Hoosiers Battle but Fall Short to No. 14/11 Purdue
Jan. 31, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team battled with No. 14/11 Purdue Thursday night in Mackey Arena, but fell short to the Boilermakers, 59-42. Linda Rubene tied her career high with 13 points as Aulani Sinclair added 11 points for IU.
Purdue (18-3, 7-1) struck first jumping out to a 12-2 lead in the game's first 4:15. Indiana (10-11, 1-7) responded with a 6-0 run of its own thanks to a pair of free throws and a field goal by Sasha Chaplin followed by a Milika Taufa layup at the 12:24 mark to make Purdue's lead just four point, 12-8.
Later an April Wilson 3-pointer gave Purdue an 18-11 lead. Aulani Sinclair answered with a 3-point field goal on IU's next possession. Rubene then scored in the paint to the cut the deficit to two. After a Boilermaker field goal, Sinclair and Taufa scored Indiana's next four points to cap a 9-2 Hoosier spurt to tie the game for the first time, 20-20, with 8:08 on the clock.
The teams traded buckets back-and-forth as the score read 26-26 after another Sinclair field goal with 2:06 to go. Purdue had an offensive burst to end the half as the Boilermakers scored six points in the final 1:35 to take a 32-26 edge into the break.
After Purdue built its lead to as much as 10 in the second half, IU made another push. A well-executed play freed Sinclair for a 3-point field goal from the left wing to pull IU within six, 38-32, with 12:14 to play. But the Boilers bounced right back with six straight points to stretch its lead to 12.
Indiana responded yet again with layups from Chaplin and Rubene on consecutive trips to make it a 44-36 Purdue lead with 7:47 to go. The Hoosiers hung tough the rest of the way but couldn't pull any closer as the Boilermakers held on for the win.
Rubene shot 6-of-9 from the field and added six boards. Sinclair also had six rebounds to go along with a team high five assists.
Rebounding and turnovers were the difference in the game as Purdue outrebounded Indiana 45-30 while grabbing 22 offensive boards. The Hoosiers had 20 turnovers in the game as the Boilermakers took advantage of those outscoring IU 23-5 in points off turnovers.
The Hoosiers will next take on Ohio State in Bloomington on Sunday, Feb. 3. That game will tip at 2 p.m. ET from Assembly Hall.
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