IU Women’s Basketball Wins At Wisconsin, 78-54; Moren Picks Up 250th Career Victory

MADISON, Wisc.  – Another dominant fourth quarter led the Indiana Women’s Basketball team to a win inside Kohl Center on Sunday afternoon with a 78-54 rout of the Wisconsin Badgers. With the win, IU picks up its first victory in Madison since 2009.

Junior guard Tyra Buss led the Hoosiers with 19 points and three assists while senior guard Alexis Gassion followed with 16 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists. Four Hoosiers scored in double figures in the win, as senior center Jenn Anderson secured her fifth-straight double figure scoring game with 14 points by going 7-for-8 from the floor and added five boards. Junior forward Amanda Cahill also dropped 11 points and finished with nine rebounds.

Head coach Teri Moren also hit a career milestone in the victory, picking up her 250th career win as a head coach – which spans 14 seasons and the last three at Indiana.

The Hoosiers (15-6, 5-3 B1G) shot 48.1 percent from the floor on the afternoon as it also added a 74.2 percent clip from the free throw line – going 23-for-31 on the day. They also outrebounded the home team, 31-28, and added 12 assists and picked up seven steals.

UW came out and took an early 6-2 lead before IU could tie things up on a Gassion jumper on the elbow with 6:38 to play. Back-to-back threes by Buss sparked a 12-1 run over the course of the next two and a half minutes as Indiana took a 14-7 lead with 2:25 remaining. IU would close the quarter with layups from Buss and Cahill to take a 20-10 advantage

Wisconsin (5-16, 0-8 B1G) would control much of the tempo in the second quarter, as it would cut the lead down to five, 26-21, with 5:07 remaining before the half. IU would increase its lead back to seven on multiple occasions in the quarter, before settling with a 35-29 halftime lead.

The Badgers came out on fire in the third quarter, tying things up just two and a half minutes into play as the score would change hands five time and feature two ties throughout. UW wouldn’t go up more than three in the frame but as Cahill’s pair at the line with 3:28 to play would mark the final time IU would take back the lead to make it 48-47. Buss would end the quarter on positive note, as she sank a buzzer beater layup on the left side, giving Indiana a 57-51 lead.

 

Indiana dominated the final ten minutes of play, extending its streak from the third quarter as it used a 12-0 run to propel itself in front of the Badgers with 7:06 remaining. Playing in the bonus for much of the final quarter, IU went 13-for-18 from the line and outscored UW, 21-3, in the final quarter as it also earned its largest win over the Badgers since 2008.

NOTES

  • For the first time since the 2008-09 season, Indiana was victorious at the Kohl Center with the 78-54 win. IU had not won in Madison since a 67-61 overtime win since Feb. 6, 2009, making its win on Sunday the first regulation win at Kohl Center since 2006.
  • Senior center Jenn Anderson recorded her fifth-straight double figure scoring game with 14 points on 7-for-8 shooting and also added five points
  • Junior forward Amanda Cahill reached her 700th career rebound as she pulled down a team-high nine in the win. She becomes just the 10th player in school history to record 700 rebounds or more.
  • Junior guard Tyra Buss secured her 58th-straight double figure scoring game with a team-high 19 points.
  • Head Coach Teri Moren hit a career milestone with the victory, earning her 250th career win. Moren is in her 14th season as a head coach and third at the helm of the Hoosiers.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers continue on the road on Thursday when they travel to East Lansing, Mich. to take on the Michigan State Spartans. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. ET live on the Big Ten Network and WHCC 105.1 FM.

PURDUE | Welch Upsets, Morrissey Pins in Loss to No. 13 Minnesota

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Jan. 29, 2017

 

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  Luke Welch provided an upset and Jacob Morrissey pinned for his sixth straight win, but it wasn’t enough as Purdue suffered a 29-12 loss to Minnesota on Sunday. The 13th-ranked Gophers (6-3, 5-2 B1G) won seven bouts, earning bonus points in five matches in their first visit to Holloway Gymnasium since Jan. 15, 2012. Nate Limmex was credited with the Boilermakers (8-5, 3-4 B1G) third win in the dual. 

“It is nice to get a couple big wins,” Purdue head wrestling coach Tony Ersland said. “My most pressing thought out of that dual is that even when we lost we weren’t creating action like we needed to, this time of year. We have to go back and work on it. 

“[Jacob] Morrissey keeps rolling; he’s the most consistent guy,” Ersland said. “I always kid him it’s not always the prettiest [win], but he’s the most consistent because he does what he does. He finds a way to get to his offense. Obviously, Luke Welch over a ranked kid is a nice win. Nate Limmex being 2-0 on the weekend, and for a freshman, that is good in the Big Ten.” 

