Local Sports Headlines: September 22, 2023

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Indiana University Football looks to Black Out Akron Saturday Night at Memorial Stadium
The Indiana Hoosiers will host the Akron Zips Saturday Night at 7:30pm under the lights at Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network and fans are encouraged to wear black for this game. The Hoosiers will be wearing black jersey’s for just the second time in school history.  Adidas who the supplies the uniforms has called it their ghost jersey and is an alternate to their traditional Red and White Jersey’s the Hoosiers normally wear. Indiana wore Black Jersey’s back in 1997 against Kentucky at Memorial Stadium when the Wildcats beat the Hoosiers 49-7.

Indiana is 1-2 on the season and coming off a 21-14 loss to Louisville last Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Tayven Jackson was 24-34 passing for 299 yards with a touchdown pass and interception. The Tennessee transfer is 43-60 for 559 yards on the season. Jackson won the starting job over Brendan Sorsby who is 17-31 for 166 yards on the season after a two week in game competition against Ohio state and Indiana State. Jaylin Lucas leads the team in rushing with 141 yards on 29 carries and 2 touchdowns. Lucas had 8 carries for 29 yards last week and caught 10 passes for 98 yards and touchdown. Lucas is the second leading receiver on the team with 138 receiving yards catching 15 passes.

Cam Camper leads the team in receiving with 9 catches for 146 yards. Camper had 74 receiving yards last week and has yet to find the end zone this season. The Hoosiers have run the ball 102 times for 343 yards and have six rushing touchdowns. The Hoosiers caught 60 passes for 725 yards and 1 touchdown. IU has three field goals and seven extra points on the season. Defensively Aaron Casey, Phillip Dunnam and Louis Moore all have double digit solo tackles and Casey has 2 sacks. Indiana has 6 sacks and 3 interceptions on the season and still looking for its first fumble recovery. 

Akron is 1-2 on the season. The Zips beat Morgan State 24-21 at home on September 9, and have road losses to Temple 24-21 and Kentucky 35-3. DJ Irons leads the team in passing with 392 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Jeff Undercuffler Jr has split time with Irons at Quarterback as he has passed for 269 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. Combined the Quarterbacks are 71-104 for 661 yards, 3 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Lorenzo Lingard leads the Zips in Rushing and Receiving. The Senior from Orange City, Florida has 21 carries for 78 yards along with 7 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown. Akron has run the ball 78 times for 127 yards and 1 touchdown. Kicker Noah Perez has made two field goals on the season. On Defense Darian Lewis has 13 solo tackles. The Zips have five sacks, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

This is the fourth all time meeting between the two programs with the Hoosiers winning the previous three. Indiana won 41-24 on September 15, 2007, and 35-20 on September 25, 2010, at Memorial Stadium. The Hoosiers made the trip to Akron, Ohio September 19, 2009, and won 38-21. Akron is in the Mid-American Conference and the Hoosiers are 39-9-1 all-time against Mid-American Conference Teams. Joe Morehead is the Akron Head Coach in his second season with a 3-12 record. The 49-year-old coached at Fordham from 2012-15 and Mississippi State from 2018-2019 and has an overall record 55-37 with 2 Bowl Appearances and 3 FCS Playoffs Appearances.  Tom Allen is 31-42 In his seventh season as the Hoosiers head football coach and has three bowl appearances as the Hoosiers look to get to a bowl game for the first time since 2020. 

Indiana University Women’s Basketball announces 2023-24 schedule
Indiana women’s basketball has announced the 2023-24 regular season schedule, including Big Ten matchups, on Thursday afternoon. The season begins on Nov. 9 against Eastern Illinois at home inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. IU’s non-conference schedule features a pair of potential Top 25 matchups when it faces Stanford in Palo Alto (Nov. 12) and against Tennessee in the Fort Myers tipoff on Thanksgiving night in a nationally televised game on FOX at 6pm. Murray State (Nov. 17) and Lipscomb (Nov. 19) also visit the Hall in non-conference action as the Hoosiers will also travel to a neutral site game in Portland, Maine against Maine (Nov. 30) at Cross Insurance Arena.

IU will kick off Big Ten play on Dec. 9th when it travels to Rutgers. It will wrap up non-conference play against Evansville and Bowling Green State University before jumping back into league play on New Year’s Eve at home against Illinois. They wrap up a four-game homestand on January 4th by hosting Michigan. The next six matchups alternate between home and away as it visits Nebraska (Jan. 7), returns home for Penn State (Jan. 10) and heads to Iowa (Jan. 13). Minnesota comes to Bloomington (Jan. 17) while the Barn Burner Trophy is up for grabs at Purdue (Jan. 21) in the first of two meetings between in-state rivals.

