For the third season in a row, the Nova Southeastern University women’s basketball (27-5) eam claimed the Division II South Region championship as its defeated host Union 67-62 Monday night.
The Sharks advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, which begins next week in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
A back-and-forth first half saw the Sharks lead 39-32 at halftime.
Jasmine Wilkins led the Sharks with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting and had six rebounds. Jessica Valley added 13 points, eight assists and seven boards, and Winter Rodriguez had a career-best 12 points.
The Hurricanes football team announced the promotion of current staff members Larry Scott, Kareem Brown, Eric Josephs and Jorge Baez, and the addition of Josh Darrow, Evan Cooper and Jake Flaherty to the staff.
Scott, the tight ends coach, will add the title of run game coordinator. Brown, a former graduate assistant who has spent time coaching the defensive line, will serve as the outside linebackers coach and direct the team’s nickel-package defense. Josephs, who spent the past two years in the football operations department, is now director of player personnel. Baez will serve as the coordinator of on-campus recruiting/offensive personnel.
The three additions to the Hurricanes’ staff will feature Darrow moving into the role of assistant director of football operations (high school relations and community affairs), Cooper as the assistant director of player personnel, and Flaherty serving as the team’s offensive graduate assistant.
It was a big week at the plate for Hurricanes third baseman David Thompson, and it paid off Monday when he was honored as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Player of the Week.
Thompson hit .524 (11 for 21) with two doubles, three home runs and a team-high 13 RBI as the Hurricanes went 5-0. Thompson’s walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning Friday keyed a three-game sweep of N.C. State over the weekend.
In a 15-4 win over Florida Gulf Coast last Tuesday, Thompson set career marks with four hits and six RBI and came only a triple shy of the cycle. His slugging percentage was 1.048 for the week.
For the season, the junior is hitting .354 with team-high totals of four home runs and 26 RBI, and his .608 slugging percentage leads all players.
No. 2 Nova Southeastern University is atop the leaderboard, with one day in the books and one to go, at the Barry U Women’s Invitational at Don Shula’s Resort.
The Sharks (582) came in one stroke better than Rollins, and seven better than Lynn (589). Barry dropped to fourth at 592, with Saint Leo fifth (607).
NSU shot the best team score of the day, a second-round 286, to leap from third to first over Rollins and Barry. Jamie Freedman shot a 4-under 68 and is in second place.
No. 1 Nova Southeastern leads the field by eight strokes after day one of the Bobcat Invitational, hosted by Georgia College, at Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee. The Sharks have a two-round score of 557 and lead second-place Saint Leo by eight shots.
▪ Nova Southeastern 5, Lynn 4: The No. 10 Sharks (11-0, 4-0 Sunshine State Conference) earned another win over a top-five opponent to stay undefeated, defeating the Fighting Knights (11-2, 2-2).