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JAGS OPEN WEDNESDAY DOUBLEHEADER WITH NORTHERN KENTUCKY AT 5 PM

December 18, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS - After a 17-year break, IUPUI and Northern Kentucky renew their series on Wednesday, Dec. 18, when the Norse come into The Jungle to take on the Jaguars at 5 p.m.

GAMEDAY INFORMATION
  • The Jaguars and Norse will tip at 5:00 p.m. at The Jungle.
  • Wednesday's women's game will be the first game of a men's and women's doubleheader. The men's team is set to take on Nicholls State at 7:30 p.m.
  • Live stats and live streaming will be available through IUPUIJags.com, and the game can be heard for free via IUPUIJags.com. Live streaming costs $4.95 for 24-hour access.
  • Morgan Adcock will have the call on IUPUIJags.com beginning just prior to tip.

ABOUT NORTHERN KENTUCKY
  • The Norse enter Wednesday's contest with a 4-5 overall record following a six-point loss at Butler on Sunday.
  • NKU is led by junior Melody Doss in scoring and rebounding as she averages 18.9 ppg and 8.2 rpg.
  • Collectively, Northern Kentucky is shooting 36.4 percent from the field, including 29.9 percent from three, but it is one of the better free throw shooting teams connecting on 77.0 percent of its tries.
  • 27.4 percent of NKU's points this season have come from the charity stripe.
  • The Norse do a good job of taking care of the basketball as they commit just 14.0 turnovers per game while forcing their opponents into 19.1 turnovers per game.
  • NKU has been beaten on the glass this season, however, with opponents outrebounding it 41.0 to 34.4.

THE SERIES WITH THE NORSE
  • Wednesday's game will be the 18th meeting all-time between the two schools, but the first since the 1995-96 campaign.
  • NKU has never lost to IUPUI and owns a 17-0 lead in the all-time series.
  • The Jags are 0-8 all-time against the Norse at home.

LAST TIME OUT ...
  • For 39 minutes, IUPUI went toe-to-toe with the undefeated Indiana Hoosiers, but six free throws in the final 1:09 for Indiana allowed the Hoosiers to escape The Jungle with a 51-45 win Sunday afternoon.
  • Dee-Dee Bellamy and Dawn Luster combined to force Indiana's (11-0) leading scorer Larryn Brooks to 2-of-16 shooting, but the Jags (7-4) couldn't overcome 25.0 percent shooting to pick up the win.
  • The Jaguars dominated the glass outrebounding IU 46-37, which included 24 offensive rebounds. Those extra possessions gave IUPUI 23 additional shots, but that resulted in just two more made field goals. Indiana did most of its scoring from the charity stripe and hit 84.6 percent of its free throws to outscore IUPUI, 22-9.
  • Each team experienced their own issues in the first 20 minutes with the Hoosiers battling turnovers and IUPUI struggling to get a basket to drop. The Hoosiers, who came in averaging 10 turnovers per game committed 13 in the first half, while the Jags were able to get up 13 more shots thanks in part to 15 offensive rebounds, but struggled shooting hitting just 25.0 percent of their looks.
  • Both teams executed some early sets to get into an offensive flow early, but it was Indiana that was able to take a five-point lead, 18-13, midway through the first half.
  • Once Indiana hit a bucket with 10:16 to move that lead to 18-13, both teams went cold from the field and managed to just hit two combined field goals over the next five minutes. Both field goals came from IUPUI to bring the Jags within a point, 20-19, with five minutes to go.
  • A Tabitha Gerardot lay-up with 2:36 to play put Indiana in front, 26-23, but both teams failed to score in the final two and half minutes allowing Indiana to enter the half with that three-point margin.
  • Two three's in the first 2:14 of the second half from Nevena Markovic offset two Larryn Brooks free throws to give the Jags a 29-28 lead, forcing an IU timeout. A lay-up by Akilah Sims preceded a three from Nicole Rogers with 13:12 on the clock to open a 34-28 Jags lead.
  • It took the Hoosiers a little more than 10 minutes to make their first field goal in the second half, but a basket and a free throw from Lyndsay Leikem tied the score at 34 with 9:53 remaining.
  • Just as the Hoosiers tied things up, a three from Comello followed by two free throws from Goss moved the lead back to five, 39-34, but Indiana cut that lead to one, 39-38, on a Brooks driving lay-up with 6:25 to play – her first field goal of the game.
  • With the score tied at 45 and less than 90 seconds to play, Sasha Chaplin hit two free throws to give IU a two-point lead, and two more free throws from Brooks with 23 seconds left gave Indiana a 49-45 cushion. A missed Goss lay-up on the other end was followed by two more Hoosiers free throws and that proved to be the difference as Indiana held on for the 51-45 win.
  • Markovic led IUPUI with 10 points, while Shanika Maddox paced the Jags on the glass with 10 boards. Bellamy led all players with a career-high four blocks.

FOR THE FIRST TIME ...
  • The Summit League announced its weekly women's basketball Player of the Week honors on Dec. 16 and senior guard Dee-Dee Bellamy and South Dakota State senior guard Steph Paluch shared the conference's weekly award.
  • It marked the first time in her career that Bellamy had been named the conference's player of the week.
  • Bellamy started the week scoring 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting as the Jags earned their first-ever win at Indiana State, the Missouri Valley Conference preseason favorites. She also added five rebounds, four steals and two assists against the Sycamores, and put the Jags ahead for good with a pair of free throws in the final 30 seconds.
  • The Detroit, Mich.-native then followed that with eight points, six rebounds, four blocks, three steals and two assists in a six-point loss to undefeated Indiana. In addition to her career-high four blocks, Bellamy also held Indiana's Larryn Brooks, the fourth-ranked scorer in the Big Ten, to 2-of-16 shooting from the floor.
  • For the week, the 5-6 guard averaged 10.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.5 spg, 2.5 bpg and 2.0 apg, while shooting 44.0 percent from the floor.

MAKING HER MARK
  • Junior forward Nevena Markovic got off to a slow start this season scoring just 25 points combined in the Jaguars first four games.
  • Since scoring 22 points in her hometown of Chicago against Chicago State on Nov. 23, Markovic has been IUPUI's leading scorer.
  • The 6-4 forward hit 9-of-14 shots against the Cougars en route to 22 points, and has followed that up by scoring in double digits in five of IUPUI's last six games.
  • During this six-game stretch, Markovic leads the way with 12.9 ppg, and she is shooting 49.3 percent (35-of-71) from the floor.
  • Markovic has also been almost automatic from the line during this stretch hitting 16-of-17 (.941).
  • Not only does she lead the team in scoring since that Chicago State contest, but Markovic also leads the team in rebounding during this span averaging 5.9 rpg.
  • In the Jags last win over Indiana State, Markovic scored a team-high 14 points and added 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.

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