A late second half surge from the Indiana University South Bend women’s basketball team on Monday night propelled them to the quarterfinal round of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. The Titans outscored Calumet College of St. Joseph 36 to 13 in the final ten minutes to secure a 79-62 victory.
Maegan Callaway (SR/Mooresville, Ind.) authored another double-double, scoring a team-high 22 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Courtney Smith (FR/Fort Wayne, Ind.) added 19 points, including a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line. The Titans shot 23 free throws, connecting on 20 of them.
Calumet St. Joseph hung around despite falling behind 14-7 through the first six and a half minutes of the first frame. The Crimson Wave pulled within one point at the 9:36 mark after a free throw from Giacanna Ezell.
With 1:29 to go in the half, CCSJ pulled ahead of the Titans, 30-28 for its first lead since the 17:57 mark.
Brianna Blackwell (FR/Whiting, Ind.) scored the final four points of the half to knot the game at 32 a piece heading into the break.
Calumet St. Joseph continued to press the issue in the second half as it gained a seven point lead at the 14:24 mark. IU South Bend used a quick 6-0 spurt to cut its deficit to one point, but five consecutive points from the Crimson Wave made it a six-point lead in favor of CCSJ.
With the game tied at 53, Paige Avery (FR/Mishawaka, Ind.) hit the first of two timely 3-pointer and IU South Bend began to pull away, quickly building a 10-point advantage over the next two minutes.
After another triple from Avery the Titans were up by 12 and continuing to cushion their lead, going up by 16 with just 2:00 left to play. Avery finished with 11 points while dishing out a team-high six assists.
Callaway gave IU South Bend its largest lead of the game, connecting on a 3 from the top of the key with 36 seconds on the clock.
The IU South Bend bench contributed 14 points compared to just two from the shallow Crimson Wave bench.
Wednesday, the Titans will travel to Chicago to battle the tournament’s top seed, Saint Xavier University.