Kappa Alpha Theta won the women's Little 500 race with a 1:10:25 time while the Roadrunners and Kappa Delta teams finished out the top three.\nThe race came down to the final lap, where Kappa Alpha Theta, who started out of the sixth position, sprinted for the win. \nSophomore rider Nicole Vincent started the 100th and final lap just over a bike length behind the leading Roadrunners rider. \nBut, midway through the lap, Vincent began a closing sprint, overtaking first place and winning by a large margin.\nThe Roadrunners came in second, followed by Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma and Teter.\nFor full results, click here
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BOSTON - Pittsburgh's defense put the Panthers in the round of 16 for the second consecutive year and ended Indiana's hopes of back-to-back trips to the NCAA title game.\nJaron Brown scored 20 points, and Brandin Knight added 17 points, seven assists and five steals Sunday as second-seeded Pittsburgh beat Indiana 74-52 to advance to the Midwest Regional semifinals.\nThe Panthers (28-4) will play third-seeded Marquette in Minneapolis.\nIndiana trailed by one late in the first half before Brown hit a 3-pointer and Knight made a pair to give Pitt the last nine points of the half.\nIndiana, a seventh seed, had a similar stumble at a similar time of their opening round game against Alabama before overcoming an 11-point halftime deficit to beat the Crimson Tide 67-62.\nThis time, the deficit was more than a temporary setback for the Hoosiers (21-13), who lost in the championship game to Maryland last year.\nBracey Wright, who scored all of his 17 points in the second half against Alabama, had nine of his 11 in the second against Pitt - not enough. Tom Coverdale, who led Indiana with 23 in the first round, had just six.\nGeorge Leach scored 15, and Wright added eight rebounds for the Hoosiers, but they also turned the ball over 16 times for 18 Pitt points.\nIt was the 11th consecutive victory for Pitt and the sixth time in seven games that the Big East champions held an opponent under 60 points. The only exception was an 87-61 first-round victory over Wagner.\nIndiana trailed just 22-21 when Brown and Knight each hit a 3-pointer to make it a seven-point game. After another Indiana turnover, the Hoosiers called timeout with 3:08 left in the half, but Knight hit another 3 to make it 31-21 at the break.\nIndiana cut it to four in the second when Wright took a long pass for a layup and a foul; he missed the free throw, but got the rebound and scored in the lane to make it 36-32.\nIndiana was within seven when Brown dunked to make it 52-43 with 6:49 left, then Julius Page stole the ball at the other end. He hit a 3-pointer to give the Panthers a 12-point lead, and it was never close again.
BOSTON—IU coach Mike Davis thought about scheduling a non-conference game against Alabama, his alma mater, this past season. But then he said he decided to wait until some of the Crimson Tide's players were off the roster.\nThe players that scared him off included sophomore point guard Maurice Williams (16 ppg, 3.9 apg), senior forward Erwin Dudley (14.7 ppg. 9.5 rpg) and freshman swingman Kennedy Winston (11.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg).\nBut, like it or not, the No.7-seeded Hoosiers will face the No.10-seeded Crimson Tide tomorrow night at 9:30 pm in Boston's Fleet Center for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.\n"I watch (Alabama) on tape and it's scary to see them, how quick they are," Davis said. "I think Maurice Williams is one of the top three point guards in the country and he can shoot the b-ball. They're so athletic. You just hope they're not on that night. There's no way we match up against them as far as each individual player. What we have to do is make sure we play good b-ball. When we have ten turnovers or less we're 10-1."\nThere were some questions surrounding Bama's bid in the tourney, and their season is eerily similar to that of the Hoosiers.\nThe Crimson Tide began their season red-hot, going 8-0 to begin the season and enjoying a No.1 national ranking for a week. They boasted wins over top teams such as Xavier and Oklahoma. \n"They are a very tall team. They are very athletic, very quick," freshman guard Bracey Wright said. "I think we have an advantage with a really good inside game. If we're able to execute our offense and play good defense, it will be a game for us that will be good for us."\nWhen Alabama's conference season began, their record went down hill as they opened league play with a dismal 1-4 record from which they never recovered.\nThey dropped out of the national rankings for good on February 10 and ended the season 17-11 overall, 7-9 in the conference and their tourney hopes in serious jeopardy.\nWhen they gathered around the TV for the Tournament Selection show last Sunday and saw their team pop on the screen, the team piled on top of each other as though they just won the national title.\nIU could relate to the jubilation felt by the Crimson Tide, as their tournament berths remained questionable throughout the tail end of their season.\nThe Hoosiers locked up a spot for the NCAA dances with two wins in the Big Ten tournament, including an opening round win against Penn State and a second round squeaker against the Michigan Wolverines before losing to Illinois in the semifinal game.\nAfter a light practice Thursday night, senior guard Tom Coverdale said the team has to rely on defensive intensity and a consistent offensive attack if they hope to repeat last year's tournament success. \n"We know the reason we won last year is because we executed so well offensively and played good defensively," senior guard Tom Coverdale said. "We feel that we are playing our best basketball defensively right now and we have to do that in the tourney to win"
