Metro roundup: Rose-Hulman's Strickland honored again
Rose-Hulman junior basketball player Julian Strickland earned first-team all-Midwest Region honors from d3hoops.com, in results released Wednesday.
Strickland earned Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Most Valuable Player honors this season for an Engineer squad that reached as high as No. 18 in the d3hoops.com weekly national poll.
Strickland averaged a team-high 14.6 points per game for a Rose squad that won conference regular-season and tournament championships in the same season for the first time in school history. The civil-engineering major became the 29th member of Rose-Hulman’s 1,000-point club and has tallied 1,099 points in his career.
METRO ROUNDUP: ISU women's players named scholar-athletes
Indiana State placed three student-athletes on the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete team Tuesday, according to a vote by the conference’s sports information directors.
Senior Taylor Whitley and junior Anna Munn led the way with first-team selections with redshirt junior Andrea Rademacher earning honorable-mention status. Munn was a second-team honoree as a sophomore while Rademacher was named to the honorable mention team for the second consecutive season.
Creighton knocks ISU from Arch Madness
After Creighton had been beaten by Indiana State by 19 points in a Feb. 6 game at Hulman Center, it was clear that the motivated Bluejays wanted to throw the first punch in Saturday’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament rematch.
The problem for ISU was that Creighton never stopped punching.
TODD GOLDEN: Sycamores will have to grow, improve mental toughness
Indiana State coach Greg Lansing was blunt after the Sycamores’ 64-43 loss to Creighton in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The beatdown that the Bluejays administered to the Sycamores called for nothing less.
METRO ROUNDUP: Rose-Hulman's Evans takes third at NCAA meet
Rose-Hulman senior Liz Evans earned her seventh career All-American award by finishing third in the women’s high jump at the NCAA Division III indoor track and field championships Saturday at North Central College.
ISU power pitchers lead Sycamores to victories
Senior Devin Moore and junior Sean Manaea combined for 18 strikeouts Saturday, leading the Indiana State baseball team to victories over South Dakota State (5-4) and Mercer (10-2) on Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium.
Swift takes NCAA podium for ISU in 60-meter hurdles
Indiana State’s Greggmar Swift ran to a fourth-place finish in the men’s 60-meter hurdles, running 7.70 seconds in the finals at the NCAA Division I men’s and women’s indoor track and field championships Saturday.
VIDEO: ISU's Brown delivers winning block
Two years ago, Indiana State knocked Evansville out of the Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball tournament via a last-second shot. On Friday? It was a last-second swat.
TODD GOLDEN: There’s no secret to Ryan clampdown
21-51, 11-36, 9-29, 11-31
Those numbers were enigmatically etched on the greaseboard inside Indiana State’s locker room after its 51-50 victory over Evansville on Friday.
No, someone’s credit card number hasn’t just been revealed to the world. Nor do the numbers represent some sort of secret code.
MVC Tournament notebook: Arop is glad to be back for Sycamores
Indiana State forward Manny Arop sat out two games as part of a suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules, but the time he had to wait to get back into action seemed to be an eternity.
Timing off again as ISU loses home opener
Indiana State’s baseball home opener was a case of bad timing all week, and it was no different when it finally happened Friday evening.
ISU's Johnson wins second NCAA title in women's weight throw
Indiana State now has a women’s NCAA champion in track and field in four of the past five years.
Indiana State senior Felisha Johnson closed out her 2013 indoor season Friday by claiming the NCAA national title in the women’s weight throw, her second in three years, and breaking the school record twice in the process. Kylie Hutson won consecutive indoor titles in pole vault in 2009 and 2010.
Basketball tournament or soap opera? Many storylines heading into Arch Madness
When the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament begins tonight at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, there’s really only one burning question to ask.
Is Arch Madness a basketball tournament or a soap opera?
METRO ROUNDUP: ISU's Khristian Smith named to MVC's All-Bench Team
Indiana State freshman basketball player Khristian Smith has been named to the Missouri Valley Conference’s All-Bench Team following a postseason poll of the league’s beat writers.
It is the first career league honor for Smith. He is the sixth Sycamore to earn All-Bench honors from the Missouri Valley Conference and the first since Jordan Printy in 2011.
ISU women looking to lock up no worse than fifth place with win
The Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship is out of reach, but a preferred seeding is still on the line as the Indiana State women’s basketball team hits the road for its final two games before next week’s MVC tournament.
Crean: 'These guys have earned it'
The celebration was going to go on, regardless of the game’s outcome.
Indiana University President Michael McRobbie was there to hand out the Big Ten men’s basketball trophy. Big Ten championship hats were ready to be distributed.
Odum makes MVC first-team, Sycamores' first since Renn in 2001
By Missouri Valley Conference rules, no one from the “home” school can vote for players for the All-MVC team that they coach, work for, or cover as a member of the media.
That means none of the four voters who represent ISU in the MVC voting block — ISU coach Greg Lansing, ISU sports information director Achim Hunt, ISU radio play-by-play man Brian Fritz and Tribune-Star writer Todd Golden — were allowed to vote for Odum on their ballots.
