Hoosiers Win Battle Against the Boilers, 71-57
Jan. 19, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Four Hoosiers reached double-digits in scoring as the Indiana women's basketball team (13-3, 6-1) won a battle against in-state rival Purdue, 71-57.
The win gave the Hoosiers their first win in the Barnburner series since Jan. 25, 1998, when IU won in Bloomington, 85-71. That was also the last time the Hoosiers beat Purdue in Assembly Hall. Junior Jamie Braun became the 21st Hoosier to reach 1,000 career points at Indiana when she sank a pair of free throws at the 1:13 mark in the second half. Sophomore Jori Davis led all players with a career-high 22 points on 6-of-15 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas scored 19 points and added five boards, one assist and one steal. Senior Kim Roberson scored 10 points and recorded five rebounds, three assists and three steals. The win was also IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack's 50th victory at Indiana.
"What a great game. A television game. In-state rivalry. Indiana is alive and well," Legette-Jack said. "I think that we missed a step in the last two years. I think seeing a game like this on television is going to make coming to the state of Indiana exciting for kids all over the country. I've just got to take my hat off to these young ladies here. Their will is so strong. People are asking me what I'm doing, and I've got to be real honest. I'm just along for the ride. These young ladies have decided to take a stand. I can't be more proud of them than I am right now."
The Boilers (12-6, 5-2) struck first with a 3-pointer from Jodi Howell at the 19:24 mark. Back-to-back layups from Amber Jackson gave the Hoosiers a one-point lead, 5-4, at the 17:34 mark. However, Purdue answered with a jumper by Danielle Campbell to regain the early lead. Indiana responded with a 14-4 run to take an 18-9 lead, which was capped off by a 3-pointer form Davis, with 11:58 on the clock. The Boilermakers also had an answer as a pair of free throws and a jumper from Brittany Rayburn ignited a 15-1 Purdue run that gave the visitors a four point lead, 24-20, with 7:30 remaining in the half. A 3-pointer from Roberson brought IU back within one, 24-23, only to see Campbell put in a layup to take it away. The Hoosiers outscored Purdue, 12-4, in the final five minutes of the half to take a 35-30 lead into the break.
Purdue opened the second half on a 6-0 run to regain a one-point lead, 36-35, with 17:18 on the clock. A 3-pointer from Braun at the 17:09 mark put the Hoosiers back on top by two, 38-36. Each team continued to fight point-for-point, knotting the game twice, with IU maintaining at least a one-point edge until the 5:43 mark when Lakisha Freeman put the Boilers ahead by two on a three-point play. A layup from Thomas knotted the score for the fourth time in the second half, at 54-54. A layup from Wisdom-Hylton at the 4:52 mark regained a two-point lead for Purdue, 56-54. A pair of free throws from Roberson ignited a 17-1 IU run that sealed the 71-57 win for the Hoosiers.
Indiana shot 37.9 percent (22-of-58) from the field on the game and 67.9 percent (19-of-28) from the free throw line. Purdue shot 42.3 percent (22-of-52) from the floor and 73.3 percent (11-of-15) from free throw line, while outrebounding IU, 44-30. However, the Hoosiers forced the Boilers into committing 23 turnovers on the game.
IU returns to action when it opens a two-game road trip at Michigan on Thursday, Jan. 22.
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