February 10, 2014

Sports briefs, Feb. 10


---- — Penny helps DePaul collect another win

CHICAGO — Logansport High School product Jasmine Penny led the way as the DePaul women’s basketball team beat Creighton 80-66 Sunday for its eighth straight Big East win.

Penny scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds, both game highs. She scored 10 points in the game’s first 10:43.

Penny made 6 of 13 shots from the field and 9 of 14 attempts from the free throw line.

The Blue Demons (19-5, 10-2 Big East) avenged a road loss to the Bluejays (14-10, 8-4) in the last meeting between the teams and improved to 11-0 when holding their opponent under 70 points.

It’s sectional week for girls basketball

Following a regular season seemingly chock-full of weather-related postponements and cancellations, girls basketball teams are set for the state tournament. Sectionals across the state open Tuesday with championship games on Saturday.

The following is a list of Logan-area teams’ first games.


7:45 p.m. — Logansport (19-2) vs. McCutcheon (11-10), at Logansport

7:45 p.m. — Caston (12-6) vs. Pioneer (1-15), at West Central


7:45 p.m. — Cass (8-11) vs. Northfield (11-7), at Northfield


7:45 p.m. — Winamac (12-6) vs. winner of Rensselaer (7-13) vs. Delphi (10-8)

Okla. State star has run-in with fan

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Marcus Smart was quiet and subdued as he apologized at a podium, a demeanor in stark contrast to the one that sent shockwaves through Oklahoma State’s basketball program hours earlier.

Smart was suspended three games Sunday by the Big 12 for shoving a fan in the closing seconds of the Cowboys’ loss at Texas Tech on Saturday night. The conference acted swiftly in banning the All-America guard, saying in a statement the penalty was handed down for “inappropriate conduct with a spectator.”

Smart apologized to the fan, his teammates and his family for his role in the altercation before coach Travis Ford expressed support for the sophomore without dismissing the severity of his actions.

“This is not how I conduct myself,” said Smart, a top NBA prospect. “This is not how the program is run. This is not how I was raised. I let my emotions get the best of me. It’s something I’ll have to learn from, a lesson I’ll have to learn from. The consequences that are coming with it — I’m taking full responsibility. No fingers pointing — this is all upon me.”

Late in Saturday night’s game at Lubbock, Texas, Smart tumbled out of bounds behind the basket after trying to block a shot. He was helped to his feet and then shoved Jeff Orr with two hands after it appeared the Red Raiders fan said something to him. Teammates quickly pulled Smart away as he pointed back and shouted in Orr’s direction.

Texas Tech released a statement saying it conducted a thorough investigation. Orr denied making a racial slur, and Tech said the evidence backs up Orr’s statement.

“I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere apologies to Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, Tubby Smith and the Texas Tech Men’s Basketball program,” Orr said in the statement. “My actions last night were inappropriate and do not reflect myself or Texas Tech — a university I love dearly. I regret calling Mr. Smart a ‘piece of crap’ but I want to make it known that I did not use a racial slur of any kind.”