Hoosiers Topple Illinois, 71-64
Jan. 7, 2007
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sophomore Kim Roberson led all players with a career-high 28 points as the Indiana women's basketball team defeated Illinois, 71-64, on Sunday, Jan. 7, in Champaign.
The Fighting Illini (12-4, 2-2) jumped out a 5-0 lead, only to see Indiana tie the game up at 5-5 by way of a 3-pointer and a jumper from Roberson. Another layup from Roberson gave the Hoosiers (13-4, 2-2) a two-point advantage, but back-to-back field goals from the Illini put the home team up, 9-7, with 10:53 remaining the half. The Hoosiers and Illini matched points before Illinois put together a 6-2 run to take a 17-13 advantage at the 6:39 mark. A 14-10 Indiana run, sparked by a layup from Roberson, sent the two teams into the break with the scored knotted at 27-27.
Indiana opened the second half on a 23-13 run to take a 53-37 lead. A 3-pointer and a free throw from Lori Bjork sparked an 8-0 Illinois run, which put the Illini within eight, 53-45, with 8:11 remaining in the game. A pair of free throws by Roberson halted the Illinois run and increased Indiana's advantage to ten, 55-45, with 7:46 left in the game. Illinois used a 19-6 run to cut Indiana's lead to one, 63-62, but the Hoosiers were able to build up a seven-point advantage en route to a 71-64 win.
The Hoosiers shot 42.1 percent (24-of-57) from the floor, becoming the first team to shoot more than 40 percent against Illinois this season. Indiana forced the Illini into committing 17 turnovers, but Illinois held the advantage on the boards, 36-35.
McKay hit 5-of-11 from the field, 2-of-3 from the beyond the arc and 5-of-6 from the free throw line for her 17 points. Roberson also added six rebounds, four steals and three assists in the effort.
Illinois posted four players in double figures and were led by Bjork and Rebecca Harris, who scored 14 points apiece.
The Hoosiers return home to face the Iowa Hawkeyes on Thursday, Jan. 11 in Assembly Hall. Tip off against Iowa is set for 7:05 p.m.
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