They then play their first of two meetings against Northwestern (Jan. 28) and at Maryland (Jan. 31). February begins at Ohio State (Feb. 4) before a two-game homestand against Michigan State (Feb. 8) and Purdue (Feb. 11) are on the slate. The Hoosiers are back on the road for Valentine’s Day at Wisconsin and at Illinois (Feb. 19). Wrapping up the regular season, Iowa and Indiana meet for the second time on Feb. 22 in Bloomington before a final regular season road game at Northwestern (Feb. 27). The regular season finale will be at home for Senior Day when the program hosts Maryland (Mar. 3). The Big Ten Tournament will be held March 6-10, 2024, at Target Center in Minneapolis. Game times and TV designations will be determined later.

The 2023-24 Hoosier roster will feature four returners from a team that finished 28-4 overall and 16-2 in Big Ten play. The program won the Big Ten regular season championship outright for the first time in 40 years. First team All-American Mackenize Holmes highlights Indiana’s roster for the upcoming season along with five other All-Big Ten selections from last season in rising seniors Chloe Moore-McNeil and Sydney Parrish, graduate student Sara Scalia, and rising sophomore Yarden Garzon.

2023-24 Indiana Women’s Basketball Schedule

Nov. 1Northwood (exh.)Bloomington, Ind.
Nov. 9EIUBloomington, Ind.
Nov. 12at StanfordPalo Alto, Calif.
Nov. 17Murray StateBloomington, Ind.
Nov. 19LipscombBloomington, Ind.
Nov. 23Tennessee^Fort Myers, Fla.
Nov. 25Princeton^Fort Myers, Fla.
Nov. 30Maine#Portland, Me.
Dec. 9at Rutgers*Piscataway, N.J.
Dec. 18EvansvilleBloomington, Ind.
Dec. 22BGSUBloomington, Ind.
Dec. 31Illinois*Bloomington, Ind.
Jan. 4Michigan*Bloomington, Ind.
Jan. 7at Nebraska*Lincoln, Neb.
Jan. 10Penn State*Bloomington, Ind.
Jan. 13at Iowa*Iowa City, Iowa
Jan. 17Minnesota*Bloomington, Ind.
Jan. 21at Purdue*West Lafayette, Ind.
Jan. 28Northwestern*Bloomington, Ind.
Jan. 31at Maryland*College Park, Md.
Feb. 4at Ohio State*Columbus, Ohio
Feb. 8Michigan State*Bloomington, Ind.
Feb. 11Purdue*Bloomington, Ind.
Feb. 14at Wisconsin*Madison, Wis.
Feb. 19at Illinois*Champaign, Ill.
Feb. 22Iowa*Bloomington, Ind.
Feb. 27at Northwestern*Evanston, Ill.
Mar. 3Maryland*Bloomington, Ind.

*^ – Fort Myers Tipoff
# – neutral site game at Cross Insurance Arena
* – Big Ten matchup

Indiana University Men’s Soccer travels to Michigan State
Indiana men’s soccer returns to Big Ten Conference play this evening its first league road match, taking on undefeated and No. 18-ranked Michigan State in East Lansing. Fans can stream the match on the Big Ten Plus digital platform, with kickoff set for 7:30pm.

Both Indiana and Michigan State tied their conference openers and will be eager to capture three points. IU is coming off a win over Butler in which it scored early and threatened often. Samuel Sarver’s 10th-minute score was the difference in the 1-0 derby dub as the Hoosiers matched their season shots average of 16, which ranks No. 15 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten. The win was IU’s second straight shutout and fourth clean sheet in seven matches this season. Indiana has conceded three goals to register 0.429 goals against average which ranks No. 5 nationally. The Hoosiers have not allowed multiple goals in any match. Michigan State is 4-2-0 and coming off a 1-1 draw at Rutgers on Sunday.  The Spartans are led by 15th-year head coach Damon Rensing, who has compiled a 140-103-39 record at MSU. Michigan State has scored eight goals from seven different players. Sophomore defender Jeremy Sharp leads the Spartans with three assists.

Indiana has dominated the all-time series with Michigan State, owning a 44-8-5 record against the Spartans. The Hoosiers won the first 30 matchups and, recently, have not lost to MSU since 2015. In that span, IU is 6-0-3. In last year’s matchup, Brett Bebej’s first-half goal was canceled out by MSU’s Grayson Mercer in the 72nd minute, and the teams settled for a draw. Bebej has the goal and one assist in his career against the Spartans. The last time the Hoosiers went to East Lansing, Indiana rode Patrick McDonald’s first-career goal in the 48th minute to a 1-0 win. Seven of IU’s last eight wins over MSU have been decided by one goal. IU owns a 5-3 record against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament. In 1996, 2001 and 2013, the Hoosiers defeated the Spartans in tournament finals.

Bloomington South Host Southport while Edgewood & Bloomington North hit the road
Week 6 of the High School Football season will see Bloomington South host Southport. Edgewood will travel to Indian Creek and Bloomington North travels to New Albany. All three games will kick off at 7pm as WVNI 95.1 and WCGL 98.7 FM/AM1370 will have radio coverage of the Bloomington South game.

