Hoosiers Bested by Iowa, 71-67
Jan. 11, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Sarah McKay posted her first double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds, but the Indiana women's basketball team was edged by Iowa, 71-67, on Thursday, Jan. 11, in Assembly Hall.
The Hawkeyes (11-7, 3-2) took an early 7-1 lead by way of three consecutive field goals, including a 3-pointer by Kristi Smith to open the game. The Hoosiers (13-5, 2-3) came back with a 4-0 run to cut Iowa's lead to two, 10-8, at the 15:43 mark, only to see the opposition build up a five-point advantage, 15-10, with 13:12 remaining in the half. The Hawkeyes maintained at least a three-point lead before the Hoosiers outscored Iowa, 16-3, in the final seven minutes of the first half to take a 34-26 lead into the break. IU held Iowa scoreless for the final six and a half minutes of the first stanza.
Indiana increased its advantage to 11, 39-28, as it opened the second half on a 3-pointer from Nikki Smith and a pair of free throws from Whitney Thomas. However, the Hawkeyes made a surge as they put together a 12-4 run sparked by a free throw from Krista VanderVenter, cutting IU's lead to four, 44-40, with 12:04 to go in the game. A 3-pointer by Jamie Braun started a 7-0 Hoosier run that increased Indiana's lead to 51-40 with 9:59 remaining in the game.
A 3-pointer from Iowa's Wendy Ausdemore launched the Hawkeyes into an 8-2 run that cut the Hoosiers' lead down to two, 57-55, with 5:13 remaining. Stacy Schlapkohl hit a bank shot with 4:23 on the clock to put the Hawkeyes up by one, 59-58. Whitney Thomas nailed a jumper that put the Hoosiers back up by one, but a pair of free throws by Smith gave the Hawkeyes a 61-60 advantage with 2:55 remaining in the game. Down by three following a Megan Skouby layup, Thomas sank a pair of free throws to cut the lead back to one, but the Hawkeyes were able to outscore the Hoosiers, 8-4, on a jumper by Skouby and free throws by Smith and Ausdemore in the closing minute for the 71-67 win.
Iowa shot 40.4 percent (23-of-57) to the Hoosiers' 36.9 percent (24-of-65) and held the advantage on the boards, 46-37. IU forced the Hawkeyes into committing 15 turnovers, while posting a season-low seven on the game.
McKay registered her first double-double since she had 24 points and 16 rebounds at Ball State on Dec. 31, 2003. She also posted five blocked shots. Braun scored 12 points off the bench, while Kim Roberson added 11 with a pair of 3-pointers and Smith scored 10 points in the effort.
Four also scored in double figures for Iowa as Ausdemore led all players with 22 points on the night. VandeVenter tallied a game-high 15 boards.
The Hoosiers return to action when they visit rival Purdue on Sunday, Jan. 14. Tip-off against the Boilermakers is set for 3 p.m. ET.
Indiana vs. Iowa
Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack
Rebounding sticks out at us as well. We didn't get the critical rebounds, but we'll get better. We're a young team, and we'll learn the lessons. When we got in foul trouble we got passive, and there's nothing that we're coaching that is about passivity. That part of our game will not show up again."
On why the team had problems down the stretch:
"We tightened up, we started getting fouls and we started playing the game to not foul out. When you start allowing the fouls to dictate your performance, then all you're going to do is give opportunities away. When we got tight it screwed us up a little bit."
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Junior guard Nikki Smith
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Senior center Sarah McKay
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