joining the conference in 2013, outscoring opponents by an aggregate 20-5 goal count.
• Prior to joining the ACC, Notre Dame won three Big East Tournament titles and three MCC (Midwestern Collegiate Conference) titles.
• Notre Dame has hosted at least one home conference tournament match in 19 of the past 21 seasons.
THE PITT SERIES
• The Irish and Panthers will meet on the pitch for the 30th time on Wednesday.
• Notre Dame holds a decisive lead in the all-time series with a record of 19-7-3.
• The Irish were victorious in the matchup earlier this season, defeating the Panthers in double overtime by a final score of 1-0. The Irish goal was scored by Dawson McCartney on a shot from around 35 yards out with the keeper off his line.
KEEP IT CLEAN
• The Notre Dame defense has come into form in the second half of the season, posting six clean sheets in its last eight matches.
• The Irish have totaled nin shutouts on the season, with Bryan Dowd in goal for six and Thomas Deslonchamps recording three.
• Notre Dame has five clean sheets against ACC opponents, the most by any team in the conference this season (Pitt, Clemson, Louisville, NC State x2)
• Opponents have scored multiple goals in just four of 18 matches this season.
• The Irish have made it a habit of dominating the second half of matches, outscoring the opposition 25-7 in the final 45 minutes of regulation.
• Notre Dame’s defense hasn’t allowed a goal in the second half in the last eight matches.
LYNN LEADS THE LINE
• Lynn was Notre Dame’s representative on the ACC Preseason Watch List and was recently ranked No. 33 in TopDrawerSoccer’s midseason top 100 players rankings.
• Lynn paces all active Irish players in career goals with 28.
• The senior leads the team in goals (7) and points (17) on the year.
• The forward has seven goals and three assists on the season
• In the final match of the 2020 fall regular season, Lynn recorded the first hat trick of his career, scoring three times in the first half in the 4-1 win over Louisville.
• The forward enjoyed a breakout 2019 campaign, scoring a career-high 10 goals to lead the Irish attack.
• Lynn has led the Irish in goals and points in each of the last two seasons.
• Nineteen different Irish players have registered at least one point this season, as the team has totaled 117 on the season.
• Thirteen players have scored a goal through 18 matches, with 10 scoring multiple goals.
• The Irish have racked up 37 assists, which ranks 19th in the country.
• Dawson McCartney leads the Irish with five assists while Paddy Burns and Daniel Russo are tied for second with four each. Lynn, Matthew Roou, Ethan O’Brien and Matthew McLaughlin each have three.
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
• The Irish have received significant contributions from the 2021 freshman class.
• Thirteen of Notre Dame’s 41 goals have been scored by freshmen.
• Matthew Roou ranks second on the team in goals scored with six while Eno Nto is tied for third on the squad with five goals to his name.
• Michael Rossi has scored two goals in his debut season.
• Josh Ramsey has played in all 18 games, including 17 starts for Notre Dame this season at the center back position.
• Nto and Roou both scored goals in their first career starts, coming in the 2-0 win over NIU.
• Kyle Genenbacher has also logged minutes in 16 matches this season.
• Mohamed Omar and Philip Quinton will share the skipper role for the Fighting Irish for the 2021 season.
• Omar has been a staple as a central defensive midfielder over the past three seasons. His 2020-21 campaign was cut short due to an injury that sidelined him for almost all of the spring.
• Omar has racked up 62 appearances for the Irish over four seasons, scoring five goals and adding three assists in his career.
• Quinton has been a mainstay in Notre Dame’s defense four seasons at the center back position.
• The 6-foot-6 defender has anchored the Irish back line the last two seasons. Quinton has scored the first two goals in his Notre Dame career this season, coming against Virginia Tech and Purdue Fort Wayne.
VALPO MBASKETBALL: LATE RUN LIFTS TOLEDO PAST VALPO IN TIGHTLY-CONTESTED SEASON OPENER
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team took a 61-60 lead with 3:32 remaining in Tuesday’s season opener against defending Mid-American Conference regular-season champion Toledo, but the visiting Rockets jetted ahead with a game-closing 9-0 run to prevail 69-61 at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Thomas Kithier (Macomb, Mich. / Clarkston [Michigan State]) turned in 16 points in his Valpo debut to lead four Beacons in double figures.
How It Happened
Toledo scored the game’s first seven points before Trevor Anderson’s (Stevens Point, Wis. / SPASH [Wisconsin]) jumper allowed the home fans to take their seats with 17:13 left in the first half. JT Shumate’s 3 made it 10-2 a moment later, but Valpo bounced back with a 7-0 run.
The aforementioned run featured a steal and score by Eron Gordon (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Seton Hall]) that was punctuated by a fastbreak dunk and concluded with the first collegiate basket by freshman Keyondre Young (Del City, Okla. / Del City), who drained a corner 3 just seconds after checking in for his first Valpo action.
Valpo grabbed its first lead of the evening on a triple out of the hands of another rookie as Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada [Orangeville Prep]) made it 13-12 in favor of the hosts at the 14:02 mark.
The next seven points belonged to Toledo, and when EJ Farmer laid one in with 6:06 to go in the first half, the Rockets found themselves in front by double figures at 29-19.
The Beacons put together a well-timed burst as a 10-0 run created a 29-all deadlock with 3:16 to go in the first half. Toledo went into the break with a narrow 35-33 lead.
The two teams went back-and-forth early in the second half. A Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy]) trey tied the game at 42 with 15:59 to play, and Emil Freese-Vilien (Copenhagen, Denmark / Falkonergardens Gynasium]) came off the bench for a pair of buckets.
Toledo widened the lead to seven, but Kevin Taylor (Milwaukee, Wis. / Whitnall [Winona State]) made a pair of clutch baskets, including a 3 at the 8:03 mark that shrunk the deficit back to one at 54-53. Taylor continued to hit big shots late when he nailed a 3 with 3:57 on the clock, then Anderson’s traditional 3-point play helped Valpo leapfrog ahead at 61-60 with 3:32 to go.
That’s when the Rockets scored the final nine points of the game in a stretch where the guests shot 5-of-7 and the hosts missed their final five shot attempts.
Inside the Game
Kithier paced the team in points (16) and rebounds (5), while Taylor (12), Anderson (11) and Edwards (10) joined him in double figures. Kithier’s scoring came on an efficient 8-of-11 shooting.
Anderson dished out a game-high five assists in his Valpo debut. His 11 points came on 5-of-8 shooting.
Valpo roared back to take the lead after trailing by as many as 10 points.
Kithier’s 16 points represented a career high, surpassing his Michigan State high of 10 on Nov. 10, 2019 vs. Binghamton. This marked his second career double-figure game.
Anderson hit double figures for the 13th time in his collegiate career while reaching the five-assist threshold for the third time.
Taylor scored in double figures for the 82nd time in his collegiate career, while Edwards had his 10th double-figure scoring output.
Valpo played without Second Team Preseason All-MVC choice Ben Krikke, who was sidelined with an injury. The Beacons were also without Connor Barrett due to an injury.
Six of the nine players who saw action on Tuesday were making their Valpo debuts. The starting lineup was comprised of three newcomers (Kithier, Taylor and Anderson) plus a pair of returnees (Gordon and Edwards).
Toledo was led by JT Schumate, who scored 20 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Ryan Rollins (15) and Setric Millner Jr. (10) were also in double-figures for the guests.
Postgame Press Conference
Valpo (0-1) will welcome nearby foe UIC to the ARC on Saturday for a high noon tip. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with links to live video, audio and stats available on ValpoAthletics.com.
VALPO VOLLEYBALL: VOLLEYBALL TO PLAY FINAL TWO HOME MATCHES, CELEBRATE SENIOR NIGHT
Valparaiso (18-7, 9-5 MVC)
Friday, Nov. 12 – Illinois State (15-12, 11-4 MVC) – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 13 – Bradley (15-11, 11-4 MVC) – 6 p.m.
This Week in Valpo Volleyball: With just two weekends of regular season play remaining, every match is critical for the Valpo volleyball team – especially this weekend’s contests, as the two teams immediately ahead of the Beacons in the MVC standings come to town in the form of Illinois State and Bradley. Valpo will hold its annual Senior Night ceremony following Saturday’s match, honoring the five team members who will have played on the ARC floor for the final time.
Previously: Valpo had just one match last weekend, but it was a big one, as the Beacons swept conference-leading Loyola at the ARC behind 10 kills on .389 hitting from Haley Hart. It was just the fourth time in the last 20 years that Valpo has swept the league leader within conference play.
Looking Ahead: Valpo closes out the regular season next weekend with the Iowa road swing, taking on UNI on the 19th and Drake on the 20th.
Following the Beacons: Friday’s match against the Redbirds can be seen live on ESPN+, while Saturday’s match will be carried on ESPN3. Links for the live video, as well as live stats for all matches, are available via ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Carin Avery: In her 20th season as head coach at Valparaiso, Carin Avery has won 441 matches (441-214, .673) at the helm of the program and has led Valpo to three league regular season and tournament titles, as well as three NCAA Tournament appearances. A two-time league Coach of the Year, Avery has coached 55 All-League recipients over her tenure at Valpo. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and owns a 496-238 (.676) record overall as a head coach.
Series History: Illinois State – Valpo is just 3-11 in program history against Illinois State and just 1-9 against the Redbirds since joining the MVC. Last month, Illinois State earned a five-set win over Valpo in Normal despite 14 kills and seven blocks from Haley Hart.
Bradley – The Beacons and the Braves are 12-12 all-time against each other and have split 10 matches since Valpo joined the Valley. In the first matchup of the season in Peoria, the Braves emerged victorious in four sets, with Maddy Boyer leading the Valpo effort with 11 kills on .304 hitting.
Scouting the Opposition: Illinois State – The Redbirds enter Friday night’s match at 15-12 overall and tied with Bradley for second place in the MVC standings at 11-4 in conference play. Junior libero Kaity Weimerskirch ranks second in the conference with 4.76 digs/set, while sophomore outside hitter Tamara Otene leads all Valley players with 403 total kills.
Bradley – The Braves are 15-11 overall and 11-4 in Valley play to sit tied with Illinois State. Bradley enters the weekend on a six-match winning streak, with a contest at Loyola before Saturday night’s trip to the ARC. Junior middle Raeann Bergman sits fourth in the Valley with 1.09 blocks/set, while junior middle Karagan Coggin is hitting .320 this season, good for third in the conference.
Valpo Picked Seventh in Preseason Poll: For the fourth time in five seasons as an MVC member, Valpo has been picked to finish in seventh place in the conference standings in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. Illinois State topped the poll with 79 points and three first-place votes, narrowly edging out Drake, which tallied 77 points, including three first-place votes. Valpo has outperformed its ranking in the preseason poll in each of its first four seasons in the MVC and is one of two programs (Illinois State) to post top-half finishes in the MVC standings in each of the last four seasons.
Looking Back at the Spring: The spring 2021 campaign saw Valpo post an 11-9 record and finish fifth in the MVC standings with a 10-8 mark in conference action. Rylee Cookerly repeated as MVC Libero of the Year, was named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was an AVCA All-Region honoree, while Victoria Bulmahn was tabbed the MVC Freshman of the Year. Included among Valpo’s 11 wins were the program’s first victory over Illinois State since joining the MVC and the first wins in program history over traditional power UNI.
Who’s Back and Who’s New: The Beacons return 10 letterwinners, including four starters and the libero, from the spring 2021 campaign – a group which accounted for 75% of the team’s kills, 90% of aces, 82% of digs and 86% of blocks last season. Valpo also returns a pair of players who didn’t see action last season, while welcoming in one transfer and four freshmen.
Digging Deep: Valpo continued its long tradition of strong back row play in the spring 2021 season, finishing the season ranked third nationally and second in the Valley with 20.37 digs/set. Valpo has ranked among the top-30 nationally in digs/set in each of the last 10 seasons, including leading the nation with 20.03 digs/set in 2017 to go along with a fourth-place rank in 2010 and a sixth-place finish in 2015. Since the move to 25-point scoring, only seven teams have averaged more than 20 digs/set over the course of a season, and Valpo is the only program to have done it twice. 2018 saw Valpo lead the nation with 2,613 total digs – a mark which set a program single-season record and a Division I record in the 25-point era. Valpo currently sits 32nd nationally in digs/set with an MVC-best 16.59 digs/set.
Next Up, 20 Wins: With a 18-7 record, the 2021 Valpo squad has clinched a winning record, something which has been a standard for this program. This marks the program’s 18th winning season in head coach Carin Avery’s 20 seasons at the helm. Next up is another run at the 20-win milestone, something Avery’s teams have accomplished 15 times.
Look at the RPI: Valpo came in at #50 in the NCAA’s initial release of the 2021 volleyball RPI on Oct. 4, and the Beacons have maintained a spot in the top-100 ever since. In the most recent RPI release on Nov. 8, Valpo checked in at #69.
Celebrating the Seniors: Valpo will recognize five seniors playing in their final match at the ARC following Saturday’s showdown with Bradley. A group which was instrumental in Valpo’s transition to the Missouri Valley Conference, it features three fifth-year players – Brittany Anderson, Rylee Cookerly, Peyton McCarthy – and a pair of four-year seniors – Gabby Daniels and Haley Hart. The group helped Valpo to a 27-win season and the first two postseason wins in program history in 2018, and have this year’s squad on the verge of another potential 20-win campaign.
Glance at the Standings: With just four matches remaining in the regular season, the chase for the six postseason tournament berths and tournament seeding is red hot. Valpo currently sits in fourth place in the MVC standings at 9-5, just one game back in the loss column of the tie for second between Illinois State and Bradley and just one win shy of clinching a berth in the MVC Tournament. With the top four teams in the conference standings playing each other this weekend, and teams five through eight also matching up, the potential for a big shakeup in the standings is there.
Chasing .300: Only four players in program history have posted a hitting percentage of .300 or better for a full season, and only two of those efforts have come in the rally-scoring era. But both of Valpo’s middles this year are currently on pace to better that mark. Haley Hart inched ahead of Rylee Cookerly with her performance last time out, as Hart is now hitting .308 on the season to McCarthy’s .307 clip.
Cookerly Continues to Dig: Fifth-year libero Rylee Cookerly has checked numerous milestones off her lists of things to chase this season. First, she broke Valpo’s career digs record, previously held by Taylor Root, on Sept. 24 at Southern Illinois. One week later, on Oct. 1 against Indiana State, Cookerly surpassed former Illinois State standout Courtney Pence as the MVC’s career digs record holder. Finally, the next night against Evansville, Cookerly moved past Minnesota’s Paula Gentil for second place in NCAA history in career digs. The two-time MVC Libero of the Year next has her sights on the 3,000 career dig milestone, a mark which she enters this weekend 23 digs shy of after totaling a team-high 12 digs in the sweep of Loyola. Cookerly currently ranks 40th nationally with an MVC-best 4.82 digs/set.
McCarthy Stands Out: Fifth-year middle Peyton McCarthy has had a standout season on both sides of the ball for Valpo this year. Offensively, she is swinging at a .307 clip – seventh in the MVC – with a team-high 2.66 kills/set and has improved her career hitting percentage to .253, among the top-10 in program history. Her career total of 1,109 kills ranks 12th in program history and is just 55 away from the top-10. Meanwhile, on the block, McCarthy leads Valpo and ranks 10th in the Valley with 0.97 blocks/set. Last time out, McCarthy recorded the 422nd block of her career, moving past Ellen Vanden Berg for third place in program history in the category.
