Indiana State Womens Hoops Gets Past Loyola For Third-Straight Win
March 1, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Sophomore forward Marina Laramie scored 14 points and senior guard Anna Munn added 12 points as the Indiana State Women’s Basketball team rolled to a 66-45 win over Loyola on Friday evening at the Hulman Center. ISU has won three-straight games and moved into a two-way tie for second place in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Laramie added six rebounds while Munn chipped in five boards and six assists, as the Sycamores (16-10, 11-4 MVC) avenged the earlier loss to the Ramblers on Feb. 2 in Chicago.
As a team, ISU shot 50 percent for the second-consecutive game, going 22-for-44 from the field and 67.7 percent in the second half. ISU also dished out 18 assists including a game-high eight from senior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir.
Abdul-Qaadir also added nine points and three steals on the evening. With her nine points, the Memphis transfer hit her 1,000th career point as a player, scoring 349 points in her season at ISU and 654 in her four seasons at Memphis.
Indiana State didn’t give up the lead for the entire game, as Abdul-Qaadir set up Laramie for the bucket in the first 15 seconds. It sparked an 8-0 run to open up the game, forcing a Loyola timeout. ISU led by 14 at halftime and kept a 10-point margin throughout the entire second half for the win.
The Ramblers (9-18, 5-9 MVC) got 23 points from senior guard Troy Hambric, but the Sycamore defense held the offense to just 37.5 percent shooting on the night. LU also went just 1-for-9 from behind the arc (11.1 percent).
Indiana State also cleaned up on the boards, 37-23, including an 11-6 edge on the offensive glass. Laramie’s six led the team backed by five each from junior forwards Jasmine Grier and Racheal Mahan. Freshman forward Rhagen Smith led the team with three offensive rebounds and five total on the evening.
Grier also added nine points as did Abdul-Qaadir while junior forward Chelsea Small came off the bench to score seven points. Small sparked the bench play with 16 points on the night, as Smith also scored six points including a 4-for-6 free throw effort.
The Sycamores wrap up action at the Hulman Center for the 2013-14 season as they host Bradley on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 2:05 p.m. ET and will honor seniors Anna Munn and Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir.