Hoosiers Fall To No. 15 Ohio State
Feb. 1, 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio -Three Hoosiers reached double-digit points, but it wasn't enough as the Indiana women's basketball team fell to No. 15/14 Ohio State, 59-51, in Columbus.
The Hoosiers (15-5, 8-3) were led by sophomore Jori Davis with 15 points, while senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas netted 12 points and added 8 rebounds. Thomas is 17 boards away from reaching 1,000 for her career at IU. Junior Jamie Braun scored 10 points on the night.
"I think that both teams are defensive teams and among the Big Ten, I think we're up in the top two or three in that category," said IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "I think we knew that the defense was something that we were going to bring, but I thought the offense is what we struggled with the most, so we're going to get back to Bloomington and work on that."
Indiana came out firing in the first half on the back of Thomas has she scored the Hoosiers' first seven points as IU had a 7-4 lead at the 15:49 mark. A pair of free throws from Star Allen with 13:11 on the clock cut Indiana's lead to one, 7-6, but a 17-9 Hoosier run gave IU a 26-17 lead with 4:26 to go in the half. However, Ohio State (18-3, 9-1) answered and used a 15-3 run to close out the first stanza and take a 32-29 lead into the halftime break.
The Hoosiers scored first in the second half as Braun put in a layup at the 18:50 mark. However, the Buckeyes answered on a jumper by Jantel Lavender with 18:26 on the clock to maintain a three-point lead, 34-31. A jumper by Ashlee Trebilcock at the 16:13 mark increased OSU's lead to five, 36-31, but a jumper from IU freshman Ashlee Mells cut the home team's lead back to three, 36-33, with 15:53 on the clock. Ohio State used a 10-4 run to increase its lead to eight, 46-38, with 7:39 remaining in the half, but a 3-pointer by Braun brought the Hoosiers within five, 46-41, with 6:37 on the clock. IU's comeback was halted by a three-point play from Star Allen at the 5:30 mark. Both teams tightened up on defense as the game went scoreless for nearly one minute and half until Davis put in a layup with 1:29 to cut Ohio State's lead back to six, 49-43. A pair of free throws from Allen put the Buckeyes back up by eight, 51-43. Ohio State was able to maintain the lead en route to the 59-51 win.
Indiana shot 31.3 percent (20-of-64) from the field, 26.3 percent (5-of-19) from the 3-point line and 46.2 percent (6-of-13) from the free throw line. Ohio State won the battle on the boards, 41-37. Allen led the Buckeyes with 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Lavender added 17 points.
"The game is about runs and we certainly know that we're not going to blow Ohio State out of the gym," Legette-Jack said. "It's just a matter of who's going to have the run last and they were the ones who had the last run in the second half. (In the first half) they had a run, we had a run and we probably missed about eight or nine layups, so the offense works and the plays that we ran were really good. We're just going to have to finish them."
The Hoosiers return to action on Thursday, Feb. 5, when the take on Iowa in Iowa City at 8 p.m. ET on BigTenNetwork.com.
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