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Collegiate update: Chandler, Ramblers accept bid to Women's Basketball Invitational

In a span of less than seven days, Loyola University basketball player Maya Chandler was named to the Missouri Valley Conference’s All-Freshman Team, was bestowed Freshman of the Year honors by the MVC, helped her team reach the semifinals of the MVC Tournament, and celebrated with her team after accepting an invitation to the Women’s Basketball Invitational postseason tournament.


Chandler, a Triton Central graduate, had six points, three rebounds and five assists in the Ramblers’ 61-60 victory Friday over Illinois State in Moline, Illinois. Chandler was fouled in the game’s final seconds and hit one of two free throws to seal the win and put Loyola in the MVC tournament semifinals for the first time in program history.


Bradley defeated Loyola, 70-56, Saturday to end the Ramblers’ run. Chandler finished with eight points, three rebounds and two assists.


At 11-13, Loyola was invited to the WBI along with seven other schools. The tournament will be played at the William Exum Center in Frankfort, Kentucky.


Loyola will face Stetson (9-13) Friday at 1:30 p.m. (CST).


Here is a look at other Shelby County graduates competing at the collegiate level.


Riley Stephens


The Triton Central freshman ended her first basketball season at the University of Evansville with four points and six rebounds Thursday in a 65-52 loss to Valparaiso in the MVC Tournament.


The Purple Aces closed out the season with a 6-18 record. On Monday, the school announced that head coach Matthew Ruffing would not return next season.


Hayden Langkabel


The Morristown graduate finished with two points in 18 minutes of playing time for Marian University’s men’s basketball team Saturday in a 65-58 victory over Indiana Tech in the NAIA Opening Round.


With the win, the Knights (23-4) advanced to the NAIA Round of 16 in Kansas City, Missouri, and will face Loyola University (Louisiana) (14-5) at 3 p.m. Friday.


Brooklyn Langkabel


The Morristown graduate played two minutes Saturday in the Marian University women’s basketball team’s 92-69 win over Grand View (Iowa).


The Knights (27-5) advanced in the NAIA Tournament Final Site to face Concordia (21-8) Friday at 7 p.m. at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.


TeAnn Bringle


The Shelbyville graduate smashed her first home run of the 2021 season for Indiana State softball in an 8-2 loss Saturday at Memphis. Bringle was 1-for-3 with two runs batted in.


The Sycamores won two of the three games in the weekend series.



Natalie Weber


The Shelbyville graduate was 3-for-6 at the plate with two doubles and five RBIs in Franklin College softball’s doubleheader sweep of Bluffton Saturday.


The Grizzlies (5-3) won game one, 9-0, and took the nightcap, 8-5.


Logan Young


The Shelbyville graduate was 2-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored and a run batted in for Indiana University South Bend’s baseball team Saturday in a 15-6 win over Lourdes.


In game one of the doubleheader, Young was 0-for-1 with two walks and a RBI in a 7-0 victory.


Those same two teams split a doubleheader Friday.


Lourdes won game one, 15-4. Young was 1-for-3 with a double.


The Titans won game two, 8-6. Young was 1-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI.



Jill Anspaugh


The Shelbyville graduate finished 31st overall for Franklin College Sunday in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Cross Country Championships held at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky.


Anspaugh completed the 6-kilometer course in 27 minutes, 10 seconds.


Bailey Chandler


The Triton Central graduate collected 47 assists and six digs Monday to lead Eastern Illinois to a 16-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-23 win over Murray State.


The Panthers (2-10) lost to Murray State in four sets Sunday. Chandler had 40 assists and nine digs.