The Lady Jaguars bounced back from their hard-fought loss to Northern Iowa in dramatic fashion. IUPUI put the hurt on Oakland City by a score of 95-62. As the score would indicate, the Lady Jags were scoring with relative ease throughout the game. They shot a respectable 51 percent from the field in the blowout victory.
There was a time when Oakland City was winning. After securing the tip off, the Lady Oaks struck first with an open layup. From that point on, it was all IUPUI. The first quarter was an outstanding defensive effort by the Lady Jags. The Lady Oaks scored just 7 points the entire quarter. Freshman guard Holly Hoopingarner scored 11 of her 21 points in the first quarter, pouring in three three pointers like it was nothing.
“It was nice to be able to get into the flow of my shot and start to see the ball go in the basket, especially this early in the season. That gives me confidence going into later games in the season,” said Hoopingarner on her offensive production.
The first quarter ended with a Lady Jaguar lead of 27-7.
IUPUI started the second quarter by feeding their all-conference post player Mikale Rogers. Rogers answered with aggressive attacks on the rim, earning baskets and a few trips to the charity stripe. Junior Danielle Lawrence was also scoring at will, putting the ball through on almost every slash to the basket she took. The Oakland City coach finally called a timeout to stop the bleeding, his team trailing 49-17. The dominance of Hoopingarner and Rogers continued after the timeout. But, the Lady Oaks were undoubtedly playing harder. They were simply outmatched by the IUPUI offensive firepower. The halftime buzzer sounded, and IUPUI had a secure 54-23 lead.
Oakland City came out of the break angry and fast. They were getting after the ball, trying to avoid the embarrassment that could be if they continued to play like they did. They dropped three after three, trying to lessen the gap. Hoopingarner showcased more of her abilities, dropping in a silky floater and making a defender stumble after a vicious crossover. The third quarter was more of the same for the Lady Jaguars, and ended at a score of 76-44.
The IUPUI offense came out hot again in the 4th quarter, looking to stifle the comeback Oakland City was trying to mount. They did just that. The Lady Jags poured in three after three, burying the opposition. The final buzzer final sounded, ending the suffering of the Lady Oaks. The final score read 95-62 in favor of the Lady Jags.
“It’s nice, playing at home,” said Coach Austin Parkinson on his team’s first home win of the season. “We had to bounce back after the way we played the other day. Our defense is getting a little bit better. We have some talented offensive scorers, but we have to get a mindset of defense. I think if we do, we will be a solid team.”
The leading scorer for IUPUI was Holly Hoopingarner who had 21 points, 3 assists, 3 boards, and two steals. Other big contributors were Danielle Lawrence with 18 points, 4 assists, and three boards, and Jenna Gunn, who put up 13 points as well as 7 boards and three assists. Mikale Rogers was one rebound away from a double-double with 10 points and 9 rebounds.
Next, the Lady Jaguars travel to UIC to take on the Lady Flames in Chicago on Nov 19.