Indiana Falls to Iowa, 71-67
Feb. 11, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three players scored in double-digits with senior Jamie Braun leading the way with 20 points, but it wasn't enough as the Indiana women's basketball team lost a battle to Iowa, 71-67, in Assembly Hall.
Braun sank 7-of-19 from the field, including three 3-pointers, and added four rebounds and two assists in 38 minutes. Junior Hope Elam scored 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor and was a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. She added four rebounds and one assist. Junior Jori Davis netted 12 points, with six coming from the free throw line. She also led the team with seven rebounds and five assists.
"We are a very young team here," said IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "We are going to have some courage sometimes and sometimes we are not going to have any courage. This particular game I think we as leaders of a young team, that we failed them because we didn't have the courage to make tough decisions. We will get better. We will take this one and learn the lesson."
The Hoosiers (13-11, 6-7) and Hawkeyes (13-11, 6-7) fought back and forth in the first half with five lead changes and the score knotted seven times. IU played tight defense in the first stanza, forcing Iowa into nine turnovers, while only committing just one.
After trading the lead for most of the half, a jumper by Braun at the 10:40 mark sparked a 5-0 Hoosier run that gave IU a 21-17 lead with 9:12 to go. However, the Hawks came back to tie the score for a fifth time at 23-23 with 6:49 to go, but the Hoosiers answered again with a 3-pointer from Braun at the 6:09 mark. The two teams continued to trade the lead for the remainder of the half before heading into the break with the score tied, 32-32.
IU came out of the break and broke the tie on a jumper from junior Whitney Lindsay as the Hoosiers outscored the Hawkeyes, 29-20, in the first 15 minutes of the second half to take a 61-54 lead. A 3-pointer from Iowa's Jaime Printy at the 4:44 mark opened an 8-0 run that gave the Hawkeyes a 62-61 lead with 3:47 to go. IU answered with a 3-pointer from junior Andrea McGuirt at the 3:19 mark, but three straight free throws from Kelly Krel kept Iowa with a one-point lead, 65-64. The Hawkeyes maintained the lead for the final two minutes of the game en route to the 71-67 victory.
Lindsay scored nine points and added four rebounds, four assists and three steals. McGuirt scored seven points off the bench and recorded two rebounds.
"Andrea played significant minutes today," said Legette-Jack. "Her defense is really good, and every single game she is taking ownership and trying to be the reason why we become successful. I loved her drive."
The Hoosiers shot 36.7 percent (22-of-60) from the floor, while Iowa shot 38.5 percent (25-of-65) from the field. IU also netted 83.3 percent (15-of-18) of its free throws and tallied 12 assists and five steals as a team. The Hawkeyes won the battle on the boards, 53-29, but the Hoosiers scored 19 points off of 15 Iowa turnovers.
Indiana returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 14, when it travels to Madison to take on Wisconsin at 7 p.m. ET.
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