INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TOP 25
SETON HALL 67 #4 MICHIGAN 65
#5 VILLANOVA 100 HOWARD 81
#6, PURDUE 96 WRIGHT STATE 52
#7 DUKE 92 GARDNER WEBB 52
#11 MEMPHIS 90 ST. LOUIS 74
BYU 81 #12 OREGON 49
#13 KENTUCKY 80 MOUNT ST. MARY 55
#14 ALABAMA 73 S. ALABAMA 68
#15 HOUSTON 67 VIRGINIA 47
#18 NORTH CAROLINA 94 CHARLESTON 83
#25 USC 78 FLORIDA GULF COAST 61
OTHER SCORES OF INTEREST
TEXAS A&M CC 65 IUPUI 59
NOTRE DAME 70 HIGH POINT 61
CINCINNATI 89 ALABAMA A&M 66
EVANSVILLE 69 DEPAUW 58
RUTGERS 75 NEW JERSEY TECH 61
PURDUE FORT WAYNE 65 AUSTIN PEAY 60
IOWA 86 NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 69
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – TOP 25
#3 MARYLAND 98 MOUNT ST. MARY 57
#4 INDIANA 72 NORFOLK STATE 42
#7 STANFORD 77 PORTLAND 55
#10 LOUISVILLE 82 BELLARMINE 25
#13 MICHIGAN 73 UMASS LOWELL 54
#22 WEST VIRGINIA 86 ST. FRANCIS PA 33
OTHER SCORES OF INTEREST
BALL STATE 70 BUTLER 56
MICHIGAN STATE 73 VALPARAISO 62
STONY BROOK 53 RUTGERS 44
OHIO 73 CINCINNATI 62
PENN STATE 120 DELAWARE STATE 51
GOLDEN STATE 117 BROOKLYN 99
UTAH 120 PHILADELPHIA 85
LA CLIPPERS 106 SAN ANTONIO 92
TORONTO 3 NASHVILLE 0
FLORIDA 6 NY ISLANDERS 1
OTTAWA AT NEW JERSEY POSTPONED
NY RANGERS 3 MONTRÉAL 2
PHILADELPHIA 2 CALGARY 1
BUFFALO 2 PITTSBURGH 1
ARIZONA 3 ST. LOUIS 2
SAN JOSE 4 MINNESOTA 1
WINNIPEG 5 EDMONTON 2
DALLAS 5 DETROIT 2
CAROLINA 4 VEGAS 2
ANAHEIM 3 WASHINGTON 2
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEMI-STATE
MERRILLVILLE (12-0) AT WESTFIELD (11-1)
BEN DAVIS (7-5) AT CENTER GROVE (12-0)
ZIONSVILLE (8-5) AT MICHIGAN CITY (9-3)
NEW ALBANY (9-3) VS. CATHEDRAL (12-1), AT TECH
NORTHRIDGE (9-4) AT NEW PRAIRIE (11-2)
MT. VERNON (12-1) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (11-2)
BREBEUF JESUIT (11-2) AT MISHAWAKA MARIAN (10-3)
GIBSON SOUTHERN (12-1) AT TRI-WEST (11-2), SATURDAY
ANDREAN (10-3) AT EASTSIDE (13-0)
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (11-2) VS. SCECINA (10-3), AT BEECH GROVE
ADAMS CENTRAL (12-1) AT NORTH JUDSON (9-3)
TRI (11-2) AT LUTHERAN (13-0)
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
TOLEDO 35 OHIO 23
EASTERN MICHIGAN 22 WESTERN MICHIGAN 21
MIAMI OHIO 34 BOWLING GREEN 7
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT BUFFALO | 7 P.M. | ESPN2
CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT BALL STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPNU
THURSDAY, NOV. 18
LOUISVILLE AT DUKE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
FRIDAY, NOV. 19
SOUTHERN MISS AT LOUISIANA TECH | 8 P.M. | CBSSN
MEMPHIS AT HOUSTON | 9 P.M. | ESPN2
ARIZONA AT WASHINGTON STATE | 9 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
AIR FORCE AT NEVADA | 9 P.M. | FS1
SAN DIEGO STATE AT UNLV | 11:30 P.M. | CBSSN
SATURDAY, NOV. 20
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN AT GEORGIA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
MICHIGAN STATE AT OHIO STATE | 12 P.M. | ABC
IOWA STATE AT OKLAHOMA | 12 P.M. | FOX
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M AT TEXAS A&M | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
WAKE FOREST AT CLEMSON | 12 P.M. | ESPN
NEW MEXICO STATE AT KENTUCKY | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
PURDUE AT NORTHWESTERN | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
TENNESSEE STATE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 12 P.M. | STADIUM
FLORIDA STATE AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
WOFFORD AT NORTH CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | ESPN3
RUTGERS AT PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
UMASS AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
TEXAS AT WEST VIRGINIA | 12 P.M. | ESPN2
SOUTH FLORIDA AT TULANE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
KENT STATE AT AKRON | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
TEXAS STATE AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
ILLINOIS AT IOWA | 2 P.M. | FS1
ARKANSAS STATE AT GEORGIA STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN3
GEORGIA TECH AT NOTRE DAME | 2:30 P.M. | NBC
WASHINGTON AT COLORADO | 3 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
ARKANSAS AT ALABAMA | 3:30 P.M.| CBS
SMU AT CINCINNATI | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
MICHIGAN AT MARYLAND | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
NEBRASKA AT WISCONSIN | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
VIRGINIA AT PITT | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2
UAB AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
MARSHALL AT CHARLOTTE | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM
OLD DOMINION AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
MINNESOTA AT INDIANA | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
EAST CAROLINA AT NAVY | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
APPALACHIAN STATE AT TROY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
BYU AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
SYRACUSE AT NC STATE | 4 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
UCLA AT USC | 4 P.M. | FOX
FLORIDA AT MISSOURI | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
RICE AT UTEP | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
UCONN AT UCF | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
LOUISIANA AT LIBERTY | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
KANSAS AT TCU | 4 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+
TEMPLE AT TULSA | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
BAYLOR AT KANSAS STATE | 5:30 P.M. | FS1
AUBURN AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7 P.M. | ESPN
CAL AT STANFORD | 7 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
NORTH TEXAS AT FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
OREGON AT UTAH | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
VANDERBILT AT OLE MISS | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
VIRGINIA TECH AT MIAMI | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
SOUTH ALABAMA AT TENNESSEE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
OKLAHOMA STATE AT TEXAS TECH | 8 P.M. | FOX
WYOMING AT UTAH STATE | 8 P.M. | CBSSN
UL MONROE AT LSU | 9 P.M. | ESPN2
NEW MEXICO AT BOISE STATE | 9 P.M. | FS1
ARIZONA STATE AT OREGON STATE | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
COLORADO STATE AT HAWAI’I | 11 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF POLL
|19||San Diego State||9-1|
|20||North Carolina State||7-3|
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2021
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS (THU) 8:20P (ET) 8:20P FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2021
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT BUFFALO BILLS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
DETROIT LIONS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
HOUSTON TEXANS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P CBS
DALLAS COWBOYS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC*
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2021
NEW YORK GIANTS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN
TOP NATIONAL NEWS/HEADLINES
CFP TOP 4 UNCHANGED: GEORGIA, ALABAMA, OREGON AND OHIO STATE
(AP) — Georgia, Alabama, Oregon and Ohio State held their places in the College Football Playoff ranking Tuesday, with Cincinnati still sitting at fifth.
There was no movement in the selection committee’s top seven after all those teams won last week. Michigan was still No. 6 and Michigan State seventh, heading into the Spartans’ big game Saturday at Ohio State.
Notre Dame moved up a spot to eighth. Oklahoma State (9-1) is now the highest-ranked Big 12 team at ninth after Oklahoma was handed its first loss last week.
Wake Forest (9-1) is No. 10, the highest-ranked team from the Atlantic Coast Conference with three rankings left until selection Sunday.
In the seven-year history of the College Football Playoff, no team has come from farther back than ninth to reach the final four with two rankings remaining before selection Sunday. Michigan State did that in 2015, propelled by a victory at Ohio State.
Oklahoma was the one top-10 team to lose this past weekend and the Sooners fell to 13th.
Notable for Cincinnati, which is trying to become the first team from outside the Power Five conferences to make the playoff, was Houston moving into the rankings at 24th.
The Cougars have already clinched a spot in the American Athletic Conference championship game, where the Bearcats could be an opponent if they keep winning.
“When I talk about how firm (Cincinnati’s) position is, this week it’s rock-solid at No. 5,” selection committee chairman and Iowa athletic director Gary Barta.
The Bearcats’ only victory against a team ranked in the selection committee’s top 25 is Notre Dame (9-1). They host SMU (8-2) on Saturday and then go to East Carolina (6-4) on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
– Barring a historic upset in one of its next two games, Georgia is going to enter the Southeastern Conference championship game — most likely against Alabama — playing for seeding.
– If Alabama wins out, including an SEC championship victory against Georgia, it’s in.
– Ohio State and Oregon simply need to win out to get in. The Buckeyes have potentially the most difficult closing stretch in the country with Michigan State, Michigan and a Big Ten title game most likely against No. 15 Wisconsin or No. 17 Iowa.
Not only would three straight wins make the Buckeyes a lock, but it would also make Oregon almost impossible to overlook at 12-1 with a victory in Columbus against the Buckeyes. No matter how sketchy the Pac-12 competition has been.
Utah at No. 23 is the only other ranked Pac-12 team. The Utes host the Ducks on Saturday and those teams are positioned to meet again in the Pac-12 title game.
– If either Michigan or Michigan State wins out, beating the Buckeyes and taking a Big Ten title along the way, it’s in.
– Can Alabama become the first team to reach the playoff with two losses?
There are two scenarios here: Alabama (9-1) loses a competitive game to Georgia in the SEC championship game. Or Alabama loses one of its two remaining regular-season games and beats Georgia in the SEC title game. Hard to imagine the Tide not getting in under the latter scenario. The former? Less likely, but never doubt the power Alabama has to sway the committee.
– Can Cincinnati be caught from behind even if it wins out?
The biggest threat to the Bearcats appears to be Oklahoma State (9-1), which could get to 12-1 with with a Big 12 championship and three victories against Oklahoma and Baylor.
There is also a scenario in which both Michigan and Michigan State win out, giving the Spartans a Big Ten title and easy entry to the playoff and leaving Michigan at 11-1, challenging the Bearcats.
Wake Forest winning the ACC at 12-1 would have a resume similar to unbeaten Cincinnati, but no one victory as impressive as a road win over Notre Dame.
Least likely to chase down an unbeaten Bearcats team is the Fighting Irish, who have gone on a nice run since losing to Cincinnati by 11 at home but with no really notable victories.
HOKIES AD: FUENTE ‘WANTED TO MOVE ON’ NOW, NOT BE IN LIMBO
(AP) — Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente could see the writing on the wall so the Hokies football coach decided he would rather leave the program now rather than wait and be told to pack his bags.
Virginia Tech announced Tuesday that Fuente is out, effective immediately.
Discussions about Fuente’s future picked up last Wednesday when Hokies athletic director Whit Babcock informed Fuente in a weekly meeting that his return for another season was far from certain. Instead of remaining in limbo, Fuente “wanted to move on,” the AD said during a news conference Tuesday.
The Hokies named defensive line coach and Hokies alum J.C. Price as the interim coach for the last two regular season games.
That announcement came after Fuente and Virginia Tech officials worked out the details of his buyout Monday. Fuente and the school agreed to reduce Virginia Tech’s buyout obligation from $10 million to $8.75 million. Before the negotiated settlement, according to his contract, if Fuente were to be fired before mid-December he was to be paid $10 million; if he remained in his job until after that time, he was owed $7.5 million.
Babcock said the lack of an identity and consistency were two big factors in his decision to make the coaching change and begin a national search for Fuente’s successor. The AD said he would have preferred Fuente finish the season.
The Hokies (5-5) play at Miami on Saturday and finish the season at Virginia.
“This is a place to do something special never before been seen at Virginia Tech,” said Babcock, who was hired in 2014. “Our next coach will get us there. … We define excellence at Virginia Tech is to rise up and surpass and that’s exactly what we need the next coach to do. And that we fully plan to do.”
Babcock said he has a list of possible candidates, but would not share it.
A Zoom meeting with recruits also is planned, perhaps as soon as Tuesday, but Babcock added: “I hope they have a love for Virginia Tech. We’re going to do our best to keep them. But I also know they’re young people who will make the right decision for them, but we’re going to do our best to keep them.”
Fuente, 45, replaced College Football Hall of Famer Frank Beamer to start the 2016 season and had immediate success. The Hokies were 10-4 and won the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division championship with Fuente earning ACC coach of the year honors, but that success became harder to sustain.
The Hokies started this season with a 17-10 victory over division favorite North Carolina and rose to No. 15 in the Top 25. But after beating Middle Tennessee, they lost four of their next five games, and three of the losses were decided in the final minute.
Virginia Tech still has a remote chance to win its division, but even if the Hokies beat the Hurricanes and Cavaliers, they would need help from other teams to earn a spot in the ACC Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Babcock thinks he won’t have a problem finding willing successors.
“We see this as a destination job,” Babcock said, listing numerous improvements made to its football facilities and nutrition programs. “Our facilities are in the top one or two in this league.”
Finding a replacement with head coaching experience will be a priority, Babcock said, but he wouldn’t rule out considering an assistant who has never led a program.
Fuente seemed to be that when he was hired, heralded as creative offensive mind who specialized in developing quarterbacks when he was hired away from Memphis. He worked with TCU’s Andy Dalton when Dalton led the Horned Frogs to a 13-0 season capped by a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. Fuente also worked with Paxton Lynch at Memphis, and he became an eventual NFL first-round draft choice by Denver, though he’s now in the Canadian Football League.
In his tenure at Virginia Tech, though, Fuente’s program has been hurt by a rash of transfers. The Hokies were 6-7 in 2018, their first losing season since 1992, and 5-6 last season when they were among the teams hardest hit by the pandemic.
This season, former Hokies starting quarterback Hendon Hooker is leading a resurgence at Tennessee. Meanwhile, Braxton Burmeister, who replaced Hooker last season, has struggled with inconsistency and injuries.
Virginia Tech’s streak of 27 seasons playing in a bowl game also came to an end when the team voted not to participate in the postseason last year.
Fuente angered the Hokies faithful after his meeting with Baylor about its coaching opening last offseason became public. For much of this season, the Hokies’ signature entrance to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” has been accompanied by boos when Fuente appeared on the field.
That dalliance, Babcock said, had “absolutely nothing to do with” Tuesday’s announcement.
Fuente was not available Tuesday, saying goodbye in a message.
“We leave Blacksburg with many great memories, but above all else, our family cherishes the many relationships that have been established and that will always endure,” Fuente said in a statement released by the school.
“To all of those players, coaches and staff who are still fighting on, know that the Fuente family is always cheering for you.”
BIG 10 FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
• Entering Week 12, Ohio State can clinch the East Division title outright AND earn a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game with a win over Michigan State AND a loss by Michigan. The Buckeyes can clinch at least a share of the East Division title with a win over Michigan State.
• Wisconsin can clinch at least a share of the West Division title AND earn a berth into the Big Ten Football Championship Game with a win over Nebraska AND losses by both Iowa and Minnesota. The Badgers can clinch at least a share of the West Division title with a win over Nebraska AND a loss by Iowa.
• Iowa can clinch at least a share of the West Division title with a win over Illinois AND a loss by Wisconsin.
• The College Football Playoff will release its next set of top 25 rankings on Tuesday, Nov. 16. The Big Ten had six teams in last week’s CFP’s rankings, including three teams in the top 10: No. 4 Ohio State, No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Michigan State, No. 18 Wisconsin, No. 19 Purdue and No. 20 Iowa.
• Five Big Ten teams appear in the Associated Press Poll this week, highlighted by three of the top 10 teams in the country. Ohio State leads the conference at No. 5, followed by No. 7 Michigan State, No. 8 Michigan, No. 18 Iowa, and No. 19 Wisconsin.
• The Big Ten is the only conference with three teams in the top 10 of last week’s CFP rankings and the conference’s three teams in the top 10 of the AP Poll are tied for the most by any conference in the FBS.
• The Big Ten is the only conference in the country that boasts three teams with one loss or fewer (Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State all at 9-1)
• Four teams in the Big Ten rank among the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense: Wisconsin (2nd, 14.6 ppg), Michigan (t-4th, 16.1), Iowa (t-7th, 16.3), and Penn State (t-9th, 17.1). In terms of total defense, Wisconsin ranks first in the nation (216.3 ypg), Minnesota is seventh (296.7), and Michigan is eighth (301.5).
• Additionally, the Big Ten has two teams in the top 10 in terms of rushing defense (No. 1 Wisconsin at 60.6 ypg, and No. 9 Minnesota at 99.9 ypg) and four teams in the top 10 in terms of defensive passing efficiency: Wisconsin (2nd, 100.68), Iowa (5th, 103.79), Michigan (7th, 110.48) and Penn State (10th, 111.98). The Badgers are surrendering the second-fewest passing yards per game in the country (155.7).
• Offensively, Ohio State leads the nation with 550.4 yards per game, while also boasting the country’s highest-scoring offense (46.3 points per game). The Big Ten has two of the top passing offenses in the country: Ohio State (6th, 353.6 ypg) and Purdue (7th, 338.2).
• Iowa improved to 5-2 in conference play and 8-2 overall with a 27-22 win over Minnesota. Sophomore QB Alex Padilla made his first career start and finished the game with 206 passing yards and two touchdowns, while also running for a score. With the victory the Hawkeyes earned the Floyd of Rosedale trophy for the seventh straight year. Iowa is now 21-5 in its last 26 trophy games.
• Michigan defeated Penn State, 21-17, to improve to 9-1 on the season. Senior RB Hassan Haskins totaled more than 200 yards from scrimmage, recording 156 rushing yards on 31 carries (5.0 avg.) and catching five passes for 45 yards (9.0 avg.). The Wolverines defense compiled seven sacks, including a career-high three from Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week DE Aidan Hutchinson and two from DE David Ojabo. Hutchinson and Ojabo are tied for the most sacks in the Big Ten this season (10.0) and are the first-ever pair of Michigan teammates to record 10-plus sacks in the same season. The duo is the only pair of teammates in the FBS to each record more than 10 sacks in 2021. Both defensive ends forced a fumble in the game and Ojabo’s five forced fumbles in 2021 mark a new program single-season record and rank second among all FBS players this season.
• Michigan State improved to 9-1 on the season with a 40-21 win vs. Maryland, marking the Spartans’ best start to a season since 2015. Junior RB Kenneth Walker III registered his seventh 100-yard rushing game of the year with 143 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 30 carries. Walker III leads the country with 1,473 rushing yards and his 17 rushing touchdowns are tied for the most in the FBS this season. Sophomore QB Payton Thorne completed 22 of 31 passes for 287 yards and a career-high-tying four touchdowns.
• Ohio State improved to 9-1 on the season and 7-0 in the Big Ten with a 59-31 win over Purdue. The Buckeyes have now won 25 consecutive conference games and are the only team in the Big Ten with an undefeated record in conference play in 2021. Now in his fourth season has head coach of the Buckeyes, Ryan Day is 32-3 overall and 22-0 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes lead the nation in scoring offense (46.3 ppg) and total offense (550.4 ypg), and rank third in the country in passing efficiency (178.20).
• Rutgers defeated Indiana 38-3, marking the Scarlet Knights’ largest margin of victory ever in a Big Ten game. The Rutgers defense allowed just 262 yards of total offense and three points, both of which are program lows in Big Ten play. Head Coach Greg Schiano earned his 76th victory with the Scarlet Knights and needs just three more wins to pass Frank Burns for the most wins in program history. Rutgers rushed for five touchdowns in the game, marking the most rushing touchdowns that the Scarlet Knights have scored in a Big Ten game since 2017.
• Wisconsin topped Northwestern, 35-7, to earn its sixth straight win and its fifth consecutive Big Ten victory. The Badgers’ six-straight wins mark the program’s longest winning streak since starting the 2019 season 6-0. Wisconsin has now won five consecutive Big Ten games for the first time since posting a perfect 9-0 record in conference play in 2017. During the Badgers’ six-game winning streak, Wisconsin has allowed 7.3 points per game and 194.5 yards per game. Wisconsin’s offense has developed a balanced attack and registered more than 200 yards through the air and on the ground in the win over Northwestern. The Badgers have now recorded back-to-back games with 200 yards passing and 200 yards rushing for the first time since 2017.
• The Badgers rank No. 1 in the nation in total defense (216.3 ypg) and rushing defense (60.6 ypg). Additionally Wisconsin ranks second in the country in scoring defense (14.6 ppg), passing yards allowed (155.7 ypg) and defensive passing efficiency (100.68).
• Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin have all secured bowl eligibility by reaching six wins this season, while Maryland needs just one more win to become eligible. The Big Ten will continue to feature the largest bowl lineup in conference history.
• In 2021, the Big Ten has seen top-five single-game FBS rushing-yard performances from Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson (2nd, 270 vs. Tulsa) and Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (5th, 264 at Northwestern). The Big Ten has four additional 200-plus-yard rushing performances this season: Illinois’ Chase Brown’s 257 yards vs. Charlotte, Walker III’s 233 yards at Rutgers, Brown’s 223 yards at Penn State, and Northwestern’s Evan Hull’s 216 yards vs. Ohio.
• Additional top-five single-game FBS performances in the Big Ten include: Purdue’s Aidan O’Connell (2nd, 536 passing yards vs. Michigan State), Penn State’s Jahan Dotson (4th, 242 receiving yards at Maryland), Purdue’s David Bell (5th, 240 receiving yards at Iowa), Northwestern’s Brandon Joseph (5th, 111 punt return yards vs. Indiana State), Northwestern’s Chris Bergin (t-2nd, 19 tackles vs. Minnesota), Nebraska’s Luke Reimer (2nd, 19 tackles vs. Purdue), and Wisconsin’s Leo Chenal (2nd, 5.5 tackles for loss).
• On October 10, for the first time in the history of the Associated Press college football poll (established in 1936), the Big Ten has five teams ranked in the top 10. Iowa leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Michigan, and No. 10 Michigan State.
• The 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX. The winner will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of the six bowls that comprise the College Football Playoff, including the Rose Bowl Game.
ILLINI’S BIELEMA POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, WILL MISS IOWA GAME
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois coach Bret Bielema has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss his team’s game at No. 18 Iowa on Saturday.
Bielema said Tuesday he was tested for the coronavirus Monday night after developing mild symptoms during the day.
“I’m disappointed that I will not be with our team this week when we travel to Iowa, but I’m grateful that I’m vaccinated and received the booster shot last week,” he said in a statement.
Bielema said without elaborating that “through technology” he would be “as present as possible.” Assistant head coach George McDonald will be in charge during Bielema’s absence. Bielema said he hoped to return to the team next week.
Athletic director Josh Whitman said the athletic department medical staff was monitoring the team and that precautions have been taken to limit a potential spread within the program.
ROETHLISBERGER, WATT MAY PLAY; FITZPATRICK LIKELY OUT
PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and outside linebacker T.J. Watt will both have an opportunity to play, while safety Minkah Fitzpatrick is expected to miss Sunday’s road game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Roethlisberger entered the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 protocol on Saturday night after testing positive and he missed Sunday’s tie with the Detroit Lions. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethlisberger has a chance to play, but the Steelers are currently preparing to start backup quarterback Mason Rudolph.
Watt left in the third quarter of Sunday’s game with hip and knee injuries and did not return. Fitzpatrick played on Sunday, but he joined Roethlisberger on the COVID-19 list on Monday.
“We don’t anticipate him coming back,” Tomlin said of Fitzpatrick.
Tomlin said that Roethlisberger could play, provided he gets the required negative COVID-19 testing to be available. He is virtually participating in meetings this week.
“If we get to a point where Ben has an opportunity to get on a moving train, that’s exactly what he’ll do,” Tomlin said.
Until then, Tomlin said the Steelers intend to build their game plan around Rudolph, who completed 30 of 50 passes for 242 yards with a touchdown and an interception on Sunday against Detroit.
“Mason plugged into Ben’s plan last week,” Tomlin said. “Largely, he functioned the way that we needed to. He gave us a chance to win.”
Last season, Roethlisberger spent five days on the COVID-19 list because he was in close contact with a person who tested positive, but he returned in time to throw for 333 yards and four touchdowns in a lopsided win against Cincinnati.
“I really have no reservations about Ben,” Tomlin said. “He missed a significant amount of work last year when he was on the close contact list. He got back to us and performed. He’s been injured, and he’s had personal discomfort over the course of the 15 years that we’ve worked together and he always answers that bell.”
Tomlin said that Watt could also be available against the Chargers.
