Winter break begins with bevy of sports news

Basketball teams back in action, Coleman leaving men's team, soccer players earn awards | December 20, 2002

With the final exams completed, the men's and women's basketball teams return to action this weekend. The 20th ranked men's team takes on Ball State University on Friday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cintas Center, while the No. 31-ranked women's team takes on the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center. The men's team (5-2) heads into its game against Ball State with one fewer players, as 6-foot-10 forward Anthony Coleman announced on Thursday, Dec. 19, that he is leaving the basketball team, citing a lack of playing time. Coleman was averaging 6.8 minutes per game. The game will be the first in a week for the Musketeers, whose last game was a loss to Mississippi State at Madison Square Garden in New York on Dec. 14. Ball State is 5-3 on the season and coming off an 80-65 loss at Dayton on Tuesday night, which snapped the Cardinals’ three-game winning streak. The Cardinals, though, have beaten Nebraska, Wright State and Indiana State this season. The women's team also hasn't played since last Saturday, taking the week off for final exams. It beat Indiana State to improve to 6-1 on the season. Its next three games will be a true challenge, beginning with Pittsburgh this weekend. It then takes another week off before facing No. 44 Cincinnati in the women's Crosstown Shootout on Dec. 28 and No. 17 Mississippi State on Jan. 2. Also on the athletic front, three men's soccer players were named to theAll-Ohio team, including sophomore defender Tiest Sondaal, who was named Ohio player of the year. Sondaal was previously named to the All-Atlantic 10 team, All-Atlantic 10 Academic team and to the All-Region team. He helped the team to a 10-7-2 record—including a team record eight shutouts—its best season since 1998. The volleyball team signed four players to national letters of intent. Coach Floyd Deaton calls the group one of the best recruiting classes in program history. And the baseball team announced it is hosting a holiday baseball camp during the final weekend in December. It also has hitting camps during four consecutive weekends in January and February.