Local Sports News: April 11, 2024

Indiana Fever to play 36 of their 40 Regular Season Games on National Televison
The WNBA announced Wednesday the Indiana Fever will play 36 of 40 regular season games on national television during the 25th regular season in franchise history. The first four games of the Fever regular season schedule will appear on ABC, ESPN or Prime Video platforms. Throughout the regular season, Indiana will play two games on ABC, five games on ESPN, one game on ESPN 2, two games on CBS, one game on CBS Sports Network, eight games on ION, four games on Prime Video and 13 games on NBA TV. Fans may still purchase single game tickets via an exclusive single-game presale with two new games available each day until Sunday, April 14. Ticket inventory will only remain available for 24 hours or while supplies last. Fans may also complete the ticket interest form to learn about additional ticket packages. Remaining single game tickets will go on-sale beginning Monday, April 15. Additional Fever broadcast information will be announced in the near future.

5/14/247:30 pm  @ ConnecticutESPN2
5/16/247 pmvs. New YorkPrime Video
5/18/241 pm@ New YorkABC
5/20/247 pmvs. ConnecticutESPN
5/22/2410 pm@ Seattle
5/24/2410 pm@ Los AngelesION
5/25/249 pm@ Las VegasNBA TV
5/28/247 pmvs. Los AngelesNBA TV
5/30/247 pmvs. SeattlePrime Video
6/1/241 pmvs. ChicagoNBA TV
6/2/247 pm@ New YorkNBA TV
6/7/247:30 pm@ WashingtonION
6/10/247 pm@ ConnecticutNBA TV
6/13/247 pmvs. Atlanta
6/16/2412 pmvs. ChicagoCBS
6/19/247 pmvs. WashingtonNBA TV
6/21/247:30 pm@ AtlantaION
6/23/246 pm@ ChicagoNBA TV
6/27/2410 pm@ SeattlePrime Video
6/30/243 pm@ PhoenixESPN
7/2/249:30 pm@ Las VegasESPN
7/6/241 pmvs. New YorkCBS
7/10/2412 pmvs. WashingtonNBA TV
7/12/247:30 pmvs. PhoenixION
7/14/244 pm@ MinnesotaESPN
7/17/247:30 pm@ DallasESPN
8/16/247:30 pmvs. PhoenixION
8/18/243:30 pmvs. SeattleABC
8/24/248 pm@ MinnesotaNBA TV
8/26/247:30 pm@ AtlantaNBA TV
8/28/247 pmvs. ConnecticutNBA TV
8/30/247:30 pmat ChicagoION
9/1/244 pm@ DallasNBA TV
9/4/247 pmvs. Los AngelesCBS Sports Network
9/6/247:30 pmvs. MinnesotaION
9/8/244 pmvs. Atlanta
9/11/247 pmvs. Las VegasNBA TV
9/13/247:30 pmvs. Las VegasION
9/15/243 pmvs. Dallas
9/19/247 pm@ WashingtonPrime Video

Hall of Fame Women’s Basketball Coach and Indiana University Graduate Tara Vanderveer Announces Retirement
Women’s college basketball legend and former Indiana women’s basketball player Tara Vanderveer announced her retirement from coaching on Tuesday night. Vanderveer just completed her 38th season as head coach at Stanford, as she led the Cardinal to the Sweet 16 for the 29th time before falling to NC State. In January, she set the record for most wins by a college basketball coach, in either the men’s or women’s game. She finished her career with an astounding 1,216-271 record, along with national championships in 1990, 1992, and 2021.

“A true pioneer and champion of the sport, Tara has been an inspiration to many she has had the chance to impact in her illustrious career,” IU Head Coach Teri Moren said through IU’s social media accounts. “The game of women’s basketball is in a better place because of her dedication and passion to the development of the game over her 45-year career. Hoosier Nation wishes her the best in her next chapter.”

Vanderveer played for IU from 1972 through 1975, and she helped those teams go a combined 48-13 and reach an AIAW tournament Final Four in 1973. She took Bob Knight’s coaching class as a student, and sat in on some of his practices, which both taught her a lot. Vanderveer was inducted into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995, and she was awarded a Bicentennial Medal in 2021. She’s seen IU women’s basketball’s rise from afar over the last several years, and it’s filled her with pride. “I’m a definite, proud alum. Indiana has always had this love affair with basketball and now it’s with women’s basketball, too, and that’s very exciting,” Vanderveer told The Daily Hoosier in an email in November. “The numbers of fans they have, the great teams they have. It’s absolutely fantastic and really fun to be riding this wave of support and enthusiasm for women’s basketball.”

