Indiana Falls to No. 23 Nebraska
Jan. 10, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - It was a tough night for the shorthanded Indiana women's basketball team as it fell to visiting No. 23 Nebraska in Assembly Hall on Thursday night, 67-38. Aulani Sinclair led the Hoosiers with 15 points and nine rebounds as Simone Deloach added a career-high 14 points off the bench.
Deloach and Jasmine McGhee brought IU (10-6, 1-2) to within three points, 11-8, on back-to-back scores early in the game. Later, with just over six minutes to play in the half, Sinclair hit a 3-pointer, giving Nebraska (12-4, 2-1) a slim 19-15 lead.
The Cornhusker offense then woke up. Nebraska went on an 18-2 run in the final 5:10 of the half to lead 37-17 going into the break.
The Huskers set the tone in the second half from the beginning as the Nebraska lead proved to be too much for Indiana.
"You have to give a lot of credit to Nebraska, they showed why they are a nationally ranked team and how their pressure defense really sets the tone for their program and what they build their program around," head coach Curt Miller said. "We got a taste of what the upper level of this conference is like. I'm proud that our kids never quit and we battled to the finish line. That's the culture we are trying to create."
Sinclair now has 992 career points and is just eight points shy of becoming the 23rd player in program history to tally 1,000 career points.
Deloach provided a spark for the Hoosiers in the second half scoring 12 of her 14 points in the final 20 minutes. The junior shot 6-of-10 from the field and grabbed four rebounds.
Battling through an ankle injury, McGhee finished the game with seven points and four rebounds.
Nebraska dominated the glass, outrebounding IU, 50-27. Four Husker players scored in double-figures led by Rachel Theriot and Tear'a Laudermill's with 14 points apiece.
The Hoosiers have a week between games before traveling to Columbus to take on Ohio State on January 17. IU returns to Assembly Hall on January 20 to face Michigan State for IU's annual Pack the Hall game, where tickets are just $1.
Sinclair finished with a season-best and team-high nine boards in the game. She also tied a career mark with three steals to go along with a block and an assist.
Simone Deloach scored a career-high 14 points, shooting 6-of-10 from the field with four boards, a block and an assist.
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