Hoosiers Outlasted by Michigan State in OT, 71-65
Feb. 12, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three Hoosiers scored in double-digits, but it wasn't enough as the Indiana women's basketball team (15-8, 8-6) was outlasted by Michigan State, 71-65, in overtime.
Sophomore Jori Davis led Indiana with 19 points on 11-of-12 shooting from the free throw and a pair of 3-pointers. Junior Jamie Braun added 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals, and senior Amber Jackson netted 10 points. Senior Whitney Thomas recorded nine points, eight rebounds and three steals to tie Indiana's career steals mark of 230, set by Jenny DeMuth (2002-06).
The Spartans (18-7, 11-3) were the first to score in the opening stanza as Aisha Jefferson put in a layup just four seconds into the game. IU answered with a 3-pointer from Thomas at the 18:14 mark. However, both teams went scoreless for nearly four minutes before Porsche Poole tipped in the ball to give MSU a 4-3 lead. The Hoosiers regained the advantage on the next possession with Thomas sinking a jumper and Jackson following with another jumper to give IU a 7-4 lead with 12:07 on the clock. A jumper from Alyssa DeHaan started an 8-2 run for the Michigan State, which gave it a 12-9 edge with 7:11 to go in the half. The Hoosiers answered with a 6-0 run to take a 15-12 lead on a pair of free throws from Danilsa Andujar at the 5:25 mark. But the Spartans came back again, this time outscoring Indiana, 13-4, in the final 5:09 of the half to take a 25-19 lead into the break.
The Hoosiers opened the second half on a 14-4 run to take a 33-29 lead with 11:55 remaining in the game. A 3-pointer from Poole at the 11:26 mark stopped the IU run and brought Michigan State back within one, 33-32. The Spartans regained a two-point advantage with a layup from Lykendra Johnson with 10:31 on the clock. A 3-pointer from Braun with 9:10 to go returned the lead to IU, but Michigan State answered again with a 3-pointer of its own, this time from Mia Johnson at the 8:56 mark. Braun sank a jumper with 8:02 on the clock, and Thomas followed with another at the 7:36 mark to return a three-point advantage to the home team, but Michigan State used a 3-pointer from Jefferson to ignite an 11-4 run to regain a four-point lead with 3:55 to play. Indiana came back to tie the score for a sixth time in the second half only to see Michigan State do the same to send it into overtime.
The Spartans dominated in overtime, opening it up with a 10-1 run to take a 67-58 lead with 50 seconds remaining. MSU closed out the OT keeping at least a five-point advantage for the 71-65 win.
The Hoosiers forced Michigan State into committing 26 turnovers, while IU recorded 10 steals. The Spartans won the battle of the boards, 41-29. IU shot 30.0 percent (18-of-60) from the field and 85.7 percent (24-of-28) from the free throw line.
Indiana returns to action on Monday, Feb. 16, when they travel to Madison to battle Wisconsin at 8 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.
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