SACRAMENTO - Sophomore Jared Jeffries joked with freshman Donald Perry, telling him to dive into press row for a loose ball. Senior Dane Fife wildly applauded every made free throw. IU coach Mike Davis' youngest son, Antoine, entertained girls sitting near the court. And Jeffries capped off the 50-minute workout Wednesday night with an alley-oop off the backboard to Jeff Newton for a reverse dunk. Their recent struggles in the post season still fresh in their minds, the fifth-seeded Hoosiers are not about to be intimidated at the thought of another early exit from the NCAA Tournament. Tonight, at a little after 10 p.m. Bloomington time, IU takes on 12th-seeded Utah in an opening round game in the South bracket at Arco Arena in Sacramento.
Team captains are key to the success of any athletic team. The Hoosier field hockey team is no exception. "As a group, regardless of the condition we are put in (the team captains) have a positive attitude and help bring up the rest of the team even if we are frustrated," freshman forward Ryan Woolsey said. The field hockey captains were selected by their teammates at the beginning of the season. Senior back Akila Jones, senior forward Brooke Magers and junior midfielder Erica Nilsson were selected by their peers to lead the team.
INDIANAPOLIS- Senior Dane Fife sat with a stoic look on his face, looking straight ahead from the seat in front of his locker, and still in his uniform 30 minutes after the game against Iowa ended. Junior Kyle Hornsby was two lockers to Fife's right and in the same position.
The women's volleyball team returned home from California Sunday with one win and two losses to add to their record, now 2-4, after playing three matches in the Loyola Marymount Volleyball Classic Friday and Saturday. The Hoosier's beginning match Friday evening against host Loyola Marymount was a strong start for IU, who won the first game of the match against the Lions.
Divers Erin Quinn, a senior, and Sara Reiling, a junior, continued a spectacular week for the Hoosier diving program by finishing fourth and sixth, respectively, at the U.S. Nationals Sunday. Both earned spots on the national team as a result.
After a tie and two overtime losses to Michigan earlier this season, revenge is on the mind of the water polo team as it plays host to a four-team field at the Indiana Invitational at Councilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center this weekend. Michigan State is first on IU's agenda at 1 p.m Saturday, followed by a date with No. 18 Massachusetts at 7:30 p.m. In the final match of the invitational, the No. 17 Hoosiers (13-7-1) take on No. 13 Michigan (14-9-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Timing is everything during qualifications for Little 500, and it has nothing to do with a stop watch. The time that each rider is vying for is more than a race time. The time of day that each team competes is important because it could have an influence upon their speed and track times.
Much like the hot and cold weather plaguing central Indiana, the Hoosier football team had highs and lows during their second scrimmage of the spring season. "It went good and OK," senior wide receiver Antwaan Randle El said. "We didn't play as well as we wanted on offense, and we still have some things that need to be corrected on defense, but overall we stayed with it and near the end made some big plays."
The man convicted of killing the mother of former IU running back Levron Williams has been sentenced to 95 years in prison.
After seasons of constant television coverage, the men's basketball team will take a hit this season. And we have the economy to thank, IU Media Relations Director Jeff Fanter said. Seven of IU's first 12 games - including two exhibition contests - will not be televised. Sunday's exhibition victory against Athletes in Action was the first. Other games that will not be televised include Nike Elite, Charlotte, Southern Illinois, Ball State and both Hoosier Classic contests. IU's game against Miami of Florida will be broadcast regionally on the Sunshine Network.
Interpreted word for word, the women's soccer team's goal for the 2001 season may not seem profound. But coach Joe Kelley maintains that if his team plays its hardest, the Hoosiers can expect an improvement on last year's 8-9-1 record. "It may sound so trite, but we just want to play really well. Every game we want to compete," Kelley said. "We want to go out and play with pride and outwork the other team. Beyond that obviously we're judged by wins and losses. It would be great if things fell our way, but we've got to make our breaks."
The IU women's basketball team reviewed game video of themselves after practice Tuesday instead of examining the Wisconsin squad on tape. Coach Kathi Bennett said she would rather expend her energy worrying about her own team than fretting about the Badgers.
IU is expected to officially land three men's basketball recruits today, the first day recruits can sign national letters of intent. Six-foot-three, 186-pound Bracey Wright (The Colony, Texas) verbally committed to the Hoosiers in September after averaging 21.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, three assists and two steals per game for the Cougars.
This is the last year for senior Erin Womble on the women's cross country team, and she doesn't want the disappointment the team experienced last year. Then, the Hoosiers were on the bubble of making it to the NCAA meet. This year, Womble said she looks to head to Greenville, South Carolina, site of this year's NCAA's. She looks past last year's frustration and sees a positive. "We were on the bubble and almost there. Now we think, 'What can we do?' Everyone was let down, and we don't want that feeling again," she said.
As a fifth-year senior, Rich Thomas has seen a lot of twists and turns in his golf career. So it probably should have come as no surprise that he ended up becoming golfing buddies with none other than Principal Belding of "Saved by the Bell" this summer. But you better not call him Screech. "I'd rather be called Zack or Slater," Thomas joked.