Hoosiers Fall to Purdue, 55-49
Jan. 3, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team suffered a 55-49 loss to rival Purdue in Assembly Hall on Thursday, Jan. 3, ending a four-game win streak.
Kim Roberson helped the Hoosiers (8-6, 1-1 Big Ten) jump out to an early 3-0 lead on a trey at the 19:25 mark, only to see the Boilers (6-7, 2-1 Big Ten) answer with back-to-back layups by Lakisha Freeman to give Purdue a 4-3 lead at the 17:52 mark. A 10-2 Indiana run sparked by a Roberson jumper that gave the Hoosiers an eight-point advantage, 14-6, with 12:58 on the clock. Purdue answered again, outscoring IU, 13-6, over the next seven minutes to knot the game at 19-19, with 6:05 remaining in the half. A free throw by Jamie Braun put the Hoosiers back up by one and a jumper from Amber Jackson increased the lead to three, 22-19, but a 6-0 Boiler run put Purdue back in front by three, 25-22, with 3:21 to go in the first stanza. The Hoosiers were able to recover and sink five points between a jumper by Jackson and a 3-pointer by Jori Davis to head into the break tied at 27-27.
The Boilermakers came out of halftime outscoring the Hoosiers, 8-0, to take a 35-27 lead with 17:33 to go. A pair of free throws by Davis and a layup from Whitney Thomas cut Purdue's lead to four, 35-31, but a three-point play by FahKara Malone maintained a six-point lead for the Boilers with 14:26 remaining in the game. A 12-4 Purdue run increased the Boiler lead to 13, 50-37, with 7:02 to go. With 6:34 remaining in the game, Jackson sank a layup that ignited a 13-2 Indiana run to put the Hoosiers within three, 51-48, with 1:39 on the clock. A jumper by Danielle Campbell halted the Hoosier run and increased the Boiler lead back to five, 53-48, with 1:01 to go in the game. A free throw by Roberson put the Hoosiers within four, but it wasn't enough as Purdue was able to hold on for a 55-49 win.
Indiana won the battle on the boards, 43-40, but were outshot at the free throw line, 88.2 (15-of-17) percent to 55.6 (5-of-9) percent. The Hoosiers shot 33.9 (20-of-59) percent from the floor, while Purdue sank 33.3 (20-of-60) percent on the night.
Jackson led all players with 17 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Roberson added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Purdue was led by Campbell with 13 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Freeman added 15 points in the win.
The Hoosiers return to action on Sunday, Jan. 6 when they host Illinois at 2 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall.
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