By Tom Ramstetter
Ky. - Junior guard Jessica Canary scored a career-high 33 points
Saturday evening and her Indianapolis team upset third-seeded Quincy
in an NCAA Division II Midwest regional semifinal at The Bank Of
Kentucky Center at Northern Kentucky University.
(24-9) have knocked off Top 10 teams in consecutive nights and will
meet Michigan Technological University Monday at 7 p.m. at NKU for
a berth in the Elite 8. It will be the first trip to the regional
final for the Indianapolis program.
was the No. 9 team in the USA Today/ESPN Division II coaches’
poll. The seventh-seeded and unranked Greyhounds had beaten No.
3 Hillsdale Friday.
really excited about this win,” Indy coach LeAnn Freeland
said. “They found a way to beat us twice earlier this year
and to have the opportunity to avenge those losses was very exciting
for our ladies. We’re really excited to have the opportunity
to go to the regional championship. It’s the first time in
school history, so that’s pretty exciting for our team.”
up a game-winning shot Friday with the career-high performance Saturday.
The junior gave her team the lead for good, 58-57, with a 3-pointer
with 6:54 remaining in the game. Canary was 10-for-13 from the field
and made 5 of 6 3-pointers. She also hit 8 of 12 free throws.
hitting a couple of them, you get in a rhythm, it feels good,”
Canary said of her 3-pointers. “If you’re open you got
to take it.”
Canary’s go-ahead basket, Quincy had a 55-51 lead. That’s
when Canary scored 10 straight points. She tied the game at 55-55
after a technical foul on Quincy coach J.D. Gravina.
changed the momentum,” sophomore center Samantha Meissel said
of the technical. “You could tell Quincy was frustrated and
we just had to build on their frustration to better our offense.”
ahead 57-55 when senior guard Jessica Keller hit a layup, but Canary
hit her go-ahead basket on the following possession and followed
with another trey 50 seconds later to start a 15-0 run, blowing
the game open.
proud of her,” Meissel said of Canary. “As soon as she
started knocking down open threes it’s pretty much get the
ball to Jess. Somebody’s hot, you got to get them the ball.”
That 15-0 run
put Quincy in a position Indy found itself in Friday, down several
points in the closing minutes. After the Greyhounds rallied to win
that game, they weren’t about to let up Saturday.
in the back of my mind, of course,” Freeland said. “In
an NCAA Tournament anything can happen, especially when you have
a player like Jessica Keller, who wants it so badly. So I knew the
game wasn’t going to be over until the buzzer sounded. We
had one timeout and I was trying to save it. I thought our ladies
did a nice job taking care of the basketball with their full-court
pressure when they were coming at us.”
14 points for Indy and Cayla Keegan scored 11.
Keller led Quincy
with 26 points and Janette Burgin added 10 for the Hawks.