In a game that featured a combined 59 turnovers, the IUPUI Jaguars outlasted
the visiting Indiana State women's basketball team to earn a 71-67 victory
inside the IUPUI Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
The Sycamores (2-2) led the Jaguars (3-1) by one point at the half, taking a 25-24 advantage into the locker room. Senior Taylor Whitley led Indiana State with seven points in the first half, while sophomores Travecia Franklin and Racheal Mahan and freshman Marina Laramie each added four points.
Indiana State took their largest lead of the game with 5:12 remaining, as Mahan converted a layup following a steal by sophomore Jessica Valley to give the Sycamores a seven-point advantage, at 55-48. IUPUI responded with a 13-4 run over the next three minutes, however, taking a 61-59 lead on a three-pointer by Katie Comello.
The lead changed hands 20 times during the game, including 13 times in the second half alone, but Indiana State could never get closer than at 67-66 on a layup by Mahan with 54 seconds remaining.
IUPUI (30) and Indiana State (29) combined for 59 turnovers in the game, with the Sycamores leading 29-12 in points of their opponent's miscues. Bench production was key for the Jaguars, as Comello (16 points) and Akilah Sims (11 points) assisted the home side to a 39-11 advantage in bench scoring.
Whitley led the Sycamores with 16 points, going 10-for-12 from the free-throw line. Mahan (15 points), Munn (12 points) and freshman Kasey Johnson (11 points) also went into double figures for ISU.
Indiana State returns to Terre Haute and Hulman Center on Sunday, Nov. 25, hosting Belmont at 4:05 p.m. The game is part of a Sycamore basketball doubleheader, as the men's basketball team welcomes High Point at 1:05 p.m. The women's game can also be seen live in the Wabash Valley on WTWO-TV.