Watt, the highest-paid defensive player in the league, was hurt when he took down Lions quarterback Jared Goff in the third quarter. He has 12 1/2 sacks, second in the NFL by a half sack to Cleveland’s Myles Garrett. Watt’s 62 sacks are the second most in NFL history by a linebacker in his first 70 regular-season games.
“I’ll always leave the light on for T.J. Watt,” Tomlin said. “The things that he does routinely are not things that are done routinely by others. We’ll see where his participation leads us this week.”
Teams are not required to release information on whether players are vaccinated. If Fitzpatrick is vaccinated, he would be required to be free of symptoms and have two negative tests 24 hours apart. If he is not vaccinated, the two-time All-Pro could be sidelined for at least 10 days.
Tomlin said the Steelers may use multiple players to replicate Fitzpatrick’s role on the defense.
“When you have significant players, those that are multi-talented, usually that’s the case, as opposed to putting the onus of it on one individual,” Tomlin said. “I’d imagine it’s going to be a multi-person discussion.”
Tomlin expects second-year wide receiver Chase Claypool to practice this week. Claypool missed Sunday’s game with a foot injury. Tomlin also expects veteran guard Trai Turner to practice, but he’s unsure on the status of veteran cornerback Joe Haden and second-year lineman Kevin Dotson. Turner (ankle), Haden (foot) and Dotson (ankle) were all hurt during Sunday’s game.
“We’ll give Dotson an opportunity, but we don’t know where that leads in terms of his practice participation,” Tomlin said. “Same with Joe Haden and his foot injury. I feel confident that Trai Turner is going to be able to show up.”
LE’VEON BELL WAIVED BY RAVENS AFTER MINIMAL IMPACT
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens waived running back Le’Veon Bell on Tuesday.
Bell was one of three veterans the Ravens picked up after losing running backs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards to preseason injuries. Baltimore also brought in Latavius Murray and Devonta Freeman, and Bell had the fewest carries of the three even though Murray has missed the past three games with an ankle injury.
The 29-year-old Bell rushed for 83 yards on 31 carries for the Ravens. He did run for two touchdowns.
“This hurt, but it’s been a blessing to be here to say the least,” Bell said on Twitter. “I’ve enjoyed every second of this short period.”
Now Bell’s career is at another crossroads. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards three times in five seasons for Pittsburgh, then sat out the whole 2018 season in a contract dispute. After signing with the New York Jets, he rushed for 789 yards in 2019.
Bell was cut early last season by the Jets. He then rushed for 328 yards in 11 games with Kansas City, but he did not play in the Super Bowl for the Chiefs.
The Ravens also announced the release of tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith from the practice squad Tuesday.
CHARGERS’ BOSA, TILLERY PLACED IN NFL’S COVID-19 PROTOCOL
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Chargers may be missing a pair of important defensive players going into Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after linemen Joey Bosa and Jerry Tillery entered the league’s reserve/COVID-19 protocol on Tuesday.
Bosa is tied for the league lead with three strip-sacks and has 5 1/2 sacks this season. He has a sack in two straight games and three of the past four.
Tilley has started eight games and is third on the team with eight quarterback hits. He also has 2 1/2 sacks.
Los Angeles (5-4) has three players in protocol after linebacker Drue Tranquill entered last Friday and missed the team’s 27-20 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
The Steelers (5-3-1) are expected to be without safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, who was placed on the list Monday. Coach Mike Tomlin said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a chance to play after missing the Detroit game, but that they are preparing for backup Mason Rudolph to start.
Tomlin said Roethlisberger will be virtually participating in meetings this week.
2 DUKE BASKETBALL PLAYERS FACE DWI-RELATED CHARGES
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) The grandson of Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and the coach’s prized freshman recruit who’s considered a top NBA prospect face charges related to impaired driving, according to court records.
Michael Savarino, Krzyzewski’s grandson, was pulled over for a stop sign violation in rural Orange County just after 1 a.m. Sunday, said Sgt. Chris Knox, a North Carolina State Highway Patrol spokesman. The 20-year-old Savarino, a junior, was driving teammate Paolo Banchero’s white Jeep and admitted that he had consumed “several shots,” court records said.
A test showed Savarino had a blood-alcohol content of 0.08%, the level at which a driver is considered impaired, and he was arrested for driving while impaired and driving after consuming under the age of 21, records show. He was released under a written promise to appear in court on Dec. 9, and his license was temporarily revoked.
Banchero, who was riding in the back seat, was cited for aiding and abetting impaired driving and was released at the scene, Knox said. He has a Dec. 8 court date.
Charges of aiding and abetting a DWI can be brought when a person knowingly turns over a vehicle to someone who is impaired or fails to prevent an impaired person from getting behind the wheel.
The 19-year-old freshman was one of last year’s most coveted recruits and is expected to be picked early in next spring’s NBA draft.
Banchero was in Duke’s starting lineup for Tuesday night’s game against Gardner-Webb, the school announced in a tweet.
The team is reviewing a legal matter including two players and any further action will be determined by the university, Krzyzewski said in a statement that offered no additional details.
MICHIGAN HOOPS COACH JUWAN HOWARD AGREES TO 5-YEAR EXTENSION
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard and the school have agreed to a five-year extension that keeps him under contract through the 2025-26 season.
The announcement was made by athletic director Warde Manuel on Tuesday night, a couple hours before the reigning Associated Press coach of the year led the fourth-ranked Wolverines against Seton Hall.
“I’m honored to be regarded in such a way that the university wished to continue a lasting relationship with me,” Howard said. “It was a surprise when Warde approached me, and it didn’t take long for us to get on the same page.
“I’m grateful to him, our great university and my talented young men who sacrifice every day. The love I have for the University of Michigan is beyond words.”
Manuel hired Howard in May of 2019, giving the Miami Heat assistant and member of Michigan’s Fab Five a chance to be a head coach. Howard replaced John Beilein when he bolted to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“I couldn’t be happier for our student-athletes and fans to know that Juwan will continue to lead Michigan into the future,” Manuel said. “His great character is second to none, and he is a wonderful teammate – demonstrated through his commitment to proactive communication and collaboration across the department.
“Juwan’s love for this university is evident in all that he does, as is the joy he takes in the accomplishments of his student-athletes,” he said.
The Wolverines won their first two games this season and are contenders to win the national championship. They went 23-5 last season and won the Big Ten title and reached a NCAA Tournament regional final. In Howard’s first years as a head coach during the 2019-20 season, he won 19 games before the pandemic ended college basketball’s postseason tournaments.
As a player, Howard helped Michigan reach the national championship game in 1992 and 1993. He played alongside Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson. The school later removed the Fab Five’s banners from Crisler Arena and stored them at one of its libraries as part of sanctions from an NCAA financial scandal.
The 48-year-old Howard, who is from Chicago, played at Michigan for three seasons before Washington drafted him No. 5 overall in 1994. The two-time NBA champion with the Heat and one-time All-Star averaged 13.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists during his career that ended after the 2012-13 season.
Howard went into coaching after retiring as a player, starting as an assistant coach focused on player development with the Heat being promoted to an assistant coach with one of the franchises he played for during his 19-year career.
BARCELLO SCORES 25, BYU POUNDS NO. 12 OREGON 81-49
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The hoots and hollers from BYU’s locker room could be heard well down the hall in Portland’s Moda Center.
The celebration was spirited after BYU thumped No. 12 Oregon 81-49 on Tuesday night in the Phil Knight Invitational.
Alex Barcello had a season-high 25 points, including four 3-pointers, and Te’Jon Lucas added 12 points for the Cougars (3-0), who led by as many as 33 points.
“Obviously this was a pretty highly ranked team, a lot of talented guys. So this is definitely a huge win for us,” Barcello said. “Starting off the season 3-0, that’s something all of us would have wished for a few months ago. Now that we’re here it’s definitely great to have those three wins under our belts. But we need to move on to the next game.”
Eric Williams Jr. led Oregon (2-1) with 12 points. The Ducks – a four-point favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook – shot 32% from the floor and made three of 14 3-point attempts.
BYU is the first unranked team with a 30-point win away from home – road or neutral site – over a top-15 opponent since Nov. 29, 1993, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
The 32-point margin of victory was BYU’s largest ever over a ranked team.
Williams was the lone player in double figures for the Ducks, who came into the game with five players averaging 10 or more points. It was Oregon’s biggest loss ever as a ranked team, and only the third loss of 30 or more points under coach Dana Altman.
Oregon opened the season with wins over Texas Southern and SMU and jumped a spot in the rankings after opening the season at No. 13.
BYU was unranked but received votes for the AP Top 25.
“Getting beat by 30 points, that just hadn’t happened to us in I don’t know,” said Altman, who took responsibility for the loss. “It shouldn’t happen for our program. I’m totally embarrassed. “
BYU improved to 3-5 against ranked teams under coach Mark Pope. The Cougars beat then-No. 2 Gonzaga in Provo, Utah, on Feb. 22, 2020, one of just two losses for the Bulldogs that season.
“We’re chasing something really big,” Pope said. “We want to do some things. We’re trying to be great. So this is a positive step. But we’ve got to go tomorrow and we’ve got to find a way to get better.”
BYU took an 19-9 lead in the opening half on Barcello’s jumper. Oregon had not trailed in a game this season.
Gavin Baxter’s jumper pushed BYU’s lead to 25-11. During a timeout, the Cougars fans at Moda Center chanted “B-Y-U.” Spencer Johnson’s deep 3-pointer with 2:13 left in the half made it 33-13.
Barcello, who came in averaging 20.5 points, didn’t miss from the floor until the 13:35 mark of the second half.
“I’m disappointed in those guys, but not nearly as disappointed as I am in myself,” Altman said about the loss. “I sincerely mean that. I am mad at myself because there’s no way with the talent that we have on this team that that should happen.”
SETON HALL STUNS NO. 4 MICHIGAN 67-65, MAKING KEY FTS LATE
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Seton Hall pulled off one of its biggest wins in school history and coach Kevin Willard simply shrugged his shoulders because he was not surprised by the result.
Jared Rhoden scored 16 points, helping the Pirates rally to beat No. 4 Michigan 67-65 on Tuesday night.
It was Seton Hall’s first win on the road over a nonconference team ranked among the top five, and its first victory against a top-five team since knocking off Temple in the second round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament.
“This is where we are as a program,” said Willard, who is in his 12th season with the Pirates. “I expected us to win this game. This wasn’t a shock to me.
“We can play anybody in the country and we’ve done that in the last seven years.”
Willard led Seton Hall to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2016 to 2019 before the pandemic ended a potentially promising run two years ago and a COVID-19 outbreak stunted his team last season.
The Wolverines (2-1) had a chance to extend the game with 0.8 seconds left, but Terrance Williams missed the first of two free throws.
Unlike the 1989 national championship game in which Rumeal Robinson made free throws to seal a victory for Michigan over Seton Hall, the maize and blue didn’t follow the same script.
“I’ve watched the game like five times,” Willard said. “It was a phenomenal game. It was like this, a really, really good basketball game.”
The Pirates (3-0) trailed by 11 points early in the second half and took the lead with 1:15 left for the first time since late in the first half.
“There were a lot of mistakes made defensively throughout 40 minutes of play,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said.
Bryce Aiken made two free throws with 32 seconds left, giving Seton Hall a 65-64 lead that it kept after Michigan’s Eli Brooks missed a short shot on the ensuing possession.
Myles Cale then made the second of two free throws, giving the visitors a two-point lead that proved to be the difference.
“We made (free throws) and they missed a tough one,” Willard said.
Aiken, who was 4 of 6 at the line, and Detroit native Tray Jackson each had 13 points for the Pirates.
Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson had 18 points and nine rebounds, Brooks scored 17 and DeVante Jones added 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Brooks lamented what the Wolverines did offensively late in the game.
“Just taking care of the ball, making sure we get a shot every time down the floor, that’s crucial,” he said.
The Wolverines were 3 of 15 on 3-pointers and made just 42% of their shots overall.
“If you hold someone to 68 points in a game, you’re gonna win that game a lot of the times,” Brooks said. “We just didn’t do a good job of valuing the basketball.”
CURRY SCORES 37, DURANT SEASON-LOW 19 AS WARRIORS ROUT NETS
NEW YORK (AP) Stephen Curry exited the court to one last chorus of “MVP! MVP!” chants, a sound that even he thought was weird.
It is, after all, Kevin Durant’s home arena.
It was Curry’s night, though.
Curry had 37 points, easily winning a matchup of the NBA’s top two scorers when Durant had his worst night of the season, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Brooklyn Nets 117-99 on Tuesday.
A matchup with his former teammate had Curry revved up, as did the chance to bounce back from a loss in Charlotte on Sunday.
“So it’s not the playoffs, but there’s an intensity that you have to show up to beat a team like that,” Curry said. “You thrive off that competitive atmosphere, knowing that there’s a lot of talent on the floor.”
Durant came in leading the league with 29.6 points per game, but he managed only 19, the first time all season he didn’t hit 20. He shot 0 for 8 in the decisive third quarter and finished 6 for 19 after sitting the fourth.
“They got long defenders, guys that can help, so seeing bodies all the time when I had the ball, that’s what great defenses do. And then some shots I wish I could’ve had back,” Durant said. “I rushed a few once we got down 15, 20. I’m trying to get it back so fast you end up taking bad shots and rushed shots.”
Curry almost caught his former teammate for the NBA scoring lead, making nine 3-pointers and raising his average to 28.7 per game. Durant dropped to 28.9.
Much of his struggles were due to the defense of Draymond Green, the former Defensive Player of the Year.
“I wanted that challenge,” Green said, saying he was “pretty decent” with it.
He was way better than that.
“You can’t do a better job defensively than what Draymond did tonight,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
Curry was 12 for 19 overall, with fans loudly cheering his long shots and giving him “MVP! MVP!” chants while Durant and the home team misfired.
Andrew Wiggins added 19 points for the Warriors, who improved their NBA-best record to 12-2.
James Harden scored 24 points for the Nets, who came home from a 5-1 road trip and fell flat in the nationally televised matchup. Durant won both meetings last season against the Warriors, his first playing for Brooklyn after leaving Golden State.
But this is a much improved Warriors team this season and showed it off during a dominant third quarter when they outscored the Nets 35-18 after a close first half.
Wiggins had the first two baskets of the third and Curry the next two, pushing a five-point lead to 71-58. Both had to go to the bench during the period with their fourth fouls, but the Warriors did some of their best work without them.
Golden State had an 18-5 run and held Brooklyn to just one field goal in a span of more than six minutes. Andre Iguodala beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer to end the quarter, making it 98-76.
Curry then made back-to-back shots from 30 feet early in the fourth to put it away.
Golden State shot 13 of 18 (72%) in the third, while the Nets were 5 for 22.
The game was played at a high level at the start in front of a decidedly split crowd that grew louder with each make as Curry hit his first four 3-pointers. The Nets made their first six shots of the game and led 34-31 after one, with both Durant and Curry having 12 points.
Wiggins made 3-pointers for the final two baskets of the half, one at the buzzer giving Golden State a 63-58 lead.
CASH WINS 2ND STRAIGHT MANAGER OF THE YEAR; KAPLER NL WINNER
(AP) — Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash became the second skipper to win Manager of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons, taking the American League award Tuesday night.
San Francisco’s Gabe Kapler won the NL honor.
Cash led the low-payroll Rays to a second consecutive AL East crown. Tampa Bay (100-62) finished with the AL’s best record before losing to Boston in the Division Series.
Bobby Cox had been the only person to win Manager of the Year two straight seasons, doing it with Atlanta in 2004-05.
The Rays made it to the World Series in 2020, but Cash came under criticism for removing starting pitcher Blake Snell in the final game. But if anything, quick hooks like that were a fairly normal strategy in this year’s postseason – perhaps another example of Cash and Tampa Bay being ahead of the curve on new ways to approach the game.
Seattle’s Scott Servais finished second behind Cash in the voting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Houston’s Dusty Baker was third.
Charlie Montoyo of the Blue Jays was fourth, followed by Alex Cora of the Red Sox, Tony La Russa of the White Sox and A.J. Hinch of the Tigers.
Cash received 19 of the 30 first-place votes.
Kapler won the NL award after guiding San Francisco to a franchise-best 107 victories in his second season with the Giants. He beat out Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers and Mike Shildt of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Kapler managed two seasons in Philadelphia before being fired. The Giants hired him after Bruce Bochy’s retirement. Kapler had both big shoes to fill — Bochy won three championships with San Francisco — and a struggling team to take over. When the Giants went 29-31 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, it was their fourth straight losing record.
Then, in a year when the star-laden Dodgers and Padres were supposed to compete for NL West supremacy, San Francisco surged to the best record in baseball. The Giants beat out the Dodgers by a game for the division crown, although they lost to Los Angeles in a tightly contested Division Series.
Counsell finished second after leading the Brewers to the NL Central title. Shildt was third – a month after he was fired over what Cardinals president John Mozeliak described as philosophical differences.
Brian Snitker of the World Series champion Braves and Dave Roberts of the Dodgers were the other managers to receive votes.
Kapler received 28 of the 30 first-place votes, which were cast before the playoffs began.
AP SOURCE: BLUE JAYS, BERRIOS REACH DEAL FOR 7 YEARS, $131M
TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have reached an agreement with pitcher Jose Berrios on a seven-year, $131 million deal, pending a physical, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The Blue Jays acquired the 27-year-old right-hander at the July trade deadline from the Minnesota Twins. The two-time All-Star was due to become a free agent after the 2022 season.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement from the Blue Jays about the deal and the person was not authorized to speak about it.
Berrios went 5-4 with a 3.58 ERA in 12 starts with Toronto down the stretch. He finished 12-9 last season with a 3.52 ERA overall. Berrios, who is from Puerto Rico, was taken 32nd overall by the Twins in the 2012 amateur draft and has been a durable and reliable starter.
The contract will become only the third $100 million-plus deal in Blue Jays history. Toronto signed outfielder George Springer to a $150 million, six-year contract last offseason. Vernon Wells and the Blue Jays agreed to a $126 million, seven-year contract in 2006. At the time, it was sixth-largest deal in baseball history.
The Blue Jays have an emerging young core and can add major contracts before younger players such as Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. earn a lot more.
Berrios struck out 204 in 192 innings last season. He has gone 60-47 with a 4.04 ERA in six seasons in the majors.
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INDY ELEVEN INSTALLS MARK LOWRY AS HEAD COACH
INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, November 16, 2021) – Indy Eleven secured a sideline leader for the future with today’s announcement of Mark Lowry as the fourth permanent head coach in club history. Lowry, one of the USL Championship’s most successful coaches since joining the league in 2019, has already begun his duties on behalf of Indiana’s Team and is expected to arrive in Indianapolis on Wednesday.
“In Mark Lowry, Indy Eleven has found a coach who will be as passionate about connecting with and contributing to our community as he will be to strengthening our club on the field,” said Greg Stremlaw, Indy Eleven President and Chief Executive Officer. “While still a relatively young coach, his impressive results speak volumes both as a tactician and a leader, and we cannot wait to see those traits put into action.
“We believe the process of finding our next head coach was worth the considerable due diligence taken in recent months, which involved interest from more than 250 candidates from across the soccer world. We firmly believe in Mark’s ability to again make Indy Eleven one of the elite USL Championship competitors on the field and burnish our credentials as one of the league’s premier organizations,” Stremlaw concluded.
Lowry lands in the Circle City after a three-season stint with El Paso Locomotive FC, which he guided to a 42W-19L-29D record in USL Championship regular season, USL Championship Playoffs, and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup action from 2019-21. The 36-year-old native of Birmingham, England, improved Locomotive FC’s record across each of their first three seasons of play, the first two of which culminated in back-to-back appearances in the Western Conference Final. Lowry’s 40 regular season victories over those three years rank as the fourth most amongst USL Championship coaches across that span.
“I want to put on record my sincere gratitude to El Paso Locomotive FC for the last three years. I had a wonderful time and will always be thankful for what they gave me,” said Lowry. “Looking forward, it’s an honor to be named Head Coach of Indy Eleven. It’s a club with an impressive history and one I’m familiar with dating back to the NASL days.
“I’m excited for the challenge of getting the club back to where it belongs, fighting for championships and towards the top end of the table,” continued Lowry. “It’s what this fan base deserves, and you have my word I’ll work hard every single day to instill a winning culture and a culture of high standards that embody what it means to represent Indianapolis and the Eleven brand.”
During El Paso’s recently concluded 2021 campaign, Lowry led Locomotive FC to an impressive 18W-4L-10D (64 points) ledger that easily clinched the Championship’s Mountain Division title and marked the third highest point total across the 31-team league. Lowry earned the July 2021 USL Championship Coach of the Month honor, which coincided with the club’s 23-game home undefeated run that stretched over a calendar year and was, at one point, the longest such streak in North American professional soccer.
Prior to El Paso, Lowry became familiar with Indy Eleven as a member of the Jacksonville Armada FC coaching staff. Lowry began his head coaching career as the interim boss of the then-NASL side in August 2016 before a positive run of results helped him shed the interim tag by that October. Following the 2017 NASL season, Lowry stayed on to lead Armada FC during their 2018 season in the NPSL’s Sunshine Conference before moving to USL Championship circles as the first head coach of El Paso Locomotive FC.
Lowry also spent four seasons in the Orlando City SC organization, spending time with both their Academy system and U-23 entry in the then-USL PDL (now USL League 2). Prior to Orlando, Lowry gained extensive experience as a player, academy coach, and scout in the English professional system. Lowry was a player scout and academy coach for English Premier League (EPL) side Wolverhampton Wanderers FC in 2009 and a player scout for Birmingham City FC in 2007 and 2008, also then in the EPL. He currently holds his UEFA “A” coaching license.
With Lowry now settling into his new position, Indy Eleven expects to make announcements surrounding its 2022 roster and coaching staff in the coming weeks.
INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: NO. 4/7 INDIANA DOWNS NORFOLK STATE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Anchored by a 21-0 run through the second and third quarters, the No. 4/7 Indiana Women’s Basketball team downed Norfolk State 72-42 on Tuesday night inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
Graduate student guard Ali Patberg received the ball just inside the perimeter and hit a jump shot before getting fouled and completing the and-one opportunity at the 6:06 mark in the first quarter.
Norfolk State guard Camille Downs hit a three-pointer at the 1:49 point in the first period to take the lead. Following a Spartan timeout, junior forward Mackenzie Holmes hit back-to-back layups at the rim to give IU a 17-14 lead following one period of action.
IU (3-0) went on a 17-0 run over the final 7:23 of the second quarter to take a 39-21 lead into the break.
After taking an outlet pass from senior guard Grace Berger up the right side, Patberg finished a layup through contact and converted the ensuing free throw to put IU up 50-25.
Senior forward Aleksa Gulbe broke into double-digit scoring with a three from the right-hand arc at the 5:28 mark in the third period.
Patberg cashed home a corner three with 2:17 in the third quarter to take a 25-point lead and force a Norfolk State timeout.
Gulbe finished a tough layup through contact and proceeded to knock down the free throw to give IU a 26-point lead early in the fourth period.
Indiana won the first all-time meeting against Norfolk State, 72-42.
Mackenzie Holmes and Aleksa Gulbe led the Hoosiers with 22 points each.
Head coach Teri Moren secured her 350th career win. Moren is in her 19th season of collegiate coaching.
Gulbe scored 10 of the Hoosiers 18 points in the third quarter and finished with a career-high 22 points. She added tied a career-high with 12 rebounds for her third career double-double.
Holmes scored 22 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field.
In the Hoosiers first three games Holmes has shot 27-for-40 (67.5 percent) from the field.
Ali Patberg had 17 points and six assists for the Hoosiers.
Holmes, Patberg and Gulbe combined for 65 of the Hoosiers 72 points.
Holmes made five of her first six shots and scored 10 points in the first quarter. In the last two opening periods Holmes has shot a combined 11-for-12 and has scored 23 points.
Holmes registered 18 first half points on 9-for-10 shooting from the field.
At the 7:23 mark of the second quarter Norfolk State got a bucket to cut the Indiana lead to one at 22-21. The Hoosiers used a 17-0 run to go up 39-21. The Hoosiers held the Spartans scoreless from 7:23 to halftime.
Indiana outscored Norfolk State 22-7 in the second quarter.
The Hoosiers scored the first four points of the third quarter to extend their run to 21-0. They ended up holding Norfolk State scoreless for 9:57 of game time (7:23 from second quarter and 2:34 from third quarter).
Indiana outscored Norfolk State 55-28 over the final three quarters of the game.
The Hoosiers held the Spartans to 15-for-60 from the field (25.0 percent).
Indiana shot over 50 percent from the field for the third straight game as they went 27-for-53 (50.9 percent).
The Hoosiers tallied 22 assists on their 27 field goals. Grace Berger had 11 of the 22 assists.
