Jan. 21, 2010
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team topped Northwestern, 61-55, behind three players reaching double-digit points, including a double-double from junior Jori Davis.
Davis collected 14 points and a season-high 12 boards for her second double-double of the year. Senior Jamie Braun led all players with 18 points and junior Hope Elam scored 15 points in the win.
"It was really nice to see that our team made a commitment to defense," IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. "We talk about this 24 sport, one team and it really took all of us to beat a very good Northwestern team.
"They (Braun, Davis, Elam) had a sense of focus," Legette-Jack added. "They knew that when the game got tight they had to come through."
The Hoosiers (11-8, 4-4) jumped out to an early lead, outscoring the Wildcats (12-7, 3-5) 8-0 in the first three minutes of the game. Northwestern put together an 8-4 run to cut IU's lead to four, 12-8, with 14:18 on the clock. However, Indiana answered and built up a 14-point lead, 26-12, on a 14-5 lead with 5:39 to go in the half. The Wildcats fought back and outscored the Hoosiers 9-2 in the final 4:48 to cut Indiana's lead to seven, 28-21, at the break.
Northwestern kept it going in the second half using a 5-0 run to come back within two, 28-26, with 18 minutes on the clock. The Hoosiers bounced back and outscored the Wildcats, 22-10, to take a 50-38 lead with 7:37 to play. However, Northwestern came back with a 17-9 run to cut the IU lead to four, 59-55, with just 18 seconds to go, but a pair of free throws from Braun with 15 seconds on the clock sealed the 61-55 win for Indiana.
Braun sank 6-of-15 from the field, including 2-of-3 from the 3-point line, and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line for her 18 points. Davis made 5-of-14 from the field, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc and grabbed seven of her 12 boards on the defensive glass. She also recorded a career-high six assists and two steals and a blocked shot in 37 minutes. Sophomore Danilsa Andujar registered seven rebounds, five points and one steal in 30 minutes.
"You have to keep pushing," Davis said. "Coach expects a lot from me. My assists, they wanted to get up, and my rebounding has to get up. I've been trying to improve on those two areas and let the scoring stay consistent."
Indiana won the battle on the boards, 43-42, and scored 18 points off of 18 Northwestern turnovers. The Hoosiers shot 34.4 percent (22-of-64) from the field and 36.4 percent (8-of-22) from the 3-point line.
"The good thing about our team is that if one person is not hitting we have other people that can step up and hit, which my teammates did. In the second half I got into a rhythm and everything connected for me," said Elam.
The Hoosiers return to action on Sunday, Jan. 24, when they visit Ann Arbor for a battle with Michigan at Noon ET on the Big Ten Network.
Indiana First Lady Cheri Daniels was an honorary coach in the IU bench.
IU is victorious over the Wildcats for the 11th consecutive game.
Jamie Braun scored 18 points and is now just one point shy of ninth on the all-time scoring list with 1,450 points for her career.
The Hoosiers forced 18 Northwestern turnovers.
Jori Davis set season high in rebounds, coming down with 12 boards.
The Hoosiers held Northwestern to 25 percent field goal shooting in the first half.