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Wednesday, September 22

 

Pike junior Ashley Barlow (left) has verbally committed to Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw. The 5'10 athletic junior standout guard gave her verbal September 12, a day after her second unofficial visit to the South Bend campus. Barlow, who was also offered by a number of quality Division I programs, chose Notre Dame because of it's prestige, family atmosphere and the opportunity to further her academic career. Being able to play close to home for one of the top programs in the country was also a definite plus.

 

As a sophomore, Barlow averaged 15.4 points. 2.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game, while shooting 61 percent from the field for the 16-7 Red Devils and former head coach Amy Cherubini last season. A 2004 highlight for Barlow was her game-winning shot in the one-point sectional win over Ben Davis. The Red Devils (16-7) lost to eventual 4A State Champ North Central 45-44 in the regional opener. Barlow, who was named to the Indianapolis Star Super Team and received AP All-State Honorable Mention recognition, joins South Bend St. Joseph's point guard Melissa Lechlitner in the 2006 Irish recruiting class. Barlow is planning to study business at ND and hopes to own her own business some day.


Jeffersonville senior Samantha Johnson has verbally committed to Xavier head coach Kevin McGuff. The 6'5 center, who attracted interest from Connecticut, Purdue, UNLV, Arkansas, Maryland, Indiana, Kentucky and many other programs early last season, is a true center with great size and power. As Jeff coach Chad Gilbert states, "There is no finesse about Sam's game," speaking of her power in the paint. Gilbert likes Johnson's court awareness and praises her for her ability to rarely be out of position. The power player's scoring stats weren't always impressive on a well-balanced team last season, but the huge upside for Johnson is her potential at the next level and beyond. Johnson will join Jerri Taylor of South Bend Washington in the 2005 Xavier recruiting class, and will appear on the Musketeers roster with Miranda Green of Pike and Suntana Granderson of South Bend Riley in 2005-06.  Photo from the Louisville Courier-Journal.


Indianapolis Arsenel Tech senior Brykeesha "Keesha" Tate (left) has committed to IUPUI first-year head coach Shann Hart. The 5'7 guard averaged 5.4 assists per game last season and shot 74 percent from the free throw line, while helping her team to a 19-5 record and the first sectional championship for the Titans since 1997. She was named 2004 All-City Honorable Mention by the Indianapolis Star.


With just over a month before the start of the Indiana high school girls basketball practice season, 2004 4A runner-up Warsaw has hired a coach to replace legendary Will Wienhorst, who was let go by the Warsaw School Board last month. John Snyder, who was hired by the Board Monday evening, will take over the Tigers program immediately. The Warsaw alum and former Tiger basketball star played for boys basketball coach Al Rhodes as a 6'7 sophomore in 1981 when Warsaw advanced to the Final Four. After graduating from DePauw, Snyder worked as an assistant for the past 17 years on the boys side of the game at Columbia City and Warsaw, where he is currently a social studies teacher. He now steps over to the girls game with a great deal of enthusiasm. Despite the graduation of a strong senior class that included 2004 Miss Basketball Jaclyn Leininger, now at Miami (OH), the Tigers return starting junior point guard Julie Seiss (right) and starting seniors Rebekah Reichard and Kara Mayer.
Snyder named Warsaw girls coach - Warsaw Times-Union
Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com.


Delphi has named Dave Schneider as its new girls basketball coach. He replaces Dan LePage, who led the Oracles to a 5-15 record last season.


Lindy's College Basketball Pre-Season Top 25 places Notre Dame at No. 14 and Purdue at No. 23.


For those of you who were lucky enough to get tickets for the Women's NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis next March, you'd better make your hotel reservations... now! Along with the Final Four at Conseco, the 2005 World Championship swimming trials will be held at IUPUI the same week.

Same time, same city: Final Four, 2005 trials - Indianapolis Star


Pictures from the Indiana High School Basketball Guide Tremendous Twenty-Six cover photo shoot are available on Rick Welton's website. Lots and lots of great pictures from the day.


