Iowa Downs Indiana, 81-65
Feb. 3, 2008
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Whitney Thomas recorded her ninth double-double of the season and 19th of her career with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Jamie Braun added a game-high 26 points but it was not enough as the Hoosiers dropped an 81-65 decision at Iowa on Sunday afternoon.
Indiana (13-9, 6-4 Big Ten) shot just 43 percent (24-56) from the field for the game, including just 5 of 18 from the three-point line. After attempting just four threes in the first half, the Hoosiers sent up 14 attempts in the second stanza but made good on just four.
With the Hoosiers trailing by just three at the break, Iowa (15-7, 8-3 Big Ten) opened the second half with a 17-6 run to take a 53-39 lead with 14:01 remaining. An 8-1 spurt, led by threes from Haylie Linn and Braun cut the deficit to 54-47.
The Hawkeyes' lead was back to 10 at 63-53 with 7:46 to play thanks to a jumper from Abby Emmert. Iowa would maintain a double-digit advantage, going up by 15 (72-57) with under five minutes remaining.
A three-point play from Kim Roberson and a Braun jumper led a late run by the Hoosiers as they came back to within nine at 72-63 with 2:32 to play. Indiana fouled Jenee Graham coming out of a timeout and Graham made both free throws. A steal by Kristi Smith led to another Hawkeye free throw and the lead was back to 12 at the 2:17 mark.
Iowa would outscore Indiana 9-2 over the final 2:31, going 7-for-8 from the free throw line. The Hawkeyes had four players in double figures, with Megan Skouby (16 points) and JoAnn Hamlin (12 points) combining for 28 points off the bench. Iowa's bench outscored the IU subs, 34-7.
Braun got the Hoosiers on the board within the first minute of the first half on a jumper at the 18:59 mark. A pair of free throws by Smith put the Hawkeyes in the scoring column, but a layup by Amber Jackson kept IU up by two, 4-2. A 3-pointer by Smith gave Iowa its first lead, 5-4, but a jumper by Braun regained a one-point lead for the Hoosiers, 6-5, at the 16:36 mark. Another 3-pointer by Smith put the Hawks up by two, 8-6, but a layup by Jackson knotted the score with 15:05 remaining in the half. A jumper by Johanna Solverson ignited an 8-2 Iowa run the put the Hawkeyes up by six, 16-10, with 13:12 to go.
A jumper by Thomas stopped the run, but a pair of free throws by Megan Skouby increased the Hawkeyes' lead back to six, 18-12, with 11:37 on the clock. Back-to-back layups by Jackson and Thomas brought the Hoosiers within two, but a 3-pointer by Wendy Ausdemore sparked another Hawk run that increased their advantage to 10, 29-19, with 5:59 remaining in the first stanza. Another jumper by Thomas stopped the second Iowa run as the Hoosiers outscored the Hawkeyes, 14-7, to head into the break down by three, 36-33.
Braun had 14 of her 26 points in the first half and was just one point short of tying her career high. The Hawkeyes limited Jackson to just two points in the second half after the junior contributed nine in the first period.
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