Bloomington South is 4-1 and ranked #5 in Class 5A after 41-14 win over Terre Haute South last Friday Night. The Panthers are averaging 42.2 points per game and giving up just 11 points on defense. Bloomington South has outscored their opponents 211-55. Southport is 0-5 on the season and 3rd year coach Alex Bettag is still looking for his first win as Cardinals Head Coach. The Cardinals have lost 27 in row dating back to the 2020 season. The last Southport win came October 9, 2020, against Terre Haute South 50-36 at home. The Cardinals beat Bloomington South 40-14 on September 25, 2020 for their last win in this series. Southport averages 11.8 points on offense and gives up 40.4 on defense. The Cardinals have been outscored 202-59.

Edgewood is 1-4 and has battle through injuries and depth issues since an opening week victory over Mitchell 41-27. The Mustangs have scored 21 points in their last four games while giving up 187. Indian Creek is 2-3 on the season after a 49-35 loss at home to Triton Central. The Braves beat Owen Valley 38-0 in Week 3 and Galesburg, Illinois 35-14 in Week 4. Indian Creek averages 32.8 points per game on offense and have scored 28 points or more in all their games this season.  Indian Creek has scored 164 points and given up 147 on Defense for a 29.4 average. The Braves have won all seven meetings with Mustangs dating back 2016 as they lead the overall series 7-2.

Bloomington North is ranked second in Class 5A and will look to stay unbeaten after a 49-12 home over Terre Haute North last week. The Cougars are 5-0 and it’s the best start in school history. The Cougars average 33.4 points on offense and have scored 167 points. Bloomington North has scored 21 or more in all five games this season. On Defense the Cougars has given 107 points for a 21.4 average. New Albany is 1-4 on the season with their only win of the season coming in Week 3 with 41-20 victory over Jennings County. The Bulldogs lost at Columbus East 42-13 last week. New Albany is averaging 14.2 points on offense scoring 71 points this season. Defensively New Albany has allowed 205 points for a 41-point average. This is the fifth meeting between the two teams since 2018 and Bloomington North looking to make it perfect five for five against the Bulldogs.

Indiana University Volleyball handles Illinois in the Conference Opener
Senior middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede played the defensive game of her life on Wednesday night, blocking a career-high 12 shots, a part of 18 total team blocks for the Hoosiers, as the Indiana Volleyball team (11-3, 1-0) beat Illinois in Wilkinson Hall. IU dominated Illinois in the opening set and rallied to control sets three and four as head coach Steve Aird and company knocked off the visiting Fighting Illini 3-1 (25-13, 24-26, 25-17, 25-17). The win marks a third-straight victory in a Big Ten home opener after beating Michigan State (2021) and Iowa (2022) in consecutive years. Junior outside hitter Mady Saris and sophomore outside hitter Candela Alonso-Corcelles each chipped in 11 kills to lead a balanced offensive attack for IU. The Hoosiers have put together back-to-back wins over Illinois (Nov. 23, 2022, and Sept. 20, 2023) for the first time since winning both matchups in the 2000 season. IU’s eight-game winning streak is the longest since 2017. IU will hit the road Sunday afternoon for the 14th all-time matchup against the nation’s top-ranked program when it heads to Madison to face the No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers on BTN+.

The Hoosiers were far the superior team statistically on Wednesday night, outhitting the Illini .203 to .053 with an equal number of kills (43) on 12 fewer swings while making 20 fewer errors. IU blocked 18 shots, the most by the program since an 18-block performance against Northwestern last November. It was the sixth time in the 25-point rally era (since 2008) that IU has blocked 18-or-more shots as a team in a single match. The 18 blocks were the most in a four-set match by an IU team since recording 21 across four sets at Michigan in 2016. Kjolhede, who blocked 12 shots, had the most stuffs by an IU player in a four-set match since Ashley Benson in 2010. Nine services aces on the evening extended the team’s streak of five-or-more aces in a match out to 12-consecutive contests. Haworth and Saris had three each to lead the Hoosiers. IU’s eight-game winning streak is the longest by the program since the 2017 season, making it the longest in the six-year tenure of Aird.

Indiana University Softball to open the 2024 Season in the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Florida
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced the field for the 2024 NFCA Leadoff Classic, the annual season-opening tournament on Thursday afternoon. For the second year in a row, Indiana will be part of the prestigious event to begin its season. Seventeen teams will compete from Feb. 8-11 at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla. Indiana will be tested right out of the gate with five games against strong teams over the course of the weekend. Indiana will face off against Oregon, Clemson, Army, Kansas and North Carolina Central in Clearwater.

Indiana’s weekend schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Feb. 8: Indiana vs. Oregon – 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 9: Indiana vs. Clemson – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10: Indiana vs. Army – 1 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10: Indiana vs. Kansas – 4 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 11: Indiana vs. North Carolina Central – 10 a.m.

Of the five teams, three of them were 2023 NCAA Tournament participants. Clemson and Oregon both reached the Super Regional round while North Carolina Central won the MEAC before falling in the Athens Regional in the NCAA Tournament. Tickets for the entire tournament will be available this morning starting at 10 a.m. and can be purchased on the here. For full details on the tournament, the event portal can be found here.

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