Broncos Fall at IUPUI, Return From Five-Game Road Trip Saturday
Four players totaled double figures for Western Michigan. Junior guard Corie Buchanan notched a team-best 14 points, followed by Indianapolis native and Bronco sophomore Jazmine Windham's 13 points and eight rebounds. Classmate Marquisha Harris totaled a career-high 12 points and snagged seven boards. Senior Aurielle Anderson chipped in 10 points.
"I thought Marquisha played well in our last game at Oakland too, so it was nice to see her put together back-to-back games." said WMU head coach Shane Clipfell.
"I feel like this team is getting close and I know they feel that way too. We have to get it together on the same night.
"Windham was anxious to come down here and play in front of her fans and that was her best outing of the year. That's the Jazmine we have seen all year we in practice. As a team, we need to work on consistency."
Western Michigan (2-6) got itself in an 8-0 hole to start the game, but the Broncos worked their way back to take a four-point advantage, 22-18, with 9:02 remaining in the first half. The Jaguars kept in reach and regained the lead on three-pointer by Megan Rogers four minutes later. WMU stayed within one possession over the next three minutes, but Katie Comello hit back-to-back three's in the final minute of the half to push IUPUI's lead to nine, 39-30, at intermission.
The Jaguars built their lead to 14 in the second half. Western Michigan mounted a late surge with six minutes remaining in the form of a 9-2 run over three minutes that helped the Brown & Gold cut the deficit down seven. WMU had a chance to get closer, but turnovers on its next two possessions and extra offensive rebounds which led to a bucket by IUPUI ultimately sealed the Broncos' fate.
The loss kept WMU winless in its last four outings, and snapped a two-game losing streak for IUPUI (5-4).
The Jaguars' Kerah Nelson was the game's leading scorer with 25 points. Former Bronco DeAirra Goss had 16 points and Comello and finished with 14 points, hitting four three-pointers. Goss is in her first competitive season at IUPUI after sitting a year due to NCAA transfer rules.
Following Saturday's contest against Chicago State, the Broncos take a week break for finals and then travel to in-state Big Ten rival Michigan, Saturday, Dec. 15, for a 2 p.m. contest. Beginning with the NAU Tournament in Arizona over Thanksgiving and through the matchup at Michigan, WMU will have played six out of seven games on the road.