Sinclair, Hulls shine in college 3-point contest

ATLANTA, Ga. — Indiana women’s basketball senior Aulani Sinclair outlasted seven other shooters to win the 2013 3-Point Championship on Thursday night. Sinclair went one step further than fellow Hoosier Jordan Hulls did on the men’s side, where he finished second to VCU’s Troy Daniels.

The men got the evening started with Hulls and former Indiana Elite teammate Scott Wood of North Carolina State the final two shooters of the opening round. Hulls caught fire late to notch 20 points and advance to the semifinals. He followed up with semifinal-best 23 points to reach the finals alongside Daniels, who shot first in the championship round. His 17 points made for a modest total for Hulls to shoot for, but he ran out of gas in the final half of the round to finish with just 15.

Meanwhile, Sinclair picked up where Hulls left off by posting the second-best total of the first round with 17 to reach the semis. The Eminence native followed with a semifinals-best 20 to clinch a berth in the title shootout. North Carolina State’s Marissa Kastanek went first in the finals, notching 17, but that wasn’t nearly enough to stop Sinclair, who finished with 20, surpassing Kestanek on the next to last rack.

Sinclair and Hulls combined to hit 437 career 3-pointers in their four years at Indiana.

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  • MikeC #1

    Friday, April 5, 2013 - 12:08 AM EST

    Lets hear it for Aulani, winner of the women’s 3 point contest in Atlanta! Aulani, way to represent IU and the state of Indiana! What a teriffic accomplishment for the best women’s 3 point percentage shooter in IU history! Although the team struggled at times this year, Aulani was a shinning example of an Indiana girl working as hard as possible to represent her school. We will certainly miss her next year!

  • D Hitch #2

    Friday, April 5, 2013 - 12:36 AM EST

    Great job from both of them! We’ll miss both of them next year! Such great role models and represented IU to the highest level.

  • Macca #3

    Friday, April 5, 2013 - 11:19 AM EST

    Jordan is such an enigma to me…he loses his shooting form late in the season, starts regaining it in the NCAA tourney only to have his shoulder separated in the Temple game, gets stifled by a tough Syracuse zone D when he’s not 100%, and then goes on shortly after to finish 2nd in a respectable 3-point contest.

    Obviously he’s not pressured by a game-scenario in the 3P contest, but still very impressive how resilient he is. Just wish he could have had more luck with his shot down the stretch. Either way, he made a huge mark on the program and will be missed.

  • IUBob1981 #4

    Friday, April 5, 2013 - 1:24 PM EST

    I wonder if his shoulder started to bother him in the championship round. He missed too many as compared to his other rounds.

  • Bombay Sapphire #5

    Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 2:53 PM EST

    I watched Jordy shoot, he could’ve won it, no big deal though.

    This however is what I hate to see…(from Kravitz article)
    “What I told the players, and keep telling them, is they have to have perspective,” Crean said. “They did great things. We won more games in a two-year span behind only the 75-76 teams and the 92-93 teams. You want them to feel that. And the award list for our guys is so long.
    It hit me the other day, April 3. April 2 was the anniversary of the day we got the job, but 10:17 a.m. April 3, that’s when it all started, that’s when the honeymoon ended, because that day, we found out we had 19 F’s (among players). I always use that as a personal reference point.”

    Yay,(sarcasm) it looks like Crean will just always, no matter what, talk about 10 years ago when he got the IU job and he had to clean up the program. Very sick and tired of hearing about it all. It was a basketball team, he didn’t save a nation or change poverty. He got rid of the bad guys and brought in good guys, we get it, kudos Crean now shut up about it. Also- this never gets pointed out- he didn’t keep the ‘bad kids’ and help them become good students/player, he just told them IU wasn’t for them. As a teacher/coach myself, that really isn’t all that redeeming. If I told all my “bad” students, ‘you can’t be in my class.’ And I brought in new students no one would look highly at that, nor would that be rewarding. I get that on a bball team that is different and I have no problem with what Crean did. But I hate that he isn’t willing to admit that the season’s end was very disappointing. Finishing 5-4 in last 9 and genuinely underachieving in both tourneys….why do we have to hear about grades from Sampson’s kids, that had nothing to do with the 5-4 finish Tommy.

  • Nat Hill IV #6

    Monday, April 8, 2013 - 10:42 AM EST

    Let’s get back to talking about ‘Lani WINNING the three point title, and Jordan finishing second.
    Pretty good performance for our Indiana born sharpshooters.
    Well done, both of you.

  • Larry #7

    Monday, April 8, 2013 - 8:53 PM EST

    I agree Bombay, this was simply an underacheivement in the end. I got a glaring msg from a friend who I was in a bracket battle with. I said something to the effect of IU & the Sweet16, he responded back by saying it’s not a surprise of the defeat, he has no reason to consider Crean an elite coach, one that fares well against other elite coaches in tournament.

  • Chet #8

    Monday, April 8, 2013 - 9:14 PM EST

    So, if you’re gonna make a statement like that, just what was his record against other elite coaches in the tournament?

  • Geoff #9

    Monday, April 8, 2013 - 9:46 PM EST

    I have a text message from a friend who said Dipo is too soft gong to the rim… And was serious.

    Everyone has buddies… And buddies can say anything. What does it matter to us what your buddy said? Is he an elite coach himself?

    Crean beat Izzo twice this year. He beat Beilein twice this year. He beat Matta this year. He beat Williams this year. Pretty sure all those guys were trying to win, regardless if it was in the tournament or not.

    Bottom line is Crean had a crappy gameplan against a record-setting zone defense and we got exposed. It says nothing else. Your buddy is cherry picking statements.

  • Nat Hill IV #10

    Monday, April 15, 2013 - 9:55 PM EST

    Let’s get back (again) to talking about ‘Lani WINNING the three point title, and Jordan finishing second.
    Pretty good performance for our Indiana born sharpshooters.
    Well done, both of you.

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