Local Sports News: November 17, 2023

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IU Men’s Soccer advances to second round in College Cup
Indiana University (12-4-4) hosted Lipscomb (10-3-4) in the first round of the 2023 NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament on Thursday evening at Bill Armstrong Stadium. IU controlled the opening face-off which occurred just past 6pm. Up for grabs was the opportunity to take on Wake Forrest. IU would get through, winning 2-1.

The Hoosiers started off the first period attacking the Bison and applying pressure on their Goalkeeper. In the opening 8 minutes, Indiana had already presented 3 shots on goal. Indiana was able to get on the board at the 31:08 mark, as Collins Oduro found the bottom left of the goal, putting the Hoosiers up 1-0, where the score would remain at the end of the first period.

When the action returned it was more back and forth, with the Bison holding tight with strong mid-field play. Lipscomb’s defense has been questionable throughout the season, giving up 30 goals in their 17 games. But the Hoosiers have done a great job maintaining control of the pace of this tournament game. The Bison have not been able to create the fast-paced tempo that has proven successful for them throughout the regular season.

After 15 minutes of play in the second period, IU maintained their 2-1 advantage in shots (12-6), and committed 4 less fouls (8-12). At the 74:38 mark Indiana added a second score with the Hoosier Forward Maouloune Goumballe demonstrating his speed and prowess, placing the ball in the bottom right side of the goal beyond the reach of Bison Goalkeeper Harrison Gough.

Lipscomb made a game out of it with 6:15 to play, as Tyrese Spice found the top right of Indiana’s goal, but it was too little, too late. With a 2-1 final score, the Indiana Hoosiers will advance to the second round of the 2023 NCAA College Cup.

#18 Indiana University Women’s Basketball looks to bounce back against Murray State
The Indiana Hoosiers will look to move forward tonight in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall at 7pm when the Murray State Racers pay visit with the game streamed on Big Ten Network Plus. The Hoosiers are 1-1 after a 96-64 beatdown at the hands of the Stanford Cardinal in Maples Pavilion Sunday Afternoon. The Hoosiers were ranked 9th in both polls last week and dropped 9 spots to 18th in the Associated Press Poll and 8 spots to 17th in the Coaches Poll. Stanford who was ranked 15th in the AP Poll and 13th in the coaches moved to sixth in both polls this week.    

Mackenize Holmes scored just 8 points against the Cardinal but she moved into second on the schools all time scoring list passing Denise Jackson who scored 1,917 points from 1981-84. Holmes sits at 1,924 points and will chase Tyra Buss the rest of the season for the schools all time scoring record at 2,364 points from 2014-18. Holmes went up against Stanford All American Cameron Brink who is 6-4 and Brink made Holmes work for every point and played in your face defense against the 6-3 Holmes. Brink scored 20 points along with 17 rebounds and 4 block shots. Indiana Head Coach Teri Moren said after the game “Really, I thought it was just a good old-fashioned butt kicking”. Sydney Parrish who scored 15 points against the Cardinal said “I never lost by-what was it-40 something points in my life”. It was 32 points but the Hoosiers have to move on and get ready for Murray State and a challenging schedule that lies ahead.

Sara Scalia leads the team with 13.5 points per game followed by Holmes at 13.5 points and Yarden Garzon at 10.5 points per game. Chloe Moore-McNeil, Sydney Parrish and Lenee Beaumont are averaging 9.0 points per game. The Freshmen Beaumont was the only player to score off the bench for the Hoosiers in the Stanford game with 9 points along with 9 points against Eastern Illinois. The 6-1 guard from Lisle, Illinois has played 30 minutes so far going 8-10 from the field, 2-4 from three-point range and 0-1 from the free throw line. Beaumont has pulled down 2 rebounds, dished out 2 assists and committed one turnover. Fellow Freshman Juliana LaMendola has yet to score for the Hoosiers but the Coppell Texas native had pulled down 5 rebounds, dished out an assist and committed two turnovers. All 12 Hoosiers have played so far with 10 appearing in both games and 11 have scored this season.

Murray State will come to Bloomington off a 121- 63 win over Cumberland of Tennessee Tuesday Afternoon before a record crowd of 2,317 in Murray, Kentucky. The Racers set a school record in points eclipsing the previous mark of 118 against Brescia in 2017. The Racers scored 32 first quarter points and led 55-22 at half and out scored Cumberland 66-41 in the second half. Racers had six players in double figures and scored 73 points off the bench. The Racers have five players averaging double figures led by Purdue Transfer Ava Learn who has scored 31 points in 38 minutes through two games. The Racers have a 15-player roster that is represented by 9 states and Argentina. Zoe Stewart is 5-10 Redshirt Freshman from Terre Haute and played at Terre Haute North HS. Trinity White started her career at Butler before transferring to Murray State. The Racers lost at Arkansas 82-79 in the season opener. Rechelle Turner is 92-90 in her 6th season at Murray State which is in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Indiana leads the all-time series with Murray State 2-0. The Hoosiers won 70-67 on November 14, 2011, in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall and 63-62 on November 12, 2012, in Murray Kentucky. The Hoosiers had a long flight home from the West Coast earlier this week and they know that there is plenty of season and though games ahead for Coach Moren and the ladies to dwell on this loss.