Former Broad Ripple and Purdue player Shalicia Hurns, who transferred to Rutgers, has plead guilty to criminal restraint, assault and weapons possession after an incident involving a Rutgers women's soccer player. She has been "indefinitely suspended" from the Rutgers team.
RU women's basketball player suspended - Star-Ledger
Senior lost to Rutgers women's basketball team - Home News Tribune
RU basketball player pleads guilty - North Jersey Herald News (requires free registration)


We have added several new listings on our College Prospects pages. Courtney Reed of Northfield and Jessica Carr of New Castle are listed on the 2005 Prospects page, Sara Hivley of South Newton is listed on the 2006 Prospects page, and Kami Clemens of New Castle is listed on our 2007 Prospects page.


Other news of interest:
The weakest link (ACL tears) - FW News Sentinel
ND's Flecky calls it quits - South Bend Tribune
Catchings strong in Fever's finale - Indianapolis Star

Fired high school basketball coach sues parents for $1.5 million each - Desert News

Why so many NCAA rules? Because people cheat  - San Francisco Chronicle


 

Wednesday, September 15

 

New Albany sharp-shooting point guard Trisha Bennett has verbally committed to play for Gardner-Webb. Bennett, who led the Bulldogs in scoring and assists last season, selected the D-1 Atlantic Sun Conference school after a recent home visit by head coach Rick Reeves and his staff.  Reeves was recently tabbed head women’s basketball coach at GWU after spending the past five seasons as the head women’s coach at Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

 
A first-team Hoosier Hills All-Conference Player the past two years, Bennett transferred from Scottsburg to New Albany after her freshman year. She led Scottsburg in scoring and steals, and was named a first-team All Mid-Southern Conference selection for the 2001-2002 season. Last season, the 5'5 guard was named Courier-Journal All-State Honorable Mention, while averaging 16.1 points, 5.9 assists and 3.0 steals per game.  A solid shooter, Bennett set school records for season free throw percentage (.460) and three-point baskets made (9) in a single game. She was named the Co-MVP in the Battle of the Bridges game versus Kentucky earlier this year.

 
“Trisha Bennett will be an excellent fit to Gardner-Webb. She has the potential to step in and become an impact player for GWU,” said former coach Dave Rarick. “They lost a point guard and four-year starter to graduation, so Trisha will have the opportunity to take on the large task of becoming their floor general immediately. She is not only an outstanding playmaker, but one of the better pure shooters in high school basketball.”

 
Gardner-Webb is located in Boiling Springs, N.C. and, incidentally, has the same mascot (bulldog) and school colors (red and black) as New Albany.


She's on the move again. Senior Shanee Butler, who was forced to select a new school for her senior year after Gary Mann was closed, has transferred out of Gary Roosevelt to Gary West Side. According to local newspapers, Butler's athletic status is in limbo at the current time because while at Roosevelt, she played three volleyball games for the Panthers. The 5'5 high-scoring guard, who was recently named to the RRR Region Senior Seven, will have to wait for the IHSAA to determine her eligibility status before it is known if she will be able to join the potent Gary West Side Cougars roster. As West Side head coach Rod Fisher relayed to The Times, "if Butler's eligible she'd be welcomed with open arms and fit right in with the rest of the Cougars, who are familiar with her."

Butler's next stop may be West Side - Post-Tribune

Quite a West Side story - The Times
Photo from The Times


Kelli AgnessFormer 4A State Champion North Central 5'4 guard Kelli Agness (right) is now listed on the roster for the Hoosiers at Indiana.  An All-County  and All-Conference player her senior year, she was invited to try out for the team as a walk-on and is the first successful walk-on in head coach Kathi Bennett's 18 years of coaching. As a senior, Agness averaged 4.6 points, 3.0 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game for the 23-3 Panthers and head coach Alan Vickrey.


The first of college preseason rankings are out, and Notre Dame is listed as one of the top ten teams in the nation heading into the 2004-05 season. The Irish, who advanced to the Sweet Sixteen last season under head coach Muffett McGraw, returns a potent lineup that includes former South Bend Washington standout and Indiana All-Star Jacqueline Batteast. The senior forward was recently name to the John R. Wooden preseason watch list and is expected to have a tremendous senior season.

