Late scoring run by Agustsdottir leads to Ball State conference win

<p>Sophomore forward Thelma Dis Agustsdottir runs towards the paint, Jan. 25, 2020, in John E. Worthen Arena. Dis Agustsdottir scored 19 points against the RedHawks. <strong>Jaden Whiteman, DN</strong></p>

Sophomore forward Thelma Dis Agustsdottir runs towards the paint, Jan. 25, 2020, in John E. Worthen Arena. Dis Agustsdottir scored 19 points against the RedHawks. Jaden Whiteman, DN

Sophomore forward Thelma Dis Agustsdottir had two points in the game against Miami (Ohio) just over a year ago. One year later, Agustsdottir went 8-for-12 from the field, including making seven of her last eight shots, to lead Ball State with 19 points, her second-highest season total.

Agustsdottir was also just short of many career highs, including tying her personal best for blocks with two and coming up one shy of tying her highs for steals and field goals.

“That is probably just a microcosm of the difference between last year and this year,” Sallee said. “She’s a sophomore now, she’s got experience, she’s tested and she’s playing a new position.”

All but one basket from Agustsdottir came off of an assist, and many of those points came off of a pick and roll.

“We have plenty of people that can step in when somebody helps off of them, and it happened to be Thelma tonight,” Sallee said. “Our team has a tendency to know where she is in our offense because she helps people get assists, so that’s a big part of it.”

Although the Cardinals were only 5-of-15 from 3-point range as a whole, Agustsdottir was able to find her stroke. She hit three of those five while being closely guarded. She has more 3-pointers now than she did all of last year.

“She has a quick release, and it’s hard to guard if you give her any space,” Sallee said. “She’s used to it in practice. Every time she’s catching it, I’m yelling, ‘Shoot it.’ I think she hears that voice in her sleep sometimes.”

Last season, Agustsdottir scored in double digits 11 times. Saturday’s game marked her 10th this season and the first time in four games.

“I just felt like I was being a lot more aggressive than I have been in the past few games,” Agustsdottir said.

With two steals, Agustsdottir’s presence on the court allowed her and her team to score off of those turnovers. The Cardinals finished with 22 points from that category with Agustsdottir notching an assist and a basket off of two turnovers.

As a sophomore, Agustsdottitr is contributing heavily to the Ball State scoring attack. Through one-and-a-half  years, she has 358 points, which sits her in fourth place on the current roster.

Contact Evan Weaver with comments at erweaver@bsu.edu or on Twitter @evan_weaver7.

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