The Cardinal hosted IU at Maples Pavilion in November, and they handed the Hoosiers a lopsided early-season defeat. Indiana is set to host Stanford in the return leg of the home-and-home series next season — that game would’ve been Vanderveer’s first game back at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall since she coached Ohio State in the 1980s. That matchup allowed Vanderveer to reminisce on her days in Bloomington and express pride and admiration for her alma mater.

“(Playing this game) does bring back a lot of memories of being there, when you’re thinking about facing them and seeing the candy cane warmups. I mean, it’s Indiana,” Vanderveer said. “I have great memories of being there and it’s just a fantastic job that Teri Moren has done. They have 17,000 fans coming to games. It’s very exciting the enthusiasm that is there for women’s basketball.”

Mackenize Holmes to Undergo Knee Surgery and miss the 2024 WNBA Season
Indiana University Women’s Basketball star Mackenzie Holmes is undergoing knee surgery, she announced in a statement on social media on Wednesday. Holmes declared for the upcoming WNBA Draft but shared that her surgery will keep her out for the entire 2024 season. “To ensure my body is healthy and my playing career is as long and successful as possible, I have decided to get the necessary surgery in May to prevent further issues and alleviate the pain it has caused,” Holmes said in the statement. “I have declared for the 2024 WNBA Draft and pray that a team honors me with a selection knowing I will be ready for the start of the 2025 Training Camp.”

Holmes battled issues with her left knee dating back to her freshman year of high school in Gorham, Maine. Those knee problems flared up and impacted her at the end of her last three seasons in Bloomington. She missed eight games in 2022 after a minor midseason knee procedure, and she never got back to full capacity after returning to action. In 2023, the issues resurfaced during the Big Ten Tournament, and Holmes was affected by it in the NCAA Tournament. This year, Holmes banged knees with a Maryland player during IU’s regular-season finale, and it kept her sidelined for most of the next game against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament.

“My major focus at these times was to get back on the court as quickly as possible to be with my teammates and help our team succeed,” Holmes said in the statement. “While the entire medical staff at IU was wonderful in doing everything to rehabilitate and prevent the injury, all while getting me back on the court safely, I never took the steps to correct the problem and the damage it caused.” The forward wrapped up her illustrious Hoosiers career this season and left a lasting legacy. She became the program’s all-time leading scorer in February, at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall against Purdue. She’s also IU’s winningest player, its only two-time All-American, and its lone first-team All-American.

Indiana University Men’s Soccer Announces the Addition of Two Transfers for the 2024 Season   Indiana Men’s Soccer Head Coach Todd Yeagley announced Wednesday the addition of two transfer student-athletes to the 2024 roster. Virginia Goalkeeper Holden Brown and Tulsa Midfielder Luke Jeffus will move to Bloomington when preseason kicks off in August. Both athletes join the program as graduate transfers, with Brown retaining two years of eligibility. Indiana has brought in four newcomers via the transfer portal this offseason. Yeagley announced in January the additions of Louisville defender Quinton Elliot and Northwestern forward Justin Weiss, meaning IU has added a player with collegiate experience in each position group. Yeagley also announced a nine-man freshman signing class in February, featuring three forwards, three midfielders and three defenders.

Holden Brown | Goalkeeper | 6-4 | Zionsville, Ind. | Virginia- Native Hoosier Holden Brown will return to his roots after four years with blue blood program Virginia, where he was the first-choice goalkeeper since his sophomore year. Brown started 44 matches over the last three seasons, recording 13 clean sheets and a .748 save percentage. His 163 career saves ranks tied for No. 6 in the Virginia record books. “Holden is a wonderful addition to our program,” Yeagley said. “He is a proven starter with great size and athletic tools.” Brown earned both third-team All-ACC and All-ACC Tournament Team honors as a junior in 2022, earning eight clean sheets and 1.03 goals against average that season. He was named a team captain prior to the 2023 campaign and started eight games but missed the last half due to injury. “Holden will also add value to our locker room with his natural leadership skills and engaging personality,” Yeagley added. “He has the unique ability to light up a room and help his teammates play at a high level. We are excited to have Holden join our program for the next two years as he pursues his master’s degree in our media school.” Holden’s eldest brother, Brock Brown, was a four-year swimming student athlete at Indiana. His twin sister, Ainsley, and elder brother, Forrest, also attended IU.