Jackie Oh! - Slam Magazine

Augustus, LSU earn top spot - ESPN

Slam Magazines Preseason Top 10

1. Louisiana State
2. Tennessee
3. Baylor
4. Georgia
5. Texas
6. UConn
7. Duke
8. Stanford
9. Rutgers
10. Notre Dame


Other news of interest:
River Forest's grad will compete for US women's wheelchair team - The Times
THE Fame game - The Times

She's talented beyond her years - Journal Inquirer


 

Thursday, September 9

 

South Bend Riley senior Kendra Reynolds (left) has committed to Indiana State head coach Jim Wiedie. The 6'0 power forward, who helped her team two years ago to the 4A state finals as a freshman, was selected to the South Bend Tribune All Metro Team after averaging 15.8 points and 11.5 rebounds per game as a junior. Reynolds, who chose the Sycamores over Valparaiso, Ball State and Chicago State, is expected to be an excellent fit in the ISU offense. Reynolds joins seniors Leah Phillips of Castle and Tiffany Reida of Western in the 2005 ISU recruiting class.

Riley star Reynolds selects Sycamores - South Bend Tribune

Latest ISU women's recruit enjoys tough foes - Terre Haute Tribune Star


Former Jennings County standout Jenny Pfeiffer (right) has accepted an offer to play for Louisville head coach Tom Collen. Pfeiffer, who recently left the women's team at Kentucky, was thought to have stepped away from the game of basketball. However, she claims a misunderstanding with the Kentucky staff led to that belief. She had no intentions of leaving the game and is looking forward to joining the Cardinals, one of Kentucky's most fierce rivals. Pfeiffer left the Wildcats as the team's third highest scorer from last season despite missing 11 games due to a bout with mononucleosis. The 5'8 guard is a welcome addition to Tom Collen's lineup. She is the second Indiana All-Star to transfer to Louisville since Collen took over the head coaching job last season. Missy Taylor, who transferred from Purdue, will play for the Cardinals this season after sitting out last year. Pfeiffer will also be required to sit out a year to comply with NCAA transfer rules. She will have two years of eligibility remaining after this season.

Pfeiffer will resume career at Louisville - Lexington Herald-Leader

Former Wildcat Pfeiffer transfers  to rival U of L - Louisville Courier-Journal

Women's Basketball Gets Transfer - Louisville website


The Indiana High School Basketball Guide, published by High School Sports Publications, will be holding its annual photo shoot for the Tremendous 26 this Sunday. Expected to be on this year's cover representing 13 of the best female players in the state are seniors Dana Beaven of Corydon Central, Stefanie Gerardot of Ft. Wayne Luers, Jodi Howell of Alexandria, Cassie Kerns of  Valparaiso, Aimee Litka of South Bend St. Joseph's, Chelsea Miller of Shenandoah, Tara Miller of North Harrison, Leah Phillips of Castle, Cassie Pruzin of Crown Point, Kahla Roudebush of Hamilton Southeastern, Jerri Taylor of South Bend Washington, Karissa Walter of Boone Grove, and junior Amber Harris of North Central. Harris (right) along with Greg Oden (Lawrence North) this year are the third and fourth juniors to be selected to the cover, following Shanna Zolman (Wawasee) and Sean May (Bloomington North), both in 2000. The Indiana High School Basketball Guide is usually available for purchase in November. Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com.


Anderson grad She' Park (left) will be playing very close to home this season. She will attend Division III Anderson and play for 13-year head coach Marcy Taylor. The 5'4 guard, who was a three-year varsity starter, was All-NCC Second Team and the 2003-04 Anderson "Lady Tribe" Most Improved Player last season. Park will be a welcome addition to the Ravens roster after the graduation of two senior guards, one of which was Anderson Highland alum Amy Davis.


Thanks to a complete list from Hickory Husker webmaster Leigh Evans, we have updated our Coaching Changes list with the latest information available. In what might be a reflection of the new summer participation rules, together with more pressure to win for smaller programs since the switch to class basketball, there were 70 coaching changes over the summer, seven of which have yet to be filled -- Warsaw, Indian Creek, North White, North Miami, Angola, Lafayette Central Catholic and Delphi.


