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February 27, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS - After two straight weekends away from home, IUPUI returns home on Thursday, Feb. 27, to host Omaha beginning its two-game homestand to close out the 2013-14 regular-season.

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

  • The Jaguars and Mavericks will tip at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday at The Jungle.
  • Live stats can be accessed through www.IUPUIJags.com.
  • Morgan Adcock will have the radio call live from The Jungle beginning just prior to tip, and fans can listen in on IUPUIJags.com.


ABOUT OMAHA

  • The Mavericks have won three straight games to improve to 12-14 overall and 4-8 in The Summit League.
  • Omaha is led by the fourth-leading scorer in the Summit League, Ericka House, who is averaging 17.2 ppg.
  • Taijhe Kelly is one of the top rebounders and shot blockers in the conference averaging 7.0 rpg and 3.6 bpg. Her rebounding total ranks third, while her blocks per game average is three times higher than the next best shot blocker.
  • In Summit League-only play, House has also been effective at the charity stripe hitting a league-best 96.9% of her tries (31-of-32).
  • Defensively, Lanese Bough ranks second in the conference in league-only contests in steals with 2.5 per game.
  • Collectively, UNO is averaging 68.6 ppg, while giving up 65.4 ppg. It is shooting 42.8 % from the floor, including 30.9 % from three.


THE SERIES WITH THE MAVERICKS

  • IUPUI and Omaha are meeting for the fourth time on Thursday.
  • The Jags have won all three previous meetings, including a 77-45 victory over the Mavericks back on Feb. 1.


LAST TIME OUT ...

  • Nevena Markovic scored five of her 19 points in the last 20 seconds fueling a late rally, but IUPUI came up short falling to in-state and Summit League rival Fort Wayne, 78-73, Saturday afternoon (Feb. 22) at the Hilliard Gates Sports Center.
  • The loss is IUPUI's second in a row as it fell to 19-8 overall and 9-3 in the conference. IPFW evened its overall and conference records at 13-13 and 6-6, respectively.
  • Summit League Preseason Player of the Year Amanda Hyde erupted for 36 points, including 26 in the second half, after being held to 13 points on 4-of-13 shooting in the first meeting in Indianapolis back in January. Half of Hyde's points came from the free throw line where she finished 18-of-20, and the Mastodons hit 29-of-34 as a group compared to 23-of-35 from the Jags.
  • In addition to Markovic scoring 19, DeAirra Goss poured in 16 points, but fouled out with 1:52 to play. Dawn Luster was the third Jag to reach double figures in scoring adding 10 points off the bench.
  • Neither team seized control early, but the Mastodons received nine of their 17 points over the first 10 minutes from their two top scorers in Hyde and Haley Seibert helping them take a three-point lead, 17-14.
  • A Nicole Rogers three with 9:18 to play brought the Jags within one, 18-17, but a 7-0 IPFW run over the next 2:47 put the Jaguars in a 25-17 hole, forcing Parkinson to burn a timeout.
  • Starting with a Jordan Barton free throw with 5:30 to go, the Jags went on a 13-6 run over the next 5:03 to take a 32-31 advantage, but that lead didn't last long as Seibert hit a three from the right wing with 17 seconds to go to put the Mastodons back in front, 34-32.
  • Goss got a look from the free throw line as time expired in the first half, but it hit off the front of the rim and that gave IPFW a 34-32 lead entering the break.
  • Out of the half, a 12-4 Jaguars run that was capped off by a Rogers three gave IUPUI a 44-38 advantage with 16:00 to play.
  • Behind Hyde and Seibert, the Mastodons rallied to regain a two-point lead, 53-51, just past the midway point of the half, and the game remained a one-possession contest until an old-fashioned three-point play from Ariana Simmons put IPFW on top, 58-54, with 7:49 on the clock.
  • IUPUI fought back and took a two-point lead, 66-64, with 3:30 to go after Kelsi Byrd and Goss hit 1-of-2 free throws on consecutive possessions.
  • Over the next two minutes, IUPUI committed three turnovers, Hyde drew three fouls on IUPUI, including the fifth on Goss, and hit six straight free throws to give IPFW a 70-66 lead with 1:30 remaining.
  • IPFW took a six-point lead with 20 seconds to go, but an and-one opportunity from Markovic with 19 seconds to go gave the Jags an opportunity to close with three. Markovic missed the free throw, but Sims stole the ball on a long outlet attempt and found Markovic in the corner for three to bring the Jags within one, 74-73, with eight seconds to go.
  • Seibert was fouled and hit both free throws on the other end to boost the Mastodon lead to 76-73, and Parkinson proceeded to call a timeout with five seconds to go to get one last attempt at tying the game. Rogers got the ball in the corner and hoisted a three-point attempt, but it was blocked and IPFW picked up the loose ball. The Mastodons made two free throws on the other end to finish off the 78-73 victory.


MID-MAJOR TOP-25

  • For the first time since the inception of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll, the IUPUI Jaguars cracked the Top 25.
  • In the Feb. 25 poll, the Jags are ranked 25th with 37 votes.
  • In the last two polls, the Jags were just outside the Top-25 poll before making their debut this week.


BACK-TO-BACK

  • With two games remaining in the 2013-14 season, the Jags are one win away from reaching 20 for the season.
  • If the Jaguars reach the 20-win plateau, it would mark the first time in the school's Division-I era that the team would have back-to-back 20-win seasons.
  • Two more victories would give the Jags a Division-I era record for most wins in a season.

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