Hart Racks Up the Kills: Senior middle Haley Hart entered this season having led Valpo in kills just five times over her first three seasons. This year alone, however, Hart has paced Valpo in kills seven times, most recently picking up 10 kills on .389 hitting in the Beacons’ sweep of conference leader Loyola. Hart, who ranks fifth in the MVC with a .308 hitting percentage, has especially stood out since the start of conference play, registering a team-best 3.02 kills/set on .321 hitting. She has boosted her career hitting percentage to .264, currently fourth-best in program history.
Moving On Up: Fifth-year setter Brittany Anderson tallied 21 assists last time out in the sweep of Loyola, pushing her career total to 4,386 helpers. Anderson ranks 15th in MVC history in career assists and is 12th among active D-I players in the category. She also cracked the 1,200-dig mark for her career against the Ramblers and is 17th in program history in that category.
All the Honors: Seven different Valpo players received All-Tournament Team accolades over its four early-season tournaments this season. Juniors Bella Ravotto (MVP) and Gretchen Kuckkan picked up awards for their play at the SIUE Cougar Classic. Senior Jillie Grant represented the Beacons on the All-Tournament Team at Toledo in the third weekend of action. In the second weekend of play at Tennessee Tech, fifth-year middle Peyton McCarthy was named Tournament MVP (and went on to be named MVC Player of the Week) and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by fifth-year setter Brittany Anderson and sophomore setter Victoria Bulmahn. In the opening weekend at Milwaukee, McCarthy and senior middle Haley Hart earned spots on that All-Tournament Team.
VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL OPENS 2021-22 CAMPAIGN WEDNESDAY EVENING
Valparaiso (0-0, 0-0 MVC)
Game #1 – November 8, 2021 – 6 p.m.
Miami (Ohio) (0-0, 0-0 MAC)
Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team kicks off the 2021-22 season on Wednesday evening at the ARC when it hosts the RedHawks of Miami University to town. The game is the first of four against MAC opposition in the non-conference for the Beacons.
Previously: Valpo chose to play a pair of closed scrimmages against Division I opponents in the preseason in lieu of open exhibition games.
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Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans enters her fourth year at the helm of the program in 2021-22. Evans has made an immediate impact on the program in her first three years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Through three seasons, Evans has a record of 37-49 as head coach at Valpo. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game and in steals per game in each of the last two seasons.
Series Notes: This will be the 12th meeting all-time between Valpo and Miami, with the RedHawks owning victories in the first 11 matchups – four of which have come at the ARC. Last December, the two teams met in Oxford, where the RedHawks picked up a 67-49 victory. Valpo shot just 31.6% from the field in that contest, including just 5-of-27 from the 3-point line.
– Valpo has been picked to finish in sixth place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 208 points – just one point shy of fifth place.
– Valpo is in its fifth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference in 2021-22.
– The Valley was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.
…looking back at last year
– Valpo posted a 12-13 overall record during the 2020-21 season and went 7-9 in Missouri Valley Conference play.
– Valpo finished the regular season in seventh place in the MVC standings.
– Included among Valpo’s 12 victories were wins at Illinois and at Purdue, the program’s first Power Five wins since 2012-13.
– Valpo closed the season with a NET of 122 – the program’s best final NET/RPI ranking since the 2003-04 campaign.
– Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC honoree as she led the Valley in assists and ranked sixth in scoring.
– Carie Weinman earned Honorable Mention All-MVC notice and repeated on the All-Defensive Team as she led the Valley in steals for a second straight season.
– Valpo remains at home on Sunday to take on another MAC foe, as Central Michigan visits the ARC.
– A stretch of five consecutive road games then gets underway next Tuesday with a trip to Michigan State.
…at the ARC
– Wednesday is the first of four non-conference home games and 13 home games in total this year for the Beacons.
– Valpo posted a 5-6 record at the ARC last season.
– Valpo carries a six-game winning streak against non-conference foes at the ARC into Wednesday’s game – its last non-conference loss at home came in December 2018 to Bowling Green.
…in season openers
– Valpo dropped its season opener at Bowling Green last season, 70-60.
– Valpo’s last win in a season opener came over IU Kokomo to open the 2017-18 campaign, 81-47, while its last win over a D-I opponent in a season opener was a 91-57 win over Butler to open the 2014-15 season.
– This is the second time that Miami has served as the opponent to kick off the season, as the two teams squared off in the 2002-03 season opener in East Lansing, Mich., a 77-54 RedHawks win.
– Miami was picked to finish 11th in the MAC preseason poll after posting a 4-20 record in 2020-21.
– Junior guard Peyton Scott was named to the preseason All-MAC Second Team as she averaged 21.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game last season.
– The RedHawks won their lone open exhibition, 73-43 over Lock Haven.
Just Win, Baby, Win
– The last two seasons have featured a combined 29 wins for Valpo, including many notable victories.
– The 2020-21 squad counted some big wins among its 12 victories, including a pair of literal B1G wins, as the Brown and Gold beat multiple Big Ten teams in the same season for the first time in program history.
– Entering the season without a win over a Power Five program since 2012-13, Valpo won at Illinois for its first-ever win over the Illini, and followed four days later with a road win at Purdue – the second win in program history over the Boilermakers.
– Valpo became the first women’s basketball program with multiple nonconference road wins at Big Ten programs since 2017-18.
– The team picked up some big wins once the schedule flipped to Missouri Valley Conference play as well last season, as three of Valpo’s seven conference victories came over teams in the top-100 of the NET.
– The 2019-20 Valpo squad had one of the top turnarounds in program history from the previous year and one of the best turnarounds in the nation. It more than doubled the win total from the prior season, as the 2018-19 team went 8-24 overall, while the 2019-20 squad went 17-12.
– It was the second-largest improvement in the win column from one year to the next in program history, trailing only the 2001-02 team, which improved an astounding 19 wins from the previous season (7-22 -> 26-7).
– Valpo’s 10.5 game improvement ranked sixth nationally.
– Valpo’s 17 wins in 2019-20 made it the program’s winningest campaign since 2006-07.
– The wins in 2019-20 came in non-conference play, where Valpo posted an 8-3 record – the best pre-conference mark in program history.
– The wins came away from home, as Valpo went 9-5 in true road games – the most road wins since the 2001-02 team won nine true road games.
– The wins came when the schedule shifted to MVC action, as Valpo finished 2019-20 9-9 in MVC play – its first .500 or better record in league play since 2008-09.
– In her first three years at the helm of the Valpo program, head coach Mary Evans’ teams have become known for their propensity to shoot 3-pointers.
– Evans’ first three seasons at the helm have seen Valpo’s top-3 single-season total 3-pointers made, including a program-record 276 in her first season in 2018-19 – a mark which ranks seventh in MVC history.
– Valpo has ranked among the top-25 in the nation in 3-pointers/game all three years, with the 2020-21 squad setting a program single-season record by averaging 9.0 triples/game.
– Prior to Evans’ arrival, Valpo had made 14 or more 3-pointers in a game just nine times in program history.
– In the three seasons with her at the helm, Valpo owns nine more games with 14+ triples, including twice matching the program single-game record of 17.
– The style of play isn’t a surprise if you follow the coaching tree. Evans coached under Bob Boldon at Ohio for five years before getting the head job at Valpo, and Boldon was a former assistant coach at FGCU under their legendary head coach, Karl Smesko, whose teams have ranked among the top-5 in the nation in 3-pointers made in each of the last 10 years.
– As much as the offensive end has been highlighted by the 3-point numbers under Evans, the defensive side has seen prolific steal numbers over the last three seasons.
– Valpo has averaged at least 8.9 steals/game in each of Evans’ three seasons.
– Each of the last two years has seen Valpo rank among the top-40 teams nationally in steals/game.
– Carie Weinman has led the MVC in steals in each of the last two seasons. She ranked 16th nationally last year, averaging 2.9 steals/game.
– Valpo tallied double figures in steals 12 times in 25 games in 2020-21, after doing so 16 times the previous season.
– With 300 steals, the 2019-20 squad finished the campaign eighth in program history in the category. The 2001-02 team (330 steals) is the only Valpo team in the last quarter-century to have registered more steals.
A Look at the Non-Conference
– Head coach Mary Evans has put together a challenging non-conference schedule to help prepare Valpo for the grind of MVC play.
– The non-conference slate features five teams which finished within the top-100 of the NCAA NET ranking last season, including three teams which appeared in the NCAA Tournament.
– Valpo will take on four MAC opponents, including the reigning regular season (Bowling Green) and tournament (Central Michigan) champions.
– The Beacons will host Notre Dame at the ARC on Dec. 8.
– Valpo also has trips to two programs – Michigan State and South Dakota – which finished in the top-40 of the NET last year.
– Four regular starters return for Valpo in 2021-22, including a trio who own extensive streaks of consecutive games started.
– Shay Frederick, Caitlin Morrison and Carie Weinman were three of the four players who started every game a season ago.
– Frederick has started 66 consecutive games dating back to the middle of her freshman year, while Morrison and Weinman have made 54 starts in a row.
– The three were members of a quintet which started every single game in the 2019-20 season – the first time in program history the same five players started every game.
– Grace White started all 22 games she was available for last season as well.
– 14 letterwinners from last year’s team, including four starters, return for Valpo in 2021-22.
– The four returning starters are sixth-year Caitlin Morrison, fifth-year Grace White, redshirt senior Carie Weinman and senior Shay Frederick.
– Two other seniors return as well: Maya Dunson and Ilysse Pitts.
– Junior Cara VanKempen is joined by a quintet of sophomores: Ava Interrante, Syria Butler, Leah Earnest, Lauren Gunn and Jayda Johnston.
– Katie Beyer and Molly Sheehan are also back after enrolling early for the spring 2021 semester to join the program ahead of schedule.
– In all, Valpo returns 93% of the team’s scoring, 91.6% of the rebounding and 96.4% of the assists from last year’s squad.
– Three newcomers round out Valpo’s 2021-22 roster.
– Junior Olivia Brown is ready for her first season in the Valpo uniform after playing her first two collegiate seasons at St. Bonaventure.
– Two true freshmen join the mix as well: Lovie Malone [Wayne (Ohio) H.S.] and Ella Van Weelden [Marion (Iowa) H.S.].
Same Alma Maters
– While there are 17 players on the 2021-22 Valpo women’s basketball roster, there are only 14 high schools represented, as three high schools count a pair of Beacons as alums.
– Sixth-year Caitlin Morrison and redshirt senior Carie Weinman both graduated from Glenbrook South (Ill.) H.S.
– Senior Maya Dunson and freshman Lovie Malone both are alums of Wayne (Ohio) H.S.
– Sophomore Ava Interrante and freshman Katie Beyer were teammates at McHenry (Ill.) H.S.
INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: SYCAMORES RALLY FROM DOUBLE-DIGIT DEFICIT TO DEFEAT GREEN BAY, 81-77
GREEN BAY, Wisc. – Kailex Stephens had a coming out party in his first regular season action after a season-ending injury a year ago. The forward willed Indiana State from a 12-point deficit after recording 16 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in the 81-77 victory over Green Bay Tuesday night inside the Kress Center.
Kamari McGee pushed the Phoenix lead to 12 points seven minutes into the second half before the Sycamores began to chip away at the lead. Xavier Bledson converted an and-one opportunity before Cameron Henry put in a layup to cut the lead to seven.
Cloverdale, Indiana native Cooper Neese scored 18 including a go-ahead bucket in the second half. Neese shot 6-for-15 while knocking down a pair of three-pointers.
Cameron Henry got things going in the second half as he finished his night with 15 points, including 7-for-11 from the charity stripe as four Sycamores scored in double-figures. Xavier Bledson also added 15 points, four rebounds and two assists.
With ISU on top 79-77 with 32 seconds, the Phoenix were able to get two shots up before Stephens grabbed the rebound and was fouled. Stephens went on to hit both of his free throws to ice the game and give first-year head coach Josh Schertz his first career win at Indiana State.
Green Bay scored 24 points off of 16 ISU turnovers in the game. ISU was able to hold GB to just two second half three pointers after the Phoenix netted seven in the first half.
Indiana State won the battle on the boards 37-28 as all eight Sycamores that saw action recorded a rebound.
Green Bay extended its lead to double digits with eight minutes left in the first half after back-to-back three-pointers forcing a Sycamore timeout. ISU was able to get six-straight points to pull to within six at 31-25. Xavier Bledson cut the GB lead to 31-28 after converting a three-point play with 6:11 remaining to cap off a 9-0 run in under two minutes of action.
Indiana State continued to fight back from a 12-point deficit eventually tying the game at 36 as Zach Hobbs nailed a corner three off a Bledson assist. Green Bay answered the Indiana State rally with a 7-0 run to close out the first half and take a 43-38 lead into the locker room.
Stephens led the Sycamores after 20 minutes with 10 points and six rebounds while Cooper Neese and Xavier Bledson scored eight points each in the first half.
The Phoenix were lights out from deep in the first half, connecting on seven of their 13 attempts. Emmanuel Ansong led GB with 11 points while hitting all three shots he took from deep. Green Bay was able to convert nine Sycamore first half turnovers into 15 points.
Ansong led Green Bay with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Donovan Ivory added 16 points while McGee chipped in 14 for the Phoenix.
Indiana State returns to action Friday night with a trip to nationally ranked Purdue. Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET from Mackey Arena.
INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: SYCAMORES JUMP AHEAD EARLY IN HOME-OPENING WIN OVER STEPHENS
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State’s swarming defense and opportunistic offense was on full display in Tuesday’s season opener as the Sycamores jumped ahead by double-digits early in the 88-33 win over visiting Stephens College.
The Sycamores (1-0) made sure Head Coach Chad Killinger’s first game on the ISU sidelines was one to remember as Indiana State held Stephens scoreless from the floor over the first 13:44 of the game and surrendered just two field goals in the opening half in the win.
Adrian Folks led five Sycamores in double-digits in the season-opening win with the junior forward posting 16 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the floor. Anna McKendree (13), Del’Janae Williams (12), Caitlin Anderson (10), and Natalia Lalic (10) were also in double-digits in the win. Additionally, all 10 Indiana State players recorded at least one rebound and nine players recorded at least one assist in the Sycamores win.
Cedreanna Lee led Stephens (1-2) with a team-high 12 points, while Marveen Ross added 10 points in the losing effort. The Stars were 9-of-49 from the floor and 0-for-12 from the three-point line while turning the ball over 36 times on Tuesday night.
Indiana State’s defense reigned supreme early in the contest. The Sycamores held the Stars scoreless from the floor over the first 13 minutes of the first half and limited the stars to just 2-of-20 from the floor in building a 44-10 halftime lead. All 10 ISU players that dressed out, scored during the opening half with Indiana State shooting 47.5% from the floor while forcing 22 Stephens first-half turnovers in the win.
Inside the Statistics
Indiana State shot 37-of-73 from the floor, 7-of-24 from the three-point line, and 7-of-16 from the free throw line in the win.
The Sycamores out-rebounded the Stars, 47-37, with Indiana State posting 16 offensive rebounds in the win.
Indiana State recorded 25 assists overall in the win with nine of the 10 ISU players on the court recording at least one assist.
The Sycamores also recorded 21 steals overall with Caitlin Anderson posting a team-high six steals in the win.
