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Women’s basketball plays tough schedule

Posted on 02.06.2013



The University of Indianapolis women’s basketball team traveled to play against the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Rangers, losing 77-75 after a last-second shot by the Rangers.

The Greyhounds kept control of the lead in the first half, allowing the Rangers to get a lead only as high as one point twice. In the second half, the Greyhounds let their lead slip away from them, allowing a run by the Rangers. The Greyhounds reclaimed the lead following a layup by senior guard Kristin Turner, putting them up by one point with 8:56 remaining. In the last two minutes, the Rangers took the lead back from UIndy. Following two good free throws by Turner with nine seconds left to tie the game up, the Rangers hit a 3-pointer as time expired that gave them the victory.

Three individuals scored in double figures for the Greyhounds. The team was led by Turner, who had 25 points.

The Greyhounds hosted the Lewis University Flyers on Jan. 31, losing in double overtime 78-75.

In the first half, both teams exchanged the lead multiple times for nearly half of the entire first half. With 11:26 remaining in the half, a layup by junior forward/center Chas Lecher started a run that helped UIndy get the lead over the Flyers by  14 points. The Greyhounds maintained possession of the lead as they headed into the locker room at halftime with a 36-27 lead.

As the second half began, the Greyhounds came out and extended their lead at moments to as high as 15 points. The Flyers, however, responded and were able to bring the score within three points with 1:22 remaining in the game. The Flyers then rebounded a missed 3-pointer by senior guard Kristin Turner and hit a three-pointer with 50 seconds remaining, forcing overtime.

In overtime, the Greyhounds controlled the first three minutes, and were up by five points following a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Carly Lythjohan with 2:01 remaining. The Flyers went on a five to nothing run following the Greyhounds’ score, forcing a second overtime.

In the second overtime, the Flyers took over the game. A layup and a pair of free throws helped the Flyers close the game and take the victory.

In their loss, the Greyhounds had four different players who scored in double digits. Turner finished with 14 points and defensively the Greyhounds had 10 blocks.

During the previous weekend, the Greyhounds played against the Bellarmine University Knights on Jan. 26, losing at the buzzer on a last-second shot, 75-72.

Both teams exchanged the lead multiple times throughout the first half, until the Greyhounds gained their largest lead of the half with a 3-pointer by junior guard Shelby Wall, making the score 21-16 with 5:32 remaining. At the conclusion of the first half, UIndy led Bellarmine 28-26.

In the second half, the Knights hit a 3-pointer with 17:36 remaining, tying the game 33-33. Bellarmine then pulled away by as much as 11 points with 10:13 remaining.

Junior forward Dajana Jovanovic looks for an open teammate to pass the ball to while a Bellarmine defender challenges her. The Greyhounds fell to the Knights, 75-72, following a 3-pointer that went through as time expired. The Greyhounds went 1-2 during their three-game homestand in GLVC competition. Photo by Victoria Jenkins.

Head Women’s Basketball Coach Constantin Popa said he expected the team to face challenges heading into the game, knowing what the Knights brought to the table.

“Bellarmine has always been pretty tough competition,” Popa said.

The Hounds did not go quietly and went on a run that eventually tied the game up with three seconds left on the game clock off a layup by Turner. Bellarmine, however, hit a 3-pointer from 25 feet out as time expired, giving the Knights the victory.

Despite the loss, Turner was proud of how the team fought back in the second half to give themselves a chance to win.

“We played more aggressive the second half,” Turner said. “We weren’t as passive. We hit more shots, we took more shots and we just played all-around better in the second half.”

Unlike the close loss against Bellarmine, the Greyhounds hosted the McKendree University Bearcats on Jan. 24, defeating them 81-39.

Junior guard Katy McIntosh led the Greyhounds in scoring during the game, with 20 of their 81 points, and contributed nine rebounds and nine assists.

UIndy’s next contests in the GLVC will be rematches with the Knights at Bellarmine University on Feb. 7 and at McKendree on Feb. 9 at 5:45 p.m.


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