Hoosiers Fall Just Short to Purdue, 55-50
Jan. 9, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers fell to rival Purdue, 55-50, in a close contest at Assembly Hall on Sunday afternoon. Indiana (8-8, 2-2) held the Boilermakers (11-5, 2-2) to just 29.3 percent shooting on the day, the lowest by any IU opponent this season. However, Purdue connected on 20-of-21 free throws, many of those down the stretch to earn the win. Whitney Lindsay led all scorers with 18 points in the effort, as Jori Davis added 12 of her own for Indiana.
Purdue jumped out to a 4-0 lead early in the first half. Davis hit a pair of free throws for IU's first points of the day. After a layup by Purdue's Alex Guyton, Lindsay nailed a 3-point field goal at the 16:52 mark to make the deficit just one, 6-5.
The Boilermakers scored seven-consecutive points to increase their advantage to 13-5, but Georgie Jones silenced that initial spurt with a fade away jumper with 13:37 to play in the half. Purdue rebuilt its lead to eight again at 19-11 after a Chantel Poston jumper with 10:04 on the clock.
Indiana would seize momentum for the rest of the half at that point. It started with a drive and layup by Davis, Lindsay followed with a 3-point field goal and a jumper to cut the lead to 19-18. Milika Taufa hit a free throw, then Aulani Sinclair hit three from the charity stripe to cap an 11-0 run and secure IU's first lead of the game, 22-19, with 1:53 remaining in the half.
Purdue went without a field goal for the final 10:04 of the half, but hit on a pair of free throws with four seconds remaining in the first stanza to make the score 22-21 in favor of the Hoosiers heading into halftime.
Indiana's lead only lasted 24 seconds into the second half as Courtney Moses nailed a 3-point field goal in Purdue's first possession to take a 24-22 lead. The Boilermakers would not relinquish the lead for over 10 minutes, but IU had another run in them as the game went down the stretch.
Purdue hit on a pair of free throws with 9:15 remaining to take a four point lead, 41-37. Davis made good a 3-point try to cut the lead to one with 8:49 to play. On Indiana's next possession, senior Andrea McGuirt drove to her left and connected on a layup to regain the advantage for the Hoosiers, 42-41, at the 8:13 mark.
The Boilermakers answered with a steal and layup from Ashley Wilson to bring the lead back in their favor. Trailing by one, Davis tied the ballgame on a free throw and on the next Hoosier possession, Davis hit a jumper to cap an 8-2 run with 6:31 to play to take the lead again for IU, 45-43.
Purdue then connected on six-consecutive free throws over the next 1:59 to build a four-point advantage, 49-45. Indiana tried to seize momentum again on a rebound and put back layup by McGuirt at the 4:12 mark to make the deficit just two, but Guyton made a layup for the Boilermakers to make the advantage 51-47 with just 3:54 to play.
On a later IU possession, Lindsay connected on a huge shot from long distance to cut the deficit to just one point, 51-50, with 1:46 left in the game. Jones rebounded a miss on Purdue's following possession and was fouled in the process to earn a trip to the line for the 1-and-1 bonus with 1:22 on the clock. Jones missed the front end, but Davis grabbed the offensive rebound and found Jones underneath, but her shot attempt was missed and Moses came away with the board for the Boilermakers.
That exchange turned out to be Indiana's last chance to take a lead, as Purdue hit four free throws down the stretch to put the game away.
"Our defense was really important and we did a great job defensively," Indiana Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. "We certainly didn't take advantage of it offensively. We didn't push it to score, we pushed it to just play the game and that's not who we are, we weren't in attack mode. It was great that we played defense, but at the end of the day, you have to score more points than your opponent."
The Hoosiers will host Illinois on Thursday, Jan. 13, at Assembly Hall with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
- Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis netted double-figures for the 15th time this season with 12 points against Purdue. Davis also had seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.
- The Hoosiers held the Boilermakers without a field goal for the final 10:04 of the first half. IU trailed Purdue 19-11 with 10:04 to play in the first stanza, and ended the half on an 11-2 run to take the lead, 22-21, at halftime. Purdue's only points during that span were a pair of free throws four seconds left in the half.
- Freshman Milika Taufa saw her first major action of the season, playing 12 minutes during the game. Taufa scored three points, the first points of her Hoosier career, while also grabbing three rebounds. Her first field goal in an Indiana uniform came in the second half at the 16:44 mark on a layup from the right side of the paint.
- Georgie Jones led the Hoosiers in rebounding for the second-consecutive game, grabbing nine in the effort. In six games played this season, Jones has led IU in rebounding in three of those contests.
- Indiana won the battle of the boards over Purdue, 47-38. The Hoosiers won the battle on the offensive glass, 18-12.
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