Grenadiers pull away from Celtics down stretch

Kristin Seamon -

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Indiana University Southeast pulled away down the stretch of a back-and-forth River States Conference matchup to put away the Carlow women’s basketball team, 64-53, on Jan. 18, at Oakland Catholic.

Carlow forward Emma Stille (SO/Columbus, Ohio) posted her eighth double double of the season, with 11 points and 22 boards, a mark that tied her career rebounding high. Reanna Turner (SO/Pittsburgh, Pa.) added a season-high 10 points.

But IUS guard Annie Thomas finished with a game-high 20 points and took over the end of the game, as the Grenadiers (11-7) moved their conference record to 4-4.

The Celtics (2-11/0-7/2-2) took an early 5-0 lead, but the Grenadiers fought back to take their first lead, 7-6, with 5:26 left in the first quarter, and controlled the rest of the half. However, Carlow hung around, trailing 18-14 at the end of the first quarter and 29-25 at halftime.

Despite playing only nine minutes of the first half after picking up her second foul, Stille led Carlow with six points and nine rebounds at the break.

Carlow regained the lead, 31-29, 2:13 into the second half with a couple big baskets by Ashlyn Jonczak (FR/Natrona Heights, Pa.). The rest of the quarter was back-and-forth, with the Celtics taking a 42-41 lead into the final frame.

But Carlow could not stop Thomas in the final seven minutes. The Celtics led, 50-47, with 6:34 left, but she scored 11 points to lead the Grenadiers on a 17-3 run to close out the contest.

Carlow out-rebounded IUS, 52-42, but the Grenadiers out-shot the Celtics. IUS shot 36.5 percent (19-of-52) from the floor, 31.6 percent (6-of-19) from 3, and 71.4 percent (20-of-28) from the foul line. Carlow shot just 26.4 percent (19-of-72) from the field, 26.9 percent (7-of-26) from 3, and 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from the free-throw line.

Baylee Krueger added 12 points and nine rebounds for IUS.

The Celtics next host Brescia (8-11/4-3) at 1pm Saturday.

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