During spring break the Hoosier water polo team will embark on a seven game road trip traveling to six different cities in California and one in Arizona. The stretch includes games against three top ten opponents and one top 20 opponent. \nIU will start the road trip by playing No. 10 University of California-San Diego. The Hoosiers are winless in two games against the Tritons in their history. \nIU then has Saturday off before playing Redlands on Sunday, a squad the Hoosiers are 3-0 against. The Hoosiers will participate in the California State-San Bernandino Coyote Classic on Sunday. There, the Hoosiers will square off with Laverne and Cal State-San Bernandino. IU has never played either team. The following day, the Hoosiers will face No. 9 San Diego State and No.19 Arizona State for the first time. \nAfter a day off, the Hoosiers will end their road stretch with a game against No. 6 Loyola Marymount. IU is winless against the Lions in their three previous games. \nAlthough the seven game road stretch sounds strenuous to most teams, the Hoosiers are used to life away from home. \n"We have been doing this for a long time so we are going to go out and take advantage of so many games," coach Barry King said. "Getting ready for games and facing the challenges these teams present will provide valuable experience for our team."\nThe trip is long but the players said they are excited about the environment in which they are playing. \n"The road trip is longer than what we have done so far but there is good spacing in between the games," freshman Emily Schmitt said. "I am also very excited to be in California". \nSophomore Krista Peterson said the road trip will be tough because the traveling will be extended but she is grateful to be playing on the West Coast. \n"California is a great environment to play water polo," she said.\nAlthough Peterson said she is happy to be in California, she also said she has revenge on her mind. "We play three teams ranked ahead of us and some teams that beat us last year," Peterson said. "This year we want to beat them."\nThe Hoosiers have an opportunity to prove that they can compete with some of the elite competition on the West Coast. \n"There are important games with teams ranked ahead of us, games that are very winnable," King said. "With a good solid effort we can establish ourselves as a national competitor." \nAfter completing their seven game road trip, the Hoosiers will hit the road again. From March 29-30 IU will play in its second Collegiate Water Polo Association Weekend at Penn State Behrend in Washington, Pa.
Just because they're competing over break doesn't mean the men's golf team isn't enjoying some time in the sun. The Hoosiers return to the Sunshine State to compete in the El Diablo Intercollegiate at the El Diablo Golf and Country Club in Citrus Springs, Fla. \nThe 7,045 yard course is par 72 for the 54 hole tournament. \n"This is a very tough golf course that I think will suit us well," coach Mike Mayer said. "It's long, but so are we. We just need to be ready to get off to a good start."\nThe tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday with a shotgun start and it marks the second consecutive weekend the squad is in Florida. Last weekend, the Hoosiers placed sixth at the Big Red Classic in Ocala. \n"We felt like we were going in the right direction last tournament," Mayer said. "We competed fairly well in last year's event, but we'll need some help from our No. 4-6 spots."\nCompeting for IU this weekend in the typical five-count-four format are, in order, sophomore Jeff Overton, senior captain Ben Davidson, sophomore Heath Peters, fresman Scott Seibert and senior Aldo Jordan.\nAfter last weeks second day of competition was rained out, the Hoosiers will see some of the same teams this week.\nJoining IU at this Marshall University- sponsored event are Ball State, Colorado State, Elon, Eastern Kentucky, Iowa State, James Madison, Kent State, Lousiville, Marshall, Methodist, Miami (Ohio), Michigan, Penn State, Rhode Island, Richmond, West Florida, Wichita State, William and Mary and Xavier.\nThe two day event is being played on a course that was designed by Jim Fazio and was named "America's best new golf course" in 1999 by Golf Digest. \n"We're just really anxious to get down there and play," Mayer said.
After Tuesday's home opener cancellation against Illinois State, IU will try again to open their home season by facing Eastern Michigan in a double header on Saturday with games at 1 and 3 p.m. \nSaturday's matchup against EMU will feature two first year coaches trying to right their program's ship. IU coach Sarah Hayes is 6-8 in her rookie stint as the Hoosiers' coach, while EMU is led by first year coach Karen Baird. \nBaird and the Eagles from Yipsilanti, Mich., enter Saturday's twin bill with a 1-11 record and are in the midst of a ten game losing streak. The Eagles are winless on the road (0-4), and after nine games this season we're being outscored by their opponents, 54-13. \n"I think the challenge of playing a struggling team is to stay focused," Hayes said. "We have to be tough during everything we can control."\nEastern Michigan is led by senior pitcher Marla Otterbacher, who is boasting a team leading 2.81 ERA while earning two complete games. \nAnd pitching is what has kept IU in nearly every ball game thus far. Sophomore Katie Witham continues to lead the Hoosiers with an impressive 1.92 ERA, while junior Heather Stillians is first on the team with four wins and 28 strikeouts. \n"(Pitching) coach (Mickey) Dean had worked us really hard," Stillians said. "Each batter I face, I have the mindset that I will strike her out."\nSaturday marks the first of a long-awaited eight game home-stand for the Hoosiers, who began the season with 14 games away from Bloomington. IU returned from the road trip with a 6-8 record and much anticipation for playing at home.\n"It will be really fun to show the Bloomington community what we have been working on," Hayes said. "We are playing excellent ball and playing really tough."\nAs IU students take a week off, the Hoosiers will try to make the most of spring break on the field. \n"With not having school, we can play and go at it not worrying about the stresses of class and work," junior Abby Stark said. "It is a time to focus all of our energy on playing softball." \nAfter Saturday, the Hoosiers are scheduled to play two games against Bradley on Tuesday followed by the Indiana Classic, which begins March 22.
