Hoosiers Lose Battle to Michigan State, 72-68
Feb. 14, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Despite four Hoosiers scoring in double-figures the Indiana women's basketball team lost a tough battle to Michigan State, 72-68, in Assembly Hall on Thursday, Feb. 14.
After two and half minutes without a basket from either team, the Spartans (15-11, 7-7 Big Ten) were the first team to got on the board on two free throws from Brittney Thomas at the 17:28 mark. A layup by Amber Jackson put the Hoosiers (14-11, 7-6 Big Ten) in the scoring column to knot the two teams at 2-2. IU and Michigan State traded the lead for the next three minutes until Ebony Jackson sank a 3-pointer to give the Hoosiers their largest lead of the half, 10-7, with 13:24 to go. However, that lead didn't last long as the Spartans answered with a layup by Kalisha Keane to cut IU's advantage to one, 10-9. Following a free throw by Amber Jackson, Allyssa DeHaan hit a jumper to tie the score at 11-11 at the 12:11 mark.
The two teams continued to trade the lead until a layup by Amber Jackson sparked a 5-0 Hoosier run that put IU up 26-21. A 3-pointer by Alisa Wulf brought Michigan State within two, 26-24, but a trey by Nikki Smith increased the IU back to five, with 2:56 to go. Michigan State's Taja Wilson nailed a pair of free throws at the 2:27 mark to narrow Indiana's lead back to three, 29-26, but a jumper by Georgia Follmer regained the five-point IU advantage. Another layup by Brittney Thomas with 31 seconds left in the half. IU's Jamie Braun went to the line with two seconds remaining, but she missed the mark as the two teams went into the break with the Hoosiers up, 31-28.
The Spartans came out of the half and scored the first bucket on a layup by Wilson to come within one, 31-30, just a minute into the half. IU answered as Whitney Thomas sank one-of-two from the charity stripe to regain a two-point advantage. A layup by Keane knotted the score at 32-32 with 16:22 on the clock, but a jumper by Braun put the Hoosiers back on top, 34-32, just 11 seconds later. The two teams kept on trading the lead until the 11:50 mark when Michigan State put together a 5-0 run to take a six-point lead, 50-44. But the Hoosiers answered with a 9-0 run to take a 53-50 lead with 6:52 to go in the game. A layup and a pair of free throws by DeHaan regained a one-point advantage for the Spartans, 54-53, at the 6:13 mark.
IU and Michigan State went back to trading the lead until the 1:23 mark when DeHaan put in a layup as the Spartans outscored the Hoosiers, 10-6, in the closing minute for the 72-68 win.
Braun led the Hoosiers with 15, including an 11-of-13 effort from the free throw line. She also recorded a team-high six boards and four assists. Amber Jackson scored 13 points, Smith netted 12 off the bench and Roberson added 11 in the loss.
DeHaan led all players with 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Keane and Wilson scored 12 points apiece.
Michigan State won the battle of the boards, 45-31, but IU converted eight steals off of 19 Spartan turnovers. MSU also outshot the Hoosiers, 38.3 percent (23-of-60) to 35.7 percent (20-of-56).
Indiana returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 17, when they host Michigan on National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The Hoosiers also encourage all fans to THINK PINK and join them in wearing pink to the game in support of breast cancer research. Tip-off against the Wolverines is set for noon ET and will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
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