Jan. 17, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team struggled in the second half and fell on the road at Ohio State on Thursday night, 68-45. Jasmine McGhee led the Hoosiers with 17 points and eight rebounds in the game.
Midway through the half, IU (10-7, 1-3) trailed Ohio State (11-7, 1-4) 12-8 before Sasha Chaplin connected on a jumper. McGhee then hit a layup to tie it up with 10:24 on the clock. Sinclair scored Indiana's sixth-straight point with a lay in to give IU a 14-12 lead.
OSU scored on its next possession to tie it back up. McGhee then polished off a 9-2 Hoosier run with a 3-point bomb at the 9:02 mark to give IU a 17-14 edge.
The Buckeyes would then reel off six-consecutive points to pull ahead 20-17. Ohio State held that lead the remainder of the half to take a 30-24 advantage into the locker room.
"We hoped to control the tempo and in the first half I thought the tempo was at a (pace) where we could be successful," head coach Curt Miller said. "We didn't give up a lot of transition points. We competed on the boards with them and we made some people feel open that we wanted to feel open. For the most part we stuck to our game plan in the first half and with Jasmine McGhee in foul trouble and playing a walk-on nine minutes and only being down six, we felt good about that."
In the second half, Ohio State put its foot on the accelerator. Indiana got outscored by OSU 17-6 in the first 6:32 of the half to give the Buckeyes a 47-30 lead with 13:28 to play.
The Hoosiers could not overcome the deficit as Ohio State held on for its first Big Ten win of the season.
"In the first few minutes of the second half, we had three turnovers," Miller said. "Our transition defense lacked and they picked up the tempo. We started hurting ourselves and then the game got away from us."
McGhee shot 8-of-13 from the field and added eight rebounds in the effort. Linda Rubene added eight points for Indiana.
Indiana will return home to take on Michigan State on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. ET. It is IU's annual Head to the Hall game as tickets are just $1 for anyone attending.