On campus: Corral, Strilich, Karp hit career milestones
By John Mutka Post-Tribune senior correspondent January 13, 2014 11:00PM
Updated: February 15, 2014 6:28AM
Hobart’s Amanda Corral deserves Mid-American Conference player of the week honors for her performances in back-to-back victories over Toledo and Eastern Michigan last week.
Northern Illinois’ junior playmaker scored a career-high 30 points in an upset of Eastern Michigan (11-3, 1-2). She sank 10 of 16 shots to boost her team-leading average to 15.3 and the Huskies record to 6-7.
Her poise impressed Coach Kathi Bennett, who praised Corral for “making the right decisions on the floor, using her explosiveness off the ball to create chances.”
The 5-6 guard scored 20 in a midweek victory over the Rockets.
IUSB’s Emily Strilich (Boone Grove/Valparaiso) is the 13th player in school history to surpass 1,000 points. She jumped that hurdle with 22 points and 11 rebounds against Olivet Nazarene. It was the senior forward’s fourth double-double.
Strilich hiked her average to 12.8 points with 16 points and seven rebounds against St. Xavier. She now has 1,020 points and is closing in on 700 career rebounds. The Titans are 12-5.
St. Xavier’s Brad Karp (Valparaiso) typically deferred to team goals after breaking the school record of 2,517 points set by Mike Walaczek in 1979.
“When I started at St. Xavier I would never have expected to break the record,” he said after scoring 26 in a victory at IU South Bend Saturday.
“It’s hard to focus on it now because we are playing really well as a team and I want to help keep that momentum going.”
Karp leads the Chicagoland Conference with a 27.9 average and is second in marksmanship with a .629 field goal percentage. The Cougars improved to 16-2.
Purdue Calumet’s Roddy Richardson nearly tripled his 12.7 average with 32 points and eight rebounds in a double-overtime loss to Kuyper. Most of his scoring came from the arc (9/11). The Lafayette import recently earned CCAC player of the week honors
Indiana State (13-3, 4-0 MVC) is off to its best start since the 1978-79 team, led by Larry Bird, went 16-0 on its way to NCAA runnerup honors. Jake Kitchell (Union Mills/So. Central) has started six games for the Sycamores. The 6-10 swingman is averaging 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds.
Austin Richie (Lowell) scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half of a victory over Toledo. He followed up with a team-high 43 minutes in Western Michigan’s overtime victory against Miami of Ohio. It was the fourth in a row for the streaking Broncos (9-5, 2-0 MAC).
Michigan’s Mitch McGary (Chesterton) has been sidelined indefinitely after successful back surgery. Rated a pre-season All-American by some analysts, he played in only eight games. Teammate Glenn Robinson III (St. John/Lake Central) was slowed by an ankle injury at Minnesota, but is second in scoring with a 13.8 average.
St. Francis of Ft. Wayne improved its record to 13-5 with Josh Hogan (Merrillville) starring against Goshen and Bethel College. The 6-3 junior scored twice in the last 28 seconds, giving him 19 points in a 70-64 over Goshen. He also connected for 14 points and three steals against the Pilots, USF’s third top five NAIA victim of the season.
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Michigan’s Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton) picked up a first in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:01.2) against Northwestern and won the 200 IM (2:03.37) in the Orange Bowl Classic.
Casey Hooker (Rensselaer) ruled the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.22) and led off for DePauw’s winning 400 freestyle relay (3:07.59) in the Washington University Invitational.
Ball State’s Bridgette Ruehl (Lowell) won the 100 and 200 breaststroke in a double dual at Indianapolis. The reigning Mid-American Conference champion was clocked in 1:05.34 and 2:21.75. respectively.
Ball State’s Jake Rehmer (Chesterton) won the one-meter diving event at the same site.
Former Chesterton coach John Snyder is one of four assistants who will be retained by new Valparaiso University Coach Dave Cecchini. Kasey Teegardin, Steven Donovan and Eric Deutsch also will return.
Oklahoma’s Andrew Howe (Cedar Lake/Hanover Central) is 14-0 at 174 pounds. The Wisconsin transfer, a former Big Ten freshman of the year, is ranked No. 1 in his weight class.