Last year, the IU women's swimming and diving team came within one event of winning the conference championship.\nSaturday night, the team wrapped up a title before the last event was even held. The team won the 2003 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championship 595-561.\nThe Hoosiers led by 48 points over Wisconsin going into the last event, the 400-yard freestyle relay. Although the Badgers pulled out the win in that event, the IU lead was too great to overcome. The Hoosiers came in sixth, giving them the 34 point title win.\nGoing into Saturday, the fourth and final day of competition, the Hoosiers led by 17 points, 400-383 over Wisconsin.\nJunior Sarah Fiden and senior Jenny Bechem opened the scoring for IU in the 1650-yard freestyle, with third and sixth place finishes respectively.\nJunior Meghan Medendorp added a fifth place finish in the finals of the 100-yard freestyle and junior Brooke Taflinger took sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke. \nIU scored 44 points in the A-finals of the 200-yard butterfly, with three Hoosiers placing. Freshman Lauren Lubus took second, senior Kristy Martin took fifth and Bechem took sixth.\nThree Hoosiers scored in the penultimate event of the night, platform diving. Senior Sara Hildebrand won the event with a 506.10 and teammates junior Cassandra Cardinell and senior Lori Matthys took third and fifth respectively. \nThat gave IU an insurmountable lead heading into the final relay.\nSee Monday's IDS for full coverage.
IU basketball players senior Jeff Newton and freshman Bracey Wright were not suspended from the team, despite rumors to the contrary. A web site imitating CNN.com erroneously reported the two had been arrested and suspended. \nAssistant Media Relations Director Gavin Lang confirmed that the report was false. \n"There is no truth to that rumor," Lang said. "We don't know who put it up."\nFor a full story, see tomorrow's IDS.
40 years, 11 trips to the college cup championship, 5 national titles, and one more year to go. Men's soccer coach Jerry Yeagley has decided to call it quits after the 2003 season. \n"It's nothing that just popped up overnight," Yeagley said in an interview with soccertimes.com. "There are no extenuating circumstances. My health is good. We've got a great young team. My passion is as great as it's ever been. I've got a dream job that I love going to every day, but next year will be 41 years."\nYeagley, one of the greatest in soccer coaching history, has amassed an impressive 527-98-40 overall record. With just 17 more wins, coach Yeagley will overtake Stephen Negoesco as the all-time winningest soccer coach. \nYeagley's coaching prowess has prepared his players for competition in professional soccer leagues.\n"He's one of the best soccer coaches in the United States," said former player Ryan Mack, who was taken in the third round of the Major League Soccer draft this year. "Playing under him gives you a view what top soccer coaches want, so I know exactly what will be expected of me in the major leagues."\nSoccertimes.com also reported that Yeagley recommended assistant coach Mike Freitag to be elevated to head coach after his departure. \nPlayer respect for Yeagley spans over soccer and life in general.\n"Without him, I wouldn't be the person I am, either on the field or off the field. I wouldn't be where I am without his guidance," former player Pat Noonan said.\nSee Monday's Indiana Daily Student newspaper for the full story.
