By Gavin Greer
Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team‘s season ended tonight in a 66-81 loss to Detroit mercy.
The Mastodons had a poor shooting night as they went 38.3% from the field, 28.6% from three and 75.0% from the free throw line. Detroit Mercy shot far better as they went 47.5% from the field, 40.0% from three and 81.3% from the free throw line.
PFW was led on offense tonight by Bobby Planutis. Planutis led the mastodons with 20 points, one assist, six rebounds and three steals. Detroit Mercy was led by Antoine Davis who had 38 points, eight assists, eight rebounds and four steals.
Detroit had the edge in tonight in rebounds. Detroit had 37 rebounds compared to PFW who had 34. Detroit was led in this stat by Davis who had eight. PFW was led in this stat by Planutis who had six.
With the win Detroit Mercy move on to play in the tournaments second round on Thursday.
With the loss PFW comes to an end.
The Mastodons took a step back this year after last years success. PFW was second in the Horizon League last season and were the regular season champions. This year they fall in the first round of the tournament and end the season 6th in the Horizon League.
By Gavin Greer
Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team beat the Detroit mercy tonight in a 65-61 victory. With this win Purdue Fort Wayne moves on to play in the second round of the Horizon League Tournament on Thursday. PFW had a good lead until the end of the game, but Detroit’s comeback fell short.
The Mastodons shot well today as they went 43.6% from the field, 41.2% from three and 76.9% from the free throw line. Detroit Mercy went 47.4% from the field, 43.8% from three and 0.0% from the free throw line.
PFW was led on offense tonight by Audra Emmerson. Emmerson led the mastodons with 16 points, one assist and two rebounds. Detroit Mercy was led by Emma Trawally Porta who had 12 points, three assists, 12 rebounds and two blocks.
Detroit Mercy had the edge in rebounds tonight but this did not change the result. Detroit had 40 rebounds compared to PFW who had 24. Detroit was led in this stat by Porta who had 12. PFW was led in this stat by Shayla Sellers who had seven.
With the loss Detroit Mercy end their season with a 5-25 record.
At this point it is unknown who PFW will play in the second round as games are still ongoing.
By Gavin Greer
Over the weekend Purdue Fort Wayne faced off against Bethune-Cookman in a four game weekend series. The Mastodons had a rough weekend as they lost each game.
The first game of the series was played Friday, the next two were played Saturday and the final game was played earlier today.
The first game of the series ended in a 8-13 loss. PFW had a good day at the plate as they totaled 12 hits with two of the hits being home runs. The Mastodons pitchers struggled in this matchup as three of the five pitchers that threw in this game allowed two or more runs.
The first game of Saturday ended in a 5-9 loss. Jarret Bickel had a great game for the Mastodons as he hit 4/5 and added one run. Caileb Johnson also had a great game as he went 3/4, with one run scored and three RBIs. PFW’s pitching struggled early as Jacob Meyer allowed six runs in 4.2 innings.
PFW’s second game of Saturday ended in a 4-7 loss. This was the closest game of the weekend for the Mastodons. Ben Higgins performed well for the Mastodons as he went 2/4 and scored a run. PFW’s pitching struggled again as Rex Stills allowed Bethune-Cookman to get five runs in six innings.
The weekend series ended today with a 0-10 loss. As a team PFW only totaled thee hits. They struck out more times, five, than they reached base. PFW’s pitching looked bad all weekend. Mac Ayers allowed five runs in 3.2 innings pitched.
PFW now sits at 1-7 on the season. They have lost six straight.
Their next time out will be in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. They will play four games from Mar. 3 to Mar. 5.
In this four game span they will play Ball State twice, Wake Forest and Cornell.
By Gavin Greer
Over the weekend Purdue Fort Wayne’s softball team competed in the 2023 Aces Home Tournament #2. From Friday to today the team played five games in the tournament. Out of the five, they came away only winning one matchup.
The team played two games on Friday, two games on Saturday and one game today.
The Mastodons first game of the tournament was against Bowling Green. This was their only win of the tournament as they won 3-2. Pitcher Alanah Jones picked up her third win of the season. She pitched all seven innings totaling five strikeouts. Taryn Jenkins was PFW’s best batter as she went 1/2 batting picking up a run and a walk.
