Thomas Reached 1,000 Career Rebounds, Hoosiers Fall to Illinois, 66-59
Feb. 8, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas recorded her 30th career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Indiana women's basketball team (15-7, 8-5) fell to Illinois, 66-59, on National Girls and Women in Sports Day in Assembly Hall on Sunday, Feb. 8.
Thomas also became the second Hoosier to reach 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds in her career at Indiana when she pulled down her 10th board at the 11:54 mark in the second half. Denise Jackson ended her career at IU with 1,917 points and 1,273 rebounds (1981-84). Thomas' 30th career double-double makes her the active leader in the Big Ten in career double-doubles and ranks her fourth all-time in the IU record book. She also recorded two assists and one steal, and is now is three steals from tying the school record of 230 career thefts.
Sophomore Jori Davis tallied 12 points and added three rebounds, one assist and one steal. Junior Jamie Braun scored 11 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and tallied five assists and two steals. Senior Kim Roberson also netted 11 points and added six rebounds and three steals. She is also three steals shy of tying the Hoosier career steals record.
The Fighting Illini (7-17, 3-10) opened the game with back-to-back baskets from Fabiola Josil and Lacey Simpson within the first two minutes of the half. The Hoosiers answered with a 3-pointer from Braun and a layup from Roberson to give IU a one-point edge at the 16:33 mark. However, Illinois responded with an 18-9 run to take a 23-14 lead with 5:11 remaining in the first stanza. The Hoosiers sank 8-of-10 free throws in the final five minutes of the half and held Illinois to just one field goal to mount a comeback and head into the break down by four, 28-24.
The Hoosiers came out firing in the second half, using a pair of free throws from Roberson and a layup from Davis to knot the game at 28-28, with 18:33 on the clock. Illinois answered with a 3-pointer from Josil at the 18:01 mark to take a 31-28 lead. The two teams battled point-for-point, knotting the game four times before Illinois put together a 14-5 run beginning at the 9:43 mark, to take a 57-50 lead with 5:21 to go in the game. Indiana came back within four on a 3-pointer from Thomas, but the Fighting Illini kept the advantage by using the free throw line in the closing minutes for the 66-59 win.
Indiana shot 31.1 percent (19-of-61) from the field, 33.3 percent (6-of-18) from 3-point line and 78.9 percent (15-of-19) from the free throw line on the day. The Hoosiers won the battle of the boards, 42-33, and recorded nine steals off of 20 Illinois miscues.
The Hoosiers return to action on Thursday, Feb. 12 when they host Michigan State at 7 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall on the Big Ten Network.
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