Hoosiers Suffer Tough Loss at Wisconsin, 66-58
Feb. 14, 2010
MADISON, Wis. - After being down by 13 in the first half, the Indiana women's basketball team made a valiant comeback behind senior Jamie Braun's 20 points, but it wasn't enough as the Hoosiers (13-12, 6-8) suffered a tough loss at Wisconsin, 66-58, on Sunday, Feb. 14.
In her final game in her homestate, Braun sank 6-of-15 from the field, including three from beyond the arc, and added four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 39 minutes. Redshirt freshman Sasha Chaplin scored 13 points and added four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot in 23 minutes off the bench. It was Chaplin's first game since Jan. 3 after missing the last 10 games with an injury. Junior Whitney Lindsay also reached double-digits with 12 points, to go along with four assists and three steals in 32 minutes.
"(Jamie) plays to win all the time," said IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "She's a kid that has played this game as pure as it can be. She wanted to play to make (the state of Wisconsin) proud and I think she left impression."
The Hoosiers and Badgers (18-7, 8-6) came out matching each other point-for-point in the first four minutes of the game only to see Wisconsin use a 14-4 run to take an 25-12 lead with 9:20 to go in the first stanza. A layup by Chaplin at the 8:42 mark stopped the UW run and sparked an 11-4 IU run that brought the Hoosiers back within six, 29-23, with 4:09 to go in the half. A layup from Wisconsin's Lin Zastrow at the 3:42 mark ended the Indiana run and increased the Badgers lead back to eight. However, the Hoosiers tightened up on defense and held Wisconsin without a basket for the final 3:41 of the half to come within six, 31-25, at the break.
The Hoosiers came out of the second half outscoring the Badgers, 9-5, to come within two, 36-34, with 16:02 to go. A jumper from UW's Alyssa Karel at the 13:26 mark kept the Badgers with a four-point lead, but a 3-pointer by Braun and a circus shot by Ashlee Mells gave the Hoosiers their first lead of the game, 41-40, with 10:14 to play. A pair of free throws and a layup from Tara Steinbauer regained a three-point edge for Wisconsin. Three straight trips to the free throw line for Wisconsin increased its lead to 47-41 with 5:38 to play. However, IU didn't go away as Braun and Lindsay sank back-to-back 3-pointers to bring the Hoosiers within two, 49-47, with 4:43 on the clock. Another free throw for UW kept the advantage at three, however a three-point play by Braun tied the score at 50-50 with 3:52 remaining in the game. A 3-pointer, followed by a steal and layup from Wisconsin's Rae Lin D'Alie regained five-point lead for the Badgers, 55-50, with 2:15 to go. A three-point play from Chaplin at the 1:54 mark brought IU back within two, but the Badgers were able to outscore Indiana, 11-5, in the final 1:36 of the game for the 66-58 win.
Chaplin sank 6-of-9 from the field and Lindsay made 4-of-9 from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers. Sophomore Danilsa Andujar led IU with seven rebounds while junior Jori Davis recorded five rebounds, four assists and one steal.
The Hoosiers shot 42.9 percent (21-of-49) from the field on the game and 35.3 percent (6-of-17) from the 3-point line. Wisconsin shot 37.7 percent (20-of-53) from the field and was held to 29.4 percent (5-of-17) shooting from the 3-point line. The Badgers won the battle on the board, 36-32, but IU outscored UW in the paint, 30-26.
Indiana returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 18, when it travels to Evanston, Ill., to take on Northwestern at 8 p.m. ET.
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