Coach Kathi Bennett is out $5,000 after the women's basketball team's loss to Wisconsin 69-58, but the money went to a good cause. Her $5,000 donation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was the result of a record-breaking crowd in Assembly Hall for a women's basketball game. The goal was to have at least 5,503 fans at the game. That number was shattered as the Hoosiers played in front of 7,986 people on Friday night. People from the community and around the state filed into Assembly Hall to see the game.\n"The atmosphere was amazing tonight," Bennett said. "We're very thankful for the crowd and wish we could have given them a win."\nBennett said it was nice for the team to have the opportunity to play in front of such a large crowd and to bring awareness to the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Bennett said she also hopes that while the crowd saw the Hoosiers lose, they will come back for another game.\n"I hope they saw the effort and the good play," Bennett said. "We're only going to get better"
IU women's track and field coach Randy Heislerz said he has only one goal in mind as his team prepares to travel to West Lafayette on Saturday.\n"We need to do better than we did last week," said Heisler, referring to Saturday's second place finish to Michigan in the season opener. \nMore specifically, he said he expects his team to win this weekend against Purdue and Ohio State in the second meet of the season. \n"We just need to go have good performances and win every event," he said. \nThough Heisler isn't particularly pleased with last weekend's disappointing loss, he said he thinks that such a performance will ultimately serve as a learning experience the freshmen runners will benefit from. \n"It was their first college meet and they performed like freshmen," he said. "Now they're experienced."\nNow that the freshmen have a meet under their belts, Heisler said he is looking forward to seeing them step up and contribute to the team. \nBecause neither Purdue nor Ohio State is currently ranked, Heisler is treating this weekend's meet as a chance to give the younger, more inexperienced runners a chance to acclimate themselves to the atmosphere of a college track meet. \n"I've got six or seven runners this week that didn't go last week," he said. "I try to give everyone an opportunity."\nIn addition to giving the younger runners experience, leaving some of the major point-scorers home also benefits the team by providing them extra training time. Leading distance runners junior Audrey Giesler and sophomore Mindy Peterson will be able to continue to train through the weekend to prepare for the team's Feb. 1 meet against No. 16 Illinois. \nLike Heisler, sophomore pole vaulter Emily Tharpe said she was encouraged but not overly impressed by last week's meet.\n"It was a solid start, but nothing spectacular," she said. \nTharpe said she plans to take advantage of the "very good competition" that will be present at Saturday's meet.\nSenior thrower Kelley McKinney said she is also looking forward to the opportunity to compete against two formidable Big Ten opponents. \n"Purdue, Ohio State and Michigan have the best competition as far as throwing," she said adding that facing these teams early in the season will benefit the team.\nMcKinney said she is optimistic about Saturday's meet because the throwers have had an especially good week of practice. \n"I'm sure everyone will have a much better weekend," she said.\nMcKinney is currently ranked fourth in the Big Ten in the weight throw. She said she expects herself to be fighting for first in the near future. \nThe meet kicks off at 10 a.m. at Purdue's Lambert Fieldhouse.
Who needs Vegas? I'm not a gambling man myself, but I've decided to set my own odds for the Big Ten title race, just for fun. However, if you would like to send some money to my "offshore account," maybe we can arrange something. (I also have a great moneymaking deal from this Nigerian guy that e-mailed me).\nIllinois -- 5:3. The Illini have unfortunately emerged as the favorites heading into the Big Ten season. Senior forward Brian Cook is averaging 21.7 points per game, and freshman guard Dee Brown will give Bracey Wright a run for his money for Freshman of the Year. If they beat IU in Bloomington, the Big Ten is for the taking, provided they don't choke.\nIU -- 2:1. The Ohio State game was an aberration. Maybe. IU has the most talented squad in the conference, and if they start playing like they did before the Kentucky game, they should be able to vie for at least a share of the title.\nMinnesota -- 10:1. The Gophers lost a rare home game to Illinois to start their Big Ten season. Don't expect anyone else to beat them at Williams Arena, aka "The Barn." They have played four ranked teams -- but they're 1-3 in those games. If this isn't their year, sophomores Rick Rickert and Maurice Hargrow should have the Gophers on top sometime in the future.\nMichigan State -- 15:1. Once again, the national media kissed Tom Izzo's posterior and picked the Spartans to win the Big Ten. Ha ha ha. These guys lost to Purdue and Iowa. However, the Spartans may have played the toughest non-conference schedule in the Big Ten, which could help them later on.\nPurdue -- 20:1. Guess what? Gene Keady isn't washed up. (Neither is his comb over). The Boilermakers are a solid dark horse pick to surprise a lot of people. At the very least, they should be NCAA Tournament bound this year. They are the only team that has beaten Louisville this year, and are poised to make some noise.\nWisconsin -- 20:1. Another Big Ten co-champ a year ago. They embarrassingly lost to Michigan to begin the Big Ten schedule. But the Badgers still have that plucky Kiwi, Kirk Penney, leading the way at guard. Unlike IU, they were able to win at Temple.\nOhio State -- 25:1. Could the Buckeyes win the Big Ten basketball and football titles in the same year? That wouldn't be fair. Of course, Illinois did it last year, except nobody noticed. The Buckeyes have played three Top Ten teams this year, and got killed each time. But the underrated Jim O'Brien always has his teams ready for the Big Ten.\nIowa -- 50:1. Sure, the Hawkeyes have won 10 games, including their first two Big Ten games. This alone is more than I expected out of Steve Alford's troops this year -- they entered the year with a nine-man roster. At least they have worked their way up to 11 players now. Maybe this year they will do the opposite of their incredible fold in the Big Ten last season.\nMichigan -- 75:1. After starting the season 0-6, including losses to Central and Western Michigan (Egad!), the Wolverines have won nine straight. Senior guard LaVell Blanchard has played great ball, and freshman guard Daniel Horton is developing quickly. But even if Michigan miraculously wins the Big Ten … it doesn't matter. Probation must suck.\nPenn State -- 1,000:1. Only nine months until football season.\nNorthwestern -- 1,000,000:1. "Yes! A million to one! So you're saying there's still a chance?" Yes, that's from "Dumb and Dumber." Which is how every coach feels when he leaves Evanston because he can never get another job. The Wildcats have never been to the NCAA Tournament. But if they play their cards right, maybe they can work into the NIT this year. At least junior guard Jitim Young has the coolest name in the Big Ten.
