Dissapointing opening exhibition win for ISU women's basketball

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Jason Svoboda

The Bird Level
A win is a win ? right? Perhaps not. The Indiana State women?s basketball team defeated the University of Indianapolis 85-80 in an exhibition game on Saturday at Hulman Center. Underwhelmed is putting it mildly when it came to coach Jim Wiedie?s reaction.


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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Indiana State Sycamore women’s basketball team jumped out to a 22-point advantage at halftime before surrendering 50 points in the second half. ISU was able to hang on for an 85-80 exhibition victory over the University of Indianapolis in front of 2,568 fans at Hulman Center.

Indiana State shot 56.3% (18-of-32) from the field in the first half, including a blazing mark of 6-for-11 (54.5%) from the 3-point arc en route to taking a 52-30 lead at the intermission.

ISU continued its hot start by taking a 24-point lead with just 18 minutes left to play, but Indy heated up inside to score 50 points in the second half before the Sycamores hit enough foul shots down the stretch to take the 85-80 exhibition victory.

Indiana State was led in scoring by senior center Laura Rudolphi, who scored 17 points by hitting 6-of-11 shots from the field, plus 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Guards Angela and Leah Phillips each added 16 points as the former hit a pair of 3-pointers and the later connected on four triples.

Joining the quintet of Sycamores in double figures scoring was freshman Kelsey Luna, who hit 7-of-14 shots from the field to post 15 points. Luna paced the Sycamores with three takeaways in the contest.

For the visiting Greyhounds, Terre Haute native Samantha Meissel returned to hometown and blazed the nets for 26 points. She hit 11-of-14 shots from the field as Indy outscored the Sycamores in the paint by a 46-36 margin. Jessica Canary added 17 points in the losing effort.

Overall, the Sycamores hit 8-of-20 shots from the 3-point arc, just two of which came in the second half. Indiana State posted 15 assists against 15 turnovers with five blocked shots while the Greyhounds mustered 18 assists versus 13 turnovers and a pair of blocked shots. Indy converted 16 points off Sycamore miscues while ISU scored 13 points off Greyhound turnovers.

Notably, both teams finished 17-of-23 from the free throw line in the game.

The Sycamores begin regular season play on Sunday, November 11 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 2:05 p.m. (EST) at Hulman Center. Last season, the Sycamores posted a school-record 116 points against the Golden Lionettes.