Indiana hits the road for the next 15 days as it travels to Quinnipiac on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. ET.
INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: NOTES: INDIANA, ST. JOHN’S MEET IN GAVITT GAMES MATCHUP
Indiana University begins its 122nd season of competition in men’s basketball and will host St. John’s in the Gavitt Games, a series which pits members of the Big Ten against teams from the Big East. The event started in 2015 and SJU is 3-1 against the Big Ten, while IU is 2-1 against the Big East and will play its third home game in the series. IU holds a 5-2 series lead against the Red Storm. They last met in the 2015 Maui Invitational with the Hoosiers winning, 83-73. SJU has the ninth most wins in NCAA history (1,889), while IU ranks 10th (1,871).
RV/RV Indiana (2-0) vs. RV/RV St. John’s (2-0)
Wednesday, Nov. 17 • 9 p.m. ET
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) • Bloomington, Ind.
TV: FS1 (Kevin Kugler, Stephen Bardo)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn App
Series History: Indiana leads, 5-2
Last Meeting: IU 83, SJU 73 (Nov. 24, 2016 in Lahaina, Maui)
ON THE SIDELINES
IU Hall of Famer, All-American, Big Ten MVP and Indiana native Mike Woodson is the first Hoosier graduate to lead the program at the start of the season since Lou Watson in 1965. Dan Dakich served as interim coach for seven games at the end of the 2008 season. Woodson brings nine years of NBA head coaching experience back to his alma mater and worked for seven franchises as an assistant coach and won an NBA title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons. He played 11 seasons in the NBA as a player and is the fifth all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,061 points. His 19.8 ppg. average is tied for second among players who spent four years in Bloomington.
Coach Mike Anderson is in his third year at St. John’s. He brought his Arkansas team to Bloomington in the 2019 NIT.
JACKSON-DAVIS NAMED BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior/sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, the leading returning scorer in the Big Ten, has been named a first-team 2021-22 Preseason All-American by the Associated Press, and selected to the watch list for the Karl Malone Watch, the NABC Player of the Year, Wooden Award and Naismith Award. He was a third-team All-American (Sporting News) last season. He started all 27 games in 2020-21 and was the only high major player to average at least 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds. He led the Hoosiers with 21 points, 14 boards and three blocked shots against EMU in the season opener. The game marked Jackson-Davis’ 23rd career double-double. IU is now 18-5 when Jackson-Davis records a double-double in his career. He finished with 19 points, seven boards and a career-high seven blocks against NIU. Through the first two games of the season, he is averaging 20.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocked shots. The Big Ten Conference honored him as the league’s player of the week for the third time in his career.
He also moved into 54th all-time in career points at IU with 989 points.
ODDS AND TRENDS
IU’s starting lineup of Jackson-Davis (61), Sr./Jr’s. Xavier Johnson (83), Miller Kopp (76), Parker Stewart (76) and Race Thompson (29) have combined for 325 career Division I starts. Off the bench, Sr./Jr’s. Michael Durr (85) and Rob Phinisee have started 154 games. The Hoosiers are just outside the Top-25, receiving the 27th most votes in the AP Poll and 30th most votes in the coaches poll.
INDIANA FOOTBALL: GAME NOTES: MINNESOTA
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – One final time at Memorial Stadium for the Indiana football program in 2021. It will be Senior Day for the Hoosiers as they host Minnesota in a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on the Big Ten Network on Saturday (November 20).
MINNESOTA (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) at INDIANA (2-8, 0-7 Big Ten)
Saturday, Nov. 20 | 3:30 p.m. ET
TV: Big Ten Network | RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network
Setting The Scene
• Indiana (2-8, 0-7 B1G East) welcomes Minnesota (6-4, 4-3 B1G West) for Senior Day on Saturday, Nov. 20. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET at Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) on BTN.
• The Golden Gophers hold a 39-26-3 edge in the all-time series, including a 38-31 victory in Minneapolis the last time the two teams met on Oct. 26, 2018.
• Saturday marks the first meeting between the two teams in Bloomington since Nov. 2, 2013.
• Former Hoosier running back Kenni Burns (2003-06) is Minnesota’s assistant head coach/running backs.
• Indiana has faced six ranked opponents, each of which has entered the Top 10 in 2021, with a combined record of 44-8.
• Linebacker Micah McFadden is second the Big Ten and shares seven nationally with 15 tackles for loss, and he has at least one TFL in 14 of the last 15 games.
• Peyton Hendershot is the Hoosiers tight ends receptions (130) and yardage (1,428) leader. His 14 touchdowns only trail Ted Bolser’s 15 from 2010-13.
• The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-30 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)
• P.J. Fleck is 32-23 (.582) in his fifth season at Minnesota. Fleck served as Western Michigan head coach (2013-16) and carries an overall record of 62-45 (.579).
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).
PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: WILLIAMS GOES OVER 1,000 CAREER POINTS AS NO. 6 PURDUE ROLLS
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue forward Trevion Williams used a milestone moment to show off all of his skills Tuesday night.
He delivered the usual highlight dunks, strong rebounds and jarring screens. He also made a nifty behind-the-back pass, took a defender off the dribble, showed he could hit some jumpers and even threw in a couple of dance moves as he celebrated.
Williams finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds, helping the sixth-ranked Boilermakers blow out Wright State 96-52 on a night he became the 16th player in school history with 1,000 points and 650 rebounds.
“That was never my mindset,” Williams said. “I just wanted to be a part of something special, I wanted to win. But I knew I couldn’t do that without making some sacrifices and getting my body in shape.”
By trimming weight and working on his athleticism, the preseason All-American has become one of the nation’s most challenging matchups though he’s been coming off the bench this season.
And with 7-foot-4 center Zach Edey and 6-10 true freshman Caleb Furst also playing well, the Boilermakers have exploited an even bigger advantage in the post than they have over the last decade. So far, nobody has found a solution for Purdue’s big three, certainly not the undermanned Raiders (1-2).
Edey had 18 points and 12 rebounds while Furst added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Purdue is off to its first 3-0 start in three seasons and shot better than 50% for the third straight game, its longest streak since December 2000.
The defending Horizon League regular-season champs were led by Trey Calvin with 21 points and Tanner Holden with 17. But any chance they had of staying close evaporated quickly with Edey and Williams patrolling the middle.
“It’s a good team from the perimeter, a good team inside. I think a lot of teams are going to struggle to stop them this year,” Wright State coach Scott Nagy said.
Edey helped Purdue take control quickly by breaking to a 14-3 lead. Then Williams got going with back-to-back three-point plays and Edey’s layup capped a 14-0 run that extended the margin to 33-10.
Wright State never recovered. It gave up the final eight points of the first half, falling into a 51-17 deficit and trailed by as much as 49.
“You get Zach Edey beating on you for four or five minutes and you want a break and then here comes Trevion,” coach Matt Painter said. “He (Williams) was so good finishing games for us last year. He’s just been great for us this year.”
Wright State: Ten players returned from last season’s title team but it didn’t look like a conference contender Tuesday. The Raiders struggled against Purdue’s size, strength and speed. Of course, not many Division I teams are built like Purdue, so better days lie ahead for the Raiders.
Purdue: Painter’s team has thrived in these first three games, shooting 50% or better from the field in all three — their longest streak since a four-game stretch in February and March 2018. With two NCAA Tournament contenders up next, the Boilermakers soon will find out where they actually stand.
Wright State: Grant Basile had seven points after scoring a career-high 37 in Friday’s loss at Marshall. … The Raiders were outrebounded 56-23 and outscored in the paint 46-16. … This was the first meeting between the two schools. … The Raiders’ career scoring leader, Bill Edwards, is the father of former Purdue star Vince Edwards.
Purdue: Brandon Newman and Sasha Stefanovic combined for nine baskets — all 3-pointers. Newman finished with 15 points. Stefsnovic had 12. … Williams also had three assists and two blocks. … Purdue improved to 35-1 at home all-time against current Horizon League schools.
No. 6-ranked Purdue improved to 3-0 with a 96-52 victory over Wright State in front of 14,804 fans at Mackey Arena. The sellout was the 27th in a row at Mackey Arena.
It was the first meeting in school history against Wright State. Purdue is now 42-2 against current members of the Horizon League, including 35-1 at home. Matt Painter is 17-0 against the Horizon League.
Purdue is 3-0 for the first time since the 2018-19 season and for the 11th time in Matt Painter’s 17 seasons at Purdue.
Purdue has now scored 90 or more points in three straight games for the first time during the Painter era, last doing so from Dec. 18-27, 2000.
Purdue’s 34-point halftime lead (51-17) is the eighth-largest halftime lead in school history.
Purdue’s plus-33 (56-23) rebound margin is the fourth-largest margin in a game in school history. Purdue had more rebounds (56) than Wright State had points (52).
Purdue has scored at least 50 points in the first half in three straight games for the first time since March 1 to 8, 1969 (50 vs. Bellarmine; 51 vs. Indiana State; 51 vs. Wright State).
Purdue has shot over 50.0 percent in three straight games for the first time since Feb. 22 to March 3, 2018 (4 in a row).
Purdue improved to 53-3 at home in the month of November under Matt Painter.
Purdue had three players record double-doubles (Trevion Williams, Zach Edey, Caleb Furst) for the first time since Dec. 21, 1977 (Walter Jordan, Wayne Walls, Joe Barry Carroll).
Zach Edey and Trevion Williams combined for 38 points, 25 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks while going 16-of-23 from the field and 6-of-10 from the free throw line. The duo is now averaging 30.3 points, 19.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.7 blocks per game while shooting 32-of-44 (.727) from the field and 26-of-35 (.743) from the free throw line.
Trevion Williams scored 20 points with 13 rebounds for his 22nd career double-double. He went over 1,000 career points with a second-half dunk, becoming the 54th player in school history with 1,000 career points. He also surpassed 650 career rebounds, now with 1,002 career points and 658 career rebounds. It marked his eighth career 20-10 game.
Zach Edey recorded his second straight double-double with 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, in just 18 minutes. Over the last two games, Edey has 40 points and 22 rebounds in 36 minutes of action.
Caleb Furst recorded his first career double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and two assists. He made his first career 3-pointer in the victory.
Brandon Newman tied a career high with five 3-pointers, scoring 15 points.
Sasha Stefanovic became the 17th player in school history with 150 career 3-pointers, making four more triples tonight. Stefanovic is 11-of-19 (.579) from long distance on the season.
Isaiah Thompson has zero turnovers in almost 66 minutes of action this season.
Purdue has had one shot blocked against it this season, while recording 15 blocked shots on the defensive end.
PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: PURDUE TRAVELS TO ILLINOIS STATE FOR WEDNESDAY SHOWDOWN
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team rolls into a stretch of five games in 11 days Wednesday night with a road trip to Illinois State. Tipoff on ESPN+ is set for 7 p.m. (ET).
Tim Newton will be on the call on 95.3 BOB FM as the Boilermakers look to start 3-0 under head coach Katie Gearlds
Purdue (2-0) at Illinois State (1-1)
Wednesday, Nov. 17
Time: 7 PM (ET)
Radio: 95.3 BOB FM
Live Stats: PurdueStats.com
LAST TIME OUT
Purdue started the Gearlds Era at Mackey Arena with a 70-62 win over Western Michigan. The Boilermakers were paced by the sophomore duo of Madison Layden and Ra Shaya Kyle who finished career highs of 20 and 19 points, respectively. Cassidy Hardin knocked down four 3-pointers and tallied 14 points in the win.
• Purdue trails the all-time series with Illinois State 5-3. The Boilermakers dropped the lone meeting with the Redbirds since 1991, a 59-57 loss at Mackey in 2010.
• The Boilermakers have 18 3-pointers through two games, the most to start a season in program history.
• Abbey Ellis recorded 11 assists and five steals against Western Michigan, marking the first time a Boilermaker hit that mark since 1987.
• The Boilermakers have started both games this season with an 11-0 run.
• Purdue now sits at 889 wins all-time, 11 victories away from joining the 900 club.
• Madison Layden passed Katie Gearlds for the second-longest 3-point streak in program history with her 23 straight games. The sophomore trails only Ashley Morrissette’s mark of 25.
• The Boilermakers have two true road games out of their first three for the first time since 2013.
• Cassidy Hardin is averaging 10.5 points per game this season, up from a 2.8 mark last year.
• Layden ranks eighth in the Big Ten with eight rebounds per game.
• Purdue is 69-44 in the start of Illinois all time.
PURDUE MEN’S GOLF: DENTINO NAMED INDIANA GOLF ASSOCIATION PLAYER OF THE YEAR
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue junior Nick Dentino has been named the John K. David Player of the Year, the Indiana Golf Association announced last week.
Dentino had a strong summer to become the fourth Purdue golfer in the last 11 years to win the award (Tyler Duncan – 2011; Adam Schenk – 2013; Joe Weiler – 2019), and is off to a good start in his junior season at Purdue.
Dentino recorded three top-six finishes in the Indiana Golf Assocation’s premier events over the summer, placing fourth at both the Indiana Open and the Indiana Amateur and sixth at the Indianpolis Open.
So far this year, Dentino has appeared in four events, recording a 72.73 stroke average with three rounds of par or better, while ranking third on the team in birdies (34).
The Boilermakers are currently ranked No. 22 in the latest Golfstat national rankings, to end the fall season. Purdue has three top-three finishes in its four events this fall.
BUTLER MBB: HOSTS MICHIGAN STATE IN GAVITT GAMES MATCH-UP WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Butler (3-0) vs. rv Michigan State (1-1) — Gavitt Tipoff Games
Wednesday, Nov. 17; 7PM
Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.
TV: FS1 & FOX Sports App – @Joe_Davis & @JimJackson419
Radio: 1430AM – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)
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THE SERIES: Michigan State holds a slim 13-11 record in the all-time series between the two programs, one that stretches back to 1927. The most notable match-up is also the most recent, a 52-50 Butler win over the Spartans in the 2010 Final Four played in Indianapolis. Gordon Hayward led the Bulldogs with 19 points and nine rebounds in that game, a win that put Butler in the national championship game vs. Duke. Prior to the 2010 game, the two teams had not met since 1971.
• Butler and Michigan State last met in the 2010 Final Four.
• Butler is 2-1 in the Gavitt Games, the annual series between the BIG EAST and Big Ten.
• Butler is 62-1 over its last 63 non-conference home games.
• Butler is 25th nationally, allowing only 53.0 points per game.
• Fifteen of Chuck Harris’s 23 points Saturday against Troy came in the second half as he made six of his seven attempts.
• Butler made 12 three-pointers Saturday vs. Troy, the most by the team since hitting 12 against Nebraska in the 2019 NIT.
• Jair Bolden’s 21 points vs. Troy matched the most points he has scored in a Butler uniform.
• Bolden is 10-of-17 (59 percent) from three-point range this season.
• Freshman Jayden Taylor has scored in double figures in each of his first three collegiate games.
• The 32-point win over Central Arkansas Friday was Butler’s first 30-point win since beating Louisiana-Monroe, 67-36, on Dec. 28, 2019.
• Seven different Bulldogs hit three-pointers against Central Arkansas Friday.
• Ty Groce (knee) made his Butler debut vs. Central Arkansas, posting eight points and six rebounds in 18 minutes.
• Butler limited IUPUI to 47 points and 13-percent three-point shooting in the Bulldogs’ season-opening Nov. 9 win.
• Freshmen Jayden Taylor and Simas Lukosius got starts in their first collegiate game (vs. IUPUI Nov. 9).
• Butler was picked to finish sixth in the BIG EAST Preseason Poll by the conference’s head coaches.
• Sophomore Chuck Harris was an honorable mention selection to the Preseason All-BIG EAST team by the conference’s head coaches.
• Butler’s 2021-22 roster includes six players who are entering their fifth or sixth season of college basketball.
• The Bulldogs return 10 of their 11 top scorers from a season ago.
• Butler’s roster returns 97.2 percent of its scoring and 96.2 percent of its minutes played from last season.
The Bulldogs host Michigan State Wednesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The match-up is part of the annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, which pairs teams from the BIG EAST against the Big Ten. Butler is 3-0 on the young season, while Michigan State is receiving votes in this week’s AP poll.
NOT PLAYING GAMES: Butler is 2-1 in the Gavitt Games, including a 2-0 mark at Hinkle Fieldhouse with wins over Minnesota (2019) and Northwestern (2016). The Bulldogs lost at Maryland in 2017.
ON THE DEFENSIVE: Butler is allowing its opponents only 53.0 points per game so far this season, a mark which is 25th nationally. The Bulldogs’ three opponents have combined to shoot only 23 percent (16-70) from three-point range.
BEHIND THE LINE: Through three games, Butler is shooting 40 percent from three-point range, averaging 9.7 makes per game. Jair Bolden is 10-of-17 (59 percent) in 2021-22. Butler shot only 32 percent from behind the arc a season ago.
YOUNG GUNS: Both Jayden Taylor and Simas Lukosius got the start in the regular season opener against IUPUI Tuesday night. Freshmen starting in their first Butler game is a rarity. Multiple freshmen starting their first collegiate game at Butler was last done in 2008 (Gordon Hayward, Shelvin Mack, Ron Nored). The only other freshman to start his first Butler game between 2008 and 2021 was Myles Tate in 2020.
SHOTS FIRED: The Bulldogs improved to 3-0 on the young season with a 70-59 win over Troy Saturday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Chuck Harris and Jair Bolden combined for 44 points. Twenty-eight of the duo’s 44 points came in the second half as Butler turned a tied game at halftime into a win.
Butler was able to overcome 21 turnovers, including 12 in the first 12 minutes. At that point in the contest, Butler trailed 17-7. The Bulldogs continued to trim the lead and Bryce Nze’s 80-foot heave at the end of the first half found the bottom of the net, sending the teams into the locker rooms tied at 23-23.
A Harris three-pointer with 6:44 left to play capped a 9-0 run and gave the Bulldogs a 55-44 lead. At that point, Butler had hit 12 of 16 their attempts from the field in the second half.
TOUGH SLATE: In addition to a true round-robin format that has Butler playing all 10 BIG EAST foes both on the road and at home, the Bulldogs will challenge themselves significantly with this season’s non-conference schedule. Butler will host Michigan State Nov. 17 in the annual Gavitt Games. The Maui Invitational (now being played in Las Vegas) features an opening-round match-up with 2021 Final Four team Houston. The Bulldogs travel to Oklahoma Dec. 7 in the annual BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle. Butler and Purdue, which is No. 7 in the AP preseason poll, will meet Dec. 18 in the Crossroads Classic.
HAPPY RETURNS: Butler returns 10 of its top 11 scorers from last season. In all, Butler’s roster returns 97.2 percent of its scoring and 96.2 percent of minutes played from the 2020-21 season. Butler returns five double-digit scorers from a season ago and adds Ty Groce, a graduate transfer from Eastern Michigan. Groce led the Eagles in scoring last season, the sixth player on the Butler roster to average double figures in 2020-21. Butler has six players who will play their fifth season of college basketball during the upcoming campaign — Aaron Thompson, Bryce Nze, Jair Bolden, Christian David, Bo Hodges, and Ty Groce. Of that group, Nze, Bolden and Groce are in their sixth year of college after previously redshirting and now taking advantage of the additional season of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
PRESEASON PICKS: The BIG EAST head coaches picked the Bulldogs to finish sixth in the league standings in the preseason poll that was announced as part of BIG EAST Media Day in New York City in October.
WHAT WILL HE DO FOR AN ENCORE?: Butler’s Chuck Harris was recognized as an honorable mention selection to the 2021-22 All-BIG EAST preseason team. Harris was one of three unanimous picks on the 2020-21 All-BIG EAST Freshman Team, joining Posh Alexander of St. John’s and Marquette’s Dawson Garcia (Garcia has since transferred to North Carolina). Harris led the Bulldogs in scoring during the 2020-21 season, becoming the first freshman to lead the team in scoring since the 1979-80 season (Tony Warren). Harris led the team in scoring in 17 of his 24 games played, scoring 20 or more points six times.
Harris became the third Bulldog to earn a spot on the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team since Butler joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season. Kamar Baldwin was also a unanimous selection in 2016-17 and Andrew Chrabascz earned a spot on the 2013-14 team.
HOME SWEET HINKLE: Butler is 51-14 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in LaVall Jordan’s five seasons as head coach of the Bulldogs.
ON THE WAY: Connor Turnbull, a 6-10 forward/center from Missouri, has signed a national letter of intent to join the Bulldogs beginning with the 2022-23 season.
Turnbull, from Saint Paul, Mo., stars for Fort Zumwalt North High School, where he earned Missouri Basketball Coaches Association All-State honors for Class 6. As a junior, Turnbull averaged 14.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game, leading the team to a 27-4 record and the Class 6 state semifinals. He shot 34 percent from three-point range. Turnbull helped Brad Beal Elite to a runner-up finish at the 2021 Peach Jam as part of the Nike EYBL circuit.
BUTLER WBB: BALL STATE TOPS BUTLER WBB, 70-56
Ball State came away with a 70-56 win over Butler in an in-state battle Tuesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Anna Clephane led the Cardinals with 21 points.
Kendall Wingler exploded for 17 points for the Bulldogs in just her third game in a Butler uniform. The transfer from Eastern Kentucky made five three-pointers and shot 6-of-13 overall from the floor. She combined for just five points in the team’s first two games.
Alex Richard had 12 points for the Bulldogs. Trinity White and Tenley Dowell led the team with eight rebounds apiece.
The Bulldogs (0-3) were undone by 26 turnovers, which Ball State turned into 20 points.
Both teams shot 39 percent from the field.
The Bulldogs return to action Saturday afternoon, hosting Austin Peay at noon.
BALL STATE FOOTBALL: ‘A LOT LEFT TO ACCOMPLISH’ AS CARDINALS RETURN HOME TO FACE CHIPPEWAS
MUNCIE, Ind. – When Ball State takes the field Wednesday night against Central Michigan inside Scheumann Stadium, the Cardinals (5-5, 3-3 MAC) will be in search of becoming bowl-eligible for the second consecutive season. Ball State has gone to bowl games in back-to-back campaigns twice in program history: 2007-08 and 2012-13.
Many of the preseason goals are still in play, despite the quest to repeat as Mid-American Conference champions ending last week as Northern Illinois kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired.
“I’m proud of the guys for having a good attitude and regrouping this week,” Ball State head coach Mike Neu said. “Last Wednesday was difficult, but we challenged the guys when we got together Friday to make sure that we move full speed ahead. I like where are guys are at. We’ve got a good football team coming here in Central Michigan.”
The team has approached the practice field and meetings this week with the same laser-like focus, keeping in tune with the team’s motto “one at a time.”
“Right now, all we can control is how we finish the season,” Neu added. “We’ve got two games left that are guaranteed together. Our focus is only on Central Michigan right now, and it’s a good team. Coach (Jim) McElwain has done a good job there. We’ve got to play our best brand of football Wednesday night.”
The Chippewas (6-4, 4-2) come into the mid-week matchup with one of the most explosive offenses in the conference with the MAC’s top passing attack (282.9 yards per game) and the league’s leading rusher in Lew Nichols III, who averages 129.7 yards per game, including 152.2 in league play.
The Cardinals had success in stopping Central Michigan’s offense in last season’s 45-20 win in Mount Pleasant, Mich. Ball State limited the opposition to just 342 yards of total offense and forced four turnovers, highlighted by interceptions from Brett Anderson II and J.T. Wahee.
While the loss last week may sting, it hasn’t deterred the Cardinals’ leadership heading down the home stretch of the 2021 season.
“We can’t change anything that has happened,” Neu said. “It is in the rearview mirror. We’re moving ahead. The younger guys are going to take the lead of our veterans and I’m proud of those guys. We’ve got a lot left to play for. There’s a lot left to accomplish.”
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, Rich Spisak and Jack McMullen breaking down the action. The game will also be available on ESPNU with Mike Couzens and Dustin Fox on the call.
Inside the Series: Central Michigan
Ball State and Central Michigan are scheduled to face off for the 54th time in series history Wednesday night inside Scheumann Stadium. The all-time series is tied 26-26-1. The Cardinals have won eight of the last 13 overall, including two of the last three. However, the Chippewas have won the last three that have taken place in Muncie.
Home field has not necessarily been an advantage for each program as the road team has won 27 of 53 meetings all-time. In fact, each team holds a winning record on the opposition’s home turf. Ball State’s best stretch in the series came between 1987-2003 when the Cardinals won 13 of 17 against the Chippewas.
Coach Neu on Central Michigan…
“Lew Nichols is one of the best young running backs in this league. He’s been very consistent week in and week out. They’ve got weapons around him with Kalil Pimpleton and JaCorey Sullivan. Those guys are playing well. They good a job of mixing it up offensively, spreading the ball around. We’ve got to play good defense. We saw a lot of these guys a year ago when we had an opportunity to play them a year ago. Defensively, they’re a good football team. My hat goes off to the job that Coach McElwain has done. For us, we’ve got to make sure that we play good, sound and complete team football. We need to play well in all phases to have an opportunity to win on Wednesday night.”
