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The Bradley University volleyball team hosted a intra-squad scrimmage Saturday afternoon at the Renaissance Coliseum. The Braves enter the 2014 season under the leadership of head coach Jenny Maurer in her fourth year. Maurer’s team returns 10 letterwinners, including four starters, from last year’s squad which had the most wins (13) and highest Missouri Valley Conference win total (7) at Bradley since 2005.  After tying for sixth in the Valley standings last year, the Braves feature a young, but experienced roster in 2014. Madison Kamp (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian) is the lone senior on the team, marking the first time since 2004 that Bradley has less than two seniors.  Kamp, who averaged 1.83 kills per set over the final six matches of the 2013 season, earned MVC All-Tournament honors after tallying 10 kills and four blocks against Southern Illinois in Bradley’s first MVC Tournament contest since 2005. Junior Jessie Tulacka (Westmont, Ill./Downers Grove North) is the top returning attacker for the Braves, after she averaged 2.31 kills per set as a sophomore and is the team’s active career kills leader.  She helps headline a group of five juniors. Sophomore Melissa Hoerber (Fulton, Mo./Fulton) was second in the Valley in aces per set and was the first freshman to lead the team in aces since 2009. The Braves welcome three freshmen to the roster Jamie Livaudais, Afton Sobasky and Taylor Thiele

-Bob

Bradley turned in one of its best defensive efforts of the season and came up with a pair of stops in the closing seconds of the contest to hold off I-74 rival Illinois State 64-62 Sunday afternoon at Renaissance Coliseum.  The 62 points scored by the Redbirds were a season low for a Bradley opponent this year. The game was tight throughout with neither team leading by more than six points and the contest featured 12 ties and 11 lead changes.  Senior Kelsey Budd hit a floater in the lane at the six-minute mark and made a pair of free throws after coming up with a steal to give Bradley (5-15 overall, 2-7 MVC) a 59-54 advantage with just over five minutes to play. Budd’s basket with six minutes left proved to be the final field goal of the game for the Braves, however, and Illinois State (5-14 overall, 4-5 MVC) chipped away at the BU lead to eventually pull even at 60-60 with 1:51 to play. Senior Alyson Spinas-Valainis made a pair of free throws with 1:38 left to give Bradley a 62-60 advantage, but a Bradley foul on the next trip down the floor allowed the Redbirds to knot the score at 62-62 on a pair of Lindsay Smith free throws. Senior Catie O’Leary was fouled with 44.4 seconds left and split a pair of free throws to put the Braves ahead 63-62.  Spinas-Valainis came up with a block on the next Illinois State possession, but a BU turnover with 10 seconds to play gave the Redbirds one more chance. Bradley opens the second half of the Missouri Valley Conference schedule with a 7 p.m. game at Wichita State Friday.

-Bob

If in theory it is difficult to win a college basketball game on a cold-shooting night, Bradley University proved the point Wednesday night, when the Braves (5-3) dropped their first on-campus home game since the 1982 MVC Tournament in a 72-66 loss to IUPUI (2-7) at Renaissance Coliseum. Bradley, which had been 5-0 in the on-campus facility since it opened in 2010, shot just 31.3 percent (21-67) from the field, 13.6 percent (3-22) from 3-point range and 67.7 percent (21-31) from the free throw line, cold numbers that offset 23 offensive rebounds, a +14 rebound margin (48-34), just 11 turnovers and 10 steals.  Bradley’s 23 offensive rebounds were the most by the Braves since snaring 24 in a 69-67 overtime loss at Wichita State Dec. 30, 2005. Junior guard Ian Chiles led the Jaguars with a game-high 20 points, while junior Khufu Najee chipped in 19 points and six assists and Donavan Gibbs added 13 points of the IUPUI bench. Sophomore Omari Grier led the Braves with 17 points, despite a 3-for-13 effort from the field.  Walt Lemon, Jr. and Tyshon Pickett both added 13 points, but the duo combined to shoot 9-for-31 from the floor, and Auston Barnes added 11 points off the bench.  Barnes, Pickett and Jordan Prosser all shared team-high honors with eight rebounds.

-Bob


Walt Lemon Jr. led three Bradley University players in double-figures with 19 points, while adding six assists and three steals, and the Braves (2-0) cruised to an 85-59 win against Alabama State University (0-2) in the second round of the Global Sports Invitational Sunday evening at Renaissance Coliseum. The Braves improved to 5-0 all-time in their on-campus arena and Sunday’s 26-point margin of victory was their largest at the Coliseum. Sophomore guard Omari Grier added 14 points for the Braves and junior forward Auston Barnes added 12 points and seven rebounds. The duo combined to make all six (6-for-13) of Bradley’s 3-point field goals. Jamel Waters led Alabama State with 14 points and a game-high seven assists, while Luther Page chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds for the Hornets. The Braves will have little time to celebrate their fourth consecutive 2-0 start as Bradley will host Central Michigan in a 7 p.m. game Tuesday night at Carver Arena.

-Bob



Junior Michelle Young scored a game and career-high 32 points to pace five Bradley University women’s basketball players in double figures as the Braves topped Illinois 98-92 Friday afternoon at Renaissance Coliseum. The crowd of 2,402 fans, which ranks as the fourth-best attendance total in school history and largest for a women’s basketball game at Renaissance Coliseum, left entertained as Bradley’s 98 points surpassed the previous arena mark of 96 points in a win against Iowa on Dec. 17, 2001 and the teams combined for a Renaissance Coliseum record 190 points. Bradley (1-0 overall) improved to 3-1 in its last four contests against Big Ten Conference foes and the Braves are now 3-2 in the last five matchups with the Illini. The game marked the first season opener against the BCS Conference foe for Bradley since the 1999-2000 season and the Braves topped a BCS Conference opponent to open a season for the first time since 1998-99. Young scored 19 of her career-best 32 points in the first half, including 13 points in a seven-minute span, and made 11-of-19 field goal attempts on the afternoon.  Her 32 points are tied for the eighth most in school history and were the most by a Bradley player in a home game since Genny Mueller had 33 points against Indiana State on March 6, 2004. Young’s point total also ranks as the most points scored by a Bradley individual in a season opener. All four Bradley seniors finished in double figures, Kelsey Budd added 23 points, seven assists and a career-best eight steals. The eight steals are the most by a Brave since Skye Johnson had eight takeways against Creighton on Feb. 23, 2008.

-Bob

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