Indiana Falls at Minnesota
Jan. 2, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana fell on the road at Minnesota in the team's first road conference test of the season, 84-43. Sasha Chaplin led IU with 14 points as Big Ten Freshman of the Week Quaneisha McCurty added 10 points.
Minnesota (9-7, 1-1) jumped ahead 5-0 before Aulani Sinclair hit a field goal to put the Hoosiers (5-10, 0-2) on the board. After a Gopher field goal, Jasmine McGhee hit a pair of free throws followed by a Candyce Ussery field goal to pull Indiana within one, 7-6, with 14:11 remaining in the first half.
The Hoosiers were held without a field goal for the next 5:10 before Sasha Chaplin ended the IU drought with a jumper. Indiana struggled to get anything going the remainder of the half as Minnesota went into the break with a 48-17 lead.
The second half was much of the same as the Gophers extended its lead. Sinclair nailed a field goal at the 11:22 mark to start a 14-2 run for the Hoosiers over the next 5:44, but the Minnesota advantage was too much to overcome.
Chaplin and McCurty both finished with eight boards each to pace the Hoosiers. Minnesota won the overall rebounding battle, 59-39. Four Gophers scored in double-figures led by Rachel Banham's 21 points.
Indiana will head to Nebraska for its first Big Ten matchup with the Huskers on Thursday, Jan. 5. The game will tip at 8 p.m. ET.
Quaneisha McCurty finished with 10 points and tied for the team lead in eight rebounds. McCurty has scored 10 or more points in four games this season and in three of the last four contests. The freshman has also grabbed eight or more boards in each of the last four games.
Indiana had nine steals in the game, marking the nine times this season IU has had nine or more steals in a contest, including each of the last three games.
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