By CHRIS STONER
NEW ALBANY —
If you only glanced at the scoreboard in the IU Southeast Activities Building Friday night, you might have thought the high-powered mens basketball team was in action. However, it was the women’s team that scorched the nets in a 92-56 thumping of Carlow (Pa.)
The Grenadiers (7-5, 3-0 KIAC) have now won three of their past five games and remained atop the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) standings. IU Southeast placed four players in double figures and never trailed en route to winning its first game in the new year.
“We’ve really been stressing spacing a lot lately and all year long really,” Grenadiers head coach Robin Farris said. “We want to have good spacing. We want to attack the gaps and get to the free throw line. We want to get to the one and one as early as we can and we did a good job of that tonight.”
IU Southeast made 11 more free throws (26) than the Celtics attempted (15). The hosts dominated nearly every statistical category while improving to 4-2 at home this season.
The Grenadiers jumped on the Carlow early as a Heather Wheat jump shot gave her team a 16-4 lead at the 12:12 mark of the first half. The home team pushed its lead to 36-15 on a Kaylee Bennett triple with 5:17 left till intermission and never looked back.
“We actually held them to a lower field goal percentage in the second half,” Farris said. “We came out the first five minutes (of the second half) and played some pretty good defense. Even when you’re up 20 at halftime, if a team hits the first three or four shots of the second half they think they can beat you and our girls did a good job of stepping up and realizing they were the better team tonight and playing like it.”
IU Southeast didn’t let up in the second half as a Katie Slavey 3-pointer gave her squad its biggest lead 84-42 with 5:54 remaining. The Grenadiers connected on eight bombs in all and shot 48 percent for the game.
Wheat led the Grenadiers with 17, including two threes. Michaela Harris put in 14 and Bridgette Jones and Andrea Owen added 11 and 10 respectively.
“We put the ball in Heather Wheat’s hands a lot and she’s gotten very good at making good decisions and protecting the ball,” Farris said of his junior leader. “Some of the things we run is to get her in a certain area where she can make a decision to get us a good shot.”
Wheat leads IU Southeast in scoring, rebounding, assists, and blocked shots this season.
“We expect a lot out of her,” Farris said of Wheat. “She’s a competitor. She wants to win so badly. She puts in a lot of time in the gym and is a leader, more with her actions than her words.”
The Grenadiers are back in action today at 4:00 p.m. hosting undefeated Point Park University in the first game of a womens/mens doubleheader. The fourth ranked IU Southeast men play at 6:00 p.m.
Carlow 25 31—56
IU Southeast 45 47—92
Carlow scoring: (5-6, 1-3) Shawann Gadson 2, Rachel Roscoe 6, Jessalyn Timko 6, Lynzi Mueller 18, Erin DiSanti 13, Jacqueline Tabor 7, Devyn Bex 4.
IU Southeast scoring (7-5, 3-0): Michaela Harris 14, Alex Tinsley 4, Mary Dye 6, Heather Wheat 17, Megan Cureton 6, Andrea Owens 10, Bridgette Jones 11, Sidney Carr 8, Katie Slavey 6, Kaylee Bennett 6, Tori Kingsley 4.
Three-point field goals: Carlow 5 (Mueller 2, DiSanti 2, Tabor), IU Southeast 8 (Harris, Wheat 2, Jones 2, Owen, Slavey, Bennett).
Rebounds: Carlow 30, IU Southeast 47.
Turnovers: Carlow 18, IU Southeast 10.
Field goal shooting: Carlow 20-55, IU Southeast 29-63.
Three-point field goal shooting: Carlow 5-15, IU Southeast 8-25.
Free throw shooting: Carlow 11-15, IU Southeast 26-36.