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January 18, 2014

Rogers is IUPUI's 3-point ace

Western product has helped Jaguars to 12-6 start.

When IUPUI women’s basketball player Nicole Rogers is on the floor, it doesn’t take much advance scouting to figure out what she’s going to do: shoot from the perimeter.

Still, few opponents have slowed the former Western standout.

Rogers has made a 3-pointer in every game this season for IUPUI (12-6, 2-1 Summit League), which set a program record this season for non-conference wins. The sophomore is averaging 7.8 points per game, with 85 percent of that scoring coming from the 3-point line.

“When she’s locked in and coming off screens, she’s one of the best shooters I’ve been around,” said IUPUI coach Austin Parkinson, a former Indiana All-Star from Northwestern. “Nicole’s biggest asset for us is the ability to stretch the defense from 3-point range. That spaces the floor for other players and she’s given us a lift, for sure.”

Several factors have allowed Rogers to succeed shooting from the perimeter, despite just 17 of her 122 field goal attempts coming inside the 3-point line.

“First, we run her off a lot of screens, so that movement gets her a lot of opportunities,” Parkinson said. “Second, we play a lot of people. Nicole is not playing 30 minutes and we have a lot of different weapons.”

IUPUI has 10 players averaging at least 13 minutes a game, with only four playing more than 20 minutes. Rogers averages 16.6 minutes per game.

“We have a lot of players that are great drivers to the basket,” Rogers said. “If I’m covered, then the driving lanes are wide open for them. If they’re not respecting their drives, which they have to, then they can kick out passes to me for open shots.”

Rogers’ 18-game streak with at least one made 3-pointer is the longest in the program since the 2005-06 season. She’s shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc this season, ranking fourth in the Summit League for players who average at least 1.5 made 3-pointers per game.

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