Millersville uses last-minute free throws to upset No. 16 Indiana (Pa.)
INDIANA, Pa. -- Sophomore Carly Gallagher exploded for 15 second-half points, leading the Marauders to a 60-53 win against No. 16 Indiana (Pa.) on Saturday.
Gallagher was shut out before halftime, with no points and just one shot as the Marauders trailed 29-27.
“Coach [Mary Fleig] gave me confidence and had confidence in me, telling me, 'the first play is for you, Carly,'” Gallagher said. “Knowing that she has confidence in me just built my confidence and I fed off of that.”
She came out of the locker room firing, scoring four 3-pointers. For the game, Gallagher went 4 of 6 from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from deep, missing just one shot in the second half.
“We needed to get her the ball,” Fleig said. “We ran probably the first three plays for her in the second half and she delivered. Going 4-for-4, I think she likes playing in this gym. She was 6-for-10 last year from three, so that was the main thing at half.”
Millersville improved to 9-4 (6-3 PSAC) with the road upset and drops IUP to 11-4 and 6-3 in conference play. Mashira Newman was the only other Marauder in double figures, scoring 12 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists. Newman's biggest heroics came at the line, as five of her points came as free throws within the last minute. Celeste Robinson also sank 3 of 4 free throws in the final minute.
Senada Mehmedovic carried Millersville through the first half for the second game in a row with eight points all in the first half.
The Marauders allowed IUP to shoot 39.3 from the floor in the first half, before clamping down in the second half, as the Crimson Hawks struggled to a 29.2 shooting percentage after the intermission. In addition, the Marauder shooting percentage swelled from 38.7 percent in the first half to a robust 47.1 percent in the second.
The half-court trap paid dividends after halftime, as the Marauder defense swarmed the Crimson Hawks, forcing IUP into 14 turnovers on six steals. Mehmedovic led the charge in that category, nabbing four steals of her own for the game.