In PFW’s second game on Friday they lost 2-3 to Evansville. PFW’s pitchers did well, but the Mastodons were not able to outbat the Aces. Bailey Manos was PFW’s best batter as she was the only player to get a hit. Grace Hollopeter and Jenkins reached base on walks.
PFW’s first game on Saturday ended in a 2-5 loss to St. Thomas. PFW did better batting in this game as they had six hits. Unfortunately these hits did not result in scores, so PFW was not able to stay in the game.
In their second game on Saturday PFW lost in extra innings to Evansville 4-5. PFW had the lead in the 8th inning but allowed two runs to lose the game. Hollopeter went 2/5, scored one run and totaled one RBI.
Today PFW played their last game of the tournament against St. Thomas. This game was thei biggest loss of the weekend as they fell 1-5. PFW struggled at the plate. Their best batter was Hollopeter. She batted 1/3 and scored one run.
Following the completion of the tournament, PFW sits at 4-12 on the season. They will have a chance to improve this record next weekend as they travel to Bloomington to play in the Hoosier Classic.
PFW will face off against four opponents from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4. They will play Green Bay, IU, and Wisconsin. The matchup against Wisconsin will be a double header.
By Gavin Greer
This weekend Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf team competed in Bright’s Creek Women’s Invite. The team ended the event 5th out of six schools. This event ran from Saturday to this afternoon.
The Mastodons had two golfers finish in the top 15 of the 35-player field. Arny Dagsdottir finished 11th in the event and Anna Olfsdottir finished 14th.
Dagsdottir shot 79 in round one, 80 in round two and 82 in round three for a total score of 241.
Olafsdottir shot 83 in round one, 80 in round two and 82 in round three for a total score of 245.
Three other Mastodons took part in the tournament. Laura Caetano finished 21st in the event, Luiza Caetano finished tied for 23rd and Natalie Papa finished tied for 29th.
As a team PFW finished with 985 points.
The invite was won by Presbyterian College who finished with a score of 946. Their top golfer was Sarah Boteler who finished second in the event. She shot 228 in the invite.
The invite’s top golfer was Gardner-Webb’s Neza Siftar who shot a 221 total.
The Mastodons next time out will be Mar. 13 in Orlando, Florida where they will take part in the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational.
By Gavin Greer
Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team came away with a big win in their season finale tonight against Green Bay. PFW beat Green Bay 78-61.
PFW was in control the whole game as they took the first lead and held it for the rest of the game.
The Mastodons had a good shooting night as a team as they shot 50.9% from the field, 38.5% from three and 58.8% from the free throw line.
Green Bay did not shoot as well, as they shot 36.8% from the field, 27.3% from three and 71.4% from the line.
PFW’s Jarred Godfrey had a good night as he scored 29 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished one assist and totaled three steals.
Green Bay was led by Randy Tucker who had 19 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal.
With the loss Green Bay ends the regular season with a 3-28 record. They end the season tied for the last spot in the Horizon League with a 2-18 record in conference play.
Green Bay will either play the 6th seeded team or the 7th seeded team in the Horizon League tournament on Tuesday. This depends on how IUPUI’s game ends tonight.
With the win PFW ends their regular season with a 17-14 record. They end the season with a 9-11 record in the conference. At this time they are tied for 8th in the Horizon League.
Right now it looks like they will play Detroit Mercy in the first round of the Horizon League tournament. At this time the seeding for the men’s tournament is not announced.
By Gavin Greer
Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team suffered a close loss today in their season finale. PFW was within three points with 1:27 remaining in the game but they could not get it any closer. PFW ultimately lost 64-70 against Green Bay.
The Mastodons shot pretty well today as they went 46.3% from the field and 34.4% from three. Unfortunately they did not get many free throw attempts, but in the attempts they got they shot 60%. Green Bay shot 38.3% from the field, 36.7% from three and 81.3% from the free throw line.
PFW went 3-5 from the line while Green Bay went 13-16. This big difference in attempts from the line shows how Green Bay was able to have the edge in the game.
PFW was led on offense today by Ryin Ott. Ott led the Mastodons with 18 points. Green Bay was led by Sydney Levy who had 20 points.
