Young, Irish fall in ACC title game
Likely playing for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Women's Basketball tournament, Notre Dame and Princeton native Jackie Young suffered their third overall loss, and second this season to Louisville 74-72 Sunday afternoon in the ACC Women's Basketball tournament final.
Young had eight points, three assists, and two rebounds in the loss. The Irish were led in scoring by Jessica Shepard with 23 points.
Notre Dame defeated Virgina in Friday's quarterfinal matchup 83-47, and No. 11 Florida State 90-80 in Saturday's semi-final at the Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. to advance to the championship.
Young scored 13 points in the win over Virgina and took five rebounds and had five assists, and 14 against Florida State, grabbing four rebounds, and dishing out three assists.
Notre Dame is now ranked No. 5 in the latest Associated Press poll, and will await the NCAA selection show scheduled for Monday. A No. 2 seed is likely, with an outside shot at a No. 1 seed, and the Irish will likely host a first and second round game at Edmund P. Joyce Center in South Bend.
Ellis earns start for Purple Aces
Princeton Community grad and Evansville University baseball player David Ellis started a game for the Purple Aces against Western Illinois Sunday afternoon.
Ellis earned a no-decision in the start, tossing four innings, while allowing one run on two hits, and striking out one. Evansville won the game 6-3, scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth to break a 3-3 tie.
In three starts this season, Ellis has an 0-1 record with a 7.71 ERA. The sophomore has allowed 10 runs on eight hits, while striking out five.
Buss, Hoosiers wait for tourney bid
Indiana Women's basketball and Mount Carmel native Tyra Buss put together a remarkable run to end the regular season, eventually falling to No. 17 Maryland 67-54 in the Big Ten quarterfinals in Indianapolis on Friday.
The Hoosiers finished the season with a 17-14 record, and while there's only a slim chance at a NCAA bid, a WNIT bid is surely to come for IU for a second straight season, which is remarkable considering where the Hoosiers were in January.
Heading into a game at Michigan State on Jan. 20, the Hoosiers were 9-12 overall, and just 2-6 in Big Ten play. Since, IU has ran off nine wins in 11 ball games, including a eight game win streak.
Buss has been the lead role in the Hoosiers recent hot streak. The senior scored 37 and 36 points in back-to-back wins over Nebraska and Minnesota, and currently leads the country in minutes played with over 40 per game, after a 24-point and eight assist effort lifted the Hoosiers over Michigan State 111-109 in four overtimes in the Big Ten tournament second round.
With a 20.6 per game average, Buss has scored 640 points this season to raise her career-total to 2,241 an Indiana Women's basketball record.
If IU doesn't hear their name called during the NCAA tourney selection show Monday night, a call for the WNIT will likely come shortly after.
Trice's Ohio team falls in state tournament
Their season didn't end as they wanted, but Travis Trice and his Wayne High School basketball girls can build for next season on what they did to achieve one of this season's top upsets in Ohio high school girls basketball.
The Lady Warriors' season, Trice's first as their coach after he coached boys for 10 seasons at the Dayton suburban Huber Heights school, fell 48-28 Saturday to Cincinnati-based Mount Notre Dame in the district championship game at Cincinnati Princeton High. Thus a 15-10 record. Mount Notre Dame, ranked 11th in The Associated Press' final Division I statewide poll, enters regional play with a 23-4 record.
To reach the district final, daughter Olivia Trice and her teammates had to follow a 73-33 first-round win over Springfield with a 41-30 upset of Springboro, a team that beat them 56-27 on January 7 and entered the rematch with a 21-4 record.
"That January 7 game wasn't typical for us because it was our third game in four days," said Travis Trice, 1990 Princeton Community grad and Indiana All-Star who played two years each at Purdue and Butler. He owned the Princeton boys' career scoring record that brother Justin Lynch broke in 1994 and was re-broken by Rontray Chavis in 2011.
"Olivia got us off to a great start in our win over Springboro. She started the game by hitting two 3-point shots. We spread them out, kept control and shot 10-of-10 on free throws the fourth quarter. "But as well as we played in beating Springboro, we played poorly against Mount Notre Dame. We led 6-2 but didn't play well after that. We didn't make shots."
Olivia Trice, 5-foot-9 junior guard who has followed brothers Travis II, D'Mitrik and Isaiah into Wayne basketball, scored eight points vs. Springboro and five vs. Mount Notre Dame. She averaged slightly over nine points on the season.
"We won't lose much from this year's team, just one senior who played a lot," Travis Trice said. "We have a good nucleus coming back."
OCU Softball Sweeps DH
Oakland City University softball women will try to extend a three-game win streak, and avenge two losses in their February 27 season-opening doubleheader, when they play Indiana-Southeast twice Friday in New Albany.