The Trackwire Preseason Top 25 poll includes both the men's and women's track teams. The women's squad is ranked No. 8, while the men's team came in at No. 16. The women's team is the highest ranking squad in the Big Ten and no other conference school has both teams in the top 25. \nLast season, the women's team took eighth at the NCAA Indoor Meet and tied for 35th at the NCAA Outdoor Meet. Furthermore, many members of the 2002 cross country team that turned in a 14th-place finish at the NCAA Meet will compete. \nThe men's team sent seven individuals to the NCAA championships in 2002. \nLakers beat Hornets\nNEW ORLEANS -- Kobe Bryant scored 36 points and had 11 rebounds, while Shaquille O'Neal scored 10 of his 23 points in the final period to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 90-82 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.\nO'Neal also had 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, which held New Orleans without a field goal for the last 8:20 to win its fifth straight and register its fifth road victory of the season.\nBaron Davis, back in the lineup for the first time in six games for New Orleans, scored 20, including four 3-pointers, but couldn't get a basket in the fourth quarter as the Hornets lost their fifth straight.\nJamal Mashburn added 19 for New Orleans, while David Wesley scored 14 and P.J. Brown had 12 points and 14 rebounds.\nRobert Horry added 10 points for the Lakers, who have gone 9-5 since losing to New Orleans in Los Angeles on Dec. 13. New Orleans is 3-13 since then.\nNew Orleans' last field goal of the game was a 3-pointer that gave it a 77-76 lead. Then O'Neal took over, scoring eight of the Lakers' next 10 points, including a three-point play when he was fouled inside after getting a loose ball.\nWhite Sox get Colon; Expos get El Duque\nNEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon moved to the Chicago White Sox, and Orlando Hernandez went to the Montreal Expos on Wednesday in a three-team trade also involving the New York Yankees.\nIn exchange for Colon, who won 20 games last season for Cleveland and Montreal, the Expos received Hernandez and another right-hander, Rocky Biddle, plus outfielder Jeff Liefer and cash.\nThe White Sox earlier acquired Hernandez and $2 million from the Yankees for right-handed pitchers Antonio Osuna and Delvis Lantigua, a minor leaguer.
The IU women's basketball team duels with Michigan State at 7 p.m. tonight in East Lansing, Mich., at the Breslin Center. The Hoosiers (9-4, 2-1 Big Ten) have won four of their last five games with their lone loss coming against Illinois in Champaign. \n"We have to show consistency," IU coach Kathi Bennett said. "It's tough playing on the road in the Big Ten this year. The parity is the best it's probably ever been. Their average attendance is between 6,000 to 7,000 fans, so we are going to have to battle that crowd."\nA major reason why IU has had success over its last five contests and this season is their defense and rebounding. The Hoosiers rank second in the Big Ten in scoring defense and first in the conference in rebounds per game, even though they have been narrowly out-rebounded in the last five games. \n"Coaches have stressed rebounding from day one," senior guard Kristen Bodine said. "Defensive rebounding is finishing off a defensive stand and there's pride in that."\nFreshman guard Cyndi Valentin, who is the third highest scorer on the team, said she agrees with Bodine.\n"Rebounding is a major part," Valentin said. "It helps the post players. Rebounding is not completely on all of their shoulders. It helps take the pressure off of our low post players."\nFreshman center Angela Hawkins has been fundamental to IU's rebounding. The 6-3 center is averaging 9.3 rebounds per contest and ranks near the top of the Big Ten in that category. \nIU also ranks eighth in the NCAA in field goal percent defense and first in the Big Ten in that category. But Michigan State (8-6, 1-2 Big Ten) is a superior rebounding team, out-rebounding their opponents by over 11 boards per contest.\nThe Hoosiers have won four straight games in the series. Last year, IU edged the Spartans 50-47 at the Breslin Center on Dec. 30. They also defeated Michigan State at home by 12 points. Despite IU's recent dominance over Michigan State, the Spartans lead the all-time series 26-21. \nMeanwhile, Michigan State has won five of its last seven contests, with both losses coming on the road. The Spartans upset then No. 7 ranked Purdue 67-62 on Jan. 6. IU lost to the Boilermakers by two points on Dec. 14. Bennett said IU is going to have to have high energy and play together as well as for each other.\nIU is led by sophomore guard/forward Jenny DeMuth. She has cracked the double-figure scoring mark in nine games this year, most recently Sunday in a comeback win over No. 23 Ohio State when she poured in 21 points. In addition, senior forward Lisa Eckart will look to be a factor in IU's second conference road game of the season. Eckart notched 12 points and added six boards in the Hoosier victory against Ohio State.