HAMMOND | A legitimate 3-point threat, Purdue Calumet senior guard Alex Starr doesn't hesitate at an opportunity to connect from long range.
Starr showed supreme confidence in her accuracy Wednesday, going 6-for-8 from beyond the arc to finish with 20 points to help give the Peregrines an 83-43 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference win over local rival Calumet College.
"I was feeling pretty confident today," Starr said. "The last couple games, I've kind of been in a shooting slump. Coach (Tom Megyesi) was like 'Keep shooting and don't get down on yourself.' He gave me a little pep talk before the game to just shoot my shot."
Overall, the Peregrines (13-7, 10-4) shot 8-for-17 from beyond 3-point range, but Megyesi knows that long-range attack starts with Starr.
"She's a tremendous weapon," he said. "She has a beautiful shot, very fundamental. Picture perfect, I think. It's hard to defend that."
Just about everything worked well for Purdue Calumet in the first half. The Peregrines went a near-perfect 15-for-16 from the free throw line, out-rebounded the Crimson Wave 24-14 and held them to just 7-for-32 shooting, including a 2-for-11 clip from 3-point range as they tried to play catch up to the Peregrines.
Overall, Purdue Calumet shot 25-for-30 from the free throw line.
"We practice a lot of free throws, so I was very pleased with their focus and the way they were shooting the ball," Megyesi said. "I like the way we ran our offense. This time of the year, you've got to start executing and I think our team did a nice job of that."
The Peregrines raced out to a 9-0 lead by the first media timeout six minutes into the game and increased that lead 26-10 with about seven minutes left in the first half.
Purdue Calumet would take a comfortable 40-16 lead at halftime, as Starr led all scorers with 11 points, including 3-for-4 shooting from 3-point range.
Every Purdue Calumet player who dressed saw game action, as the Peregrines continued to build upon their lead in the second half.
Calumet College (8-12, 5-8) was out-rebounded 54-28 for the game and didn't get much offense save for Dominique Edwards, who led all scorers with 26 points.
"I was very pleased with our defense making them handle the ball and get out tight on them," Megyesi said. "It was a good all-around game for our team, and hopefully it will continue."