Three players scored in double-figures helping the Indiana State Women’s Basketball team to a 61-36 exhibition win over Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon in the Hulman Center.
Senior guards Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir and preseason All-MVC pick Anna Munn each scored 10 points while sophomore forward Marina Laramie also chipped in 10 to help the Sycamores cruise to a win in their lone exhibition game of the season.
Head coach Teri Moren said the key to Saturday’s exhibition was patience, as the Sycamores faced a zone from the Greyhounds in the matchup with limited work on their defense against the defense they faced.
“You expect Anna Munn to find the open spots and find the spots along with Bilqis (Abdul-Qaadir) as well,” Moren said. “What we were really trying to do (today) is find some patience. But I thought there were some bright spots in today’s game.”
Junior transfer Lashonda Littleton nearly had a double-double in her first time suiting up with the Sycamores, with nine points and had a team-high eight rebounds. In addition, Littleton went 3-for-3 from the free throw line, dished out three assists and picked up three steals.
Overall, ISU out-rebounded the Greyhounds, 39-33, while shooting 37.5 percent from the floor on the afternoon The Sycamores were also aggressive on the attack, picking up 12 steals and forcing 21 turnovers. Four Sycamores each picked up a team-high three steals apiece.
ISU opened up the contest on a 7-0 run before UIndy’s Katy McIntosh scored a bucket with 15:52 to play. But it was all ISU after that as they used an 8-2 scoring run to lead 16-4 halfway through the first half.
The Sycamores held a 26-13 halftime lead with Munn scoring all 10 points in the half. But UIndy would keep things interesting to start the second half with the first four points, and keeping the Sycamores off the board until Abdul-Qaadir nailed a three with 15:46 to play.
Indiana State would then go on a 10-3 run to help distance themselves from UIndy as Laramie would sink a layup and get fouled to put her team up 39-20 with 11:28 left in the contest.
ISU rebounded from a 28.7 percent field percentage in the first half to a 46.7 mark in the second half. They also went 13-for-18 from the free throw line (72.2 %) as four players were perfect from the charity stripe.
Nine of 11 players who saw action for ISU scored at least four points includingfreshman forward Rhagen Smith who dropped six points. Juniors Racheal Mahan, Natasha Zurek and Jasmine Grier along with sophomore guard Kasey Johnson all scored four points in the exhibition matchup.
Junior forward Travecia Franklin pulled down five rebounds in action on Saturday while sophomore guard Kalliste Haskins also saw playing time off the bench.
UIndy was led by McIntosh who scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds. Dajana Jovanovic led with nine rebounds and also scored four points while Shelby Wall chipped in five points for the Greyhounds.
The Sycamores open regular season action on Saturday, Nov. 9 as they welcome South Alabama to the Hulman Center. Tipoff is set for 5:05 p.m.