Hoosiers Falter At Wisconsin, 60-53
Feb. 8, 2007
MADISON, Wis. - Freshman Jamie Braun led three Hoosiers in double figures with 16 points off the bench, but it was not enough as the Indiana University women's basketball team fell at Wisconsin, 60-53, on Thursday evening. Junior Nikki Smith tallied 15, including a perfect 7-of-7 performance from the free throw line, while sophomore Kim Roberson had 11 points in the loss for IU.
The two teams struggled offensively to start the contest before Rae Lin D'Alie scored the first basket of the game for Wisconsin (17-8, 6-6 Big Ten) with 16:04 on the clock. That started a 13-2 Badger run over the next nine minutes, but the Hoosiers (15-10, 4-8) rallied to go on a 17-4 run of their own to head into the break with the two-point advantage, 19-17. Indiana played solid defense throughout the half, tallying 10 steals and eight blocks prior to the break.
The Hoosiers carried that momentum into the start of the second half, outscoring Wisconsin, 12-7, in the first six minutes to take their largest lead of the game, seven points, 31-24, with 14:19 left to play. Wisconsin immediately answered back, as a jumper by Jolene Anderson sparked a 15-3 run that gave the Badgers a five-point advantage with nine minutes remaining.
Although the Hoosiers got back within one point, 49-48, on a 3-pointer by Braun with 2:53 left, Anderson responded with a 3 of her own and the Badgers sank all eight of their attempts from the charity stripe in the final minute of action to take the victory.
For the game, sophomore Whitney Thomas led the Hoosiers with eight rebounds. She also had five points, two blocks and two steals in the game. Senior Sarah McKay had six of IU's nine blocks in the contest while Braun picked up five of the 14 Hoosier steals.
The Hoosiers shot just 30.4 percent (17-of-56) from the floor while the Badgers went 19-of-59 from the field for a 32.2 shooting percentage. Wisconsin out rebounded Indiana, 48-33, including a 17-10 advantage on the offensive glass. The Hoosiers forced 20 Wisconsin turnovers and scored 18 points off of those miscues.
Anderson led all scorers with 20 points and was the lone player on the floor to record a double-double, pulling down 10 rebounds as well. D'Alie added 14 points for the Badgers while Mariah Dunham tallied 10. Danielle Ward led all players with 11 boards.
The Hoosiers will be back in action on Sunday, Feb. 11, when they travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to take on the Golden Gophers. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. EST and will be broadcast live on FSN North and CSN Chicago.
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