Winning the Turnover Battle
After beginning the year minus-5 in turnover margin through first four games, Ball State has been plus-9 since then with only two turnovers over the last six games. In the first four games, the Cardinals were outscored 31-0 in points off turnovers. In the past six games, Ball State has scored 48 points off turnovers while allowing only seven.
Finally Back Home
Ball State is set to play second home game in over a month as the Cardinals spent four of the previous five games on the road. Ball State is 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 VOLLEYBALL: WVB CLOSES REGULAR SEASON WEDNESDAY AT TOLEDO
Match 30: Ball State (26-3; 16-1 MAC) at Toledo (19-10; 10-7 MAC)
Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. ET – Savage Arena
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MUNCIE, Ind. – – The Ball State women’s volleyball team closes the 2021 regular season Wednesday, when it travels to Toledo for a 6 p.m. first serve at Savage Arena.
It will be the Cardinals’ (26-3; 16-1 Mid-American Conference) final tune-up before the 2021 MAC Volleyball Championships which will be hosted by Ball State on Nov. 21, 22 & 24 inside Worthen Arena.
2021 MAC Volleyball Championship Schedule
First Round: Sunday, Nov. 21
4:30 p.m. – Match 1: No. 4 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed
7 p.m. – Match 2: No. 3 Seed vs. No. 6 Seed
Semifinals: Monday, Nov. 22
4:30 p.m. – Match 3: No. 1 Ball State vs. Match 1 Winner
7 p.m. – Match 4: No. 2 Bowling Green vs. Match 2 Winner
Championship: Wednesday, Nov. 24
4:30 p.m. – Match 5: Championship Match
The Cardinals locked up hosting rights for the 2021 MAC Volleyball Championships last Saturday with a 3-2 (21-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 15-9) victory at Eastern Michigan. The win, coupled with a Bowling Green loss at Ohio, helped Ball State secure at least a share of the program’s ninth MAC Regular Season Championship in program history.
BSU’s regular season titles have come in: 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2010, and 2021.
The Cardinals can clinch the regular season title outright Wednesday, with either a win at Toledo or a BGSU loss to Miami.
In addition to the top two seeds, Ball State (16-1 MAC) and Bowling Green (15-2 MAC), we already know the four other teams heading to Muncie for the tournament are Western Michigan (11-6 MAC), Ohio (11-6 MAC), Toledo (10-7 MAC), and Northern Illinois (9-8 MAC). However, tomorrow’s matches will determine the final seeding of the event.
Looking back at Ball State, the team enters Wednesday’s contest at Toledo on a 16-match winning streak which is the fifth-longest active streak in the nation. Only Louisville (25), BYU (18), Western Kentucky (17), and Dayton (16) have longer active winning streaks as of matches played through Nov. 14.
The Cardinals also climbed to 33rd in the latest NCAA RPI rankings released Monday, which is the program’s highest ranking since it was 33rd in the Oct. 30, 2011 release. BSU climbed as high as 30th that season, in the Oct. 23 release, for the highest ranking with current head coach Kelli Miller Phillips on staff. Phillips was an assistant under then-head coach Steve Shondell at the time.
Ball State has been ranked as high as 22nd in the final 2002 NCAA RPI, while it also reached 30th in the 2000 NCAA tournament selection rankings.
The Cardinals have climbed up the rankings by boasting one of the nation’s most effective offenses, ranking 18th nationally with a .273 hitting percentage. The mark is on pace to shatter the current program record for hitting percentage in a season which is .262 set by the 1998 squad. Overall, the Cardinals have hit .200-or-above in 28 of its 29 matches this season, including above .300 marks nine times.
That has been a big key to the Cardinals’ success this season, as BSU has successfully been able to spread out its offense and keep opponents guessing on every swing. Six different Ball State players enter the weekend averaging at least 1.78 kills per set, while as seventh is smashing at least 1.38 kills per set.
Bulmahn leads the club with a 3.06 kills-per-set average, while opposite Natalie Mitchem is not far behind at 2.86. Rounding out Ball State’s top attackers are outside Emily Hollowell (2.41), middle Marie Plitt (2.39), middle Lauren Gilliland (1.98), outside Cait Snyder (1.78), and outside Natalie Risi (1.38).
Playing a large role in guiding the offense has been Wielonski who is third in the MAC with a 10.79 assist-per-set average. In fact, Wielonski set Ball State to a .476 attack percentage in the sweep of St. Thomas (Aug. 27), which ranks as the third-best single match team performance in program history.
Current libero Maggie Huber leads the Ball State defense with a 3.69 digs-per-set average, while Risi has a team-best 309 digs and Wielonski is second on the squad with 286 total digs. At the net, Gilliland leads the squad at 0.90 blocks per set, while Plitt and Mitchem are not far behind at 0.81 and 0.69, respectively.
As a team, the Cardinals are limiting opponents to a .203 attack percentage, which ranks as the third-best defense in the MAC. BSU also ranks fifth in the MAC at 2.06 blocks per set and sixth in the league at 15.63 digs per set.
BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL QUICK HITS:
The first MAC team to reach 20 wins this season, thanks to its 3-0 sweep at Western Michigan (Oct. 23), Ball State enters Wednesday’s match at Toledo tied with Creighton for the NCAA Division I lead with 26 total victories. In addition, Ball State’s .897 (26-3) winning percentage is tied for sixth with Creighton (.897 / 26-3) … The duo trail only Louisville (1.000 / 25-0), BYU (.962 / 25-1), Western Kentucky (.960 / 24-1), Texas (.952 / 20-1), and Pittsburgh (.923 / 24-2).
The Oct. 30 sweep of Miami was a special one for head coach Kelli Miller Phillips, as she earned her 100th career victory … Phillips enters Wednesday’s match at Toledo with a 104-63 (.623) career record in six seasons … During the 2020-21 spring season, Phillips was credited with a 4-9 overall record after missing the early portion of the year while on maternity leave … Assistant coach Fritz Rosenberg was elevated to acting head coach for those contests and was credited with a 5-3 record.
In addition to leading the MAC and ranking 18th nationally with a .273 team hitting percentage, Ball State features three of the top eight attackers in the league based on attack percentage … Middle Lauren Gilliland ranks first in the conference and is 44th nationally at .373 … Middle Marie Plitt is third in the MAC and 59th nationally at .361, while opposite Natalie Mitchem is seventh in the MAC at .315.
Setter Megan Wielonski enters Wednesday’s match at Toledo ranked third nationally with her 1,176 total assists, while her 10.79 assists-per-set average is 22nd … She is just the 16th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career assists, with her total currently ranking 13th on BSU’s all-time list … In addition, she is just the third player in program history to record over 1,000 assists as a freshman, joining Brittany McGinnis (1,245 in 2008) and Emily Sallee (1,387 in 1997).
In addition to being one of the top setters in the MAC, Megan Wielonski has also proven to be the league’s top server ranking first at 0.45 aces per set … In fact, Wielonski’s 49 service aces, including a career-high seven vs. Ohio (Sept. 30), are first in the league and rank 10th among all NCAA Division I players nationwide … The total currently ranks as the 14th-most in a single season in program history, with the record being 70 by Barbara Harrison in 1988.
Outside Jaclyn Bulmahn has made her presence felt in the Ball State lineup, ranking first on the squad with a 3.06 kills-per-set average this season … A First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection at Valparaiso last season, Bulmahn has reached double digits in 19 matches so far this season, including a season-high 20 kills in last Friday’s four-set win at Eastern Michigan … She also tallied 19 kills in a three-set win at Kent State (Sept. 25) which tie as the second-most in a three-set match in the MAC this season … She registered a career-high 23 kills versus Southern Illinois (Feb. 14, 2021) during her 2021 spring season at Valpo.
Jaclyn Bulmahn enters Wednesday’s match at Toledo with 980 career kills, including 321 so far in her first season at Ball State … The 321 kills top her previous season-best of 277 set her junior year at Valpo … She is also on pace to top her previous career-best kills-per-set average, which was 3.05 set with the Beacons last season.
Opposite Natalie Mitchem has also smashed double-digit kills in 19 of BSU’s 29 matches this season, including tying her career high with 21 in the win over Toledo (Oct. 19) … Percentage wise, she has hit .400-or-better nine times, including five of the last 11 matches … She has also turned in a strong effort at the net this season, averaging 0.69 blocks per set with at least one block in 26 matches, including tying her career high with seven blocks versus Northern Illinois (Oct. 15).
So far this season, the Cardinals have turned to three different liberos, most recently having Maggie Huber suit up in the off-colored jersey for the last 11 matches … Huber has done a solid job in the role, securing double figure digs in each contest and averaging 5.18 digs per set … Defensive specialist Kate Vinson was BSU’s libero for the first 10 matches of the season and currently ranks second on the team with a 2.88 digs-per-set average … Natalie Risi took over the role for the next eight matches, and leads the squad with 309 total digs … Risi averages 2.83 digs per set.
Natalie Risi move back to the left side for the Northern Illinois series and did not disappointed … She set the tone for the Ball State block in the series-opening win over the Huskies (Oct. 15), registering solo blocks on two of the first five points … She tallied three total solo blocks in the match and added another late in the third set of the Oct. 16 sweep to help the Cardinals stomp out an NIU rally attempt … Risi has also been a solid attacking option for BSU over the last 11 matches, ranking third on the team at 2.62 kills per set … She has logged double-digit kills in five of the last seven matches, including a season-high 15 in BSU’s MAC regular season championship clinching victory at Eastern Michigan (Nov. 13)
Ball State enters Wednesday’s match at Toledo with a 967-623-2 (.608) all-time record in women’s volleyball in its 50th season of play … In addition, the Cardinals are tied with Western Michigan for the all-time best record in Mid-American Conference play at 417-212 (.663) … Toledo is 11th all-time based on winning percentage at .307 (193-435).
With an 11-0 record at home during the 2021 regular season, the Cardinals own a 292-93 (.758) all-time record in Worthen Arena … BSU is even more dominate in Worthen Arena versus MAC foes, with a 214-57 (.790) mark.
Ball State holds a commanding 70-11 lead in the all-time series versus Toledo after earning a 3-1 (19-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-20) victory in the first meeting between the two teams played this season on Oct. 19 in Worthen Arena … Overall, Ball State has won seven of the last eight meetings in the series … However, the team’s split a pair five setters at Savage Arena during the 2020-21 COVID-19 Spring Season … The Rockets won the first match 3-2 (25-17, 17-25, 25-21, 20-25, 21-19) on Feb. 4, while BSU took the second 3-2 (25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 15-25, 15-10) the following day … Overall, the Cardinals own a 30-6 record all-time in matches played in Toledo, Ohio.
BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: TAKES DOWN IN-STATE RIVAL BUTLER, 70-56
INDIANAPOLIS – The Ball State women’s basketball team won the in-state rivalry game Tuesday night over Butler in historic Hinkle Fieldhouse by a score of 70-56.
It wasn’t easy but the Cardinals (2-0) managed to take control in the second half to hand Butler (0-3) its third loss of the season.
Another well rounded scoring performance from a multitude of Cardinals with redshirt junior Anna Clephane leading the charge with a game-high 21 points. Chyna Latimer finished the night with 12 points. Defensively, freshman Ally Becki pulled down nine rebounds and added two blocks.
The first 20 minutes of action consisted of a multitude of turnovers from both squads. At the break, Butler had already committed 18 miscues to Ball State’s 11. Despite the sloppiness, the Cardinals were able to control the lead the majority of the first half, resulting in a 27-17 advantage over Butler at intermission.
After the break, it had seemed as if the entire game would be a plethora of missed shots and mistakes. It finally changed late in the third frame when the Cardinals strung together an 8-0 run to take a 44-30 cushion over the Bulldogs with just 2:38 remaining in the third. During the run, Clephane scored five points and newcomer Marie Kiefer helped the cause by knocking down a 3-pointer.
The Cardinals would end up outscoring the Bulldogs 27-19 in the third frame and the Bulldogs were unable to recover the remainder of the contest.
The Ball State women’s basketball team continues its four-game road swing when it travels to Katy, Texas for Thanksgiving break to compete in the Van Chancellor Classic. The first of three contests for the Cardinals will be played on Friday, Nov. 26 against Texas Tech at 5 p.m. ET.
#6/6/9 IRISH CLOSE HOME SLATE WITH GEORGIA TECH
IRISH VS. YELLOW JACKETS – BY THE NUMBERS
3 Tight end Michael Mayer is one of three Notre Dame tight ends to record 50 or more receptions in a single season (Tyler Eifert and Ken MacAfee).
8 It is the eighth time the Irish have won at least nine games in a season under head coach Brian Kelly. They have won at nine or more games in each of the last five seasons.
9.0 Defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey is tied for 12th 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.
13 Notre Dame has won 13-straight ACC home games dating back to the 2016 season.
13 Thirteen different players have recorded a sack this season for the Irish. As a team, they rank 14th nationally with 3.20 sacks per game.
14 The Irish are currently tied for fifth nationally with 14 interceptions. It is the most interceptions since 2014 when the Irish had 16 that season.
14 Notre Dame has won 14-consecutive games in November dating back to the 2017 season.
19 The Irish have totaled 19 takeaways this season, which ranks tied for 14th nationally.
23 The Irish have won 23-straight games against ACC opponents during the regular season, a streak that dates back to the 2016 season. Seventeen of those wins have come by 10 points or more.
31 Thirty-one of Michael Mayer’s team-leading 52 receptions this season have resulted in a first down for the Irish.
34 Notre Dame has won 34-straight games when allowing less than 20 points dating back to 2016.
40 The Irish have won 40-consecutive games against unranked opponents dating back to the 2016 season. It is currently the longest active streak in the FBS.
58 Defensive lineman Kurt Hinish has played in 58 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.
2012 The Irish did not allow a touchdown for the second straight game after the 28-3 win over Virginia. It is the first time since 2012 that they have not allowed a touchdown in back-to-back games.
IRISH ROLL CAVALIERS
The Irish continued to roll with their fifth-straight win in the 28-3 victory over Virginia.
With the win, the Irish have won 40-consecutive games over unranked opponents and it is the longest active streak in the FBS.
Notre Dame extended its ACC regular season winning streak to 23 and it was the 17th time in the streak that they won by 10 points or more.
It was the second-straight game the Irish won without allowing a touchdown. It is the first time since 2012 that the Irish had two-consecutive games without allowing a touchdown.
Notre Dame won its 34th-straight 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.
The Irish allowed 92 yards to Virginia in the first half. It is the fewest yards allowed in the first half against an ACC opponent since Nov. 21, 2015 when they allowed 91 against Boston College.
The Irish held the Cavaliers scoreless in the first half for the first time since 2017 when they were shutout in the first half against Virginia Tech.
The three points scored was the fewest the Cavaliers had scored in a game since 2017 against the Hokies when they were shutout.
With the win, it is the fifth-straight season the Irish have won nine or more games. It is the eighth time overall they have done it under Kelly.
The Irish ran for 249 yards as a team, their second-highest total of the season. It was the fifth-straight game they have rushed for 150 yards or more.
In his first career start, linebacker Bo Bauer set a career high with nine tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Defensive lineman Rylie Mills also set career highs in tackles (4) and sacks (2).
Defensive lineman Howard Cross III and cornerback Clarence Lewis both recorded their first career sacks.
The Irish finished the night with seven sacks, the most in a game since 2019 against Virginia (8).
BE LIKE MIKE
Tight end Michael Mayer is one of the best tight ends in the country, as he ranks in the top-four among tight ends in receptions and receiving yards per game. He ranks fourth in receptions with 52 and fourth in receiving yards per game with 64.1.
For the season, 31 of his 52 receptions have resulted in a first down for the Irish.
Mayer led the Irish with team-highs in receptions (7) and receiving yards (84) while adding one score in the road win over Virginia.
It was the fifth game this season he has brought in seven or more receptions and also the fifth game he has led the team in receptions.
Mayer joins Ken MacAfee and Tyler Eifert as the only Notre Dame tight ends with 50 or more catches in a single season (52).
He notched five receptions for 54 yards in the home win over Southern Cal. He has totaled at least five receptions in six of his nine 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.
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 has had 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).
CAN’T CONTAIN KYREN
Running back Kyren Williams continued to move up the Notre Dame record books in the 28-3 road win over Virginia. He led the team with 70 rushing yards and 85 all-purpose yards.
He moved into a tie for fourth all-time for most career receptions by a running back (72). He also moved into a tie for fifth for most receptions by a running back in a single season (36). He surpassed last season’s mark of 35 after the two catches against the Cavaliers. Williams also moved into eighth all-time for most career receiving yards by a running back.
Williams has had at least one rushing touchdown in each of the last six games after the second quarter score against Virginia.
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 against the Trojans and Tar Heels 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 1,327 all-purpose yards, 872 rushing yards, 13 total touchdowns and is second on the team in receptions with 36.
He ranks 18th in the country with 132.70 all-purpose yards per game and 30th in rushing yards for the season. He is also tied for 18th in the nation in total touchdowns.
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 19 takeaways this season. The 19 takeaways are tied for 14th nationally.
Of those 19 takeaways, the Irish have recorded 14 interceptions from nine different players after Ramon Henderson tallied his first career interception against Virginia.
The nine players with an interception is the most since 2014 when they also had nine different players with interceptions.
The 14 interceptions is currently tied for fifth in the NCAA. It is the most interceptions since 2014 when the Irish had 16 that season.
The Irish also get after the quarterback this season, as they are tied for 14th with 3.20 sacks per game. 13 different players have recorded a sack this season.
Notre Dame has been stingy in allowing points this season. They rank 24th in scoring defense by limiting opponents to 20.5 points per game this season. They have held opponents to under 20 points in five of their 10 games this season.
Kyle Hamilton and DJ Brown both lead the team with three interceptions each and they are tied for 20th 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 19 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.
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 12th in the country.
He has recorded at least one sack in seven of the 10 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.
NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL: IRISH DEFENSE EARNS 70-61 VICTORY OVER HIGH POINT
The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 in 2021-22 with a 70-61 victory over High Point (1-2) in Purcell Pavilion on Tuesday night. The Irish defense held the visitors to 28 percent shooting in the second half while out-scoring the Panthers 38-26 and out-rebounding them 54-36.
Graduate student Paul Atkinson led a trio of Irish players earning double-doubles in the contest with a game-high 19 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Nate Laszewski pulled down a career-best 16 rebounds to go along with his 10 points, while classmate Dane Goodwin added 12 points and 11rebounds.
The teams went back and forth at each other throughout the first half, with a 6-0 run by the Irish providing a slim 14-13 lead with 12:50 left. Notre Dame was earning its open looks but not connecting consistently, while High Point started the game off shooting 53% on several contested shots.
High Point’s John-Michael Wright started the game off red hot by hitting his first four shots, but senior Cormac Ryans then assumed the defensive assignment on Wright and held him to two missed shots the rest of the half. Jaden House keyed a small run at the end of the half for the Panthers and the visitors entered the locker room with a 33-32 advantage.
After High Point connected on its first three-point attempt of the second half, Notre Dame assumed control of the game with a 13-0 run propelled by a long series of defensive stops. The visitors would end up going close to four minutes without a point while Atkinson went to work for the Irish.
The graduate transfer from Yale, who missed Monday’s practice with flu symptoms, drew four of six consecutive foul shots for Notre Dame during the run and helped the Irish build a 49-38 lead with back-to-back buckets in the paint.
While Notre Dame never quite found their groove on the offensive end in the contest, the defense never wavered. Notre Dame capped the game by forcing High Point to miss eight of their final 10 shots and end up scoreless over a four-minute stretch until a last minute lay up.
Notre Dame will now go on the road for a 25-day trip that will include the Maui Jim Maui Invitational (November 22-24) and road trips to Illinois for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Nov. 29) and Boston College (Dec. 3). The Irish will not play at home again until Saturday, Dec. 11 against Kentucky.
NOTES: The three double-doubles by Atkinson, Laszewski and Goodwin mark the first time three Irish players have earned double-doubles in the same game since Nov. 26, 2011, when Jerian Grant, Eric Atkins and Jack Cooley all posted double-doubles against Chicago State • Laszewski’s 16 rebounds are a career-high and the most for an Irish player since John Mooney pulled down 16 rebounds vs. Marshall on Nov. 15, 2019 • the double-doubles are the 10th in a career for Atkinson, fifth for Laszewski and third for Goodwin • the last time three Irish players had 10 or more rebounds in a game was Nov. 17, 2001 vs. Chicago State when Tim Abromaitis (10), Tyrone Nash (10) and Carleton Scott (11) accomplished the feat • both Atkinson and Goodwin missed Monday’s practice with the flu, while sophomore Elijah Taylor was unavailable for tonight’s game with the same symptoms.
NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: GALAJDA NAMED B1G THIRD STAR OF THE WEEK
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Graduate student Matthew Galajda has been named Big Ten Hockey’s Third Star of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday morning (Nov. 16).
Galajda helped the Irish to a weekend sweep of Wisconsin as Notre Dame posted a 5-1 game one win (Nov. 12) and a 3-0 win in game two (Nov. 13). The Aurora, Ontario native stopped 46 of the 47 shots he faced in the series, with the Badgers’ lone goal coming on their first shot of the series and while they were skating on the power play. To go along with his 2-0-0 record, Galajda posted a 0.50 goals-against average and a .979 save percentage. He is now 7-1-0 on the season with a 1.38 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage.
Galajda’s 22-save shutout on Saturday night was his second of the season and the 21st of his career to tie for third all-time in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey history with Michael Bitzer (Bemidji State 2014-18). He also has 67 career wins, which is tied for 23rd all-time in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey history.
Big Ten Stars of the Week — Nov. 16
First Star: Matty Beniers, So., F, Michigan
Second Star: Owen Power, So., D, Michigan
Third Star: Matthew Galajda, Sr., G, Notre Dame
Notre Dame’s 2021-22 B1G Stars of the Week
Third Star: Matthew Galajda, GS, G, Notre Dame (Oct. 26 & Nov. 16)
- Notre Dame heads back out on the road to play a two-game series at No. 1 Michigan on Friday, Nov. 19 (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 20 (8 p.m.).
- Both games will be streamed on BTN+.
#14 IRISH CONTINUE B1G PLAY AT #1 MICHIGAN
HO: #14/15 Notre Dame (8-3-0, 2-2-0-0-0-0 B1G) at #1 Michigan (10-2-0, 5-1-0-0-0-0 B1G)
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET // Saturday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. ET
WHERE: Yost Ice Arena
LISTEN: 94.3 FM | UND.com
SETTING THE STAGE
Winners of four straight including a sweep of Big Ten foe Wisconsin last weekend, No. 14/15 Notre Dame heads to Ann Arbor this weekend to take on top-ranked Michigan (Nov. 19-20).
The Fighting Irish have also won five games in a row at Yost Ice Arena.
With the sweep of the Badgers (Nov. 12-13), Notre Dame evened its conference record at 2-2-0-0-0-0, while Michigan has already played six conference games and is 5-1-0-0-0-0.
Graduate Student Matthew Galajda helped the Irish to the sweep last weekend, going 2-0-0 with a 0.50 goals-against average and a .979 save percentage while pitching a 22-save shutout in game two.
Galajda, who is now 7-1-0 on the season with a 1.38 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage, was named the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week (Nov. 16).
On offense, Max Ellis (2-1-3) led the Irish with a pair of goals and an assist as seven different players combined to score Notre Dame’s eight goals.
In the 5-1 game one win over Wisconsin, Spencer Stastney had a career-best three assists.
Ellis leads the Irish with 14 points on a team-high seven goals and seven assists, followed by Solag Bakich (3-7-10) and Ryder Rolston (2-7-9).
Trevor Janicke ranks second on the team with five goals, while Ellis, Bakich, Rolston and Spencer Stastney are tied for the team lead with seven assists.
All told, 13 Notre Dame players have scored so far this season, while 18 have at least one point.
Ellis has a five game point streak (4-3-7), while Adam Karashik (0-3-3) and Rolston (1-3-4) have three-game point streaks.
The Irish are 7-0-0 when scoring first this season.
Notre Dame’s penalty kill is 41-for-43 on the season (.9535), which ranks first in the NCAA (Michigan’s power play ranks third in the NCAA at 31.25%).
The Irish are averaging 3.61 goals per game, which ranks 11th in the NCAA (second in the Big Ten) and are also holding opponents to 1.71 goals-against per game, which ranks sixth nationally (second in the Big Ten).
Notre Dame has made each of the last five NCAA Tournaments, the longest streak in program history, and eight of the last 11 NCAA Tournaments overall..
