Hoosiers Upend No. 4/6 Ohio State, 67-62
Jan. 31, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Behind four Hoosiers scoring in double-digits and 12 rebounds from sophomore Danilsa Andujar, the Indiana women's basketball team upended No. 4/6 Ohio State, 67-62, on Sunday, Jan. 31, in Assembly Hall. The win was IU's first over a top-10 opponent since its 55-41 win over No. 7 Purdue in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on March 3, 2002.
Junior Jori Davis led the Hoosiers (12-10, 5-6) with 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers and 5-of-5 shooting from the line. Junior Hope Elam netted 15 points and added six rebounds and a steal, while junior Whitney Lindsay scored 13 points and added five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot. Senior Jamie Braun also reached double-digit points with 12 on the game and added seven rebounds, four assists and one steal. Andujar grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds, seven off the offense glass, to go along with six points, one assist and one steal.
"It feels great," said Andujar. "We have all been working hard as a team learning to box out. I've been learning from everyone, getting yelled at left and right by Coach Jack, by Jamie and Jori, but I just soak it in and I just want to be the best I can be to help us out."
"What a great focus, oneness, team," said IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "This young team got focused and we played together.
"We decided to move fear out of the equation and stay focused, that's who we are," Legette-Jack added. "This group, lead by two of my captains, stayed focused, never too high, never too low. Last time we were here I was proud in defeat and I'm proud in victory."
The Buckeyes (21-3, 9-2) opened the game with a 14-7 lead in the first four and a half minutes, but the Hoosiers fought back and used a 9-2 run to knot the score at 16-16 with 11:04 on the clock. OSU answered with a 5-0 run of its own to build up a five-point lead, 21-16, with 10:24 to go. Indiana kept fighting back, matching the Buckeyes point-for-point throughout the remainder of the half to head into the break down by seven, 42-35.
Indiana came out of halftime outscoring the Buckeyes, 13-6, to tie the score for a third time at 48-48, with 14:19 on the clock. However, Ohio State answered with an 8-4 run to regain a four-point edge, 56-52, with 10:42 left in the game. A 3-pointer from Lindsay at the 9:21 mark cut OSU's lead to one, but a jumper from Andrea Walker kept Ohio State with a three-point advantage. The bucket by Walker served as OSU's last of the half as Indiana held the Buckeyes to just four points from the free throw line en route to the 67-62 win.
Elam sank 6-of-19 from the field with a 3-pointer. Lindsay made 6-of-10 from the field and Braun netted 5-of-16 from the floor.
The Hoosiers shot 36.0 percent (27-of-75) from the floor and sank a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line. Indiana forced Ohio State into committing 18 turnovers and outrebounded the Buckeyes, 22-20, on the offensive glass. IU also matched OSU on points in the paint, 32-32.
Indiana returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 7, when its travels to Champaign to take on Illinois at 2 p.m. ET.
The win over the No. 4/6 Buckeyes is the highest ranked opponent the Hoosiers have beaten in the Felisha Legette-Jack era. It is the second time under her tenure the Hoosiers haven beaten a top-13 team (79-66 win over the No. 13 West Virginia Mountaineers on December 22, 2007).
Four Hoosiers scored in double figures today (Hope Elam, Whitney Lindsay, Jamie Braun, and Jori Davis) making it the fourth time this season the Hoosiers have had four or more players score in double figures. The last time the Hoosiers accomplished this was on January 10, 2010.
Indiana was a perfect 9 of 9 from the charity strip in the win over the Buckeyes, which ties the school record for the highest percentage in a single game. Indiana was 14-for-14 from the line against Michigan State in 1987.
The Hoosiers improved their home record to 8-4 on the year.
Indiana improved to 7-0 on the season when winning the battle of the offensive glass by outrebounding Ohio State 22-20.
Indiana held Ohio State to zero field goals in the last 9:21 of the game.
Her 19-point effort now means in 22 games this season, she has scored in double figures 18 times.
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