Northwestern Sneaks by Indiana, 68-61
Jan. 29, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. - Four Hoosiers scored in double-figures, but Northwestern snuck by Indiana on Sunday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena, 68-61. Jasmine McGhee led the way for IU with 16 points and Sasha Chaplin had a double-double performance with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
In the early going, Jasmine McGhee nailed a jumper at the 15:50 mark to put the Hoosiers (5-17, 0-9) ahead, 8-7. Northwestern (13-9, 3-6) responded with a 7-0 run over the next 1:49 to pull ahead by six, 14-8. The Wildcats extended their lead to as much as eight points in the opening half as the score read 20-12 in favor of NU with 11:09 remaining.
The Hoosiers then outscored Northwestern 18-9 over a 9:11 span to regain the lead, 30-29, after a McGhee field goal. Northwestern fired right back seconds later connecting on a 3-pointer to pull back ahead, 32-30.
McGhee tied the contest after a layup, but the Wildcats scored last to end the first half with lead, 34-32.
Northwestern scored the first nine points of the second half to push its lead to 11, 43-32, with 17:33 to go. The Hoosiers then began to work their way back into the game. Aulani Sinclair started it by silencing NU's 9-0 run with a 3-pointer to cut the deficit back to single digits, 43-35.
The Wildcats increased its lead to 10 later in the half, before Sinclair nailed another 3-point field goal to cut the NU lead to seven, 50-43, with 12:04 to go. On IU's next possession, McGhee went coast-to-coast and drove the lane to hit a runner while being fouled. She converted the three-point play as IU trailed by just four, 50-46.
After a Northwestern field goal, Chaplin answered with back-to-back buckets to pull Indiana within two, 52-50. The Wildcats followed with a 10-2 run which gave the home team a 10-point lead with 5:11 to go, 62-52.
The Hoosiers were not quitting, as Milika Taufa hit a jumper before Mcghee and Sinclair combined to hit 5-of-6 free throws during a 7-1 Indiana spurt to trail by four, 63-59, with 2:00 on the clock.
Northwestern later hit 1-of-2 from the free throw line to lead by five. On Indiana's next possession, McGhee hit a timely jumper to make it a 64-61 NU lead with just 47 seconds to go. That would be the closest IU would come as the Wildcats hit free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.
Sinclair finished with 11 points and Taufa tallied a career-high 10 points to round out Indiana's double-digit scorers. Chaplin's double-double was her third of the season and it was her third-consecutive game with 10 or more rebounds.
The Hoosiers will travel to Penn State on Thursday, Feb. 2, for their next contest. That game will tip at 7 p.m. ET.
Jasmine McGhee led Indiana in scoring with 16 points, marking the ninth time this season she has paced the team in the scoring department. McGhee also had seven boards, two assists, three steals and a block.
Aulani Sinclair finished with 11 points in the game to tally double-figures for the 13th time this season. Sinclair hit 3-of-8 3-point field goals, marking her fourth-consecutive game with three or more 3-pointers. She has made three or more shots from beyond the arc in seven games this season.
Sasha Chaplin achieved her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Chaplin has scored in double-figures eight times this year, and she has brought down 10 or more boards in five games, including each of the last three games.
Indiana outscored NU in points in the paint, 30-22.
IU scored 18 points off turnovers as Northwestern scored 14 points off of Indiana turnovers.
The Hoosiers edged the Wildcats in second-chance points, 16-15, as a result of 18 team offensive rebounds.
The Indiana bench outscored the Northwestern reserves, 17-9.
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