THE BIG TEN STANDINGS
This season, teams are awarded three points in the conference standings for a win in regulation.
If the game is tied following regulation, both teams will receive one point, with a second point being awarded to the team that wins in either the 3-on-3 overtime period or the shootout.
The conference standings now match a national standard: W-L-T-OTW-OTL-SOW.
GALAJDA SHUTOUT RANKS
Graduate student Matthew Galajda made 22 saves to help lead the Irish to a 3-0 win over Wisconsin on Oct. 13, marking his second shutout for Notre Dame and the 21st of his career.
A 2018 First Team All-American, his 21 career shutouts rank tied for third in NCAA Men’s Division I history:
Rank Name (Years) GP Shutouts
1. Dryden McKay (2018‑pres.) 109 27
2. Ryan Miller (1999‑2002) 106 26
3. Michael Bitzer (2014‑2018) 138 21
Matthew Galajda (2017‑pres.) 94 21
5. Joe Fallon (2004‑2008) 132 20
6. Ben Scriven (2006‑2010) 117 19
Michael Garteig (2012‑2016) 124 19
THE NOTRE DAME – MICHIGAN SERIES
All-time, Michigan leads the series 82-65-5, however, since their final season in the CCHA (2012-13), the Irish hold the edge with a 14-9-0 record.
Notre Dame recognizes the first official meeting as a 3-2 overtime win by the Fighting Irish on Jan. 17, 1922 at the Weinberg Coliseum in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The Irish and Wolverines met each season from 1991-92 to 2012-13.
During the 2012-13 season, Notre Dame went 5-0-0 against the Wolverines, including a 3-1 victory in the championship game of the final CCHA tournament.
In Notre Dame’s inaugural season in the Big Ten (2017-18), the Irish and Wolverines met five times, with the Irish claiming three victories, including a last second win at the 2018 NCAA Frozen Four.
As time ran down in the 2018 NCAA Frozen Four semifinal (April 5), Cam Morrison slid the puck back to Jake Evans in the slot, who shot it five-hole for the game-winner with five seconds remaining – sending Notre Dame to the national championship.
Notre Dame and Michigan’s other Frozen Four meeting came at the 2008 Frozen Four (Denver, Colorado) when the Irish posted a 5-4 overtime win to advance to the NCAA championship game for the first time in program history.
Calle Ridderwall scored the game-winning goal in that contest at the 5:44 mark of overtime.
Head Coach Jeff Jackson is 35-34-8 all-time against Michigan (including his time at Lake Superior State), while he is 12-6-0 all-time against the Wolverines in the playoffs.
Jackson named current Michigan head coach Mel Pearson as one of his Team USA assistant coaches for the 1997 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Jackson and Pearson helped lead USA to the silver medal in that tournament in Switzerland.
Notre Dame leads the series 9-8-0 since joining the Big Ten.
Notre Dame has a five-game winning streak at Yost Ice Arena, having swept a weekend series last season as goaltender Ryan Bischel led the Irish to a weekend sweep at then No. 4/3 Michigan on Nov. 27 (W, 3-2) and Nov. 28 (W, 2-1).
Bischel stopped 55 of 58 shots he faced in the series for a .948 save percentage to go along with a 1.50 goals against average.
Notre Dame goal scorers in that series included Nick Leiveramann, Nate Clurman, Grant Silianoff (GWG), Spencer Stastney and Alex Steeves (GWG).
For the past two seasons, the teams have each posted road sweeps and are even at 4-4-0 in that stretch.
During the 2018-19 season, the teams split the season series, going 2-2-0 against each other (with each team earning a home and road win), including the January 5, 2019 outdoor game at Notre Dame Stadium, as the two teams utilized the same ice as the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins of the NHL for the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
The Let’s Take This Outside game featured the largest crowd to attend a home hockey game for the Irish (23,422) but Michigan claimed the 4-2 win over the Irish.
Notre Dame’s active career offensive leaders against Michigan include Graham Slaggert (12 GP; 1-5-6), Jake Pivonka (12 GP; 1-4-5) and Spencer Stastney (12 GP; 2-1-3).
Ryan Bischel had the two starts last season at Yost, going 2-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average to go along with a .948 save percentage.
Several Fighting Irish skaters have increased their point totals already this season over the past few years.
Junior Max Ellis leads the team with 14 points (7-7-14) in 11 games.
As a sophomore, Ellis had 16 points in 24 games (5-11-16) while he skated in eight games as a freshman and scored one goal.
Solag Bakich has a career-high 10 points (3-7-10) in 11 games this season after scoring once in 10 games as a freshman and then notching seven points (4-3-7) in 28 games as a sophomore.
Ryder Rolston had six points on a goal and five assists last season as a freshman and now has two goals and seven assists for nine points in 11 games as a sophomore.
Defenseman Jake Boltmann joined the Irish for the second semester, skating in 19 games (0 points).
This season, Boltmann has a goal and five assists for six points.
NOTRE DAME WBB: GM 4 PREVIEW: FORDHAM
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s basketball (3-0) is off to a hot start and looks to keep the momentum rolling when Fordham (2-0) visits Purcell Pavilion on Thursday, Nov. 18. Tip is set for 7 p.m. ET, with the matchup streaming live on ACCNX. For tickets, please visit und.com/buytickets.
The Irish lead the all-time series against the Rams, 3-0. The two last squared off in the Bronx back on Nov. 5, 2019, when the Irish emerged with a 60-55 victory. Three current Irish scored in double figures in that game, as Sam Brunelle (14 pts) and Anaya Peoples (11 pts) each excelled in their Irish debut. Katlyn Gilbert also supplied 14 points in the road victory.
CLOSING THE GAME OUT
At ACC Media Day, Debbie Antonelli asked Dara and Maddy, can this team close out games? Dara talked about the sour taste in her mouth from three leads in ACC play, two by double-digits, that were given away in late-game situations resulting in losses that led to the Irish missing the Big Dance.
Well this past Sunday, it was a different story. It was a 61-56 ND lead over Syracuse with 8:06 remaining in the game, and that’s when the Irish went full throttle, closing the game on a 21-0 scoring run. Westbeld was the catalyst in the quarter scoring nine points, followed by a pair of three’s from Mabrey.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
First official games in an Irish uniform in the book and Notre Dame rookie Sonia Citron has already garnered her first ACC Freshman of the Week Award. Citron and the rest of the Fighting Irish started its season with three wins in six days, defeating Ohio, Western Illinois and fellow ACC foe Syracuse.
Citron averaged 8.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals on the week, all while shooting 45.5 percent from the floor.
Team M&Ms had quite the dominant week one for the Irish.
Maya – averaging 15.3 points and 7.0 rebounds. She’s leading the team in shooting percentage, knocking down 55.3 percent of her shots. She’s also getting it done defensively, racking up eight blocks over three games. In fact, her 2.7 blocks/game rank 40th in the country.
Maddy – three straight games in double figures and nearly averaging a double-double. She leads the Irish in both scoring (15.7) and rebounding (9.7). In addition, both those averages rank in the top-10 in the ACC after the opening week.
Miles – averaging 10.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 8.1 assists, as the latter leads the ACC and ranks ninth in the nation.
Mabrey – averaging 12.3 points, 4.7 assists and 2.0 steals, as the latter leads the team. Mabrey is also converting 2.7 three-pointers per game.
FRESHMEN MAKING IMPACTS
When it comes to Stat-Sheet-Stuffer games (at least 5-5-5 stats on the box score), it’s our two freshmen leading the way.
Sonia Citron not only scored 13 points in her debut but notched a Stat-Sheet-Stuffer with 7 boards and 6 assists.
Her fellow freshman Olivia Miles dished out a career high 11 assists in the opener, then followed that with her first double-double in game two – achieving career highs in points and rebounds.
Through three games, Miles boasts two S.S.S. performances.
The obvious answer first – Maddy Westbeld. She started her freshman season with six straight games in double figures and she’s off to three straight this year.
In addition, Dara Mabrey is coming off a 16 point, four-steal, seven-assist performance at Syracuse. It marked a career high in steals and tied her career best in assists.
Then there’s Sam Brunelle. The junior has twice connected on at least eight made field goals through three games. She’s made a three in all three as well. She’s averaging 14.0 points off the bench, which ranks third on the team, while connecting on 53.1 percent of her shots.
VALPO W TENNIS: VALPO TENNIS PROGRAM WELCOMES ELIZABETH SOBIESKI
The Valparaiso University tennis program has announced the addition of Elizabeth Sobieski (Muskego, Wis. / Lake Geneva), who has signed her national letter of intent to join the team beginning with the 2022-2023 academic and athletic year.
“Throughout my college search, Valpo seemed to be the obvious choice,” Sobieski said. “The atmosphere of the team is so positive. I really enjoyed the walkability of the campus and the high academic standards.”
Sobieski won the 2020 Wisconsin state championship in singles while also helping her team to a 2020 state title. She also helped her team to a 2019 Wisconsin girls state runner-up finish and is a three-time scholar-athlete honoree.
“We’ve had a lot of success with Wisconsin state champions (Claire Czerwonka), so we’re excited to bring another one into our program,” head coach Bob Modesto said. “We like the state of Wisconsin, and we’re looking for good things from Elizabeth. It really says something about you as a tennis player when you win a state championship, enduring that pressure to come out on top. That bodes well for Elizabeth’s success in college because she’s already succeeded in those pressure situations.”
Sobieski will join a program that finished with its highest win total since 2007 in 2020-2021 and has sustained that success with a strong fall season, highlighted by two individual conference championships won by Wisconsin natives — Claire and Olivia Czerwonka in doubles and Olivia in singles.
Sobieski has a twin sister Lauren, who will compete in rowing at Temple University.
“In addition to being a great tennis player, Elizabeth is a great student,” Modesto said. “We always like to have great student-athlete combinations in our program, and we feel like we have that with Elizabeth.”
INDIANA STATE WBB: SYCAMORES BACK HOME WITH WEDNESDAY MATCHUP VS. EASTERN ILLINOIS
LinksTERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State is back home in Hulman Center on Wednesday night as the Sycamores welcome Eastern Illinois for a midweek nonconference matchup. Tipoff between the Sycamores and the Panthers is set for 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
Game Day Giveaway
The first 50 students in attendance at Wednesday’s game will receive a coupon for a FREE crispy chicken sandwich courtesy of Culver’s.
The Sycamores (1-1) have been one of the top defensive teams in the nation through the first two games and will look to continue that as the teams continue one of their longest running rivalries against EIU. The rivalry against the Panthers dates back to the 1971-72 season with Indiana State holding the 38-24 edge against Eastern Illinois.
Indiana State brings its nationally-ranked defense back to the court as the Sycamores sit among the country’s best in turnovers forced, turnover margin, steals, and steals per game. Indiana State is averaging forcing 31.0 turnovers and 16.0 steals per game over the first two contests in the 2021-22 season against Stephens (Mo.) and Saint Louis.
The Sycamores are coming off their first loss in the 2021-22 season on the road this past Sunday against Saint Louis. Indiana State was paced by Adrian Folks’ career-day against the Billikens as the junior forward put up 24 points and 10 rebounds in her fourth career double-double.
Folks finished with a career-high 24 points on 9-of-22 field goals from the floor and added 10 rebounds for her fourth collegiate double-double in the loss. Folks had 16 points and nine rebounds at the break and provided the spark for the Sycamores (1-1) until a late fourth quarter 13-0 stretch helped the Billikens (1-1) pull away late.
Mya Glanton also added a career-high with nine points while adding five rebounds and a pair of assists in the loss. Del’Janae Williams added eight points and three rebounds for the Sycamores, while Caitlin Anderson contributed five points and a pair of steals.
Eastern Illinois (1-0) is undefeated on the season after their opening win over Lindenwood (Mo.), 86-30. Lariah Washington made her first eight shots from the floor on her way to finishing with a team-high 16 points, while Jordyn Hughes (13 points, six rebounds) was also in double-digits for the Panthers.
About the Opponents
Eastern Illinois heads into the Wednesday night contest after taking a short break since their season opener on November 9. The Panthers opened the year with an exhibition win over Illinois Wesleyan (83-54) and an 86-30 win over Lindenwood.
Eastern Illinois was selected seventh overall in the Ohio Valley Conference Preseason Poll as selected by the conference’s head coaches coming into the year. The Panthers welcomed back the return of the preseason All-OVC selections Abby Wahl (forward) and Lariah Washington (guard) to the court after finishing 11-15 with a 9-11 mark in conference play in the 2020-21 season.
Washington started off the season on a strong note with a team-high 16 points and four assists in the opener against Lindenwood. Jordyn Hughes was also in double-digits with 13 points and six rebounds, while Parker Stafford was the team-leader with eight rebounds in the opener. Taris Thornton was also in double-digits in the season opener with 10 points, three steals, and two blocked shots.
The Sycamores are Eastern Illinois’ first of five potential matchups against Missouri Valley opponents this season with EIU scheduled to take on Evansville, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois (potentially), and Loyola Chicago on the year.
The Indiana State – Eastern Illinois series dates back to the 1971-72 season when the Sycamores took the first win over the Panthers, 41-32. The Sycamores won six of the first seven contests in the matchup and Indiana State has continued that success over the last 25 years in their annual matchups.
Eastern Illinois’ longest streak in the series came from 1988-1990 with the Panthers winning six in a row over the stretch. The Sycamores’ longest streak ran from 2001-2010 with Indiana State winning nine consecutive games over the stretch. Overall, the series has swung Indiana State’s way with wins in 22 of the last 25 matchups.
Indiana State is 18-9 all-time in the series at home against Eastern Illinois. Wednesday’s contest is the first time the two teams battle in Hulman Center since the 2015 season.
Check Your Pockets
Indiana State’s defense has been among the nation’s best through the first two games of the year as the Sycamores sit in the top-10 in turnovers forced and top-20 in turnover margin, steals, and steals per game. The Sycamores opened the year forcing 36 turnovers and posted 21 steals in against Stephens (Mo.) to begin the Chad Killinger coaching era. Indiana State followed up forcing 26 more turnovers and posting 11 steals on Sunday against the Billikens.
Overall, the Sycamores sit sixth in the NCAA in turnovers forced (31.00), 14th in steals per game (15.5), 16th in total steals (31), and 18th in turnover margin (12.00). Caitlin Anderson leads the charge for ISU early in the season with eight steals and leads the Valley in the category on the year.
Offense To Remember
Indiana State made its 2021-22 season debut one to remember as the Sycamores put together one of the most complete performances in program history against the Stephens (Mo.) Stars. All 10 Sycamores that played in the contest were in the scoring column with five players hitting double-digits in the contest. The Sycamores combined to shoot 50.7% from the floor in the game led by Adrian Folks 16-point performance in the win.
Anna McKendree (13), Del’Janae Williams (12), Natalia Lalic (10), and Caitlin Anderson (10) were also in double-digits for the Sycamores in the win as Indiana State jumped out to a 22-point lead in the first quarter on their way to cruising to the win. Additionally, Tonysha Curry (8) and Florence Tshimanga (2) were also in the scoring column for the first time in their ISU career this year.
Hulman Center Upgrades/Guidelines
A $50 million and nearly two-year renovation project added several updates to the building including a new exterior facade and a glass entrance at the south end that adds square footage and event/meeting space. Light through the glass changes the feel of the building. Previously, the bowl was closed off. From the outside and upon entering, people will be able to glimpse the bowl and the building’s high-energy events.
A new multi-purpose suite overlooking a new court as well as an open-faced area on the south end of the arena are immediately noticeable. Fans will enjoy new restrooms and concession stands while walking the new concourse area, while instantly noticing the new lighting for the court and an improved sound system.
One of the major parts of the update to Hulman Center was new utility systems, which will make the facility more comfortable while replacing unreliable and inefficient equipment, much of which dated to 1973.
INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL: INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL INKS FIVE TO CLASS OF 2022
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State head coach Mike Perniciaro and his staff announced the addition of five future Sycamores with the signing of their National Letters of Intent.
Set to join the program is Morgan Goodrich, Hailey Griffin, Raigan LaMar, Isabelle Saylor and Hannah Welch.
“I am excited to welcome Morgan, Hailey, Raigan, Isabelle, and Hannah to our softball family. These young ladies are quality student-athletes that will be fun to watch in the Sycamore uniform. We feel they add a high degree of athleticism and they have all played at a high level throughout their high school and travel ball careers,” head coach Mike Perniciaro said.
‘With this signing class, we have added a lot of speed to our team and some great hitters who will put up some big numbers in terms of RBIs and runs scored. Adding a very solid pitcher will help add depth in the pitching circle.’
St. Louis, MO. / Lindbergh High School
Received All-State recognition after posting a .722 batting average as a Junior at Lindbergh High School. Her .722 batting average was the highest batting average in the entire metropolitan St. Louis area.
Oak Creek, WI. / Oak Creek High School
Posted a 12-1 record last year with 125 strikeouts in 67 innings. Made 1st team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-District. Threw two no-hitters and a perfect game as a junior at Oak Creek High School.
Indianapolis, IN. / Franklin Central High School
Named All-Marion County and All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference, hitting .363 last spring for the Flashes.
Pittsboro, IN. / Tri West High School
Hit .417 with 30 RBI and 33 runs scored, Named 2nd team All-Conference while helping Tri West win the sectional title.
Valparaiso, IN. / Valparaiso High School
Had a .323 batting average and a .428 slugging percentage with three home runs. She also led the Duneland Athletic Conference in stolen bases during her junior year.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE MBB: MASTODONS IMPROVE TO 2-0 WITH WIN OVER AUSTIN PEAY
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Ra Kpedi recorded a career-high 17 points to help the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons to a 65-60 non-league victory over Austin Peay on Tuesday (Nov. 16) evening at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
Kpedi scored 13 of his points in the second half. Five of his six baskets in the game were dunks. Jarred Godfrey had assists on four of the dunks, but it was Deonte Billups with the assist on the biggest basket of the game. With 1:15 left, and the game tied at 58, Billups drove to the basket. Kpedi’s defender, Corbin Merritt, rotated over to attempt to take a charge. Billups pitched the ball to his right and walked right around Merritt. By the time Merritt went back he could only foul Kpedi as Kpedi hammered down a dunk to earn a three-point play.
Kpedi had four rebounds, two blocks and a steal to go with his team-best 17 points. He was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Godfrey totaled 15 points with six assists and three steals. Jalon Pipkins also hit double-digits with 10 points.
A defensive first half saw neither team reach 30 points. However, the Mastodons earned some breathing room with a Pipkins step-back 3-pointer at the buzzer. It gave him seven points in the opening 20 minutes and put Purdue Fort Wayne up 29-25. All told for the first half, the ‘Dons limited the Governors to zero points in the paint.
The ‘Dons took their largest lead of the game at 36-27 just a few minutes into the second half thanks to a Billups 3-pointer. Austin Peay grabbed the lead back at 41-40 on a trey by Tariq Silver with 11:52 left in the game.
It was a 49-all game when the ‘Dons scored six straight points. A Godfrey steal on one end and a slam by Bobby Planutis on the other was the exclamation point that forced an Austin Peay timeout.
Austin Peay had answers, hitting two quick 3-pointers to make it a 57-55 game with just under four minutes left. The Governors tied the game at 58 on a 3-pointer by Drew Calderon with 1:47 remaining. It set up Kpedi’s big basket and then a Godfrey steal to put the game away.
The ‘Dons limited the Governors to 38.3 percent shooting while forcing 17 turnovers. The Mastodons shot 41.2 percent in the game. Purdue Fort Wayne connected on 17-of-21 from the free throw line. Austin Peay made 2-of-5.
The ‘Dons are now 5-1 all-time against the Governors.
Austin Peay falls to 1-2. The ‘Dons are now 2-0 and travel to Minnesota on Friday (Nov. 19).
IUPUI MBB: TURNOVERS PILE UP IN 65-59 LOSS TO TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI
SAN ANTONIO – The IUPUI basketball team struggled to take care of the basketball as miscues led to misfortune as the Jaguars fell to Texas A&M Corpus Christi 65-59 inside UTSA’s Convocation Center on Tuesday night (Nov. 16). The Jags turned it over 25 times leading to 21 TAMUCC points in an otherwise closely contested affair at the UTSA Tournament.
Graduate transfer B.J. Maxwell led the Jaguars with 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting and Nathan McClure added 10 points and seven boards in the loss. Isaac Mushila scored 12 of his game-high 16 points in the second half and De’Lazarus Keys contributed 11 points for the victors.
IUPUI (0-4) led the bulk of the first half, shooting 56 percent overall and hitting 4-of-8 from three before the break. McClure staked IUPUI to a 21-15 lead when he stroked a three after having grabbed a defensive board at the other end. The Islanders (2-1) scored the final five points of the half to pull even at 27 all at the break.
TAMUCC scored the first seven points of the second half before Chuks Isitua broke the scoring drought with a putback at the 15:40 mark. The Islanders ultimately built a double-digit lead near the midpoint of the half when Simeon Fryer drilled a three, but IUPUI battled back down the stretch. Still down 10 with 3:24 remaining, IUPUI had chances to make it a one-possession game in the closing minutes.
Four Maxwell free throws cut the advantage back to 61-55 with 1:02 left and the Jags got a defensive stop, but Bobby Harvey misfired on a triple with 39 seconds left. With IUPUI forced to foul, the Islanders sealed the game at the free throw line.
IUPUI was unable to overcome a collection of careless mistakes as four different Jaguars had at least four turnovers. And while IUPUI cut down the turnovers after halftime, the offense dried up as the Jags shot just 28 percent overall in the second half and 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) from three. For the game, IUPUI outshot TAMUCC 38.3 percent to 36.4 percent and outrebounded the Islanders, 41-36. TAMUCC outscored IUPUI in the paint by a 32-14 margin and was able to get out in transition for 17 fast break points.
Azariah Seay came off the IUPUI bench to score nine points in 19 minutes and Mike DePersia contributed seven points and three boards. KJ Pruitt closed with five points, seven boards and four assists.
IUPUI was forced to play small for much of the night as Jonah Carrasco was whistled for two quick fouls to start the game and Isitua was plagued by foul trouble for much of the evening. Dimitar Pandev was pressed into his most extensive action of the year and responded with two points and two boards in 12 minutes of work.
IUPUI will cap its three-game trip to the UTSA Tournament on Wednesday (Nov. 17) when the Jaguars take on the host Roadrunners at 4:30 p.m. Central (5:30 Eastern) inside the Convocation Center.
EVANSVILLE WBB: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HEADS DOWNTOWN TO HOST EKU IN FORD CENTER
EVANSVILLE – Putting a 2-0 record on the line, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team heads downtown to the Ford Center at 6 PM on Wednesday night to host Eastern Kentucky in Evansville, Ind.
Last Game: Evansville 100, Oakland City 59
After a big season-opening win on Tuesday, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team did not suffer a letdown, turning-in a dominant performance in a 100-59 win over Oakland City on Sunday afternoon inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse in Evansville, Ind.
Junior Abby Feit matched hear scoring output from the last time the Aces faced the Mighty Oaks, pouring-in a game-high 28 points and finishing with 10 rebounds to open the season with back-to-back double-doubles. Also finishing in double-figures for the Aces were Myia Clark (18 points), Anna Newman (12), and Kodie Myszka (10). For Oakland City, Emilee Hope led the way in scoring, finishing with 18 points on four made three-pointers.
Evansville was powered by consistent offense and suffocating defense as the Aces recorded 21-or-more points in each quarter, while limiting the Mighty Oaks to 16 or less in each. The Aces forced 26 turnovers on the day and turned the giveaways into 29 points.
Efficiency on the offensive end was key to the Aces building a large lead as Evansville shot 62.5% (10-16) from the field in the opening quarter, including hitting three of its six attempts from beyond the arc, two of which were hit by Feit. The Aces shot higher than 50% in each of the first three quarters, combining to hit 26 of its first 45 shots.
After Oakland City tied the game twice in the opening two minutes, the Mighty Oaks would never draw closer as the Aces utilized an 11-2 run to pull away to a 16-7 lead. The Aces advantage swelled to 18 at the end of the first quarter and hit 31 at the half after a 13-4 run to close the half.
Evansville’s offense was still efficient in the second half, but not quite to the same extent as it was in the opening 20 minutes. Playing 10 players on the day, Evansville used multiple different combinations, putting all 10 players on the court for 10 minutes or more with all scoring. A 21-13 advantage in the third quarter led into a more competitive final 10 minutes as the Aces won the quarter by just two points, 22-20, en route to the 100-59 win.
In 16 minutes off the bench, Myszka made an impressive impact, scoring 10 points, while gathering four rebounds, recording three assists, and tallying a team-best three blocks. Myszka’s strong performance on Sunday follows a three-point, five-rebound, three-block night on Tuesday in the 62-52 win over Austin Peay.
