Game #3: November 10, 2009, 5:30 PM EST
#8 Bethel College (2-1)
at IU South Bend (2-0)
Student Activities Center - South Bend, IN
On The Air: Tuesday's contest will be recorded by SBT-2 for a tape-delayed broadcast, which will air at 10:30 PM on November 14. Last season, the Titans hosted Olivet Nazarene in a televised game and came away with a 119-115 win over the high-powered Tigers. Craig Wallin and Bob Berger will handle the play-by-play and color analyst duties.
Looking Ahead In Titan Hoops: Off to a 2-0 start, the Titan welcome cross-town rivals Bethel College into the Student Activities Center on Tuesday night. The Titans come in fresh off a 27-point win over Goshen College, while Bethel enters after beating Holy Cross by 30.
Looking Back At Goshen: Ashley Hummer - playing in just her second game in a Titan uniform - poured in 16 points and Katie Hacker added 15 first half tallies as IU South Bend took home a 75-48 decision over the Maple Leafs. In a game that featured 54 total fouls and 57 turnovers, neither team was able to find much rhythm offensively throughout the first half. Goshen shot just 6-22 - including 0-for-8 from beyond the three-point arc - in the opening frame, but converted on 14-of-16 from the free throw line to keep the game relatively close. IU South Bend struggled as well, connecting on 10-of-25 (5-for-12 from three) and making 11 of their 12 free throw attempts.
Scouting Bethel: The Pilots jumped out to a 14-0 lead en route to an 82-52 point drubbing of Holy Cross on Saturday. In the contest, Bethel shot 14-of-40 from behind the three-point line and 30-of-86 from the floor overall. Four Pilots hit double figures, led by Heather Seyfred with 18. Jordan Robbins (15), Mandy Yoder (13) and Kristen Hicks (12) also hit the mark. Coming into the season, the Pilots were picked as pre-season favorites in the MCC, and they currently sit at #8 in the NAIA D2 Top-25.
"Newcomers" Leading The Way: Through two games, no player that appeared in the second half of last season for the Titans has led the team in scoring. In the season opener against Wilberforce, Tiffanie Graham - who missed the latter portion of 2008-2009 - led the way with 17 points, while it was Ashley Hummer - who sat out the entire year - taking top honors against Goshen by dropping in 16.
Stapke Shoots...: Sophomore sharpshooter Lizzie Stapke added another triple to her career tally Saturday against Goshen, bringing her total to 83 in her first two seasons. That number puts her just six triples outside the top ten for a career as a member of the Titans.
Home Sweet Home: After putting up a 10-6 mark at the Student Activities Center last year, the Titans got out of the gate early in 2009-2010 by winning their opener. IU South Bend has three more consecutive home games to close out their season-opening four-contest home stand, then will hit the road for seven consecutive games through the balance of November and the first week of December.
Nationally Noted: For the first time during the tenure of head coach Steve Bruce, the Titans were mentioned in the NAIA D1 Ratings. In the preseason balloting, IU South Bend is listed as Receiving Votes. The poll was taken prior to the start of the season, and the second edition is set to be selected on December 7.
Picked Third: A season after finishing third in the CCAC with a 6-4 record, the conference coaches picked the Titans to finish in that same position this season, as they garnered 24 points in the voting. In preseason voting, St. Xavier was chosen first, receiving all six first place tallies, while St. Francis edged out the Titans with 26 markers. Robert Morris came home fourth with 18, while Olivet Nazarene (17) and first-year member Holy Cross rounded out the voting. Due to the late entry of Holy Cross, they were forced to schedule conference games early in the season, so conference play kicks off on November 11 when the Saints travel to Chicago to take on St. Xavier.
Titans Add Three For 2010-2011: Head coach Steve Bruce has already signed three players for the 2010-2011 freshman class, each a highly-touted prospect from Northwest Indiana. Lauren Hansen is a 5'7" point guard from Griffith, IN, who averaged 7.3 points, 3.8 assists and 2.3 points as a junior for the Panthers, who took home their sectional crown. Brandee Hudspeth, another 5'7" guard from Kankakee Valley, will also join the Titans - likely coming to IU South Bend as the owner of the majority of the school records for the Kougars. The final signee, Emily Strilich, is the only post player of the group. At 6'1", Strilich boasts Porter County Conference Player of the Year honors as a junior, while helping lead her Boone Grove Squad to a share of the PCC title.