Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 17, 2014

Sports briefs for Friday, Jan. 17


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Shurn has big game for No. 1 USF

FORT WAYNE — Former Kokomo girls basketball standout Skylarr Shurn had another impressive outing for the NAIA Division II top-ranked Saint Francis women’s basketball team on Wednesday. Shurn scored a game-high 32 points in her team’s 75-60 victory over Spring Arbor. Saint Francis trailed 36-35 at halftime but Shurn scored 22 of her points after the break to lead USF to victory.

The senior guard connected on 13 of 19 shots from the field and 6 of 8 free throws in an efficient performance. She added three assists and four steals to help USF improve to 19-0 overall and 7-0 in the Crossroads League.

2 IU gridders plan to transfer

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — Quarterback Cam Coffman and linebacker Jordan Wallace are transferring from Indiana.

Coffman came to Indiana as a junior college recruit and became the starter in 2012 after Tre Roberson was injured. Coffman threw for 2,734 yards with 15 TDs and 11 interceptions but found himself third on the depth chart behind Roberson and Nate Sudfeld in 2013. Coach Kevin Wilson said in a video posted on the Hoosiers website that he is trying to help Coffman find a new school where he can get more playing time.

Wallace, a 6-foot, 234-pound linebacker, did not play last season after getting a medical redshirt in 2012. The Indianapolis native is expected to land at Indiana State, a Football Championship Subdivision school and will not have to sit out.

Notre Dame women crush Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kayla McBride and Jewell Loyd scored 20 points apiece to lead No. 2 Notre Dame to a 109-66 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

The Fighting Irish (16-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) had five players score in double figures. Natalie Achonwa had 14 points, reserve Michaela Mabrey scored 13 and Taya Reimer had 10.

Brianna Kiesel led the Panthers with 20 points on 5-of-12 shooting. The junior guard made all eight of her free-throw attempts and converted 2 of 3 attempts from beyond the arc.

Marquel Davis added 10 points for Pitt (9-9, 1-3).

The Irish grabbed control with a tiebreaking 12-0 run early in the first half and led 54-25 at the break. The advantage ballooned to as many as 45 points in the second half.

Kiesel, who had played over 100 consecutive minutes, rested for the final 10-plus minutes. The Irish played the final nine minutes without a single starter on the floor.

Notre Dame shot 61 percent (40 for 66) from the field and held Pitt to 37.1 percent shooting. The Panthers had only nine field goals on 28.1 percent shooting in the first half.

The Irish were dominant inside, outscoring Pitt 46-18 in the paint and outrebounding the Panthers 35-31.

Connecticut men upset Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — DeAndre Daniels had 23 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, Shabazz Napier added 17 points and Connecticut pulled away from No. 17 Memphis for an 83-73 victory Thursday night.

The Huskies (14-3, 2-2 American Athletic Conference) outscored Memphis 8-2 in the final minute to secure their third straight win.

Daniels was 9 of 15 from the field and UConn shot 57 percent, including 61 percent after halftime. Lasan Kromah finished with 13 points, making all five attempts.

Michael Dixon led Memphis (12-4, 3-2) with 16 points and Austin Nichols scored 13. Joe Jackson had 11 on 4-of-14 shooting, and Shaq Goodwin added 10.

The game was close most of the way, with three ties and 13 lead changes. The 10-point margin at the end was the biggest advantage for either team.