Luke Jeffus | Midfielder | 5-11 | Sand Springs, Okla. | Tulsa- Luke Jeffus was a fixture in the Tulsa midfield all four years, helping the Golden Hurricanes reach the NCAA Tournament twice. “Luke is a perfect fit for IU,” Yeagley said. “He has the winning mentality and character qualities we look for in our central midfielders. Jeffus appeared in 62 matches with 55 starts at Tulsa, including four tournament games, and totaled three goals and five assists. As a senior, he led the Golden Hurricanes in minutes played. “He has played an important role at Tulsa and brings a lot of experience to our program. His versatility, IQ and technical ability are all important qualities he adds to our midfield. We are excited to have Luke join IU and pursue his master’s degree through the Kelley School.

Indiana-Purdue Softball Game Rescheduled for a Third Time due to Weather
Indiana Softball’s doubleheader versus Purdue has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 17 at Andy Mohr Field. The first game will start at 5pm and the second will begin at approximately 7:30pm. The games had been previously postponed due to inclement weather twice on April 3, and last night. All home games at Andy Mohr Field offer free admission to all fans.

Three Indiana University Football players earn NFF Hampshire Honor Society Recognition
Three Indiana football student-athletes earned honors from the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) on Wednesday (April 10) as members of the 2024 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA and sprint football who maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. Tight end Trey Walker earns his second honor from the National Football Foundation, while tight end James Bomba and punter James Evans were each honored for the first time.

An elite group of 1,989 players from 339 schools qualified for membership in 2024, setting a new record for the number of members in a single year during the program’s 18-year history. The initiative has now honored 18,387 student-athletes since its inception. Click here for the complete 2024 list of members. “We are thrilled to honor a record number of athletes as part of this year’s Hampshire Honor Society,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “Over the last 18 years, the Hampshire Honor Society has served as a powerful vehicle for schools to recognize their college football players who have distinguished themselves both academically and athletically, and we congratulate the schools and each of these young men for their commitment to excellence in all aspects of their lives.”

Nominated by their respective schools, members of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society must be either:
• A senior player, who will graduate this spring/summer, and completed their final year of eligibility in 2023; or
• A graduated player, who has been out of high school at least (3) years;

And must have:
• Attained a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2 (4.0 scale); and
• Been starters or significant contributors throughout the 2023 season.

The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF’s National Scholar-Athlete program by greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. The program further strengthens the organization’s leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes at the 772 colleges and universities with football programs nationwide.

Nebraska from the FBS led all programs in membership, with 21 honorees in 2024. North Dakota led all FCS programs with 20 members; Bentley (MA) and Colorado School of Mines were the Division II leaders with 12 members each; Tufts (MA) led Division III with 20 honorees; Doane (NE) and Southeastern (FL) both boasted 12 members, tied for the most in the NAIA; and Cornell topped all Collegiate Sprint Football League teams with 13 honorees.

Indiana University’s Noah Gillard named Big Ten Men’s Golfer of the Week
Indiana’s Noah Gillard was named the Big Ten Men’s Golfer of the Week for the first time in his career, the league office announced on Wednesday afternoon. Gillard secured runner-up honors at the 2024 Hoosier Collegiate, his best finish as a Hoosier, with a three-round scorecard of 213 (73-69-71; E). He was the low scorer for an IU team that won The Pfau Course event by 17 strokes.

The Center Grove graduate finished with eight total birdies and an eagle on No. 9 during first-round action. Gillard paced the field on Par-5 scoring at 4.11, a total of eight strokes under par. He has placed inside the top-10 in three tournaments this season and four in his Indiana career. His previous best finish came at the Battle at Briar’s Creek (t-4th) on Feb. 6, 2024. Gillard and the Hoosiers will close the regular season at the Robert Kepler Invitational hosted by Ohio State from April 19-21 at the OSU Scarlet Course.

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