Greyhounds survive cold second half to defeat Rockhurst, 76-66
January 10, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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INDIANAPOLIS – Two late blocks from Eliza Wortman and another stellar night at the charity stripe saved 16th-ranked UIndy from a late cold spell in a 76-66 win over Rockhurst in its first home GLVC game.
With less than 90 seconds on the clock, Wortman denied a layup attempt by Rockhurst's Mary Dineen that would have brought the game within five. On the Hawks' next possession, Wortman swatted a Becca Strobbe jumper and collected the rebound, effectively sealing the win.
The Greyhounds (12-2, 3-0 GLVC) needed the late stops and a bountiful night from the free throw line to overcome a second-half cold spell that plagued the GLVC-leading offense.
Coming into the game, UIndy led the conference in field goal, three point field goal and free throw percentage. In the first half, the Greyhounds lived up to that billing, going 14-for-26 (54 percent) from the floor.
The game started as a track meet, with the teams pushing the pace and trading runs. The Greyhounds jumped out to a 13-3 lead before surrendering a 13-2 Hawks run. Trailing 16-15, UIndy scored eight in a row to regain a 24-16 advantage.
The up-tempo Greyhound offense set the tone, and Rockhurst (5-7, 0-4) struggled to keep up. At one point, UIndy held an 18-point advantage, and went into the break up 44-29.
The Greyhounds kept the Hawks at bay until midway through the second when RU went on a 10-0 run, cutting the lead to single digits, 60-55. That's when the wheels fell off the prolific Greyhound offense.
Other than a layup by Katy McIntosh, the Greyhounds missed 14 shots during an eight-minute span.
With 4:24 left in the game, Shelby Wall connected on a three-pointer to break the cold streak, hitting just the second Greyhound field goal since the 12:49 mark.
The chilly shooting streak wouldn't hurt the Hounds too much, however, because the Hawks were equally cold, going 0-for-10 once they pulled within five with 10:19 left. A lone free throw was the only point for RU from 10:19 to 3:52.
The baskets opened back up in the final few minutes, which turned into a back-and-forth affair, but RU was never able to get closer than five at 71-66.
The late Wortman blocks and free throws from McIntosh and Dajana Jovanovic sealed UIndy's eighth consecutive victory.
UIndy shot just 33 percent in the second, finishing the game at 43 percent (24-of-56). The Greyhounds out-rebounded the Hawks 47-31, including a 17-9 offensive rebound advantage.
RU shot an even 40 percent (24-of-60), becoming the first UIndy opponent since Wayne State (Nov. 30) to shoot at least 40 percent.
McIntosh led the Greyhounds with 23 points, going 11-of-14 from the free throw line. The Austin, Ind., native also added seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Wall scored 14 from the bench – her third game in a row with 14 – hitting three from long range and all five of her freebies. Princess German chipped in 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting, grabbing three rebounds.
Wortman totaled five points and six boards, finishing with three blocks. Kirsten Gliesmann tied her season high with 12 rebounds to go along with three blocks and a steal. Rose Savela scored five and snagged eight rebounds off the bench.
The Greyhounds host another GLVC West team in William Jewell Saturday at 1 p.m. in Nicoson Hall.