Indiana Lets One Slip Away at Home Against Minnesota
Feb. 3, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In a tight game on Thursday night, the Hoosiers let a late lead slip from their grasp as Minnesota picked up the win in Bloomington, 65-59. The Gophers used a late run to win its third-consecutive game. Senior All-America and All-Big Ten candidate Jori Davis led all scorers with 22 points. Hope Elam and Whitney Lindsay also netted double-figures for IU, as each finished with 14 points.
Early in the game, Minnesota (11-12, 3-7) jumped to a 6-4 lead with 15:49 to play in the first half. The Hoosiers (8-14, 2-8) countered with a 3-point field goal from Lindsay, then a steal by Simone Deloach turned into a jumper on the offensive end by Davis to give IU the three point advantage, 9-6. Minnesota's Katie Loberg then hit a jumper to pull within one, but Davis followed with another field goal to make the score 11-8.
The Gophers then went on a 6-0 spurt to take the lead back, 14-11, with 11:06 to go in the half. The Hoosiers put together five-consecutive points with free throws by Lindsay and an Elam make from long range to lead again, 16-14, with 8:40 on the clock.
Both teams would continue to battle back and forth during the opening stanza, but it was IU that gained the momentum heading into the locker room. Trailing 26-23, the Hoosiers put together a 9-3 run in the final 1:29 of the half, capped by an Elam 3-point bomb with seven seconds on the clock to take the lead into the break, 32-29.
Indiana followed its end of the half flourish by building the lead to eight points in the first 4:27 of the second half with the score, 41-33. Minnesota responded with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to one, but it was silenced as Davis found Lindsay for a 3-pointer. On the following Gopher possession, Lindsay stole the ball right back and returned the favor to Davis by finding her for a fastbreak layup as she was fouled. Davis completed the three-point play with 10:38 to play and the score, 47-40.
Once again, Minnesota clawed back into the game, cutting the deficit to three, 49-46, with 9:17 left. Davis then scored six-consecutive points for IU to build the biggest lead of the night for the Hoosiers at nine, 55-46, with 7:52 left in regulation.
This is when the Gophers made their move with an 11-0 run to take their first lead of the second half, 57-55, at the 3:59 mark. Davis hit a free throw to cut the deficit to one, but Minnesota finished the game outscoring Indiana, 8-1, to earn its first road Big Ten win of the season.
"All our kids left it out there," Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. "Our coaches coached the best they could and we had a great game plan...I thought we got better today. We played basketball up to the 34-35 minute mark, we put a good game plan together and we executed it and we had good subs. We had them on their heels a lot, and my hope is that we continue to grow from those 34 minutes and stretch those minutes to 36 and 37, and hopefully a 40 minute game."
Indiana welcomes Wisconsin to Assembly Hall on Sunday afternoon. That game will tip at 2 p.m. ET.
- Senior Hope Elam scored in double-figures for the 14th time this year with 14 points. She has netted 14 or more points in each of the last three games and is averaging 17.7 points in those three contests. Elam has hit three or more 3-point field goals in each of those games.
- Whitney Lindsay returned to the lineup after missing Indiana's last game due to injury and scored 14 points while playing 31 minutes. Lindsay was a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point range.
- Freshman Simone Deloach started tonight, her first start since Nov. 24 against St. Louis.
- The Hoosiers took away 10 steals in the game, marking the 13th time IU has had 10 more steals in a game this season.
- Indiana won the battle of the offensive glass, 13-8.
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