Indiana State out-scored Stephens 56-12 in the paint and held the 43-4 advantage in points off turnovers.
The Sycamores also led the way with a 40-5 edge in bench points.
News & Notes
Coach Chad Killinger picked up his first win at the helm of the Indiana State women’s basketball program in Tuesday’s win over Stephens.
He became the fifth ISU women’s basketball head coach in program history to win in his sideline debut with the Sycamores.
Adrian Folks scored double-digits for the 13th time in her Indiana State career.
Del’Janae Williams was in double-digits for the 12th time in her ISU career.
Anna McKendree made the most of her Indiana State debut hitting double-digits scoring on Tuesday night.
Ten Sycamores recorded time on the court in the game and all 10 Indiana State players both scored and recorded at least one rebound in the win over Stephens.
Adrian Folks tied her career-high with eight made field goals in the game.
Marie Hunter tied her career-high with four steals in the win.
Caitlin Anderson set a new career-high with six steals, surpassing her previous mark of four set twice in her ISU career.
Indiana State hits the road for the first time in the 2021-22 season as the Sycamores make the trek to Saint Louis on Sunday, November 14. Tipoff between ISU and the Billikens inside Chaifetz Arena is set for 2 p.m. ET. The game will be carried live on ESPN+ and GoSycamores.com All-Access.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S BASKETBALL: MASTODON MBB OPENS 2021-22 WITH 103-54 WIN OVER EARLHAM
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team opened the 2021-22 season with a 103-54 win over Earlham on Tuesday (Nov. 9 ) at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
Purdue Fort Wayne shot 63.8 percent from the floor and 52 percent from 3-point land.
The Mastodons started the game on a 17-2 stretch over the opening eight minutes. Jarvis Walker had five points, coming on a 3-pointer from the top of the key and a layup less than a minute later. The ‘Dons buried three triples in a 90-second stretch later in the half, with Damian Chong Qui starting things off, then Deonte Billups hitting two on back-to-back possessions.
After the Quakers got a deep 3-pointer to bank in as the halftime buzzer sounded, Purdue Fort Wayne took a 53-28 advantage into the locker room.
Midway through the second half, Purdue Fort Wayne went on a 12-0 run that had four different ‘Dons score. Down the stretch, another 14-3 run that RJ Ogom capped off with two straight dunks in his first collegiate action. This put the ‘Dons over the century mark.
The ‘Dons had six players in double-figures: Pipkins (19), Billups (16), Jarred Godfrey (14), Chong Qui (13), Ra Kpedi (11), Walker (11). Chong Qui went over 500 points for his career in the game.
Kpedi finished with a team-high seven rebounds. The ‘Dons out-rebounded the Quakers 36-21 and forced them into 25 turnovers.
The Mastodons improve to 1-0, while Earlham remains at 0-1 after playing Tuesday’s game as an exhibition. Purdue Fort Wayne’s next game will be on Tuesday (Nov. 16) at the Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m. against Austin Peay.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE WBASKETBALL: MASTODON WBB RECORDS LARGEST WINNING MARGIN SINCE 1995 VERSUS MANCHESTER
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball recorded the program’s largest margin of victory since 1995 in a 102-35 victory over Manchester on Tuesday (Nov. 9) in the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
The 67-point margin was the highest of the Division I era for the Mastodons. The program’s all-time record is a 70-point win over Saint Francis (Ill.). The 102 Mastodon points is the eighth-most points in a game in program history.
Purdue Fort Wayne buried 16 3-pointers, which is the third-most in program history. The Mastodons dished out 27 assists against the Spartans while only committing five turnovers. The ‘Dons’ 27 assists is the most in a game since 2005, when they had 28 against Kalamazoo. Purdue Fort Wayne forced MU into 34 turnovers while recording 24 steals. This is the third-most steals by a Mastodon team in program history. The team’s five turnovers was the fewest in a game since 2016.
After Manchester went up 5-0, the Mastodons went on a 23-3 run that saw Sylare Starks score seven of her career-high 21 points. The end of the second quarter featured a 15-0 run that Starks scored eight more. She finished 8-of-143 from the floor and 5-of-6 from 3-point range.
The Mastodons repeated their end-of-quarter flurry of scoring in the third quarter, going on a 16-0 run over the last 5:55 that featured four triples in a five-basket stretch. Valerie Clark had two 3-pointers, Amellia Bromenschenkel and Abbigail Stephens each had one in the run. This run extended into the start of the fourth quarter, which ended up being the best scoring run of the game: a 22-0 stretch.
Stephens got her fourth point of the game on the free throw that put the ‘Dons into triple digits.
Five Mastodons scored in double-figures: Starks (21), Aubrey Stupp (17), Ryin Ott (16), Bromenschenkel (10) and Audra Emmerson (10). Shayla Sellers flirted with a triple-double, scoring nine points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out six assists in 22 minutes.
Purdue Fort Wayne moves to 1-0. Manchester played the game as an exhibition and remains 0-1. The Mastodons will return to the court on Friday, November 12 when they travel to Ball State for a 6:30 p.m. tip.
IUPUI WBASKETBALL: JAGUARS FALL IN OVERTIME TO NO. 11 MICHIGAN, 67-62
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The IUPUI women’s basketball team began their regular season campaign with a hard-fought overtime loss to #11 Michigan, 67-62. Rachel McLimore led the Jags with 21 points, nine of those points coming from behind the arc. Macee Williams followed with 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Anna Mortag added a career-high 10 points and five rebounds.
The Jags started off hot outscoring Michigan in the first quarter 15-14, with three three-pointers but the lead did not last long as the Wolverines stayed on top most of the game. Michigan scored 18 points in the second quarter compared to IUPUI’s nine to take the lead.
With 19 points in the third quarter, IUPUI shot 50 percent and fought back to bring the lead within six at 49-43.
The Jags, down by seven with just over three minutes to play in the fourth quarter, went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 58 with a minute left to go. The IUPUI defense held the Wolverines scoreless to send the game to overtime but ultimately fell as Michigan outscored the Jaguars 9-4 in OT.
IUPUI finished the game at 36.5 percent from the floor and 37 percent (10-for-27) at the three-point line while holding Michigan to just 15 percent (3-for-20) beyond the arc. The Jags totaled 13 assists on 23 shots with 32 rebounds.
The Lady Jaguars will travel to Bowling Green to take on the Falcons on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 2:00 PM ET on ESPN3.
IUPUI MBASKETBALL: JAGUARS’ COMEBACK FALLS SHORT IN SEASON OPENER AT BUTLER
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball team stuck to its gameplan and put up a stingy defensive effort but was unable to muster enough offense to pull off an upset in head coach Matt Crenshaw’s head coaching debut in falling at Butler, 56-47.
IUPUI (0-1) held Butler to just 34 percent shooting and six second half field goals, but launched a hailstorm of misses at the other end, shooting just 37.5 percent overall and 3-of-23 (13 percent) from three-point range.
B.J. Maxwell had a team-high 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting in his IUPUI debut and sophomore Bakari LaStrap chimed in with eight points off the bench. Chuck Harris scored a game-high 16 points for Butler (1-0), doing the bulk of his damage at the foul line where he went 10-for-13.
IUPUI missed 14 straight threes over the course of the evening until two late connections made things interesting. Maxwell stuck a tough step-back trey with 4:33 left and then swatted a Bryce Nze layup attempt, leading to a Boston Stanton III three with 3:45 remaining to cut the lead inside 10.
The Jags had a chance to make it a two possession game after LaStrap made a steal and fed Maxwell with just over a minute to play, but Maxwell missed the contested finish and the Bulldogs were able to salt away the game late.
Aside from Maxwell and LaStrap, IUPUI was hard pressed to find much offensively, particularly from the perimeter.
“We had some good ones early, but I also thought we should have driven it more,” Crenshaw said. “We just didn’t always execute there where I thought we could take another dribble or get switched off on a big and try to get around them.
“We would’ve liked to have taken about 10 less threes, but I want my guys to shoot it when they’re open and shoot it with confidence.”
Confident or not, it was heavy sledding for both teams early as the Jags misfired on their first five attempts of the game, all from beyond the arc. Maxwell finally got loose for a fast break bucket after collecting a steal near midcourt more than four minutes into the contest. After Maxwell hit a tough wing three, the Jags took a brief lead at 7-5 after Bobby Harvey freed Chuks Isitua for an easy layup with a baseline drive. The game remained close for the duration of the first half as Butler seized their largest lead of the half at the final horn as Harris scored on a driving layup as time expired to make it 29-19 at the break.
Butler extended the lead out to as many as 15 on a number of occasions, but the Jaguars’ defense refused to let the hosts run away. Playing largely zone and rotating bodies, IUPUI was able to neutralize the Bulldogs’ size advantage.
Crenshaw had 10 different players play at least 15 minutes with nine different players cracking the scoring column.
“We do have some depth and we want to be able to play a lot of different guys and cause some matchup problems with some different combinations,” Crenshaw said.
Azariah Seay, who had a team-high 20 points in IUPUI’s lone exhibition, had six points and four boards off the bench and Stanton had five points and three assists in his collegiate debut. Isitua had four points and a pair of blocked shots in his debut and KJ Pruitt tallied four in his first career game.
Much of IUPUI’s troubles were self inflicted as the Jags made just 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) at the free throw line.
The Jaguars will return to action on Thursday night (Nov. 11) when they travel south to face another in-state foe in the University of Evansville at 6:00 p.m. CST (7 Eastern) on ESPN3.
EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL: MEN’S BASKETBALL BATTLES IN PHYSICAL OPENER AT CINCINNATI
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Evan Kuhlman and Blaise Beauchamp scored 11 points apiece in Tuesday’s season opener that saw the University of Evansville men’s basketball team fall to the University of Cincinnati by a final of 65-43 inside Fifth Third Arena.
Kuhlman drained three triples while adding six rebounds while Beauchamp hit a team-high four free throws. Shamar Givance recorded 7 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds while Noah Frederking scored six while leading the way with 8 rebounds. Pacing the Bearcats was Jeremiah Davenport, who scored 11 points and hit three triples.
“We have not seen that kind of length, speed and aggressiveness. I thought we kept guarding and I am sure there will be some good lessons from tonight,” UE head coach Todd Lickliter said. “We really fought on the boards, our defensive rebounding was tremendous. Cincinnati really challenged us, it was a physical game and our guys kept fighting away.”
Jawaun Newton got the Aces on the board in the opening minutes, giving his team a 2-0 lead. The defense had a strong start, holding the Bearcats to just one make in their first eight tries. At the 14:49 mark, Cincinnati took its first lead at 5-3 before a pair of Blaise Beauchamp free throws tied it at 5-5 before a triple by the sophomore gave Evansville an 8-5 edge.
With 11:10 showing on the clock, a layup by Shamar Givance solidified a 13-10 UE lead. That is when Cincinnati made its run, outscoring the Purple Aces by an 18-1 margin to go up 28-14. Spearheading the stretch for UC was Mason Madsen, who knocked down back-to-back treys to give his team a 16-13 edge. Following a Givance free throw, Jeremiah Davenport made it three 3’s in a row in a stretch that was capped off on a Mike Saunders Jr. layup at the 4-minute mark that made it a 28-14 game.
UE’s offense missed 11 shots in a row during a scoreless drought that lasted 7 minutes and 35 seconds. The Aces also turned it over twice. Following a media time out, it was Newton who got his team back on track with a layup. Noah Frederking and Evan Kuhlman added late triples that saw Evansville cut the deficit to single digits at the break, trailing 31-22.
Cincinnati took its largest lead at 44-26 at the 13:01 mark of the second half. Evansville countered when Antoine Smith Jr. knock down a triple to cut the deficit back to 15 points at 44-29, forcing a Bearcat time out. They responded following the stoppage, pushing the advantage to 20 points for the first time at 53-33 just past the midway point of the final period.
Over the final moments, the Aces cut the deficit to 15 points, but a late stretch by the Bearcats saw them finish with the 65-43 victory. Cincinnati finished the game shooting 45.5% while holding the Aces to 25.9%. UC also finished with a 41-34 rebounding edge.
“This game gives us something to build on. We did not shy away, we kept trying to do our stuff,” Lickliter added.
It will be a quick turnaround for the Aces, who will open the Ford Center schedule on Thursday against IUPUI.
EVANSVILLE WBASKETBALL: “GRITTY” EFFORT BY EVANSVILLE OPENS SCHERR-WELLS ERA WITH VICTORY
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Battling back from a late deficit, the University of Evansville women’s basketball showed resilience in a 62-52 season-opening win over Austin Peay on Tuesday night inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse in Evansville.
“That was just a really gritty win. We had a rough stretch, a really rough third quarter, and to see our kids fight back and not fold and not lose their confidence, I’m just so proud of them,” said Aces head women’s basketball coach Robyn Scherr-Wells. “They worked hard to be at this point and it was great to see them get the win in the first game.”
A roster split equally between new faces and returners saw both make significant impacts. The team’s leading scorer over the past two seasons, junior Abby Feit again topped the scoring for the Aces, finishing with her 12th double-double, recording 21 points and 11 boards. Two other Aces finished with double-figures, both making their debuts in white and purple, as senior Myia Clark poured-in 15 points and freshman Elly Morgan tallied 11 points. Morgan and Clark both made a significant impact on the defensive end with their consistent pressure, combining for six steals. For the Governors, newcomers Yamia Johnson and Karle Pace both led the way with 14 points on the night.
“We had great energy the entire game. We got down a little but we bounced back really well and I think that’s a big improvement from last year,” said Feit after the win. “Like I said, we kept the energy high the entire game and the intensity and we were pressing, turning them over, and we got great shots on offense, so it was overall a well-rounded game.”
After going 243 days between games, Evansville looked in mid-season shape to start the game, jumping out to an 11-point lead in the opening stanza. Feit and Clark were the primary catalysts in the Aces early momentum, combining for 13 of the Aces first 21 points. After four-straight Governor points to close the quarter, Morgan knocked-down a triple to return Evansville to a double-digit advantage at 24-14.
In the second quarter, Evansville’s lead ballooned to 14 on three by Clark with 3:44 left in the half, but Austin Peay had a burst in them to close out the opening half. Over the final 3:44, the Governors put together an 8-0 run to cut the Aces lead to just four at 35-29 at the break.
The Governors run to close the opening half spilled over into the third quarter as Austin Peay got within one less than two minutes into the second half. With 3:39 remaining in the third, a three from Nina De Leon Negron handed Austin Peay its first lead of the game at 41-39. Shooting just 20% (3-15) in the third period, Evansville struggled to keep pace with the Governors as the Aces were out-scored 17-6 in the quarter with Austin Peay grabbing a 46-41 lead heading into the final 10 minutes.
Austin Peay pushed its lead to seven at 50-43 just minutes into the fourth as had been limited to just eight points in the first 12 minutes of the second half. After a layup from Feit cut the deficit to five, a massive shift in momentum occurred with just over six minutes remaining. Driving to the lane, Clark was fouled and flung the ball towards the rim, hitting the shot and earning a trip to the line, brining Evansville within a possession. As Evansville’s defense turned-up the heat, its offense got going as well. Trailing by three, the Aces got a pair of threes from the left side that flipped the script and handed UE the three-point advantage. A stifling defensive effort over the final eight minutes limited the Governors to just two points in that span, while Evansville scored 19 as the Aces pulled away for the win.
