Police and Fire Briefs for April 8, 2013

MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball State hired James Whitford as its new men’s basketball coach.

He spent the past four seasons as an assistant at Arizona working under Sean Miller.

The 41-year-old coach replaces Billy Taylor, who was fired March 14 after six seasons.

Whitford takes over a Ball State team that went 15-15 this season.

The school said Saturday the new coach will be introduced Wednesday.

Before coming to Arizona, Whitford spent four seasons on Miller’s staff at Xavier, which became a regular in the NCAA tournament. He also worked for 11 seasons at Miami (Ohio) before joining Miller at Xavier.

Drexel wins WNIT

PHILADELPHIA — Hollie Mershon hit the winning layup with 20.6 seconds remaining to lift Drexel over Utah 46-43 on Saturday in the Women’s NIT championship game.

Taylor Wootton scored 16 points, including the 1,000th of her career, and Mershon, finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two assists for the Dragons (28-10), who closed a record-setting season with the first postseason title in program history.

Mershon was named the tournament MVP.

Iwalani Rodrigues led Utah (23-14) with 12 points, including a 3-pointer that put the visiting Utes up 43-42 with just under three minutes remaining.

But with Drexel still trailing by one in the final minute, Renee Johnson-Allen got a big steal in the backcourt, and after a timeout, Mershon put the Dragons ahead for good with a driving layup through traffic.