SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A career day from freshman Katie Gard pushed the Indiana University South Bend women’s basketball team past Judson University in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play Saturday afternoon, Feb. 8, inside the Student Activities Center. The Titans led by as many as 36 before besting the Eagles, 86-44, improving to 22-5 overall and 14-5 in CCAC action.
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Katie Gard scored a game-high and career-best 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while going a perfect 3-for-3 at the free throw line for the Titans coming off the bench. She pulled down a career-high eight rebounds, tallied five steals and dished out five assists in a stat-stuffing performance. Twin sister Maddie Gard finished with 12 points, while junior Courtney Raymer turned in 14 points.
Indiana University South Bend won the rebounding battle, 43-28, led by nine boards from Maddie Gard. The edge on the glass saw the Titans outscore the Eagles 12-7 in second chance points, while also owning a 42-24 advantage in the paint. IUSB turned JU over 20 times and scored 27 points off miscues.
Offensively, the Titans shot 47.9 percent from the floor, going 34-for-71, while Judson finished 19-of-50. IUSB converted 10 three-points to JU’s one, and knocked down 8-of-9 free throw attempts.
The Titans begin the game in control, outscoring the Eagles 14-0 in the first 3:30 of the game en route to a 23-4 first quarter. Entering the second quarter, IU South Bend extended its lead to as many as 31 going into the break up 48-17 after a jumper from M. Gard with 47 seconds remaining.
IUSB led from beginning to end on Saturday, outscoring the Eagles by three in the third stanza and finished the game in the fourth by adding 21 points while allowing just 13 from its opponent.
IU South Bend wraps up its mini homestand Wednesday evening, Feb. 12, against Calumet College of St. Joseph. Tipoff of the Birthday Bash is slated for 5:30 p.m. as the Titans celebrate 50 years of basketball at IUSB.