Grenadiers beat Cougars in extra time


Enrique Bryan

Junior forward Michaela Harris pushes the ball on a Grenadier fast break.

Enrique Bryan, Staff Reporter

On Jan., 14, 2016 the IUS women`s basketball team took on IU Kokomo. The Grenadiers had to win it in extra time, but beat the Cougars 63-62.

In the first half, the Grenadiers led by as many as six. In the first half, the team shot 44.83 percent (13-29).

The Grenadier were good on both sides of the ball in the first half. Thier defense held the Cougars to shooting 36.36% (12-33).

The first half was led by sophomore guard Annie Thomas. Thomas led all scorers with 16 points shooting with three shots from behind the arc. Junior forward Junior Jocelyn Mousty had seven points and four rebounds. Senior Mary Dye also added four points, five rebounds and four assist.

The second half seemed to be the difference maker in this game. The Grenadiers limited their turnovers in that quarter to two.

“We were struggling to score, we weren’t getting any fast break points. Our half-court offense was struggling to score.” Coach Robin Farris

Farris said that the team had some miscommunication and had a cold start shooting wise to allow the Cougars to take a 55-51 with 3:30 left in the game.

With the score tied 55 all and 15 seconds left in the fourth quarter, IU Kokomo Point Guard Deja Fielder steals the ball and what looks like a sure layup, Thomas makes a spectacular defensive play going after Fielder and stealing the ball and being fouled with 9.1 seconds left in the game.

“I wanted to be aggressive and even if I did foul her it would have been a good foul on the ground,” Thomas said. “It also would have stopped her from getting a layup.”

Dye got a critical rebound down the stretch and got fouled with 7.9 second left in the game. Only making one of two, this pushed the lead to two, 57-55.

The Cougars had the ball with 7.9 seconds left in the game. Fielder drives in the lane but is called for a traveling violation, giving the ball back to the Grenadiers.

They went out there, never gave up and won it.

— Robin Farris, head coach

With IU Southeast leading the game 57-55 and with 3.3 seconds left in the game, they would inbound the ball to Mousty and she tried to make a pass. The pass was intercepted by IU Kokomo forward Amanda Hunter which led to Fielder layup, forcing overtime.

The Grenadiers started out overtime strong, jumping out to a six point lead. All the Grenadiers had to do was hold on to the lead, but Fielder wasn’t going down without a fight. She hit one three to pull within one, but the Grenadiers would hold on to that one point lead.

“They went out there, never gave up and won it,” Coach Farris.

Thomas would lead all scorers with 25 points. she also played a team high 45 minutes.

The Grenadiers had strong games out of Dye and Mousty. Both of them had a double-double.

Mousty had 10 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks, and Dye would have 13 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks.

The Grenadiers (7-8) play at home against Brescia University on January 16th .