Hot-shooting Indianapolis upsets Drury 85-68 for seventh win in a row
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Indianapolis shot 53 percent (29-for-55) in their seventh win in a row, an 85-68 victory against sixth-ranked Drury.
The No. 6 Panthers (10-1, 2-1 GLVC) hadn't allowed a team to shoot 40 percent all season. UIndy (11-2, 2-0) not only hit that mark, but improved its GLVC-best 49 percent shooting entering the game.
The Crimson and Grey weren't bothered by Drury's unblemished record, and picked up right where they left off after Friday's 81-57 win against Missouri S&T, sprinting out to an early 21-6 lead less than five minutes into the game.
"We just set the tempo, and that's the main thing for us right now," said coach Constantin Popa, whose team held a 14-2 edge in fast-break points. "We like to push the ball hard, and we have a really deep bench that allows us to do that."
UIndy led 49-33 at the break, shooting an even 50 percent (17-for-34), while Drury shot 37 percent (14-for-38).
However, the undefeated home team would make a push climb back into the game in the second period.
With 10:28 left in the game, and UIndy up 69-49, Drury went on a 17-8 run during a five-minute span to pull within 11 of the Hounds, 77-66. The Panthers' comeback bid would eventually be stifled, as UIndy finished the game on an 8-2 run.
The Panthers held a 21-11 advantage on the offensive boards, leading to 27 second-chance points. UIndy outpaced Drury in nearly every other offensive statistic, however, including a 14-2 edge in fast break points.
The Hounds' aggressiveness on offense was rewarded at the charity stripe, where they went 22-for-29 (79 percent). Drury managed to hit just 13 of 20 free throws (65 percent).
Katy McIntosh led the Greyhounds with 17 points, hitting 11 of 13 freebies while adding four rebounds, three steals and two assists. Her effort moved her to third all-time in program history with 472 career free throws, and 10th all-time with 1,362 points.
Princess German finished with 16 points, going 8-for-22 from the floor. Senior transfer Erin Murphy posted perhaps her most complete game as Greyhound, scoring 13 points while chipping in four rebounds, four steals, three assists and a block. Shelby Wall connected on four of six three-point attempts, finishing with 14 points off the bench. Kirsten Gliesmann added 10 points and seven boards.
It's the second win against a top-25 opponent for the Greyhounds this season, who defeated then-No. 15 Ashland Nov. 17.
"It adds to the win that they were ranked, but we look at every game on the schedule the same way," Popa said. "It's just a different name on the jersey, we just have to stay humble and win games."