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November 15, 2013

Indiana State women can't 'get over the hump' against Indiana

Abdul-Qaadir scores 18, Laramie 17 to lead Sycamores

TERRE HAUTE — Losses in Hulman Center have been uncommon for the Indiana State women’s basketball team during the past 11 years as the Sycamores boast a 115-34 record during that span.

Tough shooting nights like the one Anna Munn endured Friday night are also rare events.

Munn missed a game-typing 3-point attempt in the final seconds as Indiana (3-0) escaped with a 57-54 win against the Sycamores (2-1). Munn, seventh on ISU’s all-time 3-pointer list, couldn’t find the touch, but helped the Sycamores to a solid night defensively.

The Sycamores forced the Hoosiers into 22 turnovers, but IU made just enough plays down the stretch to pull off the upset victory, only the third on the road in the past two seasons.

“Their defense is just outstanding,” IU coach Curt Miller said. “We were the underdogs tonight; make no mistake about the name of the school, we were the underdogs.”

Indiana built a lead as large as eight points midway through the second half, but Indiana State clawed its way back.

Marina Laramie scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half to keep the Sycamores in the game.

Laramie scored four straight points after IU stretched its lead to its largest point at 38-31. Then the 6-foot-2 sophomore drilled a 3-pointer that cut a 42-37 lead to three.

IU had an answer.

Karlee McBride hit the Hoosiers’ only 3-pointer of the night on the next trip down the floor to make it a six-point edge again for IU.

“We really couldn’t get over the hump,” Moren said. “If somebody would have told me Anna was going to go 1-for-13 and 0-for-8 [on 3-pointers] tonight, I would not believe it. You feel bad for her because she’s a kid that comes in every day and she’s hit a lot of big shots for us. That’s not the difference in the game.”

ISU’s Abdul-Qaadir drove and finished with her left hand to pull ISU within 51-49 with 3:48 left.

ISU continued to battle. Mahan hit 1-of-2 at the line to pull ISU within 55-52 with 58 seconds left.

IU point guard Larryn Brooks turned it over for the ninth time with under a minute to go, and Abdul-Qaadir hit a pull-up 12-footer to make it 55-54 with 36.3 seconds to go.

A touch foul 90 feet from the basket allowed IU to stretch its lead back to three, however, with both teams in the double bonus.

Mahan missed in the lane on ISU’s next possession, and Munn’s shot went off the iron in an attempt to force overtime.

The Sycamores gave up 28 points in the paint on the night as an intriguing post battle took place all evening between IU’s sixth-year senior Sasha Chaplin, senior Tabitha Girardot and ISU’s Laramie and Racheal Mahan.

With nine minutes to go in the game, each duo had combined for 15 points.

Laramie scored nine points over the next seven minutes, including the 3-pointer.

“[That] sparked all of us,” said point guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, who led the Sycamores with 18 points.

“They just did a great job of attacking and drawing [the defense] and getting me the ball,” Laramie said. “Coach was saying ‘shoot, shoot.’ 3s aren’t necessarily my forte, but she’s told me when you’re open you need to shoot it.”

The second half was an entertaining 20 minutes for the crowd of 2,781 in attendance as the teams played to a 35-35 tie.

IU’s Girardot scored most of her nine early in the second half, as ISU held the 6-4 Chaplin to five points in the second half.

But the Sycamores’ post play was a good sign as the season moves forward.

“I thought Marina was really good, I didn’t think she backed down. Racheal’s 2-for-7 [from the field, but] I thought she played hard. I thought she got some good looks, probably should have made some of the shots she missed,” Moren said. “Overall, we have to be pleased with the fact they battled. Sasha’s four inches taller than any of our kids out there. On the flip side, I didn’t think Marina or Racheal Mahan backed down, [and] I didn’t expect them to.”

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