I just have to state: the IUPUI Women Jaguars basketball team is the best kept sports secret in Indy.
Yes, I should know. Because besides the red-hot Pacers (which have infinite coverage by others), I've had the opportunity to cover first-hand most of the other basketball programs this season.
I didn't realize this team was so good, so I did some digging and covering. For those of you, like me, who have NOT been following along at home (or apparently at the game)... here are a few Fun Facts:
- IUPUI is second in the Summit League at 10-3, and 20-8 overall.
- These 20 season wins have come by way of a 19.9 point winning margin.
- They are averaging 71.8 points per game on a league-best 45.5 field goal percentage, while holding opponents to 60.4 ppg.
- They trail Summit League leader, South Dakota State University (21-8, 12-1), by two games, handing SDSU their only loss on February 8th, 76-66.
These are a just some numbers, as it basically boils down to... they are just a really fun team to watch. No individual all-star stand-outs, but a solidly balanced team unit.
So here was the Omaha game. Having seen a lot of college losses this year, I was a concerned early that my presence might have jinxed the girls, as they started slow from the gate, falling 7-0.
Then the Jaguars gained momentum and found their rhythm. IUPUI finished the first half up 33-22.
The second half featured all of their players contributing to a balanced rebounding and defensive scheme. IUPUI out-rebounded Omaha 31-19, with 17 defensive boards leading to 14 total fast break points.
All 12 women on the roster played, as IUPUI got a 20-point boost from their bench, compared to Omaha's six points. The Lady Jags pull away for the win, 69-52.
DeAirra Goss lead all scorers with 17 points on 5-8 shooting and 2-2 from behind the arc. Teammate Akilah Sims added 15 points and 5 rebounds.
With the Summit League conference championships in their sights, the Lady Jags finish the regular season at home against Western Illinois (14-14, 6-7) on Saturday, March 1st. Do not miss this chance to be in on the secret, and check out the Lady Jags!
Lady Jags Are Good (Slideshow)
The IUPUI women's basketball team is hot, and take it to Omaha on Thursday evening, winning 69-52.
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