Previewing the Matchup: Eastern Kentucky
Evansville and Eastern Kentucky are meeting for just the fourth time in the series history with the Colonels owning a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series.
The two sides last met inside the Ford Center. The Aces and Colonels last met on Dec. 2, 2011 at the downtown arena with UE pulling-out a 63-56 win, its first regular season victory at the Ford Center.
EKU enters Wednesday’s contest with a 1-1 record after opening the season with a 74-51 win over Transylvania and most recently falling on the road to Northern Kentucky, 76-61.
A win would earn Evansville three-straight wins to open the season for the first time since the 1997-98 campaign when UE ran off five-straight victories to begin the year.
Evansville is one of just three remaining team in the MVC to still be undefeated, joining Bradley and Missouri State at 2-0, both of whom made the NCAA Tournament a season ago.
The Aces have out-scored their opponents by an average of 25.5 points through two games this season after winning both games by double-digits to begin the season.
Don’t Waltz In
When playing the Aces, its key to not take entering the paint lightly.
On the season, Evansville has been one of the best rim protection teams in the nation, swatting an average of nine shots per game as a team.
Individually, Abby Feit and Kodie Myszka sit inside the top 25 in total blocks with six each.
EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL: KUHLMAN SCORES CAREER-HIGH IN HOME VICTORY
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Evan Kuhlman drained five 3-pointers on his way to a career-high of 23 points to lift the University of Evansville men’s basketball team to a 69-58 victory over DePauw at the Ford Center on Tuesday evening.
Kuhlman’s previous scoring mark was 21 points last season against UNI. He was 8-for-13 from the floor while connecting on five of his seven attempts from outside for the Purple Aces (2-2). Jawaun Newton scored 15 points, hitting seven out of eight shots from inside the arc. Shamar Givance and Noah Frederking recorded 11 points apiece. Frederking went 3-of-4 from 3-point range while Givance led the way with seven assists. Newton and Preston Phillips recorded six rebounds apiece.
“What I have learned is that teams like Mount St. Joseph and DePauw make you work hard for a long time. Their offenses are very efficient, so they really test your defense,” Evansville head coach Todd Lickliter exclaimed. “I think this was a good learning experience for us.”
Shamar Givance did it all in the first half, finishing with 6 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds to help the Aces take a 36-35 halftime edge. Givance assisted on the first two field goals of the night as UE hit three of its first five attempts to take an 8-4 lead. The Tigers fought back to take their first lead of the day – 9-8 – six minutes into the game. The third helper of the game saw Givance find Kuhlman for a basket that put UE back on top.
A tenacious DePauw squad fought back with a 10-2 run to take a 19-12 advantage midway through the opening 20 minutes. Facing a 7-point deficit, UE began its road back with a triple by Antoine Smith Jr., but another triple by DePauw put them back up by a 26-19 tally with seven minutes on the clock.
Over the final portion of the half, the Aces were able to connect on 7 of their final 11 shots to go back in front at the break. A 9-2 run saw UE tie it up at 28-28 inside of the 5-minute mark on a layup from Jawaun Newton. Inside the final minute, it was Newton who gave the Aces the lead, knocking down a triple to send UE to halftime with a 36-35 lead.
DePauw retook the lead in the first possession of the second half, taking a pair of 3-point leads. Each time they did, it was Gage Bobe finding Evan Kuhlman for a 3-pointer to tie it up. With the score knotted at 42-42, Blaise Beauchamp hit consecutive baskets to give the Aces a 46-42 lead before Givance found Noah Frederking for a triple just past the 13-minute mark to make it a 5-point game at 49-44.
With 8:34 left in the contest, Frederking was true from outside once again, giving UE its first double figure lead at 59-48. The Tigers did not go away quietly, closing to within six tallies, but the Aces were able to hold strong to clinch the 69-58 win and improve to 2-0 at home. DePauw (1-2) was led by Elijah Hales’ 18 points with Grant Niego finishing with 12.
UE shot a season-high 53.8% in the victory while outrebounding the Tigers by a final of 29-23. The Aces were credited with 16 assists while turning the ball over just eight times.
On Saturday, the Aces will take on UCF in a 1 p.m. game at the Ford Center before traveling to the Gulf Coast Showcase in Fort Myers, Fla.
VALPO FOOTBALL: VALPO FOOTBALL TO CELEBRATE SENIORS ON SATURDAY
Morehead State (6-4, 5-2 PFL)
at Valparaiso (4-6, 4-3 PFL)
Game #11 Saturday, Nov. 20, 1 p.m. CT
Brown Field (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.
This Week in Valpo Football: The final day of the Fall 2021 season has arrived and a winning record in Pioneer Football League play is at stake as the Valparaiso University football team welcomes Morehead State to Brown Field to close out the season. The Beacons will celebrate the collegiate careers of 24 seniors in a pregame ceremony before a big matchup kicks off against a Morehead State team that is enjoying a strong season.
Previously: The calendar year of 2021 has featured a number of great days for the Valpo football program, but last Saturday may very well have been the best. The Beacons went to Indianapolis and kept their claim on the Hoosier Helmet rivalry trophy in resounding fashion by dispatching Butler 47-3 thanks to 47 unanswered points after a Bulldogs field goal started the scoring. Quarterback Ben Nimz threw for three touchdowns and rushed for one while racking up a career-high 241 yards through the air. A complete team effort also saw running back Robert Washington accrue 102 rushing yards and two scores on 14 carries and Nick Orekoya go for 69 yards on 15 rushing attempts. Washington had four receptions to pace a group of 10 Beacons who caught passes in the win. Austin Martins and Evan Annis both had fumble recoveries, while Trey Psota forced a fumble.
Series Notes: Valpo has hopes of reversing its fortunes in the all-time series with Morehead State as the team holds a 4-22 mark. The Eagles have won 13 of the last 14 matchups with Valpo’s lone win in that span coming 63-32 on Oct. 28, 2017 at Brown Field. Valpo’s last six losses to Morehead State have all come by seven points or fewer. The Eagles prevailed 28-24 in the most recent matchup, which occurred this past spring. Morehead State sprinted out to a 21-0 lead and had to fend off a valiant Valpo comeback to hold on for the four-point win in Kentucky.
Following the Beacons: This week’s game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Brian Jennings (play-by-play) and Jeff Vlk (analyst) describing the action. Garrett Willis (play-by-play) and Zach Collins (analyst) will have the radio call on 95.1 FM Valparaiso, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com and the TuneIn Radio app. For in-game social media updates, follow @valpoufootball on Twitter. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Landon Fox: Landon Fox (9-19) is in his third season as the head coach of the Valparaiso University football program in Fall 2021. During his second season at the helm in Spring 2021, Fox was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award – which is presented annually to the FCS National Coach of the Year – after guiding Valpo to its best winning percentage since 2003 and tying for the squad’s best winning percentage since 1999. He led his team to Pioneer Football League runner-up honors, the program’s highest finish in the league standings since the PFL championship season of 2003. Fox’s defensive roots paid dividends on that side of the football in his second year at the helm, as the team enjoyed its best defensive season in four decades. Valpo held opponents to 283.3 yards per game, the program’s best total defense in the last 40 years. Valpo limited the opposition to 172.2 passing yards per game, the program’s best passing defense since 2008. In addition, the squad boasted its best rushing defense (111.2 yards per game) and scoring defense (18.7 points per game) since 1999. In Year 1 of the Fox Era in 2019, Valpo ranked in the Top 5 in the PFL in scoring defense (32.0, fifth), total defense (381.6, fourth), rushing defense (184.2, fourth) and passing defense (197.3, fifth). After spending the previous 11 seasons as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of Dayton, Fox was named the head football coach at Valpo prior to the 2019 season. He helped the Flyers finish with 10 winning seasons in his 11 years on staff and guided a defensive backfield that produced one All-American, four Academic All-Americans, two PFL Special Teams Players of the Year and three corners who were invited to NFL Rookie Minicamp. Prior to joining Dayton’s staff, Fox served as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Wayne State University in Detroit from 2005-2007. He also spent time as a defensive graduate assistant at Ball State University (2004), Dayton (2002-2003) and Lakeland College (2001). Fox began his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Preble Shawnee High School in Camden, Ohio during the 2000 season. During his playing days, Fox was a team captain and all-conference performer at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio from 1995-1999 and graduated with a degree in physical education and health in May 2000 before earning his master’s degree in education from Lakeland in May 2002.
With a Win on Saturday, Valpo Would…
Finish with five Pioneer Football League wins in a single season for the second time since the league’s founding, joining the 2017 squad.
Finish with five league wins in any conference for the second time since 1961 and the fourth time ever.
Beat Morehead State for just the second time in the last 15 matchups.
Close the season with a victory for the second straight year.
Finish the season on a three-game winning streak for the first time since 2000.
Win three straight games for the first time since winning the final two games of the 2004 season and the first game of the 2005 season.
Own a three-game winning streak within the same season for the first time since October 2003.
Have a winning record in league play in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1999 and 2000 and just the second time since doing so in 1968 and 1969.
Blasting Butler: The 47-3 trouncing of rival Butler on Nov. 13 set a program record for largest margin of victory against a Division-I opponent. It was also the most lopsided league win in program history and the largest margin of victory in any game since beating Missouri Baptist by 48 on Oct. 11, 2014. In addition, this was Valpo’s most lopsided win over Butler in the longstanding rivalry. The Valpo defense held an opponent to three points or fewer for the first time since a 17-3 win over Butler on Nov. 8, 2014. This marked the first time Valpo went on the road and held an opponent to three points or fewer since a 54-0 victory at Wisconsin Lutheran on Sept. 2, 2006.
The Helmet’s Home: The Hoosier Helmet rivalry trophy will spend another year in Northwest Indiana as Valpo extended its head-to-head winning streak over Butler to three on Nov. 13 while also improving to an unprecedented 3-0 against the Bulldogs this calendar year. The Beacons have won five of the last six rivalry matchups, their best stretch in the head-the-head series since prevailing in seven straight from 1994-2000.
Turnover Turnaround: Valpo owns a 9-0 edge in the turnover category over the last four games and has put together four consecutive turnover-free performances. This marks the first time since at least 2004 that Valpo has gone four straight games without committing a turnover. After having 13 interceptions and 17 turnovers through six games, Valpo has none over the last four contests.
Robert in the Record Book: Valpo running back Robert Washington has rushed for 1,599 career yards in just 16 games in a Valpo uniform. He owns the most career rushing yards of any Valpo player in the last 14 years since Jeff Horton closed out his career in 2007 with a school-record 3,072. In order to crack the top 10 in program history in career rushing yards, Washington would need to get to 1,644, meaning he needs 46 yards on Saturday to pass Brett Durham (1998-2001) for 10th. The reigning PFL Offensive Player of the Year has rushed for 946 yards this season, which currently ranks fourth in single-season program history. He surpassed Brandon Hall (2014, 855) in the Nov. 13 game at Butler. Washington can take over second in program history if he eclipses 1,009 by rushing for more than 63 yards on Saturday. Washington is currently at 178 carries this season and needs 179 to crack the program’s single-season top five. He owns 13 TDs on the year, second on Valpo’s single-season rushing TD list behind only Dave Newnam’s 1977 season of 14 rushing TDs. In addition, Washington’s 13 TDs rank tied for fourth with Jeff Horton (2005) for total touchdowns. He is trailing Rob Giancola (2003, 23), Joe Pahr (1951, 16) and Dave Newnam (1977, 15) on Valpo’s single-season TD list. Washington has 78 points scored this season, tied for fourth with Jeff Horton (2005) on Valpo’s single-season list.
Valpo Single-Season Rushing Yards
Name Year Yards
Jeff Horton 2005 1,358
Dave Newnam 1977 1,009
John Knight 1961 998
Robert Washington 2021 946
Brandon Hall 2014 855
Valpo Single-Season Total Rushes
Name Year Rushes
Jeff Horton 2005 257
Dave Newnam 1977 191
Derrel Sanders 1976 186
Bob Foley 1984 183
Bobby Mason 1986 179
Robert Washington 2021 178
Valpo Career Rushing Yards
Jeff Horton 2003-2007 3,072
Joe Pahr 1949-1951 2,326
Dave Newnam 1974-1977 2,224
John Knight 1958-1961 2,210
Ken Biel 1976-1979 1,960
Mike Hall 1970-1973 1,882
Derrel Sanders 1975-1978 1,804
Ken Schreiber 1953-1956 1,800
Ozzie Young 1991-1995 1,678
Brett Durham 1998-2001 1,644
Robert Washington 2021-pres. 1599
Team Rushing TD Tracker
As a team, Valpo has rushed for 21 touchdowns this season, recently moving into fifth in single-season program history.
Rank Year Rushing TDs
1 1969 36
2 1971 25
T-3 2000 22
T-3 1961 22
5 2021 21
Just for Kicks: Kicker Brian Bartholomew saw his streak of consecutive made PATs end at 40 with a rare miss in the Nov. 13 game at Butler. He finished nine shy of tying the program record for consecutive made PATs, which was set by Kevin Mackey from 1983-1985. It should be noted that the miss came from longer distance after a 15-yard penalty prior to the try. It was the lone blemish on a day that saw Bartholomew make field goals from 24 and 45 while converting his other five PAT tries. With 11 made field goals, Bartholomew has joined Andrew McCawley (2003) and Dimitrios Latsonas (11) in a tie for fourth on the program’s single-season list, two shy of Kevin Mackey’s program record. In addition, he is up to 29 made PATs this season, one away from cracking the program’s single-season top five. He went 8-for-8 on PATs in the Nov. 6 victory over Presbyterian, shattering the single-game program record of seven that was set by Mackey in 1984 and matched on six occasions, most recently by Latsonas on Oct. 28, 2017.
Single-Season Made Field Goals
Rank Name Year Value
1 Kevin Mackey 1984 13
T-2 Jacob Newman 2014 12
T-2 Adam Hudak 2002 12
T-4 Andrew McCawley 2003 11
T-4 Dimitrios Latsonas 2017 11
T-4 Brian Bartholomew 2021 11
Single-Season Made PATs
Rank Name Year Value
1 Dimitrios Latsonas 2018 36
2 Dimitrios Latsonas 2017 35
T-3 Andrew McCawley 2003 34
T-3 Eric Strasser 1999 34
5 Jacob Newman 2014 30
— Brian Bartholomew 2021 29
Ben’s Boots: After tying the program and league record at 43.6 yards per punt last season, Ben Niesner is poised to crack the program record book again this season. He is currently averaging 43.1 yards per punt this fall.
Rank Player Year AVG
T-1 Greg Wood 2010 43.6
T-1 Ben Niesner Spring 2021 43.6
3 Ben Niesner Fall 2021 43.1
4 Roy Carlson 1953 42.1
5 Greg Wood 2011 42.0
Sack Attack: Valpo cracked the program’s single-season top five for tackles for loss and sacks on Nov. 13 at Butler. For the season, Valpo is up to 30 sacks, which ranks tied for fifth in program history. The team has accrued 71 tackles for loss this season, tied for third all-time.
Valpo Single-Season Team Sacks
Rank Year Number
1 1999 49
2 2000 40
3 1982 39
4 1984 34
T-5 2007 30
T-5 2021 30
Valpo Single-Season Team Tackles for Loss
Rank Year Number
1 1984 94
2 2007 78
T-3 1982 71
T-3 2021 71
T-5 2019 70
T-5 1985 70
Putting Up Points: The Beacons have scored 112 points over the last two games – 47 at Butler and 65 vs. Presbyterian. This ties the 2017 squad (vs. Morehead State & Marist) for the program’s most points in consecutive games since 1985. Valpo posted the fifth-highest single-game scoring output in program history and highest in 25 years in the 65-55 victory over Presbyterian on Nov. 6. The 65 points marked the team’s highest total since beating Alma 66-21 on Sept. 14, 1996. The game against the Blue Hose was Valpo’s second-highest point total since 1958. In addition, the 120 combined points shattered the previous school record of 110 established in Valpo’s 1923 victory over Lewis, which came by the highly unusual score of 110-0. The 65 points were the 12th-most in a single game in the FCS nation this season to that point. If Valpo scores 30 or more points on Saturday, this season will rank in the top five in program history for points scored.
Noteworthy National Rankings
Player Category FCS Rank Value
Robert Washington rushing TDs 8 13
Robert Washington rushing yards 11th 946
Robert Washington rushing yd/G 15th 94.6
Robert Washington total TDs 10th 13
Brett Bittner blocked kicks T-2nd 3
Team blocked kicks T-1st 8
Chuck Maxwell kick return AVG 25th 24.1
Chuck Maxwell combined kick returns 25th 458
Ben Niesner yards/punt 14th 43.1
Team sacks/game 11th 3.10
Team TFL/game 18th 7.1
Brian Bartholomew FG/game 21st 1.22
Scouting the Opponent: The Eagles were picked seventh in the PFL preseason poll, one place behind the Beacons. However, they’ve exceeded expectations and find themselves in the upper portion of the PFL standings. Morehead State is coming off a 36-35 win in a shootout with Stetson, and both of their league losses came in one-score games against top-tier teams (Davidson, San Diego).
INDIANAPOLIS VOLLEYBALL: VOLLEYBALL READIES FOR GLVC QUARTERFINAL
INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy volleyball team is gearing up for a postseason run this weekend in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship tournament. The eight seeded hounds will take on the number one seed Lewis in the quarterfinals.
First serve is slated for 12:30 ET on Friday at the Eastside Centre in East Peoria, IL. The winner of this quarterfinal will face the winner of the Missouri S&T versus Quincy quarterfinal at 3:30 ET on Saturday. The GLVC title game is set for Sunday at 1 ET.
All seven matches of the GLVC Championship tournament will be streamed on the GLVC Sports Network.
INDIANAPOLIS WBB: GREYHOUNDS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK AGAINST NORTHWOOD
INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis women’s Basketball team will host the Northwood University Timberwolves for its first home match of the 2021-22 home campaign on Thursday afternoon.
Coming off back-to-back losses over the weekend the Hounds (0-2) will look to bounce back against the Timberwolves (2-0). The Hounds are currently led by Sadie Hill who averaged 11 points per game and four rebounds per game in the season-opening weekend, she is followed by Taylor Drury who averages 10 points per game, and six rebounds.
VERSUS THE TIMBERWOLVES
The Timberwolves are averaging 81.5 points per game in their first two games, in shooting .394 percent from the field. They have held their opponents to 72 points per game while allowing a field goal percentage of .424 percent. While the Greyhounds are averaging 54.5 points per game and allowing 69.
Defensively, in posting a rebound margin of +5.5, NU has averaged 44.5 boards per game. While also forcing 17 turnovers per game and committing 10.5. The Greyhounds average 33.5 rebounds per game and commit 27 turnovers while forcing 25.
The Timberwolves are led by Makenzie Todd who has posted 19.5 points per game, along with 2.5 rebounds. While Alana Nelson averages 16 points per game and six rebounds.
The two teams last met in Midland on November 30 of 2019. The Greyhounds took the win 62-58.
The Hounds had their best game of the year to that point shooting over 50 percent from the field to secure the win.
The two teams will tip off on Thursday at 5 p.m. ET
MARIAN WBB: GUY DROPS 30 AS MARIAN TAKES 82-66 VICTORY OVER IU EAST
INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 4 Marian women’s basketball team snapped a two-game losing skid in their home opener, rallying in the second half for an 82-66 win over IU East on Tuesday night. Imani Guy had a memorable night with a 30-point performance, a new career-high.
Marian took an early 4-0 lead out of the gates after a pair of baskets by Abby Downard and Kinnidy Garrard. After both teams suffered from the turnover bug for a few minutes, IU East and Marian piled up the points the rest of the quarter. IU East scored on three-straight trips down the court to tie things up at 8-8 with 5:44 left in the quarter. However, the height advantage of Garrard and Guy allowed Marian to consistently get clean looks in the paint. Neither team could pull away in the closing minutes of the first chapter, but the Knights ended the quarter on a quick 7-0 run which was capped off by an Ella Collier three-pointer just before the horn, giving Marian a 24-20 lead after 10 minutes.
Both teams began the second quarter ice cold with IU East scoring the first points with 6:45 remaining in the first half. Marian answered with Shanyce Makuei getting into the scorer’s column the next trip, giving the Knights a 26-23 lead. Things turned around for IU East midway through the quarter as the Knights turned the ball over on seven-straight possessions. The Red Wolves took advantage, blasting on a 7-0 run to lead 32-29 with 2:08 left before the break. Marian snapped out of their turnover trance with buckets from Majestic Sales, Alexa McKinley, and Collier to go up two points late. Kami McEldowney answered for IU East, nailing a buzzer-beating trifecta that delivered a 36-35 lead for the Red Wolves at halftime. Garrard led the Knights with eight points. Marian finished the half with 14 turnovers, allowing IU East to score 12 points off of Marian’s giveaways.
The Knights came alive in the third quarter with Guy getting some quality minutes after picking up two fouls in the first half. Downard got things started for Marian with a quick jumper, but Guy would score the next four baskets through the quarter to give the Knights a 46-41 advantage. IU East answered with some free throws and a triple to cut the deficit to three points with four minutes remaining. Marian then closed the quarter on a 10-0 scoring burst, pulling away for a 56-46 lead after three quarters. The Red Wolves went 0-for-7 from the floor during the Knights’ scoring run. Individually, Guy made six shots and a free throw to tally 13 points in the third quarter alone.
The fourth quarter was much of the same for the Knights as Guy took over in the paint. The closest IU East got was within 10 points with 7:47 left, but back-to-back layups by Garrard and Guy brought Marian’s lead to 67-53 with under six minutes left. Guy tied her career-high of 28 points with a jumper at the 3:30 mark. She then set a new career-high of 30 points just over a minute later, giving the Knights a sturdy 19-point lead. IU East scored a few more points as Marian dribbled out the clock, taking an 82-66 win.
As a team, the Knights shot 58.1 percent from the floor. Marian also dominated the glass, grabbing 44 rebounds to IU East’s 17. Guy led the Knights with 30 points, also grabbing 10 rebounds for a double-double. Garrard tallied 14 points and led Marian with 12 rebounds, joining Guy with a double-double. Collier also reached the double-digit scoring column, finishing with 10 points.
The Knights will return back to the PE Center with a matchup against No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan to begin Crossroads League play. Tip-off is scheduled for noon on Saturday.
MARIAN VOLLEYBALL HEADLINES ALL-CROSSROADS LEAGUE TEAMS
Jackson, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its 2021 Volleyball All-League Team on Tuesday, just days after No. 7 Marian completed its sweep of the regular season and tournament championships. The Knights dominated the all-league awards, earning nine different honors including head coach Ashlee Pritchard earned the Crossroads League Coach of the Year and Skyler Van Note claiming her third career Crossroads League Player of the Year award.
For the third time in her brilliant career, Skyler Van Note has been named the Crossroads League Player of the Year, in addition to earning All-Crossroads League First Team honors for the fourth consecutive season. In league play Van Note totaled 189 kills and had a kills per set average of 3.63. The reigning NAIA All-American racked up 234 digs and averaged 4.50 digs per set, with the six-rotation outside hitter ranking eighth in digs and sixth in digs per set. The senior also totaled 33 blocks and had six service aces, scoring 215.5 points.
Sarah Spangler earned All-Crossroads League First Team honors for the fourth time as a Knight, finishing second on the team in league play with 165 kills. Spangler averaged 3.37 kills per set, and recorded the highest hitting percentage in the Crossroads League swinging at .378. Spangler recorded 20 blocks in conference matches, and is in the top-five in the NAIA in hitting percentage this season.
Jai-Lyn Norwood earned her first career All-Crossroads League First Team honor, making an All-CL Team for the second time in her career. Norwood ranked third on the team in kills with 131, and is third in the Crossroads League with a .343 hitting percentage. Norwood also had 2.52 kills per set in her junior season, and is one of the top players in the NAIA in overall hitting percentage. Norwood also gets it done at the net, finishing the fall second on the team in league matches in total blocks with 37, averaging 0.71 per set.
Maggie Meyer was named to the All-Crossroads League Second Team for the second straight season, turning in back to back honors from her libero position. Meyer led the Knights with 260 digs in league matches, while also recording five kills as a libero. Meyer ranked sixth in the Crossroads League in total digs and was fifth in digs per set. The senior libero also averaged 1.02 assists per set, tallying 58 assists.
Michaela Hoffa earned her first career All-Crossroads League honor as a senior, landing on the Honorable Mention Team. Hoffa had 124 kills this season in league matches, and averaged 2.38 kills per set. The senior ended the 18-match slate with a hitting percentage of .241, and also totaled 18 blocks.
Serena Dodson landed on the six-member All-Crossroads League Freshman Team, marking the fourth straight season Marian has had at least one player earn the honor. Dodson was Marian’s second setter in league play, and recorded 279 assists while posting 110 digs. Dodson also had 16 service aces, which was second most on the team.