Indiana University Football hosts Michigan State for the Old Brass Spittoon
The Indiana Hoosiers host the Michigan State Spartans Saturday at Noon in Memorial Stadium with the game televised on the Big Ten Network. The Hoosiers and the Spartans play for the Old Brass Spittoon for the 66th time in which Michigan State had the edge 49-15-1 and 49-18-2 overall. The Hoosiers beat the Spartans 39-31 in double overtime last season and will look to retain the trophy for the first time in back-to-back seasons since the Hoosiers beat the Spartans 3 straight years from 1967-69. The Battle for the Spittoon began in 1950 and the teams have battle it out on the gridiron 66 of the last 74 seasons including the last 13 years. Indiana beat Michigan State three times in 1922, 1927 and 1940 all played in Bloomington and the teams tied 7-7 in East Lansing in 1939.  The Teams did not meet in 1971-72, 1979-80, 1999-2000 and 2009-2010. The road team has won the last three meetings with Indiana winning in East Lansing 24-0 in 2020, 2022 and the Spartans winning in Bloomington 20-15 in 2021. 

The Hoosiers will honor its seniors before the game and with a 3-7 overall record and 1-6 Big Ten record the Hoosiers will miss a bowl game for the third straight season. The Hoosiers have another trophy to play for next Saturday when they play Purdue next Saturday for the Old Oaken Bucket game in West Lafayette. Indiana is coming off a 48-45 overtime loss at Illinois last Saturday. The Hoosiers defense gave up 662 yards to the Ilini and Illinois Quarterback John Paddock threw for 507 yards and four touchdown passes.  Brendan Sorsby threw for 289 yards and 3 touchdowns along with an interception last week. The Red-shirt freshman ran for a score as well. The Hoosiers have been outscored 300-214 this season.

Brendan Sorsby has thrown for 1,164 yards on the season with 10 touchdowns and 2 interceptions along with being sacked 12 times. Sorsby has run the ball 84 times for 188 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Hoosiers’ running game has been a question all season with 10 different rushers carrying the ball 353 times for a total of 1,113 yards and 12 touchdowns. Jaylin Lucas leads the team with 265 rushing yards.  Donaven McCulley leads the Hoosiers in receiving yards with 40 catches for 524 yards and 5 touchdowns. DeQuece Carter has 19 catches for 298 yards and 2 touchdowns. Chris Freeman and Nicolas Radicic are a combined 10-12 on field goals and 22-24 on extra points. The Hoosiers defense has 20 sacks, 8 interceptions, 6 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries and 1 interception return for a touchdown.

Michigan State is 3-7 overall and 1-6 in the Big Ten and the Spartans will miss a bowl game for the second year in a row. It’s been a rough season for the Spartans as Head Coach Mel Tucker was suspended without pay on September 10, and fired for cause on September 27, following disclosures relating to alleged sexual harassment. Tucker led the Spartans to wins over Central Michigan 31-7 and Richmond 45-14. Defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett is the interim head coach and the Spartans dropped the next five games before beating Nebraska 20-17 in East Lansing on November 4th. The Spartans are coming off a 38-3 loss last Saturday Night at Ohio State.

The Spartans have dealt with Quarterback Issues as well. Noah Kim played the first five game of the season throwing for 1,090 yards with 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Kim has not played since 26-16 at Iowa on September 30. Kaitin Houser who was Kim’s backup has started since the Rutgers game on October 14. On the season Houser has thrown for 766 yards 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Sam Levitt has played in four games this season throwing for 139 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Running Back Nathan Carter has 711 yards and 4 touchdowns. Leading receiver Montorie Foster Jr. has 447 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Spartans have 11 passing touchdowns and 7 rushing touchdowns this season along with 12 field goals.

Bloomington South travels to Decatur Central with a Trip to Lucas Oil Stadium on the line
The Bloomington South Panthers will take on the Decatur Central Hawks tonight at 7pm in the Class 5A Semi State Football Championship game at Decatur Central High School on the Southwest Side of Indianapolis. The Winner will advance to the State Championship game next weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to take on the winner of Merrillville and Fort Wayne Snider.

The Panthers are 11-1 on the season and have won 8 straight games since they lost to their cross-town rivals Bloomington North 25-24 in overtime on September 8. The Panthers beat the Cougars 44-31 in the Sectional Semifinals at Bloomington North to avenge that loss. Bloomington South has scored at least 40 more points in the last 8 straight game and 10 out of 12 games this season. Bloomington South is averaging 46 points a game on offense and giving 13.4 points on Defense. The Panthers have outscored the opposition 559-161. Gabe Johnson is in his fourth year as the Bloomington South Head Coach, and he has 32-10 record with 3 winning seasons and finished 4-4 in 2020 and overall record 46-20 with 2 years at Triton Central HS for a total of six season as a head football coach. Johnson has won 4 Sectional Titles and a Regional Title. Bloomington South is looking for its first trip to the state championship game since 1998. The Panthers have won 3 Semi State titles in 1993, 1997 and 1998 and won the State Title in 1993 and 1998. This is the first Semi State Appearance since 2019 when they lost 45-0 at New Palestine.  The Panthers are 0-4 in Semi State Championship Games since they won it all in 1998. Ben Davis beat the Panthers 35-0 in Bloomington in 1999. Indianapolis Cathedral beat the Panthers 27-24 in Bloomington in 2014. Columbus East won 35-15 in Bloomington in 2016.

