UIndy Greyhounds (4-3) vs. Oakland City Mighty Oaks (1-2)
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m. ET, Oakland City, Ind.
After falling in a close game to Lewis last Saturday, the UIndy women's basketball team is back in action this Saturday. The Hounds travel to Oakland City to face the Mighty Oaks in a non-conference bout.
HOUNDS vs. MIGHTY OAKS
UIndy and Oakland City met last season 60-42 in Nicoson Hall. Taylor Drury logged her first collegiate double-double in that game, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 boards in 31 minutes of action for the Greyhounds. The only starter left from that game for UIndy, senior Alexa Bailey, stuffed the stat sheet for the Hounds. In 33 minutes of play, Bailey scored six points, pulled down eight rebounds, and dished out four assists in the Greyhound win.
Last year's meeting between the two teams was the first time they had met since the 2009-10 season. Before then, the two programs had played 13 straight years.
ABOUT OAKLAND CITY
The Oaks have only played three games so far this season, carrying a 1-2 record into this weekend's game. After losing their first two games, by a combined 65 points the Oaks squeaked out a win over the Wilson College Owls on Nov. 24. After allowing 29 points in the third quarter against the Owls, OCU came back with 28 points of their own in the fourth quarter to defeat Wilson 85-83.
Oakland City tends to only play seven or eight players a game, sticking with the same starting lineup for the last two games while playing the same rotational players in all three contests this season. The Oaks are led in scoring by forward Shannon Pittman (15.0 ppg), senior guard Maddie Ubelhor in rebounding (6.3 rpg), and freshman guard Julyen Condra leads the team in assists (4.3 apg).
The Hounds and Oaks first played in 1978, UIndy was coached by now AD Sue Willey winning 63-55 in the inaugural meeting. Since that first meeting, UIndy is a perfect 18-0 against Oakland City. The Hounds and their 19-0 record are traveling to Oakland City for the first time since the 2008-2009 season.
STARTING OUT STRONG
In their game against Tiffin, UIndy came out in the first quarter on fire. The Hounds shot over 63 percent in the opening frame, going a perfect six-of-six from distance as well. UIndy posted a program-best 33 points in the opening quarter, the most points in program history in a single period since women's basketball began playing periods instead of halves in 2015-16. The Hounds kept up the strong start in the second quarter, shooting over 66 percent from the field in the period. The Hounds finished the half with 53 points, they had 53 or less points in four games last season.
Last time out, the Hounds got off to a rocking start on the road at Lewis. In the first half, UIndy shot over 62 percent from the floor and went four-of-nine from deep against the 24th-ranked Flyers. Momentum carried into the third quarter for the Hounds before starting to fade during the Flyers run on their way to defeating UIndy by five to start conference play.
Emma Benoit has been a force down low for the Hounds this year. The Northern Michigan transfer is averaging 14.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game for UIndy this season, Benoit is the lone Greyhound to record a double-double this season. Against Tiffin Benoit went for 23 points and 10 boards in 25 minutes of play and came one rebound short of a double-double against Northwood on November 16th.
CLEANING UP THE GLASS
UIndy has been owning the boards against their opponents, winning every rebounding battle this season except for one. The lone game the Hounds were out-rebounded was in the team's win over Northwood where the Timberwolves grabbed 38 boards to UIndy's 36.
HELP (NO LONGER) WANTED
The Greyhound bench has come through in a big way for UIndy. In the last four games against Grand Valley State, Lake Superior State, Tiffin, and Lewis the UIndy reserves have combined to outscore their opponents bench after being outscored in each of the team's first three games.
HOUNDS IN GLVC RANKS
After their first conference game, UIndy found themselves towards the top in many conference-only statistical categories on both sides of the ball. Most notably:
- 4th in free throw percentage (.727)
- 4th in field goal percentage (.474),
- 4th in 3-point field goal percentage (.400)
- 6th in assists (14.0 per game),
- 5th in assist/turnover ratio (0.93)
- 1st in rebounding defense (26.0 per game)
- 4th in rebounding margin (+4 per game)
- Taylor Drury is tied for third in the conference in scoring (18.0 ppg)
- Liz Alsot is tied for third in the conference in rebounding (9.0 rpg)
- Taylor Dillard is tied for first in the conference in 3-point percentage (1.000)
- Laura Thomas and Drury are tied for second in minutes (38.0 mpg)
UIndy has made many improvements to all facets of their game this year compared to last year. So far this season, the Hounds are averaging almost seven more points per game (70.3), over three more rebounds per game (36.9), close to three more assists per game (14.1), and have cut down on turnovers as well (15.9).
NEXT HOUND UP
Claire Carlton has started the last two games for UIndy, filling in for Taylor Drury against Tiffin and Shira Sasson against Lewis. In her lone two starts on the season, Carlton is averaging 4.5 points per game, 2.5 rebounds per game, while dishing out three assists. Carlton's defensive prowess and ability to get to the foul line has given Wodrich and the Greyhounds much needed contributions in the absence of Sasson and Drury.
AWAY FROM HOME
The Hounds will return to Nicoson Hall in just over a week and a half. Following Saturday's game in Southern Indiana, UIndy will make the trip to Northern Indiana next week for their final non-conference road at Purdue Northwest. The Hounds have split their decisions so far in true road games this season, losing both games by a combined eight points.
CATCH THE ACTION LIVE
Every home event and GLVC game will be streamed live for free on the GLVC Sports Network. You can also catch all the action live on 88.7 FM WICR, who will be broadcasting every game in 2018-19. Links to all broadcasts and live stats pages can be found on UIndyAthletics.com.