A strong second period of riding and a reversal in the third period lifted Welch to a 4-0 upset of No. 15 Mitch McKee. The 133-pounders were scoreless after the opening stanza. McKee took bottom in the second and Welch made him pay by riding him out. Even though the match was still 0-0, Welch had 2:00 of riding time. The Gopher had been called twice for jumping before the whistle. 

“In that second period, I knew McKee was looking for a roll, so I just rode smart and I was trying to break him down and ride hard,” Welch said. “I wasn’t trying to give easy points up. Then going into the third period, I knew I had it. I had riding time, so I just tried wrestling through the situation. Tried to get the next point.” 

Welch took bottom and reversed McKee 36 seconds into the final period for the first points in the match. McKee was called for his third caution, awarding Welch with a third point. His fourth point came way of 2:45 of riding time. The win, his first over a ranked opponent this season, brought the Newburgh, Indiana, native’s record to 17-9, matching a career best in wins. It also brought his conference dual mark to 4-3. 

Morrissey extended his winning streak to six by pinning Chris Pfarr in 2:23. The 174-pounder wasted no time getting after his Minnesota opponent with a six-point move. Pfarr escaped and Morrissey took him down again, locking him in a cradle. Morrissey’s third pin of the season came 47 seconds later. 

“I’ve been using the cradle a lot more this year,” Morrissey said. “It’s one of my go-to moves on top and I earned my four-point nearfall. I was trying to build my lead up right away and score as many points as I could.” 

Pfarr is the second Big Ten foe that Morrissey has pinned as he remains undefeated in conference matches (6-0). During Morrissey’s current six-match win streak, he has posted three bonus point victories to push his season total to nine (2 MD, 4 TF, 3 F). The redshirt junior owns an overall record of 13-6. 

Limmex notched his second win of the weekend at 149 pounds with an 8-4 outing against Carson Brolsma. The redshirt freshman overcame a 4-2 first period deficit with takedowns in the second and third periods. He added 2:26 of riding time as he evened his Big Ten dual record at 3-3 and brought his overall record to 11-10. 

The final road trip of the regular season is next Boilermakers. They will travel to Champaign, Illinois, for the first time since 2013 to take on the 12th-ranked Illini on Feb. 5. Action from Huff Hall is set for a 2 p.m. ET start. 

BALL STATE | Cardinals Fall to the Wildcats

MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball State gymnastics falls short with a 195.300-194.025 loss against No. 6 Kentucky Sunday Jan. 29 in Worthen Arena.
“We had some really positive things happen tonight,” head coach Joanna Saleem said. “Although we had some mistakes the team stayed united throughout the competition and finished strong on the last event. As a team we didn’t quite live up to last meets’ expectations and we want to acknowledge that so we can continue to improve week to week.”

The Cardinals started the competition strong on vault with 9.750 fifth place finish by Shelby Arms.

On bars, Kayla Beckler claimed first place with a personal best score of 9.850. Jordyn Penny scored a 9.800 landing her in fourth place.

The Cardinals had a strong showing on beam where Junior Baylee Bell earned a career high of 9.850 and placing second.

The team concluded the competition on floor where three Cardinals stood on the top of the podium. Kaitlyn Menzione claimed a personal best 9.900 first place finish, while Sydney Finke and Kayla Beckler followed in second with scores of 9.825.

KaitlynBaylee and Shelby all had great performances tonight,” Saleem stated. “It’s nice to see consistent routines scoring really well. Our focus now is to continue to practice consistency as we prepare for our road competition against GW and NHU this weekend.”

The Cardinals travel to the nation’s capital to compete against George Washington and New Hampshire Sunday Feb. 5, at 1:00 p.m. EST in the Smith Center.

For more news on Ball State gymnastics, follow @BallStateSports, @BallStateGym, and @CoachSaleem.

PURDUE | Smotherman to Part Ways with Purdue Basketball Program

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue men’s basketball head coach Matt Painter has announced that redshirt-junior forward Basil Smotherman is no longer a member of the Purdue basketball roster.

“There are standards and expectations that our student-athletes must follow and Basil has not met these guidelines. We have mutually agreed the best route for him is to no longer be a member of our squad,” Painter said.

Smotherman appeared in 18 games this year, averaging 3.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 12.1 minutes per game off the bench.

The Boilermakers face Nebraska on Sunday in Lincoln, tipping at 4:30 p.m. ET, on the Big Ten Network.

Notre Dame Hockey: #11 BC Rallies Late To Down #15 Irish 6-4

 

Jan. 28, 2017 | Box Score

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — The 15th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish and 11th-ranked Boston College Eagles made sure their last regular-season meeting as Hockey East foes was a memorable one, with Boston College erasing a two-goal deficit to claim a 6-4 win on Saturday at a sold out Conte Forum (7,884).