FROM THE PRESSBOX: Can Sycamores reverse fortunes heading into MVC Tournament?
Mastery of a basketball season comes in many forms. Mostly, it comes in forms that involve avoidance of turnovers, anemic scoring and poor defense.
The mechanics of X-and-O success in basketball are obvious, but what’s often overlooked in building a successful campaign is managing the rhythm of the season, which is the hardest thing of all.
Indiana State women fall to Wichita State
The final statistics Sunday afternoon showed visiting Wichita State with a 38-34 rebounding advantage over Indiana State in Missouri Valley Conference women’s basketball.
It seemed like a wider disparity than that to coach Teri Moren and the Sycamores themselves, after the Shockers spoiled Senior Day for Taylor Whitley and Andrea Rademacher by converting 15 offensive rebounds into 14 second-chance points during a 63-53 win.
METRO ROUNDUP: North Dakota State rallies to down ISU softball team
Indiana State led early but North Dakota State came back for a 4-2 victory Sunday in ISU’s final game at the Bulldog Invitational softball tournament.
ISU to play Evansville in MVC Tournament
Indiana State won't have to wait long to get another shot at Evansville.
After losing to Evansville 84-68 on Saturday at the Ford Center, ISU earned the No. 5 seed in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament and will have a rematch with the No. 4-seeded Purple Aces at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
ISU softball falls to No. 23 Georgia, Radford
After falling 9-1 to No. 23-ranked Georgia in its first game, the Indiana State softball team fell in a 3-2 heartbreaker to Radford in the Bulldog Invitational on Saturday.
“It was a great fastpitch game,” ISU coach Shane Bouman said. “The day came down to one pitch, one defensive play and one at-bat. They made the plays and we didn’t. We have learned a lot already this season.”
Rose-Hulman can't match Calvin's offense in Division III tournament
It was billed as the best first-round matchup in the NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament, and visiting Calvin College rose to the occasion Saturday night in Rose-Hulman’s Hulbert Arena.
The Knights pulled away from a two-point halftime lead by hitting 18 of 22 field goal attempts in the second half — against the nation’s best Division III scoring defense, remember — and ended the Engineers’ season by a 72-52 score.
ISU’s Swift wins hurdles at Notre Dame
Greggmar Swift continued his preparation for the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Alex Wilson Invitational Saturday, winning his semifinal heat and the finals of the 60 meter hurdles at the University of Notre Dame.
Stacia Weatherford, Leeann Michl, Kimyanna Rudolph (pole vault, 13-feet-2 1/2), and Dustin Betz (mile, 4:05.96) each established career best efforts as the second day of the meet was conducted in the Loftus Sports Center.
Swift cruised to the win in the finals with a time of 7.15 seconds. Virginia Tech’s Jeff Artis-Gray was second with a time of 7.82. Sycamore Adarius Washington ran 8.10 to finish fourth in the finals.
Indiana State unable to find its defense at Evansville
For about 10 minutes on Saturday at Evansville, Indiana State’s fans caught a glimpse of the team that had played its way into Missouri Valley Conference contention in early February.
Unfortunately for the Sycamores, it proved to be a mirage.
TILL IT'S OVER: Whitley’s determination on display for ISU Senior Day
Taylor Whitley averaged 12.1 points, 4.7 assists and went on an offensive rampage two years ago in St. Charles, Mo., to earn All-Missouri Valley Conference Tournament accolades.
A knee injury caused her a major setback as a junior, but Whitley’s senior year seems to have gone just how she would like it to: with her in the background doing the dirty work for a team that ranks among the NCAA’s best in scoring defense. The Sycamores are allowing 53.7 points-per-game, which is the best in the program’s history by a wide margin.
It’s a team that plays harder consistently for 40 minutes than any I’ve watched in 10 years covering ISU women’s basketball.
Terre Haute’s Hutson takes second at USA track championships
Indiana State’s Felisha Johnson and Brandon Pounds went against the best in the nation and former ISU standout Kylie Hutson placed second in the women’s pole vault during the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday in the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Johnson finished fourth in the women’s weight throw with her best throw coming on her fifth attempt with a distance of 73 feet, 0 3/4 inches. It is the fifth time this season that Johnson has had a throw better than 70 feet.
Gwen Berry (Nike/NYAC) won the indoor title with a season-best throw of 81-0 1/2 with Amber Campbell (Nike) going 77-8 1/4 for second. Campbell was the defending champion and set the meet record a year ago with a throw of 81-3 1/4. Jeneva McCall (NYAC) was third with a distance of 74-2 1/2.
Sycamores want to recover their ‘grindability’
For Indiana State’s men’s basketball team, these are hard times.
Rose prepared for ‘great opportunity’
At first glance, the men’s basketball teams of Calvin College and Rose-Hulman resemble each other in several ways.
Second-half run lifts ISU over MSU
Indiana State used a 16-3 run to beat Missouri State 71-63 in a Missouri Valley Conference women's college basketball game Friday night.
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