Evansville’s rim protection was key to the win as the Aces recorded nine blocks on the night, the most by Evansville since recording nine against Bradley on March 8, 2018.
The Aces continue their season-opening homestand on Sunday at 1 PM inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse with matchup with Oakland City in Evansville.
EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER: ACES FIND NEW GEAR IN MVC QUARTERFINAL VICTORY OVER DRAKE
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Hosting its first MVC Tournament match since 2018, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team turned-up the attack in the second half, cruising to a 4-2 win over Drake in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville, Ind.
“One game at a time. Great showing from the guys and a great response to going down a goal,” said Aces head men’s soccer coach Marshall Ray. “I thought we came out in the second half and executed our game plan and were able to open them up and create some opportunities. Fortunate to be up a man, but still had to make sure we got the chances and put them in the back of the net. Big day for Nkosi. A big thank you to all the students and the community that came out and support us today and have lunch with us as we played our MVC Tournament game. Great to have that support. Now we’ll rest and get prepared for our next opponent on Friday. We look forward to heading to Springfield to compete in the semis of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship.”
Junior Nkosi Graham stole the show on Tuesday afternoon, scoring twice and nearly adding a third in the postseason win, while freshman Edward Mendy found the back of the net for the first time in his collegiate career. In goal, redshirt junior Jacob Madden secured his fourth win of the season, making three saves on the day.
After an early chance for redshirt junior Jakub Hall, it was Drake who got off on the front foot in the match. Inside the first 10 minutes, the Bulldogs recorded four shots, including a pair on goal, but Madden made two saves to keep the match scoreless. A back-and-forth match in the early going, Evansville recorded a trio of shots just minutes later as the pressure increased from the Aces.
In the 23rd minute, a Drake player received a red card, leading to the Bulldogs playing with 10 men for the final 67 minutes in the match. Despite the disadvantage, it was the Bulldogs who scored first. In the 30th minute, the Bulldogs scored as a cross along the endline from Louis Yuill was clipped in by Juan Louis to give Drake the lead a third of the way through.
The Bulldogs’ lead would last for just over 10 minutes before a tremendous run by Nkosi Graham resulted in a goal. Graham broke free of a defender down the right side and crossed a ball into the box that found freshman Jose Vivas. Vivas quickly put a shot towards goal that was blocked, but bounced free and Edward Mendy pushed the ball towards goal and found the back of the net to equalize the match at one at the half.
After an evenly played opening 45 minutes, the Aces took full control in the second half. 10 minutes into the second period, Evansville took the lead. Senior Raphaello Perez Colasito dribbled into the box and looked to send a cross to Graham, but a Drake defender slid in, flipping the ball towards goal and off the crossbar and in. From that point, the Aces were in full control. In the 64th minute, Graham scored his first of the game, taking advantage of a misplay by Drake’s backline and finishing past the keeper to boos the Aces lead to two goals.
Just eight minutes later, it was Graham again who bolstered Evansville’s advantage, scoring off an assist from sophomore Pablo Guillen for his second goal of the day. As the minutes waned, Drake pushed back within two with a late goal, but the Aces closed-out the match, earning the 4-2 win.
The four goals scored by the Aces were the most by Evansville in an MVC Tournament match since a 4-0 win over Tulsa in the MVC Tournament semifinals in 1995.
With a Bradley upset win of SIUE, the tournament will be reseeded with the Aces now facing No. 2 seed Loyola at 3 PM on Friday afternoon in Springfield, Mo. for the MVC Tournament semifinals.
INDIANAPOLIS VOLLEYBALL: HEGWOOD NOTCHES CAREER HIGH IN WIN OVER MCKENDREE
INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis volleyball team picked up their second straight win on Tuesday night, downing McKendree 3-1 in Great Lakes Valley Conference action. With one regular season match remaining, the Hounds sit at 10-7 in conference play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
UIndy wasted no time establishing a strong lead in the first set, jumping out to an 8-2 lead. The Bearcats eventually pulled within five at 21-16, but the Hounds sealed the set victory with four straight points. Lauren Cullison recorded a pair of kills in the final run.
Neither team could pull away in the second set as it saw 12 lead changes and 22 tied scores. Tied at 22 the Bearcats recorded two quick points to take a 24-22 lead. The Hounds fought off set point twice to force extra points. In their longest set of the season, UIndy fell 33-31.
Momentum was back on UIndy’s side to start the third frame, opening with a 4-0 run. The Hounds exploded for a 7-0 to take a 12-3 advantage. McKendree evened the score at 17 but UIndy closed out the set with a 7-1 run for a 25-18 victory. The Hounds posted a match-best 0.278 hitting percentage in the third set.
UIndy led by three midway thru the final set before a 5-0 run put them ahead 21-13. The Bearcats cut the deficit to five after fighting off a pair of set points before Hannah Huppenbauer sealed the victory for the Hounds with a kill.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Grace Hegwood posted a career high 21 kills, hitting .267 on the night. Elizabeth Eads and Lauren Cullison also recorded double digit kills with 13 and 10 respectively.
– Alex Equihua tabbed a double-double with 50 assists and 16 digs on the night.
– MaKenna Barnhart paced the defense with 30 digs while Madi Rosenberger and Gillian Santana each tallied 15.
– Eads led the Hounds with five blocks followed by Hegwood at four.
Hegwood on her career high…
Our back row did a really good job of telling me what was open. MaKenna did a fantastic job communicating and Alex is a great setter so it’s easy to get kills with them on my side.
Hegwood on the win streak…
This win and our win Saturday are going to be super big. Having that momentum and confidence going into the tournament is incredibly important.
The Hounds close out the season at home on Friday night, hosting Illinois Springfield in a crucial match ahead of the GLVC tournament. First serve is set for 7 ET inside the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center.
INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S SOCCER: GREYHOUNDS STAY PUT AT #7 IN NEW EDITION OF TOP 25 POLL
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the second straight week, the University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team remains in the No. 7 spot of the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 poll, officials announced on Tuesday.
Despite a win over Lindenwood in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship Tournament Quarterfinals this past Sunday, the Greyhounds (13-1-2) fail to make ground on the six programs that are ahead.
UIndy and Maryville are the only GLVC teams in the top 25, with the Saints holding the No. 12 spot. Illinois Springfield is receiving votes in the poll.
The Hounds will return to the field on Friday for a GLVC Championship Tournament Semifinal match against Drury beginning at 7:30 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS WRESTLING: BLUBAUGH NAMED GLVC WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
INDIANAPOLIS- For the second time in his career, Derek Blubaugh has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference’s Wrestler of the Week, announced by the league Tuesday.
Blubaugh went 5-0 to start his season last week and to take the first award of the year for the league. Following a 21-2 first-period tech fall in his season debut against Defiance Tuesday, Blubaugh won the Elite 197 bracket at the Kaufman Brand Open. The Greyhound redshirt freshman put up another three bonus point wins en route to the bracket title, including an 8-0 major decision in the weight class finale over Fort Hays State’s Tereus Henry.
The Greyhounds travel to Edmond, Okla., Sunday for a pair of Super Region 4 duals against Newman and #4 Central Oklahoma. The #13 Hounds face off with Newman at 2PM EST, with their match with the host Bronchos to follow.
MARIAN MEN’S CC: JOE BARRETT EARNS ALL-CROSSROADS LEAGUE TEAM HONORS
Jackson, Mich. – The Crossroads League officially announced its 2021 Men’s Cross Country All-League honors on Tuesday, following No. 4 Taylor winning the Crossroads League Championship. Marian’s Joe Barrett earned a spot on the 15-member All-League Team by finishing 13th with a time of 25:36.0 in the Crossroads League Championship meet.
The Trojans took four of the 15 All-Crossroads League nods, with second-place and No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan also claiming four awards. No. 9 Huntington’s Haile Stutzman claimed the individual CL Championship and TU’s head coach, Quinn White, was voted the Crossroads League Coach of the Year.
In order to be named as an All-Crossroads League performer, an individual must finish within the top-15 at the league championship meet and must place inside the top-seven on their respective team. In cases when more than seven runners from the same team finish inside the top-15, the top individual performers immediately outside the top-15 from teams with fewer than seven award winners are named to the list.
The Crossroads League Coach-of-the-Year honor is voted on by the league’s head men’s cross country coaches.
2021 All-Crossroads League Team
Haile Stutzman, Huntington
Steven Ott, Indiana Wesleyan
Bryan Hernandez-Rios, Grace
Derek Van Prooyen, Taylor
Daniel Gerber, Taylor
Alex Helmuth, Taylor
Kent Yoder, Huntington
Connor White, Taylor
Elijah Chesterman, Huntington
Nelson Kemboi, Goshen
Landon Wakeman, Indiana Wesleyan
Matthew Ruppert, Indiana Wesleyan
Joe Barrett, Marian
Eli Fullerton, Indiana Wesleyan
Nathan Stout, Spring Arbor
INDIANA WESLEYAN MBASKETBALL: TOPS GRENADIERS FOR LARGEST WIN OF THE SEASON
MARION, Ind. – No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball eclipsed the 100 point mark for the first time this season, downing U Southeast 109-73. The 36-point win is the largest of the season for the Wildcats.
INSIDE THE GAME
IWU’s ten point lead after nine minutes came from a spark on the Wildcat bench. IU Southeast mustered two points from their bench, and Griffin Kliewer accounted for half of them.
The Wildcats pushed their lead to 13 after six, shooting 7-of-10 from deep for 70%. Their largest lead of the game 17, came with 4:38 left in the first 20 minutes of play.
11 different Wildcats made an appearance in the first half, with nine scoring a point and eight grabbing a rebound.
Seth Maxwell led all Wildcat scorers with nine points and nine rebounds in the first half. Maxwell would head to the bench with 6:35 left in the contest, posting a double-double with 26 points and ten rebounds.
As a squad, they shot 51% from the floor and 57% from deep, while turning the ball over just six-time in the first half. They outrebounded IU Southeast 24-15 while also scoring 20 second-chance points, ten more than IUSE. Half of IWU’s second-chance points came from IUSE turnovers.
Lincoln Hale netted IWU’s 100th point with 3:29 left, the first time this season the Wildcats have eclipsed the 100 point mark.
Crowd favorite Kyle Sanders netted his first carrer points with a long ball in the second half. The freshman hales from Kokomo, Ind. and is also a member of the men’s golf team.
NEXT TIME OUT
IWU takes some time off before hosting IU East on November 17 at 7 p.m.
IU EAST WOMEN’S SOCCER: IU EAST AT RIO GRANDE PREVIEW
A semifinal match in the River States Conference Championship is next on the agenda for the Indiana University East women’s soccer team.
The No. 3 Red Wolves (11-6-1) travel to No. 2 University of Rio Grande (10-5-2) for the next step toward a third straight RSC title on Wednesday, Nov. 10. The contest gets underway at 3 p.m.
Wednesday’s winner plays the victor of the other semifinal featuring No. 4 Point Park University (8-7-3) at No. 1 Ohio Valley University (11-1-1).
The championship affair is at the highest remaining seed on Saturday, Nov. 13.
FOLLOW THE MATCH
The Evan Davis Soccer Field is located in the Stanley L. Evans Memorial Athletic Complex on the campus of Rio Grande at 218 N College Ave, Rio Grande, OH 45674.
Pay-per-view live video, as required by the RSC, and free live stats will be available.
Monitor iueredwolves.com for the postmatch recaps and box scores.
YOU OUGHT TO KNOW
* The all-time series between IU East and Rio Grande is tied at 3-3. The RedStorm won 1-0 in the regular season match this fall against the Red Wolves in Centerville. Lucia De La Llera scored in that contest for Rio Grande.
* IU East beat Oakland City University 3-0 in the quarterfinals at Eaton High School on Saturday, Nov. 6.
* Shelby O’Leary had two goals in the win over the Mighty Oaks, while Tori Martino added the other.
* Kimberly Trapp leads IU East in scoring with 27 points on 11 goals and five assists. She needs one point to tie Dejhanna O”Bryant’s single-season scoring record established in 2017.
* O’Leary is second in scoring for the Red Wolves with 17 points on eight goals and one assist.
* Ohio Valley won 2-1 in overtime at home against Point Park during the regular season.
IU EAST VOLLEYBALL: THREE RED WOLVES EARN RSC HONORS
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio – Three Red Wolves claimed River States Conference Athlete of the Week honors, the league announced Nov. 9.
Shelby O’Leary from Indiana University East women’s soccer is the RSC Offensive Player of the Week. Jessica Swimm from IU East volleyball repeated as the RSC Attacker of the Week. The Red Wolves’ Reece Shirley is the RSC Setter of the Week.
Shelby O’Leary had two goals in a playoff victory to secure RSC Offensive Player of the Week for Nov. 1-7. O’Leary scored two first-half goals in the Red Wolves’ 3-0 win over Oakland City (Ind.) in the RSC Championship quarterfinals. She scored in the sixth and 15th minutes to send IU East on its way. O’Leary scored on both of her shot attempts on the day. The victory advanced the No. 3 seed Red Wolves on to play at No. 2 Rio Grande (Ohio) in the semifinals Nov. 10.
Jessica Swimm claimed her second River States Conference Volleyball Attacker of the Week honor in a row, this time for her play Nov. 1-7. Swimm had 49 kills in three matches on the week as the Red Wolves went 3-0 to claim the RSC East Division title. Highlights of the week included a school record 31 kills in a five-setter over WVU Tech and a career-high seven aces in a sweep of Carlow. Swimm averaged 4.45 kills per set and hit .330 for the week. She totaled eight aces, 23 digs and two blocks, and she scored 58 points.
Reece Shirley had a career-high for assists to claim River States Conference Setter of the Week for Nov. 1-7. Shirley had a career-best 64 assists in a win over WVU Tech to highlight the week. For the week, Shirley had 118 total assists in 11 sets and three matches. She averaged 10.73 assists per set to add to her RSC lead in assists average. Shirley also added 33 total digs (3.33 per set), six total blocks and 10 kills on the week. IU East’s next match is Nov. 12 at the RSC Volleyball Championship quarterfinals.
IU EAST WBASKETBALL: IU EAST 95, CUMBERLANDS 86
RICHMOND, Ind. – In a battle of unbeaten squads, the Indiana University East women’s basketball team posted a 95-86 victory over the University of Cumberlands on Nov. 9.
With the win on Lingle Court, IU East is now 5-0 as Cumberland falls to 4-1. The Red Wolves tied the 2017-18 IU East squad for the most victories to begin a season with five.
“This was our biggest test this season. Cumberlands is a very respected team from the Mid-South Conference, and it’s going to show other teams the respect we deserve as a program,” said Bethany Mackin, who topped IU East’s scoring ledger with 21 points.
The Red Wolves jumped out to a 21-7 advantage in the opening period and increased their margin to 27-7 after Paige Gregory drilled a 3-pointer at the 9:17 mark of the second quarter.
“That start was really big for us,” Mackin said. “We knew we didn’t have the best practice yesterday. We knew we needed to come in focused and disciplined, and that’s exactly what we did.”
Cumberlands kept fighting. The Patriots tied the contest for the first time at 82 with 3:22 remaining.
Taylor Browning answered for IU East with the next two baskets as the Red Wolves led 86-82 with 2:36 left.
From the time when the Patriots tied the affair, the Red Wolves finished the game with a 13-4 run to win it.
