Sauk suffers first loss of season
Aleena Hammelman’s double-double wasn’t enough to keep the Skyhawks unbeaten on the season, as Sauk Valley lost to Rock Valley 84-62 on Saturday in Rockford.
Hammelman finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and four steals for Sauk (2-1), which trailed 37-26 at halftime and saw the deficit grow as large as 30 points (82-52) in the second half.
Morgan Dean led the Skyhawks with 21 points, and also added six rebounds. Jordan Giddings finished with six points, five boards, five assists and three steals, while Jaimie Hurd and Sheldeen Jopseh scored six points apiece; Joseph also dished four assists.
Marquiesha Grant paced Rock Valley with 21 points and eight assists. Zemoria Jernigan scored 16 points and pulled down six rebounds, while Aleesha Cleaver added 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals. The Golden Eagles shot 48 percent (32-for-67) from the field.
Bertrand leads Illini to win
CHAMPAIGN – Senior guard Joseph Bertrand of Sterling scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Illinois over Jacksonville State 86-62 on Sunday at State Farm Arena.
The Illini (2-0) never trailed, jumping out to a 12-1 lead in the first five minutes of the game and leading 40-27 at the half. Junior guards Rayvonte Rice and Tracy Abrams each scored 13 points.
The Gamecocks (0-2) were led by Brian Williams, who scored 12.
Hawkeyes survive upset bid
IOWA CITY – Aaron White had 20 points and a career-high 15 rebounds as Iowa came from behind to beat Nebraska-Omaha 83-75.
Iowa (2-0) sunk 38 free throws to overcome 18 turnovers and a rough shooting night from the outside.
C.J. Carter scored 22 points for Omaha (1-1). The Mavericks led for most of the game before faltering down the stretch.
The teams were tied at 66-66 with 6 ˝ minutes left when Iowa used a 12-2 spurt to finally pull away.
Incognito fires back at Martin
Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin allegedly sent guard Richie Incognito a text message 4 days after he left the team saying he doesn’t blame Incognito for his situation.
Incognito, who blames NFL locker-room culture for his behavior, said a week before Martin left the team he sent him a text saying he was going to kill his entire family.
Huskies rise to No. 20
Northern Illinois did not play Saturday and saw mixed results in the polls.
The Huskies, who play on Wednesday against Ball State, rose two spots to No. 20 in the Associated Press poll, but dropped one spot to No. 21 in the coaches’ poll.
There was little surprise with Notre Dame’s tumble out of both polls after losing at Pittsburgh on Saturday.
The biggest drop in the rankings came from Oregon, which fell from spots No. 2 and 3 to No. 6 in the AP poll and No. 7 in the coaches’ poll.
Alabama (9-0) is still No. 1 in both polls. Florida State (9-0) secured second place in the wake of Oregon’s loss and Ohio State (9-0) is No. 3.