Women's Basketball

    IU's Second Half Surge Falls Short at Michigan

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Jori Davis tallied 27 points against Michigan.  She has scored 78 points in IU's last three games.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Jori Davis tallied 27 points against Michigan. She has scored 78 points in IU's last three games.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 16, 2011

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana used a 19-3 run late in the second half to cut the Michigan lead to two, but it was not enough as the Wolverines win in Ann Arbor on Wednesday night, 88-76. Senior Jori Davis led the way for Indiana with 27 points. Whitney Lindsay and Alisha Goodwin each finished with 10 points.

    Aulani Sinclair started the game with a field goal to put Indiana on the board, Davis followed scoring seven-consecutive points to give IU a 9-8 lead with 15:50 remaining in the first half. Michigan then used an 8-0 run over a 2:33 span to jump ahead, 16-9. Hope Elam silenced that run with 3-point field goal to cut the lead to four.

    The Wolverines then hit back-to-back 3-pointers to make it a 22-12 game. Elam again ended that U-M threat with a strong put back layup to cut the lead back to single-digits at the 10:07 mark.

    Michigan later extended its lead to 27-16, but Davis and Goodwin nailed field goals on consecutive Indiana possessions to make the score 27-20 with 6:52 remaining the opening stanza. From that point, the Wolverines outscored IU 18-10 to end the half, that run included a 3-point field goal at the horn by Veronica Hicks to make the score 45-30 Michigan advantage at the break.

    In the first half alone, the Wolverines hit nine 3-point field goals and outscored the Hoosiers from the free throw line, 10-1.

    To start the second half, Milika Taufa provided a spark off the bench for IU scoring the first five points of the half for the Hoosiers. That spark was short lived however as Michigan pushed it's lead to 62-44 after a jumper by Jenny Ryan with 12:04 remaining.

    Indiana then made a major push to get back into the game beginning with two free throws from Alisha Goodwin. After a pair free throws by the Wolverines, Whitney Lindsay hit a 3-point field goal followed by an Andrea Newbauer make from the charity stripe. Rachel Sheffer hit 1-of-2 from the line for Michigan before Jori Davis nailed a long-range bomb to cut the lead to 12 with 9:35 to play and the score, 65-53.

    Sinclair found open space to cut the deficit to nine with a 3-point field goal at the 8:31 mark. Davis then scored five-straight Indiana points before Andrea McGuirt capped the 19-3 Hoosier run with a put back layup to make it a 65-63 contest with 7:10 remaining in the ballgame.

    Kate Thompson silenced IU's run with a timely 3-pointer for Michigan as the two-point deficit was as close as the Hoosiers would come down the stretch. The Wolverines closed the game outscoring Indiana 23-13 to earn the victory.

    "The surge to get back into the game was great, but we dug ourselves into a hole," Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. "We knew what they were going to do, they are a very good 3-point shooting team and our defense was just not there. Jori Davis was just fantastic. She gave us her all on defense and offense tonight, she is a special player for this program, we just need others to follow her lead."

    The Hoosiers will have a week off before returning to the road to play Wisconsin on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. ET.




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