Strong Second Half Propels Iowa over Indiana
Feb. 5, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A strong shooting effort in the second half was all Iowa needed to top Indiana on Sunday afternoon in Assembly Hall, 83-64. IU's Sasha Chaplin scored a season-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Jasmine McGhee poured in 14 points for the Hoosiers.
Indiana's (5-19, 0-11) biggest lead of the half was three points at 8-5 after a Simone Deloach field goal with 16:52 on the clock. The Hawkeyes (14-10, 6-5) then scored seven-consecutive points to lead by four, 12-8, with 14:50 to go.
Iowa later increased its advantage to 20-12 halfway through the opening stanza. Chaplin hit a pair of free throws before the Hawkeyes hit one of two from the charity stripe on the other end. Chaplin then scored on a jumper before McGhee connected on a field goal to put IU within three, 21-18.
Just as they did earlier, the Hawkeyes added to their lead to pull ahead by seven, 27-20, with 4:24 until halftime. The Hoosiers then put together a quick 6-0 run capped by a pair of free throws from Milika Taufa with 2:51 to play and IU trailing, 27-26.
Iowa then jumped ahead by seven once again before Taufa nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 13 seconds left as the Hawkeyes led going into the break, 35-31.
Out of the locker room, Indiana's Deloach hit a layup on IU's first possession to pull within two, 35-33. The Hawkeyes did not let that faze them as they outscored IU 14-6 over the next 4:32 to lead by 10, 49-39, with 15:11 to play.
Chaplin scored at the 14:57 mark to pull Indiana within eight, but Iowa fired right back with a 3-pointer from Melissa Dixon to take its lead up to double-digits. A Kristiana Stauere 3-point field goal for the Hoosiers put IU within eight again, 52-44.
That deficit was the closest Indiana would be able to get as Iowa's 70-percent shooting in the second half was too much to overcome as the Hawkeyes held on for the win.
Indiana won the battle of the boards, 49-30. Taufa scored eight points and brought in a career-high nine boards in the game to lead IU in rebounding. Chaplin scored 20 points for the first time this season while shooting 6-of-14 from the field. McGhee also skied for eight rebounds in the game as Andrea Newbauer had six assists. Deloach started for the first time this season and finished with six points and eight rebounds.
The Hawkeyes had four players score in double-figures led by Kamille Whalin's 22 points. Iowa edged IU in points in the paint, 36-34, and scored 28 points off of 20 Indiana turnovers.
The Hoosiers will have a week between games and will return to Assembly Hall on Sunday, Feb. 12, to take on Illinois. That game will tip at 2 p.m. ET.
Simone Deloach started for the first time this season on Sunday and finished with six points and eight rebounds. Deloach has now started six games in her career. Deloach also had a season-best two steals on the day.
Milika Taufa led Indiana in rebounding for the second time this season, finishing with nine boards. The sophomore also scored eight points in the game.
Jasmine McGhee scored in double-figures for the 13th time this season with 14 points and added eight rebounds. McGhee also had a steal and block.
Andrea Newbauer dished for a team-high six assists in the game. Newbauer has had five or more assists in six games this season.
Aulani Sinclair had a season-best two blocks in the game, which also ties her career-high.
Indiana reserves outscored the Hawkeye bench, 20-15.
IU won the rebounding battle, 49-30, finishing with 21 offensive boards. Indiana has outrebounded its opponent in 12 games this season.
The Hoosiers had 16 second-chance points to Iowa's seven.
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