The IPFW womens basketball team will tip off the season with a spot in the preseason WNIT and play three Big Ten opponents as the Mastodons get ready for their Summit League schedule.
IPFW, which announced its 2013-14 schedule Tuesday, opens the season at Wichita State at 1 p.m. Nov. 8 for the first of its WNIT games, and the Mastodons play host to Indiana in their second WNIT game at 7 p.m. Nov. 12. The preseason WNIT ends on Nov. 15 and 16 with the opponent and date to be announced later.
IPFW will travel to play its two other Big Ten opponents with a game against Michigan State on Dec. 1 and Purdue on Dec. 8. Both game times have not been decided.
IPFW closes its preseason schedule at Ball State at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 29.
The Mastodons begin conference play with back-to-back road games against North Dakota State on Jan. 9 and South Dakota State on Jan. 11. They play their first home conference game against Denver on Jan. 16.
Concordia senior to IU-South Bend
Concordia senior guard/forward Courtney Smith committed to Indiana-South Bend, according to her Twitter account. Smith is a first-team All-SAC player who averaged 16.5 points and 7.3 rebounds last year.
Mystics beat Fever to get playoff spot
Kia Vaughn had 15 points and six rebounds to lead the Washington Mystics to a 69-67 victory over the host Indiana Fever to clinch a spot in the playoffs. Briann January had 16 points and Shavonte Zellous added 14 points and six rebounds for the Fever (15-17).
Huntington North coach resigns
Huntington North coach Don Cotton submitted his resignation and is no longer coaching, Huntington County Community School Corp. Superintendent Tracey Shafer confirmed in an email. Cotton submitted his resignation to the school board, which chose to postpone any action on it until the next meeting, Shafer added.
De La Hoya in treatment facility
Oscar De La Hoya has admitted himself to a treatment facility as he continues to fight his substance abuse. The former boxer issued a statement saying he voluntarily admitted himself to an unnamed facility.
North Side star to visit Purdue, IU
DMarcus Moon, a running back and linebacker with North Side, is slated to visit Purdue and Indiana in the coming weeks, according to 247Sports.com and Scout.com. He will visit Purdue this Saturday and IU on Sept. 21.
Meyer optimistic about Miller
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he is fairly optimistic that injured quarterback Braxton Miller (knee) will be able to play when the fourth-ranked Buckeyes play Saturday at California.
K’s single-game tickets available
Single-game tickets for the upcoming Komets season go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Prices start at $8 and can be purchased at the Memorial Coliseum box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or charged by phone at 800-745-3000. There is a preseason game at the Coliseum on Oct. 12 against Wheeling, and the regular season opens Oct. 19 at the Coliseum against Toledo. For season-ticket information, call 260-483-0011.
Sled hockey event features ex-Komets
The second Sled Hockey Community Challenge will be at the Lutheran Health SportsCenter on Saturday. Among the participants will be some Komets legends, who will be announced today. Sled hockey is an ice sport in which people with disabilities can compete, using an adaptive sled device. They also use shortened sticks that allow them to propel themselves. There is checking and slap shots, much like stand-up hockey.
America’s Cup race goes to Kiwis
Emirates Team New Zealand beat defending champion Oracle Team USA by 1 minute, 5 seconds in Race 5 of the Americas Cup that Larry Ellisons syndicate had to call a timeout. Before the scheduled start of Race 6, Oracle Team USA told the race committee that it was playing its one postponement card of the regatta.
Around the courts
The Indiana Tech men improved to 2-0 with a 5-4 victory over NCAA II Tiffin at Kreager Park. The Warriors Joaquin Ferrando defeated Ben Fievet 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 to give Tech the victory. The Saint Francis (2-5, 1-4 Crossroads League) men won their first conference match since re-starting the program in 2010, edging Bethel 5-4 at Swinney Tennis Center, ending a 28-match Crossroads League losing streak.
IPFW women win
Led by 18 kills, seven digs and two aces by Emily Spencer, the IPFW womens team defeated Western Michigan 28-26, 25-23, 25-23 in Kalamazoo, Mich.