No. 5/7 Buckeyes Drop Indiana Women's Hoops, 72-62
Jan. 25, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Indiana held All-American Jessica Davenport to just three field goals and trailed No. 5/7 Ohio State by just five with less than a minute to play, but came up just short in its quest to upend the Buckeyes, falling 72-62 on Thursday, Jan. 25.
A Brandie Hoskins jumper put Ohio State up 65-57 with 2:46 left in the contest, but freshman Jamie Braun countered with a 3-pointer to draw the Hoosiers as close as they had been since trailing by four with five minutes remaining in the first half.
Hoskins added another jumper to push the Buckeyes' advantage to seven points at 67-60, but with 50 seconds remaining in the game, junior Nikki Smith converted a Kim Roberson steal into a layup to once again pull Indiana within five. That was as close as the Hoosiers would get, however, as Davenport and Star Allen combined to convert five free throws down the stretch to ice the game for Ohio State.
Indiana battled one of the nation's top teams to the wire despite playing just six people.
Down by eight at the 16:59 mark in the first half, the Hoosiers used a 19-12 run, sparked by a 3-pointer from Smith, to cut Ohio State's lead to one, 20-19. OSU immediately responded, as a Hoskins three-point play launched a 17-6 Buckeye run that sent the two teams into the break with Ohio State leading, 37-25.
After intermission, a Roberson steal and 3-pointer capped a 13-7 Hoosier run that pulled Indiana within six, 44-38, with 16:33 remaining in the game, but Marscilla Packer answered with a pair of jumpers in a 9-1 Ohio State scoring jag that restored the Buckeyes' lead to double digits at 14 points with 13 minutes to play. Indiana sophomore Whitney Thomas sank a pair of free throws and senior Sarah McKay nailed a jumper to cut the Buckeye's lead down to 10, but a 3-pointer from Maria Moeller jumpstarted a 7-2 Ohio State run that would give OSU its largest lead of the game, 60-45, with 8:47 remaining in the game.
Free throws from senior Leah Enterline and Thomas, along with a 3-pointer from Roberson, helped the Hoosiers battle back within six, 61-55, with just over five minutes remaining on the clock. IU and Ohio State traded jumpers to keep the difference at six, but Hoskins' jumper at the 2:46 mark increased the Buckeyes' advantage to eight, 65-57. Braun then hit the triple that pulled Indiana within five for the first time since the first half.
McKay scored 16 points to lead the Hoosiers (13-8, 2-6 Big Ten), while Enterline had 12 and Thomas had 10. Thomas pulled down a game-high eight boards.
Hoskins scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Buckeyes (18-1, 7-0). Allen finished with 16 points and Davenport had 12.
Indiana returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 28, when it will face Michigan in Ann Arbor at 2 p.m.
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