Hoosiers Fall at Northwestern in OT, 78-73
Feb. 18, 2010
EVANSTON, Ill. - Senior Jamie Braun led three Hoosiers (13-13, 6-9) in double-digits with 17 points, but it wasn't enough as the Indiana women's basketball suffered an overtime loss at Northwestern, 78-73.
Braun sank 5-of-13 from the field, 3-of-6 from the 3-point line and was perfect at the free throw line, making 4-of-4. She also added seven assists, four rebounds and two steals in 44 minutes. Junior Jori Davis scored 15 points on 4-of-11 shooting and added four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Redshirt freshman Sasha Chaplin scored 10 points and added six rebounds in the effort.
The Wildcats (15-11, 6-9) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first minute of the game, however, the Hoosiers answered with back-to-back jumpers from Braun and Davis to come within one, 5-4, with 18:26 on the clock. Northwestern maintained at least a one-point lead until the 4:12 mark when Braun followed a 3-pointer from freshman Aulani Sinclair with a 3 of her own to give Indiana its first lead of the game, 28-26. Northwestern responded with a 3-pointer from Beth Marshall with 1:39 to go in the half, but the Hoosiers used a 3 from sophomore Ashlee Mells and a last second layup from Chaplin to take a 33-29 lead into the break.
Indiana shot 44.8 percent (13-of-29) from the field in the first stanza, 50.0 percent (6-of-12) from the 3-point line and outrebounded Northwestern, 19-18.
The Hoosiers opened the second half on an 8-3 run to take a 41-32 lead with 15:14 left to play. However, Northwestern responded with an 18-7 run to take a 50-48 lead. A layup from Chaplin at the 4:41 mark sparked a 12-2 IU run that regained a six-point edge for the Hoosiers, 60-54, with 2:09 to play. A 3-pointer from Dannielle Diamant at the 1:49 mark ended the Indiana run as Northwestern outscored IU, 14-8, to send the game in overtime with the score knotted, 68-68.
Northwestern struck first in OT as Amy Jaeschke put in a layup at the 3:59 mark, followed by a pair of free throws 30 seconds later to give the Wildcats a 72-68 lead. Davis sank 3-of-4 free throws to bring IU back within one, 72-71, but Northwestern held the Hoosiers to just one field goal for the remainder of OT while converting six free throws for the 78-73 win.
Chaplin sank 5-of-8 from the field and added a blocked shot and steal in 19 minutes. Junior Whitney Lindsay tallied eight points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in 27 minutes.
Indiana shot 42.9 percent (12-of-28) from the field in the second half, 50.0 percent (3-of-6) from the 3-point line and 100 percent (8-of-8) from the free throw line. However, IU shot just 7.7 percent (1-of-13) from the floor in overtime to end the game with a shooting percentage of 37.1 (26-of-70).
The Wildcats won the battle on the boards, 50-43, but the Hoosiers outscored Northwestern in the paint, 26-18.
The Hoosiers return to action on Sunday, Feb. 21 when they host Minnesota in their Pink Zone game at Noon ET in Assembly Hall on the Big Ten Network. IU encourages fans to wear pink to the game in support of breast cancer research.
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