The Indiana State Women’s Basketball team couldn't find a way to stop in-state rival Indiana Friday evening as it fell 57-54 in front of 2,871 fans at the Hulman Center. The loss is the first for the Sycamores, dropping them to 2-1 in the 2013-14 season.
Down by three points with just 31 seconds left, the Sycamores found themselves with the ball after a pair of IU free throws by Taylor Aguler. Junior forward Rachael Mahan missed a layup with 19 seconds to go and put the Hoosiers at the line with 19 second to play.
IU missed both free throws in the double-bonus as Mahan pulled down the rebound with 16 seconds to play. Senior guard Anna Munn launched off a last second three-pointer but couldn’t convert as ISU falls to the Hoosiers for the second-consecutive season.
The Sycamores were backed by senior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir with 18 points as she has led the team in scoring in two of three games this season. Sophomore forward Marina Laramie posted a season-high 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds while senior guard Anna Munn posted a team-high 10 rebounds on the evening.
ISU shot 73.9 percent from the charity stripe behind 6-for-6 shooting from Laramie, but shot just 28.8 percent from the floor and 21.4 percent from the three-point line in the loss.
Keeping the game within reach for the entire contest, ISU found itself trailing by just three points (22-19) at the half. The Hoosiers would take their largest lead of the game with 14:07 to go on a layup by Tabitha Gerardot.
Junior guard Natasha Zurek led with four assist while also contributing a team-high three steals and had two points. Junior forward Rachael Mahan added nine points and seven boards in her evening of work.
The Sycamores hit the road to begin a three-game road swing on Monday when they face Stetson in DeLand, Fla. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. ET.