We have several new listings on our College Prospect lists. Sophomores Becca Bruszewski of Wheeler and Tyronda Benning of Muncie South appear as 2007 Prospects. No colleges of interest are listed for the 5'7 Benning (17.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg), but Wheeler's returning leading scorer is listing Notre Dame, Indiana, Ball State, Illinois, Northwestern, Columbia and Valparaiso as programs showing interest in the 6'1 guard/forward. Beth Marshall of Hamilton Southeastern has been added to the 2006 Prospects. The 5'6 guard lists Kansas State, Purdue, Indiana and Michigan State among others showing an interest in the sharp-shooting perimeter player.

 

Also of note, Merrillville 6'2 junior Brittney Moore (right) is getting some serious interest from a number of high-level programs, including Duke, Purdue, Kansas State and Notre Dame, as well as from Ball State, DePaul Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan and Valparaiso. Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com.


Ball State has officially released its full schedule for the upcoming season. After a season-opening trip to participate in a tournament at Seton Hall, the Cardinals will face two premiere programs at home during the pre-MAC season. National powerhouse Duke will make an appearance in Muncie on December 20 and Kansas on December 30. Other non-conference slate opponents include Cincinnati, Illinois State, Indiana State, St. Louis, Murray State and Evansville.  BSU will kick off the Mid-American Conference schedule against Toledo on January 5 at Toledo.
Tracy Roller Releases Schedule - BSU website

Visits from Duke, Kansas highlight slate - BSU Daily News


Valparaiso has also released its schedule for the upcoming season. The Crusaders, who received a ticket to the NCAA dance after winning the MVC tournament last season, will travel to Final Four participant Minnesota to face Virginia Tech in the Minnesota Subway Classic. Then VU will host its first version of the Valparaiso State Farm Classic at the Genesis Center in Gary. The Crusaders will play St. Xavier, while IU-Northwest will take on Purdue-Calumet. It is the hope of head coach Keith Freeman to attract high-level programs for this event in the future. A non-conference slate that includes Notre Dame at the ARC on November 30, as well as Butler, Central Michigan, Miami (OH), Loyola-Chicago, Washington State and NCAA qualifier DePaul will carry Valpo into the conference season, which begins with Centenary on January 3. Freeman will welcome back Hoosier roots starters Katie Boone (left) of Center Grove and Jamie Gutowski (Andrean), as well as junior Lauren Bechtold (Hebron) and freshman Sarah Harper (Mooresville).

Valpo hoping to broaden fan base - The Times

Valpo Women Release 2004-2005 Basketball Schedule - VU website


Indiana girls basketball news:
Valparaiso’s Cassie Kerns is thrilled, humble, UConn-bound - Post-Tribune


Other news of interest:
Coaches stress academics - ISU Statesman

Indiana native returns to take on role as director - BSU Daily News

Catchings on crutches - Indianapolis Star

NCAA to Face Hearing from House - USA Today

ESPN to Launch College Sports Network - ESPN


 

Friday, September 3

 

In a surprise move, Valparaiso senior Cassie Kerns has given an early verbal commitment to Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma. The 6'3 forward had four home visits scheduled this month with UConn, Notre Dame, Kentucky and Michigan, but an offer by phone from the reigning NCAA national champion head coach was too much to pass up. Kerns will still be entertaining Coach Auriemma and assistant coach Chris Dailey next week in Valparaiso, and then make an official visit to Storrs later this month.

 

Kerns, who was a member of the Junior All-Star Core Team this past summer, led her Vikings team to a 23-3 record, ending with a Semi-State loss to 4A runner-up Warsaw. She averaged 13.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game under the direction of Valpo head coach Greg Kirby. She also received much recognition at the end of last season, being name The Times POY, Post-Tribune POY, Duneland Conference POY, ICGSA All-State Second Team, AP All-State Honorable Mention, and Courier-Journal All-State Second Team. With last season's tournament run and this summer's in-state exposure events, Kerns has established herself as a legitimate Miss Basketball candidate in the minds of many Indiana high school coaches for the upcoming season.

