By Neil King
Both women’s and men’s IUSB basketball teams took on Robert Morris University (RMU) on Saturday. Both games were a battle of the Titan’s patience against RMU’s speed, and in both games speed won the game.
The lady Titans did well early but lost momentum as RMU’s Renee Reed knocked one down from behind the 3-point line and RMU stole the ensuing inbound pass and got a bucket under the basket and drew a shooting foul for the three point play.
The six point series broke an early tie and gave RMU a lead they held onto and widened for the majority of the game.
Emily Strilich and Maegan Callaway were both bright spots for the lady Titans as the team adjusted to the quick feet and hands of the RMU guards and worked the interior for points. Strilich went five for ten from the field for 16 points, hit six free throws, and grabbed four rebounds. She also led the team with four assists.
Callaway for her part scored 23 points while shooting 9 for 21, went five for five from the line, and had eight rebounds in the 67-92 loss.
The telltale statistic of the game was the 25 points off of turnovers that RMU scored in contrast to the 10 points that the Titans put up. RMU, 42, also almost doubled IUSB’s, 26, total points in the paint.
IUSB’s men encountered some of the same problems scoring just 11 points from turnovers to RMU’s 29.
After falling behind 8-17 early the Titan men went on a short run with five unanswered points after rebounding some ill-advised RMU shots to get back with four points. The men’s scrappy play kept the game within six going into halftime.
RMU started the second half by going on an 11-2 run and at one time led by 23 points with almost 11 minutes left.
The Titans tried to claw there way back with some late three point shooting from Adison Daub, but it only brought the team back within 13 as they lost 71-84.