Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Rally Past Minnesota, 69-65

    Go Hoosiers! Kim Roberson scored a game-high 20 points to pace five Hoosiers in double figures.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Kim Roberson scored a game-high 20 points to pace five Hoosiers in double figures.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 4, 2007

    Box Score

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- Five scored in double figures as Indiana overcame a 16-point first-half deficit to down Minnesota, 69-65, on Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall on Sunday, Feb. 4.

    A 21-13 Indiana run capped by a Sarah McKay layup gave the Hoosiers (15-9, 4-7 Big Ten) their first lead of the game, 50-48, with 9:14 remaining on the clock. The Golden Gophers (13-11, 5-6) and IU traded the lead for nearly two minutes before the Hoosiers took a four-point advantage, 62-58, on back-to-back field goals by Kim Roberson. The Gophers used a 5-0 run to take a one-point lead, but Indiana battled back on a 5-2 run of its own to maintain a two-point advantage. A layup from Jamie Braun with 29 seconds to go sealed the 69-65 win for the Hoosiers.

    Minnesota took a five-point lead within the first three minutes of the game, only to see the Hoosiers cut it down to three, 9-6, with 14:50 on the clock. An 18-5 Gopher run increased Minnesota's advantage to 27-11 with five minutes remaining in the first half. However, the Hoosiers used a 16-6 run in the final four and half minutes to head into the break down by six, 33-27.

    The Gophers came out firing in the second stanza on a jumper by Brittany McCoy, but the Hoosiers matched the Minnesota field goal with a layup from McKay to keep the deficit at six, 35-29, with 19:32 remaining in the game. Roberson hit a pair of free throws that sparked IU's 21-13 run, which included six points from Whitney Thomas.

    Roberson led all players with 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting from floor and a perfect 7-of-7 effort from the charity stripe. Braun netted 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and also led IU on the boards with six. Nikki Smith, McKay and Thomas each scored 10 points apiece.



    Emily Fox led Minnesota with 15 points and eight rebounds.

    Indiana overcame poor shooting in the first half to record a 46.4 shooting percentage (26-of-56) from the floor. Minnesota dominated the boards, outrebounding the Hoosiers, 39-22, but Indiana registered 13 steals off of 25 Gopher turnovers.

    The Hoosiers return to action on Thursday, Feb. 8, when they visit Madison and take on the Wisconsin Badgers at 8 p.m. EST.

    Indiana vs. Minnesota
    Postgame Quotes
    Feb. 4, 2007

    Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack
    Opening statement:
    "I tell you, this is something different than what we've done in the past. We had our backs against the wall and usually in the past, before we made the commitment that we were going to stay with Indiana women's basketball, we would surrender that. But, this team fought and they fought, we made some changes, we had to belly up and get tough. We made a change at halftime and I thought Leah (Enterline) got better when she came off the bench. Whitney (Thomas), she struggled in the first half and she decided I don't care about me, it's about this team, and she gave all of herself. Kim (Roberson) did a great job coming off the bench and inspiring us. She'd just give us a lift every time. Jamie (Braun) didn't play like a freshman today."

    On the changes made at halftime:
    "We started Jamie over Leah. She brought a lot of energy when she came off the bench and we decided that we weren't going to start with energy coming off the bench. We wanted the energy to start at the beginning and it was definitely in our favor that way. ... One thing I recognized in the first half was that we only had two assists. We can't get a flow that way, we have to have points that come off a pass to give you a rhythm. We're a team that has to be in rhythm and once we found that we were able to do some fun things out there."

    On coming back in the game:
    "It had a lot to do with Minnesota and their defense. They played just some wonderful defense and we will definitely have to look at this film to figure out what changes we are going to make when we play them later on. Their defense was great, and my assistant coaches got together and came up with a tweak in our press break and we made some adjustments defensively and came out and they followed the game play. This team just decided to follow and they just changed with us. That's a sign of a team that is maturing through the season."

    Sophomore Kim Roberson
    On how the team changed its play in the second half:
    "I think we attacked the basket more - made jump shots and layups. We got open on executing plays, so we made shots in the flow, which I think made our opportunities a lot better."

    Sophomore Whitney Thomas
    On how she changed her play in the second half:
    "Coach Jack told me to get outside of myself, and I just focused when I had the ball and made sure it went in."

    Freshman Jamie Braun
    On the layup she made with 29 second remaining in the game; "I got pretty lucky. I thought I had Sarah open and then I just saw it go off of her hand and went after the ball. I think that was a pretty good turning point."


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