What was looking to be a dominant senior season for Indiana Northwest women’s basketball star Grayce Roach has come to a screeching halt before it really got a chance to get started
Roach, a three-time All-Association of Independent Institutions' selection and preseason NAIA All-American candidate suffered a broken hand earlier this month in the RedHawks’ third game of the season. The school finally announced on Wednesday afternoon that the Hobart product underwent surgery and would be sidelined for the remainder of the season.
Roach will redshirt this season and return in 2018-19 as a graduate student. Roach was averaging 24.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game at the time of her injury.
“Obviously you can’t prepare for an injury and a loss to a player that means as much as Gracye does, nor can you replace what she means to us both on the court and off with her talent and leadership,” IUN coach Ryan Shelton said in a release. “She’s also a Dean’s List student that contributes each and every day to our university in various ways. We’re glad to know that she will be able to return to our team next season to complete her outstanding career while continuing her education.”
Roach ranks third on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,354 points, trailing only local products Sharon Houston (Merrillville) and Nicki Monahan (Portage). The senior guard was injured in the closing moments of regulation against IU-South Bend on Nov. 2. The RedHawks went on to lose the game 90-83 in overtime and have started the season 6-5 after entering the year nationally ranked in the NAIA Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll.
New to the Pride: Purdue Northwest men’s basketball coach Matt Bush announced his 2018-19 recruiting class on Wednesday.
Anthony Barnard, a 6-foot-5 forward from Kokomo and Chase Rankin, a 6-1 point guard from Gahanna, Ohio, recently signed their national letters of intent and will enroll at PNW this fall.
“These are two great additions to our program,” Bush said in a release. “As we continue to improve within the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II, Anthony and Chase are the types of players we need to bring in to continue that process. I can’t wait to have them both in Pride uniforms.
Barnard averaged 13.4 points and six rebounds per game last season while shooting 48 percent from the floor and 42 percent from beyond the arc. Barnard was second on his team with 36 3-pointers. Rankin averaged 15.4 points, 6.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds as a junior last season.
Griffith honored once again: Valparaiso women’s soccer forward Cory Griffith continues to add the hardware to her trophy case after a stellar junior season. Griffith was named a United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-Midwest Region honoree on Wednesday.
Griffith was named a First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection earlier this month after she tied Valparaiso’s single-season record with 11 goals scored. Griffith scored five match-winning goals this season, tying her own program record. The Lemont native had a team-best 25 points this year, good for the second-most in a single season in program history.