Hoosiers Fall at Home to Purdue
Jan. 19, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana's Aulani Sinclair finished with a team-high 20 points, but it was not enough as IU fell at home to Purdue on Thursday night, 82-60. Sinclair shot 5-of-8 from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range with six rebounds. Jasmine McGhee added 13 points and six boards.
The game's first half was very intense with the Boilermakers taking the early edge, building the lead to as much as 10 points in the opening frame. With Purdue leading 22-12 at the 9:55 mark, Indiana began to chip away at the Boiler lead. The Hoosiers outscored Purdue 14-7 over the next 5:03, thanks to back-to-back 3-point field goals from Sinclair to make the Boilermaker advantage just three, 29-26, with 4:52 on the clock.
The two teams traded baskets in the next two possessions with a Purdue field goal from Antionette Howard followed by a Danilsa Andujar jumper for IU. The Boilermakers extended its lead to seven to take a 37-30 lead into the halftime break.
The Hoosiers shot 54.2 percent (13-of-24) in the first half to stay within striking distance of Purdue.
The Boilermakers opened the second half on a 15-5 run to make the score 52-35 in their favor. Indiana managed to cut the deficit to 12, but that would be as close it would get as Purdue held on.
Purdue had five players score in double-figures, led by Howard's 20. As a team, the Boilers scored 34 points in the paint. Indiana's Sinclair hit four 3-pointers in the game, marking the second time she has hit four or more in a game this season and the sixth time in her career.
The Hoosiers will next hit the hardwood at Michigan on Sunday, Jan. 22. That game will tip at 2 p.m. ET from Crisler Arena.
Jasmine McGhee tallied 13 points in the game on 5-of-11 shooting and added six rebounds. McGhee also had a team-high four steals on the night, marking the second time this season she has had four or more steals in a game. For the season, McGhee has tallied double-figure points 10 times.
The Hoosiers shot 54.2 percent (13-of-24) in the first half. That is the fourth time this season that IU has shot 50 percent or better for a half.
Indiana shot 50 percent (3-of-6) from 3-point range in the opening half, marking the 10th time this year the Hoosiers have shot that percentage or higher for a half.
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