Grenadiers gobble up competition

IUS Horizon

Danielle Betts, freshman guard, shoots a 3-pointer. Betts scored ten points for the Grenadiers to bring their score to 92 over the Cougars score of 82 to win the IU Southeast Thanksgiving Tournament on Nov. 17.

The IUS women’s basketball team swept the IU Southeast Thanksgiving Tournament for women’s basketball on Nov. 16-17.

The Grenadiers broke national and conference records in the first game against St. Mary-of-the-Woods, and went on to defeat Mid-Continent University to win the tournament.

This was the first women’s basketball tournament hosted by IU Southeast in three years.

Robin Farris, IUS women’s basketball head coach, said he was pleased with his team’s performance throughout the tournament.

“It’s always good to win your home tournament, “ Farris said.

The Grenadiers dominated St. Mary-of-the-Woods setting multiple national and conference records in their first game of the tournament.

The final score of 148-101 tied the national division record for the most total points scored by both teams in a single game. The Grenadier’s score alone secured second place as the highest score for a single game.

Mid-Continent University defeated Oakland City University to face IU Southeast in the final game of the tournament. The Grenadiers pushed through to take down Mid-Continent and win the tournament title.

Ashmere Woods, senior guard, set two personal records in the game with 31 points and 10 rebounds.

“I thought Ashmere Woods was just outstanding,” Farris said. “If there is an MVP, it would be her.”

Andrea Owen, freshman forward, pushes the ball down court while Alaura McKenie, St. Mary-of-the-Woods freshman guard, defends.

Ashmere Woods said she was happy with her new record.

“It feels good,” Ashmere Woods said. “I normally don’t shoot, but I was open so I just kept taking shots, and they kept falling.”

Kortney Woods, senior center, and Ashmere Woods said they played in the last tournament hosted by IU Southeast during their first year on the team.

“I played in a tournament here my freshman year, so it was good to come in here and play in a tournament for my senior year,” Ashmere said.

Denny Williams, assistant athletic director, said hosting the tournament was good for the university.

“Our men are not hosting [a tournament] this year, so it is good that the women are hosting one this year,” Williams said. “Luckily, these teams were willing to come down and play us.”

Brian Sullivan, IUS women’s basketball assistant coach, said he was pleased with the crowd turnout for the tournament.

Williams said hosting tournaments is always good promotion for the university.

“It’s good for other teams to come in here and see our campus and our facilities,” Williams said.