Hoosiers Rally Past Minnesota, 69-65
Feb. 4, 2007
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
Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack
On the changes made at halftime:
On coming back in the game:
Sophomore Kim Roberson
Sophomore Whitney Thomas
Freshman Jamie Braun
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