Indiana Falls to No. 16/24 Michigan State, 53-44
Jan. 3, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Despite a tough defensive effort, the Indiana women's basketball team fell to No. 16/24 Michigan State, 53-44, in Assembly Hall on Sunday, Jan. 3.
Jori Davis led the Hoosiers (8-6, 1-2) with 20 points and added eight rebounds and one steal. Whitney Lindsay also reached double-digit points with 12 and added three rebounds, two steals and one assist.
"This one won't settle well today that's for sure," said Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "I thought we had a great game plan. I thought we did all the things that we would need to do. The shots just didn't fall."
At the 16:54 mark, Indiana went on an 8-0 run to take a 10-4 lead with 12:43 to go in the first half, but the Spartans (11-4, 2-2) came back within two with 9:16 on the clock on baskets from Alyssa DeHaan and Brittney Thomas. The Hoosiers maintained at least a two-point lead throughout the remainder of the half and went into the break up by three, 20-17. Both teams suffered on offense from the floor in the first half with Indiana shooting 22.2 percent (6-of-27) and Michigan State shooting 21.9 percent (7-of-32) from the field.
The Spartans came out of the break outscoring IU, 12-2, to take a 28-22 lead with 14:31 on the clock. Indiana came back within three, but Michigan State controlled the tempo and built up a an 11-point advantage with 8:18 to go and led by as many as five en route to a 53-44 win.
Davis made 6-of-17 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Lindsay made 4-of-14 from the field and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe. Jamie Braun also aided in the Hoosiers' rebounding efforts, grabbing eight boards on the game. Indiana tallied 42 boards and forced the Spartans into committing 20 turnovers. The Hoosiers also outscored MSU in the paint, 22-14.
"I'm encouraged by our defensive play today though," Legette-Jack said. "We took a lot of pride defensively. We held down a really good team offensively and that's just an encouraging sign."
"The big thing today was just hitting some shots," said Davis. "We had a lot of drive and kicks for open shots. They just weren't falling for us today. It's unfortunate our offense was what failed us in this game and usually it's the defensive side. The upside is showing that now we're playing defense and we know the offense will come earlier in the future."
On the game, IU shot 23.8 percent (15-of-63) from the floor and 76.5 percent (13-of-17) from the free throw line, while Michigan State shot 29.3 percent (17-of-58) from the field and 69.6 percent (16-of-23) from the free throw line.
"This is a young team," Legette-Jack added. "This is a young team that's fighting right now. We're going to have some valleys that we're going to face, but we're also going to have a lot of highs. I just hope that our community continues to support what we're trying to do and encourage us and empower us."
The Hoosiers return to action on Thursday, Jan. 7, when they take on Illinois at 7 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall.
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