Indiana's Second Half Push is Not Enough Against Illinois
Jan. 13, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana rallied from a nine-point deficit to take a lead late in the game against Illinois, but the Illini outscored the Hoosiers 13-4 in the final 2:52 to earn a win in Bloomington on Thursday night, 74-67. Hope Elam led the way for Indiana with 19 points, as Jori Davis added 16 and Alisha Goodwin finished with 14 points off the bench for IU.
Both teams traded baskets early as Illinois (7-10, 2-2) took a 9-8 lead on an Amber Moore 3-point field goal at the 15:56 mark of the first half. Indiana (8-9, 2-3) bounced back with a 7-0 run, sparked by a 3-pointer from Kristiana Stauere, followed by a jumper and a pair of free throws from Goodwin to earn the Hoosiers' biggest lead of the half at 15-9, with 12:22 remaining.
The Illini returned the favor going on a 9-2 run of its own to regain the lead, 18-17, capped by a pair of free throws from Karisma Penn with 6:29 left until halftime. Danilsa Andujar hit a layup for IU to take control again before Illinois' Moore hit one from long range to make it a two-point advantage in favor of the Illini. Whitney Lindsay connected a 3-point field goal of her own at the 4:34 mark to give the Hoosiers the advantage, 22-21.
Illinois would rip off an 8-0 run to take its biggest lead of the half, 29-22, with 2:23 on the clock. The Hoosiers went into the locker room scoring the final five points of the half with a 3-point bomb from Davis and a Goodwin Jumper. The Illini led at the halfway point, 29-27.
To start the second half, Illinois extended the lead to eight on two separate occasions, first right out of the break, outscoring Indiana 12-6 in the first 4:43 to lead, 41-33. Then again at 48-40 with a pair of free throws from Penn with 10:36 to play.
Indiana did not go away quietly. Elam ignited things with a jumper and Goodwin followed on a later possession with a field goal of her own. Simone Deloach hit a layup as Davis found her for the assist with 9:18 remaining. Then Davis capped off the 8-0 spurt with a pair of free throws to make it a 48-48 contest at the 8:26 mark.
Both sides traded points as the Illini pulled ahead by one, 57-56, after another Moore make from beyond the arc with 5:29 to play. The Hoosiers fired right back as Davis connected from mid-range to regain control, 58-57. Then on IU's next possession, Elam did what she has done throughout the year, nailing a clutch 3-point shot to make it a 61-57 Indiana advantage with 4:39 left.
The lead did not last, as the Illini hit back-to-back field goals to tie the ballgame at 61-61. Davis gave IU the lead again with a pair of free throws with 3:10 to play, as the score read 63-61.
That was the last lead Indiana would enjoy as Illinois netted eight-consecutive points to take control, 69-63, with just 54 seconds to play. IU cut the advantage to four twice in the final minute, but could not get any closer as Illinois earned its second conference win of the year.
The Illini won the battle of the boards over the Hoosiers, 49-37. Moore finished with a game-high 27 points off the bench for Illinois.
Indiana will return to the court on Sunday, Jan. 16, to battle Iowa on the road at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.
- Junior Alisha Goodwin was a spark off the bench for the Hoosiers finishing with 14 points. Goodwin played 29 minutes in tonight's game, a new career-high. It is the first time Goodwin has netted double-figure points since Nov. 28 against Cleveland State when she had 10. It's her highest point total since the season opener when she scored a career-high 19 points against Ball State on Nov. 12.
- Senior Hope Elam finished with 19 points to lead IU in scoring. Elam also brought down seven rebounds in the effort. Elam has scored in double-figures in 11 games this season, including four of the five Big Ten games played by Indiana.
- Indiana's bench accounted for 27 points against the Illini, it is the third time this season that IU non-starters have netted 27 or more points in a game. (33 bench points at Ball State on Nov. 12, 27 bench points vs. Saint Louis on Nov. 24)
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