Green Bay also dominated PFW in rebounds today. Green Bay had 41 boards compared to PFW’s 29. Green Bay was led in this stat by Jasmine Kondrakiewicz who had 14. PFW was led by Amellia Bromenschenkel who had 10 rebounds.
With the win Green Bay moved to 25-4 on the season. They finish their season on an 11 game win streak and with the best record in the Horizon League which was 18-2.
Green Bay will start their Horizon League tournament play on Thursday against the lowest remaining seed from the first round.
With the loss PFW ended their regular season with a record of 12-18. They ended with a conference record of 9-11. They end the season sitting at 6th in the Horizon League.
PFW will play their first game of the Horizon League tournament on Tuesday. From what the standings are now, it looks like the team will have their first game of the tournament at home against #11 Detroit Mercy.
By Gavin Greer
Purdue University men’s volleyball team beat Lewis University tonight in four sets. Set scores were 25-23, 25-12, 13-23 and 27-25.
This win takes PFW to a 3-3 record against conference opponents and gives them a win streak of two matches.
Tonight PFW stood out in the categories of blocks and hitting.
As a team PFW had 16.5 blocks and only had one block error. Lewis only totaled 6.5 blocks and had two block errors. PFW was led by Jon Diedrich who had a match high eight blocks. Lewis was led in this stat by four players, Max Roquet, Michael Sack, Antonio Elias Rodriguez and Daniel Haber who each had two blocks.
The Mastodons hitting percent was .310. Zach Solomon was PFW’s leader in this stat with a hitting percentage of 1.000. Lewis was led by Tyler Morgan who also had a percentage of had 1.000.
With the loss Lewis University fall to 8-9 on the year and 2-4 in the conference. They currently sit at 6th in the MIVA.
With the win PFW moves to a record of 12-4. They are 5th in the MIVA.
The Mastodons next match will be against Loyola Chicago on Saturday Mar. 4. This is an important matchup as Loyola is 1st in the MIVA and have a 5-0 record against conference opponents.
By Gavin Greer
Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team lost 94-96 tonight against Milwaukee. PFW had held the advantage up until seven minutes left in the game but once Milwaukee built a lead the Mastodons were not able to come back.
Despite losing PFW played very well tonight. They shot 55% from the field, 43% from three and 79% from the free throw line. Milwaukee shot 52% from the field, 42% from three and 68% from the line.
PFW’s Jarred Godfrey had a great performance tonight as he scored 21 points, collected six rebounds, dished five assists, rejected one shot and picked up two steals.
Milwaukee’s Kentrell Pullman led his team with 25 points, three rebounds and three assists.
PFW’s entire starting five scored in the double digits tonight. Bobby Planutis had 13, Damian Chong Qui had 13, Ra Kpedi totaled 11 and Deonte Billups finished with 18.
With the win Milwaukee moved to 19-10 on the season. They are 3rd in the Horizon League. Their next matchup is Saturday against Cleveland State.
With their los the Mastodons fall to to 16-14 on the season. They sit at 9th in the Horizon League. Their next matchup is Saturday at 5 p.m. against Green Bay. This is PFW’s last game before the Horzion League Championship Tournament.
By Gavin Greer
Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team lost by 30 tonight against Milwaukee. This loss takes their record on the road to 4-8 this season.
The Mastodons were awful from the field tonight shooting 24% in total, 18% from three and 33% from the free throw line. Milwaukee had a far better shooting performance as they shot 46% from the field, 25% from three and 92% from the line. It’s hard to win a game when your opponent shoots this much better than you.
PFW had a slow start to the game as they could get nothing going, they ended the first quarter down 2-21.
PFW only led the game in one category. PFW had 11 offensive rebounds compared to Milwaukee’s 9. But other than this stat, Milwaukee dominated every thing else.
PFW was led tonight by Shayla Sellers who had eight points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block.
Milwaukee was led by Megan Walstad who had 17 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, three blocks and two steals.
With their win Milwaukee improves to 10-17 on the season. They sit at 7th in the Horizon League. Their next game will be Saturday against Cleveland State.
With tonights loss PFW falls to 12-17 on the season. They sit at 6th in the Horizon League.
The Mastodons next game is Saturday at 2 p.m. against Green Bay. This will be the teams last game before they play in the Horizon League Championship tournament.