Indiana Falls in OT in Happy Valley, 77-71
Jan. 10, 2010
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Despite four Hoosiers reaching double-digit points, the Indiana women's basketball team fell in overtime, 77-71, at Penn State on Sunday, Jan. 10.
Jori Davis led IU with 25 points, while Jamie Braun added 12 points and a game and career-high 14 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Hope Elam scored 13 points and added five rebounds and Whitney Lindsay scored 12 points in the effort.
"We don't know how to quit," said Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "We're blue-collar workers. We believe that as long as the game is going, we will always try and find a way. There is no quit in Indiana."
The Lady Lions (11-4, 3-2) jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game. The Hoosiers (9-7, 2-3) got on the board at the 17:41 mark as Davis sank a pair of free throws, which was followed by a jumper from Braun to cut PSU's lead to two, 6-4. However, Penn State put together a 12-6 run to take an 18-10 lead with 9:21 on the clock. Indiana fought back, using a 7-0 run of its own to come within one of the Lady Lions, 18-17, with 5:57 to go in the half, but back-to-back buckets stopped the Hoosier run and kept PSU with a four-point edge. However, IU outscored Penn State, 12-7, in the final 4:47 of the half to cut the Lady Lions' lead to just one at the break, 30-29.
The Hoosiers came out a little slow in the second half as Penn State outscored IU, 14-4, in the first five minutes of the game to take a 44-33 lead. Indiana recovered and used a 21-8 run, sparked by a free throw from Aulani Sinclair, to take its first lead of the game, 54-52, with 5:37 left to play in regulation. However, the Lady Lions answered with a 10-6 run to take a 62-59 lead with 19 seconds to go. Three free throws by Davis with 13 seconds on the clock knotted the score for a seventh time in the game and sent it into OT, 62-62.
IU scored first in overtime as Braun hit a jumper at the 3:45 mark to take a two-point lead, but Penn State was right there and responded with a jumper from Alex Bentley just 15 seconds later to tie it up for an eighth time. With 2:29 to play, Tyra Grant sank a 3-pointer to give PSU a 67-64 lead and the Lady Lions went on to maintain the lead with 10 points coming from the free throw line for the 77-71 win.
Davis also grabbed nine rebounds, while sinking 15-of-16 from the free throw line. She also shot 4-of-13 from the field and 2-of-4 from the 3-point line, and came away with three steals, two assists and a blocked shot in 42 minutes. Braun sank 6-of-24 from the field and grabbed 11 of her 14 rebounds on the defensive end. Lindsay grabbed five boards and added a game-high four assists.
The Hoosiers shot 31.1 percent (23-of-74) from the field and 77.8 percent (21-of-27) from the free throw line. Penn State outrebounded IU by just four, 55-51, while shooting 32.1 percent (25-of-78) from the field and 80.6 percent (25-of-31) from the free throw line.
IU wants fans to Head to the Hall on Thursday, Jan. 14, as the Indiana will host Michigan at 7 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall. Tickets are just $1 as the Hoosiers are trying to set an NCAA attendance record. For more information, call the IU Ticket Office at 1-866-IUSPORTS.
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