Stellar first half lifts Hounds over Prairie Stars, 73-51
January 24, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Behind a blistering first half, the 18th-ranked Greyhounds defeated Illinois Springfield 73-51 Thursday night.
UIndy (16-3, 7-1 GLVC) came out on fire, connecting on 11 of their first 14 shots and hitting 68 percent from the floor in the first frame. The Greyhounds' success came from their relentless effort in the paint. UIndy finished with a 44-10 advantage in points scored in the paint, with 34 of those coming in the first half.
"We finished plays and executed well," said Coach Constantin Popa, whose team won its 11th game of the season by double figures. "We had a lot of patience and took advantage of mismatches inside."
The Prairie Stars (5-11, 1-7) went toe-to-toe with the Hounds for much of the first half, and was within five at 30-25 with six minutes remaining, but UIndy closed the opening period on a 16-5 run to head into halftime up 46-30.
Senior Katy McIntosh scored 16 of her game-high 18 in the first half.
UIndy cooled off considerably in the second half, hitting just 10 of 29 shots, but its lead continued to swell as the Prairie Stars hit only seven field goals over the 20-minute span. The Hounds' largest lead came at the 7:54 mark, when Shelby Wall hit her third consecutive three-pointer to make it 69-42.
The Greyhounds held UIS to 37 percent shooting (18-for-49), and out-rebounded the Prairie Stars 39-22. Wall led the Greyhound reserves with 12 points, helping UIndy finish with a 29-11 edge in bench points.
Kirsten Gliesmann totaled 12 points and five rebounds, and Carly Lythjohan finished with eight points and seven boards. Rose Savela came off the bench to grab a team-high eight rebounds. Eliza Wortman went a perfect 4-4 from the floor, finishing with eight points, and Princess German tallied eight points and five assists.
Along with her 18 points, McIntosh finished with six rebounds, five assists and a steal. She went 7-for-9 from the field, and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe.
The Hounds face McKendree Saturday in Lebanon, Ill. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.