Times Sports Editor
When thinking of ideal travel destinations in February, thoughts turn to sunny Florida or perhaps a cruise to the Caribbean, but heading north to the Dakota's isn't typically high on the list.
After an 0-2 road trip to North Dakota and South Dakota State, IUPUI's girls' basketball team probably won't have fond memories of the road trip either.
The Jaguars came into last weekend winners of six-of- seven Summit League basketball games, but lost on Feb. 9 at Fargo, ND, 65-60 and in Brookings, SD by a 68-44 score.
At South Dakota State, the Jackrabbits continued their winning ways at home, improving to 11-0 and 18-6 overall.
The tough road swing came on the heels of a three-game home winning streak for IUPUI that included a 71-46 blowout of Southern Utah on Feb. 4 during which Northview graduate, Julie Whitted went for a career-high 27 points on 13-of-21 shooting from the field to go with nine rebounds. She also added two assists and two blocks in 33 minutes of action.
The 6'5 Whitted also rang up 19 points to go with eight rebounds and six blocks in a victory over University of Missouri-Kansas City at the Jungle two nights earlier.
Whitted helped start IUPUI's winning swing with another 19-point effort on Jan. 28 while hitting an efficient 7-of-11 from the field against Oakland. The Jaguars' sophomore was also a force on the defensive end with seven blocks.
Against South Dakota State on Monday night, Whitted went off for another double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 3:02 remaining. But the 3-point shooting of the Jackrabbits was the decisive factor, hitting 10-of-16 from long range.
In foul trouble for part of the North Dakota State game, Whitted still had an 18-point, seven-rebound game to go with four blocks in 31 minutes, but the Bison were able to hold off the Jaguars.
IUPUI is now 11-14 overall and 7-6 in the conference and will host Oral Roberts on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
For the season, Whitted has averaged 12.9 ppg. and is second on the team with 7.6 rpg. while topping the squad with 76 blocks.
In West Terre Haute, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College has had a recent successful streak, winning its past two basketball games.
Northview graduates Lexee Hayes and Jennifer Gregg have been integral parts of that streak.
The Pomeroys lit up the scoreboard on Saturday, posting a 101-78 win over visiting Taylor-Ft. Wayne.
Hayes saw 38 minutes of court time while scoring eight points, snatching eight steals from the Falcons and grabbing seven rebounds with four assists. Her former Northview teammate and Pomeroy sophomore, Gregg, had four points in limited time while working back into the rotation following an injury.
Gregg hit both of her shots from the field with an assist and a rebound.
On Thursday, Hayes torched Spalding for 21 points in an 81-70 victory during which she also had eight assists. Gregg added nine points in the win, which improved Saint Mary-of-the-Woods to 6-15 overall.
In Indianapolis, Marian College's struggles continued with a loss to Indiana Wesleyan 67-49, that pushed their conference mark to 0-13 overall.
Northview graduate, Heath Chamberlain had a 10-point effort while grabbing three rebounds in 21 minutes of court time.
This season, Chamberlain has averaged 21 minutes per game while hitting 55 percent (77-of-140) from the field and grabbing nearly six rebounds per contest. He leads the team with 19 blocks and averages 9.3 ppg.
The Knights enter the final week of games with a game this evening at St. Francis in Fort Wayne before traveling to Grace College and wrapping the regular season at home on Feb. 23 versus Goshen College.
In Illinois, Lincoln Land Junior College slipped below the .500 mark this year with a pair of recent losses.
Matt Stuckey, a freshman for the Loggers and Northview graduate, saw nine minutes of action in a 51-49 loss to Spoon River on Feb. 9, grabbing a rebound, but missing both of his shots from the field.
Stuckey had four points on two-of-six shooting from the field on Feb. 6 as Lincoln Land dropped a 61-54 decision to Lewis and Clark Community College.
The Loggers did drill Parkland, 81-47 on Feb. 2 and got 19 points apiece from three different players as Stuckey contributed two points in 10 minutes on the court.
Josiah Brock is a freshman at Lincoln Christian College in Illinois and has seen considerable time for the Preachers.
Lincoln Christian fell 106-101 in a wild overtime affair against Principia College as Brock contributed eight points and 10 rebounds with two assists and two blocks in 34 minutes of the game. Three separate teammates had 20-plus points in the loss.
On Feb. 6, the Preachers dropped an 80-69 decision to Greenville as Brock scored six points and added seven boards.
Track and field
Hanover College's track and field team has had the services of Northview's Andrea Thomas this season.
Thomas also was a member of the cheerleading squad that performed for the football team as well as both the men's and women's basketball teams.
Thomas received an academic scholarship to Hanover and is majoring in Exercise Science as a freshman this year.
On the track, Thomas ran to an eighth-place finish in the 200 meters at Anderson University with a time of 29.56.
Thomas also competes in the pole vault and finished fifth in the meet by clearing 8-6.
At the DePauw Invitational, Thomas was 10th in the vault on Feb. 1 by clearing 8-6 ¼.
According to coach Jacob Payne, Thomas has the top height in the pole vault in the conference to this point of the season.
Last weekend at DePauw, both Emily Pugh and Nikki Royer each competed as Indiana State sent split squads to DePauw and Notre Dame.
Pugh came through with top finishes in two different events, posting a third-place in the 3,000 meters, finishing in 11:30 and was eighth in the mile run with a time of 5:25.
Her teammate, Nikki Royer, was third in the pole vault after clearing 10-11 ¾ for the Sycamores.
Marian College has Devon Chamberlain competing as a wide receiver on the football team and as a second-year track competitor.
Chamberlain ran to a 21st place finish in the 55 meters at Taylor University on Feb. 2 with a time of 6.98 and was 28th in the 200 meters with a time of 24.94.
Next up for Chamberlain and the Knights will be a trip to the DePauw Invitational on Saturday.
Both James Grounds and Neil Vanatti, Northview graduates, are members of the Vincennes University Track and Field teams but did not compete at Depauw over the weekend.