Basketball Players Named to All-Conference Teams
After a historic run to its first ever Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship game the Indiana University South Bend men’s basketball team has landed two seniors on the CCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention team.
Riley Stichter and Javonte Young were both a huge part of the Titans success this season. Stichter a four-year player was part of a trio that became the all-time winningest player in IU South Bend basketball history. Young who transferred in was a fixture in the Titans lineup during his two seasons. Stichter had a breakout year in his final season as he averaged 10.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. He started in all 33 games and averaged 29 minutes per contest while shooting 55 percent from the field. There was no shot bigger than the final shot in the CCAC Tournament semi-finals that went in with .2 seconds left and sent the Titans to the title game and a chance at an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament.
Young also started in all 33 games for the Titans this year and led the team in scoring with 12.5 points per game. Young also averaged 4.2 rebounds per game, shot 45 percent from the field and 36 percent from long distance.
IU South Bend finished its season with an overall record of 19-14.
The women’s basketball team also had an impressive showing in the CCAC tournament and had a Titan named to the All-Conference team. Sophomore Courtney Smith carried the bulk of the offensive load for the Titans this season as she averaged 16.7 points per contest which was good for sixth-best in the league. Courtney started in 30 of 31 games this season and registered double-figures in 29 contests.
Smith shot 45 percent from the field, 43 percent from long distance, and 80 percent from the free throw line. She also recorded two double-doubles with the first coming against Olivet Nazarene where she scored 21 points and hauled in 12 rebounds and the second against Saint Xavier University where she scored 12 points and grabbed 10 boards. In her two year career Smith has amassed 889 points, 348 rebounds, 132 assists, 105 steals, and 33 blocks.
The Titans finished the season with a 14-17 overall record and an 8-11 mark in CCAC action. In the opening round of the conference tournament the Titans nearly knocked off the No. 2 seed SXU Cougars falling 70-65.