News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 12, 2014

Metro sports: ‘Lucky Lou’ strikes again on golf course

Tribune-Star staff report
The Tribune-Star

SEBRING, Fla. — Retired Public Service Indiana employee Lou Mundell, a lifelong resident of Terre Haute, posted the fifth hole-in-one of his life Tuesday afternoon at the Harder Hall Country Club golf course in his winter home of Sebring.

Mundell, 75, used a 6-iron on the 135-yard No. 5 hole to record his fifth ace on as many different courses.

Witnessing the feat, which occurred during Leisure Acres League play, were Tom and Barbara Epple and Denny Drexler, all of Michigan.

“People call me ‘Lucky Lou,’” Mundell told the Tribune-Star on Wednesday. “I’d rather be lucky than good any day.”

Baseball

• Sycamores postponed
— At Bob Warn Field, the Indiana State home game against SIU Edwardsville scheduled for Wednesday was postponed.

ISU (12-1) has won 12 straight games since opening the season with a 4-0 loss to Auburn in the Snowbird Classic at Port Charlotte, Fla. That represents the best start for a Sycamore team through the first 13 games of the season.

Indiana State will now travel to the East Coast to take on the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks (6-8) for a three-game weekend series. The Sycamores and Seahawks are scheduled to open the series at 4 p.m. EDT Friday, with Saturday’s game scheduled to start at 2 p.m. and the finale at noon Sunday.

Softball

• ISU called off
— At Winter Haven, Fla., after barely getting underway, heavy rains forced Indiana State to cancel both of its games Wednesday.

The Sycamores will return to action today in their final two games in Florida, against South Dakota and Howard, with action beginning at 1 p.m.

Basketball

• Odum named to NABC all-district team
— Indiana State senior guard Jake Odum has been named a first-team All-District 16 selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

The All-District Teams are selected and voted on by members of the NABC. A total of 252 student-athletes were selected, from 25 districts, and all are now eligible for the NABC Coaches’ Division I All-America Teams.

In District 16, Odum was joined on the first team by Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early, Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker and Northern Iowa’s Seth Tuttle. On the second team are Evansville’s D.J. Balentine, Missouri State’s Jarmar Gulley, Bradley’s Walt Lemon, Jr. and Southern Illinois’ Desmar Jackson and Anthony Beane.

Odum has led the Sycamores to a 23-10 record and the No. 2 seed in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament — the program’s highest finish since 2000. The Sycamores defeated Loyola and Southern Illinois and finished as the tournament runner-up to Wichita State by advancing to its second MVC tournament championship game in the last four years. Odum’s seven MVC tournament victories is tied for a school record.

He became just the fourth Sycamore (joining an elite group of Larry Bird, Carl Nicks and John Sherman Williams) to be named first-team All-MVC in consecutive seasons and along with Williams is just the second Sycamore to be named all-conference during all four years of his career.

Following his eight-point performance in the MVC tournament championship game, Odum now has 1,557 career points scored, which moved him past Eddie Bird for sixth on the ISU scoring chart. He needs only five more in the postseason to move into the top five. Additionally, he has 597 career assists — just 19 shy of Steve Reed’s school record — and is the Sycamore standard bearer with 587 career free throws made. Odum is the only player in MVC history with 500 career made free throws and 500 career assists.

This season, Odum is averaging 13.2 ppg, which ranks 11th in the MVC, while his 4.5 assists-per-game average ranks second. His 2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks second in the conference and his 32.2 minutes per game is ninth best in the MVC. He was a first-team All-MVC Preseason selection as well as a member of The Bob Cousy Award Watch List and The Lute Olson Preseason All-America Team.

Indiana State now awaits its postseason assignment, which will be announced on the evening of Sunday. On a possible related note, the NIT Selection Show will be shown at 8:30 p.m. EDT on ESPNU.

• Another Sycamore honored — Indiana State senior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir has been named one of the Missouri Valley Conference’s Scholar-Athletes of the Week, according to an announcement from the league Wednesday.

It continues a week of accolades for the Springfield, Mass., native as she also was named a second-team Scholar-Athlete and first-team all-conference selection. In addition, she was the women’s basketball Player of the Week as she helped ISU secure the first program regular-season conference championship in eight years and the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament Friday. This is Abdul-Qaadir’s third MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week award this season.

Abdul-Qaadir dazzled in the final weekend of regular-season action by posting back-to-back 20-point efforts in wins over Drake and Northern Iowa.

Against Drake, she dropped 23 points on 8-for-14 shooting and dished out a game-high six assists. She also pulled down five rebounds and went 5 for 5 from the free-throw line.

In Saturday’s regular-season finale win over UNI, Abdul-Qaadir paced the Sycamores with 28 points on 11-for-19 shooting and 5 for 5 from the line. Her 28 points helped guide the Sycamores to a share of the MVC regular-season championship for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

For the week, Abdul-Qaadir went 19 for 33 from the field (.576) for 51 points, 3 for 5 from 3-point range and 10 for 10 from the free-throw line. She collected a total of 10 assists and grabbed eight rebounds as ISU built a six-game winning streak headed into the MVC tournament.

Ben Mullis of Drake men’s tennis was the male recipient of this week’s award.