IU Women's Basketball Topples Wisconsin, 86-62
Jan. 31, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Five players scored in double-digits as the Indiana women's basketball team topped Wisconsin, 86-62, on Thursday, Jan. 31, in Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers (13-8, 6-3 Big Ten) got in the scoring column first as Kim Roberson sank a jumper at the 19:38 mark. The Badgers (10-10, 3-7 Big Ten) matched that with a jumper by Rae Lin D'Alie with 19:11 on the clock. Back-to-back baskets by Whitney Thomas gave IU a four-point lead, but a jumper by Tara Steinbauer cut the lead back to two, 6-4, with 17:47 remaining in the first stanza. A 3-pointer by Jamie Braun sparked a 28-16 Hoosier run that increased Indiana's lead to 15, 33-18, with 6:38 to go. A pair of free throws by Steinbauer and a jumper by Janese Banks cut the Hoosiers' advantage to 11, but IU outscored the Badgers, 9-3, in the final 2:30 of the first half to take a 42-25 lead into the break.
Indiana jumped out of halftime with the first basket as Amber Jackson netted a jumper at the 18:53 mark to increase the Hoosiers' lead to 44-25. The Hoosiers went on to hold Wisconsin without a basket until the 16:49 mark when Lin Zastrow hit one of two free throws. However, the Hoosiers maintained at least an 18-point advantage throughout the second half en route to the 86-62 win.
Thomas led IU with 16 points and connected with her teammates a career-high seven times. Haylie Linn netted 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor, including four 3-pointers, Jackson also netted 15 points and Roberson scored 13 points and added six boards and five steals. Braun tallied 12 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
Jolene Anderson led all players with 23 points, which she scored in the second half, and added six rebounds in the effort.
IU shot 50.8 percent (31-of-61) from the floor and 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from beyond the arc. The Hoosiers forced Wisconsin into committing 23 turnovers, while converting that into 12 steals. IU also recorded 15 assists as a team, while committing just 12 turnovers.
The Hoosiers' 6-3 start to the Big Ten season is IU's best start since the 1982-83 team opened the league slate with a 6-1 mark. That squad finished the season with a 15-3 record en route to IU's first Big Ten regular season championship.
Indiana returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 3, when they travel to Iowa City to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes. Tip-off from Carver-Hawkeye Arena is slated for 2 p.m. ET.
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