By: NEIL KING
The IU South Bend women’s basketball team fell Friday night to Purdue University Calumet (PUC) in what ended up being a lopsided loss. This loss was the last game of the season for the lady Titans and came in the semifinal round of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).
IU South Bend’s loss followed what Head Coach Steve Bruce said through an email might have been the biggest win of the season at ranked Cardinal Stritch.
Bruce also spoke before the game about the challenges of containing a PUC team that could run away with a game while making it look easy. Bruce said the ability to hold PUC to under 75 was a big factor in the team’s ability to win the game.
PUC ended up winning the game 91-57, according to IU South Bend’s website.
Another major factor that Bruce predicted was not allowing the PUC Peregrines second and third shots.
The lady Titans finished the season 20-11 overall after starting 10-1.
After a tough month in January in which the team lost five of seven games, the ladies bounced back to win six of nine including two overtime wins to kick off the month, according to IU South Bend’s website.
Before the PUC, game Bruce was very confident in his team and spoke about their mindset at the end of the regular season.
“Our group is in the right place mentally, which I believe to be most important in terms of playing to potential. I think we have a nice balance between desire and relaxation.”
The seniors of this year’s Titan squad were Emily Strilich, Lauren Adams, Elyse Lefebvre and Staci Funkhouser. This was Bruce’s eighth year heading the lady Titan team.