“Basketball is a game of runs. They went on a run, and we were able to match that,” Mackin said. “We played to our strengths, and that is pushing the ball up the floor and scoring in transition. That is what everyone did, and that’s what put us ahead.
Addie Brown scored 20 points with six assists. Kami McEldowney tossed in 15, including a key 3-pointer in the final minutes to push IU East’s lead to six.
Browning and Kennedy Griffin added 10 each. Despite sitting on the bench in foul trouble during most of the second half, Browning grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to record a double-double.
IU East returns to action at Grace College on Nov. 12. The non-conference affair gets underway at 6 p.m.
EARLHAM FIELD HOCKEY: SIX QUAKERS EARN NCAC FIELD HOCKEY HONORS
On Tuesday the North Coast Athletic Conference announced winners of the all-conference honors for field hockey for the 2021 season. Included in this year’s list were five Quaker players along with Head Coach Nicole Volgraf.
Denise Bergdolt, Meg Murphy and Olivia Layne earned first team honors with Molly McKellar making the second team and Guin Schalck being named honorable mention.
Bergdolt also earned Midfielder of the Year honors as she led the conference in goals and assists for the 2021 season. The senior from Mannheim, Germany scored 12 goals and dished out 15 assists in the campaign, including five game-winning goals.
Murphy was named Defensive Player of the Year and is the first goalie to earn the honor since 2016. She led the conference in shutouts and goals against average, tallying 10 and .61 respectively. Murphy collected 49 saves in the cage this season.
Layne was a key member of the Earlham offense this season, recording four goals and two assists from her midfield position. Layne contributed two game-winners and 23 shots on goal for the Quakers.
McKellar earned second team honors after becoming a threat offensively with her penalty corners. She had eight assists on the season and was the dedicated in-bounder on penalty corners for the Quakers.
Schalck netted nine goals this season on 34 shots on goal. She proved to be a key player both pushing into the attack as well as contributing on defense this season.
Volgraf earns Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Quakers to their first ever NCAC tournament berth in her first season at the helm. Under her guidance, Earlham achieved the program record for wins in a season and hosted a postseason game.
The Quakers finished their season with a mark of 15-4 and 6-2 in conference play. Their record earned them a third-place finish in the NCAC standings and a trip to the conference tournament. Earlham was eliminated in the semifinals by Denison in a penalty shootout.
EARLHAM WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: WBB DROPS SEASON-OPENER IN OT
RICHMOND — The Earlham College women’s basketball team began its 2021-22 season with a heartbreaking overtime loss to Olivet College 84-81.
Amari Bradford scored a double-double to lead the Quakers in points and rebounds. The freshman scored 25 and collected 11 boards on the evening.
Megan Helmkamp scored 14 points and shot a perfect 3-for-3 from 3-point range.
Olivet jumped out to a 15-4 lead in the first five minutes of play. Earlham worked to battle back into contention by the end of the frame and carried a five-point deficit into the break.
Earlham had a hot start to the second quarter and took the lead with 3:30 remaining in the half. A pair of jump shots in the final 90 seconds of play put the Comets up at halftime.
The Quakers began the second half with an 11-2 run and jumped out to a four-point lead. Consecutive 3-pointers from Helmkamp gave the home squad an eight-point lead midway through the frame. The Quakers continued to play strong through the quarter and led by five points by the end.
Earlham led by as many as 11 points in the final quarter or regulation, but a 21-3 run from Olivet evaporated the lead. The Quakers trailed by eight points with two minutes remaining and had to fight back to force overtime. A layup with 13 seconds remaining from Bradford equaled the score.
The Comets maintained a lead through the entirety of overtime, and stretched it out to as many as five points. Earlham closed back in toward the end of the period but could not draw level once again.
Earlham will be back in action on Saturday as Muskingum University comes to Druley Performance Gym for a 3 pm contest.
WABASH MEN’S BASKETBALL: WATSON NAMED NCAC MEN’S BASKETBALL ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Wabash College senior guard Tyler Watson has been named the North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week.
Watson scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed a team-best nine rebounds in the Little Giants’ season-opening 74-70 win at Centre College on Saturday. Watson connected on 10-of-21 field goals and went 2-of-7 from three-point range. He also handed out a team-high five assists and generated two steals and one block while committing only one turnover.
Wabash opens the home portion of the 2021-2022 basketball season Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Chadwick Court against Hanover College. Fans are reminded that face masks are required when 50 or more people are gathered indoors, regardless of vaccination status, including during all indoor athletics events hosted at Wabash.
ROSE-HULMAN MEN’S BASKETBALL: MEN’S BASKETBALL HOSTS ALBION IN 2021-22 OPENER ON WEDNESDAY
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s basketball team hosts its 2021-22 regular season opener against Albion College on Wednesday at 7 pm at Hulbert Arena.
ROSE-HULMAN GAME NOTES:
* Rose-Hulman finished 10-2 last season and has been picked to finish fourth in the HCAC this season, according to the preseason coaches poll.
* Dillon Duff was named honorable mention all-HCAC and was named the 2021 HCAC Newcomer of the Year last season after leading Rose-Hulman in scoring at 12.0 points per game.
* Head coach Rusty Loyd was named HCAC Coach of the Year after leading the team to a conference best regular season winning percentage of .833 with a 10-2 record.
* Samvit Ram and Trey Wurtz represent the senior class for the 2021-22 squad. Ram averaged 7.7 points per game last year and Wurtz scored 5.3.
* Head coach Rusty Loyd enters contest with a career NCAA coaching record of 105-68. Loyd has led Rose-Hulman to one regular season confrence title and three appearances in the HCAC Tournament Championship Game.
ALBION GAME NOTES:
* Albion stands 0-1 after falling 86-74 to No. 21 ranked Mount Union in its 2021-22 season opener on Saturday.
* Albion finished with a 10-4 overall record and a 5-1 mark in MIAA double play during the limited 2020-21 season.
* The Britons were 21-5 overall and 12-2 in MIAA play during the last full season of play during the 2019-20 campaign.
* Overall Record: Rose-Hulman leads 3-2
* Current Streak: Albion won 2
* Last Meeting: ALB 69, RHIT 64 on 12/1/2019
* Last RHIT Win: RHIT 71, ALB 54 on 12/8/1996
DEPAUW FIELD HOCKEY: THREE DEPAUW PLAYERS NAMED TO 2021 ALL-NCAC FIELD HOCKEY SELECTIONS
Greencastle, Ind.- The DePauw University field hockey team had three senior players named to the 2021 All-NCAC field hockey selections.
Senior defender Maria Hewitt was selected for the All-NCAC field hockey first-team after earning an honorable mention in 2019 and named to the second-team in 2018. Hewitt finished the season with two goals, one assist and led the team with five defensive saves.
Earning second-team All-NCAC field hockey team was senior defender/midfielder Christina Bourantas. This season Borantas was tied for most assists on the team with three and tallied two defensive saves.
Rounding out the All-NCAC field hockey team selections is senior defender/midfielder Maddie DeAscentis. DeAscentis recorded three assists and four goals, one of which was a game-winner, leading the team with 11 total points this season. On the defensive side, she tallied the third-most defensive saves with three.
The Tigers finished the season 5-11 overall, with a 3-5 conference record.
HANOVER MEN’S SOCCER: MEN’S SOCCER TO TAKE ON LYNCHBURG IN FIRST ROUND OF NCAA DIVISION III TOURNAMENT
HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers will hit the road for Atlanta, Ga. and Emory University to face the University of Lynchburg in the First Round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Tournament on Saturday.
The Panthers (13-4-2) advance to the NCAA tournament for the third time in the past six seasons, including their most recent trip in 2019.
Hanover qualified for the tournament after winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament title in heart pounding fashion by way of sudden death penalty kicks over Defiance, giving HC the league’s automatic bid.
Lynchburg (15-4-1) won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference automatic bid after defeating Randolph 1-0 in double overtime.
The Hanover-Lynchburg winner will face either No. 17-ranked tournament host Emory or Centre in the Second Round on Sunday.
HANOVER WOMEN’S SOCCER: WOMEN’S SOCCER TO TAKE ON DOMINICAN (ILL.) IN FIRST ROUND OF NCAA DIVISION III TOURNAMENT
HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers will hit the road for St. Louis, Mo. and Wash. U. to face Dominican (Ill.) in the First Round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament on Saturday.
The Panthers (13-1-4) are making their eighth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, with their last trip coming in 2016.
Hanover qualified for the tournament by winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament title in a shootout over Mt. St. Joseph, giving the Panthers the automatic bid.
Dominican (Ill.) University (15-6-1) won the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference claiming the automatic bid with a 2-1 decision over IIT.
The Hanover-Dominican winner will face either No. 6-ranked tournament host Wash. U. or Beloit in the Second Round on Sunday.
TRINE MBASKETBALL: LONG DISTANCE SHOOTING FUELS 82-71 VICTORY OVER MANCHESTER
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Trine University men’s basketball team pulled away from the Manchester University Spartans late in the second half to claim a 82-71 victory on the road Tuesday.
The Thunder make it two for their first two and defeat Manchester in their home and season opener.
Senior Aiden Warzecha [Milford, Mich. / Milford] was a major piece for the Thunder on both the offensive and defensive ends tonight. He scored 14 points and was 4-for-4 from beyond the arc in the game and dished out eight assists, tying his career high.
“We know each and every night, it might be someone else’s night,” Warzecha mentioned postgame. “My teammates found me early in the night and I hit a few that got our confidence going as a team, and late in the game I was getting everyone else involved with screening and back cutting.”
The opening minutes of play were a three-point shooting barrage, with each team trading long balls, including two from Warzecha in the first five minutes.
An 8-0 Spartan run gave Manchester a 16-11 edge, with dribble penetration and corner three’s killing the Thunder in the early stages of play. “Talking is the biggest thing – sometimes we ran to the right spots, but we weren’t communicating enough so we were a step slow,” the senior continued. “We picked up our ball pressure, picked up our talk and it helped us to be in the right gaps and took some charges in the second half.”
A 12-3 scoring spurt allowed the number seven team in the country to regain momentum and the lead. The run was capped off by an Emmanuel Megnanglo [Cotonou, Benin / Amelia Academy] banked three from the top of the key.
Physical play was abundant in the first, with Trine not taking their first attempt at the free throw line until two minutes remaining in the half. The Thunder entered the intermission with a 37-31 lead, Warzecha leading the scoring with 11, and 3-for-3 from long range.
Immediately coming out of the break, Head Coach Brooks Miller fed Brent Cox [Kendallville, Ind. / East Noble] in the low post. That resulted in scores on the first two possessions, a post-move by Cox and a kick-out three to Warzecha. Cox also led the team with seven rebounds on the night.
Manchester would not go away quietly and cut the gap to as little as three before a Trine timeout shifted momentum. Five straight points off the break by the Thunder put the visitors back up by eight at 50-42 before the Spartans countered with a timeout of their own.
Big man Mitchell Geller [Huntington, Ind. / Huntington North] was huge in the second period for Trine, scoring six points and creating action inside. Geller found Bryce Williams on a kick-out three to make it 59-51 with 11:05 to play.
Manchester scored seven in a row to force a timeout with 8:42 left. From there, the Thunder were able to rattle off 10 in a row to hush quiet the crowd. A pair of three’s from Williams highlighted a 12-point second half for the senior.
“That’s where our experience comes into play,” Warzecha said. “This team has been together for two years and we’ve battled adversity. Our experience takes over late in games during those runs.”
The Thunder maintained a double-digit advantage for the duration of the game and late free throw shooting iced the 82-71 victory.
Nick Bowman [Angola, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern] was able to stuff the stat sheet once again. He finished with a game-high 26 points, pulled down six boards, snatched six steals and distributed three assists on 10-of-18 shooting.
As a team, Trine shot 52.7% (29-of-55) from the field, and 60.9% (14-of-23) from deep. The Thunder assisted on 22 of their 29 made field goals and forced 24 turnovers on 17 steals.
Trine will have one week to prepare for Benedictine University out of Illinois. That game on Tuesday, November 16 at MTI Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 pm.
BETHEL WBASKETBALL: PILOTS WEAR OUT IU KOKOMO
KOKOMO, Ind. – Bethel Women’s Basketball returned to the win column on Tuesday evening with a 91-70 victory over IU Kokomo. The Pilots pulled away from the Cougars in the second half, outscoring the hosts 50-36 after the break for a 21-point victory.
Score: Bethel def. IU Kokomo
Records: Bethel (4-2) | IU Kokomo (0-3)
NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – NR | IU Kokomo – NR
Location: Student Activities & Event Center | IU Kokomo | Kokomo, Ind.
Caroline Morris: 18 pts, 10 reb, 3 stl
Alaysia Stewart: 12 pts, 8 reb, 2 stl
Kallie McElroy: 16 pts, 5 ast, 4-7 fg
Alba Garcia: 7 pts, 7 reb, 3 ast
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
The Pilots forced 41 turnovers and scored 36 points off the turnovers.
The Pilots made seven more free throws than the Cougars attempted on the night.
After giving up a second quarter lead and having the game tied at 30 with 2:59 left before halftime, the Pilots used 11-0 run over the next 1:43 to grab a 41-30 lead with just 76 seconds left before the break.
Caroline Morris records the first double-double for the Pilots this season with team-highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds.
NEXT TIME OUT
The Pilots travel to Marion, Indiana to take part in the Leah Whittaker Memorial Classic hosted by Indiana Wesleyan on Friday and Saturday. The Pilots will face off against Missouri Baptist on Friday at 8:00 pm and No. 19 Clarke on Saturday at 1:00 pm.
MANCHESTER MBASKETBALL: SPARTANS TOPPED BY #7 TRINE 82-71 TO BEGIN SEASON
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester University men’s basketball team opened the 2021-22 season in front of a standing-room-only and raucous crowd inside of Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on Tuesday November 9.
The Black & Gold were looking to pull off the upset as they welcomed No. 7 Trine to North Manchester. The nationally-ranked Thunder used a critical 10-0 run late in the 2nd half to avert the upset, topping Manchester University by a final score of 82-71.
The Spartans opened with some good energy and offensive play in the opening minutes of Tuesday’s game. First-year guard Bryant Smith (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) knocked in a pair of three-pointers to give MU an early 6-3 lead.
The Spartans secured a 5-point lead around the 13:33 mark of the opening half thanks to an 8-0 run. The run was highlighted by three-pointers by both Hunter Perlich (Fort Wayne, Ind./Churubusco) and Mitch Mendenhall (New Haven, Ind./Woodlan).
The Thunder rallied and were able to grab a 6-point lead just before intermission, 37-31.
The Spartans nearly overcame of pair of double-digit deficits in the 2nd half. The second rally by the Black & Gold saw the Spartans claw to within 3 points, 59-56, at the 9:44 mark of the period.
A veteran Thunder squad withstood Manchester’s push and used a critical 10-0 spurt to push its lead back into double figures.
For the game, the visiting Thunder finished 29-55 (52.7 percent) from the field and 14-23 (60.9 percent) from three-point territory. Trine guard Nick Bowman, a D3hoops.com Second Team Preseason All-American, led the Thunder with 26 points, 6 steals, and 6 rebounds. Three other Thunder players scored in double figures – Bryce Williams (15 points), Aidan Warzecha (14 points), and Connor Jones (11 points).
