Indiana Falls to Penn State in Happy Valley
Jan. 23, 2011
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Indiana fell on the road to Penn State, 82-69, on Sunday afternoon. Seniors Jori Davis and Hope Elam combined to score 47 points for the Hoosiers in the effort. Davis tallied 26 points as Elam poured in 21.
The Hoosiers jumped ahead early as Aulani Sinclair started the scoring with a jumper 1:22 into the game. Penn State hit a field goal on the following possession, but Alisha Goodwin and Whitney Lindsay hit back-to-back layups to give IU the lead, 6-2, with 17:05 to play in the half. The lead was snapped away quickly as PSU went on a 9-0 run over a 1:51 span to make it a 11-6 ballgame in favor of the Lady Lions.
Later in the half, Indiana found itself trailing, 23-17, after a layup and free throw to complete a three-point play by PSU's Marisa Wolfe with 8:14 remaining in the half. Indiana clawed its way back into the game beginning with a Sinclair jumper followed by a 3-point field goal by Elam. After trading empty possessions, Andrea McGuirt found an open Georgie Jones for a layup to cap a 7-0 run for IU and give the Hoosiers the lead, 24-23.
However, Penn State used its speed to get the lead back, outscoring Indiana 17-6 in the final 6:20 of the stanza to gain control at halftime, 40-30.
The Hoosiers came out of the locker room with a purpose to start the second half of play. After a layup by PSU's Mia Nickson, Indiana would score 10-consecutive points over a 1:42 span capped by an Elam 3-point field goal to cut the lead to two, 42-40.
Indiana would continue to battle cutting the lead to two on four more occasions throughout the half at 44-42, 49-47, 61-59 and 63-61, but IU could not get a timely stop or bucket to climb over the hump to tie or take a lead. Penn State ended the game outscoring the Hoosiers 19-8 over the final 5:21 to earn the win.
Elam and Davis combined to score 31 of IU's 39 points in the second half. However, rebounding was key as Penn State won the battle on the glass, 61-39.
Indiana will have a week off before heading to West Lafayette, Ind. on Jan. 30 to battle Purdue at 2 p.m. ET.
- Hope Elam caught fire in the second half, scoring 15 of her 21 points in the second stanza. Elam hit five 3-point field goals on the day, which ties her career-best.
- Freshman Andrea Newbauer logged 19 minutes against the Lady Lions, which is a career high for her.
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