Decatur Central is 10-2 on the season and have won 8 straight since back-to-back losses at Whiteland 31-15 and Martinsville 25-24. The Hawks beat Whiteland 41-7 in the Regional Championship Game last week.  Decatur Central Is outscoring their opponents 374-229. The Hawks average 31.2 points on offense and give up 19.1 on defense. Head Coach Kyle Enright is in his 8th season at the school with a 69-24 record. Enright has 7 winning seasons along 2 Sectional, 2 Regional and he is looking for a second Semi State Championship go with the one that he won in 2018.  The Hawks are looking for their second trip to Lucas Oil Stadium in School History to go with 2018 when they lost to New Palestine 28-14 in the State Finals.

Decatur Central beat Bloomington South 28-0 in the 2018 Regional Championship Game held at Decatur Central. The Hawks beat the Panthers 17-14 in the 2007 Sectional First Round at Decatur Central. Bloomington South beat Decatur Central 17-8 in the 1995 Sectional First Round at Decatur Central. Bloomington South beat the Hawks 28-14 in the 1993 Sectional Championship Game in Bloomington. The Last Regular Season meeting was in 2005 when Bloomington South beat Decatur Central 45-21 at Decatur Central in the Regular Season Finale. The Teams meet in the Regular Season from 2000-2005 with the Panthers winning all five regular season meetings.  Decatur Central won in 2000 24-14 at home. Bloomington South won 21-3 in 2001 in Bloomington. The Panthers beat the Hawks three straight season with a 21-0 win in Indianapolis in 2002, 14-13 in Bloomington in 2003 and 2004 in Bloomington 29-21.

Indiana Volleyball Host Maryland and Wisconsin in Final Regular Season Weekend at Wilkinson Hall
The Indiana volleyball team (18-11, 8-8) welcomes Maryland (16-12, 6-10) and No. 3 Wisconsin (23-2, 14-2) to Bloomington Tonight and Sunday for the final home weekend of the season. The Hoosiers will honor five players for Senior Day on Sunday afternoon. Coming off a weekend split with Rutgers and Minnesota, IU will chase its best Big Ten finish in over a decade over the final two weeks of the regular season with four matches remaining on the docket. After this weekend, IU will head to the Michigan schools over Thanksgiving break to close the season. Junior setter Camryn Haworth continues to be a driving force in a successful Hoosier season, making her case to be IU’s first All-American in 13 years. She leads the Big Ten in aces and assists and is one of three setters averaging 10+ assists per set this year in the conference. Both team and individual history is on the line over the final weeks of the season as head coach Stev Aird’s group continues the rise and development of its volleyball program in Bloomington. First serve from Wilkinson Hall will be at 6:00 PM tonight against Maryland and 1:00 PM on Sunday against No. 3 Wisconsin.

The Hoosiers sit 18-11 (8-8) ahead of the final four matches of the regular season. The 18 wins are already the most in a single season since 2010. Only five times in program history has IU won 20-or-more games in a regular season. IU needs just two more to achieve that feat for a sixth time. IU’s regular season wins record, during the Big Ten era, is 21 set twice in 1995 and 2010. IU hasn’t won 20 games overall and 10 games in the Big Ten in the same season since 2002. IU needs just two wins to accomplish that feat for the fifth time in program history. The Hoosiers are hitting .242 as a team this season with four matches left. The rally-era single season program record is .239 and the all-time mark, regardless of scoring system, is set at .245. Both of IU’s middle blockers, Savannah Kjolhede and Kaley Rammelsberg are top-seven in the conference in hitting. IU has 188 aces on the season, needing just 12 to hit 200 in back-to-back seasons. The Hoosiers haven’t had consecutive seasons with 200+ aces since 1995-96. At least one victory this weekend would give IU 10 home wins in a single season for the first time since 2010. The Hoosiers nine wins at home are already the most in Wilkinson Hall history (opened 2019).

An always competitive opponent, Maryland is coming off an efficient home sweep of Ohio State last time out. IU head coach Steve Aird was the Maryland coach for four years. The Terrapins are coached by Aird’s good friend Adam Hughes. The Hoosiers swept the Terrapins in College Park in October as Maryland leads the all-time series 11-6. Sam Csire leads Maryland with 260 kills and 2.86 per set while setter Sydney Dowler averages 8.97 assists per set.

One of the most complete teams in the nation, Wisconsin has lost just twice this season. The Badgers swept the Hoosiers in Madison in the teams’ first meeting in September and Wisconsin leads the all-time series 59-24. Sarah Franklin is a front runner for Big Ten Player of the Year and averages 4.05 kills per set while hitting .306. The Badgers hit .310 as a team while averaging 3.01 blocks per set.

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