Indiana Wins on the Road at Illinois, 59-52
Feb. 10, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers picked up a win at Illinois on Thursday night, 59-52. Seniors Jori Davis, Hope Elam and Whitney Lindsay combined to score 50 of IU's 59 points with Lindsay hitting clutch free throws down the stretch. Davis finished with a game-high 24 points as Elam and Lindsay each scored 13. The win ends a nine-game skid for Indiana (9-15, 3-9).
Illinois (7-18, 2-10) owned a slight 11-10 lead after a Karisma Penn free throw to finish a three-point play with 14:08 to play in the first half. Davis responded with a 3-point field goal and Elam followed with her first field goal off the bench at the 11:09 mark. Elam then nailed a 3-point shot of her own to cap an 8-0 Hoosier run and built the lead to seven, 18-11.
The Illini then cut back into the IU lead to trail by just two, 19-17, with 7:11 remaining in the half. Indiana again found its stroke with another Elam field goal from long range, which sparked a 14-4 outburst over a 5:02 span and was capped by a Davis layup with 1:48 on the clock. Illinois managed to nail a jumper in the final minute of the half, but the Hoosiers held the halftime advantage, 33-23.
Illinois came out of the locker room with an 11-3 run in the first 7:19 of the half to make it a two-point game, 36-34. Indiana could only manage one field goal during that span until Davis silenced the Illini push with a layup and free throw to complete the old-fashioned three-point play at the 12:16 mark. The Illini then scored back-to-back buckets again to cut into IU's lead, 39-38, with 9:53 left in the game.
The teams traded points again with the score reading, 41-40, in favor of IU. Davis hit on a pair of free throws then nailed a 3-point bomb from straight away to increase the lead to six. Elam hit a jumper before Illinois' Amber Moore hit a field goal to make it a 48-42 ballgame with 5:52 to play. Davis then found a cutting Danilsa Andujar for a layup to finish off a 9-2 Indiana run.
Illinois countered with a 3-pointer and the score, 50-45, with 4:45 to play. Davis hit another jumper for her 24th point of the game and Whitney Lindsay hit a pair of free throws to increase the advantage to nine with 3:39 remaining.
The Illini did not go away quietly as they cut the deficit to three with 49 seconds remaining. But it was senior Whitney Lindsay who stepped up in the final moments nailing 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to preserve the victory for Indiana.
"We're coming back home winning a basketball game," Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. "Our young ladies have been working very hard to find success bigger than the game of basketball. Tonight we showed what we do in practice, we finally brought it to the lights. What an exciting opportunity to get out there and really find that success when the lights were on."
One key to victory was that Indiana won the rebounding battle, 40-34. The Hoosiers shot 40.8 percent from the floor and 14-of-20 from the free throw line for the game, led by Lindsay's 9-of-10 from the charity stripe.
Indiana will host Penn State on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 12:30 p.m. ET at Assembly Hall. It's the annual Pink Zone Game and fans wearing pink to the game will be charged just $2 for admission. The game will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.
- Freshman Simone Deloach grabbed six rebounds in 11 minutes of play, her best total since grabbing a career-high eight against Memphis on Nov. 18.
- Senior Hope Elam scored 13 points playing in her hometown of Champaign, Ill. Elam has scored in double figures 16 times this season, including the last five games consecutively. Elam started the game hitting her first four shots including 3-of-3 from 3-point range.
- Senior All-America and All-Big Ten candidate Jori Davis scored 24 points to lead all scorers in the game. It marks the ninth time this year that Davis has scored 20 or more points in a game and it is her 23rd game in double-figures this season. Davis hit nine field goals to tie a season-high mark and grabbed five boards.
- Senior Whitney Lindsay scored 13 points in the win going 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Lindsay has scored in double-figures 12 times this year She also had five assists and two steals in the game.
- Indiana won the rebounding battle, 40-34. Indiana is now 6-2 in games this year where it outrebounds an opponent.
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