Manchester finished Tuesday’s game 24-48 (50 percent) from the floor and 11-25 (44 percent) from downtown. Bryant Smith led the Black & Gold with 19 points in his collegiate debut. He made 5 three-pointers. Sophomore Brandon Christlieb (Ashley, Ind./Prairie Heights) added 15 points and 8 rebounds. First-year point guard Quentez Columbus (South Bend, Ind./Adams) added 11 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals.
Trine assisted on 22 of its 29 made field goals, while the Spartans assisted on 18 of its 24 made baskets.
The Spartans were forced into committing 24 turnovers which Trine turned into 28 points. Manchester was able to convert 17 Trine turnovers into 16 points.
Manchester (0-1) will return to action on Friday November 12 with a road trip to Kalamazoo. Game time from Michigan is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The No. 7 Thunder improved to 2-0 on the season.
HUNTINGTON MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: STUTZMAN THREEPEATS AS CL RUNNER OF THE WEEK
HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Huntington junior Haile Stutzman topped the field of 130 runners at Saturday’s Crossroads League Cross Country Championships to be deemed the league’s individual champion. He ran away from his competition by clocking in at 24:52 which proved eight seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
For the Silverton (Ore.) native, it was the second CL individual title of his Forester career having claimed the crown as a rookie. This week’s Runner of the Week badge is Stutzman’s third of the fall.
Stutzman led the 10th-ranked Foresters to a third place finish over the weekend and now he and his teammates lie in wait to receive an at-large bid to NAIA Nationals slated for November 19 in Vancouver, Wash.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 106 NAIA All-America honors and 421 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Reportranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.
HUNTINGTON MBASKETBALL: DEFENSE FUELS HU’S 69-55 WIN OVER UNOH
HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The HU men’s basketball team continued their tear Tuesday night by disposing of UNOH 69-55. It’s the Foresters fourth straight win in as many games with all but one a double-digit disparity.
Huntington is currently giving up just 61.5 points per game to rank 25th among their NAIA peers across the country in points allowed. Tonight was no different as their defense never wavered. After giving up just 27 points in the first half, Alford’s crew surrendered just 28 points in the final 20 minutes to make for their best defensive effort so far this season.
While the Racers (1-4) were in defensive lock down too in the opening frame to make for a 29-27 halftime score that favored HU, a chance to regroup at intermission served the hosts well as they came out firing on all cylinders.
Caleb Middlesworth drained a three on Huntington’s first possession after which Peyton West scored in transition. Ben Humrichous put the finishing touches on a 7-0 run by rattling home a dunk. Just like that, the lead was 36-27 and there was no turning back. A West old-fashioned three-point play put HU up by ten at 39-29 with 17 minutes remaining. The Foresters’ advantage never dipped to single digits after that.
Midway through the period over a 90-second spell, Landen Jordan gave Forester fans plenty to cheer about when he reeled off seven points which included a pair of dunks to make for a 54-39 contest. The gap grew to as many as 18 points before 14 points separated the two squads by game’s end.
West finished with a team-best 14 points. Humrichous added 12 points and grabbed a game-high eight boards. Middlesworth rounded out HU’s double-digit scoring with 11 points while Zach Goodline filled the stat sheet with nine points, ten assists, six rebounds and four steals.
Zach Montes topped all scorers with 21 points as the Racers’ only double-digit scorer.
HU (4-0) hits the road for the first time this weekend to face West Virginia Tech at 4:00 p.m. as part of the Terry Polston Hoops for Hope Classic at Grace.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 106 NAIA All-America honors and 421 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.
HUNTINGTON WBASKETBALL: AQUINAS SNAPS HU’S SIX-GAME WIN STREAK
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Saints of Aquinas College snapped a six-game win streak the Forester women’s basketball team carried into Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center Tuesday night by handing their visitors a 51-44 loss. It was Aquinas’ first win over HU since 2013.
While Huntington’s defense was on point as evidenced by holding their hosts to just 51 points on 37.5 percent shooting, it was at the other end of the court in the middle quarters that was their demise.
After building a slight 16-14 advantage after the first ten minutes and adding another four points to that lead two minutes into the second quarter, things went south for HU. A lid seemed to find its way on the visitors’ rim as they managed just six points over the next 14 minutes to dig themselves in a 33-26 hole.
The difference grew to 11 by quarter’s end but quit is not in the Foresters’ vocabulary. A layup by Konnor Gambrell and long ball by Annie Seboe to start the fourth cut the lead in half at 39-33 with 7:34 to go. The Saints fired back to build their lead back to 11 at 48-37 with just over three minutes remaining but Huntington had one final push.
A long two by Celeste Ryman at the top of the key ignited a seven-point run that saw Emily Seboe connect on a traditional three-point play and Jenessa Hasty score in transition for a 48-44 difference with :47 ticks remaining. Unfortunately, time was the enemy at that point as HU was forced to foul allowing Aquinas to pull away.
Seboe finished with 15 points to pace Culler’s crew. Ryman added 12 points, four steals and three assists.
Eliza Brown poured in 15 points to share game-high scoring honors with Seboe. Marissa Brady dropped in ten points and grabbed that same number of rebounds for a double double.
The Foresters (2-3) return to Platt Arena this weekend to host their own classic. HU will face IU Southeast on Friday at 8:00 p.m.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 106 NAIA All-America honors and 421 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.
ST. FRANCIS MBASKETBALL: DAVID EJAH’S 44 POINTS AND 16 REBOUNDS PROPELS NO. 2 COUGARS PAST CRUSADERS
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Tuesday evening the No. 2 University of Saint Francis Cougars (6-0) traveled to Lansing, Michigan to take on the Great Lakes Christian College Crusaders (0-1) and won 95-90 behind a breakout performance by sophomore forward David Ejah.
Ejah made the first two layups of the game for the Cougars and after that Saint Francis built a 13-4 lead early. They later extended their lead to 11 points less than six minutes into the game with a strong defense.
However, the Crusaders began to chip away at the lead and then found themselves down by just one halfway through the first half. Just three minutes later their momentum carried Great Lakes past the Cougars with consecutive three-pointers as Saint Francis faced their first deficit of the night trailing 37-34.
What followed was a layup by Ejah and three-pointer by junior guard Antwaan Cushingberry to put the Cougars back ahead 40-37 and they went on to score 14 of the last 18 points of the first half to take a 48-41 lead going to halftime.
Throughout the first half the Cougars got 23 rebounds compared to just 11 by the Crusaders.
As the second half started, the Crusaders went on another tear on offense, rallying to tie the Cougars again and keeping pace with them throughout the frame.
Then a layup and three-pointer by the Crusaders tied the game again at 71 halfway through the frame. Despite the relentlessness of Great Lakes, the Cougars kept their composure, went back ahead, and never relinquished the lead from there, paving the way to a five-point victory and sixth consecutive to start the season.
“David (Ejah) was outstanding from the tip tonight,” Head Coach Chad LaCross said. “He dominated the paint the way he finished tonight and the way he rebounded the basketball. I thought Brayton (Bailey) did a great job of crashing the boards on both ends tonight and finished strong providing us with 14 points.”
Throughout the game, the Cougars shot 52 percent from the floor, 35 percent from beyond the three-point line, and 63 percent from the free throw line. Ejah led the way with 44 points scored and 16 rebounds. His 44 points in a single four-quarter game is tied for fourth most in program history.
The Cougars resume play on Friday afternoon when they travel to Rio Grande, Ohio to face the Rochester University Warriors (1-0) in the first day of the Rio Grande – Bevo Francis Tournament beginning at 4:00 pm.
ST. FRANCIS WBASKETBALL: LADY COUGARS OVERMATCHED BY GEORGETOWN TIGERS FALLING 92-62
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Lady Cougars (1-3) traveled to Georgetown, Kentucky on Tuesday evening to take on the Georgetown College Tigers (4-0) but proved overmatched as they fell 92-62.
Starting the game, the Tigers scored the first two layups, but Meleah Kunkel followed suit with consecutive layups to tie it. But then the Tigers proved their resilience and went back ahead now by six and held it to four points after the first quarter as the Lady Cougars trailed 15-11.
Throughout the second quarter they maintained their lead over Saint Francis and made matters worse for the Lady Cougars scoring 26 points in the frame nearly doubling their score from the one before.
The Lady Cougars’ defense struggled to keep up even though their offense stepped up to the challenge with 21 points in the second quarter but still trailed 41-32 going to halftime.
Unfortunately for the Lady Cougars, the third quarter proved to be the beginning of the end.
It started with a jump shot by the Tigers a minute into the frame and five minutes later they had built a 20-point lead. It continued to grow until it reached 29 by the end of the 10 minutes with Georgetown leading the Lady Cougars 69-42 after three quarters.
The momentum of the Tigers offense carried over into the fourth quarter with their third straight frame of 20 points scored or more and outscored the Lady Cougars 23-20 in the frame as Saint Francis suffered the tough loss.
Throughout the game, the Lady Cougars shot just 29 percent from the floor, 17 percent from beyond the arc, and 72 percent from the free throw line. Kunkel and Cassidy Crawford each scored 13 points to lead the team.
The Lady Cougars resume play on Friday evening when they travel to Huntington, Indiana to face the Indiana University-South Bend Titans (4-1) in the first day of the Huntington University Classic beginning at 6:00 pm.
IU SOUTHEAST MBASKETBALL: GRENADIERS FALL TO NO. 9 INDIANA WESLEYAN TUESDAY
MARION, Ind. – The IU Southeast men’s basketball team fell to ninth-ranked Indiana Wesleyan 109-76 on Tuesday night.
Anthony Wales Jr. led IU Southeast with 19 points and five assists. Three other starters scored in double figures, including Jared Osborne and Glenn Hill with 16 points apiece and Caleb Brown with 10 points.
The Grenadiers (1-3) took a quick 6-5 advantage with a three pointer by Hill, but a 7-0 run by Indiana Wesleyan put them ahead 12-6. A jumper by Wales Jr brought the Grenadiers within seven with 8:27 left in the first half, but Indiana Wesleyan answered with a three to put the lead back at double digits. The Grenadiers trailed at the half 52-37.
Indiana Wesleyan (5-1) only trailed once in the contest. The Wildcats led by as many as 40 in the second half and would go on to win 109-76.
In the second half, IU Southeast shot 46.7 percent from the field and 40 percent from three, but they could not take the lead as Indiana Wesleyan continued their hot shooting, shooting 64.5 percent from the field after the half.
Glenn Hill led the Grenadiers in scoring in the second half, adding 13 of his 16 points after halftime.
The Grenadiers hit nine of their 22 threes in the contest, shooting a respectable 40.9 percent from behind the arc. They also went 9-12 from the free throw line
The Grenadiers play the University of the Cumberlands in the Cumberlands Tournament on Thursday.
IU KOKOMO MBASKETBALL: HARPER’S LATE GAME HEROICS LIFTS MEN’S BASKETBALL PAST TROJANS
KOKOMO, Ind. – Allante Harper played hero on Tuesday night as the senior drilled two three-pointers in the final 14 seconds of the game to lift the Indiana University Kokomo men’s basketball team to a 69-67 come-from-behind victory over Taylor University.
Trailing 64-63 with 33 seconds left to play in the game, the Cougars had the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead. Trequan Spivey drove the lane looking for the tie, but his shot was blocked, and the deflection was corralled by Julien Hunter. Harper got a second chance on the far wing and buried it to put IU Kokomo in front for the first time since the 8:00 mark in the first half.
After a Taylor timeout, the Trojans returned the favor, hitting a triple to go back in front, 67-66, Harper took the inbound, dribbled to the far wing and hoisted his sixth three of the game, and hitting nothing but net. The Trojans final heave came up empty, giving the Cougars their third win of the season.
The Cougras connected on their final five three point attempts of the game.
Things were slow for the Cougar offense for the first 55 minutes of the game. IU Kokomo trailed by as many as 14 in the first half. IU Kokomo trailed by 10 with less than five minutes to go in the opening frame but the Cougars went on a 7-0 run that included five points from Desean Hampton to cut the Trojan lead to three. Taylor would hit a three with 20 seconds left to take a six-point advantage into the locker room.
The Trojans shot 7-of-9 from long distance in the first half.
Taylor continued to control the tempo through most of the second half. The Trojans built a 13-point lead with 8:28 left to play in the game but Cougars showed no quit. A 14-2 run from the Cougars was capped off by the first of two big three-pointers from Harper.
As the final buzzer sounded, the IU Kokomo bench mobbed Harper; the hero of the night.
In the second half, the Cougars held the Trojans to just 1-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc.
Harper finished with 16 points but none more important than the last six. Spivey led the team with 17 points.
Hampton was a point and a rebound away from his fourth straight double-double as the senior finished with nine points and nine boards.
The Cougars will hit the road Friday for the first time this season as they travel to Wilberforce, Ohio to take on Wilberforce University.
IU KOKOMO WBASKETBALL: CHAMBERS RECORDS DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN COUGARS LOSS TO BETHEL
KOKOMO, Ind. – Tia Chambers recorded her first double-double of the season scoring 19 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 91-70 loss to Bethel College Tuesday evening. The Indiana University Kokomo women’s basketball team falls to 0-3 on the season.
The Cougars got the scoring started, taking a 2-0 lead on a Tia Chambers layup just 27 seconds in to the game. Both teams struggled to score from the field in the opening quarter, but the free throw line made the difference. The Pilots earned ten foul shots compared to the Cougars two, and they were a perfect 10-10 from the line. Tia Chambers had nine of her nineteen points come in the first quarter, but IU Kokomo trailed 20-14 after the first quarter.
IU Kokomo opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run, with a Karly Kirkpatrick steal leading to a Jaela Meister layup to give the Cougars a 21-20 lead. With the score tied at 30, the Pilots went on an 11-0 run to distance themselves and take a 41-30 lead. The Cougars cut into the lead before half, entering halftime trailing 41-34.
Bethel forced 21 IU Kokomo turnovers in the second half, on their way to a 91-70 win over the Cougars.
Chambers led the Cougars with 19 points and 12 boards while Anya Friend added a career-high nine points for the Cougars. Kashlin Biffle contributed eight points.
IU Kokomo returns to the court this Saturday as they welcome Goshen College to the Student Activities and Events Center. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m.
IU SOUTH BEND VOLLEYBALL: VOLLEYBALL ADVANCES TO CCAC SEMIS WITH WIN OVER WOLVES
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Behind a balanced attack that saw three players with double-doubles, IU South Bend advanced through the CCAC Tournament Quarterfinals on Tuesday night, as the second-seeded Titans defeated No. 7 seed Cardinal Stritch in four sets at the Student Activities Center.
Senior Hannah Marchand led the way for the Titans (21-6), earning 17 kills with a team-high .326 attack percentage and 15 digs. Setter McKenzie Powell recorded 45 assists along with 16 digs, while Amber Jacobs posted 18 digs and 10 kills in four sets of work.
Both teams played even through the early portion of the first set, tied at 6-6 before IUSB pulled away with a 9-1 run. Marchand picked up four kills during the rally, and Felisha Campanello scored back-to-back points to help build a 15-7 advantage. The Titans would score four of the final six points, with a pair of kills from Marchand securing the first set, 25-15.
The Wolves (14-11) bounced back in game two, taking advantage of ten Titan attacking errors and hitting for a. 379 average, their highest of the night. The visitors quickly built a 12-4 lead and continued to pull away, closing the set on a 5-0 run to even the match at a game apiece, 25-11.
