The Wichita State men’s basketball team is ranked No. 2 in the country with Akron native Darius Carter Jr. playing a key role.
Carter, a Firestone graduate, is averaging 8.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game for the Shockers (29-0 overall, 16-0 Missouri Valley Conference). He has appeared in 28 games with six starts and is making 52.9 percent of his shots from the field.
Carter, a 6-foot-7 junior forward, is Wichita State’s fifth-leading scorer behind senior Cleanthony Early (15.8 points), sophomore Ron Baker (13.0), sophomore Fred VanVleet (12.3) and junior Tekele Cotton (10.4).
Florida (25-2) is ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls. Wichita State is second and Arizona (25-2) is third in both polls.
Wichita State concludes its regular season with games at Bradley on Tuesday night and by hosting Missouri State on Saturday.
The Missouri Valley Conference and NCAA Tournament will follow.
•?Baldwin Wallace University pentathlete Melanie Winters, a Stow graduate, has been selected as the Ohio Athletic Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week for the second time this season.
Winters won the long jump and set two school records at the unscored Kent State University Tune-Up Meet that featured athletes from all divisions of the NCAA. She won the long jump with a school-record leap of 19-feet-3¼-inches, which ranks her second in Division III. In addition, she placed sixth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.02 seconds, and set a school record and stands fifth in Division III with an 8.91-second timing in a preliminary heat.
Winters ranks sixth in Division III in the five-event pentathlon with a school-record 3,488 points, 41st in the 60-meter dash (7.92 seconds) and 42nd in the high jump (5-3.75).
•?Sophomore post Laura Mummey, a Hudson graduate, led three players in double-figures with a career-high 24 points, but the Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball team lost 79-68 at the University of Chicago on Saturday. Mummey also had six rebounds.
University of Akron senior Hanna Luburgh was named Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week.
Luburgh aided the Zips in extending their winning streak to a program-record 10 games, scoring 17 points with 10 rebounds against Northern Illinois for her seventh double-double of the season and scoring a game-high 31 points at Ohio University.
This is the fifth time in Luburgh’s career she received the player of the week honor and the second this season.
Kent State University junior Emma Johnson was named MAC East Division co-pitcher of the week.
Johnson struck out 22 batters in 19 innings at the FAU Invitational, allowing just three earned runs.
Johnson pitched a one-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory against No. 6 Kentucky, handing the Wildcats their first loss of the season.
Track and field
•?University of Akron senior Brittany Funk was named MAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week.
Funk, ranked No. 4 in the nation and No. 1 in the MAC in the weight throw, tossed the weight 69-6¾ at the Zips Invitational last Friday for her fourth event win of the season.
•?Kent State University sophomore William Barnes was named MAC Men’s Track Athlete of the Week.
Barnes set the Kent State Field House record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.83 at the Kent State Tune Up on Saturday.