JAGS SEASON ENDS IN SECOND ROUND WNIT LOSS TO NORTHWESTERN
March 24, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
IUPUI BASKETBALL RELEASE
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern shot a season-high 60.3 percent, including 70.0 percent from three to defeat the IUPUI women's basketball team, 88-52, Sunday afternoon in the second round of the WNIT at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Shanika Maddox led IUPUI with a career-high tying 13 points, and she was joined in double figures by Nevena Markovic with 11 and Goss with 10. The Wildcats were led by Maggie Lyon, who scored 19 points, while Christen Inman and Nia Coffey added 18 and 14, respectively.
IUPUI committed 21 turnovers resulting in 24 points off turnovers for Northwestern, and the Wildcats registered 26 assists on 35 made baskets leading them to the victory.
Three early turnovers and seven early points from Lyon allowed the Wildcats to jump out to a 10-0 lead just 3:37 into the game. Goss scored the next four points to bring the Jags within six at 10-4, but a 9-0 Northwestern response put it on top 19-4 at the second media timeout.
Four consecutive buckets in the paint, three of which from Maddox brought the Jags within 10 points, 22-12, just past the midway point of the first half, but two driving lay-ups from Inman upped the Cats advantage to 26-12 with 7:25 to play.
The Wildcats went scoreless for the next three minutes, but the Jags could only manage a Markovic three during that stretch which brought them within 11, 26-25. Another Inman runner with 1:57 remaining re-opened a 15-point cushion for the Wildcats, 34-19.
In the final minute, IUPUI drew three fouls on Northwestern to get into the double bonus, and that led to a pair of Akilah Sims free throws with two seconds to go sending IUPUI into the locker room trailing 34-21.
Out of the half, Northwestern outscored IUPUI 15-8 in the first 4:06 to take a 49-29 advantage. The Northwestern lead grew to 28 points, 64-36, but a basket from Mikale Rogers and five consecutive points from Jordan Barton made the score 68-43 just past the 10-minute mark.
However, IUPUI could not put together a final run and from that point the outcome was never in doubt as the Wildcats pulled away for an 88-52 victory.
The second-round WNIT loss ends IUPUI's season, but the Jaguars finished the campaign with a school-record 23 wins.