JAGS HOST COYOTES THURSDAY IN SUMMIT LEAGUE HOME OPENER
January 16, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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INDIANAPOLIS - After more than two weeks on the road, IUPUI returns to The Jungle on Thursday, Jan. 16, when it hosts its Summit League home opener against South Dakota.
- The Jaguars and Coyotes will tip at 7 p.m. ET at The Jungle.
- Thursday's game will be streamed live through IUPUIJags.com, and live stats and live audio will also be available through IUPUIJags.com.
- Morgan Adcock will have the call beginning just prior to tip.
ABOUT SOUTH DAKOTA
- The Coyotes enter the second week of Summit League action with a 9-7 overall record and a 0-1 league record after dropping the conference opener to Denver, 91-84.
- South Dakota has three players scoring in double figures led by Nicole Seekamp's 15.1 ppg, Seekamp is joined in double figures by Raeshel Contreras and Polly Harrington, who average 13.2 ppg and 10.6 ppg, respectively.
- Last season, Seekamp and Harrington played well against IUPUI averaging 16.7 ppg and 12.0 ppg, respectively in three games. Seekamp shot 55.2 percent from the floor, 66.7 percent from three and 100.0 percent from the line.
- USD is averaging 72.8 ppg this season, while giving up 70.1 ppg, and it shoots 40.8 percent from the floor and 30.4 percent from three.
THE SERIES WITH THE COYOTES
- South Dakota owns a 4-1 lead in the all-time series against the Jags, which included a 3-0 record against the Jaguars last season.
- IUPUI is 1-1 when taking on the Coyotes in The Jungle.
LAST TIME OUT ...
- For the first time in seven tries, the IUPUI women's basketball team left Bison Sports Arena with a victory as the Jags defeated North Dakota State, 71-46, Saturday afternoon.
- Three players scored in double figures led by Mikale Rogers' 16 points as the Jags managed to put together a wire-to-wire victory to even their Summit League record at 1-1 following a hard-fought six-point loss in their Summit League opener at South Dakota State on Thursday.
- After shooting below its season average in three of its last four games, IUPUI returned to its old form in the first half shooting 48.4 percent from the field thanks in part to the outside shooting of Nicole Rogers. Rogers buried four three's in the first six minutes of action helping the Jaguars claim a 17-6 lead, and her effectiveness from behind-the-arc opened the driving lanes providing some easy looks for the rest of the half.
- Four consecutive points from Mikale Rogers and a three from Dawn Luster pushed the Jags advantage to 26-10 as the midway point of the first half neared, but the lead moved to 17 after Nevena Markovic hit 1-of-2 from the free throw line with 5:11 on the clock.
- North Dakota State trimmed its deficit to 14, 37-23, with 23 seconds to play in the first half and IUPUI looked like it would go into the half with that 14-point lead after turning the ball over with 1.8 seconds to play. However, North Dakota State went for the long pass off the inbounds from underneath the Jags basket to try and get one last score. The ball went out of bounds on the other end of the floor without being touched, giving the Jaguars the ball underneath their own basket without any time going off the clock. They took advantage executing a perfect inbounds play to Markovic and she scored with one second to go in the half upping the IUPUI lead to 39-23 entering halftime.
- Following a solid offensive first half, the first 2:30 of the second half were filled with missed shots and turnovers giving the Bison an opportunity to cut their deficit into single digits. Following a Parkinson timeout, IUPUI got back on track using a driving lay-up from DeAirra Goss and a lay-up from Markovic off a lob from Dee-Dee Bellamy to re-establish a 16-point lead, 43-27, at the first media timeout of the second half.
- Later, an old-fashioned three-point play from Goss with 13:27 to play started a 17-5 run over the next 5:25 that ballooned the Jags lead to 62-36 with 8:02 to play.
- The rest of the way, the Jags lead never fell below 20 and they ultimately came away with a 71-46 win.
- The Jaguars finished the game shooting 49.1 percent (28-of-57) from the floor, 41.7 percent (5-of-12) from three, and 83.3 percent (10-of-12) from the line - their fourth straight game shooting 75 percent or better from the free throw line.
RETURNING TO FORM
- After scoring in double figures just four times in an 11-game stretch from Nov. 21 to Dec. 30, DeAirra Goss has started the New Year with an aggressive mindset over the past three games.
- Since the calendar turned to 2014, Goss is averaging 15.7 ppg and shooting 45.7 percent from the floor.(16-of-36).
- When the shots aren't falling, Goss has been able to get to the line where she has hit 15 of her last 16 attempts (93.8 percent).
- During this stretch, she is also averaging 5.7 rpg.
- One of the strengths for IUPUI this season has been its depth, and the Jaguars bench has averaged 30.1 ppg.
- Mikale Rogers has been the Jags top bench scorer this season averaging 6.8 ppg, which included a 16-point effort off the bench in the Jaguars most recent win over North Dakota State.
- This season, when the Jags reach 30 bench points in a game, they are 8-0.
- After for combining for just 23 bench points in a win over Youngstown State and a loss at South Dakota State, IUPUI's bench poured in 36 points against the Bison on Nov. 11 to earn the 25-point win.
LEADING AT THE HALF
- This season, the Jags have been more of a second half team averaging 36.6 of their 70.4 ppg in the second half on 47.1 percent shooting, but getting to halftime with a lead has proved to be important for IUPUI.
- The Jags are 11-1 on the season when they enter halftime with a lead, with their only loss coming against Cleveland State where they led 24-23 at the break.
- In those 12 games in which IUPUI has led at the half, it is shooting46.5 percent from the field led by Nevena Markovic's 55.4% shooting. Markovic also leads the team in first-half scoring during those games averaging 7.5 ppg.
- In those 12 contests, the Jaguars are also shooting 34.1 percent from three, but it has benefited by knocking down 94 free throws compared to its opponents attempting a total of 98.