Feb. 12, 2012
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana fell in a tough one at home on Sunday afternoon as Illinois hit a field goal with under a second remaining to take the 61-60 win. The Hoosiers trailed by as many as eight points in the second half before the Illini scored the final five points of the game to top IU. Aulani Sinclair led the way for Indiana with 17 points as Sasha Chaplin scored 14 points and Jasmine McGhee added 11.
The teams traded buckets to start and Illinois (10-16, 4-9) led early, 4-3. Danilsa Andujar made good a jumper to put Indiana (5-20, 0-12) ahead. McGhee and Sinclair followed with back-to-back field goals to put the Hoosiers ahead by five. Andujar then capped a 7-0 run for Indiana with a free throw as IU led, 10-4, with 12:56 on the clock.
The Illini worked their way back to within four of the Hoosiers, 16-12, with 9:43 remaining. IU's Chaplin hit a pair of free throws before Sinclair nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key to propel Indiana to a nine-point advantage. McGhee made it seven-consecutive points for the home team to give the Hoosiers their biggest lead of the half, 23-12, with 7:43 to go.
Indiana's lead evaporated quickly as Illinois went on 14-2 run over a 3:18 span to retake the lead, 26-25, with 4:06 until halftime. The Illini rode that momentum until the break, taking a 33-32 lead into the locker room after a Karisma Penn field goal at the horn.
The second half opened with runs from each side of the ledger. Illinois scored the first five points of the half to increase its lead to six, 38-32. Indiana followed with a 6-0 run of its own to tie the game right back up at 38-38 with 14:11 to go. The Illini then fired back with six-straight points to pull ahead again, 44-38. Illinois increased its lead up to as much as eight, as the score read 48-40 with 8:56 left in the ballgame.
IU then began to mount a comeback. Chaplin hit a jumper to make the deficit six points. Sinclair then took over on the offensive end scoring on three-consecutive possessions to will her team back into it to tie the game at 48-48 with 6:07 on the clock. It would be a back-and-forth battle from this point on.
Illinois and IU traded free throws, before trading field goals as the score remained knotted at 52-52. The Illini jumped ahead, 54-52, after an Alexis Burke layup with 3:41 to play. Chaplin answered for Indiana with a field goal to tie the game again, before Newbauer drove the left side of the lane for a lay in with 2:48 remaining and IU leading, 56-54.
Chaplin then nailed a pair from the charity stripe to give the Hoosiers a four-point cushion, 58-54. Illinois did not quit as Karisma Penn hit two free throws to make put the Illini within a possession, 58-56, with just over a minute to go.
Newbauer found an open McGhee for a jumper on Indiana's next possession to make it a 60-56 Hoosier advantage with under a minute left in the ballgame. IU did force an Illini miss on Illinois' next possession, but the rebound fell into Adrienne Golbold's hands for the Illini, and she made good on the put-back layup and was fouled in the process. Golbold hit the free throw with 43 seconds remaining to put her team within one of Indiana, 60-59.
On IU's next possession, Sinclair was blocked as she went to the rim. Illinois then missed a field goal, but again grabbed an offensive board and called timeout with just 10 seconds to play.
The Illini had the ball for an inbound play under their own basket out of the timeout. They successfully entered the ball before Penn missed with her field goal attempt, but again Illinois found the offensive rebound and Lydia McCully connected on a jumper to put the Illini ahead, 61-60, with 0.6 of a second left on the clock.
Indiana's final hail mary pass attempt on the inbound was tipped away as Illinois picked up the road victory.
The Hoosier bench scored 40 of IU's 60 points in the game, led by Sinclair's 17. Indiana outrebounded Illinois, 47-32, and the Hoosiers also forced 20 Illini turnovers. Illinois shot 41.1 percent for the game and had three players in double-figures led by Penn's 23 points.
Indiana will hit the road to take on Ohio State on Thursday in Columbus. That game will tip at 7 p.m. ET.
Aulani Sinclair scored a team-high 17 points in the game, which marks the 14th time this season she has scored in double-figures. Sinclair shot 8-of-15 from the field and brought in a season-high tying seven rebounds. The junior also added two steals.
Sasha Chaplin finished with 14 points on the day, marking her 10th game this season scoring 10 or more points. She has scored in double-figures in three of the last four games. Chaplin also tied for the team lead with seven boards in the game and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. The redshirt junior also added two steals.
Jasmine McGhee rounded out IU's double-digit scorers with 11 points on the day. She has tallied double-figures in 13 games this season, including five times in Indiana's last seven games. McGhee had four boards on the day and two steals.
Danilsa Andujar hit her first career 3-point field goal at the 15:07 mark of the second half to pull IU within one, 38-37.
Indiana forced 20 Illini turnovers in the game, marking the first time IU had forced 20 or more opponent turnovers since causing 20 Michigan State mistakes on Dec. 30.
Indiana's bench scored 40 of IU's 60 points on the day, which calculates to 66.7 percent of the team's total point output. Sinclair and McGhee led the Hoosier reserves with a combined 28 points. Other non-starters scoring were Danilsa Andujar with six points, Milike Taufa with three points, Quaneisha McCurty with two points and Candyce Ussery with one.
IU won the rebounding battle, 47-32, marking the 13th time this season that the Hoosiers have won the battle of the glass.
The Hoosiers had 21 offensive boards in the game and outscored the Illini in second-chance points, 19-14.
The Hoosiers had 10 steals on the afternoon, marking the first time IU has had 10 or more steals in a game since accomplishing 14 against Michigan State on Dec. 30.
Alisha Goodwin and Kristiana Stauere each started for the first time this season.