\nMichigan State counters with two freshmen and a senior. Freshman guard Lindsay Bowen and freshman center Liz Shimek anchor the backcourt and the frontcourt, while senior forward Syreeta Bromfield is the team's leading scorer with 15.3 points per game. \n"They are a very complete team," Bennett said. "Bowen is an excellent three-point shooter and she can put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket. Inside they have Shimek, who has a nice low post presence. Their inside-out game is solid."\nAnother positive for IU has been the play of Valentin. She is averaging over 10 points per game and would become just the 15th player in school history to average a double-figure scoring mark in her freshman year. \nValentin was modest about her scoring feats and performances this year.\n"When anyone scores it's a lift," Valentin said. "Anyone can score, but I try to get open. I try to get my feet set and take good shots or get it to the open man."\nAnother guard, Bodin, said she has developed into a leader at the guard spot and needs to use that to her advantage.\n"I have to lead. As a senior I have to lead, lead by example," Bodine said. "I distribute the ball to shooters, handle the ball and prevent turnovers. I think of myself as a leader."\nBennett said Michigan State's low post players versus IU's low post players would be critical in this game. \nBennett said Bromfield often gets second chance points and that those will be crucial in this contest.\n"It might come down to second chance points," Bennett said. "Who gets the most opportunities at second chance points and who makes the most second chance points"
Mike Davis may hate Kentucky, but he should appreciate when Northwestern comes to town.\nBecause in each of the five times the IU men's basketball coach faced the Wildcats, he has walked away with a victory.\nWednesday night was no exception, as the No. 18 Hoosiers routed Northwestern, 71-57. The team extended its winning streak against the Wildcats to 29 in Assembly Hall, and improved its record to 12-3, 2-1 in the Big Ten. Northwestern's record falls to 8-6, 0-3.\n"We came out a lot tougher from the start today," freshman guard Marshall Strickland said. "We jumped on them early and got a big lead. We had to knock some shots down, but we came out sharp from the start."\nDavis criticized his team in the days prior to the Northwestern game, questioning their heart and motivation.\nWhatever he said clicked, as the Hoosiers came out with a vengeance. Freshman guard Bracey Wright is listed as day-to-day and did not play against the Wildcats, but the Hoosiers filled his void. IU built a 12-point lead going into the half and continued to capitalize on its revitalized offense in the second. \nSeniors Kyle Hornsby and Jeff Newton traded jump shots to start the second half, but it was senior guard Tom Coverdale who took charge. \nCoverdale ended the first half with just three points but scored an additional 16 in the second, including 6-of-10 from beyond the arc. Coverdale, who reached his 1,000 career point mark, was four rebounds shy of a triple-double. He finished with 10 assists and six rebounds.\n"We knew with Bracey out we needed someone to step up in that position, and we didn't have a drop off when (Hornsby and Coverdale) came in," Newton said. "It's a plus when they can come in and give us those numbers."\nHornsby and Coverdale led the team by scoring 19 each.\nNorthwestern closed a 19-point gap to 12 with just over six minutes to go. But in the next three possessions, Coverdale sank three 3's to extend the lead to 16 with 4:08 left in the game. Even with a last-ditch scoring run, the Wildcats couldn't break the 14-point barrier.\n"Tonight we played with passion," Davis said. "I thought we've played hard in games but not with passion."\nThe team quickly let Davis and the packed Assembly Hall know that their recent trend of less-than-impressive play was short-lived as they jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the first half. \nHornsby led the early offensive attack hitting four out of five field goal attempts in the first half. Hornsby, who went 0-for-9 against Ohio State, was perfect from beyond the arc in the first half, including a trey from the top of the key to start the Hoosier shooting streak. \n"We knew he would bounce right back," Newton said of Hornsby. "He's a shooter. He works hard all the time, and there was no doubt he was on tonight."\nNorthwestern didn't find the basket until just under 15 minutes in the game when senior guard Jason Burke had a three-point play, after drawing a foul on Strickland. \nIU let Northwestern inch its way into the game but not much. After allowing the Wildcats to get within seven with 8:42 left in the game, the Hoosiers finished the first half on a 14-8 scoring run for a double-digit lead.\nCoverdale dished out seven assists prior to the half, as the Hoosiers shot 50 percent from beyond the arc and for total field goal percentage.\n"Tonight, we stuck with it. We had runs, and it felt natural again," junior guard A.J. Moye said. "We're so quick to take the three-point shot; we like it, and everyone can knock it down, or feel we can knock it down, and sometimes we forsake guys like Jeff (Newton) or George (Leach) when they have good position. Tonight we looked at all the options"
