Hoosiers Top Illinois, 50-48
Jan. 7, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A layup by Jamie Braun with three seconds to go lifted the Indiana women's basketball team to a 50-48 win over Illinois in Assembly Hall on Thursday, Jan. 7.
Braun's game-winning layup gave her 12 points on the day to go along with eight rebounds, four steals and an assist. Jori Davis led all players with 18 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field.
"It was a fun game for us, a very disciplined game," said Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "We certainly knew we needed to be prepared to play defense against a very stubborn Illinois team. We knew that we can score the basket and we didn't score the basket right away, but one thing I noticed different from this look vs. the Michigan State look was we never dropped our eyes, never dropped our head, and we kept believing the next one was going to be good. They played such team basketball. This is their team and they are taking this team back."
The Hoosiers (9-6, 2-2) opened the first half with a 12-7 lead, however the Illini (10-4, 2-2) answered with a 3-pointer by Adrienne Godbold to spark a 20-9 run that sent the two teams into the break with Illinois leading, 27-21.
Illinois scored first to open the second half and extend its lead to eight, 29-21, but the Hoosiers answered with a 3-pointer from Braun, followed by a layup from Danilsa Andujar to come back within three of the Illini, with 16:45 on the clock. Illinois kept an edge and built up a seven-point lead with 13:45 to go, but a three-point play by Davis at the 12:48 mark sparked a 10-3 IU run that tied the game at 39-39 with 8:06 on the clock. Illinois responded with a layup from Godbold at the 7:10 mark to regain a two-point lead, 41-39. IU fought back and tied the score for a fourth time as Davis sank a pair of free throws, but a jumper from Lydia McCulley kept the Illini up by two, 43-41, with 6:04 to play. Both teams battled point-for-point until the 1:38 mark when Braun sank a 3-pointer to tie to game at 48-48 and put in the game-winning layup for the 50-48 victory.
"I just knew that they were all over Jori," said Braun. "I tried to get open and my teammates set good screens for me to get shots."
Braun made 5-of-12 from the field, including two 3-pointers. Davis also grabbed eight rebounds and sank 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Hope Elam recorded eight points and five rebounds, and Andujar contributed with five boards.
"Getting to the free throw line is a great thing for you as a player," said Davis. "It was good for us to get to the free throw line early and then we get into the bonus and that always leads to good things in the end."
Indiana outrebounded Illinois, 43-33, however, the Illini shot 36.8 percent (21-of-57) from the floor to IU's 32.7 percent (17-of-52).
The Hoosiers return to action on Sunday, Jan. 10, when they travel to State College, Pa., to take on Penn State at Noon ET on the Big Ten Network.
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