After gaining a 3-1 first half advantage, it looked as though the IU field hockey team was on its way to winning its first game of the year. But when Ball State forward Heather Weinhold scored with just 16 seconds left in the half, the Hoosiers appeared to be deflated and searching for an emotional boost. IU freshman goalie Katie Kanara said the team got their motivation from head coach Amy Robertson's halftime speech. "She reminded us that she is sick of it and we're sick of people not thinking we are anybody," Kanara said. "She said to not be surprised with ourselves because we knew that we could play this well." Hoosier freshman midfielder Kim Nash responded to Robertson's words. Nash netted her second goal of the match just 6:24 into the second half to give the Hoosiers a 4-2 advantage. Fellow freshman midfielder Kayla Bashore assisted on Nash's goal.
SACRAMENTO - With just over 46 seconds left in Saturday night's game in Arco Arena, junior Kyle Hornsby made a layup and drew a foul, giving the Hoosiers a seven-point lead on UNC-Wilmington. This was after IU had burned two timeouts trying to get the ball past half-court against the Seahawks' trapping press. As Hornsby pumped his fist, IU coach Mike Davis slid down into his courtside chair, legs and arms extended, palms open to the sky and a big smile on his face, as if to say, finally. Finally, the Hoosiers had been able to finish out a close game after going 1-5 in games decided by three points or less so far this season. Finally sophomore Jared Jeffries is back to All-American form. And finally, the No. 5 Hoosiers are going back to the Sweet Sixteen after an eight-year absence after they put away a feisty No. 13 UNC-W team, 76-67. With the win, IU advances to play No. 1 Duke Thursday night at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. in one of the South Regional semifinals. The other game will pit No. 10 Kent State against the winner of California and Pittsburgh.
ATLANTA -- Steve Blake is about the only person outside the IU locker room that picked the Hoosiers to do some NCAA Tournament damage. Blake, Maryland's junior point guard, penciled in IU to knock off top-ranked Duke in the Sweet 16. His teammates thought he was crazy. Even Hoosiers Dane Fife and Kyle Hornsby and IU coach Mike Davis admitted they are still trying to get a grip on reality -- deep down, they didn't think they'd be playing in April for the national championship.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- IU's trip to the Elite Eight almost never got off the ground. Through the first 20 minutes against Duke in the South Regional semi-final Thursday, IU committed 16 turnovers -- more miscues than IU totaled in 24 different games this season.
This weekend, the Hoosier distance runners led IU at the fifth annual Baldy Castillo Invitational, IU's first competition of the outdoor season. The three-day meet, Arizona State held at the Devils Sun Angel Stadium, was not scored. The Hoosiers finished two runners in the Top 5 in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Freshman Tom Burns took second in 9 minutes, 28.37 seconds, while freshman Matt Sweetman finished fourth with a time of 9:33.89.
The IU women's ultimate Frisbee club team, also known as "Calamity Jane," heads to Spokane, Wash. this weekend to compete against other top-16 ultimate teams in the country in the National Tournament. Calamity Jane earned its berth to the National Tournament by edging out 16 other teams to become the 2002 Great Lakes Regional Champions. The Calamity Jane team finished fourth in Regionals and beat the top-three seeds to earn its spot as one of the 16 at the National Tournament.
The IU baseball team is looking to win its first weekend series in the final series of the 2001 season at Illinois. The baseball team is finishing the year at seventh-place Illinois for a four-game set, bringing an end to a season coach Bob Morgan described as unsuccessful. "It's been a long and frustrating season," Morgan said in a press release. "We just look to finish on a positive note and play as well as we possibly can."
If I were coaching IU football I'd give the University my two-week's notice, but that would mean I'd have to coach two more football games. Cam Cameron should go through with his. Saturday was pathetic. Utah isn't bad, but the Utes couldn't beat any of the Big Ten's other 10 teams and sure as this is Cameron's last season shouldn't beat IU. Ever.
The volleyball team lost each of its two matches in Michigan last weekend in four games. The losses conclude the season for the Hoosiers, who finished 8-20 overall and 5-15 in the Big Ten. Friday, the Hoosiers were defeated by the Michigan Wolverines 30-27, 30-28, 19-30, 30-24. Saturday night brought about another four games, this time against the Michigan State Spartans. Scores on Saturday were 30-22, 30-23, 25-30 and 30-24.
This Friday the Hoosiers take on Eastern Illinois at home for their final home meet of the year. Sunday, IU will conclude its Big Ten season. For most of the guys, there will be next year, but for senior Brian Smiley and Viktor Sveda, these matches will be the start of the end of their collegiate careers.
IU probably didn't deserve as many chances as it had to win last night against Wisconsin. The Hoosiers probably had their worst defensive performance of the season, and even though they shot the ball well, IU struggled on the offensive end when it counted.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Two weeks ago, the women's basketball team lurked in eighth place in the Big Ten, not even a glimmer in the NCAA tournament's eye. But Monday night, the Hoosiers (17-13) emerged on Conseco Fieldhouse's victory stand, clad in oversized Big Ten championship T-shirts and flipped-around, black hats. Fifth-seeded IU outlasted second-seeded Penn State (21-11) in the Big Ten tournament final, 75-72.
INDIANAPOLIS- Tom Izzo said he noticed the difference from the opening tip. Spartan Marcus Taylor said the same thing. And even though Michigan State realized it early, they couldn't do anything about it. The Hoosiers were just more intense than the Spartans Friday afternoon at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. That difference, particularly on defense, led to fourth-seeded IU's 67-56 win against the fifth-seeded Spartans in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Sophomore forward Jared Jeffries led the Hoosiers with 14 points while junior guard Tom Coverdale and senior guard Dane Fife each had 11 points.
The last time IU saw Penn State, the Hoosiers didn't do much of anything well. IU shot just 28 percent from the field and hit just one of 14 three-pointers. After finding themselves down by four points at halftime, the Hoosiers managed to stay in the game despite making only five second half field goals.
Mike Davis sat in a folding chair Wednesday on the floor of Assembly Hall during his first day as head coach of the men's basketball team. He is the 184th head coach in IU athletics history, and among that group he is unique. It's not that he takes over the school's most visible program. It's not that he wore an "interim" tag before being promoted. It's not that he wears a suit instead of a red sweater. It's race -- the other 183 Hoosier coaches weren't black. Davis is.