Hoosiers Knock Off Penn State, 84-77
Jan. 11, 2009
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.
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