Early run pushes McDonogh past IND, 47-38

January 30, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

No. 14 IND knows somewhat how the Pittsburgh Steelers feel.

Before they knew it yesterday, the Indians trailed No. 9 McDonogh by eight. Before the end of the first half, they were down by 13.

Even though they outplayed the Eagles much of the second half, the host Indians could not pull closer than three. IND did not score a point through the final three minutes as the Eagles held on for a 47-38 non-league victory.

But the Indians (8-6) lost this one early.

"Mentally, we weren't ready to play today," said IND coach Deb Taylor, whose team still seemed stunned by Sunday's 56-55 overtime loss to unranked St. Frances. "I could tell from the get-go a couple of them were still dwelling on that game. We're not so good that we can afford to show up for a quarter and a half especially against a good team."

The Eagles (12-5) unleashed a smothering man-to-man defense and seemed on the brink of a blow out several times. They forced 12 first-half turnovers and converted six of them.

Freshman guard Vicki Brick scored 12 of her 20 points and had three steals in the first half. Her transition layup three-and-a-half minutes before halftime gave the Eagles their biggest lead of the game, 27-14.

"The only reason we won this game is the team defense we played was the best ever the whole season," said McDonogh guard Julie Baker. "Every single person on our team, when we matched up, concentrated on all the different points that we made at practice."

Johnson, who finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds, directed the Indians' fourth-quarter rally. She hit three straight jump shots and fed Kim Pryce for another to pull the Indians (8-6) within 41-38 with 2:59 remaining.

But Baker fed Mary Urban (14 points) for a short jumper at the other end and IND couldn't make anything fall after that. Johnson rimmed a couple of 20-footers and Kim Pryce and Kelly Pryce each tried one to no avail.

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