Sports Digest: Holland leads IUN to women's basketball win

2013-11-01T21:15:00Z 2014-06-24T18:08:27Z Sports Digest: Holland leads IUN to women's basketball win nwitimes.com

Women’s basketball

HOLLAND LEADS IUN TO VICTORY: Megan Holland scored a game-high 18 points to lead Indiana Northwest to a 74-51 win over Tritnity Christian on Friday. Danielle Zandstra and freshman Nicki Monahan (Portage) each added 12.

CALUMET COLLEGE FALLS TO CLARKE: Latoi Merriweather (Merrillville) scored a team-high 15 points, but Calumet College (0-2) lost 63-56 to Clarke College. Rebecca Arredondo (Highland) had 13, while Dominique Edwards had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Women's bowling

VALPO OPENS SEASON WITH 4-1 MARK AT JAMBOREE: No. 14-ranked Valparaiso began its season with a 4-1 mark Friday at the New Jersey Jamboree.

Valpo is 10th in the tourney. The Crusaders defeated No. 9 Stephen F. Austin 763-742, No. 18 New Jersey City 702-525, No. 20 Bethune Cookman 691-613 and Delaware State 797-731 in baker-format games. They lost 749-727 to No. 11 Adelphi.

College football

REES PLAYING WELL AS IRISH PREPARE FOR NAVY: Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees is making opponents pay for crowding the line of scrimmage.

With Notre Dame (6-2) trying to make a push for a BCS bowl berth, Rees seems to have regained his passing touch heading into today's game against Navy (4-3). Rees is completing 72 percent of his passes with no interceptions and seven touchdowns the past two games despite missing much of the second half against USC with a neck injury.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly attributes part of Rees' midseason struggles to facing good defenses, but also believes Rees is feeling more comfortable in the pocket and playing more confident. Rees will be looking to take advantage of a Navy secondary undergoing changes.

IU'S POSTSEASON CHASE COMES DOWN TO FIXING THIRD-DOWN PLAYS: TO  Indiana's second-half success comes down to two rules.

Convert third downs on offense and the Hoosiers score. Stop opponents on third down and they won't score.

So the Hoosiers (3-4, 1-2 Big Ten) are scrambling to shore up both areas as they begin their next quest: To become bowl eligible for the first time since 2007. It starts today against Minnesota (6-2, 2-2).

Perhaps no other team in the Football Bowl Subdivision has such a stark contrast. Indiana is on pace to break the school's single-season scoring record at 42.2 points per game.

But the Hoosiers also are allowing 37.1 points and 221 yards rushing per game, both league highs and numbers that don't bode well against Minnesota's strong ground game.

PURDUE COACH READY TO FACE BUCKEYES: It's reunion week for Darrell Hazell.

Suddenly, he's talking about some of his star pupils who went on to play in the NFL — Ted Ginn Jr., Anthony Gonzalez, Santonio Holmes, Brian Hartline and Brian Robiskie — and some of the guys he recruited still playing for unbeaten Ohio State. Luke Fickell is still on the Buckeyes coaching staff, and Hazell still hangs out with former Buckeyes linebacker Marcus Freeman.

The difference is that Hazell finds himself on the opposite sideline today, trying to make life difficult for the nation's No. 4 team.

Hazell bluntly acknowledges this game won't tug at his heartstrings though he speaks reverently about the six seasons he worked for coach Jim Tressel, the players he coached and what he learned in Columbus.

HIGH-SCORING NO. 21 NIU FACES WEAK UMASS: Low-scoring Massachusetts is getting a good look at how to get into the end zone.

It comes from studying video of today's opponent, high-scoring Northern Illinois.

The No. 21 Huskies are averaging 41.9 points per game. The Minutemen have totaled 85 all season as they continue to struggle in their second year of FBS play.

The Minutemen (1-7) had their best offensive game of the season last Saturday in a 31-30 loss to Eastern Michigan when they failed on a two-point conversion pass with 22 seconds left.

Northern Illinois should have little trouble getting to 9-0 for the first time since 1965. The Huskies are led by quarterback Mount Carmel graduate Jordan Lynch, who has thrown for 18 touchdowns and run for eight.

NEBRASKA LOOKS FOR BOUNCE-BACK WIN VS. WILDCATS: Northwestern and Nebraska both are coming off losses entering their game today in Lincoln.

The Cornhuskers (5-2, 2-1) lost at Minnesota last week, but remain in control of their destiny in the Big Ten's Legends Division. Northwestern has lost four straight and bowl eligibility hangs in the balance.

Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald says the season isn't lost after last week's overtime loss to Iowa. Northwestern (4-4, 0-4) can achieve bowl eligibility for a sixth straight year with two more wins.

PENN STATE TRIES TO MOVE ON AGAINST ILLINOIS: Penn State is ready to move on from one of the worst losses in program history.

The Nittany Lions, of course, have little choice.

It's time for the next game on the schedule, and that means they have to prepare for Illinois (3-4, 0-3 Big Ten) today. Ohio State's 63-14 win over the Nittany Lions (4-3, 1-2) was a setback for a team coming off an emotional four-overtime win against undefeated Michigan. Much like the Nittany Lions couldn't build off that victory, they can only hope their epic defeat doesn't linger into Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

The Illini certainly understand the pressures that come with trying rebound from a big loss. Michigan State rolled to a 42-3 win last week and Illinois has lost all three Big Ten games by at least 20 points.

Pro baseball

AP SOURCE SAYS CUBS INTERVIEW AUSMUS FOR MANAGER'S JOB: A person familiar with the situation says the Cubs are interviewing former catcher Brad Ausmus for their manager's job.

The person spoke Friday on the condition of anonymity because the search is to be confidential.

Ausmus works in San Diego's front office as a special assistant to the general manager. He also managed Israel's team for the World Baseball Classic.

Auto racing

EDWARDS ON TEXAS POLE: Jimmie Johnson qualified third for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas, one row ahead of Matt Kenseth.

Johnson and Kenseth are tied for the points lead going into Sunday's race.

Carl Edwards starts on the pole after a qualifying lap of 196.114 mph on Friday. Edwards earned his first pole at Texas, where he is the only three-time Cup winner.

The polesitter has won the last two races at the high-banked 1½-mile track.

Around the horn

The White Sox have outrighted right-handed pitcher Simon Castro to Triple-A Charlotte.

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