Women's Basketball

    Indiana Drops One on the Road to Purdue

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Hope Elam.
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    Senior Hope Elam.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 30, 2011

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana cut the lead to single-digits late in the game, but Purdue responded with a run to shut the door as the Boilermakers earned a win over the Hoosiers in West Lafayette on Sunday, 71-57. IU was led in scoring by Hope Elam who finished with 18 points as classmate Jori Davis tallied 17 to round out double-figure scorers for Indiana.

    Purdue (15-7, 5-4) came out of the gates with an 11-2 run in game's first 4:28. But Indiana (8-13, 2-7) held its own, as Davis sparked the offense early for the Hoosiers, scoring the team's first six points. Andrea Newbauer, starting in the first game of her career, scored IU's eighth point of the game at the 11:41 mark to cut the Boilermaker lead to five, 13-8.

    Again Purdue put together an 11-2 spurt, but Elam answered with a 3-point field goal and a runner in the lane on back-to-back possessions to make the score, 24-15, with 3:34 left in the half. Both teams played even the remainder of the half, as the Boilers led going in to the locker room, 30-21.

    After a free throw from Purdue's Alex Guyton to start the half, Indiana cut the deficit to six, 31-25, after a field goal from Elam then a pair of free throws from Davis. The Boilermakers then scored seven-consecutive points before Simone Deloach hit a layup to make a 38-27 ballgame with 16:37 left to play.

    Later in the half, a crazy stretch of scoring from both sides would end up deciding the game. Purdue had built its lead to a 52-34 advantage. Indiana's Elam hit three-consecutive 3-point field goals to go on a 9-0 run by herself over a 2:13 span to force a Boilermaker timeout and cutting the lead in half, 52-43, with 8:11 remaining. However, Purdue came out of that break running up 10-consecutive points, thanks to back-to-back treys from Courtney Moses and a pair of buckets from Brittany Rayburn.

    That Boilermaker run was enough to give the home team the momentum for the rest of the game.

    "We got it down to nine, then those two (Moses) threes really changed the game a little bit," Indiana Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. "Then the turnover after that certainly didn't help. They stepped up, the best team won today."

    The Hoosiers collected eight steals on the day and forced 17 Boiler turnovers. Purdue shot 45 percent for the game, including 47.1 percent (8-of-17) from 3-point range.

    The Hoosiers return to Assembly Hall on Thursday to battle Minnesota. That game will tip at 7 p.m. ET.

    Game Notes - Senior All-America and All-Big Ten candidate Jori Davis has now tallied double figures in 10 of 21 games this season with her 17 points on Sunday. Davis also had two boards, three assists and a block in the effort.

    - Freshman Andrea Newbauer started for the first time in her career against the Boilermakers. Newbauer played a career-high 23 minutes, scoring two points and tying a career high with three rebounds.

    - Senior Hope Elam finished with 18 points to net double-digits for the 13th time this season. Elam also had a 9-0 run by herself over a 2:13 stretch in the second half with three-consecutive 3-point field goals. Elam tied a season high by connecting on seven field goals overall. Elam also grabbed three rebounds in the game.




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