 

Why the Huskies? (Duh!) And why so early? When it came down to it, UConn's track record in the national tournament and with sending players to the WNBA was the deciding factor for Kerns. "Ever since I was a little girl, I've wanted to play for a national champion and in the WNBA. So I figured, why not go to the school with the best record, the best coaches and the best players?" explained Kerns. "I was going to wait to make a decision after all of the official visits, but when Coach Auriemma offered, I knew that's where I wanted to go. So why wait?"

 

Not since the days of Lake Central standout Kelly Komara has a Region recruit garnered so much attention from the elite of women's basketball programs. An outstanding summer on Indiana's Finest 16U team sent a number of top programs checking their atlases for the location of Valparaiso on their Indiana maps. Unfortunately for all of them, Coach Auriemma beat them to the punch.

 

Valpo will undoubtedly be a top contender in 4A this season, with Kerns and sisters Erica Humes and Lindsey Humes all returning to the lineup. The younger Humes will be making the biggest transition this season, moving from the three position to point guard, trying to fill the gaping hole left by the graduation of four-year starter Lauren Hutton. Lindsey Humes is still recovering from an ACL tear, that may keep her off the competitive court until late November or early December. So the Vikes may get a slow start while adjusting to their changing lineup, but as always, they should finish strong. Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com.

 

Kerns commits to UConn - The Times

Valpo standout picks Connecticut over Notre Dame - Post-Tribune

Valpo star commits to UConn - Indianapolis Star

Kerns says yes to Auriemma - Hartford Courant

Auriemma lands recruit - News Times

UConn women score another new recruit - Connecticut Post

Who needs a visit - The Day


Cathedral star senior Kimberly Roberson has verbally committed to Indiana. The 5'9 guard becomes the third recruit for Hoosiers coach Kathy Bennett, who has also received verbals from Tara Miller of North Harrison and Whitney Thomas of Bloomington North.

 

As a junior, Roberson helped her 4A Cathedral team to a 20-4 record under head coach Linda Bamrick, while averaging a well-rounded 14.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 4.6 steals per game. After last season, the heady guard received post-season honors as a Courier-Journal All-State Honorable Mention, Indiana Junior All-Star and Indianapolis Star All-Metro Second Team.

 

According to the Indianapolis Star, Bamrick states about Roberson's performance last season, "Kim's athleticism, excellent court vision, versatility, basketball savvy and unselfish style of play contributed greatly to our team's success this season. As the lone returning starter from last year, she handled this pressure quite well and helped elevate the level of play of her teammates."


Union City has promoted Keith Fields from girls JV coach to varsity girls basketball coach.  He replaces Kirk Comer, who is the new head coach at Jay County.


Attention Coaches!  John Harrell is compiling his very valuable on-line schedule index for the 2004-05 season. Please send your schedules to John at jrharrell1@msn.com or by fax at 1-812-331-4383. Please include game times. So far, Anderson, Connersville and Pioneer have schedules available for viewing on John's site, John Harrell's Indiana Girls Basketball. Check his updates often to view the latest schedule submissions.


 

Wednesday, September 1

  

Eastern Illinois head coach Brady Sallee knows a good thing when he sees it, and he likes what he sees in Indiana. Tippecanoe Valley senior Kara Kramer (left) becomes the third Hoosier to verbally commit to the first year coach in the past two weeks. The impressive 5'8 guard averaged 16.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game as a junior while shooting 49.8 percent from the field, 48.5 percent from 3-point range and 79.1% from the charity stripe.

 

After a very successful 21-3 campaign in 2003-04 under TV head coach Gary Teel, Kramer was in heady company when chosen to the Warsaw Times Union All-Area First Team, along with Miss Basketball Jaclyn Leininger of Warsaw and Indiana All-Star TV teammate Rebekah Parker. Kramer was also chosen All Three Rivers Conference First Team and named to the South Bend Riley Shootout All-Tourney First Team.  This past spring Kramer was selected to the South Bend Tribune All Area All Star East Team as an underclassman.  She also stood out at the July Top 100 Showcase with her hustle and skill on a team full of quality Division I prospects.

 

"Kara is an outstanding student athlete," says Teel. "Her work ethic in the classroom and in the gym are a model for others to follow.  She has great dribble penetration with the ability to pull up for the jumper or dish off to an open teammate.  Her quickness and shooting range makes her a scoring threat at anytime."