After losing 6-4 to visiting Brescia in the opener of Friday's split doubleheader, the Lady Oaks beat St. Louis Pharmacy 12-1 in the nightcap and beat the visiting St. Louisans twice Saturday, 8-0 and 7-1. Thus a 3-3 record for Coach Patti Buchta's team.
Friday's win came via a 12-run fourth inning in which 16 Lady Oaks batted. Pike Central-bred senior Lauren Morton hit a three-run homer. Senior Whitney Jeffers, sophomore Anna Orsburn and freshman Lauren Stone each went 2-for-3. Jeffers, who doubled, also gained the pitching win by working the first four innings in which she allowed three hits, walked none and struck out three batters. Princeton Community-bred sophomore Caitlin Huff, after playing first base the first four innings, pitched a scoreless fifth in which she yielded one hit, walked none and struck out one. Huff also batted 1-for-2 with a double and, later in the third, an RBI on a grounder that became an error.
Friday's opening loss to Brescia came despite Morton's 3-for-4 hitting with three RBI.
Jeffers pitched a five-inning complete-game shutout in Saturday's opener. She struck out four while allowing two hits and walking none. Freshman Lexi Newcom hit a solo homer in a five-run third inning. Morton batted 3-for-3, while freshmen Reagan Hensley and Stone each drove in two runs.
Sophomore Valerie Lewis pitched a seven-inning four-hitter in Saturday's second win. Lewis struck out five and walked one. Morton batted 2-for-2 with an RBI, Stone 2-for-3 with an RBI, Orsburn 2-for-4 with two RBI.
St.Louis Pharmacy . 000 00--0-2-4
Oakland City . 025 1x--8-9-1
Kirk and Anderson; Jeffers and Morton. HR -- Oakland City, Newcom (3rd, none on).
St.Louis Pharmacy . 100 000 0--1-4-1
Oakland City . 400 030 x--7-10-0
Dewalt and Tenkhoff; Lewis and Hensley.
Brescia . 010 302 0--6-7-1
Oakland City . 200 200 0--4-6-2
Franklin, Russell (2) and Bobo; Lewis and Morton.
St.Louis Pharmacy . 000 10--1-4-3
Oakland City . 00(12) 0x--12-12-0
Walsh, Kirk (3) and Tenkhoff; Jeffers, Huff (5) and Hensley. W -- Jeffers. L -- Walsh. HR -- Oakland City, Morton (3rd, 2 on).
OCU Baseball drops series at Indianapolis
Oakland City University baseball men will try to snap a three-game losing streak Tuesday when they host Kentucky Wesleyan in a Noon doubleheader on Brooks Pinnick Memorial Field.
They were swept in the weekend's three-game series at Great Lakes Valley Conference Indianapolis, losing 7-3 and 11-1 Sunday afternoon following a 10-3 Saturday loss. Thus they'll pit a 2-5 record vs. Kentucky Wesleyan. Indianapolis stood 7-2 after Sunday's sweep.
Sunday's opener was two games in one. The Mighty Oaks led 2-0 after 4 1/2 innings as junior and Gibson Southern grad Dillon "Tobe" Whitten held the Greyhounds to one hit the first four innings. But three wild pitches were part of the hosts' four-run fifth that they followed with a three-run sixth. Whitten yielded just three hits and two earned runs while striking out seven in 4 2/3 innings, but altogether hit five batters and threw four wild pitches while yielding three hits.
He led OCU's six-hit offense by batting 2-for-4 with a double.
Indianapolis broke open the nightcap with a four-run first inning. Freshman Skylar Brooks took the mound loss as he worked into the fifth inning before Gibson Southern grad Jesse Reed relieved. OCU's five errors led to seven unearned runs. Three Indy pitchers held the Mighty Oaks to six hits, sophomore Nolan Herrell and freshman Felix Rosario each batting 2-for-3.
Coach T. Ray Fletcher's team took a 1-0 lead in Saturday's first inning, but the hosts got even in the third and followed with a two-run fourth and three-run fifth. Whitten, playing first base, batted 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Austin Morris went 2-for-2 with a double, senior and Tecumseh grad Ty Webb 2-for-4.
Oakland City . 010 011 0--3-6-1
Indianapolis . 000 043 x--7-6-2
Whitten, Kelley (5) and Wagner; Hosto, Stutsman (7) and Vasil. W -- Hosto. L -- Whitten.
Oakland City . 000 100 0--1-6-5
Indianapolis . 400 322 x-11-7-0
Brooks, Reed (5) and Wagner; Schalasky, Beard (6), Boettcher (7) and Smithey. W -- Schalasky. L -- Brooks. HR -- Indianapolis, Joop (1st, none on).
Oakland City 100 001 100--3-8-1
Indianapolis . 001 230 31--10-16-2
Cummings, Kelley (6), Davis (8) and Rivera; Sprinkle, Rearick (7), Crawford (8), Hendry (8) and Phillips. W -- Sprinkle. L -- Cummings. HR -- Indianapolis, Kenney (8th, none on).