Hoosiers Come Up Short At Iowa, 69-67
Feb. 5, 2009
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Trailing by 10 with 2:28 to play, the Indiana women's basketball team clawed back to within two at 63-61 with just over a minute to go but ran out of time in its comeback bid with a 69-67 loss at Iowa on Thursday night.
"We don't know how to quit," said head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "We felt like our backs were against the wall and the only thing we could do was compete, and that's what we did."
The loss drops the Hoosiers to 15-6, 8-4 in Big Ten play. Iowa improves to 14-8, 7-4 in conference action.
Junior Jamie Braun led Indiana with 21 points and eight rebounds in 39 minutes of action. Senior Kim Roberson had 16 points, seven rebounds and four steals on her stat line. Roberson now has 224 career steals, just six off the school mark of 230. Senior Whitney Thomas finished with 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds, leaving her 10 rebounds shy of 1,000 for her career.
Indiana struggled to find its shooting touch, connecting on just 21 of 75 attempts, a 28-percent clip. Included in that was a 7-for-28 performance at the three-point line. The Hoosiers did take advantage of their chances at the charity stripe, hitting 18 of 22 shots (81.8 percent).
"I'm pleased with my team," Legette-Jack said. "I wouldn't trade my team for anything in the world. I enjoy what we are doing. I enjoy how good we're going to continue to become. We're going to learn the lessons from this game. No team is going to come in and blow Indiana out, because we're going to compete. Our pressure had to step up. It was difficult to play with any sort of comfort with the way the fouls were going. It was a tight game. It was a free game at one point, but then it became a tight game, so we had to make some adjustments. There really wasn't a real flow to this game. We have to learn how to play when the flow isn't smooth and we're going to figure out how to win like this, too."
The Hoosiers won the battle of the boards, 49-37, and converted 18 Hawkeyes turnovers into 27 points.
The Hawkeyes jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first three minutes of the game, only to see IU's Whitney Lindsay score on a three-point play at the 16:23 mark to cut Iowa's lead to three, 8-5. Following a basket by Kristi Smith with 15:27 on the clock, the Hoosiers used a 7-2 run to knot the home team at 12-12. With almost three minutes passing without a basket, Iowa outscored Indiana, 15-10, in the final 10 minutes of the half to take a 27-22 lead into the break.
Iowa scored first in the second half on a layup from Megan Skouby to increase its advantage to 29-22, eight seconds into the second stanza. Smith sank a pair of free throws at the 19:28 mark to give the Hawkeyes a nine-point edge, 31-22, but a layup by Amber Jackson with 18:21 to go cut it back to seven, 31-24. Following another free throw by Smith, the Hoosiers used a 17-8 run, ignited by a 3-pointer from Braun, to take a 41-40 lead, with 9:52 left to play. A pair of free throws from Wendy Ausdemore with 9:34 on the clock, sparked an 8-0 Iowa run that gave the Hawkeyes at 47-41 lead with 8:29 to go in the game. At the 6:16 mark, Roberson sank two of three free throws to bring Indiana back within four, 47-43. However, a layup from Kachine Alexander at the 5:57 mark started a 14-4 run for the Hawkeyes that gave them a 13-point lead, 61-48. But the Hoosiers fought back using a pair of free throws by Roberson with 2:58 remaining to ignite a 17-6 run that kept Indiana within two, 67-65, with 34.9 seconds to go.
Indiana returns to the court on Sunday, Feb. 8 when it plays host to Illinois at Assembly Hall. Game time is 12:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
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