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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CLOSES BOOK ON 2020-21 SEASON

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INDIANAPOLIS – With the health and wellness of the program in mind, IUPUI women’s basketball has decided to not pursue postseason play unless, under Horizon League protocols, is chosen as a replacement to the NCAA Tournament. While the Jaguars were not selected to the NCAA Tournament on Monday (March 15), the league has until Tuesday (March 16) if its automatic qualifier needs to be replaced to due to COVID-19 protocols.
 
In what has been an unprecedented season during the COVID-19 pandemic, IUPUI finished the season with the best winning percentage in the Horizon League and made it to the Horizon League Championship game before losing to Wright State.
 
“I am incredibly proud of our ladies persevering in some of the most challenging circumstances due to the pandemic,” said head coach Austin Parkinson. “Our team played at a really high level all year long, leading the Horizon League in winning percentage, finishing with the highest national ranking in school history with a NET of 51 and reaching as high as #6 in the Mid Major Poll.  In a normal year we would be thrilled at the opportunity to participate in postseason play; however, at this time we think it is in the best interest of our team’s health and well-being to complete our 2020-2021 season unless selected as an NCAA Tournament replacement.”
 
“During this unprecedented year, our women’s basketball student-athletes and coaches have done everything asked of them to compete this season,” said Athletic Director Dr. Roderick Perry. “I want to congratulate the student-athletes and coaches on a very successful season in which we led the Horizon League in overall winning percentage, scoring margin, points per game, field goal percentage and three-point percentage.”
 
The Jags finished the season with the best NET ranking of any team in the Horizon at 51. IUPUI also finished the season ninth in the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll.
 
Led by three-time Horizon League Player of the Year Macee Williams, IUPUI finished with the best offense in the league. The Jags led the Horizon League in points per game, scoring margin, field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage.
 
The defense for IUPUI was also tops in the league and 15th in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage allowed and the Jags had the second-best rebounding margin, 20th in the nation.
 
 

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