Four Hoosiers Reach Double Figures in 70-56 Win at Michigan State
Jan. 20, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Whitney Thomas posted her seventh double-double this season and 17th of her career with 11 points and 12 rebounds as the Indiana women's basketball team took a pivotal road contest 70-56. It marked the Hoosiers' first win over the Spartans since Jan. 20, 2002, and the first IU road victory over MSU since Dec. 30, 2001.
With the Hoosiers (12-7, 5-2 Big Ten) ahead, 5-4, at the 16:54 mark, the Spartans (11-9, 3-5 Big Ten) put together a 9-2 run to take a 13-7 lead with 9:59 to go in the half. An Amber Jackson layup at the 9:14 mark ignited an 8-0 Indiana run that gave the Hoosiers a two-point advantage, 15-13, with 5:55 on the clock. A jumper by Alyssa DeHaan knotted the scored at 15-15, but IU answered on a Jamie Braun jumper to regain the advantage, 17-15, with 4:47 remaining in the first stanza. Michigan State tied the game back up at 17-17, but the Hoosiers were able to outscore the Spartans, 9-6, in the final four minutes of the half to take a 26-23 lead into the break.
The Hoosiers came out of the locker room red hot, scoring the first 12 points of the second half, culminating with a pair of jumpers by Thomas, to open up a 38-23 lead at the 15:53 mark. The Spartans squelched that edge with a 7-0 run of their own, but IU fought back to go back-and-forth with MSU to retain a 53-43 lead with 6:34 to play in the contest.
The Spartans would not get any closer than eight points as the Hoosiers went 6-for-six from the foul line down the stretch to seal the victory.
Jackson led four Hoosiers in double figures with 21 points and eight boards and Jamie Braun poured in 18 points and handed out five assists. Kim Roberson narrowly missed a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing nine rebounds to go along with five assists.
Indiana shot just 37 percent to Michigan State's 40 percent from the floor, but cashed in on 20-of-31 free throw attempts while Michigan State was just 4-of-10 in the game. The Hoosiers also outrebounded the Spartans, 48-36, and committed just 10 turnovers the Spartans 19.
DeHaan led Michigan State with 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots while Lauren Aitch also scored 15 off the bench.
The Hoosiers are 8-2 in their last 10 games and will look to continue their strong play at Michigan on Thursday, with tip-off slated for 7 p.m.
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