News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 20, 2014

ISU loses 63-61 to Marquette in WNIT

Craig Pearson
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — After a Jasmine Grier 3-pointer with four seconds on the clock cut Marquette’s lead to two points, a crazy March ending appeared possible as Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir came up with a steal with just more than a second to go Thursday in Hulman Center

Abdul-Qaadir had momentum going toward the bucket after her steal but couldn’t get the layup off in time as the Sycamores fell in the first round of the Women’s NIT to the Big East squad, 63-61.

“I thought I had enough time to lay it in but then I saw the red light. It’s just frustrating. But I thought we left it all on the floor,” Abdul-Qaadir said.

The Sycamores’ 21-11 season also built momentum in coach Teri Moren’s fourth season at the helm, but ISU expected to advance in the postseason.

Behind a hot start from senior Anna Munn, the Sycamores played well enough to get the job done, but the Golden Eagles used a size advantage to get 38 points in the paint.

The game was tied nine different times — the last at 54 with 3 1/2 minutes left — and the lead changed 13 different times. The Sycamores led twice in the final four minutes but couldn’t pull it out.

“I loved our effort tonight, thought it was tremendous. We didn’t shoot it great, but I thought it was a fun game to watch for our fans,” Moren said. “That’s a really good basketball team from the Big East. Proud of how our team competed. We lost our lead and continued to fight.”

Munn, coming off an elbow injury suffered in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, played well in the last game of an outstanding four-year career.

“The adrenaline was pumping. Any time you get to play a team like that, anytime you’re in the postseason, you’re adrenaline’s just going so I didn’t feel any pain,” Munn said. “I’m just proud of the way we played as a team.”

Junior Jasmine Grier poured in 21 points. Grier hit 5 of 9 from 3-point range — while Munn hit 4 of 8 — as ISU connected for nine 3-pointers.

“I just felt motivated, I know I struggled a little bit in the tournament. I just tried to be a spark,” Grier said.

But the Sycamores shot just 10 of 41 from 2-point range. Marina Laramie hit four of those 2-pointers to total 14 points, while Munn scored nine of her 12 points in the first half.

Marquette knocked down just 2 of 11 from long range, 3-point shooting not a big strength for the Golden Eagles. But Katie Young delivered a triple with 2:25 to go to break a tie at 54.

Abdul-Qaadir answered with a 17-foot jumper and 56-percent free throw shooter Racheal Mahan hit two clutch foul shots to put the Sycamores up for the last time.

First-Team All-Big East player Katherine Plouffe got in the paint for a layup with a minute to go, and Grier’s 3-point attempt was no good.

After two Marquette free throws, Abdul-Qaadir attempted to get a quick layup with 18 seconds left but missed.

Plouffe, who had 19 points to go with 26 rebounds, hit two more foul shots to put her team up five.

Abdul-Qaadir had 10 points, five assists and two steals but struggled from the field, hitting 3 of 17 overall.

ISU lost the battle on the boards 50-36 to the No. 2 team in the NCAA in rebounding margin.

Marquette knocked down just 2 of 11 from long range, 3-point shooting not a big strength for the Golden Eagles. But Katie Young delivered a triple with 2:25 to go to break a tie at 54.

Abdul-Qaadir answered with a 17-foot jumper and 56-percent free throw shooter Racheal Mahan hit two clutch foul shots to put the Sycamores up for the last time.

First-Team All-Big East player Katherine Plouffe got in the paint for a layup with a minute to go, and Grier’s 3-point attempt was no good.

After two Marquette free throws, Abdul-Qaadir attempted to get a quick layup with 18 seconds left but missed.

Plouffe, who had 19 points to go with 26 rebounds, hit two more foul shots to put her team up five.

Abdul-Qaadir had 10 points, five assists and two steals but struggled from the field, hitting 3 of 17 overall.

ISU lost the battle on the boards 50-36 to the No. 2 team in the NCAA in rebounding margin.

Mahan had three first-half fouls that didn’t help the Sycamores in that regard.

Marquette coach Teri Mitchell was impressed by the Sycamores.

“They looked like an NCAA Touranment team the way they played,” Mitchell said. “The way they’re very disciplined, the way they penetrated and shot the 3-pointer so we knew we had a tough battle. If that game goes a few more minutes, who knows which way it would go. Really proud of my players, we’ve been in a lot of close games this year.”



MARQUETTE (63) — Ojulu 1-2 0-0 2, Plouffe 7-13 4-5 19, Young 5-12 0-1 11, Pumroy 4-10 2-2 10, Santos 0-5 0-0 0, Morse 3-7 3-3 9, Tibbs 0-2 0-0 0, Butler 4-6 2-4 10, Bigica 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 25-58 FG, 11-15 FT, 63 TP.

INDIANA STATE (61) — Laramie 4-11 6-6 14, Grier 7-14 2-2 21, Mahan 0-1 2-3 2, Abdul-Qaadir 3-17 4-6 10, Munn 4-12 0-0 12, Zurek 0-0 0-0 0, Small 1-8 0-0 2, Wittman 0-2 0-2 0, Franklin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-66 FG, 14-19 FT, 61 TP.

Halftime score — ISU 28, MU 28. 3-point shooting — MU 2-11 (Young 1-4, Plouffe 1-2, Pumroy 0-2, Santos 0-1, Morse 0-1, Butler 0-1), ISU 9-25 (Grier 5-9, Munn 4-8, Abdul-Qaadir 0-5, Small 0-3). Rebounds — MU 50 (Plouffe 26, Young 5, Butler 4), ISU 36 (Small 7, Laramie 6, Mahan 6, Grier 5). Steals — MU 1 (Morse), ISU 6 (Abdul-Qaadir 2, Laramie, Grier, Mahan, Small), Assists — MU 9 (Pumroy 5), ISU 11 (Abdul-Qaadir 5, Munn 2, Zurek 2). Turnovers — MU 16, ISU 5. Blocks — MU 5 (Plouffe 3), ISU 1 (Small). Total fouls — MU 18, ISU 12. Fouled out — none.

Next — Marquette (22-10) advances to play Indiana in the second round of the WNIT. Indiana State finishes its season 21-11.