Hoosiers Fall to No. 12/12 Michigan State, 69-55
Jan. 20, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana fell at home to No. 12/12 Michigan State on Thursday night, 69-55. The Hoosiers (8-11, 2-5) forced 27 Spartan (17-2, 5-1) turnovers, the second-highest total by an IU opponent this season, but MSU's hot 3-point shooting carried the visiting squad to victory. Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis led Indiana with 20 points, and classmate Whitney Lindsay tallied 16 points and five steals in the contest.
Indiana jumped out to quick start with a Danilsa Andujar layup and a Davis 3-point field goal to take a 5-0 lead in the game's first 1:18. Michigan State responded scoring six-consecutive points to earn its first lead of the contest after a Lykendra Johnson layup with 15:28 to play in the first.
Both teams traded buckets as IU went ahead, 10-9, with a Lindsay free throw with 11:35 left in the first stanza. The Spartans then went on a 12-4 run to open its lead to seven, 21-14, with 7:05 remaining in the half. Lindsay cooled that outburst with a 3-point field goal on IU's next possession. However, Michigan State finished the half outscoring the Hoosiers 14-6 to take the advantage at intermission, 35-23.
The Hoosiers struggled early in the second half, as MSU used an 8-1 run coming out of the break to extend its lead to 19. The Spartans later built their advantage to 56-33 with 10:15 remaining in the game, but this was when Indiana tried to climb it way back into the ballgame.
It started as Lindsay hit back-to-back field goals with a 3-pointer and a layup on consecutive possessions. Davis then hit a layup and four free throws to cap off the 11-0 run and cut the MSU lead to 12, 56-44, with 7:10 on the clock. During the run, the Hoosiers forced six Spartan turnovers with some full court pressure defense, all of those miscues occurring over a 1:15 span.
Michigan State's Kalisha Keane silenced the IU outburst with a pair of free throws with 6:44 to play. Indiana was only able to cut the lead to 13 on two more occasions, as the Spartans held on for the road victory.
Indiana shot 41.7 percent from the floor for the game while tying a season-high with 16 steals. However, the Spartans won the battle of the glass, 37-21, while also connecting on 62.5 percent (10-of-16) from beyond the arc.
"The last ten minutes of the game, our team got better," Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. "Our fight was there, our desire was there, our hustle. Our turnovers too, but it was through the work ethic. I think the last ten minutes are what we are going to take and move forward with our next opportunity."
The Hoosiers return to the court on Sunday, Jan. 23, as they head to State College, Pa. to battle Penn State on the road. Tip-off is schedule for 2 p.m. ET.
- Senior Whitney Lindsay finished with 16 points, her 10th double-digit scoring game of the season, and her fifth time this year to score 16 or more points. Lindsay shot 5-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range. Her four 3-point field goals tie her career-high for a single game. She also hit four 3's against Purdue on Jan. 9.
- Lindsay also collected five steals to lead IU. That is the most steals Lindsay has had in a game since she collected her career-high of six against Memphis on Nov. 18, 2010.
- Indiana forced 27 Michigan State turnovers, which marks the 11th time this season IU has forced 20 or more opponent turnovers in a game. It is the second-highest total of the season by IU opponents this season, as the Hoosiers created a season-high 31 Saint Louis miscues on Nov. 24, 2010.
- The Hoosiers grabbed 16 steals tonight, which ties a season-high for the year. Indiana also had 16 steals at Iowa on Jan. 16. It's the first time IU has had back-to-back 16 steal games since the 2009 Big Ten Tournament, when the Hoosiers achieved that mark in consecutive games against Michigan and Purdue that year.
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