Remember the wonderful days when college football bowl games actually meant a little something. The times when a team had to have an 8-3 or 9-2 record just to go to a bowl game, let alone a high profile New Year's Day game. Now a 6-6 record even with a losing conference record can get you a bid to the Mazda Tangerine Bowl, or my personal favorite, the new Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl.\nWith 28 bowl games over a two-and-a-half week stretch, one might think a sports fanatic would be in heaven. It's just too bad that 27 of the 28 games did not mean anything. Of the 117 Division I teams, 56 made bowl appearances and this year only Miami (Fla.) and Ohio State had any significant reason to play. As more bowls seem to be added each year, more mediocre college football teams will have the opportunity to play one more meaningless game to cap their season. Unfortunately, they will not be games to define their season.\nThe 2002 bowl season kicked off in New Orleans on Dec. 17 when North Texas downed Cincinnati 24-19. Little did the average fan know, but North Texas' five-point victory would be one of just seven bowl games (or 25 percent of the entire bowl schedule) which were decided by eight points or less.\nThe best day of games just might have been Dec. 27, which most fans likely did not catch as they were still recovering from a Christmas Day full of eating and dealing with family. A MainStay Independence Bowl match-up of 6-6 Mississippi and 7-6 Nebraska proved to be one of the best bowl games of the year as Ole Miss used a late touchdown and solid second half defense to send the Huskers packing with their first .500 or sub-.500 season since 1961.\nIn the nightcap, the PacificLife Holiday Bowl was yet again a highlight of the bowl season. Kansas State used a 13-point comeback and touchdown pass with 1:15 left to hold off a big underdog Arizona State squad.\nUnfortunately the New Year's Eve and New Year's Day games would not live up to the hype and expectations they often get. Five of the six games on each day were decided by eight points or more and neither Virginia Tech's 20-13 win over Air Force nor Auburn's 13-9 win over Penn State proved to be very exciting games. Even the two Bowl Championship Series games on New Year's were both won by more than 13 points.\nThe highly-anticipated Iowa and Southern California match-up in the FedEx Orange Bowl led to one of the biggest blowouts of the bowl season as Iowa quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up Brad Banks forgot to bring his game down from Iowa City. After returning the opening kick-off 100 yards, Iowa allowed Heisman winner and USC quarterback Carson Palmer to pick their defense apart in a 38-17 route of the Hawkeyes.\nLuckily Miami (Fla.) did not run over Ohio State as most analysts thought they would. After battling through two overtimes, the Buckeyes prevailed 31-24 and fans were treated to perhaps the greatest National Championship game in college football history.\nUnfortunately, the disappointing bowl season forces me to say one thing I never thought I would, and hopefully will never have to do again … thank you Ohio State, thank you.
The IU wrestling team was very busy over the last three weeks, piling up individual and team honors. IU had plenty of individual honors in the form of individual rankings. \nBut, in their first two dual meets of the year IU was 0-2. The Hoosiers were looking for more team success, and they found it during winter break. \nIn their first home meet of the year, the Hoosiers upset No. 9 Missouri on Dec. 21. After that, IU started 2003 on the right note when they dominated the Buckeye Duals in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 4. At the Buckeye Duals, the Hoosiers faced four different schools -- Clarion, Northern Illinois, Buffalo, and Duke -- and beat them all. \nThe Hoosiers started off the 2002-2003 season with the Missouri Open. At the Open, the Hoosiers got a good look at the host Missouri Tigers that may have helped them prepare for their meet on Dec. 21. \n"It was a great team effort," coach Duane Goldman said after the Missouri victory. "Our guys really wanted the win, and they worked hard to get it."\nAfter the Missouri meet, the Hoosiers still stood at 1-2. But that wouldn't last for long. Freshman Joe Dubuque (125-pounds), junior Coyte Cooper (141-pounds), sophomore Pat DeGain (197-pounds), and junior Ty Matthews (Heavyweight) all went undefeated at the Buckeye Duals to help the Hoosiers improve their record to 5-2 and earn the No. 23 ranking in the country. Goldman once again attributed his team's success to good old-fashioned hard work. \n"I'm really impressed with the effort shown today," Goldman said after the Buckeye Duals, "We are continuing to grow as a team, and the guys continue to work hard to progress."\nThe young Hoosier squad will look to stay on a roll when they participate in the Wendy's Duals on Sunday, Jan. 12. The tournament, hosted by Ashland and taking place in Ashland, Ohio, will include such schools as Purdue, Pittsburgh, Ashland, Northwestern, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Gardner-Webb, and Cleveland State. The Hoosiers will face UT-Chattanooga at 10 a.m., Cleveland State at 2 p.m., and Ashland at 4 p.m.
