Hulls, Sinclair almost pull off distance-shooting delight

It was almost a Hoosier sweep when it came to the 3-point shooting that was part of the NCAA Skills Contests on Thursday night.
Senior Aulani Sinclair walked away with one trophy, winning the women’s shootout in impressive fashion. Meanwhile, Jordan Hulls had the best first couple of rounds among the men, knocking in 20 and 23 shots to establish himself as the early favorite.
But when it got to crunch time, Hulls suddenly couldn’t fine the range — even though Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams was nowhere to be seen inside Georgia Tech’s Alexander Coliseum.
Facing VCU’s Troy Daniels in the finals, Hulls suddenly looked frazzled as the second shooter.
Daniels made 19 shots, while Hulls finished with 15. They both tallied 23 points in the knockout stages.
In the women’s competition, Sinclair outlasted seven other long distance shooters from around the country to win the event sponsored by State Farm. She tallied the second-best total of the first round with a score of 17 as the top four shooters moved on to the semifinals.
The Eminence, Ind., native put up the best score of the semis with 20 to earn a spot in the finals. In the final round, Sinclair took on Marissa Kastanek of N.C. State. Kastanek shot first and finished with a score of 17. Sinclair stepped up and tallied a score of 20 to take home the title.
With the winning men’s and women’s players squaring off in a coed shootout, Daniels easily dispatched Sinclair.
But it was a night of promise with the two Hoosiers enjoying the spotlight in Atlanta.

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