TERRE HAUTE —
Players from 5-0 Wichita State and 5-0 Indiana State were honored by the Missouri Valley on Tuesday.
The Shockers’ Alex Harden was named the MVC Player of the Week and the Sycamores’ Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir was tabbed the Newcomer of the Week.
Wichita State, currently on a school-record 13-game winning streak, plays Monday at Indiana State.
Abdul-Qaadir posted back-to-back double-digit games as ISU swept Evansville and Southern Illinois on the road this weekend to improve to 5-0 in Valley action. Against Evansville, Abdul-Qaadir posted 13 points, four rebounds and tied a team-high four assists in 30 minutes of action. On the evening, she went 4-for-10 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line as ISU cruised to its largest win of the year, 67-46, over the Purple Aces.
Against Southern Illinois, Abdul-Qaadir led with a team-high 15 points, two rebounds and two steals in the 63-44 win Sunday afternoon. On the week, Abdul-Qaadir went 11-for-290 (.423) from the field, grabbed six rebounds and totaled 28 points.
The Shockers’ Harden had 22 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals in a win over Northern Iowa, while going for 21 points, six boards and assists against Drake.
In other basketball news:
• County tournament — At Otter Creek Middle School, Otter Creek’s boys and girls teams were victorious Tuesday in the Vigo County eighth-grade tournament.
In the boys game, Otter Creek defeated Woodrow Wilson 46-39. Leading the Otters were Denny Zigler with 14 points and Andrew Morgan with 11. For Wilson, Kendall Riley was high scorer with 12 points and Angelo Cooper was next with 10.
In the girls game, Otter Creek knocked off Wilson 22-19. Camryn Scott led the Otters with eight points, while Perrelle topped the Warriors with eight.
Both Otter Creek teams will play host to Sarah Scott today in the tournament semifinals. In the other semifinals at Honey Creek, the host Bees will take on West Vigo in boys and girls matchups.
The county championship games are scheduled for Thursday evening at West Vigo High School.
Track and field
• ISU teams nationally ranked — The Indiana State University men’s team is ranked 14th in the nation and the women 16th, according to the latest Dual Meet Rankings by Track and Field News.
The Sycamore men have a 3-0 record on the season after victories over Eastern Illinois once and Illinois State twice this season.
Arkansas currently leads the dual meet rankings with a perfect 4-0 record on the season. Texas A&M, Nebraska, Purdue, and Akron round out the top five. Others in the top ten include LSU at six, Texas Tech at seven, Indiana at eight Kent State at nine, and Kansas State at ten.
The Sycamores were also ranked sixth in the most recent Great Lakes Region rankings.
The women are 2-1this season with two victories over Illinois State and a loss to Eastern Illinois.
Texas A&M leads the nationally rankings, with Arkansas in second, Purdue in third, LSU in fourth, Nebraska in fifth, Iowa is sixth, Michigan seventh, Notre Dame is eighth, Texas is ninth, and Indiana rounds out the top 10.