A pair of aces from Powell and a solo block from Campanello helped to give the Titans a 12-7 lead following a 5-1 run in game three. Cardinal Stritch would battle back again however, tying the score at 15-15 before a five-point run for the Titans put the home team back on top after two kills and a block from Julie Brown. Leading 21-18, the Titans would score four in a row to claim game three, 25-18.
Game four saw IU South Bend go up by as much as 13-5, but again the visitors were not deterred, going on a 10-2 run to tie the game at 15-15. Kills from Marchand and Jacobs put IUSB back up 21-17, before the Wolves used a four-point rally to even the score again, 22-22. A key attacking error from Cardinal Stritch made it a one-point advantage for the Titans, with Brown and Abby Seeger closing out the match with back-to-back kills.
The win marks the fourth straight season in which IU South Bend has advanced to the CCAC Tournament Semifinals, and the second time in that stretch in which the semifinal match will be played in South Bend. Next up for the Titans is the No. 3 seed Olivet Nazarene Tigers, in a matchup scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 11 inside the Student Activities Center.
IU SOUTH BEND MBASKETBALL: #25 TITANS KNOCK OFF HOLY CROSS IN CCAC OPENER
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Four players finished in double figures as No. 25 IU South Bend opened the CCAC slate in style on Tuesday night, knocking off cross-town rivals Holy Cross 79-46.
Spencer Pettit led the way for the Titans (4-1, 1-0 CCAC), finishing with a game-high 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Kenny Washington posted a career high, scoring 15 while going 7-for-9 from the floor. Micah Poole pitched in with 11 points off the bench, and Donyell Meredith tallied ten points with seven rebounds.
IU South Bend never trailed throughout the night, opening the game on an 11-4 run, with five different players scoring the first five IUSB buckets of the game. Miles Tracy stretched the lead to 18-4 with a bucket at the 14:45 mark, and the Titan advantage would grow to as much as 21 in the first half, when Pettit scored on a put-back to make it a 37-16 score with 6:35 on the clock.
Leading 49-29 at the break, the Titans continued to pull away by limiting the Saints (3-2, 0-1 CCAC) on the defensive end. The visitors would shoot 6-for-30 (20.0%) in the second half, including a 1-for-12 performance from three-point range, with the Titan defense holding the Saints to 17 points after the break.
The 33-point margin of victory goes down as the largest in the all-time series with Holy Cross, and marks the fourth straight victory for the Titans in the rivalry.
The Titans will now step outside of conference play for their next two home games, beginning with a big test on the national stage with No. 4 William Penn (Iowa) on Friday night. Tipoff from the Student Activities Center with the fourth-ranked Statesmen is set for 7:00 p.m. on November 12.
INDIANA TECH WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: WARRIORS MOVE UP TO 19TH IN NAIA TOP 25 POLL
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Indiana Tech women’s cross country team was ranked 19th in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll as the national office released the latest rankings Monday.
Tech received 230 points in the fifth and final regular season edition of the rankings and moved up three spots into a tie with Huntington for the number 19 position. The Warriors have now been ranked for two straight polls. It’s the highest ranking for the program since the 2013 Postseason Poll when they finished 19th at the NAIA National Championships.
The NAIA Postseason Poll will be released on November 25 and is based on the team finishes at the NAIA National Championships.
GRACE COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY: CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS MAKE HISTORY WITH NAIA BIDS
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – A history-making season will continue for another week for the Grace men’s and women’s cross country teams. Both squads were awarded at-large berths into the NAIA Cross Country National Championships to be held on November 19 in Vancouver, Washington.
This marks the first time in school history that the men’s and women’s teams will be competing together at NAIA nationals. The men’s program qualified for the NAIA meet in 2000, while the women’s team will be making its inaugural appearance.
“Qualifying is very affirming for us competitively, but we continue to celebrate this group’s togetherness,” said Coach Jake Poyner. “I believe the ways they look out for one another is directly linked to the well-earned growth they’ve sought out to qualify as team, the first time ever for the women and the first time in twenty one years for the men. When you do it the right way, Championship Character always proceeds Championship Results.”
The No. 17-ranked women’s team is coming off a strong third-place finish in the Crossroads League Championships. A trio of Lancers earned All-League recognition in the meet, paced by freshmen Kylie Sauder’s 11th-place finish. Sophomore Mallory Hiatt ended 12th and senior Heather Plastow was 15th.
The squad set a school record for total team time earlier this season, with the top five finishers combining to run 1:34:31, or an average of 18:52 per runner for 5,000 meters. Hiatt set an individual record that day with a time of 18:20.5, with Plastow right behind her in 18:20.9. Sauder has run a personal best of 18:23.
Plastow and Hiatt earned individual berths to the NAIA meet last season, but it will be the first experience for the rest of the squad. Also expected to compete for the Lancers are sophomores Elizabeth Moore (19:29 PR) and Anna Hulstedt (20:08 PR), along with freshmen Katie Acker (19:47 PR) and Caroline Kolb (19:54 PR).
“This is the first team I’ve had the privilege to coach that’s not only re-written the record books, but had to walk through a lot of adversity in order to do so,” stated Poyner. “We had a lot of concern at the beginning of this season that we were very far from our goals and what we knew we were capable of. All the credit in the world goes to these ladies for embracing the challenges, digging deep, and competing with everything they’ve got.”
Grace will be one of five women’s teams from the Crossroads League competing at NAIA Nationals. League champion Taylor is ranked No. 4, and will be joined by Indiana Wesleyan, Huntington and St. Francis.
The men’s team will enter the national championships ranked No. 20 in the NAIA. The Lancers placed fourth at last week’s Crossroads League meet, led by junior Bryan Hernandez-Rios’ third-place individual finish. Hernandez-Rios posted the second-best time in school history earlier this season, running 24:30 for 8,000 meters.
The Grace men have bettered the school record for total team time on two occasions this season, with the best performance being 2:09.01, or an average of 25:48 for 8,000 meters. Juniors Dimitri Margaritidis (25:30 PR) and Logan Rufenacht (25:47) have been the primary support for Hernandez-Rios.
A pair of freshmen have made their mark this season, consistently running among the team’s top five or six athletes. Justin Van Prooyen (26:22 PR) and Brandon Kleber (26:46) will get their first taste of national experience. Junior Isaac Beatty (26:37 PR) and sophomore Macallister Cheek (26:30 PR) complete the seven runners expected to compete at the NAIA championships.
“We’re so proud of this group because the individual and collective battles fought side by side have sharpened them and created a brotherhood, competitively and culturally,” said Poyner. “It’s exciting to qualify as a team, but regardless of anything like that, truly I’m the most proud of these men for their continued resolve to love each other well, and love others in extraordinary ways.”
The Crossroads League will be well represented at the NAIA meet on the men’s side, as well, with a record six teams earning berths. Taylor, Indiana Wesleyan and Huntington are all ranked in the top 10, while Marian and Goshen also earned at-large invitations.
Before focusing on competing at the NAIA Championships, the Lancer teams will travel to compete this Saturday, November 13 at the NCCAA National Championships in Joplin, Missouri. Both the men and the women are expected to challenge for top finishes at the NCCAA meet.
“I hope both teams recognize this historic moment as a testament to what they’re capable of, not in the absence of struggle, but, more powerfully, in the midst of struggle,” concluded Poyner. “That kind of strength applies to our sport moving forward, but it’s also a strength for life and everything the Lord has in store for them beyond their days as distance runners. I am eager to see what they can accomplish at the national level.”
INDIANA TECH WCROSS COUNTRY: WILLISON QUALIFY FOR NAIA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Indiana Tech cross country program is headed back to the NAIA National Championships for the first time since 2019 as the national office released the official list of team and individual qualifiers Tuesday.
The 2021 NAIA Cross Country National Championships will take place November 19 in Vancouver, Washington at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Championship Course. The men’s 8K race will take place at 1:30 p.m. ET while the women’s 5K race is set for 2:30 a.m. ET.
The women’s cross country team was one of 36 programs to earn a bid to the 2021 championship following a third-place finish at the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Championships this past Saturday and earning a spot at number 19 in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll that was released Monday.
It’s the first time since 2018 that the Warriors will be competing as a team at the final race of the season and the fifth time that Tech has qualified for the national championship. Lisa Voyles has led the team in every race this season and earned First-Team All-Conference honors after finishing fifth at the WHAC meet while Krista Boese was 11th and received Second-Team All-Conference accolades. The rest of the Warrior lineup will feature Angie Sanchez, Kara Kline, Lily Greiwe, Whitley Blake, Korissa VanOver and Loanie Cellard. Kline qualified for the 2019 NAIA National Championships as an individual. Voyles and Kline are the only two Warriors with cross country nationals experience.
On the men’s side, senior Jake Willison will be making his second trip to the NAIA National Championships after finishing sixth at the WHAC meet as he earned a bid the final race of the year with his All-Conference performance. The Plainfield, Illinois native is no stranger to the site of the 2021 NAIA National Championships as he garnered All-American honors in 2019 when the race was also held in Vancouver, Washington.
PURDUE NORTHWEST MSOCCER: WARNER SCORES GAME-WINNER FOR BERMUDA U20 TEAM
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Purdue University Northwest freshman Jazir Warner scored the game-winner to lead the Bermuda Men’s U20 national team to 3-0 victory over Saint Vincent at Félix Sánchez Olympic Stadium. Warner has helped the Bermuda squad to a 2-0 start in the club’s first two appearances at the Concacaf U20 Championship qualifiers.
PURDUE NORTHWEST WBASKETBALL: PNW SELECTED FIFTH IN NORTH DIVISION IN LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL
GLIAC – The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) announced its 2021-22 Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll on Tuesday. Purdue University Northwest has been selected to finish fifth in the North Division after receiving 23 points.
Under head coach Courtney Locke, now her third season, PNW returns a core group from last year’s team that finished 4-15 (4-14 GLIAC), led by All-GLIAC performer junior Savaya Brockington (15.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.3 apg).
Three returning starters join Brockington to lead a group of nine letterwinners from last season, including senior Molly DeValkenaere (6.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg), junior Anjel Galbraith (9.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.8 apg) and junior Kennedy Jackson (4.1 ppg, 1.3 spg).
The Pride will feature a talented group of newcomers with three transfers and three newcomers. Abbie McDowell (Tecumseh, Mich.), Payton Courier (Delavan, Wis.), Reagan Courier (Delavan, Wis.), Taylor Austin (Portage, Ind.), Laila Rogers (Hammond, Ind.), and Kylie Schmidt (Francis Creek, Wis.).
Michigan Tech was picked to win the North Division with 56 points and eight first-place votes. Ferris State and Parkside tied for second place in the polling with 44 points. Northern Michigan (42), PNW (23) and Lake Superior State (16) round out the preseason vote.
Grand Valley State has been selected to win the South Division with 44 points and nine first-place tallies. Northwood was picked to finish second (35), followed by Wayne State (33), Saginaw Valley State (29) and Davenport (15).
PNW is scheduled to open the season this weekend in Lebanon, Ill. at a Midwest Region Crossover event. The Pride take on Illinois-Springfield at 3 p.m. this Friday and then play McKendree at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The home opener for PNW is set for Thursday, Nov. 18 at the Hammond Campus. The Pride will host Roosevelt at 5 p.m. CST.
GLIAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Rankings
1. Michigan Tech 56 (8)
2. Ferris State 44 (3)
4. Northern Michigan 42
5. Purdue Northwest 23
6. Lake Superior State 16
1. Grand Valley State 44 (9)
2. Northwood 35 (2)
3. Wayne State 33
4. Saginaw Valley State 29
5. Davenport 15
PURDUE NORTHWEST MBASKETBALL: PRIDE PICKED TO FINISH SIXTH IN GLIAC NORTH DIVISION
GLIAC – The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) announced its 2021-22 Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll on Tuesday. Purdue University Northwest has been selected to finish sixth in the North Division after receiving 23 points.
PNW is looking to build off its first appearance in the GLIAC Men’s Basketball Tournament last season after finishing 8-9 (8-8 GLIAC) overall. The program has consistently improved in each season under head coach Boomer Roberts, who now enters his fourth year at the helm.
Last season, PNW set a program record for GLIAC wins (8), recorded the team’s highest road win total during the D2 era (4), and logged wins over Ferris State, Davenport, and NCAA Tournament qualifiers Ashland and Michigan Tech, for the first time since joining the GLIAC. The Pride entered the GLIAC tourney as the top scoring (77.5 ppg) and top rebounding team (36.9 rpg) in the league.
Four starters are back to lead a group of 10 returners, including Jyrus Freels (12.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 54.9 fg%), Mikell Cooper (12.5 ppg, 3.2 apg), Anthony Barnard (12.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg) and Greg Boyle (10.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg).
The Pride have added six newcomers including Kai Steinman (Champaign, Ill., Southern Miss.), Jonte Coleman (Champaign, Ill., UT Martin), Rafael Cruz (Chicago, Ill., Western Michigan), Sangolay Njie (Chicago, Ill., Victory Rock Prep), Parion Roberson (Gary, Ind., West Side), and Jackson Richards (Kokomo, Ind., Kokomo).
Michigan Tech was picked to win the North Division with 56 points to edge second-place Ferris State in the voting by a point. Parkside was picked third with 34 points while Lake Superior State (32), Northern Michigan (25) and PNW (23) round out the division.
Grand Valley State was selected to win the South Division with 49 points, followed by Wayne State (42), Davenport (31), Saginaw Valley State (20) and Northwood (18).
The season tips off Friday for PNW when it travels to Kansas City for a pair of non-conference games. The Pride will take on William Jewell at 5 p.m. Friday and Rockhurst at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
PNW will host two games next week, including Tuesday’s matchup against East-West University at the Westville Campus and Thursday’s meeting with Indiana Northwest at the Hammond Campus.
GLIAC Men’s Basketball Preseason Rankings
1. Michigan Tech 56 (6)
2. Ferris State 55 (5)
3. Parkside 34
4. Lake Superior State 32
5. Northern Michigan 25
6. Purdue Northwest 23
1. Grand Valley State 49 (9)
2. Wayne State 42 (2)
3. Davenport 31
4. Saginaw Valley State 20
5. Northwood 18
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU Volleyball Poised for Top-25 Clash in CL Tournament Semifinals
UPLAND, Ind. – After sweeping past sixth-seeded Spring Arbor in the 2021 Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals, No. 25 and third-seeded Taylor now turns its focus toward a semifinal showdown with No. 21 and second-seeded Indiana Wesleyan on Wednesday, November 10 at 7:00 pm.
Taylor will enter the match with an overall clip of 27-6, boasting its highest single-season win total since taking 31 victories in 2011. Among that record includes a 4-4 mark against teams ranked or receiving votes in the NAIA Top-25 Poll.
Taylor and IWU (21-4) split their head-to-head series during the regular season, with each team taking wins on their home court. The Trojans struck first with a five-set thriller over the Wildcats on September 18, before falling in straight-sets at Indiana Wesleyan on October 20.
In the 25-9, 18-25, 17-25, 25-20, 15-10 win for the Purple and Gold, Ryan Czerniak led the charge with 19 kills and a .529 percentage, while Grace Isaacs posted 10 kills and eight blocks. Kacy Bragg added 49 assists, 15 digs, four blocks and four kills and Stephaney Fifield teamed with Nikki Parrett for a combined 58 kills.
