Rock women’s basketball was unable to overcome rival Indiana University (Pa.) Saturday evening, dropping the contest 90-75.
The Crimson Hawks were able to shoot an even 50 percent from the field and out-rebounded The Rock 45-27 en route to its 90-point outing. Three IUP players also we able to score more than 20 points, including Leslie Stapleton, the older sister of SRU’s injured guard Audrey Stapleton. 15 of the Crimson Hawks rebounds came on its offensive end, leading to second-chance opportunities.
Junior guard Lexi Carpenter led the way for the Green and White’s scoring with 26 points and six assists, scoring 17 of those points in the first half. Sophomore Ciara Patterson scored 20 points with two assists. Senior forward Megan Hardiman was able to tack on 13 points for The Rock while also collecting five rebounds.
Despite being outscored by 15 points, The Rock made just one less shot from the field with 28 made field goals compared to IUP’s 29. The Crimson Hawks were able to draw more fouls to shoot at the line, connecting on 22 of 29 free-throw attempts, which widened the margin in the scoring column.
IUP also tallied four more assists than SRU, dishing out 16 compared to Slippery Rock’s 12. However, SRU was able to score more points from its bench with 10 points while Indiana scored just five.
The Rock continues its three-game home stand on Wednesday, taking on Clarion University. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.