Local Sports Headlines: February 6, 2023

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#21 Indiana Men’s Basketball takes down #1 Purdue in Bloomington The #21 Indiana Hoosiers took down #1 Purdue Boilermakers 79-74 Saturday Afternoon in a sold out and loud Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. It is the first time since 2013 that Indiana has beaten a top ranked team since 2013 when IU took down top ranked Michigan 81-73 on February 2, 2013, at Home. The Hoosiers have won 8 times against top ranked team in 25 tries. This is the fourth time since 2001 the Hoosiers have beaten a top ranked team at home. This was 17th time the rival programs have met when they have been in ranked in the top 25, with the Hoosiers winning 12 times. IU has beaten Purdue their past two meetings in Bloomington, yet the Boilermakers lead the all-time series 125-91.

Indiana is 16-7 overall and 7-5 in the Big Ten while Purdue is 22-2 overall and 11-2 in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers have another big home game on Tuesday Night when they host Rutgers at 6:30pm. The Scarlet Knights have owned the Hoosiers the last six meetings dating back to 2020 including a 63-48 win on December 3, 2022 in Piscataway. Indiana last beat the Scarlet Knights in Bloomington on March 10, 2019, 89-73. 

While Indiana Head Coach Mike Woodson is happy for this win, he knows what is ahead for his team.  “It means a lot, but we have Rutgers up next, and they have had their way with us, and this is behind us. I told the guys they can celebrate this for an hour, and we have to get ready for Rutgers,” Woodson said after the game.

Trayce Jackson-Davis led IU with 25 points on 9-19 from the field and 7-9 form the free throw line and scored 18 in the first half. The Hoosier big man pulled down 7 rebounds, 5 blocks and 1 steal. Jalen Hood Schifino scored 16 points including a layup right at the end of the game to seal the win for the Hoosiers. Trey Galloway added 11 points. Miller Kopp had 6 points and made history knocking down his 200th three pointer of his college career between Northwestern and Indiana as hit the milestone three pointer with 7:31 left in the first half. The Hoosiers finished the game shooting 52% from the field, 4-10 from three-point range for 40%, and 15-18 from the free throw line for 83%. Indiana pulled down 22 rebounds, dished 11 assists, 11 steals, 5 blocks, and committed 8 turnovers.

“I think you saw two great teams going at it. We played hard and fed off of the crowd. We didn’t play great in the second half, but we got the win,” Trayce Jackson Davis said.

Purdue was led by 7-4 Zach Edey who finished with 33 points and 18 rebounds. Indiana did as good of a job they could on the big man all game as Edey had 15 points at half and sparked Purdue by scoring the first 6 points of the second half, and eight of the first 10 points.

Coach Woodson knew the challenge his team was facing coming in.  “We did not have a lot of answers for Zach Edey in the second half, [although] we made the plays we needed down the stretch” Mike Woodson said after the game.

Purdue finished shooting 50% from the field on 29-57, 6-18 from the three-point range for 33% and 10-17 from the field from the free throw line for 58 percent. Purdue pulled down 38 rebounds, dish out 15 assists, 4 steals, 3 blocks and had 16 turnovers.

In the first half Race Thompson scored first bucket of the game as Caleb Furst knocked down a three pointer to give Purdue a 3-2 lead. Jalen Hood-Schifino gave the Hoosiers a 5-4 lead and Purdue retook the lead 5-4. Indiana followed up with 5-0 run and Purdue cut the lead to win on two occasions trailing 9-8 and 11-10 with 16:19 left in the first half.  The Hoosiers went on 10-0 run to make it 21-10 with 11:57 left in the first half and Purdue got within 8 points the rest of the first half. The Hoosiers took a 50-35 lead into locker room as Indiana was 18-29 from the field for 62%, 4-7 from the free throw line for 57%, and 10-12 from the free throw line for 83% while committing just 5 turnovers. Purdue was 12-25 from the field for 48%, 2-7 from the three-point line for 28%, 9-15 from the free throw line for 60%, and committed 11 turnovers.

Purdue went to work inside with Edey scoring 18 of his 33 points in the second half sparking a Purdue run but the Boilers never took the lead cutting it down to one point 71-70 with 2:02 left to go in the game. Indiana outscored Purdue 8-4 as the Hoosiers hit two free throws from Trey Galloway and Race Thompson and Jalen Hood-Schifino got a layup with 25 seconds left and dunk with two seconds left in seal the win for the Hoosiers.

The students had been in line since 9am Saturday morning moving into Gladstein Fieldhouse due to the cold temperatures, but some camped out overnight to make sure they had the best seats in the student section. Coach Woodson knows what the home crowd can bring to a big game like this, and for him since his playing days until present day, some things do not change. Woodson added, “I have seen this for 40 some years and the fan base as not waivered one bit, and they were great.”

#4 Indiana Women’s Basketball shuts down Purdue in third quarter to win by 23 The 4th ranked Indiana Hoosiers continue to win after a 69-46 win over their archrivals the Purdue Boilermakers in a sold-out Mackey Arena Sunday afternoon in West Lafayette. It is the third time in Purdue women’s basketball history that a game has been sold out and the first since 2000. IU brought four busloads of fans and there were treated to another dominant performance by the cream and crimson. Mackenzie Holmes and Sydney Parrish scored 15 points apiece, Sara Scalia added 14 points off the bench, and Chloe Moore McNeil added 13 points and 9 rebounds. Indiana continues its best start in program history at 22-1 and 12-1 in the Big Ten and have a big home matchup on Thursday hosting the Iowa Hawkeyes who trailed the Hoosiers by a half game in the conference standings. The Hoosiers have won 22 or more game six times in program history all coming under current head coach Teri Moren. The Hoosiers have won 8 in row over Purdue dating back to March 3, 2019, and 4 straight in Mackey Arena which ties the mark set in the early 1980’s as the Hoosiers won 4 straight from 1982-1985. Purdue leads the all-time series 55-40.

