Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Knock Off Penn State, 84-77

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Andrea McGuirt sank 3-of-3 from beyond the arc in the first half for nine points.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Andrea McGuirt sank 3-of-3 from beyond the arc in the first half for nine points.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 11, 2009

    Box Score

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The entire Hoosier (11-3, 4-1) starting five reached double-digits as the Indiana women's basketball team defeated Penn State, 84-77, at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, on Sunday, Jan. 11. The Hoosiers' win in Happy Valley was just the second in the all-time series, with the first coming on Jan. 1, 2006 (54-50). The last time Indiana started Big Ten play 4-1 was the 2000-01 season.

    Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas led all players with 19 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and 9-of-14 from the free throw line. She added six rebounds, one block, one steal and one assist. Jamie Braun scored 17 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the field, including a perfect 4-of-4 from the 3-point line. She also recorded five rebounds, three steals and two assists. Senior Amber Jackson recorded her third double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds, sophomore Jori Davis added 13 points four boards and two assists, and senior Kim Roberson recorded 12 points, five assists and two steals.

    "This was a hard-fought game. This was a game that no one wanted to give into," said IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. We both wanted to walk away with a victory and I'm very grateful that we won. I don't think there were any losers in that gym today. I think Penn State had a great game. They played so hard all the way down to the end, and I think Coquese (Washington) is doing an amazing job with these players. But I have to take my hat off to our young ladies who kept fighting and believing, and they played 40 minutes."



    The Lady Lions (7-8, 2-3) struck first in the opening half with a jumper by Brianne O'Rourke at the 18:32 mark, but the Hoosiers answered with a layup from Jackson with 18:14 on the clock to tie the score, 2-2. IU and Penn State traded the lead throughout the first eight minutes of the game before the Lady Lions put together a 7-0 run to take a 21-15 lead. However, Indiana responded with a 22-16 run in the final 6:26 of the first stanza on a Jackson free throw, to send both teams into the break knotted at 37-37.

    Sophomore Andrea McGuirt kept the Hoosier momentum going in the first half sinking 3-of-3 from the 3-point line for nine points. Jackson netted 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field and grabbed seven rebounds.

    Davis put the Hoosiers on the lead on a pair of free throws at the 19:28 mark in the second half, only to see Penn State answer with a jumper by Julia Trogele with 19:03 on the clock. Thomas sank three-of-four free throws in the next minute to give Indiana a 42-39 lead, but back-to-back 3-pointers from O'Rourke gave the Lady Lions a three-point edge, 45-42, with 16:58 remaining in the game. A jumper by Thomas at the 16:38 mark brought IU back within one, 45-44. A pair of free throws by Kim Roberson with 15:40 on the clock returned a one-point lead to the Hoosiers, but PSU answered with a jumper by Tyra Grant. IU used a 5-0 run to take a 51-47. The Lady Lions answered again, this time with an 8-0 run to regain a 55-51 lead with 11:31 to go in the game. A layup from Jackson at the 11:13 mark stopped the PSU run and added on one of two free throws at the 10:36 mark to cut PSU's lead to one, 55-54. Indiana and Penn State continued to battle point-for-point until the 5:02 mark when PSU put together a 5-1 run to take a 71-67 lead with 4:37 to go in the game. Braun sank one-of-one from the free throw line before nailing a 3-pointer with 4:22 on the mark to tie the score at 71-71. Following a basket by PSU, Roberson sparked a 10-0 Indiana run with a layup with 3:48 on the clock that put gave the Hoosiers an 81-73 lead with 1:32 left in the game. Free throws in the final minute of the game helped IU keep its lead as the Hoosiers came away with the 84-77 win.

    The Hoosiers shot 44.1 percent (26-of-59) from the floor and one the battle of the boards, 43-42. IU also shot 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from the 3-point line.

    Indiana returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 15, when it hosts Wisconsin in Assembly Hall at 7 p.m. ET.

    Postgame Quotes
    Indiana Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack

    On sealing the win in the final three and half minutes:
    "Well we went away from our defense in the beginning. We've never given up 37 points in the first half and we decided that we were ready to play defense for the last four minutes. I knew it was going to come, I just didn't know when it was going to come. Kim (Roberson) really has pep and a bounce out there and that really ignited all of us. We felt like we could take chances because she's such a great on-ball defender."

    On getting steals during the run late in the game:
    "That was fantastic. That's a sign of senior leadership right there. We had just scored and our team was getting back and getting excited, while (Penn State) kind of dropped their heads a little bit. Kim stayed focused on the defense. She does what she does. She's one of the best defenders in our conference and she showed that late in the game."

    On getting to the free throw line:
    "Our game system all year has been attack mode. We believe that we can take the kick off the dribble one-on-one, but if it's two-on-one we have some issues. They played us straight up and we took a chance and we got some foul shots late."

    On Jamie Braun's performance:
    "Jamie has just been playing excellent basketball. She's been sick for about the last week and no one would know it, but she's really stepping into that role of being a point guard. She's realized that the only place that she's going to play is at the point position so she surrendered to us, and now she's embraced it. Now she's becoming our general on the court. Jamie Braun is a special player and we're glad to have her on our team."

    On Andrea McGuirt's performance:
    "She's been brewing for about two weeks now. She has been coming into the gym and working out with our managers. She's in the Kelley School of Business and has been really focused on her academics. With no school going on, she has really been able to focus her energy into the game. I knew that she was going to be ready because she never complains about sitting on the bench. I looked into her eyes and she was ready, but her number never got called at Minnesota. Come game time today, I made that call and she stepped up and that's what young kids have to understand. You don't know when you're time is going to come, but you have to stay ready."


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