The IUPUI women’s basketball team wasn’t leaving Western Illinois without a victory.
Heading into the game, the Lady Jaguars hadn’t won an away game since 2008-09 season, but lead by freshman Nevena Markovic the Jags defeated the Western Illinois Fighting Leathernecks. Markovic had a double-double on the evening with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Junior Kerah Nelson added another 20 point effort, and Dawn Luster rounded out the double digit scoring with 11 points.
The win takes the Jaguars to a 9-13 overall record and a 4-5 Summit League record.
“We’re excited to win. Now we get to go home and face IPFW in front of our home fans,” said head coach Austin Parkinson.
After IUPUI’s win against Oral Roberts, Parkinson stated that winning a road game was the next hurdle for his team.
The Lady Jags will be back in action at The Jungle on Saturday, February 4 at 3:30 p.m.
The IUPUI Jaguars entered Saturday night’s contest hoping to break a six-game losing streak. IUPUI was on the unlucky end of a buzzer beater as Western Illinois defeated IUPUI 57-55. IUPUI was lead by Alex Young with 22 points and Christian Siakam who contributed a double-double.
The Jaguars battled back and forth with the Western Illinois Leathernecks for the first half, but entered halftime trailing by four points with a score of 28-24. After Alex Young scored the first five points of the second half, the Jaguars found themselves in the lead after contributions by Marcellus Barksdale and Siakam.
IUPUI continued to battle back and forth with the Leathernecks and had the ball and a chance to win the game with 10 seconds left. Freshman Ian Chiles was unable to hold onto the ball and gave up a costly turnover that gave WIU a chance at a last second shot. With just 4.7 seconds left to play in the game, the Leathernecks found an open Remy Roberts-Burnet who sank the game winning three-pointer at the buzzer, his first three-point make of the season.
The Jags will fall to 8-15 overall and 2-9 against Summit League opponents. The loss on Saturday night also marked the seventh straight loss for IUPUI. The men will be back in action on February 1 as they take on the IPFW Mastodons at The Jungle. Tip time has been moved to 1:00 p.m.