Ana Collar highlighted the IWU attack in the rematch, which was claimed via a 25-20, 25-15, 25-18 Wildcat decision. Collar posted 14 kills, 10 digs and five blocks to go with a .464 hitting percentage in that contest and averaged 13 kills, 19 digs, 3.5 blocks and a .310 overall percentage in her two showings against Taylor this season.
All four of the top seeds in the Crossroads League Tournament advanced via 3-0 victories in the quarterfinals round, with Taylor sweeping Spring Arbor, IWU sweeping Grace, Marian blanking Huntington and Bethel sweeping Mount Vernon Nazarene.
Wednesday’s CL Tournament Semifinals will pit No. 25 and third seeded Taylor at No. 21 and second-seeded Indiana Wesleyan on one side of the bracket, with top-seeded and No. 6 Marian (30-1) hosting fourth-seeded and unranked Bethel (28-7) on the other side. Both matches are slated for 7:00 pm starts, with the two winners advancing into the CL Tournament Championship on Saturday, November 13 at a time to be determined.
No. 25 Taylor (27-6) is making its first CL Tournament Semifinal appearance since 2016 and will be eyeing its first trip to the title match since 2014, with a chance to clinch an automatic bid into the program’s first NAIA National Tournament since 2011.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Four Trojans Earn All-Crossroads League Honors, White Named Coach of the Year
JACKSON, Mich. – The No. 4 Taylor men’s cross country team placed four student-athletes on the All-Crossroads League Team, while head coach Quinn White was named the Crossroads League Coach of the Year, following the 2021 Crossroads League Championships last Saturday morning.
The Taylor men claimed the Crossroads League Title for the first time since 1999. TU was led by four senior Trojans who finished in the top-15. Derek Van Prooyen, Daniel Gerber, Alex Helmuth and Connor White were the top finishers for the Purple and Gold and earned All-Crossroads League honors.
The experienced Trojans ran together in the front pack throughout race. Van Prooyen crossed the line in fourth place with a time of 25:02.7. Gerber finished fifth overall, logging a time of 25:06.3. Helmuth ended steps behind with a time of 25:07.3 in sixth place. White clocked his fastest time of the season, claiming eighth place in 25:16.1.
Gerber received the All-Crossroads League award for the fourth time while Helmuth collected his third award. Van Prooyen and White earned a spot on the All-CL team for the second time in their Taylor career.
Head coach Quinn White was also selected as the 2021 Crossroads League Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. This is the first time White has received this award in his three years coaching the men’s team.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU Places Four on All-CL Team, White Named Coach of the Year
JACKSON, Mich. – The No. 4 Taylor women’s cross country team had four student-athletes earn All-Crossroads League honors, while head coach Quinn White was named the Crossroads League Coach of the Year, following the 2021 Crossroads League Championships last Saturday morning.
No. 4 TU set a new league record for most-consecutive championships, as the Taylor women won their ninth-straight Crossroads League Title. TU placed four Trojans in the top-15, including Abbey Brennan, Mollie Gamble, Giovanna Domene and Ahna VanderWall, posting top times and earning spots on the All-Crossroads League Team.
Brennan continued her breakout senior season and finished as the Crossroads League runner-up, recording a time of 18:34.5. Gamble and Domene finished stride for stride for sixth and seventh place respectively, both logging times of 18:59.7. VanderWall clinched 10th place and clocked a time of 19:03.2.
The All-Crossroads League honors were the third for Domene, with Brennan, Gamble and VanderWall collecting the award for the first time.
Quinn White was also selected as the 2021 Crossroads League Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. This is the ninth time in his 12 years at Taylor that White has received this award.
The No. 4 Trojans (65-41) will now turn their attention to the NAIA National Championships in Vancouver, Washington on November 19.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Men Earn No. 4 Rating in Final Regular Season Poll
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Taylor University men’s cross country program improved one position in the latest NAIA Top-25 Poll, closing the regular season as the No. 4 team in the nation.
The Trojans claimed 539 points in the ratings and landed behind No. 1 St. Francis (591 points), No. 2 Saint Mary (571) and No. 4 Milligan (546).
TU has now been ranked inside the top-25 for 62-straight polls, with the past 17 ratings coming inside the top-10.
The Taylor men battled for victory at the Crossroads League Championships last Saturday, beating out the former No. 3 team in the nation, Indiana Wesleyan, for the title. Four Trojans finished in the top-10, pacing the team to its first CL Championship since 1999. Derek Van Prooyen finished fourth overall, followed by Daniel Gerber in fifth and Alex Helmuth in sixth. Connor White claimed eighth place and the TU men won by a close 10 points.
The No. 4 Trojans (71-24) will cap of their 2021 campaign at the NAIA National Championships on Friday, November 19 in Vancouver, Washington. Taylor has competed at the NAIA National Championships for the past seven seasons, finishing as the runner-up in 2019 and claiming Taylor’s first-ever NAIA National Championship in 2020.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Hold Steady at No. 4 in Final Regular Season Poll
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Taylor University women’s cross country team maintained its position as the No. 4 program in the nation in the final regular season NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll, as announced on Monday evening. The Trojans have held steady at No. 4 for five-consecutive polls.
The Purple and Gold tallied 528 total points in the ratings. St. Francis (Ill.) topped the polls as the No. 1 team with 591 points and 21 first place votes. No. 2 Milligan gathered 168 points, followed by No. 3 Cornerstone with 556.
The Trojans have been ranked inside the NAIA Top-25 for 70-consectuve polls, with 58 of those ratings coming inside the top-10.
The Taylor women closed out their regular season last Saturday as they claimed their ninth-straight Crossroads League Title. In dominating fashion, the Trojans won the meet by 50 points and placed seven runners in the top-20. Abbey Brennan led TU and finished as runner-up, posting a time of 18:34.5.
The No. 4 Trojans (65-41) will cap of their 2021 campaign at the NAIA National Championships on Friday, November 19 in Vancouver, Washington. Taylor has competed at the NAIA National Championships for the past eight seasons, turning in third-place finishes in 2020 and 2018.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | SECOND HALF LEAD SLIPS AWAY IN ROAD DEFEAT
KOKOMO, Ind. – Taylor led by 13 points with 8:30 remaining in the contest in Tuesday’s game at Indiana Kokomo, but the hosts came to life and closed the game on a 24-9 stretch to turn TU away by a 69-67 margin.
The loss was the fifth-straight for the Trojans to open the season, with all five setbacks coming in heartbreaking fashion by six points or less and with TU failing to reach 70 points.
TU opened with its best offensive half of the young season, going 16-of-32 from the field and seven-of-nine from three-point range to open a 41-35 lead at the intermission.
Taylor used an 18-2 spurt from the 13:19 mark to the 8:47 point of the opener to flip a 16-14 deficit into a game-high lead of 14 at 32-18. Five different Trojans scored during the stretch, with Jason Hubbard netting six during a 13-0 streak to cap the rally.
TU maintained a comfortable lead throughout the majority of the second stanza as well, holding a 13-point gap with 8:30 to play and still leading by 10 with 5:00 left in the contest.
Back-to-back triples from IUK (3-1) put the Taylor advantage in jeopardy for the first time by narrowing the margin to 62-59 with 2:30 on the clock and another Cougar trey with 17 seconds to go handed TU its first deficit since trailing by the 16-14 margin.
Kaden Fuhrmann momentarily halted the 21-6 IUK run and reclaimed a 67-66 Trojan lead with a step-back three-pointer with eight seconds to play, but the hosts raced down the court and knocked in one more triple to finish the comeback and take the 69-67 victory.
Indiana Kokomo trailed for all but 87 seconds in the game but outscored Taylor by a 15-5 count in points off turnovers and held a decisive, 17-0, advantage in points in transition.
After the hot first half showing, Taylor managed only 10 field goals and 26 points in the final period. TU was just one-for-seven from deep after the break but still played with the lead for all but 12 seconds in the second stanza.
Hubbard was the headliner once again for the Purple and Gold, ending with 25 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks for his fourth double-double in five games to open the season. The senior notched his third game with at least 25 points and his third with at least 25 points and 12 boards.
Fuhrmann scored nine of his 12 in the first half, while Jeff Clayton and Gavin Yoon chipped in with eight points each.
Taylor (0-5) will return home on Friday, November 12 to host Miami-Middletown (0-2) in an 8:00 pm start.
VINCENNES WBASKETBALL: BLUMA’S DOUBLE-DOUBLE PROPELS LADY BLAZERS TO WIN IN HOME OPENER
VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Lady Trailblazers finally got to play in front of the home crowd Tuesday afternoon as VU hosted Jefferson College from Hillsboro, Mo.
Vincennes set the tone early, jumping out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter on some timely shooting from sophomores Laila Grant (Derwood, Md.) and Anete Bluma (Saldus, Latvia).
The Trailblazers continued to cruise as they ended the first 10 minutes of play with a 27-16 lead on the scoreboard.
VU built on this lead in the second quarter and built their biggest lead of the half at 48-29 late in the second period.
The Lady Blazers held this lead heading into the halftime break, holding a 49-30 advantage at the break.
Jefferson College wouldn’t go away quietly though, as the Vikings cut into the VU lead in the third quarter, before Anete Bluma completely took over, scoring eight straight points for the Blazers as VU got their lead back to 19 points.
The Lady Blazers headed into the final 10 minutes of play holding a 66-48 lead.
The two teams traded scoring runs to begin the fourth quarter before the Vikings would cut the VU lead down to 15 points late in the fourth.
This comeback attempt fell short however as Jefferson ran out of time late and Vincennes captured their third win of the season with an 88-72 victory.
“The big thing tonight was we got everybody in the game,” VU Hall of Fame head coach Harry Meeks said. “I think Bluma really shot the ball well, she did a really good job for us. I’m disappointed that we gave up so many points, but Jefferson’s got some girls on that team that can shoot the ball also. I think as the team moves on it looks good for them, because Jefferson’s got some good athletes on that team.”
“As for us, as far as moving forward, I think this weekend we’re going to have to find us a seven and eight player that can play. We’re going to have to concentrate on that and really see what we can do against two ranked opponents,” Meeks added. “I like this team. I think we’re a young team and as the season moves on we’ll play better and better.”
Anete Bluma led the VU offense, finishing with a 20-point, 12-rebound double-double off the bench for the blue and gold. Bluma also ended with a team-high five assists.
“Until this evening, Bluma hasn’t played well at all,” Meeks said. “I think she got frustrated and is putting too much pressure on herself to be a good player. She is a good player and she needs to just relax and play.”
“I told her that when I put her on the floor I could see every muscle in her body tense up and you can’t be a good basketball player like that,” Meeks added. “Fortunately for us, she came out relaxed, made her first two or three shots and played really well for us. She’s a great team player, plays extremely hard, so it was nice to see her relax and have some success because we’re going to need her.”
Laila Grant reached double-figures again for Vincennes, ending with 12 points and six rebounds, while being active defensively to come away with three steals.
Freshman Cherrelle Newsom (Indianapolis, Ind.) was the third VU scorer to reach double-figures as the point guard ended with 11 points and three assists.
The Lady Blazers have a tough weekend ahead of them as they head to Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Mo. to take part in the Lady Raider Classic Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 13.
VU will face-off against two Top-25 teams in this classic, first taking on host and No. 6-ranked Three Rivers College Friday at 8 p.m. eastern. Followed by facing No. 21-ranked Moberly Area Community College Saturday at 2 p.m. eastern.
“We need to play good defensively and we need to run our offense,” Meeks said. “I like our team’s experience that we keep building on. We can handle the ball, we can drive to the paint, it just depends on how well we shoot the ball.”
“I know that both of those teams are waiting for us,” Meeks added. “I’m looking forward to going over there and seeing what we need to work on, against some good basketball teams and we’re going to give it our best shot this weekend.”
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|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|ARIZONA CARDINALS||8||1||0||.889||0.0||277||155||3-1-0||5-0-0||4-1-0||3-0-0||1 W|
|LOS ANGELES RAMS||7||2||0||.778||1.0||261||196||3-2-0||4-0-0||5-1-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|SEATTLE SEAHAWKS||3||5||0||.375||4.5||181||169||1-3-0||2-2-0||1-3-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||3||5||0||.375||4.5||185||202||0-4-0||3-1-0||3-4-0||0-3-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|GREEN BAY PACKERS||7||2||0||.778||0.0||199||180||3-0-0||4-2-0||5-1-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|MINNESOTA VIKINGS||3||5||0||.375||3.5||194||191||2-2-0||1-3-0||3-2-0||1-0-0||2 L|
|CHICAGO BEARS||3||6||0||.333||4.0||150||224||2-2-0||1-4-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||4 L|
|DETROIT LIONS||0||8||0||.000||6.5||134||244||0-4-0||0-4-0||0-6-0||0-3-0||8 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS||6||2||0||.750||0.0||260||183||4-0-0||2-2-0||4-2-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|NEW ORLEANS SAINTS||5||3||0||.625||1.0||201||155||2-2-0||3-1-0||4-3-0||1-2-0||1 L|
|ATLANTA FALCONS||4||4||0||.500||2.0||175||220||1-3-0||3-1-0||2-4-0||1-2-0||1 W|
|CAROLINA PANTHERS||4||5||0||.444||2.5||171||183||2-3-0||2-2-0||2-4-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|NEW YORK||7||4||.636||0.5||2-3||5-1||3-1||6-4||6-4||1 W|
|OKLAHOMA CITY||3||6||.333||4.0||2-2||1-4||0-1||3-5||3-6||2 W|
|GOLDEN STATE||9||1||.900||—||6-1||3-0||3-0||7-1||9-1||5 W|
|LA CLIPPERS||6||4||.600||3.0||4-2||2-2||0-1||5-3||6-4||5 W|
|LA LAKERS||6||5||.545||3.5||5-3||1-2||0-2||4-5||6-4||1 W|
|SAN ANTONIO||3||7||.300||4.0||1-3||2-4||0-2||0-5||3-7||1 L|
|NEW ORLEANS||1||10||.091||6.5||0-4||1-6||0-1||1-6||1-9||7 L|
|DETROIT RED WINGS||14||7||5||2||16||7||43||46||4-1-2||3-4-0||5-4-1|
|TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||12||6||3||3||15||6||36||37||2-2-2||4-1-1||5-2-3|
|TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||13||7||5||1||15||7||33||37||6-2-1||1-3-0||5-4-1|
|NEW YORK RANGERS||13||7||3||3||17||7||33||37||2-1-1||5-2-2||6-2-2|
|COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||10||7||3||0||14||6||32||28||5-1-0||2-2-0||7-3-0|
|NEW JERSEY DEVILS||11||6||3||2||14||5||33||33||4-2-1||2-1-1||5-3-2|
|NEW YORK ISLANDERS||10||5||3||2||12||5||27||25||—||5-3-2||5-3-2|
|ST. LOUIS BLUES||11||8||2||1||17||7||40||27||3-1-0||5-1-1||7-2-1|
|SAN JOSE SHARKS||12||7||4||1||15||7||36||31||3-2-1||4-2-0||5-4-1|
|LOS ANGELES KINGS||13||7||5||1||15||6||38||34||5-2-0||2-3-1||6-3-1|
|VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||13||7||6||0||14||6||37||40||3-3-0||4-3-0||6-4-0|