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Rachel Bell is making all kinds of noise at Indiana Tech.

Bell, a Lake Central product, had a game-high nine assists to go with six rebounds and four points Saturday as Indiana Tech won its 14th straight game in a 74-46 victory over Lourdes.

Bell, a sophomore, has started all 25 games for the team. She’s averaging a team-high 5.1 assists per game to go with 4.4 points and 4.5 rebounds.

On Wednesday, she had six points, six rebounds and six assists in a 64-52 victory over Aquinas College. The NAIA Division II No. 8 Warriors are 23-2 this season, including 14-1 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC).

• Trinity Christian College’s Lauren Stokes (Kankakee Valley) earned her 1,000th career point on Jan. 20 in a 76-47 victory over Trinity International.

Stokes, who came in 17 points away from the milestone, notched that exact amount in the victory. The senior guard had 739 career points in her first three seasons. In 22 games this season, she’s leading the team in scoring at over 11 points per game. She also leads the team in assists.

• Louisville’s Dana Evans (West Side) had a game-high four assists in a 50-49 loss to Florida State. The setback snapped the Cardinals’ 20-game win streak.

• South Carolina Upstate’s Riley Popplewell (South Central) had team highs of 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in a 71-45 loss to Jacksonville.

• Lincoln University of Missouri’s Citlali Lopez (Whiting) scored a career-high 30 points in a 94-90 double overtime loss to Missouri Southern. After not scoring more than 10 points in a game last season, Lopez has accomplished the feat nine times this season and has scored at least 20 points in three games this season.

• Indiana University South Bend’s Kyleigh Kubik (LaPorte) had a team-high 23 points in a 79-64 victory over Roosevelt University. Vicki Gard (Lake Central) added six points and six assists.

Men’s basketball

Northern Illinois sophomore Eugene German (21st Century) scored a game-high 19 points and was perfect from the field in a 93-62 victory over Bowling Green.

German was 7-of-7 from the field, including 5-of-5 from 3-point range, in the win. He continues to lead the conference in scoring at 19.5 points per game. He added a team-high 21 points in Saturday’s loss at Western Michigan.

• Siena freshman point guard Roman Penn (Bishop Noll) had career highs of 10 rebounds and two blocks to go with seven points and three assists in a 67-56 loss to Monmouth.

Men’s track and field

Marian University’s Matt Wielgus (Crown Point) was eighth in the mile and second in the distance medley at the NAIA vs. NCAA Challenge.


Purdue 285-pounder Shawn Streck (Merrillville) has six pins on the season, which is the most by a Boilermakers grappler since the 2015-16 season. Streck is 22-10 on the season.

Women’s track and field

Indiana State’s Taylor Austin (Griffith) finished first in the mile run for the third time this season in another strong performance with a time of 4 minutes, 51.83 seconds Saturday at the Mark Messersmith Invite in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The converted time of 4:48.23 from the Terre Haute Duals is still first in the Missouri Valley Conference and 41st in the nation.

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