While Georgetown is not the most formidable of opponents, the IUPUI women’s basketball looked to be in midseason form against them on Nov. 13. The experienced players paved the way, but the newcomers shined.
Junior Sydney Hall lead all scorers with 13. Seniors Danielle Lawrence and Jenna Gunn, typically big contributors on the offensive side of the ball, combined for just 15. Granted, they didn’t need to pour in baskets. The freshmen and sophomores had an opportunity to take the reins and ran with it.
Freshman Morgan Allen and sophomore Taylor Drake held the post down. They tied for second in team scoring with 9. Drake pulled down 7 boards and Allen had 3. Though the defenders guarding them weren’t up to the talent level they’ll see down the road, both showed finesse in their post moves. Last week’s Horizon League freshman of the week Macee Williams continued her impressive start to her college career with 7 points and 5 boards. Coach Austin Parkinson has penciled her as a starter already in her young career and she should continue her influence this season.
As for the backcourt, freshman Agatha Beier had herself a game. She tallied 6 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. She showed composure handling the ball and displayed impressive court vision. She will compliment what is already an impressive group of guards for IUPUI. Another young star in that group is Holly Hoopingarner. Known for her three-point shooting ability, she used the game against smaller Georgetown to hone her slashing skills. She had 6 points and added two assists, both on kick outs from drives.
While most teams push too much during games against smaller opponents, Coach Parkinson had his players in check for the entirety of the game. Undisciplined teams will try to run and score as fast as possible. The Jaguars slowed the game down. They ran their offense as planned and with resounding success. The offense will revolve around driving and kicking, and they have the talent to do it. The backcourt of Hall, Lawrence, and Hoopingarner all have a quick first step and can slash around defenders. Perimeter shooting has always been a strong suit of IUPUI’s, so whether they finish the kick with a 3-point shot or a post score, the Jaguars have the tools to score in a myriad of ways.
The Jaguars take on Indiana State on Nov. 17. The Sycamores are a significant step up from Georgetown and bring a bigger lineup to challenge the Jaguars. This will be the second Division I challenge this season for IUPUI. Earlier this month they earned a 54-48 win over Northern Iowa, a typical NCAA tournament team. If they show the intensity and composure they did on the road against Northern Iowa, they should be able to handle Indiana State at home.