Anders Bjork notched his team-high 16th goal to open the scoring for Notre Dame (14-9-3, 7-5-2 HEA) at 1:04 of the first period. Bjork would later add an assist on the second goal from Andrew Oglevie, who tallied his 13th and 14th goals of the season during the opening two periods Saturday against Boston College (17-9-2, 12-3-1 HEA).

Felix Holmberg also cashed in his first career goal from Jake Evans and Jordan Gross at 6:35 of the second period to give the Irish a 3-2 lead.

After falling behind 4-2 midway through the second period, Boston College would score the game’s final four goals. Chris Calnan, who picked up the first Eagles goal in the opening period to tie the game at 1-1, would add the game-winner at 15:59 of the third stanza.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Just 1:04 into the first period, Anders Bjork staked the Irish to a 1-0 lead. Tory Dello took a pass at the point from Dennis Gilbert and fired the puck on goal. Joseph Woll kicked out the rebound to the slot, where Bjork chipped in his 16th of the season.
Just under four minutes later, Boston College’s Chris Calnan tied the game at 1-1.

But the Irish responded 1:12 later when Andrew Oglevie sent a spinning backhander low past Woll for his 13th of the season. Gilbert earned his second assist of the night on the play, while Jake Evans had the other assist.

BC tied the game at 2-2 off the stick of Chris Brown at 4:48 of the second period. Felix Holmberg’s first career goal would follow, as Holmberg knocked home an Evans shot on goal that Woll turned aside at 6:35. Oglevie would score his second of the night, shorthanded, from Bjork and Jordan Gross at 8:36 for the 4-2 Notre Dame advantage.

Colin White would answer for Boston College later in the second period, tallying his 12th of the season from Matthew Gaudreau and JD Dudek. White’s goal trimmed the Notre Dame lead to 4-3 at 15:20.

With two minutes remaining in the second, Cal Petersen came up with a big stop, denying Calnan. Then just over a minute later the junior netminder stoned Ryan Fitzgerald’s breakaway chance to keep the Irish in front heading to the third period.

Just 1:59 into the third period, Julius Mattila tied the game, 4-4, with a quick snapshot from the low slot.

The teams continued to have chances at both ends, including back-to-back scoring opportunities by Dawson Cook and Jack Jenkins midway through the period that Woll turned aside.

Boston College took its first lead of the game with just over four minutes remaining in the third period. Calnan notched his second of the night and fifth goal of the season to put the Eagles ahead 5-4 at 15:59.

Petersen made another breakaway save to deny Fitzgerald shorthanded with 2:10 to play, and an elbowing call on White with a little over 90 seconds remaining gave the Irish a power play pushing for the tying goal.

The rally was not to be, as Fitzgerald buried an empty net goal to send Boston College to the 6-4 win.

COACH JACKSON’S THOUGHTS
On the game in general …

“I thought we played a pretty good hockey game but we were our own worst enemy sometimes with some of the mistakes we made with the puck. That plays right into BC’s hands, they’re a good transition team.”
On the pace of the game and breakaway chances throughout …
“Our games with BC are always a little chaotic. They are usually a little bit more in control than that. Something’s wrong when there are that many breakaways both ways, they’re both great goaltenders (Petersen and Woll), it wasn’t on them.”
UP NEXT
The Irish return home to play a weekend game series against No. 11/13 Vermont on Friday, Feb. 3 (7:35 p.m.) and Saturday, Feb. 4 (6:35 p.m.). Both games will be televised by the NBC Sports Network.
To purchase tickets visit UND.com/BuyTickets.

NOTRE DAME – BOSTON COLLEGE GAME NOTES

  • Junior goaltender Cal Petersen made his 76th-consecutive start in the Notre Dame net, which is tied for the ninth-longest streak in the NCAA Div. I records book.
  • Petersen has also appeared 77 consecutive games, which is tied for the eighth-longest mark in the NCAA Div. I records book.
  • Jordan Gross skated in his 105th consecutive game, dating back to the first game of his freshman season.
  • With two goals, Andrew Oglevie extended his point streak to six games (5-4-9).
  • Oglevie scored his first career shorthanded goal, giving the Irish a 4-2 lead in the second period.
  • With two assists, Jake Evans extended his point streak to four games (1-5-6) and he now has at least one point in 11 of Notre Dame’s last 12 games.
  • Anders Bjork notched a goal and an assist for his 12th multi-point game of the season and the 22nd of his Irish career.

IUPUI | JAGS FALL TO WESTERN ILLINOIS, 78-69

1/28/2017 | Men’s Basketball
MACOMB, Ill. – The IUPUI basketball team dropped a key Summit League contest at Western Illinois on Saturday night (Jan. 28) as the Jaguars fell to the host Fighting Leathernecks, 78-69. The two teams came in tied at 3-5 in the league standings.