After qualifications during the week, the Speedo American Cup begins today at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. The Cup, a prestigious diving tournament in which the top athletes in the sport are invited to compete, will showcase a host of Hoosiers. \nIU divers competing in the event include 2000 Olympian senior Sara Hildebrand, junior Cassandra Cardinell, junior Marc Carlton and senior Adam Hazes. Former Hoosiers Erin Quinn and Tom Davidson will also dive in the competition.\nLindsay Weigle, a Bloomington South senior and IU signee will compete on three-meter. Weigle, 17, was the 2002 junior national champion on the board.\nQualifications for the Cup were open, allowing both those invited and other IU divers to compete. On the women's three-meter, Cardinell scored a 208.20 for fourteenth place. IU teammate senior Lori Matthys placed 23rd.\nWeigle took first place off of the platform, scoring a 250.00. Matthys finished seventh with a score of 194.70.\n"(Weigle) did a great job today," Diving Events Coordinator Jason Baumann said in a statement. "She hasn't been up on tower much since the summer as she's been competing in high school. It's nice to have her back up there as tower is probably her best event. It was nice to see her do such a good job. She actually turned around to compete in a high school meet tonight. That's a tough double for her."\nOn the men's side, Carlton took second place on the three-meter with a score of 349.50. Carlton, a U.S. National Team member, trailed University of Georgia freshman and fellow National Team member Chris Colwill by six points. \n"Marc did a very good job today," Baumann said in a press release. "We thought he was actually going to lead that one from start to finish. He started out very strong and did a nice job. He just had a little bit of a miss on his last dive and got caught by a few points."\nSophomore Ryan Fagan took 18th (263.60), Hazes took 22nd (248.55) and sophomore Brian Metzler took 25th (227.95).\nOn the platform, Hazes and junior Alex Burns finished ninth (260.20) and tenth (258.75) respectively. Freshman Brian Mariano took 12th (242.60) and Fagan took 15th (152.90).\nThe competition will be stiff with some of the top divers in the country scheduled to compete. Among those invited are 2000 Olympic platform gold medalist Laura Wilkinson and 2000 Olympian Troy Dumais. \nThe Cup kicks off today with the preliminary rounds of the men's three-meter and women's platform events, the quarterfinals of women's platform, and the finals of men's platform synchro along with women's and men's three-meter synchro.\nTickets are $6 for students.
Once again, IU men's basketball coach Mike Davis had his holidays ruined by the Kentucky Wildcats.\nBut it wasn't just the loss that gave him the heartache, it was the threat of a six-game suspension, and ultimate one-game suspension that loomed over his head in the days following the game. Davis missed the IU game against Ball State on New Year's Eve.\n"I have a 17-year-old son and I feel like every one of these basketball players are my boys and if something ever happened to them, I'm going to step up and fight for them," Davis said, following the suspension. "At the same time though, if they do something wrong, there is a process and punishment that you have to accept."\nDavis was reprimanded by the Big Ten over the holiday break for his tirade against a Kentucky game official in the final seconds of the match-up. Davis thought freshman guard Bracey Wright was fouled on his drive to the basket for a shot that would have given IU the lead with 10 seconds left in the game.\nDavis was given two technical fouls for going out on the court and berating the official. For the first time in his career at IU, Davis was thrown out of the game. And Kentucky sealed a victory with five free throw shots, including four from the technical fouls. IU lost its first game of the season 70-64.\n"I think this matter has gotten a lot of press and has some way affected our team," interim athletics director Terry Clapacs said. "I think our team's play at Temple at some degree was a result of the fact that there had been a lot of attention paid to this matter. For us at Indiana, the matter is now closed and certainly closed following the game at Ball State tomorrow."
Most fans would not have noticed the play of senior Kristen Bodine last night in IU's 62-52 conference victory over Northwestern. But, she was instrumental in changing the tempo of the game and changing the Hoosier's fortunes in the second half. \n"She was key to our transition," IU coach Kathi Bennett said. "We never walked the ball up the floor, that along with the fact that we forced some turnovers in the backcourt was pivotal."\nAs a result, IU outscored the Wildcats in the second half 39-22 and IU was able to force more turnovers in the last period as they used a full-court press to stifle Northwestern.\nWhile Bodine failed to score in the first half, she rebounded by recording nine points in the second half. She also did not tally a single rebound or an assist in the first, but finished the game with four and one respectively.\nThis marked Bodine's first conference win after missing all but three games last year when she tore her ACL against North Carolina State.\nAn example of Bodine's play was a stretch in the second half. With IU leading 50-46 and just under five minutes remaining in the game, she drove aggressively to the basket, drew two defenders and passed to DeMuth on the baseline for a lay-up, which gave IU a six-point lead, a lead which they would not surrender. On the next possession, Bodine was fouled and hit two free-throws to extend the IU lead.\n"Kristen is a leader," Bennett said. "And when she played like she played tonight in the second half, she can spark the whole team and get other players to follow her lead."\nBennett said Bodine's play will eventually begin to turn heads. \n"Kristen did so many things most fans probably didn't see tonight," Bennett said. "Hopefully they will notice her next game if she plays like she did tonight"