Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Bested by Iowa, 71-67

    Go Hoosiers! Sarah McKay posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Iowa on Thursday, Jan. 11.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sarah McKay posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Iowa on Thursday, Jan. 11.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 11, 2007

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    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
    Postgame Quotes
    Jan. 11, 2007

    Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack

    Opening Statement:
    "This one hurts, because this was the one we should have taken advantage of, this opportunity. Great teams make free throws, and shooting 59 percent is not going to get you into the NCAA's. We have to take an assertive effort to become a better free throw shooting team.

    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."

    On the play of senior center Sarah McKay:
    "Sarah's starting to get better. Every single game, she's taking chances. I thought the best play of the game was when she got an offensive foul. She decided to dictate, and that's all we want from our young women, to say, `I'm somebody and you're going to have to respect me because I'm standing here and I have a voice.' Today she played like she had a voice. There are certain times in the game where she played a little passive because of the fouls, and when we get a 40-minute game out of Sarah we are going to have a WNBA player for sure."

    On the 3-point shooting of Iowa:
    "I thought we didn't do a great job of locating their shooters all the time. Once we started finding them, they started attacking. They didn't take a lot, but when they did take them they hit them, and that's where we had a problem. We really didn't do a great job of locating the shooters."

    On preparing for Purdue on Sunday:
    "Tomorrow we get back to work. We start working on ourselves first for a day, then we'll start thinking about Purdue on Saturday. I don't think we have to do a lot of stuff about Purdue. I'm from New York, so I can't say that I have experienced the Purdue-Indiana rivalry, but I certainly know the emotions are going to be all jacked up ... I'm not going to go there with this team. If they are going to have those emotions and get excited about it, it's going to have to be in their own internal way. We're going to have our game plan the same way it has been."

    Junior guard Nikki Smith

    On the team's play:
    "I think we played really hard. I think that, like Coach Jack said, we got passive and free throws really hurt us. It's one of those games that really hurts, because you go out there and play your heart out, you have that lead, and they come back. This is going to hurt for a little bit, but you just learn from the mistakes. You can't dwell on it."

    On playing Purdue on Sunday:
    "It's an intraleague rivalry. Every single team that we play against is a rivalry. Every single game is a big game for us, it's a battle every single time we play a Big Ten team."

    Senior center Sarah McKay

    On the team's play:
    "It does hurt, but it's over and it's time to concentrate on something new. We'll learn from the mistakes. We did tighten up at the end and it got to the point where we didn't want to foul out, and I personally wanted to be out there for my team, but if I need to go up for an extra rebound and get a foul, that's what I needed to do. It's a lesson that we are going to take from this."

    On getting good positions on the offensive end:
    "Our offense, when we run it right, works pretty good. My guards find the ball and give me great passes and all I do for them is finish their shot."




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