Shooting Woes Hurt Hoosiers in Loss to Northwestern
Jan. 30, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team fell to Northwestern on Thursday night in Assembly Hall, 58-52. IU's Lyndsay Leikem came off the bench and led all scorers with a career-high 18 points and pulled down a career-best eight rebounds.
Deloach scored seven of her nine points in the first five minutes of the game. Indiana (15-6, 2-6) trailed 14-9, but the Hoosiers used a 7-0 run to go up 16-14 with 11:07 left in the first half. The Hoosier defense held Northwestern (14-7, 4-4) without a field goal for 4:47 and to just 31.4 percent shooting from the field in the first half.
NU led 28-25 with two minutes remaining in the first half, but Leikem scored four points in under a minute to give the Hoosiers a one-point lead going into the break.
Larryn Brooks scored her first and second buckets of the game to open up the second half and gave IU a 33-28 lead. The Wildcats regained the lead with under 10 minutes to play and the game went back and forth the rest of the half.
Leikem hit a trey with 4:24 remaining to give IU a 49-47 lead. Indiana would not see the lead again however, as Northwestern outscored the Hoosiers 11-3 to close out the game. Agler pulled IU to within one point on a 3-pointer with 1:35 to play, but NU's free throw shooting proved too much to overcome.
IU struggled with shooting all night, completing only 30 percent (6-of-20) from the free throw line and 21-of-70 (30 percent) from the field. The Hoosiers forced 14 Wildcat turnovers on the night, while only committing eight of their own.
Indiana will hit the road Sunday, February 2 to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini at 2 p.m. ET. Following their game in Champaign, the Hoosiers return to Assembly Hall for a two-game home stand.
IU forced the Cats into 14 turnovers, while only giving up eight themselves. This is the sixth game this season the Hoosiers have committed under 10 turnovers. Indiana outscored NU in points off turnovers, 15-5.
Indiana kept Northwestern off the glass for most of the game, only allowing the Wildcats to grab nine offensive boards.
The Hoosier bench outscored the Wildcats' 26-16. The IU bench has controlled the advantage in 12 of Indiana's 21 games so far this season.
Freshman Lyndsay Leikem came off the bench to lead the Hoosiers with a career-high 18 points, 13 coming in the first half alone. She also pulled down a career best eight rebounds. Leikem is averaging 10.3 points per game over the last four games.
Senior Simone Deloach accounted for seven of Indiana's first nine points. She finished the game with nine total points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal.
Freshman Taylor Agler netted eight points and five. She has scored 29 points for IU in the last two games.
Freshman Larryn Brooks scored seven points while grabbing two rebounds and adding two assists and two steals.
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