"Considering the lack of depth and that it was our first game, it was a good win for our kids," ISU head coach Bill Fennelly said. "The challenge for our team is that we have to learn to practice at the pace of the game and I think this game will help them understand that."
The Cyclones (1-0) opened up the
scoring with two fast break layups, but an aggressive Jaguar full court press
forced three turnovers early. The first half featured four lead changes and four
ties. ISU was shooting nearly 70 percent until a six-minute scoring drought hit
with left. Fortunately, IUPUI
(0-2) went scoreless for nearly as long, keeping the score in
The Jaguars' Brykeesha Tate hit a
halfcourt runner at the buzzer to cut
"That was a very solid team," Fennelly said. "IUPUI is very well coached. They had a good plan and they changed defenses on us."
The opening minutes of the second half saw four more lead changes as the teams traded baskets. Cyclone junior Megan Ronhovde sank her first 3-pointer of the game at , followed by another just 30 seconds later, to put ISU up 42-32. IUPUI would never recover as the Cyclone offense opened up the game.
"In the second half, we played some solid defense and got some transition baskets," Fennelly said. "For about five minutes of the second half we played about as good as I could have hoped for this time of year."
"We did the things we had to do," Fennelly said. "It's good to be 1-0. I'm very proud of them."
IUPUI's Brittany Mingo had 21 points, while Alicia Booyer added 11. The Jaguars shot 30.1 percent in the game and forced 19 Cyclone turnovers. IUPUI made 1-of-3 charity shots and sent ISU to the line 22 times.