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Tom Mix, Published January 11 2014

IUPUI cruises to Summit League women's win over NDSU

FARGO – Indiana Purdue-Indianapolis quickly grabbed a double-digit lead on North Dakota State on Saturday and never let go of it.

The Jaguars cruised to a 71-46 Summit League women’s basketball win over NDSU at the Bison Sports Arena.

IUPUI (11-6, 1-1 Summit League) built a 12-4 lead in the opening minutes behind the shooting of sophomore guard Nicole Rogers. Rogers hit her first four 3-point field goal attempts and finished with 12 points.

“Nicole is one of the best shooters I have ever been around,” IUPUI head coach Austin Parkinson said. “She was 3-for-20 in our last three games, so those early 3-pointers were huge. We knew they were going to come out in zone, but when she makes shots it changes the dynamic of our team.”

Rogers’ fourth 3-pointer gave the Jaguars a 17-6 lead with 14 minutes, 12 seconds remaining in the first half.

NDSU (3-13, 0-2) never cut IUPUI’s lead to single digits after Rogers’ final 3-pointer.

“Once (Rogers) hit a flurry of those 3-pointers we started to press offensively and took some early shots,” NDSU head coach Carolyn DeHoff said. “Against a good team like IUPUI you have to move the ball side to side to break them down defensively. We gave them the ball back early on several possessions.”

The loss is NDSU’s ninth in a row and contrasted greatly from its Summit League opener on Thursday when the Bison fell to Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne in double overtime.

“That game took a lot of our kids,” DeHoff said of the loss to the Mastodons. “Some of it has to do with the course we are on right now. They haven’t been able to taste victory out of the effort they have been giving in losing these close games.”

Sophomore Marena Whittle scored 12 points to lead the Bison and junior guard Brooke LeMar added 10 points.

IUPUI also lost its conference opener, falling to South Dakota State on Thursday.

“We felt disappointed as a team with the loss against South Dakota State,” Parkinson said. “We didn’t do the little detail things like boxing out in that game. We had a pretty intense practice here on Friday. We wanted to make sure we made (Brooke) LeMar work. As a team we did a great job of wearing her down.”

NDSU shot 31.5 percent from the field and was outrebounded 44-28.

The Bison opened the second half with 4-0 run to get to within 12 points of the Jaguars with 18:07. IUPUI called a timeout to regroup and responded with a 15-4 run to regain the momentum.

Mikale Rogers led the Jaguars with 16 points.

Former Minot standout Holly Johnson finished with nine points and nine rebounds for NDSU.

IUPUI (11-6): Sims 3-6 1-2 7, Markovic 3-6 1-2 7, Bellamy 0-3 0-0 0, N. Rogers 4-6 0-0 12, Goss 4-14 1-1 9, Tolen 1-3 3-3 5, Maddox 5-5 0-0 10, Comello 1-2 0-0 2, Luster 1-2 0-0 3, M. Roger 6-7 4-4 16, Byrd 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 28-57 10-12 71.

NDSU (3-13): Johnson 2-8 3-4 9, Kena 1-4 0-0 2, Whittle 6-12 0-0 12, LeMar 3-10 4-4 10, Whatman 2-6 0-0 5, Becken 2-4 0-1 5, Breske 0-3 0-0 0, Spier 0-1 1-4 1, Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Brown 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 17-54 8-13 46.

Half: IUPUI 39, NDSU 23. 3-point goals: IUPUI 5-12 (Markovic 0-1, N. Rogers 4-6, Tolen 0-1, Comello 0-1, Byrd 0-1, Luster 1-2), NDSU 4-10 (Johnson 2-4, LeMar 0-1, Whatman 1-2, Becken 1-3). Total fouls: IUPUI 15, NDSU 13. Rebounds: IUPUI 44 (Sims 7), NDSU 28 (Johnson 9). Assists: IUPUI 15 (Bellamy 4), NDSU 9 (Whatman 3). Steals: IUPUI 6 (Goss, Luster 2), NDSU 6 (Whittle 2). Turnovers: IUPUI 16, NDSU 13.

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