The IUPUI women’s basketball continued their dominance of the North Dakota State Bison this season with a 69-56 victory in the Summit League tournament quarterfinals. This is the Lady Jag’s third victory over the Bison this season, the first by 13 points, the second by 23 points, and the most recent by 13 again.
IUPUI had a hot start, the Lady Jags came out inspired to rack up an 8-0 run to begin the game. The Bison seemed overwhelmed the entire game. They struggled to find their offensive groove, thanks in large part to the continued defensive effort from IUPUI. If there’s two things this team has been proficient at this season, it’s 3-pointers and defense. The Lady Jags were up to their usual antics in both departments. North Dakota State turned the ball over 17 times, and IUPUI shot 40 percent from deep.
In defense of the Bison, they had their moments. Early in the second quarter, it looked as if North Dakota State was going to make a game of it. The Bison got hot, hit a 3-pointer, and suddenly the Lady Jags’ lead was just 4. Not to be outdone, IUPUI’s Danielle Lawrence splashed a 3-pointer on the other side, followed by an enhanced effort on the defensive side from all the Lady Jags. North Dakota State continued to fight, but their inability to collect defensive rebounds and IUPUI’s shooting led to a 14-point deficit at halftime as the Lady Jags led 38-24 when the buzzer sounded.
When play resumed, North Dakota State began their scrap back on the right foot. They hit a 3-pointer in their first possession, building some momentum on a 6-2 run. The Bison were hopeful they could make a comeback. Senior post player Mikale Rogers thought otherwise. She scored on three consecutive possessions for IUPUI, and the Bison had no answer for her.
The fourth quarter was more of the same for the Bison. They came out firing, doing all they could to give IUPUI a contest. North Dakota State did their best to lock up on defense, but went about it carelessly. Their defense left Lady Jaguars open, and their rotations were not quick enough to stifle drives to the basket. IUPUI was able to ice the game with smart ball handling and consistent free throw shooting. IUPUI won a game that was never in question 69-56.
Danielle Lawrence paced the Lady Jags offensively with 23 points. Mikale Rogers contributed 15 points and 9 rebounds. As for the Bison, Kennedy Childers led the way scoring with 15. Sarah Jacobson led North Dakota State in rebounds with 7.
Next up, the Lady Jaguars play the South Dakota State Jackrabbits in the Summit League semifinals. The teams split the regular season games, South Dakota State winning the first by 19 and IUPUI winning the second by 5. South Dakota State reached the game by defeating Omaha 65-50 in the quarterfinals.
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