Women's basketball puts nine-game streak on the line
January 16, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
U OF I PRESS
#14 UIndy Greyhounds at Bellarmine Knights
Thursday, Jan. 16, 5:45 PM, Louisville, Ky.
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#14 UIndy Greyhounds at Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2 PM, Evansville, Ind.
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No. 14 UIndy (13-2, 4-0 GLVC) travels to Bellarmine (6-6, 2-2) Thursday and Southern Indiana (9-3, 3-1) Saturday in two GLVC contests.
ABOUT THE KNIGHTS
The Knights are an even 6-6 on the year, routing Missouri S&T at home in their last outing, 85-65.
Sophomore forward Sarah Galvin scored a team-high 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting and junior forward Morgan Clemons added 16 and five boards. BU shot a season-high 34-for-62 (54.8 percent) from the field.
Darion Hutchinson leads the Knights with 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Galvin averages 10.5 on 52 percent shooting, and Jessica Hardin scores 9.1 per while hitting 19 of 47 threes (40 percent).
Head Coach Chancellor Dugan is in her second year at Bellarmine. Dugan spent 13 seasons as head coach at Division I Florida Atlantic University before taking the helm at BU. At FAU, she led the Owls to their respective conference postseason tournament each year. Prior to her time at FAU, she was head coach at GLVC's own University of Southern Indiana, where she earned two GLVC Coach of the Year honors and an appearance in the 1997 NCAA Division II National Championship.
The Hounds and Knights have a long history together, with BU holding a 38-28 series edge dating back to 1981. Last season, the teams split two regular season games with the road team winning each. In their 81-67 win at Knights Hall Feb. 7, 2013, the Greyhounds shot 59 percent. Katy McIntosh finished with 17 points and eight assists, and Kirsten Gliesmann scored 15 and grabbed nine boards.
ABOUT THE SCREAMING EAGLES
The Screaming Eagles are coming off a tough 91-89 home loss to tenth-ranked Drury. USI erased a seven-point deficit in less than a minute to tie the contest at 89 with 20 seconds to play, but the Panthers hit a 16-footer as time expired to seal the victory.
Junior Anna Hackert scored 28 points, going 14-for-16 from the charity stripe. Senior Stephanie Carpenter finished with 22 points, scoring 17 in the second half.
Hackert leads the GLVC in scoring with 21.6 points and is fifth in rebounding at 8.3 rebounds per game. The Screaming Eagles are averaging a conference-high 86 points per game, and are second with a +19.5 scoring margin.
Head Coach Rick Stein is in his 15th season at the helm of the Screaming Eagles. He built a 231-169 (.571) record entering this year, and won back-to-back GLVC Tournament Championships in 2001 and 2002. He earned GLVC Coach of the Year honors for the 2000-2001 season.
UIndy and USI have met every season since 1979-80, with the Hounds leading the overall series 38-27. The teams' last meeting was in the 2013 GLVC Tournament, where the Greyhounds won 79-61. McIntosh and Eliza Wortman combined to score 26 points in the win.
LAST TIME OUT
Thursday night, the Greyhounds defeated Rockhurst 76-66 despite shooting just 33 percent in the second half. UIndy needed key defensive stops and a strong night at the free throw line (22-of-31) to overcome the cold spell. Katy McIntosh led the Greyhounds with 23 points, going 11-of-14 from the free throw line.
Saturday, UIndy won its ninth game in a row with an 89-73 victory over William Jewell. Sophomore-transfer Princess German scored a career-high 19 points, and senior Rose Savela shot a perfect 5-for-5, including 3-for-3 from long range, scoring 13 points. The Greyhounds finished with a season-high 64 percent field goal percentage, hitting exactly 50 percent (10-of-20) from three-point land.
WE'RE GOING STREAKING
UIndy is riding a nine-game winning streak that started Nov 30. During the streak, the Hounds are shooting 51.5 percent and are averaging 83 points per game. Meanwhile, the defense is holding opponents to just 36.7 percent from the floor and 61 points, good for a 22.0 average margin of victory.
The Greyhounds moved up two spots in the latest USA TODAY Sports Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll released by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, coming in tied for 14th.
ON THE MARK
UIndy ranks in the top 15 nationally in field goal (6th, 48.6), three-point field goal (15th, 37.9) and free throw percentage (10th, 77.2). Each of those marks would rank in the top ten in program history for a single season.
Senior transfer Erin Murphy earned a spot in the starting lineup against Wayne State Nov. 30, when the Hounds started their nine-game streak, and has started each game since. In those nine games, UIndy averages 16.7 assists per game as a team, compared to just 12.5 in the first six games without Murphy starting. The 5-9 guard came to UIndy from IPFW, and has especially come on strong in GLVC play, where she's averaging 10.3 points and 3.7 assists per game while shooting 62 percent.