Hoosiers Stumble Against No. 9/11 Ohio State
Feb. 16, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Indiana fell on the road on Thursday to No. 9/11 Ohio State at Value City Arena, 75-54. The Hoosiers trailed by five in the second half, but OSU used a big run to gain momentum and take the win. Aulani Sinclair poured in 23 points to lead IU as Quaneisha McCurty added 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Early on, McCurty connected on two free throws at the 17:08 mark to pull IU (5-21, 0-13) within one, 5-4. Ohio State (23-3, 10-3) then put together a 13-0 run over the next 4:23 to make it an 18-4 advantage for the home team. Sinclair stopped that OSU spurt with a jumper with 12:22 to go in the half.
IU clawed its way back to put the deficit within single-digits after a Sinclair 3-point field goal to trail by nine, 23-14. OSU once again put together a quick run scoring seven-straight points to build its biggest lead of the half, 30-14, with 5:50 to play until the break.
The Hoosiers then started a run of their own beginning with an Andrea Newbauer runner in the lane followed by another Sinclair 3-pointer. Sasha Chaplin then added two points with a 15 foot jumper from the baseline for IU's seventh-consecutive point to pull within single-figures again, 30-21, with 2:40 to play.
Chaplin then connected on four-straight attempts from the charity stripe in Indiana's final two possessions of the half to polish off a 13-4 run for the Hoosiers to make it a 34-27 Buckeye lead at halftime.
OSU scored in its first possession out of the break, but Indiana responded with back-to-back buckets from Sinclair to pull within five, 36-31, with 18:54 on the clock. The Buckeyes then had a 7-0 spurt to increase its advantage back to double-figures. The Hoosiers then scored with a McCurty free throw and a Danilsa Andujar layup to make it a nine-point contest, 43-34, with 14:48 to play.
The Buckeyes then tallied eight-straight points and never looked back from that point on to pick up their 10th Big Ten victory of the season.
In two games against OSU this season, Sinclair has tallied 50 points in those contests. McCurty accomplished her third double-double of the season while adding two steals. Ohio State shot 55.2 percent for the game as IU had no answer for Tayler Hill who finished with 27 points, nailing 7-of-8 from 3-point range and 9-of-11 from the field overall.
The Hoosiers will return to Bloomington on Sunday, Feb. 19, to take on Michigan at Noon p.m. ET. That game will be aired live on BTN as IU welcomes back the 2002 Big Ten Tournament Championship team for a 10-year reunion at halftime.
Quaneisha McCurty scored in double-figures for the fifth time this season and tallied her third double-double of the year with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the game. McCurty also added two steals on the night, which is a new career-high.
Andrea Newbauer dished for a career-high nine assists in the game to lead both teams. Newbauer has led the team in that category 20 times this season, including in each of the last five games.
Indiana forced Ohio State into 22 turnovers in the game, marking the second-consecutive contest IU has forced its opponent into 20 or more turnovers.
Indiana's bench accounted for 34 of the team's 54 total points, led by Sinclair's 23.
IU outscored Ohio State in second chance points, 13-10.
The Hoosiers won the battle of the offensive glass, 16-15.
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