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ROUNDUP: SMWC men knock off team guided by their former coach

Jan. 27—Cobie Barnes led four Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College players in double figures with 25 points as the Pomeroys beat the team guided by their previous coach, Shawnee State, by an 80-77 score in River States Conference men's basketball Saturday afternoon inside Waller Gymnasium.

Other double-digit scorers for The Woods were Shon Tupuola and Chaz Birchfield with 14 points apiece and Greg Jenkins with 13. The 6-foot-9 Tupuola also contributed game-high totals of 16 rebounds and five blocked shots, while Birchfield grabbed 11 boards and Jenkins dished out five assists.

Keith Germain had 25 points for Shawnee State, coached by former SMWC boss Mike Hunter.

The Woods (15-5 overall, 9-1 RSC) will visit Brescia in Owensboro, Ky., on Tuesday. Shawnee State dropped to 14-6 and 8-2 respectively.

In other men's basketball Saturday afternoon:

—Transylvania 76, Rose-Hulman 70 — At Lexington, Ky., Rose-Hulman lost to one of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference co-leaders inside Clive M. Beck Center.

Kobe Stoudemire led the Engineers with 26 points, while Cole Pride contributed 19 points with help from 3-for-3 marksmanship from 3-point range, along with seven rebounds. Miles McGowen recorded his seventh double-double of the season and led Rose on the glass with 17 rebounds and 12 points.

The Engineers owned a 37-35 lead at halftime. Rose-Hulman built its largest margin of the day at 10 points (54-44) on a fast-break layup by Stoudemire with 12:15 remaining.

After being down 63-55 with 8:48 remaining, the Pioneers erased their deficit to take back the lead ending the game on a 21-7 run to claim the win.

The Engineers (8-11 overall, 6-6 HCAC) will visit Anderson, the other HCAC co-leader, on Wednesday night for a 7:30 matchup.

Women's basketball

—Saint Mary-of-the-Woods 63, Shawnee State 60 — At Portsmouth, Ohio, Madison Fueger and Brooklynn Jones tallied 26 and 20 points respectively to lead the visiting Pomeroys to a River States Conference victory Saturday afternoon inside Waller Gymnasium.

The Woods won, despite going 0 for 15 from 3-point range. Helping make up for that was Fueger's 16-fot-18 marksmanship from the charity stripe.

SMWC (12-8 overall, 7-3 RSC) will travel to Brescia in Owensboro, Ky., on Tuesday. Shawnee State fell to 13-8 and 5-5 respectively.

—Transylvania 83, Rose-Hulman 37 — At Lexington, Ky., the undefeated Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference-leading Pioneers put a stop to Rose's modest three-game winning streak Saturday afternoon inside Clive M. Beck Center.

Transylvania outscored the Engineers 45-15 in the middle two quarters to seal the outcome.

Rose-Hulman got team highs of 13 points and five rebounds from 6-foot-2 freshman reserve Grace Roland. Transy's top scorers were Kennedi Stacy with 14 points, Laken Ball with 13 and Dasia Thornton with 12.

Rose (10-9 overall, 7-5 HCAC) will play host to Anderson at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hulbert Arena. Transylvania (19-0, 12-0) will visit Hanover on Wednesday.

Boys basketball

—South Vermillion 66, Shakamak 61 — At Clinton, Luke Bush, Brayson Shoults and Dylan Conder poured in 16, 14 and 12 points respectively as the host Wildcats held off the Lakers on Friday.

Top scorers for Shakamak were J.T. May and Linden Jenkins with 18 points apiece and Jad Johnson with 14.

South Vermillion, which improved to 9-8 for the season, will play host to North Vermillion on Thursday. Shakamak (7-8 as of this writing) planned to host North Central on Saturday night.

Girls basketball

—Parke Heritage 62, Attica 23 — At Rockville, the host Wolves chalked up their 20th victory in their final game of the regular season and clinched the Wabash River Conference outright championship Saturday afternoon.

Parke Heritage junior guard Emma Simpson led all scorers with 17 points, while teammates Adilee Jenkins and Andrea Perkins contributed 13 and 10 respectively. Celebrating Senior Day, the Wolves led 25-6 by the end of the first quarter.

Adyson Goodwin was the Red Ramblers' only double-figure scorer with 10 points.

Parke Heritage (20-3 overall, 7-0 WRC) will try to extend its winning streak to 14 games when it faces Cloverdale (2-21) at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Class 2A South Putnam Sectional. Attica finished its regular season with records of 8-13 and 2-5 respectively.

Women's swimming

—Parsons shatters ISU's 1,000 freestyle mark — At South Bend, Claire Parsons set the Indiana State mark in the 1,000-yard freestyle to highlight the final day of competition at the 2024 Tim Welsh Classic as the Sycamores wrapped up the event at the Rolfs Aquatic Center on Saturday afternoon.

Parsons (10 minutes, 5.26 seconds) took three seconds off the previous mark set by ISU alum Paraskevi Kritkou back in 2018 to highlight the third individual Sycamore record the Terre Haute native has set in her inaugural campaign in the Blue & White. Her mark in the 1,000 freestyle also was the Sycamores' third record set over the weekend, joining Erin Cummins (200 freestyle) and the Sycamores' 200 freestyle relay records set Friday.

Overall, the Sycamores posted 15 top-10 finishes Saturday, running their weekend total to 32 at the annual event conducted by Notre Dame.

"This weekend was exactly what we were wanting to see at this point in the season," ISU coach Josh Christensen said. "We had a lot of well-executed races, which led to some great results. The team is exuding confidence, supporting each other and competing as a team. We did all that in a tough, highly competitive environment. This meet highlighted the growth of our program and gives us a lot of confidence moving toward [the Missouri Valley] conference."

Ohio State took home the team title with a two-day score 1,635. Akron was second in 821, while Notre Dame (820) and ISU (545) rounded out the field.

The Sycamores will close out the regular season Friday, welcoming Illinois State to the Vigo County Aquatic Center for a dual meet at 7 p.m. Indiana State will recognize 2024 seniors Bailey Betzer, Jordan Gruce, Sierra Bowman, Esther Rydbeck Norden, Kaimi Matsumoto and Makayla Sura in a pre-meet ceremony on the deck.