Hoosiers Fall to #19 Ohio State in Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sophomore guard Jamie Braun had a season-high 25 points and Indiana (9-7, 2-2 Big Ten) led by as many as seven in the second half but could not hang on in a 71-59 loss at Ohio State (12-3, 3-1) Thursday night.
Braun shot 12 of 16 from the floor and was just two points off her career high. Whitney Thomas added 12 points and seven rebounds, while Kim Roberson was the only other Hoosier in double figures with 11 points.
The teams were trading baskets in the final minutes with Amber Jackson's shot making it 62-57 Buckeyes with 1:35 remaining. Indiana called a timeout, but Ohio State responded with a score to puts its advantage back to seven.
Ohio State added to its lead down the stretch by going 7-of-8 at the free throw line for the final score.
Trailing 30-27 at the half, Indiana opened the second period with a 12-2 run to go up 39-32 with 16:45 to play. Ohio State was forced to call a timeout and that ignited a Buckeyes 7-0 run to knot the score back at 39-all.
Ohio State gave itself a five-point advantage at 48-43 on Marscilla Packer's bucket with 9:05 to play. The Buckeyes would lead by as many as seven (52-45) but the Hoosier kept chipping away and remained within striking distance as Thomas' bucket made it a five-point game again at the 7:11 mark.
Thomas got the rebound and the bucket on the other end as Indiana cut OSU's advantage to 57-53 with just over four minutes remaining. Ohio State ended the game on a 14-6 run.
The Hoosiers and the Buckeyes battled point-for-point for the first 13 minutes of the first stanza to stand an 11-11 tie. However, Jantel Lavender ignited an 11-2 OSU run that put the Buckeyes ahead, 22-13, with 8:54 to go in the half. A 3-pointer by Braun opened up an 8-0 Indiana run that brought the Hoosiers back within one, 22-21, with 5:53 on the clock. Lavender answered again for the Buckeyes as she sank a jumper with 3:52 remaining to increase OSU's lead to three, 24-21. IU's Thomas responded with a layup a little more than a minute later as the Hoosiers were able to stay within three at the half, 30-27.
Indiana is back in action this Monday as it travels to in-state rival Purdue for an 8 p.m. tip-off on the Big Ten Network. The Boilermakers won the first meeting, 55-49 on Jan. 3 in Bloomington.
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