Lady Jags Stay Hot, Crush Omaha

The Lady Jaguars extended their winning streak to six with a huge 79-47 win over the Omaha Mavericks, avenging a 64-44 loss against the Mavericks in their last meeting. The win improves the ladies to an impressive 17-6 overall record, 7-3 in conference.

IUPUI was dominant the entire game, there is no questioning that. Junior guard Danielle Lawrence scored the first bucket for the Lady Jaguars on a set play and they never looked back. IUPUI never once relinquished that advantage and was ahead for every second after. A quick 10-2 run, fueled by 3-pointers from Lawrence and Senior guard Caitlyn Tolen, got the ball rolling for the Lady Jaguars.

Photo: Ryan Gregory

Photo: Ryan Gregory

Omaha seemed disoriented the entire evening. After the 10-2 run and a timeout, the Mavericks attempted to enter a two man zone press, to no avail. The Lady Jags cut through their porous defense with ease and brought the ball up court. In addition to the press failing, Omaha was a bit too aggressive. The Lady Jaguars were in the bonus for every quarter but the fourth because of Omaha’s foul trouble.

15 seconds into the second half, Omaha center Courtney Vaccher was given a Flagrant-1 foul for a blow to IUPUI forward Jenna Gunn’s head.

“They’re a physical team, they put their hands on you quite a bit,” said Omaha head coach Austin Parkinson on the rough-and-tumble style of play. “Our kids drove the ball and were aggressive. When we don’t just settle for shots we’re a pretty good team.”

The woes did not end there for Omaha. IUPUI forced 13 turnovers in the first half alone, 21 for the game, and absolutely hounded the Maverick ball-handlers.

Photo: Ryan Gregory

Photo: Ryan Gregory

“The game plan was to be smothering,” said Lawrence on the extra effort on defense tonight, “We just switched everything, and I feel like it worked. Hopefully we stick to it.”

Offensively for IUPUI, the game was a bit different than usual. Going into the game, the Lady Jags were known for their 3-point shooting ability, which was second best in the conference. Omaha’s zone defense put pressure on IUPUI’s shooters. Since the shots weren’t falling, they fed the post to star center Mikale Rogers. She had 15 points on the evening, and opened up the offense for the Lady Jags.

Danielle Lawrence kept up her high scoring ways, dropping 21 points and also collecting 9 rebounds and 4 steals. Freshman guard Holly Hoopingarner also put up 10 points, dropping 8 of 9 attempts from the charity stripe.

The Lady Jags are red hot right now, and look to continue that against the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles. The Golden Eagles currently sit at an 11-12 record, 4-6 in conference. Last time these two met, IUPUI walked away with a 53-41 victory.