Hoover called a timeout after the Anderson run and had one message to his team: keep getting the ball to Jennings despite the fullcourt double team.
“That’s why I called timeout,” he said. “‘Get the ball to Whitney and let her take care of the ball and we’ll win this ballgame.’”
Jennings, an Iowa signee, added 11 rebounds, five assists and five steals and didn’t commit a single turnover in the contest. She was 13 of 24 from the field and 19 of 23 from the foul line.
“You’re playing a really good team there, a really good player that makes things really tough. You play good defense and tough shots are hit,” Cook lamented. “We forced them into some tough ones and then their other players happen to roll some in. A lot of balls seemed to roll up the other side of the rim and roll in for them today and we shot 5-footers that we always hit that we missed. It just didn’t quite go our way but when you’re playing a really good team like that you’ve got to be really sharp. I give Logansport a lot of credit for what they did.”
Penny was 7 of 12 from the field, 2 of 3 from 3-point range and 15 of 19 from the foul line. She added five rebounds, two steals and a block.
“It’s a big game, a conference game, you’re going to bring out the best in people,” Cook said. “She beat us off the dribble a couple times that we didn’t want that to happen. But we were so concentrated on stopping
Whitney that you end up giving up a little bit there. We didn’t really ever get to a point where we had to come double Whitney, but we ended up doing that to try to make a spark happen.”