Grenadiers shake off slow start to beat Alice Lloyd

Blake Stewart, Staff

The IU Southeast women’s basketball team defeated Alice Lloyd College 83-68 on Saturday completing a season sweep of the Eagles.

The Grenadiers are now 14-6 overall and 4-1 in the KIAC.

IU Southeast found themselves down most of the first half against Alice Lloyd, but were able to stay close.

The Grenadiers were able to comeback and take a 44-40 lead at the end of the first half after an 11-4 run including a couple of traditional three-point plays by senior guard Heather Wheat and sophomore forward Michaela Harris.

Head coach Robin Farris said that defensive struggles and allowing offensive rebounds were the reason why the Grenadiers struggled in the first half.

“Defensively we had some let downs, they shot very well. Part of the reason they shot well was because they had too many open shots,” Farris said..

The second half was a different story for the Grenadiers who played a lot better defensively, holding Alice Lloyd to 29% shooting from the field in the second half.

IU Southeast started off the second half with a 14-6 run led by Harris and Wheat who scored nine of those points.

Wheat finished the game with a team highs of 24 points. She also added four assists and four blocks. Harris chipped in with 12 points.

The Grenadiers stayed strong throughout the second half, but Alice Lloyd was able to pull within seven points with a little under nine minutes remaining in the game.

However, the Grenadiers answered the Eagle’s comeback with an 8-0 run and hung on to win the game 83-68.

Wheat said that offensively they did a lot better in the second half attacking Alice Lloyd.

“We got a lot more transition buckets which helped us get on the boards more, and we spread the floor more on offense so it gave us more lanes to drive and easier layups,” said Wheat.

Coach Farris still sees some areas that the team needs to improve on and add to their two-game win streak.

“The areas we want to improve on are our rebounding and taking care of the basketball, Farris said.  “Our goal is 15 or less turnovers.”

The Grenadiers had 14 turnovers in Saturday’s game and out rebounded Alice Lloyd 51-41.

Wheat believes the Grenadiers have a good chance at winning their conference.

“We’re 4-1 in conference right now and I think we have a good run at a conference (title),” Wheat said.

The Grenadiers next game is at home against Indiana University Kokomo on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Activities Building.