Hoosiers drop contest to Ohio State, 73-55
Jan. 26, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana fell to No. 9 Ohio State on Thursday in Assembly Hall, 73-55. The Hoosiers led by one at halftime, but the Buckeyes scored the first 13 points of the second half and held on to win on the road. IU's Aulani Sinclair scored a career-high 27 points in the game to lead the Hoosiers.
Indiana (5-16, 0-8) jumped ahead in the early going, 11-6, after a Danilsa Andujar jumper with 15:04 to play in the opening half. The Hoosiers later built their lead to eight, 20-12, following a Sinclair 3-pointer. That would be IU's biggest lead of the game.
Ohio State (20-1, 7-1) rallied before the half to pull within one at the break, 26-25.
The Buckeyes came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders to score the first 13 points of the second half. Milika Taufa silenced OSU momentarily with a bucket to pull IU within 10, 38-28, with 15:35 to go.
Ohio State held the advantage the rest of the way to earn the road conference victory.
IU's Sinclair hit 5-of-7 3-point field goals in the game, marking the third-consecutive contest she has connected on four or more 3-pointers. The junior also came down with six rebounds in the game. Jasmine McGhee added nine points and 12 boards for the Hoosiers as Sasha Chaplin collected 11 caroms on the night.
Ohio State shot 60 percent (18-of-30) in the second half to propel itself to the win. OSU's Samantha Prahalis and Tayler Hill each scored 18 points as Prahalis also added nine assists in the game. Ashley Adams rounded out the Buckeye double-figure scorers with 15 points to along with 12 rebounds.
Indiana will hit the road for its next contest, traveling to Northwestern. The Hoosiers and Wildcats will tip at 3 p.m. ET from Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill.
Jasmine McGhee came down with 12 rebounds in the game, marking the third time this year that McGhee has came down with 10 or more boards in a single game. McGhee also had nine points, three assists, one steal and a career-high two blocks.
Sasha Chaplin finished with 11 rebounds, marking the fourth time this season she has had 10 or more rebounds.
Quaneisha McCurty had two blocks on the night, bringing her total to 29 for the season. She needs just two more blocks to tie for fifth on the all-time freshman block list for a single season.
Indiana outrebounded the Buckeyes, 53-42. IU also topped OSU in offensive boards, 26-12, and outscored Ohio State in second-chance points, 21-8.
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