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Thanks, Dutch, for the alert.

Lauren Huber and Ava Bardic also had a wonderful start this season in their first two games this past weekend.

Looks like a great season for CCIW's women's hoops. 


Here's more positive detail on the Titans' win over Luther -- box score now available:

For Luther:

Isaacson 20
Strum 13
Jones 14

Luther with 25 TOs, leading to 29 IWU points off TOs.  Run and Jump doing its dirt.

For IWU:

Bardic 19 3-5 from three, 4-4 FTs
Huber 17 and 9
Powers 17
White 13, 3-4 from three, 7 steals
Mahlum 13 7-10 FTs
Palmer  5 assists

Caite Knutson only playing 7 minutes, perhaps an injury?   Not sure.

IWU off to a great start -- well-rounded scoring, good defense, and plenty of offensive weapons.  About the rotation I expected.  Bardic surely the very happy and productive new addition.  Good to see Sawyer White, playing well, immediately back into the mix after the soccer season.

Bigger challenges this coming weekend, with a possible game against Hope.


IWU over Luther College in Iowa, 87-78.

The Titans relying more this time on the three ball.  More when I see a box score -- not yet posted.

Next Friday/Saturday, IWU plays @ Hope, first vs. Puget Sound, then either John Carroll or host #21 Hope.  A great venue to play basketball.

A good start, 2-0, for the opening weekend for the Titans.


IWU played far better than I expected, giving #15 Mary Hardin Baylor a good scare last night in the Sikma championship game.

Final was 71-69, with Sroka's potentially tying three being waved off at the buzzer.  The shot went in but was not counted.   Some pretty dodgy calls in the last two minutes of that one -- not really going IWU's way.  I don't have positive feelings about that officiating crew.  Anyway, . . . a hard fought, close game.


Josiah Johnson, the tourney MVP, 21
Zach Engels 13
Kyle Wright 11

MHB is one of the best defensive teams you will see in D3.  They had 9 steals, gave the Titans fits at first, before adjustments, and shot 13-30 from three.  A very smooth and confident team offensively.

For IWU:

Sroka, not really finding his shot yet, 13
Hakim Williams, on the all-tournament team, 10
Marko Anderson a nice double-double at 10 and 11
Trey Bazzel, IWU's good trey threat, 9

IWU had to adjust to the MHB defensive speed and pressure.  They came back from 13 down, 10 down at the half, and got within one point late in the second half.  Just couldn't get over the hump.  IWU shot FTs poorly, 12-23 for 52%.  Could have won this game with better FT shooting.

If MHB is ranked #15, then this IWU team is not far behind.  We learned a lot about them in this game -- they play hard, don't have a stand-out offensive threat as yet, play better than expected defense, have size and length, and have great depth -- again the 11-12 person rotation.   I expect Ron Rose to stick with this lengthy rotation, at least for a time.  It seems to work, keeping everyone fresh and playing hard.  Marko Anderson and Valentine both a nice surprise. 

A very nice ceremony at halftime honoring all the basketball alums from the six IWU FINAL FOUR teams.  Many in attendance.  Also a nice honor for the CCIW Champions women's golf team.  This team blew away the field in the recent CCIW golf championships and will be headed for the D3 national golf tournament in the Spring.  They have a good shot at a national championship.

IWU at 1-1, but a very optimistic showing vs. #15 Mary Hardin Baylor.   MHB is really good . . .we'll see them in the D3 March dance, pretty sure.


IWU over Cornell in Iowa 70-55

Huber 23
Bardic 17
Powers 10

The Titans have found an excellent second scorer in Bardic.

More later.


Greek, yes, it was good to see Titan Q in person last eve.  Those of us "oldies" have known him for several decades.  He was interviewed by Eric Stock for the WJBC coverage at halftime of the IWU game.  However, most IWU fans, surely current students and players, know nothing of Titan Q and his long-time coverage and comment on IWU and D3 basketball.   

IWU faces MHB at 4 p.m. in the Sikma Hall of Fame Invitational Championship game.   A tough match-up for IWU, lacking the quickness and perimeter defense to stop MHB's excellent three-point shooting.   I'd be very surprised to see IWU win this game. 


The IWU women open up the season in Iowa with Cornell on Saturday and Luther on Sunday.

Likely starting line-up will be:  Huber, Powers, Palmer, Knutson and the newbie, sophomore Ava Bardic at PG.  We'll see if Sawyer White is back into the swing of things after her All-CCIW conference year on the soccer pitch.  A strong bench, deep rotation too. 


