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LGBT college athlete roundup: Purdue basketball player has career night

Bree Horrocks has a 15-point quarter in leading the Boilermakers.

Bree Horrocks
Bree Horrocks
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana — Bree Horrocks started with a layup. She then followed with a free throw and two more layups. In less than two minutes early in the fourth quarter, the Purdue sophomore scored seven points.

Then over the game's final five minutes, she added a layup and three jump shots.

The 6-foot-5 Horrocks finished the game against Incarnate Word on Dec. 10 with a career-high 15 points, which all came in the fourth quarter.

"That was my first 15-point quarter," Horrocks told the Lafayette (Indiana) Journal and Courier. "It just worked out well."

Horrocks made 7 of 7 field goals, becoming the fifth player in program history to shoot perfectly from the field with at least seven attempts. The Buford, Georgia, native also had one assist and one blocked shot in her 19 minutes as Purdue (8-2 overall) won 95-27.

That game was the most minutes Horrocks has played the last two weeks as the Boilermakers went 3-1. Horrocks' second best game in that span came Dec. 6 against Dayton, when she had two points, three rebounds and one blocked shot in 13 minutes.

She is averaging 3.1 points and 1.1 rebounds per game this season.

Names in bold are people that have announced publicly they identify as LGBT.

Division I

Sean Collins (sophomore, Penn men's track and field), who focuses on the decathlon during outdoor season, finished 15th in the 500 meters (1 minute, 10.01 seconds) and 33rd in the 60 meters (7.48 seconds) at the Lehigh Invitational to open the indoor season Dec. 5.

Taylor Emery (freshman, Tulane women's basketball) played 11 minutes off the bench, and she had 10 points, four rebounds, and one steal in a 74-55 win over McNeese State on Dec. 6. The win makes Tulane 5-3 overall.

Derrick Gordon (senior, Seton Hall men's basketball) helped his team go 3-1 the last two weeks with wins over Rutgers, Troy, and St. Peter's. His best game in that stretch was the only game he started as he had seven points, three rebounds, and one assist Dec. 5 against Rutgers.

Nick Jessee (junior, St. Louis men's swimming) and Austin Parrish (junior, Eastern Illinois men's swimming) saw each other in a dual meet in Charleston, Ill., on Dec. 4. Jessee won the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.37) while also being on the winning 200 freestyle relay, and he swam the 500 freestyle (second, 4:57.49). Parrish swam the 1,000 freestyle (sixth, 10:53.80) and 200 individual medley (sixth, 2:12.96).

Ayrton Kasemets (sophomore, Oakland men's swimming) helped the Grizzlies win the seven-team Zippy Invitational at Akron, Ohio, from Dec. 4-6. Kasemets finished third in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:01.68), fourth in the 100 breaststroke (56.22 seconds), and fourth in the 400 individual medley (4:04.93).

It's been a rough two weeks for the Bryant University men's basketball team, where Chris Burns is an assistant coach. The Bulldogs (2-9 overall) lost all five of its games in that span.

Harvard women's hockey assistant coach Lee-J Mirasolo saw her team lose back-to-back contests in overtime by identical 2-1 scores. The No. 7-ranked Crimson (8-4-1 overall) lost to Princeton and No. 4-ranked Quinnipiac on Dec. 4 and 5, respectively.

Central Michigan men's basketball assistant coach Ryan Mizner enjoyed seeing his team win three of four games the last two weeks. The Chippewas (5-4 overall) beat McNeese State, Aquinas, and Texas Southern. The loss in that stretch came against Grand Canyon, which is coached by three-time NBA All-Star Dan Majerle.

Division II

LeQuan Chapman (senior, Shippensburg men's track and field) opened the indoor season by taking second place in both long jump (22 feet, 7 3/4 inches) and triple jump (46 feet, 3 1/2 inches) at Bucknell on Dec. 4-5. His teammate Austin Shupp (sophomore) won the 400 meters (51.06 seconds) and took second in the 60-meter hurdles (8.22 seconds).

Austin Olivares (junior, Lindenwood men's swimming) won the 200-yard freestyle (1:39.45) and was on the winning 800 freestyle relay (6:34.59) on Sunday at the Delta State Christmas Invitational in Cleveland, Mississippi. That came after a third-place finish Saturday in the 500 freestyle (4:31.61).

