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Slideshow: IUPUI women's b-ball is crazy good

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IUPUI guard DeAirra Goss drives against Omaha, for 2 of her 17 points. - TJ FOREMAN / TJF PHOTOGRAPHY
  • TJ Foreman / TJF Photography
  • IUPUI guard DeAirra Goss drives against Omaha, for 2 of her 17 points.


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.

Head coach Austin Parkinson instructs Mikale Rogers (#33) during a break in game play. - TJ FOREMAN / TJF PHOTOGRAPHY
  • TJ Foreman / TJF Photography
  • Head coach Austin Parkinson instructs Mikale Rogers (#33) during a break in game play.


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.

IUPUI's Dawn Luster (#32) battles  Omaha's Madi Robson (#10) for a loose ball. - TJ FOREMAN / TJF PHOTOGRAPHY
  • TJ Foreman / TJF Photography
  • IUPUI's Dawn Luster (#32) battles Omaha's Madi Robson (#10) for a loose ball.


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.

It's all smiles, as the Jag's Nicole Rogers (#10) checks out of the game late second half. - TJ FOREMAN / TJF PHOTOGRAPHY
  • TJ Foreman / TJF Photography
  • It's all smiles, as the Jag's Nicole Rogers (#10) checks out of the game late second half.


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!



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