Yes, OWU pretty under-sized and out-manned tonight . . . IWU doing a good job on defense, but still rather offensively challenged.   I don't think they have anyone who can really find a key shot when it is needed.   We'll see.  Ron Rose used an initial rotation of 12-13 players and everyone to the end of the pine got in the game with 5-6 minutes to go.  IWU was up by over 30 in the middle of the second half.  IWU has size and length, but not great shooting.  Trey Bazzell got the start tonight over Hakim Williams -- so starters were Schneider, Sroka, Roper and Yoder.   Roper looked a bit more comfortable tonight.  Yoder back doing his thing, all over the court.

The MHB team is excellent.  Both UW Stout and MHB played well, lots of speed and athleticism -- back and forth -- more like a track meet than a basketball game.   MHB has great defense, athleticism and trey shooting.  It's easy to see why they are ranked.

I would expect UW Stout to easily handle OWU in the consolation game tomorrow and for MHB to beat IWU.   IWU is notably weak guarding the perimeter, so I expect MHB to win by 15 or more.  We'll see.  A great challenge for the Titans against this MHB team.

A pretty good crowd, (Yes, even Titan Q in the house), a nice D3 atmosphere and a video greeting from the Tournament's namesake himself -- NBA Hall of Famer, former Titan great, Jack SIKMA.


Men's soccer / Re: CCIW
« on: November 05, 2023, 12:53:02 pm »
IWU wins the CCIW Tournament and the AQ.  A real shocker!  :)   iwu'70

Agreed, RogK.  Let's hope more CCIW teams this year can show some real improvement and strength . . . and get back into the national picture. 

Millikin, with Knudsen, is surely the favorite in the league.  I don't think IWU and Carroll are too far behind them. 

Ava Bardic is going to be a great addition to the Titan rotation right out of the gate, perhaps even starting.


Millikin comes in at #24 in the pre-season poll.   No other CCIW program getting votes.


IWU played better in their second exhibition vs. Northern Illinois -- the final was 81-64, though the Titans were close, playing competitively until about 8 minutes of the 4th quarter.  Good balanced scoring, Sroka leading the way, Bazzell hitting treys.  This one was much better, more competitive than the ISU game earlier.

IWU opens the regular season on November 10th, playing Ohio Wesleyan, in the second game of the 3rd Annual Sikma Hall of Fame Invitational @The Shirk.  It's at 7 p.m.  The 5 p.m. game features Mary-Hardin-Baylor vs. UW Stout.   Two more games on the Saturday, 2 or 4 p.m.

From what I've seen so far, the Titans are going to struggle offensively.   I think Sroka, Yoder and Bazzell have to take seriously putting up more offensive production, finding ways to take more shots.  The others are unlikely to do it.  Offense in the paint is going to be tough. 

The regular season begins.


Before a crowd of perhaps 6,000, ISU easily handled IWU today in the exhibition game -- winning by 38.   It wasn't much of a game.  ISU both with great size in the paint and excellent three point shooting.  IWU didn't really get much going and could not use "run and jump" to any effect given ISU's excellent PGs and ball handling.   They are really good and could win the MVC. 

But, some bright spots -- Huber and Powers playing decently.  The clearest bright spot was sophomore PG and first-time starter Ava Bardic.  She's the real deal, a good ball-handler, three point threat and quickness of feet, keeping up just fine with ISU's players.   She's an excellent find for Mia Smith and the Titans and will likely play substantial time this year.   In a year or two, she could be an all-CCIW player.   It may allow Mia to shift Sawyer White to the 2. 

Anyway, a fun event, but not competitive basketball.


With a crowd of about 6,000 looking on, the Redbirds easily handled the Titans today in the exhibition game.  ISU had both size and speed all over the Titans.  IWU played rather poorly, shooting a poor percentage, making few threes, and of course substituting freely, with perhaps a rotation of 13 today.  Yoder is back and looked good.   Sroka was the leading scorer, but this Titan team is going to be quite challenged offensively, IMHO.   Starting lineup:  Yoder, Hakim Williams, Roper, Sroka and Schneider.

A nice B/N event, but not competitive hoops.  Good support for a local charity and for mental health services at both institutions. 

Lots to work on -- another exhibition vs. D1 Northern in DeKalb on Wednesday. 

Titans open with the Sikma Tournament November 10-11 at The Shirk.


RogK, what happened to Fernandez??  She was terrific last season. 

IWU plays at ISU tomorrow -- an exhibition.  Sawyer White, presumably the Titans' PG this year, will not play as she has just wrapped up an All-Conference team making season in soccer, losing today to Carroll in the quarterfinals.  She'll be back on deck in a week or so, in time for regular season games.  Not sure who fills in at PG for this exhibition game.

If both Titan teams stay within 10-15 points of the DI Redbirds, I will consider it a moral victory.  I hear they've sold over 8,000 tickets for this charity exhibition and BloNo basketball treat.  And, for a good cause.


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