Completing Marian’s All-Crossroads League honors are head coach Ashlee Pritchard and assistant coach Riley Anderson, who were both named Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year. The Knights had a historic 2021 season under their leadership, going 17-1 in league play and 29-1 in the regular season, tying the program record for league and overall wins in a regular season. Marian won the Crossroads League Regular Season Championship for the third time in four years, and won their second CL Tournament Championship in program history.
Marian will continue their historic season on Saturday as they host Bryan College in the NAIA Opening Round. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m.
IU EAST: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: MARIAN 82, IU EAST 66
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indiana University East women’s basketball team dropped an 82-66 decision to fourth-ranked Marian University on Nov. 16.
IU East is now 6-2 overall as the Red Wolves officially received a forfeit over Grace Christian University from Nov. 13. The Knights are 3-2.
Addie Brown topped the Red Wolves with 16 points. Bethany Mackin finished with a dozen in Marian University Physical Education Center.
Paige Gregory and Tia Tolbert each tossed in nine points.
The Red Wolves fell behind early, but eventually led 20-17 late in the opening period.
Although Marian led 24-20 at the first stop, IU East grabbed 36-35 advantage when Kami McEldowney drilled a 3-pointer as the second quarter ended.
In the third, Bethany Mackin hit one of two free throws to make it 39-39 with 7:49 to go. Unfortunately for the Red Wolves, the Knights were able to gain an edge and take the lead for good.
Next up for the Red Wolves is a trip to new River States Conference member Ohio Valley University on Saturday, Nov. 20. The contest in West Virginia starts at 3 p.m.
IU EAST: MEN’S BASKETBALL: INDIANA WESLEYAN 88, IU EAST 67
MARION, Ind. – The Indiana University East men’s basketball team visited Indiana Wesleyan University on Nov. 16 in a matchup of two of the NAIA’s winningest programs in recent years.
This one went the way of the Wildcats. Final score from Luckey Arena: Indiana Wesleyan 88, IU East 67.
IU East is 2-4, with two of the losses against Top 25 teams. NAIA No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan is 6-1.
Garrett Silcott scored a season-best 17 points for IU East.
Indiana Wesleyan used its size advantage to control the rebounding and generate free throw opportunities. IU East was outrebounded 48-21, leading to a 42-26 advantage for IWU in points in the paint and 35 Wildcat free throw attempts (they made 26) to the Red Wolves’ 14.
Both halves followed a similar script. IU East made things happen early. Indiana Wesleyan built its leads late.
IU East made enough plays and enough shots to lead 11-10 after five minutes before Indiana Wesleyan answered with the next 11 points to take the lead for good. The Red Wolves outscored the Wildcats 22-16 in the first seven minutes of the second half to get within 60-50, but Indiana Wesleyan rebuilt its lead over the final 13 minutes.
Dan Largey scored 23 for Indiana Wesleyan.
IU East is scheduled to open River States Conference play Nov. 20 with a visit to league newcomer Ohio Valley University. Tipoff time is 1 p.m. in Vienna, W.Va.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TROJANS LAND EIGHT COSIDA ALL-DISTRICT AWARDS AS BOTH A NATIONAL AND PROGRAM-BEST
UPLAND, Ind. – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has announced the 2021 Academic All-District award-winners for each of the three NCAA divisions and the NAIA, and the Taylor University women’s soccer team secured eight spots on the list.
Hannah Brackenbury, Hannah Dempsey, Riley Massey, Kate Kortenhoeven, Claire Nieshalla, Linli Tu, Emma Shoemaker, and Erin Teevans were the eight Trojans to receive the honor, leading Taylor to its highest CoSIDA mark in program-history.
Not only is Taylor’s eight Academic All-District awards a program-best, but it is also a national-best as the Trojans outpaced every other team across all four levels of play in accumulating First-Team Academic All-District awards.
Even more, Taylor received eight of the 13 available spots on the NAIA District 2 list, which consists of schools from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Sophomore goalie, Hannah Brackenbury, collected the first CoSIDA Academic All-District award of her career, as she posted a 3.87 GPA in the midst of a biomedical engineering course load. Brackenbury excelled on the field as well, however, as she lead the league with nine solo-shutouts while maintaining the league’s third-best save percentage of .808.
Thanks to Hannah Dempsey and Riley Massey, Taylor landed two of the four NAIA District 2 spots dedicated to defenders. Dempsey and Massey led a Trojan defense that limited its opponents to 0.78 goals per game on a mere 9.9 shots per game. Dempsey was honored with her first CoSIDA award in recognition of a remarkable 3.93 GPA within a psychology program, while Massey collected her second-career CoSIDA award thanks to an equally-remarkable GPA of 3.96 in an exercise science program.
Moving into the midfield, Kate Kortenhoeven, Claire Nieshalla, and Linli Tu snagged three of the five spots available for midfielders. Nieshalla earned her first-career CoSIDA award, while Kortenhoeven collected her second and Tu her third. The impressive GPA’s simply kept on coming, as Kortenhoeven posted a 3.98 in her psychology course load while Nieshalla maintained a 3.95 GPA in multimedia journalism. Meanwhile, Tu kept an impressive 3.81 GPA in pursuit of a degree in Christian ministries.
These three were certainly no slouches on the field either, as Kortenhoeven dished out two assists throughout the season and scored one goal while Nieshalla scored two of her own. Tu was tied for second on the team with five goals while serving out three assists for a total of 13 points, all the while finishing fourth in the league with 63 shots which pinned her as a First-Team All-Crossroads League selection.
To round out the field, Taylor landed two of the three All-District awards reserved for forwards, as Emma Shoemaker and Erin Teevans boosted the Trojan total to eight team awards.
Shoemaker, a junior biology major, received her first-career CoSIDA award in recognition of an outstanding 3.96 GPA within her rigorous scientific discipline. Meanwhile, Teevans collected her second-career CoSIDA award while maintaining a 3.54 GPA as an elementary education major. Teevans was all the more impressive on the field, however, as recognized by an Honorable-Mention All-Crossroads League honor. Teevans led the team with 10 goals, a mark good enough for a share of seventh in the league, while finishing second in the league with 73 shots taken.
The CoSIDA Academic All-District award is designed to recognize student-athletes for outstanding achievements, both in the classroom and on the field. In order to be eligible for the honor, an athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or higher on a 4.0 scale, achieved sophomore status academically with at least one full-year at their current institution, and participated in over half of the team’s competitions as a key contributor during the current season.
Student-athletes are nominated for the award by their institution’s Sports Information Department and voted on by CoSIDA members from around the nation.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TROJANS RECEIVE PROGRAM-BEST FIVE COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT AWARDS
UPLAND, Ind. – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has announced the 2021 Academic All-District award-winners for each of the three NCAA divisions and the NAIA, and the Taylor University men’s soccer team secured five spots on the list.
Andrew Siegelin, Sawyer Watterson, Josh Zeidan, Luke Holwerda, and Quinn Partain were the five Trojans to receive the Academic All-District honor, fueling Taylor to its best CoSIDA mark in program-history.
Across all four levels of play, South Carolina and its six All-District award-winners was the only school to receive more honors than Taylor.
Trojan student-athletes landed five of the 16 spots on the NAIA District 2 list, which consists of schools from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
For senior captain, Quinn Partain, this year’s honor marks the third CoSIDA Academic All-District award of his career. A computer science and systems major with a 3.91 GPA, Partain started 16 of Taylor’s 17 matches in 2021 while leading the team with five goals.
Fellow senior, Luke Holwerda, trailed Partain for the team-lead by just one goal while leading the league with 48 shots taken, which earned him an Honorable-Mention All-Crossroads League recognition. All the while, Holwerda maintained a 3.76 GPA within his studio art major.
The final senior to make the list, Josh Zeidan, posted a perfect 4.0 GPA while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business. Zeidan, a native of Santiago, Chile, had his most active season in a Trojan uniform, playing in 11 games and scoring his first-career goal against Indiana Wesleyan on October 2nd.
Sawyer Watterson completed his first season for the Trojans, after having transferred from Crossroads-foe Spring Arbor. Watterson played a large role for Taylor in 2021, starting in 16 of the team’s 17 matches while finishing the season second on the team with three assists. Meanwhile, Watterson excelled in the classroom as shown by a spotless 4.0 GPA in the midst of a treacherous human physiology and preventative medicine course load.
Andrew Siegelin rounded out the list for the Trojans, a junior who maintained a 3.72 GPA while navigating a Christian ministries degree. Siegelin played in 10 matches this season, scoring two goals and serving an additional assist for a total of five points.
The CoSIDA Academic All-District award is designed to recognize student-athletes for outstanding achievements, both in the classroom and on the field. In order to be eligible for the honor, an athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or higher on a 4.0 scale, achieved sophomore status academically with at least one full-year at their current institution, and participated in over half of the team’s competitions as a key contributor during the current season.
Student-athletes are nominated for the award by their institution’s Sports Information Department and voted on by CoSIDA members from around the nation.
EARLHAM VOLLEYBALL: YOUNG GARNERS ALL-AMERICAN RECOGNITION
After receiving All-Midwest Region honors last week, Earlham College sophomore Maria Young has been named to the third team All-American for the 2021 season.
Young led the Quakers offensively this season with 338 kills and a .275 attack percentage. She was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year last week. Young also recorded 24 service aces and 44 blocks during the historic season for the Quakers.
“Maria has earned every bit of this distinction” Said Head Coach Lauren Horton. “Her work ethic is among the highest I’ve ever seen.”
Earlham ended its season with a mark of 20-6 after falling to Transylvania in the HCAC finals match. The Quakers entered the tournament after winning the program’s first ever HCAC regular-season title.
TRINE MBB: BALANCED SCORING AND INTERIOR DEFENSE KEY IN 75-67 WIN VERSUS BENEDICTINE
ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University men’s basketball team won their third game in a row on Tuesday night 75-67 over Benedictine University out of Illinois.
The Thunder are 3-0 on the young season, while the Eagles of Benedictine fall to 1-2.
Mitchell Geller [Huntington, Ind. / Huntington North] was inserted into the starting lineup for the first time in the 2021-22 season to guard one of the most talented offensive players on the Eagles, Trevor Montiel. Right away, Geller made an impact with the first basket of the game.
Trine made the first run of the night with a Connor Jones [Danville, Ind. / Danville] jump shot, Nick Bowman [Angola, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern] steal and dunk, and Brent Cox [Kendallville, Ind. / East Noble] three-point field goal with Benedictine turnovers in between.
Benedictine clawed there way back to tie the game at 13 near the halfway point in the first period. A pair of blocks on the defensive end of the floor by Emmanuel Megnangelo [Cotonou, Benin / Amelia Academy] kept the Eagles off the board.
Another shot turned away by Megnangelo sparked a three on the other end by the freshman Hayden Jones [Kendallville, Ind. / East Noble] and Bowman rocked the rim once again to put the Thunder up 22-20 with just over five minutes to play in the first.
The number seven team in NCAA DIII took a slim 27-25 lead into the locker room. The defense held Benedictine to 37.0% (10-for-27) from the field in the first.
The Eagles came out of the locker room and regained control of the lead in the first two minutes of the half, but a 15-0 run by Trine really put the pressure on the road team to play in a hostile environment in the MTI Center for the remainder of the evening. The Thunder never looked back after taking a 44-32 advantage with under 15 to go.
Benedictine got it down to as few as two points with 11 minutes remaining, but an and-one by Connor Jones on the fastbreak allowed Trine to seize momentum.
Aiden Warzecha [Milford, Mich. / Milford] scored five points late in the game to keep a comfortable cushion of a lead, 67-61. From there, it was a rim-rocking dunk by Geller and a critical charge taken by Hayden Jones to foul out Montiel that contributed to the 75-67 victory.
“(Taking charges) is something we stressed this week in practice,” Jones mentioned postgame. “It’s physical. We put our bodies on the line because we want to win that badly.”
The Thunder were able to display just how physical play was this evening by visiting the free throw line twice as much as their opponents (26-13). Trine was able to get a hand on seven shots for blocks, the most in a game this season.
In just the third game of his career, Hayden Jones notched a double-figure scoring night with 10 points and a perfect shooting night from the field. He was one of five scorers with 10 or more points. Bowman led the Thunder with 15 on the night, with the trio of post players in Megnangelo, Geller and Brent Cox all tied with 10 as well.
Megnangelo led the team with seven rebounds, including four on the offensive glass, four steals and four blocked shots.
Trine’s next game will come on the road in southeast Ohio. The Thunder visit Muskingum University for a 1 pm tip-off on Saturday, November 20.
TRINE CC: TRINE RANKED 27TH IN WEEK EIGHT POLL
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Trine University women’s cross country team qualified for the NCAA DIII Championship meet with an at-large bid and in the final week leading into the event, are ranked 27th in the nation, according to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Trine moved up five spots from 32nd in the week seven ratings and were tied for the second biggest mover in the poll.
Last weekend, the Thunder were able to secure a fifth-place finish at the Great Lakes Regional, defeating Allegheny College in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), who were previously ranked 21st in NCAA DIII and third in the region. Additionally, Trine was able to surpass Haverford College, Colorado College, Smith College and the University of Lynchburg after regionals.
The NCAA DIII Cross Country Championship meet will take place this Saturday, November 20 at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky. The women’s race is scheduled to begin at 12 pm.
TRINE MEN’S HOCKEY: BRANCATO NAMED NCHA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DULUTH, Minn. — Sophomore Shane Brancato (Lake Villa, Ill.) has been named Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) Defensive Player of the Week following a strong weekend in net leading the team to an early 2-0 record in NCHA play.
Brancato is the first Thunder student-athlete to be named player of the week this season and the first time the sophomore has earned the award in his career.
Trine finished the weekend with an opening NCHA weekend sweep over visiting Concordia University Wisconsin with Brancato starting both games in net.
On Friday the team came from behind in the third period to come up with a 4-2 victory. In net Brancato finished the game with 13 saves while allowing just the two goals. Then on Saturday the team never trailed in the contest and Brancato finished with 19 saves while allowing just one goal in a 4-1 victory.
The team will next take the ice when they travel to face Adrian College on Friday, Nov. 19. That contest is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
TRINE FOOTBALL: TEN THUNDER NAMED ALL-MIAA, WHITE RECEIVES PETE SCHMIDT AWARD
FREELAND, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) has announced the 2021 All-MIAA Football first and second teams as voted by the association’s coaches. Ten members of the Trine University football team were named All-MIAA and senior Justin White (Indianapolis, Ind. / Perry Meridian) received the Pete Schmidt Award.
The Pete Schmidt Memorial Scholar-Athlete award has been presented every year since 2001 honoring the legacy of Pete Schmidt, an Alma College alumni and Albion College football coach who died of cancer in 2000. The award is the MIAA’s highest scholar-athlete honor for football.
White is the fifth Thunder football senior to receive the honor. Majoring in both Criminal Justice and Psychology, White overcame cancer and a Gitelman’s Syndrome to continue competing for the football program while also excelling in the classroom. The senior earned a MIAA Academic Honor Roll status in his first year eligible. White has served as the Thunder’s starting long snapper on field goals and extra points for the past two seasons.
Off the field he has been an active member of the campus community serving as president of the Tau Kappa Epsilon and as the Survivorship Chairman for Relay for Life at Trine. Off campus he has represented the university by attending a national leadership academy, interning with ILEA’s legal staff and at Turning Point, a homeless shelter that offers help and housing to families and individuals.
Five members of the Thunder earned first team honors. Representing the team on defense were sophomore Jamon Gibson (Toledo, Ohio / Central Catholic), junior Kyle Naif (Riverview, Mich. / Riverview) and senior Keysean Amison (Sandusky, Ohio / Perkins). Representing special teams were seniors Ryan Hibbets (Monticello, Ind. / Twin Lakes) and Josh Davis (Sterling Heights, Mich. / Sterling Heights).
Gibson was a force to be reckoned with on the defensive line. He finished the season with 15 tackles for a loss for a total of 77 yards lost, including five sacks. Those five sacks all came during conference play the fourth highest total among MIAA student-athletes. All told he finished with 48 tackles including 29 coming solo. He forced a fumble during the season and returned his lone interception of the season back for a 62-yard touchdown.
Naif helped anchor the center of the Trine defense as a linebacker. He finished the season with 77 tackles leading the team and tied for seventh in the MIAA during conference play with 41 tackles. He led the team with five and a half sacks in the season, but came in fifth during MIAA season with four. He finished the season with nine and a half tackles for a loss. He forced one fumble and came recovered another which he returned for a defensive touchdown. He also made his mark on special teams with a pair of punt blocks.
Amison came in second on the team with 76 tackles during the season, including a team high 48 solo attempts. During MIAA play his 48 tackles was third best among competition. He recorded seven pass break ups from his safety position while also forcing a pair of fumbles. His five breakups during MIAA play was second amongst competitors. This is the second time that both Amison and Naif have earned first team honors.
Hibbetts makes his second straight appearance as the first team All-MIAA kicker this season. This season he finished 9-12 on field goal attempts and 33-36 on point after attempts. His long for the season was a 46-yard field goal happening twice, once against Manchester and once against Kalamazoo. His long was tied for longest during MIAA play and he finished second with 37 points.
Davis earned first team honors as a return specialist following a spectacular season of returning kickoffs. He led the conference with 367 return yards and averaging just over 40 yards per return. during the MIAA season. He was the only player to record a kick return touchdown during the MIAA season.
Five more student athletes represented Trine as members of the second teams. Offensively juniors Xaine Kirby (Sweetser, Ind. / Eastbrook) and Jackson Linback (Lafayette, Ind. / McCutcheon) were selected. On defense seniors Tyler Pollard (Homosassa, Fla. / Crystal River), Angel Sanchez (Valparaiso, Ind. / Portage) and Aaron Dean (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Eastside) all took home honors.
Linback was a staple on the offensive line which helped the Thunder rack up over 1600 yards of rushing. Kirby accounted for over 800 of those yards while averaging just under 100 yards per game. During the MIAA season Kirby was third with 494 yards averaging 82.3 per game.
Pollard, who played beside Naif at linebacker, finished third on the team with 75 total tackles, 29 of which were solo attempts. He recorded a pair of sacks during the season with eight total tackles for a loss. He also forced a pair of fumbles and his lone interception was returned for a touchdown against Alma.
Dean was half of a dangerous pair of cornerbacks starting for the Thunder. He finished the season leading the team with three interceptions and eight pass breakups. During conference play he finished with five breakups finishing second in the MIAA. His three interceptions all came during MIAA contests, the third highest total for the season. He also finished with 22 tackles.
Sanchez, the other half of the cornerback pair, finished the season with a pair of interceptions and seven pass breakups. He totaled 28 tackles through the season.
Trine finished the season 6-4 overall and 4-2 in MIAA play, third in the conference.
INDIANA WESLEYAN MBB: WILDCATS PULL OUT 21 POINT WIN OVER IU-EAST
MARION, Ind. – No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball defeated IU-East 88-67 this evening. The Red Wolves were persistent and never led Wildcats blow open a lead. Wildcats hold an all-time record 21-3 over the Red Wolves.
Midway through the first half, Wildcats went on an 11-0 run which was initiated by Dan Largey’s and-one layup followed by a jumper in the next Wildcat possession.
With three minutes remaining in the first half, Wildcats stretched the lead to 18 points on a layup by Luke Stevens. IWU led at the break 44-28.
Both teams opened the second half exchanging basket for basket. On two different occasions, IU-East got within ten points.
With six minutes remaining in the game, Wildcats lead grew to 20 points and coasted to the end of the game finishing 88-67.
INSIDE THE BOX
For the third time this season, Dan Largey led the Wildcats in scoring with 23 points.
Two Wildcats were just shy of double-doubles tonight with Seth Maxwell adding in 17 points and nine rebounds and Tim Adetukasi contributing 15 points and nine rebounds.
IWU turned the ball over 19 times to IU-East’s nine.
Wildcats dominated down low recording 42 points in the paint to Red Wolves’ 26.
NEXT TIME OUT
Wildcats head to No. 14 Marian University on Friday night for a 7pm tip to start Crossroads League play.
BETHEL VOLLEYBALL: PILOTS EARN SIX ALL-CROSSROADS LEAGUE HONORS
JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced the 2021 Crossroads League Players of the Year and All-League teams on Monday, following the conclusion of the Crossroads League Championship on Saturday.
Isabelle North and Maddy Payne were each named to the First Team All- League and Madyson Beaver and Jackeline Fernandez were each named to the Second Team All- League. Hanah Weiss was named to the All-Freshman Team, while Cheyanne Seymour earned Honorable Mention All-League honors.
North leads the Pilots with 360 kills and added 138 total blocks on the season, while hitting .385. She ranks 12th in the NAIA in blocks, second in the Crossroads League behind Payne, and 9th in the NAIA in hitting percentage, third in the Crossroads League.
Payne leads the Pilots with 173 total blocks and added 333 kills on the season, while adding 37 service aces. Payne currently ranks 2nd in the NAIA in total blocks and 20th with 475.5 points, which ranks 1-2 in the Crossroads League, respectively.
North and Payne are the first pair of teammates to earn back-to-back First Team All-League honors each since current Bethel coaches Katie (Malkewicz) Weiss and Lisa (Davis) DeJesus in 1998 and 1999, and helped pilot a defense that led the nation in blocks per set at 2.73.
Beaver leads the Pilots with 681 assists and 53 service aces—the league leader for total service aces on the season. She has also added 242 kills and 92 total blocks on the season. Beaver recorded two triple-doubles this season and became the 10th player in program history to record at least 2,000 career assists.
Fernandez leads the Pilots with 533 digs and added 23 service aces. She went over 1,000 career digs this season and ranked 6th in the Crossroads League with 4.16 digs/set.
Weiss is fifth on the Pilots with 199 kills on the season and has added 45 total blocks. She ranks third among Crossroads League freshman in kills and second in total blocks this season. She is the fourth Pilot to earn All-Freshman team honors under Head Coach Katie Weiss in the last five seasons.
Seymour is third on the Pilots with 260 kills and has added 60 total blocks and helped a Pilot attack that ranked fourth in the Crossroads League with a .216 hitting percentage
MANCHESTER MBB: POLAR BEARS BANK IN GAME-WINNER TO SLIP PAST SPARTANS
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Tuesday’s men’s basketball contest between Manchester University and Ohio Northern inside of Stauffer-Wolfe Arena came down to the wire. The Black & Gold managed to grab a one-point lead with just 3.1 seconds left in the game following an old-fashioned three-point play by first-year point guard Quentez Columbus (South Bend, Ind./Adams). After an Ohio Northern timeout, the Polar Bears were able to capitalize on their Hail Mary heave as ONU’s Landen Long banked in the game-winning three-pointer as time expired, lifting Ohio Northern to a hard-fought 87-85 victory.
The Spartans were able to rally back from a nine-point deficit in the game’s final six minutes, helping set up the contest’s dramatic ending. Trailing 75-66 with 6:28 on the clock, five straight points by first-year guard Bryant Smith (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) whittled the Polar Bears’ lead to just four. A jumper by Bryant, along with three-pointers by CJ Hampton (Hammond, Ind./Griffith) and Quentez Columbus drew the Spartans to with two points, 82-80 with just 1:11 left in regulation.
In the final minute of Tuesday’s game, the Spartans defense came up with a big stop, as Ohio Northern was charged with a shot clock violation. Trailing 84-82 with only 7 seconds remaining, Columbus drove the full-length of the court and converted an old-fashioned three-point play to put MU ahead by a point. Following a Polar Bear timeout, Landen Long was able to get the ensuing inbounds pass and bank in a three-pointer for the win.
For the game, Ohio Norther shot 31-60 (51.7 percent) from the field. ONU finished 9-15 (60 percent) from beyond the three-point arc, while also shooting 16-20 (80 percent) from the free throw line. Landen Long led ONU with 35 points. He played the entire 40 minutes and finished 13-20 shooting, while also going 6-8 from three-point range. Adam Scott added 19 points, while both C.J. Napier (15 points) and Ethan Bell (10 points) also finished in double figures.
The Spartans finished shooting 29-59 (49.2 percent) on Tuesday night. The Black & Gold finished 9-24 from beyond the three-point arc – good enough for a 37.5 percent clip. The Spartans also converted from the free throw line, finishing 18-22 (81.8 percent). CJ Hampton led Manchester with 23 points. Hampton added 8 rebounds. Quentez Columbus added 20 points and 7 assists. Ian Snelling (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) also scored in double figures on Tuesday night, scoring 15 points.
The Spartans (0-4) will look to break into the win column when they return to action on Saturday November 20 with a non-conference road contest at Oberlin College. Saturday’s game from Ohio is slated to begin at 1 p.m.
