Old Dominion lost its top player, Shae Kelley, who announced she will transfer to Minnesota for her final collegiate season, the Virginian-Pilot reported. With the Gophers, she will play for former VCU coach Melanie Stollings.
Because Kelley is graduating from ODU this spring, she can become eligible immediately at another college. The 6-foot-1 forward wanted to play in higher-profile conference, such as the ACC or Big Ten -- Minnesota's home.
She led the Lady Monarchs in scoring (17.8 points per game), rebounding (9.7), steals (61) and blocks (42). She would have been the only first-team All-Conference USA player returning.
Coach Karen Barefoot's Lady Monarchs still are scheduled to return three starters from an 18-16 team that went to the WNIT.
Lee Rossi drove in the go-ahead runs in the sixth inning of Apprentice School’s 3-2 win over Briarcliffe (N.Y.) on the first day of the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association Small College World Series in Springfield, Ill.
The Builders (27-12) trailed 2-1 before Rossi’s one-out hit scored Mark Labrador and Brian Belvin.
Apprentice plays top-seeded Cincinnati-Clermont of Ohio at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the winners' bracket of the double-elimination tournament. ...
Norfolk State’s Marty L. Miller Field will be the host site for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament, which begins Wednesday and ends Sunday.
The eight-team, double-elimination tournament will be played at the Spartans’ home field for the third straight year and sixth time since 2006.
NSU, the No. 2 seed from the Northern Division, opens against N.C. Central, the No. 3 seed from the Southern Division, at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Virginia Tech and James Madison -- each with a key player from Poquoson -- both will play neutral-site regional games Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament, whose field was announced late Sunday night.
The Hokies, one of whose two primary pitchers is Poquoson's Maggie Tyler, received an at-large bid after a third-place ACC finish. They will play at 3:30 p.m. Friday against Lipscomb (39-13) in Knoxville, Tenn., where regional host Tennessee (42-10) will play Big South tournament champion Charleston Southern (27-31-1).
This will be the Hokies' seventh NCAA tournament appearance and their fifth NCAA visit to Knoxville. Tech has made the NCAA for four consecutive years.
Lipscomb, from Nashville, Tenn., and the Atlantic Sun, received an at-large bid. Tech lost to Lipscomb 2-1 in early February on a walk-off home run.
Also making the tournament from the ACC were champion Florida State (the No. 8 national seed), Notre Dame and N.C. State.
JMU, which won the Colonial Athletic Association regular season and went 3-0 at home for its tournament crown, will play at 5 p.m. Friday against DePaul in Lexington, Ky., where host Kentucky will meet Ohio.
The Dukes, whose squad includes senior Catherine Clavin, a former Islander who is a frequent pinch hitter, beat DePaul earlier this season. JMU is making its third NCAA appearance.
There are 16 four-team, double-elimination regionals this weekend. The winners will advance to best-of-three Super Regionals.
Norfolk State received commitments from Malik Thomas, a transfer from Boston University, and high school senior Malik Gray, according to the @verbalcommits Twitter feed.
Thomas is a 6-foot-7, 190-pounder from Harlem, N.Y., who was one of the Terriers' top rebounders. Gray, from Virginia Beach, has played for independent power Cape Henry Collegiate.
Former Virginia star Joe Harris and ex-North Carolina standout James Michael McAdoo, a Norfolk Christian product, were among the 50 players invited to the NBA Draft Combine on Thursday and Friday in Chicago.
Also sent invitations were McAdoo's former UNC teammate P.J. Hairston, who played in the D-League in 2013-14 after encountering off-court trouble; and numerous other former Atlantic Coast Conference players: N.C. State's T.J. Warren, Duke's Rodney Hood, Syracuse's Tyler Ennis, C.J. Fair and Jerami Grant, Clemson's K.J. McDaniels and Pittsburgh's Lamar Patterson.
Jabari Parker, who declared for the draft after one year at Duke, said he will not be at the combine.
The Norfolk Tides squandered a chance to win a series for the first time this season, falling 14-3 at Indianapolis (21-16) on an Education Day promotion that drew more than 13,000 fans. The teams split the series with two wins apiece.
Otherwise, little went well for Norfolk (13-24). The Indians, Pittsburgh's top affiliate, shelled knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa (1-4) for seven runs -- four earned -- and eight hits in five innings. Reliever Brock Huntzinger fared even worse, yielding six runs and four hits -- including two home runs -- while getting just one out.
The Tides return to Harbor Park for a six-game homestand that starts Tuesday night -- four against Louisville, then two versus Charlotte.