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December 30, 2013

Sycamore women shoot poorly, lose in Tulane title game

NEW ORLEANS — Shooting just 28 percent in the first half, 33 percent for the game and hitting just 1 of 9 three-point attempts, Indiana State’s women’s basketball team lost 51-45 to host Tulane on Sunday in the championship game of the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic.

ISU had a 10-minute scoring drought in the first half, falling behind by as many as 14 points, and never quite recovered.

Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, whose game-winning shot against Northwestern on Saturday put the Sycamores in the championship, led her team with 15 points, while Racheal Mahan had nine points and nine rebounds. Maranie Laramie had eight points and six rebounds, Anna Munn’s 2-for-11 shooting limited the Sycamores’ leading scorer to seven points and seven rebounds, and Stephanie Wittman had six rebounds as the visitors won the rebound battle 43-36.

Despite opening the game with a 7-0 run in its first four minutes, Indiana State went on to its lowest offensive output of the season.

Trailing 25-18 at intermission, the Sycamores got farther behind before going on a 15-2 run that tied the score at 38 midway through the second half.

But Tulane’s Jamie Kaplan broke the tie at 9:22, both teams went scoreless for the next four minutes, and the home team — despite not hitting a field goal in the last 4:40 of the game — held on with 8-for-10 free throw shooting down the stretch.

Abdul-Qaadir and Munn earned spots on the all-tournament team for ISU, now 5-6 for the season. The Sycamores open Missouri Valley Conference play at 7:05 p.m. Friday against Northern Iowa in Hulman Center, a game that will be televised on MVC TV.

INDIANA STATE (45) — Laramie 3-6 2-4 8, Mahan 4-8 1-2 9, Munn 2-11 2-2 7, Abdul-Qaadir 7-15 1-2 15, Zurek 1-3 0-0 2, Wittman 1-8 0-0 0, Littleton 0-4 0-0 0, Small 1-2 0-0 2, Franklin 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Haskins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-57 FG, 6-10 FT, 45 TP.

TULANE (51) — Jones 1-2 1-2 3, Duru 0-3 0-0 0, Vorpahl 1-7 0-0 3, Blagg 2-13 1-1 5, Kaplan 7-14 3-8 19, Dale 4-7 3-4 11, Latham 2-3 3-5 8, Ebomwonyi 1-3 0-0 2. TotaIs 18-52 FG, 11-20 FT, 51 TP.

Halftime score — Tulane 25, ISU 18. 3-point shooting — ISU 1-9 (Munn 1-4, Laramie 0-1, Abdul-Qaadir 0-1, Littleton 0-3), Tulane 4-12 (Kaplan 2-4, Latham 1-1, Vorpahl 1-3, Blagg 0-4). Total fouls — ISU 20, Tulane 11. Fouled out — none. Turnovers — ISU 21 (Abdul-Qaadir 4, Laramie 3, Wittman 3, Mahan 2, Zurek 2, Small 2, Littleton, Franklin, Johnson, Haskins, Team), Tulane 16. Rebounds — ISU 43 (Mahan 9, Munn 7, Laramie 6, Wittman 6, Abdul-Qaadir 4, Littleton 3, Zurek, Team 5), Tulane 36 (Dale 7, Ebomwonyi 7). Assists — ISU 7 (Munn 3, Mahan, Wittman, Small, Franklin), Tulane 11 (Kaplan 3). Steals — ISU 8 (Laramie 3, Munn 2, Zurek, Small, Franklin), Tulane 10 (Jones 3). Blocks — ISU 0, Tulane 4 (Blagg 2). Att — 854.

Next — Indiana State (5-6) hosts Northern Iowa at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Tulane is 9-3.

 

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