Indiana Falls at Illinois, 73-62
Feb. 10, 2008
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Indiana women's basketball team suffered a 73-62 setback at the hands of Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 10, in Champaign. Four Hoosiers scored in double figures, led by Whitney Thomas' 19 points and seven rebounds.
The Hoosiers (14-10, 7-5 Big Ten) jumped out of the first half on back-to-back layups by Amber Jackson and Thomas to take a 4-0 lead within the first 1:15 of the game. But a 3-pointer by Lori Bjork sparked a 6-0 Illinois (14-10, 6-7 Big Ten) run that gave the Fighting Illini a 6-4 lead at the 16:50 mark. A layup by Kim Roberson the scored at six apiece, but a two-pointer by Jenna Smith regained a two-point advantage for Illinois.
Another layup by Jackson tied the score again, this time at eight apiece, but a 3-pointer by Chelsea Gordon ignited a 13-5 Illini run that put the home team ahead, 21-13, with 4:51 remaining in the half. A 6-2 Hoosier run cut Illinois' lead to four, 23-19, but U of I answered closing out the first stanza outscoring IU 6-2 to take a 29-21 lead into the break.
The Illini continued the run to start the second half, scoring the first 11 points of the half to take a 40-21 lead. However, the Hoosiers battled back after that, cutting the lead to 10 at 46-36 on a layup by Haylie Linn. But Illinois had another response and never let the Hoosiers get any closer on their way to picking up the win.
Thomas led Indiana with 19 points, including a 12-for-16 effort from the free throw line. Three other Hoosiers also reached double figures in scoring, as Roberson finished with 15 points and seven rebounds and three steals. Jackson had 14 points and six rebounds while Jamie Braun added 12 points and nine rebounds.
Smith finished with 30 points and Bjork had 19 to pace the Illini.
The Hoosiers struggled from the field shooting 33 percent to Illinois' 45 percent and Indiana made just two of its 14 3-point field goal attempts.
Indiana will return to action on Thursday when Michigan State comes to Bloomington for a 7 p.m. start.
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