Indiana led 14-10 after the first quarter. The Hoosiers started out the game with a 7-0 lead before Purdue responded with a 5-0 run. Purdue took the lead in the second quarter on a jumper by Abbey Ellis to make it 17-15 with 7:17 left before halftime. Chloe Moore-McNeil tied the game at 17-17 with a three pointer. Lasha Petree hit two free throws to give Purdue a 19-17 lead with 6:52 left. Moore-McNeil scored on a three pointer to make it 20-17 with 6:36 left before the break. Purdue got within 1 the rest of the quarter as the Hoosiers went into the locker room up 31-26 and outscoring the Boilers 17-16 in the quarter.

In the Third Quarter the Hoosiers outscored the Boilers 19-2 to put the game away. Cassidy Hardin scored the only bucket for Purdue at the 7:39 mark as the Hoosiers led 50-28 after three quarters. IU was in cruise control as 22-point lead was cut down to 18 but the Hoosiers made sure that was a close as Purdue was going to get as IU outscored Purdue 19-18 in the fourth quarter. Purdue got 13 points from Lasha Petree and 10 points from Abbey Ellis. Purdue is 15-7 overall and 6-6 in the Big Ten.

Bloomington South wins Girls Swimming Sectional Title The Bloomington South Panthers took home the Girls Swimming Sectional title Saturday afternoon at Columbus North with 475 points. Bloomington North was second with 384 points and Edgewood finished seventh with 120 points. 13 teams competed in the sectional with the Girls State finals this Friday and Saturday at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis. The Bloomington schools won 10 of the 12 events. Junior Gabriel Meier of Columbus East won the 1 Meter diving and East Central won the 200-yard Freestyle Relay. Bloomington South Divers Carina Jacobson and Claire Lutz finished 3rd and 4th and qualify for tomorrow night’s diving regional at Jasper that will start at 6pm.

Bloomington South won the 400 Freestyle Relay, Freshman Harper Eakin won the 200 and the 500-yard Freestyle, Sophomore Anna Asplund won the 100-yard freestyle and Senior Grace Nelson won the 200-yard Indvidual Medley. Bloomington North won the 200-yard Medley Relay, Junior Ashley Freel won the 100 Yard Butterfly and the 100-yard Backstroke, Senior Karen Tabbal won the 50-yard freestyle, Senior Lindsey Mitchell won the 100-yard Breaststroke.

Tell City wins Wrestling Regional at Bloomington South Tell City won the Wrestling Regional at Bloomington South HS Saturday with a score of 139.5 over Bloomington South who finished second with 107 points. Edgewood finished ninth with 39.5 points and Bloomington North finished 13th with 11 points. 11 Wrestlers from Monroe County advance to the Semi State at Evansville’s Ford Center on Saturday as they all finished in the top four of their weight classes.

Regional Champions are Cam Meier of Bloomington South at 106 pounds, Cash Turner of Edgewood at 145 pounds and becomes the school’s only 4-time regional champion. Evan Roudebush of Bloomington South 152 Pounds and Delaney Rulhman of Bloomington South at 170 pounds. Wyatt Cooksey of Bloomington South finished second at 132 pounds. 3rd Place finishers include John Orman of Edgewood at 113 pounds, Landon Clement of Edgewood at 132 pounds, Brant Turner of Bloomington South at 138 pounds and Cael Hickok of Bloomington North at 160 pounds. 4th place finishers include Hunter Fender of Bloomington South at 132 pounds and Drew Chandler of Bloomington South 195 pounds.

Girls HS Basketball ends in Monroe County as all four teams bow out in the Sectional The 2022-23 Girls HS Basketball season has come to an end for all four Monroe County Teams as they were eliminated in the sectionals last week. Bloomington South was the first team to have their season end last Tuesday with a 50-49 loss to Mooresville in the Class 4A Sectional at Bloomington South the Panthers ended the season at 13-9. Bloomington North lost to Center Grove 42-30 in the Semifinals last Friday as the Cougars end their season at 17-7 which is the first winning season since the 2010-11 season when that team went 15-8. Center Grove beat Mooresville 42-25 in the championship game. Center Grove is 21-4 and will face Franklin 18-5 for the Regional Championship Saturday at 4pm at Bedford North Lawrence.

In Class 3A at Owen Valley Edgewood knocked West Vigo 50-28 Wednesday night before running to 2024 Indiana University Women’s Basketball Commit Faith Wiseman and the Indian Creek Lady Braves. Indian Creek won 60-27 Friday night ending the Mustangs season at 4-19. Indian Creek beat Northview 61-39 in the championship game. Indian Creek is 23-1 and will face Purdue Poly-Englewood 22-5 for the Regional Championship Saturday at 1pm at Greencastle.

In Class 1A at Bloomfield Lighthouse Christian lost 71-32 to Bloomfield as the Lady Lions end the season at 8-16. Bloomfield knocked off North Central (Farmersburg) 53-46 in the Championship game. The Cardinals are 13-14 and will face Eminence 17-6 Saturday at 4pm in the Regional Championship Saturday at 4pm at Southwestern Shelbyville.

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