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January 18, 2014

Rogers is IUPUI's 3-point ace

Western product has helped Jaguars to 12-6 start.

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While she went through a 3-for-20 slump from the 3-point line during a recent three-game stretch, Rogers bounced back by making four 3-pointers at North Dakota State and four more against South Dakota.

“Offensively, I love that she’s been aggressive,” Parkinson said. “She was in a stretch where she struggled, but what I was proud of is that she kept being aggressive. We need her to have that aggressive mindset.”

While she shot a team-best 33 percent from the 3-point line last season, Rogers has performed more consistently this season. Excluding her three-game shooting slump, she’s making 43.5 percent of her 3-pointers this season.

IUPUI is 8-1 this season when Rogers has made at least two 3-pointers, a feat she accomplished eight times as a freshman..

“She’s grown tremendously from her first year to second year, which is what you want to see,” Parkinson said. “She can be one of the best shooters and offensive weapons in our league if she continues to focus on getting better.”

Rogers’ improved play this season can simply be attributed to adjusting to the collegiate game.

“There was really no team that was too big or too quick to handle in high school,” Rogers said, “so I basically could get the speed I wanted to and no team could control the tempo. Now, the other teams can slow us down in various ways and it was an adjustment to that.”

One of the biggest adjustments for Rogers has been on the defensive side, where IUPUI applies full-court, man-to-man pressure.

While Western was successful defensively, allowing just 33.7 points over six postseason games of a Class 3A semistate run when Rogers was a senior, it was a completely different style.

“Other than my junior year, we played a lot of zone,” said Rogers, who had four different head coaches in four seasons at Western. “With our lock-down zone, we held all of the sectional opponents to under 30 points. Our defense in the zone was pretty great, so I never played a lot of man, except for my junior year, and even then we weren’t pressuring very hard.”

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