Hoosiers Fall on the Road to No. 20/21 Ohio State
Jan. 5, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana (8-7, 2-1) fell to No. 20/21 Ohio State (10-4, 1-1) in Columbus on Wednesday night, 85-67. It was IU's first loss in Big Ten play this season as the Buckeyes picked up their first conference victory. Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis led IU with 21 points, as fellow senior Whitney Lindsay netted a career-best 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Hope Elam added 10 points and Georgie Jones brought down a season-high 14 rebounds.
Both teams struggled early to find the offensive touch trading baskets to start the game. Indiana netted its second lead of the contest on a Davis jumper with 11:46 remaining in the half to make the score 10-8. Ohio State tied the game right away on a pair of Samantha Prahalis free throws. From that point Ohio State outscored the Hoosiers 16-6 over the next 6:58 to take a 26-16 advantage with the clock reading 2:12, and Indiana would not see the lead again.
The Hoosiers brought the deficit back to single-digits on a Lindsay free throw, but the Buckeyes outscored IU 6-2 to close the half with a 32-19 lead.
Indiana came out of the locker room netting the first six points of the second half to cut the Buckeye lead to 32-25, on Danilsa Andujar layup with 17:54 remaining. The teams then traded buckets to make it a 34-27 ballgame, but that's as close as the Hoosiers would get the rest of the way.
Ohio State stretched its lead to 16 with 9:35 to play and the score, 57-41. The Hoosiers made another effort to get back into the ballgame with a 8-2 spurt triggered by a 3-point field goal from Lindsay, two free throws from Davis, then another from long range from Lindsay to make it a 59-49 ballgame with 7:36 left in the game.
The Buckeyes shut the door from that point on, scoring 13-straight points to build their biggest lead of the game at 72-49. Indiana had no answer as the Hoosiers dropped their first Big Ten game of the season. Prahalis led all scorers with 23 points for OSU, but Jantel Lavender was the story for the Buckeyes as she finished with 22 points and 22 rebounds.
"(Lavender) is much more poised than before," head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. "She (used to have) a quick trigger, when the trap came she would make the decision very quickly without considering what the first or second pass could be. I think that she is a tremendously poised big kid."
Indiana will return home to battle in-state rival Purdue on Sunday, Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. at Assembly Hall. It's "Head to the Hall" day as tickets are $1 and the first 1,000 fans receive a free t-shirt.
- Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis finished with 21 points tonight to tally double-figures for the 14th time in 15 games this season. Davis has scored 21 or more points in each of the three conference games. In three Big Ten games, Davis is averaging 25.3 points per contest.
- With her 21 points tonight, Davis climbed to 12th on Indiana's all-time career scoring list with 1,305 points in her career. The senior passed Heather Cassady's (1998-02) total of 1,301 points against Ohio State.
- Junior Georgie Jones pulled down a season-best 14 rebounds, which is just one board shy of her career-high of 15. She achieved her career mark while playing for Marquette in a game against Creighton on Nov. 19, 2009.
- Senior Hope Elam finished with 10 points tonight, marking her 10th time this season in double-figures. This is Elam's third-consecutive game in double-figures as she is averaging 15.3 points per game in Big Ten play this season.
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