Basketball team couldn’t hold on in the final minutes as it fell to IUPUI on
Monday evening at the Hulman Center.
Indiana State falls to 3-4 on the season while IUPUI improved to 7-3
The game came down to the final minutes as the two teams battled through the
contest with 56 total fouls called on the night. ISU held their largest lead of
six points with 7:52 to play but an 8-0 run by the Jaguars tied things up at 55
apiece with 6:21 to play.
ISU took a three point lead on a jumper by junior guard Natasha Zurek with
3:51 to play as IUPUI took a timeout. A layup by junior forward Rachael Mahan
the Sycamores up four but a bucket by IUPUI’s Nevena Markovic got her team
Indiana State took a big hit when Zurek fouled out with 3:37 to play while
Mahan would foul out with 1:52 to play – taking away two of the Sycamores
starters out of the game.
A pair of free throws by Jags’ Kate Comello put them up 64-63 and a lead they
would never relinquish. Indiana State found itself with a chance with 22
seconds to play as senior guard Anna Munn would turn the ball over and a return
foul sent IUPUI to the line where they iced four free throws to seal the
Munn scored a game-high 17 points and picked up six boards in the loss as
three Sycamores scored in double figures. The MVC Player of the Week went
3-for-4 from three point range and 6-for-8 from the charity stripe while picking
up three assists and two steals.
Junior forward Racheal Mahan picked up her second double-double of the season
with a 14 point and tied for a team-high 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward Marina
Laramie contributed 15 points as she went 13-for-16 from the line.
The Sycamores narrowly outrebounded the Jags, 36-34, winning the battle of
the boards for just the second time this season.
ISU trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half but it cut the halftime
deficit to just three, going to the locker room down 33-30. However, the game
was marred by 24 Indiana State turnovers – with 13 of them coming in the final
Senior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir and junior guard Natasha Zurek each scored
seven points on the evening while dishing out a combined five assist and four
Up next for the Sycamores is a trip to East Tennessee State University on
Wednesday, December 18. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. ET.
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