Hoosiers Fall in OT to No. 18/19 Michigan State
Jan. 4, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three scored in double figures as the Indiana women's basketball team fell short in overtime, losing to No. 18/19 Michigan State, 64-56, on Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall on Jan. 4.
With 12 seconds remaining in regulation, Michigan State's Rene Haynes sank a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime with the score knotted at 54-54. The Spartans (12-2, 3-0) outscored the Hoosiers (12-4, 1-2), 10-2, in OT for the 64-56 win.
A jumper by Allyssa DeHaan gave the Spartans a 13-4 lead with 13:55 on the clock in the first half, but a 3-pointer by Smith sparked a 5-0 Hoosier run that cut Michigan State's lead to four, 13-9, with 12:53 to go in the half. A 3-pointer by Haynes put a halt to IU's run, but a layup from Braun with 12:11 on the clock and a jumper by Michelle Carr put the Hoosiers within three, 16-13, with 10:53 remaining in the half. Victoria Lucas-Perry sank a jumper and a layup to put Michigan State up by seven, 20-13. A pair of free throws by Carr at the 7:08 mark sparked a 13-5 run, which included back-to-back 3-pointers by Braun, that sent Indiana into the break with a 26-25 lead.
Indiana increased its lead to three, 28-25, on a Roberson layup within the first minute of the second half ,only to see Michigan State answer with a 3-pointer by Mia Johnson to tie the game at 28 with 18:25 to go in the game. The Spartans took a one-point advantage as Aisha Jefferson sank one of two free throws, but back-to-back 3-pointers from Smith and Roberson gave the Hoosiers a five-point lead, 34-29, at the 16:31 mark. A pair of shots by DeHaan brought the Spartans within one, 34-33, and a pair of free throws from Haynes put the Spartans back up by one, 35-34, with 12:23 remaining in the second half. The two teams went on to trade the lead over the next five minutes before a layup from Roberson put the Hoosiers up by two, 45-43, with 5:58 to go in regulation. The Hoosiers were able to maintain at least a one-point lead before Haynes hit her 3-pointer that sent the game into overtime.
Michigan State outshot Indiana, 34.5 percent (20-of-58) to 32.8 percent (19-of-58) from the field, but the Hoosiers held the advantage at the line, sinking 91.7 percent (11-of-12) of their free throws to the Spartans 77.3 percent (17-of-22). MSU also dominated the boards, outrebounding IU, 47-31. The Hoosiers forced the Spartans into committing 22 turnovers while registering 15 steals on the game.
Smith hit 5-of-15 from the field, including four 3-pointers, and went 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Roberson shot 5-of-12 from the floor and tallied a game-high five steals. Braun was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field, including a pair of 3s, and added two steals. Sophomore Whitney Thomas recorded a career-high seven assists.
Johnson scored a game-high 17 points, while Haynes added 15 points and Lucas-Perry netted 14 in the win. Jefferson led all players with 11 boards.
The Hoosiers get back into action this weekend when they travel to Illinois on Sunday, Jan. 7. Tip off against the Fighting Illini is at 3 p.m. EST.
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