Javier Ruisanchez (freshman, Gannon men's swimming) competed in four events at the Wooster Invitational on Dec. 3-5. He swam the 200-yard butterfly (19th place, 2:00.14), 1,650 freestyle (18th, 17:23.18), 500 freestyle (37th, 5:00.98), and 800 freestyle relay (ninth, 7:10.93).

Division III

Chris Cassingham (sophomore, Mary Washington men's swimming) swam three events at the Gettysburg Invitational on Dec. 4-5. He competed in the 100-yard freestyle (24th, 53.86 seconds), 200 freestyle (15th, 1:50.25), and 500 freestyle (ninth, 4:57.54).

NAIA

David Gilbert (junior, Lewis-Clark men's track and field) missed the first two indoor meets of the year after suffering a stress reaction in his left foot. He said he expects to be able to compete in the team's next meet Jan. 16.

Jesse Taylor (sophomore, Dakota Wesleyan men's basketball) did not play in the last four games as the Tigers have gone 2-2 since Thanksgiving.

Upcoming competitions involving LGBT college athletes and coaches that have announced their sexuality publicly. (All times are Eastern).

Friday, Dec. 18

Taylor Emery, Tulane women's basketball vs.Southern University; New Orleans, 6 p.m.

Tanner Wilfong, Miami men's diving at U.S. Diving Nationals; Indianapolis, All Day

Ryan Mizner (ast. coach) Central Michigan men's basketball at BYU; Provo, Utah, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 19

Derrick Gordon, Seton Hall men's basketball vs. Wichita State, Newark, N.J., Noon (FOX)

Tanner Wilfong, Miami men's diving at U.S. Diving Nationals; Indianapolis, All Day

Jesse Taylor, Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball vs. Doane College; Mitchell, S.D., 7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 20

Taylor Emery, Tulane women's basketball vs.UNC Greensboro; Tulane Invitational, New Orleans, 6 p.m.

Tanner Wilfong, Miami men's diving at U.S. Diving Nationals; Indianapolis, All Day

Monday, Dec. 21

Taylor Emery, Tulane women's basketball vs.Cleveland State/St. Louis; Tulane Invitational, New Orleans, TBA

Bree Horrocks, Purdue women's basketball vs. Maine; West Lafayette, Ind., TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 22

Derrick Gordon, Seton Hall men's basketball vs. South Florida, Newark, N.J., 6:30 p.m.

Ryan Mizner (ast. coach) Central Michigan men's basketball vs. Howard; Mount Pleasant, Mich., 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 23

Chris Burns (ast. coach) Bryant men's basketball at Michigan; Ann Arbor, Mich., 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

Monday, Dec. 28

Jesse Taylor, Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball vs. Florida National Univ.; Mitchell, S.D., 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 29

Ryan Mizner (ast. coach) Central Michigan men's basketball vs. William & Mary; Williamsburg, Va., 7:30 p.m.

Jesse Taylor, Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball vs. St. Mary (Kan.); Mitchell, S.D., 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 30

Taylor Emery, Tulane women's basketball vs.Houston; New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Derrick Gordon, Seton Hall men's basketball at Marquette; Milwaukee, Wis., 7 p.m. (FS1)

Thursday, Dec. 31

Bree Horrocks, Purdue women's basketball at Michigan; Ann Arbor, Mich., 1 p.m.

Chris Burns (ast. coach) Bryant men's basketball at Dartmouth; Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m.

Ryan Mizner (ast. coach) Central Michigan men's basketball vs. Lourdes; Mount Pleasant, Mich., 1 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 2

Derrick Gordon, Seton Hall men's basketball vs. DePaul; Newark, N.J., 11 a.m. (FS1)

Chris Burns (ast. coach) Bryant men's basketball vs. Central Connecticut; Smithfield, R.I., 4 p.m.

Jesse Taylor, Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball at Hastings College; Hastings, Neb., 5 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 3, 16

Taylor Emery, Tulane women's basketball at Memphis; Memphis, Tenn., 5 p.m. (ESPNU)

Bree Horrocks, Purdue women's basketball vs. Illinois; West Lafayette, Ind., TBA

Alex Obendorf, West Virginia men's diving at Coral Springs Classic; Coral Springs, Fla., TBA

Erik Hall can be reached via email at hallerik7@gmail.com or on Twitter (@HallErik) or on Facebook. If you are an out LGBT athlete or coach and want your accomplishments recognized, email Erik.