Davis Dominant in Indiana's Overtime Win at Minnesota
Jan. 2, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Indiana (8-6, 2-0) outlasted Minnesota (8-7, 0-2) in an overtime thriller on Sunday afternoon with a 80-79 victory in Minneapolis to move to 2-0 in Big Ten play. It was the first win for IU in Williams Arena since Jan. 4, 2001. Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis tied her season-high with 31 points on 9-for-18 shooting. Hope Elam added a season-best 23 and Whitney Lindsay added 16 in the victory.
Minnesota grabbed momentum early jumping out to an 11-5 advantage after a Kiara Buford 3-point field goal with 16:42 remaining in the first half. The Hoosiers roared back with an 11-4 run over the next 2:07 capped by a Whitney Lindsay runaway layup to lead 16-15. Minnesota's Leah Cotton hit a pair of free throws to silence the Indiana run with 14:06 remaining in the half.
This was when Davis began to assert herself. The senior scored the Hoosiers' next 11 points and 14 of the team's last 22 points of the half. However during that span, the Gophers used a 15-4 run of its own to take a 32-25 lead at the 5:04 mark. Indiana trailed 39-32 in the final moments of the half, but outscored the Gophers 6-2 in the final 1:27 to cut the Gopher lead to 41-38 at the half.
The Hoosiers came out of the locker room with a 10-5 burst to take a 48-46 advantage with a pair of Elam free throws with 16:02 remaining. The lead was short lived as Minnesota scored 13-consecutive points to build a 59-48 advantage at the 12:16 mark.
Lindsay took it upon herself nailing back-to-back shots from beyond the arc to cut the lead to five, 59-54. The Gophers bounced back to extend the lead back to double-digits, 68-58, with 6:00 left to play.
The Hoosiers were not going anywhere as they began to chip away at the Minnesota lead. It began with six free throws with Davis, Jones and Elam all hitting pair to shorten the lead to 68-64 with 4:04 remaining. The Gophers connected on two from the charity stripe to extend the advantage to six. Elam responded with a 3-pointer make it a 70-67 ballgame with 3:21 on the clock.
On a later Gopher possession, Lindsay stole the ball away from Minnesota's Buford with 1:57 remaining. On that Indiana possession, Aulani Sinclair found an open Elam on a skip pass as she nailed a 3-point bomb to tie the game at 70-70 with 1:29 to play.
The Gophers regained control on a pair of free throws by Brianna Mastey with 41 seconds remaining. With the Hoosiers down two, Davis made a senior play by driving the lane to connecting on a layup to tie the game a 72-72 with 29 seconds on the clock. The Gophers missed on their next possession and the game remained tied at the end of regulation.
In overtime, the Hoosiers scored first on a Danilsa Andujar layup. After a Gopher free throw, Davis scored her 31st point of the game with a field goal to extend the lead to 76-73 with 2:57 left in OT. Mastey hit a pair of free throws for Minnesota to cut the difference to one with 2:20 on the clock.
On a later Indiana possession, Lindsay connected on a field goal to make the lead three again. Minnesota's Kristen Dockery missed a shot and Sinclair pulled down the rebound for the Hoosiers. Lindsay would end up icing the game hitting one from the charity stripe with 11 seconds on the clock. Mastey hit a 3-point field goal at the horn to make the final score 80-79.
"We wanted to start the year over and fresh and this is when conference play gives us the opportunity to begin again," said IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "Losing Sasha (Chaplin) was very difficult for us, but we regrouped and other people are stepping up. Minnesota is an unbelievable team, but on this particular day, our team stepped up and I'm very proud of them."
The Hoosiers will battle Ohio State in Columbus on Wed., Jan. 5. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
With her performance today, Davis is now 13th on Indiana all-time career scoring list. The senior has now tallied 1,284 points in her career and passed Sue Hodges' (1978-81) mark of 1,240 during today's game.
Senior Hope Elam scored a season-high 23 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. The senior also nailed five 3-point field goals.
Today's victory is the first time the Hoosiers have won in Williams Arena since Jan. 4, 2001.
Sunday's triumph snaps a three game skid against the Gophers. It is the first time Indiana has beat Minnesota since an 80-77 double-overtime win on Jan. 17, 2008 in Bloomington.
With the win today, it is the first time Indiana has started Big Ten play 2-0 since the 2008-09 season. The Hoosiers defeated Northwestern and Michigan State to begin conference play that season.
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