Indiana Falls in a Tight One to No. 23 Penn State, 80-77
Feb. 13, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers did not relinquish the lead until Penn State jumped ahead with 40 seconds to play in the game, then went on to win, 80-77, at Assembly Hall on Sunday afternoon. Indiana (9-16, 3-9) shot 51.9 percent for the game, but could not contain the Lady Lions (21-6, 10-3) down the stretch. Senior All-America and All-Big Ten candidate Jori Davis led all scorers with 27 points as Aulani Sinclair added 16 points and Whitney Lindsay scored 15 for the Hoosiers.
Indiana caught fire from the outset, beginning with back-to-back 3-point field goals from Sinclair on consecutive possessions to jump ahead, 6-3, in the game's first 1:22.
Davis then went on a rampage scoring 13-consecutive points for Indiana over a 3:57 span as IU led, 19-9. Andrea McGuirt followed with a jumper and then Lindsay hit a 3-point field goal to cap an 18-6 Indiana run in building the Hoosier lead to 15, 24-9, with 11:25 left in the half.
Penn State bounced back to cut the Hoosier lead to seven, 33-26, at the 4:50 mark. But IU sustained that push with another 3-point field goal from Lindsay and a McGuirt field goal to extend the lead to 12.
The Lady Lions again cut the lead to single digits, 40-32, after a Julia Trogele jumper with 28 seconds left in the half. But IU seized the halftime momentum as Lindsay found an open Elam in the corner for a 3-point bomb at the horn to make it a 43-32 score at the half.
The Hoosiers shot 58.6 percent in the first half, the highest percentage for a half this season, and forced 10 PSU turnovers, turning those mistakes into 14 points.
Out of the break, Indiana extended its advantage to 53-40 with 15:56 to play. PSU then outscored IU 12-5 over the next 2:09 to make it a six-point game, 58-52. But just as they had done the entire game, the Hoosiers responded with an 8-2 spurt to make it a double-digit lead again, 66-54, with 8:21 remaining.
The Lady Lions returned the favor with an 8-2 run of their own to make a six-point game again, 68-62, with 7:03 left in the game. IU shut the door once more with a Davis jumper followed by Sinclair slashing though the lane for a layup to extend the lead to 10, 72-62.
Penn State then put together a 7-0 run to make it a 72-69 game at the 4:00 mark. McGuirt responded with a drive to the rim for a layup to extend the lead back to five, 74-69.
On a later Indiana possession, PSU's Alex Bentley stole the ball away for a fast break layup to make it a 74-71 game with 2:49 to play. Davis followed that with a pair of free throws at the 2:34 mark and the score, 76-71, in favor of IU.
Penn State's Maggie Lucas fired right back with a 3-point field goal that hit every part of the rim before it fell to cut the deficit to two, 76-74. McGuirt converted on 1-of-2 free throws on Indiana's next possession as the Hoosiers pushed the lead back to three, 77-74.
Just seconds later, Julia Trogele hit a jumper for the Lady Lions to make a one point game. On the next IU possession, Lindsay turned the ball over and after a PSU timeout, Nikki Greene connected on a layup in the paint to give Penn State it's first lead of the contest, 78-77, with 40 seconds remaining.
Hope Elam then missed a jumper for Indiana, Bentley grabbed the long rebound for Penn State and found Zhaque Gray for a breakaway layup in the final seconds to seal the deal for the Lady Lions.
"Our fight was tremendous, we played with such energy, such desire to represent Indiana University," Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. "I am very proud of these young ladies. We beat them for 39 minutes. Unfortunately, that last minute, we are going to have to continue to get better. We have gotten better today, we had people step up, we played defense...we played as a unit, we played as a tough University. We did all the good things tonight."
For the game, Indiana shot 51.9 percent from the floor overall, and 52.9 percent from long distance, both of which are season-high marks. IU also shot 87.5 percent (14-of-16) from the free line. Penn State won the rebounding battle, 33-20 and was led in scoring by Lucas who finished with 18 points.
Indiana will take to the road to face Michigan in Ann Arbor on Wednesday night. That game is slated to begin at 7 p.m. ET.
- Sophomore Aulani Sinclair finished with 16 points in the game, her first double-digit point performance since she scored 12 at Iowa on Jan. 16. It marks the fourth time this season Sinclair has scored 16 or more points. Sinclair shot 5-of-9 from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range.
- Senior Whitney Lindsay netted 15 points in the game to go along with six assists and three steals. Lindsay was 5-of-9 from the floor and 2-of-3 from long range.
- Senior Andrea McGuirt finished the game with nine points and five rebounds. Her highest point total since she scored 12 to start the season at Ball State on Nov. 12. McGuirt shot 4-of-5 from the field and has now tallied five or more rebounds in five games this year.
- Indiana shot 51.9 percent for the game, which is the highest percentage the Hoosiers have shot in a game for the entire season. IU shot 58.6 percent in the first half, also the highest total for the team in a half this year.
- The Hoosiers connected on 52.9 percent (9-of-17) of their 3-point field goal attempts, also a season-high mark.
- Indiana grabbed 10 steals in the game, marking the 14th time this season the Hoosiers have tallied 10 or more steals in a game.
- Indiana outscored Penn State in points off turnovers, 23-16.
- IU shot 87.5 percent (14-of-16) from the free throw line, the highest total for a single game this season. The Hoosiers have shot 80 percent or better in four games this year.
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