Hoosiers Fall at Minnesota, 70-62
Jan. 8, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS, Ind. - Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas recorded her 28th career double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead three Hoosiers (10-3, 3-1) in double-digit points, but it wasn't enough as the Indiana women's basketball team fell at Minnesota, 70-62.
Thomas sank 9-of-13 from the field, including a career-best 3-of-4 from beyond the arc for her 22 points. Senior Amber Jackson scored 15 points and added seven rebounds and one assist, and junior Jamie Braun recorded her seventh career double-double, first of the season, with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Braun also tallied six assists. Senior Kim Roberson recorded two steals to eclipse 200 career steals. She is the active player in the Big Ten to reach the 200 mark.
The Gophers (11-4, 3-1) opened the game with a quick 6-0 lead on back-to-back 3-pointers by Katie Ohm and Emily Fox within the first minute of the game. A layup by Jackson at the 17:33 mark put the Hoosiers on the board, but a layup from Ashley Ellis-Milan with 17:02 on the clock maintained a six-point advantage for Minnesota. The Gophers put together a 14-11 run to take a 22-13 lead with 8:20 to go in the half, but a 3-pointer from Braun sparked an 11-0 Hoosier run that gave IU its first lead of the game, 23-22, at the 5:45 mark. A layup from Brittany McCoy with 5:15 to go gave Minnesota a one-point edge, but back-to-back layups from Thomas and Jackson returned the Indiana advantage to three, 27-24, with 3:51 remaining in the first stanza. However, the Gophers answered with an 8-0 run to close out the half and take a 32-27 lead into the break.
Minnesota's Jackie Voigt sank a 3-pointer to start off the second half and increase the lead 34-27 at the 19:24 mark. A three-point play, followed by a layup at the 18:29 mark, put the Hoosiers within two, 34-32. However, a jumper from Voigt and a three-point play from McCoy kept the Gophers on top by seven, 39-32, with 17:03 remaining. A second 3-pointer from Thomas and another IU three-point play, this time from Thomas, cut Minnesota's lead back to just one, 39-38, with 15:44 left in the game. After a jumper by Ellis-Milan, a layup from Jackson and free throws from Jori Davis knotted the game at 43-43, with 13:35 on the clock. The Gophers fought back and used a jumper from Zoe Harper and a pair of free throws from McCoy to build up a 47-43 lead at the 12:06 mark. Indiana fought back and kept on the Gophers' heels until the 4:13 mark when Minnesota used a 6-0 run to take a 65-58 lead with 1:53 left in the game. The Hoosiers came back within three on back-to-back layups from Roberson and Thomas, but it wasn't enough as Minnesota came away with the 70-62 win.
The Hoosiers shot 45.3 percent (24-of-53) from the field and 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from free throw line. Indiana won the battle of the boards, 38-29, but committed 16 turnovers to Minnesota's nine.
Indiana returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 11 when it visits State College, Pa., to take on the Lady Lions at 2 p.m. ET.
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