On campus: Purdue Calumet women riding 10-game win streak
By John Mutka Post-Tribune senior correspondent January 28, 2013 11:08PM
Updated: March 2, 2013 6:31AM
Coach Tom Megyesi’s Purdue Calumet women, propelled by an early 10-game winning streak, take a 15-7 record deep into the season.
In his sixth year with the Peregrines, the former Lake Central basketball coach is relying heavily on four players.
Guard Kami Graber (16.5 ppg) and assist leader Brooklyn Short (10.5 ppg) join three-point shooter Alex Starr (15.5) in double figures. Amanda Gaski ranks as a dominant rebounder in the Chicagoland Conference, averaging 10.1 per game. Gaski has hit double figures on the boards 13 times with a high of 18.
Tierra Turner’s (Merrillville) return after being medically redshirted adds belated firepower. Through eight games she is averaging 12.4 points.
Two years ago Turner led the Peregrines in four categories, including 19 points and 10 rebounds a game.
Lindsey Whitcomb (Valparaiso) has come off the bench to lead PUC in rebounding twice, peaking with 10 at Trinity International.
Purdue Calumet’s men have been receiving strong efforts from Kedric Williams, who was recently named the CAAC player of the week. He has only started three times, but is averaging 11.8 points. Earlier in the month the 6-1 senior joined the 1,000-point club.
Teammate Martel Jackson backs him up with a 10-point average and tops the Peregrines in assists and steals. After a slow start they’ve won eight of their last nine games to improve their record to 13-11.
Bad news from South Bend: Recurring left knee issues have indefinitely sidelined Notre Dame’s Scott Martin (Valparaiso). Through 18 starts the sixth-year senior is averaging 7.9 points and 5.9 rebounds. The surgically repaired forward had also improved his 3-point marksmanship from 26 percent a year ago to 46.3.
IU-South Bend junior Emily Strilich (Boone Grove) leads the Titans in scoring (11.2), rebounds (7.5) and blocked shots (42).
At Calumet College’s expense, St. Xavier’s Cougars rang up 100 points for the fourth time this season. Brad Karp (Valparaiso) inspired their ninth straight victory with 26 points and 12 rebounds. The Cougars improved to 20-4.
St. Joseph’s Mike Lipton (Crown Point) just missed a double-double, chipping in for nine points and 11 rebounds in a 99-80 victory over McKendree.
Former Hanover Central state champion Paul Petrov (Cedar Lake), who went 47-0 in his senior season, has moved up from 120 pounds to compete at 133 for Bucknell in his freshman year. His current record is 12-9. A three-time captain at Hanover Central, he posted a career record of 180-12 in high school.
Petrov’s older brother, John, a two-time state freestyle champion, wrestles for Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, where he most recent compiled a 11-16 record. His prep record was 146-20.