Digest for 11-01-13


LOCAL

UAPB falls to Prairie View

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — The Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers handed the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lady Lions its third conference loss this season as UAPB fell in four sets Thursday night.

The final scores were 9-25, 25-23, 16-25, and 12-25.

Rachel Hornbuckle led UAPB (10-20, 3-3 SWAC) with nine kills and one block while Audrey Sherles had seven kills with one block. Jordan Foyer had 15 assists and Courtney Brand had 13 digs.

For Prairie View A&M (10-23, 4-3), Lenicia Tyson had 17 kills with one block and Candyce Alexander had 16 kills with one block.

Kelsey Espinosa had 39 assists and LaKeisha Allen had 17 digs.

UAPB will face Texas Southern today in Houston beginning at 5 p.m. They return home on Monday to host Southern University beginning at 6:30 p.m.

REGIONAL

Grizzlies give Pondexter extension

Memphis, Tenn. — The Memphis Grizzlies signed guard/forward Quincy Pondexter to a contract extension on Thursday.

Pondexter averaged 6.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 59 games last season and also led the Grizzlies in three-point field goal percentage (.395). In 15 playoff games, he averaged 8.9 points and 2.5 rebounds.

In 190 career games (15 starts) with New Orleans and Memphis, Pondexter has averaged 4.5 points and 1.8 rebounds.

NATIONAL

FAU coach Pelini resigns

Boca Raton, FL (Sports Network) - Florida Atlantic head football coach Carl Pelini resigned effective immediately on Wednesday following media reports of illegal drug use by he and an assistant.

According to ESPN.com, Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis were in attendance at a recent social event where marijuana was being used. Rekstis also announced his resignation following a meeting with Florida Atlantic athletic director Pat Chun Wednesday morning.

“It is with profound disappointment and sadness that I announce the resignation of Florida Atlantic University head football coach Carl Pelini and Defensive Coordinator Pete Rekstis. They tendered their resignations to me late this morning after I confronted both coaches with reports relating to their use of illegal drugs.”

Offensive coordinator Brian Wright will take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. The Owls host fellow Conference USA member Tulane on Saturday.

Pelini, the older brother of Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, was in his second season in charge of the Florida Atlantic program. The Owls had gone just 5-15 under his direction, including a 2-6 overall record this season and a 1-4 mark in the team’s inaugural season in Conference USA.