 

Kramer joins South Ripley forward Julie Lipperd and Hamilton Southeastern forward Lindsey Kluempers in the Eastern Illinois recruiting Class of 2005.


South Bend Washington standout and 2004 Indiana Junior All-Star Jerri Taylor (right) has verbally committed to Xavier head coach Kevin McGuff. According to the South Bend Tribune, Taylor chose the Musketeers over Bowling Green, Valparaiso and Pepperdine.

 

As a junior, Taylor led a very talented South Bend Washington team to an undefeated regular season before falling 73-60 to Gary West Side in the Valparaiso Regional semi-final. Under the coaching of Marilyn Coddens, the Panthers should be set for another strong run in 2004-05, as only one player graduated from the last season's SBW roster. Six returning seniors, together with rising star soph Katelyn Boocher (6'2 C), bode well for the Panthers' post-season prospects this coming season.

 

The super-quick Taylor averaged 12.0 points per game last season, but can put up big numbers when it counts.  In the 2004 Sectional series, she tallied 59 points in two wins over South Bend Clay and South Bend Riley. She also wowed fans as a substitute in the North All-Star Exhibition game, scoring 13 points in an almost perfect performance from the field. Taylor will join South Bend native Suntana Granderson (South Bend Riley) on the Musketeers roster, together with former Pike standout and Xavier starter Miranda Green. Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com.


Mandy GeryakXavier player Mandy Geryak (left) of Martinsville has transferred to Indianapolis. The 5'8 point guard, who holds the Martinsville record for assists in a season (404), played in 25 games for the Musketeers last season, starting in four contests. She averaged 3.8 points, 2.0 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game. Geryak will be able to play immediately for the Greyhounds since Indianapolis is a Division II institution.

 

With a great deal of Indiana talent on her roster, U of I head coach Teri Moren (Seymour) will be looking to duplicate or exceed last season's successful campaign, when the Greyhounds finished 23-9 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament. Geryak should complement the talent at U of I extremely well. Indianapolis returns three of five starters from last season, including Erin Moran (Indianapolis Roncalli), Amanda Norris (Shenandoah) and Amanda Davidson (Brownsburg).


Indianapolis gained a player but also lost another to transfer. Greyhounds starter and 2002 Indiana All-Star Megan Dossen (Ft. Wayne Luers) has moved back closer to home and now appears on the roster at St. Francis in Ft. Wayne. She will be coached there by her former high school coach Gary Andrews. Dossen collected four IHSAA state championships during her high school career at Luers, the only player in Indiana high school history to do so. Andrews was on the sidelines at Luers for three of those championships. St. Francis will also welcome back former Huntington North star Cassie Kline to its roster. Kline played for the Cougars as a freshman and sophomore, but transferred to another school for a year.

Dossen, Kline add 'instant' experience to Lady Cougars roster - St. Francis website


Heather CusickFormer Miami (OH) legend and Kokomo standout Heather Cusick has joined the coaching staff at Ball State as the Director of Women's Basketball Operations under head coach Tracy Roller (Crown Point). Cusick takes the position formerly held by Jeanette Gray (Valparaiso), who was promoted to an assistant coaching position after the departure of former assistant Stephanie White (Seeger), who took a similar job at Kansas State.

Cusick Joins Women's Basketball Staff - BSU website


We have added the profile of junior Ashlee Roddy to our 2006 Prospects. The 5'7 point guard averaged 11.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 3.7 steals per game as a sophomore at 2A Eastern Hancock. Any player who wishes to be listed on our prospects lists may submit their information to us at rrr@smallwebsolutions.com.


