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SportShorts for Tuesday, January 30, 2018

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Pitzer commits to Benedictine

Dixon senior Britney Pitzer announced her verbal commitment to Benedictine University via Twitter on Saturday night.

Pitzer is currently averaging 11.5 points, 4.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game for the Duchesses, who are 21-4 overall and 8-0 in Big Northern Conference play. She was an honorable mention all-conference selection last season.

Benedictine is located in Lisle, and competes at the Division III level in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. The Eagles’ women’s basketball team is currently 14-5 overall and 11-3 in NACC play.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Wilhelm named
Edgewood Player of the Week

Amboy alum Delaney Wilhelm led the Edgewood women’s basketball team with 17 points and nine rebounds in 68-50 win over Rockford last Wednesday, earning the program’s Player of the Week honor.

Wilhelm matched her career-high in points (17) and set a new career-high with a 67 percent field goal percentage (6-for-9).

She has started 13 of 18 games this season, and is averaging 9.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1 assist per game for the Eagles (8-11, 6-8 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference).

PREP SPORTS

Forreston to add baseball, softball diamonds behind HS

Forreston has begun work on Cardinal Field Complex, which includes baseball and softball fields behind the high school.

Since the two programs started in 1999, the baseball team has played at Warnken Park in Forreston, while the softball team has played home games at Ben Miller Park in German Valley.

The complex still needs softball dugouts and benches, as well as final excavation, seeding, fencing and a backstop for the baseball field.

COLLEGE SPORTS

NIU seeking naming rights partner for
Convocation Center

Northern Illinois University is seeking a naming rights partner for the NIU Convocation Center, its 10,000-seat multipurpose arena that is home to the Huskies men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball programs, among others, and annually welcomes nearly 215,000 visitors from throughout the region and beyond.

The deadline for submission of responses to the NIU Purchasing Office is Wednesday, February 28 at 2 p.m.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Virginia pulls closer to Villanova at No. 1

Villanova held the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25, but Virginia is gaining momentum after a statement win Saturday at Duke.

Villanova gathered 47 first-place votes, Virginia had 17, and No. 3 Purdue had one. Duke stayed at No. 4, while Michigan State jumped up a spot to No. 5.

Xavier, Kansas, Cincinnati, Arizona and Texas Tech rounded out the top 10.

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