Ohio Northern (2-1) will head to the Empire State this weekend for a pair of games in Buffalo. ONU will face Buffalo State on Friday night before battling Medaille College on Saturday afternoon.
HUNTINGTON VOLLEYBALL: FOUR FORESTERS EARN ALL-LEAGUE HONORS
HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Four Foresters were recognized as All-League honorees as announced by the Crossroads League earlier this afternoon.
Senior Lindsay Ingenito (Daleville HS, Yorktown, Ind.) had a standout final season and for her efforts was tabbed Second Team All-League. It’s Ingenito’s second league badge having garnered Honorable Mention accolades as a sophomore.
The 5-9 middle paced the Foresters offensively with 263 kills and a .332 hitting percentage, the 28th best percentage in the NAIA and fourth best in the CL. Over the course of the season, she also recorded 28 blocks and 27 aces. For her career, Ingenito racked up 775 kills and 98.5 blocks.
Sophomore Morgan Robrock (Huntington North HS, Huntington, Ind.) also landed a spot on the Second Team. As Huntington’s floor general, the 6-0 setter filled the stat sheet every night by handing out 1,106 assists to go along with posting 279 digs, 79 kills, 39 aces and 28.5 blocks. Her 8.78 assist-per-set average is the fourth best among her league peers.
Junior Tya Bynum (North Central HS, Indianapolis, Ind.) also caught the eye of the league coaches to earn Honorable Mention All-League praises. The 5-9 middle finished with 244 kills to her name and topped the Foresters in blocks with 57.5 which included 17 solos. Her 0.77 blocks-per-set is the ninth best average in the Crossroads League.
Kortney Grimm Gahanna (Lincoln HS, Columbus, Ohio) wasted little time adjusting to the collegiate game to be named to the All-Freshmen Team. The 6-0 outside hitter collected 186 kills, 266 digs and 20 aces this fall.
Coach Herber and crew finished the year with an overall record of 14-21.
OAKLAND CITY WBB: OCU WOMEN CELEBRATING FIRST HOME VICTORY OF THE SEASON
Oakland City, IN – In the 2021-22 Oakland City University women’s basketball second home game, the Oaks faced the Pomeroys of St. Mary of the Wood’s College.The Mighty Oaks came out on top, with the score of 66-46, bringing their record to 1-3 on the season and 1-0 on the conference.
Taylor Dillard led the way for OCU, scoring 15 points to go with 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Reanne Kietlinski also tallied 11 counters and Emilee Hope also scored 10. Amaya Thomas and Monesjia Harvey both collected a team high of 8 rebounds a piece.
Sydney Ingram led the way for the Pomeroys with 17 points, followed by 13 points and 6 rebounds from Allyson Hardiek. Avalee Jeffers added 13 rebounds for St. Mary’s.
As a team, the Oaks made 24-71 (33.8%) of their shot attempts, including 6-19 (31.6%) from three points range. The Pomeroys connected on 16-55 (29.1%) from the field, going 3-13 (23.1%) from beyond the arc. OCU made 12-20 (60%) from the foul line, compared to 11-14 (78.6%) for the visiting St. Mary of the Woods Pomeroys.
Oakland City held a 51-39 rebounding edge. The Oaks handed out 17 assists, compared to seven for St. Mary’s.
The Oaks will be back in action against Welch College on Friday, November 19 at 7 pm in the Johnson Center.
ST. FRANCIS VOLLEYBALL: PAIGE FORTKAMP WINS CROSSROADS LEAGUE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR & FIRST-TEAM AS AWARDS ARE ANNOUNCED
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis volleyball team is excited to announce that the Crossroads League has announced it’s 2021 Volleyball Award winners, and outside hitter Paige Fortkamp earned Crossroads League Freshman of the Year.
Throughout the season, Fortkamp led the Cougars to a team-leading 366 kills averaging 3.8 kills per set. Her 397.5 points led the team through the season by over 150 points, as runner-up Haidyn Carrico totaled 241 points.
“Paige had an amazing first season,” Head Coach Scott Haddix said on his freshman. “She is such a great worker who studies the game really well and made terrific adjustments to her play all season. We leaned on her a lot this season, and she handled the pressure very well for a freshman outside hitter. To lead THIS conference in kills per set and total kills is an amazing accomplishment and was recognized by a majority of the Crossroads League coaches.”
In addition to those major honors, 14 student-athletes were named as Crossroads League First-Team selections, 14 more were given CL Second-Team honors and 19 others took home Crossroads League Honorable Mention recognition. A total of six were also chosen as CL All-Freshmen selections.
In addition to Paige Fortkamp, junior libero Maile Steckelberg made second-team all-conference, while senior setter Madison Candler, junior defensive specialist Kylie Topp, and sophomore defensive specialist Alexis Gregory were all honorable mentions.
The All-Crossroads League awards are voted on by the CL’s head volleyball coaches.
2021 Crossroads League Coach of the Year
Ashlee Pritchard, Marian
2021 Crossroads League Assistant Coach of the Year
Riley Anderson, Marian
2021 Crossroads League Player of the Year
Skyler Van Note, Marian
2021 Crossroads League Setter of the Year
Kacy Bragg, Taylor
2021 Crossroads League Libero of the Year
Stephaney Fifield, Taylor
2021 Crossroads League Freshman of the Year
Paige Fortkamp, Saint Francis
2021 First-Team All-Crossroads League
Skyler Van Note, Marian
Isabelle North, Bethel
Sarah Spangler, Marian
Maddy Payne, Bethel
Ana Collar, Indiana Wesleyan
Stephaney Fifield, Taylor
Nicole Winkler, Mount Vernon Nazarene
Amanda Adams, Taylor
Jai-Lynn Norwood, Marian
Kacy Bragg, Taylor
Olivia Zawadzki, Indiana Wesleyan
Paige Fortkamp, Saint Francis
Anna Frey, Grace
Alison Ford, Spring Arbor
2021 Second-Team All-Crossroads League
Ryan Czerniak, Taylor
Ellie Ruby, Mount Vernon Nazarene
Courtney Watkins, Indiana Wesleyan
Paige Brenner, Mount Vernon Nazarene
Lindsay Ingenito, Huntington
Maggie Meyer, Marian
Madyson Beaver, Bethel
Claudia Ellis, Spring Arbor
Martina Demarchi, Indiana Wesleyan
Gina Novotny, Grace
Tory Small, Mount Vernon Nazarene
Jacqueline Fernandez, Bethel
Morgan Robrock, Huntington
Maile Steckelberg, Saint Francis
2021 Honorable Mention All-Crossroads League
Cassadi Colbert, Grace
McKenna Peters, Spring Arbor
Jenna Mueller, Grace
Alison Nibbelink, Spring Arbor
Tya Bynum, Huntington
Madison Candler, Saint Francis
Naomi Willis, Goshen
Michaela Hoffa, Marian
Paige Thibault, Indiana Wesleyan
Grace Isaacs, Taylor
Cheyanne Seymour, Bethel
Molly Galaszewski, Mount Vernon Nazarene
Hope Notter, Spring Arbor
Alisha Leffring, Grace
Kylie Topp, Saint Francis
Alexis Gregory, Saint Francis
Jaelyn Amhdar, Goshen
Sadie Brenneman, Goshen
Emily Lynch, Goshen
2021 Crossroads League All-Freshmen Team
Serena Dodson, Marian
Kortney Grimm, Huntington
Alisha Leffring, Grace
Sarah Scott, Taylor
Paige Thibault, Indiana Wesleyan
Hanah Weiss, Bethel
DEPAUW WBB: #19 DEPAUW MOVES TO 3-0 WITH WIN OVER #22 BIG BLUE
Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw’s Mya Shannon posted career highs of 31 points and 11 rebounds to lead the 19th-ranked Tigers to a 71-66 win over 22nd-ranked Millikin in the Tigers’ home opener. The Tigers improved to 3-0, while the Big Blue dropped to 3-1.
The Tigers closed the first quarter on an 8-2 run to take a 14-9 lead at the quarter break. Shannon hit a 3-pointer to start the second to expand the lead to eight, but the Big Blue scored the next nine to grab an 18-17 advantage. The lead then went back-and-forth for much of the quarter until DePauw scored the final five to take a 30-26 lead into the half.
DePauw’s lead was four at 39-35 in the opening two minutes of the third before the Tigers put together a 10-2 stretch to push the lead to double digits, 49-37, for the first time in the game. Millikin scored the next six to trim the lead in half and trailed, 53-47, as the teams headed to the final stanza.
The margin was still seven at 57-50 with 7:35 remaining, but Shannon scored DePauw’s next eight points to extend the lead to 12. Millikin briefly closed the gap to 10, but DePauw finished the game on a 6-0 run.
Joining Shannon in double figures was Maeve Summerville with 13 points. Grace Kinsey led the Tigers with five assists.
Elyce Knudsen paced Millikin with 17 points with Abby Ratsch adding 12 and six rebounds.
DePauw shot 45.5 percent from the field for the game including 57 percent in the second half. Millikin hit 35.2 percent from the floor with DePauw holding a 43-24 rebounding edge.
The Tigers host Kenyon on Sunday, November 21, in a 4 p.m. North Coast Athletic Conference game.
IU KOKOMO WBB: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL OPENS RSC PLAY WITH 57-42 LOSS AT BRESCIA
OWENSBORO, Ky. – The Indiana University Kokomo women’s basketball team opened the River States Conference slate Tuesday evening with a 57-42 loss to the Brescia Bearcats. The Cougars fall to 1-4 on the season, and 0-1 in RSC play.
The Bearcats opened the scoring, taking a 2-0 lead, but the Cougars responded with four straight to take their first lead of the game at 4-2. IU Kokomo led 11-10 after a Vanessa Mullins layup, but Brescia ended the first quarter on a 6-0 run, taking a 16-11 lead into the second period.
Tia Chambers knocked down a jumper to get the Cougars within three at 16-13, but Brescia answered with a 6-0 spurt to extend their lead to nine. IUK responded with a Stephanie Burns bucket and Sierra Peete deep-ball on consecutive possessions to pull within four at 22-18. Brescia finished the final 3:14 of the second quarter on an 8-0 run, taking a 30-18 lead over IU Kokomo at halftime.
Sierra Peete and Jadah Anderson had six points apiece in the third quarter to pace a Cougar attack that was able to cut the Bearcat lead to as little as six at 32-26. Brescia outscored IU Kokomo 11-8 in a competitive final six minutes of the third period to take a 43-34 lead into the final quarter.
IU Kokomo was able to cut the Brescia lead to single-digits with a Jaela Meister layup a minute and a half into the fourth quarter, but the Bearcats controlled the final eight minutes to knock off IU Kokomo 57-42.
Senior guard Sierra Peete led the Cougars with 14 points, seven rebounds, and four steals. Tia Chambers contributed seven points and five boards.
The Cougars return home Friday afternoon, as they welcome Alice Lloyd College to the Student Activities and Events Center. Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m.
IU KOKOMO MBB: MEN’S BASKETBALL STREAK EXTENDED TO FOUR WITH CONFERENCE WIN OVER BEARCATS
OWENSBORO, Ky. – The Indiana University Kokomo men’s basketball team extended its winning streak to four games with a 68-58 win over Brescia University to open River States Conference play on Tuesday night. The Cougars are now 5-1 on the season and 1-0 in conference action.
The Cougars gained the lead at the 15:01 mark in the opening half and never looked back.
With 11:17 left to play in the first half, Noah Harris gave the Cougars their first lead of the game as he knocked down a shot from beyond the arc on the assist from Hunter White.
IU Kokomo shot the ball well from long distance in the first half, making nine triples, a season-high for a half. Harris led the way with three while Trequan Spivey and Allante Harper each had two.
White sent the Cougars into the lockerroom with a 44-30 lead after a Fastbreak dunk off the Bearcats turnover as time expired in the half. The 44 points through the first 20 minutes is the most scored by the Cougars in a half this season.
Both offenses went stagnant for a period in the second half, scoring a combined six points over a six-minute stretch.
Brescia tried to mount a comeback late in the game, cutting the IU Kokomo lead to six points with just under a minute left but IUK converted free throws down the stretch to fend off the Bearcats.
The Cougars will return to action on Friday as they host Alice Lloyd College in an RSC contest. Tipoff is set for 1:00 p.m.
IU SOUTH BEND VOLLEYBALL: TITANS TO FACE #2 VITERBO IN NAIA TOURNAMENT
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – IU South Bend learned they are heading north for the next stop on the Titans’ postseason run, as the 48-team field for the 2021 NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship was announced on Monday. The Titans will face No. 2 Viterbo (Wisc.) on Saturday, November 20.
The V-Hawks, out of La Crosse, Wisc., were the regular season and tournament champions of the North Star Athletic Association, and enter the NAIA Tournament with a 37-1 overall record. The Titans and V-Hawks have met just once before in program history, with Viterbo winning at home in straight sets during the 2019 season.
The Titans are making their third-ever appearance in the NAIA Tournament, since the program’s debut in 2011. This season, IUSB hold a 22-7 overall record, matching the team’s all-time record for wins in a season. The Titans placed second in the CCAC regular season with a 16-2 record, and reached the championship match of the CCAC Tournament last weekend.
The winner of Saturday’s matchup will advance to play at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa on November 30 and December 1 for the pool play stage of the tournament.
PURDUE NORTHWEST MBB: PRIDE DEFEAT EAST-WEST IN WESTVILLE OPENER, 105-63
WESTVILLE, Ind. – Purdue Northwest dismantled East-West University in the second half and cruised to its first victory of the season, 105-63, Tuesday night inside H.D. Kesling Gymnasium. The Pride poured in 63 points during the second period and featured seven players reaching double digits in the scoring column. The 42-point win is the second-largest margin of victory in PNW men’s basketball history.
HEAD COACH BOOMER ROBERTS:
“We focused on simply competing tonight, and the guys took it to heart and really came out and got after it,” head coach Boomer Roberts said. “Logan, Ant, Z, and Jyro all played well, and we received great contributions from the bench. We were able to control both the paint and the glass, and we need to be more of that type of team moving forward.”
Jyrus Freels notched his first double-double of the season with 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting and grabbed 10 boards
Piotr Gago also logged his first career double-double as a member of the Pride with 12 points and seven boards
Anthony Irvin tied for the team-high of 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including three treys. He stuffed the stat sheet with six boards, three assists, three steals and a block
Logan Phillips scored 15 points with five boards, three assists and a pair of steals
Kai Steinman registered a career-high 13 points
Caleb Zurliene and Sangolay Njie both chipped in with 10 points, and the pair combined for 15 boards and seven assists
PNW will host its opener on the Hammond Campus this Thursday night against Indiana Northwest in non-conference action. Tipoff at John Friend Court is set for 7 p.m. CST and will air live on JEDtv.com.
GRACE MEN’S BASKETBALL: LANCERS’ WIN STREAK AT SEVEN AFTER OT THRILLER
ELGIN, Ill. – Grace’s men’s basketball team won its seventh straight game to open the season after beating Judson 84-79 Tuesday evening in overtime.
Frankie Davidson played the role of hero as his basket late in the overtime period proved to be the winner. He finished the game with a team-high 24 points.
With conference play looming, Grace (7-0) is one of three Crossroads League teams to remain perfect on the season.
Grace fell behind early on Tuesday; the Eagles (2-4) jumped ahead 8-3 two minutes into the half, forcing Grace to call a timeout.
The Lancers scored the next five points coming out of the stoppage as an Elijah Malone 3-point basket tied the game at eight.
Judson and Grace traded baskets before Frankie Davidson made a layup in traffic to give the Lancers their first lead of the game at 12-10. Davidson scored eight straight points for the Lancers.
Grace and Judson were neck and neck through the middle portion of the half and, after a Brett Sickafoose triple, the game was tied at 23.
Following Sickafoose’s deep shot, Grace went cold from the field. The Lancers went scoreless over the next four minutes and missed seven consecutive shots.
Jake Wadding broke Grace’s slump with a tough shot in the paint as the Lancers tried to reel Judson back even.
The Lancers scored on consecutive possessions to close out the half, but still found themselves on the wrong side of a 34-33 score.
Grace shot 43 percent in the first half and hit on 4 of 10 shots from beyond the arc. Judson hit at a 44 percent clip and made one 3-point basket.
Grace was outrebounded 21-18 and allowed nine points off turnovers. Davidson scored 10 first half points.
Entering the second half Judson continued to attack Grace. Four minutes into the second half, the Eagles had a nine-point lead at 46-37.
The Lancers began to stiffen defensively and were able to fuel a pair of fastbreak opportunities to chip away at the deficit.
Grace used the long ball and a 17-3 scoring run to grab their first lead of the second half.
The Lancers built their lead to three before the Eagles came roaring back. Judson hit a pair of heavily contested shots to ignite their crowd and put Grace back in a four-point hole.
With five minutes remaining, Grace regained the lead. Brycen Graber made a nifty pass under the basket to spring Ian Scott for an easy basket. A minute later Graber scored himself to put the Lancers ahead 63-58.
With the game tied in waning seconds of regulation, Judson had a chance to win the game. But Malone saved the game with a last-second block on Judson’s potential winner.
In the overtime period Judson was again the aggressor in the early portion. Back-to-back three-point shots found Grace down by six in the blink of an eye.
Malone’s 3-pointer came up clutch once again as he was able to answer the Eagles’ barrage with a trey of his own.
Down by one with under 40 seconds left, Davidson hit his signature stepback jumper from the baseline to catapult Grace back in front 80-79.
Grace’s defense shut down Judson on the next two possessions, and Grace hit all four of their free throws to secure the hard fought 84-79 victory.
Grace shot 45 percent from the field compared to 40 percent from Judson. The Lancers outscored the Eagles 46-40 in the paint.
Frankie Davidson led the way with a 24-point, 10 rebound double-double. Malone also double doubled with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and he also blocked seven shots.
Wadding had 15 points and Graber had a 12-point, 6-assist outing.
The Lancers will start Crossroads League action on Saturday as they travel to Mt. Vernon Nazarene.
GOSHEN MBB: LAST-SECOND SHOT DOESN’T DROP AS GOSHEN LOSES IN CHICAGO
CHICAGO, Ill. – it came down to a shot at the buzzer, but it missed by inches. The Goshen men’s basketball team lost on Tuesday night in downtown Chicago to Roosevelt 57-55.
Roosevelt seemed to be primarily in control throughout the first half, building up an eight-point lead at 28-20 and forcing Goshen to call a timeout with under four minutes to go in the first half. That point shifted the pendulum of favor back toward Goshen, as the Maple Leafs erupted for a 23-6 run at the end of the first half and beginning of the second. Now it was Goshen with a nine-point lead with 13:52 to go. The Lakers responded and had the game tied with under seven minutes remaining.
The teams went back and forth, and Greg Johnson knocked down two huge free throws with 60 seconds on the clock to cut Roosevelt’s lead to one. Goshen missed a layup with 22 seconds left, and Roosevelt made one of two free throws after a Goshen foul. With a chance to take the lead, Elias Ramirez missed a contested three with three seconds to go, but the ball went out on the Lakers and Goshen had one last chance. Austin Branagan came into the game and put up a jump shot that hit the backboard and then the front rim and out as the time expired. Roosevelt escaped with a 57-55 win.
“As a team we weren’t prepared for how physical this game was,” head coach Jon Tropf remarked. “I give credit to our guys for being able to adapt over the course of the game.”
Ryan Mansbarger had 18 points with six rebounds and four assists. Greg Johnson scored 14 points, mainly due to his impressive 11-12 shooting from the free-throw line. Elias Ramirez had five points and eight rebounds. Kedrick Bibby added six points and posted a season-high eight rebounds.
Roosevelt came into the match having won their last three games by a combined 92 points. They are now 2-0 at home this season.
Goshen drops to 2-4 with a conference matchup with Saint Francis (Ind.) coming up this weekend. The home game will be on Saturday, November 20 at 3:00 pm in Gunden Gymnasium. If you come at 1:00 pm, you can watch the women’s teams face off as well.
“I believe this group won’t lose sight of the bigger picture,” Tropf said. “We just have to get back to chopping wood tomorrow.”
GOSHEN WBB: STRONG START BY SAINTS IS THE DIFFERENCE IN LEAFS LOSS ON THE ROAD
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Despite being neck and neck for the last 36 minutes of the game, an early 12-0 run out of the gate for Aquinas was all they needed to beat the Goshen women’s basketball team 64-53 on Tuesday night.
The Maple Leafs were quickly outscored 12-0 in the first three minutes and forty seconds. “We came out in a zone defense to try and prevent their dribble drive offense from getting in the paint,” head coach Stephanie Miller explained. “They didn’t get the paint, but they hit three straight shots over the zone which forced a timeout and a quick change of defense.”
Goshen recovered with full-court pressure to slow down the Saints’ hot shooting early on. For the rest of the game, it was Goshen that outscored Aquinas 53-52. The early deficit was too much for Goshen to come back from though, and Aquinas went on to win their fourth straight game in this young season.
Taniece Chapman ended the game with a double-double – scoring 13 and grabbing 11 boards. Graysen Cockerham was on the verge of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. Syanne Mohamed brought down ten rebounds in just 21 minutes of playing time.
Goshen relied on getting points in the paint – they made up 30 of the team’s 53 points. The Leafs also had 27 offensive rebounds which allowed them to take 29 more shots than Aquinas. But despite Goshen’s second-chance points, the Saints shot the ball more efficiently. Aquinas 46% and even better from the three-point line at a 57% clip. It helped that Daz’Sha Day made eight of her nine three-point attempts. Goshen was 29% from the field and 20% from three.
“We took good shots overall,” Miller said. “We just need some kids to knock them down so we can take a little pressure off the defense.”
Aquinas is now 3-0 at home and 5-2 overall. Goshen falls to 3-4 as they now start to play some Crossroads League games. You can watch the women in action on Saturday, November 20 at 1:00 pm in Goshen when they take on Saint Francis (Ind.). The men’s portion of the doubleheader will take place afterward at 3:00 pm.
GOSHEN VOLLEYBALL: FOUR VOLLEYBALL STAND-OUTS EARN CONFERENCE RECOGNITION
JACKSON, Mich. – Four members of the Goshen women’s volleyball team earned recognition from the Crossroads League on Tuesday when the conference announced their postseason awards. Naomi Willis, Jaelyn Amhdar, Sadie Brenneman, and Emily Lynch were all named All-Crossroads League Honorable Mention. The latter three are all freshmen.
Senior Naomi Willis is now a two-time conference Honorable Mention as she previously earned a spot in 2018. “Naomi not only leads with her words but her actions on and off the court – It was awesome being able to use her in multiple positions,” head coach Kourtney Crawford remarked, calling her the heartbeat of the team. As a setter and defensive specialist, Willis was one of three Goshen players to compete in all 36 matches this season. She led the Maple Leafs in hitting percentage (.229), was second in assists (414), and was second in digs (246). “I believe that no matter what position she played, she did it to the best of her ability and the team trusted her to perform.”
Jaelyn Amhdar has received conference accolades just after her freshman season. “Jaelyn did such an awesome job of coming in ready to run part of our offense,” Crawford said. “It was great to see her confidence and voice start to blossom as the season progressed.” Amhdar narrowly edged Willis for the team lead in assists (416) and led the team in assists per set (4.04). When the Leafs played at Indiana Tech on October 9, Amhdar posted a career-high 28 assists. Crawford also pointed out how Amhdar held her own when splitting time between a 6-2 and a 5-1 formation. “I am excited to see what the future holds for her!”
Outside hitter and defensive specialist Sadie Brenneman is our next freshman winner to highlight. “Sadie was amazing!” Crawford shared. “She was an intricate piece to our team.” Brenneman played more sets than any other Goshen player this season. She led the team in points (225.5), aces (30), digs (315), tied for the lead in solo blocks (8), and was second in kills (182). However, coach Crawford says these stats don’t do her justice at all. “She was a monster when it came to defense, and it was awesome to see her dig balls that had no reason being up. I also believe that her team trusted her a lot as well to get those incredible digs.”
Lastly, we must highlight middle hitter Emily Lynch. “Emily has high expectations for herself, and I am certain that she will meet them,” admired Crawford. “She has the work ethic to be back on this list next year – or higher.” Lynch led the team in points per set (2.26), kills (192), kills per set (1.98), reception percentage (.957), and was second in points (219.0). Crawford also appreciated Lynch’s aggressiveness. “She came into her freshman year with some sort of chip on her shoulder! The girl was ready to handle business.”
The Crossroads League Player of the Year went to Skyler Van Note of Marian. Marian’s coach Ashlee Pritchard was named Coach of the Year.
Senior Naomi Willis has played her last game for the purple and white. But exciting things are in store with Amhdar, Brenneman, and Lynch among others all returning for next season.
Congratulations Naomi, Jaelyn, Sadie, and Emily!
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