Other news of interest:
Freshmen will make impact on Notre Dame squad - CSTV
Growth of girls taking part in sports levels out - USA Today
Slumping Fever benefit from long timeout - Indianapolis Star
Catchings shows gold medal to Fever - Indianapolis Star


 

Tuesday, August 31

 

Eastern Illinois first-year head coach Brady Sallee has again landed a top Hoosier recruit. After getting an early  verbal from South Ripley standout Julie Lipperd a week ago, he now also has another from Hamilton Southeastern standout Lindsey Kleumpers (right).  The 6'0 frontliner will be one of three key senior returnees for the HSE Royals this season, the other two being recent Cincinnati recruit Kahla Roudebush and 5'9 guard/forward Stacie Myers. As a junior, Kluempers averaged 7.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 51.7% from the field and a sizzling 85.7% from the free-throw line. Under the direction of head coach Haley Beauchamp, the Royals will be one of the top 4A threats from the central portion of the state this season. HSE finished at No. 3 in the ICGSA 4A Poll in February, and should appear near the top of the ICGSA Pre-Season Poll again in early November.

"Lindsey is a very flexible player that can shoot from the outside and maneuvers extremely well on the inside. Her defense and rebounding challenges other players inside the paint," says Beauchamp.  Before Kluempers played on Team Indiana U18 this summer, which finished second in AAU state and fifth at nationals, she was named First Team All Hamilton County, Co-MVP of the Hamilton County Tourney, Indy Star Metro North Honorable Mention and Hoosier Crossroads Conference Honorable Mention.

 

Eastern Illinois, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, is poised to make a serious turn around after a dismal 8-19 record last season. The Panthers have additional Indiana ties with the presence of OVC All-Freshman Team member Megan Casad (Bloomington South), junior forward Lauren Sims (Sullivan) and incoming freshman point guard Kiki Bytner (Calumet) on the EIU roster.


Since our last news update, it was reported that Whitney Frame would be playing for Franklin College. However, we have been informed that the former Randolph Southern standout and 2004 Indiana All-Star will be playing at Marian College in Indianapolis this upcoming season.


We have added the profile of junior Morgan McWhorter to our 2006 Prospects. The 5'5 guard averaged 13.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game as a sophomore at Taylor. She lists Butler, Indiana, Central Michigan, Coastal Carolina,  Cleveland State, Bradley, Duke, Miami (OH), Kent State and Cincinnati as programs of interest. Any player who wishes to be listed on our prospects lists may submit their information to us at rrr@smallwebsolutions.com. We will also begin taking listings for the Class of 2008.


The Women's Basketball Coaches Association recently released its Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the 2003-04 season. The award recognizes the nation's highest team grade point averages (GPA) for the 2003-04 season based upon nominations submitted by WBCA-member head coaches. As in the past, a number of Indiana programs have been honored. In Division I, Indiana State (3.577 GPA) ranked second in the country behind leader Eastern Washington, and Valparaiso (3.397 GPA) ranked sixth. Notre Dame (3.277 GPA) was ranked 22nd in the country. Indianapolis (3.420 GPA) was ranked 11th of all Division II programs nationally.


Besides the good news for Indiana State academically, the Sycamores were certainly pleased to know that their program averaged 403 more fans per game last season. According to NCAA attendance statistics (PDF), ISU ranked 52nd nationally in Division I attendance with an average of 2,262 fans per home game. Purdue was the highest ranked Indiana program in attendance, averaging 10,105 fans per game. The Boilermakers also showed the second highest improvement in attendance, up 3,051 per game. Kentucky showed the greatest improvement, up 3,488 per game. All Indiana programs listed showed attendance as follows:

 

Top 100
Rank
School Home
Games
Total Average/Change
5 Purdue 12 121,258 10,105 / +3,051
12 Notre Dame 15 99,750 6,650 / -357
52 Indiana State 12 27,148 2,262 / +403
57 Indiana 13 26,205 2,016 / NA
-- Ball State 11 13,467 1,224 / -80
-- Evansville 13 12,448 958 / +130
-- Valparaiso 13 8,505 654 / -115
-- IUPUI 14 8,871 634 / -28
-- IPFW 12 4,861 405 / +151
-- Butler 10 3,504 350 / +55

 


Other news of interest:
Ruth Riley And Team USA Take Olympic Gold With 74-63 Win Over Australia - ND website
Terrific trio good as gold - South Bend Tribune
Women's basketball team finds special place in Chancellor's heart - Houston Chronicle
Film
shows the effect of Title IX in Indiana - Indianapolis Star
School sports have opened doors for girls  - Indianapolis Star


 



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